Saturday, October 31, 2009

Silliy Halloween Humor

In honor of Halloween, I am passing on these silly jokes to make everyone smile as they prepare for the day... Hope they make you giggle:

What do you get when you cross a ghost with Bambi?

Why don't witches ride their brooms when they're angry?
They don't want to fly off the handle

What do you get if you drop a pumpkin?

Why don't skeletons cross the road?
They don't have the guts

What happened to the guy who couldn't pay his exorcist?
He was repossessed

Who won the skeleton beauty contest?
No body

Happy Halloween, everybody... Be safe.
Until next time..... Lorie

Friday, October 30, 2009

Kailani Thinks I am Over the Top ~~ WOW

My friend Kailani who has this fantastic blog called An Island Life, was recently graced with the Over the Top award. She absolutely deserves this award as she has one of my favorite blogs. She lives in Hawaii with her husband and two daughters, Kacie (aka Girlie Girl) who is 7, and Kiana (aka Baby Bug who) is 3, plus her brand new baby girl Kaila. They are the most beautiful little girls, and Kailani writes with such love about them that you can just feel how wonderful her family life must be.

The photos of Hawaii Kailani shares are so gorgeous that every time I visit her blog, it makes me want to visit the islands more and more. I love seeing all the non-touristy {is that a real word} places that she shows us, plus all the beautiful food and festivals that she shares with her readers teach us about the wonderful island customs.

Since I have recently received this award from another lovely lady, I will skip passing it on again, but I am so amazed, surprised, and grateful that I have been given it again, and feel totally unworthy!! I want to thank Kailani SO much for thinking of me, and please, go on over to An Island Life and visit her blog. I know you will all love her and her site as much as I do.

Until next time..... Lorie

An Island Life

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Daylight Saving Time Ends November 1, 2009

Thanks to Shannon of The Mommy-Files I was reminded that Daylight Saving Time ends on November 1, 2009 at 2:00 AM.

You know, we would all get an extra hour of sleep if we didn't have to stay up to turn all the clocks back an hour..... DAMN!!!

Until next time..... Lorie

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Wordless Wednesday: Peek-A-Boo

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday..... Have a fabulous hump-day!!

Don't forget to head on over to the Wordless Wednesday Hub HQ to view posts by the other participants and to link up your photograph.

Until next time..... Lorie

Now The Weirdo/Freak has a Movie?????

Talk about freaky looking!!

So, now that we are FINALLY done with all the coverage of the pedophile Michael Jackson's death; and then the controversy over his autopsy; then the custody of his children, IF they even were his children. Then there was the question of whether his death was an accident or murder.... After weeks and weeks and weeks and weeks of coverage .... and on and on and on. Coverage that seemed to NEVER end, claiming how wonderful he was, {weirdo} and how fabulous he was, {sicko} and how everybody LOVED his music... NOT!! Now there is a movie coming out about him.... and it is starting all over again. ARRGGHH!!!!!

I don't know about you, but I HAVE.HAD.ENOUGH!!! If I never saw, heard, or spoke of Michael Jackson again, it would be too soon.

Thanks for letting me rant.... Until next time..... Lorie

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Young and The Relentless: A Dirty Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Connie over at The Young and Relentless posted this photo that is just too funny not to share... You have to go check it out if you have kids, or if you just have a great sense of humor.

The Young and The Relentless: A Dirty Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Have a great day..... Until next time..... Lorie

Ruby Tuesday: A Sea of Florals

It's time for Ruby Tuesday, again...

These are so gorgeous flowers outside a palace in Istanbul, Turkey. The artifacts inside the palace were unbelievable... I wish I could have taken photos of those, but it was forbidden. There were huge gemstones and gold and silver encrusted crowns and weapons and every kind of household item you could imagine. My favorite was an 80 (YES eighty) carat emerald, that was to DIE FOR!!! But for now, these lovely natural creations will have to do. These actually smelled SO much better... :-)

Make sure you head over to Mary's blog The Work of the Poet to take a look at the other participants' photos and to add your post to the link.

Until next time..... Lorie

Monday, October 26, 2009

Maria's Space: Being Interviewed By Other Websites Make Me Feel Good And A Tad Silly

By now, you should all know about my friend Maria over at Maria's Space, well recently she was interviewed by I am so proud of her and so excited for her all at once!! Please head on over to her site to see all about it and to congratulate her for me... Thanks.

Maria's Space: Being Interviewed By Other Websites Make Me Feel Good And A Tad Silly

Until next time..... Lorie

The Simple Woman's Daybook - October 26, 2009

Peggy began this meme The Simple Woman's Daybook in her words:

"Would you like to linger on the simple things...then join me and many others in taking a little look into the day plans and thoughts of those who are focusing on of the 'everyday moments'."

FOR TODAY...October 26th from Lorie's Daybook

Outside my window ~ hot, hazy, humid... you would think it was July or August and not October.

I am thinking ~ it is getting so close to Halloween, I better get my baggies made for the 200 or so kiddies that will be coming to the house.

I am thankful for ~ the fact that it is only 39 days until Alexander come down for his visit to see us - Yippee!!

I am wearing ~ denim skirt, Halloween scrub top (left over from my working days) they are SO comfy and 100% cotton, and of course - barefoot!

I am remembering ~ it is ONLY 20 days before Nikolaus is deployed.

I am going ~ to a Halloween party on Wednesday, Bill is going as Uncle Sam and I am going as Auntie Samantha.

I am reading ~ Reader's Digest.

I am hoping ~ this physical therapy will stop giving me migraines and start helping my neck and back.

On my mind ~ every time I turn on the news, I hear news of soldiers killed in Afghanistan and my heart stops for those poor families left behind, and then for my poor little boy.

From the learning rooms ~ how to stretch our social security checks even more and more, and what we are going to do next year now that there will be no Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for 2010.

Noticing that ~ there are not as many people decorating for Halloween in our community this year - I think the economy has caught up to everyone in every way.

Pondering these words ~ Spoken by my youngest son, Alexander: "I have the best birthday present for you... Rachel and I will be coming down for a visit the first week in December to see you and Pop." I responded that if he could see me, he would see that I was doing The Happy Dance!!

From the kitchen ~ grilled chicken from KFC, because you can get a free piece today - that's one of my favorite four-letter words: FREE.

Around the house ~ gotta start getting things organized if we are really planning on moving at the beginning of the year... it's still up in the air, but we can't wait until the last minute.

One of my favorite things ~ CHOCOLATE... so I love Halloween time.

From my picture journal ~ This is the entrance to my front door... There are other decorations on our front porch, but you'll just have to wait until Halloween to see them all - as they look better in the dark {and I don't want the little hoodlums to steel them, we have had a bit of vandalism in town, boo!!}

Make sure when you are done....
link your post up with Peggy at The Simple Woman's Daybook.

Until next time..... Lorie

Blue Monday: Storm on the Mediterranean Sea

Welcome to Blue Monday.....

This is the Mediterranean Sea just off the coast of Greece. We were on a cruise and were trying to dock during some really rough seas. We had a wonderful captain who was able to get us docked, with only a few people getting sick. There was some damage to the glassware at some of the bars, and a few broken ashtrays. Other than that, all was well and we had a wonderful day of site seeing.

Don't forget to visit Smiling Sally to see the other Blue Monday participants and to link up your post.

Until next time..... Lorie

Mellow Yellow Monday: Yellow Butterfly on Yellow Flowers


Drowsey Monkey began this meme... to see why and view the rules, check out her blog here.

The picture below was taken in our front yard, this beautiful butterfly just landed on the flowers on our bushes, like he was waiting for me to take his picture. Hope you like it...

Don't forget to check out the other participants and link your post here.

Until next time..... Lorie

Monochromatic Monday: Conservation Walkway in Celebration, FL

Welcome to Monochromatic Monday... Join Aileni on Monochrome Weekly and link your post here.

Here is my contribution for the week... this is one of the walkways through the conservation area in Celebration where Bill and I take Nano for a walk and we see all the beautiful wildlife.

Until next time..... Lorie

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Self Portrait Sunday: New Sunglass Readers

Welcome to Self Portrait Sunday. Head on over to Maria's Space to see why she began this meme and to link up your post.

I was finally able to find a pair of sunglasses with bifocal readers in them (ain't it hell to get old), that I think look pretty good on me and are comfortable. So now, I can sit outside and read, or work on my laptop without the sun bothering my eyes, they are by Foster Grant. When I asked Bill what how he thought I looked, he said I looked just like Raquel Welch ~~ not too shabby if I do say so myself!!
In the background is a picture of me when I was 4 years old... I think I was pretty cute. So this is kind-of a two-fer, Self Portrait Sunday!

Until next time..... Lorie

Bitch and Moan Fri.... UH..... Sunday

Fairy Blog Mother

{First, I know it's Sunday, just leave me alone..... }

It's time again for Bitch and Moan Friday. Head on over to Fairy Blog Mother to find out why Annette started this meme and to read her post and the other's linked to her blog.

Here are the reasons I'm bitchin' this week ~~

Physical Torture Therapy

Twice a week I have to head over to the hospital to be pulled, twisted, stretched, and lift weights until I am in extreme pain; and then they attach electrodes to my lower back, sending small amounts of electricity through my body, then put a huge heating pad on me (OK that kind-of feels good) - this all last for about an hour. They do all this to a part of my body where nuts, bolts, screws, and, yes, even cadaver bone (yeah, dead people) has been inserted - so it really hurts like hell. Then I'm supposed to do exercises twice a day every other day of the week, just to torture myself some more.... My surgeon has not given me nearly enough pain meds for this.

Migraine Headaches

OK, so the above mentioned torture has increased my migraines so much that I want to spend lots of time in bed, and the meds that work the best for my migraines cost $30 a pill. Won't be getting those until January when the insurance starts over again.... Don't worry not gonna go there again!

Stupid Commercials

So, I am sure you have your faves, but I have a few of my own: Geico: (1) the money with the big eyes, and (2) those idiot Cavemen; ANY commercial with rap music; commercials that you can't tell what the hell the product is; and the one I hate the most: Bob Dance Car Dealership - Local Florida commercial, that plays 2 or 3 commercials - EVERY break with his obnoxious little daughter: {As I type this one paragraph, the little bitch is ON TV!! TWICE!!}

OK, I'm done... what pissed you off this week?

Don't forget to link your post to Annette's blog.

Until next time..... Lorie

Maria's Space: Etsy Artists Present: Promos, Sales, Shops, and Specialities - Come Shop


It's again time for all of you Etsy Artisans to link up your beautiful creations on Maria's Space.... How about some free promotion all in one place. Do you have something new, something on sale, something you'd like to promote for the holidays.... Head on over to Maria's Space and link it up so everyone can see it.

Maria's Space: Etsy Artists Present: Promos, Sales, Shops, and Specialities - Come Shop: "Link up your favorite items, sale items, promotions every Saturday."

If everyone sticks together, you can help each other out, and everyone wins.... that's what our blogging community does BEST!!!

Until next time..... Lorie

Maria's Space: A Book For Chocolate Lovers, Seriously It is A Love Story

Those of you who know me, know that I am a HUGE chocoholic, so you know that I HAD to enter this giveaway over on my friend Maria's blog. It is for a cookbook filled with recipes JUST FOR CHOCOLATE!!! I am in heaven... I can think of a blogger {Shannon} that I won't mention {Shannon} who I know would really love this book {Shannon} . So head on over to Maria's Space to see how you can enter.... Good luck!

Maria's Space: A Book For Chocolate Lovers, Seriously It is A Love Story
Until next time..... Lorie

PHOTO COURTESY: Hachette Book Group

Celebration Wildlife

These are a few photos I took of the wildlife around Celebration, Florida - here where I live. These were taken on one of the walks that Bill, Nano and I took one afternoon. The group of birds at the top seemed to be on some sort of migratory pattern as they all showed up one day together, and stayed for about a week at this lake then all but about 5 or 6 disappeared one day.

This is one of the birds - pretty sure a blue heron - that is a native. It graces our fine community year round. It loves to stand on the side of the lake, then poke its head in for the fish that come close to shore. They also can be seen sunning themselves with wings spread wide - it really is gorgeous.

And, of course, this is an alligator ... we have several of these in the lakes and ponds around Celebration. As long as you keep away from them and DON'T feed them, you are OK. We make sure we keep Nano away from the shoreline, because these guys can be really fast. This guy was stalking the birds on the shore.

These next incredible photos were taken by my very good friend, Patti, during her bike rides around Celebration. She is also an animal lover, and great respecter of animals. I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I did. I have her permission to share them with you and I thank her very much for allowing me to do so:

These are Florida River Otters, otherwise known as "Rotters". I had never heard of them until one day when Bill came home from a walk with Nano and told me about this strange creature he had seen. After some research, I showed him a picture on Google of a Rotter and he said it was what he saw. Then one day while talking to Patti, she said that she had seen them before, and she sent me these photos. They are truly amazing creatures.

We have several deer that roam around town, we saw a female during our afternoon walk with Nano just two days ago. This young buck was seen by Patti back in the Conservatory near where she lives. It is truly a beautiful community to live in.

Here are a couple more pictures of our less than friendly neighbors. Patti assured me that she didn't get that close to this guy, she said she used her telephoto lens... but still, this last one really got me thinking: he looks pretty mean. I don't think he is saying "cheese", I think he is saying, "LUNCH"!!

Thank you, Patti, for letting me share your beautiful photos with all my readers, so that they can see the kinds of critters I share my neighborhood with.

Oh, yeah, a couple that I forgot, the scariest creatures of all:

Until next time..... Lorie

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Halloween Blog or Treat: Package Received!!!

I was so lucky to be one of the participants in Shannon from The Mommy-Files Halloween Blog or Treat event!

I was really happy to receive my package from Ma Bunny of Ables Antics the other day!! She was so wonderful to include some of my favorite things!
She sent me this adorable pumpkin mug for my coffee, and a candy dish with some yummy Disney candy in it. I'm ashamed to say that I have already eaten half the candy...

Then there is this fantastic kitchen towel that matches MY kitchen perfectly, which, of course, Nano thinks belongs to him...

To go with the towel in the kitchen, there is this really adorable hanging witch decoration, that fits perfectly on my pantry door... isn't she so cute..... er, I mean scary!! I really love it!

And, lastly..... I happen to LOVE socks, even though I don't get to wear them very often down here in Florida because it is so warm. I have a HUGE collection, and I now have a wonderful new pair of Halloween socks to add to them. You can see who thinks HE should have these also!!

I want to THANK Ma Bunny, SO much for her thoughtfulness, and generosity for my wonderful Halloween box that I received. I really love it. I also want to thank Shannon for thinking of this terrific swap -- I really had so much fun, picking out my gifts for my blogger buddy, and getting my package. I can't wait for the Shannon's Christmas Santa swap.

Happy Halloween, everyone..... Until next time..... Lorie

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Outnumbered 3 to 1: Birthday Bash - Review & Giveaway

Melissa at Outnumbered 3 to 1 has a fabulous giveaway that I just had to tell you about.... and I am NOT entering it.... so you all have an extra chance to win. I was so very lucky to win a Pearl Necklace from The Nurse Mommy in such a lovely shade of lavender. It came to me in this gorgeous presentation box with cleaning directions and wrapped up so wonderfully. It is such a lovely necklace that I wear it all the time. You can even see me wearing them in my Self-Portrait Sunday post on 10/4/09. Melissa is hosting a giveaway for the matching BRACELET of these gorgeous pearls... You HAVE to go over to her blog to see these pearls, they are so pretty... anyone would be really lucky to win these. So head on over and GOOD LUCK!!!

Outnumbered 3 to 1: Birthday Bash - Review & Giveaway

Until next time..... Lorie

Thousand Word Thursday: Comfy Place to Sleep

Cheaper Than Therapy

Welcome to Thousand Words Thursday... Today was such a gorgeous day that I decided, after I washed our bedding, I would let it dry out on our porch while I was lying on the chaise lounge (recovering from my Physical Torture, er, I mean Therapy) blogging and returning emails. Of course, Nano loves to be out there with me. He decided that he found a much more comfortable place to rest - he'd rather not share my chair with me:

[I think the shutter woke him up]

{Oh, yeah, people... NOT one word about my Mickey Mouse bedding.... you got that???}

Until next time..... Lorie

Halloween Project for your Children from Go Graham Go

My wonderful friend Felicia over at GoGrahamGo has this adorable project that you can do with your children for Halloween, made from things you have right in the house! I have "lifted" this photo of what her extremely talented son, Graham, did with her so I could show you all. It is just so cute, that I HAD to show you. It reminded me of the type of things that my children used to make, and I am feel quite nostalgic right now, so I wanted to share this with you all.

Please head on over to Felicia's blog to find the directions on how to accomplish this masterpiece with your children and to get the download for the background. I am sure you will all enjoy making it with your children as much as I used to enjoy making things with mine.

And PLEASE, feel free to leave a comment and a link to a picture of your holiday projects with your children here, as I LOVE to see them all.

Thank you Felicia for indulging me, and allowing me to share your adorable son's masterpiece! He is truly a genius!! Until next time..... Lorie
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