Ok, why do we bloggers blog?
1) Because it's fun ( when it's not agonizing - what to post, is this good enough= is this just crap and i'm making a complete fool(a-s) of myself?
2) It's our creative outlet ( for those of us who don't quilt, etc).
3) It's our place to vent.
4) We don't get out enough. Maybe we should just go down to the neighborhood bar, pull up a stool and talk to the poor soul sitting next to us.
5) Site meter (how many love that feature? - like seeing where all those nice folks that stop by hail from and how many have stopped by (love to break records - even if they're just my own). And love when they've stopped by for a long time - like 15 min.or more! with multiple page views. site meter junky
6)or the #1 reason, maybe, being #1 on a google search, or even in the top 10! Just saw that I was number one today on a search and did get a charge out of it.
So do tell....

Day of no rest

Nope not crossing things off the damn list - forgot the worst one - car shopping. Help. I need advice, so feel free to jump in or leave right now as you are about to be bored to death.
Ok some history: owner of a 2001 Nissan Pathfinder - bought in 2004 with 32K, now has 73K on it. Want something smaller and better on gas. Really want a car that doesn't exist- an inexpensive, good on gas SUV.
Ok more history: prior to the Pathfinder I was a proud (wish i knew how to do those cross out things) make that poor owner of an Explorer - cross out and put gasguzzler. ok i promist I'll stop til i find out how to do that.
Anyway I drove the Explorer into the ground literally, the ground infront of the Nissan dealers, I wasn't even sure if it was going to make it there. But i had paid it off and drove it free for 3 years(expect for those never less than a thousand repair bills).
Ok so now the price of gas soars and this light on my dashboard comes on that is going to cost thousands to repair cause they're not exactly sure how many of these damn whatever they're called that i need. So i decide the smart thing to do is to buy/lease a new car. Oh yea the lease thing!!! seems like a good idea/ seems like a bad idea; i guess it's a good idea if you can't afford the higher car payment but even me, who isn't good in math, can figure out that I'll be paying thousands more(if i buy the car after the lease) or have no car to show at the end of the lease.
Ok so the green side of me wishes I could buy a Hybrid but can't afford that and anyway do they make a green SUV or is that an oxymoron.
Ok i know I shouldn't buy an SUV but here are my reasons: 1)live in New England(hypothetically get alot of snow and I have a long driveway that we rarely get plowed). 2) live near a beach that we can drive on 3) have to take my trash/recycle to the dump and 4) have a large dog that likes to come everywhere with us.
So the two small SUV's i'm trying to decide between are the Honda CRV and the Toyota Rav 4. The RAV has 4WD and the CRV has AWD (wish i've never had but i'm told is good). cept not sure bout the beach thing and isnt the 4WD option with it being in front wheel drive unless you push the button
ok is anyone still awake out there? so vote CRV or Rav. also like the toyota Matrix with great gas mileage but a hatchback. As for wagons liked the Subaru Outback.
Thanks for listening and go on and cast your vote for the CRV or the RAV or a motorcycle with 2 side cars.

Well after these last 2 posts I'd be surprised if i have any commentors left.

To do list

I thought maybe this would be a good place for that damn list, since those scraps of papers and notebooks don't seem to work and I never did figure out how to use that Palm pilot that i had to have for xmas last year.

Fold the laundry that has been on the living room couch for a week.
Do the laundry that has been on the laundry room floor for almost as long.
Sweep the floors.
Mop the floors.
Rent carpet cleaner and clean new rug (1 yr. old) in family room that looks 10 yrs. old already
Wash the damn white woodwork.
Water the plants.
Spray the weeds.
Mow the lawn.
Wash the windows.
Paint the inserts for the windows that have been sitting around for 5 yrs. since we got the "new" windows.
Put the already painted inserts in the sunroom/family room that was done last summer and i finally ordered ? 6 months ago and have been sitting in boxes since.
Hang the curtain rods and curtains in the living room. (it's be 6 yrs. in Feb.)
Attack the paper clutter
Bills, bills, bills - pay some maybe.
Phone calls.
Make Drs. appts.
Vets - ear medicine for dog.
Grocery shopping.
Balance checkbook ( Ha! - never)
Fix the gutters
Call the Fan man (need more ventilation in the attic - mold!!)
Call the Mason (chimney repair)
Buy Fireplace screen
Powerwash shingles on house
Bleaching oil - shingles on house
Get wood floors resanded
Apply granite sealer (supposed to be done yearly - it's been 2 - explains why it looks cloudy)
Finish staining fence with bleaching oil
Mulch in front of fence and house
Buy plants and plant them
Rehang the pictures in the living room (it was painted in March).
Spray attic rafters with bleach
Clean basement and work bench cause husband never will.

Are you tired yet? And that's just off the top of my head. What's on yours?
Oh yea - Take the dog for a walk. That just made it to the top of the list, cause as Scarlett would say, " I'll think about that tomorrow".

Joke Friday

Mrs. Ravioli comes to visit her son Anthony for dinner, who lives with a female roommate Maria. During the course of the meal, his mother couldn’t help but notice how pretty Anthony’s roommate was. She had long been suspicious of a relationship between the two, and this had only made her more curious.
Over the course of the evening, while watching the two interact, she started to wonder if there was more between Anthony and his roommate than met the eye. Reading his mom’s thoughts, Anthony volunteered, “I know what you must be thinking, but I assure you, Maria and I are just roommates.”
About a week later, Maria came to Anthony saying, “Ever since your mother came to dinner, I’ve been unable to find the silver sugar bowl. You don’t suppose she took it, do you?” Well, I doubt it, but I’ll email her, just to be sure.” So he sat down and wrote:
Dear Momma, I’m not saying that you ‘did’ take the sugar bowl from my house, I’m not saying that you ‘did not’ take it. But the fact remains that it has been missing ever since you were here for dinner.
Love, Anthony Several days later, Anthony received a response email from his Momma which read: Dear Son, I’m not saying that you ‘do’ sleep with Maria, and I’m not saying that you ‘do not’ sleep with her. But the fact remains that if she was sleeping in her OWN bed, she would have found the sugar bowl by now.
Love, Momma

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Or is this one better? Horizontal or vertical. Indecision, indecision.

No words

Now this is funny

You Should Be a Joke Writer
You're totally hilarious, and you can find the humor in any situation.Whether you're spouting off zingers, comebacks, or jokes about life...You usually can keep a crowd laughing, and you have plenty of material.You have the makings of a great comedian - or comedic writer.

Joke Friday

Subject: Walmart Greeter

An unattractive, mean spirited woman barged into Walmart with her two kids. Shoving her way past several customers waiting to get carts, she demanded of the Walmart Greeter, "Go through those carts and find me one that doesn't need oiling for once!" "Yes, Ma'am, happy to oblige," said the Greeter. He chose a cart for her. "Here you are, Ma'am. I hope this one is okay.' "If you'd move out of the way, I could find out!" snapped the woman. "Sorry, Ma'am," the Greeter said, standing aside. "You and the twins have a nice day." The woman halted. "They're not twins, you moron! They don't even look alike." The greeter agreed. "No, they don't, Ma'am. I just find it hard to believe you got laid twice."

Birthday Lobster

I guess I really didn't like this number birthday because it passed yesterday without a Leonine announcement, like last year. Personally I liked the next days post better.
I started the day with a birthday croissant and cup of coffee from Dunkies(Dunkin Donuts) on my way to work ( luckily only had to work 1/2 a day. Frittered the afternoon away doing a whole lot of nothing. Went out to dinner with the family for my favorite - Lobster with drawn butter (of course) and had 2 glasses of Kendall Jackson chardonnay. They didn't have any chocolate cake so we shared a hot fudge brownie sundae - the standing joke - no forks, we don't want any blood drawn. Then straight home for cinderella - no dancing at the ball. Well, there's always next year.


Strength just comes in one brand. You stand up at sunrise and meet what they send you and keep your hair combed.
From Kate Vaiden by Reynolds Price

The un-tomato

I entered a tomato growing contest online this year at The Examing room of Dr.Charles. I should go back and read the catagories; I'm hoping there is a booby prize for the tomato plant that produces no tomatoes(take a close look at that plant-a supposed Beefsteak - not one tomato!!) . Tho I think I have a contender for the most sensuous here:

Joke Friday

Subject: Cowboy in a Gay bar
A cowboy walks into a bar and after two steps in, he realizes it's a gay
bar. What the heck," he says to himself, "I really want a drink."
When the gay waiter approaches, he says to the cowboy, " What's the name of
your willy?" The cowboy says, "Look, I'm not into any of that. All I want is a drink." The gay waiter says, "I'm sorry but I can't serve you until you tell me the
name of your willy. Mine for instance is called NIKE, for the slogan 'Just Do It.' That guy down at the end of the bar calls his SNICKERS, because 'It Really Satisfies.' " The cowboy looks dumbfounded, so the bartender tells him he will give him a second to think it over. So the cowboy asks the man sitting to his left who is sipping on a beer, "Hey bud, what's the name of yours?" The man looks back and says with a smile, "TIMEX." The thirsty cowboy asks, "Why Timex?" The fella proudly replies, "Cause it takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin!" A little shaken, the cowboy turns to two fella's on his right, who happen to be sharing a fruity Margarita and says, "So, what do you guys call yours?"

The first man turns to him and proudly exclaims, "FORD, because 'Quality is
Job One'." Then he adds, "Have you driven a Ford lately?" The guy next to
him then says, "I call mine CHEVY.....'Like a Rock!" And gives a wink!
Even more shaken, the Cowboy has to think for a moment before he comes up
with a name for his manhood. Finally, he turns to the bartender and
exclaims, "The name of my willy is SECRET. Now give me a beer."
The bartender begins to pour the cowboy a beer, but with a puzzled look
asks, "Why Secret?" The cowboy says, "Because it's' STRONG ENOUGH FOR A MAN, BUT MADE FOR A

Not enough time in the day

Why is it that there are just 24 hrs. in a day and 48 hrs. worth of stuff to do?? so what do you do?? Try (in vain) to get it all done and make yourself a crazy person? or go put your feet up in front of the telly?? I alternate between attempting frantically to do it all and putting my head in the sand ostrich style; or what i've found(this summer/vaca)that i really like is running away from it all. Coming back is a bitch tho.

cover-up posting

I know I've written about this before. But i just wonder do you do this too?? Too pooped to post.


First it was the heat- too hot to post, then it was Dakota's death, then it was vacation - being on the road. Now it's damn work and my husband's broken shoulder(another post) and football practice 4 times a week. Ok I'll stop whining now.
But the muse is still on vacation and the critic has taken up residence it seems. Maybe I should just work on all those saved drafts - but then they always seem so stale-old news, forced. I told you the critic was reigning his ugly head again.

Yes,I'd much rather be becalmed: 1)To render motionless for lack of wind. 2)To make calm or still; soothe.



AKA - Dakota cat,coda,code,codie,best cat ever. Goodbye good friend.
As my son, Luke, said - he was your baby.
Blogger is not cooperating with my trying to post a picture. I actually wish i had a scanner so i could post his baby pic and some other memorable ones.


We're having a heatwave, a tropical heatwave. Now who did that song?? Only in the 90's today; tomorrow's supposed to hit a 100! Leaving on vaca again on Thursday for the Jersey shore; had a dream about the rooming house we stayed in when i was a kid - thinking maybe of stopping in on the way to my cousin's place. Posting has seemed to have taken a vacation also as the room with the computer has no AC and the muse seems to be on vacation too. I know excuses, excuses. Lazy Leo reigns supreme.