Thursday, March 29, 2012

Tomatoes, Tomatoes

This year we planted eight different varieties of tomatoes.  We are trying our hand at a black Russian variety, Roma, Cherry, Yellow, Early Girl, Solar Fire, and Better Boy.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate more this year than last.  I really should have been a farmer. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wednesday Words of Wisdom

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.

~George Bernard Shaw

Sunday, March 25, 2012


Photo Credit

Tonight while watching TV, an ad came on for Titanic 3D...  I looked at Doodle and said
"I will not make you watch this in the theater". 

Doodle responds, "Huh, we have already seen it on the TV in the house". 

I just laughed!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Jiffy Starts

Today, Doodle and I are going to get our tomatoes planted.  We usually wait until the middle of April to ensure we are past the freezing point but it has been in the mid 80s this week and I think we are safe to plant.  We also decided to try starting plants from seed this year and they have been growing for a couple of weeks now in our kitchen and by the front window.

In order from left to right we planted:
Bibb Lettuce

Pumpkins (starting early this year!)

It is just about time to thin out the plants that are not doing as well to allow the others the greatest chance of growth.  In a couple more weeks, they should be strong enough to go outside and then into the additional planters that we are working on. I hope that we can have a large variety of vegetables this summer so we do not have to buy as many.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wednesday Words of Wisdom

Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.

~Arthur Miller

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Happy Spring

Billy Collins
If ever there were a spring day so perfect,
so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze

that it made you want to throw
open all the windows in the house

and unlatch the door to the canary's cage,
indeed, rip the little door from its jamb,

a day when the cool brick paths
and the garden bursting with peonies

seemed so etched in sunlight
that you felt like taking

a hammer to the glass paperweight
on the living room end table,

releasing the inhabitants
from their snow-covered cottage

so they could walk out,
holding hands and squinting

into this larger dome of blue and white,
well, today is just that kind of day.

Monday, March 19, 2012

The Great Idea That Wasn't

I cannot even find the words to describe how Ling looks in person.  She will not even look up... she is so embarrassed that Mom did this to her and all in an effort to save a few bucks.  Next time, I will suck it up and pay the groomer. 

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Kony 2012

If everyone who watches this video, shares it, then the we will succeed in finding and stopping Joseph Kony and atrocities he continues to commit on a daily basis.  Won't you join? 

Friday, March 16, 2012


Garfield on the oil crisis:

A lot of folks can't understand how we came to have an oil shortage here in our country.
Well, there is a very simple answer.
Nobody bothered to check the oil.
We just did not know we were getting low.
The reason is for that is purely geographical
Our OIL is located in:
Coastal Florida
Coastal Louisiana
Coastal Alabama
Coastal Mississippi
Coastal Texas
North Dakota
Our dipsticks are located in DC.

 This was too good not to share!

Thursday, March 15, 2012


Mo is now the only cat in the house and while I believed she would be content to finally be large and in charge, I think she is now unsure of her role.  For so long, she was really the bully of the house, running up to Rio and whacking her for no reason.  She does not do that with the dogs because they have lost all tolerance for the cats as they have aged. 

She has also always acted more like a dog than a cat, following us around, sitting where we are and such. After all, she spent 18 months sitting on the desk while I studied.  But she seems sad, like someone is missing, even if that is someone she could hardly tolerate.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Paw Prints to Heaven

When tomorrow starts without me
Don't think we are far apart
For every time you think of me
I'm right here in your heart

I miss you and love you.  Rest in peace little one.

Wednesday Words of Wisdom

Don't spend time beating on a wall, hoping to transform it into a door.
~ Coco Chanel

Monday, March 12, 2012

It Always Could Be Worse

The past four days have been adventure filled and loads of fun... NOT!  It all stated last Wednesday night when I got home from the barn at 5:30 pm our elderly cat, Rio was no where to be found.  I looked in the basement, I looked outside, I looked around all of the stuff we have... No Rio.  At this point I am beginning to be a bit concerned, she was lost!  After an hour of calling for her in the backyard and around the house next door, who do I see towards the bottom of the ravine behind our house, the small black and white cat, better known as Rio.

Her feet were dirty and she was not pleased to have been locked outside the fence, but, thank goodness she was alive and well.  Crisis number one averted.  

Friday, morning Doodle and I awake at our normal hour of 5:00 am to get ready for work.  As usual, I head to the basement to let the pups out for their bathroom break.  I open the door to the basement and hear something ominous... the sound of gushing water, the basement had flooded.  I yell for Doodle, he comes flying down the stairs, the water shutoff valve is not working, out to the street he goes to shut off the main valve.  We have approximately 6 inches of water in parts of the basement. 

Rio is wandering through the water looking at me, like I do believe we have a problem.  On the other end of the spectrum, is Mo, who has sought the highest ground she can find is proceeding to have a conniption.  Meow, Meow, MEOW!  As I grab her to take her upstairs, I slip in the water and jar my back.  Great, now I have a flooded basement, a freaked out cat, and my back is refusing to allow me to bend over without great pain.  Meanwhile the dogs are floating away in their kennels.  After downing a couple of Aleve and a quick email to work, the fun begins.

Doodle thinks we removed 100 gallons or so of water from the basement.  Whoever invented wet/dry vacs should receive a medal!  Most of the boxes were not damaged.  Of course it never fails the box with all the photos in it, was wet and we are still drying out the photos hoping we can salvage them.

Currently, the concrete in the basement is mostly dry but it still smells and we figure it will take weeks for everything to really dry out.  The dogs are tired of the fans and not having their carpet in the room.  Poor Shen has been shivering in the mornings and looks even more pitiful than usual. There is a chance of rain all week here, which does not bode well for the drying process.  BUT, it always could have been worse!  At least our house was not blown away by a tornado and for that I am so very thankful!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Wednesday Words of Wisdom

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
~ Winston Churchill

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


I finally broke down and created a Facebook account for the blog... Unfortunately or Fortunately, I cannot remember how to get back into the account and I have no idea how to activate the account.  The only reason I am signing up is for all the coupons!  Everywhere I turn, businesses offers coupons or discounts but only to Facebook followers. 

What about us peeps that are not on Facebook?  I am being denied the opportunity to save money all because I choose not to participate in social networking.  I do not want hundreds of online friends. Am I missing out on what everyone is doing because I am not reading their status online?  If it is that important people, pick up the phone or send a letter. 

The people I care about; I talk to, talk using our voices, not computer updates. 

All that being said, I am now the proud owner of a Facebook account that I have no idea how to access.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Wires and Screws

This weekend Doodle and I installed our new microwave.  After being without one for over a week, we were excited to be able to warm food without heating a large oven.

In order for the microwave to be installed we had to add a piece of sheet rock behind to bring the wall flush with the tile, as the new microwave was larger than the old.  Doodle cut the sheet rock, screwed it to the wall, added the mounting bracket, and finally we lifted the microwave into the place, added the bolts and plugged it in.


We must of turned off the breaker, downstairs I go to check, sure enough the breaker is in the off position.  Flip it on, it trips.  Flip it on, it trips.  Flip it on and sparks emerge from the breaker panel!  Houston we have a problem!

Doodle had nicked the wire with the screw adding the drywall.  UGH!  Down comes the microwave and many holes drilled into the wall behind to verify this thought and to run new wire from the oven to the microwave.  The hour long project has now turned into four.  Finally...

Yes, the picture is upside down... not the microwave.  I cannot for the life of me get it right side up.  Houston we have another problem!

Saturday, March 3, 2012


 We have had Photoshop for longer than I want to admit... I also have a book on how to go about "fixing" all that is wrong with my photos.  This week, I finally decided to just play with the program.  Below are two photos from Charleston, one of which is SOOC (straight out of camera) and the other I messed around with.  What are your thoughts, for those of you familiar with Photoshop, assistance... please!

Photoshop - I wanted to bring the focus to the center of the photo

SOOC - the light is horrible the sun was so bright
Photoshop - Not a clue what I am doing