Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Sunday, September 28, 2008
It isn't often a person gets to sample a gourmet dinner, but on Friday evening the Convilles had Jim and I over for pork chops...grilled to just the right temp inhanced with a chipotle glaze and cheese grits....not to chipotleish....it was juuuuusssstttttt right. The salad was fresh baby greens with strawberries and a raseberry vinegarette. It was just perfect. After dinner Lora worked her magic and carmelized some sugar, added bananas and poured it over a thick chocolate brownie....with ice cream along side.....YummMMMM!!!! It was worthy of Bon aPetite Magazine. Then we settled down to watch the Presidential debate. Sophie had a great time, too. There are only a couple of places we can have this much fun and take our dog, too!! It was a great way to spend a Friday night!!! Helen and Carroll loved it, too.
Sorry the last shot is sideways. I can't get it to turn over....frustration!!!
I marvel at the road humans have traveled since just before TV until this moment. The fruits of electricity have changed us so much...and a lot for the good, but I can't help but look back and wonder what we are losing. The global village can be a bit cold, yet it enables us to be close to people we rarely "see" in person. Good/Bad...the digital age brings both our way. I feel fortuate to have been raised in a time when we spent our time outside until forced to come in the house. We spent our summers smelly as dogs playing...playing hard...not checking out our friends on Facebook....and I think we were the better for it.
I have had a great weekend as I have been away from the "boob tube" and have had wonderful and stimulating conversation with people who are special to me. Spending time outside chatting with people who drop by for a visit is great! This deck/porch Jim built for me might get me in touch with the human race again...at least people over the age of 13!
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Jim has done a great job..... and he has all the gates done, both sets of steps and the railings....he still needs to put in some screws.....we are looking for a table. That may have to wait until spring. Nobody is selling furniture at this time. If you see any out there in the world let me know. I have always wanted a front porch....
Monday, September 22, 2008
Here is Zoe Mae Smith before puppy school....wild as a March hare! haha Seriously, I couldn't imagine why Zoe had to go to dog college. Sophie is the one with the wild streak.
This acutally looks like a lot of fun, but I can't imagine Sophie not wanting to play, play, play the WHOLE time.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
A great adventure story about a Boy Scout Camping Trip in Hawaii. There is an earthquake and a tsunami.....admist personality conflicts within the troup. I learned about Hawaiian folk lore along with information about the different terrain and types of lava.
Cracker is the story of a dog trained by the Army and shipped to Vietnam. The author did her research well and we learn about the sensitive missions dogs were part of and the number of lives they helped to spare. I never knew the extrodianary lengths the dogs of Vietnam went to and the way many of them were just disposed of after their years of faithful service. It was a great story and I think girls and boys would enjoy this book.
This is the story of Cap Anderson, a boy raised in a hippie commune. When Cap's grandmother has to go into rehab for two months, for a broken hip, Cap attends public school and is voted Class President of his Jr. High....it is interesting like reading about a creature from another planet being plopped in a Jr. High.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Jim and I have never had a tree hit our house...this house or our home in Illinois. We managed to get through IKE unscaithed.....but Josh and Randi living in the fine state of Texas had a run in with the dead tree across the fence in the neighbor's yard. When the winds got strong, half of that tree fell and hit the back of their house. There are actual holes in Randi's closet and the eaves are torn off the back of the house. There are numerous holes in the roof not visable when inside...other than if you are hiding in Randi's closet. There is even a hole in their chimney. We know it could have been much worse and they were counting their blessings, but it was traumatic non the less.
Now we are wondering what should be done about the other half of the "evil dead tree". The neighbor is an elderly widow who is ill and is not inclined to have it removed.....so now what?! It is leaning right toward the kitchen and next time there is a strong wind it will probably take out the breakfast nook and several windows.
Friday, September 12, 2008
I am also praying for the people in Baton Rouge ...many people still don't have power down there. The media sure is not reporting how bad Baton Rouge got hit from Gustav......it it were New Orleans that is all we would hear about. What is the deal with that!!??
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
The Federal National Mortgage Association, commonly known as Fannie Mae, is a privately owned and run government sponsored enterprise (GSE) of the United States. It is a stockholder-owned corporation authorized to make loans and loan guarantees.
On September 7, 2008, the U.S. Government took control of both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
Translation....the governmentt bailed them out because they were financing loans they had no place financing and went under. People took out loans on homes they really couldn't afford and they couldn't make the payments. Bottom line...it is going to cost the American people like 200 BILLION dollars because people thought they needed a house they couldn't afford. One of the talking heads said that next thing we know people will lose their live savings in Las Vegas and the govt will be expected to bail them out. Crazy! I think this is insane and here is the scary part....now those same people will turn around and do the same thing because they have that govt safety net.....a net made up of all of our tax dollars coming from those who handle their money responsibly and don't live in homes their pay checks don't support. Yes, I know it is terrible for those people facing this financial problem. We have had some tough times also. What a shame the govt can't keep us all safe, happy, healthy, and we can all live in beautiful homes of our choices. Womb to tomb..... I am not saying I handle money perfectly, but I rarely use my charge card and I have never had things I can't afford. I don't think the govt "fixing" this thing will help in the long run. I guess I see it as a parent who gets their delinquent kid out of jail every time they get into trouble....the kid keeps getting into trouble...and govt will have to keep on "fixing" everything and our children and grandchildren will inherit a country in financial ruin.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
This is post Gustav....Jim worked all day Friday on steps...and I would call it successful! You are probably wondering why we didn't put the eight foot steps to the left corner...your left.....instead of the right corner of the top deck. Well, I know there was going to be a side with a railing and I didn't want to see railing when I was sitting on the sofa looking out at the lower deck. I really don't want there to be railing at all....deck looks so nice floating out there. It would have been better to have the steps on the other corner....sorry. I sorta wanted the steps to go all the way across, but then we would have had to return the wood and get longer boards and I got the impression Jim thought 8 foot width for the steps was plenty wide enough. I think he did a great job....especially since he never did steps before. This whole deck building thing has been a learning experience for sure.