Archive for May, 2013





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Saturday & Sunday Pictures

We ran around quite a bit on Saturday and Sunday. I’m still not very good with my camera. Mostly I just throw it on auto and go. Sometimes it just doesn’t take the picture and I don’t know what I’m doing wrong.

The other day my husband found a hole going under our house (slab foundation) so he filled it in. I assumed chipmunks, but we have a huge assortment of small animals that burrow in our area so you never know. The next day my son and I saw a large uniquely patterned bunny digging around in the same area. Saturday I saw the same bunny sitting by our side gate under the mail box, just staring at our side door. For a very long time. I swear there was malice in those eyes.

Saturday we went to the Toledo Zoo. We normally arrive just before they open and it’s a great place to walk. Get some exercise while enjoying the animals before the crowds arrive. On Saturday we arrived 20 minutes after they opened and the line of cars to get to the entrance was about a mile. I guess a bunch of new exhibits opened this weekend and they’re were all sort of things going on.

One of them was this guy. I wish I could have gotten a better picture. He was impressive.

There are baby polar bear cubs in this exhibit I’m told. I could not have verified it. I escaped as quickly as possible!

I kept trying to work with the zoom on my camera.

This guy was staring at me. I’m sure.

Speaking of staring at me. On Sunday we went to The Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village. There is a very large Civil War Remembrance Weekend going on so the place is filled with tents and people in period dress living on the the grounds this weekend. We did get here before they opened as we’ve experienced the no fun’ness of not being able to find a parking spot before.

As so frequently happens I was trying to get a shot of the oncoming crowds and managed to capture someone looking straight at the camera. Do you think she thought I was taking her picture? I think whenever I see someone taking a picture I will stop and smile directly at the camera so they can find me in their pictures. Like a Where’s Waldo kind of thing.



Windmills are cool.


Corey was helping troubleshoot some problems at work for the plant in Illinois. Apparently the people on the path above him thought he was part of an exhibit. 

This was a shot out the window of an imported English cottage. Wouldn’t this be a lovely side yard? Probably no malevolent bunnies here.

The weather was really beautiful Saturday & Sunday. As evidenced by the shade seeking sheep though, the sun was a bit warm by mid afternoon. 

Apparently this is the Civil war reenactment solution to the same problem as the sheep were having.

Afternoon Siesta in the Tent


and then we dip!

I am a big fan of Gardein 7 Grain Crispy Strips. Fulfills my craving for breading that I can dip in sauces.

At Trader Joes on Saturday I ran across a little surprise!

Time for a taste test.


After eating all of them, dipped in a little plain yellow mustard, healthy & tasty, and carefully reading the nutrition and ingredient labels I can say with assurance that I will be buying Trader Joes from now on. They are identical in Taste, nutrition & ingredients but Trader Joes cost less! You know why they’re identical right? I’ll betcha my beagle that they’re MADE BY GARDEIN!

In case you didn’t know, Costo & Trader Joes both have high end companies make their products to be branded as with their own brand name. Sometime it’s very obvious, sometimes not. A lot of companies do this, but TJ’s & Costco are two that I know use the higher end brands. That’s why we switched to Costco Dog Food. It’s really good stuff, made by an expensive manufacturer, Diamond.


Having said that, I also want to say that I do not recommend them for anyone except maybe someone just like me who is female and has no reproductive organs. Soy has plant estrogen. Plant estrogen is very very similar to human estrogen. If  are a man you should be careful about soy or your male bits may suffer. Women must be careful because your body is already producing estrogen and you could have some unpleasant side effects.

But if you’re going to eat soy and you need something to dip in cocktail sauce, or ranch dressing, or BBQ or honey mustard, go to Trader Joes!


Cleaning out pictures.


This is a picture that I took of the picture that was displayed by the screensaver on my husbands monitor. Doesn’t it look fake? Like I’m in front of some sort of backdrop? What an amazing beautiful place.


My amsonia is blooming early. I think that’s a sign for a hot dry summer.


One picture shows the blue of the flowers but the others makes the flowers look white.


what role does technology play in a shifting population

I can go online a and research job openings in cities I want to live in. I can interview over Skype. Look on local sites for a home and scan my new lease.

Living far away no longer means high long distance fees or only written communication. We text , Skype and Facebook like we’re still living next door. 

Moving away no longer seems so isolating.





I have managed to make the worst looking food EVER

I had a small bottle of this:


I cut up a block of tofu and dumped it into a pan with a little bit of olive oil. Once it started to brown a little I drizzled this sauce over the top. The sauce when mixed with tofu & browning was a kind of gray lavender color.  Leaving me with some excellent tasting tofu that looked (as Al described it) like zombie flesh.



I think it actually looks much better in the picture. Not nearly as gray. On the 2nd day I added a little bit of red sweet chili sauce, which added the unfortunate appearance of blood.

Back to general blogging

I have a TENS machine that I use for some muscle/tendon issues.

On Sunday I woke up with a headache, mostly due to the huge amount of pollen from being in a flowering park for eight hours on Saturday. I popped a tylenol and decided to try the TENS machine for the headache. First – a TENS machine works by shooting small electrical pulses into you. Most of the time it causes uncontrollable movements.

I curled up on the couch in a semi-fetal position put two of the pads on the back of my neck and just tried to relax for 30 minutes while it did it’s work. You could not see the TENS machine or pads if you were standing up. So there I am laying on the couch at 11 in the morning which is very unusual, with my eyes closed, and my shoulders, arms & head making involuntary movements, twitches and shrugs and shaking. I can tell you that when my son came through he was quite worried about my apparent seizure and later my husband had a very similar reaction. It was very amusing in a lowkey kind of way.  It did a great job on my headache! Something to remember, but if you’re going to try it, please remember to warn your family.


 Cleaned off my cell phone camera.

Last week I went to a Networking Reception. It was held at Costco. They make a room by moving pallets of things to form walls. It was interesting. The room, not reception. I met our mayor. He was not impressed with me as evidenced by the way he kept looking over my head and not acknowledging me. I liked everything he had to say and I believed he was sincere but I dislike being dismissed. Probably because I did not look important. I was dressed in my summer casual instead of business black.

Ah well.

Mayor Bell on the right.

Costco provided a lot of tasty looking food.

My husband and I picked up the cakes the morning of the weddings. These are the bakery people literally scratching their heads trying to figure out what to do when they realized they had no way to pack the cakes. Stuff was missing that they usually have to pack things securely.

We ended up with an assortment of trays and boxes and drove very very slowly.

Went to pick up some flowers and there was an unexpected carnival in the parking lot!

Spent the day with Katy before her wedding.


This bench is at the park the wedding was held. I just love it.


I wish I knew how to improve my depth of sleep. Maybe I’ll try a white noise machine. Does anyone use one? Tonight I’m going to try ear plugs. I’m also considering ordering this thing on Amazon. It’s a soft wrap-around headband thingy with speakers. I could do white noise, or whatever.

Today I had a physical therapy appointment. Wednesday I am having the indestructable wart surgically removed. They’ve been treating it for three years with no luck. Not looking forward to that pain. Friday is checkup at the oncologist. Then, next week is foot doctor and physical therapy. Week after that is ear doctor. Then done for at least a week. Geesh.



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