Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
But an interesting side effect is that my two year old thinks that every paw print is a "clue". All paw prints and pictures of paw prints are greeted with the joyful cry "a clue, a clue, Look Mommy a clue."
Will wants to "figure out" the mystery to which this paw print belongs.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
The object is to answer each question, The catch is the answer must start with the same letter as your name. So here goes:
What is your name? Alexandra
A four-letter word: arch
A boy's name: Adam
A girl's name: Alice
An occupation: architect
A color: amber
Something you wear: ascot
A food: artichoke
Something found in the bathroom: antiseptic
A place: Alaska
A reason for being late: accident
Something you shout: About face!
A movie title: First I thought, "A" room with a view- or the "A"viator- but let's go with American Gangster
Something you drink: apple juice
A musical group: America or AH -HA (anyone else remember them?)
An animal: aardvark
A street name: Acorn
A type of car: Acura
The title of a song: "All I need"
A verb: annihilate
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
After church - no stops at Target or Starbucks this week. Alaina needed to be dropped off at a friend's house. Said friend invited her to go skiing for two days- being that our local school system has Monday and Tuesday off this coming week. I hope she is returned to us still in one piece (especially since she has never skied before).
Then Eric and I brought Hero to his first "Dog Scouts" meeting. The topic of today's meeting was "therapy dogs".
Hero was indeed an "All Star" graciously greeting each owner/member. Requesting the scratches/ admiration that are his due, and performing/allowing all the required sniffing type greetings of his fellow canines. Foxy (a tiny Pomeranian) known for being very unsure of larger dogs and who "will snap when they come near her"- eventually allowed Hero to nuzzle her without any apparent stress, much to the amazement of her owner. The leader of the group noted that Hero would very likely make a very good "Therapy" dog.
The only grey cloud was that the meeting was held at a "Dogtopia" (a doggy day-care facility). And while it seemed very clean, I am afraid that there were scents that encouraged much marking by all the male dogs, our dear Hero included. I was able to interrupt him (mid-stream) 2 or 3 times, and by the end I think we made some progress in his understanding (No peeing anywhere with a roof!!!). Unfortunately, not before his marking my chair, on which my new wool coat (a Christmas gift from Doug) was hanging. This in turn encouraged several other dogs to mark the same spot- and then chivalrous Hero felt it his duty to reclaim my chair and coat as our property.
A trip to the dry cleaner is at the top of my priorities for tomorrow morning!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
So why do we blog?
For some it is a personal journal, to help us remember who we were, how we felt, in one small instant of our lives-
"Remember tonight for it is the beginning of always"-
"The palest ink is better than the best memory"-
It lets us tell our side of the story-
"History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it"-
It can be a cathartic-
"We are healed of a suffering only by expressing it to the full"-
Blogging allows us to reach out to our fellow man (uh- blogger)
"The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and that in turn another- who knows in what far place my touch will be felt"-
Sometimes it is to find those who believe in the same causes we do and to "rally forces"
"When we have the courage to speak up, we inspire the rest of the "moderates" in our communities to speak up"-
"There is ONE thing that matters, to set a chime of words tinkling in the minds of a few people"- Logan Pearsall Smith
One can find new friends-
"If you are a misfit within a group of misfits, does that mean you are actually popular and normal"-
Or communicate with love ones -
"Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close knit family, in another city" -
But always on your own terms-
"When they are alone, they want to be with others- when they are with others they want to be alone- human beings are like that"
- Gertrude Stein
(with blogging we actually can have it BOTH ways- amazing, no?)
What is a blog but a biography/autobiography?-
"Read no history, read nothing but biographies- for that is life without theory"-
"There never yet was an uninteresting life"-
Why I love "comments"-
"Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee"-
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
"The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echos of his own thoughts"-
Pearl S. Buck
Once in a while you will find a very special "blogger", one with an amazing gift to share- the gift of humor/ wit
"Humor is the great thing, the saving thing, the minute it creeps up all our irritations and resentments slip away"-
"Life is tough, but when you have the ability to laugh at it you have the ability to enjoy it"-
"Humor is a rubber sword it allows you to make a point without drawing blood"-
If you need some humor in your life I recommend:
And I leave you with this-
"Words are of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind"-
Friday, January 23, 2009
See if you can follow the breadcrumb trail of my thoughts without getting totally lost....
This post started because I wanted to give a shout out to my Darling Hubby (DH) Doug for starting his own blog "Fumbled Returns".
The interesting thing about (DH) starting his own blog is that he has always been the type to say "why?"-"why would anyone want to write a blog?" "I don't get it".
So, his starting a blog gave me 2 separate and unrelated ideas for posts-
1) a list of reasons why people "blog" - (I have been thinking about this quite a bit lately because many bloggers- *myself included* seem to hit a "blogging" slump around the holidays, questioning what they should blog about) (it is also timely because I read Zan's Sirius Sighthounds blog this morning and I think her post is a wonderful example of one of my "reasons" for blogging :-) http://siriussighthounds.blogspot.com/2009/01/memory-maelstorm.html
I do believe there are right side of the brain reasons for blogging- and left side of the brain reasons for blogging. If you stop over to visit Doug's blog I think you will find that many of his posts are very left side of the brain type posts, while I am ALWAYS in my right mind- sorry could not resist. More on this topic later.
2) Then, just being silly- I thought "I wonder how I can tie Doug's blogging in as one of the "signs" of the end of times/ Armageddon." Just because this topic seems to be very much in the forefront of our "collective unconscious". (familiar with the web bot project?) The History Channel probably threw that project completely off. ;-)
Anyway,.. I start trolling for these "signs"- Nostradamus, Mayan calendar, and of course my only true source of prophesy- The Bible.
Well, obviously I did not get my silly- "end of the world" post written
I did find the following:
I Timothy 4:1-3 "men who... advocate abstaining from meats which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth."
Timely to Stephen's post on "Plus Est En Vous"
“Sometimes paranoia's just having all the facts.”
William S. Burroughs quotes
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Nope, this is another fascinating arts and crafts post - hey, where are y'all going? :-)
We will get to the reason for the title of this post in a minute.- But first some personal rambling/ uh, I mean reflection...
Sunday, Alaina (the 14 year old wonder ;-?) claimed me as her personal assistant.
After church, (the kids and I leave for church at 9:30 AM- every Sunday- day of rest my eye!), Alaina informs me that she has a school project due Tuesday. They have been put into groups of three to put on an "original" Greek tragedy, and she is in charge of her group's costumes.
But... before we hit Michael's we really DO need to stop at Target- she needs more make-up, shampoo, "product" as Doug calls it. And by some wonderful coincidence, there is a "Starbuck's" in Target so the little kid's can get hot chocolate and "mom" can get a caramel macchiato.
Yes, I know I'm weak. I am Aware that we are in a recession, and that $12.00 for drinks is excessive. But if we get ourselves out of bed, out of the house,- and to church ON TIME, all when it is about 12 degrees out, I figure we have earned it.
Anyway, next stop- Michaels'. As it was explained to me,
Alaina "We all know that guys played all the girls' parts in all Greek plays, right?"
-Me: "Wouldn't that be "Grecian plays?",
Me: "why not?"
Alaina (with the total look of disdain, only a 14 year old girl can give) "uh- because Grecian doesn't sound like a real word".
(Greek play or Grecian play?? feel free to weigh in Addie- if you agree with Alaina, I can take it- I won't tell her, but I can take it ;-)
"Yes, I know it is called a "Greek Tragedy"- but they ARE called Grecian Urns, vases, etc.,".
Alaina "anyway... since guys played the girl parts they had to wear masks- so I'm going to make masks- I want to make- like- those "Venetian masks." (yup,Venetian masks in Ancient "Greek" plays, our public school system hard at work)
Me: "sounds good to me"
"So who are your characters"?
"Aphrodite, Hades, and Apollo"
Ok, so a black mask with a crown of discount/ close-out black poinsettias with gold glitter for Hades, a white mask with purple "forget me not" stickers and a crown of purple flowers for Aphrodite, and a white mask with gold glitter paint/feathers, and a crown of some sort of branches for Apollo.- $30.00 later...
"Ok, now we have to get fabric for togas for everyone".
Alaina:"But this is a school project, and I told them I would"
Me "tell them to each bring in a white sheet"
YES- The win actually goes to Mom this time!!!
When we get home and actually get out the play, in reality the characters are Artemis, Orion, and Apollo (hey at least she got Apollo right.)
Post-script- She recieved a 117% A+ as her grade for this project. lol
So now, the reason for this title of this post...
While at Michaels I decided to try Sculpey Bake & Bend clay. I figured if they claim that it can actually be bent it must be less prone to breaking, right?
Well, yes and no. Once it is baked it DOES bend. It does seem less prone to breaking.
But you pretty much better limit your "sculpting" to snakes, worms, and ball/marbles. any other type of "working" and the clay crumbles.
Ok, so no big deal, this clay goes into the kids' arts and crafts desk.
Then my larger greyhound bust out of SCULPEY "PREMO" clay.
Yes, I just made the eyes out of clay. I told you patience is not one of my virtues.
But when I baked it- it cracked!!!!!
Note the neck-
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I thought it was worth posting/ passing along
1) LAST MOVIE YOU SAW IN A THEATRE? Marley and Me (Loved it)
2) WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING? The Bible
3) FAVOURITE BOARD GAME? Imaginiff- It's a great ice breaker/ party game.
4) FAVOURITE MAGAZINE? Reader's Digest! If only everything in my life could be "abridged".
5) FAVOURITE SMELLS? Freshly brewed coffee, cinnamon rolls, sweet hay, frying bacon, coconut oil suntan lotion, honeysuckle....wow- I guess this list needs to be "abridged" too
6) FAVOURITE SOUNDS? windchimes, the ocean, children laughing,
7) WORST FEELING IN THE WORLD? panic
8 ) WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU THINK WHEN YOU FIRST WAKE UP? Coffee, Where's the coffee? Won't someone PLEASE get me some coffee??
9) FAVOURITE FAST FOOD PLACE? McDonald's- go ahead Stephen, let me have it :-)
10) FUTURE CHILD’S NAME? FUTURE CHILD'S NAME??? Future child??I already have 5 !!
11) FINISH THIS STATEMENT—IF I HAD A LOT OF MONEY I’D....move!
12) DO YOU DRIVE FAST? Faster than I walk
13) DO YOU SLEEP WITH A STUFFED ANIMAL? No, but I do have a couple scattered about my bedroom (most of them do not actually belong to me).
14) STORMS–COOL OR SCARY? Cool- unless someone gets hurt
15) WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST CAR? Toyota Corolla
16) FAVOURITE DRINK? Do I really have to pick one? ok, a blueberry martini
17) FINISH THIS STATEMENT - IF I HAD THE TIME I WOULD...get everything done
18 ) DO YOU EAT THE STEMS ON BROCCOLI? I prefer the tops
19) IF YOU COULD DYE YOUR HAIR ANY OTHER COLOUR, WHAT WOULD BE YOUR CHOICE? If I could?- Why couldn't I? Last time I checked hair dye HAS already been invented.
20) NAME ALL THE DIFFERENT CITIES/TOWNS U HAVE LIVED IN? LOL- Yonkers NY, Centreville VA, Manassas, VA- Warrenton VA- pretty boring, huh?
21) FAVOURITE SPORTS TO WATCH? Golf, any form of diving (spring board/ platform, etc.)and yes, it's true- football.
22) ONE NICE THING ABOUT THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? Well, she didn't actually send it to me, but she likes/ has greyhounds, that makes her a great person in my book !
23) WHATS UNDER YOUR BED? meteor dust
24) WOULD U LIKE TO BE BORN AS YOURSELF AGAIN? No, once was enough, Thank you.
25) MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL? Night owl in a house of early birds (it's not pretty!)26) OVER EASY OR SUNNY SIDE UP? ummm-scrambled
27) FAVOURITE PLACE TO RELAX? livingroom couch with the dogs- EASY
28 ) FAVOURITE PIE? YES, PLEASE!
29) FAVOURITE ICE CREAM FLAVOUR? partycake ice cream!!! anyone ever try it? It has bits of birthday cake in it- icing and all. No, seriously, You have to try it. It is the closest thing to the fountain of Youth I have ever found- one bite and you are a little kid again.
If you read this far please consider YOURSELF TAGGED.
This is another "pup" based on a picture on fellow blogger's blog.
The birds that visit our bird feeder/ dog water bowl. ( These pictures were taken through our kitchen window- dog nose smudges and all :-)
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Now- Yes, I know that Hoover and Bruno are both males, and I am in no way suggesting that their relationship is anything more than friendly ! I just "sculpts them the ways I sees them" :-)
By the way- "the cutest blog on the block" site is back on line. Can I get a "whoo-hoo"?
Saturday, January 17, 2009
I regret to inform you of the passing of Superfreak. Sources say that foul play is NOT suspected, and by all indications, he died of natural causes. The family decided to forgo an autopsy, and chose instead to perform an immediate burial at sea. -Ok, so maybe not literally at sea, in the interest of accurate reporting, lets just say that "water was involved". (Insert your own yellow journalism joke here :-)
In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to the National Aquarium in D.C.
NO, the next story is not about mob related intimidation tactics.
(for those of you who got the "Godfather" reference, 10 points )
Rather this is an announcement of the completion of a joint project undertaken by myself and my 10 year old daughter, Genevieve. This bust of a horse's head was created as a gift for Genevieve's friend Sarah's 10th birthday. Sarah is known to be quite the "equine enthusiast".
Please keep your computer tuned to this blog for further updates.
Good day, and may the good news be yours.
(got the WKRP reference? + 50 points.)
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Yup, I am still fighting with my computer in general and with "Blogger" in particular. It has escalated to name calling (via verification words) on both our parts.
I am willing to take all advice and suggestions.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Argghhh- now I can't move my pictures either-
They remain on the top of my post no matter what I do-
This is quickly going down hill!!!
All this black- all this angst-
I shall paint my fingernails black, start using lots of black eyeliner, and black lipstick (hey it looks greyt on the pups)
I shall start writing poetry
In the greyhound's wake,
be he running or stretching,
a gentle breeze blows
I have added a music play list that includes "Don't Fear the Reaper"
Anyone know where I can get a cheap exorcism performed on my laptop?
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
William S. Burroughs
Monday, January 12, 2009
How could anyone be mad at that face?
Thursday, January 8, 2009
We have been through Bark Busters as well as the local Petco obedience classes. She can: sit, stay, lay down, come, heel, beg, cover her nose with her paw, and play dead- all on command- as long as there are no unfamiliar people or canines in the vicinity.
Regardless of all the throwing of small bits of chain, and growls of bah, ehh, etc (oh, and use of the spray bottle too). She continues to charge the door, barking like a maniac, whenever anyone knocks or rings the doorbell. (Of course given the opportunity to actually greet the person she quickly accepts them, (people- NOT dogs). The same goes for walks on the leash.
Unfortunately all the reassuring in the world (to the people not her) doesn't cut it with the deliverymen and repairmen. She has been prescribed drugs by our vet, and we have tried those plug in pheromone emitters, in hopes of taking "the edge" off. We have walked her while wearing a cloth muzzle (her not us) but she scratched and pawed at her face until it was raw and bleeding. So, now I have found a new product to try-
Yes, it does say "end thunderstorm fear" which she does NOT have at all- she will happily sleep through thunderstorms, fireworks, etc. But it also says to lessen aggression, so hey- I will give it a go...
So, of course everyone comes home and says "Oh, Pepsi has a new coat, She looks so cute, but does she like it? Will she wear it?" that sort of thing.
The last being a fair question because past coats have fared only as well as the muzzle- and were quickly chewed up/ removed. I pulled out the package to show them the claims that come with this new improved jacket- and it is immediately dubbed "Pepsi's Straight jacket"
Well, she seems to wear it happily enough which is a step in the right direction- if nothing else it is a coat she will be willing to wear in the cold weather. As far as actually "calming" her, I will keep you posted.
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Alaina says the bit of lace at the top of the blog reminds her of lingerie. (Teenagers can find "innuendos" everywhere and anywhere, can't they?).
That's ok though, just the slightest peek of girlyness (girlyness?- does that count as a word Addie??) suits me just fine. Before all hints of the holiday season are put away- here is a picture of Will wearing his "glasses" for New Years Eve.
And here are the pups snuggling on the couch. Pepsi still pretends that she despises Hero, but we find them hanging out like this almost every day now. (Sorry Pepsi no one is buying your act anymore).
I've got to find a way to add some extra octane (and/or caffiene) to this Blog, I only had 1 comment (God bless you -Zan) on my last post. I guess you were all asleep before you reached the end...
Monday, January 5, 2009
This is the ONLY picture I have of John. (Does this picture=1000 words??)
One more topic I want to touch upon before bringing this ramble to a close. Has anyone out there seen the movie Marley and Me? I went to see it with Alaina, this past Saturday. Personally, I loved it. It was marred a little for Alaina by the fact that she has actually read (maybe "memorized" is closer to accurate) the book. I didn't know that the fact that I have not been able to read anything longer than a recipe in 2 years could work to my benefit. Also, I am probably not the harshest critic being that the last movie I saw at an actual "movie theater" was "Finding Nemo".
I actually read a review that called it "mean spirited". What??
Personally, I found it very real.
For those of us who know that life is messy: that people do get dissatisfied, Couples do fight, dogs do pee in the house, (and in PETCO ;-),(but we love them anyway), raising kids is hard, (but we love them anyway), And yes, death is the inevitable end to all our stories... I think it is a movie worth seeing, even if Marley was not a greyhound.