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Wordless Wednesday photo below this entry. Yesterday, online friends and I were chatting about family origins and coats of arms. I thought I'd do an online surname search for our Irish families' crests. Here is mine: Origin Displayed: Irish First found in counties Tipperary, Offaly, Monaghan and Louth, where they were seated from very ancient times. Victory over the Danes in 1014. ~<>~<>~ Hubby's name: Origin Displayed: Irish First found in county Tyrone where they held a family seat from ancient times. From Northern Ireland Royalty. ~<>~<>~ Family's Tartans Mine: ...and Hubby's .... And doing my genealogy, searching maiden names of ancestors from the 1600's to the 1800's, I find that we also have Scot, German and French lineage.

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY

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I confess, I'm not one to watch television weekly programs but two/sometimes three; as I've mentioned several times --Prison Break and House are definite weekly viewing for me (when they are televised). Also, the most hilarious prime time comedy --Two and a Half Men. Two and a Half Men was something we stumbled across by mistake and we watched it. It's a half hour comedy that is so funny, don't be eating your snacks or drinking anything for that half hour. It is a real hoot. The cast of characters are just way too funny. My favorites are the house keeper and the little boy. He's shown as a very innocent and typical young man. But his lines in the show along with his divorced dad and uncle Charlie ---well, you just have to have watched it before to know what I mean. Yes, there are quite a few episodes that deal with nature---sex to be more specific. But it's so subtle and the writings/scripts are so funny, you really have to have a quick wit and realize

SUNDAY'S SNIPPET

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I'm always reading Yahoo for the latest in fashion, movies, news, and what not. So, for a chance to make a different 'swing' on the menu for Sunday's Snippet, this afternoon, I read a by-line about foods that make you sleepy. Well, I admit, there are nights after I shut the reading light off, because I've become drowsy --only to find that once in the dark, I'm wide awake. I try to get myself bored by going through the alphabet of a particular subject. Like cities of the world or USA---only to realize I'm thinking too hard and not getting myself bored enough. I'm laying awake around 12:30PM trying to come up with a city that begins with X!! LOL So, the list of the top 10 foods that help you relax and fall asleep are stated here . Along with a yummy sounding recipe for a low fat muffin that will just hit the spot for a night time snack along with a cold glass of milk. [I have ALWAYS drank skim/0% fat milk]. Lullaby Muffins Makes 12 low-fat muffins Be
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It's Sunday. A nice, quiet day in the neighborhood! And the sun's shining brightly. Wind is cold tho. VERY cold and damp. Of course with the constant humidity around the city and area coastal bend, the humidity always makes it seem colder than it actually is. But none-the-less, when we were out for our Sunday breakfast of sausage and egg sandwich while reading the newspaper, by the time I walked back to the car, with only a lightweight sweater, I was shivering, and instantly cranked up the heater in the car. Can you believe it? What a whuss!!!! I tellya, gettin' older and blood thinning by the day, it doesn't take much for this ol' lady to get chilled. But, we had to stop at the store on the way home to replenish cat food--what else is new. Seems between the cat food and cat dirt --the critters are eatin' us out of house and home...then, pissin' it away! Go figure. While sittin' at the table, finishing the final reads in the entertainment sect

SATURDAY PHOTO HUNT

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Info Page - Join This week's theme - SILVER This photo is of an old antique lantern. The glass oil receptacle is lead, the fluted chimney is handblown, the wooden wall hanger unit is walnut, the filigree lantern encasing is brass, and the reflector plate behind the light/wick is SILVER. [click for a much larger view]
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Hubby and I finally got a chance to see another movie that is up for Academy Awards. And this movie was so well acted, with a written script and uncanny resemblance to the real queen Elizabeth II, that I was just dumbfounded. Granted, the first 10 minutes or so into the movie, I leaned over and whispered in hubby's ear that the dialect I have just heard in the movie is more words spoken by the Queen [in real life] that I've heard my entire days on earth!!! But, oh was I awestruck by the movie. It entails the monarchy and Queen Elizabeth II's handling of Princess Diana's tragic death. How England grew to question the monarchy itself, and heresay threats of actually 'doing away' with royalty all together --meaning that England would become a Republic because of the lack of remorse, actions to acknowledge, Princess Diana. It flows through the very first week, in England, after Diana was killed in a car accident. And how Queen Elizabeth II made a choice to sa

FRIDAY'S FEAST

Appetizer I f you could take lessons to learn any musical instrument, which would you want to learn? I'm a self-taught piano player, and I have played the guitar. When we downsized our belongings from Colorado to Arizona, I sold the piano, with all intent of buying another when resettled---moving a piano is an extra fee because of its delicacies and extra insurance with moving van companies. At least that is what we were told---and from the added on hefty fee, it would have been cheaper to just sell the one we had, and buy one when we were moved in. I'd certainly jump at the chance to buy another, and take lessons, but in this stage of life, I have lost desire. My left hand isn't as coordinated as it should be---I can do great with the right hand---and read music, but oh baby, the left hand is about 2 days behind in movement as my right hand when on the keyboard!! That last song that I could actually play very well is Chariots of Fire, and I've forgotten all the ch
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Each time I actually stop to listen to the nightly national news I cringe. And I am truly going against my own convictions here with talkin' about politics or religion....I feel that each has their own opinions of either, and they should be, more often than not, kept to oneself. Afterall, religion and politics (and/or wealth) are what have started wars throughout time. I always skip over blogs' comments when they are talking either of the two for I strongly think that my thoughts are mine...as others leaving comments about either of the two really is not good protocol. And 99% of the time, I feel if you can't say anything good, or agreeable---don't say anything at all. To me , or visa versa. I don't believe in preaching my religious or political emotions--rarely, if ever, commenting thoughts or beliefs to anyone. And for this blog entry, I'm doing neither. My religious beliefs or, stating my political views in any way isn't something I would norm
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THREE NEW ENTRIES TODAY ---ONE humor, ONE Thursday's Thoughts, and ONE meme---all follows--- I was goofin' around the other day...havin' a good ol' hootin' scootin' time of it, and tested the translation skills of the internet. I typed in my blog name...Hootin' Anni, and the knowledge based on the translation sites came up with all these: HOOTIN' ANNI IN: French - Anni Sifflant (looks like maybe I am a stifled ant or something!) German - Johlender Anni (oh oh! Am I a jolly lender now?) Portugese - Barulho de buzina Anni (Bob a loo-o-o-o-o, Bah ba loo-o-o-o!) Russian - Крик Anni (I couldn't put my finger on this yet, perhaps --K-pak? Isn't that a planet or something?) Spanish - Anni que ulula (Rock on Anni!! Rock-a-hula, rock!! See, they're right....Elvis Lives on!!) Arabic - صيحه الذكرى (nothing funny 'bout this! I was sure it'd be something like Idi Amin Da, Da or a close proximity to such.)

THURSDAY'S THOUGHTS

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I'm all for improving the system. And anything that will assist the police force in keeping the drunken drivers off the streets is a thing these days that really needs help. A couple of years ago, that's just what happened. A drunken driver out on the night's city streets ---result of course, killing an innocent 18 year old. The drunken driver? A mere 23 year old! What I'm getting at, there was a trial. The driver was found guilty of intoxication manslaughter and ordered by the district judge to pay the kin $5, 000.00! Along with 10 years probation, with the stipulation he cannot drive HIS vehicle without having a breathalyzer test --that the breathalyzer is hooked to his locked steering wheel. Along with the above mentioned he must spend six months in a substance abuse treatment facility which is operated by the Texas Deapartment of Criminal Justice, afterwards to live in a halfway house for another minimum of 6 months! Now, previously, the drunken driver was co
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I was perusing blogs of friends over my lunch break, from the huge amount of laundry I had facing me for the day, and from Morning Glory's SEEDS FROM MY GARDEN blog, I just had to try this. It is the best kind of meme, where it's a 'tag yourself if you wanna give it a try'. So, here are my answers: Rules: Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the following. They must be REAL places, names, things. NOTHING made up! If you can’t think of anything, skip it. Try to use different answers if the person you're copying this from has the same 1st initial. You CAN’T use your name for the boy/girl name question. YOUR NAME: Hootin' Anni (my blogger name will have to do, and I'll use the "A" instead of the "H" for Hootin' ---Anni, it is) 1. Famous Athlete: Arthur Ashe [tennis] 2. 4-letter word: Also 3. Street name: Amethyst Shore Drive 4. Color: Amber 5. Gifts/present: Agate necklace 6. Vehicle: Audi 500 7. Tropical Location: Acapulco
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*If you're here for the Wordless Blogroll --My W W photo is below this 9 1 1 comedy blog---* *One ringy dingy.....two ringy dingies*..... "911, What's your emergency?" "The little man?! He fell off and broke both his feet off, shoes and all!" "Can you fix him?" "Ma'am, you say both his feet broke off?" "Yes...that's what I said, can you fix him?" "We need help!" "Fast." "Before my hubby gets home." "He'll think I did it." "What is your address?" "We'll get someone there to help." "We're in our kitchen now, I picked him up off the floor, he's on the table now...and I can see pain in his face". An....And, I'm scared." *sobbing now* "Stay calm. We need your address." "It's here in town. Just left of Burger King" "Two blocks off the main drag." "You can't miss it." "

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY

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I stopped by Insanity Prevails yesterday and read her entries for this meme and wanted to do it also....so, here goes after keeping it in draft form last night, I am posting now: ~~FROM 10 to 1~~ * *10 Firsts* * 1. First best friend - Teri V. (But, I really don't consider anyone a 'best' friend...she and I were inseperable, but I/we had many others in the same group. 2. First car - Ford- A white one that was so out of balance it was 'friendly' to anyone on the road with me --waved to other cars going down the road! 3. First love - my puppy 4. First vacation -other than summer school vacations? Probably Idaho, that's the first one I can truly reccollect. I saw hops growing --for some reason that really sticks in my memory bank....they were SO TALL!! For such a litle kid. 5. First job - An actual 'salaried' job, it was head receptionist at the Chamber of Commerce in my hometown, 1965. 6. First piercing - probably around 1990 --I was a late bloom
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From my other blog about being at home 24/7 with a retired hubby...here comes some retaliation to my not so kind words. Well, it was not so kind maybe, kinda, sorta. But in most part, it was true to some. Yet, of course, for me and hubby not true. *crossing my fingers and hoping not to be struck by lightning* In all honesty, he's damn good. Not a perfect man, but none the less, a man of dignity and I find myself adding, such a courageous man to live with me for so many years [going on 39 this May] and still I see love in his eyes when he looks at me. It was once pointed out to me that beauty is in the eye of a beer-holder! I confess, he does drink beer once in a while, not like he [or even we for that matter] used to do. Not any longer. We're not tea-totalers by any means, but we do partake in an icy Tequiza every once in a while. Now, the fact that he continues to be in love with me, unconditionally, I must admit can melt my heart to makin' him a meal fit for
...and the Oscar goes to: Well, the nominations have been published. I confess, this year was a very lax year for the two of us in attending movies. The movies that really did interest us, were shown on a 'limited' basis, and hardly any of them were in our town! Dang! But we did see "The Departed" that is up for Best Picture, but the one I really wanted to see never came to the theaters here....and, that's "The Queen". Best Actor nominees are: Well, let me put it this way, again, only one movie with the actors' nomination was viewed by us, and that was Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Blood Diamond." When we left the theater I did mention to hubby that Mr. DiCaprio did an excellent job and that I wouldn't be surprised that he would be up for an Oscar. [I'm glad that Jack Nicholson wasn't nominated for his part in "The Departed"...honestly? I think his winnings have saturated our dignities to overflowing...really, get

I'M HAVING A MONDAY MOMENT

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Well, once again, it rained last night. I know, I know--hubby and I moved to the sub tropical Texas coast....what do you expect, right? But for 8 days straight [except for a couple hours of sporadic sunshine yesterday] --no sun, drizzling cold days...it gets old. I need a bit of warmth. And ya, I know---afterall, it IS winter. Yada, yada, yada!! ....maybe if I do a sun dance with my rain stick...No? I don't think that would work! I was thinking maybe if I changed the raindance oyyy--y----oooo-ah's and my jiving into a more upbeat rhythm it could possibly be taken as a sun dance? No? Why not? I need some sunshine. My belly is gonna resemble a lizard pretty soon, what with no color on my scales!!! I just gotta bask in those rays and the warmth of a subtropical afternoon of about 75 degrees? Ya baby!!!! Well, then....I'll dream of being in a comfortable environ of my perfectly manicured, beautiful Japanese garden, with the soft gentle clear and bubbling brook meand
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From two pounds of frozen blackberries this afternoon--------- To a mouth watering homemade blackberry pie for dessert this evening!!

SUNDAY SNIPPET

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Seems I'm on a wild animal drive this week. Canaries, coyotes and now pandas? Well, guess you could say there is an animal lover livin' here at Hootin' Anni's. Me!! And I love pandas. Everything about them. I've watched all kinds of webcams this past couple of years at national zoos and so much of it is breath-taking. And to watch the gentle giants nurture and care for the small infants....with just the mildest touches and motherly grunts and whines...it just brings tears to my eyes. Again, nature at its finest...even tho it's not out in the wild. Thing is, maybe there is hope for survival of such beauties as the panda, even if it is in enclosed areas where they are protected and not hunted down. With Sunday, I always like to add a bit of pleasurable somethings for the week's beginning (or week's end if you'd prefer). Something that can make me smile and face another day. The news media through television, radio and computer is filled with

SATURDAY PHOTO HUNT

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Info Page - Join This week's theme - WILD This, if you look closely on the top of the rock outcropping is the infamous ' wild dog of Northern America' ---The Coyote. Coyote, Canis latrans Scientific name: The genus name is the Latin word for dog, Canis. The species name is the Latin word latrans (barking). The common name, coyote, is from the Aztec Indian word coyotl which also means "barking dog." Taken at one of the many desert areas around our home when out walking---on the outskirts of Tucson, Arizona about 3 or 4 years ago; the outdoor desert museum. Cactus plants also grow 'wild' --in foreground to the left, a cholla cactus...to its right, a prickly pear. The tall 'woody' just in front of the coyote and rock where he's perched is the 'ribs' of a Saguaro[pronounced sah WAR oh] cactus....which if not dying or dead---is the green tall ones in the background---the ones that grow arms!! The long slender wooden, leafless 'branche