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Monday, June 26, 2006

What's this Technorati shit?

Saturday, June 17, 2006

We interrupt this blog ...

... to inform you that ICL has been a very busy girl. She has not had time to post or read because she's been werking until 11 p.m. the last two nights. (She's also a very tired girl!). Plus she has something wrong with her feets (edema, my nurse-in-training daughter tells me). If it doesn't correct itself soon, she's going to hafta drag her butt to the docr's which will be difficult to fit in with 3 all day sessions Mon - Wed which she is busy preparing for and probably has to drag her butt to werk again today. Plus tamarra is Fathr's Day and she wants to do somein' special for her Daddy and Dad (those r two different ppls ~ Pool Boy (aka her man) and real Dad). Plus her #4 daughter needs attention. So tonight if she doesn't fall asleep she's gonna play boggle or scrabble wit 'er and then maybe pour herself a glass of wine and read those missed posts from everyone and pictures and all. So if I don't comment on your blog this week it's not because I didn't want to. Later ppls. Have a good weekend!

Saturday Photo Hunt

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This week's word is "SPORTS"

She's gonna bike to werk all summer
and maybe all winter too!

Friday, June 16, 2006


Stuff Portrait Fridays are brought to you from the fantastic photographer, Kristine at randomandodd.

I'm way late but here I go with my three words and pictures.
My puzzle

My Mum died last year at the age of 73. She seemed so healthy. It was such a shock. Still wondering how her heart could have given out so quickly and with no warning. It is what she would have wanted so I have no regrets in that regard. She died in her bed drinking her tea and doing her crossword on a Sunday morning. I miss her so much. Here she is the year before with my eldest at her college graduation, looking pleased as punch, glasses crooked, lipstick on her teach, in all her glory! RIP Mum xoxoxo

My best

Raising these kids to turn out so great. OK maybe not the one on the right (LOL!) It's hard to find a picture that Mat isn't clowning around in. But I liked this shot, taken last summer for said son's 22nd birthday and middle daughter's 20th.

Something old

A tombstone at Gallarus Oratory in Co. Kerry Ireland with Ogham writing dating back to 3rd century A.D.

P.S. I was going to put a picture of the mini jigsaw puzzle that I have on my desk and work and my old lustre jug inherited from my great grandmother but I ran out of time. I still might come back and update (add on to this post later). On to Saturday Photo Hunt. Ya, I'm addicted!

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Thursday Thirteen

13 Things That I like about my life right now

1. My children are entering the next phase of their lives.

2. My husband is more established in his business.

3. I really enjoy my job, find it challenging and rewarding.

4. I'm happy about my level of fitness and activity I have been able to sustain for awhile now without too much injury. (Biking to work for the summer and it's great!)

5. I love reality TV shows.

6. I'm enjoying blogging and the interesting information, photos, stories, humour shared.

7. I love my home environment.

8. I love my husband and family with all my heart.

9. I love my pets - dog , granddog, 3 cats, a grand chinchilla.

10. I have good friends.

11. My MIL is fantastic!

12. My church and church community is great!

13. I feel very blessed.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Foto Pherrets

This weeks word:

I kid you not ...

Yesterday I actually put this at the end of an email. I thought I dreamed it but no, I did not. There it was in black and white on that final email of the day that I sent when I was so pissed off.

"Please don't get back to me if you have a concern with the above because I do not really care and have no time to deal with it anyways! Hee hee ~ just wanted to see if you were paying

I actually got the following responses:

  1. "All for one and one for all.................. Sorry Deb I just had to get back to you."
  2. "It is always important to read these messages right to the end!"
  3. "If you think the rest of us care either, then you are sadly mistaken!"

I think the last person was even more bitter than me. What do you think?

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Hang on to your hats kids ...

... it's gonna be a bumpy ride! For the next 3 weeks anyways. Getting to a big deadline at werk so it's crunch time. People are cranky, grumpy, frazzled, whiney, lacking of the usual common sense and decorum ... and that's before they get their first coffee of the day! So humour me while I try to keep my sanity day in day out and pray for me that I don't end up telling some one for f off between now and the end of the month. Pleeeeaaaazzzzzze. [My, that was whiney! help! ;)]

Monday, June 12, 2006

Manic Monday

brought to you by

Fleur de Lisa

If, for one month, you had to live day and night at any one retail store, which one would it be?

Chapters - starbucks coffee, food and lots of books to read.

If, for one month, you could live at any famous residence or home in the entire world, which one would you pick?

Somewhere in the Greek Islands

Irish Drinking Dare

A Texan walks into a pub in Ireland and clears his voice to the crowd of drinkers. He says, "I hear you Irish are a bunch of hard drinkers. I'll give $500 American dollars to anybody in here who can drink 10 pints of Guinness back-to-back."

The room is quiet and no one takes up the Texan's offer. One man even leaves. Thirty minutes later the same gentleman who left shows back up and taps the Texan on the shoulder. "Is your bet still good?", asks the Irishman.

The Texan says yes and asks the bartender to line up 10 pints of Guinness. Immediately the Irishman tears into all 10 of the pint glasses drinking them all back-to-back. The other pub patrons cheer as the Texan sits in amazement.

The Texan gives the Irishman the $500 and says, "If ya don't mind me askin', where did you go for that 30 minutes you were gone?"

The Irishman replies, "Oh...I had to go to the pub down the street to see if I could do it first."

(¯`'•.¸(¯`'•.¸A Lizzie Quizzie!¸.•'´¯)¸.•

Ding Dang Dong People ~ this is my 100th post! (I hope you know!) ~ just needed to slip that in! OK back to our regularly scheduled programming ~hee~
1. What are three traits you inherited from your father?
My shape / size of my ears and the fact that I am able to wiggle them, my inquisitiveness, the shape and look of my feet.
2. Do you prefer quiet or commotion?
Used to prefer commotion but lately I'm more into quiet. Not sure why
3. Charcoal or gas grill?
Both - we have a charcoal smoker and a gas bbq.
4. What is your favorite soup?
5. Do you read the comics?
Not regularly, don't get the paper.
6. Do you shred your bills/mail?
7. Tomatoes... a fruit or a vegetable? Do you like them?
A vegetable and me like.
8. Do you have a pool or have a membership to one?
Yes have a pool.
9. When was the last time you had company over for dinner?
Last night, my Dad. But not counting close family it would be Christmas.
10. Did you watch the Windfall pilot? If you won the lottery, how would it change your life?
No, didn't watch it. It would help to clear up debt and enable us to take more holidays and get a hot tub and give more to charity.

Tell Lizzie if you played and have a nice day!

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Trinity Sunday

The Trinity is the mystery of one God in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
On Trinity Sunday we are reminded of Jesus' promise
"I am with you always, until the end of the age".

Good People

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Saturday Photo Hunt

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This week's word is "COMMUNITY"

I chose this picture not because it is especially good. Not because it's almost Christmas, but because, to me, it represents 'Community'.

This picture was taken on a school band trip to a school for learning disabled children. You see the students being entertained by my daughter's school band (Grade 7 & 8's) with Christmas Carols and other music which they thoroughly enjoyed. Some of the kids got to help with the percussion for one song and take turns directing the band.

I've included a few extra bonus pictures from the day, to give you the full feel of community that I experienced, as did my daughter, that day.

P.S. Our neighbourhood is supposed to have a 'community' garage sale today but it's raining! My idea of fun does not include having a garage sale, but especially if it's wet out.

Friday, June 09, 2006


Kristine at Random & Odd says "SPF this week is brought to you by with the help of Dictionary.com1. ap·er·turen."

  • An opening, such as a hole, gap, or slit.
  • A usually adjustable opening in an optical instrument, such as a camera or telescope, that limits the amount of light passing through a lens or onto a mirror.
  • The diameter of such an opening, often expressed as an f-number.
  • The diameter of the objective of a telescope.

"Because I know you’re all just weirdos that read my site, your assignment isn’t going to be a hole, a gap or a slit because UPPERCASE God only knows what you’ll be showing me!"

Here's my slit revealing a wide open space:


1. A wide open space

2. Brightness

3. In the dark

Notice the 'diameter' of the brightness (like a lens,telescope) Woo hoo! I think I'm passing this assignment!

It was a dark and rainy night ... and I can't believe how clear this picture actually came out!

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Foto Pherrets

Since Mama Pherret spent her weekend in Hershey, PA, also known as Chocolate Town U. S. A., our word for this week is

tic tacs running away from home

Thursday Thirteen - 1st Time Played!

Since this is my first time playing, I need to think about what I will write my Thursday Thirteen's on. Here's my list of 13 things I have come up with so far. Please tell me which ones you want to hear about, what would be appropriate for Thursday 13, what would not etc. You can be truthful but kind!

Thirteen Things about What Irish Church Lady is going to do her Thursday Thirteen's about

1. 13 Things That I like about my life right now
2. 13 ways I've been occupying my time lately
3. 13 kid's names I like and why
4. 13 pets I have owned
5. 13 things on my to do list
6. 13 things I want to do this summer
7. 13 places I would like to travel to
8. 13 things that really bug me
9. 13 useless things I can't throw out
10. 13 TV shows I enjoy
11. 13 things I would buy if I had the money
12. 13 of my favourite readings from the bible
13. 13 more things I should put on my Thursday Thirteen!

Links to other Thursday Thirteens!
1. Carmen

2. Fleur de Lisa

3. Ardice

4. The Schooligan

5. Wystful

6. Speckled Pup

7. Cheeky

8. Karen

(leave your link in comments, I’ll add you here!)

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

Whew! That was hard. I'm sure you'll help me out and provide comments and other ideas! Plus when I visit you I will get more ideas! Thanks for helping out.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

TTT or PYP - Part Neuf

Tell the Truth or Pick your Preference

Please play by responding to this post with your answers or a link to your site.

Pick one or the other from each item below. Either state which applies most to you or state your preference. (if you're a lady and it's a guy thing, pick your preference)
If neither or both apply or you can't pick only one preference then for the sake of total wackiness you lose a point. Your starting points are 10. To see what your score means read below.

81..rollercoasters or scary movies?
82..turkey or roast beef?
83..watch TV or listen to music?
84..garden or play a sport?
85..golf or tennis?
86..candy or gum?
87..flirt or play hard to get?
88..butt or chest?
89..lock your keys in your car or leave your lights on?
90..waterski or sail?

So what's your score and what does it mean? It's very logical (in ICL's mind, anyways):

9 -10 - You've got it all figured out dontcha? ~ such that your funeral must already be prearranged.
5 - 8 - You win some, you lose some! Oh well, what's fer dinner, anyways?

0 - 4 - Trouble follows you everywhere, or maybe you just like looking for it! Here Trouble, Trouble, Trouble ... Here kitty, doggy, poochy, GPiggy, hammy, snakey, spidey, froggy, ferret, chinchilla .... or whatever you are!

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Manic Monday

From the fabulous, fun & fancy, Fleur de Lisa:

What is the worst vacation you've ever been on?
I've never had a bad vacation that I can recall. I remember one school field trip in Grade 7 /8 where we went camping and got rained out. We had to spend the night at the local legion hall because it was still raining really hard and they couldn't get our camping stuff dried out, even though they sent the school bus driver to the laundromat to dry our sleeping bags in the big tumble dryers while we went on our tour of a historical site (Old Fort Henry, Kingston). They put boys on one side of the hall and girls on the other with a row of tables in between. I remember there was alot of giggling going on seeing the boys in their pyjamas etc. A teacher told a bedtime story to us (one that he made up) and I fell asleep while he was telling it and awoke the next morning to him waking us up with the conclusion of the story. I guess he must have stopped it part way through (I don't think he talked all night!) I was so tired that I slept right through the night and found it quite funny that I fell asleep while he was telling the story and then woke up to the story. Funny the things you remember!

Where did you go on vacations with your family when growing up?
We used to camp as a family and when I was about 8, my parents bought a cottage, so we spent every weekend from July 1 to Labour Day there and two weeks during the summer. When I was about 14 my parents bought a home in Florida and so we spent a number of Christmases down there. It was great fun! We fit 7 of us in a Chrysler (Mum, Dad, 4 kids and my Aunt) and used to drive 3 days to get there and 3 days back (1500 miles each way). Going to the beach on Christmas Day, doing Disney and Busch gardens every year was great fun that we looked forward to with great anticipation.

If you could set the national speed limit for all highways, what would it be?
I find 70 is a good speed for the > 4 lane highways. Most people go 10 miles over anyways and I think going more than 80 gets just a little too dangerous for some drivers. Not me, mind you. I am comfortable driving at 80-85. I drove over 90 in the UK.

If money were no object, would you rather fly or drive on a vacation?
My dream would be to have a RV and drive through out North America. I love driving holidays if we have the time. If time is short then I would rather fly just to get there fast. In my life so far I have driven 1500 miles to Florida or back a total of 15 times (3 times as a child and 4 times with my own 4 children). The last 2 times we've done it in 27 hours straight, driving right through while the kids slept in the back.

Monday, June 05, 2006

(¯`'•.¸(¯`'•.¸A Lizzie Quizzie!¸.•'´¯)¸.•

From LizzieDaisy. Tell 'er if you play, t'day, 'kay?

1. Have you bought a new swimsuit yet? Will you if you haven't?
No. Maybe if I see one I like, but it will only be if I come across one when I'm not really looking.
2. When was the last time you went out to eat? Where did you go?
Joey's Only fish and chips on the way home from work a few weeks ago.
3. How often do you visit the library? Do you return on time?
2 - 3 times a year. Rarely which is why I don't go to the library much. Costs me alot in fines!
4. When something breaks, do you call a repairman, a friend or fix it yourself?
Usually hubby fixes it himself unless it's car repairs or some appliance breakdowns i.e. fridge. He mostly has fixed the dishwasher, dryer and oven himself. Isn't he grand?!
5. How much time do you spend in your car a day? 20 minutes
6. What do you consider a reasonable car payment? maximum $400 per month
7. When was the last time you visited an amusement park? Which one?
2003 Universal Studios, Orlando
8. Adventuresome or Cautious? somewhere in between
9. If you could be any one OTHER person for the day, who would it be? my cat
10. Cats are _____________? a person

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Pentecost Sunday

Acts 2:1-11

My translation:

The apostles and other new believers were together on the day of Pentecost in the same place. (This was about 7 weeks after Jesus' resurrection from the dead). Suddenly a strong wind came from the sky (heaven) and moved around them where they were sitting. They saw flames of fire which touched each one of them. As soon as this happened they were filled with the Holy Spirit and were able to speak or understand other languages as if it was their own and they were all able to understand one another. They knew this was a gift from the Holy Spirit because prior to that, they could not understand each other as they were all from different regions and did not speak the same.


Save the Best for Last

I had me CD on "Music for Small Rooms" when I was cleaning yesterday. This is the last song on the CD which I was enjoying so I thought I'd share it with you here.

Have a good Sunday!

Sopranos - Season and Show Finale!

Sunday night! What am I goin' to do now? Soprano Videos
Sopranos Trivia Game - it's long and hard - see if you can beat me - I only got 51%

Sopranos Opening Credits & Music and a good summary of the Sopranos in 1 1/2 minutes (WARNING: some violence)

Good Sopranos excerpts put to music and House of the Rising Sun (WARNING - Lots of Violence)

Guess I can always come back and watch these videos!! LOL

Saturday, June 03, 2006

SAT Photo Hunt

This week's word is "MIRROR"

On the highway between
Strasbourg, France
Stuttgart, Germany
That is me in the mirror.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Buffalo Sabres Out!

So the Sabres lost to Carolina last night 4-2. The 7th game of their playoff series. I was kinda hoping Sabres would win and go on after they kicked the shit out of Ottawa. Oh well. I'll take down me poll then. Here are the results. That is all!

Do you think the deserving team won the second series (Eastern semi finals)? (Ottawa Senators versus Buffalo Sabres)
Yes, Buffalo outplayed Ottawa by far
Yes, Buffalo outplayed Ottawa but only by a bit
Yes, Ottawa had no heart in the playoffs
Yes, I'm a Sabres fan
No, Ottawa outplayed Buffalo, but it was just bad luck
No, Ottawa outplayed Buffalo, but refereeing was against them
I dunno, I didn't watch the series
Sorry, not interested in hockey
What's the Stanley Cup?
I wish I were an Oscar Mayer weiner
Free polls from Pollhost.com

SPF ~ Sparkly, Dull, Colorful

Instructions from Kristine at Random & Odd are to post pictures of:
1. Something ‘Sparkly’
2. Something ‘Dull’
3. Something ‘Colorful’

So here is me sparkly party dress! It's fun and I feel fabulous in it!

Next we have a picture that looks dull but the content is definitely not dull. It is a picture of a statue of the Holy Family. Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

Finally colourful. That's the Canadian colourful, excuse me spelling, although this picture was taken in Florida. He's a beauty, ain't he?

Thursday, June 01, 2006

blah blah blah bleu bleu bleu hee hee hee haw haw haw .... oh .... is this thing on?

'k things on my mind but I'm too tired to blog about them and I do not want to bore you or incriminate meself. So I'd rather just tell a gross story about Coprophagia.

Was too tired to go out on our nightly walk with me dog and granddog and hubby and daughter. (I biked to work today and ran at lunch ~ that is all.) So we sent said daughter and second daughter out for the walk wit' the two dogz. They were gone for quite awhile, I think longer than we usually go and I was beginning to get a bit worried. Then, just before it got dark, I heard the squeaky front door open and the pitter patter of feet. My dog runs to see me to announce that he is home, safe and sound, once again. Little pitter patter comes trailing behind then as her mama enters the room it is said "Don't kiss her!". OMG What did she do? I knew damn well since she has recently discovered the delicacies in the cat litter box in an world (aka part of the house) that was previously unknown to her. I chastised my daughter for not watching closely to let her get at what she got. She was probably too busy blabbing away wit' 'er sister. I asked her what did she do to rectify the situation and she said well it's pretty hard to take it out of her mouth when she's chomping away. uuuuuggggghhhhhhh!! ok that's it! she's not sleeping in my bed no more. No sirrrreeeee! That's it! Granddog or no granddog. My dog does not eat poop and I'm not puttin' up wit' it wit' me Granddog. No way, no how. No way Jose. Nada. It is finished.

She's sleeping at my feet as I write this.


Ah this looks so inviting! Here I am wit' my sis in the pool during a heatwave.
We're experiencing an unseasonably warm heat wave right now. Which make me really mad that pool boy doesn't have the pool open yet!!! I'm gonna deny him until he get's it open! No I'm not gonna deny he exists, I'm gonna deny him other pool related "duties" ... you know the other part of the job!

Foto Pherrets

From Lady Starlight
Week 23
The mercury is rising! The sun is shining!
Our word for this week is:
They say the hottest part of a flame is the base where it's actually blue instead of red, orange or yellow. This is an extreme closeup of the base of a light candle. Can you see the hottest part?