Saturday, September 27, 2008

Carving Pumpkins

It is REALLY too soon to carve, BUT, it is never too soon to PLAN! So close to the ELECTION…why not have some FUN
Voting is exciting
Voting is your right and responsibility.

Why not COMBINE both Halloween and the Upcoming Election!

NOTE the Frog here?????

I like FROGS

The United States presidential election of 2008, scheduled for Tuesday November 4, 2008, will be the 56th consecutive quadrennial United States presidential election and will select the President of the United States and Vice President of the United States.

The Republican Party has chosen John McCain, the senior United States Senator from Arizona as its nominee; Barack Obama, the junior United States Senator from Illinois, has been chosen as the nominee for the Democratic Party. The 2008 election is particularly notable because it is the first time in U.S. history that two sitting senators will run against each other for president, and because it is the first time an African American is a presidential nominee for a major party, as well as the first time both major candidates were born outside the continental United States - Hawaii for Obama and the Panama Canal Zone for McCain. With African American candidate Barack Obama, who is of mixed African and Caucasian parentage, as the Democratic Party nominee for President and John McCain's selection of female Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as the Republican Party nominee for Vice-President, the eventual winning ticket is very likely to have a historic context, as either the first African American will be elected President along with the first Roman Catholic as Vice President or the first woman will be elected Vice President.


The Libertarian Party has nominated former Congressman Bob Barr, the Constitution Party has nominated pastor and radio talk show host Chuck Baldwin, and the Green Party has nominated former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. Ralph Nader declined to seek the Green Party nomination and is running as an independent candidate.


Consider these options: Carving Pumpkins for Halloween


Presidential Candidate Pumpkin Carving Stencils 2008

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Thursday, September 25, 2008


Why isn't the number 11 pronounced onety-one?
If 4 out of 5 people SUFFER from diarrhea...does that mean that one out of five enjoys it?
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Why do croutons come in airtight packages? Aren't they just stale bread to begin with?
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If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled?
If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, then doesn't it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, models deposed, tree surgeons debarked, and dry cleaners depressed?
Do Lipton Tea employees take 'coffee breaks?'
What hair color do they put on the driver's licenses of bald men?
Why do they put pictures of criminals up in the Post Office?
What are we supposed to do, write to them?
Why don't they just put their pictures on the postage stamps so the mailmen can look for them
while they deliver the mail?
Whatever happened to Preparations A through G?

Monday, September 22, 2008

Today is the September equinox

Leaves turning gold, crimson and pumpkin, color West Virginia bright and fun as fall comes to the Mountain State.
Visit our fall festivals, try our outdoor recreation, stay in our cozy cabins or homey inns. Whatever your plans for this fall season, make sure you include a trip to the mountains and the fun that make West Virginia wild and wonderful.
~~~~~~~~~~~ The regions and approximate dates of peak leaf-peeping are approximations based upon average conditions for those areas.
The West Virginia Division of Tourism obtains this information from the West Virginia Division of Forestry and makes no guarantee that visitors to the areas will see peak color at the times predicted above. Please call your destination ahead of your visit to ensure the best possible show of fall color. During the season, weekly updates on fall color are available here or by calling
1-800-CALL WVA.
The start of autumn in the northern hemisphere and spring in the southern hemisphere. It arrives at 10:44 a.m. CDT as the Sun crosses the celestial equator from north to south. The Sun rises due east and sets due west today. MEANWHILE in CANADA

Sunday, September 21, 2008


Ha ha I had a Epiphany about Toothpaste…Go Figure!
This morning when I awoke, I noticed my container of Toothpaste. It is almost at its end of usefulness. I calculate approximately four (4) more applications left.
~~ Ummmmmmm, I wonder how long this particular container has adorned my sink area? Will I miss the old one? Why am I even thinking about it? There on the edge of the sink sits a new container just waiting to be the next in line.
So early to think about complex issues…
I could provide a picture of the soon to be empty container as well as the one in waiting, but then I think I will just do a flower or something else…
~~ Silliness for sure!


Talk about silliness, have you ever REALLY wondered how much toothpaste is there in a tube?

Tuesday, September 16, 2008


All is well EXCEPT...
The Router is going BELLY UP !
The Modem is acting up as well!
How Modems Work! Modem (from modulator-demodulator) is a device that modulates an analog carrier signal to encode digital information, and also demodulates such a carrier signal to decode the transmitted information. The goal is to produce a signal that can be transmitted easily and decoded to reproduce the original digital data. Modems can be used over any means of transmitting analog signals, from driven diodes to radio.
The most familiar example is a voiceband modem that turns the digital 1s and 0s of a personal computer into sounds that can be transmitted over the telephone lines of Plain Old Telephone Systems (POTS), and once received on the other side, converts those 1s and 0s back into a form used by a USB, Ethernet, serial, or network connection. Modems are generally classified by the amount of data they can send in a given time, normally measured in bits per second, or "bps". They can also be classified by Baud, the number of times the modem changes its signal state per second.

Routers are physical devices that join multiple wired or wireless networks together. Technically, a wired or wireless router is a Layer 3 gateway, meaning that the wired/wireless router connects networks (as gateways do), and that the router operates at the network layer of the OSI model.

;( SIGH!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Honey Honey

The word mantis derives from the Greek word mantis for prophet or fortune teller. In Europe, the name "praying mantis" refers to only a single species, Mantis religiosa.
I am not really sure what brought this song to mind when I saw this Mantis…but I hummed it all day.


Note the word HUM…as Mantis is on the Humming bird feeder…tee hee
Could be because I recently got the CD, could be because I miss my Honey, Honey…or it just COULD BE ...the way it is
"Honey, Honey" was written by Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Stig Anderson, with shared vocals by Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. As well as the English version, ABBA also recorded "Honey, Honey" in Swedish, the last official recording by the group in their own language and was released as the B-side of the Swedish "Waterloo" single. In its English format, "Honey, Honey" was released with "King Kong Song" as the B-side.



Honey, Honey lyrics

Honey honey, how you thrill me,

ah-hah, honey honey Honey honey, nearly kill me,

ah-hah, honey honey I'd heard about you before I wanted to know some more

And now I know what they mean, you're a love machine

Oh, you make me dizzy Honey honey, let me feel it, ah-hah, honey honey

Honey honey, don't conceal it, ah-hah, honey honey

The way that you kiss goodnight (The way that you kiss me goodnight)

The way that you hold me tight (The way that you're holding me tight)

I feel like I wanna sing when you do your thing


Honey, Honey - Full Track - Mamma Mia The Movie

Saturday, September 13, 2008

"Shine On, Harvest Moon"

~~~ This weekend's full Moon has a special name--the Harvest Moon. It's the full Moon closest to the northern autumnal equinox. In years past, farmers depended on the light of the Harvest Moon to gather ripening crops late into the night. Post-Edison, we appreciate it mainly for its beauty. Be alert in the nights ahead for Harvest Moon halos, coronas and 'dogs.
The harvest moon is the first full moon after the first frost.

The Harvest moon is a legend in Norse mythology, it is said to be the most powerful of the Moons granting Loki's blessing for a strong harvest and plenty. The Harvest moon is often mistaken for the modern day Hunter's moon.

NOTE the SPECIAL Flowers on the table from my BEST FRIEND!!!
Sweetie is Awesome!


There is something special about all seasons, at least for me. Fall brings the harvest of many foods from the garden.
I especially love to grill any time of year, but this particular occasion was this past week. A woman’s party and we all had a BLAST!
"Shine On, Harvest Moon" is the name of a popular early-1900s song credited to Jack Norworth and his wife Nora Bayes. It was one of a series of moon related Tin Pan Alley songs of the era. The song was debuted by the composers in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1908 to great acclaim. It became a pop standard, still very familiar some 40 years later, and continues to be performed and recorded occasionally into the 21st century.
Chorus Oh, Shine on, shine on, harvest moon Up in the sky; I ain't had no lovin' Since January, February, June or July. Snow time ain't no time to stay Outdoors and spoon; Shine on, shine on, harvest moon, For me and my gal.

Friday, September 12, 2008


Fall is almost upon us here. The dogs are faring quite well as are we. This summer has been rather hectic, but then it has been a good spring and summer. Tomorrow it is time to finish processing the corn from the garden. Soon as well time to get the birdfeeders ready.

A new PC for me as well… time to learn the nuisances of Vista …


Soon perchance time to Blog a bit more on a regular basis…


The name Aster comes from the Ancient Greek word astron, meaning "star", arriving through the Latin word astrum with the same meaning, referring to the shape of the flower head. Many species and a variety of hybrids and varieties are popular as garden plants because of their attractive and colorful flowers.


"Wild Asters"

By: Sara Teasdale

In the spring I asked the daisies

If his words were true,

And the clever little daisies

Always knew.

Now the fields are brown and barren,

Bitter autumn blows,

And of all the stupid asters

Not one knows.

Asters are great for late summer and fall bloom. Its bright 1 1/2 inch flowers bloom prolifically from August through October atop a two to four foot plant.
The Aster produces large clusters of delicate daisy-like flowers in white, purple, lavender, pink or red. They are hardy in USDA zones 4 through 9, depending on the variety.Asters should be planted in moist well-drained soil in full sun, but they will tolerate light shading. The plants form broad bushy clumps, so plant them at least 18 inches apart. Mature clumps will need to be divided every 3 - 4 years in the early spring, or late fall after the flowering has finished. Pinch back the tops by 6-8 inches at least once during the summer, to create a bushier plant and to prolong the fall bloom. This pinching MUST be done prior to mid July, or it will have an opposite effect, and blooming will be reduced. Asters may be propagated by dividing or grown from seed sown indoors at about 70 degrees F. or may be sown directly into the garden after all frost danger has passed. Germination takes anywhere from 15 to 30 days, depending on the temperature.


Annual varieties of Asters require the same basic care, but should not be planted in the same spot the following year, to prevent plant diseases such as Aster wilt. Sow seeds directly into the garden in early spring, when all frost danger has passed. Barely cover the seeds with 1/8 inch of fine soil. Thin the young plants to 12 to 15 inches apart when they are three inches tall. Successive plantings will ensure a longer blooming season. Promptly remove any spent flowers to help ensure blooming throughout the summer.




Calendar of Monthly Gardening Tasks etc…

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

A year and a couple of months in the making

Date for this part April 15th
End date Aug 28…

For more click on label Koi Pond, or Sarah’s Pond
Soon after Sarah’s Pond was complete, the ducks wrecked havoc. Temporary measure was a plastic fence. This summer we added not just a Fence, as we call it the DUCK Fence, but a lower deck adjacent to the existing deck Plus a concrete pad that is Beautiful.
Enjoy a work in progress. Next year I shall add some Lily of the Valley as well as more ferns. It should settle out and be just totally wonderful. Aside from keeping the gardening and pond maintained
Stamped concrete is becoming increasingly popular and a more frequent material of choice for homeowners across the country because of the wide array of patterns and colors available, particularly compared to other potential patio materials.
We chose for the patterned stone Fieldstone.
Colors and patterns for stamped concrete are often chosen to blend with other stone or tile elements at the residence. Complex designs incorporating steps, courtyards, and fountains can be achieved. Stamped concrete can also be blended with other decorative concrete elements such as exposed aggregate finishes and acid-etch staining. Many contractors offer dozens of patterns.