Saturday, January 19, 2013

Last of Lance (on this blog!)

Just kind of by accident...I found black " L I V E W R O N G " bracelets now being sold...can only hope the money goes to the foundation (and I'm pretty sure it doesn't)...
Added later...realized that sounded like I'm going to buy one.  I'm NOT.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

All About Lance

Arrogant Prick...he called himself that.  And...and those of you who know me know I've stood by his story all along...I ride a duplicate of the bike that he rode in the 2001 Tour....but I think he nailed it:  He IS an arrogant prick!

IF what he says now is true, he's also right in that it is too late. I trash them as a token of a huge hoax (that's a mild name for it)...or just toss 'em back in the drawer.  (And..I have another bracelet somewhere still in the plastic...couldn't find it for the photo..didn't try very hard.)

I'm disappointed...not the first time, probably won't be the last.  Arrogant Prick!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

A Favorite Tree

This is one of my favorite backyard trees.  When it gets wet, it has a light streak down one side.  Strange...hope it doesn't mean it's going to croak or something.  Rainy here today...but not much.  My little rain gauge shows less than 1/4 inch...but we'll take what we can get!!!

Count your blessings!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

I REPEAT: USE BCC !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Recently I received an email from someone who I don't know...never heard of her before...and I'm having a really hard time not responding.  She sent her "change of email address" message to 176 persons....AND DIDN'T USE "BCC".    That's 176 people whose email addresses she put out there for the world to spam.  She said in the her mail that her darling daughter-in-law had taught her how to change her email address.   I SO badly want to email her at her new address and tell her she ought to have her teach her how to use the "bcc" function!   I've gone so far to look up her address and have thought about snail-mailing her an anonymous letter.  How she got my name and email address I don't know.  Maybe she thinks I'm the other person in town with the same name.  I find however (from past experience with ignorance) that reacting to such blatant stupidity can often just cause more of the same.

Perhaps someone (ya live in a cave, do ya???) doesn't know what "bcc" means.  It's "blind carbon copy" and many years ago in the age of real ink and paper messaging, one would put "bcc" and a name or two at the bottom of the master (kept) copy.  A clean message would go to each individual without the others knowing anyone else had received it. In today's world, it also means you aren't sharing everyone else's email address with the world!

So, if you aren't using the "bcc" function...DO!!!! It doesn't take one single keystroke more than the other way.  
                     JUST DO IT!!!! 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! 2013 !!!!! I got up, got bundled up and took Schiz out to do "her thing."  Decided to sweep/shovel the drive and sidewalk.  My shovel looks like a kid's toy and doesn't work even that well....handle either swivels on the wood barrel or the shovel-part swivels.  Anyway...not much snow and I cleared it all pretty easily.  Came back in...maybe 5 minutes later, looked out....and this is what's happening:
I just stood inside the front doorway to take this shot. I didn't go back out in to it.  We need the moisture...I'm not complaining...exactly........  Happy New Year!

Monday, December 31, 2012

Hacienda in the Snow

Here it is...New Year's Eve....and it's snowed (lightly) all day.  Not that I was planning on going anywhere.  I gave that up years ago.  It's nearing dark but it looks like the snow has pretty much stopped for us, so I went out to take a few pictures.   Here's the hacienda (and the woods out back) in what little snow we've had.

I know it's not much snow....but we've had so little moisture the past couple of years, we're just happy to get ANYTHING!  BTW...if you click on that third photo, you can see my guy in the woods...big like a tree, dumb like a board as my sis would say.   Have a happy new year....and stay safe!!!  Count your blessings!

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Eve...and Waiting........'s nearly time.  That jolly old fat man should be on his way.  Here I sit, eating fudge (and then I eat Ritz crackers to counteract the icky feeling from eating too much fudge)...and waiting...and waiting...and waiting.

I'm only writing this because I thought it was only fair to forewarn the world...should that jolly old fat guy show up here and happen to be that Santa guy on the Chevy commercials....well, he's gonna be runnin' a little late for the rest of the world.  WOOF!

Ok...well...back to waiting and watching.....  Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Almost Christmas..... it is...almost Christmas!  Hard to believe...and even somewhat hard to act like it's Christmas.  I'm curious about how people in warm climates "do" Christmas.  Most of our days have been in the 50's and 60's...that's not Christmas weather.  We're supposed to be cold and snowy by now!!!

Actually, we did get about an inch of snow this past Wednesday/Thursday. I went to Joplin to visit my sister on Wednesday and the roads were clear.  I came back on Thursday and there was a little snow here and there.  Between Potwin and Burrton there were beautiful big drifts in the ditches.  The old crops could still be seen with snow settled in the rows, but the wind had made huge drifts in the ditches.  I heard later that Newton (right in between Potwin and Burrton) had had 2" of snow...Hutchinson only had 1".   Hutchinson had 1" of snow...and about 6" of salt!  My car (black) was dirty from the trip...very I went and washed it.  Tried to get home from the car wash place without getting dirty.  HA!!!  Wound up wiping it down again with wet towel and Windex and it now looks pretty smeared...and that's inside the garage.  Bet it'll be a mess when the sunshine hits it!  Hutchinson is well known for it's salt mines...and believe me, we SALT the streets!

Today is supposed to be back up in the 50's and then turn cold, so I really should try to get in another bicycle ride before year end.  I'm at 4,218 miles for 2012.  My friend/co-rider has nearly 7,000 miles!!!  I was so pleased with my total (the most I've done in several years)...but WOW!!!  Carol has truly "gone the extra mile."  She does things like heads to Partridge for coffee...then decides maybe Arlington for lunch instead!  That's about a 60-70 mile ride from her house.  Back in the old days we did that...but I haven't done it for a long time.  I admire her for her endurance!

I hope each of you have a great Christmas!  May all your Christmas wishes come true.  And God willing, I'll see you all after the holidays!  Count your blessings...say your prayers...and be a good little boy or girl.  Santa Claus is coming to town!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Gimme the beat, boys!

This just says it all!!!!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Long Time, No Write...huh?

It's been so long since I've posted to my blog that I nearly had forgotten my password.  But, lucky you...I remembered it!

'Tis the season for lots of craft sales for a vendor...and December 8, as the promoter of my own show.  This will be the 4th year.  Years 1 and 2 were held in my home;  year 3 was at the Boy and Girl Scout buildings on the fairgrounds (3,000 sq. ft in 2 buildings - and we were practically stacked on top of each other); and now year 4: the Encampment building at the fairgrounds.  We'll have 6,400 sq. ft...and just for what it's worth:  I have a waiting list of over 20 people and tried to rent the other half of the building a few weeks back.  Couldn't get it as it's going to be used for the police department's Christmas party that evening.  So...we're still limited this year...but at least the vendors I do have lined up will have plenty of space.  And next year - second Saturday in December (Dec. 14, 2013) - I have already reserved the Domestic Arts building...that's 13,000 sq. ft.  I truly love doing this...both getting the show together, etc., as well as participating as a vendor.

My "real" work was as an accounting manager for a small (65-70 employees) company here in Hutchinson.  I liked it a lot...but I never really had to interact with the public very much.  For the most part, I really do enjoy that part of the craft market.  Once in a while one get's somebody that's a major pain (first name Martha!!!)...I had one last week end.   Not going to go into it here, but afterwards while I was feeling rather guilty and like an outcast, several people came to me and said they were behind me all the way.  I lost a $77 sale....but it was worth it to let the bitch know I was on to her!   Oh goes on. 

Two more shows this year.  One at Lyons on December 1 and my own on the fairgrounds on December 8.  So far this year they've all been very good shows for me.

I've kind of quit blogging for awhile because I figured everyone is sick of hearing the same stuff over and over....but guess what!  Here it is again!!!

Still biking nearly daily.  Weather has been incredibly beautiful here for this time of year.  Upper 60's the past few days.  Today was a little windy and everyone had "stuff to do for Thanksgiving" so we didn't ride today. far this year...I have 4,084 miles!   I really considered getting out today and just cranking around the neighborhood 'til I rolled up 16 miles to get that 4,100...but I didn't.

Tomorrow (Thanksgiving) I'm going to go out for dinner with one of my ex-neighbors.  She came by the craft show I was at last weekend and asked what I was doing, and we decided to go out to eat.  Started out we were going to each cook....then decided how much easier just going out would be!  'Course, that means no leftover turkey.  I may still wind up buying a small turkey just so I can have turkey sandwiches.  And I have everything to make cranberry relish to put on a sandwich.  And I have everything to make a pumpkin log cake.  And I have everything to make Snicker bar cookies.   Here's a puzzle for ya:  what's missing????  Oh yeah....veggies!  Once again!  Some things never change.  Maybe I'll eat A veggie won't be green beans - they're a waste of time in my opinion.  I don't dislike them...they're just a zero.  I like corn and peas and cauliflower and broccoli and even brussel sprouts...but not green beans....and NOT turnips!!!  Turnips are NOT a zero...they're a negative 100!!!  As are their red (sometimes white) cousins: radishes.  Yuck.   When I was a kid (been a while) everyone knew there were 3 foods I simply could not even be forced to eat:  Turnips, tapioca pudding, and warm cereal  (my mom was big on cornmeal mush...and if it didn't get eaten for breakfast, she put it in a can, cooled it, then sliced it and fried it in bacon grease for supper!  OMG!!!!)

With that happy thought (gag), I'm going to wrap this up.  Here's wishing each of you a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Please be sure to count your blessings!   I guarantee I do count mine OFTEN!!!  They're many.   In fact, here's a recent Hobby Lobby purchase of mine. I say it all the time and when I saw the metal piece I knew I had to have it.