Sunday, December 30, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Mickey is a big dude. He weighs over 300 pounds and is all muscle. Well, let me restate that, he's three hundred pounds of muscle and HORNS. Big horns. Horns that can do considerable damage. I'm standing there defending our position with a shovel---I know that sounds mean but when you're facing down a 300 pound goat with huge horns you need protection if he gets aggressive. And goats, along with sheep, have the hardest skulls you'll ever want to come across. Luckily when Mickey does 'fight' with us, it's somewhat half-hearted. You can tell he really doesn't want to hurt us. Deep down he's a terribly friendly guy... BUT he's still a male goat and those instincts kick in like crazy. There were a couple of altercations. In fact he darned near won one of them. He got one of his horns hooked in the shovel handle and nearly ripped it out of my hand (a Boer goats horns are big and hooked not straight) and even got me in the hand as he twisted trying to get the shovel away from me.
Luckily we both got out of there with our skin after hammering in the final nail, and from the safety of the outside of the pen petted Mickey and made friends again.
I'm happy to say the weather was fairly mild yesterday, for winter, and that made working a nicer thing. When we got inside, we even replaced a leaky faucet with a piece that's like the new Grohe faucets. It's really pretty. Best of all, our bathroom faucet no longer leaks!
Some Christmas huh? Well, it's just par for the course around here. Hope yours was wonderful. All in all, ours was pretty nice.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
While I've kind of outgrown the love of 'spelunking', or the desire to find raw gems and other rocks and polish them to perfection, I still love and own many examples of such things like amethyst, and opal. For jewlery though, the only real rock I like is diamond. Especially diamond rings. Everything else kind of looks fake no matter how real it is. Nothing compares to a diamond.
Friday, December 14, 2007
One month I'm flying high and making money and feeling like it's never gonna end. The next I'm scrounging around the sofa cushions for spare change. Now it's always been like that but this year it seems the variances have been more extreme than ever before.
With the end of the year coming up fast--can you believe it? It feels like just yesterday I was toasting the new year on the couch with hubby, and now it's gaining ground to Christmas. Whew. Well the wild ride is coming to an end for this year and I find myself praying that next year will smooth out just a little.
If it keeps doing the wild thing I may need drug rehab by this time next year. A gal can only take so many head spinning dips and breath-taking lifts. After awhile it all turns into a tylenol moment, and you want to reach for a Bacardi.
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
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Thursday, December 06, 2007
We found our current place and it suited up perfectly. Out in the middle of nowhere in a town no one from where we lived had ever heard of, with plenty of room (over 10 acres) and a lovely newer, although not new, home. Never once did I stop to consider the location in regards to re-sale back then. We pretty much figured we'd be here forever. Twelve years may not be forever, but it is a long time. It's time to move on now though and that 'location, location, location' motto is really hitting home. Sure we could, and probably will sell for a little better than the purchase price. We made some big improvements like a new barn that is still relatively new, but there's no way we'll get the windfall of cash we did from the first property that ended up being the last of its very sought-after kind. Sigh... lesson learned. Mottos are created for a reason, and always look as far ahead as you can in your thinking before you buy a piece of property.
Monday, December 03, 2007
I liked it.
Perhaps it was the fact that for a 'serious' movie there was a lot of levity in it. I LIKE that. I loved the fact that the autobot goodguys (Optimus Prime and his pack) not only had hilarious personalities, they had very individual personalities. It was a fun movie, although it does require a good deal of suspension of disbelief. If you like comic book styled movies this one is a winner.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Digital cameras too. Oh they aren't much smaller than the old-fashioned cameras, but they can hold hundreds of pictures in them with the help of their micro sd and that's just amazing. The old film cameras with their 12, 24, or gasp 36 picture capabilities on a single roll of film couldn't even have dreamed of being able to capture and store so many images. AND give us instant viewing ability so we know if the shot was good or not, and even the ability to load it onto a program where we can crop, cut, lighten, darken, or even skew into crazy shapes the images we've taken. I can't wait to see what technology has in store in the next ten to twenty years. I wonder what someone who lived in the late 1800's or early 1900's would think if they were to suddenly awaken in this era. It would have to be mind-boggling, but that only makes me wonder what will be 100 years from now when I'm no longer here... what an amazing place it will be. Yes, I still have hope.
have a longer life and make our 'stuff' run better longer. That's a plus. It still seems like I'm running out to by batteries all the time, for everything from my digital camera, to my walkman (yeah, I haven't gotten 'tech' enough for an IPOD yet, but hubby and son have one. My son's takes batteries too, what's with that? Hubby's is computer charged, and has a car charger, as well as a portable plug in charger. You'd think most things would have gone that way by now, but nope... most are still 'batteries not included'.
Now I know, in our politically correct, stupid, and way too sensitive over every little thing world that we can sometimes take things out of context to mean something offensive and get our panties all in a bunch, but come on. Get real.
Then again, maybe:
I wonder if it's true, maybe Santa really was callin out his 'elfs' and they were his hoes... at the same time, MAYBE that's really what the seven dwarfs were singin'...
Hey ho, hey ho,
it's off to work we go
get on your back
I'll talk some smack
hey ho hey ho hey ho hey ho!
Poor Snow White, the only @#$%$ with seven pimps.
Monday, November 12, 2007
I'm serious when I find the joy and humor in all of life's trials.
Life is good at throwing anger our way
A smile deflects the pain, and turns away darkness.
I'm serious when I play
Work is hard, and I do it with joy because I find the fun in all I do
Life's good at making us forget why we are alive
I play to remember that I'm here to experience all that is good about the world.
I'm serious when I hurt
Seeing what evils people do to each other every day, causes such great pain
Life is good about showing us the worst in our very natures
I hurt to know that I am alive, and am capable of feeling sorrow at others despair.
I am the evil that lurks in the dark
I am the darkness that hides in the soul
I am the anger that clouds men's minds
I am hatred…
I am prejudice, and darkness is my child.
The only light that destroys the darkness, is laughter, and love… yes, I am deadly serious.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
THAT is what is important.
Black/white/red/yellow, or puke bucket GREEN the color of a person's skin does not truly matter. That is not to say: deny thy ethnicity… it means that it does not define who you are as an individual. Your actions, your words, your attitude, all these things help to truly define you. How you treat the person standing right next to you, the person who lives with you, and the person who lives on a completely different content, THESE are the things that define you.
If your hair is long, short, straight, or curly, these things do not define you. If it's brown, black, blonde, or yeah even (gag) kool-aid red, that does not define you.
If you're fat, skinny, tall, short, these things do not define you.
If you have a big nose, a small nose, or a flat, or thin nose, these things do not define you.
If your eyes are blue, brown, green, or pink, these things do not define you.
All of the above may make you readily identifiable in a crowd as 'that person' rather than another, but, they have absolutely nothing to do with who you are inside, how you act, react, or respond to others, or situations around you: THAT defines you.
Caring deeply about people, and the world around us.
THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT DEFINE HUMAN BEINGS.
These are the things that make us truly brethren, regardless of race, creed, or sex.
These are the only things that matter.
Hurtful comments are just disrespectful no matter WHO you are talking about, public figure or not, or person next door. It's shameful. It truly is… and it defines YOU.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Something that happened to me just recently (and not for the first time, lol) only drove the point home harder for me... what we 'see' as the decline of musical talent, the pap of the iconoclastic culture... is not the reality of true artistic endeavors.
The fact is that in a very unbalanced industry where a handful of artists make mad, crazy money and lead extraordinary lives that the public sees and think is glamourous and 'normal' for that realm of work, is in reality the true fantasy... becasue in reality a much larger mass live near poverty and create because it is in their souls to do just that, and nothing in the world will ever stop it.
Perhaps the destruction of the dinosaur will allow for that to come up to the top... maybe not though, because as you pointed out in history those creative types were usually scorned and considered the lowest of the low... so be it, so it will be.
But it will not die, because it can not.
Friday, November 02, 2007
it really should be a snap. I use the computer for everything under the sun from buying furniture and clothes as well as DVD's and music, to banking, and money shifting (not to be confused with money laundering, lol) but for some reason planning a trip fails me. Good thing my hubby's good at that.
Friday, October 26, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
Go back to your roots... at least that's what I did. I feel the juices flowing again and it's a great feeling.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Okay, that was very paraphrased, I don't remember the exact words, but that's close enough for the point. It's so true. Guys cheat thinking they are going to get so much better but usually when a guy cheats its an impulse thing, someone who gives them the illusion of a little excitement, or beauty they are lacking, but they fail to realize that new woman isn't anywhere near the personality of the one they are leaving because they haven't gotten to know her, just her 'ass'ets. Anyway, I'm really looking forward to the movie. I'm going to be on the look out for a couple of his earlier movies too, especially Media's Family Reunion that I saw clips of on the special.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Monday, October 08, 2007
Ordering online was quick and simple. There were all kinds of colors to choose from, I picked gold (the color of victory!) and then you simply type in your inscription on the lines provided, and off you go. They let me know when the order was going to be created, when they were shipping it, everything!
The inscription I picked has a personal meaning for me. Some of you know I'm on a weight-loss journey, and this inscription helps to remind me that dieting may be a race, a race for health, but it's not a sprint... it is a long-distance journey that you can only accomplish by taking it one step at a time, and enjoying the process! I love my new tag, and wear it proudly as inspiration along the way. Thanks Quick Trophy!
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Monday, October 01, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
So drink up... water's free too. :)
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Sunday, September 09, 2007
and polishers he had was nothing short of miraculous either. I always wondered where he got the equipment he had and I just found a great source today! I think I'm feeling a re-kindling of my love for rocks building up inside. I know I've found some really interesting pieces just on my own property--now I'm beginning to wonder what they'd look like if they were properly prepared.
Here's a picture of the blinds open, it was kind of difficult in the lighting with the sun coming in.
And then here's a picture of them closed:
Here's a close-up of the molding:
And the pictures really don't do them justice at all. I couldn't take my eyes off of them all day yesterday! They add such a pleasant touch. Ordering the blinds was quick and easy with the detailed online order form at Blinds Chalet. They had so many styles to choose from that I had difficulty at first deciding, but went with the faux wood style. My picture window is so large (72") that I felt the small slats on standard aluminum or pvc type blinds would look out of place. The faux wood blinds have a thicker slat that has a lot of substance, and that is 2" wide.
I already have blinds in all of my other windows, but they are just the standard aluminum and I am so hooked on the molding aspect of these blinds that I'm planning on replacing many of the existing blinds in other rooms, especially the family room, and kitchen.
I was worried about the living room blinds but I couldn't be more pleased if I were twins. They are fantastic, and the Blinds Chalet folks were fabulous to work with. Check them out if you are considering blinds of any style for your home. You'll be amazed at the many varieties of blinds and window coverings available.
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Still there are things that I'm happy I didn't throw out. Last night I was looking for some good moisturizers and skin care products like that and realized I had a full bottle of a really good moisturizer on the back of the top shelf of my towel cabinet. It was still good, and I'm sure glad I didn't throw that away. Maybe I'll find a use for the old cosmetics someday too. Not sure what, but I'm not throwing it out just yet. You never know.
I've never been to Hawaii either. Sure would like to see it. That and Jamaica, although both of those are definately not driving trips so they may not ever happen. lol. Montana, I don't want to live there--burrr chill--but I'd love to see it in real life, not just in the movies. Washington, that would be very exciting... or even the REAL Paris. (Again, not a driving trip so unlikely.)
Still... yes, I think when I 'grow up' I want to have a nice little place to come home to, but spend a large chunk of time traveling.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Well, I broke my rule.
Now-I'll tell you that within that rule I don't include paying for reasonable postage on things like CD's, or DVD's etc...
That's what this sounded like, so I'm only 'partially' a fool. Still, even a partial fool is still a fool.
The ad said 'Make Money With Google'.
Sounds good so far. Google is a name I would trust--right? Wrong.
The next thing it said is pay just $1.95 for shipping. That is fair--right? Wrong.
Well anyway it is fair but only IF that's the truth. What it is really is pay $1.95 for shipping and then we'll charge you 19.95 when you get the CD (which I didn't I had to call and tell them I never got the stupid thing to even see if I liked it first when the charge came in), they sent me a download of the CD by email, then if you like it they'll graciously charge you 29.95 a month after that if you keep it....
Now, I'll go back a little bit and clarify, when I first signed up they sent me to a website for adsense. I CALLED immediately I don't want that. I know what that is, it's not what is promised in the ad. No, no, they assured, there's more on the CD... okay, so I waited.
Finally with the download there was Adwords included too... yippee... I just found out what ANYONE can find out online to begin with before they pay a cent to 'try' it.
In their email ad, and online ad they don't say ANYTHING about what their easy to make money online program is. There is no mention whatsoever of it been adsense, and adwords. You have to pay to find out it's a CD all about the same freaking things you can find out all about without the CD.
Google made out like a bandit, they got my 1.95, AND 19.95... they won't get a penny more ever again, and I'll be damned if I just up and trust the name Google again.
Now it's okay if you say-well you got what you deserved, you broke your rule... you'd be right. I fell for it.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Monday, August 20, 2007
Saturday, August 18, 2007
A huge 22" lcd monitor. That way I could multi-task like I always do, but I could have more than one thing showing on the screen at a time, so if I had the word program open, I could have the internet browser open on the other side of the screen for searching information, or if I had paint shop open I could browse the different pictures I wanted to work with on the other side. That's just fantastic. When I get my new computer that's what I want with it!
Well, on the writer's front, I dusted off Hell's Own since I'm no longer with Chippewa and they are experiencing difficulties and missed their deadline to publish it, and resubmitted it to a different company. I don't mind waiting anymore. It was just sitting here anyway, so now it can sit with them, lol. I used to hate the waiting part. I guess you really do develop patience as you get older.
Friday, August 17, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Roman is THE VILLIAN YOU LOVE TO HATE. He's got reason behind his villany. They're the wrong reasons to do something--BUT he BELIEVES in them. It's in his heart that he's doing the right thing. You can understand where this comes from even though you understand it is wrong. It's not based on simple lust, greed, or self gratification which are all of his's sons reasons for doing things. That kind of villian you just hate because he's evil through and through. More often in real life even bad people have their good points, and things that their friends and families love about them. LOL They have some inner believe that justifies what they do.
It may even be evil
BUT THEY BELIEVE in their priciples.
Good villians in any stories we write should have more of a basis to them than just lust, greed, or self gratification. Sure that can all play in, but for a TRULY great villian there has to be some inner sanction for the actions. A belief system.
Take Stalin as a for instance. Pretty evil guy, and did LOTS of bad things.
Both of those nut cases are real life people, and most would agree villanous. BOTH of them truly believed deep down that they were abiding by a deeper logic, and loftier goals. They believed that what they did was for a higher purpose.
They were wrong, of course, and we know it, but the reason that so many did follow those people is because their beliefs were infectious. They could, under the right circumstance even sound true.
Great villians come from somewhere deep inside a thought that has a broad implication and resonation. Something many people can understand, even if they don't agree with it.
Make your villians great.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
I also wrote and submitted an article on a home remedy for ringworm this morning on associated content. I'll let you know if and when that gets published, although that should also show up in my sidebar over there.
I began a new job writing for a law firm today too. I'm awaiting news on whether my article makes the grade over there. I'm hoping it does because they have quite a bit of business and it would help a lot since the web content writing business I was employed by closed up shop for a few months after loosing a big customer. That really hurt because I was making about eight hundred dollars a week from them.
Since I was never getting any of my articles sent back, I know it wasn't me that the owner of the ad company said the reason the client left was because of returned articles. There were quite a few writers with the company, and all of us are feeling the shut down pretty strongly.
Oh well... that's life in the Internet working world. Here one minute, gone the next.
(Just a note, I haven't been able to access the article yet but I'm pretty sure it's a browswer issue due to the why's of it not happening that I'm not even clear on enough to attempt to explain. I'll post the link as soon as I can.)
I can't believe how everything is falling apart. Someone's gonna die, and I don't just mean Roman, at least that's what I think. Albie is SUCH an evil mutha. The way he's killing Roman now is just crazy, I wonder somehow if he'll get stopped and Roman will have him put away, but it doesn't look like it, it looked like in the end of the last episode like he was being done in by that cocktail of drugs Albies wife gave him. Who knows though, I thought he was dead from the gun shot in the episode from the week before. Nicole, jeesh, I'd say something's gonna happen to her, but that would kind of kill the series because she's the wife that REALLY causes all the trouble, although just lately Barb has been making waves too. About the only one who still isn't like that is Margene. I don't blame her for the way she acted at all in the last episode. Somehow too, I don't know how but Bill always manages to come out squeeky clean. Like how in the end it worked out with the two wives in front of those 'poker buddies' in the restaurant who probably will buy into the gambling machines now that Bill isn't such a 'holy roller' in their eyes.
I don't know what's gonna happen with Nicole and stealing that money, and Albie knowing about it, or that rat father of Bill's trying to use Albie to get at his sons. Funny about the mother giving him his divorce papers but I don't like her either, coniving witch. Then Nicole with that huge slip of the tongue to Albie about Bill buying into Weaber Gaming (or whatever it's called) or course she didn't know it was something that her father wanted, so she really didn't know, but ouch, that's why I think someone in the family's going to get shot.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
I'd like to know what you all think. I actually think there has to be a middle ground. I've been to blogs that had virtually nothing in the side bars and the blogs looked fairly bland and uninteresting. Some went to the extreme and didn't even have a personal information area. I like to know a little something about the person who is writing the blog. I definately prefer to be able to find out a first name. If secrecy is such a must, I can live without knowing a last name, or even a location, although where they are can be very relevant in regards to the information in their blogs, but a first name is a good thing. I'd love to know a teeny bit about what that person is about, or what they do. That makes the whole 'blog experience' more relevant.
Anyway, any ideas on what you like in a blog? Let me know.