Alphabe-Thursday – D is for Dad

Jenny Matlock

Good Morning, I had some other things in mind for “D” however, this week got away from me, but that’s a story for another post! As opened up my blog to start this post, I thought that DAD would be a perfect post for this Thursday before Father’s Day.

Father’s Day is one of those holidays that we don’t really celebrate. My father passed away in 1986 and Tara’s father was gone from her life by the time she was 8 months old and he passed away in 2009.

I will share some memories of my Dad – William Miller.

  1. My dad William Alfred Miller, was born on October 21, 1923. They lived on Poplar St, Norristown, PA
  2. He was the oldest of four, 1 brother, 2 sisters.
  3. My father graduated from Norristown High School with the class of 1942.
  4. He joined the Navy and served on a ship in the South Pacific.
  5. On Dec 8, 1946, he married my mother.
  6. My dad worked for Bell of Pennsylvania for 40+ years.
  7. My dad loved to be outside. He kept an immaculate lawn and for several years tended a pretty substantial garden.
  8. In 1968, our family started camping. This was something my father LOVED. it got him away from home and the telephone on vacations and weekends! (Remember no cell phones back then!)
  9. My dad was also obsessive about clean cars. Car washing in the driveway was a weekly event when the weather was warm enough!
  10. He loved peanuts and ice cream.
  11. He loved photography! I was just getting into photography myself when he passed. I wish we could have shared that hobby!
  12. He was the father to two sons and two daughters. At the time he passed he was the grandfather to a granddaughter and two grandsons.
  13. My dad passed away on January 2, 1986.

Fort Bragg, NC – Dec 1967 Dad and Robin

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Alphabe-Thursday – Cats

Jenny Matlock

In our house “C” is for CATS! Who doesn’t love cats? Through the years our cats have brought us great joy and happiness, and wonderful memories!

Well actually, many folks don’t care for felines! I was one of them growing up, never thought I cared for cats until I was in my 20s.

I got a kitten for my niece, and fell in love! Then my sister and her kids came to live with us for a short time, and the cat came along, when they left, so did Sheena.

Sheena


Shortly after I adopted Ebony. Ebony was a long haired black cat. Not long after I adopted her, I was transferred from PA to VA, and thankfully I had Ebony to move with me on my new adventure. I knew NO ONE in VA, and was moving there on my own!

Ebony 1987 – She was leash trained, she would walk on the leash and I would put her outside in the yard!

Next came Portia, I adopted her in 1988 from an Animal Shelter in Virginia. I wanted Ebony to have company when I was at work and out for long hours. Portia had trust issues with humans from the time I brought her home. I accepted that she would never be that cuddly cat and we loved her none the less. She and Ebony got along well. In fact, when Ebony died, Portia only wanted to be outside, and died a few months later.

Portia – she loved boxes!

I know I have better pictures of the two of them, but apparently I’ve never scanned them!

My daughter was 4 by this time, and she wanted another cat. Instead of one we got two. Sisters… Emmie and Cassie. They came to live with us in 2001.
Emmie
Cassie – 2001 – 2012
Emmie and Cassie were awesome cats. First time I ever had two kittens at once! It was a great experience! They moved with us to Florida in 2003. They loved the freedom they had to go out by the screened in pool. (we had a kitty “window” that was left open enough for the cats to go in and out.

When we moved back to PA in 2009, we had to downsize our pets as we had a limit of two. Emmie and Cassie went to live with the Stewarts, friends of my mother’s where there were very happy. Cassie died of kidney failure in October. Emmie is still living happy and healthy. I still miss her, but am forever  grateful that the Stewart’s took them in together. I don’t think I could have given them up any other way!

In 2004, (in FL), we were in Petsmart one day, talking to them woman that ran the rescue that we adopted our dog from. They had SOOO many kittens, she asked if we would take one! Of course Tara, jumped at that opportunity, and Daphne came to live with us! 

She was a trouble maker and an escape artist. She would claw through screens or just push them out! She liked to hunt lizards, and one time even caught a frog and brought it in the house in the middle of the night! She was also very lovable, playful and affectionate! She escaped one time before we had a chance to have her spayed…….

and a few months later…. there were FIVE more!

Having 5 kittens, 3 adult cats and two dogs was a house full! 

We kept them all until they were 12 weeks old, and took the three females back to the rescue their mother came from…. they gave us one and got three back! They were however adopted with in the first day there, two of them to the same family! It was very hard giving them away. I wanted to keep them all!


Sarabi – she was my favorite
Nala – sweet sweet girl!


Kiara- she was the most timid, but still very lovable!
The two boys, Simba and Kovu, had bonded the most with Tara, so they stayed with us. 
Simba – he took lessons from his Mom and was an escape artist. He unfortunatly got out one night and never returned. He was 9 mos old at the time.

Kovu – aka Bubba – He is still living with us. He LOVES Tara. He is scared of strangers and generally a bit timid. He got out once when a friend left a door open, and was gone for 18 days!



Just this past February after our dog Princess passed away, we added Jack to the family! Jack come from the SPCA! We’ve made full circle back to having a black cat in the family! He is 9 months old and the funniest cat. He “talks” all the time. Kovu took a little time to get adjusted to having a little brother again, but they love each other. They run and play and keep each other entertained

Wow, when I put them all in one place that’s really a LOT of cats, and even dozen that have been part of our family!

Do you have a cat? 

Jenny Matlock


I threw in a current picture of Kovu to make it a bakers dozen… so I can participate in Thursday Thirteen 

and also Share the Joy – as having cats in the house brings me joy!

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Wheels, wheels, wheels!

Philadelphia Magic Gardens is an amazing place to visit should you find yourself on South Street, Philadelphia. This is not the first time I have blogged about PMG, and I am sure it won’t be my last. It is one of my favorite places to visit.

PMG is the work of Isaiah Zagar. A Philadelphia row home turned into a living ever changing work of art. Walls, floors, ceilings covered in mosaics made with found items. Isaiah has created mosaics all over the city. I like to adventure down the side streets and alleys around South Street to find new works I had not seen before. Should you find yourself on South Street, Philadelphia, or in Philadelphia at all, do yourself a favor and spend a couple hours at PMG!

I looked at Thursday Challenge theme for today and saw “wheels” and immediately thought of the bicycle wheels Isaiah has used in his works, so today I will share thirteen photos of wheels in Isaiah’s work so I can also participate in Thursday 13!

 

The artist, Isaiah Zagar, on his bike

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Summer Bucket List


Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.  ~Sam Keen

School”s out for summer!

This means that I no longer have to get Tara UP in the morning, nor drive her to school! I also don’t have to worry about rushing from work to pick her up after school.

 

No school means I can sleep “in” and extra 1/2 hour in the morning, and still have 45 minutes of computer time after I have myself ready for work! I will have time to stop at WAWA for a cup of coffee on the way!

 

For the next 12 weeks I won’t feel bad if I have to work on the weekend, because we will have weekdays off to do things together! At least this summer I work all day shifts, last summer I was still working an evening or two a week! Days are so much better!

 

I love for summer to be carefree, routine free (as much as possible with working 5 days a week), and relaxed. That’s what summer breaks from school should be for kids. Tara may or may not get a job, we need to drop off an application. If she does, she still gets to sleep in a bit, they don’t open until 11am! I look forward to Tara’s friends sleeping over from time to time. I enjoy having most of them in the house!

Do you have a bucket list for the summer? Check out Life Without Pink’s challenge!

  1. Day trip to shore.
  2. Day trip to NYC. We took a quick trip on June 16, I want to try and get back up there this summer, at least to the Statue of Liberty which I realize I can get to from the NJ side!
  3. Day trip to Washington DC
  4. Read a book! Sounds easy… for me, it is not! I’ve got a pile just waiting!
  5. Go for walks. I want to get Tara and I both outside more! Instead of our evening drives, the time we many times use to talk and catch up, I want to get up early on days off or go out after dinner and get up close and personal with nature!
  6. Take more pictures – this will be easy if we do 1,2,3,5,7 and 8!
  7. Visit Morris Arboretum
  8. Visit Philadelphia Magic Garden again.
  9. Organize my photo files and scan old photos. I keep putting this on my mental to do list… so many be if I actually write it down, I might accomplish it!
  10. RELAX – I’ve scheduled two mini vacations from work – one in June and one in July. At least ONE day out of both of those vacations I want to DO nothing and GO no where.
  11. Purge our closets, drawers and boxes in storage. We have too much stuff and not enough storage space. There are boxes that I have not been in since we moved here in 2009. Time to visit the contents and see what can move on to a new home!
  12. Prepare more interesting meals. (The past couple of months, I have not felt like planning, shopping or preparing food.
  13. Watch all the episodes of Dawson’s Creek on Netflix! I never watched this show, and now that it is on Netflix, it seems like a good fill in when there is nothing else good on TV at night.

 

What are your plans for summer??? Exciting vacations to exotic destinations?

 

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Magic in the Makeup

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My Mad Mind is starting a new meme. It’s a photo meme. This weeks theme is “Weathered” and photographers choice.

I can’t think of a place that I personally have been that is more weathered than St. Augustine, Florida. I took this picture of Castillo de San Marcos on a field trip with Tara’s class in 4th grade (when we still lived in Orlando). Construction started in 1672, so it is pretty darned old!
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Photographer’s Choice – this is not a photographic masterpiece, but something from this past week that made me laugh. This building is in our town, and I love it because of it’s color, but that is not what made me take the picture. We were leaving the Farmers Market across the street, and the opened windows caught my eye. I then realized that there was something moving in the one window. Next thing the bird is perched on the window eating a tree. I love that he was way up there with a real “birds eye view” of town!

THURSDAY THIRTEEN

You may (or may not) know that my new “career” since retiring from AT&T in 2009 is working for Walgreens as a “Senior Beauty Advisor” in a local Walgreens store. When I started working for Walgreens it was a job, the extra money I needed to pay the bills. Since I have moved to the Sr Beauty Advisor position, I feel like it is a new career. I enjoy reading about new products and trends, and find reading business news about the companies that the products come from.  I enjoy trying new products for my own experience. If I have used a product, I can better make suggestions to my customers as well.

I thought today for Thursday Thirteen, I would share my favorite 13 beauty products. All of these products can be purchased at Walgreens.

  1. Olay Pro-X Clear – this is a new skin care regime for acne prone skin. I don’t really have acne, but occasionally I have breakouts. I received this kit of three products for an Olay event we had at work, and I decided to bring it home and give it a try. I have been using for about 5 weeks now and my skin feels awesome, very smooth, and I have not had any breakouts.  I especially love the way the 3rd step – Hydrate and Renew – makes my skin feel so soft & smooth.
  2. Revlon Age Defying with DNA Advantage – there are SO many foundations to choose from, it is so hard to figure out what to buy, especially in a “drug store” since most times there are no testers. When a product does come with a tester or sample, I will always check it out. The display introducing this product came with a tester (that was in my shade), so I knew before I purchased it that I would love it. This foundation has great coverage, and keeps my skin feeling hydrated all day. It also has SPF20.
  3. Cover Girl Natureluxe Silk Foundation – This is another new foundation. I was hesitant to give this product a try. Taylor Swift is the cover girl for this line, and well, I’m a bit older than she! I couldn’t resist trying it out when we received coupons with samples in two shades. This is a natural make up line for CG. The foundation comes in a tube. Ingredients include cucumber water, jojoba and rose hips extract. The first time I tried it was a very humid day, and it felt rather “sticky” on my skin, I think it might be the jojoba, and I was thinking it was not the foundation for me. I did give it another try, and on the day, I did not have the same stickiness. I liked the product enough to purchase a tube. It has great coverage and a little goes a long way.
  4. Revlon ColorStay Overtime Lipcolor – this stuff stays on FOREVER. Lots of great colors.
  5. Revlon Top Speed Nail Enamel – Great colors and it dries FAST.  It is advertised to set in 60 seconds, and they are telling the truth! I can put a coat on right before I walk out the door to work, a short six minutes away, and it is dry enough to jump right in to work when I get there.
  6. Garnier Skin Renew Anti Dark Circle Eye Roller – I don’t have a big problem with dark circles and “bags” under my eyes, but there are some mornings, especially when I work close/open shifts at work and am home less than 9 hours, that my eyes are looking a little tired. This product is great as it not only has the roller to apply the product, but it is also tinted to help hid the darkness.
  7. Gold Bond Sheer Ribbons Body Lotion – Gold Bond has come a long way from just making medicated powders! This new body lotion in a can is awesome! It is a unique packaging. This lotion is thick and smells great!
  8. Loreal Voluminous Million Lashes mascara – I hesitated trying this mascara (until I got a sample tube I was able to try) because of the way the brush looked. Every time I have purchased a mascara with a “newfangled” brush I have not liked it’s application. I don’t wear much eye make up on a daily basis, but I must have mascara. Once I tried it I loved it. It thickens, lengthens and separates. It also stays on great. I don’t use the waterproof, and I don’t look like a raccoon at the end of the day1
  9. Jordana Easy Liner Eye Liner – Jordana is an inexpensive line of cosmetics that Walgreens carries. We don’t carry the entire line, but the eyeliners I would have to say are one of the best sellers in my store. (Tara helps with those sales, she LOVES the liners and never leaves home without her black liner.) We sell the pencils for $1.99. They have lots of great colors.
  10. Angel by Thierry Mugler is my FAVORITE perfume. I don’t splurge on too many things for myself, in fact my bottle of this is empty right now, but it is awesome. If you aren’t familiar with it next time you are in a perfume department, take a whiff. They also make Alien which I like too.
  11. Maybelline Great Lash Mascara – as much as I love the Loreal mascara, Great Lash is an old classic. (Did you know it just turned 40 – it was my first mascara, I remember buying it at Woolworths when I was in 6th grade)
  12. Studio 35 Dual Tip Cosmetic Applicators -One end is pointy the other flat “paddle” like.  I love these for putting shadow on and taking stubborn eyeliner and mascara off. The pointy end is great for cleaning up smudges.
  13. Veet Ready to Use Wax Strips for Face – I love these for a quick easy clean up of my upper lip, I’m over 50 and have dark hair, those pesky hairs are inevitable. These strips are easy to apply and easy to remove!

That wound up being quite a list.

What is your favorite product?

Thanks a latte for stopping by!

Martha

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Thursday Thirteen – I ♥ December



Thirteen Things that I LOVE about December (excuse the weird spacing!  Blogger is being difficult, and I have to get ready for work, no time to figure it out!)
1) Christmas Lights – A little “over” the top, but this is Cinderella’s Castle at Magic Kingdom (Orlando) all decked out in the “Dream Lights” for Christmas.

2) Christmas Trees


3) Carnation Peppermint Mocha Creamer

4) Yankee Candle Jack Frost Candle – pepperminty with a hint of vanilla.  I will only burn in December!
5) Christmas Specials -I love all the old ones – Frosty, Rudolph, Charlie Brown and the Lifetime and Hallmark movies.

6) Egg Nog

7) Snow (well last year we had snow in December!)

8) Christmas songs (all time favorite O Holy Night)

9) Christmas Movies – Favorite ELF

10) Snowball (Russian Tea) Cookies

11) Red, I LOVE the color red


12) Poinsettias


13) Advent Calendars – I love that Tara still loves to open the little windows every day. 

Thanks A-Latte for stopping by!
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It’s THURSDAY

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This blog hop is hosted by

Joining in on Thirsty Thursday Blog Hop for the first time.  Today is the first day of a three day weekend for me. 
I have a “thing” about photographing my coffee, so I thought I would share with all my new “Thirsty” Friends!

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I saw this Garfield comic this morning and thought it was funny, and oh so true!

and a great quote to live by!

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THURSDAY THIRTEEN

Tara and I love to go to the movies.  This year we did not see as many has we have in the past, but we’ve still done pretty well. (I think there are more, but I came up with 13 for this exercise!)
Thirteen Movies I have seen this year
 1.  MegaMind
  2. Due Date
 3. Paranormal Activity 2
 4. Leap Year
 5. Tooth Fairy
 6. Alice in Wonderland
 7. Easy A
 8. How to Train Your Dragon
 9. Avatar – The Last Air Bender
10. Marmaduke
11. Karate Kid
12. Toy Story 3
13. Life As We Know It

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Thursday Thirteen – B is for Books

One of my goals (not a resolution) for 2010 is to READ more.  I have joined a book club, and through that have heard of many interesting books and authors I would like to read.  Sometimes bookstores overwhelm me, so much to choose from, I like having it narrowed down a bit!.

Tara and I have also found a new found love of thrift stores, many of which have great used book sections.  It’s like a scavenger hunt trying to find specific titles. 

I used to love to read, then I became a mom, and I just did not make the time.  I like to get into my books, and that never seemed possible with busy Miss Tara around!  My favorite place to read used to be floating in the pool, then I started to need glasses to read, but I also needed sunglasses, so my reading in the pool stopped!  Besides, we don’t have a pool anymore!

So, in no specific order, here are 13 books I want to read in 2010. I have 9 of the thirteen in my library!  Another is at a thrift store and will be 1/2 off on Friday (unless someone bought it since yesterday!)

  1. The Dive from Clausen’s Pier by Ann Packer (reading now – saw the Lifetime movie)
  2. The Pact by Jodi Picoult
  3. The Postmistress by Sarah Blake (comes out in February)
  4. South of Broad by Pat Conroy
  5. Murder on the Iditarod Trail by Sue Henry
  6. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
  7. The Tenth Circle – Jodi Picoult (I did not realize this was a Lifetime Movie when I picked up the book)
  8. The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
  9. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (I have had this for months)
  10. Understanding Exposure – Photography Book
  11. While I Was Gone – Sue Miller
  12. The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold (movie coming out this week)
  13. Promise Not to Tell – Jennifer McMahon

I’m going to attempt to go through the alphabet for the first 26 weeks of Thursday 13 this year.  I missed last week, the first Thursday of 2010, so I will have to catch up and do “A”!

    A cup of coffee shared with a friend is happiness!

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    My Jam Packed, Full of Fun, Thursday Post

    Cheaper Than TherapyA Thousand Words Thursday is hosted by Jen @ Cheaper Than Therapy.  Click on the button and go check her out, and while you are there, why not post one of your favorite photos, and join in!

    This time of year brings up so many memories, that it is hard to decide what picture(s) to post!  I’ve been  having fun all week sharing photos from the holidays during the years we lived in Orlando.  I’ve been waiting for December so I could share them!

    Our holidays really revolved around Disney those years.  Visiting the resorts to see the beautiful decorations and special “edible” displays, visiting the parks; each one decorated in it’s own special way, Magic Kingdom’s Very Merry Christmas parties, the Obsourne Family Spectacle of Lights at Disney Hollywood Studios, and Holidays around the World in EPCOT.

    From Thanksgiving until Christmas there was always something to do!  This was also the time of the year that we were pretty much guaranteed visits from family, my sister always arrived the day after Thanksgiving, and my mom for Christmas.

    For the most part we stayed away from the parks Christmas Day and the week after, those are the busiest days of the year.  We did however enjoy Christmas morning breakfast at the Crystal Palace (Magic Kingdom)one year, with my mom.  She had recently had surgery, so was in a wheel chair, and immediately after breakfast I was not feeling well, so we were out of the park before the crowds arrived.  It was a “goal” of mine to be in Magic Kingdom on Christmas Day!  (Yes, during those years I was a Disney Geek!)

    With the mostly warm weather in Orlando, it was rarely cold on Christmas, I only remember one year that required coats, it was great to have a place like Disney to help the holiday spirit!  They make “snow” on Main Street in Magic King during the Christmas parties, and also in Disney Hollywood Studios during the Spectacle of Lights.  Tara loved catching the “snow”!  Hey you gotta work with what you’ve got!
    So, for this week, I will choose these
    Here is Mom, Tara and Piglet at Crystal Palace (2006)

    Tyler, Mom and Tara (2007) – Grand Floridian Gingerbread (made out of real gingerbread)

    Tara and my sister Linda – Downtown Disney (2008)

    Thursday Thirteen
    Thirteen Places I have visited – I have not traveled as extensively as many, but growing up we took many family camping trips, mostly on the east coast and Canada.  My dad always said there was plenty of this country to visit before he was ready to go elsewhere.
    1) Germany – high school trip
    2) Austria – high school trip
    3) Canadian Maritimes – this was a three week vacation with my parents, and to this day I think my favorite!
    4) US Virgin Islands – we had a condo in St Croix, also took a cruise that stopped in St Thomas
    5) St Marteen
    6)Canada – Quebec and Ontario
    7) Minneapolis, MN (I saw my hotel room and the Mall of America— I was there working on a project for my job, which totally changed while the team was in flight, so I spent most of my days in my room re-writing training, while the trainers trained!)
    8) Bahamas – both a regular vacation and a stop on a cruise
    9) Houston, TX
    10) Florida (Orlando, once before we moved there)
    11) Hilton Head
    12) New Hampshire – my father loved New England and we had friends who lived in Laconia, so we camped a great deal in NH
    13) Las Vegas


    1. Sometimes when you are sitting around doing nothin2 g, a thought randomly pops into your head. How many measuring cups do you own?
    10 total –  2 cup and 1 cup pyrex and two sets of 4 each plastic dry measuring cups.  I know this because earlier this year, we combined households with my mother, and downsized our stuff, so there are not too many redundant kitchen utensils!  I can’t wait to break out the measuring cups this weekend and start BAKING!

    2. What is your favorite ice cream topping?
    I rather like my ice cream plain, but if it is soft vanilla ice cream (think DQ) I do like hot fudge.

    3. Egg nog – is it digestible? 
    Yes, I suppose it is, if you are not lactose intolerant.  I love egg nog, so does my 12 year old.  She is lactose “sensitive” so we bought Silk Soy “Nog”, it is surprisingly tasty, and WAY less fat than the real stuff.

    4. Were you one of the insane humans who went to a store last Friday?
    Nope, nope, nope, but we did go to the movies, which I think is the 2nd most crowded place on Black Friday.  Did you know that Thanksgiving Eve is the busiest night in the bar business?  I did not know that!

    5. There are 12 months in a year, anywhere from 28 – 31 days in a month, depending on the year, of course. Each day holds a special meaning for someone, some days hold a special meaning for everybody. Do you have a 2010 calendar yet?
    Well, since I rarely use a paper calendar, no, I do not, but I have my Google calendar and the calendar on my Iphone.  I was never good with calendars… but I have always liked to look at the pretty pictures.  I would get a calendar every year for Christmas growing up.  My daughter wants one with pug pictures.  I am going to make desk calendars for a little extra gift this year using my photos.  Just thought you’d like to know that.  The directions are here.

    6. Kids are funny sometimes and say the darnedest things, but it’s ok because they are kids and they are so adorable. A two year old is cute when they say a swear word. Admit it, they are. What was your favorite nursery rhyme growing up? Hey – if you don’t have a favorite, just work with me here and pick the first one that fell off the wall and broke like an egg or came out of the sky like a cow who just jumped over the moon.
    Wow, that was a LONG time ago.  I’m going to go with Jack & Jill, for some crazy reason I just had a flashback to me and my friends running around outside singing that song.  
    You know Nursery Rhymes were pretty violent.  

    • Jack broke his crown, 
    • Humpty Dumpty, well he bit the dust, 
    • Ring around the Rosie has to do with the PLAGUE for goodness sake.  
    • Old Mother Hubbard’s dog was starving (but that nursery rhyme has a whole other meaning)
    • Little Miss Muffett’s dad was an entomologist and it was one of his spiders that scared her while eating her breakfast of curds, which in itself is pretty scary.

    7. Most of us have some type of machine that people like to call ‘vehicles’. Some are blue, some are yellow, some are red. Some have trunks, some have beds and some even can’t decide if they are a car or a truck. We put gas in them, check the oil and drive them all over the place and stop them in places called parking spots. Picture in your mind the machine you currently own and if you own more than one, picture the one you last drove – when was the last time you had a new tire on it?
    My car is white, a mom-mobile… I swore I would never drive, but I LOVE it! I bought my car in May (used, and it had new tires on it), my previous car, I had just replaced the tires, which were in very very bad shape… they had been on it since 2002 (in my defense, it was only about 50K miles in those 7 years)

    8. For those of us on Facebook, do you wish to share your Facebook identity with us?
    Yes, I FB, and I tweet too.  Go to my sidebar, scroll down a bit, and you will find them both there!

    9. Santa’s coming! Where’s the best place to hide presents? Any clever little tricks for keeping those nosy people from ruining the surprise?
    I always hid presents for my daughter in my office closet.  She never had a reason to go in there. I don’t think she was a snoop.  One day I had been shopping and had to go pick her up from school before I had time to go home, little did she know the back of the SUV was filled with her gifts… I hoped she wouldn’t notice the blanket covering “stuff”… I was a BAD snooper when I was growing up.  (Bad, meaning I would always find the hiding place, and my mother wrapped the boxes lids and tops separately (they could be used again that way…. ) so it was pretty easy to peek even after they were wrapped!

    10. Have you heard that the world is going to end in 2012? Some people think that the world isn’t actually going to go BOOM! and be no more, they think that the “end of the world” is actually going to be a worldwide takeover by a certain country and/or religion, which all has to do with the current president of the USA. Do you agree?
    I honestly haven’t thought about it much.  My 12 yo is convinced that they world is going to end, and she would make me change the channel when the commercials for 2012 came on.  What was the other moving similar to that, Knowing, the world was ending there too, and after she watched that she was very disturbed.  She can watch just about anything, but she has a real problem with the end of the world stuff!

    11. Butterfly, butterfly fluttering through the air, please don’t land on my freshly washed hair. What brand of shampoo did you use this morning? (and for those of you who still stink.. think of yesterday morning… and if that still doesn’t apply to you – go get your stinky butt in the shower!)
    I have not showered yet this morning.  I get up VERY early so I have some quiet and alone time, my shower comes after everyone else is up.  I did wash my hair yesterday and I used Dove shampoo and conditioner, in a green bottle – cucumber and melon or something – it was on sale.  In my attempt to be more frugal, I’m not buying the expensive stuff. My hair really needs a cut and color…

    Have a Fa La La La Day!

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    Thursday Thirteen and Thursday Thunks

    I had gotten away from doing some of these types of weekly memes, it seems like every day is taken up with photo memes I love to participate in, but I guess since I have three blogs, I have enough “real estate” in the blogosphere to post a couple times a day!!! I also posted to A Thousand Words Thursday in the post before this one.

    I know we still have Thanksgiving to get through (7 days from today), and as much as I am looking forward to our first real family Thanksgiving in 7 years, Christmas is only 35 days away….. and yesterday I was thinking about all the holiday movies I love to watch (and Tara too).  When we lived in FL, we would set a Saturday aside, and have a Christmas movie marathon.  When it doesn’t get very cold, you need to work on getting in the mood!
    Thirteen Favorite Holiday movies:

    1. Elf
    2. Jingle All the Way
    3. Christmas Story
    4. The Santa Clause (1, 2 & 3)
    5. Christmas Vacation
    6. Holiday Inn (I love the old movies!)
    7. It’s A Wonderful Life
    8. Miracle on 34th Street
    9. The Polar Express
    10. Christmas in CT
    11. Deck the Halls
    12. Scrooged
    13. Home Alone (I still remember seeing this in the theater on a first date…..)

    and many many LIFETIME holiday themed movies… Fa La La La Lifetime, I can’t wait.  It’s a guilty holiday pleasure!

    Now Thursday Thunks (sometimes these questions scare me, so I just copied them and have not read them yet…)

    1. If you won a brand new house in a Dream House Giveaway would you move into it, sell it to pay the taxes and make a profit, rent it out or give it to a family member/friend who might need it?  I think I would sell it, and maybe buy something smaller and put the rest of the money away.

    2. Are you good at billards?  I’m not bad.  Have not played in some time.

    3. Does anyone on the planet really want to see Levi Johnston naked in Playgirl (other than when Bristol Palin did)?  Umm, no, not me!
    4. Is your phone ringing right now?  No.  I really hate when the phone rings!
    5. Do you think man has eaten or tried to eat every type of animal on the face of the earth at one point or another? If not, what don’t you think man has tried?  I would guess probably at some point.  Look at all the ICKY things they eat on Survivor.  If we haven’t tried to eat it, is is probably because we haven’t been able to capture it!
    6. The new movie Avatar has been showing sneak peeks and been hyped to the max. Will you see it?  I haven’t paid much attention to it.  Is is like the cartoon?  If so then maybe Tara will want to see it.
    7. If a slightly bigger fish eats a small fish, then a bigger fish immediately eats that one, then an even bigger fish immediately eats that fish and then finally a huge fish eats the one that just ate that fish and it gets caught by you… how many meals will you have from that one fish?  Is that like a turducken?  We caught a fish within a fish one time… we still only got one meal out of it!
    8. If you had an appointment with the doctor and all the plants in the office were dead, would you still see the doctor?  Probably, I’m sure the doctor is not the one who cares for the plants.
    9. Have you ever seen the number 666 in a dream?  Not that I remember
    10. “At 20 years of age the will reigns, at 30 the wit, at 40 the judgment.“~ Benjamin Franklin
    So what happens at 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100?  It’s all down hill from there! 


    11. Would you want your phone number to be (area code) 123-4567? No, just like 555-1212, you would probably get lots of wrong numbers!

    Have a fabulous day!

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