Monday, March 31, 2008

Blast Dog Ruger's Strike Zone (No one is Safe)

This is my Bear Boi and he is running from something.....

This is "Something."

This is "Something" about to tackle our Harley.

I'm not kidding when I say that Ruger is a blast. A Heat-Seeking Missile! Our other 4-legged critters get this deer-in-the-headlights expression when he's turned loose.

This bomb was dropped on our house around Christmas. Tia adopted again...sorry, honey! Sorry to my other animals, too. None of our furry critters want to be his friend. I think he might be growing on Harley, but it may just be that she has accepted her fate as his favorite target. Ruger gets this wild look in his eyes like he has spied a T-bone steak. The next thing ya know, one of the dogs is biting the dust. He literally whomps them one and plows them right over. Crazy.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Link Love for all my Blogger Buddies

Thanks to Crista (you are so awesome!) I have been tagged! Woo Hoo! Hot diggity dog!

1. Copy all the links below and replace your blog beside the appropriate letter. For example if your blog name starts with the letter "D" then replace the link beside "D" with yours, and put the replaced link at the bottom of the list. Also add the person who tagged you at the bottom of the list.
2. Tag at least 5 people and encourage them to take part of the game - tag blogs only and only those without bad rated material like pornographic, violence, racism etc.
The List:
D Domestic Goddess
L Life is Beautiful
M My Happiness Haven
O Open the Door

Replaced Link
Previous Tagger The Domestic Goddess

I am tagging.....
A Blessed Life
It's A Woman's World!
Stuff I Feel Like Writing About
Snow Trapped Southern Girl
Sweet Happenings

Ruger what a Blast of a Dog

This is our puppy, Ruger, and he lives up to his name as you can tell. Can you see that smile on his mug? That is one happy mutt! He is 100 mph 24/7. I wish some of his energy would rub off on me. My daughter and I went on a walk last week to enjoy the woods and sunshine. The dogs tagged along, and Ruger was the life of the party. My other dogs don't much care for this wallop of a dog. They get tackled. He gets yelled at. Everyone strolls along sniffing and exploring. Then when they're checking out some interesting scent, he clobbers one of them again. He's a mess, but it's fun to watch the joyful abandon of an animal that is new to the world. His life could have been much different. He was abandoned and me being me, we have a new pet. He's only about three months old, and I know he's gonna be a big 'un. One of these days, maybe I won't drag home strays anymore. HA! My hubby just wishes!

Friday, March 28, 2008

Blogging for Money? Naw....but I'm getting a big butt

I've been doing a lot of surfing lately. Too much, and I'm getting the big butt to prove it. I've read so many different articles about blogging and this way of doing it...AND that way of doing it. This is how you make money and these are the words you need to use. BLEH! I have decided to just write what I want to when I feel like it. I don't know about anyone else, but I haven't made jack squat blogging. Nor do I really care... I mean it would be nice to make some spare change, but hey this is fun. I think it is anyway, but don't be surprised if I don't write every day. I need to get some sunshine and work off some of my winter padding. Is there seriously such a thing as internet addiction? I think I might have it, and that just will not work. After all if I'm not out living life, what on earth will I have to blog about?

This could be me in a couple of months if I don't kick the internet addiction.

Fight Club for Kids?? WTH??

Warning! I'm having a rant on my "be nice" day. Dang it! Sorry, but I couldn't let this one slide!

Sitting here watching the news and I catch this...

Fight Clubs or Ultimate fighting for kids as young as 6 years old!!!! What in the hell are people thinking? Have they lost the ever-loving minds??

Just when I think our society has all ready reached its low point and couldn't possibly get any worse. Ugh and Grrrrrrr! What is this teaching our children? The parent interviewed said it teaches them positive reinforcement and discipline. Huh? Oh and they're learning to defend themselves! I'm beginning to think some people should have to get a license to parent.

I'm going to go cool off now. It's "Be Nice" day! Tia's not feeling very nice at the moment.
Serenity Now..... ha ha!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

My Camera

People often ask me what camera I use. This is it. The Sony DSLR-A100. I have to say that I love it. Christmas gift from my hubby, and he did an excellent job of picking it out. It's 10.2 megapixels and has image stabilization. Plenty of features for the pro and ease of use for the novice on autofocus. Check out some of my pictures on my photo blog.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

This Photographer's Muses

These two teenage goofy butts keep me constantly inspired. D is giving me his version of striking a pose. I was trying to get some decent shots, but D couldn't even be serious long enough for that. I told him to stop posing and just do his thing.... this is the result. Oh well.... I warned him I was going to post it on my blog. Gotcha!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Speeding 4 fun

An older lady gets pulled over for speeding...

Older Woman: Is there a problem, Officer?

Officer: Ma'am, you were speeding.

Older Woman: Oh, I see.

Officer: Can I see your license please?

Older Woman: I'd give it to you but I don't have one.

Officer: Don't have one?

Older Woman: Lost it, 4 years ago for drunk driving.

Officer: I see...Can I see your vehicle registration papers please.

Older Woman: I can't do that.

Officer: Why not?

Older Woman: I stole this car.

Officer: Stole it?

Older Woman: Yes, and I killed and hacked up the owner.

Officer: You what?

Older Woman: His body parts are in plastic bags in the trunk if you want to see

The Officer looks at the woman and slowly backs away to his car and calls for back up. Within minutes 5 police cars circle the car. A senior officer slowly approaches the car, clasping his half drawn gun.

Officer 2: Ma'am, could you step out of your vehicle please!

The woman steps out of her vehicle.

Older woman: Is there a problem sir?

Officer 2: One of my officers told me that you have stolen this car and murdered the owner.

Older Woman: Murdered the owner?

Officer 2: Yes, could you please open the trunk of your car, please.

The woman opens the trunk, revealing nothing but an empty trunk.

Officer 2: Is this your car, ma'am?

Older Woman: Yes, here are the registration papers.

The officer is quite stunned.

Officer 2: One of my officers claims that you do not have a driving license.

The woman digs into her handbag and pulls out a clutch purse and hands it to the officer. The officer examines the license. He looks quite puzzled.

Officer 2: Thank you ma'am, one of my officers told me you didn't have a license, that you stole this car, and that you murdered and hacked up the owner.

Older Woman: Bet the liar told you I was speeding, too!!!!

Don't Mess With Old Ladies

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Dallas World Aquarium-2 More Pics

Hard to get a decent photograph in aquariums. I couldn't use a flash, so I had to be very still. That's not easy for me, but I did get this shot. I love the colors.

This little guy was really hard to photograph without blur. This was the best I could do. Doesn't do him justice. Very delicate. Kinda looked like lace floating in the water.

Spring Break Part II

We made it to The Dallas World Aquarium!!!!
This is not just an aquarium, it's an adventure into another world......
If you're expecting the typical aquarium, it is not for you. It's more like walking through a jungle or rainforest. Lots of ecosystems.

These penguins live in temperatures similar to the Dallas area. Cute, huh? We got to watch them being fed. Nothing I would eat, but they loved it :)

This guy?? He's from my favorite level...the Aquatic Level. So many colorful fish....overwhelmed.. Displays from different parts of the world. Japan, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, British Columbia, Fiji, Bahamas, Australia.....just to name a few. A stunning display of moon jellyfish from Palau that was beyond amazing. The underwater viewing area was a big "WOW!" We walked through a tunnel surrounded above and on the sides with sharks. Pretty cool.

I'll post more of my pics later. I need to get some work done around this nasty house!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Slim Fast (Made Tia Laugh)

I couldn't resist posting this funny that my hubby sent me....

One evening a husband, thinking he was being funny, said to his wife,"Perhaps we should start washing your clothes in Slim Fast. Maybe it would take a few inches off of your butt!!"

His wife was not amused, and decided that she simply couldn't let such a comment go unrewarded. The next morning the husband took a pair of underwear out of his drawer.

"What the Hell is this??" he said to himself as a little "dust" cloud appeared when he shook them out.

"April," he hollered into the bathroom, "Why did you put talcum powder in my underwear?"

She replied with a snicker, "It's not talcum's Miracle Grow."

Spring Break Part I

My sis and I made plans for a visit to Dallas. The Dallas World Aquarium and a night at our fave hotel in Richardson. Our hotel was booked up, so we found another one in Rockwall. I should have known that was a bad omen, but I don't give up easily.

Lazy family....we were late getting up and my sister who is ALWAYS late was, for once, on time. Dag nab it! I really thought I could count on her. I was wrong.

After much running around, packing, forgetting what I forgot and all of that...we were finally on the road. wheeeeeeeeeeee! I thought I was escaping the country. I was wrong.

I had to drop my son off at a friend's house. It's not "cool" for him to spend spring break with his mom. I took the back road short cut from the country through the semi-country. I saw this car stopped in the middle of the road. Why? Goat in the road. I thought that only happened around our neck of the woods. The goat finally got out of their way and into mine. She just stood there and looked at us like we were the idiot. It was almost as if she were asking, "What in the heck are you doing on MY road?" I started honking at her. No effect at all, so I have to get over on the shoulder. As I passed her, she turned around and said "beeehhhhh." I think she called me the "b"word.....seriously. I think if that goat had a middle finger, she would have used it then. I got past her and then it was my sister's turn. I was just about to take a picture, and the silly goat got out of her way. My sis was giving the goat the finger. Classic sis!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Cat and Mouse

Our cat, Jake, is spending the night in the garage. It seems we have acquired a mouse. Now... our Jake has a reputation to uphold, so i hope to find one deceased mouse delivered to my door in the morning. We have had Jake for a couple of months and so far he has presented three mice, but I did see him having another one for breakfast. (not sure that rates up there with Fancy Feast in the diet plan of cats) Two of the mice he dropped in Harley's water bowl, much to her dismay. Jake's way of putting it to the dog. I have to admit it kind of grossed me out. Confirmed dead? Four in two months. Not bad at all. How one in the garage has survived, I'm not quite sure.

We got Jake from a friend, who thought Jake needed a country home. Jake likes to hunt outside, and due to increased traffic, he was worried Jake might get hit. We needed a cat and Jake needed a home. Perfect solution. He told us that Jake had brought him mice, snakes, possums, large rats, rabbits, and skunks. This is not your normal cat. Did I mention he swims? Yep, you read that right. He swims, and he LIKES it!

Jake is a solid black Manx. I say solid black, but he does have one white spot about the size of a dime and various battle scars. He is big with huge fangs, and the site of him has scared quite a few of my kids' friends. LOL! He's been compared to a panther. My mom calls him gorgeous, but I'm not quite sure that's the right description. Striking, regal, fierce, intimidating....
He patrols our property diligently, and the feral tom that sometimes roams the area has been put on notice. ha ha! One of Jake's war wounds is a result of that encounter. Something tells me they don't like each other very much.

Our friend recently called and asked if he could borrow Jake back for awhile. Seems some skunks have taken up residence underneath his office. Funny....we haven't had a problem with them lately....

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Ellie and the Aloe Plant

My aloe plant isn't looking so hot. Would you like to know why it isn't looking so good?
This is "the why" my plant looks like crap. Meet Ellie. Ellie has decided that sitting in my plant is the cool place to hang out.

I don't know why she loves to sit in my plant, and frankly I don't care. What I do know is that I have had that plant for years. It's healed many sunburns and accidental owies for my whole family. I love this plant. It's made it through 3 moves and 2 other cats. Ellie....well, she has made it on Tia's Crap List.

I repotted the momma aloe plant and her aloe babies, so I can try and keep my beloved plant for a few more years. Hope the Miracle-Gro works its magic soon. Summer sunburns will be here soon.

What do you think?? Do they look happier?

This is a pine cone that I have put in the pot. This is for Ellie's butt should she decide to be so inclined as to try to make a bed in my plant again. Do you think she'll like it?
I'll give an update on the Ellie vs. Aloe saga soon! know you want to :)

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Shopping Day!!!

After getting the kids off to school, my mom and I started our day with strawberry pancakes at IHOP. They were yummirific :) Off and running after that because we were hyped up on coffee.

Gander Mountain was the first stop, but nothing interesting for us there. Looked like a guy's heaven though. All the hunting and sporting gear. I did get the hubby a new coffee mug. I know...blah!

TJ Maxx to the max!!!!! 2nd stop and I spent a little money in there. They actually had a few Dooney & Bourke purses, but not one I wanted. Mom picked up a cute purse. I spent my money on some body butter. Strawberry and Mango. Heavenly scented if you like the fruity stuff, and I do! I picked up a nice mirror. Mine's about had it. Although I'm not sure that I want to see my face magnified anymore. Getting older sucks big time.

Ross next but I didn't find a darned thing. Unbelievable...

Hobby Lobby!!!! Definitely spent some money here. Canvas to feed my art habit and various other art supplies. Looked for scrapbooking paper, but they didn't have the color I wanted.

We may be off to Plano tomorrow. Who knows which way the wind may blow the ole Lexus tomorrow. hee hee! But you can be sure that we're having fun!

I told ya'll I'd make up the mud romp to her :)

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Walk With Mom

I spent time with my mom today, so I'm going to share. We went for an afternoon stroll down the road with two of my dogs, Bear and Ruger. My mom just loves to visit and have her daughter drag her down the dirt roads. I'll make up for it and take her shopping tomorrow.

Bear and Ruger enjoying themselves. Walking this far is a big deal for Bear, because at this time last year, he wasn't walking at all. He suffered spinal cord damage due to a run-in with the four-wheeler. He was exhausted afterwards, but he enjoyed every minute of it. They were into mud, water, leaves, crawling under fences, sniffing and exploring non-stop. A couple of little cyclones.

Here they are again after we crossed the creek, and this is where the road turns to dirt. After a rain, it's muddy. Kind of a mix today. Just my luck. Did I mention they managed to find roadkill? Oh yeah! An armadillo carcass and a dead SKUNK!!! Yep, I said skunk. We had a hard time getting Ruger away from that smelly treasure. What a doofus!

Looks like something went exploring before we did. A good thing Ruger didn't meet up with the coon that made these tracks! I'd still be chasing him....

We all got tired and made our way back home. Bear paid for all his fun with the dreaded bath, but it was a necessary evil. He was FILTHY!!! Mom and I, well....we paid for all our fun by going to eat Mexican food!

Bear is sleeping now. I think he's wore out. I think I might be, too!
Good night!

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Wanted for Destruction of Property

Ruger is wanted for destroying tomato plants, chewing up satellite wires, assaulting the cats and the other dogs, dragging off rugs, scratching the door, digging up landscaping, barking non-stop, aggitating the horses, jumping on visitors, crapping in the garage and peeing on the floor. He is considered armed and dangerous. Please do not attempt to apprehend as you will suffer the above offenses also. If seen, please contact blog owner.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Feelin' Good

Today was a salon day, and I feel so much better. Got my hair done! My beautician gives the most heavenly shampoos, too. With a neck massage even! It's days like this one that make it all better. I'm still a little peeved about the snow thing, but's looking up.

I do have to get up early tomorrow though. My boy has a track meet, and it's up and at 'em before 8 a.m. Bleh! On a Saturday, too. Oh well....

I'm off to bed now to make some ZZZZzzzzzzzz's! Scoot over hubby. I'm gettin' in my spot!

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Lots of SNOW?? Not here...

My Handsome Hubby and I were just sitting here and decided we'd watch the news to see who's the funniest idiot standing out in the snow....
It's a weather update from Christine....blah blah blah Well.. u know it's true. Happens every time there's bad weather in the great state of Texas. On the news this evening... It snowed this afternoon a LOT. (everywhere but where I live) Started about 12.... Great reporting! M'kay this dingleberry is showing us a handful of snow. woooooo....never saw that before. They all look soooo thrilled that they have this great job. How lucky can you get? Now they're reporting about some doofus sitting in a hot tub during this nasty crap. Here's the token snowman.....oooo it's a Tony Romo snowman! Now that's excitement right there!
What I want to know is where's our snow? Seems like everyone around us got at least 4 inches. We got nada. Nothing but nasty ass cold rain, which makes nasty ass mud....bleh! I want snow damn it! Dang Denton! I think they stole it all....
Weather man again......
"Wow....we got a lot of snowfall.. 5 to 6 inches almost every where around the metroplex." I can't tell you how much that thrills me....
Total BS for our little town. Which by the way, to get more snow is one of the reasons I moved further north! So I am really pissed! I was so excited that we might finally get a decent snowfall. Once again...we're in the "no fun and no snow day" zone. Waaaaaaaa!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Snow makes my Alien happy

As I've mentioned, my daughter has turned into an alien. She's moody, sulky, and stays holed up in her alien cave.

It started snowing yesterday evening, and by the time night arrived, we had a gorgeous snowfall. Now this is Texas, so this brings great excitement. My daughter is no exception. I saw my little girl again last night, and I have to say I have missed her. She came running into my bedroom holding out a snowball for my inspection. Grinning from ear to ear.

"Look what I got! Cool, huh?"

If snow is all it takes to make my little alien happy again, I'm going to freeze some of that crap. Whenever she gets in her moods, I'll just pop a snowball out of the old feezer and let her have it! Problem solved.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Floating Away Here

One bandcamp...

Just kidding!
One time in Texas...

Actually today in Texas

Dreary and raining! I really wanted to work outside, but that isn't going to happen. This is our "Little River" that flows when we have heavy rains. Guess what it's doing today...

My teen goofball enjoying floating down the "Little River" last summer.

The kids had a redneck moment and decided it would be cool to ride down the creek on blow up air mattresses. I laughed my butt off. Couldn't do that in the city! Oh what I wouldn't give for one more day of being a kid.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Canton Was Awesome

What a way to lose the blahs! I had two spectacular days in a row. Today was spent at First Monday Trade Days in Canton, Texas. Bow down to the funnel cake. Love 'em! I'm going to be running around the pasture tomorrow working that off, but I really don't care. WORTH IT! If you've never been, you seriously don't know what you're missing. I could wander around that place forever if my feet would allow it. My dogs are barking for sure. The junk and treasures to be found and the FOOD. Something for everyone. There's even a place called DogTown for the animal lovers. Me...I'm checking out the linens, candles and antiques. And the plants, and the jewelry. My hubby he goes for the sunglasses, hats, knives, and guns. It's heaven on earth for the guys, too. We got a smokin' deal on a new saddle pad for our Rowdy. Woo Hoo :) Did I mention the frozen cappuccinos or turkey legs? I can't wait 'til next month!

My only out for the crazy cart people. I got my toe run over today....