Lost Socks

I don’t know about you but I hate doing laundry.  The only thing I hate more than laundry is losing socks from one load to another!  I usually just throw them back into the dirty laundry basket until a mate can be found.  Well, no more!!

I saw this idea on Pinterest and I loved it. Here is the original idea:

I loved it so much I decided to make my own.   And here’s how I did it!

Materials I used:

  • 1 piece of Basswood Project wood (from Hobby Lobby)
  • 1 Jar of Americana Chalky finish in the color: Escape
  • Mod Podge Gloss Sealer
  • Americana Acrylic Paint in Snow White
  • 1 2″ Paint Brush
  • 4 Wooden clothes pins
  • Smaller Craft Paint brushes
  • Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue Sticks

First, I started with my Wood and brushed off all the splinters.

Then I brushed on Mod Podge Gloss Sealer And Allowed to dry.

Applied Three coats of the Americana Chalky finish paint, allowing it to dry between coats.  This pain has a neat almost crackle finish on top of the Mod Podge and it looks really nice..

I left it overnight to dry.   The next day I took the Americana acrylic paint and painted “Lost Socks” on the top of the board.  Freehand.

Using the hot glue gun I glued four clothes pins to the board as evenly spaced as I could.   The original idea had five clothes pins on it but my wood is a bit smaller than in the example so I limited mine to four clothes pins.  I debated painting the fronts of the clothes pins but decided against it.

Here is the finished product!  Cute, no?

‘The Walking Dead’ companion series gets pilot greenlight


Is this really necessary??

Originally posted on Inside TV:

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The Walking Dead companion series pilot is a go.

EW can exclusively report that AMC has officially ordered a pilot set in the same zombie-plagued universe as TV’s top-rated drama series. The as-yet-untitled project will go into production later this year, and will be set in a different location than the original series and star a new cast of characters. (Since the characters are different, the series not technically a “spinoff.”)

The Walking Dead executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert are all on board for the new project. Dave Erickson (Sons of Anarchy) was tapped as showrunner back in March. Kirkman and Erickson recently turned in a pilot script, which we’re told really impressed AMC’s executive ranks.

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Buddy Update 8-25-2014

Since we’ve moved to our temporary digs, we’ve taken Buddy to the vet.  He’s had a problem with incontinence for a while now as well as an enlarged lymph node in his left leg.  It’s like a damn golf ball!

The Vet took an x-ray of his abdomen and they found a large mass that is pushing down on his bladder.  The vet believes that this is a very enlarged lymph node in his abdomen. She showed us the x-ray and it looks to me that it is as big as one of those triangle potato hash browns you can get at some restaurants. 

They did a urine analysis (UA) and the UA said that he has +3 Red Blood Cells in his urine. So the vet but him back on antibiotics even though the last culture said nothing was in there.  He’s taking Simplecef now. I’m wondering if the cancer has erroded into his bladder.  There’s no way to tell according to the vet. 

Buddy is sleeping a lot more on his favorite cushion  and does a lot more shaking than he used to, a lot more than typical “little dog shake.”

I don’t know if Buddy will be with us this time next year.

Oh Captain, My Captain!

It’s been a little more than a week since Robin Williams took his own life in his San Francisco area home.  I have to say that that one hit me hard.  It was a shock more than anything else.  Immediately I thought, drugs, he fell off the wagon and managed to kill himself.   The following day I learned that he was found hanging with a belt with superficial cuts on his wrists.  That made me profoundly sad.  The world has lost an amazing talent. 

I was fortunate to be able to see him in his Weapons Of Self Destruction tour at UCF. That was an amazing show.  It was great even though I had nose bleed seats.  My husband and I were just talking a little while before that it would be great to see him again in concert. That wont be happening.

Robin Williams not only made us laugh year after year from Mork and Mindy to his turn as Roosevelt in Night at the Museum.  I have learned that he had reprised his role in Night at the Museum 3 which I believe is already in the can, as they say in Hollywood or at the very least in post production.  Mrs Doubtfire 2 was in the works but will now not be happening. So much potential for laughter. 

I can only imagine what pain he must have been in to leave his beloved family and to take his own life. Makes me sad to think about it. 

What are your favorite Robin Williams movies?  Mine are as follows:

The Dead Poets Society

This is by far my favorite more of his.  Inspiring to many to Carpe Diem- to Seize the Day.  Gather thee rosebuds while ye may….  While in college, I did a production of A Midsummer Nights Dream and we watched this at the cast party.  I had seen it many times before but now it holds extra special meaning.

Good Morning Vietnam

Such a funny movie on such a serious topic.  Showed Robin’s ability to swing from the funny to the dramatic and he was amazing.  One of my favorite movies of all time.

Mrs Doubtfire

I just love this movie. Heartwarming and funny

What Dreams May Come

A little known, a little depressing, but artistically amazing film.  If you haven’t seen it you must check it out.  It willed me with wonder.



RIP Robin.  You will be missed.



O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;
                         But O heart! heart! heart!
                            O the bleeding drops of red,
                               Where on the deck my Captain lies,
                                  Fallen cold and dead.
O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills,
For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding,
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
                         Here Captain! dear father!
                            This arm beneath your head!
                               It is some dream that on the deck,
                                 You’ve fallen cold and dead.
My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still,
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will,
The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done,
From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won;
                         Exult O shores, and ring O bells!
                            But I with mournful tread,
                               Walk the deck my Captain lies,
                                  Fallen cold and dead.
– Walt Whitman

Southwest still sucks!!

Yet another problem southwest. When we finally reached Baltimore we upgraded to upgraded boarding and received position 2 + 3 when they scanned our boarding pass there was a problem and we couldn’t get on the damn plane. We upgraded for a reason and now that is useless!! They are telling is that we’ve flown already!! Yeah, that’s why we are still
Sitting in the airport waiting for a
Flight that wad four hours late!! This is not what we want to hear at 12:25 am after a four hour layover. We are beyond unhappy!! We upgraded so we could sit together now the entire flight is boarding and we are not yet on it!!

Southwest sucks *update*

Message from customer service at Southwest on FAcebook

I apologize for your frustration with the reaccommodation and your new boarding position on the second flight. When we have to change Passengers to other flights due to irregular operations we assign them the first available boarding position. Oftentimes Passengers who have purchased that flight and checked in will have higher positions. We don’t feel using preboarding is a fair option for reaccommodated Passengers because it is designed to ensure our Passengers with seating needs due to disabilities are comfortable. I apologize you were unhappy with the information given to you at the station as well as over the phone.
I was glad to hear you were offered $75 LUV vouchers for your trouble. Have a great day.

So in other words to damn bad. Never again will I fly southwest. There are more options out there with slightly better service.

And now this.


Southwest Airlines you suck

Southwest Airlines have become one of the worst airlines from out of control flight attendants to extra large people cramming into seats next to you instead of enforcing the must purchase an extra seat rule. A real winning airline I have to say!

I had a terrible customer service experience with Southwest. We were flying home from Manchester and I received a text that my flight was delayed by one hour. That meant we would miss our connecting flight in Baltimore. We were good little flyers and checked in as we should and got A boarding.

They changed our flights to nearly one hour later. And then told us we have C boarding. We explained that it was not our fault that our flight was changed and they should at least give us pre boarding so my husband and I could sit together.

The attendant on south west customer service refused to do anything for us. We asked for A boarding, they wouldn’t do that, we asked for pre boarding, they wouldn’t do that, asked for upgrade (complimentary) to business select they refused to do that.

We got a supervisor, Gilbert who also refused to do anything for us. My husband said to him “we will never fly your airline again” and Gilbert told him that it’s his (my husbands) decision. Nice. Really give a crap about your employer huh Gilbert?

I called back and a kind agent Alan, suggested I call customer relations. So I did just that.

After waiting for 15 minutes on hold with customer relations, I spoke with Demetrius who told us he could not alter our boarding position from his office and said the gate agent could alter the boarding time at the gate. Of course we were told that before but it is at the gate agents discretion. Well that’s nice. So if the gate agent is having a bad day or just doesn’t want to help we won’t get any help at all.

The airline offered vouchers for $75 off our next flight. We just doesn’t help us now but I said send them. And if I can talk my husband into flying southwest again we would definitely use them.

So now we may not be able to sit together. In addition, this flight brings us in two hours after our original flight and I have to be up at five am for work. I’m a nurse and an over tired nurse is not a good thing.

Southwest and all of the domestic airlines please examine the service that the international airlines give their customers. The level of customer service they provide.

I mean, REALLY Southwest! When will you stop sucking?

A little closer to home

Today is… our 7th anniversary. We are flying today to visit family.

I watched the sun rise in the east and as we now decend into Baltimore for our layover. I am looking down at the houses with all the yards. The big yards unlike in Florida whereat houses are in subdivisions and you own like a foot around your house. I miss having a big yard like that.

Looking down as we take off again on our second flight. I see all the neighborhoods with the dormant trees all around the homes, grey with hibernation for the winter months. I actually miss that. It reminds me of home and my childhood on Long Island. The sound of chainsaws in winter cutting down the trees for firewood and the smell of wood burning stoves and fireplaces all around. That familiar winter smell mixed with the smell of snow. You could actually smell when it was going to snow. Sometimes I get that scent in Florida but it always means rain there.

That was life in our little tri hamlet area on the south shore of Long Island not too far from the beach. We spent summers on Smith’s Point beach or at Shirley town beach on the Great South Bay where I took swimming lessons as a kid. Summers waiting daily for the ice cream man to come and begging my mom for money to get a bomb pop. Or perhaps perhaps at my friend Madeline’s house where her mom would make juice ice cubes with toothpicks in them with the sounds of menudo in the background.

Sometimes I would be playing Barbies or digging around in the dirt mound in front of our house left by the builders playing with my matchbox cars or Star Wars figures. Sometimes I was riding bikes through the many acres of woods and climbing trees with my friends Kenny and David who lived down my street. Good times.

Back then we came home when the street lights came on and didn’t see our families for hours. We rode our bikes to our little town on Neighborhood road to get to the candy store (Benny’s) or John’s pizzeria in summertime. In winter we played for hours in the snow until our little feet were frozen.

Those days of innocence, when did they leave us? I don’t recall the transition, yet we all have varying shades of jadedness from our experiences.

“For all our mutual experience of separate conclusions are the same” -Billy Joel “Summer, Highland Falls”

We are now landing At our destination. I’m looking down at the snow covered ground and frozen lakes of the towns below. While I am in New England and not Long Island I feel a little closer to home.