Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Today was project day. We have had several small projects waiting. Since we were snowed in again we decided it was  a good time to get busy and get these things out of the way.
First, I put up a new shelf over my stove. I'll place dinner plates there to warm while cooking. It will be a great place to set a finished dish to keep warm while while the others finish cooking. I bought it at Ikea. It was pretty  easy to put up. I had bought some screws that had plastic jackets, but Scott, my son-in-law said I needed those exploding ones. I took the first set back to Home Depot and got special ones for drywall. I marked the wall and used the electric screw driver (which was a gift from Leland and Pat) to attach it. Next, I hammered in dressmaker pins for the horse brasses. I have used pins for nails for years. It sounds funny, but you'd be surprised how much weight they will carry.

We had purchased smaller bolts/screws to use with a curtain rod I bought for the newdrapes. We found these brand new, beautiful brown silk drapes from Pottery Barn at a garage sale. The new lampshade works so well with them. The brown piping matches perfectly. I'm so happy with the results.
Now I can sit back and enjoy looking at the pretty scene. The snow has stopped and is melting but there is still some on the porch.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Chinese New Year
2009 - The year of the ox
2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961, 1949
Low and steady marks the ox’s character. Bona fide leaders, they are grounded, determined and highly dependable. They have the ability to motivate and inspire confidence in others as well. Those born under the sign are meticulous, systematic and real sticklers for details. They can be straight-laced and prefer routine, aiming to trash things out in a methodical manner till it bears fruit. Simplicity and straightforwardness govern their personality. However, the ox has a temper and it’s wise to get out of its way when it rears it horns. It is also a signs that it’s overly proud, refusing to seek assistance. The ox chooses to depend on its head to reason things and finds it hard to tolerate the week. Chauvinistic and even tyrannical, the ox is often grumpy, bigoted and refuses to forgive of forget for that matter.

Famous people born in the Year Of The Ox:
Barack Obama,  Napoleon BonaparteSaddam Hussein,
Adolf Hitler, Richard Nixon, Margaret Thatcher, Dustin Hoffman, Jane Fonda, Clark Gable, George Frederic Handel, Eddie Murphy, George Clooney, Gregory Nava, George Lopez, Jack Lemmon, Jack Nicholson, Paul Newman, Jeff Bridges, Jessica Lange, Jim Carrey, John Corbett , Jorge Garcia, Whoopi Goldberg, Bruce Springstein, Meg Ryan, Meryl Streep,  Princess Diana, Nomar Garciaparra, Anthony Hopkins, Richard Gere, Robert Redford, Rock Hudson, Picasso, Roselyn Sanchez, Shirley Bassey, Sigourney Weaver, Vincent Van Gogh, and Walt Disney.
The Chinese zodiac signs are determined by the lunar year in which you were born. The Chinese believe the animal ruling one's birth year has a profound influence on personality, and destiny.
The saying is: "This animal hides in your heart."

Years Corresponding to Chinese Zodiac Signs:

Rat 1900 1912 1924 1936 1948 1960 1972 1984 1996 2008 2020
Ox 1901 1913 1925 1937 1949 1961 1973 1985 1997 2009 2021
Tiger 1902 1914 1926 1938 1950 1962 1974 1986 1998 2010 2022
Rabbit 1903 1915 1927 1939 1951 1963 1975 1987 1999 2011 2023
Dragon 1904 1916 1928 1940 1952 1964 1976 1988 2000 2012 2024
Snake 1905 1917 1929 1941 1953 1965 1977 1989 2001 2013 2025
Horse 1906 1918 1930 1942 1954 1966 1978 1990 2002 2014 2026
Sheep 1907 1919 1931 1943 1955 1967 1979 1991 2003 2015 2027
Monkey 1908 1920 1932 1944 1956 1968 1980 1992 2004 2016 2028
Rooster 1909 1921 1933 1945 1957 1969 1981 1993 2005 2017 2029
Dog 1910 1922 1934 1946 1958 1970 1982 1994 2006 2018 2030
Boar 1911 1923 1935 1947 1959 1971 1983 1995 2007 2019 2031
The date of the Chinese New Year is determined by the Chinese calendar, a lunisolar calendar. The same calendar is used in countries that have adopted the Confucian and Buddhism tradition and in many cultures influenced by the Chinese. Chinese New Year starts on the first day of the new year containing a new moon (some sources even include New Year's Eve) and ends on the Lantern Festival fourteen days later. This occurs around the time of the full moon as each lunation is about 29.53 days in duration. In the Gregorian calendar, the Chinese New Year falls on different dates each year, on a date between January 21 and February 21.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

 Polly's new Blackberry
not that kind
this is the one! 
Polly's phone, which she uses for e-mail was not performing properly as of late. She couldn't get a signal anymore. Her phone, sitting next to mine would have one, or even no bars - and mine would be full bars. So she whined at the T-mobile people and they sent her a new phone. 
On her new phone she can get all features of internet. When you think about it it is quite amazing that you can be connected to the internet and have all the knowledge of the world at your fingertips - Anywhere
Remember when we thought old Dick was just fiction?  Now here is t is in real life - today!
It is only $6 more a month, but  she will save on sms charges. Her overseas sms's are 15¢ extra. So in the end she will save money. Yea!

Monday, January 12, 2009


Polly has wanted a Poang chair from Ikea since she moved back from Switzerland. She loved hers and other people's. Last week she found one at the Goodwill store - for $10!!!!
We drove out to Ikea and bought a new black pad (and  had meatballs). She will get a matching footstool when she can afford it. Take my word for it, the chair is really comfortable.


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