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It wasn’t his green thumb! May 26, 2008

Posted by Donna in Uncategorized.

Some of you know my husband and some of you only know what you read here. Trust me, I don’t make this stuff up!

Randy is in his comfort zone if he is at work; tinkering on a car; flying his airplane; or acting thirteen; but when it comes to home improvement or gardening projects you’re looking at a deer in the headlights. After 30 years of marriage I just accept the fact that he is who he is (and thank goodness he does the same for me).

While I was doing some yard work at the lake I guess he was feeling guilty after his swim, bike ride, boat ride, television viewing, and snacking, so he offered to help me trim the azalea bushes.


Fast forward…

I am not complaining that they are now azalea stumps. I mean after all, he did haul away all the debris and they will grow back. I did however, draw the line at his solution to the infestation of aphids on the other shrubs in the backyard.

I mentioned that I need to spray them before I lose the entire row of shrubs. Worse yet, what if it spreads to the other newly planted bushes? I was contemplating driving up to the nursery to buy some Ortho-toxic waste-product of some form or another when my neighbor remembered having some still in her garage. She was kind enough to offer me not only the insecticide but the sprayer to apply it with as well (her husband was off playing golf…notice the pattern here).

I trimmed away the dying and diseased portion, mixed my potion and sprayed the bushes. When I was through I cleaned up my mess and put everything away.

Enter Randy: He steps out on the deck and leans over to begin spraying them with ….

RAID! Yes, the ant and roach killing Raid.

Randy is a wonderful man with many wonderful qualities but if you ask me why I married him I can assure you…

it wasn’t his green thumb!



Anti Monkey Butt? May 17, 2008

Posted by Donna in Uncategorized.
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Has this stuff been around for a long time? I was checking out the new Ace Hardware  store by the lake, picking up my usual home improvement gadgets, when I came across Anti Monkey Butt Powder. It got my attention. Cute packaging. Odd name. Time to whip out the reading glasses and further investigate this stuff.  

“With Calamine Powder

Sweat Absorber and Friction Fighter (now they have my attention!)

Anti Monkey Butt® Powder is specially formulated to absorb sweat and minimize frictional skin discomfort.  Helps to keep you dry and comfortable.  Ideal for butt busting activities such as motorcycling, bicycling, horseback riding, truck driving, hiking, hockey, football, and baseball. (well, I can’t say I bust my butt doing any of those things but still…)

Indoors or outdoors, work or play, or on occasions when you sit on your butt all day (I like to think I do more than sit on my butt all day but I’ll try it).  Don’t let your buns get red.  Use Anti Monkey Butt ® Powder instead!

Made in USA”

Seeing how sweating is pretty much all I do these days I decided to give it a try. I have to admit, I am impressed. It works rather well. As a fluffy person I have those areas that appreciate some anti-friction sweat reducing protection. I just never thought I’d find relief at Ace Hardware for heaven’s sake.


What’s better than a senior discount? May 16, 2008

Posted by Donna in Uncategorized.

Apparently I am two years shy of the “senior discount” but that doesn’t stop the high school cashier from asking me if I get one anyway. I suppose I should just say yes.  First time I was asked I nearly had a heart attack. I thought 65 was the senior discount age. Seems it’s 55.  I was able to breathe a sigh of relief upon learning that little factoid. I was thinking, if I look 65 already this Clairol Natural Instincts Haircolor has to go. And sign me up for botox ASAP!

Part of me knows these young kids have no concept of age really. Anyone over 30 is old to them. Another part of me wishes to hang on to every last pre-senior year I have left even if it means no 10% discount or free coffee on Tuesdays. I mean really, why rush things:)

So, I’m feeling all sorry for myself and thinking, what’s the point? I have like two readers (OK maybe three) on my blog; the cashier thinks I’m 65 (well maybe 55); and my life is lacking stuff to blog about. Becky over at Where Life Take You claims she has no one to chat with during the day (while my name is lit up on her buddy list like a freakin’ neon sign;);and the air conditioner is running and I am still sweating; and it’s only 78 degrees outside!

Right when you least expect it a friend comes to your rescue…your menopausal overload rescue. Trish from Peaces pimps my blog and then Becky redeems herself with her comment on Trish’s blog. That’s right, my two readers are propping up this almost senior menopausal time bomb and I’m loving it. Thanks ladies.

Oh, and get this. I tried to do this website tracker thingy Becky was talking about. I’m sure I registered correctly but the damn thing keeps emailing me stats about my traffic…or should I say, lack thereof?  It says I have ZERO traffic. Well that can’t be right. There has to be at least 2! Thankfully WordPress has stats too. I JUST found them.

Seems I just can’t keep up. There are Vlogs and Flickr’s and Widgets and Twitters or is it Tweeters? Shit, I may as well be 65. This is too damn hard! The other day my daughter was IMing me (that’s “instant messaging” for all you old folks who aren’t even reading this) and I found myself answering her with a pen and a post-it note pad. That’s right, I was multitasking on the computer and somehow ended up grabbing a pen. I probably wouldn’t feel so technically impaired if my cyberfriends weren’t such geeks but the people at my level are still figuring out how to log on! 

Latest project… May 10, 2008

Posted by Donna in Uncategorized.

The lake house has this 20 year old mauve faded disgusting carpet that I couldn’t stand looking at for another second. So, unlike most people who just make a decision to replace the floors and then hire someone to do it I decide to rip up the carpet, see what lies beneath, and replace it myself.

Since this HGTV  addiction of mine I no longer find myself afraid of demolition of any kind. It’s actually somewhat therapeutic. I’ve also discovered that much of what we hire people to do for us is not rocket science. Read the instructions, have the right tools, plan ahead and go for it!  Some minor mistakes may pop up on the first try or two but in the end you will probably find you can do almost anything yourself.

Okay, so apparently I should have started on the other end of the room but what the heck, I still like it….

This is Pergo laminate flooring/red oak