Saturday, June 27, 2009

Any Spider Experts Out There?

UGH. What in the world is this thing? (more pics at the bottom)
I don't have a great fear of spiders, but this one about made me faint. My family and I were camping last weekend, and I was taking a break from stacking wood, when this THING comes walking out from underneath the rocks surrounding our fire barrel and is ALMOST on top of my foot before my husband saw it.
(Was that a run-on sentence, or what?)
I don't think I've ever moved that fast in my life.
So, a little background.
It's a spider. (brilliant!)
It was found in Central Oregon.
Elevation, about 4,700 feet.
It's a red/orange color.
It looks to me like a tarantula, without all the fur.
It has FANGS..or what looks like large fangs..can't really see that in the picture.
In my 35 years of camping in the same spot, i've never seen a spider this large.
And it's dead.
I didn't do it! "My" boys wanted to keep it, and it was fine until we drove down the mountain and got home. I think the altitude change might have been a little much for it. I don't believe in taking animals from where they were found, but I wasn't willing to waste my breath telling that to three 21 year olds either.
I don't know anything else about it. A couple hours were spent online looking at pictures, but we didn't find anything resembling our little friend here.
Anyone out there in internet land have a clue?

I know it looks a little's been sitting on my desk for a week to freak out various visitors.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

I Love Cat Videos!

For my entertainment...erm...I mean yours of course.
I love cat videos! You love cat videos! We all love cat videos!

And another one:

Sometimes I Hate Technology

Do you ever have days like these?
My laptop computer had been running at a snails pace, so I knew after 2-1/2 years of clutter, it was time to reinstall windows. I had diligently backed up everything that was important onto my jump drive, except my pictures (not enough room) and my food blogs. (not enough room) Yes! I am going to be running a recipe blog here when I have the time. I'm so excited!
Yes, anyways. I also Just in Case..backed up everything including my pictures and food blogs onto the desk top computer for safe keeping.
And then.
Windows is reinstalled. Sort of. A week later, after much hair pulling and cursing, I'm ready to put all my important stuff back onto my laptop.
All is fine with the jump drive.
All is not fine when I opened up the folder on the desk top computer and the folder is void of pictures and food blogs. WHAT? I NEED those! I thought I was being so smart. I burned the 2007 pictures to a cd. Why oh why didn't I do it for the 2008/2009 pictures? Well, because! They were all RIGHT THERE on the desk top computer. (I think I just shed a little tear)
All is not lost. I use Norton Back-Up. Which if your not familiar with said Norton Back-Up, at certain times of the day it snoops through your computer and grabs all your stuff and hides it online in case you ever need it again. WeEE!
Norton does a very very bad job of doing it's job.
After 3 hours of trying to FIND my files, they can finally be downloaded. When their site doesn't go down. Which happened to be 16 times on the first day. I kid you not. And then it just sits there. And sits there. 0% complete. 0% complete.
Two times that week, my hubby had to have a Norton representitive remotely connect to my computer to sort out this mess.
Which is very freaky by the way. You're just sitting there minding your own business, while someone a million miles away is controlling your mouse pointer, and running all over the screen opening up files, closing files, clicking on this and that. Yipes! I felt so violated.
When I did get some of my files back, Norton put them wherever it darn well felt like it, and renamed half of them too. I have spent two weeks going through things I didn't want downloaded, and peeking into absolutely everything, to put it back where its supposed to go.
I never did get ALL the stuff back I wanted. It was just too complicated.
I shall never..and I mean NEVER use Norton Back Up again.
The scary thing is, it's time to reinstall windows on the desk top computer too.
I'm buying the biggest jump drive they have on the market.

Monday, June 22, 2009

My New Patio!

It's been forever since I've written anything, so I've promised myself (and you dear readers) I would make an attempt to put out a few things this week.
So! Today I'm going to blog about my new patio. The hubby and I had been discussing this for ages, and now that he is layed off one week a month (damn this economy) he really needs something to do. I mean something besides leaving me here to go camping and fishing till his hearts content.
That being said, let's begin the tour of "How To Make a Patio That Isn't Square."
And by square, I mean hubby asked me what I wanted, and I showed him a picture I found on the internet of an octagon shaped patio, and he drooped a bit. No, I didn't want a square patio..everyone has square patios.
The graph paper is whipped out, measurements are applied, and he's off to the the home improvement center.
Leveling out the area. This is where our old pool was 2 years ago, so there's still plenty of sand, which is a bonus.

We had extra help, which was also a bonus, since yet again, one of "my" kids needed a place to stay for "a few days." 3 weeks get the picture. He was a great help though. Here he is leveling out the first blocks.

Now this part was not my idea, and I don't know what the hubby was thinking, but I have no complaints. There are electricity lines in there, going to three different places. I also get fountains!

More cutting. Almost every piece had to be individually cut.

Things are really starting to take shape. The youngest son spent an entire week leveling out, and whacking blocks to make them fit. And as you can see, it really did no good to make the sand all level. (from pic one) It was a jumbled mess until the final block was layed.

When things were about finished, I decided where the first fountain was going to go. After it was put in place, I also figured out that now I have made it impossible to mow around it. I spent the next couple days digging out all the grass, leveling out the dirt, putting down landscaping cloth, and hauling rock. I love how it turned out!

Now we have lots of extra room for the family, and friends who think they are family to gather without stepping on each other. And of course our fire pit. That got a makeover too. Sanded, repainted, and good for another year or two. Maybe. The bottom is completely rusted out, but that didn't stop us from christening the new patio with some friends and a fire.

Now I need new patio furniture to go with it! The hubby thinks not. Does this seem like the kind of chair you should put on a gorgeous new patio?

Really. I think it deserves better.