Tuesday, October 27, 2009

what say you?

cat: quit whining! i told you it would stop raining!

dog: alot of good that does, no one is due home for two hours and i have to pee!

cat: go pee on the floor by the door.

dog: right! i was brought up better than that! i've haven't peed the floor since i was a baby.

cat: well, you sound like a baby now. shoooosh! you're giving me heartburn.

dog: you got heartburn from that bird you murdered this morning.

cat: i didn't get to eat it, it was ripped from my grasp.

dog: that's what you get for being a murderous wretch.

cat: you are so dumb, you carry stuffed animals around in your mouth, you don't even try for the real ones!

dog: i wish they left the tv on, i'm missing matlock.

cat: i'm missing lunch at the neighbors place.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Random Dozen

Linda over at 2nd cup of coffee hosts this meme,
so check her out!

1. Candy corn: Your thoughts?

Do not want.

2. Briefly, what was the first conversation you ever had with your spouse? (or best friend, if you’re not married.) (Or someone significant, like your librarian.)

I do not recall this conversation. I was about 13 or 14 when we met and didn't date until a couple years later.

3. Could you ever become a vegetarian?

No, it's not likely, I like variety. And beef and chicken and fish and cheese and egg and eating and food in general. I even like non- food like soda and candy and chips...

4. Have you ever dressed up your pet in a costume?

Yes actually, I have. It was my dog, Lucy and it was Halloween. I found and old clown costume and I took the neck ruffle and I put it on her. She greeted the trick or treater's with me and I told them she was a trained circus dog. I showed them her trick. I would say "Wag your tail Lucy! Go ahead, wag your tail!". And wag she did. Lucy was a hit!

5. Name something about childhood that you miss (like Clark Bars, Teaberry Gum, Malibu Barbie, cracking fake eggs on people’s heads with your fist and “It’s the Great Pumpkin” airing only once a year).

I miss not really knowing that there were real responsibilities. I miss playing so hard, I was tired at the supper table. I miss thinking my dog was clean. I miss being able to wander around all summer with a bathing suit, a towel and grody Keds as my only attire, and it being OK. I miss Mendes store, where Mr Mendes would let the good kids behind the counter to pick out their own penny candy. I miss the excitement of chasing the ice cream truck on bikes. I miss swimming at Minot, Egypt and Rocky Beach. And I did this all without adult supervision.

6. Have you ever won a trophy? If not, what do you deserve a trophy for?

No. Never won a trophy. Never won a prize. I deserve a trophy for being fabulous!

7. When do you think is the appropriate time to begin playing Christmas music each year?

I do believe the appropriate time to play Christmas music is on Christmas Eve. Yes! Christmas Eve! That is the ONLY time I am willing to listen to it. The inappropriate time is before December.

8. What’s your favorite board game?

I do not play board games much. I would have to say something short and quick like Sorry! or Parchisi or checkers. But, If you want to include cards and boards, it would be cribbage, hands down!

9. How do you feel about surprises (receiving, not giving)?
A windfall - right on! Anything else - right out!

10. Is it easy for you to say, “I’m sorry?”

Depends on whether or not I am actually sorry.

11. What is your favorite candle scent?

A candle...hmmmm. I so worry about fire, I don't especially love candles.

12. October is traditionally “open house” time in public schools. If you had a literal open house in your home (like a reception) what light snacks would you serve visitors and what would you show them (as in art projects, graded papers) that would uniquely represent you?

Well, the mess in my house would uniquely represent me the best. Every thing about me is generally a mess. Knowing that, do you still want to come to my house for light snacks? Why do I have to cook? I cook all day. Sometimes for thousands of people. I really do not love to cook anymore. So it would have to be stuff I could do the day of the show, so I could procrastinate. Probably a couple good sized displays, like a fruit and cheese display, maybe one with dessert items and a beverage display. All that stuff I can blast out quick, by myself and cleaning up would be simple.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009


years ago i bought a house. a cottage really, two small bedrooms, a tiny bath and an area that could be construed as a kitchen and a living room. this cottage was set on a third of an acre in a neighborhood of other cottages just like it, near a fresh water pond. i spent a winter remodeling and we moved in, the four of us, the next april. with no furniture other than beds, we proceeded to make ourselves at home.

we arrived, after dark, in a rainstorm. the three were hustled in first. at six, three and one, they were over tired and cranky from the half hour ride. i had just taken them from “home”, my mother-in-laws place, where we’d been living for nearly a year. i got the various groceries and the last of the bed clothes and kitchenware in. i fired up some macaroni and cheese and hot dogs, and set the three up at a child’s sized plastic picnic table. as they ate, i got laundry together, filled the tub and quickly put sheets and blankets on mattresses strewn about the living room floor.

declaring dinner over, i whisked the girls away to the tub, and left the boy at table with some cars and transformers. he used them to knock paper cups and plates onto the floor while i chipped mac and cheese off the girls. emerging from the tiny bath wrapped in towels, the girls were red and shiny and loud. after i jammed them into pajamas, i ran the tub for the boy and went to work getting the dinner mess picked up and the television going. as 9 pm came into view i had the three laying down in the living room in front of the television. The Tracey Ullman Show played on Fox. this would be the beginning of my love/hate relationship with The Simpson’s.

with the three settled, i started the washer, mopped up the tiny bath, laid out clothes and peeled potatoes for supper the next day. i put together snack for the boy and i began to unpack. i filled cabinets with plates and pots and pans. i filled drawers with flatware and utensils. i made a shopping list. i measured for curtains, vaccumed my bedrooms and put bed frames together. i switched my laundry. around midnight, i crammed onto one of the mattresses and slept.

we four, still live here, 20 years later. we are all much bigger and i think we outgrew this house about a year after we moved in. since we’ve been here we’ve buried loved ones, human and otherwise, gone to school, had a zillion mac and cheese dinners and laughed and cried. we’ve procured furniture and used it up and tossed it out. all manner of things, animals and people have come through here. we’ve had new washers, dryers, water heaters and wells. we’ve made a ton of messes and cleaned up only half of them. we almost never made a bed. although it’s tiny, and we don’t have traditional furniture, i’m happy here. this is the first and only place i’ve ever felt at home.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Ruby Tuesday...Updated

Ruby Tuesday is brought to you by Mary the Teach.
Cruise by to check it out...

Fresh dry harvested berries, in season (in Carver anyway) now...
Berries harvested using the dry pick method are sold in bags, in the produce department or at farmers markets. Around here they are popular and will keep in a fridge for about 3 months.

These berries have been harvested by flooding the bog with water, and then using a funky machine to gently slap the berries off the vine. Once floating, the berries are corralled and pumped into a truck and shipped to the screenhouses for sorting.

I found this fella hanging out by the edge of the bog.

The farmer uses this contraption to pump the berries off the bog and into the truck.

I like this snapshot because it shows swirls of color.

The light and shadow of this snapshot is interesting.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Cruise on in to Melli's place for more
September Photo Scavenger Hunt!

Better late than never!
Click on any photo to enlarge it...

~something in flight~

~gas pump~



~an herb~

~something vinyl~


~snazzy shoes~

~a worm~

~something curly~

~ a key~

~something cold~

~sports memorabilia~

~a feather/feathers~

~something twisted~

~a hole~

~a leprechaun~

~something Lacey~

~something nutty~

~sheet music~

~a splash~

~an apple/apples/ something apple~

~a shovel~

~something empty~

~a triangle~

~something purple~