Sunday, June 29, 2008

CameraCritters Version 6.29 Chico again!

Camera Critters
Camera Critters - if you like taking pictures of critters as much as I do, you gotta check this meme out!

This week we are letting Chico be in the spotlight again. He sure is getting a lot of attention lately!

Just taking a nap...

(and psst... don't forget! If you like arcades and you like forums -
go here! The arcade is finally here! Just don't beat my scores... I'll get mad and stomp my feet.)

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Summer Classes for Men

Summer Classes for Men at

Class 1
The Toilet Paper Roll--Does It Change Itself?
Round Table Discussion.
Meets 2 weeks, Saturday 12:00 for 2 hours.

Class 2
Fundamental Differences Between The Laundry Hamper, The Floor and The Treadmill--Pictures and Explanatory Graphics.
Meets Saturdays at 2:00 PM for 3 weeks.

Class 3
Dirty Dishes--Can They Levitate by Themselves and Fly Into The Kitchen Sink?
Examples Disproving this Theory on Video.

Meets 4 weeks, Tuesday and Thursday for 2 hours beginning
at 7:00 PM

Class 4
Loss Of Identity--Losing The Remote To Your Significant Other.
Help Line Support and Support Groups.

Meets 4 Weeks, Friday and Sunday 7:00 PM

Class 5
Learning How To Find Things--Starting With Looking In The Right Places And Not Turning The House Upside Down While Screaming.
Open Forum
Monday at 8:00 PM, 2 hours.

Class 6
Health Watch--Bringing Her Flowers Is Not Harmful To Your Health.
Graphics and Audio Tapes..

Three nights; Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 7:00 PM for 2 hours.

Class 7
Real Men Ask For Directions When Lost--Real Life Testimonials.
Tuesdays at 6:00 PM
Location to be determined

Class 8
Is It Genetically Impossible To Sit Quietly While She Parallel Parks?
Driving Simulations.

4 weeks, Saturday's noon, 2 hours.

Class 9
How to be the Ideal Shopping Companion
Relaxation Exercises, Meditation and Breathing Techniques.

Meets 4 weeks, Tuesday and Thursday for 2 hours beginning at 7:00 PM.

Class 10
How to Fight Cerebral Atrophy--Remembering Birthdays, Anniversaries and Other Important Dates and Calling When You're Going To Be Late.
Cerebral Shock Therapy Sessions and Full Lobotomies Offered.

Three nights; Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 7:00 PM for 2 hours.

Class 11
The Vacuum Cleaner/Toilet Brush-- What They Are and How They Are Used.
Live Demonstration.

Tuesdays at 6:00 PM, location to be determined.

Upon completion of any of the above courses, diplomas will be issued to the survivors.

Got this in my email tonight, had to share it with you all.

Reading it, as funny as it is, I have to say that I am pretty lucky. The husband doesn't need any of these classes, except for the Driving Simulations one, but he'd never pass it. My driving scares him, which is fine by me... I hate to drive unless I'm driving the pickup through an open field or a big mud hole - which he has yet to let me do. *pouts* WTF did we get a 4 wheel drive for anyway if we aren't going to test it out??

We actually get into arguments about the whole toilet paper roll thing, though. Having 2 daughters in those preteen/early teen years - they just won't put a new roll on.. .it just doesn't happen. Mom does this. Why should they? They are nice enough to take it out of the package and leave it on the counter for me. Thats so nice of them. Sometimes they even balance it on the toilet paper holder! That makes me happy - they don't want me to do the extra work of moving it the 2 feet from the counter to the holder.

Somewhere down the line the husband has convinced himself that he is the only person in the house who DOES replace the roll. Forget all the rolls that seem to magically get on there by themselves - the ones he didn't put there. Wonder how they got there? I just let him think he's the only one who does...

... what he doesn't know is I fix the roll when he does it. The paper has to go OVER not under. You would think he would have caught on by now.

I should sign him up for Class #10. He's been asked many times why he even has a cell phone....

A surprise white in my yard this morning...

Remember my post about white tiger lilies?

They bloomed this morning!!!

oh... and the rose bushes? THEY ALL SURVIVED! They haven't bloomed yet, but I have 2 buds on one plant - will bloom this week I'm sure.

Maybe I have a green thumb afterall....

Good News!

Good news, that is, if you are a member of! There's an arcade now and we are all already addicted.

So consider this your official invitation to come join InsanityCafe and all it has to offer... seriously, you should. We are all nuts and we embrace it lovingly.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Friday's Feast Version 6.27

Visit the FridayFeast Meme!
Fridays Feast... you should do it, too!
Come on.. you know you wanna!

What is the weather like today where you live?

Can I cheat? Is that allowed? Mostly cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely in the morning...then partly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs around 80. South winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the west 5 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Chance of rain 70 percent. Nope, I didn't write that... I stealed it from my WeatherBug!


On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how career-minded are you?

I honestly don't even quite have a grasp at what "Career-minded" means. I'm assuming it means how much into my career I am or something like that? Well, I don't have one and I never have. I was a rebel who wanted nothing to do with school once I got out of HS, so I found the quickest vo-tech college course I could find just to pacify my parents. Now, being a self-proclaimed, self-taught graphic artist I guess I can say that I am career minded because I put most of my mind into my work.

Can that go on record as being probably the dumbest answer ever?


What type of window coverings do you have in your home? Blinds, curtains, shutters, etc.?

Depends on the window. Blinds on some (most), but some of the blinds also have curtains over them... some windows just have curtains, like the demons because when they were younger they did have blinds but they kept breaking them and tearing them down so once upon a time on a cold winter day, mama bear got pissed off and took the blinds away from the little demons and they never got them back again.

Main Course

Name something that instantly cheers you up.

a phone call from my Kimberella


How many times do you hit the snooze button on a typical morning?

My alarm clock is a golden retriever - if you can tell me how to snooze that, I'll give you a cookie!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Thursday Thunks Version 6.26

Welcome to the 4th week of Thursday Thunks!

This week we will answer:
If you had to be famous, there's no other choice, would you rather be famous by choice (rock star, actor, reality show) or by chance/"instant celebrity" (winning the lottery, some type of news story, etc)

Remember it's YOUR choice on what to do with this question! You can answer it with text, pictures... whatever! Be creative - think about it.

.... and tell your friends!

The Most Annoying Sound

Wordless Wednesday - Version 6.25

Monday, June 23, 2008

Did you see that?

Every now and then I go back and look at things I've posted. Mainly to make sure I didn't post something incredibly stupid and all you readers are sitting back just laughing your cute little asses off at my stupidity.

But today I'm looking, again, at the "dock picture", wondering if that really is the picture for my yearly girls-on-the-dock picture. I'm staring at it and I realize there is something in the picture... what is it??

Wouldn't you know.... I caught the fish she caught.

I wonder

Why, when I wash dishes, do I get thirsty for water - which I normally don't drink?

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Weekly Winners June 15th - 21st

Weekly Winners

the yearly dock picture - I think this is it. I take a picture of the girls every year fishing from the dock, makes an interesting growing-up view.
I know I'll take more though...

stealing kisses

whats a campfire without roasted marshmallows?

an old camper bus on the shore

Saturday, June 21, 2008

CameraCritters Version 6.22

CameraCritters for 6.22Chico & the fish (and if you look close you can see Saki's nose, too)

PhotoHunt - Water

I'm back to another favorite meme of mine! PhotoHunt. This weeks theme is water and you can bet that I've got a picture to share of that one!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Friday Feast Version 6.20 (1st time!!!)

Joining a new meme today (like I need another one!). This one is called Friday Feast. Check it out, it's wicked cool!

... I can't believe I just used that phrase.


If you could live on another continent for 1 year, which one would you choose?

Ugh. The thought of living anywhere else but here sends my brain into a tizzy, but for the sake of the meme I will answer.... Australia because I wanna live where kangaroos live.


Which browser do you use to surf the Internet?

Firefox, which I just updated and just now realized I don't have my BBCode/HTML Code add-on anymore and I'm just a little upset by this new find.


On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being highest), how much do you know about the history of your country?

2... I think. Maybe 1. I hate history. I know which state the serial killers Albert Fish & Jeffery Dahmer lived, though! (does that count?)

Main Course

Finish this sentence: Love is…a big fuzzy teddy bear, a big sloppy puppy kiss, a demon hug, a demon calling me "momsies" and my husbands arm around me at night.

.... not in that order... well, maybe....


Have you ever been in or near a tornado?

I live in Minnesota, what do you think? Luckily I've only come close, never been "in" one. No damage, no loss... just a few close calls (within miles - like last weekend - 2 miles away there was a funnel cloud. Yippeee!)

And this concludes my 1st FridayFeast entry. I hope you've enjoyed it.

PhotoFriday - The Great Outdoors - Version 6.20

It's been quite awhile since I've done the PhotoFriday Meme... but I woke up this morning and made it my goal that I was going to get back to doing one of favorites!!

This week it's "The Great Outdoors"
whats better for the great outdoors than a farm? When you are a farmer (which I am not and never have been) you spend most of your time in the great outdoors!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Thursday Thunks Version 6.19

I ran across the question for this weeks TT's by accident, really. It was a "deep thought" quote on another blog I read the other day and it reminded me of how incredibly stupid I was as a new mom. I was going to have the most polite, quiet and well behaved children ever. I was, really... and I believed it, too.

Looking back I have no clue what the hell I was thinking... how could I possibly teach these children to be quiet in public when I have a hard time keeping my own voice down to a respectable volume level? And well behaved? Ha! Yeah, thats a joke. I never knew what behaved meant and I still don't.

I taught my children well - they turned out just like me.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Thursday Thunks Version 6.19

Welcome to the 3rd week of Thursday Thunks!

This week we will answer:
Why do children act like their parents in spite of every attempt to teach them good manners?

Remember it's YOUR choice on what to do with this question! You can answer it with text, pictures... whatever! Be creative - think about it.

.... and tell your friends!

Wordless Wednesday - Version 6.18

Previously posted... using as a "before"


Too much rain.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Silly Monkey Story Version 6.17

Today is Tuesday.
I must think of a Silly Monkey Story.
My monkeys are baboons and
I have a hard time thinking of them as cute
and silly.

Will return later.

In the meantime....

Ok it's later. I have one. And I didn't have to think too long I guess. I hope the husband doesn't read this one....

When Demon #2 was about 2 or so, the husband was in the bedroom getting dressed. Now, back then, we lived in a shack - a trailer house that was borderline unsafe to live in. Thats what happens when you are young & poor. Our bedroom didn't have regular doors... it had sliding closet like doors, which you can bet that left us no privacy whatsoever.

So the husband is getting dressed and doesn't notice the little 2 year old sneak into the room. He bends over to pick up his jeans and thats when her she pointed .... and hit the bullseye .... as she squealed "BUTT!".

If he wasn't awake before that moment, he was then....

Saturday, June 14, 2008

A bed for Alyssa

This was posted at a message board by my very good friend, Lesley. She is a GREAT friend to Jessica... she's trying to raise money for... well, just read on and you'll understand!

Even if you can't do anything money-wise, pass the word on if you can! Lets get Alyssa a bed!!!

Attached is an article regarding Jessica and her daughter. I just got a letter from her church who is donating $3500 towards the cause.

Any donations can be sent to my Paypal and I will make sure they get put into the fund. Tax write-off too!

Or my address is:
1823 Raymond Ave
Ramona, CA 92065

7 years ago a baby girl was born to my best friend, Jessica. The moment she was born the doctors took her away from her parents because something just wasn't right with her. Undiagnosed in utero, a complication was found at birth. She was sent within hours to Children's Hospital and Jessica was left with only Polaroids to comfort her. The next day, when finally discharged, Jessica left her hospital and went straight to Children's. Upon arrival she was met by her (then) husband who informed her that their daughter was being tested for a chromosomal abnormality. At 2 days old, after being given her diagnosis and prognosis, the family was urged to sign a DNR and leave her there, that their daughter would not make it a week. And if by some miracle she does survive, she will be 'deaf, blind, and a vegetable'. She will have no quality of life.

My friend and her husband decided they would not leave their baby at the hospital so they took her. The hospital had given up, but they surely wouldn't.

7 years, 14 surgery's and millions of prayers later, my friends daughter, Alyssa, thrives. You see, Alyssa was born with a semi rare chromosomal abnormality called Trisomy 18 (aka Edwards Syndrome). Rarely does a Trisomy 18 child live to see their 1st birthday let alone their 7th. More common in girls, there are only a few in San Diego that have made it into their childhood years. Alyssa is one of them.

This little girl wins the hearts of all who meet her. Her bright smile and laughter proves to the world that she is a happy, thriving, UN-vegetable like little girl. The doctors are amazed and say Alyssa is writing her own book. Each day of life is a blessing and a miracle.

Since Alyssa's diagnosis is rare and considered incompatible with life, my friend has to jump through hoops in order to receive services. Alyssa requires full time nursing, a service that Jessica herself has had to fulfill. Alyssa eats through a G-tube and has to ride in specialized wheelchair. She cannot crawl nor walk but she is able to get around by scooting and rolling and has just learned to sit unsupported. While her sight and hearing aren't perfect, she is definitely able to see, hear and respond to her surroundings She cannot talk but she can laugh and make herself known. She can cry and show her frustrations. She is not a vegetable.

As Alyssa grows, so do her needs. Her mom has been able to provide Alyssa with everything a seven year old little girl with special needs could ever need. However, there is one item that is becoming a great concern for Jessica. Alyssa's bed. Alyssa has been sleeping in a crib for 7 years. She can now sit up and there is the constant fear of her falling out of her bed. She has also outgrown her crib. Alyssa qualifies for a hospital bed, but that would be insufficient to her needs. She needs a bed she cannot get stuck in the rails and a bed she cannot roll out of. Neither of which a hospital bed can provide. Jessica also has to pick up her 30 pound little girl everyday and is straining her back, arms and neck by doing so. A bed with a lift would minimize that problem. Pretty soon Alyssa won't be able to fit in her bed at all and the only solution would be the floor or an oversized play pen. A seven year old should not have to sleep in those conditions.

I am writing this article in hopes to fulfill Alyssa's next need. A bed. After hours of researching a bed that will fulfill Alyssa's needs, Jessica found the perfect solution. A SleepSafe Bed. Instead of rails it has a dual see through panes. It has a electric lift so Jessica won't strain her back. It has high sides that fold down for easy access. The bed that has all the proper and necessary needs for Alyssa will cost Jessica upwards of $10,000. As a single mom, it's an impossible expense. A hardship for most, next to impossible for her. If you find it in your hearts to help out my best friend please contact me at 760-310-3198 or send any donations to "Lesley LaFuze, To the Benefit of Alyssa Keen" at 1823 Raymond Avenue, Ramona CA 92065.

My paypal is:
Who's with me on this one? Come on! Let's spread the word! Jessica is such a wonderful, loyal, loving mom who is doing this all on her own. What a loving gesture to help her out and give her what Alyssa needs so badly.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Thursday Thunks version 6.12.08

Welcome to the 2nd Edition of Thursday Thunks!

This week we will answer:
Does Zero exist? Why or why not?

I personally do not think zero can exist, because if there is zero, there is nothing and nothing is not one single thing. Even if it was a fragment, it would be something, but then again... is nothing something? If it is - the nothing would be something and zero could be something... end result being that yes, it would exist.

Remember to leave a comment & leave your link!

.... and tell your friends!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Silly Monkey Stories Take 1

Karen over at 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires has started up a meme about Silly Monkeys. She started it last week, but I was such a slacker I spaced it off. So this is my first time participating.

This is a great idea for a meme... and I think what I find most silly about it all is.... Karen. Why Karen? Because she is still in the silly monkey stage. So therefore, I am calling her my silly monkey. She has adorable little monkeys where I, on the other hand, have raging baboons.

There is nothing silly about raising baboons. Today, for example, I have spent most of my time trying to figure out the logic between my baboons. They hate each other, they fight and scream and kick and... oh, Demon #1 punched Demon #2 in the nose today...

... but yet I sit here and I'm listening to them downstairs and they are ... actually.getting.along.

I say that slowly because it can change in a moments notice.

I guess it's silly how baboons can draw blood from each other and laugh about it while they are doing it.

Silly monkeys? No... we'll just call them raging baboons for this meme.

Monday, June 09, 2008

I'm really boring, ain't I?

I really sucked at blogging last week, didn't I? Well, in defense of myself I WAS getting ready for that snowmobile show the beginning of the week and then I WAS gone Thursday - Saturday, but looking back at my blog for last week... none of it really matters because this is a boring ass blog with nothing exciting in it right now.

*runs off to find something to talk about*

Hey... don't forget to come back on Thursday for Thursday Thunks!

I have to give a shout-out to my bestest buds mom!!! Hi Kimber's Mom!!!!!

Sunday, June 08, 2008

My weekend- snowmobiling in June?

I'm doing it again this week - throwing all memes together.

We headed to South Dakota for a summer snowmobile show. Went there on Thursday... slept through down pouring thunderstorms Thursday night... spend the day Saturday fighting 30-40mph winds... but Saturday turned out great!For Camera Critters... Saki met a friend. Belle is owned by everybody... well, she actually belongs to a friend of ours, Dan, who is also into this whole vintage snowmobile thing. Belle just runs wherever she wants, but never goes too far away. She hung around with Saki most of the weekend, though. They got accused of being mother/daughter once !

Because of the rain... it was muddy... so Saki & Chico had to stay in the crate when they weren't out running around.
For PhotoHunt, which this week is hair - it seemed rather fitting on Saturday. If you didn't have a hat on... you had hair in your face. 40mph wind will do that to ya! (yes, that's me!)and my weekly winners are..... and this all goes for Wordless Wednesday & Weekend Snapshot, too!