Saturday, August 28, 2010

funky creature sighting #2

yet another unusual creature in south carolina
  weaving its web in a landscape bed
he's a little guy, no more than a half inch
i've seen him before in the same spot thinking he had caught something
and removed the web
but this morning i took a closer look

i think i've identified it as a gasteracantha cancriformis
but i'm not 100% sure
sorry that none of the photos are extremely clear (macro lens i need you!)

other views

south carolina has some extremely funky creatures
here's another

Thursday, August 26, 2010

please forgive me....

i don't have five faves to share for this week's blog hop
but i hope you have some for me

if you need the blog hop image
here it is....

i promise to do better next week!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Tales of Yorkshire: Lyke Wake Walk ~ Part 2

I am very pleased to announce
that TP (hubby) has decided to continue on with his tales!
After he mulled it over for a few days (along with me taking his mug off the blog),
and reading your encouraging comments,
he's beginning to accept the concept of sharing on the internet
 and the fact it's not all that bad.

Since it's been a couple of weeks since we posted Part 1
you can refresh your memory HERE before beginning Part 2.

Lyke Wake Walk ~ Part 2

The bus finally reached  its destination. A large parking lot in the middle of nowhere. This is where our long journey would begin, but before setting off we all had evening tea. It probably consisted of something to the effect of cheese and onion sandwiches smothered in Heinz Salad Cream and hot tea from thermoses to help wash it all down. No protein bars back then. Our energy came solely from our simple meal and the enthusiasm in our bodies. We were raring to go.  I, of course, made sure to be at the front of the pack.  

 Forty-two miles of desolate heather covered moors and peat bogs lay before us. The expanse seemed to go on forever.  One teacher headed our group and the other trailed behind to make sure no one strayed off the beaten path.  There would only be a couple more hours of light to help guide us.  The further into this barren land we traveled, the less the footpath was distinguishable.  As the path continued to fade we began to understand and appreciate the need for knowing how to read a map and a compass.

courtesy of Google Images  

Everyone easily stayed together during the daylight hours and the pace remained brisk, but as darkness approached, our group became more of a meandering line with the slackers trailing behind.  Sunlight quickly gave way to darkness and misty eeriness.  The only sounds to be heard were the movements of our bodies.  No horizon or discernible objects, just pitch blackness that reached far beyond the dim beam of our flashlights.  This is when my hidden knife became a comfort and the map and compass became our guide.

From time to time, the leaders of the group would stop to check on our bearings and wait for others to catch up.  At one of these check points we noticed a rather soggy Jemima Puddleduck.  Unfortunately, I was not one of the lucky ones to have witnessed the mishap, but apparently, our beloved teacher confirmed for everyone the unseen hazard of peat bogs. Oh, how I wished I had been there to see it happen.  I can just imagine.  Hence, the name Jemima Puddleduck. Her wet pants clung to her thin body which she would have to endure for the remainder of our trek.  She took it in good stride, though, and we all continued on.

courtesy of Google Images  

As the night progressed my muscles began aching.  Each step became more difficult, but I was determined.  These moors would not get the best of me. I was a thirteen year old lad who had a reputation to keep up back at school.  I would not be the brunt of jokes, no, not me.  We had reached a crossroad where we could end our journey and be taken home.  I kept walking.

We came upon a dip in the footpath that led us down a gradual embankment.  It was during this descent that I will forever remember a most unusual sight.  On what appeared to be the upcoming ascent, there were dots of light that illuminated the hillside. At first, I wasn't sure what I was seeing, but as we got closer I presumed the individual dots were glow worms. I hoped to walk through them but, unfortunately, the footpath veered off to the right when we reached the bottom of the hollow, so I was unable to get a close look. To this day, that unusual sight is still crystal clear in my mind.

courtesy of Google Images

It was probably about two or three in the morning when we came upon a pile of rocks about three feet high, a trail marker, to let us know we were still on course.  It was here that I finally got to sit down and wait for the rest of the group.  My eyes were heavy, my body aching and listless, the rocks became my mattress and I drifted off....

~ to be continued ~

Friday, August 20, 2010 more added!

while sitting on the back deck having coffee at the lake this morning....

the little hummer buzzed and dive-bombed

mr. woodpecker dinged, pecked and then drank
see his tongue? he's drinking.

and pesky (but cute) squirrel drove mr. woodpecker away...gerrr
 but finally found himself some breakfast

it was a delightful cup of coffee!

I just received this video in my inbox
and had to share!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Blog Hop Thursday

each thursday
 i highlight five posts
i found during the past week
that i feel deserve being shared with more viewers
the post might be
 informative, light-hearted, serious, comical, inventive, creative or simply entertaining
it's a difficult choice
because there is so much talent out there
but i've limited it to only five
so you won't get overwhelmed with too many blogs to visit and read.
if you would like to join me
in sharing some great posts and possibly meeting new blog friends
please feel free to hop on board 
the weekly
Blog Hop
by grabbing the above image
and selecting five of your favorite posts of the past week
you may choose any day of the week 
to hitch up 
if thursday is bad for you. 
and, if you would like to share your Blog Hop post here
please do so by adding it to the Linky List below

My Five Faves of the Week:

by Meri @ Meri's Musings
by Michelle @ House of Lime
by Barbara @ Long Hollow
by Betty @ Bossy Betty
 by Mary Elizabeth @ Feathering An Empty Nest
(this is a tough one, but the message is sure to turn off M.E.'s background music first)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


t  i  m  e

regardless of how hard 
we try to hold it tight


will pitch up tent
and hang out with us
when we want it to leave


and no matter 
how much we try to ignore it
it is always there
keeping tabs on us

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Something to think about....

Today, hubby and I started working on Part 2 of Tales of Yorkshire:  The Lyke Wake Walk (I actually got him to give me a few minutes!).  Since I have no personal photos of this walk, I did a search on Google Images for North Yorkshire Moors Lyke Wake Walk.  The search resulted in many photos, three of which on the first page of the results, were quite surprising.  There, for the world to see, was my avatar, my blog banner and the Tales of Yorkshire badge of my hubby you can see over on my sidebar.  You can Click Here and scroll down the page to see all three images, all of which link back to my blog and  that post.  At least, I think you will see the same results I saw.   Let me know if you don't see them.  What Google has started doing is linking every image to the website/blog post where the image came from.  Apparently, any topic we write about will now result on a Google Image search even if the post had no image of the subject. All three images were not even in the post itself.  I haven't tested it with any of my other posts, but normally I don't write about specific topics. So, let's say, you wrote about your vacation to Disney World or New York City, the images on your blog like your banner may show up as a result when someone is searching for an image of that city or whatever, just because you wrote about it.

Now, hubby is totally freaked out and does not want to continue on with his tales.  How do you feel about this?  Since we are all bloggers, we probably are aware of how our information is shared, although, I have to admit, this did surprise me because none of the three images that are listed have anything to do with the Lyke Wake Walk. Hubby has no problem sharing his tales with my viewers, even though he does realize that my blog can reach beyond my viewers, he just didn't realize how far the posts actually reach, and honestly, I don't think I like my avatar showing up on a search for something totally unrelated to it.

To sum things up, I'm not sure I will be able to convince him to continue on with his Yorkshire stories and I'm really bummed about that.  He says he would like to hear how my blog buddies feel about this.  Please give us your thoughts!

Friday, August 13, 2010

and it's the only natural curl i've ever had....

i received two pleasant surprises via the internet yesterday

1. This photo of little Jillsy Girl on Facebook from my cousin

2. The Beautiful Blogger Award from VM Sehy Photography

i thought the two went nicely together
and in honor of receiving this award
 i'm supposed to list seven beautiful things about myself.
well, that's certainly not going to happen since i'm not one to toot my own horn
so, please forgive me...
you'll just have to settle with that cute baby picture!
UPDATE: 8/15 - HA! I just realized the recipients are supposed to list 7 beautiful things "around" us, not "about" us. 
I must have been rushed the day I received this award ~ I need to slow down.


but, i will pass it on to the following seven beautiful bloggers
and you can...
accept it
 not accept it
take it on a date
 roll it up and swat a fly with it
share a pitcher of margaritas with it
or just simply enjoy it!



(i always say i'm not going to do these award things, but i'm such a softy at heart!)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

A Special Wish and This Week's Hop!

have a very special day
dear blog friend


and this week's

The following  posts are definitely worth a look!
My 5 faves from the past week:

Will To Survive
DuncanR @ The Mad Hatters
Need to Put a Little Fresh Air into Your Blog?

Walker @ A Page Of My Own
Bread & Butter
Mrs. Mediocrity @ That's Mrs. Mediocrity to You
Meeting Place
Janice @ Two Scoopz
Ray Family @ Tilting at Windmills

Feel free to grab the above image and
join in on this week's blog hop by selecting your 5 favorite posts of the week!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010


I have done something to my blogger editor and I can't fix it.  I hope you can understand my issue.  Somehow my editing page and dashboard has shrunk to a size that's so small I can barely see what I've typed or what's on my dashboard.  BUT...if I go to Blogger in Draft, it is back to normal size.  So you'd say...well, stay in blogger in draft.  Easier said than done.  It only seems to stay in blogger in draft if I go to "edit posts" through my dashboard, but if I try to edit straight from the post, no go, back down to shrunken editor.  That's the easiest and fastest way to edit!! I don't want to go through an entire protocol of steps to edit each time want to change something.

PLEEEASE....someone help me!

UPDATE:  I just fixed it....only by accident by playing around with different keys.  I held down the Ctrl and Microsoft Windows icon keys together and scrolled upwards with my mouse.  It enlarged everything.  WHEW!

I was freeeeakin' out!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Just For Fun

give me a humorous caption cause i could use a good laugh today!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Tales of Yorkshire: Lyke Wake Walk ~ Part 1

I know I told you the first tale would be of Sutton Bank, but hubby (TP) decided he would like to hold off on that one, and what he says goes; therefore, today's tale will be of his 19 hour childhood trek across the North Yorkshire moors.  If you are familiar with Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, this is the same desolate area where Heathcliff and Cathy fell in love.


This year Jemima Puddleduck and Billy Bacus selected the Lyke Wake Walk for their walking club's longest trek. They knew it would be a challenge for the kids since it stretched the full width of the North Yorkshire moors, which at times could be quite treacherous, but they had all been schooled in reading maps and using compasses so they felt this hike would be a good test of their newly acquired skills.

Excitement built in the classroom that Friday as the chatter between the school kids mounted.  Math and science were not on their minds, it was the walk that would take them through the night and into the next day that stirred imaginations that day.  Great stories had been circulating of the wild creatures that lurked on the moors at night, so TP prepared for the worst by arming himself with a 10 inch bowie knife that he tucked in his pants that morning and kept a secret.  At 13 years of age, back in the good old days, it was easy to purchase weapons of this nature and bring them to school with no concern of being handcuffed and thrown in jail.

Jemima Puddleduck, as she was called due to an incident that occurred during the upcoming hike, was the secondary school geography teacher.  A very likeable teacher she was, with her large oval spectacles that covered much of her face.

Billy Bacus, the art teacher, was also one of the cool teachers in the secondary school, unlike the math teacher, Percy Gibbs.  Thank goodness Mr. Gibbs had no interest in hiking. There was no messing around in his math class, and he made sure there never would be.  As Mr. Gibbs stood in front of  his class on the first day of school, in his grasp was a piece of flexible rubber approximately 2 feet in length, 2 inches wide, and about 1/2 inch thick with ridges on one side. "There will be no talking, no cheating, no day dreaming", he claimed , then - WHACK - at the speed of light he brought down that piece of rubber upon one of the wooden desks.  Pencils bounced and spines became straight and rigid "OR ELSE I'LL BRING OUT PERCY".  That was the last time Percy's wrath was ever demonstrated in math class that year.

TP was keeping a close eye on the time of day.  Finally, quarter til four ticked around.  Alright then! Time to gather for the big walk!  About 25 school kids lined up at the Doddy's bus, a luxury bus line, to take them to the moors.  They needed to arrive at their destination before it was too late in the day, so there was much shuffling and orderly confusion as the teachers were trying to get the children onto the bus.  The trip took about two and a half hours to reach the small village of Osmotherley on the western end of the great walk they were all about to conquer, or so they thought....

                             courtesy of Google Images

Saturday, August 7, 2010

dear beth....

have a beautiful day
sweet blog friend!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Hop on Board!

this idea was inspired entirely by Hilary @ The Smitten Image
she is a new blog friend who's blog I have come to enjoy immensely
Hilary has a heart of gold, is a wonderful photographer and has such entertaining stories to tell 
each week she selects her favorite posts by other bloggers and highlights them in her
 Posts of the Week series
it's become a highly coveted honor to be selected
since Hilary has impeccable taste

i think what really made the idea pop into my head is that Hilary's posts also need acknowledgement
because her posts can be real doozies
along with the fact...
 that it requires absolutely no creativity from moi, just from everyone else!

so, i thought to myself ~ what about a blog hop?

i figure most of us come upon wonderful posts throughout the week
 and wouldn't it be great to pass them on for more to enjoy?
i have met such creative and interesting bloggers through Hilary's series
so each week I figured i'd select 5 posts that i found entertaining 
(I know this will be difficult to whittle down,
 but I want to make sure everyone has the time to check them all out)

i would love for you to hop on board
 by selecting 5 (only 5!) of your favorites
and post them on Thursdays too
 (for some reason Thursday seems to be non-creative day for me)
so we can all go blog hopping!

just think how many wonderful posts will be featured and passed on each week
and how many new blog friends we could meet!

so grab the image and hop on board!

Here are my 5 faves for the week:

Mrs. Mediocrity @ That's Mrs. Mediocrity To You
Beth @ Be Yourself...Everyone Else is Taken
Happy Surprise
Techobabe@Technobabe's Adventures

Hilary @ The Smitten Image

Looking forward to see your faves!

i have absolutely no idea what's going on with spacing here at blogger today,
 but i'm about to pull my hair out!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Tender is the Morning.....

t e n d e r
is the morning
when the dew settles
and glistens
in the early sun

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Jillsy's Kitchen ~ Easy Peasy Pork Chops

as i was sitting in the car yesterday afternoon coming home from the lake
(yes we stayed one extra day!)
i was contemplating what to make for dinner
considering it was getting to be mid-afternoon and by the time we'd get home 
it would be almost 5pm, i had to joggle my noggin for something quick and easy
and there it popped right out from the depths of my brain
a recipe i had received from an old friend many years ago 
one than i had not made in awhile

it has no name
so therefore i'm going to call it
easy-peasy pork chops
not that it requires any peas or has anything remotely to do with peas
but because i don't think there is a pork chop recipe out there
 that could be any easier and taste so good
( i swear it only takes 5 minutes to prepare, then into the oven)

first wash your pork loin chops then poke with a fork on a baking tin covered in tin foil

get your Grey Poupon!

scoop out a dollop with a spoon and drop onto each pork chop
(make sure to not touch the chops with your spoon since you'll be going back into the jar - i've done that before and then had to throw out the jar)

then take a spatula or knife and spread the mustard over the top and sides

then open a can of French Fried Onions

pour in a bowl and crunch 'em up with your hands

to look like this

sprinkle heavily over the top and side of the chops
 and push with your fingers if need be to make them stick

 bake @ 350 degrees for about 35-45 minutes depending on the thickness of your chops
and until the onions are golden brown

then serve and enjoy ~ they really are delicious!