October 7, 2014

  • Heads Up!!!!

    Hello Out There!

     I’m still here, well, at least I’m here at home.  My computer at work is still a piece of poo =/   My boss is contemplating getting me a new and improved model….We’ll see.  Anyway I’ve missed xanga a whole lot.  I’ve not even been able to check your post at work in over a month, which is strange because I can check facebook with no problems….I did read a fb message from xanga this week….I’m signning up for the free six months – YAY FOR FREE STUFF!!!!

    I wanted to post about the lunar eclipes – I’m going to set my alarm and get up for it, as the weather seems to be in a co-operative mood.  Here’s some information:

    View larger. |  Deep colors in the umbral shadow are revealed in a long exposure 15 minutes before the total phase of the April 14-15, 2014 eclipse begins.  Photo by Fred Espenak.


    Courtesy U.S. Naval Observatory
    I also subscribe to spotthestation which warns me 12 hours in advance when you can spot the international space station fly bys!  I’m not sure if this is for the whole of North America or just my town….but I’m going to watch for the fly by too, it’s really cool, I am easily amused though….


    Time: Tue Oct 07 8:34 PM, Visible: 3 min, Max Height: 40 degrees, Appears: W, Disappears: NNE
    So there you go….happy viewing the heavens everyone!

August 5, 2014

  • Ole Tobie

    In the past I’ve ended most days in prayer, more often than not this was ritual, thanking God for family and friends, asking for rain or not so much rain and  asking for prayers for those in need.  However recently  when I lay me down to sleep I just talk with God, most nights it’s a short conversation before I drift off to a nice quite restful state.  Last Sunday night the talk was quite lengthy, Tobie, who’d taken up sleeping at the foot of my bed, was very restless.  Outside Lightnin McQueen, having been sent to the pen for the night, for chewing up right flip flops, was barking poor poor pitiful me and although I could overlook (or hear) the whining, my neighbor who is just finishing up radiation and chemo treatments, probably didn’t find him as endearing as I,  although she has never once complained …anyway….I got up, went through the house to the kitchen window and yelled at Lightin to HUSH UP !!!! ,  Tobie followed me and when out the kitchen door…Lightnin stopped barking… I went back to bed, it was 2:22am on the cable box as I passed by.

    The next morning I got up and got ready for work as usual. Backing out the drive way I saw Tobie laying under the pecan tree, it looked like he’s taken a final stroll down to the creek and on his way back to the house had laid down to keep the squirrels out of the pecans one last time.  I went back to the house and told Barry, I offered to stay home and help dig the grave, down by the creek in the pet cemetery, but  he declined and said he’d call me at work when things were ready, and he did.  Big Moon as Nash and I call him, prepared the grave and called me to come for the closing.  At 11:30 we laid Tobie to rest with all the dogs that have come and gone before him. He was 12 and a half years old, he’d had a really good life, but I sure will miss him.

    Santa Dogs

    Tobie’s the yellow on the left….He was a Good dog.


    January 2002   – July 2014

    I’ve not been able to post from work, I can usually read your post and keep up with your lives but I can’t post and comment…  however….today I called and left a message with a computer dude, that I trust, to come work on my computer.  Hopefully soon I’ll be able to communicate from work again. I’m at home now, usually my home time is pretty darn sacred….but you are all very important and I wanted to record  Tobies passing before the memory fades, because they do.  We’ve buried many a dog down by the creek…they all face eastwardish. If I don’t get working on headstones soon I’m afraid we might start diggin up dogs.

    Signing off from the Home front


July 15, 2014

  • Happy Happy Joy Joy

    Twenty Eight Years ago I gave birth to two of the most incredible girls in the wide world…Twenty Eight years later they decided to spend their birthday in Greece…

    Anna and Sarah in Greece 7-15-2014
    Sarah and Anna Greece 7-15-2014

    without me and Big Moon…but I’m throwing them a Cinderella Birthday Party, I’ve invited all their friends over and am making them clean my house =))))

    wicked step mother

    Happy Birhday Grills… ILYM

July 1, 2014

  • Happy Birthday Marica!!!

    I must confess I stole the following quote from Adams woman…thanks C!


    Today is Marica0701′s Birthday….She’s an AWESOME person…Go wish her a Happy Birthday

    Have a great week and Happy Forth of July in case I don’t have time to tell you on Thursday!


June 19, 2014

  • Summertime

    Early every spring my husband Barry plants tomato seed, he also buys plants when they come available at the hardware and grocery store, this year I think he planted a dozen plants at the house and has given plants away, I even planted one here at the office. Then the waiting and watching begins…it’s always exciting to see those first little green gems apear. Tuesday when I got home from work Barry told me we had a red tomato! I asked him if he’d picked it but he was waiting on our grandson Nash to to have the honor…You see Nash loves tomatoes, he’s been our official tomato inspector since he was able to walk! Wednesday Nash and Big Moon ( Nash calls Barry Big Moon, much more creative than grandpa although we do have to explain who Big Moon is quite often) emailed me this photo:

    Nash and the first tomatoes June 2014

    Nash found two red beauties….sometimes being four has it’s advantages, like being closer to the ground where red tomatoes like to hang out :) One tomatoe went into Nash’s ramon noodles and Barry is saving the second one, I figure until there’s another one to take it’s place, but I’m thinking it might turn into a tomato sandwich this afternoon…Yummmmmm….my mouth is already watering…

    I haven’t called the computer dude in to look at my computer yet, but at least I can connect to the internet without embarassing myself, although occasionally the screen goes blue and everything shuts down…I’ll have to do something soon. I’m also still typing blind but I can highlight (thanks Zakiah!)and read what I’ve written, it’s kinda tricky editing this way but I’m gettin it done :)

    Life Is Good

    It’s All Good!

June 13, 2014

  • stranger things have happened

    but I’m not sure when or where! As I type this my cursor moves and I think I may be making a post but I can’t see what I’m typing, I’ll try to be careful in my spelling!, we’ll see what happens when I hit post.

    I guess I’m going to have to break down and call in a tech person to fix my problems….I’d call today but it’s Friday the 13th and a full moon, the full strawberry moon I think, but without my earthsky emails I’m not for sure about that +/

    I did want to wish all the Fathers out there a Happy Fathers Day! I lost my Dad to cancer 25 years ago, I sure do miss him! I was watching a PBS show about the Tetons a few days ago and was reminded of him. We were camping on a small glacier lake, Slide lake if I remember correctly, Daddy had hiked way up the small stream that fed the lake, or maybe it was a glacier stream leading out of the lake, anyway, Daddy came back to camp without a single trout, he’d had hit after hit but never could keep the fish on line, after a while he realized that the barb on the fly had been broken off…what a bummer, no trout for dinner and the trout didn’t even get a fly! It worked out alright though, Momma fixed one of my favorite camp dinners, egg noodles and canned chili….the next morning we’d have the rest of the canned chili with an egg, poached I think, on the chili…maybe all camp food was a favorite, just being out in tnature with family made anything and everything great!

    Have a great weekend! – ILYm

    Mom and Dad July 1987
    This is Mom and Dad in 1987

May 29, 2014

  • I’m here – kinda

    First of all – I sure do miss you guys!!!!

    Secondly….the grandson Nash and I traveled to Texas to be with my Mom on Mothers Day, it was a great time!


    Third and final thing….while I was gone my bosses helper used my computer…to death…I’ve been working for over a week trying to get the stinkin thing to work without porn videos and adds for erectile dysfunction meds popping up in the middle of my work….how embarrassing and quite frankly repulsive…I tried rebooting from the date I left and just let me say all those updates they add on after you log off are evidently important and  I can’t add photographs without everything freezing up….

    Sorry to complain…but it’s been really frustrating…Hopefully I’ll be back to normal, what ever normal is, soon.

    In the meantime, as the Dread Pirate would say:

    Sail On – Sail On


May 5, 2014

  • El Día de la Batalla de Puebla


    The Day of the Battle of Puebla

    Cinco de Mayo has its roots in the French occupation of Mexico, which took place in the aftermath of the Mexican American War , the Mexican Civil War and the Reform Wars. These wars left the Mexican Treasury nearly bankrupt. On July 17, 1861, Mexican President Benito Juarez issued a moratorium in which all foreign debt payments would be suspended for two years. In response, France, Britain and Spain sent naval forces to Veracruz to demand reimbursement. Britain and Spain negotiated with Mexico and withdrew, but France, at the time ruled by Napoleon III, decided to use the opportunity to establish a Latin empire in Mexico that would favor French interests, the  Second Mexican Empire.

    Late in 1861, a well-armed French fleet stormed Veracruz, landing a large French force and driving President Juárez and his government into retreat.Moving on from Veracruz towards Mexico City, the French army encountered heavy resistance from the Mexicans close to Puebla, at the Mexican forts of Loreto and Guadalupe. The 8,000-strong French army attacked the much smaller and poorly equipped Mexican army of 4,500. Yet, on May 5, 1862, the Mexicans managed to decisively crush the French army, then considered “the premier army in the world”


    so there ya go…

    another reason to eat drink and be merry

    In other news… well…. I don’t have much news but I did have a visitor at work today.

    moth 5-5-14

    This fellow was on the sign by the front door when we came in this morning.

    The Cecropia Moth (Hyalophora cecropia)

     North America’s largest native moth.  It is a member of the Saturniidae family, or giant silk moths. Females with a wingspan of six inches (160 mm) or more have been documented. It is found as far west as the Rocky Mountains and north into the majority of Canadian provinces. The larvae of these moths are most commonly found on maple trees, but they have been known to feed on cherry and birch trees among many others, (the sign is redwood)

    Like all members of the Giant Silk Moth family, the nocturnal adult cecropia moths are designed only to reproduce, lacking functional mouthparts or digestive system. Therefore, they survive a maximum of about two weeks.   To find a mate, the female cecropia moth emits pheromones which the male’s sensitive antennae can detect up to a mile away, although a male may fly up to 7 miles while searching for a female. Mating begins in the early morning hours and lasts until the evening. Afterward the female lays up to one hundred eggs, which hatch into tiny black caterpillars.

    Crecopian Moth 5-5-14


    She’s the largest moth I’ve ever seen and I think she’s laid some eggs on the sign…I’ll keep a watch on those and see what happens, the caterpillar looks like this:


    I  believe if you step on or handle this caterpillar you may get a painful sting…

    now you have had your entomology lesson for today

    Have a wonderful evening…..


    There’s a meteor shower starting up tonight, or in the morning, the

    Eta Aquarids

    best viewing time in between 3 and dawn

    For once we have clear skies….I hope my alarm is working!

May 1, 2014

  • Happy May Day

    You know May Day isn’t really about pole dancing and baskets

    The Worker’s Maypole

    Walter Crane

    Written: April 13, 1894 for The Workers Maypole cartoon;

    World Workers, whatever may bind ye,
    This day let your work be undone:
    Cast the clouds of the winter behind ye,
    And come forth and be glad in the sun.

    Now again while the green earth rejoices
    In the bud and the blossom of May
    Lift your hearts up again, and your voices,
    And keep merry the World’s Labour Day.

    Let the winds lift your banners from far lands
    With a message of strife and of hope:
    Raise the Maypole aloft with its garlands
    That gathers your cause in its scope.

    It is writ on each ribbon that flies
    That flutters from fair Freedom’s heart:
    If still far be the crown and the prize
    In its winning may each take a part.

    Your cause is the hope of the world,
    In your strife is the life of the race,
    The workers’ flag Freedom unfurled
    Is the veil of the bright future’s face.

    Be ye many or few drawn together,
    Let your message be clear on this day;
    Be ye birds of the spring, of one feather
    In this–that ye sing on May-Day.

    Of the new life that still lieth hidden,
    Though its shadow is cast before;
    The new birth of hope that unbidden
    Surely comes, as the sea to the shore.

    Stand fast, then, Oh Workers, your ground,
    Together pull, strong and united:
    Link your hands like a chain the world round,
    If you will that your hopes be requited.

    When the World’s Workers, sisters and brothers,
    Shall build, in the new coming years,
    A lair house of life–not for others,
    For the earth and its fulness is theirs.

    mayday poem image

    have a lovely day!

April 24, 2014

  • Rabbit NPM # 9



    When my siblings and I were young
    our father would not let us play
    with kids he didn’t know

    There were three of us girls
    and one rotten boy
    playing together was usually quite fun

    We made up our own games
    built forts of pine straw
    found crawdads in creek beds
    and then let them go

    Some games were right dangerous
    thinking back on those days
    where was our Mother?

    Good grief I can’t say!

    Our favorite included
    a black pellet gun
    Oldest sister would aim it and say


    We ran through the brambles
    round bushes and trees
    if we could find one
    through fences we’d squeeze

    Her aim was right deadly
    from practice I guess
    she aimed for our buttocks
    and never our heads

    california whiteners

    this picture was taken in 1969, that’s me on the left, oldest sister next to me, you can probably pick out the rotten brother and baby sister
    Even with sore buttocks we still love each other very very much!

    We all made it to adulthood in one piece, by God’s Good Grace I’m sure.
    Now I’m off to help set up tables at church,
    The Baptist women are hosting a brunch Saturday, I’m looking forward to it.
    If there’s one thing I can tell you for sure about Southern Baptist women
    it’s they know how to cook!

    Have a Great Evening