May your stuffing be tasty,
May your turkey be plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
have nary a lump,
May your yams be delicious
and your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
stay off of your thighs.
Have a great day, everyone!
-Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 09:09:37 (MST)
Congratulations, Lizzie! Well done!
Fifty years ago I was in third grade down in Tampa. When the news came the school sent us all home. I wasn't sure exactly what was going on, but I knew something bad must've happened. When we got home, Mom was sitting in the living room watching TV and crying. She told us what had happened. I remember watching the funeral on TV as well. Many years later we visited DC and went to the grave site. Very sad.
-Sunday, November 24, 2013 at 08:31:43 (MST)
Space Cadet Alison
So, where was everybody 50 years ago?
.... a and happy birthday to Floyd.... 71.
-Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 23:35:08 (MST)
Pam, Congrats!!! You must be busting buttons about now. Your son, too. It's a great thing when your children have a passion and can do well at it.
Andwa, next time I'll go too and we'll have a blast. How's that? I am seeing some really great photos on FB of the trip and it looks like a winner. The list of superstar musicians was amazing! I had no idea so many talented people were going to attend. And you are right, our guys are the best of the best. One of the reasons I love "Out in the Country" so much is the harmony and Mikey's playing.
The furniture repairman is coming this morning. My granddaughter Lexi was showering a while back and the shower curtain in the upstairs bath wasn't closed all the way so water soaked the floor, which got through the cracks in the caulk around the tub and dumped water on my ceiling in the entry and on a table under it. It's an antique and now it has to be refinished. Oh, well. The table itself can't be replaced. it's a folding square table that has 6 leaves and becomes a dining table for 12. Dis and I used it for our family dinners when there were more than our table could hold so it has sentimental value as well as being darn useful.
Ya'll have a great week. To those of you who went on the cruise, welcome back!
Love to you all.
-Monday, November 18, 2013 at 08:39:01 (MST)
Hey Andwa!!! Glad you're home safe and sound. Can't wait to hear about the cruise.
This is a shameless shout out for my 8th grader....Way to go Lizzie! Yesterday day she and her trumpet were chosen for state honor band!
-Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 07:46:20 (MST)
Andwa, again, again
Wanted to share this little tidbit...The folks we had dinner with the day after the show were raving about TDNs harmonies. They had no idea and were so very impressed. But what really blew their minds was Mike's guitar playing. They were VERY impressed. "That guy can rock!" "Damn, he's good!" "Wow! What energy!" I was so proud of "our guys."
-Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 05:31:03 (MST)
Back home and I'm not moving! I feel like I still am, but I'm not. That last day and night was not fun! Ship was rolling and rocking and pitching and yawing, oh my! Good to get my feet on solid stable ground again.
Cruise was fun and not fun, interesting, boring, and funny at times.
I'll fill you in on details later. Right now, I just want to go to bed. I'm tired.
-Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 18:45:47 (MST)
Hey, how was the cruise? Everyone have a good time? Those of us who couldn't attend are curious.
-Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 13:12:01 (MST)
Well the saga of my house problems continues. I was taking the Christmas decorations out of the closet on Saturday and discovered water and mold where the wall to the downstairs closet and the bathroom meet. Called the contractor. He and the insurance adjuster found the leak. They said it needed to be fixed. The contractor called a plumber who is as I write tearing out a closet wall to take a pipe apart so he can weld it. I sure wish I was on the Three Dog Night cruise instead of listening to a saw cutting up my closet wall and smelling mold. Such is life.
-Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 13:15:43 (MST)
Andwa, there will be sandals in Florida. Probably on the ship as well if you didn't get yours. I had such a great time at the last Cruisin' To The Music. I hope you and the rest have a blast. Give Mikey a hug from me. I'll be thinking of you guys. Be safe and have fun. Take lots of pictures and post them on FB.
My code is seaR2. Sea? Hmmmm.
Take care and God bless.
-Friday, November 08, 2013 at 18:00:17 (MST)
Now I'm in Tampa. It's warm here. Waiting for Jean's plane to land in two hours. Ha! Code is Jean's initials. :)
-Friday, November 08, 2013 at 11:27:38 (MST)
At MSP airport. Where's Tom?
-Friday, November 08, 2013 at 06:10:45 (MST)
Robbo: Nah. I don't think so. ;-)
-Friday, November 08, 2013 at 04:02:05 (MST)
Hope all of you going on the cruise have a great time. Honey Bear and I will be in Georgetown Cayman a couple days after the Dog pound ship comes and goes. We are cruising Another line, out of Ft Lauderdale so if you see Black Bottom ship and its called the Eurodam we are on that damn ship lol. As much as we wanted to go on the music cruise we have been patronizing this line of ship HAL for a number of years and the discoutns we are getting are quite amazing and we love their service, so rock the ship you'll, I know your party is going to be great. We remember the great time we had with the fan club on the Costa Fortuna, that was a great experience and we hope this we will be for all of you as well. Grqopettes, give the barkeep something to talk abut lol!
We got back from China just a little over a week ago and rode the 190 MPH bulltet train, did the Great wall and the Forbidden city, Shanghai and 14 hour place flights so our cruise will be a recovery from all that China deal.
God bless all of you and God belss our troops and God Bless Ammerica.
-Thursday, November 07, 2013 at 19:22:10 (MST)
Almost all packed. Still looking for a pair of sandals, tho.
-Thursday, November 07, 2013 at 10:08:38 (MST)
Jill, you have your beloved Red Sox, but I wonder if our beloved Redhead has scored majorly lately?
-Tuesday, November 05, 2013 at 00:31:55 (MST)
Having my beloved Red Sox win the World Series was a thrill. How many teams go from worst to first? The fact that they beat the Cardinals (again) made it that much sweeter. I may live in Missouri, but I could never be a Cardinals fan. After the game, I heard "Joy to the World" being blasted over the loud speakers at Fenway. PERFECT! Yes, this gal was smiling big that night!
-Friday, November 01, 2013 at 20:13:03 (MST)
Happy Halloween, Swampsters. Lily made it through our neighbourhood, then my sister's. We went trick-or-treating with my sister and her family this year. Two four year olds, two dogs, four grownups, everyone was in the "spirit" and even the dogs were dressed in costumes. The weather was perfect and we adults had a great time. The kids were scared a few times by some of the decorations but otherwise had a blast. Halloween with kids is great.
Time to brush our teeth and get to bed but I wanted to stop in and wish you all a Happy Halloween. It's been a long day.
-Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 18:53:29 (MST)
-Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 16:06:52 (MST)
Hey Barkeep - it's got to make you proud to hear "Joy to the World" being sung by the city of Boston as the Red Sox won the World Series. Cool !
-Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 20:48:30 (MST)
Pam, that one was cute also. I hear you. I've been moving books all afternoon out of our storage closet and sorting them. We have hundreds of them from teachers from past years. Some are torn, some are stained, missing pages. I can't understand why they just didn't throw them out.
I do think it might be easier next year when I am teaching kindergartners instead of 4 year olds. I lift kids at least 50 times a day. They fall, they get stubborn, they get stuck, you name it. I do have a favourite, though we aren't supposed to. He is so tiny, and blonde and just adorable. He looks like the little guy from "Jerry McGuire". He walks like he is the biggest dog in the kennel though and is quite a little charmer. He was sleeping at nap time with his little arms crossed and I just wanted to scoop him up. He has learned to come to me with hug requests instead of trying to get my attention by acting up. That is a good day when you can teach a child that.
I've discovered I'm a "huggy" teacher. Even the ones that drive me nuts get hugs when they've done well. I do love my job, even though some days I just want to crawl into bed at the end of it.
Lily and I gathered different leaves from the backyard after school today and rubbed the design onto paper with crayons. We had fun.
I'm worn out today as well. I'm about to turn on the television and serve sandwiches for dinner. I don't think it's going to kill us to have a cold meal every now and then.
Okay, it's time for rest.
Carry on, Swampsters.
-Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 14:01:22 (MST)
Well, I'm the one who is tired tonight. Most of my day was spent setting up tables and books, then we sold books from 4-8. Get to do it again tomorrow. Joy and rapture-
OK...just for you, Barkeep, here is Nantucket:
"There once was a man from Nantucket
Who kept all his cash in a bucket.
But his daughter named Nan
Ran away with a man
And as for the bucket....Nantucket."
Naw, couldn't do the naughty one but I do know it!
-Monday, October 28, 2013 at 19:51:56 (MST)
Pam and Spacey, thank you. I think the consensus on Facebook is I need vitamins, especially with iron. I was so tired when I got home today that I didn't move for an hour. I just lay in bed and breathed. I think maybe part of it is that after Friday's exhaustion I had my nieces for the day Saturday and went to the zoo, then Sunday Lily's mom and her future husband were here. I think I need to rest more on the weekends and take vitamins.
CUTE joke about Nantucket! Why are there so many jokes about Nantucket? I've always wondered. It's a fun name, that's for sure.
Okay, time for bed.
Ya'll take care.
-Monday, October 28, 2013 at 19:14:48 (MST)
When Mikey was in Nantucket,
He somehow got his foot stuck in a bucket.
Naked ladies dance by, and startled our guy,
Who merely said:" "!
-Monday, October 28, 2013 at 15:17:51 (MST)
Pam T: Nantucket? Well go on widit goil! Good Pelican thang. Loved it. -M-
-Monday, October 28, 2013 at 11:18:04 (MST)
"A wonderful bird is the pelican.
His beak can hold more than his belly can.
He can hold in his beak
Enough food for a week.
But I'll be darned if I know how the hellican!"
I know the one about the guy from Nantucket too...
-Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 20:33:49 (MST)
A high energy level is a must with those little ones. I spend my mornings with first graders and can feel pretty depleted by afternoon. Tomorrow I set up for our book fair. Hoping to sell lots of books so that we can get even more new books for our library.
No eagle sightings here, but we did see a lone pelican out over the river this afternoon. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon which we spent walking on the river trails with some friends.
I also watched Hocus Pocus with my girls...a Halloween classic in this family along with Mr. Chicken and House on Haunted Hill.
-Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 20:17:25 (MST)
One of the nicest things about sending my kids to an independant school, Rosalee, is that the principal coulrd see how the grade 1 teacher was getting worn out and he switched her to grade 3. One of the kindergarten teachers he eventually switched to grade 4. Eveybody was happy. An no you ar not the only one. My sister raised 3 kids on her own, no support, and travelled a wild commute over bridges, came home made dinner and mowed her own lawn, etc. I doubt I could ever have done that.
-Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 19:31:27 (MST)
RIP Lou Reed.
-Sunday, October 27, 2013 at 13:43:45 (MST)
Am I the only one that is totally exhausted by the end of the work week? Really. I am under the impression that there is something wrong with me. I went to bed last night at 8 something, got up at 7 after oversleeping for an hour. Of course, I wrestled 4 year olds all day, stood in line at the tag agency for 45 minutes, shopped for an hour and a half at WalMart, put away a week's worth of groceries, made dinner, and I'm just now sitting down the computer. I just can't believe I'm the only one. I don't feel like moving. It hurts to wiggle my toes. Is anyone else out there going through the same thing or should I tell the doctor? Seriously, I'm only in my mid-50's. I feel like I should still be able to walk at the end of the day.
Let me know, okay?
-Friday, October 25, 2013 at 17:21:59 (MST)
Pam T: The eaglecam is suppose to be up and running intermittently through the day today as they test and adjust it.
-Friday, October 25, 2013 at 07:53:44 (MST)
(((Wowa))) Praying for a good result in your test. Please let me know how you are. Remember that these things usually turnout to be a scare and nothing more. Glad you are being proactive and taking care of yourself. I'm scheduled for a week from tomorrow for everything. My insurance kicks in November 1 and I plan to get seen for the works.
I have been to the West Coast of Canada, Banff, and Nova Scotia. I cant' say which one is my personal favorite because all three have their very special qualities and different kinds of beauty. I've never been in the winter, only summer but they were breathtaking.
It is time for a shower and bed. Lily and I went to bed last night at 8. Yeah, I lead a very exciting life. Well, the nice thing about being a middle aged mother to a 4 year old is I'm too tired to stay up and she is young enough to need lots of sleep. Works somehow.
Take care all.
-Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 18:19:31 (MST)
I've never been up in Spacey's neck of the woods, but if it's as nice as Nova Scotia, I believe that it IS God's country. I took tons of photos whe we went, and our friend was LHBO, and told me I'd run out of film (I did). I love Canada!
I go in for an ultrasound tomorrow, they want to take a closer look at something from the mammogram.
-Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 15:51:24 (MST)
Spacey, thanks for the High Tea suggestion. I might just have to skip that one. I'm not sure what High Tea entails, but that price is HIGH! ;)
I always want to come home and recreate the gardens I see in Canada, but our Oklahoma weather is never good for those flowers. I do love Lupines, daisies, and foxglove among others.
I used to live in Sweden and almost every day, my youngest son and I would go out to the fields and forests near our house there and gather wildflowers for our kitchen table. Robert became a herpetologist and just this year got his doctorate. I think those trips in the forests had something to do with it, although he has always loved nature.
I do miss the outdoors. Living in a town you just don't have the connection with nature that you do when you live in the country. I want to drive this weekend. I really don't care where, I just want to drive and see trees and countryside. It's been several weeks since I have been to Arkansas and that usually satisfies the desire to do that.
Well, Lily and I are off to my sister's house this evening for some family time. I do love having a large family. My sister's grandchildren are Lily's age so she has plenty of kids to play with here.
Ya'll stay warm. We have a freeze warning tonight. I have to cover the orange tree in the backyard.
Take care and God bless.
Spacey, it was sure nice talking to you. I meant to ask, what's your favourite part of Canada, aside from where you live.
-Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 14:19:05 (MST)
Victoria has the best hanging baskets in any city. Don't forget to take a horse drawn carriage tour. High Tea at he Empress was $58 last time I checked, but that was years ago. It was about $16 per head in 1980. My sister just paid $8 for a Diet Coke in London and coffee was even more, so maybe the high is not that outrageous.
-Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 17:29:17 (MST)
What was funny was we were very close but didn't go. We went to some art museum instead. We were on a '1000 Places to See Before You Die' mission. We went to China Town to an Asian restaurant they recommended. That was a bust. There was a really pretty garden I got some photos of, though.
I do want to go back and see the gardens in Victoria. I have heard they are superb and must be on one's Bucket List. Maybe someday I'll take that road trip up there. I REALLY want to do a drive from here to Alaska. Sounds crazy but I just want to do it.
I'll get there.
-Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 17:22:42 (MST)
you need to go to Victoria BC from March to Sept
with a side trip to the world famous Butchart Gardens
-Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 14:26:32 (MST)
Spacey, you know what impressed me the most? The flowers! EVERYWHERE in pots, people's gardens, windowsills, in nature and in manmade gardens, the flowers were everywhere and in prolific numbers. I can't imagine how EVERYONE in your country has a green thumb. It was so amazing. When someone says "God's Country" I think of Canada.
-Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 13:59:53 (MST)
Now Banff gets snow, more than Whistler!
-Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 13:31:40 (MST)
Spacey, Its certainly beautiful there. I was I there for a few days and even went up to Whistler for an afternoon. The area where you live is so precious. I took thousands of photos. You just can't take a bad picture there, it's all gorgeous.
I was also across your country in Banff. Wow! I really want to do a Fall leaf tour to Quebec someday up the East Coast. I hear its wonderful. I was in Novia Scotia and wanted to stay. Canada, as far as I have seen it, is beautiful.
-Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 04:59:34 (MST)
Should have read "or"
-Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 19:45:55 (MST)
My point is, Hawaii and Alaska are both in the USA, the same country, and they have different temperatures. Vancouver and Victoria are way different from say T'ranna of Winterpeg. We're only 165 miles north of Seattle where it doesn't get much snow. As a matter of fact, we see less snow than they do. :o)
I love living in the most beautiful place in the world.
-Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 19:45:07 (MST)
Spacey, I can't imagine Canada being warm in October. I've only been to your neck of the woods a few times, though. If I had been in a t-shirt and yoga pants earlier today I would have some headlights on, that's for sure. I am about to turn the heat on and I NEVER do unless the house gets below 66. I'm not complaining, though. I love the Fall and Winter weather. I may get out and do some weed pulling this weekend. I sure could keep busy doing that for a while. I need to call the lawn guy for a final mowing this weekend as well. We are in the 60's for daytime highs and likely to stay that way until next Spring. Woo Hoo!
Take care, Girl.
-Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 18:16:10 (MST)
LOL. It rarely snows in Vancouver. I was out today in a t-shirt and yoga pants, my husband is mowing the lawn. Beautiful warm, sunny day.
-Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 17:34:53 (MST)
Wowa, Well you could talk about whacking off mice but we would assume you had tiny fingers. Ha! I hate those mammograms. I still think they were invented by a man. A woman would never had suggested that you put your boobs in a vice grip and let someone pull an electric trigger. Mine hurt just thinking about it. OWWWWEEEE!!!!
Spacey, sure is good to have you here. How are you doing? I was thinking of you today when I was looking up our weather on the weather.com site. It's close to freezing tonight. Have you had snow yet?
Andwa, Good to see you are "settling" in. How are your roses? Mine are getting a second wind as they always do this time of year but will be ready to cut back soon because of the near freezing weather we are expecting.
I saw some of the photos from our traveller of the Great Wall. "Wow" is all that I can say. I can't imagine standing there. I have been some amazing places, but that one beats anything I have seen hands down.
The week is already long and it's only Tuesday. I realized yesterday that it's been weeks since I have turned a CD on or radio. Could be what's wrong. I just haven't been feeling myself lately.
Love to all and you guys that are cruisin', have a blast.
-Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 14:51:56 (MST)
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-Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 14:03:43 (MST)
RIP:singer/actor Noel Harrison..famous for his 1968 hit "Windmills of Your Mind " and for co-starring in "The Girl From UNCLE" opposite Stephanie Powers. Son of Rex Harrison.
-Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 07:29:56 (MST)
Watching an old episode of Law and Order titled "Three Dawg Night."
-Monday, October 21, 2013 at 22:36:53 (MST)
Spacey-so, we just need to post some dirty pics here for the barkeep. \o/\o/
Ha! (sorry, mine got squished today)
Roaslee-speaking of squished, my daughter was headed down the stairs, and at the bottome was a mouse. She stood there waving at me, so I threw a shoe to her to get him. I just missed hitting him, and he just kinda wandered toward the wall. I think he was half gone from the poison, he was staggering. Daughter wacked him with the shoe, and stood there doing the "eek a mouse" stance in the middle of the room. I went over and wacked him again, then tossed him out in the driveway. Just looked out there, and didn't see him. Don't see how he survived, maybe a cat ran off with his body. ??? Anyway, the poison seems to be working, the kids found a dead mouse in the dining room the other day.
I'd make a comment about wacking off mice, but I'll let Spacey take that one.....
-Monday, October 21, 2013 at 19:24:42 (MST)
No Wowa, they're not dirty.
-Monday, October 21, 2013 at 00:55:55 (MST)
Mikey, I just emailed you some pictures. I hope you will like them.
-Monday, October 21, 2013 at 00:55:14 (MST)
My house has severe foundation problems right now and until the insurance pays, I live with it. In the meantime, the openings around the walls and cabinets are an invitation for those critters to come in. I bought some of these plastic poison container things last year. They are from DCon or some famous company like that. The mouse has to go inside to get the poison. It comes back out and dies in it's own little area. I put one in every cabinet, closet, and drawer in the kitchen and bathrooms. I have Lily and Sadie the Cat so I had to be safe with it. I haven't seen one dropping in a year. You might try it. It worked on those pesky little things in my house and I didn't have to clean traps, swat or catch the darn things, or anything. Thanks for reminding me because it's getting cooler here and I probably need to put fresh ones out.
We have a prediction of lows in the 30's in a few days. Hot Dang! Woo Hoo!
Lily's natural mother is here this week while Lily and I are out of school and we are having a blast outside. We blew bubbles yesterday afternoon. It was nice to be out without sweating.
Last night we went to my sister Betty's house and played with 2 week old Avery. He is like a little football. He is just 7 pounds and a few ounces yet. He cuddles up under your arm and just snuggles down. Mommy and Daddy went out for the first time since the birth for their first anniversary. I think we got the better end of the deal.
Well, we slept in this morning and I need to cook breakfast. Its funny how you appreciate days when you are off so much more than when you didn't work at all. I think I'll make blueberry buttermilk pancakes. I have discovered buttermilk for cooking and it's so great! Everything is so much better than with mixes.
Okay, off to the kitchen.
Ya'll have a fabulous day. Take care. Enjoy your Friday!!!!!
-Friday, October 18, 2013 at 07:20:17 (MST)
Nope, I have 6 or 7 traps set around with peanut butter in them-this mouse has more eclectic tastes, I guess. Got poison set out now. And keeping a shoe available, should the need arise. LOL!
-Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 19:28:33 (MST)
Wowa: Mouse trap + peanut butter = dead mouse.
-Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 18:26:25 (MST)
Getting cold (and rainy) here, so the mice are movin in.
Me: (grabbing a shoe) *&%$## mouse! (bam!)
Mouse: Eeeek eeek eeek!
Me: *&%$#@ mouse (bam!) missed again, $#%^&* mouse!
Mouse: Eeek! (cya! and escapes)
-Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 17:38:44 (MST)
I'm staying a hotel that TDN have been to twice. Wish I knew which rooms Mikey had.
There was a petition with over 10,00 name on it, (with people the likes of Robbie Robertson on it), suggesting that the Guess Who be inducted. That was the year 2002. It will never happen. Paul Revere & the Raiders will never make it either, and they made an incredible contribution to musical history and had a lot of great hits.
-Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 14:46:57 (MST)
Sigh..never mind, just saw the reads ballot on rollingstone.com . no write ins this year.
-Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 12:44:23 (MST)
Starting last year, the public got a chance to vote via a poll published on Rolling stone magazine's website.Allegedly that poll got the band RUSH elected into the RNRHOF.The poll will run again this year,highly suggest doing a write in on that ballott to get your voice heard
-Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 07:23:28 (MST)
Does anyone have a real explanation for why this keeps happening? I've read some of the reasons but geez, the museum is the one missing out on the fans of TDN visiting and being able to pay tribute to the Guys.
Maybe JR is right. There ought to be some kind of formal protest that wakes them up. I wonder if we could start something on a website so folks could sign up to tell them how they feel about this. It would have to be big enough to really make an impact. I know the newsletter goes out every quarter. Perhaps Madonna or Barb could write an article to get things stirred up and go from there?
Personally, I've never been to the place and it's not on my Bucket List but I know there are folks out there that would like to see memorabilia and feel the band gets recognized. Seems like every time I read or see an interview, its mentioned.
Just dropping in to share my thoughts.
Going back to the porch swing.
-Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 05:59:40 (MST)
It is ridiculous, J.R.
-Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 16:59:06 (MST)
The Rock and Roll Hall of Shame..oops fame just announced their nominees. Sadly, once again Three Dog Night and PRR/ML are not on the list. Can we stage a sit in protest ?
-Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 10:01:49 (MST)
Greetings to all -
Andra- that just "cracked" me up. Tee hee !
-Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 21:06:42 (MST)
Spacey, Yes, you could. I guess no one in this life gets enough love that they don't appreciate a little more.
JR, it bears repeating, "Happy Birthday and many more to come."
Andwa, I'll be getting really comfortable tonight and for 5 more days. We are on Fall break this week, starting tomorrow. I am in my pj's and intend to stay in pj's most of the rest of the time. Well, I will put on clothes to go out but that is it. I am going to de-stress and undress. I ain't even leaving my hat on!
Ya'll enjoy the rest of the week. I'll be on the porch swing if anyone needs me.
Love to you guys.
-Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 13:57:53 (MST)
(_|_) (_/_) (_|_) (_\_) (_|_) ... just getting comfy.
-Monday, October 14, 2013 at 21:17:11 (MST)
Thanks for all the birthday wishes, here ,on facebook and by email. You barkeep fans rock !
-Monday, October 14, 2013 at 09:07:36 (MST)
Mikey could be perfectly healthy and I could still make him feel better. wink wink, nudge, nidge
-Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 19:51:06 (MST)
Jill, that might it worth getting hurt - a line of good looking men offering to make it better. Hmmmm....
-Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 18:36:00 (MST)
Poor Mikey hurts his back and the entire female population lines up to make him feel better. Poor baby... I hurt my back last February and there is no line of men lining up to pamper me. Not fair!
-Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 16:45:47 (MST)
Michael - Have a great, fun show in your Modesto backyard tonight! Hope the knee is doing better...no more slips, pwease!
-Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 16:31:00 (MST)
It seems to be going around here.
I didn't know the Great Wall was handicapped accessible. Ha! I hope to see lots of photos on your FB page.
Hi to the Honey Bear from this house.
The video will be interesting to see, that's for sure.
Have lots of fun on your trip and you guys be safe and happy. Bon Voyage!
Folks, it's Friday. Time to celebrate.
-Friday, October 11, 2013 at 16:12:51 (MST)
Time for another male to jump into the swamp litter box. How have ya’ll been? Fall is so great here. Andwa is right on, its like about 75 no humidity and loveverley. HE HE NYUK NYUK. Hey I got ya beat Michael, right now I have braces on both knees and on my way to get a cortisone shot in the left one. Can you imagine what kind of knees major baseball catchers have when they retire?
I happen to pop in some non-descript CD into the computer this morning and guess who it was? Sir barkeep wailing away. Right now he is chasin’ the ghost of Robert Johnson, but I gotta comment. I had this vision I was back in my Public TV producer days and saw the whole thing in the vision of a music video for Barkeeps great song “Big City Women”
Actually two versions… combined sort off. I need about 20 young working girls(No not that kind!) ages 18 to 35, (fresh off the farm?) and then I need all you Grwopettes and of course the Barkeep…also it would cool to have a few cameos in it of say, Val Harper, Suzanne Pleshette, Marlo Thomas, Mary Tyler Moore and a bunch of cash to produce it, lol.
Then There’s the B side of my music video disc…which would make a great music video “GAG ME Back to Omaha Blues” I can see all of you ladies boppin to the line, “ All the girls in the front row be singin’…girls can’t help it. Going to need Little Richard for a cameo in htat one.
Any way, got get on with packing, me and the Honeybear are catching a plane to the far side of the world…Beijing then Shanghai and the DOGS are coming along on the IPOD… Guess we are gonna do the GREAT WALL and all that jazz! Incidentally this trip was not on my bucket list either! Lol
-Friday, October 11, 2013 at 08:51:18 (MST)
Was it the right knee, left knee or wee knee?
-Friday, October 11, 2013 at 01:18:22 (MST)
Rosalee - You're welcome! I would have to agree that my children are sharp cookies! Actually the clocks change after midnight - so technically after the wedding. However, they put 2:00 pm on the invitation when the real start time is 3:00 pm -- so that should cover any potential late arrivals! And yes - I am very excited for Heather's special day!
Hope everyone is having a lovely autumn day!
-Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 13:56:32 (MST)
Thank you! I was looking forward to "Fall Back", but I'll bet you are REALLY looking forward to that day. Congrats! You must have smart kids to get married on Fall Back" day. No guests arriving late. Hee hee.
Yes, yoga might be a much better alternative for us old folks. Yogurt, also for that matter. I hear it makes bones strong. Alas, the days of wine and roses are just about gone, I guess. It's all grey hair and granny juice for us. ;)
Love to everyone.
I think we have a SPAM on the Board, My code is g1ATT
-Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 07:07:02 (MST)
Rosalee - "Fall Back" is Nov. 2nd (technically Sunday morning Nov. 3rd). I know because that is my daughter's wedding day!
Instead of a Toga party ~~ perhaps a Yoga party is in order?! That might help keep us more flexible and all of our bones less breakable!
Michael - you be careful out there!
-Wednesday, October 09, 2013 at 23:28:10 (MST)
Andwa, I'll be right up! (I wish!)
Glad to see the rose bush survived the hacker of a while back. I need to trim mine but I won't leave it to the Association. I was sure you were going to get an attorney on that one. Even I was mad when I saw your photos.
Another great day at school. Tomorrow I have a professional day so I am in class all day. My little ones are great but I do need a break and this weekend I was sick so it didn't feel like a break.
When IS "Fall back", anyway? I know it only feels like you are sleeping in for a few days, but even that would be a welcome change. That alarm seems like its earlier and earlier these days.
Next week we have Fall Break so only two days of school. Woo Hoo!!!!
Okay, it's Chicken Parm tonight. Who is coming to dinner?
I guess you all will be on a cruise soon. Think of us while you are hanging with the boys in the band. We will be jealous but happy for you. Next time, maybe.
Take care and God bless.
-Wednesday, October 09, 2013 at 13:59:40 (MST)
In fact, it is so nice up here (how nice is it?) that the rose bush is blooming again!
-Wednesday, October 09, 2013 at 13:02:33 (MST)
We've been blessed with some of the most beautiful weather up here in the Northland for the past couple of weeks. Doors and windows open, curtains fluttering in the breeze. So very nice. If anyone wants to visit, now's the time.
Enjoy your day, everyone.
-Wednesday, October 09, 2013 at 10:01:19 (MST)
My sisterinlaw married and American in 87. He was an aerospace engineer and could not get into Canada, so that was the joke we made about him. However, he did drink himself out of the marriage in only 5years, and was sleeping on the beach in his truck in WA State. His parents had emagrated to the US and worked so hard, and he blew it all on booze, despite having a fabulous education.
-Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 22:00:45 (MST)
Spacey, same thing happened in Sweden. By the time I left, 1/8 of the country was not Swedish, white, or educated. Their social medical program was so screwed up, people were waiting 7 and 8 years for knee surgeries caused by accidents. Swedes were coming to America for surgeries and cancer treatments. Well, the wealthy ones anyway.
There was a popular bumper sticker at the time that said, "The last Swede, take the flag." Well, that's the closest I can come to a translation of the saying. It was really sad. Their heritage was so long and lovely. They are a marvellous people and were very sweet to me. They grew tired of the Welfare State taking care of every poor, uneducated, rioting, murdering person who had come in and begged for help, then started wars in their own neighbourhood. When I moved to Sweden I could walk downtown Stockholm at 4 a.m. in the morning and not be scared. Four years later there were places even Swedes wouldn't venture into because of the crime. Whole sections of Stockholm were unavailable to the people whose ancestors farmed there for 1200 years. It was very sad to see it happen.
Unfortunately in every place there are people who take the best and give nothing in return. Sometimes these folks are raised this way, sometimes they figure the system out. My grandma used to say, "There's no shame in being poor so long as you are trying to better yourself. There's no shame in getting dirty so long as you are willing to wash up. There's no shame in being ignorant so long as you are eager to learn." I wish everyone had that work ethic.
Tolerance is one thing. People need help occasionally, making a career out of begging is quite another thing. I know folks from VERY poor backgrounds who got help but tried their best and with a little luck and lots of work, made it out. I had a friend who didn't see electricity or running water until he was 15. He and his wife live in a 15,000 square foot house on the beach in Sarasota. Their neighbors are celebrities and folks who have always been wealthy. He'll tell you quick that he had poor roots and is proud of it. He'll also tell you it was dumb luck and being in the right place at the right time that made his fortune. He doesn't look down on those who are poorer than he is, which is just about 99 percent of the population of the US.
I had the good fortune to meet Sam Walton several times. I worked for his son. A kinder, sweeter man I have never met. He was humble. I don't think he passed that humble part on to his kids, but they were all very nice. I was treated very well, although I was not part of the WalMart corporation.
Maybe being wealthy enough to never have to worry about money gives one a different view of the world. I wouldn't know.
Anyway, I digress. I will not risk arrest to get rid of this cold, but it's tempting. I went to work all of this week, but it was hard. Four of our kids are out with this. I seem to do fine during the day now but I get fevers and chills in the afternoon. This thing weakens you.
Speaking of which, it is time for a friendly competitive game of Chutes and Ladders and Candy Land with a particular 4 year old after brushing teeth and phonics.
Love to All.
-Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 17:55:50 (MST)
A lot of doctors are refusing to treat Americans because they can be sued in an American court, not know about it, and cross the border, then get arrested and have to pay damages.
My cousins came back to Canada when he was 66. The company that he worked for and retired from gave him medical insurance as part of his package at 65. At 66 he had a heart attack and they cut him off. he sold his place when the market was and back and went straight north. He felt so screwed paying into that company for all those years.
Rosalee, you're white, educated and speak English. You'll have a most difficult time getting into this country, lol.
-Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 17:18:00 (MST)
MICHAEL Oh no; that's awful. For goodness sakes, next time it rains, you guys need to get off the stage. You have plenty of women here ready to help you nurse your knees back to health, but even if you had to sit in a rocking chair to play (we could line it with blue fur if you want), you know we'd still be there for you.
-Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 17:13:14 (MST)
Spacey, our posts crossed in cyberspace.
Hey, I'll be right up. I could use some inexpensive medical care. Better watch it or you'll have a bunch of "Yanks" up there. We are getting to be of that age now.
I hear the retirement benefits are better also. I lived in Sweden for four years and if I had stayed I would be eligible for retirement at 80 percent pension in a few years. I was making a lot of money there as well. Missed that one.
Last code was saFe8
Life goes on.........
-Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 14:22:06 (MST)
(((Barkeep))) Wow! Bad luck. I guess a lot of us could play, "Show me yours and I'll show you mine.". Alas, tis the time of our lives, eh? Robin just got her leg out of a brace and Lorna broke her ankle in several places a few weeks ago. I have remained unaffiliated thus far, but I am expecting my luck to start running out soon. You all are keeping me off ladders, that's for sure. Hope you feel better soon. Should we all line up and kiss your boo-boo? Wait, I'm not that sure where it is, so I will await directions before I volunteer THESE lips. ;)
I was watching Family Feud while recouping from a cold this weekend and they asked 100 men, "What is your "dream job"?. Like me, one of the contestants said, "rock star". Guess what? NO! Perhaps they polled those that saw you slip? I was sure that was one of them. "Teacher" didn't make it either so don't feel bad, okay?
Hope you and all crippled Swampsters recover soon. We need a toga party at the Swamp. I miss them.
-Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 14:16:06 (MST)
I can lend you my walker and other equipment I no longer use after my two knee replacements.
I'll even kiss your knees better.
Come back to Vancouver and I'll have my knee therapist work on you, only $50 cause we are a socialist herd.
-Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 14:06:48 (MST)
Barkeep: I'll show you my brace if you show me yours. (tee-hee)
-Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 12:40:34 (MST)
I really need to hang here more often. One can only get that kind of "wind" blown up ones behind in a place like this: Waydefockbackindaswamp. Life is good. You women are sustenance to fragile old geetar players wearing knee braces these days due to a slip back in July while in Utah. Rain storm hit the outdoor stage (Tuelle, UT (sp?) and I tried to pull back my guitar pedal board ... slipped and twisted ... you know the rest. Fortunately, I can wear this brace underneath my stage jeans. You might notice a slight Walter Brennan limp. Partly, I'm milking it. Partly, it's got me. Such is life on the open range of rock n roll at 66. Santa Maria, Mongo! -M-
-Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 11:23:03 (MST)
Spacey, I think you are in good company there. The red headed stranger is a rare and valuable creature. He is a talented writer, a marvellous musician, but even if all that went away, he would still be a heck of a nice guy.
We all love him for that.
-Tuesday, October 08, 2013 at 04:20:22 (MST)
Mikey dun stole my heart away years ago.
-Monday, October 07, 2013 at 23:47:51 (MST)
Rosalee: Steal away. :-)
Hi, Mike! (waving)
-Monday, October 07, 2013 at 08:51:51 (MST)
Pam, Thank you! I was wondering how this worked. I usually get everything Lily brings home, but this year I am getting it then giving it to her. Her first year at KinderCare we were warned she would get everything, then once her immune system built up, she'd be all set for school. I am off to KMart tonight! I appreciate that so very much!
I am going to work today because the fever is gone but I am still coughing. I got this from a teacher I work in my classroom with so I am going to buy a package of gummy bear probiotics and give one to her every day also.
Snow. I was envying all your Northerners that got snow this weekend. It's 45 here. I want snow.
Take care and God bless.
-Monday, October 07, 2013 at 05:18:55 (MST)
I have to steal this for Facebook. You don't mind, do you?
-Monday, October 07, 2013 at 05:13:14 (MST)
Here is a clever piece on the Affordable Care Act with no political bias. Enjoy.
The American Medical Association has weighed in on the new health care package.
The Allergists were in favor of scratching it, but the Dermatologists advised not to make any rash moves.
The Gastroenterologists had sort of a gut feeling about it, but the Neurologists thought the Administration had a lot of nerve.
Meanwhile, Obstetricians felt certain everyone was laboring under a misconception, while the Ophthalmologists considered the idea shortsighted.
Pathologists yelled, "Over my dead body!" while the Pediatricians said, "Oh, grow up!"
The Psychiatrists thought the whole idea was madness, while the Radiologists could see right through it.
Surgeons decided to wash their hands of the whole thing and the Internists claimed it would indeed be a bitter pill to swallow.
The Plastic Surgeons opined that this proposal would "put a whole new face on the matter."
The Podiatrists thought it was a step forward, but the Urologists were pissed off at the whole idea.
Anesthesiologists thought the whole idea was a gas, and those lofty Cardiologists didn't have the heart to say no.
In the end, the Proctologists won out, leaving the entire decision up to the assholes in Washington.
-Monday, October 07, 2013 at 00:55:05 (MST)
Pam T. again
And happy birthday to JR!
-Sunday, October 06, 2013 at 17:59:33 (MST)
Rosalee: Have you ever tried probiotics? For the first two years of working at school, I constantly had a cold. At first, I used Airborne and that did seem to help to "nip it in the bud." For the last 5 years or so, I've taken probiotics which builds up the good bacteria in your gut. Honestly, it's been a long time since I've had a cold. The last one I remember was in 2010. My girls and hubby can all have colds and I won't get it. Schiff makes a gummy variety that makes it very easy to remember to take because they're like candy! Both Target and Wal Mart stock Schiff products. Ask your doctor if it's a good idea for you. Take care!
Less than three weeks ago, my husband was motorcycling around the Black Hills and now the area is covered with more than 20 inches of snow! I am not ready for that!
Have a great week Swampsters and carry on!
-Sunday, October 06, 2013 at 17:57:02 (MST)
Thanks for reminding me, Andwa. I've got a cold and I don't think I'd notice my own birthday today.
Happy Birthday, JR!
Wishing you all the happiness the day can bring!
-Sunday, October 06, 2013 at 15:56:49 (MST)
Happy birthday, J.R. Have a wonderful day! :-)
-Sunday, October 06, 2013 at 08:12:07 (MST)
Speaking of smaller "boobs" I am losing weight and have been for a few weeks. Ya'll inspired me with all that talk about treadmills and walking. So if anyone wants a buddy, I'd sure like to have one. I am not on any particular "plan" just trying to eat healthier and use the treadmill as much as possible. I hope to graduate to toning exercises in a few weeks. Right now I'm as round as a tub of butter in the middle so crunches seem useless. Hey, it ain't a "crunch" if you can't get your head off the floor- Ha! Well, it's not QUITE that bad, but I'd like to see the results and right now there is a layer of fat that is refusing to budge. Any help would be appreciated. I have been searching for good recipes online, but unfortunately they all seem to use a lot of processed food and fat. So, take a few and email me some inspiration on FB if you guys get the chance. I know Lucy has been a real inspiration.
Hope everyone has a great weekend. Its cool and rainy here today so I'm going to go to the store and get healthy vegetables and fruits. Tomorrow the sun comes out and its zoo day for Lily and I. Walking is good.
Enjoy your weekend, Folks. The week after next we have Fall break in Oklahoma and I for one am hoping for cooler weather so I can do my walking outside.
You all got me through the last 11 months and I do want to say "thank you" to each and every one of you. There are several here who know what a hard, long road that has been. You see the photos of smiling Lily and I on FB and hear the stories about what is going on, but as some of us can attest to the real feelings of sadness, lonliness and despair that plague someone who has lost a child are the things no one sees. I was so appreciative when some opened up to me about their own personal experiences. Thank you all for being here for me during this time. I really do appreciate and love you.
-Saturday, October 05, 2013 at 06:22:17 (MST)
Thank you Spacey dear! Funny - I am a "Medium" true, and going from medium Medium to small(er)Medium if you know what I mean!
-Friday, October 04, 2013 at 21:32:37 (MST)
Strongly Agree With Please No More
Dis- We don't need to know that kind of stuff. Kindness matters
-Friday, October 04, 2013 at 18:26:11 (MST)
Wowa, Congrats! Babies are a blessing. Life really does go on and brings us joy, even in sorrow.
Lily and I went to see Baby Avery at the hospital Wednesday. She had never seen a baby before and was totally enthralled. It was so cute to watch her exclaim over his little ears, nose and mouth. As for me, I remembered the first time I held Avery's daddy and welcomed him into the family. What a joy to see the next generation!
Love to all.
-Friday, October 04, 2013 at 14:12:15 (MST)
Donna, you've always had a good head on your shoulders, and you're a Medium.
-Friday, October 04, 2013 at 12:54:31 (MST)
Estrogen site? Are you sure about that Dis, or perhaps your hormones are out of balance? Just wondering because you seem to post more than anyone else lately. Carry on!
-Friday, October 04, 2013 at 10:55:29 (MST)
Please, no more
Could we please not have people's dirty laundry aired here anymore? For one thing, it's none of our business. For another, it's not a very nice thing to do to someone. We don't need to hear thinly disguised crap about someone by her ex-husband.
Thank you. Carry on.....
-Friday, October 04, 2013 at 00:58:19 (MST)
RIP Tom Clancy.
-Thursday, October 03, 2013 at 21:07:16 (MST)
Just for the record, I have someone who checks my boobies for free! So my duty will be done this month. heehee!
Dis-congrats on the expected new arrival! Always good news to hear about a new baby. Seems like it's gonna be the year for girls. I know two other people expecting them. A niece, and my other "daughter". One due next month, one in January.
-Thursday, October 03, 2013 at 19:45:02 (MST)
Oh, my last furniture (third bedroom) arrives tomorrow.
One last detail! Adelaide Elizabeth Sulak will be born in February. Her father is my married son, Ray. For most of you I didn't need to say that. I needed to say that because when I was first announced the pregnancy I notified Rosalee (a day before a trip to Dollywood with Lily and my Chris). She asked who was the father? I told her Chris wasn't married. She then threw shit at me for saying her Chris fathering Lily out of wedlock and the next morning she decided that I was dissing her for her having Robert out of wedlock also. My Chris and I went to Dollywood.
Ask yourself, if you tell a good friend that you expect a new grandchild, do you ask if it's from your married son or your unmarried son? that
I understand that this is the estrogen site.
-Thursday, October 03, 2013 at 17:46:28 (MST)
The Brakeep like to be kept abreast of the news.
-Wednesday, October 02, 2013 at 20:00:40 (MST)
Things are good. I've seen my family doctor, eye doctor, ear doctor, skin doctor and dentist all very recently and there are no disasters. I also got a double boatload of meds. I knew what I had with Aetna. On my first day of Medicare yesterday I bought a new pair of glasses and saved $200 with my Eye Med Medicare Supplement!
I have a Carolina Wren family that spends a lot of time on my back patio (near my command and control center). They are fun to watch and one of the adults just loves to sing to me. Yesterday morning a family of cats took over my patio . . . sprinkler system zone 4. I forgot to put out peanuts for the blue jay. He spent some time singing at me!
In the next 32 days I have Paul Revere, Herman's Hermits, Kyle Field (A&M v UTEP) and Three Dog Night.
Life is good!
On Monday (7th) I hope to get my West house back on the market after $27K in rewire, new and expanded HVAC, and difficult remodel when you are dealing with tiles of unknown material and wallpaper on cheesecloth on 1x6's.
-Wednesday, October 02, 2013 at 17:45:36 (MST)
Nay, twas not I, but was posted from the realm where I dwell often. Pat had a birthday? Holy Santa Maria. He may be too old to do this thang now. Mandatory retirement and all. Nyuk Nyuk. -All Sap-
-Tuesday, October 01, 2013 at 16:13:20 (MST)
I'll bet the brakeep posted that last one.
-Tuesday, October 01, 2013 at 14:39:14 (MST)
FEEL YOUR BOOBIES!
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Remember that not just you ladies, but you men too, need to check every month for lumps.
-Tuesday, October 01, 2013 at 13:23:16 (MST)
Happy Birthday, Pat! Enjoy your very special day!
I am going to be a great aunt again tonight. My nephew and his wife are about to welcome Avery into the world. I am so excited. It's been a long time, 4 years since we've had a new baby in the family. So happy. So far mother, baby and daddy are all doing well.
Wowa, sometimes you just gotta laugh. I remember those crazy moments with Chris. He was one who could laugh with me during those times and I remember that more fondly than most anything. We used to have ER doctors scratching their heads after coming in and finding us laughing. They would just stare in disbelief that we could find anything funny after life threatening seizures and ambulance rides but sometimes laughter is just the medicine one needs after drama. You go, Girl. Your hubby is a lucky man.
Andwa, glad you and your sis are getting settled in and making the best of it. I have faith in love and family. It will all work out.
-Monday, September 30, 2013 at 17:52:41 (MST)
Happy Birthday Pat Bautz!!! We are now the same age again.
Andwa- I think you'll really appreciate having your sister close by. She's going on the cruise with you, isn't she? Sure wish I could go, just not in the cards this year. It's not that far off any more! I missed seeing you this summer, too. Hoping 2014 will be full of TDN shows for all of us-
Last week Tom and I saw the Fab Four. If you're a Beatles fan, don't miss seeing this outstanding tribute group! This was the second time we'd seen them. SO MUCH FUN!!! In front of us sat a mentally handicapped guy who played the air guitar like none other- it was delightful seeing him thoroughly enjoying the show. There are a lot of you tube vids of the Fab Four for your viewing and listening pleasure.
-Monday, September 30, 2013 at 17:34:05 (MST)
I'm sure everyone in the Swamp knows the difference in selection criteria, but just in case:
Pop . . . Hit between 1945 and 1970
R&R . . . 25 years after 1st record
I had wondered why The Eagles weren't considered in Pop. The Eagles were formed in 1971.
Again, sorry for wasting your time for stuff you already knew.
-Monday, September 30, 2013 at 17:05:08 (MST)
Mich and I worked on getting her workroom set up in the basement yesterday. She's almost all set now. Just waiting on Rande to come by and take that small couch away. We're working things out. Now that the basement is set up for her, I don't feel so bad that she has to go down there when I'm working.
Would like to wish Pat a very happy birthday today. Hope he has a very fun day!
Y'all take care!
-Monday, September 30, 2013 at 08:03:21 (MST)
Andwa-patiene and communication are they key to your new living arrangements. I'm sure you two will adjust just fine!
Well, the mister got his catheter removed, during his post-op check up. Hhich means no more playing The Changing Of The Bags. Hope no one heard me in the bathroom at times. When emptying his bag, I shook the drain tube to get the last few drops out, and all I could think of was the old saying-"if you shake it more than 3 times, you're playing with it". Had me in there laughing like a loon. HA!
Good news about the pop hall of fame. I will get over to the site and vote also.
Later taters (and don't shake it more than 3 times, heehee)
-Monday, September 30, 2013 at 05:33:54 (MST)
Beat the hell outta Ole Miss!
-Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 17:23:35 (MST)
Hey Michael - Thanks for the great show in Vegas last Saturday at the Cannery. That was one of the best spit-takes I've ever seen!! My brother & his wife were with me (they live in Vegas) & totally loved every minute.
Hope to see ya soon!
-Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 17:20:37 (MST)
Had a fabulous time at the fair. It's been 30 years since I went. There was a petting zoo, (free) with baby deer, wallabies, rabbits, llama, baby pigs, baby goats, baby calves, and baby sheep. I have to admit I have never held a baby wallaby or a baby deer before. It was fabulous.
I can't believe the assortment of FRIED FOODS in the world. Wow! If you can eat it, they can fry it. Who knew? Cheesecake, oreos, stuff that is ALREADY bad for you made worse. Lily and I settled for a shared foot long and some fries and lemonade.
Disney on Ice was good. We were on the front section but got to move to the front row thanks to a nice gentleman who offered us seats that his family had bought but didn't show up for. He thought Lily's dancing to the music before the concert was too cute. His little girls were dressed in Disney costumes as well. Lily was afraid of the fireworks but thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the show. We left about 5 minutes before the end so we didn't have to go through the finale with lots of bright sparks. Was it worth 35 dollars each? Well, maybe. It was a special 3 hour deal for Lily and I. The petting zoo was the best, though and watching Lily riding the kiddie rides was great. We even shared a tea cup ride.
It's in the 60's here today. Yeah!!! Bring on Fall.
I hear some in Northern CA are getting snow. I wonder if they need good teachers?
-Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 17:16:52 (MST)
Thank you, Soaring Nancy. :-)
-Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 10:56:57 (MST)
Soaring Nancy (again)
SUSAN You better talk about the exploding water bottles in your review because inquiring minds want to know; photos welcomed!
-Friday, September 27, 2013 at 18:35:46 (MST)
ANDWA Thanks for posting the link. I am going to get my husband to vote also. I thought it was pretty obvious what honor we were voting for; shall join you in that cup of tea. I am sending thoughts of harmony your way for you and your sister. I can imagine that would be a big adjustment for both of you and send wishes for much sisterly fun.
-Friday, September 27, 2013 at 18:33:46 (MST)
Tickets went on sale for WinStar on November 3rd 14 minutes ago. Front row on Michael's side. Tickets are going fast!
-Friday, September 27, 2013 at 08:16:45 (MST)
She's probably wondering the same thing so don't feel so bad. Adjusting to living with someone is very hard, no matter which side of the moving you are on. Forty years is a long time to be alone and it may take you some time to realize the advantages of having someone around. In the meantime, communicate and do so with love. Try and get her to see your side without ostracising her. You need time to adjust and so does she. I'd get out of the house as much as possible alone and together. It's fall so the weather should be pretty enough. Even a drive sometimes helps. I have a computer so you can always come her and visit me. I'd love the company!
Hey, you have many people who care about you and I'm sure your sister is one of them. Take advantage of the offers to visit and be company for someone else for a change.
As far as cleaning things out, I know a bit about that. I need to Ebay about half the stuff in this house. Lily and I literally could live in a much smaller house but the stuff I have would have that space bursting at the seams. In fact, I have to get some "space bags" and clean out her closet this weekend. It's too cold now for her to wear her summer things and no one wants them in the fall. I'll save them for next year, which means closet space. UGH!
Well, I need to get Lily up and off to school for both of us.
(((Andwa)))) Have a great day!
-Friday, September 27, 2013 at 04:39:22 (MST)
Rosalee: Mich and I are working things out. She's still getting settled. That will take a while, I'm sure. Rande will be coming over this weekend to take one of the couches from the basement and a friend's daughter will be picking up one of the two spare beds down there. When those are gone, there will be a lot more room for Mich to set up her sewing station.
I feel kind of bad "banishing" her to the basement to watch TV, but I can't have that distraction while I'm trying to work. Hope she understands that...I'm sure she does. I never really liked working from home, but now it's even worse with both of us there all the time (she's retired).
I've got a little bit more cleaning out of my junk, but I'm almost done with that. Cleaned out two closets to make room for her stuff. It's surprising how much junk a person will accumulate and not throw out thinking "I'll get to that later."
It's been a huge change for me. I've not lived with anyone for more than 40 years, so it's taking me a bit to get used to it. Sometimes catch myself wondering of I made the wrong decision having her move in. But she would probably have been homeless if I hadn't, and I couldn't allowed that.
I'm sure it will all work in the long run.
Pam T: I'd love to fly on down to your patch of the prairie. Missed seeing you guys all summer! Is there any possibility you would be joining us on the cruise?
Time for supper. Y'all take care.
-Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 23:00:56 (MST)
Yep. Sometimes things that are important to some are an after thought to others. I love TDN and I'm happy for any recognition they get, no matter the details. I'm happy in my own little piece of the world. Life seems to be better that way. I get upset about things that really affect my life.
People who have time to fret over the misunderstandings and details are lucky I guess. But I'm happy just getting hugs and smiles, forgiveness and family, love and peace. It's all relative. Whatever sails your ship.
Andwa, how's your sister settling in? I meant to ask but got sidetracked. I'm sure you all are having a blast catching up.
I'm taking Lily to see Disney on Ice tomorrow after school. I'll miss the TDN concerts but you all have a good time. I'm happy going to bed early and taking care of the Lily. Life is so much better this way.
-Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 20:05:33 (MST)
Andwa- You know what happens in Peter Pan when you start thinking happy thoughts....you can FLY! Swing down south a bit and I'll have some tea ready for you. ;-)
Susan- Vegas must have been a blast!!! Exploding water bottles? They must have been smokin' hot. Great fun!
No confusion on my part with Pop Hall of Fame. Certainly know the difference between the two.
-Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 19:12:15 (MST)
Rosalee missed it. Glad you didn't! You are way too perspective! You go girl!
-Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 18:38:48 (MST)
Oh, I could make some comments here, but I'm instead going to have a cup of tea and think happy thoughts.
-Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 17:12:32 (MST)
Well, I missed it! In any case I am happy the band is getting the accolades they have deserved and are hopefully going to be inducted into both soon.
Lily is better and we are going to school tomorrow.
Hey, tomorrow is Friday!!!!!
Looking forward to a nice weekend. Great weather ahead.
Ya'll have some fun this weekend.
-Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 16:14:28 (MST)
Didn't realize that getting nominated again in the second year was "long, long, long overdue." It would have been difficult to have been nominated before the next nomination, so I wouldn't call it overdue, long overdue, long, long overdue, or long, long, long overdue if I understood what was going on. Perhaps you are pleased that this new music hall of fame was established and that our band will finally get recognized. I agree that is long, long, long overdue, but without a larger discussion it would seem to many on the Board that Three Dog Night has finally and rightfully been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame which is long, long, long, long, way too much overdue.
Andwa, I'll give you credit for understanding the situation, but I felt I needed to better explain it to other Swampsters who might have thought that this was a breakthrough on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
-Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 15:47:41 (MST)
Dis: Yup. Already know that. :-)
-Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 14:51:46 (MST)
The relatively new Pop Music Hall of Fame in Canonsburg, PA is pretty transparent. In their first round of inductees last year they started with 40 nominees. They inducted 13 from that list, including Perry Como and Bobby Vinton, both from Canonsburg, and Brenda Lee, who wasn't one of the 40. Of the 27 from the original nominees that weren't inducted, 19, including Three Dog Night, are included in this years list of 25 nominees, of which 10 will be inducted. The six added are Buddy Holly, Chicago, The Four Seasons, Dion, Carol King and Gene Pitney. The original nominees that didn't get inducted or re-nominated are Paul Anka, Chuck Berry, Chubby Checker, The Dave Clark Five, Bob Dylan, The Four Seasons, Les Paul and Mary Ford, and Hank Williams.
I think it looks good for our guys this year!
-Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 13:27:06 (MST)
I don't in any way want to diminish the honor, but I don't want Swampsters to be confused either. It seems the nomination is for the Pop Music Hall of Fame, not the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame which has "overlooked" Three Dog Night for years and years. The Pop Music Hall of Fame nominated TDN in its 2nd year.
-Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 09:02:32 (MST)
I voted also. I am home today with Lily. She got her shot yesterday and woke up with a fever this morning. UGH! I had scheduled to be off for a class with the school this morning, it's called MANDT, but I am having to miss that.
She just had a series of shots last month, where I was assured this would be her last until she was 11. Then a few days ago the school nurse informed me that either they didn't write down that they gave her the Hepatitis A second shot or they didn't give it. In any case, it is a requirement of her school, so we went to the doctor's office and had it done. Of course she cried and became hyperactive all evening from trauma, then woke up with a fever this morning.
I hate it when people don't take time to do their jobs and I get stuck paying for it. I hate cleaning up other people's messes. In any case I missed half a day yesterday and a full day today.
Okay, I'm done.
I do get a chance to work on some tasks for school today so the day will not be a total loss. Lily is not feeling well so she is in the living room on the sofa watching cartoons and resting and I am in the bedroom studying.
Ya'll take care.
Michael and the boys, Congrats! Ya'll deserve this and have for a long, long time. My hat is off to you all.
-Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 07:06:23 (MST)
Hey Barkeep- so great seeing you in Vegas. Ya look so darn cute! Wonderful show as always & I love live performances for the little unexpected things - like erupting water bottles. It was just to cool ya down cuz you were SO hot !!
-Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 06:23:35 (MST)
-Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 06:06:32 (MST)
Don't forget to vote for TDN! You must VOTE, not just comment.
Let's do this for the best band EVER!!
-Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 05:29:56 (MST)
Congratulations, Michael! Long, long, long overdue!
-Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 22:01:03 (MST)
Three Dog Night will be in Tulsa on November 1. Tickets are general admission.
-Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 15:43:06 (MST)
Just got ticket for Lily and I to see Disney On Ice! Got great seats on Craigslist! Oh BOY!
Hey, it isn't TDN. but it will do in a pinch.
-Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 13:49:46 (MST)
After taking a lot of measurements I went out and bought my pool table. It will be delivered and set up tomorrow. The family room was the easiest (and cheapest) to furnish. All that's left is a queen bed for the third (and small) bedroom. Rome wasn't built in a day, or two and a half years for that matter.
-Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 12:51:29 (MST)
Another great day at school. I love teaching, despite the drawbacks. I don't know if I mentioned that a few weeks ago I was asked to transfer to a Special Needs class. The school district was expecting 190 Pre-K students and over 2000 enrolled over the summer. We were scrambling to find supplies, teachers, and even classrooms, and that included special education professionals. I don't have a degree in that field but I have a lot of experience with people with disabilities in my professional life and personal life. I have a sister who is 10 years younger than I am that is about 7 developmentally. In a pinch that qualified me to assist the teacher that has a degree in special education so there are two of us teaching a class of 10 4-year olds with autism. It is so rewarding! I have fallen in love with it, and my kids. I have looked forward to every day since school began but I've discovered that kids with autism bring their own challenges and rewards to the classroom. When they connect, its profound. Today one of the little guys got off the bus and saw me and smiled like he had a little light on the inside. Doesn't sound like much, but for a kid with autism, it was awesome. Most of mine are very advanced academically but don't know how to let you know so you just have to find the right path to get them to tell you. All but two of them know all of their letters, numbers, and colors. One little girl speaks three languages, (including Chinese and Spanish)when you can get her to talk. Keep in mind these are three and four year olds.
I am having a blast. I wish I had known years ago this was going to be so much fun. I really feel like this is where I was meant to be all along.
Tomorrow is parent teacher night. I am so proud to display my children's work. Wish me luck on the presentation to the parents. Getting in front of the kids is easy, parents not so much.
Take care and God bless.
-Monday, September 23, 2013 at 17:40:54 (MST)
Sturbridge was the one I was trying to remember. Missed the date by 100 years but I do remember the pumpkin decorating contest very fondly, Great place if someone up there wants a great weekend getaway. Romantic and sweet.
-Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 18:56:02 (MST)
Salem Inn was built in 1834.
-Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 17:57:01 (MST)
funny, we have been watching Ebay and Craigslist to see family china etc being sold by a rogue family memeber. I let my kids sell stuff on Craigslist or just give it away and people will usually come within an hour. (we gave away all the litter boxes, cat posts, etc that way). I also belong to a church only a mile down the road that is heavily into running a thrift store and helping people that don't qualify for welfare. I don't have the attention span to deal and ship on ebay, but my husband thinks I should get rid of all my Guess Who, BTO and 3DN records and collections that way.
-Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 17:52:14 (MST)
The Publick House was built in 1771 in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. We stayed in the original section on the second floor directly above the original front door.
The floor was not as unlevel as our stay at the Salem Inn in Salem, Massachusetts a year earlier.
-Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 17:27:46 (MST)
Help is good. Your sister might enjoy helping you "get ready" for your adventure. Having something to work on together might make it feel more like the house belongs to the two of you. I always enjoy decorating and preparing. Speaking of which, yesterday I was inspired my some Swampsters on FB to decorate the front porch for Fall. Lily was indeed very happy to help. We pulled out all the pumpkins, the multi-colored leaves, and squashes and gourds(I use the fake ones.) we have collected since the beginning of time. The two of us decorated the porch, then proceeded to the living and dining rooms. Last night when I asked Lily what part of the day was her favourite she said decorating the porch and house. That little apple is not falling far from the tree.
Today I finished another class, (just now) and I'm ready to relax until the sun comes up tomorrow and its time to go back to work. Well, I haven't spent much time this weekend doing anything but studying but it's not a paid job.
I am extending my schooling to include Special Education so that when I am finished with my master's I can ask for a higher salary and a smaller classroom. I also want to be able to go into a pilot program here that allows the teacher to follow the student through 3 years of school. I am going to try and get Nationally certified as well so that I can teach in any state in the US. Whew! Makes me tired just thinking about it. It's amazing what you can do, though without distractions. I have been really surprised at my progress over the last few months. I have taken one class at a time and finished each of them in 2-3 weeks. For me it works better than trying to juggle them all at the same time. My goal is 24 hours this semester which ends December 1 for me. I'm pretty sure I'm going to make it. I only have 2 classes left and a few months to complete them in. However, this next one is Trig so I'm pretty sure I'm going to have some difficulty, being that Math has never been my strong subject.
Spacey, try Ebay. It works! I need to take some time and empty my closets and cupboards out so following my own advice is harder than giving it.
Yeah for falling leaves, cooler weather, sweaters, pumpkin, and stews. I will always think of Boston and a trip that Dis and I took there in the fall. It was so beautiful! The inn was built in the 1600s and had floors that were so slanted you had a difficult time walking which drove him crazy but I loved.
Funny I can't remember the name. I'll have to look at my pictures.
Take care and God bless. Those of you who are going, enjoy the concerts!
-Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 16:46:01 (MST)
Give me a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 15:48:49 (MST)
funny things is, part of the estate fight is over silverware, lol. we have a whole crapload of regular cutlery, and whom to give it to. cannot sell anything...
-Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 15:21:45 (MST)
Look around the house for stuff you don't need, like extra spoons, and sell them and then you'd for sure only need the one ticket!
-Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 10:28:26 (MST)
Thanks Dis, I have seen him a few times and I find Herman enjoyable, but I am asset rich and cash poor. I save my pennies for TDN and Burton Cummings. I'm trying to win tickets for John Cleese through a radio station. I feel like a teenager again, maybe I should start babysitting or get a paper route.
I wonder if the Brakeep ran into Tommy Chong because he and Cheech were playing the same venue the next night and there is one luxury hotel that the artists get to stay at.
-Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 09:50:15 (MST)