Friday, December 24, 2010

12 Thank You Notes of Christmas

Dec 25
My dearest darling Edward,
 What a wonderful surprise has just greeted me! That sweet partridge,
in that lovely little pear-tree; what an enchanting, romantic, poetic
present! Bless you, and thank you.
Your deeply loving,

Dec. 26
Beloved Edward,
 The two turtle-doves arrived this morning, and are cooing away in the
pear-tree as I write. I'm so touched and grateful!
With undying love, as always,

Dec. 27
My darling Edward,
 You do think of the most original presents! Who ever thought of
sending anybody three French hens? Do they really come all the
way from France? It's a pity we have no chicken coops, but I expect
we'll find some. Anyway, thankyou so much; they're lovely.
Your devoted, Emily

  Dec. 28
Dearest Edward,
 What a surprise! Four calling birds arrived this morning. They are
very sweet, even if they do call rather loudly - they make telephoning
almost impossible - but I expect they'll calm down when they get
used to their new home. Anyway, I'm very grateful, of course I am.
Love from Emily

  Dec. 29
Dearest Edward,
 The mailman has just delivered five most beautiful gold rings, one
for each finger, and all fitting perfectly! A really lovely present!
Lovelier, in a way, than birds, which do take rather a lot of looking
after. The four that arrived yesterday are still making a terrible
row, and I'm afraid none of us got much sleep last night. Mother
says she wants to use the rings to "wring" their necks. Mother has
such a sense of humor. This time she's only joking, I think, but I do
know what she means. Still, I love the rings.
Bless you,

  Dec. 30
Dear Edward,
 Whatever I expected to find when I opened the front door this
morning, it certainly wasn't six socking great geese laying eggs all
over the porch. Frankly, I rather hoped that you had stopped sending
me birds. We have no room for them, and they've already ruined
the croquet lawn. I know you meant well, but let's call a halt, shall we?

  Dec. 31
 I thought I said NO MORE BIRDS. This morning I woke up to find no
more than seven swans, all trying to get into our tiny goldfish pond.
I'd rather not think what's happened to the goldfish. The whole
house seems to be full of birds, to say nothing of what they leave
behind them, so please, please, stop!
Your Emily

  Jan 1
Frankly, I prefer the birds. What am I to do with eight milkmaids?
And their cows! Is this some kind of a joke? If so, I'm afraid I don't
find it very amusing.

  Jan. 2
Look here, Edward,
 This has gone far enough. You say you're sending me nine ladies
dancing. All I can say is, judging from the way they dance, they're
certainly not ladies. The village just isn't accustomed to seeing a
regiment of shameless viragos, with nothing on but their lipstick,
cavorting round the green, and it's Mother and I who get the blame.
If you value our friendship, which I do (less and less), kindly stop
this ridiculous behavior at once!

  Jan 3
As I write this letter, ten disgusting old men are prancing up and
down all over what used to be the garden, before the geese and
the swans and the cows got at it. And several of them, I have just
noticed, are taking inexcusable liberties with the milkmaids.
Meanwhile the neighbors are trying to have us evicted. I shall never
speak to you again.

  Jan 4
This is the last straw! You know I detest bagpipes! The place has now
become something between a menagerie and a madhouse, and a
man from the council has just declared it unfit for habitation.  At
least Mother has been spared this last outrage; they took her away
yesterday afternoon in an ambulance to a home for the bewildered.
I hope you're satisfied.

  Jan. 5
 Our client, Miss Emily Wilbraham, instructs me to
 inform you that with the arrival on her premises at
 7:30 this morning of the entire percussion section
 of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and several of
 their friends, she has no course left open to her
 but to seek an injunction to prevent you importuning
 her further. I am making arrangements for the return
 of much assorted livestock.

I am, Sir, yours faithfully,
G. Creep
Attorney at law

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Friday, December 17, 2010

Lovely Day

Today is just plain lovely.  Not too cold, or hot.  Enough breeze to prevent stuffiness, but not enough to chill.  Air is clean and smells fresh.  The sun is blind you bright and there are almost no clouds to be seen.  Even the leaves on thr ground are colorful, plentiful and crunchy to step on.

I would love to have more days like today, however, whatever kind of day I get, I will be thankful in it if not for it.

Later Days
Patrick B

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Is It Raining?

Just found a fast and simple way to get a straight answer to the question is it raining. is all I need.  Go to the site and enter the name of where you want to know the weather.  Or make it even easier and add the name of the place at the end of the web address.

For example for me locally it would be Georgia.
The answer is a simple Yes or No and the page is bare bones and loads fast.

Hope this comes in handy

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

What's up with my heart

I went today to see my cardiologist.
First he has put me on Nitro just in case.
I go next Wed, (Nov 27 at 7:00 a.m.) for a heart catheter procedure.
They said I should plan on staying overnight as if they have to put a stint in, I have to stay overnight for observation.
The doctor says there is a small area at the back of my heart that is showing abnormal activity.
The hope is that this can be fixed with the cath procedure.
If the cath cannot fix the problem, I will have to begin planning for open heart surgery.

To say the least this has me a bit freaked out.
Especially since they said that if I have to have the open heart surgery I would have to spend about a month in either a rehab facility or a nursing home.  Not sure but this could cost me my apartment if I am gone to long.

So I am praying (and asking my friends to pray) that all will go smoothly and that the cath will be able to fix things up nicely.

So keep me in your prayers.

Love ya all.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

RIP to a dear friend.

I found out this morning that one of my old friends had died.
I had not seen him in years, but just knowing he was out there was enough.
I loved him like family if not even closer and now he is gone and my heart hurts.
Taj, you will be missed.

Until we meet again.

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Kids Explain Love

Love from a Kid's Point of View

What is love, from a kid's point of view?

"When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That's love."

"When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You know that your name is safe in their mouth."

"Love is when someone hurts you, and you get so mad, but you don't yell at them because you know it would hurt their feelings."

"Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is okay."

"Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen."

"Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well."

"Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford."

"Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day."

"You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget."

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Site Recommendation: ThredUp

Okay, stumbled across this site and think that if might be worth passing along. Who knows you may need it or know someone who does.

ThredUp is a children's clothing exchange.
When you join you get a supply of free boxes from the post office.
You gather the clothes your kid(s) have outgrown, fill a box and then list it.
Then you search for boxes of clothes that your kid can wear and would like.
You pay a fee of $13 for each box you order, and if and when someone chooses your box, you get a free paid label to mail it off.
Swap done.
Site handles clothes up to pre teen sizes.

Hope this is of use to you or someone you know.
Patrick Barden

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Cowboy Wisdom

~ Never squat with your spurs on!

~ Never kick a fresh cow chip on a hot day.

~ There's two theories to arguin' with a woman.... Neither one works.

~ Don't worry about bitin' off more than you can chew. Your mouth is probably a whole lot bigger than you think.

~ If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around.

~ After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral: When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut.

~ If you find yourself in a hole the first thing to do is stop diggin'.

~ Never smack a man who's chewin' tobacco.

~ It don't take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep.

~ Never ask a barber if he thinks you need a haircut.

~ Good judgement comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgement.

~ Always drink upstream from the herd.

~ Never drop your gun to hug a grizzly.

~ If you're ridin' ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there.

~ When you give a lesson in meanness to a critter or a person, don't be surprised if they learn their lesson.

~ When you're throwin' your weight around, be ready to have it thrown around by somebody else.

~ Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back.

~ Always take a good look at what you're about to eat.
It's not so important to know what it is, but it's critical to know what it was.

~ The quickest way to double your money is to fold it over and put it back in your pocket.

~ Never miss a good chance to shut up.

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

explaining love

I belong to a site that gives you a new mission each day.
Today's challenge was to share a favorite quote from a movie.
Not sure why, but I remembered a scene from the 1968 version of "Yours Mine and Ours".
In the movie a widow and widower with 18 children between them marry.
They are about to have their first child together.
The oldest daughter's boyfriend is pressing her to have sex, but telling her that if she really loves him, she will sleep with him.
Of course this comes up as, mom, Helen goes into labor.
Here's the wisdom that dad comes up with.
Can't say as I have ever heard it put better.

So here you go.

Colleen North: [Helen is about to have a baby] I know this is a terrible time to talk about it, but Larry says...
Frank Beardsley: I've got a message for Larry. You tell him this is what it's all about. This is the real happening. If you want to know what love really is, take a look around you.
HelenNorth: What are you two talking about?
Frank Beardsley: Take a good look at your mother.
HelenNorth: Not now!
Frank Beardsley: Yes, now.
[to Colleen]
Frank Beardsley: It's giving life that counts. Until you're ready for it, all the rest is just a big fraud. All the crazy haircuts in the world won't keep it turning. Life isn't a love in, it's the dishes and the orthodontist and the shoe repairman and... ground round instead of roast beef. And I'll tell you something else: it isn't going to a bed with a man that proves you're in love with him; it's getting up in the morning and facing the drab, miserable, wonderful everyday world with him that counts.
[Leaving the house, they say good-bye to the little kids]
Frank Beardsley: I suppose having 19 kids is carrying it a bit too far, but if we had it to do over who would we skip... you?
HelenNorth: [getting into the car] Thank you, Frank. I never quite knew how to explain it to her.
Frank Beardsley: If we don't get you to the hospital fast, the rest of it's going to be explained right here!

Stay tuned.........

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

getting new things

This has been a week for getting new stuff. Today I went to pick up my new diabetic shoes. Now most remember the old diabetic shoes. They came in two colors, black and brown, and one style, ugly. Now they come in lots of colors and some actually quite cool colors and styles. So here are my new shoes.     Just try and tell me they are not the most awesomest shoes ever.   Now next week the fun continues.   I was talking with a tech guy at AT&T and mentioned that I was gonna need to get a new phone as mine was starting to act up.  He mentioned that I had the Equipment Maintenance Plan.  What this means is that up to a total of $400 in a 12 month period, I can get a replacement phone sent for little or nothing.  If I had gone with a similar model it would have const nothing, but I decided to go for the upgrade for an extra $3.33 a month for 6 months.  It should be here by next Friday.   Finally, I went last week to be fitted for new glasses.  It takes about 2 weeks for them to be ready.  Then it is off to pick them up in Athens.  Once again, finding the right program, means the glasses are costing me nothing, but the cost of gas to go get them.  And it does not hurt that my absolute favorite book store is a few doors down.  I can't wait to break my glasses in by going shopping at B&N!   So that has been what is up with me.   Stay tuned.......

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Friday, May 21, 2010

My new glasses - almost

Today I went to LensCrafters in Athens to have an eye exam and get new glasses. I was a bit nervous and very excited.  I'm always excited to get new glasses and always nervous that this will be the year they tell me they just can't make anything that strong.

So, I set out and had my exam.  The doctor found a few things we could tweak to get me a better set up.  First my old glasses were designed for distance vision.  Most of the activities I enjoy are up close, so the glasses were not what I needed.  So my new glasses will give me better close up an short range vision that the old ones.

And since I can be hard on glasses they are going to use a few new tricks to make my new ones less breakable.

So while it will be a couple weeks before I get my new glasses, I already picked out my new frames.  And here they are.

You know, it is funny, but my mom always said that with out my glasses my eyes were kind of creepy and dead.  Looking through glasses that have sample lenses and not my correct strength does make my eyes look a bit demented and dead.  Creepy, huh?

Oh well, once I get my new lenses and frames, I will be my old jolly self.


Stay tuned.......

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

This Song

Secret Ambition by Michael W. Smith   (9080 KB)
Listen on posterous

Secret Ambition by Michael W Smith is and has been one of my all time favorite songs for more years that I really care to remember.

Give a listen and try not to get stirred up by the message of this song.

Enjoy and God Bless

Stay Tuned......

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Origami for Father's Day

Simple design for a heart wearing a necktie.
Easy to do and has animated instructions

Stay Tuned......

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Monday, May 17, 2010

All My Faves

I've been visiting AllMyFaves for some time now.
If nothing else, I visit every Monday to soak up all the new sites for the week.
I might even try the weekly game fave.

Well now I get to have my very own Mini Faves page.
And here it is.
I get to pick my own lists of faves and create my own mini listing.
Right now I only have one line of faves, but I found out I can add as many as I want.
So if you want to see where I hang out online (other than Facebook), go and see my faves.
And if you get your own set, let me know.

Stay tuned.....

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

caveat emptor

"Caveat Emptor" let the buyer beware.

Well it had to happen.  Everyone has a bad auction experience.  So far mine have all been wonderful, until this week.  I bid on something, won it, got it and it was a piece of junk.  Now this would be the end of the story, but the person advertized the item as new and unopened.  Well it was opened, used and pretty much empty.  So going against my tendency to avoid confrontation, I filed a request to lodge a complaint and get a refund.  The other person has 5 days to respond or the refund becomes automatic.

The upside?  It was a listia auction and so no money was involved.  That and I can honestly say I have never had anything but the best experience with ebay.

Will I stop using auction sites? Nah, but I am pickier.  That and on ebay I stick to buy it now as much as possible.

So all in all, a bad but not horrible experience.  I'll live.  And when I get my refund, I will go find something else to bid on.


Stay tuned......

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Sunday, May 9, 2010


I've been spending a bit of time at Listia.
Listia is a free auction site.  You list items and you bid on items.  The twist is you don't use cash, but points.  You'll find all kinds of odd stuff there to spend a few points or more on.

Wanna try it?  Go here and get 50 points to spend on your first bid.

Now excuse me, while I go find other cool stuff to bid on.

Stay tuned.....

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Saturday, May 8, 2010

That *&^(*(& "F" word!

Okay, world!  Can we please just remove "that" word from vocabulary?  For the last week I have waged war on that word in my home.  I have told my friends that if they ever use it they will be asked to leave.  I've avoided movies and other programs that use words like that regularly.  And for the most part I was winning.


I get a book I have really wanted to read.  Guess what?  In the very first chapter.  In the very first couple dozen pages "that" word was used, not once, not twice, but 85 times!!!!!!  And what made it even worse to me was that the book did not use a single other bad word.

Remember how the Smurfs used the word "smurf" at least once every sentence and on some occasions several times.  Smurf was a noun, a verb, and adjective.  Well in this book, "'that' word is used the same way.

It's ugly, tasteless, offensive and just plain vulgar.  A person I value greatly told me once that "using foul language was a sign of a lack of education.  Cursing is what you do when you have nothing intelligent to say."

So, smarten up world, talk like you have a brain.  Or remember what the Bible says.

"Pro 17:28 Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is consideredwise; When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent."

Stay tuned....

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Buckaroo Ranch

My first experience with school.  It was a little place up on a hill. I would go for a few hours each day and play, learn and have a good time.  Buckaroo Ranch was the kind of place you wanted your kids to go to, because when they were ready to leave to go to "big kid" school, they had already learned to love it and want to go more.

BTW, in case you are wondering, I am the little kid in the glasses and yellow shirt on the back row.
I was a cutie. (Still am)

Stay tuned.....

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I know I should not have ordered pizza.  I always feel awful the day after.  However, I could not bring myself to eat one more chicken strip.  My sanity was at stake.  So I ordered the pizza, actually two.  It was a minimum order thing.  Then I ordered cheezy bread.  They were kind of bland.  Then to completely crash and burn, I ordered one of those fudge lava cake things.

When I saw the box, I was a bit deflated.  It was SO tiny.  I ate it and it was like 4 bites.  It was good, but not THAT good.  Won't be ordering that again.  Well, once more but only because I have a coupon for a free one.

So I had pizza for supper.  And I will probably have pizza for lunch or supper tomorrow.  Now if only I can get through tomorrow without a major upset stomach.

Stay tuned....

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Household Product Database

Household Product Database is a site where you can find out just about anything you might want to know about the products you use around your home.  Find out what is in them, who makes them, how to get customer service, first aid in needed, and a lot more.

This site looks to be very useful and has been added to my favorites for future use.

God bless

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Tonight by TobyMac

One of the best I have heard in quite awhile.  It's rare to find a disc in which every song is a keeper.  And this disc is like a form of devine multiple personalities.  Each song stands on it's own, with its own sound and style.  Everything from worship to pop, rock, hip hop, reggae and most stops between,  Enjoy the ride, the ticket is on me.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Read a Good Book Lately?

Well it has been way to long since I have been by.  Not that I have not found anything worth sharing, but more that I have just been to preoccupied to share it.  So I plan on getting back to sharing stuff starting today.

So here I introduce you to WOWIO.

WOWIO  is all about the book.  Sign up, and start browsing.  Soon enough you will find a book you want to read.  Select it, add it to your library.  Read it online for free, or buy a pdf copy for a very small fee.

One of the great surprises is the section of "sponsored" books.  A sponsored book has had the pdf cost covered by someone else.  These books are downloadable for free.  There's a nice list of classics in this section.

Oh and if you are a big reader of comic books, this is the place for you.

So, hop on over and read a good book.  If you find something really good, let me know, I can always use a few more good books to read.