Tuesday, March 13, 2007

My Cats' Pictures

I took new pictures of my 3 cats today. None of them wanted to pose for me as I interrupted their nap time and they just didn't appreciate it. You, too, can have beautiful, lazy cats like these just by going down to the Humane Society. When they aren't sleeping, they are loads of fun.

Brother #1- Don't bother me!

Brother #2 - Stop looking at me!

The Old Man - I see nothing!

Friday, March 09, 2007

Tall Ship, The Lynx (pic)

It never fails that when you go on vacation you get sick. I'm never sick at home!

So I'm spending a lot of time sitting on the harbor benches looking out at the Channel Island Harbor with a very bad cold. We had to cancel the whale watching adventure. But we were surprised to see a large ship with tall masts coming in from the ocean. A beautiful sight! As it got closer I was able to read the name on the flag. Lynx.

When we got back to our room, I looked it up because it reminded me a lot of the US Brig Niagara, similar but not as grand, in my opinion. It is a replica (but not an exact replica)of the Lynx (a Baltimore clipper schooner) from the war of 1812 and is an educational ship. It goes to Hawaii in the summertime teaching people how to sail.

I just wish the Niagara would stay home and go in and out of our bay in the summertime. It would draw a lot more people than being gone all the time. During the winter the Niagara is covered and wrapped up and during the summer it seems to always be gone on some tours. I've only seen the Niagara with sails up 2 times in the 7 years I've lived in Erie.

The Lynx below, unfortunately the sails have already come down before I snapped the picture.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

What a Few Lights Will Do

I was surprised to open my hotel room's drapes to see this view of Long Beach, CA. It was beautiful. They made a plain bridge that blocked some of the view of the city into a piece of art with just lighting, it was beautiful!

Take the Fun Out of it!! (pic)

Take the fun out of it!
I shot this last week at Lake Amador, Amador County, California. BTW, the weather is perfect!!!

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Casino-Big, Big Savings

Now the Erie area has its own slots. We'll have to remember with astonishment the "old days" when we actually had to pay airfare and hotel bills to lose our money. Now we can do it with the convenience of a few minute drive from home. You may be flushing your paychecks down the toilet, but think of how much you saved not having to go to Vegas!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Close But No Cigar

I'm one of those people that seem to get names, and for that matter,
expressions wrong. When I say them, they'll be somewhat close to the
way they are suppose to be said, and usually I'll be rescued by a
correction from the person I'm talking to.

One instance is an old expression my mom (born and raised in Minnesota) used to say. I always thought her exclamatory words were, "Atlantic Ocean!" I found out years later (after repeating the wrong words most of my childhood and part of my adult life) that, in fact, what she was saying was "Land of Goshen " which is from the
Bible and was a popular expression back when. Sometimes I'll hear an
expression in the correct version and think, "holy cow!! I've been
saying it wrong all this time."

There are referrals to Jack Nicklaus as Jack Nickloson or visa versa and there is a long list of similar errors on my part. Does anyone else have this problem?

This morning before my husband left for work we (I) was watching a show on
Style network about a house so full of clutter they couldn't walk in
it. It was one of those "clean it up" shows.

  • I remarked: That reminds me of that article I read about

  • Husband remarks: What?

  • You know, how they couldn't get into her house
    because it was so full of clutter, among other

  • I don't know what article you're talking about, Neil

  • (I'm getting a little
    frustrated that he could possibly forget about that, it was such a big

  • Marjorie-Neil-Armstrong, you know, the pizza bomber

  • Deihl-Armstrong, not Neil Armstrong, he's the astronaut! I was wondering was there something about Neil Armstrong and his house was full of clutter that made the news?
  • Oh, I don't know why I said Neil Armstrong, I know who Neil Armstrong is, I wasn't even aware I said Neil, it just came out that way. (I know they have a vitamin for this)
Well, at least we have good laughs about it when it happens.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

They Want To Fish Too Much

Today I was trying to plan our trip out to California and took down the calendar that was hung on the office wall. It was the Trout Unlimited 2007 Official Calendar. I'm counting the days, checking departure times writing everything down on the calendar so I'll have it at a glance.

I thought that I had to be really dense because I hand counted each day we were going to be there but the count didn't seem possible. Then I noticed that February ended on a Saturday and March started on a Thursday. Hey, wait a minute, that's not right!!

I hope someone didn't lose their job over this but that calendar has February as having 31 days instead of 28. Maybe someone at Trout Unlimited wanted an extra 3 days to fish. I could use a few extra, too, but I'd like it to be in a warmer month please.