Saturday, June 30, 2007

Me Me Meme

Well, no one tagged me, but I’ll do it on my own.

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.


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.


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.



WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? Walking wherever I wanted to go.


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.



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.



LEAST LIKELY TO RESPOND? Everyone... double sigh...



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.


DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT? I can sing pretty well. I also have a talent for teaching.


Friday, June 29, 2007


This is post number seven hundred. Somehow that feels appropriate to the subject for today.

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


If you've been reading my blog at all, you probably know that my dear husband, Da 'Pup, had been out of work for almost two years.

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


Ms Hilton's out of the pokey. I just caught sight of her on the news...sashayin' out of the jail like she was on a friggin' RUNWAY. Does she think she's making a triumphant return to the affections of the country? (that's sarcasm... I don't use it often, but I do know how)

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

Ain't This Purty?

Now, if it would just stop raining for long enough for me to get the newest plants in the ground...sigh
Rain gauge since Saturday stands at 4 inches....and more rain's a comin'.

Getting From There To Here

Most people consider buying radar detectors when they are going on a cross country vacation but I find that they are far more useful when driving about town. It seems that the local police force is rather aggressive in making the streets safe for all concerned. Is it really their concern for traffic safety, or a good source of revenue for the township. I know what their answer will be - safety! But I have seen the looks on their faces when they pull someone over that has out of state licence plates. It is almost a sinister grin, alomost a delight that you were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Drip, Drip

It's raining. Again. I think it must have started at the house about 3:00pm or so, and the hardest rain was over in about an hour. The rain guage stands at just under two inches and it's still raining, though not very hard.

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

Ouch, The Truth Hurts!

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.

My Lap Top

My lap top is toast. It's not working at all now. All we can hope to do is take it in and get the hard drive backed up...and hopefully get me a new a few months. I might be able to get enough money from the dollar posts to save up for at least a good part of the cost.

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.

Golf Balls

My dad went through some golf balls. Playing as many holes as he did, it was inevitable that some would be damaged or lost, or both. I suspect that quite a few of them found their ways into the bags of other players as well, as my dad was a notoriously easy touch.

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're doing pretty well at the tutoring center. We've been doing the summer program and I've been working 7 to 8 hours a day. The extra money is nice, as now my bimonthly paychecks are about equal to a months usual pay. I'm getting a little tired though. Last summer we closed on Saturdays, which gave us a three day weekend every week. This year, we have a not large, but significant number of students who can only come on Saturdays. So? No more 3 day weekends.

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.

We'll see.


I only have a couple of pairs of jeans. Most of my pants are made of lighter and cooler material than denim. Y'all. At 90 + freekin' degrees, and 99% humidity, denim is not your friend.

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.

This is Going Too Far

I've had many versions of the Nigerian scam arrive in my mailbox, but this one adds insult to injury.

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.

Dear friend,

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

A Chance to Memorialize

Pay U2 Blog has given me an assignment to blog about a product being offered by a website that offers to "Turn Your Sentimental Photo Into Canvas Art!". It looks like a great opportunity, and I'll not only receive the money for this post, but I'll also be receiving a free 16 X 20 canvas of one of my photos.

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.
He really was a good dog.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007


Summer's Song

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

Rain, Rain, RAIN

Humm. We're between rainstorms right now. There are still some to the southwest, moving towards us, but there's no telling what will reach us. We might be done for the day. Which, if you'll take a gander at TODAY"S rain gauge reading, would be a good thing.

Remember, that's in ADDITION to the rain we've had since Thursday (@5 and 2/3 inches)....bringing the total to almost 9 inches. And more rain is possible, and this is going to go on for another day or two. Glub Glub

On the tomato front:

The one still on the bush is the largest one we've grown so far. It's an heirloom variety, a Cherokee, I think. We're not getting tons of tomatoes at one time (a good thing), so we're able to eat them almost as fast as they ripen.

Oh, and even though 'Pup says not many of the cherry tomatoes have ripened......well they have. They've just not lasted long enough to make it into the house, unless I feel really guilty... Humm. I probably don't feel guilty very often...

The pond is full to the brim and has already overflowed with every rainstorm. Ah well....that's one way to change out the water.
The Imperial Taro is filling out. OH, I got to meet SuZan, from Celebrating Women. I had piece of this plant I'd started for her last year when she and her husband were building their entryway fountain/courtyard. She's going to put in another disappearing fountain, with a bubbling rock, with some of this and some other plants placed around it. I know it will be beautiful.
Y'all stay safe.


Happy Father's Day to all fathers.

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.

It Figgers

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.

Hermione Granger


Albus Dumbledore


Harry Potter


Remus Lupin


Ginny Weasley


Severus Snape


Ron Weasley


Sirius Black


Draco Malfoy


Lord Voldemort


Your Harry Potter Alter Ego Is...?
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Well, It's Raining...

Yah, it's raining. Again. On Thursday evening, we got :

This much rain in about 2 hours. It looks as if it's about 3 and 1/3 inches.

Today, I could just see the rain guage through the rain.

You can't see the level. I could. It's at about 2 inches. We've been raining for the last hour.

Yah, for you math types that's 2 inches in an hour. The good news is that we only got about a 1/3 of an inch last night. Yah, do the math again. 3 and about 1/3 inches on Thursday, none on Friday (and OH it was a hot and muggy day!), then about 1/3 inches last night...and today, we're in the middle of a thunderstorm, and one hour into it we've had about 2 inches. It's still raining by the way. That comes to.....less'see....3+2=5, plus 1/3+1/3=2/3.... = 5 and 2/3 inches. And it's still raining.

The good news is that the drainage pipes we've got going under the front fence are still working. I'll keep you updated.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Welcome Help

'Pup and I are belt and suspender type people. We tend to overprepare for something bad that MIGHT happen, especially a hurricane. Now, mind you, we're a safe distance inland and on fairly high ground...well...high ground for the Texas Gulf coast anyway...

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.


When we redid the bathroom (the one for the main part of the house, not the master bedroom), we had to get a new vanity. It's an okay one, not exactly what we wanted, but was what we could afford.

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

What You Have To Do

I had to do something this evening I didn't like doing. As a result, there is someone angrier at me than I've ever wanted anyone to be.

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

Who Am I to Argue?

Garden Spot --


A master blogger

'How will you be defined in the dictionary?' at

Stolen from: The Ambulance Driver


Yes, I am resting on your clean clothes. They smell nice and are soft. Do you really want to discuss this further?

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

Father's Day

This will be the second Father's Day without my dad. For the second year in a row, I won't be going into stores looking for balls, gloves or other golf stuff. My dad was easy to buy for, and impossible. His biggest hobby, other than his grand and great grand kids was golf. And with five children, all looking for the ultimate golf thingie to surprise him with...he had the stuff. I wonder what happened to most of it?

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.

Postponed Dreams

When the large flat screen HDTVs came out in the retail market, 'Pup and I looked at them admiringly and said "someday". We were planning on getting one when the prices came down to a reasonable level. They're almost there, but now...we're not. Unless 'Pup finds a real job, it will be a long time for us to ever go looking at things like home theater seating, speakers or anything else for that matter.


Have you ever realized just how hard it is to buy or sell a house. NO, we're not moving. But, as usual, there are an increasing number of "for sale" signs in our neighborhood. It seems to be a summer ritual. Families wait until the end of the school year and try to sell the house to upgrade to one of the inumerable new McMansions being built nearby. Most of them have ended up being sold, fairly quickly. We live in a fairly good area, and our subdivision is older, so the houses are smaller and a little less expensive.

Ellijay real estate a site that gives sellers and buyers answers to questions to which you didn't even know you needed an answer.


Now, anyone who has read even a small portion of this blog should know that I have an addiction to plants. addiction. If I see a plant I've not grown before I WANT it. If I can afford it, I usually buy it. (sigh, less of that than I used to...)


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.

Monday, June 04, 2007

NEWS...........and it's GOOD!

I gots news!!!

And it is GOOD NEWS!!!

Go See......really!


I am blessed with a lot of hair. It's fine and thick, but was once even thicker. 'Pup's got hair too, though since his gastric bypass, some of it has thinned a little, but then, so has he.

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

What's Growing Now?

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?

The asiatic lilies have finished blooming and their leaves are busy storing up energy for next year.

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.

I got this canna last year. It was beautiful then and is just getting better and better as it gets a little older. It's a dwarf canna, so it won't get too much taller.
I hope your summer is starting out well.
It's been a year since Brain dog died. We still miss him.

Pay U 2 Blog

I've made no secret of the fact that I write some of my posts with a targeted subject. I am paid for this. There are two programs I have signed up with and they each have their points.

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


'Pup and I were headed off to work on Wednesday, when we took a turn we don't usually take. As we approached a group of commercial buildings, we drove past several large ponds. There were signs warning of crossing ducks.


The bird I saw flapping its wings, flying towards a smaller pool near a little waterfall and a bridge... wasn't a duck.

Instead, we were treated to an unusual sight. Turkey Vultures bathing in the water and drying off by spreading their wings in the sunlight.

Y'all. There were a BUNCH of them!

Ya never know just what you'll see. It's good to have a camera along.
One thought though.
If you were a prospective investor in one of the businesses...would that flock of vultures make you wonder??

Outdoor Fireplaces

'Pup and I have been working, little by little, on the yard. The front yard looks pretty good, as it's not as elaborate as the back yard, where I've really made pocket gardens in areas like rooms. It's very much a group of outdoor living areas, with different functions, views and even temperatures during the day.

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.


We start the summer tutoring sessions on Monday. I'm going to be moved from the front room to the back room, and the area outside of it will be set up as another class station. Seems there are a lot of littles (pre-K and Kinder, and going into 1st) graders that want to get a head start on reading and writing this summer. There are going to be more students at any one time for me to do on my own (we keep the kid to tutor ratio at or below 4 to 1), so another tutor will be working with me with the "early readers". The set up we're going to try will allow me to monitor and help out with all the students, and recommend books for individual readers.

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.


One of the several things that we replaced in this house after we got married was the kitchen stove. It needed replacing very badly. By the time we finally got around to getting a new one, the old one had ONE working burner and the oven temperature was anyone's guess, no matter what it was set at.

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.


While 'Pup and I were at the Blogmeet in Kerrville, I wanted to change the silver colored panels on my scooter to the red ones. I'd not even tried to change them before, wanting to save them and be "spiffy". Alas, we found out that the scooter store had given us the WRONG panels! We've still not had time to go and return and hopefully exchange the panels, but we will.

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!

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Neither 'Pup nor I are real big sports fans. However, if I were to go to any kind of game, I'd want to go to a baseball game. Plenty of fresh air, a game you can take your eyes off of for a moment (as long as it's not the WRONG a home run), and time for a leisurely conversation. And if I were to go, I'd go to NYC and watch a game between the Mets and the Yankees. I bet I could even share some Yankees tickets with a friend...

Okay!! This is Something I'd Love

Think of it, a remote cabin in Tennessee, with luxury appointments Carey TN. The Pigeon Forge cabin rental sounds very luxurious and like something that I and 'Pup could get to like a lot. There are wonderful views, comfortable beds, privacy, a huge jacuzzi tub, a wrap around porch, privacy, and access to a resort. Oh, and did I mention it would be quiet and private? The deserted island fantasy of my childhood has just been updated.


If 'Pup and I were to win the lottery, getting some investment property is one of the things we've always talked about doing with some of it. And on that property, we might have to build two homes. One for me, with lots of glass windows, letting sunlight in large airy rooms, and one underground. 'Pup is a bit of a troglodyte. He likes things with thick walls, able to withstand tornadoes and hurricanes and such.

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.

Real Estate

So, as I said below, I like my house. I'd really like to have a weekly cleaning lady/crew...heck two times a week would be really nice! I'd like a little larger yard...or perhaps just some real estate in a pretty area of central Texas would be great. The properties there are appreciating again, after the bottom dropped out of the market a few years ago, just as Pa-in-Law wanted to sell his land. 'Pup and I wanted so badly to be able to buy the land from him, so that he could live more comfortably in town. We were married on that land, and now...someone else owns it.

I hope they're taking good care of it.

Luxury is in the Eye of the Beholder

'Pup and I live in a humble home, especially by the standards of the houses that are being built in the new subdivision developments that are popping up like weeds in fields that just a few years ago were pastures for cattle and horses. Those homes are large, multi-story houses built on lots almost the same size our house is on. And those are the mid range houses. (Think of ours as "low range"...sigh) The luxury home developments usually feature large multi-acre lots, often with barns and paddocks for a horse or two.

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...

Who Dat?

Life is funny. A doctor once told me that my blood would probably clot a little slower than normal because I had red hair. He was an older doctor, and he said that red haired people were no fun to operate on because of the slower clotting.

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.

Sailing, First Class

When I was a little girl, I wanted to run away and get stranded on a deserted island, like Robinson Crusoe. I think it's probably because, as the oldest child of five, being alone and responsible for no one but myself was a distant dream. Well, now that I'm a little older, I think I might still like to go to an island, but alone? Not so much. Let's face it, the food on any of the Crewed Yacht Charters you could book would have to be better than coconuts day after day...