Monthly Archives: February 2009

Snow bunny

Frozen Brass Bunny

This week’s theme is WINTER. I don’t feel like I’ve had enough winter weather because we haven’t had a single decent snowfall this year in Northern Virginia; instead, we get ice. I feel cheated out of winter.

I know, string the crazy woman up by her toenails for even having such a thought!

So I am mixing in some photos from last winter with this winter. The above picture was in one of my earliest posts.

Thematic Photographic is a weekly photo meme presented by Carmi.

TP WINTER (again)




F-f-f-f-Frozen!   Freezing rain is more common than snow here in Northern Virginia.  My heart prefers the beauty of snow, but my camera seems to love the effects of freezing rain.

Thematic Photographic is a weekly photo meme presented by Carmi.

Economic Guilt

Suburban Correspondent has done her part to stimulate the economy , and I am now feeling terribly guilty. I mean, who knew?!? It turns out I have been to blame for our failing economy. If hair has anything to do with it, that is.

I haven’t had a “professional cut” –and I use that term VERY loosely– in nearly 2 years. I have been cutting my own hair for the past 18 months. July 2007 is when I moved to an affluent county and I haven’t convinced myself to loosen my grip on the wallet for an over-priced pedicure, let alone a haircut. up-close and personal

Perhaps I am apathetic? I haven’t ruled it out; however, I actually like my hair. I’d rate it as one of my best features, and I know I should do more with it like maybe give it a good cut once in a while. In the past, I’ve had a few bad experiences while trying to find someone who actually knows how to cut naturally curly hair (do I sound like the spoiled girl from the Peanuts cartoon?) and I like to keep it long, so it is easy to “let it go” for a very long while.

The frugal part of me wants to keep using that home hair kit (oh those lovely sharp hair scissors!) and of course the lure of the oft-used fashionable light blue cape is salve to my savings account.

I fear the slippery slope: at first, it’s just a wee trim of the tresses, but soon someone will be talking about covering up my gray highlights.
And then, the snowball will be rolling, and the next thing you know…

Happy Toes

My personal economy will be sacrificed.
I’m not sure I’m ready.
Maybe this summer?

Thematic Photographic 38: Winter

The drunk snowman

Mardi Gras: the last big party of Winter

Thematic Photographic is a weekly photo meme presented by Carmi.

The Importance of Walking

These shoes were made for...

These shoes were made for...

Walking can add minutes to your life. This enables you at 85 years old to spend an additional 5 months in a nursing home at $7000 per month.

My grandpa started walking five miles a day when he was 60. Now he’s 97 years old and we don’t know where he is.

I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me.

The only reason I would take up walking is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.

I have to walk early in the morning, before my brain figures out what I’m doing.. I joined a health club last year, spent about 400 bucks Haven’t lost a pound. Apparently you have to go there.

Every time I hear the dirty word ‘exercise’, I wash my mouth out with chocolate.

I do have flabby thighs, but fortunately my stomach covers them.

The advantage of exercising every day is so when you die, they’ll say, ‘Well, she looks good doesn’t she.’

If you are going to try cross-country skiing, start with a small country.

I know I got a lot of exercise the last few years,…… just getting over the hill.

We all get heavier as we get older, because there’s a lot more information in our heads. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.


Every time I start thinking too much about how I look, I just find a Happy Hour and by the time I leave, I look just fine.

WWC #73: 2 and “Expressive Face”


2 boys, 2 snakes

2 photos for “Expressive Face”



Want to join in the fun of the Weekly Words Challenge? Tink is your link! 😀



Driving so fast and oblivious that he/she never noticed the obvious marking of the end of the road

Driving so fast and oblivious that he/she never noticed the obvious marking of the end of the road

BUSTED! indeed, on more than one account: this was done by a drunk driver.

Luckily, no other persons or vehicles were involved.

Today’s pictures were taken by me and are being posted for the Thematic Photographic hosted by Carmi. Feel free to pop over to his place to get all of the official rules (or non-rules) and play along!



Stop by here tomorrow for the Weekly Words Challenge, brought to you this week by the number 2, Expressive Faces, and of course, the talented Tink!


Random & Odd

Strangest word search that landed 2 people on my blog over the weekend?
“men wearing toe nail polish”
I think they were disappointed!

Sunday Musing

“The craving of the addict may never be healed, but the addiction itself can stop. The sense that one is unlovable, unworthy, or inadequate may never fully disappear, but we can refuse to let that drive us to perfectionism, despair, or overwork. There is a residue of evil that can neither be cured nor integrated nor humanized. That we can only bring before God to be burned forever (for it never burns up altogether; it is in fact a kind of fuel), trusting God to transform our irredeemable evil into fiery light.”

~Walter Wink

Revelation 4:6 and 15:2

Please discuss…

Pinewood Derby

Their first cars

Their first cars

Disclaimer: They were a lot more excited and animated during the races. At this point, most of them were thinking of eating a donut and going home.

While I’m waiting to see the pictures that Gordo posts from the weekend’s Kub Kar Rally, here are some of the boys from our Cub Scout Den, showing off their Pinewood Derby cars (one of them with a first prize win!) — note the cool purple and green tank, the skateboard design, the Lego-man driver, and of course SnakeMaster had to paint a snake on his car!


We can’t claim it was fast, but it was clearly created and loved by a 9yo boy. 😀

Paying it Forward

I have been neglecting some housekeeping.

Well, yes, that kind, too! But I was talking about this kind:

Awards from January 2009

great-attitude-and-or-gratitudeI received this pretty lemonade stand from Farmer*sWife, for a great Attitude (or) Gratitude. She herself is a “Glass Half Full” kind of gal. I do try to have an Attitude of Gratitude, although there are certainly days when I completely FAIL.

I am passing it on to the following bloggers:

  • Hilary at The Smitten Image, for being so thoughtful. She tries to see the best in others.
  • My Swedish friend at Teepe’s weblog — She recently took her students to visit a former classmate with a debilitating condition. What a great teacher, to open their eyes to the disabled!
  • Mary Alice, who blogs about living life as a military wife and mom — She has a beautiful spirit.
  • David at Five String Guitar, who exhibits a good attitude and gratitude in life as he faces major medical challenges (for himself and his beloved wife)

from-jenn-at-juggling-lifeAlso in January

Jenn at Juggling Life gave me this heart-warming award. I love her blog! If you haven’t been there yet, you should go! She’s a mom of 4 who has survived thrived through the years with youngsters with sass and style (her sass and style, not her kids!!).

I thought of 2 people who could use a pick-me-up right now:

  • Moo, who has only a few weeks left before her baby is born
  • Susie, who continues to blog and make me laugh while she fights her medical battles (I hope she makes herself laugh, too, because isn’t laughter supposed to be the best medicine?)


I love awards, and I love to share them! (These are also posted on my blog awards page.)

Pay it forward!