Saturday, June 30, 2007
WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? My mom and my grandma. If I’d ever been able to have had a daughter, she’d have been Nancy also. Once, one of my grandmother's friends greeted me and said, "Ah, I hear you're Nancy too."... "Nope", I replied. "I'm Nancy 3... my mom's Nancy 2...." Yah, I'm a smart alec sometimes.
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? Last night.
DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? When I take my time, my handwriting is very good. When I’m in a hurry…I’m the only one who can read it. I can also write in script backwards. It comes in handy when one is stuck in an inservice meeting and the presenter is an idiot. It always gave me an opportunity to express my disgust, but keep it somewhat private. Nonetheless, friends who knew me always knew it was not a good sign when I was taking notes backwards.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? Thin shaved corned beef, or ham.
DO YOU HAVE KIDS? No, and not because I never wanted any. And no, I’m not sharing that story.
IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? I think so.
DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? Depends on the situation. When I do, I’m very angry. A lot of my sarcasm gets written down, backwards.
DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? nope. Got’m taken out and tubes put into my ears when I was 30. I was a late bloomer.
WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? Not on your life!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Maple sugar Creme of Wheat or chocolate Malto Meal.
DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? I try not to wear shoes that have laces. When I do, I untie them……..if I have to…
DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? Emotionally, yes. Physically, I used to be very strong, and one of my first jobs was as a laborer building a nuclear power plant. I used to carry around very heavy beams. My hair was past my hips back then, and I wore it under my hard hat. I couldn't braid it, or it would be too bulky to fit. At lunchtimes, when I took off the hard hat, I had a guilty pleasure in the soft gasps of surprise from some of the guys there as it fell out and down. I had pretty hair.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM? Bluebell, buttered pecan.
WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE? Their body language. If it doesn’t match what they’re saying I become very suspicious. I’ve met many people who have made me want to run the other direction. They turned out to be not very nice people.
RED OR PINK? Green.
WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? My weight.
WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? Walking wherever I wanted to go.
WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? Green pants, brown sandals.
WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE? Two of the best peaches I've ever eaten in my life. They were "Saucer" peaches, tho I've seen them labled as donut peaches or Saturn peaches.
WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? 'Pup talking to Chuckles.
IF YOU WHERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? aquamarine or burnt sienna
FAVORITE SMELLS? cinnamon, balsamic vinegar, roasting meat, basil, lemon oil, peppermint.
WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? My boss.
FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH? Uhmmm. None
HAIR COLOR[S]? I was born with no hair. It finally grew in a copper/gold orangy red color. I hated it when I was young, but now that I’ve gone completely white, I willingly color it as near as I can to what it was.
EYE COLOR? Bue, except when they look green…….or gray. Depends on the light.
DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? I’d like to, but have too many allergies...watery eyes are no fun when the contacts float away.
FAVORITE FOOD? Why is this question requiring a singular response? My answer would have to be soooo plural. There have not been many foods I’ve tried that I don’t like. The exceptions are anything with cilantro, bell peppers or pimentos in it.
SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS? Happy. I don’t do scary movies.
LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED? The Lord of the Rings trilogy movies. (DVD)
WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? tan shirt with a green and brown print
SUMMER OR WINTER? Summer. I don’t like being cold.
HUGS OR KISSES? ?? if done correctly, one leads to the other, and neither is neglected.
FAVORITE DESSERT? Peach cobbler
MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND? No one. Sigh
LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND? Everyone... double sigh...
WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? My mouse, duh!
WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON T.V. LAST NIGHT? Numbers
FAVORITE SOUND[S]? Water falling, birds singing, wind blowing, thunder in the distance.
ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? why should it be one or the other? Both have good songs and bad.
WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME? A trip to Washington D.C.
DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? I can sing pretty well. I also have a talent for teaching.
WHOSE ANSWERS ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO GETTING BACK? Anyone….
Friday, June 29, 2007
See, 'Pup and I will celebrate our seventh wedding anniversary on the first day of the seventh month of the year two thousand seven. 7/1/07
This would have been the year I could have least afforded to gift 'Pup with anything for our anniversary. Traditionally, this would have been the year for Copper/ wool, Though more recently, that's morphed into a Desk Set. And, considering 'Pup's newly renewed status as a fully employed individual, might still be an option. Oh.....I'd so love to trick out his desk with a nice set! Might yet do so, in fact.
But the nicest gift I've got for him came through the auspices of the Pay U2 Blog people. They offered me an opportunity to review and test a company who takes your digital pictures and turns them into pictures on canvas suitable for hanging on your wall. I was delighted. Free picture! Pretty Picture! Paid to blog! (I do like writing this blog.)
At first, I was going to send in one of my better pictures I've taken of some of the flowers I've grown. But which one? I asked 'Pup for some input and he came up with an idea that I'd not thought of, but seemed so right.
'Pup has missed this dog so much. So have I. Chuckles the wonderdog is a good pup, but he's not as deep in our hearts yet. See, Brain made a real contribution to whether or not 'Pup and I would get married.
On 'Pup's side, I had to like his dog. On my side, I figured anyone who'd raised a dog to be as sweet natured and bidable and funny, had to have good potential as a husband. Brain was evidence of just how 'Pup treated those he loved.
I'm not quite as bidable as Brain, but I'm just as loved, protected and appreciated.
So, the assignment for the review of Canvas on Demand came through and I was delighted that I was chosen for it. I sent in Brains picture, chose the size canvas I wanted and the way I wanted it presented. I had a choice of framed or unframed, and a choice about whether I wanted the canvas to be rendered photo realistically, or whether I wanted a little artistic improvement, one option being a rendering that would make the picture look more like a painting. I chose the photo option.
The canvas came yesterday. We found it on our doorstep when we got home last night. See, 'Pup works (0h I do so love those two words together!) fairly close to the Tutoring Center. So, he stops by after work, and brings me a much welcomed treat. (Last night it was a Chai Tea Latte.)
Both of us were silent as I unwrapped the picture. Both of us were silent as we looked, and remembered. The picture isn't Brain, but it captures just the look you'd have gotten if he'd wanted you to come and play.
So, as an anniversary gift, I think it's a success.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Yah, go back and note the word "HAD".
He started his new job yesterday as a Sr. Data Analyst. He says he's hit the ground running full tilt, as they've been putting him to work even before they assigned him a cubicle. It feels as though he's going to be happy there.
If you'd like to wish him well, his blog is: Good People to Know. Okay, actually it's one of Four blogs he's been keeping up with....the others can be found on my sidebar.
Y'all have a blessed day.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
I wonder if any one's taking bets on just how long it will be before she is either back in jail for drunk and disorderly behavior....or just back in Drug rehab?
Monday, June 25, 2007
Saturday, June 23, 2007
More to follow, I'm sure. The weathermen on TV have predicted the heaviest rainfall will be on Monday and Tuesday. Ooooooh my.
Friday, June 22, 2007
|What Your Peanut Butter And Jelly Sandwich Means|
Your eating style is gluttonous. If you like something, you're going back for seconds... no matter how full you are!
You don't really have a sweet tooth. If you go for dessert, you tend to go for something light.
Your taste in food tends to be quite eclectic and wide. You are an adventurous eater, and you like many types of cuisines.
Admit it, you're a little trashy and low class at times. You're definitely more comfortable at a tattoo parlor than the theater.
You are a tough person who isn't afraid to live life fully. There isn't a lot that scares you.
Precise and controlled, you can be a bit anal retentive when it comes to how you like things. You're definitely a perfectionist.
This quiz stolen from.........errrr I mean borrowed from Leslie.
When we do, I want one with a lot of memory. The pictures I take eat up a lot of storage space on the hard drive. Even the desktop is seems to be suffering a little...indigestion from the glut of pictures. But I'm not going to stop taking them.
So, I want to upgrade the desktop with some extra IBM memory cards, or perhaps a back up hard drive or three.
Now, all we need is for 'Pup's paychecks to begin, and for all of our debt to get paid off, and then, we can upgrade a few things.
Which is why my mom rarely let him carry much cash.
The side effect of this constant need for new balls was that his children always knew what he wanted for his birthday, Christmas and Father's Day. Golf balls. And not the cheap ones, at least, not when he was playing in a tournament.
I wonder though, if he'd have minded a few gently used and cleaned, used golf balls. He'd have gotten a lot more balls that way.
We've had to hire another tutor to help cover the morning classes, and to have as a substitute in case one of us gets sick. We're loosing our regular math tutor to a summer internship, and 'Pup, who'd been covering some hours will not be available starting next week sometime. More about that later
The new math tutor can tutor SAT Math and English, and is a Harvard grad, currently enrolled in medical school. She's a little fast for the younger students, but I suspect she'll manage to correct that herself.
We're hoping to keep all the new students we've had this summer. My good Mr. Bossman puts ads in the asian newspapers here in Houston. I think we need something else. 'Pup and I bought some pencils with the tutoring center's name on them last year and gave them to the then owner, Mrs. Bosslady. The kids loved them, but the inherent problem with pencils is that the inscription is slowly and surely chewed up in use. I think this year, we ought to pass out ballpoint pens to the adults writing the checks.
But I've worn a lot of jeans in my time. I rarely got the designer jeans, as they cost more money than my momma was willing to spend on an article of clothing one couldn't even wear to church. (Yah, I know, people do wear jeans to church now, but I'm talking about a time when girls wore dresses to church.)
Nowadays, seems everyone wears jeans just about everywhere for any occasion. And some of the designer jeans you can get on a site like true religion jeans cost more than some of my dress clothes. But the real kicker in all this, is that of all the "famous designers" named on the site....I know none of them, and can't recall ever seeing their names.
I must be getting old.
Frankly, this one just plain makes me MAD. It's not enough that the idiots think we're IDIOTS, but now they're pretending to be American Service men and that the men are Thieves!!
My head will explode very soon. I can feel the pressure building. Really.
How are you and your family? Hope all is well.My name is Staff Sgt. John Thomas;
I am an American soldier, serving in themilitary with the army`s 3rd infantry division.
With a very desperate need for assistance, I have summed up courage to contact you.
I found your contact particulars in an address journal. I am seeking your kindassistance to move
the sum of US$8m (eight million United States dollars) to you; as far as I can be assured that my
share will be safe in your care until Icomplete my service here. Source of money:Some money in US dollars were discovered in dog kennels at a farm house
and guest houses in an estate near one of Saddam`s old palaces in Baghdad, Iraq
during an operation, and it was agreed by Staff Sgt. Kenneth Buff, Sgt. 1stClass Daniel Van Ess
and I that some part of this money be shared amongst usbefore informing anybody about it.
Since both of them saw the money first, theydid the informing, while I played the outsider
to protect our interest. Thiswas quite an illegal thing to do, but I tell you what? No compensation
can makeup for the risk we have taken with our lives in this hell hole, in which my
brother inlaw was killed by a road side bomb last time. You will find thestory of this money on the web
addresses below: (I've removed the addresses, there were other things hidden in the html code like popups and tracking devices.. the scuzzballs)
above figure was given to me as my share, and to conceal this kind of money
became a problem for me, even after the initial probe of all soldiers of ourcommand which I
was cleared from; so with the help of a British contact workinghere and his office enjoy some
immunity, I was able to get the package out to asafe location entirely out of trouble spot.
He does not know the real contentsof the package, and I made him believes that it belongs to a
British/Americanmedical doctor who died in a raid here in Iraq, and that he trusted me to
handover the package to his family.Now that I have found a much secured way of getting the
package out of Iraq, Iwill discuss the pick up arrangement with you when I am sure that you
are willing to assist me, and promise me that my money will be well secured inyour hand.
I want to assure you that you will be well compensated from this money for the assistance you will give to me
One passionate appeal I will make to you is notto discuss this matter with
anybody, should you have reasons to reject thisoffer, please and please destroy
this message as any leakage of thisinformation will be too bad for us soldier`s
here in Iraq and tarnish
the reputation of other services men. I do not know how long we will remain here,
and I have been shot, wounded and survived two suicide bomb attacks by the special grace
of God, this and other reasons I will mention later has prompted me to reach out for
help, I honestly want this matter to be resolved immediately, please contact me
as soon as possible with my JTh@mas@Alum.c@m as soon as possible with my non-service private email address which is for now my only way of
communication until I specify otherwise - ( JTh@mas@Alum.c@m ).
God bless you and your family.
Staff Sgt. John Thomas3rd Infantry Division
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
I was thinking about what picture to do, and I'd thought about a few of my better flower photos.......or our wedding picture.... but the wedding picture doesn't look like 'Pup anymore.
So, I asked 'Pup what he thought would be a good picture. He knew immediately. We're going to get one of Brain playing with the water sprinkler. We've got a couple where he's completely off the ground and looking sooooo happy. So, the photo enlargement will be of Brain at his happiest.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
I heard summer’s song begin
In cicada chorus within the trees,
With dancing leaves
Swaying to soft warm breeze,
In courtship calls of low croaking toad,
To the high sung peeps of treetop frog,
Summer sang its song today,
Just as the sun slipped away.
By Me June 18, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
I miss my dad. All week long, as we passed one of the THREE (yes 3!) golf courses we pass going to and coming from work, I looked out and saw people playing golf and wished my dad was one of them.
It's too stormy to go visit his grave, and the gravesite itself would be in the middle of some of the heavy clay soil they've got in Matagorda County.
I think I'll wait for a sunny day and go leave a golf ball on his headstone.
You scored as Hermione Granger,
You're one intelligent witch, but you have a hard time
believing it and require constant reassurance.
You are a very supportive friend who would do anything
and everything to help her friends out.
Your Harry Potter Alter Ego Is...?
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Friday, June 15, 2007
The one thing we've never had was someway to board up our windows. We needed help to measure, cut and figure out a way to keep the covers strong enough to protect, but not so heavy that we couldn't put them up ourselves.
Enter our guardian angel. He's a college student that works at the tutoring center with us. He was the one who worked for several weekends to install the scooter lift in the van, and now he's measuring and cutting the plywood. He helped us get the plywood home too, as it would have been a little hard to carry it in the van without a van rack anyway.
He's a good man, a good friend and the world is a better place with him in it.
Someday, we're going to get to replace the one for the master bath. It's really part of the bedroom itself, as a dressing area, leading into a tiny room just big enough for a toilet and a tub and someplace to put your feet. Because it's so prominently placed in the room, I'd like to replace the vanity with something pretty.
I want something like one of these bathroom vanities. Something not too fancy, but something that would make me happy just looking at it.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
I had no choice.
We have some new tutors in the Learning Center. One of them is a gent that I worked with in Cy-Fair. He's a good man and a good teacher and I'm very glad that I'm going to get to work with him again.
Two other tutors are new to me, but they look to work out quite well as tutors. They are certified teachers and know how to teach. All we have to do is show them how we want some of the lessons (Reading/Writing and Vocabulary) to go.
We recieved several good resumes from people who lived too far away or couldn't work the hours we needed. Ah well.....perhaps another time.
My head hurts.
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Stuff is going on. There is some bad ju-ju goin' on at work.
We need some tutors. If there are any people who live in the west Houston area, who want to earn some extra money this summer, please email me. It is a good place to work, and will be getting even better.
Now, for some pictures:
Ain't that a purty sunset? I've got more pictures too:
Friday, June 08, 2007
Oh, one of my proudest golf/Father's Day present moments was when I bought him a telescoping, extendable ball retriever, meant especially for retrieving balls from the water trap. Oddly enough, that was one of the gifts that actually got used.
Ellijay real estate a site that gives sellers and buyers answers to questions to which you didn't even know you needed an answer.
The one thing I cannot seem to do with plants in THIS house, is keep one alive.
I think the ambient light is just too weak. We've all those trees in the back yard, and they block out a lot of the light--but also the heat--and the only place I can keep some alive is in the back garden room. The living room is hopeless. The front windows have a film on them that blocks out a lot of the UV light, and a lot of the visible light spectrum as well. Even right next to the window, I can't seem to keep a plant alive.
Oh well, that's why I have my garden. Most things stay alive out there quite well (baring voracious slugs and snails and the odd critter diggin' them up). But still. I'd love to have something green in the house.
I've even been looking HARD at some silk trees to put in a fairly dark and plain corner. I just have to find one the cat won't shred.
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Monday, June 04, 2007
In fact, all in all, my family is a somewhat hirsute buncha folks.
I'd miss my hair. I'd miss it a lot. I'd miss it so much I might even......well.
Not all of us can be as blessed as Hairboy.......not without a Hair Transplant anyway...
Sunday, June 03, 2007
Things are heating up now. The past few days have been above 90 degrees (F) and no rain for the past 3 or so!
That combination of a well watered ground and a sunny spell of weather means that things are growing by leaps and bounds.
If you look closely, you'll see that the roots of the bougainvillea have sent out three different kinds of shoots. One solid green, a bunch of variagated cream and green and a couple of pure cream colored. I'm not sure any of them will bloom, but the mix is interesting.
The water jar disappearing fountain is still doing well. None of the plants planted around it were damaged by the clorinated water from the pool behind us... but I do need to squirt some algae killer in the water.
The potted plants by the front door are doing well this year, but I lost my begonias. They got too much rain I think.
The tomatoes just keep on growing. We've harvested another 6 or 8 ripe, and another 4 or so should be ripe by Tuesday or earlier. The vines just keep growing. However, the "Big Boy" plant is showing signs of a lot of stress and I may take it out and replace it with another cherry tomato.
This little corner in the back is looking good. There's a pot full of Aloe, a triangular bed of caladiums (some of which aren't quite up yet) and the oldest pineapple sage I have is up on the top right hand side of the picture. It's between blooming right now, as it's been so wet. It likes it's feet a little less soggy.
A nice corner, yes?
This is close to the pond. I made the "deck" from old landscaping timbers. I laid them directly on the ground. I know I'll have to replace them all in a couple of years....but till then, it's a nice place to sit.
The program of Pay U 2 Blog doesn't give you a choice of topics. You're sent a list of several sites and their requirements for the post. I am paid $5.00 per each 60 word post. The best part of this is that, while I don't get to "choose", I also don't have to compete for the assignments. I also like being paid every two weeks, rather than waiting for a month or more for my money.
The other upside to this is that...never knowing WHAT I'm going to be blogging about, I've become a faster and better writer. The posts I do are like little writing exercises...only I get paid to do the homework.
You really can "Make Money Blogging".
Friday, June 01, 2007
Instead, we were treated to an unusual sight. Turkey Vultures bathing in the water and drying off by spreading their wings in the sunlight.
One of the areas is paved in decomposed granite (DG). It is a square area and is bordered with landscaping figures and the long wooden structure that divides the back yard into two halves. I've always wanted to make that area a sitting/lounging area. I have the seats now, and a table. Now all I need is an outdoor fireplace, perhaps like a chimenea. Not that we really NEED a fireplace outside, as it rarely gets cool enough without it being RAINING...but sometimes it's nice to sit outside on a summer night, lit only by a fire, just talking.
There are levels, and there are levels within these "early readers". Some of them are already reading at level 1 (early/mid first grade), but need experience and instruction on how to write and organize paragraphs. Others will be learning their letters for the first time. That's a wide range of abilities and all of them require a certain amount of one on one time.
We've got a table, but Mr. Boss will be ordering some new, kidney shaped tables and some smaller chairs, perhaps even folding chairs so we can put them away easily.
I'm looking forward to summer.
We replaced the old, mustard yellow, decrepit thing with bright shiny new smooth top. No more cleaning spills by trying to scrub catch pans, and no more having to lift up the top of the stove to get at whatever spilled beneath it. I like my new stove. Can you tell?
The only thing we didn't replace, and I wish we had now, was the range hoods. There are a variety of range hoods I'd like to have now, but...maybe someday.
It has even been suggested that perhaps I need some flames painted on the back wheel panels. I know that I want some sound effects I can turn on when I want to. I want to sound like a Harley. Why? Why not??
I don't think I'd go so far as to wear a helmet... but motorcycle sunglasses might be just the ticket!
Humm. Maybe in Branson, we could do that. Large house with windows looking over the lake, and a nice, deep basement home to ride out any storms.
That could work.
I hope they're taking good care of it.
To be truthful, I'd like a house on that large a lot. Perhaps a smaller, though nicely appointed, handicapped accessible home, tucked in among some large trees. I'd love to have room for a real pond or three...
So, you can see how ironic it is that recently, another doctor told me I would probably have to stay on a blood thinner (so that I wouldn't repeat my hospital stay for a pulmonary embolism) for pretty much the rest of my life. Why? Well, it seems that my DNA predisposes me to clot too easily.
That's life I suppose.