Saturday, August 29, 2009

Blogosphere Stinks...

Especially on weekends. I know people are busy on weekends, but I've noticed more and more people are not blogging even during the week. I've complained about this before, I know. But DAMN Facebook, mySpace and Twitter. That's all it seems like the rest of you want to do anymore. I work a full time job, have FaceBook, mySpace and Twitter and I still blog. Even on most weekends. I miss my friends in the computer (although most of you are friends on the other outlets). It's lonely anyone out there??????

Friday, August 28, 2009


To realize
The value of a sister/brother

Ask someone

Who doesn't have one.

To realize

The value of ten years:

Ask a newly Divorced couple.

To realize

The value of four years:

Ask a graduate.

To realize

The value of one year:

Ask a student who

Has failed a final exam.

To realize

The value of nine months:

Ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn.

To realize

The value of one month:

Ask a mother

Who has given birth to

A premature baby.

To realize

The value of one week:

Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize

The value of one minute:

Ask a person

Who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize

The value of one-second:

Ask a person

Who has survived an accident.

To realize the value of a friend or family member:


Time waits for no one.

Treasure every moment you have.

You will treasure it even more when

You can share it with someone special.

This was in an email I received. I found it very moving and wanted to share it with all of you.

It's Friday!

What more can I say. I have no plans so far for the weekend. Maybe do some stuff around the house, we'll see. I'm sitting here thinking that since Layla has come along, I don't have anything to blog about if I don't see her. She is such a treat. She went to auction with us last Friday and she was the best behaved one there. Then of course we went to SeaWorld on Sunday and Monday night she spent some time with us while Daddy's band practiced. Then nothing for the rest of the week. Which is the reason I haven't blogged all week. Nothing to blog about. Hopefully, even without plans, something will spark my interest and I will share it with you all. If all have a wonderful weekend.

Monday, August 24, 2009


Finally I am able to blog about SeaWorld. Yeah!!!! Diana had planned to surprise Wade with SeaWorld passes. She asked if me and Hut wanted to be in on it. Of course we did. So we bought passes too. Wade was supposed to be off on Sunday and that is the day we were going. Diana was going to tell him they were going to church and then meeting us for lunch. Well Wade's job called and needed him to come in for awhile. So Diana had to tell him about the surprise so he could work out someway to go. He did and so we met them at SeaWorld.

This is Grampa Hut (or Grampy as he is now known as) waiting for the arrival of Layla and her court (mom and dad).

Family shot before we start on our adventures.

First stop is the dolphin nursery.

Then on to one of their many aquariums.

Isn't that green plant really neat???

It was really a front shot of this cool Sea Dragon. It really looks like a plant.

Next stop was the Shark Encounter.

There was alot of different varieties of sharks in there.

After the sharks we needed some fun time. Here's Layla and Grampy in front of the Shamu Bug.

We played a couple of games (so Layla could win some toys, lol). Then it was time for a spin on the carousal. Here's Grampy with Elmo. The blue dolphin you see is also Layla's. Wade is holding it here.

Layla is ready to ride. She rode the fish next to Nana's.

Here's Mommy and Daddy being silly and riding with us. That's Nemo (also for Layla, lol) riding with Mommy.

I just love the look on Layla's face in this picture. She is excited and scared at the same time.

Then we were off to the beat of different drummers. Layla and Wade playing together.

Guess who????

And Daddy.

Poor Mommy trying to play one handed...having to hold everything.

Even Grampy got in on it.

We found a Pirate Ship ARRRGGGGHHHH!

Is this the Titanic????

Time to cool off with Daddy.

That's enough water, Daddy. Let's go see some Polar Bears.

All the Polar Bears were sleeping. So we took a picture with the brass ones.

Off to see the peguins. Looks like snow, but it's actually waterdrops on the glass.

Off to another aquarium where this creepy Octopus was sleeping against the glass. His eye is closed. Look at all the suction cups on his tentacles.

In the tank with him was "Patrick" Sponge Bob's friend ( and Layla's favorite).

When you looked up, Manta Rays were swimming over your head. I thought they looked like kites, the long barbs looked the the string.

OH NO!!!! Daddy and Layla are in the fish tank. Look, Nemo is kissing Layla's cheek.

A different species of Sea Dragon. I just think those are the coolest. The Sea Dragons I believe were my favorite sea animal.

Diana's favorite are the sting rays. Here is the pool where you can pet them. There was one in the pool that kept stopping at Diana so she could pet his head and touch him all over. Of course I never had the camera ready when he would stop. He would get close to her and lift his head right out of the water. It was the neatest thing.

Off to the Dolphin Viewing area. Mommy and Layla looking at the dolphins.

Wade got some really good shots of the dolphins.

This must be my best side. All the pictures of me and Layla taken together are hind shots.

The manatees are next. Here's Mommy and Layla in front of the brass statue.

All the manatees were sleeping, too. Must have partied too much with the Polar Bears.

This is a Sea Squirrel. Just kidding. This little guy was friendly. Came right up to us. So we feed him and he took it right out of our hands.

I wanted to take a couple of these home for the front lawn. Hut said no.

Heading off into the sunset. A great ending to a looooooong, hot, cold, wet, fun day.

Update: Diana had a couple of pictures of me, whoo hoo.

This is Nana and Layla at the Shamu show. Yeah I know.....another back shot.

Here's a front view, although it's not a great one. Sorry the pics are so small. I had to swipe these from Diana's MySpace, lol.

Mixed Weekend

I had downloaded some pictures for my blog this morning, but forgot to save them. So I will do a blog later today. Thank you all for being so concerned about my issues. You guys are the best. I will update you all later. Hope everyone had a good weekend.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

And the winner is.......

Sorry guys, no big hoopla for this one. But I did say I'd announce a winner for the diet books and pedometers. The winner is Granny Annie. Go check out her blog. She is an amazing woman. So Annie, you have my email, send me your home address so I can get that all out to you. I want to thank all of you for all your support during the trying times. I wish you all lived closer so I could give you BIG HUGS!!!!!! I never would have dreamed what great friends I would find out in cyberspace. You guys are the best!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009's harder than you think.

Just wanted to update you on my progress. I have to be honest, this whole detoxing for 9 days is not as easy as I thought it would be. Don't get me wrong....I love fruits and veggies. I just didn't think it would be so hard to eat just those everyday. So I have to admit, I have cheated a little. I am still eating mostly fruits and veggies, but yesterday I was craving mashed taters and gravy, so my wonderful hubby took me to Fred's to have some. And yes, Missy, that's all I got. Fred's is a southern style buffett, so it was soooo tempting to eat something else. But I did good.
I finished reading the second book of Dr. Smith's and I'm thinking that might be a better way for me to go. No detoxing. Just 3 weeks of cycles to stick too. The extreme diet is to take weight off more quickly but learn how to eat correctly while you are doing it. Its a very strict regimen that you have to stick to or you will not take off the weight. That includes the exercises and the amount of time to do them. So I am really toying with trying the extreme diet instead. I think it's more up my alley. I have to tell you that will power is not my strong point, so both diets are a challenge for me. But I am determined to lose enough weight to get back into my size 16 clothes and stay there. They tell you to lose weight for yourself and not for someone else. And I believe that. However sometimes you do it for others to better yourself. Here are the reason's I'm doing it for others besides myself:New Grandbaby Scianimanico.Layla and Diana.

Wade.Scott.And of course, Hut.

These are all great reasons why I'm trying to do this for myself.