Friday, October 31, 2008

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Happy Halloween!

Lady D carved a pumpkin. Looks somewhat like a witch to me... I wonder if she'll take a pic with the lights on so I can confirm that? hehe

Thursday, October 30, 2008

a little light reading

I'm busy hand stitching things today, with luck I'll have the Kiddo's costume finished by late this afternoon and can follow through with my evil plan (which is a not so subtle hint that you get to see a picture of him in it once it's done).

Anyway since I'm doing that I'm not here and there are no posts from me for your enjoyment. .. .. Meanwhile I highly recommend you swing over to Phlegmfatale's blog and catch up on her Tooth Pick Test. Part One. Part Two. Part Three. Part Four.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Redistribute "wealth"?

Via Michelle Malkin, we get this transcribed quote from 2001:
But, the Supreme Court never ventured into the issues of redistribution of wealth, and of more basic issues such as political and economic justice in society. To that extent, as radical as I think people try to characterize the Warren Court, it wasn’t that radical. It didn’t break free from the essential constraints that were placed by the founding fathers in the Constitution, at least as its been interpreted and Warren Court interpreted in the same way, that generally the Constitution is a charter of negative liberties. Says what the states can’t do to you. Says what the Federal government can’t do to you, but doesn’t say what the Federal government or State government must do on your behalf, and that hasn’t shifted and one of the, I think, tragedies of the civil rights movement was, um, because the civil rights movement became so court focused I think there was a tendency [sic] to lose track of the political and community organizing and activities on the ground that are able to put together the actual coalition of powers through which you bring about redistributive change. In some ways we still suffer from that.
I'm not surprised. One of the reasons I'm so unhappy with the thought of obama is his socialist attitude. The other big one lately is the treatment of "Joe the Plumber" but that's a post for another time.

At any rate Fox News did a story on that little foot in mouth moment of obama's this past weekend sometime. Of course the nobama camp jumped to the defensive and called Fox news liers oh and in McCains pocket to boot. Because gosh heaven forbid a news outlet (be in tv, radio, or print) actually report anything that's negative towards the One.

The giggle moment for me came when watching Megyn Kelly and Bill Burton go at it over the issue.

I can share... ... ...

So since I know some of you don't think I shared the yummy goey fabulous teddy bears... here's proof!! And I'll even go one step further (because the Man will probably accuse me of taking it from him and eating it myself after I took the picture)...

I didn't even make him do any silly tricks to earn it, I just gave it to him!! That should be good karma for like a year I'm thinking. Yep I'm in the green zone now for sure.

oh YUM!

When the Man messaged me yesterday to ask if I had ever heard of chocolate covered cinnamon bears the first thought was Nuh UH!! Second thought was oooh yummy, I bet those are good he dang well better bring me home one to try. So he swindled his grasshopper out of the second half of her bag of them. I'm not sure how he did it, I think he did the whole hypnosis thing "you are getting very tired of sweet sugary teddy bears, you want to give sweet sugary teddy bear yummyness to me"... ... Either way I got to try it (thanks girl!! I owe you one.)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

of bent needles and such

This is not the way a sewing machine needle is supposed to look. Sadly it happend in the dark hours of last night and happens to be my very last one. ((grumble))

Verdict: Fail.

Second try was painting these cute little snowmen. Except I found out that they're dirty so I'll have to go buy some white spray paint before I can paint them.

Verdict: Fail.

Final Result - I'm taking the day off, nothing productive will get done today. Once I wrap my mind around that I might actually enjoy having a free day.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Monday Giggle

By way of Grasshopper we have our monday giggle... fainting goats!

A new convert

Actually I'm not sure if she actually counts as a "convert". She wasn't really against guns to start with, she just hadn't ever gone and done any shooting herself.

I'm talking about the Mans girlfriend. (Girl-friend people yeesh
minds out of the dirty pool!) Anyway she came over yesterday afternoon and we took the long drive down to the lake to put a few rounds down range. First let me say that the lake was beautiful. It was blue and sparkling in the sun like so many millions of diamonds.

Anyway the Man did his usual intro spiel. He gave his new recruit (we will henceforth refer to her as Grasshopper) the four rules of firearm safety (I have them listed on the side of my blog). Then the grip and stance rundown, and an idea of what the site picture should be like.

Then when we got there, we strapped the kiddo into the stroller (see monday cuteness) and let Grasshopper do her thing. She did really well! It isn't hard to shoot a .22 but if you don't pay attention to the basics you wont hit the target no matter what you're shooting and she hit it every time ... AND she hit it in the black every time. The more rounds she put down range the better she got too! It was definitely an afternoon well spent and I'm so glad we went. I always learn something more about MY shooting when the Man teaches somebody else. This trip I learned my trigger pull is bouncy and bouncy is bad. I also learned that my finger placement on the trigger is a little low (which causes my bullets to hit the target low because it pulls the gun down). I can't wait to get out there again and work on that, I get excited when I see my shooting improve!

I do, of course, have a few pictures of the Man instructing his Grasshopper.

(click em to big em folks)

Monday morning cute

The kiddo is driving. His little hands are clutching an imaginary steering wheel and he's making vroom noises. I love it, he has such a huge imagination. See his fancy schmancy shooting muffs (mickey mouse ears).

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Morning Thought

The kiddo was up at 6 this morning, when he gets up that early I always put him back in bed. This morning was no different, and as usual he fell right back to sleep. I thought sure I'd see his perky face again by 9 latest (the plan is to leave here at 10). 9:15 rolled around and still no shiny happy kiddo face. hmmm
So I turned on his light.
5 minutes later he staggered out of his room with his stuffy clutched in his hand and says "can you turn off the light so I can sleep mommie?"
I laughed at him hehe

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Cuppa burning love

For those folks out there who love a good cup of hot yummyness (coffee/cocoa/apple cider/tea) guess what... it helps spread the love!

It may seem unlikely, but simply clutching a warm cup of coffee can bring on a flood of warm feelings, U.S. researchers said on Thursday in a finding that suggests a strong link between physical and emotional warmth.

"Physical warmth can make us see others as warmer people, but also cause us to be warmer -- more generous and trusting -- as well," said John Bargh, a professor of psychology at Yale University in Connecticut, whose research appears in the journal Science."

The moral of the story? If you're a bear in the morning consider doing the world a favor and sip on something hot for a few minutes... see if that doesn't sunny up your disposition.

Now that I've done my part to spread the news I'm off to make a hot cup of cider and cuddle the kiddo.

Friday, October 24, 2008

random weekend junk

... weekends stink for my readers. I don't post much on them because I'm actually out of the apartment doing things, though the things I'm doing are not usually spectacular or enviable. I tend to hope you are doing something far more exciting then what I'm doing.
My big news today is that I sold yet another Wild Things Costume!! Yes you read that right, that makes three costumes sold. I'm in awe. I now have to quick finish up the one Chance gets before Halloween...

Today we drove about and window shopped to find the kiddo some mickey ears, we'd like to go shooting more often (the man would love the practice though I think he could hit the black on a target one handed with his eyes closed). Anyway finding a sitter for the kiddo is not as easy as you'd think... sooo we're going to try (yes try) to strap him in his stroller, get his ears protected, and have one adult with him (staying FAR back) while the other adult puts lead down range. We shall see if this plan works, or if we are completely bonkers for trying.

On a big fun thing we did manage to squeeze in today (for those of you who might appreciate it) was swinging past Kohls to ogle my dream shoes. I love plaid, and I love purple and oooh they are cute! Of course everybody else apparently likes them too because they only had three pair in stock (a 10, a 6 and a 7). *sigh*

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Puzzle Train

It's a puzzle, that's a train, that's the alphabet. I think the Kiddo actually knows about half his letters. He cant put them in order by himself yet but when I tell him to find a P he can usually pick it out. The other half of the letters I have to give him the corresponding animal as well (ie G, gorilla). Still he does fairly well and I'm proud of how he's learning. I do wish I could get him to focus that well on colors...

And yes, you did see that correctly, he's got spidey bloomers on to go with his spidey jammie top *snicker* We actually got them when he was itty bitty, I think they went with a 6month onesie set but they were HUGE and he never wore them. He "found" them in a pile of giveaway cloths and got super excited that we had "spiderman underwear" so I let him keep them to wear around the house when he wants.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

I think I would cry

This one is for the Man... apparently he hasn't seen this yes. I've seen it from several different sources at this point and each time I cringe. I'm sure she'll laugh about it in um 10 years. I can't decide if I would just sit down and cry or laugh my butt off.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Cheese Song

Apparently I didn't look hard enough the first time because when I looked again I found it!

This is obvious to anybody who knows me... I LOVE cheese. The Mans bro came to visit us several years ago and brought his son with him. I think his kid was 9 at the time. After that visit we didn't see him again until at least a year had passed. When we did see him again he said something to the effect of: "oh hey I remember you, you're the one who really liked cheese." (and then something about how many rollos I had, which is another story for another time).

At any rate... Muffy's Cheese Song:

Today's Special

Talking about muffs made me have a flashback. When I was a kid we used to watch the show Today's Special. And the little mouses name was Muffy. So here's another installment from the way back machine. I looked and looked for a clip of Muffy singing about cheese (my favorite song I can't remember *chuckle*) But couldn't find one so here's a second best... donuts! I'm very literally giggling my little butt off remembering.


Last week... no... the week before last... I was so bored I decided to try my hand at making my nephew a muff for his hands. They get really cold on the bad weather football days. Anyway I gave it to him and he was, well, lets just say he was underwhelmed.

Sad but not deterred (as I am still trying to avoid the real work on pinning and cutting the next pattern) I set about making my niece one. I love hers, if it was bigger I'd just keep it for me!

I did the outside in a dark red water repellent fabric. The cuff on the inside is a brown fur and the inside fabric is a rainbow pastel fleece with a thin pink cotton pocket for a hand warmer (to keep it extra snugly).

***as with nearly all photo's in my blog these pictures are "click it to big it"s

Reach for the sky...

The weather has been beautiful the last couple of days. So yesterday I took the Kiddo outside to play. He's quirky, he loves to pick a leaf off of every tree, maybe he'll be a botanist when he grows up?

He also likes to sit and run and slide... All the usual little kid things.

His new phrase goes something like this: Hey mommie? You can _____ if you waaaant. (for example, hey mommie you can sit next to me if you waaant). He draws out the A and gets a goofy cute smile on his face when he says it.

He really likes to swing, he reaches up as high as he can and pretends to catch the clouds. It makes me warm and fuzzy just to watch him. It also makes me really glad we opted to spend the extra bucks on the darkening eye glasses!! (Thanks mom).

Monday, October 20, 2008

Public Service Announcement

Okay y'all, I know a couple of you (at least!!) have had this concern... you don't have to create a google account to leave a comment.

When you go to leave a comment, under the comment txt box are the "choose an identity" options. The third or fourth one down are what you'll want to use.

The third (Name/Url) lets you input your name (the url is optional)
The fourth (Anonymous) lets you leave the comment with no name at all (if you so choose).

it could be worse...

There are days when I feel sad, and a little upset about the challenges the Kiddo is going to face in life. He was born with his left eye's optic nerve severely underdeveloped (optic nerve hypoplasia). The bare bones basic result of that being that he can't really see out of that eye (though he can see decent out of his other). It isn't something that can be "fixed" not with glasses, and not with an operation, it is just the way he is. So sometimes when I watch him fly around the house with his arms spread making airplane sounds I think that it's crappy that he wont have the option to join the navy and be a fighter pilot. Etc. Etc.

I was browsing the news yesterday while watching Chance eat his lunch and I came across a local article about some parents who have a young baby daughter with ONH. They are trying to raise enough money to go over seas to China and get their daughter an operation to help her condition. My first thought was WHAT, there's IS an operation??!! Who, How, What, Why!!??!!

Then, after the initial shock I read further (and more thoroughly). Their daughter was born with ONH so severe she can't see at ALL. From either eye! That could have been us. The operation, it costs tens of thousands of dollars and it doesn't FIX the problem it just helps... maybe.

I can't help feeling blessed. Our wonderful perfect amazing son with his beautiful manners, and his quirky sense of humor. We are so fortunate that he only has the problem with one eye.

It's good to be reminded...

Sunday, October 19, 2008


You know how in your bills you get the spam mail cards to buy 90 pieces of a train for 60 bucks each over the course of 20 years (or something similar). I always chuck em without looking, I mean shoot I cringe while paying the bill, I'm not exactly in the position to be looking at adverts asking me to spend MORE money. Still, this one was soooo uber cute and I love m&m's (blame my mom, she's made me a hopeless addict for life). Anyway I pulled it and sighed about it for a bit.. then I thought that maybe the twin would like to sigh about it too so I'm posting it, specially for her (oh and my mom, who will probably think they are scary and odd looking.. especially red with his scowl and frowny mouth).

*click on the pic to link to the page where they are sold

Saturday, October 18, 2008

While we're on the subject about these!! *drool*

Shoes shoes shoes shoes... ...

hmm so the kiddo needs new shoes. We have been looking everywhere (!!) for some waterproof, warm hiking boots his size. I guess people figure that kids his age either need big clunky snow boots or tennies. He's extremely clumsy in snow boots and tennies just wont work for winter play.

Finally I am resorting to shopping online. At this point it's window shopping though, sadly a decent pair of boots will apparently cost us an arm and a leg!! Check these out (they run a slightly rediculous 72 bucks):

Even better, or worse (depending on how you look at things) are these (which run a jaw dropping $177!):

aah to be wealthy and stupid with money *sigh*

Thursday, October 16, 2008

A scooter I actually want...

I read a blurb about the Piaggio MP3 three wheeled scooter somewhere about a month ago, but I can't for the life of me remember where (or I'd link to that person). Anyway at the time I thought to myself how neat it looked. Of course the second thought was that I can't very well stick a 3 year old on the back of that thing, he'd jump off (on purpose!). Anyway with gas prices going crazy the Man and I have said to ourselves several times lately how nice it would be to have a second, better mileage, vehicle. It's all dreaming of course (we can't afford even an 8k price tag at the moment) but I can't help thinking... wouldn't it be nice? (and fun!!)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud

My mum sent me a Flanders and Swan cd several months back. I love to listen to it with half an ear while I'm puttering about sewing or cleaning. Anyway she sent it so that the Kiddo could learn the Hippopotamus song. I have yet to get him to sing any more then the refrain. I must say a tiny 3 year old voice singing "mud, mud, glorious mud" is definitely quite something to hear. At some point in the near future I will have to try and get him on film doing it.

Until then... since I KNOW most of you have NO idea what I'm talking about... check this out:

oh and btw

*todays game 6-4 woot!

A Clouds Silver Lining...

...actually does exist. Well, for the really high clouds that is, and it's technically not silver but some other kind of metal. Still, it's cool to think that when I say to my sister to keep her chin up, "every cloud has a silver lining, you just have to look for it" I'm not actually so full of crap she needs hip waders. Who knew?? *grin*

I said no kisses...

aaaahahahahahahah okay so I have to admit I watched this like five times and laughed my butt off every single time.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Hiiiigh heals

I guess the standard popular height for high heals has grown from 3 or 4 inches to 5, 6 and higher. I'm a little bit in awe, I seriously doubt I could actually WALK in something higher then 4 inches and even that is questionable. Besides, if I had to run somewhere wearing something taller I'd be in serious trouble.
Anyway here is a slideshow with a link to the article about it. Sadly, I thought that virtually every single shoe in the slideshow was uuuugly! The only pair I even slightly liked was number 7 the black tie heals from the Louis Vuitton spring collection.

hunka burning... brush?

It's horrible and sad and scary but I must admit there is something awe inspiring and beautiful about a wildfire.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Sunday Shenanigans

Sunday we took a day for us, we went down to Cabela's and wandered around for quite awhile just looking at stuff. I think it's the one store that The Man doesn't mind window shopping in.

I'll give it to the kiddo, he only asked once if we could go see Santa. (We had our picture with Santa taken there last year, I loved it... They have an amazing Santa and we will definitely be doing that again this year).

The funniest part was when the Kiddo asked to see Santa the Man didn't hear what he said. He asked him "I didn't hear you, what did you want??" And the Kiddo said "I want a train".

hehe I think he was a bit confused don't you?

Yellow submarine

I must admit I've always had a little clothing envy towards the cyclists in those bright arsed neon yellow wind breakers. I LOVE bright colors... but, ahem, yellow makes me look dead. Yes, dead. A funny odd orangy shade of dead no less.

At any rate, it doesn't make the Kiddo look dead though it probably would if he was coated in it. Drenched in neon yellow and running rampant around the playground... But I'd be able to see him, and isn't that the most important thing??

So we bought him a yellow coat. Well actually it's a black coat, with bright neon yellow sleeves. Which The Man says are actually bright neon green sleeves... which makes me wonder if I'm loosing my eye sight as well as my mind... so, for your consideration a photo of said black/yellow/green coat (note the spiffy matching beanie and gloves *grin*)

Yeah, it's a bit big on him. It's a 3T (he wears a 2T). The Man has pointed out on several occasions that he's got a 2T body and a 4T head (*snort/giggle*) which is actually rather true. We had to get the 3T so the coats hood would come up over his head and actually cover it. We got the beanie to make sure his ears stay covered on windy days.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

I want this... and this...

As I sit sewing I hear a little voice:

"mom, can I have a present?"

I say "no hon, not right now, you don't NEED a present. What are you doing anyway"

"I'm reading mommie, see the toys?"

I get the One Step Ahead catalogue every couple of months and he loves LOVES to read through it. It's full of toys, and gadgets, and cloths, and stuff for little kids. They have a section on their web site for toddlers and I've signed up for that catalogue too but I have yet to receive one *shrug*

His biggest favorite is usually the car steering wheel, but this month it's the ride on remote control airplane. Seriously, how can you beat THAT!

Seriously? Snow??!!

Holy smokes it's been cold. Yesterday the inlaws met us at the apartment before we all caravaned to Toele to watch the nephews weekly football game. Anyway before we left here I mumbled something about how the weather lady said the night before that it was supposed to rain and snow all day. My father in law said back that he really didn't think it was going to start until the afternoon, at which point we'd be safely back home.... Ironically when we got there we suffered through about 30 minutes of slushy wet crap falling from the sky before the wind pushed the storm past us and the sun came out (it was all of 48 degrees). It was actually a decent game too (they lost, 0-6).

The cold and rain and ickyness helped us realize that The Kiddo needs a new coat (the one he has we bought two years ago, it's sized 18 months and the sleeves are a tiny bit short on him... he grows SLOW). Anyway we gritted our teeth and went and found a coat for him at Target last night. If the Kiddo's coat doesn't fit he'll get sick and I'd rather spend the money on a coat then on medicine!! I'll take a picture sometime today and put it up for y'all to see.

We did get to watch the Utes game (we won, of course hehe, that makes 7 strait wins no losses woot!!).

Anyway we went to bed last night and woke up to find THIS:
The weather report says 39 degrees today with rain and snow showers. So far it's just gray so we'll see what happens. Still (here comes a small whine session) I'm NOT READY FOR SNOW. We've been having an unseasonably warm fall and I was super happy that it was 70 degrees or higher on very nearly a daily basis. And now it's 40 with snow?!!! *deep breath* They DO say that by the end of the week we should be back up to the upper 60's or low 70's so there's hope I suppose. *shiver*

Friday, October 10, 2008

apparently not too fat

Awhile ago I read via several different sources the story about the Ohio man claiming he was to fat for the death penalty. The whole thing was so ludicrous that it became the butt of many jokes. Still I must admit I am somewhat relieved (considering the judicial system in todays world) to find out he is NOT to fat! Score one for the good guys I guess.

Hair today...

I'm not a big baseball fan, I don't follow the game or have a favorite team. But even still you gotta love this story about a 12 year old kid who got a mowhawk to support his team and then got suspended because of it. Apparently mowhawks are a dress code violation in his school.

Best part is the kid says he has resolved to keep the style. I'm giving him kuddo's, way to stick to his guns, it almost gives me hope for the next generation.

following the paper trail

I'm definitely not the most economically educated person out there and even I could have told you the bail out wouldn't do a whole lot of anything for awhile. I'm not saying it was or was not a good idea (I would have voted no, but that's because I'm a cynical gal and it torks me that I'm paying for that type of thing).

Any rate, via Fatale Abstraction, I followed a link to yet another article (this one from across the pond no less) ... as I read the thing one paragraph jumped out at me as I'd read something similar in several different places. (I dutifully highlighted the pertinent sentence for you if you don't feel like going to read the entire article. I'm just saying... ... ...

"It's true that the improvident lending was not initiated by Fannie and Freddie: their role in this was to buy these loans and sell them on – but then the music stopped. Cynical students of the American political system will note that the biggest recipient of campaign contributions from the munificent duo of Fannie and Freddie over the past 20 years was one Christopher Dodd, Democrat Chairman of the Senate's Banking Committee.

Rather surprisingly, given that he has only been in the Senate for four of those years, the second biggest beneficiary was Barack Obama. In August the Washington Post reported that Obama's presidential campaign team had sought the advice of Franklin Raines "on mortgage and housing policy matters". Perhaps Mr Obama's team just wanted to know where all the bodies are buried – there are rather a lot of them. "

Thursday, October 9, 2008

overheard in the bedroom...

Me: stupid f'in fire alarm!! (which had been beeping every minute for the past 15 minutes due to a dead battery ... while I tried to figure out WHAT was beeping)

The Kiddo: Good morning mommie (said while peering around the door to his room a little hesitant to come out)

Me: Good morning kiddo, you sure slept in this morning (glancing at a clock that read an enviable 10:20am!!)

The Kiddo: Um yeah, I did. I have pizza in my eye (scrubbing his eyes and trying to get the nighttime crusties out of them)

Me: you have PIZZA in your eye?!?!?!

The Kiddo: Yeah, but it's okay, it's gone now, I've got to go potty (as his rear disappears down the hall towards the bathroom)

Do you believe in fairies..

Okay so normally I don't write stuff like this but since I know a couple of you have little girls I thought you'd be interested.

The new TinkerBell movie is coming out here shortly (October 28th if I remember correctly) and one of the magazines I get has a contest to win tink stuff. Who can't use some tink stuff?

Anyway go here: and scroll down until you see the entry about it. Click on the comments section and say something witty. You've only got until Friday Oct 10th (that's tomorrow folks) to enter so get off your booties and get it done.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

As good as it gets

Well folks apparently Human evolution has come to a standstill. I guess in todays cushy world survival of the fittest no longer relates. *sigh*

Morning cuddles

My current definition of Irony: Finally giving in and buying nighttime pullups again for the Kiddo (after a month of him wetting the bed at o-dark thirty every two to three days) and having him sleep through the night again AND wake up dry every single morning since. Guess he just needs the "security blanket" at night for a little bit longer before he's ready to go.

I must say though that I've gotta give it to the kiddo, he knows how to wake me up nicely. He crawls into bed next to me, snuggled up against my back and goes back to sleep! He'll usually nap there for 20 minutes or so before he starts to crawl all over me like a puppy. I can think of far worse ways to wake up!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Daily dose of cuteness

I do have at least one thing to post about today but currently I'm trying very hard to motivate myself towards some real work (sewing). I've got to cut the fur for the costumes tail and it always gets everywhere and ends up making me sneeze for hours so I'm procrastinating. The problem is I KNOW I'm procrastinating so I feel guilty.

Till it's done and I'm ready to take another break here's a daily dose of cute to bring a very big warm n fuzzy moment to ya:

Monday, October 6, 2008

what the heck

I'm not saying the republicans are fault free, I'd say there's plenty of "blame" to go around both parties thanks very much. So the thing that confuses me, and ticks me off, is why the republicans are being accused of causing the current economic melt down and the democrates are not. Not to mention why Obama is gaining points in the polls because of it??!!??!!

Snuggle Puppy

Days like today I really, really, miss Cali. She'd be just shy of two years old now and I know she'd love today. Not to mention I'd have a motivating reason to get some excercize for my ever expanding behind...

Chance at least has a 'substitute' that he loves almost as much

View from the balcony

It's beautiful outside. Weatherbug says it's 61 degrees but as most of our windows face West we get the heat from the sun warming the apt. and it feels much warmer. I have opened all the windows and have spent quite a bit of time sitting in a chair soaking in the breath of Fall. Something about the crisp air and warm sun makes me smile even if I don't want too.

The Way Back Machine..

Recently my dad sent me an email; he said that Google has released their year 2000 web archives. In them he found my old web page.. when I say old I mean pull out the wayback machine and dust off the knobs, and duck when you puch the button it'll be working so hard. It feels like I've been many different people since then. Anyway check out the neat-o picture my sister took that I used back then for my lead in page. It's the front of our house with a topo map transposed on it. All this before digital camera's and computer manipulation.

Song for a Little House
I'm glad our house is a little house,
Not too tall nor too wide;
I'm glad the hovering butterflies
Feel free to come inside.

Our little house is a friendly house,
It is not shy or vain;
It gossips with the talking trees
And makes friends with the rain.

And quick leaves cast a shimmer of green
Against our whited walls,
And in the phlox, the courteous bees
Are paying duty calls.

Christopher Morley

computer illiterate

I'm trying very hard to get a visitor # tracker onto my page. It's giving me a migrane. I know there are several people that come by and try to stay caught up but :( I don't know how many or who because I can't track it yet!!

I'll get it fixed soon hopefully, till then um erm I'll just assume you really are out there lurking around reading my random nuron firings.

If you by chance have any helpful tidbits of information on how to get it up and running let me know!! :D

******Edited to add: got it!! I figured it out, I read pages and pages of help documents and finally figured out what I was missing. Now I can FINALLY track ((grin)) ****

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Turtle; yum, caramel!!

I was surprised, well shocked more like it, when the wild things costume I made sold so quickly. Upon consideration I guess I shouldn't be, all skills take time to learn, and not all people are willing to take the time to learn them.

The skills I covet tend to run towards the more active and outdoorsy type (shooting better then well being my current goal). And I'm sure there are plenty of folks out there who would love to be able to sew but can't figure out one end of a sewing machine from the other. Or, more likely, don't CARE to. Apparently I fake it well enough that they're willing to pay to let me do it. Sweet!

All that being said, I am going to see if any of those non-sewing people want to acquire the turtle costume I made last year. The Kiddo loves to play in it but it's starting to get small and as it's still in perfect (new) condition I might as well see if I can get any extra income out of it.

(follow the link to the listing to see a few more pictures)

Mmmm Biscuits!!

It's been a rather slow and uneventful day. I spent the majority of the morning getting the two costumes I sold packed up and ready to go. Then it was lunch time and, as it was all of 60 degrees out side, I had a hankering for something warm and comforting. I nuked up some left-overs and made them more exciting with some Red Lobster biscuits.

I stole the recipe for said biscuits from Brigids blog last week. I highly suggest going there and getting it to try for yourself. They were amazingly yummy and hit the spot nicely.

After lunch it was off to the fabric store to buy some more fleece. I'm going to knock out a couple more wild things costumes. I'll list one for sale in my geminiwinds store, and keep the other for Chance to wear for Halloween.

All in all a boring but extremely productive day.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Take a cue...

Somehow this strikes me as a good theme song for the last couple months

Classy Diner

Today we went out East to Oakley and watched my nephew in law play football. His team isn't that great, and some of the kids don't ever actually show up to play (they show up to whine) but HE does and I fully support him in it. That means every Saturday we pack up the car with camp chairs, the pop up 12x12 canopy, the kiddo, and some snacks and drive a bajillion miles to watch them lose. But we do it with a smile and we tell him how fabulous he did at the end of every game so that he'll keep trying and keep getting better.

Today, as I said, we went out to Oakley. It was a really cute, really small, rather out of the way town. And it was cold as heck (49 degrees and raining!!) so I can't say I spent a lot of time absorbing the atmosphere. The best part of the afternoon was stopping at the local diner for lunch after the game. It was so very atmospheric... It's the Road Island Diner and was moved to Oakley (of all places) from New Jersey in 2007. If you want to read the whole history (which is kind of interesting) follow the link.

I love that they kept the whole thing authentically 1939 retro style. All except the fancy schmancy tv's on either end and the quarter juke boxes on each table.

I should say that they have some very yummy fry sauce and an outstanding grilled Reuben. YUM-O!!!

They like me they really like me...

Wow, I'm speachless. I made the Kiddo a wild things costume and while I was at it made an extra one on the random thought that maybe I could sell it and make a couple extra bucks. I ended up selling BOTH of them!!

Can you believe it?!?!?!

Version A .......................................................................... Version B


Thoughts Become Things; Choose The Good Ones.