#RubioCrimeSpree

June 12th, 2015

You know you’re over the target when you start getting flack.  Twice this past week, the New York Times put out obvious hit pieces of oppo research, aimed at Marco Rubio, both of which backfired spectacularly.

Rubio's boatThe Twitterverse had a blast with #RubioCrimeSpree, gleefully mocking both the Old Ladies (the Gray one, as well as that other old hag who is breaking all kinds of traffic laws in her Scooby Van).

So Marco, when are you going to take me fishing on that great little boat?

~ Blonde Gator

Now We Know

May 27th, 2015

We’ve been wondering for a while why there was such a commotion whenever the food bowl approached the half empty mark.

~ Blonde Gator

Do You Miss Him Yet?

May 16th, 2015

I do.

~ Blonde Gator

Carnivorous Pitcher Plant

May 16th, 2015

My little garden genie has been such a help (“Did you buy any more much, Grama?”) that I bought him a carnivorous pitcher plant a couple of weeks ago.  It’s been growing like a weed (somehow, I always thought they were hard go grow!).  I have it in total shade, but in a bright location on the patio.  I move it out from under cover when it rains, as chemicals of any sort are a buzz kill for the carnivorous plants (a Venus Flytrap is on our list to find).

Mason checks it diligently, and carefully waters it (and partially fills any empty pitchers) with distilled water if it’s dried out.  Yesterday, we discovered a stealthy little baby pitcher, growing in the soil under the plant, instead of hanging off a branch at the end of a long leaf.

Baby Pitcher ~ about 1 1/2" tall

Baby Pitcher ~ about 1″ tall

We also spent a little bit of time learning about the difference between a picture and a pitcher.  And then I had to take a picture of the pitcher.  So that everyone can see Mason’s happy pitcher plant.  Enjoy!

~ Blonde Gator

Foreign Policy

May 14th, 2015

Enough of this “Leading from Behind” Nonsense….

~ Blonde Gator

Happy Mother’s Day

May 11th, 2015

Blonde Mom has been having big adventures forever.  Once when she was 7 years old, she and her BFF walked 10 miles(!) to her friend’s family getaway home…Stoney Lonesome (where she learned to play tennis, one of her lifelong passions).

Equestrienne

Equestrienne

Another life-long passion….hot cars!

Mom & Her First Baby

Mom & Her First Baby

Great Clothes….

She's Been Swiping My Stuff ~ Since Forever

She’s Been Swiping My Stuff ~ Since Forever

Daughters….

Mom's Two Perfect Children

Mom’s Two Perfect Children

Four-legged companions…

Mom & Her 4-Legged Child Dani

Mom & Her 4-Legged Child Dani

Spending quality time with us….

College Break Get-Together

College Break Get-Together

Happy Holiday

Happy Holiday

Beach Babe

Beach Babe

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom.  I love you.

~ Blonde Gator

On The Patio, Still (yet and always!)

April 26th, 2015

Even though I’m feeling kind of blah (kid germs or spring, take your pick), I decided to take the new camera for a whirl, and update some of the stuff that’s been going on on my patio.  Fortunately, you’ll be spared the destruction of the tomato plants, which got attacked, AGAIN, by the stupid hornworms (after serious efforts on my part to eradicate them).   Someone please remind me next fall that I DON’T even like tomatoes that much, they’re a nuisance (although rewarding in their rapid growth)….and not worth the effort.

I ordered some amazing and exotic new varieties of chile peppers, though, from chileplants.com since I’ve had such spectacular success with my poblano (and mini-Thai) peppers.  They arrived in beautiful shape last Thursday, and I’ve spent a couple of days carefully acclimating them from their greenhouse environment to the wilds of hot, humid, and windy South Florida environment (today it’s 95 degrees, humid, harsh wind, and a 102 degree heat index).  They seem to be very happy.  Today they got about 6 hours of filtered sun.  Another few days of hardening them off, and they’ll hit their permanent homes (big pots and earth boxes).

Baby Chiles ~ Nom Nom in Six Months!

Baby Chiles ~ Nom Nom in Six Months!

I ordered Anaheim’s (or Hatch, Big Jim’s); Chuihuacles Negro & Rojos (for mole); a Caribbean Habanero; Thai Red, and a couple of Ichiban Eggplants.  Aren’t they beautiful?

I’ve also been working on doing some repotting of the orchids.  I got kind of a cool green pot for my cool green Paphiopedilum….it’s rather happy.

Repotted Paphiopedilum

Repotted Paphiopedilum

I also purchased a new little Vanilla orchid (it’s a vine), and it too, is thriving in its new home.

Baby Vanilla Orchid Vine

Baby Vanilla Orchid Vine

Now, a couple of oldies, but goodies….

Phalenopsis

Phalenopsis

Psychopsis papilio

And finally, something new (for me).  At Christmas, I bought 3 pots of geraniums for some “color” (I know, I like pink Christmas stuff….whatevs!).  I have poured the Osmocote on like mad, and watered them faithfully, as well as dead-heading the spent flower blooms.  They have more than doubled in size, are blooming splendiforously, and are absolutely spectacular, for that extra “pop” of color when the orchids aren’t doing much (and they mostly don’t do very much, except demand attention).

Colorful Enjoyment

Colorful, Constant Enjoyment

I can’t say enough about this new camera!  I’m slowly learning what the buttons and settings mean, but these pictures were taken on basic PPD mode (point & push dummy!).  I am super excited to think about what fun we’ll have (and I’ll be able to document) over the summer, as we have all kinds of fun outings and “cultural” stuff planned for the young man and the old grands, including the Miami Zoo, Discovery Museum, Planetarium/Aquarium, Miami SeaQuarium, Lion Country Safari, and Cub Scout Day at the new Marlins stadium.  The camera even takes HD movies!

That’s it for now.

~ Blonde Gator

 

Another Blonde Joke

April 25th, 2015

A blonde gets a job as a physical education teacher for 16 year olds. She notices a boy at the end of the field standing alone, while all the other kids are running around having fun kicking a ball. She takes pity on him and decides to speak to him.

‘You ok?’ she says.

‘Yes.’

‘You can go and play with the other kids you know’ she says.

‘It’s best I stay here.’

‘Why’s that sweetie?’ says the blonde.

The boy looks at her incredulously and says,  ‘Because I’m the goalie!’

~ Blonde Gator w/thanks to Torchy!

Waiting for Deliverance

April 15th, 2015

Or perhaps, deliveries.  (Uber chile pepper shipment is arriving next week).

But first…..

Marco Rubio...Day 1 from the Freedom Tower

Marco Rubio…Day 1 from the Freedom Tower

It is time for new leadership, and a new Standard Bearer!  A younger leader.    And a leader who loves this country the way she deserves to be loved.  A leader who can inspire, the way Ronald Reagan could inspire.

I’m ready.  Are you?

~ Blonde Gator

Handy Reference Guide to Hillary Clinton’s Gaffes & Goofs

April 15th, 2015

Well, the old Handy Reference Guide to Obama’s Gaffes & Goofs list is still making the occasional appearance on the intertubes.  The last time I saw it, it was linked by Tom Blumer, most excellent business blogger, at his BizzyBlog.  Tom is also a Contributing Editor at NewsBusters.

I expressed trepidation (particularly at rehashing Hillz’s “old” gaffes), but Tom convinced me that it must be done…all of it!  And, inasmuch as there’s no time like the present, a mere three days after Her Heinous’s positively historic campaign roll-out (V.4.0), it’s time to get off the dime.  But I digress.  After a bit of discussion, I’ve decided to concentrate on the “Most Historic Campaign for the First Female (insert your own adjectives here) Preezy, Evah”…with a supplemental section for Broomstick One’s Classical Gas Gaffes.

As I said, there’s no time like the present, and after only three days into the most historic campaign, evah, the Gaffes/Goofs are already   ♫Rollin’, Rollin’, Rollin, on the Rivah♫   (okay, I’ll stop w/the music videos) but you must admit, music, and Rum, make the insanity a little easier to take.

OH JACKPOT!  We’re not even into Day 4 of the Most Historic Campaign for a Female Preezy, Evah….and we’ve already racked up Gaffe (or is this a lie?) #5!  (As the gaffes rack up, this gaffe’s position shall certainly change, just seek out “Lies About Grandparents” if you want to know which Lie/Gaffe is the Original #5).  It’s turning into a banner day….

HISTORIC FIRST FEMALE PREEZY EVAH GAFFES/GOOFS:

  1. Always About The Chillun ~ Let’s Kick Them Out of the Park
  2. Astroturfs Her Own Intimate “Meet the Voters One-on-One” Event
  3. Avoids Press Questions by Talking to Herself
  4. Blew Off IT Security Training at State Department
  5. Brings Back the Twang for South Carolina Speech
  6. Can you say “Misprision”?  I Knew You Could.  Misprision Defined
  7. Cites “Ideas from 5 Iowans I Just Met” (who were screened and pre-arranged for this “random” meeting)
  8. Condemns “Scourge of Sexual Assaults”, as THE Former Manager of Bimbo Eruptions.  What is a Bimbo Eruption, You Ask?
  9. Confiscates Cell Phones & Cameras of Iowa Voters during “Meet the Candidate Event
  10. Creepy, Paranoid Rules for “Every Day Americans” to Meet Hillz ~ h/t Bijou
  11. Flips on TPP ~ Was For it 45x Before She Was Against It
  12. Fought 80 Years AGAINST Children & Families ~ h/t Tom Blumer
  13. Friend of the Criminal Class ~ “Stop Mass Incarcerations”
  14. Hillz the Hipster ~ Stays at 5* Hipstoric Hotel in Davenport, IA ~ h/t rotolab
  15. Lies About Grandparents’ Immigration History
  16. Locks Students in Classrooms on Her Iowa “Listening Tour”
  17. Lost in Translation
  18. Meet the New {Sincere} Bitch, Same as the Old {Insincere} Bitch (from her very own book!)  Again
  19. Say WHAT? ~ Yoko Claims She had an Affair with Hillz ~ h/t Hugh
  20. Stiffs the Working Stiffs at Chipotle on the First Day of her Campaign
  21. Tells the Little People “Go to the End of the Line”
  22. Twelve Words You Sexists Can’t Use about Hillz, Dammit!
  23. What Law?  Scooby Van Parked in a Handicap Spot
  24. What Law? ~ Part Deux  Scooby Van Speeds To Events w/o Lights or Sirens (in Inclement Weather)….Screw the Peons
  25. What Law? ~ Part Troix  Scooby Van Speeds Again ~ h/t succotash
  26. What Law? ~ Part Quatre ~ Scooby Van is STILL Speeding
  27. Who Are You Again?

 CLASSIC HILLZ GAFFES/GOOFS:

  1. Ah Don’t Feeeel in No Ways Tahhred
  2. Dead Broke (Bonus:  Diane is Drunk, Again!)
  3. Dodged Snipper Fire in Bosnia
  4. Duchess of Vulgarity
  5. Favorite Excuse, Evah.  Ditto
  6. Freakin’ Tech Wizard at Deleting Suspect E-Mails
  7. Inconvenient Truths & the Lies that Hide Them ~ h/t DeniseVB
  8. The REAL War on Women (and Children)
  9. Threw Mom Under the Bus for Hillz-Fabricated Edmund Hillary Lie
  10. “We’re Going to Take Things Away From You on the Behalf of the Common Good”
  11. What Difference, at THIS Point, Does it Make?

Am I missing any Latest or Greatest Gaffes/Goofs?  No worries, it’s all good.

By all means, please lend me your help and support, by leaving your comment with a Hillary Gaffe/Goof.  And a round of applause for Tom Blumer, who merrily sent me on my way down this rabbit hole of insanity.

Hillary's Server

~ Blonde Gator