Saturday, July 31, 2010

The Saturday Morning Daybook


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Date... July 31, 2010
Starting time... 7:24am
Mood...kind of excited, a little sleepy
Outside my window...the sun is coming up, and it's looking like the weather is going to be gorgeous, just like yesterday!
I'm thinking...Will Dad actually let me drive on 6, or will he drive and then let me take over? :P
I'm currently reading...Sherlock Holmes Vol. II by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (it's a long book, peoples!)
I'm listening to...Dad fixing Mama's tea, and Mama coming downstairs
I'm wearing...my "Family Week 2010" T-shirt and a very long tiered skirt with my hair back in a plum-colored headband
I'm looking forward to...driving! Dad and I are leaving in ten minutes to go driving around the town that nearest to us. Also, we'll be "decorating" our Mr. and Mrs. Potato Heads for the County Fair today :) Oh, and we're having a cookout at my aunt and uncle's farm and the FTRs will be there!!!!!!!!!
I'm hoping...that I'll be able to add at LEAST thirty minutes to my driving log...forty-five would be ideal.
Yesterday, I...Sewed, went to the pool, ate shrimp and noodles and gazpacho for supper :)
I'm hungry for...really want to know? A milkshake. I know, before breakfast too. :) 
The song stuck inside my head is..."Do you ever think back on old memories like that or do I ever cross your mind?" that's from the song  "Do I Ever Cross Your Mind" by Dolly Parton :)
I love...milkshakes *mouth watering*
I loathe...CHLORINE! It make my hair feel like...a cross between sand paper and chicken wire
This week, my goal is...to drive more!!!*giggle* It never changes does it....
Did I meet last week's goal?...Nope. Someday I'll be able to log my driving hours *without* being dependent on a parent :) Dad just has so much work to do that driving has to come second...or third...or fourth...
Ending time...7:31am

Friday, July 30, 2010

The Story of a Peach



Once upon a time, there was a Peach. He was hanging on a tree on the ridge of a beautiful mountain on the East Coast of the United States. From his perch, he overlooked a town, all spread out below him in the valley. He could see the hospital, the community college, numerous churches and thousands of houses from that lofty peak. Then, one day, while he was peacefully minding his own business, a little hand grabbed him from behind and yanked him hard. Ouch! His stem broke and the little hand dropped him Oof! into a bag with several other peaches. He was jostled along to the tune of bum, bum, bum, bum-de-bum, bum-de-bum and the person carrying his bag swung him up around over her head to see if any peaches would fall out. Thankfully, none did. After a few minutes, he was dropped on a scale bam! and weighed, then had to endure a ridiculously jostling ride in a car. When he was finally dumped onto to someone's kitchen table Thud! that poor little peach was all worn out. But the worst was yet to come......






Hehe, now it's "National Pick-on Nana Day" :P This picture and the video were taken especially for you :)

video





You don't know want to know how much sugar is in this....and it wouldn't all fit. See how it's about to overflow? So....we had to dump it from one bowl to another...

video



As a side project:









This saved us! After the mess of the morning, I thought of putting the cutting board inside of a cookie sheet and it kept all that sticky juice in! No more sticky floor or sticky feet as the juice would run in rivers off of the vinyl tablecloth onto the floor.


The Fate of the Peach

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Guess What?!?!



I write like
Margaret Mitchell
I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Isn't that neat? I LOVE Gone With the Wind!!!!!

just another of those rambling posts...

I sat down here today desiring to write something profound, or very spiritual, or else just plain sensible. I'm a very sensible person...most of the time...but I have such a humorous view of life that almost everything makes me smile. Every cloud has a silver lining. Especially blogging. So whenever I sit down to type a post in a serious mood, I can't seem to write anything serious! *pulls hair* Even if I have been dead serious and quiet all day long, I sit down at the computer and open up the web-browser and I start smiling. I type in "www.blogger.com/home" and type in my UN and password. As my Dashboard loads, I start humming "The Wild Blue Yonder" generally, just for Nana's sake and it promptly gets stuck in my head. Then I moderate my comments, either laughing out loud and calling for Leia to come "read this one!" or nodding thoughtfully as I publish them. When I get spam, I joyfully hit "Reject", feeling like a king or a president signing a death warrant or vetoing a bill. I am in control of SOMEONE. :P Yeah, here comes the humor again...

Today I'm pretty bouncy since my test scores came in! Do you remember how many Saturday Morning Daybooks had "finish test" in the weekly goals? And how happy I was when it was done and mailed? Well, I did pretty well (if I may say so myself) and to avoid boasting, I probably shouldn't post the score. It was good. Better than good. Great. Really great.

I need to stop bragging to avoid getting the big head.

But I'll never get the big head so I don't need to worry.

Yet.

Never mind.

Tonight is babysitting since guess where Mama and Daddy are going? DaNciNg! I'm campaigning for us girls to watch the Kate Winslet Sense and Sensiblity, but Leia wants to watch the Keira Knightley Pride and Prejudice and I'm pretty sure Marie wants Cinderella and Titty wants the Jennifer Ehle Pride and Prejudice. (!!!!) We'll figure something out :) The Boys will probably watch Narnia or something like that. Star Wars is actually on bann for the next few weeks since we watched it....frequently over the past few weeks. It was my idea to take the break too! Laugh if you will, but it's true. :)

Yesterday we thoroughly enjoyed having our great uncles and grandparents out for lunch. We'll get to see them all again on Saturday since Mr. and Mrs. FTR are coming down from D.C. for a cookout at Aunt Janet and Uncle Roy's house!!!!!! YEAH!!! Definitely a picture-taking event. If we play croquet, which we probably will, you'll get some hilarious videos, since we get pretty punchy when we do that :)

Tuesday's canning went very well, lots of pictures and videos taken that I would've posted up today, but Mama is on our family computer (where all the pictures are) and I'm using Dad's laptop so I don't have access to them. Manana iguana :) We got very messy, very sticky and very tired, but it yielded a splendid supply of peach butter, one peach pound cake and lots of frozen peaches to last us until next year! I adore peach butter, I could probably live off it. That and chips and salsa. And iced tea. SWEET iced tea. If I lived on a desert island in the Pacific with only those things I'd be in 7th Heaven. Of course, it'd most certainly speed up my trip to the REAL heaven, but hey, life is short. Enjoy it while it lasts!

That was sort of profound.

Sort of.

If you want to read something really profound and touching, go to Emily's Cancer Blog. I met this girl just this past week and I've already been touched by her story. It's hard to describe here, but I encourage you to go over to her blog!

Sorry that this post is running so long....I can get pretty long-winded as well as goofy on this blog.

Speaking of goofy, my friend India posted up "The Grocery Store Wars" on her blog yesterday and I watched it for the umpteenth time. What a hilarious video! I posted it up here a while ago, but for those of y'all who weren't following then, here it is again (since it's hard to see the whole screen, you might want to click on the video and just watch it on YT, or click here to watch it on my old post (it's smaller there):


Alright, that's probably enough for today....That's a full thirty minutes of pure rambling for one afternoon. :)

Love all you wonderful folks!

{{Hugs}}

Jo

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

These are few of my favorite things...

So, this is my 200th post. Big news. I've been blogging for less than a year and I have 78 wonderful followers (I'm hoping for 100 by the end of the year) and now I'm hitting my 200th post!!!

Do you remember my 100th post? This is the link to it. That was a really really big post. 

Today, instead of doing questions or writing 200 things about myself or something like that, I'm going to do a "Favorite Things" post, like I did a few months ago HERE. It was a lot of fun, and I'm looking forward to doing it again!!!

Some of my Favorite Things are...

Snickerdoodles

Vanilla extract

Milkshakes!


(can you tell I'm in a "food mood" :P)

A castle high on a rocky peninsula above a plain. It is dominated by a tall rectangular tower rising above a main building with steep slate roof. The walls are pink, and covered with a sculptural pattern. There is a variety of turrets and details.
Alcazar of Segovia (Spain)

Beautiful castles!

A castle of square plan surrounded by a water-filled moat. It has round corner towers and a forbidding appearance.
Bodiam Castle (England)


Tiaras :)

Seam rippers *nervous chuckle*

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Our country's terrific Naval Jack :)

YUM!!!

Bonnie Blue Flag
Had to put dear old Bonnie Blue again :)

The Revolutionary Etude :)

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The Melendy Quartet Series (this is book 2)

anyone recognize this? This is Lyme Park in Cheshire, England. Most of us know it as Pemberley :)

I just love this picture. It captures the essence of our patriotism in one shot!

Love this one too!

Cowboy hats...

Cowboy boots, but mine don't look like this exactly...same pattern, but no color, just black.

Star Wars (had to put that somewhere :D)

Theodore Roosevelt. If you don't know much about this great American patriarch, look him up! He lived the most full life of anyone I've ever heard of!

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'nother one of TR

TR with his family

Immortalized on Mt. Rushmore

Plaid fabric

goldfinches

Great Pyrenees (no, this is not one of our dogs)

The ornate lionfish as seen from a head-on view
I love all the amazing fish that God has created!

Photo of fish with many narrow, straight appendages. Some are end in points, and others are longer, ending in two or three approximately flat, triangular flaps, each with a dark spot.

The Battery in Charleston

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CDs and DVDs :)


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iPods (I don't have my own, but they sure are fun! If I had my own, I'd probably want a blue one, or pink or yellow :D)

Fiddlers and Bluegrass music

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Banjos are pretty neat too..


The "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" Soundtrack (we've never seen the film)

The song, "Lil' Liza Jane"


Ooh, look! It's a "Super Stock Dodge"
"....and...everybody's sayin' that there's nobody meaner than the Little Old Lady from Pasadena...."
Hehe :)



Babies...especially this little one :)



Bleeding Hearts (I took this picture as well)



Dancing (this picture was taken at my cousins' wedding last year, and the dancers in the middle are my Aunt Lisa and Kevin. They are REALLY GOOD swing dancers!)

Mary Poppins

The Sound of Music

Sherlock Holmes


And on that note, we shall end....for now. I had so much fun, I don't want to stop! I'll have to do this again sometime :)

So, what are some of y'all's favorite things? Do we have much in common? 

Tally-ho till next time!

All pictures are from Wikipedia, except the one of Zuzu, the bleeding hearts and Aunt Lisa and Kevin.