Friday, June 29, 2007

Busy Friday

Packing for Tuscaloosa, leave in an hour
Last night, Coastal Living Idea House grand opening party...verrrry nice.
Had a 3 1/2 hr oddball typical GS experience yest at hair salon, more on that later, now off to Jenny Rankin's wedding weekend in Tuscaloosa

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Meeting with Subcontractors


Yesterday my builder, Dan met with Mike and Ryan the block stackers here for about an hour. They discussed the trucking necessary to get my blocks from Granada, MS to here and when to begin it. We also discussed what equipment will be best for the block stacking job and the different options to consider--buy, rent, lease...

Today the concrete subcontractor who did the work on the Phase I part of this job is meeting here w/ Dan at 10 a.m.

I have been running a full on print shop in this one room place, so I have some serious cleaning to do...what if the Coastal Living people wanted to come by before the grand opening party of the Idea House at Bon Secour Village tomorrow ???? It looks like a bomb went off in here.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Building Permit Issued Today !

The title says it all...no wait...it really doesn't....

go to www.VillaLagoon.com to see what I am attempting. I worked all weekend on my presentation packets....I still have a lot of work ahead of me.

Interesting Thought

Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten.
B.F. Skinner (1904-1990)

Class distinctions and social networking sites

Interesting read:
An excerpt:

A month ago, the military banned MySpace but not Facebook. This was a very interesting move because the division in the military reflects the division in high schools. Soldiers are on MySpace; officers are on Facebook. Facebook is extremely popular in the military, but it's not the SNS of choice for 18-year old soldiers, a group that is primarily from poorer, less educated communities. They are using MySpace. The officers, many of whom have already received college training, are using Facebook. The military ban appears to replicate the class divisions that exist throughout the military. I can't help but wonder if the reason for this goes beyond the purported concerns that those in the military are leaking information or spending too much time online or soaking up too much bandwidth with their MySpace usage.
The entire article

Friday, June 22, 2007

Too busy to blog

Every day I think, well I had better spend the time I sit in front of a computer doing something that earns money.

I had to make two trips to meet with the land zoning dept office this week...they were very nice, optimistic and helpful....jes doin' their job. And good thing too, les it start to look like Pensacola around here.

I had to go thru zoning since I want two separate buildings on this R-1 lot. I had bring plans, photos, to write letters, etc..stating that I would not use the small house as a separate living structure. All the magazine articles and good photos therein helped my cause I think.

Just got a call from my builder, Dan Z and he said finally I should get my permit this afternoon or first thing Monday a.m. The inspectors wanted some sort of letter from Anil Badve the engineer, so Dan rounded that up and got it to them so looks like my trees may come out starting on Monday.

Dan plans to be here on Monday to meet w/ concrete guy, start getting prices, etc...looks like the project will begin. He called a few minutes ago and first thing he said was "You wanna build a house?"

Heather and I have been working like crazy on the scrapbook site, we added Police, Fireman, etc...sets plus new Father's Day that we got on there just in the nick of time. We still do lotsa of updates to the condo rental site, shrimp fest , etc...

Last night was a chamber party at one of the local banks, good food, good music. They had a tent in the parking lot and food and bar inside the bank lobby. I left there early and went over to FishTails restaurant at The Wharf, sat at the bar and had a beer and watched the chaos for a while. They were really busy. The food looked good but I was full from the Chamber thing.

We finally got two days with rain this week, so all my grass has bolted and has gone to seed. If you walk thru the centipede at Hardwood Dr it looks like you are covered w/ fire ants up to your ankles.

I have been working like crazy on my Villa Lagoon promo stuff...lots of graphics layouts and labels, brochures, etc...I am sorta in the middle of it all right now. Maybe start printing this weekend. Got to get this stuff mailed out...see some of it at www.VillaLagoon.com

The billboards are up in Pensacola w/ the Sertoma 4th of July Fireworks---Bay Blast. Dave designed the logo for the event and I got to work on it some too. He took a photo of one on Navy Blvd and emailed it yesterday. He still has some posters, etc..to get the graphics done and to the printer.

I still read and see lots of odd and funny things online, but just dont have time to post info about them here, but I book mark them so hopefully you can see 'em here later on. Or better yet, start yer own blog and let me come to it to see the cool stuff you run across. Love ya all madly. (remember Geo. Klein)

Monday, June 18, 2007

Flowers from Cary & Herbert


So sweet of them, a surprise from Flowers by the Shore. The card said "Missing Brewer & Miller"....last week was the anniv. date of Miller's plane crash.

Sailboat Gal


We went to Pensacola Beach yesterday....beautiful day, as usual. While floating around off the end of the boat, sitting in floaty-chair things we had BIG dolphins swimming near us. I didnt have my camera as I was out in the water. Later we watched these kids go up the mast of the sailboat in this photos. They were having some real fun. Click photo to see details.

New Alabama Hair-Do





We get a lot of out of the country workers in summer. They work as waitresses, waiters, etc...I think these guys coming out of the gas station the other day must be Czech.
Their daddy had a Mullet-do, he might have been Billy Ray Cyprus...not sure.

See my car's reflection in the first photo...it just always wants to be a part of the action.

Better Sandcastles


Have a look

and

see the official site here.

Carpets of Flowers


Just look, these under 14 year olds are way better at creating carpets of flowers than I was at that age.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Stephen Visits


Bless his sweet heart, Stephen came down last weekend and brought me a brand new sealed type lawnmower battery--thanks Stephen. We made Daddy a 'talking' Father's Day card that we both recorded the HFD message on. I am mailing it today. I printed a photo of me and Stephen and attached it to the inside of the card just in case Daddy gets mixed up about who is who.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Good food and Parades in Pensacola











Last weekend was the Festival of Five Flags. Marti and Tab were in town and we met with them and Pam & Allan first for a drink at The Fish House and then on to the Global Grill for supper. Great food. Miniature softshell crabs in a macadamia crust, home made thick cut potato ships, fancy cheese plate, applewood smoked bacon wrapped around chunks of lobster, fancy stuff on interesting plates.

While we ate, a parade was happening outside...it doesn't take a whole lot for a parade to happen around here. And, as you can see, attire can vary to suit your mood...

The little girls on the seahorse float have a 'starry-eyed' look !






DAC-ART House


My friends , Jerry and Mary Nasello's (3 story above the first level parking) home is under construction. I went out to the beach with Stephen and friends, and took a photo from the Gulf. I had seen lots of photos of the house before, but none from the beach itself. His roof is going on now. I have put lots of photos of the construction of his place on www.ConcreteCottage.com

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Probably True (Quote, not dream)

I dreamed about Jane Fonda last night and in my dream she was huge...and freaking out about it...and I must say that i was pretty shocked too.

Google quote of the day: Middle age is when your broad mind and narrow waist begin to change places.
- E. Joseph Crossman

Arkansas news spins around the globe


So I am reading the China Daily, you read that newspaper too, right ? anyway....here is an article about a 13 yr old finding a rough diamond on a walking path in a state park in Ark.

This might be where my dad took us one time when I was a little girl. It was right at the start of his interest in gem cutting. We found some various things and Daddy went in one of the little shops in the nearby town to show the shopkeeper and inquire what it might be or the value...and Daddy says the shopkeeper switched stones. We didn't know what to do about it, and I remember that I was just a little girl anyway and if anyone was gonna DO anything, it would have to be Daddy. But I will say, I learned a lesson that day.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Good Movie


!998, Beyond Silence.
I just read Roger Ebert's review and see that he considers me a person of value !(see last lines of review)

Netflix really is best thing since sliced bread.

Now I want to read the autobiography written by the incredibly beautiful and deaf French actress who plays the mom in this film, The Cry of the Gull. Her name is Emmanuelle Laborit. Did you know in France that sign language was outlawed there as "too sensual" until 1979.


The book has very good (5 out of 5 stars) reviews.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

You'll want this for sure


"When played softly, this CD comforts napping children as if a real "Vacuum Cleaner" was being used in another room. This CD is a continuous unimpeded 60 minutes of a digitally recorded, stereo, "Vacuum Cleaner" ..... and you can hear sound bites online.
Happy cutomer writes:
"These CDs are amazing! I have'nt found anything thats this good. If it was'nt for these CDs, I don't know how I would sleep at all. "
Vacuum Cleaner CD

He did not explain why

A British artist who last week ate a meal of meatballs made from a dead corgi dog in a protest against animal cruelty said Sunday his next project involved being buried in a box under a mountain of mashed potato.

Performance artist Mark McGowan, 37, said the corgi, which died from natural causes, tasted terrible.

"I am being buried in a box -- a David Blaine type thing -- in Dublin underneath a metre of mashed potato," he said. He did not explain why.

The Story

Monday, June 04, 2007

Now for Some Entertainment

Do the Dance. Humorous and clever T-shirt art. Now, before you view this, listen to what I dreamed the other night, no lie. I was in Memphis and this shop downtown was selling a tshirt that had about 6 laser cut holes about the size of a pencil eraser on the back. The holes had grey and black soot around them. The front, had matching laser cut holes with dark red, dried blood effect screened thickly around them and they protruded out like nipples around each hole. The text on the shirt said "I visited Memphis and lived to tell about it"
I am not making this up. And I declare the idea copyrighted at this moment...I may produce them and sell them.
Now, on to the U-tube video.