Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Blue Bunny


I'm new to blogging...can you tell? I'm learning about embedding HTML and all that foreign lingo. After all, I'm not a kid. Computer is not my native tongue.
So...I'm having fun. It hasn't been too frustrating. Blogger templates have helped make it easier.
The fun is finding new widgets and gadgets and then figuring how to use them in your site. (I'm sure there's a technical difference between the two, but damned if I know what it is.)
So when I saw the virtual pet...I had to have one. Cute isn't he? Getting him on the page was easy. They do all the work for you. Other things are a little trickier and I shall explore them later. I hope to be able to share some of my favorite tunes soon.
I found a great web site called Tips For New Bloggers for helping you add to you weblog or website. It has very easy to follow, detailed instructions for adding the chat/message boards, music, video, and stuff that I still don't understand.


Friday, July 27, 2007

Bubbie's Puppy

One reason a dog can be such a comfort when you're feeling blue is that he doesn't try to find out why. ~Author Unknown

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I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive. ~Gilda Radner

This Is Bubbie's Puppy

I've always liked dogs...not necessarily loved them but there have been exceptions. This is one and he adopted me. Given the timing, his need for a home and the fact that he was so cute and soft and furry, what choice was there?


It was shortly after my MS diagnosis, I was home and unable to work, my nest was empty, and my children were out on their own, when my friend turned to me and announced "you need a dog!"


This is the one she had in mind. He had been found wandering near some warehouses, dirty, cold and hungry. We needed each other.


Turns out he is either a Pekenese or a Tibetan Spaniel or some combination of both. He's a great companion to me, and loyal. He has decided that it is his sole mission in his doggy life to be at my heels 24/7 and to protect me from ALL others. He has an attitude and the mere mention of his name has invoked fear from all those he has deemed unworthy. THIS can be a problem, and we're working on it.



What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight, what counts is the size of the fight in the dog.- Mark Twain






I encourage people to adopt a pet. There are so many animals seeking homes in our local shelters. Find the Humane Society in your area.
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Bubbie's Baby Picasso



"Every child is an artist.


The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."


Pablo Picasso

This is Bubbie's baby...well not really. She's Bubbie's baby's baby. Her name is Camryn. She is the very same munchkin that gave me my blogging moniker.

The little budding artist makes Bubbie proud. I can't wait to introduce her to finger paints! (Her momma will love that)

As you can see her very favorite thing to do outdoors is to cover the sidewalks with her chalk art. I am told that she does not go out of the door without carrying her very own box of art supplies. She's a gal on a mission to beautify the sidewalks of the neighborhood.

No matter what she's wearing or where she's going, there's time to make her mark on the world. I promise to steer her toward paper and canvas before it occurs to her that other surfaces could be decorated as well.
I believe fostering creativity is natural and necessary in child development.
So, if every child is born an artist,
what happens to all of the fearless youthful enthusiasm to be creative that we were born with? Are we taught by society harsh lessons to comply and conform? What happens to all of those brave creative spirits? Boldness is lost when we become compelled to color between the lines.





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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Alaskan Honeymoon

Bubbie's son and Daughter in law are on a trip in Alaska.

*(Bubbie wrinkles her nose and pouts while she counts her exciting traveling experiences without the need of hands)

They have called and have kept us up to date on their adventures. They zip-lined in the deciduous forests in Ketchekan, and took a helicopter to tour a glacier on the way to a site where they could ride (drive?) a dogsled. They are having a wonderful time!

All this, mind you, from the boy that would stand by nervously and watch his sister ride on the fastest, scariest roller coasters and then have to endure her endless teasing.

They have promised exciting pictures and video. Check back, I've been told there's video of two bears boinking. Who would wanna miss that? :)

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Just Liberal?

This is not about politics, it’s about philosophies.
I always thought I was just a Liberal. Being an artist and a vegetarian may have had me labeled as one of the “Tree-Hugging, Granola-Eating, Birkenstock-Wearing” variety of left wingers by those that know me. I love to take those silly quizzes you find on the net and somehow linked to this one. Yes it’s a free dating site with personality quizzes, and NO, I’m not looking for a date. Bubbie’s Hubbie would not be happy.
So…here is what the results of that quiz had to say about me:






You are a

Social Liberal
(80% permissive)

and an...

Economic Liberal
(10% permissive)

You are best described as a:

Socialist (10e/80s)




Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid
Also: The OkCupid Dating Persona Test



Is that me next to Gandhi and Mother Teresa? Hmmmmm? Well I guess we all are either barefoot or in sandlas, but Bubbie is really not THAT nice!
Take the test for yourself. (Bubbie won’t tell if you get a date too)

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

MS









Yes I do have Multiple Sclerosis and there's nothing like a visit to your friendly neurologist to remind you that you have a chronic disabling disease. It wasn't necessarily a bad visit, just a reality check. A reality I prefer to keep as far from my day to day consciousness as possible even while dealing with my changing and disappearing abilities.

So, today I would like to post some links that you can go to to learn more about MS and urge you to check out The National MS Societies web site
http://www.nationalmssociety.org/ to join us in advocating federal funding for MS research, prescription drug costs, long term care, disability rights and many other issues.
IM for a Cause!

Monday, July 23, 2007

Orange Vanda

I love orchids. They don't have to be a rare or exotic specimen, although they interest me too, they are all so beautiful. I don't go as far as to get familiar with the latin names for the species, but I am knowledgable about some of the different types and have been pretty lucky to have them thrive and bloom. It helps of course that I live in a perfect climate for them, mother nature does most of the work.

This is a Vanda that is more than happy to live under my CarrotWood tree (sorry, an invasive exotic but nice shade). It is more than 18" tall with a mature kiki (that's it's baby) and had two full flower spikes this spring. I think that's pretty amazing for a plant that doesn't live in soil, and gathers all it's nutrients from the tree and all it's inhabitants that it lives under.

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