Sunday, August 31, 2008

guess...

We're in the middle of our weekend, and here's a couple of pics to let you guess where we are! tee hee. Any one who's been here will know instantly. And anyone who reads my blog regularly will also know what my favorite city is.






More pics and comentary when we return!

Friday, August 29, 2008

funny friday

It's the last big weekend of the summer. Where did it go? Dang! Our summers go fast! We've got big plans, do you? I'll tell you about ours later.
And now on to our ff.........






Have a great holiday weekend!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

A Wednesday rant

What's wrong with this picture! No, not the actual pic of my truck. More on that later.
Okay, I'm in the mood for a good rant today, so be warned!
I just picked up my truck yesterday from the ford dealer,
where I had an issue I thought stemming from last fall when I had my brakes done. Last fall I took in in for a grinding noise, and left with $1400 worth of repairs. I needed brake pads, rotors, bla bla bla. (I wish I new more about cars, but I don't)
Well, of course this issue was unrelated to the complete brake job I had last year, even though it started right afterwards. When I came to a stop, the petal would give, like I had air in the lines, or something like that. I took it in last January, and it wouldn't do it for them. (isn't that how it always is?) So they told me to drive it until it did it on a more regular basis. So I finally take it in, since it was doing it all the time, and they tell me I have a cracked bla bla, and it's in the rotor assembly, bla bla, it's part of the anti-lock braking system, bla bla, and it'll be $582. And what can I say? I haven't a clue what he just said. He could have been speaking Chinese for all I knew, so of course I said okay.......
Now this truck is a 2001 Ford Ranger Extended Cab, 4 wheel drive, with only 26000 miles. I have just spent $2000 the last year on repairs. Craig has a 1998 Honda Accord, that's never been in the shop! What is wrong with this picture!
And the unions wonder why people buy foreign cars?
Now Craig's Honda was actually assembled here in the states, so why can they build cars that last and American manufacturers can't. And it's not just the repairs! The front seat is ripping, and the tailgate is rusting thru! And it's not just this truck! I had two Chevy's before this and both were falling apart within 5 years! And I don't put that much mileage on them! My Ranger only has 26000 miles! Shouldn't parts last longer than that?
Okay, I'm done now........and no, I don't feel better for the rant, I sure could have used that $2000 elsewhere.

Monday, August 25, 2008

the birthday girl

Just a quick post. had a nice time in Muskegon visiting my Mom. Wed. is her 75th birthday! Took her out to lunch and to her club(VFW). Here's a pic of the birthday girl!

Now I'm off to take my truck to the dealer for a brake issue. I'll tell you about that later....

Sunday, August 24, 2008

bla bla bla

It's currently 5:30 am. Craig is sound asleep, and I'm here on the puter. I wake up every day around 5-6. Some kind of internal clock just wakes me up. But I do all my blogging and reading in the morning, so I guess that's a good thing.
This morning I'll clean the Salon as I do every Sunday that we're home, and then I'm off to Muskegon to spend the day with my Mom.
Craig has bookwork to do as usual, and laundry.
And as usual, I need to add a pic, so here's a couple of tomatoes I picked from the garden, that Craig added to our delicious home made Nacho's last evening.

We used to have quite the large vegetable garden some years ago, but grew tired of all the work, and now it's where our pond is. But this spring I put in a few things with the flowers. A Tomato, a couple of Pepper plants and some Butternut Squash. I'd forgotten how good home grown was. With the sky rocketing food prices, I think I may turn a flower bed into more veggies next year.
And that's it for today. I'm off to the Salon!

Friday, August 22, 2008

funny friday

Rumor has it at the strip mall our Salon is in, is that it's in the process of being sold. The good news is a local person is buying it so we'll have local management instead of out of town management. And our current owner is such a (!)! The bad news........Can't think of any right now. With 11 out of 21 store fronts empty, I don't think they'd raise the rent. There are a lot of empty store fronts on this side of town.
But anywho....
on with our ff.........

We all know those cute little computer symbols called 'emoticons,' where:

:-) means a smile and
:- ( is a frown.

Well, how about some 'ASSICONS?'
Here goes:

(_!_) a regular ass
.
(__!__) a fat ass
.
(!) a tight ass
.
(_*_) a sore ass
.
{_!_} a swishy ass
.
(_o_) an ass that's been around
.
(_x_)kiss my ass
.
(_X_) leave my ass alone
.
(_zzz_) a tired ass
.
(_E=mc2_) a smart ass
.
(_$_) Money coming out of his ass
.
(_?_) Dumb Ass

Did anyone notice I used an assicon in my post! tee hee!
So there you go, some new assicons to use in your correspondence! tee hee!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Is this August?

Is this August?
It's currently 50 outside this morning. Where's all the heat? What happened to global warming? We are having a very cool August. Not cold by any means, but cooler than normal. Actually I think the entire year has been cooler than normal. But it's still better than winter! And that will be here before we know it! But in other news...he he, I got the truck washed and waxed, so now all the cars are done! Just one more side to do on the mo-ho.
And here's a pic I took yesterday with my Kopper King Hibiscus. Aren't the flowers huge?

So now I'm off to work! See you Friday!
And I've got a very funny, Funny Friday coming up.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Trip #9, Cedar Point

You guessed it! We've just returned from Cedar Point!
With more coasters(17) than any park in the world!
(that's what they say on their web site)
And here's a pic of me taking a break
after setting up camp.
We stayed at what they call Camper Village.
Cedar point is on a long peninsula,
and Camper Village is way at the end,
right on Lake Erie. We were in site 178,
in Circle "B". the orange star. Why they call it "B",
I'm not sure. There is no circle "A". I'm thinking
they took it out when they put in the Soak City Water park right to the south of "B".


The circle campground is the oldest. Most of the sites are dirt or gravel. Some have asphalt like ours. There are 2 other sections with cement pads and full hook-up. We had just electric. But we were only there 2 nights, and didn't want to spend the extra money. They also have many cabins you can rent. Some with decks on Lake Erie. But they'll set you back $280.00 a night! Yikes!
We got 2 nights in the circle campground,

2 twilight tickets to the park,
2 day tickets to the park,
4 Challenge Park tickets,
buy one get one free tickets to Soak City,
all for $225.00.
A much better deal.
And here's a few pics of the park.
The first is near the main entrance
looking into the park.

The next is Max Air.
Not a coaster, but a very fun ride!
Besides the swinging action,
the spoke rotates also!
We arrived Saturday after work,
and went into the park that evening.
I've never seen Cedar Point so crowded!
They even had long lines on the
not so great coasters.
So we didn't do much that evening.
Turned in early, so we could get an early jump the next morning.
When you stay at any of Cedar Points resorts,
you get into the park an hour earlier than general admission.
So that means 9am instead of 10am.
So we got up early enough for our coffee, and got in the entry line at 8:30. There were already about 30 people,
and the line quickly grew.
They opened the gates at 9 sharp,
and the kids took off running!
Now Craig and I are not runners,


so we walked at a good clip,
heading for the newest ride, the Maverick!
Got there, and waited only 10 minutes or so.
It was an awesome ride!
Being the newest coaster in the park,
the line was expanding quickly when we got off,
so instead of waiting for another chance,
it was off to the Millennium Force!
The tallest coaster at Cedar Point!
And our favorite coaster!
Here's a view of the first hill.
After that ride, we still had 10 minutes
to get to the Raptor, before the main gates opened at 10.
And we got there just in time! No wait at all!
This is my second favorite ride!
Here's one of the loops on Raptor.
We then headed over to Wicked Twister, and Max Air.
After those we decide to take a break, headed back to the mo-ho, for some refreshments, and out to the pier to relax and watch the boats.
Went back in the park later, (not near so busy as Saturday) had some of the best wings at the Game Day Grill, watched some of the Olympics, then off for some more rides! it was a perfect day! And apparently quite tiring.
Later, after we got back to the mo-ho,
I came out to catch Craig
taking a little nappy.
I think I wore him out with all the activities. tee hee!
And as always, click the pics for a bigger view.
And if you want to see all my pics, there here!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

where are we?

Good morning all!
This post was actually done a few days ago. Blogger can let you make a post and have it published when you want! Soooooo not wanting you to have withdrawal why I'm on another trip, I'm able to do a post so to keep you all happy! How cool is that! And where are we this weekend? Well, check out the pics I down loaded from their web site and guess! tee hee!


This is the campground we are staying in...
And this is what we are doing here!....


Some real pics when we return!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Just a quick post.....
I don't know if anyone else has been watching the Olympics, but I have enjoyed much of the games. I'm currently sitting here waiting for 10pm when Michael Phelps tries for his 7th gold medal. What an amazing athlete! And I'm also watching the beach volley ball, and gymnastics.


Go USA!

funny friday

Work has been fairly uneventful. Which is good. So not much to say. So on with our ff......

Murphy's Lesser Known Laws........

The things that come to those who wait will be the scraggly junk left by those who got there first.
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The shinbone is a device for finding furniture in a dark room.
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The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.
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Those who live by the sword get shot by those who don't.
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And my personal favorite....
Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
tee hee hee....
Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

my weekend update

So far our weekend has been very productive.(our weekend is Sun. Mon. and Tues.) I cleaned and stocked the mo-ho for our next trip, Charged the dump battery. (we use it with the macerator pump to empty our tanks) and checked the tire pressure. (under inflated tires will blow real quick!)
Also did some weeding, deadheading, and picked tomatoes. (that one plant is sure producing!)
We also applied for passports. Since we plan to go to Canada in the mo-ho, we'll need them starting next year. We went to the post office, they took the pics right there, and it went a lot quicker than I thought it would.
We also finalized our last 4 mo-ho trips for this year. And they are, Maumee Bay State Park in Ohio near Toledo, Pinery Provincal Park in Ontario, Canada, Petoskey State Park, and last, Ludington State Park. All new destinations for us. And none over 4 hours away. So we have 6 more trips this mo-ho season, and our gas fund is looking real good.

And of course a few more pics of the yard.....

Gooseneck Loosetrife above, and Dwarf Cattails in our pond below...

My Sedum garden with a dozen different varieties of regular and creeping Sedums.
And of course, more to come!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

It's my weekend!

Made it through the busiest 3 days of work in a long time! And with the economy the way it is, I'm not complaining. But glad to have 3 days off now. Of course, that just means different work. I clean the Salon on Sunday mornings, and I hope to finish waxing the mo-ho this weekend along with cleaning it up for our next trip, which is Cedar Point! Love the coasters! I also need to do more weeding and dead heading of flowers in the gardens. And speaking of flowers........Here's some more I have blooming right now......
This is a variety of Rudbeckia called Herbststonne.
Gets about 7 feet tall and will bloom continuously till a hard frost.


This is called an Ice Plant. The flowers look like little ice cubes.

And this is a Helenium

And so is this, but a different color.

And one of my roses the Japanese beetles don't seem to like.

And that's it for now. I'll update my weekend progress on Tuesday. Now off to clean the Salon!

Friday, August 08, 2008

funny friday

Just a quick post. Worked 7:30am - 7pm yesterday, and back to work this morning at 7:30, so on with our ff.......





Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

trip #8, Mackinaw Bridge, Brimley State Park, Soo Locks

Good morning readers! Yep, you were soo right, it's the Mackinaw Bridge!
That pic was actually from the St Ignace side. Here's the one from the Mackinaw City side.

Yep! We've just returned from our 8th trip! Just 6 more to go this year. This trip took us from Lansing, 281 miles straight north over the Mackinaw Bridge, to Brimley State Park, on beautiful Lake Superior.

We left Saturday morning for the 5 1/2 hr drive. Going over the bridge I was a wee bit nervous. As you can see in the pic Craig took from his seat, all there is between us and the great blue of Lake Michigan, is a little 6 in. curb, and a very short metal railing,
which looks even smaller way up in a RV! But we made it over just fine. We were joined on this trip by our friends from Wisconsin, Tom and Dean. We had a very spacious site. They call it a rainbow pull thru. That means, instead of pulling into your site and exiting on the next road, You pull in parallel to the road. That means your sitting area is on the side of the mo-ho hidden from the road. And our site was next to the woods, so we had a nice private spacious site. Tom and
Dean were in a back-in site right next to us. Tom made us a
campfire stew for our arrival which was very yummy!
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The next day took us up the coast a ways to the Iroquios Light House.
Here's a couple of pics for your viewing pleasure. Then to the Bay Mills Casino, (I swear there's a casino everywhere we go!) where we played for an hour or so.
Craig left with about a $1 profit,
and I left with about a $10 loss, so an enjoyable time.
Then back to the campground and a walk over to the beach. Dinner(pork cutlets and roast potatoes on
our grill, and corn from Tom and Deans grill) and a campfire followed.
The next morning saw Craig and I
back at the casino,
which ended up a bad idea(didn't I say in a previous trip, we always lose?)
And the 4 of us went into Sault Ste. Marie.(about 14 mile east of the park) Where we saw a ship go thru the Soo Locks. (her's some more pics!)
There's a 21 ft difference between Lake Superior and the lakes Michigan and Huron. So they built these locks to by-pass the St Mary's River.
And after some shopping, we went to a nice Italian restaurant Dean had been to a few years back.(took some time to find it due to a not so great memory!)
Then back to the campground for another campfire and conversation.
The weather was perfect!
We made it over the bridge and back!
Enjoyable company!
A good trip!
Today, we do laundry, some yard work, and
back to work Thursday, at 7:30am for a 12 hour work day,ugh!.(gotta make up for the time off!)
But it's worth it to be able to take our trips!








And if you really want to see even more pics of the trip, look here!

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

I'm still here!

Just a quicky to let all my readers know I'm still alive! We just returned from our latest trip, and I'll give you a full account in the morning. But for a little teaser, can anyone tell me where we went? Here's a clue........

Full report tomorrow!

Friday, August 01, 2008

funny friday with Vista

Another very busy week at work, so right to our ff.......

Dear Tech Support,
Last year I upgraded from Boyfriend 5.0 to Husband 1.0 and noticed a distinct slow down in overall system performance, particularly in the flower and jewelry applications, which operated flawlessly under Boyfriend 5.0.
In addition, Husband 1.0 uninstalled many other valuable programs, such as Romance 9.5 and Personal Attention 6.5, and then installed undesirable programs such as NBA 5.0, and NFL 3.0.
Conversation 8.0 no longer runs, and Housecleaning 2.6 simply crashes the system.
Please note that I have tried running Nagging 5.3 to fix these problems, but to no avail.
What can I do?
Signed, Desperate.
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DEAR DESPERATE,
First, keep in mind,
* Boyfriend 5.0 is an Entertainment Package, while Husband 1.0 is an operating system.
Please enter command: ithoughtyoulovedme.html and try to download Tears 6.2 and do not forget to install the Guilt 3.0 update.
If that application works as designed, Husband 1.0 should then automatically run the applications Jewelry 2.0 and Flowers 3.5.
However, remember, overuse of the above application can cause Husband 1.0 to default to Grumpy Silence 2.5, Happy Hour 7.0 or Beer 6.1.
Whatever you do, DO NOT under any circumstances install Mother-In-Law 1.0 (it runs a virus in the background that will eventually seize control of all your system resources.)
In addition, please do not attempt to reinstall the Boyfriend 5.0-program.
These are unsupported applications and will crash Husband 1.0.
In summary, Husband 1.0 is a great program, but it does have limited memory and cannot learn new applications quickly.
You might consider buying additional software to improve memory and performance.
We recommend Cooking 3.0 and Hot Lingerie 7.7.
Good Luck Babe!
Tech Support

See! Upgrades are not always a better choice! tee hee
Case in point. In this story, you could easily substitute Boyfriend for XP, and husband for Vista. I have XP on my desktop, and Vista on my notebook. I have twice the memory on Vista, but XP blows thru apps, while Vista prods along. I love my XP! And Vista sucks!


Anyway, have a great weekend!
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