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Monday, March 31, 2008

Kosher Coca-Cola is available ...

BTW: This is our EIGHT HUNDREDTH post!

NOTE: Our intent with this post is entirely informative and not meant in any way to slander, defame, or demean Jews or the practice of Judaism.

Mom came home from shopping today with two-dozen bottles of "Kosher for Passover" Coca-Cola. If you've got a Ralph's grocery store in your neighborhood and would like to try Coke made with sucrose rather than high fructose corn syrup, beat your feet down before Passover ends so that you stand a chance of getting a bottle or ten. The recipe for the kosher soda is said to be the pre-1985 recipe ... the one used prior to the "New Coke" debacle.  This information is speculative, but the Coke does taste much like the formula still being produced in Mexico.

If you go to get some at Ralph's, take your Ralph's Club card because Coca-Cola products are "buy two, get THREE free" (with a limit of three free bottles) this week.  At $1.89 + California Redemption Value, the club card deal is pretty sweet ... almost as sweet as Coca-Cola made with sucrose.

Be sure to look for the yellow caps on the bottles. The caps on Mom's bottles have red lettering certifying approval by the Orthodox Union.  This designation certifies that the formula used has no grain (HFCS comes from corn.  Corn is one of the many grains that observant Jews aren't allowed to consume during Passover).  You might find yellow caps with black lettering ... like this picture.  One thing's for certain:  None of the kosher Coke caps have "My Coke Rewards" codes under them.  Sigh.

Rumor has it that "Passover Pepsi" is also available ... but Mom hasn't seen or tasted it.   San Diego Pepsi Bottlers use yellow caps on the high fructose corn syrup formula beverage, so Mom wouldn't know how to distinguish the Passover Pepsi from the usual stuff (other than reading the labels).

And supposedly, Dr. Pepper has a kosher formula available in selected markets during Passover.  Mom's heard that Texas is one of the only places to get it, but she doesn't like Dr. Pepper (other than the diet formula) anyway, so no big deal to her.

Mom isn't Jewish, but she's curious about other cultural practices, so she wanted to know a little about Passover.  Passover in 2008 will start on Sunday, the 20th of April and will continue for 7 days until Saturday, the 26th of April.    In the Jewish calendar, a holiday begins on the sunset of the previous day, so observing Jews will celebrate Passover on the sunset of Saturday, the 19th of April.

Passover commemorates the exodus of the Jews from Egypt where they had been enslaved.  More information about Passover and the Passover Seder can be found HERE or by searching "passover" utilizing a search engine such as Google.

ManCat Monday: Charmz's feelin' lucky (hee, hee)

Since it's the last day of March, it's Charmz's last opportunity this year to post a "shamrock" photo (or two) ...

In the words of Dirty Harry Callahan, "... [Y]ou've got to ask yourself a question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?"

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Cute Illustrations on Sunday

If you get a chance, drop by Erin's bloggie Rapture Pet Sitting and check out the furry cute illustrations of her kitty an' woofie.

She's in Coronado, CA ... a scant fifteen miles west from us down the Silver Strand ... an' we've never met ...

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Saturday Photo Hunt #62: HIGH!


The Saturday Photo Scavenger Hunt theme for this week is HIGH.

In our house, we have lots of stuff that's tall like bookshelves, Mom, the fireplace mantel, a couple of television armoires, an' ... of course ... our cat trees.  If we want to, or NEED to, there are places where we can climb up HIGH.

Our house also has a unique feature:  Open shelf space above the kitchen cabinets.  The Feline Americans an' I would LOVE to get up there, but it takes special skills an' youthful stupidity to jump from the floor to the kitchen countertop ... to the top of the 'frigerator ... over the plastic storage crates ... to the up HIGH catwalk.  

Pumpkin is afraid of heights.  

Fuzzypants isn't all that bright, so he hasn't figured it out.  

My legs are too short an' I can't make the "counter to the top of the 'frigerator" part ... I've tried VERY unsuccessfully.  

Cocoa Puff is just too fat.

Lucky Charmz is up there ALL THE TIME.  He loves to be up HIGH and seems to bounce up there.  He teases Mom from up there (somehow he forgets that she can stand on the countertop an' pluck him off the catwalk at will).

This is a photo that Mom took of Charmee before she squeezed him with the taco press.  He actually LIKES being squeezed an' will roll around on his back to taunt Mom into a quick game.

There were a couple of the cats who came before who could get up on the catwalk.  My brother, Huckleberry Finn, liked to get up above the cabinets and nap.  The problem was that he couldn't get down.  Mom ... or Uncle James ... would have to climb up on the countertops with a bath towel, wrap him in the towel, and hand him down into someone's waiting arms.  Percy got up there once or twice ... an' then meowed piteously to be rescued.  Cookie Monster went to the Bridge long before we moved into the new house ... He would have LOVED being up there.

Charmee gets down by hurling himself onto the back of the La-Z-Boy recliner or running down the face of one of the bookshelves.  Evel Knievel had NOTHING on Charmee.

PeeSss:  In case you're curious about the taco press ...
Here's a photo of the one that Mom uses on Charmee.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Friday Memes: Friday's Feast an' Friday Fill-ins

Well ... Charmee's behavior last night necessitated a trip to Henry's Marketplace for a bottle of Rescue Remedy. He attacked Cocoa Puff ... completely unprovoked ... and tore out some of Cocoa's fur at the back of his neck. There were fur tufts on the kitchen floor and I had to squirt Charmee with water to get him to stop. The attack was absolutely vicious.

Cocoa hasn't been feeling too great and has likely got a UTI. I picked up some malt-flavored cranberry remedy for him (which he LOVES and just licks right off of my finger). It's made by the 8 in 1 company and has 200 mg of cranberry per dose. I'm glad that it's easy to administer as Cocoa is really strong and can seriously puncture a hand if he bites. He gets a second dose after supper.

So, I dropped some Rescue Remedy on Charmee's tongue and put drops into each of the water dishes. Charmee SEEMS to be pretty toned-down. Cocoa's resting on his snuggle on the davenport. We'll see ...

I'm halfway through my spring break ... two weeks to go ... and I've gotten a few of my projects completed. I mailed my cousin Michele's birthday presents today and sent a catnip banana to Zoey and the Furballs w/ Cha-Ching.

Feast One Hundred & Eighty Five
March 28th, 2008 

What does the color dark green make you think of?

Camping ... in the rain ... at Russian Gulch Campground back in the early 1980s. My family had a 1976 Dodge van that my grandfather had tricked-out for camping comfort. Dad and James were sleeping inside the van while Mom and I were picking blackberries. It was pouring rain, so we were wearing Hefty Bag “raincoats” ... The air smelled amazing and the whole experience seemed magical.

How many cousins do you have?

I have thirty-one cousins (if you don’t count their husbands/wives). One was born on Monday and one is 91 years old.

On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being highest, how honest are you?

I’m a nine. Honesty is really important to me, but there are times when a white lie is necessary.

Main Course
Name something that is truly free.


Using the letters in the word SPRING, write a sentence.

“Sorry. Plans rescheduled. I’m NOT going.”

FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 2008
Friday Fill-In #65

1. Some relationships are meant to _run their course and then end_.

2. _Kathy Mattea’s_ is the last concert I saw; it was _fabulous and the fan club president gave me a pair of tickets to go back-stage and meet Kathy. She’s so TINY_.

3. Spring should be _far longer than it is_.

4. Oh no! I forgot _absolutely nothing because I made a list_!

5. I've recently started _trying to use things up before buying new things. I need more space_.

6. _Reading blogs in the cat blogosphere_ never fail to make me smile.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to _dinner at San Marcos, perhaps (?)_, tomorrow my plans include _working on my crochet projects_ and Sunday, I want to _have breakfast for dinner at the IHOP_!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Uncle Jerry's 60th Birthday! Yay!

The Feline Americans an' I wanna wish our Uncle Jer a VERY HAPPY 60th BIRTHDAY!  He is Grandma's only brother an' he was born on March 27, 1948.

We can't wait 'til he comes to visit us on Memorial Day Weekend ... He's gonna chaperone the GradNite trip to Disneyland with Mom.

Can you believe that he's NEVER been to Disneyland?!?  Us, either!

Anyway, enjoy your special day, Uncle Jer.  Have a big piece of cake for us!

DMM and the Feline Americans

Tee hee Thursday

Efurryone can use a good laugh now an' then, so I'm posting the joke from an email that Mom's friend, Darleen, sent today ... 

A car gets a flat on the interstate one day. The blonde driver eases it over onto the shoulder of the road, carefully steps out of the car and opens the trunk. She takes out two cardboard men, unfolds them and stands them at the rear of the vehicle facing oncoming traffic.

The lifelike cardboard men are in trench coats exposing their nude bodies and private parts to approaching drivers. Not surprisingly, the traffic becomes snarled and backed up.

It isn't very long before a police car arrives. The officer, clearly enraged, approaches the blonde of the disabled vehicle yelling, "What's going on here?"

"My car broke down, officer" says the woman calmly.

"Well, what the hell are these obscene cardboard pictures doing here by the road?" he asks.

"Helllooooooo!!!!" says the blonde. "Those are my
emergency flashers!"

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Miracle needed ...

Miral (an' Maxime) aren't feelin' furry well an' can use the support of the blogosphere. Please go to their bloggie an' leave some purrs an' purrayers.

Wordless Wednesday: Vishus deer threat level RED!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

"Make A Wish" Meme


We’ve been tagged ... by our very good furriends Grr, Midnight, Cocoa, Rascal & Riley ... to participate in the "Make A Wish" meme.

Here are the rules:

1. Think about what it is that you want more than anything: What is your heart's desire? What is your fondest wish? ... What it is that you would wish for if you were to see the wishing star flame across the night sky?

2. Right click and SAVE the blank graphic immediately below.

3. Use a graphics program of your choice and place your wish on the picture.

4. Post the Make A Wish Meme and your wishing star on your blog along with these rules.

5. Tag as many people as you like so that there can be wishing stars all across the blogosphere and ask them to please link back to Linda at Are We There Yet so that she can see what wishes others have made and share those wishes with others.

Here is the wish of all of us at DaisyMae Maus and the Feline Americans ...

We tag all those who want to do this meme.  But if you have done it, please let us know so that we can zoom over to your bloggie to see what your wishes are.

Monday, March 24, 2008

It's a BOY!!! Yay!

Hearty CONCATULATIONS to our cousins, Sunny and Aaron!  
They welcomed their brand new baby boy, Ethan Joseph, at 6:29 PM Central.
Mommy, daddy, and baby are doing well.

An' concatulations to our Aunt Donna who is now a newly-minted GRANDMA ... 
an' to our cousin, Sam, who's now "UNCLE SAM"!

ManCat Monday: Sparky Fuzzypants

The boys have joined the M-Cats Club, so we'll be publishing a "ManCat Monday" each week as a regular feature.  Yay!

Mom was testing out the factory settings on the Sony Cybershot DSC T1 ... The camera had to be fixed 'cuz it had a faulty LCD.  It was sent in a couple of weeks ago an' it came back all fixed!  Yay!

Anyway, Mom took this photo of Sparky Fuzzypants as he sat on the windowsill in the computer room.  

Immediately after she snapped this shot, Mr. Pants yawned so wide it looked like he had a flip-top head.  

That's one of the hallmarks of ManCatliness, btw ... The ability to yawn so widely that your head looks like it will flip inside-out!

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Seconds? Anyone?!?

Hey, Peeps ... There's still HAM left!!!

It's HAM time!!

Welcome, efurryone ... We're so glad that you could join us for an Easter ham-fest!

Please get yourself a bowl of ice water ... and a plate ... an' serve yourself some of the delicious ham!  

Don't worry 'bout "pigging out" 'cuz there's lots more where that came from!  


Happy Easter

Don't put all of your eggs in one basket. 

Walk softly and carry a big carrot. 

Everyone needs a friend who is all ears. 

There's no such thing as too much candy. 

All work and no play can make you a basket case. 

A cute little tail attracts a lot of attention. 

Everyone is entitled to a bad hare day. 

Let happy thoughts multiply like rabbits. 

Some body parts should be floppy.
Keep your paws off other people's jellybeans. 

Good things come in small sugarcoated packages. 

The grass is always greener in someone else's basket. 

An Easter bonnet can tame even the wildest hare. 

To show your true colors you have to come out of your shell.
The best things in life are still sweet and gooey.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Saturday Photo Hunt #61: METAL!


The Saturday Photo Scavenger Hunt theme for this week is METAL.  

We could show our Uncle James' collection of Metallica (et. al) cds.  Nah.  Shadow Saluki listens to that stuff ... Let HIM show that (if he ever gets off his furry butt to blog again this decade).

We'll show a picture of the objects that are taking up so much of our coveted lap time:  Mom's crochet hooks.

Mom has been trying to use up ... or at least make a dent in ... all of the yarn that's takin' up space in her closet.  She's been finishin' projects that have been waiting for some attention for weeks (months?  years?).

She has every size of metal hook that she could possibly need, but she mostly uses a hook labeled "G" ... Why?  We have no idea.

Anyway, her hook collection is organized atop the baby afghan that she'd finished moments before.  The afghan is made with four colors of yarn called "Wiggles" in a pattern called "sideways shells" ... 

It's bein' takin' away by the man in the bloo shorts today so that it will be ready for the arrival of Ethan Joseph (Mom's soon-to-be-born cousin).

Friday, March 21, 2008

Friday Memes: Friday's Feast an' Friday Fill-ins

FRIDAY, MARCH 21, 2008
Friday Fill-In #64

1. _Being on vacation_ is so exciting!

2. Strawberry fields _are located one exit north of the Flower Fields in Carlsbad, CA_.

3. _A chocolate-covered blackberry_ sounds like it would taste delicious!

4. Why does _eating pizza_ make me feel so good?!

5. _New Orleans_ is something I've always wanted to see.

6. It's sad when _beloved pets die_.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to _absolutely nothing_, tomorrow my plans include _lazing around the house_ and Sunday, I want to _eat ham_!

Feast One Hundred & Eighty Four
March 21st, 2008 

Given the choice, would you prefer to live in the country or in the city?

It would depend upon the city. Seattle, yes. San Diego with an ocean view, yes. Los Angeles ... heck no.

Who is the cutest kid you know?

The cutest kid I know is a ninth grader named Shaq. He has darling dimples and an impish personality. He’s also about five feet tall and isn’t likely to get much taller (unlike his namesake). He’s very bright and has a sophisticated sense of humor.

Fill in the blank: I couldn’t believe it when I heard _that we’d be getting checks for “economic stimulus” this year_.

Main Course
If you could star in a commercial for one of your favorite products, which one would you want to advertise?

Franklin Templeton Investments.

What type(s) of vitamins and/or supplements do you take on a regular basis?

I take a Centrum, two cinnamon capsules, a calcium tablet, and an Estroven.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Smudge needs all of our HELP!!!

Smudge is not doin' furry well an' would definitely appreciate your purrs an' purrayers.

We're sendin' all of our healthy karmic thoughts that Smudge will eat an' pull through.  Best wishes to you an' your fambly.  Good luck!

DMM and the Feline Americans

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Jury Duty is OVER! Yay!

Mom is furry happy that her jury service is over.  She got her first summons to serve during finals week in December 2007.  California's prospective jurors can post-pone one time for each time summoned, so Mom elected to start her jury service on March 17, 2008 (the official "first" day of her vacation).  Since it's "holy week" for Christians and Catholics, it seemed like a good time as the court calendar would likely be light.  Mom was right.  She didn't have to report yesterday, but she did have to report today.

She arrived before 7:30 AM and sailed through the metal detectors.  She cooled her heels for two-and-a-half hours in the jury lounge and observed some local folks who AREN'T member of the "brain trust" (many of whom couldn't read and comprehend even the most basic of instructions:  "Pick up a pencil and a plastic badge ... and have a seat" was too confusing).

At 10:00 AM, the clerk called EVERYONE'S name and sent the whole lot up to Department 15 where all of the prospective jurors were instructed to "mill around" for a half hour before being seated by the baliff.  The judge swept in and told everyone in the courtroom that the defendant had copped a plea ... and everyone was dismissed to go home.

Yay!  Mom is back an' jury duty is over 'til the next time.

Further info:  Mom has had jury duty about seven times.  She NEVER gets a case 'cuz she always knows someone who is involved with the case:  Arresting officer, lawyer, witness, defendant.  She's worked in the Chula Vista area for twenty-two years an' for those of you who know the area, Chula Vista is very enmeshed.  It seems that you're always crossing paths with someone you know from somewhere.

Typically, Mom has to report to the courthouse and then sits about all day until getting dismissed.  Last time, she got through part of the voir dire process before asking to speak to the judge in chambers because she knew the defendant (he was the dad of one of her honor society students) and the case was an EEEWWWWW-type of case.  She was "dismissed for cause" ...

It's likely that she'll get called again in a year 'cuz California is a one day/one case state and you can be called every year.  

Mom always tries to get her duty post-poned until a vacation 'cuz it's really hard to get a substitute.

Monday, March 17, 2008

St. Paddy's Day 2008

An Old Irish Blessing
May love and laughter light your days,
and warm your heart and home.
May good and faithful friends be yours,
wherever you may roam.
May peace and plenty bless your world
with joy that long endures.
May all life's passing seasons
bring the best to you and yours!

With love an' luck ...
Rose-DaisyMae O'Maus
and the
Feline Irish-Americans

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Purrayers for Percy!

Percy ... of the Cats Stephens ... is under the weather an' in need of healthy karmic thoughts.  Please stop by his bloggie an' let him know that you're thinkin' 'bout him (an' his whole fambly) in his time of need.


Dood!  All of us are sending positive thoughts your way along with healthy doses of purrs an' purrayers!  Get well soon an' keep the faith!

DaisyMae Maus, Cocoa Puff, Sparky Fuzzypants, Pumpkin, an' Lucky Charmz

Silly Sunday ...

A lady opened her refrigerator and saw a rabbit sitting on one of the shelves.

"What are you doing in there?" She asked.

The rabbit replied, "This is a Westinghouse, isn't it?"

To which the lady replied, "Yes."

"Well," the rabbit said, "I'm westing."

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Saturday Photo Hunt #60: I Spy!


The Saturday Photo Scavenger Hunt theme for this week is a little different from the previous: I Spy!

This week we're supposed to post a photo that has something (or in our case:  someone) hidden for the readers to "find" ...

As you can plainly see, this is a photo of my glorious tummy.  

Can you see who's hidden in this photo?

Yep ... That paparazzi photo hound, Sparky Fuzzypants, couldn't resist gettin' his furry self into MY photo.


Friday, March 14, 2008

Friday Memes: Friday's Feast an' Friday Fill-ins

Feast One Hundred & Eighty Three
March 14th, 2008 

On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 as highest), how much do you like your own handwriting?

When I write with a Pilot Varsity fountain pen or I write on my white boards at school (with chisel point markers), I like my writing a lot ... Otherwise, it’s pretty pedestrian penmanship. Overall, I’d say about a six.

Do you prefer baths or showers?

Showers for ease and speed; baths to use “product” like bubblebath.

What was the last bad movie you watched?

I watched “Knocked Up” on pay-per-view/on demand. It was horrible and not even the slightest bit funny.

Main Course
Name something you are addicted to and describe how it affects your life.

Ice. I HAVE to have ice in my beverages. No ice ... no drink. I wouldn’t do too well in countries where ice isn’t provided as part of a drink.

Which instrument is your favorite to listen to?


FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2008
Friday Fill-Ins #63

1. Contact may cause _burning and itching???_

2. The parties hereto do mutually agree _to cease and desist_.

3. Disney parks _are loads of fun for adults ... and I’ll be at one as a chaperone in about nine weeks_.

4. _A four-week-long spring vacation_ sounds really good right about now!

5. I positively _need a serious nap right about now_.

6. _VACATIONS_ always makes me smile :-)

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to _bein’ on vacation so I can start watching all of the stuff I’ve been saving on my DVR_, tomorrow my plans include _my “traditional” start-of-intersession breakfast at McDonald’s_ and Sunday, I want to _FINISH MY CROCHET PROJECTS_!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Thursday Thirteen: Gasoline is a JOKE!

Mom's pretty irritated 'bout the price of gasoline continuing to climb efurry single day here in sunny Southern California.  I suppose she's MOST irritated 'cuz tomorrow is her last day of classes before a month-long "spring break" an' she had made some tentative plans to drive up to Seattle to visit family an' friends.  With gas costin' so much, Mom would go into debt to pay for all of the gas that the black masheen would sip for her journey.  Mom's tabled her plans for the time bein' ... perhaps she'll win the lotto? ... 

Anyway, here's this week's Thursday Thirteen (courtesy of Mom's friend, Darleen)!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Wordy Wednesday: Garfield-ian Wisdom

This piece of "news" was sent in an email by Mom's dear friend, Larry:

From the mouth of Garfield the Cat ...

He says,

"A lot of folks can't understand how we came to have an oil shortage here in our country.

Well, there's a very simple answer.

Nobody bothered to check the oil.

We just didn't know we were getting low.

The reason for that is purely geographical.

Our OIL is located in Alaska, California, Coastal Florida, Coastal Louisiana, Kansas, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

Our DIPSTICKS are located in Washington, DC!!!"

Any questions???  Didn't think so.

Garfield has summed up MY opinion on the oil crisis here in the good ol' U.S. of A (especially since Mom's been grousing 'bout the fact that gasoline for the black masheen is costin' nearly $4.00 a gallon these days ... an' the black masheen is a gas-sipper!!!) ...

Monday, March 10, 2008

Hey, good-lookin' ... What's YOUR name?

You can click on the link above to see where YOUR name falls on the list of Catster's popular kitty names in 2008.

Catster has a poll of the most popular kitty names for girlies an' boys. 

I had to check to see if the Feline Americans an' I are represented. 

There are at least a SQUILLION girlies named "Daisy" on the poll, but I'm the ONLY one named DaisyMae Maus (naturally).

"Coco" is on the list of popular names, but not Cocoa like our buddy ... or even Cocoa Puff like our furry own Puffy-Stuff.

"Pumpkin" is a ginormously popular name for kitties ... An' that name works whether you're a girl or a boy! An' guess what?!? You don't even have to be a Gorgeous Ginger to have the name "Pumpkin" (but I'm sure that it helps).

There were quite a few cats named "Lucky" featured on the Catster list, but not anyone named "Lucky Charmz" like my pesky little brother. Drat!

An I'm sure that Mr. Fuzzypants is happy to know that he's the only Sparky Fuzzypants anywhere in the known universe. 

Mom wanted us to be pretty unique with our names. I think that she's been furry successful over the years with felines named "Dolly Pop", "Fudge Ripple", an' "Lacey Bunns" ... right?!?

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Saturday Photo Hunt #59: DIFFERENT!


The Saturday Photo Scavenger Hunt theme for this week is DIFFERENT!

Like most of the felines who make up the Cat Blogosphere, we LOVE Temptations treats an' Fancy Feast (Elegant Medleys Chicken with Egg Soufflé is our favorite flavor) ... But sometimes, the Feline Americans like to change things up and eat something a little DIFFERENT.

Cocoa Puff likes asparagus spears ... an' Charmee and I like julienned green beans.  There's nothin' weird 'bout that, right?  Of course NOT!

However, there are limits to what we'll eat ... we try not to be too DIFFERENT in our culinary experiments.

'Cept for Sparky Fuzzypants:  He's really DIFFERENT!  Check out what he's havin' in his dinner bowl!  Yep ... Mr. Pants is havin' a salad.  The next thing you know, he'll be eatin' QUICHE!

Oh, well ... "Different strokes for different folks" definitely applys to the Feline Americans.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Friday memes: Friday's Feast and Friday Fill-ins

Feast One Hundred & Eighty Two
March 7th, 2008

If you could be any current celebrity for one whole week, who would you want to be?

Gosh. I really don't think that I'd want to be a celebrity as they never seem to have a single iota of privacy. It's kind of like that with my job: I have to be careful to wear make-up and dress decently (even if I'm sick) because students are EVERYWHERE and they always want to introduce you to someone in their life at the least opportune time.

I suppose ... if I had to choose a celebrity ... I'd be George Clooney.

On a scale of 1-10 (with 10 being highest), how much do you enjoy talking on the phone?

I HATE the phone. I have a cell phone that I make about one call a month on ... I have digital telephone that I don't use much. I screen my phone calls. I'd much rather email.

Name a charitable organization to which you have donated (or would like to).

I like Best Friends Animal Society. They're the charity that I support most.

Main Course
What is a food you like so much you could eat it every single day for a month?

Pizza. Without a doubt.

Have you or anyone in your family had the flu this year?

Immediate family haven't had the flu this year. We get flu shots and avoid "iffy" situations. I haven't even had much of a cold in 2008. The most we've had is the occasional hairball (felines, only).

Friday, March 7, 2008
Friday Fill-Ins #62

1. Ahhhh, it's so nice _to have just one more week left before the start of my spring vacation_.

2. One of my favorite things on my desk or bureau is _my fish tank with a blue female beta in it____.

3. Japanese Cherry Blossom _would be a good name for a flavor of ice cream____.

4. _The floor right in front of my open front door____ is my favorite place to LAY and read.

5. _Chunky peanut butter_ and _celery_ is delicious!

6. I love to watch _Brendan Frasier_ in movies.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to _dinner with my girls at Outback Steakhouse_, tomorrow my plans include _setting my clocks ahead one hour for Daylight Savings Time____ and Sunday, I want to _sleep in____!

Monday, March 03, 2008

A woofie of another color (an' species!) ...

Mom's friend Rose sent this set of photos ...

Subject: Pink Dachshund
The momma Dachshund ("Tink") is fostering this pink piggy boy. His mother couldn't take care of him. He had his eyes closed when he first joined the fambly of weiner dogs, but now they are open. He is just a little bigger than Tink's other pups. She seems to love this little piggy more than the other puppies and she is nursing him back to health. He is the cleanest puppy ever because she licks him all the time. He has been named "Pink" ... which is a combination of "pig" and "Tink" ... and pretty obvious given his bright pink skin.

Isn't this one of the cutest mixed-breed famblies that you've ever seen?