Sunday, October 31, 2010

Picking up a winter hobby

Guest post written by Eric Parks

We have a in ground pool in our backyard and I love swimming in it whenever it's warm out, but that's unfortunately only during just part of the year. So I'm on the lookout for a hobby that I can do specifically in winter that doesn't necessarily depend on what type of weather we have.

I always wondered how hockey players could move across the ice with all that equipment on and have all that speed too without falling down. Well, they don't look all that graceful but I still admire them for it. I got to thinking about that when I was online with my wimax 4g a few weeks ago and decided that I want to learn how to play hockey.

I don't even own an ice skate, much less know how to skate so I think it will be tough, but I'm going to try and get me and some of my buddies together and start a hockey team if I get enough interest going on among them.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

I want to be like her!

I want to grow old gracefully like this 92 year-old lady who can still dance the salsa so well - a lot better that most 20 year-old women.  I guess dancing or any exercise for that matter can really make us look and feel young, isn't it?  So, let's dance, dance and dance! Be like this woman i am talking about!  She is amazing!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Talladega Nights

I appreciate the guest post, Graig Brooks

One of my favorite things come Fall are heading out to Talladega, Alabama and checking out Nascar's Amp Energy 500 at the majestic Talladega Superspeedway. One of the critical races in the Nextel Cup, its also known as the biggest and fastest track on the Nextel circuit. I usually sit in the Turm 2 or Turn 3 grandstand. Before we head out, I make sure to set my home security alarm I found online at and head off to Talladega with my old college buddies. We usually stop by the local foodmart to grab some drinks and grub for the hour long drive. Once we get there we like to mingle with the other fans and talk about cars. Talking about cars never gets old for me. Sometimes I can go on for hours about a part or parts. I also love the smell of gas fumes and exhaust that cover the speedway as it reminds me of working on cars and grease at my dad's old auto shop. I'm a big fan of watching the Nascar superstars do their thing as they race for points on the motor speedway. Some of my favorite racers are Jamie McMurray, Kurt Busch and I'm always excited when I spot their cars speeding past me and feel the g's crashing on my face. I'm anxious for this years event on October 31st!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Season Premier of House Intriguing

Post contributed by Heath Key

Well, this fall's new season of House, M.D. Has finally started up again. Handsome hubby and I curled up on the couch in the den to watch the premier on our satellite TV from It seems this season, House and Cuddy are in romantically involved, Thirteen is mysteriously missing, and Wilson is playing the usual doubting Thomas.

I popped us a huge bowl of popcorn and we sat there munching. In one scene, to prove to Wilson that they really are dating, Cuddy grabs House in an inappropriate manner. Poor hubby, he laughed so hard he nearly choked on an errant kernel! I had to run to fetch him a glass of water and missed some dialog, but we just skipped backwards so I could catch up.

Anyway, it seems like this season of House is going to be just as sharp and bizarre as all the ones previous. Who knows where the writers will go with this? In any case, I'm definitely along for the ride. I'm predicting that Cuddy and House's relationship will sour with spectacular consequences, but I have no idea what is going on with Thirteen. I don't think they plan to write her out, as the actress' name was added to the opening credits just this season as a permanent fixture. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Let's Dance the Samba!

I love Samba and i wish i can dance the samba like this baby in the video below.  There have been doubts as to the authenticity of this video whether this is real or computer-enhanced (fake).  I think it is real but you got to watch it to see for yourself.  What do you think? Whatever it is, i had fun watching this baby dancing the samba like a pro!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

An Adventurous Day at the Zoo

Contributed by Johnny Graves

A group of friends and I planned a weekend trip to the zoo. It was suppose to be a fun change of pace for our weekly play dates. I was especially interested in seeing the big cat exhibits and the primates. Watching the big lions and tigers is always a treat for me and the family. I remembered to bring my camera so the kids and I could make a picture book later. Needless to say we had a great time especially watching each of the children make faces at the apes and lions. It was extremely comical having ducks walk directly up to us looking for food. Everything went smoothly up until I began to panic about locking my front door. I calmed down when I remembered setting my home security alarm from on my way out. Being a mom can be pretty hectic sometimes. When I looked at how much fun my children were having on their swan ride I know that it is all worth it. My friends and I took so many pictures of the kids reactions to the animals and we even made a wish at the water fountain. We all promised to come again soon but after all of the walking around my legs will need to recuperate before I can say when.

Grocery cart?

If you have a dog like this, you no longer need a grocery cart when you go shopping.  You don't have to leave your dog at home or in your car because you two can still continue to bond with each other even when you are grocery shopping.  I wonder where can I find one? 

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Getting ready for bad weather

Guest post written by Sharon Grisham

We get a lot of snow where we live and no matter how much we try to prepare for it I never seem to have enough milk in the fridge or bread in the cabinets. But we're trying to get a little more prepared for the weather this year.

Last year the weather was pretty awful as usual and it left our old roof looking worse than ever. We almost had to replace it right then and there because of a bunch of snow that had fallen on the roof. But we were told that we could put it off.

So me and my husband thought that we shouldn't put it off any longer and we got a new SEARS roof install done. I feel a lot better abotu facing the cold winter that we're sure to have this year and it also looks a whole lot better too.

Now I just have to buy us some new snow boots because ours are have taken a beating over the years and make sure the house is well insulated.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Trip to Myrtle Beach

Guest post written by Michael Smith

It had been some time since my wife and I went down to Myrtle Beach for the weekend. Well, we decided to change that—this morning we made it down to South Carolina in about three and a half hours. We got unpacked at our hotel and went out the door right after.

We decided to visit a local hotspot for our first adventure: Broadway at the Beach. We quickly found fun things to do, like play miniature golf and spoil our appetites at the Fudgery. When it was time for dinner, we decided on Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. The place was crowded, but after waiting for about twenty minutes or so, we got the opportunity to sit at one of the cool boat-shaped booths!

They had live music that night, so I’m glad that I had my hearing aids in. I was able to distinguish the lyrics in the noisy restaurant I was also able to carry on a regular conversation with my wife.

In all, our first day in Myrtle Beach was quite enjoyable, and I think we’ll play it spontaneous tomorrow. With retirement comes a great deal of freedom, and we plan to enjoy every minute.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Hachi: A Dog's Tale

I have finally watched this movie, Hachi: A Dog's Tale that my daughter has been talking about.  This is a movie that is based on a true story about the strong relationship of a dog named Hachi and his master played by Richard Gere.  Hachi's loyalty to his master until he died is incomparable.  The dog would walk his master to the train station every morning and wait for him get off the train at night.  It went on as a daily routine until one day, the master didn't show up because he had a cardiac arrest while at work and died.  The dog continued to wait for his master right at the same spot for 10 years until his last breath.  It is a moving story for the whole family to see.