April 30, 2010

Under pressure

I have been putting too much pressure on myself! I have been getting a little stressed with something that should be fun and creative. I did this to myself.

I liked the post I did on 12/31/09 - #6 that I blogged every single day of 2009. I wanted to do it this year too... but with the stress and demands of work I have to make some changes. I need to change my perspective and my stress level in the evenings. I confess, I have been writing tomorrows post the night before and then setting it to publish at a certain time the next day.

I'm not going to stop blogging, but I am not going to hold myself to the idea that I have to post every single day!

There may be some days when I don't blog, I hope it won't turn into more than a week without blogging. But until I get my head/heart/soul feeling less stressed I've got to give myself a break.


I'll still be checking in on all my friend's blogs. And checking in with Facebook too. If you see me online, stop and say hello!

April 29, 2010

The story behind the picture # 13

Sunrise

I was driving with a friend of mine and I remarked that winter was so ugly! I mentioned here before that winter is my least favorite time of year, everything is dead and the weather is miserable and cold. This friend told me that I had to look for beauty that is always in the world.

A few days later I was driving to work a little earlier than usual. I realized I forgot something and turned around to head back home, thank God I had some extra time. Turning around caused me to head east. What I saw was this beautiful sunrise in front of me.

The trees silhouetted in the morning sun is quite beautiful, in my humble opinion. You wouldn't see this sight if the trees were in full leaf.

I guess there is beauty in the winter.

April 28, 2010

Random Question Wednesday

If you received an award as a child tell about it.

I don't remember winning an award when I was a child but I did receive an award as a high school senior.

1979 was the year I graduated. I did OK in school, was on the honor roll, but not straight A's like my middle brother. I somehow seemed to always get one B from a class; math one year, english the next, it varied from year to year. So imagine my surprise when the principal called me into his office to congratulate me and told me to start preparing a speech for the graduation ceremony. I was the Valedictorian! Along with this award was a full year scholarship to BYU!

What? Me? Middle brother was the Valedictorian in his class the year before, did they mix something up?

Nope, I had the highest GPA in the class! A close friend, who I always considered smarter than me, was the Salutatorian. It seemed that she never liked the physical education classes and never made a good grade there. Wow! Who knew...? YAY me!

I prepared the speech and practiced with the Speech and Drama teacher quite a lot. During graduation, while giving the speech, I remember seeing my mom get up from her seat, walk up near the front and take this picture!



Oh, did I forget to mention, there were only 30 people in my graduating class! This next picture is the entire class! LOL

I told y'all I am from a very small town.

April 27, 2010

What if....

Hollywood made a sequel, a mash-up of "Precious" and "Blind Side"

Synopsis:

Boy "Big Mike" goes NFL pro & buys real-life Sandra Bullock's house right out of Oscar Headlines messy divorce from Jesse. Big Mike then meets Precious after sitting ringside at "Celebrity Death Match" between Precious and Kirstie Alley, Weight Watcher's Biggest Gainer. Precious wins when tag teammate, Aretha Franklin, throws a whole fried turkey in the ring which distracts Kirstie long enough for Precious to take down the bitch. Precious, victorious, and with a half-eaten turkey protruding from her mouth, eyes Big Mike and the two lock eyes (of course we're not sure if Big Mike isn't really wanting the turkey). It's love at first bite....

The two marry and together, Precious with "huh new Baby Daddy"- replace the Neeleys on the Food Network and make a fortune with "Precious Down Home Harlem Cooking" show. Precious then becomes " The New Oprah" because the old Oprah finally lost it and strangled the hella outta Gayle over her affair with Dr. Phil (that's a whole other movie) "The Bitch had it comin.... Dat Ho belonged to ME!!" Oprah was heard screaming as they hauled her away!

THIS HAS OSCAR WRITTEN ALL OVER IT...

April 26, 2010

Nothing to see here...

You can move on, nothing exciting to see here.

I have nothing to say.... Well, nothing good anyway.

If anyone saw my facebook posts last week know that at the moment work sucketh!!!

I really can't get into the details in this forum, but it's a situation that is affecting why whole being.

So... to distract me, does anyone have a good joke they want to share?

Leave me a comment or send me an email.


Happy Jim will be back shortly... I hope.

April 25, 2010

Scottish Highland weekend

It is the Scottish Highland weekend at the Renaissance Festival. I had friends drive in from Colorado, we had a great day yesterday at the faire and I'm fixin to go back in a few moments. The weather had forecast rain, but it was sunny and beautiful! There were lots of men in kilts! Lots of them in the true tradition of being "regimental" (commando) I know this because you sometimes get a sneak peek when they are sitting down, bending over or in the restroom when all they have to do is 'lift and go'. LOL

I've seen a couple of guys blogging about getting a kilt! I say "go for it!" It does take a bit of swagger and confidence to wear one, unless you're at a Scottish Festival or a renaissance festival then one can feel more comfortable wearing a skirt kilt. And of course, you always get asked about what you wear under it. You then can chose any number of fun responses;
  • Nothing is worn, it's all in good working order,
  • Get on your knees and find out!
  • Your mama/wife/girlfriend's lipstick
  • My shoes and socks.
  • How warm are your hands? I'll let you find out for yourself.
  • (To another man) Same as you only bigger!

Of course watching the highland games are fun too! Watching big burly men throw things around is fun! WOOF!!

April 24, 2010

Say my name, say my name...

In response to yesterdays post and to Cubby/Larry's comment I thought I would do something fun... see who can figure out my name for it!

My first partner Ken went with me to my youngest sister's wedding in 1985. He gave it the nick-name while we were on that trip.

Below are clues and hints for y'all to figure it out:

Y'all know I grew up in Utah, right?
My whole family lives there, right?

Utah Historical site

Wikipedia information

It's a BIG deal!


There are signs all over northern Utah encouraging people to visit this national historical site.

I am a natural blond!

And the picture below is your last clue:


I've been told there is a strong resemblance to the main focus of the above image... heehee

(I did mention it in yesterday's post too...)

April 23, 2010

What's in a name?

Willy
Mr. Happy
Junior
Spike
Sarge
Little Soldier
The Destroyer
Little Spo
Ultra Dave

What am I talking about? Guys that name their... um, their junk; their main vein; their wiener; their member; their peepee. You get the picture... LOL

I even heard of a guy named Jose that called his "Hose-B".

Why do guys do this? Is it because you want to be on a first name basis with the one making all the decisions in your life? (heehee) Is it usually someone else that gives it the nick-name, usually after having just used and abused it.

And my few female readers... do you name your privates?

So, what I want to know is how many guys do this? What's your little guy's name? Do you dare to tell everyone the name and the story of how it came to be?

I double-dog-dare you!!
If I get a lot of people who add comments and tell all, I'll add mine to the comments too.

Happy Friday y'all!

April 22, 2010

The story behind the picture # 12

Rock

In central Utah there is an area called The San Raphael Swell. My favorite area in the Swell is Black Dragon Canyon. It has gained in popularity in recent years but when I was growing up in Utah it was relatively unknown.

In June of 2004 I went back to Utah for a visit. One day I took my mom, oldest sister, her boys and younger sister's daughter to Black Dragon. The canyon is basically a crack in the dome rock, you can hike up the face of the dome with little effort and be on the top of 300 foot cliffs in a short hike.

There are some hieroglyphics and we had a great day hiking around the canyon. I took the niece and oldest nephew on a hike up to an area where some of the cliffs have dropped to the canyon floor and have made a small cave behind them. This was a picture of them looking out over the canyon.

I love the colors and hues of the rocks. The area where I was standing was beautiful, it's difficult to describe, but basically I was behind and almost under tons of solid rock just propped up against the canyon wall.

The picture below gives you another view of the canyon. It is my favorite place in Utah.

Wow! A two-for-one Story Behind the Picture day!

April 21, 2010

Random Question Wednesday

What is your favorite time of year and why do you like it?

Wow... this is hard for me. My first thought would be to say; "anything except winter!"

I love spring since the weather is finally warming up after winter. Plants are also coming into bloom and bud and it gives me hope that warmer weather is right around the corner!!

I love summer! I love warm weather! People complain that Texas is too hot... no such thing for me. I would rather be sweaty than a little chilly. Plus, it's great to hang out at a pool, lake or somewhere on the water when it's hot, makes it bearable for me.

I also love fall, the weather is finally cooling down. Leaves are turning colors and the cool evenings by a fire are awesome.

OK, if I had to choose a favorite time of year I would have to say late summer. It's not scorching heat, but not cool enough in the evening to have to put on a sweater or jacket.

What is your favorite time of year?

April 20, 2010

New business idea

I know a lot of people who say they would love to have a pet... except that they don't have [insert reason here]. I'm one of those people.

I love animals! If it weren't for my allergies I would have a pet.

I also leave home at 7:30am and don't return until 7:30pm because I head to the gym right after work. That would be a long time to leave a pet inside. Plus I don't have a yard and I think a dog should be able to get out an run and play.

So... here's my idea for a new business. It would be called Pet Share or Part-time Puppy. I would match people up with different schedules who still want a pet, but not full-time. I would love to have a dog I could pick up in the evening from someone who was home all day, who works in the evenings or at night.

You could share vet costs, if you went on vacation the dog could stay with the other person full time, a built in pet sitter! You could take the dog every other weekend but still have a free weekend to come and go as you please and not have to rush home to go walk Fido.

What do you think? I would do it!

April 19, 2010

A pirate weekend

Friday night my buddy came up with a new pirate name for me; Jimmy Rickets. What can you expect from someone named "Spikey Crotch, Dread Pirate of the STDs"? LOL

Embiggen and look closely at the picture, you'll see where he got his name.

We had a boat-load of fun!


Lots of rum was drunk...


We posed for a lot pictures...



I danced with the royal court:


We were loud and obnoxious, but we are pirates after all!



A great weekend with some of my favorite people in the world!
I love my friends!

Huzzah!

April 18, 2010

Clever and Useful Tips

Clever and Useful Tips

Don't take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.

Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!

Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating. Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.

To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream. For a lighter scrambled egg, add water instead.

Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic.

Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza.

When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.

To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.

When you start putting in your plants, work nutrients in your soil and use wet newspapers to keep out the weeds! Put layers around the plants, overlapping as you go and the cover with mulch. Weeds will get through some gardening plastics but they will not get through wet newspapers.

Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the mosquitoes away.

To keep squirrels and rabbits from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant and the critters won't come near it.

To get something out of a heat register or under the fridge add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.

Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill it with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry the cup. Next, add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.

Buy a chalkboard eraser and keep it in the glove box of your car. When the windows fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!

If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Viola! It unseals easily.

Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They eat it, take it 'home,' can't digest it so it kills them. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don't have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!

Want to learn how to save energy and keep your clothes dryer working better? Go over to the dryer and pulled out the lint filter. It may look clean, I always clean the lint from the filter after every load clothes, but take it to the sink and run hot water over it. The lint filter is made of a mesh material .. I'm sure you know what your dryer's lint filter looks like. If the hot water just sits on top of the mesh it isn't clean! Dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh that's what burns out the heating unit. You can't SEE the film, but it's there. It's what is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and static free ... that nice fragrance too. You know how they can feel waxy when you take them out of the box ... well this stuff builds up on your clothes and on your lint screen. This is also what causes dryer units to potentially burn your house down with it! The best way to keep your dryer working for a very longtime (and to keep your electric bill lower) is to take that filter out and wash it with hot soapy water and an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six months. It makes the life of the dryer at least twice as long!

How about that!?! Learn something new everyday!

Just call me Suzy Homemaker!

April 17, 2010

Brunch

I love brunch on the weekends! I could eat breakfast foods all day.

If someone is not on a diet and wants a really great breakfast try this recipe:

German Pancakes
6 eggs
1 cup of flour
1 cup of milk
a pinch of salt
1 stick of butter

Set the oven to 400 degrees. Melt the butter in a cake pan or deep dish skillet.

Mix eggs, flour, milk and salt until smooth, then pour into the pan with the melted butter.

Bake for about 20 minutes.

It will rise like a souffle then cave in as it cools.

Serve warm with syrup!

I have heard that some people put cinnamon or vanilla flavoring in the batter.

It's simple and easy... just like I like my men! LOL

April 16, 2010

A classic

With a twist!


Happy Friday!

April 15, 2010

The story behind the picture # 11

In honor of the renaissance festival that started last weekend:

When I was reviewing all my photos deciding which one would be interesting I noticed that I have been going to the renaissance festivals in costume since 2003! Wow, my 7th year... I didn't realize it has been that long now. It has been a fun journey and I have met so many interesting people and people that will be my friends for life. It has been well worth the investment in the costumes (ya'll don't want to know how much everything cost, but that doesn't matter when you love it).

I took this picture in May of 2008. I have seen the jousting many times but on this particular day there weren't many crowds so I had a great seat to get some pictures. This is an action shot in mid-joust!

I have gotten to know some of the cast; the King, Queen, royal court members and the knights personally in these 7 years. I truly love going to the festivals.

April 14, 2010

Random Question Wednesday

Complete the sentence: When things do not go as planned, I _______________.

Change my plans.

I have finally learned the one constant thing about life is that things will change. We have a couple of choices when our plans change; we can mope and complain about it or we can adjust and move on.

This is sometimes a hard lesson to learn in life.


How many times do we fight change? How many times do we just want to avoid it all together?

I think I've shared this philosophy before, but I think it's easier to like and hope for changes when things aren't going so well. We welcome changes.

But when things are going great we fear changes. But changes aren't always a bad thing! We can grow and learn so much in unexpected ways that we never would have guessed... and we learn this by accepting change.

What is your reaction to a change in your plans?

April 13, 2010

Dreams

I have weird dreams... I always have.

Not the "I have a dream..." type of dreams. I'm talking about the; "thoughts, images, sounds or emotions which the mind experiences during sleep" kind of dreams.

I even remember some dreams I had as a child. The alligator that bit my toe. In another I chased a mouse through some doors and into a room filled with pink and yellow diamonds! I still remember them like it was yesterday!

I've dreamed I've met famous people, they all are very nice!

I've dreamed I can fly.

A few weeks ago I dreamed I was getting some hair extensions.

I even dreamed I owned a sweatshop of Asian women making women's panties! By the way, that was one of the weirdest and one I don't want interpreted! LOL

Well, the other night I dreamed a blogger buddy came to visit me! I was so happy as I think this blogger is very handsome! We went out to dinner and we ran into some friends. And my Mr. Blogger Buddy apparently liked one friend of mine and started kissing on him. Oh! My! God! Oh! No! You! Didn't!

I ran into this friend at the gym last night, told him about the dream and then said: "Well I hope you're happy, you man-stealer" LOL!

If any of my blogger friends is planning a visit to Dallas soon, just be warned... we're NOT going out to dinner while you're here! At least not in the gayborhood! heehee....

April 12, 2010

Weekend Adventures

I was shopping in my local grocery store and I saw a bargain! Sunglasses for $1.00! I an constantly breaking or losing my sunglasses so if I can find a deal like this I jump on it! What do you think?



The renaissance festival was fun. This picture was during the parade. These people lead the court dance (17th century dances). I participated of course.



I was so tired and my legs hurt from all the walking that I needed a little down time last night. Aaaawwwww....

April 11, 2010

In memory of Dixie Carter

At least once during any given weekend at the Round Up Saloon in Dallas this video and song will play. The gays will repeat Julia's speech word for word and dance to this song.




Rest in Peace Dixie!

April 10, 2010

OOPS!

I had a near miss once...

In the late 1980's I was living in Baltimore, MD with my partner Pat. He looked a lot like Gerald McRaney (Mr. Delta Burke). We had just got a new camcorder and of course had to... um, take a video of us 'being intimate'. It was interesting to watch [cue the "bow-chika bow-wow" music]! (Oh don't judge me...!! Y'all know you have done the same thing once too!) LOL

Anyhoo... fast forward to that summer. I made a trip out to Utah to see the family and I had a lot of fun with the new camcorder. I would go out with my siblings during the day and film whatever activity we did; like rappelling, hiking or just hanging out at a water park. Later on when we went down to mom and dad's I hooked the camcorder up to the TV and mom and dad got to share in the fun.

One day we were out on a lake in my brother's boat water skiing and I was filming my brother who was out on the skis. He wiped out pretty good and I was excited that I got it on film! I decided I wanted an 'instant replay' and rewound the tape a bit. Yea, the wipe out was great! Then... as soon as it ended the scene with me and Pat from many many months ago was immediately on!

Oh! My! GOD!!!

I quickly rewound the film, hit record and put the camera lenscap on! I had to get all of those 'intimate' scenes recorded over. Damn! I thought I had erased all that!!

At least I didn't get to mom and dad's and plug the recorder into the TV, for a show for the whole family! WHEW!!

LOL!

April 9, 2010

I've never...

In 2007 I finally let my niece's talk me into joining Myspace. There I met some friends into renaissance festivals like I was. I met up with these friends in Colorado for their faire in June that year and I was immediately brought into their family of friends.

The first night I met them they played a drinking game called "I never...." You mention something you have never done and if anyone else there has done it then they take a shot. It was a very fun evening. I thought it would be fun topic for the blog.

So, here goes:

I've never...

...initiated sex while in costume.

...been in South America or Asia.

...done any sex role-playing.

...been arrested.

...been naked in the snow.

...been fired from a job.

...wanted to be in a porn movie.

...done drag.

...been intimate with a woman.

...been intimate with a drag queen.

...stayed awake for a whole 24 hours.

...taken advantage of someone who is drunk.

...been on a cruise.



How many of you would be drunk now if this were a drinking game? LOL

Happy Friday!

April 8, 2010

The story behind the picture #10

After the storm

I was living in East Dallas in 2004 and my apartment was pretty close to a major road, I didn't like all the road noise, but it faced west. I loved it because I could watch the sky to see if it was going to be a nice sunset, then I would grab my camera and head outdoors or over to Whiterock Lake to get some pictures.

In late July we got a really bad storm, I think there were even tornado warnings in the area. The storm was very severe and the sky was filled with these angry boiling clouds. Towards evening I couldn't believe the sun broke and the sky filled with color from the light reflecting off of the clouds. As the sun was setting the clouds seemed to become gold. I have pictures of the progressing of the clouds turning these beautiful colors, capturing it all. This picture really caught the beauty of the clouds and sky that night.

This really is the colors of the sky, the colors have not been enhanced by any program. Seeing this pictures takes me right back there to that night, I was in awe by the beauty of the setting sun. This was no silver lining of the clouds... this was pure gold!

There ya go... the story behind the picture.

I hope you're enjoying these pictures and the stories as much as I am... this is a very fun little jog down memory lane for me.

April 7, 2010

Random Question Wednesday

We interrupt this regularly scheduled post for a special announcement!

Jim's Stuff has made it to:

posts!

He never thought he would make it this far but he did! He would like to thank everyone for stopping by his little corner of the world wide web. He has the sincerest gratitude to those who have left comments.

When asked to comment, Jim said: "Y'all come back now, ya hear!"


We now resume our regular programming.

Random Question Wednesday:

Complete the sentence: Something no one knows about me is _______________.

In 500 posts, is there anything left that I haven't shared with the world? LOL!

OK... I haven't done my taxes yet!

OMG!

Panic!!!

April 6, 2010

Stolen meme

As promised....

TEN PREFERENCES IN A PARTNER.

1. Smile or eyes? Eyes! The eyes tell a lot about a person.

2. Light or dark hair? Dark hair. I like the cliché "tall dark and handsome"

3. Hugs or kisses? Both!

4. Shorter or taller? Taller than me or same height

5. Intelligence or attraction? Attraction, but have to be smart enough to form a complete sentence.

6. Romantic or spontaneous? Romantic with a touch of spontaneous

7. Funny or serious? Funny

8. Older or Younger? Around my same age, not too much older or too young.

9. Outgoing or quiet? Quiet

10. Sweet or Bad Ass? Sweet!




TEN THINGS ABOUT YOUR LOVE LIFE:

1. Do you believe in love at first sight? Eh... no. You can lust at first sight... but love is different!

2. Do you believe in soul mates? Nope!

4. Have you ever been hurt emotionally? Of course! It sucketh!

5. Have you ever broken someone’s heart? Not intentionally.

6. Have you ever been cheated on? Yea, that sucketh too!

7. Have you ever liked someone and not told them? Of course! Several right now... Why? See question #4

8. Are you afraid of commitment? Nope! When the right guy comes along and its the right time then I'll be ready to commit.

9. Who was the last person you hugged? Neil! Sorry, no "hug and tell" stories

10. Who was the last person you kissed? Craig! And especially no "kiss and tell" stories!

April 5, 2010

Where have all the memes gone?

I've noticed something lately. No one seems to write or publish memes on their blog anymore! And who makes those up anyway?

I used to see a lot of people telling interesting tidbits about themselves and I would steal borrow them to post on my blog. But I haven't seen any lately? Why is that? Did they come from bored teenagers on Myspace or Facebook just making up random questions?

This got me curious and of course I had to google it. Here is what wikipedia says about the meme.

Huh! I thought it was something entirely different! This is what I knew a meme to be. From this page I found another link loaded with memes. Ones they want you to steal! Tomorrow I promise a meme that I found on their site.

Hope y'all have a good Monday!

April 4, 2010

Busy weekend

Yesterday I had a great day at the Art Festival! I ran into some friends and they made the day very enjoyable.

At 6pm I was at the hotel, reviewing my notes of the wedding ceremony I was conducting for my friends. The ceremony went went beautifully! I spent the rest of the evening relaxing with old and new friends! They also had a DJ, I spent a lot of time on the dance floor.

Today was the Easter in the Park. The Pooch Parade was part of the festivities in Lee Park right in the gayborhood. People liked my bunny ears and I saw lots of cute dogs! Shhh... I even petted a few guy's wieners! (their dachshunds... ya'll have dirty minds!) LOL


I hope y'all had a great weekend, and Happy Easter to all my Christian friends!

April 3, 2010

Art Festival Season

Today is the first of many art festivals that are held in the Dallas Fort Worth area.

The Deep Ellum Arts Festival begins today. I love going to these events! It's very relaxing strolling around and enjoying the arts and doing lots of people watching.

Other Art Festivals coming up are:
Main Street Ft Worth Art Festival: April 8-11
Grapevine New Vintage Wine and Arts Festival: April 16-17
Art In The Square: April 23-25
Cottonwood Art Festival: May 1-2
Artfest: May 22-24

I have even bought a few pieces of art at these festivals and get to meet the artist!

I think it would be great to someday have a booth at a festival to sell my photography!

April 2, 2010

Dancing Fool

In honor of April Fool's Day yesterday I thought about a funny story of me being a fool. In 1989 I was living in Baltimore with my partner Pat. We had just opened Andon's Deli and Bar on Charles St, about ten blocks north of the Inner Harbor in the heart of the city. I had so much fun working there. Here are a few pictures:

We hired twin sisters to be our cooks, their names were Virginia and Marilyn, they would always laugh at me when I asked where their sister Delaware was... (they loved me, they tolerated my bad jokes). LOL

They always had the radio on in the kitchen. I was back there with them one day between the morning crowds and lunchtime when a good song came on and I started dancing. I was really getting into it too... I was a dancing fool! We were having a good old time until I turned around... there stood our bread man with a delivery! I had no idea how long he had been standing there. He was laughing but I was so embarrassed!

After the lunch rush was over and we got the kitchen and the cooking grills cleaned I would be out in the dining area mopping the floor and I would be dancing with the mop. Many times a customer would stick their head in the door and say hello and a few homeless guys that I had made friends with would stop by for a visit while I was cleaning up. It always embarassed me, why did I forget I had a glass store front? I was a dancing fool in a very public way! LOL


Well... sometime you just have to let loose and dance!

Happy Friday everyone!

April 1, 2010

The story behind the picture #9

Beauty in the most unusual places

In 2004 my boyfriend at the time and I drove up the Pacific Coast Highway. The second leg of our journey was in August, we drove from San Francisco to Seattle. We spent the night in Coos Bay Oregon and the next day we drove into something that I had never heard about before, the Oregon sand dunes!

Larry wanted to stop, he had seen a sign that said you could rent a dunebuggy and drive around the dunes. "OK", I said, "we have no plans and no itinerary". We ended up getting a guided tour and it was very cool, very fun! When we were getting ready to get back in the car to continue the drive north I spotted this flower in the parking lot, since I already had my camera I snapped a few pictures. The lighting was perfect.

Who knew that there would be this beautiful flower in the middle of the sand dunes in Oregon? Just a little reminder to stop and admire the small things in life.

There ya go... the story behind the picture!