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I’ve been rather absent lately, OBVIOUSLY, as my last post was quite some time ago.

The quick update?

Spring 2010 yielded nine baby goats in total, five boys, four girls; I’m keeping one doeling, Falafel who was a triplet out of Waffle. Twins Bridget and Gidget still are looking for homes as is Falafel’s sister Taziki, all the boys have left as did one mom, so goal for winter 2010 is just five goats; Falafel, Waffle, Hula, Picante and Acorn. I’m still working at the paper like crazy, writing real estate offers, battling the dirty dishes in the sink and hoping that my FREAKING TOMATOES will turn red, despite the weird cool weather. Garden is flourishing otherwise, as are windowsill plants. Updated photos soon, I pinkie swear!

On a more exciting note, my website design knowledge has increased about 100x since we last…spoke and I have been feverishly working away at two sites;Β  my personal budding photography business, Mphotographress.com and an online business endeavor with Josh, MendoList.com – the first of which I just finally completed today, the latter, well, it’s still in progress.

Go take a peek, at mine tho, eh?Β  πŸ™‚

http://www.mphotographress.com/index.html

As spring comes into full swing, baby goats are on the horizon! … i’ll keep ya’ll posted! three of the five does are preggy and we should be expecting babies by the end of the month!! πŸ™‚

I have good news!

my garlic which i wrote off as dead after last year’s puddle-submerged bed in which they were planted – i noticed earlier this morning that low and behold – the garlic’s a growin’ and its growin’ strong! WAAHOOOO!!! πŸ™‚

GARLIC!

i know its not uber exciting – but they’re alive! and growing! and green! yay! πŸ™‚

also, my window sill in the kitchen has become my other locale for green goodies:

the sil!

from the left:

cat nip sprouting from seed

chives sprouting from seed

abandoned asparagus fern from a friend’s mom im trying to nurse back to health but i think im loosing the battle as its shedding all of its spikes

forget me nots sprouting from seed

(a pie bird!)

basil sprouting from seed

sweet yet weird cactus fro walmart sitting atop a candy cane container

yellow crocus from the farmers market

tomato seeds that sprouted in fall and mostly died over the winter

(wobble bottle opener!)

pepper seeds that sprouted in fall and mostly died over the winter

spider plant on counter that happily grows just about anywhere (and a little small striped house plant inside it too)

and a green hanging plant given as a gift to me from someone who bought an animal at the livestock auction at the redwood empire fair a few years ago chills above the window!

Have you heard of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster?

I’m a total convert. Love it.

In a moment of divine intervention – i have created a ASCII rendering of his Noodlyness for all to enjoy.

i give you:

oo
\ || /
~@~@~
/|||\

Imelda Marcos and I are born of the same tree, i swear.

i may not be in the position to match her shoe for shoe, but i counted my shoes the other day and I can account almost 70 pairs of shoes inside my house – right now accessible in 15 seconds. yes. almost 70 pairs of shoes. and proud of it πŸ™‚

enjoy:

The regular shoes!

and the fancies!

Heel tunnel! (and my laundry! πŸ™‚

ohh la la!

Pootie had to come approve the selection πŸ™‚

… She’s fancy – i think she liked ’em πŸ™‚

Today, i cleaned. if you know me, you know what kind of accomplishment this can be. one of my major conquests? the bookshelf. ONLY books and photo albums were allowed to stay…on the bottom two shelves…pretty much….yeah.

ANYWAY – i decided to share with you my menagerie of odd books, interests and tidbits that grace my little literary corner:

ok, here goes; top to bottom, left to right.

TOP SHELF!

The Undomestic Goddess (btw – SO not true! : )), Sophie Kinsella

She’s Come Undone, Wally Lamb

Shopaholic Ties the Knot, Sophie Kinsella

Can You Keep a Secret?, Sophie Kinsella (sensing a theme? these are all the series of the Confessions of a Shopaholic series – something i SO discovered before the tacky movie came out!)

Rescuing Rose, Isabel Wolff

Even Cowgirls Get The Blues, Tom Robbins

The Undomestic Goddess, Sophie Kinsella (again apparently?!)

Taltos, Anne Rice

Shopaholic Takes Manhattan, Sophie Kinsella

Violin, Anne Rice

Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte ( <–LOVE)

Lasher, Anne Rice

(yeah, so i don’t organize them in any reasonable way – how alphabetized is YOUR shelf?!)

Summer Sisters, Judy Blume ( ive read this maybe 1,000 times)

Redneck Haiku, Mary K. Witte

Second Nature, Alice Hoffman (one i passed the BSC days and out read the writing skills of Ann M. Martin, i read every one of these books written!)

If you Like Pina Coladas …, Al Hoff

A Promising Man, Elizabeth Young

Pretty Little Dirty, Amanda Boyden

Confessions of a Part-Time Sorceress, Shelly MazzanobleΒ  (I SWEAR THIS ONE’S BORROWED–ANGUS!)

The Nanny Diaries, Emma Mclaughlin and Nicola Kraus

(the nameless white spine:) The Counterpane Fairy, Katharine Pyle (impossible to find actual editions 0f – my grandma has one and i remember her reading it to me when i was little)

The Parrot Who Thought She Was a Dog, Nancy Ellis-Bell (she’s my boss!)

Bartlett’s Words for the Wedding, Brett Fletcher Lauer and Aimee Kelley (a left over from my friend’s June wedding – they’re just to the right – and my bridesmaid pic on the right.) These sit atop a few framed photos, my real estate and notary certificates and one three-ring bidner.

BOTTOM SHELF!

Essentials of Real Estate Economics, Dennis J. McKenzie and Richard M. Betts (you’re real estate agent should be informed, no!?)

Gateway to the Redwoods, The Willits News (this was self-published locally by our newspaper – who i work for. I dont know how else to get one than coming into the office!)

A Guide to Microsoft Office 2000 Professional, Beth Brown and Bruce Presley (an old textbook im hoarding)

(the next two are two of my faves – have you SEEN postsecret?!)

My Secret: A PostSecret Book, Frank Warren

The Secret Lives of Men and Women, Frank Warren

Bentley’s Snowflakes CD-ROM and Book, W. A. Bentley

Photoshop 6 Down and Dirty Tricks, Scott Kelby (funny cause im embarking on cs4 as we speak!)

Web Design and Development Using XHTML, Jeffrey Griffin, Carlos Morales, and John Finnegan

Photoshop CS3, Visual Quickstart Guide, ElaineWeinmann

Your Goats, Gail Damerow (Just in case i have a question!)

AND NOW, THE HOLY GRAIL – IVE READ THIS BOOK SSSSSSSOOOOOOOO MANY TIMES!! 1056 pages in the paperback – i have the hardcover!

The Witching Hour, Anne Rice

Lasher, Anne Rice

The Irritable Male Syndrome, Jed Diamond (another former boss!)

When Mother was Eleven-Foot Four; A Christmas Memory, Jerry Camery-Hoggatt

The Hidden Messages in Water, Masaru Emoto and David A. Thayne (more snowflake goodness!)

The Blue Day Book, Bradley Trevor Greive

The Meaning of Life, Bradley Trevor Greive

then, 11 photo albums including my parent’s wedding album, my days in high school, lots of pets and animals and much more.

There is also a green photo album laying on the top of the bottom shelf’s books since it was too tall…and a few random framed pictures that i dont want up and dont want to toss…

On top of the big green album is my one and only copy ofΒ  International Tattoo Art magazine. Its really cool πŸ™‚

…….

What’s on your shelf??