Sunday, May 31, 2009

Amazing Old Timers

Chosen by Turtle

I had this forwarded to me recently and have watched it several times. I love how this couple who have been married for 62 years still have a sense of humor and slap each other on the ass when they change position. If only I could be so lucky and meet someone to spend the rest of my days being this happy with.

An elder couple walked into the lobby of the Mayo Clinic and spotted a piano. They've been married for 62 years and he'll be 90 this year.

It's all in the attitude. Enjoy!!

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Just Silly!

by Tina~in_ut

I don't know why, but this video just makes me laugh. The first time I watched it I thought, what a horrible example for kids. Then I saw the end......and I couldn't stop laughing. I hope you find it funny, too~

Friday, May 29, 2009

The closeness of it all!

Did you ever see something and see pure sunshine added with happy smiles, well sure you did, and so did I. When I saw this picture, that is exactly what I saw. Such a simple picture, taken with a few seconds of time, yet so profound and meaningful. Its yellow is evident, and the smiles are real. Happiness beams thru.

I will surly look back at this picture for years to come, and I will remember the stance, how close we were to each other, the feeling of loving hands on my back, and mine on theirs. Such wonderful young ladies they both are, the closeness is for me, to help me with my insecurities of myself, they stayed close to me for me, and I appreciate it so. As if not for their caring and understanding this picture would not be.

I hope someday I will be able to take many pictures of myself in complete confidence, but for now this will do, as I always say "baby steps" it always seems to work..

Melissa and Jessica, Thank You! ♥♥♥

Thursday, May 28, 2009


by Just_Lin

I have never been a morning person and I really hate hearing the alarm clock go off. One of the best things about being retired is not having to set the alarm except for rare occasions.

When I used to work full time, there were days I'd hit that snooze button until it just plain ran out........and I'd keep on sleeping. When I used to have the clock radio set to have music come blasting on to wake me, I'd end up incorporating the music into my dream........and I'd keep on sleeping. More than once, my loud music woke my daughter in the next bedroom but only her pounding on my bedroom door got me to wake up. Even my brother had to wake me up when he was visiting and my alarm woke him when he was sleeping on the couch in the living room, There are times I have turned the alarm completely off and awakened later with no memory of that at all.

No matter what kind of alarm it, clanging, beeping, or buzzing....alarms are just plain rude. It seems they always wake you right during the deepest, most restful time of your sleep. Plus, that's when the bed feels absolutely the best....perfect, in fact. No matter how long it may have taken you to fall asleep the night before, that bed could not be more perfect in the morning when that alarm jolts you awake. The pillow is arranged perfectly under your head, the blankets are providing just the right amount of warmth, the mattress seems molded to fit your body. Oh, and if it's raining outside, nothing feels more absolutely perfect and comforting than that bed when the alarm goes off.

I have my clock radio alarm set on "buzzer" and now that I no longer work full time, I'm not used to hearing the alarm so it does succeed in waking me up. I had to set it for this morning so I could get to an appointment in time. Now that I am ready to go to bed for the night, I will have to remember to unset it so it doesn't wake me in the morning for no reason, whatsoever. I really hate when that happens.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Things that make you wonder

by Goldie

Remember the building that burned down next to us last August? Very sad – it housed the 4-C community coordinated childcare office as well as Lutheran Social Services. I have already commented on the blog that the construction guys are not up the same caliber of physique as my fireman.

The good news is that they are re-building. The walls are up they are really cooking on this place. Been working it now for a couple of months. So yesterday, as I am leaving work I see at the end of cul-du-sac our building is on, a HUGE banner proclaiming that tomorrow- May 21st, 2009 is the ground-breaking event for the new building from 11 to 2 p.m. HELLO? Hasn’t that ship already sailed? A groundbreaking for a ½ constructed building? Hmmm, makes you shake your head on who came up with that idea.

Another head-scratcher. My oldest son, 29 years old (I was just a baby when I had him) calls this morning and says he needs me to fax him a copy of his High School diploma. Why? Well it seems that the Paramedical Program he is enrolling in requires it. I say to him “ son, you are already enrolled in college (required high school info too) and just got your semester grades (which were fantastic) and you are an accredited, certified EMT and RTA. Why don’t they just use the transcript from the college you are enrolled in?? He asked the same question. Nope- don’t care if you are in college, graduated college or have any degrees or are the Surgeon General- they want to make sure you graduated High School. WTF? So I have now sent an 11-year-old High School Diploma copy to him and he has to acquire his High School transcripts once again. Makes sense to me, NOT.

One more thing- ever notice when you walk in to a store they have reusable bags for sale? Usually close to the entrances where you walk in at many Mall stores. However, when you get to the checkout with the stuff you really didn’t intend to purchase, but did anyway, they don’t sell the bags at the counter?? Again, whose brainchild is this? If I know I am buying stuff I take my bags in. If I end up buying stuff and didn’t plan ahead, I would like the bag at the counter to purchase. HELLO MACYS and PENNY’S are you listening??????

So what makes you shake your head- especially knowing that someone is paid to think these things through and this is the best they can do??

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

~ Angels & Demons ~

Angels & Demons is a fantastic movie and I want to see it again. Maybe I'm biased. I'm Catholic AND the movie takes place in my favorite cities, Rome and Vatican City. There is just something about it.....when you've been to almost every place shown in the movie, it comes to life for you. Both my husband and I were whispering with excitement throughout the movie about the different places we have seen in real life. I was shaking my head when the main characters walk into the Pantheon and there is hardly anyone there.....NOT!!!! That place is always packed and it's hard to move around!

I realize that most of the movie is filmed on a sound stage using green screens, but it's still fun to see all the different places. Even when they are racing down to St. Peter's tomb, it looks so realistic. They were not permitted to film in any churches, so the fact that they were able to re-create everything is amazing. The Cardinals really look like they are standing in the Sistine Chapel.

The other thing I love about the movie is the co-mingling of Religion and Science. The movie begins with a priest at Cern working on an experiment. The argument for and against the combining of the two is heard throughout. It reminded me of my blog with Bear. I even thought of him during the show~

I would highly recommend seeing this movie, but if not, at least read the book. For more fun facts click here~

Monday, May 25, 2009

My start of the Summer

Memorial Day has always meant to me, the beginning of summer, even tho summer does not officially start till June, it does not matter in my mind, today my summer begins. Each year my family host a BBQ on this day, we have been doing it for years. My mom enjoys the cooking and hosting, by days end she looks a little weary, but she tells me its all worth it. We have family and friends in attendance and of course lots of food. The grill is on and cooking practically all day. Food is in abundance, you name we have it, including pizza made lovingly by Sarah which she cuts up into bite sizes pieces and serves with a smile. And what BBQ would not be complete without beer, so we have $65.00 dollars worth of, I hope its enough. :O)

And let us not forget why Memorial Day is a so special. We honor our fallen military, our amazing hero's, who each gave their life to protect our rights for freedom as Americans.

I am in awe of their courage.

I praise them.

I thank them.

It is truly a special day!

He sang our Anthem at the World Series 2006

Sunday, May 24, 2009

~ Who Knew ~

Chosen by Tina~in_ut

I really love this song, but every time I listen to it, I feel so sorry for Pink. It must be the way she sings just gets to me! She says that she wrote it about the loss of friendship. I can't decide if it's about breaking up or the normal growing apart of friends or the death of a friend. I guess it really doesn't matter. I love listening to it either way~

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Thank You!

When I think back to that very day of misplacement, all I can remember is scrambling to try and find a way to put the pieces back to together, it was the only thought in my mind. As I searched for answers, blogger came to mind, I went to my personal blogger account, and began a conversation with myself thru commenting, and low and behold the answer appeared. Once the thought was in place and shared with you all of you, our name became clear, thru an idea of Sacbarbs, and we all became one.

I had no idea what the blog was to be yesterday, Tina asked if she could write it and send it off to Mo to publish, I agreed. When I pulled up the blog yesterday, I also had no idea what the words would say. What I faced first was a amazing image of me, and the laughter erupted. As I started to scroll down and saw the blog, I realized each one of you addressed me and I was surely taken aback, the tears flowed, and I lost my footage. Tina was on the phone with me, as I tried to get my words together to speak, all I remember was her saying how many comments so far, and that she missed being first!

As many times as I have said this, I think yesterday proves my words to be true. This blog is a group effort, I do not do this alone, I could never do this without all of you. So for all the many thanks, the yellow, the love, the hugs, the compliments, the words, I triple it all and send it off to all of you.

Special Thank You's
Tina, Whabby, Mo, Shirley

My life took a turn when this blog become real, it was certainly unexpected, and now completely cherished.

Thank You!

Smiles and Happiness Always

Friday, May 22, 2009

~ Our 500th Blog ~

Carol, when I asked you if I could write the 500th blog, you graciously said yes, as long as I didn't write about you. I promised I wouldn't. I didn't promise I wouldn't ask everyone else to! I commissioned a portrait of you from the world renowned artist DeeDee. I asked everyone else to contribute what they could, and boy did they deliver. So I'm not going to tell you how much I appreciate you and all you do, and I'm not going to tell you how much I love the Nest and you, or how much of a crackwhore you are! I'll let everyone else do it~


Carol, you work so hard to keep the blog going. I appreciate being a part of it. I am sorry I am a "bad friend" and don't get here as much as others, but I appreciate your friendship and understanding so much. Owls forever! Love, Beverly


Carol - Thank you for creating the NEST and making me feel welcome. I have enjoyed every minute of your cawffee tawk, car rides, your mother's cooking of entrails and such :), and your wild and crazy family. Happy 500th. xoxoxo


I have not been around for a very long time, but I just wanted to say Congrats on the 500th Blog and thank you for all you do for your friends. You are AMAZING!!!!
Your Friend,

Donna (hartldo)

A few things come to mind when I think of Carol. A prolific writer and philosopher, hard worker, honorable woman and porn queen.


Being welcomed into the nest has been so eggciting. Carol and I go way back.. to another time and another blog. But that place didn't feel like home. A lot of folks simply were barking up the wrong tree. Sure, there were plenty of peckers about, but it wasn't a comfy warm safe haven where a gal or guy could rest their weary wings and leaf their troubles behind. At times I felt like I was going to crack, seriously, no yolk. So thank you for setting this place up, Carol. You're a good egg. The time and effort you put in is honestly shellfless and so appreciated. Birds of a feather flock together, and I am happy to be flocking you Carol.

Lois Lane

Congratulations Commendable Carol for:

Videos voraciously viewed,
Bedazzling bold blogs,
Captivating cheeky chatter,
Prodigious porn prattle,
Fabulously funny foolishness,
Nefarious nightly noshes,
Masterful mighty marches,
Random rollicking roguery!!!


I'm not quite sure what brought me to the "other blog" but it was my first experience with blogging. I was surprised to feel so at home and meet so many fun people. I especially enjoyed cpgem8 and her cool writing style. She always seemed so calm and sweet. Fast forward to a couple of years later and I'm part of a blog where the wonderful cpgem8 has shared her life, her soul, and her friendship. She's a doll, a one-of-a-kind sweetheart--and every day I see her kind heart. Thank you, Carol, for creating Owl Manor, for allowing us to share our stories, for helping us create friendships and for just being YOU. Love and hugs.


Carol, I can't say 'Thanks' enough to show my appreciation to you for creating the nest as a safe place for us to gather. You have such a giving heart that you HAD to rescue us from the drama and I love you for it. THANK YOU and congratulations to you and all the Owls on 500 blogs.


When my husband was alive, I would get up in the morning and he would have my coffee ready for me and we would sit at the table, sipping our coffee, reading the paper or watching The View, and discuss plans for the day. Now when I get up, there is no one to greet me except for two old, sleeping cats. I would be drinking my morning coffee alone except for the friends that I now have on the blog. I look forward to checking in on the blog each morning and seeing what my friends are up to and what the topic of the day is. The blog has brought me friendships, laughter and tears. I am never alone in the morning anymore. Thank you so much, Carol.


Carol: Thank you so much for taking the time to create a place filled with laughter and understanding. A place where there is always a shoulder to lean on, and a smile to be shared. A place of acceptance, not of judgement. I have made the most wonderful friends here, and it's all because you cared enough about us to build this nest. You truly are spiffftacular, and I adore you. And, of course, thank you for all the Happy Blue.


Carol thank you for creating a place that I can come to every day and be silly, serious, sad or sentimental and where I'm accepted for who I am not what I look like. You are the nicest, caring, family loving crackwhore I know!!! Thanks for coming into my life. ((((HUGS))))


Dear Carol, I wanted to join the other owls in thanking you for providing us with a warm safe haven to fly to when life becomes too overwhelming in "the real world". Before my sister died I would spend the first hour of every day on the phone with her. After she was gone I felt very alone during that hour. Eventually I found refuge in a small blog through Rosie's. I would then spend the first hour of every day reading posts and interacting with strangers on that blog. Many of these strangers became friends. When that door closed, again I felt sadness because Myspace did not have the same feeling of 'home'. Then you my darling friend built a nest with your fantastic imagination and we have never looked back. It has been so much fun and it's all thanks to you. I'll Love You Forever. Always,


Carol, it is hard to make this short. I hope you know how special you are to all of us. Thank-you for all you do...
You make my "ding-dong", my "tick-tock", "my bend-over", "my nose-hair".....well you know what I mean :)



You are:
Fabulous & funny
Smart & sweet
Lively & loving
Caring & kind.

You are
my hero.

If one person
could make
this world
go 'round,
I bet it
would be

Thank you
for all
you have done
and continue
to do.

without end
my friend,
You are loved. ♥

~jigglin' in jax

Carol, our special Jersey Girl,

Just a short note to thank you for all your loving hard work to create our Night Owl Nest, and all the many hours you spend keeping it going everyday. It's hard to believe this is the 500th blog and it's always a special place, whether we are laughing, eating, marching, or just Hoin' around. It's been my unexpected pleasure to have made friends here, as well as fill so many hours when I needed a laugh.

From the bottom of my heart, Thank You.

Congrats CAROL and Hooters Everywhere! Although I'm not here often lately, I still love you all. After retiring from serial careers in Banking (where 'it was always about the counting') and Law Enforcement('enough porn for life, thanks!') I find myself often wandering down more numberless and porn-free pathways. But 500 is cause for celebration! Once we hit our one-year anniversary, I discovered that going back and reading old posts to see "What were we discussing ONE YEAR AGO TODAY?" can be a really fun diversion. Anyone else ever do that? Thanks for all those hilarious and endearing chapters in the Owl Saga!!

500 blogs=500x grateful

500 days of togetherness, laughs, tears, bitching, praying, praising and love. Not to mention food, drink, "special brownies" and the fabulous parties and fun we have had.

500 days brought together by whatever moves us, by 1 single common denominator. Carol!

Happy Anniversary Carol and all the Hooters who make this such a safe and warm 'home away from home'. Here's raising my glass and biting into my brownie in your honor and with the wish that we are all together to celebrate 1000.


I would just like to say thank you for creating the nest... it is a safe haven from the "real" world... but I have gained so much from the time I had been invited into the nest..I think of everyone on a daily basis .. even if I don't get in the nest daily!!!
Something will happen during my day...and I will think..oh so and so will like that ..or What would so and so think of that!!!
and thanks...


Carol...I am so awed by you and this blog that I was inspired to write a poem. But I don't really do that, so I went on line looking for an example of a poem that I could use to teach me about writing poetry. I found this poem that is singing your song - it says everything you do for us all on the blog and so I decided to steal, I mean borrow it instead. You are amazing and wonderful and so is the blog! Happy 500th blog!!!!

Thank You, Friend (by Joanna Fuchs)

Thank you, friend, for all the things
That mean so much to me--
For concern and understanding
You give abundantly.

Thanks for listening with your heart;
For cheering me when I'm blue;
For bringing out the best in me;
And just for being you.

Thanks for in-depth conversation
That stimulates my brain;
For silly times we laugh out loud;
For things I can't explain.

For looking past my flaws and faults;
For all the time you spend;
For all the kind things that you do,
Thank you; thank you, friend.


We are at our 500th Blog celebration!! Wow is all I can say. Carol I will be forever thankful that you started the Nest. It is a place that I love. We have touched every subject under the sun. With respect and a lot of humor!!!

I have made some true friendships in the course of our 500 blogs. Some I'm sure will last a lifetime!! I want to personally thank all of you for your continued support and friendships.

Now pass the jello shots and lets par-tay!!!


Dear Carol, You have such a way with word's. You can turn Nothing into Something, so easily. You have the biggest Heart and You bring Sunshine to my day! I think you are just "SUPERDUPERISH", "SUPERDELISHISH", "SPIFFY" and "FANTOWLASTIC"! You have my ♥ and I'm so glad you are my Friend!
Love You Bunches,


When a hooter is born

A ray of hope flickers in the sky
A tiny star lights up way up high
All across the land dawns a brand new morn
This comes to pass when a hooter is born.

A silent wish sails the Jersey skies
The winds of change whisper in the trees
And the walls of doubt crumble, tossed and torn
This comes to pass, when a hooter is born.

A horney hue settles all around
You got the feel, you're on solid ground
For a spell, no one wants porn
This comes to pass, when a hooter is born.

Spoken part:
And all of this happens because the world is waiting
Waiting for one hooter
Black, white, yellow,tanner, everyone is welcome at the manor
But a hooter that will grow up and turn tears to laughter
Hate to love, war to peace and everyone is everyone's neighbor
And crafting and travel will be words never to be forgotten, forever.

It's all a dream, an illusion now
It must come true, sometime soon somehow
All across the land, dawns some brand new porn
This comes to pass when a hooter is born.



Who would have ever thought that 499 blogs ago that we would still be here?!! Thank you SO much for being our "wind beneath our wings". We wouldn't still be here without you.

Here's to my fellow nesters - CHEERS!!!

love you guys,


CAROL: I can hardly believe that we are celebrating our 500th blog!! I just want to thank you for not only creating this blog but for keeping it up every day regardless of how you are feeling.

You have made this a very special place and I have met so many great people. I may not post on the blog every day but there is not a day that I don't always read this blog...thank you.


"Carol means to me Open mind and Open heart! She is also a cawffee drinking porn addict! Who would not love that?"

Lynn D


It is hard to imagine it has been that many. So much has happened in everyone's lives since that first MONUMENTAL Blog! Cyber friends come and go, but I know that even though I don't comment very much you are all there, always ready to be a support to whomever needs it with a smile, a hug, a prayer and most importantly laughter! Carol, thank you so much for making the Nest happen, and THANK YOU OWLS & OWLETTES, for all the fun and friendship this past year and a half! I raise my glass to each and every one of you! Peace,

Donna Jean, Laurie Elizabeth & Olive Elizabeth

Carol (crackwhore) Hunny: This is to the tune of "Torn Between Two Lovers" Sing along now...

There are blogs when a crackwhore has to type what's on her mind...
Even tho she knows how much it's gonna hurt.
Before I do another march, Let me type you "I heart You"
Let me spank your ass and type these words as loudly as I can.

There's been another Owl that I've needed and I've touched
But that doesn't mean I love you less
And they know they'll never meet me and I know they never will
There's just this empty place inside of me that only a HO can fill

Porn between two Hooters Feeling like a HO
Porn between two Nesters was gettin pretty low
And loving you both is breaking all the rules.

You musn't think you've failed me just because of all the blogs
You we're the first real whore I ever had.
All the things I ever typed, I swear they all we're true
For no other whore can have the porn I made and gave to you


I couldn't really 69 you if you turn and fly away
And with everything I feel inside I'm begging you to stay

Porn between two Hooters, Feeling like a HO
Porn between two Nester look what's its become
Loving you both is becoming a threesome.


Carol, you are my sunshine(yellow), my only sunshine, you make happy when skies are gray, you will never know dear how much I love you, so please be my sunshine always!

Happy Anniversary, my fellow "yellow" dear friend! You have brought so much sunshine to my life, thanks for being a great friend.



I will never forget "meeting" you for the first time! Typing away in chat, in comes "cpgem8" and I noticed that she was fun and interesting. I will never forget thinking you were Rosie at first! lmao

I want to thank you for creating such a wonderful, fun place for us all to gather and vent about our problems, share links with each other, or just laugh and march until we're silly!

You rock Carol and I enjoy coming here. Your hard work and dedication does not go unnoticed. Thanks for always being there for me and the rest of the nest!

Hugs to you,


C ...compassionate

Carol, when I think of you those adjectives come to my mind.
You are a good friend to us and the hostess with the mostest!

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart for the things you say, do and are.
The creation and maintenance of this blog is just one of the ways you show your love for your friends. I am honored to be your friend and to be a member of this, the Fraternal Order of Owls!!

Oh, and back away from the porn!


Thursday, May 21, 2009

Thong Thursday? Maybe!

Chosen by EBJ

No words needed.. lol

The vid is no longer available, I tried to link it, but that did not work either, I hope everyone saw it..



Wednesday, May 20, 2009

~ Lacrosse ~

by Tina~in_ut

I thought the season was over for us. I thought the doctor wasn't going to release my son to play lacrosse after he broke his finger. I thought wrong. He was released to play on April 22nd. I was so excited to watch him play. The entire time he had been out, he went to every practice but one. He suited up for every game and even went to the Varsity games. He stood in the snow freezing his buns off and cheering his teammates on for two of those games. Nothing was going to keep me from going to the game, not even the confirmation practice my twins had the same night. I made my hubby go to that! Yes....I will win "Wife of the Year" for that one!

I have never EVER prayed for any team to win, not even my NASCAR driver. I've prayed for a safe race or game, or that the competitors did their best. This is the first time I prayed for a team to win. I prayed so hard. I knew how happy my son was to be able to play, especially when he thought he was out for the rest of the season. I just wanted it to be perfect for him.

My son usually doesn't start the game. This time he did. About 3 or 4 minutes into it, the first goal was my son!!!! I was ecstatic! I immediately texted DeeDee, and then was going to call my hubby, but I thought that would be rubbing it in. He called me soon after to see how the game was going, and when I told him, he was excited, too. The other team scored and was ahead at the half. I started to worry that we would lose. Our team kicked it into gear and we pulled ahead and won 6 - 4, and my "little boy" played the entire game.

Afterward, I waited by his car to congratulate him. He asked me if I had seen him make his goal. I told him I had, and his reply, "It was sweet, wasn't it?" have no idea!~

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Pleasantly Surprised!

by Mary/MI

I bought my tickets to see Tom Jones online a few months ago, not knowing what to expect. I have been disappointed by seeing other "old timers" and was a little apprehensive. The worst show was Wayne Newton. His voice had gotten so bad that his background music was cranked way up high so it wouldn't be noticeable. It didn't work! He spent the first 40 minutes walking around kissing and hugging audience members.

I have seen pictures of Kenny Rogers "new face" I have no idea if he can still sing. I will still always love his music.

I went to Tom Jones show expecting the worst. One of the gaming table dealers hadn't seen his show, but made a lot of negative remarks about him. I was pleasantly surprised. He has let his hair go gray, which looks good with his face lift. He looks younger, but not unrecognizable. He has lost weight and looks great for an almost 69er! He was born in June of 1940. I must say he had some pretty sexy moves! I know for a fact that he moves a lot better than I do! He sang a lot of new stuff from his new album and of course his oldies too. My favorite was "I'm never going to fall in love again". His voice was spot on. I know a song is well sung when it moves me to tears.

I was 4 rows up and center stage. Mr Mary didn't want to go. I used to think I couldn't go to shows without him, then realized I would be missing so much. I was seated with a couple, and a friend of theirs. They were from N.Dakota.They were a lot of fun. I could tell they were big fans of his. I was surprised there were so many young people there. He has broad fan base.

To all the people that think that star "comebacks", face lifts,tucks etc. are odd & unnecessary, I say enjoy them while they are still with us. They were legends in their times. It must be a strange and sad feeling to be "losing it" in front of millions.

At least my loved ones will always take me as I am, a short un-de-boobed-wrinkled, sagging bucket of love lol!!

Monday, May 18, 2009


With each passing day, and each blog I write,
I always hope the words would flow, and when they don't
I never force, as then that is not the true me.
You see, I gotta feel the words, they have to
mean something, and if they don't then
a blog is not to be for me.

So I shall leave it at that, and allow you all to find the words for me..

I see the yellow, all is good, just not the words
for now anyway..

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Remember This?

Wow, while surfing youtube for today's SMV, I came across this vid, I have not seen this in ages. I remember it so well. All of the musicians look so young, and the song brought back so many memories. Kenny Rodgers looks fab, not like he does now, which is something like a plastic awful tight rubber face. And Michael Jackson, his one glove, back then I thought that was so cool, now I think it looks stupid, he had a great voice, what the heck happen to him? Oh and one more thing, whats up with the sunglasses, mostly everyone is wearing sunglasses, was that the new fad??

I can't figure out the year this came out tho, does anyone remember?

Enjoy as I did...

Saturday, May 16, 2009


I watched the "Farrah Story" it was absolutely heart wrenching, by whole being hurt for her. It was a true story of Cancer at its core and very well done. I commend her for documenting her everyday war. As one of her doctors explained, "Cancer is a terrorist, very hard to beat down" Many of us have been thru it, we watched, we saw.

And yet with every horror story of Cancer, we do hear of amazing recoveries, I know our scientist's are trying, and I will hope one day a cure will be.


Friday, May 15, 2009

As we age so do the Von Trapps. Here is the updated version of My Favorite things!

by Maureen

Maalox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,
Bundles of magazines tied up in string,
These are a few of my favourite things.
Cadillac's and cataracts, and hearing aids and glasses,
Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,
Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,
These are a few of my favourite things..
When the pipes leak, When the bones creak,
When the knees go bad,
I simply remember my favourite things,
And then I don't feel so bad.
Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads for bunions,
No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions,
Bathrobes and heating pads and hot meals they bring,
These are a few of my favourite things.
Back pains, confused brains, and no need for sinnin',
Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinnin',
And we won't mention our short, shrunken frames,
When we remember our favourite things.
When the joints ache, When the hips break,
When the eyes grow dim,
Then I remember the great life I've had,
And then I don't feel so bad.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Yes, American Idol!

American Idol, still has me in its grips, from the very first season I have been hooked. Some years have not been as special as other years, however last year I enjoyed it, and was happy with the winner. I also loved the very first year with Kelly Clarkson. This year I loved so many of the contestants, especially the last three. I must admit Danny was my favorite, and I would have loved to see him go all the way. I totally think Adam has a amazing voice, however he will probably do a rock album, which I would never listen to. So my bets are on Kris, he killed on his rendition of "Heartless". All tho, I also think Danny's rendition of "You are so Beautiful" was amazing. I am hoping for Kris to win American Idol, he actually is the underdog and I like routing that way. We shall see next week.

In the meantime I will do all my finger exercise's during the week, so I will be already to vote..

This was my favorite performance of the night, so brave, and pure genius!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

No blog to a blog!

I am sitting here writing a blog, not sure what it is going to be about, so I am staring at the blank page, and I turn to the TV, and I see a friend of mine on the local news. It was a real estate segment, and he is a Realtor, he actually told me about it, but I forgot, so I was shocked at first to see him, and then I remember that I was suppose to watch. Thank goodness I did see him, because I don't have to lie to him. The segment was about homeowners wanting to buy new homes but not able to sell their home without taking a loss. And many people can't hold two mortgages, so they have to give up on perhaps their dream home to stay in the one they have because at this time its a buyers market. I was just speaking to my dad about this, as our house is a big two family, and our taxes are about 13grand a year. If we were to downsize we would have to sell our home to buy a new one, and with the market the way it is, it would not be enough to buy one the size that we have
now. So of course we are staying put. But I think of all the people who are probably trapped in a home that they paid so much for, and to resell it, they would surly take a loss. My cousin (Aunt Jo's daughter) was thinking of selling her townhouse, as she is now just one, but she would lose
to much money, so she has to stay where she is until the market turns. I guess the way the market is, it works best for a new home owner, they can buy a great home for good price, and hopefully when they are ready to sell the market will be much different..

So, from a no blog to a blog in just a few thoughts, few words. See you never know what the words will bring..

And btw... My friend looked fab on T.V. I can't wait to tell him..

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


by Maureen

I have been thinking about things that bug me. Maybe as I am aging I am losing my tolerance or maybe just feeling I have earned the right to express my thoughts. Whatever the case get to be the recipients of my rants!!

1. DECIMATING THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. It is like people just make up words or they completely skipped their English classes in school! And I am talking about college graduates!! Maybe if they were really intending to make up words it wouldn’t bother me so much! And, don’t even get me started on when someone wants to “AXE” me a question! Ggrrrrr!

2. LEAVING THE SINK SURROUND SOAKING WET. I work with animals! I guess I should count my blessings that at least they wash their hands! But gimme a break! How hard is it to wipe down the counter when you finish washing your hands? I am sick of bellying up to the sink and my shirt getting soaked. C’mon people, show some simple respect.

On a similar note...

3. PEEING ON THE TOILET SEAT. Does anyone really think I want to enter a stall and see a pee covered seat staring me in the face? I think not. Clean up your own fricking bodily fluids!

4. LIES. Why do people lie? What makes someone a pathological liar? Do they really think I am stupid? Guess what? I’m not! Ok, if I ask someone if I look fatter, I will accept the lie when they say no. But blatant lies just piss me off!

5. GROUP OUTINGS / OCCASIONS WHEN SOME PEOPLE DON’T PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE. We had a party at work and I ended up paying $10 for 3 chicken wings, 1 slice of pizza and a tsp of spinach dip! WTF?? Another time one gal brought 1 qt. of juice and took a freaking mound of food. It just plain pisses me off!

6. SELFISHNESS. In so many different incarnations I find selfishness to be just plain ugly. Whether it is being insensitive to others feelings, disregarding what others are feeling only to fulfill your own needs and not helping when help is needed. To me it shows lack of self respect and even greater lack of respect for others...especially when you profess your friendship.

7. WHEN THE WRONG PERSON GETS VOTED OFF REALITY TV! Just plain ires me. No need for discussion here!!!

8. BAD DRIVERS. The ones that drive without their lights on at night; have no brake / backing lights; don’t clear the snow off all their windows or the top of the car, only to have if blow off onto my car; tailgate; cut me off or drive way the hell under the speed limit! Get a clue!

9. ME. For writing such a long-assed blog!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Advice or Opinion?

by Mary/MI

Last week I had my hair done where I have been going for years. I have only switched hairdressers 2 or 3 times. One gal I have known there has had her 3rd baby since she used to be my stylist. I had not seen the picture of her last baby who is 3 months old now. On my last visit I asked about her children. She said they were fine and mentioned her baby photo book. I told her I would look after having my hair done. When I was done she offered her album. I took it and found an area that was not busy. I looked at the photos. There were some of her older children. Then I saw her newborn. I had no idea he had a very bad cleft pallet. It covered a great deal of his nose. I didn't know if she was watching me because she was doing someone's hair. I took my time, composed my self and took the album back to her. I congratulated her on her new baby and told her she had a beautiful family. The baby was a precious gift and beautiful in spite of its deformity. My question is, did I react right? Should she have taken me aside and mentioned it to me? Should I have said something? What would you have done?

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Happy Mothers Day!

Flowers, for all of you, celebrate this day
as a mother, as a friend, as a daughter, as a loved one

Good Old Days

Chosen by Dianne_in_Denver

I came across this video from the "good old days" from my time era. I know a lot of you are younger than I, but I am sure you will know the song and the group.

The title of the song and watching the video just reminded me of how carefree we were and didn't seem worried about much of anything.

I thought maybe with all the different things going on in each one of our lives....this song "Don't Worry Baby" would maybe take all of us back to a relaxing time in our lives.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Oh no, clouds, again!

I totally need the sun, it has been rainy and cloudy here in NJ since Sunday. I can't believe how the weather has changed my mood. I feel like I am in a puddle of water trying to find the surface. I never realized before how the weather affects me, until now. I guess that is another thing that comes with age, noticing the weather. Age changes everything, I don't care what anyone tells me, I am definitely changed. I am not complaining of who I have become, just noticing the differences. If the sun does not peek out soon, I will definitely be a candidate for the loony bin, cause I am starting to stir, and that is never a good thing. Besides the sun not soaking in my skin, I got a letter in the mail from AARP, yep, I am almost there, they want me to join, and no, I am not ready, so I ripped it up in a thousand little pieces, and thru it to the wind. AARP go away, and don't come back another day, the sun however better show its face soon, or as I said I will be blogging from the loony bin. And can you imagine then, what my blogs will be about...


Update 9:46am~ The sun is out! I am smiling..

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Read and learn!

by Maureen

Hello my feathered friends! I thought that since I work for a medical campus, I thought I would pass along some tips for healthy living. I hope that you find some tips that work for you.

Q: Doctor, I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life.
Is this true?
A: Your heart is only good for so many beats, and that's it... don't waste them on exercise. Everything wears out eventually. Speeding up your heart will not make you live longer; that's like saying you can extend the life of your car by driving it faster. Want to live longer? Take a nap.

Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables?
A: You must grasp logistical efficiencies. What does a cow eat? Hay and corn. And what are these? Vegetables. So a steak is nothing more than an efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to your system. Need grain? Eat chicken. Beef is also a good source of field grass (green leafy vegetable). And a pork chop can give you 100% of your recommended daily allowance of vegetable products.

Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?
A: No, not at all. Wine is made from fruit. Brandy is distilled wine, that means they take the water out of the fruity bit so you get even more of the goodness that way. Beer is also made out of grain. So have a cup now and then!

Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?
A: Well, if you have a body and you have fat, your ratio is one to one. If you have two bodies, your ratio is two to one, etc.

Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?
A: Can't think of a single one, sorry. My philosophy is: No Pain...Good!

Q: Aren't fried foods bad for you?
A: YOU'RE NOT LISTENING!!! ..... Foods are fried these days in vegetable oil. In fact, they're permeated in it. How could getting more vegetables be bad for you?

Q: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle?
A: Definitely not! When you exercise a muscle, it gets bigger. You should only be doing sit-ups if you want a bigger stomach.

Q: Is chocolate bad for me?
A: Are you crazy? HELLO Cocoa beans! Another vegetable!!! It's the best feel-good food around!

Q: Is swimming good for your figure?
A: If swimming is good for your figure, explain whales to me.

Q: Is getting in-shape important for my lifestyle?
A: Hey! 'Round' is a shape! Well, I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets.

And remember:

'Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways - Chardonnay in one hand - chocolate in the other - body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming 'WOO HOO, What a Ride'


For those of you who watch what you eat, here's the final word on nutrition and health. It's a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies.

1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

3. The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.

4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks
than Americans.

5. The Germans drink a lot of beers and eat lots of sausages and fats
and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans.


Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills


Wednesday, May 6, 2009


for me, simplicity is best, it just makes much
more sense, i don't like fanfare, or any kind
of complications, i like when its easy,
when my mind can think

my simplicity, i like to spread around me,
i like to share it, so others will understand,
how easy it can be

if complications arise, you take it as is, and
break it down before you share it,
once you break it down, you can then
explain the complications
and make it into simplicity

it might sound easier than perhaps it really is,
but i trust myself to know that it will
work , thru out my years 9 out 10
times, it always proves me right

simplicity also allows me not to judge anyone
around me, to judge someone, is to have a
opinion or assumption without truly
knowing, if you look at them with
the simple thought of who they
might be, there is no reason to judge

it really is just that easy

Simplicity will make the world around
you so much brighter and most
likely allow you to smile more
and to smile, it really is just as simple as

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

~ Cinco de Mayo ~

by Tina~in_ut

I love Mariachi Vargas. They are my family's favorite Mariachi group. We all have their CD's and although not all of us know what some of the songs mean (me), we love listening to them. I asked my sister what this song was about, and she just shook her head and said that there was no real English translation. No biggie.....I love it anyway. When I hear the people screaming in it, it reminds me of my aunt. She was always the one at family weddings that would scream in all the right places. Actually, to me, it's not screaming. It's singing.

Many people in the U.S. think that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico's Independence Day. It's not. It's the celebration of Mexico's victory in Puebla over the French on May 5, 1862. The French invaded Mexico because the Mexican President decided to discontinue paying their foreign debt for two years because they were bankrupt and devastated after the Mexican-American war. They promised to resume payments after the two year moratorium. The English, Spanish, and French would not accept this and invaded. The English and Spanish soon made deals with the Mexican government and left, but the French decided to take over the country. The French outnumbered the Mexicans 2 to 1 and were better equipped, but the Mexicans still managed to defeat an army that hadn't lost in over 50 years. It was the last time an army from another continent would invade Mexico. Although defeated in Puebla, the French, with reinforcements, took over Mexico City a year later, but with the help of the United States, the Mexican army was able to remove the French from Mexico once and for all.

Cinco de Mayo isn't recognized as a National Holiday in Mexico. For the most part, it is celebrated in the state of Puebla and a few other regions. The U.S. celebrates more than Mexico does, especially in areas heavily populated by those of Mexican descent. I liked going down to Olvera Street in Los Angeles with my family on that day. It was always a treat to go there. We ate at the same little hole in the wall restaurant and I bought my favorite candy.....and if we were lucky, we'd get to hear the Mariachi's play.

Monday, May 4, 2009

~ The Hand of God........or Not ~

The Hand of God.......
by Tina_in_ut~

DeeDee sent me a link with this picture and said that some are calling it the Hand of God. I immediately wrote back, "Duh!" Since I believe that God is the creator of all things, He had to have made this. In the picture, you can see something looking like a hand reaching out to a ball of fire. To me, the picture represents creation. It looks like God is reaching out and creating the universe. I realize that oftentimes religion and science do not mix, but I have always looked at science as the proof that God does in fact exist. The complexity of the human body should be enough proof, but when you add in the universe and all that it entails, I don't understand how anyone could question His existence. I realize that you can see whatever you want in almost anything, but in this case, I see the Hand of God.

.......or Not by Whabbear

The makeup of the Universe, and the ability of its constituent energies and elements to create the most complex of structures, is nothing short of incredible. The structure in this image, snapped recently by NASA's Chandra X=ray telescope, is a fine case in point. The progenitor was a massive star that exploded in a gigantic supernova about 1700 years ago, leaving behind an ultra-dense "pulsar" that rotates 7 times a second (the first pulsar was discovered back in 1967). In the process, prodigious numbers of electrons and other charged particles are being flung off the surface of the pulsar and traveling outward in finger-shaped columns that trace out enormous corkscrew-shaped lines of magnetic force. Nearby is a huge gas cloud. When the charged material traveling along the fingers smashes into the gas in the cloud, it causes the gas to glow (the red areas in the photograph).

You'll notice what's missing from this description: a concrete role for God. Owls, for this or any other structure in the Universe, we have no obvious need of that hypothesis.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

~ My David ~

Chosen by Tina~in_ut

When I saw David Archuleta on American Idol the other night, I was so excited. I really do love listening to him sing. He seems to have matured some and has more of a stage presence now. My daughter got to go to his concert last month and came home in love. I mean......who wouldn't be? He's young, has a beautiful smile, a fabulous voice, and he's adorable. I can't wait to see what the future has in store for this young man. I hope you enjoy this song as much as I do. Maybe you'll even scream REALLY LOUD like my daughter does when she sees him~

Saturday, May 2, 2009


Anything is a good word, cause it could mean just about
anything, when I look at a menu I could have anything on
the menu that I want

I certainly can do anything I please on my day off,
even if anything means cleaning what
does it matter, its just anything

Walking into Walmart anything is at reach, a toothbrush,
dvd's, clothes you name it and you can find anything
in Walmart that is needed

When I drive, I can drive where I please and
see anything I want, cause with seeing anything,
there is no limit

Blogging, my words, can mean anything, it might mean
something different to me then to you, but really
who cares, anything could be the meaning

My family means the world to me, I would give them
anything they ever needed, and in turn they would give
me anything, of course
both within limits, but it is still anything

Even if one does not have anything, they can still dream that they do,
cause really anything, can be anything, and without anything we have nothing, and who the heck wants nothing
I would surly take anything
wouldn't you?


Friday, May 1, 2009

Mayday, Mayday, Literally!

I want today to be a good day, my thoughts last night were all over the place and I am concerned about my day today, so I need to see the words, as they always help.

Swine flu, ok, so we know its a flu, ok, so we know it can be contagious, ok, does it have to be shoved in our faces 24/7. If it is not deadly, then is it not somewhat like a flu that happens to spark up at anytime, that we have all gotten at some point in our life. My little cousin had the flu, throwing up, pooping etc. I had the pleasure (not) of visiting her at the time and 3days later I got the same pooping, throwing up mess. I don't remember that being on the news! Joe Biden our Vice President, telling people not to get on planes, or trains, so does that mean we halt all our transportation? Do we stop living?
A white house spokesperson tired to switched his words and explain what he said he did not mean in the way it was taken. HUH!!!!! My cousin works in Manhattan, she told me she has not seen one person with a mask on, yet the pictures you see on the news of manhattanites they are walking around with masks on. Could she have missed something? I think not, its just plain and simple, the media did it again, blown something way out of proportion, and scared the heck out of everyone. They all need to get a life

Craiglist Killer, what is up with that!!! Clean cut kid, engaged to a young woman, both going to medical school, engaged to be married. And what does he do.. Kills for money? Was there no other option. Well, I think for him he thought their wasn't , because in his mind he needed to keep up with the "Jones". He lived in a apartment way above his means, and gambled frequently. He had no job and was living off his student loans. His wedding was coming up, and money was needed to finance it.
So he was pushed to the brink over money, to impress, to be someone he was not. And now the bottom line is, he will never have money, and probably spend the rest of his life in jail.

Open Letter to Miss California,
Go back to California and live in your beauty pageant bubble, because it seems that is where you choose to live. If you did live in the real world, you would see its not all crowns and talent shows. News Flash for ya! People love other people not for their gender, but because of who they are inside. Stop preaching your preach, cause its repetitious. Marry the man of your dreams, build your big house with the white picket fence, and pray real hard, that your husband does not turn out to be Craiglist Killer, or a
Bernie Madoff, or a OJ Simpson, cause in life Miss Beauty Pageant, one never knows. Love is what you want it to be, what you feel in your heart. Gender is just a word. Perhaps if you lived outside your frilly bubble you could see this. And for the record, I am a republican and I am Catholic!