Wednesday, November 24, 2010

SNOWBAKE! Seattle Snow, New Kinect, Kinect Games, HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Today's Blog will be short because ... to be perfectly honest.....there is nothing new in my world  to blog about.The all consuming thing right now is the snow and ice up here. I already talked about chickens and their unhappiness annnd the stiff little sticks I once called a garden.
I told you yesterday that my neighbor is driving me nuts by running around wildly screaming 'SNOWMEGGDON! (or however you spell it... come on its a made up word) Last night he changed it up to 'SNOPOCALYPSE!'   In case you are wondering what the neighbors are doing at my house constantly .... Jimmy bought a Kinect.  Its the big neighborhood draw. They are all dropping by to look at it and ooh and awww over it. And no one is going to work cuz of the snow AND the holiday week.   So, for the most part EVERYONE I have seen in the last two days  are baking (and I don't mean pies and cakes) and playing  video games in between walks in the fluffy stuff.. So, I made up a name  of my own for the Thanksgiving storm of 2010........  SNOWBAKE!      (awwww come on... its funny!)  So, when it goes 'viral' on the internet remember..... you heard it here first!
Everyone have a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING... see ya Friday

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Backyard chickens in Seattle, Snowmeggeddon 2.0, Ax murder, Mr Heater, Kinect, Sci-Fi is here now, Xbox

OH Crap! ITS COLD!  Woke up to 6 inches of snow and 19 degrees. Like a real trooper I got dressed, made the girls a hot breakfast to warm 'em up and took it to them.  OH!!!!! they are mad at me. They think I did it. They wouldn't even come out of the coop to eat the leftover hot rice and a slice of corned beef I made them. For you backyard chicken folks  up here in Seattle.... Its a good idea to give them a warm breakfast when it gets this cold. Its helps to get their body temp up. Pretty much any leftovers you have... thrown in the microwave will do it....Anyways.... I had to shovel the snow out from under their little coop porch.(When we made the coop we put a 3 foot over hang so they could get out of the rain and snow.) And then shovel an area in their pen. Then I threw down some wood chip bedding under the overhang and dumped a pile of scratch.  It worked.... they finally came out when they figured out what I was doing. I'm going to have to monitor their water today  because the fresh water I put out an hour ago is already starting to freeze.  Elphie was brave enough to wander out in to the yard.... Maybe the others will follow her lead.  They might even discover that I am doing laundry today and hang out under the dryer vent. 
The garden... The brussel sprouts are going strong but everything else is frozen stiff.   Yep! winter is officially here.
One problem I have griped about for the last five years.... Not being able to work in the studio in the winter because its so cold. Jimmy solved the problem by getting me a  'Mr Heater'.  Some of you are going to say 'duh'  But for those of you who don't know  'Mr Heater' is an attachment ($19.95 at lowes) that fits onto the top of a  propane tank.  It puts out some serious  warm and cozy.  This is  a good solution  only because my studio is so well ventilated (which is why it is so cold).  I'm hoping I can avoid snowmeggedon cabin fever this winter because of it. (sorry for the use of 'snowmeggedon' but its been shoved into my brain by my neighbor who uses it in every sentence.  I keep trying to teach him other big words ...but he really likes that one) The last time we had a big freeze up here I almost  went after everyone in my path with an ax. Jimmy didn't do any better but at least he had his video games. This time we are prepared..... mostly.  Oh and Jimmy bought a Kinect to go with his XBox (he's such a junkie).... That thing is some serious sci-fi! I'm loving the bowling game and I keep  whoopin' Jimmy at it.  Ping pong is pretty good too.....Can you tell I like the sissy games?  Soooooo.... work to do, chickens to watch out for, games to play... shouldn't be too bad this time......right?........ right?????

Here's some pics of the girls.

Monday, November 22, 2010

TSA horror, stop TSA now, screaming 3 year old, strip search a child, TSA the Neo American S.S.

I'm not even sure how to begin this post.   I REFUSE to line up in an orderly fashion for the boxcars to the showers.  For my younger readers... that was a historical reference.  I'm talking about TSA or as I like to call them... The Neo American S.S. This crap has gone to far.  I've heard all the comments on how this is Obamas doing.... and the other side that says Bush started it.  Yes! Bush STARTED it! But Obama is not STOPPING it. Silence means consent.  The politicos role in this doesn't matter. What matters is that WE THE PEOPLE are lining up in an orderly fashion and doing what we are told. We are actively participating in the  loss of  freedom and the mutilation of the constitution.  TSA has become an entity unto itself. The head of the TSA has  said that regardless of the complaints  they will continue in this fashion.  They have made themselves the law, the judge, the jury.  My Luddite self has had a change of heart.  I now say  thank god for iPhone videos! Everyone please get one and record,record, record. Do NOT let this horror go undocumented!
Please watch these videos of TSA torturing babies
And please re post them where ever can


Sunday, November 21, 2010

The earth has gone to sleep, winter projects, shuttle, mastadon, cheesy historical romances, couples bonding, eating on the floor

Woke up to an almost unmentionable amount of snow this morning.  And while the snow is not worth talking about... The 5 minutes it took to let the girls out and scatter scratch for them taught me that I cannot tend the chickens in my bathrobe and slippers at 6 am anymore. Cold boys and girls.... Very cold!  But this is why  we do what we do in the most ancient sense.  The earth has gone to sleep for the winter and we are warm and cozy and well fed. Our activities have moved indoors.  Now we have time to do those sit-down things   for the winter......  A little couples bonding in front of the fire, some art, some sewing, crochet, cooking and a couple of writing projects for me..... (and some time to read  cheesy historical romances). A little home bound engineering for Jimmy.  He's been planning on rebuilding his mammoth computer during this time since June. It means we will be dining on the floor in front of the fire for a week while all usable surfaces are taken up by his carefully organised  bits and pieces. I cant wait to see what this thing will do .... Right now it sounds like the finished product  will out compute NORAD.  And of course he is back in the solarium working on that. " The Shuttle" as it is fondly referred to by the boys, was one of the best projects he's dumped money into in a long time. He's hoping to get more lemons and pineapples this year. We had to move the rubber tree  into the studio during the summer because it went from 1 ft to 4 feet in less than a season. It was really happy in there  ..... An ambient 78 degrees, humid and bright. Its a great place to hang out on these dark and cold days.
While the mastodon is in the living room in pieces , I am going to paint the computer room.  Yeah I know one is supposed to paint in spring and summer but  we  have to take the opportunities offered to us, even if they are not seasonal.