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[tweetmeme] This is Oscar.  He is a “robot” at the Dutchess County Fair.
He moves slowly, but is great to watch for a while.
I don’t know his schedule, but when I saw him he was in the horticulture building.
If you look closely you can see he is wired for power 🙂

While I was watching he waved me over to shake my head.
Next he borrowed my sunglasses and struck a pose.
He’s a great attraction.

Have you visited the fair this year?
What’s your favorite attraction?

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[tweetmeme] We went down to the 165th annual Dutchess County Fair in Rhinebeck, NY.

I’ve been going to the fair my entire life and I’ve only missed 1 year.   (my best friend got married that weekend – she was from Dutchess County, she should have known better!!  LOL!!)  There are certain things I look forward to every year.  One of the major food vendors that I love were MIA this year, but my other favorite thing is the baby animals.  These babies certainly didn’t disappoint!!  There are 13 babies in the first video!!

What are your favorite things to do at fairs?

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[tweetmeme] This is a blog I wrote for Kristi Gustafson’s On The Edge Blog back in July when she was on vacation.

Blog Post by: Rose A. Winters

I don’t have children, so I consider my dog my child….

In 2007 my boyfriend Michael and I were at my realtor Terri and her husband Bob’s house and met their adorable little Chi-a-poo named Molly. We spent most of the evening playing with little Molly. Up until this point Michael always used the argument that little dogs weren’t manly and the long-haired ones should have a broom handle shoved up their butts and be used as mops. Just the idea I liked little dogs surprised many because I’m originally a Doberman gal…. By the end of the night Molly had Michael wrapped around her little paw.

A couple of months later when I was getting ready to close on my house Michael fessed up that he wanted to buy me a puppy as a surprise for my housewarming gift. I’m glad he told me because a pet is a life changing, long-term commitment. He told me he’d already been speaking to a breeder and there was a litter being born that week and we could pick her out soon. Since he’d already done so much work finding her I figured I’d at least check it out.

Isabella - 2 Weeks Old

It took me all of about 10 seconds to pick her out of the 5 in her litter and to know I’d love her forever! She looked like a tiny little guinea pig! To give you an idea of the demand – the pictures were posted online and in 8 minutes Isabella’s entire litter was spoken for. As the weeks passed until we could pick her up in Buffalo, KY, the breeder posted a new picture of her every week until she was 7 weeks old.

Isabella - The Day We Met

The first time I held Isabella it was love at first sight. We spent hours at the breeder’s house getting to know her and getting her to feel comfortable with us. We flew home with her and she became our daughter.

We feed her, dress her, cuddle with her, and give her the best care that we’re able to give. We chronicle her life like most parents chronicle their children’s lives. We measured her to track her height and weight. We wrote down the date when she lost her 1st tooth, and had her 1st haircut. We taught her all kinds of commands – sit, stay, down, paw, and roll over. She’s so well-behaved! She’s our little darling 🙂

Do you have a pet that you treat like a child?

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Click some of the links in the blog to see more pictures of Miss Isabella….
All Photos by Michael T. Henry except 2 week old picture courtesy of Sunset’s Toy Breed Puppies

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Michael took this picture of the Brooklyn Bridge while we were there this week and I think it came out awesome!!

Have you ever been there?  Do you have an interesting story about your visit?

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I LOVE this picture of the giraffes that Michael took at the Bronx Zoo this past week!!

What is your favorite animal?

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[tweetmeme] The Weekly Re-cap: I shared pictures of “Mama’s Lil’ CutieIsabella.  We learned about those rubber things that hang off the back of cars.  I shared the results of the poll about who you think Brenda will end up with on General Hospital and how thrilled I am that she’s back!!  I shared the recipe for Spicy Shrimp with Pasta that I love!!  I told you about something cool and FREE to do this weekend!!  Lastly I guest blogged over on the TU Biker’s Blog that Michael writes.  I wrote a post about proper riding footwear.

The Weekly Note to Readers: There are BIG changes coming in the next few weeks!!  Stay tuned for the big news 🙂


The Weekly Movie:
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure – I love the movie now just as much as I did back in 1989!  Granted, I’ve been calling everyone Dude for the last couple days – small side-effect of the movie….

The Weekly Downer: I haven’t been getting enough sleep lately and it’s making me cranky.  I really need to try hard to get back onto a normal sleeping schedule….

The Weekly Food: Banana & cubanelle peppers from the garden, home-grown tomatoes & American cheese, turkey sandwiches, Trader Joe’s baked cheese crunchies, and sloppy joes.

The Weekly Amazing Fact: The Brooklyn Bridge was opened for use on May 24, 1883.  On that day 1,800 vehicles and 150,300 people crossed the bridge.

The Weekly Birthdays: Vicki Vosburgh, Tami Bates Carlaw, Leigh Cummings, Tim Hennessey, Sam Lauridsen, and Tracy Kutey ColangioneI hope you all had wonderful birthdays!!  Leave a comment to tell us what you did to celebrate your birthday!!


The Weekly Activity: We went to The Bronx Zoo and then to The Brooklyn Bridge with Michael’s Photo Group and we had a great time!!

The Weekly new people I’ve found on Twitter: Arbonne Forever, MSF_USA, Sensible Spender, CS_Albany, & Brugo Mug

The Weekly Charity I’m Pimping: LaDorka’s – National Multiple Sclerosis Walk
These women are incredible and walking for a good cause.  Please donate whatever you can.  They have a hefty goal.  Every dollar gets them closer to a cure for MS.

The Weekly Countdown:
Dutchess County Fair: 10 Days
No Destination Poker Run: 14 Days
Labor Day: 23 Days
Breaking Dawn Movie Premier: 461 Days

Change image from: http://vaynermedia.com
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure image from: http://www.horreur.net/fiche.php?nom=Keanu%20Reeves
Birthday Cake image from: http://marinasulaimantaha.blogspot.com/2010/07/colorful-birthday-cake.html
Brooklyn Bridge image from: Michael T. Henry Photography
LaDorka’s inage from: http://main.nationalmssociety.org/site/TR/Challenge/WIGChallengeWalkEvents?pg=team&fr_id=13099&team_id=178556

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Vanderbilt Mansion ~ Hyde Park, NY Picture from http://www.nps.gov/vama/index.htm

This weekend August 14 & 15th, 2010 many national parks around the country are free to visit.

Check out the list on the National Park Service’s webpage for more information and to see which parks are participating.  There are parks in most states participating, please click the link for the complete list.

According to the website, the parks that are participating in NY are:

Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site
Martin Van Buren National Historic Site
Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
Saratoga National Historical Park
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site
Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site

According to the site, many of the park concessioners are also offering special offers for added value.

Many of your 392 national parks NEVER charge an entrance fee. So start Planning Your Visit!

If you end up checking out any of the national parks this weekend I’d love to hear about it!!
If you don’t end up going to a national park, what are your plans for the weekend??

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The Weeklies ~ Week 28

108 Degrees in the sun on Thursday!

The Weekly Re-cap: I told you about my library – my Quiet Home Away From Home and the 4th of July.  I posted up my 1st poll – about your library use.  I helped a friend interpret her dreams about tornadoes and told you the history behind soap operas.  Last but certainly not least, I continued my interview series with an interview of my Mom 🙂

The Weekly Read: The Everything Blogging Book and Shift Your Habit.

The Weekly Music: EdXeno sang/rapped Vanilla Ice’s –  Ice Ice Baby during karaoke at Elda’s on Lark and it was awesome!

The Weekly Movie: We went to a pre-screened of the movie Cyrus.  It had it’s funny moments for sure, but I think they could have done more with the story to make it more interesting or humorous.  Not awesome but not bad either.
We also watched The Spy Next Door.  I always like Jackie Chan movies 🙂

Lucky

The Weekly Downer: A baby bunny falling into the pool and ending up in the skimmer 😦

The Weekly Good Karma: Michael rescuing the bunny out of the skimmer and us getting to spend and hour or two with ‘Lucky’ before we released him back into the wild.  Click the link – you know you want to!  The bunny was so cute!

The Weekly Interesting Facts: Since we met Lucky why not learn about rabbits 🙂  Rabbit facts found here.

  • A male rabbit is called a buck and a female rabbit is called a doe.
  • A rabbit can see behind himself, without turning his head, but has a blind spot in front of his face.
  • A rabbit sweats through the pads on its feet.
  • Domestic rabbits cannot breed with wild rabbits.
  • Rabbits are the most active at dawn and dusk.
  • Rabbits can jump to a height of more than 36 inches.
  • Rabbits can purr, just like a cat.
  • Rabbits cannot vomit.

The Weekly Food: Steak, Portabellas and Zucchini on the grill and Chocolate Zucchini Bread.

The Weekly OMG: I swam in my pool for the first time this week!!  This is the 4th summer I’ve owned my pool!

Yummy Coconut Birthday Cake!

The Weekly Birthdays: Ryan Jones, Erin Carlotto, Jean Languish, and Kevin Mowry.  I hope you all have wonderful birthdays!!  Leave a comment and tell me what you did to celebrate!

The Weekly Activity: Celebrating Independence DayBella & I also made a visit down to see Mom & Dad.  Dad replaced the brake pads on my truck for me.  Michael & I went out with some of the Times Union Bloggers.  We started at the Albany Pump Station and moved on to Elda’s on Lark.  A nice gathering of interesting people 🙂

The Weekly new people I’ve found on Twitter: DanielTosh, Albany_Weather, AlbanyJobs, YNNAlbany, Sue215, HunterMtn, SPAC_2010, and DeFrees.

The Weekly Charity I’m Pimping: LaDorka’s National MS Walk.

Isabella's 1st Birthday

The Weekly Countdown: Isabella’s 3rd Birthday: 16 Days.

The Weekly Hypothetical:  You’re a gossip type – how long do you wait until a person walks out of a room to trash talk them?

The Weekly Not-So-Hypothetical:  What have you been doing to stay cool this week? (It was 108 degrees in the sun here today!!)

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My Mom

While brainstorming about what to write blogs about, I wanted to find a way for my readers to get to know some of the awesome people who I know.  The best way I could come up with was an interview series.

Meet my Mom.  We met at my birth.  (obviously!)  She’s one of the most kind-hearted people I know.  Always willing to lend a helping hand.  So… without further ado – here is my Mom.  :)

Name: Mom

Age: 69

Location: My house –> Dutchess County, NY

Hails from: Pennsylvania

Me, Mom & Dad with my Aunt Rita in the front. She's my God-Mother.

Relationship Status: Happily Married for 49 years

Children: 4 – 3 sons & 1 daughter

Occupation: Takin’ it easy & lovin’ it!  spoiling my Grandkids – both 2 & 4 legged

What is the most challenging part of your job? Finding the nearest couch

If you could spend an evening with anyone from history, who would it be? Jesus Christ

What do you miss most about your childhood? Walking to the brook and swimming with the neighborhood kids.

What’s a goal in life you have yet to accomplish? Getting to heaven

What 5 things in life could you not live without? My husband and 4 kids

What’s your favorite snack? Drumstick Ice Cream Cones (not the chicken variety)

What super power do you wish you had? I’d love to be able to fly without stepping foot on an airplane.

What is your favorite movie? Ben Hur

How did you meet Dad? By remembering that the quickest way to get to a man’s heart is through his stomach!

What are your favorite flowers? I like roses, daisies, peonies, and gladiolas.
Author’s Note: Thank goodness she didn’t name me after any of the other 3!!!

Who was your best friend growing up? Patsy

What was your favorite subject in high school? Math – I still enjoy puzzles with numbers like Sudoku.

Who’s your favorite grandchild? Elizabeth, Anne, Katie, Sofia, Jacob, Frank & Bella.  (Bella’s my 4 legged grandchild)

Where would you like to visit that you’ve never been? Greece

The Sistine Chapel

Where was the most interesting place you’ve ever visited? The Sistine Chapel

What is your favorite holiday and why? Christmas – for a few reasons.  I love to see happy children, I like Christmas music, our Christmas mass is always nice, and Rose usually cooks Christmas dinner.

Mom & her Mother (My Grandmother)

Who’s your hero? My Mother was.  She had 9 children (I was the youngest), 30 grandchildren, 50+ great-grandchildren, and a number of great-great grandchildren before she passed away at 102 years old.  (And she remembered ALL of their names!!)

What is your favorite song? How Great Thou Art

Where do you go for your favorite ice cream? Holy Cow

Mom & her sister Rita (my God-mother)

What would you like to know about my Mom?

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The Weekly Re-cap: We talked about NY’s hideous yellow license plates and a woman who dresses in the dark and must not have any friends.  I shared a hilarious commercial with you and told you about a guy who’s famous for inventing nothing.  We talked about a recurring dream I have and a major typo made by a large company.

The Weekly Read: I read The Unemployment Survival Guide, and I’m working on reading The Twitter Job Search Guide and Shift Your Habit.

Peter Facinelli as Carlisle Cullen from the Twilight Series. He's my favorite character!

The Weekly Movie: Eclipse – I was worried I’d be disappointed or let down and it was awesome!!  David Slade did a great job as the director.  I loved the way the fight scenes were filmed!  Peter Facinelli was gorgeous as usual!!  (He was voted the wealthiest fictional character by Forbes this year. We also watched It’s Complicated.  Funny movie with Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin.

The Weekly TV: Hot in Cleveland.  You guys know I love Betty White from my blogs here and here.  She’s hilarious along with Valerie Bertinelli (I loved her as Barbara on One Day At A Time), Jane Leeves (Who was awesome as Daphne on Frasier) and Wendie Malick (Who’s been in tons of things I love, but she is well-known as Nina Van Horn on Just Shoot Me).  A cool thing about this show that you don’t hear of too often anymore is that it’s filmed in front of a live studio audience.

The Weekly Downer: People who don’t return phone-calls.

The Weekly Food: This week we had Italian Mix Sandwiches, Egg Sandwiches, and kabobs 🙂

The Weekly Interesting Fact: The first toilet to flush in a motion picture was in the movie Psycho in 1960.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

The Weekly Birthdays: Jane Majovski, Fred Quenzer, Dan Boice,Carly Hillman Staubach, Jessica Traver, Jenna Ferguson, Glen Shefkowitz, and Stacey Cochrane Gregory LandLeave a comment and tell me what you did for your birthday.

The Weekly Activity: The Job Search is in high gear!!

The Weekly new people I’ve found on Twitter: Tons – it’s just easier for you to check out my Twitter page.

The Weekly Charity I’m Pimping: I don’t have a new charity this week, so keep sending your donations to LaDorka’s National MS Walk.

Weekly Count Down: 16 Days until Michael & Angela’s Photo Reception at Barista’s in Kingston on July 18th 1-4PM.  You can RSVP here.

The Weekly Holiday: Independence Day.  Hug a soldier and thank them for their service.

What are you doing this holiday weekend?

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