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Thursday, April 30, 2009



change (mech-style)

mwah hah hah, i've hijacked TheMom's page for one post, just because i found this picture that goes along with her obama "change" theme (i do believe i pointed her in the direction of the 'darwin' change picture, too, but maybe not). so, how is everyone doing? i got TheMom started on blogging and i'm proud (but also a bit jealous) that's she's built up such a following. i'm not very political, so maybe that's why, er, at least, that's what i'm going to blame it on. go visit me, i'll have scotland pix up very soon. i'm over at nomadic tendencies. TheMom, you should move your links out of the netherworld, they are almost at the bottom of the page. that's not a very nice thing to do to your friends. later.

btw, TheMom, you really have no idea how to use labels, do you? still, i'm proud you have mastered a bit of HTML. love ya.

and if you don't get the reference, that's optimus prime, the autobot transformer who turns into an 18-wheeler.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


What else does one do, when one has been sitting for hours in a cubicle in an emergency room....start blowing up the gloves for entertainment. I definitely don't have the talent of blowing it up ala Howie Mandel, but this sufficed.

Thedaughter came home in considerable abdominal pain last night (after work), and after some basic home treatments the pain did not abate any, so off to the ER we go, this morning. We got there at approximately 10:20 am, and the first test (an ultrasound) was not even started till 1 pm. Initially she was given dilaudid for pain, and she was actually bearable as she was now sleepy. Finally, around 3pm, they decided they were going to do a CAT scan, so I left to come home and pick up thegrandson after school. We got back to the hospital by 4pm, her pain meds are wearing off and now they want to do a pelvic...needless to say, her demeanor has hit rock bottom.

Now I have to deal with her and thegrandson, who bores easily. By 7:30 pm, thedaughter has turned into the "bitch from hell." In a way I don't blame her as we are not getting any answers, and after 3 cubicle changes, the nurses hardly even pop in to see how she is doing. I finally go out to the desk and ask this pre-pubescent pregnant doctor, "what the hell is going on with the CAT scan results?" I swear her favorite word of the day was "HENCE." If I had a weapon I would have used it, trust me. Her reply, "well, I can't do anything till the radiologist reads the scan." I immediately reminded her that the scan was almost 2 hours earlier. After she put down her Holly Hobby doll, she asked someone to check with radiology again - big fukking whoop!!

Now, it is almost 8pm and the daughter is starting to remove her IV, and I'm contemplating going postal. The doctorette appears and says that they would like her to stay the night and the doctor may want to do a procedure tomorrow morning. Guess what, thedaughter is having no parts of that idea. Well, not the entire idea...she wants to go home, get a few things and then possibly return for admission. They are not happy about the idea, but said it is workable. The end result was, she is now home and if the pain worsens, she will go back. If not, she is calling the doctor in the morning to arrange for whatever procedure is required.

Now, I am the one in total pain...my back is screaming at me, quite belligerently I might add. Hospitals are not conducive to comfortable waiting. Not eating all day was not a great thing either.

So here it is a little after nine o'clock, thedaughter has conked out from the pain meds, thegrandson is in bed, and I am clicking away on the puter. We picked up Dairy Queen for a great late late dinner, so at least I don't have to do dishes.

I guess the hospital will get a treat when they realize she has no insurance and will gladly give them $5 a month. Then again, maybe that's why they treated her so badly!! Hmmm...

So take this ER people - we are pissed!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


INTERESTING COINCIDENCE - MY FAT ASS!! Now this fukktard has gone and opened her mouth again...totally obliterating the FACTS. Hello.....Gerald Ford a Repuke was President in '76, for that vaccination fiasco. I wonder if she even knows it started at Fort Dix???? Prolly not!!

And Mitch McConnell saying, with Specters party change, the ruling party will ensure no checks and balances, and the country is in danger. Again HELLO....explain to me the checks and balances that were in place when Dubya was ruling!! When Cheney was changing the Constitution, where were the checks and balances?

Face it, many more (voters) will be jumping ship in the future. The GOP and their far, far right doctrine is no longer appealing to quite a few. But thanks for the laughs I have had today, listening to Michael Steele, McConnell and of course this person above. As long as this conservative group is easily led by the Hannity's, Malkin's and Limpdicks Limbaughs - I can keep my sense of humor.


Sleep is not a really good friend of mine. Although my body can literally be screaming for sleep, it still becomes a JOB. So as I flip flop from the top of the bed to the bottom, constantly changing positions, I always have the remote in my hand. Let me tell ya...I have rolled over - the remote went flying, hitting the dog in the head, but I scurry out of bed to retrieve my security blanket!

In the early hours of this morning, I landed on the EWTN channel. That would be the "Eternal Word Television Network." Solidly Catholic in all it's formats, but this nincompoop Raymond Arroyo, has a news show and the discussion was all over the Conservative map.

As I tuned in, they were showing a clip of VP Joe Biden, exclaiming that domestic violence is the most heinous crime around. To which Arroyo and his Catholic Bishop cohort jumped in with - "What about abortion?" OK - let me see, the correlation is what? I guess the jerk will take any opening to spew his garbage.

But from that brief topic they jumped into the "torture" discussion. And yes, as good Catholics and citizens of the United States of America, they have no problem with these acts, as they really can't be classified as TORTURE. Their theory is that these young men may have information to keep us safe, so we need to do whatever possible to glean that info. OK - you don't believe in killing the unborn...but it is OK to torture a grown individual, which could possibly lead to death. Oh, I forgot about the Inquisition...it appears to be the same mentality.

I was getting mad at this dialogue, and they were moving on to attack Hillary Clinton, so channel surfing was the best solution. No offense against any Catholics out there, but I have had serious issues with their ideas and precepts for oh so many years.

Breaking News: PA Sen. Arlen Specter is switching from Republican to the Democratic Party!!! I actually thought this was coming, but it definitely makes me happy now. If Minnesota can get off its ass and tell Coleman HE LOST, and Al Franken gets seated....60 Democratic Senators and they become filibuster proof. Woohoo!

Now, they need to confirm Kathleen Sebalious TODAY!! This is unforgivable, as there is a Health emergency at this moment, and that office seat needs leadership A.S.A.P.
I have my outside work finished, as least what I can do so far. I have to paint (treat) the front and back decks, but rain is headed this way this afternoon, and will be hanging around for a few days - so that is out of the question.

After an argument with thedaughter last night - she was upset because she said I was bad-mouthing her on my blog (oops - might have), she put her AC unit in her bedroom window. Of course this didn't happen without a great deal of loud "bad" language, and objects being thrown - but at least she can cool off now.

I'm working on laundry now, so behave and play nice, I will return........later...........

Monday, April 27, 2009


I had major improvements done to my house in 2001. I had my house raised (on jacks) and a new foundation put in, new windows, roof, siding and a new bathroom. I have posted here before about still getting water in my basement, but that is mostly attributed to the drain backing up (by someones actions), causing problems.

The downspout in the front of the house was never done properly, as it ties in to another spout in the front also. It's hard to explain, but when one hires an idiot, one gets what they pay for!! That would be me!

This is the 28" piece of 4" PVC pipe I cut and placed today. Now, the rain will empty into the standpipe as it is supposed to. Previously, there were 2 pieces put together, but were actually too short to reach into the standpipe, and the rainwater would beat against the foundation. This is not a good thing. the only remaining problem, is that this downspout ties into one on the other side of the front porch, and the piece that extends underneath the porch is "hooved" up in the center, not allowing the water to get over into this newly fixed part to drain.

I am not going to get into the expense of removing the front porch to fix that problem at this time. So I have actually corrected a problem - at least 50% of the problem.

But I digress a little. I couldn't buy the length of pipe necessary, so I had to purchase a five foot pipe. I DON'T OWN A DECENT SAW - which could be considered problematic. Aha, I do own a rusty hacksaw, that has been sitting out in the weather, because someone never put it back in its proper place.

Not being super strong, I managed to get the pipe cut in two sessions, probably 15 minutes total time. I am proud of my accomplishment. Not bad for a very hot day, I would say. Now, I can kick back for a short while, and wait for thegrandson to get home from school.

Oh....here are the two pieces I removed, which served no purpose at all.

My arms are tired now - getting old definitely sucks balls. So behave and enjoy the moment...later..............


I TURNED MY AIR-CONDITIONING ON TODAY!!! Far be it from me to turn it on for the past three days that were in the high 80's. No - I wait till the last day of this hot spell. Tomorrow and the following days are going to be in the low to mid 70's.

After hearing thedaughter's complaints of how hot it was in her bedroom and she couldn't sleep - I ran and got new filters and turned the sucker on. Thedaughter could put her window unit in herself - it is small and not super heavy. I even offered to help - NO!! She wasn't going to do it yet because she doesn't have the time?!?!?! Seems to me 15 minutes can be found just about anywhere.

With no cold air returns to the upstairs, the whole house AC doesn't benefit the two upstairs bedrooms at all - that's why they each have a window unit.

Sleeping wasn't too bad for me - I had the ceiling fan spinning at full tilt and the windows open. The cat enjoyed the breeze, and I'm not sure where the dog went to get cool.

I opened an e-mail this morning, one of those "remember when" types. Bringing back all the memories of the "olden days" for those of us over 50. The first picture brought back such dreadful memories:
These are almost identical to the uniforms we had to wear in high school for gym class. The only difference is, ours were all snap fronts with an inset belt waistline (no buckle). I have to admit, these uniforms were one reason I managed to weasel out of gym class - A LOT!! Look at these idiotic things, the legs were like bloomers, they offered nothing in the way of "fashion."

Besides the ugly uniforms, having to take community showers after class was a definite turn-off for me. Nope - "no gym, I'm having a perpetual period for the next several months." Suffice it to say, I accomplished the bare minimum to pass this mundane class. Did I mention it took me three days to run the 440? Damn, the boy's wood shop class was at one end of the field, and I always stopped to gab...till end of class - and never got to the finish line. Ahhh, the good old days!


Now a ridiculous question I have to pose....does anyone else put potato chips on their sandwiches? I have gotten funny looks and comments when I do this, but it is something I have done since I was a little girl. I would assume my love of this treat is the "CRUNCH" from the chips. Just asking!!!

Sunday, April 26, 2009


I found a great site, Sunday Stealing, for some interesting memes. Some may get tired of them, but I haven't reached that point just yet. So, when you may draw a blank about what to post, I suggest dropping by this site and picking an interesting meme.

1. What is your favorite sit-down restaurant? OUTBACK -unquestionably!

2. What food could you eat for 2 weeks straight and not get sick of it? Alice Springs Chicken - from Outback of course.

3. Have you ever had anything removed from your body? Don't get me started - I have had over 20 major surgeries. There is not one single organ worth donating!

4. What is the last heavy item you lifted? Saturday the 18th - moved kitchen hutch and pantry!

5. Have you ever been knocked unconscious? Yes, when I was about 12 years old. Another kid pushed me down and I cracked my head on a cinder block.

6. If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die? Nope, I love surprises!

7. If you could change your name, what would you change it to? LucyMaeGiveashit!

8. What’s your goal for the year? Lose weight. Of course that is an "every" year goal!

9. Last person you hugged? My grandson!!!

10. First place you went this morning? To tan.

11. Do you always answer your phone? Nope - love Caller ID! I am a phone nazi!

12. It’s four in the morning and you get a text message, who is it? My son - drunk texting!

13. If you could change your eye color what would it be? Green

14. What’s on your wish list for your birthday? I never want or ask for anything. that's why I like surprises.

15. Does the future make you more nervous or excited? Hmmm...nervous I guess.

16. Do you have any saved texts? Yes. Why? I have no clue!

17. Ever been in a car wreck? Yes, once when I just got my drivers license. Got out of the ticket though. It paid to have connections.

18. Do you have an accent? I don't think so, but then again, no one thinks they have an accent. If anything a wee WV accent..

19. What was the last song to make you cry? Susan Boyle singing her Les Miserables song

20. What did you do last night? Rested after moving more furniture. Watched "24."

21. Have you ever felt like you hit rock bottom? Yes, but I pull myself out of it quickly.

22. Current hate right now? Dick Cheney and his mouth!

23. Met someone who changed your life? I'm sure at some time or another - but if there was change involved, it was not drastic.

24. How did you bring in the New Year? Bang the pans and eat the sauerkraut.

25. What song represents you? I don't think my persona can be reflected in a song. Hahahahaha!

Saturday, April 25, 2009


I have no room to complain about the end of an era for Pontiac, as I was a wee tad upset when it was announced that Oldsmobile would be a thing of the past.

My two favorite cars (owned) were a 1966 Pontiac Bonneville convertible, and a 1996 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme. See below:

I had some good times "cruising" around in this convertible (yes, mine was yellow), and my friends were always ready to go when I called. Black leather interior, lovely 8 track tape player (how's that for a memory?), to me it was top of the line. I would hate for winter to come and have to keep the top closed. Although I worked to pay for this car, and I was living at home, the mean parents made me give it to my brother. Was I compensated for my investment - no frigging way! That was just one of many absurdities I had to endure while living under "their" roof.

Although there were several cars between these two...the '96 Olds Cutlass Supreme was my ultimate favorite. It drove well, minimal maintenance, and the most mileage I put on the car was travelling between home and Case Western Reserve University - to see my son, while in college. I believe initially, I drove up every weekend, then twice a month till I bought him a used car in his junior year. As much as I loved that car, I loved my son more...and on graduation day, I gave him the keys to this car, and I drove his used vehicle after that. He was off to a new job with a major corporation, and I wanted to give him a nice ride.

At this strategic time in the auto industry, eliminating various makes or models appears to be a sane move. As far as I can see, the market is flooded with new vehicles at this time - with very few individuals in the market to buy. I'm sorry that these auto workers will be furloughed, but such is the world today.

I'm still doing a bit of moving furniture and taking breaks, because it is so damn hot. So I watch a little CNN...move another piece of furniture. The breaking news appears to be an outbreak of swine flu - with "pandemic" thrown into the mix. Now I have something else to be afraid of - if something is "going around" - it always stops here.

Theson just drunk dialed me (from Egypt) not once, but twice. Ya gotta love him. I spoke with his friend Neil who is from York (U.K.) and has invited me to visit him anytime, and then theson called back, because the bartender wanted to speak to me. I'm loved all over the world, what can I say. I love talking to him (theson) drunk or sober, because I have not seen him now since he returned to Alexandria the beginning of January. Thankfully, we have our blogs and Skype to keep in touch.

Back to work for now, so kick back and enjoy the day....later...............


I have written before about my lying, cheating husband - and you have been so patient with me when I choose to go on a tirade. But Facebook has its benefits, as an old classmate just happened to post a picture of a bar in my hometown of Parkersburg - which happened to burn to the ground last night.

After my husband and I moved to this area - I managed to make a couple of trips a year, back to Parkersburg to visit friends. Little did I know that at a future date, my husband would move back to "my hometown" with his slut girlfriend. (I'm not being too nasty - am I?) Being the creature of habit that he was...he always had a "bar of choice" to quench his thirst.

The "Sly Fox" was just that bar. Hee-hee, it burned to the ground last night. I know that his "girlfriend" still frequented the place, as I always spied my husbands car (which was supposed to go to my daughter) in the parking lot of this bar, when I made my trips to town.

Dumb ass that she was/is, I even got pictures of the man she moved in with her a month after my husband died. What a moron. Now, I am sure there is a major case of depression going on in her household this day - because she will have to find a new "watering hole."

Be that as it may...this does NOT break my heart.

I am still feeling a little punky, but will try to put together a more substantive post after while. Have a great day - it's sweltering here - 84 degrees already. No AC yet, just ceiling fans to move the air.


Friday, April 24, 2009


Things have been accomplished today, but nothing of great consequence. I think I am totally worn out. My ass is literally dragging.

Between all the cleaning and rearranging furniture, parenting duties for thegrandson, baseball practices and games...I now know why this was all so much easier when I was YOUNGER.

The rest of the required baseball gear was purchased after having to go to several different sports stores. There is no reason I guess, why this should be an easy task! By the time we returned home from that escapade, thedaughter had to go to work, so I laid down and my body was honestly craving a nap...I rested, but no sleep was had. This may all be caused by the sudden HOT temperatures of today. We went from a 60* day yesterday to 88 degrees by late afternoon. It is now 10 pm and still 75*. This is what I consider "unreasonable temperatures" this early in Spring. No doubt we will be inundated with thunderstorms soon.

I have made my rounds of all your blogs, but have not made any comments today - I'm sorry. I promise to be back in the swing (with any luck) of things tomorrow. I have nothing planned - NOTHING at all. Well, I may have to start on some laundry and get a few things taken to the basement - but I will try to get back to your sites tomorrow and comment.

Have a good one - I am going to try and get thegrandson to snuggle a little, before his mom gets home from work at 11:30pm.

I will return....later.......

Thursday, April 23, 2009


Oh yes..you are your father's daughter. She may be eloquent in her speaking, but her facts and excuses are lame at best. Amazing how the Cheney's seem to define the word "torture" to mean a breakfast of crumpets and tea. The concept and reality just doesn't hit home with these fukktards. All in all, I think Nora held her own, and Liz Cheney came out looking like the sycophant that she is.


I managed to get my major chore of the day accomplished. Now just a few odds and ends to stash away. Being proud of my accomplishment was short lived. When I got the mail, one of my credit card statements said I missed my April payment. I have never missed a payment, as I schedule the payments online and there has never been a problem - ever. When I went to check the site - down for maintenance. Now I'm pissed.

My goal this tax season was to either pay off the medical bills or credit cards. I didn't even come close. I have about $500 in medical bills to pay, plus there is one bill for the ER for $1350 which the insurance company has DENIED. Because I wasn't admitted that first visit (although the Dr. said I was to be admitted and changed his mind), they are refusing payment. It doesn't matter that his incompetence secured my admission to the hospital the next day - OH NO!! Bastards. Hell, I don't care - I'm not going to pay it anyway. Send it to collections, at this point I don't give a damn.

My meager pension does not go very far at all - then to have medical bills compound the problem, really makes me mad. That is why I don't go to the doctor. I am one of those who fell through the cracks. I have 80% major medical and that is all. No eye, dental, doctor or prescriptions. Doesn't that just suck balls.

I apologize for ranting - I have been fuming for a couple of hours now and venting here helps a wee tad. I will throw something at the wall in a little while.

The weather started an upward climb today - we got to 60* - woohoo! Tomorrow is supposed to be in the 70's I believe.

Oh well, thegrandson is blowing bubbles in the bathtub, so I better get him out before he prunes up too badly. Have a great evening and I shall return....later............


Once you get through all the bullshit between these two, the offer was made by Sean (gag) Hannity, to be waterboarded FOR CHARITY!!!! WTF?!?! I wonder if the waterboarding would have gone easier on the enemy combatants...if they offered to do it for charity? Hannity is one of those Cheney followers, as we well know, and says he doesn't believe in torture, but waterboarding is OK.

One part of this clip even brings up the ANN COULTER name. What a darling she is and how much Hannity likes her. {{{{gagging still}}}}!!

After Dubya managed to weasel back into the White House in '04...Hannity's mantra was "get over it - you lost!" Now that the tables have turned - he just can't "get over it!" I have been to every "hate Sean Hannity" site on the internet - and he still will not go away!

Bottom line - I WANT TO SEE HANNITY WATERBOARDED BY THE PROFESSIONALS! Not by some dipshit with a water pitcher. But face it, this will never happen. Sean Hannity is a pussy. He's an overbearing, know-it-all (yet knows nothing) asshole. And NO, I am not president of his fan club!

I'll be back later, I have a huge closet to clean today...and shock of shocks, thegrandson has asked for CHEESEBURGERS for dinner. So far he likes the burger, but not on a bun yet...baby steps. **Note: I promised he could start karate classes, if he reaches 50 pounds. He is wavering between 48 and 49 pounds.

So, everyone play nice for a little while...I shall return...later.....

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Woke up this morning with Jethro Tull songs running through my head. This may be another sign of my brain damage. But till I come up with something better:

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


So there NOM - another "shoot 'em down" video. I'm loving this!


UPDATE: I scheduled this to post on the 20th - or at least I thought I did...so pretend it is yesterday! Thx Lemmy!

Face it folks, I grew up during the late '60's and '70's, my husband's nickname was Hippie, and we smoked pot! Call the cops and just try to have me arrested. (**Dr. Monkey - you can steal this picture if you desire!)

Back then, smoking pot was of course, illegal (unfortunately still is today), but we managed to have a great crowd of friends - and all in all, we did not end up brain damaged. To "get high" was a way for me to relax at the end of the day. Some interesting discussions were had and we may have tried to solve all the world problems also - but there were no fights or arguments either. Oh, I can't forget the "munchies" either.

I have argued the fact, that not one police department can tell me they have had "domestic violence" calls on people that were stoned. 99% of domestic calls involve alcohol, which remains legal! Go figure.

We have reached the point in time, when someone desires to run for public office, the question of drug use comes into play. Face it folks - most of those people are from my generation - and I guarantee some have tried pot, maybe even some other illicit drugs. But that is not where they are today. Call it a phase or whatever you desire. There was a time when the challenge was to see how many people could cram into a phone booth (which do not exist anymore), or swallow goldfish - phases all.

I do not smoke regularly anymore and haven't for years. But there have been times when a toke or two puts me in a better mood. There's honesty for ya.

But to those that care...Happy 420 Day! At 4:20pm - light 'er up and run like hell!


Monday, April 20, 2009

WOW! ANOTHER AWARD...so humbling...

Lemmy over at ALPHAVILLE has passed on an award. I LOVE awards, even though I am the lowliest blogger around. There are so many, so much better...but I am proud as a peacock to get this award.

These are the rules:
Then the instructions for the 'chosen ones' ;
1.You must brag about the award
2.You must include the name of the blogger who bestowed the award on you and link back to the blogger
3.You must choose a minimum of seven (7) blogs that you find brilliant in content or design. 4.Show their names and links and leave a comment informing them that they were prized with Honest Weblog.
5.List at least ten (10) honest things about yourself.
Then pass it on with the instructions!

Now I have to contribute TEN (10) things about me....let me see here:

1. I may have OCD, but have never been diagnosed as such.
2. I finished 2 1/2 years of nurse's training (way back when), but quit after a religion vs. nursing argument. (A real blow-up actually).
3. If I set a goal - I accomplish that goal. (99 44/100ths of the time.)
4. Forty years ago, I was one helluva tennis player. I had played on various leagues for many years.
5. I cannot fall asleep without watching TV or reading. I admire those that just fall asleep as soon as they hit the pillow.
6. I loved my lying, cheating, bastard of a husband till the day he died. (Call me nuts.)
7. I have one eye with a massive brown "puddle". My eyes are blue - and I'm a mutant.
8. I have a short Irish fuse.
9. I am hooked on my internet - betcha' didn't know that!
10. I am an avid POGO games player. Have more badges and points than I can count.

Now that all that boring trivia is out, I nominate the following to give us some insight into their lives:

Mnmom - Happy to Be From Iowa
Lisa - Mommy's Nest
Mauigirl's Meanderings
John - John abuzz
Ron - The Warped Mind of Ron
giggles - Wits and Wiggles


Now, I read this report, and I feel we may be going the way of "Soylent Green." ALL obese people will be banned or burned, but removed from society to stave off global warming.

Hell, I'm all for saving the planet, and going green - but now I AM a liability to your future in this eco-system. Will the "fat police" be coming to my door, to haul me off to a fat farm or even worse...an incinerator?

This report basically says that because one is obese, more fuel is needed to be expended to transport the individual. Now, that makes sense to me - in a way. Just two years ago, my best friend and I were flying to Florida (or home - I forget), and we always got our seats together on the flights. The "flight attendant" tapped me on the shoulder and said they would like me to move to another area of the plane (and I would be compensated), but they needed to "distribute the weight" better for the flight. After I collected my jaw off the floor, I moved. Please note - I may be overweight - but morbidly obese I am not. I do believe it was the same trip, I was pulled out of the security line for a separate "pat down" because I had a hoodie on, and I looked "bulky." My friend had a field day with that moniker. Had I been able to remove the hoodie (I had only a bra underneath), this humiliation could have been avoided.

I'm all for monies being spent on volcano monitoring and such, but how much my fat ass costs in fuel and carbon emissions just doesn't set well.

I GAVE UP SEX!!!!! Save a life today, is my motto.

...bunjee jumping was definitely out of the question too!

So, at this point, I just want to thank those for this insidious research/report! I am now more depressed than ever...and may have to rethink any travel in the future!!

Harumphhhhhh!!! Later..............


I honestly have not watched one of these pageant shows in quite awhile. But since there was little else to choose on the boob tube last night, I started watching this idiotic parade of fluff minded women.

I was impressed that Miss West Virginia made it as far as the Top 10 - as WV hasn't been all that lucky in past years.

After the final 5 were announced, they were asked the most mundane idiotic questions imaginable. Thedaughter and I looked at each other, wondering why these questions had no substance. We soon realized those were just teaser questions, and the next round would be some serious questions posed by the various judges.

Whether one likes Perez Hilton or not, his question was a valid one. If you missed it - here we go:

You can see Perez shaking his head at this answer, which truly was NO answer at all. True to pageant "key words", she managed to twist everything around. What's with "in MY country?" And then she adds "opposite marriage". What a bimbo. Do pageant officials tell these girls - you are not allowed to have any liberal or progressive thoughts - least to verbalize them to the world? I managed to scream a few expletives - and start a "please don't let the moron win" dance.

Here is Perez Hilton's response:

So now we at least have the satisfaction that the "dumb bitch" didn't win, unfortunately she did garner 1st place - UGH!!!

The happiest day for me will be when all 50 states decide to allow gay marriages, and the benefits shared by hetero couples.

Sunday, April 19, 2009


While trolling my usual blogs (since I'm taking it easy today), this meme was posted. It appeared interesting - so I'm taking a stab at the damn thing.

If anyone chooses to pick up on this - have at it! Here goes:

1. My uncle once : He told me to eat all my carrots - to help my eyesight. He died when I was 9, only a couple of months before I had eye surgery. What little I can remember, I loved him dearly.

2. Never in my life : I have NEVER scaled Mt. Everest. Not that I would even want to, but the question is challenging.

3. When I was seventeen : I was the most naive kid I knew. In the 40 years since - I could write a damn book.

4. High School was : Just OK. I was never really with the "in" crowd, and I missed out on a lot of events. I have no regrets - that's life!

5. I will never forget : Giving birth to all 3 of my children. They were all different labors, but definitely a memory for me.

6. I once met : James Garner, Mike Ditka, Jerome Bettis, Jay Rockefeller....I know there are more - but brain damage is kicking in.

7. There’s this girl I know who : Cannot tell the truth for any reason. One can give this person hard, concrete facts and she will distort everything into her truth.

8. Once, at a bar : I had a barmaid pick a "physical" fight with me, and I was 8 months pregnant. She was a goof and I had at least 15 guys protecting me from her idiocy.

9. By noon, I’m usually : On a roll doing something mundane - or hopefully achieving a goal.

10. Last night : I fell into bed in complete physical agony. As usual, overdoing the physical jobs around the house.

11. If only I had : Financial security. I don't want to be rich (as if that would hurt), just be able to make some changes around my house. (remodeling my kitchen comes to mind first and foremost.)

12. Next time I go to gym/church : Don't sit around wondering if I would do either. NOT HAPPENING! Some might say that my body and spiritual being reflect the lack of both.

13. Susan Boyle : Has given me the most delight in such a long time, with her lilting voice. I am rooting for her to go as far as she can on "Britain's Got Talent" and then on to a recording career.

14. What worries me most : The safety and well being of my children and grandchildren.

15. When I turn my head left, I see : the kitchen sink.

16. When I turn my head right, I see : outside onto the back deck.

17. You know I’m lying when : I honestly don't know if I have a "tell" or not. Someone needs to inform me of giveaway signs. As a rule I try not to lie, as they have a way of coming back and kicking you in the ass.

18. What I miss most about the eighties : Not a whole helluva lot!

19. If I was a character in Shakespeare, I’d be : some pathetic, soon to be murdered woman.

20. By this time next year : Hmmmm....I never think that far ahead.

21. A better name for me would be : I think my real name suits me well - Marie. I can't comprehend me with any other name.

22. I have a hard time understanding : right wingnuts and their belief that they are on this earth to turn everyone into theological robotoids. They are best suited to prey on the weak minded ones.

23. If I ever go back to school, I’ll : accomplish all goals I set for myself.

24. You know I like you if : you get a hug from me at some point. There are very few people I can honestly say I dislike - but rest assured those select few will never get "the hug!"

25. If I ever won an award, the first person I’d thank would be : I can tell you who it would NOT be - it wouldn't be Mom, Dad or God! So whomever is responsible for such an award would get the thanks.

26. When I compare 80’s rock to 90’s rock : I am not the one to ask this question. I know what I like and dislike, but I am not the best music critic in the world.

27. Take my advice, never : "Piss into the wind!" "Don't eat the yellow snow!" Need I go on???

28. My ideal breakfast is : Oatmeal and toast w/ strawberry jam.

29. A song I love, but do not own is : There are too many to name. Whatever tunes I own are loaded in my iPod.

30. If you visit my hometown, I suggest : Heading out for a better town. I live in a dying village, with no leadership or thoughts of the future. We are turning into a crackhead have of the Ohio Valley.

31. My favorite Beatle is : George. Always was and always will be.

32. Why won’t people : Learn to get-along? Amazing how people avoid finding a middle ground at times - and work harder to widen the divide.

33. If you spend the night at my house : You would be treated like royalty - or as close as I could possibly get.

34. I’d stop my wedding for : Like that would ever happen again. I laugh at this question!!!!
35. The world could do without :

36. I’d rather lick the belly of a cockroach than : Since I can never see myself licking the belly of a cockroach - the door is wide open.

37. My favorite blonde is : Would this be a "true" blonde, I wonder. There's always Marilyn Monroe - but I don't think she sported her true colors.

38: Paper clips are more useful than : Scotch tape, staples, rubber bands....etc.

39. If I do anything well, it’s : Keep my promises. There have been times that due to circumstances beyond my control - I may have faltered. But as a rule - my word is golden.

40. And by the way : I have nothing more to add at this time.

I would definitely be interested if anyone would choose to do this meme and let me know. On a day when writer's block has set in - a meme is something good to give the old brain a break. thanks for bearing with me!

Have a great day and..............later.............


I have stated many times that I have actually "let my house go" during tax season. I start work early in the mornings, and more often than not, continue till quite late in the evenings during those few weeks. If I had to weigh my favorite activity between the two - work would win out every time.

I took a couple of days off and did NOTHING, but then reality set in on Friday. I tore my kitchen apart, rearranged some of the furniture and washed everything. Thedaughter supplied some assistance AFTER she awoke at one in the afternoon. Trust me, this was an ALL day chore, and we finished around 9 pm.

Yesterday, thedaughter worked 9am-7pm, thegrandson played outside all morning - till it was time to leave for baseball practice at 3pm. By that time, I had my bed down off the risers, all the hidden items under the bed were removed, windows cleaned, bedding in the wash - again I moved a dresser and the bed, and two items completely out of the room.

I could not get out of my car while the little critter had his ball practice. I have managed to piss off my back to no end. Not whining here, but I have had triple bypass and the breast bones never healed. I was allergic to the wire, so when I move my shoulders in certain directions - it feels like the bones become overlapped. This hurts. In 1980, I had back surgery and massive work was done on four lumbar vertebraes.

I had no problems whatsoever with my back till October 2007. I fell over the cat one day, while in a rush - and I fukked up everything that was corrected with the prior surgery. I can't stand for long periods, sitting for long periods is also quite painful. To make a long story short - I am in pain 24/7.

But the cleaning and household chores have to be done and I can't afford a cleaning person, and heaven forbid my daughter would jump right in and help. She manages to yell at me for doing all these things, but I can't wait till the mood swings her - to get it all done.

I won't even mention the arthritis that thrives in every joint of my body. Just another pain to remind me of my age.

There is NO cleaning on the agenda for today - it would be tantamount to suicide. I do have to follow through with the laundry I started. Other than that, thegrandson can entertain himself, and I am going to veg out. The only difficult chore will be figuring out dinner and getting it prepared.

I have all my candles lit (love my candles), and the sun is shining (temporarily), and I need to heal.

Have a great day all...I shall return later............(I've griped enough!)

P.S. Theson has returned from his R&R in Scotland (I believe), but haven't heard from him as yet. I know he had a great time, as his high school friend met up with him in Edinburgh and she even took 2 extra days off (more than planned) to spend time there. I know he will communicate soon - or else!!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

I am a glutton for pain. Tackling rearranging bedroom now. I have to put my furniture on a diet!

Friday, April 17, 2009


Do not think for one minute that I DID NOT put on my apron and headscarf to start the drudgery of housecleaning!!! And pose for this beaver shot...no doubt. I took a rather brief break from posting here (all of one day), but relaxation never figured into the equation either.

Yesterday, we exchanged thegrandson's new Easter bicycle - as the hand break cracked in half - and to me, that is worthy of the store making it right with the consumer. Woohoo, no argument, and I actually upgraded the bike purchase. Thegrandson is quite happy now - and he realized that the damn Easter bunny didn't bring it to the house either. Oh well!!

We ended up at baseball practice (6 pm), which is supposed to last an hour, and we left the field at 8 pm. Now, I was in a grumpy mood - as we are not a family to eat dinner early. We are all starving - so after getting home, we threw a couple of steaks on the grill and nuked a couple of potatoes. The overhead microwave took a dump, just we started everything. We then had to bring up the reserve counter top microwave...and ate about 8:45 pm. I have no problem with the counter top model...but I don't have that much counter space to give up for it to reside there permanently. When I hit the lottery - I'm redoing this damn kitchen!!!

I have been utilizing "Maxine's" method since tax season began...and the scanning has ceased and reality set in - I HAVE to physically CLEAN!! After I returned home from tanning this morning, I jumped into the kitchen mess. Curtains are in the wash, nine foot glass sliding door is cleaned. Files are waiting to be returned to the basement (along with supplies), the kitchen table is covered with "stuff", and my first pot of coffee is almost depleted.

It is 1 pm, and thedaughter just came down with her usual comment "why didn't you wait for me?" Duh!?!? Because I don't like to start new projects halfway through the day - that's why! I honestly don't know how some people can sleep all day. Four or five hours is about my limit.

Thedaughter is also unhappy, because I want to MOVE some pieces of furniture. When I clean I like to see everything in a new way. Call it a quirk, but that is how I am. Since we now have to use the smaller microwave, I have figured out how to utilize a small shelf unit and free up my limited counter space. When I get a strong back in here to help, I am going to switch my table and chairs to a smaller one I have in the basement. Aha...more room!!

In my "next life", I think I want to come back as a cat, and just lounge around all day, lick my butt, and watch the humans do EVERYTHING!! With that comment, I have to get back to the drudgery. I shall return....later........

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Thank you John abuzz, for the lovely award. I truly love when someone sends an award my way. Especially, because I think I babble, and do not consider myself a writer by any means.

The award is:
  • a dedication for those who love blogging and love to encourage friendships through blogging.
  • to seek the reasons why we all love blogging.

I began blogging after encouragement from my son. I was satisfied with keeping up with his world travels, by reading his blog, but never gave much thought to starting one myself. One thing led to another, and I set up a site and began. Essentially, I started with the ho-hum events in my life (boring at times), but in return my son would be able to relate to "back home." It was an outlet to vent frustrations, happiness and whatever mood I would be surrounded with at the moment.

There, of course, was the ocassional political posting, which as election time neared became more and more prevalent. I found many followers after this past election, and of these writers - I do consider a friendship exists. After a post I might receive an e-mail from some, rather than a comment on the site, and from there...life has been good.

In this vast interweb universe, I have connected with those who share similar beliefs or have experienced the same traumas in their life. We have found we do survive and can continue our lives and expand our voices. One "blogger friend" lives over 2000 miles away, but I feel like I know her so well and we have experienced similar traumas - I just want to reach out and hug her - but the ability to post keeps us close for now.

I do believe anyone who "blogs" has a cadre of friendships amassed and all feel close in one way or another. Thanks John, for giving me this opportunity.

The aims of this award:

As a dedication for those who love blogging and love to encourage friendships through blogging.
To seek the reasons why we all love blogging.
Put the award in one post as soon as you receive it.
Don't forget to mention the person who gives you the award.
Answer the award's question by writing the reason why you love blogging.
Tag and distribute the award to as many people as you like.
Don't forget to notify the award receivers and put their links in your post.

I am now passing this privilege on to the following:

Utah Savage (when she has the time and feels up to it)
Happy to Be From Iowa
Lisa at That's Why (if she has any time at all - between moving and commuting?!?!)
Liberality (who probably has NO time at all.

I'll be around to let y'all know I've sort of "tagged" you.


OK many of you may have seen this already, but this is a full clip of one woman's attempt for fame on the British talent show.

As a rule, we are known for making "first impressions" and to see this woman walk out on stage, I was thinking much like everyone else, she may be a buffoon. I liked her attitude, but in my mind I had already presumed this was going to be a joke and she would be laughed off the stage.

To see the faces of those in the audience, we were on the same page. but when she began singing...I had goosebumps and by the end I was crying. I have watched this clip at least four times now...and I still cry each time. What a beautiful lilting voice this woman has. Close your eyes and just listen...listen.

No, she doesn't fit the stereotypical "Brittney" or modern singer you can think of. This is a 47 year old woman who has never been on a date, never been kissed, and probably stayed at home singing along to her records.

I know everyone will be wanting to give her the "new" makeover, but that is just topical. She is what she is. At 47, one does not change easily. I should hope that she can further her singing career in one way or another...she has a voice that needs to be heard.

I'm going to listen to her again...I'll be back....later.........

NOTE: Nan mentioned in a comment that this woman put her life on hold to care for an invalid mother, which makes so much sense. My late twin sister, was bogged down with the care of our evil adoptive mother, who tore down any self-esteem my sister may have had. But one thing she could never dampen - was her beautiful singing voice. When I hear this woman sing, I hear my sister - and I hope for so much for this woman, who can finally live HER life.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


In the 30+ years I have been preparing tax returns, I have always crammed until the very last minute. Working hard, getting signatures and running last minute returns to the post office to hit the midnight deadline.

This year is so completely "out of the norm" for me. The last return was picked up 15 minutes ago and I have no more pending. Whatever will I do with myself tomorrow? The official DEADLINE day.

Originally, I had these last three people scheduled to be picked up tomorrow, but as soon as the news broke that NO post office was staying open to the usual midnight...the clients must have felt the need to "hurry it up" a little. Past tradition held that I worked late, headed to the Post Office and then off for a late Chinese dinner. Now, I have to rethink tomorrow's schedule.

I may just park my ass on the couch (haven't been on it in months) and veg out to TV all day. I certainly don't want to shock my system and jump right into CLEANING! I am considering NOT even answering the telephone. Why would I want to hear from some poor sucker who "forgot" to take care of this necessary evil? Compassion would intercede I'm sure and yes, I would see what I could do to help. But, my fingers are crossed that this doesn't happen.

Now, I'm getting excited about moving all the files back to their rightful sanctuary in the basement, and bringing some sense of order back to this kitchen. An official office would be great, but that would involve adding on to my house.

I am now going to start my "chill" process, so have a good evening and I will definitely return....later..............

I do believe that those responsible for the theft of theson's electronics, may have been caught. I'm waiting for the police to notify me. The person arrested, so far, is the son of a former co-worker of thedaughter's. (His father is in prison for....theft!!)