Sunday, February 28, 2010


Another assignment done!!! Yeah!

This morning I pushed to finish up a logo assignment. This one was particularly frustrating, but I finally got through it.

Around mid-morning the birds really flocked into the bird feeder. I got a couple of good shots, but the sun was hitting the feeder at the wrong angle to get too many good photos. The neighbor's cats are helping any either. I saw one shinny up a small oak tree at the back of the yard while I was taking photos.

I'm going to get Walter to move the birdbath from the front yard into the back near the feeder. It may afford me some more opportunities to get capture the birds from a different perspective.

Walt & I went out to Red Lobster for an early dinner/late lunch. The service was great and the food was delicious. Some days it's hit or miss, but today was definitely a home run.

Walt & I had a great time talking and catching up on everything, since he's been working time has been short for the long conversations. I also had fun talking with our server, Vincent, about Italy. It really made my day.

Political Pop Quiz

Glenn Beck's show 'The One Thing' on Friday was very insightful into the thinking of the people today as compared with the thinking of our founding fathers. He offered a self-quiz, that will show you if you are a liberal, conservative, libertarian, or progressive.

The first eight questions are on the video at Glenn Beck - Current Events & Politics - Political Pop Quiz I missed the show on Friday and don't know if there are any further questions, at this time. Click here to take the full quiz. I have yet to take the full quiz myself, as the server that is hosting quiz has experienced a major server crash.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

More Audio

Another day another audio track, by this afternoon my eyes were aching from looking at the audio tracks on the computer screen. I was able to finish up the project by the end of the day, on to better things tomorrow. Yippee!

Monday, February 22, 2010


More wet stuff, yuck! On the bright side at least it isn't frozen wet stuff, although I do believe I've heard rumor that there could be some of that coming up this weekend. I'm going to keep my fingers crossed that they are 100% wrong. I'm pretty much done with snow for the year.

The dogs were definitely happy to see me at lunch today. They got to go outside and play around just a bit before it started raining. They are almost like little kids that get stir crazed from not being able to go out for long periods.

My afternoon has been filled with audio editing. I just love it...grrr. Graphics are just so much more fun.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

You know you've had enough of winter when...

Frustrated Snowman

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Backyard Birds

The new feeder in the backyard has finally been noticed by the birds. There's also a squirrel that is enjoying the sampling of seeds that the birds throw on the ground. There have been at least four different species of birds that have stopped by already and it's only February. At this pace of activity it should make for some interesting viewing on the weekends and as the days get longer it will be nice to see what shows up in the early evening.

The neighborhood nuisancesNeedless to say the feeder has also been noticed by the neighbor's cats. So far they are just lurking at the edge of the yard, sitting on the woodpile. As long as they stay at the edge of the yard, we won't have any issues, but should they come much closer...I know of two dogs that are going to have a field day chasing them here, there and everywhere.

After an outing of errand for Walter to pick up him some lunch supplies and a radio, to use to keep up on the news/weather, I've come back to see that the cats have "MULTIPLIED" in my absence. So far, I think that I have photos of at least 15, I feel a collage coming on so that we can use it to identify them all.

The squirrels are taunting the cats as well, they hang right there on the tree and swish their little tails at them. One cat sat at the bottom of the tree with his mouth quivering watching one of them.

Early Morning Mission

Ethel Building Downtown RichmondI made a quick run into Richmond this morning to take Walter some 'lunch', he had forgotten it on his way out this evening. I did take to opportunity to take a few pictures while I was out.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Blog Posts

It has been brought to my attention, that I appear to be really blurry-eyed when I'm writing some of my posts lately. I'm not really having difficulties with 'short-arm' disease, the reason for the odd looking beginning to each post is due to my using some great drop cap graphics for the first letter of each post. Be sure to check out the blog site ( to see these cool graphics.

CHHS Get Together

Going out this evening the the CHHS Alumni get together at Murphy's Law in Chester. Looking forward to seeing everyone there.

Nice, but short evening out. I'm looking forward to getting the group back together in the Spring at Glory Days Grill on the patio. We all seem to have a really great time there.

Sunny Saturday

Been having a fairly productive day. I've gotten some homework, laundry, and cleaning done. Even though the sun is out and it's nice out, I built a fire to warm up the house.

The dogs have been getting along quite well today. They both are adjusting to going outside on a leash. If only, Carla, hadn't started 'wandering' around the yard for long periods of time they both could probably still be going out alone.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Adventures in Video

Video editing gone awry. I spent the majority of the morning working on a 4 1/2 minute video. The trick was the original video was over 5 1/2 gig in side so it never quite got completely loaded. It was edit, wait, listen, edit, wait, wait, and wait some more, then start all over again. To tackle the lag problem I ended up watching what I was editing on one screen and using the 2nd to make the actual edits using only the time markers. It was a minor challenge, but it could have been much worse if I'd only had one computer to work on.

A tweet came through today from TecHead - they are offering a class on Adobe Flash Catalyst. At our last RAUG meeting we had a "preview" of what it can do and WOW! It will be an awesome tool to use in creating and sharing interactive content without writing codes! Yipee! I've already gotten my registration in and in a real stroke of luck, the office was already closed that day, so I don't even have to worry about missing any time to attend.

This evening I hopped out by to Mom & Dad's for dinner. Mom made a great chili.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Computer Repair

Caller: Hi, our printer is not working.

Customer Service: What is wrong with it?

Caller: Mouse is jammed.

Customer Service: Mouse? Printers don't have a mouse you fool!

Caller: Mmmmm??.. Oh really?... I will send a picture.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Hump Day!!

Man, am I glad that the week is half over. Today has really been a challenge. Not so much in what I was doing just the nature of the work. I was trying to recover a video from online which ended up needing to go through about four more steps than I thought it really should have needed. Grr, just a real pain.

I’m beginning to think that I’m trying to come back down with a flu like bug. I’ve been freezing all day and getting the chills. Basically just the ‘yucks’!

Wow, Mom sent me this real blast from the past. Traveling the country in 1985. This was a great 5th wheel trailer. It was loaded with everything available at the time. I even had a washer & dryer. The little cut-out looking area at the rear popped out so that it gave an extra 3-ft of floor space (this is where the sofa sat).

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:
Way Too Funny!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Happy Mardi Gras!

Morning meeting, lunch out with everyone at the office, home and out with Kelly & Walter. Wow! That's a whole lot going on in just one day.

The morning meeting was really very good. Time to get us all pulling in the same direction and working on the same overall goal. Dr. Martin had a couple of role playing exercises for us that will really come in handy in the future. I bet someone even uses the exercise in a real situation before the end of the week.

We all headed over to Red Robin for lunch, by way of Hops. Hops, our first choice for lunch, had closed down and there was a sign on the door about an auction. Oops! The food at Red Robin was pretty good, and the service was really good.

Back at the office this afternoon we all dived into our projects and regular 'office duties'. The end of the sorta just slipped up on me. I almost didn't see it coming. There were just things that needed doing.

At home, Kelly was working on her homework - Walter was cheering her on and trying to help where he could. They were so cute sitting at the dining room table working across from one another on different computers.

Once Kelly's paper was all written and printed, we hopped over to IHop for a late dinner. The two of them kept talking about pancakes, that is until we got there. Then neither one of them even order them. Silly things. Since today is Mardi Gras, and Kelly is from New Orleans, had Mardi Gras beads to wear this evening. Very cute!

It's been a long day and it won't be that long before it is time to start all over again. Walter will be heading out for training in the morning as I go, so the dogs will be on their own for most of the day. Bounce & Carla both will be able to get into a better routine beginning next week when Walter gets on his regular schedule.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Normal Monday - Possibly

Stupendous! A Monday morning without snow. How in the world did it happen? I've been doing a little recon on Tuesday's forecast and maybe, just maybe we are going to dodge the previously predicted snow storm. Here's hoping!

Today I've been helping out at the office at the front desk. Doing the typical front desk stuff; confirming, scheduling and rescheduling appointments. Not my normal stuff, but I'm happy to pitch in whenever it's needed.

Monday Evening:

Just as I started home this evening, I received a text from Walter saying he was finally on his way home from work. Oops! The plan had been that he was only working half a day today. We'll since I just knew, that he would be home at lunch, I didn't go home and let the dogs out. Hmm. I could only imagine just what horrors were awaiting after they both had been locked in the house all day. I really wasn't worried about Carla, just Bounce. He hadn't been left that long before. Much to our GREAT surprise, he hadn't had any accidents all day! Walt let him out of the laundry room and he made a bee line for the front door. Yeah! He's getting so much better. Even this evening both he and Carla have been doing great. Bounce has even been laying down for me on command.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentines Day

Valentine's Day or Single's Awareness Day your choice, whichever you choose hope that you have had a great one.

I was out awhile this morning with Walter on a covert mission, very hush hush. While we were on a stakeout I saw bunches of Bluebirds in on the trees nearby. They were really cool to watch. Photos weren't the best - the sun was hitting them at the wrong angle, but they were a busy bunch.

Then there was this odd pile of snow that sorta looks like a shaggy buffalo. It was just too odd.

Walter got all of his errands ran just in time to take Miss Kelly out for the evening. Valentine's surprises delivered during the day and a clean vehicle to pick her up in. The great thing about the day was NO SNOW!!! Although I heard from a little bird that something may be coming our way by next weekend.

Bounce was cute this evening. He pulled down the door on his crate, climbed in and proceeded to lay down. It didn't last long, but it was a step forward. It's getting late now and he'll be looking to go to bed before too long.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Another Snowy Morning

Another snowy morning. I was definitely surprised when I woke up this morning to find that we had had another dusting of snow.

We had a couple of errands that needing running this morning, including a stop by Mom & Dad's for Walter. I got Mom to put on her shoes and grab her camera for a quick outing to see what we could find.

We started out at Sunday Park in Brandermill. There were a few ducks and geese on the reservoir, but overall it was fairly calm. The wind off the water was bitterly cold. It was nice to get back into a warm vehicle after walking around. I got a few nice shots there. I think Mom did as well.

Onto the Strayer University Campus, just off Genito. There are a couple of ponds there that we thought that we would check out. The best photo of the day was this cute little fellow.

This afternoon Walter combat crawled under the house and found where one of the ducts had fallen down. A quick to trip to Pleasant's Hardware had him all fixed up with a roll of duct tape. After that it was a quick fix - the duct is back into place, blowing warm air into the house instead of underneath it.

Friday, February 12, 2010


Yippee! Friday has turned out to be a very pleasant day. I'm so glad that the sun has been out and warming things up, even just a little bit. It really does lift the spirits.

I've been making midday runs to the house to let the puppy out at lunch time. He's been doing so well. It won't be too long before we'll be able to leave him for most of the day without any trouble. Once we can let him out of the utility room while we're gone, and he's staying out of trouble. He'll probably be a bit less "hyped" up when I get home.

Perhaps come warmer weather we maybe able to get a fence up around a portion of the yard so that he'll have a place to run during the day. I'm sure that it would help out with his energy levels. He'd be able to burn off some of his energy and as an added bonus, help keep the neighborhood cats out of the yard.

On the way home from lunch today, I spied this "little truck" out in the parking lot of Chesterfield Towne Center. They were loading it up with brush. Cool little truck.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

I got this link to this through email - very funny.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Back to the Office

I'm beginning to lose track of what day it is, since we're missing so much time from work, due to snow. I'm pretty sure that it is Thursday, so here we are at the end of another week facing another possible snow this weekend. I'm sure that I'm not the only who is ready for all of this cold stuff to be over with for the season. I'm surely looking forward to Spring. If the pattern holds out - I'm betting that come, August we'll have some 100-degree days at least for a week.

Bounce & Carla had the house to themselves today. Bounce was a good boy while I was gone - he didn't tear up anything and waited until I go home to let him out to go potty. Yeah!!!

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Inspirational- 4 Worms Church Sermon!

4 Worms Church Sermon!

For those of you who missed church on Sunday, here is a recap! Four worms and a lesson to be learned!!!!

A minister decided that a visual demonstration would add emphasis to his Sunday sermon.

Four worms were placed into four separate jars.

The first worm was put into a container of alcohol.

The second worm was put into a container of cigarette smoke.

The third worm was put into a container of chocolate syrup.

The fourth worm was put into a container of good clean soil.

At the conclusion of the sermon, the Minister reported the following results:

The first worm in alcohol-Dead

The second worm in cigarette smoke- Dead

Third worm in chocolate syrup -

Fourth worm in good clean soil - Alive.

So the Minister asked the congregation, "What did you learn from this demonstration???"

Maxine was sitting in the back, quickly raised her hand and said,

'As long as you drink, smoke and eat chocolate, you won't have worms!'

That pretty much ended the service

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Day at Home

Although I started for work this morning, that was cut short by a text message that we weren't opening until 10. Since I was already at Hull Street I slipped into Sheetz for a Chai tea. Something nice and warm for a very, very frosty morning. Finally back home. I settled in to work on some homework. It wasn't too much later that a second text came through say we were closed for the day. I took advantage of the day in to do laundry, homework and work on a few things that I'd been putting off.

I even had a visit from Tim & his family. They even brought their puppies over to visit their little brother. It was extremely amusing watching all three of them bounding around all over the yard in the snow. If it had been much deeper, we could have lost them all in the snow. Carla wasn't not too pleased about it all - I could just hear her saying, "One was bad enough, but three!!!"

All in all it was a very productive day. The news away from home was a bit more adventurous.

Sean spent his morning trying to get away from school. He normally gets home at 10:15 and they were trying to make them all stay at school till 2:00 p.m. Big difference. He had several other classmates that were obligated to get back home at their usual time - really a bad situation especially when there are younger children involved.

Walter was out with Kelly - he was going to be a real sweetie and drive her to VCU today, which turned out to be unnecessary when they closed for the day. They did, however, rescue Kelly's sister from the high school. She was trapped behind a "teacher chain" that was blocking the doorway. They really didn't want them to escape.

This afternoon the clouds parted and the sun shone brightly on all the white stuff. Bounce and Carla spent some time outside looking for cats near the woodpile. They didn't have much luck, but the trip back was entertaining to watch.

More Snow Photos

Walt was heading back in this evening, just after dark, and had some difficulty getting back to the house. Just down the road from the house a U-Haul had gone into the ditch and was stuck across the road. The police were there and he had to wait for a spell until they would let him pass. This is the view of the mess from the front window at the house. Today was definitely not a good day to move, way too slick.

Snow Yet Again

Hmm, snow yet again! I think I see a trend developing. Clear roads, snow, clear roads, snow, and repeat....

I do believe that Global Warming is just hammering us these days. I don't know if we can take many more of these days. Although, I vaguely remember the weather being a little worse than this back in the late 70's - early 80's. Could it all be just a vicious cycle???

Just heard that Chesterfield County Schools are Closed/Closing. Now all they have to do is get all the high school students back home. Poor things had to get up early, go out in the snow, ride the bus and then go to class. Now they get to wait around while they decide what time they get to go back home.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Monday Evening Madness

This evening we had a bit of puppy madness at the house. I'd settled down in the Sun room to watch television when all of a sudden a heated, scented candle went crashing to the floor spill all over the floor, curtains, chair and one unfortunate puppy. Bounce had been nosing around the chair looking for anything that he thought that would be worth nibbling on. He'd even found a Hershey kiss that had fallen sometime around Christmas, which he was promptly relieved of.

It seems that he some how managed to tangle one of those long legs of his in the power cord to the candle warmer. Poor thing had wax all over his rear feet, legs and his tail. There were some splotches here and there elsewhere, but the majority of the 'waxy build up' was on his rear.

He has been through a bath, having a fine tooth comb run through the waxy areas to try to loosen them, having ice applied to the areas to harden the wax so it would come out easier and then finally being released. By the time all was said and done he was so tuckered out that he just has given up and gone to sleep.

Hopefully this will make him at least a little leery of power cords. I guess it's time to think seriously about 'baby proofing' the house.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Daddy, how was I born?

A little boy goes to his father and asks 'Daddy, how was I born?'

The father answers, 'Well, son, I guess one day you will need to find out anyway! Your Mom and I first got together in a chat room on Yahoo. Then I set up a date via e-mail with your Mom and we met at a cyber-cafe. We sneaked into a secluded room, and googled each other. There your mother agreed to a download from my hard drive.. As soon as I was ready to upload, we discovered that neither one of us had used a firewall, and since it was too late to hit the delete button, nine months later a little Pop-Up appeared that said: 'You got Male!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Sunday Outing

We got the driveway cleared, again, and headed out for a visit at Mom & Dad's house. It was nice getting out of the house.

We took Bounce with us, so that Carla could have a little time at the house without worrying about the puppy. It gave her the opportunity to sleep without being bothered.

Walter packed up the snow shovel and a bag of ice melt and off we went. He jumped right into clearing Mom & Dad's driveway. It didn't take him very long at all and it look terrific when he got done. By the time we were ready to leave the gravel was clearly visible in a large portion of the driveway.

On our way back to the house I was able to get some really neat bird photos. The Bluebird is on the left and Cedar Waxwings are on the right.

More Snow Photos

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Thought For the Day: "The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon." - George Washington, 1795

"Reviving the Constitution" - An Online Town Hall

Thank you for participating in “Reviving the Constitution,” Hillsdale College’s first-ever online town hall. Owing to your interest in the principles of the Constitution, the event was a tremendous success.

If you were unable to access any part of the webcast on Saturday, January 30, each session of the program is viewable free of charge at The “Town Hall Reader” is available on the Kirby Center Web site at

Please tell your friends, family, and coworkers about the Constitution Town Hall, as it’s not too late for them to register and view the archived event. Please direct anyone interested in watching the event to

Check out the Hillsdale College U.S. Constitution Reader at the Kirby Center Web site, under “Resources.” It contains a wealth of key documents on citizenship and the Constitution.

To receive a free subscription of Hillsdale College’s monthly speech digest, Imprimis, please click here. Imprimis promotes the principles of individual rights, limited government, free market economics, personal responsibility and strong national defense. Launched in 1972 with a circulation of 1,000, it now reaches over 1.8 million monthly readers. We hope you will join this community of readers committed, with Hillsdale College, to “pursuing truth and defending liberty.”

Signs You Need a New Pizza Place

~ The pizza's secrets ingredient is still moving.

~ The delivery kid is packing.

~ This weeks special is double cheese and double anchovies at no extra charge.

~ While waiting for the last order to come out of the oven, you catch the delivery guys playing "Frisbee golf" with the other pizzas.

~ When you call in your order, someone answers the phone with "Gino's Bait Shop and Pizzeria, how may I help you?"

~ When you open the box you find that the anchovies are eating the sausage.

~ You realize the red sauce is ketchup.

~ The pizza box that was just delivered to you displays the phone number for the Poison Control Hotline.

~ You notice a sign on the door: "Dear Customers: we are pleased to announce that 38% of our menu is FDA approved."

~ Their slogan is "If it's not there in 30 minutes, it's not getting there."

~ Your "stuffed crust pizza" is stuffed with pudding instead of cheese.

~ Your order of bread sticks is simply the uneaten crust from old pizza slices.

~ The delivery guy waits at your door until you're finished so he can take the box back for the next customer.

Happy Birthday Danielle!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Frosty Friday

Our weather forecast here is for some very frosty weather for the next several days. WRVA has been broadcasting weather reports from and they are very accurate (he predicted the last two major storms a week before anyone else!).

The snow started at the office around 10 this morning. By noon I had over a half inch of accumulation on my car. We closed up the office at 2 to patients, but did not get out until 3. The drive home was a little hairy in places, I dropped the car into 2nd and puttered on home. As for the others on the road....there wasn't much that could be said.

On the way home I started out in heavy snow and ended up at the house getting hit with sleet. It was great to make it home in one piece.

Walter, bless his heart, had gone out earlier in the day and pick up more rock salt from Home Depot, stacked wood on the front porch and already shoveled the walks once before I got home.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

What to do when you are bored at work.....

1. Kill a few flies.

2. Put them in the sun to dry for one hour.

3. Once they are dry, pick a pencil and paper... Let your imagination flow.

Here are a few examples...

Makes me wonder, though: where does someone work that there are this many flies? Eek!