Saturday, March 17, 2007

Headlines from the last lost eight days

Friday, March 9:
Allergens Declare War!
Local Woman Felled by Attack
Sleeps Away Vital Writing Time


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Saturday, March 10:
Area Spring Cleanup Begins!
Adult Children Beautify Yard
Woman Hides Indoors from Pollen


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Sunday, March 11:
Local Woman Desperate for Haircut
Takes Scissors to Own Head!
Early Daylight Saving Time
Takes Toll on Anti-Morning People


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Monday, March 12:
Multiple Power Surges Terrify Homeowner!
Electronic Special Effects Declared “Award Winning”


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Tuesday, March 13:
Electrician Named Hero!
Homeowner "Happy and Relieved"
Despite Costs Exceeding One-Week's Pay


Special Afternoon Edition:
Insane Woman Invades Law Office
Forces Stand-Off with Sleep-Deprived Office Worker


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Wednesday, March 14:
Moved-Up Reunion:
"Wonderfully Successful Event"

Missouri Family Members Arrive Two Days Early
2007 Anti-Clutter Campaign Declared "Lifesaver"

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Thursday, March 15:
New Episodes!
Ugly Betty and Grey’s Anatomy
Claimed Essential to Restoration of Mental Health


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Friday, March 16:
Love-Starved!
Large Blind Dog Sleeps
More Than Two Hours on Woman's Lap;
All Hopes of Blogging Thwarted
as Same Sleepiness Overtakes Woman



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And one additional headline (which I hope will suffice until I run some errands and catch up on reading everyone else's blogs):

Saturday, March 17:
"Life Affirming!"
Local Woman Describes Nature
Observed While Standing in Own Yard












25 comments:

  1. Oh yay, you're back! And with your sense of humor in tact. Good to read. And great photos as usual. Gorgeous day -- I'm off to the park with Cheyenne and some photo-shooting of my own.

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  2. VELVET'S BACK!!!! YAY!!!! You were missed! Would love to hear more about that crazy woman in your office!

    I do hope all is well with house and critters and you are well on your way to recovering from a very busy week.

    Take care Velvet! Holly

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  3. Oh!That peacock photo is AMAZING... You put me to shame! You can see every feather.

    Also love the azaleas and your snugglebug Kadi... what a cutie!

    Holly

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  4. I'm doing the happy dance!!!! I'm glad you're back. Love the photos.
    schrems

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  5. I am glad to see Mr. Pea is doing great. I bet your Lab would love to get a mouthful of his tail feathers.

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  6. Hooray you're back! So glad things are getting back on track and looking forward to hearing more. Carmon

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  7. What a great post, Velvet. Each 'headline' sounds like a story in itself. I'm with Holly - want to know about that office thing! :-)

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  8. I missed you and am glad to know that you've been busy with family and sleep, hopefully in that order.

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  9. Love the headlines! I wanna know about the nut in the office. And about the electricity thing. And that's an adorable photo of Kadi!

    Glad you're back! Don't leave us for so long again! I've put too many exclamtion marks, haven't I? !!!!!

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  10. exclamation, I mean! You'll have to excuse me, I'm excited you're back! There I go again with the exclamation marks!!

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  11. Good lord woman, I was beginning to think that the damn peacock managed to kidnap you...either that or you got caught up in a really good book and lost all sense of time (this has happened to me more than once) In fact I was reading "The Year of Magical Thinking" until 3:30 this am. I am so envious of your backyard, just beautiful, even the peacock, who scares me. :)
    Harriet

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  12. your color and spring is so far ahea of ours. glad your are back.

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  13. well Velvet, headlines are really all we need. I see you are back to your fun self!

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  14. Wonderful photos! Sorry I've been away so long.

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  15. Ooops - my comment escaped before I told you how much I enjoyed your "news" format. 'Much gleaned from those headlines!

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  16. Awwwwwwww, y'all make me feel all warm and fuzzy.:)

    Duly Inspired - If my sense of humor had been laid out flat on the floor earlier this week, you'd have seen some mighty ragged edges. Glad to say they're mending nicely. Hope you and Cheyenne have a lovely day in the park.

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    Holly, Jackie and Janet - I don't want to write much about the woman in the office because her story is a sad one. The incident was bizarre, but it would be exploitative to tell it in detail. I will say that she was in the wrong office and I'd never seen her nor heard her name before. I made one phone call to try to find out where she needed to go. As soon as I hung up the phone she began accusing me--loudly--of being part of a government conspiracy to "railroad" her. She ranted for 20 minutes, during which three different people called to find out if she was still there and if I was okay (word travels fast in a small time). I wasn't able to calm her down at all, but I managed to keep my own self calm, and when the phone rang for the fourth time, she threw up her hands in disgust and left the office.

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    Holly - That peacock picture? Kim gets the credit for that one. The peacock was still in the tree when I came home for lunch, but Kim had had the presence of mind to grab my camera and take a bunch of photos in case I missed him.

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    Schrems - It feels good to be back on this end, too.

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    Sister-Three - I think the Peacock must had that same thought. Between my house and the ones on either side of us, there are six big dogs (plus the two little granddogs most days). Mr. Pea seems to have their number.

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    Carmon - It feels good to be back on track--but a little unsettling to know I was so easily derailed. Not sure what was up with that!

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    Jackie, Janet, 4th Sister and Wizard - Glad you liked the headlines. The truth is I would have posted sooner, but I actually set out to write the stories behind each of those headlines. By the time I got to the third topic, the post had become so long and unwieldy I knew nobody would ever read it to the end. I finally gave up and wrote the headlines just to bring everyone up to date.

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    Janet - Every single exclamation point made me smile!!!

    Until I'm mentally prepared to revisit the whole electrical episode, you can read what my daughter wrote about it here.

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    Harriet - I haven't read that book, but if it's that good, I'll definitely check it out.

    And you don't need to envy my "beautiful" backyard, because it really isn't beautiful. I was in the yard when I took the photos, but the flowers belong to the neighbors. That coral-colored honeysuckle? It's on my fence, but only because the neighbor planted it and it grew over onto my side. And the lovely azalea bushes? In the photo you can see two driveways between me and those.

    The peacock--and Kadi--were in my yard. The peacock...um...isn't mine. ;-)

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    Patsy - It seems as if all the buds burst open at once, and I was so glad to see them. I'm sure all this color will be moving up your way in no time at all.

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    Harriet and Wiz - It's been a while since I've seen either of you. Nice to have you back.

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  17. Annie - I'm SO sorry! I missed you up there. I thoroughly enjoyed the time with my family; there just wasn't enough of it.

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  18. Velvet, the Mormons killed them for their property. It was a rich train. The Fancher had mules, horses and a cattle herd worth a million dollars today. Others on the train were well to do in a farming way. It was murder for profit. They blamed it on Indians and did not even bury the dead. They were laying out in the cold when winter came...naked as their clothes were taken. One of the girls said she saw the lady of the house where she lived wearing her mother's clothes. Finally a Mr. Lee was executed for the crime, but most AR folks including me believe the crime came from the top. they had what they called angels of death that went out and killed whoever was ordered to die. An AR man's wife ran off and became the 4th or 5th wife of a mormon man. the ARky killed the Morman. So B. Young hated all from AR. The crime had nothing to do with our area of AR. the man lived near Ft. Smith I think.

    We will have everything in our garden, esp. corn as Larry loves to grow it. Potatoes and onions are early crops. Frost will not kill them.
    Sis 3

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  19. how about the story about the Kadi picture? You know we'd read every word you wrote even if it was the longest blog post ever written!

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  20. Sister-Three - That's a truly frightening story! It might have given me nightmares, but now I think I'll dream of tall cornstalks and hot-buttered corn on the cob instead.

    Janet - You make me want to be a better blogger;-)

    There isn't much to tell about the Kadi picture. I was trying to take a photo of a gorgeous cardinal that flew away before I got my zoom lens focused, then Kadi dropped at my feet for a belly rub. I love the way she looks here with all the loose skin piled up around her neck. A lot of puppies (at least four) have dangled by their teeth from those folds of loose skin.

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  21. Well Velvet, I would have been here sooner, but I had a spinal fusion done on Feb 21 and it kind of slowed me down. Tonight I made 3 beads...the first time in about two months. I'm eager to get back to it. The book is kind if sad, but very interesting. It's by Joan Didion and it's about the unexpected death of her husband. The magical thinking is that he will come back although intellectually she knows he won't. Glad you are back, and although the peacock is beautiful, he still scares me. I think one chased me when I was little.
    Harriet

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  22. I love taking pictures of other people's stuff. At least the dog is yours right.The dog IS yours...right??? Kadi isn't somebody eles' dog that you've taken on as yours and convinced the whole blogging population that you're her mom. LOL. You go claimin' flowers and birds so I'm wondering if Kadi part of this whole charade too.

    later Velvet
    (if that's your real name.)

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  23. Austin, sshhhhhh! Keep your suspicions down, please. The truth is Kadi is NOT my dog; it's the other way around: I am HER person. And my real name? Gunny Sacks. Don't tell the others, okay?

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  24. Harriet, don't ask me how, but somehow I managed to overlook your last comment. I'm surprised and sorry to hear you've been through such a serious surgery. I guess it DID slow you down! Glad to hear you're on the mend. Thanks for the info on the book.

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  25. I've been trying to do catch up since I have been under the weather the past week. I love the headlines!

    I have had that Joan Didion book for a while now and keep forgetting that I bought it! I have been reading a book by Alison Lapper called My Life in My Hands. I ordered it from a British ebayer because it isn't available in the states.

    As always, I love your pictures!

    On this my third time trying to post, the word verification letters are: ewfwekt. This strikes me as funny. Heehee.

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