Friday, February 27, 2009


I recently saw an article titled 'U.S. FDA Approves Drug Produced in Genetically-Engineered Goats.' Did I actually read the article? No, because the title is so delicious that it seems reading about it would just ruin the glow and the mind-rambling daydreams ....
Goat 1: Uh-Oh, here comes that mad scientist again. He has that gleam in his eye.
Goat 2: That isn't a gleam, it's a dollar sign! You should have your eyes tested, I can actually SEE the dollar sign!!
Goat 1: As if it isn't bad enough that they genetically engineered us last week. We've been the laughing stocks of the herd ever since. If someone ever calls me a caricature of Neanderthal goats once more, I'll ... I'll .....
Goat 2: Y-e-e-e-s-s-s-s-s?
Goat 1: Oh it's just SOOOO embarrassing!
Goat 2: But at least we have better coloring than the rest of the herd.
Goat 1: That's just so the mad scientist & his friends can easily identify us when they want to make us into .... DRUGS. There's a rumor that this would NOT work if we weren't genetically-engineered. If people only KNEW what we'd gone through, all that we've lost, the humiliation, the degradation, the indignity of it all, I just know they'd never want to take this new drug!
Goat 2: Kind of gives new meaning to political correctness, doesn't it? Hey.... what's that big gun doing in the mad scientist's hand????!!!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Pretty In Pink Gabriella

A picture's worth a thousand words.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Lurker Definition

Today I posted on a calligraphy site - there's a thread there regarding 'lurkers.' It has always bothered me when people use this word to refer to folks who don't often post to a site - why, you ask? Because the definition for lurk is lie in wait, lie in ambush, to behave in a sneaky and secretive manner - which is not the intent of anyone reading the posts - well, maybe there are SOME people who do plan to ambush the people who do post often, but come on - what kind of ambush could they possibly achieve? So I made my thoughts known and immediately received back a snide & sarcastic note from a guy who often posts his IMPORTANT thoughts on the site. Which reminded me why I don't often post - a few years ago I wrote a post asking about printers - & said anyone with information could contact me privately. I did this to be polite and not 'gum up' the site with answers to my question. I received a note from some woman who bawled me out, saying how DARE I not wish to share this information with the group, how selfish I was. Needless to say, it was a L-O-N-G time before I ever posted again. Sigh. You just can't win sometimes. So... post, receive snotty reply, don't post, be called something you are definitely NOT, you lurker you, out there secretly and so sneaky with your plans to ambush... mention that, receive snotty reply......

Brush Alphabet

I feel bored, so looked through my saved stuff file and found this. For some reason, it particularly appeals to me today. It's been many years since I lettered this alphabet.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Sunshine Flowers

I'm all agog over these beautiful tulips - Spring is in a month. We still have snowdrifts over 5 feet high in the front yard, back yard, sides of the house, all over town, mountains of snow everywhere, MOUNTAINS of snow. The big question is how fast will it melt when the temps are warmer, and where will all that water go??

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Newest Addition

The newest addition to our family is Gabriella Rae, born on Valentine's Day - she's pictured here with her Mom (Jenelle) and Archie, who adores her and protects her. (I suppose you wonder what she needs protection from!)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Pharmaceutical Advertisements

Where to start? I have all these ads swimming around in my mind - ads for PILLS. And more pills. You don't take pills? We will find an ailment so that you too, may TAKE pills!! Ask your doctor if it's right for YOU. BUT be sure to call him if you suddenly have no sight after taking Viagra.
"Hellllloooooooooo" (Yawning)
"Hey, Doc, it says on TV to call you immediately if I go blind while having sex. I all of a sudden can't see anything and I'm really scared, so scared I couldn't .... er ah....'
"Take two aspirin and see me in the morning."
"But DOC (whining) - how can I get to your office if I can't see to drive?"
(sounding preoccupied)"You could call a police officer, oh sorry, I meant a taxi, I'm watching Law & Order.... is there anything else I can help you with?"
"Doc, this is so-o-o-o-o s-c-a-r-y! Shall I go to the E.R.? What would they say or do if I went to the E.R.?"
"Have you heard of priapism? They would probably admit you to a room and the younger nurses who haven't actually seen this yet, would find a reason to visit your room and you'd have more attention than if you were there for - say, pneumonia."
"Well Doc, while I have you on the phone, there was another ad on TV that encouraged me to ask you if this drug is right for me, one for attention deficit disorder - my wife thinks I have this. Is that drug right for me?"
"What else did the ad say about the drug?"
"Well, in very laid-back terms they said it could conceivably have side effects of nausea, vomiting, lymphoma, tuberculosis, headache, leg and stomach aches, coma and death."
"Yes, it is right for you."