Did you push the button? Huh? Me? Not me. I'm innocent. Don't I LOOK innocent?
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Okay, I just checked it out: NOW, NOW you can click on the picture and actually get it to ENLARGE so you CAN better see the peoples. Yes, peoples. There's more than one and I'm just going to go take a nap. I'm exhausted!
No, and double no, and now I'm stomping my feet in exasperation! Oh the things I DON'T KNOW!
Okay. I'm slightly more settled now. But at least I hope you can see the little dark specks sort of in the middle of the arch. Those ARE people, actually, honestly and I KNOW I saw them in the picture when I looked at it--and it would ENLARGE for me--but in my Cannon software--NOT in BLOGGER mode. Stupid technology, grumble, grumble, or stupid somebody that doesn't know all the ins and outs of said technology. No names, please!
Ah! Yes. There it is. You may have to click on it to get a better understanding of how large it truly is. Once upon a time, my husband and kiddos (much younger at that time, you understand) and I hiked up that rock to the middle of the arch. Well, I think I didn't quite make it ALL the way up, but it's lots bigger/farther than you might think. IF you do click on this image, you can see a couple of folks who did make the hike--successfully.
I will print and send a picture (of the winner's choice) to the first one who finds the right thing and reports back! Oh. It's not a Bunyip. I don't think.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
For those of you who might be interested, I'll try to post some pictures (from the trip) tomorrow. Or the next day. Or something like that.
Before I find a copy of Stephanie Meyer's newest "Twilight" series that's due out on Saturday. (My married daughter told me I HAD TO read the first three books. BEFORE we left for vacation.) When she informed me that the book(s) were about teenage love and vampires (I think she forgot to mention the werewolves) I thought she'd lost it. I mean, REALLY! Vampires? I don't think so. My youngest daughter and son then had a heyday with the whole thing, making as much fun out of it as they possibly could--and they're pretty good at that sort of thing. (Hey! They hardly said anything I hadn't already at least thought.)
So, I dutifully went to see what the local library had. They had it. Them. In the juvenile section. I checked out the first with, shall we say, less than much enthusiasm. Then I red it. Ha! Was that a slip of some sort. Red a book about vampires. (Sorry. It was simply a typo!) I READ it. And found it . . . interesting. So, I returned it and checked out the two later volumes and read them on our road trip. Now, I want to read the fourth volume and then -- in the future when it's finished and published -- read the volume chronicling the Vampire's point of view. Apparently these books are quite the huge teenage interest reading--likened somewhat to the Harry Potter craze of a few years back.
I freely admit that I loved the Harry Potter series (and movies so far). Now you know. I'm almost sixty and like reading juvenile books. Hope I haven't burst too many bubbles. (I'm really smiling a genuine smile now.) Thanks for listening.
I got some great pictures "on the road" or at least I took pictures of some GREAT sights along the road in the Rocky Mountains--one of my most favorite places to stand in awe of the multitude of God's creations.
My grandchildren were so much bigger than when I last saw them--almost a year ago. It's always good to see my grandchildren and their parents! We stayed with them six days. My Mom, sibs and their families were great to visit with again, as well. These people can be a pretty entertaining lot!
The rough patch in the vacation--or should I say patches--came less than a week after setting off on the 1500 mile (2414 k) trip. We left on a Saturday. Sunday I felt the beginnings of trouble in my innards. By Thursday, I knew, without doubt I had to see a doctor. ER that afternoon. Tests at the hospital on Friday. That wasn't so bad. It's a recurring problem--and so far--hasn't proved fatal! That part's good. But by Saturday, husband/sweetheart was feeling a bit rocky--scratchy throat, sniffles, headache. We went to one of my sister's to stay Saturday night.
Monday, July 7, 2008
Then, we also saw many fields of soy beans. The picture below is only one of them. Isn't it rich and deep, dark green? It was a really nice looking field.
Then, right next door (more or less) there was this grouping of trees, etc. Care to guess what's lurking there not too far away?
No? Well, how about in this next one . . . [I'll take Bush Babe's (of Granite Glen) tack and leave it open to your wit and wisdom, even though her pictures are professional and mine very amateurish.] If interested, I'll print one of these and mail them to the first one who acurately guesses what these last three pictures are recording. I'm sure you'll figure it out.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Think of it this way:
Asprin--salicylic acid--is included in many acne treatment products--to dry up oily skin.
Alum is what makes you really pucker--don't know why they use it making pickles, but if you know, you can tell me.
Alcohol will dry out your skin as well.
So combining them . . . well what else would you expect but terrific drying potion? (Don't know if that's what kills the itching or maybe the asprin's anti-inflamatory nature does that. Hmmmmmm.) I just know it works. Thank heaven and Nola Ann--the recipe giver!
I just get the heebie geebies just thinking of being covered in poison ivy rash! (Shivers all over.) My poor older sister apparently got into poison ivy on an Easter egg hunt just before her 7th, I'm thinking, birthday. Then we both came down with measles. That was NOT a good time for either of us! I bet she coulda used some of this stuff then!
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
This is my lower leg and part of my foot--in case it's hard to figure out! My foot is resting on the chair that's almost visable. (I'm sorry my leg is so large and ugly, but that's just the way it is. You can close your eyes and move on, if you like, of course. I am.)
Fortunately I had some great stuff to put on the bites and haven't itched since! Now if I could only find 24 uncoated Bayer asprin tablets, I could make another batch of this great solution that stops itching and dries things up--even poison ivy attacks! If you know of a source of UNcoated Bayer asprin tablets in the U. S. , please let me know where I can find some! Debbie, at Life's Funny Like That, could you come capture these stinkin' mosquitos for me? PLEASE?
Would you like the recipe for the great STUFF that dries up all kinds of wicked skin problems?
14 fluid oz. Isopropyl Alcohol (in a 16 oz. bottle)
1 oz. powdered Alum
24 uncoated Bayer asprin tablets
Add the alum powder and Bayer asprin to the alcohol remaining in the bottle, and shake it well. Leave it alone for a couple of weeks before using it. It will turn purplish due to the alum, I think. Shake it before each use and it will dry things up like you won't believe! (The older it gets, the better it is.) I have one bottle that I made up more than 10 years ago--YES--MORE than 10 years ago. My daughter, who is HIGHLY alergic to poison ivy, got into some recently. I gave her the "stuff" and I think her rash and itching were gone in less than one week.
OH, before I forget. If you get into poison ivy or poison oak, wash the affected area VERY PROMPTLY with Dawn dish detergent and water. The grease cutting action works on the oil based irritant of the poison ivy/oak to "deactivate" it, according to a lady I know who's a professional chemist. Plus it has something to do with the pH levels of each. It does work. My husband and two of our daughters are very sensitive to the stuff and the girls have had it so badly in the past they had to have cortisone shots! (Before we knew of these two GREAT things to help. Cortisone shots are not fun--or cheap!
If my mosquito incident wasn't enough to confirm my "not so smart" status, I'll give you another example. I'm feeling so "smart" today, let me tell you! My son is working at a fireworks stand, as I mentioned in an earlier blog. I took him lunch today--as I usually do--and visited with him for a few minutes. When he was through eating, I left to get some other errands done--but I went home first to deposit his dirty dishes, etc. After getting back home I realized I'd left my purse in his stand. That includes everything one would usually find in a woman's purse (maybe), including my cell phone. I felt so smart--again.
I went back to retrieve my purse and give him a bathroom break. I'd brought a little grocery list with me and thought of something I needed to add to the list. So, I opened my purse to get a pencil so I could write down what it was I needed to pick up at Wal-Mart. Then, after I got my pencil, ready to write, my mind went blank. Seems to be a growing problem, doesn't it? I called my husband to see if he could think of things I might need to pick up while shopping. He mentioned a couple of things, but not the one lodged (irretrievably) somewhere in my brain.
You just have to love those situtions, right? One, two, three--so far today. Lovely. After I returned home with most of the stuff I'd set out to get, I finally DID remember what I'd forgotten: Clorox and Clorox wipes. The ONLY reason I actually remembered either of them was that my kitchen sink smelled to high heaven because I'd discovered a couple of rotten potatoes earlier and stuck them in the sink while I cleaned out the basket I usually keep them in, until I could dispose of the nasty things in the compost pile. I needed Clorox to clean up the mess and smell, thank you very much!
So, I've exposed to anyone who reads this little blog that I am certainly not smart. Sob. Truth. :(