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Friday, June 27, 2008

funny friday

First, our funny Friday..........
A crusty old biker, on a summer ride in the country, walks into a tavern and sees a sign hanging over the bar, which reads:
HAND JOB: $10.00
Checking his wallet for the necessary payment, he walks up to the bar and beckons to the exceptionally attractive female bartender serving drinks to a meager looking group of farmers. 'Yes?' she inquires with a knowing smile, ' Can I help you?'
'I was wondering,' whispers the old biker,'Are you the young lady who gives the hand-jobs?' 'Yes I am.' she purrs.
The old biker replies, 'Well wash yer hands, I want a cheeseburger.'

Work continues to be very busy, but that's good for the wallet, though the 10+ hrs I work on Wed. and Thru. make me very tired when I get home. But it is worth it, being able to work just 4 days a week, and have a long weekend.

And now for a few more pics of the garden.........

This first flower I have no idea waht it is, anyone have a clue?
Next is another Cranesbill, called Splish Splash.
And last is a red Weigela, and a white Potentilla.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Freedom Valley Campground

We're all rested up after our trip to Freedom Valley Campground.
We had a great time! Met lot's of people, partied way to late every nite, and did I say, it rained again! So far, it has rained on every trip this year! Not that it has stopped us from doing any thing.
The campground is a brand new venture for owners Jeff and Michael, who makes you feel very welcomed. They are doing an excellent job for their first year. The brand new swimming pool opened the weekend we were there. They also have a large pond you can swim, boat, or fish in. The second pic is Craig out on the swim platform.
Not a large campground, but they have room to grow. Hope we can get back there again this year.
They do have wi-fi, but they have a somewhat limited bandwidth, and asked us not to upload or download large files, such as pics or video, so I waited to do my post after we got home.
And the rest of the campground pics are here.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Trip # 5

Yep! We just returned from trip # 5!

Had a great time!
Met some very nice people!
Here's a pic of Craig at our site. Freedom Valley is a brand new campground! And the hosts were very helpful. Hope the campground will grow and prosper. For more pics of the campground, click here.

Hope to post more tomorrow when I'm less tired,

Friday, June 20, 2008

funny friday

First our ff, then some more flower pics.....

Two aliens landed in the Arizona desert near a gas station that was closed for the night.
They approached one of the gas pumps and the younger alien addressed it saying,
'Greetings, Earthling. We come in peace. Take us to your leader.'
The gas pump, of course, didn't respond.
The younger alien became angry at the lack of response.
The older alien said, 'I'd calm down if I were you.'
The younger alien ignored the warning and repeated his greeting.
Again, there was no response.
Annoyed by what he perceived to be the pump's haughty attitude, he drew his ray gun and said impatiently,
'Greetings, Earthling. We come in peace. Do not ignore us this way! Take us to your leader or I will fire!'
The older alien again warned his comrade saying,
'You probably don't want to do that! I really don't think you should make him mad.'
'Rubbish,' replied the cocky, young alien. He aimed his weapon at the pump and opened fire. There was a huge explosion. A massive fireball roared towards them and blew the younger alien off his feet and deposited him a burnt, smoking mess about 200 yards away in a cactus patch.
Half an hour passed. When he finally regained consciousness, he refocused his three eyes, straightened his bent antenna, and looked dazedly at the older, wiser alien who was standing over him shaking his big, green head.
'What a ferocious creature!' exclaimed the young, fried alien. 'He damn near killed me! How did you know he was so dangerous?'
The older alien leaned over, placed a friendly feeler on his crispy friend and replied,
'If there's one thing I've learned during my intergalactic travels, you don't want to mess with a guy who can wrap his penis around himself twice and then stick it in his ear.'

And first up is some Butter Cups,
then we have some Asiatic Lilies,

Some non-invasive Yellow Loostrife
with Salvia.

Some annual Dianthus I planted last year that came back!
A pink shrub Rose.
A red Shrub Rose behind some White Allium,
and Spiderwort.

And my last Tree peony to bloom.
A very unusual pinkish orange.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Saving the economy

That's right!
I unwillingly, did my part to keep the economy on it's feet.
Bought this slick 32 inch LCD beauty!
And yes, the picture is beautiful!
This is a stock pic of the TV,
because ours is sitting on a box until we can find a
proper stand for it. I think it's funny how all the ads
show sports on their TVs. It must be guys who make the decision to buy a new TV. But we love it! Of course I now need to get rid of our old entertainment center. It's one of those huge Oak multi shelved pieces that's got to be over 20 years old.
But it worked for us. But now it won't. It'll only hold a 25 inch TV,
not these new wide screen types.
Also Craig's computer is dead. My brother is a computer geek, but I don't like bothering him with stuff. I'm sure he gets that from other family members. So, I have a customer who's real good with them, and he thought it might be the graphics card. Switched that, nope. Finally figured it was on the mother board. So since it is an older computer running the despised Me, we decided to get rid of it. Fortunately, Craig only used it mostly for work, and always backed everything up on disks, so we're not out any loss. And I did figure out how to set up my laptop for him to use with his keyboard and monitor, so he can use that. So he's a happy camper again! And he didn't need to spend money on a new puter.
So I cannibalized the old one. Took out the memory and graphics card and such to see if someone can use them. (maybe Bruce?)
And a sledge hammer to the hard drive. Just to be safe!

Monday, June 16, 2008


I think I've recovered from the exhausting week. Didn't do a whole lot on Sunday.
Our friends, Tom and Dean from Wisconsin were in town for Dean's
niece's open house, so they were able to take some time to stop by for a visit.
It was good to see them again. I did wash and wax the front of the mo-ho,
and got the inside cleaned up for our next trip. Hope to wash and wax more of it this weekend.
And if any thing else could go wrong, it did. You remember the mo-ho TV died,
well the TV in the house now has a green field right in the upper middle of the screen.
Right where peoples faces are. So now everyone looks like a Martian.
Craig's computer is screwed up also. He turns on the puter, and no picture. The puter sounds like it's booting up, but nothing on the screen.
I do a screen test, and it says it's working,
but nothing from the puter.
It's always something, right?
So were going out looking at new TVs today.
Not wanting to spend that money, but am looking
forward to a flat panel LCD TV!
And I'll call a friend about the puter,
maybe he'll know something.
And here's a few pics of the garden.....
Me next to an Ornamental Rhubarb,
A white Peony, and a beautiful Clematis.

Friday, June 13, 2008

funny friday

First off, I'm exhausted!
I've been sooo busy at the Salon. I was thinking, I'm getting too old for these long days, but then I checked the record books, and realized I just had the 2 busiest days of this year so far!
But I must remember May and June tend to be our busier months. Graduation, Weddings, and all our snow birds are back.
But now, our ff and then some garden pics......

A man goes to visit his 85-year-old grandpa in the hospital.
'How are you grandpa? he asks.
'Feeling fine,' says the old man.
'What's the food like?'
'Terrific, wonderful menus '
And the nursing?'
'Just couldn't be better. These young nurses really take care of you.'
'What about sleeping? Do you sleep OK?'
'No problem at all nine hours solid every night. At 10 o'clock they bring me a cup of hot chocolate and a Viagra tablet ... and that's it. I go out like a light.'
The grandson is puzzled and a little alarmed by this, so rushes off to question the nurse in charge.
'What are you people doing,' he says, 'I'm told you're giving an 85-year-old Viagra on a daily basis. Surely that can't be true?'
'Oh, yes,' replies the nurse. 'Every night at 10 o'clock we give him a cup of chocolate and a Viagra tablet. It works wonderfully well. The chocolate makes him sleep, and the Viagra stops him from rolling out of bed.'

Wasn't that funny? tee hee!

And now my pics.....
First is a pic of summer snow.
What? Snow in the summer?
Well click on the pic,
and see for your self!
Okay, so it's not snow,
but is does look like it
when the snowball bush
starts dropping it's petals.

Some Dianthus by the deck.
Purple Siberian Iris,
And some Pink Lupine.
and these were taken before
the big storms that blew
through the area last weekend.

Wind and rain really trashed the flowers!
But more will come.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

the mo-ho TV

Just a quick post. (work is sooo busy!)
But we spent just about all of Tuesday
replacing the TV in the mo-ho.
As you can see in the pics,
it has to fit in the space provided,
which means we had to find
one the same size as the last.
Well, almost no one sells standard TV's anymore.
They are all the expensive thin LCD's or Plazma's.
Which I'd love to have,
but in my home, not in the mo-ho we only use a limited time each year.
But we finally found one very similar at Walmart.
But of course not similar enough to just put in and done.
We had to modify the brackets that keep it from
sliding out while bouncing down the road.
But we finally figured that out.
I'll have more flower pics on my ff post tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

trip #4

Yep! We just returned from our 4th trip of the season.
We stayed at Indiana Dunes State Park.
Besides being a very nice campground,
with spacious sites,
it's only an hours drive into downtown Chicago!
So we always take a day trip into town.
Always soo much to see and do.
And while there, we ate at the
Park grill in Millennium Park.

The top pic is the 'Bean' that's
on the hill above the restaurant.

We like it because they have
outdoor seating in the summer,
good food, and a great place to people watch.
I had the Soft Shell Duck Tacos,
with Mango Salsa, Yummy!
And Craig tried their new Mini Burgers,
with Caramelized Onions and Swiss Cheese.
He said they were very tasty.

And then it was a short walk over
to Navy Pier, for refreshments,
free live music, boat watching,
and more people watching.
We love Chicago.
We have 2 more trips planned
for here this year.
On Sunday, we tried our luck at the
Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City.
If you remember my post from St Louis,
I don't know why we go, because we always lose.
But sometimes we never learn.
Well, this time would be different.
After about 3 hours of play, we left
with $23 more than when we arrived! Yay!
Not much, but better than usual.
Which is good since our TV in the mo-ho
quit working this weekend.

Good thing we also have one in the bedroom.
But now we'll need to replace it.
When we got home, we saw the
results of the storms that blew
thru over the weekend.
Branches down everywhere,
but fortunately, none on the house or cars.

We had 3 inches of rain over the weekend,
according to our rain gauge. Beat the crap out of the flowers,
but I'll prune up the damage. And that's what's nice about perennials,
there will be more things blooming soon.

Now today, it's major house cleaning that I've neglected because of our big plant sale and trips.
We have visitors arriving this weekend!

Friday, June 06, 2008

funny friday

Not much to post about this week. Been very busy in the Salon. And the parking lot paving still isn't finished, and it's a real pain for customers trying to figure out how to get into the mall. I'll be very happy when it's all done. Craig and I are taking a weekend off from house work and yard work. We need a break after the very busy spring.

And now our ff......

--- It was mealtime during a flight on Hooters Airline. 'Would you like dinner?' the flight attendant asked John, seated in front. 'What are my choices?' John asked. 'Yes or no,' she replied.

---A flight attendant was stationed at the departure gate to check tickets. As a man approached, she extended her hand for the ticket and he opened his trench coat and flashed her. Without missing a beat, she said, ' Sir, I need to see your ticket, not your stub.'

--- A lady was picking through the frozen turkeys at the grocery store but she couldn't find one big enough for her family. She asked a stock boy, 'Do these turkeys get any bigger?' The stock boy replied, 'No ma'am, they're dead.'

- -- The cop got out of his car and the kid who was stopped for speeding rolled down his window. 'I've been waiting for you all day,' the cop said. The kid replied, 'Yeah, well I got here as fast as I could.'

--- A truck driver was driving along on the freeway. A sign comes up that reads, 'Low Bridge Ahead' Before he knows it, the bridge is right ahead of him and he gets stuck under the bridge. Cars are backed up for miles. Finally a police car comes up. The cop gets out of his car and walks to the truck driver, puts his hands on his hips and says, 'Got stuck, huh?' The truck driver says, 'No, I was delivering this bridge and ran out of gas.'

Have a great weekend!

Monday, June 02, 2008

Plant sale results

Well, the plant sale was a super success!
I started the sale at 9am with 370 plants. Here's a pic with me at the back of the rows and rows of plants.

I don't know how I managed to find so many without depleting my yard, but during tours of the yard during the sale, I saw more stuff I could have divided, had I had the time. But like I said, the sale was a huge success. In just 45 minutes, I sold over 350 plants! The next pic shows what was left at 10 am! And my sale was suppose to go to 2pm. Craig took down the signs at 10:15, since we had no more plants!
It was unbelievable! Masses of people grabbing everything they could get their hands on! I didn't even have any time to help people with selections. Every time I looked for something, it was already gone! So I spent the rest of the day apologizing to people as they came to the sale to find no plants left. And my take? $967.00! Can you belive it? Plants I dug out of my yard with nothing over $5. Well, I think I can get a bit of gas for the mo-ho with that!
And here's some more flowers in bloom right now....
Above a Peony, and below a Thalictrum aquilegifolium.
And above, 2 Rhododendrons.
I was thrilled with the sale, and the yards in good shape, and now we can play the rest of the summer!

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Today's the day!

Big plant sale!

Here's a pic of all the plants! They start way up next to the truck, in front of the motor home, and go all the way back to the back of the garage! 370 of them!

It looks like the weather will cooperate. Partly sunny and low 70's. Now I just need the people to show up. I'll let you know how it goes.

And now, some more things blooming in the garden....

I've no idea what this is, but very pretty light blue star like flowers.
Another Tree Peony, very pale pink.
Yellow Baptisia, and below, purple Siberian Iris.
And another unknown.
So now, at 9 am, on with the sale!.