Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Laryngospasms -"Waking Up is Hard to Do"

For anyone who has had surgery, you will completely understand this song...  I find it so funny, so really listen to the words, plus the video is quite amusing.

These guys are practicing Anesthesiologists and don't sound half-bad at singing, so if malpractice insurance gets too expensive, I think they have another career to fall back on. Entertainer 

Cartoon of the Day - It's That Time of the Year

Welcome back to school... now get out there and SELL, SELL, SELL!!!

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PresentI sure don't miss those days, I think I still have some gift wrap and my boys are 18 and 22. TeeHee

Monday, September 27, 2010

Orlando Look Out for My Bloggy Friends

Thanks to these spectacular ladies: Trisha of Momdot, Kim of What's That Smell and Nicole of Good Golly Miss Blondie,  the first weekend of November, 35 absolutely fabulous bloggers will be descending on the Orlando area for an adventure known as Brandcation... and I have the pleasure of being one of those women.  WooHoo!!!

This small group of women will be participating in an event arranged to be beneficial to both the sponsors and the bloggers, while there are no formal classes, we will be able to have real life conversations with each other in an environment conducive to learning and growing, and of course, tons of fun.

I would like to show you the amazingly gorgeous accommodations that are being provided to us through Global Resort Homes.  I am SO thankful to them for providing us with four fabulous houses to stay in throughout the entire time we are there.  Here is the house that I will be sharing with 8 super bloggers, including a hero of mine - Kim, all of whom I cannot wait to meet in person:

How amazing is that house??? I cannot wait to attend this event... keep your eyes on my blog for posts about what else we have planned to do and for tweets, posts and of course photos while we are attending the event.

Thank you so much, again to Global Resort Homes for your outstanding generosity! HUGS!!!

{You can also check out Global Resort Homes on Facebook, please go over and check them out.  Thanks!}

Monday's Music Moves Me: Water, Water Everywhere


Welcome back to our rockin' good meme Monday's Music Moves Me! The exciting music meme that XmasDolly and I are hosting, now along with Larry from Cakeblast and Callie from JamericanSpice. Won't you play along... here are the rules:

Hi-fiFirst step: You need to run on over to You Tube, (or wherever your find your songs/videos) and get your pick for the day according to the theme. Upcoming themes are over on Dolly's blog on the left sidebar.

Second Step: Grab our "Monday's Music Moves Me" button (over on XmasDolly's blog on the right sidebar)

RaveThird step: Dance with (follow) your hostesses (that would be me and Dolly); grab our buttons; then sign the linky, either here or on Dolly's blog - they are linked.    
Final step: Start lookin' for a partner and boogie on down to her blog (or his - Hi, Larry & Dave), and say hello by leaving a comment, and tag (follow) her/him. If you've been tagged (followed) be polite, and go on over there, leave a comment and tag (follow) her/him back.

This week's theme is Water... so, pick a song that has the word "water" in the title or has something to do with water. Here is my choice for the week, I have always loved this song because of the cool, soulful sound:

Otis Redding - "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay"

Hope you enjoyed the song and it brought back memories of summer: swimming, fishing or just chilling out in the sun.  Don't forget to play along, sign the linky and visit the other participants.

Keep on rockin', my friends.....

UPDATE: If anyone is having trouble signing into my linky, head on over to Dolly's blog and use Mr. Linky there. She has someone steal the linky at one point and all of the participants disappeared, but it seems to be working OK now. Dolly had to go out of town unexpectedly for a death in the family, but I will be checking both the Linky and Mr. Linky periodically today. Thanks for understanding - HUGS, everyone!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Bloggy Blog Designz Giveaway

Bloggy Blog Designz is having a Giveaway!!! They are giving away all kinds of goodies. Plus ALL entrants will receive 20% off any purchase through the end of the month! Be sure to check out their website for more information, or to enter yourself. Take a look at their portfolio and packages to see what's right for you.

The first 5 entrants will receive a $15 giftcard. The giveaway will close on September 30th, so be sure to have your posts done and comments left by midnight! Good Luck to everyone!

(Their Design List is open after Oct 15. Discounts from this giveaway do not apply to designz in progress)

Good luck to you all.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

They Like Me... They Really Like Me!!

My wonderful friend Dolly from XMasDolly has graced me with two awards and I am so grateful. Please head on over to her blog and check it out to see all the wonderful things she blogs about. She has great reviews, giveaways, terrific pictures of her family and we do a great meme together on Mondays called Monday's Music Moves Me - don't forget to come back to play along with us.

Here are the awards she so graciously passed on to me along with the rules and the bloggers I am giving the award to.....



Pass this on to five great blog neighbors.
A great blog neighbor as someone that consistently comments on your posts and responds to questions or comments that you have.

The five bloggers I am passing it on to are:

1. Noelle of Jumpin Beans
2. Tami of Misc. Ramblings
3. Alexis of Running Away? I'll Help You Pack
4. Freda of Day One
5. Erin of Slice o' Heaven


The Cherry on top Award Rules are:

~ Answer this question:

If you had the chance to go back and change one thing in your life, would you and what would it be?

I think the one thing I would change would be leaving my first husband earlier than I did. He was an emotional abuser and I had no self-esteem or self confidence so I had no courage to leave, and stayed much longer than I should have. I wouldn't say that I wish I never married him because he gave me two beautiful sons that have grown up into fabulous young men whom I cherish with all my heart and I wouldn't change that for anything. All the other things that have happened to me in my life, even the terrible things, have made me into the woman that I have become and have gotten me to the place in my life where I was able to fall in love again with my terrific husband, Bill, who is the most wonderful man in the world.

~ PICK 6 people with beautiful blogs with that little bit extra, give them this award, and let them know in a comment they have been awarded. 
Here are the six that I have chosen for this award:
1. Jennifer of Eighty MPH Mom
2. Michelle of Flying Giggles and Lollipops
3. Kim of What's that Smell?
4. Maria of Maria's Space
5. Amanda of My Kids Might Be Martians
6. Annette of Annette Funnyjello

Thank you so much, Dolly for being such a sweet friend, always being there for me, and giving me these awards, I truly don't deserve them - there are so many blogs that deserve them much more than I do and I have chosen some of those. Please go visit Dolly's blog along with all these other wonderful women that I have passed the awards on to and give them some bloggy love and let them know that how fabulous they are.

Joke of the Day - Dodge City's Theatre Group


Dodge City was a rough town. Nevertheless, it had an excellent theatre group. One time it planned to perform the Swan Lake Ballet.

On the day of dress rehearsal, it was discovered that moths had gotten into the tutus. Everything was ruined. The producer placed a call to the Acme Costume Company in Wichita and learned they had plenty of tutus. The proprietor promised to ship the much needed garments over on a special train. They should arrive in plenty of time for the opening.


Back at Dodge, everyone was in a big hurry. Someone needed to go down to the depot and fetch the tutus. Butch, the biggest, toughest guy in town offered to do it. So he went to the station and sat down. When the station master saw Butch, he went over and asked if he might be of help. Butch replied, "Thanks, but I'm just waiting for the tutu train." 
Toy Train

Thursday, September 23, 2010

I Have a Favor to Ask of You.....

I have entered one of my doggies in a contest on Facebook for PetSmart.  Here is the photo that I have submitted of Lady Mia in her Halloween costume, if she wins, she will win a part in a PetSmart commercial.  Well, I think she is definitely cute enough, but I'm not the one judging, so I would really appreciate if you would go over to Facebook and vote for my baby.

Thank you so much for your vote.  Also, if you have an extra minute, would you be so kind as to retweet or post this on your Facebook account, thanks.  Hugs, everybody!!

Welcome Autumn

 Fall Colors 

On September 22, 2010 at 11:09 p.m. Autumn arrived in the USA.

I hope all of you had a marvelous summer and that Fall brings you health, happiness, love and prosperity... along with not too many leaves to rake up.   Raking Leaves 

Cartoon of the Day - Deer Season

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Florida Stormy Skies


For more Wordless Wednesday go to the WW Hub, link your post and visit the other participants.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Too Funny Not to Share - With My Apologies

I know this is a sensitive subject to make fun of, but this made me laugh and I needed to share it with you.

If it offends you, PLEASE accept my apologies and know that I mean no harm. I have been through it and totally understand all the feelings involved.

So without further adieu... DivorceEZ:

 Falling Off Chair Laughing  Have a great day everyone! 

On and On... Do You Remember?

In honor of the 21st Night of September.... I give you Earth, Wind and Fire:

Hope you enjoyed it and it brought back memories. I have seen Earth, Wind and Fire live in concert and they have so much energy even now it is amazing. Have a great day everyone and find time to be with the ones you love.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Did You Ever Have One of Those Weeks?????

 Crying 1 Boy, oh boy, what a week this was for us... I am still recovering.

It started out on Monday, the 13th with my poor husband breaking a tooth eating an ice cream bar as we were picking up my prescriptions (which by the way cost $106 for 2 generic prescriptions, UGH!) - it was, of course after 5:00pm, so the dentist office was already closed. Missing Teeth

Well, Tuesday I woke up to discover that Mandie, one of our six doggies, oh yes, they are all still here (explanation to follow) had gotten sick with diarrhea all over the living room carpet. The poor baby was afraid I was going to hurt her as she is still not used to people loving her since she is a rescue dog that we have only had for about a month. So I had to clean up her mess and comfort her letting her know that we still loved her and everything was still OK.

We managed to get Bill a dentist appointment on Wednesday here in town at noon, which of course messes up the whole day, but we are trying to get this fixed for his class reunion in Connecticut the first weekend of October - you see it is his front tooth  - go figure! So, anyway, an hour and a half and $100 later, with nothing done but some poking around and an x-ray, we find out that it is going to cost over $3,100 to fix everything.  Great!!  Now we have to figure out what to do, we have the money for it - it's what we have put aside for the trip to Connecticut. Hrmpf.....  Perturbed 

Now comes Thursday... my good friend (the one with the dogs, who has her own problems right now) has a friend who is a dentist in downtown Orlando, and she's graciously offered to fit Bill in at 8:00am. Oh, joy, we get to drive into Orlando with all the other commuters, but that is OK, we are being done a favor and we really appreciate it, so we get up really early and take the doggies for a walk, which completely confuses them, and off we go. Forty-five minutes later we arrive right on time and my darling goes through a really thorough examination and another x-ray, 3 hours later, it is determined that he needs a full set of dentures on top and bottom. While the bottom can wait, we really need to do the top right away to fix his broken tooth. The cost for this, with a discount and a complete set of x-rays is $2,900... Yippee!!     Insane  We decide that our Connecticut trip will have to be cancelled (which also means I won't be able to see my youngest son, Alex - totally bummed now, don't worry sweetie, I'll get over it, you need to have this done and I love you from the bottom of my heart!)  because Bill really needs his teeth to eat and talk, those things are kind-of important... so he is fitted and we make an appointment for next Friday for his oral surgery... more joy: for him because of the pain and for me because I am going to have to drive back from Orlando... I don't really drive anymore, I am a wreck thinking about it already.  Compact 

Wait.... things get better.  We get home, and notice that all the digital clocks in the house are blinking. Turns out, the house was without power for about a 1/2 hour while we were gone which explains why it is so warm in there - mind you, we still have temps in the 90s here.   Boiling Hot   So, after resetting all the clocks, I start working on my blog and answering emails when I doze off for a bit because I have gotten up way too early compared to usual and my back is really killing me from the scrubbing of the carpet in the morning.  At around 4:30pm there is a short loss of power again, but it comes on about 5 minutes later, this happens several more times. Not so around 5:15 when it goes off again.... oh, no, this time is goes off and stays off, I have just turned on the oven to make chicken - damn!  So, I call the power company and find out that it should be back on by 6:30 and they will call me if there is going to be a delay. I get a call around 6:15 from the power company asking if my power is back on... UH, no! They tell me that it should be back on by 9:00pm... there goes dinner.  So now we have to go out to eat and we have found out that it is the whole town that has no power, so the restaurants in town are out of the question.  Boy it gets dark here with no lights and it gets really warm without A/C or the ceiling fans. Well, we find that Chick-fil-A is open and has power just on the out-skirts of town so that is where we eat - I love their chicken strips. I even get some nuggets to bring home to the puppies because there won't be any of my chicken to add to their dog food for dinner - YES, they are super spoiled.   Puppy 2

TiredAfter dinner, we go home and feed the doggies by candle light and then go sit on the balcony with them by citronella candle and FINALLY the power comes back on around 9:30pm and stays on. It takes about 10 more minutes for the DirecTV to reprogram itself, and we watch one show then head off to bed because I am so stressed, in pain and thoroughly exhausted. 

Friday, I start working on on catching up on my emails and my blog when I discover that during one of those power surges, some of my emails have disappeared - CRAP! So, if you have sent me something that was important and I haven't responded to you, please resend it and forgive me, I am not ignoring you... I am totally overwhelmed and wiped out! Now here is the reason for still having all the dogs: My good friend has been trying to buy a house here in town and she even put down a deposit only to discover that there is a lien on the house and the current owners are refusing to sell.  Where she is living now doesn't have room for the dogs, so, we still have her three dogs along with our three dogs... don't get me wrong, I love them all, but it really is a TON of work and it is causing me a lot of pain in my back and neck and doesn't give me as much time for my own blog or visiting all my wonderful virtual friends - whom I miss terribly!! But how can you resist these faces:

We were really lucky enough to go out to our favorite Shannon's Irish pub on Friday night for their "Half-Way to St. Patrick's Day" party and have a fabulous dinner and Guinness on tap, plus spend time with some great friends with splendid music.

Saturday morning I was awakened at 4:00am with a mind-splitting migraine with excruciating pain, nausea, sensitivity to light, sound and any kind of movement. (Those of you who don't get migraines have NO idea how debilitating they can be, and I am so grateful you don't have to suffer with them.) I ended up taking one of my heavy-duty pills (at $33 each) around 6:00am and it hardly did anything. I stayed in bed - along with 4 doggies making sure that I was OK - minus the times I had to get up to vomit {pardon the visual} - taking another of my $33 pills plus my regular pain pills, migraine meds, and regular medication once the vomiting stopped, until 4:30pm when I was at least able to stand up and walk. I went outside with the dogs for a walk to get some fresh air (wearing VERY dark sunglasses) and then came back in the house and lie down on the couch to watch a little TV with my eyes 1/2 open and the sound lowered with all 6 doggies surrounding me, taking turns to make sure I was OK and licking my face, hands and feet. Good thing Bill had some left-overs from Friday night because I really wasn't up to cooking, I was able to put the chicken that had been marinating since Thursday {remember the power-outage?}  in the oven and he and the doggies had a piece of that... I drank water for dinner and then had a little ice cream mixed with a banana to raise my potassium level. I figured this migraine was from all the turmoil in the air pressure with the fading hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Igor off the east coast of Florida and the tropical depression a bit farther out in the Atlantic... when all these depressions smack together over central Florida and the barometric pressure fluctuating rapidly, it really effects my migraines and this one was a doozie!

Sunday I was still feeling kind-of weak and sick to my stomach, so I didn't eat very much all day, just a couple of bites during our usual breakfast out with the doggies at Shannon's Irish Pub - the babies ate everything I didn't.  Puppies   We walked around town for a little while and came home to watch football. To add insult to injury, the week ended with our poor NY Giants losing the game on Sunday night.  Giants   I'm so glad the week is over... lets hope this week is better.

So how was YOUR week?

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