What did you do???
Thursday, August 26, 2004

What did you do on your night off?

Food Fight!!!

Now I don't know about anyone else, but being slimed with tomatoes is NOT my idea of a good time...
(Hot fudge Sauce? Yes.
Peanut butter? Yes.
Tomatoes ? No.)

gotta find the whipped cream . . .

Jovianne ~ 2:29 PM


Guthrie Publisher Lets Cartoon Use Song

Yahoo! News - Guthrie Publisher Lets Cartoon Use Song

Jovianne ~ 11:04 AM


Thursday AM

Lack of imagination the past couple of days, added to a lack of sleep all caught up with me yesterday.
I hate it when that happens.
Really messes with the mind.
Am havng my first cup of coffee since Tuesday morning.
And dang! It's good!

So I guess its time to clear the head and get my day started.

Found this story . . .

'Let's Just Cuddle'
Aug 25, 8:26 am ET

BERLIN (Reuters) - A leading German dictionary publisher plans to launch a guide it says will help men translate the subtext of female conversation.
The Langenscheidt publishing group, best known for its well-respected yellow foreign language dictionaries, will launch sales of a 128-page book to translate such baffling female banter as: "Let's just cuddle" into "No sex tonight please!."

"Each themed chapter offers men behavioral tips and exposes hidden messages transmitted by women in everyday situations, such as on holiday or during shopping trips," said Silke Exius, chief editor at Langenscheidt.

Other examples in the "German-Woman/Woman-German" edition due out in October include explaining why a woman asks a man to take interest in the pair of shoes she may be trying on.

She wants him to look because he's about to pay for them.

Should make for an interesting read when it is published.


Jovianne ~ 6:02 AM


Good Morning!
Monday, August 23, 2004

Another Identity Crisis?
Well obviously, I didn't sleep, and have been playing again with my template.
Not sure if I like the change or not.
Might just have to chuck the whole thing and start from scratch.
This all started when 2 very nice gentlemen told me how to 'adjust' my template.
I won't mention any names (coff coff).

Okay, so no sleep.
Makes for a long day coming up.
I am really glad that I do not have to go in to the office,
but can work at the homefront.
Means I can drink coffee at my desk all day and no one will know.

My mega-huge, man-eating, kitchen-window spider is back. . .
He has built another nest, and now sits, watching me as I do the dishes again.
Just sits and stares, (I think).
Not real sure where his eyes are and I Don't Want To KNOW!!!
Gives me the CREEPS!!!
He will die this time.
My son is going to take the fan out of the window today and totally demolish the nest and soak the windowsill with Spider-Kill stuff.
If that doesn't do it this time, I am moving.
I really can't stand spiders, or any crawly thing with multiple legs, that can climb walls, and hang from ceilings, to drop without notice onto unsuspecting humans (or cats).
Rates up there with Snakes.
Let's NOT go there!

Time for coffee!

Jovianne ~ 5:23 AM


Lazy Sunday
Sunday, August 22, 2004

Lazy day today

It was so nice out I managed to get some reading time in on the porch,
and spent a little time on here and found. . .

Dog Age Test and sent it over to Freddie's blog

Such an enlightning afternoon.


Jovianne ~ 7:27 PM


Politics is not a bad profession. If you succeed there are many rewards, if you disgrace yourself you can always write a book.
-- Ronald Reagan

Jovianne ~ 3:51 AM


Saturday AM
Saturday, August 21, 2004

Good thing I like storms...
because they have not quit for almost 2 days now.
We have been without power since about 7:30 Friday evening.
Oh, it would come back on ,then off,,, then on . . . well you get the idea.
Too many trees near the power lines.

Doubt if I will get any sleep, so its out to the kitchen for coffee while I have power.


Jovianne ~ 5:02 AM


The Storm
Thursday, August 19, 2004

The Storm
Not sure if I can actually do this justice, but am going to try.

The sky was getting darker as I drove home this evening.
Normally this time of day, it is still bright out.
Obviously a storm was in the making.

I got home, put the car in the garage,
fixed a small pot of decaff. . . then went to the porch.

The sky was full of swirls... different shades of greys and greens.
If you looked at the treetops over on the hill, you could see the branches just staring to move in the wind.
A flash of light...
a pause or two...
then a muted boom of thunder.

As it drew closer , I got a cup of coffee, pulled a chair up and sat down to enjoy.

Where I was, there was no wind.
My chimes were silent.
The flashes of light started to grow brighter and brighter.
Slowly, the wind picked up...
it was a nice cool breeze removing the moisture from today's humidity.
Across the way, I could see my neighbors flag, flying from his barn, starting to wave in a more 'crisper' manner.

So here I sat.
Feet up
Coffee in hand
Watching. . .
Waiting. . .

And it hit.

The sky grew dark with turmoils of blacks and greys intermingling together to create a view to the eyes that only an artist could copy... a camera would not do it justice.

The trees, in the near distance, were beginning to dance as the winds blew across them.
The wind started to pick up, and my chimes woke up in a beautiful discomboomerated way.
The branches of the trees in my yard started to dip and sway to a tune only they could hear.

An increase in the streaks of light in the sky.
Light. . . pause . . . Boom boom boom
Light. . boom boom boom
Light! Boom!!!

The neighbor's barn became a smear of burgundy as if in a fog.
The chimes danced as if it were their last day on earth!
The hail sprayed the yard with a coating of crystal white!
The rain was spraying onto my legs!
The noise!
The winds!
The mists on my face!

. . . and then it drifted past.

the streaks of light became fewer.
the booms becaume muted again.
the chimes became silent.

and all that was left
was the drip...
drip. . .
drip . . .
from the branches of the trees as they shedded the rains that had bathed them.

It's quiet now.
The winds are calm
The sky has clouds, tinged with pinks and purples.
And all you can really hear are
the songs of the birds who had hidden in the rain.


Jovianne ~ 6:31 PM



I think that so far, today has been the best day of the week.

Mega-huge thunderstorm woke me at about 5:30, so made the coffee and sat on the porch and watched the light show for a while....

Was a pretty good one actually,lots of jags, not that heat lightening stuff.

And the rest of the day has followed suit.
No major thumps, bumps or bangs into any inanimate object and yesterday's wound is healing nicely.
(the limp is barely noticable)

So quick store stop on the way home,
dinner and "The Fourth Estate" by Jeffery Archer.


Jovianne ~ 3:44 PM


White Rabbit
Wednesday, August 18, 2004

PM Update:
I am so glad this day is almost over.
It's really been one of those days,
but the good news is that my toe will survive to stub another day.


Feel like the White Rabbit


no time for coffee
running late
lunch ran short
and stubbed my toes on the filing cabinet

So how is everyone else doing today???


Jovianne ~ 8:33 PM


Tues AM
Tuesday, August 17, 2004

It takes coffee too long to brew!!!

I've decided that they need to find a way to make coffee brew faster.
10 minutes is too long,and before anyone says have instant,
I really don't care for the aftertaste of instant coffee. . .
I used to have one of those coffeemakers that you could set the night before to start before you get up,
but. . . it died a few months ago,
and I resurrected the old one, to save a dime or two.
So now I wait.

I think our nice weather spell is slowly going to start fading away.
It still was cool last night, its 61 right now,
but today it is supposed to climb back into the 80's. .
which around here, this time of year, means thunderstorms in the evenings,
after a hot sticky humid afternoon.
Oh well ...

Morning Joke?
George W. Bush, in an airport lobby, noticed a man in a long flowing white robe with a long flowing white beard and flowing white hair. The man had a staff in one hand and some stone tablets under the other arm.

George W. approached the man and inquired, "Aren't you Moses?"

The man ignored George W. and stared at the ceiling.

George W. positioned himself more directly in the man's view and asked again, "Aren't you Moses?"

The man continued to peruse the ceiling. George W. tugged at the man's sleeve and asked once again, "Aren't you Moses?"

The man finally responded in an irritated voice, "Yes I am".

George W. asked him why he was so unfriendly and Moses replied, "The last time I spoke to a Bush I had to spend forty years in the desert.

MmmmmmmCoffee. . .
Yay!! It's Done!!!

Jovianne ~ 5:06 AM


Monday, August 16, 2004

This is just one of those days when I have proved to myself that at times, I am an idiot, and I have about had it for today.

Think I will take a cup of coffee to the serenity of my porch, and toss it at the first passing vehicle.


Jovianne ~ 3:57 PM


It's Monday Again

Lovely Weekend. . .

Weather was perfect.
House is clean.
Car still doesn't run. . .

oh well, 2 outta 3 ain't bad, Right?

Time for coffee !!!

Jovianne ~ 5:19 AM


Jelly Beans
Saturday, August 14, 2004

Aug 13, 8:57 am ET
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Two armed men robbed the Jelly Belly factory north of San Francisco, making off with cash but none of the jelly beans that were a favorite of the late President Reagan, officials said on Thursday. Story here:

Robbers Strike Jelly Bean Plant

Now come on. . . at least take the jelly beans... geeeeeeeesh.

Yeah, its almost 3:am and I am awake.
The dang phone rang.
Wrong number.

I hate it when that happens.

Weather here still okay in my opinion.
Its cool and kinda damp, but that beats the dreaded August Heat & Humidity crap we normally have.
It didn't get above 60 all day.....

Too late for a drink, too early for coffee. . .
It's that inbetween time of total silence.
Not bad, actually.


Jovianne ~ 1:59 AM


just some notes
Friday, August 13, 2004

Friday the 13th.
Anyone superstitious?

If you have been here before , you will note that I have once again, changed my header picture. This poor blog is going to have an identity crisis such as the one at: http://ineedanameforthisblog.blogspot.com/

I did a dumb thing and changed the format for my comments, and in doing so, lost all my previous comments.
So will the Kind Gentleman who left me the link for 'What Book are You?' please resend?
I would really appreciate it.


Jovianne ~ 1:45 PM


Thursday, August 12, 2004

'Bonnie' is causing rain and really dark skies here and will continue to do so for the next few days. It's nice and cool too!
Good thing we did all the yard work Tuesday.

Let's see. . .

Jim and Edna were both patients in a mental hospital.
One day while they were walking past the hospital swimming pool,
Jim suddenly jumped into the deep end.
He sank to the bottom of the pool and stayed there.
Edna promptly jumped in to save him.
She swam to the bottom and pulled Jim out.
When the medical director became aware of Edna's heroic act,
he immediately ordered her to be discharged from the hospital,
as he now considered her to be mentally stable
When he went to tell Edna the news he said,

"Edna, I have good news and bad news.
The good news is you're being discharged.
Since you were able to rationally respond to a crisis
by jumping in and saving the life of another patient,
I have concluded that your act displays a sound mind.
The bad news is, Jim, the patient you saved,
hung himself right after you saved him,
with his bathrobe belt in the bathroom.
I am so sorry but he's dead."

Edna replied
"He didn't hang himself, I put him there to dry.
How soon can I go home?"

Headed for coffee.


Jovianne ~ 1:15 PM


Cat & Mouse

Cat n' Mouse

It's cute, okay?


Jovianne ~ 1:09 AM


It's way too early
Wednesday, August 11, 2004

I hate it when I cant sleep!

Been reading, 'Vahalla Rising' by Clive Cussler, for about the 4th time.
Its a good book. Maybe I should have picked something boring.

If anyone is ever in West Virginia, this is a great place to visit.
Blackwater Falls

Here too: Cass Scenic Railroad

Both are located in the
Monongahela National Forest,
and are about 3 hours from eachother.
Good place to go for a long weekend, camping.
There is a ton of other stuff there too.

Almost 6 - - - I can make coffee now!!!


Jovianne ~ 5:03 AM


Tuesday, August 10, 2004


Apparently my neighbor found out I used to run a very successful daycare in my younger days.
(no comment from the peanut gallery please)
this is the neighbor lady that has the two munchkins that I babysat yesterday.

Well............ she just left, yeah, a bit late I know but. . .
she has asked me to watch her two darlin's again tomorrow.

Now I don't mind, and of course I said yes, but....
sooner or later, does anyone think I should mention money?

I mean we are talking 12+ hours, meals included.
(toss in a bottle of asprin too , please?)

guess I had best sleep
Tomorrow will be a long day...


Jovianne ~ 11:36 PM


Afternoon Bits

Hockey cards, and kids.

Okay... does anyone know anything about Hockey Cards?
My son has over 20,000 and is considering selling them and I don't want him to get ripped off.

Can anyone explain how 18yr olds think?
(My kitchen sink is filled with golf balls.)
He is still a teenager, but at the same time, an adult.
...and driving me battier than I already am from yesterday with the kids.

A pic is finally posted on my profile(coff coff).

I need coffee.

Jovianne ~ 4:22 PM


New pic?
Monday, August 09, 2004

New Header Pic?

The other one was hard on the eyes, well on mine anyways.... must be an old age thing . . .

Jovianne ~ 9:52 PM


Long Day

Today was just too long.

Been watching a 4 yr old, and his younger sister, age 2, since 8:00 this morning. ....... Its been too long since I have had kids that age around all day.
Both are totally adorable, but I am a bit tired of playing with Strawberry Shortcake and Shrek stuff. Only a few more hours to go...

and there they are...


Jovianne ~ 7:05 PM


Another Saturday Night
Saturday, August 07, 2004

Another Saturday Night and I Ain't Got No Money. . .

Yeah well what else is new?
Some would say that I dont' need money to go out but . . . I would rather be able to pay for my own way than count on someone else to do so....
so . . . I have been here.

Watched League of Extordinary Gentleman. Great Movie!

Son is at his hockey game, he is the goalie... its a late game, and I hope they win, he needs a boost right now.
And the cats? Still fat, and obnoxious.
But keep my feet warm, so I can't complain.
(of course I do tend to get aggitated when they play with the yarn I am trying to work with)

I have this odd brother.
He lives about 35 miles from here but we don't speak.
He has his own problems and sadly, doesn't like to be a member of a family.
However, , , he 'spur of the moment' flew out to AZ to visit Mum,
(first time since '97) and she is a nervous wreck.
She called me today to tell me he was there, and that she feels as if he is taking inventory on what she has for when she goes.
Now how is that for a warm fuzzy feeling?????
He leaves Tuesday evening, and she says that is not soon enough.
Its sad when one's own mother feels that way about her child... but that is his history in the family.
He won't even acknowledge that I am alive.

Found this site.
Elite Skins
Go there.
The work this guy does is really good.... he makes screensavers with applets, and uses some of Jim Warren's work
Really nice stuff, but then again I am a huge Jim Warren Fan!
Here is his site if anyone wants to check it out:
Jim Warren Studios

Okay going to get back to work
Am doing a custom order afghan... looks really good.


Jovianne ~ 10:12 PM


Saturday Afternoon


Okay, so blogger wouldn't let me post yesterday. . . not sure why.
Not that I had any thing of major importance to express. . . but it was a great day!
Weather here is perfect right now!! and its August? go figure!
Normal is HOT, HUMID, ICKY - - - now its mid 60's and sunny , high 40's for sleeping at night, . . . just really perfect!


Jovianne ~ 1:40 PM


Thursday eve
Thursday, August 05, 2004

Wow . . .

Am glad today is almost over.
Was too nice out to sit and play on puter after work today.
Did some yardwork - - hate the weeds on the hillside - - -
Read a bit on the porch after that.... "Rainmaker" by the lawyer dude

And... tried to forget about the mindboggling (not mindblogging) emails that my son is getting from people who consider themselves his family.
They are all but disowning him.. geeeeeeesh.
I think he is handling it better than I am.
He is getting more support from his and my friends, than he is from his dad's side of the family.
But what can you expect from people that don't hug??? (eeewwwwww)

Should be good sleeping weather tonight, I only hope I can take advantage of it and actually sleep ! (low 50's!!!)

The Empress is having a Birthday today so if you want.. go to
The Introverted Exibitionist and wish her a Happy B'day!


Jovianne ~ 6:52 PM


Irrelevant Links
Wednesday, August 04, 2004

A List of Irrelevant Links?

(When one can't sleep,
surfing is a reasonable time-killer)

Info Please

Little Museums

National Academies

Today In Literature



Virtual Library of Museums

Alaska Stock Images

Quotable Online

Absurd Inventions

Lumberjack Song

Procrastinators Club

The Squirrel Place

History Place

Pittsburgh Pens

World's Largest Roadside Attractions

Mountain Climbing at Mt Rainier

At Work & bored (you know who you are!)


Jovianne ~ 12:35 AM


Tuesday, August 03, 2004

What a lovely weekend.

Yes I realize it's Tuesday, but I spent yesterday rehashing the weekend and am still rather . . . ticked-off, confused, amazed, shocked...
(Where is Roget when you need him?)

2 Months of nasty emails from EX, between son and his dad.
Last 2 emails have been paticurally mean.
See Update
Then on Friday . . .Latest From Texas
Okay so Saturday, the emails from the rest of that side of the family started flying.
Now bear in mind that when son graduated from High School in June, only one member of that side of the family acknowledged it with a nice card.
One out of 7 aunts and uncles, and the grandmother.
Only ONE.
The weekend emails?
4 of the 7 have written son to basically tell him he is wasting his life by not moving in with his dad, in Texas and going to college there.

Key word of the week here is WASTE.
They have all used that same word in all the emails.

There have been 9 emails all together, all telling son what a louse of a mother he has (me) and how the only way his life will mean anything is by doing what his father wants.
That I am holding him back from becoming 'someone'
That he should reconsider his major.
HE is WASTING his life with his plan for his future.
And over the past 15 years, since the divorce, that side of the family has seldom seen son, nor communicated with him, even when I have offered to bring him down to visit or what-not.
Its like Son has not existed for them since we left Texas.
How dare they treat him like this NOW????

I have raised this kid on my own since he was 3.
He doesn't smoke, do drugs and had a beer once, didnt like it.
He has tons of friends, is on a hockey team (plays goalie), and his phone never quits ringing with the girls.
He has good sense about things, good sense of humour, and is overall, a well-rounded kid of 18.
Even has manners.
He graduated with Honors in June.
Personally I think I did a dammed good job, and am so very proud of this kid, its amazing.
This is a GREAT KID!

His reaction to all of this?
He is becoming very angry with the rest of that side of the family, along with his dad.

Why do people do this?
Why can't they see, that he is a smart kid, and just support him emotionally on his decisions?
Could at least one of them tell him that they are proud of him?
First his dad hurts him, and now the rest are.

I just don't get it.
And have had a migraine since Saturday morning.
Chit* even the coffee hasn't helped.
And if I hear the word WASTE one more time I will scream.


Jovianne ~ 11:35 AM


Coffee Time

You Know You're Drinking Too Much Coffee When...

  • You answer the door before people knock.
  • You get a speeding ticket even when you're parked.
  • You haven't blinked since the last lunar eclipse.
  • You grind your coffee beans in your mouth.
  • You sleep with your eyes open.
  • You have to watch videos in fast-forward.
  • The only time you're standing still is during an earthquake.
  • You're the employee of the month at the local coffeehouse and you don'teven work there.
  • Your eyes stay open when you sneeze.
  • You chew on other people's fingernails.
  • The nurse needs a scientific calculator to take your pulse.
  • You're so jittery that people use your hands to blend their margaritas.
  • You can jump-start your car without cables.
  • You've worn out the handle on your favorite mug.
  • You go to AA meetings just for the free coffee.
  • People get dizzy just watching you.
  • You've worn the finish off your coffee table.
  • Your taste buds are so numb you could drink your lava lamp.
  • Instant coffee takes too long.
  • You channel surf faster without a remote.
  • Your birthday is a national holiday in Brazil.
  • You'd be willing to spend time in a Turkish prison.
  • You go to sleep just so you can wake up and smell the coffee.
  • You're offended when people use the word "brew" to mean beer.
  • You name your cats "Cream" and "Sugar."
  • You get drunk just so you can sober up.
  • You can outlast the Energizer bunny.
  • You short out motion detectors.
  • You don't even wait for the water to boil anymore.
  • Your nervous twitch registers on the Richter scale.
  • You don't tan, you roast.
  • You don't get mad, you get steamed.
  • You help your dog chase its tail.
  • Your coffee mug is insured by Lloyds of London.
  • Your first-aid kit contains two pints of coffee with an I.V. hookup.

Jovianne ~ 10:34 AM


Johnny Carson
Monday, August 02, 2004

Dang I miss Johnny. . .

Democracy means that anyone can grow up to be president, and anyone who doesn't grow up can be vice president.
-- Johnny Carson

~Relevant Links~
Johnny Carson
The Tonight Show

Is it too early for coffee?

Jovianne ~ 2:54 AM


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