Saturday, September 30, 2006

Time Flies!

Gosh, I can't believe that it has been so long since I posted anything. I've been extremely busy the past few days with Fall cleaning (yeah, I missed Spring cleaning!)

Juniper is doing much better outdoors & I haven't noticed her being very aggressive towards the other dogs. She loves playing with Chance & I enjoy watching the two of them. However, she is totally destroying my yard. I can't believe how many holes she has dug! GRRRRR!!

I watched the start of the new season of Meerkat Manor last night & was really disappointed & upset that Shakespeare did not return. The infamous Mr K told me not to watch it anymore if it upsets me so much & that I need to remember that he was a wildlife creature and sometimes they get killed. I know this is true but it seems so unfair.

Okay, how about some humor to end this "interesting" post? *s*

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Quote & Question

It is better to say, "This one thing I do" than to say, "These forty things I dabble in."
--Washington Gladden

I know many of you are multi-talented but what is the one thing that you feel you can do best? As for me...well, I'm a dabbler!   *s*

Monday, September 18, 2006

Note For Life Cruiser...

I just wanted to let you know that I have been trying to visit you today but keep getting an error message...I think others are having the same trouble getting to your blog.   :(   Hopefully, it will be fixed soon.

Hurray!

The infamous Mr K & I went to the local shelter this morning & adopted a boxer/bulldog mix. I have named her Juniper...a name that Mr K doesn't like but oh, well!  *s*   She is really gentle & friendly but very strong! In fact, as I was leading her to the house, she managed to knock me to the ground. Fortunately, I was not hurt.

Once she gets used to her new home and will not roam (at least too far), I will begin introducing her to the joys of outdoor life. I'm sorry I don't have a pic of her but she really is a beauty!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Not too Happy Today...

As you know, I have been hoping to go to the local shelter to adopt a dog (but as of now, I still have Chance) so I knew a new dog would not be good until my daughter reclaims him. However, the infamous Mr K has decided to possibly purchase a Siberian Husky from a co-worker instead.

Please don't misunderstand: I think Huskies are beautiful creatures & are extremely friendly dogs and he would be a great addition to the family but I still would much prefer to rescue a dog from the shelter. I know, though, that the ultimate decision must be his.

I told him that if he decided to get the dog, I wanted to name him so I thought it might be kinda fun to have a "Let's Name Chi's Dog contest! If you would like to participate, please leave your "entry" in the comments section. *s*

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Pack of Dogs Kill Gator in Floida

Sometimes nature is cruel but there is also a beauty in that cruelty.

The alligator, as one of the ultimate predators, can fall victim to the kind of implemented 'team work' strategy which is possible due to the pack mentality and social structure of canines.


Photo is courtesy of Nature Magazine.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Remembering Jeffrey L. Fox

I am deeply honored to take part in D. C. Roe's 2996 Voices by remembering one of the victims of September 11, 2001.


Jeffrey L. Fox was a man who loved his family & friends and he loved to make people laugh. He lived in Cranbury, New Jersey and was the chief financial officer for the firm of Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. The offices were located in the 2nd tower of the World Trade Center in New York.

In my mind, I envision him having a leisurely breakfast with his family and sharing love & laughter with them before heading to work on September 11, 2001....the day he became a hero to all of America. But I also can not help but wonder of the full extent of the loss....what contributions this young man would have made to our society, the impact of his steadfast guidance in the lives of his children as they grew into adulthood, the companionship and support he would have given his wife during their journey into old age together. These things were taken from him, his wife, his children and our world....forever changing the outcome his presence would have made. One can not help but feel that our world is a lesser place because of his absence.

Jeffrey L. Fox will forever live in our hearts. He will never be forgotten.

The original 2996 site is down but a list of other bloggers with tributes may be found here.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Story # 2

The other day a few friends and I decided to get together & have lunch at this little diner called Moogalicious...I heard that the cuisine there was just absolutely mouth-watering...and it was, by the way!   *s*

As we were being seated at our table, we saw Jean-Luc Picard sitting at a table only a few feet away from ours! Sitting beside him was this very elegantly dressed mysterious lady.   Barb said, "I love her clothes! I wonder if she frequently visits that trendy shoppe called Virtual Socialite? I know they have some awesome designs there."

After a lengthy discussion about fashion, Becci said,"I wonder if they are discussing a movie contract? If so, I bet it will be centered around space or UFOs and I am sure it would likely have a monster or two in it for suspense & adventure. That would definitely be a movie I'd want to see!"

Then Cin said," I agree with you, Becci...that would definitely be a great movie to see but I also enjoy movies about archaeology and travel. In fact one of my favorite movies was Raiders Of The Lost Ark. What an interesting movie that was! I am sure you have all had the pleasure of seeing it."

I, of course, had to interject my opinion in this discussion so I said,"Oh, Cin...those types of movies are really very interesting to me but I also enjoy great movies about all types of wildlife because animals are such an important part of my life, as you know. And, since the subject of travel came up, have any of you had the pleasure of visiting Denmark? I have only been there in my dreams but I heard that a camera buff would be able to get some awesome photos there."

Our discussion then turned toward some fun, interesting gossip & life's ups and downs. We all enjoyed sharing tidbits of humor in our daily routines.

After 3 hours of chatting, we each decided it was time to go. Barb said she was going to stop by tnchick's place on her way home to see how she was doing; Cin wanted to drive over to check about buying 3 yellow rose bushes for her garden; Becci & I both decided we would head straight home and blog about the wonderful time we had shared with some dear friends.

As we headed out the door, Moogie, the owner of the great diner, said, "I hope you enjoyed your lunch...y'all come back now!" We assured her that we would definitely be back.

The End


I hope you have enjoyed reading my 2nd story & if you missed the first one but would like to read it, just click here.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

An Interesting Meme

While blog surfing yesterday, I found this meme at Mumbo Jumbo's & thought I would like to do it too.   *s*

3 Chances


Three things that scare me:

1. High Places
2. Falling
3. I can't think of a 3rd fear.

Three people who make me laugh:

1. My best friend
2. My daughter
3. My brother

Three things I hate:

1. Lies
2. Bigotry
3. Cruelty (to any living creature)

Three things I don't understand:

1. Why babies & children die
2. Why some people destroy gravesites
3. Life

Three things I am doing right now:

1. Trying to think of answers for this meme
2. Drinking a cup of coffee
3. Dreading this day

Three things I want to do before I die:

1. Visit Australia
2. Take a cruise
3. Be happy

Three things I can do:

1. Write silly stories
2. Make an awesome pumpkin pie
3. Be a friend

Three ways to describe my personality:

1. Quiet
2. Humorous
3. Friendly

Three things I can't do:

1. Grow flowers or plants
2. Crochet
3. Sing well

Three things I think you should listen to:

1. Your inner voice
2. Birds singing
3. Music of your choice

Three things you should never listen to:

1. Gossip & rumors
2. Lies
3. Ugly remarks

Three things I'd like to learn:

1. A 2nd language
2. How to tube from scratch well
3. More about wildlife creatures

Three favorite foods:

1. Cheese
2. Pizza
3. Shrimp

Three beverages I drink regularly:

1. Coffee
2. Green tea
3. Water

Three shows I watched as a kid:

1. Dark Shadows
2. I Love Lucy
3. Cartoons

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

A Bit Of Humor *s*


A man and his ever-nagging wife went on vacation to Jerusalem. While they were there, the wife passed away. The undertaker told the husband, "You can have her shipped home for $5,000, or you can bury her here, in the Holy Land , for $150." The man thought about it and told him he would just have her shipped home.

The undertaker asked, "Why would you spend $5,000 to ship your wife home, when it would be wonderful to be buried here and you would spend only $150?"

The man replied, "Long ago a man died here, was buried here, and three days later He rose from the dead. I just can't take that chance."

Monday, September 04, 2006

I am deeply saddened...

Australian nature television personality Steve Irwin, widely known as the Crocodile Hunter, died Monday after being stung in the chest by a stingray while filming on the Great Barrier Reef, according to reports. Irwin, 44, was struck while filming an underwater nature program off north Queensland and later pronounced dead at the scene by an emergency medical team airlifted to the site, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Irwin's American-born wife Terri is trekking on a mountain in Tasmania, the SMH reported. Irwin launched The Crocodile Hunter in 1992. It was distributed around the world on cable network Discovery. Irwin reportedly was developing a new series New Breed Vet to appear on the pay television channel Animal Planet.


I am also very stunned as this news was such a shock to learn and it is hard to believe! I really enjoyed his show & also liked his personality. He will very much be missed and my heart goes out to his family.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Domestic Violence

Stopping domestic violence is really a cause I strongly believe in: no one should have to experience it and there is help for you. I have suffered both physical & emotional abuse in my life.

Spouse abuse is a very serious form of exploitation that will escalate when left untreated. There is a cycle of violence that often begins with a pattern of verbal denigration and emotional abuse and intensifies until it manifests itself as a form of physical abuse. Verbal abuse is perhaps more sinister than overt physical abuse. Long after the black and blue bruises and broken bones from physical abuse heal, verbal abuse continues to silently erode its victim's self-worth.

The above statement was found here.

I have always thought that emotional abuse has a more devastating affect than physical abuse but now I am undecided because physical abuse sometimes results in death (I have no statistics) & even though an emotionally abused person suffers tremendously, they still at least have life, albeit a sad one, for the most part.

What are your thoughts on this subject?

Friday, September 01, 2006

A Story

Mike & Melanie had been dating for about 18 months & seemed to have the ideal relationship. One day, Mike told Melanie that they needed to talk so she thought that he was going to propose to her and was quite surprised by what he had to say! He started the conversation by telling her thanks for the memories but he felt it was time for them to part amicably & before Melanie could reply, he told her that even though he respected her very much, he felt that their time together was becoming quite mundane & he was ready to find someone that believed in the notion that insanity prevails.

He further stated that there had been too many misadventures in his life lately & even if she felt he was just blowing in the wind, he was not pleased that her wardrobe had gone to plaid & believed he would prefer to find someone that was a life cruiser and that while she certainly was not a lazy daisy, she was definitely no princess in pink either.

Finally, it was Melanie's turn to speak her mind! She started by stating that his words did not mar her determination & that while they did sting the heart a wee bit, she was not a nightinggale with broken wings.

She continued to speak her mind by telling Mike he was definitely no Friday's child and that, unbeknownst to him, she had met someone named Winston and he had invited her to visit him in Okinawa...an invitation that she accepted.

Lastly, she let him know that she had put their relationship into perspective by writing about her feelings in her pink diary & that she agreed that it was time to move on to better things! Yes, indeed, life must go on. See ya, Mike...my life is going to be filled with lots of mumbo jumbo!

So ends the saga of Mike and Melanie!