Friday, June 29, 2007

Word of the Day June 29

The Word of the Day for June 29 is:

pococurante \POH-koh-kyoo-RAN-tee\ adjective
: indifferent, nonchalant

Example sentence:At the ball, the snobbish debutante offended many would-be suitors by responding to their greetings in a pococurante manner.

Did you know?The French writer Voltaire carefully named his characters in Candide (1759) to create allegories. He appended the prefix "pan-," meaning "all," to "glōssa," the Greek word for "tongue," to name his optimistic tutor "Pangloss," a sobriquet suggesting glibness and talkativeness. Then there is the apathetic Venetian Senator Pococurante, whose name appropriately means "caring little" in Italian. Voltaire's characters did not go unnoticed by later writers. Laurence Sterne used "Pococurante" in part six of Tristram Shandy, published three years after Candide, to mean "a careless person," and Irish poet Thomas Moore first employed the word as an adjective when he described Dublin as a poco-curante place in his memoirs of 1815.

Blonde Joke

Please I hope no one takes offense at this joke... it was e-mailed to me and I found it particularily funny... I myself being a brunette...

Frank walked into a bar around 9:58 PM. He sat down next to a blonde atthe bar and stared up at the TV. The 10:00 PM news was coming on. Thenews crew was covering a story of a man on a ledge of a large buildingpreparing to jump. The blonde looked at Frank and said, 'Do you thinkhe'll jump?' Frank says, 'You know, I bet he'll jump.' The blonde replied, 'Well, I bet he won't.' Frank placed a $20 bill on the bar and said, 'You're on!' Just as the blonde placed her money on the bar, the guy on the ledge dida swan dive off the building, falling to his death. The blonde was very upset, but willingly handed her $20 to Frank,saying, 'Fair's fair. Here's your money.' Frank replied, 'I can't take your money, I saw this earlier on the 5 PMnews and so I knew he would jump.' The blonde replied, 'I did too; but I didn't think he'd do it again.' Frank took the money.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Boy People Pillow

Well if y'all remember I posted a girl people pillow that I made last weekend. Well here is the companion boy people pillow. It is done with the correct color. I had to go buy the buff colored yarn for the doll. I did use cammo colored varigated yarn for the pants. I think it turned out very cute.
The little girl next door just loved the girl people pillow. She named it Becky because my daughter Becky gave it too her. And I understand from her dad that she wouldn't go to bed last night until she had her Becky doll with her. She carries it around calling Becky Becky Becky!!!
The magazine I got the patterns from is Crochet World. The August 2006 issue. I don't know if the pattern is available on their website or not. Their site is It is in the August 2006 issue on page 26.

Word of the Day

The Word of the Day :

roorback \ROOR-back\ noun

: a defamatory falsehood published for political effect

Example sentence:"The attacks on my character are nothing but roorbacks drummed up by my opponent," insisted the candidate.

Did you know?If you think dirty politics are new, think again. In the midst of the 1844 presidential campaign between James K. Polk and Henry Clay, a letter was published in a newspaper in Ithaca, New York, claiming that a reputable witness (one Baron von Roorback) had, while traveling in Tennessee, come across 43 slaves owned by Polk and branded with his initials. The letter caused an uproar that threatened to derail Polk's campaign until it was discovered that the whole thing was a hoax supposedly perpetrated by the opposing party. Baron von Roorback didn't even exist. The incident proved a political boomerang; Polk won the election and the name "roorback" became a byword for political dirty tricks.
*Indicates the sense illustrated in the example sentence.
Sunglasses Eyeglasses 4 Sunglasses

It's... Sunglasses Day

Smoke tinted glasses were invented before 1430 in China.
But, they weren't for sun protection. Judges wore them in court so nobody could see their eyes and guess their opinion before a verdict was declared. Sunglasses as we know them today are a 20th century phenomenon.
In the 1930s, the military commissioned glasses that would protect pilots from sun glare.
But, they didn't become a real fad
until the 1960s when an
ad campaign said
"Who's Behind those Foster Grants?".

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Word of the Day June 27

The Word of the Day for June 27 is:

belie \bih-LYE\ verb

1 a : to give a false impression of b : to present an appearance not in agreement with2 a : to show (something) to be false or wrong b : to run counter to : contradict*3 : disguise

Example sentence:Martin's easy banter and relaxed attitude belied his nervousness.

Did you know?"What is a lie?" asked Lord Byron in Don Juan. He then answered himself: "'Tis but the truth in masquerade...." The history of "belie" illustrates a certain connection between lying and disguising. In its earliest known use, around A.D. 1000, "belie" meant "to deceive by lying." By the 1200s, it was being used to mean "to tell lies about," using a sense similar to that of the modern word "slander." Over time its meaning softened, shifting from an act of outright lying to one of mere misrepresentation, and by the early 1700s, the word was being used in the sense "to disguise or conceal." Nowadays, "belie" suggests giving an impression at variance with the facts rather than telling an intentional untruth.
*Indicates the sense illustrated in the example sentence.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

A very good productive day

It was a very good productive day today. We made our trip to "Everything But Water" the bathing suit store my step daughter Christine works at. My daughter Becky needed a new swim suit. HOLY BANK ROBBERY BATMAN!!! THE PRICES IN HERE ARE OUTRAGES. But the suits sure were cute. We were able to get a top and a pair of flip flops. She had a bottom at home that matched the top quite well.

Then this evening Becky went to her second night of VBS. She is taking a friend with her. They sure do have alot of fun. VBS lasts thru this Friday. Then on Saturday Becky is taking a trip with another friend. They are going to Florida for a week. Becky sure does have a busy summer. But that is a good thing.

Word of the Day June 26

The Word of the Day for June 26 is:

xeriscape \ZEER-uh-skayp\ noun, often capitalized

: a landscaping method developed especially for arid and semiarid climates that utilizes water-conserving techniques (as the use of drought-tolerant plants, mulch, and efficient irrigation)

Example sentence:Jim is not green-thumbed, so when he relocated to Colorado, he really liked the low-maintenance xeriscape of his new home.

Did you know?"Xēros" is the Greek word for "dry" that is the base for a handful of English words related to mainly dry printing ("xerography") and dry, or xerophilous, habitats and their plants. In the early 1980s, the Greek adjective was used to name a type of landscaping practiced primarily in the arid western regions of the United States. (The Water Department of Denver, Colorado, is credited with the word's coinage.) "Xeriscape," as it is called, uses plants that require little water and techniques that efficiently use water and reduce evaporation.
*Indicates the sense illustrated in the example sentence.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Word of the Day June 25, 2007

The Word of the Day for June 25 is:

fuliginous \fyoo-LIJ-uh-nus\ adjective

1*a : sooty b: obscure, murky 2 : having a dark or dusky color

Example sentence:London was a fuliginous city during the Industrial Revolution.

Did you know?"Fuliginous" is a word with a dark and dirty past — it derives from "fuligo," the Latin word for "soot." In an early sense (now obsolete), "fuliginous" was used to describe noxious bodily vapors once thought to be produced by organic processes. The "sooty" sense, which English speakers have been using since the early 1620s, can be used to describe everything from dense fogs and malevolent clouds to overworked chimney sweeps. "Fuliginous" can also be used to refer to something dark or dusky, as in Henry James' novel The Ambassadors, in which the character Waymarsh is described as having "dark fuliginous eyes."
*Indicates the sense illustrated in the example sentence.

I bet y'all are just going to rush and add that one to your vocabulary....

My husband planted some unkown flower seeds several weeks ago. We have been waiting to see what comes up. Well this picture was taken right outside my front door. There are many of these flowers. Some are white and some are orange. They are very pretty. I am sure some of you flower experts out there can tell me what they are.

People Pillow

This is my project for the past two days. I needed to use up some yarn scraps. I found this pattern in one of my crochet magazines. Its called People Pillow. It is very cute. I will be giving it to my neighbors 1 1/2 year old daughter. It called for a buff colored yarn. I didn't have any so i just used white. I did however go and buy some buff colored yarn and will make the boy doll next. He has shorts on and I have some cammo colored yarn for the shorts. I guess it didn't matter if I used some yarn scraps if i ended up going out and buying more yarn. It is just a vicious cycle. ROFL

Friday, June 22, 2007

Thursdays Project

Yesterday, Thursday June 21 I went to my sister Gretas house in Stafford. We decided to make the project out of this weeks Weekly Inkling. It was the Jacobs ladder technique. It was alot of fun. Here are some pictures. The close up is a scanned picture and the opened up picture is very bad (so sorry) it was taken from my camera phone so it is very poor quality.

I used 12 4x4 coasters. SU designer paper (i think it was called Rebecca) close to cocoa card stock, white cardstock, Polkadots and Paisley stamp set. GG ribbon. It is actually a pink ribbon but looks white. Also some sheer pink ribbon for the inside. I used Regal Rose, Pixie Pink, Old Olive and Black ink. And Dazzling Diamonds glitter. I was very pleased with how it turned out

OOPS I almost forgot...

The pink Flamingo. Just standing there waiting to have a picture taken.

Another Lemur... Looks like he likes to move it move it.

The last pictures are of a Sun Bear. They are suppose to be the smallest bears. I thought they were cute. However one got annoyed with us because we inturrupted him digging for grubs in a log... never inturrupt a bears dinner no matter how small he may be.

More Animal Pictures

This is an African Crowned Crane. This picture doesn't do him justice. He is a very pretty bird.

These are various different types of Lemurs. They were very cute. They were very playful. But all I could think about when I saw them was the MADAGASCAR movie and the lemurs singing and dancing.." I like to move it move it...."

These are different types of Macaques. At least I think thats what the sign said. Any way they were fun to watch . The smaller ones in the long narrow picture were running all around thier cage and playing with each other. There were multiple swings and climbing devices for them. They seemed to like showing off for everyone.

Trip to Catoctin Zoo

Last Tuesday I drove a fieldtrip for our churches summer camp. We went to Catoctin Zoo in Maryland. Here are some pictures of the animals we saw there. I will try to describe them the best I can. I am not sure I know the names of all of them. But here goes.

This is a baby goose. There were many geese families just wandering around. The next picture is a goose that kept following Becky because she was carrying a cup of animal food. I guess he was hungry... Becky didnt like it. But until she was out of food the goose kept after her.

These are some different birds they had in various avieries around the zoo.

Saturday, June 16, 2007

I am here... really I am

I know it has been a week since I posted anything. So today I posted a new word of the day.

I also have had quite a busy day. I turned on the television this morning to do some mindless television watching and low and behold we didn't have any video coming through on tv. We checked with the cable and there was nothing wrong. We tried putting in a DVD and had sound but no video. SO we concluded our television was broken. So we were planning on going out today anyway to get Jim his fathers day present. So we added buying a television to our list. BOY ARE THOSE THINGS EXPENSIVE!!!

We also ended up getting Jim a golf bag cart and a golf ball retriever. I had no Idea how to shop for golf equipment so I had him show me what he wanted. We will be going out to dinner tomorrow and I will give him a card then.

Here are the cards I made for Fathers Day!

This card was made for Jims Dad for fathers day. It is done using more mustard, really rust and ivory card stock. All About U stamp set and the magic mesh. I used stampin up fibers and unknown brads. Inside is HAPPY FATHERS DAY
This card is for my husband Jim. I love this stamp set. I know its not a summer card but my husband loves to fish so I felt it was appropriate. I used buckaroo blue and ivory card stock. buckaroo blue ink. Black magic mesh. And the fishing rod is made out of the elastic band that held a new pair of shoes together. Yes Kirstin I can stamp that!!! I hand wrote the sentiment on the outside of the card. I know it looks kind of simple but I was pleased with how it turned out.

Word of the Day

roister \ROY-ster\ verb

: to engage in noisy revelry : carouse

Example sentence:Hugh didn't get much sleep last night because his neighbors were roistering until the wee hours of the morning.

Did you know?As Hugo Williams asserts in The Times Literary Supplement (November 15, 1991), roistering tends to be "funnier, sillier and less harmful than standard hooliganism, being based on nonsense rather than violence." Roisterers might be chagrined to learn that the word "roister" derives from a Middle French word that means "lout" or "boor" ("rustre"). Ultimately, however, it is from the fairly neutral Latin word "rusticus," meaning "rural." In the 16th century, the original English verb was simply "roist," and one who roisted was a "roister." Later, we changed the verb to "roister" and the corresponding noun to "roisterer."

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Nothing Noteable Today

Nothing noteable today. Just a maintainance Saturday. I am doing laundry. Cleaning the main floor of out town house. Just humdrum stuff that needs to be done.

Vacuuming Washing Dishes Laundry Cleaning The Toilet

Word of the Day June 9, 2007

The Word of the Day for June 09 is:

obstinate \AHB-stuh-nut\ adjective

*1 : perversely adhering to an opinion, purpose, or course in spite of reason, arguments, or persuasion2 : not easily subdued, remedied, or removed

Example sentence:As usual, Cassie remained obstinate in her opinion even though the facts were clearly stacked against her.

Did you know?If you're obstinate, you're just plain stubborn. "Obstinate," "dogged," "stubborn," "pertinacious," and "mulish" all mean that someone is unwilling to change course or give up a belief or plan. "Obstinate" suggests an unreasonable persistence; it's often a negative word. "Dogged," which can be more positive, implies that someone goes after something without ever tiring or quitting, while "pertinacious" suggests a persistence that can be annoying. "Stubborn" indicates a resistance to change, which may or may not be admirable. Someone who displays a really unreasonable degree of stubbornness could accurately be described as "mulish."

*Indicates the sense illustrated in the example sentence.

Friday, June 8, 2007

On a Happier note.

On a happier note. My DH Jim told me this morning that I should go do something nice for myself tonight after work. He dook DD and a friend up to the pool and ordered pizza for them. Soooo....

I went to the salon and had a wonderful pedicure. My feet feel sooooooooo good. It was complete with an aroma therapy massage and heated towel wraps on each foot. AAHHHHHH! Three cheers for my husband!! Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah!!!!!

A sad day for our bus drivers...

Earlier today while students were being picked up for school this morning, A young girl riding a bicycle was struck by a school bus. Apparently the girl dashed out in front of the bus. I believe she was about 8 years old. They have been investigating it and seem to have determined that the bus driver was not at fault. Well at fault or not if I were that driver it would just plain freak me out. I don't know if I could get back on the bus again.

I thought this was very cute:

Word of the Day June 8, 2007

thimblerig \THIM-bul-rig\ verb

*1 : to cheat by trickery
2 : to swindle by a trick in which a small ball or pea is quickly shifted from under one to another of three small cups to fool the spectator guessing its location

Example sentence:The appraiser looked closely at the painting and then reluctantly told us that we had been thimblerigged into buying a worthless copy.

Did you know? The game of thimblerig seems innocent enough. The thimblerigger places a seed under one of three thimbles. He or she deftly scoots the thimbles around on a table, then asks the player to bet on which one hides the seed. But thimbleriggers are masters of sleight of hand and can move and manipulate the seed unfairly — so the guileless player doesn't stand a chance of winning. (The poor bettor is probably unaware that "rig" has meant "to manipulate or control usually by deceptive or dishonest means" since the 1800s.) When the same sham is played with nutshells, it's called a "shell game," and there's a related game played with cards known as "three-card monte."
*Indicates the sense illustrated in the example sentence.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Word of the Day

The Word of the Day for June 07, 2007 is:

askew • \uh-SKYOO\ • adjective : out of line : awry

Example Sentence:Jeff didn't realize that the bookshelf he had hung on the wall was slightly askew until he placed a pen on it and it rolled off the edge.

Did you know?It's believed that "askew" was formed simply by attaching the prefix "a-" -- meaning, among other things, "in (such) a state or condition" -- to "skew." The word "skew," which derives via Middle English from Anglo-French "eschiver," meaning "to escape or avoid," can be a verb, adjective, or noun. But at the time of the first appearance of "askew" in English, in the middle of the 16th century, "skew" had only been established as a verb meaning "to take an oblique course or direction." At least one etymologist has suggested that "askew" might have been influenced by an Old Norse phrase, and that the same phrase might have also given us "askance." In the past, "askew" was used synonymously with "askance," as in, "She looked at me askew after my ill-timed joke."

Repost... hope this goes through

Good afternoon. I tried posting earlier today but for some reason it didn't post. I can't figure it out. So here I am trying again.

I have a thought for the day...

Have you ever stopped the think.... and forget to start again?

There you go. Go ahead and ponder that for a moment.

My plans for the evening are to go to church for choir rehearsal. Last night we had kind of a mini concert at the church for our church's 28th anniversary. We sang several favorite songs. As well as some of the smaller groups performed some songs. It was great.

Well... lets see if this post goes through.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Word of the Day June 6, 2007

canard • \kuh-NARD\ • noun

1 a : a false or unfounded report or story; especially : a fabricated report
*b : a groundless rumor or belief
2 : an airplane with horizontal stabilizing and control surfaces in front of supporting surfaces; also : a small airfoil in front of the wing of an aircraft that increases the aircraft's stability
Example Sentence:"Last week's storm," Chet declared, "showed us that the claim that lightning cannot strike the same place twice is nothing more than a canard."

Did you know?In 16th-century France "vendre des canards à moitié" was a colorful way of saying "to fool" or "to cheat." The French phrase means, literally, "to half-sell ducks." No one now knows just what was meant by "to half-sell"; the proverb was probably based on some story widely known at the time, but the details have not survived. At any rate, the expression led to the use of "canard," the French word for "duck," with the meaning "a hoax" or "a fabrication." English speakers adopted this "canard" in the mid-1800s. The aeronautical sense of "canard," used from the early days of flying, comes from the stubby duck-like appearance of the aircraft.

*Indicates the sense illustrated in the example sentence.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

The link to The Wooden Porch in the previous post didn't work right. Let me try again. Try this one. The Wooden Porch.

You too can win $25

This is great. Go visit The Wooden Porch. You have the opportunity to win $25. I do believe it is in the form of a Joanns gift card. Just post a comment and win. Plus you have the wonderful opportunity to check out a cool blog. Don't dilly dally now... get right to it.

Well I never knew how easy it was to put a link in a post. Thanks Wooden Porch for teaching me my lesson of the day.

Word Of the Day

1. integrity
Pronunciation: in-'te-gr&-tE
Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English integrite, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French integrité, from Latin integritat-, integritas, from integr-, integer entire
1 : firm adherence to a code of especially moral or artistic values : INCORRUPTIBILITY
2 : an unimpaired condition : SOUNDNESS
3 : the quality or state of being complete or undivided : COMPLETENESS
synonym see HONESTY

Monday, June 4, 2007

I've Been Tagged

Ok I have been tagged by my sister Kirstin. I am suppose to describe the following with one word. So here goes.

Yourself: creative
Your Partner: introverted
Your Hair: Thick
Your Mother: Homebody
Your Father: extroverted
Your Favorite Item: cell phone
Your Dream last night: forgetable
Your Favorite Drink: coffee
Your Dream Car: 1964 Mustang
Dream House: One with a Maid
The Room You are in: Basement
Your Fear: Death by suffication
Where you want to be in 10 years: with family
Who you hung out with last night: Friends
You're not: neat
One of Your wish list items: Crop-a-dial
The Last Thing you did: Filed a return with AVON
You are wearing: Black Pants Blue T shirt
Your Favorite Book: Anything by Michael Phillips
Last Thing you ate: sesame chicken
Your Life: busy but satisfying
Your Mood: content
Your Best Friend: Jim Gee
Waht are you thinking about right now: Why does this blasted bump on my arm itch!!!
Your Car: Mitsubishi Montero Sport Drk Blue 2003
What are you doing at the moment: Typing on computer
What is on your TV: dust
What is the weather like: comfortable and breezy
When is the last time you laughed: about 5 mins ago.

Ok Now I have to tag some people... I am not sure how to do that tho.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Does this cat look mad to you... hmmmmmm what do you think???

It must have gotten stuck out in todays rainstorm. I thought the song talked about rainy days on Mondays, not Sundays. Oh well... life goes on.

We had a wonderful picnic with our church music ministry today. We did have a lot of rain but that didn't hinder our joyful hearts. It was a great time. We had a pavillion with a nice hooded grill in it. So we grilled hamburgers, hotdogs, and other forms of meat. And oh the desserts. And not to mention all the salads and other food. I didn't come away hungry. One of my friends is moving from here in Northern Virginia to close to Brandson Missouri. I will miss her very much. So we had a small card and going away gift for her at the picnic.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Hello, I am back from the jewelry party. I was able to control my spending. I got a pair of silver threader earrings and Becky got a pair of gold threader earrings. I also ordered some earrings from my stepdaughters party. So not too much money was spent.
My AVON order finally arrived. Four boxes waiting at my door when i got home from the party. The order was delayed because of the Memorial Day Holiday on Monday. I had a couple of unhappy customers.
I sure am thirsty for a frozen cappuccino. Anyone going to Starbucks... Please get me one.

Happy Saturday

Well... here is it Saturday morning. I am off to a Premier Jewelry party. I was also invited to a Lia Sophia Jewelry party today too. I however will not be driving to Petersburg today. I do love jewelry parties tho.

I just brushed Becky's hair... OMW... it is sooooo thick. We are going to go have it thinned a bit. It is hard to get even a large size pony tail holder in. But we won't get it cut short. I think I would be in deep trouble with Becky if I got her hair cut short.

Ok well its off to the party.