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Jack in the Bowl

Almost two years ago, in May, I made a trip to K-Mart to buy a new vacuum cleaner.  When I walked in the store, the Humane Society was there with several cages of kittens needing homes.  Uh oh.  I’m a cat person, totally.  After talking to, petting and cuddling several kittens, I purchased my sweeper.  I took it out to my car.  I meant to drive away, but no.  I went back in the store, and chose the kitty that was speaking my language.   I didn’t consult the family on bringing in another cat.  We were and still are, laden with pets of all sorts.


We had TWO cats at home already (and now we have 3).   One is 18 and a female.  The other, a male and he’s 16 at least.  My male cat still hates the cute little guy above.  But our dog took to him like crazy!  She mothered this kitten like no tomorrow!  She still plays with him and grooms him on occasion!  I’ve never had a white cat before.  Every now and then, he gets outside, by accident of course.  We play the run and chase me back and forth, hide and seek game, usually until I get tired.  He also turns completely grey/black after these little romps!  He’s really pretty and has an amazing personality, like cats do.  My dad, gave me this huge, stainless steel bowl above.  The only thing we’ve found it really good for, is when someone has the flu!  I know, gross.  But, Jackson disagrees.  When I grabbed the camera to get a shot of him taking up residence, he got curious and I ended up with this as well.

 He’s awesome.  Right now, he’s asleep on top of the hermit crab cage. 


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Where’s My Kitchen? Part 2


It’s all happening, sort of!  The tile, is going up on the backsplash for the kitchen remodel that we started in February 2007.  Patience my friend.  It’s tattooed on my back as a reminder that one must not get in a hurry!  Hit a couple of snags, as usual.  Can’t call it a “true project” without some not so smooth sailing.  I’d purchased some neat little creamy glass tiles, to insert you know, here and there.  Total pain in the ass.  Decided against that, too time consuming.  And the fit wasn’t quite right and it looks great without them!  I thought we’d trim the window with them instead.  Also, instead of wrapping the tile on the corners, I’m going to paint the wall.  Just tile the back wall only and be different! 

Here’s where the smooth sailing comes in.  This tile, flushes up to the edge of the window frame with a finished edge, perfectly, no cuts, no buts!  The glass tile is out!  Oh, but it will be used.  I have a couple of mosaic projects in mind for it, and, I got the glass stuff for $20 so it’s not a big deal. 

Hope to finish the opposite wall this evening.  This tile is heavy, and reminds me of stoneware.  It was hard to nip it when needed.  Even when scored, I had a hard time with it.  Of course, that’s why I have Frank!  I can’t believe how straight he got these tiles, inserting them one at a time!  We got a great deal, on discount, since these were loose.  Just kidding.  They were on a 12×12″ sheet.  We’re not that cheap, or that crazy!  In stock at Lowe’s if you’re interested and not expensive!  Thanks honey, you rock!  Can’t wait to finish the opposite wall, I love it!



50 Questions

I borrowed this from my blog stalking escapades –

1. Were you named after anyone?  My parents heard my name in a movie.  The actress in the “Days of Wine and Roses.”   Though the name is more popular now, some people still can’t say it!  I’ve been called Christian, Kristen, and Kursten, the list goes on.  My grandmother said, “Why don’t you just name her Jesus Christ?  Everyone can say that!”

2. When was the last time you cried?  Saturday morning.  PMS. 

3. Do you like your handwriting?  It’s changed over the years.  I used to like it better, I write too quickly now.

4. What is your favorite lunch meat?  Turkey

5. Do you have kids?  One daughter, one son. 

6. If you were another person would you be friends with you?  I think so.

7. Do you use sarcasm a lot?  Um……yes.

8. Do you still have your tonsils?  Yep.

9. Would you bungee jump?  Nope.  Not since I saw my sister do that years ago at Cartoons. 

10. What is your favorite cereal?  Grape Nuts.

12. Do you think you are strong?  Yes, both mentally and physically.

13. What is your favorite ice cream?  Baskin Robbins Daquari Ice!

14. What is the first thing you notice about people?  How they carry themselves.

16. What is the least favorite thing about yourself?  My tummy.

17. Whom do you miss the most?  My sister, move back here!

18. Do you want everyone to send this back to you?   No.

9. What color pants and shoes are you wearing?  Grey sweatpants and black Ugg boots.

20. What was the last thing you ate?  Oh man.  Oreo’s are now out for the holidays.  The peppermint ones, are better than Girl Scout cookie Thin Mints!

21. What are you listening to right now?  My son laughing at Youtube.

22. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?  Blue

23. Favorite smells?  Fresh Flowers.  Sweet stuff baking.  Rain.  Burning Wood. 

24. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?  Joan.

25. Do you like the person who sent this to you?  I’m a blog stalker borrower, so it wasn’t e-mailed to me.

26. Favorite sports to watch?  Gymnastics and ice skating.

27. Hair color?   Brown

28. Eye color?  Hazel

29. Do you wear contacts?  Nope, don’t need to.

30. Favorite food?  Anything from the sea.

31. Scary movies or happy endings?  Happy endings.

32. Last movie you watched? Almost Famous

33. What color shirt are you wearing?  Flannel shirt, sage and light red, plaid.  Eeeek, I know.

34. Summer or winter?  Summertime.

35. Hugs or kisses?  Both.

36. Favorite dessert?  Cherry pie.

37. Hot or cold beverages?  I like a little of both.

38. Favorite room in your house?  The deck.

39. What book are you reading now?  “Into the Wild” and “A New Earth” at the same time.  One book, in each hand……..just kidding.

40. What is on your mouse pad?  The Japanese symbol for Eternity. 

41. What did you watch on TV last night?  The news.

42. Favorite sound?  My kids, when they’re not picking on one another.

43. Rolling Stones or Beatles?  Rolling Stones

44. What is the farthest you have been from home?  Cancun, Mexico.  One, too many times!

45. Do you have a special talent?  Probably.  I just haven’t discovered it yet.

46. Where were you born?  St. John’s, Springfield, Missouri

47. Least favorite household chore?  Mopping floors

48. Most precious object on your computer desk?  The computer 

49. A special possession?  I’d say my kids, or husband, but I don’t own them.  So, I’ll have to pass on this one.

50. How many e-mail adresses do you have?  One.


Advice to Beginners

Years ago (I’m only 42) I wanted to be a nurse.  So, I did what people would do.  I enrolled at SMSU and started with the nursing pre-requisite classes.  This would be my first college experience and I was married, working full-time during the day, and I was 25.  I got almost half way through those classes, when I had the opportunity to own my own business.  I worked the business and went to school, actually, I worked for FREE for two years to pay off the debt.  After a short time, I discovered that by going to school and running the business I would definitely fail at both, so I had to make a decision.  I quit the school and ran with the business.  I loved the classes that I took, I especially loved the English class.  I still have the book from that very class, and in it, is the poem below.  I have it memorized.  I love it.


Begin.  Keep on beginning.  Nibble on everything.  Take a hike.  Teach yourself to whistle.  Lie.  The older you get the more they’ll want your stories.  Make them up.  Talk to stones.  Short-out electric fences.  Swim with the sea turtle into the moon.  Learn how to die.  Eat moonshine pie.  Drink wild geranium tea.  Run naked in the rain.  Everything that happens will happen and none of us will be safe from it.  Pull up anchors.  Sit close to the god of night.  Lie still in a stream and breathe the water.  Climb to the top of the highest tree until you come to the branch where the blue heron sleeps.  Eat poems for breakfast.  Wear them on your forehead.  Lick the mountain’s bare shoulder.  Measure the color of days around your mothers’s death.  Put your hands over your face and listen to what they tell you.

Author Ellen Kort

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Almost Famous

Tonight was a rarity.  I watched TV.  Normally, the family runs the set and I’m busy doing “my stuff.”  I don’t have any weekly shows that I must watch, and I’m actually pretty thankful.  But tonight, I watched My Name is Earl.  I’ve always liked Jason Lee, and it is a funny show.  They usually play good music throughout the show as well and tonight, I was reminded of the movie Almost Famous.  Not only because Jason Lee is Earl, but because of the soundtrack tonight. 

Once upon a time, I owned a video store.  It’s a long story, that I won’t get in to.   When Almost Famous first came to the theater, I actually paid money to see it.  Something one does not do when one OWNS a video store.  I not only paid once, but I paid twice.  It pretty much goes down with one of my favorite movies of all time.  Period.  I love Cameron Crowe, I do.  When the movie came out on DVD, we were oh so excited at our store.  The promo stuff was awesome.  We got special posters, prints, soundtracks, t-shirts, you name it.  I kept a bunch of it, cause it was cool.  I also purchased (on ebay) a HUGE canvas banner, (the size of a single car garage), for our store window of Kate Hudson in the classic sunglasses.  This banner also hung in my huge 3-car garage after the hoopla. 

Almost Famous by steviebreech.

When the day came to close the biz, I kissed it and lots of other memorabilia good bye.  After all, how much crap can you keep?  The most important things I kept, were my special edition DVD and my soundtrack of Almost Famous.  I still have some small promo items as well in the way of prints, some are signed.

I think I’m going to stay up late and watch it tonight, it’s been awhile!  The bus scene, was one of my favs.

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VOTE Today!


vote1Already voted.  Went at 7:45 this morning.  No line, walked right in.  Kind of scary.  By the news I saw this morning, lots of places were packed at 6:00 a.m.  Perhaps, people weren’t out yet.  The place was really starting to hop as I left.

The FREE Starbuck’s coffee that was offered for voting, was out of the question.  That place on the other hand, was packed.

To the left, I’ve posted words from both presidential candidates.  One block belongs to Obama, the other belongs to McCain.  If you want to know who said what, visit Flickr.  Nice work. I found this piece of work to be cool and very creative!

Enjoy the day.  And of course, VOTE!

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Breast Cancer Metta

This morning at yoga, a fellow yogini showed up with a pretty, rolled and colorful scarf on her head.  I was already thinking of breast cancer before she arrived for the asana class.  The meditation for the early comers (including me) this morning, was in metta form.  I was thinking of my mother-in-law, who was just diagnosed with breast cancer two weeks ago.  Luckily, hers is in a good place and all should go well and be gone.  The same goes for the yogini, breast cancer in a good to get rid of location.  Instead of the radiation only that my mother-in-law will receive, the yogini is taking chemo as well.  Her cancer is not in the milk ducts like my mother-in-law’s but was a bit too close for comfort to her chest wall. 

Flashback.  A little over two years ago, my ex mother-in-law, was diagnosed with breast cancer.  She’d found a knot, a few months after her mammogram returned normal.  She was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and lost her battle with it after 1 1/2 years.  She passed away right before my daughter’s birthday.  Oddly enough, her dad and his new wife, gave birth to a baby boy right before she passed away.

I’ve been getting mammograms for three years now.  Never had a weird one until this past January.  It’s part of my New Year deal, to get one every year.  This time, I got the letter, I had to go back, I was freaked out.  I had to schedule another mammogram and an ultrasound which lasted like forever!  After that, I got to sit in a tiny room, all by myself with nothing but info on breast problems, cysts, breast fibroids and breast cancer.  Happy reading it was.  I was finally called into the result room with the radiologist.  He said he needed three more pictures, so back to the mammogram room I went.  Freaked out again of course.  Back to the depressing little room with negative information, I waited.  When I was called this time, it was to tell me my results were fine.  My breast tissue is dense and my pectoral muscles are very developed (thank you yoga) making bad stuff easy to hide.  Nice.

I am thankful, for all of this technology that allows early detection.  So in turn, lots of people with breast cancer find it early, extend their life or get rid of it for good.  I know October (breast cancer month) is over, but so what.  If you haven’t had a mammogram for awhile, or if you’ve never had one, DO IT.

In loving-kindness, or Metta.