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 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
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: 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 know.

Hook 'em!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Today is the birthday of the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament

Wimbledon Tennis Tournament was played in 1877. Sponsored by the All England Croquet Club, the tournament was won by Spencer Gore. Wimbledon traditions include the eating of strawberries and cream, royal patronage, and a strict dress code for competitors.

"Things can fall apart, or threaten to, for many reasons, and then there's got to be a leap of faith. Ultimately, when you're at the edge, you have to go forward or backward; if you go forward, you have to jump together."

-- Yo-Yo Ma

Did you love paper dolls as a child? I did.

WHY? OH, WHY?: What is wrong with her? or him?

I guess all the good ones are taken. Everyone else does, blame it on the economy. Too cute!
I think I am a descendant of Samson - I recently trimmed all my nails because one broke and the others looked like claws. I had a dream that I all my nails were jagged and I was embarrassed showing them.
Check out this airplane!

DEALS: Bring your own banana,

FOR THE HOUSE: Cool jammin johns, home theaters to die for, love this bathroom! Sticky Notes! Cute! I'm thinking a Grandbaby's name in lights! Fun? Twist those awful cords!

YUM: Cinnamon Apple Muffins, cook your rice on the grill! Awesome pizza dough! Miracle fruit? Brownstone Front Cake,

This is freaking hilarious! Wanna play? My germaphobe side is reeling... This blog post so has me giggling!

FREEBIES: Free gift when you print and take to full-price Coach stores, 5 free Oprah issues with no catch except register/sign-in! Complete the survey and get a $10 Starbucks gift card! Free Vegetarian entree!

CRAFTIES: Leaf Silhouette Portrait, Baby bibs, Butterfly cap for a precious girl. Not sure if I've already posted: a guide to sewing machine feet.

Any of you who regularly go for you 6-month dental appointments, I have a question (or two). There is a story behind it all so bear with me. When you're young you're begged to brush your teeth once a day. Then they tell you "in order for it to be effective, you should also brush before going to bed. Ok, so we're up to twice a day. Then the bring out the big word - floss! Now we are up to brushing twice a day and flossing. Then they tell you that you're not brushing correctly - not too hard because your gums are receding. Now we're up to brushing (gently) twice a day and flossing. Then they tell you there is build up at the gum lines so be sure and brush this area well. Say it with me....Now we're up to brushing twice daily making sure we're gentle yet getting the gumline + flossing. So when I go to the hygenist for my cleaning she tells me that I have a very tiny mouth (huh?) and that I have to close my mouth onto my fingers when I floss so I can reach the back better when flossing. Why must they always have some sage advise and good is never good enough? Don't even threaten me with scaling lady or these safety glasses are coming off.

Hook 'em!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Today is the birthday of the American Passport

The first American passport was issued by the U.S. State Department on July 8, 1796.

"No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance."

-- Confucius

FUN: Do you know what the Dodo looked like?

FREEBIES: Book: The Weight of Silence, Ziploc Pack N Go.

All I got....hook 'em!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Today is the birthday of Quebec, Canada

French explorer Samuel de Champlain founded the city of Quebec in 1608. Quebec comes from the Algonquian word for "the river narrows here."

"We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it -- and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove lid again -- and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore."

-- Mark Twain

FREEBIES: Buy 1/Get 1 Blizzard and other coups

WHY, OH WHY?: Toilet Paper Wedding Gown, Jewelry?

Not much today....I actually worked. Gasp!

Hook 'em and enjoy your Fourth!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Today is Halfway Point of the Year

Noon on July 2nd marks the halfway point of the year, where 182.5 days have passed and 182.5 days remain in the year. Celebrate the day by working only half the day. Or wash only half the dishes. Or eat half a chocolate cake. You get the idea! ;-)

The sad part about it being the halfway point of the year - you've paid your share of annual taxes by the time you reach July 4th --- is that independence? Find ways to reduce your tax liability - open your own business and take those write-offs!

"Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person."

-- Dr. David M. Burns

HMMM: 43 Things Actually Said in Job Interviews

FREEBIES: Splenda with Fiber, Dove Calming Night Wash.

Short/Sweet....Hook 'Em!