Thursday, September 30, 2010

Happy Birthday

Today is my mother-in-law's 83rd birthday.  She is such an amazing woman and I love here dearly.  When we were thinking of moving a few years ago I even invited her to live with us.  She is now living in a senior community place and has taken it by storm.  She is never home when I call because she is at her choir rehearsal, dinner with friends, exercise class and last week tap class.  What a woman.  Her mother lived to here 90's and her two older sisters and brother are in their 90's.  What genes. 

Happy Birthday Gloria

Note:  My Daddy, 75 years old had to go to the hip doctor yesterday because he has a knot on his new hip area and Sis called to tell me he has an infection.  It has been a year and a half since the replacement but the doctor said that his pneumonia bought last winter has settled in his hip, an infection.  The options right now are that they put him on antibiotics and if that does not help then they will take the hip OUT for a few months.  I see nursing care somewhere in the future but Sis said that he WILL move in with her if it comes down to it.  More power to her.  What is good for Daddy is that he is in very excellent health except for his arthritis.  His blood pressure is fabulous and he has always eaten well. 

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Nearly 2 months

It has been nearly 2 months since I started the venture of blogging every single day.  It has been a challenge trying to find stuff to write about but all I have to do is let my mind wander and ...

Yesterday was nothing but letting you guys know I was here but barely alive from something that made me sit around the toilet most of Monday night and into the early of morn.  The Hubby took me to eat Red Lobster for dinner before our night club two step class and I opted for a plate of chicken, shrimp and scallops.  Now scallops are not my favorite thing but shrimp certainly is.  I like to give scallops a try once in awhile to see if I might change my mind, but after last night NOPE...still not something I like all that well and now may never eat again.  I missed my work out this morning and didnt' go to the office until about 10:30 to do a bit of work and it is a never miss day of art class.  I wasn't sure at first if I could do it but I did and glad I went.  The work on my horses is moving along very nicely and I'm quite pleased.  Be sure to keep up with it on the art blog. 

I've had to make some adjustments about this weekend.  Friday night I was supposed to go to a football tailgate thing at my old high school.  One of the classes is hosting the entire group of 1970-79.  Pretty impressive and I hate to miss but I've opted to go to the cabin with The Hubby for one night.  We haven't been there in a couple of weeks and need check all out.  I was staying in town because I was going to be in the art show at Utica Square-Art on the Square, but plans have changed there too.  I was kind of perturbed with the lady putting the info out there about the show.  The first info, in email, I got was that the largest size of paintings including framing was 36x30...I learn last week that the size was 16x20 in a new email...WHAT.  That was last week and this Saturday I have to have the art there.  Well, that paintings I had ready were closer to the 36x30 size and nothing else is ready.  So we are going to head out of town but will be back in Saturday for a surprise birthday party with a private chef!  Should be a hoot!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


Short post...bad with a toilet most of the night...ick...

Monday, September 27, 2010

Don't Put Metal in the Microwave #2

Adding a few more:

  • special ways to clip your toenails so you don't get ingrown ones.
  • be able to run a mile and do one chin up to pull yourself up out of a hole.
  • if it itches, it it healing.

Don't Put Metal in the Microwave

Our girls are 25 and 31 years old so we long ago passed the growing up part of raising kiddlets but they never quit learning, really.  I was thinking about some of the stuff you just forget to teach your kids.  You just assume they get it by just being around you but they don't,  You know what they say about assume.  When you assume, you make an Ass out of U and Me.  Back to the crap that pops into my mind...(I've asked my girls to remember some of the wise stuff we blabbered on about).

Some of the stuff is kind of simple but there is so much to life to impart to your kids to make them ready to take on the world, to push them out of the nest. 

  • Don't put metal in the microwave - Yes this one happened in our household.
  • (For the girl in your household) Don't flush tampons - This one too.  Amazing they didn't know but I never used and so never thought to tell them.  Kind of a costly thing for the plumber.
  • Don't leave your engine running in the garage with the door down. - Thankfully this never happened to them but it was a lesson lived with my uncle...he didn't survive and it was on purpose.
  • Don't leave your wet, clean clothes in the washer or they will sour - Happened many times, EWWW Stink!
These are just some of the wise life learned lessons we have imparted to our girls.  What have you taught or learned. 

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Waiting For Superman

This morning the Today Show brought to my attention what has been bubbling in the back of my mind for awhile, our education in the United States and our children in general.  The movie, Waiting For Superman, is being released in select theatres and I want to make sure I see it.  It is about the eduaction lottery, children trying to get into charter schools and whether they are doing what they promised.  Hell, I don't think our regular schools are doing what they promise either.  The Today Show is kicking off the week about education.  Meet the Press is also dedicating their Sunday morning hour to education and the debate.  I don't have children in the "system" anymore but that does not mean I don't care.  My goodness, the children we are educating or not educating are our future too.  They are who will keep the wheels of our country squeaking and we are doing a disservice by not giving them a whopping good education.  We have got to step it up and start paying our teachers more, keeping our schools in better operating conditions, and providing top quality supplies like books to help our children and having the best of the best teachers.  My mother's mantra was that if you can get a child to read you give them the world.  She was a bulldog with my siblings and I about reading and it shows because all of us read avidly and so do my girls.  So very important! 

Saturday, September 25, 2010

What Just Happened

You post an innocent picture of you and a person you had a wonderful time with at your favorite place in the world, along with a few others on Facebook.  You get Facebooked by a family member for not including them in this group they have absolutely no affiliation with.  You are accused for being a bad person.  You smooth it over with the irrational family member.  You plan to have lunch, stay in town from your favorite place in the world.  You get ready, shower, primp.  Phone call...uh, forgot I made plans.  Maybe next week sometime!  Now, who's bad here.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

This and That

  • Got the Wicked tickets.  Finally filled out the fax sheet with what I wanted and they called me within a couple of hours and it is a done deal.  Season tickets to the Broadway season!  Done!
  • Officially pulled out of an art show, Art on the Square at Utica Square.  It wasn't my fault because "someone" messed up the the size regulations and my pieces are too big.  Not my bad.  But, will be in two shows in the next few months.
  • Started the new TV season...oh my life is not my own.
  • Ashton and Demi, really!
  • Steven, Randy and J-Lo...hmmm, we'll see.
  • Bye-Bye Hoff
  • Fall is here, too bad the cool weather is not.
  • Getting tired of mother nature not leaving my side...
  • Love gin and tonic with a twist of lime, my new fav cocktail.
  • I promise I still love you 'cause we're family but please back off.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


My next door neighbor Jean Ann.  She's gone now.  We spent nearly every waking moment together for about 2 years.  Just going through pictures and found this one with lots of memories attached. 

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The Versatile Blogger

Oh my I have been honored with an award.  I've not had one in a long time and this one is kind of fun.  Miss Cindy from Cindy's Clipboard has bestowed it on me.  The rules are simple. 

To accept this award I have to:

  • reveal 7 truths about myself  (Kind of hard as I'm pretty much an open book here anyway.)
  • select 7 blogs that I would like to share the award with (May not do this but will open it up to anyone who wants to take part.)
1.  I always, without fail, ALWAYS put my left shoe on first. 

2.  I have a pen pal that I have written to since 1972.  He was originally from Pakistan but now lives in Canada with his wife and two grown daughters.  Love, love, love to write letters.

3.  I'm basically a lazy person.  I could sit with my laptop, a journal, a few good books in one spot for an entire day without getting up except to use a facility and feed my face, and I've done that.  I'm very good at being lazy, just doesn't get much accomplished.

4.  Used to suck my finger until I was in the 7th grade and the ONLY reason I stopped was I got a funky retainer that prohibited me from sucking.  My mother tried everything to get me to stop.  Oh, and my sister revealed it to my best friend for spite, it devastated me.

5.  I love to watch witch, supernatural, vampire shows and movies.  I stayed up all night long one time to watch a Freddie Kruger marathon.  My favorite shows are Charmed, Supernautral and Angel.  I'm a fantasy girl too.

6.  Hate milk.  Hate to drink it plain.  I can use it in cooking or on cereal but no plain.  In fact, if there is a jug in the fridge that is over two days old I can't even use it on cereal.  ICK! 

7.  Used to love to collect poetry books, old, very old poetry books.  I even collected it in high school from friends who used to write it for class projects and stuff.  I probably have stuff of theirs they have forgotten about.  I would ask for their papers when they would toss them out.  I have an entire notebook of  it.  I don't write poetry but I so love it. 

Good luck all and thank you Cindy.

Monday, September 20, 2010


I am frustrated and angry and just plain mad.  I want to see the musical Wicked that is going to be at the Tulsa PAC in November.  I didn't see it last year when it came through so this morning I have spent the past hour in telephone ring-around-the-rosie hell.  I just happened to get a flyer in the mail this weekend with wonderful pretty pictures and a phone number to call.  I decided I wanted to buy season tickets because we also have Beauty and the Beast and 9 to 5, plus Burn the Floor a ballroom dancing show I thought The Hubby might like.  I called the phone number listed for season tickets and it was an automated number that told me to call an 877 number for season tickets.  I called.  I wanted to talk to an actual person so I could get as close to the seats I wanted as possible.  The first time around I got an automated kind of person that was interactive, I asked to "transfer" and was connected to a live person.  I told her I wanted to buy season tickets and she told me that the phone number was only individual tickets.  She gave me the original number to call.  I thought well, I must have missed something in the message and called again.  Nope, didn't miss a thing.  I called the 877 number again and got a guy who was very helpful, but, no dice.  No phone number to call.  I decided to check out Celebrity Attractions and try to buy online tickets only to get in some kind of a loop there.  They are going to force me to go downtown and personally buy the damn tickets.  I am not happy but I WANT to see that show.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Hanging of the Bras

This weekend was the 4th Annual Hanging of the Bras!  We were missing a few but it was still an awesome weeknd and we've already begun talking about next year, #5. 

Memories of past years...


I didn't take many pictures this year but made sure to get one of me and my wonderful cousin. 

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Swamp People

I was looking at the DVR list of recorded shows The Hubby and I record and I noticed one called Swamp People.  Interesting.  I asked him about it and he said it was about swamp people living in the swamps and gator hunting, or as they call it on the show, fishing.  The show is on The History Channel.  I should have known this as it is The Hubby's favorite channel except for the Extreme Cagefighting that he watches on some channel I choose not to know.  I could not believe I sat and watched an episode with him and found it rather intriguing and disturbing all at the same time.  I'm not sure how I feel about shooting alligators in the head.  ICK!  Then I thought about all those restaurants that now serve alligator meat and there you go.  Bang, bang, fry it up.  (Shiver)  I told The Hubby watching it was going to give me nightmares and then Jaws happened to be on TV.  Saw that movie when it first came out in the movie theatre and it scared me for life in all waters except for a swimming pool.  You can go to the History Channel and watch the videos but there are warnings and I would heed them with children around but it is very interesting and to know that is life in the swamps for those who live there and has been for many, many, many years. 

Friday, September 17, 2010

One For The Money

Imagine my surprise when I was trying to remember the hot guys name from the Janet Evanovich novels about Stephanie Plum and RANGER, I Googled.  Woo Hoo...the movie, One For The Money is set to be released in 2011. 

The cast is:

Katherine Heigl ... Stephanie Plum
     My opinion - Wrong choice.  When I read the novels I only see Sandra Bullock but that is not to be.  From what I read Reese Witherspoon was also up for it.  Wrong.  Really wrong is Katherine Heigl but I have to qualify that to say I CAN NOT STAND her.  So, I'm a bit biased there.  She had better be good 'cause I will have to see the movie anyway. 

Jason O'Mara ... Morelli
     My opinion - YUMMY

Sherri Shepherd ... Lula
My Opinion - Perfect

Daniel Sunjata ... Ranger
My Opinion - Works for me

Patrick Fischler ... Vinnie Plum

John Leguizamo ... Jimmy Alpha
My Opinion - Will have to re-read the book

Debbie Reynolds ... Grandma Mazur
     My Opinion - Perfect

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Ahhh Day

Today is an Ahhh day for me, in a lot of ways. 

Ahhh, my feet hurt.  I've run around too much barefoot this past weekend cleaning out my closets and activated the heel spur in my feet.  OUCHY!  Not good.  It has put a crimp in my exercise routine.  I've had to ride the stationary bike when I prefer the treadmill.  This means lots of stretching, runners stretching and wearing these lovely tennis shoes with my Tule's heel cups.  I also don't go barefoot, at all.  It's just a matter of time but I'll get it better, eventually.

Ahhh, it's spa day today.  This morning I have my massage and facial which I missed last month.  I'm looking forward to it immensely.  Massage will help my upper back issues and hopefully a little bit of the heel stuff.

Ahhh, actually, is also teeth cleaning day.  Open wide.  I have to make sure to extra brush and floss today. 

Yesterday I was at the office all day long, by myself.  The phone rang a lot but really not much to do but I did get a lot of painting done.  I'm working on a fish creel picture and got far in its completion.  Forgot to take my camera but will keep you posted, on the art blog. 

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


The question on NaBloPoMo on Monday was, "Do you get more rejuvenation from being alone or from being with other people? How much alone (or social) time do you need to stay sane?"  That is a very thought provoking idea for me.  I think both being alone and socializing with other people is something all people need at different times in their lives, I know it is true for me.  After Momma died I needed to be alone a lot to deal with the emotions I was feeling.  I even went to Lake Austin Spa the summer after her death, alone and enjoyed every single moment I was there.  There are times when sitting in my hammock at the cabin or on the screened porch I savor alone time.  All that being said I also desire the company of my friends so bad sometimes that my heart hurts when they are not around me.  Probably explains why I miss Gail so much.  She so filled that space.  Answering that question could go either way with me depending on my mood.  How much time needed just depends on my mood.  This week, given that I'm doing the "woman" thing I kind of need the alone time.  As The Hubby often observes, I get in my invisible box.  The weekend I'm going to be surrounded by some old friends as it is the annual Hanging of the Bras weekend.  There will be laughter, talking, singing, dancing, games, eating and lots of wine drinking.  That will so fill the need of company and socializing and by Sunday afternoon I will need some quiet time to reflect and take a breath.  How would you answer this question? 

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Ladies Only

July of 2009 mother nature paid her last visit to my life.  I cleaned out the bathroom cabinet of the essential equipment, stored it away.  It had been a year before that, June 2008, since the last one.  The gynecologist had me tested last September to see if I might have a health problem when I told her that I was paid  that visit in July.  Well, guess what happened this Sunday...she has again decided to make an appearance in my life.  What in the heck is going on.  I have my yearly next month and I will have to AGAIN tell the doc about my little visitor.  This means I will probably have to have yet another ultrasound or something like that.  I certainly hope not.  Why can't I just cut that little lady out of my life for good now.  Hmmmph!     

Monday, September 13, 2010

McLinky Monday...It's A Meme of Favorites

The wonderful women at The RHOK are having a Meme of Favorites today.  This has taken me two hours to compile, whew!

Favorite Actor:  Oh gosh, it used to be Paul Newman but lately I just love Javier Bardem

Favorite Actress:
My fav has always been Elizabeth Taylor and her violet eyes, in her early years.  Cat on a Hot Tin Roof...with Mr. Paul Newman...YUMMY.  Maggie the Cat...What a performance.

Favorite Movie:

My all time favorite movie is The Goonies. I can watch that thing over and over again and of course I own it.  I've been lucky enough to almost always find it on TV on a  rainy Saturday afternoon.  Ummm.  Running a close second is Under the Tuscan Sun.

Favorite Band:
That is easy, Better Than Ezra.  All time fav and never get tired of listening to them.  They are also awesome live and I'm not a fan of live music.

Favorite Musical:  
Fiddler on The Roof or Les Miserables, can't decide.

Favorite Novel:
Chiefs by Stuart Woods  

Favorite Cuisine:  Mexican!!!!!

Favorite Wine:  Rosso - Francis Ford Coppla   

Favorite Store:  Coldwater Creek  - Can drop a lot of money in those doors, very easily.

Favorite Vampire: Angel, sorry Edward fans, but this one is a bit closer to my age. 

Favorite Primetime Series:  Oh this is so very hard.  I love ALL television and not sure I can decide.  I love all the Law & Order shows, Amazing Race, Survivor, Top Chef, Two & 1/2 Men, Charmed, Angel...the list is quite endless.  I am a reality show fanatic too.

Favorite Time Waster:  Duh...blogging and reading blogs...maybe I shouldn't say that.  I'm a bit addicted to FaceCrack and FarmHell.

Favorite Chore:  Are you kidding me.  Absolutely NONE!!!  A chore is a chore, no favorite about it.

Favorite Quote:  In high school I learned this one:  "I disagree with what you say but will defend till death your right to say it."  I was told then that it was by Voltaire but there is much debate there.  It is still my fav.

Favorite Smell:  I adore the smell of lavender.  Very simple...fav smell is lavender.

Favorite Vacation Spot:  The obvious is my hammock at the cabin but if I have to go somewhere a little further my favorite place to put my feet up is Destin and the white sands.  Lots of family memories from my childhood there. 

Favorite ____________
     Lots of favorite things:  reading, painting, listening to birds sing, listen to the quietness yet loudness of nature in my hammock, family, friends, my life!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Closet Cleanout was a closet
I started pulling out stuff that was on the floor, shoes, clothes...
purses, belts, boots...

I filled 6 black plastic bags and lined them in the hallway.

I built the 9 bin storage cube (bought at Target) and on the last nail driven I smashed the thumb...OUCH!
Much better don't you think. 

All through the clean out I tried on clothes that I had not worn in ages and deemed either out of style or will never wear again.  This little number I bought a couple of years ago and did not try on.  Of course it didn't fit, BUT...I tried it on and it now fits and is even a tad big.  It's wonderful.  It goes back in the closet ready for a Christmas party. 
There is still another closet to go and one I've already tackled before but it has become a disaster zone yet again.  So onward I go!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Curse Words

The prompt from National Blog Posting Month for today is:  "Some people hate curse words, some people love them. Which side are you on? And what's your favorite curse (or curse-substitute) word?" 
Curse words, very interesting subject.  I can't lie, I use them.  I may not like it too much but I do use them and I somehow get a release when I use them.  Weird, I know but it's the truth.  When I was a kidlet, they were just not allowed even though my parents used a few choice ones occasionally.  It's funny that my brother, for the longest time thought his name was "Dammit Bro".  Really the worst words ever used in our household were hell or dammit, that was about it.  I didn't hear the other words until I was in junior high and  attempted to use them to look cool.  I failed miserably.  When my girls were little I tried to use words like "jelly bean" in place of the curse words but now that I'm kid-free I use curse words when I want to and sometimes when I don't want to.  It's amazing that when you allow those words to become more a part of your daily speak how they are easier to pop out when you don't want them too.  I've been known to use one at the most inappropriate times.  Not good.  When grandkiddo's appear in our lives I will rein myself in and when the great niece and nephews are around I'm a good girl I assure you.  Curse words have become so common in our everyday speak that they are losing their potency to shock.  Even on television, regular TV, the curse word list, like George Carlin's 7 Dirty Words, are becoming more commonplace.  Do you curse?  Can you answer the question of the day?

Thursday, September 09, 2010


Today is a babbling day.  I will type whatever comes through my mind and it may not be good I can tell ya! 

Workout this morning was INTENSE...oh my legs have the wobbles.  It's all good though. 

Harri called to let us know that Mr. T is still in the hospital and may stay through the weekend.  The infection or blockage is still there and the doc's are playing the wait and see game.  Mrs. P is not happy and I can see why.  It's hard to watch someone you love laying there in obvious pain.  Good thoughts are with you Mr. T and gosh darnit, yesterday was his birthday!  Happy Birthday Mr. T!

Having some weird kind of thoughts about friends again.  Goes back to when I was a teenager and I could not understand what was wrong with me.  Why couldn't I get a guy to go out with me.  Why did my friends treat me so bad.  What is/was so wrong with me that no one takes the time to get to know me.  Why don't I get invited to stuff.  Am I such a dolt that I'm just not fun!  Crap!  I asked The Hubby last night, Why.  His response, "It's because you're a party pooper!"  WHAT!!!!!!  I responded, "Why can't you for once be on my side."  I AM NOT A PARTY POOPER!   What the...HAY!!!!!  I don't get it.  I am loyal, a great listener.  I am interesting, I think.  Gemini's are supposed to glib and fun-loving!  Guess maybe I'm a dud there.  Oh well.  Onward!

Back to better thoughts.  Just not worth the worry is it.  I'm an okay person and I like me, that's what counts, right!  Didn't go dancing last night so The Hubby was a bit ticked at me.  I had a sniffle that was driving me crazy, allergies I think.  Besides I don't believe the people would like to be dancing with and touching hands with someone with the sniffles, allergies or not.  Next Monday we will start a class called Night Club Two-Step.  Not sure what that is but we will stop the West Coast Swing for about 6 weeks to do it.  I told The Hubby that the agreement was 1 night a week.  He was not too happy, but hey, I'm actually giving up a meeting for my art group for it.  I'm not doing it next time.  Hmphhhh! 

Rain.  We've had some downpours since yesterday thanks to hurricane Hermine!  The area really needed it and I think it should help the fall color.  Yep, fall is just around the corner.  I'm not too sure that I'm ready for it though.  It will lead into winter my most NOT favorite time of year.  It can be so depressing.  I have to really gear up with the painting stuff and keep my mind focused on it to get me through.  I temporarily moved my painting stuff to the office/shop and have taken up a back office that is not used.  Since I'm having to be there a lot since B is teaching, why not paint.  Yesterday I started a commission piece but I'm not happy with it so far.  Not good.  May have to restart.  Last night I kept thinking about it all night long.  Not sure moving my art place there was a good idea.  I don't feel inspired there.  Oh well, onward! 

See babbling day.  Later gators!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Artist I Am

Since I'm doing the NaBloPoMo for the month of September, and the theme this month is Art, I thought I would hold true to it.  I finished this yesterday. 

UPDATE---------Well, I wrote this post last night (Tuesday) and then posted the picture on my Facebook page.  I painted this one for a show and it is for sale, Daddy saw it and wants it on his wall to replace the one of Peaches I painted for him.  He said it would only be on loan but he would love to see it everyday.  Hmmmm, I'm in a pickle.  I really would love for him to have it but that would mean I would have to try and finish another painting for the show.  Oh, what's a girl to do. 

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

As The World Turns

It will be official on September 17, 2010 when As The World Turns, my favorite soap opera will go off the air.  I can not believe I am losing another one.  First it was Guiding Light and now ATWT.  This show debuted on April 2, 1956, two months before I was born so it really has been a part of my entire life.  My mother watched it and so did I.  I'm already crying everyday as I watch each episode and each character slowly fade into my past.  It's a friend and will no longer be a part of my life.  I know, I know, it is a TV show but the characters are with you every single day of the week and become sort of real.  Hold on there...I know they are characters, actors, and the characters are not real but you get vested in their stories and I've had a lifetime of being vested here.  So on September 17 (would have been my grandmother's birthday), I will be crying as they sign off forever.  People, you may not realize it but daytime television is changing and we will be stuck with Dr. Phil or Dr. Oz, not my favorite shows I can tell you.  I will be watching movies at the office from now own. 

Monday, September 06, 2010

Happy Labor Day

Happy Labor Day to all.  This has been such a beautiful weekend.  The weather has been just awesome.  Made for some great hammock time for me.  B&B2 came up yesterday to spend the night and we all went to Jimbo and Harri's for dinner of brisket.  It was a great evening full of laughter and some suspense.  I won't elaborate there.  We were missing a couple of our fellow cabinites as Mr. T was rushed off to the hospital in an ambulance with stomach pains.  They thought appendix but may be an intestinal infection.  We all are waiting anxiously to hear about him today.  Certainly not a party without Mr. T and Mrs. P.  So have a great day all.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Sleep Deprived???

Am I sleep deprived, well, maybe I am but I'm making up for it this weekend I can assure you.  Yesterday I got up at 8:30 and then at 1:30 in the afternoon, after a morning of laying in the hammock I took a nap.  Not a short nap but a four hour nap.  Then last night we went to Sin and Bare's for hamburgers and by 9:30 I was closing my eyes.  We came home and I was out by 10.  I finally rousted out of bed this AM at 8 am.  I think the anti-itch pills are not helping but they aren't really making me drowsy.  I think my body has had enough of the 5 am stuff and is revolting but not letting me enjoy the sun coming up.  I miss it but what do you do.  I need sleep!!

Saturday, September 04, 2010


Sorry I didn't post yesterday.  I'm mad at myself but it was beyond my control.  Thursday night our Internet went down and was down all day.  Finally, The Hubby, after rebooting the router numerous times got it up and running just in time to leave for the cabin.  Then we hit the ground running for a steak cookout at a neighboring ranch.  It was great fun.  I also had to spend a little bit of time yesterday at the minor emergency.  I am having some weird rash thing on my arms and lower part of my legs.  Not sure what is setting me off but it has got to something in the air that I'm breathing in I guess.  I spent most of the night Thursday scratching throughout the restless night of sleep.  I got a steriod shot to help and Benadril to alleviate the itching.  Needless to say I've also been sleeping a bit.  Here's some random pic's from last night!