Monday, March 31, 2008


"How Dangerous Is Your Mobile Phone?"

  • Is your mobile phone dangerous? Nobody knows for sure. The scientists downplay the risk, but the cell phone story is a thriller: - Todays knowledge could be tomorrow's nightmare, says the scientist Olle Johansson from Karolinska Instituttet. - It is likely that 30 years from now wonder how people in the whole world could place such a high frequency radiation source to the head.
  • Why can the mobile phone be dangerous? The antenna radiates microwaves. The same type of radiation as in a microwave oven, although in much smaller doses. Like the microwave oven heats food, the microwaves of the phone heat human cells. Science does not know exactly what happens with human cells which are exposed to microwaves.
  • Can I get cancer from the mobile phone? Animal studies on rats show that cells are affected and the genes (DNA) can be damaged by mobile phone-like radiation. - This is a plausible coupling to how tumors are initiated. More can science not say today, Olle Johansson explains.
    What other damages can microwaves cause? An American study mentions the following damages: Behavioral disturbances, nerve damages, fetal damages, cataract, changes to blood chemistry and impaired immune defense. Whether this is also true for the low doses which the mobile phones are emanating, nobody knows.

Saturday, March 29, 2008


Turning the lights off for Earth Hour (tonight from 8-9:00 pm) is a great first step, but if you really want to see a difference, then make Earth Hour part of your everyday life. Simple things like turning off appliances while not in use and switching your light globes to energy efficient bulbs, will all help us. Even something as simple as turning out lights when you’re not in a room and switching to cleaner sources of electricity like “green power”, make a big difference. Check out the link below:

Friday, March 28, 2008


This morning I decided to take YOGI to Memorial Park and try and walk 1/2 the

3 mile loop around. We have been building up our endurance over the last week. I also wanted to work on training him to ignore joggers who go past us or dogs that are running with their owners. It was a good session.

I am a native Houstonian and didn't know all the facts about this park. It was pretty interesting to read about it. Now you can too!

Memorial Park, a municipal park in Houston, Texas, is one of the largest urban parks in the United States. Opened in 1924, the park covers approximately 1,466 acres (6 km²) inside the 610 Loop, across from the neighborhood of Memorial. Memorial Drive runs through the park, heading east to downtown Houston and west to the 610 Loop. I-10 borders the park to the north. The park was originally designed by landscape architects Hare & Hare of Kansas City, Missouri.

From 1917 to 1923, the land where the park currently exists was the site of Camp Logan, a World War I US Army training camp. During wartime, the training camp was located on the far west boundaries of Houston. After the war in early 1924, Will and Mike Hogg, purchased 1,503 acres (6 km²) of former Camp Logan land and sold the area to the city at cost. In May 1924, the City of Houston took ownership of the land to be used a "memorial" park dedicated to the memory to the soldiers who lost their life serving in World War I. The park is adjacent to the Camp Logan, Crestwood, and Rice Military neighborhoods.

The park includes the 18-hole Memorial Park Golf Course, Texas’s top-rated municipal golf course which opened in 1936. The park also has facilities for tennis, softball, swimming, track, croquet, volleyball, skating, cycling and a three-mile (5 km) running course, and is very popular with Houston joggers. The park is also home to the Seymour Lieberman Exercise Trail, a three-mile (5 km) crushed granite pathway that sees almost 3 million visits annually.

Thursday, March 27, 2008


Every time you go to the gas station, you probably wonder like I do: Why are gas prices so high right now?

It’s a simple question that deserves an honest answer. The most common explanation we hear is that these high prices are the result of basic supply and demand. This view says that growing worldwide oil consumption has created more demand than supply.

That view is simply wrong.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008


I know this is a bit long but read through it because it is hysterical!
In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth and populated the Earth with broccoli, cauliflower and spinach, green and yellow and red vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.
Then using God's great gifts, Satan created Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream and Krispy Creme Donuts. And Satan said, "You want chocolate with that?" And Man said, "Yes!" and Woman said, "and as long as you're at it, add some sprinkles." And they gained 10 pounds. And Satan smiled.
And God created the healthful yogurt that Woman might keep the figure that Man found so fair. And Satan brought forth white flour from the wheat, and sugar from the cane and combined them. And Woman went from size 6 to size 14.
So God said, "Try my fresh green salad." And Satan presented Thousand-Island Dressing, buttery croutons and garlic toast on the side. And Man and Woman unfastened their belts following the repast.
God then said, "I have sent you heart healthy vegetables and olive oil in which to cook them." And Satan brought forth deep fried fish and chicken-fried steak so big it needed its own platter. And Man gained more weight and his cholesterol went through the roof.
God then created a light, fluffy white cake, named it "Angel Food Cake," and said, "It is good." Satan then created chocolate cake and named it "Devil's Food."
God then brought forth running shoes so that His children might lose those extra pounds. And Satan gave cable TV with a remote control so Man would not have to toil changing the channels And Man and Woman laughed and cried before the flickering blue light and gained pounds.
Then God brought forth the potato, naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition. And Satan peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the starchy center into chips and deep-fried them. And Man gained pounds.
God then gave lean beef so that Man might consume fewer calories and still satisfy his appetite. And Satan created McDonald's and its 99-cent double cheeseburger. Then said, "You want fries with that?" And Man replied, "Yes! And super size them!" And Satan said, "It is good." And Man went into cardiac arrest.
God sighed and created quadruple bypass surgery. Then Satan created HMOs. Thought for the day..
There is more money being spent on breast implants and Viagra today than on Alzheimer's research. This means that by 2040, there should be a large elderly population with perky boobs and huge erections and absolutely no recollection of what to do with them.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008



Monday, March 24, 2008


Clements Lady Rangers honored their seniors on Friday, March 7 after the Willowridge game. The Seniors ’08 are:

Haley W., Kacie R., Nicole E., Autumn F., Rene G., Ashlyn ., Becca L., Vanessa M., Keisha W., Lauren S., Claire T., Avery Z.. You can tell the University of Texas fans with their hook em horns sign.

Sunday, March 23, 2008


You know you're a redneck when :
  • 1. You take your dog for a walk and you both use the same tree.
  • 2. You can entertain yourself for more than 15 minutes with a fly swatter.
  • 3. Your boat has not left the driveway in 15 years.
  • 4. You burn your yard rather than mow it.
  • 5. You think 'The Nutcracker' is a vice on the work bench.
  • 6. The Salvation Army declines your furniture.
  • 7. You offer to give someone the shirt off your back and they don't want it.
  • 8. You have the local taxidermist on speed dial.
  • 9. You come back from the dump with more than you took.
  • 10. You keep a can of Raid on the kitchen table.
  • 11. Your wife can climb a tree faster than your cat.
  • 12. Your grandmother has 'ammo' on her Christmas list.
  • 13. You keep flea and tick soap in the shower.
  • 14. You've been involved in a custody fight over a hunting dog.
  • 15. You go to the stock car races and don't need a program.
  • 16. You know how many bales of hay your car will hold.
  • 17. You have a rag for a gas cap.
  • 18. Your house doesn't have curtains, but your truck does.
  • 19. You wonder how service stations keep their rest-rooms so clean.
  • 20. You can spit without opening your mouth.
  • 21. You consider your license plate personalized because your daddy made it.
  • 22. Your lifetime goal is to own a fireworks stand.
  • 23. You have a complete set of salad bowls and they all say 'Cool Whip' on the side.
  • 24. The biggest city you've ever been to is Wal-Mart.
  • 25. Your working TV sits on top of your non-working TV.
  • 26. You've used your ironing board as a buffet table.
  • 27. A tornado hits your neighborhood and does $100,000 worth of improvements.
  • 28. You've used a toilet brush to scratch your back.
  • 29. You missed your 5th grade graduation because you were on jury duty
  • 30. You think fast food is hitting a deer at 65.

Friday, March 21, 2008


These three hands hold out the symbols of the three monotheistic religions. More than a billion Christians around the world will mark the gravest observance on their Calendar, Good Friday, the day Jesus died on the cross. (To be followed in two days by Easter Sunday, to mark his Resurrection). Purim, a Jewish festival celebrating the biblical book of Esther, is also today. Eid Milad an Nabi, the Birth of the Prophet, which is celebrated by some but not all Sunni Muslims and, though officially beginning on Thursday, is often marked on Friday.

Thursday, March 20, 2008


We decided on a name for our new dog. His name will be YOGI. We had a great night and good day. I am crate training him so that when I leave during the day or we are sleeping at night, that is where he will go. The vet looked him over this afternoon and said he thinks he has a boxer head and a golden retriever body. My friend, Julie, came over to see him. She brought Nike, her greyhound. Here are some pictures from today:

Wednesday, March 19, 2008


After doing so much research yesterday on the dog we are adopting I found out that he is not a full blooded border terrier. I just hope he turns out to be an excellent family member. We are picking him up this afternoon.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008


I am going to adopt a baby from the Humane Society. We found him yesterday when Avery and I went looking. I want a walking buddy. Ever since Simone passed away I have missed taking my long walks around the neighborhood. Zoey can't keep up with me. So I took my camera and took lots of pictures of the pitiful looks I was getting. Everyone was begging us to take them home! I decided on this one below.
I am trying to decide on names for him. I have a few days until they release him to me and to prepare Zoey for a little brother. Ha...

Monday, March 17, 2008

Sunday, March 16, 2008


Remember that expression from the old TV show Rowan and Martin's Laugh In? Somehow it came into my head today and I can't get it out!!!! I wanted to look at funny and clever T-shirt expressions. There are so many cute ones.

Saturday, March 15, 2008


Taking pictures of people and their pets has always been something I have been interested in. I started this project two years ago and decided to pick it back up again. My daughter even used it as the basis for her art concentration last year. We all know how well she has done with her art portfolio!!! The latest honor was receiving a "GOLD KEY" award in our region for her art portfolio through the Scholastic Art & Writing Contest for 2008. 6,000 portfolios were submitted and only 6oo were chosen to be sent to NYC for the National Competition. I will definitely keep you updated. Here are two more photos I took today. I haven't been able to edit them yet so give me some time.

Thursday, March 13, 2008


The Tooth Fairy is a common childhood myth. It is usually defined like this: When a tooth falls out, leave it under your pillow when you go to sleep. During the night, the Tooth Fairy will visit your room, take the tooth and leave a small amount of hard cash. Does this sound familiar to you? Check out the link below. You will see that the economics aren't what they used to be.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008


I discovered EBAY selling this week. I have always surfed around EBAY for years but never tried to sell anything on it. Well, I had some tickets to a concert that we couldn't go to. I decided to try selling them on there. Guess what? They went in less than 24 hours!!! Talk about thrilled. WOW!!! Now I want to go through everything I own and try and sell something else. I am hooked.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


Woman Faces $1,000 Fine For Pink Poodle

Dog Colored To Help Raise Breast Cancer Awareness!

A Boulder woman has hired an attorney to fight a $1,000 fine she was given by the city for coloring her miniature poodle pink.Joy Douglas said she colored Cici pink to help raise awareness for breast cancer. The salon owner said she has used beet juice -- and occasionally Kool-Aid -- for four years now to "stain" her dog. What do you think?

Monday, March 10, 2008


Prescription drugs found in drinking water across U.S.

A vast array of pharmaceuticals -- including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones -- have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans.

At Least one pharmaceutical has been detected in the water supply of 24 major metropolitan areas! Texas is one of those states!!! You can read about it by clicking on the link below and see if you state is included.

Sunday, March 9, 2008


Yep, I bought a new camera last week and when it arrived I just couldn't wait to open it up and use it. I got the new Nikon D300 with the 18-200 VR lens. It is an awesome camera and is even better than my other Nikon (D80)which I sold to pay for this one. I still have so much to learn but of course that is fine with me. I love every minute of it. Don't forget to check out my Photoblog at:
This is Zoey at the Bichon party we went to on Saturday.
This is some Bichon that had a very poofy head of hair!
A squirrel on our backyard fence.
Becca and Avery celebrating senior night.
Becca stealing the ball away from another player.

Friday, March 7, 2008


I don't sew clothes anymore but this I could do!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

WHAT IS ART? Watch the link above to see what others say about "what is art?" It is animated and hysterical!!!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008



Tuesday, March 4, 2008

TREE HUGGER Kimya Dawson, a former member of the band The Moldy Peaches, had her songs play in the film Juno. Her recent band, ANTSY PANTS, has this song featured in the link above called "TREE HUGGER", from the movie.
Jason Reitman's "Juno" is just about the best movie of the year. It is very smart, very funny and very touching; it begins with the pacing of a screwball comedy and ends as a portrait of characters we have come to love. Strange, how during Juno's hip dialogue and cocky bravado, we begin to understand the young woman inside, and we want to hug her. Diablo Cody won an oscar for writing the screen play, "JUNO". She is originally from Chicago, Illinois, and moved to Minnesota to live with her Internet boyfriend, Jonny who later became her husband. While there, she decided on a whim to take up stripping as a hobby of sorts. She was working at an ad agency and got a promotion. The job wore her ragged and was something she did not particularly care for. It demanded organization which is something at which she was not very good. Eventually, she quit her day job with Jonny's blessings and began stripping full-time. She then took up work as a phone-sex operator before returning to stripping. Shortly thereafter she decided to quit stripping and she and Jonny married. They moved to what she refers to as "the 'burbs, and no one strips unless they're taking a bubble bath." Her stepdaughter was the flower girl in the wedding.

Monday, March 3, 2008


Can you spot the difference between the dress made by DOLCE & GABANNA for $11,000 or the the other dress which is a charity shop cast-off decorated by children using finger paint? 36 co-designers, aged between seven and eight, were living proof you don't have to have an MA from a famous design school to pull off this trend.
With little more than paintbrushes, paint rollers, pots of watercolor and fabric paint, they transformed T-shirts, dresses, trousers and tops that cost almost nothing. Child's play really is creative!!!!