Monday, April 12, 2010

Monday Giggle

 One evening a husband, thinking he was being funny, said to his wife, 'Perhaps we should start washing your clothes in 'Slim Fast'. Maybe it would take a few inches off of your butt!'

His wife was not amused, and decided that she simply couldn't let such a comment go unrewarded.

The next morning the husband took a pair of underwear out of his drawer. 'What the heck is this?' he said to himself as a little 'dust' cloud appeared when he shook them out.

'April', he hollered , 'Why did you put talcum powder in my underwear?'

She replied with a snicker. 'It's not talcum powder; it's 'Miracle Grow'!!!!!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

I'm a cat and I'll sleep where I please!!

If anyone of you has a cat or two - you know this is true.  I love cats.  I have always loved cats since I was young.  I think they are beautiful and graceful animals (except in the middle of the night when they play with each other and 3 cats suddenly sounds like a heard of elephants upstairs).  I know many people who don't care for cats because they have an attitude.  They simply will not be told what to do and if you don't like it - it's your problem (not theirs) and you will find a way to deal with it.  So, I just overlook the fact that they aren't going to do what I want them to do when I want them to do it and we get along just fine.  I find them to be fun and loving creatures.  I never met a cat that wasn't a character in some way. Most people who know me know about my love of cats, so I get lots of cat related e-mails.  Someone sent me all of these pictures not long ago - some I had seen before others are new - hope they brighten your day like they did mine!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Is This Cute or What???

I have shared before my love of yard sales.  I can't wait for yard sale season to start again.  But in the meantime I visit Thrift Stores in order to get my fix of aquiring other peoples unwanted junk. Not long ago I was in one of my favorite stores and spotted this little gem.:

How cute is this???  The funny part (or maybe not - perhaps it's a sign that I need a 12 step program) I have NO idea what I am going to do with it.  I just had to buy it.  But it's great - I love the bright colors.  It is all handmade -the little appliques were sewn on by hand - the quilting is hand done - it's brand new. It makes me wonder, someone put all that work into it and then it never got used - that is very sad.  So while I was feeling sorry for this little quilt it just jumped out and landed in my shopping cart somehow.  The best part was that I only paid $5.00 for it.  So now what to do with it - I could sell it, I could give it away as a gift, or I might have a need for it sometime - there will be kids (or grandkids) coming along in the family one of these days.  I just love finding things like this.

Sunday, April 4, 2010



Monday, March 22, 2010

Finally Spring!

to my friend Julie at 47 and Starting Over
I hope you have a wonderful day. 

I do apologize for my absence the past two weeks - I am the planner for one of the biggest conferences my agency hosts - around 500 health department-type people for a 4-day conference.  I have been doing the conference for about 12 years now, so it almost runs itself.  But there are some things I have to do and they wind up being all consuming.  But the conference was last week - it was very successful and now I am back to my normal life.

I have lived in Ohio my entire life,  so I am not one to really complain about winter.  It's a fact of life. I'm not 5 anymore, so if I truly disliked the cold and the snow I could pack up my suitcase and head to a warmer climate.  But I have a warm house, plenty of coffee and lots of quilts to hold me through.  (Though I must admit that I HATE wearing shoes with backs in them, so it's difficult to get me to wear boots - even with a foot of snow).  I am SO done with winter this year. The heavy snow we got smooshed down our shrubs in front of our house. Shrubs are pretty resillient and should bounce back - but not ours - the snow broke 2 of them in half. So it looks like we'll be pulling them out now. We had lots of heavy snow on the roof, so when it started melting, we had water running in our basement laundry room. We have a 2 story house - the water from the melting snow was running down our stove & vent pipe and continuing all the way down between the walls to the basement. So I guess I am complaining - a little.

I was more than thrilled when I saw this two weeks ago! 
The first sign of Spring - these two little, brave crocuses were peering out around our mailbox.  They have since been joined my many more of their brothers and sisters.  The weather is supposed to be more normal this week. Over the weekend I was able to open the windows and air out the house - that's such a nice feeling after being closed up all winter.  It also makes the cats very happy.  So hopefully where you are the weather is lookin' up - get out there and enjoy some of that sunshine!

Monday, March 1, 2010

DIY (Monday Giggle)

Tax season means different things for different people. I have been lucky enough to enjoy a hefty refund the past several years and while I really would like to spend it on an exotic vacation I have been spending it on housey stuff.  (Though this year I have set aside enough to buy C a large screen TV he longingly looks at for his birthday next week.  But ssssshhhhhh!  don't tell him it's going to be a surprise.)  But most of the the money went to a new HE washer & dryer (our washer was who knows how old and it has been making a scrapey noise for the last few months)  and a new water heater (the old one was probably the original for this house and you could barely get a gallon of hot water out of it at a time). The washer and dryer were delivered and setup last week.  The water heater was different - it was a DIY project.  C is very good at home improvement and is neat about it.  He spent most of Saturday installing the water heater.  It's fantastic to have enough hot water to take a shower.  But as I was watching C work on the water heater - I was thinking about my most recent ex and his attempts at home improvement.  While sometimes he was good at it, most of the time it was a disaster. He always made me "help", but really I was just there to yell at.  I remember once the kitchen sink was clogged - and we unclogged it by cutting the pipes apart with a saws-all.  I'm not a plumber, but my grandfather was - I don't ever remember him unclogging drains with a saw.  Anyway - I ran across these pictures - they remind me of some of the ex's projects.

Yep - the ex definitely had a hand in these repairs.... Scares me!!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

I watch WAY too much CSI...

OK, so yesterday morning I went out to my car to get in and go to work and this is what I found:

Notice anything missing??  During the night someone knocked off the driver side mirror.  All that was left was the base and 3 little wires sticking up!! 

The housing for the mirror was found about 30 feet from my Jeep and the mirror part was laying somewhere in between.  That meant that whoever did this was going at a pretty good clip down our little cul-de-sac.  I couldn't believe that they didn't knock on the door and say they had had an accident (ok maybe it was the middle of the night) or at least leave a note - they just hit my Jeep and took off!!! Morons!!  It particularly pissies me off because in October there had been an incident over our extra car.  (Refresh your memory by reading this post)  To please the neighbors I parked the extra car in the driveway and have been parking my Jeep in the street.  Now the neighbors who had complained about my car have a little truck parked on the street, it hasn't been moved in 2 weeks.  And my Jeep is the one that got hit.  But I just decided to cut my losses and call al local junk yard to see if I could get a mirror and have C put it on for me.

When I got home from work I was walking in the street where my mirror had been laying earlier.  I noticed a couple of pieces of white plastic and THIS little gem: 
Do you see what I see????  There is writing on that piece of mirror. That's not from my mirror. I took the little piece of glass in the house and showed it to C.  After thinking about it for a while I threw on my coat and told C I was going to take a little walk and see if any of our neighbors had a broken mirror. (He looked at me like I was crazy). At first I didn't see anything but then as I was heading back home - I saw a white Jeep sitting in a neighbor's driveway.  I walked up to it and noticed the passenger side mirror was broken.  I pulled out my little piece of glass and BINGO!?!?  It fit into their mirror like a puzzle piece!!! So I went up and knocked on the door. A lady answered the door and the following conversation took place:

Me:  Hi! I am LeeAnn I live down the street.  Is that white Jeep out there yours?
Lady: Yes,why?
Me (with just a tad bit of cockiness to my voice): Well your Jeep was involved in an accident last night. My driver side mirror was knocked completely off my Jeep. And your Jeep did it.
Lady:  Huh?? Well, my (moron) son drives it - let me get him.
Me:  Did you have an accident in that white Jeep last night?
Moron Son: No (did I really expect another answer)
Me:  Well you have a broken passenger side mirror.  It got broken when it hit  my mirror last night.
Moron Son: (as we were walking out to the white Jeep - him in his bare feet) Oh, that mirror has been like that for a long time. (he didn't know about the little jewel in my pocket)
Me: Oh really?  (taking the piece of glass out of my pocket and holding it up in place) Then, can you explain why this piece of mirror that fits in this spot on your mirror was laying in front of my house today???  
Oh, the look on that poor moron's face - you're BUSTED pal!!!!!
Moron Son:  Huh!  What do you know, it sure does.  My girl must have done  it and not told me - she was driving it.
Me:  Well, as I see it you owe me a mirror.
Moron Son:  I'll gladly pay for it. (Could that be because you don't want me to call the police? Can you spell "hit and run"?)  When you know how much just let me know. (I bet he thought I'd go away and forget about it)
Me:  Ok - I got one from the junk yard- it was $64.05. Would you like stop by my house and drop off a check  - I'll show you the bill.
Moron Son: No,that's OK.  I'll pay you now. 
He went back in the house and brought out $70 cash and gave it to me for my mirror. 

I was floored!  But I was also very, very proud of myself for finding that glass and being determined to go find who it belonged to!!! Sometimes I have a temper - but I was diplomatic and calm about it.  But then, I did have have the upper hand and I knew it, so there was no need for me to make a big scene. If the Moron Son wanted to take issue or debate it - all I needed to do was let the police sort it out.  I did a happy dance all the way down the street. C was shocked too when I went back in the house and laid the $70 down. I honestly can't believe it was that easy.  I knew watching all those police shows on TV would pay off sometime.  Just call me CSI LeeAnn.