Sunday, October 9, 2011

My Visitor!

In the middle, above the pointy tree is a black bear! :) We didn't want to get any closer than this! I wonder why...

Sunday, July 31, 2011

It's Not Easy Being Green

The Green Thing.......

In the line at the store, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren't good for the environment.

The woman apologized to him and explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day."

The clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment."

He was right -- our generation didn't have the green thing in its day.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.

But we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

We walked up stairs, because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.

But she was right. We didn't have the green thing in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts -- wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that old lady is right; we didn't have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana .

In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us.

When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she's right; we didn't have the green thing back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water.

We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But we didn't have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service.

We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the green thing back then?

Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smartass young person.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

I am a Nature Mama

It was so hard to leave this place. :)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Camping in the Rain

Went to visit some friends who were defying the weather and camping in the rain. Great day with lots of fun! :)

Ten Commandments for a Happy Writer

It has been awhile, once again, since I've posted anything. Good grief how many times have I said this?? I dunno, I forget. BUT I was browsing Sherrill Quinn's blog and she gave the info on a post Nathan Bransford had posted on Character Reversals and I have to say, "Noooo!" I love his blog! I fall into it and cannot seem to find my way out. Perhaps it's a Hotel California kind of thing. I can check out any time I like, but I just can't leave!

Anyway, after spending wayyy too much time there, I gleaned this one post of his and will post it here. It's one I want on my "keeper" shelf. The Ten Commandments for Happy Writers:

But I warn you, going to his blog is dangerous if you are watching your time. :D He is a wonderful, entertaining writer and reading his wisdom will suck you in!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Chick Update

Not much going on, so I thought I'd share some updated shots of my little chicks. :)

Saturday, March 26, 2011

New Babies!!

Well I went and had babies... 8 of them to be exact!! :)  Nothing says Spring like little chicks! I've been long over due for a new clutch, my flock has been reduced down to one lonely rooster. Poor guy. He is old and mellow now and very social. BUT the new chicks don't go outside until it is much warmer! For now they are in a big box in my living room where they held and loved. We just love our Buff Orpingtons!!

My poor little dog has been beside himself worrying over them! I don't think he slept until they were quiet last night and he came in and got me at least once. He stands on his hind legs and doesn't touch the box, so he can peek at them. We let him sniff them and he checks them out and then sits back and watches until a new chick is picked up.

Anyway... Pictures!!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Day Two!

Guesswhat? More snow! :)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Snow, one hour later

Snow Day!

I took these photos about 7ish this morning! More snow is expected today, so I'll post later this afternoon to see how much more we have! :D

Happy Wednesday!!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Back When We Were Kids...

If you are 36, or older, you might think this is hilarious!

When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were. When they were growing up; what with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning... Uphill... Barefoot... BOTH ways...yadda, yadda, yadda

And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way in hell I was going to lay a bunch of crap like that on my kids about how hard I had it and how easy they've got it! But now that I'm over the ripe old age of forty, I can't help but look around and notice the youth of today. You've got it so easy! I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in a damn Utopia! And I hate to say it, but you kids today, you don't know how good you've got it!

1.I mean, when I was a kid we didn't have the Internet. If we wanted to know something, we had to go to the damn library and look it up ourselves, in the card catalog.

2.There was no email. We had to actually write somebody a letter - with a pen! Then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the mailbox, and it would take like a week to get there! Stamps were 10 cents.

3.Child Protective Services didn't care if our parents beat us. As a matter of fact, the parents of all my friends also had permission to kick our ass. Nowhere was safe!

4.There were no MP3s or Napsters or iTunes. If you wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the record store and shoplift it yourself!

5.Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio, and the DJ would usually talk over the beginning and @#*% it all up. There were no CD players. We had tape decks in our car. We'd play our favorite tape and "eject" it when finished, and then the tape would come undone rendering it useless. Cause, hey, that's how we rolled, baby! Dig?

6.We didn't have fancy crap like Call Waiting. If you were on the phone and somebody else called, they got a busy signal, that's it.

7.There weren't any freakin' cell phones either. If you left the house, you just didn't make a damn call or receive one. You actually had to be out of touch with your "friends". OH MY GOSH !!! Think of the horror... not being in touch with someone 24/7!!! And then there's TEXTING. Yeah, right. Please! You kids have no idea how annoying you are.

8.And we didn't have fancy Caller ID either. When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was. It could be your school, your parents, your boss, your bookie, your drug dealer, the collection agent... you just didn't know. You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!

9.We didn't have any fancy PlayStation or Xbox video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics. We had the Atari 2600! With games like 'Space Invaders' and 'Asteroids'. Your screen guy was a little square. You actually had to use your imagination. And there were no multiple levels or screens, it was just one screen.. Forever! And you could never win. The game just kept getting harder and harder and faster and faster until you died. Just like LIFE!

10.You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on. You were screwed when it came to channel surfing. You had to get off your ass and walk over to the TV to change the channel. NO REMOTES.

11.There was no Cartoon Network either. You could only get cartoons on Saturday morning. Do you hear what I'm saying? We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons, you spoiled little rat-bastards!

12.And we didn't have microwaves. If we wanted to heat something up, we had to use the stove. Imagine that!

13.And our parents told us to stay outside and play... all day long. Oh, no, no electronics to soothe and comfort. And if you came back inside... you were doing chores!

14.And car seats - oh, please! Mom threw you in the back seat and you hung on. If you were lucky, you got the "safety arm" across the chest at the last moment if she had to stop suddenly, and if your head hit the dashboard, well that was your fault for calling "shot gun" in the first place!

See? That's exactly what I'm talking about! You kids today have got it too easy. You're spoiled rotten! You guys wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in 1970 or any time before!


I hope everyone is finding some joy in the day!

I'm up early, and have another butter cake in the oven. lol *sigh* We are having another birthday dinner for my daughter. Since her birthday is on New Year's day, and everyone was sick, she was screwed out of a 13th birthday party. SO... we are making amends now. :D She is such a sweetheart and has been so patient in waiting for her Omi and Papa to feel better, she deserves every bit of magic turning 13 can bring. :D

Hope you all have the same kind of magic.