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Monday, July 31, 2006

CAN'T SLEEP, GOING TO ANNHILATE HUBBY SOMEDAY

Just the usual fare, when I HAVE to get up in the morning, hubby keeps me awake. So, here I am in the middle of the night. Well at least I've got a few minutes to update my blog..... or at least post something new.

It's cooled off here so considerably that I actually had to CLOSE my windows. I love it though, and we've had rain all day yesterday. For this coming week at least, it will not get too hot. Only August to go and then hopefully we'll be out of the woods as far as the unbearable heat goes. At least I hope so!

Thanks to TRUCKER BOB for sending me this, it's hilarious (as I can relate and I'm sure this summer so can many of you) so I wanted to share it with you. Thanks Bob, you rock as usual..... even if you are older than me! *wink wink*


May 30
Just moved to THE SUNNY OKANAGAN. NOW THIS IS THE PLACE TO LIVE.
Beautiful sunny days and warm balmy evenings. What a place! It is
beautiful. I've finally found my home. I love it here.

June 14
Really heating up. Got to 100 today. Not a problem. Live in an
air-conditioned home, drive an air-conditioned car. What a pleasure to
see the sun every day like this. I'm turning into a sun worshipper.

June 30
Had the backyard landscaped with western plants today. Lots of
cactus and rocks. What a breeze to maintain. No more mowing lawn for me.
Another scorcher today, but I love it here.

July 10
The temperature hasn't been below 100 all week. How do people get
used to this kind of heat? At least it's kind of windy though. But
getting used to the heat is taking longer than I expected.

July 15
Fell asleep by the community pool. Got third degree burns over 60%
of my body. Missed 3 days of work. What a dumb thing to do. I learned
my lesson though. Got to respect the ol' sun in a climate like this.

July 20
I missed Lomita (my cat) sneaking into my car when I left this
morning. By the time I got to the hot car at noon, Lomita had died and
swollen up to the size of a shopping bag and stunk up the upholstery. The
car now smells like Kibbles and Shits. I learned my lesson though. No
more pets in this heat.

July 25
The wind sucks. It feels like a giant freaking blow dryer. And
it's hot as hell. The home air-conditioner is on the fritz and the A/C
repairman
charged $200 just to drive by and tell me he needed to order parts.

July 30
Been sleeping outside on the patio for 3 nights now. A $300,000
house and I can't even go inside. Why did I ever come here?

August 4
It's 115 degrees. Finally got the air-conditioner fixed today. It
cost $500 and gets the temperature down to 85. I hate this stupid city.

August 8
If another wise-ass cracks, "Hot enough for you today?" I'm going to
strangle him. Damn heat. By the time I get to work the radiator is
boiling over, my clothes are soaking wet, and I smell liked baked cat!!

August 9
Tried to run some errands after work. Wore shorts, and when I sat
on the seats in the car, I thought my ass was on fire. I lost 2 layers of
flesh and all the hair on the back of my legs and ass. Now my car smells
like burnt hair, fried ass and baked cat.

August 10
The weather report might as well be a damn recording. Hot and
sunny!
Hot and sunny! Hot and sunny! It's been too hot to do shit for 2 damn
months and the weatherman says it might really warm up next week. Doesn't
it ever rain in this desert? Water rationing will be next, so my $1700
worth of cactus will just dry up and blow over. Even the cactus can't
live in this damn heat.

August 14
Welcome to HELL!! Temperature got to 115 today. Forgot to crack
the window and blew the windshield out of the car. The installer came to fix
it and said, "Hot enough for you today?" My sister had to spend $1500 to
bail me out of jail. Freaking OKANAGAN!! What kind of sick demented idiot
would
want to live here??

Will write later to let you know how the trial went.



I once had the same thing, but the place was in Winnipeg, Manitoba (which we lovingly call "Winterpeg" for it's nasty winters) and it was winter. All about snow shovelling until your arms fall off and how the snowplough does the roads daily and keeps leaving huge drifts at the end of your driveway just after you finished shovelling it off again..... etc. etc.

Only one more month to go peeps, and this hippie chick is on 3 blessed weeks of holidays! Yeehaw! I'll be staying home and doing projects around the house amid lots of naps and sleeping in. Now that's the LIFE! But until then I'll plug along and try not to murder hubby on my worknights. OY.

Take good care of each other and God bless!

PEACE!
Love Jude

Friday, July 28, 2006

NEW FURNITURE ~ ALL DONE

You all probably know by now how much I love seeing other people's "Before and After" pictures..... well I like doing them too!

Dining room furniture is all in now, and I spent a long while this afternoon setting it all up. It's DONE.



Looks much, much better now. The old oak is gone (as is the brass and glass table, ptui! ptui!) and now it's a set of Espresso coloured wood.

Nice huh?





Now here's the "secret" to this wall unit. I looked for something that had to meet specific needs, and this is the one that had it all. See the big doors in the middle? That's where hubby wants to keep his computer (when he buys one). This wall unit is really an entertainment unit, cool huh? But hey, it's exactly what we needed and I have a place for all my dishes, cutlery, linens, stemware, glassware, candles (I have tons) etc. etc...... it's absolutely perfect for our needs!


As you can see in the picture below, we are going to have to move the light fixture over to the center of the table. This whole set, table and wall unit, are MUCH bigger than we had so it's thrown the light position out of whack. Hubby is going to go out and buy some matching chain to make this one longer, and then hook it on the ceiling over the middle of the table. Don't know when he's going to do that.... but probably after he hits his head on it enough times, seeing as he likes to sit in that end chair.




I have spent the entire day doing laundry and sorting out the dining room things and storing them away. My legs are getting too sore to walk up and down the stairs to laundry, and my lower back is literally screaming at me from all the bending, vacuuming and reaching.

I am going to sit on my bunyakas for the rest of the night, and rest. I've got so much catching up to do online it isn't funny. But I think I'll watch some TV or read a book, and go to bed.

Hope you all had a decent week, and have an excellent weekend. Take good care of each other, we're all we have in this world. PEACE!!

Love Jude

Thursday, July 27, 2006

A QUICKIE

We spent the evening hauling out the old dining room furniture downstairs to Pammie's (she inherited the hutch unit) and hauling in the 4 new pieces. Over the next day or 2 I'll be cleaning it up and setting it up with my stuff in it. I'll post pics soon!

In the meantime, this was the view in my backyard tonight. I love the sun's rays bursting up through the clouds!



Catch you in a bit, take care of each other!

PEACE
Love Jude

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

INSPIRATION


Thank you to my dear U.K. friend Wolfy for sharing this awesome video. I cried.


(Quote):A glimpse of the remarkable father-son bond of Dick and Rick Hoyt, and their inspirational journey together in a triathlon and life itself.

AMAZING VIDEO Turn your sound up and hear the moving song that plays too.....

(Quote):Dick and Rick Hoyt are a father-and-son team from Massachusetts who together compete just about continuously in marathon races. And if they are not in a marathon they are in a triathlon - that daunting, almost superhuman combination of 26.2 miles of running, 112 miles of bicycling, and 2.4 miles of swimming. Together they have climbed mountains, and once trekked 3,735 miles across America.

It is a remarkable record of exertion - all the more so when you consider that Rick cannot walk or talk.

For the past twenty five years or more Dick, who is 65, has pushed and pulled his son across the country and over hundreds of finish lines. When Dick runs, Rick is in a wheelchair that Dick is pushing. When Dick cycles, Rick is in the seat-pod from his wheelchair, attached to the front of the bike. When Dick swims, Rick is in a small but heavy, firmly stabilized boat being pulled by Dick.

At Rick's birth in 1962 the umbilical cord coiled around his neck and cut off oxygen to his brain. Dick and his wife Judy were told that there would be no hope for their child's development.

"It has been a story of exclusion ever since he was born," says Dick. "When he was eight months old the doctors told us we should just put him away - he would be a vegetable all his life, that sort of thing. Well those doctors are not alive anymore, but I would like them to be able to see Rick now."



Thank you Wolfy. And like another dear friend of mine just said about herself, I should watch this video every day just to put my own little problems into perspective.

What an inspiring story.

I just watched it for the 4th. time and again it made me cry.

Take good care of each other, and God bless.

PEACE!
Love Jude

Saturday, July 22, 2006

LOVELY NIGHT SKIES

Friday night, after a day of absolutely HORRIBLE heat, I went outside with my camera to cool off and take some pics of the beautiful clouds as the sun set. Another blogger friend, KIM just posted about the same thing, we must have ESP!

The temperature in my house at the time was close to 100 degrees and I was starting to feel quite ill, so I ventured outside as soon as the sun sank below the horizon. I love sunshine, don't get me wrong.... but in the summer months I tend to refer to it only as "that f*cking fireball in the sky". I SWEAR to you all that the heat from the sun is way, way hotter than it used to be! Must be something to do with that ozone layer of ours....

At any rate, this morning (yes, MORNING!!) it was already 82 degrees out there, so obviously the house hadn't cooled off much and the day's heat went up in the 90's again. This house does NOT cool off at night unless it gets really cool in the evenings. So we're in for the same shit for the rest of the week, and hopefully cooler temps and maybe some rain (YESS!!) this coming weekend. I hope like hell that the forecast doesn't change! And just like Kim, I HATE summer and the freakin' heat, and I have already invited her to move into my igloo with me when I move up to the North Pole.

Here's what I enjoyed as I cooled off some last night before bed:

















(Damn this had such pretty colours and I moved....)







Love sunsets...... one of my favourite things!

It is almost 11 p.m. and it's so freaking hot in here.... I moved my portable AC unit into the den (where my computer is) so that I could vent it out into the hottub room which is attached to this room. There's no windows in this room, just a sliding door into the hottub room. I can't vent it out through my bedroom windows since we got new crank open windows in there. Hell. But I was getting so sick from heat exhaustion that I figured if I could stay reasonably cool BEFORE bed at least I'd get a reprieve and not feel so sick. So far it feels better.

Off to bed soon though, in a hot bedroom!! LOL Hope you're all staying cool, take care of each other and have a good Sunday.

PEACE!!

Love Jude

Friday, July 21, 2006

ALMOST THERE!


We finally replaced the last old blue loveseat.... and we did end up finding a loveseat and not going with 2 more chairs.

Waiting...


New!


Empty....


Filled!


Now besides winning a lottery so that we can rip out the ugly carpet and replace it with wood flooring, we're almost done in these 2 rooms. Remember that material I recovered the dining room chairs with? I have a ton of it left:



Picture the outside layer of drapes (the layer that is tied back) in this material. That's what I'm planning to make for the dining and living room windows. It wouldn't tie back, just a nice narrow drape hanging straight down on either side, with the existing sheer behind it. I'd need new rods though, which I can get.



And then any day now we should be getting a call saying that our dining room hutch and end units are in so that we can replace that old oak cabinet you see here.

Other than that..... the fun stuff happening here OUTSIDE is that hubby is redoing the sidewalk at the side of the house. A couple days ago he rented one of those gas-powered tampers and went to town with it. OY VEY is it loud!! And the entire house shakes!


No, nothing broke, thank God!

It is going to be FREEKIN' hot here today and for the next while again. Thankfully we had a couple weeks reprieve from it, or by now I'd be hospitalized or melted into a puddle. Dammit I hate summer and want autumn to get here fast! Hope you are all staying cool...... take good care of each other!

PEACE!
Love Jude

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

WE ALL NEED MOM'S LIKE THIS

Seen online.... I need to repeat this here in the Hippie Chick's space, as it's something I would shout out at the top of my lungs if I was the mom of a gay man. It's long, but it's well worth the read.....

We all need moms like this. The following is a strong and moving letter written by the mother of a gay boy in Vermont...
Dear Editor:


Many letters have been sent to the Valley News concerning the homosexual menace in Vermont. I am the mother of a gay son and I've taken enough from you good people. I'm tired of your foolish rhetoric about the "homosexual agenda" and your allegations that accepting homosexuality is the same thing as advocating sex with children. You are cruel and ignorant. You have been robbing me of the joys of motherhood ever since my children were tiny.

My firstborn son started suffering at the hands of the moral little thugs from your moral, upright families from the time he was in the first grade. He was physically and verbally abused from first grade straight through high school because he was perceived to be gay. He never professed to be gay or had any association with anything gay, but he had the misfortune not to walk or have gestures like the other boys. He was called "fag" incessantly, starting when he was 6.

In high school, while your children were doing what kids that age should be doing, mine labored over a suicide note, drafting and redrafting it to be sure his family knew how much he loved them. My sobbing 17-year-old tore the heart out of me as he choked out that he just couldn't bear to continue living any longer, that he didn't want to be gay and that he couldn't face a life without dignity.

You have the audacity to talk about protecting families and children from the homosexual menace, while you yourselves tear apart families and drive children to despair. I don't know why my son is gay, but I do know that God didn't put him, and millions like him, on this Earth to give you someone to abuse. God gave you brains so that you could think, and it's about time you started doing that.

At the core of all your misguided beliefs is the belief that this could never happen to you, that there is some kind of subculture out there that people have chosen to join. The fact is that if it can happen to my family, it can happen to yours, and you won't get to choose. Whether it is genetic or whether something occurs during a critical time of fetal development, I don't know. I can only tell you with an absolute certainty that it is inborn.
If you want to tout your own morality, you'd best come up with something more substantive than your heterosexuality. You did nothing to earn it; it was given to you. If you disagree, I would be interested in hearing your story, because my own heterosexuality was a blessing I received with no effort whatsoever on my part. It is so woven into the very soul of me that nothing could ever change it. For those of you who reduce sexual orientation to a simple choice, a character issue, a bad habit or something that can be changed by a 10-step program, I'm puzzled. Are you saying that your own sexual orientation is nothing more than something you have chosen, that you could change it at will? If that's not the case, then why would you suggest that someone else can?

A popular theme in your letters is that Vermont has been infiltrated by outsiders. Both sides of my family have lived in Vermont for generations. I am heart and soul a Vermonter, so I'll thank you to stop saying that you are speaking for "true Vermonters." You invoke the memory of the brave people who have fought on the battlefield for this great country, saying that they didn't give their lives so that the "homosexual agenda" could tear down the principles they died defending. My 83-year-old father fought in some of the most horrific battles of World War II, was wounded and awarded the Purple Heart.

He shakes his head in sadness at the life his grandson has had to live. He says he fought alongside homosexuals in those battles, that they did their part and bothered no one. One of his best friends in the service was gay, and he never knew it until the end, and when he did find out, it mattered not at all. That wasn't the measure of the man.

You religious folk just can't bear the thought that as my son emerges from the hell that was his childhood he might like to find a lifelong companion and have a measure of happiness. It offends your sensibilities that he should request the right to visit that companion in the hospital, to make medical decisions for him or to benefit from tax laws governing inheritance.

How dare he? you say. These outrageous requests would threaten the very existence of your family, would undermine the sanctity of marriage. You use religion to abdicate your responsibility to be thinking human beings.

There are vast numbers of religious people who find your attitudes repugnant. God is not for the privileged majority, and God knows my son has committed no sin. The deep-thinking author of a letter to the April 12 Valley News who lectures about homosexual sin and tells us about "those of us who have been blessed with the benefits of a religious upbringing" asks: "What ever happened to the idea of striving . . . to be better human beings than we are?"

Indeed, sir, what ever happened to that?


I need not say more, this letter says it all in the face of bigoted, uneducated and prejudiced people full of hatred.

Oh and I can say with all the certainty in my being that if any of my sisters or I had been born homosexual, our own Mom (may she rest in peace) would have been on of these too! And on the subject of my parents, it was 30 years ago today that we lost our Dad. Dad, I miss you more and more as I get older. I miss you both, and my comfort is that you are both together again and waiting there for us. Love to you both!!

God bless humanity... we sure need it. Take good care of each other, PEACE !!



Love Jude

Monday, July 17, 2006

LIKE THE POINTER SISTERS ONCE SAID.......

I'm so excited! And I just can't hide it!

Okay so it doesn't take much to get me excited maybe, but I'm feeling that way nonetheless. I belong to a forum that is about Urban Exploration, and I've been there from the very beginning (even before!) of that forum. There are obviously a lot of UE'ers who go there too, and share their photography on there. As it's grown in time, so have the photographs, from flowers to... well just about everything.

Last month, one of the guys had an idea that we would have a photo contest there every month. So last month was the first one, and it was Macro shots in nature. Hmm. Well as it so happened I had just discovered the macro button on my digital and had been trying, but everything just comes out too fuzzy. I obviously need a LOT of practise in that area, plus a tripod. You can't take macro shots (extreme close-ups) with shaky hands, and I just can't hold the camera steady enough. Needless to say, I sadly opted out of that contest.

First good news: I bought a tripod this past weekend. I tried it out, and the shots are still fuzzy. Back to my manual.

Second good news: The July contest is Glass/Mirror... reflections would work in there too. Well!! I have the maximum entries (max. of 3 ) ready to go!!! I can't wait to enter, just for the sake of being able to! I don't care if I win or not, which would be quite the stretch anyway. You'd know what I mean if you saw the calibre of the photographers on that forum! OY!

I just want to be able to play the game, you know? So..... I've got 3 ready to go, and of course once the contest is on and I've submitted them, I'll post them here for you to see.

I know it may sound like such a wee thing..... but believe me I am NOT a photographer, I just play around with my camera. So this is a really fun thing for me. I can't wait for October's contest, it's going to be graveyards.....

Anyway I'll let ya know how it all goes.

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Rhonda, thank you for the postcard from Russia! How cool was that to get in my mailbox today! GREAT photos you took there too, girl!

If any of you want to see a real live professional photographer's work, go check her out HERE.

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Hope you all have a good week peeps. Take good care of each other and until next time, PEACE!

Love Jude

Saturday, July 15, 2006

AGING WITH GRACE, DIGNITY AND A WICKED SENSE OF HA-HA


A friend sent me this and I loved it. I hope you enjoy the wisdom of years within the words.

"The other day a young person asked me how I felt about being old. I was taken aback, for I do not think of myself as old. Upon seeing my reaction, she was immediately embarrassed, but I explained that it was an interesting question, and I would ponder it, and let her know.

Old Age, I decided, is a gift.

I am now, probably for the first time in my life, the person I have always wanted to be. Oh, not my body! I sometime despair over my body, the wrinkles, the baggy eyes, and the sagging butt. And often I am taken aback by that old person that lives in my mirror (who looks like my mother!), but I don't agonize over those things for long.

I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly. As I've aged, I've become more kind to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend. I don't chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn't need, but looks so avante garde on my patio. I am entitled to a treat, to be messy, to be extravagant. I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 a.m. and sleep until noon?

I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 50's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love ... I will.

I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set.

They, too, will get old.

I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things.

Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when a beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turn gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.

As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore. I've even earned the right to be wrong.

So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day.
Author Unknown





"If you haven't grown up by age 50, you don't have to!"

Well then..... I guess I don't have to, nor do I want to!! I rather like being an ancient older kid!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU..... HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR KIM......
A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to KIM today!!! Go on over and wish the girl a good one!


Have a great weekend everyone, and take good care of each other!

PEACE
Love Jude

Thursday, July 13, 2006

LANDSCAPING (STARRING "AUNTY'S GIRLS")


All dug out now, permanent planting started, still some flowers here to be planted. (in foreground)



The 2 new trees (cherry and russian olive) are both braced, and the big bags under the blue spruce are mulch to be laid underneath it.



The other side of the lawn.... new bed all planted, perhaps a few of those flowers still needing to be planted will go in here too.



You can barely see that there is another tree staked and braced in the back on the right... that is the pear tree. It's sitting right up against a beautiful bush that turns a gorgeous red in the autumn, it's right dead up against the sidewalk on the right. That bush will be moved to another spot as it's too close to the sidewalk.

**LATER, SAME DAY**

Here's a shot of that bush... can't remember for the life of me what it's called. Beside it is the new Pear tree! (below is a shot of that gorgeous bush last fall):




This bare area is where we'll move it to, but we can't do that until the autumn when the leaves have turned, or when they fall off.


Newly planted beds always look so sparse, but next year it should start to fill out and look good!


Same bed, up by the front door.... I love this little guy, it will be about 6 feet tall, 6 feet wide when full grown! Supposed to turn pretty autumn colours too, which is what I was looking for.

A close up:



The bottom leaves of the new Russian Olive tree are looking pretty bad.. all shriveled and dry....

But we're hopeful that the poor spindly thing will make it, the top leaves are looking better than the bottom ones:




Under the (upstairs)living room window, again pretty sparse this year...



HUGE bags of red mulch to go under the Blue Spruce

Hah, I guess the 4 bags we bought won't be enough! This is all it did.... I think we'll need another 12!!


AND NOW!!!!!! For the Stars of this blog post.... Pammie's doggies Misty and Lady.... they are the lights of my life, "Aunty's Girls"!!

First video I took I had their leashes on my arm while Pammie was taking pictures. My arm kept getting pulled on so I wasn't sure this would turn out very well. Right at the end of the video just when I'm pushing the button to stop it, a wasp flew at Pammie and she yelled, it CRACKED ME UP!

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Hope you've enjoy the little tour around my front yard, and of the doggies I love so much. Take care of each other, and God bless!

PEACE!
Love Jude

Monday, July 10, 2006

LANDSCAPING START, AND A STORM

Hubby has been getting a start on the landscaping out front, I took these pictures a few days ago amid the high temperatures we'd been suffering.

New plants all lined up, the new purple cherry tree planted, and the new Russian Olive tree still in it's pot.



Under the living room window......



My 4 yr. old Russian Olive from the living room window.


I had a TERRIBLE night Sunday.... I didn't get to sleep until just after 6 a.m., and had to get up for work with the alarm just 45 or so minutes later. I got up and made coffee etc. and started trying to get ready for work.... but my body just wouldn't allow it. I had a bitch of a headache and felt sick to my stomach (from the lack of sleep) and my eyes literally wouldn't stay open.... I kept feeling myself falling asleep on my feet. So I gave it up and called in to say I couldn't make it to work. I went directly back to bed and was alseep in moments.... which NEVER EVER happens to me. Got up around 11:30 and forced myself to stay awake all day so I'll sleep tonight. Fun and games. Bleh.

And we just had a terrific thunderstorm go through this afternoon, I LOVE 'em! It's cooler now and fresh, and our new plants and trees out front are getting plenty of watering from Ma Nature.

I grabbed my camera when it all started:

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YEEHAW!! It continued afterwards to lightly rain, and I loved every second of it.

Well after last night's NO SLEEP, I am heading to bed early tonight. So I wish you all a fabulous day and don't forget to take good care of each other!

If you haven't checked out my last post about the Summer of Compliments 2006, please do!!

PEACE!
Love Jude
ANOTHER SUMMER OF COMPLIMENTS

Last year, I came across a fairly new blog that has shaken the blogosphere up in a good way. The gentleman who owns this blog is known simply as "The Complimenting Commenter". He goes from blog to blog leaving compliments. How refreshing! Most of my readers already know about him, and have his blog linked just as I do here in my own sidebar links.

Last summer C.C. (as we affectionately call him) began a quest to leave 100 compliments in the summer months, and invited his readers to do the same if they wished to participate. It is a fairly easy task: you can compliment via blog, email, letters, in person.... etc. The point is to just compliment people! Someone made him some "buttons" so that we could if we wished save one for our own blog to show that we were participating.

This year the challenge of 100 Summer Compliments is on again over there, and once again I'm participating. He put out the request the other day for new buttons for 2006 and I thought "what the heck" and got into my paint program. I came up with 6 of them and could have kept going (it was fun to make them) but I thought he'd be getting many others submitted.

If any of you are interested in participating, check out C.C.'s Blog, and you can download one of my buttons to link back to him too if you like:





It's a fun thing and easy.... for example, those of you Opacity lovers, just think how many times you compliment someone's photography over there! And C.C. has it figured out..... leaving people compliments not only makes them feel good, it makes YOU feel good!




Good on ya C.C., and good job!!

Sunday, July 09, 2006

WEEKEND PROJECT - INSIDE


While hubby was busy like heck outside doing landscaping, I busied myself indoors with a project I just finished.... my dining room chairs are now recovered, and they look wonderful if I do say so myself!

BEFORE:


AFTER:




The white looked okay..... but I think the colours in the new fabric actually bring out the richness of the wood colour even more.

My hands are aching like crazy from using a screwdriver and the staple gun. They actually feel like they're going a bit numb as well. But!! It's done and I'm glad. After I'd gotten started it was great to take a bit of a break and chat on the phone with a very special and dear friend of mine who called long distance. (Thank you hon, I love you to pieces!!!) After we hung up I went for it and finished my chairs.

We still haven't heard yet from the funiture place so obviously our dining room hutch set isn't in yet. I can't WAIT to get that all in place.

The work hubby has been doing outside is looking good, but he has MUCH to do. We just bought 3 new trees, about a dozen shrubs, and umpteen little plants for ground cover. He also got 2 rose bushes. We need a lot more in the way of smaller stuff yet to finish it all off, but this will get most of it done. In the next couple days (or when it's done) I'll show you pics.

Hope you're having an excellent weekend chicks and dudes! Take care of each other and God bless!

PEACE
Love Jude