Sunday, December 13, 2009

Breathingplaces

This was passed on to me by a friend. For all of you out there who love animals and are worried about there habitats, this one's for you. Feel free to grab the link and share it with others or e-mail this post out to your friends or anyone interested.

ENJOY

Monday, November 23, 2009

Classical - Rock Music Monday Night Video


I am a major lover of classical music.  People seem to either love it or hate it.  I love it.  I play it.
Often times classical music gets transformed into rock.  When this happens, and happens exceptionally well, my heart jumps that extra mile. 

This guy here takes Pochelbel Canon in D to a whole new level.  Check it out.  He's amazing.  And oddly enough (maybe it's just me) he does look a bit like Johanne Pochelbel, doesn't he?
Enjoy.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Reminder From a Friend


A friend of mine has had a terrible time being sick this year. Like me, it's rare she ever gets sick. Though it seems the both of us, though in totally different parts of the world, have bee down on our luck when it comes to catching colds this year. Well, long story short, she's taken medicine after medicine, tea after tea, blah blah blah. And nothing really made her feel all perfect. But she did find that a good laugh did her good, got her to forget all her aches and pains. And I remembered, she is absolutely right. Without fail a good laugh can help you forget your troubles and pains better than anything. So if you've been sick or down, remember, just have yourself a good hearty laugh.

Enjoy.


Hilerious Part From King Of Queens - For more amazing video clips, click here


Arthur Spooner Vs. Doug Heffernan - For more funny videos, click here

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Treating People Nice - Even Your Mugger?

So I was stumbling along the web today checking out the latest on NPR. I found an interesting story that I wanted to share. Listen and share your thoughts. I'm not sure what I would have done, or if I'd ever do this, in fact I'm not quite sure how I feel about it but, I really hope it works and has a lasting effect.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Random question of the day

What spells can you cast with magic markers?















Sunday Morning Blooper Bugs



Comic Books! on Tumblr writes: (Blooper) Bunny is an eight-minute Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Greg Ford and Terry Lennon, produced in 1991 by Warner Bros. Animation. Featuring the voice talents of Jeff Bergman and Gordon Hunt. The short is a parody of some of the specials produced for Bugs Bunny’s 50th anniversary the previous year. The short never received its intended theatrical release and was shelved for several years.

Thought this would be perfect for this Sunday morning as this whole past week has felt a bit like a comical blooper to me.



For more information, check out the following link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/(Blooper)_Bunny

ENJOY

Monday, November 9, 2009

About someone's pet owl


This video is called “Owl loves a good scratch”. I could almost not believe my eyes. Yes it does. Amazing! I had to share it with you guys right away!

I didn't know that people had pet owls, let alone that an owl would be so accepting to being a pet. I mean who does that sort of thing except zoos and living museums, and even then, you certainly don't expect them to think they are a cat or a dog. I'm flabbergasted and can't get enough. I wish I knew someone who had a pet owl so I could try this out. I'd get one of my own but first, it's illegal, and second, I don't fancy cleaning up their mess or feeding them what they prefer to eat, and third of all, if I let them go out hunting, my heart would hurt untill it came home safe and sound.

Now, I wonder which is better, having a girl owl as a pet or a boy owl. And what would you name him or her?

for scarf lovers

Hello and greetings.


These women are having loads of fun with their new scarves. Yes, it seems that in Japan, these sell and they can be bought and are mimicked around the world. Interesting.

While "A Wonderland of Scarves" article is dedicated to women's scarves, you won't find scarves like these in there. But it is curious to think that people would enjoy these, and they're not the only ones.

My article will probably be expanded once cold weather catches up with us again, and I believe an article for men's scarves is warrented as well. I'll be sure to keep you all posted.

Just click on THIS LINK for entrance to the "other" Frieda Babbley blog article, with photos and link to our scarf gallery. Enjoy.



Hope you all enjoyed your weekend!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Bee Gees Sunday


Don't knock it till you've rocked it. Despite what you might be thinking, the Bee Gees are cool. Way cool. I'm willing to bet that your first instict, if you are familiar with them, gave your toes a wiggle and there was probably a moment of excitement surging through your body.

Over here in St. Louis, it's warm. Not much of a breeze. Perfectly sunny. Not a cloud in the sky. What leaves are left after neighbors have scrupulously raked their lawns to green, beg to be walked on, crunched underfoot till a dance ensues.

Perfect for some good ol' days Bee Gees tunes.









AND YOU THOUGHT THEY WERE JUST DISCO.
WELL, I LOVE THEM FOR THAT TOO...


Saturday, November 7, 2009

A simple five minute cure all


Thinking you've got troubles? Can't sleep? Having a bad day? Pains and aches getting you down? A song a day might do you a world of good, depending on the song. A good dose of humor could certainly let your troubles glide. Combine humor with song and dance, and at least for a few moments you've got a bit of happy.

Enjoy:

Friday, November 6, 2009

Will Ferrell Speaks Out about the Importance of Insurance Companies



Let me tell you people, this video you're about to see has a lot to say. Seriously. Not only that, but it's sarcasm at it's finest... or is it?

The title: Something Terrible is Happening.
What's it about: Insurance Companies.

It's on Will Ferrell's Website "Funny or Die." But I found this on You Tube this morning.

See why insurance companies really need our support.





Mind you, you may be on this side of the coin:



Thank you and have a thoughtful day.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Have you gotten it in the can?

I haven't but apparently a lot of people are. My sister passed this along to me today. It was passed on to her. I didn't ask her if she's had it in the can, because I really don't want to know.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Some minor but important changes to Frieda Babbley at Blogspot


Greetings friends and readers. Hope all finds you well. We have fallen back so I have saved myself an hours time though I must say it certainly doesn't feel that way. In the morning when the sun is out I will be happy as a clam with a belly full of pearl. Would a clam be happy in such a situation? Well, the finder would be I'm sure.

I've been rather enamored of the soft blues this fall. I'm really not sure why. Especially when mixed with other soft hues of purples and oranges and reds and greens and the like. So as my mood struck me, you'll all notice a fresh and relaxing if not thoughtfully stimulating new layout. I hope you like.

As most of you know, I like to share some of my favorite blogs with my readers. There are a couple that have gone private since my last update. I'm rather sad about this, but alas. At any rate, if you would all scroll below the posts, you'll find a listing of some of my favorite blogs to visit for one reason or another. Please feel free to check them out, and comment if you like. The order in which I have placed them is based on most recent posting. If the blog includes a photo that was placed at the time of first posting, you'll see a thumbnail beside it. Rather nice when that happens.

I'm always open to suggestions of blogs I may enjoy. Big thanks to Jama Genie for spreading the word now and again about blogs she enjoys. I've come across many a lovely blog because of her features. Thanks much Jama!

You'll also notice that my posts here on blogspot are not as often as they normally would be. I'm trying to make the transition to my new place at Eye on Life magazine. I get torn more often than I'd like and end up writing nothing for no one. That will hopefully soon change here and I will be a more frequent writer. Please check back for updates. I'll try to link to posts or add rss feeds. If you don't want to miss out, you can also follow me on twitter or become a free member of eye on life for e-mailed updates. Any questions, please feel free to ask here, via e-mail, or check the FAQ pages for member information.

Last but not least, if anyone would like to donate an article or story to Eye On Life, please do let me know or for more information visit the FAQ pages.

Hope you all are having a groovy great day. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Cafe au lait and tea cakes,
Frieda


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Coffee Story

Coffee anyone? Click HERE for a Frieda Babbley Coffee Memoir.



Got a coffee story of your own? Or a small memoire piece you'd like to share? Let me know and you could be featured on Eye On Life Magazine.

Happy Reading!

Pinkpackrat@Play: A Weekend Video for You

Pinkpackrat@Play: A Weekend Video for You

One of my most favorite bloggers Pinkpackrat has posted a most wonderful video on her blog Pinkpackrat at Play. I have to say that this is truly one of the most relaxing pieces I've ever heard. It makes me feel like everything around me is perfect. It slows my breathing. It makes me feel like buying flowers and doing something small but special for myself. Taking a nap to this would be so amazing. I'd feel so refreshed and beautiful. Give it a listen, click on the link above... Enjoy.

PS You can also visit Pinkpackrat at Hamburgers and Politics on Eye On Life online magazine - yes, up and running now folks so please go have a look. And you can also find her at Political Packrat on blogspot.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tuesday Afternoon Fun Time Video


Years a go, not too many, we came across a song that shocked us a bit. It was rather risque to say the least, especially considering its age. It's a vintage piece, we know that, before 1950. Who it's by, we couldn't say. How popular was it? We couldn't say either. We loved it enough to grab it off wherever it was we heard it from and kept it safe and sound.

A few years went by and the thought of this song wandered into our heads. We finally found it again. Listened over and over. And tubeontime, as he's known on YouTube, decided to make a video out of it.

Now here's the question... Do you know what this wonderful indoor sport is?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Dr. No, No More


Sinister Scientist that tried his best to outwit James Bond, died at the age of 91. A ripe old age I'd say. We loved to hate him. He did have that certain je ne sais qua. But he was no mystery man, now, was he.

I am of course speaking of Joseph Wiseman, who among other things was notable not only for his exquisite role as Dr. No, but also as Dr. Adler in the 1986 film Seize the Day, Uncle Benjy in The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, and Fenando Aguirre in Viva Zapata. You've not only seen him in a variety of films, but on television as well (mostly in the 80's). Dr. Albet Tessa On Magnum, P.I.: Birdman of Budapest (1983) And yes, theatre was also a love of his life and he graced the stage there as well. For a complete list click HERE.

Wiseman worked with such greats as Marlon Brando, Sean Connery, Lillian Gish, Audrey Hepburn, Richard Dreyfuss. The list goes on and on.

One could say he lived an exciting life amongs exciting people. He may not have been "the star" in ever role, but would Dr. No, for example, be the same without him? His roles were critical roles, despite their size and yes, he was amazing.

And now, without further ado, let's see this man in action, shall we?



Joseph Wiseman as Paul Radin, Millionaire, in... The Twilight Zone

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Chocolate and The Jetsons

CHOCOLATE
TODAY I'M FINDING MYSELF CRAVING A DELICACY LIKE NO OTHER.
RICH
CREAMY
CHOCOLATE
YUMMY
SOOTHING
SMOOTH
SILKY
CREAMY (did I mention that?)
TEMPTING
SO TEMPTING ON A DAY LIKE TODAY.





Interesting use for Chocolate...

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Miley Cyrus raps a Good-bye Twitter


So Miley Cyrus seems to be one of the many who probably could have utilized Twitter to her advantage a opposed to her disadvantage. Instead of turning her Twitter life around, Miley Cyrus has instead decided to leave. Yes, Miss Cyrus is leaving Twitter behind.



Good news? Bad news? Who cares news? Whichever way you want to look at it, the fact remains, she's through with Twitter. Will she be back? Who knows? One thing is for sure, Miley could have used Twitter to her advantage and she still can... if she's willing.

Many people think that twitter is about sharing when you brush your teeth and other menial thoughts and actions of ones every day life condensed into bite-sized morsels. BORING! And yeah, who really cares, overall? The people that this kinds of stuff matters to you could call on the phone. You could even blog about it. Take this in point: Good-bye Twitter (seriously... who cares?)--embedding is disabled on this video, so if you want to see it, you'll need to click on the link and it will take you to the video in another window. The maker of this video has a very good point and supports my view on this what to twitter about issue. And think about it, how much room does twitter leave anyone for expansion or explanation on anything!

Twitter is about making connections and sharing great articles and supporting positions on things that matter to you most. It's about discovering the online world in a way that isn't currently possible in any other instant gratification forum. You can twitter your blogs that talk about pimples if you like. You can twitter or re twitter other people's blogs about their pimples and what they're doing with Noah. But quite frankly, Twitter is not the place to just be saying you're picking your pimples... especially if you're a superstar. Twitter has its uses and very good ones too.

Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of Miley Cyrus. I loved her last movie. I enjoy most of her music. Her show is fun to watch. I must make this clear. I am NOT bashing Miley Cyrus' entertainment value. And truth be told she is most lucky for the great entertainers that she has grown up with like her Dad and Dolly Parton, just to name two of the many. I mean how lucky is that to be able to sing with and be sung to by that most awesome gal, Dolly!? But Miley is young yet. And hopes are that all those icons I've grown to love and respect, those iconic figures she has had at her fingertips her whole life, will help guide her through these teenage and early twenties years of hers; cause those years are NOT easy. Miley is trying to find herself in a world of billions. That's not easy for a "nobody" let alone a persona of her stature.

I'm thinking though that these greats should really be teaching her a thing or two about the real Twitter; to at least find someone that will. And I do mean the Beneficial Twitter. The Twitter that she could be using to promote herself and others with, to talk about the wonderful volunteer and charity work she's involved with every week, to get other people involved in helping others, or to give venues of great entertainment value that aren't personal.

No, my advice to Miley is to use this opportunity to her benefit. She's an actress for god's sakes. It can't be that hard to switch gears and contain herself for like two minutes out of her day and share the things that matter to her most in this society. Leave the paparazzi and the gossipers no choice but to report what's there, and not what isn't.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

no rush jazz celebration


Well, that was fast. The news is final. Rush Limbaugh has been dropped from the group that is set to buy The Rams. He was a bad business move, apparently. Ya think?! Wat worries me is the fact they this group included him in the first place. I still have no faith in them. Now they need to find a replacement for Limbaugh and of course Limbaugh's money. (FRIEDA BABBLEY: Rush to buy Rams?)

On the bright side, I won't have to hear Rush's name around town in correlation to The Rams. Soooo... it's time to take a nice relax, alone or with some friends. Yes, some Jazz is in order.

This evening, Winston "Mankunku" Ngozi is featured. A Cape Town South African Jazz musician influenced by the great John Coltrane and so many other favorites.

Here are some perfect pieces by the cloth-capped man himself, Winston "Mankunku" Ngozi. And a link to a wonderfully written tribute article by a good HubPages friend of mine, from Cape Town South Africa, Tony Mac, who got to personally listen to this legend's smooth jazz sounds in his home town. Winston "Mankunku" Ngozi died yesterday at the age of 66. Have a read while you listen: The bellowing horn is stilled รข�� farewell Mankunku

Enjoy:





suffering from foot odor


Suffering from foot odor? Dr. Oz had some interesting solutions on his show today.
Apparently there are 3 Ss to foot odor: Sweat, Socks, Shoes. (Na-Dah)

No, my feet are fresh. They smell fresh as a summer breeze, spring roses, soft lavender... But many people, including a child of mine, suffer from stink foot; some worse than others.

What to do, what to do. Here are some excellent tips:

Alum is an ix-nayer of foot odor. Dr. Oz recommends using an antiperspirant (not deodorant) with alum, or medicated moisture control pads with alum. This sucks big time, because alum is NOT good for you! It is said that it links to Alzheimer's. At any rate, no matter what info you use to support or not support this information about the yuckies of alum, I refuse to use anything that has alum as an ingredient.

A tea bath is another option, and one I'd me more likely to use. Make a big foot bath of tea and soak every day for a week and taper off. My suggestion here is to use chamomile tea. Make it strong. Soak soak soak. Chamomile tea kills germs. It acts as an antibiotic (one of the reasons you don't want to drink chamomile with other foods or medications, but this wonderful thing is another blog).

Dr. Oz says to wear cotton socks. My input on this is... definitely. And go even further, go organic. Organic cottons are your best bet.

Other tips from me:

1. Let your feet breathe.

2. Wash your feet as often as possible and be sure they are rinsed well.

3. Make sure your shoes are made from natural materials! Just like your socks, your shoes should also be as natural and breathable as possible.

4. Use a deodorant crystal on your feet after you bath and rest your feet before you start using them. This works. (My daughter attests to that.)
Photo found at a The Anthology from the post After.

Rush to buy Rams?


Rush Limbaugh to buy the St. Louis Rams? Are you kidding me? Is this a joke? There is absolutely NO way. If this is true I don't know what I'm going to do with myelf. Seriously. If this ever happens St. Louis will be tainted to me. In a big way. Strong words coming from me, Frieda Babbley? Yes. Holy Toledo! Roger Goodell, commissioner, does not want Rush to be in charge of the Rams; especially not after his poo pooing one of our players years ago. I agree. Stick to your guns Roger! Don't let this happen!

Apparently Rush is in a group which includes Dave Checkins owner of the Blues (who used to be part of St. Louis' Ice Hockey team). Thanks much Dave. Please. Blagh!

For more information about this terrible topic, check out the following links:
Business World Online - http://www.bworldonline.com/BW101509/content.php?id=175
Bleacher Report - http://bleacherreport.com/articles/271827-st-louis-rams-can-it-get-any-worse
Loss Angeles Times - http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-random11-2009oct11,0,6499393.story
Ball Hype - http://ballhype.com/story/arsenal-and-rush-limbaugh/

PS. If I misspelled any names it's cause I'm so mad.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Fetishes


In between thoughts I find myself looking over at my guy, as usual. I am enjoying the fact that he is sitting there near me, relaxed, at times chuckling, thoroughly occupied in his readings and writings.

photo source 
This is not my guy, he's too shy to
have his photo posted to my blog.
So I thought I'd offer some eye candy
that would replace a fetish of mine
for a possible fetish of yours. ;)
This evening, nearing night, dark out, yes, but not quite ten, I am noting that he is wearing an interesting pair of reading glasses. He has had to wear them (reading glasses) more and more often as of late. He has brought home many a pair over the last few months, though I do believe these are my favorites. They have no rim. The handles are chrome/black, and they don't quite fit over his ears. It is not that they are too small, it is because he has the nose piece set down a bit so that they rest partially down his nose, a stripe of reflected light crossing his cheek.

I've come to like the look of my guy in glasses. Truth be told I have always liked it. There is something about it, like the something that fascinates me about the lines that crawl and transform themselves on the sides of his eyes. They are filled with the telling of so many things that brought smiles, the need to block too much sun or smoke from the tilt of his cigarettes, and the squint in hopes of seeing what lies on a page or a screen a bit better. The same lines that brought on my dear's need for reading glasses.

Sometimes these lines are impatient, crowd eachother, or smooth themselves to sleep. Always, they appeal to me. I find that they, like the reading glasses are two fetishes of mine; and a new wonder now comes to mind. How many other fetishes might I have that remain to be acknowledged and dreampt upon?

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Mahna Mahna?

I'm thinkin' so...







IT TAKES ALL KINDS?

Did you know: Did you know that this song was originally made for a 60's porn flick? Well, sort of. For background info on this fun-loving song by Piero Umiliani, click HERE.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

I Love White Stripes




Just a guy and his sister. Raw, hard, and beyond awesome. An all the way up volume love afair between my ears and my soul... This may not be everyone's cup of tea, but I am in love with this group and am compelled to turn up the volume on my stereo every time I hear any of thier songs. And yes, you can even find a bit of Bob Dylan in some of them. They're definitely influenced by the best of the best.



Unfortunately, this guy seems to have dropped his sister after hitting it big with a song on the latest James Bond movie. Will he ever be quite as cool? I don't know.



But I do know that his and his sister's previous concoction, White Stripes, is rock that stands ground with the likes of Jimmy Hendrix, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, and any fine and raw rock or punk you could list that catches your soul on fire and brings the trash to the table. And I also know, that if I was a drummer, I'd be rocking out just like her, just as hard, just as raw, just as crashing as it could ever be. (How the heck she looks so calm, though, is beyond me.)




This is the live version, not the original. The original is longer and even cooler than this.

Enjoy.


Something a bit... softer?


White Stripes bonus video. "Blue Orchid" - check out her shoes!!! :


"His" new band.

I know, I know... I'm groovin'. But I miss the sis and that raw sound.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Nouvelle Vague - video of the day


For a long time now I have been completely enamorate of Nouvelle Vague. Their sound really takes me places. From covers to originals, they have a unique sound that really does it for me, makes me want to get all dressed up, sing, dance, and fly a little bit. I ran across them on MySpace and had to fan them right away when I did.

Today, I have been napping. Oh, sure, I may have woken up from a dream, that I could turn into a novel,by two children smacking my head to resolve a fight and two other coming in to argue so that I could chose which one was in the right (and thus my favorite - a game I did not play by the way), but no matter. Today I did promice to think about myself. And this fits the mood.

Enjoy:

Lazy morning Cartoon



Feeling a little lazy this morning. Snoozy.
Found a cartoon this morning that hit the spot.
The music by the Andrews Sisters, "Boogie Woogie Mama", is sw-eet!
Enjoy.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Realities of Life are so often Satirical

This is what I envisioned my day to be like.
But alas...
I wake at 6:30 am.

No time to shower.

Slip on a dress and some shoes.

Make sure Arri and Ana are ready for school.

Drop them off.

Come home.


Sasha tells me there is a butterfly on Zaphron's makeshift flytrap (he made this fly trap yesterday, with supplies he coerced Grandmother Beatrice to buy while at Lowes on Tuesday).

I don't believe her. I think it's a moth.

I go to look.

It's not a moth.

It really is a butterfly.

A Monarch butterfly no less.

The poor thing is not dead, but its wing is stuck to the sticky-glue and is trying desperately to unloose itself.

Zaphron is still asleep.

Sasha and I scream for him to wake up and come down. We scream that it is an emergency.

Still asleep, he comes down.

I'm hoping for the best.

He peels the Monarch's wing off the sticky-tape like a professional. (He has had much experience with Monarch butterflies at his school (a whole season of studying, tracking, and whatnot, with researchers from Mexico).

I ask him if there isn't anything that we have that can remove the stickiness from it's wing, like a q-tip with some rubbing alcohol, perhaps.

He says yes and goes upstairs, sleepily, with the butterfly.

A few moments later he comes to me and says, "What are you thinking telling me to use alcohol? Do you know what you're saying?"

I said, "I know, I just realized what could happen." I had, in fact, just realized how foolish an idea that was, and I felt quite relieved to find out he did not take my advise.

After 15 minutes of confusion, he sets it free, still-sticky wing and all, and we pray it somehow makes it.


Since Zaphron was up until 4 am watching things on YouTube, he takes his tired body back to sleep.

I make myself a Coke on the rocks, to calm my nerves. The first thing I've ingested all day.


The moment I set myself comfortably on a couch, the phone rings.

It's the school nurse.

I need to bring a change of clothes.

Arri didn't make it on time.


I must interject here that my sister's wedding was this past Sunday. Family functions and entertaining and accommodating have all been priority these past two weeks (yes, my lovely blog was left to take care of itself this whole time; sad but true). At any rate, it had been a while since our laundry had been taken care of due to other duties and lack of time. Last night would have been my first chance to get it taken care of, but, like a fool, I opted for sleep over a midnight laundry suaree.


So, as for the change of clothes, there are no extra underwear, socks, or shorts. (Pants are still in storage. He's grown so much I doubt I have any pairs that fit him anyway.)

My only option: grab Zaphron's shorts, a pair of underwear I find in an odd spot (doesn't smell bad thank gawd) and a shirt without stains (I believe it may have been the one he wore on Monday, the first day of School).


I leave with Sasha and we head for school.

Arri is waiting in the nurses office. Drenched. Even his shoes. Yes, even his shoes; the only pair he has because his feet recently sprouted, and with relatives in town the last thing you think of is anyone needing an extra pair of shoes due to the fact that they peed themselves at school while pouring milk into their cereal.

We go into the bathroom.

I place soaked clothes in a bag, used wipes to wash him off belly button to under-foot.

He needs to pee again.

I finally get him dressed.

Now Sasha has to poop.

While she goes about her business, I step out to speak with the nurse about the shoes.

All settled. Since he doesn't have gym, he can go to class without shoes 'till I come back with a brand new pair.

Sasha and I walk Arri to class and speak with his very cute, well dress, wonderful smelling, male teacher, who stands quite close.

As I haven't eaten a thing yet, I talk while breathing in. God help me.


Us girls get into the car, check the time, and I make a decision:

No time to buy him a new pair of shoes, especially without trying them on him.

You see Zaphron has a doctor's appointment for his ear in an hour (most probably, to some extent stemming from his blowing air into it over Christmas break last year, with his new bicycle air pump).

I go home with Sasha and the bag of soaked clothes and shoes.


Once there, I decide to try calming my nerves yet again by finishing off my Coke on the, well, melted rocks as they seem to be at this point. (Damn that it's too early to pour some vodka into it.... It is only 8:30 in the morning.)


No, the rest of the day did not go much smoother. The doctor found absolutely nothing wrong with Zaphron's ear, and suggested using a spray decongestant for three days to see if there was any change in his hearing. Aside from a tad of earwax, his ears seemed just fine. 70 dollars for him to tell me so.


Yes I did get some shoes to Arri by noon, just in time for lunch and recess and the end of the first week of school festivities. Zaphron, thankfully, found his old pair of hiking shoes and two mismatched socks which all fit Arri like a glove, however tattered of a glove it might be.


But, alas and alack, later in the day, Zaphron also found a small sore spot of a bump just under his right nipple. He now believes he is somehow or other growing a breast due to being around too much lavender oil (which yes, will produce mammalian protuberances on boys, though this is certainly not the case and no, he is not growing boobies).


I will let you all know if I indeed need to buy a training bra and what size. (I'm joking of course.)

I do hope you all had a day more like I initially intended mine to be, relaxing and filled with pleasures. If not, I'm assuming that after reading this, you're feeling much better about how things turned out for you.
Glad I could help.
Much love,
Frieda

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Books, What if each of us were a page?


A fellow writer responded to my latest poem on HubPages, "never deny me honesty". I'd not run across him before and so decided to click on his profile pic to see what types of things he wrote (his comment was right on the mark, which captured my interest right away).

Much to my surprise, or perhaps not so much, the first article I clicked into was a poem. The premise? What if each of us were a page in a book. The alliteration was so fantastic and I was so struck by the thought of his words, that I had to share.

So if you get a chance, do go read this wonderful poem and come back and let me know what you think of the idea. His hub is called Let Us Be a Book.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Breathe

Breathing. A necesity. An art.

I'm thinking today of all the kinds of breathing, the sounds, the emotions, the temperatures, that come from breathing.

There's calm breathing. Breathing in the ocean wind. Breathing in the big Montana air. Heated breathing. Breathing to cool yourself. Breathing to calm yourself. Breathing after a moment of passion.

Here are some videos I came across. perhaps one will catch YOUR breath.



























Got any breathe videos to share? Share them in the comments. We'd love to hear what you come up with.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Washing Machine Issues


Once upon a time I bought a brand new washing machine. Just like the one my friend had at her house. No more Laundromats for me!

She had let me use it and, well, it was love at first sight. It was super-sized (perfect for large quilts and comforters, no stuffing involved), white, and adorned with the perfect settings and blue and grey embellishments.

And, it was clean.

The salesman at Sears tried to sell me something else, anything else, "This one has these talents. This one is younger..." but I refused. I stayed loyal and true; I got a replica, one just like my friend's, with matching dryer. They were on sale to boot, so you can image my pleasure when the adoption came through and I got to bring them home.

I knew I'd made the right choice. Never a problem. In fact, when the time came for a checkup, the maintenance man was shocked at how healthy my Washer and Dryer were. Dryer was in especially good shape. It was noticeable that I am one of those people who scrub the dryer filter clean after each load. There would be no fires started in my baby. No sir.

Now you would think, reading this, that there are no issues to be had with such perfect appliances and such a perfect caretaker. But, I'm sorry...

CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME HOW IN THE HECK A WASHING MACHINE CAN GET DIRTY INSIDE THE RIM WHEN IT'S WHOLE PURPOSE IS TO CLEAN THINGS AND THE LID IS NEVER LEFT OPEN?!!!!!

Please tell me you have issues, that I'm not the only one with a dirty washing machine.

This, my friends, is my washing machine issue. I cringe at the thought that I actually have to clean it, but I do. There is a tub of Lysol wipes on the folding table beside Washer. And every fifth load is a bleach load to keep her extra clean and smelling fresh.

I suppose it just goes to show, even the most seemingly perfect have their messy side.


Sunday, August 2, 2009

I WON THE LOTTERY!

No, this is not me, nor is this the exaxt lottery I won. But since my photo with my check from the Reverend and Mary hasn't been taken yet, I thought this would do nicely.

I hope this works, it's the first time I'm using my link to this option.

Okay, so , you may or may not remember my issue with the Prince of Nigeria. And Mr. Ban Ki-moon's apologies. FRIEDA BABBLEY: Mr. Ban Ki-moon sends his apologies and a nice compensation package.

Well, in the comments section of Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Jama Genie shares that she's previously won a British lottery. I reply that I have not been so lucky as to have won that lottery at all (let alone any lottery).

But what should I find in my mailbox recently?
I AM A WINNER!
Check it out:


DEAR WINNER: Congratulation!!!! your email contact has
won the sum of 5 million pounds in the UK NATIONAL LOTTERY online
promotion award, please contact for claims with the details
below;

FIRST
NAME:
LAST
NAME:
COUNTRY:
ADDRESS:
AGE:SEX:
OCCUPATION:
STATE:
PHONE:
MOBILE:
CLAIMS
AGENT:

REV EMMANUEL LOISEAU CONTACT
EMAIL:emmanuelloiseau_61@inmail24.com

MRS MARY JONES
Lottery
co-ordinator

Now if this isn't just the bees knees, I don't know what is.
Hallelujah!

To find out about the lottery winner featured in the photo of this post, go to : http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article268346.ece

HootSuite?


On one of my hubs on hubpages, I noticed that some of the traffic came from Hootsuite. Curious, I cliked in to check it out.


It's a twitter suite and it is awesome!


I use tweet deck. I've found it limited, but at least I culd retweet, something I really like to do as I follow some wonderful people who find or make the coolest articles, photos, and info. But I like categories! I love categories! It's one of the reasons why I love computers so much.


HootSuite lets you categorize. Boy does it let you categorize. Groups. Keywords. Etc. It also lets you check stats for your tweets, retweets; either individually or as a whole, or by groups.


Have a blog or blogs? It'll tweet for you.


Have multiple accts? View them all at once if you like. Tweet from more than one at a time if you like.


Want or need multiple editors? This is possible too.


Anyway, I thought I'd let you guys check out the video they provide. I'll include a link to HootSuite at the end.


Now I haven't tried it myself yet, I thought I'd post this blog post first, but I'm on my way to do so now!





Link to HootSuite now by clicking here: http://hootsuite.com/

Friday, July 31, 2009

SCREAM


Hello.
Didn't die.
Didn't get lost.
Didn't forget about you.

My internet connection is.......
MAKING ME SCREAM!!!!!!

Unfortunately for a week now I'm having issues with my internet. One last thing to try before I start to cry really really hard.

My deepest apologies for not reading and commenting on everyone's fantastic blog posts and hubs. I miss you guys.

Hope to be back online ASAP.
Alas, but not alack, for when things hit rock bottom, they can only go up (my computer better be listening to this!!!!)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Elbow Room


I have had so much to blog about (rest assured it's on it's way) but I've been a bit sidetracked as of these last couple of weeks. I've been working on a little something on the side. Quietly. Thoughtfully.

My husband says that I have developed a glow about me. Much akin to the glow of pregnancy. NO! Rest assured I'm not pregnant! Been there done that too many times.

No, there is something else giving me a glow. Something in the works. Something on the way. Something I adore and hope will grow (not too big, but just right).

Contributors are welcome, either as a regular with your own pages and editing privilages and your own ads, or as a smaller contributer who wants to share a post or two here and there.
Take a peek and see what you think.

Remember, it's still under construction so to speak, and I'm still working on figuring out all the details. Any questions, please feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me.

Here is the main link: http://eyeonlife.squarespace.com/ Please feel free to browse around.
More posts in this blog on there way!

Friday, July 17, 2009

Happy Birthday Vince. Snoopy say's, "hi."


As you may or may not know, Vince Guaraldi is a famous American Jazz musician, San Francisco born and raised. (I wonder if he was ever a street musician.) You've all heard his works, I'm sure. Ever heard of Charles Schultz' comic strip "Peanuts"? Ever seen a Charlie Brown cartoon? If you answered yes to either of those, then chances are, you know who he is, even if his name escapes you.

Well, today, July 17th, was Vince Guaraldi's birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY VINCE!

Vince would have been 81 years old today. Sadly, he died at an early age: of a heart attack in 1976. He was only 47 years old.

What he left behind, however, lifts the spirits, speaks of festivity and gentle times, of times of fun. It speaks of Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Marcy, Snoopy, Woodstock, Pig Pen, Schroeder, and the rest of the gang.

This is how it all began:

"While searching for just the right music to accompany a planned Peanuts television documentary, Lee Mendelson (the producer of the special) heard a single version of "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" by Vince Guaraldi's trio on the radio while traveling in a taxicab on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California. Mendelson contacted Ralph J. Gleason, jazz columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and was put in touch with Guaraldi. He proposed that Guaraldi score the upcoming Peanuts Christmas special and Guaraldi enthusiastically took the job, performing a version of what became "Linus and Lucy" over the phone two weeks later. The soundtrack was recorded by the Vince Guaraldi Trio, whose other members were bassist Fred Marshall (who later married Bev Bivens of the folk-rock group We Five) and drummer Jerry Granelli. Guaraldi went on to compose scores for sixteen Peanuts television specials and the documentary A Boy Named Charlie Brown. Click here for more info."

In honor of Vince, here are some memories of childhood days gone by, family game night, Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas decorating, Caroling, and Charlie Brown specials.

We'll start off with a bit of music and bio.




And here's some not so familiar Vince...













And of course there's one of the all time favorites from the Christmas special, here played by Vince himself... on guitar!




I found this interesting related info: The Eric Mintel Quarted (or EMQ) performs the music of Vince Guaraldi, while Peanuts specials play on the big screen. For more info go to http://www.ericmintelquartet.com/charliebrown.html










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