Sunday, December 28, 2008

All I ever wanted - a Buzzy Tree for Christmas!

This is my Buzzy Christmas tree that Courto gave me for Christmas. I'm pretty much tinkled pink about it. What is now a luscious mound of  rich brown soil started out as a bantam, crusty dirt pellet. After adding some water to my Success Soil pellet I got to watch it evolve into successful, luscious soil you see here. It kind of looked like diarrhea as it was evolving but it was exciting none the less. I'm not sure how big this thing is supposed to get but my instructions are telling me I need to transplant it once it gets 3" tall. Assuming I give this tree the TLC it needs, I will have to show you what it looks like once it reaches full maturity. And I'll probably throw in some update reports and progress snaps. 

I bought a "Quotationary" with some of my gift money and was pleasantly surprised to find a healthy supply of quotes on trees. Here's a Greek saying for you to ponder: "A civilization flourishes when people plant trees under whose shade they will never sit."

Friday, December 19, 2008

Geek Alerts to the Rescue!

I was beginning to wonder what happened to my supporters because it had been awhile since anyone left a comment, and then I realized that you guys had left comments and I was neglecting to publish them! Sorry about that, I just switched my commenting settings. 

As many of you know I had ear surgery  yesterday morning. I didn't do too much besides sleep, take a few steps, feel like I was going to pass out, admire my new fashion head gear, drink a delicious milkshake Mom made for me and browse through my new favorite website: Here are a few pictures of some of my favorite items. It was hard to pick which ones I liked best because there are so many great things on Geek Alerts. I highly recommend a visit for there for each and every one of you. top right: Kim Clock, bottom left: Pirate USB hub, bottom middle: sweet Casio watches, bottom right: Retro TV alarm clock. 

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Thatssnot funny!

Rosie, I want to start off by dedicating this post to you. 
I called you tonight on my way home from babysitting hoping you would answer and ask me how I was doing. But since you didn't, I would like to help you imagine doing so right now. You: "Greetings, Nicole! How are you this fine evening?" Me: "Yes! I was hoping you would ask me! I am doing well, except for this runny nose that is driving the snot out of me!"

A Joke From Jack

Mom inspired me in her comment on the word "crackerjack" in my previous post to share with all of you a Crackerjacks joke. This particular series is a souvenir from my recent summer in Colorado as a camp counselor. One week we had all diabetic kids and we got snacks all throughout the day which was wonderful! Then at the end of the week we got to raid all of the food that the American Diabetes Association left behind which was also wonderful! I scrounged up a decent amount of Crackerjack bags and thoroughly enjoyed my entertaining surprises within them. I hope you do as well. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Top-drawer, Adroit Crackerjacks

I really shouldn't be using my time to publish a post right now but I decided to make it a reward for figuring out the topic of one of my final projects so I'm going to do it anyway. 

I thought I would share a few of my new favorite words with you. As I was searching (which happens to be one of my favorite sites and also the place that helped me come up with my name) I came across these words: crackerjack, adroit and top drawer. Here are your definitions: 

crackerjack -noun 1. a person or thing that shows marked ability or excellence.

adroit -adjective 1. expert or nimble in the use of the hands or body. 2. cleverly skillful, resourceful, or ingenious; an adroit debater

top drawer -noun 1. a person or thing that shows marked ability or excellence.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

A Word From Daisy

Thank you, Daisy sour cream for such thought provoking quotes!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Salmagundi And A Pun

Here is a 17th century recipe of salmagundi from The Good Huswives Treasure:
"Cut cold roast chicken or other meats into slices. Mix with minced tarragon and an onion. Mix al together with capers, olives, samphire, broombuds, mushrooms, oysters, lemon, orange, raisins, almonds, blue figs, Virginia potatoes, peas and red and white currants. Garnish with sliced oranges and lemons. Cover with oil and vinegar, beaten together."

One of these days I plan to make this concoction and put a picture of it up for your viewing pleasure. And if you get an itching to try some, you can come on over and we'll make it together! I'm still trying to figure out what broombuds are so if anyone knows, please share your wealth of knowledge with me!

And now a little pun to liven up your day:
You might describe a cow that has just given birth to an offspring as de-calf-inated!