January 28, 2012

The A to Z Challenge!

I don't normally peruse the "Blogs of Note" section on my Blogger dashboard, but one day in early January I did. 

I found the April 2012 A - Z Blogging challenge.  I was intrigued & read all about it.  Basically, if you don't count Sundays, most years there are 26 days in April.  The challenge is to post every day, but with an alphabetical theme.  So starting April 1 (this is the only Sunday you need to post this year), your topic should begin with A.  April 2 is B.  April 3 is C.  And so on.

After much thought, I've decided to sign up.  With all 3 of my blogs. I still haven't decided if I am totally nuts, or just really ambitious.  But it should be fun.   

Although it's not necessary - I have already planned what my topics will be.  I made up a spreadsheet with a tab for each blog.   Then made a column with a general word for the topic. The next column was more detail about that topic. I'm sure I'll start actually writing them soon & schedule the posts for the appropriate date.  

So wish me luck and why don't ya'll join in?

Maple Grove Cemetery- for all things Halloween
The Life of Lisa - my weight loss journey
Random Ramblings  - just randomness

January 27, 2012

I got tagged!

It's taken me a while to write the post about this, but a while back, the dashing Mr. Mark from Shingle Creek Manor infected me with the tagging epidemic that has been running rampant thru the blogging community.  But that's OK, I don't want to be immune!  Thanks, Mark!

Alrighty.....The Rules...
1. Post these rules.
2. You must post 11 random things about yourself.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post.
4. Create 3 new questions for the people you tag.
5. Go to their blog and tell them they've been tagged.
6. No cheating & saying "if you're reading this you're tagged". You have to legitimately tag 3 other people.

11 Random items about me....

1.  I really could cheat here - on my other and other blogs, I have a tab with 123 random things about me. But I won't!

2.  I wish I was dainty & feminine & could wear stuff like this.....
but I'm not.  So I don't.  I'm more of a jeans & t-shirt girl.

3. I trim my hubby's toenails.  I know it's gross - but it's for my own protection from being clawed in the night.   It started one hot summer when we went 3 days at work with no A/C and we didn't have the window units in at home yet.  I told him I'd be his slave and do absolutely anything if he'd put the unit in.  I think he's forgotten how to do it himself.  At least his feet don't stink!

4.  I enjoy skinny-dipping.

5.  Sometimes I wonder what my purpose in life is. 

6.  I will never eat Funyuns (those deep fried, fake onion ring things) again as long as I live.  I had a bad experience with way too much Jack & Coke while eating Funyuns.  I do believe raw bacon with sour cream was consumed that night, too.

7.  I hate when the first thing someone says to you is how tired they are - especially co-workers.  How do you answer that???   And WHY would you say that to a customer??  Go to bed earlier, chug some 5 Hour Energy, drink some coffee, whatever!  There are more interesting things to say for small-talk.

8.  I have been known to grab and hug stuffed animals while walking thru stores.  Did that last night, in fact!  And I was alone!

9.  I love walking thru old cemeteries.  The statues & stones are incredible.  LOL - this was in a catalog (I pinned this on Pinterest, too!)  I'm seriously thinking about getting it to put on my sweet Skeeter kitty's grave.   I happen to like gargoyles!

10.  I was in the US Navy from 1992 - 2000.  In 1995, I spent 6 weeks in Bahrain while stationed on the USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72).   A Bahraini cab driver wanted me to become one of his wives!  I also ran into 2 American men who now live there.  One was a retired US Marine!  I told him about the cab driver & he told me that men are allowed up to 4 wives and he has to treat each one equally and spend the same amount of time with each.  There was a fenced compound down the road from the base there - with 4 separate houses inside it.  Crazy!!  I wouldn't do well there.  My hubby is MINE & I don't share!

11.  I really want to install either an air horn (like on an 18 wheeler) or a train horn on my car.  I swear my car is invisible to idiots.  This has led me to the conclusion that the US Military should get rid of all haze gray and camo and redo everything in 2000 Ford Escort green.  It's like a cloak of invisibility.

These are the questions Mark wants to know....

What is your greatest passion?   Hmmm.  I'd have to say my family.  My husband, daughter & our fur-babies.  I would do anything for them & defend them against everything.

What is the single thing you love most about Halloween or fall?  Oh man - the SINGLE thing I love?  How can I choose just one thing?  Impossible.  Fall in Michigan is amazing.  The colors, the cool crispness, the smells.  Cider & donuts.  Yeah.  Then I could go on all day about Halloween!  I will say that I am sad that my kid is too old for school parties & parades.  I'd always take time off work to go help out in the classroom. 

Of all the movie monsters, what was the one that caused you to lose the most sleep?  This really wasn't a monster - I have no idea what the name of it was, but I was probably 10 when my parental units watched this movie.  It was some B flick where a huge black panther was going around killing people.  The scene that freaked me out the most was when this girl (wearing lingerie, of course!) sat on the bed during a smoke break in a photo shoot and saw something sticking out from under the bed & poked it with her shoe.  It was the panther's tail and it came out & got her.  I swear for months, I'd get a running start & leap into my bed at night and when I got out of bed, I'd stand up and leap as far out into the room as possible.

Let me see now - who shall I tag?  I hope they haven't already been got!

OK, to my lovely friends....

Countess V at 2nd Street Cemetery
Kimbooly at Boo Spooky
the Caretakers of Highbury Cemetery

because you all post the most stunning photos and interesting topics!

What did you really want to be when you grew up?
What are you most afraid of?
What is the most exotic place you've visited? 

Have a great day!!!!

January 19, 2012

I like big trucks and I cannot lie...

OMG, how cheesy.  But I couldn't resist!

Ya know - after watching Maximum Overdrive as a kid....that's pretty surprising!  That movie totally freaked me out!  And now I work around semis, too!  Weird!

There has only been one year that we have missed going to see Monster Jam at either the Silverdome or more recently, Ford Field since I moved back to Michigan in 2000.  That was due to a really nasty snow storm in 2009 and we chose not to get stuck in downtown Detroit!  We didn't go to the show last weekend, but we will be going in March.  After all, Gravedigger is 30 this year!!

By the way - an advantage of being a ham radio operator is that you can find the frequencies on the radio that people like production use.  So you know who won a race before it's announced, or what is causing a delay, or whatever.  Fun stuff!  Randy always sits there with his hand-held radio with the channels programmed in.

Anyway, I was so tweaked to get an email from the Monster Jam store to pre-order the limited edition Gravedigger Monster Hauler.  I squee'd!!

I really didn't expect to get it 3 working days later!!

 I had to take it out & play with it.

 Close up of the tailgate. 

 The trailer fits 3 Hot Wheels.

 This is the extent of my Hot Wheels collection
including the requisite backhoe and a Blue Angel.

I totally need a zamboni to go with this!!

I need to scan some of my old pics - we went down on the field one year & I pretended to get run over by Gravedigger - after I got the autographs of both Blue Thunder's & Avenger's drivers! Gravedigger is the most beautiful truck!! 

Confession - Blue Thunder is actually my favorite truck....I'm a Ford girl!

This was just a post further expressing my oddness.  And it was a darn good reason to finally dust that shelf & the top of my desk!

January 14, 2012

Another awesome find (or two, or three)!

I woke up this morning with an odd desire to go to the local Salvation Army.  So once I dropped the girl off at today's dance class, off I went!  I had no idea what might be calling me, but something was.

 I love the gradation of colors on this little candy dish. 

A ready-made potion bottle!!  
Dr. White's Compound Dandelion Alterative [sic]
LOL, the label says its an authentic 19th century reproduction.

 The cauldron shape is what caught my attention.

 The coffee mug next to this obelisk is for size reference. 
I'm not crazy about the color, but that's what paint is for!

 I really don't see why there is a market for these bottles.  
The stuff inside looks totally nasty!  
I may just leave it in there for that reason.  I liked the shape & the dragonfly charm.

 These will look neat with one of my little carafes.

 This is what I saw that caused me to gasp!  Another lady was standing in front of it, but she was looking at a lower shelf.  I could barely wait until she moved so I could grab it.

The stand has a double hook to hold the bottle thru the handles.
I think this is something else that will be out year round - just plain sticks would look cool in it right now..

January 13, 2012

Happy Friday the 13th!

I'm looking at you!!!!

This is the dial of our 1930's AM console radio.  Specifically - the eye tube, which is a visual tuning device instead of depending on sound alone.

I don't know why all of a sudden...as I was sitting on the couch....I felt it looking at me....

January 06, 2012

Antique Angela

I was wandering thru one of the local Salvation Armies recently & came across the perfect frame for the pics I took of Angel last summer.  The post here mentioned making the photo big for some other frames (that now I don't know what to do with!!)  but now it is a perfect 5x7.  I don't even think I need to paint it!