Virgin snow and virgin car today

We drove into town today to pick up our new little car. The first dusting of snow was on the trees and it looked quite beautiful but it is awfully early for snow. You could see quite a bit on the higher ground. We are definitely not ready for snow.

Anyway it was all gone by the time I drove my new baby home. It was straight off the truck so it had hardly any kilometres on it. The dealer gave us the first fill up free. it took $40.00 of fuel to fill the tank, better that the $100 worth to fill the truck. Of course the size is different but I sincerely hope we get a lot better mileage.

I had all sorts of instructions from my husband to remember, especially not to drive too fast the first time, and remember the moose, it is not the same as sitting high in the truck, and all sorts of technical stuff about breaking in a new motor in. Most of which I forgot as soon as I sat down in the car.

Off I went and he was behind me in the truck all the way. When we got home he grins saying “I’m glad I don’t have to drive behind your roller skate all the time, that took a long time to come home”.

Men you can never please them, I was doing what I was told! Roller skate indeed!

I hope winter holds off a bit longer because I want to do some running around. I probably will do most of my major trips next summer, and we don’t drive if the weather is bad, one of the pluses of being retired, we don’t have to go anywhere if it doesn’t suit us.

What I found on the internet in the last few days

Poking about on the internet I came upon these few things that might interest you.

YouVersion an online Bible with a difference in that you can share and collaborate with others. Drawback for me is that it seems to only offer the King James Version but I could be wrong.

LitSum Literature Summaries offers free book summaries and notes that you can find by title or author. Might be interesting.

Jottit an instant web page you can mail. Not sure what I would use it for but is very easy to use.

Open Office free open source Microsoft Office clone. Very good but too large for me to download you can get a free CD, just pay shipping and handling.

E-mail icon generator Yahoo, Gmail and others. Takes a little figuring out how to put it on site.

Add language translation to your site You can remove a language if you wish by editing the code.

Pageflakes Netvibes both alternate start pages to iGoogle and Yahoo, still checking these out.

Hakia Crispy Web Mooter Search Engines, they search slightly differently that Yahoo and Google.

Well that’s all the goodies I have found since last time.

Weak as a kitten

I got hit by the bug from hell yesterday afternoon. Don’t know how I got it but suffice it to say I spent most of the last 24 hours in the bathroom. I lost 3lbs, and I feel weak as a kitten. My motivation to do anything went down the toilet, so to speak.

I have been browsing around the internet looking for the magic piece of software that will immediately make me a scintillating blogger. Of course it doesn’t exist. I tend to be a spontaneous blogger and don’t have a plan when I sit down to write. Are you like that or do you have posts planned in advance? I am sure that is a good way to go but I am not disciplined enough.

I have always been a spontaneous person. I hate To Do lists and have never used one, things always get done but when I feel like doing them.

One thing that I can’t resist doing is, when reading a book I have to look at the end of the story. I don’t think I have ever read a book without doing this. I don’t like surprises, any type of surprise, for example I don’t like receiving gifts when I don’t know what they are going to be. In fact I don’t like gifts much at all, it puts me under obligation to return the favour and a loathe shopping for gifts, even when my boys were younger I gave them money and they bought what they wanted. The whole Christmas gift exchange is such a drag as far as I am concerned.

I could care less about expensive jewelery, if you want to show me undying love buy me a gadget. Diamonds are not my best friend I wouldn’t know what to do with them.

One thing lately that I have been beating myself up about is giving my opinion too readily. I think my tongue is a bit too spontaneous. Also I have allowed myself to get impatient with my poor husband. He has a severe hearing problem, and although he has the best hearing aids we could afford I find myself repeating everything once or even twice. Part of the problem is that he thinks he hears you and rushes off to do what he thinks I want and it wasn’t that at all.

On Sunday we were in the grocery store, and I needed some garbage bags, the large ones. We were in the line up when I realized I hadn’t picked them up and he said he would get them. I had to grab his hand and yelled “Listen to me” because I knew he was off to get the ones I didn’t want. He is the most excellent of husbands and I felt bad that I had embarrassed him in public, but sometimes his disability is mine too.

We received an e-mail from a daughter yesterday, she is shaving her head for “Cops for Cancer” would we support her? While a worthy cause we both felt that since she hasn’t contacted us for a least nine months, and now just a request for money, which she sent out to everyone in her address book, we were not too sympathetic. Maybe that is taking a hard line, if however it was a real emergency we would find the money but this is something she has taken on herself.

So that is all for now folks, I am staying close to home because I am still not quite together yet.

Head or Tails #7 – Pet Peeves

Skittles has started a new meme for every Tuesday called visit her blog for instructions. Basically she gives us a word and we can do whatever we like with it. That can’t be too hard, can it? This week the subject is ‘Pet Peeves.

Dog Hair
Vacuuming up dog hair
Fishing dog hair out of my coffee
De-tangling dog hair
Dog that panics at the slightest thing
Dogs that think it is their duty to bark at every falling leaf
Dog that jumps out of her pen when someone shoots a gun
Dog that likes to roll in bear poop or dead fish
Dog that has to accompany you every where, even the bathroom
Dog that insists on sleeping in the bathroom
Dog that likes to dig anywhere
Dog that is an Alpha female and has to be top dog
Dog that takes instant likes and dislikes to people
Dog that turns up her nose disdainfully if you tell her off
Dog that thinks she is an equal and has a mind of here own
Dog who runs up the road and keeps going even when you call her
Dogs, I prefer cats, as I tell her lots

Anyway on the pet peeves theme I looked up the expression “Hair of the dog that bit you”, because having a hangover must be a pet peeve also.

The use of the phrase as a metaphor for a hangover treatment dates back to the time William Shakespeare. In the Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (1898) “In Scotland it is a popular belief that a few hairs of the dog that bit you applied to the wound will prevent evil consequences. Applied to drinks, it means, if overnight you have indulged too freely, take a glass of the same wine next morning to soothe the nerves. ‘If this dog do you bite, soon as out of your bed, take a hair of the tail in the morning.'”

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I am smoking today

We decided we should light the wood fire now, so we carted in some logs, and got it going and I am smoking hot sitting here. This time of year is always difficult to decide what to do about heating. It is cold overnight and a large part of the day but not really cold enough for fires. I have the solarium window wide open but it is still 25C by the computer. That is too warm for me.

I smoked more trout and then made it into a paté and served it on seaweed crackers. That was a big hit. Tomorrow I have a large salmon I have to fillet and smoke. I am not very good at filleting but each time I do it I get a little better. The trouble is getting the salmon to stay still, the thing still wants to have its last fling even though it is minus its integral parts. It flips and slides all over my counter. I have some special gloves designed to hold fish but it doesn’t take long before they are all slimy and smelly, but the smoked salmon is worth the effort. I think I will put sea salt and brown sugar on this lot, perhaps with a touch of maple syrup. The real stuff of course.

A friend gave us a DVD as he had just bought a new one. I mucked up the last one somehow trying to get some electronic setting to communicate with the TV. So I am grateful for this and set it up this afternoon. My husband doesn’t touch anything of that kind, he can do just about anything with his hands but he gets very frustrated with modern technology.

I think I will join Rogers Video Direct and get a few movies mailed each month. So if you see a good movie tell me, because I don’t have a clue what is good. There is no movie theatre for hundreds of miles from here so I don’t see any advertising for movies either.

When I sat down I had nothing to write but at least you have a narration of my day.

Saturday Evening Post

I have three blogs on my reader that are interesting and I thought I would share them with you.

Blackholes and Astro Stuff Read Bob’s latest post about how sky-watching tunes up your brain. Something I am sure I could use. The sky here tonight is absolutely clear and the stars are easy to see. I might even get a telescope for viewing from my solarium.

The Insane Writer is a freelance writer who is trying to stay sane in an insane world. Aren’t we all? She loves to read as she says the local library is her home away from home.

Two Write Hands she is also a freelance writer taking some English courses where she had to revive her crayoning skills.

Take time out and go say Hi to these folks, they love comments just like we all do!

A little yellow car will be in my carport next week

We went out today and bought a new car, a Chevy Aveo. I have always wanted a little yellow car. My husband wanted a gray one could you believe, that must say something about us don’t you think?

It is a bit of a stretch financially but on the other hand it will save a lot of gas and I can get out a bit more. Right now we are careful about using the truck because it costs about $60 to even go shopping, but with the new one it will be about $12. So instead of going to see my boys by Greyhound I will drive. Yipee!

The other reason for getting the car is that I will drive, since we have been married, 9 years ago, he has done virtually all the driving. It just worked out that way but I need to start driving again, especially in the snow, which I don’t like doing, and I don’t want to become fearful of driving.

We will take his Ford Truck off the road in the winter and he says it will last longer if it not used all the time as it is a 1997. He needs to keep it for getting firewood and other manly pursuits, like dragging the boat around, getting gravel for the driveway, boring stuff.

So if I am not posting I will be dashing around British Columbia in my little yellow car.