April 30th, 2008
|06:36 pm - Starting a new kitchen/cooking blog!|
I am starting a new blog, Gold Dragon's Kitchen.
As you might guess from the title, it's a place for the 'kitchen arts'. I'll have recipes, tips, tricks, and advice on everything from the most basic to the rather advanced; everyone with any interest in cooking should be able to find something for them!
I have, of course, only started it today, and as such only have one recipe up, but I will be working on it a lot in the days and weeks to come.
So stop on by and take a look, and check back often for new goodies!
Current Mood: accomplished
April 21st, 2008
|05:27 am - AAADD ~ Funny|
AAADD KNOW THE SYMPTOMS.....PLEASE READ!
Thank goodness there's a name for this disorder.
Somehow I feel better,even though I have it!!
Recently, I was diagnosed with A.A.A.D.D. -
Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder.
This is how it manifests:
I decide to water my garden.
As I turn on the hose in the driveway,
I look over at my car and decide it needs washing.
As I start toward the garage to get the items needed,
I notice mail on the porch table that
I brought up from the mail box earlier.
I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.
I lay my car keys on the table,
put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table,
and notice that the can is full.
So, I decide to put the bills back
on the table and take out the garbage first.
But then I think,
since I'm going to be near the mailbox
when I take out the garbage anyway,
I may as well pay the bills first.
I take my check book off the table,
and see that there is only one check left.
My extra checks are in my desk in the study,
so I go inside the house to my desk where
I find the can of Pepsi I'd been drinking.
I'm going to look for my checks,
but first I need to push the Pepsi aside
so that I don't accidentally knock it over.
The Pepsi is getting warm,
and I decide to put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.
As I head toward the kitchen with the Pepsi,
a vase of flowers on the counter
catches my eye--they need water.
I put the Pepsi on the counter and
discover my reading glasses that
I've been searching for all morning.
I decide I better put them back on my desk,
but first I'm going to water the flowers.
I set the glasses back down on the counter,
fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote.
Someone left it on the kitchen table.
I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV,
I'll be looking for the remote,
but I won't remember that it's on the kitchen table,
so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs,
but first I'll water the flowers.
I pour some water for the flowers,
but quite a bit of it spills on the floor.
So, I set the remote back on the table,
get some towels and wipe up the spill.
Then, I head down the hall trying to
remember what I was planning to do.
At the end of the day:
the car isn't washed
the bills aren't paid
there is a warm can of Pepsi sitting on the counter
the flowers don't have enough water,
there is still only 1 check in my check book,
I can't find the remote,
I can't find my glasses,
and I don't remember what I did with the car keys.
Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today,
I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all day, and I'm really tired.
I realize this is a serious problem,
and I'll try to get some help for it,
but first I'll check my e-mail....
Do me a favor.
Forward this message to everyone you know,
because I don't remember who in the world I've sent it to.
Don't laugh -- if this isn't you yet, your day is coming!!
Current Mood: amused
April 14th, 2008
|08:48 pm - Here's a good laugh...|
OMG I laughed soooo hard... I went to pull up someone's page and apparently it's the wrong name or something, but this is the page that came up:
Page Not Found
Narrator: In A.D. 2006, Web was beginning.
Captain: What happen ?
Mechanic: Somebody set up us the journal.
Operator: We get signal.
Captain: What !
Operator: Main browser turn on.
Captain: It's you !!
CATS: How are you users !!
CATS: All your base are belong to Frank.
CATS: You are on the way to 404.
Captain: What you say !!
CATS: You have no chance to reach your page. Make your spelling correct.
CATS: Ha Ha Ha Ha ....
If you think you've reached this page in error:
* Make sure the URL you're trying to reach is correct.
* Check http://status.livejournal.org to view LiveJournal's current status.
Otherwise, you can:
* Go back to the previous page
* Go to the LiveJournal Homepage.
* Explore the Site Map
Current Mood: amused
|12:42 am - Poised...|
I'm at an odd place the last couple of days.
I feel like I'm poised at the crest, as of a hill or a wave, having trudged painfully uphill... and now before me is a path at the end of which I can catch a glimpse of that elusive glitter of 'happiness'. It seems so often to be too good to be true; there must be something wrong, something I haven't accounted for, something I'm not aware of...
Now if I just had a transporter (or a certain someone lived much much closer...) I would be convinced the world was swiftly coming to an end, with not one but two paths of happiness at hand converging together...
Current Mood: contemplative
April 3rd, 2008
March 23rd, 2008
|06:15 am - "I just needed to hear your voice..."|
It always surprises me how powerful those few words are. It doesn't matter what's on either side of them... good news or bad, heartfelt pain or euphoric joy; those words have a deep and profound effect. It can mean the world to someone who is hurting, can give a lifeline back towards hope.
Next time you feel the need to talk to someone, just to hear their voice... tell them so once you are talking to them. They may not say much in response to it, but I guarantee it will leave a lasting and deep impression on them.
Current Mood: hopeful
December 20th, 2006
|05:12 am - Crash and BURN... or, perhaps, soak...|
I have just had one of the worst months of my entire life.
We went on 'vacation' to Phil's parents house... supposedly for about two and a half to three weeks. During that time, we were supposed to get a chance to just rest and relax, and get his teeth fixed (he had horrible teeth because of asthma inhalers used multiple times a day).
Because we couldn't afford a sitter or kennel, we brought along our two little dogs and our parrot. The three big dogs had plenty of food and water outside to last them (we live on 8 acres in the country). Our cats inside likewise had plenty of food and water, and multiple litter boxes.
Pretty much from the moment we got there, things went badly. His parents were almost unbearable, treating us both like unruly 10 year olds, and rude ones at that, while we did nothing but *try* to do everything they even implied they wanted, and more besides. But you can't expect to invite someone into your home for 3 weeks and expect them to keep *every* item they brought in a three foot by three foot square. Or for someone who has tons of health problems to the point she can barely stand for five minutes straight, and a badly strained foot on top of that, to do all the dishes for dinner each night.
We were supposed to be able to get internet access there (which is why I didn't let anyone know I was going, really). WRONG again!
Then we find out it's going to take a week longer than our outside estimate to get his teeth done. Lovely. We debated and decided that the pets back home had enough food and water and so on to last them. The litter boxes would probably not stretch, but we could clean that up.
So we waited. The entire time being berated and humiliated by his parents. Twice it got so bad I said I was going to stay in the car until we left (he talked me out of it after an hour or so of course).
Finally, his dentures came in, and everything was set. We left that night - neither of us could take one more minute of it there. We had plenty of money to get us home and then some, although our bills would be very tight and most have to float until next month. We thought the trouble was over... oh, how wrong we were.
About 8 hours down the road, we stopped for gas... only to have a noxious smelling smoke greet us from under the hood. We called his parents in near panic, and once we calmed down and examined everything, we determined that it was antifreeze burning off, which meant one of two things: either we had a problem with a hose (bad, expensive to fix), or a pinprick hole in the radiator (not good exactly, but a bottle of StopsLeaks would mend it for a while at the very least. We went and got the StopsLeaks and put it in, and that seemed to have fixed it. So, we continued down the road.
We were stopping in to visit a dear friend of mine who lives in Tucson. We stopped in Phoenix to get gas, and as we went to leave, my car started to overheat. It has always been perfectly reliable on the heat... freezing or burning outside, it sits on half heat. So, we stop and take a look again. We decide what probably happened was when we put in the StopsLeaks and topped it with coolant, the cap was probably put on a little crooked. No big deal, right? We let it cool off, put the cap on again, start up, and everything seems fine. We got to Tucson with no further incident. Yay, we're all set, the rest of our trip will be a breeze, then we can get home and relax. NOT!
About ten miles down the road once we left there, we topped off the gas, and when we started up again, we overheat again. Well shoot. Let it cool, call his parents in a near panic. We finally decide it must once again be one of two things: either the fan isn't working right, or the thermostat isn't. Neither of which is good. But, through trial and error, we figure out that sometimes whatever it was wouldn't catch, and we'd overheat, but most of the time it caught and we were fine. Also, if we didn't idle when we started it, but just started and WENT, it seemed to improve the chances that we wouldn't overheat. Okay, we can deal with this, we'll just be careful, but we should be able to get home without further incident, and get it looked at when we get home. Hah.
We got all the way to Dallas without any real problems. If it was going to overheat, we saw it before we left the parking lot we were in as long as we paid attention.
We hit Dallas right at rush hour. Lovely. At one point, the guy in front of us slammed on his breaks, necessitating we do the same. One of our suitcases fell down in back... right onto Lucy, our 'special needs' puppy. After a few moments of sheer panic, we decided that besides being very freaked out, she was okay. Whew, continue down the road. Enough surprises already, just let us get home without anymore trouble. You see a pattern here?
Maybe 2-3 miles further down the road... the car suddenly overheats... BADLY. It hadn't once just randomly started overheating while we were driving already. We're in the far left lane, out of five or six lanes, in rush hour traffic, *on a left curving overpass*. Yeah. Cars appeared only *maybe* a dozen yards back before they were at us. We had to pull onto the *left* shoulder, which was just *barely* wide enough for the car to fit. The right tires were *on* the lane line. And it was overheated enough that it smelled like something was burning. He finally squeezed himself throuh the door (it would only open about ten inches or so)and checked under the hood. Aside from coolant boiling out of the overflow tank, everything seemed fine. So, only thing to do was wait for A) it to cool and B) traffic to die down enough that we could merge back into traffic, then pray we could at least get across traffic lanes before overheating again... it was almost too much to ask for that it would be 'fine' once we started again. Every time a good sized vehicle passed us, the whole car rocked. One of the least pleasant hours of my life.
Finally the car cooled enough and traffic had thinned enough (this actually happened at about the same time) for us to get back on the road. It was a rough few minutes, as the heat fluctuated while it worked out the built up heat, but eventually it seemed that we were okay again.
From there back to Mississippi the drive was mostly pretty uneventful, thank goodness.
By the time we hit the other side of town (we live 20 minutes past it) I started to get nervous. Were all our other animals okay?
We finally hit our driveway, and immediately see 2 of our 3 dogs. So far so good; it's not so abnormal for only 2 to greet us when we get home. They look perfectly well fed and happy enough, though of course hyper-excited to see us.
It had rained a bit as we passed through Arkansas, so neither of us thought much about the damp ground at first... till we got the car shut down, and heard running water. Like a tap on full-force. Then we saw it. Water gushing out of the bottom of our house. Apparently, about a week ago, there was a bad freeze, and it must have split a pipe (though we didn't know this at the time).
We rush inside to see what the damage was in there, only to find that the cats had *destroyed* the house. Not a bit of a mess like we expected... absolutely *destroyed*. Just to give you an idea, the toaster oven was hanging off the counter by its cord. Deal with that later... what's with the water?
We rush back, to be greeted with a completely flooded bathroom and bedroom. completely. Everything is soaked, with a good inch or two of standing water. And to top it off, apparently our other cats ganged up on one of them, and kept him from really eating... he's alive, but he's dangerously thin.
We call plumbers in a panic. This is when we found out about the freeze (a week ago! This has been gushing like that for a WEEK?!) Everyone is booked up or not answering. The one plumber who could even come out, lived so far away and the weekend charges were so high, it would cost us $300 *before he even got to our house*. And we had... about $10. As a last resort, we finally called the water company and told them to come shut it off, please, before things got any worse (things could get worse at this point?) So it will probably be monday at least before we can get a plumber out there.
And of course, our phone had been turned off as well, since we weren't here to pay the bill at the beginning of the month. YAY! Oh. Let's not forget that cats and dogs both are out of food. Us too, for that matter. That $10 got us at least a bag of dog food and a couple of packs of smokes, but...
::sighs:: WHAT A VACATION!
There's plenty more to tell, too, but for the sake of brevity I'll leave it at this.
As a sort of postscript, we finally managed to get the water fixed... my big bathtub is useless until we can get a replacement faucet, but that's bearable; my mom, wonder of wonders, helped out with that. And Captain, the cat so painfully thin, is eating well, and looks slightly better, though it will probably be at least a week before he looks even halfway healthy again.
Current Mood: cranky
November 16th, 2006
|04:52 pm - New CafePress store!|
I finally gave in and got a premium CafePress store. Along with the new options, I uploaded a bunch of new images and made lots of new products with them. And more is on the way! My next project: A set of 12 Zodiac Dragons!
Check it out at Tannaidhe's Designs!
Current Mood: bouncy
November 15th, 2006
|11:28 pm - BellaOnline subjects|
A few BellaOnline subjects I thought some of my friends might be interested in just opened up... most notably Costuming, Renaissance, Southcentral USA and Spinning.
If you're interested in writing for one of them (or perhaps something else), check it out at http://www.bellaonline.com/misc/joinus/join_topics.asp
BellaOnline is REALLY a great community, and it isn't hard.. one 300-500 word article, once a week. The whole community is hugely helpful. And don't think you have to be a *fabulous* writer, either... just as long as you have a few ideas for the subject you're interested in and construct a complete sentence.
Seriously, I think anyone with the vaguest interest in writing (which a lot of you must, if you have a blog! ;) ) should go check it out!
November 12th, 2006
|03:55 am - Gold Dragon Herbal products soon to be found in a local store!|
That's right! Soon you will be able to purchase Gold Dragon Herbal products at the new occult store in Tupelo, Mystic Eye.
I'm having to create the products which I will put there, since I don't keep a pre-made stock. But, in addition to working on the orders I have overdue because of personal and health issues, I started tonight to make products to place there.
So, in about a week or two, I should have enough made to start placing products!
Current Mood: ecstatic