Category Archives: weird stuff

Sad news about a former Chesco’s family member

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When I got on Facebook this morning my news link said that the 9-year old girl what was killed when Congresswoman Gabby Griffins was shot was the granddaughter of former Phillies baseball manager Dallas Green. Her name was Christina Green and she was also born on Sept. 11, 2001 to make this a sadder event. Dallas lived a few towns over in West Grove but my friend John thinks he moved to Rising Sun, Md. about 1/2 hour away. Dallas is definitely a local hero and his baseball shirt even hung in the local Applebee’s at one time.
Saying prayers for the family.

A Cicada

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A Cicada, originally uploaded by DianthusMoon.

These are very prehistoric looking, but also the ‘Mad Max of bugs with the ‘armor’ he is wearing. You mainly just see their left behind casings/skins which was near this one on a stalk of a flower (he was gone within a short time after I took his photo). He’s rather cool looking with his long translucent wings and beady green eyes. The story goes they hibernate under ground for up to 17 yrs. We are hearing lots of the shrill male Cicadas making noises now-and they are very loud!
From Wikipedia… (Someone told us the shrill noise made them blown themselves up! Sounds like a big brother passed on that info!)

After mating, the female cuts slits into the bark of a twig, and into these she deposits her eggs. She may do so repeatedly, until she has laid several hundred eggs. When the eggs hatch, the newborn nymphs drop to the ground, where they burrow. Most cicadas go through a life cycle that lasts from two to five years. Some species have much longer life cycles, such as the North American genus, Magicicada, which has a number of distinct “broods” that go through either a 17-year or, in the South of the USA, a 13-year life cycle. These long life cycles perhaps developed as a response to predators such as the cicada killer wasp and praying mantis. A predator with a shorter life cycle of at least 2 years could not reliably prey upon the cicadas.

Cicadas live underground as nymphs for most of their lives, at depths ranging from about 30 cm (1 ft) down to 2.5 m (about 8½ ft). The nymphs feed on root juice and have strong front legs for digging.

In the final nymphal instar, they construct an exit tunnel to the surface and emerge. They then molt (shed their skins), on a nearby plant for the last time and emerge as adults. The abandoned skins remain, still clinging to the bark of trees.

We had some much needed rain yesterday and my flowers are happy. I like the gardens now because they are doing what they are suppose to do now-thrive! I’m finding many things are being munched by insects though. And the butterflies this year have been abundant which makes me happy too!
I’m having some neck issues, mostly when I lift heavy things or when I start to stir in the morning. I think it’s arthritis from a long ago injury. Just have to live with it and use good ol’ Icy Hot!
Tomorrow night is the Sir Paul concert! Can’t wait!

Surreal earthquake

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terremoto santiago, originally uploaded by todosnuestrosmuertos.

What a day of turmoil around the world, starting with the earthquake in Chile. Terremoto Santiago has some more 1st person views of his homeland on his Flickr photostream. We were watching for a tsunami to hit Hawaii, but they were spared by just having a small one-so far.

Update-I just learned that one of my Flickr art swap pals is in Chile and has been there for the death of her mother last week. So sad! Keep Constanza in your thoughts and prayers.

Pickle Power!

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We’re having a warm and sticky week. I go sit outside for about 10 minutes and come back in to the a/c. Since the tomatoes went bust, we have been lucky to get the cherry and grape ones, but the cucumbers really took off. Yesterday I made refrigerator pickles with about 7 cups of sliced cukes, vinegar, sugar, salt,chopped onion and dillweed. Needless to say, the guys have been dipping into the container a few times. They are really easy to make!
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One of big hibiscus flowers (I grew the plants from seed about 4 yrs ago) broke off, so I brought it in. The deer usually make a meal out of these, but I have some blooming this year.
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Today I was tidying up my living room area as that is where I will sit the priest when he visits on Monday as we hardly use this area. My craft stuff is tucked in every nook and cranny since I have so much of it now. Yes, I will downsize and keep things I really like (one of these days).
My brother is working on the air in my van. I just can’t drive with the windows open. My class is having a get-together at the beach at the end of September and Brian said we could attend. It’s in Ocean City, but I’d like to find a room in Cape May and drive over to the get-together. When we were there last week, it was a tease for mom and me as we hardly saw anything as it started to rain and we had to leave.
Guess I’ll be headed to my hometown tomorrow to get my van. Hope the weather holds out. We lost power for two hours last night from mostly gusty winds. That makes 12 hours without power in the last month.

Funky thunderstorms and psychedelic sky

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Yesterday we got bombarded with pop-up thunderstorms, the first around 7 something in the morning. I slept through it as I had about 3 nights of insomnia and I guess my body couldn’t take it anymore. Later, when I was out planting a few annuals, the rumbles and darkening skies sent me in with Cosmo the kitty. He had himself situated under the big evergreen near where I was planting the flowers and was quite content, I hated to bother him. The dish*net guys came about 3 (to make Sean’s tv high def) and the young fellow was up on the roof when the rain was just coming down which made me nervous. After dinner, the sky turned all shades of pink, orange and fuchsia. Everyone local on Face*book was talking about it. Here’s photos taken with the flash on:
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I worked on a few ATCs, one was with a ‘special technique’ by using gesso and rubber stamps:
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The background is a map. The ‘main design’ is suppose to be dark, like black. Looks like the sky influenced me doesn’t it, but I did these before it changed color.
I woke up today with a very red right eye. I am medicating it with drops that were prescribed for that exact eye a few months back. My head is kind of foggy, so I’m summing it up to allergies. Sean was suppose to get his eyes checked for new contacts, but we have new insurance which Wally World doesn’t accept, so we had to look elsewhere.
We may take a drive to K*Mart to look around. He’s been applying everywhere with no luck. I’m hoping my brother will send him in the right direction since he is a job recruiter (but medical, but he knows the ropes).

Too darn hot!

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It feels like we skipped a few months here-went from April right to the end of June! I can’t remember seeing the leaves on some of the trees pop out like they have in the last few days-even the lilac bush is blooming! There is also a pollen explosion which has had me down and out. Allergy medicine seems to be taking the edge off my stuffy head and gooky throat. It definitely is a heat wave and if it goes above 90 tomorrow-it will be only the second time in history it’s happened for 4 days in a row.
I’ve only planted some Sweet William and pansies under my little Japanese maple.
The bugs are even out and I have a few wicked bites already!
People have even played hookie and went to the shore, though the water still feels like April. I guess you can’t get it all.
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I made a map for a customer of Brian’s and it will be in the ad in the local paper. I had to change a few things, but here it is-made in Paint Shop Pro-
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Be careful about washing your hands because of the Swine flu. There’s cases in NYC and Ohio, so it’s getting closer to us. Scary stuff!

Thursday Thunks

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You can play along too here.
1. Obama tattoos. What do you think of people who got one?
It’s their skin-if they like needles, more power to them. From another perspective-they are surely marking history in a mostly permanent way.
2. How many blogs do you read a day, and do you always comment?
Depends-yesterday, hardly any. Tonight maybe about 5 or so. I do try to comment as the mentioned 5 almost always do on my blog.
3. Do you know to swim?
I can, could be better. I do a mean back float.
4. Describe your favorite shirt.
It’s pale pink, a small ribbed double knit with long sleeves. It has a little sew in it (I darned a hole) and it is really comfy.
5. What is one thing that is ALWAYS on your grocery list? Extra points for imagination and creativity.
The second part doesn’t really go with the first-you know what you buy. I guess you mean other than milk or eggs. Hmmmm….how about Mini Pringles (I share them with the cat). Have you seen how cute a mini Pringle is?
6. Have you ever done any acting?
Personal life-yes! Ha-to get my own way?! I had a Play Production class in high school. I’m trying to remember if Paul DiMeo, the carpenter from ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’ was in it-really! I did do a few scenes, one of which I was pregnant!
7. I just made a delicious smelling dinner with mystery meat. Will you have some?
No thank you… I just said I was ‘this close’ to being a vegetarian except hamburgers are so good!
8. If you are driving in the rain and you see a person walking along the road, do you intentionally try to splash them? No-if I didn’t like them, it’s a possibility.
9. Yearbooks- do you still have any from school? Of course! I remember many of my former classmates and have over 30 as Facebook pals.
10. What kind of shampoo do you use? Mostly Garnier Fructis in the lime green bottle.
11. And just to counter Ber’s first question from last week…. What’s the hottest temps you have experienced? Hmmmm…at least 103.

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Having some family issues yet again. Looks like mom is agreeing to help and things will be a-changing.
Bri was not feeling well at all on Wed., jittery, short of breath and came home early. He went to the doctor’s and today is getting a chest x-ray! He doesn’t smoke or is around smokers. I haven’t really seen him gasping for air, but he says he feels funny. I think he is exhausted from not sleeping well and the anxiety over his dad lately. Wish him well.

Thursday Thunks

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I’m trying out different memes. Let’s see how this one works. You can certainly play along too! It’s me stuff, ya know?!
1. Whats the coldest temps you’ve experienced? Something below zero.
2. Whats for dinner tonight? Stopped at Trader Joe’s yesterday, so probably a premade pasta dish or pulled pork.
3. Would you consider this job in Australia? It’s gorgeous there-but they only need one person, bummer-that would get lonely.
4. What was your favorite subject in high school? Creative Writing and Home Ec gets an honorable mention.
5. How many hours a day is your tv on? It’s off and on…I’d say at least 8-10, but I’m not always looking at it, it’s background noise sometimes.
6. Have you ever received an award?
Not an Oscar perhaps, some awards in school for the honor roll, art, in jr college for my grade point average.
7. Whats your mousepad look like?
It’s brown with blue squares-each square has squares within squares- from Target.
8. Do you think Bud should do the Thursday Thunk meme?
I’m new at this-who is Bud?
9. How many browser tabs do you have open right now? one
10. If you are a parent, have you or did you ever put Vicks VapoRub on your children under the age of 2? I may have, but I’d say he didn’t let me. You aren’t suppose to put Vick’s near your nose which seems to be the problem with the study they did.
11. If you had to pick one insect to infest your house for 1 day and after that day they would just suddenly vanish, which insect infestation would you pick? Butterflies, if you mean they would just vanish from my house, not existence.
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12. What color is your underwear that you are wearing right at this moment? The ones they sell at Big Lots that no one wants with the little flowers all over them.
13. What was the last think you watched on tv? Ellen Degeneres Show (I did this earlier in the evening)
14. What are your plans for the 4th of July this year? I have no idea-potato salad will probably be on the menu-maybe burgers.
15. Tell us about one absolutely wonderful thing that happened to you as a teenager and every time you think of it, it brings a smile to your face. My brother gave me a surprise birthday party when I was 16 or 17. I even had a band play for me.
16. What product could you sell someone based on your love for it? Chocolate-but why would I want to do that? A ‘product’ I love is Oxiclean as it gets out spots-even in my Swanstone sink.
Found this on the Rainforest donation site (I think):
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The feed may indicate that I look here a lot, it’s actually Dianne central for my other links as you can see in my sidebars.
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Head scratching thought of the day-
Bacon in desserts?
Bacon in ice cream? I do love bacon-but with ice cream? Not sure
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3 is a charm-third trip to the dentist late this afternoon to fix my tooth.

Come April

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Brian and I will celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary! Now I was thinking, that I should stitch something to commemorate this most auspicious occasion. I don’t want anything too detailed, maybe a nice verse with a nice border. I’ll have to look through my many books, but if anyone off the top of their head can think of a good piece, let me know.
I did find a few I liked on the web-not in love with-I’ll see if any grown on me. Please vote on your favorite:
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We’re still having fun
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It is the Silver anniversary. : )
By Silver Lining
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Kind of small, but the beads are nice.
Mile Stones Anniversary by Kulik Kreations
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So I’m thinking about going to Longwood Gardens tomorrow night, solo, to see the ice skating show-we’ll see how brave I am. It’s an extra $5 charge and you have to get the ticket beforehand. Personally I think the show should be part of the admission price.
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I’m doing some art cards and here’s one I did for a ‘skinny’ card challenge on one of my Flickr groups called ‘Shoes and Swirls’:
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Lucky for me, I just took down a shoe calendar from 2008 with oodles of shoes to chose from. These shoes are ‘dancing shoes’ from the late 1800s.
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I’m estimating my little boy from Mirabilia’s ‘Giggles in the Snow’ cross stitch piece should be finished in a few weeks. I plan to get him and my Sleeping Kitty professionally framed as I did with a few pieces in 2007. I’ll share him when he is completed.

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People can be so peculiar -I went food shopping and kept seeing this woman from church who is really only an acquaintance around the aisles. I know her name (mushroom business), doubt she knows me. The few times I was near her, she kinda looked at me, but I smiled at her. The odd thing-she’d see other people and all of the sudden she was so sweet and chatty, even with an older guy by himself in like a custodian jacket. She got in my line and picked up a magazine so she wouldn’t have to look at me. Gawd people! No way was I going to start talking with her-didn’t really want to-stuck up woman. I always try to be nice and start upa  ‘how’s the weather’ conversation. ; )