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Friday, April 18, 2014

Can you imagine these forgotten jobs?

A forgotten profession: In the days before alarm clocks were widely affordable, people like Mary Smith of Brenton Street were employed to rouse sleeping people in the early hours of the morning. They were commonly known as ‘knocker-ups’ or ‘knocker-uppers’. Mrs. Smith was paid sixpence a week to shoot dried peas at market workers’ windows in Limehouse Fields, London. Photograph from Philip Davies’ Lost London: 1870-1945.
A forgotten profession: In the days before alarm clocks were widely affordable, people like Mary Smith of Brenton Street were employed to rouse sleeping people in the early hours of the morning. They were commonly known as ‘knocker-ups’ or ‘knocker-uppers’. Mrs. Smith was paid sixpence a week to shoot dried peas at market workers’ windows in Limehouse Fields, London. Photograph from Philip Davies’ Lost London: 1870-1945.

Lamp lighter


 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Wishes do come true

Well my wish came true! I have a whole family of love birds now, Momma, Dad and baby who is blue....go figure.
 
I also have another new bird at my house.....
Meet Rico
just a tiny little guy but he has a big voice and a vast curiosity
 
My Max man is not sure what the big deal is...
finally has everything to himself and this thing shows up!
 
 
 
 

Friday, April 4, 2014

New visitor

Look at my new visitor at the feeders!
 
 
Yes a love bird. There are some wild ones here in the valley. I hope he brings all his friends:)
 
 

Monday, March 31, 2014

A little jaunt

Hubby and I took a little jaunt to Palm Springs, Calif. this past week-end. We have driven by here many times on our way to L.A. but never visited here. Calif. is not my hubby's favorite place due to their gun laws but we do go on occasion. Our hotel was just the nicest little place. It was small and intimate and charming...(double click on pictures for the best view).
 
 
 

The weather was simply wonderful and our stay included a nice breakfast...
 
Breakfast area


 
Palm Springs sits right next to a mountain so the views are amazing...
 
and even though we didn't use the pool it was pretty to look at..
 
 
We took the Palm Springs aerial tram and though it was a bit expensive, it was an amazing view!!
 
Above 8000 feet
 
 
We got a big kick out of these lighted menu's at the casino restaurant and
they also had wonderful food!
 
Even though my back is still bad and hubby has this cough he has had forever...we had a good time and am glad we ventured out for one of our little jaunts:)
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Sprung

In all my enthusiasm for spring I "sprung" my back...
 
The only good thing is that I have been doing a lot of sitting and I
 
 finished the scarf...
 

 
 

 
I like it but realize I don't have anything to wear it with...hmmm maybe I need to go shopping:)

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Spring has spung at my house

 
 baby lemons
 
Herbs for the picking
 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Breakfast for one

Did you know you can be prepared to have orange juice anytime you want even if it is only for one person?  Just take a bottle of orange juice and pour it into ice trays and freeze. Each cube will be about 2 tbl. remove and put in a freezer bag and remove and thaw as wanted....
 
 
What a nice treat to have juice without having to drink the whole bottle:)

 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Challenge

Most of you know, I knit for preemie babies for charity (see side bar) so when I saw this scarf
On this this blog.. http://blog.nobleknits.com/search?updated-max=2014-02-22T22:16:00-08:00&max-results=7
and fell in love and bought the yarn and started it....
I found out that bigger items and new stitches are a bit of a challenge!
Even though the colors are not quiet what I thought they would be I think I am going to be successful if I can just be patient and I do love the pattern.

 

Monday, March 10, 2014

Monday, March 3, 2014

Pretty

A friend of my husband, wife passed away and she was a avid quilter. He sent this one home to me and it brought lots of color to my room.


 

 
 

 
 

Friday, February 28, 2014

I believe in miricles

The first of Jan. my Granddaugher was driving this truck with her Dad and both walked away without a scratch!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

I'm Back!

 
Yahooooooo!!!!
Had my computer guy come today and it seemed it was a malware problem which he promptly fixed.
 

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Sad

I lost my sweet little dog this morning. Since I can't post any pictures here is a old post with a picture of her and her brother. He is pretty lost today too.
http://monirae.blogspot.com/2011/07/i-got-your-back.html

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Some of you have asked me questions so here is the things I have done to try to remedy my blog problem.
I did go and try to restore it but it wouldn't let me set any specific dates but rather went to the last install or uninstall I did which was not anywhere close to the time the problem started.
My virus protection is Norton and it updates regularly on a set schedule.
My browser is Internet Explorer which I have had forever but I did download both Google Chrome and Foxfire to see if it would make a difference and it did not so I uninstalled them.
I have two programs that I run once a month...Malware bytes and CCleaner so all cookies and caches have been cleaned out.
I changed the internet compatibility both ways to see if that would make a difference and it did not.
I have Windows7 and have blogged since 2007 without this problem. I am sure that this is not MY computer problem but rather a BlogSpot glitch of some sort as I am not the only person having this problem.
I have taken a look at Wordpress but not too comfortable to make a change at this point so for now I am going to just take a break until hopefully it is fixed. For those of you that follow Rambling Rae I will go ahead and post my items on Pinterest.
ps....now the spell check works, go figure.



Saturday, February 1, 2014

What is happening

I want to explain more clearly the problem I am having with my blog. Everything works fine to the point of adding a picture. The first thing that happens when I click on the picture icon is a quick dot flashes and then the site comes up. It will let me go to my pictures and upload one but then freezes.  Can not even cancel it but then have to shut the whole site down. So it is not a matter of the amount of pictures or the size of pictures but rather, it seems to be some sort of a glitch in the blog site. I have tried many times to contact them but of course they don't respond. I have even tried to use the HTML but that doesn't work either. I have tried to copy and paste it won't let me copy any of my pictures to it so I don't really know where to go from here....I feel like I am dying on the vine:(
ps...it won't do a spelling check either.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Un-believable

Well I still can't add any pictures so here goes a boring post:)




Last night we went to one of our regular eating places. I am not going to give the name of it because I do not want them to be taken advantage of but this is what happened.


We always sit at the bar and there was a couple sitting down from us. They appeared to order mostly appetizer type things and weren't very nice to the waitress like making room for the big platter of chips she brought out and etc. Well, anyhow they ate everything in sight and then they had a problem....Their food didn't look like the picture on the menu and they just didn't enjoy it.


Really this is the truth....The manager was called and she sucked up to them like water on a paper towel. I am not sure if she discounted the food or what but she just smiled and agreed with them AND apologized.


I was dumb struck. It just wouldn't pay for me to be a manager if that is what the job requires and our server said it does because the business doesn't want any complaints against it so I guess it doesn't matter how ridiculous your complaint is you will get your way. Just another incident of how crazy our world is today.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Grumble, grumble, grumble

I can't attach any pictures....anyone else having this problem? I remember one time before there was a problem with it and we somehow by-passed it but can't remember what I did. For me, if I can't post a picture there just isn't any reason to post:(

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Pigs




After reading the recent post on "Fools Rush In" where she made this statement "Pigs have long symbolized progress. A pig can't turn his head to look back without turning completely around, so it's believed that pigs are always looking to the future." I became more curious about pigs so did some checking and found some of the most amazing facts.....

Did you know that pigs are ranked #4 in animal intelligence? Chimpanzees are ranked at the top together with the gorilla, orangutan, baboon, gibbon and monkey. Dolphins and killer whales are ranked #2. Elephants are #3. Pigs are #4 They are very intelligent and can learn to do tricks faster than dogs. They have learned to push a lever in the barnyard to get a drink of water or a dish of food, and have been taught to tumble, dance, and even pull a cart.


 
Mostly know as “pig, hog, porker or swine” but to be more precise, a male pig is a boar. A castrated male is a barrow. A female pig who has not been bred yet is a gilt. And a female pig who has had piglets (baby pigs) is a sow. A sow can give birth to a litter containing 7 to 12 piglets about twice a year and only requires a little less than four months to do so.

A full grown pig can drink up to 14 gallons of water a day and Pigs have four toes on each foot and each toe ends in a hoof. They only walk on the two middle toes on each foot so they look as if they are on their tiptoes.
A pig's squeal can range from 110 to 115 decibels. Compare that to the take-off sound of a jet engine - about 112 decibels
 
Pigs like to wallow in mud so most people think they are dirty but the fact is pigs do not have functional sweat glands, so they can't perspire to cool themselves. They roll around in the mud to cool their skin and to protect their skin form sunburn, flies and insect bites.
 
 
 
 
 
Ever see a pig with a ring in its nose?
 
There is a reason for this.....You see pigs have a powerful sense of smell. and some farmers put rings in pigs' noses to keep them from rooting, or digging up the earth with their snouts and causing damage to their farms. In fact soldier pigs have gone to war. On battlefields, they have used their sensitive snouts as mine sniffers.  In the forests of Europe and North America some pigs are trained to root for truffles, a delicacy that grows underground.
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Here is the reason for some well known sayings:
 
 The saying "living high on the hog" started among enlisted men in the U.S. Army who received shoulder and leg cuts of pork while officers received the top loin cuts. “ The top brass was living high on the hog.



 "Don’t buy a pig in a poke?" That comes from the 17th century England when it was a common trick to try to give away a cat to an unsuspecting shopper buying a suckling (young) pig. Upon arriving home when he opened the poke (sack), he "let the cat out of the bag," and found he had been cheated.


Think pork fat is a waste? Here are just a few of the many products made from it: Cosmetics, floor wax, crayons, chalk, weed killers, anti-freeze, glass, china, adhesives, plastics, paint, chewing gum, shoes, and many more.
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Here area a few more amazing things derived from pigs...Pig heart valves have been used to replace damaged human heart valves.
Insulin and more than 40 other pharmaceuticals and medicines are derived from pig products.


and of course we wouldn't want to forget our piggy banks...
 How they got their names? You can discover here.



 
There are around 2 billion domestic pigs on the planet
 
and when we were in Hawaii the hotel where we stayed had a little pot belly pig
who greeted us with a wiggling tail and stole my heart.
 
 
Hope you too have a little different view of a pigs now like I do.
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Saturday, December 28, 2013

All Christmas

Well I hope you had a great Christmas. We had a fun time here at our house. I gave some home made gifts...
Knitted cosmetic bag
 
Emergency clutch for car or backpack filled with everything under the sun
 
Chap stick stocking
 
Fingerless mitts
Slippers
Pinecone, cinnamon, Rosemary fire starters
(I added a flexible lighter and a bag of coffee to top it off)
 
Just a few simple home made things to say I love you.
 
When my Grandkids were small I started doing a scavenger hunt mainly to keep them occupied but then I began doing it to challenge their math skills and spelling and etc. Well, they have always loved it and low and behold even though I have a 16 year old and a 22 year old they still ask "Are you going to do a scavenger hunt?" This year I decided to challenge them to know more about their Grandma:)
 
Here is the first clue:

déjà vu
She is a mere three years older than thee “Granddaughter”
And he four more than you “Grandson”
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 Our Wedding picture
 
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This belonged to my Dad (Your Great Grandfather) and he used it as a boy. Bigger than any you would see today and held the real thing instead of toy. You have walked by it many, many times and never paid attention. It holds things that were once needed but thanks to technology the flick of a switch will do.
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My Dad's tool box that now holds un-needed wood thanks to gas fireplace
 
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My Mother (Your Great Grandmother) taught me how to do this when I was about 9 years old. I started out making chains and then little rosettes. It has been a gift to me to be able to do this have made many things but only one pair of these have I ever made and I kept them and framed them as a gift to me.

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 crocheted pictures
 
Clue 4:

I hang on the wall and am 70 years old. I was given as a Christmas greeting by (your great grandfather) in 1943.

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My Dad was a Holsum Bakery Representative and gave these out as a Christmas greetings as noted on the little calendar below it. He went to war soon after. This was a hard one for them to find as it hangs on a wall in a little nook area but they got some nice gift cards off this one.
 
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When I was just a girl I would take the tiny key and walk down to the corner and on tip toe open it. Years later it required me to drive and a combination memorized instead of a key. I hold something different today but a replica I am of days gone by and sweet memories.
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Mail box replica bank
I added two $5.00 bills and they had to split the change
 
It makes some fun memories and even the adults try to figure them out!
 
Christmas Day hubby and I went up north and spent the night at the Prescott Resort. I love this hotel because of the view...
From our room over-looking Prescott
 
They had some pretty decorations...
 and every year they have a gingerbread house contest.....here are just a few:
 first place individual
 
 firehouse
 

and many, many more.

We took a walk down into the conference center to see if they had any new art that I liked and this one hit a soft spot...

And way in the corner at the very back was another cute little Christmas tree
Not all worked out as planned as the restaurant could not take any more reservations so Christmas dinner was chicken sticks at the bar (:

Next day we decided to come home a back way and boy did we take our life in our hands...
Snow and ice on top of the hill and hoping we didn't meet another crazy couple like us. But it was so pretty and pure it was worth the risks and besides Hubby had never tried out his four wheel drive.
 
 
Just one more stop before we landed home and that was at Rock Springs Cafe. This picture was in 1940.............
 
It has become known as the "have to stop and have a piece of pie place". They have the best pie ever and people from the valley drive all the way up here to pick them up and take them home. There are some of the old time things inside like the pie list on the wall:
 We had JD Pecan hmmmmm
The old time fireplace:
The tin ceiling:

and the plain old cement floor:

Easy off and on and so worth the stop for pie and coffee
 
Just New Years to go and we will be starting a new.