Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Some times we watch birds on the feeders outside.

Some times the birds on the feeders watch us....

Some times cats watch birds on the feeders...

Other times we watch cats on the fountain.

(Some cats just prefer a more elaborate water source than a sloppy water dish on the floor).

This drink went on and on and on...

Some times Jill goes more than window shopping, and comes home with new clothes to model for whomever is near by.

Tate did not find new clothes nearly as interesting as birds on feeders, or neighborhood cats drinking on our fountain.

He did however like the bag that the clothes came in.
It was just the perfect place for taking a nap, and getting some shut eye after a long full day of staring at stuff.
Or as we like to say:

Staring is caring.

Our cats seem to care so much about so many things!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

OSU! OSU! OSU! I am waaayyyy behind on posting. 
We (Bernie and I) went to the Oregon State University vs University of Utah game a couple of weekends ago.
We  had gone to the "here" game two years ago; that time we just purchased tickets locally and were greatly chagrined to find ourselves seated in a sea of red clad UofU fans.

This time...we smarted up and bought our tickets through OSU, and bought tickets to the OSU alumni "Tailgate" party as well.

Such a smart move it proved to be.

OSU orange and black was everywhere!

I didn't know a soul there besides Bernie (he being a Beaver by marriage...) but it still felt like a grand reunion, just like old times that actually never had happened before.
A lot of the attendees actually had flown in from Oregon to attend the game!
(The catered barbecue meal was awesome!)

My school fighting song playing Benny Beaver was hauled along with us to the event as usual.

A Benny Beaver game cool is that?

I had spotted the orange wool pea coat in the window of Old Navy a couple of weeks earlier.  Just like that: it was MINE!
Ditto the orange hand bag from Macy's.
I mentioned my purchase to friend/fellow blogger Sara; she immediately set her knitting needles ablaze knitting me a scarf to complete the outfit.
The scarf arrive just in time for game day!

(I think the peacoat has an "Ann Marie-That Girl" vibe. 
I mentioned that observation to a 30something family member; she drew a blank on the cultural icon. 
It did my heart good to see good old Ann Marie's style mentioned in a recent issue of the trend setting 30 something focused Glamour magazine later. 
Guess I am not too out of date with my style references after all).

We so regret that while our long distance romance occurred while I attended school in Oregon, during that time he was living in San Diego.
We didn't have a chance to enjoy the typical college romance kind of dates like attending football games together.
Secretly...I think he is even a  better date now than he would of been way back when.

The Olympic flame structure from the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics is still installed in front of the stadium where we entered to attend the game.

A quick check of the weather forecast had me totally prepared to endure a very nippy game night.
I was hauling a canvas tote filled with items to get me through the evening in a modicum of warmth.
I also had a stadium cushion that was microwaved before we left for the event; it did keep my fanny nice and warm.
The wool OSU baseball hat was added early on in the evening.
(Please be sure to note and admire my Benny Beaver earrings!)

When my ears felt cold, I added a head band over the hat.
Later I pulled out my knee length down jacket.
And a grey blanket.
A fellow alumni kept looking at me as I went through all my wardrobe additions, asking me how many outfits had I brought along.
What could I say?
I just hate to be cold if I can avoid it.
The game itself?
Pretty awful.
It is a "rebuilding" year for my beloved Beavers and they are getting whooped all over their division, badly.
I don't care.
They were awful when I was at OSU as a student.
Actually, this game felt like old times!

Easy Listening Hebrew Music

If you ever checked my blogger profile you will see that I enjoy listening to Messianic music. 
Most people have no idea what "Messianic music" means...or where one might go to listen to such music.

Messianic music is  music written primarily by Jewish people who have come to know Jesus as their Messiah.
They often compose lyrics in Hebrew (many times using blocks of scriptures) and then often the lyrics switch to English and then back to Hebrew. 
I first listened to Messianic music while I was in college; the Messianic music group Lamb had just released their first LP and I just couldn't stop listening to it. 

I laugh now to realize that the parts of the songs that I didn't understand were sung in Hebrew, and I sang along with them because it just sounded great to me.
Little did I know I was actually learning huge passages of the Old Testament in the original Hebrew. 


I thought I would just pass along the fact that lately I have been enjoying listening to Messianic music on my computer by going to Google and then typing in:

There are lots of choices as to how to listen to it on line, but even techno challenged me managed to get it up.

Good stuff.

Thought I would just share, in case you might be interested.

(Not every song played has Hebrew in it; and non-Jewish composers are featured as well, but I find the Hebrew enbedded songs are still my favorites).