---Alice Abrams

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Photo Hunt - Wooden

I was playing around with composition and color one day - a simple glass vase,
some roses and tree bark against a shabby wooden fence.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Grrrr! Paneling sucks!

Okay, this is NOT how my house currently looks!!! This is the day or two after we moved in.As you "may" notice, there's a heck of a lot of paneling - and it's "pretend" paneling - not even real wood. I have no qualms about painting over it but at the rate I'm going, it'll be five years before I'm done!
I retired due to some health issues, my back being one of them. Painting is not the easiest task to perform but it's too expensive to hire someone to do it for us. So, I bought a gallon bucket of
"Kilz 2" (which is very low odor) and am trying to get the job done. I can't do much at a time and it's taking two coats to cover... I have painted less than one whole room and have used over one half a gallon!
I just know it'll be worth it when the ugly paneling is gone. Oh, by the way, can you see the "bar" - that cavernous area in the middle? Any suggestions as to how to fix the area that is shingled?
My son said just hang a bug zapper on it. Ha, ha.... I plan on taking the stupid shingles off and probably knocking out the bar and making it my office. But the shingled area has me baffled.
Any ideas????

If I don't make rounds often, please forgive me. These is taking the ooomph (what little ooomph I have left) right outta me...

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

UPDATE: For all of you who guessed "Vulture," you are so right!
Interesting looking guy, isn't he? And think of the junk that
would pile up all around the world without these critters...

Can you name this critter?

Happy Birthday, Darlin' Mo!

In celebration of Morgen's Birthday, he who loves all
things Egyptian and the color purple,

Morgen is also the proud owner of The Wren's Nest, where you can
find some of the neatest stuff for your home and garden. And a
great big plus, he's one of the nicest guys to be found on the web!!!
Love to you on your day, Mo!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Photo Hunt - Free

I have to admit to some "enhancement" to get the effect I was
looking for, but this was a glorious sunset! And they're always free!!!

(And it was taken from my front porch which makes it even more
free - no driving or gas involved!)

Please visit TNChick and see what others have to say about "Free."

It could be that the purpose of your life is only
to serve as a warning to others.

As you can see in the previous post, allows you to make some terrific posters! This is one of my very favorite sites as I love sarcasm. Have some fun and see what you can come up with!


Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day !

Thursday Thirteen - Movie Facts

1. When a girl is in a house all by herself in a horror movie, it is always raining or thunder and lightning outside.
2. In all junior highs, the popular girls have big boobs, while the geeky girls are flat-chested.
3. In movies when a character is brushing his/her teeth, they never get toothpaste on their mouth or rinse out their toothbrush when through cleaning their teeth.
4. Anybody eating chinese food always eats it out of the box with chopsticks.
5. If you try to get your ex partner back by going out with someone else in order to make your ex jealous, you will succeed but by the time you have achieved what you set out to do you will have fallen for the other person.
6 . A woman´s shoes always make high heel clacking sounds, regardless which shoe type she wears. She can even wear sneakers...
7. Whenever at a bar or dance with loud music cranked up on high, the couple the audience sees talking have perfectly audible voices and can talk as though there is no music.
8 . The villain will always have thousands of henchmen working for him or a small army that follows him.
9. There is always a full moon when people go to bed. When the lights are turned off, a delayed light turns on, causing a blue cast in the room in which they could read by.
10. If you are going to be killed it has to be at a time when you are alone and it has to be at night and raining.
11. The antidote to any horrible, out-of-control virus can always be attained somewhere in the neighborhood of the other side of the world often from an exotic plant. Somehow these plants can always be reproduced to cure the epidemic.
12. If the movie is set in America any Australians will talk with a British accent.
13. Women of action can run, do karate, kickbox, climb ladders and perform highly acrobatic movements while wearing six inch heals and either a miniskirt or a tight leather cat suit.

Two More For Good Measure!

14. If a person has an occupation that involves spending most of their working hours at weddings, their love life will be a disaster or non-existent.
15. Every city - despite of its size - has at least one old lady who drives her belongings in some old baby buggy or shopping cart around. If the lady is a guy he always uses a shopping cart and never a baby buggy.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

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Monday, February 11, 2008

Two Good Reasons People Don't Go to Church

Jan Crouch, of TBN

Benny "Gumby" Hinn

Yes, I am a Christian but I don't wear the label "Evangelical," possibly because of the two charlatans pictured above. The reason I would never vote for Huckabee is because he has asked Kenneth Copeland for funds.
While I absolutely, vehemently abhor the "Name it and Claim it" or Prosperity Preaching, (and I cannot make that statement strongly enough!!!), at the same time the Constitution is clear on the separation of church and state. There are six "ministers" currently being investigated for nefarious use of funds collected from abused congregants, this is the other side of the separation coin. Appoint an outside source to do any sort of investigation, but the government is strictly prohibited from doing so.
Add Creflo Dollar to the list of charlatans that Christ would've thrown off the temple steps. These folks are chasing the dollar (no pun intended, Creflo!) and justifying the ownership of one or more mansions, one or more private jets, one or more limos or expensive cars; and in some cases, one or more sexual preferences.
It's no wonder, with the advent of TV, more and more people are throwing their money at these creeps, all the while hoping that God will love them enough to throw a few dollars their way.
Very, very sad....(But government, stay out of it!) There needs to be a "Consumer Beware" warning at the beginning of every program on TBN.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

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Monday, February 04, 2008

But Can Johnny Read???

Mrs. Jones, may I have your permission to let one rip???

Middle school issues ban on intentional flatulence
By Holly S. Anderson VillageSoup/Knox County Times Senior Reporter

CAMDEN (Feb 1): The Merriam Webster Dictionary definition for flatulence is brief: "flatus expelled through the anus." And while it's a natural bodily function, it seems some Camden-Rockport Middle School eighth-grade boys are taking it to new heights and making a game of seeing who can expel the loudest and grossest flatus.

According to this week's Fire Cracker school newsletter though, the joke's on the boys as the penalty for "intentional farting" is now a detention.
"Strange, but true, thanks to a bunch of 8th grade boys, intentional farting has been banned from CRMS," the newsletter said. "It started out as a funny joke and eventually turned into a game. This is the first rule at CRMS that prevents the use of natural bodily functions. The penalty for intentional farting is a detention, so keep it to yourself!"

According to a group of seventh-grade students milling around downtown following Friday's storm-related early release, the eighth-graders' escapades are well known in the school.
"They would do it in science class and other places," said Jordan Tyler. "It's a natural occurrence and we all do it 16 times a day." At least, Jordan is good in math!

Manic Monday - Blue

I am SO late with my post this week, I'll keep it short and sweet:
The Blues Brothers is one of my all time favorite movies~!
And you thought I'd post about depression, right?
Please visit Mo, our Manic Monday host!

Friday, February 01, 2008

Photo Hunt - Narrow

This week's word is narrow. I was going to post a picture of my waist, but then I remembered it was narrow about 45 years ago! Hahahahahahaha!!!

So, I have posted a picture of the Wailua river in Kauai. It's very narrow at this point because it has come down from the mountains and is flowing out to sea.
Wailua river, the only navigable river in Hawai'i, leads to a lava rock grotto covered with tropical ferns. The grotto is a natural amphitheater whose acoustics greatly enhance the singing and instruments. It was almost destroyed by a strong hurricane that swept through the island a few years ago, but when we saw it the new growth was already beginning to return to it's former glory.
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Keep the Gov't Out of My Life!

Mississippi Pols Seek To Ban Fats - New bill would make it illegal for restaurants to serve the obese

FEBRUARY 1--Mississippi legislators this week introduced a bill that would make it illegal for state-licensed restaurants to serve obese patrons. Bill No. 282, a copy of which you'll find below, is the brainchild of three members of the state's House of Representatives, Republicans W. T. Mayhall, Jr. and John Read, and Democrat Bobby Shows. The bill, which is likely dead on arrival, proposes that the state's Department of Health establish weight criteria after consultation with Mississippi's Council on Obesity. It does not detail what penalties an eatery would face if its grub was served to someone with an excessive body mass index.

This is proof that the Republicans are as stupid as the Democrats!!! Keep out of my life, out of my kitchen, out of my bedroom, and start working on something that benefits this country - like keeping our borders safe, maybe - for a start!!!
I'm beginning to believe that it's hopeless. I have NO faith in politicians whatsoever; we need a third party in this country!

Friday's Feast 178

Feast One Hundred & Seventy Eight
February 01st, 2008

What is your favorite kind of cereal?
Peanut Butter Cap'n Crunch

When was the last time you purchased something for your home, what was it, and in which room did it go?
Two weeks ago, we bought (read: charged!) a leather sofa and coffee table for our living room which has been bare since our move.

What is the funniest commercial you’ve ever seen?
Geez, I just watched the "World's Funniest Commercials," laughing my head off, but do you
honestly think I can remember one of them???
I do remember several years ago, there was a man fishing and a bear comes along and karate-kicks him and takes his fish. I have no idea what the product was!

Make up a name for a company by using a spice and an animal (example: Cinnamon Monkey).
Rosemary Rabbit (or the Basil Baboon) - I happen to like aliteration!

Fill in the blank: I haven’t had a vacation since 2004.

Help Jamie Come Home!

This post was written by Mags from MsMaggieMooTalks2U:


She tries to sleep, but she can’t-the noises coming from the only bedroom in the trailer are too loud, too embarrassing. Rolling over she faces the wall and hopes that her father will finish what he’s doing and that her step-mother won’t make any more noise.She’s living every teenage girl’s nightmare.It’s bad enough that she was torn from her friends in Kentucky-but living here, in this cramped, dirty trailer with no privacy and no indoor shower is the icing on the cake. Fitting in at school was out of the question-her father made sure of that by not allowing her to socialize outside of class & eventually, she woke up one morning knowing that she would no longer walk the halls of freedom, but instead would be taught in the very trailer she slept in.It’s probably for the best, she thinks-if anyone ever found out that they make me wear hand me down underwear I’d be the laughing stock of the state anyway…
She wishes she could move home-to her real home-with her mother and sister in Connecticut. There she would be nurtured and cared for, and allowed to be a teenager…allowed to have opinions and ideas and to cut her hair the way she likes it.
But she knows she can’t. He’s making sure of that too…
Jamie wants to come home.
Many of you know Linda from Are We There Yet? And perhaps you know that she has two daughters, Amanda and Jamie. Amanda lives with Linda here in CT and Jamie lives in Florida with her father and his wife.
Life for Jamie is not going well.
Jamie is living a lonely life in a cramped, dirty trailer with guardians who won’t allow her to be an individual. She is not allowed to have friends. She can’t choose her own music or movies and she can’t even cut her hair. She has to shower in a common area of a camp ground because her “home” doesn’t have a shower.
She is homeschooled by her stepmother-a woman who is not qualified to take on such a task and Jamie is, for sure, behind other kids her age academically. No doubt, she will also fall behind socially as well.Though Jamie has expressed to her father that she wants to move to Connecticut to live with her mother, he will not allow it. His reasoning is that Linda is not a good mother.His reasoning is bull shit.When Jamie visits, it is easy to see that she flourishes. Her smile is bright and it’s clear that being allowed to smile and laugh and to be a little quirky is the reason. Anyone who reads Linda’s blog knows that she is a caring and attentive mother who strives to give both of her children what they deserve.The man that Jamie and Amanda call Dad is not a good man. He remarried and is completely wrapped up in his new marriage and does not care what happens to Jamie.

If he believes that Linda is a bad mother because Amanda has blue hair, then I wonder what he would say if she were to cast her daughter out of her life simply because she was a little different…Of course, Linda would never do that-but he did. Amanda lived with her father at one time, and was sent back to live with Linda because she didn’t “fit in” to the family he wanted to create. He no longer speaks to her. Now tell me, how can a man who disowns one daughter ever be a better parent than one who loves unconditionally?He can’t.And that’s why Jamie needs to come home.
Being a single mother who makes “too much money” (read: she makes over the poverty level) Linda does not qualify for financial assistance for legal aid, and therefore is having trouble getting a lawyer’s attention. In CT, courts consider a custody award as subject to change until the child involved grows up, and in most states proof of a "change in circumstances" may overturn an earlier award. This flexibility is intended to allow for the correction of poor or outdated decisions.
Jamie has vocalized to both parents that she wishes to move. Her dad has vocalized that it will never happen. Linda made a promise to Jamie that she would do anything in her power to get here home.But she needs our help.In the sidebar (at MsMaggieMooTallks2U) I have posted a magic button - this magic button allows you to donate to the Get Jamie Home Legal Fund. The faster you click, the faster you will help change the life of one little girl who very much needs a new life.Please help. We’ve seen in the past that every penny helps…even if you can only donate $5, please consider doing it.Jamie needs to come home.
A Message From Mo: (Mo, From It's A Blog Eat Blog World...) Please donate to the fund to help bring Jamie home.If I can afford $5, you can. Donations at MsMaggieMooTalks2U's sidebar accept credit cards or PayPal.
Thank you.