Friday, July 28, 2006

Being Grateful

I am grateful for;

  • The fact that today is Friday!
  • The beautiful yellow roses that were sent to me from Sam(who bumped into me on Monday as he was getting off the elevator and spilled food on me).
  • Having lunch with Sam yesterday at Café Cerise. Excellent food and wonderful conversation. Oh, and he is very easy on the eyes. ;0)
  • The erotic dream I had about a certain Blogger (no, I will not tell who). The dream was very steamy and included fruit, whipped cream and plenty of toys. Wow!
  • My efforts to slim down are starting to show. Learning to Belly Dance is fun and it works!
  • Rainman. He did all of his chores this week, without being reminded.
  • My next door neighbor, Mark. He mowed my lawn and when I asked him about it he said that he was on a ‘roll’.
  • The sunsets. Absolutely gorgeous!


This joke was sent to me by my friend Benita. I think it is very cute!

A six-year-old boy told his father he wanted to marry the little girl across the street. The father, being modern and well-schooled in handling children, hid his smile behind his hand. "That's a serious step," he said. "Have you thought it out completely?" "Yes," his young son answered. "We can spend one week in my room and the next in hers. It's right across the street, so I can run home if I get scared of the dark."

"How about transportation?" the father asked. "I have my wagon, and we both have our tricycles," the little boy answered. The boy had an answer to every question the father raised.

Finally, in exasperation, his dad asked, "What about babies? When you're married, you're liable to have babies, you know." "We've thought about that, too," the little boy replied. "We're not going to have babies. Every time she lays an egg, I'm going to step on it!"


I have been having a terrible time this summer with my roses, the heat and humidity are causing rose mildew and rust. Normally I treat my roses with a simple solution of water and baking soda. Unfortunately it is not working so I am using a stronger rust and mildew solution, which contains horticultural oil and kelp extract. This is the recipe that I will be using;

Rust and Mildew Solution Recipe

  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1 gallon water
  • 6 tablespoons horticultural oil
  • 2 tablespoons kelp extract

Mix together and spray on your roses when rust and mildew appear. Try it, anything is better than chemicals.

N Posted by Rain at 7/28/2006 02:43:00 AM

Thursday, July 27, 2006

John Heywood

Have you ever heard of John Heywood? (1497-1580)

He may not be a household name, but his words have been household phrases for 500 years. In 1562 this English poet published a collection of poems and proverbs-some he wrote, some were popular sayings that he first put down on paper. Here is a sampling of Heywood’s words.

  • “Haste maketh waste.”
  • “Good to be merie and wise.”
  • “Look ere ye leape.”
  • “The fat is in the fire.”
  • “When the sunne shineth, make hay.”
  • “No man ought to looke a given horse in the mouth.”
  • “We both be at our wittes end.”
  • “Two heads are better then one.”
  • “All is well that endes well.”
  • “Better late than never.”
  • “Beggars should be no choosers.”
  • “The rolling stone never gathered mosse.”
  • “I pray thee let me and my fellow have a haire of the dog that bit us last night.”
  • “To robbe Peter and pay Poule.”
  • “A man may well bring a horse to the water, but he cannot make him drinke without he will.”
  • “Better one byrde in hand than ten in the wood.”
  • “Rome was not built in one day.”
  • “Children learne to creepe ere they can learne to goe.” (Learn to crawl before you learn to walk.)
  • “One good turne asketh another.”
  • “By hooke or crooke.”
  • “But in deede, a friend is never known till a man have neede.”
  • “A penny for your thought.”
  • “Many hands make light warke.”
  • “A hard beginning maketh a good ending.”
  • “If you will call your troubles experiences, and remember that every experience develops some latent force within you, you will grow vigorous and happy, however adverse your circumstances may seem to be.”
  • “Would ye both eat your cake and have your cake?”

I was raised by these sayings, my mother knew them by heart. There are more, can you think of any?

N Posted by Rain at 7/27/2006 12:08:00 AM

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Dime Novels and a Rant

In 1860 a publishing phenomenon appeared that would provide Americans a wealth of popular fiction in a regular series at a fixed, inexpensive price. Early dime novels, first printed in orange wrapper papers, were patriotic, often nationalistic tales of encounters between Indians and backwoods settlers. By the mid-1890s, bold color covers depicting scenes of bloodshed and courage appealed to a mostly adolescent audience.

The Hub Novels No.4, Boston 1891

Boston: Hub Publishing Co. September 1891

Log Cabin Library No.2

Dec. 22, 1897 New York: Jesse James Stories

Tripping Fawn produced a knife from the folds of her loose fitting robe and cut the thongs that bound them. "Thank you, Tripping Fawn!" exclaimed Young Wild West. "May your eyes always shine as bright as the stars, and may you never know a care or pain."

Young Wild West Missing: or, Saved by an Indian Princess, No.8

"Stella" cried Ted. "We've taken this camp by storm!" yelled Bud, from outside. "Down Cheetah!" ordered the girl, her eyes on the catamount.

Rough Rider Weekly June 1907

"If you fire on him, you kill me also, for I shall protect Jesse James," came in the clear tones of Jesse James' fair protector.

A rather "tame " bandidt weekly, running 138 issues, 1901-1903, competing against Tousey's James Boys Weekly

Jesse James Protector. No 113 New York: Jesse James Stories, 1903


The last twenty eight and a half hours have really been difficult. It all started Monday morning when my coffee maker died. Its was only ten years old, so I knew that one day it would happen but why on a Monday morning? Because that's how the ball bounces in my life.

On my way to work I stop at the local 7-11 to purchase a cup of coffee, there is only one cashier and she is in training. Now I realize that cashiers need training however, why do they insist on training a new person on the early morning shift? The line wrapped around the inside of the store!

Now you maybe asking yourself why didn't she go to Starbucks? I'll tell you why, I refuse to pay$3.50 to $5.00 per cup of coffee, it is insane. I can get a twenty ounce cup of coffee with any favoring I want at my local 7-11 for less than $2.00. Go ahead and call me cheap, it is okay.

I make my way onto the freeway and I am happy that there isn't much traffic, that is until two miles down the road when traffic comes to a complete stop. Normally it takes me twenty minutes to get to work on a good day. On Monday it took me 45 minutes, on a freeway that has six lanes across going southbound. The reason for the traffic? A tow truck! Why must people slow down to look at a tow truck picking up a disabled car? There wasn't even an accident. Pfft.

As I arrive in my building this stupid, I am not looking where I am going guy steps out of the elevator and bumps into to me spilling, his coffee and cherry tart down the front of my blouse. After many apologies and an offer to pay for the dry cleaning I finally reach my office. Thankfully I have extra clothes in case of an emergency in my office. I have on occasion missed my mouth entirely when I eat! Stop laughing Candy!

After a long ten hour day I decide that I need to bring some work home and finish it. On my way home stop at Wal-Mart and stand in a very long line to purchase a new coffee maker. Finally I pull into my drive way only to be greeted by Rainman saying, "Mom, I think we have a problem. Our computer is dead. I had Jason come over and look at it and he says that there is no fixing it! Shittypoopiefarty! I knew this was going to happen, my computer was six years old and it was just a matter of time. So back into the truck I go, drive to Best Buy, pick out a computer and purchase it. It is almost 9:00 and I haven't even eaten yet!

On our way home we stop at my favorite drive thru taco shop and again I have to deal with a new trainee that does not speak English very well. Gggrrr! After two attempts to get the order right, the manager gives me my food for free. That was a good thing because at that point, I just wanted to strangle something.

Finally we arrive home, eat and I take a shower while TwinA and Rainman set up the computer. You would think that there would not be any problems, right? The computer was saying there is no internet connection to be found and after checking the wiring I called Cox Cable for help. After going thru the automated help line, a recording comes on saying that they are busy and that I have the option of going on line for troubleshooting. If I can't get online, how am I supposed to have a "live" tech help me? I was on hold for a hour and a half before I even spoke to anyone! A nice young lady named Cindi came on the line to help me except everything she tried did not work. So, I get put on hold again! Shittypoopiefarty! Next, I speak to a guy named Travis who did indeed help me and for that I was thankful. Finally I am able to connect to the internet and possibly get some work done, only now its 2:30 a.m on Tuesday!

Okay I am done with my rant. There is much more to tell however, I need to stay positive and I really don't think you want to read about it.

Needless to say I am grateful that I had the funds to purchase the new computer. Also, for Travis at Cox for knowing his job and that I had the foresight to bring extra clothes with me for emergencies.

I am off to bed now. How is your week going?

N Posted by Rain at 7/25/2006 10:14:00 PM

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Comic Con 2006

Rainman and Jack Sparrow
Character in costume. He had the walk and
the talk down pat. =)

Rainman and April Stewart

April is the voice of
Liane Cartman, Sharon Marsh, Mrs. McCormick,
Shelly Marsh, The Mayor, Principal Victoria, Mrs. Crabtree,
Wendy Testaberger
and various other characters on
Comedy Central's hit show
South Park

Members of S.T.A.R.S
Resident Evil
Riku and Rainman
Final Fantasy Advent Children

Rainman's Friends
From left to right
Raven, Rainman, Rainman's girlfriend, Kim and Raven's boyfriend (name unknown).
Price of a four day pass $240. + $250 spending money+ the joy, good times and lasting memories = Priceless.
Unfortunately the wild fires are spreading fast in San Diego County. Over six thousand acres have burned and evacuations have been ordered. Combine record heat and smoke filling the skies and possible rolling blackouts, makes for a grumpy Rain. =(
Crews were busy Sunday repairing and replacing faulty electrical equipment and 2,200 homes and businesses were still without power after Saturday's mass outages, a utility official said.
Crews worked all night to get the lights back on after power was knocked out to about 80,000 customers Saturday, Anne Silva, a spokeswoman with San Diego Gas & Electric, said Sunday. Triple-digit temperatures were largely to blame for the outages as equipment malfunctioned in the heat.

I hope all of you had a good weekend! Geez, it is 1:00 in the morning! I need to go to bed so I can drag my butt to work in the morning. Good night everyone.

N Posted by Rain at 7/23/2006 11:28:00 PM