Sunday, May 27, 2007

It's 12 midnight, Do you know where your children are?


Evidently some of our neighbors don't.

At midnight straight up I hear out on our gravel road what sounds to be someone walking and running almost half assed playing in front of our home. I'm working on the PC which faces the street kinda so I can hear them pretty good, Now mind you all the lights are on and it looks like someone is up.
I'm thinking to myself, Who would let their kids wander these rural areas at this time of night? It's black out there, and very few lights dotted here and there for utility purposes and farm animals.

Not more than 5 seconds goes by and something hits the side of our home and then again and extremely close to the window by my head, I think "OH Shit" they just egg'd our house. Living directly across from a chicken farm could be not so advantageous at times. So I go and wake the Mr. and he reluctantly gets dressed, leashes the dog and they go out to see what was happening.
He sees 3 boys around the ages 12-possibly 15 standing down near the corner of our property, He starts walking towards them and they turn to take off. He yells at them to stop, They run like they have fire under their feet. The Mr. is still running and yelling stop, Then he says to them "you have to come back this way sooner or later", They continue to run. But maybe he scared the crap out of them. They'll probably think he is friggen crazy now. I hope he put the fear of God in them.
Following that a coyote raided the chicken coop and killed 4 chickens about 4 am., Back up again goes the Mr. to see what the hell was going on, He couldn't see anything because it's black out there even with a flashlite. So finally things calm down a little and its time to sleep.

Today...
We contacted the neighbors and all agree its probably the neighborhood idiot's kids,He earned this title for all the stupid crap he puts us through like the loud music, you know the kind that just bumps and no melody and his idiot antics with reving engines for hours on end and laying rubber on the road when he's done with that. So we go and We chatted with the kid's mom and him (idiot) and they were wide eyed and knew nothing just as we expected. But at least they know we suspect them. Maybe they'll keep their kids home for a while.
So needless to say I did not sleep much last night, Maybe from 4:30 am on to 9:30 am. I had a big day planned today too.

I went to see the new Pirates of the Caribbean "The Worlds End" it was good, Really different from the last 2 however. More twists and unforeseeable turns. Its newly out so I won't spoil it for everyone. We seen it at a new theater(Bridgeport) in the new digital format, That's really awesome.
I recently as last week was reading one of my favorite amusing blogs PostSecret and seen a post card sent in about Johnny Depp some of you may have seen it, I could possibly think that way now. (Blushing)
At least I don't have huge posters hanging in my office like a cousin of ours does. She's nuts abouts him too.

What else....The baby Sis and her BF, Ooops, (I'm not supposed to call him her BF yet, Why I don't know). is in our home stomping grounds "Las Vegas" Gambling and drinking and having a great time, Visiting the #2 son Carl and Joelle his sweetheart. I'm Jealous, I miss my kids soooo much.

So now Jeannie you got something to read after the hangover wears off.

Have a Safe and Memorable Memorial Day weekend


The cost of Freedom is not free, The brave are plentiful, My country is free because of these brave souls. I Honor you. I will not forget your son or daughter who fought for our country.


I have never been so moved as the day the Mr. and I visited the fallen soldiers cemetery in San Francisco, It was totally overwhelming, I felt the pride in our country, I felt the pain of the loved ones, I felt simply sick. There were so many graves, Row after row after row. I'll never forget this.



If your in the armed services and have served our country or are serving our country, Thank you for your bravery and vigilance to keep us safe.

Friday, May 18, 2007

"The Old Moon in the Young Moon's Arms."



Every once in a while, something will appear in the sky that will attract the attention of even those who normally don't bother looking up. It's likely to be that way on Saturday evening, May 19, when a slender crescent Moon, just 15-percent illuminated, will appear in very close proximity to the brightest planet in the sky. (Venus)

Also on May 19, you may be able to see the full globe of the Moon, its darkened portion glowing with a bluish-gray hue interposed between the sunlit crescent and not much darker sky. This vision is sometimes called "the old Moon in the young Moon's arms." Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was the first to recognize it as what we now call "Earthshine."




City/ Time/ Zone/ Sunset/ Closest/ Sep./ Alt./

Montreal
EDT 8:21 p.m. 10:56 p.m. 0.9° 9°

Boston
EDT 8:01 p.m. 10:56 p.m. 0.9° 6°

New York
EDT 8:09 p.m. 11:01 p.m. 0.9° 6°

Washington
EDT 8:16 p.m. 11:06 p.m. 0.9° 7°

Atlanta
EDT 8:33 p.m. 11:15 p.m. 1.0° 8°

Miami
EDT 8:01 p.m. 11:21 p.m. 1.1° <1°

New Orleans
CDT 7:48 p.m. 10:26 p.m. 1.1° 9°

Kansas City
CDT 8:25 p.m. 10:15 p.m. 1.0° 17°

Chicago
CDT 8:06 p.m. 10:06 p.m. 1.0° 15°

Austin
CDT 8:19 p.m. 10:28 p.m. 1.1° 15°

Winnipeg
CDT 9:12 p.m. 9:55 p.m. 1.0° 26°

Denver
MDT 8:10 p.m. 9:15 p.m 1.1° 26°

Helena
MDT 8:59 p.m. 9:00 p.m. 1.1° 34°

Edmonton
MDT 9:33 p.m. 8:41 p.m. D 1.0° 38°

Tucson
MST 7:16 p.m. 8:28 p.m 1.2° 26°

San Francisco
PDT 8:15 p.m. 8:16 p.m. 1.2° 39°

Los Angeles
PDT 7:49 p.m. 8:25 p.m. 1.2° 33°

Seattle
PDT 8:44 p.m. 7:50 p.m. D 1.1° 43°

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

What is Glycerol Ester of Wood Rosin?

...And what's it doing in something you drink? This was a question asked at my dinner/Birthday party last night.
Is it really necessary to put in things we eat or drink?

So I go surfing trying to find out what it is and it's just as it sounds...Tree sap so to speak, and it's in my chewing gum too. Yuck!

More info on this link

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Shhhhh it's a secret.

What does a cookie sheet of freshly toasted Coconut?

A cookie sheet of freshly roasted Pecans,

And a bowl of Fine Cocoa, Flour, Sugar, Butter, and eggs make?


...A German Chocolate Cake to die for, That's all.



Happy 45th Birthday Dan
It's the Son in laws BD tomorrow and he gets a Dinner Party at our house, This is the first time I have been the one to make his birthday special. Hmmmmm, If I don't get him with the cake maybe I will with the homemade Macaroni Salad.

I made this little heart shaped sampler for the Mr. Just because I love him.
He doesn't call me Sweeti for nothing.


Now I'll just dizzle my Chocolate Ganache over the top and he'll love me forever.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Friday, May 11, 2007

Where in the Sam Hill?

Maryhill Museum and Stonehenge

*Click picture to see Album*

This Web Album is out trip to Maryhill Museum in Goldendale, WA just over the Biggs junction Bridge crossing the Columbia Gorge. We toured there last weekend. I think you'll find it interesting. There's something there for most people.

The one thing that I love there and I didn't get a picture of was all the Peacocks that wonder the grounds, I did see one that was pure white and I have never seen that before.

I like to imagine what it would be like to live there, Besides the fact that the wind that blows nearly everyday it is still most beautiful.

Here Birdie...



The Co-Author has but a one track mind and he thinks the bird feeder is the perfect place to implement his plan. (Snickering) He doesn't know I moved the bird feeder though. And he thinks he's so smart.

The youngest Grandson and I did lunch yesterday at his school, First let me tell you how he invites me.
Trent: Hello Gramma
Me: Hi Trent
Trent: Can you come to my school for lunch again?
Me: Yes, When
Trent: Tomorrow and Gramma bring your money cause it's a book sale too.

We have made it a pact to do this each year only next year I'll go there we'll buy raffle tickets and leave, Go to lunch and come back for the raffle to avoid the shoe leather burgers they call bar b que'd

We ate what we could stomach and went outside and read the book we got for Mollie and while waiting for the raffle then played on the computers in the library and then won the raffle, You'd think we won the lottery. He stood up and yelled "YES" several times. We were the first to claim one of the two baskets so we got our choice...Bonus! He raved to everyone that him and his Gramma won, and hardly anyone believed I was his Gramma, yet another Bonus! It was a good day for both of us.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Heaven's in my kitchen



What does Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste and fresh pineapple make? Why it's this sweet smelling vanilla scented and fresh pineapple upside down cake that's driving me friggen crazy with it's aroma that just hangs in the air like a scrumptious cloud of goodness.

Soon there will be a Pineapple Cream and Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla cake to emerge from my very oven and I can't eat it until tomorrow.

The smell is absolute heaven though. Breathing deep...........

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Where's my Damn bumper sticker anyways?


Who knew that Molalla area schools don't give bumper stickers for their students families cars to boast an Honor roll student, Every other school district does. What's up with that?

I need to call the school board and complain,...Kidding.

If you couldn't already tell I'm the proud (very young) Gramma of an "Straight A" student! He hit the mother load too, $5.00 for each "A".

No inflation on the dollar amount for an A, I pay no more than when the kids were little. But I'm equally as proud as back then.




YaY, Logan great Job Buddy!

Hammer's 500 Meme Via Marianne

Hammer's 500 Meme
Because Marianne tagged me.
But it originated from Hammer.Please include his link.

1. What is the stupidest mistake you have ever made with money?
Didn't save enough of it. Didn't ask for pay equal to my ability...Worked for less than I was worth.

2. Do you think taxes are unfair or do you think it's your civic duty?
It's a duty for all I believe, I would have like to see a flat tax implemented though so it would have been equally spread about even illegals would have to pay then.

3. Do you take risks and possibly turn your life upside down for new opportunity?
I have in the past, No gain without risk.

4. Are you the alpha in your household? (Include pets)
There are 2 Alpha's in our household 50%-50% different reins of domain though, and the animals are kids.

5. Do you compromise with your significant other or does someone always get their way?
Refer back to #4 Flexability and compromise are what makes a good relationship.

6. What curse word do you use most often?
The Efffff word, Only when I've screwed up something..It's automatic my daddy was a logger and a drywaller both good examples.

7. Do you easily change your mind or are you dead set on most issues?
I listen to the facts, I weigh the options and then ask the Mr. for his input and we decide together or if pushed I make a management desision based on prior experiences.

8. What famous person would you like to trade places with for one week?
Bob Villa, I could live with his Bank book and TV shows and he could be here building my new log home. He has the power and personel to get it done in a week.

9. If you could go back in time and tell one person off, who would it be and what would you say?
I don't think I'd like to walk in the past to dredge up anything, I mostly will let you know if you piss me off right then and there so...Nobody and Nothing

10. Were you a good student or did you do just enough to get by?
I was a student that tried her hardest to impress every teacher with my learning ability, I had reading comprehension problems early on so I struggled. My Mom couldn't write English and barely managed to read it so she was of little help. I had teachers take me under their wings and it made all the difference for me.

11. If you could give one piece of advice to someone just starting out on their own, what would you tell them?
Don't burn your bridges with your parents, Today it's hard to make it on your own and you'll always need the support or an ear to bend from time to time. Have a good job and save some money before moving out on your own. Pay your bills before blowing your money on other things.

12. Are people basically good and honest or are most people opportunistic and predatory?
Good but the temptation is always there lurking.

13. Is there somebody you wish you could go back and apologize to?
I try to own my mistakes and make appologies along the way so I don't have to stew on them.

I tag: Ill Communication, The Life and times of Twenty Something

A question For Hammer or Anyone else who knows...


Here goes, What are these old relic Hammers used for anyone know? We got them in a lot of tools and have created uses for them over the years but really do not know their real intended purpose. Do you?

Unknown Hammers
Click picture for web album of all 3 hammers