31 March 2009

Space Junk

According to the media it has basically been decided that the light in
the sky was a part of a Russian Rocket that took off on "Thursday" and
it landed in the ocean. Well, okay, but I would think that the "space
junk" would have been burnt up a long time ago and isn't it convenient
that it crashed into the ocean especially since according to what I
saw on the news it was last seen somewhere over the middle of NC.

It is fun to think that it could have been Aliens....
I haven't seen Fox but I have smelled a sensual perfume in the air! Oh
wait, I forgot, Spring has sprung and flowers are blooming...

30 March 2009

UFO? Meteorite? Mystery Aircraft?

Last night we were walking our dogs and I saw something happen in the sky! It freaked me out a bit because this streak of light that streaked across the sky right over my head was huge and bright! It quickly disappeared and then there were booms like something had crashed. This isn't the first time I have seen something strange in the sky but at least this time I wasn't the only one who saw it.

Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, please come to Norfolk, Va we need you!

Streaking lights, explosions reported all along coast
Posted to: News
Did you see something? Click here to send us your photos

By Patrick Wilson
The Virginian-Pilot
© March 30, 2009
Were they meteors? A comet? UFOs?

People from Maryland to Hampton Roads heard loud explosions and saw brilliant, streaking lights in the sky Sunday night.

There was no immediate explanation, the National Weather Service office in Wakefield said. The Virginia Beach 911 center had numerous calls waiting just before 10 p.m., a supervisor said.

The Weather Service said reports were made from Dorchester County, Md., to the Virginia/North Carolina border. People said they saw a streak in the sky and heard an explosion.

“It was orange, like a fireball,” said Steve Wagner, who lives in the Great Bridge area of Chesapeake and said what he saw was too close to be a shooting star. Wagner was outside cooking with family when he saw the streak. He said he went inside when his daughter called, then heard an explosion that sounded like thunder.

Chris Wamsley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Wakefield office, said there could be various causes of the explosions and lights. A team of people is looking into what happened, he said.

Lindsey Hosek of the Great Neck area of Virginia Beach was jogging along the water with her dog when the sky lit up, she said.

“The bright light at first terrified me because I thought somebody was shining a light on me, and then I saw it, and I was in complete awe because it was so beautiful,” she said.

Then she saw something that looked like a comet moving low toward the ground; it was blue in front followed by orange and appeared to be the shape and size of a refrigerator.

“It was just so low. It was like where a bird should be,” she said. “It was definitely heading downward.”

She was on the phone with a friend a minute later when she heard an explosion.

Kenneth Martin of Chesapeake’s South Norfolk neighborhood said he saw what appeared to be lightning, then the sky turned blue.

Then, he said, a white ball of fire shot close to the ground and appeared to burn out. He said he’s sure it was a meteor.

“It was so vivid in the sky, blinking,” he said. “It was the strangest thing I’ve ever seen.”

No damage was reported, the Weather Service said.

Patrick Wilson, (757) 446-2957, patrick.wilson@pilotonline.com

29 March 2009


The Sunday School teacher was describing how Lot 's wife Looked back and turned into a pillar of salt, when little Jason Interrupted, 'My Mommy looked back once while she was Driving,' he announced triumphantly, 'and she turned into a Telephone pole!'

A Sunday school teacher was telling her class the story Of the Good Samaritan. She asked the class, 'If you saw a Person lying on the roadside, all wounded and bleeding, What would you do?'
A thoughtful little girl broke the hushed silence, 'I think I'd throw up.'

A Sunday school teacher asked, 'Johnny, do you think Noah did a lot of fishing when he was
on the Ark ?'
'No,' replied Johnny. 'How could he, with just two worms.'

A Sunday school teacher said to her children, 'We have Been Learning how powerful kings and queens were in Bible Times. But, there is a Higher Power. Can anybody tell me What it is?'
One child blurted out, 'Aces!'

Nine-year-old Joey was asked by his mother what he had Learned in Sunday School.
'Well, Mom, our teacher told us how God sent Moses behind enemy lines on a rescue mission to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. When he got to the Red Sea, he had his army build a pontoon bridge and all the people walked across safely.
Then he radioed headquarters for reinforcements.
They sent bombers to blow up the bridge and all the Israelites were saved.'
'Now, Joey, is that really what your teacher taught you', his Mother asked.
'Well, no, Mom. But, if I told it the way the teacher did, You'd never believe it!'

A Sunday School teacher decided to have her young class memorize one of the most quoted passages in the Bible - Psalm 23. She gave the youngsters a month to learn the chapter.
Little Rick was excited about the task - but he just couldn't remember the Psalm. After much practice, he could barely get past the first line.
On the day that the kids were scheduled to recite Psalm 23 in front of the congregation, Ricky was so nervous. When it was his turn, he stepped up to the microphone and said proudly, 'The Lord is my Shepherd, and that's all I need to know.'

The preacher's 5 year-old daughter noticed that her father always paused and bowed his head for a moment before starting his sermon.
One day, she asked him why.
'Well, Honey,' he began, proud that his daughter was so observant of his messages. 'I'm asking the Lord to help me preach a good sermon.'
'So, how come He doesn't?' she asked.

A Rabbi said to a precocious six-year-old boy, 'So your Mother says your prayers for you each night? That's very commendable. What does she say?'
The little boy replied, 'Thank God he's in bed!'

During the minister's prayer one Sunday, there was a loud whistle from one of the back pews.
Tommy's mother was horrified. She pinched him into silence and, after church, asked, 'Tommy, whatever made you do such a thing?'
Tommy answered soberly, 'I asked God to teach me to whistle, and He did!'

A pastor asked a little boy if he said his prayers every night.
'Yes, sir.' the boy replied.
'And, do you always say them in the morning, too?' the pastor asked.
'No sir,' the boy replied. 'I ain't scared in the daytime.'

When my daughter, Kelli, said her bedtime prayers, she would bless every family member, every friend, and every animal (current and past).
For several weeks, after we had finished the nightly prayer, Kelli would say, 'All girls.'
This soon became part of her nightly routine, to include this closing. My curiosity got the best of me and I asked her, 'Kelli, Why do you always add the part about all girls?'
Her response, 'Because everybody always finish their prayers by saying 'All Men'!'

Little Johnny and his family were having Sunday dinner at his Grandmother's house. Everyone was seated around the table as the food was being served.
When Little Johnny received his plate, he started eating right away.
'Johnny! Please wait until we say our prayer.' said his mother.
'I don't need to,' the boy replied.
'Of course, you do.' his mother insisted. 'We always say a prayer before eating at our house.'
'That's at our house.' Johnny explained.
'But this is Grandma's house and she knows how to cook!'

27 March 2009

Flea Market

I spent the day at a Flea Market at the Senior Center where I attend and swim... I can't believe I am old enough to be a member of a Senior Center! Didn't sell a whole lot butI totally enjoyed meeting people and chatting. And it was nice that my sister came out for a while.

And can you believe it... a Senior lady actually stole stuff from two venders! uh uh uh uh....

26 March 2009

Growing Potatoes

How to Grow Potatoes in a Trash Can
By DIY Maven

If you've never dug for potatoes, you don't know what you're missing. Finding spuds hiding in dirt is sort of like uncovering buried treasure. That is until your garden fork impales one of the darlings.

Generally speaking, a potato patch involves a good amount of garden space, which means patio and balcony crops are out of the question, right? Nope. According to The Old Farmer's Almanac, you can grow potatoes in a garbage can, or any large container, for that matter.

To try this method, the Almanac says to find a garbage can (plastic or otherwise), a barrel, a wooden box or any other container that is at least 18 inches deep.

Punch or drill holes in the bottom of your planter of choice for good drainage.

Put 6 inches of soil into the container.

Place the seedling potatoes on the soil and cover with 3 inches of soil or mulch.

When leaves start to sprout and plantings reach 6 to 8 inches in height, add another layer of soil. As the plants grow higher, you keep adding soil, making a hill of sorts.

When the potatoes are ready to harvest, all you have to do is turn the planter on it's side and shake out the spuds, which means no potato impalements.

24 March 2009

Dog tired

Here's a pic of our two foster dogs:

Julia Ruane-Smith
(c) 13 April 2009

Character Sketches

I am putting together information for character sketches for a story I am starting. Would any of you be willing to help me to broaden my horizons> Below are some questions, this will be totally anonymous so don't put your name on the top of page.

~ Describe your personality. What type of personality?
~ Are you shy, outgoing, flirty…?
~ Describe yourself physically.
~ How do you like to dress? Describe your style.
~ Are you a tomboy or a girly girl? Why?
~ Are you a patient person? If not why?
~ Are you a half full or half empty kind of person?
~ Do you procrastinate or do you have to get things done as soon as possible?
~ Do you consider yourself to be a positive, negative, or down to earth type of person. Explain.
~ Make a list of some of your favorite names and describe the person you see in your mind when you think of a name.
~ What is your personal philosophy?
~ Do you have a good relationship with your family? Tell me about it.
~ Tell me what your family life is like.
~ Describe your home. What is your decore style: Country, Victorian, Modern,etc
~ What kinds of things do you collect and why.
~ Do you like the place you are living in now? How come or why not?
~ Do you work outside the home and what do you do if you do?
~ If you could have a career in anything, what would it be?
~ Out of all the places you have traveled to, what is your favorite place and why?
~ Describe your perfect world.
~ What is your favorite color? Why?
~ What is your favorite time of day? Why?
~ What is your favorite time of year and why?
~ What is your favorite perfume?
~ What is your favorite scent: flower, spice, crayons…? Why?
~ Do you like to make crafts? If you do what kind and why.
~ Do you have a lot of friends, a few close friends, or a loner for the most part and why?
~ Tell me what you think a friend is.
~ Do you like Post mail or email and why?
~ Do you prefer to handwrite letters or type them?
~ Are you an animal lover? What kind do you like? What kind don’t you like and why?
~ What are your favorite quotes? Why?
~ What kind of books do you like to read?
~ What is your favorite book?
~ Do you write poetry?
~ If you have a favorite poem what is it?
~ Do you have a favorite song? Type of music?
~ Do you play an instrument?
~ What kind of art do you like?
~ List your favorite artists.
~ If you could live in any era, which one would it be? Why?
~ If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
~ What is your favorite food? And drink?
~ What is your favorite dish and recipe?
~ Do you like to watch the News on TV?
~ Do you like to read the newspaper?
~ What religion are you? Describe it.
~ Do you think we will see the end of the world in our lifetime? If so does it scare you?
~ Do you have a favorite Bible verse?
~ Do you believe in the paranormal? If so have you ever had any experiences and what are they?
~ Do you have a favorite prayer that you like to pray?
~ What kinds of things do you collect and why.

22 March 2009

Penpal group- Please join!

apenpalgroupfor45andolderladies · A Penpal group for 45 and older ladies


This is a forum for LADIES ONLY 45 and up who are looking for kindred spirits to correspond with. There is to be no foul language, no flaming, no spamming, no men, no prisoners, no children, just ladies who are looking for kindred spirits to write and be friends with.


This morning when we got up we noticed a\something green under the windshield wiper of my car. It turned out to be a green flag with shamrocks on it. I had been thinking of putting something on my antenna again so I could find my car in the parking lots. I got my needle and thread and sewed it up so it would stay and not fly away. Now I pray a truck won't parkk infront of my car while I am in the store! LOL


If you know me you will know I HATE HATE HATE coffee! I saw this on a forum and said well it isn't coffee so that is good!

Coffee filters ..who knew! And you can buy 1,000 at the Dollar Tree for just a couple of dollars.

1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave.
Coffee filters make excellent covers.

2. Clean windows and mirrors. Coffee filters are lint-free so they'll leave windows sparkling.

3. Protect China
Separate your good dishes by putting a coffee filter between each dish.

4. Filter broken cork from wine. If you break the cork when opening a wine bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter.

5. Protect a cast-iron skillet. Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.

6. Apply shoe polish. Ball up a lint-free coffee filter.

7. Recycle frying oil. After frying, strain oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.

8. Weigh chopped foods. Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a kitchen scale.

9. Hold tacos. Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.

10. Stop the soil from leaking out of a plant pot. Line a plant pot with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through the drainage holes.

11. Prevent a Popsicle from dripping. Poke one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter.

12. Do you think we used expensive strips to wax eyebrows? Use strips of coffee filters.

13. Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken fingers, etc on them. Soaks out all the grease.

14. Keep in the bathroom. They make great "razor nick fixers."

19 March 2009

How true, how true.


enough money within her control to move out
and rent a place of her own,
even if she never wants to or needs to...

something perfect to wear if the employer,
or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour...

a youth she's content to leave behind....

a past juicy enough that she's looking forward to
retelling it in her old age....

a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra...

one friend who always makes her laugh... and one who lets her cry...

a good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her

eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems,
and a recipe for a meal,
that will make her guests feel honored...

a feeling of control over her destiny...

how to fall in love without losing herself..

how to quit a job,
break up with a lover,
and confront a friend without;
ruining the friendship....

when to try harder... and WHEN TO WALK AWAY...

that she can't change the length of her calves,
the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents..

that her childhood may not have been perfect...but it's over...

what she would and wouldn't do for love or more...

how to live alone... even if she doesn't like it...

whom she can trust,
whom she can't,
and why she shouldn't take it personally...

where to go...
be it to her best friend's kitchen table..
or a charming Inn in the woods...
when her soul needs soothing...

What she can and can't accomplish in a day...
a month...and a year...

18 March 2009

Danger to pets!!!!!


Checked on www. Snopes.com and it is true.

Please tell every dog or cat owner you know. Even if you don't have a pet, please pass this to those who do.

Over the weekend the doting owner of two young lab mixes purchased Cocoa Mulch from Target to use in their garden. They loved the way it smelled and it was advertised to keep cats away from their garden. Their dog Calypso decided that the mulch smelled good enough to eat and devoured a large helping. She vomited a few times which was typical when she eats something new but wasn't acting lethargic in any way. The next day, Mom woke up and took Calypso out for her morning walk . Half way through the walk, she had a seizure and died instantly.

Although the mulch had NO warnings printed on the label, upon further investigation on the company's website, this product is HIGHLY toxic to dogs and cats.

Cocoa Mulch is manufactured by Hershey's, and they claim that 'It is true that studies have shown that 50% of the dogs that eat Cocoa Mulch can suffer physical harm to a variety of degrees (depending on each individual dog). However, 98% of all dogs won't eat it.'

This Snopes site gives the following information:http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/cocoamulch.asp

Cocoa Mulch, which is sold by Home Depot, Foreman's Garden Supply and other Garden supply stores, contains a lethal ingredient called ' Theobromine'. It is lethal to dogs and cats. It smells like chocolate and it really attracts dogs. They will ingest this stuff and die. Several deaths already occurred in the last 2-3 weeks. Theobromine is in all chocolate, especially dark or baker's chocolate which is toxic to dogs. Cocoa bean shells contain potentially toxic quantities of theobromine, a xanthine compound similar in effects to caffeine and theophylline. A dog that ingested a lethal quantity of garden mulch made from cacao bean shells developed severe convulsions and died 17 hours later. Analysis of the stomach contents and the ingested cacao bean shells revealed the presence of lethal amounts of theobromine.


16 March 2009

I've started a penpal group for ladies 45 and up.


15 March 2009

Pen pals

If there is a past life I may have lived in the Victorian/Regency era when letter writing was a normall part of every day because I love to write and receive letters! I've had penpals on and off for years now, some stick around, some don't, and of course sometimes life gets in the way and time passes before I realize it and I am months behind in my writing. Sometimes I catch up and sometimes I don't. Irritates myself!

Perhaps the problem is that I end up with too many penpals at one time and can't remember what I wrote before so I started scanning my letters and printing them out and filing them. Unfortunately that takes up a lot of room after a while! Unfortunately I have to do it this way in order to remember what was said last and to keep myself from repeating myself over and over.

I think the reason I have so many penpals on and off is because I am searching for a kindred spirit to pal with and haven't found her yet. I have met some wonderful people and love each of them but that kindred connection hasn't been found yet.

I think I need to write to someone around my age but I do love to receive letters from younger women because I can gain insight into their world.

Giggles. I am a confused woman, am I not! LOL

14 March 2009


Today I had an Arbonne training session from 9-12, stopped at Barnes and Nobles and Michael's Crafts to find a "How to crochet book" for my sister, stopped at Office Max to pick up supplies, went home, had a sandwich, then took a nap. Then I went to Netflix online, watched "The Jane Austen Book Club," began watching "Bleak House with Gillian Anderson, and did some drawing. It is raining here so it is feeling cosy.

11 March 2009

Subject: FW: A Very Sad Story - Menstrual Cycle - Please Pass To Your Female Friends

This happened to the cousin of someone I know of through a group I am in.

> Recently this past week, my cousin Nicole Dishuk (age
> 31...newly graduated student with a doctoral degree about to
> start her new career as a Doctor...) was flown into a nearby
> hospital, because she passed out.
> They found a blood clot in her neck, and immediately took her
> by helicopter to the ER to operate. By the time they removed
> the right half of her skull to relieve the pressure on her
> brain; the clot had spread to her brain causing severe damage.
> Since last Wednesday night, she was battling... They induced
> her into a coma to stop the blood flow, they operated 3
> times... Finally, they said there was nothing left that they
> could do... They found multiple clots in the left side of her
> brain... The swelling wouldn't stop, and she was on life
> support...
> She died at 4:30 yesterday. She leaves behind a husband, a 2yr
> old Brandon and a 4yr old Justin... The CAUSE of DEATH - they
> found was a birth control she was taking that allows you to
> only have your period 3 times a year... They said it
> interrupts life's menstrual cycle, and although it is FDA
> approved... Shouldn't be - So to the women in my address book
> - I ask you to boycott this product & deal with your period
> once a month - so you can live the rest of the months that
> your life has in store for you.
> *Please send this to every woman you know - you may save
> someone's life... Remember, you have a CYCLE for a reason!
> The name of this new birth control pill is LYBREL. If you go
> to Lybrel.com http://lybrel.com/, you will find at least 26
> pages of information regarding this drug.
> The second birth control pill is, SEASONIQUE. If you go to
> the website of, Seasonique.com http://seasonique .com/, you
> will find 43 pages of information regarding this drug.
> The warnings and side effects regarding both pills are
> horrible. Please, please forward this information to as many
> daughters AND sons, co-workers, friends and relatives. Several
> lives have already been changed.

Subject: Disorder in the American Courts

> Disorder in the American Courts
> These are from a book called Disorder in the American Courts,
> and are things
> people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and now
> published
> by court reporters that somehow had to stay calm while these exchanges were
> actually taking place.
> ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that
> morning?
> WITNESS: He said, "Where am I, Cathy?"
> ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you?
> WITNESS: My name is Susan!
> ____________________________________________
> ATTORNEY: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?
> WITNESS: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.
> ____________________________________________
> ATTORNEY: Are you sexually active?
> WITNESS: No, I just lie there.
> ____________________________________________
> ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at
> all?
> ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
> WITNESS: I forget.
> ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something
> you forgot?
> ___________________________________________
> ATTORNEY: Do you know if your daughter has ever been involved in
> voodoo?
> WITNESS: We both do.
> ATTORNEY: Voodoo?
> WITNESS: We do.
> ATTORNEY: You do?
> WITNESS: Yes, voodoo.
> ____________________________________________
> ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in
> his sleep, he
> doesn't know about it
> until the next morning?
> WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam?
> ____________________________________
> ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the twenty-year-old, how old is he?
> 0D
> WITNESS: He's twenty, much like your IQ.
> ___________________________________________
> ATTORNEY: Were you present when your picture was taken?
> WITNESS: Are you shitting me?
> _________________________________________
> ATTORNEY: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August
> 8th?
> ATTORNEY: And what were you doing at that time?
> WITNESS: getting laid
> ____________________________________________
> ATTORNEY: She had three children, right?
> ATTORNEY: How many were boys?
> WITNESS: None.
> ATTORNEY: Were there any girls?
> WITNESS: Your Honor, I think I need a different attorney. Can I
> get a new
> attorney?
> ____________________________________________
> ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated?
> WITNESS: By death.
> ATTORNEY: And by whose death was it terminated?
> WITNESS: Take a guess.
> ____________________________________________
> ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual?
> WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard.
> ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female?
> WITNESS: Unless the Circus was in town I'm going with male.
> _____________________________________
> ATTORNEY: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a
> deposition
> notice, which I sent
> to your attorney?
> WITNESS: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.
> __________________________
> ____________
> ATTORNEY: Doctor, how many of your autopsies have you performed
> on dead
> people?
> WITNESS: All of them. The live ones put up too much of a fight.
> _________________________________________
> ATTORNEY: ALL your responses MUST be oral, OK? What school did
> you go to?
> WITNESS: Oral.
> _________________________________________
> ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
> WITNESS: The autopsy started around 8:30 p.m.
> ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?
> WITNESS: If not, he was by the time I finished.
> ____________________________________________
> ATTORNEY: Are you qualified to give a urine sample?
> WITNESS: Are you qualified to ask that question?
> ______________________________________
> And the best for last:
> ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you
> check for a
> pulse?
> ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure?
> ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?
> ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive
> when you began
> the autopsy?
> ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
> WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
> ATTORNEY: I see, but could the patient have still been alive,
> nevertheless?
> WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and
> practicing
> law

08 March 2009


I love Spring! It is like the gasping breathe after holding your breathe as long as you can! There are a few flowers glowing outside but soon the whole world will be filled with these angels of nature that sooth the frozen soul.

I love gardens but have never really got into gardening. Such a shame... maybe this year I will dabble in it. I love Roses but I know they are hard to grow. I once had two rose plants that grew on an arbor but I had to leave them behind. Maybe I will be able to think of a place to make an arbor and plant these roses.

I would so love to have Lilies in the valley! I first met them in UpState New York and they have been a favorite scented flower since. Ah the memories of walking along a country road picking Lily of the Vallys and carrying them about in a basket then placing them through out my home.

04 March 2009

Taking a new direction.

I am sitting at my desk gazing out the window at glorious blue skies and golden sunlight that is kissing the trees and grass and smiling because the cold is over for the week. The temperature is steadily going up each day and the weathermen (if they are correct) say we will be having temperatures near 70 degrees by Saturday! Yipee!!!!

Due to lack of sales of my artwork and greeting cards I am having to put the art biz on the back burner and step out into another direction. I am now an Arbonne International consultant! I have an Arbonne party scheduled at my house on Saturday, hopefully this will be the beginning of building my business!

02 March 2009

Well, we actually got snow! A quarter of a quarter of a quarter of an inch and it is still flaking! LOL Unfortunately the song of the season when it snows is playing loudly: Fire trucks, rescues, ambulances, etc because people around here don't know how to drive in the snow. Honestly, there isn't any snow on the streets so people think they can just fly on down the road like normal.

Seems strange but I remember as a child out area use to get more snow than we do now. I can remember snow up over my ankles, granted that is not much but it is for our area. Sometimes I miss living in Dolgeville, NY... we had real snow there!
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