Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 - What Kind of a Year Was it?

As we say good-bye to 2011, what kind of a year was it for you?

For me, it was what I consider a transition or prep year. A lot of ugly baggage was dropped, a lot of new ideas were adopted and put in to play. I believe 2011 was a wonderful stepping stone to a terrific 2012.

Wishing you all the best in 2012.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Elves :: Santa
2.Holiday :: Christmas
3.Candles :: burning bright
4.Family :: Home
5.Insight :: Understanding
6.Sleigh :: Bells
7.Party :: Merry
8.Weather :: Snow
9.Presents :: Gifts
10.Misfit :: Toys

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Sleepy :: Hollow
2.Find :: Lose
3.Scrutinize :: Put under a magnifying glass
4.Attempt :: Try
5.Playing :: Games
6.Stupendous :: Awesome
7.Charity :: Love
8.Frozen :: Tundra
9.Turn around :: Look at me
10.Urge :: Need

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Dedication :: Commitment
2.Dream destination :: Paris
3.Games :: Playing
4.Hard as :: Nails
5.Convict :: Felon
6.Submit :: Give in
7.Alcohol :: Liquor
8.Clippers :: Nail
9.Hormonal :: Hot Flash
10.Diet :: Eat right

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Creative . . . which is different than Artistic




You Are 78% Creative



You are beyond creative. You are a true artist - even if it's not in the conventional sense of the word.

You love creating for its own sake, and you find yourself quite inspired at times.


Winter Sunday mornings means quizzes




You Are the Folding



You quietly examine life's lessons and see multiple meanings in everything. You are philosophical.

You believe that the most important thing is to be true to yourself. Only you know your heart's real desires.



People often misunderstand you. You are more of an optimist than you seem.

You're proud of who you are. You're living life on your own terms, even if others don't agree.


Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Flannel :: pajamas
2.Chairs :: table
3.Sporadic :: intermittent
4.Difficult :: hard
5.Amusing :: smile
6.Collapse :: fall down
7.Hurtful :: mean
8.Thump :: in the night
9.Frugal :: conservative
10.Collectibles :: China

Sunday, November 27, 2011

greatgrandma2


greatgrandma2
Originally uploaded by Aunt Owwee

Best Thanksgiving yet

LAST QUIZ FOR THE DAY




Woody Allen Should Direct the Movie of Your Life



Your life is quirky, offbeat, and filled with little neuroses.

You're always willing to step back and look at what's going on. You aren't afraid of a little analysis.



You take life too seriously and not seriously enough. You're still trying to figure yourself out.

You are smart, funny, touching, and definitely cynical. Your personal philosophy is as unique as you are.


I'm a Turkey




You Are a Turkey



You are relaxed, calm, and quite happy. You're content to go with the flow and make the best of every situation.

You prefer to be around others, both when working and while relaxing. You are very socially oriented.



You are your own worst critic, feeling ashamed if you're not perfect.

You are just in all your actions. You want to be seen as both honest and fair.


Color me This!

This isn't right on the personality, but spot on on the colors.




Your Colors Are Sweet



Your colors are soft and comforting baby blues, pinks, and purples.

You are a down to earth and kind person. You are happy to take care of others.



Your friends can count on you to be reliable and trustworthy. And you never let them down.

You are naturally kind and thoughtful. You truly like other people, and you give them the benefit of the doubt.


City Walk

okay, prepare to be inundated. It's a blogthings kind of morning!




You Are Genial and Polite



You are thoughtful and contemplative. You enjoy spending time alone with your thoughts.



You are generally confident and friendly with strangers. You are well mannered and sociable.



Money is fairly important to you. You aren't super greedy, but you enjoy spending money on yourself.



You enjoy the world around you, and you thrive on new environments. You can be easily surrounded by natural or man made beauty.


Tai Chi says the same thing




You Should Take Some Deep Breaths



Part of what's stressing you out right now is that there's too much going on at once. You hardly have room to breathe.

And to be honest, the idea of taking on a little project to de-stress yourself is even stressful.



So don't worry about doing much. Just take a few deep breaths. In fact, try it right now.

Doesn't that feel good? Repeat this as often as you need to. This is the first step to clearing your head and feeling better.


Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Program :: Event
2.Business :: Enterprise
3.Nerve :: hit a
4.Pipes :: Bag
5.Man :: woman
6.System :: order
8.Gong :: show
9.Heartfelt :: sympathy
10.Strolling :: saunteringu

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Crushed :: grapes
2.Thanks :: giving
3.Steam :: engine
4.Bulletin :: board
5.Budget :: financial
6.Value :: hold dear
7.Aquarium :: fishies
8.Logo :: trademark
9.Information :: data
10.Lend :: loan

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Help :: Aid
2.Close :: Near
3.Start over :: Begin again
4.Dirt :: bike
5.Kilometer :: mile
6.Speedy :: Gonzalez
7.Shop :: Store
8.Trumpet :: fanfare
9.Dog :: cat
10.Canoe :: river

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Distress :: Signal
2.White lie :: Fib
3.Costume :: Party
4.Stampede :: Cattle Drive
5.Unappealing :: ugly
6.Idtiot :: dunce
7.Correction :: officer, facility
8.Resignation :: Quit
9.Insipid :: surprising
10.Celebration :: party

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Class :: Act, clown
2.Shopping :: spree
3.Bitchy :: witchy
4.Consulting :: firm
5.Texts :: books
6.Sigh :: deep breath
7.Office :: business
8.Develop :: bring along
9.Boardwalk :: New Jersey
10.Prime :: Time, rib

Friday, October 28, 2011

Geocaching

For years I have been interested in geocaching but did nothing about it. I enjoyed Elaine from Houston's posts on her adventures with her husband Kenny finding caches. Something piqued my interest recently. (I wish I could remember what specifically did, but oh well.) I downloaded the app for Droids to my smart phone. (I REALLY love my Droid). I went to the geocaching.com site, and tried to sign up. I found out I had already joined as a basic member five years ago so I got settled in.

The App brings everything together. You can search for close caches. Navigation takes you close, and then the compass takes you in. I am utterly AMAZED at the # of caches there are in any given area. Too funny.


Cemetaries are a favorite place to hide caches. The cemetary that we visit at least twice a year has a cache. Did not know that. I have visited spots I didn't know exist, even though I frequently drive by them.

Of course, I didn't REALLY need another hobby. But hey. Gotta keep this old mind young, eh?

Monday, October 24, 2011

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Inhibitions :: restrictions
2.Sprint :: Run
3.You :: me
4.Shop :: til you drop
5.Priority :: First
6.Testify :: Bear witness
7.Guys :: and dolls
8.Phone call :: telephone
9.Removed :: deleted
10.Produce :: vegetables

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Fever pitch :: highly excited
2.Unwarranted :: uncalled for
3.Breaking :: news
4.Stars :: sky
5.Thursday :: day before Friday
6.Tips :: waitress
7.Recommend :: suggest
8.Season :: winter spring summer or fall
9.Increased :: grew
10.Depressed :: anxious

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Quivering :: Shivering
2.Eclectic :: My favorite word, mishmash
3.Superimpose :: Put upon
4.The best :: is yet to be
5.Aches :: pains
6.Vinyl :: record
7.Hot and cold :: water
8.Girls :: boys
9.Wall :: window
10.Baby :: infant

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Clay :: pigeon
2.Eggs :: breakfast
3.Dress :: code
4.Games :: Olympic
5.Drummers :: bands
6.Proud :: Marine
7.Hoisted :: lifted
8.Feuding :: Hatfields and Mccoys
9.Itching :: scratching
10.Remain :: stay

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Earrings :: ears
2.Tomorrow :: The sun will come out
3.Soft :: hard
4.Idiots :: Bozos
5.Portraits :: pictures
6.Handicap :: horse race
7.Collar :: ring around the
8.Blouse :: shirt
9.Wool :: skirt
10.Statistic :: number

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Submission :: for print
2.Lucy :: in the sky with Diamonds
3.Feather :: light
4.Magnetic :: compelling
5.Bowling :: Green
6.Stress :: fracture
7.Sweetly :: prettily
8.Creamy :: smooth
9.Awaken :: arise
10.Beaten :: eggs

Monday, September 05, 2011

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Cavern :: Cave
2.Pharmacy :: drugs
3.Local :: hometown
4.Group :: gang
5.Brunette :: blonde
6.Chain link :: fence
7.Priority :: comes first
8.Intensify :: deepen
9.Foster :: child
10.Secluded :: sequestered

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Bells :: and whistles
2.Germs :: illness
3.Athlete :: jock
4.Voice :: speak
5.Diamonds :: are a girls best friend
6.Hoarse :: laryngitis
7.Tempest :: in a teapost
8.Hurricane :: Irene
9.Bumps :: in the night
10.Jazz :: cool

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Running :: on empty
2.Hot :: Cold, get air
3.Neighbor :: next door
4.Reported :: informed, for duty
5.Horrific :: horrible
6.Supplies :: school
7.Grammar :: school, English, syntax
8.Back to :: the future
9.Righteous :: indignation
10.Next door :: a field, neighbor

Sunday, August 14, 2011

MSU Gardens



I had forgotten how much I love those gardens! Now that I have my own I don't get out as much but it was good to visit this old friend.

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Eating :: drinking
2.Cowboys :: and Aliens
3.Nightmare :: on Elm Street
4.Impress :: Show off
5.Year :: 365/366 days
6.Kiss :: lips
7.Corn :: Sweet
8.Humping :: bumping
9.Mirror :: mirror on the wall
10.Brains :: smarts

Monday, August 08, 2011

Apple Red . . . hmm, I like that!




You Are Apple Red



You're never one to take life too seriously, and because of it, you're a ton of fun.

And although you have a great sense of humor, you are never superficial.

Deep and caring, you do like to get to the core of people - to understand them well.

However, any probing you do is light hearted and fun, sometimes causing people to misjudge you.


Sunday, August 07, 2011

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Injury :: Accident
2.Incentive :: Money
3.Suitable :: Appropriate
4.Cheating :: heart
5.Remembering :: reminiscing
6.Nasty :: awful
7.Games :: contests
8.Wife :: husband
9.Challenged :: dared
10.Barbaric :: backwards

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Nap :: snooze
2.Smug :: smirk
3.Barry :: Dave
4.Righteous :: indignation
5.Hairstylist :: barber
6.Vibrate :: cell phone
7.Deal :: Let's Make A
8.Communicate :: converse
9.Telling :: relating
10.Andrew :: Peter

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Stewart :: Patrick
2.Leafy :: green
3.Ridiculous :: absurd
4.Constipated :: stuck
5.Bullied :: made life miserable
6.Permanent :: everlasting
7.Surgery :: operation
8.Mosquito :: bite
9.Meat :: beef
10.Stupefy :: stun

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Puzzled :: quizzical
2.Ordered :: pizza
3.Unusual :: odd
4.Speculation :: guess
5.Tutorial :: how-to
6.Dangerous :: harmful
7.Second :: guess
8.Evidence :: trial
9.Course :: college
10.Reason :: sense

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Solo. Hmm. That would be me.




You Are Content



You truly enjoy life, and you like to take time to savor it.

You are service-oriented and generous. You find meaning in giving back.



You have no desire to lead or follow. Anyone is welcome to join you on your journey for a while.

At your core, you are individualistic. You are most comfortable flying solo.


Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Ceremony :: Wedding
2.Thread :: Needle
3.Need :: Want
4.Sarcasm :: dripping with
5.Domain :: name
6.Take :: Give
7.Cast :: iron
8.Zone :: end
9.Lose control :: give in
10.Gambling :: Casino

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Google :: a million million
2.Cooking :: dinner
3.Pillow :: fight
4.Star Trek :: Spock
5.Wake :: Sleep
6.Chili :: spicy
7.Premise :: foundation
8.Share :: and share alike
9.Celebrity :: notoriety
10.Stream :: river

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Familiar :: Known
2.Park :: Bench
3.Bank balance :: positive (hopefully)
4.Ducks :: in the water, ducks in the soup, quackity quack I think you're cute. An old saying from an autograph book. Remember those?
5.Relationship :: interconnection
6.Ruminate :: ponder
7.Humanity :: mass
8.Baking soda :: many uses
9.Angela :: Carthwright
10:Bastards :: not nice

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Unconscious mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Diligence :: Due
2.Volume :: Loudness
3.Hospital :: Healing
4.Binge :: Eat
5.Loyalty :: True Blue
6.Pediatrics :: Children
7.Authorize :: Take responsibility
8.Cage :: Nicolas
9.Studious :: good student
10.Transfer :: Student

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Imagine that?




Your Hidden Talent is Your Imagination



You are both very knowledgeable and creative.

You tend to be full of new ideas and potential - big potential.

Ideas like yours could change the world, if you build them.

As long as you don't stop working on your dreams, you'll get there.


Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Adventure :: Tom Sawyer (okay, that was out of nowhere)
2.Truth :: or Dare
3.Expose :: Show
4.Applause :: Clapping
5.Hostility :: Anger
6.Sauce :: Ketchup
7.Constipation :: Ducalax
8.Explore :: Adventure
9.Senator :: Representative
10.Children :: Youngsters

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Circles :: Rings
2.Born :: Birth
3.Teddy :: Bear, Roosevelt
4.Comfortable :: Chair
5.Chaste :: Pure
6.Burned :: at the stake
7.Blouse :: Shirt
8.Threats :: Demands
9.Cuddly :: huggy
10.Condemned :: Doomed

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Memorial Day 2011


Thoughts and prayers to those in the south who are rebuilding after the tornadoes.

Monday, May 30, 2011

May Project














May Project - - - Done!
A horse trough garden. This was going to be an herb garden, but it turned out to be more of a salad garden. It's safe from rabbits. Now, if only the deer don't get confused and think I planted it gfor them.

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Decoder :: Ring
2.Cake :: Birthday
3.Sense :: and Sensibility
4.Geek :: Nerd
5.Cousin :: relation
6.Goggles :: Swim
7.Social media:: Facebook, Twitter
8.Butterfly :: Monarch
9.Search :: and rescue
10.Manicure :: nails

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.International :: Student
2.Witnesses :: Trial
3.Rising :: Star
4.Two years ago :: 730 days
5.Sausage :: Pizza
6.Physically :: Fit
7.Approached :: Neared
8.Mole :: Plant
9.Collar :: Ring around the
10.Encased :: Surrounded by

Monday, May 16, 2011

Burdock

I had NO idea how much this pain-in-the-neck weed is used. Hmmm. Rethink time.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Who? Me???????




You May Be a Bit Histrionic...



Dramatic and over the top, you crave attention.

And you'll do anything it takes to get noticed.

You love to be seductive, even when it's inappropriate.

If you're ignored, you're easily hurt ... and act out even more!


Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Code :: Blue, of Honor
2.Brothers :: Band of
3.Immigration :: Emigration
4.Heavy :: Metal
5.Bracket :: Basketball
6.Murder :: She Wrote
7.Neighbor :: Love thy
8.Collar :: Ring around
9.Onslaught :: beginning
10.Eyebrows :: pluck

Test

Test

Sunday, May 08, 2011

looking in on a bit of magic...


looking in on a bit of magic...
Originally uploaded by wash52121

My brother caught his girls practicing for a surprise concert for their mother this mother's day

There Will Be Lilacs


The one advantage to a cool spring . . . the flowers come on later and stay on longer. The lilacs may actually make it to Memorial Day!

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Trumpet :: Band
2.Love :: Letters
3.Routine :: Method
4.Infringe :: Too close
5.Misgivings :: worries
6.Establish :: Begin
7.Stupefy :: Stun
8.Constipate :: Block
9.Conjure :: Magician
10.Miscellaneous :: this and that

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Barns



As one of my monthly projects I'm shooting the barns of my township. I've shot about 25 so far.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Secondary :: Primary
2.Surreal :: Bizarre
3.History :: Past
4.Wild :: West, Bill Hickock
5.Bandages :: Wraps
6.Farm :: Barn
7.Lab :: Science
8.Misuse :: Abuse
9.Word games :: Scrabble
10.Nurse :: Nancy

Friday, April 29, 2011

Coming up on a Benchmark

It was over 20 years ago that I started my 401(k). I remember it well. That was four owners ago. The business is still there, I'm still there, but we have had four sets of owners since that initial 401(k) start. We're a small company, non-union, and the terms changed with the second owner. *sigh* But it has hung in, I've hung in, and I'm approaching the 59 1/2 mark, where you can take withdrawals with no penalties. It surprises me to be this old so soon. *sigh*

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Rain Rain Rain


April showers is the rule. Big tornado scare Tuesday night, but all is well. Our hearts and prayers go to those in the devastation in the south.

And this is beige

Playing with templates. Time for changes.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!


Happy Easter!
Originally uploaded by Aunt Owwee

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Squid :: utoh. I have the sillies. Squid pro quo.
2.Wife :: husband
3.Promising :: career
4.Tingle :: Hair, Rapunzel
5.Off balance :: wavering
6.Nice :: sweet
7.Honor :: Obey
8.Emphatic :: Resounding
9.Siren :: Alarm

Sunday, April 17, 2011

moon caught in tree

hmmmm




You Have a Goth Soul



You are complicated, and it would be oversimplifying to say you're obsessed with death.

You are attracted to the darker side of life, but you're also deeply spiritual.



You are curious with the world, and you're probably quite intellectual. You like to study obscure topics.

You are likely quite introverted and quiet. You prefer your own world to the world around you.


Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Director :: Movie
2.Operation :: Surgery
3.30 minutes :: half an hour
4.Bald :: Eagle
5.Calls :: Phones
6.Distant :: Far
7.Lightweight :: Boxer
8.Difficult :: Hard
9.Half dozen :: six
10.Boss :: In charge

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Analytical :: Geometry
2.Production :: Company
3.Softball :: Baseball
4.Uniform :: Even
5.Intangible :: Can't put your finger on it
6.Grill :: burgers
7.Second base :: double
8.Citizen :: Kane
9.Celery :: seed, green
10.Opera :: Horse, La Traviata

Monday, April 04, 2011

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Limited :: small amount
2.Zombie :: dead
3.Energy :: drink, vitality
4.Proof :: of life
5.Hassle :: bother
6.Peep :: Easter candy
7.Jogger :: runner
8.Hunt :: for Red October
9.Career :: passion
10.Plants :: garden

Friday, April 01, 2011

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Recomendation :: Suggest positively
2.Toilet paper :: Never be without
3.Scissors :: Rock, paper
4.Blaze :: fire
5.Frame :: picture
6.Process :: system
7.Flight :: attendant
8.Irish :: eyes are smiling
9.Glasses :: bifocals
10.Campaign :: political

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Spring always makes me feel a bit sentimental




Your Love Word is "Devotion"



For you, love is a doing word. You prove your love with the actions you take every day.

You are loyal and true to whoever you're in a relationship with. You don't give up unless things are absolutely hopeless.



You don't love easily or quickly. You only will fall for someone you truly and completely adore.

Once you love, you love intensely. You take love very seriously.


B+ . . . hmmmm




You Have A Type B+ Personality



You're a pro at going with the flow

You love to kick back and take in everything life has to offer

A total joy to be around, people crave your stability.



While you're totally laid back, you can have bouts of hyperactivity.

Get into a project you love, and you won't stop until it's done

You're passionate - just selective about your passions


Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Jacob :: ''s ladder
2.Green :: Spartan, MSU, St. Patricks
3.Cupcake :: Birthday party
4.Acts :: parts of plays
5.Thunderous :: applause
6.President :: of the United States
7.Anxiety :: panic attack
8.Matter :: of fact
9.Diner :: breakfast
10.Absence :: makes the heart grow fonder

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Green and White!


St. Patrick's Day, yes, and NCAA March Madness! Go Green! Go White! Time to fill out those brackets! (I see you were way ahead of me, Roscoe!)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

St. Patrick's Day Greeters



The St. Patrick's Day greeters are out on the back porch now. The green and white is also appropriate as it is "March Madness" season in NCAA basketball world, and we shirley hope the MSU Spartans make it to the tournament this year. We'll know tonight!

Spring!

I just saw an unfamiliar bird out on the lilac tree. And then it dawned on me . . . it was a robin!

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Judge :: Jury
2.Safe :: House, Baseball
3.Boulevard :: Paris
4.27 :: 3x9
5.Next :: Line
6.Ma’am :: Yes
7.Desktop :: Publishing
8.Club :: Soda
9.Violet :: purple
10.Enamel :: paint

Sunday, March 06, 2011

I can't believe it looks like this in March!



Okay, the usual question is "will we have a white Christmas?" The question now is "will the snow be gone by Easter?"

Yikes!

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Ugly :: Betty, Beautiful
2.Shed :: Tool
3.Contrary :: Mistress Mary
4.Yellow :: Rose of Texas
5.New Jersey :: Bruce Springsteen
6.Point :: Counterpoint
7.Actually :: Really
8.Endeavor :: Strive
9.Blondie :: Dagwood
10.Speck :: Fly, dot, iota

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Sparkly morning




Hopefully we won't have too many more "sparkly" mornings.

Winter Sense, eh? Hmmm




Your Winter Sense is Sight



You are a very visual person, and some of your strongest memories are around things you've seen in your life.

You simply like the way winter looks. This season may seem dead to most people, but it's very alive to you.



You enjoy all the sites of winter - from starry winter nights to dancing holiday lights.

You think this is the most beautiful time of the year. Snow makes everything a little more magical.


Pearl is one of my nicknames

But I don't really think this fits.





You Are a Cream Pearl



You are emotionally stable and serene. You have cultivated gratitude and peace in your life.

You are both intensely alive and totally easygoing. You roll with the punches.



You are good natured and purposely try to keep things simple. You deflect drama.

Friends turn to you during times of trouble. You are optimistic and reassuring.


Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Leaning :: Tower of Pisa
2.Projects :: to-do list
3.404 :: Not found
4.Page :: book
5.Twitter :: Tweet
6.Renaissance :: Renewal
7.Webinar :: usually kind of boring
8.Community :: group
9.Illustrate :: draw, picture
10.Clean slate :: start over

Monday, February 21, 2011

More Snow



What was pretty and enchanting in December is getting awfully old in February. *sigh* Another ten inches yesterday and today. I moved the sled from its ornamental spot in front of the studio barn up to the garage. It may come in handy!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Milestones



A first: Getting to watch one of the nieces choose her wedding gown. It was great to be there with her folks and my mom and great-nephew Caleb.

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Maroon :: Red
2.Save :: Bank
3.Smithereens :: Smashed
4.Conversation :: Chit-chat
5.Visual :: Seeing
6.Experience :: Live through
7.Steady :: as a rock
8.Wives :: Henry the 8th
9.Glass :: Water
10.String :: Ball of

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Heat Wave



We didn't have a January thaw this year, but we surely had a February one. We hit 55 degrees F two days in a row. Living on the farm you can see upclose the joys of a thaw . . . the fields lose their water and it comes rolling through to the drainage ditches. Unfortunately, one of the tiles in the field is broken, so I get a lot of water. Fortunately, the tiles in the yard were routed a oouple of years ago and the lake has subsided.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Excitedly :: Enthusiasm
2.Rolls :: Royce
3.Owls :: Night
4.Cover :: Blanket
5.Jubilee :: fifty
6.Heartthrob :: Teenager
7.Pizza :: Pepperoni, Cheese
8.Constipation :: Waity matters
9.Weightless :: Space
10.Truck :: Driver

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Imported From Detroit

Yes, I'm from Michigan, and Yes, I really liked the Chrysler ad in the Super Bowl.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Swiping quizzes from Roscoe again




You Are a Down to Earth Dreamer



Just because you're practical, it doesn't mean you don't dream.

You just like to put your dreams into action more than most people.



At first you dream big, but then you stop and think... Can your dream actually be achieved?

You're willing to rethink and refine your dream until it is possible. And then you go act on it!


Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Trash :: my CURBY!!! I love my curby
2.Abs :: muscles
3.Dating :: Getting to know you
4.Hooked :: Rug
5.Face :: Time, eyes
6.Algebra :: a great math
7.Reading :: My hobby, my passion
8.Horrendous :: awful
9.Looks :: aren't everything
10.Python :: Monty

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

February Confession

Mourning doves calling make me sad, as does a certain wind through the trees.

Snow Day!


We didn't get near as much snow as predicted here in mid-Michigan, but with the winds and drifting I'm doing a snow day thing. This picture was taken on Sunday, before the snow hit.

My project for the day is working in the pantry. You know how that goes, storage places tend to get out of whack if not checked frequently, and mine has piles of things that need to be organized. It's been fun!

Going to go look for the groundhog (we call them woodchucks) this afternoon!!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Agency :: Employment
2.Ministrations :: Comforts
3.Charlie :: Brown
4.Bricks :: and stones may
5.Contingencies :: Emergency plans
6.Dad :: Father
7.Zoned :: Residential
8.Direct :: Mail
9.Team :: Spartans
10.Cave :: Man

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Girlfriend :: Boyfriend
2.Crushed :: Broken-hearted
3.Source :: Creator
4.Corner :: Office
5.Gossip :: Rumor, Mill
6.Encounter :: Meet
7.Make an offer :: Bid
8.Stylish :: Chic
9.Profit :: Necessary
10.Waste :: not, want not

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Retro TV

I went without television for fourteen months. Last August I purchased a new little tv set that I use with rabbit ears. One of my favorite stations is RetroTV. This morning we're watching (well listening to) Lassie (the very early version), Rifleman, and Wagon Train. I find these way more enjoyable than present day fare. I guess I'm getting old!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

can i?

Trying to post from the droid and it worked! Slowly but Shirley!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

January Departures

January, such a dark month. And a sad month this year, as our company mourns the loss of two former employees.

Buck was a former saleman. He retired in the 90's, but didn't retire from life. He was active in civic activities, played tennis, took care of his yards and gardens and the neighbors too. His wife was a nutritionist who kept him in peak health. He was 89 and going great, but he fell and hit his head. Brain bleeding occurred and he passed.

Buck's father had been a professor. That must have impacted Buck, for he was a natural teacher. I mean, he even taught us how Easter is determined: First Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox. And it's late this year.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

January Secret

I'm afraid of the dark. In the dark months I leave lots of lights on throughout the house.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

"Let it Snow" has to go



Okay, it's two weeks + into January. I may need to hide the "let it snow" signs.

The Company Men

Looking forward to this movie. Kevin Costner as an older dude . . . we are aging.

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Bootie :: Baby
2.User :: End
3.Child :: Toddler
4.Scribe :: Secretary
5.Manager :: Store
6.Upsetting :: Frustrating
7.Puddles :: Rain
8.Hopeful :: Always
9.Procrastination :: is my middle name
10.Statistics :: Data

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Unconscious Mutterings!

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Speech :: Politician
2.Meredith :: Greys Anatomy
3.Consensus :: Majority
4.Attack :: Assault
5.Sue :: A Boy Named
6.Voted :: Polls
7.Epic :: Extravaganza
8.Checking in :: Hotel
9.Dishwasher :: Soap
10.Underneath :: Below

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Country Strong

Was actually quite weak.

A BEAUTIFUL morning

First Week gone!

Wow. Turn the page, and the first week of 2011 has disappeared. That sure went fast! One of the problems with having an accounting related job: the last five days of a month and the first five are busy busy.

It's a gorgeous winter morning up here in Michigan. Very cold, fresh snow yesterday, and sunshine. The trees are coated in hoarfrost. I'm heading out for pictures in a few minutes.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

So now on to 2011

Well, yes. Tomorrow is my birthday. And it is one that ends in nine. Utoh. But I've decided not to wallow in the aging thing. I'm following the example of the publisher of a local women's magazine. She turned 40!! (gasp, so old) this year and decided to give herself a challenge of doing new things each month. Well, hey, if it works for the young'uns it should work even better for the old'uns, eh? So I have set a dozen projects for this last year of the 50's. (I also have a big master sixty by sixty list, but that's another story.)

So here is what I'll be up to this coming year:

January: Spa Day. A full day. This is probably the priciest of the projects, but I've never done it, and it is time.

February: Knit a scarf. Now, I've done that when I was younger, but I'd like to try again with the new yarns.

March: Play "Secrets" on the cello. I played the violin in high school. I now have my niece's cello here at the farm. Will attempt to teach myself to play or will enroll for classes at the local music shop, and want to learn to play that one piece.

April: Shoot pictures of all the barns in my township, and visit with the owners to get the stories that they know. Two barns have gone down in the last year. I need to get this project done.

May: Create an herb garden in one of the old horse troughs.

June: Get a passport.

July: Shoot a gun

August: Buy a wig

September: Learn to recognize 30 fonts.

October: Ride a motorcycle

November: Sing Karaoke. (Definitely gonna have to have a few lessons before this)

December: One of my ongoing projects through the year will be to sell 100 books to one of the bookstores. The proceeds will be tabulated, and in December I will take the money and other things I have collected to Hannah's House, a home for single moms. It became apparent to me this year that I needed to remember the basics of what Christmas is all about.

There ya have it!

Good-bye 2010

I have to say, i'm rather glad to say good-bye to 2010. It was just one of those cranky years that had more downs than ups. *sigh* I have taken stock of that situation, however, and have realized certain attitude adjustments on my part will make 2011 go ever so much more smoothly.

There were two really cool things that I became a part of in 2010 that will add to the fun of 2011. The first occurred as I worked on a search for a web designer for our company website. As part of this search, two of the firms we interviewed suggested tweeting and fbing for the company. The twitter thing brought us into contact with the Reotown Commercial Association. I should mention that the company I work for is located in an industrial park on the site of the old REO plant. We joined and I'm the representative and 2011 should be an interesting year as this section of town works to reinvent itself.

Second thing: my brother and I established a very small photography business. We have the DBA, the sales tax license, a little studio in the barn, and a few customers. We're curious to see where this will take us in 2011.

So on to the next adventures! Happy New Year to all of you!!

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Unconscious Mutterings

I say ... and you think ... ?

1.Carwash :: At the
2.Intuition :: Womens
3.Desperate :: Housewives
4.Tears :: of a Clown
5.Purple :: Rain
6.Storage :: Bin
7.Duct :: Tape
8.System :: Stereo
9.Cabinet :: China
10.Manager :: General