Thursday, May 31, 2007

Schools out for Summer!

Schools out for Summer!

I picked up my daughter today the last day of school year '06-'07, and I ended up dropping two of her friends off and picking two more up later. I had teenager all over the place today!

I thought the kids would be thrilled that it's the last day of school, but no, they walked out off the school compus like they were in a daze.

I asked Janae one of kids that I was taking home "wasn't she glad that school was over?"

and she said that "(she) was wondering was it really? (She) didn't feel like it was."

And she was a senior she and Arma are graduating tomorrow night.

Poor thing.

Is our school system too hard now? That makes me wonder.

The year that I graduated was in 1979 (I guess that kinda dates me) When we finished on the last day of school we were so happy we cheered, we shouted, and we sang!

And this is the song we sang;
Schools out
sung by Alice Cooper

Well we got no choice
All the girls and boys
Makin all that noise
'Cause they found new toys
Well we can't salute ya
Can't find a flag
If that don't suit ya
That's a drag

School's out for summer
School's out forever
School's been blown to pieces

No more pencils
No more books
No more teacher's dirty looks

Well we got no class
And we got no principles
And we got no innocence
We can't even think of a word that rhymes

School's out for summer
School's out forever
School's been blown to pieces

No more pencils
No more books
No more teacher's dirty looks

Out for summer
Out till fall
We might not go back at all

School's out forever
School's out for summer
School's out with fever
School's out completely

Saturday, May 26, 2007

More Mayborn people!

Today we took my daughter's friend Arma out for her birthday, she is sweet sixteen!

We took her to see Shrek 3, which wasn't as good as the first two. Then we went to round table pizza then to her house mom's home for cheese cake. Right now she is asleep in my daughter's room they are having a sleep over.

Unfortunately Arma will be living us soon, the last day of school is May 31, and she has her tickets to fly home to Indonesia on June 11th. And the really sucky thing is we'll probably never see her again!

More Mayborn:

Last week was my birthday, and my nephew Brian was on Tuesday he's 23, and my mom's is next week on the 29th and I'm not tell her age (but she was 21 when I was born--shhh).

Famous people born on this day in May:

1332 - Ibn Khaldun - Tunisian Muslim historiographer and historian
1759 - Wilhelm Friedrich Ernst Bach - German composer
1799 - Jacques Halévy - French composer
1819 - Julia Ward Howe - US abolitionist, social activist, and poet
1822 - Joachim Raff - German composer
1867 - Arnold Bennett - Novelist
1878 - Isadora Duncan - US dancer
1888 - Louis Durey - French composer
1894 - Dashiell Hammett - US writer
1894 - Louis-Ferdinand Destouches - French writer and physician
1902 - Peter Marshall - US (Scottish born) religious leader
1907 - Rachel Carson - Scientist
1911 - Hubert H. Humphrey - US Vice President
1911 - Vincent Price - US film actor
1912 - Sam Snead - US golfer
1912 - John Cheever - US novelist and short story writer
1913 - William Best - US composer
1915 - Herman Wouk - American author
1922 - Christopher Lee - English actor
1923 - Henry Kissinger - US (German-born) diplomat & scholar
1930 - John Barth - American novelist and short-story writer
1932 - Jeffrey Bernard - British journalist
1934 - Harlan Ellison - US writer
1939 - Don Williams - US country music singer and songwriter
1945 - Bruce Cockburn - Canadian singer/songwriter

And I share my birthday The 16th with Pierce Bosnan, Henry Ford, and Tracy Gold.

For anyone else born in May Happy birthday from Lady Jan~

Monday, May 21, 2007

Lady Jan asks, "Only two weeks of school left?"

Ony two weeks of school left? How did that happen?

I know I have been working realy hard on my book, but really how did I miss all these past few months?

Next week my daughter will only have three days, and Monday is a holiday--Memorial day.

My mom called this morning and told me she already put the flowers on the graves. I meant to go with her, and I missed that too?

Where did the time go?

And today something weird happened I thought I saw my old dog Mitzi.

I know it's impossible, but I saw her move out of her bed (that's not there anymore), and hurry across the floor like she use to do when it was time for me to take her out side.

I looked quickly over but there wasn't anything there. My heart beat hard and I kept looking around, and thought what was that?

I sure hope that sort of thing stops--it's making me jumpy.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Lady Jan's Birthday

Yesterday was my birthday, and for those keeping tabs I'm now 46 years old.

I'm a big girl now, on second thought forget I said that.

My day started like anyother I got up at six to take my husband and then my daughter to work and school. But I kept looking for Mitzi.

I forgot she not there anymore, and she doesn't need to let out, but I can't help it I keep wanting to check on her. I guess 20 years to take care of a dog you get into certain habits. But I miss her too.

Later in the day I went to pick up my daughter at school and the serpentine fan broke on my car.

Rattle, rattle, rattle.

Slap, slap, slap.



And then the smell of burning rubber and the steering got hard, and I thought please God just let me make it to the school parking lot.

I did but I had one hard right hand turn, and then one really difficult left hand turn, and finally I could just drive straight and park my car.

I called my parents on my cell phone thank God they were home and could help me. Then they came and got my daughter and myself then we picked up my husband.

My husband check on the belt, and I was right that was the problem. "See I told you," I told him, and "all this just had to happen right on my birthday didn't it?"

I thought if we can just get it fixed right away and cheaply, that will be present enough for me.

Thank fully my husband with surprisingly enough my daughter's help was able to fix it. My husband was having a hard time getting the darn belt on, while I held up the hood. So my daughter rolled up her sleeves actually got the belt on correctly.

I thanked my parents and gave my step-dad a big hug was coming to our rescue yet again, then we celebrated by going home and taking turns in the shower and getting the grease off ourselves.

I kid.

Actually we did that then we went to IHOP for my birthday dinner.

I had a chicken sandwich that had grilled veggies in it, and I asked for half onion ring and half french fries. And I was told that they normally don't do that but since it was a slow night they could.

Yea, me!

And it was yummy too!

At least one thing worked out on that day.

Some Pictures of Mitzi

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Mitzi's face, she use to nap on the couch if a human's lap wasn't in the offering.

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Mitzi my daughter and a duck. Mitzi wasn't too crazy about the duck it tended to bite her on the nose.

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Mitzi and her boy, she raised him you know. Well that's what she thought anyway.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Lady Jan says good-bye to an old friend

Good-bye old friend.

Mitzi Moodle dog born October 26, 1986 – May 15, 2007

My husband took Mitzi in at 4:15 today and had the vet put her to sleep. The euthanasia cost $52.00, that’s the cost for a pet less than thirty pounds.

At her best weight she weighted about 35 pounds at lest that is what the vet told me when I had her spaded, when she was five years old. Today I think she probably weighed less than 20, she was just that emaciated.

She had gotten to the point were she could eat anymore, I had tried can food but it just gave her diarrhea, so I switched to puppy food that had smaller easy to chew bites. But I think she knew the end was near, and didn’t have the drive to eat to fuel her body anymore.

When the time came it was more a release really she was so wasted, in pain, and confused, it was time to say good-bye.

Last night after my husband had took her out and forgot to bring her back in again while I was cooking dinner. She fell and couldn’t get up. She had been doing a lot here lately, she had no balance and no strength left. After dinner I noticed she wasn’t in her bed and looked for her. I found her on her side in the dirt where there was deep gashes on the ground next to her from were she tried to get up. And she was covered in pine needles and little stinging red ants. I brushed her off took her inside and gave her a bath for the last time.

For the last time I shampooed her using my own shampoo, for the last time I toweled her dry and used one of my good towels, for the last time I cleaned her ears and put ear powder in them, and for the last time I clipped her toe nails.

I told her I was doing all this so it would look like someone cared about her. Not because she wasn’t clean or her toe nails needed trimming, but because she was cared for.

I told her tomorrow she was going to a place where the dogs chase bunnies all day long and never get tired, and in the evening they get the best tummy rubs, and eat the best food and sleep in the best beds. And the next day they get to do it all over again.

It’s hard to say good-bye to a dog that you have had for twenty years.

I didn’t realize that she was that old! Not until we got out the paperwork and looked at it. Good God 20 years? Really, it’s been that long? She was a six-week-old puppy when we got her.

The things I’ll miss about Mitzi?

Sneaking her my pizza bread crust when my husband wasn’t looking.

Getting dog kisses on my toes when she want that crumb that was under my foot.

The way she always cleaned up the crumb mess whenever someone ate something (you’d think she was my doggie maid or something).

And how much she loved my nephew--that was her boy! She was always so happy when he’d come for a visit, and just about live on top of him the whole time he was here, with a very smug look on her face too.

I washed her bedding after my husband to her to the vet. I didn’t go I was a basket case and she was still here! My cat Pookie is sleeping on her old pillow and my husband buried her with her blanket.

Her bowls looked so sad setting in the sink after I washed them.

The last of her food that she could not eat anymore I threw away, and dumped out the water that she could not drink. At the last I had to pour water in her mouth to get her to drink.

It was time for her to go.

I didn’t realize that I would cry so much over that silly dog. But I am.

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Lady Jan has been a bit under the weather.

I caught a intestinal virus and it's just as nasty as it sounds.

My daughter told me that the stomach flu and the thing that I got has been going around at school. And a lot of her friends have been missing school because of it too.

My daughter missed a couple of days of school because she had a bad bought with seasonal allergy--hay fever.

Three cheers for Clariton! I don't know what I'd do with out the stuff.

Anyway I am feeling a bit better, so I may actually post something soon, and visit all my blog friends too.

Oh a bit of good news I have finished my book that I have been writing, and someone is interested in taking a look at it.

Wish me luck!

But first I have to get through the revision process.

Work work work.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Lady Jan says "hold on tight to those mylar balloons!"

Today there was a fire in Madera caused by a mylar balloon that wrapped around a power line, and it burned up a few farm acers before the fire department could put it out.

Also another mylar balloon that caused another fire on
March 9th.

Those mylar balloons are dangerous!

Yet ironically you can get a
Fire truck mylar balloon.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Happy May Day--Belatedly

Happy May day!

I'm a day late on this, because my daughter was hogging the phone line on her lap top computer, and doing her own stuff on the internet until late.
Do you know what also goes good with flowers?
Unfortunately the Hersey's chocolate plant in
Modesto California is closing, and there moving the plant to Mexico.
Great! Just just great!
I just hope they don't use the water down there!
They have stuff in there water that really you don't want to know about--trust me you don't!
Sob sob!
I don't think I'll ever look at a Hersey's chocolate bar the same way again
Now on to a more serious note:
I would like everyone reading this to
say a prayer, or send a good thought,
or leave a message of encouragement
It saddens me to say this but
Her daughter Carol is very near the end.