Saturday, December 30, 2006

The Kitty Rules

Cat PhysicsSleepy Syd on the sofa

  • Law of Bag / Box Occupancy
    All bags and boxes in a given room must contain a cat within the earliest possible nanosecond.

  • Law of Cat Acceleration
    A cat will accelerate at a constant rate, until he gets good and ready to stop.

  • Law of Cat Composition
    A cat is composed of Matter + Anti-Matter + It Doesn't Matter.

  • Law of Cat Disinterest
    A cat's interest level will vary in inverse proportion to the amount of effort a human expends in trying to interest him.

  • Law of Cat Elongation
    A cat can make her body long enough to reach just about any counter top that has anything remotely interesting on it.

  • Law of Cat Embarrassment
    A cat's irritation rises in direct proportion to her embarrassment times the amount of human laughter.

  • Law of Cat Gravitation
    A cat's gravitational pull (i.e. weight) will vary upward in direct proportion to the desire of the human to move the cat.

  • Law of Cat Inertia
    A cat at rest will tend to remain at rest, unless acted upon by some outside force - such as the opening of cat food, or a nearby scurrying mouse.
  • Cave- kitty Sydney
  • Law of Cat Invisibility
    Cats think that if they can't see you, then you can't see them.

  • Law of Cat Landing
    A cat will always land in the softest place possible.

  • Law of Cat Magnetism
    All blue blazers and black sweaters attract cat hair in direct proportion to the darkness of the fabric.

  • Law of Cat Mass
    The mass of a cat is inversely proportional to its desire to be picked up.

  • Law of Cat Motion
    A cat will move in a straight line, unless there is a really good reason to change direction.

  • Law of Cat Obedience
    As yet undiscovered.

  • Law of Cat Probability (Uncertainty Principle)
    It is not possible to predict where a cat actually is, only the probability of where she might be.

  • Law of Cat Sleeping
    All cats must sleep with people whenever possible, in a position as uncomfortable for the people involved as is possible for the cat.

  • Law of Cat Stretching
    A cat will stretch to a distance proportional to the length of the nap just taken.
  • Streeeeetch after a nap
  • Law of Cat Thermodynamics
    Heat flows from a warmer to a cooler body, except in the case of a cat, in which case all heat flows to the cat.

  • Law of Cat Washing
    A cat will wash itself at any time which is appropiate, which includes especially the moment after something has been jumped and escaped.

  • Law of Concentration of Mass
    A cat's mass increases in direct proportion to the comfort of the lap she occupies.

  • Law of Dinner Table Attendance
    Cats must attend all meals when anything good is served.

  • Law of Electric Blanket Attraction
    Turn on an electric blanket and a cat will jump into bed at the speed of light.

  • Law of Energy Conservation
    Cats know that energy can neither be created nor destroyed and will, therefore, use as little energy as possible.My catalog, momma
  • Law of Equidistant Separation
    All cats in a given room will locate at points equidistant from each other, and equidistant from the center of the room.

  • Law of Fluid Displacement
    A cat immersed in milk will displace her own volume, minus the amount of milk consumed.

  • Law of Furniture Replacement
    A cat's desire to scratch furniture is directly proportional to the cost of the furniture.

  • Law of Milk Consumption
    A cat will drink his weight in milk, squared, just to show you he can.

  • Law of Obedience Resistance
    A cat's resistance varies in proportion to a human's desire for her to do something.

  • Law of Pill Rejection
    Any pill given to a cat has the potential energy to reach escape velocity.

  • Law of Random Comfort Seeking
    A cat will always seek, and usually take over, the most comfortable spot in any given room.

  • Law of Refrigerator Observation
    If a cat watches a refrigerator long enough, someone will come along and take out something good to eat.

  • Law of Rug Configuration
    No rug may remain in its naturally flat state for very long.

  • Law of Selective Listening
    Although a cat can hear a can of tuna being opened a mile away, she can't hear a simple command three feet away.

  • Law of Space-time Continuum
    Given enough time, a cat will land in just about any space.
  • Syd on the curio cabinet

    Found at Flippy's Cat Page

    Thursday, December 28, 2006

    I'm Still Here...

    I got caught using the internet at work to stay awake, so no can surf or post at night anymore. *sob* Soooo, I'll have to do all that stuff from either the Mothership's place or the library.

    Let me see - what else is going on... the car.

    Oh yes, the car. Lucy has now had the spark plugs & wires replaced, the water pump & timing belt replaced & now needs some EGR valve-something-or-other replaced. That last thing is the reason she quits whenever she even starts thinking about warming up. I have to drive with both feet & have gotten rather good at sliding between neutral & drive. Most of the time. Sometimes she still just up & quits when I'm trying to take a turn or at a stoplight. Unfortunately, payday isn't until next Friday, so I can't get that fixed until then.

    Sheesh. Over a $1000 in the last few weeks & she still ain't running right... I work at a non-profit - I cain't afford this.

    Peanut went into the ER on Tuesday for severe pain & flu symptoms & ended up having an emergency appendectomy. She had lots of nurses stopping in to say hi, especially since she missed her shift there. ;) She's doing okay now & went home today.


    Not exactly a result you'd expect from a blogger, as we're supposed to be exhibitionists. Ah, well... it is pretty much accurate.

    You Are 10% Extrovert, 90% Introvert

    You avoid people at all costs
    You aren't one for social interaction
    And you limit your interaction to a select few
    Thank God for self checkout!

    I almost forgot - before all the car troubles, I ordered a few little fun things for my brothers & me. On sale of course.

    The FGX Push Blade II from Cold Steel


    Monday, December 25, 2006

    There's Only One...

    I found this on a friend of a friend's myspace page.

    There is:
    person with my name
    in the U.S.A.

    How many have your name?

    There are 38,996 people in the U.S. with the first name M----.
    Statistically the 897th most popular first name. (tied with 17 other first names)
    More than 99.9 percent of people with the first name M---- are female.

    There are 8,909 people in the U.S. with the last name Will.
    Statistically the 4079th most popular last name. (tied with 23 other last names)

    Merry Christ-mas

    I hope that you all are having a lovely Christmas and are surrounded by family & friends. May we all remember the reason for season.

    Luke 2:1-20

    The Birth of Jesus
    In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to his own town to register.
    So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

    The Shepherds and the Angels
    And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them,

    "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ[a] the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

    Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

    "Glory to God in the highest,and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests."

    When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."
    So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

    Text obtained from BibleGateway.

    And now for a trip back into the annals of history...
    A grade school Christmas program. I'm the one with the 'toy' banner.
    I think this one was in kindergarten. I'm the one with the braids, staring the camera down.

    Don't ask me what in the world I was thinking there, 'cause I haven't a clue.

    Friday, December 22, 2006

    Cranberry Cream Scones

    I'm finally posting the two recipes I used for the Christmas Tea at church some time ago.

    Cranberry Cream Scones
    (These are absolutely awesome!)

    2 c. all-purpose flour
    1/4 c. sugar
    1 T. baking powder
    1/4 t. salt
    1/3 c. cold butter, cut into pieces
    1 c. whipping cream
    12 oz. cream cheese, softened
    2 T. whipping cream or 1 egg white
    1 t. orange zest (I didn't have this & they came out just fine ~ LG)
    1/2 c. dried cranberries

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder & salt with a pastry blender until coarse & crumbly. Add 1 c. whipping cream, stirring until just moistened. Add dried cranberries as you stir in the cream. With hands, work in the cream cheese (might I suggest that you use vinyl gloves for this part - otherwise it's very, very messy.)

    Turn out onto a lightly floured surface, knead 5 or 6 times. Roll until 1/2-inch thick. Cut with a small biscuit or cookie cutter and place each scone about 2 inches apart on a non-stick baking sheet.

    Brush the tops of the scones with the remaining whipping cream or egg white. Sprinkle the tops with sugar. (I used cream & quite a lot of sugar. They came out with a lovely crunchy sugar crust on top.)

    Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

    Makes 2 dozen. Serve warm with Devonshire cream, jam &/or lemon curd.

    (Devonshire cream is also wonderful in tea - we had a toffee tea with cream in it - oh, baby, was it ever good.)

    Classic Shortbread

    I'm finally posting the two recipes I used for the Christmas Tea at church some time ago.

    Classic Shortbread
    (I'm usually not a fan of shortbread but this stuff is pretty stinkin' good.)

    1 c. butter, softened
    2/3 c. powdered sugar, unsifted
    1/2 t. vanilla
    2 c. flour

    Cream butter until light. Cream in powdered sugar, then vanilla. Work in flour.

    Knead dough on unfloured board until nice & smooth.

    Spray 9X13 pan very lightly and firmly press dough into pan. Prick entire surface with a fork.

    Bake at 325 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until lightly browned.

    Let cool in pan 10 minutes, then cut into 20 squares. Carefully remove from pan to cool on cooling rack.

    (I let one batch cool too long in the pan & they didn't come out very well at all, so make sure you take them out after the 10 minutes are up.)

    Wednesday, December 20, 2006

    Astronomy Picture of the Day

    Whoa. Look at this. Yesterday's APOD.
    So. Flippin'. Awesome.

    Well, Thar She Blows...

    Lucy is on the way out. Soon she'll be moved to either ICU or the morgue. We got her put back together after replacing the spark plugs, wires & three of the plug tube gaskets. She runs beautifully...

    When she keeps running, that is.

    She's fine at first, but as she warms up, she doesn't want to keep going. I've been learning the joys of driving with both feet - one to stop her & the other to keep the engine running.

    And that's not the least of her problems - the water pump is going out. She's leaking coolant like there's no tomorrow. I talked to Joe at the local Dodge dealership & he figured it'll cost about $900 to replace that & the timing belt. He suggested that I find someone who'll take her off my hands. Dad's going to call a buddy of his to see if he has any ideas on how to do this cheaper. Did I mention that the entire front of the engine will have to be ripped out?

    Yeah, this sucks...

    Update: Viking Dad found several places that will replace the water pump & all for $550-600. And I gotta figure out how I'm going to get to the sleep specialist in Wichita tomorrow...

    Tuesday, December 19, 2006

    The Food of Champions


    Scot from work brought over some homemade fudge. Yum yum & thanks so very, very much.

    I Vant To Suck Your Blood...

    I just watched Nosferatu, a silent German film made in 1922. It was the first ever adaptation of Bram Stoker's Dracula. The little blurb on Netflix said "Many horror freaks call F.W. Murnau's silent German classic the scariest Dracula adaptation ever." I didn't think it was scary at all. (Dracula movies don't get me - however, psychotic murderer movies do. Ick.) There were some very cool shots, though. My favourite part was when he hinged up out of the coffin & was stalking the two sailors on the ship. The music in that part is so awesome! I watched it several times just for the music.

    Sunday, December 17, 2006

    For Sale - Queen Anne II Dollhouse Kit

    After I got my work comp settlement from Cessna, I splurged & got my dream dollhouse. (Yes, I know it's a kids' toy - shut up) The Queen Anne II by Real Good Toys. Three floors, thirteen rooms, one a hidden tower room. I have all the rooms planned out & some of the furniture & other stuff stored.
    Only problem is, my car is likely officially dead & I have some other unexpected expenses, so the dollhouse is going to have to go. It's a kit, un-assembled (I was scared to try the assembly & wiring for electricity on something this expensive. And no, I didn't pay full price.), so it'll be fairly easy to ship in the two boxes I got it in.

    It's a sturdy kit, 3/8 inch plywood, 50"W x 24"D x 49"H and in 1-inch scale. (1 inch equals 1 foot.)

    If anyone is interested, drop me an email. The original MSRP is $1075.00, but I could let it go for probably $700. Or just make me an offer & I'll see what we can work out.

    Friday, December 15, 2006



    Stoopid Blogger won't let me see my little bloggy page.

    Push-Button Publishing
    We're sorry, but we were unable to complete your request.

    Push-Button Publishing, my foot. I've got a button for you to push. See that big red one ever there, that says "Don't push this button or you will self-destruct in 5 seconds"? You, go push it.

    (Blogger's been behaving rather nicely lately, but sometimes... I need a few of Jayne's grenades.)

    Mal: Jayne, how many weapons you plan on bringing? You only got the two arms.
    Jayne: I just get excitable as to choice- like to have my options open.
    Mal: I don't plan on any shooting taking place during this job.
    Jayne: Well, what you plan and what takes place ain't ever exactly been similar.
    Mal: No grenades.
    [Jayne groans]
    Mal: No grenades!

    Fixing Lucy

    Dad & I have been working on fixing Lucy, my '98 Dodge Avenger. We're replacing the spark plugs & plug wires (& we have also discovered more stuff that needs a-fixin') & to do that on a 'Venge, the intake manifold has to be taken off. Dad was not amused. (That's my new axe I just got.)

    For some reason, he won't let me just drop a Hemi in her while we've got her (slightly) torn up.
    By the way, if ever you need help with your Dodge, go talk to the fellas at They have been awesome.

    Wednesday, December 13, 2006

    How Rude!

    I am so loving the Shakespearean Insulter on my Google homepage. It pops up a different slam from ol' Bill everytime I go back.

    [Your] brain is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage.
    You starvelling, you eel-skin, you dried neat's-tongue, you bull's-pizzle, you stock-fish--O for breath to utter what is like thee!-you tailor's-yard, you sheath, you bow-case, you vile standing tuck!
    Thou tottering fly-bitten whey-face!
    Thou froward clay-brained mammet!
    What a drunken knave was the sea to cast thee in our way!

    Monday, December 11, 2006


    I forgot to mention that on the way to Worldview Weekend last month, I passed this funky tank-looking thing, just cruising down the highway. It was preceded & followed by trucks with weather-y stuff on the backs, so I figured they were storm chasers. The picture I took with my camera phone was rather crappy, so I'll not post it. I finally remembered to look it up today. It was this here thing-a-ma-bob.
    The TIV, or Tornado Intercept Vehicle

    The TIV is essentially a large, mobile, armored tripod for an IMAX camera. Its purpose is to allow filmmakers to record footage from very close to -- or even inside of -- a tornado.

    The two trucks are the ones I saw with it.

    Sunday, December 10, 2006

    Does This Mean My Brain Is Moldy?

    What Color is Your Brain?

    At work or in school: I work best by myself. I like to focus on my ideas until my desire for understanding is satisfied. I am easily bored if the subject holds no interest to me. Sometimes, it is hard for me to set priorities because so many things are of interest.
    With friends: I may seem reserved. Although my thoughts and feelings run deep, I am uneasy with frequent displays of emotion. I enjoy people who are interesting and of high integrity.
    With family: I am probably seen as a loner because I like a lot of private time to think. Sometimes, I find family activities boring and have difficulty following family rules that don't make sense to me. I show love by spending time with my family and sharing ideas and interests.
    Take this quiz!


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    With a curtsy to Kermit coloured CalTechGirl...

    Kitty Pictures! (Finally...)

    From the camera phone:
    I started to take a pretty profile pic & then I was spotted. The phone was then on the receiving end of many cheek rubs. (Sorry about the quality - the cream curtains in the background glow too much.)
    Sydney was so sweet yesterday. She crawled in the bed & sprawled out next to me, just her front half sticking out from under the covers.
    Syd keeping an eye out for the dog from one of her favourite guard-spots.

    Christmas Tea

    We had our Christmas Tea at church last Sunday. After second service, all the chairs were picked up in the Worship Center & we set out 29 tables. Each lady had one table to decorate (Mom had two & another lady helped set everything up & hostessed for her). There were so many beatiful tables. One lady even had the same china pattern (Old Britain Castles by Johnson Brothers) as me, except in red. Hers were even vintage.

    Here is my table. I didn't have enough place settings to do them all in my Castle plates, so several were sets of Mom's. I put an oil lamp of Mom's in the center, filled with blue oil (of course), surrounded by a strand of blue & gold beads & blue Christmas ornaments. I even managed to prop up a blue glass peacock. It was very stubborn little bird. I had my little teaparty teapot (similar to this one but a lot prettier) there & the creamers were little kitties.

    "Every well-bred petty crook knows that the small, concealable weapons always go to the far left of the place setting." ~ Inara Serra, Firefly Heart of Gold episode

    The gun is a little butane lighter. Unfortunately, it doesn't work extremely well. Actually it hardly works at all, but it's good for some laughs. A tea table just wouldn't have that LG touch if there wasn't something wacky on it... *grin*

    Update: The recipes I made are posted here & here.

    More Nameless Pictures


    Here is Nameless (for now) with his doting Auntie LG.

    Fwd: ethan

    Ramone & son

    Fwd: ethan

    The whole shebang - Ramone, Kat & little boy

    Friday, December 08, 2006


    Lawrence Simon, wifey Gina & kitty-kids Nardo & Frisky (Fwisky) have lost a member of their family - pretty little Piper. I for one will miss seeing the spunky little girl on the catcams & in the Carnival of the Cats.

    (Is it messed up that I'm tearing up over a kitty I've never met?)

    I've not lost any pets for several years now, but I have lost dogs, horses & lots of cats. I think the horses were the hardest to handle, especially my old man, Pal. And pregnant Pebbles.

    Thursday, December 07, 2006


    Scroll down a bit for pictures of Nameless (for now).

    Great Googly Moogly

    I was playing on Google Earth the other day & thought I'd share a couple shots.

    Irrigation circles around the college farm I used to attend/work at.

    That gray spot - my roof. Don't I have a cute little house? This was taken before I bought it. The trees & bushes right close to the house were all torn out before I moved in. The mulberry tree was growing up right at the foundation, so that one absolutely had to go.
    Love Google Earth.


    Do you ever start wondering about odd stuff - like who the first person was to ride a horse, or who first came up with the wheel, or who first decided to domesticate a cat or dog & bring 'em in the house/cave/abode of some sort?

    I do.

    Haven't a clue as to why or why it even matters, I'm just like that. I got to thinking the other night when a client was gargling with salt water for her sore throat & wondered who came up that gloriously yummy *slight sarcasm there* idea.

    Anyway, have y'all ever wondered who was the first to come up with something? If so, and if you feel like admitting to it ;D, put it in the comments.


    I keep forgetting to post that my so-far-Nickname-Less Nephew (heretofore known as Nameless, for now) was born by C-section at 8:34pm on Sunday, Dec. 3. Momma (Kat) & baby are doing fine, as is the new Daddy (Ramone). I'll post pictures when Ramone remembers to email them to me (hint, hint ;D).

    Here he is! Love the first "pose"!


    "Aw, shucks..."

    "Mom, there are some strange people staring at me. It's making me nervous..."

    Little gangster baby. Heh.

    By the way, Kat & Ramone, if you come up with a good nickname for the little feller, let me know.

    A Date That Shall Live In Infamy

    December 7, 1941

    The Japanese Army attacks the United States at Pearl Harbor

    Dead - Navy 2,008 Marines 109 Army 228

    Wounded - Navy 710 Marines 69 Army459

    Civilians - At least 57 were killed and approximately the same number were wounded

    Eighteen ships were either severely damaged or sunk as were 263 planes.
    On December 8, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt addressed Congress and the American people:

    Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us.

    No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.

    I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again.

    Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.

    With confidence in our armed forces - with the unbounding determination of our people - we will gain the inevitable triumph - so help us God.

    Through the courage of many, many Americans, we did gain the inevitable triumph, maintaining our freedom and giving freedom back to many others who had lost theirs.
    We are in the same situation again.
    Hostilities exist still. The same form of treachery is endangering us again. Three thousand lives were lost on September 11, 2001. And we are once again at war. Not one entered into lightly, not one entered into falsely, but one that needs fighting, lest we lose our freedom, our heritage, our very nation. We need the same resolve the Americans had back in 1941. I fear that too many in our great nation have forgotten what freedom takes.

    From time to time, the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots. - Thomas Jefferson

    To all who have served and are serving still in our military, thank you from the very bottom of a grateful American's heart. You are the reason this country is the greatest in the world and, Lord willing, shall remain so. Again, thank you.

    Pictures from the Naval Historical Center.

    Monday, December 04, 2006

    You Know You're From Kansas If...

    1. You no longer associate bridges or rivers with water. True...
    2. You have never met any celebrities. (Bob Dole isn't a celebrity; he's your neighbor.) I sat behind Rosie O'Donnell at Sea World. I was upset that the one time I see a famous person, it was just her...
    3. You know the meaning of Rock Chalk Jayhawk. Yeah, but I kinda prefer K-State...
    4. Your closest neighbor is more than a mile away and you can still see him from your front porch. Can't everyone do that?
    5. You can properly pronounce Salina, Basehor, Cimarron, Schoenchen, Kechi, Olathe and Osawatomie. Of course...
    6. Going on vacation means going to Hutch to the fair or to Abilene to Ike's museum. Yup & yup...
    7. A traffic jam involves two cars staring each other down at a four-way stop, each determined to be the most polite and let the other go first. Been there, done that...
    8. A Mercedes Benz is not a status symbol. A Ford F10 4x4 is. (Except in Johnson County) Dodge, man, DODGE... with a Hemi. A lovely, lovely Hemi... or a Cummins. Man, now I'm drooling...
    9. You discover that in July it takes only 2 fingers to drive your car. Fingers?!? Doesn't everyone drive with their knees?
    10. The terms Sooners and Huskers cause hairs on the back of your neck to stand up straight and your blood pressure to rise. Mom's family is from Nebraska, so nope...
    11. You have owned at least one belt buckle bigger than your fist. I'm proud to be able to say yes...
    12. You think people who complain about the wind and weather in their states are SISSIES! 70 mile an hour winds, folks...
    13. You are not surprised to find movie rentals, ammunition and bait all in the same store. Why would I be surprised?
    14. You know that the true value of a parking space is not determined by the distance to the door but by the availability of shade. Oh yes, indeedy...
    15. You have been asked, "Where is Toto" more than once. I shot Toto... :D
    16. You had at least one summer job that was bucking bales or custom cutting. Does stacking hay on the college farm count?
    17. More than once you've made a beer run to another state. Can't say as I have...
    18. You learned how to shoot a gun before you learned to multiply. Unfortunately, no... my brothers had the guns - I played with knives...
    19. Your school classes have been canceled because of the cold. I was homeschooled, so not really...
    20. You know in your heart that K-State can beat Oklahoma in football. Gotta say I don't really care *dives for cover from my football(?)-loving friends*
    21. Traffic congestion is ten cars waiting to pass a combine on the highway. Oh yeah...
    22. You have had to switch from heat to A/C in the same day. All the freakin' time...
    23. You know everything goes better with Ranch. ???
    24. Your school classes have been canceled because of the heat. See #19...
    25. You have ridden the school bus for more than an hour each way. Uh-huh... (before the homeschooling days)
    26. In August, you break a sweat the instant you step outside at 7:00 a.m. I wouldn't mind just a wee bit of that heat right now...
    27. You instantly know someone is from Johnson County when they call everything west of Topeka "Western" Kansas. Lol!
    28. A tornado warning siren is your signal to go out in the yard and look for a funnel. Or to hop in the car & go find it...
    29. You know the real way to pronounce the name of Clinton's state and the river. ar-KANSAS
    30. You think the opening day of pheasant season is a national holiday. Not really...
    31. "Vacation" means going to Kansas City or Wichita for the weekend. Sad to say, but that is a rather big day around here...
    32. You measure distance in hours. Yup...
    33. You know several people who have hit more than one deer. Or pheasant, or calves, or...
    34. You see people wearing hunting clothes at social events. Sad to say, but yes, I have...
    35. You install security lights on your house and garage and leave both unlocked. I slept with my front door open in college...
    36. You think of the major food groups as beer, beef and beans. Beer = gross, beans = gross, dead cow = yum yum...
    37. You carry jumper cables in your car and make sure your better half knows how to use them. I have no better half, I do have jumper cables but as far as using them - haven't a clue...
    38. You design your kid's Halloween costume to fit over a snowsuit. No kids, but it's not a bad idea...
    39. You know the 4 seasons as: summer, road construction, still summer, winter. Are there other names?
    40. It takes you 3 hours to go to the store for one item even when you're in a rush because you have to stop and talk to everyone in town. Not here, but up home, yeah... Only problem was they knew me but I didn't know them...
    41. You lock the doors to your truck but leave the windows rolled down. Not here - the kids from work might run off with Lucy, but in college & up home, of course...
    42. You call sodas just plain ol' "Pop"!! Yup...
    43. You feel safe leaving your truck running while you go in the gas station. Yup...
    44. You had at least one field trip in grade school that went to a dairy farm or one room school house. Yup, & Mom went to a one-room school house...
    45. FINALLY..... you are 100% Kansan if........... You actually understand these jokes. Yup...

    Found on a KS Facebook page...

    New Arrival?

    Kat's water broke at 3am yesterday & she was induced at 10am (I think.) I've not heard if the new nephew has made his grand entrance yet, but I'll put up a pic when I can. (I still need one of Sugar Plum.) Now to come up with a nickname...

    By the way, his initials will be EEW. Heh.

    Saturday, December 02, 2006

    Carols & Crumpets

    It's that time again - tea time! Woo-hoo! (Real lady-like, ain't I...)

    This year it's a Christmas Tea, hence the title "Carols & Crumpets", & is a fundraiser for the Women's Ministry. I've spent today baking scones & shortbread & going through china with the Mothership. I'll post recipes later.

    By the by, Mom is now a murderer of... Furby's! Twice today she bumped the Furby's in the closet & woke them up. The next several hours we heard odd mechanical voices emanating from said closet. Just as they shut up the first time, Mom had to get in the closet & bumped them again. This time, she knocked one off it's shelf (an accident, or so she claims) & killed it. The best part was as that happened, the other one said "Ooooh, scary!"

    Another quick Furby story - Viking Dad is notorious for giving rather lengthy devotions. One day, (I was in college & so unfortunately missed it) Dad was once again getting long-winded, & in the midst of a pause, one of the Furby's, who was playing hide-&-seek, announced "BO-RING." I so wish I had been there. I heard Dad was not amused.

    Anyway, back to the point of the post. Uhh, what was the point? Oh, right - tea. Yeah, okay...

    Lost my train of thought here... Oh! Mom & I were both pretty worn out earlier, not awake yet or something & I went back to her room to see her flopped on her bed. I was cold so as we talked I crawled in the other side. We decided to nap & Mom said "We can tell Dad we're having a committee meeting." I like committee meetings. Napping is one of my favourite hobbies.

    The tea is tomorrow afternoon, it's now 11:07pm & we ain't done yet. Good thing I took the night off at work...