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Martini Fontaine
09 February 2011 @ 12:17 am
 I've been thinking about this for a while, and now it's going to be official. I am moving away from LJ. I'm just not feeling it here any longer and I'm ready to try something new. I'll always cherish the times we've had together. I may even try to export my LJ stuff out of here to the new blog...which, btw is here:

Come over and visit any time! 
Adios, LJ. It's been fun!
Martini Fontaine
28 October 2010 @ 10:26 pm
October is notoriously slow in the salon biz. All the stylists at work are complaining about their slow schedules. Today I had nothing, absolutely nothing on the books. Drag! And not the fun kind, either.  Tomorrow, at least, I have some people coming in.
Mom is here visiting, and that's always fun. Nick is working on his halloween costume, which he has decided will be a tank. I'm off the hook making it though, as I have to work. Ha! That is a first. I've always been the one in charge of the costumes before now. Sort of nice, the kid making his own costumes.

Greg is working on our car, which has some weird electrical problem. The battery appears to be charged, but the car will only start if it's being jumped. Hmmmm...will work on that some more tomorrow.  Sunday we're heading down to Portland to trick or treat with the cousins.

I am bent on buying myself a pair of boots that I tried on tonight. Nothing fancy, but I have to make some good tips tomorrow!  I guess I better think of getting some sleep so that I can do a good job tomorrow for the peeps. 
Current Mood: blahblah
Martini Fontaine
19 October 2010 @ 11:07 am
 Hello Autumn.
It's nice to see you. We sort of thought you stopped by for a bit in August, which was a nasty surprise, by the way. Don't do that again. 

I am in a much more Autumn friendly mood after our trip to North Carolina last week. It was so beautiful there! When we left, it was in the 80's, not too humid, blue sky and a breeze. Aaaaahhhhhh.....I truly did not want to come home. We even swam in the *80* degree water of the Atlantic Ocean. Divine.

So now we're back home. The weather has been lovely for Autumn in the NW. sunny and crisp. The leaves are turning. We spent yesterday out in the yard mowing, cleaning up and generally getting ready for winter.  The one thing I'm miffed about is that in our garden, we had only ONE pumpkin that got to any size (three others are quite small, but still useable). It was just turning orange when we were leaving and I was looking forward to coming home and seeing my nice big, orange pumpkin. Alas! We got home at like, 11:30pm, and the FIRST thing I notice??? Some jerk has stolen my pumpkin right out of the garden!!  Yes they did. I just can't believe it. Well, okay, since we actually had gas siphoned right out the gas tank of our old truck last month, while it sat in the driveway, I guess I can believe it. But still! The nerve! Whomever took it better hope that I don't catch them in my garden again, because I have a fully functional sling-shot and a deadly aim. Turkeys. 

I went ahead and picked the smaller pumpkin, just to make sure it was not in danger of being absconded with. My cosmos are still blooming like crazy. Some of the transplanted ones are almost as tall as the roof! Crazy. I guess they like it here. We still have onions, carrots and cabbage in the garden, along with the three other small pumpkins that are still green. Other than that, the garden is done for the season. 

The chickens are all doing well. In fact - funny chicken story! 
Yesterday when we were out in the yard, we let all the girls out to graze for a while. They haven't been laying much this last week, so we thought we could encourage them a bit. Greg was threatening Dumpling and Little with a one time ticket to the stew pot, because they haven't laid anything in the last week. They had all been out for probably an hour when Apple raced into the hen house clucking so she could lay an egg. Cute! Then I'm watching Dumpling, and she's acting like she's trying to poop, but then I was like, she's not trying to poop, she's trying to lay! I got Greg and Nick over to watch and lay an egg she did....right there, on the grass in front of us. The other girls sort of stood next to her quietly waiting and when she was done, everyone just walked away, clucking again. Ha! Good girl! Saved you're neck from the chopping block, didn't ya? heh. 

It definitely looks like we won't be getting many eggs this winter, though. Maybe three a day, if we're lucky. The girls are slowing down, for sure. Lemon is molting like crazy, so I wonder if she'll lay more when she's done growing new feathers? 

I started knitting again. Just some leg warmers and some fingerless mitts. I still need to try my hand at gloves, but I'm such a chicken! (haha). I always worry I'll get into the pattern and then get lost and not be able to finish. so I don't start. Stupid, eh? Just do eeet! 

That's all for now. Got to get the husband up so we can go to Costco! 
Current Mood: contentcontent
Martini Fontaine
07 August 2010 @ 09:06 pm
I am totally annoyed and grumpy. Today sucks and not just because it's August and it's 65 and raining. 
That is all. 
Current Mood: grumpygrumpy
Martini Fontaine
05 August 2010 @ 09:36 pm

Grandpa Toad and me, originally uploaded by martinifontaine.

Grandpa Toad was eternally patient, as grandparents go. He taught me how to make a "toddy" when I was 10. Strictly for medicinal purposes, he said. He was a voracious reader. He loved to travel, make things and talk to people. When I last saw him, just after his 96th birthday, he told us all about his mining career, what chemical compounds were used and how they worked. His mind was sharp right up to the end. He was a fantastic story teller.

I love you grandpa. You will be missed.

Martini Fontaine
05 August 2010 @ 07:39 pm

Apparently, in Germany, there is a growing population of radioactive wild boars, busting into supermakets, breaking up church meetings and causing traffic accidents. 

Radioactive. Wild. Boars. 

We earned that one, didn't we? 

What is Germany's solution? Pay people to kill them and eat them! The Radioactive! Wild! Boars! Mmmmmm....tasty. 

Oh lord, help us all. 

I'm feeling random, and will now add this public service announcement:

You Cannot Float A Check

That's right, you heard me. You can NOT float a check. Don't know what the hell I'm talking about? Back in olden times, before we all had little plastic cards that we used to pay for everything, there were checks. These bits of paper had our bank info on them but by and large, as long as 15 years ago, or so, the store that you used your check at did not have any way to find out if there was actually money in the account that the check was written on. Because of this flaw, they would often ask for 8 forms of additional ID, including a letter from your elementary school principal before they would take it. But! If you knew you didn't have money in the account, but thought that you would be able to PUT money in the account before the store took that check to the bank, you could get away with it. This was called "floating". 

These days are gone, people!! Now all the checker at the supermarket has to do it scan your check into their nifty little computer and not only do they know you're out of money, they also know HOW out of money you really are, what you ate for breakfast and what color underwear you have on. If you're commando, they can make a good guess at your religion. haha. 

Seriously though...they KNOW YOU DON'T HAVE ANY MONEY.
So when you go through the check stand with your FOUR grocery carts full of food, soda and personal items with the intention of "floating" a $400 check, you can not only be embarrassed about trying to buy $400 dollars of groceries with a rubber check, making the poor bagger bag your four carts of groceries...and put them BACK on the shelf, AND holding up the line behind you (the rest of us, btw, only bought two or three items because WE KNEW WE WERE BROKE) for an inordinate amount of time, you should also be ashamed that you forgot to notice that it was no longer 1990
Just sayin'.  
Martini Fontaine
17 July 2010 @ 05:07 pm
 I was listening to a story on NPR last week about Hachaliah Bailey, who was apparently the Bailey of the Barnum and Bailey Circus. It was a story written about Bailey and this Indian elephant he bought and brought to the states. he paraded it around the country until someone who didn't think people should have to pay to look at unusual animals shot the elephant, who was only about 19 years old - young for an elephant. Why didn't they shoot Bailey instead, I wonder? Doesn't make much sense to me. And the story had me in tears. I was thinking that anyone who believes in heaven and hell should hear a story like that and realize that we are all going to hell. Not a one of us humans is going to make it to heaven, if only because of our treatment of the rest of the planet and it's creatures. If you haven't hurt anyone or anything yourself, you're still damned, because you stood by and watched it happen and did nothing to stop it. We are all to blame. I am shattered when i try to imagine why any sort of higher being searching for a reason to redeem any one of us. We are horrible creatures, humans. 

A bit dark, eh? Well, lucky for me I don't really believe in heaven or hell..I just think people are horrid. Of course it's impossible for someone like me to make sure that all the creatures on earth are treated fairly and humanely. Should I be held accountable for the treatment of all these creatures? Or am I simply responsible for making sure that *I* do the best that I can? I'm not sure about that one. I wonder, sometimes, if we aren't all going to be held accountable in some way for the havoc we reap upon this planet. 

But then, just when I'm absolutely sure of the damnation of humanity, I am confronted with the story of my cousin's daughter, hit by a car two months ago. When the paramedics took her away, they told whoever was there that she probably wouldn't make it to the hospital. There was nothing holding her head onto her body except for her spinal cord and skin. Two months later, she's now able to sit up by herself, speak (that's within the last 3.5 weeks, or so, before that she could only sign) and is cracking jokes and being her usual lovely self - with some help from a chair and a neck brace. How amazing is that?? She still has a lot of therapy to get through to get back to 100%, but it is a bloody miracle that she is here at all. 


She is a little ray of sunshine in my black little heart. 
Martini Fontaine
15 June 2010 @ 08:14 pm
Here in the Pacific Northwest, if you don't like to hike in the rain, you probably won't hike at all.  And we are having a really crappy spring so far. It's been cold and rainy most of the time. Today was partly sunny all day...until we got out into the middle of Banner Forest. Then it started pouring rain!  Just one of those things. Luckily, we've been outfitting ourselves for exactly that sort of weather - quick dry shirts and pants and rain jackets and such. so even though we got wet out there, buy the time we were making our stop at Fred Meyer on the way home, my clothes were pretty much dry. Nice!  We were inspired to go out into the woods today when our latest order from REI showed up: my waist pack (with water bottles) and two sets of hiking poles.  

I haven't been doing the Wii fit as much as I should do it - when I'm working I'm just too tired to even want to bother. But I did it today and it says I've lost 2.4 pounds.  I knew I'd lost some weight because I've had to buy pretty much all new clothes - everything was too big and looked terrible! And I haven't bought new clothes in a long time, everything was looking pretty dumpy anyway. New clothes are nice.  I felt really good walking out in the woods today too. I started to get winded at first, but pressed on and by the end, I was keeping up with Greg and feeling fine! Hurray! Nice to not feel like a sloth on the trail! 

Happy trails!

Current Mood: productiveproductive
Martini Fontaine
14 June 2010 @ 10:25 pm
 It feels like Tuesday today. I like to think of it as Saturday. My first day of work each week is Wednesday...I only work four days a week - lucky me. But all day I've had to remind myself that i *don't* have to go to work tomorrow. Hurray!  

Of course, summer vaca started here, and the teenagers next door have been reveling in the fact that they don't have to go to school tomorrow, either. Right now there is some gawd awful car outside with a crap stereo system trying to "thump". Grrrrr.....it's even worse than the ones that can actually thump! Just annoying when you can hear the rattling of the POS car over the thumping, ya know? And it's not that I'm old, cause I've always felt that way. hmph. 

I hit the goodwill today. I need a couple of things...one of those hanging, three tiered baskets that you put fruit and stuff in. We have one, but it's always full. And I have no cupboards, really, so we thought another one would be useful. Picked it up for $2. I also got a glass butter dish. I've been using plastic, but we decided to just get rid of all the plastic. There's all that stuff about the chemicals in the plastics and you can't microwave them, or even put them into the dishwasher without poisoning yourself, apparently. So screw it! I'm throwing it all out. I'll use glass and saran wrap. What the heck.  Of course while I was there I also found this cute little framed picture that I loved and had to have and a coffee mug, that looks like it might be hand made and glazed. It says "made in Alaska" on the bottom, but no name. I love stuff like that. And the colors are beautiful. Won't be able to put that bad boy in the microwave either, though.  I guess I'll just have to make fresh coffee every day. ha! 

Speaking of which...two days now - coffee, no headache. Not a good sign! I usually drink tea at work, so I guess if I stick with tea, that works. I do love me some coffee, though. 

Greg and I looked up airfare to Wilmington today - got it for all three of us for under $1000! Amazing! I never thought it would happen, to tell you the truth. So we'll be in Wilmington from Oct. 3 -13th, barring any unforeseen mishaps. Hurray!  I love having something to look forward to! And October is the perfect time of year to be in Wilmington. Hopefully the weather will still be nice, but not too humid. We'll be attending a wedding while we're there - hence the whole family traveling this time. We're thinking of trying to drive to Monticello in Virginia while we're there, too. Don't know if that will happen or not. Right now I'm thinking we'll have our hand full just with Wilmington. But who knows? Maybe we can talk some of our friends into going there with us. That would be spectacular! 

I'm off to wax the husband. Whee! 
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Martini Fontaine
12 June 2010 @ 07:22 pm
 Four days now of steady headache....and I just realized that it may be from not having any caffeine. Drat!! I really didn't think I was all THAT addicted to it! Dammit! But my head is *killing* me. That's the only thing I can think of. I guess I'll have to have coffee tomorrow. 

Busy damn week at work. today wasn't so bad, though. I got to come home a couple of hours earlier than usual. It was sort of nice to be able to sit with the family and hang out before Greg had to jump into the car and leave for work. 

There is a farm for rent a couple of miles from where we live. We looked at it about a year ago when it was for sale. We really would have liked to buy it, but we just weren't ready. But now! For rent! It's a lot more than what we pay now...we're trying to decide if it would be worth the extra money. It has about 5 acre and a barn and chicken house. The house is quite a bit smaller, though. And I don't think there's a wood stove in there. But the kitchen has been all redone and there's an awesome pantry. *sigh* A pantry. I dream of it. 

The sun was out today! Yay! I'm hoping it will be out tomorrow too, since I was working in a cave all day today. Come on, sunshine! 
Current Mood: sleepysleepy