Friday, September 30, 2005

He/She got me too...but only once

This entry is just an FYI for;     shadowhawk3680

You are.... from this date forward blocked from my journal.  It's not nice to fool with people and their journals.  We enjoy what we do and we enjoy reading our special friend's journals.  You need to learn some respect.   You might even learn something about respect and courtesy if you would read some of them and keep your spam to yourself.

Warning About A Deadly Game

I wanted to share this information with as many people as possible.  It seems this "deadly game" is becoming an epidemic in the US and other parts of our world.  I became aware of it when , the son of one of our local family practice doctors' died a couple weeks ago.  She and her husband did an interview with the local newspaper, telling their story and that of their son's hoping to save another child's life.  Now this young girl in Seattle has died and on the front page of my paper today is the picture of another young man, who was injured doing this at school but didn't die.  In his case, the kids were doing this at school between classes.  So I hope that those of you who have pre-teen and teenage children or grandchildren or know someone who does...will pass this information along to them. Until next time....Linda

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Thursday Evening, Another Entry

I reported in August about my 45th class reunion.  They talked about the next one in 5 years, I thought yikes, we'll all be 68 years old and that's too long to wait.  So.....I went to a local travel agent and talked to her about a reunion cruise, next August thru the Alaska inside passage.  I emailed all my classmates that I had email addresses for and mailed out 116 notices to the others.  I've gotten a few responses, some already have plans for family reunion and such but some are as excited as I am. Of course, it's not really me they have to contact for's the travel agancy.  Anyway I just got another call tonight from a former classmate and she was so excitied, her husband says they can go!    And yesterday my long-time friend, Lynette, called and she's going and wants to be my room mate, since her husband won't go (I guess he gets sea-sick).  This cruise is something I've wanted to do for over 30 years.  My former husband and I used to talk about it.  So...this old lady is excited, it looks like I'll finally get to cruise to Alaska.  We are scheduled to leave Seattle on August 11, 2006 (returning August 18th) on the Royal Caribbean "Vision of the Seas".  There will be stops in Skagway and Juneau, among others and then coming home we'll spend a day in Victoria, BC.  After talking to several people, we decided "the more the merrier" so now it's open not only to our fellow classmates but friends and families as well.  I think there are even a couple of the nurses at my office that want to go.   So hey, if there's anyone out there that wants to get in on this group cruise.....send me an email and I'll get you the details.   Now, if I can calm down...I'm going to go read my book and then try to get some rest so I can make it to work tomorrow.    Until next time,   Linda


Your Monday Photo Shoot: Give your camera to a child, friend, spouse or relative and have them shoot some pictures. Show us the pictures they take. This will be more fun if you have a digital camera, of course (because they can snap off a whole bunch of pics), and I also find it's a lot of fun to give the camera to small fry, because their perspective on what's photo-worthy is different than the rest of us.  From John at;

I took my camera to work, hoping someone would come in with their child and I'd let them take some pictures.  Well, that didn't happen so I had to become like a child and do it myself.  So here's my pictures; 1. myself and my co-worker Junee clowning around, at least we both have our headsets on so we can answer a call if one comes in.

2. one of the bulletin boards I have at my "cubicle."  It's got some work related stuff but mostly personal pictures, etc. that make my space at work feel a little like home.

3. my wood stove here at home in my living room with the first fire of this fall season.  It got so warm in the house today, I had to open the front door to cool it off.  Then I discovered it was 60* outside and I really didn't need the fire after all.

Until next time......Linda

Thursday Mid Day

Well, it's a cool rainy morning here in Western Washington.  We haven't had a real rainfall for months.  And even tho the pavement looks wet out my window...I'm thinking it's just "pretend rain"  a little sprinkle here and a little sprinkle there.   The pavement is also littered with leaves from all the maple trees here in this community where I live.  I have a huge cedar tree in front of my house and it just drops it's little dead branches all over the front lawn but most of my neighbors have maple or willow trees and of course their leaves end up in my yard.  HOWEVER.....I have a sweet retired neighbor, who loves to use his leaf blower.  So, he "takes care" of his leaves and mine.  What an angel he is.  He even clears the dried leaves out my carport when I'm at work.  Fall is truly a beautiful time of the year but I don't like winter.  So I make a motion that we go from fall to spring to summer and back to fall. (Leaving winter totally out of the picture)  All in favor...raise your right hand.  The motion has PASSED !!!    I did start a fire in my wood stove this morning...don't tell Julie and my grandkids tho because they're probably a few miles away freezing their buns off.  

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

This Week's Photo Scavenger Hunt #43 FAVORITE BRACELET

This Week's Photo Scavenger Hunt (#43) will be due on Sunday, October 2, at 11 PM EST from Krissy at;

Category:  Favorite Bracelet

I don't wear a regular bracelet very often, but I do have a silver charm bracelet watch that I wear several times every week.  I got it from my friendly Avon lady last spring.  I have a gold one that my brother & sister in law gave me last January for my birthday and I wear it occasionally too.  It's very pretty.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005


11 Reasons to Smile

    Now that food has replaced sex in my life, I can't even get into my own pants.

I saw a woman  wearing a sweat shirt with "Guess" on it
So I said "Implants?" She hit me.

How come we choose from just two people to run for
president and 50 for Miss America?

A good friend will come and bail you out of jail...but, a true friend will be sitting next to you saying, "Darn...that was fun!"

I signed up for an exercise class and was told to wear loose-fitting clothing. If I HAD any loose-fitting clothing, I wouldn't have signed up in the first place!

When I was young we used to go "skinny dipping," now I just "chunky dunk."

Don't argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able
to tell the difference.

Wouldn't it be nice if whenever we messed up our life we could simply press 'Ctrl Alt Delete' and start all over? AMEN, AMEN !!

Why is it that our children can't read a Bible in school, but they can in prison?

Wouldn't you know it...
Brain cells come and brain cells go, but FATcells live forever.

Why do I have to swear on the Bible in court when the Ten Commandments cannot be displayed in a federal building?

I don't know about you, but I sure got a chuckle out of these,
and I'll bet your friends will too!!

I've learned....
That life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer it gets to the end, the faster it goes.

 Use things and love people, instead of using people and loving things

Another Clean Laugh from Cyber Salt Website

Happy Tuesday, I'm off to work today, so will make this short. Hope everyone has a marvy day.

                                Cat Petting

We moved into an apartment while we were looking for a place that would let us keep our pets. We could not have our pets at our apartment, so my brother-in-law kept our cat for us until we could find a place that would let us keep him.

One day he came home after dark and saw the cat on the porch eating. He reached down to pet him and while he was petting him he looked over toward the fence where he saw MY cat sitting. Looking back around to see what he was petting he realized that it was a raccoon that had came up to eat the cat food. After that the cat was fed in the house.

Can anyone really mistake a racoon for a cat?

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Sunday Seven- Episode 4


Of the movies in your current DVD or VHS collection, name seven (in no particular order) that you have watched enough times to make your friends suspect that there might be something wrong with you but that you can't imagine not watching again.

Either answer the question in a comment or answer it in your journal and include the link in a comment.  (To be considered"first to play," a link must be to the specific entry in which you answered the question.)'s mine:

1. Out of Africa

2. You've Got Mail

3. Sleepless in Seattle

4. the newest Phantom of the Opera

5. When Harry Met Sally

6. Two Weeks Notice

7. Fun With Dick and Jane (that's an oldie)

There are more... for instance I met John Wayne in person (see picture, taken in March of 1955) when he and Lauren Bacall were making the movie "Blood Alley" so I have to admit I've probably watched the one thirty or forty times.  And I also have watched the M*A*S*H movie many times.

For All Those Who Work in An Office or Know Someone Who Does.

The following is courtesy of the Cybersalt website, I laughed and laughed when I read it.  Where I work, if we are going to be gone for more than one day (work day) we have to leave a "Out of the Office" notice, so those who may email us know that we are not going to reply right away.  I wonder if I dare use some of these....probably not.

Best Out Of Office Replies

1.  I am currently out at a job interview and will reply to you if I fail to get the position. Be prepared for my mood.

2.  You are receiving this automatic notification because I am out of the office. If I was in, chances are you wouldn't have received anything at all.

3.  I will be unable to delete all the unread, worthless emails you send me until I return from vacation on September 30th. Please be patient and your mail will be deleted in the order it was received.

4.  Thank you for your email. Your credit card has been charged $10.99 for the first ten words and $5.99 for each additional word in your message.

5.  The e-mail server is unable to verify your server connection and is unable to deliver this message. Please restart your computer and try sending again.  (The beauty of this is that when you return, you can see how many in-duh-viduals did this over and over).

6.  Thank you for your message, which has been added to a queuing system. You are currently in 352nd place, and can expect to receive a reply in approximately 19 weeks.

7.  I've run away to join a different circus.

Easy Like A Sunday Morning

EASY QUESTION #25 from;//

EASY - like Sunday Morning!

Here's my question of the week.  Answer it in your journal and come back here and leave me a link in the comments.  I'll post your links next weekend and we'll start over again next Sunday :-)

Tell me.....

"....about one of your favorite journals.  And don't be suprised when all your friends e-mail you asking why you didn't pick them!"

That's really a tough one.  Let's just say that of all the journals I've seen..I've got alerts for only about 14 of them.   There are so many good ones, it would be hard to choose.  I love to read the journals here in the US (people in different parts of the country have different things to say) and I have alerts for 4 journals in the U.K. and I love them as well. I like to hear about their local events and see the pictures they post of their areas (and grand babies).

I guess I didn't do too well but I really do like all the journals that I read.  If I don't like them...I don't get the alerts, so I don't read them.

It's another sun shinny day here in Western Washington and I'm off to the fair later this morning.  (I feel bad about playing hooky from the "church house" but will watch it on TV while I'm getting ready this morning)

Happy Sunday to all......Linda

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Some More Fair Pictures & a Blond Joke

First the blond joke.  My blond friend Marianne sent me this one and as she says "it's a new all time low in blond jokes."

Two blondes were reading their daily newspapers and one of them sees a headline that says:

She thinks for a minute, and then whispers to her friend, many is a brazilian?"


Now back to the fair pictures, they are as follows;

1. yellow rubber duck display in the Hobby Hall  (you'll have to click to enlarge it to really see it good)     2.  Grange display (notice the volcano in the upper left was actually belching smoke)    3.  Christmas trees ( you put your name in the hat and fair officials pick 10 names out and give them a chance to decorate a tree for prizes.  Julie got to do this one year)

It worked !!!  I'll post more, later.     Linda



From Krissy;

This Week's Photo Scavenger Hunt (#42) will be due on Sunday, September 25, at 11 PM EST.  

Category:  Sleep

Since there's no one here to take a picture of me sleeping and I have no past pictures of me sleeping....this is the best I can do.  The nice warm cozy place where I sleep (and read my book before sleeping)!

Ok..I took care of that, so now I'm going out to mow the lawn.  It's cool but a lovely sunny day here in Western Washington !


Early Saturday Morning

I don't have much time this morning.  I'm watching the news of Hurricane Rita on the TV.  Some of those south eastern cities really got hit hard.  Some cities (Port Arthur, TX for instance) have flooding and of course the water is still pouring into New Orleans. 

I tried to post some fair pictures last night but it just didn't work.  My computer was working away all night and when I got up this morning it was still working and was not finished loading 5 pictures. I guess I should have been satisified with loading 3 or 4 only.

Everyone have a good Saturday,  I'm off to get ready for work. 

Until next time.....Linda

Friday, September 23, 2005

Pictures from the Puyallup (pew-all-up) Fair

I've already posted the pictures from the SW Western Washington Fair that I went to in August.  Now, here's some pictures from the local Western Washington Fair that I attended last Friday.  I'm hoping to go back again this Sunday, the last day, for some more people watching and one more of those tasty bar-b-que beef sandwiches that the Young Life people offer in their food booth.

Pictures are as follows:  1. the new Showplex building for all the commercial booths    2. 4H members and their dogs  3. big,big pumpkin (there's a lot of pies in that pumpkin. 4. official Fair bunny and a crazy old lady.

Have a good Fall Friday, I'm off to work today. It's very cool here again this morning but I refuse to get the coat out until the first of October (my car has a good heater).   Until next time,  Linda

Thursday, September 22, 2005

Weekend Assignment #78

from John (the journal guy)

Weekend Assignment #78: You are preparing to evacuate your house due to an upcoming threat. You have already packed up all your essential items, people and pets. You have room for three non-essential items. What are they?

Remember, you already have your essentials: food, medicines, water, clothes, and all the people (including the furry ones) who live with you. "Non-essentials" are things you don't need but would like to have, and can include momentos, books, jewelry, objects of sentimental value, and so on and so forth.

Extra Credit: Have you ever been evacuated?

1. My dad's Bible and my Bible

2. Picture albums that belonged to my folks and those of my kids and grandkids. And of course my picture of John Wayne & myself

3. My wedding ring (from former marriage, I love that ring) as well as my mom's engagement ring.

Extra Credit:  No I have never been evacuated unless you count the last time we had an earthquake of size.  It was February 29th the last time we had a February 29th.  I evacuated myself, right out the front door of the office, after grabbing my purse.

A Picture For Krissy

First of all let me say that my "cold" daughter and the grandkids do not need to look at this picture.  I took it this morning, after playing a few tunes for my own enjoyment. Silent Night is the easiest, so I play that frequently.  I can't find my accordian music, so have to play from memory.  Anyway, I am in all my glory, playing a tune just for you! Until next time...Linda

Thursday Morning

Finally !!!! I have been able to get this picture into my journal.  This is the red, white & blue quilt display that I photographed at the SW Washington Fair in Chehalis, in August.   It was so beautiful, the picture doesn't even do it justice.  So now that this picture loaded, I'll try some of the pictures I took last Friday at our Western WA fair in Puyallup.   It's a beautiful, sunny but cold day here and my poor daughter  is a few miles away freezing her buns off.   Maybe the kids can warm up some towels for you Julie..or put the neck wrap in the microwave and then put it around your neck and have the girl make you a cup of warm tea or cocoa. Until later....Linda

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Wednesday Evening

I stopped at my niece's house on the way home from work this afternoon.  They were watching an unfolding drama on Airbus passenger plane with 139 people on board, was coming into LA X for an emergency landing.  The landing gear under the nose of the plane had malfunctioned and the wheels were turned sideways, instead of straight ahead.  The plane had taken off from the Burbank airport (I landed there the end of May) on it's way to New York and apparently the wheels wouldn't retract, so they never left the Southern California air space.  They had to circle over the LA air space burning up fuel before it was safe to attempt bringing the plane down.   When the plane finally came down, the pilot kept it on the rear wheels as long as possible and then finally the nose of the plane came down.  There was smoke, and then flames as those front wheels were burning....but that crew brought that plane in right down the center line of the runway just as smooth as could be.  There were many, many emergency vehicles waiting on the runway but the passengers and crew all got off safely.  I'd say that pilot and his crew are true heroes ! 

Meanwhile in the south eastern part of our country, people are once again evacuting with the threat of Hurricane Rita (which at this point, I understand, is a catagory 5) .  Some of the people from New Orleans that were moved to Texas are now being moved again as Rita could hit Texas. It  still seems uncertain as to exactly where it will hit.

This PBS special is so great.  I have all the records (I guess they are called vinyls now) from the early 1960's that the Mama's & Papa's recorded.  Talk about easy listening music.  They were great !!!  If I had a turntable, I'd get them out and listen to each one of them right now!

Well, I'm off work again tomorrow.  I have an exciting day planned...there's a local plumbing company sending someone out to do some work in the morning and then I need to start going thru boxes of stuff in my storage shed..that is if I don't spend too much time at my computer.  Until next time....Linda

                                     Smart Italian

An old Italian man lived alone in the country. He wanted to dig his tomato garden, but it was very hard work as the ground was hard. His only son, Vincent, who used to help him, was in prison. The old man wrote a letter to his son and described his predicament.

Dear Vincent,
I am feeling pretty bad because it looks like I won't be able to plant my tomato garden this year. I'm just getting too old to be digging up a garden plot. If you were here my troubles would be over. I know you would dig the plot for me.

Love Dad

A few days later he received a letter from his son.

Dear Dad,
Not for nothing, but don't dig up that garden. That's where I buried the BODIES.
Love Vinnie

At 4 a.m. the next morning, FBI agents and local police arrived and dug up the entire area without finding any bodies. They apologized to the old man and left.

That same day the old man received another letter from his son.

Dear Dad,
Go ahead and plant the tomatoes now. That's the best I could do under the circumstances.
Love Vinnie

Good Wednesday Morning

I have a routine when I'm getting ready for work.  After the shower, make-up, blow drying hair and getting dressed..I eat my breakfast (the same thing every morning-a bowl of Kashi cereal & a piece of toast with a thin coat of almond butter with a dab of honey).  All summer I've fixed my breakfast and then opened the front door (for some fresh air) and plant myself on the couch to watch "Good Morning America" while I eat.  So this morning, I get to the "open the door part" and I'm thinking to myself..."my, it's a little cold this morning."  I then looked at my big thermometer outside my kitchen window and my gosh !!!! It's 42* out there, that's only 10 degrees above freezing.  But there's that beautiful sun shine out there....I think old man winter must be heading in our direction.  The weather guy says it's supposed to be in the upper 60's today so I guess I'll get my fresh air this evening when I get home.

My heart once again goes out to the dear folks in the south eastern part of our Hurricane Rita heads their way.

Have a good day.......Linda

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Tuesday Evening

Well, it was back to work today...nothing special happened, just the same stuff.  I felt anxious and very restless most of the day...and I finally figured out what the problem was....I was having withdrawals, AOL Journal withdrawals.  We're not allowed on the internet at work, so I had to rush home and was happy to have 13 Entry Alerts to read, while I ate my dinner.  And yes Krissy, I can still play a few songs on the accordian.  The one I have now is not my beautiful original one that I had when I was a kid and taking lessons.  It's a small (too small for me really) kid's accordian but it plays just like a big one and has 120 bases (those are the buttons on the left side). I sold my original one many, many years ago when I needed some extra money for $30.  And I bought the one I have now, over 20 years ago at a Swap Meet for $25 from a sweet dwarf lady.  Every once in awhile I get it out and play Christmas songs, hymns or maybe a polka.  Krissy if you ever get to Washington, you can come to my house & I'll play you a tune. WOW !!! I finally was able to get a small black & white picture into my here I am back in about 1952 with my first 12 base accordian. (My grandkids will probably die when they see this picture. 

Ok, that all for tonight.  It's back to work tomorrow and I expect to see lots of Alerts when I get home.  I'm going to get off here now & watch the new show "My Name is Earl."  Until next time......Linda

Tuesday Morning Chuckle from the Cybersalt Website

After a long weekend, I have to go back to work this morning. :(      So you folks have fun,  I'll miss being able to check my computer every hour or so during the day.  Here's a chuckle from the Cyber salt website.  Until next time......Linda

                                SENIOR SPECIAL

We went to breakfast at a restaurant where the "Seniors' Special" was two eggs, bacon, hash browns and toast for $1.99.
"Sounds good," my wife said. "But I don't want the eggs."
"Then I'll have to charge you two dollars and forty-nine cents because you're ordering a la carte," the waitress warned her.
"You mean I'd have to pay for not taking the eggs?" my wife asked incredulously. "Then I'll take the Special."
"How do you want your eggs?"
"Raw and in the shell!" my wife replied.

She took the two eggs home.

Monday, September 19, 2005

WD 40

I got this from my friend Judy down in Arizona.  Of course I don't know if all this really works but if there's somebody out there that has a lot of time, maybe you can check each one of these 43 uses of WD 40 out and get back to us. 

WD-40 Background:   
The product began from a search for a rust preventative solvent and de greaser to protect missile parts. WD-40 was created in 1953 by three technician sat the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company. Its name comes from the project that was to find a "Water Displacement" compound. They were successful with the fortieth formulation, thus WD-40.  The Corvair Company bought it in bulk to protect their Atlas missile parts.  The workers were so pleased with the product they began smuggling (also known as "shrinkage" or "stealing") it out to use at home.
The executives decided there might be a consumer market for it and put it in aerosol cans. The rest is history. It is a carefully guarded recipe known only to four people. One of them is the "brew master." There are about 2.5 million gallons of the stuff manufactured each year. It gets its distinctive smell from a fragrance that is added to the brew. Ken East (one of the original founders) says there is nothing in WD-40 that would hurt you.  When you read the "shower door" part, try it. It's the first thing that has cleaned that spotty shower door. If yours is plastic, it works just as well as glass. It's a miracle! Then try it on your stovetop.  It's now shinier than it's ever been.  Here are some of the uses:
1.   Protects silver from tarnishing..
2.  Cleans and lubricates guitar strings..
3.  Gets oil spots off concrete driveways..
4.  Gives floors that 'just-waxed' sheen without   making it  slippery.
5.  Keeps flies off cows.
6.  Restores and cleans chalkboards.
7.  Removes lipstick stains.
8.  Loosens stubborn zippers.
9.  Untangles jewelry chains.
10.  Removes stains from stainless steel sinks.
11.  Removes dirt and grime from the barbecue grill.
12.  Keeps ceramic/terra cotta garden pots from oxidizing.
13.  Removes tomato stains from clothing.
14.  Keeps glass shower doors free of water spots.
15.  Camouflages scratches in ceramic and marble floors.
16.  Keeps scissors working smoothly.
17.  Lubricates noisy door hinges on vehicles and doors in  homes.
18.  Gives a children's play gym slide a shine for a super fast  slide.
19.  Lubricates gear shift and mower deck lever for ease of  handling on riding mowers.
20.  Rids rocking chairs and swings of squeaky noises.
21.  Lubricates tracks in sticking home windows and makes  them  easier to open.
22.  Spraying an umbrella stem makes it easier to open and  close Restores and cleans padded leather dashboards and  vinyl bumpers.
23.  Restores and cleans roof racks on vehicles.
24.  Lubricates and stops squeaks in electric fans.
26. Lubricates wheel sprockets on tricycles, wagons, and bicycles for easy handling.
27. Lubricates fan belts on washers and dryers and keeps them running smoothly
28.      Keeps rust from forming on saws and saw blades, and  other tools
28.  Removes splattered grease on stove
29.  Keeps bathroom mirror from fogging up
30.  Lubricates prosthetic limbs
31. Keeps pigeons off the balcony (they hate the smell)
32. Removes all traces of duct tape
33. I have even heard of folks spraying it on their arms, hands, and knees to relieve arthritis pain.
34.  Florida's favorite use was "cleans and removes love bugs  from grills and bumpers".
35.  The favorite use in the state of New York  is WD-40 protects  the Statue of Liberty from the elements.
36.  WD-40 attracts fish. Spray a LITTLE on live bait or lures and  you will be catching the big one in no time. It's a lot cheaper than the chemical attractants that are made for just  that purpose. Keep in mind though, using some che! mical  laced baits or lures for fishing are not allowed in some  states.
37.  Use it for fire ant bites. It takes the sting away immediately  and stops the itch..
38.  WD-40 is great for removing crayon from walls. Spray on  the mark and wipe with a clean rag.
39.  Also, if you've discovered that your teenage daughter has  washed and dried a tube of lipstick with a load of laundry,  saturate the lipstick spots with WD-40 and re wash. Presto, Lipstick is gone.
40.  If you sprayed WD-40 on the distributor cap, it would  displace the moisture and allow the car to start.
41.  WD-40, long known for its ability to remove leftover sticky  label tape, is also a lovely perfume and air freshener.  Sprayed liberally on every hinge in the house, it leaves that  distinctive clean fresh scent for up to two days.
42.  Seriously though, it removes black scuff marks from the  kitchen floor! Use WD-40 for those nasty tar and scuff  marks on flooring. It doesn't seem to harm the finish, and  you won't have to scrub nearly as hard to get them off. Just  remember to open some windows if you have a lot of  marks.
43.  Bug guts will eat away the finish on your car if not removed  quick enough. Use WD-40.

Monday Morning Question From Krissy

Monday Morning Question: from Krissy at;

Many of you recently have said you would like to write a book and have it published.  If so, what would the subject matter be?

I actually have started writing a book of sorts for my grandchildren.  I've titled it "The Story of Your Life" because obviously it's the story of their background.  It's not that my life has been so unusual and I've really done nothing that wonderful (well, I met John Wayne when I was 13) but my life as a young person was so much different than their's is and I wanted them to know about it.  If I ever get it will probably be very boring to them until they are adults.  I was blessed to have a grandmother & for awhile a great grandfather living on the same property when I was Junior High age.  I wish I would have asked them more questions.  I have old pictures of my great grandfather as a young man, I have a picture of his parents...but I don't know if he had any siblings and I've done a lot of genealogy research and find no information of this. So, I'd like my grandkids to have as much family information as possible so that someday they don't have to wonder.  If it was would be strictly for my family because no one else would give a hoot.  

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Sunday night finally answering "My 7 Things"

Quite awhile ago I was tagged by Jules for "My 7 Things"

so here you answers.

7 Things I plan to do before I die: 1. retire from my job 2. learn to knit (after reading Debbi Macomber's book, "The Shop on Blossom Street.") 3. learn to play the violin 4. go on a cruise to Alaska  5. do some volunteer work  6. take another train trip 7. loose some weight.

7 Things I can Do: 1. say "hi" and a few other simple things in sign language  2.still play a few tunes on my accordian  3. make good lasagna 4. drive a stick shift 5. milk a cow (I did it as a kid, it's something you never forget) 6. copy and paste 7. touch my toes

7 Things I Can't Do:  1. write my name in the snow (that's a guy thing) 2. make good pie crust  3. play a trumpet  4. do a cartwheel (never could, even as a kid) 5. change the oil in my car (that's why God created Jiffy Lube) 6. get pictures into my journal  7. win the lottery

7 Things That Attract Me To The Opposite Sex:  1. Christian values 2. a great sense of humor 3. tall (6 feet at least) 4. being a non-smoker  5. being a non-drinker 6. good manners 7. big brown or hazel eyes

7 Things That I Say Most Often:  1. "good morning, this is Linda (at work before noon) 2. "good afternoon, this is Linda (at work after noon) 3. "what's your due date?" (I register couples for their childbirth classes) 4. "is it pay day yet ? 5. "oh my gosh, I only have a half tank of gas left." 6. "messages of a various nature I leave on my son's voice mail because he never answers his phone." 7.  my prayers each night before I go to sleep

7 Celebrity Crushes 1. John Wayne ( I met him in 1955 and he was so nice to a shy 13yr old girl) 2. Kevin Costner 3. James Garner 4. Robert Redford 5. Harrison Ford 6. Hugh Grant 7. Tom Brokaw

There I did i'm going to bed and say my prayers.  :)

Sunday again

I took some really great pictures at the fair this last Friday but I'm having trouble getting them into my journal.  My son-in-law stopped here this afternoon and he checked out my computer and everything seems A-OK but it doesn't seem to want to work right when it comes to pictures.  I'll keep trying and post them as soon as I can.  I have this older computer so maybe it's just gotten stuffy about doing all this work for me. 

Easy Like A Sunday Morning #24


EASY - like Sunday Morning!

Here's my question of the week.  Answer it in your journal and come back here and leave me a link in the comments.  I'll post your links next weekend and we'll start over again next Sunday :-)Tell me.....

"What season premiere are you most looking forward to watching on TV - or is TV a take it or leave it kind of thing in your house?"

Personally, I don't really watch much of anything.  I mean actually sit down & watch a program.  The tube is positioned so I can be on my computer and watch it...but I'm also looking at my monitor, so I'm sure I miss some stuff.  Since I work most week days, I'm in the kitchen cooking or cleaning up in the evening and just listening to the TV.  But, I have noticed some previews of a show about some guy named "Earl"  and I'm curious about that one. It might be funny...we'll see. I go to bed early so don't watch any of those late prime time shows.  So that's my answer...Linda

Friday, September 16, 2005

A Fair Day

The rain stopped by the time we got to the fair grounds.  It was overcast (overcast is ok) and just perfect !  Not too crowded like it is on a sunny day and we had a wonderful time.  There were 97 full size quilts displayed this year and we looked at each one.  There were also quilted wall hangings and table runners, crocheted items, baked goods, canned food  and the highlight was the "Cooking with Spam" contest (yuk!).We looked at all the displays in the hobby hall..I loved the yellow rubber duck display. Found my grandkids model entries (both won Honorable Mention) and checked out the huge model train takes up a huge area in this big room.  There were 5 men with remotes running all the trains around the tracks.  We watched the Royal Canadian Mounted Police show and also a draft horse show, looked at the 4-H dogs, cows, sheep, goats, rabbits, chickens, etc.  There are some beautiful new buildings out there and lots of new benches (old folks love benches) and restrooms. My favorite place to eat...the Young Life Bar b que is now in a new shiny facility with lots of indoor seating.  I took a bunch of pictures but my back and feet hurt tonight so I'll go thru those later and post some of them another day.  All in all it was a marvelous "girl's day at the fair."  I wish all of you out there in J-land could have been there with me.  Until next time...Linda

A Smile from the Cybersalt Website

                               Sugar Worry

A fellow nurse at my hospital received a call from an anxious woman. "I'm diabetic and I'm afraid I've had too much sugar today," she said.

"Are you light-headed?" my colleague asked.

"No," the caller answered, "I'm a brunette."


The office I work in for the health system also houses the system's 24 hour telephone consulting nurses.  I'm sure more than one of them has received a call much like that one.

Rainy Friday Morning

So we finally got some rain...but why today ?? I'm off work and going to the Puyallup (pew-all-up) Fair. It's so crowded on the weekends, so I've been planning all along to go to today and now it's raining.  Oh well, I've got several umbrellas and most of the stuff is inside's just that on a sunny day it's nice to sit on a bench, eat a scone or ice cream and do some people watching.  I'm going with a girl friend, so we can look at all the quilts, hand work, baked goods, etc. things that most men don't really that will make it ok. I'm taking my camera so if it's not raining too hard I'll try to take a few pictures to post later.

Until later, Linda


Thursday, September 15, 2005

John's Weekends Assignment #77: When I Grow Up

Subject: Weekend Assignment #77: When I Grow Up
Author: johnmscalzi
"Based on a discussion I was having with my daughter, your short and sweet weekend assignment:

Weekend Assignment #77: What do you want to be when you grow up?

This can be answered one of two ways: You can answer by saying what you wanted to be when you were a kid, or, you can answer by saying what you still want to be, one day, one way or another. It's up to you.

Extra Credit: What did your parents want you to be when you grew up?

As a junior and senior in high school, when I signed up for Career Day, I would always go to the Air Force booth (thought I might like to be an aerial photographer), the Telephone Company (I did work as a long distance operator the first 4 years out of high school) and the local Hospital Nursing school's booths (yup, thought I wanted to be a nurse). 

 Well, I love to take pictures to this day but hate flying, I have worked in a hospital (health system) for over 23 years but I'm not a nurse...I have worked on the switchboard, the mail room, I was in the admitting department for 10 years, worked in medical records and now in the Customer Service dept.

But the best job of all was when I was a wife and a mom.  Unfortunately, the wife part came to an end in 1982 but I'm still a mom and now a grand mom.

I think my dad would have liked me to work in the office at the Milwaukee Railroad where he worked as a telegrapher and a train dispatcher.  And I know my mom would have liked me to follow her footsteps and become a registered nurse.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

From Krissy: This Week's Photo Scavenger Hunt #41

From Krissy:

This Week's Photo Scavenger Hunt (#41) will be due on Sunday, September 18, at 11 PM EST.  


I searched my memory banks and can't remember any recent family photos..that would be me with my 2 children, Julie's husband and their children.  So.... I decided to enter a picture of my immediate family in 1946. My dad had just returned home from World War II.  My brother wasn't born until 1950 so when this picture was taken he wasn't even a twinkle in my parent's eyes.  I think a current family photo is way past due ! (Do you hear that Jools?)


Sunday, September 11, 2005

Sunday Evening/On the lighter side

Thanks to the Cybersalt Website(  for the following:

Heather and Marcy hadn't seen each other in awhile, so they decided to meet for lunch.  The talk naturally got around to their respective love lives.  Marcy confided that there really wasn't anyone special in her life.

Heather, on the other hand, was beaming about the new man she had found.  "He's perfect.  He's handsome, he's sweet, and last night when we went out to dinner, he said the four little words I've been waiting to hear a man say to me!"

"He said 'will you marry me'?" Marcy asked.

Heather replied, "No, he said 'put your money away'."

EASY Like A Sunday Morning

EASY - like Sunday Morning!  #23

Here's my question of the week.  Answer it in your journal and come back here and leave me a link in the comments.  I'll post your links on Saturday and we'll start over again next week :-)

Tell me.....

"Where were you on September 11, 2001?"

An assignment from:

I was in my living room, watching "Good Morning America" waiting for two other co-workers and the Shuttle Van that we were using at the time to pick us up for work.  The hosts on GMA came on and said there had been some sort of a plane crash into the World Trade Center and that they were trying to get more details.  But they did have a camera shot of the initial smoke coming out of the side of the building.  By the time my co-workers showed up, they were just finding out that it was a passenger jet and then just before the van picked us up, the second plane hit.  When we got to work, the boss had pulled the TV (used for educational videos, etc only) out of the conference room and had it turned to a Seattle news station and there it remained all day and I'm sure thru the night. I work in a call center for the health system and it is staffed 24-7.   It was so difficult for us to keep our composure during that day and the next several days as we helped those calling in. We were in tears most of that first day, especially.  I don't remember calling Julie but I guess I must have.  That's what she has posted in her journal.     I'm also old enough to remember the day President Kennedy was shot...and I remember the details of that day vividly.  Two dreadful events that will remain in my mind forever.        Linda

September 11th

I just read a moving account of September 11, 2001.  For my close friends who follow my journal, please follow this link to read the account of someone who was there, in New York,  on that awful day.

I was unable to access his tribute, because I'm on dial-up and I was afraid I'd blow up my computer.  But, from the comments left it must be a heart wrenching tribute.  We must never forget what was done that day.  And like I've said wasn't just an attack on the USA, it was an attack on all people, in every country of this world who desire to live in peace.

On a lighter note, I have a dear friend who is celebrating her birthday today, so I want to take this opportunity to wish my dear friend Jan a happy birthday.

Until next time...Linda

"A smile is a curve that sets everything straight"

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Saturday 6pm

Well, the rain is gone and the sun has been out since about 1pm.  The "big bash" birthday party for the clinic turned out good.  They did have huge white tents erected in the parking lot and had lots of different health care booths set up.  Lot's of freebies given away (key chains, water bottles, chap sticks, little first aid kits, pens, etc) I got a whole bag of goodies.  And marvelous catered food.  Little finger sandwiches, chips, fruit cups and of course birthday cake since we were celebrating the clinic's 15th birthday.  Saw alot of people I haven't seen for a long time and you know what the best part is...I get 4 hours pay for today. What more could you ask lunch, goodies and pay?

I'm taking a cue from a new journaler, Joanne in the UK( posting my picture today.  I know a lot of you have it on your introduction but I don't. I have posted pictures of my son and most of you know my daughter you can see they look nothing like me.  Is it possible to get the wrong baby twice?   So anyway here you see a picture of an old lady living in Western Washington.  Be kind to her, ok?    Until next time...Linda 

Early Saturday Morning

It's 6am  Saturday.  I woke up to the sound of rain.  YEAH !!!!  I just hope it lasts long enough to do some good. Everything is so dry.  In thinking back tho, I think it will...the Fair started yesterday and that usually brings a few days of rainy, windy weather.  It's just awful trying to navigate out there in the rain. Going from building to building, barn to barn.  Wet crying kids being pulled along by their get the picture.  I'm scheduled to work today for a few hours at the 15th birthday party of one of the health systems clinics.  As I remember, it was scheduled to be a gala affair in their parking lot. Hmmmm....I wonder what they'll do in the rain ?  I guess I'll find out in a few hours when I get there. Maybe a big tent will have been erected. Have a good day.  Until later....Linda

Friday, September 9, 2005


Happy Friday !  After being off yesterday, I'm going back to work today.  There's something wrong with going back to work on a Friday.  Besides that today I am on what we refer to as the "stink" shift, 9:30a-6p.  People should be home eating dinner at 6pm. The weather person is promising us rain today.  It's been so long since we've had rain, I can hardly remember what it looks like.  My heart still goes out to those dear folks in the Gulf region.  New Orleans is apparently still 60% underwater. And another tropical storm is closing in on them.   Well, I'm off to get ready for work but before I do I'd like to say "Happy Birthday Jeannette."  Until next time....Linda

  And now a chuckle from the Cybersalt website: 

                              Get Moving

While driving with my granddaughter, I was getting annoyed with the driver ahead of me and I said, "Come on Sam, get moving."

The next week we were on the same road again with another slow driver ahead.  Again I said, "Come on Sam, get moving."

My granddaughter quickly replied, "That's not Sam. Sam has a blue car."

Thursday, September 8, 2005


I just got an email from my friend, Jan, regarding September 11th, which is fast approaching.  It was a reminder to fly your flag on that day in memory of those lost at the World Trade Center in New York.  So I'm passing it on via my journal in hopes that everyone who reads my journal will also add the reminder to their own journal. With all that's going on in the Gulf region, let's not forget those dear people who died that day at the hands of terriorists. It's just a thought.....Linda

Thursday Afternoon

Well, I had a day off from work today and I managed to finally get out of the house about 1pm.  (TV was really good this morning).

  I had to go to the Dollar Store and get a couple paint brushes to do some touch up painting on my porch.  I was using black paint and I've discovered it's very difficult to wash out of a paint brush, so decided to get "throw away" paint brushes at the Dollar Store.  Anyway I got the painting done, deheaded my roses and hanging baskets and now there's a sprinkler going in the front & back yard.   I think it's been about 8 weeks since we've had any measurable rain. Plus everday we seem to have a little breeze and I think that causes everything to dry out faster.

So my chores are done for the day and tomorrow it's back to work.  Tomorrow, our Western Washington Fair starts it's 21 day run in Puyallup (pew-all-up).  I haven't missed opening day in years but I let it slip up on me this year and forgot to ask for the day off.   So while thousands are out there looking at the cows & pigs and eating scones and greasy fair burgers & curly fries.  I'll be at work.  :(

I want to include a little story I got from my friend Claire.  Enjoy.......Until next time, Linda

                                    MAMA'S BIBLE
Four brothers left home for college, and they became successful doctors and lawyers and prospered.

Some years later, they chatted after having dinner
together. They discussed the gifts they were able to give their elderly mother who lived far away in another city.

The first said, "I had a big house built for Mama."

The second said, " I had a hundred thousand dollar
theater built in the house."

The third said, "I had my Mercedes dealer deliver an
SL600 to her."

The fourth said, "You know how Mamma loved reading the Bible and you know she can't read anymore because she can't see very well. I met this preacher who told me about a parrot that can recite the entire Bible. It  took twenty preachers 12 years to teach him. I had to pledge to contribute $100,000 a year for twenty years to the church, but it was worth it. Mamma just has to name the chapter and verse and the parrot will recite it."

The other brothers were impressed.

After the holidays Mom sent out her Thank You notes.
She wrote:
"Milton, the house you built is so huge I live in
only one room, but I have to clean the whole house. Thanks anyway."

"Marvin, I am too old to travel. I stay home, I have
my groceries delivered, so I never use the Mercedes. The thought was good. Thanks."

"Michael, you gave me an expensive theater with
Dolby sound, it could hold 50 people, but all of my friends are dead, I've lost my hearing and I'm nearly blind. I'll never use it. Thank you  for the gesture just the same."

"Dearest Melvin, you were the only son to have the
good sense to give a little thought to your gift. The chicken was delicious. Thank you."

Luv Ya, Mama

JOHN'S WEEKEND ASSINGMENT #76: I (Heart) the South

JOHN'S WEEKEND ASSIGNMENT #76: "The American South -- particularly Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama-- were hit hard by Hurricane Katrina. But the American South has alsoresponded to the tragedy with strength and generosity as well, openingcities and homes to those displaced in Katrina's wake. So this week'sWeekend Assignment travels below the Mason-Dixon line for its topic:

Weekend Assignment #76: Tell us something you love about or from the American South. From sweet tea to Lynyrd Skynyrd, William Faulkner to the French Quarter, whatever makes you heart long for southern skies belongs right here.

Extra credit: In your opinion, which Southern state has the best barbeque?

I have never been to the South Eastern part of our great country and John didn't mention Georgia in his list of states but from where I sit...Georgia is indeed in the south. favorite part of the south would have to be Atlanta during the "Gone With The Wind" era.  The beautiful southern mansions, the beautiful ball gowns the wealthy women wore, the peach orchards.  Very nice...until it was burned to the ground during the war, of course.  Since I've never been there, I have no clue where you can find the best barbeque.  Unless...we move over to Texas.  There's a great little barbeque place in Gonzales, Texas.   And I've been there.    :)

Wednesday, September 7, 2005

A Cowboy's Guide To Life

Harold, the guy that services the copy machine at work gave me this today. So...I thought I'd share these words of "wisdom" with those who visit my journal.

1.Your fences need to be horse high, pig tight and bull strong.

2.Life ain't about how fast you run, or how high you climb, but how well you bounce.

3.Keep skunks and bankers and lawyers at a distance.(sorry if that offends any bankers or lawyers.)

4.Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

5.A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.

6.Meanness don't jest happen overnight.

7.Forgive your enemies.  It messes up their heads.

8.Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.

9.It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge.

10.You cannot unsay a cruel word.

11.Every path has a few puddles.

12.When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

13.Don't judge folks by their relatives.

14.Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

15.Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.

16.The easiest way to eat crow is while it's still warm, 'cause the colder it gets, the harder it is to swaller.

17.If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'.

18.It don't take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep.

19.Always drink up stream from the herd.

20. Don't squat with your spurs on.

21. Never fry bacon naked.

22. If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.

Until next time.......Linda

Wednesday Morning

I was sad this morning to hear of the death of Bob Denver (aka Gilligan & Maynard G Krebs). In 1987 he appeared at a local dinner theater in "The Owl & The Pussycat."  After that he became a professional advisor for the theater, so those of us in the Puget Sound area have many fond memories of him.    

The picture I'm posting today was from last fall.  My son, Jim was hiking at Mt Pilchuck, north of Seattle and had another hiker take the photo.  This year he hasn't hiked as much due to work demands.

I'm still horrified as I watch the news from the Gulf area.  Hopefully conditions will improve for these dear people in the next week or so. I understand about 60% of New Oreleans is still under water.   Approximately 2000 people will be brought to the Pacific Northwest in the next few days.   They will be housed in various locations.  Hospitals in the area are preparing for those in need of medical care.

Have a wonderful Wednesday....I must get ready for work. Or as Maynard G Krebs would say....  "WORK ?!?!?"

Monday, September 5, 2005

Monday, Happy Labor Day (a day off from work for most)

I was looking thru pictures this morning and found this one.  This was taken in August 1963, the little girl in the picture (Jools)  was 20 months old.  I just thought I'd share...after all it's Labor Day, a day off from work and today it would be work for me to come up with an original, interesting entry.  So this will have to do.  It's a beautiful sunny day here in the Pacific Northwest, they keep promising us rain but it never happens...I watered again yesterday for hours.  Everything is so dry.   I keep seeing the coverage of the Hurricane Katrina damage on TV.  The images of those people, who have lost everything, just breaks my heart.  I can only hope that this time next year, their lives will be totally different than they are today.  Until next time.......Linda

Sunday, September 4, 2005

Sunday's Entry

Sorry...they were great cartoons but they just didn't work out.  I'll try again later.  Thanks to those who let me know it wasn't showing up.