Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Are you a Clutter Bug???

Today is the first day of fall-my favorite time of year. Time to refeather the nest.                              Is your house like mine and taking over your life??
Do you have too much stuff ?
Is it too good to go in the garbage but you just DON'T want it??

Well go to Pick Up Please and they will come pick up your stuff..They will pick up just about anything.
And it helps our Vets.

You'll feel loads lighter ...

Monday, September 14, 2009

Ruff Ruff

 Dog Lovers out there.. you know who you are..

Did you know that sugar free gum can kill your dog???
I didn't ..

Not that I was giving them any.. but I am going to be REAL CAREFUL where I put gum and other sugar free foods from now on..

Sugar-Free Gum and Snacks Can be Deadly for Pets - Paw Nation

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Ode to the 'Tato...

One potato, two potato, three potato, four,
five potato, six potato, seven potato more.
Icha bacha, soda cracker,
Icha bacha boo.
Icha bacha, soda cracker, out goes Y-O-U!

Jiminy crickets....
It's potato harvest time and once again I am a complete failure...I cannot seem to grow a friggin' potato for the life of me...If you have been one of my  followers- then you know I tried last year to grow them in tires- what a bust..The tatoes this year at least have green growth ...where there is green, there is hope

Last year's horrid potato harvest...

This year's pathetic potatoes-looks like a repeat of last year's harvest..But who know's what's lurking underneath the straw.

 Stay tooned. Till then...

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Sunday Afternoon At The Movies

One of my favorite films from my childhood... THE SECRET GARDEN.

THE SECRET GARDEN was the first book I ever fell in love with.I would lay in my bed and fantasize that I WAS Mary Lennox.

I even found my own Secret Garden, when I was in 6th grade. A beautiful mansion, abandoned and in ill-repair stood next to our home. It had a courtyard, which I didn't notice at first. It was only visible from the top of our apartment building. After realizing this "secret", I snuck into the property and shimmied through the locked iron gates. There I found a magical garden, debilitated, but beautiful. There was a huge carved fountain the middle. I found an old broom laying in the corner and started to sweep the leaves away. I lifted flower pots and cleaned out the fountain..I was in heaven- my first taste of the pleasures of gardening. All was well with the world until I flipped over a upside-down Terra Cotta planter and an enormous black fuzzy spider(I'm pretty sure it was a black widow) popped out.I am-scrammed it out of there. But it was and always will be my very own Secret Garden...

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Margaret O'Brien is the perfect Mary Lennox.She is my all time favorite child star. The movie incorporated the same style as THE WIZARD OF OZ- the movie is in black and white... until quite into the film, when the children walk into the garden, all primped and perfect- and then the movie magically becomes technicolor- divine...

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Boy am I hungry....

I have been ravenous since getting back from Kenya.

The SUPER-PriSing News- the 4 pounds I thought I must have put on while there( who goes to volunteer in Africa and comes back gaining weight?? If it would be anyone it would be me)

I did not...

I still can't figure it out.

I was in carb heaven.. My diet consisted of....rice, potatoes, bread, bread, bread, butter, butter, more bread, and fried(oh yah) bananas.

But I was not in food heaven.I had not one good cup of coffee. I was afraid to try. My stomach was very delicate.I was noxious most of the time from what I saw and what I felt in my heart... but more on that in a later post...

How did I not gain weight???

I lost one!!!

Go figure.

But since I have gotten home I have been craving food constantly. I have had potatoe salad at 10AM, sushi at 3, steak, cheeseburgers, pasta, eggs, fritos(!!!) and so on and so on and so forth.

I am a bottomless pit that cannot seem to be filled.

Which leads me to something heavenly at this moment in my life.


A wonderful escape.

The movie spoke to me in so many ways.

-I loved the way it is 2 movies in one- so clever and so hard to do.
-It was a feast for the eyes.. the sets, the costumes- all of it divine
-The food...oh goodness.. The food...I think I'm running out right after this is done, getting some Italian bread and tomatoes from my garden and making the bruschetta she made in the movie- and it wasn't even one of Julia's recipes which were mouth-watering as well.
-The acting was fantastic. Amy Adams was able to get out of being Amy Adams for once. I love Amy and her quirkiness that is in all of her movies but she was able to squelch it and be quirky in a different way- and Meryl Streep was... Meryl Streep- PERFECTION.

After you see it - not before- you'll want to read this article in the LA Times.

Julie, Julia and me: Now it can be told --

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