Thursday, August 2, 2012

Magazine Basket

This basket is made from weaving strips of pages torn out of magazines. Add Mod Podge and some bamboo skewers and that's it! This was my first attempt ever at something like this, so I found some flaws I will correct when making my next basket.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Pull Tab Chair

I'm getting close to having enough pull-tabs to make my first pull-tab chair.

I can't wait!

Sorry it's been so long since I've posted. Life gets in the way. More to come soon.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Tractor Bike

I couldn't resist sharing the following picture. I would give credit where credit is due, but it came to me in the form of an email that must have been forwarded a thousand times, with no credits.

No, this is NOT what I look like on the back on Randy's bike! :)

Friday, October 1, 2010

Bucklers Craft Fair October 2010

It's here! Buckler's Craft Fair at the Lakeland Center.

Saturday and Sunday, October 2nd and 3rd from 10 a.m. to 5 on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 on Sunday.

I try to go every time they're in town. The handmade crafts are gorgeous and the home decor is always beautiful. There are unique gift ideas and new products to check out. It's inside so it's air-conditioned. Being at the Lakeland Center provides plenty of free parking. Why not go?

Print this coupon for a buy one get one entrance fee. Or bring a canned good for the same deal. Canned goods go to local food bank.

Visit Buckler's website.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

2010 Good So Far

I've been away from my blog for a while, but I'm back. 2010 so far has been very busy but great. I've been to Sea World, Busch Gardens, Indian Rocks Beach, Knoxville NSRA car show, Leesburg Bikefest, Daytona Bike Week, Bradenton drag races, and I have so much more planned!

If you love steel roller coasters, you must check out Sea World's Manta. You ride facing DOWN. It's a great ride!

Busch Gardens has more roller coasters than Sea World and Sheikra is one of the most thrilling steel coasters I've ridden.

When choosing what beach to go to on the Gulf Coast from central Florida, I prefer Indian Rocks Beach for one reason: an extremely short walk from the car to the beach. I used to frequent Treasure Island, but carrying everything out to the beach is just too much with the long distance from parking.

The NSRA car show in Knoxville was BEAUTIFUL! It was held at Chilhowee Park. With its tree-covered curving landscapes its views are breathtaking.

Leesburg Bikefest was, in my opinion, just as busy if not busier than Daytona Bike Week! The temperature for Daytona was at freezing, so being a Floridian, we didn't brave the cold and ride the bike there. That may be why Leesburg seemed so packed with bikes, because the weather was so much warmer.

My visit to Bradenton Motorsports Park was my first time to a drag race. While the racing was fun to watch, I learned something very important about myself: I LOVE '69 Camaros! The big attraction the day I was there was Elaine Larsen driving the jet powered dragster. It's something you must see in person to appreciate.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Forever Homes Needed ASAP

Name: Teeny
Gender: Female
Age: 5 months
Species: Cat
Breed: Domestic Shorthair
Orphaned Since: 11/14/2009
Teeny may be tiny but her heart is huge.  She is very energetic and friendly with anyone who will love her.  She has been here for 2 months just waiting for someone to take her home. Stop by and meet her today. 

Name: Luke
Gender: Male
Age: 2 yrs 8 mths
Species: Cat
Breed: Turkish Van
Orphaned Since: 2/06/2010
Luke is one dashing cat. He is an orange and white ball of fluff that is just full of love. He gets along with children and other pets, so be sure to bring the family to meet him today!

Name: Millie
Gender: Female
Age: 1 year
Species: Dog
Breed: Akita
Orphaned Since: 1/26/2010
Millie is a healthy, young Akita full of spirit. She is a happy-go lucky kind of dog who wants to make you happy. She is looking for a family to love her as much as she loves them. Play with Millie today!

Name: Shrimp
Gender: Female
Age: 2 mths
Species: Dog
Breed: Hound/ Boxer
Orphaned Since: 2/09/2010
Shrimp is a most adorable puppy with the sweetest heart. She will cuddle with you and just want you to love on her forever. Shrimp and her brothers and sisters are excited to meet you!
Visit us at the SPCA
OPEN Mon – Sat, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
5850 Brannen Rd S
Lakeland Call 863/646-7722
All pets are spayed/neutered and vaccinations are up to date.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Mattress Shopping

Yesterday I went mattress shopping. It's a difficult decision; choosing a mattress. You have to lay on it and decide in 20 seconds or so if this is going to be comfortable for you eight hours at a time, every single night. That's a big decision to make in 20 seconds. They should let you spend the night in the store to be sure it's the one you want. (just kidding). Then there's the price! I hadn't been mattress shopping in quite some time, so the first few stores had me in a state of sticker shock. How can you plunk down an entire paycheck on something you laid on for 20 seconds? It's a huge commitment, buying a bed, that's for sure.

I went to just about every single mattress retailer in Lakeland. While I encountered friendly sales associates at every store, one in particular stood out. Aaron at Mattress Firm was not only friendly, but he was knowledgeable, helpful, attentive and funny. He made the laborious process of choosing a mattress actually fun.I ended up buying the mattress from him, just because he made it out to be alot less stressful than we had already experienced. They have a 90 day exchange policy, which took most of the stress out of the purchase.

If you're shopping for a bed, be sure to check all the stores as I did, but also make sure you stop in and visit Aaron at Mattress Firm on US Hwy 98 N by Chili's on the same side as the mall.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Wallys vs Good Times aka Sharkys

Lakeland, Florida has two "pool halls". Sure, there are many more businesses who have a pool table or two, but if you are looking for a place where you can almost be guaranteed a table, you have two to choose from. Which one is better? As a Lakelander for over 20 years now, and a patron of both, I thought my insight and experiences might be helpful for anyone trying to decide which one to go to.

Good Times
"Good Times", previously known as "Sharky's" is located at Alamo Plaza at the corner of Alamo Drive and South Florida Avenue. They offer "billiards, darts and  spirits", according to their old Sharky's website. I wasn't able to find a Good Times website, other than the one at MySpace Good Times.

The location is good, but the interior hasn't changed in the last 20 years that I can see. Sure, they change out the placement of the foosball and air hockey tables and added stick darts, but the bar itself; the stools, the appliances, mirrors, floors, bathrooms - everything is exactly as it was when I first stepped foot inside the place. Yes, there have been minor changes, like the mini-dj counter that they put up in front of the restrooms then took down. But the important things, like the bar stools, oh my. You'd be hard pressed to find a single bar stool that is level. I was there just last week and I noticed the wall behind the bar is exactly the same, the bar was dirty and the whole place just had a general dark, depressing feel. My opinion is when the lighting is TOO dark, there's something to hide. But you don't have to look too hard to see what it is. I can't remember ever using the restroom there without leaving with a not so good feeling. The restroom (one ladies, as I haven't been in the one mens) leaves lots to be desired. They have alot of tables, though, and they have trivia, which is an added bonus. But finding a level cue or ample seating can be a chore.  The prices are comparable, but the crowd is very young and boisterous; almost always the majority of 20 somethings and under. They don't have a ladies night and the bartender turn-over rate is dizzying. Parking can be limited depending on when you go, as they are in a busy plaza with lots of other businesses. I was leaving just before 8pm and noticed them setting up a cover charge outside. I thought that seemed a little strange, since the place seemed so dreary. I'd say they hit their peak in 2001-2002. Time for some updates, guys.

Wally's is located at the corner of Main Street and Lake Parker Dr. The location being not far from downtown is good, but for me personally . B's about 30 minutes from my south Lakeland home. They're on Wallys MySpace.

I've witnessed several changes over the years, mainly the reconstruction of the bar. I've seen it go from semi-straight to horseshoe and now it's getting ready to change again. The dart/billiard sales area was relocated, walls were opened, and the restrooms redone. I've seen tables being recovered, floor covering being replaced and new games/machines being added including the digital jukebox. There are two huge rooms of tables (a separate juke box in each room) with plenty of seating and six redone and clean restrooms. The lighting is just right; enough to give it some mood, but not so dark as to hide anything. The prices are reasonable, although I might suggest free sodas for designated drivers. The crowd is a good blend of 20's, 30's, 40's and up. It's never a majority of any one particular age group. The same bartenders there today were there when I first stepped foot in the place eight years ago. That says alot about a business; any business. It's nice to see a familiar face one year to the next. Larry and Mikey are great bartenders; they're extremely friendly and very good at what they do.There are other bartenders, but these guys make the place. Parking is no problem, even when the place is crazy busy (most of the time). Every Thursday night is Ladies Night when ladies play free pool. If going for Ladies Night, I suggest going early, as the tables will fill up fast. Keep up the great job, guys!

Here's a quick-reference comparison: (click to enlarge)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Old Photo Request

This may seem like a strange request, but here goes:

The SPCA of Lakeland, Florida began as a small venture, with pets being adopted from the Lake Miriam Plaza on South Florida Avenue in 1979. It wasn't until 1990 that the current shelter land was donated and the shelter was built in 1991.

The SPCA is celebrating their 30th birthday this year. I would like to commemorate the event with some old photos from 1979/1980 when they were adopting animals from the Lake Miriam Publix Plaza parking lot. But here's the thing: All the photos from that time have been lost!

Please, if you or anyone you know may have adopted an animal from the SPCA in 1979 or 1980, and you have photographs of the SPCA adoption process, your pet being adopted, you and/or your pet shortly after adoption, please let me know. I would like to scan these old photos and enlarge them to display at the SPCA's 30th birthday bash to be held on September 12, 2009 at the SPCA. It would be awesome to get some pictures of them set up in the Publix parking lot back then, but any 1979 era SPCA related pictures will do.

Thank you so much!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Box Tops and Labels for Education

Do you cut out all those General Mills Box Tops for Education

and Campbell's Labels for Education?

No? Why not? It only takes a moment to tear the upc off the box or label and store in a designated area in your kitchen. Why would you want to do such a thing if you're not already doing so? Our schools NEED them! General Mills gives 10 cents for every box top and Campbell's gives points used to purchase any number of items from their catalog. This all goes directly to the school and directly benefits our local school children. By saving and sending these you're showing that you care about our children and their education and their future.

Don't have children or grandchildren to give them to? I can help! If you live in Lakeland, Florida, you can drop them off at Lakeland Highlands Middle School at 740 Lake Miriam Dr, Lakeland, FL 33813.
If you DON'T live in Lakeland, I will supply the postage for you to ship them to the school. (from the U.S.). Just save a minimum total of 100 box tops or labels (ok if it's a combination of both) and I will mail you a postage paid envelope! It won't cost you a single penny to save them and give them to a worthy cause - our children!

I'll be coordinating the program for the school. We're working on getting some contests going and to vote on what exactly we'll purchase with the rewards. Check back for updates so you know exactly how your labels and box tops will be used.

Send me an email at when you have saved a minimum of 100 tops or labels or both. Include your name and mailing address. I will send you a postage paid envelope to send the labels to me. Be sure to only collect qualifying box tops or labels. To know for sure what is 'qualifying', I've included both lists below, which you can click on to follow the link to the related site.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Not So Lucky

UPDATE: LUCKY'S BEEN ADOPTED!!! WOOHOO!!! Thank you to everyone who read about and asked about Lucky. I just know he'll be SO Happy in his new home!! Thanks again!

I was visiting the orphaned pets at the SPCA a few days ago and met Lucky, an Akita/Alaskan Husky mix. I immediately fell in love with him because while growing up on a farm in Michigan, we had two gorgeous full-blood Japanese Akitas. I also felt very upset that a dog like this has been stranded in FLORIDA. In case you don't know about Akitas/Huskies, they don't belong in a tropical climate due to their thick fur intended for cold, northern climates. I spent quite a bit of time with Lucky, wondering how on earth someone could think a dog like this would want to be in Florida of all places! Then I put my thinking cap on. I decided I would take action and use my social networking to see if I could find a northerner to adopt Lucky, to get him in the climate he deserves!

Please, to all my northern friends, viewers, occasional browsers, please pass this information along. You can see pictures of Lucky at the Lakeland SPCA site, but I'm also including some here, along with the information provided by the SPCA.

Animal ID 7603517
Species Dog
Breed Akita/Alaskan Husky
Age 7 years 3 months
Sex Male
Size XL
Color Silver Black
Declawed No
Housetrained Yes
Intake Date 7/29/2009
Adoption Price $60.00

Lucky seemed sad to be locked up, but he enjoyed my company just petting him and talking to him. He sat on command so I rewarded him with a Milk Bone treat and I admit I also gave him a rawhide chew...he deserved it!

Please, if you know anyone in the north who can help save this beautiful dog, please contact the SPCA or feel free to email me if you like. I am willing to go to the shelter and take some video footage of Lucky if it will help.

Come on, guys, let's make Lucky mean something! Thanks.

Friday, July 24, 2009


If you live in Lakeland or Polk County, you know all about the SPCA of Lakeland. You know they shelter and care for stray and surrendered animals on Brannen Rd (the road at Sonny's BBQ on South Florida Avenue) . BUT... Did you know you can also find them at:

  • Facebook
I hope you'll visit their blog and leave a comment or two. They need the visitors to help promote the site. If you want to be kept up to date on all the wonderful things they do, just follow them on Twitter. Anything you can do to help out would be greatly appreciated - most of all - by the ANIMALS!

Now...on to other things. Did you also know that the SPCA has their very own FULL SERVICE MEDICAL CENTER - that serves EVERYONE? Imagine making your pet's regular veterinary appointments and knowing that the cost you pay is benefiting the SPCA. You can get everything you get at a regular vet at the SPCA medical center.

Did you also know that you can buy everyday pet items at the SPCA store?

And did you further know that the SPCA has an adoption center and pet boutique at LAKESIDE VILLAGE? They're only there with the animals on Fridays and Saturdays. Check out the website or call to get hours. They're on the left side of the road on the main entrance into the mall (the road that ends at the entrance to the theater).

All of the above is how to connect with the SPCA and I haven't even mentioned how important it is that you should go visit the shelter in hopes of adopting a pet. All animals get a thorough exam, any medication they need, they're tested for personality; they get the royal treatment! I adopted my dog from there 14 years ago and he's still in the family, like one of the kids, and I wouldn't trade that experience for anything in the world.

Yes, there's MORE:
  • Ani-Meals Program - provides dog food and cat food for pets owned by Meals on Wheels clients
  • Humane Education Program - provides education to school children about proper animal care and other animal topics
  • Grief Counseling - provides counseling for the loss of a pet or loved one
  • DogSense Obedience - provides canine obedience training
  • Pet First Aid - provides first aid education and pet cpr
  • And the list goes on!
THEN, there's the WISH LIST... a never ending need for various supplies.

It's all very dizzying, when you look at how much the SPCA does in a single day. That's why I pledged to do what I can by becoming an official SPCA volunteer.

I'll leave you with the words spoken every day for 27 years by someone I won't need to name:
"Help control the pet population. Have your pets spayed or neutered."

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Crowder Brothers Lakeland

If you haven't been to Crowder Brothers Ace Hardware store at Southgate Shopping Center in a while, you need to go. I was there yesterday to ask if they would hang an SPCA fundraiser flyer. While I waited, I browsed through the bird feeder section. They have such an amazing assortment, I was impressed. They have gorgeous bird feeders, bird baths, and lawn decorations. My mom has been wanting a hummingbird feeder and I noticed several she might like, so I took her there tonight.

Well, we couldn't just buy a bird feeder and leave! We also bought a squirrel dome to put over our existing feeder. Then we began to shop. And shop. And shop. The store is really quite big. And the selection - I have to say it again - impressive. I've lived in Lakeland since 1987 and I've been in the store many times. For me it's traditionally been the convenient place to pick up some screws or cup hooks, or get a key made; the little things. I always knew the store was clean and organized and layed out well. And the staff is friendly and helpful and there's always plenty of staff so you never have to wait to find help. But for some reason, I just "tuned out" all the other wonderful things there are to see. I knew, for example, that they sold windchimes, lawn furniture and grills, because they're always on the sidewalk and the first thing you see when you walk inside. But today I wandered and took note of the massive selection of various items you can purchase there.

For instance, did you know that they have about the same selection of kitchen appliances as Wal-Mart? They have an entire isle dedicated to kitchen gadgets and that's my favorite thing to browse. They have a large gift section, with greeting cards, bath and body, knick-knacks, decor, party favors, bric-a-brac, etc. And it's not the cheap dollar store type merchandise, either. Some of the kitchen decor would easily outshine the country crafts found at the Cracker Barrel. There were some extremely beautiful and unique decorative and functional items.

I could have easily spent another hour just perusing all the items the store has to offer. Complete cookware, serving dishes, silverware, glasses, cups, linens, and the list goes on. And that's not even counting all the actual "hardware" items the store carries, being as it's a "hardware" store and all.

Now, you might be thinking their prices might not be comparable, but you would be wrong. After we bought our bird feeder there, I checked out the Wal-Mart website. Crowder Brothers actually had MORE of a selection than Wal-Mart! While Wal-Mart didn't offer the same exact feeder, a similar one sold for the same price. Now, that's saying something worth mentioning!

Here's a list of departments found on their website:
  • Paint and Sundries
  • Lawn and Garden
  • Outdoor Patio
  • Hand and Power Tools
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Hardware
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Housewares
  • Automotive
  • Gift Shop
  • Greeting Cards
Here's a list of services found on their website:
  • Assembly
  • Automotive Chip Key Cutting
  • Blade Sharpening
  • Carpet Cleaning Machine Rental
  • Computerized Paint-Color Matching
  • Delivery
  • Gift Card
  • Glass Repair
  • Glass and Acrylic Cutting
  • In Store Lock Servicing
  • Key Cutting
  • Propane
  • Screen Repair
  • Special Order Services on more than 65000 items
The next time you drive past Southgate Shopping Center, or if you're there anyway to shop the other stores, you MUST visit Crowder Brothers Ace Hardware. If you take the time to look around you'll agree this is a one-stop shop you never would have imagined.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


It's been about six weeks since my last post and that's quite rare for me. Why the long time? I've been crazy busy volunteering for the SPCA.

There's a never-ending list of things that need to be done. I admire and respect everyone there because I see how insanely busy their days are.

Over the last six weeks I have helped at the Dog and Car Wash held at Miller's Lakeland Ale House, an adoption event at Lowe's on Lakeland Highlands and an adoption event at Big Lots in Plant City. I've made doggie donation coats, done some social networking and promoting online, and I've searched for grants they can apply for. I've snapped and shared photos of pets and loaded, unloaded and transported pets. I'm getting Ani-Meals donation bins in businesses and finding auction donations. I'll also be making some bows for the animals at Lakeside Village. I've changed kitty litter, puppy sat a litter of pups while their pen was cleaned out, provided general companionship for the animals, walked dogs and even done some cleaning.

The purpose here is not to toot my own horn; far from it. By relating what all needs to be done, I am hopeful that more people will volunteer to work for the SPCA. I have probably over-extended myself already, but there is so much to do!

If you are looking for a way to help your community and you love animals, please contact Alane at the Lakeland SPCA or contact a shelter in your area. Attend the one hour orientation usually held monthly, have a short interview and VOILA! You could be making a difference. It's so fulfilling; or at least it is for me. There are so many different things you can do - even if you're allergic or can't go to the shelter for some other reason.

If you can't commit to two hours per week, you can still save aluminum cans, printer cartridges and other recyclable items that the SPCA recycles. You can donate money or items on their wish list. You may be able to provide advertising space or help with some of their annual events like Pets on Parade or Auction for the Animals. Whatever you do, I encourage you to take the time to walk through the shelter just once. Your heart will go out to the animals and you will want to do something - anything to help. (I did).

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

DMV Fees Oh My

According to the Polk County, Florida Tax Collector website, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) has more than doubled the fees for vehicle registrations and renewals, beginning September 1, 2009. In some cases, the fees increased by 125%. The DHSMV Fee Schedule shows the cost to get a replacement driver license is going up from $10 to $25.

The Tax Collector advises residents; "Vehicle owners with registrations that expire no later than November 30, 2009 may save money by renewing their registrations on or before August 31, 2009 and pay the lower fee amounts one more year."

Why would Legislature approve a 125% rate increase?

Check out the
Florida Budget Online and make your own assumptions. Yes, the DHSMV lost nearly $27 million in the new budget and had to make it up somewhere, but the Executive Office of the Governor GAINED over $72 million dollars! Salaries and Benefits saw an increase of over $82,000 with a decrease of one position. I don't have an accounting degree, but I think that might mean that although they are eliminating one position (probably one that hasn't been filled in quite some time) they're getting more money for salaries... In laymens terms: A PAY RAISE.

Something just isn't right about Governor's employees getting a pay raise while the rest of the state is falling apart. And that's just one, tiny example of where money could have been saved, in my opinion.

Take a look at "The People's Budget" and see where the state says our money is going while they're making us pay more for their services. There are some scary numbers there.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

ALPR for Lakeland

Automated License Plate Recognition (A.L.P.R.) is software available to law enforcement agencies, which reads vehicle license plates and checks them against a database. The database is loaded with license plate numbers of vehicles reported as:
  • Stolen vehicles
  • Uninsured vehicles
  • Unlicensed drivers
  • Uninsured drivers
When the software finds a match, an alarm is sounded, alerting the officer to investigate. The computer screen displays a photograph of the vehicle, the license plate, how the camera read the license plate number, the vehicle owner's information, and why the number is in the database.

The video below is a Canadian officer providing a demonstration of the system. Please take a moment to see how it works.


Everyone has their own opinions about "Big Brother" and I respect their opinions. To a point. I have a friend who is literally paranoid when it comes to "Big Brother". But that's another story.

Sure, I agree that there can be a fine line between protecting the community and invasion of privacy. However, I must argue that if you're not doing anything illegal, why should you be worried? I don't think "America, the Land of the Free" was intended to mean "where you can break the law and get away with it".

Traffic cameras are an excellent example. They take a photograph IF you run a red light. They're not 24 hour video cameras recording every single second of the day. They're not there to catch you picking your nose. Yes, it's true that they are making the city, county and/or state money that they probably wouldn't have made otherwise. However, I can tell you from personal experience that I am much more attentive to red lights than I was before, just because I know the cameras are there. I can't afford a traffic citation for anything right now; it's just not in my budget. So, I am a more cautious driver as a result. The cameras only reinforce that need for caution. Where's the crime in making drivers more attentive?

The ALPR system sounds like a wonderful tool to me and I hope Lakeland Police will be able to purchase it. I would feel safer knowing they had this software available to them. All I have to do is make sure I keep my insurance paid and keep my license valid and there's no invasion of my privacy. After all, the only records they're going to be searching are the plate numbers that need to be searched. I'm all for it. Where do I sign up for a fundraiser to help pay for it?

Monday, June 8, 2009

Adorable Faces

All of these pictures make it impossible not to fall in love. Just look at these faces!

Name: Heidi
Sex: Female
Age: 6 years, 1 month
Species: Dog
Breed: Border Collie
Orphaned Since: 5/26/2009

Heidi is a sweet girl who gets along with other dogs, cats, and is already house-trained! She has excellent leash manners and is ready to go to her fur-ever home!

Name: Prince
Sex: Male
Age: 9 months
Species: Dog
Breed: Dalmatian Mix
Orphaned Since: 6/1/2009

Hi I'm Prince. I have lived with children, other dogs, and I'm already housebroken. I'm able to jump a fence but I would love to play outside with you! Won't you come meet me today?

Name: Deeny
Sex: Female
Age: 1 year, 5 months
Species: Cat
Breed: Tabby/Dom. Shorthair
Orphaned Since: 5/5/2009

This is Deeny, and she is a real sweetheart. She is a little shy at first, but she would love to get to know you. Come in and visit with her today at the SPCA.

Name: Bangles
Sex: Male
Age: 3 months
Species: Cat
Breed: Domestic Med. Hair
Orphaned Since: 6/1/2009

Hi! I am called Bangles. As you can see I am an adorable little tabby with a white chest and white paws. I am super-sweet and love attention! Come by today and take me home with you---I will be your FOREVER friend!

Visit us at the SPCA

5850 Brannen Rd S
Lakeland Call 863/646-7722

All pets are spayed/neutered and vaccinations are up to date

Want to volunteer? Click here to find out how!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Adopt A Cat Month

June is Adopt a Cat Month at the Lakeland SPCA. Take advantage of month-long specials during the month of June.

June 1 - 7
All feline adoption fees only $60
June 8 - 14
The first 5 cats adopted each day - Only $20
June 15 - 21
Adopt Two Cats for the Price of One
June 22 - 30
All feline adoptions only $60

  • Cats will keep you entertained with their playful antics.
  • Cats are very affectionate and love to cuddle with you.
  • Having a cat can reduce your blood pressure and prevent heart disease.
  • Cats are very clean -- they bathe themselves!
  • Cats are independent and can be left alone while you are at work.
  • Cats do not need to be housebroken -- using the litter box comes naturally to them.
  • Cats do not need a lot of space. They are perfect pets for apartments and smaller homes.
  • Taking care of a cat can help teach a child responsibility and humane values.
  • Cats get plenty of exercise living indoors. Just 15 minutes of playtime each day will satisfy a cat.
  • Approximately 4 million homeless cats end up in animal shelters every year in the United States. By adopting, you’ll be saving a life.
5850 Brannen Road South
Lakeland, FL 33813

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


My kids are ADDICTED to Roblox! In case you aren't familiar with it, it's a cool kids' site where you can build places with Lego type blocks and then invite your friends to visit your places. There's games and all types of interactive things to do.

You can check out my kids' places at: Free Games at ROBLOX. Check out what I have been building lately!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Polk County Man Making Movie

Kevin Brown was laid off from his job as a warehouse manager. Instead of worrying about what he was going to do - he had a plan.

Brown wrote the script for the film Unexpected last year. The loss of his job made him decide to buy a camera and start production of the film. He found a local cast and crew and is currently working on the film.

More and more we tend to read about the bad news; the economy, the cost of living, bankruptcy, crime, etc. It's refreshing to hear that someone, especially some LOCAL, took the lemons he was given and is making lemonade. (pardon the cliche)

The entire film will be shot on location in Polk County. Be sure to watch for places and people you might recognize. Kevin expects to release the independent film to film festivals by the end of this year.

A Bay News 9 story about the film can be read here.

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