Friday, July 31, 2009

If I had a BooBoo!

Now I don't have any booboos but I do have some nephews and plenty of babies in my life so that I now pay attention to stuff like the segment on GMA this morning. You can CLICK HERE to watch it if you would like. They showed some technology to help keep track of your childrens.

Mommy Im Here Alarm
$25 . Great little investment. Basically you have it on your child's shoelace and if they wander too far away from you, you can press that keychain remote and it sets off a noise for you to follow to find them. Great for department stores or in crowds. Comes in different colors and super affordable.

Brickhouse Swimming Alarm $200 - Is a way to alert you immediately if your kid or dog submerges in water. So if you have a swimming pool and your child falls in this will set off a monstrous alarm.

Amber Alert GPS Monitor $379 - This is the big dog ! It can do everything from tell you location, to the temperature of the room or car your kid is in, to the speed of the car they are riding in. You flip thru a quick slideshow on the website to show all the functions. It is really Supercool. You can't put a price on peace of mind.

LOCIME - IPhone app ( Free today) which i dont see that useful for children but definately great for adults trying to locate each other at Tailgates or concerts. Check it out and see what you think in the App Store.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Granpa's Political Corner: Government Health Care

I have gotten some interesting emails lately concerning this whole Government Health care thing, and wasn't sure what to think about it all. I asked Granpa to speak on the blog about it and help me gain some insight.

Also Cousin Jennifer Graham made a very good point in her email when she asked " When is the last time you dealt with a government run office or business and it was pleasant?" and that made me laugh out loud b.c I don't even know if that is possible! Hello POST OFFICE?! ha No offense to the perfectly nice government employees that are sure to exist.....somewhere...
But just imagine that experience when you have to take your sick child to the doctor etc..

Anyway Granpa Speaks:

Hi Laura. You asked my thoughts about nationalization of medical care. Like so many things concerning the government the answer can be pretty complex. The following are my impressions.

The nationalization of medical care is a battle in the war to take away our freedom and replace it with government control of all aspects of our life. The loss of freedom is central to this war and everything revolves about this.

Probably before the ink was dry on the signing of the Constitution there were individuals thinking about ways to help those less wealthy than others.

Woodrow Wilson was clearly on the side of more government control in 1913. In 1913 Congress passed legislation creating the Federal Reserve to control the money supply, despite the fact that the Federal Reserve is not part of the government and answers to no one in the government. Later FDR created other programs and more government control. Congress also decided to help the "needy" with various housing programs, welfare programs, Medicare and Medicaid. Slowly but surely the government became involved in more and more programs by giving money for projects and then controlling those that took the "bait" (money). For the most part these projects were done in the name of providing help to the needy (Most of us did not notice the government control that came with the money.). Every time we gave the government a little control we lost that amount of freedom. Gradually the government has gotten us to accept the incremental shift of control to the government and that loss of freedom.

The government gets its money from taxation. By developing trade policies and taxation policies we managed to send considerable business entities out of the United States. President Bush managed to agree to the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America which among other things would in effect remove our borders. We have an estimated 12 million to 30 million migrants who have invaded and occupied the nation, defying assimilation into American citizens as would happen with normal immigration patterns.

Because of actions of Congress we encountered a recession. President Bush and Treasury Secretary Paulson decided that a crisis was at hand and by scare tactics got an emergency stimulus bill enacted, more government control. A large insurance company and other "financial" firms were given government money, again government control is inserted.

During the last several years the insertion of government control has picked up speed. Then comes the election of a new President. Review for a moment the associations that this President had before he became involved with government. How about reverend Wright who preaches hatred for America and in particular white America, take professor Gates (Harvard law) and his belief that the black race suffers at the hands of whites, try W. Ayers who bombed us because we didn't do what he thought necessary. Then there is the President telling Joe the plumber that we need to better redistribute wealth so all will share.

One can overwhelm a system with many projects in a short period of time because they are presented as "crises" requiring immediate action. We have been presented multiple "crises" recently and "Congress" responds by passing legislation that has not even been read much less debated or understood. Perhaps part of that is due to the desire to be reelected and not with the effects of the legislation. We are now deeply in debt as a nation and yet we are urged to have the government spend more (your tax dollars at work). Do you think now is the time to put us on the hook for more debt?

The present "crisis" is medical care. The government wants to have legislation that will put the government in direct competition with companies providing health insurance. Taxes will be used by the government to compete with a company that must make a profit to survive and still pay taxes to the government. Seems kinda unfair to me. We are told of the "savings" that the government is going to realize by their control of the system. Before we rush into governmental control of medical care why not wait until the government institutes these changes and the resultant savings in Medicare and Medicaid and Veterans care. When the savings are duly reported we can all rejoice. Then we can consider and debate changes in our medical care system.

As noted previously I think this is a battle in the war that is being waged to take away our freedom, to make us subservient to the government instead of the government being subservient to the governed. We don't need to loose more freedom by letting the government "manage" medical insurance and care. I suppose you could conclude that I am against the government controlling medical care, as well as other business entities.


The New Fall J.Crew Catalog Is Out!

And here are some things I am LOVIN! J.crew is always hit or miss with me b.c it will either be too preppy, or not fit me properly, but sometimes I love their stuff! They have a great Fall Catalog!

Super cute!! Living in Nashville has given me a small obsession with Jackets & Coats

I would prefer this in Navy or purple!

Vintage Find Of the Day!

Yesterday, Erik and I found this little beauty at the Salvation Army for $1. It is a 1970 Betty Crocker Recipe Library and has ALL of its cards. Besides the fact that it looks neat, it is also hilarious.

Notice the "Men's Favorites" and "Come for Coffee" Sections
All cards have pictures on the front with the recipe on the back and the foods are.... less than tasty ideas IMO...
But the how to eat healthy card was hysterical. Make sure you all have 4 servings of "enriched" bread a day...
Which makes me wonder what about out current eating fads and habits will be considered silly in 20-30 years?
PS TRY not to be jealous of my totally rad neon yellow nail polish. I bought the cheap brand instead of my faithful OPI and as you can see, that didn't work out well.,

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Happy Birthday to the Snubs!!

Today is my snuggle husbands 31st Birthday! Hooray! He chosen method of celebration is Harry Potter Movie and Hot Wings! ha

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Hey!!!! You!!!!

I noticed recently via comments & followers box that I have some new readers! Hooray! (and thank you).. so to share the blog love I am hoping that you all will leave a comment on this post and announce your own blogs for all of my readers and ME to enjoy! My Google reader is lacking fun content these days.
Also wanted to say, again, how importantly, super rad, and life changing GOOGLE READER is. If you have never tried it, and don't understand it, do yourself this favor and go HERE and watch a small 1 minute below. It is a blog lovers dream... (MartinP. you would like it also)

Flea Market Herb Garden

Remember the Iron flower basket I got at the flea market? Well i spray painted it a brushed nickel with rust proof paint. After it's paint job Erik and I lined it with that moss stuff and filled it with dirt and herb plants!
Both bottom shelves will be holding planter boxes with more herbs soon. One of the shelves is under repair right now with some liquid nailz. :)

Most of the time they live outside on the back deck but it is real rainy and stormy this week so they have come indoors.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Before & After: Bar Cart makeover

So here is my $10 Flea Market cart. I think it is actually a heated serving cart. It has an outlet and extension cord which I will be removing. It started out kind of a pale yellow ( and rusty).

So I had bubs take it all apart for me b.c. all the screws were real rusty and I couldn't get them out by myself.
Then I took some sand paper to the legs. I had no idea how easy that was gonna be. I didn't even have to paint them b.c that sandpaper removed all rust spots and now they shine like new!
It was hard to photograph but this is a before and after shot of the silver legs.
Here it is with a fresh coat of paint. It's that 50's/60's diner blue that I love. I could not for the life of me make a decision on paint color or if I should mod podge the shelves ( and I may still do that!)...
I also used some liquid nails glue to apply this acrylic wine glass slider rack. I have had some boxes of these in our basement forever so I have no idea where it came from.

Anyway it's not completely done but I need to think on it some more, so for now... It is just prettier!

Because Wetting the Bed All Week is Never Enough....

We finally have made it through the bed wetting, and the chewed up feet and now, Ralphie is having some sort of rash or allergic reaction, of course on a Sunday.. when I have little resources for relief. It took me a while to figure out what was wrong with him but it started with him doing this army crawl across the rug:

Now, I am not sure which is more funny, the army crawl, Erik laughing hysterically , or me in the background sounding like a huge bumpkin while talking to my dad about how to help ole Ralphers, But I have to give it to him, that is a pretty creative way to scratch an itch. Perhaps I will try that next time my rash shows up!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Flea Market Finds: July 2009

My beautiful 60's patriotic beads for $1. My previous strand broke :(
A warming cart. Many possibilities! $10. I will be posting pics of the makeover soon!
60's canisters! Love! $1 for the whole set. I will paint them 50's blue.
A big Iron stand for our herb garden! It will be painted with rust proof paint and then planted! Pictures of that to come later as well. Many projects on hand.
I also got some small mexican trinkets for Julie's backporch! ( not pictured)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Framing Friday!

I love this odd group style framing. I had some better pictures of this on my computer but cant share since it's in the shop. I am gonna attempt a similar idea with our concert posters and records in the wall behind our sofa. For whatever reason our living room still wrecks me. I LOVE a few of the rooms in this house and then a few , are still on their way. Its a shame our MAIN room cant be on the love list.
Anyway... it will be one day soon. Starting with PAINT. and this collage below.

So slowly ( as the fundage allows) I am framing some of our music stuff. This is a PEOPLE Magazine tribute to Jerry from when he died. I bought it at The World's Largest Yardsale for 25 cents and have managed to hang on it it for about 7 years or so.. which is a feat on it's own. Then we took it to Joanne's when everything was half off in the framing dept and had it matted and framed for $7.00 which was spectacular. Since it is a magazine and smaller than a poster it will add some interesting and smaller shape to the collage. I will have a few framed records there as well.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Doggle Drama = Family Drama...

So the blog has been stale... I know! Where have I been? Well that is a long answer to which i will now ramble on about.
We were out of town last week and the doggle bears stayed with uncle louie! Uncle Louie is a kind soul always looking out for us and our bears. I asked him if he would "fix" boppie bear while she was there, since that is the responsible thing to do and he did! He said while he was in the process he found 2 cysts in her the size of golf balls! YIKES. Which explains why she never got pregnant. So that whole long trip to Lebanon where she was violated in the cold was all for nothin!
and Ralphie being the sensitive man that he is, decided to chew the skin off his paws so that he could sympathize with her pain.
So since we have been home I have been nursing my poor dogbears back to health, and cleaning up the 1,000 messes that they make daily. Bossie has apparently lost all control of her bladder, (or she is just very angry with her momma) and wets the bed about 4 times a night, so I have gotten NO SLEEP. I cant tell you how much fun it is to change and wash all those linens 4 times every 24 hours.
Add to that , that my prize, lovely, wonderful computer/best friend is sick. I finally took it to MacAuthority today after battling it out since May. I will get the verdict soon and will be oh so happy to have a fully functioning machine again, then the blog can come back to life. Computer problems really put me in a funk since so much of what i do all day revolves around that computer!
We are also all on pins and needles waiting for a call from Susannah saying that she is going into labor. I have asked her repeatedly to have a talk with that child and let her know we have a tight schedule and need to celebrate her birthday stat! , but like her momma she is stubborn and said she will get here when she pleases. So the wait continues...
Speaking of Susannah, if you know her, you know how HILARIOUS she is and so you will immediately want to start reading her blog where she does some *real talk* about parenthood and her current moods. CLICK HERE
Then we had a fabulous house guest, David Jones (brother of one of my college besties), visit Nashvegas for a couple of days while he thinks of moving he and his wifey and dogchild bernice here. I think we did a great job of convincing him that this was the right fit!
So its been a busy week! As soon as my computer is well I will post some pics of our garden progress and the herb garden I planted this week!

PS. Congrats to the new iphone adopters : Candace, Brett , Linzypants, etc. You guys just got a whole lot cooler!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

War Eagle-ish Buys on the Internet!

Victoria's Secret is having a pretty good sale on a lot of their ladies AUBURN gear. Some of you who live too far from the plains and have little access to such things may wanna take advantage of this ! That little AU babydoll tshirt dress is only $13!!

Paper Mache Dog Clocks!

I saw these in a little boutique in Sarasota and thought they were so dang cute! Much cuter in person for sure. Good thing they didn't have a Yorkie one cause no tellin what they cost !
Mom I think you should make this the next art project at your house and put Richard on the Yorkie!

Has This Ever Happened to YOU?

So we are in Sarasota, out on the town one night. We stopped by this place which was reminiscent of Pat O's and had some nice jazzy patio music. Being the tourist that I was, I videoed this crazy lady for about 40 seconds, and I was so busy listening to her sing, that I missed the part where she said " you should ask before you video me" and then when she said HELLO.. I waved! Cause I thought she was appreciating the fact that we were actually paying attention to her sing and enjoying it. Oh no! She was unhappy! then out came the fan, that she keeps around because????
Because she is probably some sort of felon and hiding from the popo, which would also explain that ridiculous wig she was wearin. Needless to say we left after that b.c that kind of fired us all up.
She obviously is unaware of the wonders of youtube and what that can do for a career of someone with an audience of 5. ohs wells.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Day At the Englewood Beach !

Brunch at Mango Bistro!

Englewood Beach Across from Marty's office! Neat beach with lots of shells and different sands...
Hermit Crabs!
Sand Dollars and Sharks teeth.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Welcome to Marty's Crib in Englewood, FL

We arrived in Tampa today and are having the best time with Marty & Eli. We have not been down here since 2004 and I have been so anxious to see Marty's house and all the renovating he has done in the past few years.
Walking in was pleasantly surprising because it was so CLEAN and NEAT. He has great style and no love for senseless knick-knacks... Bamboo floors, new cabinets and counter tops, IKEA bath vanities, remote control fans , great color scheme.....

The pictures do not do it justice as we are working with a new point and shoot and still learning all the modes and lighting issues etc

He also has a fabulous yard with fun tropical landscaping, Tiki torches, and really neat Florida room. Stay tuned for tomorrow's outdoor feature!!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Christmas in July!

I'm always annoyed when the Christmas decorations come out too early, and Hobby Lobby is FULL of them already! I quickly got over the irritation when I saw these precious Yorkie ornaments! I had the top one last year and it got broken and I was devastated bc I didn't think I would ever find another one! The other one (bossie) is a little much, but it is after all a Yorkie and since those ornaments are few and far between I had to get it!

PS. Gloria/Granpa if you want me to get some and mail to you just let me know!

So What IS Jailbreaking Anyway??

Today my brother called me. Yes, that's right! My ficto brother , picked up the phone, made it ring, then spoke words into it! I know! I was amazed as well. He was calling to ask me about jail breaking his iphone. He heard Rick and Bubba talking about it and was curious. Ironically, I just listened to a podcast of "Today in Iphone" and it was all about jailbreaking. Great episode. I highly recommend all of my iphone readers to subscribe to it! It's free and more informative than you can imagine. Great for road trips or entertainment while stuck in traffic.
So for the newbies...

Jailbreaking is kind of like hacking your phone with some software that allows you to have a second app store.. an uncontrolled one, where you can get to apps that apple restricts. The main reason I jailbroke was because it would allow me to have some unique ring and text noise options. The 7 or so it comes with are lame and everyone uses the same ones so it gets confusing.
Unlocking is hacking your phone to be able to use it on another network/carrier.

You can read HERE about how to do it if you are interested. Do so at your own risk. I will update soon after a few days of playing with it and tell you if it was worth it. Worst case scenario I can just reset and restore it back to exactly how it was before.

Friends & Babies!

I have had some questions about Nicole and Susannah's baby status so here is an update!
Nicole had her son on May 27th. His name is Jackson Cristopher Masters and he has a head FULL of hair ! Here he is below showing off his muscles :

Susannah's due date is Aug. 2nd but I think she is ready NOW ! She will be having a little girl and I don't think I am allowed to divulge the name yet... pics to come soon! Pray for her peace of mind b.c I think the birthing classes have scared her!

Emily is expecting another baby! She is due around Jan. (i think) Same for Bro & Shauna. ( By Bro I mean Erik's bro, Steven). They are expecting a baby on Jan 1st. They will find out the sex July 24th.

Hooray for all you Baby Mommas!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Tuesdays In the Kitchen: Paella

This was actually really good! I was surprised. Be ware though: Saffron is expensive...almost as much as gold. ha. Also next time I make this I would add more onion (but that's just me!)



  1. 1/4 cup of Olive Oil
  2. 1 small onion, diced
  3. 1 medium green bell pepper, diced
  4. 1 large tomato, skinned and diced
  5. 1 1/2 cups (12 oz) rice
  6. 8 oz uncooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
  7. 3 1/4 (26 fl. oz) chicken broth
  8. 1/4 teaspoon saffron
  9. 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  10. Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  11. Lemon wedges, to garnish


  1. In a pressure cooker, sauté the onion and pepper in the olive oil until the onion is tender. Add the tomato and cook for a further 5 minutes. Add the rice and sauté until translucent.
  2. Pour in the broth, shrimp, saffron, cumin, and pepper, close the pressure cooker, bring to high pressure over medium heat, and cook for a further 3 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a paella pan or serving platter
  4. garnish with lemon wedges, and serve.
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Monday, July 13, 2009

The Iphone Shuffle....

FYI I have a few family members upgrading to the new Iphone. I will be selling their old ones if you are interested get with me asap!

First Gen Iphone $100

2nd Gen Iphone Black 8 Gig $250

More to come later..

WHY are there FLIES in my GARDEN> Blehk

Seriously having some bug issues in my garden. I have so many flies everywhere it looks like a biblical plague. Does anyone know why they are there? I don't have any rotting items in the dirt presently....
It was really hard to capture them all on film... and I took a video but my narration sounds like a 5 yr old red neck so I couldn't bring myself to post. ha
Here is what my Broccoli looks like. Some nasty little worms have gone to town. Worms work quicker than anything I have ever seen!

And here are some bees doing what Bees should do.
and then my neighbors rose bush. I like to say it is a "shared" bush. It belongs to them and is in their yard but they are so sweet they let me pick any roses I want ( which is ALOT) so since they do that I water, feed and spray it etc. What can I do about this? I have sprayed many times this year already and something keeps coming back and eating all my leaves for breakfast.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Iphone Apps of the Week!

With twitter gaining ground, I will just link to a fantastic article over at MacWorld which reviews some of the many twitter apps for the iPhone. I use Tweetie and it seems to get the highest marks.
A few of my other recent Fav's are:
Yellow Pages (FREE) - I think I have talked about it before? It is a great way to find things around you like "closest Starbucks" etc and now they have a new feature of being able to tap the "+" and add all of that contact info directly to your address book.

Direct TV (FREE) has a great app that is similar to a TV Guide. I never know how many channels we have or what channel is what number. This app takes that away by giving me a full guide of what is on. It has multiple search options like just checking channels you actually get, or checking by date and time etc. It also gives you options of controlling your DVR from the phone. I really want to figure that out b/c that would be awesome!

Fandango (FREE) - You all probably know what Fandango is. The iPhone app is just an easy and convenient way to purchase movie tickets from your phone ! We could have really used this yesterday when we wen to see Transformers 2.

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