Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Monday, 29 March 2010
I'm taking a short hiatus from the blogosphere (10-14 days probably) while I have surgery to remove a benign polyp which has taken up residence in my colon. The freeloading little bastard is scarfing down my nutrients and trying to grow large enough to become a blockage. Well, we'll just see about that, my fine friend!
Friday, 26 March 2010
Thursday, 25 March 2010
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
Monday, 22 March 2010
I have FINALLY received another letter from my wayward cat, Madame Zara (as she insists on calling herself since running off with the gypsies). What a relief! I was starting to worry.
Hello! I know it's been almost a month since my last letter but I've been rather . . . shall we say . . . preoccupied.
After my disastrous love affair with Dexter, my gypsy band got the hell out of that little Texas town. We went to Austin, where at least the weather was somewhat better. Despite the bravado in my last letter, I was too broken-hearted to perform my wild gypsy dancing, so I earned some money by reading tarot instead.
I was right in the middle of reading the cards for two lovely gentlemen cats named Jax and Henry when WHO should burst through the door but the POLICE! It turns out that Texas still has some old outdated law on the books that criminalizes any form of fortune telling! Down at the police station, Jax and Henry were quickly released after their human (named Strawberry or Blueberry or something) came down and raised a high holy stink because they were just innocent client bystanders.
However, I was not so lucky. I was booked, paw-printed, had my mug shot taken -- the whole nine yards. And after a quickie trial that I swear was a total MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE, I was sentenced to an entire MONTH in jail. Yes -- *sob* -- I am now a felon!
Saturday, 20 March 2010
Friday, 19 March 2010
Well, I said I would have my first giveaway when my Followers List broke 100 and now that magical event has occurred! Thank you, everyone who is following along with my blog, or who has done so in the past. I'm very appreciative of your interest in my blatherings.
Lakshmi is the Hindu Goddess of Abundance. Seated on a sacred lotus, She is always dressed in red and adorned with valuable jewellry. An endless stream of gold coins pours from her open hand. Lakshmi brings not only financial abundance, but also all the good things money can't buy -- love, friendship, good health, wonderful children, etc. Needless to say, She is a popular Goddess.
Enter my giveaway for a chance to win the pictured statue of the Goddess Lakshmi! Six inches high, She was made in India of sacred Ganges clay and is beautifully hand-painted. I obtained Her from Sacred Source, a great on-line shop that sells all kinds of Divine statues and jewellry. Also included in the giveaway are two mesh packages of lovely chocolate gold coins to represent Her blessings of prosperity. Plus a honkin' big chocolate Canadian coin (or possibly an Olympic gold medal . . . it's hard to tell).
The rules for entering the contest are straightforward:
1. You must be an official Follower to enter. Old, new or just signed up in order to enter the contest, it's all good. And it doesn't matter where you're from in the world, I'll mail it anywhere!
2. In addition to being a Follower, you must leave me a comment on this post that you want to enter the contest.
3. One entry per person (leaving 10 comments will still only result in 1 entry!)
4. Entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. (Mountain Daylight Time) on Wednesday, March 24, 2010.
5. The draw will be made on Thursday, March 25 and the results posted here on Friday, March 26.
Good luck! May Lakshmi smile upon you!
Thursday, 18 March 2010
1. Go to your first photo file and pick the 10th photo in it.
2. Tell the story behind the photo.
3. Tag 5 other people to do likewise.
Here's my photo:
This is the Duomo in Florence, Italy, a huge cathedral built at the height of Florence's power and wealth as a city state during the Renaissance. Its massive dome (seen here over intervening roof tops) was an engineering marvel at the time and later inspired Michelangelo when he designed the dome of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.
I took this photo in early October, 2008 from the outdoor terrace restaurant of the Uffizi Art Gallery. My Rare One and I had just spent a lovely morning viewing the great art masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance. This day was a dream come true for me and I shall always remember it.
Now, here's who I'm tagging, ha ha!
Jana at The Little Black Book
Twain12 at Eye in the Sky
Donna B at Mystical Journeys
Karen at This Old House
Wednesday, 17 March 2010
Sure, an' tis a grand day for to be gettin' drunk and havin' that tattoo done what ye've always been hankerin' for. Ye know that St. Pat hisself would approve, now. Sure, an' ye should have seen what HE had tattooed on his arse, the old divil what was. Go now -- the Guinness awaits ye.
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
About 10 days ago, Mary/mxtodis123 over at Moontides gave me this beautiful Sunshine Award! Thank you, Mary -- you personally spread so much sunshine and joy around the blogosphere with your lovely blogs and stories that this award is just perfect, coming from you!
Monday, 15 March 2010
Friday, 12 March 2010
Ha ha, this made me LOL! But really, I love Scottish people. Bagpipes, och aye! Curling, too. Even golf is tolerable. And of course who doesn't love the wee Scotsman on the Canadian Tire money?! Any other ethnic group would be outraged to be depicted as the epitome of cheapness and thrift. But not Scots! They revel in their reputed tightfistedness!
Wednesday, 10 March 2010
I am so very sad to learn that Renee of Circling My Head has passed away. She touched innumerable lives with her open and loving heart. The world and the blogosphere will be a poorer place now that she is gone.
May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest, Renee.
Perhaps the birds circling your head were angels all along.
Tuesday, 9 March 2010
Thank you so much, Faerwillow of ~serendipity~, for giving me a Beautiful Blogger Award last week! It means a lot coming from you, Faerwillow, because your own blog is especially beautiful. It's always a joy to read your imaginative and well-written posts and see the beautiful photos and illustrations you've chosen.
Monday, 8 March 2010
You can find a few more videos by The Ukettes on YouTube. And guess what? Cynthia has also just started a blog called Beatnheart -- check it out here!
Friday, 5 March 2010
The Spayghetti and No Balls Dinner!
Hee hee! Love it! A quick internet check showed that this is a common fundraiser name used by many Humane Societies but still, it's clever.
And, of course, that fundraising is for a great cause. Spaying and neutering our pets helps to stop countless unwanted litters of puppies and kittens from having to be euthanized. We should all be responsible pet owners!
And, may I just point out --
Thursday, 4 March 2010
Wednesday, 3 March 2010
Henry Tudor is played by the brilliant Brian Blessed, who you may remember from older British TV series where he portrayed Augustus Caesar in I, Claudius and King Richard in Rowan Atkinson's Black Adder.
There are eight episodes in total and they are found here on the BBC website. I think Henry 8.0 is absolutely hilarious and hope you enjoy it too!