Saturday, January 31, 2009

Testing! 1....2....3

Since I just pulled pics off of the camera, let's test this to see if it works. Some have been re sized already so what will be will be. Most of these are from the Iowa State Fair 2008. The others are from Kum & Go's TeamWork Acres. Now don't you be laughing at Kum & Go, it is a perfectly legitimate business. It's a large chain of convenience stores for those not familiar.

fair duck 2
From a garden display

fair duck 3
Same thing, but the whole thing. I couldn't decide which I liked better

More of the garden display

tractor grill
Tractor grill from a display of rebuilts
done by high school students through out Iowa
4-H I think

Fair Tiles
Tile border around one of the doors from the llama barn

Wrought iron American Gothic
The original painting will be at the Des Moines Art Center for two months
I am going either Sunday or Monday, it's free
Maybe not Monday, they're closed

Gosh it was beautiful out that day.

Little Bit Different

I couldn't take it anymore. As much as I loved the previous layout there was this widget/gadget thing I could not remove and it made it difficult to put pictures on here without having to do some major resizing and finagling. Sooo, from here on out the pictures should be...larger? I hope. We'll see. *shrug...blah...sigh*

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A Great Day

Thank you MSNBC for allowing people to embed this video.

Shh, don't tell Mark, the next four to eight years will be hard enough for him as it is.

I had to watch this via the internet today because he stubbornly refused to let me watch it on TV. He watched Warbirds on DVD. Pffft. Let it go honey, let it go there is nothing more you can do.

Mark lives, eats and breathes politics. He is one of those annoying people who will try to turn any conversation to politics so he can spout the rhetoric of his party. *yawn* He almost had me turned for awhile, but I kept questioning things that did not jibe for me. When I started hearing, verbatim, the same words spoken by the top three politic pundits I knew it was time to investigate on my own. I love you honey, but, here will have to agree to disagree. That's why you love me. Head. Strong.

I am just going to keep watching this with my box of tissue because I just can't seem to stop tearing up. Let's just hope that this man can manage to keep at least some of his promises and is able to keep a strong thumb on that shrieking shrew in the House and her minions. They are the ones I don't trust.

When one door opens..... everything gets sucked out

Ugh! @*$#!!!

I lost my job just before Christmas of last year due to my own stupidity. I had started in August and one of the requirements for the job is they have to have a copy of your social security card. I hadn't had or needed a s.s. card in years. Last time I had a s.s. card was back in the late 80's. Sooo, I went to the s.s. office to get a new one, the company accepted the receipt until my card arrived. Well, I forgot to take it to them to get copied and then a few months later they asked for it and I couldn't find it. Skippy. Buh bye. Until I got my new one. I took some time for myself, got my new s.s card and reapplied for my job. Six weeks later....., they finally call me back today to offer my job back to me. YES!! I haven't even unpacked the box from my cube yet. It's still sitting in the front seat of my car waiting to go back to work.

About an hour later Mark calls me to tell me that on the thirtieth of this month he loses his job. WHAT! Why? Down-sizing. They are opening a hub in Omaha and being that he was one of the last ones hired out he goes. He does get two months severance pay, which is good. We lose our free unlimited membership to Netflix, which is bad, we are movie-aholics. At least I can laugh.

Just when I thought we could actually get back to normal, I was already planning my trip to the thrift stores, JoAnns, Hancocks, the home improvement store, blah, blah, blah, this happens. Seems like we can never catch a break. And now I worry. It took Mark two years to find this job at Netflix. Up to that time there were two jobs bumping around the state of Iowa as an insurance salesman. Be prepared. Gas prices will go up. They do everytime Mark is without a job.

*heavy sigh*

Count our blessings not our problems. But over the last two years our problems have overcome the blessings. We are alive and reasonably healthy and there are jobs out there for him. I hope. We will make it some how. We always do.

Friday, January 9, 2009

I Am So Easily Entertained

Easy Mac Micro Maniac just made me giggle. Nothing like watching a couple of guys microwave items to their meltdown point. And sometimes beyond their meltdown.


Somethings come with appropriate music, all come with witty blurbs when you mouse over them. Some of the the items were not that entertaining, i.e. the pineapple. My favorites...Glue, Parfait, Christmas Lights and Eggs. The eggs just made me laugh hysterically. I am glad that was not my microwave.

Gawd, I need a life.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

What's that smell?

As usual while searching for something else I was sidetracked by a headline at

Land-Fill Bound Garlic Salt is De-Icing Roads in Iowa

Tones Brothers Inc., makers of Tones Spices in Ankeny, IA, has donated 18,000 pounds of garlic salt that would have gone to the landfill to the city to be used to de-ice the roads there. MMmm, yummy. Sort of. It has been mixed with the regular road salt. One worker says it makes you want to order a steak and a baked potato. { You can see the KCCI via KATU Think I could find it ON KCCI? no.} One thing is for sure, they won't have to fear a vampire attack this winter.