Saturday, December 19, 2009

Merry Christmas!

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This one just made me laugh so Merry Christmas everyone!

Thursday, October 01, 2009

What Happend to Summer?

Yikes! September snuck in and ran out way too fast. Had another birthday a few days ago and swoosh September is gone. The air has cooled overnight and the leaves are beginning to turn gold and red. It's beginning to feel like we are going to have a very cold hard winter. :(

Tomatoes and peppers came and went. I think we are going to completely strip the plants of fruit tonight before it ends up frosting for the first time. It is about 2 weeks early this year. I was hoping that it would stay warm enough to get the last of everything grown larger and ripe but it doesn't look like that is to be this year.

I bought a bunch of butternut squash and plant to cook that in the next few days and pack pint jars for the freezer. Can't have Thanksgiving come without having nearly fresh for pies. Hubby is already whinning about all of the frozen ripe bananas in the freezer and why I'm not baking with them. HMMM it's only been cool for a week and using the oven in summer kind of defeats the purpose of air conditioning, right? I'll let him whine for another day or two and then make him a few loaves of banana bread. I think he enjoys the crowd around his lunch box everday? LOL

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Will It Be Like This Every Year?

I'm beginning to think it will be? It was just like every other morning nearly. End of summer beautiful day. I don't think I'll ever forget the color of the sky that day...who knew it could be so perfect and blue with just the right white puffy cotton ball clouds? For some reason I woke a little earlier than normally I do. I always promise myself I'll get up early everyday but everyday my snooze alarm wins so unless I really have to be somewhere. Had the Today Show on which is truly one of my least favorite shows on TV, it just hasn't been the same since Barbara Walters left and it became not news but 24/7 fluff. Yes I'm old get over it! I still don't know why I had it on? Someone or something must've had my interest peaked or something or that was the channel the TV got turned off on? Something very random and ordinary.

THey broke into what ever fluff they were talking about and said a small plan had hit the North tower, it was 8:45 am. No one really freaked or anything as from what they were saying had been hit years ago with another Cessna? Nothing to be concerned about. They were sending a reporter down. Within 7-8 minutes they had someone standing there talking to people who were heading into work in the area. I remember he/she was remarking that the hole it made seemed really large for a small plane? I'm sure it was a complete fluke that the camera just happened to be looking up when United Airlines Flight 175 banked and then slammed into the south tower. I think witin 20 seconds standing here in front of the TV not really believing what I'd seen and wondering if I was still asleep? I've never heard the silence I heard that morning from the studio at Rockerfeller Center. There was one cry of "Oh God" but other than that it was silence. It seemed like I wasn't alone in not believing what I'd just seen. It was 9:03am

It takes exactly two frames of photos of that day to bring that feeling back. I know that morning I spent most of the day just standing in front of the TV in disbelief. It's strange there are many places to sit, it is a living room afterall, but there I stood. I started thinking of the people I knew who lived there in NYC and hoping everyone they knew did not work in that area of the city. I got online to see if any were around and to see if there was anything I could do. I spent about 3 hours with one of my friends who was waiting for her husband and Son to make it home from Manhattan back in the old Yahoo chatrooms the groups used to have.

I helped put together a quilt that went to one of the fireman's family who died that day. That quilt where ever it ended up holds a lot of tears. I don't remember the name of the family it went to but I do remember he came from one of the firehouse's that lost most of their members. I hope it comforted many of his family members on those cold mornings when the silence is too much to cancel out what is going on in your mind.

It's been 8 years this year and I haven't forgotten. To those who carried out that day and still think it was a good idea, FU!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

No Title

It's still been pretty rough around here. I just keep stopping and saying to my self that I will never be able to just pick up the phone or drive to anywhere and see her again. I called and talked to her older sister and that helped but still not so much. I still have to tell my Mom which is going to be very hard. For her Tina was around enough that she was the 4th daughter. Yes I know, it was Tina and Christina. I should tell you sometime about how I felt in first grade Sunday school being one of a few girls who weren't Mary Margaret,Mary Kate, Mary Katherine....etc....Any way there has been a lot of soul searching and tears.

I have this wonderful abilty to fool myself that I found a very long time ago. I guess it is a sheild from being abandoned and it seems to work for me. I seem to be able to convice myself that whoever has passed is on a trip or has moved away.I guess if you believe in an afterlife as I do then perhaps it isn't such a stretch?

I hate that she is gone but after hearing what she went through the last few months I'm glad she isn't in pain any longer.With lymphoma the cancer tends to go completely through the body and is not a kind way to go.I've decided already that when I die I will be around 135yo and it will be in my sleep.I refuse to go any other way except for perhaps a quick accident. :)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Very Hard Week

Sunday night I was sitting here at the computer reading the local paper online. When I read the days Obituaries I decided since I hadn't been there in about a week or so I'd better read back a few days and see if any older person I knew died.

Then I found her name. I met her when we both were 12 yo, she was my best friend in the whole world for many years. I was one of her bridemaids and she my witness when hubby and I got married. Somewhere along the line we'd just lost track of each other and I hadn't seen her in a few years. The obituary said she'd been suffering with lymphoma for a few years.

I can't tell you how bad I feel that I let my friend down like this. Time just got away from me and I hadn't realized how long it had been. Now it is too late.

There were always the 3 of us. Where you saw one you saw the other two. Her sister who is 3 years older and the two of us who were the same age. I was always the youngest by several months. We literally skinned our hearts and skinned our knees together. When I left my first husband and couldn't get through to Mom's house because there were teenaged sister's on the phone, I called her to please call Mom with the phone number of where I was staying. I don't think I'm ever going to forgive myself for this.

I miss you. I called her sister and we talked for over an hour. We plan to get together someday soon. I'm sure the minute I see her I'm going to lose it because now there are only two of us. People aren't supposed to die this young.

The Dr said they think it is because of what her first husband worked with and suggested that the kids be tested now and then for the same thing. Where he'd worked paid really well but not well enough for both of them to have died so young. I just can't believe it and it's really going to take some time to get used to this news.

Do me a favor, if there is someone you haven't heard from in a while, sit down and call them today. Tomorrow might be too late.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

We are all Green this Weekend!

God be with those in the streets. Every man, woman, and child in this world deserves to be able to make their own free choices. Give me Liberty or give me death! Know that there are a lot of American's who wish you well.

.........."There is only one force of history that can break the reign of hatred and resentment, and expose the pretensions of tyrants, and reward the hopes of the decent and tolerant, and that is the force of human freedom.

"All who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know: The United States will not ignore your oppression, or excuse your oppressors. When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you.

"Democratic reformers facing repression, prison or exile can know: America sees you for who you are -- the future leaders of your free country.

"The rulers of outlaw regimes can know that we still believe as Abraham Lincoln did: "Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves; and, under the rule of a just God, cannot long retain it."

George W. Bush Jan 2005.........

Sunday, April 12, 2009

This is Hilarious and Unfortunately too True

I just can't stop laughing because you just know if the government touches it it will happen like this!

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Where is Spring?

Thought I should drop in and post. I seem to let too much time go between them. I kind of laugh about how excited new bloggers get about their blogs when I think back to 2004 when this place was new. Oh well....

Here it is April 1 already. YIKES where has 2009 gone? I spent the first 8 weeks of this year stuck here in the house. I do not recommend breaking anything you need to walk on! I think having one arm non usable was much easier than giving up being able to walk. Though I also don't recommed carpal tunnel surgery either unless you really need it! Better to just avoid injury in the first place.

We are having some really strange weather. It was 72ºf about 4 days ago then it was in the high 20's overnight last night. I fully expect sNOw anytime. Seriously this is like the never ending winter. With Mt Redoubt erupting for the past 2 weeks it is hard to tell if we will even get much summer this year. In 1980 when Mt St. Helens erupted the next summer rained and was very cool all season. I hope not but that is what happens when volcanoes erupt. Should calm down the global warming fanatics though because when volcanoes erupt they do cool the planet a lot!

So take care my friends, I miss you all. Am working on some things right now that should end up with me having my own website sometime soon. Already have the domain names etc just no content yet. I'll let you know when. :)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Happy Valentines Day!

Happy Valentines Day. Hoping everyone has someone special to spend it with or at least think of if you can't be in the same place.

I am doing much better. Am walking around he house with no crutches and only using them when I'm out as a just incase. I'd rather have them and not need them than to fall and rehurt myself. I see the otho in the middle of next week so hopefully then the boot and crutches will be a thing of the past.Hubby is getting very tired of doing the laundry and grocery shopping. He was very happy when I took over the kitty box duties last week.

Sunday, February 08, 2009


On Friday I decided to give it a try and see how my foot reacted to walking on it . I am happy to report that I can walk on it again. I'm still using the crutches so that I don't over stress it but I have been going into the kitchen where I have a counter in front of me to hold onto just incase and walking back and forth when I am in there. It was 5 weeks last Friday that I fell down the steps and did this to myself.

Now for the vain part. My broken foot looks bigger than my non broken foot and it drives me crazy. I am hoping I get my matched set back eventually. People have always made remarks about how dainty my feet look so the vain in me doesn't want one Flintstone's foot and a dainty one to go with it. :( I know it's silly but it really has been bugging me. Hubby assures me that by summer when anyone else would see it it will be ok.

I made dinner last night all by myself and it was wonderful! :)

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

My First Le Crueset

Isn't it beuatiful? This is a Le Creuset 7.5 quart Bouillabaisse/soup Pot. I can't wait to use it. Unfortunately I'm not able to stand without crutches yet so most of my cooking is being done as a coop effort which doesn't always work out too well. Hubby has a tendancy to want it to be done before it's time. :( HELP! LOL

Monday, February 02, 2009

Ice Storm of '09

It seems that few people worldwide or even nationwide are paying much attention to what is happening here in the midwest. So far 42 people have froze to death over the past 8 days and so far zero help from the federal government. Yesterday the Govenor of Kentucky was sent all of the Ohio National Guard's Humvees to try to start getting to the out of the way places where there is zero heat and power in sub zero temps. We would've sent them sooner except we had out own outages and people stuck in the out of the way places in SE and SW Ohio. Two of our local schools set up shelters for those who were without power. One night over the weekend it got down to -10ºf.

I'm really really angry right now. After listening to the media and what they did with Katrina and Fema when they were on site within 3 days and here we are OVER a week out and still not a finger lifted from the federal governement? Not a peep from Obama? Yeah, he threw a Superbowl party instead, ate wagyu-steak, and turned the temp up in the oval office to 72ºf while 42 people in the midwest froze to death because they were stuck where they were because no one sent plows in to help dig them out. Might I point out that it was 80ºf when Katrina happened, not -10ºf! There is growing fear that the 42 will grow as soon as the NG can get house to house. I'd imagine we will find whole families dead trying to stay warm.


Friday, January 30, 2009

News Footage From 1981

As you all know I have had too much time online with my foot still in a cast. So I found this little ditty which just made me laugh. Now some of you are young enough that you might not appreciate it and others will not even have been born yet, but I assure you that in 1981 this was cutting edge. Now look closely at the video, see the rotary dial phone? Yep back then many homes still had them because Ma Bell charged you more for a push button. I still remember when we got our first push button phone. It was real cutting edge for a 12 yo to use and my friends had never used one before! LOL Can you imagine? Oh yeah, most of you probably won't remember Ma Bell either? *sigh* Perhaps I should write a little more about generation Jones and what we remember?

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Seriously Bored!

Ok so let's go back a few weeks. On Jan 2nd, I was going down the basement steps to unload the washing machine. I've done this probably who knows how many times, we have owned this house since 1986 soooooo. I have handful of hangers and am trying to get this done as fast as possible so as soon as Dh is home we can take off. It is about 2pm and I still need to get a few things done.

You know that feeling when you know something is about to happen and life goes into slow motion? Well that is what happened. I slipped off of the next to last step and went face first down onto the concrete. I really did it good this time. My right palm was bleeding, my left elbow ripped up, scratches on my back from hitting the doorway on the way down. I just kind of tried to shake it off until I noticed that my ankle was in much worse shape than the rest of me. My foot had slammed the last step and I had twisted my ankle badly. By the time I got back upstairs it was already swelling pretty bad and hurt like h*ll!

If I'd have been thinking clearly I'd have thought to put ice on it right then, but I didn't. Dh got home a little after 3pm and suggested it and also told me that I wasn't going anywhere. He went and did the errands instead. Then spent the rest of the night trying to talk me into going to the ER.

I don't know about you but unless I am dying there is no way I am going to the ER on a Friday night. To say it is not my crowd would be an understatement. Sorry I do not want to find myself in the middle of a disfunctional drunken family fued so I promised him that if it didn't feel better by Saturday monring I'd go.

Saturday morning I had a lovely shade of purple and green going on my ankle and it was about 3x bigger than the right one. Of course Dh started in about when we were going to the ER? After lunch I said I was ready just to get him to stop whining about it, I was sure I had just sprained my ankle badly.

Only took about 45 minutes to see a Dr which completely shocked me. I was sure I'd be there hours. We left here at 1pm and was home by 4:30pm which IMHO isn't too bad. Had a Dr who obiviously had been on duty way too long when he asked me if I "could feel his toes"....then quickly corrected himself and asked if mine were ok. LOL Sent me for an ankle and foot Xray and came back a little later and said he had good news my ankle was just sprained badly but that I had broke a bone in the top of my foot. :(

So was able to see the Ortho on that Tuesday and he gave me a lovely big shoe that has to be worn until the foot heals. My cats are scared to death of it and aren't too keen on the crutches either. I don't think I have ever sat so much in my life. I am so bored and ready for this to be over. I swear once this is done I will be standing for a month! I am not so good with the crutches, they make me feel like I am out of control so have been using my office chair alot to whiz around the house. The worst part is that I feel like a prisioner here. Our front porch has 6 steps to the ground and with the ice and snow this time of year aren't so good for manevering crutches. Whine whine :(

***Day 20 of captivity*** Life sucks and the TV is worse.