Tuesday, December 22, 2009


LOL...The child is more than likely thinking this lady is crazy...LOL But at least she was paying attention to me...hahahaha
Going through my pictures and transferring them to discs. It has been wonderful so far watching the twins grow up through their pictures. I am fortunate that my daughter Beth thinks enough to take them for me all the time. Won't be going home for Christmas as I have to work the holiday, but my thoughts will be with my family. Hopefully will be going home after the first of the year weather permitting.
Tony and I did a lot of cleaning and catching up on some repairs around here this past weekend. I have worked the past two days and I am just wore out. Mostly from working along with this cold I have.
I hope everyone is having a good week and just in case I don't get back on here the rest of this week... I hope Everyone has a Very Merry Christmas...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Windy !!

My day off and so far this morning it has been spent laughing my backside off at Baxter. We had a burst of huge snow flakes and we went outside and he was running crazy all over the yard, jumping up all over the place trying to catch them... The wind is howling and he is howling everytime it does and he thinks every leaf blowing is a squirrel...hahahaha Poor dog... Going to have to put him in therapy as well.
Tony got a MP3 player from Elantis's 90 year anniversary celebration at work, which has become mine :-) So I am busy downloading all my Christmas music on it today and at the same time catching up on laundry and cleaning.
We have decided to not put up the Christmas tree as it would be too much of a temptation for Baxter to destroy while we are at work. He still has days where he gets upset and chews things up. Have always heard that Boxer's require alot of attention. Is so true. You can't watch T.V. here without Baxter standing in front of it staring back at you...hahahaha
I hope everyone is having a Wonderful Week !!!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Woo Hoo !!!!

First snow of the season might be here tomorrow afternoon and tomorrow night. Not quite sure I am ready for it but they say we should get at least an inch of the white stuff...

Looks like I will be using my snow route much erlier than last year...hahahaha
Sammy is pulling up to things...Beth is surely going to have her hands full running after two of them at the same time...LOL
I hope everyone is having a good week...

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Just Grammy Bragging...LOL

Sam is on the left and Stac is on the right... My they are growing.. Beth says they are going to do everything at one time..
I have the day off after working 8 in a row. Even though I woke up at 3 a.m. and couldn't go back to sleep for nothing. We are not doing anything special for Thanksgiving. Going to Tony's son's house for a few hours tomorrow. I have to work Friday and the weekend then.
I hope all my friends and family have a wonderful day tomorrow...

Monday, November 16, 2009

Nice Cold Drizzily lazy day here !!!

Took this picture earlier as Baxter and I were returning from grocery shopping. I don't mind the grocery shopping part but trying to decide on what we are having for dinners cause major anxiety attacks still, I guess it always will. Tony has to sit down with me and make out a meal list for the week. Good thing he is so understanding about this among other things...LOL

As you can tell from the trees they have just about shed all of their leaves. Today is my day off buy they are too soggy for me to be doing any raking with....Yeah !!!! And I work the rest of this week, so hopefully by the weekend the rest will be off and Tony and I will only have to rake one more time this year. Well leaves that is, the gum balls won't fall off until next month.
I went ahead and got my H1N1 shot this past week at the hospital. Was quite undecided about it but found out that is was going to become mandatory as a condition of employment with BJC just like the yearly flu shot is so I got it. At least now I don't have to run around in a mask all day long.
Well I hope everyone has a great week, I am off to make some meatloaf for dinner.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I'm back.....

Well after months of trying different meds., the doctor has put me back on Celexa. I hadn't realized just how long I have been off of Blogger. I have an account on face book and have connected up with alot of my high school friends on there, plus playing a few games as well. I got hooked on Castle Age and Country Life..LOL

Had a few days vacation and went home and we took this 5 generation pic while I was there. I am so thankful to still have my Mom and Grandma with me.

I went to a new psychiatrist but he is used to dealing with drug heads and alcholic's and as I am neither he really wasn't doing me any good so I am now in search for one who deals with PTSD. The hospital that I work has a employee help program so they are doing the searching for that one for me. The theraist there says I should just accept the fact that I have had PTSD for over 7 years now and will have to live the rest of my life with it. Guess there is alot worse things I could be dealing with than that.

Fall has finally arrived here in Saint Louis and I am enjoying it, we have raked the yard several times and it still could use another raking after the windy day we had yesterday. One thing that is good those trees didn't make near as many gunballs as they did last year. Am anxiously awaiting some snow now...LOL

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

What a Month...

I started seeing a new psychiatrist who suggests it might be time I stop taking the Citalopram (Celexa) and maybe switching to another anti-depressant.
Let me tell ya, if I had known one of the withdrawal symptoms was your own body giving you electrical shocks through your whole system, I would have never gone on this anti-depressant.
I stopped taking the pills and within 5 days I was walking around just trying to maintain a smidgen of sanity. I don't EVER want to go through that again.
So now I am back on my dosage of 40 mg. a day and in a few weeks that will be cut down to 20 and so on. The process will be slow going and will more than likely take months and there is a possibility that it won't work.
The psychiatrist says 90 % of people get that withdrawal symptom. Of course it wasn't until after I started getting the shocks through my body that I was told this..
Now I feel trapped by a drug that has done me a lot of good for the past year.
Now I know why my first psychiatrist who put me on it said there might be a possibility that I would have to take it for the rest of my life.
I am hoping the weaning process works.
Only time will tell.

Friday, May 22, 2009

U.S. defense chief lauds soldier in pink boxers

Soldiers from the U.S. Army First Battalion, 26th Infantry take defensive positions at firebase Restrepo after receiving fire from Taliban positions in the Korengal Valley of Afghanistan's Kunar Province on Monday May 11, 2009. Spc. Zachery Boyd of Fort Worth, TX, far left was wearing 'I love NY' boxer shorts after rushing from his sleeping quarters to join his fellow platoon members. From far right is Spc. Cecil Montgomery of Many, LA and Jordan Custer of Spokan, WA, center.(AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Thursday praised an Army soldier in eastern Afghanistan who drew media attention this month after rushing to defend his post from attack while wearing pink boxer shorts and flip-flops.
In fact, Gates said he wants to meet the soldier and shake his hand the next time he visits Afghanistan.
"Any soldier who goes into battle against the Taliban in pink boxers and flip-flops has a special kind of courage," Gates said in remarks prepared for a speech in New York.
"I can only wonder about the impact on the Taliban. Just imagine seeing that: a guy in pink boxers and flip-flops has you in his cross-hairs. What an incredible innovation in psychological warfare," he said.
Army Specialist Zachary Boyd, 19, of Fort Worth, Texas, rushed from his sleeping quarters on May 11 to join fellow platoon members at a base in Afghanistan's Kunar Province after the unit came under fire from Taliban positions.
A news photographer was on hand to record the image of Boyd standing at a makeshift rampart in helmet, body armor, red T-shirt and boxers emblazoned with the message: "I love NY."
When the image wound up on the front page of the New York Times, Boyd told his parents he might lose his job if President Barack Obama saw him out of uniform.
"I can assure you that Specialist Boyd's job is very safe indeed," Gates said in the speech.
The U.S. defense chief was scheduled to deliver the speech at New York's annual Salute to Freedom dinner in Manhattan.
(Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Will Dunham)

Friday, May 1, 2009

Where have I gone...

Have been sick for several weeks now..Am slowing getting over a bout of bronchitis. Hope to be well enough soon to blog again...

Monday, April 13, 2009

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

What Causes the Most Harm? Guns or Missouri Legislators?

A bill approved yesterday in the Missouri House would lift a ban on carrying concealed weapons at state colleges and universities. State Rep. Brian Munzlinger (R-Williamstown) says his House Bill 645 (which was attached to another measure) will improve school safety because homicidal maniacs sometime target gun-free zones. Yeah, perhaps ol' Munzlinger is right. I'm sure a frat boy with a machine gun in his backpack could have stopped the Virginia Tech killer. Don't ya think?
By Chad Garrison

Monday, March 30, 2009

Some things just make no sense at all.....

Some things just make no sense at all..

Woman stabbed to death in St. Louis

By Kim Bell


A woman who had a restraining order against her husband was stabbed to death by him as they rode in a car together Sunday in St. Louis, police say.

The victim has been identified as Paula Jo Jones, 33, of St. Louis.

Police arrested her husband, 48, and recovered a knife.

Jones, of the 6000 block of Garfield Avenue, was stabbed several times in the abdomen and neck.Police found her in her car at the intersection of Page and Skinker boulevards about 5:35 p.m. Sunday. She died at the scene.

Police say her husband, whose name was not released, has been taken into custody.

Investigators found that the couple had been riding together in a car when the husband began stabbing Jones.On March 19, Jones had obtained a temporary restraining order of protection against the man in St. Charles County.

Now I ask you if you had a restraining order out for a certain person, why would you go and ride in the same car with them ????


Sunday, March 29, 2009

Eerie Figure Haunts Scottish Castle

The figure peers down silently from an upper floor of the ruins of a Scottish castle, wearing what looks like an outfit from the Middle Ages. Could this be a long-dead Scottish earl, or just a random, modern-day visitor?
The eerie image is captured in a photograph taken by tourist Christopher Aitchison in May 2008 at Tantallon Castle, which sits on a rocky outcrop along the Scottish coast, east of Edinburgh. The "person" appears to be wearing an old-style greenish ruff around the neck.

Aitchison insists he did not tamper with the image and cannot explain it.
"I was not aware of anyone, or anything, being present in my picture, only noticing the anomaly when I got home," Aitchison said. "Staff have verified that there were no sinister dummies in period costume or historical reenactments going on that day at the castle. I did not notice any nice old ladies wearing ruffs walking around the stairs!"
The picture was made public Friday by Richard Wiseman, a professor of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire who also studies the paranormal. Wiseman said he was looking for "photographic evidence for ghosts" ahead of a session on the subject at the Edinburgh International Science Festival next week.
Tantallon Castle was built in the 1350s by a nobleman and soon became the stronghold of the Douglas dynasty. For 300 years, the Douglas earls of Angus held sway at the castle as one of the most powerful families in Scotland, according to Historic Scotland, which looks after historic sites for the Scottish government.
The castle also was the scene of violence, enduring three great sieges: in 1491, 1528 and 1651. The last, by Oliver Cromwell's army, resulted in such destruction that the fortress was abandoned.
It remains the "last truly great castle" built in Scotland, with enormously thick and high stone walls enclosing large courtyards, and high stone towers.
That stonework could explain the mysterious figure in the photograph, having caused unusual shadows. It is also possible that a member of the public was standing there when the picture was taken, Wiseman said -- in which case, he hopes they will come forward.
"I think it's probably a person who's been caught in slightly odd dress," Wiseman told CNN. "We know the day it was taken ... so somebody might come forward to say, 'That was me.'"


It’s just so tragic and sad. All these poor homeless people with no one to depend on for the next meal but government handouts provided by taxpayers.

Here is Michelle Obama doing her part at a soup kitchen in Washington D.C. last Thursday. She brought with her food donated by the White House Staff. The first lady served up mushroom risotto and broccoli to a long line of destitute homeless men and women. She stopped here to pose for a picture from this poor unfortunate. This photo got national media attention.
Wonder why the media didn’t ask two bothersome journalistic questions. If this unidentified meal recipient is too poor to buy his own food, how does he afford a cell phone/camera? And if he truly is “homeless” where on earth do they send the cell phone bills?


March 29th and we woke up to snow this morning... Will Spring ever get here ??

Friday, March 27, 2009

Lights out in 84 countries for Earth Hour 2009

The lights are going down from the Great Pyramids to the Acropolis, the Eiffel Tower to Sears Tower, as more than 2,800 municipalities in 84 countries plan Saturday to mark the second worldwide Earth Hour.
McDonald's will even soften the yellow glow from some Golden Arches as part of the time zone-by-time zone plan to dim nonessential lights between 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. to highlight global
climate change.
"Earth Hour makes a powerful statement that the world is going to solve this problem," said Carter Roberts, chief executive of the World Wildlife Fund, which sponsors Earth Hour. "Everyone is realizing the enormous effect that climate change will have on them."
Seven times more municipalities have signed on since last year's Earth Hour, which drew participation from 400 cities after Sydney, Australia held a solo event in 2007. Interest has spiked ahead of planned negotiations on a
new global warming treaty in Copenhagen, Denmark this December. The last global accord, the Kyoto Protocol, is set to expire in 2012.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon encouraged the convention to reach a fair and effective climate change agreement and promoted Earth Hour participation in a video posted this month on the event's YouTube channel.
"Earth Hour is a way for the citizens of the world to send a clear message," Ban said. "They want action on climate change."
Other videos have been posted by celebrities such as rocker Pete Wentz and actor Kevin Bacon and WWF has offered Earth Hour iPhone applications. Search engine Yahoo! says there's been a 344 percent increase in "Earth Hour" searches this February and March compared with last year.
New studies increasingly highlight the ongoing effects of climate change, said Richard Moss, a member of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and WWF's climate change vice president.
"We have satellites and we have ships out at sea and we have monitoring stations set up on buoys in the ocean," Moss said. "We monitor all kinds of things people wouldn't even think about. The scientific research is showing in all kinds of ways that the
climate crisis is worsening."
But not everyone agrees and at least one counter-protest is planned for Saturday.
Suburban Philadelphia ice cream shop owner Bob Gerenser, 56, believes global warming is based on faulty science and calls Earth Hour "nonsense."
The resident of New Hope, Pa., and owner of Gerenser's Exotic Ice Cream planned to illuminate his store with extra theatrical lighting.
"I'm going to get everyone I know in my neighborhood to turn on every light they possibly can to waste as much electricity as possible to underline the absurdity of this action ... by being absurd," he said.
Earth Hour 2009 has garnered support from global corporations, nonprofit groups, schools, scientists and celebrities — including Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
McDonald's Corp. plans to dim its arches at 500 locations around the Midwest. The Marriott, Ritz-Carlton and Fairmont hotel chains and Coca-Cola Co. also plan to participate.
Nearly 200 U.S. cities, towns and villages have signed on, from New York City — which will darken the iconic Empire State Building and Broadway marquees — to Igiugig, population 53 on Iliamna Lake in southwestern Alaska.
Among the efforts in Chicago, 50,000 light bulbs at tourist hotspot Navy Pier will dim and 24 spotlights that shine on Sears Tower's twin spires will go dark.
"We're the most visible building in the city," said Angela Burnett, a Sears Tower property manager. "Turning off the lights for one hour on a Saturday night shows our commitment to sustainability."
The Commonwealth Edison utility said
electricity demand fell by 5 percent in Chicago and northern Illinois during last year's Earth Hour, reducing about 840,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.
"It goes way beyond turning off the lights," said Roberts of the WWF. "The message we want people to take away is that it is within our power to solve this problem. People can take positive constructive actions."

Dispute between neighbors

A town councillor in Wales, Mark Easton, had a beautiful view of the mountains, until a new neighbour purchased the land below his house and built a new home.

The new home was 18 inches higher than the planning dept had approved, so Mark Easton, mad about his lost view, went to the local authority to make sure they enforced the roof line height.
The new neighbour had to drop the roof height, at great expense.Recently, Mark Easton called the planning dept, and informed them that his new neighbour had installed some vents on the side of his new property.Mark didn't like the look of these vents and asked the planning dept to investigate.When they went to Mark's home to see what the vents looked like, this is what they found...
The Local Authority said the vents can stay since there is no planning law referring to shutter design.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Ice Cream Truck...Already ??

Yes the Ice Cream Truck is making it's rounds already. Actually it has been making it's rounds for a few weeks now, just the first opportunity that I have had to get a pic of it...
Not only does the stores jump the gun on the holidays, the Ice Cream Truck jumps the gun on Summer months...
*Note*...The yard is full again of Gum Balls that are going to have to be raked up....AGAIN !!
Ah... the ups and downs of Springtime...LOL

Friday, March 20, 2009

Microsoft and GM

For all of us who feel only the deepest love and affection for the way computers have enhanced our lives, read on.

At a recent computer expo (COMDEX),Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated, 'If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon.'

In response to Bill's comments, General Motors issued a press release stating:

If GM had developed technology likeMicrosoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics (and I just love this part):

1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash........Twice a day.

2.. Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car.

3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason. You would have to pull to the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue. For some reason you would simply accept this.

4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.

5. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive - but would run on only five percent of the roads.

6. The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single 'This Car Has Performed An Illegal Operation' warning light.

7. The airbag system would ask 'Are you sure?' before deploying.

8. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.

9. Every time a new car was introduced car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.

10. You'd have to press the 'Start' button to turn the engine off

PS - I'd like to add that when all else fails, you could call 'customer service' in some foreign country and be instructed in some foreign language how to fix your car yourself!!!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

flying car....

If this video won't play Here is the link to it...

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Can't help myself......LOL

I saw this and just cracked up laughing...I work in a Hospital here in Saint Louis and a paramedic was telling me just last week about the only time he almost dropped his end of the stretcher.. He strained his back but saved the patient from falling... Just my warped sense of humor....hahahahahaha

Monday, March 16, 2009

An Irish Blonde in a Casino...Happy St. Paddy's Day

An attractive blonde from Cork , Ireland arrived at the casino. She seemed a little intoxicated and bet twenty-thousand Euros on a single roll of the dice. She said, 'I hope you don't mind, but I feel much luckier when I'm completely nude'. With that, she stripped from the neck down, rolled the dice and with an Irish brogue yelled, 'Come on, baby, Mama needs new clothes!' As the dice came to a stop, she jumped up and down and squealed...'YES! YES! I WON, I WON!' She hugged each of the dealers and then picked up her winnings and her clothes and quickly departed. The dealers stared at each other dumbfounded. Finally, one of them asked, 'What did she roll?' The other answered, 'I don't know - I thought you were watching.'
MORAL OF THE STORY - Not all Irish are drunks, not all blondes are dumb, but all men...are men.

Lighting the fires of hope

Lighting the fires of hope

If you get a chance please visit "Erasing the Board" by Suzen

She has a wonderful blog on Lighting the fires of Hope.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Mail Pouch Tobacco Barns

The six original Mail Pouch barn painters all lined up for a picture in 1925. If you were to travel some of the U,S, routes throughout the Northeastern part of these United States, such as New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois, or West Virginia, you will probably see some remains of a now forgotten art of outdoor advertising by way of the Mail Pouch Tobacco barn signs.
This all started back in 1925 in Syracuse, New York, when six men, 2 per truck, started their "barnstorming" painting: of Mail Pouch signs on barns. The trucks were Ford model T's with side curtains.
The original six man crew included: Bill Hart, Bill Bucks, Kenneth Walkerman, Carl Wunelle, and Maurice Zimmerman. Mr. Zimmerman, affectionately called "Zim" by family and friends, is the only living member of the original crew. He is the one who tells this story of barn advertising signs.
Zim was 18 when he graduated from high school near Washington Ct. House, Ohio, in 1924. His brother, Walter, was an executive with the YMCA, then living in Youngstown, Ohio. He urged him to come to Youngstown to find a job. He became interested in sign painting and went to night school at the YMCA and worked during the day as an apprentice in a sign studio.
In August of 1925, Maurice traveled to Syracuse where he met the contractor for the sign work which was hired by the Bloch Brothers Tobacco Co. in Wheeling, W,Va., where they manufactured Mail Pouch chewing tobacco. The money paid to the contractor to do barn signs was from funds the Company allotted for Advertising. From Syracuse they traveled west on main highways, the U,S. and state highways. They looked for barns to paint their signs on.
Harley Warrick.....(The last Mail Pouch barn painter)

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Log Barns

These two barns may be among the only log barns left in Iowa. It is believed the large barn was built in 1868. Orville Nelson owned these primitive barns for years.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Saint Louis Archway

Eero Saarinen United States Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, St. Louis, Missouri, under construction, 1965 From the Collections of Arteaga Photos Ltd. (Image courtesy of the Walker Art Center)


Thursday, March 12, 2009

Quilt Barns

Apparently this grass roots art movement began in 2001 and has spread to 16 states and 900 barns, adopted by rural communities as a way to honor the craft of quilt making and farming expressed through public art. Ohio, Iowa and Kentucky have over 250 in each state. Many barns are part of “quilt trails” that map dozens of barns per trail that sightseers can follow and enjoy.

The barns are painted in a variety of manners. Some communities hire local artists, and others are painted by clubs or high school art classes that seize the opportunity to volunteer to help create public art. Frequently a business with a truck with a hoist donates the crew and equipment needed to place the square, which is usually painted on two 4 x 8 sheets of outdoor plywood attached to a frame.
How to explain the rapid growth of the quilt-barn movement? The squares not only honor the wife of every farmer where they appear, they also recognize the rural heritage that has been a part of the fabric of America since Colonial times.

Round Barns

Round barns in Indiana are a rarity in the 21st century. While Indiana, more specifically, Fulton County, is the round barn captial of the world, few round barns remain standing. These barns are a piece of the historical landscape of the Hoosier state. Round barns are indicative of an agragarian society at the turn of the century. The round barn is a long forgotten ingenuity of a farming society that searched for innovative ways to improve their farming techniques. Bob Hamibaugh stated, "The era of round barns was a time in our agricultural history that was brief, but important. It was the birth of modern farming," ("The Round Barns of Fulton County," By: Lisa Hurt Kozarovich). Frank Retter of Randolph County would agree. As the grandson of a round barn builder, he takes great pride in his family's contribution to this aspect of farming. The round barn that his grandfather built 100 years ago is still in the family and still in use today.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Winged luxury submarines 'fly' underwater

Most people have had dreams of flying. Graham Hawkes had dreams of flying -- underwater.
Hawkes has been in the business of building underwater craft for more than a decade. In the early days, his company, Hawkes Ocean Technologies, built vehicles for researchers and moviemakers.
But in the past few years, the ultrarich have increasingly looked for cool playthings for their ocean adventures.
What better toy to have on the end of your 200-foot yacht than a submarine capable of diving to 1,500 feet below the sea's surface?
Watch the flying sub in action »
Whoops. Did we say submarine? It's a submersible that can "fly" underwater.
The Deep Flight Super Falcon looks like a fighter jet, with its thin body, two seats, two sets of wings and two tail fins.
"We just had to tear up everything we knew about submersibles and start again on winged subs -- underwater flying machines," Hawkes said.
He said Deep Flight submersibles are designed to be more agile than any creature living in the ocean -- with the exception of dolphins. The company says that because of the wings, the Super Falcon can go barrel-rolling with dolphins while traveling at speeds much faster than other private submarines.
The craft can stay underwater for up to five hours and travel at speeds up to 6 knots, the company says on its Web site.
The first client for the Super Falcon was venture capitalist Tom Perkins, who wanted a toy to keep on his mega-yacht, the Maltese Falcon. The base price: $1.3 million. Another model, which has open cockpits and cannot dive as deep as the Super Falcon, sells for $350,000.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

An eyefull of beauty...

Sometimes the full beauty of the night sky is best experienced without any visual aid, as illustrated by this image of the Northern Lights and the constellation Orion seen from outside the city of Ester, Alaska. The Northern Lights form when charged particles from the sun flow through twisted bundles of magnetic fields that connect Earth's upper atmosphere to the sun.

Monday, March 2, 2009


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Stacey and Samantha

Just got back from a weekend trip to Arkansas. Tony and I got down there in time to get right in the middle of the Winter Storm that hit the South.

We had a slow drive coming back out of Arkansas in all that mess, but once we reached the Missouri line the roads improved.
Am glad to be back home where there is no snow...

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Another funny from Auntie M... Abbott and Costello

You have to be old enough to remember Abbott and Costello, and not too old to REALLY understand computers, to fully appreciate this.

If Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were alive today, their infamous sketch, "Who's on First?" might have turned out something like this:


ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store. Can I help you?

COSTELLO: Thanks. I'm setting up an office in my den and I'm thinking about buying a computer.


COSTELLO: No, the name's Lou.

ABBOTT: Your computer?

COSTELLO: I don't own a computer. I want to buy one.


COSTELLO: I told you, my name's Lou.

ABBOTT: What about Windows?

COSTELLO: Why? Will it get stuffy in here?

ABBOTT: Do you want a computer with Windows?

COSTELLO: I don't know. What will I see when I look at the windows?

ABBOTT: Wallpaper.

COSTELLO: Never mind the windows. I need a computer and software.

ABBOTT: Software for Windows?

COSTELLO: No. On the computer! I need something I can use to write proposals, track expenses and run my business. What do you have?

ABBOTT: Office.

COSTELLO: Yeah, for my office. Can you recommend anything?

ABBOTT: I just did.

COSTELLO: You just did what?

ABBOTT: Recommend something.

COSTELLO: You recommended something?


COSTELLO: For my office?


COSTELLO: OK, what did you recommend for my office?

ABBOTT: Office.

COSTELLO: Yes, for my office!

ABBOTT: I recommend Office with Windows.

COSTELLO: I already have an office with windows! OK, let's just> say I'm sitting at my computer and I want to type a proposal. What do I> need?


COSTELLO: What word?

ABBOTT: Word in Office.

COSTELLO: The only word in office is office.

ABBOTT: The Word in Office for Windows.

COSTELLO: Which word in office for windows?

ABBOTT: The Word you get when you click the blue "W".

COSTELLO: I'm going to click your blue "w" if you don't > > start with some straight answers. What about20financial> bookkeeping? You have anything I can track my money with?

ABBOT T: Money.

COSTELLO: That's right. What do you have?

ABBOTT: Money.

COSTELLO: I need money to track my money?

ABBOTT: It comes bundled with your computer. > > COSTELLO: What's bundled with my computer?

ABBOTT: Money.

COSTELLO: Money comes with my computer?

ABBOTT: Yes. No extra charge.

COSTELLO: I get a bundle of money with my computer? How much?

ABBOTT: One copy.

COSTELLO: Isn't it illegal to copy money?

ABBOTT: Microsoft gave us a license to copy Money.

COSTELLO: They can give you a license to copy money?


(A few days later)

ABBOTT: Super > > Duper computer store. Can I help you?

COSTELLO: How do I turn my computer off?

ABBOTT: Click on "START"............. ?

Who Is There ??

Three older ladies were discussing the problems of getting older. One said, 'Sometimes I catch myself with a jar of mayonnaise in my hand, in front of the refrigerator, and can't remember whether I need to put it away, or start making a sandwich' .
The second lady chimed in, 'Yes, sometimes I find myself standing on the stairs and can't remember whether I was on my way up or on my way down.'
The third one responded, 'Well, I am glad I don't have that problem; knock on wood, 'as she rapped her knuckles on the table. She looked up and said, 'That must be the door, I'll get it!'

Sunday, February 22, 2009


In today’s post I’m going to examine the causes, effects and magnitude of the shocking rise in the prevalence of adult Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD or ADHD).
You wouldn’t believe how sunny it is now. I’m going out for a jog. Or learn to skydive. Oops. It’s clouding over. Maybe I’ll just stay in and surf the Web.

Friday, February 20, 2009

23 Marriages....Guinness Book of Records

Alexandria native-born Linda Lou Taylor has been married 23 times. With this, she received notoriety again for her12-year-old record for 23 marriages.
Linda Lou Taylor was born in 1940 and was raised in Alexandria, in central Indiana. Her first marriage was in 1957 while her last known marriage was in 1996. She remembers that her first husband, George Scott, is the nicest. She was just 16 at the time and Scott was 31. She married Jack Gourley for three times and was wed to Fred Chadwick for just 36 hours. At present, Taylor is Mrs. Linda Wolfe. She was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most married woman in history. She is the most married person still alive.
68-year-old Taylor has been married to Scott, Street, Smith, Moyer, Massie, McMillan, Berisford, Chandler, Essex, etc.. She holds a Guinness World Record as the most married woman in history. As reported by Gannett News Service, Taylor mentioned that two of her husbands turned out to be gay, that she ended up homelessness for two, one cheated on her, and another choked and padlocked her into the refrigerator.
“It’s easy to sum up,” Taylor said of her oft-married life. “When I was younger I was just a snot-nosed kid but the neighborhood boys were all in love with me. They all wanted to marry me.”
Despite the failure of her 23 marriages and being single for more than a dozen years, Taylor mentioned that she has not ruled out future marriage. “I would get married again,” she told Gannett, “because, you know, it gets lonely.”

Personal note:
I have only been married twice and that was more than enough for this gal.........Although some keep telling me ....3rd time is a charm...hmmmmmm....

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Just one of those nights...

Just one of those nights where sleep just isn't gonna happen when I lay down. First I laid there and remembered I forgot to take my medications. The one thing one doesn't want to forget to take is one's antidepressants. More than likely this is why I am not asleep as both of them have relaxants in them. When I got out of bed to take them, Baxter stretched out on all of my side of the bed, so I decided to come catch up on some of my blogs I read daily.

Browsing News Headlines, I came across one I won't soon forget...." Owner Shared Bed and Took Baths With Chimpanzee From Connecticut Attack". I am just not going to comment on that one !!

A few life lessons.....

1- Even if it's only a Christmas card - never lose contact with old friends.
2-Things are seldom as bad as one imagines, give it time.
3-Take lots of pictures.
4-Keep a journal of memories.
5-Never pass up a hug.
6-There's no excuse for being unkind.
7-People who tell you a secret will tell your secrets.
8-Before your children leave home make them teach you the secrets to the tv remote, the answering machine, the computer, and your own cell phone.
9-Treat your children's spouses as your own children.
10-Do your very best at any job you're given to do - no matter how menial.
11-Laugh at yourself.
12-Your heart holds more love than you can ever give away.
13-It's ok if he doesn't change poopy diapers as long as he cleans up "dead critters.'

14-A smile goes along way.
15-There is no magic face cream.

Woman stands trial for selling pierced cats

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. - A Pennsylvania dog groomer has been ordered to stand trial on animal cruelty charges for selling "gothic kittens" with ear, neck and tail piercings.
Holly Crawford's home outside Wilkes-Barre was raided Dec. 17 after the county Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals got a tip.
A prosecutor says Crawford inflicted pain on the cats, which were listed for sale for hundreds of dollars on the Internet. Crawford's attorney says state law says nothing about piercing cats or docking their tails.
At a preliminary hearing Tuesday, Wilkes-Barre District Judge Paul Hadzick called it a gray area that needs to be decided by a trial judge or jury.
Charges against a second defendant, William Blansett, were dropped after Crawford admitted she pierced the cats.

Hmmm kinda perplexed here...Thinking next they will be saying clipping ears and bobbing tails on dogs is animal cruelty....Not quite sure about piercings????

Central Missouri town bans pit bulls

FAYETTE, Mo. (AP) -- An animal control ordinance that bans getting new pit bulls and requires all dogs to be registered goes into effect this week in a central Missouri town.
The new restrictions in Fayette also limit each home to only three canines unless the owners have registered the animals before the Tuesday deadline.
The City Council unanimously approved the new rules. Other neighboring towns have similar restrictions on pit bulls.
Current pit bull owners will have to show proof of $100,000 of liability insurance, muzzle their pets when they are being walked and provide secure confinement for dogs kept outside.
Any pit bull puppies born in Fayette after Tuesday must be removed from the city after they are 8 weeks old.

Alot of towns are doing this now...

We have two pit bulls that get loose around here every now and then, but we just keep a close eye on them so we don't ever have any problems.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Three men are standing in line waiting to get into heaven.....

Three men were standing in line to get into heaven one day. Apparently it had been a pretty busy day, though, so Peter had to tell the first one, "Heaven's getting pretty close to full today, and I've been asked to admit only people who have had particularly horrible deaths. So what's your story?"
So the first man replies: "Well, for a while I've suspected my wife has been cheating on me, so today I came home early to try to catch her red-handed. As I came into my 25th floor apartment, I could tell something was wrong, but all my searching around didn't reveal where this other guy could have been hiding. Finally, I went out to the balcony, and sure enough, there was this man hanging off the railing, 25 floors above ground! By now I was really mad, so I started beating on him and kicking him, but wouldn't you know it, he wouldn't fall off. So finally I went back into my apartment and got a hammer and starting hammering on his fingers. Of course, he couldn't stand that for long, so he let go and fell -- but even after 25 stories, he fell into the bushes, stunned but okay. I couldn't stand it anymore, so I ran into the kitchen, grabbed the fridge and threw it over the edge where it landed on him, killing him instantly. But all the stress and anger got to me, and I had a heart attack and died there on the balcony."
"That sounds like a pretty bad day to me," said Peter, and let the man in.
The second man comes up and Peter explains to him about heaven being full, and again asks for his story.
"It's been a very strange day. You see, I live on the 26th floor of my apartment building, and every morning I do my exercises out on my balcony. Well, this morning I must have slipped or something, because I fell over the edge. But I got lucky, and caught the railing of the balcony on the floor below me. I knew I couldn't hang on for very long, when suddenly this man burst out onto the balcony. I thought for sure I was saved, when he started beating on me and kicking me. I held on the best I could until he ran into the apartment and grabbed a hammer and started pounding on my hands. Finally I just let go, but again I got lucky and fell into the bushes below, stunned but all right. Just when I was thinking I was going to be okay, this refrigerator comes falling out of the sky and crushes me instantly, and now I'm here."
Once again, Peter had to concede that that sounded like a pretty horrible death.
The third man came to the front of the line, and again Peter explained that heaven was full and asked for his story.
"Picture this," says the third man, "I'm hiding naked inside a refrigerator..."

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Baxter and Bread......

Don't let this laid back attitude fool anyone...Last night I accidentally left a whole loaf of bread out on the dining room table...It was gone this morning. Nothing left but the plastic bag...How he gets a whole loaf of bread out of that bag without tearing or ripping it is beyond me....LOL We call him Houdini Baxter...LOL

Friday, February 13, 2009

Dog Training..

Obviously you need to get it from the door mat to the DVD player for it to be effective...

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Hundreds attend global warming protest....

My Auntie M sent this too me and I wanted to share it with ya'll...LOL

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Koala rescued in wildfire-scarred Australia

Sydney---Firefighter David Tree shares his water with an injured Australian koala in a scorched forest near Mirboo North.
It was a heart-tugging scene borne by a chance encounter in the charred landscape of Australia's deadly wildfires: a koala sipping water from a bottle offered by a firefighter.
David Tree noticed the koala moving gingerly on scorched paws as his fire patrol passed. Clearly in pain, the animal stopped when it saw Tree.
"It was amazing, he turned around, sat on his bum and sort of looked at me with (a look) like, put me out of my misery," Tree told The Associated Press on Tuesday. "I yelled out for a bottle of water. I unscrewed the bottle, tipped it up on his lips and he just took it naturally.
"He kept reaching for the bottle, almos t like a baby."
The team called animal-welfare officers to pick up the koala on Sunday, the day after deadly firestorms swept southern Victoria state.
The koala , which turned out to be a female, was in pain but recovering with antibiotics, Jenny Shaw of the Mountain Ash Wildlife Shelter told Melbourne's The Herald Sun newspaper.
"She is lovely — very docile — and she has already got an admirer. A male koala keeps putting his arms around her," Shaw was quoted as saying. "It will be a long road to recovery, but she should be able to be released back into the wild in about five months."
Despite her gender, the now famous koala is nicknamed Sam.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Kissed by a Wild Alaskan Moose !!!!

You folks who live in the “boonies” should be able to relate to this. The fellow in the picture is standing on his back deck which is about two feet off of the ground. He is about six one and 250 lbs; so she is a fair sized critter.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

World's Smallest Car....

The world's smallest car, the Peel 50, nestled between vans in central London on Thursday. The vehicle, built in the 1960s, is going on display at Ripley's Believe It Or Not museum in the capital.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

I have spent the day browsing blogs here on blogger...

Today In Idabel Oklahoma is fast becoming my favorite...

Four women..one town..one blog..lots of sarcasm. Breaking News: Soon there may only be two women. But which two..stay tuned!

Was a day for staying indoors and keeping warm and dry...

Although Baxter thought different...I had to take the Trash Container out to the curb for today's Trash Pickup. Now it is quite a chore dragging that can through 9 inches of unshoveled snow and even harder with an 80 lb. Boxer jumping up on me and knocking me down in the snow... By the time I got back into the house I had been knocked down 4 times and was covered from head to foot with snow... He was still jumping around and wanting to play in the snow more...Geeeez !! Crazy Dog.....hahahahaha

Power Outages

I woke up at 3 this morning and couldn't go back to sleep from worrying over my family in Arkansas. All of them without power.
My daughter and twins go home from the hospital today. Once she leaves the hospital I will loose contact with her as the phone service in Trumann is down.
Today is just a really stressful day for me...

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Isn't That Interesting...

Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.
A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
There are more chickens than people in the world.
Two-thirds of the world's eggplant is grown in New Jersey.
The longest one-syllable word in the English language is "screeched."
All of the clocks in the movie "Pulp Fiction" are stuck on 4:20.
No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple.
"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt.
All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.
Almonds are a member of the peach family.
Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.
Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
There are only four words in the English language which end in "-dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
Los Angeles's full name is "El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina delos Angeles de Porciuncula"
A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
In most advertisements, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.
Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra's "Its A Wonderful Life".
A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.
A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds
A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open. (DON'T try this @ home!)
The giant squid has the largest eyes in the world.
In England, the Speaker of the House is not allowed to speak.
The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tub and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.

The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.
"Stewardesses" is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.

Came across these as I was browing, guess to me the most interesting fact was about the $5 bill. Wouldn't ya know I don't have one to check it out :-)

I stand corrected on one of these...
The speaker in the House of Commons is the chairman. His/her role is to keep the debate flowing and to make sure that people get the chance to have a say in a debate and that the rules of debate and behaviour are adhered to. In other words no name calling etc. The speaker is supposed to be impartial, even though he/she is a member of one of the political parties, and so they do not get to give their own opinions on the debate. However the speaker does speak. They will call out the names of the MP's (or at least their constituency) when he (or she) is telling them that it is their turn to speak and the speaker will tell off MPs for bad behaviour. The speaker can have MP's ejected from the house if they persistently break the rules

Friday, January 23, 2009

Some Things Just Make No Sense To Me....

Abortion opponents participate in the annual "March for Life" event on Thursday in Washington, D.C. The event was to mark the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v Wade Supreme Court abortion ruling.
I believe we all have the right to make our own decisions. And more than likely I will open up a can of worms on this one, but I believe those people participating in the "March for Life" could use their time more wisely Marching for the Children that are already here, starving and homeless in this Country. Our own Country is in all this mess because we (Our Government) doesn't take care of our own first. I could get up on my Soap Box big time over this but I won't, just saw this picture and the caption and it kinda riled me up a little.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Transition Aircraft

The Transition aircraft, shown in this illustration with its wings partially unfolded, can shift from road-worthiness to airworthiness. The vehicle carries a price tag of $194,000.
The aptly named Transition takes a stab at bridging the gap between automobiles and airplanes. Some people call it a flying car. The company designing and selling the vehicle prefers the term "roadable aircraft."
Either way, it boils down to this: You sit down behind the steering wheel, drive to the runway, unfold two wings and take off. You can fly 500 miles on a tank of gas — regular unleaded —and when you land, you simply fold up the wings and drive where you want to go. At the end of the day, you fly back, drive home and park inside your garage.

Monday, January 19, 2009

We got a light dusting of snow last night and another dusting is expected tonight. I have discovered I am not graceful on ice or snow. I went out for the morning paper and decided to walk through the grass but my feet slipped out from under me and I decided to take the express route on my back side to the paper instead. LOL Never fails I always have an audience for any fall I take. Next time I will wait for the neighbors to already be gone for work before I attempt another paper run. Baxter (my Boxer) thought this meant play time and plowed into me while I was sitting on the ground.

Big Cat Attitude's

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Sunday Fun ????

"The cure for boredom is Curiosity. There is no cure for Curiosity." Dorothy Parker

Well there might be a cure for curiosity...I was in the basement earlier trying to straighten up some more and the curiosity got the best of me about an Cabinet that I have not been into since I moved here. It is way back in a dark corner of the room with various boxes in front of it. I am hoping it is empty so I can store things in there. I work my way through the boxes and move them so I can peek into this cabinet and just as I open up the door, something makes a rattling sound and springs off of the top shelf and bounces off of me. You have never seen someone skedaddle over boxes and rush to the other side of the room like I did. Eyes bugging out and heavy breathing I stand still listening for a scurrying sound. Nothing. I strain looking over the boxes to see if I can see anything and all there is for me to see is a furry baby rattle laying on the floor. Color me Red at this point. I almost had heart failure from a baby's rattle.

Whew !!!!

Enough fun for one day...hahaha

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Random Thought of a Saturday Morning

Game Day !!!! Tony has out his Game Cube and is busy playing football. I have been busy this morning answering emails and browsing the internet.

I am such a worry wart when it comes to family and their problems. I woke up at 3 a.m. this morning thinking to myself "Why is my Mom having to wear a boot on her foot"? I never did go back to sleep. I did email her and found out the Doctor suspects she has a fractured bone in her foot. This is what I get for reading an email before bedtime and going to sleep worrying...hahahaha

We have a couple of Pit Bulldogs hanging out around the yard today. Baxter is keeping an eye on them from the front room window. This means if he goes out it has to be in the fenced in back yard. If they continue to stay this will mean we will have to call Animal Control. Not something we like to do but they will be better off.

Frigid weather startles South, blankets East
Subzero temps in multiple states; Alabama colder than Alaska for a day.
We are slowly warming up here in Saint Louis. The Sun keeps trying to peep out from behind the clouds.
We had plenty of snow flurries flying around last night but no accumulation. Just a light dusting.

Hard to believe that January is half way over with. Which is a good thing... Hopefully we will have an early Spring this year.

Friday, January 16, 2009

NEW YORK - Everything about the fate of US Airways Flight 1549 seemed like a million-to-1 shot — a flock of birds crossing a jetliner's path and taking out both engines, a safe landing in the Hudson River.
It was a chain of improbability. Birds tangle with airplanes regularly but rarely bring down commercial aircraft. Jet engines sometimes fail — but both at once? Pilots train for a range of emergencies, but few, if any, have ever successfully ditched a jet in one of the nation's busiest waterways without any life-threatening injuries.
No wonder Gov. David Paterson called it "a miracle on the Hudson."

I know I for one was glued to the T.V. set during this..amazed and thankful that everything turned out O.K.

I watched part of the Presidents speech.
It was his final public appearance until he greets President-elect Barack Obama on Inauguration Day at the White House's North Portico.
Bush called the inauguration of Obama, the first black president, a "moment of hope and pride" for America.
"Standing on the steps of the Capitol will be a man whose story reflects the enduring promise of our land," he said.

Bush's presidency began with the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil and ends with tthe worst economic collapse in three generations.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

HaHaHa... Thought this picture was quite amusing.

I am off work the next 5 days although I will more than likely go in a few days and sit with patients.

The wind is howling out of the Northwest here and bringing the temperatures down with it. We have wind chill advisories posted for tonight and tomorrow.

I have been downstairs most of the morning straightening up and Baxter has sat at the top of the stairs the whole time whining at me. He absolutely refuses to come down those stairs. We have tried to coax him down several times and everytime he just lays at the top and whines.

The Electric Company is still digging up the yard and making a lot of noise in the process. They have dug huge holes in the yard. We worried about Baxter falling into them but they put up barriers around all of them. All the flags they put up marking where the water and gas lines are and they go and hit the water line twice so far. Guess that is better than them hitting the gas line. We have had a ice skating rink on our part of the road for the past week now.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

I never went back to work after coming home this morning. They had enough people come in to cover all the floors so I will try this once again tomorrow. Baxter and I have had a relaxing, quiet afternoon.

I have surfed the internet most of the day now. Wasn't anything else to do around here, I caught up on all of the housework over the weekend.

Baxter has been bored, as he keeps coming up to me wanting me to play...LOL He has a big green rubber bone that he loves playing fetch with.

Icy roads this morning. I almost got in a deep Gully. Luckily my car stopped in the grass right off the road and I have front wheel drive on my car or I wouldn't have gotten back on the road without a tow. Once they had the other side of the road salted one by one all of us made it back onto the road and turned around. I came home and am waiting on the roads to de-ice a little bit before I venture out again...