Saturday, January 31, 2009

Don'tcha wish

ya really knew what they are saying.............well maybe not all the time...........

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Day tripping with Donkeys

Fifty some years ago............momma, daddy, seester and me self got in a car and drove west from Indiana to Southern California. We took the now infamous Route 66...........see that photo above that is exactly the road we be honest I don't think they have resurfaced that road in the last fifty some years.

See there's the sign, a bit blurry but there we are on the same road that brought back just tons of memories. Even called sister as we were driving to tell her where we were.
OK you say where ya going???

That's Oatman, Arizona.............what a funny little place. It's not a is an old mining camp that must have been just wild in the 1800's.

This sign greets you on the way into town along with some rambunctious donkeys.

See the little guy........his name is JellyBean and is only a couple of weeks old..........that's his Momma keeping a very close eye on me.

Enjoyed a nice lunch at the famous Oatman Hotel.........and oh my if the walls in this hotel could talk.........the stories coming about miners, movie stars and politicians......and a few ghosts also.

Being a cowboy western mining camp..........they still hold the obligatory gunfight, stage coach robbery at high noon on the street.

But it seems these residents take precedence and come and go at their leisure, and yes you can buy carrots in any store to feed the residents.............that are quite friendly. That's JellyBean's momma that thought I was OK since I was armed with orange sticks.

It was quite a long day trip but what a fun time we had!!! More photos to stay tuna'd.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Tea illustration

while wandering around the avenues of blogland I came upon this illustration of our new President. I am always amazed at the talent .........................too cool.

I found this info on the well fed network.............then there happened to be a link to a wonderful magazine I have seen in bookstores many times..............Tea Magazine.

Ya never know what your gonna find when ya start clicking. Just remember have a folder to put your newest bookmarks then you can go back for a visit............not scratching your head wondering where ya saw it.

Friday, January 23, 2009

we have a neighbor

just arrived here next to our RV every nite is this very large owl. No I don't know what kind but I do know he/she hoots often and loudly not in an annoying way though.

This owl has a mate and they flew off together right after I took this shot. They arrive about dusk every nite so I'll try to get a shot of the pair if possible.................stay tuna'd

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

this isn't Buddy..............

the above photo is from lolcats one of my all time favorite sites

but ya spose this is what he says in the look he gives us quite often. Maybe he wants it to go with his chips.One morning I came out of the bedroom to see Buddy on the table next to him the bag of chips and in his paw a chip he was licking the salt off of.
Maybe he wants a drink to go with his chips...........yes folks this whacked out cat eats potato chips. I honestly believe that it's the salt on the chips that he enjoys. So maybe I should rim his bowl with salt and pour in a margarita. I have asked Mr Doodles to not give the elderly Buddy anymore human food knowing it is not good for his digestive system..........but sometimes the man just cannot resist the sad eyes of a very sweet old cat.

Mr Doodles took this photo of Buddy a couple a nites ago and
I just love this shot of the cat eyes

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Thank you

The world, the whole world has just witnessed the most remarkable
moment in history.

Thank you Mr President!!!

Monday, January 19, 2009

I love quotes

funny quotes, from famous people............I don't care I just like reading quotes, so does my dear friend Miss B............she comes up with a lot of very good and poignant quotes.

My home page is igoogle and I arranged to have cute photos of sweet kitties and puppies so when my page opens I get to see those photos and it makes me smile. Use to be home pages were supposed to be of news alerts and such, nope not mine any more I want a smile or a chuckle when I turn on my computer.

I also have on my home page quotes of the day..............this was on my page when I opened it up yesterday.

Confucius Say
A smile is like tight underwear ... it makes your cheeks go up.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

We are about to usher in a new era

This is the kind of person we want to govern our country, in my very humble opinion.
Read this, then tell me it didn't just tug at your heart.

Next Tuesday, Barack Obama will be sworn in as our 44th President. On this historic occasion, PARADE asked the President-elect, who is also a devoted family man, to get personal and tell us what he wants for his children. Here, he shares his letter to them.

Dear Malia and Sasha,

I know that you've both had a lot of fun these last two years on the campaign trail, going to picnics and parades and state fairs, eating all sorts of junk food your mother and I probably shouldn't have let you have. But I also know that it hasn't always been easy for you and Mom, and that as excited as you both are about that new puppy, it doesn't make up for all the time we've been apart. I know how much I've missed these past two years, and today I want to tell you a little more about why I decided to take our family on this journey.

When I was a young man, I thought life was all about me—about how I'd make my way in the world, become successful, and get the things I want. But then the two of you came into my world with all your curiosity and mischief and those smiles that never fail to fill my heart and light up my day. And suddenly, all my big plans for myself didn't seem so important anymore. I soon found that the greatest joy in my life was the joy I saw in yours. And I realized that my own life wouldn't count for much unless I was able to ensure that you had every opportunity for happiness and fulfillment in yours. In the end, girls, that's why I ran for President: because of what I want for you and for every child in this nation.

I want all our children to go to schools worthy of their potential—schools that challenge them, inspire them, and instill in them a sense of wonder about the world around them. I want them to have the chance to go to college—even if their parents aren't rich. And I want them to get good jobs: jobs that pay well and give them benefits like health care, jobs that let them spend time with their own kids and retire with dignity.

I want us to push the boundaries of discovery so that you'll live to see new technologies and inventions that improve our lives and make our planet cleaner and safer. And I want us to push our own human boundaries to reach beyond the divides of race and region, gender and religion that keep us from seeing the best in each other.

Sometimes we have to send our young men and women into war and other dangerous situations to protect our country—but when we do, I want to make sure that it is only for a very good reason, that we try our best to settle our differences with others peacefully, and that we do everything possible to keep our servicemen and women safe. And I want every child to understand that the blessings these brave Americans fight for are not free—that with the great privilege of being a citizen of this nation comes great responsibility.

That was the lesson your grandmother tried to teach me when I was your age, reading me the opening lines of the Declaration of Independence and telling me about the men and women who marched for equality because they believed those words put to paper two centuries ago should mean something.

She helped me understand that America is great not because it is perfect but because it can always be made better—and that the unfinished work of perfecting our union falls to each of us. It's a charge we pass on to our children, coming closer with each new generation to what we know America should be.

I hope both of you will take up that work, righting the wrongs that you see and working to give others the chances you've had. Not just because you have an obligation to give something back to this country that has given our family so much—although you do have that obligation. But because you have an obligation to yourself. Because it is only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you will realize your true potential.

These are the things I want for you—to grow up in a world with no limits on your dreams and no achievements beyond your reach, and to grow into compassionate, committed women who will help build that world. And I want every child to have the same chances to learn and dream and grow and thrive that you girls have. That's why I've taken our family on this great adventure.

I am so proud of both of you. I love you more than you can ever know. And I am grateful every day for your patience, poise, grace, and humor as we prepare to start our new life together in the White House.

Love, Dad

For all my Canadian readers.........I just heard that the first trip Mr Obama will be making out of the country will be to visit you get're gonna love him.......................I promise.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Conversation during lunch

Some of you know that our dear Mr Doodles is a man of few words not a big conversationalist but when he does speak you listen.

So we go off today to run some errands. I must explain first off we are in California but only six miles to Parker Arizona which is where we must go for anything.

How long we been here folks two weeks or there abouts, well today we discover that when one drives into Arizona the times advances one hour. How did we discover this you may ask...................well we were going to see a movie, the movie started at one p.m., we arrive a few minutes before, go to the box office to obtain our tickets and the very sweet young lady said "do you realize the movie started about an hour ago ~grin ~ you folks from California must remember to set your clocks on Arizona time". Who knew DUH!!! we felt like the biggest dorks I swear.

Well anyway decided to go have lunch instead. We found a great tiny little Mexican restaurant, hopefully given the local time they were still serving lunch. Well after a trip to Ace hardware for a much needed piece of whatever that Mr Doodles needed we wander over to the local joint, still serving lunch YES!!!!!!!!!!

You must be wondering about the conversation aren't ya.........I'm getting to it honest........we order, wait person brings some salsa red and green, green is a lot like Cielito Lindo's guacamole................yummm if you've ever been there you will be salivating about now.

OK Mr D says "ya know when we get to Phoenix (hint) I'm gonna get a gold panning kit and go up to the mountains bring back some I sit there with my mouth gaping open.............he do know gold has hit $800 an ounce. Why are you laughing........I'm serious." And ya know what folks he is serious I think. This has to be the most bizarre thing that has ever come out of this guys mouth...............I love ya Mr Doodles I truly do.

So as I have been known to say................stay tuna'd.

ps................please know I had trouble typing this because of much laughter still after reviewing the conversation............pray for me folks and don't ask me what time it is OK

You don't know his name

Pete Souza................but you sure will know his photographs in the next four years.
Pete Souza is a man that I am extremely jealous of these days. I can honestly tell you that I have had dreams of being the designated White House photo is that a dream job or what!!!

Look back at all the White House photographers......think of the history they have I'm drooling here.

And to think my beautiful niece and her hunky bunky will be witnessing the Obama event in Washington DC this coming weekend............they will be dressed warmly I can assure you...........take a look!!! And nephew in law is a derned good photo taker also

Safe journey you two..................don't forget to brink me back a really cheesy momento!!!

Monday, January 12, 2009

A day with the tourists

Now I know after typing that title it sounds a bit uppity but certainly not meant.

Mr Doodles and I are quite fortunate as a retired couple we can go to most touristy places during the week when most folks are working..............quite a luxury I tell ya.

Well Mr found a place that he would like to go visit and it seems to only be open on the weekends. Your drive five miles up a dirt gravel road at the end there was a bar, a working bar at the end.

The road up

Well we are not the only folks to have the idea to visit this place, The Desert Bar sure does remind me of a place in the Keys without the water surrounding it. After the Nellie E site I noticed their photos were much the same as mine but here's one they didn't have.Mr Doodles ya shoulda worn your shades dude!!!

This is a rocking chair made from old horseshoes.............I also sat in it and the rocker is quite comfortable.............surprisingly so.......maybe cause of my padding........ha!!!

a vintage rust bucket

and here we have the five mile road down to the Town of Parker

Decided since we were so close we would venture on over to Parker Dam................stay tuna'd cause Mr Doodles had a shout out from Homeland Security.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

No spoons required

OK where have I been??? I just saw this photo in a magazine, at first I thought it was a joke and turned the page. That photo must have stuck in my brain and after a moment I went back and looked at that photo.

Sure enough it's sliced peanut butter heard me SLICED PEANUT BUTTER wrapped in plastic like processed cheese slices YUKKKKKKKKKKk!!!

I guess I shouldn't pass judgment since I haven't tried this new fangled product yet.

The following from the company web site..........

When he came up with the idea for sliced peanut butter during an evening with friends, Stewart Kennedy knew he would have to find a way to make peanut butter "unsticky." Creating P.B. Slices™ took Kennedy, president of Kennedy Foods, more than four years, thousands of feet of plastic cling wrap and countless samples hanging from his kitchen cabinets. In the end, diligence paid off as P.B. Slices has become one of the hottest products on the market.

Mr Kennedy I truly respect your perseverance of your precious product but I don't understand why you would want to take away the joy of putting a spoon in a gooey jar of peanut butter pulling that spoon out and suck said peanut butter off that spoon.

What's next Mr Kennedy a spoon with the peanut butter on it already??? No don't tell me cause I'm not gonna buy it. But in case my readers here would like to know where to purchase your product I am the posting the link to your site. Also if your interested just Google P B slices.............I love Google.

Where to buy P.B Slices

From hectic to total quiet

Wow what a change a week makes. Y'all know we did the Christmas tree lot managing deal right?!!! Then went directly to the desert of Rancho Mirage for Christmas with my wonderful family.................a wonderful relaxing New Years with Gramma M, her dear sister and brother-in-law.

New Years day we hooked up and drove a few hours to Parker, AZ. Actually we are in Big River, California. The RV park is on the Colorado River with not that many folks here, well at least it's not full. Friends from Colorado are joining us soon, not too soon cause we are still catching up on our sleep and being quite lazy.

This sure is a great spot to accomplish that cause it is really quiet here. Understand this is more of a summer hot spot................given the temps of 100 plus and not really a winter vacation spot, not a lot of boating on the river this time of year, or jet skis or even fishing. Mr Doodles won't be fishing because the non-resident cost for a license is astronomical even for a short time.

Many day trips will be available from this location so I'll try to keep y'all up to date with photos. And I must apologize for the lack of photos........yes I must get back to it now.

So stay tuna'd............cause fun things are on the way!!!

Saturday, January 03, 2009

So we help the war with a pill???

Little Blue Pills Among the Ways CIA Wins Friends in Afghanistan

The Afghan chieftain looked older than his 60-odd years, and his bearded face bore the creases of a man burdened with duties as tribal patriarch and husband to four younger women. His visitor, a CIA officer, saw an opportunity, and reached into his bag for a small gift.

Four blue pills. Viagra.

"Take one of these. You'll love it," the officer said. Compliments of Uncle Sam.

The enticement worked. The officer, who described the encounter, returned four days later to an enthusiastic reception. The grinning chief offered up a bonanza of information about Taliban movements and supply routes -- followed by a request for more pills.

read remainder of article here

Now allow me to add a few of my comments on this subject..............

If you give cash for information they say the recipient will go out and purchase something flashy there by bringing attention to the family that they are when the wife shows up pregnant with child will the bad guys know the husband is a snitch or just virile. The word is out now that the Post has posted knowledge of this, so now what does the CIA use as a information gathering tool.........Hershey Bars?

We could go on about this now couldn't we.........I wanna hear what Jay Leno says on the subject. Maybe he will have the person that came up with this idea on his show as a guest.

Friday, January 02, 2009

No resolutions here

just promises I make to myself

a glimpse at my 2009 promises

*Send notes instead of emails...............we all like to get may be on the list
*Try to support local markets which is not always easy when on the road like we are
*Recycle more and reuse what we can
*Spend more time cooking
*Keep shopping bags in the truck (I'm ashamed to say this is one I have failed at)
*Read more
*Take more photos
*Walk more...........stretch more also
*Keep the weight off that I did lose

How do you start your New you make a list?

ps...................Mr Doodles doesn't make a promise or a resolution ever so I don't know if quiting smoking was on a list or just something he dreamt up but he is still smoke free....................I am so very proud of him and know how hard it must be at times.