Friday, December 31

Happy New Year, You Old Broards

Hope 2011 brings health and happiness!!!

I heard this song the other day and had forgotten all about it. The words strike home much more now than they did when I last heard it -- cuz I was probably a wee, small child -- so I felt it deserved to be brought back to the spotlight.

I am woman, hear me roar

In numbers too big to ignore
And I know too much to go back and pretend
'cause I've heard it all before
And I've been down there on the floor
No one's ever gonna keep me down again

Oh yes I am wise
But it's wisdom born of pain
Yes, I've paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to, I can do anything
I am strong
I am invincible
I am woman

You can bend but never break me
'cause it only serves to make me
More determined to achieve my final goal
And I come back even stronger
Not a novice any longer
'cause you've deepened the conviction in my soul

I am woman watch me grow
See me standing toe to toe
As I spread my lovin' arms across the land
But I'm still an embryo
With a long long way to go
Until I make my brother understand

Oh yes I am wise
But it's wisdom born of pain
Yes, I've paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to I can face anything
I am strong
I am invincible
I am woman

Thursday, December 30

In Memorium

I am so glad this year is almost over. And the news today has been about all the famous ones who've passed this year. Just when I think I'm getting a grip on things, here comes another feature about all those who aren't here and I get sad and miserable all over again thinking how many of these people Dennis liked and how much I miss him.

But since I realize that I have no memory of this year from June until October, I'm amazed how much of this type news I missed.

Happy New Year, old broads, and let's hope that this coming year is a better one.

Wednesday, December 29

memory lane

I've had a strange morning. An IM chat with Dedlettr inspired me to try to go to the Bookshelf. I found that I cannot chat on the current version of AOL I use, but that if I opened an old AOL, I could. (Ded couldn't, though. The link I sent him just led to a blank page.)

There was nobody there in the Bookshelf, although I did go in there just to say I did, but I saw that the Author's Lounge was completely full. Same old AL names, too. I went in briefly, figuring I can't type fast enough for chat any more, but I just wanted to see how it felt. I saw Jaded there, and she sent me a picture of her very cute grandbaby.

All in all, it was very odd, but odd in a pleasant kind of way.

Saturday, December 25

Merry Christmas

everyone. Hope you have a wonderful holiday!!

Friday, December 24

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas old broards. May your days be merry and light and may all your Christmas's be bright.

Thursday, December 23

good news

I hit my weight loss goal today. Right now I weigh 144lbs at 5'6" tall and have lost a total of 92lbs in just shy of 1.5 years. Part of me wants to be done and another part of me wants to say "Well, it's only 8lbs to 100...." I really needed something to cheer me up and I think this has done it.

Wednesday, December 22

Verbie, Have you floated away with the rains?

December 21st over

Well, the darkest day of the year is over. Now we get a bit more daylight each day.
That's something.

Monday, December 20

Ever hear of glutamine?

My brother is trying to get me to take it since I've been working out and eating healthy. He says it will help me to not be sore after working out but . . . I'm not sore after working out. He bought me a giant jug of it and I've been avoiding picking it up but he gave it to me when I went there to watch the Colts game today AND made me take some.

I've been pigging out all day and I swear it's cuz of that stuff.

Know anything about it? I did some research and it doesn't sound bad for you but some of the things I read said that they recommend it for cancer patients to get them to gain weight, etc. -- not exactly a goal of mine.

Saturday, December 18

In other laughable news

Ten years ago our current governor as then Lt. Gov, oversaw redistricting of the NC congressional districts. She didn't want a bipartisan commission or a non partisan commission to oversee the process- claims she never heard any call for that,, even though there were law suits over the last redistricting. Pay particular attention to Districts 1,2 and 12 on the map below. She followed the time honored tradition of jerrymandering to keep one's own party in power. And it pretty much worked until this last election. Fast forward to this November's election where for the first time in DECADES, maybe even a Century, the GOP controls the legislature and will get to set up congressional districts. Now, after the election, not before, a month after, she is calling for a non partisan commission to step in and do the right thing and remove politics from the equation. "It's the right thing to do." I want some of whatever she is on. The Republicans said the call comes too late for this redistricting (which starts with the new session)but want to put a process in place for 2020. By then, the Democrats will be back in power, so I suspect that they won't support this resolution now. They know that this last election was about putting the brakes on folks they feel overstepped their "mandate".

Preview Map

Friday, December 17

Sunday, December 12

reclining seats

I agree with the guy who wants to ban reclining seats--I mean, really. How much more space does the Recliner person actually gain? It's annoying to the person behind you!

Saturday, December 11

Christmas recipe

Digging through my hard drive and found this cranberry jello salad from my dear friend orbweaver. I am definitely making this this season. You wouldn't believe all the stuff I've saved through the years.

AUTHOR: orbweaver
TITLE: Alma Sandbrink's Cranberry Salad
STATUS: Publish
CONVERT BREAKS: __default__

DATE: 11/20/2004 05:49:04 PM
Here you go Sonya
Alma Sandbrink's Cranberry Salad

2 Pkgs. Cherry Jell-O (I think most any red jello would work)
1 cup boiling water
1 c sugar
1 T lemon juice
1 c pineapple syrup (juice from can of pineapple)
1 c ground raw cranberries
1 whole orange ground including peel
1 c drained crushed pineapple
1 c chopped celery
1/2 c chopped walnuts

Dissolve Jell-O in water. Add sugar, lemon juice, and pineapple syrup. Stir to dissolve
Chill until partially set. Add remaining ingredients, Chill in oiled shallow pan, mold or individual molds or simply pour into salad bowl and chill.

Friday, December 10

Great Salad

Trader Joe's has a reduced fat Greek salad that is amazingly good and . . . only 140 calories -- WITH the dressing. I'm addicted.

Tuesday, December 7

jeez, it's colder than a warlock's weinie

Thursday, December 2


  i found out tonight that yesterday i was gonna be a grandma, and today i am not anymore. spideyson and his wife lost their baby that was supposed to be born in july. they hadn't shared the news yet, as they were going to make the announcement at the family christmas gathering.  i am mourning someone who i didn't even know i had, till they were gone.
    i guess i will have to wait for the little angel to make another appearance.

help a gal out

so one of my sisters bought a small kindle for herself (and the large one for my dad) for Christmas. I was joking and said I'd crochet a kindle cover as a gift and then slip a kindle gift card inside it so he'd think his real gift was the cover and he'd only find the real one if he used the cover. He still uses a keychain i made him when i was 11, so the chances of him using the cover a pretty high. my sister thought that was a great idea and then asked me to make her a cover when i made one for my dad. i went back to the site with the cover pattern and found that it's a knitting and crochet combined pattern. i don't knit nor to i read knit, so i can't translate the pattern to all to crochet. i went to ravlry, etsy and google and looked for a cover pattern, but all i found were visual examples of patterns people had made themselves but no real patterns to make. i could make a pattern for myself in a jiffy if i had the dimensions of the big and little kindle, but i don't know anyone else with an e-book reader of any kind. do any of you broards, ded or bert have one would be willing to measure it and tell me the sizes? I need the length top to bottom, right to left and thickness. I know I'm going to line the crochet with fabric and possibly place medium gauge plastic between the crochet and fabric to make the cover more durable and i am either going to use wool or cotton, as they're more durable when compared to acrylic, although acrylic is stretchier. oh if you have any other ideas, beyond just size hints, feel free to share that too.


Wednesday, December 1

Best un-birthday

so this morning I was sitting at the table working on a project when MissM came up to me with her picnic basket knotted in 10yds of bright pink ribbon she'd stolen from my sewing basket. She thrust the basket at me and then shouted the song "Happy Birthday!" while doing a silly dance. Upon untangling the basket, I found a stuffed frog and a bag of croutons from McDonalds. These are two of her favorite things, so she must really love me. Can you tell we've been working on the giving part of things rather than the getting?

I hope you all have a great un-birthday too.