Thursday, November 27, 2008

Sad news today

I have very bad news.

I just got an e-mail from Anny the youngest daughter of my uncle Arnold. She told me that her father and my Uncle had passed away peacefully in his sleep today, Thanksgiving day, at @ 12:3o.

I believe his eldest daughter Suzy was by his side. She has been faithfully sitting by his side for a while now keeping him company while his health declined. He was in the hospice hospital at the end.

Please take a moment and say a prayer for Arnold's family and his wife Vi during this time. Or if you like spare a good thought or two, or maybe light a candle if that is your belief (This link goes right to a virtual candle lighting site.)

Thank you everyone and God bless.

Happy Turkey day!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Thursday's thirteen: my shopping list for Thanksgiving

As most of you know (those of you who live in the states anyway) next week is Thanksgiving.

If you don't, well its when we all gather together for a big meal, make pigs of ourselves and give thanks that we here for another year, so we can do this again.

And now I am now going to show you my shopping list:

  1. The turkey of course. If your a vegetarian sorry but me and mine are all carnivores. Except my sister she's a sea vegan, but now she is occasionally eating meat so . . . I guess she isn't so much now?

  2. Salad fixings. My husband is the gourmet of salads makers, but this year I will have to remind him not to add mushrooms because our daughter has decided that she despises mushrooms. Yuck pout, no likie. And she is seventeen.

  3. Two bottle of salad dressing. We're a two bottle family; I like blue-cheese and my hubby and everyone else like ranch.

  4. Corn; and that's on the cob no canned for us, no sir.

  5. Two boxes stuffing mix; the top of the stove stuff. I add heart, gizzard etc. from the turkey to one for my mom, and the other I make plain for my husband.

  6. Yams; what Thanksgiving without yams? My daughter love them by themselves too.

  7. Potatoes; I mash them. I know too much starch but it is Thanksgiving after all.

  8. Old fashioned sausage gravy mix; after lots of searching and making the homemade verity too, I at long last found a gravy mix my husband loves.

  9. Real butter.

  10. Brown and serve rolls; a family classic.

  11. Whipped cream; the kind in a can.

  12. Apple pie

  13. And ta ta da pumpkin pie; my hubby and daughter's favorite.

So did I make you hungry yet?

What's your families tradition?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Thursday's Thirteen: You were a little girl in the 70's if:


1. wore that rainbow shirt that was
half-sleeves, and the rainbow went up one sleeve,
across your chest, and down the other.

2. made baby chocolate cakes in your Easy Bake
Oven. You washed them down with snow cones from your
Snoopy Snow Cone Machine.

3. had that Fisher Price Doctor's Kit with a
stethoscope that actually worked. After training with
these tools you became an expert at the game

4. owned a bicycle with a banana seat and a
basket. In the early 80's you moved onto the ever
popular 10 speed. Gosh that seat hurt.

5. ever owned roller skates with metal wheels and learned to skate on the sidewalk in front of your house. had rubber boots for rainy/snowy days. Your
shoes actually fit inside the boots (with a little
help from your Mom and some plastic bags).

7. wore a poncho, gauchos, and knickers.

8. spent hours out back on your metal swing

9. wanted to be Laura Ingalls Wilder really
bad; you wore that Little House on the
Prairie-inspired plaid, ruffle shirt with the high
neck in at least one school picture; and you despised
Nellie Olson!

10. was a big event in your household each year
when the "Wizard of Oz" would come on TV. And make
popcorn in a popcorn machine that you had add oil too and to shake occationally.

11. ever asked your Magic 8-Ball the question:
"Who will I marry, Shawn Cassidy, Leif Garrett, or
Rick Springfield? "

12. used to tape record songs off the radio by
holding your portable tape recorder up to the speaker.

13. ...You made flattsies in the a mold in the oven.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Kearney Park Renaissance festival

We went to the local Renaissance fair that's usually held at Kearney park, but this year it at a place I've never heard of before--Sycamore island.
It's more of a fishing hole along the Fresno river. Kind of dirty with gravel strewn all over the dirt roads and its was located in the middle of no-where and I had to get google maps just to locate the place.
It's some where between Madera and Fresno.
This is a great horned owl.
We made it too late to watch the shows though there was a couple still going on; belly dancers and two juggling acts that we had seen before. Mostly we just walked around and visited the booths that sold every thing to rings to swords and armor to puppets of all kind. My daughter liked the puppets and spotted pandas and dragons. When she was looking at the above owl I thought it was another puppet until I took a closer look
and it blinked!
Its a rescued bird that they show to the public to bring awareness of the endanger predator birds located in our area.

We came too late for shows and didn't wear our costumes, but my daughter Sarah did get a couple of pictures for me to share.

This is the sunset just as we were leaving if you look closely you'll see a tent from the fair.
My arms are sore from doing yardwork on Saturday, but I keep writing even though I felt like a T-rex with weak arms.
I'm at 21,066 words on my nano story Dragon's heart.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Thursday's Thirteen: Nano procrastinations

I doing the NaNoWriMo and here are thirteen things that keep me from working on my nano WIP or story.

  1. I'm hungry, I think that candy in the candy bowl is calling my name.

  2. I'm thirsty, I think I have one soda left way in the back of the fridge.

  3. I need to use the bathroom, even though it's the tenth time in the last hour.

  4. I want to pet the cat she seem lonely; "here kitty-kitty. Ow, don't bite me."

  5. Is it lunch or dinner time yet?

  6. Did some one email me? It has been two hours since the last time I checked.

  7. Is that show I want to watch on? I better check.

  8. I'm cold I better get a sweater on. Ooh, better yet I'll change into pajamas, even though its only seven o'clock in the afternoon.

  9. Did I hear the UPS truck outside? I think my package I ordered from Amazon is due.

  10. Time to update my word count.

  11. I better check what's going on in the nano forums.

  12. Hey, I better do my Thursday's thirteen!

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Day After Halloween: Rain

Don't be alarmed this is still Lady Jan's blog I just did some revamping. Do you like it?

It's the day after Halloween, and my daughter's party was a huge success. All her guest arrived, though two came late and had to leave early. They all loved the Chucky movies, but unfortunately one was too badly scratched to play.

My husband saw his cake yesterday morning after he got home from working the night shift. He walked into the kitchen saw it and I heard him laugh. He said he "Loved it."

He's such a good sport, but I bet he'll get me when I turn 50 in a few years.

I found little ghosts for his B-day candles. If I got 50 candles it might have set the house on fire, lol.

Dave with his cake and my daughter and one of her guests in the back ground. We sang "happy birthday," and he blew out the candles.
He ate a slice, and took a whole pizza that I had bought for him to work for his lunch.

I had already given him his B-day gifts on Wednesday his real B-day; a movie Cloverfield, and two packages of Pistachios (he likes nuts, that's why he married me).

Today is the first day of the
NaNoWriMo aka national November writer's month. This is when all us lunatic try madly to write a 50,000 word novel in a months time, starting November first to midnight November 30th.

It anyone want to do it I think the sign up is still going on just log into the website.

I'm all signed up for the Nano as Lady Jan, and I might not be posting very much this month with all the writing I will be doing.

But please keep checking back, because I will be posting my word count, and you can cheer me on.

And at long last its raining!

Not just the sprinkles, but real rain.

I had to go out and get wet. Its so cool and smells so good.

Don't you just love the rain?