A little Consideration, a little Thought for Others, makes all the difference.

- Winnie the Pooh

Sunday, June 7, 2009

The Past Week or So...

We have all of us had the damn flu that has swept the nation. Yay. Whoopee. I'd forgotten how un-fun it is to have a 4 year old puke all over me. *giggling* And a two year running from every orifice. *ewwww* *laughing loudly* The kiddo's were the easy ones to deal with. Give 'em Tylenol for fever n' aches, popcicles for the throat, and soup to fill little bellies. In a couple of days they were running around like normal. The husband, well he was another matter. He does not do sick well. Let's just say I was very glad when he felt well enough to go to work! *laughing* 'Grumpy' was an understatement. As for the rest of us, we sneezed and snotted our way through the week as well, but had no time to rest. Meg and I took shifts with the babies, and I had to watch Matthew very closely, as it triggered his asthma, and he gets very wiggy when we have to increase his meds. At any rate, all's well that ends well. I just have to catch up on the mountain of laundry the epidemic left in it's wake. *giggling*

Laura received two scholarships for the upcoming year. Her senior year is entirely paid for, including books! How awesome is that?! She also got a job as an intern for next year at MIT. As such, she will not have to pay any tuition while she remains one. Woot! She and her best friend are apartment hunting this week. Steven and I have gone through all our stuff, and I had the couch and love seat steam cleaned. It is as good a reason as any for new living-room furniture! *laughing* (We did the same for Meg when she moved out, too).

The weather has been very strange this past week. We had a wicked wind and rain storm that lasted 2 days. 60-80 mile an hour gusts knocked down trees and electrical lines everywhere! Our little garden survived- a little worse for wear, but nothing blown away. The potatoes are just coming up, and the tomatoes are noticeably taller. No corn or beans yet though. I think it is too cold. It has been down in the high 60's- down 20 degrees from 2 weeks ago. I am wearing a sweatshirt! *giggling* But it is all good. I like the cooler weather, and the variety of plants we used are specifically for cooler climates.

Tomorrow Steven and I are going to pick up a queen size water bed from someone on Freecycle. I LOVE free! *grinning* We needed a new mattress anyway, and this is exactly what I wanted! We are also picking up 2 currant bushes and a pineapple guava tree for nothing except our own labor. Can you say "Yay'?! *big grin*

Tonight is ice-cream-sunday-for-dinner night. I do love my ice-cream! Chocolate and strawberry sundays, here we come!!

I hope all is well with all of you- Sending happy thoughts and much love to you all-

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Some good information

There is a video virus out there that is spreading rapidly. It works by taking you to a fake You Tube site, then asking you to update your Flash Viewer. More info at http //blogulate.com/content/beware-of-the-facebook-video-virus/.

Beware of the Facebook Video Virus
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facebook_video_vir.jpgAug 9, 2008 : Facebook Inc has blocked a virus that infected thousands of users’ accounts by presenting itself as a video message. The messages advertised links to videos on Google Video or YouTube sites and those who clicked on the links actually downloaded malicious software.

Users who unknowingly downloaded the virus via the video link were presented with an image of a court jester sticking his tongue out and rolling his eyes.

Although the virus affected less than 0.002 percent of Facebook population, based on its more than 120 million subscribers, that would amount to more than 2,000 people. Facebook disabled access to the links as soon as the information was obtained.

Discussion at Facebook

you’ll receive an e-mail from a friend that claims you’ve been caught on a hidden camera. The message sure looks legitimate, but take note - it isn’t!

It includes a link that leads to a site that looks like YouTube. But if you look carefully, you’ll realize it’s actually a fake YouTube site.

When you click the video to begin, a message pops up and says you first need to download a newer Flash player to play the video.. When the user downloads the so called ‘flash update’.. it is the trojan

More details about the trojan @ SYNC

Sunday, May 31, 2009

A Date at the Coast...

Steven and I had an actual, honest-to-goodness Date yesterday. No children or grandchildren- just the two of us meandering wherever and whenever we felt like going. It was splendiferous!

We drove out to the Long Beach Peninsula, and spent a couple of hours at Ocean Park. It is a lovely flat stretch of sand, filled with wind and waves. There were a myriad of birds around of course- seagulls with their mournful calls, and the raucous cry of ravens hunting for oysters and clams in the sand. I fed them strawberries and bananas from my hands, and watched them squabble over the lunch leftovers. *laughing* There were a couple of terns, too, screeching their irritation as the gulls tried to steal the fish they had caught. In the distance, just barely visible, I saw a flock of brown pelicans skimming the surface with their handy-dandy rubber gullets. *grinning*

I started to get cold, so I went and sat in the car for awhile, watching Steven hunt for sea treasures to bring home with us. He found the carapace of a dungeness crab, and both claws- (Johnathon thought they were awesome!) *laughing*

I watched the mist roll in. It looked just a like a silver grey shawl shimmering with drops of crystal all through it. Steven’s hair became all curly and unruly, and my hair looked a fright, what with foo-foo curls going every which way, but we just kept laughing and talking, never even noticing until we were home, and Meg and Matthew laughed at us.

We drove around the penninsula then, stopping when we felt like it, the silence comforting and companionable. We stopped at two light houses- the first was North Head, the second, Cape Disapointment. The wind was pretty ferocious by then, so I wouldn’t brave the trail, but Steven did, and got some beautiful shots! We also stopped at Waikiki Beach and walked around a bit. The story there is that two sailors died there, and they buried one right on the beach. He originally came from Hawaii, hence the name. It is supposed to be haunted…*grinning* The beach was surrounded by driftwood logs- there were so many, and they were so entangled, that it looked like a boneyard to me. Kind of eerie, actually.

We drove home around 7pm, pleasantly tired, and a little sunburned. Today has been a rest day, and a day to stay and snuggle with the birdlings.

I hope you enjoy the pictures…

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Funny Messages to Send via Twitter

- The longest sentence known to man: “I do.”

- I only use deodorant under one arm, so I know what I would have smelled like.

- Crime doesn’t pay… Does that mean my job is a crime?

- This dog, is dog, a dog, good dog, way dog, to dog, keep dog, an dog, idiot dog, busy dog, for dog, 20 dog, seconds dog! … Now read without the word dog.

- Do you ever notice that when you’re driving, anyone going slower than you is an idiot and everyone driving faster than you is a maniac?

- I’ve used up all my sick days, so I’m calling in dead.

- Any woman that thinks the way to a mans heart is through his stomach is aiming just a little too high.

- What’s the quietest place in the world? The complaint department at the parachute packing plant.

- I’m not into working out. My philosophy: No pain. No pain.

- When a man talks dirty to a woman, it’s sexual harassment. When a woman talks dirty to a man, it’s $4.95 a minute.

- Please turn your mobile phone upside down now! Hurry pV3H3uoq 0773H

- Your birth certificate is an apology letter from the condom factory.

- Never forget that you’re unique, just like everyone else.

- I heard you took an IQ test and they said you’re results were negative.

- What do u call dog with no legs? Don’t matter wot u call him, he ain’t gonna come.

- I don’t have an attitude problem. You have a perception problem.

- Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

- If practice makes perfect, and nobody’s perfect, why practice?

- Born Free… Taxed to Death.

- We will now upgrade your brain, please wait… searching… searching… still searching… sorry NO BRAIN found.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

It has been busy...

It has been a week filled with many happenings around here. Meg and I drove down south with the birdlings to my sister's house, and spent a week there. I, of course, got sick from the climate change, so spent the better part of it on antibiotics and sudafed. *laughing*

The little one's had a splendiferous time playing with their cousins and being in all that sunshine. It was too hot for my tastes- 100'F for most of it, but Megan basked like a lizard, as did the babies. Lots of pool time, and playing in the sprinklers. I will post pictures later today.

It was also my Laura's 22 birthday yesterday, and Kaitlin's #2 today. We are having a party for Laura when she comes up to visit later this summer, and Kaitlin's will be after supper tonight. I am baking a pineapple ooey gooey butter cake, as it is her favorite.

Steven and I are getting some new furniture in the next couple of weeks, so I have been doing some heavy cleaning of the stuff we have now. It will go into storage for Laura, who is getting her own apartment with her best friend during the next school year. So many changes!

Megan and her husband will be moving into their new home in a few short weeks, so I am enjoying the birdlings all I can right now. I am making memories, and making sure they are all good ones. *smiling*

Yesterday Kaitlin and I cuddled on the couch and sang songs for almost an hour. I have no idea what she was singing, but I sang love songs to her. *soft smile*

Johnny and I have been telling "A Story" to each other every night- adding on bits and pieces as the spirit moves us. So far it is filled with dinosaurs that sing, birds that walk backwards everywhere, and people who fly. *grinning* I am writing it down, and he illustrates it. I will treaure it always!

Megan bought me a guitar and lessons, as I used to play quite well when she was a small child. I am excited to begin! It will give me something to focus on when the babies go. I will be lonely for them, for a time, you know....

And that is all I can think of right now to write about. I know there is more-my life is filled to the brim with all the bright colored bits and pieces that make life worth living. I just can't seem to capture them with words today. *smiling* Maybe tomorrow.

Have a day filled with laughter, love, and good fun everyone. TTFN- Gina

Sunday, May 3, 2009

The Weekend

salty winds holding sea gulls aloft as the waves pound the sand with fervent devotion.

wild irises shyly peeking out of green growing tangles brighten heart and eye with vibrant purple and yellow jackets.

an explosion of white and pink popcorn, the dogwoods are in bloom! and apple tree lace, that has been tatted by nature's own hand, adorns the hills and fields around us.

raccoons hunting oysters while the tide is out, the oceans bounty drawing bears and birds, too. a mama bear and her two cubs examine us as thoroughly as we did her before leisurely making her way to the sand and sun.

four deer grazing on roses and petunias looked at us slightly startled and a bit annoyed as we stopped and gawked at their wild beauty.

finally, ice cream sandwiches and salt water taffy ended the day as we turned the car towards home and family once again. it was a lovely time- as close to 'perfect' as is humanly possible. *smiling*

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Days end....

belly laughs and giggles
chasing one another
down hallways
and around chairs.
occasional bellows from
a grumpy uncle
sounds like a foghorn
as the day winds down
and nights breathing
is heard in tree and
bird song.
this is the twighlight hour
that must be filled
with stories and songs-
rituals hearalding
bedtime and dreams.

Thank God. *laughing*

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Humorous Headlines *snickering*

Include Your Children when Baking Cookies

Something Went Wrong in Jet Crash, Expert Says

Police Begin Campaign to Run Down Jaywalkers

Safety Experts Say School Bus Passengers Should Be Belted

Drunk Gets Nine Months in Violin Case

Survivor of Siamese Twins Joins Parents

Iraqi Head Seeks Arms

Is There a Ring of Debris Around Uranus?

British Left Waffles on Falkland Islands

Eye Drops Off Shelf

Teacher Strikes Idle Kids

President Wins on Budget, But More Lies Ahead

Enraged Cow Injures Farmer with Ax

Plane Too Close to Ground, Crash Probe Told

Miners Refuse to Work after Death

Juvenile Court to Try Shooting Defendant

Friday, April 24, 2009

Daddy, how was I born? *giggling* (in my email)

A little boy goes to his father and asks 'Daddy, how was I born?'

The father answers, 'Well, son, I guess one day you will need to find out anyway! Your Mom and I fell for each other at first site in a chat room on yahoo after she was googling me. I set up a date via e-mail and met with Mom at a cyber-cafe. We sneaked into a secluded room, where your mother agreed to a download from my hard drive. As soon as I was ready to upload, we discovered that neither one of us had used a fire wall, and since it was too late to hit the delete button, nine months later a little Pop-Up appeared that said:

Scroll down..You'll love this ..

'You got Male!'

another meme...What Time of the Day Am I? :oD

You Are Sunrise

You enjoy living a slow, fulfilling life. You enjoy living every moment, no matter how ordinary.

You are a person of reflection and meditation. You start and end every day by looking inward.

Caring and giving, you enjoy making people happy. You're often cooking for friends or buying them gifts.

All in all, you know how to love life for what it is - not for how it should be.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

*giggling* In My Fortune Cookie...

Men are like fine wine. They all start out like grapes, and it is our job to stomp on them and keep them in the dark until they mature into something you'd like to have dinner with.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The All-Knowing Chocolate Oracle...

(posted under duress...)

The Chocolate Oracle Says You're Mellow

You are sweet, mellow, and easily satisfied.

You don't like anything too intense and dramatic.

Deep down, you're a kid at heart... and you're nostalgic for the past.

You are honest and straight forward.

You have a distinct personality, and you make your opinions known.

And while people like that you keep it real, you can come off as judgmental.

You love being by yourself and thinking. Developing your own theories and ideas is fun.

You feel lost when you're forced to be social. Being with other people can be lonely for you.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Still here...

but very busy. Megan has gone to Montana for a week to look at houses with her husband, and we are keeping the children for her until she gets back. We all felt it would be too confusing for the wee ones to go to another house for a week, then leave Daddy again to come back to this one. Needless to say, I am beyone tired. I am not used to being 'on' 24/7 anymore with 'littles'. *grinning* It makes for one really good night's sleep though, I tell you! *laughing*

We have been busy in the garden of late- the bluebells are up, as well as a single yellow tulip. The sweet peas have been planted, and the flower mixes sown. Soon the whole front yard will be a riot of color and perfume! speaking of perfume, we have the most divinely smelling bush in our side yard. A varieagated (sp) Daphne. It perfumes the entire block! Lovely! I will enclose the few pictures of the flowers I have taken. There are too many of my birdlings to post now. I am hordeing them until I need to use them to soothe my lonliness after they all move. *small sigh*

Anyway, besides battling a spring cold, and being run ragged, things are wonderfully splendiferous here. I hope life is being as kind to all of you.
{{hugs}} and much love- Gina

Friday, April 17, 2009

a meme...

My Political Views
I am a left moderate social libertarian
Left: 4.8, Libertarian: 2.35

Political Spectrum Quiz


Johnathon doing the 'Robop Dance'...*laughing*...Kaitlin shaking her 'booty' to 'The Itsy Bitsy Spider'...Scooby Doo and Ben 10 marathons...making and then devouring peach blueberry cobbler and home- made vanilla icecream...a green pea fight...'smashed 'atatoes' and 'porn chops' *giggling*...telling scary stories and listening to the endless re-tells...*grinning* Singing the same songs over and over until a little girl can sing them with me...lullabies and late night snuggles as the house sleeps around us...sunny days at the lake park, watching the ducks and geese beg for bread crumbs and seed...running outside together to watch and hear the swans fly overhead on their journey south...planting sunflower seeds in the garden for the birds...going to the tulip festival and sliding down a gigantic slide while hearing my grandson gasp in awe and laugh and laugh in delight...funnel cakes and marionberry icecream cones turning our tongues and lips purple...reading Mercer Myer books again and again...'Dinoshores' and 'fossils' being the main topic for hours on end as we sit on the floor and play make believe...finger painting all over yesterday's news...long talks over coffee every morning...braiding hair with ribbons and bows...fairy wings and frilly dresses...*sighing and smiling*...

I am filled up with the love and laughter that lights up our home. Have a good day everyone. I will. *smiling*

Thursday, April 16, 2009

It's Punday! The Potato Family...*giggling*

Potato Family

One night, the Potato family sat down to dinner - Mother Potato and her three daughters. Midway through the meal, the eldest daughter spoke up. "Mother Potato?" she said. "I have an announcement to make." "And what might that be?" asked Mother, seeing the obvious excitement in her eldest daughter's eyes.

"Well," replied the daughter, with a proud but sheepish grin, "I'm getting married!" The other daughters squealed with surprise as Mother Potato exclaimed, "Married! That's wonderful! And who are you marrying, Eldest daughter?"

"I'm marrying a Russet!" "A Russet!" replied Mother Potato with pride. "Oh, a Russet is a fine tater, a fine tater indeed!"

As the family shared in the eldest daughter's joy, the middle daughter spoke up. "Mother? I, too, have an announcement." "And what might that be?" encouraged Mother Potato.

Not knowing quite how to begin, the middle daughter paused, then said with conviction, "I, too, am getting married!" "You, too!" Mother Potato said with joy. "That's wonderful! Twice the good news in one evening! And who are you marrying, Middle Daughter?"

"I'm marrying an Idaho!" beamed the middle daughter. "An Idaho!" said Mother Potato with joy. "Oh, an Idaho is a fine tater, a fine tater indeed!"

Once again, the room came alive with laughter and excited plan for the future, when the youngest Potato daughter interrupted. "Mother? Mother Potato? Um, I, too, have an announcement to make."

"Yes?" said Mother Potato with great anticipation. "Well," began the youngest Potato daughter with the same sheepish grin as her eldest sister before her, "I hope this doesn't come as a shock to you, but I am getting married, as well!" "Really?" said Mother Potato with sincere excitement. "All of my lovely daughters married! What wonderful news! And who, pray tell, are you marrying, youngest Daughter?"

"I'm marrying Dan Rather!" "DAN RATHER?" Mother Potato scowled suddenly. "But he's just a common tater!"

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


Things are good and very very busy. Every day is filled to the brim with baby giggles, singing, tears, and stories about 'Robops' and 'Dino-shores'. *grinning* I am having so much fun! The birdlings are everything and more than I expected. Of course, I am more exhausted than I remembered I might be *grinning*, but that just means good, healthy sleep at night, right?! :oD

The kids (my daughter and her husband) have been approved for a home loan, and will be moving towards the end of the summer, so I am making the most of the time I have rght now.

I hope all is as well in your worlds as it is in mine.

ttfn- Gina

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A Meme...

You Are a Black Panther

You see through people. You understand others' motives and plans.

You have a knack for predicting the future. You just know what people are going to do.

People are attracted to you. You are naturally able to influence other people's thoughts.

You have the charisma to be a beloved guru or dictator. It's all about how you handle it.

Monday, April 6, 2009

It's Punday!

As migration approached, two elderly vultures doubted they could make the trip south, so they decided to go by airplane.

When they checked their baggage, the attendant noticed that they were carrying two dead raccoons. "Do you wish to check the raccoons through as luggage?" she asked.

"No, thanks," replied the vultures. "They're carrion."

Sunday, April 5, 2009

The Latest Happening's 'Round Here...

It's been a very busy month here, adjusting and enjoying having the birdlings and Megan with us. I will miss them all very much when they leave at the end of the summer.

Yesterday we added two more little ones to the mix. Meg has a friend from Germany who lives very close to us, and she brought her two little girls over for Johnathon and Kaitlin to play with. We spent 4 hours at the near-by park, and then came home to bar-b-que'd hot dogs, fruit salad, and cheese puffs. *grinning* (love them cheese puffs!) We put on Sleeping Beauty, and all 4 fell asleep well before the end. It was one of those perfect moments. *smiling* Sweet smelling babies, pleasantly tired adults, snoring dogs...very nice indeed.

Tomorrow will be another park day, as the weather is finally spring like here. Amen for sunshine!!! (and 60 degree weather!) The girls and their Momma will be meeting us there with picnic food! Woot!

I am also looking forward to the summer this year. It will be warm enough then to take all the kids to the beach. Johnathon and Kaitlin have never seen the ocean, and Steven and I are pleased that their first visit will be with us. We are planning a camping trip with my sister and her family in July, so it will be much-o fun-o.

Steven is making pork sate tonight for supper. I am very glad. It happens to be one of my favorite foods. Love those Thai flavors!!

And that is all she wrote for now- TTFN!
~ Gina

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

For your amusement...*laughing*

During one of her daily classes, a teacher trying to teach good manners, asked some of her students the following question:

Michael, if you were on a date having dinner with a nice young lady, how would you tell her that you have to go to the bathroom? Michael said, Just a minute I have to go pee.'

The teacher responded by saying, "That would be rude and impolite. What about you Sherman, how would you say it?"
Sherman said, "I am sorry, but I really need to go to the bathroom. I'll be right back".

"That's better, but it's still not very nice to say the word bathroom at the dinner table. And you, little Edward, can you use your brain for once and show us Your good manners?"

I would say: Darling, may I please be excused for a moment? I have to shake hands with a very dear friend of mine, whom I hope to introduce you to after dinner.

The teacher fainted.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Cowboy Boots...*snickering*

Anyone who has ever dressed a child will love this one!

Did you hear about the Texas teacher who was helping one of her kindergarten students put on his cowboy boots? He asked for help & she could see why.

Even with her pulling and him pushing, the little boots still didn't want to go on. Finally, when the 2nd boot was on, she had worked up a sweat.

She almost cried when the little boy said, "Teacher, they're on the wrong feet." She looked and sure enough, they were. It wasn't any easier pulling the boots off than it was putting them on. She managed to keep her cool as together they worked to get the boots back on, this time on the right feet.

He then announced, "These aren't my boots."

She bit her tongue rather than get right in his face and scream, "Why didn't you say so?" like she wanted to. And, once again she struggled to help him pull the ill-fitting boots off his little feet.

No sooner they got the boots off and he said, "They're my brother's boots. My Mom made me wear 'em."

Now she didn't know if she should laugh or cry. But, she mustered up the grace and courage she had left to wrestle the boots on his feet again.

Helping him into his coat, she asked, "Now, where are your mittens?"

He said, "I stuffed 'em in the toes of my boots."

Her trial starts next month . .

Monday, March 30, 2009

another meme...

You Are the Heart Chakra

You are loving, kind, and empathetic. You feel for the world, and you truly value peace.

You have many close relationships, and you work hard to make them harmonious.

You are accepting and understanding. You are tolerant of all sorts of viewpoints, even if you don't agree with them.

You are very forgiving. When you love someone, your love is unconditional.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

(I thought this interesting)... BBC’s Book List

BBC’s Book List

(I've read 56. How many have you read?) *cheeky grin*

The BBC believes most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up?

Instructions: Copy the list into a Note and put an ‘x‘ after those you have read, count ‘em up, compare tallies. This should be easy. Strutting and preening is optional.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen(x)
2 The Lord of the Rings (x)
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte(x)
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling (x)
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee ( x)
6 The Bible (x)
7 Wuthering Heights(x)
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell (x)
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens(x)
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott(x)
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy(x)
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare (quite a few of them, but by no means complete!)
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier(x)
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien (x)
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger(x)
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell(x)
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald (x)
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens(x)
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy (started it - Boring))
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams (x)
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck (x)
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll(x) -*confusing*
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame(x)
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens(x)
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis (x)
34 Emma - Jane Austen(x)
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen(x)
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis (x, but this is part of the Chronicles!!)
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres(x)
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden (x)
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne(x)
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown(x)
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving(x)
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins(x)
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery (x)
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding (I HATED this one)
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert(x)
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen(x)
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens (x)
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley (x)
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men- John Steinbeck (Didn't like this much either...)
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold (x)
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas(x)
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding (x)
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville(x)
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens(x)
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker (x)
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett (x)
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce(x)
76 The Inferno – Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens(x)
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker(x)
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White (x)
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery(x) *both English and French versions*
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams(x)
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas(x)
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare (x)
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl (x)
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

What Scent Candle Should I Light?? (another meme)

You Should Light a Cinnamon Candle

You are affectionate yet mischievous. You have a warm, welcoming spirit - but you also like to spice things up.

You love hosting parties and events at your home. You love to live it up with your friends.

You're the type of person who is open hearted and accepting... as long as someone is willing to deal with your quirks.

You are both comforting and stimulating. You thrive in both familiar and exotic environments.

What Flavor Cupcake am I? Hmmmm

You Are a Carrot Cake Cupcake

You are a complex person. You have many interesting layers to your personality, though others might not know it.

You are drawn to a cross section of people. You friends play different roles in your life.

You are like a cupcake because you are are deceptively simple. There's actually a lot to you!

There are many ingredients in your life, and you only want them in proper amounts. Being you is a delicate art.

Things are well... wonderful! *grinning*

I haven't had much time (or energy, honestly! LOL) for much reading and writing of comments of late. I expect that will get better with a bit more time. *smiling* Here is a short update. I hope all is well with you and yours. {{{HUGS}}} and Love- Gina

Everyone is getting settled into new routines, including Me! *laughing* All in all, the adjustments have been fairly smooth and trouble free. Jet-lag is over and done with, and except for the continual rain keeping all of us stuck inside, *grimace* we are well and happy. Kaitlin is finally my wee-girlie, and my Johnny my boy-a-gee. I am loving it. So much laughter in this house, and my heart.

My coffee is calling, so I bid you all a fond "Ciao for now!"

~ Gina

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A Nutty Game

A doctor at an psychiatric hospital decided to take his inmates to a baseball game. For weeks in advance, he coached his patients to respond to his commands. When the day of the game arrived, everything seemed to be going well.

As the national anthem started, the doctor yelled, "Up nuts!"

And the inmates complied by standing up. After the anthem he yelled, "Down nuts!" And they all sat.

After a home run he yelled, "Cheer nuts!" And they all broke INTO applause and cheers.

Thinking things were going very well, he decided to go get a beer and a hot dog, leaving his assistant in charge.

When he returned there was a riot in progress. Finding his assistant, he asked what happened.

The assistant replied, "Well...everything was fine until some guy walked by and yelled, "PEANUTS!"

Sunday, March 22, 2009

My mornings of late...

I awaken to the sounds of birdsong and a singing baby- in a few minutes more the patter of slippered feet alert me that one more is awake, too. "G'morning Nana! Know what I dreamed about? You n' me and a dinosaur singing!..." I nod my head and smile, drinking in the sweet aroma of little boy and my second cup of coffee.

Soon a messy haired imp in feet pajamas appears, snuggly wrapped in her Mama's arms. A sleepy smile and a cheery voice announce to the whole world, "It's Morning Day! It's Morning Day!"

Meg and I share a glance and a smile across our coffee cups. That once empty place where we each missed the other is filled, and heart longings are finally satisfied.

These precious moments are what make home Heaven, uplifting spirit and heart with joy. How blessed are we who love and are loved in return.


Saturday, March 21, 2009

This morning...

Morning arrived in gales of stifled giggles and shrieks as the sun rose and the birds sang. Homespun magic!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Only have a minute...

The days have been flying by. They have been filled with all the noises that come along with joy and loud love. *laughing* Johnny has become my constant companion, following me everywhere, and cheattering in my ears like a small blond magpie. Kaitlin sings and dances her way through the day, with the occasional shout of "No! Mine Jon Jon!" *snickering* They actually get along fairly well for children so young.

The dogs are establishing their pecking order- we have had a few skirmishes, but it all seems to be settling down now. (Can you say 'Yay'!?) The cats are still in 'I hate dogs' mode, and send looks that if they could kill, I would be buried 10 feet under! :oD

I am so enjoying these precious moments. I am gathering them up, and holding them close to my heart. Nothing is more precious than days like these.

My love and joy to you all- Gina

Sunday, March 15, 2009

It has been...

wonderful and exhausting! *laughing* The children are still on German time, so we have been getting up at bird-thirty. My old body doesn't like it! *snickering* I have had to work hard to get Kaitlin to come to me, but bribery and wheedling do work. Just so you know! :oD She calls me 'my nummy Nana' *giggling* I always have a sweet in my pocket for her!

Johnathon is attatched to my hip, and we have read every book he has at least 10 times! I have sung so many songs that I am hoarse! And I am LOVING every moment of it.

I hope all is well with all of you-

ttfn- Gina

Friday, March 13, 2009

They are here...

Safe and sound. *smiling* And it is wonderful. G'night!

Bird-Thirty, and Happy as a Lark...

I have been awake awake awake since very early bird-thirty! Today my Megan arrives!!!!!!!!! Hooray!!!

That is all. *grinning*

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

One more day...

And they will be home. What a wonderful sentence. *smiling* Tomorrow will be filled with last minute bakings of sweets and treats, extra special blankets washed and air dried, and mindless, happy hummings as I finish preparations for Friday.

I am happy happy happy!!

{{hugging myself with joy, and sharing it all with you!}}}


Friday, March 6, 2009

In The News..(seriously) Tattoo Barbie raises concerns

SACRAMENTO (UPI) -- Some parents have objected to Mattel's "Totally Stylin' Tattoos" Barbie doll, a new toy that has already sold out in several Sacramento, Calif., area stores.

The Barbie comes with a set of tattoo stickers that can be placed anywhere on her body and a tattoo gun that allows children to stamp temporary tattoos on the doll's clothes and on themselves, KVOR-TV, Sacramento, reported Thursday.

"I think it's attracting kids too young that want to expose parts of body to show off tattoos," Sacramento-area parent Jen Alcayaga said.

Some parents said they find the doll relatively harmless.

"Maybe it's a sign of the times. Each generation is different. Elvis was evil at one time," Brandon Thompson said.

Mattel said there are no plans to discontinue production of the toy.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

9 more days...

And Megan, Stephen and the birdlings arrive. I can't hardly stand it!!!!

That is all for now! *big happy smile*

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

A Punny Sort of Day...*smile, dangit!* :oD

1. How Do You Catch a Unique Rabbit?
Unique Up On It.

2. How Do You Catch a Tame Rabbit?
Tame Way.

3. How Do Crazy People Go Through The Forest ?
They Take The Psycho Path

4. How Do You Get Holy Water?
You Boil The Hell Out Of It (I love that one!)

5. What Do Fish Say When They Hit a Concrete Wall?

6. What Do Eskimos Get From Sitting On The Ice too Long?

7. What Do You Call a Boomerang That Doesn't work?
A Stick

8. What Do You Call Cheese That Isn't Yours?
Nacho Cheese.

9. What Do You Call Santa's Helpers?
Subordinate Clauses..

10. What Do You Call Four Bullfighters In Quicksand?
Quattro Sinko.

11. What Do You Get From a Pampered Cow?
Spoiled Milk.

12. What Do You Get When You Cross a Snowman With a Vampire?

13. What Lies At The Bottom Of The Ocean And Twitches?
A Nervous Wreck.

14. What's The Difference Between Roast Beef And Pea Soup?
Anyone Can Roast Beef.

16. Why Do Gorillas Have Big Nostrils?
Because They Have Big Fingers .

17. Why Don't Blind People Like To Sky Dive?
Because It Scares The Dog.

18. What Kind Of Coffee Was Served On The Titanic?

19. What Is The Difference Between a Harley And a Hoover ?!
The Location Of The Dirt Bag.

20. Why Did Pilgrims' Pants Always Fall Down?
Because They Wore Their Belt Buckle On Their Hat.

21. What's The Difference Between a Bad Golfer And a Bad Skydiver?
A Bad Golfer Goes, Whack , Dang!
A Bad Skydiver Goes Dang! Whack .

22. How Are a Texas Tornado And a Tennessee Divorce The Same?
Somebody's Gonna Lose A Trailer

Monday, March 2, 2009

Another Meme...The Color of My Rainbow

Your rainbow is strongly shaded white and green.


What is says about you: You are an intelligent person. You appreciate quiet moments. Those around you admire your fresh outlook and vitality. People depend on you to make them feel secure.

Find the colors of your rainbow at spacefem.com.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

A Meme...My Soul...*grinning*

Your Soul is Searching

You are a wanderer. You constantly long for a new adventure, challenge, or eve a completely different life.

You are a grounded person, but you also leave room for imagination and dreams. You feet may be on the ground, but you're head is in the clouds.

You believe that people see you as a bit small and insignificant. People pay more attention to you than you think.

Your near future is a lot like the present, and as far as you're concerned, that's a very good thing.

For you, love is all about caring and comfort. You couldn't fall in love with someone you didn't trust.

This Morning...*smiling*

The sun is just peeking over the horizon, and the sky is a multi-hued explosion of colors. The birds are stirring from nest and branch, stretching wings and fluffing feathers as they get ready to begin their day. Inside the house, the sounds of morning are just beginning; the furnace purring, the cats are stretching, and the dogs are snuffling at the door. I am sitting here typing thoughts and drinking coffee, wondering what adventure the day has in store for me. Isn't life wonderful?

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Kid Speak their truth about conception and birth...*giggling*

One afternoon, waiting in the car with the three kids while my husband ran into the store to grab a few groceries, I listened in on a philosophical discussion that Meg, Matthew, and Laura were having. It involved pregnancy, and childbirth.

Our eldest, Megan, asked her two siblings what they thought about pregnancy, and women giving birth. Matthew and Laura were quiet for a few minutes, and suddenly Matthew answered loudly,"I think it is gross. If Mom got pregnant, I wouldn't even want her to come to school. People would know that she and Dad had... you know! S.E.X. EWWWWW!"

Laura looked thoughtful, and presently replied," Well, I don't know why you'd be embarrassed Matthew. Everyone's parents have to do it to get a baby. Our parents did it three times to get us, after all."

Megan looked at her sister, and asked, "What do you mean they did it three times? How many times do you think they have to do it to make a baby?"

Laura, looking puzzled, and vaguely worried now, said "Well, you get one baby every time you do it, right?"

Megan and Matthew shook their heads in a very pitying way. "No Laura", Megan said condescendingly. "They had to do it lots of times to get even one baby."

Laura looked absolutely horrified. "They what?!?" she screeched, forgetting I was even in the car. "They had...you know, S.E.X. a bunch of times???" (She looked as if she was going to vomit.)

"Yep." Megan replied sagely. "It takes lots and lots of ..you know... to have babies."

Laura gagged, and said, " Everybody has to do "it" a lot alot to get a baby?"

Megan and Matthew nodded. Laura was quiet for a few more minutes. I could see she was really trying to think this through. Then she looked even more ill, (if that was possible), and said in a thick voice, "That means Gramma and Papa had to....Oh I just can't even say it! That is just too gross to even think about!!!!!"

I snorted, and they all three glared at me. "You were eavesdropping Mom. That's rude!" Silence reigned in the car until their father came back.

As we drove home, the conversation began again, same theme, but different topic. Laura off-handedly said, "Y'know what I think? I think babies are borned through your belly button. You undo it, and the doctor pulls the baby right out!"

Matthew, full of righteous indignation quickly answered. "Nuh uh. Babies is barf-ed out. All womens barf 'em when they gets out a baby". (Steven and I were snickering by now. We couldn't help it!)

Megan, glaring at us from the back seat, only replied cryptically, "You're both wrong, but I ain't gonna tell you the right answer. It's even grosser than getting the baby in there to begin with!" *snickering*

That ended out little discussion group for that day.

I reminded Meg of that day and those topics right after she gave birth to our beautiful grandson, Johnathon. She glared at me then, too. *giggle*

Kids say the damndest things... Hope you enjoy this story as much as we do.

Friday, February 27, 2009

At Last!! *happy smile*

Megan and the children with be arriving on March 13 in Portland Oregon. We have flight information and everything!! HOORAY! *dancing, singing, and dancing somemore!!*

ttfn! Gina

Saturday, February 21, 2009

From my email... Hamster Birth...*giggling*

Overview: I had to take my son's hamster to the vet.
Here's what happened:

Just after dinner one night, my son came up to tell me there was 'something wrong' with one of the two hamsters he holds prisoner in his room.

'He's just lying there looking sick,' he told me. 'I'm serious, Dad.. Can you help?'

I put my best hamster-healer expression on my face and followed him into his bedroom. One of the little hamsters was indeed lying on his back, looking stressed. I immediately knew what to do.

'Honey,' I called, 'come look at the hamster!'

'Oh, my gosh!' my wife exclaimed. 'She's having babies.'

'What?' my son demanded. 'But their names are Bert and Ernie , Mom!'

I was equally outraged.

'Hey, how can that be? I thought we said we didn't want them to reproduce,' I said accusingly to my wife.

'Well, what do you want me to do, post a sign in their cage?' she inquired (I think she actually said this sarcastically!)

'No, but you were supposed to get two boys!' I reminded her, (in my most loving, calm, sweet voice, while gritting my teeth).

'Yeah, Bert and Ernie!' my son agreed.

'Well, it's just a little hard to tell on some guys, you know,' she informed me (again with the sarcasm!).

By now the rest of the family had gathered to see what was going on. I shrugged, deciding to make the best of it.

'Kids, this is going to be a wondrous experience,' I announced.. 'We're about to witness the miracle of birth.'

'Oh, gross!' they shrieked.

'Well, isn't THAT just great? What are we going to do with a litter of tiny little hamster babies?' my wife wanted to know.

We peered at the patient. After much struggling, what looked like a tiny foot would appear briefly, vanishing a scant second later.

'We don't appear to be making much progress,' I noted..

'It's breech,' my wife whispered, horrified.

'Do something, Dad!' my son urged.

'Okay, okay.' Squeamishly, I reached in and grabbed the foot when it next appeared, giving it a gentle tug. It disappeared. I tried several more times with the same results.

'Should I call 911?' my eldest daughter wanted to know.

'Maybe they could talk us through the trauma.' (You see a pattern here with the females in my house?)

'Let's get Ernie to the vet,' I said grimly.. We drove to the vet with my son holding the cage in his lap.

'Breathe, Ernie, breathe,' he urged.

'I don't think hamsters do Lamaze,' his mother noted to him. (Women can be so cruel to their own young. I mean what she does to me is one thing, but this boy is of her womb, for God's sake.)

The vet took Ernie back to the examining room and peered at the little animal through a magnifying glass.

'What do you think, Doc, a C-section?' I suggested scientifically..

'Oh, very interesting,' he murmured. 'Mr. and Mrs. Cameron, may I speak to you privately for a moment?'

I gulped, nodding for my son to step outside.

'Is Ernie going to be okay?' my wife asked.

'Oh, perfectly,' the vet assured us. 'This hamster is not in labor. In fact, that isn't EVER going to happen. Ernie is a boy. You see, Ernie is a young male. And occasionally, as they come into maturity, like most male species, they um . . um . . . masturbate. Just the way he did, lying on his back.' He blushed, glancing at my wife.

We were silent, absorbing this.

'So, Ernie's just, just . . excited,' my wife offered..

'Exactly,' the vet replied, relieved that we understood.

More silence. Then my vicious, cruel wife started to giggle. And giggle. And then even laugh loudly.

'What's so funny?' I demanded, knowing, but not believing that the woman I married would commit the upcoming affront to my flawless manliness.

Tears were now running down her face. 'It's just that . . I'm picturing you pulling on its . . its. . . teeny little ... ' She gasped for more air to bellow in laughter once more.

'That's enough,' I warned. We thanked the vet and hurriedly bundled the hamster and our son back into the car.. He was glad everything was going to be okay.

'I know Ernie's really thankful for what you did, Dad,' he told me.

'Oh, you have NO idea,' my wife agreed, collapsing with laughter.

Two hamsters: $40.

One cage: $50.

Trip to the vet: $130.

Memory of your husband pulling on a hamster's winkie:


Saturday, February 14, 2009

Valentine's Day

I know today is a 'merchant's holiday'. However, I think of it as an opportunity to wish my dearest friends and family love, joy, and laughter. So,....

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone! I hope this day is filled with everything and everyone you love, and who loves you!


Friday, February 13, 2009

A True Story...*laughing*

Shrek, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lopez were all having lunch together. Shrek said, 'I have always thought that I'm the strongest man in the world, but how can I be sure?

Brad Pitt said, 'I'm pretty sure I'm the hottest man alive but I've never had it confirmed.'

Jennifer Lopez agreed. 'I'm told I'm the sexiest of them all, but Sometimes I wonder.'

They all decided that the best way to find out if their beliefs were true was to approach the wicked Queen's mirror to confirm for them whether Shrek was the strongest, Brad Pitt was the hottest and Jennifer Lopez was the sexiest.

They agreed to meet again the next day for lunch to discuss their findings. The next day Shrek walked up with a smile. 'Well, it's true. The mirror told me that I am the strongest man in the world.' Brad Pitt walked in, with a big smile and said "It is true, it has been confirmed that I am the hottest man alive!!' Jennifer Lopez followed last looking baffled and said "Who the hell is "Gina Vance??!!??"

After you can control your laughter... click on 'Forward' and change
to your name ~
Give your friends a good chuckle for the day:)
Have Fun!!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Not a lot to write about today

I have been having quite a bit of pain lately- my fibromyalgia is acting up again...dangit! :o) I am taking it easy and just enjoying the afternoon with Steven.

Matthew and I cleaned up and organized his bedroom yesterday. He gets overwhelmed by any sort of mess, so I have to help him do it one thing at a time. *smiling* He was so pleased at how it came out! He pinned up all of his Star Wars posters all over his walls, and is cleaning a big rug for the middle of his floor. *laughing* Very typical stuff for a teenager. (which he really is).

I'm thinking tonight about making my fried chicken for supper. Steven hasn't had it yet, and I think it is very tasty. Maybe some mashed potatoes, too...and coleslaw, if I can talk him into making it. We have mint tea in the fridge, and I really will get around to baking that zucchini bread today.

It is overcast today, but not very cold out- probably somewhere in the mid to high 40's. The bulbs are starting to peek their wee heads out of the earth. I am so looking forward to spring!

And that is all there is to write about. Boring stuff today. *smiling* I hope you are having a good day, too.

Ciao fer now! and TTFN!


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

An Amusing Megan Story

Meg called me this morning, and related to me her day yesterday. *giggling still* She is soo funny!

She was feeling kinda grumpy anyway- (it's that time of the month, y'know) and decided to make a big pot of rice pudding for her husband. So she went and made it from scratch, expecting her Hunny to be 'Quite Thankful' that she was being so kind and gracious...Until it came out of the oven, looking rather...well, curdled. *giggling* The milk she used to make it had expired a couple of days ago, and she hadn't read the expiration date.

Her husband said, "I can't eat that! I don't want to throw up!" (Which, although was a true enough statement, definitely was not a politically correct one.) *grinning*

Megan became offended, and said, "Fine! I will eat it all myself!" and proceeded to procure herself a huge helping. Somehow, (and we'll never know how!) she managed to choke it all down without becoming ill herself. Her husband watched her anxiously all evening, expecting the worst. Meg, being the stubborn woman that she is, wouldn't allow herself to feel ill. *laughing* And she is fine today. And feels kind of stupid that she over-reacted to his reaction. *giggling*

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree, that's for sure. She gets her stubborn temperament from me, and her temper, too. *wry smile*

Have a good day everyone. I expect I will. *smiling*
~ Gina

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

My cat is an alcoholic...*giggling*

Today I heard a loud noise in the kitchen. I naturally went to investigate said loud noise. As I came around the corner, Gulliver, my ginger tomcat, was lapping up the last of a bottle of spilled beer. (Steven used the other half of it the other night in dinner).

I shooed him away, and went to wipe it up, when I realized the greedy pig-kitty had lapped it dry. (I'm surprised he didn't have splinters in his tongue, it was that clean!) I wiped it down anyway, and went to see if he was all right.

I walked into the livingroom just in time to hear him belch, and then trip over his own feet. Yes, my cat was drunk. He shook his head, and got up, and proceeded to fall over again. He meowed loudly (as if it was funny!), and stood up a third time. He managed to stay on his feet- that is until he tried to jump onto the couch. He fell off the couch, and laid on the floor, looking up at me and I swear to you, he was grinning! He belched again, and laid back down. *sighing and shaking my head* I'm ashamed to say I was laughing so hard I nearly wet myself.

I picked him up, and he nuzzled my arm and face with his furry orange head, and loudly purred. I put his furry behind into the bathroom cabinet, and let him sleep it off. *giggling again* When he woke up this time, 3 hours later, he was a GRUMPY KITTY. He sat and bathed, ignoring me completely. As if I somehow made him knock the bottle over to get to the beer!!

He is his normal self now, galloping all over the house, and tormenting the dogs...*giggling again* But I suppose that I will now have to be very careful what I leave out on the counter. I don't want to tempt him too much...*grinning*

I hope you have as entertaining an afternoon as I have!

ttfn~ Gina

The 2 Most Practically Perfect Darlings Ever! *laughing*

Up before dawn

The house is quiet as I sit here typing these words, sipping my coffee. Steven has left for work, and Matthew is still asleep downstairs. I love this hour-my own space to think and ponder about what today might bring, and reflect on yesterday's happenings.

The street lights are shining like small beacons on the ground outside, making the shadows seem larger because of them. Silhouettes of the trees that line the street stand at attention, waving branches in response to secrets that the breeze blows in.

The news promises rain today, a good day for soups, stew, and home-baked bread. I will watch it nourish the earth around me, preparing it for spring flowers and the rebirth of green.

Have a day full of quiet wonder everyone. *smiling*

Monday, February 9, 2009

Welcome to the Mental Health Telephone Help Line...

*Please note that due to a shortage of rooms, today's Agoraphobia Workshop has been moved to the Picnic Area.

If you have short-term memory loss, please press 0.

If you are obsessive-compulsive, please press 1 repeatedly.

If you are co-dependent, please ask someone to press 2 for you.

If you have multiple personalities, please press 3, 4 and 5.

If you have short-term memory loss, please press 0.

If you are in denial, please press 6 to confirm that everything is OK.

If you are paranoid, we already know who you are, and are tracing your call right now. We'll get you soon.

If you have short-term memory loss, please press 0.

If you are delusional, please press 7 and we will beam you back to your mother ship.

If you are schizophrenic, the voices will tell you which number to press.

If you are depressed, it doesn't matter which button you press - no one will answer.

If you have a nervous disorder, please fiddle with the # key until a representative comes on the line.

If you are dyslexic, please press 6996669696.

If you have short-term memory loss, please press 0.

For details of the Anger Management class, please press 8 VERY GENTLY.

If you have amnesia, please press 9 and state your name, address, phone number, date and place of birth, Social Security number, bank account number and your mother's maiden name, then memorize the reference number we give you.

If you are suffering from a guilt complex, you shouldn't have phoned us in the first place and you are just wasting our valuable time.

If you have short-term memory loss, please press 0.

If you are anorexic, your pizza will be delivered within 30 minutes.

If you have low self-esteem, please hang up now. No one wants to talk to a pitiful loser like you.

If you are disorientated, please a message leave the bleep after, or before the bleep, or leave a bleep after the message. Or after the bleep. Please tone the wait for.

If you have short-term memory loss, please press 0.

If you have an addictive personality, please press * to repeat this message.

It is a cleaning day

So, that is what I am doing. Scrubbing walls, floors, and the tub. I also have this cool idea for the Pillsbury Baking Contest, so am going to try it out today, and see how it works. *keeping fingers crossed*

It is cloudy and quite cold here today- 25'F. We have a slight chance of snow today, and a bigger chance tomorrow. I am ready for spring. *sighing*

Have a good day all'ya'all.

Ciao fer now- Gina

Sunday, February 8, 2009

A Little Bird Told Me...

It’s true, it did! *laughing*
A sparrow flew into the window, and stunned itself pretty badly. I ran outside to see if it survived the impact, and held it until it had recovered. It took a good 15 minutes, poor little guy. I just kept him warm, and in the dark, until he started moving a bit in my cupped hands.
I opened my hands up, so he could leave at his leisure, when he looked up at me, unblinking, for nearly a minute. I felt his gratitude. He chirped, flew to my head, then flew away.
It was amazing. *smiling* I think I saw God in those little eyes. Some vast consciousness stared into my soul, and didn’t find me wanting.
Have a wonderful day…I will!

This Morning

The grass sparkles like a million cut diamonds covered with frost. I sit here typing these words to myself, thinking how it nice it feels to be here alone with only my thoughts for company. Later, as the day moves faster, I'm sure I will have many heavier things to do- But right now sitting here in the sun savoring this exact moment... I am filled with the quiet contentment that living love brings me.