Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Have You Ever Looked Up the Statue of Liberty's Dress?


I mentioned in my previous post that we had family visiting from Germany and a group of our extended family were meeting up for sightseeing.  As you can see, one of the places we went was to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  Also, like our trip to West Point, I have been to these places before, and was more focused on visiting and socializing, but I did manage to take some pics to share.  Also, it was horrible weather!  In fact, mercifully, for these shots the rain actually let up and gave everyone the chance to get some shots with their cameras and camcorders without threat of them getting waterlogged like we were, ha ha!



The tickets to actually go up into the Statue of Liberty are very limited so on our visit we only could go up into the pedestal.  (A long time ago I visited the Statue of Liberty and did go all the way up to the crown.  It's overrated.  It's very stuffy, unattractive and slow to get to the top, and by the time you get there, you're tired and sweaty and after looking through the dirty, small windows in the crown at the skyline, it's time to head back down again.)  There is a small museum in the pedestal that had some interesting things like a cast of Miss Liberty's ear.


Then we went over to Ellis Island.  This is a really interesting place to visit, and very kid friendly for a museum.  Here is a shot of the "Great Hall" inside Ellis Island:


Here is a better shot of Miss Liberty from the ferry on the way back.  I'm sure, like me, you've seen pictures of the Statue of Liberty a million times, but let me tell you - she is very majestic and breathtaking in person.  I can somewhat imagine how the immigrants felt great emotion upon seeing her after their long trip to America.


Thankfully, it finally had stopped raining by the time we got back to the battery and off the ferry.  All 22 of my extended family trekked through some of the oldest streets of lower Mahattan to a restaurant for dinner.  We walked over cobblestone streets and happened to pass Fraunces Tavern, the site where General Washington gave his farewell address to the officers of the Continental Army.


We also passed the historically important establishment of "The Soupman" - the inspiration for the Soup Natzi - "No soup for you!" - from a Seinfeld tv show episode.


We all piled into a small restaurant called "Keg 229".  They had 45 beers to choose from!  (We're German, we like beer, okay?? :-)


Actually, I didn't even have any beer!  I was lame and had water. I hadn't even heard of most of these and the Husband wasn't there to advise me, and I was sitting too far from my Dad who is also an excellent Beer Advisor (and who would have done me the service of finishing my beer in case I didn't like it).  Plus I'm not sure I'd want to say some of the names of those beers out loud anyway (like Flying Dog in Heat Wheat), LOL!

Afterward we said our goodbyes and everyone went their separate ways.  We took the subway to Grand Central, raced to our train and headed home. (We raced to it because at that hour of the evening the trains only run once every HOUR to our destination, so if we missed that train, we'd have to kill an hour in Grand Central at 10 o'clock at night, which would not be the worst thing, but we preferred to try to make the train!)

Luckily this was a couple of days before the hurricane, before Mayor Bloomburg shut down mass transit completely!

I always love visiting New York City, but I wouldn't want to live there, just 'cause you know I'm an Adirondacker at heart.  :-D

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Trip to West Point Where I Wasn't Completely Paying Attention

Last week we had family visiting from Germany that I haven't seen for 25 years.  A bunch of us met up at different places in the area for sightseeing with them, one of those places being the United States Military Academy at West Point.

The reasons the tour itself didn't have my complete attention are threefold:  I've actually been to West Point a number of times over the years for different reasons - tours, Army football games and concerts, so a lot of what was covered on the tour wasn't new to me.  Secondly, I was somewhat focused on visiting with the family.  Thirdly, my seat on the tour bus was at the very back next to the bathroom, which completely obstructed my view out of the left side of the bus, LOL.  I did manage to snap a few pictures to share with you without my family in them, and despite my distractions, it is really a nice tour and I would highly recommend it.  They offer a one hour and a two hour tour, and I would definitely say take the two hour tour - I don't know how you can possibly see enough in just one hour!

With all the extreme security measures in place today, I expected that in order to go on this tour I was going to be x-rayed, frisked, fingerprinted, maybe even checked with a barcode scanner, but surprisingly we only needed to produce a driver's license or passport.  I guess with all the military personnel around, if you cause a problem, they just shoot you, ha ha....

Anyway, here is a picture of the Hudson River in this area - the tall mountains and the narrowness of the Hudson here is what made this a good, strategic spot for the original fort built here.


Here is what remains of the "Great Chain" - chain the Americans stretched across the Hudson to Constitution Island to prevent the British ships from sailing any further north.  A crazy idea, but it worked!


Here is "The Plain", kind of like the campus green.  Sometimes they have military parades here before Army football games.  The day we were there it happened to be lunchtime and we got to see them line up in formation, then march into lunch to the music of a four person band.  Pretty cool!


An area that was on this tour that I don't even remember seeing before was the cemetery.  There are a lot of really famous people buried there.  Also, some people that are not very well known, yet played very important roles in American history.  There must be a thousand interesting stories - I wish we could have spent even more time there. 



After the tour was over we had the opportunity to visit the West Point museum which was very nice, and free!  Again, if you are into military history you would be beside yourself.


One floor was all weapons ranging from practically cave man times to modern day, and guns galore!


If you ever have the chance, the United States Military Academy at West Point is a really interesting place to visit.  Just be sure not to get stuck with the seat at the back of the bus next to the bathroom!  LOL...

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Photos From Our Last Trip to Our Adirondack Place

Firstly, we made it through hurricane Irene just fine.  We never even lost power for more than a few minutes at a time.  I think we have like, one big branch that fell on our walkway, and that's about it.  I hope our Adirondack cabin fared as well...speaking of that, I'm going to wrap up telling you about our last trip to the Adirondacks by sharing with you some miscellaneous pictures...

We finished the 3,000 piece puzzle!

The ducks that come to our beach are very tame and are always looking for something to eat.  One of them bit one of our neighbor's toes!

Sand meatballs!

In case you've ever wondered what I look like, my daughter drew this picture of me, ha ha...

 Our daughter collected all these little snail shells.  They all seemed to be empty.

I hesitate to tell you this because I am so embarrassed, but, in all the years we have been coming to the Adirondacks, we had never been to Oscar's in Warrensburg!  So we finally went to Oscar's Smokehouse upon the recommendation of about 3,000 people.  We bought some smoked cheese, beef jerky and bacon.  We didn't actually have the bacon yet (it's in the freezer waiting for us next time we go up), but we are looking forward to it as we hear it's one of their specialties.  We also heard that the Champagne Cheese Spread was very good (from one of our neighbors).  If anyone else has any other suggestions of things to try, we might stop in again next time we're up at our cabin....

This was where the camera "broke".  We were geocaching at this picturesque little spot and I decided to take a picture.  After I snapped this one, the camera "froze" (we have a Canon Powershot - just a simple point and shoot - not anything fancy like a Canon Rebel or EX-H20G digital camera...).  I tried pressing the power button, and I tried taking the battery out for a few minutes, but the camera was unresponsive.  I thought it might be a goner, but later on I took the battery out and left it out for a few hours, and when I put it back in, the camera worked again.  I guess it needed to "reset" or something.  That little camera is like a Timex watch - takes a licking but keeps on ticking!

The husband caught a pickerel.

 Our daughter and three of her new friends kayaking on the lake.

Evening on the lake...

Angel apparently wanted to ride home in the Husband's duffle bag rather than the cat carrier, I guess.

Good times, good times....

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sitting With My Coffee Waiting Out Hurricane Irene


A picture of my empty deck at 8:45 this morning.  The patio furniture is stacked inside next to the piano and the BBQ is roped to the deck off to the right.

I awoke this morning to the beep that the cordless phone makes when it comes on.  The power must have flickered.  I was still sleepy but I thought about the coffee maker that the Husband filled with water and coffee the night before, just waiting to be turned on.  And I thought maybe I should get up and go turn that on and hope I can get some hot coffee before the power flickers or goes off.  So, whatever happens, at least I got my coffee.  I'm sure most of you understand how important that is.  LOL...

The wind gusts haven't been that bad here in the Hudson Valley.  I've seen worse in ordinary summer thunderstorms.  It has been steadily raining however, seemingly since late last night.  We don't normally experience any flooding, so I'm not too worried about that personally, however, our area has many creeks and low lying areas that may make travel pretty difficult for the next day or so.  At some point I'll go peek in the basement just to be sure there isn't a problem, but we checked the downspouts off the gutters yesterday, and as long as they are all still on, we should be ok.  We pulled our generator to the front of the garage so that's ready to go if need be, and we have plenty of gas. 

I am a little worried about our Adirondack cabin.  There are some crazy big trees there.  (Remember I just showed you the other day pics of the trees I look up and see from our deck?)  However, I'm sure they've stood up to lots of high winds over many years.  Most of the trees aren't "aimed" at our place, but you never know.  It's in God's hands.  Certainly nothing I can do about it but put in my plea to Him.  :-)  So, I'm sitting here sipping my hot coffee switching between the Weather Channel and our local NBC station.

Interestingly, they keep showing shots of lower Manhattan and the Battery area and we were just there this week - I haven't even gotten to tell you all about that.  We had family visiting from Germany and we went to West Point one day, and visited lower Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty / Ellis Island another day.  I'll post pics from those soon.

Are you in the path of the hurricane?  Have you had any damage?  What did you do to prepare?

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Geocaching the Gore Mountain Gondolas


Ah, we are finally back to doing more geocaching!  Last time we were up at our cabin, we did a really fun puzzle geocache - well, it was actually TWO puzzle geocaches.  (A puzzle cache is a geocache where you are not immediately given the coordinates - you have to solve some sort of puzzle which will then give you the coordinates.)  In this case, as you can see, there is a number on the gondola pictured above.  Can you guess what we had to do to solve this puzzle cache?

A little background here - pictured above is an old ski gondola from Gore Mountain ski resort.  Years ago when they were replaced with newer ones, the old red gondolas that many people have fond memories of, were saved and now appear in front of various establishments in the surrounding area.  (Wouldn't one of those old gondolas make a fantastic Tradeshow booth for the Gore Mountain resort?  I wonder if they have any of the old gondolas themselves?  I've never actually been to Gore!)

These puzzle caches included the waypoints for 8 or so of these gondolas that had us traveling from Warrensburg to Indian Lake collecting the numbers off the front of the gondolas we saw.  At the end we had the information to solve the puzzles which gave us the coordinates for a geocache at the north end of our travels, and one back south near Warrensburg.


With the final coordinates in hand, we went in search of the northern geocache.  We were unfamiliar with the area, so we drove in the direction the gps told us to go.  We turned onto Cedar River Road in Indian Lake, and after 11 miles or so, decided this was unlikely to get us to where we needed to go.  That may be the longest we have ever driven on the wrong road in search of a geocache, LOL!  However, it was a beautiful road.  This was a sign where we turned around to give you an idea where we had wandered to:


And despite the fact that we ended up having to turn around and go all the way back, we were rewarded with this breathtaking, beautiful scene where we turned around:


Probably the best wrong turn we've ever taken, LOL!

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P.S.  (We did eventually find the geocache, but where it was wasn't nearly as lovely as where we took the wrong turn, LOL.)

Wordless Wednesday: The View When I Look Up From Our Adirondack Deck





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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

ARRGHHHH!!!!!!!

 I don't know why I use the term Hector Heathcote when I'm annoyed.  I guess it's better than other words I could be saying.

My pre-teen daughter is annoying the Hector Heatcote out of me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  There is a battle of wills afoot, but I WILL be the victor, make no mistake, child!!!

Ugh.  I really hate having to be strict - I'm a lover, not a fighter - this isn't my nature!!!  I hate this part of parenting. :-(

I keep telling myself,

"Train up a child the in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it."  Proverbs 22:6

Sometimes I think it's no wonder God only gave me one child.  I bow down to you Moms of multiple children!  :-P

Now's the time I'm wishing I had clawfoot tubs to soak in and A GLASS OF WINE.  And that's w-i-n-e, NOT w-h-i-n-e!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By the way, did you know that I am the most unfair, meanest mom ever whose purpose in life is to make my daughter miserable?

Oy.  *eyeroll*

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Why Does The Weather Change So Fast in the Adirondacks??


Well, I can really only question our little tiny part of the Adirondacks, but...it is the weirdest thing.  The weather up at our place in the Adirondacks can literally change in FIVE MINUTES!  Our cabin is only 500 ft from the beach and yet we have been caught in a rainstorm running back to our cabin!  Our beach is on the east side of "our lake" (and "our lake" is not a really big lake) and we can be sitting there and in a matter of minutes, storm clouds come over the mountains on the west side and before you know it, it's raining!  Or, we'll be at our cabin bemoaning the fact that we can't go to the beach, or putting down our Gregory Backpacks and canceling a hike because it's raining, and while we're deciding what to do instead, the weather clears and the sun comes out!

I've heard people say things like this about where they live - "If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes and it will change."  I thought it was a joke. 

At our home in the Hudson Valley, our "weather" generally comes in from the northwest and when bad weather is on it's way, I can look at the sky in that direction and I kid you not - usually from the first dark clouds I see, I have at least an hour before any rain or thunder comes.  (I know this because it's happened many times when I am mowing the lawn.) The weather here is just not like the weather there.  It is so weird!

I wonder what it is exactly about our location in the Adirondacks that makes the weather so unpredictable and change so fast??

Do you live in a place where the weather changes very quickly? 

I guess is keep things exciting!  :-P

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Q-ee Is a Bad Kitty

Please pass the steak!



Q-ee is our big, bad, boy kitty and he's not shy.  At the cabin he sits right at the table and wonders why the heck we forgot to make him a plate?



In fact, when we leave him alone for any length of time, he invites all the neighbor cats over and they drink all the Husband's beer.  They cook mice and moths on the electric grill.  They leave their cat toys and empty beer cans all over the joint.  He is bad.

He even escaped and got out of the house the other night.  But he came back when I called him.  He knows he's got it good here.  He's bad but he's not stupid.

Do have a bad kitty?

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Monster Who Watches Over Our Cabin


This is my man Dave Darinko.  He's an Uglydoll.  The Husband bought him for me - isn't that sweet?  (I told him I wanted one.)  He even fits right in with our decor of mish mash of rustic furniture / Freecycle stuff / cast offs from relatives...

Here is all about Dave:  Dave Darinko is a natural born leader. He’s the one you want on your side when you’re about to face the music. And when you do face the music, he’s the guy who knows where the volume knob is. Does that make sense? Anyway, Dave gives you the thumbs up. He knows that you know he knows you know.

I kind of hated to leave him behind at the cabin, but really, who better to watch over our place when we're not there (with the owls whoooooo sit on our kitchen window sill)?  I know I can count on you, Dave.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Champagne for Dummies

The view looking "up" from our deck on our cabin

If the weather is nice, we usually like to have our coffee on the deck.  It's usually very peaceful and because the deck is so high, it's not very buggy, especially this time of year when we're past the major black fly and mosquito seasons.


I've told you before we like to have mimosas sometimes, so we buy inexpensive champagne for that.  We've seen the cheapo plastic "corks" before, but the kind we got this time was like, champagne for dummies.  Not only was it a plastic "cork", but it was a SCREW OFF!  It didn't even make a real pop!  More like a "pssssssssssssssssssssssst". And check out this handy little diagram for your safety:


It was really an odd "cork", almost felt like a golf ball, although I don't think you'd win any golf trophies with it, that's for sure!

Regardless, the mimosas tasted just fine.  (And the cinnamon rolls out of a tube from the supermarket weren't bad either! :-D  )

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A Picture of What I Did All Last Week


In this shot the beach is nearly deserted, which was a rarity while we were there.  Most of the time we would go down and discover lots of our neighbors enjoying the beach, and there was usually a lot of kids for our daughter to play with too (score!).  (I was reading the Swan Thieves when this picture was taken.)

Yep, we were up at our Adirondack place all last week and we spent a good part of it at the beach.  However, we also finally got back to doing some geocaching, and we did a really neat geocache that took us on a scenic tour.  I even went into town and did a little shopping - I bought some Adirondack-y books, some floats for the lake, and a nice smelling bar of soap (didn't see any good bath sea salt though, or LAKE salts, ha ha...).

Previously when we've gone to the cabin, I haven't really wanted to do anything but just stay there and enjoy the place.  However, I must admit, it was nice to go a do a few things this time, over the week that we were there.  Definitely on my agenda in the future is more exploring.  Now that we can be "stationed" up there, we'll have the ability to travel much further for sightseeing, or geocaching.  There must be so much cool stuff to see, I can't wait!

Lots more to come including the monster that is now watching over our cabin, the longest wrong turn we ever took trying to find a geocache (and what we saw on that road), some funny cats-at-the-cabin pictures, and of course some obligatory shots of what we cooked up while we were there...and more...

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Some Blogs I Like, Maybe You'd Like Them Too


Times when I've been away on vacation, I come home to my Google Reader filled with hundreds of items.  And I am not going to sit and read everything that I've missed.  Some are just news items, but others are blog posts.  So what I do is just choose the websites I really want to catch up on, read those items and clear out the rest.

Because of this process, I have noticed which blogs I seem to always choose.  Some blogs I've highlighted and linked to and told you about before, but here are a few newer ones that I've only discovered within the past 6 months or so, and thought they were worth sharing with ya:

The picture of that adorable child above is Annabelle, the daughter of Krista who writes One Woman's Dream.  Krista is an aspiring writer.  She is married with 4 daughters, one of which is Annabelle who was born with "A variation of HLHS (Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome) - her official diagnosis is an unbalanced AVSD (Atrioventricular Septal Defect) with a hypoplastic left heart and aorta".  A few months ago she underwent a heart transplant and I saw a post on a website I frequent asking for prayers for Annabelle, with a link to her blog, and that's how I came across it.  It's an interesting, encouraging, heartfelt read.

Another blog I like is The Book Frog.  (Beware though - this blog has occasional profanity - not for kids or the easily offended.)  The writer of this blog is in the process of closing a Borders bookstore and at the same time, in the process of opening her own, independently owned bookstore with her husband.  Lots of angst, LOL.

My most recent "discovery" is Windswept Adventure.  It's about a guy who in anticipation of retiring, bought a 3 bedroom, two bathroom farm house with 26 acres of hay fields and a giant old barn in the Adirondacks. Right now it's being rented out until he can be there full time, but for now he goes up on weekends when he can.   Lots of great pictures, especially if you like to hike, or like to hike vicariously though someone else, LOL!  He also has four cute dogs that seem to always be with him, and there's always lots of pictures and comments on them, as well.

Lastly, there are two blogs, both written by the same person.  The first is Reagan's Blob.   Reagan is a hairdresser living in NYC, who is married and has a daughter named Piper Jane, who has something called "Cerebro Costo Mandibular Syndrome".  Piper has a lot of medical conditions that prevent her from being able to live at home with her parents, but Reagan and her husband Jake do all they can to spend as much time with Piper as they can.  They also just went to Spain and France and since Jake is a photographer, there were some great pictures from their trip (great stories, too).  Reagan writes another blog called "Hairdresser on Fire" which is a light, fun blog about hair styles (and how to do them!) and hair products and fashion and just fun stuff.  Reagan is an interesting, unique and fun person and I enjoy both her blogs.

Have you found any blogs recently that you think *I* should check out?  Let me know!

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Books I'm Reading and Whoopie Pie Ice Cream

How funny is this?  I just happened to see this in the ice cream case - how could I pass this up??  (The Amish from Lancaster, PA make GREAT whoopie pies, in case you didn't know that. :-)

I'd mentioned in a previous post that I had read a book that takes place in the Amish community - the book I read was "A Sister's Secret" by Wanda E. Brunstetter.  I thought the book was ok.  I had noticed that on the cover it said, "Sisters of Holmes County Book One" and as I neared the end of the book, I was thinking that I probably would not seek out book two.

However, in a cruel trick, the author did not resolve one of the storylines - specifically a storyline that was a fairly big part of the plot - vandalism against the family of the main characters.  There were at least 3 people that I thought could could be the culprit and possibly a fourth.  But the end of the book comes and Ms. Brunstetter does not reveal the answer!  So I took a look at the plot summary for Book Two and apparently this storyline is continued.  SO FINE!  I'll read Book Two, and no doubt it won't resolve until Book Three, SO FINE I WILL READ THAT ONE TOO IF I HAVE TO!  LOL....

The other book I'm reading is at the suggestion of Mary's Mind - it's called The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova.  Oh I cannot put this book down!!  It's quite a long book, but it's very intriguing and I like the writing style.  I can't even really describe the story as I'm still not sure how the different storylines come together, BUT, it's about an artist who is arrested for trying to attack a painting and a therapist who tries to figure out why.  The artist won't talk to the therapist, so the therapist begins digging on his own and finds that the artist is obsessed with a mystery woman he paints over and over, and also with a stack of letters, written in French, from the late 1800s.  Little by little the connections and story is being revealed - this is why it's so hard to put down - I AM DYING OF CURIOSITY BY NOW!!  :-)

The next book I want to read is "Pirate Latitudes" by Michael Crichton at the suggestion of Mrs. Mecomber (well she actually suggested Timeline, but my library didn't have it the day I was there so I chose another book by this author).  Krissy said that any of the Michael Crichton books would probably be good, so I have high hopes for this book. 

Have you read any of these books?  What did you think?  Do you have any more book suggestions for me - I would love them (nothing TOO sexually or violently explicit and NO SAD ENDINGS)!

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Friday, August 5, 2011

Sometimes I Think I Want to Go Amish


I just recently read a book that takes place within the Amish community.  I know probably a bit more than the average person about the Amish - we've been to Lancaster, PA a number of times and I've read some books on their lifestyle, beliefs and culture.  And I've often had this little idea that maybe I'd like to just give everything up and become Amish.

I'm sure that's not realistic at all, and really, they have a lifestyle that is full of hard work.

One thing I find especially interesting in Amish life is the custom of "Rumspringa" - it's basically a time during the teenage years where they are allowed to try things typically not allowed - like driving cars, possibly drinking and or smoking cigarettes or cheap cigars, hanging around with "English" (non-Amish) kids their age, wearing "English" clothing, etc.  The hope is that after having a taste of the "world", they will want to commit to their religion and lifestyle, become baptized and live life according to their rules.

But I guess the thing that is alluring to me is the simple life they live.  Maybe that's why if I could be any animal it would be a cat - they just sleep 23 hours a day - what could they possibly have to think about?

Something that surprised me is that I thought I would miss tv and especially the internet up at our Adirondack cabin.  But I don't miss it at all!  It's like my brain even gets to relax when we're there.  Sometimes my brain just feels too clogged with everything that is going on in life.  Sometimes I feel like there are 5 radio stations all turned on in my head - I can't hear any of them clearly and the noise of it drives me crazy.

Do you ever feel like that?  Do you like it when you're in a place with no tv or internet?  Or do you go crazy NOT having tv and internet?

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Have You Started Christmas Shopping Yet?

Yeah, me neither!

But I'm thinking about it though.  Does that count for something?  LOL...

I've been steadfastly accumulating my Swagbucks (there's a square ad in the left sidebar you can click on to see what it's all about) to use at Christmas and I have a credit card that accumulates points for shopping too.  I also have a few good "coupon code" websites at the ready for this year's shopping as well.  I am on a mission to make Christmas as painless as possible this year!!!

Do you do that - when you're making an online purchase, check for online coupon codes?  Well if you don't you should!  In fact here's a site I came across today and it happened to be promoting toys r us coupons - it's called Drop Down Deals and I am definitely bookmarking this one.  This site not only has coupons, but also "Daily Deals", "Local Deals" and "Free Shipping".  They even offer a free browser plug in that will "bring coupons to you" - that's pretty cool.  I also see that it's been seen in major media outlets like NBC Chicago, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, etc. so I feel a sense that it's a credible site.  Believe me, I am always wary of stuff on the internet!  Anyway, this looks like a good site, worth checking out and keeping in mind for the holiday season.

Speaking of the holiday season...one of my Adirondack "tweeps" on Twitter asked who was ready for snow, and posted a picture from last winter...Ahhhh, snow!!!!!!  Bring it on!!!  :-D

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Maybe 19lbs of Watermelon is Too Much?


There's a Farmer's Market near where the husband works and he will often go there on his lunch hour and bring home whatever looked good that day.  Last week he asked me if I had any requests from the Farmer's Market and I said, "Watermelon!!".  So he brought home a 19lb watermelon that he got for $5.

19lbs. of watermelon is a lot of watermelon.  For the three of us to eat.  Especially when one of us doesn't like it (daughter), and the other is mildly allergic to it (husband).  That leaves the burden of the watermelon on my shoulders.

I was plowing through it easily until one night I got the second worst stomach ache I've ever had in my life.  (The worst stomach ache I ever had was after drinking rotten milk back when I was unmarried and still living at home.  Thought I was going to have to go the hospital it was so bad!  I wonder if insurance or Medicare plans cover "bad milk stomach ache"!  LOL...)

I don't think it was the watermelon...I had eaten a lot of other things that day/evening, but all things I've eaten lots of times before...so I wasn't sure.   The watermelon was the only thing different from what I normally eat, and I did eat quite a bit. So I was scared to eat any more.  But...there's a lot of watermelon still waiting to be eaten...! 

So yesterday I did eat a few pieces and I lived.  Have any of you ever had a stomach ache from watermelon???  What was your worst stomach ache from?

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Ten Things I've Been Doing Instead of Blogging

So, I figure, you must be thinking, "Hello!  Where are the blog posts??  It's the Lazy-Hazy-Days of summer - this woman doesn't have time to write a blog post in between throwing bon bons down her pie hole and watching soaps?  Not even during commercials??"

Well, for your information, here are ten things I've been doing that have been keeping me VERY busy:

1.  Growing and harvesting coffee bushels and red pepper bushels so I can make the Yellow Race Car in the craft shop in Farmville and one of these days finish the current "quest".  (We have no internet at the cabin, so it's really important that I work on this during the time that I'm home.)

2.  Spending 12 hours to drive to Rhode Island and back to eat at an all you can eat seafood buffet with my mother in law (Nordic Lodge).

3.  Driving back and forth to Auto Zone to have them plug in that computer thingy that tells you why your engine light is on for FREE only to find out I have yet another bad O2 sensor on my Toyota Tundra.  #@$!!%@&!  Then calling the auto repair shop to get an estimate, only to find out I have to bring it in for them to take a look, only to find out they're too busy right then to look at it and want me to leave it there overnight, only to find out that when I called home to get the husband to come get me he doesn't answer the house phone or his cell phone so I can't leave my truck after all, only to find out 90 seconds from home as I drove back that he was washing his car and didn't hear the phone, only to find out once I got home that husband wants to drive back right then to leave my truck.  I swear I am going to ask for that computer diagnosis thingy for Christmas (it's like $50 at Harbor Frieght) so I can at least save myself the trip to Auto Zone as the rest of the O2 sensors undoubtedly go bad.  %&$*!@*#&

4.  Taking my daughter to go swimming at her Grandma's pool like, 50 times this summer so far.

5.  Mooooowwwwwwwwiiiiiingggggggg the laaaaaaaawwwwwwnnnnn.  Boooooooooo.....

6.  Worrying about the debt ceiling.

7.  Having to rummage around in months of paperwork and receipts when you get a call about a light fixture you ordered a YEAR ago for your Adirondack vacation place that supposedly wasn't paid for to figure out if you DID pay for it, if not, were you supposed to pay for it, or was the builder supposed to pay for it?  Honestly, there should be some statue of limitations on stupid crap like this.  A YEAR ago??  You're just discovering a YEAR later that something you "sold" wasn't paid for?? 

8.  Being jealous of some people that are close to me that are on a ROAD TRIP TO YELLOWSTONE!!  How cool is THAT??

9.  Watching the show, "Finding Bigfoot" and making endless jokes about pretending to see one running across the road as we're driving, attributing any strange sound or occurrence to Bigfoot, etc...  Did you even know there is such a thing as a "Sasquatchologist"?  (For the record, I DO NOT BELIEVE IN BIGFOOT!!)

And lastly:

10.  Feeling bad that I haven't written any blog posts.

The end.

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