Saturday, February 28, 2009

LMAO!!!

I'm somewhat of a Reality Show junkie.  I don't watch them all, but I never miss "The Bachelor", "Survivor" or "America's Next Top Model".  I haven't watched all these series from the very beginning, but once I started watching them - I haven't missed one since.

I don't watch "The Bachelor" because I want to see love blossom....I watch it for the entertainment value.  I mean, really - can you find true love this way???  The current one is ending on Monday and there is apparently a "scandal" going on with this one.  According to the internet sites, the Bachelor chooses one of the ladies, then dumps her on the "After the Final Rose" for the lady he didn't pick.....and the next night they'll be ANOTHER "After the Final Rose" to see the happy couple.....or it's something like that - I don't have time to read all up on it.

Naturally this has caused panic in Bachelor fan land.  Some refuse to watch the finale and "after" shows as well as any future shows because they do not want to see Melissa rejected and humiliated on nationwide TV (I can't help but wonder if the roles were reversed and Molly was the one being rejected if they'd watch - sometimes the opinion goes with whichever girl you're rooting for).  I find it odd that with this show, anyone would refuse to watch the ending (and/or future shows) because someone will be rejected and humiliated on nationwide TV...I mean, doesn't this happen EVERY week on the show?  There are chosen ones, and not chosen ones?  Isn't that what this show is about?  Rejection?  Ahhh.....no, I'm wrong - it's really about finding love right?  Right  <sarcasm with an eye roll>.......

So all future contestants for The Bachelor...may I give you some advice???

1.    It's more likely that you will be rejected than chosen in this show, regardless how much prettier, smarter, etc.. that you "think" you are than the other girls.  Also, just because you think there's chemistry, doesn't mean there is.

2.   Be ladylike on the show....the cameras are on you.  Since it's likely that you'll be rejected what you don't want to do is come across as the local whore, tramp, psycho, etc.  on nationwide TV, thus ruining your chances for a date in the non-reality world.

3.  Don't get mad or angry if someone else gets the first impression rose on the first night.  That person never wins anyway-NEVER.  If he gives YOU that rose...best to bow out now before you get too involved. 

4.  If the romance isn't there, it just isn't there - stop wasting time and refuse a rose and just go home.  THAT's a dramatic rose ceremony.

5.  You're more likely to have lasting friendships with the other ladies than a lasting relationship with the man....be nice.

6.  If you get as far as the hometown visits...have rules for your family.  No animal burials.  Tell grandma not to have a framed photo of the Bachelor on the mantel with the family photos (he's not family).  Don't discuss politics or religion (in my case Stephen King would be another taboo subject, but that's a different story).  Better yet, have your family be the class act that Melissa's is and say they're private and don't' want any parts of it.

7.  If you happen to be the winner.....expect a break-up afterwards.  There's only been one couple to survive this - Trista & Ryan (but that was the Bacherolette and not the Bachelor).  And though there are 2 Bachelor couples still together (but not married) the chances are pretty much against you.  Don't take it too personally....if the fans loved you - you'll get your own show and get the chance to be the rejecter and not the rejectee!!!

As for me....I don't know these people, they signed up for the show....so I'm going to watch, and I'll watch all future shows as well.  I happen to like both of the final two ladies, so it's irrelevant to me which one wins....but I don't watch for the romance, I watch for the entertainment.  And from what I'm reading...this show is a not to miss one!!!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Alrighty Then

Last night my cousin Chris and I decided to go to the movies.  We opted to see "Friday The 13th" and decided to have dinner before hand.  Her husband and son joined us.

Chris convinced me that the Waffle House was the place to go.  I had eaten at one many, many years ago in Florida...but decided it was worth a try.

The four of us arrive and we are the only people in the place.  There are 3 people working.  We sit, after about 5 minutes an employee approaches and asks what we want to drink - we tell him - he gets them.  Chris then asks for menus (duh - that should of been the first thing we got).  Chris ordered a chicken wrap and chili, Josh ordered an egg & cheese biscuit with hashbrown and Ron & I order the breakfast special which consists of 2 eggs, hashbrown, bacon, toast and waffle.  We wait as all 3 employees prepare our meals.

At least twice the server came back to ask Josh and Chris exactly what they had ordered....then Ron and I get our bacon, you heard that right, our BACON - not the entire breakfast.  Josh's food arrives, my waffle arrives, Chris' wrap arrives.  Chris has to remind them for her chili; the metal ring used to cook the hashbrown so it keeps it shape is still around her hashbrown - we laugh.  My breakfast finally arrives, Ron's waffle arrives.  Right before the rest of us are done, Ron's breakfast arrives.

Maybe it's just me but....shouldn't the entire breakfast of come TOGETHER????  It's not like they were busy or anything......

Chris, Josh and I then go to the movie.  It's good, but not fabulous....HOLLYWOOD STOP DOING REMAKES!!!!


Monday, February 23, 2009

The Beginning of Another Week

I find myself at home still fighting with this cold - which seems to go from bad to worse and back around again.  I'm missing my annual training classes at work and will now have to find another time to take them or wait for make-up ones.

Friday night found us without heat.  Though the thermostat was set at 70, the temperature in the house was 58....breaker was fine, the reset button would get the furnace running for like 10 seconds and then cut off.  So it required a service call, and apparently the furnace just needed a good cleaning.

Hubby's frustration level with his left arm is hitting an all time low.  Yes, there is improvement and yes, it will take 18-24 months of therapy.  But I guess that when it's "your" arm and you have to deal with the limitations it brings...it's just depressing.  He goes through those worthless feelings...which tends to make him burst for no reasons at all.  Mind you - not violently, but he tends to yell and stomp and give smart-ass answers.  Me?  I apparently am an optimist....I realize that he could of ended up alot worse and that there ARE people who have and made successful and meaningful lives for themselves.  But I guess he's entitled to feeling sorry for himself at times.  I love him regardless whether or not he gets full use of the arm again...I think he just needs to remember that when God closes one door, he opens another and that maybe he needs to stop standing in the doorway and just walk on through to see what's there.  But try telling him that.....

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

I'm So Drained.....

Hubby was due for a follow-up appointment at Johns Hopkins today, so I was off work....and since I'm fighting a very bad cold (that is winning by the way), the day off was needed.

We woke to snow and sleet - not overly bad as the temperature was up and thus it was melting as fast as it was falling, but it was enough to make the drive messy....going over the mountain was more snow....closer to Baltimore more sleet.  We made the appointment just in time.  That was unadventful and we're due back in another month.  The drive back was foggy and rain.  When we got back to town, we went by the old house to check to see if Mickey was there (yes, I am aware his post for the blog is running late this week).  He wasn't there.  I got home, and I'm not home 10 minutes when I receive a phone call saying Mickey is at the house!!  He apparently appeared for the new owner's daughter after we drove by (and yes, she did see us drive by).  So I get in the car, go to the bank, stop and get gas, and then pick up Mickey, who was less than thrilled.

I've been using the laptop a little more than the desktop, basically because I can work on the laptop downstairs...but sitting here in the dining room, I realize it's very cold in here even with the furnance running.  I like older homes, but they certainly are drafty!!

My Dyson arrived yesterday, and everyone was right - I LOVE IT!!!  I gave that thing one pass on the carpet (about a 1 foot area) and the container was full of animal hair!!  I looked at the carpet - I'm seeing no hair....start running it again - it fills again with hair!!  Hmmmm....that Bissell was apparently not doing a very good job.  I couldn't believe that it was digging that deep into the carpet.  It is also light weight and pivots around things.  I actually may be finding myself vacuuming more - it's way too easy now.



Sunday, February 15, 2009

A Dyson We Shall Go

I'll admit, Martha Stewart I am not.  I can't see the purpose in being cleaning obsessed and well, my house certainly shows that!!  I mean really, do you want to get to the pearly gates and when they asked "What did you do with your life?" and answer with a "Well, my house is clean!"

Of course not, life is too short to waste it on cleaning.  But anyway, even at some point my house does need some shaping up (all those animals and such).

When we bought the house hubby went to Lowe's to buy a lawn mower, so I insisted on a new vacuum (which we did need).  Hubby tried to convince me to buy a Dyson.  But spending $500 on a vacuum just seemed "not right" to me.  I opted for a Bissell that was designed for homes with animals at just under $200.  Hubby insisted we would be buying another one in a year, but I insisted we weren't buying a Dyson.

Like I said, I really don't spend alot of time cleaning, so the Bissell got minimal use.  But last week, I decided I was going to take a room a day and get it really clean (early Spring cleaning I suppose).  I started in the Kitchen (which of course doesn't require a vacuum) and the next day moved to the dining room.  For some reason, the previous owners had this area carpeted (when we have the money, we're going to change that); so after dusting and such, I went and got the Bissell.  I started vacuuming and all of a sudden, it's sound changed - it sputtered- then came to a stop.  At first I thought I blew a breaker, but everything else was on.  I tried a different outlet, nothing.  I unplugged it and started taking the hoses off.  They were clogged with animal hair.....for a specifically "made for home with animals" vacuum, it couldn't handle too much.  Hubby and I began cleaning it out and put it back together.  It worked, but it wasn't picking anything up.  I finally turned it off, looked at him and said...."I should of got the Dyson."  He replied, "I was thinking it, but didn't want to say it."

So I have a Dyson coming.  I ordered it from Kohl's online.  They had an online special, plus I had a 30% off coupon, so I got a really good deal on it.  I'm actually very anxious to get it.  So far anyone that I mention it to that has a Dyson tells me I'll never regret it!

                                                                                

It's the Dyson DC15 Animal Vacuum.   So we shall see.....

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Alrighty Then....

You all owe Kim a "thanks alot" for the neglect this blog has had this week.  She introduced me to Face Book and I now have an addiction!!

If you're not a member there, you really should join.  It's better than My Space; and even if you don't use it regularly, you still may find someone you haven't seen in YEARS!!  I'm not kidding when I tell you that I've reconnected with 2 people I worked with 20+ YEARS AGO!!  Amazing!!  Send out requests for your friends to join and start creating you're own little tribe.

One thing I do find annoying though is that if you search for people too much at once - you get this little threatening pop-up box.  Face Book ASSUMES you are looking for people to spam and threatens to delete your account.  That make no sense to me....anyone out there know if I'm doing anything wrong?
How can I reconnect with old friends, if it doesn't want me to search?

Anyway, regular life has been moving smoothly.  Still lots of paperwork at my office, but that's always ongoing anyway.  Inmate population is UP and it's beginning to look that by the time the Emergency Housing Unit is put in - it will have to be a regular POD as it will be full to the max!!  They never think far into the future with their plans....

More later....just wanted y'all to know, I'm still here!!




Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Mickey On The Move

From the top of the field near the house there's a great view of the town:



So small wonder I like to explore, right?

Anyhoo...my last post had us heading for Burns Hill Cemetery:







The views from up here are spectacular:







Some interesting things:



Some of the smaller grave markers here look like tree stumps.  A closer look below:



There's some really beautiful things:



My favorite is this angel:





Back in the Fall, the cemetery was vandalized.  Allot of things were destroyed that were not replaceable.  The vandal removed the head of this angel.  Fortunately, when he was caught, her head was returned; but much of the other destruction still exists:









Even as I cat, I know you must be a very sick person to do something like this!!  Glad he was caught!!

Well that's Burns Hill Cemetery.  Next week I'll show some things we have here in Waynesboro that you probably have too!!

                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                 The Mickster




Saturday, February 7, 2009

Except.......

For Christmas 2006, Hubby got me a new digital camera.  I had one, but it was rather heavy and I wanted a compact one for my NY trip.  I researched and then drove him nuts with the one I wanted - An Olympus Stylus 710:

                                                                         

                                                      

I absolutely LOVED this camera!!!  It was small, compact and took WONDERFUL pictures.  I carried it everywhere with me....last week I took the photos around the house for Mickey's blog entry....the next day there was some snow, and I decided to take more pictures, I took the camera out of my purse and turned it on....and it made some funny noises, the lens wasn't right, the window area was blurry and then 2 error numbers popped up on the screen.  I was upset - what was wrong with my camera???  I got online and discovered the lens was out of alignment ( a problem that seems to be common)....Olympus could fix it of course but the price was about as much as the camera had cost; I found a forum with others that had the same problem, some had fixed there own and gave their advice...but none of that would work for mine...I was heartbroken.

They don't make the 710 anymore, though there are refurbished and used ones available online; but the cost of them (mine originally cost about $300) well, you might as well buy a new camera.  So I opted to do such. 

I searched at Tigerdirect.com and there was a newer stylus available for about $300.  I just didn't know if I wanted to pay that when there are so many cheaper good digitals available these days.  I opted to stay with Olympus and chose the FE-370 in pink:

                                                                   

A very nice camera - does take nice pictures...but it just wasn't my 710....and I realized I should of went with one of the upgraded Stylus' (840 or 1010).  Don't get me wrong...really there's nothing wrong with this camera - if you have it, you probably LOVE it, if you think you may buy it - go ahead - it'll probably suit your needs.  But it just wasn't ME!!  So I opted to send it back....except.....

Tigerdirect said all returns for this product was through the manufacturer....Olympus said "That's right, if the product is defective, which it isn't - return to where you bought it from".  I then decided it was probably better to just sell it on Ebay, I may take a loss but whatever....

After Hubby and I left Petsmart last night, we went to Circuit City.  As you know, they are closing all their stores and everything is discounted.  Anyway...while in there, there was an Olympus Stylus 1010 at 30% off - a very good deal, and there were only 2 left!!  As I explained to hubby the problem with the return of the pink one and such, I decided to go ahead and purchase this one.....except....

All my charge cards were at home.  I had removed them to prevent impulse buying.  I was heartbroken.... so I slowly slumped to the door.  It was then that hubby said "Oh just get it!"  He didn't have to tell me twice.  He's going to take the pink one and use it at the business.  When we got in the car he informed me that that camera was my birthday present (he hadn't gotten me anything last month), it was also my Valentine's present AND my Anniversary present.  But that's okay - it's something I wanted.

I couldn't get the battery charged fast enough, but once I could finally turn it on - I knew I had my camera back.  I LOVE it!!

                                                           



A Small World

Remember this post:

http://stratsgarden.com/2008/12/12/cats-needing-homes.aspx

It was about all the cats I had the pleasure of meeting at the Cumberland Valley Animal Shelter when I got Cooper.  My Christmas wish was for all these cats to have homes by Christmas.  That wish didn't come entirely true, but I am happy to say that as of today, all those cats have found homes!!

What made me think of this post again, is that last night Hubby and I were in Petsmart in Chambersburg and while in line, the lady in front of us had her shelter paperwork to process (if you bring that in, Petsmart gives you a special coupon book).  I asked her if she had adopted from Cumberland Valley.  And she said yes - "This huge cat."  I told her we had adopted in December and asked the name of the one she had gotten, and it was:

                                                                     

MARCUS!!!  I was so very thrilled and told her he had been a consideration of our's, but we thought a young adult cat would be a better adjustment for our household.  She seemed extremely happy to of gotten him (as 5 other people were there wanting him as well) and I know he'll have a good home as she was buying practically everything in the cat department.  It was nice to meet someone that had adopted one of the cats I had considered.  Plus, he's an older cat and they are harder to find homes for.

So I thought, I'd add to my sidebar - one of the cats each week that are available at the shelter.  I'm going to do Cumberland Valley in Chambersburg, PA;  Antietam Humane Society in Waynesboro, PA;  and Humane Society of Washington County in Hagerstown, MD.  That gets the word out from the 3 local area shelters.  I don't know if this little blog helped in anyway, but I like to think it did.

And don't forget to read the sidebar at your visit....Cooper has quotes, Toby has tidbits, Keyser has recipes and soon Spunky will be giving Movie Reviews and Sebastian will have cat care tips!!!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

I'm So Appalled!!

I was watching the local news today during lunch at work and saw this:

HAGERSTOWN, MD - A seven week old puppy is now recovering after he was found tied and frozen to a tree. The Washington County Humane Society is investigating to figure out who's responsible.

The puppy was spotted on Friday in the woods behind the North Spring apartment complex in Hagerstown.  The owners were no where to be found.

The person who found the puppy called the Washington County Humane Society.  When they found him, he was shivering from the freezing temperatures.  It was so cold; they had to physically pull him off the tree, resulting in a loss of fur from his side.

The puppy is recovering and is expected to be alright. 

After a rough start at life, he will be in need of a good home.  The puppy will be up for adoption from the Washington County Humane Society soon.

"It’s not the way you need to start life," says Paul Miller with the Washington County Humane Society.  “You talk about a puppy that’s seven weeks old, this is their socialization period.  This is the time they need to be exposed to all the good things and learn all the things they need to know the rest of their life.  Not living in the woods."

If anyone has any information about the puppy or his owners, contact the Washington County Humane Society at: 301-733-2060, extension 203.

http://your4state.com/content/fulltext/?cid=52261 (puppy on video at link)

I was stunned!!!  How could ANYONE, take a 7 week old puppy, tie it to a tree and then leave it there??!!!!  The poor thing lost fur because it was FROZEN TO THE TREE.  I'm so appalled.

Naturally there's a truckload of people wanting to adopt it.  That's what made me think more about it.  Only one family will get that puppy and yet, they'll be dozen more wanting it.  Will any of those dozens choose to adopt one of the other available puppies/dogs?  I certainly hope so as they all have some sad story to tell.

For the record - little puppies are like having a baby - it takes time and patience.  Also it could be a 15 year plus commitment.  So if you don't have the time, patience or long term commitment - how about one of the older dogs??  I'm sure they would love to spend their remaining years with a family.


One by One
One by one, they pass by my cage
Too old, too worn, too broken, they say
Way past his time, he can't run and play
They shake their heads and go on their way
A little old man, arthritic and sore
It seems that I am wanted no more
I once had a home, I once had a bed
A place that was warm, and where I was fed
Now my muzzle is grey, and my eyes slowly fail
Who wants a dog so old and so frail?
My family decided I didn't belong
I got in their way, my attitude wrong
Now I sit in this kennel, where day after day
The younger ones are chosen and taken away

When I had come to the end of my rope
You saw my face and again I knew hope
You saw past the grey, the legs wobbly with age
And felt I deserved life beyond this cage
You took me home, gave me food and a bed
You gently stroked my poor tired head
We snuggle and play, you talk to me low
You love me so dearly, and make sure I know

Although I have lived most of my life with another
You outshine them with a love so much stronger
I promise to return all the love I can give
To you my dear friend, as long as I live
I may be with you for a week, or for years
We will share many smiles, and a few tears
When the time comes, that God deems I must leave
I know you will cry and your heart it will grieve
When I arrive at the Bridge all brand new
My thoughts and my heart will still be with you
And I will brag to all who will hear
Of the person who made my last days so dear


Do I go home today
My family brought me home, cradled in their arms


The cuddled me and smiled at me, said I was full of charm
They played with me and laughed with me and showered me with toys
I sure do love my family - especially the girls and boys
The children loved to feed me - they gave me special treats
They even let me sleep with them - all snuggled in the sheets


I used to go for lots of walks - often several times a day
They even fought to hold the leash - Im very proud to say
These are the things I'll not forget - a cherished memory
Because I now live in the pound -without my family


They used to laugh and praise me - when I played with that old shoe
But I didn't know the difference between the old ones and the new
The kids and I would grab a rag - for hours we would tug
So I thought I did the right thing when I chewed the bedroom rug


They said I was out of control and would have to live outside
This I did not understand although I tried and tried
The walks all stopped just one by one, they said they hadn't time
I wish I could change things, I wish I knew my crime
My life became so lonely, in the back yard on a chain
I barked and barked all day long - just to keep from going insane


So they brought me to the shelter, but were embarrassed to say why
They say I caused an allergy - then they each kissed me goodbye
If I'd only had some classes - when I was just a pup
Then I would have been a better dog - when I was all grown up
'you only have one day left' I heard the worker say
Does that mean I have a second chance?
DO I GO HOME TODAY?

And yeah - these made me cry too!!!



Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Mickey On The Move

                                                                               

So, my travels start at the new homefront:

                                                   

Small but doable.  There use to be two very LARGE bushes in front of each window - fortunately they are gone.  Hopefully this spring some landscaping can be completed and a REAL STRATS GARDEN can be planted.

                                              
If you stand in front of the house, you can look down the hill or up it!!

But I don't usually travel by the streets.....

                                                    
See, an alley runs along side of the house (well it's considered a street).  It's not heavily travelled and there's only 3 houses that sit along it.  But let's head in the opposite direction from the house and take a walk down the alley:

                                               
                                               
A huge field is on the one side and the kids love to sled down it when it's covered with snow (and ice too)!!

                                               

                                               

                                              
Coming to the other end brings you to another street, and crossing that and going through a small field, will bring you to Burns Hill Cemetery - which is next week's stop!!





                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                                                               The Mickster