Sunday, January 18, 2009


Yesterday I got a box of glassware from an auction. It has a few pieces in it that matched some I have, and the rest I will put on Ebay. As I was looking through the box to run them through the dishwasher, the little white bird caught my eye.

As I turned it over, and saw two initials and the date 1966 on it, I wondered what story it would have to tell.

In the late 60's lots of people were discovering they liked doing ceramics, so all of us have stuff with initials and dates on them from friends, and also back then if you had a friend that had to go into in- patient psych to regroup, she would always make a ceramic cup with the date and initials on it. And if you were real good friends, she would give it to you. I wonder what the little bird's tale would be.


The smallest things can bring back whispers of the past.....


Awhile back I embraced the idea of how much fun it would be to get free samples and coupons. Every click of the mouse or blank filled in ended with the message--this may take 4 - 6 weeks. I have tapped out freebies, samples, taken surveys....tappity tap tap.

Well the reaping has begun.


This week goodies have been flying into my mailbox. The first thing I got was a "greenie" sample treat for Charlie. It gives him a treat and cleans his teeth at the same time. He also got a $5.00 coupon for the brand of dog food he eats. I am hoping for some people freebies soon for myself. I should get snacks, cereal, make up, shampoo...the excitement mounts. I also got an email from PayPal and there has been $6.00 put into my account for the Dollar Survey spot I signed on for. I was really surprised that the dollars were real...I had envisioned earning play dollars, and when you get 65,000, you can get a half off a can opener. But this was good.

I will be anxiously awaiting the mail person next week. I may meet them with a song and dance.


Wednesday, January 14, 2009



I had an appointment with a specialist today that my eye care doctor had referred me. I had been to this office before to get pictures of eyes taken. My doctor told me he wanted the retina specialist to do an evaluation to determine if changes he had seen were anything to be concerned about.

Things were going along as expected, the nurse ran me through some eye charts, and then put the drops in my eyes, and I settled back to wait for the the doctor. When he came in he got out the bright lights and looked into the back of the eyes, told me to sit back and relax. He did not find anything that he thought was wrong. But he said he wanted pictures taken of my eyes, told he the nurse would put an IV in my arm and then take the pictures. WAIT A MINUTE...lets go back over that again....why an IV to take pictures (have had this done before and no needles were involved). He proceeds to explain that they put dye in the IV and it runs through the eye and they get a good picture of whether anything is going on.

He must have got the idea from my expression, that I was about to go over him to get out the door. The last time I had an IV was about 1978 when I had a tubal ligation. Anyhow he said that if I did not want it he would not do the IV, just take the picture. The dye just let them get a better picture. I let him think he was "letting" me get out of it, and hopped right up to go with the nurse to get another big light flashed in my eye.

I have always had anxiety bouts before going to doctors, and dentists. But I have always felt fairly safe and calm at the eye doctor because there are no body cavities they need access to, or places they need to drill and fill. From now on I will always ask what an "evaluation" entails.

Friday, January 9, 2009


Recently I watched some TV show where a lady was telling about signing up for surveys and samples of products. This looked like something to do when you are bored, and I liked the idea of beginning to get "surprises" in your mail box often. So I began surfing around and signing up for "free" stuff. Actually, you can get some free samples, and sometimes full size products from company promotions. The down side is you spend time signing up for some sites, and you get "offers for free stuff.....but to get them you must promise them you will buy at least one or two things they are selling. Unless I am confused, it is not free if you have to buy somethingl

Today I had a lady call me to get me set up for her "Spa" plan, since I had signed up on a site that showed I would be interested in her spa stuff.

My emails are getting heavier, and some very strange. I think I must have been Ambien surfing recently, as today I got 2 emails that surprised me. It appears that I Ambien clicked on a site that signed me up to get emails from Ann Coulter .


I hope this is not an evil sign that I will begin to read her books and listen to Rush Limbaug



If I find that I am beginning to lean to the right, I am going to have to find me a 12 step stop surfing program.

Thursday, January 8, 2009


I fail to learn something every day, but today I learned this:


This odd looking fruit is actually one of the oldest members of the citrus family. It's called a Buddha's Hand.


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