Monday, April 28, 2008

Aw Shucks !!

I had a major "senior moment" and completely forgot to sign up for Fun Monday this week.
So, I am swiping this from Wendy instead !!

Where did you grow up: all over the place (Army brat) until I was ten and have lived in Northern Virginia ever since.


1. A body of water, smaller than a river, contained within relatively narrow banks: creek

2. What is the thing you push around the grocery store called: shopping cart

3. A metal container to carry a meal in: lunch box

4. The thing that you cook bacon and eggs in: frying pan

5. The piece of furniture that seats three people: couch

6. The device on the outside of the house that carries rain off the roof: downspout

7. The covered area outside a house where people sit in the evening: porch

8. Carbonated, sweetened, non-alcoholic beverages: soda

9. A flat, round breakfast food served with syrup: pancakes

10. A long sandwich designed to be a whole meal in itself: sub

11. The piece of clothing worn by men at the beach: swimming trunks

12. Shoes worn for sports: tennis shoes

13. Putting a room in order: straightening up

14. A flying insect that glows in the dark: lightening bug

15.The children’s playground equipment where one kid sits on one side and goes up while the other sits on the other side and goes down: see-saw

16. How do you eat your pizza? pick it up with your hands

17. What’s it called when private citizens put up signs and sell their used stuff? yard sale

18. What’s the evening meal? dinner

19. What do you call the thing that you can get water out of to drink in public places? water fountain

20. What do you call the clothing covering for legs worn on the outside? pants

Is this what you call these things where you hail from (or were brought up) ?

Wendy is from up north (and that is where my parents were raised) - some of our answers were actually the same ... imagine that !!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Look What I Got !!

I participated in the Tax Relief Swap and recieved my goodies from the fabulous Julie at Abbily Ever After. The package arrived with a little note and some wonderful gifts.

See ...

She said -

"Here are a few things to help make your tax day a little happier" (The Willow Tree figurine is titled "Happiness" FREE to sing, laugh, dance and ... create!), "Brighter" (Little Miss Sunshine DVD) "& yummier" (Ghiradelli Chocolate - Dark 60% Cacao). Also in the package were a gorgeous pair of earrings (the picture doesn't do them justice - they are awesome!).

Girl, YOU ROCK !! Thanks so much for your generosity and creativity.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Itchy !!

Never in my life, to the best of my recollection, have I ever had a reaction to poison ivy - that is ... UNTIL NOW ! Of course, I didn't even know I had touched the stuff until way after when the blisters and itching began. It's not pretty ...

Anyone out there got any remedies on how to get rid of it FAST ??

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Day of Remembrance

Ross A. Alameddine
Christopher James Bishop
Brian Roy Bluhm
Ryan Christopher Clark
Austin Michelle Cloyd
Jocelyne Couture-Nowak
Kevin P. Granata
Matthew Gregory Gwaltney
Caitlin Millar Hammaren
Jeremy Michael Herbstritt
Rachael Elizabeth Hill
Emily Jane Hilscher
Jarrett Lee Lane
Matthew Joseph La Porte
Henry J. Lee
Liviu Librescu
G.V. Loganathan
Partahi Mamora Halomoan Lumbantoruan
Lauren Ashley McCain
Daniel Patrick O'Neil
Juan Ramon Ortiz-Ortiz
Minal Hiralal Panchal
Daniel Alejandro Perez
Erin Nicole Peterson
Michael Steven Pohle, Jr.
Julia Kathleen Pryde
Mary Karen Read
Reema Joseph Samaha
Waleed Mohamed Shaalan
Leslie Geraldine Sherman
Maxine Shelly Turner
Nicole Regina Whit

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Fun Monday - #32 - Double Nickel 5 & 5

The fine people over at Nekked Lizard Adventures are the gracious hosts this week (their First Ever Hosted Fun Monday) and I think we are all in for some great adventure !!

The assignment is:


Any 5 (FIVE) pictures, any subject, and any 5 (FIVE) words to describe and/or explain each picture.


My Big Brother Loves Me !

Wishing I Was There Again ...

Can't You See We're Busy ?

Gramma, I Lost A Tooth !

My Feet Are Killing Me !

Don't forget to pay a visit to the Nekked Lizards - you wouldn't want to miss this one !!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Think About This .... TAX Rebate

The federal government is sending each and every one of us a $600 rebate.

If we spend that money at Wal-Mart, the money will go to China.
If we spend it on gasoline it will go to the Arabs.
If we purchase a computer it will go to India.
If we purchase fruit and vegetables it will go to Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala.
If we purchase a good car it will go to Japan.
If we purchase useless crap it will go to Taiwan, and none of it will help the American economy.

The only way to keep that money here at home is to buy beer, since it is the only product still produced in the US.

Thank you. (to my brother - for sending me this !)

Monday, April 7, 2008

Fun Monday - # 31 - Your FIRST Celebrity Crush

Goodness, gracious !!
This is going to be soooooooooo embarrassing ! (but lots and lots of FUN)

Jo at JoBeaufoix is our hostess this week and what a great topic she picked!

Her assignment was:

“I want to know about your first ‘celebrity’ crush. You know, the one you fancied from that band, or that film, or who read the news, or who won Gold at the Olympics.
Did you have their pictures on your wall or in your locker?
Did you dress like them, style or colour your hair like them, follow them, meet them, marry them? (It could happen.)
Photos of THEM would be good, photos of YOU at the time you liked them would be even better.
Also, if you have time, I’d like to know whether they had any influence over your life, the person you became, or if they were just an embarrassing blip you would kind of rather forget about.”

Drum Roll, please .....

Are any of you out there OLD enough to remember this heart throb?

When I was in middle school - he was the man !! I only had two of his albums but I listened them to them all the time (notice, that I said albums? that's vinyl for those of you who know of nothing but cassettes and CDs). I proudly hung the album covers (and the posters that came with them) on the wall of my bedroom.

Here Comes Bobby


(This album cover folded out so that it showed his entire body)

With Love, Bobby


OH, and I still have these albums, just no record player to play them on !!

I don't remember most of his songs except for JULIE, DO YOU LOVE ME?

After checking out YouTube (which I still can't seem to embed), a couple more all of sudden sounded familiar !!

Like, Little Woman and Easy Come, Easy Go (this video clip is from a much older Bobby !)

And, I must not forget ... Bobby Sherman played Jeremy Bolt on Here Comes The Brides

Of course, he sang the title song "Seattle" for that show ....

So, where is Bobby now?

Bobby has fathered 2 sons and has found a respectable niche as a medic/policeman in Southern California.
He has served as Captain on the LAPD, teaching CPR & First Aid and most recently as Sheriff on the San Bernadino Police Dept.

AND ... he has his own foundation.

And, if the above hasn't been embarrassing enough ... here I am in the summer of 1974 !

Make sure that you go visit Jo - I guarantee it will be worth your time !!

Saturday, April 5, 2008

My Mother Didn't Name Me Grace for a Reason !

Scenario -

* Come home from work Thursday evening feeling like a Mack truck just ran over me.

* Make a mess on the counter while cleaning a baking dish that I had left to soak in the sink.

* The water slopped over onto the counter.

* I move some of my decanter type bottles out of the way to clean up the slopped water.

* I set them on top of the cutting board to get them out of the way.

* While cleaning up the mess, I notice the water has gotten under the cutting board.

* Not thinking, I lift up the cutting board.

* This lovely (and rather heavy) bottle decides to fall to the floor because of my stupidity.

But ... before hitting the floor -

It landed directly on my toe .

(The big toe nail is still discolored from my last lack of grace, a few months ago)

OUCH !!!!!

The nail instantly turned blue.

The pain was rather intense (you know, the kind that makes you sick to your stomach?)

It has been real fun trying to find a pair of shoes to wear that dont' cause major pain ...