Coffee Bar Humor

A friend sent the following to me via e-mail.

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ONE
Recently, when I went to McDonald’s I saw on the menu that you could have an order of 6, 9 or 12 Chicken McNuggets.
I asked for a half dozen nuggets.
‘We don’t have half dozen nuggets,’ said the teenager at the counter.  ‘You don’t?’ I replied.
‘We only have six, nine, or twelve,’ was the reply.
‘So I can’t order a half dozen nuggets, but I can order six?’
‘That’s right.’
So I shook my head and ordered six McNuggets
(Unbelievable but sadly true…)

TWO

I was checking out at the local Wal-Mart with just a few items and the lady behind me put her things on the belt close to mine. I picked up one of those ‘dividers’ that they keep by the cash register and placed it between our things so they wouldn’t get mixed.
After the girl had scanned all of my items, she picked up the ‘divider’, looking it all over for the bar code so she could scan it.
Not finding the bar code, she said to me, ‘Do you know how much this is?’
I said to her ‘I’ve changed my mind; I don’t think I’ll buy that today.’
She said ‘OK,’ and I paid her for the things and left.
She had no clue to what had just happened.

THREE

A woman at work was seen putting a credit card into her floppy drive and pulling it out very quickly.
When I inquired as to what she was doing, she said she was shopping on the Internet and they kept asking for a credit card number, so she was using the ATM ‘thingy.’
(keep shuddering!!)

FOUR

I recently saw a distraught young lady weeping beside her car. ‘Do you need some help?’ I asked.
She replied, ‘I knew I should have replaced the battery to this remote door unlocker. Now I can’t get into my car. Do you think they (pointing to a distant convenience store) would have a battery to fit this?’
‘Hmmm, I don’t know. Do you have an alarm, too?’ I asked.
‘No, just this remote thingy,’ she answered, handing it and the car keys to me.  As I took the key and manually unlocked the door, I replied, ‘Why don’t you drive over there and check about the batteries. It’s a long walk….’

PLEASE just lay down before you hurt yourself!!!

FIVE
Several years ago, we had an Intern who was
none too swift. One day she was typing and turned to a secretary and said, ‘I’m almost out of typing paper. What do I do?’ ‘Just use paper from the photocopier’, the secretary told her. With that, the intern took her last remaining blank piece of paper, put it on the photocopier and proceeded to make five ‘blank’ copies.
Brunette, by the way!!

SIX
A mother calls 911 very worried asking the dispatcher if she needs to take her kid to the emergency room, the kid had eaten ants.
The dispatcher tells her to give the kid some Benadryl and he should be fine, the mother says, ‘I just gave him some ant killer……’
Dispatcher: ‘Rush him in to emergency!’


Life is tough. It’s even tougher if you’re stupid!!!!

My apologies to…

….everyone who clicked on notification of my last blog to find it wasn’t there. Of course, that’s if you received a notification.  I composed it in Live Writer. Everything looked fine, previewed, still looked okay. Then when I published it, something strange happened to the 2nd butterfly picture. It moved up and partially off the page. So I deleted the blog and tried again. Moved the picture slightly, even took it off, then put it back. Again looked fine in preview…something changed during publish. Ended up doing that 5 times…the 5th and last time decided I would put text between the photos. That worked. Don’t know what I would have done if it hadn’t.

Today was a different kind of day. Garry went with Darryl to look at a tractor. Three hour drive one way. They left at 8:30am and it was going on 4pm when they returned. Found I got a lot more done without him here. Don’t tell him that, he might decide he needs to leave more often, and I kinda like having him here. When he’s here, if he’s on the computer or reading I find it hard to keep on working around the house. After all I enjoy spending time on the computer or reading, too. Usually I do whatever is hollering the loudest, then join him. It did seem strange with him gone all day. That used to be our norm with him going off to work every day. I believe I much prefer our current norm with him being here.

I washed our sheets and towels today. Even used the dryer. I really don’t enjoy sandpaper towels, so tend to use the dryer for them year round. I decided a blanket needed washed, too, so that went into the dryer as well. I’d ask you all not to let Garry know, except I already told him. Besides he’ll be reading this. Just no keeping secrets from him.

We lost a lot of snow today. Can now see the ground in large patches. I didn’t check the temp this afternoon, it was possibly mid 30’s. We have a chance for sunshine for tomorrow. Oh, will that be welcome!!

The birds are still going through large quantities of sunflower seeds. I filled the feeders yesterday morning about 8 o’clock. By the end of the day one was empty and the other one about 1/3 empty. Or should I say 2/3 full??? These feeders are supposed to hold 5 pounds of seed. By about noon today, the other one was empty, so I filled them both. We think we have a lot more birds this winter than previous winters, not that the birds are eating a lot more. I took a video the other day of them coming and going from the feeder. Wish I knew how to put it onto here, as I’d love to share it. Definitely shows why the seeds are going so fast!

Time to go for this time. You all take care!

PhotoShop fun..

A little over two years ago I started learning how to use PhotoShop via online classes from HP and Sony. Or at least attempting to learn a little about it. Then I joined an online photo site and learned about OOB …out of bounds or out of the box. This fascinated me, so I had to try it. Here’s the first one I did. It’s not perfect…had already made it into a jpeg before I saw the problem.    

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 This was a fun thing to do. Consequently I just had to try some more.

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The picture above was used to make the one below. This photo worked quite well for the OOB effect.

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 Then I wondered if I could put two pictures together…one for the background and the other for the OOB part. I felt there had to be a way, just wasn’t sure, so it took some experimenting. I used these two pictures:

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The sunset was taken in Illinois and the gulls were taken at Padre Island.

This is the result of putting them together.  gulls-out-2a-copy 

Putting PhotoShop onto my new computer made me think of these and that maybe you’d enjoy seeing them.

Sure hope everyone has had a good week thus far. The colds and coughs the grandkids have had seem to have finally caught up with me. Nothing bad, just enough to be irritating. It hasn’t stopped me from doing what needs done around here.

I’m ready for an end to winter. We have 1 to 2 inches of snow on the ground. I know it’s nothing compared to other areas. We’ve been here 6 years next month and this is the coldest and snowiest winter in that time. Yesterday my 8 year old grandson told me he’s tired of the snow. This is from a kid who loves getting out and sledding. Perhaps the continual cold is part of the problem for him.

It’s bedtime for me, so I’m going. Take care everyone.

Color IS GOOD!

 

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Yesterday I went to the doctor for my yearly physical.

My blood pressure was high, my cholesterol was high,

I’d gained some weight, and I didn’t feel so hot.

My doctor said eating right doesn’t have to
be complicated and it would solve my physical
problems. He said just think in colors…
Fill your plate with bright colors… greens,
yellows, reds, etc.

I went right home and ate an
entire bowl of :

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And sure enough, I felt better immediately.

              I never knew eating right

           could be so easy!

Snow ….

There was a light covering of snow on the ground when we went to bed last night. Somewhere between 3:30 and 4:00 this morning I heard it start to rain…really sounded more like snow melting and dripping off the trees. Then before I got up it was obviously raining. I figured by then the snow would be gone. Surprised me to find we still had snow. The temperature was barely below freezing, but, thankfully the rain wasn’t freezing. Just mixing with the snow and making slush.

While Garry and I were having our morning coffee it started snowing. It was what Dana referred to as ‘chunky’ snow in one of her blog posts. Told Garry it was coming down in snow balls…for some reason he wouldn’t quite agree with that. I tried taking some pictures.   They didn’t turn out as well as I would have liked. IMG_9759

It’s obvious that’s it snowing. This was taken out our back door. Not sure if this was through the glass, or if I held the door open for this one, as I did some both ways.

Also wanted to show you one of the bird feeders that was filled yesterday afternoon. The picture was taken about 10:01 am. I didn’t think to check it before dark. IMG_9761 Somehow I think it’s empty. We have a lot of birds eating at the feeders. Thursday, we need to run into town for more sunflower seeds. I have enough left to last until then. The birds bring so much enjoyment that I don’t mind at all having them eat so much. Wonder if we have so many because we live in the country without neighbors close who are also feeding them. Danny keeps 2 suet cakes out. No feeders. I think he wonders about me spending money on feed.

For those who have thought I was a bit crazy doing the no dryer experiment this winter…wanted to let you know I have a good reason to continue it indefinitely. A very good reason, as in not having to fold clothes. That sweet husband of mine has been folding our clothes. He’s up earlier than me and usually by the time I’m up they are all folded. All that needs done is to put them away. He even helps with that. So I’m saving electricity, $’s, and even my energy. Can’t beat that!!

Take care everyone!

Sourdough, among other things…

Time has such a way of disappearing…way too fast to suit me. Five weeks from today we’ll be on the train heading to Portland, Oregon. March seemed so far away, now it’s close, just next month. Where is this year going? We’re already in the 2nd month.

About 3 or 4 weeks ago, I began a sourdough starter. The last time I had tried one, early summer, it just wouldn’t work right. I suspect it was just too warm allowing it to spoil. This one is wonderful…works great. Week before last I made 2 loaves of sourdough bread. The grandchildren helped eat the first one…while still warm, so butter melted on it.   They seemed IMG_9598 to really enjoy it. Of course, I had to help eat some. It turned out quite well. Sourdough is my bread of choice whenever I have the option…such as going out to eat.

The second loaf went to make garlic toast for Garry and me to go with our spaghetti. Here’s what it looked like before being cut.  We really didn’t eat the whole thing at one meal.    IMG_9616

 

I use almost all whole wheat flour in the breads I make. There might be a cup of unbleached kneaded in at the last. I’ve found it’s smoother to knead, although, I’ve used all whole wheat a lot of times. When our children were growing up I made nearly all of the bread we used. That was just one of the things I did every week. Rarely did we have store bought.

Then last week I tried something totally different, for me. I made English muffins. I had seen a lady’s blog where she was making them, and they just looked and sounded so good. She also cooks on a wood stove in the winter and said she felt they worked best on the wood stove. That was my inspiration for making the sourdough starter. First time I really realized English muffins were a sourdough.     IMG_9699Here they are being cooked. It takes approximately 5 minutes on each side. After doing the first 4 I felt that with the whole wheat they just needed another minute. Either that or my stove wasn’t quite hot enough. In hindsight, I believe the stove should have been a bit hotter. Next time it will be. Oh, yes, I plan on making these again. It has been so enjoyable having a toasted English muffin for breakfast. A few put away into the freezer wouldn’t be a bad idea either.     IMG_9706

Here’s the plate of finished English muffins. Definitely a good thing to make. Will have to share the next batch with the grandkids. They missed out on this one.

Now that doesn’t mean they were deprived…not at all. I also made cookies last week….4 batches of them. The 6 year old helped. He formed the molasses ones into balls, then rolled them in sugar. The kids love cookies and consider it part of my job to provide them. Or anything else they might consider yummy to eat.

It snowed here last week. About 6 inches worth. The kids really enjoyed that and went out every day with their sleds. I would see them headed to their house with their coveralls looking soaked. They would put the coveralls, gloves, etc. close to the stove to dry, although I’m not sure the kids really waited for them to dry. This is the most snow the youngest ones have ever seen at one time, so it wasn’t to be wasted.

The birds are still eating lots. The feeders go about a day and a half before needing filled. At times there must be 12 – 15 birds at a time on a feeder. It’s just amazing to see so many at once. At this point they’ve eaten about 140# of sunflower seeds since the end of December. Will need to buy more in the next couple days.

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Here’s a lovely female cardinal. I just think the subtle marking on them is so beautiful. This was taken from the back door.

I listed birds we see one time, but missed some. There are those who feed only on the ground, such as the Junco. There’s also a Chipping Sparrow …used to see them on the feeder more, now mostly on the ground. We have Mourning Doves, Carolina wrens. In Illinois we had the House wren which was a bit smaller. Also hear more than see, the Pileated woodpecker. And, of course, there’s crows, vultures, and hawks. So many birds, so much fun to see them. Even have flocks of Cedar Wax Wings around. We haven’t seen Robins for a while, so perhaps they found a better place for eating.

This is my first blog post made using my new computer. An Acer laptop with Window 7. The last few days have been spent transferring files. Garry now has my ‘old’ computer, which is 5 years newer than what he had been using. And I had the fun of transferring everything. I’m not complaining as I really enjoy the challenge. Transferred from Vista to Windows 7, then Windows XP to Vista. So far….4 days….I really like Windows 7. Garry is adjusting to Vista with 2GB memory after XP with 512MB memory. I do believe he notices a difference. We’ll share the laptop, it’ll especially come in handy when/if we make trips.

Have a good whatever time of day it is for you.  Bye for now.