Thursday, October 30, 2008

Heard the song of the returning White Throated Sparrow for the first time yesterday. Such a beautiful and haunting song signaling that winter is around the corner.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Saigon Cafe Express is now open!!

Yay!! Been waiting for the day this new little cafe was opened up. It's kinda like a fast food place, Vietnamese style. Today was the 3rd day in a row that I've eaten there. The first night was when I discovered they had opened and they were about to close, so I grabbed a plate of 3 Spring Rolls w/ peanut sauce for $3.25!!! and a couple of dough balls - don't know what else to call them, but they are white bread balls with slice boiled eggs & a sausage meatball inside. I was hoping they would have rice & shitake mushrooms in them as well, but alas no. Yesterday I went back and got my favorite dish, Bun Thit Nuong - it's only $6.25 and was pretty good, however, the special sauce made with fish sauce, lime & sugar was lacking a little in flavor - it needs more fish sauce. Next time I'm just gonna ask for 2 containers - maybe that will help. Today at lunch I ordered the Grilled Pork Sandwich on the big crusty french bread bun and it was excellent!!! especially for only $3.29 - so much more healthier than a QuarterPounder too!! Also had another plate of Spring Rolls. Oh and yesterday, Ernesto ordered a bowl of Pho (soup) which was awesome in taste and he got one of the Vietnamese style coffees with milk - excellent. Yesterday I ordered a Pineapple & Coconut tapioca drink which was super yummy, had big tapioca pearls and a cute anime top that I promptly took back to work and taped up in my cubicle. Today I got the Banana & Strawberry drink and it was great too. I was hoping it would have a different style anime top to take back with me, but it was the same style. bummer. Well, there are 33 items on the menu - i'll probably try a least one of every catagory - can't wait!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Progressive Trance by Yukicat

PROGRESSIVE TRANCE - my most favorite music in the whole world!!!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

I'm wearing cute shoes today!

Photos of the week

Look!! A Garden Angel
Precious Paws

Angel Trumpet
Fall is on the way!!!

Monday, October 13, 2008

New Exercise Posting

Making a new Exercise posting so I don’t have to scroll down so far to comment. Well, this is the beginning of Week 3, but because I was so hit & miss on Week 2, I’m gonna do Week 2 all over again. I ate a lot this past weekend - Mama’s on Saturday nite, watching the LSU game with David and then David & I went out to eat at Red Lobster last nite, sooooo . . . guess I’ll need to step up the walking this week. My Pilates class starts back again on Wednesday - looking forward to that. And at least I did a good bit of yard work on both days this past weekend. So it’s not a total bust for Week 2, but maybe I can do a little better this time around.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

work sucked yesterday, but . . .

No more tears! It's a better day!!

Monday, October 6, 2008

A Weekend of Fall Planting

"What's all this?" FattyCat asked
"I don't know, but I think it has catnip in it!" said Yukicat
"See!" rub rub rub
"Is this the box it came in?"
"Oooohhh, I see what you mean!!"
Yes, a whole new shipment of Daylilies, Asiatic & Oriental Lilies and Irises to be planted!!

I am so glad that I have this Mantis Tiller. It made the job of digging the holes for the daylilies so much easier!!

Yay!! A new row of daylilies here!

Let's walk down this path and see where the next patch of daylilies will be!

Right here by the driveway so each day as I come home, I will see them.
And here's a new bed for daylilies in the backyard.
Now on to Hubbard's house!!
Gonna have daylilies and tigerlilies and Oriental lilies and a couple of Tyler rose bushes and irises and daffodils and wildflowers! A tiny minature version of the best of what's in my yard for Hubbard to sit in and drink coffee each morning!
For now . . . some instant Fall color!
Whew! I'm tired!
But happy!

Friday, October 3, 2008


By almost accident, I went to the Downtown Art Crawl last night. My friend Heather had e-invited me to come see an exhibit she had going on at a gallery downtown and I decided to go, not knowing that her exhibit was a just a part of a bigger event. There are now 7 art galleries within walking distance of each other in the downtown area - WOW!!! and to draw attention to this, “they” will be sponsoring an occasion the first Thursday every other month. This was the first event and I had a lot of fun and it was like a little shot of electricity through me seeing all the artworks and connecting with some of my art friends from back in the day. So I feel pretty happy today.

I have to say though as I walked from exhibit to exhibit, a lot of the works were disappointing to me in that they had nothing to say, and after spending a lot time these days on the computer creating “instant” artwork, I felt like the paintings and photographs I was seeing on those walls, with their exorbitant prices, weren’t really worth the time and effort that the artist put into them. As an artist myself, I felt kinda like a traitor for having those thoughts, but still, the images and ideas I saw were so blahsey-been-done-1,000-times-before. But finally, in the last gallery was some work by two different artists that had a lot of thought behind it - especially one artist, who painted in a surreal, photorealistic style - which I am so partial to - and they all had thought-provoking and spiritual undertones - hurray!! Art is not dead in the wake of the computer!!

I’ve emailed a few questions this morning to see what it takes to submit work for the December Art Crawl - I have some nice photographs that I think would make a good exhibit . . . we’ll see what happens. In the meantime, I’ll keep creating my “instant” art to keep me happy, like this:

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Daydreams for the future

Check this out:

Live & Play at the Canyon

We live along the South Rim of the Canyon at a 7000-foot elevation in the Ponderosa Pine forest. Most new employees will reside in dormitory style housing sharing a room with another employee. The dorm rent is $16 per week, which is deducted from the employee's paycheck. The employee meal plan is a pay-as-you-go system. We have an Employee Cafeteria, which offers a set menu, plus daily specials which include vegetarian specials. Meals are sold at near cost in the "E-Caf." A 50% discount off the menu price is extended to employees in our public cafeterias. A minimal amount of cooking is allowed in the dormitory housing. Grand Canyon has basic services available such as shopping, banking, post office, medical clinic, church services and a community library.

In about 3 years, I would love to sell everything, ala Reece Robbins' style, and go work for this company that runs all the lodges at the Grand Canyon and operates the mule train rides down to the bottom of the canyon. My ultimate dream job would be to work in the mule stables, grooming and catering to a herd of mules, but I would be happy to just be a housekeeper in one of the beautiful nationally registered historic resort lodges, some of which were built in the 1930's - a style I love!!! And it would be cool to live in the employee housing - hardly no bills to worry about or anything to take care or maintain - just doing your job everyday in the Grand Canyon!!!!!