Tuesday, August 31, 2010


This past Saturday, Jim, Benjamin and I went to Holiday World in Santa Claus, IN. I was hoping Benjamin would be ready to ride one of the bigger roller coasters, but he's not quite there yet. He is, however, big enough to enjoy the big water slides. The first one we three rode was called "Watubee". We all rode in a big round inner tube down a big, open slide with twists, turns and it's a lot of fun. Benjamin was a little scared at first, but 1/2 way down, he started having fun and laughing. There's another ride similar to this called Zoombabwe and it is the worlds largest enclosed water slide and is pitch black inside, except for a few lighted decorations. This one was a lot of fun and a bit scary, because you have no idea what direction you are going. At some point in the ride, we were screaming and laughing and I heard Benjamin say, "Shit!" which really cracked me up! We had such a fun day and spent most of it at the water park because it was so warm. He did, however, get Jim to ride "Paul Revere's Midnight Ride", which is the octopus-style ride that spins around and goes up and down. I couldn't ride it, but Jim and B had a fantasic time on it. I rode the swings with Benjamin - I love the feeling of flying and that is about as close as I'll get to going around, except for a carousel. I tried to find pictures of these rides, but none do them justice. I guess you'll just have to join us there next time we go!

Oh, and if you are wondering about the title of this post, it was the word I had to type in to leave a comment on my sister Kim's blog today. Maybe I'll write about what a noserfig is tomorrow.

Monday, August 30, 2010


I haven't blogged in awhile. I had a sinus infection and was pretty much in the bed for 4 days straight. It was awful. One night, I woke up feeling like I had firey rocks in my throat. The next night, my sinuses were so swollen I felt like taking a screwdriver and punturing my brain to relieve the pressure. Obviously, I didn't, but I sure felt like doing that! So I got out of the habit of blogging...and by the time I wanted to start back, I was in such a negative mood, I didn't think I wanted to share it with the world.

So now I am back by popular demand...actually, just Kim's request, but I consider that popular demand! ;) And I guess this is a pretty interesting thing to blog about. Today, I was outside for a few minutes at work and suddenly, 2 vultures showed up in the loading dock area. FREAKED ME OUT! They are such big birds and there are quite a few in this area, but I am usually inside or in my car when I see them. This was my first experience with them near me and I really got scared! They just LOOK at you and you think, "WHAT THE HECK!?!?!?" and hope they aren't after you! LOL!
The picture doesn't do it justice...camera phones just aren't all that great, but at least you can see it's a pretty big bird!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Emails from Uncle Gale

My Uncle Gale sends me emails at least once a week. Some of them contain dirty jokes or pictures that are really funny. Others contain nice sentiments. Recently, I received on that was very nostalgic and I'll share some of it with you. The email was entitled "Your Childhood in Pictures".

Metal ice cube trays. I remember getting my fingers stuck to them and it hurt very badly.

My Grandad Tingley had a camera like this one, I think. I just remember him taking pictures and holding this box-like thing and looking down into it. This was in the 70's when there were the Polaroid One Step cameras.

45 RMP spindle! :)

I do not recall this, but it made me laugh. Nothing says Christmas like Cigarettes for Christmas!

Remember 5 cent baseball cards? Remember when they came with that really hard bubble gum?

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

A letter to Santa

Last night, we were looking at some old pictures and in this album was a letter I wrote to Santa in 1976....I was 7 years old. I have read it a few times and laugh so hard that I cry each time. So I had Benjamin read it out loud to Jim and me. (I typed it the way it was written)

"Dear Santa for Chrismas I want the Sunshine family + Baby alive + a box of candy for my mom it's supposed to be a surpise.
I want lots of other thing but I cant think of them love Connie"

At this point, Benjamin was making fun of my spelling and such. Then he read the rest of it and could not finish it, he was laughing so hard. I hope you laugh until you cry too! :)

"P.S. Tell the Dorfs I love them. and I love you toooo"

Monday, August 2, 2010

My back porch

Jim has built a deck over our existing patio and extended it over the walkway to the pool. He has also put together a new canopy over the deck. We sit outside in the mornings and drink coffee while the cats eat and romp and play.
Many times I have thought that our house reminds me of my Aunt Barbara and Uncle Shelby's house in Muncie, IN. It's a ranch house with a similar layout; but then again, most ranch houses are similar.
Also, I remember their back patio had a cover on it and when we visited them, we'd often wake up to find them on the back patio drinking coffee, enjoying the birds eating and frolicking.
So while I enjoy my back porch in the present, it also brings back good memories of childhood visits to my Aunt and Uncle's home.