Saturday, December 1, 2007
I just dropped Alex off at his dream job - the movie theater. The bright side - he gets into movies for free. The down side - I have to hear about movies even more than I did before! Save me! I on the other hand am so sick of my job I could scream. I work in a place managed by idiots. This was illustrated quite clearly in the newspaper yesterday where one and all could read that the "big boss" got a 54% raise. Yes - you read that correctly - 54%. Who the $@$%#% deserves a 54% raise. No one I know, for damn sure! Morale at my workplace is soaring - right underneath the belly of that snake traveling downward toward the center of the earth.
So I'm through griping now and I'm on my way to pick up a barn. I don't know. I'll have to get back to you on what that means. Hugs!
Thursday, November 29, 2007
On the brighter side, I've been doing well with cooking everyday so that I can take leftovers to work for lunch and I've been scrapbooking and making a lot of cards. In short, I've been using my time more wisely. Hmmmm...........not much I can say about that.
Friday, November 23, 2007
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Tuesday, November 20, 2007
"Uh no......I don't."
" I want to go back to Greenlife and get some more of that cranberry walnut bread and French Broad (beer)."
" Well hell, count me in! "
So off we went.....back to Greenlife....two days in a row.........
OMG! They have the best pizza I've ever had. Yes, of course, we did get some more of the cranberry walnut bread, but man/woman/child cannot live by bread alone, so we got a cheese pizza and an Italian Flag pizza. The cheese pizza was good, but the Italian Flag was......well words fail me. I'm still thinking about it longingly like you think about a really hot guy that you just had sex with for the first time. Damn.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
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It's kind of overcast today in Sunday, but if you really stare hard you can see that this is a picture of Greenlife Grocery. To us locals, it's exciting because it is the brand new Greenlife Grocery amd it is a monument to organically eco green living. Dude, this is a total shout out to Annie B Bond if I ever saw one! We spent a fabulous few hours looking, shopping and then lunching up on the upper level dining area. We dined on a rather odd mix of food that Richard, Rachel and I picked out. Red Bean Curry accompanied by jamine rice and green beans; a really fabulous pasta salad in olive oil with garlic, pitted Kalamata olives and freshly grated parmesean; and fresh (as in still warm) walnut cranberry bread and the best beer I've ever had. A really awesome amber on tap by French Broad Brewing Company, which does not come in bottle much to my dismay. After searching on the internet, this brewing company located in Ashville, apparently on produces on tap. Waaahhhh.
And if the food wasn't good enough, Greenlife provided it's own entertainment yesterday. While we were sitting up on the balcony, dining alfresco, I noticed that they've provided designated parking for those eco-saavy enough to drive low emissions vehicles. Well, no sooner than I had noticed one such parking space right in front of the store, some woman drive up in her late model Mercedes and parks - no wait abandons - her car right in that spot. Richard and I look at each other - " Mercedes has a hybrid?" HA HA HA HA HA!!!
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And because it doesn't take much to entertain me, I periodically snickered about that for the rest of the day.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
I almost went into a diabetic coma after eating one of them, but it was worth it. I left to go home after the shower and stopped by a friend's house to see her goats. She is renting four goats from the city to get rid of the kudzu in her backyard. The city has a deal with this guy from South Pittsburg. They are really cute, but she says she isn't really going to make friends with them because she'll just get attached to them and they're going to leave in a month or so. I certainly see her logic, but I just couldn't have four goats in my backyard without slobbering on them and talking to them.
I love this picture of Rachel and Trixie. It cracks me up becaue it's kinda like Trixie senses the dog running up behind her (with the fence between them) , so the ears stick up and she's saying, "Rachel - do you hear something? Eeek!"
I know........I have a vivid imagination.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Anyhoo, I'm trying on the computers at Kinko's tonight to see how they are and they're alright. A bit pricey and they don't even have coffee, but then they do actually provide the computer, so they've got me on that one. I know the goats are really missing looking at all the cool goat websites that we used to surf - some of them are on my sidebar if you want to check'em out. Trixie has kind of taken to pining away for this one picture of this cute little guy on the Green Acres Goat Farm website. Girlfriend has the hots for the little guy named Robo. Little does are so precocious these days.
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Monday, November 12, 2007
They have really got it going on. I guess if you're really looking for something, you're more likely to find it. Strangely enough, a magazine I subscribed to, but was completely unimpressed by, Cookie magazine, has turned out to be somewhat of a surprise. If you can get past the fact that it is like family magazine to the seriously wealthy, then you can find some really useful information in it.
So, okay. That is my critical contribution to the literary world.
Monday, November 5, 2007
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that Vincent likes Michael Connelly too! Imagine my surprise when I sat out on the deck with my brew to read The Lincoln Lawyer and Vincent came up and tried to take the book away from me. He apparently loves those crime thriller books...........just eats'em up! Nyuk Nyuk!
Friday, November 2, 2007
p.s. this was just too funny to pass up.
Monday, October 29, 2007
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Okay, Alex and I were trying to play chinese checkers out on the deck by the fire we built on our fabulously cool Saturday evening, but Vincent.....well let me just say, he wasn't having it. He tried to eat the little wooden board, he tried to eat the little wooden pieces, and he tried to drink my beer! When we tried to play "Clue" instead, Professor Plum almost met with a terrible death. It was ghastly.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Can you see this guy being sent out in the world to earn his keep? Maybe a sign around his neck that says " Will work for food."? Nah, I don't think so either.Apparently goats being hired out as mowing machines is a growth industry in my neck of the woods though. On one hand, it's good to see goats getting the respect they deserve, albeit not entirely for the right reasons.There are so many things about goats that are totally cool and lovable - their land clearing capabilities are down on the list. On the other hand, it's not so great seeing some goats getting something they don't deserve - killed. On more than one occasion, the news that some of the goats that have been hired out to clear the kudzu off of Missionary Ridge have been attacked and killed by dogs, has made the paper.Now don't get me wrong - the idea of clearing out acres and acres of obnoxious weed without the use of Round Up or napalm is certainly not without merit, but if you're going to send these guys out to do this big job, then you damn sure ought to protect them. They have recently put a Great Pyrenees in the enclosure with a goat/the goats (I've not seen more than one in the enclosure), but the logistics of where this goat/these goats are grazing and what's protecting him/them while grazing is not exactly clear.
And no I'm not some fanatical tree-hugging nut-job. (I'm a regular nut-job.) I'm just sayin.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Oh yeah....day three of the Slim Cuisine diet....let'S just say I haven't totally blown it, but there have been a couple of slips back into Starbuckaholism. By 10:30 yesterday morning, my coworkers were BEGGING me to go downstairs and get a triple effing anything. It's little bit of a dilemna friends.
Monday, October 15, 2007
I'm tellin ya, life is sad without my good friend food. I feel like I should've had a going away party or something. Bye food......come back when you can stay longer. Like it hasn't stayed long enough on my ass.
It's kind of weird when things look the same inside the house as they do on the outside of the house - except outside the house is probably cleaner.
It's Sunday morning and the kids are just lying around watching whatever. Now, look up there at the goats. They are doing the same thing - lying around watching whatever. Amazing, huh?
Saturday, October 13, 2007
And on a sadder note, almost all the Van Goats are afflicted with a runny nose! My poor babies. I hate that they're feeling bad.
On a more positive note, I've discovered a way to overcome my computer difficulties for the time being - the LG en V. It's hard to keep a good blogger down! ( Well, I may not be that good, but it's still not keeping me down.
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Well have your people get with my people. Maybe we'll do some lunch.........I've got a nice big bowl of medicated goat feed on a bed of sweet mix with a nice little Calf Manna garnish. Hollah!
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Of course, I guess being me still has it's advantages. I get to eat more than just goat feed, sweet feed and hay, I sleep in a bed, AND......here's the biggie - I poop and pee in a toilet. I guess being me isn't all bad. Seriously, Pixie is so photogenic isn't she? I guess it must seem like this is post about Pixie week. Sometimes I've just gotta go with the goat that will stand still for the camera and make a story for me. The uncles almost never stand still for the camera and likewise Twister. Oh hell......what am I saying? Goats just don't really like having their picture taken! Maybe that's why I like them so much. I would rather walk through hell wearing gasoline panties than have my picture taken.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Breast cancer comes in all different shapes and sizes. It can be in-your-face or downright sneaky............like inflammatory breast cancer - sometime referred to as IBC. WhyMommy says and I quote, " There doesn't have to be a tumor." Okay, get it? You can just think you have the flu and really have breast cancer. So people need to be AWARE of that. Not just women - all people. Because all people can spread the word. And if you don't understand what I'm saying, go see WhyMommy - she knows more on the subject than anyone should ever have to know. Please God keep her strong - the world is a better place with her in it.
Sunday, October 7, 2007
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Uh, excuse me....uh machine......yeah, Pixie here...yeah I'm talking to you. Can you tell me if it's ever going to stop being hot, I mean look at me - I'm reduced to talking to something that isn't even another goat. In fact, I don't even know what you are. I notice that you're not wearing any fur ....so what's up with that. Doesn't everybody wear fur? This fur, I'm tellin ya...it's damn hot. That lady that gives us food..she has some fur, well on top of what I think is her head. Okay, well, think I'm going to take a nap, or eat some grass, or something.
Friday, October 5, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Miss Trixie is getting ready for bed. She's comfy in the deck chair, she's got her hooves tucked in for the night and right before I took this picture, she let out a big yawn. I love to watch goats yawn because it lasts for about an hour and their jaws go this way and that - it's too cute! What you also don't see in this picture is her dad standing with his head resting in my lap, occasionally eyeballing her in case she tries to claim any of my attention at all. Men!
Friday, September 28, 2007
Thank you Gus!
Umf, yumf, moof, miff, yum....uh excuse me. Sorry, I was just having some lunch here. And, yumf, moof, um,um, okay I'm stopping now....I just wanted to say that I can't believe that anyone could find fault with a little baby like me finding nourishment at his mama's breast. I mean, come on! What could be more natural? And what could be less natural than a networking-blogging wanna-be establishment that would rather promote boobs without babies attached to them - that's just wrong! So I say to Facebook, " All of us Van Goats are canceling our accounts (as soon as I ask Mama what an account is!) and you can just suckit!" yum , yumf, moof, miff, umf, yumf...............
Guest Post by Augustus G. Van Goat
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Speaking of goats getting married......all the girls are in heat except for Trixie. You want to see some action - if this backyard's a rockin, don't come knockin! They have been off the chain running around chasing each other. The boys are trying to mount the girls, the girls are trying to mount the boys, the boys are trying to mount the boys and the girls are trying to mount the girls. It's like the collector's edition of "Goats Gone Wild" about 4 times a day. No wonder they all go bed early - they're worn out.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
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Monday, September 17, 2007
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Okay........ yeah ........ I caved. We went to Starbucks so I could get on the internet, but it was totally worth it!(In an earlier post, I totally trashed Starbucks because they don't have free Wi Fi.) The getting on the internet part was a pain in my arse, but the coffee and snacks were good, and lo and behold - Rachel made a new friend. This little girl showed up with her brother and his six friends - they were doing Pokemon cards or something like that, and she apparently didn't quite know what to do with herself. She and Rachel kept checking each other out, but not engaging in any play until finally, Rachel got under our table and was sulking about something and the other little girl got down on the floor right beside the table and it was on! They got on like a house on fire, having to be scolded for racing around Starbucks and screeching to a sudden halt when they reached the end of the room and giggling loudly the way little girls having fun do. The above picture is proof that I talked them into sitting in the chair and coloring for a while. Cute.
Oh, and by the way..........I am pleased to announce that Starbucks somewhat redeemed themselves by giving us a free venti Rasberry Chocolate Frappucino. Ha Cha Cha!
Saturday, September 15, 2007
This hoof is great! Yum, yum yum! Nothing like chowing down on your own foot for an afternoon snack!
It's been a while since I rambled incessantly so I figured I'd better get crackin. Absence does not make the heart grow fonder - it just makes you absent. It's been a really busy week - as in "I'm starting to hear the people talking in my eyebrows again" busy. Work has been off the chain - I think there were 5 million people with broken bones this week and they all showed up at the hospital where I work. I love my job, but sometimes it is sad beyond my ability to explain. I took care of a soldier and his surgery was one such occasion, compounded by several factors not the least of which was the fact that he had been driving after consuming alcohol. In my neck of the woods it's considered tantamount to murder to drink and drive because we see so many deaths caused by drinking and driving. This particular instance was a little bit different as the man involved was home after serving in Iraq and was suffering terribly - at least terribly enough that he wanted to end it all, so he drove his car into some into something that was tougher than his car. I admit that sometimes I "perceive" things that others don't, but I looked at this guy's face and I just couldn't see a "murderer". What I saw was someone who had looked death in the face on a daily basis; someone who had seen so many terrible things that there was absolutely no way that he could reconcile the loss of so much and so many with his continued existence in this world. What can a person do? Is there enough help these men and women when they come back home from trying to kick Satan's ass for a year or more? Is there anything we can do? I think probably one thing we can not do is condemn people out of hand without even looking past the first impression. I was so disgusted with the anesthetist on the case, because even though he is someone I usually like and respect, he didn't even look past the first tier of the situation - he just went straight to, "He was drinking and driving - he deserves what he got." The hell you say.
I talked with his precious wife and my heart just went out to her - they have been through so much since he's been home. I could hear that she loves him, and I could hear the fear and confusion in her voice. Where do they go after this? She sounded as though she is made of the kind of stuff that will see them both through..... I hope. Ironically enough, when it was time for me to go home from work, I was relieved out of the case by one of my very dearest friends and coworkers, who also is a soldier and also served over "there". I told her that it must have been Divine Intervention that she was my relief that day because I thought of her that morning as I started the case and I wished for her even though I knew it was a case that would be hard for her to do, but I knew she would understand how I felt about this patient. And she did.
Monday, September 10, 2007
Sunday, September 9, 2007
You really have to read about Heather and Emma because I can't do them justice, but I can tell you that if you do read about them, you won't be sorry - it might even change your life.
Friday, September 7, 2007
BUT - just one more thing before I go. WhyMommy and Plain Jane Mom - I'm thinking of you today.
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Yes you have, a little while back when I was talking about my little angel, Vanessa. She is just SO sweet. And yes , you know I absolutely adore my children, but there's something about my goats, this little girl in particular. It's really hard to explain how special goats are - mine in particular ( of course). Goats really have personalities - they speak without ever uttering a word. I'll give you an example.
Last night, I was having a real shit night - there's no other way to put it. I'm not going to bore you with the details, but the evening sucked and blowed. So, I got home from the Labor Day celebraton at my sister's house, Rachel had gone to spend the night at her dad's and Alex was taking a shower (I'm always grateful for that.), and I was really in the depths of misery so I went out on the deck, sat down and promptly started caterwauling. I looked over and saw all the goats in their usual bedtime configuration under the big tree by the fence and as soon as my little Vanessa saw me sit down, she got up and came up on the deck to stand beside me. She wanted some "rubby love" - she likes to have the area I call the chest (it is right below her neck.) rubbed and scratched and she will stand there and let you do it until you stop or someone shows up with food. So the rubby love commenced and I talked to her and shared my woes with her. I ended up sitting on the steps so I could be closer to her and I hugged her and rested my head on her and she just kept getting closer and I could tell she was hugging me back. I told her that she was the sweetest little goat in the world and that I loved her and as she leaned more and more against me (that's a goat hug - you know, they can't just wrap their arms around you.) I heard her saying that she loved me too. And we sat like that, talking and hugging, until Vincent Van Goat decided he needed rubby love too and being a male, he decided it had to be all about him. Typical.
Monday, September 3, 2007
OMG! I am completely............well I just can't even explain it! There are no words!
I HAVE FINISHED HARRY POTTER!
Frankly, now I don't know whether to shit or wind my watch. Oh....I don't have a watch, so that leaves an option I really don't want to discuss here. Enough stalling - I am so distraught because I LOVE THOSE BOOKS!!!! I am not out to spoil anything for anyone , so I'm not going to talk about it - yet. Let me just say that she did not disappoint - the final book was so incredible that I found myself feeling completely envious that someone out there has the - I don't even know the name for it - to write seven books that have affected not a generation, not a country, not a segment of a population, but a WORLD! A WORLD, PEOPLE!
Okay, maybe I'm a little wound up right now, but daaaammmnnnn! Unlike most people , I read the first one when it first came out and didn't read another one until this year and then I was hooked.I took a little break at Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and when I saw Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix at the theater, I rushed home and started back up again. I must say that I think that was the way to do it, because I didn't have to wait for the next book to come out. Now that's what I'm talkin about! So now it's over and even though it was just the most exciting thing I've ever read - sorry, Eragon - I'm feeling a little down and I don't know what I'll read next because let's face it - that is one helluva hard act to follow. I mean, what to read after that? Chick lit?
And in one of life's great little moments of poetic justice, one of the characters (I'll not say who) had a patronus that was a goat. J.K. Rowling - you're my hero.
Sunday, September 2, 2007
Saturday, September 1, 2007
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Monday, August 27, 2007
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We hear a lot about breast cancer these days. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetimes, and there are millions living with it in the U.S. today alone. But did you know that there is more than one type of breast cancer?
I didn’t. I thought that breast cancer was all the same. I figured that if I did my monthly breast self-exams, and found no lump, I’d be fine.
Oops. It turns out that you don’t have to have a lump to have breast cancer. Six weeks ago, I went to my OB/GYN because my breast felt funny. It was red, hot, inflamed, and the skin looked…funny. But there was no lump, so I wasn’t worried. I should have been. After a round of antibiotics didn’t clear up the inflammation, my doctor sent me to a breast specialist and did a skin punch biopsy. That test showed that I have inflammatory breast cancer, a very aggressive cancer that can be deadly.
Inflammatory breast cancer is often misdiagnosed as mastitis because many doctors have never seen it before and consider it rare. “Rare” or not, there are over 100,000 women in the U.S. with this cancer right now; only half will survive five years. Please call your OB/GYN if you experience several of the following symptoms in your breast, or any unusual changes: redness, rapid increase in size of one breast, persistent itching of breast or nipple, thickening of breast tissue, stabbing pain, soreness, swelling under the arm, dimpling or ridging (for example, when you take your bra off, the bra marks stay – for a while), flattening or retracting of the nipple, or a texture that looks or feels like an orange (called peau d’orange). Ask if your GYN is familiar with inflammatory breast cancer, and tell her that you’re concerned and want to come in to rule it out.
There is more than one kind of breast cancer. Inflammatory breast cancer is the most aggressive form of breast cancer out there, and early detection is critical. It’s not usually detected by mammogram. It does not usually present with a lump. It may be overlooked with all of the changes that our breasts undergo during the years when we’re pregnant and/or nursing our little ones. It’s important not to miss this one.
Inflammatory breast cancer is detected by women and their doctors who notice a change in one of their breasts. If you notice a change, call your doctor today. Tell her about it. Tell her that you have a friend with this disease, and it’s trying to kill her. Now you know what I wish I had known before six weeks ago.
You don’t have to have a lump to have breast cancer.
It's your turn.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Gussy really knows how to live on the edge. Here, he is investigating Hermione's tail, which was waving around like a red flag. I was waiting for the inevitable smack - down, but he lost interest before she was incensed enough to exert herself. It was a rather interesting exchange nonetheless. It's so bloody hot outside that if I were the cat in the chair, he probably could have gnawed my tail off before I even started to get disturbed. The backyard, is ummmm, looking rather junglesque due to the fact I am not into heat exhaustion or stroke. Now that the clover is gone, the goats have started munching grass again , thankfully. Everyone thinks that goats eat anything and everything - they don't. My guys are rather picky, in fact. (This could be due to the fact that they are extremely SPOILED - as in brats. Last night around eleven, Trixie was on the deck bleating her head off because she wanted a snack. There's no ignoring her either - it just goes on and on until you pony up the munchies. So, there we were in the back yard, doling out feed to the seriously oppressed.............poor babies.
Monday, August 13, 2007
I started a scrapbook as a gift for my friends Jeff and Casey, who got married.........well, let's just say some time ago, and well, you know, with life being the way it is and all, I haven't finished it yet. I am thinking that I will definitely get this done before their grandkids start making an appearance. This picture is the front of cover of the actual album, complete with the sadly disturbed plastic cover. I thought it was just the perfect album for pages that show their lives up to the wedding.
I haven't actually mentioned my scrapbooking passion before, but I do love to scrap and I've decided to start talking about it here, maybe in hopes that it will make me accountable to someone. Or something like that. I have to admit that so far, while I have spent some quality time in the activity itself, I have spent more time even perusing the online stores shopping for paper, embellishments and the latest gadgets. There are some really incredible online scrapbook stores - AllyScraps, Rocky Mountain Hobbies, and for looking at their incredible papers and their huge layout gallery, Basic Grey. I love their paper and it is second to no other. All their papers are heavier than most and their designs are so unique - I can spot their paper without even looking at a label. I have a wonderful time scrapbooking, but I just haven't been able to devote the time to it that I would like here lately, so from here on out, I am making a vow to myself that I am going to start scrapping at least three times a week and , uh, no more shopping . So there it is.
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Look at the sleeping babies with their mommy, Twister standing guard. Trixie is resting her head on Gus's behind and he's all curled up into a tight little ball. This is their morning siesta - something that occurs every day without fail. I've pointed out more than once that goats have got it going on.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
On a brighter note, I did get the carpet cleaned yesterday - an arduous long overdue procedure. When you have one dog, three cats and eight goats, your carpet should be cleaned, umm like, every five minutes. You can see where once a month wouldn't really be getting it. The Van Goat Ranch isn't truly set up to be a ranch, but it sort of works - the neighbors took some convincing, let me tell you.
I think pictures add so much to a post, but I have come to realize that it isn't always necessary. A good rationalization when none are forthcoming. If you do really want pictures, then you may or may not have noticed that I have attached a cute little link to my Flickr site - am I cool or what!!! Next think you know, people will actually be reading this thing and they really should, you know - the Van Goats read it every day.
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
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Everyone should experience one for at least a week in their lives - it has to be for a week because you wouldn't want to miss one of their "personalities". Yes - I'm feeling a little injured right now having awakened to my very own "tyrant" - and she's got a bad cold. Waking up to a sick four year old just isn't like waking up to smell the coffee - it's more like waking up in the path of a speeding Mack truck - painful. If you add not sleeping well and being somewhat under the weather yourself - well that's just an equation that Albert Einstein himself would not have touched. Now, having gotten things somewhat squared away - it's amazing what "green yogurt" and ginger ale can do - things are calm once again and the dictator has left the building , miraculously replaced my sweet, smiling angel. Whew.
As it happens, no sooner than I thought I was home free(that's what I get for thinking!) my cell phone rang and it was AT&T, finally showing up to fix our phone line which has been out for a week. Do I really need to tell you - yes the phone was dead courtesy of one Vincent Van Goat a.k.a. " Butthead. When you see a black cable with little wires hanging out of it - a cable that used to be attached to something on your house - then you know there's going to be a problem somewhere. Such was the case with our phone line. Should I admit that this was the second time? So ....back to the phone call ;I loved having to answer the question " Well , do you know what happened to your phone line?" Uh, lightning, lawn mower, an Act of God - you choose."
He had the line fixed in no time at all with our assurances that we would keep it safe from the goats. So now there's a Little Tykes play house nestled comfortably up against the back of the house - in front of the phone line.
Sunday, August 5, 2007
into the appropriate space, set up the chairs in the back of the truck, tuned in the boombox to the correct frequency and Hello - that is the ONLY way to watch a movie! I don't ever want to go to a regular theater again. Uh.......yeah! I've already said I'm a redneck! Alex and I are, being Halloween fanatics - both the movie and the holiday - looking foward to Rob Zombie's upcoming version of the movie Halloween! I am really hoping that it's going to be at the outdoor theater - talk about a hella-bomb way to see that movie! I ,uh, admit to listening to his music on occasion - usually at work where the kids aren't listening. It makes for efficient adrenaline usage in the work place. We all have our dark sides.
Although I do actually have more to ramble about, we're off to get Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup and ginger ale. The princess needs pampering. And meanwhile.............the Van Goats are enjoying lazy, hazy Sunday afternoon.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
I'm awake, I'm awake already! My 4-year old daughter wants to make sure I'm awake as I'm sitting here pondering my sad little blog, so she's continually setting off the alarm on this cute little, old-fashioned clock, complete with 4-alarm fire bell. On the other hand, ring the bell some more and lets celebrate - my first Sunday off in over two years! Yeee haaaaa! No more working weekends for me. (Of course, having sold my soul to the devil, I will be working every day during the week. ) This of course, is to support our belief that Rachel is ready for something more than being home with mom.
In the meantime, I've got soooo much to do - it is time! I'm going to catch up on scrapbooking, baking, gardening, exercising - the list is endless. We stayed home from church since both the kids have coughs and snotty noses - naturally I would be thwarted on my first attempt to go to church in two years. We've decorated a mason jar, played V Smile games, made waffles and pizza dough and had an altogether productive day so far. The goats are thrilled to have some sunshine and are out staking their claim on their preferred sunning spots and it's looking like the caprine Cancun out there. Rachel is really getting into cooking with me - so far her specialties are pizza dough and lasagna. I have to give Mollie Katzen big thanks for her recipe for pizza dough - it's an all purpose dough actually - because it's easy enough that my daughter can do it with my help. We make the dough by hand and she has got the kneading down yo! I was so proud of her that she helped me from start to finish.I think one thing that has been so rewarding about having a daughter this time around, is that she is interested in some of the things that I do and it is so cool for her to try and imitate what I'm doing because she usually catches on pretty quickly.
You know, I've read many blogs in the last few days and I find it very odd and interesting that my life, the appearance of which is no less substantial than the appearance of the other blogs, is so different. Different to the point that we're living in the same country speaking different languages. Okay, I'm a redneck - I admit it freely - but geez, I used to be a fairly "with-it" kind of person. What is up with that? Don't get me wrong - I'm happy with my life - it just feels strange to find myself in a place that never even was a blip on my future radar in my younger days. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I used to be the "queen bee" and now I'm "Farmer Fran" and the two are not in the same ball park. Of course, I made the choice to withdraw from my life as a hottie. (Could it have had something to do with the 40 pounds that didn't go away after I had Rachel; mine and Richard's separation;or moving to the redneck ghetto?)Uh, there's a thought.
So here I am, not wanting a change really - I do truly love my life - just wanting to get back in the loop in some small way. I've been posting on Twitter, blogging my little heart out and joining every cyber organization that will theoretically put my blog out there amidst all the A-List blogs out there. But will I'll ever have anything to say that the rest of the world wants to hear?
Thursday, July 26, 2007
I just ordered this book for Rachel - it's one we've checked out from the library countless times and she never gets tired of it because it has ghosts and bats and all manner of scary things to count. I found it used on Amazon for 45 cents, which even with shipping, is quite a good deal. This book is a Barefoot book - you may have noticed the Barefoot button below - and while it is no longer available on the Barefoot Book website, they have plenty of other fabulous books that are!
Click here to see some other Barefoot favorites. My personal favorite? Well it's a toss-up between Herb, the Vegetarian Dragon and My Daddy is a Pretzel.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Time to get busy!
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
I don't normally post pictures of myself, but this is too funny - maybe I should've saved it for Halloween! Well last night was the big night - the sleep study. Yes, I do have sleep apnea and I will be returning for the study with CPAP. I just hope it's a cure for me like it is for all my friends who have been here before me. I should have gotten the tech to hold up the box that is connected to all the wires that are connected to my head - what a beaut!! I did not sleep well, not surprisingly, and I figured I hadn't even slept enough to snore let alone have any incidences of sleep apnea that would register on their monitor. Everyone I know says that even trying the CPAP in the lab is just incredible - like a new lease on life. Me - me - please pick me!!!!!
On a less scary note (I think?), Alex and I went to see the Harry Potter movie yesterday and - it totally rocked!!! We loved it! I have enjoyed every one of them, although Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Askaban has been my favorite - until now. This one is even better and I was wide awake the whole time (amazingly enough - see above) Sadly, I am only on the fourth book - I sort of got sidetracked on the books - I've been busy reading thrillers and chick lit. I am back on track now and I'm going to read them all.
Rachel and her dad will be home from vacation tomorrow and they have been greatly missed. I cannot wait to see my little pumpkin - she's been gone too long! They've had a great time, if all the pictures they've sent on my phone are anything to go by, and yesterday they went to the Kennedy Space Center. I have always wanted to go there, but I just haven't made it there yet. Hopefully some day. Wonder if the goats would like to see the shuttle take off?
Thursday, July 19, 2007
One thing I want to say, if anyone is reading is that I now have a badge on my blog for PlayPumps International so please click on it to go to their site and check it out. It is the most amazing thing I've seen in a long time. They have an e-card that you can send to your friends to show how PlayPumps work in providing people in impoverished countries with water as well as playground equipment , who are otherwise going without. I hope you'll check it out because not only is it a worthwhile cause, but PlayPumps are an example of people really working together and using the intelligence that God gave them for good instead of evil - the genuine article! Go PlayPumps!!!!!
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
It has been a while since I got out the mat, but this morning get it out I did ,and I programmed a very short session from Shiva Rhea's Yoga Shakti dvd. Generally, when I'm really rusty, I just start with the Basic program, but today just wanting to ease back into doing anything at all that early in the day, I went to the Yoga Matrix and selected the Surya Meditation, Pranayama, Meditation and Shavasana. What can I say? I was feeling minimalist this morning. And I do buy the advice about blowing your nose prior to beginning the Pranayama, which involves breathing in one of side of the nose and out the other. Even though it was a very short session and completely lacking in the movement of large muscle groups, I feel better, and doing something generally results in something getting done. . I like this DVD because it offers something for every level of practice. You can do a set program or create your own, and I like the fact that the set programs are not impossible for a rube like me. The Basic Flow is good for beginners.
If you would like to check out Yoga Shakti for yourself see below -
You can also check out her website, Yogadventures , which will make you want to take off for parts unknown to get your down-ward facing dog on next to the gloriously sparkling azure water generally seen in parts unknown. I can feel the gorgeous white sand between my toes right now! Hmmm, I wonder if the goats like the beach?
Now - while I have sung the praises of Shiva Rhea and Yoga Shakti, I have to confess that Seane Corn is my favorite Yoga instructor. Plain and simple - she rules. Not only does she an incomparable gift for teaching, but she makes so many contributions to the world, sharing her gift of love and compassion. Her dvd's begin with an introduction in which she describes the benefits of yoga and how a person goes about receiving those benefits and just listening to her is unbelieveably motivating and inspirational. I don't mean to gush , butI cannot say enough about how wonderful she is. I have both of her dvd's, which are available to you to purchase from Amazon below -
After you've done one of Seane's dvd's, you feel like you've exercised and stretched every part of your being. Even a week of yoga is enough to make you feel a significant change in your mental and physical health. My daughter has really gotten into it, and the mood might strike her at any time to drop down into cobra, fish or downward facing dog. She has also become quite accomplished at tree pose. Iwatch her when she's in downward facing dog and feel so proud and so envious all at the same time. It's like kids are born to be the perfect yogis/yoginis. About the same time I wandered into Yoga, I also wandered onto a website called Barefoot Books. I give credit for this to Vegan Family because it was on their website I discovered Herb, the Vegetarian Dragon, which is a Barefoot Book. Eventually, I found the Barefoot Book website, became a stallholder and discoverd Baron Baptiste's fabulous book, My Daddy is a Pretzel.
From this book, Rachel has learned to do several different poses and she loves to read this book over and over and why not - it's well written and the illustration is great!
Of course, I think it would be great if you ordered this book through this blog, but in all fairness, you should check out Barefoot Books because it is such a fun website and if you did like My Daddy is a Pretzel, then you would definitely want to order more books from Barefoot because their books are totally unique and more fun and eduational than your average book!
so what are you waiting for - go look!!!! Oh, and.........................Namaste.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
I am reading this right now and so far and I am really impressed with the author's knowledge and his ability to share such an exstensive practice on paper. I have to admit - I really had never even heard of permaculture until I started researching and found this book on Amazon, but as it turns out, there's a whole secret gardening world out there. I plan to completely transform my front yard over time, into a garden that is good to look at and yields a hefty vegetable crop. I also hope to be able create a more pleasing envirnment in the backyard as well, which of course, will be a challenge considering there are eight goats living back there. But hey - what's life without a challenge or two? I've also been on the Path to Freedom site quite a lot - Jules Dervais is my hero! This is a man, who back in the 90's got tired of spending money on watering a lawn that did nothing but sit there and turned his entire fifth of an acre into an urban homestead complete with vegetables, flowers, herbs, animals and a successful business. If it relates to homesteading/sustainability, this man and his family have done it and they have done it well. They even have goats!
Monday, July 9, 2007
Sunday, July 8, 2007
I am still trying to do the Flylady missions on my own, but I just couldn’t deal with all the emails. I do still get the FLyLady digest , but there is just a lot of reading to do and I really don't have the time. Initially it was encouraging, but eventually it got to be maddening. What I really must do is make of list of everything I need to get done and work from that list.I am working on indoor and outdoor things, but it seems like it’s taking forever to get anywhere. It's difficult when you live with a 4 year old whirling dervish.Yikes!!!
See more progress on: Do the Flylady daily missions
Saturday, July 7, 2007
No, not really......just busy and in the good old redneck vernacular, I've been TARRED! For those speaking and reading only the Queen's English - I've been tired. Thursday morning started off in a rather traumatic way - I got up, performed the morning ablutions , proceeded to get Pixie on the milking stand and get Twister and Trixie situated in the front yard (more on this later) and my neighbor comes running up the street - "Leigh, Leigh you've got to come up here. There's a man up there and he's having a problem -we think he's having a heart attack. (When you're a nurse - everyone thinks you know something, so you get called upon for all manner of things. One just accepts this.) So I ran up the street and sure enough, there was a fairly young looking hispanic gentleman being propped up against a truck, and no he did not Hablo English. His friend barely spoke English, but we did manage to get him to lie him down on the ground and prop him up so that his legs were elevated above the level of his heart. According to 911, it was going to be somewhere in the neighorhood of 30 minutes before the EMS could get there. His pulse was regular and fairly strong and I questioned him with my vast knowledge of Spanish - " Dolor?" and pointed to his chest and his left arm. He nodded "Yes" and I must say that he did quite resemble someone on the throes of a heart attack. When I inquired, the people at whose house he had been working informed me that he had been working indoors, which ruled out any chance of heatstroke or exhaustion, but we kept a cool cloth on his head and I kept my fingers on his pulse to keep track of his heart rate. In the meantime, I yelled at Alex to bring my phone, and then I had to tell him to go back because Rachel was still sleeping in the house and Pixie was already on the milking stand.
So, eventually the EMS did arrive, and when they put him on the monitor, all his vitals signs were stable, however, his EKG did appear a bit abnormal. At this juncture, I must say that my experience with cardiac rhythms is positively archaic, so I couldn't really be sure. Since he was in most capable hands at that time, I returned home, at which time I discovered that Alex set about the task of milking - which was very surprising since he hadn't done an entire milking at this point - and all I had to do was check and make sure she was fairly dry. Cracking good job, Alex!!!!!!! I'm so proud of him!I have discovered that milking is quite relaxing and not a chore at all, so I foresee a time in the future where we'll be fighting over who gets to milk. Maybe we need some more milk goats?
All this drama put me pretty much off schedule, so I still had bills to pay ( moving right in to the chore segment of our programming.), floors to mop, a meal to prepare, etc. Along with being off schedule, I had this lingering feeling of being ill at ease. I felt somewhat traumatized for the rest of the day. The bill paying thing didn't work out too good, I had numerous errands to run, and on the last of the errands, which was Home Depot, Rachel got sick and threw up. Okay, really feeling traumatized now! You know, my kids just don't throw up a whole lot, not even every year. I had many food allergies as a child so I threw up approximately every other day, but my kids do not, so immediately I was on red alert , Defcon 3, you name it - I was really freakin. I won't go into the whole long story, which involved a call to the pediatric triage nurse - suffice it to say that I somewhat overreacted. As of yesterday, she was still feeling a little puny, but is apparently okay. By the end of the day, I was ready for an Alabama Slammer, or whatever kind of Cocktail that Tom Cruise could throw together that would ease some of my mental pain. Had to settle for a good old Natural Light - the beer of champions! (What kind of champion you ask?)
So Friday really wasn't a great deal easier. Got up and took care of the goats, milking , cleaning the back porch, etc. etc. and the we left to run errands - mailing the two boxes-o-books I need to mail, visiting the credit union, and buying the dreaded fast food lunch because I didn't have time to cook. Fast food sucks. It makes it too easy to be a lazy parent. I don't like to think of myself as being lazy, after all, there's only so much one person can do, but I've got to get better organized. End of discussion.