Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Jaime Lannister or Jamie Fraser??

I read - a LOT.  I have been reading since I was a small child and I love it. I never feel complete unless I have a book in my hand.

Now I am not a fan of movies or tv adaptations of my favorite books.  In fact, I dread them - simply because they leave out so much of the story and the people that they cast are never the people that are in my head.

But there are two shows out now that are adaptations of two fantastic book series.  One is based on the Game of Thrones series.  This is a series that I just recently( i.e. a couple of years ago) read and thoroughly enjoyed. I was very excited when HBO picked it up to make it into a series.  HBO is known for their quality - The Tudors and the Sopranos, are among some of the great shows they have produced.  So I wasn't worried there, I knew it would be fantastic.

Then I heard that they were making a series out of Outlander.  And it had been picked up by Starz.  And I sighed, and worried and fretted.  I have been reading Outlander for 20 years.  I am now in the eighth book in the series and I have a LOT invested in Jamie and Claire.  A LOT.  I knew the author wouldn't let it go to a complete ruin but after TRYING to watch The White Queen on Starz and failing, I was very worried.

I feel in these adaptations that casting is crucial.    The reader has a certain vision in their mind of the character and if you don't nail that character in the tv show or movie then you aren't going to keep the reader.

I think that GOT and Outlander have done a fantastic job in their casting of the main characters.  They have made a few mistakes and it took me awhile to get used to Jamie and Claire in Outlander - moreso than it did the characters in GOT, simply because I don't have as many hours of my life invested in GOT as I do in Outlander.

I highly recommend both of these series if you haven't watched them - or read the books, if you prefer.  If you do watch, I warn you, they aren't for the faint of heart.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Say Hello to My Little Friend

I really do love where we live.  We get to see all kinds of neat wildlife.  We've seen deer, raccoons, chipmunks, owls and hawks, just to name a few.  And we hear the coyotes all the time, although thankfully, we never get to see those.

We also hear thousands of tree frogs - every summer they serenade us and it's so loud you can barely hear yourself think.  We always wondered about our tree frogs and last night we found this little guy on our porch:

We think he's a Cope's Gray Tree Frog. Isn't he cute???  Don't know where he came from but he stayed on our porch all evening.  Alas, he was gone this morning.  Maybe he will come and see us again soon.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Why So RUDE?

ARGH!  I am so tired of everyone being so RUDE!  I mean, I am not always the nicest person, I DO have moments, as my husband and all my friends can attest to.  Most of the times my rudeness is unintentional.  It's done mostly when I am in a hurry or very busy and I instantly regret my rudeness and if I get a chance I do apologize for being short or unpleasant.

But in the past 2 weeks I encountered people who were just outright rude to me and I am just baffled. They were rude for no reason.  I was not doing anything to them. I was minding my own business, doing my own thing, when they just busted into my business.  I don't want use specifics, so I will use an example.  It was like you were at the gym, and you were using a piece of the equipment and someone came over - WHILE you were using the equipment and just started to change the weights while you were resting between sets.
This is how the conversation would go:

"Um EXCUSE ME?  I am still using this machine.", I say
 " But you were resting", says the rude person.
 " But I have one more set" I counter.
 " Too bad" says rude person, "You can use that machine OVER THERE".

First I was too shocked to do anything. I couldn't believe someone would be THAT rude.  I mean, we are in the South.  The courteous thing to do would be to ask if I was finished, or if they could work in between sets.  I am a reasonable person and I would probably have been happy to accommodate them.  But, to just take over like that and try to kick me off?  The ONLY thing that kept me from making a HUGE scene was that I didn't want to make a HUGE scene and my mother taught me not to yell at my elders.  Although, I do admit I lost it the week before and DID yell at an elder.  My patience only stretches so far at times.  ( sorry Mom ).

Friday, March 6, 2015

The Importance of Good Friends

I am blessed.  I have some of the best friends a person can have.  I have the kind of friends that you can let loose and be yourself around.  I have friends that I can be stupid silly around - and I don't even have to have been imbibing a bit to do it.  They love me for who I am ( at least they say they do) and they aren't afraid to get stupid silly along with me.

I am also fortunate enough to have a wide variety of friends who share my interests.  And sometimes those friends can cross into other groups of friends and that's always fun - I like it when I can introduce new groups and they all get along.  But sometimes they don't mesh and that's ok too.

And it always amazes me how many friends the internet has brought my way.  I have people whom I consider *good* friends, who I have never met in person, but I would not hesitate to stay at their house if invited.  The only reason I haven't met them in person is I haven't made it to their geographic area - or them to mine.

As one of my agility friends commented to me one day, when we were at an out of town show - "
You seem to have a friend in every city".  It's true.  I think I know someone in every area that I travel to.  It's nice.  If I can, I try to meet up with them when I get to their area.  Sometimes they come to the show and visit, or sometimes we meet up for dinner, it just depends on time and scheduling.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Snow, Ice or Nothing in Between

It seems like Georgia weather ( whenever it's not just plain HOT) is always in some kind of a flux.  From April to June the question is always - is it going to rain? Can we have our party/concert/picnic outside or do we have to worry about getting wet?

From January to March the BIG question is always SNOW?  Is it going to snow/sleet/ice.  The very second the weatherman says the big S word the whole city is thrown into a panic.  Especially since the snowpacalypse of 2014.  I can't say that I blame them. I was one of the lucky ones that was at home that day.  I had minor surgery and had the day off, but my poor husband( who neglected to listen to my dire warnings) spent 6 hours in the car trying to get home - and he was one of the lucky ones.  Many people spent the night in their cars or less than ideal conditions in a fast food restaurant or wherever they could find shelter.

So when the weatherman forecasted snow/ice/sleet for this weekend, we all went into panic mode.  FILL UP THE CAR, GET BREAD, GET MILK!!!!!  The world is going to end!!!!!

Now I can never figure out why people panic SO much - I mean we are in the south, which really means if we are stuck it's usually not for more than 3 or 4 days.  So can I do without bread and milk for 3 or 4 days?  Yep.  Will I starve?  Nope.  I have other ways to sustain me.  Tequila is always a good choice.  Or wine, or even one of the lesser drinks such as soda or GASP - WATER!

I have a whole pantry FULL of food that can be eaten - that frankly SHOULD be eaten and hey, I could probably benefit from being stuck in my house for a week, JUST to go through my pantry and clean it out a bit.  Since DH and I have been on a couponing and BOGO kick, it's getting a little full.

So bring it on Mother Nature.  But if you do, leave the power on please but kill the internet.  That way I can stay warm but not feel obligated to work.  This is the one time I won't be mad if Comcast fails me.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

The Making of A Ribbon Wreath

Over the years of showing we collect a lot of ribbons.  I like ribbons.  I think they are pretty and some clubs have some really nice ones in some very unique colors and designs.(Ok yes, I will admit it, I am a magpie "OOOH SHINEY!")

I am fortunate that although I am the direct opposite of crafty, that I have been savvy enough to surround myself with insanely crafty friends.  One such friend even has her own crafty business( plug here - if you embroider or vinyl go to AllAboutBlanks they are the BOMB)!  Susan has already helped me make a fantastic ribbon quilt ( quiet applause) and this weekend we embarked on a ribbon wreath.  MUCH easier than the ribbon quilt.

To make said ribbon wreath I got one wire frame from Michaels.  Then went through and I picked the ribbons that would be the easiest to pull the ribbon part off of or ones that didn't have rosettes.  Once we had all those we cut them in half like this:

We had started out using the whole length of the ribbon, but the ever savvy Susan figured out we could use half of it.  Warning though, if you are like me, you WILL burn every finger on your hand with hot glue.

Then we added the hot glue like so:

It didn't take a lot of hot glue to make them stick.  Once the glue was on we quickly wrapped them once around the frame getting them as tight as we could without burning ourselves.  Susan was much more successful at this than I.

This is the wreath with the ribbons around it.  Now some of them could have been tighter- again this was our first attempt.  We liked the writing facing out to give it some character.

After that we just had to decide how we wanted to place the rosettes and if we wanted any full length ribbons on there.  Reilly had some really pretty and unique ribbons.  Some had paw prints on them which we liked so we added those.  I had one title ribbon with a different rosette on it, and one ribbon that he got at the last show for his Grand Prix run, so we added those at the top and the bottom.  Most of it was just eyeballing it and personal preference.

Here is the finished product:

I need to iron some of the ribbons to get them nice and flat.  But I am really pleased with the result.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Running Like a 10 Year Old

People are always amazed when I tell them how old Reilly is - " He's almost 10"  "TEN REALLY??" They always reply in shocked tones, despite the fact that he's now getting a lot of visible gray in his muzzle.  He looks GOOD for his age.  He's lithe and happy and I think the quirky ear helps.

I am always shocked when people with older dogs ( double digits) act like it's a death sentence.  " Oh my dog is 10- she's so old, she can barely walk" - Why is that?  My dog at 10 is running 3 day agility trials and loving every minute of it.  Even if he wasn't doing agility,  he is unstoppable at home - jumping over bushes in a single bound, running laps around our property, catching frisbees, and tormenting me and my husband when he can't go outside and play because it's too dark and/or wet.

Why should age be a factor in how our dogs act or feel?  Sure he might have some arthritis, but there are ways to combat that.  There are simple, inexpensive medicines that can help our dogs feel comfortable.  There are some more expensive ways to help with things like that, but they aren't always an option for everyone.  They best and least expensive thing you can do for your aging dog is excercise and GOOD nutrition.  Double digits should not be a death sentence.