Monday, May 31, 2010

On the James

How many Great Blue Heron's can you find in this shot?
Hint: There are more than two.

I picked Walter up from work this morning and took the opportunity to do a little hunting with the camera. There were loads of things to take photos of, but the grand prize was the Great Blue Herons. They were everywhere in the middle of the James.

More Photos of the Great Blue Herons

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Along the James

I had the opportunity this evening to get a few pictures of the wildlife along the James River before the light was too bad to even take a photo. Enjoy!


Bounce did well in his crate over night. I'm sure that he's not at all happy about the situation, but he is going to learn who's in charge, and it is most certainly not him.

I was sitting on the porch this morning reading and the birds were going crazy. Quite the racket. When I spied our neighbor's cat sitting about 30 feet up in a tree. I was just about certain that someone was going to have to rescue the darn thing when he politely walks right down the tree and jumped safely into the yard. Not to think this was some herculean effort - the tree is sloped and the jump wasn't any higher than 10 feet.

The dragonflies have been darting here and there virtually all day. One minute they are basking in the sunshine on the sidewalk the next they are on the stump in the yard. They look like miniature airplanes taking off and landing here and there. Sometimes barely stopping, only briefly allowing their feet to make contact with a solid surface before they are off again to a new place.

Around midday I gathered up the weedkiller and headed out to get rid of various bits of undergrowth and small trees. I've noticed as the tall weeds have died off the back neighbors cat have been retreating into his heavily overgrown yard. If nothing else I am depriving them of their hiding places in our yard. Perhaps before the end of summer they will have withdrawn from our yard for the most part.

Before dinner we caught sight of a Blue Bird enthusiastically enjoying the bird bath in the backyard. With time I do hope to see more and more of him and his other feathered friends.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Thought For The Day: “Even after the recent Super Bowl victory of the New Orleans Saints, I have noticed a large number of people implying with a lot of bad jokes that Cajuns aren't smart. I would like to state for the record that I disagree with that assessment. Anybody that would build a city 5 feet below sea level in a hurricane zone and fill it with Democrats is a genius”. -- Larry the Cable Guy

"Where are the Nail Clippers"

I have the power of attorney for an 88 year old spinster woman who is confined to bed in a local nursing home. She has been a part of our church family for all of the 13.5 years that I have pastored at Westside Bible Church. Amongst my duties as POA (an acronym not far from POW for a reason) is shopping for personal items that she needs brought to the home.

That is how I came to be in the Shoppers Drug Mart this afternoon on a quest of senior proportions. It was my job to hunt down a bottle of Estee Lauder “YouDew” perfume, a mirror small enough to see one’s chin but not large enough to see one’s face, and some large nail clippers.

I was not feeling particularly enthusiastic about doing this shopping because I knew it was going to take me into parts of the store where I was going to have to ask for help. I have never been good at finding specific things in stores and as I get older (I am 44) I can see I’m getting even worse at item specific browsing.

So in full acknowledgement of my weakness I made a beeline to the perfume department and asked the perfume lady outright if they had the particular brand I was seeking. After a long look at every label on every shelf she broke the news to me that they did not. I thanked her and got out of there.

Next on my mental list: the compact mirror. I began to wander aisle after aisle in the hopes that its shiny nature would catch my eye and I would not need to painfully ask for help again. Once I started getting into bleaches and detergents I knew I had gone too far and headed back in the direction I had come. Along my path of repentance I encountered the perfume lady again. From the look on her face it was clear I was projecting a sad demeanor of lostness as she looked at me with an “ahh did you wander away from home and get stuck out in the cold rain without your mommy can I help you (again)” look.

“I’m looking for a small mirror” I said in the best “I’m OK” voice I could muster. She lead me off to the makeup section (which is why I was never going to find a mirror on my own) and pointed to a few on display so I was sure to not miss them. I picked up a small a mirror, made sure I could see only my goatee in it, and hightailed it to a more male-friendly part of the store. Surely nail clippers would be near something more comfortable like tooth brushes, wart remover, or body waxing even.

Alas, my browsing blindness quickly kicked in again and I returned to walking aisles aimlessly as before, but now with the added pressure of not running into the perfume lady again. Once again kitchen cleaners made me realize I was way off track so I retreated to the end of a row a few aisles back. As I stood there listening for the “Here we are!” cry of nail clippers somewhere in the store, I looked around and over to the pharmacy counter where I saw a young woman my eldest daughter’s age working. I thought about asking her where the nail clippers were but then I wondered if she might think I was dumb asking a pharmacy person for directions to something that was neither taken internally nor applied topically.

I continued to stand there, undoubtedly looking lost and alone, as I pondered the vocational appropriateness of asking that girl for help. I glanced over at her thinking that maybe she would offer help and save me the embarrassment of doing so. At that very moment she did look over at me and gave me back a very subtle “I understand your embarrassment” look before returning to the work she was doing. Unexpectedly shunned, I turned and stared blankly at the shelves in front of me.

I was standing in front of the condom display.

Not wanting to appear lost suddenly didn’t seem like the worst impression I could leave on the employees of the store so I went to the pharmacy girl and very clearly stated, “For the life of me I can’t find nail clippers.” She was very nice, pretended to believe me and pointed me back across the store . . . where the perfume lady saw me.

Test Drive

I stopped by the Toyota Dealership yesterday for a look at the new Tacoma. Just for fun, I took it out for a test drive. I wanted to sense that new "feel" before they become extinct...

The salesman (wearing an Obama "change" lapel pin) sat in the passenger seat describing the truck and all its "wonderful" options. The seats were of particular interest. He explained that the seats directed warm air to your butt in the winter and directed cool air to your butt in the summer heat.

Feeling like messing with his mind, I mentioned that this must be a Republican truck. Looking a bit angry, he asked why I thought it was a Republican truck. I explained that if it were a Democrat truck, the seats would blow smoke up your butt year-round.

I had to walk back to the dealership......damn guy had no sense of humor.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Saturday Excursions

Well, today was suppose to be Bounce's first puppy class, but it was not to be. They called last night at 9:45 p.m. to let us know that we weren't having class. It seems that a couple of the people that had signed up for the class had backed out. We'll have to wait for a couple of more weeks before they have a class beginning again.

This morning started off badly with Bounce - while I was getting ready to head out with Walter on an errand, he decided to get one of my brand new Italian shoes and chew it up while sitting on the sofa. He came close to death...Walter saved him by putting him in the utility room. This was one of the reasons why we were taking him to puppy classes.

Our morning errands took us down to the river where I was able to get a few new pictures and then over to the Arboretum - in search of a Chai Latte - I saw this pair of swans swimming on the lake. Now that's something that we don't normally get to see. Way cool. Walter was so nice to pull over and let me out to take pictures.

I've uploaded a few more of the ones that I took to this album. Enjoy!

On to PetSmart where I picked up Bounce a new crate. This one will be much better for keeping him contained. It is wire and big enough for him to move around in. Better to be confined than for me to be ready to 'kill' him. (Not that I would, but there have been a few times when it has crossed my mind.) He's just going to have to learn who is the boss.

The last couple of stops to finalize the morning were pretty quick. A stop into Stein Mart for a replacement pair of shoes. I was happy to see that they still had a pair in my size. I'm locking them in the closet from now on after I take them off. Then to Pleasant's Hardware, Walter's favorite shopping location for some sort of fastener.

So far this afternoon & evening, Bounce has been giving me the "sad" look from his new cage. Then the "indignant" look. It won't be long before he's trying the "pity me" look in an effort to get out. Too bad cause it ain't happening.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

The Navy has 3 NEW SHIPS


Seeing it next to the Arizona Memorial really puts its size into perspective... ENORMOUS!

When the Bridge pipes ' Man the Rail' there is a lot of rail to man on this monster: shoulder to shoulder, around 4..5 acres. Her displacement is about 100,000 tons with full complement.


Top speed exceeds 30 knots, powered by two nuclear reactors that can operate for more than 20 years without refueling

1 Expected to operate in the fleet for about 50 years
2. Carries over 80 combat aircraft
3 Three arresting cables can stop a 28-ton aircraft going 150 miles per hour in less than 400 feet


1. Towers 20 stories above the waterline
2. 1092 feet long; nearly as long as the Empire State Building is tall
3. Flight deck covers 4.5 acres
4. 4 bronze propellers, each 21 feet across, weighing 66,200 pounds
5. 2 rudders, each 29 by 22 feet and weighing 50 tons
6. 4 high speed aircraft elevators, each over 4,000 square feet


1. Home to about 6,000 Navy personnel
2. Carries enough food and supplies to operate for 90 days
3. 18,150 meals served daily
4. Distillation plants provide 400,000 gallons of fresh water from sea water daily, enough for 2,000 homes
5. Nearly 30,000 light fixtures and 1,325 miles of cable and wiring 1,400 telephones
6. 14,000 pillowcases and 28,000 sheets


The USS William Jefferson Clinton (CVS1) set sail today from its home port of Vancouver, BC

The ship is the first of its kind in the Navy and is a standing legacy to President Bill Clinton 'for his foresight in military budget cuts' and his conduct while holding the (formerly dignified) office of President.

The ship is constructed nearly entirely from recycled aluminum and is completely solar powered with a top speed of 5 knots. It boasts an arsenal comprised of one (unarmed) F14 Tomcat or one (unarmed) F18 Hornet aircraft which, although they cannot be launched on the 100 foot flight deck, form a very menacing presence.

As a standing order there are no firearms allowed on board.

This crew, like the crew aboard the USS Jimmy Carter, is specially trained to avoid conflicts and appease any and all enemies of the United States at all costs.

An onboard Type One DNC Universal Translator can send out messages of apology in any language to anyone who may find America offensive. The number of apologies are limitless and though some may seem hollow and disingenuous, the Navy advises all apologies will sound very sincere.

In times of conflict, the USS Clinton has orders to seek refuge in Canada.


Details are as vague as his past, his economic policies and his credentials to lead.

But don't you worry..........he has a plan!

A Teacher Lets Obama Have It

A TEACHER FROM THE GREAT STATE OF MISSOURI WILL LOSE HER JOB FOR STANDING UP FOR ALL OF US. Give this teacher and true American a standing ovation. This 4th grade teacher has said it all, and she was brave enough to attach her name to it. (I checked this out on, and found that while the letter is reportedly an actual correspondence, the author that it was attributed to was only someone who had forwarded it and her email signature had remained on it when it was forwarded again.)

April 17, 2009

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20500

Mr. Obama:

I have had it with you and your administration, sir. Your conduct on your recent trip overseas has convinced me that you are not an adequate representative of the United States of America collectively or of me personally.

You are so obsessed with appeasing the Europeans and the Muslim world that you have abdicated the responsibilities of the President of the United States of America.

You are responsible to the citizens of the United States. You are not responsible to the peoples of any other country on earth.

I personally resent that you go around the world apologizing for the United States telling Europeans that we are arrogant and do not care about their status in the world. Sir, what do you think the First World War and the Second World War were all about if not the consideration of the peoples of Europe? Are you brain dead? What do you think the Marshall Plan was all about? Do you not understand or know the history of the 20th century?

Where do you get off telling a Muslim country that the United States does not consider itself a Christian country? Have you not read the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution of the United States?

This country was founded on Judeo-Christian ethics and the principles governing this country, at least until you came along, come directly from this heritage. Do you not understand this?

Your bowing to the king of Saudi Arabia is an affront to all Americans.

Our President does not bow down to anyone, let alone the king of Saudi Arabia... You didn't show Great Britain, our best and one of our oldest allies, the respect they deserve yet you bow down to the king of Saudi Arabia .. How dare you, sir! How dare you!

You can't find the time to visit the graves of our greatest generation because you don't want to offend the Germans but make time to visit a mosque in Turkey ...... You offended our dead and every veteran when you give the Germans more respect than the people who saved the German people from themselves. What's the matter with you? I am convinced that you and the members of your administration have the historical and intellectual depth of a mud puddle and should be ashamed of yourselves, all of you.

You are so self-righteously offended by the big bankers and the American automobile manufacturers yet do nothing about the real thieves in this situation, Mr. Dodd, Mr. Frank, Franklin Raines, Jamie Gorelic, the Fannie Mae bonuses, and the Freddie Mac bonuses. What do you intend to do about them? Anything? I seriously doubt it.

What about the U.S. House members passing out $9.1 million in bonuses to their staff members on top of the $2.5 million in automatic pay raises that lawmakers gave themselves? I understand the average House aide got a 17% bonus. I took a 5% cut in my pay to save jobs with my employer.

You haven't said anything about that. Who authorized that? I surely didn't!

Executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will be receiving $210 million in bonuses over an eighteen-month period, that's $45 million more than the AIG bonuses. In fact, Fannie and Freddie executives have already been awarded $51 million not a bad take. Who authorized that and why haven't you expressed your outrage at this group who are largely responsible for the economic mess we have right now?

I resent that you take me and my fellow citizens as brain-dead and not caring about what you idiots do. We are watching what you are doing and we are getting increasingly fed up with all of you.

I also want you to know that I personally find just about everything you do and say to be offensive to every one of my sensibilities. I promise you that I will work tirelessly to see that you do not get a chance to spend two terms destroying my beautiful country.


Every real American

Friday, May 28, 2010

Fabulous Friday

After our deluge last night, Friday has shaped up fairly nicely. Rumor has it that the Memorial Day weekend weather may not be the best in the world for outdoor activity, but hey for those of us who aren't working it is a day off. Be prepared with alternate plans should the weather throw you a curve.

Walter has planned for us/him to do some yard work Saturday. That's after we get through with Bounce's first professional training class. I sure hope that it is well worth the funds that were expended. I will be so happy to have him back on track and doing what he should be doing.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


Saw this hawk on the power line as I was leaving out for work this morning. I was lucky to have the camera handy and a great zoom!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Neighborhood News

A couple of days ago one of the neighbors had their two dogs get out - they dashed through the woods and killed one of the feral cat. Our next door neighbor caught us as we came in this evening to let us know that the dogs had gotten out again and had killed another cat behind our tool shed.

Turns out that the one they got today was a breeding female. Our neighbors plan on fishing out any kittens that maybe under the shed and taking care of them. Better them than me, I don't have that kind of time to devote to that endeavor. I'm having enough trouble dealing with the behavior issue that Bounce has. Good luck to them.

I lost Walt for awhile this evening, when I finally found him he was outside with the next door neighbors and Animal Control. Seems that they are working on getting the dogs owner to take responsibility for their animals. Since these two have been out killing the cats, we have to be extra careful with our dogs.

Dang, just when I was getting comfortable letting them back out in the yard on the lead to play we have this new issue to deal with, and it's not even the neighbors whose dog bit Bounce. Grrr....Just what we needed, more drama on the corner.

Chipmunk Baby

I got a phone call from Sean this evening he had been out walking and found a baby chipmunk. I could hardly believe it. Those things are definitely hard to see let alone capture.

Walt & I rode out to pick him up and sure enough there it was. Hanging out in Sean's coat pocket. He seemed a little lethargic, hopefully the little fellow was only a little dehydrated. Sean started giving him little drops of water in the car on the way home and he seemed to perk up slightly. He was definitely a sight to see. Hopefully he will pull through and be okay.

He reminded me somewhat of "Wee Cockrell", Danielle's rat that she had about 5 years ago. He wasn't much bigger than this when she brought him home from the pet store.

UPDATE: The little fellow made it through the night, but passed away around 9:30 the next morning.

Disturbing News

You could have knocked me over with a feather! I just heard yesterday, that a gentleman that I have known of for over 35 years had been arrested, tried and convicted of child molestation. Obviously it happened - they wouldn't have had the evidence to convict him otherwise, but....this type of behavior is so contradictory to the man that I was acquainted with. Just a total opposite.

It happens, but WOW! It was the absolute last thing that I thought that I'd ever hear about him. Of course how well do we really know anyone or what it is that could have influenced them. I'm sure that I'll be shaking my head over this for years to come.

Then on top of this I found out that a senior pastor at a local church had been having an affair with one of the women in the congregation. That in and of itself is bad enough, but he has since left his wife of over 20 years and moved in with the 'other' woman. Drama, drama, drama.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Weekend Wrap Up

It has been a very busy weekend. I was out and about doing some shopping on Saturday - an activity that I don't do that often. Most times I'd really rather have someone else to do it if possible. But I did find a couple of pair of shoes and a nice dress at Stein Mart.

We ended up finally breaking down and signed Bounce up for Beginner Education classes at Pet Smart. We are truly in need of "professional help" for him. Ever since his ordeal in March, he's been having a few issues. Hopefully eight weeks of class will help us get him straightened out.

Walt's had a bit of trouble with his vehicle, but hopefully the mechanic at Midas will be able to get him all fixed up first thing on Monday. Nothing like working on the car only to have something else go wrong with it that then requires a mechanic to straighten it out. Yuck!

I hopped by Fresh Market, Monday afternoon to pick up a few things and this gentleman was playing out front. He was pretty good too. A nice distraction from the normal noises from the street.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

CHHS Concert Videos on YouTube

Here are the videos that I recorded during the May 20th Spring Concert at Clover Hill. The links below are to the videos on YouTube and they are also available on Facebook on the Clover Hill Marching Cavaliers Alumni page. Enjoy!

Clover Hill Fight Song - directed by the Drum Majors (past, present & future)

Gonna Fly Now - Performed by the CHHS Jazz Band

Hoptown Blues - Performed by the CHHS Jazz Band

The Cavalier - Written & Directed by Todd Milam (CHHS alumni 1983), performed by the Clover Hill Band featuring the CHHS Alumni Band.

Office Max - Performed by Percussion Ensemble

Friday, May 21, 2010

Way To Go!!

Sean called me as I was heading out this afternoon to let me know that he had passed his final test!! He will be graduating on June 12th.

Fabulous Friday

After getting to sleep late this morning, and going into the office for a whole hour, I was off for an afternoon of fun and frivolity with Diane.

We met up at the Clinique counter at Macy's for makeovers. We had an absolute blast. Ryan did out make up and of course we both had to pick up something. New lipstick, blush and eye shadows just in time for the beginning of summer.

Poor Diane had a hard time even getting there, just as we thought she was going to get to pull into the parking lot she got pulled over. They are going to have to get this thing with the rocket launcher straightened out. Ex-husbands can be pretty horrid - but to tell law enforcement that your ex has a rocket launcher is pretty far out there. Dang, she drives this little bitty Mazda and there isn't any room in that thing like that.

We did a bit of shopping and then headed out to Tropical Smoothie.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Electric Bill

Not sure what's going on with Dominion Power, but I'm sure pleased with it. We got our electric bill today for a whopping $11.57. I vaguely remember hearing something about adjustments being done to the bills, but WOW!!

Walter said it reminded him of his electric bills in his apartment in the dead of winter (with gas heat). Now, if we can have another one like this in August or September that would be fantastic.

Catching Up

Another week has come and we're half way through this week. Where has the time gone. This past weekend was pretty non-eventful as weekends go.

Friday evening, I was busy downloading and installing my CS5 Master Collection. Exciting!! I didn't get to play with it a whole lot over the weekend, but I did try out the content aware feature in Photoshop. WOW! That is going to save so much time and aggravation.

I did get out with Diane & Ryland for dinner on Saturday night. We had a fantastic time at Yamato Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Restaurant. The food was absolutely delicious and the Tempura Eel Rolls were to die for.

The first of the week, although rainy, whizzed right along without any difficulty. Going to be working a teleconference call this evening, and then I'm off on Thursday for an alumni band concert. It's going to be fun.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Good News From Sean

Sean called me this afternoon with some great news! He took the Math testing for his GED yesterday and scored a 510, but had only needed to score a 410 to pass. Terrific job! One more test to go. Keep up the good work.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Mid-Week Already

It has truly been a full week thus far. Loads of fun getting together the new Smiles of Richmond magazine and even a Smile of Kapaa (Hawaii). There are a couple more to complete but I'm well under way to have them done in short order.

There have been some odd computer things going on, not really sure what's up but it seems to be a problem outside of the office rather than in house. Tomorrow, I'll get started on figuring that out.

We had a terrific rain storm as I left the office today. I'm so glad that I ran out during lunch to pick up stuff from the Fresh Market, otherwise I'd have been a drowned rat coming out of the store.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Thought For the Day: "[J]udges ... should be always men of learning and experience in the laws, of exemplary morals, great patience, calmness, coolness, and attention. Their minds should not be distracted with jarring interests; they should not be dependent upon any man, or body of men." - John Adams


On the outskirts of a small town, there was a big, old pecan tree just inside the cemetery fence.

One day, two boys filled up a bucketful of nuts and sat down by the tree, out of sight, and began dividing the nuts. 'One for you, one for me.. One for you, one for me,' said one boy.

Several dropped and rolled down toward the fence. Another boy came riding along the road on his bicycle. As he passed, he thought he heard voices from inside the cemetery. He slowed down to investigate.

Sure enough, he heard, 'One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me.' He just knew what it was. He jumped back on his bike and rode off. Just around the bend he met an old man with a cane, hobbling along.

'Come here quick,' said the boy. 'You won't believe what I heard! Satan and the Lord are down at the cemetery dividing up the souls.'

The man said, 'Beat it kid, can't you see it's hard for me to walk?'

When the boy insisted though, the man hobbled slowly to the cemetery. Standing by the fence they heard, 'One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me.'

The old man whispered, 'Boy, you've been tellin' me the truth. Let's see if we can see the Lord.'

Shaking with fear, they peered through the fence, yet were still unable to see anything. The old man and the boy gripped the wrought iron bars of the fence tighter and tighter as they tried to get a glimpse of the Lord.

At last they heard, 'One for you, one for me. That's all. Now let's go get those nuts by the fence and we'll be done.'

They say the old man made it back to town a full 5 minutes ahead of the kid on the bike.

A Blonde City Girl

A blond city girl named Amy marries a Colorado rancher. One morning, on his way out to check on the cows, the rancher says to Amy, "The insemination man is coming over to impregnate one of our cows today, so I drove a nail into the 2 by 4 just above the cow's stall in the barn.. Please show him where the cow is when he gets here."

The rancher leaves for the fields. After a while, the artificial insemination man arrives and knocks on the front door.

Amy takes him down to the barn. They walk along the row of cows, and when Amy sees the nail, she tells him, "This is the one right here."

The man, assuming he is dealing with an airhead blond, asks, "Tell me lady, 'cause I'm dying to know. How would YOU know that this is the right cow to be bred?"

"That's simple -- by the nail that's over its stall," she explains very confidently.

Laughing rudely at her, the man says, "And what, pray tell, is the nail for?"

The blond turns to walk away and says sweetly over her shoulder, "I guess it's to hang your pants on!"

( It's nice to see a blond winning once in awhile.)

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Super Saturday

It's been a good day. Got a homework assignment completed and turned in. I even got it back graded, a 95! Finished up a brochure and got started on a couple of more brochures and class assignments.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Thought For The Day: "It has been said the greatest volume of sheer brainpower in one place occurred when Jefferson dined alone..." John Kennedy


Especially read the last quote from 1802.

When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe. - Thomas Jefferson

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. - Thomas Jefferson

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world. - Thomas Jefferson

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them. - Thomas Jefferson

My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government. - Thomas Jefferson

No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. - Thomas Jefferson

The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government. - Thomas Jefferson

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. - Thomas Jefferson

To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.

Thomas Jefferson said in 1802: 'I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered..'

Stress Management

A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience,raised a glass of water and asked;'How heavy is this glass of water?'

Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g.

The lecturer replied, 'The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it.

If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem.
If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm.
If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance.
In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.'

He continued, 'And that's the way it is with stress management. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, As the burden becomes increasingly heavy, We won't be able to carry on. '

'As with the glass of water, You have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden.'

'So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don't carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow.

Whatever burdens you're carrying now, Let them down for a moment if you can.' So, my friend, Put down anything that may be a burden to you right now. Don't pick it up again until after you've rested a while.

Here are some great ways of dealing with the burdens of life:

* Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue.

* Always keep your words soft and sweet,just in case you have to eat them.

* Always wear stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

* Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be "recalled" by their maker.

* If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

* If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

* It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to be kind to others.

* Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.

* Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.

* When everything's coming your way, You're in the wrong lane.

* Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

* You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.

* Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.

* We could learn a lot from crayons...Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.

*A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

A Friday Off

It has been a very full day. I had the day off today with the purpose of waiting on Verizon to come and install a land line at the house.

After piddling around the house for a while first thing this morning I set out for the mall in search of a necklace to go with a new dress. I had one particular one in mind, but although I had been told by the store that it was there in stock, it wasn't. Turned out it wasn't even close to the one I was looking for. Oh well, another time.

A quick run through at Wally World armed me with vegetation killer for the yard. Time to take out some weeds and baby trees! Walter's quite protective over the grass though. I did promise to be careful around the new grass. I'm pretty sure that I didn't take out any of it.

Our installer, from Verizon, showed up promptly on time and set right to work getting us all set up. Turns out that the original installers didn't set up the phone line. It wasn't long before we were all set and the phone had a dial tone. It wasn't 20 minutes before the first call came into the house.....A TELEMARKETER!!!! Then about 2 hours later the second call came in and it too was a TELEMARKETER!!!!

What was particular interesting about the second call was that they already had my last name. Dang it had only been a week since we ordered the line, and we're already getting calls. Not good at all. I immediately hopped online and signed us up on the National Do Not Call Registry for all of our phone numbers. I know for sure that Walt isn't going to be happy at all if some telemarketer calls here during the day while he's sleep. I surely wouldn't want to be on the receiving end of that call.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:

Skinny Dipping...

An elderly man in Louisiana had owned a large farm for several years. He had a large pond in the back. It was properly shaped for swimming, so he fixed it up nice with picnic tables, horseshoe courts, and some apple, and peach trees.

One evening the old farmer decided to go down to the pond, as he hadn't been there for a while, and look it over. He grabbed a five-gallon bucket to bring back some fruit.

As he neared the pond, he heard voices shouting and laughing with glee. As he came closer, he saw it was a bunch of young women skinny-dipping in his pond. He made the women aware of his presence and they all went to the deep end. One of the women shouted to him, 'we're not coming out until you leave!'

The old man frowned, 'I didn't come down here to watch you ladies swim naked or make you get out of the pond naked.'

Holding the bucket up he said, 'I'm here to feed the alligator.'

Some old men can still think fast !!!

The Restaurant

A group of 40 year old girlfriends discussed where they should meet for dinner. Finally it was agreed upon that they should meet at the Ocean View Restaurant because the waiters there had tight pants and nice buns.

10 years later at 50 years of age, the group once again discussed where they should meet for dinner. Finally it was agreed that they should meet at the Ocean View restaurant because the food there was very good and the wine selection was good also.

10 years later at 60 years of age, the group once again discussed where they should meet for dinner. Finally it was agreed that they should meet at the Ocean View restaurant because they could eat there in peace and quiet and the restaurant had a beautiful view of the ocean.

10 years later, at 70 years of age, the group once again discussed where they should meet for dinner. Finally it was agreed that they should meet at the Ocean View Restaurant because the restaurant was wheel chair accessible and they even had an elevator.

10 years later, at 80 years of age, the group once again discussed where they should meet for dinner. Finally it was agreed that they should meet at the Ocean View Restaurant because they had never been there before.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

This and That

Closing in on finishing up my classes for my Graphic Design certification. Only 3 more assignments to complete.

Email & Newsletter Gleanings:


Over five thousand years ago, Moses said to the children of Israel "Pick up your shovel, mount your asses and camels, and I will lead you to the promised land."

Nearly 75 years ago, Roosevelt said, "Lay down your shovels, sit on your asses, and light up a Camel, this is the promised land."

Now Obama has stolen your shovel, taxed your asses, raised the price of Camels, and mortgaged the promised land!

I was so depressed last night thinking about Health Care Plans, the economy, the wars, lost jobs, savings, Social Security being broke, medicare being broke, retirement funds, etc . , that I called ' Lifeline' and got a call center in Pakistan.

I told them I was suicidal.

They all got excited and asked if I could drive,

Meeting the president

One sunny day in late January 2013 an old man approached the White House from across Pennsylvania Avenue, where he'd been sitting on a park bench. He spoke to the U.S. Marine standing guard and said, "I would like to go in and meet with President Obama."

The Marine looked at the man and said, "Sir, Mr. Obama is no longer president and no longer resides here."

The old man said, "Okay," and walked away.

The following day, the same man approached the White House and said to the same Marine, "I would like to go in and meet with President Obama."

The Marine again told the man, "Sir, as I said yesterday, Mr. Obama is no longer president and no longer resides here."

The man thanked him and, again, just walked away.

The third day, the same man once again approached the White House and spoke to the same U.S. Marine, saying, "I would like to go in and meet with President Obama."

The Marine, understandably agitated at this point, looked at the man and said, "Sir, this is the third day in a row you have come here asking to speak to Mr. Obama. I've told you already that Mr. Obama is no longer the president and no longer resides here. Don't you understand?"

The old man looked at the Marine and said, "Oh, I understand. I just love hearing it."

The Marine snapped to attention, saluted, and said, "See you tomorrow, sir."

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Productive Saturday

Jeff came up this morning from North Carolina on business and he and Walter have been out all morning.

It's been a very productive day. Sean came over this morning to do some yard work for me. he was able to partially remove one of the flower beds. Then using the monkey grass that he was digging up, he created a new bed next to the driveway. It looks so much better! Once it takes hold it is going to be so nice - it will keep the slope next to the ditch from eroding

Baby Robins, by Judy P. SmithA bunch from our 'Gutter' group got together at Glory Days Grill for dinner. We had a great time. It was nice catching up with everyone.

It was funny, while we were having dinner I noticed that there was movement in the holly tree next to the patio. Turned out that there was a nest full of baby Robins. What made it even more remarkable was that last year there had been another nest there as well. (Sarah & I had tried to get some pictures last year - but it had been much later in the evening and the light was horrible.)