Friday, June 29, 2007


I feel like this little girl just waiting for that important phone call to come. Sure, I have kept myself busy all day doing this and doing that. But I can't escape what is REALLY on my mind. ************************************************************************************* THINGS TO THINK ABOUT WHILE WAITING:
  1. Don't sweat the petty things and don't pet the sweaty things.
  2. One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor.....
  3. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
  4. If man evolved from monkeys and apes, why do we still have monkeys and apes?
  5. The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.
  6. I went to a bookstore and asked the sales woman,"Where's the self-help section?" She said if she told me, it would defeat the purpose.
  7. What if there were no hypothetical questions?
  8. If a deaf person swears, does his mother wash his hands with soap?
  9. If someone with multiple personalities threatens to kill himself, is it considered a hostage situation?
  10. Is there another word for synonym?
  11. Where do forest rangers go to "get away from it all?"
  12. If a parsley farmer is sued can they garnish his wages?
  13. Would a fly without wings be called a walk?
  14. Why do they lock gas station bathrooms? Are they afraid someone will clean them?
  15. If a turtle doesn't have a shell, is he homeless or naked?
  16. Can vegetarians eat animal crackers?
  17. If the police arrest a mime, do they tell him he has the right to remain silent?
  18. Why do they put Braille on the drive-through bank machines?
  19. What was the best thing before sliced bread?
  20. One nice thing about egotists: they don't talk about other people.
  21. Does the Little Mermaid wear an algebra?
  22. Do infants enjoy infancy as much as adults enjoy adultery?
  23. How is it possible to have a civil war?
  24. If one synchronized swimmer drowns, do the rest drown, too?
  25. If you ate both pasta and antipasto, would you still be hungry?
  26. If you try to fail, and succeed, which have you done?
  27. Whose cruel idea was it for the word "Lisp" to have "S" in it?
  28. Why are hemorrhoids called "hemorrhoids" instead of "assteroids"?
  29. Why is it called tourist season if we can't shoot at them?
  30. Why is there an expiration date on sour cream?
  31. If you spin an oriental man in a circle three times does he become disoriented?
  32. Can an atheist get insurance against acts of God?

Thursday, June 28, 2007


Today is the deadline for submitting art for a show at the Lawndale Center in Houston, Texas. This is an art show with a contemporary venue for emerging artists who have never shown before. My daughter and I are going to give it a try. She will enter three of her pastel pieces and I will enter three of my mosaics. WISH US LUCK that at least one item will be accepted!!! I have been so busy with trying to finish some projects and get new ones started. Four of us are in a self assigned challenge with ties. My cyber friends, Marie in Washington State, Linda in Austin, Texas, and Pat in Canada, are all creating a quilt using ties. We decided anything goes. I have an idea but haven't started it yet. SHHHHHHHHHH.... don't tell them! Ha... More later...

Monday, June 25, 2007


Today is Perry's birthday. Hope you have a great day!!!! ***************************************************************************************

The positive side of being an oldie:

  • You'll save a fortune on shampoo.

  • You will look distinguished with your receding hairline, double chin and wrinkles.

  • You have survived the humiliation of middle age.

  • You'll no longer have to suffer the disappointment of thwarted ambitions � you no longer have any.

  • You can finally sell those dreadful diet and exercise books that have sat unopened on the bookshelf for years.

  • You'll be the champ at history questions.

  • You don't need to make an effort anymore. people will expect you to be frumpy, boring and cantankerous.

  • Your failing memory allows you to convince yourself that you're a super sex machine.

  • You'll be able to talk incessantly about the good old days.

  • Your failing eyesight saves you the anguish of seeing your disintegrating body.

Sunday, June 24, 2007


This mushroom was growing in my yard this week. I have never seen anything like it before. I just had to take a picture of it to share with all my cyber friends. What do you think? ************************************************************************************* Last night I started my grouting assembly line trying to get about 7 of them finished. I am trying out a new technique. Can't tell which one I like the best yet. The jury is still out.

Saturday, June 23, 2007


Pirate's Eye Patch JOKE:

A seaman meets a pirate in a bar, and talk turns to their adventures on the sea. The seaman notes that the pirate has a peg-leg, a hook, and an eye patch. The seaman asks "So, how did you end up with the peg-leg?" The pirate replies "We were in a storm at sea, and I was swept overboard into a school of sharks. Just as my men were pulling me out, a shark bit my leg off."

"Wow!" said the seaman. "What about your hook"? "Well...", replied the pirate, "We were boarding an enemy ship and were battling the other sailors with swords. One of the enemy cut my hand off." "Incredible!" remarked the seaman.

"How did you get the eyepatch"?

"A seagull dropping fell into my eye.", replied the pirate.

"You lost your eye to a seagull dropping?" the sailor asked increduously.

"Well...", said the pirate, " was my first day with the hook."


"EYE" thought that "EYE" would have a bit of fun with you today. Can you guess who's "EYES" these belong to? ************************************************************************************* 1. ************************************************************************************* 2. ********************************************************* 3. ************************************************************************************* 4. ************************************************************************************* 5. ************************************************************************************* 6. ************************************************************************************* 7. ************************************************************************************* 8. ************************************************************************************* 9.

Friday, June 22, 2007


Speak Up for Broccoli Broccoli may take up calm and quiet residence on your plate, but those lean, green spears could help you make some noise. No, not that kind of noise. We're talking about your ability to yammer, yell, and otherwise voice your opinion. High-fiber veggies like broccoli may protect against cancer of the larynx, that thing in your neck better known as your voice box. Here are some more super Fiber Sources: Besides broccoli, other vegetables high in fiber include peas, artichokes, winter squash, and cabbage. Fiber-rich fruits include raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and dried figs. ************************************************************************************* Check out this Dana Carvey video:

Thursday, June 21, 2007


Alright, I am dating myself now. I was taking Zoey for a walk this morning and looked down on the sidewalk and saw the greatest shaped rock. It brought back a memory of searching for just the right rock for playing a game of hopscotch. When I was going to Longfellow Elementary School, we used to get there about 30 minutes early to reserve a hopscotch board on the blacktop and play before school started. We would keep our rocks in our pockets and play with it over and over again. When it stopped working for you then you could toss it and hunt for another one. It was probably the highlight of my day other than when the school bell rang at 3:00 and we would ride our bikes home. SCHOOL WAS NOT WHERE I WANTED TO SPEND MY DAY!!! *************************************************************************************** Hopscotch - Draw the layout with the chalk - 3 single squares, 1 double square, 2 single squares, 1 double square, 1 single square. You can number the squares if you want. The two basic rules of hop scotch are 1) one foot in each square only, 2) Hop over the square with the rock in it. Use a rock to throw into the first square. Hop on one foot over the square with the rock in it. Land with two feet on the double squares. On the second turn, throw the rock into the second square, and so forth. The tricky part is staying on one foot when the rock is in one of the side-by-side squares!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007


Today my blog is dedicated to my very talented, wonderful, beautiful, fabulous daughter! She received the best news this morning about her AP art portfolio. Out of 29,000 pieces of art that were submitted this year, Avery had a piece that was selected to tour the country representing the best of AP artists for 2007. Only 30 pieces of art were chosen out of all the portfolios turned in this academic year. We are all thrilled and ecstatic for her getting this honor!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WAY TO GO AVERY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *************************************************************************************** Here is the picture that was selected:

Tuesday, June 19, 2007


OK, I have to admit that I love the show, "SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE". If I was only 33 years younger you would see me on that show. Those kids are sooooooooooo talented and in such fabulous condition. There is also a show called, "DANCING WITH THE STARS". That is more along the lines of my generation. I couldn't even do that at the moment though. There is one more show I have seen on cable called, "BALLROOM BOOT CAMP". Now that is where I would need to be! They take people and teach them in two weeks how to dance one of the styles of dance. They have a competition and the winner walks away with this really ugly trophy. (but that isn't the point, is it) Not only do they teach dancing but they help the people get in shape, eat right, and get in touch with their femininity. (if you are a female) I remember taking ballroom dancing in 6th grade at the Meyerland Club. Did anyone do that? I enjoyed it but always looked forward to the one dance where it was one of "OUR" generation songs. They would put on the Rolling Stones and we would dance away like crazy! I THINK I MIGHT HAVE TO TAKE DANCING LESSONS AGAIN. ************************************************************************************* Check out this guy who takes you back and shows you the evolution of dance:

Monday, June 18, 2007


It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life and lose sight of what makes you happy. Really happy. But making sure your happiness meter is giving optimal readings can provide many important health benefits. Happy people have younger hearts and younger arteries. Happy people recover cover more quickly from surgery, cope better with pain, have lower blood pressure, and have longer life expectancy than unhappy people. Studies also suggest that happy people may have stronger immune systems—they're less likely to get colds and flu viruses. And when they do, their symptoms tend to be mild. Not surprisingly, happy people are better at looking after their health, too. When people's happiness levels improve, so do their health behaviors. They exercise more, wear sunscreen, and go for regular checkups. ************************************************************************************ ************************************************************************************* Put your happiness know-how to the test by choosing three items that you believe would have the greatest influence on your happiness. Actually I could pick more of them. How about YOU?
A massage and pamper day at the spa
Winning a million dollars
Learning to speak a foreign language—fluently
Renting a beach house for a week with five of your closest friends
Losing 10 pounds
World peace
Finally getting the garage organized
Having superhero powers
A glowing report from the dentist
A long walk (or run) in the park
A sharp rise in the value of your investments

Sunday, June 17, 2007


When you think about your favorite colors,orange and red don't come to mind. But I just love this flower that is growing in my backyard. I know it as 'Butterfly Weed'. *************************************************************************************

Yesterday I took a basket weaving class and now I am hooked on another technique for expressing my artistic endeavor.



Basketry is the weaving of unspun vegetable fibers, usually to form a container. Baskets have been made from any wood, vine, leaf, or fiber that could be formed into a desirable shape.

Archaeologists tell us that the oldest known baskets presently appear to be some unearthed in Faiyum in upper Egypt. Dating tests have shown them to be between 10,000 and 12,000 years old. Other Middle Eastern sites have produced baskets up to 7000 years old. The earliest dates for baskets are older than any yet established by archaeologists for pottery.

An interesting fact about the age-old craft of basket making is that, while many other crafts have become mechanized, no one has ever invented a machine that can make baskets. They are still handmade, even in Taiwan. It's not even an easy task to mass-produce baskets with the aid of molds, electric saws and sanders, and a multitude of "assembly line" processes. In fact, no one has ever improved upon the earliest and most basic techniques of basket making.

Today, basket makers range from the purist who still fells the trees to make the traditional utilitarian baskets, to the artist-basketmaker, whose interest is primarily aesthetic and who uses and and every material imaginable. Typically, beginning basket makers experiment with many techniques and eventually settle on one or two preferred styles or methods.

Here is a picture of my basket so far. I have a lot more to do on it and will post more pictures when I finish it.

Saturday, June 16, 2007


How many native Texans do you know? I can name a few but not many anymore. My good friend, Sharon, had this on her blog and so I had to borrow it from her. Even if you aren't from Texas, Texas wants you anyway. If you can tell me what famous musician sang that line then you get the prize of the day! #################################################################### HOW GREAT IS TEXAS ??!!! Here is a list of actual places to travel in Texas. Enough said... Need to be cheered up? Happy, Texas 79042 Pep , Texas 79353 Smiley , Texas 78159 Paradise , Texas 76073 Rainbow , Texas 76077 Sweet Home , Texas 77987 Comfort , Texas 78013 Friendship, Texas 76530 Love the Sun? Sun City , Texas 78628 Sunrise , Texas 76661 Sunset, Texas 76270 Sundown, Texas 79372 Sunray , Texas 79086 Sunny Side , Texas 77423 Want something to eat? Bacon , Texas 76301 Noodle , Texas 79536 Oatmeal , Texas 78605 Turkey , Texas 79261 Trout , Texas 75789 Sugar Land , Texas 77479 Salty, Texas 76567 Rice , Texas 75155 And top it off with:Sweetwater , Texas 79556 Why travel to other cities?Texas has them all! Detroit , Texas 75436 Colorado City , Texas 79512 Denver City , Texas 79323 Nevada , Texas 75173 Memphis , Texas 79245 Miami , Texas 79059 Boston , Texas 75570 Santa Fe , Texas 77517 Tennessee Colony , Texas 75861 Reno , Texas 75462 Feel like traveling outside the country?Don't bother buying a plane ticket! Athens , Texas 75751 Canadian , Texas 79014 China , Texas 77613 Egypt , Texas 77436 Turkey , Texas 79261 London , Texas 76854 New London , Texas 75682 Paris , Texas 75460 Italy, Texas 76651 No need to travel to Washington D.C.... Whitehouse , Texas 75791 We even have a city named after our planet! Earth , Texas 79031 And a city named after our State! Texas City , Texas 77590 Exhausted? Energy , Texas 76452 Cold? Blanket , Texas Winters, Texas And, for those who like a little heat... Hell's Gate, Texas Hell's Half Acre , Texas Hell Roaring Creek , Texas Like to read about History? Santa Anna , Texas
Goliad , Texas
Alamo , Texas Gun Barrel, Texas Need Office Supplies? Staples , Texas 78670 Men are from Mars, woman are from... Venus , Texas 76084 You guessed it . . . it's on the state line . . . Texline , Texas 79087 For the kids . . . Kermit , Texas 79745 Elmo , Texas 75118 Nemo , Texas 76070 Tarzan , Texas 79783 Winnie , Texas 77665 Sylvester , Texas 79560 Other city names in Texas , to make you smile . . . Frognot , Texas 75424 Bigfoot , Texas 78005 Hogeye , Texas 75423 Cactus , Texas 79013 Notrees , Texas 79759 Best, Texas 76932 Veribest , Texas 76886 Kickapoo , Texas 75763 Dime Box, Texas Telephone , Texas 75488 Telegraph , Texas 76883 Whiteface , Texas 79379 Twitty, Texas 79079 And last but not least. The Anti-Al Gore City Kilgore , Texas 75662

Friday, June 15, 2007


I love eating Cream of Wheat. I never make the instant but the "real" thing every single time. ____________________________________________________________________ Today I read that the 'Cream of Wheat' man finally received a grave marker. Frank L. White died in 1938, and until this week, his grave in Woodlawn Cemetery bore only a tiny concrete marker with no name. On Wednesday, a granite gravestone was placed at his burial site. It bears his name and an etching taken from the man depicted on the Cream of Wheat box. The chef was photographed about 1900 while working in a Chicago restaurant. His name was not recorded. White was a chef, traveled a lot, was about the right age and told neighbors that he was the Cream of Wheat model, the Jackson Citizen Patriot said. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BREAKFAST FOOD??????? My husband Perry loves oatmeal that he doctors up with wheat germ, nuts, blueberries, apples or bananas. Avery loves Strawberry Shredded Wheat Cereal with milk. Lane likes his bagel with cream cheese and a glass of orange juice. Brent enjoys making himself an egg with toast. I usually make a hazelnut non fat latte to drink and dry cereal to munch on. . . . How about you? Let me hear what you like to eat.

Thursday, June 14, 2007


THIS WAS WRITTEN BY KIDS: You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming. -- Alan, age 10 *********************************************************************************** No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck with. -- Kristen, age 10 ************************************************************************************ WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON? Both don't want any more kids. -- Lori, age 8 ************************************************************************************ WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE? Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough. -- Lynnette, age 8 (isn't she a treasure) ************************************************************************************* On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that Usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date. -- Martin, age 10 ************************************************************************************* WHAT WOULD YOU DO ON A FIRST DATE THAT WAS TURNING SOUR? I'd run home and play dead. The next day I would call all the newspapers and make sure they wrote about me in all the dead columns. -- Craig, age 9 ************************************************************************************* WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE? When they're rich. -- Pam, age 7 ************************************************************************************* HOW WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF PEOPLE DIDN'T GET MARRIED? There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn't there? -- Kelvin, age 8 ************************************************************************************* And the #1 Favorite is........ HOW WOULD YOU MAKE A MARRIAGE WORK? Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a truck. -- Ricky, age 10

Wednesday, June 13, 2007


Why should the wedding ring be worn on the fourth finger? There is a beautiful and convincing explanation given by the Chinese… ************************************************************************************* The Thumb represents your Parents. Second (Index) finger represents your Siblings. Middle finger represents your-Self . Fourth (Ring) finger represents your Life Partner. And the Last (Little) finger represents your children. First… open your palms (face to face), bend the middle fingers and hold them together - back to back. Secondly, open and hold the remaining three fingers and the thumb - tip to tip (As shown in the figure below): Now, try to separate your thumbs (representing the parents)... they will open, because your parents are not destined to live with you lifelong, and have to leave you sooner or later. Please join your thumbs as before and separate your Index fingers (representing siblings)... they will also open, because your brothers and sisters will have their own families and will have to lead their own separate lives. Now join the Index fingers and separate your Little fingers (representing your children)... they will open too, because the children also will get married and settle down on their own some day. Finally… join your Little fingers, and try to separate your Ring fingers (representing your spouse). You will be surprised to see that you just CANNOT...because Husband & Wife are to remain together all their lives - through thick and thin!!! Please try this out.............

Monday, June 11, 2007


Last night was the final episode of the Sopranos show. We have seen every single episode over the last few years. I wasn't happy with the ending either. If you read your local paper I don't think most people did.

WOULDN'T YOU know it? Tony Soprano met his maker while sharing onion rings with his wife and kids at a New Jersey diner.

Or you could say Tony Soprano's last meal as a free man was the onion rings he shared with Carmela, Meadow and A.J.

Or maybe they enjoyed their meal and went back to suburbia to live out their American dream.

Which do you think it is? When the screen went black we thought we lost our connection to HBO but that was how the series creator planned it. The song by Journey called "Don't Stop Believin" played on the jukebox at their table. I JUST AM NOT HAPPY WITH THE END. ************************************************************************************* On the other hand, tonight the series "BIG LOVE" is returning to HBO. You know it is about a man who juggles three wives. Can you imagine having three husbands? I would go out of my mind trying to please all of them, wouldn't you? Here is a funny cartoon for you.

Saturday, June 9, 2007


I love finding things on the internet that really show how clever some people are. This is a link that was sent to my quiltart group. It is amazing that someone is capable of thinking up these things! Check it out: Once you are there you can see the second video that he made or click here: ***************************************************************************** Someone was commenting on how they felt that fabric postcards are a thing of the past. But I don't think so!!!!!! I look at them as smaller pieces of art or tiny quilts. My attempt at making them has been slow but I enjoy the process. I participated in the project called "Fiber Art For A Cause". It was the first time I had ever made one before. Then we had the "Heart 2 Heart" project last Valentine's Day. I wonder who received my cards? I never heard... Here are some of my fiber postcards. I hope to make a few more in the next few weeks. My friend Marie sends them for anniversary and birthday cards. That is a great idea!

Friday, June 8, 2007


Clown school is beginning next week and will run for almost 10 weeks this summer. I attended back in 2002. It was an experience that changed my life. How many people can you name that are clowns? Well now you can name one, ME. I am known in the clown world as TIC TOC. I am an Auguste Clown. They are the ones that wear brightly colored wigs, their shoes are oversized and exaggerated, and from head to toe, color is an important part of their wardrobe. You can check out information about the alley that I belong to here: And if you are interested in attending our school please read about our clown school under the link on that page. I am now on the Clown School Committee and in charge of ordering t-shirts for all the students and alley members. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Here are some of my clown friends: This is BOPPITY SNUGGLES AND JUGGLES HAPPY HEART, TIC TOC, TRIXIE, HA HA, and SWEETIE.

Thursday, June 7, 2007


This morning I walked outside and was hit with our normal high humidity that we experience here in Houston. We had escaped most of it this spring. It was really nice for a while in the early mornings and late evenings. But it didn't last for long. I guess I am ready to start using our pool again. WATER AEROBICS HERE I COME!!! I have come to realize that my mosaic work suffers in the summer since my studio is in my garage and it is sooooooooo hot out there. It gives me a chance to concentrate on my quilting though. Check out this hysterical weather forecast. It shouldn't be too long before we get those hurricane warnings they are predicting this season. They say it will be a really bad one. Watch this funny video about the weather:

Wednesday, June 6, 2007


Have you ever noticed that whenever someone gets a new car it is always the "SMELL" that will get you the most jealous? You can always tell a new car as soon as you get in one. Even when the car wash offers "new car smell" for a scent, it is never, ever, the same. My friend Robin, got a new Hyundai-Sante Fe yesterday. IT DID SMELL great! Have you heard of the dance group PILOBOLUS? Check out this video and you will also see her new car: +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Here is a picture of what I am driving right now. It is the new FJ CRUISER made by Toyota. I love it!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, June 5, 2007


Everyone has a photographic memory. Some don't have film! I tried to use the day to catch up on everything I missed while we were gone. I spent hours editing my pictures and now I am uploading photos on to that everyone will get to visit and order pictures if they want them. Here is the link for you to look at them: I did take quite a few pictures with my new camera. I wasn't happy with the lens I used though so I will have to shop around for another one. *************************************************************************************** This morning i picked a few roses out of my garden to put in my kitchen window. I love looking at my flowers. I am always amazed that something will grow in my yard! Check out this rose I picked.

Monday, June 4, 2007


I am back from a long weekend in Cincinnati, Ohio. My nephew graduated from Hebrew Union College as a Rabbi. It was a five year program and it finally came to an end on Saturday. We are all so proud of Daniel and now he is moving to Seattle to begin his first assignment at a synagogue called "Temple De Hirsch Sinai". We also received great news from his wife that they are expecting their first child in December!! Here is a picture of Daniel holding his graduation certificate showing he has fulfilled all requirements for graduation and his is herewith ordained as a RABBI. *************************************************************************************** How many of you have heard of Graeter's Ice Cream? I have to admit that it gives Bluebell Ice Cream a run for their money. It was really, really good and as they say on the label, IRRESISTIBLE!!! We celebrated my step-father's 81st birthday with a cake and Graeters Ice Cream. SO YUMMY!!! ************************************************************************************* I hadn't flown in an airplane in a few months so since I had my new camera with me I was taking pictures of the clouds. There might just be a quilt in there!