Sunday, July 24, 2005

Coffee on Sunday Morning

I am having my 3rd cup of coffee this Sunday morning. In a few minutes I will get up and head to the shower to get to church on time. I sometimes wish that worship services were held at a different time, like on a weeknight, so that we could just have a day that we were lazy and relaxed at home with our families. Then I think that that would be disrespectful to God, and chunking Him into the already busy week is wrong. I guess it is, but I can't help the way I feel.

Speaking of coffee, there is a place in Brevard where they sell wonderful, fresh roasted coffee beans. It is called The Brown Bean and Matt Huggins roasts some killer stuff there. There is a coffee for every taste bud. Between DB and I we buy about a pound a week. There is a mail order service, so if you get a chance check out the site and order. I would recommend the El Salvador, the Guatemalan, or the Bolivian very highly. There are tons of others. Just tell Matt what you like and he can probably set you up with just the right thing.

My friend is thinking about adopting another dog. Between us that would make 4. However, if you want a dog or cat that is the way to go. We got one of our dogs through the NC Lab Rescue site and he is a great dog. You can find anything.

So, enjoy our coffee and your pets and have a great day with your family and friends.

Friday, July 08, 2005


It is very late and I am having a bout of nostalgia. I have been trying to find old friends on line. The best I can do is send some e-mails and hope someone responds. I looked up Cyndi, Alfreda, Phil, and Kelley. It is funny that you spend so much time with people during high school or college and then you loose track and can't find them at all. I miss them and many more. I hope I will be able to get in touch. I have been lucky to have these, and many more, friends throughout my life. I am blessed.

Monday, July 04, 2005


First let me wish everyone a Happy Independence Day!

I spent the last few minutes with a help desk guru from Dell. I feel like a total idiot. Here is the story. I bought a laptop from them just over a year ago. Thought it would be the perfect tool to use at school and home. One of the first times I took it to school a rambunctious child went twirling across the room, knocked it off the table, and broke the screen. I immediately called Dell and when I was asked if I was sitting down, I knew I was in trouble. The screen was not covered for accidental breakage and was going to cost me $799. Being a single mom and a teacher, you can imagine that I don't have an extra $799 laying around, so I begged and even wrote a letter to Michael Dell to try to get it at least at the company cost. NO RESPONSE! (Note: I will not be buying from Dell again!) Anyway, forward to yesterday. I have my laptop turned PC hooked up to a monitor that I had for the PC that the laptop replaced. Yesterday I got a popup box from Dell that said I had a Critical Update. I read it and assumed that since it said that without it my system was probably going to crash, I should install the prescribed driver immediately. No problem. It finished and asked me to restart my computer. No problem. However, when I did that I had no monitor. Big problem.

Forward to today. I am taking that online class and need my computer desperately. I even took the computer out to a different monitor and the same problem occcured. I called Dell and as I was restarting my computer the help desk guy (from India of course) answered the phone. I sat there telling him my complaint and what do you know, there, right in front of my eyes, was my start up screen. Instead of sounding like the stupid idiot I was believing myself to be at that moment, I played along like it was still happening, and made him think he was a super genius. Who knows. He probably is.

Anyway, my computer demon is now gone. Hopefully not to your computer. I am back in business. YES!

This is what the ducklings look like now. They have quadrupled in size in just 3 weeks! Posted by Picasa

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Another Rainy Sunday

Today I have determined to get some work done on an online class that I am taking through the North Carolina Museum of History. It is actually very interesting, but since it is summer, my kids are out of town, and I would rather be in SC, I am having to make myself work. I am waiting for some things to print right now. I figure if I carry it around with me, I might pull it out and work on it some. I will get it done. I have always been one of those people who pull marathon sessions at the last minute. I actually have more than a week left.

I miss my kids. They are traveling with my parents on an Alaskan Cruise. My sister and Nancy are also there. I miss them all! It was just a little out of my price range. I have talked to Campbell once. He was waiting to have pizza for breakfast. I sent them with cameras and journals, so hopefully I will get the full story when they get back. I have decided that I am going to get my passport and start saving some money so that the next opportunity that comes up to go somewhere there will be no excuse. Maybe St. Maarten?

I saw "War of the Worlds" a couple of days ago. Poor Dan! He probably has bruises on his arm from the grip I had on it the whole two hours. Most movies give you a little down time before they start with the butt clinching action, but not this one. They might have given 10 minutes and after that, forget it, and there was not a minute to relax for the next 2 hours. When I left I was tight from the top of my head to the top of my thighs. The movie was great, but I still hate Tom Cruise!

The rain is falling and the printing has a glitch, so I will get back to my work. My goal this week - PUTTING PRIORITIES IN ORDER. (Just for you DB. ) So, that is just what I am going to do right now!