Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas is hard for me to believe that it is Christmas Eve.  Time just goes by too fast for me the older I get.  My calendar has recently been filled with almost daily activities so all things computer related have been set aside.  I should be wrapping presents or doing something else right now....but  I did want to make a post...even though a short say "Merry Christmas" to any and all that read my blog....and I am so happy to have gotten to know some of you over the past few years. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Reader Appreciation Award

Dana at Bug's Eye View has bestowed this lovely award to me and some others bloggers.  Without further adieu here goes....

::Where do you do most of your writing/blogging? At the moment it is in our kitchen at my desk.  My computer has made it's way around the house in a few places...but I prefer this location because I can multi task eat better here.  Here is photo of my grandkids computing recently.

::What books were your childhood favorites? This one is a tough one.  I did not own any books when I was a child.  My family just did not have enough money to buy books.  I also did not have a way to get to the library because my Mother did not drive nor have a car.    The only school book I have a memory of is the classic...Dick and Jane.

As an adult of 61 though we have a house full of books.  Too many to count.  I LOVE books and so does my husband!

:: Who is your favorite fictional character?   Well....I guess the first thing that pops into my head is Scarlet O'Hara.  She seems like a spoiled pretty young girl....until life toughens her up  when the war starts.  I like how she doesn't care what people think of her.  She knows who she is and goes after what she wants.

::What is your favorite time of day and why?  Probably around 9 in the evening because that is when I get my jammies on and get ready to read and relax until I fall asleep.

::Have you ever Googled yourself and been surprised at what you’ve found? Not really.  Not sure if I would want to.  Okay I will.  Nothing much to report except that the minutes of a meeting I used to run has my phone number for all the world to see.  Oh well....we no longer have that number anyway.

::Who would play you in a movie of your life?   I think Meryl Streep.  I only say that because she looks so much like my Aunt. 

OK, who would I like to see answer these questions?  Well this is really hard.  I really don't visit very many blogs anymore.  A lot of the people I had met a few years ago....don't blog anymore or if they do it is not on a regular basis.  But I may alert a few people anyway and see if they are interested.

Rudee at A Knitting Nurse

Sandy at Living the Wright Way

Winifred at I'm Trying, Honestly!

Renie at Renie Burghardt's World

Wil at Reader Wil

Thanks Dana! 

Friday, November 30, 2012

What to do...what to do...

Yesterday I had to run a few of which was to go in Hobby Lobby to see if I could find an inexpensive stocking for Waterpool.  I found this one for about $5.00 on sale. 

While I was gone she did some damage to the tree.  I had spent a great deal of time the day before stringing the lights and tucking each cord length neatly inside the branches so you couldn't see the excessive cord and only the bulbs.  Just look what the stinker did.  She pulled all of the cords out all over the place.

The tree is sagging because of her climbing on it....and I cannot get it to perk back up.
Big cord messes everywhere.  When our dog Clifford was a live, our son had an alternate name and personality for him, when he did bad things.  He was then called "Bifford".  It is time to give Waterpool one of those names.  I can't think of a name that rhymes with Waterpool though.......

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Decorating the Tree

I think she has missed  tree climbing.

What a mess!

It was next to impossible to try and put this tree together myself, with this little stinker.

I can't look....

She  decided she like this spot. 
I had to go get the water bottle and keep threatening her.  I finally just gave up. 
I think I will wait for Bob to come home and see how it goes. 

Saturday, November 24, 2012

The day after Thanksgiving we have our opening celebrations on Main Street.  It kicks off with a parade of all the characters at 1:30.  Katy and I and the girls went. We had great parking and were able to watch the parade from the Gazebo. 

I wasn't in the best position to take photos though.  Probably would have been better to be on the street for this.  File that away for next year.  Anyway....I had every bit as much fun as the grands did. 

I think there are over 30 characters who participate in the traditions.  It was cold and we (Katy and I) got tired so we only got to see the few that I took photos of.

Each character gives out cards for the kids to collect. This is Mac Santa.

Here is Kayla excited to get her first card from "Reindeer Flight Instructor"  Maddie is petting the "real" reindeer.  Ha.  As the lady was telling her story...Maddie said...."That reindeer is not real.. is it?"    The lady said.."Oh yes....of course it is real."  Maddie loved pretending it was.

Jack Frost telling them he is the one that puts frost on their windows.  Kayla looks a little confused.

The Sugar Plum Fairy had a cute story to tell.  I don't know how these characters tell these stories all day long and stay in character so well.  I am pretty sure I would slip up here and there.  All that  My throat would be so sore.  They do a great job.

The Ice Queen

They liked playing in the flower garden for awhile.  

This was my favorite part.  Maddie meets Santa's Mail Carrier.

She tells her to make sure she gives Mr Scrooge a big hug because he really loves hugs.  

She patiently waits for him to finish talking to these people.

Then she runs up and hugs him.  
He starts screaming..."What are you doing?!?!"   
We all died laughing....including Maddie. 

Then he asked he to tell him "Who put her up to that."

She snitched that it was the Mail Carrier.  

We will have to go back another day.  It was so much fun!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Poor Turkeys.

The girls are going to spend the next two days with me because they are off school this week.  I will try and get them involved in some of the food preparation.  I hope to put them in charge of the decorations, like making paper turkeys, etc.  As usual....I know I will make too much food.  I have a cheesecake, apple pie and pumpkin pie to make tomorrow.  Wednesday I will make mashed potatoes ahead of time that can bake, and the sweet potatoes.  Turkey, dressing, and salad will be on Thursday.  I am still dieting and none of this food really tempts me.  I have tried to eat regular meals a couple of times when we have gone out to eat....and it just does not have the same meaning it once did.  Drinking a shake is just as good for me.  I just hope that by my 62nd birthday I have a normal weight range and lower blood pressure.  I will be very happy.

Monday, November 12, 2012


My forgetfulness is getting out of hand.  Saturday we had family photos taken and went to lunch with Katy and Brian and the girls...(Bobby had to go back to work.)  I told Maddie we would be at her Award Ceremony for Soccer on Sunday afternoon.  I completely forgot.  I saw this photo on facebook later that day and felt so bad.  Then this morning, I forgot to go to the dentist.  I had it written on my calendar, but went to church and to the store and when I returned home...realized I had forgotten.  (along with a friendly reminder on my voice mail from the dentist office)
I think I am also denying the fact that next week is Thanksgiving.  I was at the grocery store and wondered why they had so many Thanksgiving items out already.  Oh in the moment may get me in trouble....

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Losing some inches...

After seeing this may never want to come to our home to eat.  Yes...that is our Waterpool on the stove stealing kale...that I had washed and dried out to bake.  Why did I take this photo you ask.....I have no idea.  I just did.  So many times when I try to photograph her... or our grand kids...the only thing that shows up is a blur...many times because they are moving a lot and some times because... I am no expert on photo taking.  I am still trying hard on my diet and have lost inches but only 7 lbs.  If those lbs stay off because they were true fat loss....I am very happy with the results.  I have so much to lose that it will be a long time before people come up to me and say...Are you losing weight?  I think the man that I ordered the products from said that he had to lose 50 lbs. before people said anything.  The products are really too expensive and I shouldn't be ordering them for that reason...but I do feel better and I wonder if that alone is enough reason to justify the cost of them.  I hope to have new weight loss results in another month or so.  I am very hungry though....I just try not to think about it too much.
Bob and I are hoping to go on a Pilgrimage to Italy next year at this time.  Br. Maurus Zoeller, OSB from St. Meinrad hosts these pilgrimages.  He was the one who gave us a tour of St Meinrad when we stayed there last spring.   I need to work on our budget and see if it will be possible for us to go.  I have days when I wonder if I should just get a job that pays money...instead of volunteering.  I have been trying to do some knitting to set up an Etsy shop....but that is such a slow will not come in very quickly... if at all.  I would have to be a super fast knitter...which I am not.  I really enjoy knitting though.  It soothes my frazzled nerves.    Time to go read my lesson for tonight's Bible Study......

Tuesday, October 30, 2012


Bob and I are having a staycation this week.  Yesterday I went to church to serve at a funeral lunch and that took most of the day.  Then we picked up Maddie and Kayla from pre-school and brought them back here for an hour or so.  We drove them over to their new home a few miles from us.  Bob hadn't seen the house.. inside.. since they moved a month ago.  Things are coming along for them.  Their house is very beautiful and the kids each have their own room and a play room.

 I have been on a very strict diet, so I have to stay  pretty close to home.  I am on a diet called Isagenix.  It is more or less a cleansing, shake and vitamin diet.  You can have one meal if it is a 400-600 calorie low glycemic meal.  I have had a tuna salad....and chicken far.  It is really working , so I want to stay close to home so that I am not tempted to veer off of it.  I purchased enough products to get me through 30 days.  This is day 6 and I have lost 7 lbs. and 2 inches off of my chest, stomach and fanny.  I feel like a new person.  Things that used to hurt don't hurt and my reflux and stomach issues have more or less disappeared.  It is nothing short of a miracle for me.  I am really excited to have finally found something that is helping me!

This morning, Bob and I went to run a few errands and then decided to stop in Best Buy and look at all the new tech stuff.  We wanted to look at Windows 8 and it looks pretty interesting...but it looks like you have to have a laptop with a screen that has that feature.  If I put it on mine, I would still have to  use a mouse, so that is not high on our list of things to get right now.  Then I wandered over to the new smart phone area and saw a Samsung Galaxy III that really caught my eye.  I am due for a new phone on our family share plan, but I don't really use my phone all that much.  I was just going to let Bob get an iPhone 5 and then I would take his phone.  He has been studying the Androids, because he needs to learn more about them for his job.  I am trying to convince him to let me get the Galaxy and then he can use it to learn more about the android phone.  It would still cost us $150 to buy the phone though...and I would rather buy a new chair than a new phone right now.  Still if it helped him with his work.....ummm....don't know yet.

I wandered over to the TV section and saw that they now have a 90 inch TV.   Theater rooms in homes must be popular these days.  We have come a long way... from the TV Bob and I bought when we first married.  It think we bought a 25 inch Magnavox console and thought we had really "arrived"  into high class living.

Nothing I saw today captured my attention as much as this product called GoPro.  It is a camera/video that you wear on your helmet or hat while you are doing adventurous activities, like skiing, surfing, wing flying, etc.  I had no idea that someone had invented a suit that you can wear that allows you to fly like a bird!  Our dreams have come true. Watch the video below.  It is amazing!   Should I try this before I get much older......?  Watch Granny fly like a bird!  Ha...

Thursday, October 25, 2012

History in the making...

Bob and I have been watching the mini-series show about John Adams.  I am so slow about watching movies and things sometimes.  I don't remember when this came out, but I heard it was really good.  I saw it at the library and rented it.  We still have one more DVD to watch...but I already have an opinion I wanted to share here.  I think this is a really really good series.....but when I googled it I saw on Wiki that there was a long list of  Historical inaccuracies.  I can not figure out why they would put so much into making the film and then not show things as they really happened.   Or how it was recorded in history.  Some seem to be minor, but I would still  like to ask whomever made the decision to alter historical facts...why they did it.
I have to tell you that I am really sick of all of the negative campaign ads.  I cannot wait for  election day.  I  don't know about where you live...but where I live....the campaign ads would tend to make a person NOT want to vote at all.  One person says awful things about one and the other one tries to top it and on and on and on.    I wonder if little kids watching these ads.. think that if you want to go into a government line of had better start digging up some dirt on your opponent and then raise money to pay for the mud slinging piece of crap to try and get yourself a job in that office.  When you think about it....does any of that make any sense?  I know our country was just getting started during John Adams time....but...I don't think he ran for office.  The people just decided they wanted him.  I is hard to compare those days with our days....but does make me wonder.
Just another little reflection for the day.  I was wondering when someone awakens you from REM sleep....does it cause brain damage.  That happened to me this morning and I had the weirdest feeling as I was trying to fully wake up.  I thought I had brain damage....with my loss of brain cells rapidly wouldn't take much to get there.  I know I don't have many left because I have been going to a Bible Study once a week.  We are studying Joshua.  Very difficult to comprehend all of this.  I should have been writing about it on my faith blog.  Maybe I could have made better sense of it there.  Oh well...enough words for this day.......

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Quess what we did today....

I have the worst sore throat EVER.  I have been staying at home and feeling lousy for the past few days.  Today we decided to get out for awhile and take a fall drive. Bob has already been exposed to my germs, so I felt like it was okay to do this.  I am one of those people that thinks if you are sick...stay home and keep your cooties away from others...until you are well.  I really don't know what the rules of illnesses are any more though.   For schools..they say as long as the child  does not have a fever, you can send them.  Not everyone that is sick gets a fever though.  For instance, my normal temperature is if it is 99...I am thinking I have a fever.   According to here are the symptoms:

Flu symptoms include:
  • A 100oF or higher fever or feeling feverish (not everyone with the flu has a fever)
  • A cough and/or sore throat
  • A runny or stuffy nose
  • Headaches and/or body aches
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea (most common in children)

I have a Dr. appointment tomorrow and I wonder if I should call and tell them I am sick.  I had laser surgery again last week because when I went in for my final check after the eye surgery in September, he saw a fogginess on the eye, lens, whatever I have.  He lasered it out last week. Tomorrow would be a one week check.  I think he could wait one more week to look at it...but I will call and let them decide.

Well...all of this talking has worn me down.  Off to watch the baseball game and hope we get a win.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Take me out to the Ballgame...

If the Cardinals win tonight, we will be playing against the Detroit Tigers.  Not being a really big baseball fan,  I never know anything about the opposing teams until the playoffs.  Like the players on the San Francisco Giants.  I started looking up some of the ones I see the most on the screen.  Pence looks really I looked him up first.  Found out he makes some serious money.  He has only had 5 years of experience and makes $10.4 million a year.  Wow!  They have a good pitcher, Tim Lincecum, a 2 time Cy Young winner... and he makes $18.250 million a year.  If we go on to play the Tigers...they have a few well paid players also.  I am becoming more and more interested in the "World of Baseball."  My husband and son have always collected baseball cards, and I can see why.  They have all the stats on the back of the cards.  When those two start talking is like they are talking another language to me.  All those RBI and blah blah blah.  (Yes...I do know that RBI is Runs Batted In)  but all the others...don't know.  But....maybe my lack of knowledge is a good thing.  I get really excited when our team wins....but in a child  like innocent way.  I just see a lot of happy faces when they win...and lots of excitement.  And I feel compassion for the other team, because they look so sad.  (Except the Boston team...but that is purely personal....and a story for another day.)  Anyway....can't wait to watch the game tonight! favorite Cardinal players are Yadi Molina and David Freese.  Reasons:  They work hard for their team!  Lots of other players do too...but for some reason those two stand out for me.  Amateur baseball fan signing off for now.......
Let's Play Ball!

 I borrowed the following info from Wikipedia,

This table refers to the salary for 2012 alone, not the overall average value of the contract. Salaries listed are according to the USA Today salary database.[15]
A dark skinned man wearing a grey baseball uniform and black batting helmet takes a right-handed baseball swing.
Vernon Wells was the highest paid player not on the Yankees in 2012, and second-highest overall.
Name Position Team(s) Salary Ref
Alex Rodriguez 3B New York Yankees $30,000,000 [16]
Vernon Wells OF Los Angeles Angels $24,187,500 [17]
Johan Santana SP New York Mets $23,145,011 [18]
Mark Teixeira 1B New York Yankees $23,125,000 [19]
CC Sabathia SP New York Yankees $23,000,000 [20]
Joe Mauer C Minnesota Twins $23,000,000 [21]
Prince Fielder 1B Detroit Tigers $23,000,000 [22]
Adrian Gonzalez 1B Los Angeles Dodgers $21,857,142 [23]
Cliff Lee SP Philadelphia Phillies $21,500,000 [24]
Miguel Cabrera 3B Detroit Tigers $21,000,000 [25]
Carl Crawford LF Los Angeles Dodgers $20,357,142 [26]
Justin Verlander SP Detroit Tigers $20,100,000 [27]
Roy Halladay SP Philadelphia Phillies $20,000,000 [28]
Ryan Howard 1B Philadelphia Phillies $20,000,000 [29]
Felix Hernandez SP Seattle Mariners $19,700,000 [30]
Carlos Lee LF Miami Marlins $19,000,000 [31]
Alfonso Soriano LF Chicago Cubs $19,000,000 [32]
Carlos Zambrano SP Miami Marlins $19,000,000 [33]
Barry Zito SP San Francisco Giants $19,000,000 [34]
Torii Hunter RF Los Angeles Angels $18,500,000 [35]
Tim Lincecum SP San Francisco Giants $18,250,000 [36]
Jason Bay OF New York Mets $18,125,000 [37]
Ichiro Suzuki RF New York Yankees $18,000,000 [38]
Josh Beckett SP Los Angeles Dodgers $17,000,000 [39]
Jake Peavy SP Chicago White Sox $17,000,000 [40]

Career earnings

An African American man in a white baseball uniform with "GIANTS" on the chest takes a left-handed baseball swing as a catcher kneels behind him to receive the pitch.
Though retired since 2007, Barry Bonds' career earnings of over $188 million still ranks fourth highest overall in MLB history.
Earnings up to date as of the end of the 2011 season.[E]
Name Team(s) Position Years Earnings Ref
Alex Rodriguez Seattle Mariners
Texas Rangers
New York Yankees
SS, 3B 1994– $296,416,252 [16]
Derek Jeter New York Yankees SS 1995– $220,159,364 [41]
Manny Ramirez Cleveland Indians
Boston Red Sox
Los Angeles Dodgers
Chicago White Sox
Tampa Bay Rays
LF 1993– $204,807,069 [42]
Barry Bonds Pittsburgh Pirates
San Francisco Giants
LF 1986–2007 $188,245,322 [43]
Randy Johnson Montreal Expos
Seattle Mariners
Houston Astros
Arizona Diamondbacks
New York Yankees
San Francisco Giants
SP 1988–2009 $175,550,019 [44]
Gary Sheffield Milwaukee Brewers
San Diego Padres
Florida Marlins
Los Angeles Dodgers
Atlanta Braves
New York Yankees
Detroit Tigers
New York Mets
RF 1988–2009 $168,008,550 [45]
Chipper Jones Atlanta Braves 3B 1993– $155,552,133 [46]
Greg Maddux Chicago Cubs
Atlanta Braves
Los Angeles Dodgers
San Diego Padres
SP 1986–2008 $153,845,000 [47]
Ken Griffey, Jr. Seattle Mariners
Cincinnati Reds
Chicago White Sox
CF 1988–2010 $151,703,682 [48]
Todd Helton Colorado Rockies 1B 1998– $151,590,000 [49]
Roger Clemens Boston Red Sox
Toronto Blue Jays
New York Yankees
Houston Astros
SP 1984–2007 $150,601,000 [50]
Carlos Delgado Toronto Blue Jays
Florida Marlins
New York Mets
1B 1993–2011 $146,299,000 [51]
Pedro Martínez Los Angeles Dodgers
Montreal Expos
Boston Red Sox
New York Mets
Philadelphia Phillies
SP 1992–2010 $146,259,585 [52]
Mike Mussina Baltimore Orioles
New York Yankees
SP 1991–2008 $144,533,619 [53]
Mariano Rivera New York Yankees RP 1995– $144,441,825 [54]
Jim Thome Cleveland Indians
Philadelphia Phillies
Chicago White Sox
Los Angeles Dodgers
Minnesota Twins
Baltimore Orioles
1B, DH 1991– $141,461,667 [55]
John Smoltz Atlanta Braves
Boston Red Sox
St. Louis Cardinals
SP, RP 1988–2009 $135,595,446 [56]
Carlos Beltran Kansas City Royals
Houston Astros
New York Mets
San Francisco Giants
CF, RF 1998- $134,952,782 [57]
Magglio Ordonez Chicago White Sox
Detroit Tigers
RF 1997– $133,470,746 [58]
Jason Giambi Oakland Athletics
New York Yankees
Colorado Rockies
1B, DH 1995– $131,808,996 [59]

Clifford 1994 to 2009

Clifford   1994 to 2009
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