Thursday, May 29, 2008

Haircut i never got thanks to my hubby

Yesterday i was supposed to get a haircut. That never happened all because of my husband and his temper tantrum...A 1 hour wait to get my haircut was too long for him to wait around with the kids..Of all days i actually have him home to help watch the kids so i can get something done for myself and he has a hissy fit...I don`t think he relizes the wait is worth it to have somebody you trust to cut your hair to cut it..I am not going to just anybody to have it cut like most men do...If somebody screws up your hair you are stuck with it most of the time unless you can find somebody to correct it, if they can..and then pay another charge to get it fixed...I love my hair and don`t trust just anybody...Do you trust just anybody to touch your hair?What mistakes have you had done when somebody screwed it up?

I also this posted over at my site..

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Signs of life

  • At a Maternity Clothes Shop: "We are open on labor day"
  • Non-smoking area: "If we see you smoking we will assume you are on fire and take appropriate action"
  • On Maternity Room Door: "Push,Push,Push"

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  • On a Front Door: "Everyone on the premises is a vegetarian except the dog"
  • At an Optometrist's Office: "If you don't see what you're looking for, you've come to the right place"
  • On a Scientist's Door: "Gone Fission"

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  • On a Taxidermist Window: "We really know our stuff"
  • On a Podiatrist's Window: "Time wounds all heels"
  • On a Butcher's window: "Let me meat your needs"
  • At a Used Car Lot: "Second-hand cars in first crash condition"

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  • Sign on Fence: "Salesmen welcome. Dog food is expensive"
  • At a Car Dealership: "The best way to get back on your feet - miss a car payment"
  • In a Muffler Shop: "No appointment necessary. We'll hear you coming"

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  • At a Hotel: "Help! We need inn-experienced people"
  • On a Butcher's Window: "Pleased to meat you"
  • At an Auto Body Shop: "May we have the next dents?"
  • Sign in an office: "We shoot every 3rd salesman, and the 2nd one just left"

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  • In a Veterinarians Waiting Room: "Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!"
  • On a Music Teacher's Door: "Out Chopin"
  • At the Electric Company: "We would be delighted if you send in your bill. However, if you don't, you will be"

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  • At a Beauty Shop: "Dye now!"
  • On a Garbage Truck: "We've got what it takes to take what you've got"
  • At a Computer Store: "Out for a quick byte"

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  • On a Restaurant Window: "Don't stand there and be hungry, come in and get fed up"
  • At a Bowling Alley: "Please be quiet. We need to hear a pin drop"
  • In a Cafeteria: "Shoes are required to eat in the cafeteria. Socks can eat any place they want"

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  • At a Music Library: "Bach in a minuet"
  • At a Funeral Home: "Drive carefully, we'll wait"
  • At General Conference: "Welcome! We're generally in conference"

Take your time

1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate antidepressant.
2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Buy a lock if you have to.
3. Always pray and make time to exercise.
4. Spend more time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of six.
5. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less foods that are manufactured in Plants.
6. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat broccoli, almonds & walnuts.
7. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
8. Clear your clutter from your house, car, desk and let new and flowing energy into your life.
9. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead, invest your energy in the positive present moment.
10. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class.. but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime
11. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a layman and dinner like a beggar.
12. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
13. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
14. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
15. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
16. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
17. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
18. Ladies - Go on and burn those 'special' scented candles, use the 600 thread count sheets, the good China and wear fancy clothes now. Stop waiting for a special occasion. Every day is special.
19. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
20. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: 'In five years, will this matter?'
21. Forgive everyone for everything.
22. What other people think of you is none of your business.
23. Time heals almost everything. Give time, time!
24. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
25. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch with them.
26. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
27. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need. God provides, remember?!
28. The best is yet to come.
29. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
30. Do the right thing!
31. Call your family often.
32. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: 'I Am thankful for __________.' ‘Today I accomplished __________’
33. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.
34. Enjoy the ride. Remember that this is not Disney World and you certainly don't want a fast pass. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy the ride.

LIFE's a gift. That's why it's called PRESENT ... UNWRAP IT!

Have a Blessed day.

Please share with friends!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Image Gallery Today with Speedcat Hollydale


A weekend Thought

"Deep in the sea there are riches beyond your imagination,
but if you seek safety, that is at the shore...."
( .. Saadi. ..)

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

This Is MeAndMyDrum

In my last post, I mentioned I run several blogs and I'd like to tell you about of one of them right now. It's called MeAndMyDrum and it's my flagship blog where I write about my points of view on current events, software that I think you'll find productive, sites that are informative or entertaining, and a little humor here and there.

I've been blogging since 2005, but MeAndMyDrum didn't come onto the scene until February of last year and what a ride it has been since! It's where I interact most with my readers who come to share their experiences and to benefit from the information I provide them.

I owe partial credit to the growth of the community I've built up to a movement that I helped to create last Summer called the iReply Movement. It's a simple yet non-obligatory commitment to respond to the readers who leave a comment on your blog. It continues to receive words of praise and vows to join to this day, and I'm glad to have been a part of its creation along with my buddies Mike and Brown Baron.

Then there's the Be The Blog award I created the concept for along with designing the badge that has made its way to many a blog. It was my way of identifying blogs of distinction, the kind that shows there's someone running their blog as a place to enjoy visiting and interacting with other readers. I haven't seen too many awards make their way into the blogosphere in the past couple of months. I don't know, maybe they were a passing fad, but then again, maybe it just needs to be given a little boost, so maybe I'll have to think about designing another one.

As for what I write about, the topics are broad and you are sure to find something of interest. Some of my most memorable posts are:

I hope you will take a moment to review either these posts or even better, hop on over to the blog itself and tell me what you think. I'd love to have you as a new reader. :)

Monday, May 19, 2008

Real friend test

A simple friend, when visiting, acts like a guest.
A real friend opens your refrigerator and helps himself (and doesn't feel even the least bit weird shutting your 'beer/Pepsi drawer' with her foot!)

A simple friend has never seen you cry.
A real friend has shoulders soggy from your tears..

A simple friend doesn't know your parents' first names.
A real friend has their phone numbers in his address book.

A simple friend brings a bottle of wine to your party.
A real friend comes early to help you cook and stays late to help you clean.

A simple friend hates it when you call after they've gone to bed.
A real friend asks you why you took so long to call.

A simple friend seeks to talk with you about your problems.
A real friend seeks to help you with your problems.

A simple friend wonders about your romantic history.
A real friend could blackmail you with it.

A simple friend thinks the friendship is over when you have an argument.
A real friend calls you after you had a fight.

A simple friend expects you to always be there for them.
A real friend expects to always be there for you!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Look at what i found-The Blog Elf!!!!

I found the Blog Elf selling ties..Apparently the little guy is selling ties..Did he have a fallout with Santa? I don`t know..We probably won`t know till the little guy comes back...We haven`t seen him for months now..Hope everything is okay..Speedy did a post about the missing elf on his blog..Go check it out...I also did a little post about him being missing too over on my blog..If anybody wants to plaster the Blogs Elfs picture around in hoping to get him to come back,please go ahead and do so...The more the merrier...Everybody keeps asking about the Blog Elf, hope this helps....

Thursday, May 15, 2008

To The Lovely Couple, Whoever You Are

Hard to believe, but my baby brother (half-brother) is turning 30 this year. I don’t really know him. I was 17 when I left home and he was a mere babe in arms, literally. For many years, he lived in a garage apartment at my dad’s until he moved into his shared apartment with his fiancĂ©e. Until then, his mom cooked and did his laundry.

Last weekend, they got married. She’s a chiropractor. Sounds good? Her new practice is in rural Arkansas. I’d shoot myself. He’s not a city boy exactly, he’s a suburbs boy. You know, where you can get to a major league baseball game in under an hour. What’s he thinking? Oh, yeah, lurve.

They knew I wasn’t coming to the wedding. The place in Arkansas is not on a direct route to anywhere and it would have been too expensive.donkey3_1.jpg

They registered at Target. I viewed the Target items and most had been spoken for or required me to have a clue about their taste and current possessions, except the Playstation. There was no way I was going to secure a premature place for them on the judicial divorce calendar before the marriage had even started by buying them a Playstation. So, I decided upon a check. Can’t go wrong there, right?

I go out and buy a very beautiful card with a lovely sentiment for Cory and his lovely bride Kari. I glance at the invitation to make sure I spell the girl’s name properly. I write out the check in their married name—Cory & Kari. I craft a beautiful sentiment about married life in the card. I pop the card into the mail and pat myself on the back for not waiting until the first anniversary to get around to it.

So, I’m talking to my sister last night and she says, “I can’t believe it, but the thank you note already arrived from Becky.”

I’m thinking I missed something. “Becky who?” I said.

“Cory’s new wife, Becky.”

Uh, oh.

I wondered why Kari didn’t sound right as I wrote it out. But, I thought it must be her given name.

Then, I realized that I had pulled out the invitation for the other wedding I’ve got coming up. Wrong bride.

I spent time last night crafting a menopausal-centric apology to my new sister-in-law and mailed it off. I hope she has a good sense of humor. She’s going to need it in this family.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

I want one of these for a pet!

What kind of weird pets would you like? I both of these little creatures. Aren`t they kind of cute? My daughter still wants a Unicorn. I usually fall in love with almost anything thats cute and ugly at the same time..I have a hard time saying no to animals...What about you?

Monday, May 12, 2008

A New Obsession?

Well, a new obsession for you, I hope.

With a bunch of friends, I've launched a new blog. It's an easy blog (I hope!), in that it's devoted to nothing but contests for books. Giveaways. You know: enter here and win a book. That's why I called it Win a Book.

There are other book contest bloggers out there. I'm not trying to knock them out of a readership or anything. Rather, I keep seeing many, many contests that otherwise go unreported. Maybe the contests' creators want it that way. I don't know; I've never thought to ask.

But one thing I've always wanted to do is more to help promote my fellow writers. Talking about books I've read isn't good enough. I read slowly these days, what with a blog to maintain (and write for), a book to market, another book to write, a family to raise, and other hobbies to give face time not nearly often enough. Yes indeed, I wanted to do more.

This seemed like an easy way to do it. To collect all the blogs and websites I can find that are holding contests and throw 'em up there on another blog. Dangle the name of a book, the name of an author, in front of your face and hope you'll see it enough times that you'll remember it. Hope that you'll win and be exposed to a great new author. Hope that if you don't win, you'll be interested enough in the book to buy it anyway.

There's not a lot of glory in it for me, to be honest. Sure, it bears the West of Mars name, but that's about it. I don't get extra entries in contests for mentioning it (I hope). Heck, I hope I don't get any entries, but if I wind up winning, I'll share the prizes with my co-authors. This isn't about personal glory.

It's about getting the names of fellow authors out there. Of helping them in their careers.

I firmly believe that getting people excited about books is good for every single person who writes books. It's good for everyone who reads books. It's good for the person who rarely reads but decides to see what the fuss is about, even if they don't get hooked on reading from the experience.

And I firmly believe in promoting literacy of all sorts.

This new blog is about putting my money where my mouth is.

I hope you'll add it to your reader and let the contests pop up and surprise you with how varied they already are. I hope you'll stop by and check out the contest-hosting sites that get a link in our sidebar. I hope you'll win a book or ten. I hope you'll support my friends who are helping me post these contests, and mostly, I hope you'll have fun with it.

Come on by.


My Thursday night with the kids

On thursday night, i was driving the kids to church..The kids started screaming and i then relized we were being stopped..I know i was doing the speed limit..It wasn`t just the sheriff who pulled me over, it was also the border patrol...Cause the van is not from my area.The van is still in my parents name from where they live..The border patrol is running everybodies plates to see if they are from my area or somewhere else...They are looking for illegals..I had a van full of kids-6 kids screaming cause they thought we were in trouble.. 3 of the kids were mine..I was actually doing the speed limit..God only knows what they told the school the next day..luckily we did not get stopped on our way home...What kind of experiences have you had?


If you want happiness for an hour -- take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day -- go fishing.
If you want happiness for a month -- get married.
If you want happiness for a year -- inherit a fortune
If you want happiness for a lifetime -- help someone else.
( AChinese proverb)

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Mothers Day

I have some questions for all of us..if your along

1. What was your relationship with your Mom?

2. What was your birth many siblings?

3. Did your relationship change as you got older?

4. What was your mothers birth order?

5. Was your Mom a younger or older Mom then your friends?

6. How did Mom and Dad get along?

When I was younger my Mom and I constantly argued..I was the younger sister..

my Mom was thirty when I was born..thirty four when my sister was born..she was the

youngest in a family of Dad was one of the oldest in a family of ten..we didn't start to

get along until I was married and out of the house..then, unfortunately, I got divorced after my

son was born and was forced to move back for five years, then I married again..Mom and Dad

never really argued...they just didn't speak..Dad would say "who is she mad at ? me or you?"

It was hard to figure the last few years of her life we got along fine..and I miss her every

day of my life...we may not have always seen eye to eye..but she tried..and I still love her..

p.s. Mo, please don't correct me...I'm fragile...Maun

To All Mothers Celebrating Mothers Day

There is no love, like a mother's love,
no stronger bond on earth...
like the precious bond that comes from God,
to a mother, when she gives birth.

A mother's love is forever strong,
never changing for all time...
and when her children need her most,
a mother's love will shine.

God bless these special mothers,
God bless them every one...
for all the tears and heartache,
and for the special work they've done.

When her days on earth are over,
a mother's love lives on...
through many generations,
with God's blessings on each one.

Be thankful for our mothers,
for they love with a higher love...
from the power God has given,
and the strength from up above.

Related Post:

The Creation of Mothers

Friday, May 9, 2008

My First Post To Offer Lots Of Freebies

I'm Mark Sierra and have been meaning to make a post here for a while, but time management is something I've been struggling with lately. :)

I've been blogging since 2005. During that time I've setup several blogs that I plan on telling you about in the future. They range from web safety, to mixed bag, to reviews and other topics.

But what I want to tell you about today is something I hope you'll find interesting because it has to do with FREEBIES! Someone I've been getting to know lately is Aaron Abber. He's marketing whiz who came up with something called FeedaPalooza. It stems from the RSS Appreciation Day that took place last week, but FeedaPalooza runs until May 15 so there's still time to catch up.

What's FeedaPalooza?

It's a great way to get to know other blogs while encouraging you to subscribe to their feeds -- like mine. It's also a buffet of sorts in regard to the free things you'll find offered there. Personally, I'm offering my first ebook called Domain Secrets Revealed, tips that can help you find domain names to fit your interest especially if you're looking for a niche market to tap into. To get it, you have to subscribe to my feed though and use the download link you'll find at the bottom of each post.

The types of blogs you'll find there cover a wide variety of topics: health, ebooks, travel, videos, income, blogging, and a lot more. There's bound to be something you'll be interested in.

I hope you'll take a moment to browse the offerings and possibly find one or two blogs to subscribe to and take advantage of the free things being offered. I also look forward to getting to know you here as I plan on making more frequent stops. :)

Thursday, May 8, 2008

The Loving Lovings

There was this girl, back in 1958, who fell in love with a boy and the boy fell in love with the girl. They had to cross state lines to marry, but marry they did. Shortly after returning home, they were arrested. Were they interstate bank robbers? Child molesters? Murderers? Drug runners? No. The girl, Mildred Jeter, was black, and the boy, Richard Loving, was white. And, in Virginia, it was against the law for blacks and whites to intermarry. They were convicted of crimes against the state of Virginia and averted a year prison time by agreeing to leave the state.

In 1967, the Supreme Court heard their case, forever changing the face of marriage in the United States. The ruling overturned laws in seventeen different states regarding such marriages. Seventeen states. Imagine that - in the 1960s - in my lifetime.

Many of those same people and their descendants who felt that the marriage between black and white was wrong also believe that gay marriage is wrong. Twenty-seven states have passed state constitutional amendments barring the marriage of other than one man and one woman. I wonder how long it will be before our case is heard and we win the right for our relationships to be treated with equity, dignity, and respect?

She rarely gave interviews, but last year, on the 40th anniversary of the landmark decision, Mildred made this statement:

“I am still not a political person, but I am proud that Richard’s and my name is on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment, the fairness, and the family that so many people, black or white, young or old, gay or straight seek in life. I support the freedom to marry for all. That’s what Loving, and loving, are all about.”

Mildred Jeter Loving died the other day, at the age of 68, following Richard, who died in 1975 in an accident caused by a drunk driver. She never thought she was doing something for the greater good – she was just in love with a boy. The only way she could do that and go home, where she belonged, was to fight it all the way to the top. It’s really that simple, isn’t it?

Read a very poignant story about the impact the Lovings had here.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

This Post Is Not About Death (Repost)

...It is about Appreciation.

The etymology of the word eulogy is:
mid-15c., from Gk. eulogia "praise,"
from eu- "well" + -logia "speaking,"
from logos "discourse, word," from legein "speak."
Eu legein meant "speak well of."
At a recent get-together, I found myself watching her out of the corner of my eye.
She was smiling, carrying on as if people had no knowledge of her ominous prognosis of Stage IV Breast Cancer.
She works as a physician and continues with her life as a wife, mother to two, sister and a friend to many.

I had never been really close to her, but we've been acquainted for a long time.
In the 12+ years that we had gone to school together, she had always been nice to me.
Smart (the type that regularly got exempted from final exams) and talented but never arrogant. A kind and a very decent person.
Always a leader, but not a power tripper.
That night, I was in awe of how upbeat she was despite all that she was going through.

As the evening wrapped up, I impulsively told her what I thought of her.
I know she knew why I told her this,
because she smiled, hugged me and said: "I'm fighting this--but thank you."

When did the word eulogy evolve to mean: "To speak well of someone only upon death?"
Why wait?

Monday, May 5, 2008

A Girl Named Sue

Speedcat Hollydale going back in time to 1985. I had a lot of hair back then... I was riding along in a truck a few days back with the guys I have worked with for over a decade now. Traffic was horrible, and one of them blurted out, "If we go any slower, we'll go back in time!"
I immediately replied, "Well, if we are going back in time, can it be 1985?"
No "thought" went into this exclamation. It was just pure impulse.
I hashed it over in my mind for a minute about why this number had come out, and I realized that this was the year that had nearly NO pressure, I graduated high school, and had the summer of a lifetime. 1985 was full of friends, adventures, travel, falling in love (at least I thought I did many times), and just plain being happy. I could not wait for the next day, and plans for the upcoming weekend were always something to look forward too. I smile when I think about that summer.
I like my life now, but it is so structured. I work more and more to make due, and work most weekends as well. I worry about things. I get stressed out. Sometimes I am not quite myself. I would say DIFFERENT describes it best. Older and responsible? - a two sided coin.
When I said 1985 sounded good as a year to return, I was tired, and missing some of the things I used to do quite often ... so yes, it made sense.
If it really were possible to travel back in time, I would marry that girl named Sue. "Of course, she would have to notice me first ..."

Do you have one year that would be nice to re-visit? How long would you stay??

** I also would like to thank Maunie for her visits and fun comments at my blog; not with a link, nor an award that goes to many others. Just a mention of thanks to this one fine blogger. **


Thursday, May 1, 2008

What`s going on?

Jos called a meeting please come if you can.

Paula called Ann then Anndi called Ellen

Hi Aslan yelled Col. Baby

ya don't need a tan

Linda and Janice saw Michelle buying melons

It's a meeting with Jos

I guess he has a plan

What about asked Mental poo

I'm busy as can be

Call Maunie or perps or Kim if you must

Mo said he would make it

and you will all too

If Jos says its important who would dare disagree

So they hired a plane and off they flew

Eric and Olga were already there sitting and talkingWhile Jos read through some papers and took many notes

Mags had brought goodies and so did Waliz walking

Into the room followed by Paula and Jeane who were talking

Okay all come to attention, so many have come, its about posts

I must ask you for a favor but its not hard to do

Please if you are leaving for some time or awhile

Just tell someone your plans so we will know about you

We all get concerned if your gone for too long

Like dear Santa or elfy or our dear Colin too

Everyone was relieved, it was not they did wrong, so they ate some desserts and then they were gone

If I missed anyone..I am sorry...If I named you..I'm sorry too