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They was a-splishin’ and a-splashin’

Guess where I was yesterday? On a Friday? In May?

Splash Zoo

That doesn’t look anything like my work, does it? You caught me. I wasn’t at work, I was at the LEGOLAND waterpark  for the new opening of their toddler SplashZoo area! Not by myself either. I thought it only fitting I bring the cutest kids I know: RolyPoly, Ladybug and WhatAboutMe!

All three of those kids adore being in the water. Our previous trips with the older two to a waterpark has been difficult because they believe A) they can swim alone in deep water B) they can do anything an adult can do. It was overwhelming to keep them happy and safe.

I adore, adore, adore the New Duplo Splash Safari with every bit of my grandmotherly being. Shallow, warm pools, kid-sized water slides, soft squishy pool bottom and a great big sprinkler area of giant zoo animals: everything in the place is made for kids to love and enjoy. And our three were no exception!

(see below for scientific/photographic proof of their enjoyment).

If you live in the area, are visiting Southern California or are planning a trip here this summer (any of you BlogHer 2011 attendees bringing your families?!?!) I suggest you take a day (or two) to visit the LEGOLAND Water Park (and of course LEGOLAND too!). The cabanas are terrific and give the family a central place to meet while your bigger kids head over to the regular sized slides and your toddlers and younger kids enjoy the fun (and easier for them to navigate) Splash Zoo!




Thanks to LEGOLAND CA for the opportunity to attend the grand opening and to the SDMomfia for helping to arrange the day for us bloggers. I was given four admission tickers to LEGOLAND, but all opinions, sunburns and fun are mine.

Am I The Only One Highly Amused by Craigslist Responses?

I posted an ad on craigslist for the saddle that didn’t fit Calypso, the following is real. At least I really received these texts, who knows if the buyer is serious….

Buyer: u want 100 for u saddle

Me: Yes, if you can come tonight I will take $100

B: well i tex u from tecate baja california but my job is located in lakeside

M: Well if you want to call me when you are in Lakeside tomorrow and see if it is still available you can do that

B: ok i be in the yard 3 20 pm 8834 winter gardens blvd lakeside ca 92040 u need to be there 3 20 to 3 30 thank u

M: I don’t deliver, especially not for the cheap price of $100. If you can come pick it up give me a call and I will give directions. I am in esco about 25 miles from Lakeside I think

B: So when i see u if you want make deal

(I did not respond to this last message as I was still laughing about the “be here at 3 20” remark. And I didn’t think I would be “see”ing him any time soon. But about 20 minutes later I got this next message)

B: I dont have car but give ur address and let me ask my frend if hi take me to pick up the saddle

M: Okay but I won’t go lower than $100, so if you get a ride it is cash only. Text me if you get a ride and I will give you the address then.

B: ok  o course cash

We shall see if he/she calls tomorrow…I may not be laughing all the way to the bank, but I am laughing. (and I haven’t given him/her my address yet…I got creeped out and Mr. Vixen said just wait to see if they call back)

Slainte mhor agus a h-uile beannachd duibh!*

(*Good health and every good blessing to you!)

The beautiful prayer of St. Patrick, popularly known as “St. Patrick’s Breast-Plate”, the following is a literal translation from the old Irish text:

I bind to myself today
The strong virtue of the Invocation of the Trinity:
I believe the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe.

I bind to myself today
The virtue of the Incarnation of Christ with His Baptism,
The virtue of His crucifixion with His burial,
The virtue of His Resurrection with His Ascension,
The virtue of His coming on the Judgement Day.

I bind to myself today
The virtue of the love of seraphim,
In the obedience of angels,
In the hope of resurrection unto reward,
In prayers of Patriarchs,
In predictions of Prophets,
In preaching of Apostles,
In faith of Confessors,
In purity of holy Virgins,
In deeds of righteous men.

I bind to myself today
The power of Heaven,
The light of the sun,
The brightness of the moon,
The splendour of fire,
The flashing of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of sea,
The stability of earth,
The compactness of rocks.

I bind to myself today
God’s Power to guide me,
God’s Might to uphold me,
God’s Wisdom to teach me,
God’s Eye to watch over me,
God’s Ear to hear me,
God’s Word to give me speech,
God’s Hand to guide me,
God’s Way to lie before me,
God’s Shield to shelter me,
God’s Host to secure me,
Against the snares of demons,
Against the seductions of vices,
Against the lusts of nature,
Against everyone who meditates injury to me,
Whether far or near,
Whether few or with many.

I invoke today all these virtues
Against every hostile merciless power
Which may assail my body and my soul,
Against the incantations of false prophets,
Against the black laws of heathenism,
Against the false laws of heresy,
Against the deceits of idolatry,
Against the spells of women, and smiths, and druids,
Against every knowledge that binds the soul of man.

Christ, protect me today
Against every poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against death-wound,
That I may receive abundant reward.

Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ within me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ at my right, Christ at my left,
Christ in the fort,
Christ in the chariot seat,
Christ in the poop [deck],
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks to me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

I bind to myself today
The strong virtue of an invocation of the Trinity,
I believe the Trinity in the Unity
The Creator of the Universe.

A moment in my tummy… a lifetime in my heart

There are people out there who will find me absurd when I proclaim what I am about to. There are some who will think I am spoiled and ungrateful; crazy, insane, or brainless. Some may be hurt aggrieved due to their own struggles and believe I am not grateful, although I know I am. Those who have never experienced it (and are happiy that way), may find me laughable.

I can’t change my desires. My yearning. My hankering. The daily/nightly burning craving.

To have a baby.

Not ’just’ to have a child. Although that is the real desire. But I also covet the pregnancy days. The feeling of growth within my body. The nurturing of innocent life. The muscle cramps, The weight gain. The lumbering walk. The quickening. The kicks and rolls.

But yes, end run game, I want  to have another baby of my own. Another child. A thought that had been gone for years. A possibility that has been gone for years. Yet the vision reappears and persists.

Why this overwhelming need? I have grandchildren for heaven’s sake! Yet, adorable and wonderful as they are? They are not mine alone. Completely and dependently mine. The first face they see in the morning and the last at night. All mistakes and accomplishments, of me and by me.

Readers my age, is this normal? Am I doomed to a life of wishing and wanting another baby of my own? Or is this some kind of midlife crisis breeder style? Men get cars and moms yearn for babies in their wombs? More importantly…how do I make it go away? Obviously, holding other’s babies (even my own grandbabies) isn’t going to work: I want one of my own!!!! And knowing it is a physical impossibility is having not one tiny bit of effect on my infatuation with wanting to be pregnant!

Don’t get me wrong…I am not sad about it. I dealt with that years ago. This just seems to be some kind of overwhelming want to gestate and give birth and raise a baby. I’ve lost it. Obviously.

Hormones? Insanity? I bet if someone would loan me a baby for a month I would get over it. Volunteers?

Saving the planet, one less stinky sock at a time

A few months ago, someone knocked on my door. (Not always a good thing around here.) She was from our local utility provider. Turns out based on where we live, we automatically qualified for a program they have:

Customers who qualify receive personal visits from contractors who can help you do the following things for your home:

  • Install improvements to help make your home more energy efficient.
  • Help you understand the best ways you can save energy around your home.
  • Determine whether some of your appliances are eligible for free repairs or replacement.
Examples of Free Home Improvements
  • Attic Insulation
  • Door weatherstripping and caulking
  • Low-flow showerheads and faucet aerators
  • Water heater blankets
  • Energy-efficient lighting
  • Select energy-efficient appliances

I was pretty stoked. After several visits from several different contractors, we found that we have adequate attic insulation, that our water heater is mounted too close to the wall for a heater blanket, and that we couldn’t get energy efficient weather stripping because our house is too small and we wouldn’t have enough ventilation. All they could do for us was exchange all our light bulbs for energy efficient ones and give us a free lamp. Which isn’t bad at all for free. But I had to admit, I was a little discouraged. Then the appliance guy arrived. Our fridge and dryer are only three years old, as we had to get them when we moved into this house. My washer, however, was ancient when I purchased it from the classifieds. The last time I purchased a new washer? The year I was married. That’s right, 1982. After that we only got a new (to us) washer when ours died and we bought whatever someone else was getting rid of. Ours was not at all energy efficient. What I did not realize was how dirty my ‘clean’ laundry was. I probably would have died an old lady who never knew what clean, fragrant laundry really was if it wasn’t for this program. But now there is no going back.

Hip, hip hooray that I am helping the planet. The real joy is the look, feel, and smell of my clean laundry. It actually makes me want to do laundry. Now that? Is an amazing machine. Behold the clean machine:

IMG_5827  Is that awesome or what?

My suggestion to all of you? Go to your utility company’s home page. Find out if they have a program like this. Immediately sign up! What have you got to lose? And look what you might gain!

What we anticipate seldom occurs, what we least expected generally happens

I began this post (in my head) in the middle of the night last night, categorizing all the things I have endured over the past few years as testimate as to why am still amazed as to how things seem to be progressing in my life right now. But I don’t want to revisit them right now.  I am just not in the mood.

There is an apparently huge, uncommon storm headed my way. I hesitate to use the “storm of the century” jargon, since the weatherman this morning claimed it may be more rare than anything ever recorded, so it’s the “storm of the ever recorded”? Possibilities of snow down to very low levels, which is probably nothing for the rest of the world, but here in Sun Diego a rare and momentous occasion. I am excited at the idea of such a huge change, but confident it will not last. This is southern California after all.

My entire life feels like that now. Excited anticipation about what is around the next corner. The possibility of ‘different’ times not a threat but,  like the weather, a welcome albeit temporary change.

Sharing is hard with words. I wish I could detail how fantastic my life is as a direct result of the presence of the internet in my life. To be able to quantify the depth of my feelings when I am with my grandchildren. To characterize the joy a stray cat has added to my days. To somehow elucidate the physical and emotional experience for me when I am riding.

It doesn’t work. There are always some people who just don’t get it. My parents will never understand my relationship with animals, they just aren’t animal people. I imagine it must be like when a runner tries to explain to me the feeling of a “runner’s high”…I am never, never going to understand that. I can’t get past the shin splints when I jog one block. People are suspicious of each other these days. No one will ever understand the relationships I have developed over the internet. And most are highly suspicious of favors, gifts, etc. from people who I have never met in person. I imagine trying to explain this is as hard as describing the glory of a rainbow to a person who has never seen sunshine. 

It doesn’t matter. I am experiencing the feelings I can’t put in to words. I am living the moment that escapes descriptions.

Tomorrow is Friday. Saturday, my horse arrives. To say I am excited for that day to be here would be an understatement. I just hope that pictures will capture a hint of the moment…

Bring on the storm. I am waiting.

Since We May Be Entering Our Own Depression

At the arts and crafts fair, when we went to the pumpkin patch for the first (of three times this year) there was a vendor there with wind chimes…which I collect….made out of glass plates. She goes to garage sales, auctions and estate sales and buys antique glass plates. Then she turns them into wind chimes. What an original and great idea, isn’t it?

I had three or four I would have scooped up if I had the money. But I could only have one, soI finally settled on this one. She said it was called Twiggy, but after researching I think it is called Pebble Leaf pattern. Either way, it was manufactured by the Indiana Glass Company during the depression and it is awesome. It looks wonderful above my kitchen sink and now I know it is a piece of history. And to think…I only bought it because it was pretty and green! When the breeze comes in the window, the sound is lilting, tinkling and soothing. A very good find, if you as me.

By the way, this is a post I started back at the beginning of October. That is how far behind I am in blogging. Sigh. If we are all lucky I will introduce you to my new kitten before she is an elderly feline!

Apropos of Nothing

I have always dreamed of having console tables. I do love my little house, it is easy to clean and keep up BUT there isn’t much room at all. Just look at this one…I really, really want it.

Yabba Dabba Doo, Back By Popular Demand

It’s Friday. And there is a lot going on. Got the ‘inside’ scoop on the bank robbery yesterday…will share soon. It is really awful because the freaking, felonious a$$wipe thief got away with the money.

On a brighter note? Legoland with the grandkids and Mr. Vixen on Saturday.

So the popular demand part? Why, Chloe kitty of course! I can’t get pictures that actually catch her cuteness…she is too quick. But here she is right after she stole my crochet project: “What yarn, Mom? I don’t know what you are talking about!” Wink, wink.


In the news today:

  1. Today marks the 50th anniversary of The Flintstones, it premiered on Sept. 30, 1960 at 8:30 in the evening. Obviously (really, truly) I am not old enough to have watched it when it premiered, but it is a favorite of mine and (I am sure) the first cartoon I ever watched. If I was older, the internet was older, and I’d had a blog way back then, Nannygoat’s SSIN (super secret internet name) would have been Pebbles. I called her that as baby/toddler. We always did her hair in the famous Pebbles ponytail sticking up from the top of her head. I can’t believe it has been 50 years.
  2. MacDougal’s bank was robbed today. I was working in our other office for the first time today and had just arrived there (one block from his bank). I got an ‘inspired’ thought and texted him to see if we could meet for lunch. He answered back with “We’ve just been robbed.” Those words struck like a cold knife in my mother heart despite his answer to my OMG, are you okay??!!?? question that he was fine, just a little shaken. I immediately (without telling him) went over there to check on him and hug him decided to go buy my lunch at the store his branch is in. He couldn’t talk much and I don’t have many details, but I am requesting a transfer on his behalf to a bank with bullet proof glass and security guards immediately.
  3. RAIN! THUNDER! LIGHTENING! All day today. Bizarre, considering I was dying of heat stroke 3 days ago and it never rains in southern california. I love it thought it was awesome.
  4. Great Gram had another fall. Apparently it was on Monday, but we weren’t told until today. Not as bad this time, just a few stitches on her forehead and a fracture in her arm (compared to a few months ago & the compound ankle fracture).
  5. 000000000000000000000
  6. Chloe kitty is putting on so much weight that now when she walks on my keyboard while I am typing she puts in her own number and apparently she wants you to know something about an “o”.
  7. y
  8. And a “y”
  9. And now my bottom and top menu bars are missing and I don’t know how to get them back. Darn cat.
  10. I am saddened by the loss of Tony Curtis. Such a handsome bloke and I grew up on his movies. If I judge my age by how old the famous people who have passed away lately are I might think I was old.
  11. Tomorrow is Friday. Yabba Dabba Do!

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