Friday, August 31, 2012

Friday Fragments - Goodbye August

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Welcome to another edition of Friday Fragments hosted by Mrs. 4444 at Half Past Kissin’ Time.

* The older I get the faster time flies!  How can it be the last day of August when it was just January?  While part of me is happy the time is going by quickly, part of me wants to slow down and appreciate all that is around me.

* Mom is coming in for a visit this weekend.  I think we are going to take her to Gibbs Gardens and maybe a couple of wineries.  I always love when she visits; we laugh and have such a great time together.

* Speaking of mom, I began the de-hairing process on Wednesday in an attempt to rid the house cat hair since mom is allergic.  I wonder how she lived with me and the four cats for almost a year! 

* Ling spent the day at the vet yesterday getting her teeth cleaned and amazingly none needed to be removed.  Even the vet was impressed that both dogs did not lose any additional teeth this year.  Between the two of them they still do not have a full set… but they sure are cute.

* It seems I may have planted the pumpkins to early this year.  My small pumpkin turned orange and then rotted.  The larger pumpkin is turning orange and the vine is dying.  Next year, I will plant the seeds in June instead of May.  This pumpkin growing business is harder than it looks!

* Doodle and I will be headed to Kansas on vacation later this year.  Yes, Kansas.  When we cannot decide on where to vacation, we pick a state out of the hat.  We came up with this idea a while ago; it was how we ended up in South Dakota on vacation.  Did you know that Kansas sports the World's Largest Ball of Twine?  Now how exciting is that going to be!
* Enjoy the unofficial end to summer everyone and have a safe holiday weekend.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Fantasy Football Draft

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School starting back, cooler nights, the sun setting earlier, can only mean one thing... Fantasy Football has arrived.  For the past several years, Doodle has participated in a Fantasy Football league through his office.  One year, we won it all!  Since that time, we have not fared as well but each year we start the season off with high hopes and dreams of a large payout.

Last night was the draft and for the first time the league utilized an online method that allowed the "coaches" to sit in the comfort of their own home and pick the players.  In the past, I have always sent Doodle into the draft with cheat sheets, player and team rankings, a list of esteemed players, those we could do without and those that were a must have.  As Doodle was home, the rankings, cheat sheets, and esteemed player list fell to me to monitor.  I now know why, the cheat sheets, player rankings, etc. are of absolutely no assistance.

Doodle: We are up?

Me: Which position are you looking at? (While looking at rankings, cheat sheets, player stats)

Doodle: Running Back

Me: ___ is ranked 5th.  ___ is ranked 8th.  ___ is ranked 9th.

Doodle: What about ___ or ___?

Me: They are ranked 15th and 20th.  The others are ranked higher on all of my sheets.

Doodle:  Okay.  (He makes the selection)

Me: Who did we get?

Doodle: We got ___.

Me: Who?  He is not even on my list!  Oh wait, there he is... 34th.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wednesday Words of Wisdom

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.
~ John Ruskin

Monday, August 27, 2012

Wall Street

Yesterday after Doodle got home from work, he turned on Wall Street and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.  Yes, we are that far behind on movies! 

Believe me when I say I totally forgot how 80's the first Wall Street was.  That apartment was horrid, the shoulder pads, and those computers, what a trip down memory lane.

After watching both movies, I think the first movie had a better plot and the second movie had better acting.  I love Michael Douglas and believe he is a wonderful actor.  This movie just reminded me of why. 

I did not care for the ending of Wall Street 2...spoiler alert! 

I think it unlikely given the character of Gordon Gekko that he would deposit funds into the fusion research account just to see his grandson, considering he walked away from his daughter with her money.  Greed never sleeps!

I suppose that is what makes movies so enjoyable, loosing yourself for a couple of hours in a world where everything in the end is happy.  Doodle and I spent a lovely late afternoon and evening curled up on the couch vegging, just what he needed after a week filled with stress.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Friday Fragments

It is difficult to believe Friday has rolled around again.  The upside to Fridays is two days off of work and linking with Mrs. 4444 at Half Past Kissin' Time.
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* Speaking of Mrs. 4444, I was called out as a No-Reply Comment Blogger.  Who the heck even knew that existed!  I succumbed to peer pressure and now have an email address.  (I think)

* In relation to above, I honestly assumed that no one really cares if I respond to a comment, unless asked a specific question.  Am I wrong?  If so, I apologize.

* Looks like we may make the September 1 deadline for getting the house back on the market.  The downside, we will have to put it on at the same price that we bought it for 12 years ago.  The real estate market is still down here in Georgia.

* Even wearing long sleeves, long pants, and gloves, I managed to get poison ivy... again!  At least this time, it is only on my wrists and my neck.  So far, no staph infection and I am much less itchy.  I have been using alcohol on it any time I scratch.

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 * The shopping trip to Costco ended with a bill of over $500.00!  Thankfully, this will hold DB and I for the next few months with just weekly visits to the grocery store for fruit and vegetables.  I cannot imagine trying to feed a large family, food costs have just gone through the roof. 

* On NPR last night they were talking about grocery auctions, where people bid on food that is close to the date on the package.  Apparently those dates are not necessarily expiration dates but freshness dates.  Did you know that vinegar actually lasts 7 years even though the date on the package is only a year.  I am going to look into a grocery auction in this area... if I can get frozen chicken for $1.00 a pound, it is well worth it!  Here is the link if you want to listen to the story.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Red Top Mountain Park

Sunday morning, Doodle decided that instead of me working on the house in the weeds, a much needed break was in order.  We hopped into the car and headed south... to where you ask, we did not have a plan.  We decided to head to Red Top Mountain Park with a detour to the Etowah Indian Mounds.  It was cloudy, rainy, and dreary as we found our way to the Indian Mounds, which turned out to be closed!  That is what lack of planning will do for you!

Next stop Red Top Mountain which is a state park about 40 miles outside of Atlanta. I have no idea why it is called Red Top, maybe the leaves turn red in the fall?  By the time we found the park (after making a huge circle and just missing the entrance), it had stopped raining.  This was our first visit and while most of the activities center around the lake and river, they did have a couple of hiking trails.  Off we went on the yellow loop, transferred to the red loop, and ended on the white loop where the river meets the lake. 

It sprinkled a bit, but, overall was a beautiful morning spent in the woods and sitting by the water, a welcome departure from the weeds that still need attention at the house.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wednesday Words of Wisdom

This American system of ours, call it Americanism, call it capitalism, call it what you will, gives each and every one of us a great opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of it.
~ Al Capone

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Starsky and Hutch

Starsky & Hutch together again!  Meet the newest editions to the fish tank...

Pistol Shrimp aka Starsky & Yellow Watchman Goby aka Hutch

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Starsky & Hutch have a symbiotic relationship, that is the rely on each other for survival.   Starsky has very poor eyesight and Hutch is poor at building a home.  Starsky burrows into the sand, keeping their house tidy while Hutch stands watch and lets Starsky know when he can safely feed.

When we brought Starsky & Hutch home, we were instructed to make sure that we put them into the tank together so they would not loose one another.  We did as instructed and wouldn't you know it, Starsky zigged and Hutch zagged.  Doodle and I looked at each other and exclaimed "they are above our capabilities"!  I stressed all that day and night wondering how they would get along without the other.  Of course, it eventually dawned on me, the tank is only 55 gallons and there are only so many places for them to hide.  Needless to say they are together.

I wish I had videoed Starsky clearing the sand, he worked like a bulldozer moving the sand around while Hutch stood guard.  It was a blast to watch.  I found this video on YouTube by Maximus Reef that is a great example of what Starsky does. 

Starsky is a type of pistol shrimp which means they snap their claw together to shoot a stream of air/water when they are threatened.  Jorge with Pure Reef said you will hear a snapping noise when this happens... guess what, he was right!  The tank lights were off, but I could hear a snapping noise.  They are just too cool! 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Friday Fragments

Good Morning and a big thank you to Mrs. 4444 at Half Past Kissin' Time for sponsoring another edition of Friday Fragments.  Please do hop over and visit.

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* I have been in the doldrums lately.  Nothing seems to excite me.

* The lease purchase of our house fell through.  The people moved out, electing not to purchase the house... they ruined the hardwood floors, broke a window, and appears they had no clue how to operate a lawnmower.  What a mess!  People have no respect!

* I spent a day working at above house and only manged to clean out two flower beds... only 2 acres left to clean out.  I know what my weekend will be filled with. WEEDS

* Our rain barrel is full!  According to the rain gauge we have gotten only about 2 inches of rain and that filled the barrel.  Gives you an idea of how much rain comes off the roof and just goes into the yard.  We are definitely getting a couple more barrels, I have been watering the new plants using the barrel, it is working out perfectly.

* The wild grapes are ripe!  I finally braved getting a couple of the grapes and trying them.  They are good, but the outer skin is super tough and they are full of seeds.  I think the grapes are muscadine.  They do not grow in bunches but along the vine. 

* Have a great weekend everyone!  Keep your fingers crossed that we get rain, especially out West where the fires are.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Wednesday Words of Wisdom

The only bad thing about burning your bridges behind you is that the world is round.
~ Unknown

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

I am here

Hello, I am here... just nothing blog worthy has been happening the past weekend.  Doodle was so tired from working the previous three weekends that we did nothing.  We do have new additions to the fish tank, just need to garner some photos to share.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Medal Count

Is it just me or is a lot being made of the medal count and the fact that the United States has more gold medals and overall medals than China?  It seems to me this is not the goal of the Olympics.  The Olympic Creed states:

"The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well". 

So, is not all the hoopla over the number of medals a country gets against the Olympic Creed?  Right now according to the medal count, the USA stands at 90 total medals and China at 80 with the USA winning 39 gold to China's 37. 

Do the athletes make much of the medal count?  I do not think so, take for instance Liu Xiang, the Chinese hurdler that was expected to medal.  He did not make it over the first hurdle, instead, he hopped down the track to the finish line where his arm was raised in triumph by another athlete.  I think the politicians could learn by watching the athletes and the respect they give each other. 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Wednesday Words of Wisdom

The Olympics are a wonderful metaphor for world cooperation, the kind of international competition that's wholesome and healthy, an interplay between countries that represents the best in all of us. 
~ John Williams

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

This American Life

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Do you listen to This American Life?  The radio show hosted by Ira Glass.  If you have never listened to the show, it is wonderful.  I listen to the shows while at work and sometimes get so involved that I stop, lean into the speakers, and just listen.  Isn't it amazing that a radio show can still pull you in, especially in today's world where everything is fast paced with instant gratification. 

This American Life is a weekly public radio show broadcast on more than 500 stations to about 1.8 million listeners. It is produced by Chicago Public Media, distributed by Public Radio International, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards.  The radio show and TV show follow the same format. There's a theme to each episode, and a variety of stories on that theme. It's mostly true stories of everyday people, though not always.
source: This American Life

If you have never heard or or listened to This American Life, take a moment to explore the website, start at the favorites page and listen to some of the broadcasts, I promise you will not be disappointed!

Monday, August 6, 2012


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A few weeks ago, I attended a Scentsy party for one of the ladies at the office.  First let me say, I hate these parties, I always feel obligated to buy something.  So, buy something I did... two nightlight plug-ins. 

The plug-ins are quite large, you would not want to use them where they could be easily jostled about as when the wax melts it can go everywhere... just ask how I know this!  Along with the two plug-in, I choose 6 different scents.  The lady from Scentsy indicated that each scent should last about a week depending on how long and often you turn it on.
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The pros: no soot, no open flame, if you are prone to forgetting that candle burning, you really have nothing to be concerned with.  The plug-in works like a nightlight, warming the wax until it melts thus giving off a pleasing aroma.

The cons: I have had the plug-ins about a month now and the smelly wax or Scentsy bar does not last that long.  I would say on average 3 days if you are running the plug-in.  The one in my office does seem to last longer, but; the room is smaller and I close the door at night.  The plug-in in the kitchen does not seem to be doing much of anything.  Granted, the room is large, open and the plug-ins are designed for smaller areas.  But even when we are in the kitchen, I cannot smell it.

I would not purchase this product again.  I love the concept and not having open flames, especially with children, pets, or someone forgetful.  Overall, the price is high and I am disappointed in the product.

Disclaimer: Scentsy has no clue who I am... this is strictly my opinion. 


Friday, August 3, 2012

Friday Fragments - Olympic Style

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Happy Friday and a big thank you to Mrs. 4444 at Half-Past Kissin' Time for sponsoring Friday Fragments.  Be sure to stop by and show some love.

* In case you had not noticed... I am finally growing a pumpkin, I am so dang excited to have a pumpkin for fall!  

* The children got their "dog days of summer" haircut.  They must be feeling better, they were running around even more than usual.  I suppose I would feel better to have all that fur removed as well.

* I have survived my second week of working four, ten hour days.  Having Wednesday off is great, I can do anything for two days and while that is true, being at work for ten hours is TORTURE!  I start counting the hours left right around 1pm.  I just need to win the lottery, that means I have to play the lottery!

* I have been catching up on Modern Family, it has to be greatest show on right now.  I got the giggles during this weeks re-runs and was still smiling about it the next day.  Any show that can do that is a winner in my book.

* Our tomatoes seem to be doing better, I think I was over watering them.  The peppers have finally started producing and boy are the jalapenos HOT.  Just one in the salsa is enough for a box of tissues.

* I am enjoying the Olympics but wish that NBC would not just show diving, swimming, and gymnastics during prime time.  I have yet to figure out the watching online; tried, failed, and missed all of the equestrian!

* The kids are back in school... it is quite nice not to have yelling all day.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Great Pumpkin

Guess what?!  I am growing a pumpkin!  The jiffy starts worked... I am so excited.  If you recall last year, I planted my pumpkin seeds too late and all I ended up with was this...
Today I noticed this...
Is that not the cutest pumpkin you ever saw!  I am so excited, I wonder how big it will get.  I think there are a couple more getting ready to sprout on the same vine. I will have a pumpkin for Halloween.  It has been a great day.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Wednesday Words of Wisdom

One shouldn't be afraid to lose; this is sport. One day you win; another day you lose. Of course, everyone wants to be the best. This is normal. This is what sport is about. This is why I love it.
~Oksana Baiul, Olympic Gold Medalist