Saturday, May 31, 2008

2008 Day One Hundred Fifty Two

Happy Saturday! We have the most perfect weather for today and I plan to go out and enjoy some.

I found a fun meme over at Diane's Place and wanted to play along.

In your entire life, have you ever...

Gone on a blind date? Yes, and the guy thoughout the whole date could not remember my name. It was a disaster.

Skipped school? Yes, and my mother, being psychic, always knew and I always got in trouble. I did not do it very often because I loved school. But you would think I would have learned that I would always get caught.

Watched someone die? No, but I have lost family and friends. My mentor and bestest pal, Sheri, died of breast cancer this past year. I miss her so much. And a new friend Raelee suddenly died from a heart attack at age 38. I'm sad because we didn't have enough time to really get to know one another, but, I know we would have become great pals. I have held a few favorites dogs while they passed.

Been to Canada? Yes. I hope they will let me back in after the incident. If not I will sing the song, "Blame Canada..."

Been to Mexico? Yes, I used to visit a really wonderful friend from high school, Rene, who lived in Poway, CA almost every Thanksgiving and we would take day trips down to Tijuana. Oh the fun we had. I will never forget the cross-eyed guy who sold her a velvet painting. I have also been to Matamoros. It was one of the spookiest, evil places I have ever been.

Been to Florida? Yes, I have been all through Florida. Great flea markets and food. My Aunt Louise and my cousin Greg live in Orlando. I love Key West. We had a chance to move to Tampa, M was offered a pretty good job there, but he turned it down. He didn't like the weather and wasn't so sure on the longevity of the company. ps..Hello Larry and Faye in Clearwater - we think of you often

Been on a plane? Not so much in recent years. But when I was young and single I was always flying off to somewhere. Have bag will travel was my motto. I used to know the airlines phone numbers by heart. But now we travel by car.

Been lost? I've been lost so many times, I have lost count. I live by the motto, All that Wander, Are Not Lost. Sometimes you find the most interesting places when you are lost.

Been on the opposite side of the country? I have been so lucky in this life that I have traveled through every state in this country. We live in an amazing country and I love every bit of it.

Gone to Washington, DC? Yes. I love visiting the monuments and going to the Smithsonian Museum. I want to visit there again and hang out in Washington Square and maybe join a protest.

Swam in the ocean? Yes. The summer I graduated from high school Naomi McKee and I would go to Santa Cruz beach everyday that summer. I got caught in the undertow one time swimming too far out from shore. Scared the daylights out of me. After that I swam closer to the beach, never to venture too far out where that could happen again. I love the ocean and the beach and it seems funny now that I live so inland.

Had your booze taken away by the cops? No. Was stopped once with my friend India and other pals on the way home from the bar we were all working at. But they did not find the beer. I have never been stopped otherwise for drinking while driving. Nowadays I am the designated drive, since I am no longer able to drink.

Lettered in a high school sport? No. In high school I did run cross country for a few years and I earned my senior lifesaving certificate in swimming. But I never excelled in sports. I was was way into 4H and horses to give that much time and attention to sports.

Cried yourself to sleep? Yes, many times. Over love gone bad, death and loss of friends and family and being fired from jobs. I used to be such a crybaby. I have toughened up some over the years.

Played cops and robbers? Maybe. We played a make believe game of monsters when we were young.

Played dolls? No, dolls never interested me.

Recently colored with crayons? Not recently. I do plan on making some shrink art pendants that require coloring with colored pencils.

Sang Karaoke? Yes. I cannot sing, but I love to sing. Doesn't make sense, does it? But I love getting up with friends and singing to old favorites. Such fun times, laughing singing and drinking. There would be no karaoke without drinking.

Paid for a meal with coins only? So many times. Not just for meals but for other things like groceries. Paying my entrance fee to work a flea market comes to mind. Hey, money is money, right?

Done something you told yourself you wouldn't? Yes, good and some stupid bad choice stuff too.

Cheated on an exam? Probably, since I am not all that smart, but can't remember a time exactly. I would have liked to have cheated on the Insurance license exam, because I had to take it 3 times before I passed.

Made prank phone calls? Yes, when we were kids. This was way before caller ID.

Laughed until some kind of beverage came out of your nose? Yes, lots of times. I know this is gross but one time we laughed and french fries came out of my nose. That was miserable. So miserable I remember it to this day.

Caught a snowflake on your tongue? Yes, every year when it first snows. I do it occasionally when the snowflakes are really large. Always makes me smile.

Danced in the rain? Yes, one time in Tennessee when we lived down in the woods M and I danced like crazies in a thunder storm. I still chuckle when I think of that day.

Written a letter to Santa Claus? Yes, I asked for a horse every year until my parents gave in and got me one. I was almost as obsessive like that kid in The Christmas Story wanting the beebee gun. I still believe in Santa. I think I married him.

Been kissed under the mistletoe? Many times **smile**

Watched the sunrise with someone you care about? Many times, the best times have been with M in New Mexico.

Been arrested? Twice for protesting the Vietnam War and once for riding my horse through a bar (long story)

Blown bubbles? This was one of my kids favorites things to do. I went to a wedding one time where instead of throwing rice, we blew bubbles. It was so cool.

Gone ice-skating. Weak ankles, never gave it try. Grew up in California - no ice ponds. I did roller skate. And good enough to try out for The Bay Bombers roller derby team, but I was too short, by 2 inches.

Been skinny dipping outdoors? When I was much younger and crazy.

Had a nickname? Saoirse, means freedom in Gaelic, pronounced Sheer-shaw (sort of)

Been to Africa? No, never had the desire.

Eaten cookies for dinner? Cookies, pie, cake, ice cream...anytime times were bad.

Been on TV? Not that I recall.

Stolen any traffic signs? No, but there was a few I wanted to.

Been in a car accident? Several, the worst one was being hit head on and going through the windshield with my head. Many stitches to my scalp and a totaled sportscar. Not my fault, the old lady driving a GTO was on medication. My parents probably made money on that one.

What is your....

mother's name? Mary Jane King

favorite drink? Lately, sugar free raspberry, grape or black cherry Italian Soda

favorite alcohol? All the white liquors, Cabo Wabo Tequila, Bombay Gin, Three Olives Vodka and Baileys too

birthplace? Fort Wayne, Indiana, Saint Joseph's Hospital

Favorite vacation spot? Nashville, TN, San Francisco, CA and Page, AZ

Favorite salad dressing? French

Favorite pie? Rhubarb Custard

Favorite number? 31

Favorite movie? The Quiet Man or Jeramiah Johnson.

Favorite holiday? Halloween

Favorite food? French Toast

Favorite day of the week? Saturday

Favorite brand of body wash? I use all different ones. But they must smell good. I'm using one that smells like roses right now.

Favorite toothpaste? None, I lost my teeth due to cancer so I have beautiful dentures.

Favorite smell? There are a few - Puppy smell, baking cinnamon bread, english leather cologne on men and Jovan Musk on women and new cut hay or grass

Do you have any...

tattoos? No, I wish I did though.

body piercings? Ears, twice.

Do you drive a 2-door or 4-door vehicle? Jiffy has 4 doors and a sunroof

What do you do to relax? Listen to music while beading or reading, watching tv or playing video games.

How do you see yourself in 10 years? Hopefully still alive and kicking.

Friday, May 30, 2008

2008 Day One Hundred Fifty One

Yeah its finally friday! The weather is gorgeous. Work was, well, work. Glad its over and I won't have to go back until Monday.

This afternoon I'm just enjoying the day here around the house. I was invited to a spiritual life coaching/reiki session meetup tonight, but, decided not to go. They hold it every Friday evening at Rev Peaceful Spirit's house. Seems to be her real name. She works down on the first floor where I work. First impressions she seemed pretty nice and it would be nice to meet some like-minded people, but just didn't feel like going anywhere tonight.

Not much planned for this weekend. I do plan on pulling some weeds and planting my hollyhock seeds that James gave me last fall. There is an art festival being held down in Browne's Addition and I may go to that tomorrow.

Hope everyone has a fun weekend with great plans.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

2008 Day One Hundred Fifty

Work was okay today. We were busy enough that time went by quicly. After work I gave a friend a ride home. Stopped at the store on my way home and picked up M's prescription and they had the largest freshest artichokes I have seen in a long time. The way you tell an artichoke is fresh is that it completely closed tight. We will have them tomorrow night. Tonight I am making enchiladas.

I have started the process of taking pictures of my necklaces. I am not the greatest photographers. But with practice maybe I will get better. Here are a few of the blue ones, so far:

We are getting some pretty dark clouds all around. Maybe we might just get the thunderstorms they have been promising for days now. Hope so, our lawns could use a big drink of water.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

2008 Day One Hundred Forty Nine

For a short week, it seems so long. I stayed up way too late last night. After work I ran errands. Chris & M's father's day gift arrived. BTW, did you know the woman who created Father's Day was born and raised in Spokane, WA? Then onto the bank to make a deposit and last stop to the store for drinks (diet pop, club soda, milk and orange juice) Can you tell I was thirsty?

They are predicting thunderstorms overnight. After living in the south and midwest, this place really doesn't know what a true thunder and lighning storm is. They do not get the lightning storms that rattle the house, where you run through the house unplugging everything and where your cable first goes out and then your electricity. The weather here is pretty boring. But I will probably miss the storm because I'm heading for bed early.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

2008 Day One Hundred Forty Eight

It was busy busy at work today. Time went by so fast that before I knew it I was out of there.

The weather is so nice that I decided to take M some lunch, since we did not have anything he could take this morning. I stopped at Subway and picked up his favorite roast beef and a small sandwich for me. My favorite is the tuna with jalapenos. M's Mom got me hooked on that sandwich.

I returned some books to the library and spent most of the afternoon playing on the computer. I did make a grooming appointment for the dogs and an eye appointment for M. and finally subscribed to Stringing Magazine. So the afternoon is not a total waste.

I need to get busy and start taking pictures of the necklaces. Maybe tonight I will start that project.

No American Idol to watch tonight. But Hell's Kitchen is on. On June 1st The Mole starts again, so, I might start watching that.

Monday, May 26, 2008

2008 Day One Hundred Forty Seven

We had such a wonderful day. We started out the day by M taking me out to breakfast. We then drove down to the park in the middle of downtown. We took pictures of the river. It is running so high and hard. The falls were spectacular.

Hope everyone had a nice holiday weekend.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

2008 Day One Hundred Forty Six

I always wanted to be a storm chaser. Weather has always fascinated me. It is how I remember certain places. I think this is why I love this picture.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

2008 Day One Hundred Forty Five

I decided to play along with The Admiral and do this meme:

Here is what you are supposed to do,and try not to be lame and spoil the fun.
Change all the answers so that they apply to you.

1. What is your occupation? Member Benefit Specialist

2. What color are your socks right now? None, Bare Feet.

3. What are you listening to right now? Music by Ricky Lee Jones

4. What was the last thing that you ate? Raisin Toast

5. Can you drive a stick shift? Yes.

6. Last person you spoke to on the phone? Michael

7. Do you like the person who tagged you? No one Tagged me for this one.

8. How old are you today? 56

9. What is your favorite sport to watch? NASCAR or horse racing

10. What is your favorite drink? Peach Ice tea

11. Have you ever dyed your hair? Yes and will continue to do so

12. Last time you hugged your child? Last time I saw him, years ago

13. Favorite food? watermelon

14. What was the last movie you watched? Shenandoah

15. Favorite day of the year? October 31

16. How do you vent anger? Pout

17. What was your favorite toy as a child? Plastic Horses

18. What is your favorite season? Fall

19. Ocean or pool? Ocean, in any type of weather

20. Cherries or Blueberries? Cherries

21. Do you want your family & friends to participate? Open to all who want to.

22. Who is the most likely to respond? I think everyone is like; Way too busy.

24. Living arrangements? Married to my best friend with two little shizziepoos

25. When was the last time you cried? At Raelee's memorial service

26. What is on the floor of your closet? Shoes, 2 plastic tubs full of summer clothes

27. Who is the family or friend you have known the longest that you are tagging? I don't tag normally.

28. What did you do last night? Made jewlery and played on computer

29. Hawaii or Florida? Florida - Key West

30. What inspires you? Michael for what he sees in me, Lorna for her beadwork quality, Pidomon for his sensitvity, my Son for his free spirit and the gift that was given me to see all of this.

31. What are you most afraid of? The Republican Party.

32. Plain, cheese or spicy hamburgers? Hamburger with Jalapeños.

33. Favorite dog breed? Shihtzu or Bedlington Terrier

34. Favorite day of the week? Saturday.

35 How many states have you lived in? 10

36 Do you like these questionnaires? Yes

37. What kind of car did your very first date drive? His father's car, I don't remember what kind of car

38. What is the Last book you read? Natural Witchery

39. What are your hobbies? Blogging, Beading, soon to be gardening

40. Can you still make the Hula Hoop stay around your waist? Yes

Friday, May 23, 2008

2008 Day One Hundred Forty Four

We are starting off the 3 days weekend with a gray skies, a little rain and wind. I'm hoping sunday will be a little nicer for the BBQ we have planned. I am so ready to enjoy this weekend. I have lots planned, but, probably will not get to half of it.

I guess Memorial Day should be more that enjoying a 3 day weekend and enjoying a BBQ. We really need to band together like we did in the sixties and end this awful war and bring the troops home. My father, Quenton Donald Hathaway, is buried in a military cementary below San Francisco. The few times I have visited I found the place haunted with so much sadness, it is too hard to stay for very long. My Dad didn't really care for Christmas and he was laid next to a man who's last name was Christmas. I often wonder what he thought of that. My Dad was in the army during the Korean conflict. He ran the post office in Okanawa. Just an Indiana farm boy far from home. I loved my father, he was kind, loving and told great stories. He worked hard everyday, provided for his family and was what one would call a pillar of his community. Thank you for your service and your life Daddy.

I also want to thank Michael for his service. He enlisted in the Navy and did 10 years. He did 3 tours in Vietnam. He doesn't much talk about those times and his own thoughts when it comes to war are NO war is productive or good for any reason.

My own son enlisted in the Navy and did his time on the WASP. I was never so happy as when he got out and came home in one piece. I hope he will never have to experience war again.

We must work for peace, each and everyone of us.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

2008 Day One Hundred Forty Three

I just realized this afternoon that this upcoming weekend is Memorial Day Weekend! Another 3 day weekend to enjoy! I am so happy. We are planning on BBQ'ing some baby back ribs with all the trimmings. I bought the movie Across The Universe and I want to watch that this weekend. I do plan on going down to the falls and take some pictures. Speaking of pictures, I am plan on taking pictures of all my necklaces made so far and post them. Just one more day to get through before starting all those plans.

Its raining this afternoon. Our grass is turning so green. The fertilizer company started today. (I know Carol, but, I couldn't talk him out of it)

Lady seems to be getting better with the medicine the vet put her on. She is only coughing a little bit here and there now. What a relief!

The American Idol finale was great! Congrats to David Cook. Hope he does well. I asked Betty what in the heck are we going to watch on Tuesday & Wednesday nights now?

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

2008 Day One Hundred Forty Two

Not much going on today. Just a normal Wednesday. After work I did stop at the mailbox place and pickup Northwind's mail. I also mailed a package out to Betty

M is getting off work early tonight, so we can have a normal night at home. It is flooding everywhere. I am glad we live on high ground. The main river, Spokane River is over its banks in some places. The news showed the falls and they are truly spectacular right now with all the run off. I want to get down there and take pictures. Last time they ran this hard was in 1997.

American Idol finale tonight. I like both David's. So I will be happy if either wins. They both deserve to be there. It's been a great season with some really good singers. I'm glad I watched it this time around.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

2008 Day One Hundred Forty One

Back to work today after 3 glorious days off.

Lady has kennel cough again. She had it before and got over it, but, this time it is harder for her. She is getting older and that deep cough wears her out. M called the vet to ask for some kind of medication to combat this. When I got home I heard the voicemail from the vet. Called him back and he said to come by and pick up 2 kinds of pills. They seem to be helping already. She has only coughed a few times since taking them.

I just finished watching the James Stewart movie, Shenandoah, for about the 100th time. It is such a great movie and Stewart is such an outstanding actor. I read his biography a couple years back and found him to be such an amazing person.

I enjoy the movies today, but, I would choose an old Jimmy Stewart movie any day of the week. How about you? Please tell me which is your favorite Jimmy Stewart movie. We can see which one wins.

It has been raining all day. No watering the grass for the next few days. Those few days of hot weather really dried out our lawns. Now we have to worry about flooding. All the rivers, creeks, streams and lakes are at flood stage and most are over their banks. Here in the northwest we have 3 worries: Flood, Fire and Volcanoes.

Have a nice evening.

Monday, May 19, 2008

2008 Day One Hundred Forty

This picture is bottles full of good wishes to each and everyone of my blog friends.

Another beautiful day was on hand today. They say rain for tomorrow, but, I don't believe the weathercasters. Three days sure fly by fast when you are having fun. I beaded alot and just relaxed.

Pido, I'm so happy and thankful for the news. I am still working on the tag. Wish I was as good a writer as you all.

Utah tagged me and I will give this one my best:

First up: What was I doing ten years ago?

Living here in Spokane working for a construction company doing accounts payable for their 7 companies. I quit because they never paid overtime and made you feel guilty if you took a break.

Five things on todays to-do list:

1. Give Lady her medicine and vitamins for her kennel cough that has come back. We tackled and won before, so, I know we can do this again.

2. Go to Walmart for dog food, birdseed and other necessary supplies. I even remembered to buy the white and black fabric so I can start taking pictures of the necklaces I have made.

3. Finished 6 more necklaces.

4. Make tacos and Italian sodas for dinner.

5. Write in my blog to fulfill my 365 blog commitment.

6. Shower and go to sleep because it's back to the hell hole we call work tomorrow.

What would I do if I was a billionaire:

I would make sure both kids are well taken care for and then we would travel, travel and travel some more. I would go back and see all the places I have been and some new ones I have always wanted to see. I would buy back the family farm and rebuild everything that was destroyed and torn down.

Three Bad Habits:

I have a bad time following through. I really have good intentions of doing what I say I will do, but, then life gets in the way and I don't always accomplish what I wish I should have. Most times I do follow through but sometimes with a time delay.

I live in a black and white world - no gray. I say what I think or feel.

I should follow the diabetic lifestyle more strickly. I try to stick to everything sugar free. But I'm real bad when it comes to excercise.

Five places I have lived...and there are so many:

Sunnyvale, California
Hollister, California
Hammond, Louisiana
Winnemucca, Nevada
Spokane, Washington just to name a few.

Five jobs I have had... and there are alot of them too:

International Traffic Coordinator
Fortune Teller/Psychic
Hospitality Manager
Flea Marketer
Insurance Agent

Anyone who reads this and wants to play along, consider yourself tagged. Let me know if you play, so I can come visit.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

2008 Day One Hundred Thirty Nine

It was warm again today. But with a beautiful cool breeze all day. This picture is of the Spokane River. Because of the warm temps and the heavy snow pack in the mountains flood watches have been posted. The river is full and running strong. The falls in the middle of town are spectacular. I will try and take some pictures and post them here.

It was a nice relaxing day. I worked on beading projects most of the day. M had a staff meeting to go to, so he was gone for most of the afternoon.

When he came home, I didn't feel like cooking and heating up the kitchen. I ordered a pizza from Dominoes for the first time on line. It was pretty simple and fast. They even had a pizza tracker so you could check the status of your pizza. We had the pizza in 15 minutes, because they are only a block away. I also like that they have the light sauce option.

I don't have to go to bed early this evening. No work for me tomorrow. Vacation Day! Yeah!!!

Another day to work on projects and just enjoy the wonderful weather.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

2008 Day One Hundred Thirty Eight

I managed to make it to traffic school on time. It wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. We even got out 1 hour earlier than expected.

It's a warm one today. 89 degrees. I set up the fan. This afternoon I am spending the time at home. Working on this and that and watching all the house flipping shows.

I decided to play along with Phyl's meme:

One word only!!

Not as easy as you might think. Now copy, forward, or post this and change the answers to suit you and pass it on. It's really hard to only use one word answers.

1. Where is your cell phone? .............. purse

2. Your significant other?.......................Michael

3. Your hair? ............................................thin

4. Your mother? ......................................deceased

5. Your father?..........................................same

6. Your favorite thing?.............................beads

7. Your dream last night?

8. Your favorite drink? ............................milk

9. Your dream/goal?................................wealth

10. The room you're in?

11. Your ex?...............................................Corning

12. Your fear?

13. Where do you want to be in 6 years?........alive

14. Where were you last night?..............deck

15. What you're not?

16. Muffins?...............................................blueberry

17. One of your wish list items?

18. Where you grew up?..........................Sunnyvale

19. The last thing you did?

20. What are you wearing?......................tshirt

21. Your TV?

22. Your pets?............................................two

23. Your computer? .................................wonderful

24. Your life?.............................................content

25. Your mood?........................................happy

26. Missing someone?............................Donald

27. Your car?..............................................Jiffy

28. Something you're not wearing?.......bra

29. Favorite Store?....................................Joann's

30. Your summer?

31. Like(love) someone?...................................Michael

32. Your favorite color?............................ brown

33. Last time you laughed?

34. Last time you cried?...........................month

35. Who will re-post this?........................friends

Let me know if you play along, so I can come and visit.

Enjoy your weekend bliss.

Friday, May 16, 2008

2008 Day One Hundred Thirty Seven

It was slow at work today which made the day drag by. It was so beautiful outside that I felt like a school child stuck inside waiting for the bell to ring.

After work Teresa and I went to Noodle Express for lunch. The company was nice but the food wasn't worth the price.

I came home and let the dogs out. Then saddled up and went and ran some errands. I gased up the car and ran it through the carwash. It didn't even look like I even attempted to wash it. That was a waste of money. I did buy a $5.00 Lotto quick pick. Wish me luck! I think I will take it somewhere else this weekend and wash it again. I then went to the bank and deposited some checks and then on to the grocery store for this weekend's supplies.

Tonight we are going to barbeque hamburgers and make bacon guacamole burgers with french fries and eat out on the deck. I am going to hang the little chinese lantern lights around the deck that I bought at the end of season last year. Put the new tablecloth on the table with candles and it should be a nice evening. And if we aren't too tired we may even soak in the hot tub before going to bed.

Tomorrow is the dreaded traffic school. But it is a 3 day weekend for me. Hope everyone has a sinfully fun Friday Night.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

2008 Day One Hundred Thirty Six

It has really warmed up here. Instead of spring it feels like the beginning of summer.

This morning I found quite a few emails, including the resume submittal for the fabulous job and the one to Bob sitting in Outlook unsent. So I have re-sent all the emails, even though the resume one is probably too late.

I talked to Lorna this evening. That always perks me up. She went and saw the movie Ironman, and, said it was really cool. Now I really want to go and see it.

Took the dogs to the new groomer. They look so cute in their shaved summer hairdo's. Alot cooler for them. I sent an email to the Yuppy Puppy cancelling tomorrow's appointment. Sure don't need it now.

Wishing everyone a totally cool Friday... and like Pido said - onto the weekend!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

2008 Day One Hundred Thirty Five

WORK SUCKS!!!! They now want us to learn to take calls for 3 more different type of plans with no more pay or compensation. Plus they want to do this training on a Saturday. I hate overtime of any kind!!! I told them that in the interview! I'm am searching big time now. When I came home I applied at the hospital that saved my life. I will send my resume out everyday somewhere till I find something. Ok, with that said the rant is over.

I went to the library and returned some books and picked up some that were on reserve. I also went to Walmart and got M his favorite trail mix. The weather is sultry today. It is suppose to be 83 degrees by this weekend! A couple days of Spring and wam-o we hit summer. This is a crazy place.

I talked to some old friends today. I talked to Karen and we have set up for the first of June to go to the movies together and then the 4 of us to have dinner. It will be so nice to see her again. I also talked to Wendy. Both her and karen are still working in the hell hole named Travelers Insurance. Poor things. But it was nice catching up with both of them.

American Idol tonight. I wonder who the last 2 will be. The 2 David's?

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

2008 Day One Hundred Thirty Four

I took a 1/2 day vacation. I spent the time running errands such as pharmacy and the bank. Next I am off to take the dogs to the vet for shots and checkups.

I am now back from taking the dogs to the vet. They both got every shot they could possibly give a dog. Both are checked out to be healthy and happy. Big smiles all around. From there we drove out to the Humane Society and got city licenses for both. Now they are totally legal. I feel good about doing this today.

A little cooler today with a soft rain. So good for the tulips. Driving around today it is amazing to see all the different colored tulip varieties. It is sad they last such a short time.

With hue like that when some great painter dips
His pencil in the gloom of earthquake and eclipse.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

I've been watching all the news about the Chinese earthquake. That was one hell of quake. I lived in San Francisco for awhile and worried about the big one hitting. I would worry how long a box of crackers and a gallon of water would last while living under my desk. I worked for the library system at Stanford University for awhile and worked for a man who would be one of the persons in charge when the big earthquake does hit. He showed me the plans they have on file awaiting the eventual disaster that he said was way overdo. I hope it never happens. I get nightmares when I watch all the disaster documentaries on PBS tv.

Monday, May 12, 2008

2008 Day One Hundred Thirty Three

My dog groomer blew me and the pups off today. We had an appointment for today which was one week longer than usual because they went on vacation. She did not write the appointment in the book. M talked with her this morning and she was indifferent. We have been taking our dogs to her for about 9 years. I called the owner when I got off work and got the same indifferent attitude from her. She made their next appointment at a very inconvenient time for me. I know, I'm spoiled. I think sometimes a business gets more business and then forgets who was there when they weren't so busy. So next Thursday afternoon I made an appointment at the new dog grooming place just at the end of my street. With the price of gas, maybe this will be much better than driving clear across town, 4 times. This new place I can walk the dogs there and back. While I was at it I made appointments for both to get their shots this week.

Sad news today, Jack the dog, the much traveled and loved, M's sister's dog has passed away from cancer. I am truly sorry C & R. He sure will be missed.

I love my dogs as if they were my children. They give so much love and ask for so little in return.

Speaking of children, I talked with DK (aka Gideon) yesterday and he has announced he is tired of California and is moving back to Spokane. Probably around June. He will firm up his plans by the end of the month.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

2008 Day One Hundred Thirty Two

No rain, but cool almost cold and windy. But we BBQ'd anyway. Big steaks with all the trimmings. Made us both sleepy. We walked home and took a 2 hour nap, which is almost unheard of for me.

Not sure if I rested up enough for the week ahead, but, there is a 3 day weekend at the other end to look forward to.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

2008 Day One Hundred Thirty One

Its a cool windy day. A storm is blowing in and will be raining by tonight. M drove himself to work today. His boss is here from Bellevue. I stayed in most of the day working on beading projects and the neverending chore of laundry. Saturdays I like to watch all the house flipping shows and cooking shows.

I did go and buy M's Mom her Mothers Day present and card. I still miss my Mom. She was a strong opinionated woman and very demanding and strict. But I loved her wisdom and guidance. It was strange the day she died. M and I owned a janitorial company at the time and lived in Lodi, CA. My mom lived in Murray, KY and DK had gone to live with her because the schools where we lived were so bad with gang violence. We worked mostly nights and stopped by the house that morning to get something. I had a urgent overwhelming urge to call my Mom. I knew there was trouble. I telephoned and the paramedics answered saying they were taking her to the hospital. They were very unclear or unwilling to say what had happened. They kept telling me to call the hospital. I did and they were the ones that told me she had passed. The cause was a blood clot in her leg. When the clot released it flooded her heart and she drowned. Years of smoking and coffee drinking had shrunk her arteries. We had our difficult times, but she always wanted me to do my best and almost always was in my corner. I know she now visits from time to time, I feel her around me strongly, especially when I am making a difficult decision. To this day her strength and guidance is still is there as it was in the past. I Love You Mom - Happy Mother's Day!