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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Can I still laugh after surgery?

Ever have one of those moments???

  You know when someone sort of misunderstands something and you get a totally different response from what you were expecting?
I am deaf in one ear and hard of hearing in the other, it happens to me all the time, most of the time we all laugh about it... but this was not expected.

 Warning this post will NOT be like my 
        regular Ladies Room humor .
 It will still contain some Not Politically correct language.

Do not read out loud with the kiddos in the room,
              just so you know...

As I mentioned in a few posts back, hubby recently had total knee replacement surgery, he is recovering quite nicely and I still plan on a little diary for any knee lovers out there.
  So here I was, waiting with my brother who had just come from getting off work, to be with me, waiting for hubby to come back from surgery and find out how surgery went. We hear he is finally coming to his room, whewww.... it seemed to take forever! And what I have experienced at hospitals before is, that when they are transferring the patient from the travel gurney to their room bed they have everyone exit the room for patient privacy, this time was no different. So my brother and myself go into the hallway and let the cute little nurse do her thing.

   This nurse looked young, like fresh from school,
but then I am old and any cute woman looks young to me.

Hubby was still understandably groggy from surgery but was anxious to know his results as he did not see the doctor yet. So in his anesthetic induced state he attempted to ask the nurse, who was so carefully helping him into his new bed for the next few days. While still heavily sedated from a difficult four and one half hour surgical procedure he mumbles,
         'Are my test...irebles bbbllack?'
                       Embarrassed, the young nurse replies 
'I don't know, Sir.
nurse embarrassed dark hair imageI'm only here to help you transfer into bed.'  

He struggles to ask again, 'Nurse, are my testic..bles bbblack?'
  I guess she was concerned that he may elevate his vitals from worry about his testicles, so she overcomes her own embarrassment and sheepishly pulls back his covers. She slowly raised his gown, holds his penis in one hand and his testicles in the other, lifting and moving them around and around gently. 
Then, she takes a close look and says, 'No sir, they aren't and I assure you, there's nothing wrong with them, Sir!!' 

  Then according to hubby, he smiles at her and says very slowly and more awake ...
"Thank you very much. That was wonderful, 
       but listen very, very closely..... 
     'Are - m y - t e s t - r e s u l t s -b a c k’"

Yea!! He's one of those kind of guys...
can't keep his sarcasm and laughter down even after surgery.
That's my man.

We did wonder why she was so pink faced when she emerged from his room and told us we could join him now.

Okay... you can all collectively groan now....

I had to post one "Not Politically Correct" funny for the
       occasional male that reads here you know?!

Oh, did I happen to mention...

   April Fool's!!

but this would so be what my hubby would do {{snickers}}

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Digging for Spring, part 2!

Wow the weather has been goofy since last week!
And with it came...  Color!!

I heard on the radio today that "we"
( as in south eastern Wisconsin) are officially going to have a
  heat wave for the next couple days!
So spring will be sprouting all over the place, and quick!
If the weather guys are correct... ?

first off, thank you for all the guesses 
 and comments for last weeks post...
I had fun and I hope you did as well, and will join in again today!

Last weeks answers, I can now show that have "POPPED" 
 out of the ground are,

many colored crocus
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beautiful multi-colored crocus!!

crocus blooming

It was very windy today and about 60 degrees...
so if we get the higher winds tomorrow as predicted I fear most of these beauties will lose their pretty petals, so I dashed out to snap them to share, just in case!!
I was also playing with a few dials on my camera, and did these in macro setting... not something I have done before.
How did I do? Any tips?

This variegated little guy was just peeking his head barely
 out of the dirt today....

variegated purple crocus
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The last photo clue of greens, last week, were Jacob's ladder 
 and spotted nettle, a vine.
They will not flower until later this summer.

Many of you were guessing Iris (like below)...
they are poking out their more wider leaves,
but will not flower until later this summer...
    this is an family heirloom Iris.
from last week and very messy ...

messy iris bed

today and a bit more groomed after digging out
  and already taller!

iris plants popping up
click to enlarge, ask to copy

I have crocus and iris planted in a few other places,
but thought I would just compare the same sites from last week...

Now for this weeks guess....

Anyone have any ideas ????



click to enlarge, ask to copy

a hint... it is another cold weather zoned perennial...
I have still been digging, who knows what else I will find?

Wishing you all who celebrate a very peaceful and happy Easter/Spring .


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Digging for signs of Spring

It feels too long since winter began....

After sunshine and 60's last Friday then back to snow on Saturday,
 I was hungry for signs of spring.....

today's 40's and lots of sunshine,
     gave away to temptation to dig and hunt....

crocus buds

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purple crocus bud

the first two will most likely be easy to identify....

rock garden clues
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This last one from the same rock garden,
may be a jumbled sprouting of spring greens that may leave you wondering....

Anyone care to take a guess on any of these ?

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Pennies for Penny fundraising Auction !

pennies for penny banner

Remember earlier I wrote about precious little Penelope
     who is battling Stage 4 Neuroblastoma?
            If not you can find it here

This Friday, March 19, 2010 on Pennies4Penny.org starting at 6 a.m. P.S.T. an awesome Auction of wonderful items will be up for grabs. All proceeds will go towards Penny's medical care. She has already spent the last three weeks at Rady Children's Hospital located in San Diego, CA. Penny is putting up a brave fight, so why not check out the auction at Pennies4Penny.org and see if there is something you have on your shopping list for yourself or a gift and BID to win and help beat cancer at the same time!!
The last day to bid is Sunday 3-21-10 10p.m. PST!!

 The outpouring of love and support for this little girl has just been amazing.  They have secured donations from over 30 companies and individuals.  Several of these sponsors have donated more than one item! 
For future reference, these are the auction terms (they will also be posted on each individual auction item on Penny's blog )

Pennies 4 Penny is in the process of securing a non-profit tax ID number. So when you win a bid, you will be able to deduct it on your taxes.  You’ll be getting some awesome deals and donating to a wonderful, feel-good, warm and fuzzy cause:

                       Penelope and Mommy
penny with sad face

       How can you say no to this little face??

So please stop by this weekend and have a good time out-bidding your friends, all while helping this little angel beat her cancer!

Meanwhile…there are a few other awesome people out there organizing some fund raisers for Penny. If you are able, please check them out:

Elle from Somewhere Between Sex and The City & Elmo’s World is organizing an online virtual bake sale.  Please visit her site for details if you are interested in buying some goodies or donating your baking talents to our cause.
The Queen Bee Market is being held on May 1st.  It’s a “hip, modern, and fresh handmade art and gift show” taking place in Carlsbad, CA.  This year they will have buckets placed around the market where you can leave your “pennies for penny.”
Mandy Campbell is a cousin of Penny’s dad, Aaron.  She has created T-Shirts for Penny’s cause and you can order them right from her website, Campbell Family Party of 3.  All the proceeds will go directly to Penny’s medical fund.

Please!!!  Take this post and email it to your friends, tweet it, copy and re-post on your own blog.  You have permission.  As long as it brings awareness and support for this beautiful little girl. Bid on the auction and you can still donate any amount you wish. Pennies 4 Penny!!

Thank you!




Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Are you wearing green? origins and other symbols


March 17th is St. Patrick's Day!!  
The day everyone is a wee bit Irish!!
And tis' makes it the traditional wearing
 of the green as well.


I am going to test your knowledge about this day 
 and see what you really know. 
Do not worry there are no failing grades, 
just some fun to pass the time before the green beer arrives! 

St. Patrick: It all starts with the man... 
The patron saint of Ireland and the Irish, was born about 385 A.D. in Northern Wales. He studied religion in Europe to become a priest and bishop. He then brought Christianity to the Irish by teaching in Ireland for 29 years. He died on March 17, 461 AD. The anniversary of his death is celebrated as Saint Patrick's Day. Another tale about Patrick is that he drove the snakes from Ireland. Different versions of the story, tell of him standing upon a hill, using a wooden staff to drive the serpents into the sea, banishing them forever from Ireland. One version says that an old serpent resisted banishment, but that Patrick outwitted him. Patrick made a box and invited the snake to enter. The snake insisted it was too small and the two argued. Finally to prove his point, the snake entered the box to show how tight the fit was. Patrick slammed the lid closed and threw the box into the sea.
  The stories of Saint Patrick and the snakes are likely a metaphor for his bringing Christianity to Ireland and driving out the pagan religions (serpents were a common symbol in many of these religions).

  The symbol of Shamrocks:  
An Irish tale tells of how Patrick used the green three-leafed shamrock to explain the Trinity. He used it in his sermons to represent how the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit could all exist as separate elements of the same entity. His followers adopted the custom of wearing a shamrock on his feast day.
The shamrock was chosen Ireland's national emblem because of the legend that St. Patrick had used it to illustrate the doctrine of the Trinity. 
Patrick demonstrated the meaning of the Three-in-One by picking a shamrock from the grass growing at his feet and showing it to his listeners. He told them that just as the shamrock is one leaf with three parts, God is one entity with three Persons.
  The shamrock was sacred to the Druids, so Saint Patrick’s use of it in explaining the trinity was very wise.
The Irish have considered shamrocks as good-luck symbols since earliest times, and today people of many other nationalities also believe they bring good luck.


And what would a St. Patrick's Day celebration be without Leprechauns!! 

The name leprechaun comes from the old Irish word "luchorpan" which means "little body." A leprechaun is an Irish fairy who looks like a small, old man about 2 feet tall. He is often dressed like a shoemaker, with a crooked hat and a leather apron.  According to legend, leprechauns are aloof and unfriendly. They live alone, and pass the time making shoes. They also have a hidden pot of gold! Treasure hunters can often track down a leprechaun by the sound of his shoemaker's hammer. If the leprechaun is caught, he can be threatened with bodily violence to tell where his treasure is, but the leprechaun's captors must keep their eyes on him every second. If the captor's eyes leave the leprechaun - he's known to trick them into looking away - he vanishes and all hopes of finding the treasure are lost.

The Celtic Cross :
Saint Patrick was familiar with the Irish language and culture, because of his time as a slave there. When Patrick went back to Ireland to convert the Irish to Christianity, he was successful because he didn't try to make the Irish forget their old beliefs. He combined their old beliefs with the new beliefs. One example of this is the Celtic Cross. Saint Patrick added the sun, a powerful Irish symbol, onto the Christian cross to create what is now called a Celtic cross, so that the new symbol of Christianity would be more natural to the Irish.

Believe it or not, the color of St. Patrick was not actually green, but blue! In the 19th century, however, green became used as a symbol for Ireland. In Ireland, there is plentiful rain and mist, so the 'Emerald Isle' really is green all year-round. The beautiful green landscape was probably the inspiration for the national color.

 Wearing the color green is considered an act of paying tribute to Ireland. It is said that it also brings good luck, especially when worn on St. Patrick's Day.
Many long years ago, playful Irish children began the tradition of pinching people who forgot to wear green on St. Patrick's Day and the tradition is still practiced today. Now you wouldn't go thinking this is all a blarney tale???  

The symbol of the Blarney Stone :
The word "Blarney" has come to mean nonsense or smooth flattering talk in almost any language. Tradition says that if you pay a visit to Blarney Castle in County Cork and kiss the Blarney Stone, you'll receive the gift of eloquence and powers of persuasion, a true master of the "gift of gab."

The Blarney Stone is a stone set in the wall of the Blarney Castle tower in the Irish village of Blarney.
The castle was built in 1446 by Cormac Laidhiv McCarthy (Lord of Muskerry) -- its walls are 18 feet thick (necessary to stop attacks by Cromwellians and William III's troops). Thousands of tourists a year still visit the castle.
The origins of the Blarney Stone's magical properties aren't clear, but one legend says that an old woman cast a spell on the stone to reward a king who had saved her from drowning. Kissing the stone while under the spell gave the king the ability to speak sweetly and convincingly.
It's difficult to reach the stone -- it's between the main castle wall and the parapet. Kissers have to lie on their back and bend backward (and downward), holding iron bars for support.
 The world famous Blarney Stone is situated high up in the battlements of the castle. Follow one of the several long, stone spiral staircases up to the top and enjoy the spectacular views of the lush green Irish countryside, Blarney House and The Village of Blarney.
The stone is believed to be half of the Stone of Scone which originally belonged to Scotland. Scottish Kings were crowned over the stone, because it was believed to have special powers.
The stone was given to Cormac McCarthy by Robert the Bruce in 1314 in return for his support in the Battle of Bannockburn.

 Today will not be hard to find all manner of celebrations in honor of St. Patrick's Day and the Emerald Ilse. Here in America at least, it is all not all about shamrocks and pots of gold but finding the treasure of the green liquid that is called beer!! Singing and getting sloshed, and telling tales...
So if you decide to raise a toast with a fine sip of Irish Whiskey or a pint of Guinness please pick out the poor soul who is to be the designated driver for the annual pub crawl.


May good luck be with you Wherever you go , 
And your blessings outnumber the green shamrocks that grow.


A Happy and safe St. Patrick's Day to everyone!
So what will you do so you don't 
           get pinched tomorrow???