Kittens harass Great Dane

May 25, 2009

The fearless kittens, Eme and Blaze play with Abby the patient Great Dane.


Southern Women

May 3, 2009

Southern women appreciate their natural assets:
Clean skin.
A winning smile.
That unforgettable Southern drawl.

Southern women know their manners:
‘Yes, ma’am.’
‘Yes, sir.’
‘Why, no, Billy!’

Southern women have a distinct way with fond expressions :
‘Y’all come back!’
‘Well, bless your heart.’
‘Drop by when you can.’
‘How’s your Momma?’

Southern women know their summer weather report:

Southern women know their vacation spots :
The beach
The rivuh
The crick

Southern women know the joys of June, July, and August:
Colorful hi-heel sandals
Strapless sun dresses
Iced sweet tea with mint
Straw hats and big sunglasses

Southern women know everybody’s first name:

Southern women know the movies that speak to their hearts:
Fried Green Tomatoes
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Steel Magnolias
Gone With The Wind

Southern women know their religions:

Southern women know their country breakfasts:
Country ham
Mouth-watering homemade biscuits with Momma’s homemade jelly

Southern women know their cities dripping with Southern charm:
Foat Wuth

Southern women know their elegant gentlemen:
Men in uniform.
Men in tuxedos
Rhett Butler

Southern girls know their prime real estate:
The Mall
The Country Club
The Beauty Salon

Southern girls know the 3 deadly sins:
Having bad hair and nails
Having bad manners
Cooking bad food

More Suthen-ism’s:
Only a Southerner knows the difference between a hissie fit and a conniption fit , and that you don’t ‘HAVE’ them, you ‘PITCH’ them.
Only a Southerner knows how many fish, collard greens, turnip greens, hushpuppies, peas, beans, etc., make up ‘a mess.’
Only a Southerner can show or point out to you the general direction of ‘yonder.’
Only a Southerner knows exactly how long ‘directly’ is,… as in: ‘Going to town, be back directly.’
Even Southern babies know that ‘Gimme some sugar’ is not a request for the white, granular sweet substance that sits in a pretty little bowl in the middle of the table.
All Southerners know exactly when ‘by and by’ is. They might not use the term, but they know the concept well.
Only a Southerner knows instinctively that the best gesture of solace for a neighbor who’s got trouble is a plate of hot fried chicken and a big bowl of cold potato salad. If the neighbor’s trouble is a real crisis, they also know to add a large banana puddin!
Only Southerners grow up knowing the difference between ‘right near’ and ‘a right far piece.’ They also know that ‘just down the road’ can be 1 mile or 20.
Only a Southerner, both knows and understands, the difference between a redneck, a good ol’ boy, and po’ white trash.
No true Southerner would ever assume that the car with the flashing turn signal is actually going to make a turn.
A Southerner knows that ‘fixin’ can be used as a noun, a verb, or an adverb.
Only Southerners make friends while standing in lines, … and when we’re ‘in line,’ . we talk to everybody!
Put 100 Southerners in a room and half of them will discover they’re related, even if only by marriage.
In the South, y’all is singular, all y’all is plural.
Southerners know grits come from corn and how to eat them.
Every Southerner knows tomatoes with eggs, bacon, grits, and coffee are perfectly wonderful; that red eye gravy is also a breakfast food; and that fried green tomatoes are not a breakfast food.
When you hear someone say, ‘Well, I caught myself lookin’,’ you know you are in the presence of a genuine Southerner!
Only true Southerners say ‘sweet tea,’  ‘sweet milk,’ and ‘light bread’. Sweet tea indicates the need for sugar and lots of it — we do not like our tea unsweetened. ‘Sweet milk’ means you don’t want buttermilk.  And ‘Light bread’ is white bread.
And a true Southerner knows you don’t scream obscenities at little old ladies who drive 30 MPH on the freeway. You just say,’Bless her heart’ … and go your own way.
To those of you who are still a little embarrassed by your Southerness: Take two tent revivals and a dose of sausage gravy and call me in the morning. Bless your heart!
And to those of you who are still having a hard time understanding all this Southern stuff, … bless your hearts, I hear they are fixin’ to have classes on Southernness as a second language!
And for those that are not from the South but have lived here for a long time, all y’all need a sign to hang on y’alls front porch that reads ‘I ain’t from the South, but I got here as fast as I could.’

If you’re a Northern transplant, Bless your little heart, fake it.  We know you got here as fast as you could !


Echinopsis are Blooming!

April 24, 2009




February 22, 2009

Scout our Great Dane we recued in 2001 and Abby who tagged along that day. She has a sweet gentle soul that shows in her eyes.

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Scout is short for her breed due to in-adequate food when growing. She was pregnant when we got her and had 10 healthy pups; Abby and Tex are 2 of them. The next three pictures are from when we first met and bought her home.


Here she is a few days before giving birth to 10 puppies. She is carrying 12 but her poor body couldn’t push anymore and the last two didn’t make it. She was a very scared mom and unsure what to do but she knew she loved the little things.

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She raised her pups and we kept one named Abby. Scout is very different from Abby; Scout knows hungar and discomfort, Abby does not. Scout seems to know how good she has it even if I often feel that I am not good enough for her.


Scout still caries the scars of her previous life. Her body is shorter than it should be and for the first few years the frostbite wounds on the tail would break open and paint the walls when she was wagging her tail too much. Her happiness and need to wag that tail was greater than the discomfort. The most obvious are her ears that had been cropped but never trained to stand straight. They look more like a little hat and sometimes both point right but never left. I think it makes her beautiful and unique, reminiscent of elegant woman wearing a small hat.

She is my Scout. A precious girl that only ever wants to have a place to be loved.



Cheetos Commercial

January 29, 2009

Target Free Three Day Weekend

January 10, 2009

This Sunday tell your friends to get their FREE tickets to the DBG for Presidents’ Day Weekend in Febuary.

The Target Free Three Day Weekend is Presidents’ Day Weekend, February 14-16.
Target purchased all the tickets for that weekend and are giving them away! Be sure to go to the DBG website on Sunday Jan 11th to reserve your free tickets for that weekend. They will “sell out” quickly and when they’re gone, they’re gone.

Don’t miss it!



Former FBI agent: Northern Mexico is a war zone

December 17, 2008

Former FBI agent: Northern Mexico is a war zone

December 17th, 2008 @ 7:04am

by Jim Cross/KTAR

Emerging violence in northern Mexico is similar to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, former FBI agent and ABC terrorism consultant Jack Cloonan says.

As the beheadings of Daniel Pearl and Nicholas Berg during the early stages of war in the Middle East shocked Americans, beheadings in northern Mexico have become commonplace, Cloonan said.

“Beheading was an exception. Now, it’s almost becoming matter-of-fact.”

Cloonan said Mexico is “every bit as dangerous as some of the things we’ve been discussing in Iraq and Afghanistan. Frankly, northern Mexico is a war zone.”

The violence has spilled across the border and poses a significant challenge for U.S. law enforcement officers, he said.

He added, “How far it will extend I don’t know. But we’ll see more and more of it. It’s not going to go away.”

Much of the violence is being carried out by rogue Mexican police officers, Cloonan said.

“They are now part of drug cartels Another cartel will come in and delievr a message and cut off heads and stick badges in their mouths. They’ll film executions, they’ll carve insignias on bodies. The level of depravity is unprecedented.”

Not just the super rich are in danger, Cloonan said.

“It could be somebody that controls a couple of gas stations. It could be somebody who controls a jewelry store or a food store or supermarkets, as long as they have access to cash.”

Cloonan said violence in Mexico is being fueled by Americans’ appetites for drugs.

“So long as there is an appetite in the United States for illicit drugs — whether that be heroin or cocaine — we will continue to have this level of violence,” he said.

Violence in northern Mexico is now comparable to the sectarian violence in Iraq in 2004 and 2005, Cloonan said.



Brownie Bottom Bourbon Pie

December 7, 2008

Brownie Bottom Bourbon Pie
Yield: 6 servings (or 2 sweet tooth lushes)

1     x        Brownie mix   (or purchase an Oreo no bake pie crust)
5     ea      Egg yolks
3/4 cup   Sugar  (or Splenda)
1      pk     Envelope unflavored gelatin
1/4  cup   Cold water
1/2  cup   Bourbon i.e. Jack Daniels
3      cup   Heavy whipping cream (or 1 cup heavy cream and cool whip)

  • Bake 1 brownie mix according to directions,but bake a few minutes less, in the bottoms of 2 pie tins. (or purchase Oreo no bake pie crusts)
  • Beat egg yokes until thick and lemon colored. Slowly beat in sugar.
  • Soften gelatin in cold water and add 1/3 of the bourbon. Heat this mixture of bourbon over boiling water until gelatin dissolves.
  • Pour into yolks and stir briskly. Add remaining bourbon.
  • Whip 1-cup of cream and fold into mixture. Pour filling into brownie crust and chill 4 hours.
  • Top with remaining cream whipped with a pinch of salt & sugar to taste (or use cool whip).
  • Sprinkle shaved chocolate on top.

Chihuly at Desert Botanical Garden

November 18, 2008

The Chihuly Exhibit will be at the
Desert Botanical Garden from Nov. 22, 2008 to May 31, 2009.
A good reason to visit Phoenix this Spring.



The perfect two cars – at least for us

September 27, 2008

Land Rover Defender and the Smart fortwo are the perfect cars for my household. One car that can hold haul more than 2 people plus stuff and the fun, fuel efficient car for everyday running. We have always had one car that was practical and one that wasn’t. I have the practical 2000 Chrysler Neon and my husband has the 1973 Jeep DJ5 postal jeep that doesn’t have doors or a roof. I love my reliable Neon with it’s 160k miles and 8 1/2 years on it. I expect to have it for a few more years to go. But when or if it’s time is over I will get a Smart Car.

I have been in love with the Smart fortwo since 1999 when I first saw this one parked facing out of a parallel space in London (see photo). I test drove one in 2006 and was surprised how similar it felt to driving my Neon. Only when I looked back to change lanes do you realize how short it is. It’s comfortable and sits a little higher than the Neon which is nice for visibility. It doesn’t get quite the mpg that I would hope for with it being so small but it does well.

My husband is in love with the Land Rover Defender. He learned how to drive on one in England at Boy Scout Camp. They are practically indestructible and just awesome looking. Old classic vehicles have only 2 reasons to not be on the road. First, we stop putting gas in cars. Second, the previous owners haven’t done any preventative maintenance. Everyone who stops, steps back, takes a look, crosses their arms and just thinks for a minute can do most work needed on an old car. Gas mileage may not be 30 mpg, but then again you can replace your radiator for $250 instead of $800 on a new car. You get in a fender bender…fine the new car that hit you suffers $5,000 dollars of damage and you might need to cough up $100 for a new metal bumper and $8 for a can of black spray paint. Oh well. Besides, there’s nothing like taking a spray hose to the inside of your car to clean it out. So satisfying. As an afterthought, have you ever tried replacing a fan belt on a new car? Yeah, not gonna happen… With a nice old classic, it’ll set you back $10 and 5 minutes. Nice.