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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Just a Quick Note

Sorry my dear minions, but I haven't been well. Bronchitis is kicking my ass. I thought this was a really bad cold but doc says otherwise.  SO, I won't be posting since I would have to get out of bed and David gets mad at me for that.
TTFN my friends

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Day After Christmas and Day Nine Of My Incarceration

Blessed Yule my dear minions. Yesterday was really nice!! It totally got better as the day wore on. David wandered around the house with his hands in the pockets of his jeans all afternoon. He was bored shitless cause Jerry Springer wasn't on. Me? I was happy as a clam. After dinner I laid in bed with my feet up, with the puppies lying beside me as I read a book.

Today I slept in til 8am. I got up made myself some coffee, David is not a coffee drinker, grabbed some rice cakes and took my meds. Now I'm writing this post and I hope to do some reading and comments on other blogger posts that I have missed in the past three days or so. There is so damned much catching up to do

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas/Festivus/Blessed Yule And My Eighth Day Of Incarceration

For those of you who have no idea of what Festivus is, please click on this site, and read ... I'll wait.

Mmmkay, now, Merry Christmas and Blessed Yule my dear minions. I hope all of you are getting what you want or need for the holidays.

Me, I need a vacation preferably to Figi. No hubby or farting puppies, just me and a sun drenched beach. My toes in the sand with beautiful blue-green waters to gaze upon. Really I do!!!

This morning I got up about 6:30 with the cleaning bug again. I think the only thing not cleaned was our car and truck in the drive way. David kept saying stop or you'll be laid up for a whole week in pain but I just couldn't. His daughter and her hubby would be stopping by and I wanted the place nice looking, that is minus the puppy toys and fur.

They stopped by about noon and we traded gifts and talked awhile and then they left. Then I started on the laundry. Sorry but this seems to attack me every winter. It's like a disease. I just can't help myself. David only noticed this year cause he wasn't outside like usual. It's a little colder this year than last and that means he is bothering me.

Next week he will be busy though. I plan to put him to work building me some book cases for my books while I move my stuff into his daughter's old room. I am hoping to keep him outside and out of my hair for at least the remainder of the vacation he has at home

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve And My Seventh Day Of Incarceration

I hate when He's home. David is beginning to drive me up the wall now. Yesterday I tried to stay busy by baking cookies. He pretty much stayed out of my way. What irks the shit out of me is that he watches trash TV all day long. And it blares from the media room like he thinks the whole neighborhood needs to hear this crap.

I had to stop reading my romance novel and close the windows because it was so annoying for the neighbors to hear. Then I had to explain that common sense says these dumb asses are paid to act this way on these programs. They are recruited from trailer parks in Kentucky [no offense] to come on the show and coached to do this crap. People are not this stupid or this ugly in real life. Of coarse he won't believe me so I let him be.

I went back to my cookie baking and reading my romance novel, knowing this stuff is for real.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Yule Blessings And Happy Solstice, Day Four Of My Incarceration

Yule Blessings and Happy Solstice my dear minions. I do hope some of you were able to catch the lunar eclipse this morning. It was cloudy so I missed it.

There is something about a  full moon that just energizes me. New moons do that to me too. Anywho I got up this morning and had my coffee and took my meds and proceeded to take the pantry and laundry room apart. I cleaned everything in sight ... with a 30% bleach solution.

I guess David smelled it cause he stayed out of my way most of the morning. Yes I said MOST of the morning. He started bothering me about the time I started to put stuff back in place. I told him to go get his tools and junk out of his daughter's old room. He started getting mad cause I wanted to get the room ready for my moving in there with my computer and artsy fartsy stuff next week.

Now he's all mad and shit cause he thought I meant for his stuff to go in there with mine. I think I may have a problem on my hands the next few days, trying to explain that a woman needs her space away from her hubby or else hubby will end up missing, lying in a shallow grave in the middle on the desert near Fort Stockton or Alpine. I could make it a road trip for the puppies. They love road trips.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Monday Funny

I couldn't help it...I just had to do it.
   Frank and Ernest by Bob Thaves

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Day Two Of Incarceration

Today is day two of my incarceration. It's not too bad. I only thought of killing him once, so far. 

I'm in the living room while David is in the media room. Yes he keeps coming in here to tell me what I just missed on a TV show he is watching.  At least I can sit in my den of slight peace and quiet with Pandora going in the background. I can keep the doors closed also, but then the puppies will go crazy trying to get away from daddy.

Tomorrow is Monday. It will be the true test of wills. Will I kill him now or after Christmas. We will see. Stay tuned my minions

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Death By Husband

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."
—Opening line of A Tale of Two Cities

In less than 48 hours David will be home for two whole sickening freaking weeks. Yes, I know your plight Judith. I sympathize with you as you do me.

Right now I am trying to think up things to keep him busy and out of my hair. And then there are the things I am thinking of doing to him if he bothers me ... never mind. I can get into a whole lot of trouble if they find the body. Goddess, it was so much easier living near the desert in El Paso. So many places to hide ...  the bodies ... well I digress way to much it seems.

I was thinking of getting him to help me move all my treasures [ my desk, computer, art table, bookcases, etc..] into his daughter's old room. That way I can have peace and quiet for a bit. That would mean no more "hey hon, check out this video" or " look, look, look, you're gonna miss this!!!"  I'll show him " you're gonna miss this."  If this works the way I plan. I should be able to get more stuff done without his silly interruptions.

Then I'll have to find other things to keep him busy besides watching Jerry "Trash TV" Springer all day long and then coming around and asking me if I want to go for a ride to some store with him. OMG!!!  I'm gonna die a horrible, way too unfortunate death!!!  Why me, Goddess?  I've been a good Witch most of my life. I never killed ... anyone that didn't really need ... never mind.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Nothing But Fun

WOW!!!  I LOVE this thing!!! The last 10 hours were truly spent having total unadulterated FUN!!!  I mean to tell y'all that this Wacom Introus4 Medium Pen Tablet is nothing but fun. I was up most of the night checking out all the cool software and goodies it came with. It might be the best thing I ever bought since my first car.

If anyone is interested, as I know you are, Traveler. When you get the Tablet you will notice that it has two different ways to hook it up to your computer. Yes, they have thought of the left handed person as well as the right handed. The disk sets up the Tablet on your computer and then it will show you a table of contents. This is very important because when you look down the list of contents  where it says to Register the Tablet,  just click on that and it will take you to the Wacom site.

When you get to the Wacom site, follow the directions and enter all the necessary info on the Tablet to register it. Then you will go to the download section automatically. There are downloads for Corel Painter Sketch Pad, Adobe Photoshop Elements 8, which can be upgraded if you want to pay for it. There is Nik Color Efex Pro Brushes, and Autodesk Sketchbook Express.

Make sure you click on everything that you can get for your PC/MAC [for Mac users, make sure your Mac is up to date and can handle the software or it will not download] and then download them to a special folder on the computer. When you get out of that software area from Wacom you can never go back to redownload the stuff if you accidentally lose it or if you change your mind later and think oh I need that software that I didn't download before. It will not let you go back. So take the time and download everything in sight and order the DVD's that are available, I did.

When you get some time to open the software and finish setting it up, the Adobe and Corel software will ask for License keys. Go check your email and get them from there. Save both emails in a special folder on your email site so you will never lose them. Even if your computer crashes this stuff is safe.

Added Bonus: When you need some inspiration or ideas on the settings in the Introus4. Go to the Wacom site and check out all the added goodies they offer you for free. I spent two hours on that site and barely made a dent in all the stuff they offer. It all includes artists and their ideas to help you. Take advantage of this because it comes in handy.


Special notes: The Tablet has a cover you can order from Amazon.com. It's a hard foam cover pouch with zippers [Be.ez 100828 LArobe Sleeve for Wacom INTUOS4 MEDIUM (Black/Wasabi)] and it comes in different sizes to fit your Tablet. Believe me when I say it is an investment to keep the Tablet safe from scratches and dust. I have a small pouch I saved from a purse I no longer needed. It now holds the Pen and accessories and the mouse that comes with the Tablet.

Also order the extra Pen [INTUOS4 Pen Accessory Kit] set for the Tablet. You will need it. One more thing ... READ, READ, READ, everything in the help sections of the different software programs. It helps to know what you are doing. Don't forget the Wacom site. It also offers tips and tricks to help you in your artistic talents with the Tablet.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Just Crap To Keep You Informed Of The Crap I'm Going Through

Wait I need my coffee first...

My dear minions. I have only three, maybe four more days of Sanity left before David takes his two weeks off. Oh woe is me, my minions.

I was not able to blog this past Friday or Monday because David was home taking time off because he has all these freaking sick days piled up. So my time or is it my sanity is limited. Yes it is a dire situation for me.

Mmmkay, on the lighter side, I was thankful that I received all my goodies from Amazon.com before David decided to tell me he was playing hookie from work on Friday. I lit a candle and prayed really hard that Federal-Excuse would make it to the house before David got home on Thursday evening.

It was close but the Fed-Ex truck was driving down the street after dropping off my Intous4 Tablet package when David turned into the driveway on the otherside of the house. I had just a second of time to stash it behind the couch before he came in the kitchen door. Whew, that was cutting it close!

Friday we spent most of the day driving around Christmas shopping for the kids [ David's daughter and her hubby and their fuzzy kids the Boxers, Biscuit and Gravy]. Yes you saw them in a much previous post on Blingy Week. Also we were hunting down some new toys and goodies for our fuzzy kids too. I dearly love Petsmart. After all that running around up in San Marcos, it was so good to be home. I was so freaking tired.

On Saturday and Sunday I spent the days cleaning and doing laundry since I had like this energy boost in me that I couldn't get rid of. Then of course Monday I paid dearly for it by being laid up with pain again. Freaking damned Fibro!!!

But this morning I was able to get at all the packages that I had stashed from David including a gift for him that I still need to wrap. We agreed to not to exchange gifts but he needs this in his tool box so I don't need to hear him bitch about losing certain tools again ... ever!!!

Okay back to the other goodies. I got the MS Publisher 2010 and installed it on Little Hal cause he has more room then Hal does. Besides I noticed Hal has been crashing more often than he should. Even though I ran the Doctor Program on him and cleaned up some obsolete files. I think he's just getting old. I might need to start looking for another HP computer really soon.

Oh yes another thing,  an old blogger friend is back,  Dark Mother has returned to the fold of insane bloggerdom. Yes!!! All is right with the Universe again. Welcome back my dear. I missed you.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Strange Crap I Found On The Web

This got me started. I was in Walmart and I saw it and laughed my ass off when I saw it. David couldn't believe it either. Who would put a product named Gorila Snot on their hair. ahahahha.










And then there is this one. Anti Monkey Butt Powder. For when you get monkey butt, whatever that is.

And then the ultimate for speeders. Anti-Ticket Donut for your favorite Policeman in your life.
I kid you not.

You can find these and other wacky stuff on
Strange New Products. Please check it out for those wacky stocking stuffers you are looking for. I am thinking of getting a few things for David. BWAAHAAhahahahhahahhahaaa!!!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Weird Rants

I was checking my stats this morning, do you know that 55% of my viewers use Firefox and 35% still use Internet Exploder? Wild, huh? Then there are the weird things they put in for the Word Searches. What the shit is a  "boo monstres"??? I mean some of the stuff I see on my stats make me laugh harder than what I see in the blogs I read.

FREEZING Pictures, Images and Photos
Now on to the cold stuff.  Who the hell left the door to Canada opened!??  I really want to know!  It's colder than a Witc.....  nope not that .... well diggers ass is what I meant. I mean to tell you the puppies won't go outside unless I drag them out with me. That means I have to don a coat and 2 pairs of gloves and wool hat and my mukluks just to go outside.  Then I have to lie to them by grabbing my car keys and sweetly say "let's go for a ride." And it's only 46 outside. I really suffer from the cold in my middle age.

I have to say Thank You to those who will be attending my funeral possibly this weekend. Yes, the Tablet ,,,  read this weeks posts to catch up, I'll wait ... will be here by Friday and if not, with my luck maybe on Saturday when David will be home. Damned Fed-Ex, Can't you take the Saturday off like UPS??? Would it kill you to be off just one freaking day?

Sidetracked there. Oh yes. BlakkDuchess will deliver my eulogy and make sure I have something to do in the afterlife besides twiddling my thumbs. She has graciously offered to make sure that the Tablet is buried with me. Someone please keep tabs on her and make sure I get that tablet in my casket. On another side note, would someone make sure David has yellow roses for me at the funeral. You know, being Texas and all.

For Linda. I know what you mean about the Meniere's. I was diagnosed with Labyrinthitis three years ago. It's very similar with the vertigo and the nystagmus symptoms. One thing about Labyrinthitis is that it starts with a blinding ear ache in my left ear and then the tinnitus starts and then I have dizzy spells for about 20 to 24 hours after it all starts. Then it goes away. And it's like it never happened.

It started about yesterday morning around 7AM until this morning. I am fine now until my next episode. They usually come on with stress. Ugh!!! When have I never had stress in my life ahahahahaa. So that is one of the many plagues in my life, my dear friend. I have learned to live with it, that and the Fibro.

To all my other dear sweet minions. Your comments do not go unnoticed. I read them when I can and have to laugh at all the funny remarks. Y'all are entertaining as hell!!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Tis The Season To Warm The Puppies

I woke up late this morning and found two little shivering puppy dogs in bed with me. I couldn't even turn over to see who it was. They were secured, slightly under my back. Lucy had her legs under me and her little head on my neck. Pebbles was nearly under the lumbar area of my back.

It was quite impossible to turn over to see who was breathing hot and heavy in my ear. I had to get up out of bed. The Shiver Sisters were still lying there worming their way under the blankets. Lazy bums! So I left them there, went to get a shower to warm up my muscles and came back to get some clothes on and they were still snoring in bed. I got some coffee and toast. watched CNN for a half hour then came to turn on the computer to write a post and all I heard was loud snoring coming from the bedroom down the hall. Tis the season for puppies in bed with me again I guess.

Ok, as you know I'm back. Stinking Fibro made me dizzy in line at the Post Office yesterday and I almost passed out. I hate when that happens. David is usually with me and I can leave and sit in the car if it gets bad. It bothers him when I get my migraines and my fainting spells. His mom died of brain cancer. I already had an MRI and I'm okay in the head ahahahahahahahhaaa.  Never mind ... let's move on.

As for the e-zine I am going to take it slow and work things out. I have the MS Publisher coming from Amazon.com, but it won't be here til almost Christmas time. But the Wacom Intuos4 Medium Pen Tablet will be here in a week. I'm antsy as shit about that thing. Also wondering how I will be hiding it from David. When he does find out, I'll be dead meat. SO, who's coming to my funeral ahahahahahahhaaaa.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Update To This Mornings Post

Girlfriends, I think we better hold off on this e-zine for a while longer and let me do some more exploring on this idea. There is so much to think about. Linda made a comment on my last post and she is so right. May the Goddess bless her for adding her insight. I think this has been a pipe dream that I have wanted so much to happen. So for now let's just sit on this idea and think long and hard as to what we would give to this magazine. Like time, energy, blood, yes your blood, sweat and tears.

On a lighter note I did order a few things from Amazon.com today that I have really wanted. One was MS Publisher 2010 ( thanks for the heads up Traveler and SpiritPhoenix)and the other was a Wacom Intuos4 Medium Pen Tablet (Academic Version) and I bought a couple of books too just for grins. I've wanted the Tablet for a long time and I did a lot of consumer checking on this and others like it. So I consider this an early Yule present to myself.

Small Dilemma

I have a small dilemma my dear girlfriends. I found out that there are two very different but great software programs suited for the e-zine WE want to start. Notice the emphasis on the we part. Well Adobe has In-Design which is about $500 and a very high learning curve to it. And Microsoft has Publisher that is for much less than In-Design and a lower learning curve but it takes a lot more work to publish an e-zine with it.


Now I am all for either one of these programs because I can afford either one. I just want your input.
* Has anyone of you ever used either one of these programs?
* Which one would you choose to work with and why?
* If we take this program (Witches E-zine that is)on, I would like to keep on going with it.
* What the hell am I doing here and why am I in this hand basket?

We need to call this magazine something really cool. Something that will get the attention of all Pagans and Witches out there. That includes the younger set, teenagers, who aren't quite sure of his or her path. I want to get them away from the "All Witches are Satanist's" mind set.

And last but not least  .....  I am asking for your help. We won't get paid for this e-zine until we can get someone in charge of advertising. Hell it might just turn into a labor of love for us to just help other uninformed Pagans out there. I kinda like that idea but I know it won't float, so be it.

We will need an Editor in Chief to oversee all material that gets put into this mag. And someone with great artistic skills for artwork or I'll just try to sweet talk an artist I have in mind. I might be able to get her to donate artwork if possible. But if all else fails I'll be willing to buy the artwork from her.

Girlfriends, I really want this e-zine SOOOOOooo damned much to work. I want to get the word out that we are normal people not weirdos like most Christians portray us to be. So I am asking formally for your help if you want to give it ... for free. Notice that for free part there? Please look at the questions near the top and look into what you think might help us all get this thing started.
Thank You.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Wow !!!

Just a quick note:  I was reading some of the online advice to starting up an e-zine for us. This is really going to take a lot of work!!  Also plenty of money like in the three zero to four zero range. I don't know if I really want to do this because I can't afford it.

Plus I'll have to pay everyone to write stuff for it, buy art work, buy a domain name and buy space online to publish it. Not to mention Legal Eagles and Designers to help with the hard stuff.
I want to do it but at what cost? I'll have to talk this over with David and see what he says first before I take on this venture.

Don't worry ... the idea isn't dead yet.
Anyone know CPR???  Haahahahahaa!!

Just A Note Before I Go Slightly Mad

I've been up most of the night reading and researching and I'm nowhere finished. Researching to start a magazine or e-zine is a shit load of work. It will mean even more work IF (I was going to say when)  I decide to start one for us. So this will take some time and great deliberation on my part.

Yule is fast approaching and I haven't even started to decorate yet. David and I have opted to not give each other gifts as usual. Hell, we have each other and everything we could want, so why bother. I kinda like that cause we used to feel bad if the other didn't like the gift. We just enjoy the season and buy for his daughter and hubby and the fuzzy kids.

Speaking of Christmas ...  how do you like the music. I know but it's like me, misguided and weird. I just had to go beyond the norm because people were screaming that they are so tired of the traditional crap that gets overly done by today's music artists. I have to agree on that one. So I found some stuff I liked and now you are stuck with it. neener neener ;P

Well my dear minions I have loads of reading to catch up on and decorating to do. Have a great weekend.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Update And Thinking ... Again.

Update: Lucy is fine.  She was never really hurt bad with the mouse trap incident. She never got the cheese either. Silly little shit. Right now she is lying in her favorite spot behind me in the chair I'm sitting in. At least I know she's not getting into trouble. No more mice caught even though I still have the traps set.

Me, I'm doing fine. Just trying to take each day as it comes along. I can handle the pain somewhat. It's just the tiredness that gets to me. I feel like I'm being dragged into a hole all the time. Someone get me a freaking ladder PLEASE!!!

I seem to be thinking much more clearer now. It's so very strange to me. I was always in a deep fog. It must have been the Fibro doing it to me because since I've been on Cymbalta and Lyrica I'm sleeping deeply and clearly thinking again. No more foggy brain shit. David says he needs to watch what he says around me now because I'm more alert. That makes my witty comebacks on his remarks much more sharp to the touch. ouch!
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Okay, I'm going to plead for something. *getting down on my knees ... ouch ... ouch!!*

I want to know if anyone of my minions know of a great Pagan or Witch magazine online or in paper form. Preferably in paper form.  Nothing stupid that portrays us as people who dress in black robes, black eye makeup, long scraggly hair and carrying a stupid staff with a skull on the top of it. We are nothing like that. We are normal people.

I want a magazine besides Llewellyn, Witch's Voice, or Pagan News That portrays Pagans and Witches as normal human beings, everyday housewives, single parents, hard working normal intelligent people with regular jobs that has a Pagan religion that they are proud of.

A magazine that isn't just a few pages to it but thick and meaty like Family Circle. I want a magazine that talks about politics, our problems in life, exercise tips, beauty tips with herbs, some spells, tips for rituals, recipes for all sorts of stuff and of coarse food recipes for OUR holidays.  I want a magazine that isn't afraid to tell it like it is and sets the record straight about things that irk the shit out of me like linking us to cults. And no Fluffy Bunny crap either.

Please is there anything out there like that?

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Quick Update

So far mouse body count is 2. Got both of them last night in the laundry room/ pantry. I reset the trap and then went to sleep. There were no more snaps in the night.

David checked it before leaving for work this morning. As he was getting his morning snack together, he forgot to close the pantry. There was a loud snap and a scared black and white Boston Terrorist jumped into bed with me.

David was laughing in the kitchen and I asked him if we caught another mouse. He said a humongous black and white one named Lucy. I looked at Lucy who was shaking next to me what she did and she put her head on my stomach and looked at me like she was saying "wasn't me ma. No pictures, no witnesses, no prints, no proof."

She was scared and when David came into the bedroom laughing she was looking at him like she didn't do anything. David explained the situation to me and I laughed. She's such a Nosy Nellie. Don't think she'll be springing anymore traps any time soon.
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