Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Here I am!

It is 17 days until my wedding and although we are right on track and nothing to catastrophic has happened I am a big ball of stress! There is no logical reason for this stress. Its almost like My mind subconsciously knows brides are supposed to be stressed and obliged without even asking if it was OK with me! anyway, I think it will be loads of fun for all of the family to get together and hopefully enjoy ourselves. My best advice to brides out there. just relax! its not going to be perfect and that is just how weddings go! now if only I could take my own advice!

Soon I will be starting a blog based on the journey taken while launching my skincare line, black sheep skin care. stay tuned!

Monday, April 26, 2010

crispy me!

Yesterday was really productive. Diane and I got the raised beds ready for planting and then planted veggies, We made a flower bed bigger and transplanted irises... then we realized that we dug up too many irises and weeded the other flower beds so we could plant the left over irises in them. then we brushed the horses. then I took a shower because I was filthy! Through all of this I was wearing sunscreen and still managed to get burned to a crisp. My original plan was to prune back my grandmas grapes today but now it looks like i will be staying in trying to recover.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Alaska dog honored for leading troopers to fire

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Buddy the German shepherd was hailed Friday as a hero for guiding Alaska State Troopers through winding back roads to a fire at his owners' workshop.

"Buddy's pluckiness is a bright spot among an otherwise tragic event for the Heinrichs family," Col. Audie Holloway, head of the troopers, said in a statement.

The dog, whose good deed was caught on a patrol car's dashcam video, received a stainless steel dog bowl engraved with words of appreciation from troopers for his "diligence and assistance."

The dashcam video shows Buddy meeting the trooper's vehicle, then dashing to the Caswell Lakes property on April 4.

According to troopers, the dog and owner Ben Heinrichs were in a detached workshop when a heater ignited chemicals. The 23-year-old man ran outside to put out the flames, closing the door to keep the blaze from spreading.

Heinrichs then realized Buddy was still inside the burning building and let the dog out, but suffered minor burns on his face and second-degree burns on his hand. Buddy was not injured.

"Buddy, we need to get help," Heinrichs told the dog, who then ran into the nearby woods and onto Caswell Loop Road.

That's where Buddy encountered the trooper, Terrence Shanigan, whose global positioning device had failed while responding to a call about the fire. He was working with dispatchers to find the property in an area with about 75 miles of back roads.

Troopers said Shanigan was about to make a wrong turn at an intersection when his vehicle lights caught Buddy. The dog eyed the trooper and began running down a side road.

The video shows Buddy occasionally looking back at the patrol car as he raced ahead, galloping around three turns before arriving in front of the blaze, which was very close to the Heinrichs' home. What came next was not caught on the video, but troopers said Buddy jumped up and down and nudged Shanigan as he approached the workshop, then darted into the woods.

From there, the trooper guided firefighters to the scene.

The workshop was destroyed and a shed was heavily damaged, but only some window trim on the house was scorched.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Women cause earthquakes?

I would never guess that women are the cause of earthquakes! I'm glad we have cleared that up! It couldn't just be that the earth is shifting and the tectonic plates are rubbing together?!?

If you want to look into it yourself I got this at:

Article to follow:

Women to blame for earthquakes, says Iran cleric

Women behaving promiscuously are causing the earth to shake, according to cleric, as Ahmadinejad predicts Tehran quake

A senior Iranian cleric says women who wear revealing clothing and behave promiscuously are to blame for earthquakes.

Iranian woman An Iranian woman waits for the bus under a poster of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Photograph: Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images

Iran is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries, and the cleric's unusual explanation for why the earth shakes follows a prediction by the president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, that a quake is certain to hit Tehran and that many of its 12 million inhabitants should relocate.

"Many women who do not dress modestly ... lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which increases earthquakes," Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi was quoted as saying by Iranian media. Women in the Islamic Republic are required by law to cover from head to toe, but many, especially the young, ignore some of the more strict codes and wear tight coats and scarves pulled back that show much of the hair. "What can we do to avoid being buried under the rubble?" Sedighi asked during a prayer sermon last week. "There is no other solution but to take refuge in religion and to adapt our lives to Islam's moral codes." Seismologists have warned for at least two decades that it is likely the sprawling capital will be struck by a catastrophic quake in the near future. Some experts have even suggested Iran should move its capital to a less seismically active location. Tehran straddles scores of fault lines, including one more than 50 miles long, though it has not suffered a major quake since 1830.

In 2003, a powerful earthquake hit the southern city of Bam, killing 31,000 people – about a quarter of that city's population – and destroying its ancient mud-built citadel.

"A divine authority told me to tell the people to make a general repentance. Why? Because calamities threaten us," said Sedighi, Tehran's acting Friday prayer leader. Referring to the violence that followed last June's disputed presidential election, he said: "The political earthquake that occurred was a reaction to some of the actions [that took place]. And now, if a natural earthquake hits Tehran, no one will be able to confront such a calamity but God's power, only God's power ... So let's not disappoint God."

The Iranian government and its security forces have been locked in a bloody battle with a large opposition movement that accuses Ahmadinejad of winning last year's vote by fraud.

Ahmadinejad made his quake prediction two weeks ago but said he could not give an exact date. He acknowledged that he could not order all of Tehran's 12m people to evacuate. "But provisions have to be made ... at least 5 million should leave Tehran so it is less crowded," the president said.

The welfare minister, Sadeq Mahsooli, said prayers and pleas for forgiveness were the best "formulae to repel earthquakes. We cannot invent a system that prevents earthquakes, but God has created this system and that is to avoid sins, to pray, to seek forgiveness, pay alms and self-sacrifice," Mahsooli said.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

So close!

I woke up this morning and realized that yesterday there were only 60 days left until Nick and I get married. that means today there are only 59 days until we get married. before you know it there will only be 30days and so on! This wedding is creeping up fast and part of me is very, very excited and part of me is really scared! the scared part is all about having so much to do and so little time. Any one who has been happily married or wants to be married will already understand the excitement.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Its that time of year again!

I hope to always be in the situation where I can have some kind of garden. even if its a garden out of pots! Living where I'm at right I have the opportunity to take a part in a large garden! Within the next few days I plan on planting herbs in some pots. and then putting the pots next to the dipper system because as we all know from last year I'm not good at watering things.Next I will be Planting some tomatoes and lettuce. There will probably be carrots, corn, onions, squash and pumpkins and who knows what else! The possibilities are endless! Happy Spring!