Say bye bye to the old year...

It's the end of the trail, and the year, too. This is me in my usual pose to the rest of the world, standing at the end of the Lewis and Clark trail, in Astoria , Oregon. I think that was in Feburary or maybe August...being brain dead, I never know when it is. Since we have had winter all year, it very well could be August. It matters not, all days run together anyway, it's not like I have anything to do(lucky me)except play on the computer and read( and take boy #2 to his psych every other week).My life is very good, except for various age related things...how can I be so old when I still feel so young? I seriously don't feel any different than I did when I was about 15, and yeah, I'm still that goofy,too.Even mr punxxi has given in, he bought me some really cute slipper boots with black and white stripes and pink skulls on the for Christmas...too bad they were too small, they were seriously cute ! I am rambling...I feel somewhat hyper right now which is not the norm but once in a while it happens. I am somewhat backwards in that I can drink coffee and go to sleep, maybe I haven't had enough caffeine yet? Oh well have a great New Year everyone....I love all you bloggggieeessss!!You are my best friends, belive it or not!


Just saying the name is fattening..

Today I am making dessert for Christmas dinner, it is a combination of 2 recipes, so I hope it turns out tasty. It is a caramelized bread pudding pumpkin cheesecake. I have made it before but with a regular cheesecake on top. I got this receipe from a friend of ours that is a chef. I will have to let him know how it comes out with the pumpkin cheesecake on top. It wazs really good with the regular cheese cake. I really love to bake and have been baking since a couple of days befor Thanksgiving. Not like steady, everyday, but more than I do all year since we live on diets 345 days a year. So far I made a gingerbread house with my son David, the birds loved it after we picked all the candies off. Gingerbread and Snickerdoodle cookies were next, those are for my husband he loves them (the Snickerdoodles, they are kinda dull if you ask me) . He says he isn't a big sugar eater, which is true the rest of the year. Then we made the killer cookies to put in a couple of baskets we made for friends, they are basically the recipe for Quaker Oatmeal cookies, but then you add pecans, butterscotch chips, mini Reeses's Pieces, and the secret ingredient is ********... ha you didn't think I was gonna tell you the secret ingridient did ya?
I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and New Year!


FAAAAARK! It's a wee tad nippy out...

Brrrrr, it's cold! Well, not as cold as say, Minnesota or Alaska, but it was 27 f , (that is in the -2 -3 range,celcius)when i went to bed and 25f when i got up, icy roads and all that stuff. It is supposed to rain/snow for the next couple of days. Maybe we will have a nice white Christmas? More likely we will have a white Christmas caused by fog.Even the cats want to stay in the house all night, which most of them won't do in the summer.I am eternally thankful for electric blankets, all I need to do now is to remember to put my pillow under the covers before I go to bed...nothing like crawling into a nice cozy warm bed and having your head hit an ice cold pillow.It is so cold in this house that I had to buy terrycloth toilet seat covers...I mean I do not want to wake up in the middle of the night frozen solid to the toilet seat, ya know what I mean?
I was trying to make some Christmas mini tarts, boy did I make a mess, glad I keep that silicone oven protector in there...melted sugar all over it ...what a mess that would have made baked onto the oven...so that recipe is going in the trash ... I have a ton more to try out ...a ton, that 's what I am gonna weigh after all of my sweet experiments the last 3 weeks.


All I want for Christmas is....

high top tennis shoes like these! They are so me! Now you know everything there is to know about me...I AM A FASHION ICON! move over Posh!



Thanksgiving is over and done! Now Mr. Punxxi is obsessed with getting the place decorated for Christmas,as it is his very favorite time of the year.The outside is done, next he will start on the inside, but maybe I can hold him off a couple of weeks(I won't hold my breath on that one tho)It wouldn't be so bad if he would do it in moderation. He should have been born in Victorian times because he, like they, think that every square inch has to be covered in some glitzy crap. Me, I am more of a minimalist type, and have claustrophobia.. it starts getting to me after awhile. I am the one who starts undecorating as soon as I can, although I usually let it stay up until the 1st...I think he'd let it stay up til April if he could get away with it. He has all these Dept 56 things he sets out, last year the cats killed London Bridge( aw gee whiz, me crusty lil heart is broke). We use to live in a 3 story house, which meant we had a tree on every floor. We only have one story in this house,but I am planning on a 2 story for the next one, but it won't be an open floor plan, like the 3 story was. Damn, I sound really whiney, but I really am not, there are just a couple of things that drive me nuts, one of which is overdoing the Christmas decorating. I have been trying to convince him for years that less is more because then you will notice the cool little things that are sitting around, but that he so overdoes it that most of it is lost in the glitzy stuff. Oh well, it's just once a year. Besides I know if I lived where kids actually came around at Halloween, I would decorate the house to death(ha).


a day at the beach

There was no spring or summer this year, and now fall is like winter already!I talked to my oldest son yesterday and he said it was in the high 90's,(32.2c) and smokey because of all the fires burning down in southern california. i told him that it has been in the 50's (10c)in the daytime and in the low 40's (4c)at night. we had a solid week of rain and more is expected. I can't wait til we sell this house and relocate! this is my youngest son and i at the beach....brrrr foggy and cold ( and great fun,too)


Happy Halloween!

the 1st picture are some friends, Bill and Susie...he is actually wearing some of my old work clothes that I "modified" for him
I don't even drink and I'm under the table! mr.punxxi is the non celt in a kilt, marne is the roller girl in blue dannett is pretty in pink, then there is my ancient crone self in ripped tights =:o before i decided to wear the pink and black hair, I put my own hair in a mohawk, but it has been so long that I screwed it up, so I washed it 3 times to get the glue out and flopped on the wig instead.

Halloween is my very favorite holiday!


i love this guy!



Sometimes my youngest kid just cracks me up, and sometimes the place we are at just lends itself to the humor. Now, i have to preface this by telling you that my youngest son is 37 years old, but was born with brain damage and also has schizophrenia. Because of the brain damage he is about 8 years old mentally as far as his reasoning goes. Today we were out running around and stopped into one of our favorite chain stores. As we were walking down one aisle, he whispers to me, "mom, there's a man in a dress over there!!!" He was right, there was a person that was probably in the process of sexual reasignment surgery. So I explained all about that. Not so funny you say? It was only because the name of the store we were in is Bi-Mart.Hey ya gotta laugh whenever you can :D


Google meme

age next birthday:

too obscure???
I want to go here:
north to Alaskaaaaaaa
my favorite place, yes, really!:
yes, i have a life, it's just that it's online
my favorite food
all Italian, all the time( well maybe not ALL the time)
my favorite pet:
I love Bengal kitties!
my favorite color combination:
black, purple and pink, in that order
my favorite piece of clothing:
yes, i wear them 99.8% of the time
my favorite t.v. show:
this is the BEST show!!!
my s.o.'s first name is:
well, no it's not morrison
i live here:
just down the hill from us
yes i really did this, kill me now!!!:
no wonder i hate them now!
i coulda done this, i can't play bass, either:
look ma, i'm flyin'
this is my worst habit(maybe)
chocolate is really good for you, yanno?
this is my worst fear:
I'd like to do this before i die, maybe it will occur at the same time??:
i'll take a change of undies with me..


At a loss for words

I don't know why I am having such a hard time posting blogs lately, I used to be able to go on and on. Maybe there is just nothing to say or maybe I am depressed and don't know it...I really felt I was pretty much over that last month. Anyway it is killing me not being able to write, I surf blogdom everyday and see that others have this problem intermittenly so I should not worry about it. There is nothing to write about in my life, it's pretty dull. That's my own fault I suppose, because I don't make an effort to go out socializing too much. 18 days til Halloween; I know that I will have a lot of fun then...we were going to book rooms at the hotel where the party is but we only live about 3-4 miles from it so I will be the designated driver, as usual. It's a good thing I don't care if I drink or not, but last year I did because we booked a room at a place about 20 miles from here. People were stunned when I downed 4 Long Island Ice Teas and was not only upright, I was still sober. That is one reason I don't drink....I could go broke trying to get drunk!I did buy a bottle of absinthe a couple of weeks ago...haven't tried it yet, not sure how to use the little strainer looking doodad that came with it. I hope everyone has a great week ahead.


getting ready for fancy dress

how could you not love this??????


Don't forget to vote!



I have been meeting some new and interesting bloggers lately...the best way to do it is to read one and then when you are making a comment, see who is interesting,go to their blog and read it, also; so far this has worked out well.Maybe it's because for the first time in a very long time I am not depressed to the point of physical pain, or maybe it's just because my very fav holiday is comming up, halloween (yay)I bought some new eyelashes to wear, they have pink feathers on them..tres chic, no?They should look devine with my logger boots, don't ya think? They will match my pink and black hair perfectly.There may be incriminating pictures later!


Doggin' it

I guess I have a weird sense of humor...

Totally unrelated to the above picture, I feel really good this week.There was actually a whole week of sunshine, but of course we are back to crap weather, drizzles and fog.


stolen from gardenia it is my total opposite!

You Are a Belly Button Piercing
You are a complete exhibitionist. You thrive on attention from strangers.
You're proud of your body, and you love to show it off!

You are outgoing and very friendly. You love a good party.
Gregarious and unreserved, you will start up a conversation with anyone about anything.

While you're a social butterfly, you still take time to take care of yourself.
You are at the top of your game, and it shows. Both your body and mind are in great shape!
What Piercing Are You?

A gift from Jamie

On August 25th Jamie at Grace,too chose me as one recipient of this award. Thank you, here are the rules,
1. Only five people are to receive this award.
2. Four of them are followers of your blog
3. One has to be new to your blog and live in another part of the world.
4. You must link back to the person who gave you this award.
Now i have to choose five blog friends to pass this along to. I have chosen the following.

so now I get to pass this on,

I shall pass this to :

Gardenia @ From a lofty perch, in florida, usa

DiBayley@ not always write in south africa

Red @ red-letter day in the uk

Lindsey @ Suburban Turmoil in nashville,tenn usa

Further On Up the Road, a nice guy in the uk


parties and stuff

Today is 13/08/08 it is my second anniversary of the year, yep I have one every 6 months, the other one is 11/02. It's fun to have 2 party days a year for it, we usually go away for 2-4 days the August one is always longer as mr has his birthday on the 11th and then the anni, more reason to party (eat too much and do fun bad stuff) so we went north to the beach...it was foggy and muggy at the same time, today we left and it was a low fog, but cooler, now we are home and it is sunny and blue. I took my camera, and left it in the safe the entire time, never thought to take pics with my cell ( duh) I was sort of irked because I only got internet access the 1st day, they were having a major wi-fi problem ...thank god I made him put it back on my phone so I could at least keep up with my email, it is nothing to have 2 or 300 a day and that is not spam, just my crazy friends.so now i have been married 42 years or 10 years depending which time. Ya know everyone needs a break now and then, the one we took was a 20 year one...


Think about this....

I got this from a friend, I think it is fairly true, judging from what I see in news of the world....

Islam is not a religion, nor is it a cult. In it's fullest form, it is a complete, total, 100% system of life - legal, political, economic, social, and military components. The religious component is a beard for all of the other components. Islamization begins when there are sufficient Muslims in a country to agitate for their religious privileges. When politically correct, tolerant, and culturally diverse societies agree to Muslim demands for their religious privileges, some of the other components tend to creep in as well. Here's how it works. As long as the Muslim population remains around or under 2% in any given country, they will be for the most part be regarded as a peace- loving minority, and not as a threat to other citizens. This is the case in: United States -- Muslim 0.6% Australia -- Muslim 1.5% Canada -- Muslim 1.9% China -- Muslim 1.8% Italy -- Muslim 1.5% Norway -- Muslim 1.8% At 2% to 5%, they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups, often with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs. This is happening in: Denmark -- Muslim 2% ,Germany -- Muslim 3.7% United Kingdom -- Muslim 2.7% Spain -- Muslim 4% Thailand -- Muslim 4.6% From 5% on, they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population. For example, they will push for the introduction of halal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for Muslims. They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature halal on their shelves -- along with threats for failure to comply. This is occurring in: France -- Muslim 8%A ,Philippines -- Muslim 5% Sweden -- Muslim 5% Switzerland -- Muslim 4.3% The Netherlands -- Muslim 5.5% Trinidad & Tobago -- Muslim 5.8% At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves (within their ghettos) under Sharia, the Islamic Law. The ultimate goal of Islamists is to establish Sharia law over the entire world. When Muslims approach 10% of the population , they tend to increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions. In Paris , we are already seeing car-burnings. Any non-Muslim action offends Islam, and results in uprisings and threats, such as in Amsterdam , with opposition to Mohammed cartoons and films about Islam. Such tensions are seen daily, particularly in Muslim sections, in: Guyana -- Muslim 10% India -- Muslim 13.4% Israel -- Muslim 16% Kenya -- Muslim 10% Russia -- Muslim 15% After reaching 20%, nations can expect h air-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings, and the burnings of Christian churches and Jewish synagogues, such as in: Ethiopia -- Muslim 32.8% At 40%, nations experience widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks, and ongoing militia warfare, such as in: Bosnia -- Muslim 40% Chad -- Muslim 53.1% Lebanon -- Muslim 59.7% From 60%, nations experience unfettered persecution of non-believers of all other religions (including non-conforming Muslims), sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon, and Jizya, the tax placed on infidels, such as in: Albania -- Muslim 70% Malaysia -- Muslim 60.4% Qatar -- Muslim 77.5% Sudan -- Muslim 70% After 80%, expect daily intimidation and violent jihad, some State-run ethnic cleansing, and even some genocide, as these nations drive out the infidels, and move toward 100% Muslim such as has been experienced and in some ways is on-going in: Bangladesh -- Muslim 83% Egypt -- Muslim 90% Gaza -- Muslim 98.7% Indonesia -- Muslim 86.1% Iran -- Muslim 98% Iraq -- Muslim 97% Jordan -- Muslim 92% Morocco -- Muslim 98.7% Pakistan -- Muslim 97% Palestine -- Muslim 99% Syria -- Muslim 90% Tajikistan -- Muslim 90% Turkey -- Muslim 99.8% United Arab Emirates -- Muslim 96% 100% will usher in the peace of 'Dar-es-Salaam' -- the Islamic House of Peace. Here there's supposed to be peace, because everybody is a Muslim, the Madrasses are the only schools, and the Koran is the only word, such as in: Afghanistan -- Muslim 100% Saudi Arabia -- Muslim 100% Somalia -- Muslim 100% Yemen -- Muslim 100% Unfortunately, peace is never achieved, as in these 100% states the most radical Muslims intimidate and spew hatred, and satisfy their blood lust by killing less radical Muslims, for a variety of reasons. 'Before I was nine I had learned the basic canon of Arab life. It was me against my brother; me and my brother against our father; my family against my cousins and the clan; the clan against the tribe; the tribe against the world, and all of us against the infidel. -- Leon Uris, 'The Haj' It is important to understand that in some countries, with well under 100% Muslim populations, such as France, the minority Muslim populations live in ghettos, within which they are 100% Muslim, and within which they live by Sharia Law. The national police do not even enter these ghettos. There are no national courts nor schools nor non-Muslim religious facilities. In such situations, Muslims do not integrate into the community at large. The children attend madrasses. They learn only the Koran. To even associate with an infidel is a crime punishable with death. Therefore, in some areas of certain nations, Muslim Imams and extremists exercise more power than the national average would indicate. Today's 1.5 billion Muslims make up 22% of the world's population. But their birth rates dwarf the birth rates of Christians, Hindus, Buddists, and Jews, and all other believers. Muslims will exceed 50% of the world's population by the end of this century. Adapted from Dr. Peter Hammond's book: Slavery, Terrorism and Islam: The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat


ponder ponder ponder

I can't belive that summer is over...maybe not where you are, but it's (gasp!) raining and cold . This certainly doesn't seem like a warming trend to me...maybe AlGorefkingliar can explain why it is colder now than it was in the middle ages, and did you know that the temperature has to be higher than normal for 600 years before the amount of carbon dioxide is going to make any difference???? ? Also, since big Al almost failed science, I find it really hard to take his word on it. All the so called experts that get press and natter on and on about global warming are not climatologists, the majority of whom disagree with him.But they never get any press do they? That is the ponderable thing


we have babies !!!...

... and they are so darn cute, and brave, they come right up to my hand and smell it, so far none of them have tasted me.



I love my kitties, but this is bucky( not too original, I know)he is pretty awesome, he is 3 and has been here every year. I know it is him as he has a deformed ankle, today he jumped the fence and came and looked in the patio door, because he wants his apples.He went back over to the other side of the rail where he feels safer


"borrowed" from Mr. Further On

stolen from Futher On Up The Road

Did you have any unread text messages when you woke up?
I had 153 emails on my phone, does that count?.. it was all in text yanno

How many times a week do you shower?every day
Are you fluent in a language other than your native? no, but i can swear in several
Would you rather listen to black metal or country? no, alternative
What color are your underwear? which pair?

How many uncles do you have? none anymore used to have 1 tho

Do you know how to Salsa dance? I totally hate to dance unless I'm drunk...but I don't drink, so no
Whats your favorite flavor ice-cream? any brown one

What is your biggest worry in life right now? will the summer ever come?

If you could re-live one memory what would it be? the day I told my husband that I wanted a divorce, then we wouldn't have wasted that 20 years apart
Do you give up easily? no, I am a very hard headed old broad
What is your lucky number? 13
What are your parents middle names? Joyce and Agustus Lee ( he had 2 mns)

Which of your cousins is closest to your age?Terry he is 9 months younger

Are you friends with anyone named Nicole?Yes she has a karaoke business in San Diego, Ca.
What is the closest red item to you? the light in my mouse

What kind of computer do you have? 1 dell, 2 toshibas and 1 nameless wonder
How many credit cards do you have? a bunch but i generally don't use them
Do you enjoy doing laundry? Why yes I do, it is my reason for living you know
Do you like a warm or hot shower? hot
What color is the carpet in your house? sorta purple...it was here when we bought and there is no reason to change it if we are moving
What is the weather like right now? it is kinda cold and cloudy, and supposed to rain
What year was your dad born? 1927

What are your car payments? nothing, I just got a new one yesterday but it's paid for( like me, a kept woman)
Do u know anyone that has 4 kids? no I think one couple has 3 but they are the odd ones
If you were president what would be your main goal? ninja death squads
If your best friend ditched you to go to the movies with his/her boy friend/girlfriend would it make you angry?
naw because they would tell me and i wouldnt care at all

Are you happy with your relationship status? which one? husband? kids? friends?, imaginary friends?
If you got (or got someone) pregnant at this age and your partner left you, would you keep the baby?no I'd put it on eBay of course
Who is the last person to talk to you on the phone? the evil m-i-l

Have you ever been to a concert? yes a few
What colors would you like to have at your wedding? black and blue and queasy green... oh we did have those the 1st time around
Are you in shape? round is a shape, yes
Honestly, have you ever had more than one gf/bf at a time? no

What is your favorite magazine? the one that has the bullets in it?

What subject in school are/were you best in? science and class cutting, that was my major

What is your favorite color? black( yeah,I know its not a colour)

What is your advice for Britney Spears? find real friends
What is your favorite movie of all time? rocky horror
Do you smoke?not tobacco
Do you drink? maybe 1 or 2 a year, or not
your plans for today and tomorrow? finish my fab laundry and then hang out and barbeque a dead animal


Today ...

...I traded in my 4X4 crew-cab pickup truck for a car that gets better gas milege,almost double and since my truck was 3 years old and had less that 15,000 miles on it, you know this car will be a bargain....



I think it is spring, just in time for summer!When we lived in California, June was known as June gloom, because it was always kind of crappy weather, but at least it was warm and dry.There are climatic reasons for this, which in the very back of my brain I do know, but it is much too boring to try and dredge out, suffice it to say, the land temp. is warming faster than the ocean...that's the crux of it.We embarked on a wonderous adventure( for my husband) of packing up and moving north from Huntington Beach, aka Surf City to the middle of nowhere, Oregon coast. My poor sweetie, can not adapt to the major climate change, you know, rain. What most people don't know , is that southren California is mostly desert. It is hard to tell since it is mostly concrete and golf courses.Anyway we made this trek north and it is far too rainy for him, so we have put our house on the market and since there is a crappy market, it may take at least a year to sell. Since we don't have to sell we can sit on our price as long as we want, but we know what our bottom line is. Poor mister Jim, he was a surfer/golfer/barbeque-er now he is not going in the ocean 'cos it's much too cold and has great whites in it, he doesn't get to barbeque too much because it is hard to do on the uncovered deck in the rain.He is also pretty much a fair weather golfer, but he has adapted to rainy and cold or he would never get out. It is so wet here that they make golf rain boots, pictures Wellies with spikes.Our next move will be out last ( I hope) we have decided to try the desert that is still desert in Ca. i.e. the Palm Springs area. I don't care where we go, I will adapt to it, because it
will make him happy and I like that idea,I told him fine we can move anywhere, we are not tied down to one place..he is sorry that he had set such strick criteria when we moved here, had to be on the coast and in the "banana belt" ( the warmer end of the state). All I ask for there is air conditioning and a pool.And a car that gets more than 12 mpg in town.I am looking at hybrids and smart cars...I don't care how small it is, because in Ca. I had sports cars, but I will be economical next time.(Maybe)



it is june 21st it is cold and rainy , i think that is called global wetting.


Ok, I've whined enough...

... I wish it were Friday, our friend Andy, a Coast Guard Reservist, will be back from 8 months of tdy in Cuba. I feel so sorry for him, he had to lift weights, scuba dive, hang out with Victoria's Secret models that were there for a photo shoot. Oh yeah, and guard Gitmo, it seems rather like an after thought.Anyway his family is so thrilled that he will be home.Friday is a surprise for him held at a lodge/resturant /bar kinda place...we have booked a room so that we don't have to drive home after partying( I don't usually drink, so I have been the ddriver for years) I may or may not have a drink , probably not though.Before he left we were all going to go get tattoos, but time snuck up on us and we never made it. I did after the fact, love the tat but wish i had had the inker write "reach for the stars" above it, I may have that put on there yet. My husband swears that he is going to get Taz on his calf...that I will belive when I see it. He was the only one in the family that didn't have a tattoo. When he was going for radiation for his cancer I told him that they would tattoo land marks on him, he thought that as usual, I was feeding him a line, so he really freaked out when the nurse came in and tattooed 3 tiny spots across his lower abdomen...I don't seriously think he will ever get a tattoo, but who knows. For years he has acted like he was scrubbing my old one on my shoulder off.Before I got the last one, I told him that I was going to have something put over it as a cover up,and that was the last I was going to do, but somehow I managed to come home with a whole new tat. Now I am thinking of where I want the next one, which is my little killer bunny, if I can remember my photobucket pw I will insert him in here, oh I found him, he's on top of things!


Ra, we hardly know ya

oh my! there was actual sunlight today ( of course it still rained too) I know why everything hurts... it's not arthritis, it's rust! The way it looks now, it will be raining again before sun up.Pass the armor all and 3-in-1 oil........


Where is my spring? Will there even be a summer??

It has been raining all week,making us whine and whine and whine some more! It is not supposed to rain tomorrow so we can get outside and ( if it really doesn't rain, that is) hike by the beach. I could just do 4 or 5 miles on my treadmill, but unless I put a movie in my spare laptop, it gets boring FAST. But going out and hiking in nature has recently been proven to actually burn more calories. Dunno why but it does. I used to do at least 10 k a day, but since it has been raining forever I have been sluffing off. I am tired of my whiney self so I will try not to be whiney anymore



my youngest kid is 36, he will be 37 on july 20th. he is mentally about 8-10 years old due to brain damage at birth. he lives with us presently, he doesn't work now, but has in the past. there is no work where we live now, but we are planning on moving back to california within the next 2 years...they have a lot of programs there, and also have many semi independant living facilities.this is a good thing. the bad thing is he is smoking pot,and while i don't have any objections to adults smoking or drinking i am really pissed that people don't think a thing in the world about making a buck off of him, i mean people that have known him all his life and are well aware of the situation, if i could prove that they are supplying him, i would rat them out in a hot second, they know his mental age, but he has also been diagnosed with a "slight " case of schizophrenia, which he takes medication for, however booze and pot kind of wipe out the effect of his meds. i am just ranting here, to myself basically.it helps. sometimes i really, really hate people.



don't ya hate it when ya get here and then your mind is a total blank?
yeah, me too.