Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Today is Good Bear Day


This day honors Theodore Roosevelt (born on this day in 1858), 26th president of the United States. Teddy bears were named after him. Quick bit of trivia: Teddy Bear collecting is called arctophily. The word arctophily is a combination of two Greek words that mean "bear" and "love."

"It is not work that kills men, it is worry. Work is healthy; you can hardly put more on a man than he can bear. But worry is rust upon the blade. It is not movement that destroys the machinery, but friction."

-- Henry Ward Beecher

5 yo bodybuilder
? Regretsy? This reminds me of the guy I dated who had a furry toilet seat cover.

Abandoned Russian homes....beautiful! More pics here.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Today is Street Sign Poetry Day

In 1988, San Francisco unveiled new street signs that rename twelve streets in the city for some of its famous poets and writers, including Jack Kerouac, Kenneth Rexroth, Jack London, and Ken
Keyes.

"If you haven't any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble."
-- Bob HopeCheck out the trunk of the car....WTH?

Recognize your great (to the billionth power) grandma?

CRAFTIES: I love this baby's hat! I'm not into the bobbles but love these covers and so want to make one! Pretty but oh, so expensive - I wonder if this can be weaved once I take the weaving class?


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Today is the start of Energy Awareness Month

This year's theme encourages everyone to see themselves as a piece of the puzzle fitting into the big picture. Each of us is a part of the solution.

"A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug."

-- Patricia NealThe middle pic of the quilt...I could so see that with a knitted piece in the center.

Take that! This is a great cause!

YUMMY: Crockpot fest, I need to peek through these recipes! Pumpkin recipes and Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Squares, I'm just saying... I'm on my last jar of Amish rhubarb jam - I need to make a trip to PA or order the commercial version. I also need mini-marshmallows from Daley's in West Wilmington.

CRAFTIES: I love these hats - will be making the spiral one for the chemo cap donations we're doing.

All I got, hook 'em!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Today is Chewing Gum Day

Chew some gum to celebrate the birthday of William Wrigley Jr., the man who brought us
"pure chewing satisfaction." Trivia buffs: To grow all the mint Wrigley needs for its mint-flavored gums requires 53 square miles of farmland -- about 30,550 football fields!

"Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work."

-- Mark Twain


Let me call you back, we have a crappy connection.

AWWW: Heartwarming story.

YUMMY: Check out these recipes.

My son did not fall from this apple tree --- this is the link he sent me today. My influence over my children is amazing.

I like these. This is hilarious!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Another short post....


Cool billboards. Credit report card information. Mapping the 7 deadly sins. I love this "ages 1-5 bicycle"

YUMMY: One of these days I need to try Nutella - I have a friend who is an international sales rep for the company ~ this looks good. Asian recipes: dumplings, kim chi, all yummy stuff! And Three Mushroom Dumplings.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Today is Dogpatch Day

This day celebrates the birthday of Al Capp (Alfred Gerald Caplin), born in 1909 in New Haven, Connecticut. Capp was the cartoonist who created the Li'l Abner comic strip featuring the community of Dogpatch.

"Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are."

-- Bernice Johnson Reagon


WHAT'S THIS WORLD COMING TO?: Wanna buy a house and get $10k in furniture thrown in as a bonus? Simmons going in the tank? Way to go Wells Fargo! Tech raider suspended indefinitely? Is billion trillion a real number? How low can you go - targeting Vets who fought for your freedom?

INFORMATION: In case you need to write a research paper.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Today is the anniversary of Black Sunday

In 1966, movie theater owners named this date Black Sunday as few people came to theaters. Instead, most people stayed home to see "The Bridge on the River Kwai" movie on ABC-TV.

"It isn't sufficient just to want - you've got to ask yourself what you are going to do to get the things you want."

-- Franklin D. Roosevelt
Crochet sculpture!
Interesting - gossamer silk. Charles Manson follower dies. Supreme Court Justice ill. Water on the moon! Right in the peppercorns!

CRAFTIES: Vintage crochet hooks, check out this wool wedding dress!, did you know that all the Lion Brand patterns are now free?

Hook UTEP!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

today is the birthday of Greenwich Mean Time

In 1676, Greenwich Mean Time was first established. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is a term originally referring to mean solar time at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, London.

"Whatever acts a good or bad man may do, the fruits thereof follow him and will never stop pursuing him."

-- Sri Sai Baba

Monkey mask defeats speed trap! I love your garden, man! Holy "cow child"! All the single babies...


YUMMY: Apple Pie Bars.

Hook 'em!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Today is the anniversary of the Westinghouse Time Capsule

At the 1939 New York World's Fair, a time capsule sponsored by Westinghouse was buried. Among the 35 items placed inside were a fountain pen, an alphabet block set, copies of Life magazine, a kewpie doll, one dollar in change, a pack of Camel cigarettes, and millions of words of text put on microfilm rolls. The capsule is designed to be opened 5,000 years later in 6939!

"The beginning is always today."
-- Mary Wollstonecraf



FREEBIES: Special K Sample.

Wild things shop - love it! Fall cleaning tips - must be the weather making me do this.

Invitation to be part of a study group about hoarding, if only they offered assistance with not enough hours in the day. I could finish my to-do list if they found the answer to that!

CRAFTIES: I love these pillows! What about these stools? New twist on the embroidery hoop.

YUMMY: Food blogs which is located on my new favorite recipe site.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Yesterday was Jimi Hendrix Name Day

During a transAtlantic flight to London in 1966, Jimi Hendrix decided to change the spelling of his first name to Jimi. Hendrix was born Johnny Allen Hendrix on November 27, 1942, in Seattle
(his name was changed to James Marshall Hendrix four years later).

"In order to change the world, you have to get your head together first."

-- Jimi Hendrix

Today is the anniversary of Tacy Richardson's Ride? In 1777, Tacy Richardson, a 23-year-old woman, rode her horse several miles to warn General George Washington of the coming
of British troops. So move over, Paul Revere! ;-)

"The whole idea of motivation is a trap. Forget motivation. Just do it. Exercise, lose weight, test your blood sugar, or whatever. Do it without motivation. And then, guess what? After you start doing the thing, that's when the motivation comes and makes it easy for you to keep on doing it."

-- John C. Maxwell


DD & GB have gotta go to this! WOZ - Hi-def!

Economy woes....guess everyone overextended.

Just rewards. Heartwarming ~ brought tears to my eyes.

If you "shop" for gas try these: GasPriceWatch.com and GasWatch.info help people track pump prices. But the most comprehensive of the bunch is GasBuddy.com.

Sand animation - what talent! Purple is the new "IN" home color. Anyone know how I can get Shop Savvy on my iPhone? Second annual pumpkin-carving contest - fun!

YUMMY: I wanna make homade mayo!

ORGANIZING: 11 reasons to organize your closet ~ I'm a big proponent of this, it makes my life much easier. By the end of the season it usually needs a thorough cleaning so I'm happy when I get to trade out for warm or cold weather.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Today is Iron Horse Day

In 1830, the first race between a horse and Tom Thumb, the first locomotive built in the U.S., took place. Because of mechanical problems, Tom Thumb lost the nine-mile race between Riley's Tavern and Baltimore, Maryland.

"Laughter is the brush that sweeps away the cobwebs of your heart."
-- Mort Walker

I love the marshmallow test! Laundry room cat gym ~ seen it! NO DIAPERS?

FREEBIES: Allure Organics Skincare - I did not answer the questions at the bottom and it went through fine.

YUMMY: Check out these burger cupcakes! Fresh fruit cake ~ oh my!

CRAFTIES: Vintage Swap -- I think this will be great for cuzzy Ruthie and I since we can't leave doilies at the thrift store cuz they look sad.

Enjoy your weekend....hook 'em!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

On September 17, 1995,

The Bridges of Madison County, the romantic novel by Robert James Waller, ended its
three-year-plus run at the #1 spot on the New York Times Bestseller List. It was #1 for 162 weeks total.

"How often I have found that we grow to maturity not by doing what we like, but by doing what we should. How true it is that not every 'should' is a compulsion, and not every 'like' is a
high morality and true freedom."

-- Karl Rahner
Engrish makes me laugh...."Nothing's free - pay, payer!"

FREEBIES: Hill's Science Diet dog treat,

YUMMY: I do not like apples...love applesauce, cake, etc. but not apples. Like English there is an exception to every rule. This exception is back in the stores. I highly encourage you to try one or a hundred. I live for this time of the year! Whoopie pies, chocolate malt cheesecake bars, vanilla strawberry cream cakes,

Cute site. Beautiful, underwater photography. I should apply for this gig - I love household design! I wanted to get an MA in interior design but it isn't offered at UT.

Met up with a friend from childhood - sad to see how bitter some people become, even over their siblings. I was tempted to get on the soapbox but they never see the light so why waste my energy? If nothing else, I wish her peace.

Patrick, I had the time of my life. Let's dance when we meet in heaven!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Today is Wrinkled Raincoat Day

On the birthday of Peter Falk, the actor who played the rumpled detective Columbo, wear a wrinkled raincoat or do some investigating of your own. Falk was born on September 16, 1927, at New York, New York.

I love Columbo! One of these days I hope to own the entire series!

"If you want to be truly successful, invest in yourself to get the knowledge you need to find your unique factor. When you find it and focus on it and persevere, your success will blossom."

-- Sydney Madwed

YUMMY: Blackberry Pie, Lots of recipes for chicken! Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cupcake - oh my! Or how about some lemonade scones? Or Cinnamon-Apple Cake? Dips - I wanna try the carmelized onion dip.

HUMOR: Faces made out of clothes....pretty ingenious. They also have food art, world of chocolate, etc. I wonder if this'd work with those stray socks where the mate never shows up!?

HOME STUFF: I love this Austin deck! Makes me curious the cost of upkeep in our 100+ summer temps. I need to wash windows again!

CRAFTIES: Rowan has free patterns! I might need to make these for new GB! I like this idea for the little ones and accidents.

FEEL GOOD: Me and couple girls from work are going to donate to this wonderful group. I just finished a scarf for another coworker - she tried knitting and gave up and handed me the yarn. Since she was trying to make a scarf so I found a pattern in my stash and whipped out a scarf for her. It will be a nice welcome back for her --- she returns from Paris on Monday. In addition to the ripple afghan that I'm close to finishing, I plan on starting on this hat for one of my donations ~ if I have coordinating yarns that'll work well together.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Today is Jamaica to Cuba Swim Day

In 1999, Australian swimmer Susie Maroney became the first person to swim from Jamaica to Cuba. Her 36-hour swim took place in storm-tossed waves and torrential rainfall, a side effect of
Hurricane Floyd.

"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending."

-- Maria Robinson

Glow in sky....when you gotta go! Graffiti - go to jail! Ban on lightbulbs! First roller coaster ride - hilarious!

YUM: Labeling our fruit/veggies! Dirty food - yuk! Starbucks Banana Walnut Bread - I plan on trying this recipe! Here's a link to a bunch of their recipes.

FREEBIES: Elle perfume sample - so we can all smell the same :-) 1280 free MP3 songs to download. SnapFish is offering 50 free prints to new customers, plus an 11×14 collage (see below) and if you use the coupon code: FREELABOR upon checkout, you’ll get free shipping.

BARGAINS: 40% off pants, jackets & skirts - the Limited and it's the new fall stuff! Look at dealista and learn how to save tons!

And if this is what I'll find, I'm off to clean my house! Reusable sandwich wrap! Computer info - make it run faster! Make money recycling!

UT vs. Texas Tech Saturday the 19th @ 7 p.m. Hook 'em!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Today is Thailand Lucky Day

While many computer alarmists feared this date in 1999, people in Thailand were considering it the luckiest of days. Since the Thai word for the number 9 (Khao) literally means "step forward" or "progress," this date in 1999 was considered an especially auspicious time for new projects.

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into
a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow."

-- Melody Beattie

LINKIES: Check out this site --- selling handcrafts made by prison inmates. Fun kitchen shop! And another great craft shop! Great place to look up abbreviations. This office software may be helpful. Another place to shop for real estate. War torn - we have so much to be thankful for..

Friday, September 4, 2009

Today is the birthday of Los Angeles

On this day in 1871, Felipe de Neve founded El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora La Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula -- that's Los Angeles to me and you... ;-)

"A house must be built on solid foundations if it is to last. The same principle applies to man, otherwise he too will sink back into the soft ground and become swallowed up by the world
of illusion."

-- Sai Baba

Back from NM and getting caught up at work. This makes me laugh - instead of air guitar....

FREEBIES: Granola bar sample, Taco Bell Frutista, Scrubbing Bubbles Pack, Exedem Moisturizer, Bear Naked Granola,

YUMMY: Lots and Lots of Dip recipes, I've so gotta make these Pumpkin/Cream Cheese muffins!

CRAFTIES: I like this apron but I'd have to wash it a zillion times to get it comfortable enough to wear while baking/cooking. I'm asking a couple of coworkers to join me in this effort. Great for that skein of yarn that doesn't fit with anything else in your stash - I have many of those. Trust me. For the aspiring chef - too adorable! I wonder if GB would wear just so Granny will smile?

Although I don't live by these standards and am more like her mother, I love this post and aspire to be more like this. Be sure and read the ending - the birthday party idea is amazing!

Don't forget - Saturday is the Horns first game of the season! Hook 'em!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Today is Riding Skirt Day

In 1909 at Saratoga, New York, Mrs. Adolph Ladenburg introduced the split riding skirt
for horseback riding by women. Thank you, Mrs. Ladenburg!

"Anything's possible if you've got enough nerve."

-- J. K. Rowling



I may have to make me a bag or two...I've got a brown faux-suede dress that is wanting to be repurposed. I think this would be perfect!


If you're afraid of bugs, don't look at this. Genetically I must be a male, they don't scare me.

I was in college with her at UT. You know, in case you care.

Interview....let's flub it up!

So hard to read but great information to give someone who wants their cat to have "just one litter."

Clear up your sinuses with tongue tricks. I've got a tongue trick...

FREEBIES: Kashi sample.

YUMMY: This won't fly at my house but sounds good...Whole Wheat Pizza Dough for the grill.

CRAFTIES: Bath Bombs, Pattern ideas for my soon-to-be-here Grandson! Cute idea for patching jeans - my son wouldn't have appreciated it as much as he did the way I repaired the seat of his jeans. I'm thinking I should've done this across the butt! Cute monkey pattern and pretty fabric! Fun school bags....why wasn't I designing things like this when I was in school? I coulda been so cool. I just ordered this kit in a mint green....oh, what a beauty! I hope they ship out soon so I can get started on it for TGB (Tiny GrandBaby).

I love this "Vanishing Austin" poster. I've been in love with Austin since February of 1982.



Hook 'em - this Saturday!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Today is the birthday of Mo the Manatee

Mo the Manatee, once housed at Parker Manatee Aquarium, was rescued as an orphaned calf on August 28, 1994, in Crystal River in Florida. After 3 releases and multiple recaptures over many
years, Mo finally became a rehab success story!

"I think that at some point in your life you realize you don't have to worry if you do everything you're supposed to do right. Or if not right, if you do it the best you can... what can worry do for you? You are already doing the best you can."

-- Joe Namath


Absolutely horrible...I read a book about a similar kidnapping. Shocking, to say the least.

Check out the first picture on this blog....yes, that is a naked butt on the right. That looks to me like Leslie Cochran - an infamous vagrant of Austin who also ran for mayor twice. Google him...he's well known (in this area) for his thongs and bikini tops. Any wonder the slogan is "Keep Austin Weird"?

YUMMY: Did I ever tell you that I want to be buried in mushrooms because I love them so much? Check this out! That's and OMG YUM! Speaking of yum, I so wanna try this Blueberry cake. I don't grow zucchini but I do love it....here are some great recipes and ideas. The crepes and the pancakes look yum! Pasta with Savoy Cabbage -I sooo wanna make this!

FREEBIES: Don't ever say I didn't give you some love --- get your Love condoms here. Honey nut Cheerios sample and coupon.

Ted Kennedy's D.C. home....what fun to peak into their lives...

Enjoy your weekend...we're headed to west Texas for my birthday. $69 for the best room in the town ~ big spender this weekend. LOL Yeehaw! Hook 'em!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Today is the anniversary of the Kellogg-Briand Pact

The Kellogg-Briand Pact, which was signed in 1928 in Paris, France, renounced war as an instrument of foreign policy. Itprovided for peaceful resolutions to disputes.

"It's fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure."

-- Bill Gates

Happy story: Motola gets a new leg!

Sounds good but I don't like food stuck in my teeth in the morning! Betty Crocker offers gluten-free!

Guess he'll never make it on Survivor.

Look what they're offering at our Central Market! I hope hubby wants to do this!

BARGAINS: Ann Taylor Dresses for under $5 - not suitable for these jugs :-(

FREEBIES: Eos Lip Balm Ball, Fancy Feast Appetizer

SOON - football season! Hook 'em!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Today is the birthday of the International Hockey Hall of Fame

The International Hockey Hall of Fame opened in Toronto, Ontario, on August 26, 1961. Trivia fans: A hockey puck is 1 inch thick, 3 inches in diameter and weighs about 6 ounces. The speed of a puck hit by the best shooters travel at slightly more than 100 miles per hour.

"Again and again, the impossible problem is solved when we see that the problem is only a tough decision waiting to be made."

-- Robert H. Schuller




I love Engrish :-)


The second most annoying "thing" in my life is stoopid people....well, now I know where they learn their skills.

Is this not the cutest pet video EVER? Maybe I can get a kitty!

YUMMY: Doughnut Muffins, Brown Sugar Cookies.

CREATIVES: Rice bag feet warmers, Old-fashioned apron, roundup of outdoor showers.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009




Aspray? How about a shower instead?

YUMMY: Check out this cornbread recipe and all the other good food :-) 65 days of triple digit heat here in central TX, I need to grow okra.

FREEBIES: Free tee shirt,

BARGAIN: Southern Living currently has a $5/year subscription. I loved this magazine years ago.

CRAFTIES: Stitch Wars, Update on my crocheting project - I'm about a third of the way through the wool afghan and with the help of Mr. 9yo grandson, all of the yarn is wound into cakes. Phew...thought I'd never get it all wound. Once I get the afghan completed, this will free up a bin that sits in my home office. I plan on throwing it through a hot water cycle and fulling it somewhat so I have made it wider than normal and will make it extra long. Should be softer after that, too. It'll be pretty. I get about 2 rows completed every evening -- this is a treat for me after I've worked out and done a chore from the list. Judge (our cockatiel) sits on R- next to me and he likes to crawl around on my work and nibble at the yarn. I'm sure he smells the lanolin.
I want this blouse in adult size, please?! I love these bags - I may need to make me one or two.

A&E now has a Hoarders show....I might have to watch this on hulu....not sure why I am interested in this issue.

Coop ideas....what fun! I could tell you a funny story about the name of this shop... Moo and Ju's studio.... I love this appetizer idea... Fun post-its...

Soon football season will be upon us...just like the eyes of Texas are upon you....hook 'em!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Today is Hawaii Admission Day

On August 21, 1959, Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States. Trivia fans: Hawaii is the only state that grows coffee. More than one-third of the world's commercial supply of pineapples comes from Hawaii. And... from east to west Hawaii is the widest state in the United States.

"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."

-- Nelson MandelaWhat a beautiful Ruthie kitty....gotta love her name "Eleanor".

Funny but I can see this leading to hate very quickly...

Resume help and storage. It looks like I may be waiting to buy new appliances - rebates are on the way!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Today is the birthday of...

...Al Roker, TV weatherman (1954), and Don King, boxing promoter (1931). Happy birthday,
Al and Don!

"The only kind of dignity which is genuine is that which is not diminished by the indifference of others."

-- Dag Hammarskjold



This is why we don't do drugs...and I would've been the one to start this rule!

CREATIVES: Cardboard creations - just roll over the name to see the item, punch needle - I love it and inherited my Mom's stock of colored yarn. Fun and mindless. Fabric shades...I so need to make these for my bathroom. Pretty doily - why am I so fascinated with doilies? Tutu tutorial...if only my family made girls.

INTERESTING: Birth order, transform your computer pics to black/white - English is top right,

FOOD: I love Cajun food! Speaking of raising chickens...

CONSUMERISM: Expose the fine print! Online coupon blogs: 1 and 2. Check out this "up to 50% cashback" from Bing! Something I need to read yet but is about earning frequest flier miles.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Today is Bambi's Birthday

The animated movie "Bambi" premiered at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on this date in 1942. It was released nationwide the next day. Also, today is the birthday of Thumper, the rabbit.

"The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes."

-- William James

Blueberries cake ~ It makes a delicious dense cake chock full of blueberries.

1 pint fresh or frozen blueberries
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 325 F degrees. Grease and flour a 10-inch tube pan.
2. Rinse, drain, and dry the fresh blueberries. If you are using the frozen berries , no need to thaw.
3. Sift together the flour and baking powder.
4. In your mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugar and beat until smooth. Add the eggs, one by one, then the vanilla.
5. Add 2 cups of the flour mixture to the batter.
6. Dredge the blueberries with the remaining flour. I use a large re-sealable plastic bag for this, tossing the berries in the flour.
7. Stir in the coated blueberries and remaining flour into the batter. Transfer the batter to the pan.
8. Bake the cake for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the cake comes out clean.

Enjoy!

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Today is the anniversary of Hurricane John

In 1994, Hurricane John formed off the coast of Mexico on August 11th, traveled over 4,000 miles while passing south of Hawaii, and finally petered out south of the Aleutian Islands on September 9th. It was the longest-lived hurricane in recorded history. Yikes!

"Speech has allowed the communication of ideas, enabling human beings to work together to build the impossible. Mankind's greatest achievements have come about by talking, and its greatest failures by not talking. It doesn't have to be like this. Our greatest hopes could become reality in the future. With the technology at our disposal, the possibilities are unbounded. All we need to do is make sure we keep talking."

-- Stephen Hawking

FREEBIES: $35 Coupon booklet (Dawn, etc.), Nutland Crunch Sample, Somersault Snacks, Dog Sleeping Bag.

That's all I've got, just back from the coast so lots to do at work. Hook 'em!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Today is Motion Sickness in Space Day

In 1961, cosmonaut Gherman Titov, who became the second Russian in space as he orbited Earth 17 times aboard Vostok 2, also experienced the first case of motion sickness in space.

"The past does not define you, the present does."

-- Jillian Michaels

Gotta love Sesame Street! 1K Awesome Things

Hoarding expo, yikes!

YUMMY: Breakfast popovers,

SHAME: on Sportman's Warehouse!

CRAFTIES: Myriad - I think I gotta make me one. And a hat for the impending new grandbaby.Headed to the beach until Monday --- hook 'em!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Today is Oldest Goldfish Day

In 1999, Tish, the world's oldest known captive goldfish, died at the age of 43. Tish was first won at a fair by 7-year-old Peter Hand in 1956 and went on to live with Peter's parents until he was found dead at the bottom of his fish tank in 1999.

"You can do so much in 10 minutes' time. Ten minutes, once gone, are gone for good. Divide your life into 10-minute units and sacrifice as few of them as possible in meaningless activity."

-- Ingvar Kamprad, Founder of IKEA

FREEBIES: Iams Cat Food

Monday, August 3, 2009

Today is Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh Day

In 1963 (that year rocks!), comedian Allan Sherman released his greatest novelty hit, "Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh," which presented a humorous look at summer camp life from the perspective of a child.

"The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you."

-- B.B. King

INTERESTING: Tools inmates have handcrafted for escape - I loved the Huntsville Prison Rodeo and their display.

HEALTH: Free Pasta, Healthy Energy Drink

FREEBIES: 3D glasses

We took our nephew to the UT Co-op and then a tour around campus. He was in heaven and we enjoyed the trip. Nice weekend field trip. Hook 'em!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Today is Moon Drive Day

In 1971, Apollo 15 astronauts David Scott and James Irwin took the first drive on the surface of the moon. They collected almost 170 pounds of moon rocks in their moon rover.

"Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritations and resentments slip away and a sunny spirit takes their place."

-- Mark Twain
Gotta love this tree! Reminds me of HR Puffinstuff.

HEALTH: Check out Omega-3 and eye doc just upped my intake! I can't wait to start our chickens!

CRAFTIES: Preemie Bear Hat.

Hook 'em!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Today is Body Builders Day

On the birthday of strongman and movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger, take time to do some exercise today. Arnold was born on July 30, 1947, at Graz, Austria.

"Help others and give something back. I guarantee you will discover that while public service improves the lives and the world around you, its greatest reward is the enrichment and
new meaning it will bring your own life."

-- Arnold Schwarzenegger

HEALTH: Beer is good for you! The flu = schizophrenia? Gotta love animal instincts!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Today is Rain Day Festival

July 29th may be just another day to the rest of the world, but to the residents of Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, it has a special significance. Waynesburg has had rainfall on that date 109 out of the past 131 years (as of 2005). Rain Day is the only holiday anywhere in the world that is not a success unless it rains!

"What it comes down to, for me, is that people want to do what will make them happy, but in order to understand that they really have to understand their world and what is going on around them."

-- Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook

INTERESTING: Blue Gatorade and M&Ms

ANSWERS?: Amelia Earhart

CRAFTIES: Vintage bib tutorial, I just love this baby - if I get a pillow do you think they'll send me the baby?

FREEBIES: Gain Sample, lunch bag,

YUM: Rainier Cherry Clafoutis, Vanilla Simple Syrup - make your own latte!, If you like Chai,

TRAVEL: I so wanna go to Australia - this guy landed a great gig!

HEALTH: I'm so glad I gave up tanning beds for the real thing!

LOVE: I love this blogger and her writing style. You've just gotta go read!

EXERCISE: You know I'm gonna try them!

In the words of my dear Aunt Ruthie, "Why do they push me to be a $itch?" Back in May I wrote about buying a Dyson vacuum cleaner. Yes, it did a bang up job at first. The past two weekends it has given me issues. This past weekend I had to use the hose attachment to get all the clumps of dirt the beater bar left behind. So I pulled out my macys.com receipt and see that I have 180 days to return it and I can return it to the store. Today I headed to the store and not knowing what department I'd end up in I brought the receipt and left the vacuum in the car. I ended up in housewares and the girl behind the counter said it would be no problem to return but that she needed it in order to return it. She had me drive it to customer pick-up and said she'd let them know I was on my way. You already know that no one was there so I'll leave out that part. When I got back to her counter she is on the phone with the manager. You also know where this is heading. She gets off the phone and said the manager has to call her back with an okay to return. I said, "Before I went through all these motions I asked you if there was going to be a problem." She started crawfishing about it all and then just said, "I just had to get an okay." Silence. For an excruciating few minutes. No return call from the manager so she says, "I should've called her before telling you there would not be a problem." As nicely as I could I said, "There won't be an issue if she calls back with an okay but if she doesn't then we will have problems." Rrrrriiiiiinnnnnggg - and I hear, "But I told her there wouldn't be a problem and she said she'd have an issue if we don't accept it so would YOU like to talk to her?" When she hung up and said all is well I smiled and said, "I didn't think she'd want to talk to me." Mission accomplished. If they sell crap on their site then they can expect to get a pile of it in return.

Another story for you. I get these cramps that run across the back of my head and the base of my skull. They are very uncomfortable and when I rub them I can feel all the muscles and bones in my head because of the squeeze it does. I figured I'd google it and see if there are any answers or symptoms of a bigger problem. What pops up? Head Cramps at Amazon.com
Save on head cramps!
Wow, Amazon sells everything!


Hook 'em! I'm outta here - going to get the toes did and the hair chopped manaƱa. I'll be sooo bootiful for travel next week.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Today is the day the 14th Amendment was ratified.

The 14th Amendment to the Constitution, which established the citizenship of African Americans and guaranteed due process of law, was ratified on July 28, 1868.

"I am America. I am the part you won't recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own; get used to me.

---Muhammad Ali


CRAFTIES: Pretty, quilted tree skirt, knit stole pattern, circle skirt - I want one!

Hurray! We get to take my precious nephew with us to the coast! I am elated - he'll/we'll have such fun!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Today is Women Aviators Day

On the birthday of Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean and also the Pacific Ocean, all women pilots are honored. Earhart was born in 1897 at Atchison, Kansas. In
1937, her plane disappeared over the Pacific Ocean.

"Decide whether or not the goal is worth the risks involved.
If it is, stop worrying."

-- Amelia Earhart



Jude Law can smack me on the head any day! Don't trust traffic lights!

I'm starting the planning for my 30th (WTH?) class reunion. No wonder I look in the mirror and don't recognize the reflection. Scary!

FREEBIES: Gain Detergent with Febreeze - sample, Diaper rash remedy - even if you don't need you can send to me :-), Quaker bar.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Today is Private Eye Day

On the birthday of Raymond Chandler (1888), creator of Philip Marlowe, we honor all private eyes.

"Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it."

-- Raymond Chandler

CRAFTIES: Shorts from a button-down, citronella candles,

FREEBIES: Yum! Free vodka sample!

FUN: Haunted Hotels - I wanna go! I love this look in a room. Look at the shop/options we have here in Austin!

Heading home :-) Hook 'em!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Today is the birthday of Mei Xiang the Panda

In 1998, Mei Xiang, a female panda, was born in China. Mei Xiang is currently a resident of the National Zoo. Happy birthday, Mei Xiang!

"Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make you a far happier and more
productive person."

-- David M. Burns

YUM: Tasty Kitchen now has a recipe site!

FREEBIES: Free Skinny Cow stuff when you join, Free SPF55 Full bottle!

FUN STUFF: Photography of Abandoned & Industrial Edges of NY by Nathan Kensinger.

Another short post ~ leaving early to renew auto tags. Fun!

Hook 'em!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Today is the birthday of the Canadian Railroad

The first railroad in Canada opened between Laprairie and Saint John, Quebec, in 1836. The event triggered an extraordinary boom in every dimension of Canada's growth. Trains took
passengers and large quantities of merchandise all over the continent. Factories and industries sprang up in cities such as Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. Canada was bustling!

"I went to the brink many times. A couple of times I thought 'I'm gone. This is it.' But then you would just keep working. I think if you're close to the brink and just make sure that you work twice as hard and put twice as much effort into everything and the people around you and everything, you should come through."

-- Gerry Harvey


Did you know vinegar can do all this?

I wanna go to the Waffle Window!

Beautiful food photography!

Short/sweet but fun stuff. Hook 'em!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Today is Wintel's Death Day

According to columnistCharles Babcock, the Wintel alliance between Microsoft Windows and Intel died on or about July 14, 1998, when an Intel spokesperson announced that Intel wanted to support Linux, a freeware alternative to Windows.

"You are the same today as you'll be in five years except for two things, the books you read and the people you meet."

-- Charlie "Tremendous" Jones

FREEBIES: Free small cone or chili dog - today from 5 - 8 p.m., Corel Paint Shop --- fix them pix!

YUM: Wantnot.net lady loves this rice - may have to try me some!, Ho-made Granola, Golombki - I've had a craving.

I like the Oprah challenge...."What can you live without?" I've been on a declutter binge for a while now. Very freeing to unload a bunch of crap -- I can think and live better with less junk clogging up my life.

Aren't these fun? I need to buy this for my niece for Christmas.

CRAFTIES: Pea Green Hat, speaking of a hair shirt.

Hook 'em!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Today is International Puzzle Day

On the birthday of Erno Rubik (1944), inventor of Rubik's Cube, we celebrate and enjoy all puzzles. Trivia fans: The Cube has 43 quintillion different possible configurations (or
43,252,003,274,489,856,000 to be precise) and only ONE solution. So don't feel bad if you can't solve it! ;-)

"Accept that all of us can be hurt, that all of us can and surely will at times fail. Other vulnerabilities, like being embarrassed or risking love, can be terrifying, too. I think
we should follow a simple rule: if we can take the worst, take the risk."

-- Joyce Brothers



FREEBIES and BARGAINS: Coupon Cravings - Target deals/coupons, etc!,

AUSTIN, nice feature! I'm heading here this weekend. I love these tiles of rusted steel!

CRAFTIES: Fun hat for both genders of kiddos!

All I got, hook 'em!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Today is Sensitivity Training Day

In the July 10, 1997, "Beetle Bailey" comic strip, after attending sensitivity training, General Halftrack apologizes to Miss Buxley for his sexism. Take time today to apologize to anyone you might have offended because of your own insensitivity.

"Laughter is the brush that sweeps away the cobwebs of your heart."

-- Mort Walker


CRAFTIES: Interweave is having a hurt book/overstock sale on all types of books.

YUMMY: How to peel a banana like a monkey..., How to make gravlax, Peach Basil Sangria, MS Summer Cocktails, Strawberry Basil Bread Pudding, Chocolate & Walnut Mandelbrot

Etsy Paper dolls!

FREEBIES: spreadsheet templates from Google....budget, debt, savings, resumes, cover letters....you know.

Hook 'em!