Archive for May, 2009

Bacon, Bacon, Bacon

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on May 30, 2009 by juliannah

Yes, we did it. We adopted a dog. Are we crazy? Maybe, but I want a companion to accompany me on my morning walks and since our new house is one of only nine in our development we just want some extra security. Nothing against Buddy my chihuahua, but biting ankles is just not going to cut it.

So may I introduce Lucie (yes Crafty, we now have dogs with the same name!)

Lucie was rescued on May 8th and has been with a lovely woman who takes in animals that are due to walk the last mile. God bless these people.

So Lucie is so far very sweet natured and loving. She took right to us and I do believe this is going to be a great and long relationship. We are not quite sure of her age, paperwork says 1 yr 7 months. Lady said 7 months. So who knows. She is housebroken but needs to learn how to walk on a leash, sit, lay down and the usual dog stuff.

And she totally looks like the dog in Beggin Strips commercial.

Corvette said when he comes home he is going to say, “Lucie, I’m home!”

Maybe we should change Buddy’s name to Ricky. Tehe (;

Oh, the cat is in hiding.



Quote of the Week

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on May 29, 2009 by juliannah

“Our Country won’t go on forever, if we stay soft as we are now. There won’t be any AMERICA because some foreign soldiery will invade us and take our women and breed a hardier race!”
-Lt. Gen. Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller, USMC

A Better Mousetrap?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on May 28, 2009 by juliannah

As I postedon Tuesday, we spent most of the weekend trying to rid our kitchen of a mouse. We decided to fore go the traditional mouse trap and give the sticky paper things a try. Corvette was going to stop today and pick some up from the store. Last night I moved the mousetrap away from my stove. Yesterday once again the mouse managed to eat the cheese off of the trap without springing it. I was getting ready for work this morning and and I heard a noise coming from the kitchen. It sounded like something rattling around in the cabinets so of course I went to investigate. I kept thinking that damn mouse was having a heyday in my cabinets. After a few seconds the noises stopped so I went further into the kitchen and I saw it! There was the mouse in the trap! Finally, gone from my kitchen!

Now, the thing that makes this kind of funny is there was no food on the trap. After trying nearly every cheese known to mankind, peanut butter and whatever else we thought that mouse might eat we catch it with nothing. nada. zip.

Not so smart mouse after all.

Wordless Wednesday – Golden Gate Bridge Dedicated 1937

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on May 27, 2009 by juliannah







A Mouse in the House

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on May 26, 2009 by juliannah

I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day Weekend and took time to honor our fallen.

 LCpl Honda made it home for the holiday and our granddaughter Butterfly was able to spend the weekend with us too. We had a fun weekend, which included swimming and movie viewing. Just let me say that if you are any kind of a Star Trek fan go see this movie. Most people my age probably will remember the original series on TV. For Corvette and I it was like a walk in the past except with different actors playing the original characters. Capt Kirk is just a hunky. Mr. Spock was dead-on. Bones just as cantankerous as always. Lt Uhura, Mr. Scott, Mr. Sulu and Mr. Chekov, all played perfectly. I will not spoil the movie for anyone but it reveals the answers to many questions and of course makes you think. Loved it.

 Well you would think that all this would be enough excitement for one weekend. But NO!! We came home from the store on Sunday and LCpl Honda informed us that we have another guest. Sort of. Somehow, a mouse got in my house and took up residence in my stove. Nice.

 So, back to the store goes Corvette to pick up some traps and after repeatedly reassuring Butterfly that no, the mouse will not get you and do not worry we will catch it by tonight and it will be over with we set out on the mission to rid the stove of the little squatter. Or so we thought…

 So first off, Corvette set the traps with peanut butter and sets them on the floor next the stove. Bad move already. I am getting dinner ready and I am not too happy about the traps near my toes but I figure I will keep my eyes open. There is only one thing we did not think about. You see we have a Chihuahua, Buddy. Note: small dog with large appetite. Likes to stand in kitchen while I cook in hopes of catching a falling crumb. Are you getting the picture? All of a sudden, we hear one of the traps spring and at first, we are overjoyed at catching the little uninvited guest. Yea. no. I look down and see my dog exiting the kitchen and a rather fast pace with a not-so-happy look on his face. More like an almost barring teeth look. I am just glad his nose was not caught in the trap or we would have added trip to the vet to our weekend activities. Needless to say the traps then were moved.

 Ok, as I said I was in the middle of cooking dinner and I turned on the stove to preheat the oven. I walk outside for a few minutes and when I come back and walk to the stove Yikkkkes! It is the mouse on its way back into the stove. Ok so after some simultaneous screaming on me and Butterfly’s part things return to normal and we get on with the day and our resolve to catch the damn thing.

 Fast foreword to later that night. Corvette goes in the kitchen what does he see? Empty mousetraps licked clean. Stupid mouse. Ok so we go to bed with assurance that we will have that pesky creature in the morning. Right? Wrong. We get up and once again, empty mousetraps licked clean. Smart mouse. Same story the rest of the day. Same story this morning. Damn ingenious mouse.

 So I guess the next step is decon. Did not really want to go there but SuperMouse has left us no choice. Because we will prevail. I hope.

 By the way, we do have a cat. She apparently was off duty this weekend.



Pink is the New Camo

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 22, 2009 by juliannah

A soldier sleeping on his post in Afghanistan  was awakened by Taliban terrorists attacking the post. He rushed out to help his fellow soldiers defend the post. Not so unusual but there is a twist. He was wearing pink boxer shorts, a red t-shirt and flip-flops.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates praised Army Specialist Zachery Boyd on Thursday and said he would like to meet the young soldier who is only 19 years old.

Secretary Gates said, “Any soldier who goes into battle against the Taliban in pink boxers and flip-flops has a special kind of courage.” He added, “I can only wonder about the impact on the Taliban. Just imagine seeing that: a guy in pink boxers and flip-flops has you in his cross-hairs. What an incredible innovation in psychological warfare.”

Read the full story here.

Just another example of courage under fire. It takes quite a man to run out in pink boxers to defend our country. Thank you Spc. Boyd!

I just love this country!


Quote of the Week

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on May 21, 2009 by juliannah

And I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free, and I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me and I’ll proudly stand up next to him to defend her still today, ‘cuz there ain’t no doubt I love this land, god bless the USA. -Lee Greenwood

Wordless Wednesday – Memorial Day

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 20, 2009 by juliannah






Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on May 19, 2009 by juliannah

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Military Monday

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on May 18, 2009 by juliannah

I am sure that everyone knows how much seeing eye dogs help blind people. Well Southeastern Guide Dogs decided to take it a step further. In 2003 they heard about a young Marine who had been blinded by a roadside bomb in Iraq. Southeastern learned that the military does not provide guide dogs to wounded military.

So they decided to contact some military officials and see what could be done to help the wounded military out. General Tommy Franks was very impressed and argreed to become a spokesperson at no charge.

Paws for Patriots now provides guide dogs at no charge to blinded soldiers and Marines. Southeastern did not stop there. They also placed therapy dogs at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, MD.

Paws for Patriots receives receives no governmental funding and relies completely on donations. If you wish to donate you can go here.