Rocket Surgeon: A person with less-than-stellar aptitude. A mixture of "rocket scientist" and "brain surgeon" This phrase describes a person who is neither.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Auntie Blog Time: Ashlynn, incognito through the years.....

Let's take a trip down memory lane. Halloweens of the past.  Ashlynn loves to get dressed up.  I'm not sure when she started liking it, because her first year, she was not too pleasant.

This may have been her first Halloween, and she cried all night. 
Ladybug, Ladybug, fly away home.....

Here we were all geared up for a fall festival.
I guess we've missed a few years in pictures.  I know she was a black witch one year and Cinderella another.


MEOW!  She almost won a costume contest for this one because she was into the character so well, growling and hissing at the judges.

Last year she was Cleopatra.  Gorgeous huh?
And this year, drum roll please......

Her daddy teased her about being fruit of the loom. 
I don't know when we're going to outgrow this, it's just too much fun.

This is what we call "making a haul!"  You know who's going to eat all this don't you?  Yep, yours truly.

One of the challenges in education today

I've recently learned how to imbed youtube videos in my blog.  I know you're impressed.  Well get impressed with this!

Is your mind boggled? 
My principal found this quote.
"The illiterate of today are not those who can't read and write, but instead those you can't learn, unlearn, and relearn."
The times, they are a changin'
Is it good?
Or not?
Remember The Shawshank Redemption.  Oh, it's one of my favorites.  The old man Brooks gets paroled  after spending most of his life in the penitentiary.  He writes this letter.
"Dear fellas, I can't believe how fast things move on the outside. I saw an automobile once when I was a kid but now they're everywhere. The world went and got itself in a big damn hurry. The parole board got me into this halfway house called "The Brewer". And a job bagging groceries at the Foodway. It's hard work and I try to keep up but my hands hurt most of the time. I don't think the store manager likes me very much. Sometimes after work I go to the park and feed the birds. I keep thinking Jake might just show up and say hello. But he never does. I hope wherever he is he's okay and makin' new friends. I have trouble sleepin' at night. I have bad dreams like I'm falling. I wake up scared. Sometimes it takes me a while to remember where I am. Maybe I should get me a gun, an, an rob the Foodway so they'd send me home. I could shoot the manager while I was at it, sort of like a bonus. I guess I'm too old for that sort of nonsense anymore. I don't like it here. I'm tired of being afraid all the time. I've decided not to stay. I doubt they'll kick up any fuss. Not for an old crook like me.

[carves "Brooks was here" into wood. Admires his work for a moment. Then kicks out the table beneath him and hangs himself]

Yes, the world went and got itself in a big damn hurry.

Friday, October 30, 2009

The spooks are out

We had a vocabulary parade at school today.  Never heard of it huh?  Well in honor of our visiting author (my favorite day)  Debra Frasier,, we had a vocabulary parade.  In Debra Frasier's book, Miss Allaneous, they have a parade of words where each child dons a costume depicting the meaning of a word.   Our principal is a word connoisseur and decided that this would be just dandy.  She also thought that all the lady teachers should pick mis words and the male teachers should pick mister or sir words.  Are you following me?  We only have two male teachers, so they chose mystery and surplus.  Very clever.  My word was misnomer.  I thought it worked well.

A bit disheartened that you can't see my tail here.  I should've been holding it.
Here's another teacher as Mischief.

It's also been Red Ribbon Week.  All the kids vow to be drug free and dress crazy.  Makes no sense, but that's what we do.  Here's Ashlynn on Crazy sock day.

I've had pumpkin guts under my fingernails and up to my elbows today while carving a jack-o-lantern.
Here's a funny work story.  You'll find this in the faculty restroom.  I'll let the picture speak volumes.

Halloween week...that's all I have to say about this.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Beauty of October

October's Party

George Cooper

October gave a party;

The leaves by hundreds came-

The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,

And leaves of every name.

The Sunshine spread a carpet,

And everything was grand,

Miss Weather led the dancing,

Professor Wind the band.

The Chestnuts came in yellow,

The Oaks in crimson dressed;

The lovely Misses Maple

In scarlet looked their best;

All balanced to their partners,

And gaily fluttered by;

The sight was like a rainbow

New fallen from the sky.

Then, in the rustic hollow,

At hide-and-seek they played,

The party closed at sundown,

And everybody stayed.

Professor Wind played louder;

They flew along the ground;

And then the party ended

In jolly "hands around."
I borrowed (stole) this poem from another blog I read.
She has a great little blog about photography, knitting, and her family.
Hope you've had a Happy October!

Monday, October 26, 2009


My favorite sister Jolea, well my only sister Jolea, well my only sister period.   BUT, she'd still be my favorite if I had more to choose from. 
She looks like a little eskimo here, and a darlin one at that. 
"Let's rub noses, like the Eskimoses."
She has a way cooler name than me.  She used to spell her name like this: Joley, but now spells it like this: Jolea.

This was when she was Joley.

And this was when she was va-va-Joley. (insert eye brow raising and pouty lips here)
 Don't you love the sexy watermelon shirt??  I believe that was sponge stamped.  All I know it it had to be very cool for her to be wearing it.

She probably knows more about me, no I take that back, she definately knows more about me than any other human being on Earth.  The blackmail she could use against me....oh I shudder to think. 
"More than Santa Claus, your sister knows when you've been bad and good"~ Linda Sunshine
She has been with me through lots of times,
 the good and the bad.

Like two year old tantrums,

  and bad perms. 
 But she's never left my side. 
She's a smart, beautiful person and I'm lucky to have her as my sister.

Did I say smart?

Yeah, I thought so.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Auntie Blog: For the love of blue goo

Flarp, flubber, slime, goo, gak, or oobleck.  Whatever you call it, it's fun stuff (if you're a kid).

Ashlynn spent her Sunday elbow deep in this stuff.

This is supposed to be a butt.  I know, I know.

Like the taste of oobleck? Blech!

Gotta keep her head back or it will run into her mouth.

Good thing her nose is clean!

And now you know why it's a good thing her nose is clean.

And if you would like to blow blue gak bubbles with your nose, here's how...
Mix thoroughly
1 1/2 cups very warm water
2 cups Elmer's glue
food coloring (optional, as could stain clothing and skin)
In a separate bowl, mix thoroughly:

1 1/3 cups very warm water
2 level teaspoons Borax

Mix the contents of the two bowls together kneading until it is fully combined. Discard any remaining liquid.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

My Crazy Mom Part I

All my life my mom has warned me of the highly possible chance that I may end up in a mental institution.  A matter of fact, I think she has told me twice this week.  She thinks I'm nuts.   I blow her off.  My mom on the other hand, thinks she's sane.  I asked her if she realized that when I do end up in a mental institution, they will blame her.  I mean can't we always blame our moms for screwing us up??  It seems to be catching on in society these days.  This sign is currently taped to my mother's front door.

I've always wondered if crazy people know they're crazy.   She said come back next week and it will say "Do not disturb, I'm disturbed enough already!"  I guess that answers my question.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Till the cows come home

I don't think cows are too smart, but what do I know.
I have noticed, however, like any animal, when it comes to eating, they pay attention.    
Cows do recognize the feed wagon.  I can pull through a pasture in my vehicle, which is not the feed wagon, and they casually look up at me, give me the once over, and get back to eating.  When Jason rumbles in there, their ears perk up and they start a'comin.

 Jason is a good cowboy. He makes sure they get fed. He makes sure they're all accounted for. He checks for runny noses and other ailments.  He has a siren on his truck.  They can hear him if they're too far away and can't see him. When they hear the siren sound, they come a'trottin.  Now, if he's being very impatient, he'll drop a load or two of cake (that's cow food for you dudes out there). When they hear the door to the cake feeder slam, they come a'runnin.  Most don't dawdle when it's supper time. 

They get there and wait for their groceries. 
Some stare at you.
Feed me now!!
Some beller at you.

Today he was south of town feeding some steers.  He rumbled through the gate and spotted them.  He blew his siren, they took notice, and came a comin'.  And right there, right in the smack dab middle of the herd,  mingling amongst all the steers, were two goats! 
Red goats!!! 
Red goats with little nub horns!!!!
They must've been cows in their former lives because they got in the cake line and helped themselves.  Most of the bovines ignored them and went about their business eating. But a few calves did not appreciate these welfare cases.  They head butted over cake.  Not sure where these univited guests journeyed from.  I asked Jason to get me a picture if he can.  Until then, here is a very tame cow eating a piece of cake from Jason's hand.

This is a cake line.  Jason has to drive past, count, and eyeball them before they finish eating and scatter.

Yes, this is where your hamburger comes from.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sometimes I just can't say it right

On my birthday, Jason got me this card.

It was perfect.  

I wrote on the back My favorite card! 2009
It's a little story of us.

It reminds me of Anacortes, WA. 
It reminds me of a happy life.  One to look back on and have zero regrets.  Remembering good times, and relishing the reward of a well-lived life.

Do you know how much I love pie?  Maybe I love this card because of this blueberry pie line.  What if it had said lemon cake?  Would I still be as fond?  Doubtful.

Maybe I'm drawn to the quintessential picket fence in the picture.  I've always wanted a picket fence around my house.  But I'd settle for a split rail fence, whatever.  I even want to hop on the bike with its banana seat and ride down that cobblestone path.

It's obviously Autumn in this card.  The best season of all.  The trees dress in glorious color. The smell of the ocean drifting on a light wind.

No hurry.  No rush. 
I hate the pace of life.  I know hate is a strong word, but it just sums it up for me.  I run in 5th gear 90% of the time.  I'd prefer second or even third.

Relaxing in the comfort of a lifetime of companionship. 

And I'm sure the couple in the car (without gray hair even though it's years and years from now) love talking to one another, never fight over the radio, never get lost, or aren't prone to fits of road rage.  Sure.
This card makes me smile.
Monday was Jason's birthday.  I stood in the aisle studying the greeting cards.  Which direction should I go this year?
Then my eye caught the one.  The perfect card.  It tells of my hopes.  And dreams, my desire for a slower pace.  And my love of pie.  Yep, I got him the same card. 

It just says it all for me.