Monday, March 26, 2007

We're Loading Up

We're in the process of loading up. I'm not sure that we will actually get out of town today as it's already 5pm.  But for sure...first thing Tuesday morning.  I could have had this thing loaded hours ago but it just arrived about 4:15pm.  He tells me he's not sure if the air conditioning is working (GREAT!!) and we're going to be in Arizona where it's running 90 degrees during the day.  Oh well, we'll do the best we can.  

 Until later...Linda

Sunday, March 25, 2007


I wasn't going to turn off my alerts until Monday evening but we were notified today that they are shutting the power off in the park (to finish some underground electrical cable work) again tomorrow, so I decided to turn them off tonight in case I'm unable to do it tomorrow.  Plus we may leave on our road trip Monday afternoon instead of Tuesday morning.   I have boxes and bags of stuff everywhere and Bob is not bringing his big truck and camper here until Monday.  So I'll be busy loading and getting stuff put away once it gets here. Then once that's done, I guess we can leave, if he still wants to.

My son came over today and we went over all the particulars of caring for my little Gabi.  I think he will probably end up staying here most of the time I'm gone.  He also offered to keep the lawn mowed for me.  I wasn't gone to ask, so I'm glad he offered.

Well, folks...I'll be thinking about & missing all of you this next month.  Hopefully I can get some "laptop" time and post an entry from time to time.

Until next time..........Linda

Saturday, March 24, 2007

The Lost Has Been Found

I was prepared to go over to my son's apartment and kick the door in...really I was.  Of course, first I would have made a couple phone calls and checked his work place.  As it was..he is working today, then going with his girl friend to the ballet up in Seattle.  (Wish I could be a fly on the wall to see that).   Anyway, he's more than happy so watch over my little Gabi and he may even stay here from time to time. (He only has Basic Cable & I have a little more, plus if he's here..he's not running up his light bill by turning on his heat)  He's going to come over Sunday, to go over her routine with me.  I had to remind him that she's not his Tuffy (the beautiful Siamese that he had for years until he died two years ago from diabetes complications), he can't rough house with Gabi, like he did Tuffy.....she's not used to that and besides she's a delicate little flower.

My darling daughter sent me the following for all the men out there.

A Spring Cleaning Cheat Sheet...For Men.

* Broom (brum) - a long handled brush used for sweeping (also doubles as a mode of transportation for your mother)

* Vacuum (vak' u em) - much like the leaf blower except it sucks in, instead of blowing out. Don't let this alarm you. It isn't broken and doesn't need more torque, speed, RAM or whatever it is you did to the dishwasher.

* Dust pan (DUH) - Contrary to popular belief, this is where you sweep the dirt, not under the hallway area rug.

* Dust Cloth (dust kloth) - A cloth designated for removing tiny particles of dirt from every flat surface of the house. Hint: look for your old "lucky shirt".

* Bucket (buk' it)- Cylindric container used for holding soapy water when mopping the floor. Also known as your mid-evil knight helmet when you're playing with our seven-year-old.

* Mop - (mop) a bundle of coarse yarn, rags or cloth fastened at the end of a stick. You'll remember this as your dance partner at the New Year's Eve party last year.

* Toilet Brush (toi' lit brush) - Used for scrubbing the inside of the toilet bowl. I don't care what this looks like, you may NOT use my shower luffa again!

* Oven Cleaner (uv' en Klen' er) - No, not the teenager. This is an actually product that you buy, spray in the oven and wipe out two hours later. You won't need your welder's mask for this task, but if it makes you feel more dangerous & manly, go ahead.

* Sponge (spunj) - used to gently wash away food particles from dinnerware. It won't be necessary to use your 300psi Power wash set. That was given to you in hopes of cleaning the EXTERIOR of the house (hint hint).

* Squeegee (skwe' je) - Same principle as washing the car windshield, and yes, real men DO squeegee!

Final Note:
While Duct tape may be a wonderful plumbers aid, it's really not the best solution for keeping the bathroom towels in place, and Jamie's teacher is still asking why his homework was stuck to his forehead last week. For these reasons, I have hidden the duct tape and distributed your picture to the local hardware stores. Don't make me call Duct Tape Anonymous again

Friday, March 23, 2007

WHAT DID HE SAY ?????? SNOW ?????????

I just watched the late night news and when they were doing the 5 day weather forecast, I absolutely heard the word "snow" for sometime next week.  Am I glad to be leaving town Tuesday morning ????????  You bet you're bipee I am.   My friend Barbara and her hubby flew out to Reno this morning.  She called me tonight from their hotel and said the weather was perfect down there.....70 degrees. I also got a call from friends Judy & Phil (another one) today, they are down near Yuma, Arizona.  After weather in the 90's, they were getting rain there today.     As I said, we are planning to leave here Tuesday morning  and will make a couple stops on Wednesday, so should pull into Reno probably sometime Thursday morning.  Barbara and Phil aren't leaving until next Friday, so we'll have one day to "do Reno" with them.   I still can't get ahold of my son...he said he would take care of Gabi while I was gone but now I'm wondering if he left town.  I'm getting a little upset with him.  I've called, left messages and emailed...NOTHING !!!!    I don't know what I'll do if I can't reach him.  I really have no one else to leave her with.  Today, I called a couple places that board cats and the cheapest price I could find was $300 for a month of boarding.  And I haven't even checked them I'm not sure I'd even want to leave her there.  I think tomorrow, I may go looking for that son of mine.

Anyway, that's all for's late and I'm very tired.  It's been a long day, trying to get all the things done I need to do before I leave. so until next time.......Linda

Thursday, March 22, 2007


 On a Septic Tank Truck in Oregon:
"Yesterday's Meals on Wheels"

On a Plumber's truck:

"We repair what your husband fixed."

On another Plumber's truck:

"Don't sleep with a drip. Call your plumber.."

Pizza Shop Slogan:

"7 days without pizza makes one weak."

At a Tire Shop in Milwaukee!

"Invite us to your next blowout."

On a Plastic Surgeon's Office door:

"Hello Can we pick your nose?"

At a Towing company:

"We don't charge an arm and a leg. We want tows."

On an Electrician's truck:

"Let us remove your shorts."

In a Non-smoking Area:

"If we see smoke, we will assume you are on fire and take appropriate action."

On a Maternity Room door:

"Push. Push. Push"

At an Optometrist's Office:

"If you don't see what you're looking for, you've come to the right place."

On a Taxidermist's window:

"We really know our stuff"

In a Podiatrist's office:

"Time wounds all heels."

On a Fence:

"Salesmen welcome! Dog food is expensive."

At a Car Dealership:
"The best way to get back on your feet -- miss a car payment."

Outside a Muffler Shop:
"No appointment necessary. We hear you coming."

In a Veterinarian's waiting room:

"Be back in 5 minutes.  Sit!  Stay!"

In a Restaurant window:

"Don't stand there and be hungry, Come on in and get fed up 

In the front yard of a Funeral Home:

"Drive carefully. We'll wait."

At a Propane Filling Station:

"Thank heaven for little grills."

On another Septic Tank Truck in Oregon:

"We're Number One in Number Two."


And don't forget the sign at a Chicago Radiator Shop:
"Best place in town to take a leak."



Tuesday, March 20, 2007

It's A Small World

I went out to lunch with some friends today and had such a good time.  It's funny what a small world this is...I'll explain;

1.Darlene is married to a high school class mate of mine & they were on the Alaska cruise last August. 

2.Barbara and I have been friends since the 6th grade and she and her husband were also on the cruise last August and because of that, got to know Darlene.

3.Then there's me...I know all three of them & they know me.

4. Patty knows Darlene because they live in the same little town up by Mt Rainier and both drove school bus for their local school district. Patty didn't know Barbara but she knows me because back in 1960 we both graduated from our respective high schools and ended up at the Telephone Co at the same time and took our training together.  We both lived at the YWCA (neither one of us had a car to get back & forth to work and both lived quite a ways out of town) and then after our training was complete..we rented an apartment together. 

Patty married, quit the phone company and has lived up in her little mountain town all these years, raising a family and well...driving a school bus, until she retired last year.  We have kept in touch with phone calls, Christmas cards, and the last 6 or 7  But because of our busy lives...we haven't seen each other for years & years.  We spent 2 hours sitting there, laughing and talking and also at the same time eating a little lunch.  We made a pact that we'd do it again..Barbara and I will drive up to their little town and meet them there in May.  Darlene and her hubby are moving to Idaho this fall after he retires so after October she won't be around anymore.  However, they are going on the Alaska cruise again this August, so that will be fun.


After rain all day yesterday and then wind & rain all night I was worried about the lawn situation.  But the sun is out today and the wind is blowing strong enough to dry it out a little, so I was able to mow both the front and back yard this afternoon.  Hallelujah !!!!!!!


I got a call from my dentist's office today, asking if I would like to move my cleaning appointment from next Wednesday to tomorrow morning.  It's weird because I was going to call them & postpone it until the end of April, so Bob & I could get out of town.  The receptionist must have been a mind tomorrow it's a cleaning at 10am and then I think I may get a pedicure because..... down south it's sandal weather.

Until next time.......Linda



Monday, March 19, 2007

Your Monday Photo Shoot: Night Shots

Your Monday Photo Shoot: Night Shots from John;

Taken a photo that's a little dark? Perfect:

Your Monday Photo Shoot: It's Night! Take a picture.
Naturally, taking a picture inside at night (i.e., where it's well lit and indistinguishable from day) won't do; take a picture that captures some of the quality of the night time. Also: No sunset photos. We'll save them up to do another time.

My picture entries were both taken last September down in the midway area at the Puyallup Fair in western Washington state. Linda

I Was Going To Mow The Lawn

I was going to do that today...I should have done it yesterday afternoon when the sun was shining and the birds were chirping but I stayed in the house and ironed all day.  Now the ironing is done and it's raining out much for lawn mowing today.  There have been years when I've mowed as early as the end of January...but not this year.  The weather has been so weird. But now, it's growing taller by the day. 

I got a phone call last night from the daughter of a friend of mine. This is another friend that I've had clear back from the grade school & high school days.  Anyway, this friend celebrates her 65th birthday in April and her daughter was calling from Arizona to let me know that they are having a surprise birthday party for her on April 14th (in Arizona) and did I think I could be there?  She said they want to do a "This is Your Life"  kind of thing and so are trying to line up the "surprise" guests.   Well, it just so happens that friend Bob and I have been discussing taking off in his truck and camper, in the next week or so and heading in that general direction.  He has two days left on his season ski pass to ski free in the Reno area and is anxious to get down there before the snow is gone, so asked me if I'd like to go along. It just so happens that friend Barbara and her hubby will be in Reno from March 23rd thru the 29th, so while he's skiing, I could be off exploring with them.   Then... I said I'd never been to the Grand Canyon and I'd love to see the Grand Canyon West Skywalk that opens March 28, 2007.  I rather doubt I'd pay the $25 to walk out on it but it would be interesting to see. So we may go thru the Grand Canyon area, then over to southern California to his daughter & family's place in Pasadena.  I want to go to the San Diego Zoo this trip, so if we do that, I'd also go see my friend Judi (she was up here last August & went on the Alaska cruise) while I was in San Diego.  From Pasadena, we could make the 5 hour trip to the Phoenix area on April 14th for the surprise party with no problem.  Anyway, as in the past this will be discussed and then it will either be dropped completely or he'll say "ok, can you be ready in 2 days to leave?"  If he decides not to make the trip, I'll still go to the party in April.  My friends daughter works for an airline and offered me a buddy pass to fly down & back. Now you see why I ironed summer clothes all day yesterday.  I need to talk to my son about taking Gabi to his apartment while I'm gone.  I'd prefer her to be able to stay here but I'm not sure he'll go for that.  Anyway...that's what's going on here....rain and hoping to get out of town and heading for the sunshine and warm temps.  My lawn will no doubt be 3 feet high when I get back.  Oh, well...I guess you can still buy a herd of goats somewhere. 

Happy Monday, everyone...hope it's drier where you are than here.   I'll keep you updated.  Until next time, Linda


Saturday, March 17, 2007

March 17, 1915

Happy St Paddy's Day to each and everyone of you. If you celebrate too much be sure and have a designated driver....I'm so happy to hear that our dear Jeannette is out of the hospital and home resting.  Take care Jeannette... The following is a repeat of my March 17th entry from last year.

On March 17, 1915 a little red headed girl came into this world, actually it was in Westphalia, Kansas.  Her name, Edythe Irene Stern.  She joined an older sister Doris and a brother Clarence and of course her mom and dad and a large extended family.  Her father was a farmer who along with his brothers were fighting the extreme Kansas weather.  One of his brothers traveled out to Washington and found a lovely area south of Yakima in eastern Washington.  The little town was called Sunnyside.  Edythe's uncle came back to Kansas with tales of inexpensive, rich farm land.  So the whole family including Edythe's paternal grandparents packed up  lock, stock & barrel and boarded a train for eastern Washington and a new life.  Edythe was five years old when they moved to Washington.  After they arrived in Washington  another baby girl, Ermine was born.  The entire family settled in an area just outside the city limits of Sunnyside to farm the land.  They all had large gardens, chickens, milk cows and the primary crop, hops.  Edythe remembered in the summer that many extra men were around for meals, these were men that traveled from farm to farm helping the different farmers gather their crops.  She and her sisters learned at an early age to help their mother preparing and serving meals for these farm workers. Of course her brother, Clarence was taught to help with the crops.  All the kids went to the local schools and they were encouraged by their parents to get a good education.  Their mother did not want her daughters to have to do the hard manual labor of being a farmers wife, like she had been.  Edythe graduated from Sunnyside high school in 1933.  She continued to work on the farm for another year or so because her older sister Doris was still in college and Edythe could not continue her education until Doris graduated from college and began teaching, so she could help finance Edythe's continuing education.  Their brother Clarence also attended college for a year but even tho he was a brillant student, he decided school was not for him.  He continued to work on the farm until he got a job on the railroad.  Finally Edythe was able to move into Yakima and start her nurses training at St Elizabeth's Hospital.  She had various jobs to help pay her way...her sister Doris helped out as much as she could as their parents had no money to spare for Edythe's schooling.  At one point Edythe  lived with a family who had a house full of kids, she was like a "mother's helper" all the while attending classes and doing her home work.  The last year she was in nurses training, she was able to move into the student nurses dormitory at the hospital.  Her room mate was an outgoing brunette from Ellensburg (just a little north of Yakima) named Ruberta Smith.  They got along great and became as close as sisters.  Ruberta didn't have a sister, just two brothers so she welcomed this new relationship with this red headed farm girl.  When they had time off  Edythe would take Ruberta home with her and she was welcomed with open arms by the Stern family.  Meanwhile, one of Ruberta's brothers would come to visit her from time to time.  Bill was her oldest brother and he soon discovered that his sister's room mate was a sweet and pretty gal so the visits became more frequent. They began to date...which at times was difficult because he worked for the Milwaukee Railroad was constanly being moved around from location to location.  Edythe and Ruberta graduated as registered nurses on September 29, 1936.  They both went to work at St Elizabeth's hospital.  Ruberta meet her future husband, Don while working there and Edythe continued her long distance relationship with Ruberta's brother, Bill. On October 8, 1939 Edythe and Bill were married at her parents home in Sunnyside. She quit her job at the hospital because Bill's job sent them to many remote places. He was later transferred to western Washington and they set up housekeeping.She went back to work in the Newborn Nursery at a local hospital. While working there she became pregnant with their first child.  In January 1942, they had their first child, a  Yes, Edythe was my mother.  She was a dear woman.  She was a devout Christian woman, she worked hard to make our home a warm and loving place. She loved giving of herself...she was active at church, she worked in the church nursery for the Sunday night service for like 15 years...every Sunday night she was there. When someone was ill, had a new baby or there was a death in the family she was the first one there with a meal for the family.  She sent hundreds of birthday cards and notes, to her family members, church friends and missionaries.  She was a wonderful mother, a loving wife and a fantastic grandmother.  Every year she had a huge garden, canned vegetables,fruit and anything else that could be put in a jar.  She was an excellent cook and homemaker.   She passed away on October 8, 1987 (their 48th wedding anniversary) and there's not a day goes by that I don't think of my mom.  Every St Patricks Day, when others are worried about wearing green so they won't be pinched, or they are out drinking green beer and acting stupid...I remember that it's the birthday of the most important woman in my life.  She would have been 92 this year...she would have been thrilled to know  her 6 great-grandkids...ranging in age from almost 16 years old to a little one almost 2 years old.  She would be thrilled to know that her 5 grandkids are all mature, contributing adults and that all of them love the Lord and have Christian homes like she and Bill did.  Until we meet again mom...I love and miss you.  Linda

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Wednesday Afternoon Shopping Trip

I picked up my grand daughter about 1pm today, because she wanted to get a couple tank tops and sandals for summer.  I had already explained to her, they were in the stores now.....not in June.  In June they will be all gone and the winter clothes will be out.  She liked the couple of tank tops and the beige sandals I'd bought at Wal Mart so we headed out to the one in Puyallup.   She did get two tanks and the same sandals as mine and came in under the dollar limit set by her mom & dad. So she was a happy shopper.

After we left Wal Mart, I wanted to drive down farther into the Puyallup Valley to the Van Lierop bulb farm and see what was blooming.  There was just a little color of tulips here and there, it's still a little early for them but there were daffodils and heather blooming everywhere.  I've included some pictures.  I bought a pot of 5 tulips about to bloom for $4.00 and 5 bunches of cut daffodils for $10.00.  I gave some to Meghanne to take home and have the rest here in a vase in my living room.  The pot of tulips has been transplanted into a planter on my front porch so in a few days they will be blooming and add a cheery note to anyone who stops by.

It's been sunny all day, but not as warm as it was last week.  If there's sun, I can take the cold....

The gas prices are on the rise again.  I saw regular unleaded at a Shell station today for $2.75 a gallon.  I guess in some areas of southern California it's up over $3.00 a gallon.  Since I'm not driving back & forth to work anymore my gas consumption has gone way down.  Come summer, I may drive more to go down to the waterfront and little day trips here and there but that's pleasure and that's different.   :)

I hope everyone had a good Wednesday....until next time,  Linda


monday morning question from Krissy


Have you ever hung anything from your rear view mirror?


Well, yes I do....years ago (back in the dark ages) it was my high school graduation tassel.  Not anymore...It's long gone.   Now it looks a little cluttered but everything there has meaning to me.  There's a blue crocheted string that my grand daughter made for me years ago, there's some Mardi Gras beads given to me by a former co-worker (she swore on a stack of Bibles she did nothing indecent to get those beads), there's a little ceramic delft looking pitcher given to me by the daughter of a friend, when the little one was about 5 yrs old (she's 16 now) and finally my little pair of carved wooden cowboy boots.  I bought them from a man at a 4th of July outdoor craft fair in Sisters, Oregon about  8 years ago.  So that's my collection of goodies hanging from my rear view mirror. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Somebody is having a birthday today.

Please stop over and tell our dear Journal land friend, Krissy, Happy Birthday.  It's her 29th (again).  Like I told her...we are all 29 not counting weeknds and holidays.  Krissy is a very special lady and the very special wife and care giver to her husband John.  They've been thru a lot the last couple years and I'm happy that she's having a good day. God bless you Krissy, today and always......

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Don't Forget...Spring Forward

Just a friendly reminder to set your clocks ahead one hour tonight when you go to bed. Although, I understand there's one area of our country that has to move their clocks two hours ahead as they are being moved into another time zone.  I can't find that story right now so I'm sorry I can't provide a link to it.   On the other hand, Arizona is exempt from DST.  I guess all that sun shine allows the daylight hours to last longer without the hassle of changing their clocks twice a year.

It's not just here is the United States....DST happens all over the world.  For instance on March 25th it ends in Australia, as they are just coming out of their winter season.

Also, remember to put those new batteries in your smoke detectors.  They are very cheap compared to the cost of not having a working smoke detector in case of a fire. 

Those of us who are clock freaks have a long evening ahead of us.  I have at least 10 clocks to change including 2 clock radios, the clock on the coffee maker, the clock in my car and a couple non-electric clocks I keep running in case the power goes out.  Actually, I'll probably wait until Sunday morning and make my rounds then. 

Have a wonderful Saturday evening........Linda

P.S. I found a really cute "Time" website earlier today.  Check out;

Update On Friday Night's Entry "I Need Your Opinion"

I got to thinking this morning that maybe my friend had something come up and she didn't make it to the craft night event last night, either.  So this morning about 10:30am, I gave her a call and the first words out of her mouth were "where were you last night?"  Almost like she was mad that I hadn't shown up.  Anyway, I explained to her that since she invited me and since she knew that I had never been to her church before, I just figured she was going to pick me up.  She said that  since she's told me in the past where their church was located and that she really didn't want to go out of her way to pick me up, that I'd be driving myself over there.   It amazes me too because she knows I don't like to be out on the road after dark by myself, but maybe she forgot that part.  Anyway she apologized for the misunderstanding so all is well.   Next time, we'll clarify the details !    Tomorrow, is her birthday and I even had a little gift and a card for her, all ready to give her last night.  Now she'll just have to wait until I can take it over to her house during the daylight hours

I've added links on my side bar to the journals for our dear friends Sugar and Jeannette, both recently  diagnosed with cancer.  Please pay them a visit and remember them in your thoughts and prayers  as you go thru your day to day activities.

I've recently acquired a reconditioned Compaq laptop.  Today I'm going over to this great little PC fix-it place, not too far from here, to get the wireless card and anything else I need to get it up and running.  It will be fun to have a portable PC.  I'm hoping Bob and I can make some trips to the beach and maybe even southern California to see his daughter and her family and this way, I'll have my AOL close at hand.    :)

Happy Saturday, until next time.......Linda

Friday, March 9, 2007

I Need You Opinion

I'm sitting here tonight scratching my head about something that happened/didn't happen this evening.  Here's what happened/didn't happen; earlier in the week an acquaintance of mine called me and invited me to go with her to a Ladies Craft Night at her church this evening.  I checked my calendar, nothing going on so I said "yes, that sounds like fun."  Yesterday I was talking with her again and she asked if I was still planning on going with her tonight.  Again I told her yes and I asked her when it started.  She went and checked and came back to the phone and said it starts at 6:30pm.  So about 5:45pm this evening I changed my clothes, combed my hair, put some fresh lipstick on and finished my dishes while I waited for her to pick me up.   Now I know where her church is located (approximately) but I've never been there, and I didn't ask her specifically if she was going to pick me up....I just figured since she invited me to this event, she would swing by and get me.  Well, here it is almost 7:30pm and she hasn't come by or called (I called her house and no one answered).  So.....I'm now in my "jammie's" watching TV. 

So my question is:   Was I wrong to assume she would pick me up?  And if so, at what point should I have gotten into my car and drove over to her church, after she didn't show up around the 6:30pm hour?  I figured if I went over there, and then she showed up here...well...that would have been a mess. 

I'm anxious to hear your replies.......Linda

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Thursday Night Update

It's Thursday night and I want to report that I stayed home all day and actually got a little house work done today.  I also found an unused scrapbook, in a closet and used it for all my lovely retirement cards and pictures, etc.  There's still lots of room in it, so I may continue putting all the pictures I've taken over my 25 years of working at the hospital in this scrapbook.

Yesterday (Wednesday) I did make a trip back to Wal Mart and was able to get the black version of the beige sandal type shoes I got last week.  Now, I'm all set for summer.  Next week I'm taking my grand daughter tank top and summer sandal shopping.  She says she needs at least two new tank tops and 1 pair of sandals.   What 14 1/2 year old girl doesn't like to go shopping for new clothes & shoes ?  

For once in a long time it seems I'm hooked on a current TV show.  I still watch re-runs of M*A*S*H, Everybody Loves Raymond and Seinfeld and I love them.  But there aren't many current shows (except for the morning shows like Regis & Kelly, The View and Ellen) that I care for, except.......Deal Or No Deal.  I've decided I love that show !!!  It's so exciting and the people are so overwhelmed with whatever they win (except for the guy who ended up with $75..he was kind of bummed out) .  Anyway, I've discovered it's on the Canadian Channel on a different night than the U.S. network, so I can watch it one more evening each week.

I know most people who read my journal also read Jeannette's Jottings. But if you don't...Jeannette shared some sad news with us today, news of being diagnosed with breast cancer.  I hope everyone will pop over and lend your support and wish her well.   She is a very sweet lady and this has made me so sad all day.  She is one of the first journals I read, when I started journaling in May of 2005.  Blessings to her and her family.

Well, it's almost 11pm and Gabi keeps coming and giving me the "Mom it's time to go to bed look."  So I guess, I'll grab my book and head down the hall.   Until next time.......Linda

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Cleaning Poem

I asked the Lord to tell me why my house is such a mess.  He asked if I'd been 'computering', and I had to answer "yes."

He told me to get off my fanny and tidy up the house.  And so I started cleaning up the smudges off my mouse.

I wiped and shined the topside.  That really did the trick...I was just admiring my work...I didn't mean to 'click.'

But click, I did, and oops I found a real absorbing site that I got so way into.  I was into it all night. <<Sigh>>

Nothing's changed except my mouse, it's very, very shiny.  I guess my house will stay a mess...while I sit here on my hiney.


Thanks to my friend Lynnette for this one.  Sound familiar ??? It does to me.   <<Sigh>>


Everything is Coming Up Yellow

I have the regular size daffodils blooming too, but I love these little ones the most.  I have planted them around the outer edges of this old whiskey barrel that holds one of my mom's rose bushes.  Mom passed away in 1987 and we dug up some of the rose bushes when we had to sell their home in 1991. My daughter has several at her house and I just have this one, which is a beautiful Fragrant Cloud (a hybrid tea rose).  My dad used to take small tubing and make name plaques for all her roses and I still have the one he made for this one.  You can barely read the name anymore so I keep it strictly for the sentimental value.

The last few days have been very delightful here in western Washington, warm (up to 60 degrees) dry and just basically pleasant.  But today, we are back to our normal spring weather, it's much cooler and there are intermittent rain showers.   I need to get my work clothes on and do something constructive in this house but I think first, I'll go back to Wal Mart and get a pair of those shoes (like I bought the other day) in black.  I wouldn't want them to sell them all out, leaving me without cute black summer shoes.....and the dusting will wait.   :)

Happy Wednesday, until next time..............Linda

Monday, March 5, 2007


My gosh here it is after 6pm and it's still light outside.  That must mean Spring (and then Summer) is just around the corner. And we all know Daylight Savings Time begins this coming weekend. So that means if Daylight Savings Time were in effect today, it would be just a little after 7pm and still light.   Because it's "Spring Ahead and Fall Back." Right ????

I left the house about 1pm to run some errands and until I was half way to the mall didn't realize how warm it was. I had a t-shirt on under a sweat shirt and my summer weight jacket on top of that. was terrible. It would have killed an ordinary woman.   I guess I was thinking 32 degrees instead of almost 60 degrees.  I got to Wal Mart and it was so warm in there, I finally shed the jacket.  I got the cutest summer shoes at Wal Mart today.  They were just under $15 and come in several colors.  They are from "Earth Spirit."  I have weird feet and have a horrible time getting shoes that feel ok. If I had a dollar for every pair of shoes I've bought and taken back over the years, I'd be a very rich woman.  I've never been able to wear athletic (tennis) shoes because of a very high instep.  I'd like to go to one of those places where they custom make athletic shoe just for you.  But, I'm sure they are very expensive.  I have a friend who goes to Japan to visit relatives every year and she has her athletic shoes made there.  But, I'm not taking a trip to Japan just to get custom made shoes.  When I got home from shopping I opened the front door and let Gabi sit and gaze outside. She likes to "sun" herself too and since the front door is on the west side of my house, she is happy to sit there on the entry way rug and catch some rays.

I hope everyone has had a good Monday and that the rest of your week will go well, too.   Until next time.......Linda

P.S.   I started this entry about 6pm but got is now 6:42pm and darkness has settled in.



Saturday, March 3, 2007


It was in today's paper ;  My son-in-law entered the original contest to design the quarter for the State of Washington but didn't win.  However, his design was very close to what they ended up with.  The governor made the final decision and I think she may have chosen components of several designs submitted.   I have been collecting these special edition quarters since they started releasing them in 1999.  The U.S. mint releases 5 per year.  I have them all thru 2006.   Montana's quarter is also being released in 2007.  2008 will be the last year they will be minting them.   

"U.S. Mint begins producing WA state quarter


TACOMA, Wash. -- The U.S. Mint has begun producing the new Washington state quarter, but it will be at least a month before you start seeing the coins in your change.

The coins likely won't begin being shipped out until around April 2, said Mike White, a spokesman for the U.S. Mint in Washington, D.C.

That's about when the first shipment is expected to arrive at the Seattle branch of the Federal Reserve Bank.

From there, the coins will be distributed to commercial banks as they need them to restock their currency. Banks will have to special order the Washington quarters if they want them specifically, rather than just a random assortment of all types of quarters.

The U.S. mints in Denver and Philadelphia will stamp out between 500 million and 700 million Washington quarters over the next 10 weeks.

The Washington quarter shows a king salmon leaping from the water with Mount Rainier in the background.

It is the 42nd state quarter to be minted, following the order of each state's admission to the union. Idaho will be next, followed by Wyoming and Utah.


Information from: The News Tribune,"




Thursday, March 1, 2007


This last month has gone so fast.  And I'm happy to say...I'm actually doing something constructive today.  I'm cleaning my non self cleaning oven.  I hate to do that because the stuff you spray in there smells so bad.  They even have the nerve to put the words "fume free" on the can.  I almost passed out from the smell so how can they say it's fume free.  Apparently, the manufacturers of this stuff have totally lost their sense of smell.  Anyway, it's the type where you spray the cold oven, then wait two hours and then wipe it down with a damp cloth, sponge or paper towels. I did this about 11:30am so my break is almost up. 

I was thrilled to see some retirement $$ in my checking account this morning. I don't think it was as much as I was expecting but maybe it will change next you think that's possible?

I got many wonderful retirement gifts and I'm truly thankful for them all.  But there's one that stands out because I use it every day.  It's pictured's a "Day Clock."   What a great idea for someone who has no set schedule.  My friends Judy and Phil gave it to me...and since they have both retired recently, I'm sure they understand the day by day challenge of keeping up with what day it is.

My son got off work early today so showed up to do a load of laundry.  Right now he's asleep in the recliner.  He has to be to work at 6am, so I'm sure he was up early this morning.   Guys are funny...he washes everything in one load...jeans, underwear, t- shirts...he just throws it all in.  I have all these little piles; dark stuff, towels, light weight permanent press stuff, etc. And then each pile gets dried separately because they all take different heat settings, etc.  He threw everything in the dryer together.  It makes me crazy but I need to remember he's not a little boy anymore.  I need to remember "my place."

Well, I'm going to go finish the oven cleaning.  This is the really icky part...spraying the stuff is nothing.

Until next time,  Linda