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My name is Pat and I live in Florida. My skin will never be smooth again and my hair will never see color. I enjoy collecting autographs and playing in Paint Shop Pro.,along with reading and writing. Sometimes, I enjoy myself by doing volunteer "work" helping celebrities at autograph shows. I love animals and at one time I did volunteer work for Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Karen & Billy

Since my brain is still FAR from being functional I am going to lean on Karen's post about awards and then on a personal frustration..

Karen asked that people post a picture of an award or plaque or certificate that had been awarded to them. This she asks of someone who couldn't win a horse race if the race only had one horse! But there was a time "long long ago" that I entered a embroidery I did in a Fair. It did win 2nd place and a blue ribbon. However, since moving a number of times since then, I can no longer find the Blue Ribbon to take a photo of... so I did the next best thing I could think of and have a photo of the Embroidery that won second place.

This is it... it's rather large (about 36 inches wide by 52 inches tall). It took me the better part of a year to do it. If you read Fantasy Fiction you might recognize it as part of the Pern Series of books.. "Ruth" The White Dragon to be specific. It once was framed but now it's folded up in a box, but even after nearly 25 years I still have it. So.. that's my "award" photo, such as it is.

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Now on to the next subject: Frustration.

As many know, about a month ago I went to a LOTR convention. I needed to have a little time to call "my own" and to try to "not think" ... but for most of that weekend I still could not break the "habit" of worry and depression. I called home everyday to make sure things were "ok".. I watched the phone in my room to see if it was going to light up and tell me I needed to go home.... but it did not.

I had no great expectations for the convention. Just hoped being among people who were out to enjoy theirself, that maybe some would rub off on me. Maybe despite myself I would forget for a while and feel like I was a real person.

I met some nice ladies, and watched the guests each day, and in general I had "moments" but they flew by so fast I couldn't be sure I actually had them. Then Sunday came... the last day of the convention. I woke with a depressed feeling because I knew it would soon be over. This day the guest would be Billy Boyd, who played Pippen in LOTR. I can't say I had ever heard anything about him before so I didn't know what to expect. I figured it would be a question and answer hour like all the others, but I hoped I would enjoy it..... little did I know what this young man would do for me.

Billy Boyd. A name I won't forget anytime soon. This young man came on stage and indeed, he talked and answered questions from the audience. He was VERY animated, in the same way old time comedians were. He smiled a lot. He joked a lot. He seemed to know the right buttons to push to make his audience laugh.

It was probably half way through his time on stage when I realized I was in a constant state of a smile. Then I heard myself laugh. The sound is unfamiliar to me anymore... but I knew one thing once it happened... there's hope of once again laughing for those who think there is none.

His time was coming to a close, the audience was applauding (so was I). I think I led the audience up to their feet for his walk off stage. Then I sat down and breathed deeply so that I wouldn't cry. (it was over too fast!)

It took nearly an hour before I was in the line for his autograph in my LOTR book I had bought with me. All the time in the line I wanted to thank him for making me forget for a while... to thank him for making me smile. When I got to him he looked up and said hello.. a meek "thank you" came out, for which I am sure he thought was for the signature he had just put on the book.

For a month now I've searched for a way to be able to send him a letter explaining what I wanted to say to him in that moment in time. I've done all the things I've done before when a real urge to write to someone has hit me. I searched the web over and over. I've called Screen Actors Guild in CA. (who say they have no listing) I've asked a favor of someone I know who has contacts with actors agents. (He even called the agent in England to no avail: "we do not forward letters to Billy:) And, did you know it's illegal to send mail to England to be forwarded to another? Yep.. it's right on the USPS website. I've never felt so frustrated.

And so I take it out on those reading this... because I have no more directions I can take.. and who knows? Maybe Billy reads journals?.. and probably not. But if by chance he sees this let me say: Thank You Billy. Thank you for making me smile. Thank you for your ray of sunshine. Thank you for reminding me that there are still reasons to laugh.

So.. now that I am ready to hit the save button, do I feel any better about my frustration? Not at the moment, but maybe there's hope I will finally let go of the want to send that letter... maybe.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

For Those Who Asked/ Who am I?

For Shelly who asked if Johnny Cash had a star.. why yes he does!

And for Kiyotoe who asked about Richard Pryor... Generally when a celebrity who has a star on the walk of fame dies fans go by and leave flowers and notes.. it's really pretty nice that they do. They like to remember...

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And now for a meme that Shelly did too.............

WHO AM I?

01- I was born and raised in a small town in NJ

02- I have lived in FT Pierce Fla, and Sherman Oaks CA and now back in NJ

03- I am old. (I was young when "Broadway" was a prairie!)

04- I have a lot of depression and anxioty and stress.

05- Iam 15 lbs heavier then I care to be ...and i feel every pound of it!

06- I enjoy reading Fantasy Fiction

07- I love movies.

08- I enjoy playing in Paint Shop Pro

09- I wish I knew a lot more about computers!

10- I am on Lipitor for Cholestrol (take it every other day and it keeps it at 180)

11- I like to collect autographs

12- I did volunteer work for 3 yrs when in California for Shambala Preserve

13- I love animals

14- I would love to live in the woods!! (love love love)

15- I miss laughing alot

16- I enjoy helping celebrities at autograph shows

17- I miss being "silly"

18- I am grateful for my computer, and feel lost without it.

19- I have one brother, but my father married a few times and somewhere I have 1/2 brother or sisiters or both.

20- I was in a rock and roll band when i was young

22- I drove a 360 Honda Motorcycle for a few years when i was in my 30's

23- I have a tattoo

24- I have 2 sons

25- I am currently VERY frustrated because I want to send a letter to Billy Boyd and his agent doesn't forward mail and I can find no way to send it to him.. and I REALLY want to send this letter. (it's NOT a fan letter)

Monday, August 28, 2006

TheWalk of Fame..

Hi-de-ho, and welcome to Kermit's Star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood California!

I thought since I talked about Mann's Chinese Theater earlier that I would make a post about the Walk of Fame. It won't be the first time I mentioned the Walk of Fame.. I may have mentioned it here when I talk about DeForest getting his star.

If you ever go to Hollywood it would be impossible to miss the fact that as you walk down the street stars will be under your feet! Any tourist in Hollywood always has a favorite movie star/ television star/ radio star/ recording artist or theatrical star, and they watch as they walk hoping to find their favorites.

In doing a bit or research on the Walk I came upon some Trivia you might be interested in....,

Gene Autry is the only person to have been honored with all five stars.

At Hollywood and Vine, a special "round star" on each of the four corners commemorates the Apollo 11 astronauts. Each astronaut (Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin Aldrin) has a star and there's a joint star for NASA's entire Apollo 11 mission team.


In 2005, companies became eligible for Walk-of-Fame-type stars; the first recipient was Disneyland, in honor of its 50th anniversary. Company awards are on private property near the Walk, and not part of the Walk itself. Companies must have a strong Hollywood presence and be at least fifty years old to qualify for this award. Entertainment industry publications Variety and The Hollywood Reporter are among the planned recipients.


There are two film actors named Harrison Ford with stars. The first was Harrison Ford ( a silent film actor in the 1910s & 20s) whose star is in front of the Musso & Frank restaurant at 6665 Hollywood Blvd. The second is the present-day Harrison Ford, whose star can be found in front of the Kodak Theater at 6801 Hollywood Blvd.


Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who were seventeen at the time they were awarded their star, are the youngest celebrities and the only twins to receive a star. They were honored for their contributions to television.


Queen Latifah is the first female hip-hop artist to have a star.


Fictional characters that have stars include Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, Woody Woodpecker, Winnie the Pooh, Donald Duck, Godzilla, Pee-wee Herman, Kermit the Frog, C-3PO, Lassie, The Rugrats, The Simpsons and Snow White.


Tommy Bond, whose career spanned 65 years and 72 movies; who portrayed "Butch" in the Little Rascals; and cub reporter Jimmy Olsen in the original "Superman" movies in the 1940s, was denied a "Star" in 1998, but that same year three local disc jockeys received their "Stars". Mr. Bond died September 24, 2005, still without a star. On the same note, neither Academy Award winner Tim Robbins, nor Oscar winner Ruth Gordon (who was in films for over 4 decades) have received "Stars"; yet newcomers such as Ryan Seacrest have received stars.


Of the entire cast of the original Star Trek TV series, only Walter Koenig (Pavel Chekov) does not have a "Star" along the Walk of Fame.


Pat Sajak commented on Wheel of Fortune that his star has the wrong emblem. His emblem is the movie camera when it should be the TV set. He quips on the show that "someone should pry it off and sell it on eBay, it's a collectible!"


All My Children's Susan Lucci, who earned her star in 2005, was the first woman to earn her television star solely on the merits of acting on a soap opera. The first male actor to earn his star in television in the field of soap acting was the late Macdonald Carey of Days of our Lives.


Stolen stars
There have been four stars stolen from the Walk of Fame.

The stars of Jimmy Stewart and Kirk Douglas, which had been removed during a construction project, were stolen from the site on Vine Street. The culprit was a contractor who was later caught with the two damaged and unusable stars, but not until after they had been replaced.


One of Gene Autry's stars was also taken from another construction project. That star was found in Iowa.


On November 27, 2005, thieves sawed Gregory Peck's star out of the sidewalk near Gower. Cameras are now being placed on the walk district to catch thieves.


(random star photo's found on the web)


Each of the insignias in the stars have a meaning:

Two special Stars next to each other!.... (pun intended~)

I happen to have a fairly current listing of over 2,000 names and addresses on the Walk of Fame.. if you have a favorite leave a name in comments and I can tell you if they have a Star and the address it can be located at. (I can't promise a photo as the ones shown here I found by searching images in google)

Oh, and by the way.. DeForest's Star is located at: 7021 Hollywood Blvd. (heh, just thought I'd mention that !)

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Oprah's Repeat

Oprah's repeat show this past Thursday:... "What Is Your Class?"...

Began her show saying 40% of America's income is owned by 1% of the richest people and that middle class is all but disappeared... Boy, do I agree with that!

Even with 2 parents working, those that call their self "middle class" are mostly people in very deep debt, and I don't consider that "middle class" if you aren't really making it without the kind of debt that you could never really pay off unless you sell everything you own.

She discussed issues as to what makes you think someone is upper or lower class.. re: education/ job/ cleanliness, and asked if you can "see" lower class people by the way they look. She had some people in the audience that she asked how they can see if someone is lower class. The so called "indicators" were: appearance, poor table manners, lack of diction and cursing, were what they said were clues to the lower class person.

There were some she asked if they would date someone who was of a lower class than they were.(income) Their response was mostly "no".. I guess that means only "money counts", forget if the person is a good individual.

Later in the show there was a doctor that agreed that Middle Class was all but gone, and getting worse all the time. Well gee.. let me see... the fact that everything has gone up in price until only the rich can afford it might have a little something to do with that!

When I was younger and married my husband bought a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home on a half acre of land in Florida..the cost was just a few thousand dollars over double his Annual Income... today most would have to make 250,000 dollars a year to find that same home for 500,000.. sorry I can't say I know many folks that earn 250,000 a year.. not that there aren't any.. I'm sure there are quite a few, but "middle class" they would not be. The price of the house in Florida is now the price of a car... the same car that is a necessity for getting to work each day.

I know I'm not middle class anymore.. and haven't been for some time now. I was born very poor, married and my husband worked his way up to "middle class".. I can't even say if it was upper or lower middle class. Now I'm old and divorced and back in "P"-poor class, back where i started.

Oprah's show made me mad the first time I saw it... and it made me mad again today. Why is this happening? Is it the people's fault? Is it the governments fault?

Why is it only 1% of people in America are the "upper class".. with middle class all but gone from the running.. and leaves most of the 99% of the people in the "low class"?? 1% of Americans own 40% (FORTY PERCENT! THAT'S NEARLY HALF!) of ALL of America's income... while 99% split the other 60%..

Something is definitely wrong with that.

Your thoughts?...

Saturday, August 26, 2006

December 5, 1991

December 5th, 1991... that's the date that the stars of the Original Star Trek series were cemented at (Graumans) Mann's Chinese Theater.

If you are ever in the Los Angeles area, or more specifically Hollywood, the old Graumans (now called Mann's) Chinese Theater is one of the stops you should make on your list of "to see". Besides it being a simply beautiful piece of History... there's always the many star signatures and handprints in the front of the theater.

Although I had walked past Mann's more times then I can even remember, On December 5th, 1991 I was going to stick around to see a special, special ceremony.

Naomi over at Here In The Hills, recently did a post about Mann's Chinese Theater and it reminded me of the day the Crew of the Star ship Enterprise gathered to be added to the other Famous Stars in front of the Theater in cement.

What an absolutely fabulous day it was for everyone concerned and for the fans that had gathered to witness the ceremony. I was there for De, of course, but the fact that ALL the original Star Trek crew were having this honor was way up there with it doesn't get better then this for feelings.

Paramount made sure the timing for the event would boost the excitement of their latest Star Trek Movie, The Undiscovered Country. Not that the true fans of the Original Series actually needed any extra reason to gather and cheer on their favorite show and actors... but we were sure glad they did!

Johnny Grant (the Honorary Mayor of Hollywood) presided over the event.

There was a really large showing of fans to see Bill, Leonard, De, Walter, George, Jimmy and Nichelle all together. The crowd roared their approval as Johnny Grant attempted to introduce them. (like we didn't know who they were.. yeahrightsure!)

They posed for the press to get pictures before getting down to the business of actually signing and putting their hand prints in cement.

As you can see they were all excited and in good moods. The fans were being like .. well, like Star Trek Fans are!

Bill Shatner and Leonard Nimoy were the first to sign and put in their hand prints. Then came De...........

Take note of Walter, George and Jimmy behind De... they were noticing something De was not... and got the giggles.

Then some of the people in charge took a good look...

By now Walter can no longer contain himself! And Nichelle is checking out what the laughter is about.

It seems De was having trouble writing in cement with the "pencil" given to him and didn't notice that he left the "s" out of "DeForest"..heh.. When he was told he got up on his knees and laughed with everyone else! While the others applauded he squeezed the "S" into his name.

After De managed to incorrectly spell his name, Walter and Jimmy wrote very slowly and even spelled their names as they wrote!

After they all were made "immortal" they posed for more press photographs...

Then they discussed among their selves that they wanted to pose in front of the HUGE picture that Mann's had put up for the occasion for the fans to be able to take more pictures.

After waving and blowing kisses to the fans they headed over to the gigantic poster ...

They all stood in front of their character photo's except for Bill and Leonard, who thought it was funny to change places.

The following week I went back and took a photo of the signatures.. you can see where De squeezed the s into his name ... the square spot was saved for a brass plate that was put in later. (see photo below)

It was a spectacular day... Sue Keenan was with me, along with other close fans of De's and members of his club. Which might be why my photo's tend to center De..heh.. but I was more then happy for all of them! And we still had the movie to look forward to!

The Star Trek fascination went on thru other Treks and finally came to an end with the cancellation of "Enterprise". It's the first time in 40 years that some form of Star Trek is no longer being made.

Is this really the end?

Or will yet another generation become enthralled with it as we did and make it live again?

Friday, August 25, 2006

Feline Friday



Remember last week on Feline Friday when I showed BooBoo Kitty and Peanutchew "play fighting?"... well this is what happens when two kitties "play" for too long!


Thursday, August 24, 2006

Today...

Thought I'd just write a little update and more or less explain why many of my recent posts have been more about subjects others suggest than my own. (re: round robin/ Monday photo shoot etc)

My mind still is not able to focus or concentrate. My brother is still in rehab (which is good) but nothing seems to get resolved and i find myself unable to concentrate at all. When someone talks to me it's as if nothing is sinking in at all.. you know the "it went right over her head" effect.

We need a hospital bed here before my brother gets home.. but the insurance and whoever it comes from say "he has to be released first". Ummm, well if he's released first where do we put him while we wait for the bed? On the floor?

My brothers legs swell easily from all his ailments.. so what does this rehab place do? They put him in a wheelchair and won't let him back in bed until after dinner... ummm excuse me?... while i agree being in bed all day isn't good neither is having the legs hang all day... how about mid afternoon you put him to bed so his legs don't continue to swell? So what happens? On the weekend when there is no therapy... they leave him in bed all day! sigh.

no matter where i turn nothing gets resolved... i feel incapable of a thought of my own.. and it's scaring me that I seem not to be able to think at all or to "hear" anything being said... I have no idea what the symptoms are at the very beginning of Alzheimer’s or Senility... right now i just hope like hell this isn't it!

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Round Robin...

Today is the day for The Round Robin post!.. the subject for this is "Transportation". Re: facility consisting of the means and equipment necessary for the movement of passengers or goods. The act of transporting something or someone from one location to another.

Wow, this could go almost anywhere! One could post a photo of a pair of shoes that they walk in.. that's a mode of transportation. So is biking or skating, boating or trains or flying, and of course there's always the "who can any longer afford the gas? Car".

No one sits still, so "Transportation" is everywhere... Birds transport their self by flying a lot cheaper then we can fly, and animals have no need to buy shoes to walk in.

It would seem that if getting from one place to another hadn't fascinated anyone items like our cars and trains and planes never would have been invented! We'd still be using the old horse and buggy to get around. (though more and more that's not sounding so bad! The "fuel" for the horse won't ever run out and the green house effect would probably drop down into the safe zone once again!!)

I thought about posting on Space Transportation, since that is our inevitable future, and since I love the space program so much..and since "Dr. McCoy would have wanted me to!" heh.. but... that's not what I'm choosing for my mode of transportation post today.

As one becomes Old.. ummm, Older... Aged.... Mature... oh hell, once you are an old fart like me, "Time" begins to weigh heavily on your mind. So for today, I chose "Time Transportation" ........even though it's not real..... yet.

It seems I'm not the only one that this sort of mode of Transport interests. As far back as 1898 H.G. Wells was writing aboutinventing a Time Machine. Ahhhh yep... that's what I want all right.. a Time Machine!

Just imagine being able to "be transported back (or forward) in time". You could leap forward and find cures for any illness, or jump back and remember how things used to be! wow.. would that be fantastic or what?!!

H.G. Wells wrote the Time Machine . In 1960 "The Time Machine" , starring: Rod Taylor. /Alan Young. /Yvette Mimeux. / /Sebastian Cabot was released to the public.
Plot Summary for The Time Machine :
From the book by H.G. Wells, a scientist and tinkerer builds a time machine and uses it to explore the distant future where there are two races, a mild gentle race, and a cannibalistic one living underground. His machine is stolen by the underground race and he must risk capture himself (and being eaten) to return to his own time.

(2002) The Time Machine Starring : Guy Pierce

Plot Summary for The Time Machine : Based on the classic sci-fi novel by H.G. Wells, "The Time Machine" stars Guy Pearce in the role of scientist and inventor, Alexander Hartdegen, who is determined to prove that time travel is possible. (ask me if i'd get in a Time Traveling machinewith HIM! heh, why.. yes i would!)

There were other people who were interested in being transported by Time Travel and some made it to a little thing called Television, among them a program called Sliders...

(1995) Sliders Starring: Jerry O'Connell. /Cleavant Derricks. /John Rhys-Davies. /Sabrina Lloyd.
Plot Summary: While trying to develop an anti-gravity device, physics genius Quinn Mallory instead creates a device that opens portals to alternative realities. After an accident leaves them lost, Mallory and his companions: his physics professor, Professor Maximillian Arturo, his work colleague and potential love, Wade Wells, and a washed-up soul singer, Rembrandt Brown, "slide" from reality to reality in search of home.

And where would we be without Stargate: SG-1? Yet another means to be Transported through Time!... This time, a very ancient portal.

(1997) Stargate:SG-1 Richard Dean Anderson./ Michael Shanks. /Ben Browder./ Amanda Tapping. / Beau Bridges. /Christopher Judge
Plot Summary: General Hammond summons Colonel Jack O'Neill out of retirement to embark on a secret rescue mission. O'Neill confesses that he disobeyed orders to destroy the Stargate on Planet Abydos, and that scientist Daniel Jackson may still be alive. Arriving on Abydos with his team, O'Neill meets up once again with the scientist, who has discovered a giant elaborate cartouche in hieroglyphics. All signs point to the fact that this is a map of many Stargates that exist throughout the galaxy - a development that makes the dream of the SG-1 team to travel throughout the universe in time a reality.

And if I don't mention Quantum Leap here, Karen, of Outpost Mâvarin would never forgive me!! But if you want more specifics on Quantum Leap... just as Karen!

(1989) Quantum Leap Scott Bakula. Dean Stockwell
Plot Summary: Theorizing that one could time-travel within his own lifetime, Dr. Sam Beckett led an elite group of scientists into the desert to develop a top secret project known as Quantum Leap. Pressured to prove his theories or lose funding, Dr. Beckett prematurely stepped into the project accelerator... and vanished. He awoke to find himself in the past, suffering from partial amnesia and facing a mirror image that was not his own. Fortunately, contact with his own time was maintained through brain wave transmissions with Al, the project observer, who appeared in the form of a hologram that only Dr. Beckett can see and hear. Trapped in the past, Dr. Beckett finds himself leaping from life to life, putting things right that once went wrong and hoping each time that his next leap would be the leap home."


..... of all of these fancy-schmancy forms of transportation, I think I'd choose to travel with Guy Pierce and his Time Machine...yeah that's the ticket! I'm ready when you are Guy! Where, oh where shall we go first?!!

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Monday Photo Shoot...

It would seem that while John is on vacation Joe from Magic Smoke is "guest hosting" the Monday Photo Shoot.

Joe came up with the idea of "Me and My Camera"... Your Monday Photo Shoot: Take a photo that shows you with your camera. A mirror or other reflective surface would probably help here.
Also, tell us a little about your camera, and how you use it. (This isn't a sneaky marketing survey, incidentally.)


Since I have two camera's I decided to try using my little Fuji digital with a timer on it to take my picture with my old Canon T-50 with the zoom lens, which I love beyond even the new digital technology.

Yeah, yeah.. it's old, but so am I !

It still needs film and developing but I've used this camera for what seems like EONS! It's taken more pictures then I care to think about.. and it even became what dear DeForest affectionately referred to as: My left arm. (Re: if there was a convention, and HE was the guest on stage, my camera would take at least 2 or 3 rolls of film in the hour he was there)

I would get much of his humor tossed out in the audience at me and my Canon.. "Don't you have enough photo's of me?"... "I keep my own photographer in the audience, her name is Pat." ... "Wait, I have to pose for Pat's camera... hurry up will you!".. heh..what can I say? I did take as many as he protested I took!

So my Canon has a special place in my heart... and a damn good zoom lens (300)!! All of that and all I had to do was point, focus and shoot.. much simpler then the million settings for the new camera's... it was meant for someone technically challenged like me!


Sunday, August 20, 2006

House (no, not the kind you live in!)

Anyone out there (besides me and Julie) watch "House"?..

I was surprised to see Hugh Laurie on the cover of Entertainment Weekly,.. but I probably shouldn't have been . His show is renewed and he's popping up on shows like Actors Studio. Hugh was born in Oxford, England on June 11, 1959. He was educated at Eton and Cambridge. Son of an Olympic gold medal in the sport, he rowed for the England youth team (1977) and for Cambridge (1980).

One of the surprising things about Mr. Laurie is the use of his American accent for the series. To be honest, after I saw him using his "natural voice" I wonder why they made him use an American accent? Oh well.. I really enjoy the show no matter what voice he uses. It's strange.. as his character, sometimes you want to smack him upside the head and other times you could only wish for a real doctor as smart as he is!

Try to Google his name -he's all over the web!! Gad zooks!

For anyone interested in him, in case you don't know he's also an author. He wrote a book in 1996 (released in the states in 1998) called The Gun Seller. And a new book is due out called The Paper Soldier.

I guess the actual reason I decided to put his picture up and write about him is because the magazine was delivered to the house! And of course it doesn't hurt to promote someone you enjoy...

Friday, August 18, 2006

Feline Friday...

Thanks to Steven it's Feline Friday once again!

Usually when any of the cats play my camera is upstairs and not where I can grab it fast. This time I actually had it in hand when Peanut and Boo Boo got at it...

It may look like BooBoo has the upper hand here, but I think Peanut just let's him "think so". It looks like someone might get hurt but they never do. Peanut almost always starts it by jumping at BooBoo and believe it or not, she always gets the last "smack" in the end!

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Another NJ day..

Below are two pictures of a sunrise here in New Jersey...

The photo's were taken about 10 minutes apart. It's sad to me to have to look at them because I hate living in the city (town?) so much, with all the wires and such interfering with the view.

When I lived in Florida I lived on a dirt (sand) road.. dusty? yes. But oh so much nicer to look at. Often, back when my children were younger, yet we still lived in NJ, we would visit my in-laws. They had retired to Virginia, a small town named Boydton, located on the boarder of VA and North Carolina. Actually they lived outside of it but the mail went to Boydton.. they lived in the country.. dirt roads and lots of trees around. Boy how I loved that place. You could walk to the "lake", which was actually a reservoir named John Kerr Reservoir. You could also walk to a camp area not far from where they lived. Even after a big breakfast of your own, the minute you walked into the woods of the camp grounds you would get hungry all over again! You could smell the coffee brewing on open fires, and bacon! Ohhhh, the smell of bacon in the open air!! Help me please! How can I be hungry? I just ate! I am obviously not a city person at heart.

Now I live with my brother, across the street is a stone business of some sort. Trucks going in and out all day long. Loud bangs as they dump things from the trucks and the back flap flies back to hit the truck.. sigh. I miss the quiet of the woods.

The other day I had an email requesting that I be a Guest Editor for aol journals. Wow, that was nice! I had to turn it down though because I don't really know enough new journals or blogs to recommend them. I have picked up a few that I can say I haven't noticed other guest editors lists but most that I read have been mentioned before.

I generally don't find new journals only because of the time involved. I read many now and most of those post everyday so it's a lot of reading. The newest ones I've been reading are not on aol. Not that I have a preference in journals that are somewhere else, I don't care where they are as long as I enjoy them... but I may have checked them out from someone's comments and liked what I read. I thought I would mention the 3 newest ones that I've been reading even though I'm not doing the guest editing.

The first one I picked up is called Here In The Hills. This is Naomi's journal. She writes alot about her cactus plants, most of which bloom these extraordinary flowers! And her kitty Sweetie, who even has her own blog! And even with all that to write about, she also writes about her friends, of which many are celebrities. It's nice to read about them in the "everyday sense" and know they are good people, just like we hoped they would be.

The next one I am enjoying is Sandra Ruttan: On Life And Other Inconveniences Sandra is a writer, and is about to have her first book published called Suspicious Circumstances. I'm not sure what it is about her journal that keeps me going back, but she has a way of writing that certainly makes it enjoyable to read, even if I'm not a person in that business. Often she posts the greatest pictures of her kittens which I enjoy too. I think her book will do good if she writes stories anything like she does her blog.

The third and last new journal I've gotten attached to is THE DRAGON: 050376 Kiyotoe, as he calls himself, is a very fine writer. So much so that I found myself going back and reading in his Archives. He has a way of writing that makes you want to read everything. Though when I went to his journal today it seems to have disappeared! I'm certainly hoping it's a glitch with blogspot because I'd hate to loose reading his journal.

I've been stressed more than usual lately and my journal isn't all that has suffered.. I seem to have lost any thoughts other then the things I can't do anything about. I sure hope this passes soon... I'd like to get back to my writing and more regular on my journal again.. right now it's mostly like I have a "blank mind" to do anything..sigh.. this too shall pass... I just don't know when!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Your Monday Photo Shoot:

This is John's Monday photo shoot...

I went to the web sites John left links for and only managed to find one of the photo's I had in my folder. I had the 4 photo's below for years now, but didn't have the names of them. After looking at all the Hubble shots on the sight I finally gave up but I am putting them up anyway because now I think "at least they won't all be repeated on other sites!"

The only thing I can tell you about them is the name of the jpg when I got it long ago..The second photo down was called "orphan", the third one down is called "twisters" (yep it looks like tornadoes in space alright), and the 4th is called "best and brightest". I find all of them ( to quote Star Trek's Spock...)fascinating...













Monday, August 14, 2006

Book Meme...

Ohhhh, I found a cool meme over at Here In The Hills and decided to give it a try myself....

One book that changed my life . . . I'm not certain of any life altering book I've read, but I might say JRR Tolkien's book the Hobbit, because it was the first Fantasy book I ever read when I was still in High School and I think it really opened my imagination to a higher level, and for that I am profoundly glad.

One book that I've read more than once . . . "ONE Book?"..heh..I've read all my "favorites" more then once! Most are series of books by: Anne McCaffrey, David Eddings, Stephen Donaldson, JRR Tolkien, Margaret Weis, Terry Brooks and more.

One book I'd want on a desert island ....Hmm, well I can say with pretty much certainty that it wouldn't be a cook book! Quite possibly a survival book would work, heh.

One book that made me laugh . . ."Chekov's Enterprise" by Walter Koenig. It's his recollections of being on the movie set during the making of "Star Trek:The Motion Picture". I never knew he had such a great sense of humor, I laughed a lot!

One book that made me cry . . . I'm trying to think of a published book that made me cry. The "story" I wrote was emotionally close for me and I cried a number of times while writing it..and I don't pick up books that I KNOW will be sad, but I do cry when characters I have grown to like die in a story for any reason, so I can't name just one book.

One book I wish I'd written . . . that would be easy: the Harry Potter books! Not only do I love the books, but I'd be so rich I could help many of my relatives and friends have a good life.

One book I wish had never been written . . . that's a hard one. I can't say I've ever read a book so horrible that I could say it should never have been written. After all, that's a matter of taste.

One book I'm currently reading . . . Just yesterday I finished a book and am intending on beginning a book of short novels called Legends II, written by 5 Fantasy Fiction writers.

One book I've been meaning to read . . . Sean Astin's book "There and Back Again"

So that's the "Book Meme"! I liked this one. If you like it you may want to do one yourself. If so I hope you post a comment with your address so I can see what books mean something to you too!!

Sunday, August 13, 2006

The Candy Store..

Oh my.. David needed to go to the book store yesterday. (gulp*sweat*hyper ventilate!) There are a few places I try to avoid... the book store is one of them! I know this because I ALWAYS find something to spend money on that I shouldn't be spending! (I'm glad I enjoy the books I have and that I reread them every so often) I even try not to go to book web sites! But at least there I can buy used books at a much lower cost, and I have to say they've always been in excellent condition, so I've never been disappointed.

But...........

Yesterday I was in Barnes and Noble *sigh*. I am sooooooo glad they have many books on sale! Not just 20% off but for 5.99 and 6.99 type things. And what's really nice about that is that they are new hard backs! So, actually I did very well, with the exception of one NEW book that I knew I wanted, it was 20% off but still more than I should spend on a book.

This store is in Clifton, about a 20 minute ride away. It's a big store, two stories in height.

First I hit the sale tables, naturally. And found 3 treasures! One was by one of my favorite authors Margaret Weis. Then another was short stores by a number of authors, 2 of which are on that same favorites list, so that was great. Then I treated myself to a book by an author I don't know, Tom Cross, it's called "the Way With Wizards" and has a lot of artwork in it. I plan to open that one today, since I just finished the book I was reading.

Then I went upstairs where the Fantasy Fiction section of the store is found. In among the books I spotted this young man sitting on the floor reading. I asked if I could take his photo for my journal and he said "sure thing". He was a cute young man, though I might question the pierced lip and nose, heh. He spoke with very good manners as I asked if he liked what he was reading.

A group of books I came across, but didn't buy (knew I had spent more than I should already), by yet another author I didn't know were the ones above. The author is Don K Paul. I looked the books up on line and they seem like books I might enjoy, so they go on the list for the next time! It's hard for me to find new authors that I enjoy, probably because I can't afford to spend and not like it, I can't get to a library, and hardly ever get to stores, so I generally stick to those books by authors I know I like, but still read the backs and scrutinize them before I buy them. I've had my favorite authors go off into other stories which don't interest me.. eventually they find their way back to what made them good in the first place.

Before heading downstairs again I snapped this photo... it really is a big store! The children's section is very large too.. it is under the whole upstairs!

So, these are the winners I came home with! Dragons of Dwarven Depths, by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman was the only book that cost a lot. Amber Ashes by Margaret Weis (5.99), The Way of Wizards by Tom Cross(7.99), and Legends II (5.99) by 5 authors, among them Anne McCaffrey and Terry Brooks, both of whom I enjoy. So, now I am set for a while... next month when the SS hits my account I may send for that other trilogy, but I'll search and see if I can find them cheaper on line first.