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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Fathers Day 2010


For all those out their with great fathers please treasure them.
This is for my father and yes it has a double meaning.


I am blessed beyond measure with a man who is a good father.
He loves our children 
and our children love him.
I am proud that he will help me raise them.
That my son will grow up to be as good and kind
as his father.

Life is made up of the small things
the tiny everyday things.
If you love all the time
if you treasure every minute
you will end up with a life 
full of treasures.

Happy Fathers Day

Friday, June 18, 2010

My funny Prissy

There we were
having snack time.

Prissy very happy 
with her snack says
"Dinner Observe"

I say
Dinner is served

she replies
"Dinner reserved"

at that point I give up.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

First attempt


My pretty Prissy acting like she is at a high class salon.


Final product
Lighter brown
with a light pink tint.

We will need to dye it again.
I think this will work better when she has 
a little longer hair.

Oh well 
I have plenty of time and plenty of dye.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

My Indian movie favorites

In my quiet moments
when my husband is busy and the kids are wacthing 
Winnie the Pooh 
I have a secret passion.
An indulgence.

Bollywood!
Yes I am a follower 
of many a weird genre 
but none so fun as following
Indian movies

Some are funny, charming and witty.
Others are done badly
and are just not worth watching 
even at two in the morning.

So I have complied a short list of some of my favorites
I may add more later in time.
As I continue to find new and fun gems.
So 
Here's Bollywood!

  Beautiful movie

Crazy show with a weird ending but very fun!

A beautiful story of true love - even through pain there is love.

Love the music in this movie!
Love the hilarious mafia men on the tiny motor bike!
Love the idiot brother and the general good fun!

Stunningly beautiful movie!

Very funny!
Love the ending!
What are you doing up on the wall?
I am safer up here than down there?
Why?
Your going to kill me!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Austen Quiz


I just love Jane Austen!
Always before has Pride and Prejudice been my favorite book
now though I am leaning more and more toward Persuasion.
Its simple, sweet and gentle.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Rain


Today it rain. We have had massive flooding in my area and the rain keeps coming.
Some people have lost homes, yards and much much more.
Still the rain keeps coming.

Don't get me wrong I love rain.
I have even written poems about rain
but really this is June in Utah.
It's time for the sun to come out and play for a little while.

Rain

The pitter patter 
the soft thrumming sound.
The way the air smells
whenever you come around.

The way it cleans
the things that grow
Water falling
is beautiful I know.


So this is today's poem, and I am now done with rain for a while. I would like the flooding to stop. I have a lot of things on my list to do - most of which are outside.
I really need to tackle the jungle growing in front of my home. I have pulled, plucked, poisoned and trampled but the rain keeps them growing. I am growing very very frustrated with this. I want a chance to plant my flowers, to grow the things that I want grown.
AHHHHH!


Friday, June 11, 2010

Funnies - Arrested for what?


I’m Under Arrest for What? Fifty Bizarre U.S. Laws
By: Annie Tucker Morgan

I’ve never claimed to have extensive knowledge of U.S. legislation throughout history, but it’s safe to say that I and most people I associate with are law-abiding citizens … or not. As it turns out, every state in this country has at least one wacky legal stipulation that could land residents in hot water if they don’t comply. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Alabama
It’s illegal to wear a fake mustache that causes laughter in church.

Alaska
Whispering in someone’s ear while he’s moose hunting is prohibited.

Arizona
Cutting down a cactus may earn you a twenty-five-year prison term. (Having lived in Arizona for a little while I know that this is not an unknown law nor is it silly. This protects one type of Cacti, one of the longest growing plants in Arizona.)

Arkansas
It’s illegal to mispronounce the name of the state of Arkansas.

California
You may not eat an orange in your bathtub.

Colorado
It’s unlawful to lend your vacuum cleaner to your next-door neighbor (Denver).

Connecticut
A pickle cannot actually be a pickle unless it bounces.

Delaware
It’s illegal to get married on a dare.

Washington, D.C.
It’s against the law to post a public notice calling someone a coward for refusing to accept a challenge to duel.

Florida
If you tie an elephant to a parking meter, you must pay the same parking fee as you would for a vehicle.

Georgia
It’s illegal to change the clothes on a storefront mannequin unless you draw the shades first.

Hawaii
All residents may be fined for not owning a boat.

Idaho
A man must not give his sweetheart a box of candy weighing fewer than fifty pounds.

Illinois
It’s illegal to take a French poodle to the opera (Chicago).

Indiana
The value of pi is 4, and not 3.1415.

Iowa
One-armed piano players must perform for free.

Kansas
It’s illegal to throw knives at men wearing striped suits (Natoma).

Kentucky
Every citizen is required to take a shower once a year.

Louisiana
Biting someone with your natural teeth constitutes simple assault, but biting someone with your false teeth classifies as aggravated assault.

Maine
If you keep your Christmas decorations on display after January 14, you’ll be fined.

Maryland
It’s against the law to wash or scrub a sink, no matter how dirty it is (Baltimore).

Massachusetts
No gorilla is allowed in the backseat of any car.

Michigan
A woman may not cut her own hair without her husband’s permission.

Minnesota
It’s illegal to paint a sparrow with the intent of selling it as a parakeet (Harper Woods).

Mississippi
Walking a dog without dressing it in diapers is forbidden (Temperance).

Missouri
Children may buy shotguns in Kansas City, but not toy cap guns.

Montana
It’s a felony for a wife to open her husband’s mail.

Nebraska
Bar owners may not sell beer unless they brew a kettle of soup simultaneously.

Nevada
It’s illegal for men with mustaches to kiss women.

New Hampshire
It’s forbidden to sell the clothes you’re wearing to pay off a gambling debt.

New Jersey
It’s against the law for a man to knit during the fishing season.

New Mexico
Females may not appear unshaven in public.

New York
While riding in an elevator, you must talk to no one, fold your hands, and look toward the door.

North Carolina
It’s against the law to sing off-key.

North Dakota
It’s illegal to lie down and fall asleep with your shoes on.

Ohio
You must honk the horn whenever you pass another car, according to the state’s driver’s education manual.

Oklahoma
It’s forbidden to take a bite out of another person’s hamburger.

Oregon
State law requires dishes to be drip-dried.


Pennsylvania
It’s illegal to sleep on top of a refrigerator outdoors.

Rhode Island
You may not bite off another person’s leg.

South Carolina
If a man promises to marry an unmarried woman, he is required by law to keep his promise.

South Dakota
It is illegal to lie down and fall asleep in a cheese factory.

Tennessee
Selling hollow logs is strictly forbidden.

Texas
You may not shoot a buffalo from the second story of a hotel.

Utah
It is illegal not to drink milk. (This is my state and I am a little worried about lactose intolerant people...)

Vermont
Women must obtain written permission from their husbands to wear false teeth.

Virginia
Tickling a woman is unlawful.

Washington
It’s illegal to pretend that one’s parents are wealthy.

West Virginia
If you make fun of someone who does not accept a challenge, you risk a six-month prison sentence.

Wisconsin
Unless a customer specifically requests it, margarine may not be substituted for butter in a restaurant.

Wyoming
Unless you have an official permit, you may not take a picture of a rabbit from January to April.

This Court Is Adjourned
Whew! With all this legislation, it’s a wonder we’re not all sharing a prison cell right now. Granted, something tells me the Los Angeles Police Department has bigger fish to fry than popping people who dare to eat oranges while bathing, and that most people who saw me catching some shut-eye on top of a fridge in Pennsylvania wouldn’t call the cops on me, but you never know when you might come across that rare whistle-blower who wants you persecuted to the fullest extent of the law, so it’s probably better to be safe than sorry. The next time I tie up my elephant at a parking meter in Florida, I’ll be sure to bring a pocket full of quarters.

Love it! Didn't that just make your day? How many laws are you going to go out and break? Her article is in black, my add in's are in red and of course all the photos are mine. I think they added something to the article, don't you?

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Great furniture ideas!

I would love so many of these in my home!
Furniture video link

Sorry I am not sure how to post the video to the blog - have not done that here before.

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod


Wynken, Blynken, and Nod
by Eugene Field

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night
Sailed off in a wooden shoe---
Sailed on a river of crystal light,
Into a sea of dew.
"Where are you going, and what do you wish?"
The old moon asked the three.
"We have come to fish for the herring fish
That live in this beautiful sea;
Nets of silver and gold have we!"
Said Wynken,
Blynken,
And Nod.


The old moon laughed and sang a song,
As they rocked in the wooden shoe,
And the wind that sped them all night long
Ruffled the waves of dew.
The little stars were the herring fish
That lived in that beautiful sea---
"Now cast your nets wherever you wish---
Never afeard are we";
So cried the stars to the fishermen three:
Wynken,
Blynken,
And Nod.


All night long their nets they threw
To the stars in the twinkling foam---
Then down from the skies came the wooden shoe,
Bringing the fishermen home;
'T was all so pretty a sail it seemed
As if it could not be,
And some folks thought 't was a dream they 'd dreamed
Of sailing that beautiful sea---
But I shall name you the fishermen three:
Wynken,
Blynken,
And Nod.


Wynken and Blynken are two little eyes,
And Nod is a little head,
And the wooden shoe that sailed the skies
Is a wee one's trundle-bed.
So shut your eyes while mother sings
Of wonderful sights that be,
And you shall see the beautiful things
As you rock in the misty sea,
Where the old shoe rocked the fishermen three:
Wynken,
Blynken,
And Nod. 

Absolutely one of my favorite poems ever! The pictures are of Little man as he slept last night. Is there anyway that can be any cuter?
I may post my bathroom project later today if I can manage to get my hubby to finish helping me.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Diet

 

So after trying medifast and staying true to the program I lost a whole 11 pds.
Worth 360.00 a month?
Not really
Hubby has lost 67 pds on medifast so we will continue to buy it for him.

We think the problem is that while the medifast meals are 110 calories and low fat they have anywhere from
200 sodium to 460 sodium per meal.
This is to high for my body.
I need about half the daily intake more than that and I gain water weight and then start to have health issues.

Which is why I have switched from medifast to the 100 calorie snack packs on average they have less salt.
Not to mention taste better and have 10 calories less per meal.

I am still following the medifast plan five snacks a day three hours apart with a lean and green meal for dinner.
I have substituted the snack packs as well as yogurt shakes, low fat string cheese am and now using the 
Alli pill with my lean and green meal at night.
I will of course take my multivitamin to make sure I am not losing vitamins.

So I am down 13 pds since I started
I am still under 200 pds 
not by much but below is still better than above.
I am also still losing and still working on getting thiner.

Will keep you updated

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Spring cleaning

 

Organized the laundry cabinets
Clean living room - its amazing!
Clean windows



Clean art bench



And just to show you that persistence pays off
my tomato!

Yeah!

I also managed to do some errands as well...
yes I am exhausted.
See you tomorrow.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Today my life is a tragedy...



 

This is Prissy

She cut her hair today

all by herself.

 

My poor sweet Prissy


There was no other way to salvage her hair, other than to start over.

 

Little Man being supportive of his sister.

Now both my children are bald

Yeah!



Prissy in pink

 

My dastardly duo

My very bald dastardly duo!

Yeah today is just not going well...

Update: The reason she went into the bathroom and cut her hair, was she thought it would grow back PINK! 
Luckily hair in our family grows back very quick, unluckily for my girl we moved a few months after this. So she started in a new school and a new neighborhood with 2 inches of hair on her bald bald head! Needless to say its been almost 4 years and she has never tried to cut her hair by herself again.


Saturday, June 5, 2010

An apology

I am not a fan of using poisons, insecticides or any of the fluffy extra's that some use in gardening.
To me seeds, sun and water work their own magic.
This summer I started weeding my front strip,
if you follow my blog at all you have seen the pictures.

I have lost the battle though.
I went on vacation and during that vacation it rained almost the whole week.
The next week it also rained...
The week after that intermittent rain coupled with sick family members
mean that the strip that I worked a full week weeding
getting sun burns and sore's all over my body 
was for NOTHING!

I am discouraged, dejected and yes I am also done.
Tonight I bought weed killer 
and yes I used it!

So I am writing feeling slightly sorry for myself
and my dirt.
Tomorrow I will see if it worked.
If it did I will pull the dead out.
Add in the new soil I have for the front
and then add my seeds.

Hopefully they will grow fast enough that I will not need to weed or kill again.


Friday, June 4, 2010

Swamp cooler fixed and cleaned


With the temperature growing higher each day we set to work last week fixing our broken swamp cooler.
It broke at the very end of last season
being short of finance's we opted to wait for this season.


Five days ago Hubby climbs up the roof fixes the part that is broken and we turn it on.
Our luck stays true and another two parts immediately break.
Its a real good thing I have a sense of humor about my life.


So we run to the store get new parts new pads and voila tonight we start fixing.
Yeah hubby makes big mistake and decides to hose out the swamp cooler without 
asking me to put down towels first.
I was busy cutting, fitting and cleaning to notice what he was doing.

Yeah!

Sense of humor remember?

No?

Me either!

LOL I lost it when I walked up my porch into a mud splattered home.
I had to wash, scrub, and then wash and scrub the kids who of course had to help as well
AHHHHHH!!!


This picture is from earlier this morning
Little man does not like cold things
he does like Popsicle's after they are melted
being a very smart boy he  problem solves.
Hence the straw - he is drinking his melted Popsicle.


My wonderful dastardly duo!

Funny Twists with Children


So this morning my kids won't stop picking on each other.

In a mother moment I told both of my children 

"Mama's got a hair brush and I am not afraid to use it!" 

My kids understand that this means I am going to chase them around the house fake paddle them and then tell them again to leave each other alone.

So my daughter caught up in the excitement of the moment yells out 

"Mama's got a hair brush and she's not afraid to lose it!"


Thursday, June 3, 2010

Mint! How I love Mint!


I borrowed this picture from the web as my mint plants well to see what they look like scroll down farther.
For now we are going to concentrate on MINT!
And of course what to do once you have nice healthy plants.

Menu plan 

Minty-watermelon cucumber salad
Zesty herbed lamb chops
grilled fruit skewers with chocolate syrup

(all recipes from my healthy cooking magazine)


I believe I mentioned in a recent post of mine how hard it is to grow mint from seeds right?
Yeah this is after a months effort.

My poor things...

For me to handle the cucumber salad I have to first freeze the cucumber since I am highly allergic to a protein in the food.
This is annoying to be sure but it's easily broken down by freezeing, cooking, drying or pickling.
I can have it any way but fresh - yup sucks.

These recipes are very easy to find online so I will only post my favorite

Zesty Herbed Lamb Chops

1/2 c fresh mint leaves
1/4 c minced fresh oregano
1/4 c fresh parsley sprigs with the stems removed
1/4 c lemon juice
3 Tbls water
6 garlic cloves
1 Tbls olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
8 lamb chops (two per person)
1/2 tsp salt 
1/2 tsp pepper
1 Tbls olive oil

In a food processor combine the all ingredients until the lamb chops (obviously).
Set aside half the sauce.
Brush 1/2 sauce over chops sprinkle with the salt and pepper.
In a large skillet (or grill) cook chops in oil over medium heat for 7-10 minutes on both sides of the meat.
Serve with the remaining mint sauce.

Great accompaniment for this dish is a mint cuscous.
Also taking a friends advice I bought the Hungry Girl cook book 200 recipes under 200 calories.
This was a major disappointment.
NOTHING is fresh!
This book will be shelved until the dead of winter.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Musing from the weirdness of my mind...


So  I have two interesting things on my mind lately.   

First off I read somewhere that the US government had written laws concerning extraterrestrial aliens. I love researching strange and unusual things so this was a must.

Snopes of course was the final word on the matter. It seems this was for NASA personel in the unlikely event that they met or encountered beings from another world.

What drew my attention though was the end of the page on the subject and I quote 

"The extraterrestrial law was removed from the CFR in 1991, NASA having determined that it had "served its purpose" and was "no longer in keeping with the current policy," and is no longer in force.

This begs the following questions

1. How did it serve its purpose - really I want details

2. WHAT is the NEW Policy?

  I researched farther and found nothing (ominous noise plays in the back ground) now I am wondering.

My second muse is on city laws

SLC, UT has recently changed its laws (or are trying to they still have to be approved by Legislature)
concerning parking tickets as well as other misc outstanding city fines.

I think some of what they propose is going a bit overboard - wage garnishments, publishing debtors names in the papers, and jail time might just be a bit too much.

However the other items they propose I don't understand why they didn't put that into effect years ago.
Mainly rejection of vehicle registration and drivers license renewals.

If you have parking tickets, moving violations or any form of  car related misdemeanors that have not been paid then why are we letting you drive still?

Seriously get off my road!
 

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Update on weightloss

 

First off this is not my art work, its my Sisters. Second this is not why I am posting I am just in love with it.
The first link it to buy, the second link is to follow her art blog - she posts at least one piece of art a week. 

Second I am finally down to 198!!! Oh yeah! Down 13 pds in three months! So I am the turtle in the weight race my hubby has lost 65 pds, my sister a ton, even my best friend has me beat. However, I am still losing - this alone is enough to make me happy.

I am under 200 pds! Yeah! For making my first goal. I am still going down, Yeah! For making my second goal and I really am feeling better about myself.

It's raining right now or I would be giving you an update on my tiny garden as it is right now we are still trying to fix the front and finish planting the flowers. My tomato is still living and growing, my strawberries go from looking amazing to wilty not sure if they are going to make it or they are just moody like I am. My sugar snap peas and onions are taking over. While my mint seeds are taking their sweet time to get started.

Mint is not easy to start from seed, it really does need lots and lots of TLC, once they get going though almost nothing in this world can kill it.

I love mint, I put it in salad, with fruit, on meat and of course in tea!
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