I live in central FL with the love of my life, Bill and our fur babies: Nano the Yorkie we had first, then we adopted his mama, Mia (who passed 3/14/14), then came along Mai-Li (who passed on 1/13/12) and her two babies, Mumbo and Maila. We also adopted Mandie, a Min-Pin/Chihuahua mix. I have made so many fabulous friends through social networking and have had the pleasure of meeting many in person and hope I get to meet more. Bill retired in 2004 and I have been disabled since 2003, traveling is our passion, but we also enjoy all that our local area has to offer, especially Walt Disney World - I'm just a big kid at heart. Our children are grown with the 3rd having been in the Army after proudly served a tour in Afghanistan. I love my family, friends, all things Disney, God and my Country! You can reach me at LJSBlog@aol.com.
1. Is it good if a vacuum really SUCKS????? 2. Why is the third hand on a watch/clock called a SECOND hand? 3. If a word is misspelled in the dictionary, how would we ever know?
4. If Webster wrote the first dictionary, where did he find the words? 5. Why do we say something is "out of whack" - what IS a whack?
6. Why does "slow down" and "slow up" mean the same thing?
7. Why does "fat chance" and "slim chance" mean the same thing?
8. Why do "tug" boats PUSH their barges?
9. Why do we sing "Take me out to the ball game" when we are already there?
10. Why are they called "stands" when they are made for SITTING?
11. Why is it called "after DARK" when it really is "after LIGHT?"
12. Doesn't "expecting the unexpected" make the unexpected EXPECTED?
13. Why are a "wise man" and a "wise guy" opposites?
14. Why do "overlook" and "oversee" mean the opposite?
15. Why is "phonics" NOT spelled the way it sounds? (That one always confused me.)
16. If work is so terrific, why do they have to PAY you to do it.
17. If all the world is a stage, where is the audience sitting?
18. If love is BLIND, why is lingerie so popular? (I laughed aloud at this one.)
19. If you are cross-eyed AND have dyslexia, can you read correctly? (No disrespect intended.)
20. Why is BRA singular and PANTIES plural? (I guess it works if you're a Kardashian)
21. Why do you press harder on the buttons of a remote control when you know the batteries are dying or dead?
22. Why do we put suits in GARMENT bags, and garments in SUITCASES?
23. Why is abbreviated such a long word?
24. Why do we wash bath towels? We are just clean when we use them.
25. Why doesn't GLUE stick to the inside of the bottle?
26. Why do we call it a television SET when it is only ONE unit?
27. Christmas is such a strange holiday... what other time of the year do you sit in front of a dead tree and eat candy out of your sock?
28. Why do we drive on a parkway and park in the driveway?
These are just some of the things I wonder about when I cannot sleep at night. Are there things like this that fill your mind? Or am I the only one who has lost her mind with idiosyncrasies? Let me know in your comments, so I have some new things to put in my brain. =)
On Sunday, Bill and I attended the 2012 Orlando Home and Garden Show and got to see several new and exciting things available for the house, yard, and even for yourself.
While the only thing we purchased that day was a new ring for me and some delicious dip mix, we took a lot of information for some things that we will be saving up money for in the future - like an inflatable spa that we can put out on our balcony.
I did take some photos of things that are available, some of which I would love to have in my yard - if I had a yard. =)
The ASPCA had rescue dogs available for adoption at the show, these were two of the dogs that were there, they were so cute and friendly.
There was also a dog trainer available for demonstrations and making personal appointments.
These are some of the items I wish I could have in my backyard.
This was a super sweet representative from Geico.
I heard this lady complaining about all the walking she had to do at the show. DUH!!
I just thought this was hysterical, all these people sitting in front of everyone with those things in their mouths and the light shining at their faces. I just had to take a photo.
We enjoy going to the Home Show each year and look forward to the one this spring. If you are ever in the area during one of the shows, stop by, it isn't very expensive and you can usually find discount tickets online or or from local merchants.
Since Walt Disney World is basically our backyard, Bill and I LOVE when the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival arrives each fall. We go almost once or twice a week to eat and see the Eat to the Beat Concerts that feature some of the rock and roll bands that we both love so much.
Last Saturday, we made our first 15 minute trek from our door to EPCOT's entrance to eat our way around the world. We managed to get about 1/4 away around EPCOT's World Showcase.
We started off in Hawaii with with Kahlua Pork Sliders with Sweet and Sour Dole Pineapple Chutney and Spicy Mayonnaise and a Kona Brewing Company Big Wave Golden Ale... man was that delicious, just the right amount of sweet and spice. Next was Greece where we each had a Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatsiki (and finished our Kona beer)... another great marriage of spice and sweet. Then as we headed over toward the American Garden's Theater for the concert, we stopped at Italy for Ravioli di Formaggio all'Emiliana (Beef Bolognese Sauce, Parmesan, and Mozzarella) with water and iced tea. Plus I had a Chocolate Covered Cannoli - YUMMY!!
The thing that totally made me laugh was that with all the food from countries all over the world, this line happened:
This is a McDonalds... these people chose to eat McDonalds food instead of the delicious food from all the booths from countries all over the world. I just don't get some people. =\
Then onto the show..... We saw Starship staring Mickey Thomas. They were awesome, as they have been the last 9 times we have seen them. It was sad not seeing Mark Abrahamianafter watching him play such awesome lead guitar for all those years (I have photos of him on my FB page), but Jeff Tamelier did a great job and is a fabulous showman. So here are my photos of Lead Vocalist, Mickey Thomas; Additional vocals, Stephanie Calvert (you should hear her do White Rabbit - I get chills); Guitar, Jeff Tamelier; Bass, Back-up vocals, Jeff Adams; Drums, Darrell Verdusco; Keyboards, Back-up vocals, Phil Bennett:
We had such a great time and cannot wait to go back for more food - some I am looking forward to are Germany, Poland, and a new one this year, a Florida Local Booth. Of course there is an Ireland booth that has a Warm Chocolate Lava Cake with Bailey's Ganache... I'll be getting that more than once!
Stay tuned for the continuing saga as Bill and I eat our way around the world. =)
One of the most amazing singer/songwriters was born 72 years ago today... John Lennon would have been 72 years old today, if some insane, cowardly man (who's name I will not even give publicity to on my blog) didn't take it upon himself to cut down this brilliant man in the prime of his life and career on Dec. 8th, 1980. (The day after my after my 15th birthday.)
I will never forget the day, how I felt... what a sense of loss, not only for myself, but for the whole world. John Lennon had such a gift and he shared it with so many people in so many ways. He also shared the money he made off that god-given talent to help children all over the world, and for that I am also in awe of him.
Let's all try and honor John Lennon today by remembering his famous quote, "Love is all you need" - let's go spread some love and make the world a better place.
On this, his birthday, let me leave you with two of my favorite John Lennon quotes:
~ Everyone loves you when you are six feet underground.
Today, my father-in-law, William Harry Shewbridge, would have been 101 years old. He passed away in 1993, three years before Bill and I began dating, so I never got to meet him in person. I do feel like I know him however, due to several cards and letters to my mother-in-law that Bill and I found while cleaning out their house we moved into after his mother passed away.
Harry, as he was called, wrote the most beautiful letters to Mary (my mother-in-law), they were sweet, thoughtful, and sentimental. Everyone ended with "to the swellest girl in the world, Harry." (It was the mid-30's after all.) Anyone who read these card and letters could tell that he deeply loved Mary with his whole heart and wasn't afraid to show it. I am sure that is how my dearest Bill learned to be such a wonderful man, and if Harry were alive today, I would thank him from the bottom of my heart for being the kind of man he was so I could have the kind of man I do.
Harry's character has also carried on to another generation... Bill has taught my boys how to be just as caring, loving, thoughtful, and generous as they both are. So to my dear Harry... Happy Birthday - I love you for giving me the most wonderful gift I could have ever receive. I wish you were here so I could give you a great big hug.
If you remember on Sept. 6th I posted that Noah's Light Foundation, a charity that I am involved with and means a great deal to me, was nominated for a grant from Chase Giving Community.
I want to thank you all so much for voting and sharing it on your Facebook pages and Tweeting about it. The grants were given out on Sept. 19th, Noah's birthday, and the Foundation was a lucky recipient of a $10,000 grant. YIPPEE!!!
That money will go a long way in helping us fulfill our mission to find a cure for pediatric brain cancer by supporting visionary doctors in pediatric oncology, funding new research in the field, raising awareness of our cause, and enriching the lives of the brave children struggling with this disease.
I know that Noah is up in heaven smiling down on all of us who helped raise the money knowing that we will find a cure sooner than later. Thank you all again, let's not let another child die from this horrible disease. Don't forget you can donate any time by clicking on the photo below.
A friend of mine sent me this video and I just had to pass it along. This woman is 101 years old and drives an 81 year old classic car - on which she can change the oil and the spark plugs..... neither of which I can do, by the way.
She is totally adorable and so proud of her car. Check out at the end how she uses the little red towel to step on the running board without getting it dirty, then brings it with her to use at her destination. Enjoy.....
I love this woman and hope I am half as spry as she is when I am her age... Gives new meaning to the Little Old Lady from Pasadena.....
October is American Humane Association's Adopt-A-Dog Month. A dog can bring SO much to your life:
an exercise buddy
a best friend and confidant for your child
a dog you can train with to learn animal-assisted therapy
a partner in agility competitions
a constant companion for your favorite senior citizen
a fuzzy face to greet you after a hard day at work
PLEASE if you are looking to add a furry family member to your household, call or visit your local shelter to find the perfect dog for your needs. There are (unfortunately) so many kinds of doggies at the shelters that I'm sure you can find the one that will fill your home and your heart.
If you are looking for a particular breed that you don't see at the shelter, go online to find a breed-specific rescue group in need of adopters like you.
We are truly happy with everyone of the doggies we have adopted, sure, we may be a little crazy to have five, but we love them all and have gotten five times the love in return!
For more information, or if you're not in a position to adopt but can donate a small amount to help care for these precious creatures until they are adopted, head on over to the Humane Societies website. You can even donate to your local shelter. I know they would appreciate anything you can contribute, be it food, blankets, money, or even your time.
“I have found that when you are deeply troubled, there are things you get from the silent devoted companionship of a dog that you can get from no other source.” ― Doris Day
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