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Thursday, June 30, 2011

The World in Pictures

I thought I would share with you today some of the entries in the National Geographic Travelers Photo Contest.  There are thousands of breathtaking shots to browse.  Some of you serious photo buffs out there should submit entries into this competition!


The subjects are varied.



There are animals, people, scenic vistas



All kinds of subjects captured by the lens of some one's camera.



Even insects can be seen!



Great action shots!


Breath-taking black-and-whites...



Even birds....


And bridges...



Large and small animals...


And great human interest photos.

If you'd like to see more, click on the link to go to the National Geographic Traveller's website!  It's worth spending some time, if you have it to spare; and you can vote for your favorites!
EVA

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

New Word Wednesday #27

Every time I comment on a website where I have to type a word verification to get my comment posted, I can't help but think, "What a waste! What could possibly be a very helpful word is now going to disappear and never be seen again." With all the attention being paid to "going green" in this country, I think it's time for bloggers to go green and recycle the letter combos used in word verification. (I personally did away with the process to eliminate the waste of words, but some people just aren't as conservation minded!)


I decided several weeks ago to start a meme called "New Word Wednesday", thus creating a dictionary of new words based on the letter combos that pop up in the word verification process. You may feel free to do the same, or to grab my words and use them. (You know, if you use a new word three times, it's in your vocabulary forever; at least that's what I've heard) Just think, we can learn new words and go green just by recycling/reusing the words that show up at comment time.

Here are this week's words:

curshi:  (adjective) an aversion to writing in cursive; as in, "Mrs. Smith's 5th grad class was so accustomed to communicating by texting on their cell phones, and using their computers, that when instructed to take a pen to paper, she found they were curshi."

fiselet:  (noun)  the excess foam which rises over the top and drips down the side of the glass when a beer or carbonated beverage is poured; as in, "Never one to be wasteful, Grandma Gertie was known to lick the fiselet of the side of her beer glass and the table, especially after her third."

thize:  (noun) thighs of enormous size, often called "thunder thize;" as in, "Margaret had great difficulty finding jeans to fit her thunder thize."

tinasta:   (noun)  a pantry game involving the collecting and piling of canned goods in decreasing sizes until no cans (tins) are left on the shelves.;  as in, "Aunt Martha was the family tinasta champion, holding the record for speed and accuracy in canned goods piling."

whorses:  (noun)  promiscuous mares who mate indiscriminately with any just any stallion; as in, "Although Parker had plans to breed his thoroughbred mares with studs with winning bloodlines, the whorses had ideas of their own!"

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Raggedy Ann Heart: A Book Review

I recently read Raggedy Ann Heart by a fellow blogger who's posts at Aging and Other Inconveniences always make me chuckle.  Because I enjoy her blog so much, I decided to buy her book.  

What a great choice for a summer read.  The story starts out in the 1970's and is told from the point of view of  a 12-year-old girl, Lindy Logan.  You can't help but identify with her experiences, finding herself uprooted from the town she has known as home for her first twelve years and trying to fit into a new school, and a new life in the  rural Texas. 

Lindy is constantly vying for her mother's love, competing with her younger sister Jo.  Her plan to secure a place in her mother's heart is to become a star, someone famous.  Her trials and tribulations tug at the heart string sat times, and sometimes just make you laugh out loud.

I loved this book; I loved watching the relationship between the two sisters, and the interaction between the parents.  Lindy's mother had dreams, too.  She was runner-up in the Miss Texas pageant and has her own regrets and challenges.

Heather McPhaul has written a heart-warming tale of family love, sibling rivalry, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder that's well worth the time to read.  I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I think you might, too.

Note:  I was not paid for this review, I purchased the book from Amazon, and the review is my own un-biased opinion.
EVA

Monday, June 27, 2011

Lucille!

This was so much fun, I had to share it!  (Sorry about the French at the end...I couldn't understand all of it, either.)




EVA

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sundays in My Neck of the Woods

Jumpin' Jake's Seafood Cafe and Bar seemed like a good choice for a seafood meal.  We happened to be there for their grand opening, which wasn't all that grand.

One side of the building was labelled "Restaurant.  In the middle was a takeout window with a few picnic tables on a patio.

On the right hand side, there was a sign that said "Pub."   We decided to eat in the dining room, assuming there would be a broader menu than in the Pub.
The Pub looked a little fancier than the "dining room" below:

Actually, it's less a "cafe" than a takeout place.  You go up to the corner and place your order.  They did bring our order to our table.

The menu was not what I expected...everything was fried.  There were scallops, clams, clam cakes, and haddock, chicken nuggets, hamburgers, french fries, and onion rings.  The only thing that wasn't fried was the lobster; that was available steamed or in a lobster roll. 

Mr. Eva chose the scallop dinner, which consisted of fried scallops (in crumbs), french fries, coleslaw--which he said tasted better than it looked, and an overly microwaved roll.

I chose the fried haddock nuggets.


I also ordered a side of fries.
And we shared a large order of onion rings.  (a small one would have been adequate...we ended up leaving half of them!)

We both had planned to order broiled seafood, but the option wasn't available.  Although our choices tasted good initially, I regretted having chosen them about half way through the meal.  Maybe it's because we've been making healthier choices in our eating lately, but all that fried stuff ended up a little sickening to me.  Plus, the price was not cheap, considering you placed your order at the counter.  We will not be returning to this one.
EVA

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Saturday Silliness


Choosing a wife

A man wanted to get married. He was having trouble choosing among three likely candidates. He gives each woman a present of $5,000 and watches to see what they do with the money.
The first does a total makeover. She goes to a fancy beauty salon, gets her hair done, new makeup; buys several new outfits and dresses up very nicely for the man. She tells him that she has done this to be more attractive for  him because she loves him so much.

The man was impressed.

The second goes shopping to buy the man gifts. She gets him a new set of golf clubs, some new gizmos for his computer, and some expensive clothes. As she presents these gifts, she tells him that she has spent all the money on him because she loves him so much.

Again, the man is impressed.

The third invests the money in the stock market She earns several times the $5,000. She gives him back his $5,000 and reinvests the remainder in a joint account. She tells him that she wants to save for their future because she loves him so much.

Obviously, the man was impressed.
The man thought for a long time about what each woman had done with the money he'd given her.
Then he married the one with the biggest boobs.  Men are like that, you know.

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He Won't Be Back From the Grave
 
An old man and woman were married for many years, even though they hated each other. Whenever there was a confrontation, yelling could be heard deep into the night. The old man would shout, 'When I die, I will dig my way up and out of the grave and come back and haunt you for the rest of your life!'


Neighbors feared him. They believed he practiced magic, because of the many strange occurrences that took place in their neighborhood.  The old man liked the fact that he was feared. To everyone's relief, he died of a heart attack when he was 98.

His wife had a closed casket at the wake. After the burial, she went straight to the local bar and began to party, as if there was no tomorrow.  Her neighbors, concerned for her safety, asked, 'Aren't you afraid that he may indeed be able to dig his way out of the grave and haunt you for the rest of your life?'
The wife put down her drink and said, 'Let him dig. I had him buried upside down…………… and you know men won't ask for directions.........

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On Retirement
 
For over 40 years his grandfather put in long hours at his job so he was more than a little curious about the way the man filled his days since his retirement.  "How has life changed, Grandpa?" he asked.

A man of few words, his grandfather replied, "Well I get up in the morning with nothing to do, and I go to bed at night with half of it done."

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Selling His Stuff  When He Dies
 
One lazy Sunday morning a man and his wife were quiet and thoughtful, sitting around the breakfast table when he said to her unexpectedly, "When I die, I want you to sell all my stuff, immediately."

"Now why would you want me to do something like that?" she asked.

"I figure a woman as fine as yourself would eventually remarry and I don't want some other asshole using my stuff."  he answered.

She looked at him intently and said, "What makes you think I'd marry another asshole?"

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EVA

Friday, June 24, 2011

Drinking or Yoga

My sister-n-law emailed this information to me, and as is usual with what I consider to be public service announcements, I felt compelled to share it with all of you.


Research confirms that drinking gives you the same benefits yoga does!!!

                Savasana

 Position of total relaxation.



Balasana



Position that brings the sensation of peace and calm.




Setu Bandha Sarvangasana



This position calms the brain and heals tired legs.



Marjayasana



Position stimulates the midriff area and the spinal column.

 
Halasana



Excellent for back pain and insomnia.

Dolphin



Excellent for the shoulder area, thorax, legs, and arms.

 
Salambhasana



Great exercise to stimulate the lumbar area, legs, and arms.

 
Ananda Balasana



This position is great for massaging the hip area.

Malasana



This position, for ankles and back muscles.

 
So in the interest of healthy relaxation ... let's start drinking !! ..............
EVA

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Car Show

Every Wednesday evening in the summer, the local Rock 'N Roll Diner hosts a car show.   Anyone who has a car they want to show off is welcome.  We decided to see what types of  vehicles would be on display.  It was a dreary day with rain in the forecast, so not many participants showed up this week.  But I took a few photos to share, anyway.
























There were a few more, but I just didn't think they were that special.  As you can see, blue and red seem to be the most popular colors.  That red GTO wasn't too shabby, but I think the blue and white Impala with the continental kit on the back was my favorite. 

We didn't eat at the Diner, as it's not one of our favorite places.  As Mr. Eva says, "They work hard at being mediocre."   But it was fun to look at the cars!

EVA

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

New Word Wednesday #26

Every time I comment on a website where I have to type a word verification to get my comment posted, I can't help but think, "What a waste! What could possibly be a very helpful word is now going to disappear and never be seen again." With all the attention being paid to "going green" in this country, I think it's time for bloggers to go green and recycle the letter combos used in word verification. (I personally did away with the process to eliminate the waste of words, but some people just aren't as conservation minded!)

I decided several weeks ago to start a meme called "New Word Wednesday", thus creating a dictionary of new words based on the letter combos that pop up in the word verification process. You may feel free to do the same, or to grab my words and use them. (You know, if you use a new word three times, it's in your vocabulary forever; at least that's what I've heard) Just think, we can learn new words and go green just by recycling/reusing the words that show up at comment time.
Here are this week's words:


coozy:  (adjective)  feeling woozy from having imbibed too much Coors; as in, "Jack knew he was too coozy to drive after partying all evening with the guys."

cowee:  (noun)  bovine urine; as in, "Harold soon learned while visiting his uncle's farm, one of the hazards of standing at the back end of a cow while it is tied up in the barn is cowee."

pratio:  (noun)  the correlation between the amount of prayers uttered to the degree those prayers are answered; as in, "The pratio of snow days on test days to Hank's entreaties to a higher power were not impressive."

queckfi:  (noun) a silent but deadly bout of flatulence; as in "After cutting the queckfi near the produce aisle of the supermarket, Carol rapidly pushed her cart to the meat department to escape the green cloud and any semblance of guilt."

singlo:  (noun) the aura that emanates from a single woman after her first sexual encounter; as in, "It didn't take George long to figure out what his daughter and her beau had been doing when he caught sight of her singlo."

There you go...today's new words.  Remember, use them three times in a sentence and they are in your vocabulary forever!

EVA

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

On Aging

A friend sent this to me on email and I decided to share it with you...I know some of my followers will identify with it; for the rest of you--your day is coming!

OBSERVATIONS ON GROWING OLDER



Your kids are becoming you, & you don't like 'em.

But your grandchildren are perfect!

Going out is good.

Coming home is better!



When people say you look "Great", they add . "for your age!"

When you needed the discount, you paid full price.

Now you get discounts on everything ...

Movies, hotels, flights . But you're too tired to use them.



You forget names, but it's OK because other people forgot they even knew you!!!

The 5 lbs you wanted to lose is now 15, & you have a better chance of losing your keys than the 15 lbs.

You realize you're never going to be really good at anything ... Especially golf.
Your spouse is counting on you to remember things you don't remember.



The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don't care to do them anymore.

Your husband sleeps better on a lounge chair w/the TV blaring than he does in bed. It's called his "pre-sleep".

Remember when your mother said, "Wear clean underwear in case you GET in an accident"?

Now you bring clean underwear in case you HAVE an accident!



You used to say,  "I hope my kids GET married."

Now, "I hope they STAY married!"



You miss the days when everything worked w/just an "ON" & "OFF" switch.

When GOOGLE, ipod, email & modem were unheard of. And a mouse was something that made you climb on a table.

You tend to use more 4 letter words like "what?" & "when?".

Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it's not safe to wear it anywhere.

Your husband has a night out w/the guys, But he's home by 9:00PM. Next week it will be 8:30PM.



You read 100 pages into a book before you realize you've read it.

Notice everything they sell in stores is "sleeveless"?

What used to be freckles are now liver spots.

Everybody whispers.

Now that your husband has retired, you'd give anything if he'd find a job!

You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet . 2 of which you will never wear.

But old is good in some things:

Old songs, old movies, And best of all, OLD FRIENDS!!!




TODAY IS THE OLDEST YOU'VE EVER BEEN,

YET THE YOUNGEST YOU'LL EVER BE,

SO ENJOY THIS DAY WHILE IT LASTS.


EVA

Monday, June 20, 2011

Thanks for the Mammaries Memories.

It's like an era has come to an end; the last vestiges of a wonderful memory wiped away.......

Well, it's gone. My favorite dress. Of course, I haven't been able to fit into it since 1968. But I was so fond of it, and I always had hope of wearing it again someday, if only in my casket. But an auction was held in Hollywood, and that little number sold for 5.6 million dollars.

Okay, it wasn't really my dress. But I did get to wear it. And reading about the auction, brought all kinds of memories back.  I told this story once before on this blog a couple of years ago, but I know many of you missed it. Nothing bad has come of that first posting, so I guess it's safe to tell the story again:

Some of you may not recognize me, because I was much younger then, but for one brief point in my career, I worked as a body double for Marilyn Monroe. You may find it hard to believe, but that girl was really shy and straight-laced. She never would show any flesh for the camera. It was her Bible-belt up-bringing, I suppose. She was very beautiful, however, and to get her career to take off, she needed to "take it off," which she refused to do. That's where I came in. I was pretty free and easy back then, so having my picture taken flashing my gams or some cleavage was no big deal. Besides, the photos were always doctored afterwards, with Marilyn's face replacing mine.

Can you imagine my surprise when I ran across this photo which someone forgot to plant Marilyn's mug on? It was in one of those gossip rags you see by the checkout at the grocery store. Seems they're looking for the girl in the picture!

Now the years haven't been kind to me; I've put on the pounds since those days, and the sheer weight of it all has reduced my height by 4 or 5 inches, so the likelihood that they'll find me is pretty remote. I just wanted to make sure none of my bloggy friends would rat me out. I know you can all be trusted to keep my secret.

It's very important that I remain "incognito;" at this point in my life I don't need all the fanfare and publicity. I mean hoards of newspaper reporters and photographers hanging around outside my trailer? I could get kicked out of the park. Not to mention how my kids and grandkids would react to know that infamous Playboy centerfold was not really Marilyn, but someone near and dear to their hearts!

So I'm counting on you, my cyberfriends to keep a lid on it. If you are approached by someone from media holding that photo, you know nothing! You've never seen that person before in your life! And lets hope the technology they have now that analyzes faces, bone structure, etc., doesn't prove to be my undoing! I'm too old to run from deal with the paparazzi!

EVA