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I'm a tasty little morsel!!

Monday, August 10, 2009

If you don't believe me, ask the mosquitoes! LOL!! DH and I took the rat-dog and pony-puppy for a walk after dinner. We went on the short route because neither one of us really wanted to be out there, but the dogs insisted. (They're good at that, by the way.) Anyway, part of the walking path in our subdivision was/is under water. We avoided the deepest spots by going around, but it turns out that walking in water was the least of our worries. After we got past the standing water, we were attacked!!! emoticon

M-O-S-Q-U-I-T-O-S!!! The size of...of...of...well, mosquitoes. But there were hundreds of them! They swarmed all over DH and me. We walked faster than we've ever walked before trying to get away from those darn things! After a little while, DH was relatively mosquito free. I, however, still had them hovering all around me. I choose to believe they stayed near me because I smelled so good and I have superior blood. The fact that they thinned considerably after I tossed the bag of poop I was carrying into a trash can is merely coincidental!! (No, Tony...I don't just carry poop on walks with my dog! LOL! I was being a responsible dog owner and cleaning up after the rat dog!)

DH and I cut the short walk even shorter by cutting through a parking lot. We still had some visitations from the mosquito cousins, but not as many as before. DH (the forever optimist) started talking about West Nile virus. I assume everyone knows what that is. If not, just ask and I'll explain. Anyway, when we get home, he makes me google the time it takes from being bitten until you start seeing symptoms. (3 - 15 days) I'm expecting him to start feeling ill in about 2 1/2 days! LOL!! With my luck, I'll get sick in five days...just as my vacation starts. And all because I'm such a tasty little morsel! LOL!! emoticon

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NORCALTOPAZ 8/11/2009 12:14AM

    We must be related, dear B, because the mosquitoes love me too! I've been to the Midwest, up and down the Eastern seaboard, California and the Caribbean, and everywhere I go I'm convinced that their mosquito cousins send telegrams announcing my arrival...btw, pass me the calamine lotion LOL.

Keep your face toward the sunshine,


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    I hear that an excellent repellent is
Original Bounce sheet stuck into your belt loop.

Good luck,
will that be your new screen name? LOL

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RWETHAIRYET 8/10/2009 10:16AM

    Heehee, for me the best mosquito repellent is being out with the husband. They love him so much, they want nothing to do with me!!

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Dog park and house cleaning

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Okay, so we'll start with the fun part. DH asked if I would like to accompany him and the babies to the dog park about 20 minutes away. I hadn't been there so I was happy to go. My son saw us getting into the vehicle and came out asking if he could come with. He was jumping up and down, chanting "I want to go! I want to go!" while belly bumping my DH! He was cute enough to be allowed to come with. Offered daughter the chance to come with too, but she opted not to.

The dog park is double fenced, single gated with a smaller area for the smaller dogs. I took Scooby into the little dog park while DH and son took Abby into the bigger area. After Scooby got done smelling and marking everything in the smaller area, he started crying. He SOOOOOOOO wanted to go play with the big puppies. I'm a softie so I took him over. He LOVED it!!! He even played nice with all of the hugermongouser doggies over there. Good puppy! We're home now and both babies are passed out from exhaustion! Wish the park was closer so we could go more often.

The not so fun part was the housework. I did get to the nastiest job so I feel good about that. I also had the boy clean off the cobwebs from the front of the house. Both kids also worked on the living room. The house looks better, but I still have a BIG list of things to do. We'll see if I bother with it tomorrow. LOL!

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HICALGAL 8/9/2009 8:51PM

    sounds like everyone had a nice day at the dog park!

i have a huge list too and it's not even housework...that's on my housework i'm a list person. can't function w/o them but i admit, it sure feels good to mark stuff off and seeing the list get smaller sort of...cause i seem to keep adding onto the list just as fast as i mark something off. i call that one my unending list. that one gives me

have a great week! emoticon

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NICOLE31397 8/9/2009 9:19AM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time at the park.

As far as the granny (97 yrs young) always tells me....dirt will always be there tomorrow even if you clean it today. So keep a tidy house but don't forget to enjoy life too.

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    Great blog Barbara,
You are not supposed to get EVERYTHING done on your to do list in one day are you?
I loved your story about the trip to the dog park. We too, have a leashless park similar to the one you described and it's about the same distance away from our house. We generally go at least once per week and our three purebred mutts love it and come home exhausted, just like your two did.

I ALWAYS get the task of removing the cobwebs at the front door, and not by choice either. I'm a foot taller than my DW and therefore if she goes in before me, she only get a little bit of the CW and yours truly gets the whole enchilada, hummmmmmm, that is sounding like a good lunch or maybe a late brunch, LOL.

I always look forward to your blogs
Keep up all your great work

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Kuna Days!!!

Friday, August 07, 2009

Okay, first of all, the name is pronounced Kyu-na, not Kuna like rhymes with Tuna. I know, because I mocked the name for years before I moved here. LOL!

Every year, we celebrate Kuna days. I'm not sure exactly what we are celebrating (anniversary? summer? days in general?) but it's fun anyway. There was supposed to be a BBQ in the city park I assume they had it even though it was cool and rainy. Too cold and too rainy for me. I stayed home!

Tomorrow is the fun run (had planned to participate, forgot to enter), the parade (may watch if it's not too cold), the Farmer's Market (hoping for tomatoes!), tons of vendors in the park (no, Tony, I didn't weigh's an expression!) and of course, the library. Okay, so technically the library isn't part of the Kuna Days, but I'm going there any way! We were supposed to have fireworks too, but not sure how that's going to work with all the rain.

Of course, I will only appreciate any of this if I actually get out of bed in the morning. I will be heading to the gym as well, just not sure when. PLUS, I'm planning to get my army of slaves (previously known as son and daughter) to pitch in and clean the house. Some spring cleaning that needed to be done LAST spring (as in 2008) and didn't get done. We'll see how much of it actually gets accomplished!

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    I got the expression, LMAO though.

Have fun, but You have me speechless after that one.
I think I'll pass on the BBQ and fix me some Tyu-na salad sandwiches, ROTFLMAO

Have FUN, especially getting the son and daughter to do the spring cleaning from '08

Have a super great time
I'll be waiting to see a blog on whether on not you got out of bed early enough.

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Have you ever noticed how quickly weather can stop work?

Friday, August 07, 2009

And I don't mean outside work? I mean work in a cubicle filled office. We had some really cool weather today. I live in Idaho and the area is a high desert. That means that it does not rain during the summer much and temps are 90 - 100, on average.

Today, the high was 65' and I think that was first thing this morning. Shortly after I got to work, it started raining. Around 11:00, the rain was coming down in buckets! Thunder, lightning, water pooled in the parking lots, running over the sidewalk and gushing out of the water spouts on the side of the buildings. So AWESOME to watch! How do I know? Because I was one of the dozen people standing by the windows watching! LOL! You would think that none of us had ever seen rain before!

As I was walking back to my desk from the cafeteria, we got another really cool storm. Started with hail the size of marbles (okay, not huge, but still cool) followed by another torrent of rain. Yep, work came to a grinding halt while we all stopped to watch.

On a separate subject, my softball team had a game scheduled tonight. We kept watching the sky and waiting for a cancellation, but it never came. We had the early game tonight. It was cool and overcast, which was actuatlly a really nice change from hot, dusty and BRIGHT. We started out really well. After the first inning, we were up 4 - 0. The next two innings were three up, three down on both sides of the ball. Very quick! By the end of the fifth, they were up 4 - 6. We got up and tied. Held them on their next ups. We got up 10 - of the 7th (we only play seven innings). Their turn. First batter, nice base hit to center field. Wild throw into first, runner goes to second. Wild throw to second, runner goes to third. Yep, you guessed it, wild throw to third, runner advances to home. Their team is going wild...ours, not so much.

Deep breath, start again. Batter gets walked. Next one is an out. Walk another batter. Walk another batter. (In case you weren't paying attention, that means bases loaded.) BIG hitter comes up, knocks in two runs. Somewhere in there we get a second out. So, runners on 1st and 2nd, batter at the plate. If we get this out, we win. If we don't, we do have another at bat to try to come back. Pitch...hit back to the pitcher. Nice easy throw to 3rd (yes, runner on second had to go). Third base catches the ball, runner is out! Juiced wins the game!! Juiced wins the game!! WOO HOO!!! Our first win of the season!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STEELERCRAZY 8/7/2009 11:20AM

    Wow, congratulations on your win! That's gotta feel awesome! I've got a plan....since it has rained so much HERE in Ohio, this summer, and you guys are awestruck at the sight of rain, TRADE YA! You live here, I live there...and I'll throw my fam in for FREE!!! Yes, FREE!!!!

Great game and great blog!


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RWETHAIRYET 8/7/2009 10:59AM

    Work doesn't stop here because of fact it often picks up (I work in a hospital) But it always amazes me that here in the dead center of a sprawling building where there are no windows to see out of, we can still feel the grayness and gloominess even if we can't see or hear it.

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    GREAT blog Barbara,

Glad you got the first win of the season too.
I read this blog aloud, cause my DW was sittin' next to me, at her desk and she got a kick out of it too.

I have one question about the rain. You guys are a bunch of lazy so in so's, to stand around and watch the rain, LOL. You failed to mention if anyone went outside after the torrential downpour. What, you ask for? To pick up the empty buckets that the rain came in. YOU DID say the rain came down in buckets didn't you?

Have a great day and an even better weekend!
I'll just bet you are praying for me to go on vacation AGAIN, LOL
Just love your blogs as much as you are loved by your friends.

OOOO on that blog and the victory

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Shortest reign ever and sodium

Thursday, August 06, 2009

No, the two items are not related, but I'm going to tell you about them both anyway. emoticon

First, sodium. Ever since I started tracking nutrients besides just calories, sodium has been my "no way am I going to get there" target. I mean, really, 2300?? Who eats less than 2300mg of sodium in one day? One meal, sure! If I was under 3500 I considered it a win. I have been under (or right at) 2300 mg for the last five days straight! emoticon I'm not sure how that happened, but I just double checked my reports and there it is in blue and green! Wow! Yay me!!! emoticon

On to the shortest reign ever. A couple of days ago, I mentioned that I was the team mom for my son's football team. His football coach is also my softball coach and tonight we had a softball practice. Coach told me that last year's team mom really wanted to be team mom again this year and, unless it really broke my heart, he was going to let her do it. emoticon My heart is not broken (maybe a little cracked) and it apparently means more to her, so I said okay. I also told him that if she needed any help, she could ask me. Coach's wife spoke up and said that it should be easier for her this year now that her littlest one is older (still little, but not as). Being the cynical bwitch that I am, I heard "We know she sucked last year, but we're giving her another chance." LOL! So, four days as team mom and I am done. I'll still support my son and his team. I just hope "we're" a little more organized this year. emoticon

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STEELERCRAZY 8/6/2009 12:01PM

    First of all, you're a better woman than I am. Oh, like you, I would have bowed out gracefully, but I think I would have went home and cried (then started planning my mode of revenge......naah, not worth it). And like you, I really wonder about the sodium issue. Congrats on making your sodium goal, however!! I'm simply shaking in my boots because when I see my doc on the twentieth, she's going to slap my fingers and yank away my salt shaker and processed foods.


Have a good one,

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NORCALTOPAZ 8/6/2009 1:40AM

    Bravo with the sodium monster - that's the thorn in my side.

Keep your face toward the sunshine,


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    Short Reign,
You're a better woman than I am,
But everyone knows that, LOL.

They no not what they've done,
Imagine what they will learn and when will they learn it, that they could have had and DID HAVE the best team mom in YOU.

In my mind, I see CAT FIGHT, but she's not worth it.

Let her have her fun and you can criticize from the bench, LOL

Take care and have FUN
You still ROCK as a mom and as a team mom too, and don't forget as a CK team mom also.

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