Saturday, February 28, 2009

Friday, February 27, 2009

New Favorite Commercial

This used to happen to me, but it was my hip that would call people.
But thanks to my new locking feature (unless my hip gets out of control and hits OK) I can make my own calls.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

CCC has Closed.

After a year, I have decided to close Country Cottage Cards. Many factors have led to the decision, but mainly due to the lack of interest, not only online, but locally as well. Our favorite craft store has also closed due to the economic issues and my goal was to have sale space there to reach customers first hand. We are not having a "firesale", as there isn't much to liquidate. :) But thanks to everyone for their opinions and support. Who knows? Maybe I'll have the energy to do this all over again in the future. In the meantime, I'll be giving Hallmark my cash.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Topless cafe in Maine gives Jackie the jitters

VASSALBORO, Maine – Cup size has more than one meaning at a new central Maine coffeehouse. Servers are topless at the Grand View Topless Coffee Shop, which opened its doors Monday on a busy road in Vassalboro. A sign outside says, "Over 18 only." Another says, "No cameras, no touching, cash only."

On Tuesday, two men sipped coffee at a booth while three topless waitresses and a bare-chested waiter stood nearby. Topless waitress Susie Wiley said men, women and couples have stopped by. The coffee shop raised the ire of dozens of residents when it went before the town planning board last month. Town officials said the coffee shop met the letter of the law.

So Jackie... how do you take your coffee... with a top or not?

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Watch Out Mr President!

I found this article online and couldn't help but feel the same. Especially when you get to the end. Cheers!

“I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!”

In the 1970s, that phrase was made popular by the movie “Network,” where anchor Howard Beale parodied what TV news might become. In 2009, millions of us are mad as hell –- not at TV but at politics. Americans are mad because most of us play the game the right way and if we do, we are now the ones who lose.

Ordinary Americans try to do the right thing, just like Spike Lee told us. We get up, we go to work, raise our families, obey the law and pay our debts. We are mellower versions of the Clint Eastwood character in “Gran Torino.” We just want to be left alone –- by government especially.

The very change that swept Democrats into D.C. will surely sweep them away again if they squeeze ordinary citizens too much to pay for the failings of others.

Unfortunately, while ordinary folks were doing those right things, our politicians are doing all the wrong ones. To help deal with a spending crisis, President Obama and the Democrats give us a nearly $800 billion spending plan. And that’s been quickly followed by a housing plan, an auto plan and will probably be followed by another stimulus. How we’ll pay for it? Don’t ask, voters are told.

And if you live your life right, pay your bills and take care of your mortgage, all you might get is the mini-tax break of $400 per person. That’s about enough money for each of you to go to lunch once a week -– but only for a fast food lunch. At $7.69 a week, Obama’s “Making Work Pay” tax credit doesn’t make work pay very well.

The Roman Caesars appeased their people with bread and circuses. In 2009, Obama has offered us bread, too. But this time it’s just a few items from the Dollar Menu at McDonald’s. And, for circuses, the passage of his 1,071-page American Recovery and Reinvestment Act certainly ought to qualify. More than 300 Senators and Representatives –- nearly all of them Democrats –- voted for the largest spending bill in history without ever reading the darn thing!

No wonder we’re angry. While most of us were doing the right thing, some others –- foolish homeowners, stupid bankers, house flippers, idiot politicians and more –- were taking their cues from the movie “Good Fellas” and robbing us blind.

Now we are supposed to bail them out.

So far we’ve dumped several trillion dollars into that bucket and we’re still bailing with no end in sight. No end to what it’s going to cost us, that is. There is an end in sight -– an end to our savings, our retirements, our jobs, our future, even our children’s future.

Who wouldn’t be angry?

CNBC’s Rick Santelli captured that furor by calling for a “Chicago tea party” in a February 19 edition of “Squawk Box” appearance now spreading across the internet like a wild fire. Santelli was a Howard Beale for a new generation –- an oddly cast Chicago Mercantile Exchange floor reporter venting his rage at the free-spending Obama administration. Santelli urged the new president to arrange an online referendum to “see if we really want to subsidize the losers’ mortgages.”

It wasn’t just Santelli. The exchange floor erupted in anger and boos as he asked them:

“How many of you people want to pay for your neighbor’s mortgage that has an extra bathroom and can’t pay their bills?”

The left and the mainstream media will discount this spontaneous moment. After all, those people on the floor who responded so strongly are just whiny financial types or so the pundits will claim. But the pundits will be wrong. Desperately wrong.

Team Obama has helped unleash that anger. Americans were justifiably frustrated at the reckless spending that came out of Washington and they kicked Republicans to the curb for a “change.”

Change came to Washington claiming bipartisanship and transparency. Obama lied on both. The bipartisan bill was rammed through with classic — and sleazy– Chicago-style politics. And how transparent is a process where even graduates of the Evelyn Wood speed reading course couldn’t have analyzed the bill?

Rather than mollify a worried electorate, the Democrats have angered it further. They invoke FDR like some patron saint of populism and expect the masses to march to their tune –- Pied Piper style.

The masses might be ready to march, but with YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and more, they no longer rely on leaders to lead. That populist rebellion took down one of the most powerful Democrats in Washington, not over tax problems, but because of hubris. Tom Daschle, a former Senate Minority Leader, assumed he had the power to weather his tax problems. He had no problem with politicians, but an eruption of voter anger doomed his nomination.

People in Washington easily forget that the 1992 “it’s the economy, stupid” election returned nearly 20 million votes for an angry little businessman named Ross Perot. The populists were venting even then. Only prosperity cooled their tempers.

Now it is nearly two decades later and those tempers are hot once again. Populist anger is a great tool to get elected. But it is nearly impossible to control. The very change that swept Democrats into D.C. will surely sweep them away again if they squeeze ordinary citizens too much to pay for the failings of others.

We’re still mad as hell. And now Democrats can’t blame anyone else for a change.

Written by Dan Gainor and he is The Boone Pickens Fellow and Vice President of the Media Research Center’s Business & Media Institute.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Hungry Monster

Dont let his cuteness fool you, not even for a second. He tempts. He taunts. He distracts. He stands between you and losing weight. This has got to be the cutest little monster created since the days of, well, Cookie Monster, who ironically believes in the complete opposite of Hungry.

Friday, February 20, 2009


Well, if you haven't been entering in the HGTV Dreamhouse Giveaway, too bad. Its over as of yesterday. And again, if you haven't been entering, GOOD! More chance for us. Since it started back in January, I have entered both of us EVERY SINGLE DAY! But so have millions of other people too. Oh well. Sonoma Country, he we come... maybe. The winner — and housewarming gifts chosen by online voters — will be revealed during the HGTV Dream Home Giveaway 2009 special on Sunday, March 15th at 8/7c

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Winter's Back

Leaving work lately has been really nice. 5:30ish and its still light outside. Well, last night, not so much. It was light alright, but more white. It was snowing! And about 28 degrees. Through the night, it kept coming down but soon turned over to rain. So there is a mix of snow and ice again on the ground. Our steps unfortunately is all ice and since its slate, we have no idea what to put on it so it doesn't ruin the cement holding it all together. Can't use salt.
Mmmm, salt.... margarita..... beach.... ocean.....
Sorry for the daydream. We need a vacation.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

"I love you Barack" Lady

So, when watching the news the other day, I actually was able to laugh. Yes... LAUGH. Not cry or feel bad for all the bad news these days in the world, but smile and laugh. All because of the "I love you Barack" Lady. I knew I would find a clip of this online, and that I couldn't have been the only one who saw this. I mean, come on. This poor homeless woman is asking for help, and this crazy woman in the background steals her moment by saying that? Keep your eye on the woman in white in the left-hand side of the frame. The audio is very faint, but the lip-reading leaves little doubt that she was saying: “I love you, Barack.” Get a grip. Trust me... he doesn't love you as much as you love him. The relationship isn't going to work out.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Elbow Update

So I visited the infectious disease doctor yesterday to have him drain out the remaining stuff in my elbow. He was a nice guy who pretty much agreed with everything I said about my previous trips to the ER and elbow Dr. Waste of time and that they didn't do anything helpful besides prescribe antibiotics. He noted they should have drained my elbow themselves. Oh well. So he is testing the culture to see if it is anything to be concerned over. If its nothing, I just have to be careful of my elbows. Wearing sports wraps occasionally, making sure I moisturize so my skin doesn't crack, and always ALWAYS washing hands and using Purell. He'll be in touch next Friday. My elbow still has a small round ball on the end but isn't as big before seeing him so something is working. Oh, and he put me on more meds to knock the snot out of whatever is wrong with me too. And this one isn't just 3 times a day, oh no... this one is every 8 hours. Pain in the @ss!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Video Memory

So I was accidentally watching MTV last night when this College Humor show came on.
Well, I am glad I did. It had a funny video on it that reminded me so much of UPB / Pitt @ Bradford.

Its Always Sunny in Danbury

For once, I slept in until 10!!! I KNOW! Not straight thru, as the dogs of course still woke me up at 7 to go outside. But it was strange to see sunshine and feel 52 degree heat! The snow and ice are melting, creating a sloppy backyard and driveway. Good thing all those people in the car wash lines yesterday will still have a clean car today. NOT! ( OMG, I just said "not".) Oh well.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Snuggie Commercial Spoof

Thanks to Joyce for this laugh of the day!
Ironically enough, they had a segment on the Snuggie today on TODAY.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Great Quote

He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog.
You are his life, his love, his leader.
He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart.
You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.
- Unknown
---- I borrowed this from Holly, one of Lindsey's friends -----

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Morning ER

So this morning started out only getting about 4 hours of sleep. One, because Makita the horse slept in our bed, and 2, my elbow was killing me. 2 weeks ago, my elbow became red and swollen out of the blue and the Pepsi Doctor put me on Levaquin, an anitbiotic). After 10 days, it seemed to go away as planned, with a little tenderness left over. Well, yesterday, it came back. This time, more painful, more red, and more swollen. So off to the ER at 8am. Sat in the waiting room for 25 minutes, which is good. But then sat in a damn room, curtained off from the rest of the world for 1 hour 30 minutes. I think I fell asleep at one point. Finally, the physician's assitant comes in, and BAM. "You have a classic case of Bursitis." HUH?
Explaination : Bursitis of the Elbow. This type of bursitis is associated with actions requiring you to repeatedly bend and extend your elbow. You may get such an inflammation by pushing a vacuum cleaner back and forth ( TOTALLY ), throwing a baseball and swinging a tennis racket or a golf club ( not so much) may lead to bursitis or tendinitis of the elbow or shoulder. Simple repeated leaning on your elbows could lead to bursitis over the tip of your elbow - this sounds like workers comp! Anyway, got an xray to make sure nothing was broken or out of place. I have an appointment with a specialist on Monday. Have the arm in a sling, icing it, and taken the meds. Not working Monday. And typing isn't that easy at the moment either. Oh well, just mark me down for another weird diagnosis for me. And P.S Monday will be my 4th anniversary for my achilles ripping to shreds! Oh yeah. This is my favorite time of year.