Saturday, December 31, 2011

earthcam- new year's eve celebrations

me- my article on resolutions from world wide hippies


Friday, December 30, 2011

                                                      yes, i know it's a friday, babies BUT rest up for tomorrow!
geez-what a fantastic achievment-a great service to the country- SNARK!!!
Of the 620 bills sponsored by Ron Paul during his long career in the House of Representatives, only four have ever made it to a vote on the House floor and only one of those became an actual law, a success rate of .02....RP & his people sell this as proof of his advanced & dynamic forward-thinking.

me- this just boggles my mind- i could have never even conceived of doing this!
President Obama and Chancellor Merkel of Germany
. Merkel described Obama as the ...most "inconspicuous world leader I have ever met. He carries none of the pomp or prestige of the office and instead treats it as the most important job in the world, not for himself but for the citizens he serves and represents. He is the furthest thing from any government ruler as I have encountered in all my years."
got up early. took max out. went thru the a.m. routine and then did my grocery shopping. stopped at barnes and noble and FINALLY bought my new wall calendar for my kitchen. usually by now it would have been filled with dates already and waiting to be hung up. so i'll be filling it out with birthdays and such and hanging it later.
i know already that tomorrow is new year's eve.

i always take my time picking out a wall calendar- i have to look at it several times a day for the coming year. so- i want one that i like- this year? ZELDA THE BULLDOG!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Another new Illness to watch out for... Anal Glaucoma

A woman calls her boss one morning and tells him that she is staying home because she is not feeling well. "What's the matter?" he asks. "I have a case of anal glaucoma," she says in a weak voice. "What the hell is anal glaucoma?"

"I can't see my ass coming into work today."





9 P.M.


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

This is an article submitted to a 1999 Louisville Sentinel contest to find out who had the wildest Christmas dinners. It won first prize.

As a joke, my brother Jay used to hang a pair of panty hose over his fireplace before Christmas. He said all he wanted was for Santa to fill them.

What they say about Santa checking the list twice must be true because every Christmas morning, although Jay's kids' stockings overflowed, his poor pantyhose hung sadly empty.

One year I decided to make his dream come true. I put on sunglasses and went in search of an inflatable love doll. They don't sell those things at Wal-Mart. I had to go to an adult bookstore downtown.

If you've never been in an X-rated store, don't go, you'll only confuse yourself. I was there an hour saying things like, 'What does this do?' 'You're kidding me!' 'Who would buy that?' Finally, I made it to the inflatable doll section.

I wanted to buy a standard, uncomplicated doll that could also substitute as a passenger in my truck so I could use the car pool lane during rush hour.

Finding what I wanted was difficult. 'Love Dolls' come in many different models. The top of the line, according to the side of the box, could do things I'd only seen in a book on animal husbandry. I settled for 'Lovable Louise.' She was at the bottom of the price scale.

To call Louise a 'doll' took a huge leap of imagination.

On Christmas Eve and with the help of an old bicycle pump, Louise came to life.

My sister-in-law was in on the plan and let me in during the wee morning hours. Long after Santa had come and gone, I filled the dangling pantyhose with Louise's pliant legs and bottom. I also ate some cookies and drank what remained of a glass of milk on a nearby tray. I went home, and giggled for a couple of hours.

The next morning my brother called to say that Santa had been to his house and left a present that had made him VERY happy, but had left the dog confused. She would bark, start to walk away, then come back and bark some more.

We all agreed that Louise should remain in her pantyhose so the rest of the family could admire her when they came over for the traditional Christmas dinner.

My grandmother noticed Louise the moment she walked in the door. 'What the hell is that?' she asked.

My brother quickly explained, 'It's a doll.'

'Who would play with something like that?' Granny snapped.

I kept my mouth shut.

'Where are her clothes?' Granny continued.

'Boy, that turkey sure smells nice, Gran,' Jay said, to steer her into the dining room.

But Granny was relentless. 'Why doesn't she have any teeth?'

Again, I could have answered, but why would I? It was Christmas and no one wanted to ride in the back of the ambulance saying, 'Hang on Granny, hang on!'

My grandfather, a delightful old man with poor eyesight, sidled up to me and said, 'Hey, who's the naked gal by the fireplace?' I told him she was Jay's friend.

A few minutes later I noticed Grandpa by the mantel, talking to Louise. Not just talking, but actually flirting. It was then that we realized this might be Grandpa's last Christmas at home.

The dinner went well. We made the usual small talk about who had died, who was dying, and who should be killed, when suddenly Louise made a noise like my father in the bathroom in the morning. Then she lurched from the mantel, flew around the room twice, and fell in a heap in front of the sofa. The cat screamed. I passed cranberry sauce through my nose, and Grandpa ran across the room, fell to his knees, and began administering mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

My brother fell back over his chair and wet his pants.

Granny threw down her napkin, stomped out of the room, and sat in the car.

It was indeed a Christmas to treasure and remember.
Later in my brother's garage, we conducted a thorough examination to decide the cause of Louise's collapse. We discovered that Louise had suffered from a hot ember to the back of her right thigh.

Fortunately, thanks to a wonder drug called duct tape, we restored her to perfect health..

I can't wait until next Christmas.

Grandmama's House
Home Day Care
me- thanks doug!

My new shoes!

    finished my article for thurs. in
it's my new years thoughts. pick up a bit round here. took a HOT shower ( it's damn cold with nasty wind gusts) and after i dressed i put on my new shoes that santa brought me.
yes, i have "gramma feet" they have been really bothering me and the only shoes that eased the aches were my old birk sandals- i wore them with socks- something i had sworn NEVER to do ( NEVER say never!)
so santa brought me a pair of birkenstock shoes- ugly but so much better on my old feet!
laugh all you like- my feet are stretching out and saying, "ahhhh!"

went from warm and pouring rain to THIS!

i'm a shade of smuf blue!

Evangelist or Ego-Driven Meddler?

by John Shore on October 1, 2008 in Christian Issues
If you’re a Christian driven to evangelize, beware of the devilishly smooth transition between glorifying God and glorifying yourself.
It’s a seamless slide from “God is good! Let him save you!” to “God and I are good! Let us save you!”
The moment you begin to proselytize to a person, you will likely catch a very heady buzz. And though it might feel like it, that buzz will not be coming from the joy of sharing God’s love. Its source will instead be the dizzying one-two punch of knowing that you’ve made yourself the focus of that person’s attention, and that you’re deeply meddling in that person’s life.
You’re the star. You’ve got the answers. You’re wise. You’re all-knowing. You have what that person needs. You can solve all their problems. You’re the person they need to listen to.
Good for you! You’ve got the power!
Bad for God. You’re acting like he doesn’t.
Tom Robinson:

 With respect... President Obama has spent the last three years being personally and politically crucified every single day. Every bill, every appointment, every speech, every message, every idea and every action he has brought forth has been rigorously condemned, criticized, mocked and discarded by friend and foe alike. You and I would not still be standing if this was our daily life. Yet this man wants to do it ...all over again for four more years. Even with the entire weight of a political party and the ignorance of the un-enlightened; this man continues to rise and does his best to carry our nation forward. Don’t tell me he’s got no backbone! Not since the days of the rise of fascism in Europe, the Second World War and the Depression has any president faced more adversity. Not since the Civil War has any president led a more bitterly divided country. Not since the introduction of racial integration has any president faced a more consistently short-sighted and willfully ignorant opposition – from both the right and left. Why do you think this is? Who actually has failed; ... are the Americans that can’t see the beginning of a miracle of national rebirth right under their jaded noses. Who failed are the smart ass ideologues of the left and right who began rooting for this President to fail so that they could be proved right in their dire and morbid predictions. Who failed are the movers and shakers behind our obscenely dumb news cycles that have turned “news” into just more stupid entertainment for an entertainment-besotted infantile country. And who have failed are the obvious racists who have crawled out of their holes into the daylight for all to see... And condemn. ( I know that word drives some people crazy but if we could just put aside our ( denial ) for a moment and look at the facts, we would see that using it perfectly justifiable. ) Here’s the good news: President Obama is succeeding without the help of his lefty “supporters” or hate-filled Republican detractors! The Future Looks Good, He's rising in the polls and people are beginning to open their eyes to the truth. ~ Tom ~

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

This New Years Eve don't drink and drive-and don't ride with anybody who does.Tipsy Tow offered by AAA: You don't have to be a AAA member, from 6pm-6am on New Year's Eve/Day they will take you and your car home for FREE. Save this number... 1-800-222-4357.
turkey soup is done and in containers in the fridge.
still pouring rain that the weather gurus say will freeze on the roads tonight when the snow comes!

house is warm and smells like soup-way better than xmas eve when it smelled of squid and fish!

                                                                       cold AND rainy

me- THIS is what you'll get if you elect ANY of the republicans- their tax ideas offer basically the same outcomes.

The beginnings of turkey soup

just put a BIG pot of turkey soup on to cook- can't waste the turkey carcass!

rainy and cold- colder and some snow tomorrow!

Monday, December 26, 2011

the stones!

one of my favs!
there is a strange little woman in the hippie weekly news- she looks a bit like me- with a viking helmut!

"remember- pillage first- then burn!"
i hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. mine was very nice. xmas eve i enjoyed all of the family and friends at eric and deana's and best of all my little sweetie! everyone played games after dinner. i was tired so i laid on the couch in the living room with a blankie and angus. i watched a marathon of  SWAMP PEOPLE. angus snored. my family knows i'm odd so only the other guests looked at me strangely.
xmas day- stopped to see friends and then had a wonderful turkey dinner at my sister's. then home early and sacked out!
i am blessed.

Sunday, December 25, 2011




Santa basset-shadow at lauri,s

Xmas turkey at lauri's

Christmas eve at deana and Eric's

back home! been a long two days but all the prep and running was well worth it. i think everyone had a great time. xmas eve was at my daughter and son-in-law's. i made the sauce and the meatballs and the fried bread and some cookies and brownies, the smelts and the baccala and the calamari (squid) in tomato sauce. my kid made cookies and she and her hubby and my nephew made the homemade raviolis (meat and cheese ones)my sister brought a big salad and we had italian bread as well.
there was a houseful of people and everyone had a great time playing games and then opening gifts.
today we stopped at a friend's home to say hi and exchange girts and then we went to my sister's house to eat. my nephew and his friend were there and we had a big turkey dinner and candy and southern comfort!
i brought the turkey carcass home to make soup for my niece. she couldn't make it home for xmas but she will be in for her brother's and my birthday in jan. she loves turkey soup so whenever there's turkey- i take the bones home to make soup.
my little sweetie was so excited all night last night! she got toys and games and a set of books that she really wanted. she loves to read and that makes me so very happy.

i think she took the stuffed talking bacon slice to bed with her last night!

Max with his Christmas nylabone from Santa

My little sweetie got a talking bacon slice from her uncle Jordan! She loves it!

Friday, December 23, 2011

me- remember NF in your holiday donations this year. thanks.
Al Stone
‎"Xmas" is a common abbreviation of the word "Christmas". It is sometimes pronounced /ˈɛksməs/, but it, and variants such as "Xtemass", originated as handwriting abbreviations for the typical pronunciation /ˈkrɪsməs/. The "-mas" part is from the Latin-derived Old English word for "Mass",[1] while the "X" comes from the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of the Greek word Χριστός, translated as "Christ".[2]

There is a common misconception that the word Xmas is a secular attempt to remove the religious tradition from Christmas[3] by taking the "Christ" out of "Christmas". Merry Xmas To All, with love ,...Al Stone
me???  i KNEW this but years ago i gave up trying to explain it to people who insist it's secular!!!

me- didn't think i'd forget to post my fav christmas song again didja????
A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the wise woman.

"I've been thinking," he said, "I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone."

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

                                                me?   -  AMEN GEORGE!
 "During the holiday season, it's important to think of those less fortunate, and then cut their benefits."
 ~Andy Borowitz
five dozen golf ball sized meatballs cooked and in the fridge-bread dough made and rising-for the pizze frittes-dishes washed-one more load to wash- towels. i'm taking a break!

me- gorillas checking out a tourist- gotta watch it to the end- amazing!
been running like a mad woman today- two stores and then made peanut butter blossoms and a 13x9 pan of dark chocolate brownies-load of clothes in the washer-load in the dryer-mixed a huge batch of meat for the meatballs for christmas eve-it's in the fridge so the flavors permeate the ground chuck-only time of the year that i don't use extra lean!
tons more to do today, tomorrow and saturday morning.

ho ho HO!

christmas on occupy wall street

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Pudd'n ripped out a wall


"I’m for income inequality. I think some people should make more than other people, because some people work harder and have better ideas" -- Republican presidential wannabe Rick Santorum, as quoted in article.

me- would someone please ask ricky on camera if he's ever held a "regular" job, what it was and when it was!

New pic


chores just about done- took a HOT shower. darn rain!

this was also my gramma's birthday! 21st of dec.
warm, rain, and i could cheerfully go back to bed BUT i've got things to do.


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

pittsburgh dad's christmas
All Humans Under One Sun
‎"Merry Christmas" Around the world....
Afrikaans: Geseënde Kersfees
Afrikander: Een Plesierige Kerfees
African/ Eritrean/ Tigrinja: Rehus-Beal-Ledeats
Albanian:Gezur Krislinjden
Arabic: Milad Majid
Argentine: Feliz Navidad
Armenian: Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand
Azeri: Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun
Bahasa Malaysia: Selamat Hari Natal
Basque: Zorionak eta Urte Berri On!
Bengali: Shuvo Naba Barsha
Bohemian: Vesele Vanoce
Bosnian: (BOSANSKI) Cestit Bozic i Sretna Nova godina
Brazilian: Feliz Natal
Breton: Nedeleg laouen na bloavezh mat
Bulgarian: Tchestita Koleda; Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo
Catalan: Bon Nadal i un Bon Any Nou!
Chile: Feliz Navidad
Chinese: (Cantonese) Gun Tso Sun Tan'Gung Haw Sun
Chinese: (Mandarin) Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan
Choctaw: Yukpa, Nitak Hollo Chito
Columbia: Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo
Cornish: Nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth
Corsian: Pace e salute
Crazanian: Rot Yikji Dol La Roo
Cree: Mitho Makosi Kesikansi
Croatian: Sretan Bozic
Czech: Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok
Danish: Glædelig Jul
Duri: Christmas-e- Shoma Mobarak
Dutch: Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! or Zalig Kerstfeast
English: Merry Christmas
Eskimo: (inupik) Jutdlime pivdluarit ukiortame pivdluaritlo!
Esperanto: Gajan Kristnaskon
Estonian: Rõõmsaid Jõulupühi
Ethiopian: (Amharic) Melkin Yelidet Beaal
Faeroese: Gledhilig jol og eydnurikt nyggjar!
Farsi: Cristmas-e-shoma mobarak bashad
Finnish: Hyvaa joulua
Flemish: Zalig Kerstfeest en Gelukkig nieuw jaar
French: Joyeux Noel
Frisian: Noflike Krystdagen en in protte Lok en Seine yn it Nije Jier!
Galician: Bo Nada
Gaelic: Nollaig chridheil agus Bliadhna mhath ùr!
German: Fröhliche Weihnachten
Greek: Kala Christouyenna!
Haiti: (Creole) Jwaye Nowel or to Jesus Edo Bri'cho o Rish D'Shato Brichto
Hausa: Barka da Kirsimatikuma Barka da Sabuwar Shekara!
Hawaiian: Mele Kalikimaka
Hebrew: Mo'adim Lesimkha. Chena tova
Hindi: Shub Naya Baras (good New Year not Merry Christmas)
Hungarian: Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket
Icelandic: Gledileg Jol
Indonesian: Selamat Hari Natal
Iraqi: Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
Irish: Nollaig Shona Dhuit, or Nodlaig mhaith chugnat
Iroquois: Ojenyunyat Sungwiyadeson honungradon nagwutut. Ojenyunyat osrasay.
Italian: Buone Feste Natalizie
Japanese: Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
Jiberish: Mithag Crithagsigathmithags
Korean: Sung Tan Chuk Ha
Lao: souksan van Christmas
Latin: Natale hilare et Annum Faustum!
Latvian: Prieci'gus Ziemsve'tkus un Laimi'gu Jauno Gadu!
Lausitzian:Wjesole hody a strowe nowe leto
Lettish: Priecigus Ziemassvetkus
Lithuanian: Linksmu Kaledu
Low Saxon: Heughliche Winachten un 'n moi Nijaar
Luxembourgish: Schèine Chreschtdaag an e gudde Rutsch
Macedonian: Sreken Bozhik
Maltese: IL-Milied It-tajjeb
Manx: Nollick ghennal as blein vie noa
Maori: Meri Kirihimete
Marathi: Shub Naya Varsh (good New Year not Merry Christmas)
Navajo: Merry Keshmish
Norwegian: God Jul, or Gledelig Jul
Occitan: Pulit nadal e bona annado
Papiamento: Bon Pasco
Papua New Guinea: Bikpela hamamas blong dispela Krismas na Nupela yia i go long yu
Pennsylvania German: En frehlicher Grischtdaag un en hallich Nei Yaahr!
Peru: Feliz Navidad y un Venturoso Año Nuevo
Philippines: Maligayang Pasko!
Polish: Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia or Boze Narodzenie
Portuguese:Feliz Natal
Pushto: Christmas Aao Ne-way Kaal Mo Mobarak Sha
Rapa-Nui (Easter Island): Mata-Ki-Te-Rangi. Te-Pito-O-Te-Henua
Rhetian: Bellas festas da nadal e bun onn
Romanche: (sursilvan dialect): Legreivlas fiastas da Nadal e bien niev onn!
Rumanian: Sarbatori vesele or Craciun fericit
Russian: Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva is Novim Godom
Sami: Buorrit Juovllat
Samoan: La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou
Sardinian: Bonu nadale e prosperu annu nou
Scots Gaelic: Nollaig chridheil huibh
Serbian: Hristos se rodi.
Singhalese: Subha nath thalak Vewa. Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa
Slovak: Vesele Vianoce. A stastlivy Novy Rok
Slovene: Vesele Bozicne Praznike Srecno Novo Leto or Vesel Bozic in srecno Novo leto
Spanish: Feliz Navidad
Swedish: God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt År
Tagalog: Maligayamg Pasko. Masaganang Bagong Taon
Tamil: (Tamizh) Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal (good New Year not Merry Christmas)
Trukeese: (Micronesian) Neekiriisimas annim oo iyer seefe feyiyeech!
Thai: Sawadee Pee Mai or souksan wan Christmas
Turkish: Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
Ukrainian: Srozhdestvom Kristovym or Z RIZDVOM HRYSTOVYM
Urdu: Naya Saal Mubarak Ho (good New Year not Merry Christmas)
Vietnamese: Chuc Mung Giang Sinh
Welsh: Nadolig Llawen
Yoruba: E ku odun, e ku iye'dun
Les Aaron:
one day removed from Iraq and already the Shiites and Sunni are at each other's throats. The president of Iraq, "democratically" bought by mispent American dollars, announced that his vice president, a Sunni, was a murderer, black mailer, and crook...that means he will be under arrest and the fuse is being ignited.

What did we learn from 9 years?

That Iraq is a broken nation of Kurds, Shiit...e, and Sunni, with different cultures, different ideas, and ambitions to dismantle their State if they don't get their own way!....This after 4500 dead, 32,000wounded.

And the architects of this whole lamentable scheme that will cost us 4 plus trillion dollars, go scot-free without so much as a smack on the wrist. Am I outraged? Damned right!
just took the frozen blocks of squid out of the freezer and into the fridge to thaw for xmas eve-had to cut the big planks of dried salted baccala up and start to soak them in cold water in the fridge-my hand is sore from trying to force my chef's knife thru those!
my fridge smells of fish and peeled garlic!
Happy Hanukkah!

mitch, ellie, rachael,jack and lily and to all!

Monday, December 19, 2011

I unwrapped ALL of the kisses for the peanut butter blossoms and didn't eat ANY of them!

another monday. had a late supper out saturday night. after dinner you could have rolled me thru the parking lot all the way to the car! hit the bed as soon as i got home . tho i did walk max first!

yesterday- i swear i was still digesting the meal- like a snake! we had to make a visit to the fineral home for a friend's mother. sad to have to bury a loved one this time of the year.

today, monday things and huge mutant dust bunnies to chase down.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Saturday, December 17, 2011

a little fun for a cold grey saturday!
Be Glad Your Nose is on Your Face by Jack Prelutsky

Be glad your nose is on your face,
not pasted on some other place,
for if it were where it is not,
you might dislike your nose a lot.

Imagine if your precious nose
were sandwiched in between your toes,
that clearly would not be a treat,
for you'd be forced to smell your feet.

Your nose would be a source of dread
were it attached atop your head,
it soon would drive you to despair,
forever tickled by your hair.

Within your ear, your nose would be
an absolute catastrophe,
for when you were obliged to sneeze,
your brain would rattle from the breeze.

Your nose, instead, through thick and thin,
remains between your eyes and chin,
not pasted on some other place--
be glad your nose is on your face!
teeny little snow fluuries- the kind that make it look foggy outside.

home early last night- asleep by 9:30!

just cleaning up a bit this morning. no biggie.

Friday, December 16, 2011

                                             it's friday night babies- walk on the WILD side!
spilled stuff on myself at lunch- so clothes are being washed and i took a hot shower. i think i have water in my ears! one of those days i guess.'s_time_to_tax_the_church?akid=8002.1068945.lSw_-r&rd=1&t=12

me- i have no problem with whatever religion you may choose- i DO have a BIG issue with the way they abuse the tax exempt status they claim is freedom of religion.

they buy properties etc. then pay what any other place or person would pay in taxes.
i'm getting old and tired buying and planning for the holidays!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

grey and even uglier looking outside!

took a hot shower and had a tomato sanwich on a bagel with coffee.

don't feel like doing anything yet i am starting on my pre-christmas panic mode!
every year i worry about getting everything done right.  you would think by now i could just go on auto pilot- but no, i obsess!

warm and windy and wet!

my one neighbor scared the heck out of me today-took max out early, just getting light out. my neighbor starts to powerwash his cement walkway! i jumped about 6 inches in the air!

WHO power washes a small cement walk in the rain and at dawning????

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

rainy, cold and grey. went to labriola's and bought the dried cod and the squid and smelts for xmas eve dinner. got a big block of romano cheese and two huge cans of tomato puree and some garlic cloves.
friday- i'll pick up the pork and the ground beef for the sauce and the meatballs. deana and eric and jordan will make the ravs-both meat and cheese ones.
deana is in a cookie exchange again this year so the only cookies i have to make are the peanut butter blossoms because she likes mine better than any others.  :  )
not really decorated up around here- small tree on the dining room table and the christmas cards are set out on display. really no sense in getting all festive- we go to other's homes to celebrate most times.
me?  i'd be happy with some cookies and eggnog and my blankie!