Monthly Archives: December 2008

NEW YEARS EVE!

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HAPPY NEW YEARS EVE DAY to you all!
A day full of cleaning and organizing showed
me I sure have more to do, so today I will
finish up. Mom wants the tree down and so
I have decided to give in and take it down
for the first time, before New years day, in a long time.
Guess she thinks it is more messy than beautiful
to look at now. Putting things away makes me
think of what has transpired this past 12 months.
WOW a whole lot. In my calendar book, that I daily
write in, it shows that on Jan last year on New Years
day 2008,  we had a foot of snow dump on us here. I shoveled
and snowblowed and still didnt get it all cleaned up.
I sure hope that doesn’t happen again. The forecast is for
at least 2 – 4 inches and  so surely we will have snow
on the ground.  It is getting old that is for sure and this is
just beginning of JAN. I need to hush though because it
could be worse.
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AS for the news about HELL HOUSE.. the power company
had taken the house and disconnected it from the pole.
It had been turned off but they went a step further.
The asst city manager tells me that it is up to the owner
of said property or the new owner to either bulldoze it
or renovate it. So we will see. Rumor had it, that it was
on the list to be DOZED.. OH HAPPY DAY! Open-mouthed
Several other houses in the two block area are already
set to be torn down. ONE last week took them ONE DAY.
It amazes me how fast there is no sign of a building
that was there for over 40 years.  Literally nothing but
dirt left. There was clear weather though and so I know
they wait until then to do things.
It is a waiting game now as to what will happen. The
insides are so full of BLACK MOLD that I can’t see them
trying to remodel it. I will be looking in the days to come
for someone to place that familiar red tag and big X on
the front and then we will know for sure it is coming down.
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We have no real plans for new year’s eve this year.
Sis will be working, so I will be cooking dinner of the
traditional black eye peas and cornbread and turnip
greens and ham for New Years DAY. I prepared a cassarole that I saw
Paula Deen make on tv, that I am sure we can use
on New years EVE. It says breakfast, but I don’t want a lot of
left overs so I will use it for dinner instead. I usually just have
snacks of chips or fruit and cheese and meat, but this year I had to cut
the salt so the chips and cheese and such were ruled out. I am sure it
will do just fine.
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May 2009 be a year of peace,prosperity, change,health, happiness for
us all!!
 
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NEW YEAR’S EVE…

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HAPPY NEW YEARS EVE DAY to you all!
A day full of cleaning and organizing showed
me I sure have more to do, so today I will
finish up. Mom wants the tree down and so
I have decided to give in and take it down
for the first time, before New years day, in a long time.
Guess she thinks it is more messy than beautiful
to look at now. Putting things away makes me
think of what has transpired this past 12 months.
WOW a whole lot. In my calendar book, that I daily
write in, it shows that on Jan last year on New Years
day 2008,  we had a foot of snow dump on us here. I shoveled
and snowblowed and still didnt get it all cleaned up.
I sure hope that doesn’t happen again. The forecast is for
at least 2 – 4 inches and  so surely we will have snow
on the ground.  It is getting old that is for sure and this is
just beginning of JAN. I need to hush though because it
could be worse.
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AS for the news about HELL HOUSE.. the power company
had taken the house and disconnected it from the pole.
It had been turned off but they went a step further.
The asst city manager tells me that it is up to the owner
of said property or the new owner to either bulldoze it
or renovate it. So we will see. Rumor had it, that it was
on the list to be DOZED.. OH HAPPY DAY! Open-mouthed
Several other houses in the two block area are already
set to be torn down. ONE last week took them ONE DAY.
It amazes me how fast there is no sign of a building
that was there for over 40 years.  Literally nothing but
dirt left. There was clear weather though and so I know
they wait until then to do things.
It is a waiting game now as to what will happen. The
insides are so full of BLACK MOLD that I can’t see them
trying to remodel it. I will be looking in the days to come
for someone to place that familiar red tag and big X on
the front and then we will know for sure it is coming down.
##########################################################
We have no real plans for new year’s eve this year.
Sis will be working, so I will be cooking dinner of the
traditional black eye peas and cornbread and turnip
greens and ham for New Years DAY. I prepared a cassarole that I saw
Paula Deen make on tv, that I am sure we can use
on New years EVE. I had to cut the recipe down a lot
because it served a lot and we sure don’t need the left overs.
 
May 2009 be a year of peace,prosperity, change,health, happiness for
us all.

CHORE DAY

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I don’t know about you and your family, but here we hate
to have a messy house and dirty clothes for the start
of a new year. Monday was a day for cleanup and
making the place tidy for the coming year. It is just
something we do. Clean sheets,clean floors, clean
clothes etc. Mom started that tradition a long time
ago and I have followed it for years. Monday
went pretty fast being busy. The sun shone brightly,
and the day warmed up past 35.. to us that is pretty
exciting.Smile Wind was tough though and the chill
level as bearable only for a while. I pulled in
my poor porch flag which after two days of hard
high winds was whipped pretty good. Guess I will hold
off putting one out there for awhile. I thought the pole
was a goner with winds of 60 mph.. but no it made it
fine.
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While taking a break I heard some of Oprah show about the
guy who( linkhere>) SHOT nearly 80 dogs in a puppy mill or some
kind of a kennel that he had. I WAS APPALLED that he
was NOT arrested for it. NOPE  not against the law in the
state of Pennsylvania. Boy, that just burns me.. it should be against
the law everywhere in the USA. Baring teeth They are pushing for
stricter laws and that I hope will pass in 2009.
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I saw this background image at glitterimages and it was
so appropriate.. we all will be seeing some real changes in
2009. I pray they are for the better for all of us.
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WORD about HELL HOUSE coming soon as I can confirm
something ..stay tuned… Thinking 
CELEBRATION, REFLECTION, RENEWAL & CHANGE
FOR US ALL.

SUNDAY & MONDAY UPDATE…

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SUNNY SUNDAY
Saturday night the wind just howled. I got up and unplugged
Miracle for fear we would have a power outtage.
Sunday morning they reported that over 10,000 people in our
state lost power.
 
The sun finally decided to  shine brightly. It was a welcome
sight for sure. Seems like the whole month of December all
we saw was clouds, rain, snow or fog.
We had company as the “newlyweds” came to see us and
have a belated Christmas dinner. The weather being what it
has been, we had to postpone things because of ice and snow.
After lunch I went out to see the sights as the roads were
still pretty clear. Not much snow is left here. That usually means
we will get another blast.
The local river was filled with GEESE.. Lots of them.
Who says they all go south for the winter?
 
    
 
Got home in time to see history being made as the Detroit Lions
lost their last game of the season to the Packers and now they
own the only title of LOSING every single game of the whole
year. SO SAD.. makes me wonder just what the heck they
will do next year?
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Well it is late I have just spent over an hour trying to get my printer
to work with this computer set up. Looks okay but will not respond. Sad
Back to the drawing board…read and learn more.
 
Miracle  will have to be patient with me because
I am still having trouble with the workings of VISTA . I guess
hands on experience seems to be the only way to do it. It all takes
time.
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CHORE DAY

I don’t know about you and your family, but here we hate
to have a messy house and dirty clothes for the start
of a new year. Monday was a day for cleanup and
making the place tidy for the coming year. It is just
something we do. Clean sheets,clean floors, clean
clothes etc. Mom started that tradition a long time
ago and I have followed it for years. Monday
went pretty fast being busy. The sun shone brightly,
and the day warmed up past 35.. to us that is pretty
exciting.Smile Wind was tough though and the chill
level as bearable only for a while. I pulled in
my poor porch flag which after two days of hard
high winds was whipped pretty good. Guess I will hold
off putting one out there for awhile. I thought the pole
was a goner with winds of 60 mph.. but no it made it
fine.
####################################################
While taking a break I heard some of Oprah show about the
guy who( linkhere>) SHOT nearly 80 dogs in a puppy mill or some
kind of a kennel that he had. I WAS APPALLED that he
was NOT arrested for it. NOPE  not against the law in the
state of Pennsylvania. Boy, that just burns me.. it should be against
the law everywhere in the USA. Baring teeth They are pushing for
stricter laws and that I hope will pass in 2009.
#####################################################
I saw this background image at glitterimages and it was
so appropriate.. we all will be seeing some real changes in
2009. I pray they are for the better for all of us.
#####################################################
WORD about HELL HOUSE coming soon as I can confirm
something ..stay tuned… Thinking 

CELEBRATION, REFLECTION, RENEWAL & CHANGE
FOR US ALL.

SUNNY SUNDAY

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Saturday night the wind just howled. I got up and unplugged
Miracle for fear we would have a power outtage.
Sunday morning they reported that over 10,000 people in our
state lost power.
 
The sun finally decided to  shine brightly. It was a welcome
sight for sure. Seems like the whole month of December all
we saw was clouds, rain, snow or fog.
We had company as the "newlyweds" came to see us and
have a belated Christmas dinner. The weather being what it
has been, we had to postpone things because of ice and snow.
After lunch I went out to see the sights as the roads were
still pretty clear. Not much snow is left here. That usually means
we will get another blast.
The local river was filled with GEESE.. Lots of them.
Who says they all go south for the winter?
 
    
 
Got home in time to see history being made as the Detroit Lions
lost their last game of the season to the Packers and now they
own the only title of LOSING every single game of the whole
year. SO SAD.. makes me wonder just what the heck they
will do next year?
#################################################################
Well it is late I have just spent over an hour trying to get my printer
to work with this computer set up. Looks okay but will not respond. Sad
Back to the drawing board…read and learn more.
 
Miracle  will have to be patient with me because
I am still having trouble with the workings of VISTA . I guess
hands on experience seems to be the only way to do it. It all takes
time.
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT MONDAY!
 

SLIP SLIDING

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YESTERDAY we were slip sliding away. Sis was afraid to
even come up into the driveway. Thick ice covere
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everything. I tossed bread to the birds and it literally
slid across the ice covered snow.
Last month Sis was watching QVC and they
were selling something there to help you get a
grip while walking on slippery snow or ice
covered walk ways. It was called YAKTRAX
THOSE things work!! I had never seen anything
quite like them.They saved me from
falling when going out to our garage and
 
and putting salt down on the sidewalks.
They are very lightweight..you hardly know
they are on and easy to put on any size shoe
or boot. I really felt pretty steady wearing them.
Well worth the money I say. Well that’s my
recommendation of the day.Smile
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Saturday the fog was pretty dense.. the wind helped
push it away and it warmed up rapidly. 59 degrees
by mid afternoon.. What a weird feeling. The ice was melted
because of the rain and the roads were pretty clear.
We ventured out to Wa***mt.. and seems everyone else
had the same idea. WHEW  there were a lot of shoppers.
It probably won’t make up for the bad sales before the holiday
but it was a start.  Gas was 1.51 and milk was a whopping 3.05.
Whenever I buy any.. the next week it goes on sale really cheap
someplace else. It never fails.  Eye-rolling
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IN CASE YOU ARE CONFUSED LIKE ME….
TODAY IS SUNDAY!! Open-mouthed
 
HAVE A GREAT DAY!!
 
 

WINTER MEMORIES

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BOY is it foggy out!
The temp is supposed to get up to near 60 today here.
It is DECEMBER..maybe time for a thaw??? COLD
then not. Snow then rain, sure is weird… we could
have thunderstorms today!
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MY 20 years spent in Caifornia I used to dream of the cold, wind, snow  and over all Christmas feeling that one got in Michigan that time of the year.
It was dark and gloomy,rainy and foggy most of the time in the valley, where I lived, and we might go days without the sunshine at all. I would love it when we had a cold morning and there would be hard frost on the ground.
The crunch of it and the cold air made me feel more in the mood for the holidays. Oh there were lights and elaborate trees but nothing set the mood like that crisp air and smell of fireplace wood being burnt.
 
WHEN I returned to Michigan in the fall of 1996. I got a big shock.
I froze..my teeth would chatter at 40 degrees. I would bundle up with leg warmers and high boots and gloves and scarves..I could hardly move.
My blood had "thinned" was the word the doctor used…I would have to gradually get used to the harshness of the winter. Well, I can say after all these years here again, that I finally have gotten my blood to be "thickened"..I now will shovel with a sweatshirt on..no gloves and no boots..sometimes no hat either. STUPID..Yeah..but I do it. I don’t even think twice about it. I guess I am now accustomed to being home here in Michigan where I was born and raised. Funny, how it took so long for my body to get back to what it had known all those years past.
 
 
I could not stop taking pictures of the snow and the bright blue skies and the wonder of it all. Yes, I had been back to Michigan several times but not like this ..I was staying this time..it was special…In 1997 we had an ice storm and it was fascinating to me. I could not ever remember having been in one in my whole life. My mother told me I had, but I could not recall this at all. I guess I had just learned to appreciate the wonders that Mother Nature had brought. I took so many pictures I wore my old faithful camera out and had to buy a new one.
I went digital and have never looked back. If the camera went out tomorrow I would go out and buy a new one right away.
Having the freedom to take pictures of nature and whatever I please has been a real joy.
 
HAVE A GREAT DAY!!!
 


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