Wednesday, December 31, 2003

That's it

Well 1/2 inch. That's it!! Enough to make it white for a few hours, and for cars to slide into ditches. Well maybe it was an inch. But it is all gone now!! Bummer
Oh well, It will be safer for all the party goers tonight. I wish Everyone a very SAFE and Happy New Years!!!
It has been fun blogging. Hope to learn more next year!!
Until then..

Tuesday, December 30, 2003

More predictions

We never got the snow the other day. We get teased all the time, but hardly get any!! (story of my life).
We are predicted to get snow again today and the rest of the week. I am sitting here straining my eyes looking out the window for the first snowflake to fall!!! It is amazing how many items float in the air!! I got all excited about a stupid ember from my neighbors wood stove!! It is snowing all around us and expecting to get some any minute now!!
I am home today because I had a Steroid shot in my back yesterday. I have this horrible back pain from degenerative disc disease in my neck and in my lumbar region. Falling last month certainly did not help my back at all!!
I think the shot might have helped. The doctor said it might take a few days to set in and take the pain away, but today the pain is not as severe. I put a sign on my door that says ICE!! To remind me not to go out and slip again.
Until next time...Happy and SAFE New years to all!!

Saturday, December 27, 2003


Oh boy!! Oh boy!! We're supposed to get some snow today!!! Oh boy!! Oh boy!!! I just LOVE snow!!! Thank you Rachel!!! It's coming down from Alaska!!
I am like a kid when it comes to the white stuff. We hardly ever get snow, so when we do it is a real treat!! When I worked on the ambulance it wasn't very fun though. Alot of accidents and treacherous driving. I slid once while driving the rig and it was scarey. I have to go to Bellevue on Monday morning to get a Cervical nerve block shot in my neck. I only hope the roads are drivable then. I drive safely, but it is the other idiot I worry about!!
Alot of people moved up here from California. They buy 4X4 SUV's then think they are safe. They are the ones to look out for!!
But I am not going to let that dampen the thrill of seeing snow today!!!

Friday, December 26, 2003

The morning after...

Ah, the morning after Christmas. All is quiet and serene. It hailed this morning at 2:00am, waking me up from a sound sleep. I went back to sleep about 3:30 then went to work. Work was quiet, as most people were off. So I got alot of tedious stuff done.
I am afraid to plug in my Christmas lights, because the tree is very dry right now. I will spend the weekend CLEANING up the mess it took me weeks to do!! Why do we do this? Because I love the Christmas decorations!! But after Christmas the magic is over and I am ready to put it all away. Hope all is well at your houses.

Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Midnight Christmas Eve

Everybody went home, presents unwrapped, food eaten, dishes washed, last minute presents delivered, and I am sitting here reflecting on how very lucky I am to have the family I have living so close so we can share the Holidays together. Now I am waiting until midnight to go outside and try and hear the animals cry at midnight. Mom always told us that the farm animals always cry out at midnight on Christmas Eve. I live just on the edge of town about 1/4 mile from cows. I go out every Christmas Eve to listen, but never hear them. Maybe I will tonight!! I will let you know. If I hear them, the hair on the back of my neck will probably stick straight out and I'd faint!!

Christmas Wreath

I got this from Brenda, who got it from Mary Lou, who got it from Leslie, Who got it from Leigh Who got it from........oops I forgot!

Merry Christmas!!

It is 6:00 on Christmas Eve morning, and I am almost ready to get with Santa and deliver the gifts to the needy families!!! I am so excited, it is the best way to spend your Christmas eve!!
I dress up like an elf and go with Santa to different families. As Santa goes in to the house he calls the kids by name and while they are busy I run a box of food (makings for a Ham dinner) into the kitchen and a big bag of gifts for the entire family all wrapped up and put them under the tree, then we run outside and wait for santa, then off to the next house!! I cry the entire time, as I see the magic happen in the faces of the little ones!!!
Merry Christmas to everyone!!! Be safe, and Peace be with you!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2003

Martha Stewart I am NOT!!!

Well I am feeling MUCH better today!! Amazing what antibiotics can do, huh? Whew!!
Everything I tried to bake the other day didn't turn out, so I gave up. I was putting things away in my kitchen last night and I had the box of cornstarch in my hand, and it all of a sudden hit me. What did I use this for??? OMG I used this instead of Baking soda!!!! Well DUH no wonder the 10 little loaves of apricot bread didn't look quite right!! Well Hell, I'm still gonna give them out!! It is the thought that counts, isn't it? They are better than the horrid fruitcakes we get each year!! I will wrap them up and make them look pretty. HAHAHAHA So everyone will slice into it and it will crumble. They will think egads, Phyllis is a horrible cook and then they will throw them away!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Hey, like I said, it is the thought that counts!!!

Monday, December 22, 2003


I found out why I am so tired and feeling icky. I have a secondary upper respiratory infection. The doctor put me on antibiotics, so maybe I will finally be rid of the flu that hit me in November!! That explains why I really didn't feel like doing anything during my week off!! I am going to clean house tonight then bake whatever I can tomorrow.
It was fun at work today. Everybody is in the festive spirit, and half the people in the office is off. The Paratransit had a heck of a time trying to get on the base today because of the code orange I guess. I sure hope nothing disasterous happens during the holidays. Or any time for that matter!!
Well I better get off this computer and get SOMETHING done!!


If I were ol' Santa, you know what I'd do
I'd dump silly gifts that are given to you
And deliver some things just inside your front door
Things you have lost, but treasured before.

I'd give you back all your maidenly vigor,
and to go along with it, a neat tiny figure.
Then restore the old color that once graced your hair
before rinses and bleaches took residence there.

I'd bring back the shape with which you were gifted
so things now suspended need not be uplifted.
I'd draw in your tummy and smooth down your back
Till you'd be a dream in those tight fitting slacks.

I'd remove all your wrinkles and leave only one chin
So you wouldn't spend hours rubbing grease on your skin
You'd never have flashes or queer dizzy spells
and you wouldn't hear noises like ringing of bells.

No sore aching feet and no corns on your toes
no searching for spectacles when they're right on your nose.
Not a shot would you take in your arm, hip or fanny
from a doctor who thinks you're a nervous old granny.

You'd never have a headache, so no pills would you take.
and no heating pad needed since your muscles won't ache.
Yes, if I were Santa, you'd never look stupid
You'd be a cute little chick with the romance of cupid.

I'd give a lift to your heart when those wolves start to whistle
and the joys of your heart would be light as a thistle.
But alas! I'm not Santa. I'm simply just me
the matronest of matrons you ever did see.

I wish I could tell you all the symptoms I've got
But I'm due at my doctor's for an estrogen shot.
Even though we've grown older this wish is sincere
Merry Christmas to you and a Happy New Year.

Sunday, December 21, 2003

My get up and go got up and went!!

I am absolutely sick/lazy/tired today!! I have all these chores that need to get done, I have had 9 days off, and now it is 4:00 on Sunday evening, and I am just now pushing myself to at least vaccuum and mop the floors!! I have been fighting a cold, and I think it got the better of me today. I am sick of being sick!!! I get sick every year at this time, yet I always look forward to this time of year!!! HUH??? Well off to the kitchen to start my baking that I wanted to do on Tuesday!!!! Ok, I guess I am stressed now!! HAHAHAHA so much for keeping stress out of the Holidays!!

Saturday, December 20, 2003

Laid back Saturday

Today I am going NOWHERE!! Well maybe to the Post Office to check the mail, but that is it!! I am staying home and cleaning house and finish my kitchen goodies!! It is 44 degrees and partly sunny and breezy. I am having my family over for Christmas Eve snacks, so I better be sure I have all the makings!! I like to make teriyaki meatballs, barbecue cocktail weenies, sliced smoked turkey (the carcass boils down to a great soup!!) Guacamole dip, clam dip, Blue Cheese dip, (with chips of course). I might make some little spinach pies, sliced vintage white extra sharp cheddar cheese, sliced apples, and variety of greek olives (if I don't eat them all first). I am a midnight bandit for olives and dill pickles!! I wake up in the middle of the night craving dill pickles!! I let ice cream crystalize in my freezer, cakes go stale, but the pickles and olives I buy by the gallons!!
I still have a bit of a cold and am tired. I think I will make a big pot of chili and sprinkle some of that aged ceddar cheese on it. NUM!!!
You all have a great Saturday!!!! Save some money fo next week!!

Friday, December 19, 2003


Well I visited my last Senior Center today with Santa! I had on my Jester Santa hat, and gloves, and santa hat earrings, and painted my fingernails like candy canes. We went during their lunch and passed out candy canes and hugged the old folks. They were rather bored looking until we walked in, and quite a few faces lit up!! It didn't take long, and we didn't do much, but we put smiles on their faces. That is what it is about!! Spreading cheer!! Then there was the dirty old man that wanted me to goose him, so I did!! hehehehe The past three days we visited four centers. On the way home we drove by a neighborhood, and I heard a faint voice yell out "Santa"!! So I stopped the van and backed up and told Santa to get out there and give him a candy cane!! Boy, that little boy was so excited!!! (so was I).
I go back to work Monday. On Christmas Eve morning I go out again with Santa and other elves and deliver Christmas to the "Forgotten Children". We have about 100 families to deliver to. Now that is quite an experience!!
Later, folks!!! Enjoy the holidays!! I sure do!!

Thursday, December 18, 2003

Dad's Birthday

Well today is my father's birthday. Every year we would celebrate by decorating the tree!! We could never do it the day before or the day after, it must be on dad's birthday!! Tradition!!
Dad was a big kid at heart. A big bully at times, but a big kid most of the time. He had a twinkle in his eyes that spelled "Mischief". I guess that is where I get it from. I am the pesty practical joker that annoys everyone!! Dad was too. Poor mom, no wonder she drank!!! Our parents weren't perfect, but they did the best they could with what they had. We were raised in love, and that is what matters most. Mom become alcoholic and in my teens she was getting pretty bad. I couldn't wait to move out on my own, which I did when I graduated from high school. a whole two blocks away, but I was a responsible adult now, and I could party every night which I did!! I showed her, huh? My story will come later.
Back to Dad's birtrhday. I now decorate early in December so I can enjoy the festivities at my leisure without feeling rushed to get things done! But on the 18th I sit back and reminisce about my early childhood and the memories of dad. He was my hero. I wrote him a love letter when he was in the hospital with a broken hip a year before he died. I told him how much he meant to me and how much I loved him, and how lost I'd be without him!! I told him he was the man in my life and I haved searched and searched, and could not find a man to fill his shoes! He was such a handy man!! He made bookshelves, our bedroom furniture out of orange crates, he gardened, clam digged, fished, hunted, fixed things around the house.
If you still have your father and have not told him what he means to you, do it now!! He will be gone before you know it, and you won't have another chance.
Yes, I have tears in my eyes right now because I miss him dearly.
He would've been 84 today. Happy Birthday dad, I love you!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2003

Where does the time go??

My goodness, Wednesday is over and I have only done half of what I planned on doing this week!! I'll need another week off to catch up!! Mary Lou and I went shopping yesterday in Burlington, and stopped to watch the movie "Bad Santa". OMG what a waste of money!! I did laugh through the entire movie because it was really STUPID!!! Every other word was F--k. The santa was a drunk, a thief and a woman chaser and cussed at all the kids and even pissed his pants while sitting in his chair. Mary Lou and I were both wondering why the Hell we sat through the entire movie, but I was curious to see if there was a plot. I guess there was, I had to explain it to Mary Lou. hahahahaha

I had a good time shopping. We both were hobbling around with aching backs and knees!!! I used to make a day of shop 'til I drop. Now it olny takes and hour 'til I drop!! My goodness times have changed!!

Today I picked up Santa and we went to the Senior Center in Bayview. They were singing Christmas Carols, and we walked in and passed out candy canes and flirted with the old folks.
Tomorrow and Friday I do it again. It is fun, and it sure put me in the Christmas spirit!!

Here is a nice little story to cheer you up:

"The Ranch Hand"

A successful rancher died and left everything to his devoted wife. She was a very good looking woman, and determined to keep the ranch, but knew very little about ranching, so she decided to place an ad in the newspaper for a ranch hand.

Two men applied for the job. One was gay and the other a drunk. She thought long and hard about it, and when no one else applied, she decided to hire the gay guy, figuring it would be safer to have him around the house than the drunk.
He proved to be a hard worker who put in long hours every day and knew a lot about ranching. For weeks, the two of them worked, and the ranch was doing very well.

Then one day, the rancher's widow said to the hired hand, "You have done a really good job and the ranch looks great. You should go into town and kick up your heels."

The hired hand readily agreed and went into town one Saturday night. However one o'clock came and he didn't return. Two o'clock and no hired hand. He returned around two-thirty and upon entering the room, he found the rancher's widow sitting by the fireplace with a glass of wine waiting for him.

She quietly called him over to her.

"Unbutton my blouse and take it off," she said.
Trembling, he did as she directed.
"Now take off my boots."
He did as she asked, ever so slowly.
"Now take off my socks."
He removed each gently and placed them neatly by her boots.
"Now take off my skirt."
He slowly unbuttoned it, constantly watching her eyes in the fire light.
"Now take off my bra."
Again with trembling hands he did as he was told and dropped it to the floor.
"Now," she said, "take off my panties."
By the light of the fire, he slowly pulled them down and off.
Then she looked at him and said,
"If you ever wear my clothes into town again, I'll fire you on the spot."

Sunday, December 14, 2003


An extra Jesus

A friend of mine sent me this, and I really liked it, thought you might, too.

About a week before Christmas, Mom bought a new nativity scene. When she unpacked it, she found two figures of the Baby Jesus. "Someone must have packed this wrong," mother said, counting out the figures. "We have one Joseph, one Mary, three wise men, three shepherds, two lambs, a donkey, a cow, an angel, and two babies. Oh, dear! I suppose some set down at the store is missing a Baby Jesus because we have two."
"You two run back down to the store and tell the manager that we have an extra Jesus. Tell him to put a sign on the remaining boxes saying that if a set is missing a Baby Jesus, call 7126. Put on your warm coats, it's freezing cold out there." The manager of the store copied down mother's message, and the next time we were in the store, we saw the cardboard sign that read, "If you're missing Baby Jesus, call 7126." All week long we waited for someone to call. Surely, we thought, someone was missing that important figurine. Each time the phone rang, mother would say, "I'll bet that's about Jesus." But it never was. Father tried to explain there are thousands of these scattered over the country, and the figurine could be missing from a set in Florida or Texas or California. Those packing mistakes happen all the time. He suggested that she just put the extra Jesus back in the box and forget about it. "Put Baby Jesus back in the box?! What a terrible thing to do," said mother. "Surely someone will call. We'll just keep the two of them together in the manger until someone does." When no call had come by 5:00 on Christmas Eve, mother insisted that father "just run down to the store" to see if there were any sets left. "You can see them right through the window, over on the counter," she said. "If they are all gone, I'll know someone is bound to call
"Run down to the store?" father thundered. "It's 15 below zero out there!" "Oh, Daddy, we'll go with you!"! We began to put on our coats. Father gave a long sigh and headed for the front closet. "I can't believe I'm doing this," he muttered. We ran ahead as father reluctantly walked out in the cold. Tommy got to the store first and pressed his nose up to the store window. "They're all gone, Daddy," he shouted. "Every set must be sold. Hooray! The mystery will be solved tonight!"
Father heard the news still a half block away and immediately turned on his heel and headed back home. When we got back into the house, we noticed that mother was gone and so was the extra Baby Jesus figurine. "Someone must have called, and she went out to deliver the figurine," father reasoned, pulling off his boots. "You kids get ready for bed while I wrap mother's present." Then the phone rang. Father yelled "answer the phone and tell 'em we found a home for Jesus." But it was mother calling with instructions for us to come to 205 Chestnut Street immediately, and bring
three blankets, a box of cookies and some milk.
"Now what has she gotten us into?" father groaned as we bundled up again. "205 Chestnut. Why that's across town. Wrap that milk up good in the blankets, or it will turn to ice before we get there. Why can't we all just get on with Christmas? It's probably 20 below out there now. And the wind is picking up. Of all the crazy things to do on a night like this."
When we got to the house at 205 Chestnut Street, it was the darkest one on the block. Only one tiny light burned in the living room, and the moment we set foot on the porch steps, mother opened the door and shouted, "They're here! Oh thank God you got here, Ray! You kids take those blankets into the living room and wrap up the little ones on the couch. I'll take the milk and cookies."
"Would you mind telling me what is going on, Ethel?" father asked. "We have just walked through below zero weather with the wind in our faces all the way."
"Never mind all that now," mother interrupted. "There is no heat in this house, and this young mother is so upset, she doesn't know what to do. Her husband walked out on her, and those poor little children will have a very bleak Christmas, so don't you complain. I told her you could fix that oil furnace in a jiffy. My mother strode off to the kitchen to warm the milk while my brother and I wrapped up the five little children who were huddled together on the couch. The children's mother explained to my father that her husband had run off, taking bedding, clothing, and almost every piece of furniture, but she had been doing all right until the furnace broke down. "I been doin' washin' an ironin' for people and cleanin' the five and dime," she said. "I saw your number every day there, on those boxes on the counter. When the furnace went out, that number kept goin' through my mind. 7162 7162 "Said on the box that if a person was missin' Jesus, they should call you . That's how I knew you were good Christian people, willin' to help folks. I figured that maybe you would help me, too. So I stopped at the grocery store tonight, an! d I called your missus. I'm not missin' Jesus, mister, because I sure love the Lord.
But I am missin' heat. I have no money to fix that furnace."
"Okay, okay," said father. "You've come to the right place. Now let's see. You've got a little oil burner over there in the dining room. Shouldn't be too hard to fix. Probably just a clogged flue. I'll look it over, see what it needs."
Mother came into the living room carrying a plate of cookies and warm milk. As she set the cups down on the coffee table, I noticed the figure of Baby Jesus lying in the center of the table. It was the only sign of Christmas in the house. The children stared wide-eyed with wonder at the plate of cookies my mother set before them. Father finally got the oil burner working but said, "You need more oil. I'll make a few calls tonight and get some oil. Yes sir, you came to the right place." Father grinned.
On the way home, father did not complain about the cold weather and had! barely set foot inside the door when he was on the phone. "Ed, hey, how are ya, Ed? Yes, Merry Christmas to you, too. Say Ed, we have kind of an unusual situation here. I know you've got that pick-up truck. Do you still have some oil in that barrel on your truck? You do?" By this time the rest of the family was pulling clothes out of their closets and toys off of their shelves. It was long after our bedtime when we were wrapping gifts.
The pickup came. On it were chairs, three lamps, blankets and gifts. Even though it was 30 below, father let us ride along in the back of the truck. No one ever did call about the missing figure in the nativity set, but as I grow older I realize that it wasn't a packing mistake at all. Jesus saves, that's what He does.



December 14, 2003

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Without firing a shot, American forces captured a bearded and haggard-looking Saddam Hussein in an underground hide-out on a farm near his hometown of Tikrit, ending one of the most intensive manhunts in history. The arrest was a huge victory for U.S. forces battling an insurgency by the ousted dictator's followers.
Official: Saddam dug hole to hide himself
New tribunal might be option for Saddam
World leaders welcome Saddam's capture
Baghdadis celebrate Saddam's capture
Breaking News · 8:50 a.m.

This video image of captured former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was displayed at a news conference in Baghdad in this image from television.

That is all I can say at the moment!!

Saturday, December 13, 2003


Whew!! I made it through the busy week!! I got off work at 4:00 today and went to my boss' house to babysit for her two adopted Chinese girls. They are absolutely adorable. May will be 5 years old in March, and Tai is 3 1/2 . they are the happiest kids I have ever seen!! They are always giggling. um let me rephrase that. They are laughing hysterically most of the time!! I gave them a stern look when they were chasing each other through the kitchen/dining room, and they both stopped and looked at me and laughed hysterically!! I am really effective as a disciplinarian I see. I had fun with them. We made grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner, and May was buttering the inside of the bread, and I tried to explain to her it was the wrong side, and she looked at me very serious and said "this is the way mommy does it, and I want to do it the way mommy does". Well OK!! I let her, and she ate it.
We watched the "Lion King 2" then we ate the dinner then we played with the dogs and cats. I took them upstairs to brush their teeth and they both flossed like professionals!! We then went downstairs and they played with the dogs leash. They were running through the place with the long nylon leash and I got a funny feeling like "oh my gosh, they might tie me up!!" They aren't that bad, but I will tell you, the thought went through my head!!
About 9:30 I told them to get their nightgowns on, but they didn't want to go to bed. I let them stay up until their parents came home at 10:30. My gosh, my boss is a year younger than me and is adopting the third girl next month. I have alot of respect for her for doing that. She has done an absolutely marvelous job in raising the two they have already. Her wild and crazy goofy personality has rubbed off on her girls. Her husband has alot of patience!! He is retired and stays home with the girls while Martha goes to work.
At my age there is no way I could do that!!! I treasure my solitude!! Until the next time...

Friday, December 12, 2003

DON's Christmas Wish...

Christmas Story

"Twas the night before Christmas--Old Santa was pissed.
He cussed out the elves and threw down his list.

Miserable litttle brats, ungrateful litttle jerks.
I have a good mind to scrap the whole works !

I've busted my ass for damn near a year.
Instead of "Thanks Santa"--what do I hear?
The old lady bitches cause I work late at night.
The elves want more money--The reindeer all fight

Rudolph got drunk and goosed all the maids.
Donner is pregnant and Vixen has AIDS.
And just when I thought that things would get better
Those assholes from the IRS sent me a letter,
They say I owe taxes--if that ain't damn funny
Who the hell ever sent Santa Claus any money?

And the kids these days--they all are the pits
They want the impossible--Those mean little shits
I spent a whole year making wagons and sleds
Assembling dolls...Their arms, legs and heads
I made a ton of you yo yo's--No request for them! ,
They want computers and robots..they think--I'm IBM !

Flying throught the air...dodging the trees
Falling down chimney's and skinning my knees
I'm quitting this job there's just no enjoyment
I"ll sit on my fat ass and draw unemployment.

There's no Christmas this year, now you know the reason,

I found me a blonde.
I'm going SOUTH for the season!

Wednesday, December 10, 2003


Well I got my tree as far as the living room and in the stand. Now I am waiting for the lights to jump up and wrap themselves around the tree!! The worst part of living alone is you have to do everything yourself!!! But then the best part of living alone is: WHO CARES!!!! So maybe I will just take a shower and go to bed and read and wait until tomorrow to finish!!

What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?


Sunday, December 07, 2003


If there were 11 elves, and another one came along, what would he be?
The twelf

Saturday, December 06, 2003


Well I was in the Coupeville Annual Christmas Parade tonight, as you can see from my sister's picture. I get the "fun" part of the job. I do the public outreach and P.R. stuff. It is a fun job.
I think small town parades are sooooooo hokey!!! the Fire Department had 4 vehicles in it, the Bus, the Boy Scouts, the Lion's Club, the farms had two shetland ponies pulling small buggies, a group of Carolers, etc. The people were on the sidewalk waving at us. I had my neighbors kids in the bus and made them all wear silly elf hats. I had one that looked like a Santa Jester Hat. Thanks to .
We wear those when we deliver Christmas to the needy families on Christmas Eve. Santa goes into the house with a bag of presents and we sneak in after him and put a box of food in the kitchen and more presents under the tree then hurry out to the next house!! What fun it is to see the looks on the little kids faces when they see Santa come in to the house with a bag of presents for them and asking for them by name!!! To see the magic happen right there in person!!! There is no way anyone will ever convince them that Santa does not exist!!!
I remember when I was aout 5 years old, I was asleep in the loft bedroom with my sister on Christmas eve, and I heard jingle bells and Santa yelling HO HO HO. I jumped out of bed and looked out the window and saw Santa and his Sleigh flying across the sky!!! I still remember seeing it!!! It was REAL!!!! I'm sure mom and dad were probably drunk and giggling and making all the noises, but.....I SAW SANTA FLYING ACROSS THE SKY!!!! I am 54 years old and still remember it as if it were yesterday. I love the magic of the Holidays. It can be warm and wonderful memories if you keep the magic in it. It doesn't have to cost alot of money, only if you let it!! I like the homemade things, and the stories. My favorite Christmas movie is "Prancer" I am that little girl that sees the real reindeer in the woods!!! then my next favorite is "Christmas Vacation". The Griswolds!!! Ahh, it's all about being the biggest and best!!!
Nope, it is about brotherly love and sharing homemade cookies with your neighbors, and going caroling in the nursing homes. Making amends to people you have hurt, forgiving people that have hurt you. Oh geeze, I am getting too mushy now!!! Time to go to bed!!
A parting note:
What did the guest sing at the Eskimo's Christmas party ?
Freeze a jolly good fellow !

2003 Coupeville Christmas Parade

THis is a picture of Phyllis inside the Island Transit Bus in the local parade. Wave Phyllis!!!!

Friday, December 05, 2003

A Cat's Christmas

A Cat's Christmas
'Twas the night before Christmas
and all through the house
Not a creature was stirring,
not even a mouse.

'Cuz the cat had pounced on him
and tore him apart-
Ate his mousey intestines
And chewed up his heart.

Kitty thought he heard sleigh bells,
which made him take pause-
He stopped daintily licking
the blood from his claws.

"Must be Santa" thought Kitty
(that quite clever cat)
'Cuz nobody else climbs down
the chimney like that.

Indeed it was ol' Santa,
so jolly and fat
With a load of presents
and all for the cat!

"Wow, the best Christmas ever!"
Kitty thought with a purr,
Then he coughed up a hairball
and shed some more fur.

And another one......

Thursday, December 04, 2003

And yet another storm!!

Well we are expecting yet another blast of wind tomorrow!! We had 80 mph winds at the foothills today causing alot of power outages and wind damage, but it was calm here until this evening, and it got a little blustery. But tomorrow we are supposed to get hit. Now I am grateful that I am no longer in the Fire Department!! I can sit in my nice warm house and listen to my police scanner calling out the fire department for chimney fires, trees down, aid calls, etc. I answered every call for 15 years, and quit about three years ago. It took me awhile to get used to the fact that I am not in the department anymore, but I am comfortable now. It was time to back down and let the healthy young studs take over!! I am an adrenaline junkie, and enjoyed running around the countryside chasing ambulances and fire trucks, but now I can put my energies into something else. I have no trouble finding things to keep me busy!! My sister and I seem to DO TOO MUCH!!! And neglect ourselves!! I still am called in on emergencies, so keep my nose in the system. Well it is time for me to shower and get ready to watch ER!!! Love the blood and guts!!!

Monday, December 01, 2003

Sunday, November 30, 2003

Back to work!!

Well it is Sunday night and I am almost excited to get back to work!!! I feel like I missed an entire week. I DID!!! I always feel like I am playing hookie when I stay home sick. Guilt takes over and I feel like I really shouldn't stay home, but when you run a fever it is not doing anyone a favor by trying to be a martyr and go to work sick!! I have my clothes laid out, and lunch made all excited to get back in the swing of things!!!
Now I am looking forward to next weekend!! We have our Christmas Party at the Indian Casino!! I don't gamble, but I might try my luck in a few machines. I want to decorate my house this week too! I have mostly homemade ornaments that I like to put on a real tree. I love the smell of a fresh tree, and I have yet to find the perfect fake tree that looks like a Noble Fir!!
Some people feel like it is horrible to get a tree and throw it away after the holidays. I know these trees were planted just for the purpose to sell for Christmas trees, therefore I like to keep the people in business!!

Friday, November 28, 2003

Hold on tight!!

Whew, the wind is a blowin!!! It started about 4 this morning, and I woke up at 8:30 gasping for air. ( I use a CPAP machine at night to breathe because I have sleep Apnea) When the power goes off the machine stops, and there I lay with a mask over my nose waking up gasping for air!! The first time that happened I just knew I was having a heart attack!! Then I realized that the power was off and to pull the mask off my face so I could breathe. I now have a portable battery pack that I keep charged for nights like this. I also take it camping with me!! I'm sure people walk by my tent wondering what the hell that humming noise is coming from my tent?!! I also have a battery powered toothbrush I use. I realized one night that the toothbrush was rather loud, and there were some people sitting around the campfire while I was brushing my teeth in my tent. It got really quiet, then I thought "OH GOD"!!! So I walked out of the tent yelling it's my toothbrush guys!!! Everyone giggled at that!!
Well my sister came and got me and we drove out to the Ferry Landing (2 miles away) to watch the waves hit the beach and fly into the air. I have a friend that lives on the beach and his house was getting wet!! High tide was the same time the storm was heavy. I have seen worse, but it is still fun to go watch. They stopped the Ferry because of the wind. I've been on it at times when the wind was so bad that waves actually go over the entire ferry. Once I heard a big crash from the galley when we went over a huge wave, and the huge coffee pot had fallen. They closed the galley then and that was the last run for that day!! I'd rather be on the beach watching the ferry bobbing in the waves.
Well I think I should post and run before we lose power again!!
Remember the commercial in the early 60's when they shrunk the Kleenex boxes? They used to be bigger, then they pressed the air out of them and made them smaller. The commercial had a guy walking head in to the wind holding onto his hat yealling "They're squeezing the air out of the kleenex boxes"!! No? hmmmmm, I'm getting old!!

Thursday, November 27, 2003


Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! Hope your day is filled with warmth, loved ones and plenty of the food you want. Be safe and come back and tell me your Holiday fiasco story!! C'mon, someones gotta have a burnt turkey story!!

Wednesday, November 26, 2003

What is TV coming to????

Am I living in the dark ages, or what?? I just saw an advertisement for "queer eyes for the straight guys". HUH??? Now we can say "queer?" I am not a prude by all means, and I am not homophobic, but whaaaa? What is this show about? And what are all these "real tv" stuff? "The Bachelor" women cry when they aren't picked..."The Survivor"...... Fear factor? My biggest fear is to be tied up and put in a room with a tv and made to watch all these stupid shows!! I will admit I watch one of the stupidist show on the air, and I love it..."Will & Grace" it is not Will, but his gay (or should I say queer now?) friend and his drunk gal friend Karen that steals the show!! I am doing alot more reading now-a-days!!

I'm Baaaaaack!!

Yahoo, I feel human again!!! my sister brought me some Peppermint stick ice cream 'cause I was still sick and haven't eaten much at all in three days. It must be the cure, 'cause right after I ate it, I was feeling better, and my fever went down and now I can't sleep!! But I slept most of three days, so I probably don't need the sleep, but my brain says I need the sleep, but everytime I try to lay down and sleep my legs flop around. (restless leg syndrome). I finished my book (J.P. Beaumont series #11). Did some crocheting, now I just drank some sleepytime extra tea, and gonna attempt to sleep again!!

Sunday, November 23, 2003

Phyllis is out of commission...

Phyllis is temporarily out of service. She has a really bad cough, a high fever 104.8 and is down with thera-flu and hot tea. Very bad cold, which seems to have settled in her chest.

Couldnta been brought on by sticking to frozen deck could it? Nah...she's tougher than that.


Saturday, November 22, 2003


Yeouch!! My tailbone is really sore from landing on it the other morning!! I finally got the nerve up and got a mirror (yes Mary Lou, a wide angle one) and looked and saw that I have a big purple bruise on the crack of my butt!! Kinda like the eyes on the pix Don had on his blog the other day!! So I am sure the bone is bruised too. My toes are still bruised.
It is cloudy and 33 degrees. We just might end up with some snow tonight!! YAHOO!!! And I have that bag of salt and a snow shovel right by my door!! Maybe it was a snow dance I ended up doing on my porch the other morning!! If it was, then we will have a blizzard!!
My sister and I both are not known for our grace, that's for sure!!

Friday, November 21, 2003

Yahoo TGIF

Well thank goodness it is Friday!! I had a weird week. After the deck dance I did in the wee hours yesterday morning trying to see the Northern Lights, (If someone saw me, they'd think I was doing some kind of obscene ritual to the ice God, but in fact all I was doing was trying to get my fat ass off the icy deck and trying to get my flannel nightgown unstuck without ripping it off me) I was getting into the company van and noticed I had stepped in dog poop!! Soooo, here I was doing another dance only this time I was on my feet. I guess it looked like I was trying to do the moon walk on the frosty grass. My bachelor neighbor whistled out his kitchen window at me and asked if I was ok, and I said no...fresh dog poop!!! He laughed. The dear doggie found just the right spot to deposit his prize for me. Right in front of the drivers door of the van!!
Ah well. So today I woke up very stiff and sore from my fall. I had landed on my butt and my right leg was under me. I noticed this morning that I have two black and blue toes!! I shiver to think what my butt looks like, but I won't go there, nor will I allow anyone else to either!! I am looking forward to this weekend. It might snow Sunday!!! YIPPEE!!! I now have a bag of salt at my front door in case I have the urge to run out and look into the sky again!! Well I need to get to my "Happy hour" meeting!!

Thursday, November 20, 2003

Northern Lights!!

I got a call this morning at 5:00 AM from a friend telling me the Northern Lights are on display. I jump out of bed and run to the deck and couldn't see anything but some streaks of fog, so I go to the lower deck to see out back, and next thing I know, I am flat on my back!! I should've known better as I did the exact same thing two years ago!! Only then I knocked myself out cold!! This morning I caught myself before my head hit the step that goes down to the lower deck.
I am 54 years old and a large woman. I was wearing my 3/4 length flannel nightgown. Did you know that warm flannel sticks to frost? Well here I am trying to get up, and my feet kept sliding out from under me!! I tried to slide to the step, but I was stuck to the frost, and was choking myself. I tried again to get up, and all this time I am grunting and moaning then I get half way up and fall again then I scream. I live in a mobile home park, and my neighbor's house is about 20 feet away from my house. Their bedroom is right next to my deck. I can imagine what they are thinking with me making all that moaning, grunting and screaming noises!! They are probably giving each other the high five thinking "yippee, Phyllis is getting some, you go, girl!!" I finally crawl over to the upper deck and get myself up. I then go to the front, and see the Northern Lights streaking across the sky. I like to share my excitement, so I called my brother and sister. (I'm sure Mary Lou will tell you her side). Later I got a call from my sister asking me to come get her and take her to the hospital. She fell too, but landed on her knees!! (Go figure) She said she was ok, but wanted to let me know she fell. We both should've known better, we go to bed thinking it will snow over night. So if it is clear, we should think it is icy, huh? Family trait.....STUPIDNESS!!
I go back to bed for an hour, and now I am really sore!! I pulled the muscles on my right side from my neck down to my knees. Swell, I just came back from seeing a Neurosurgeon about my neck and lower back. I am supposed to get a Steroid shot in my neck. I have degenerative disc diease in my neck and bone spurs, resulting in much pain in my lower back. Ah, life after 50 is quite an eye opener!!
Well time to try and get ready for work!! Hope everyone has a great day!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2003


It's not fair!!! Snow in Everett 30 miles away but not here!! WAAAAAAH!! :-(

Tuesday, November 18, 2003

Changing Links

Ok Leslie, and Don are now changed on this blog...gotta go do mine now.
Well I feel like I should enter something, but I actually have a blank!! It has poured all day today which I LOVE!!! It cleans all the pollen out of the air!! I have been busy at work getting drivers trained for the road. Part of the training includes distractions, and scenarios on how they can handle different situations. Well I have alot of fun with that!! I am taking my horn with me tomorrow to get them every time they take their eyes off the road, and when they take their hands off the wheel They will learn to hate me!! hehehehehehehe!! Then Thurday we will be on the County roads and I will take my handy little siren with me!! BUAAHAHAHAHA
I am getting ready to make a schedule for visiting the Senior Centers and the rest homes for Christmas!! I will dress as an elf and have Santa Clause with me and hand out candy canes and fruit and sing Christmas Carols. I get all tingly doing that!! Leslie can relate to that!! I am trying to talk my sister into going with me. She would have a blast!!

Sunday, November 16, 2003

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Saturday, November 15, 2003


Well this is more like it!! I woke up at 10:00!! I couldn't get back to sleep until about 5:30!! I woke up today with a whopping head cold!!
Swell!! Well at least I woke up!!
This is what we are getting tomorrow:

...High Wind Watch For Sunday Afternoon And Evening For The Northwest Interior...

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind watch for the northwest interior for later Sunday. This includes western Whatcom and Skagit counties... the San Juans... Whidbey Island and the Admiralty Inlet areas.

A strong low pressure system is expected to move into central British Columbia later Sunday. An associated strong front will move across the region Sunday evening. Strong southerly winds are expected to develop in advance of this front... then the wind will switch to a westerly direction and remain strong. Sustained wind speeds with this system could reach 40 mph with gusts potentially reaching 60 mph or better.

Stay tuned to NOAA Weather Radio... the official voice of the National Weather Service... for the latest statements and forecasts on this developing storm system.

YAHOO!!! HOLD ON!! (where do all the little birds go during strong winds???)


Well good grief, here I am sitting in front of the computer at 4:00 AM on a Saturday morning!! I went to bed at midnight, and woke up at 3:30!! I was so excited about going to bed without having to set the danged alarm!! Well back in the old days I would just be getting home from bartending and starting my own little party!!
I still have my own little parties but not like the old ones!! I always seem to have a party going on in my head!!
It gets me in trouble at work at times!!
I train people to be a transit bus driver, and I have a little K-Mart siren that fits on bicycles. I put it in my purse, and when the driver is speeding in the school zone or someplace like that I press the button and the siren goes off and the driver about shits his pants because he thinks he is getting a ticket, and during training!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
I already told you about my fart machine.
I now have the little square remote control taped on my office door with a sign taped on it that says "doorbell" the machine is taped on the other side of the door. Needless to say, people get their giggles with it!! Boy it is good I no longer drive the public bus!!! I would probably have it taped under a seat by me so whenever someone sits there I would push the button and make the crowd think they have gas!! I wouldn't be suspected at all because I would be busy driving the big bus down the street!!
I better get back to bed!!

Friday, November 14, 2003


Here is my cat Punkin...She is the sweetest thing. All the cats I have had are rescue kitties. Punkin is a dwarf. She has really short legs and is only 1/2 the size of a regualr cat. She tweets not cries. and she is not as mean as the look on her face says she is.

Thursday, November 13, 2003

who did this

it must've been my sister!!

Old Musings


I was thinking about how a status symbol of today is those cell phones that everyone has clipped on. I can't afford one so I'm wearing my garage door opener.

You know, I spent a fortune on deodorant before I realized that people didn't like me anyway.

I was thinking that women should put pictures of missing husbands on beer cans!

I was thinking about old age and decided that it is when you still have something on the ball but you are just too tired to bounce it.

I thought about making a fitness movie for folks my age and call it "Pumping Rust."

I have gotten that dreaded furniture disease ....that's when your chest is falling into your drawers!

I know when people see a cat's litter box, they always say, "Oh, have you got a cat?" Just once I wanted to say, "No, it's for company!"

Employment application blanks always ask who is to be notified in case of an emergency. I think you should write, "A Good Doctor!"

Why do they put pictures of criminals up in the Post Office? What are we supposed to do . . . write to these men? Why don't they just put their pictures on the postage stamps so the mailmen could look for them while they delivered the mail?

I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a whole lot more as they get older then it dawned on me . . they were cramming for their finals.

As for me, I'm just hoping God grades on the curve!

Wednesday, November 12, 2003


Yahoo, it is Hump day, so where's my Hump? Must be a family curse!!
The only hump I get is on the back of my neck!!! Where the Hell did that come from???? I look in the mirror, and see things that absolutely do not belong there!! It seems that things happened overnight!! Maybe it will go away overnight too!! hahahahaha And my hair???? Where did it go??? Girls aren't supposed to lose their hair!!! I used to have thick bouncy beautiful hair, now it is drab and alot thinner!! The Aliens landed and took me to their spaceship and did strange things to me and deposited the remains!! And my Betty Boop shaped face!! Where did these jowls come from???
Okay, I quit!! Give me back myself. I don't like this game any more I am pulling my pants up and going home!!

Monday, November 10, 2003


testing the hyperlink thingy

ok I will try what you told me Mary Lou.


Well it is a typical Monday. Work was hectic but ok, and it has been pouring all day!!
We have a friend here in Oak Harbor that was in a bicycle accident Sept 1st. he is paralyzed (a quadraplegic) like Christopher Reeves.
He needs a respirator to breathe and was told he probably will never speak again. He is an ordained minister.
He wrote a letter to his friends that got me crying!! It is such an inspirational story that I would like to share it with everybody!!
Go to Stuart Corey and read all about the accident and please read his letter from pastor Corey!!

Sunday, November 09, 2003


University of Wisconsin study

A University of Wisconsin study that was just released revealed that
the kind of male face a woman finds attractive can differ depending on where
she is in her menstrual cycle. For instance, if she is ovulating she is
attracted to men with rugged and masculine features.

And if she is menstruating, or menopausal, she is more prone to be
attracted to a man with scissors shoved in his temple and a bat jammed
up his ass while he is on fire. Further studies are expected.

Hmmm, doesn't that say it!!!!
I have had a very busy week and not up to alot of correspondence. Will get to it later.

Saturday, November 08, 2003


Tuesday, November 04, 2003


This says it all....

There are moments in life when you miss someone so much that you just want to pick them from your dreams and hug them for real! When the door of happiness closes, another opens; but often times we look so long at the closed door that we don't see the one which has been opened for us.

Don't go for looks; they can deceive. Don't go for wealth; even that fades away. Go for someone who makes you smile, because it takes only a smile to make a dark day seem bright. Find the one that makes your heart smile.

Dream what you want to dream; go where you want to go; be what you want to be, because you have only one life and one chance to do all the things you want to do.

May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you humble, enough hope to make you happy.

The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way.

The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can't go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.

When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so at the end, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Monday, November 03, 2003

Away for three days

Well I am going to Olympia for three days coming back Thursday night. I am going to a class for work. I found a new clothing store the last time I was down there and got a charge card. Today the mail brought me a book of sales coupons for 30-50% off for the store!!! CHAAAAAAARGE!!!!!!!!

Dang, these trips are costing me too much money!!

Gee, I can hardly wait to come home and see what my sister has done to my blog page!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Oh my gosh!!! I cannot believe my own eyes!! There is a new show on tv that shows a pretty girl looking for the perfect GEEK??? HUH??? Are we a sick society or what??? Is this what they call entertainment??? And the stupid show Fear Factor!!??? Do people really like this shit??? Now a good show like "ER" or "Third Watch" or "Trauma Life in the ER" That is a good show!!

Later, folks

Sunday, November 02, 2003

I Love These Kind of stories...

THE CAB RIDE (I love this story!!)

Twenty years ago, I drove a cab for a living. When I arrived at 2:30 a.m., the building was dark except for a single light in a ground floor window. Under these circumstances, many drivers would just honk once or twice, wait a minute, then drive away.

But, I had seen too many impoverished people who depended on taxis as their only means of transportation. Unless a situation smelled of danger, I
always went to the door. This passenger might be someone who needs my assistance, I reasoned to myself.

So I walked to the door and knocked. "Just a minute", answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor.

After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 80's stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940s movie.
By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets.

There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard box filled with photos and glassware. "Would you carry my bag out to the car?" she said. I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman. She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb. She kept thanking me for my kindness. "It's nothing", I told her. "I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother treated". "Oh, you're such a good boy", she said.

When we got in the cab, she gave me an address, then asked, "Could you drive through downtown?"
"It's not the shortest way," I answered quickly. "Oh, I don't mind," she said. "I'm in no hurry. I'm on my way to a hospice".

I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. "I don't have any family left," she continued. "The doctor says I don't have very long."

I quietly reached over and shut off the meter. "What route would you like me to take?" I asked.

For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator. We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds. She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.

Sometimes she'd ask me to slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.

As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, "I'm tired. Let's go now"

We drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico.

Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move. They must have been expecting her.

I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.

"How much do I owe you?" she asked, reaching into her purse.
"Nothing," I said.
"You have to make a living," she answered.
"There are other passengers," I responded.

Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug. She held onto me tightly.

"You gave an old woman a little moment of joy," she said. "Thank you."
I squeezed her hand, then walked into the dim morning light.

Behind me, a door shut.It was the sound of the closing of a life.

I didn't pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly lost in thought. For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk.

What if that woman had gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient to end his shift?

What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away?

On a quick review, I don't think that I have done anything more important in my life.

We're conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments. But great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.


Crash Sunday!!

Well I just talked with my sister and she said she was reading my "nonblog" I asked what that was and she said nothing!! In other words shje knew I was either busy or doing NOTHING!! Well I try to save my Sundays for doing NOTHING!!! I got so tired out from yesterday that today I crashed.
I was busy all day yesterday. I had my hair dyed at 9:00 then came home and dressed and went to the Church at 11:00 to help out with a wedding that was scheduled for 2:00. Everything went well until the bride was getting dressed at 1:45. She was putting on her backless bra and the sticky pad that holds it on her did not stick, so I ran out to my car and got my EMT first aid kit and got the 3" tape and taped it on her. hahahaha then she was getting dressed and realized she didn't have her slip. We looked at her and could
see through her slinky beige dress and could see her thong, garter belt and bra right through the dress. So someone ran to her house to get a slip. The wedding began 1/2 hour late. During the ceremony the Pastor was asking her to repeat, and he was asking her to commit things to her marriage and he said "and all her worldly goods" she did a whiplash to him like to say "WHAT???". She owns her own trailer and car. They both are unemployed at the moment and he is on the mend from alcoholism. It was a funny moment.
Then the Pastor was announcing to them and was saying their names and he said "Randy and Larry" hahahahahahaha He meant to say "Randy and Cheryl". We all burst out laughing at those moments!! All in all it was a great wedding.
I got home around 5:30 totally EXHAUSTED!!! I did some chores and was going to bed about 2:00 AM and took two Tylenol PM. I read for an hour then woke up at 11:00 this morning!!!!! I got up and did a little crochet and started my laundry, saw my cat curled up on my bed and laid next to her and just woke up!!! it is 3:30!!!! So my entire weekend was shot. All I want to do is sleep today.
It is cold here!! Frost every night. It snowed in Olympia, but not here.
I stayed home Halloween to hand out candy to 150 kids and got only 8!!!! So I now have way too much candy!! I will take it to work to put in my cookie jar. I have a jar that looks like a policeman, and when you open his head he says real loud "Stop!! Move away from the cookie jar". Everyone comes in and tries to sneak my candy. I actually have it full for them and especially the buswash guys. They think they are really getting away with something!! hahahaha I can be in a meeting and we can barely here the cookie jar and someone will say "Phyllis, someone is in your cookie jar" HAHAHAHAHA
Tomorrow starts another week. And away we go!!

Friday, October 31, 2003

Things I have learned today

#1 If you buy enough candy for 150 kids you will only have 8 Trick-or-treaters!!
#2 You can't save hamburger buns in a food saver!! (unless you want flat pancakes) it sucks all the air out of the bag and the buns making them paper thin!!! HAHAHAHAHA
I got off work early yesterday and my sister Mary Lou and I went over to Burlington to Costco to spend money we don't really have to spend, but then a little retail therapy is good for the soul!
On the way home the sky was purple and orange, so I darted across the freeway to find a good place to take a picture then got stuck on the wrong side of the levee by the river. I stopped the car and ran up onto the levee and took the picture of the sunset shining on the river.
It was cold out, too!! This morning it got down to 29 degrees!!
I am all ready for Halloween. I have my hairpiece on and pulled it out on each side so I look like I have dog ears, then I put on a pair of fake glasses with a dog nose. It look silly but I can take it off quick if I have to be serious at work!! Nothing like looking ridiculous when you have to confront someone!!!HAHAHAHA

Thursday, October 30, 2003

Sunset on the Skagit River in Mt. Vernon:

Well POOP!!!!!
I was up most of the night looking for the Northern lights, and nothing but stars!!!
I tried going to bed at 10:00, but couldn't sleep so kept looking. 3:30 I woke up and went running outside and nothing again. The cold air woke me right up so I couldn't get back to sleep until about 5:00!! You know the magical Christmas Eve when you were a kid, sleeping with one eye open with anticipation of hearing or seeing Santa Clause!! Kid hell, I still wait up looking for him!!! I saw him when I was 6, REALLY!!! I heard the jingle bells and looked out the window and saw him flying across the sky!!! Ask my sister!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Well the storm blew through causing alot of damage and one death. A 91 year old man that stays in the South Whidbey State Park as a camp host was going to the store and a huge tree fell on his car in the Park and killed him. DARN!!, and now we are expecting to see the Northern lights tonight, and freezing weather blowing down from the Frasier River Valley the rest of the week. Oh gosh, I sure wish we'd get some snow!! The sunset picture Mary Lou took last night captured the colors just right!! It was orange and purple!!
I took a picture from my deck but I do not know how to put it on the blog yet, so go to
and look at her sunset picture.
I am going back to work tonight for an hour to evaluate a new trainee driver when he gets off shift. We had a bus wait at the ferry last night because there were about 75 people stranded on the Mukilteo side when they shut down the ferry due to damage to the restaurant next to the dock. They finally got the ferry running around 7:45 and we got everyone home.
(I am the Service Development Manager for the Island Transit).
Everyone in the office says thank you to Mary Lou for the delicious Zucchini bread!!! NUMMM Later, folks.

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Well that is odd. I just wrote a bunch about our storm and posted & published it, and it is nowhere to be found!!
Time for bed!!
Well my sister is in the dark!! She lost her power around 3:30 when my lights went out for three minutes. The gust got up to 53 mph so far, more tonight and tomorrow. They are expecting very cold temperatures tonight and tomorrow. Gosh, I hope it snows!!! HA
Well I am going to put my 'puter to bed right now and hunker in. Later, folks!!
Egads, the wind is a blowin!!! Coming out of the Northwest 30 mph so far, and colder!! YAHOO I just love a good storm!!
The lights just went out for a minute, so I am getting my dinner hot now and ready to cuddle in the bed under my down blankie with a good book and my battery lamp for the night!!
Well I better get off the 'puter before I lose everything!!

Monday, October 27, 2003

EGADS, it is dark already!!! only 6:30. I like it though, it gives me time to sit and crochet without feeling guilty about the yard needing my attention. Not that I did anything about the yard in the summertime, but I sat here and felt guilty about it!! Some day it will all be concrete, gravel and brick!!!
It is supposed to get alot colder by Halloween!! I am going to wear a costume to work. Then go to my AA meeting with it. I might take my remote control Fart machine too, and place it under Joe T's chair and let everyone think he is being rude again!!! I will press it when we have our "moment of silence followed by the serenity prayer".
I did that about 5 years ago, and a gal is still mad at me for it!! HAHAHAHA

Actually I have a friend that is 88 years old, and deaf. She is in a wheelchair, and I take her to lunch with about 6 other gals. I am going to place the Fart machine in her purse behind her in the wheelchair and press it every once in awhile. She won't hear it, and everyone will think she is full of gas!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA I am a sick person and it doesn't take much to amuse me!!
STRESS RELIEF!!! Let the endorphines roll!!

Sunday, October 26, 2003

Ok, now where do I put a comments section?
Well I tried posting something, but it went off into never never land!!
Hello, well I guess my sister wants me to blog!! I have NO IDEA what this is. I am going outside to spray poison on all my weeds that are taking over the entire yard. I tried the back to nature approach, like vinegar, pulling weeds, (OUCH) etc etc. I am going to kill everything that grows, put gravel and brick in the back yard and make a patio where I can relax on my days off and not get overwhelmed with the jungle that is growing!!
You do not have to post everyday, just when you feel like it. and it does not have to be long. You can even cut and paste funny stuff here if that is all you want to do.
Ok Phyllis, This is where you type what you want, and then you hit Post and publish and Voila, it is on...