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. Brings Back the Twang for South Carolina ~ Redux
  7. Can you say “Misprision”?  I Knew You Could.  Misprision Defined
  8. Cites “Ideas from 5 Iowans I Just Met” (who were screened and pre-arranged for this “random” meeting)
  9. Condemns “Scourge of Sexual Assaults”, as THE Former Manager of Bimbo Eruptions.  What is a Bimbo Eruption, You Ask?
  10. Confiscates Cell Phones & Cameras of Iowa Voters during “Meet the Candidate Event
  11. Corrals the Press Corps
  12. Corrals the Press ~ The Prequel
  13. Creepy, Paranoid Rules for “Every Day Americans” to Meet Hillz ~ h/t Bijou
  14. Flips on TPP ~ Was For it 45x Before She Was Against It
  15. Fought 80 Years AGAINST Children & Families ~ h/t Tom Blumer
  16. Friend of the Criminal Class ~ “Stop Mass Incarcerations”
  17. Hillz the Hipater ~ Bombs on Social Media Posting
  18. Hillz the Hipster ~ Stays at 5* Hipstoric Hotel in Davenport, IA ~ h/t rotolab
  19. “It Should be Disqualifying, in Iowa of all States, to Avoid Answering Questions” h/t Cajun2
  20. Keep Those Scummy Reporters AWAY from ME!
  21. Lies About Grandparents’ Immigration History
  22. Locks Students in Classrooms on Her Iowa “Listening Tour”
  23. Lost in Translation
  24. Meet the New {Sincere} Bitch, Same as the Old {Insincere} Bitch (from her very own book!)  Again
  25. Meet the New Bitch, Same as the Old Bitch…Part (um, A LOT!)
  26. Oops….Caught w/Pants on Fire Lying about E-mail Supoena
  27. Say WHAT? ~ Yoko Claims She had an Affair with Hillz ~ h/t Hugh
  28. Stiffs the Working Stiffs at Chipotle on the First Day of her Campaign
  29. Tells the Little People “Go to the End of the Line”
  30. Twelve Words You Sexists Can’t Use about Hillz, Dammit!
  31. What Law?  Scooby Van Parked in a Handicap Spot
  32. What Law? ~ Part Deux  Scooby Van Speeds To Events w/o Lights or Sirens (in Inclement Weather)….Screw the Peons
  33. What Law? ~ Part Troix  Scooby Van Speeds Again ~ h/t succotash
  34. What Law? ~ Part Quatre ~ Scooby Van is STILL Speeding
  35. 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. Favorite Excuse, Evah. Double Ditto
  7. Freakin’ Tech Wizard at Deleting Suspect E-Mails
  8. Inconvenient Truths & the Lies that Hide Them ~ h/t DeniseVB
  9. The REAL War on Women (and Children)
  10. Threw Mom Under the Bus for Hillz-Fabricated Edmund Hillary Lie
  11. “We’re Going to Take Things Away From You on the Behalf of the Common Good”
  12. 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

 

 

On the Patio, Again

April 6th, 2015

I was recently given a lovely plant, a Neofinetia falcata, by one of my orchid pals, Capt. Joe.  This is a beautiful miniature orchid, from Japan, which will bloom in a year or so, with sprays of spectacular white, sweetly fragrant flowers.  I “potted” it, in a giant tun shell, into which I’d drilled several drain holes.  Neo seems to be thriving in this new environment, in bright light (but no direct sunlight), where I water it every other day.

Neo. falcata

Neo. falcata

Now in bloom, is one of my very favorite “mini-cats”:

Beautiful Catleytonia

Beautiful Cattleytonia

When this little beauty shows her face, I know spring is here in full force.

I have a few more orchids pushing spikes, and then we’re on to the “hot, humid, and RAINY season”.  Where not much happens, bloom-wise, but where the orchids and other patio dwellers put on foliage and size, and thrive in our tropical paradise.

~Blonde Gator

Try Not to Laugh

March 19th, 2015

I’m not sure which one is my favorite, the truck shark, or the very last one.  Either way….enjoy!

Cheers!

~ Blonde Gator

An Oldie But a Goodie

August 9th, 2014

It’s not a blonde joke, but it’s still one of my all time favorites….

American History 101

It was the first day of school and a new student, Suzuki, son of a Japanese businessman, entered the fourth grade class.  The teacher said, “Let’s begin by reviewing some American history.

“Who said,  ‘Give me Liberty or give me Death’ ?”  She saw a sea of blank faces, except for Suzuki’s

“Patrick Henry 1775,” he  said.

“Very  good!  Who said ‘…government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth’?”

Again, no response, except from Suzuki. “Abraham Lincoln, 1863.”

The teacher snapped, “Class, you  should be ashamed. Suzuki, who is new to our country, knows more about its history than you do.”

She heard a loud whisper, “Screw the Japs.”

“Who said that?” she demanded.

Suzuki raised his hand: “Lee Iacocca, 1982.”

At that point a student said, “I’m  gonna puke.” The teacher glared and asked, “All right!  Who said that?”

Suzuki says, “George Bush to the Japanese Prime Minister, 1991.”

Furious, another student yells, “Oh yeah? Suck this!”

Suzuki jumps up waving his hand and shouts, “Bill Clinton, to Monica Lewinsky,  1997!”

With near mob hysteria, someone screams, “You little s**t. If you say anything else, I’ll kill you.”

Suzuki yells, “Gary Condit to Chandra Levy, 2001.”

At this, the teacher fainted.  The class gathered around her.

One of the kids says, “Oh s**t, we’re in BIG  trouble!”

Suzuki says,  “Arthur Andersen, 2002.”

~ Blonde Gator….dedicated to all my bean counter pals!

mmmm…Cheesecake w/Chocolate Crust

June 15th, 2014

Happy Father’s Day to the Iguana Man.

Chocolate Cheesecake

Chocolate Cheesecake

Recipe is here (at the bottom).

~ Blonde Gator

RIP, Payton

May 15th, 2014

It was a year ago today that you went on your last insane hunting safari…..and leaped like a maniac after that MARINE iguana.  Silly girl!

I miss you every day.  EVERY single day.  Paytie, you were the best cat ever!  Miss you so much.

Payton ~ the Empress....knows clean when she sits on it

Payton ~ the Empress….knows clean when she sits on it

~ Blonde Gator

P.S. Blonde Mom misses you too!  Happy hunting, your Highness!