Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Please visit - - - for the most touching picture of the year!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Of Birds and Men

I've been observing the mating "calls" and rituals of the birds in our yard.

Why, yes, Life is boring - - -

Anyway, I could merrily strangle the crazy, lovestruck flicker which has chosen out chimney flashing as his "text" centre! About 5am he starts and drives the cat and us to distraction.

(Course, Buddy doesn't mind too much for he starts "working" on me to get up and feed him.)

Then there's the robins - now they are something else. I guess they have already "found " their mate and spend hours flying in tandem, dizzy swirls toward the ground - then away they go again.

Last year, a pair had "eyes only for each other" and crashed into our neighbor's window. Well, they died happy, at least.

This year, Daddy robin is guarding his territory while Mommy works like mad hauling nesting materials. Buddy, the cat, is going nuts for now the male has seen Buddy and sits on the deck, mere inches from Buddy's nose - or he perches on the handle of the BBQ which is about 6' away.

I'm really glad God didn't mix up Man and bird when he made them. Can't you just see men walking down the street banging their heads on store faces? Oh, I guess he did mess up a bit. Women still do the work while Daddy watches - just kidding, just kidding:)

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Uses For Coffee Filters - - -

Blogging posts are getting desperate when I resort to hints! Anyway, hope one of these makes your life easier.

(1) Cut slit in filter and poke Popsicle stick thru - catches messy drips.

(2) Spray your glass cleaner on surface, wipe with a dry, unused filter - no streaks.

(3) Prevent your cast iron pans from rusting by putting filters between them.

(4) Strain soup stock in a colander lined with a filter.

(5) Put several between plates, etc. as a buffer.

Now I'll go to bed and dream up a real post. Sleep tight, Everyone.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Backup - Big Bang

So Computer Son set up a cool back up system for me last week.
Several years ago, I typed a lot of recipes in and the computer blew its stack, spewing my hard typed recipes into blogland - or somewhere.

He was able to recover quite a few and luckily I had kept the paper copies.

Long story short, I have binders of recipes, many recipe books and clippings. Decided for the sake of convenience, I'd scan all of them and then do the big "toss out".

Kind of funny (well, to me), last week he got it all set up, magic plug in place. I grab the laptop and the plug pulls out - mid program. It really was the plug's fault, not mine.

Felt like a kid calling his parent to fess up as to what I did. He raised one eye brow - which is very effective - - - Anyway, I have a yellow post it note on the main bath mirror to remind me to plug in the precious device so it can do it's magic at 1 a.m. Sunday.

Wish me luck, hope I don't mess up cause he's holidaying in the good ol' US of A with his Mrs. and probably wouldn't appreciate a call from his (computer illiterate) Mom.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Da Pole Lady - - -

So Sis took up pole walking - a very noble idea.

Today, we're driving home and see her poling down the road - one pole in right hand, cell on her shoulder and left hand/arm/pole at a 45 degree angle. thought she was trying to get better reception on her radio - no, just gesturing wildly as she poled, walked, listened and carried on a conversation.

I've heard of multi tasking but this is getting crazy. Anyway, go Sis go. Good luck on your walks.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Happy Birthday, Mark!

Birthday wishes to our son, a source of love, comfort, humor and support. We are delighted to have you home on your special day. Love Dad and Mom!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Happy Birthday, Shirl!

So our sister, Shirl, is a year younger today.

Happy birthday, dear sister. thanks for all the support over the past years. I hope 09 is just one of the best for you.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Attended an art show last evening - it's been ages since I've been to one. Very interesting meeting some of the talented people who submitted their works.

A nice mix of young and old. One teen spontaneously stood at an old piano and did a marvelous job entertaining us. There was lots of food and drink - I didn't partake, I have visions of stumbling into a piece with food in hand!

A highlight was running into 2 patients - we could have talked forever. I miss them.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009