Monday, July 28, 2008
Possums sleep in the middle of the road with their feet in the air.
There are 5,000 types of snakes and 4,998 live in South Carolina.
There are 10,000 types of spiders. All 10,000 live in South Carolina plus a
couple no one's seen before.
If it grows, it sticks; if it crawls, it bites.
Onced and twiced are words.
It is not a shopping cart; it is a buggy.
People actually grow and eat okra.
Fixinto is one word.
There is no such thing as "lunch." There is only dinner and then there is
Sweet Tea is appropriate for all meals and you start drinking it when you're
two. We do like a little tea with our sugar!
Backards and forwards means "I know everything about you."
DJeet? is actually a phrase meaning "Did you eat?"
You don't have to wear a watch because it doesn't matter what time it is.
You work until you're done or it's too dark to see.
You don't PUSH buttons, you MASH them.
YOU KNOW YOUR FROM SOUTH CAROLINA IF:
You measure distance in minutes.
You've ever had to switch from "heat" to "A/C" in the same day.
You use "fix" as a verb. Example: "I'm fixing to go to the store."
All the festivals across the state are named after a fruit, vegetable,
grain, insect or animal.
You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both
You know what a "DAWG" is.
You carry jumper cables in your car . . . for your OWN car.
You only own four spices: salt, pepper, Tabasco and ketchup.
The local papers cover national and international news on one page, but
require 6 pages for local gossip and sports.
You think that the first day of deer season is a national holiday.
You find 100 degrees Fahrenheit "a little warm."
You know all four seasons: Almost Summer, Summer, still Summer and
Going to Wal-mart is a favorite past time known as"goin' Wal-martin" or off
to "Wally World."
You describe the first cool snap (below 70 degrees) as good pinto-bean
A carbonated soft drink isn't a soda, cola or pop . . .. it's a Coke,
regardless of brand or flavor. Example: "What kinda coke you want?"
Fried catfish is the other white meat.
We don't need no stinking driver's ed . . . if our mama says we can drive,
we can drive.
You understand these jokes and forward them to your friends from South
(and those who just wish they were).
Not EVERYONE can be from Carolina, it's an art form and a gift from God!
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Man it’s HOT here!!!!
One of our friends hasn’t been posting a lot lately because he’s been spending a lot of time doing stuff with his family. The lucky guy doesn’t live in SC, obviously.
Here in SC our big "Do Things" time of year is autumn when it's a bit cooler and you don't face the consequences of heat stroke/exhaustion from being outside for more than 10 minutes. The only thing I'll brave the heat for in the summer is to pick Blackberries so I can make Blackberry Jelly. But sadly- I wasn't able to stand the heat this year. So- NO JELLY FOR ME!!!!
We’re looking forward to their visit so MUCH!!!
I LOVE Autumn…..All the fall festivals and apple festivals and street fairs happening. (Celebrating Surviving the Summer Heat is MY guess for the reason for them all.) It’s a GREAT time of year.
Speaking of which…..I have a GREAT Apple Pie Recipe to share with you all…..This is the best apple pie recipe EVER in my opinion.
Let me suggest making the crust first and THEN making the filling because the crust has to chill at LEAST a couple hours before rolling it out. Oh- and CHILL ALL the ingredients for the crust in the fridge for at least an hour before taking them out to make the crust- that includes the bowl and pastry cutter/fork that you’re gonna use to cut the shortening into the flour.
Of course, if you don’t DO crusts from scratch- then get a Pillsbury Ready Made- they are the absolute flakiest crusts ever.
Sublime Crumb Apple Pie
1 pie crust(Recipe Follows)
Best Pie Crust EVER!:
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup shortening
½ cup ice cold water
An hour before using -Chill everything to be used- utensils, bowl and ingredients.
Combine flour and salt.
Cut in shortening til mixture forms coarse crumbs.
Stir in water til mixture forms ball
Refrigerate at least 2 hours before rolling out on floured surface handling as little as possible.
Place in pie pan.
½ cup plus 2 Tablespoons All-purpose flour
1/3 cup each- packed light brown sugar and granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ cup walnuts, coarsely chopped(OPTIONAL)(You can substitue Crasins or rasins or any other type nut for it as well if you like0 or just omit alltogether)
1 stick(1/2 cup) COLD butter- cut in small pieces.
7 medium to large tart apples(Granny Smith, Pippins, or Greenlings work best)
1Tablespoon Lemon Juice
½ cup granulated sugar
3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1-Heat oven to 450 and place rack on lowest position in the oven.
2-Topping: Mix all ingredients together to make course crumbs. Set aside.
Peel halve and core apples. Slice into 1/8th inch slices. Place in a large bowl add lemon juice and toss to coat. Mix remaining ingredients an a small bowl then sprinkle over apples and toss to coat. Set aside.
4-Layer apples in pie shell, mounding them higher in the center. Gently pat topping evenly over the apples to form a top crust. (I also put a second dough crust over the top of the pie at this point although the recipe doesn’t call for it.)
5-Place pie on baking sheet to catch any drips-(Or line rack under pie pan with foil and then remove and throw away after baking the pie-EASY!)
6-Bake 15 minutes at 450 degrees, then REDUCE OVEN TEMP to 350 degrees and bake 45 minutes longer or until a skewer meets some resistance when center of pie is pierced(apples will continue to cook after pie is removed from oven) and topping (or crust) is golden brown. If Topping browns too quickly, drape a piece of foil loosely over the pie and continue baking for remainder of time.
Cool completely on a wire rack.
If you use a second dough crust- brush with butter and after cooling dust with granulated sugar.
If you use only the crumb topping crust- cool completely then sprinkle with confectioners sugar.
*For Thanksgiving I like to use the dough scraps and roll out and use leaf cookie cutters to put on top of the pie for a decorative garnish as well. Make veins on the leaves with a knife edge.*
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
WOULDN'T IT BE GREAT TO TURN ON THE TV AND HEAR ANY U.S.
PRESIDENT, DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN GIVE THE FOLLOWING SPEECH?
'My Fellow Americans: As you all know, the defeat of the Iraq regime has been completed.
Since congress does not want to spend any more money on this war, our mission in Iraq is complete.
This morning I gave the order for a complete removal of all American forces from Iraq. This action will be complete with in 30 days. It is now time to begin the reckoning.
Before me, I have two lists. One list contains the names of countries which have stood by our side during the Iraq conflict. This list is short . The United Kingdom, Spain, Bulgaria, Australia and Poland are some of the countries listed there.
The other list contains every one not on the first list. Most of the world's nations are on that list. My press secretary will be distributing copies of both lists later this evening.
Let me start by saying that effective immediately, foreign aid to those nations on List 2 ceases immediately and indefinitely. The money saved during the first year alone will pretty much pay for the costs of the Iraqi war.
THEN EVERY YEAR THERE AFTER IT WILL GO TO OUR SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM SO IT WONT GO BROKE IN 20 YEARS.
The American people are no longer going to pour money into third world Hell-holes and watch those government leaders grow fat on corruption.
Need help with a famine ? Wrestling with an epidemic? Call France .
In the future, together with Congress, I will work to redirect this money toward solving the vexing social problems we still have at HOME. On that note, a word to terrorist organizations. Screw with us and we will hunt you down and eliminate you and all your friends from the face of the earth.
Thirsting for a gutsy country to terrorize? Try France or maybe China .
I am ordering the immediate severing of diplomatic relations with France, Germany and Russia . Thanks for all your help, comrades. We are retiring from NATO as well. Bonne chance, mezamies.
I have instructed the Mayor of New York City to begin towing the many UN diplomatic vehicles located in Manhattan with more than two unpaid parking tickets to sites where those vehicles will be stripped, shredded and crushed. I don't care about whatever treaty pertains to this. You creeps have tens of thousands of unpaid tickets. Pay those tickets tomorrow or watch your precious Benzes, Beamers and limos be turned over to some of the finest chop shops in the world. I love New York.
A special note to our neighbors. Canada is on List 2. Since we are likely to be seeing a lot more of each other, you folks might want to try not pissing us off for a change.
Mexico is also on List 2- its president and his entire corrupt government really need an attitude adjustment. I will have a couple extra thousand tanks and infantry divisions sitting around. Guess where I am going to put'em? Yep, U.S. border security.
Oh, by the way, the United States is abrogating the NAFTA treaty - starting now.
We are tired of the one-way highway. Immediately, we'll be drilling for oil in Alaska-which will take care of this country's oil needs for decades to come. If you're an environmentalist who opposes this decision, I refer you to List 2 above: pick a country and move there.
It is time for America to focus on its OWN welfare and its OWN citizens. Some will accuse us of isolationism. I answer them by saying, "darn tootin".
Nearly a century of trying to help folks live a decent life around the world has only earned us the undying enmity of just about everyone on the planet. It is time to eliminate hunger in America . It is time to eliminate homelessness in America. To the nations on List 1, a final thought. Thank you guys. We owe you and we won't forget.
To the nations on List 2, a final thought: You might want to learn to speak Arabic.
God bless America .. Thank you and good night.
I can just see the presidential podium and hear the cadence of his voice as he says every single word. Whichever President gave this speech would have my undying gratitude and backing for the rest of my life- and I'm sure MANY MANY out there would think the same.
But for now- until one of our esteemed leaders finds the guts to actually GIVE this speech.......How does the song go?.......Dream a Little Dream??
(I'll get off my Soap-Box now. Thanks for listening.)
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
What I want to know is...... WHY NOT?
I don't want to spend my entire life "on the road" to happiness with always it being JUST out of sight, or JUST around the bend, or JUST over the hill.
I want to find it and enjoy it. To have time to savor and soak it up. Time to bask in it, roll around in it, drown in it. Time to gorge myself on it, or to roll it around on my tongue and enjoy the taste of it. Time to feel it sliding against my skin like a cool silk sheet.
I want it ASAP- or NOW- Whichever comes first.
What would make me happy?
To have all my family safe and sound and happy.
To have enough money to have my own home and a decent auto.
To have a job I LOVED going to and doing every day, instead of one I can live with going to every day.
( I would say to have people I enjoy working WITH as well, but I absolutely adore 99.9% of the people I work with now and the other .1% I can easily deal with- so I've pretty much got that covered already!)
To have a two week vacation once a year-(One week for going somewhere and doing something and the second week to come home and do nothing at all but rest and relax and do things I WANT to do instead of things that "need" doing or "fixing". (Of course, if I had an in-ground pool I wouldn't even have to GO anywhere unless I wanted to go to England to visit my In-Laws for that first week!!!)
Now in light of that Wish List- Is that too much for a person to ask for?
I mean REALLY-Is It??????
Monday, July 21, 2008
This week has been truly frustrating for me.
I can't get ANYTHING to work the way I want it to.
I try cleaning- and it seems I mess up more than I get sorted out.
I try writing and it seems unreadable. I try cooking and I burn things. I try to walk and I break things.....like my toes.
Why is it that sometimes I just seem to lose no matter which way I turn?
I'm a veritable mass of contradictions. I mean I like things all nice and neat and compartmentalized. But if things don't go exactly the way I wan them to I can usually go with the flow and not let it bother me too much- figuring, I suppose, that I can put things right, or in order, later.
But there are occasions when I just cannot take it and I go totally ballistic about the very same things.
Is it just me being me? Or is it being a female and my hormones acting up? Or is it the circumstances or conditions happening the day it happens or WHAT?
Sometimes me being on meds for anxiety and all doesn't seem to phase it a bit!
Eh....I suppose it will work itself out eventually.
Like they say....
"Live and Learn- then Die and Forget it All."
Or DO we?
Saturday, July 19, 2008
I felt the now familiar snap and burn immediately and so instead of getting a drink- I got an ice pack and hobbled back to the living room .
I left the ice-pack on it for about a half hour and then went and picked my youngest Grandson, CJ, up for our time together today.
We went visiting a couple of relatives while we had him and then I returned home to feed him, change him and give him a bottle.
He's really eating good now too!!!
Anyway, After CJ had eaten and got all comfy, he took a nap and I propped up my foot because it was beginning to throb like mad. I looked at it as I propped it up and it's all black and blue and purple and green now.
Yep- It's definitely broke....again.
Friday, July 18, 2008
I don't think so.
Paulius wrote his last post about me hating it when he has a bout of insomnia when I'm off work.
And what he said was the complete truth....(Except about me making those Chewbacca sounds, that is). But I don't think he can actually call it "Insomnia" when he goes to bed and sleeps like a stone as soon as I get up.
Either he has a bad case of "getting his days and nights mixed up" or he's acquiring an aversion to us sleeping together.
I mean, just look at it from my point of view- .......I call him from work to chat when I have my break at 3:30AM and he's going full blast..... playing on the computer, watching a movie, drawing another comic-book character, eating, doing laundry..........his normal stuff, whatever that is. Then I come home at 6:30AM and he's sound asleep in bed.
Then, on my nights off work, I try and keep the same schedule(somewhat anyway) so MY sleep doesn't get screwed up. So we go to bed, and a couple hours later I turn over in bed to snuggle up to my darling husband and he's not there....he's back in the living room- wide awake- doing whatever it is he usually does when I'm at work!!!! So, I hear he can't sleep and so I go back to bed alone-which I DETEST!!!! I'm not really mad at THAT point, I mean after all- everyone- including me- has bouts of sleeplessness occasionally. But then after sleeping 6 or 7 hours I get up so I can spend some time with him on my days off and after an hour of ME being up with him, he declares he's exhausted because he got NO sleep last night-(when I was sleeping during our normal sleep time)- and then he goes off to bed and somehow manages to sleep for 12 or 14 hours before he wakes back up, and by THAT time I"M exhausted from being mad about having to spend all that time alone (when I get upset I CLEAN house) and then I'm the one who has to choose between going and sleeping or staying awake and spending time with my now well-rested hubby.
So yeah- at that point I'm a little grouchy. But can ya blame me?
Anyway.............That's MY side of the story.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Today I come in from seeing Frank off and Barney had poohed 3 times in the kitchen and peed once in there- NOT to mention dragging my shoes into the hall way and chewing them-AGAIN!!
I JUST let him out before I left and was gone for less than two hours.
He was house broken/trained when we got him, but hasn't got it in the 5 months he's been here with us. No matter what we've tried, be it positive or negative reinforcement, it doesn't work.
I thought it would get better- but it hasn't...if ANYTHING it's gotten worse. It's like he's doing it on purpose now(I swear, I'm NOT imagining this).
So I'm going to let him go to a girl who is home all day and can train him(hopefully) by being with him 24/7 and/or will spoil him rotten.
I just CAN'T /WON'T tolerate the situation anymore. It's making me physically ill trying to deal with this any longer.
Sorry Barney, we gave you PLENTY of time to adjust and we tried EVERYTHING and if you had met us even halfway then I wouldn't have had to make this decision.
Thank goodness he will be coming home occasionally for weekends- but we are all going to miss him like crazy til he gets back home for good!!!!
This is going to be a crazy end of the year!
Godspeed Son, and we will talk to you SOON!!!
I love you!!!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Knowledge = POWER
Money = POWER?
I used to think Knowledge = Power was more true- but I'm not so sure now, to be perfectly honest.
Especially during an election year.But that put aside- which is more true in our normal everyday lives?
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Uh-oh......I've been feeling run down this week- my back is aching again, my tummy hurts, I'm aching all over, plus a couple more problems I won't bore you with. I strongly suspect I have the beginnings (or be in the middle) of a UTI or Kidney infection again. So if I don't improve by Monday morning, it's off to my GP for a test.
See? I learned my lesson about procrastinating LAST time!!!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I needed a laugh today!!
Q: Should I have a baby after 35?
A: No, 35 children is WAY MORE Than enough.
Q: I'm two months pregnant now.
When will my baby move?
A: With any luck, right after he finishes college.
Q: What is the most reliable method to determine a baby's sex?
Q: My wife is five months pregnant and so moody that sometimes she's borderline irrational.
A: So what's your question?
Q: My childbirth instructor says it's not pain I'll feel during labor, but pressure.
Is she right?
A: Yes, in the same way that a tornado might be called an air current.
Q: When is the best time to get an epidural?
A : Right after you find out you're pregnant.
Q: Is there any reason I have to be in the delivery room while my wife is in labor?
A: Not unless the word 'alimony' means anything to you.
Q: Is there anything I should avoid while recovering from childbirth?
A: Yes, pregnancy.
Q: Do I have to have a baby shower?
A: Not if you change the baby's diaper very quickly.
Q: Our baby was born last week.
When will my wife begin to feel and act normal again?
A: When the kids are in college.
10 WAYS TO KNOW IF YOU HAVE 'ESTROGEN ISSUES'
1. Everyone around you has an attitude problem.
2. You're adding chocolate chips to your cheese omelet.
3 The dryer has shrunk every last pair of your jeans.
4. Your husband is suddenly agreeing to everything you say.
5. You're using your cellular phone to dial up every bumper sticker that says: 'How's my driving-call 1- 800-'.
6. Everyone's head looks like an invitation to batting practice.
7. Everyone seems to have just landed here from 'outer space'.
8 You're not as nice as you used to be and you used to be a witch
9. You're sure that everyone is scheming to drive you crazy.
10. The ibuprofen bottle is empty and you bought it yesterday.
TOP TEN THINGS ONLY WOMEN UNDERSTAND
10. Cats' facial expressions.
9. The need for the same style of shoes in different colors.
8. Why bean sprouts aren't just weeds.
7. Fat clothes.
6 Taking a car trip without trying to beat your best time.
5. The difference between beige, ecru, cream, off-white, and eggshell.
4 Cutting your hair to make it grow.
3. Eyelash curlers.
2. The inaccuracy of every bathroom scale ever made.
AND, the Number One thing only women understand :
1. ............OTHER WOMEN
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
That's how many things we have in our entire house that run off electricity.
I counted them.
That includes the overhead lights in each room, the appliances, the electronics and miscellaneous stuff like chargers and hair dryers and space heaters and electric blankets as well. If it ran off electricity it was included.
The biggest culprits were the kitchen and the living room- much to my surprise. I was expecting the living room to be a big one- but the kitchen?
This is how I broke it down...........
The first number is the total things actually plugged in and using power all day. The second number is things we have that COULD be used on any given day- stuff we have stored in that room for occasional use in that room. Then = is the Total for the whole room.
Center Hall........... 2/1=3
Living Room......... 21/4=25
Front Hall............. 1/0=1
Laundry Room..... 3/0=3
Master Bedrm..... 5/3=7
Front Bath............. 1/4=5
Back Bath.............. 1/0=1
Do we really NEED all this stuff?
Would we be able to survive if we suddenly lost all electrical power in the nation?
For me the answer would be YES.
As long as I have a knife and a fire and books to read I can survive. And thrive.
What brought all this on?
We had a storm yesterday in the tri-state area and a LOT of power was knocked out. Luckily our house wasn't one of them- but the local radio DJ's was and he was talking about how we took
so many things for granted....and about how despite having bought a dozen flashlights and distributing them throughout the house he was unable to find even a single one of them this morning when he woke up to get dressed for work.
Could you function if you lost all power?
Yep- I could. I don't NEED a light to navigate my house in the dark. I LIKE a light to navigate but I don't REQUIRE one.
Do you have an emergency kit stashed away in a closet in case the power goes? Do you have a first aid kit with basic items you might need? Do you have emergency food rations tucked away somewhere? Do you have a basic tool kit...or could you plant a garden and grow your own food? Do you have weapons at your disposal?
Think About It.
Everyone laughs at the survivalists who are constantly honing their skills and talking of the impending apocalypse, but guess who would be the ones WE would be asking for advice should it actually happen?
Who's laughing now?
Monday, July 07, 2008
Paul and I went to see some fireworks from a local rooftop on the night of the 4th.
It was on a pretty tall building and NO- I didn't ride the elevator up-I took the stairs and my sweet hubby volunteered to take all 6 flights with me instead of taking the elevator and letting me go the stairs alone. He's such a sweetheart.. After my brush with death last week at work I have decided to take a page out of the guy's book from the movie "Office Space"' and ' I'm just not gonna do that anymore.'
The "that" in MY case is Elevators.
We were standing there with a group of others who had shown up and my hubby, Paulius, turned to me and said-"This is reminding me of the beginning of "Cloverfield"... and we all laughed.
We did have a blast watching the fireworks altho some of us were freaking out a bit about the close proximity(dang that was a BIG word for a blond) of some of the people to the edge of the roof. I was definitely one of the ones holding their breath til the show was over and we were all back on solid ground again.
Many, many thanks to our "hosts" for the evening!
Tomorrow morning I am driving my son to a dental appointment for a couple of tooth extractions. He won't be able to drive afterwards so I volunteered to take him. It'll make it easier on him to not have to worry about those teeth anymore.
I don't get it- my kids all drink milk like it's going out of style and may disappear from the face of the earth tomorrow and they brush regularly like they're supposed to so WHY do they have so many problems with their teeth?
Maybe it's genetic?
I have terribly sensitive teeth and one of my back teeth broke off a couple of months ago too.
And YES, I drink milk like my kids do too.
OMG- this is just annoying as heck!
I'm having to go back and proofread everything I do on here because either I -or the computer- is skipping "T" s again!!
Probably user error- but why only the "T"s?
If I miss some then just imagine a "T" there and see if it makes any more sense.
Yeah- I'm getting lazy again.
I'm also hungry- I just realized I haven't eaten today so I need to go re-fuel!
I'll post again in a couple days.
One last question for you.....
If a movie were being made about your life- what actor/actress would play you?
Mine would have to be Delta Burke Or Julia Duffy, I think.
Hope you all had a GREAT holiday weekend!
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Holy Smoke- last night was something else!!!!
Three of us got on the elevator at work on the ground floor. One of us got off on the 2nd floor. The other two of us took the elevator to the 5th floor. From the 2nd floor to the 5th floor was like riding the Tower of Terror. No joke- it shook like we were having an earthquake. We was holding on for dear life. I don't think I have EVER been as terrified as I was in those few seconds. They seemed like hours.
Needless to say I -nor the other passenger- didn't get back on the elevator for the rest of the night.
Probably won't EVER again.
Oh- it DID get reported and a service call will be made today. And I'm sure it was nothing to worry about at all- But that's beside the point.
I need a drink.
And a Valium.
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
I've HAD it with the little slinky looking mutt.
I got up to get a drink and found him in the middle of the living room floor with one of my new shoes chewing off the embellishments-AGAIN!
And tonight he actually had to climb up on a platform to get to my shoes (or enlist Buddy's help in getting to them- which I SERIOUSLY DOUBT happened since Buddy has never had the slightest interest in chewing anything but his toys) and they were my LAST pair of summer shoes besides my sneakers. He even got my work shoes a couple of days ago.
I'm so mad at him I could hang him up by his big floppy ears.
So first thing in the morning, I'm getting the crate off the front porch and cleaning it up and he goes in IT at night from now on.
I just cannot deal with his destructive habits anymore and if I'm forced to, I'll not be held responsible for my actions.
The next post on here quite possibly could be "R.I.P. Slinky" or "Free to a Good Home" so Slinky should TREAD lightly henceforth!
So let it be written- so let it be DONE!!!!!!!
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Sunny's Official Countdown To Christmas has Begun!!!!!!!!
Only 176 Sleeps left til Christmas!!!!
Hurry, Hurry, HURRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So Much to do!!!
BUT-if you start getting a bit of that shopping done NOW- you'll have it ALL done before Thanksgiving and you won't have to run around like a chicken with it's head cut off during the crazy holiday season and you'll be able to actually ENJOY the holidays like we should be able to.
ONLY 176 SLEEPS LEFT!!!!!!!