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By: palmettobug53 , 5:04 PM GMT on March 05, 2012

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144. palmettobug53
4:26 PM GMT on April 18, 2012
Hi, ylee... thanks for the lappy tips. I had thought about running a really long cord from my cable to the living room. I don't know if I have an ethernet port or not. Or a USB port. I'd assume so. It's a fairly new model. I'd rather use a mouse, than that touchpad. I'm faster with a mouse. But I guess I'll learn.

Pros, that's an idea. I haven't seen any asparagus in the produce section but, then, I haven't looked. I don't eat asparagus, much. it's not one of my top ten veggies. I don't think Hubby likes it; at least, he's never expressed a desire for any. Go ahead and send your recipe. I'm sure there'll be folks there that do like 'spare guts', as my brother and I used to call them.

Ylee's suggestion of deviled eggs is a good one; they're always a hit. I'd still want to take a veggie dish.
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143. Proserpina
11:54 AM GMT on April 18, 2012
Bug, I have prepared asparagus to take, it is served cold. If you are interested, I will look for the recipe. Have fun at the family reunion.
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142. Ylee
9:55 PM GMT on April 17, 2012
Hi, bug! Is any of your family doing deviled eggs? They're fairly easy to make, most folks like them(I don't, lol!), and they are kept cold!

I don't know if your laptop has an ethernet port, but if it does, you can plug the cable coming from your modem directly into the laptop. No router needed, unless you want the portability.

Otherwise, most laptops work pretty close to how a desktop does. I recommend using an optical mouse(the one with the red laser on the bottom), plugged in the USB port. With the optical mouse, you can run it on your chair or couch arm(works pretty good, IMO). That'll be a lot easier than using the touchpad on the laptop!

I don't know if I was any help, but good luck! :)
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141. palmettobug53
4:20 PM GMT on April 17, 2012
Hi, Gams and Sandi.

I'm not going to get everything done for a week or two. I've got my computer at work and I can go next door to my neighbors' if I'm in a pinch while at home.
I can check my home mail from any computer, since it's with Google.

We've got our family reunion dinner this Sunday, so that means I must have all my usual weekend chores and errands done between now and Sat night. I still don't know what to take. I like something that I can prepare the day before, as I hate trying to get up and cook and get out of the house on time. There will be plenty of ham, fried chicken, desserts, salads, etc. I usually try to fix a vegetable side dish but what I'll do this time, I don't know. There's only one small microwave in the community centre's kitchen to reheat things when you get there. It's not real powerful, either.

Once done for the evenings this week, I'm going to READ! A BOOK! There's been nothing much on TV lately, other than the odd movie.

I might as well read or work some crossword puzzles. You know? The things we used to do before we started blogging? LOL

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140. sandiquiz
5:27 PM GMT on April 16, 2012
Oh, dear me... it does sound so complicated to get on to the 'net in the US.

I'm going to have to contact them, anyway, to connect to a new computer at my address, soo.....

(I just typed 'we'... I am so used to that).... 'I' have three computers and my Iphone... I know, I am greedy ... and the only thing attached to the address is the phone line. I can have as many computers attached as I can run! (For a while 'we' ran four computers and our neighbours' also ran three off our modem.)

I am rambling... I think it is the gin and tonic on an empty stomach! Think I better go and get on with my dinner! lol

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139. seflagamma
5:04 PM GMT on April 16, 2012
Bug, glad you are getting everything fixe.. I am a desktop computer person also. I am not good with lap tops at all.
I know one of these days I will need to buy one and figure it out.
Our kids want us to get wireless in the house so they can use their laptops when they come over...

When Scott comes home with his work lap top, he has to go to Star Bucks to get on his work computer and do a few things! LOL

Take care and have a good week...
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138. palmettobug53
4:38 PM GMT on April 16, 2012
Hi, Gams and Shore!

Shore, you're spot on. It was the hard drive getting ready to display the dreaded Blue Screen of Death. Personally, I think it's all related to that bolt of lightning that hit a tree between our house and the next a year or so ago. I had to replace my ethernet port at the time. It blew several things in the neighborhoodd.

On the other hand, it was at least 5 years old. I know they don't last forever.

I took it by Best Buy to the Geek Squad Friday after work. They didn't even charge me for doing the diagnostic. I left it there for them to dispose of, as I didn't have any personal info on it. Or anything that I really needed. I use it mostly for email and blogging. I'll have to reconstruct my internet bookmarks. I do have a few on Google but I think I pretty much have the same ones here at work. I can just email links to myself at home.

I've got the laptop Hubby gave me a couple of years ago. I'll have to take it in and have them bypass the password I used. I've been locked out all this time and since I had a desktop, I just said the heck with it and put the lappy in the closet.

Geek Squad can bypass my password. I knew it could be done but I wasn't all that motivated to get it done. Until now. I'll take it in one day this week after work.

I'll have to have someone set me up with a router and a secure wireless connection and all that jazz. Geek Squad will do that for me but I want to check with my internet provider and see if they'll do it. It might be cheaper. I'm going to have to contact them, anyway, to connect to a new computer at my address, soo.....

It will get done when it gets done. I haven't been online all that much from home, lately. I have my computer at work and I can access my home mail.

I'll need a Laptop 101 for Dummies course. I've always used a desktop model

Best get over to Dad's and give him the news.

I did have a pretty good weekend, despite having waked up Saturday with a headache. I hate those. It seems like they don't go away until you get another night's sleep. spent yesterday doing laundry and chores, cooking dinner. Started re-reading Havilah Babcock's 'My Health is Better in November', as there was nothing on TV.
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137. shoreacres
10:06 PM GMT on April 14, 2012
Oh, dearie me. That sort of behavior was the first clue I had that my hard drive was getting ready to commit suicide. I didn't have a clue, and just kept clunking along until even dim little me figured out things weren't right. A diagnostician seems a good move.

I learned two new words recently - "lens" and "cleaner". The story is over at Proserpina's. I'm too shamed to tuck it everywhere. But, here's my hope - that your problem is solved as easily as mine was! I'll check back later...
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136. seflagamma
9:52 PM GMT on April 14, 2012
I guess you did not get your home computer up and running this morning.

Hope all gets resolved soon.
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135. seflagamma
12:12 PM GMT on April 14, 2012
Hello Bug,

good morning and Happy Saturday to you.
Hope you get your home computer all better so we can hear from you!

Aglet... sounds familiar...oh I googled it and it is that plastic on the ends of shoe laces that keeps them from fraying..

Enjoy your Saturday!
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134. palmettobug53
4:43 PM GMT on April 13, 2012
Hi, ho, Gams, Ylee and Pros.

Another really busy day here on Beetle Rock. I feel like, for every two steps I take forward, I take one back.

When I asked Uncle Google for images so I could see exactly what the tragus was, I wound up with oodles of images of people that had it pierced!

Now, I've got three holes in each ear but they're all on the lobe. I've never had any desire to get the cartilaginous areas of my ear pierced.

PROS! That's it! The philtrum.

Another word for those odd things you never knew had names: Aglet.

In this day and age of velcro, those poor little aglets are probably on the endangered list.

Just a heads up for ya'll:

The last two nights, my Windows did an auto shut down and I've gotten some error messages about a possible corrupted device or driver. I've done a system scan, as one possiblity on the error was a virus. That comes up clean.

I think it might be my modem, though I've never had Windows shut down for a bad modem, but, whatever. I do know the little blinking lights have not been blinking normally for quite some time. I've just been ignoring it. Much like Penny on Big Bang ignoring her check engine light.

I'm going to fiddle with a bit more but I've a feeling I'll need to haul it in and have an official computer geek guddle about inside it and figure out what the problem is.

SO....... I may be incommunicado from home for a bit.
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133. Proserpina
5:11 AM GMT on April 13, 2012
Bug, it is called a philtrum or infranasal depression. How do I know? I googled to get the information. That's what someone who can't sleep does at 1:11 am!
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132. Ylee
5:01 AM GMT on April 13, 2012
Coming soon to a sitcom near you.....

"But mom, I have to go to the plastic surgeon! My tragus is so huge! It's gross!"


Meetings? Ugh!
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131. seflagamma
8:30 PM GMT on April 12, 2012
Hi Bug,

That is a good word I have never heard of.. never knew that little section of outter ear even had a name!!!

Hubby will not allow me to get another bouganvillia now that we no longer have the one that nearly riped us up!
but they are so pretty... I think they now have a hybrid that does not have thorns... will check on that.

Happy Thurday!
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130. palmettobug53
5:36 PM GMT on April 12, 2012
hello, friends!

We had our monthly unit staff meeting today. Last month's meeting was cancelled, so this was my first since we reorganized.

The office staff meeting will be next week.

Gams, my uncle keeps offering me a bouganvilla but I persist in declining. Ours have to be kept in pots, as our winters are too cold for them to stay outside. I don't have anyplace to overwinter one and they get big in pots. Besides, there's that thorny issue with bouganvillas, as you mentioned.

Briar, oh, do I remember 'twitterpated' from Bambi. It is a great word and, like you, I just like the way it sounds!

I suppose you could say I won round one. There'll be more fights in the future and who knows if CP or Bug will win each round? LOL

Huri, it sure did get COLD, didn't it? I cranked the heat on when I got up this morning, as it was really chilly inside.

Today's word is a good one. We all know the main parts of the body but there are odd little bits that many of us probably didn't even realize had a name. Like this one:



: the prominence in front of the external opening of the outer ear

The tragus is the tongue-like projection of the outer ear. Its name comes from the Greek word "tragos," meaning "he-goat." According to hearsay, the Greek word was influenced by Peloponnesian tragedy. In this style of drama, satyrs were represented as goatlike creatures, and their prominent ears became associated with a feature of our own human ears. "Tragos" contributed to the English language in another way as well; it is also the word from which "tragedy" is derived.

I had to look this up in Google images, as I wasn't sure just what part of the ear it was, going by the description in the definition.

Strange but true...

What about all those other little known body part?

I'm trying to remember what they call that little dip in your upper lip underneath your nose... I've seen the word but I can't remember what it is.
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129. sandiquiz
1:48 PM GMT on April 12, 2012
Hi Bug - hope all the computer issues are resolved... you seem to have nothing but issues since the "office move":(

Hope you have a lovely weekend - {{thank you}}
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128. seflagamma
10:18 PM GMT on April 11, 2012
{{{huri}}}} Some days work is just "difficult" and we have to vent in some way!!!

now you are on your way home!!!

BC, I love your word "twitterpated" !!!
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127. hurigo
10:16 PM GMT on April 11, 2012
Knock, Knock, may I come back in? Sort of like at work when I leave the office get to my car and remember I left keys on my desk.

So,... anyway, what was it I came back in here to say?

Oh Yeah, I remember, it is C O L D tday. what happened?
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126. hurigo
10:14 PM GMT on April 11, 2012
Hi Bug, gams.
Boy, I have been emoting today! I try to do it in a companion-less hallway or a vacant office or among trusted companions. It was another rough work day, but I'm thankful I have a job and things seemed better today.
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125. BriarCraft
10:00 PM GMT on April 11, 2012
Here's a seasonally appropriate word for you:

This word was invented in Hollywood for the original Bambi movie in 1942, when Friend Owl says, "Nearly everybody gets twitterpated in the springtime."

The Urban Dictionary defines it as:
An enjoyable disorder characterized by feelings of excitement, anticipation, high hopes, recent memories of interludes, giddiness, and physical overstimulation which occur simultaneously when experiencing a new love. These feelings take over without warning, usually at odd times (such as at a check-out line), with or without the partner present, and make it difficult to concentrate on anything but romance. They interfere with work and safe driving, but should be experienced at least once in every person's lifetime.

Personally, I just like the sound of the word.

There's something about having battle scars to show for your efforts after doing some serious pruning. You were victorious. Those scratches are a source of pride, right? You got the best of that old Century Plant, after all.
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124. seflagamma
9:14 PM GMT on April 11, 2012
Hello Bug,

Those type of thorns are also on the beautiful Bougainvillea bush. I use to have one and looked like I got in a cat fight with a tiger every time I tried to trim it up. But they are so beautiful and well suited for our dry winter climates. They are all over the place as your drive down the Keys because of their dry rugged landscaping.

Hope your scratches are healing up by now.

Huri!!! I knew you were a vegetarian but I also knew you liked soups or stews with pork. Remember I gave you recipes for my Ham & Black eyed peas stew and my ham & split pea soup.

Well things are getting busy here at work, I started this post about 15 mins ago and just now getting back.. hope it did not "time out"
enjoy your week.
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123. palmettobug53
4:47 PM GMT on April 11, 2012
Hi, everyone.

System problems at work today, so am getting backed up. I do have some 'down time' projects to work on.
Doncha just love modern technology?

today's word:



: to give expression to emotion especially in acting

"Emote" is an example of what linguists call a back-formation — that is, a word formed by trimming down an existing word (in this case, "emotion"). From the time "emote" was coined in the early 20th century, its use has tended to be less than entirely serious. It most often appears in humorous or deprecating descriptions of the work of actors. It is similarly used to describe theatrical behavior by nonactors, as in this passage by David Fontana, published in The New Republic on March 11, 2012: "We might not want our president to emote about economics or war; but why shouldn't a fan, or for that matter a sports announcer, emote about athletics, which is not after all a matter of world historical importance?"
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122. palmettobug53
4:25 PM GMT on April 10, 2012
Hi, huri.

The boo-boos are much better today. I can wash my hands without them stinging. I still look a bit like I've been dragged bass ackwards through a briar patch.

New boss, huh? I'm going through the same thing, as we are reorganizing our office. I'm lucky; I like my new supervisor and manager. I've known them both for a good while and we get along well.

Hope things smooth out soon for you. Keep buying those lottery tickets. Gotta have a backup plan, ya know.

Today's word:



: of or relating to rogues or rascals; also :of, relating to, suggesting, or being a type of fiction dealing with the episodic adventures of a usually roguish protagonist

"Picaresque" derives from Spanish "picaresco," which means "of or relating to a picaro." The word "picaro," which also derives from Spanish, means "rogue" or "bohemian." "Picaro" describes a type of character that has long been a popular subject for fictional narrative. Typically, the picaresque novel centers around a wandering individual of low standing who happens into a series of adventures among people of various higher classes, often relying on wits and a little dishonesty to get by. The first known novel in this style is Lazarillo de Tormes (circa 1554), an irreverent work about a poor boy who works for a series of masters of dubious character. The novel has been attributed to Diego Hurtado de Mendoza, but his authorship is disputable.

Clark Gable as Rhett Butler springs to mind! LOL
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121. hurigo
9:40 PM GMT on April 09, 2012
Hi Bug,
How are your boo-boos today? I'll have to look up Century Plant. We have a lot of prickly bushes in our front itsy-bitsy yard. I hate walking through them to get to the hose.

It is awful, but true, that this phony vegetarian does like ham or bacon-flavored things. For example that ham flavored pineapple brown sugar thing hubby cooked is absolutely delicious. The deviled eggs and potato salad I made were pretty good too.

Well, we made it through Monday at work. I have a new boss and she is ... oh I am trying to be so good about this. I don't know if it is going to work out. I've had an illustrious long career but this is very challenging. If only I had health insurance I could get out of there.
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120. palmettobug53
4:32 PM GMT on April 09, 2012
Pros, I have tried leather gloves but I can’t work in them. They usually swallow my hands whole and, if they don’t, I have no dexterity with them.

Besides, half of my punctures and scratches are on my arms and one or two on my back/side, as I tried to maneuver under the higher leaves.

Wiki had an image under their entry for century plant that called the thorn thingies along the edges of the leaves, “prickles.” HA! Prickles, my butt! They’re razor sharp skin slicers!

CRAB! What a wonderful idea! I’ll chop the whole thing down, leaf by leaf, ferment the sucker and have a pulque party!

Yep, those little lizards are closemouthed fellows, aren’t they? Using century plants a peeper preventers does work but it plays havoc with the homeowner trying to do window maintenance or giving the house a fresh coat of paint.

Shore, I’ll have to go back and look again. Deer are very good at blending in.


Karen, I haven’t noticed any no-see-ums in the last week or so. They come out really early in the spring. However, there was an article in the local paper Fri or Sat about how the Mosquito Abatement folks are logging record numbers of larvae in local waters and predict that we’ll have a BUMPER crop of skeeters shortly. So, your daughter’s FIL better pack his repellent.

Here we go with our latest Word of the Day:



1 : full of excessive talk : wordy

2 : given to fluent or excessive talk : garrulous

When you hear or say "loquacious," you might notice that the word has a certain poetic ring. In fact, poets quickly snatched up "loquacious" soon after its debut in 1656 and, with poetic license, stretched its meaning to include such things as the chattering of birds and the babbling of brooks. In less poetic uses, "loquacious" usually means "excessively talkative." The ultimate source of all this chattiness is "loqui," a Latin verb meaning "to speak." Other words descended from "loqui" include "colloquial," "eloquent," "soliloquy," and "ventriloquism."
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119. SBKaren
2:36 AM GMT on April 09, 2012
Hiya Bug! Hope you had a nice Easter, even if you cooked your own supper!

I was talking with my daughter's FIL today and he is heading to South Carolina this week. We had a discussion about no see'ums. He said he was eaten up one time when he was there. Didn't sound like much fun! Are they out now?

Hope you have a great week!
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118. hurricanecrab
2:15 AM GMT on April 09, 2012
Quoting palmettobug53:
.....so that they don't crush my little nandina.

I bet those are words you don't say often. I merely bruised my little nandina once, and I limped for a week. *rimshot*

I hear you about Century Plants. We used to have them outside our bedroom windows as peeper deterrants, but later realized (a) nobody is peeping, except the occasional lizard, and they're pretty tight-lipped, not to mention almost impossible to shock (b)they stab me far more often than anyone else and (c) eventually they grow to the point where serious amounts of blood is required to be let in order to remove them. So, of course, we waited until that point. Oh, the carnage.

Incidentally, file this little gem away for difficult times in the future: The root of the Century can be dried and ground to make a very rudimentary soap. Sorta-soap, as in better than sand. Foamy suds, but better than going through life sudless. Also, it being an agave, the root ball can be chopped, made a mash of, and fermented to make a sourish, milky alcoholic concotion sometimes called octli. In some parts of the world, this is then distilled to make tequilia (although technically, only blue agave from the San Jacinto Valley can be called that).

Which brings me in a very pedantic way to

Pulque: fermented alcoholic beverage made in Mexico since the pre-Columbian era. Cloudy and whitish in appearance, it has a sour buttermilk-like flavour and about 6 percent alcohol content. It is made from fermented aguamiel ("honey water"), the sap of any of several species of the agave, or maguey, plant (often called century plant).

They're really quite tasty after the first seven, or so I heard.

Happy Easter Bug & all!

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117. shoreacres
11:23 PM GMT on April 08, 2012
I found the deer in Beth's pics. The trees are bigger and the deer smaller than I expected. If you start with the bottom pic, look in the very bottom, left-hand corner. There's a little branch sticking up that looks ilke an upside-down v. That's where it is.

Then, in the pic above, you can see one just a little higher and two trees over. In the first photo, there's one between the 3rd and 4th big tree. It looks to me like they're moving left to right - such a cool series!

I thought she was funning with us at first. Now, we'll see if I'm right or if I'm seeing ghosts!

And here's one last little egg for your basket...

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116. Proserpina
9:21 PM GMT on April 08, 2012
Bug! Do you have any thick leather garden gloves? My hubby does and he deals with spines all of the time without having his hands lacerated.

Please take care of yourself.
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115. palmettobug53
7:36 PM GMT on April 08, 2012
No, no new thread but an old fashioned word:


An interjection used to express pain.


I was outside trying to trim back some limbs (leaves?) on one side of my century plant so that they don't crush my little nandina.

They're planted too close together but I didn't know that, way back when I planted the things.

I was also trimming back some of the babies under there, too. Once I got going with the knife, it was kind of hard to stop.

Thing is.... century plants have razor sharp spines on them.

That's what made me stop. I've got cuts all up and down my hands. I still haven't carried the severed ends to the trash pile on the curb. I'd better put a note out there to warn the trash men next week.

When I was looking up the definition of 'Ouch', I found that it is also a noun.

Definition of OUCH

1 obsolete : clasp, brooch
2a a setting for a precious stone
2b jewel, ornament; especially : a buckle or brooch set with precious stones

Origin of OUCH

Middle English, alteration (from misdivision of a nouche) of nouche, from Anglo-French nusche, nouche, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German nusca clasp
First Known Use: 14th century

I had NO idea.

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114. shoreacres
7:33 PM GMT on April 08, 2012
I'm looking all around but I don't see the reason for the ouch! Maybe you're still typing. Be back in a bit. ;)

(Can't Gus jump or climb that fence?)

(Vent hood micros are stupid)
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113. OGal
5:22 PM GMT on April 08, 2012

Lizzard love from the Fetters crew. Life is good. Our mom keeps putting the lizard s we bring in the house back out again. So we catch the same lizards over and over but it is still fun.

Now from the human. Bug you and Johnny have a nice afternoon. Nice and cool here and the wind isn't blowing a hundred miles and hour. So for now the leaves are all cleaned up.

Will catch up with you next week. Got a dental app. to get the pearlies cleaned next Wed. Hate it but got to go.

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112. palmettobug53
1:56 PM GMT on April 08, 2012
Happy Easter, everyone.

It is a lovely day here. Sunny, warm and dry. It's always a bit of a downer when Easter Sunday is cold or rainy. It plays havoc with the ladies' lightweight Easter dresses, not to mention the Easter Egg hunts hosted by many churches for their younger parishioners.

The two girls next door looked very nice, as they were leaving for church. The youngest was in pink with a pink hat and the older girl was in white/purple/aqua with a purple flower pinned behind one ear.

Huri! How nice of you to pop in.

I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one with reservations about those vent hood/micros. You and Gams agree with me. So, that's three of us.

The only person I know that could use one of those without repercussions is the young man that sits behind me at work. He is TALL!

You eat ham and bacon? I thought you were completed meatless. I've often wondered how anyone who lives in the South, with our pork based cuisine, ever manages to be vegetarian.

I don't have to have meat at every meal but I don't think I could ever give it up completely.

Gus is doing just great! He's on one of his excursions to the backyard, birdwatching, at the moment. I have all but one of the gaps in the fence closed off, so feel OK about letting him out on his own for short times.

I woke up this morning to find him curled up on the bed, with his face about 3 inches from mine, like he was willing me to get up.

Pros, justlvn, Sandi, what lovely Easter pictures and wishes. I'm hoping that your Easter Sunday is a fine one.
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111. sandiquiz
7:27 AM GMT on April 08, 2012

Easter Prayer

May all happiness be yours,
Your troubles fade away,
And only gladness reign within
Your heart, this Easter Day.

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110. juslivn
4:20 AM GMT on April 08, 2012
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109. Proserpina
1:24 AM GMT on April 08, 2012
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108. hurigo
10:34 PM GMT on April 07, 2012
P.S. Please tell me how Gus is and make it cheerful
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107. hurigo
10:34 PM GMT on April 07, 2012
Hi Bug (and Gams).
I, too, would like to register my concern with over- the-range microwaves hooded. Not only is the reach an issue, but what if you spill something on the range and then turn on a burner?

Anyway...I see, Bug, that we have three degrees of separation. Yes, probably the kind that comment brings to mind, but also, and what I am referring to here is that you are at 63 and we are at 66 degrees. Coldish for me

Hubby will be making a ham. Hopefully not at midnight, but by 7 p.m. or at 7 am tomorrow. We were out of pineapple slices last time he did this and he ended up making a sludge of crushed pineapple and cloves and brown sugar. You may recall I am a vegetarian (except when it comes to ham! or bacon!) Have to come up with a WORD for that. A playful one that doesn't make me feel too guilty.

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106. seflagamma
8:27 PM GMT on April 07, 2012
I hear you bug and agree!!

I always wondered that myself... I never could get past the concept of the microwave being that high up!
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105. palmettobug53
4:19 PM GMT on April 07, 2012
And what do you do when a vent hood micro gives up the ghost? Do you have to replace the whole unit? That would be really expensive!

Maybe they sell replacement micros for those things but they'd still probably cost you more than an individual micro. You wouldn't be able to shop around for an inexpensive one, like you can with a free standing model.

When they remodeled my cousin's kitchen a few years ago, they had one of those vent hood micros installed. Why, I don't know. It scares me to death, as she has no strength in her hands and arms to lift much weight and she's shorter than I am.

I don't know how much she uses it, though, other than the hood vent part. I've used it a few times to heat us up something for lunch or a snack and it gives me the willies.
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104. seflagamma
4:00 PM GMT on April 07, 2012
Bug I hear you, I had to fight with everyone about NOT getting a microwave vent hood over the stove.

I would pour hot food out on me everytime I try to take something out. The cabinet we are putting this microwave in is being built specially for me and the cabinet is being lowered. I do not want to have to reach up to pull something out of microwave or an oven.

And you are shorter than I am so you really understand.

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103. palmettobug53
3:45 PM GMT on April 07, 2012
Yep, Gams, that is exactly why I'm looking for the same size you have and that I currently have. And
in white. No counter space and white fools the eye into thinking the item is smaller than it is.

I don't like those microwaves built into the upper cabinets or the combo microwave/overhead exhaust fans over the stove. IMHO, I think they're dangerous.

All I can think of is reaching up to eye level, or higher, and trying to life down a bowl of hot soup without spilling it on myself.

I've sloshed hot liquid on myself just getting something out of the micro on the counter.

If I lived next door, I'd take your old one. I can't believe you've had yours that long and it's still working well. I'm not sure how old our current one is. We've had it quite a while and Hubby and I have really given it a run for the money.
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102. seflagamma
3:23 PM GMT on April 07, 2012
Hi Bug, me again.
I got my last microwave at Walmart back in the late 1990's.. I think it was 1997 for around $60. it is white and med size because I don't have counter space for it.
It has worked well for us.. wish I could send it to you but it would cost more to ship it than it cost to buy new.

Hubby wants to get a new stainless microwave with our new kitchen (and it will be built in a cabinet) so mine will be given to someone else soon...or to the charity I give useable goods/clothing to when we are done with them. My neighbor helps out at the charity so easy to bring the stuff down to him.

wish you luck on finding a replacement.Maybe Walmart will get some in soon.

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101. palmettobug53
3:03 PM GMT on April 07, 2012
Hi, ho, everyone! It's Easter weekend.

Gams, though I've heard people use 'carp', I tend to use 'harp', to complain or find fault. I don't know if it's something more common in my area or what.

Now, popinjay... We don't see too many of those around here much anymore. I think of men back in the 1800's or before, when they tended to dress much more extravagantly, rivaling the women of the day!

Sandi, the first one? That Helvetica cat? I had to slap my hand over my mouth, as I was at work and didn't want to cause a ruckus! I think that one was my favourite. All of them were either laugh out loud funny or highly appropriate - like the Sphinx for Papyrus.

I worked yesterday. Like Gam's employer, we don't get Good Friday or Monday off, unless we put in for a personal day.

Not too many of the local employers close for Easter, anymore. Not like 30 years or more ago. The schools do close for Easter break but that's about it, unless some of the government offices close. Employers seem grant mainly secular holidays, rather than religious. Other than Christmas; I think there'd be a mass riot if they tried to make everyone work on Christmas. But even Christmas has become more of a secular holiday. Gimme, gimme, gimme....

If government offices still close for Easter weekend, it wouldn't apply to me; I'm no longer a State employee. Some areas of the hospital are State; others changed to an 'authority' about 10 years ago, including my office.

Now, the office was fairly deserted yesterday. Many of my coworkers work 10 hour days Mon-Thurs, so they can leave early on Friday. There were a fair number that took Friday as a personal day.

Because of all the organizational changes in my office since January, I don't have anyone to cover the work on my desk, if I want to take off. Training someone to do so is on my boss's To Do list but, right now, it's not a top priority. I understand that there's more important things they're having to focus on but it is frustrating. I'm trying to be patient, as I know it will happen, but it is hard.

I've been checking around for a replacement microwave. Ours has started to make some God awful noises when we cut it on. I think my best option, price-wise, will be at Walmart IF they have the size I want: 1.1 cubic foot. And in white, not black/stainless steel. My kitchen counter space is limited, so a large one or black one is too much.

I've checked several places after work this week and they all want over #100.00 for the ones I like. I WILL NOT pay that much for a microwave. All of my previous ones were in the $65-$85 range. The only ones I've seen at other places, for a price I want to pay, have been barely big enough to pop a bag of popcorn in. Call me cheap but....

Anyhoo, it's a lovely day, I've got clothes in the wash.

No visit to my cousin this morning. She's got family things going on.

Time to get that last load out on the line!
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100. seflagamma
12:16 PM GMT on April 07, 2012
Sandi, that link Shore posted was so funny!!!
and Comic Sans is the best! It does look like your Blue a little!!

Good morning Bug,
Did you get yesterday off??? I know the Mon - Friday folks here at my company don't get it unless they take it as a personal day. It is not considered a paid holiday. And neither is Monday... Corporations don't have to provide a "paid holiday" for Easter because Easter always falls on a Sunday and they don't consider Good Friday a holiday at all.

Of course I am at work today but since I had 3 scheduled Saturday's off during March it is not too bad!

Just wanted to pop in and see what you are up to this weekend. Have a good one.. will probably check back later once you have stopped in.

Have a Blessed and Happy Easter Weekend!
Hallelujah Egg image
Easter Christian Graphics
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99. sandiquiz
7:49 PM GMT on April 06, 2012
I love the link Linda posted to the cat fonts... especially the one for Comic Sans! It is just how Blue looked as a kitten... although I don't think he put his tongue out at me!!

Do you have today off work? We get a four day weekend here ... Monday is a bank holiday.

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98. seflagamma
7:00 PM GMT on April 06, 2012
Here is one I've heard a lot, you probably have already had it on here.


World English Dictionary
popinjay (ˈpɒpɪnˌdʒeɪ)

— n
1. a conceited, foppish, or excessively talkative person
2. an archaic word for parrot
3. the figure of a parrot used as a target

[C13 papeniai, from Old French papegay a parrot, from Spanish papagayo, from Arabic babaghā ]

Most of the time it is not used for a Parrot, normally I hear it used for the 1st meaning!
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97. seflagamma
6:57 PM GMT on April 06, 2012
Good Friday to you Bug, You working today?

I have used "carp" all my life, guess it is a Southern Thing meaning to complain or nag or find fault, etc.

and Rash used both ways... never used Cockalorum! LOL
I guess I have other words to use for "boastful or self important" meanings!! LOL

Everytime I hear an unusual word I try to remember it so I can put it here... and I keep forgetting it! will try to do better.

Happy Easter Weekend.
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96. palmettobug53
4:47 PM GMT on April 06, 2012
I can't believe it's Good Friday already. Easter sure sneaked up on me this year. Or is it that time seems to fly these days?

We did get a lot of lightning and thunder last night starting about 8:30 or 9:00. I didn't see all that much rain, though we did have some strong winds.

None of it seemed to faze Gus in the least. I guess he knows not to sweat the small stuff now that he's been rescued. He was quite content with the fact that he was inside, away from it all.



: marked by or proceeding from undue haste or lack of deliberation or caution

The earliest known uses of "rash" (then spelled "rasch") occur in a northern dialect of 15th-century Middle English. Its earlier origins are not known for sure, though it is clearly related to a number of similar words in the Germanic languages, including Old High German "rasc" ("fast, hurried, strong, clever"), Old Norse "röskr" ("brave, vigorous"), and Middle Dutch "rasch" ("quick, nimble, agile, vigorous"). It is not, however, related to the English noun "rash" ("an eruption on the body," as in a "skin rash"). The noun "rash," which first appeared in English in the 1700s, comes by way of French and Vulgar Latin from Latin "rasus," the past participle of "radere" ("to scrape" or "to shave").



1: a boastful and self-important person

2 : boastful talk

The image of a rooster (a.k.a. cock) strutting confidently across the barnyard or belting out a triumphant crow has long been associated with brash self-confidence. It's an association that has left quite a mark on the English language, giving us "crow" ("to brag"), "cock" ("a self-important person"), and "cocky" ("overconfident"), just to name a few. "Cockalorum" (which may have derived from the obsolete Flemish word "kockeloeren," meaning "to crow") is another example. It dates back at least as far as 1715, when it was used to describe the Marquis of Huntly — son of the Duke of Gordon, a Celtic Highlander chief who was himself known as the "Cock of the North." Presumably, the Marquis was not exactly known for his humility.

Today's word:



: to find fault or complain querulously

You might guess that today's word is a descendant of the noun "carp," referring to a type of fish. That's a reasonable speculation, but the verb actually preceded the fish's name into the English language by approximately a century. Its origins are Scandinavian: it may be related to the Icelandic verb "karpa," meaning "to dispute" or "to wrangle," and beyond that perhaps to Old Norse "karp," meaning "boasting" or "arrogance." In the early 20th century, English speakers also coined a second noun "carp" (meaning "complaint") from this verb.
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95. palmettobug53
4:27 PM GMT on April 05, 2012
LOLOLOLOL Oh, those cats are too funny, Shore!

We may be getting some of that rain today. It's not often Al Roker mentions Charleston by name but we were on TWC's TorCon map this morning.

Ok, let's see if I can get the rest of those words up.



1 : deviating from a straight line : roundabout

2 : behaving wrongly : errant

3 : tricky, cunning; also : deceptive

If you think someone devious has lost their way, you're right, etymologically speaking — the word derives from the Latin adjective "devius," itself formed from the prefix "de-" ("from" or "away") and the noun "via" ("way"). When "devious" was first used in the late 16th century, it implied a literal wandering off the "way," suggesting something that meandered or had no fixed course (as in "a devious route" or "devious breezes"). Relatively quickly, however, the word came to suggest someone or something that had metaphorically rather than literally left the "right path" or to deceitful (rather than "straight"-forward) behavior.



: to understand profoundly and intuitively

"Grok" may be the only English word that derives from Martian. Yes, we do mean the language of the planet Mars. No, we're not getting spacey; we've just ventured into the realm of science fiction. "Grok" was introduced in Robert A. Heinlein's 1961 science fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land. The book's main character, Valentine Michael Smith, is a Martian-raised human who comes to earth as an adult, bringing with him words from his native tongue and a unique perspective on the strange, strange ways of earthlings. "Grok" was quickly adopted by the youth culture of America and has since peppered the vernacular of those who grok it.

I've read Bradbury's Martian Chronicles but this didn't ring a bell. Maybe it's because I read them quite some time ago. Years....



1 : a book printed before 1501

2 : a work of art or of industry of an early period

The invention of the mechanized printing press in the 15th century revolutionized the way books were produced, dramatically increasing the number and variety of works to be published and distributed to awaiting readers. "Incunabulum" first appeared in English in the 19th century, referring retroactively to those books produced in the first decades of printing press technology — specifically those printed before the year 1501, a date that appears to have been determined only arbitrarily. In Latin"incunabulum" is singular of "incunabula," which translates literally to "swaddling clothes" or "bands holding the baby in a cradle." The "baby" in this case is a figurative one, referring to a book that was produced when the art of printing was still in its infancy.

Two words for tomorrow:


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94. shoreacres
12:13 AM GMT on April 05, 2012
I thought of you and your books immediately upon seeing "atavistic". I've got a few of those traits, too.

I found the most hilarious thing this evening as I was having my after dinner coffee. I'm not about to take the time to reproduce all the photos, so I'll just leave the link. This is really funny, at least for folks who know anything at all about fonts. Cats as Fonts

Enjoy! And glad the drs appt went went. My day was a washout - rain and severe t'storm warnings for a good portion. Sigh. But, I got another load of *stuff* to ye olde consignmente shoppe. Little by little!
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