Monday, March 31, 2008

March 31

I can't believe today is the last day of March. It's in the 50's today and tomorrow is supposed to be 60! Wow. Of course, tomorrow night it's back down into the 20's. Welcome Spring!

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Daily Dare Screw Up

I so screwed up this AM. I accepted the Ruthless challenge before I played today's game-even though today's game wasn't illustrated. Now I can't send my score for that game and I can't get through all levels of the challenge and it's time to go to work. Damn!

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Earth Hour

Give Mother Earth a break this evening and join in Earth Hour. On Saturday, March 29, 2008, Earth Hour invites people around the world to turn off their lights for one hour – from 8:00pm to 9:00pm in their local time zone. On this day, cities around the world, including Copenhagen, Chicago, Melbourne, Dubai, and Tel Aviv, will hold events to acknowledge their commitment to energy conservation. Give it a shot!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Mouse Potato

Every year new words are added to the dictionary. I was reading an article about some of the newbies (is newbies a new legit word?) and found one that totally describes me-mouse potato. A mouse potato is any person who spends an inordinate amount of leisure time at a computer. Look it up-it's in Webster's!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

My Little Helper

Barrett tries to help his momma whenever possible. Take last night/early this morning for example. At work yesterday a patient had donuts brought in for all the patients and staff. That was so nice. I had a donut at work and brought one home. I put it in my lunch bag which I put in my other bag. Well, I got home and started preparing for the night-got the computer going, got changed, put a load of laundry in the wash, got the VCR ready to watch Top Chef, which I had taped, then I sat at the computer. It was then that I heard Barrett licking something. What did he have? I looked (he was laying down right next to me) and he had a paper towel he was licking. What??? OMG! MY DONUT!!!!!!!!! Yes, my pink sprinkled donut was gone. Barrett decided his momma didn't need that donut. Thanks for the help kiddo. Sigh.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

What Season Am I?

You Belong in Fall

Intelligent, introspective, and quite expressive at times...

You appreciate the changes in color, climate, and mood that fall brings

Whether you're carving wacky pumpkins or taking long drives, autumn is a favorite time of year for you

Tuesday, March 25, 2008


I need to come up with a plan. My house is a mess and I need to start getting it in shape. The thing is I look around, get overwhelmed, and get on the computer, read, or watch TV instead of doing anything! I think I'll start with a list. I am a list person. The thing is I'll spend my time making list after list instead of cleaning. But, I still think I'll make a list. I'm going to break it down into manageable pieces-so I can easily cross some things off. I'm going to do a 2 part list too-the immediate, usual stuff that needs to be done (dishes, laundry, cage, litter box cleaning and such) and then the bigger stuff. We'll see how it goes.

Monday, March 24, 2008


Sharing is nice. Sharing is especially nice when someone who doesn't have much wants to share something, wants to take a moment to celebrate a little something together. That's nice.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Easter!

I hope the Easter Bunny brought you lots of goodies and you have a wonderful day with family and friends! I celebrated with my folks yesterday as I have to work today. We had great food and a good time. I gave all of my kids treats today, which they enjoyed. Now it's time for me to have some wonderful leftovers before heading out to work. Happy Easter!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Friday, March 21, 2008

Good Friday

Today is Good Friday. When I was young this was one of my favorite days of the year...even though I couldn't eat meat. Of course, I'd be on Easter vacation, so no school. Then my parents and I, along with Aunt Bert and sometimes a friend of mine, would start our Good Friday tradition, a tradition common among Polish Americans. We visit 7 churches on Good Friday. It might me difficult now, with all of the church closings, but back then there were churches every few blocks in Buffalo, NY. We'd still be driving, but it wasn't far between them. We'd go to each church, say a prayer or two, admire the architecture, and light a candle. After all 7 churches we'd wind up near the Broadway Market. Oh the wonderful smells, hyacinths mingled with fresh sausage, breads, chocolates and more. It was so crowded-I wasn't fond of that part-but it was something else. After buying our goodies we'd go back to my grandparents house and eat. Today is supposed to be a somber day for Catholics, but for me, it was always a fun one!

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Snowing Again

My driveway was finally getting clear of snow, as was my walkway. Not anymore. It's snowing again. I don't think there will be much accumulation-but my driveway and walkway are white once more. Winter's not over yet!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008


People piss me off. I think a very large portion of the population should just be killed-the world would probably be a much better place. Some of these people post comments that just make me furious. On Fanpop the question was what to grab as you're leaving a burning house. I chose my pet. Someone chose pictures. OK. I can see that, then he made the comment, "you can replace a pet, you can't replace photos." OH MY GOD! I pray to God he doesn't procreate. Then reading an article about McDonald's changing lids to protect hedgehogs (who get caught in the old lids and die) and an idiot posted about how stupid it was to report about that and people should worry about "important" issues like poverty. UGH!!! I'll even report the stupid person in the local paper who wanted to vent. His issue-a waitress approached his table and asked, "What would you guys like to order?" He was so mad at the expression "you guys". You have got to be kidding me. I won't even go into the idiots at work. OK. I'm getting myself worked up again. I'm going to take a shower and try to calm down. I still think a great portion of humanity should be vaporized. Some should be tortured first. Grrrrrr.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Back in the Saddle

Yesterday I was back in the saddle again after being sick and missing two lessons. I hadn't ridden in three weeks and lost what little endurance I had. It probably didn't help that when I went in the barnyard to get Harley-he decided to go to the further field, then canter to the far end of that. Fortunately, when I called him that time, he decided to come to me. Still. Aside from that, he was pretty good for me, until the end of the lesson. I was making errors at the canter and he decided that if I made mistakes, he could mess around. So he was being a bit of a brat, shaking his head, not paying attention - he even stuck his tongue out at me! Oh well, horses will be horses!

Monday, March 17, 2008

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Wishing everyone some extra good luck this St. Patrick's Day! I hope you're wearing something green!! That's Flurry in his St. Patrick's Day hammock in the picture.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Corned Beef

The house smells lovely, I'm cooking my corned beef. The plan was to cook it today, have some before work, and then, of course, have it tomorrow. Unfortunately, I didn't get myself out of bed quite early enough-so the beef will be done right before I have to leave for work. I'll even have to put it into the fridge while it's hot! Hopefully, it'll be done. That's the problem with things that have to cook for 2 1/2 to 3 hours...and have to come to a boil before that!

Saturday, March 15, 2008


Today I attended a Demo Day at a local Paper store. What fun. The store is primarily a scrapbooking store, but rubber stampers, such as myself, are frequent customers. At one point the owner, laughing at what the other demonstrator, a card maker/stamper, gave her described the differences between us-quite accurately. Rubber Stampers and Scrapbookers are like snowboarders and skiers. They both love the snow. They both use the mountains, but they give each other funny looks. That's it! The great thing is this other demonstrator, Lynda, is talking the owner into carrying more stamper things-which, of course, scrapbookers can use too. What got me so excited today were these new ink pads. OMG! They are Marvy Uchida Metallic Pearl Pads. They are great. After the demo another woman wondered what the metallic orange looked like. So I followed her over to ask Lynda, who proceeded to show us all the colors on both white and black paper. She also embossed one. These colors are magnificent! I bought 4 of them and the store completely sold out of them, every color. It's a good thing I went to the first demo-the people coming to the next one were out of luck! Anyway, I got the metallic pearl green, metallic pearl blue, metallic pearl purple, and metallic pearl black (which even shows up on black paper-how cool is that?!?!). In the future I'll be getting the metallic pearl red, orange, silver, and gold. I can't wait to use them! In fact, I'll be using the ones I got in the newest card challenge. I'd better go and be creative now!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Thursday, March 13, 2008


One of the new spots on Fanpop that I joined is ATCs. I was so happy to find it. It had only one member, but the sad thing is she didn't add anything to the spot! Nothing. She didn't even give it an ID picture or a banner. I added a bunch of links and 2 videos, but, because I didn't create the spot-I can't do the ID stuff. I hope she checks in and sees what I've added. Hopefully, I can convince her to add the ID pics, I'd even help.

In case you don't know, ATCs are Artist Trading Cards. They are 3.5 X 2.5 inches in size and can be made from any artist medium you'd like. I use rubber stamping/collage and sometimes I make fabric ATCs. I've attending some swaps. (You trade ATCs, you don't sell them.) I even did one through a quilting magazine. Mine wasn't published, but I got a neat one in return! A local scrapbooking store has started a trade, working with a different theme each month. I'm going to start in April, I'm already working on mine, the theme is "It's my party!"

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

More than 50

I haven't done it yet, but I will tonight. On Fanpop I currently belong to 50 spots. You can see all of my spots on a neat mosaic at my profile page. I was hesitant about joining more spots, as I like to see everything at once. But there are just too many spots I want to join. Classic Movies, ATCs, and Television-I'm on my way!!!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


I saw them advertised on TV, then I saw them at the grocery store-so I had to pick them up. Those Keebler elves have come up with a new Town House cracker: Flipsides Pretzel Crackers. One side is a Town House cracker, but the other side is a pretzel! They come in original and cheddar flavors. I got both and tried the cheddar. Oh My! Delicious. I've just eaten them straight from the box-but you can add toppings or dip them or...the possibilities are endless. I highly recommend them.

Monday, March 10, 2008


I went back to work last evening. Part way through the shift I felt hot-low grade fever is back. Now my throat is starting to feel like it did right before I got the flu! Can't I be healthy??? I guess I'm calling the doctor-again!

Sunday, March 9, 2008


I feel lousy, had to shovel a mountain of snow (and I'm still not sure I can get out of my driveway) and I have to go back to work. Grrr.

Saturday, March 8, 2008


Yesterday I went to the great little library across town. They have the best mystery section. I loaded up my tote bag, yet again. I found new books in series I read and a few new mystery series to boot! Right now I'm about to finish Sherrilyn Kenyon's Devil May Cry. That's a paranormal romance, not really a mystery. Then it's on to the mysteries. I think I'll read Murder in the North End, a Gilded Age Mystery by P. B. Ryan next. So many goodies to try, I can't wait. I love to read-so many books, so little time!

Friday, March 7, 2008


The world is getting to be an expensive place to be. I was running errands today. Normally, I stop at McDonald's for a Happy Meal, but it's a Lenten Friday-so no Happy Meal for me! Instead I stopped to pick up something to eat on the run at the grocery store. I got 2 cheese bagels (1 for now, 1 for later), 2 apples (1 for me, 1 for Harley), a cold single serving Pepsi (I couldn't find a Dr. Pepper-what's up with that?), and a package of store made cookies (OK, I didn't really need a dozen cookies, but, too bad!). Grand total-$7.82. Isn't that a lot?

Thursday, March 6, 2008


The doctor called this morning. Slipper was not responding to the treatment. After his nebulizer treatment this morning, she put him out of the oxygen tank and he just collapsed. He was suffering so I had her put him to sleep. Slipper was too young and his death was so sudden and totally unexpected. I'll try to remember the good times and how he loved the tubes I made for him. He will be deeply missed by me and his brothers.

Rest In Peace

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Pray for Slipper

Please send prayers, healing thoughts, and good wishes to my little Slipper. He's in hospital with pneumonia. He was fine Sunday, didn't look that great Monday, then last night he didn't join his brothers for supper. When I picked him up he was cold! I managed to get a few drops of baby food in him, but that was it. He was having difficulty breathing. I had to just drop him of at the vet's this morning, as the doctors were both in surgery. The doctor just called me. He's in an oxygen tank and will be nubulized twice a day with 2 kinds of antibiotics and lasix. His prognosis is iffy. Slipper is only 1 year and 7 months old. In all the years I've had rats, I haven't lost one prior to 2 years. I want to keep it that way.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

How Creative Am I?

You Are 83% Creative

You are an incredibly creative person. For you, there are no bounds or limits to your creativity.
Your next creation could be something very great... Or at least very cool!

Monday, March 3, 2008


I have a lot of stuff. My folks call it junk, I call it treasure! I follow the saying, "Whoever dies with the most stuff wins!" Well, I'm making a run for it. I know, it's better to simplify. How can I even enjoy my stuff when most of it is packed away? But it's mine. I know it's there, I like it, and...I want more. Oh, the collector in me. However, I do think at times, what happens when I do die? All my stuff. Will other people enjoy it or will it end up in a rubbish pile somewhere. I sure hope not! Then there's the "family" stuff. Photos and furniture passed down. I'm the end of the line. Believe you me, I'm sure glad I don't have any human children and I don't intend to ever get them (a little late now anyway, LOL!) but I do wish I could have passed some of the stuff down. Oh well. Cousin Karl-you'll probably be getting the family stuff-assuming you live longer than me! HA!!

Sunday, March 2, 2008


I like Monopoly. I'm not sure why, but I do. I love the fact that there are so many versions out there as well. They don't just change places-but subjects. Monopoly versions range from places, sports teams, colleges, animals, food, almost anything. This creates a wonderful world for the collector. Yes, Monopoly games are among the many things I collect. My most unique game is a game given to me by my friend, Ruby, who lives in Japan. Yes, I have the Japanese Version of Monopoly. I can't read the chance cards, but I can still play the game! Here's a list of the Monopoly versions I have, grouped into themes:

Original US Edition
Japan regular edition
1935 Edition Reproduction
70th Anniversary Edition
Millennium Edition
Here and Now

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (2 different versions)
Justice League of America
Pokemon (2 different Editions)
Spongebob Squarepants
The Disney Edition
Looney Tunes
Cat in the Hat opoly

Cleveland Browns
NFL Limited Edition 1999 Grid Iron
Hold ‘Em opoly

Wild Animalopoly
The Dog Artist Collection

Food & Beverages:

New York State in a Box
Cleveland in a Box
Cedar Pointopoly
Texasopoly (University of TX at Austin)
Hard Rock Café

TV & Film:
The Muppets
Wizard of Oz

The 60's
The 70's
Make Your Own Opoly

Monopoly Jr. Dig ‘n’ Dinos

Saturday, March 1, 2008

Awful Night

I had another awful night last night. At one point I woke up dripping wet with sweat. If I was a horse, it'd be easy for Hero to collect his mare's sweat from me!! (See A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum) At any rate, my fever, which had reached 103 broke. I still feel miserable, but I think there's progress.