Need recommendations….

DH has decided that we need to pay a website designer because he’s not getting any hits on his site. He’s asked around for references but the only people that seem to be happy with their web designers are the people who do it themselves. So I’m throwing this out to the Great Font of Knowledge – – Who can you wholeheartedly recommend as a web designer for a site that will allow DH to update his galleries and calendar himself (or let me do it for him), allow people to pay for classes or artwork online, have a blog (he calls it an essay section), and help him establish his image as “the wild man of large format photography.”?

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Duh, question?

What part of Cash sales only on a real estate listing makes you think that you can give me an offer that is contingent on financing?

Just a thought…

ManThreatened.recordset = “Select * from coworkers where woman = capable or woman = smart”

especially where man = boss

Atleast I’m learning lots.

Decisions, decisions…

Bellydancing classes start again on Monday. I find it a great way to exercise, a way to balance myself physically and mentally, and a lot of fun. I just don’t know how I can justify another night away from the family though. I really do want to go but time is such a precious commodity right now.

More Surveys and a shameless plug for comments…

Stole this from the Wondering One who stole it from somewhere else…
The idea is to copy it and paste the answers in my comments. You may have to combine a few lines to get it to work…

1.Your Middle Name:

2. Age:

3. Single or Taken:

4. Favorite Movie:

5. Favorite Song:

6. Favorite Band/Artist:

7. Dirty or Clean:

8. Tattoos and/or Piercings:

HERE COMES THE FUN … … …

1. Do we know each other outside of this blog?

2. What’s your philosophy on life?

3. Would you have my back in a fight?

4. Would you keep a secret from me if you thought it was in my best interest?

5. What is your favorite memory of us?

6. Would you give me a kidney?

7. Tell me one odd/interesting fact about you:

8. Would you take care of me when I’m sick?

9. Can we get together and make a cake?

10. Have you heard any rumors of me lately?

11. Do you/have you talk(ed) crap about me?

12. Do you think I’m a good person?

13. Would you drive across country with me?

14. Do you think I’m attractive?

15. If you could change anything about me, would you?

16. What do you wear to sleep?

17. Would you come over for no reason just to hang out?

18. Would you go on a date with me if i asked you?

19. If I only had one day to live, what would we do together?

20. Will you repost this so I can fill it out for you?

Another Survey…

1. FIRST NAME? Stasha
2. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? Are you kidding?
3. WHEN DID YOU LAST CRY? Not sure
4. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? No
5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? Hickory Smoked Turkey Ham
6. TWO FAVORITE HOLIDAYS? Christmas and Easter
7. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU? Of course
8. DO YOU HAVE A JOURNAL? Yes
9. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT? Yes
10. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS? yes
11. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP? Of course
12. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL? Captain Crunch – It tastes good going both directions
14. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF? Shoes have laces? Most of mine just slip on although the boots usually zip
15. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG? Smelling? No! Physically? Maybe Emotionally? Definitely! Religiously? Working on it Mentally? It’s challenging
16. YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR? Ben and Jerry’s Peanut Butter Cup
17. SHOE SIZE? 6 to 7
18. RED OR PINK? Lavender
19. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF? People are frightened of my enthusiasm
20. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST? Mimi, Nana and Mama (my grandmas and great grandma’s)
21. DO YOU WANT EVERYONE TO SEND THIS BACK TO YOU? Not really although it would increase the email traffic in my box.
22. WHAT COLOR PANTS AND SHOES ARE YOU WEARING? I’m not wearing pants.
23. LAST THING YOU ATE? Black jelly Beans
24. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW? Hum of the air conditioner, people talking outside my office, the click of the keyboard, the voices in my head.
25. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE? Fuchsia
26. FAVORITE SMELL? Drakkar on my DH
27. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE? Conference with the COO and an agent
28. THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE YOU ARE ATTRACTED TO? Shoulders
29. DO YOU LIKE THE PERSON WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? Yes
30. FAVORITE DRINK? Diet Coke with Lime
31. FAVORITE SPORTS? Watching People and Dressage
32. EYE COLOR? No, thank you, I tried coloring them once and it was rather painful.
33. HAT SIZE? Not sure, I’ll have to ask the Cat and Thing 1 and Thing 2 the next time they’re in town.
34. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS? I prefer to email the contacts I have in my list.
35. FAVORITE FOOD? Anything I don’t have to pay for or cook
36. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDING? Old Classics
37. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED AT THE MOVIES? Pirates II: Dead Man’s Chest
38. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING? Teal
39. SUMMER OR WINTER? Spring
40. HUGS OR KISSES? Are you sure you really want my response?
41. FAVORITE DESSERT? Triple Fudge Volcano
42 DID YOU NOTICE THAT QUESTION 13 WAS MISSING? Yes
43. WHAT BOOKS ARE YOU READING? The Naked Economist, Kellogg on Marketing, and Circle of Quilters
44. WHAT’S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD? My Mouse, my keyboard, oh, wait this is a desk pad not a mouse pad. My mouse doesn’t have a pad to live in or on, he’s homeless.
45. WHAT DID YOU WATCH ON TV LAST NIGHT? CSI:NY, My communications analysis project tape, and some show that has the guy who played Greg from Dharma and Greg as a FBI agent.
46. FAVORITE SOUNDS? The children practicing their instruments.
47. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES? Ramones
49. WHO SENT THIS TO YOU? Holly
50. WHAT IS YOUR GOAL FOR THE NEXT MONTH? Get the Marketing Project finished, and get Halloween costumes for the kids.

Some things never change…

I found it relaxing this weekend to stand in front of the sink like generations before me did. Looking out over a yard with dying grass and pears ripening on the tree, the sounds of children playing while I slipped the peels from scalded tomatoes to make a family recipe which has no set recipe but differs from year to year based on the sweetness or tartness of the fruit.
DH would like it if I altered the sweet chili sauce recipe to be more of a spicy chili sauce instead of tomato chutney (using the chutney term as “jam for meat”). As it is though, it reminds me of Grandma’s pink kitchen and the times we would spoon it over baked potatoes. She was so excited that she could cook them in the microwave instead of having to bake them on her state of the art (when she bought it) push button range/stove. I love her range. It has buttons on the wall instead of knobs for the burners. It’s from that same age that gave us the push button automatic transmission.
I’m so glad that I took the time as a young married woman to go to my grandmothers and learn how to put up fruit, to make sweet chili sauce, and to make mustard pickles. Some things just don’t take right coming out of a can if they’re even made commercially.

Anyway, I have 48 pint jars of sweet chili sauce, 6 pint jars of salsa, and a case and a half of tomatoes left to do, along with finishing my Communications project and taking my final for the same class.

SCORE!!

I just got 4 cases of grocery quality tomatoes for the farmers’ market price. These are pretty tomatoes, not the overripe, dark funky marked tomatoes that are in the cases at the market. These are pretty, could be sliced into a salad tomatoes. But I’m still going to heat and bottle them.
I’ve run out of my last batch of sweet chili sauce from my Grandma’s recipe. The only reason that I got the secret family recipe is that I invited Grandma over to my house when I had tomatoes to bottle. She suggested that I make chili sauce and we ran to the store for the ingredients. She got me a canning notebook (which disappeared in my last move) and I’ve made chili sauce whenever I ran out ever since. I should add that when Grandma died, the most hotly contested items were the remaining bottles of chili sauce and the mustard pickles (I still have mustard pickles so I’m not making new this year). I suggested a family lottery for them.

Anyway, I’m out of chili sauce, and tomatoes are on sale this week. For kicks and giggles I decided to ask if I could buy cases from the grocery store. The manager at Macey’s was great, I got the tomatoes for about ½ of the sale price per pound which ended up being less than I would pay for a case of about the same weight at the farmers’ market and I didn’t have to get up at 7am to get the good ones before they were sold out.
Can you guess which grocery store I’m going to for peppers and onions and spices tomorrow?

Honey, Can I keep it? I swear it followed me home…

I told my DH that this followed me home from the Fiber Fair at Wheeler Farm this weekend. Here’s another view of it…

I really don’t need another hobby right now but weaving and spinning are both things that I’ve wanted to do for a long time. My mother has several looms and I’ve been trying to get one from her (the one in pieces at her house) but this one is nice, it’s smaller and already warped so I can play with it without really caring about making mistakes. I found a place in town that has classes but usually on Tuesday or Thursdays which means I can’t go to them since those are the nights that I’m in school. If you know of any online weaving resources, links would be very much appreciated…