Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
You people are just NO fun at all!
One of the reasons I worry is because she doesn't bark to get in or out! She only barks when she sees other dogs or when people come to the front door. Her first owner trained her a little too well.
She had her own little Saturday night backyard campout in the late spring this year. I got up on a Sunday and noticed she wasn't hanging around waiting for her morning walk. I yelled for Saby and she didn't come. I finally opened the back door and in rushed a scared but excited Saby!
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Wanted: Pictures of the most ridiculous and insanely disturbing people who call Walmart their home. I suggest venturing there after midnight to find that special someone. The top three pictures of the month will receive:
First Place: $100
Second Place: $50
Third Place: $25
When you submit your picture to firstname.lastname@example.org, please include name, email, location, and do not forget to attach the picture. Winners will be posted and notified. Contest ends 10/10/09.
Hmmmm. Maybe I should start taking my camera to Walmart with me! They suggest going around or after midnight to capture the truly bizarre! Truthfully, I don't think I could stay up that late! We were in Sam's and Walmart tonight and saw a couple of likely candidates. The catch, of course, is that the photographer has to get the bizarre person's permission for the picture. I'm not sure I'd be comfortable approaching the insanely and ridiculously disturbed for his/her/its photo!
But I think I'll put a link to the website on my blog so I can get a good laugh evey day!
Friday, August 28, 2009
Every month, I get a newsletter from our beloved landscaper -- the scoundrel we entrusted with our landscape design when the house was brand new and the yard was a blank dirt palate. If only he'd pay as much attention to actual real time customer service as he does to putting out these silly little monthly marketing ploys. Don't even get me started! Anyway, I got his August newsletter in my e-mail box this week and it included a link for Monsoon Healthcare. Hmmmmmm. I didn't know there were health concerns in Arizona unique to the monsoon? This paragraph grabbed my attention:
Monsoon has arrived and it is a right time to watch your food intake during this season. This season brings the excitement that makes you feel tempted to taste the spicy, road-side snacks but it also brings the germs and bacteria that may cause you health problems. Cough, cold, flu and water-born diseases such as cholera, gastroenterities are the frequently observed health problems during rainy days. Handle them effectively with your regular kitchen ingredients. A little care can keep the monsoon troubles at bay. Read more to know how eating right and maintaining hygiene will keep you fit and healthy.
Reading on, the author warns to drink boiled water, then recommends lots of home-cooked curries. So, if I'm understanding him clearly, I need to eat more of this in order to avoid cholera and gastroenteritis?
And if I'm understanding him, I should avoid street food like this in monsoon season. Hmmm. It looks really tasty, but I don't remember seeing this cart on my street!
Mmmmmmmm. How can I resist all this?
God knows, conditions on the street here in Phoenix, Arizona suburbia can get rather unhygienic this time of year, so maybe that spicy street food really isn't a good idea!
Gosh, how was his trusty assistant to know when she googled monsoon tips that she really should have included Arizona in those keywords. And I guess if she'd actually read the link, maybe the author's name, Prajakta Ambre, could have been another tip. Maybe she missed the cholera and curries. HA!
I really should e-mail him back and thank him for the Laugh of the Month!
(Now, all that being said, I got sick this week. Maybe he's right! If only I'd resisted the spicy roadside snacks, flooded pestilent streets, and boiled my water, I could have avoided cholera and gastroenteritis!)
Thursday, August 27, 2009
After browsing http://www.etsy.com/ last week, I decided there were people who did that better than I ever could, and I could buy a LOT of charms for the money I'd invest in the equipment, supplies, and learning how. I found a couple of charms I loved, put them in my little shopping cart, used PayPal to purchase, and one week later -- they're here! What could be easier than that!
The Toto charm is a natural for me since -- I'm from Kansas! And Beach Babe just seemed fitting since Life's a Beach! Actually, I found one that said life's a beach, but I liked this one more. What I love about soldered charms is the flip side -- you really get a two for one! Two different looks in one charm!
Uh oh! Now I'm a little afraid Etsy will become my Home Shopping Network! I was back on there today browsing.
And don't forget Jana's beautiful seaglass jewelry at http://www.silvermoongallery.etsy.com/!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I'm not sure why I find this construction sign so funny? Maybe it's the idea that any road construction in Arizona could be speedy? They've had the street in front of our neighborhood torn up since we moved here in October 2006. Cones, barricades, and I haven't seen anyone working on it in at least six months or more. I guess I should call Speedy at 623-934-9415 and see what the hell's taking so long!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I love this rustic little piece. It'd make a great night stand in my bedroom!
It's hard to see the scale of this coffee pot, but it's industrial size. I'm still thinking about getting that one since I collect the white enamelware! Hmmmmmmmmmmmm.
I kinda like this blonde's getup, but she should lose the ugly shoulder bag. No way it goes with 60's mod!
Betty Boop was way before my time, but this is quite a collection!
And Betty was evidently popular in Asia? Can't tell if the comic book is Japanese?
I LOVE this old typewriter. It was on hold. My grandmother had a similar older model that was a permanent fixture on her dining room table. She was constantly typing letters to friends and family, recipes, poems, etc....
Okay, I always see something WEIRD every trip!
One can never have enough Elvis, thank ya very much!
Love this little old table. It could probably be used as a small desk. I think it's what I'd call a marriage because the top is pine, bottom is oak.
Tiaras for princesses!
Like the colors in this booth!
I finally found this cute little luggage piece! I'll show you what I'm doing with it later!
And here's the find of the week. We saw this cute old wicker desk in an antique store on Saturday. Craig even liked it. So we bought it and hauled it home. Now I wish I had Grandma Bowman's typewriter to set on it! Wonder what happened to that typewriter?
Monday, August 24, 2009
Speaking of the monsoon being a no-show this year, I read India's having much the same problem with below normal monsoon rainfall resulting in poor crop production. I guess the weather is freaky all over the globe. I'm seeing lightning off in the west tonight, but I'm not betting on rain! We need a rain dance!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Once seated, we ordered Diet Cokes and waited on our thin crust combo to bake. It was worth the wait! Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Italian sausage, green peppers, onions, and mushrooms.
On the way to the car, I noticed a smiley face thermometer! I'm glad he's smiling about that 100 degree temp!
Friday, August 21, 2009
I tossed and turned last night thinking of all the places scorpions could be hiding. I eventually did sleep and got up this morning to swim in the pool. As I was swimming laps, I kept seeing a small stick in the water. No big. I always check the sides of the pool and water surface when I get in because I've been stung by bees several times in the water and don't want a replay. And there WAS that episode with the large hairy spider on the side of the pool several weeks ago. (Craig was there to kill that one!)
After I'd been swimming for about 20 minutes, I noticed a huge bug crawling up the side of the pool. Ewwwww. What the heck! My first thought, of course, was scorpion. I quickly hopped out of the pool. I realized then that it was the 'stick' I kept passing when I was swimming. Don't sick the SPCA on me, but I tried to kill the damn thing. 'Tried' would be the operative word. I'm tellin' ya, that thing has a faster backstroke than I do! I never got it, but I did get a couple of photos. I'm hoping it got sucked into the vortex so I can just dump it out of the skimmer basket tonight. Actually, I think I'll just let Craig dump the skimmer basket when he gets home tomorrow! And I'm hoping it doesn't have friends!
This bug is so weird, it's kinda cute! I think it might be a Walkingstick?
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Yesterday evening as I was walking Saby on the edge of the neighborhood, I noticed two Chandler police cruisers creeping along the edge of a dirt field at a distance from an abandoned house on the dairy farm across the main road in the next mile section. They appeared to be lurking waiting for something. I thought maybe they were casing me to see if I'd bag the pooch poop! Earlier in the day, I'd noticed police tape around the front of the house and thought that was odd. And now there was police tape around the entire perimeter of the yard. Part of me wondered if they could be getting ready to do a raid? But I dismissed it because nothing happens around here!
After walking Saby home, I decided to return some movies to Blockbuster. Pulling out of the neighborhood, I noticed police cars had multiplied by ten and were lined up all around the property with men in uniform ringing the area. What the heck? Could it be a drop house for illegals or meth lab? On the way back,I couldn't believe it! They had spotlighted the area with huge overhead lights mounted on generator trucks. I could see it from a mile away! The area was now swarming with police and SWAT teams. I passed by slowly on the road with the windows open, but couldn't get any grasp on what was happening. After I got home, I rode the bike to the edge of the neighborhood to watch through the view fencing. I could see spotlights going through the darkened house, then I'd hear little explosions. Then groups would emerge in full gear, including helmets with visors down. After watching from two different locations for ten minutes, I finally went home. I still had no clue!
About 10 p.m., curiousity got the best of me again. Saby got another walk! The spotlights were still there, along with the S.W.A.T. team vehicles and police cars. I think the numbers had decreased, but I was still hearing loud explosions.
If only I had one of those damn old people police scanners! I'd KNOW what was going on over there! Mrs. Cravitz is going nuts! I'm a fire truck chaser at heart. Where I grew up, in a tiny berg, everyone in town would have known immediately what was happening! In fact, we would have all been standing across the street and not gone home until the last police wagon left!
This morning, I passed by again on Saby's morning walk. The only remnant of the action last night was police tape on the broken front picture window and the across the back perimeter. I'm now thinking it was a S.W.A.T training event? Here's a couple of camera phone photos.
Whatever it was, I bet it scared the holy crap out of the illegals who live down that road in trailers behind the dairy operation!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
The mornings have also been cool enough now to get out and take a long walk before it gets hot! This morning, I walked for a little over an hour and noticed the neighborhood is just busy. New foundations, cranes, and the one really encouraging fact is that the neighborhood in the half-mile section next to us is once again under construction. The developer went bankrupt, but evidently, a new developer has purchased the land and is building homes once again. Just from the looks around our immediate area, I think the economy IS turning around! Foreclosures continue to be a problem, but there are encouraging signs!
I'm off to the movies today. I'm thinking Time Traveler's Wife? I'll let you know what I think!
Remember this old song?
Rest assured, the house is quiet, but I'm not sitting around crying! (But I wish he'd bring me home some of those cookies on Friday!)
Monday, August 17, 2009
At the antique store, I found a little wicker mirror for $4 and a white enamelware rectangular pan for $7. I already had an old mirror in a frame I also thought would work well. Throw in a $3 can of spray chalkboard paint from Walmart and a $1 can of spray primer, and that was all I needed.
Saturday morning, I decided to get 'er done. The mirrors were the easiest to do because there was no preparation involved. I simply removed the mirrors from their frames, then sprayed them with 1 coat of primer and 3 coats of the chalkboard spray. The rectangular enamelware pan was slightly more work because I had to tape off the rectangular area to be sprayed and cover the rest of the white pan with newspaper. But the entire project only took a few hours to complete, including time spent waiting on the different coats of paint to dry.
Formerly the wicker mirror, this one will probably end up hanging on the kitchen wall by the pantry.
This one was created from an old mirror I bought a few years ago. It's now hanging in the guest bedroom. Of course, the beauty of all these is that they can be changed anytime with a little piece of chalk. Craig suggested 'Don't unpack' would be a good slogan since it's the guestroom!
This one, on top the kitchen cabinets, is the rectangular white enamelware pan.
Now I'm thinking about all the old trays, pie plates, and mirrors in the house that I could renovate. Craig is getting very very nervous. He told me Saturday that he thought the three pieces were enough! Who knows, when he returns on Friday, I may have turned the big powder bath mirror into a huge chalkboard with bano written in 15 different languages! : ) Whatta ya think? Or maybe Mirror mirror on the wall, who's the fairest of them all?
Be afraid! Be VERY afraid Craig! Middle-aged crafter gone wild! HA!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
A month ago, a friend with access to real estate records had told me that house and another at the end of the block were both set for foreclosure in July. Somehow, since July passed and nothing happened, I assumed they'd found a way out of their situations. I also heard tonight from other neighbors that there are four houses on the street behind in various stages of short sale or foreclosure. And one on the street a block north of us. So another wave is hitting.
My heart goes out to these people. They bought their dream houses with the best of intentions. But then circumstances changed and they got caught in the perfect storm. Craig and I were talking tonight about what a horrid sinking feeling that must be to lose your home. So many people are living on the edge right now and it's frightening.
Unemployment benefits in Arizona are the second lowest in the nation if you can get them -- right behind Mississippi. So we're talking these people can either choose to pay their rent OR eat, not both. Lots of unemployed people don't qualify for the benefits, and even if they do, the operation is jammed. The paper this morning said there's up to a 16 week backlog to start the benefits. That's four months! So good luck trying to get unemployment in Arizona. Arizona's current job losses are the worst since the Great Depression.
There but for the grace of God go I.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
These boots are made for walkin . . .
House of Frames
White enamelware. I collect this, but the prices on these pieces were steep!
Beautiful chest with mirror. I'd like to buy it and shabby chic it white!
This tin Mr. Goodbar box made me hungry!
Cute child's wicker chair. My aunt had one of these when she was little.
A child's picnic table!
A Disney fire engine.
More white enamelware.
Vintage purse. Can't remember the price on it, but it was astronomical!
Last and least! This guy didn't come home with me. I hate clowns! Bah humbug!