Friday, March 30, 2007

Friday Fun

Here's a new time waster for all of you out there. Enjoy :-)

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And now, after a long adjournment, here is this week's Friday's Feast.

What are you proud of? I am proud of my kids. Even though there may have been times when, like Cosby, I thought, "I brought you into this world, I can take you out of this world..." they have grown up to be responsible, loving, wonderful young adults and I love them very much.

What is the best thing you’ve ever won as a prize? Until recently I would have had to say "nothing" because I've not won a whole lot. This year, though, I've won several books... and books are always good.

Name something you do that is a waste of time. I can't think of anything I do that I consider a waste of time. Even when I'm playing a game online, it's not wasting time... it's helping me relax so I don't kill someone :-) Blogging isn't a waste of time... it keeps me in contact with friends and helps me make new ones. Nope.. I don't waste time.

Main Course
In what year of your life did you change the most? I think that would be when I was 18 and went off to college. It was the first time I'd really been on my own and learned to be who I was.

Where is a place you consider to be very tranquil? Our place down near Apalachicola overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. When we go there, it's like all our problems and worries with work just take a back seat and we are able to restore our souls.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007


Welcome to another 3 Word Wednesday. Yes, I know it's late and that I already have a Wednesday post… but ya know? That's okay. And… here, in the actual words of our esteemed leader, Bone, are the instructions:

Welcome to Three Word Wednesday.

Each week, I will post three (or more) random words. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to write something using all of those words. It can be a few lines, a story, a poem, anything. This is a writing exercise. It doesn't have to be perfect. The idea is to let your mind wander and write what it will. I'll also attempt to write something using the same three words.

Leave a comment if you participate.

This week's words are:

The wind shook the shutters on the old house as lightening flashed outside. Fiona cast an anxious look at the flickering lights. With the wiring in this old house, she was none too sure the lights would hold up. At least Gary and Bucky had insisted on making sure the oil lamps were filled. After the last excursion, she wasn't looking forward to going back in the cellar to flip the major switch. Her ankle still ached from twisting it when she fell.

A clap of thunder filled the house and the crystal vase she was holding slipped and shattered on the tile floor.

"Damn." She never used to be the type of person who was easily scared, but the last week or so everything made her jump. What was wrong with her?

A strong gush of wind caught the French doors and blew them open. Rain poured in through the open door and Fiona rushed to close them before anything else got damaged. After she cleaned up the broken glass, she decided working wasn't what she needed to be doing. She'd go out to Linda Sue's and take Shadow out, but he hated storms even worse than she did. Since she was too restless to read and too nervous to safely pack the crystal up, maybe she would go to the gym. Maybe a workout would calm her down.

She locked the door and stood a minute on the porch, watching the rain gush off the eaves and smelling the freshness. Lightening lit up the yard and Fiona saw a figure standing next to the swamp oak tree in the middle of the yard. She gasped and took a step back toward the door. Another flash. Fiona kept her gaze fixed on the tree, but couldn't see anyone. Surely she hadn't imagined it. What should she do? Make a dash for the car and hope whoever was there, if there had been anyone was gone? Or should she go back in the house and call someone? Maybe make a fool out of herself. She chewed on her lower lip.

Well, as her granddaddy used to say, even a poor decision was better than none. Clutching her raincoat around her, she ran down the walkway through the front gate. Strong hands closed around her arm and she screamed.

fun Wednesday

Interested in a contest that will get your creative juices flowing? Check out Cheryl Sawyer's contest promoting her new book, The Winter Prince. The prize is most awesome: a leather-bound edition of The Winter Prince. You get to create a sonnet, using the Bard's own words. Shakespeare wrote 154 sonnets (2156 lines). All you have to do is select 14 of those lines and create your own sonnet. I'm going to try to do this… and I challenge you to do the same. You can find all of the sonnets, here.

Here's a fun meme. My fine is: $215. Play along and let me know what yours is:

This is fun to do. Just read the “offense” and if you’ve done it, you owe that fine. Keep going until you’ve read each “offense” and added up your total fine. Title your post or comment, “My Bar Tab is$……..” You don’t have to confess your answers, just the amount of your fine.
Smoked pot — $10
Did acid — $5
Ever had sex at church — $25
Woke up in the morning and did not know the person who was next to you– $40
Had sex with someone on MySpace — $25
Had sex for money — $100
Ever had sex with the a Puerto Rican — $20
Vandalized something — $20
Had sex on your parents’ bed — $10
Beat up someone — $20
Been jumped — $10
Crossed dressed — $10
Given money to stripper — $25
Been in love with a stripper — $20
Kissed some one who’s name you didn’t know –$10
Ever drive drunk — $20
Ever got drunk at work, or went to work while still drunk — $50
Used toys while having sex — $30
Got drunk, passed out and don’t remember the night before — $20
Went skinny dipping — $5
Had sex in a pool — $20
Kissed someone of the same sex — $10
Had sex with someone of the same sex — $20
Cheated on a significant other — $10
Masturbated — $10
Cheated on a significant other with their relative or close friend –$20
Gave oral — $5
Got oral — $5
Gave/got oral in a car while it was moving– $25
Stole something — $10
Had sex with someone in jail — $25
Made a nasty home video — $15
Had a threesome — $50
Had sex in the wild — $20
Been in the same room while someone was having sex — $25
Stole something worth over more than a hundred dollars — $20
Had sex with someone 10 years older — $20
Had sex with someone under 21 and you are over 25 — $25
Been in love with two people or more at the same time — $50
Said you love someone but didn’t mean it — $25
Went streaking — $5
Went streaking in broad daylight — $15
Been arrested — $5
Spent time in jail — $15
Peed in the pool — $0.50
Played spin the bottle — $5
Done something you regret — $20
Had sex with your best friend — $20
Had sex with someone you work with, at work –$25
Had anal sex — $80
Lied to your mate — $5
Lied to your mate about the sex being good –$25

Tally it up and tell me what your Bar Tab Is…

Oh, by the way? I stole this from Wordnerd. But there doesn't appear to be a fine!

Monday, March 26, 2007

Monday Movies and a request

Good Morning! We spent yesterday taking down the cabana beside our pool. The wood was going bad and, instead of trying to fix it, we just removed it. The pool and patio look so barren now. We'll have to do something else there, but first we have to get a new pool liner in. Sigh. It's always something. I've heard it say that the happiest day in a person's life is when they have the pool dug. And.. the second happiest day is when they have it filled back in. I'm almost ready to agree with them... almost, not quite!

Also, Aaron left Saturday for Iraq. Please keep him and us in your prayers and thoughts. He will be spending his 21st birthday there next month. If anyone would be willing or interested in sending him a card for his special day, please let me know with your email address and I'll send you his address. Thanks.

I'm doing a movie meme this morning, swiped from Allie, who took it from Marianne, who snagged it from Stacy, who borrowed it from Sugarfused, who got it from... well.... I could go on and on and on and on... just let's say, this meme's apparently been around for a while! lol

1. Name a movie you have seen more than 10 times. Any number of musicals... I do enjoy them! Also, Gone With the Wind.

2. Name a movie you’ve seen multiple times in the theater. I can't think of any movie I've paid more than once to go see. I'm just not that big of a movie fan overall.

3. Name an actor who would make you more inclined to see a movie. I can't think of anyone off hand. Maybe Johnny Depp. Of course, there's Sean Connery (except his James Bond movies... he's definitely an example of "older is better")

4. Name an actor who would make you less likely to see a movie. Will Ferrell, although someone recommended Stranger than Fiction and I enjoyed that.

5. Name a movie you can and do quote from. 1776 "Now, Abigail, in my last letter I asked that you organize the ladies to make saltpeter. Now, have you done as I asked." "No, John, I have not." "Well, why have you not?" "Because you neglected to tell us how saltpeter is made."

6. Name a movie musical in which you know all of the lyrics to all of the songs. Many! Oklahoma, West Side Story, The King and I, Carousel, Bye Bye Birdie, 1776…the list goes on and on.

7. Name a movie you have been known to sing along with. See above!

8. Name a movie you would recommend everyone see. See answers to 6 and 7.

9. Name a movie you own. 1776, Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, Little Lord Fauntleroy Those are just a couple I can think of off the top of my head. They are all in the other room and I have to finish this so we can go to work ;-)

10. Name an actor who launched his/her entertainment career in another medium but who has surprised you with his/her acting chops. Nobody comes to mind right away. (have I mentioned yet I'm not much of a movie buff?)

11. Have you ever seen a movie in a drive-in? If so, what? Yes, but I can't remember what they were. We were kids and my grandparents would put us in the back of the station wagon with pillows... and we'd normally fall asleep.

12. Ever made out in a movie? nope

13. Name a movie you keep meaning to see but you just haven’t gotten around to yet. If there's something I want to see, I normally go rent it.

14. Ever walked out of a movie? No.

15. Name a movie that made you cry in the theater. Come on! I cry at Halmark commercials. My kids are always fond of telling the story how I cried at Toy Story

16. Popcorn? Normally. Even though I shouldn't. But buttery movie popcorn is SO GOOD!

17. How often do you go to the movies (as opposed to renting them or watching them at home)? Once a year... maybe... if there's something we REALLY want to see when it comes out.

18. What’s the last movie you saw in the theater? It's been so long I can't remember. One of the Harry Potter movies, probably.

19. What’s your favorite/preferred genre of movie? It depends on my mood.

20. What’s the first movie you remember seeing in the theater? I don't remember. What I DO remember (okay, let's show how old Judy is)... they were showing previews for Peyton Place(or a movie like that) and Mama made us cover our eyes til they were over. (this was before the days of ratings, apparently!)

21. What movie do you wish you had never seen? Shaft... not because of the movie, but because it wasa the first (and only) date with this really weird guy.

22. What is the weirdest movie you enjoyed? I don't know... maybe Mulhulland Drive

23. What is the scariest movie you’ve seen? The only movie that ever bothered me afterward was Carrie. I never could sleep with my arm hanging over the bed after that... if you've seen the movie, you should know what I mean!

24. What is the funniest movie you’ve seen? I can't think of one right off the top of my head.

Play along if you like, and let me know about it.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

We were scheduled to work today, but the job was cancelled. We were not heartbroken, I promise you! We decided to play hooky and go to.... are you ready for this... the Fire Ant Festival. It's been around for 12 years, but I'd not heard of it until a few years ago when Bob mentioned it. We were talking about small town festivals and I thought he was using the term as a generic, fun term for all small town festivals. I mean... really.... who's going to celebrate the existence of the fire ant? Ashburn, Georgia, is.

Here's Bob with the Ashburn mascot:

There was some wonderful food vendors. I thought about taking a picture of our lunch, but not until after I'd eaten half of it. I was hungry! lol

Southeastern Snake Rescue had an exhibit and discussion. Jason Clark showed several snakes, both venomous and non. He was very entertaining and interesting.

Musical entertainment was a special treat and ran the gamut...dancing, singing and a Mexican band that was sensational.

The music wasn't limited to the staged area, either. Forest Flute Creations had a booth set up. Not only were CDs for sale, but we were treated to Indian Flute music. Click on his link to hear for yourself. One day I'll figure out how to get music on here.

And, that was our day. Mama gave me a loquat tree for my birthday and I need to get out and plant it. Bob bought me some vegetable plants (a couple of tomato plants and several pepper plants, along with some herbs) and we got those in the ground yesterday. Right now, though, we are chilling out. After all, we have to rest up for The National Grits Festival and The Worm Grunting Festival. Unfortunately, both of them are the same day... decisions, decisions.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Happy Birthday!

In honor of today, I bring you a bunch of stuff about my birthday.

According to the Jewish Birthday Calculator , I was born on Adar 28, 5715. In a regular year, I will celebrate my birthday, Adar 28. In a leap year, on Adar II 28. Next year, my Jewish birthday will fall on April 4.

Your Birthdate: March 22

You tend to be understated and under appreciated.
You have a hidden force to do amazing things, doing them your own way.
People may see you as strange and shy, but they know little.
Your unconventional ways have more power than they (and even you) know.
Your strength: Standing up for what you know is true
Your weakness: You tend to be picky and rigid
Your power color: Silver
Your power symbol: Square
Your power month: April

And, from the old stand-by Wikimeme:
1. Go to Wikipedia
2. In the search box, type your birth month and day but not the year.
3. List three events that happened on your birthday
4. List two important birthdays and one death
5. One holiday or observance (if any)

Three events:
1622 - Jamestown massacre: Algonquian Indians kill 347 English settlers around Jamestown, Virginia, a third of the colony's population.
1963 - Please Please Me, the first Beatles album, is released in the UK.
1997 - The comet Hale-Bopp has its closest approach to earth.

Two Important Birthdays:
1459 - Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor (d. 1519)
1908 - Louis L'Amour, American author (d. 1988)

One Death:
2006 - Kurt von Trojan, Australian science fiction author (b. 1937)

One Holiday:
Easter Sunday, 1818/2285.


Checking 1,254,543 digits of PI,
I found 32255(3/22/55) starting at this location in PI: 16767 (to find out if your birthdate is in pi, go to this site.

On Wednesday, December 23, 2009, I will be 20,000 days old.
On Tuesday, September 18, 2012, I will be 3,000 weeks old.
(make sure you mark your calendars)

To find out useless information about your birthday (or any other date), go to this site.

Go here to find out about my birthday star. I didn't know I had one of those. Google is wonderful, isn't it?

We are driving back home today from a wonderful stay at our beach house. It was a good break, but we're both ready to get back to the routine now. Have a great day, everyone!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Happy Wednesday!

I rushed over to Bone's to discover the words for 3 Word Wednesday and discovered... nothing. Oh, well. I'll check back later, after we get back from fishing. Yep, we are still in Florida. The day we were to come back, we received word that our main piece of equipment was down and we had to call the factory to order a part. If we can't work, we might as well stay on vacation, right? Right! We haven't done a lot except relax and, believe me, relaxing is a good thing.

I read a very encouraging (to me, anyway) post this morning. Sandra Ruttan reminds us that our success or failure is, in large manner, dependant upon us and our attitude. I needed that reminder.

If you have time, go and visit Karen. She's having a book give-away and all you have to do is leave her a comment. She also reminded me that it's nearly Buy a Friend a Book Week". I'll blog more about that later, but just wanted to give y'all a heads-up.

Monday, March 19, 2007

A Myriad of Monday Memes

Today is a lazy Monday... so lazy that I'm stealing today's post from Marianne. Go by, tell her hello, and let her know I sent you.

Meme One: Question of the Day
How many keys are on your key chain right now? Do you know what each one of them opens?

I have a kajillion keys on my keychain. And... I DO know what each means, because I am the chatelaine and while I don't wear a chatelaine, I do carry a lot of keys. Let's see... I have to get them out so I don't forget any. I have five key tabbie things... you know...from stores and such. I have the key to our house, the key to our shop, our post office box key, a key to the toolbox on the back of my truck, the key to the toolbox on the back of the work truck (which doesn't work any more because some ^^&*&%&%^% broke in last week and stole THREE chain saws), two keys to the Explorer (lock and ignition), key to my truck, key to the work truck, key to the bucket truck, key to the dump truck, our motorcycle key. And that's just on one key ring. Then I have a key ring with my mom's keys and one for the place in Florida. Oh... and a key chain with all the keys for the concession stand (does anyone want to buy a concession stand??)

Meme Two: Monday's a Bitch
Last Week

Looking back on this past week what was...

1.The best meal you had?

I can't remember an outstanding meal. I did enjoy the fact that Mama came over and cooked for us on Wednesday night. It was nice not having to come up with something after working all day.

2.The highlight for you?

We got to leave Friday morning to come down to the coast. It's been way too long since we were able to get away.

3.The lowlight?

Waking up Tuesday morning to find out someone had broken into our truck and stolen some chainsaws.

4.Your latest night?

Wednesday night. I just couldn't sleep. I finally was able to go to sleep about 4 AM Thursday morning.

5.Did you see any movies last week? If so, how would you rate them on a scale of 1-10?

No movies in the theater. We really enjoy Fox Movie Channel and Turner Classic Movies. The TV at home is more likely to be tuned to one of those than any other channel. The cable was out at the shore this weekend, so we rented some movies. We really enjoyed The Illusionist. Edward Norton really impressed me... so much so we rented another one with him in it, The Score. I knew, after watching him in The Score I'd seen him before but couldn't figure out where I knew him from. Thank goodness for IMDB. He was also in Primal Fear and I remembered him from that. More information than you really wanted? Oh, well.

Meme Three: The Monday Melee
The Monday Melee

1. The Misanthropic: Name something (about humanity) you absolutely hate.

People who are cruel. Every day in the paper there are cases of cruelty to animals, to children, to other people. What is it about people that make them want to do things like that? I don't understand.

2. The Meretricious: Expose something or someone that’s phony, fraudulent or bogus.
Hmmmm. I don't think I know anyone personally like this. I tend to believe the best in people. The only thing I can think of (and she's been exposed a multitude of times) is Barbara Bauer.

3. The Malcontent: Name something you’re unhappy with.
Cold weather. I'm ready for summer.

4. The Meritorious: Give someone credit for something and name it if you can.
My friend, Marianne. She's my "writing conscience" and keeps me on task... she has a wicked whip.

5. The Mirror: See something good about yourself and name it.
I think I'm a good listener and a good friend.

6. The Make-Believe: Name something you wish for.
To become a best-selling novelist with a pile of money so we can buy our waterfront lot in Apalachicola. Guess that means I better finish my book, huh?

Happy Monday~!

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Everybody's a Critic

We're in Florida on a well-deserved getaway. And, wouldn't you know it? It turned off windy and chilly after a week of 70 degree weather... just in time for us to get here. The locals accused us of bringing the cold weather with us... and they may be right. It seems the weather is perfect down here the whole time we are up in south Georgia slaving away... but just let us take a couple of days off to come to our home-away-from-home and what happens? It gets cold (well, cold for us... I know all of y'all up north have it a LOT colder than we do... but there's a REASON we live in south Georgia!!!)

Anyway, I got together with a bunch of friends and was telling them all about the new book. Boy, did I ever get some loud comments. I recorded them, so you could hear for yourselves what they were saying. What do you think? Are they right or wrong?

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Thursday Thingies

It's just barely Thursday here, but I'm having trouble sleeping so I thought I would go ahead and post. And.. since I really am tired, I'm going to do some creative stealing.

Here's a fun thing I've been seeing around the blogosphere and thought I would go ahead and attempt:

And, stolen from Marianne who stole it from Allie, I present the ABC meme:

A - Age: nearly 52 (yeah, I know, I can't believe it either)

B - Band listening to right now: nothing but absolute, blessed silence

C - Career future: Best-selling author, of course

D - Dad's name: Orville Nelson (is it any wonder everyone called him "Bud"?)

E - Easiest person to talk to: My husband

F - Favorite song: Depends on my mood

G - Gummy Bears or Gummy Worms: Neither... weird texture.

H - Hometown: small town in south Georgia

I - Instruments: not any well

J - Job: stump monkey ;-)

K - Kids: Love 'em

L - Longest car ride ever: When I went to visit my friends, Sandye and Lyndon, in Texas... drove nearly straight through... 24 hours... never again! (not never again to visit Sandye and Lyndon... never again to driving that far without stopping overnight... lol)

M - Mom's name: Joyce Ann

N - Number of people you slept with: Last night, right? Hubby

P - Phobia[s]: dentist

Q - Quote: "Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead."

R - Reason to smile: I get to spend every day with Bob

S - Song you sang last: You are not going to believe this..."I'm Just a Little Black Rain Cloud" from Winnie-the-Pooh (did someone say I am supposed to be grown up???)

T - Time you wake up: Normally around 7

U - Unknown fact about me: When I was at a party at a Catholic college, I wanted to go wake the monks up so they could join the party.

V - Vegetable you hate: Beets

W - Worst habit: procrastination

X - X-rays you've had: I fell and hurt my foot one time... they thought it was broken, but it wasn't

Y - Yummy food: Chocolate, the fifth major food group

Z - Zodiac sign: Aries

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

A New 3 Word Wednesday

Here is the latest 3WW from Bones.

The rules: Each week, I will post three (or more) random words. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to write something using all of those words. It can be a few lines, a story, a poem, anything. This is a writing exercise. It doesn't have to be perfect. The idea is to let your mind wander and write what it will. I'll also attempt to write something using the same three words.

Leave a comment if you participate.

This week's words are:

And... my entry for the week:

Fiona coughed as the dust from the books rose around her. She had no idea the amount of dust books could collect. Oh, well. The job still needed to be done, even if it did make her a bit hoarse.

She knelt of the floor with her arms full of the biographies. Hearing the door open, she sighed. Trust Gary to walk in and catch her on bended knee. Knowing him he would have something smart to say about it. To her surprise, a tall, well-dressed woman stood in the open doorway. She looked around with disdain in her eyes before asking, in clipped Bostonian accents, "Is Gary Thomas here?"

Fiona stood up and dusted her hands off on her jeans. "Ah, no, I believe he's downtown. But he should be back shortly, if you'd like to wait."

The woman's eyes flicked Fiona up and down. "I'll go to the hotel and check in. Just tell him Claudia is here."

Fiona fought the desire to stick her tongue out as the door closed. She lost.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Saturday Quizz

Today is a busy, busy day for Arcadia. And I have a lot of writing I NEED to do. I have a prompt from yesterday I worked on (actually did a scene from my new WIP), I have to do the query and synopsis for A God-given Husband so I can submit that. I've also been invited to join another writing group. I just don't know if I have the time. The good folk in Timeless Tales are probably going to expell me if I don't find time to post and critique in there more often! So... today I'm taking the easy way out... here's a quiz I stole from Wordnerd (who, by the way is really confused about the new Daylight Savings Time! Don't forget to leap your clocks forward!

Your Dominant Intelligence is Linguistic Intelligence

You are excellent with words and language. You explain yourself well.
An elegant speaker, you can converse well with anyone on the fly.
You are also good at remembering information and convicing someone of your point of view.
A master of creative phrasing and unique words, you enjoy expanding your vocabulary.

You would make a fantastic poet, journalist, writer, teacher, lawyer, politician, or translator.

Is anyone out there surprised?????

Thursday, March 08, 2007

It's Time

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It's the time we've all been waiting on the edges of our seats for. Hmmm... I ended that sentence with a preposition. Oh, well....

Go dig in your closet, pull out your party shoes, gather up all your bling and head over to Janice and Susan's for the party of the year. A fun time will be had be all and I'm so excited to be able to be a part of it.

Have a few pickled shrimp, grab a glass of the beverage of choice, and let me introduce myself.

My name is Judy and I'm fortunate enough to live in south Georgia, with a get-away home in Florida on the Gulf Coast. My husband and I own our business (you can see what we do here. When we aren't busy with that, I'm a writer. One of my bestest writing friends, Marianne, says that I should be a writer first! I'm currently working on a contemporary romance mystery.

I enjoy the blogosphere and am always looking for new people to hang out with. I'm glad you've dropped by my little piece of the world during this party time. Leave a comment letting me know you were here... I'd love to drop by and say hello.

You can see more about me in the sidebar to the left :-)

I'm really looking forward to this week of partying. Post about the party on your own site and leave your link over at Janice and Susan's. There are some really great prizes available for all the party goers. (Including a jar of honey pear preserves I made from our own pears. There's no white sugar at all in them...and, boy, are they yummy!)

Now... we just got a phone call that we have to meet a customer...sigh. Life does intrude on our fun, doesn't it? When I get back, I'm going to change into my party clothes and start visiting. I can't wait....:-)

Have a great party!!

3 Word Wednesday on Thursday

Welcome again to 3 Word Wednesday. Yes, I know it's Thursday… what do you expect from a blonde? A day late and a dollar short…that's me! 3 Word Wednesday is the brainchild of Bones at "If You Read Only One Blog This Year". Here are the rules, blatantly stolen verbatim from his site:

Each week, I will post three (or more) random words. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to write something using all of those words. It can be a few lines, a story, a poem, anything. This is a writing exercise. It doesn't have to be perfect. The idea is to let your mind wander and write what it will. I'll also attempt to write something using the same three words.

Leave a comment if you participate.

This week's words are:

Lauren pushed through the throng of people seeking that one face. A raging fire swept through her blood. What had he been thinking of? Did he really think he was going to get away with it? If it was the last thing she did, she was going to confront him… here in front of the whole crowd.

In the corner she spied him. The sneak. The coward. He'd pay. He'd pay dearly.
He caught sight of her and his eyes widened. Then he glanced at what she held in her hand. She hadn't thought it possible, but his eyes got even bigger. He held his hands up, as if to push her away, but he didn't utter one word. The expression showed he knew what was coming was inevitable.

With a grimace of pain, he closed his eyes, opened his mouth, and swallowed the medicine his mom had brought him.

"The next time you leave for the park without taking your cough medicine, head's are going to roll, young man!"

Tuesday, March 06, 2007


One of my blogging friends has gone away. The Write Coast has ceased publication. Have a good life… and I'll miss reading you.

I discovered from Marianne's sitec about an article Brenda Coulter wrote. Everyone needs to check it out. Apparenty there are websites being banned in China. Brenda writes inspirational romance. If you want to check on this (either to see more what it's about or to check your own blog/website), visit the Great Firewall of China. Edited to add: As evidence of the next sentence, Marianne pointed out I forgot to tell y'all my results. My blog is okay, my website is banned.

I woke up with a migraine this morning and, while it's abated after drugs and sleep, I'm still not feeling my best… so I'm going to take a break from the computer for a while. Take care, all, and have a blessed day!

Sunday, March 04, 2007

What's In a Name?

What a busy weekend! No, we didn't work. I spent hours in P-A-R-T-Y mode. I visited a kazillion and a half new blogs and there are still two kazillion left I haven't visited. Also, I'm thinking people can still sign up here and sign up… so who knows how many people will be partying?

As a fun thing to do, I thought I would post some things about my name. I stole this idea from Jane.

My name is Judy, a diminutive of Judith. My full name is Judith Ann. My college roommate (Hi, Joy!) calls me that sometimes… and my mom (still) when I'm in trouble.

Judy was first used as a name in the 18th century, and I share the name with several famous ladies: Judy Garland, Judy Holliday, Dame Judi Dench, and Judy Collins. When I was in high school, I spelled my name "Judi." Not because of Judi Dench, but because my favorite English teacher (and the woman who encouraged me to write) spelled HER name that way. (Hi, Mrs. Davis!)

It is originally a Hebrew name and this site says it means "Jewess." This site gives the meaning as "Praise or a Jewish Woman."

According to Wedding Vendors, the popularity of Judy reached its zenith in the 1940s and 1950s…. which is about right! I remember there were three Judy's in my class in elementary school!

Check your name out and let me hear from you.

Check out the following sites to find out about your name:
Think Baby Names
Babby Names World
First Names and What They Mean
Dictionary of Baby Names, Meanings and Origins

Friday, March 02, 2007

Sticky Note

Just wanted to remind everyone of the upcoming "Ultimate Blog Party" coming up the first week of March. Scroll down for current posts.
Ultimate Blog Party

Thursday, March 01, 2007


Lots of fun things going on in the blogosphere these days. Check them out and take advantage of them.

Wendy is having a "casting call audition." Go over and play with her. You can play as often as you want.

BeaGoodDad is having a very interesting contest. It seems he has a new favorite number. It's…. are you ready for this? 205! How super cool is that? Your mission… if you choose to accept it… is to figure out why. He has clues (of sorts) posted and everything. My theory is posted below.

Tomorrow is the start of The Ultimate Blog Party and it's not too late to get involved. And, thanks to Amydeanne, all the participants win a prize. How can you pass up a chance like this?

Now… my thoughts of BeaGoodDad's reason for newly liking the numeral 205:
Beagooddad has been looking into his former lives. He discovered that his soul got lost in the shuffle and, instead of being reincarnated immediately, he's been wandering around the Ethernet since the year 205. That's when he, as Gaius Fulvius Plautianus, was assassinated, thus enabling him to become who he is today. It all fits. Plautianus had a son and daughter. Beagooddad has a son and daughter. Plautianus was married. Beagooddad is married. And, what of his clues? How do they fit in? Well, as he himself has said, the clues may, or may not, fit. Here are the ones I think DO fit.
-Prices sure are high again at the gas station.-- Plautianus used to HAVE gas whenever he would eat spaghetti.
I subscribe to a lot of blogs. Plautianus is being talked about on at least this blog.
It’s tax time, isn’t it? The Romans, of which Plautianus is a member, collected taxes.
We pay a flat rate for gas for our house all year round. They adjust once a year. We increased the attic insulation last summer. See clue one.
My sister is getting married this summer. My kids are going to be the ring bearer and the flower girl. More people are invited to my sister’s wedding than we invited to mine and BeAGoodMom’s Plautianus had a lot of people at his wedding too.

So…. I think it's very clear and everything points to this being the correct answer.

Have a great day.