Thursday, April 29, 2010

April 29, 2010

noon
Well, baby dove #3 & the egg did not survive the night. I didn't think they would. The competition was too great. Baby dove #1 is getting feathers & eyes are half open. #2 is about half his size & starting to get pin feathers.
I woke up with a migraine this morning, so didn't work. I do now have a loaf of pumpkin spice quick bread in the oven & white bread in the breadmaker, though. Trying to concentrate on things besides my head ...
The neighbor who didn't move with his roommate is out in his backyard butchering the wild rose bush that a bunch of sparrows live in ... I wish he'd just mow his weedy lawn that is 3-foot high in places ...
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1:30pm
Mmmmmm. My Pumpkin spice quick bread is done & cooling now. Trying to decide what I want to put on a slice ... maybe I will have some vanilla ice cream with it. I would take a picture, but I am out of batteries. I was going to take pics of the baby doves earlier & the camera wouldn't open ... Ooooooh! I take that back! I just found a new package of rechargeable batteries! Going to take some pictures now!
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2:30pm
Yay! I got 4 good pics of the doves:









And, I got a couple of pics of the Pumpkin Spice Quick Bread I made today:




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4:30pm
Just took Jorgy out and noticed that the Passion vine is getting flower buds!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

April 28, 2010

11am
Got my Wed. store serviced. Then, went to BelAir for a few groceries I had coupons for. Going to have tacos for lunch, so needed to get more tortillas.
Looks like the 4th egg is starting to pip, so should be hatched by tonight. Still think these last 2 won't survive. Such a size difference from the first 2, who are mooses now!
Going to watch The Trouble With Harry after lunch. Just downloaded it last night. It's a fun Hitchcock film that I've always enjoyed.
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9pm
Not much interesting happening today. Just watched Criminal Minds & going to bed soon.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

April 27, 2010

7:45am
Found this sneak peak of one of the songs in the tonight's Glee episode, Home. Chris Colfer has a beautiful voice:




And, I forgot to share this vid of The Fireflies new single yesterday:



http://www.fansofthefireflies.com/

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3:30pm
I just finished going through all of my mom's prescriptions & set her up at the Walgreen's website to get them automatically shipped to us. We'll see if it works!

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Today's quote:
"The law is that all life is equal in the Great Creation, and we, the Human Beings, are charged with the responsibility, each in our generation, to work for the continuation of life."

--Traditional Circle of Elders

Monday, April 26, 2010

April 26, 2010

10:30am
Trying to get back into this blog, so here goes!
Just finished cleaning the trays to the bird cage & vacuuming the craft room they are in. It is such a nice day & I would love to sit outside & read, but I don't think I will get to it! My ribs hurt after all that work. So, I am just resting up. I want to watch the Chipmunks movies that I downloaded, but don't feel like hooking the laptop up to the TV right now. I also need to start a loaf of bread in the bread machine, but can't decide which recipe to use ... So much to do ...
I did get a bunch of software updates done on 2 of my computers already this morning, though.
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11:30am
The smallest goldfish did die this morning. I thought he would ... pretty little bronze fantail. I need to get another one next month. A bigger one that can compete with the other big fish.
We have 2 baby doves. The oldest has pin feathers starting to come out.
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3:30pm
OMG! I loved the Chipmunks movie & the Squeakuel was cute, too. That was a fun 3 hours. Going to burn them to disk now to keep. Matthew Gray Gubler was perfect choice to voice Simon! You could tell by the cadence of the voice who it was, even though it was a different pitch.
My bread finished at the same time as the movies finished. Good timing & smells so good!
The clouds have moved in for tomorrow's expected rain, but it is still a nice day. Wish I felt good enough to go out and garden, but won't be able to really do that for a while yet.
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4:45pm
I figured out where to put the artwork in my DVDMovieFactory program so I can have custom backgrounds on my DVDs on the start page. Cool! Made some cute ones for the Chipmunk movies.
Almost time for dinner. Have Garam Masala & CousCous. But, have no Naan ... so having fresh white bread.
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5:30pm
Dinner was yummy. I'll have to buy those foods again.
I have 1 store scheduled for tomorrow. Then, I have to go to my mom's heart dr. in Sacramento to have them fill out a form for her dentist, so she can get some work done on her teeth. She takes Plavix, so has a bleeding risk ...
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7:45pm
Just made a yummy batch of carob soy milk in the blender. Very good. Enough to have more tomorrow.
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9pm
Well, it's that time again!
And, here's a quote:
"If those bad words come, I let them come in one ear and go out the other. I never let them come out of my mouth. If a bad word comes in your ear and then comes out of your mouth, it will go someplace and hurt somebody. If I did that, that hurt would come back twice as hard on me." --Wallace Black Elk, LAKOTA

Sunday, April 25, 2010

April 25, 2010

I can't believe it's been over two weeks since I wrote in this blog! It's been a painful couple of weeks!
On the 9th, I fell and cracked a couple of ribs & I've been paying for it ever since. I have still been working, but not doing much else. Today, I am really hurting. I took my mom to the Scottish Games at the local fairgrounds. We haven't done anything like it in ages & really enjoyed it. I wish I had remembered to take a camera! But, I kept the ticket stubs!



I'm going to try to get back into writing here, or at least posting some interesting vids or pics that I find.

Actually, here's a cute one that Joe Mantegna posted earlier today. He, his daughter, Gia & Matthew Gray Gubler attended a celebrity gun show this weekend.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

April 7, 2010

1pm
It's been another lazy morning. Viola cancelled our meeting as she was sick, so I only went to service 1 store today.
Made a yummy grilled cheese sandwich with the Italian Herb Bread I made last night. I'll definitely use that bread recipe again. Then I made an apple/strawberry smoothie.
I just planted my free Cosmos & Baby's Breath seeds outside. The Cosmos I'd planted a couple of weeks ago is sprouting, I think.
Going to try to remember to watch Oprah at 4pm as the cast of Glee is on. I haven't watched Oprah in ages! I think it was when the Bee Gees released their One Night Only album! 1997!
Got all my chair & resistence ring exercises done. Added about 6 more exercises I found to my chair exercise list.
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2:45pm
Just listened to an interview from yesterday of Larry Manetti. It was interesting. He reminisced about his time on Magnum, his friendship with Frank Sinatra, his cooking & his book, among other things.
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/movieaddictheadquarters/2010/04/06/larry-manetti-interview
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3:30pm
I'm exhausted! I've been working on my bathroom for 45 minutes! Pulled off some of the rounded molding along the ceiling; washed part of the walls, took apart the metal shelving & took outside in hopes I can get it painted this weekend with silver chrome paint & glossy white on the small cabinet section. It is from the 1950s & has lots of rust spots I'll have to smooth with sandpaper first. And, I fought with the blinds & got them off the window & took down the curtain rod to paint, too. I really need to get this bathroom done as much as I can without money. Luckily, I had bought some of the stuff a few months ago. Tomorrow, I hope to get the rest of the molding off and the rest of the walls washed down.
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6pm
Glee on Oprah was pretty good. Would have rather had more singing or interview with the cast instead of the Burbank Glee Club taking up time ... oh, well. New Glee episodes start up again on Tuesday! Yay!
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9pm
The Criminal Minds spin-off was pretty good. I like Forest Whitaker. He'll make a good team leader if the new show takes off.
Viola is better, so will meet her tomorrow & work a new store together. Should be an easy day.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

April 6, 2010

11:30am
Lazy day ... didn't go to work, even though I should have! Oh, well. Trying to decide what I want for lunch before I take my mom to the dentist ...
Finally going through all my old video files & burning more movies. Working on Shark Attack 3: Megalodon right now. John Barrowman is the only redeeming feature of this film! ;)
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noon
Ended up having a soy butter & blackberry jelly sandwich for lunch. Found an Italian Herb Bread recipe for the breadmaker that I'm going to make this afternoon when we get back from the dentist.
Got all of my chair, face & resistence ring exercises done. Even got in a 10-second squat that didn't hurt when I stood up & counter push-ups.
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6pm
Baking the Italian Herb bread now. We'll have it with spaghetti tomorrow for dinner.
Tonight we had fresh strawberry crepes! Yum.
Looking for a free desktop sticky note program, but can't decide which I want to try. My laptop came with one, but you have to write with the mouse. I want to be able to type the notes.

Monday, April 5, 2010

8am
I feel like crap ... but, I have to at least go to the IRS office today.
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noon
Well, it went the way I expected. I have to mail the papers. They can't take them at the office ... bummer. Will make copies & mail them in the morning.
Just got home. I was able to get 1 store serviced after I went to the IRS office.
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2pm
Found these wonderful clips of the Glee cast at the White House Easter Egg Hunt:







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4:30pm
Well, I never found my pre-cut labels, but I used thick paper & got all the dvd covers printed & cut out. I'm all caught up on everything I had previously burned! Yay! No pieces of scrap paper stuck in the jewel cases any more.
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5:30pm
Had mac & cheese with chicken chunks mixed in and steamed veggies (bell pepper strips/broccoli) for dinner. It wasn't bad.
My mom has a dentist appt. tomorrow afternoon. I'm going to try to get my Dixon CVS store serviced in the morning.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

April 4, 2010

7am
Yay! I burned my first dvd in over a year! And, it works on all my dvd players! Need to re-install my cover art program to print the cover for it. Will do later. If I can find the software and my label packs!
Wish I could figure out why Star Trek won't burn, though. I'm wondering if it is because it was ripped from a Blu-Ray. More research needed.
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10am
Time to go to the pharmacy to pick up some RX for my mom. Going to get a water filter pitcher, too, and see if that really does get the chlorine taste & smell out of Woodland water ...
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2pm
This day has just flown by. I haven't accomplished much. I did get a Culligan filter pitcher from Walgreen's. Have it filled, but haven't tried the water yet.
I got another copy of Star Trek. A DVDrip & it is burning just fine.
And, I found my Memorex Expressit labeling software & guide. Just can't find all my labels! I had a new pack of 50 before we moved! They have to be here somewhere!
I also found another little program I'm going to install called MiPony that pulls stuff from Rapidshare, etc.
Got some papers from IRS in the mail. I messed up on my return! Forgot to send a copy of the papers that prove how much we are paying for our home! They need that so I can get the big credit! Will be going to their office in Sacramento & hope I can give a copy to them & not have to mail a copy! I don't look forward to that, but it's my fault.
It's finally raining. Love the sound.
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3pm
Got my potatoes peeled for tonight's dinner. Just have to mix the spices up in a few minutes & toss them in the oven.
My mom is going to rotisserie a chicken to go with it.
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4pm
There seems to have been an earthquake in Baja that was felt in Los Angeles. 7.3! No real news about it yet, though. Just an email alert & a tweet from my local news station.
Got my fan potatoes started & my mom was going to start the chicken, but the damn disposal is messing up again. So, I'm cleaning it ... there! It's clear until the next time she clogs it up!
She's stuffing the chicken with fresh cilantro and parsley. Should give it a nice flavor.
GAAAAHH! After 4.5 hours trying to burn Star Trek, there was an 'unknown error'! I give up. I didn't like the movie as much as my mom did, anyway.
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8pm
Dinner was yummy. I forgot to take pictures for my recipe group, though! It turned out real good.
Sounds like the rain has stopped for a bit. Going to close up, though. Tomorrow looks to be a busy day & with my lousy breathing lately, I need to rest.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

April 3, 2010

8am
Didn't get much sleep last night. Trouble breathing. Wore out this morning ... but, have so much I need to get done! Guess I better get some cereal for breakfast & have the rest of the smoothie I made yesterday.
I watched the first episode of Miami Medical last night. Was not impressed. More disappointed. I tried it out because it was made by Jerry Bruckheimer, creator of CSI. And, I usually like Jeremy Northam. But, didn't like it. Should have watched a rerun of Criminal Minds, instead.
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9am
Topped off the water in the fish tanks & cleaned the inside glass. Now to work on the doves' cage & put in another level to put the nests up higher.
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10am
Fishies are all done for the week. Have to find a saw to cut the perch I need to use as a brace for the new level on the birdcage. I know I have a hacksaw around here somewhere! Need to rest a few minutes, though.
Just gave Jorgy a bath. Maybe she'll stop rubbing her back on everything!
Guess I'll go dig through the car parts outside & see if I can find that hacksaw ...
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11am
I did it! The doves now have an upper level in their cage for 2 nests and one water bowl. They are already checking things out.
Now I can rest for a while before lunch! We're going to watch Sherlock Holmes after lunch.
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noon
Had a yummy cashew butter & raspberry jelly sandwich for lunch. Then I made a new smoothie for the day. One apple, 1 clementine, 5 big strawberries, 10 grape tomatoes, 1 T. protein powder, 1 T. wheat germ, 1 T. aloe juice, 1 cup water. I forgot the parsely again, though!
I got my chair, face & resistence ring exercises done & also 10 counter push-ups. Tried to add a 10 second squat to my chair exercises, but too painful. Will have to work up to that.
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4pm
Well, we tried to watch Sherlock Holmes ... but, it was awful! Many of the scenes were too dark, Robert Downey, Jr. mumbled so much we could barely understand him & I hate stop-motion photography! Didn't even get through an hour of it. I'll stick with Basil! So, we watched the first 2 episodes of Criminal Minds instead.
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7pm
I'm having problems getting anything burned to dvd today. None of my programs are reading the .avi files on either computer. I'm getting frustrated!!
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8pm
I'm soooo annoyed. Couldn't get any of my old programs on the desktop to cooperate in burning movies. So, I'm back on the laptop learning a new program that came with it. Toshiba DVD Movie Factory. Seems to be an easy program, but the movie I want to burn is too long, so trying to get it to AutoFit, which takes a while.

Friday, April 2, 2010

April 2, 2010

8:30am
It's cold this morning. But, gotta go out in it. Need to go shopping & my mom wants to go to Costco to stock up on meat to fill the chest freezer.
Have a lot I want to get done around the house today, but don't know if I will have the energy to get it all done. I really wore myself out yesterday.
Apparently the kitchen sink overflowed overnight ... drain backed up for some reason ... probably because my mom has a bad habit of putting things in the garbage disposal & not running it ... my mom came out in the night to see the mess & told me about it this morning. I need to put cleaner down all the drains & make sure why it happened. Need to buy more vinegar when we go out.
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11:30am
Just got back from Costco. I'm broke again, of course! Almost $250. But, I did get a huge Beefsteak tomato plant that is already blooming! Actually there are 3 plants in the container. Only $9.99. Need to get soil next week to fill one of the 18-gallon bins to replant them.
Need to get some lunch now.
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1pm
My mom is sorting through the meat we bought at Costco. Repackaging into smaller portions. I just had to slice all the pork steaks in half. They were very thick cuts. Yuck. I hate touching meat!
Caught up with today's surveys. I'm trying not to let them sit in my inbox indefinitely! I did that last month & missed out on points and cash! Shame. I was also reminded by a friend that I never contacted the local focus group when I moved! No wonder I haven't been getting any calls from them! Used to make several hundred bucks a year from them! How did I forget that! Off to their website now!
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2pm
Got all my chair, face & resistence ring exercises done. I think I will finally get back on the exercycle now!
Whew! I am out of shape already! Rode 17.3 mph for 2 miles for 6.37 minutes & burned only 99 calories! And, I read a chapter of Torchwood Pack Animals.
Now, to rest a bit and then hopefully clean the walls in my bathroom. I'm still needing to get the remodelling done in there. But, no extra money to do it all right now.
But, first I will be making a fresh smoothie. Bought lots of fruit at Costco! I'm thinking strawberry/apple with some parsley & grape tomatoes ...
MMMMMM. Smoothie turned out really good. Forgot the parsley, though! Next time, though!
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3pm
Changed the name of one of my Yahoogroups. I just wasn't happy with it. So, QuinGem's Frugal Emporium is now QuinGem's Recipe Trading Post: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/QuinGemsTradingPost/
So, come on by and trade recipes with us or talk about food!
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4pm
I didn't get my bathroom worked on today, so moved it over to tomorrow's list. My back is bothering me too much right now. So, I am just working on organizing the fic recs in one of my groups into databases. Easier to find the fics.
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6pm
Jorgy is being such a pest! I need to give her a bath tomorrow. I think she picked up a flea outside! She's rubbing the back of her rump on anything she can get under. She's making a red spot.
If any of you use water filters for your drinking water, which do you recommend for doing the best job, reasonable price for refill filters, & best tasting water? We have used Crystal Geyser bottled water for the past 10 years since we came back to California. I loved our spring well water in Florida. I never drank water before we moved to Florida. The water here in Woodland (& in West Sacramento) is vile. And, you can smell the chlorine ... But, we really want to try to get away from all the wasteful plastic bottles ...
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9:30pm
I'm watching the first episode of Miami Medical ... so far, I'm not really liking it ...

Thursday, April 1, 2010

April 1, 2010

10:30am
Been a busy morning already! Got 3 loads of laundry done. Took the steam cleaner outside & cleaned it for the first time ever. It was still all grungy from always using it at the apartment! It's drying in the sun now. I have 2 areas on the carpet I want to clean today. Need to vacuum later ...
Got some maintenance done in one of the yahoogroups I mod. We had a group census last month & unsubbed about a dozen members who didn't bother responding. Hate it when people join a group and don't participate. Why bother joining ... it's just rude.
Had to dispose of baby dove this morning. Next time someone hatches, I won't announce it until the baby is eating on its own!
Need to go make a smoothie for my snack. I think it will be apples & blackberries today.
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11am
Not thrilled with my smoothie ... too many grape tomatoes, I think.
Looks like we are losing a neighbor ... too bad it's not the one with the kids.
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2pm
Finally got the vacuuming done! Now to rest before I steam clean part of the carpet. I also brushed Candace & clipped her nails & Jorgy's nails. And, my nails ...;)
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3pm
Getting really worn out! Got the patch of carpet cleaned in the craft room that had some stains. Now I need to get the energy to do the section in the living room that has stains. No way I'd be able to do the entire carpets in each room today. Too much. But, the spot cleaning helps.
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3:30pm
There. I'm totally worn out now. Hope I don't have to do that again any time soon. Will let the cleaner sit out on the porch & dry out now. The rooms smell like peppermint now, as I made up a peppermint castile soap shampoo.
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4pm
Sadly, my friend Inger's niece, Henriette didn't make it through XFactor Denmark last month. Luckily, she and the rest of the Fireflies did get a contract with a recording company in the US, though!!! So exiting. Inger has made them a website, which you can follow here:
http://www.fansofthefireflies.com/ Check out all the vids she's added and other content! Very talented young ladies.
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5pm
Darn CBS has CSI on at 9pm tonight, instead of 8pm! Against Supernatural! And, both are new episodes!!!!