By jadzia23 on Dec 9, 2013 at 12:18 PM
Your new profile pic is really cute. Did you have any trouble getting the scarf on Wee Wille? It looks like he's really grown. The Leaves' Eyes song was really good. I'll definitely add some of theirs to the new ipod. Are there any other symphonic metal bands you like? It's a shame the game didn't turn out better, but they should rebound next week. It's good you got the cookies packed up. Ted is just two, and still very active and curious. I have no doubt he'd attempt a tree climbing since he has climbed shades and loves to jump on things. What did you have for dinner yesterday? It's nice you were able to go out and have family over for dinner. W e did find some good bargains. I got my sister a sweater for half off, and my mom found sweaters for my cousins for half off too. We have a bit more to do, and should finish this week hopefully. How was your Monday? Mine has been alright so far, but a little busy. Have a great day :)
By Sylviag on Dec 8, 2013 at 9:28 PM
Thanks for the vid. I like the direction she is going. Some of her first solo efforts was kind of slow for me. Here's a vid by Leaves Eyes of one of my favorite songs by them back from a theme CD they did in 2009. Liv has an amazing soprano. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b15yaPYNDRU Got all the cookie packed up. I mail to 9 people so tht took care of almost half of the cookies. Was a very good, well played and close game and fun to watch. We lost it in the last two minutes. How old is Ted? Stil vry old and will stay that way for a couple more days. MIL s so funny - she cn't understand why it shuld be so cold when the sun is shining :) Gads, I aw a blip of that game also during halftime - it eas a blizzard. Whichever teams were playing that one - it iwas a matter of surviving it :) Yesterday we went into town cuz we had a bit of cabin fever and I needed a few things for dinner that night. We had son and his girlfriend over without any kids so was a nice adult evening. I think u have a thing or OG :) Did you find any good bargains? Were you shopping for Christmas presents? Have a not too busy Mon at work.
By jadzia23 on Dec 8, 2013 at 1:54 PM
It's a shame you missed Nightwish. I'm sure they put on a great show. I bet the live CD and DVD will be good. I might get them too. I listened to some of Tarja's solo songs, and they're pretty good too. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2W3GK3wtqJU I'll have to check out Leaves Eyes. Wow 17 different kinds of cookies and sweets? No wonder you're burned out on baking. It's good your kittehs have left the tree alone. I don't think Ted would until he's a bit older. He's the type that doesn't lose interest in something. The game is very close so far. I hope the Seahawks can get some offense going in the second half. I'm sorry you had such bad weather. Is it better today? We had a bit of a chilly day yesterday and some rain Thursday, but nowhere near as bad as most of the country. I saw a few minutes of a game this morning, and it was snowing so hard you could barely see the players. How has your weekend been? Mine has been alright. Had lunch at OG again, and then braved the mall for some sales. Have a great Sundog and go Seahawks! :)
By Sylviag on Dec 6, 2013 at 10:47 PM
I missed Nightwish 3 times in Seattle. Once I had bought the tickets and they had to cancel because of visa problem to enter the US from Canda. Once I was in the hospital - had bought tickets and gave them to my niece and in 2012 we were on vaction . Rats :) I just read they have a new live CD and DVD coming out Dec 10 and they have changed female vocalist, again, to Floor Jansen who went on part of their last big tour with them. I'll likely get it as I would like to see the DVD. While I was cruising that I saw that Leaves Eyes has a new CD out also. Have been so busy this past year I have not kept up with a lot of bands I like. Geez, 17 different kinds of cookies and candies. I am burned out on baking :) This is pretty much the only time of the year I do bake except the occasionl dessert or pie. Last year we only put some bows on the tree because Wee Willie was so tiny and still getting healthy so we did not want to take any chance on him chewing something and getting sick. After an initial flurry of interest by everyone, they have pretty much left the tree alone now. It snowed here all day starting early morning and we got about 4 inches and will say very cold next few days. I was wondering if you got any of the wind, ice and snow stuff sweeping across the plains. The Sun game against the 49rs willbe interesting. I know the 49rs do not want to get beat by us again and it is on their turf so I expect it to be close. Have a good day tomorrow.
By jadzia23 on Dec 5, 2013 at 12:04 PM
I'm glad you liked the song. I had remembered one of their songs I heard on the radio a few years ago and liked very much, so I decided to listen to more. Their new album is sure to be a good one. I also learned about Nightwish while listening to WT. I agree that Tarja is better. It was nice to see her team up with WT. Have you ever seen either bands in concert? Wow, you made a lot of cookies and candy. What kind did you make? My grandma used to make delicious cookies, but my mom has never been much of a baker, so she didn't carry that on. Your house looks really nice. We haven't decorated yet. I wanted to take a few days to relax first. I probably will this weekend or early next week. We won't be able to have a tree because Ted would climb it and I'm worried he would pull it down and hurt himself. He's one of those kittehs who is into everything. It was great the game went so well. That was a huge win. I hope this week's game goes just as well. I heard the 12th man got the record back for loudest stadium during the game too, which is great. How was your day? Did you get hit by that cold front? We just had some bad wind and rain, but thankfully the super cold air didn't come this far south. Have a great Thursday :)
By Sylviag on Dec 4, 2013 at 9:06 PM
Too cool! Love it and thanks for passing that on. I have a lot of older Within Temptation and happy they are coming out with a new album in Jan. I have always been a big fan of Tarja's voice from when she was the female vocal for Nightwish. They had an artistic difference several years ago and she left and they got a new singer who doesn't have the depth of Tarja's voice but is pretty good. I'm almost done with Christmas cookie and candy making frenzy. Been spending a lot of time on that and tucking them into the freezer. Adds up to usually around 2,000 :) I mail and give them to a lot of friends and family. this year will be mailing up to WA rather than down to OR. Will give son a teaser box for him and the kids this weekend :) We decorated the house inside and out the past few days too. We're really in the Christmas spirit this yer with the new house. With all that I haven't been on here that much. I am sorry to hear that you ddn't feel well for Thanksgiving abd hope you are feeling better now. Unfortunately holidays sometimes do cause friction and that likely wasn't much fun for you. But at least you won't have to deal with that Christmas. Glad you're getting some down time. Hard when you work as much as you do and then to have to do a bunch of other stuff too. Have you started decorating yet? I am so glad that a few years ago all of us adults decided not to exchange presents anymore - takes away a lot of stress trying to find presents. We won big time Sunday over the Saints! Seahawks rock and rule :) Not only wa the 12th man loud, they actually registered on seismic equipment at the University during the game!
By jadzia23 on Dec 4, 2013 at 8:10 PM
Still going through music for the new ipod, and I got to symphonic metal. I think I remember you saying you like it. I came across this song and it's one of the best I've ever heard. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dy6MpsDPKts How was your day? Mine was nice and not so busy lol Have a great evening and Thursday :)
By jadzia23 on Dec 1, 2013 at 1:12 PM
I'm glad you had a nice Thanksgiving. Mine wasn't so good. I was a bit sick to my stomach, and there were some arguments between my mom and my sister and her in laws. Coco almost got out of the house also because her father in law kept going out to smoke. I'm glad they're going out of town for Christmas. I'm also glad my uncle and aunt are coming back tomorrow. It feels like I haven't had a minute of down time this whole week. They'll be going back for Christmas, but at least we'll get a little break. Wow, that's a lot of needles. I'm sure it feels good to have them gone. How was your Sundog? Mine has been alright so far and the first time all week I've been able to relax. Is your cold better? Have a great evening :)
By Sylviag on Nov 30, 2013 at 7:58 PM
How was Thanksgiving? Ours was great - lots of good food and family time. I just cannot understand how people can just move and leave their pets behind. Make me furious! Likely once they have moved they wind up getting more pets and they sure don't deserve them. How nice of your uncle to feed them - poor kittehs. yesterday was spent cleaning up the holiday aftermath and today we took 2 loads of years worth of dried up pine needles to the dump. Bryan had spent several days raking them into big pile. Son dropped off his utility trailer for us to use and it took 2 loads - about 8 cubic yards. Enjoy your day off tomorrow.
By jadzia23 on Nov 27, 2013 at 12:09 PM
I had never heard that old adage before, but it sounds about right. My uncle said that the calico and the Himilayan mix outside belonged to woman who moved away and left them behind. It does explain why they're so friendly. There is also a grey tom who comes around sometimes, and is friendly as well. A new one visits who is very afraid. New keyboards are hard to get used to. I'm sure you'll get the hang of it soon. I'm glad you survived your grocery shopping. I bet it's even worse today. It does feel like I'm always busy, but more so this week. Had to vacuum after we got done feeding the kittehs. Normally I get a little bit of down time before work,, but not this week. Sadly I just get tomorrow off, and Sunday, but that's always a day off. I may get to leave early tonight though. Have you started making anything yet? My mom is making the pies today, but the rest will be tomorrow. How was your day? Have a great evening and Happy Thanksgiving if I don't make it on tomorrow.
By Sylviag on Nov 26, 2013 at 8:24 PM
Hiya, The old adage, 7 days to get it, 7 days to have it and 7 days to get healthy again has some grains of truth :) Sounds like they are somewhat domesticated feral if you can pet them which is great as I think feral need some hands on lubs if they are not too afraid of human. Having to get used to a new keyboard though, certain button are not exactly where they were on the old one so I keep hitting the wrong thing when I am not looking down. Yep, bumper carts in the aisles :) Bt we forged ahead and made it through in one piece with all the items on our lit. Gurlfren, ur day i always busy. I don't think u get a lot of down time. What days do you get off this long weekend?
By jadzia23 on Nov 26, 2013 at 7:56 PM
I'm glad you're feeling better. Colds last way too long. Your old laptop sounds similar to mine. It also takes forever to start, and some pages I visit, like ICHC and CATT cause it to freeze for a few minutes. My flash plugin crashes a lot too. I would use the desktop version too if I do get a new one. It was nice to see the kittehs. The two ferals were there today too, so I got to pet them as well as the indoor ones. How was your day? Was shopping an adventure for you too? My day was alright but busy again. Have a great evening and Wednesday :)
By Sylviag on Nov 26, 2013 at 7:19 AM
Yeah today I feel much better and have decided I will indeed live LOL Did mostly household chores yesterday and then went to bed early hene waking up at 4 am today. I think my old lap top had some deeply hidden viruses or something cuz it crash dumped at the drop of a hat, would not start up properly half the time. I even had a tech guy come to look at it but he couldn't ind anything either and just cleaned it up a bit of extraneous garbage. Don't care for 8 at all as they have modeled on a smart phone now with "apps" and touch screen - most of which are junk that I don't want or will ever use. They do stil ahve a desk top feature that I am going to hopefully be able to put everything on that I do use. I know how to get on the internet and o my email and found where the control panel is :) I suppose I need to go through their tutorial. Cool on the kittehs cuz I know u love to see them but yeah any grocery shopping ow before Thanksgiving will be a mob scene We have to do that today also.
By jadzia23 on Nov 25, 2013 at 7:51 PM
It was a nice day. I'm sorry you weren't feeling well Saturday night. Are you better today? Cool on the new laptop. Were you having a lot of problems with the old one? I need a new one since mine freezes a lot and had been crashing a lot, but that has improved at least. How is Windows 8? That's what I'm most afraid of about getting a new one. It's nice you had a sunny day. It still hasn't cleared out here yet, but it was a little warmer and the sun did peek through a few times. How was your Monday? Mine was alright, but very busy. We had to go take care of uncle's kittehs since they left for Dallas today, and then go shopping for Thanksgiving dinner, which wasn't fun. I couldn't find a place to stand that wasn't in the way of someone. Have a great evening and Tuesday :)
By Sylviag on Nov 24, 2013 at 3:03 PM
Glad u liked it and sounds like you had a nice birthday with family and good noms. We had a nice dinner too and everyone as nice and left by 8 since I was feeling punky. Sundog is good now that I got a new laptop that isn't possessed by cyber zombies and I can play here while on the ouch again :) A nice sunny and reasonably warm day and Bryan is outside burning some fallen branches and stuff.
By jadzia23 on Nov 24, 2013 at 1:01 PM
Thanks so much for the Caddies bday lol :) They're my favorite. I had a nice day, even though it was cold. Went to the mall with my mom and sister, and then out to eat at PF Chang's with them, brother in law, and uncle and aunt, and then to sister's house for cake. Did the arctic cold front hit you too? Your dinner sounds delicious. I hope you had a better day yesterday. How was your Sundog been? Mine has been good, but it's still cold. Have a great evening :)
By Sylviag on Nov 22, 2013 at 10:28 PM
Look whose wishing you a happy :) Not sure when I'll be on tomorrow so wanted to get this to you tonight, Normally I think it gets down into the 30s not usually to 0 I think. I listened to some more of their tunes and definitely want to go see them. See if I can talk son and his gal pal to go to. I think I can buy the tickets now - not sure. WIll have to look again,. Tomorrow night is a pork loin roast, scalloped potatoes, brussel sprouts and carrot casserole, salad and a carrot cake I actually made myself today. I hae an old recipe I took off an off brand spice cake mix like 30 years ago and it is ano fail recipe and very good. I had an ugly day of trying to deal with various issues that about drove me bonkers :) But tomorrow is another day and it will be a good one cuz I will make it so :) http://cheezburger.com/7916927488
By jadzia23 on Nov 22, 2013 at 8:04 PM
At least the people in Bend know how to drive in the snow. Ice is scary. I almost spun out on a patch that I couldn't see. How cold do the winter nights get there? It's great Bryan enjoys home improvement projects. That's the same problem my current mp3 player has. It is possible to move songs. I looked it up here http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20091210114414AApsOrF I might give that a try as it will save me a lot of time with the songs I want to keep. It was my sister's, and most of the music is hers, and we have very different tastes lol That's an interesting place for a show. I'm glad you're feeling better. What do you plan to have for dinner tomorrow? How was your day? Mine was alright but busy and very cold as a strong cold front hit us today. It didn't even get to 40. Have a great evening and Caturday :)
By Sylviag on Nov 21, 2013 at 11:37 PM
At least here people know how to drive in snow whereas in WA many did not because it is a rarer occurrence. But I would raher drive on snow any dya than ice. That's just plain scary when u lose conrol on ice. It will take several moer days as it takes a full day to insulate one and shee rock it in. Then he will do the finish and painting on all of them. He loves projects like that as he has always worked with his hands. With a new house we have plenty of them for him to do. But like they say, time and money, so we'll have to budget out what we can reasoably do in a certian amount of time. Kewl on the IPod. I have a regular MP3 with not enough gigs, so we've been thinking of getting an IPod but not sure if we can transfer all our non-Itune MP3s to it - can we? In Bend, really? Too cool. Found it at some place called Pakit Liquidators which is apparently also a junk reale place that they have been doing a lot of indie events and art an stuff like that at. Sounds intriguing and we'll have to find it and drive by it. Am feeling much better today. Hope we're both all over it by Sat as we are having some family ad friends over for dinner.
By jadzia23 on Nov 20, 2013 at 12:12 PM
Yeah, sadly that was the year the fruit trees bit it, along with a lot of palm trees and cacti all over the city since it didn't get above freezing for 4 days. At least you won't be getting too much snow. I hate driving in that, especially because so many don't slow down. lol You are right about garages being black holes. We have a lot of Mexican food restaurants too, but it's hard to find good ones. A new one opened recently and it's been pretty good so far. Will it take Bryan long to finish the skylights? I'm sure they'll look great once he finishes. I'm sorry you got his cold. I hope you feel better soon. Colds are just rotten. It's cute Wee Willie enjoys sitting on your lap. I wish Ted was a lap kiteth too, but he only stays for maybe 5 minutes, and only when I"m at the computer. I got the new ipod today and looking forward to getting it ready to use. Oh, Mad Caddies just announced their tour dates, and they'll be in Bend on February 9th. I hope they come here or around here when they announce the rest later. How was your day? Have a great day and feel better soon :)
By Sylviag on Nov 20, 2013 at 9:11 AM
That was probably the year your fruit trees bit it. It definitely gets cold here and we will get snow but not as much as Sunriver where gkids live cuz it is about 1000 feet higher in elevation and closer to the mountain. Gargages are black holes, they just suck stuff in and it takes a brave man or woman to tackle it. Can't eat Mexican food and I imagine you have some great resaturants. Actually here there are probably more Mexican restaurants than anything else. Monday the skylights in the living room were installed. Bryan has to finish the inside of them so until he cuts into the ceiling I can't see them yet. Wound up getting Bryan's cold so after we did our errands yesterdayI wound up on the couch. Bryan says he always knows when I am sick. I am very high energy and never take naps unless I'm not feeling well. Wee Willie loves it cuz he can sit on my lap as muh as he wants. Hope ur day is going well.
By jadzia23 on Nov 18, 2013 at 11:53 AM
Hmm...I think an average winter day is in the mid 50s during the day and low 30s during the night. We do sometimes get into the 20s and teens at night, but not too often. The coldest day I remember was about 3 years ago when it was just 1. I hope that never happens again. What have you learned about Bend winters? Hopefully it won't get too cold. It's nice the volleyball game was fun. The girls will get better as they play more. I was never very good at volleyball lol It's good you were able to get the garage sorted. I need to clean that out. There's hardly any space left on the shelves. It's great the Seahawks looked much better and have a bye week to heal some of those injuries and be in good shape for the playoffs. Yesterday was nice. Went out for Mexican food for lunch and watched the evening game. How was your Monday? Mine has been alright so far, and hopefully work won't be too crazy. Have a great day :)
By Sylviag on Nov 17, 2013 at 11:25 PM
I had some Amazon shopping to do today and downloaded the mP3 album for 2013 reggae. My next shioppingtrip there I'll pick up some songs by the groups u sent me. What would be about the normal "cold" for you there in Winter? Vball was fun there the9-10 year range and mostly 1st or 2d year playing and they have he will but not always the aim. Had some where they just winged it as hard as the could - right into the stands :) So far knock on wood, no cold and he is doing better. We alwasy split a 16 or 20 oz blended decaf mocha on our way into town and the barista at the stand we go to looked a little confused when we asked for 2 straws til Bryan explained he had a cold. Yeha, they will get them in but just the roof par. Since Bryan is a carpenter he will do the cutting into the ceiling up to the skylights from the inside and do the finish work. That saved us quite a chunk of change. We spent the whole day from morning to evening unpacking sorting, reorganizing, storing in plastic tubs, etc., the garage. Something we have put off fro wees now. But it's all done and we can actually find stuff. Was important or Bryan to have all his tools easily accessible. We ran in and out to catch the game. We won very nicely. Next week is a bye sothey can get a good rest. What did u day today?
By jadzia23 on Nov 17, 2013 at 1:18 PM
I'm glad you enjoyed it :) Save Ferris is one of the best. It's a shame they broke up after their second album. I got to see them about 13 years ago when they came here with the Warped Tour, along with several other bands on the list. I hope to see the Slackers and Mad Caddies someday. I forget where I park sometimes too. Parking near a cart return is a great idea. That's a great sale for warm clothes. I need to go get some more of those, but not too warm since it usually doesn't get too cold here. How did the volleyball game go? I hope Bryan is feeling better and you didn't catch his cold. It's great you'll be getting you skylights put in tomorrow. Will it just take one day? What do you have planned for today? I wish I could watch the Seahawks game. Hopefully it will go well. Have a great Sundog :)
By Sylviag on Nov 16, 2013 at 9:50 PM
Wow thanks for the playlist. I especially like Save Ferris, she's ossum. And the Slackers - Rider is great song. Have to download some of those for sure. A love all the horns. A little bit different beat than reggae and more in the garage band arena which I like As far as the parking, fortunately unless one lives in a big city there is usually always somewhere to park that doesn't involve the parallel thing. I can never remember where my car is so I've learned to park as close as I can to a cart return and my odds are increased dramatically as there are only so many of them LOL Last night Bryan's youngest bro spent the night (he had been staying with his other bro) and Bryan took him to the airport early to go back to Phoenix. Today was kid of a runaround day as we did some shopping for some warmer clothes (Fred Meyers had a 20% off sale til 1 pm) and then went to see gdaughter's volleyball game and then to Lowes for some stuff Bryan needed. He has a cold so he went to bed early. Hope I don't catch it. Our skylights are being put in Mon - Yay - get more light into the livingroom. Any plans for you tomorrow
By jadzia23 on Nov 15, 2013 at 8:02 PM
It also has whipped cream. It's really rich, but so good. I think I'll have it next time I go there. lol Yeah, I'd fail the parallel parking part for sure. I've only done it two times, the time the instructor taught me, and again for the test. I tried it once at school, and I hit a dumpster lol So I try to avoid it, even it it means walking in the cold and rain. Good work making sure those cones were dead. I heard in California, if you fail that part, you can't get your license. I'm not sure it it's true or not though. Thanks for the reggae recs. I'll definitely check them out. I came across the Aggrolies last night too, and they're very good. How was your day? Mine was alright, except for the vacuuming part. Any plans for the weekend? Have a great evening and Caturday :) I made a playlist of some of my favorite ska songs for you. I think you'll enjoy ska since it's so similar to reggae. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlM9fofRmvZ4drJE8aqPbOVMRsMlM5RL6
By Sylviag on Nov 15, 2013 at 9:54 AM
That's ideal. Oh the caramel sauce on top sounds divine. I did pass - Yay :) Thanks goodness no driving test. I have built up too many bad habits since I first got my DL at 16 that I would likely not pass. You too? I have never been able to parallel park so that would be the first gig right off the bat :) I remember the testing guy telling me to just give it a try and I did and knocked the cones down and ran over them a couple of times just to make sure they were dead LOL Cool on the new Ipod! Lots we like from old school roots to more modern rap reggae: All of the Marleys, Sightly Stoopid, Sublime, Michael Rose, Junior Reid, Groundnation, Matisyahu, Anthony B, UB 40 (great UK band), Alcyon Massive, Toussaint, Queen Ifrica, Yellowman, Alpha Blondie, Maxi Priest and Shaggy (who have done some great colaaberations), Steel Pulse, Burning Spear, Sly and Robbie. Amazon has a two CD MP3 download of the top reggae songs of 2013 that I will download. A lot of good cuts on it. http://www.amazon.com/Reggae-Gold-2013-Various-artists/dp/B00DHK8YL2/ref=sr_1_1?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&sr=1-1&keywords=reggae+2013
By jadzia23 on Nov 14, 2013 at 12:08 PM
Thankfully I only have a five minute drive to and from work, which is perfect. It's much better than the 45 minute drives I've had. The cheesecake and pumpkin are mixed in the Olive Garden's version, and it has pieces of gingerbread and caramel sauce on top. It's very good. I'm sure all the hard work on the terraces will be worth it, even if it takes a while. It's nice you had a sunny day. It's nice again here and much warmer. How did the test go? I hope it went well. Do you have to take a driving part too? That's the part I'd be afraid of. I forgot how to parallel park lol Who are some of the reggae bands you like? I'm getting a new ipod, and I need lotsa music for it. I've already gone through Rebelution, and a lot of their songs will be added. How was your day? Mine has been alright so far. Have a great evening :)
By Sylviag on Nov 13, 2013 at 9:13 PM
And that late it is dark also in the winter. Do you have to drive a long way to work? When Bryan and I worked we only had a 10 minute commute and could carpool which was ideal. The way auntie made it, the cheesecake part was the bottom layer on the crust and then the pumpkin filling on top. I've never had it at Olive Gardens. I usually never order desert but occasionally Bryan and I might split one (I eat most of it of course :) After my doc appt this morning, came home and started weeding the back terraces where I want to put perennials in next year. Going to take a lot of work and time and doubt if I will get it all done in one summer. Was a beautiful warm sunny day for this late in No. Tomorrow Bryan and I will attempt to pass our OR written driving test. Wish me luck cus i didn't do that gret on the on-line practice tests and failed 1 of them.
By jadzia23 on Nov 12, 2013 at 7:57 PM
I get out at 8 on weeknights, so it's going to make for some cold nights. It was pretty cold tonight, and I forgot my jacket lol Pumpkin cheesecake pie sounds delicious. I wonder if it's similar to the pumpkin cheesecake at Olive Garden. I don't normally like cheesecake that much, but I do with pumpkin. How was your day? Mine was alright but busy. Have a great evening and Wednesday :)