Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Funny from a book

I was sitting reading science to my 2 youngers. They need to classify leaves. So the book is telling them all about collecting leaves and it's ok and all that and then we come to this sentence:
If you cannot find many leaves outside, go to the grocery store and buy a mixed salad package.

We all had to laugh. Now before anyone gets upset, I know that for some this would be a necessary thing. I can completely understand the need in the inner city for example. But here in the 'burbs where we do still have a decent number of trees, it hit all of us as funny!

Wordless Wednesday

Age doesn't matter when sand is involved. :-) (Do you see the kite string?)

Friday, September 19, 2008

I had a scare on my bike this morning

I was riding instead of running to do something different. I was almost finished with my ride and was going as fast as I could and I was going down hill. It was really cool. The speed limit right there is 35 and the cars passing me weren't "out of here" like normal. It was actually taking them some time to get past. Like I said really cool. It's a residential area btw.

Then out of the corner of my eye, I saw something grey dart out of the woods. (Think someone's wooded back yard.) It hit my front wheel and then my foot on the down stroke. I was waiting to fall over and flip head over heals on the road. AND for the car behind me (you know the one you can't hear but just has to be back there) to hit me. I stopped all pedaling and just held on for dear life. Thankfully, the squirrel (I think it was a squirrel) didn't have enough force behind him to knock me over. I just rode on as if nothing had happened. Not even a bobble. Just terrified.

I get the feeling that my wheel was going so fast, he didn't see the spokes and thought he could go straight through. If that's the case, he has a great sense of timing.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Family funny

Last night oldest dd and I were sitting watching TV. My feet got cold so I put on my black slippers. DD must not have noticed because a few minutes later she looked down and thought that Koty's ears had grown a lot suddenly. (Koty is the black dog in some of my pictures.) Then she noticed that there was some pink on the "ears" and then that they weren't ears at all, just mom's slippers.

Friday, September 12, 2008

My van was almost towed last week!

I was visiting my folks and parked in the driveway, but left my keys downstairs in case they needed to move my van. One morning mom did. She parked it down the street, right where a curve starts but clearly visible from both sides.

There is a street that runs actually on their property that they have tried to close, but it's the whole "they've used it for so long that they are the ones that have to close it" thing. Well, for once, the people who use the road actually had to stop at the main road to be able to see down the road, they couldn't just pull out (because of my van). So they called the police and complained! Now the good thing about it being a small town is that the police actually came out to investigate the complaint. The bad thing is what they tried to do.

Mom parked the mini-van with two tires up on the sidewalk, so illegally. Since there was a complaint and the car was park illegally, they were thiscloseto towing my car! Their next door neighbor came home from work in the middle of the whole thing and went and begged the police not to tow the car. "I'm sure they are out with their grandkids. Please please don't tow the car. I will try to get in touch with them as soon as possible." So the police left me a parking ticket and put cones behind my car (because of the curve I am sure).

Dad and I went down to city hall to pay the ticket - $5. The rest of the week Dad parked his truck right there - sort of. The property line is really odd over there. They actually own a very small piece of grass on the other side of this road. The piece is big enough for dad's truck. So now they can't complain and they still have to stop. I guess they can complain but since it's parked on their property and not on the sidewalk at all, nothing can be done.