Sunday, August 26, 2012

Weekend at the Lake

The weekend started early on Friday afternoon. I hopped in the car and head out to the lake for the weekend. The further south I went the cloudier it became, by the time I had arrived at my destination, it was sprinkling rain.  No worries, it was time to relax.

We headed out to a local restaurant for dinner. It was a great evening of food and conversation. A really awesome start of the weekend together.

Saturday morning we were greeted with a downpour early in the morning. I enjoyed listening to the rain hitting the skylight. Very peaceful. With the rain came a drop in temperature. I was sure glad that I had taken jeans with me. Brr.  Of course as the skies cleared the temperature rose to a more seasonable level. We did get down to the dock for a while in the early evening, just long enough to let Borla chase a few balls in the lake and I even saw an Osprey across the lake.

The sun rose Sunday morning shining brightly. The sky was only slightly cloudy and promised us a day of sun and fun. We were able to spend a good portion of the day swimming, hanging out of the dock and riding the jet ski. Borla had a great time retrieving the tennis ball from the lake, over and over again.

I'm just a little sun kissed this evening it should be all good in the morning. The ride home was uneventful, although I don't think I ever make the trip down and back the same way. Some day I maybe able to make it using the same route. All in all it was a great weekend at the weekend with friends.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Brownie for One! Yum!!

I've been searching around on Pinterest lately and came across several different recipes for cakes, brownies, and such in a mug. There are a multitude of variations on this basic recipe theme.

I tried this one this evening and it came out pretty well. The original recipe calls for a scoop of ice cream. That might have made it a bit more "gooey" but if I had thrown in a Hershey Kiss or two and it would have been awesome!

Mug Brownie 

1 egg
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup powdered sugar (a little bit more would give it an extra punch)

In a mug, whisk together the egg, cocoa, and powdered sugar until a batter forms. Zap the mug full of batter in the microwave for 60 seconds (can be up to 90 seconds). The key is to watch it through the window of the microwave door, cake is done when it rises to the top of the mug and then just begins to fall.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Great Lightroom Presets

Mom passed on this link to a great set of Lightroom Presets by Matt Kloskowski. Here's a before and after using just one of them.


Congratulations Dr. Goldberg!!

My dear friend, dentist and author, Dr. Michael Goldberg was interview by dLife about cosmetic dentistry and about the various types of cosmetic dental procedures and the potential risks they may have for a person with diabetes.

His interview is full of information for the diabetic.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

A Hunting We Will Go

I had a wonderful morning, albeit a very early one, with Dad today. We headed out to the middle of no where for him to help judge a dog competition. I thought that it would be good opportunity to get out and get some different types of photos.

We headed out bright and early this morning, at 2 a.m.!!! The temperature was nice for a drive without AC. I never thought that we would ever get there. We twisted this way, turned that way, and a couple of times seemed to be making a circle. We even saw nine deer on the side of the road as we were on the last leg of the journey to our destination.  Thought there for a few minutes we were going to be taking home a deer with us (they were very close to the edge of the road).

It was amazing how long these dog kept at it trying to search out what they were looking for. A few of them reminded me of Bounce, with their ears flapping as they trotted along and their tongues all lolled out seeming to be four times their normal length.

At one time several came trotting along in a line when they were passed by a dog going in the opposite direction - they seemed to question why he was going that way. Then a couple popped out of the woods acting like they had found something, that was until they hit the road. There they had that look of "Where did it go?"

Although we didn't see a whole lot of activity at the corner where we were sitting. I did get some nice pictures of the flowers (aka weeds) and the sunrise.

On our trip back home, Dad spotted a turkey - he even turned around so I could take some photos of it. Finally there were some calves, who came right out to the fence for photos. One even "mooed" at me.

I really enjoyed spending the time with Dad, it is something we haven't done in years.

Thank You

I would like to thank my daughter for all the love and kindness that she has shown to me over the past few years.

How much I have looked forward to sharing the grandchildren growing up and reaching those developmental milestones. First words, first steps, birthdays, school plays and the like. They are just some of the things that make being a grandparent such a joy.

Knowing just the things that will bring a sparkle to their eyes. Having them on out on little day trips or overnight. Sharing with them the things that once were shared with her. Learning about them and being able to be there for them as they grow up.

Not to mention how much she has enabled our family to draw closer to one another.

How painful would it be to be cut off and totally disassociated with. Without the love of your children and grandchildren. Being alone. What a horrible way to go through life - knowing that your child and grandchildren are there just out of reach. Knowing that others know the joy of spending time with them yet are unable to share this because of the pain and torment that it can cause.

How hard a callus must have to develop to withstand this knowledge and rejection by your own flesh and blood. Such sorrow and sadness.

Happy Birthday Alec!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

SCAM Alert

WARNING: I received a call this evening from a person stating that she was from Feldman Mead and Associates and that they wanted to know if someone was going to be home tomorrow because they were going to be serving papers. I inquired as to who the were looking for, so I could let them know whether they had the right address or not. They asked for "X", and I informed them that the person that they were looking for did not nor had they ever lived at our home.

I was told that my name was on the file associated with this person and that I would need to have them return their call to have my name removed. I reiterated to them that no such person lived or had lived at our home. She asked me to check with other members of the household and have them give the message to "X" so that they could return the call and have my name removed from the file associated with "X".

I told them I would take their name and number, but that we had only had this phone number for a couple of years and had no idea of who had it prior to us.


I did a quick search for Feldman Mead and Associates with the phone number of 866-378-833, and found several sites that have this company listed as a scam.
When you analyze this a whole lot of things about the calls in general just don't add up:
  1. They do not call before serving papers. How dumb would that be?
  2. They called our house line, which generally only gets calls from political committees and pollsters, or just plain old wrong numbers. We just don't use the number for anything at all if someone wants us they know how to reach us. We've only had the house phone for a couple of years - and who know who had it before we did!
  3. I didn't push it, but should have found out what address they were going to try to serve. It would have been interesting to find out if they were actually going to try to serve our house.
  4. They never did ask my name or tell me my name, so I don't know who's name it is that they have associated with that file number they gave me.
With the economy in the state that it is in, I can see why someone may fall for this. Who would want to have their a lawsuit filed against them for whatever the reason. From what I read on the various boards, it appears that this group is just out to scam people out of money - by pressuring them to make a settlement on some alleged past debt.


  • Never volunteer any information to someone that calls you.
  • Check them out.
  • You can always call the local police to check if is a SCAM.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Steampunk Jewelry

Cassie and I have had a great evening of steampunk jewelry making.

We started the evening off with a trip to Michael's for supplies. So many choices, so little money. I truly believe that we could have spent a couple of hundred dollars easily. We probably should have picked up some resin, but...maybe next time.

Cassie & I are going to be keeping an eye out for interesting pieces to add to our collection of stuff.