Friday, July 31, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
I was looking on You Tube last night for a video of the "Lollipop" song by The Chordettes. I found one that showed the ladies themselves, but the sound was off and the video wasn't very good. For another version, click here, to watch the song being played on an old record player. It's a fun song and I'm sure everyone will recognize it. I was surprised by something when I read the lyrics last night. The song goes ...
Sweeter than candy on a stick,
Huckleberry, cherry, or lime,
He'd be your pick,
But lollipop is mine, oh ...
Oh lolli, lolli, lolli ...
That struck me funny to see huckleberry in the song. I don't remember hearing that before, but it's been there all along. Huckleberries are a northwestern berry, so I'd love to find out more on who wrote the song and why huckleberries were chosen, out of all the fruits they could have picked. The song reached #2 in 1958, so it was a little before my time, but I still remember hearing it throughout my childhood. The Chordettes also sang the song "Mr. Sandman", which most people know as well. Neil just heard the song and said, "Hey, Runt sings that in Chicken Little!" So, there you have it -- even today's little ones know this famous song. How cool is that!
What is your favorite type of lollipop? As a kid, I used to love getting those big, swirled ones whenever we went to an amusement park. Disneyland always has some fun designs. Everyone in my family likes Tootsie Pops the most, but I've always loved Charms Blow-Pops with the bubblegum inside. I love the sour apple ones. So, in honor of today's holidays, give your kid a hug and a lollipop! I'll hug Nathan tomorrow, once his sunburn lets up.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
- A is for Amusement ... and Disney's California Adventure.
- B is for Beach ... and listening to the Beach Boys.
- C is for Camping ... with Cokes and a Cook-out.
- D is for Dilly ... and his job-like Duties.
- E is for Energy ... and having Enough.
- F is for Fishing ... and catching a big Fish.
- G is for Glacier ... and the Going-To-The-Sun Road.
- H is for Huckleberries ... that taste like Heaven.
- I is for Ice cream ... and an Interesting site.
- J is for Jalama beach ... and Juicy Jalama burgers.
- K is for Kayaking ... even fun with your Kids.
- L is for Lazy ... and Lying around.
- M is for Mosquitoes ... who are quite a Menace.
- N is for Nature ... and getting out to N-joy it.
- O is for Oranges ... and the OC Fair.
- P is for Picnics ... and a Pretty old Picture.
- Q is for Quiznos ... when you need a Quick lunch.
- R is for RV ... a far call from Roughing it.
- S is for Swimming ... no matter your Style.
- T is for Tanning ... even in Transylvania.
- U is for Umbrella ... in case the weather gets Ugly.
- V is for Vacation ... a must see Video.
- W is for Watermelon ... With a Wonderful Website.
- X is for Xiphosuran ... an Xtra-weird crab.
- Y is for Yellowstone ... a place You simply must visit.
- Z is for Zebra ... that you see at the Zoo.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The other day Edna posted a video clip on her Facebook page. It's from You Tube and is from the Penn & Teller Show. It's all about bottled water and it's really interesting. I've been hearing for awhile that bottled water isn't better for you than tap water and this video goes into that more. The only part I didn't get was the hose water segment. I can tell when I'm drinking water that came from a hose. We use a special hose for our travel trailer and I can always pick up that taste. I don't know how the people in the video didn't pick that up. If we don't have a big jug of water when we're camping, I can't help but joke about Rick making hose water coffee. It's just nasty!
Right before Nichelle left to go to Maui, we bought her one of those water bottles with the filter in it. We figured she'd be okay in Hawaii, but in a few months she'll be in Indonesia and I think she might want to use the filter there, even with bottled water. I tried one of those filtered water bottles recently and I was BLOWN AWAY! We used water from a lake in Glacier National Park and I swear, it was the BEST tasting water I've ever had. True, it's a pure glacial lake. But the true test was using the filtered water bottle from the potable water spicket at the campsite. After it ran through the filter, it tasted exactly the same, even better than any bottled water I've ever had. I'm sold on those bottles now. They're expensive, but if they make lake water or hose water taste that good, they're worth every penny. Anyway, here's the video clip if you want to watch it. It's pretty funny in some parts, but remember, it is Penn & Teller so there is some bad language ...
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Saturday, July 11, 2009
I've always loved granola bars and protein bars. My favorite were Tiger's Milk. For awhile, Trader Joe's had a really good protein bar, but then they stopped making it. I was on a quest to find another I liked as much. I tried Zone Perfect bars, which are okay, but kind of on the hard side. I've actually bit into a Zone bar and broke a tooth before. My dentist couldn't believe it. Not an Abba Zabba, not a Sugar Daddy -- a nutrition bar -- go figure.
On another note -- do you ever have some crazy song or jingle pop into your head just totally out of the blue? If so, what was the last song that came into your mind? I have NO idea why I thought of this song this morning, but it just popped into my head for some strange reason ...
Friday, July 10, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
- Take a picture of someone in the rearview mirror, like Neil above.
- Photograph things from an unusual angel -- hold the camera crooked, upside down, or straight up in the air.
- Take pictures of your kid's toys in famous locations -- who wouldn't want to see a stuffed Bugs Bunny enjoying Sleeping Beauty's castle in Disneyland?
- Give your kids disposable cameras -- children often have a different perspective and you'll be surprised what they come up with.
- Don't forget flora -- I saw a lady photographing a flower close-up at a gas station the other day. Some of my favorite flower pictures were taken at unexpected places, like Sea World or hotel parking lots.
- Wildlife pictures are nice, but don't forget domestic animals -- I have gotten some of the cutest pictures of cats while traveling even though I have no idea who they belong to. The other day I took a picture of a lady with 4 tiny little dogs at a gas station. One had doggie hot pants on and she had to take them off so the dog could go to the bathroom. Then she had to carry that dog back to her car so the other 3 didn't jump on it. It was a hilarious sight!
- Take pictures of all the dead bugs on your windshield, especially the big messy ones -- then when you get home, print the photo on plain paper and let your kids connect-the-dots to come up with a design.
- If you're flying, take pictures at the airport of travelers, the planes, or something unique you see -- when I was waiting to fly out of Las Vegas, I took pictures of a little finch that landed on one of the airport vehicles. It just looked so out of place.
- Photograph everything -- from fast food restaurants to filling up your gas tank to the inside of your hotel room. Yeah, I'm one of those annoying family members who takes pictures of everything. I've even photographed my kids holding toys in stores that I refused to buy them. Hey, we have a picture, who needs to spend the money! Another fun one are hats, if the stores will allow you to do that. Souvenirs are great, but you can't possibly buy them all, so snap a quick picture if it's allowed. Gag gifts are the best because often they're so funny, but not something you would buy. Do you really need penis sunglasses, or would a picture do? Just make sure the store doesn't have any policies about not taking pictures, because some places do.
- And finally -- do something with your pictures you take! Make a digital slideshow for your blog or social network site, create a flipbook, make placemats for your dinner table, or print your pictures on magnetic paper and stick them on your fridge. There are so many ideas, so get snapping!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
1. Copy/paste the book tour schedule onto your blog and leave a comment on Nikki’s blog to let her know that you posted on or before Saturday, July 11.
2. Create your own blog post promoting What’s Wrong with Mud? (You can contact Nikki for the Cover image and an interview to post if you want to.)
If you enjoyed the book tour and would like a autographed copy of What’s Wrong with Mud? please email Nikki Shoemaker @ email@example.com for more details.
Tour Schedule --
Sunday, July 5 -- Nikki Shoemaker announcing the book tour
Monday, July 6 -- Rena Jones
Tuesday, July 7 -- Crystalee Calderwood and Mandy Hedrick
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Friday, July 3, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
- They live in large nests in cavities of dead trees.
- They usually build a new home each year.
- Insects, fruits, berries, and nuts are their diet.
- Their call is a wild laughing sound.
- The inside of their wings are white.
- Pileated woodpeckers are monogamous for life.
- They have 1 to 6 eggs each year.
- Both parents incubate the eggs.
- They drum to declare their territory.
- Predators are hawks, owls, weasels, foxes, squirrels, and snakes.
- Woody Woodpecker was a pileated woodpecker.
This picture was taken through my window. Had I opened the door, she would have flown away because she was only a few feet from me. I often joke that I'm an indoor wildlife photographer, since a lot of my pictures are taken from the inside of the house. I'm fortunate to be able to see a lot of interesting critters where I live now. I finally broke down and had to wash my windows yesterday because they were starting to put a damper on my photographs. As I sit here this morning, I can hear a pileated woodpecker drumming a short distance away. It keeps getting drowned out by the stupid turkeys who woke me up this morning with their gobbling. In between the two, I also hear robins and chickadees carrying on, plus the squirrels chirping. I swear, this place is an absolute zoo sometimes!