Thursday, December 31, 2009


2009 is almost history. It has been an amazing year, fast, extremely fast, yet amazing.

The year started off with the very early birth of our first and only GRAND baby. He was early but strong enough that he did not even need oxygen.

He has been a true joy every single day since his birth. We love you Riley.

Now, I sit at my trusty eMachine, thinking. We have so much. Things not necessarily new this year but things we never thought we would have, ever.

King Size bed
Car with a moon roof
Old desktop
Cell phones
New couch and lounger
Nice brick home
No debt except nice brick home
Dish Network TV
Digital Camera

Stuff, for sure, but luxuries, too.

The priceless stuff is, well, priceless.

Hubbie, 42 years
Three grown kiddos
Two married into our family kiddos
GRAND baby, did I mention this already, I repeat myself sometimes, you know ;)

Stable job for Hubbie
Retired early because of an on the job injury, but RETIRED!
Holy Spirit
Sure eternity
Free Country
Our own teeth

There are things I would still like to have, a visit from PCH van or is it an SUV now? Hubbie retired, new kitchen floor, some are dreams, some are possibilities. But, it's not a time, today, to think of the withouts of life.

I am dwelling on the withs of life (spellcheck tricker? teehee).

Today, I was able to give a blessing to a young mother. She wanted a Cannon Rebel camera. Someone gave me one to give to her. I delivered it. She was excited. I was blessed by participating.

I have another prospect for my home biz team.

No one in our family has cancer.

2009 is almost over, only a few more hours now, it's gone in some parts of the world.

It was a very fast, whirlwind year and we are looking forward to 2010!

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Eye for an Eye

Have you watched the judge show Eye for an Eye? It's the first time I have ever watched it.

Today, the case dealt with a woman, who was raped at 14 and became pregnant. She decided to carry the baby to term and put it up for adoption because she was a religious person. This was 21 years ago.

The woman, now grown, married, with children 12 and 16 years old, was requesting the judge give the information on how to contact her child. There was a representative from the adoption agency on the show, too.

The whole idea of the show was the judge would decide if the agency would be required to give the information about the child.

At the end, the judge had contacted the now grown daughter. He also talked to the adopted parents. Everyone was in agreement that it would be a good thing for the daughter and birth mom to meet.

It was a very emotional ending. Why? Because the daughter, 21, was in the audience with her adopted mother. The birth mom was told to turn around, face the audience, the daughter's name was called, she stood up and they 'fell' into each other's arms crying.

There were tears, lots of tears, I even cried.

The adopted mom spoke, crying, saying she was unable to have a baby herself after trying. They were blessed by the baby girl they adopted.

The birth mom was crying because of the years of not knowing, etc.

The daughter was crying because she always wanted to know who her birth mom was, she wasn't just thrown away, etc.

The judge did the right thing. He stated that in adoptions, the main concern is always, always the child.

It was a happy ending and a good story. I'm glad I saw it because now I can blog about it, too!

Adoption is a wonderful thing.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Sad Just Sad

Some days are just sad days. Even after very happy days with good news, sad days come.

It's that mountain top feeling only to come down, maybe not all the way down, but off of the mountain top.

So, that is what today is, a not on the mountain top day. Part of it is the after Christmas blues, part of it is stuff I do not want to happen.

Sadness all around me, in my heart, etc. No one has died. No one is ill. It's just life is changing and the changes are not so happy for me.

I think I'll just zip my lip and say no more.

:( ..... me and my heart. Hey, I'm only human.

Monday, December 28, 2009


Today is Monday and I am distracted.

A dear friend's daughter, only 15, is having heart surgery. It is a long ordeal for her and the family. I wish I was there to hold my friend's hand. Miles are mean some days.

Something else is on my mind, as well. Waiting stinks. Dragging day.

The year is almost over but this day seems like an eternity.

Good news to follow, we are hoping, praying.

UPDATE: The oldest son went for tests cancer found...PTL.
Waiting on news for the friend's daughter...the six hr surgery turned into much longer!!!!!
The friend's daughter is out of surgery. It lasted 9 hours. There were more problems than first realized. She is awake, joking, asking how she looks, typical 15year old, don't you think? Another EKG will be run in the morning, if that is fine, she will go home tomorrow afternoon. We are thrilled and relieved.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Another Sunday Morn

Where are the days, weeks, going? It's Sunday again, already!

Oh, I'm not complaining. I am thankful for Sunday. It represents far more than most people want to recognize, acknowledge.

Most take it as an extra day off, a day to be lazy and watch football, whatever.

In modern history, it is a day to remember the resurrection of Christ.

We live on a nice street that has two other streets connected to it, all are cul-de-sacs. There are no through streets. It is a quiet neighborhood with basketball goals in the streets for the kids to play, shoot. I should take a picture and post. I've never seen another neighborhood like it.

Anyway, as far as I know, there are only two or three other families on our streets that go to church. We are one of them. The rest stay home, work, sleep, etc.

What happened to our country that people do not go to church anymore as a family?

Saturday, December 26, 2009

We Are Family

Christmas has come and gone. Gifts are exchanged. The tree is undecorated but still up, waiting to be put in the box, then transported to the attic.

The oldest son and his family are back at their house in the state north of our state.

The only daughter and her husband are here, packing, moving to the master/guest bedroom, loading the truck, before heading east to their house tomorrow.

The young son is here for another week or so until heading back to his university town.

The Hubbie and I are settled in and enjoying the break but things return to normal on Monday.

We were in the local big box W store today for a few more groceries and to check on the after Christmas sales. Every checkout lane was opened with a line of customers in each one.

There was one lane opened that only had two other customers ahead of us. The light was not on in this particular lane so I asked the lady ahead of me if this lane was opened. She said as far as she knew. After she had all of her items on the checkout belt, she asked the cashier if she was open or closing. No, I am open, why? Your light is not on. Oh, she forgot to turn it on when she opened that lane.

Nice, I thought, this will be short. The Hubbie was waiting in the 10 items or less lane. I called out and waved for him to come to my lane. He did.

The lady just ahead of me had two young boys with her, maybe preteens. The cashier was very friendly and asked if they got everything they wanted for Christmas. The mom looked at them, said, yes, and more. They both shook their heads positive, yes, they did and more.

I joked, well, the new list beings today, for next year. I startled myself when I realized my mindset was to start over immediately after the Christmas holiday.

Am I the only one that starts thinking about next year's Christmas before the tree from this year is even down?

Friday, December 25, 2009


Merry Christmas Day Over

It comes and it goes. Merry Christmas Day is over for another year. I love it but it goes too fast.

This year, in many ways, I cut back. The decorating was less. The deserts were less. The presents were less.

Next year, I am going to search for recipes for food that can be made ahead of time. The hardest part about the day is the cooking. It takes hours and is over in minutes. I am glad my kids help.

So, I am thinking, once again about our servicemen and women who are far from home on this special day. Be sure you are not forgotten and you are brave souls. God bless you all.

And God bless us, everyone.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Special Message for a Special Day

This is a special time of the year. It's Christmas. Some say it's a pagan holiday. Some say it's a holy day. Most say it is a special day to celebrate the birth of a special savior, Christ the Lord.

Check out this amazing link. If it does not work in this post, please copy and paste it. Watch the entire story. It will give you goose bumps.

Merry Christmas Everyone.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


We have an extra person in our house for a visit. He is company but he isn't company.

Can you guess who?

He is very short and cute.

Gotta go and play.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Sunshine Day

Dixie has sunshine today.

I was watching the news today about the huge snow storm in the north east part of the Country. It was unbelievable how much white stuff was on the ground, on cars, on houses. It was everywhere. It covered up cars parked beside the road. It made me feel cold just watching it.

It has been cold in Dixie the last few days but we do have sunshine today. It's beautiful and we are enjoying it.

So, this is Christmas week. The to do list is about conquered. There is baking to do after the groceries are bought. All of that will come in the next day or so. The problem with baking too early is that it never tastes as good if it is a day or so old as it does when it is fresh. The other problem is it may or may not be here when it is suppose to be served. It gets eatten. Not at all at once but a bite at a time.

It doesn't really feel like it should be Christmas 2009. The year has evaporated right before our eyes.

What happened to January, Feburary, and May? ;)

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Holly Jolly Christmas

The time is here. The tree is up. The house is just about all clean. The comforters, curtains and windows are all washed. The countdown has begun.

The young son is home. He is tired and wore out as usual but he is here.

Tomorrow, we will see two people that we have known since 1981. It will be a nice day.

The rest of the family will be here later in the week.

Christmas is almost like cooking a meal. You spend hours and hours, days, even weeks getting ready. It comes and it goes so fast. Still, it is worth the time and effort.

I love this time of year if it can be done without much stress, which has been a goal for this year. The decorating is a bare minimum but that's okay. It will be a bare minimum clean up.

At this time in my life, it's about the whole process being EZ. Do I have an amen?

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Blog World

The blog world is very big. It covers all kinds of subjects. There are recipe blogs. There are wedding blogs. There are blogs about families and kids. I like skipping through the blog world.

Something I have found about the blog world is the ever increasing number of infertility blogs. Some can tear your heart out. As I go through these blogs, read the sadness and the joy when conception happens, I wonder why there are so many.

Sure, growing up we all knew of at least one woman who had no children. She was a rare one. In the old days, most women had children, most women had several children.

Why is there so much infertility in this generation? Have birth control methods caused problems that are unknown? Is it the birth control pill that their mother took that caused the infertility in so many young women yearning for a baby?
Is it because there is so much information and so many ways to hear about other women dealing with it? I have no explanation. I do have a sad heart when I read of their struggle.

If you see a infertility blog and can leave a comment, please do. Any kind words when you are going through the darkness of uncertainty, would help, even from a stranger.

What would you do if it was you?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

What would we do?

There is an email traveling the Internet that is very concerning to me. It is the email about the Airtran flight 297. Have you seen it? Is it true? I don't know.

It started me thinking and contemplating. What would I do if it happened to me? I have not been on a plane since 9/11. Why? I've had no reason to fly, yet. I was a flight attendant before I was married so I have never been afraid to fly. Still, I am a bit scared now since that horrible day in our history.

The email talks about a group of muslim men, in full dress, board a flight, begin to make a scene, two passengers put a stop to it, the muslim men are removed from the flight but are back on it within a matter of minutes. The two passengers exit the plane, along with the entire flight crew, and refuse to fly on that plane. The author of the email waits six hours for the next flight. He states that it appeared to be a dry run, like the ones taken before 9/11, testing the reaction to the passengers, airline and security.

I don't know if it is true or not true or even partly true. But, if it were, and you were on a plane with this happening, what would you do? What would I do?

Our Country is a mess when a group with insane ideas controls everyday life, including the simple act of flying on a plane.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Fun Day

My happy group met today. I started to not go but went anyway. Sometimes the best thing to do is force yourself to do something. I did today.

We went to breakfast at Cracker Barrel. It was fun and I am glad I went.

The rest of the day is taking care of must do-s. I'm sucking it up and going out again in an effort to conquer the to do list.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Sleep Apnea Test Over

The sleep apnea test is over. Now I wait for the results. I know I have sleep apnea. I tried to adjust to a cpap machine for over 3 years and finally gave up. I know that other more serious problems can be caused, even death, so I determined to follow up on the whole thing.

My old sleep pressure was only 7, with 5 being the lowest on the scale, going as high as 20. So my pressure was pretty low.

The reason I stopped wearing my machine was because I would put it on and instead of putting me to sleep, it would wake me up. I would make a list of things to do, mentally start painting the kitchen, stuff like that. I only slept through the night with it two times in all those years. On the other handful of nights I had to take a sleep aid which I don't like, either. Most nights I would just take it off, roll over, go to sleep, no mask in place.

The final straw was I would wake up with a really bad brain ache. Not a headache but my whole brain would be on fire. A year or so was the last time I wore the mask.

I changed doctors, changed sleep clinics and now I wonder what is next. I have a follow up visit in two weeks.

Do you snore, have other sleep problems, you might have sleep apnea. It can be a life threatening physical problem. Follow up on it. It could save your life.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Don't You Know

Last night, I was wide awake until after 3 AM. Today, I went to the morning service at church. The annual Christmas Dinner was after the last amen. Yummy.

I am sitting at my laptop, at the kitchen table, waiting for the muffins to finish baking. The muffins are for the Hubbie's lunch next week. They smell so delicious.

Tonight is night two of my sleep apnea test and there are no naps or stimulants allowed less they interfere with the test tonight.

However, cough choke, I am about to fall asleep at the keyboard. ZZZZZZZ

The formula for the day is as follows:

no sleep till after 3 AM
large potluck dinner after church
not suppose to take a nap or have caffeine after the noon hour

I WANT TO TAKE A NAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Isn't that how life goes? It is good to be alive and still breathing but life is just funny sometimes. Are we still listening? Hello? Wake up.

The zzzzzzzzzzzzzz's won. I napped.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Facebook Merry Christmas

Are you on Facebook? I am. I do not do myspace because it is too wild for this blogger. I do do Facebook though and really really enjoy it.

Since it is almost Christmas, I wanted to do something for my Facebook friends. I set the goal to wish all of them a Merry Christmas. I have 216 friends, I thought to self, this is a breeze. Ha, I jest. It took more time that I realized.

I absolutely enjoyed every minute I was online, on Facebook, wishing my friends on Facebook a Merry Christmas. It was an amazingly sweet time for me. I strolled down memory lane.

Many of my young friends, I have known since they were babies. Some I remember their births. Some I have known for 34 years, my BIL for 43 years. It was wonderful to stop, remember them all.

Facebook is a great diversion, too. It catches people up with people that have not had contact for decades. It is free. It can be addictive.

All of the wishes are done for this year. So, if you are following this blog, as well as on Facebook, I wish you another Merry Christmas! You get two.

Thursday, December 10, 2009


Today I feel like breathing into a paper bag. Hyperventilation was in the house.

We, meaning Hubbie and I, have perfect credit. We have never not paid a bill. This morning, I received a call from a collection agency. What a terrible experience.

The problem is an unpaid bill to the local hospital, supposedly. I have personally been to the hospital four times to take care of the problem. The Hubbie has been there one time for the same problem. We have called twice. Each time, we were told, the balance is not your responsibility, we will take care of it, I will work on it today, the insurance company has paid, etc. We left each time assuming that the problem has been resolved.

Well, apparently, the problem had not been resolved. Today I was called on the phone, threatened, talked over, interrupted and basically harassed. The balance of the bill, which was not ours, was given to this collection agency.

What rude, hateful people threatened me today. I was told it would be put on my credit report, must be paid today, is what I owed, etc. The more I tried to explain, the meaner the agent became. I asked for her supervisor. The supervisor was a bit more calm but it was the same message. If you don't take care of it today, it will go on your report.

After all of their information was written down, their names, numbers, etc. I hung up and headed to the local hospital. I didn't start at the receptionist desk, I started at the Business Office Manager's desk. She is a very nice person, looked up my account, yep, I was right, paid in full, etc. She walked me to the business office and sat me in a chair next to the lady that was suppose to have taken care of this problem months ago.

Well, low and behold, she had only done it yesterday. EEEEEKKKK. I insisted that she call the company, get it straightened out as I was sitting there. She did. She gave me the name of the person she talked to about it. I grilled her, making sure that this was over. Yes, it is no longer a problem, you will not be called again.

I stopped by the Manager's office and thanked her. My heart was beating so fast that I thought I was going to pass out. Then, came home and called the lady who is the Client Service Representative. I explained to her that we have never not paid our bills, I was abused and harassed by her employees and I will sue both of them, as well as their company, if I am ever called again.

What rude, mean people! They would not listen to me, neither the first caller or her supervisor. I tried to explain what we had done, what we had been told, only to be less respected in tone and voice. One of them even admitted we had no other reports on our history. Well, duh, you dummy. Sure there are dead beats that do not pay their bills. We are NOT one. Our history proved it to be so.

I called the Hubbie so I could vent to him before he got home so I would not vent when he did get home. He listened patiently as my heart rate returned to normal.

I was furious. I was also right. The bill is settled, just as I tried to tell the collection idiots.

Now, two hours later, I have calmed down enough to post about it. Why bother? Because people should never be as rude as these people were to me today. There is a nice way to do business and a not nice way to do business. Today, I experienced the not nice way.

Okay, my rant is over, I will end this post. I dread posts that go on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on. Sigh. :)
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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Retirement 911

Hummmmm....I'm sitting here wondering what to post on my blog. I thought about an old recipe but changed my mind. I thought about just posting that I could not think of anything to blog about and leave it at that but I changed my mind on that, too.

Today, Hubbie is off from work. Normally he is off on Thursday but this week he is off on Wednesday. We accomplished the normal day off stuff. He paid the bills, I did the online stuff for him. We ate lunch out. He is taking a nap. I am on the web.

While at lunch, we discussed retirement again. It seems that we should be much further ahead than we are now. After all, we have been married for 42 years. He was in ministry for 30 years (no retirement from these years). He has worked at his present company for 11 years (some retirement from these years). Still, we are behind.

I am wondering how to cut down or rather back our living expenses so we can live on what he does have for retirement. It is quite the juggling act.

We listed the things that we could do and the things that we would still need to have when in retirement like food, gas, utilities, etc. Of course, our need list was bigger. It was the the dollar difference that was the problem, it was the basics that came up to more than the amount of cash that is available.

So, I'm posting this question.

Do you have any websites that would help us tweak our retirement? I would love to learn how others have and are doing it!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

How to clean a dirty kitchen floor

Today's post is a household hint. It is one that I discovered 12 years ago when attending a Newcomers meeting in our little town. It's hard to believe we have been here 12 years but we have.

The speaker for that meeting was a professional house cleaner. She had her own business with multiple employees, office, a phone, computer, the whole nine yards.

This is the hint, complete with a picture.

When cleaning a floor with water, never, never put your mop back into the cleaning water without rinsing it first.

I put water with floor cleaner into the right side sink (r) and clean water in the left side sink (l).

Step one....put your mop into the cleaner water (r), mop an area of the floor.

Step two...put your mop into the clean rinse water (l) in the left side sink, go over the just mopped area with the clean water.

Step three...put your mop back into the clean rinse water (l), squeeze out excess water, before putting it into the cleaner water (r), mop more of the floor.

Step four....put your mop back into the clean rinse water (l), squeeze out excess water, rinse the just mopped area.

The whole idea is to always rinse your mop after cleaning, rinse, go over the floor again, rinse.

You will notice that your rinse water ends up dirtier than your cleaning water!

Your floor will be cleaner because you are rinsing (l) off the dirt that has been lifted by the cleaning water (r).

When I do my entire house, I end up changing the rinse water (l) several times because it is so very dirty. The cleaning water (r) is good for the entire time.

The picture is after just one rinse of a small area of kitchen floor.

It is a bit of extra work but your floor will stay clean longer, leading to less work, and feel so much better on your non pink bunny slippered feet (when you walk around the house barefooted).

Try it. It works.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Pearl Harbor Day

Today is a day that changed our Country so many years ago. It is the day that Japan bombed and destroyed Pearl Harbor, killing thousands of Americans. It is what caused America to join World War 2. It was before I was born so I have no memory of it.

My father, father-in-law, uncle, grandfathers and many other male relatives fought in that war. Thankfully, they all survived to return home.

There is a man in our church that fought in the great battles of Europe. He fought in Africa, moving north to D-Day and on to liberate France. He has amazing stories.

One of them is after D-Day. His unit was settled down for the night. The officers were around one camp fire and the enlisted men were gathered in another area around another fire. An officer, stood up, walked to the edge of the ground that was lit up by the fire to relieve himself.

Suddenly there was a shot that rang out from the darkness. The officer was shot. My friend, looked up, saw where the rifle fire came from, picked up his gun and fired back. There was a thump on the ground.

When the men ran to the officer, he was already dead. When they went into the darkness to see who shot the officer, there laying on the ground was a dead German woman. She had been in the trees, waiting to kill someone, anyone. She did but my friend killed her. He felt bad about that for years because she was a woman.

I told him, no, she was the enemy and she would have easily killed you if she would have had the chance. He seemed better about it. His stories will make your mouth drop! He survived it all to return, too.

America always has had brave young men willing to fight for their country. The story continues today. We have an all volunteer military and still they fight on for victory.

So on this day of death and war I want to salute and praise our brave young men and women of today. You have a wonderful legacy but you are the legacy of tomorrow. Fight on. Live. Return safely. You are all great Americans just as the men that fought all those many years ago today, remember Pearl Harbor Day.

God bless you!!

Sunday, December 6, 2009


Yesterday, I was thinking to myself about some happenings in our past life. The phrase came to my mind, everything rises and falls on leadership.

For years, I thought that it was a prideful thing to say. It was from a man who had way too much pride for one human being. I always thought it was to give himself credit for building the organization. It was his and his alone. He was the reason it was successful. He was the reason it was built. He was the reason it was so big.

However, I beg to differ with that idea now. I realized that true, it takes leadership to build something but no one builds anything alone. There are always others. There are other branches of the organization that add to the size and depth. The organization is the size it is because of these other branches

I realized, too, that if an organization has leadership and that leadership is replaced, whether by choice or by force, there is no way that things will continue as they have in years past. Why? It's simple, it's the absence of leadership that did the building!

I realized that it did not mean that life is not successful. It does not mean that there have not been long term good influences. It only means that if you take away the leadership that built the organization, it will not survive or be the same for that reason. There is a change in the leadership. It was taken away so the fall happens.

It was a big comfort and sigh of relief for me but it probably just sounds like double talk to you. Ooops.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Yawn Saturday

Yep, yawning this early Saturday morning, I am.

Last night I went for a sleep study at the near by local hospital. It was suppose to be a one night study with observation in the first half and cpap the second half. The tech told me I did not have enough episodes so may have to come back for night two. Bummer. The doctor will call me and we will go from there. It was suppose to be one night that has turned into two.

When I left the hospital, walked outside, there was snow everywhere. On the car windows, hood, ground, signs, everywhere. Being the unyankee that I am, I sat in the car for a few minutes, heat on, hoping not to have to scrape the windows. Of course, it didn't work. I had to scrape the windows. It all melted much quickly after the snow/ice was off.

I drove thru Hardee's for breakfast then headed to the house.

There was a pick up truck overturned on the way home. I called 911 who said they were on their way. The driver was still in the truck, upside down. There was another trucker who was helping so I moved on since the location of the accident was in a very difficult place which could have caused another accident. I hope the driver is okay.

Now, I am home with one load of laundry done, blogging, and headed to the shower then a morning nap.

I was given a sleep aid and still feel sleepy. So, it is a yawn Saturday, a beautiful, snow on the ground Saturday!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Climate Gate

Remember Watergate? It was a break in by some of Richard Nixon's associates. It was to retrieve information from the Democratic headquarters. They were caught and it eventually brought down a President.

Climate gate is spilling the beans on the global warming lie. The world has been scammed and millions have fell for it.

Now, it has been discovered that graphs have been faked. Emails have been covered up admitting the fraud. The so called proof was actually taken from 3, yes only 3 tress, in one field, supposedly proving we are destroying the planet.

People have sent money to balance out their carbon foot print. What insanity!! Anyone that has fallen for this scam should be embarrassed.

Thankfully, I am not one of them. I know that man cannot change the weather. Man cannot stop a storm or a flood. Man cannot change the temperature of the weather by one degree. There is only one power that can do that. It is not man. It is not Al Gore, or Obama, or Madonna, or any other human.

So stop buying the green light bulbs, etc. The entire green movement is only a way that the government wants to control our lives.

People should go to jail for the fraud of climate gate, too, just as they did for Watergate many years ago.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Happy December Third

The young son is back in his university town. What he will do, is still undecided. He is on the mend but still weak.

The oldest son is being taken care of by his wife, who was able to work from home for a couple of days. It's been hard on their little family, including the GRAND baby. It's pretty amazing how sensitive little ones can be to the stress and out of schedule goings on can be for them.

The Hubbie is in a meeting at the corporate office tonight.

I am relaxing on the new furniture.

It seems I am not the only one that is wondering where November vanished. I've read several posts that others are wondering, too.

But, it's another month, time to move forward, accomplish stuff for the Christmas season and enjoy being together.

Today, is 12/03/2009, a special day. It is the GRAND baby's 11 month birth date. He was a preemie, weighed 5 lbs plus some ounces. Today, he is crawling, walking holding onto things, saying hi, and growing like a weed.

You knew a picture had to be coming, so here it is. It's the Hubbie, holding the GRAND baby.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


Home again. I've been at the oldest Son's house, helping take care of him and the GRAND baby.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Nippy Nippy

It is Monday, November 30, 2009, and it is nippy cold with rain outside today. This is documentation in case some other far away life form is trying to contact earth. Just kidding.

My to do list is about 12 things long and I don't even want to get out of my housecoat. One thing is off my list and all I could do was leave a message for the person to call me back. So much for urgent business stuff.

Since I really do no want to be a grump, I think I'll just post this and maybe do a part two later today, may be not.

Any is a picture....they say they are worth a thousand words. Any picture would save a bunch of key strokes on a blog.

It's a picture of an old light fixture from the underside. It's also a wish for a bright happy day even when it's nippy cold with rain outside.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Big Blue Chair

November, as posted earlier, was a difficult month. Several major things happened in our lives, including the oldest son being hospitalized because a blood clot had passed through his heart, broke into two pieces and lodged in his lung. He survived.

A sweet family in their church prepared Thanksgiving dinner for them and brought it to their house. The Son asked us to drive up and share it with them. Yes, we will come. It was a very nice dinner and even nicer because it was stress free.

While there, I was able to rock the GRAND baby in the big blue chair in his nursery. It is a very pretty chair and very comfortable.

There is a plan to rocking the GRAND baby to sleep. You must let him think he is in control and not going to sleep. Of course, Grammi wins and he sleeps. This time, instead of laying him down in a cold bed, I rocked him the entire nap. It was wonderfully peaceful as I thought about how life could have been so very different for all of us, including him, if the Son had not survived. I rocked and cried and rocked some more until the GRAND baby was rested and woke up.

So, I sat counting my blessings. They are many, as many as the number of rocks we took this Thanksgiving day in the big blue chair.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Wide Awake Started Dreaming

Last night I was so wired. Everyone went to bed around 8 PM CST. I was wide awake but went to bed to keep from making too much noise. I laid in bed, eyes opened, dreaming.

Does Santa have good, clean used RVs at the North Pole? I thought it would be great to sell just about everything we own, store my little Honda, some other stuff, hook up the Toyota and hit the road. The Hubbie and I could be retired hippies. We could visit long time friends, spread peace and love but no dope, ever. Only dopes do dope.

I would love to start in Florida to see Paul, a young man fighting for his life against cancer, scoot by and hug Trish and Bob's neck because they were there for us when we needed someone. Then head north to South Carolina to visit the daughter and Sil. He has some land near the Peach water tower in the upper part of the state and I think he would have an electrical outlet we could plug into for a few days.

Then, on to North Carolina where we have lots of friends in the Charlotte area, Raleigh and around other parts. I miss them all. We lived in that state for sixteen years and never made it to DC. DC would be our next stop then head to New York to visit a couple that gave us a home when we had no home. I would love to see them both.

All of this would only be phase one of the dream, it would be a huge loop to Kansas, Texas and back with the GRAND baby's area being home base. Our trip might look more like a daisy than a circle. We would have to see him regularly, of course.

See how far you can travel in a few minutes, via the dream world with your eyes still opened? zzzzzzzzzzzz

Friday, November 27, 2009

The Day After

Thanksgiving has come and gone. It went by in a flash, didn't it? Now on to Christmas. This is the most behindest (yes, spellcheck got it) I have ever been in my entire life since becoming a mother.

For years, I kept out $10 per week from my household monies and was always finished way early but these last two years all I can say is ha ha ha ha. What is not got it together for 100 dollars, Alec?

Things not done include, zero decorations, zero clean windows, zero clean curtains, zero presents wrapped and only a few purchased.

Maybe I should just go into the woods, pick up a dead branch and label it ba hum bug. Naaahh, I won't do that this year. After all, it's the GRAND baby's first one.

So what if things are yet to be done. What will be done will be done. What isn't done, can be done later, maybe.

It's time for a tree, lights, shopping and fun!!!

Ready? Set? Go!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Full Cup

Today my posting on Facebook was: My cup is spilling over...into the saucer...on to the table. It is a reference to a Bible verse that says my cup runneth over.

I woke up this morning with feelings of more than a full cup of blessings. I was realizing not only was my cup full but it was full into the saucer which was full on to the table, all examples of how my blessings are overflowing.

The oldest son survived a near death experience. We are thankful. The youngest son is struggling but better. We are thankful. The Hubbie and I are working on our 43 years of being married. We are thankful. The GRAND baby is, well, he's just GRAND. We are thankful. Our daughter is well. We are thankful. Our family has grown by a DIL and SIL in the last few years. We are thankful. America is the greatest country. We are thankful.

The spillings could go on and on but I'll end here and wish everyone in the blog world, Happy Thanksgiving and wishes for a full cup, saucer, and even on the table.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

I Do

Forty two years ago today, November 25, 1967, Hubbie and I said, I do. We did and it took.

He was 20, I was 19. We lived in Texas at the time. Because of state laws, his mother had to go to City Hall with us and sign permission for him to marry. I, being a grown woman of 19, was considered an adult at 18. He was not legal until he was 21. So, it was the Hubbie, his Mom, and me, riding on the elevator up to sign the papers for the license, not very romantic but I remember it like it was yesterday.

We have had a good life, not a perfect life, but a good one. There are regrets, things we wish we had not done, put up with, suffered, but there are things that are wonderfully wonderful, too.

We were discussing what to get for gifts. We decided we needed a new digital camera with video for the GRAND baby because that is now a must in our lives. He makes us so happy even on sad days. I went to the big W yesterday and bought a red Kodak camera. I was going to buy another Samsung, more expensive, but decided to go for the Kodak. I will put it in a pretty bag, give it to him, he will open, act surprised, put it back into the bag, give it to me, I will act surprised. It will be fun. We have all we need and only a few wants left in life. God is good.

So, today, I am sweetly reminiscing. Love is deaf, dumb, and blind but also lasting.

We think we're going to make it.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Nasty November

Yep, November, month #11, has been pretty nasty at our house.

The young son has been home from the University twice, sick. He has had strep, been to the family doctor three times and six RXs from the local drugstore. He is on the mend finally.

The first born, older son has been in the hospital with two blood clots in his lung. It has been an amazingly scary time for all of us. He has survived to be with his wife and 10 month old baby son. We are thankful.

Finally, I have been sick, sore throat, throwing up, fever. I wasn't able to go to the hospital to see the oldest son. It was difficult. I am improving and about back to normal.

The original plan for month #11 was to clean the house from top to bottom, one day and one project per day would do it. The month has come and gone with nothing done on the plan. The problem with house cleaning plans is they can always be done another day, much like Scarlett in Gone with the Wind.

A month full of ups and downs, one that is gone in a blink, can put the focus of the important things back in focus. Family is the important thing. Housecleaning can be done a bit over time.

So, the wish is, bye, bye November!

Sunday, November 22, 2009


I am sick.

Blog later.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

U. S. Navy Brat and the Bainbridge

I'm sitting here watching TV while the young son is sleeping in the recliner. He is home from the University, sick, again or still.

It is telling the story of the pirates that captured the ship last year, the hero captain, crew and how they were rescued by the U. S. Navy ship Bainbridge. It is giving me chills. It makes me proud that I have a connection to the U. S. Navy.

My Dad was a lifer. He spent 19 years, 20 something days, X number of hours serving his Country. He had it down to the minute but I don't remember it. It was trivial back then. I was a teenager and thought it was pretty silly. Now, it gives me a sense of pride in his service.

I never have had a normal life. I was born into the Navy and my first move was at 6 weeks old. I moved all my growing up years. It has good and bad points, of course, as does all of life. You know you only have so many years to be at a place so you get in, make friends, make do, bond with others in the same boat. You make the most of it. The hard part is the moving, leaving the life you have made, only to do it all over again at the next port of call.

True, there were bonds over the years but they have all been lost. There are no life long friends that we still talk or write. However, because of that experience, I know that if and when our paths would ever cross, we would still be friends. Friends not in touch. It's okay. I had a good life, although at the time I could only see the negatives. My family is my life now and I love it.

Being attached to the service is like everything else. It has pros and cons. I know of people that have never been out of the state they were born in until they were adults. It seems strange to me.

I just wanted to take this opportunity to say I am thankful for my life connection to the Navy. It is a sense of pride for me. To the crew of this great Navy vessel, you are amazing. I would give you all a medal.

To my Dad, I say, Thanks, Dad, you did good.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Lead Me in a Plain Path

Years ago we were in a situation that we did not know which way to go. The Scripture came to us in a time that we needed it. We are there again.

I am so confused that I don't have a clue what to do. There are only two options and both have their drawbacks. Me, sitting here thinks, suck it up and go on. What if that is the wrong decision?

This is a picture of 3 geese walking down the beach in Florida. There are two males and one female. Their prints were in the sand but do not show up well in this picture. They walked directly down the white sand without straying right or left.

I need to be led in a plain, clear, direct path. Help!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Sally Beauty Supply

When I had my last haircut, I asked the nice manager if she could make some recommendations about my thinning hair. She did. She suggested a product that they sell. The cost was $26.95 for 3 small bottles plus tax!!

I stopped by the local Sally Beauty Supply store and found the same product in bottles twice the size that was sold at the store where I had my hair cut. The cost was half for double the product.

I purchased the product at the checkout and was asked if I had a Sally card. My response was no. I was offered one for $5 or $2.50 if I was over 55. Oh yeah!! I bought the card for $2.50.

Then, to my surprise, two coupons printed out. One for $5 with my next $5 purchase and $5 off of a $5 purchase during the week of Tgiving. Fun! Free stuff!

I love a bargain.

Monday, November 16, 2009


In case we run out of masks during the H1N1 flu season, here is a mask you can make yourself.

It is even compatible with the wearing of glasses.


Sunday, November 15, 2009

Uhoh Spaghetti O's

I did an uhoh. I set the alarm for church, turned it off when it started to sound, turned over and woke up an hour later. It was only minutes away from leaving time. I sent the Hubbie a text that I had overslept. I will go to the night service. Still I feel like a little kid that got away with something. Uhoh, Spaghetti O's.

The weather is absolutely beautiful here today. There is a bit of a chill in the air but I love the no humidity part of this season. You can breathe in fresh crisp air and feel great.

Soon will be the Hubbie's and my 42nd Happy Anniversary. We have been straight, sober, and sweethearts for 42 years. Well, some days not sweethearts but, hey, it's been almost 42 years. He is a very good man. He works hard. He is honest. He is my companion. He thinks that there is no marriage in Heaven but I got a clue for him. He's stuck with me forever and ever. I love him.

Last night we decided that we would buy ourselves a new camera for our 42nd. My camera quit and has yet to be revived in spite of all that can be done. He is not a camera bug like me but he enjoys the videos of the GRAND baby so we must have videos every time he comes or when we are around him. Now to decide which one to purchase. These little decisions are fun.

It's a great day and it's great to be alive even when you pull an uhoh. ;)

Saturday, November 14, 2009


I'm sitting at my old eMachine giggling at myself.

This day is almost over and I have yet to post a single word. I am seriously considering making this a habit. It seems to work so much better for me, myself, and I.

Today was interesting. It is Saturday so I slept late. Saturday is my day off. Or rather one of them now that I am retired. I had a shop to do so I planned to do it for lunch so I could eat lunch for free. I did.

There was a very short list of stuff to get from the big W. The list was followed and the stuff was obtained.

The Hubbie came home early tonight, which he rarely does. I was talking to the young son on the phone when I heard the garage door go up. The young son said just get a pizza. The Hubbie walked in the door and I repeated, let's just get a pizza. Okay with the Hubbie so it's okay with me. Little did I know the adventure that was ahead of me.

Pizza Hut has large pies for only $10. I ordered one for pick up. The man on the phone said 15 to 20 minutes and it would be ready. Okay, good, that will work for me. I put on my pink bunny slippers and headed out the door. Whoa! The entire town must have had the same idea. I sat in line at the pick up window for a good 20 minutes. I called the restaurant to see if my order was ready. I was going to walk inside and pay but nope, not ready. Besides I drove around the building and the place was packed including a line at the inside pick up window.

So, I sat myself in the seat of the Honda and waited my turn to the drive up window.

Rarely do I go out to a store in slippers. Why? Because it brings dirt into the house that would not normally be in the house and because it looks stupid.

Note to self: Self, you never know so don't wear pink bunny slippers to any where any more ever again. Case closed. We want these cuties to last a long time.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Two Years Past

Two years ago today, my life changed.

I fell while working at the big W. It permanently damaged my right shoulder and other parts. My working life ended.

I've always been a hard worker. I could out last most people half my age when I was at my best. No longer.

So, now that I am past the two year mark, I am feeling sad. I must refocus my life and find a new beginning. I'm still breathing, still walking, still have my sight, etc.

I look at others whose life changed in an instant, too. The lady that was mauled by the human chimp. The Dallas Cowboy coach that is in a wheelchair for life. A sweet lady I met recently.

Bad things do happen to good people.

But, good things can come out of the bad.

We must all focus on the good things in our lives. We live in the greatest Country in spite of it's present troubles. We still have freedom of speech, for now anyway. We have the best armed forces ever in the history of the world.

It's time to close the door, lock it, turn around and start walking, living forward. Even if it is a really big door!

Thursday, November 12, 2009



The Hubbie is Off Today

The Hubbie is off today. We will do things like take care of weekly business by updating the checkbook, run some errands, he will take a nap, watch some TV. It will be a full day and will go by too fast. Even being an empty nester, the days go by too fast.

I am working on a post but not sure how to write it out yet. It's been a life changing moment to me and I want to be sensitive about saying what I have to say.

Plus, I need to pull the pictures out of the scrapbook and post the ones of The Hubbie's car wreck in 1975. I have not forgotten that I said I would do it.

In the meantime, I will post another pretty picture for the blog world to enjoy.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Day Is Done

Today screamed by way too fast. I slept too late, had some training for my home biz, did some errands, made some decisions. It was a busy day. Today, the DC terrorist was put to death. Today, the Ft Hood dead were remembered. Today, it rained and rained some more.

I have been a blogger on the world wide web for one year. 11/10/09

Monday, November 9, 2009

Fort Hood Texas

Fort Hood Texas has a place in our lives. Hubbie and I were there when he was in the Army. Our first child was born at Darnall Army Hospital. We lived in a then small town close to the base called Coppers Cove. I worked at the local Junior College briefly but was let go when I began showing with the baby. Something like that would not happen today. There are laws against it but hey this was 1970.

Fort Hood is in pain today. Even though it is the largest base in the country, it is still a family. Everyone there is in the same boat. They are from all parts of the country and the world. They unite in times of trouble, in times of being alone and in times of happiness.

The man that murdered the brave soliders knew what he was doing. He knew the men at the center would be unarmed. He knew the times. He knew the process they were involved in doing. He knew they were sitting ducks. He intended to kill. He is a coward.

Thank the Good Lord for the hero police woman. She is now famous. She deserves every praise she is given. Her story will be told for decades.

This blog is praying for peace and comfort to the families of the fallen. Their lives will never be the same but our hearts are with them all.

Sunday, November 8, 2009


Tonight, we were watching the TV. I caught this quote from a fighter who has something to do with cage people fighting other cage people. I am not a devoted fan as you can tell by this description. Still a quote caught my ear.

Don't let something pass you by that you know you can do to make your life better.

This pretty much sums up my focus for my home biz.

I cannot let it pass me by.

I know I can do it.

It will make my life better.

This sounds like a great Facebook status quote to me.

Do you need a new status in your life? What are you doing today that if you don't change, will make your life better? Where will you be in 3 years? 5 years?

Are you at the crossroads of your life? Are you changing jobs? Do you need additional income? How about paying off a house? Paying for college in the future or student loans now? Leaving the military?

My home biz is a great way to look forward to the future, in spite of what the stock market does or doesn't do, and will make your life better.

Interested? Contact me.

We are people helping people.

Friday, November 6, 2009

24 Hours

Nope, this is not a post about the now famous TV show 24. It is a simple post about the last 24 hours in our lives. There is only one word for it.


Sometimes life is like that, crazy. It's out of control, hard to understand, scary, clueless, full of whys and no direction. I think I need someone to say go thata way.


But, today is better. The young son is home from the university for a few hours. The GRAND baby is on his way with his Mommy and his Daddy for the weekend. It's okay.

CRAZY can wait.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Wednesday and the Light Finally Came On

This is a pretty late time to be posting a post. Wednesday is almost over.

Today was insane. I lost my wallet.

Yes, I panicked. I called the Hubbie, told him, he tried to help me remember where it was, no luck.

Yes, I tore the house apart, dumped my purse, tore the car up looking for it, not once by twice.

Yes, I cancelled my American Express Card, went to the driver's license office, the system was down, not once but twice, so no new license.

Yes, I went back to the Kroger Pharmacy, after I had called it once already, because after all, it was the only place I had used it yesterday.

Finally, I thought, I better text the young son and see if it was in his car. He made a quick trip home to go to the Doctor. I took his car to fill it up with gas while he was at his appointment.

Yes, it was in his car. I asked him to call me. He did. I wanted to know why he didn't call and tell me it was there because I was driving myself crazy. He said, I just found it.

So, I am breathing easier. I must meet him half way tomorrow to get it. I really really hope I don't get stopped or have a wreck. I will just have to explain that I went to get another one but the statewide system was down all day.

At the very least, I know where it is.

Silly, silly me. Am I alone in my silliness? I don't think so. It's okay.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Computer Stuff

What a week!? I am dealing with stuff that I don't even want to think about much less deal with during this week.

I'm wondering how I ever worked? Where is the time going? Lots of times saving devices and still no time.

It's almost Christmas!! It's almost 2010.

I'm off. Well, not as in out of the house, just dealing with the online stuff I have to do.

What did we do without computers? When I first started learning the computer, about 20 years ago now, I thought it was a glorified typewriter. Why? There was no Internet. Boy was I wrong! What would I do without my Internet?

It keeps me in touch. It helps me accomplish so much stuff, like this week's stuff. It entertains me. It gives me hope and something to look forward to everyday.

Can we even remember what we did before we had a computer?

Monday, November 2, 2009

Goose Bumps

Today is a busy day. Several things need to be accomplished. I did take the time to check out FOX news online. I saw the report of the new Navy ship coming into New York. It was an amazing site!

The ship is made from tons and tons of steel from the World Trade Center twin towers that were destroyed on 9/11.

The profile of the ship is spectacular. The designers and builders have done our great Country proud! It's beautiful.

So, I pause, too, to think of the men and women that are battling the evil that started on that day. Sadly, it had been battling us for years and we did nothing. But, on that sad day, America rallied and began to plan to kill the ones that did this to us.

American Soldier, Sailor, Marine, keep strong. WE are proud of you and your character.


Sunday, November 1, 2009

A Ha Ha Sunday

It was a bright, cool, sunny day in our part of Dixie today. The air was crisp with zero humidity. Church was great and everyone was very happy to be together.

As you know, I do mystery shopping to provide myself with spending cash. Today I had a scheduled grocery shop, which was accomplished, and submitted as required.

The other shop I had was a last minute, emergency, no one will do it for the scheduler, assignment. It was a tanning shop. I have never tanned any way other than in the sun with a swimsuit or the like on the body.

Today I went totally nuddie. I never never never thought I would do it but I did. It was a spray tan. You strip, step into the shower like enclosure, put your feet in position and the machine sprays up your body. The machine then tells you to change positions and sprays down the other side of the body.

It was cold but so much fun. I was there, all alone, locked in a room, not much bigger than a closet giggling away. It only took about 2 minutes but sure was fun. I like the way the tan turned out except there are places that are tanned now that have never seen sunshine.

A couple of weeks ago, I bought a bright orange jacket for under $8, new. It's not one of my colors. I like orange and use to wear it until the whole season color thing hit the world stage. I am a winter and should never wear orange.

Phooey, I am 61 and have decided I can wear whatever color I want. I wore it to church last week and was told I looked pretty by more than one person. So, I'll wear it again.

As far as the tanning, I don't know if I will pay the $20 to do it on my own. You see, I will be reimbursed for this tan, as well as get a fee for doing the shop.

I did have a great giggle, all alone, me and myself, getting sprayed tan.

Who would have ever thunk it?

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween 2009

No where near scarey but sure is cute. It's the GRAND baby's first Happy Halloween costume.

New Corvette and the State Trooper

Here is a senior citizen joke for today.

A senior citizen drove his brand new Corvette convertible out of the dealership.
Taking off down the road, he floored it to 80 mph, enjoying the wind blowing through what little hair he had left.

'Amazing,' he thought as he flew down I-95, pushing the pedal even more. Looking in his rear view mirror, he saw a state trooper behind him, lights flashing and siren blaring. He floored it to 100 mph, then 110, then 120. Suddenly he thought, What am I doing? I'm too old for this and pulled over to await the trooper's arrival.

Pulling in behind him, the trooper walked up to the Corvette, looked at his watch and said,
"Sir, my shift ends in 30 minutes. Today is Friday. If you can give me a reason for speeding that I've never heard before, I'll let you go."

The old gentleman paused. Then said, "Years ago, my wife ran off with a State Trooper. I thought you were bringing her back."

"Have a good day, sir,"' replied the trooper.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

19 Dead Raccoons

Yesterday this blogger observed 19 dead raccoons in various stages of un raccooning.

I made a quick trip to meet the youngest son. He is in the university and needed a few things from the house, including his winter coat. We met half way between his place and our place. I miss him.

On the way there, back home, to a near by city, back home, I saw, along the side of the road 19 dead raccoons. They were not all in one spot, of course. They were all fatalities beside the highway. Some were still in recognizable condition, others were just a greasy spot with a tail remaining. One was flat on the back with all four legs sticking straight up towards heaven.

First of all, I did not realize there were so many raccoons around here.

Second, they should stay away from the freeway because people can be dangerous.

Third, life is short for all of us, even the little animals.

So I took the time to think and I came up with this conclusion. Sure, we may not have many things that other people have in this world. BUT, we do have a lot of things that some people would give all they had to have.

We have a warm place to live, three healthy strong, adult children. We have two married into our family adults who fit with the family. We have the GRAND baby who is healthy and strong, too.

No one is in jail or ever has been. No one has a death door disease. No one is unemployed at the moment. No one is on drugs. No one smokes.

So, on this cool rain soaked day, I am pausing considering the lesson of 19 dead raccoons.

Life is short.
Death is certain.
Be careful.
Love those in your life.
Be thankful.
Live the simple life.
All is well.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Rules of the Universe

Copied from a public email and too funny not to post!

Rules of the Universe

1. Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a
laxative on the same night.

2. Don't worry about what people think; they don't do it very often.

3. Going to church doesn't make you a Christian anymore than
standing in a garage makes you a car.

4. Artificial intelligence is no match for natural stupidity.

5. Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is

6. A person, who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a
nice person. (This is very important. Pay attention! It never fails.)

7. For every action, there is an equal and opposite government

8. If you look like your passport picture, you probably need the

9. Bills travel through the mail at twice the speed of checks.

10. A conscience is what hurts when all of your other parts feel so

11. Eat well, stay fit, die anyway.

12. Men are from earth. Women are from earth. Deal with it. Embrace
your differences. Love each other.

13. No man has ever been shot while doing the dishes.

14. A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.

15. Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the
waist change places.

16. Opportunities always look bigger after they have passed.

17. Junk is something you've kept for years and throw away three
weeks before you need it.

18. There is always one more imbecile than you counted on.

19. Experience is a wonderful thing. It enables you to recognize a
mistake when you make it again.

20. By the time you can make ends meet, they move the ends.

21. Thou shalt not weigh more than thy refrigerator.

22. Someone who thinks logically provides a nice contrast to the
real world.

23. It ain't the jeans that make your butt look fat.

24. There is a very fine line between 'hobby' and "mental illness."

25. People who want to share their religious views with you almost
never want you to share yours with them.

26. You should not confuse your career with your life.

27. Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.

28. Never lick a steak knife.

29. The most destructive force in the universe is gossip.

30. You will never find anybody who can give you a clear and
compelling reason why we observe daylight savings time.

31. You should never say anything to a woman that even remotely
suggests that you think she's pregnant unless you can see an actual
emerging from her at that moment.

32. The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless of age,
gender, religion, economic status or ethnic background, is that,
deep down inside, we ALL believe that we are above average drivers.

33. Your friends love you anyway.

34. Never be afraid to try something new. Remember that a lone
amateur built the Ark. A large group of professionals built the

35. How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?

Friday, October 23, 2009

Time to get out of the house

Depression stinks. When you feel yourself sinking, the best way to handle it, without medication, is to change scenery. So, I am.

Meanwhile, this is something to think about. Mute the music at the bottom of the page.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Mickey D Monopoly Game

Are you playing the famous MacDonald's (fast food, golden arches) Monopoly game? I am. It is very weird.

I like to buy Mickey D sweet tea on Tuesday. Two game pieces are attached to each large drink cup, as well as other food items.

Several different codes have been entered. The weird thing is, the code does not match the game piece. The code registers as a different piece of property on the web.

Oh well, I'll continue to play the silly game. I never win. I play just about every year with the same result.

Hubbie thinks I am silly for playing. My answer is if I play, I have a chance. If I don't play, I have no chance.

Rationality. Makes sense to me!?

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


I have so many things in my head.

Emotions, good and bad, popping up. Sorta like this fountain.

So it's just a humma, humma, day, and post.

Is it really better to say nothing at all if you cannot say something nice?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Oh Pooh

I'm not going to end the day with a negative.

Today is our only daugher's birthday. She was born 32 years ago in Texas. She is the daughter we never thought we would have.

Hubbie's family is mostly male children with only a few female children. I am the only girl in my family.

I lost a baby in 1975 and ended up with cancer as a result. The choice was a total hystr or we could try the chemo. I started crying because I wanted another baby. I had a 50/50 chance to survive. I took it.

It was 6 months of he** on chemo. The blood counts all started rising. I had lost a bunch of weight and had begun to gain it back. It's a good sign because it means your body is healing. It was another 6 months of watching me, more tests, waiting.

December 1976 came and the oncologist gave the all clear, try to conceive, flag. I returned the first of February 1977, 6 weeks preg. I had one scare during the time but she was healthy and beautiful.

We named her Angela, which means little angel, and Marie after our favorite aunt. She has been a joy in our lives, as the boys have been and are.

Thank you God in Heaven for our baby girl, 32 years ago today.

This was one stupid day....

The title fits the bill. It pretty much sums up how the day went. It began with my alarm not going off. I had it set. It was set early so I would be on time. I got up to check it and I had set it for PM instead of AM. Stupid thing number one. I was not late in spite of stupid thing number one.

Then I realized I had done something else really stupid by a report that I saw on the Internet. I feel like an idiot. Maybe I should just go back to bed and hide all day.

Nope, I went to my happy Tuesday meeting. It was a diversion, much as this blog is a diversion. So, I had a couple hours of fun and free from stupidity and stupid thoughts about how stupid I am.

The Tuesday errands were accomplished. I picked up the dry cleaning. I went to the hospital to register for my sleep study. While there, I went to the clinic to write down what days I could come in and what days I could not come in for the study. The clinic has called twice because there were cancellations but neither night was workable for me. Now, they know and I do not have to worry about it. It is scheduled for 12/4 if not before.

One of my doctors called yesterday and left a message on my voicemail. Actually it was his assistant. What doctor actually calls these days? Anyway, I was to call back today. I did. I have an infection and I didn't even know it. Between Hubbie and self we should own a CVS store. Not really but it seems so. Stupid thing number two.

Hubbie came home with a hurt back. He went to the doctor and may have a bulging disk, too. He is on pain medicine plus one other RX and is feeling better tonight.

I rolled my hair and took another nap. When I woke up, hubbie wanted pizza. It was supper with a DQ Blizzard for junk food night.

So, when you have such a stupid day, what next? Do I ignore it and keep going? Do I throw in the towel? I feel dumber than Forrest Gump.

Maybe we should post signs....stupid ahead.

Monday, October 19, 2009




Sunday, October 18, 2009


We are back from a quick trip to SC via TN.

The daughter in the family is having a birthday next week. She will be 32 so most of the family drove to SC to help her celebrate.

My bod is wore out. Stiff and sore I be. Time to hit the hay early.

Here is a picture of Angela and the GRAND baby, who is dressed as Superman.


Thursday, October 15, 2009


Thursday. It's a pretty simple title for a simple blog today. The Hubbie is usually off on Thursday so I do what he is doing, mostly. We catch up the checkbook, etc.

Today, we are going to a lawyer to deal with some legal junk. I wonder how it will turn out, which way to go, are we doing the right thing, what is the thing we should be doing? Huff and puff, grrrrr and spit.

It's okay. Life is full of huffs and puffs, grrrs and spits. (Bet spell check goes berserk on that line) Some days we are just between a rock and a hard place.

Do we put too much pressure on ourselves? On others? NO human being likes pressure. Some pressures, we can control. Other pressures we cannot control because they are outward pressures.

It's raining here today. It's actually pouring at some points. The weatherman just said there are one or two North Easters headed north east. Weather is a pressure we cannot control.

So much pressure. Slow down and breathe today. Inhale, exhale. Better?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

People Helping People

Today, I spent some time on Skype with my oldest Son. He is also a part of my home biz and is in my down line. We are comparing notes a couple of times a week to stay updated and in touch.

Last night, we all listened to a group phone call with Bonnie Taylor. She was in the corporate world for 20 years. She said she was never paid for her worth, only for her time.

Shazam!!!! Is that where you are? Are you spending time with your children or are more involved in the rat race of working, trading time for money? How about your spouse? Do they want to stay home and help raise their children? Remember, you only have one shot at it. They are small for such a short time. Is someone else raising them instead of you so you can live from pay check to pay check?

Send me a post and I will reply and then delete your post. We are empty nesteres who, for the first time in our lives, are going to have real financial security.

This is a real, honest, rock solid, biz that builds residual income, no product to sell, it is not a start up, and does have the most lucrative pay plan available in multi level marketing today. Don't ignore it because you think it is an illegal pyramid scheme. The Church is a pyramid. Pampered Chef, Microsoft, Jockey, GE, Kirby, all companies in business today, ones at the top are paid more than the ones at the bottom.

This is going to be huge! My suggestion to you...jump on, grab it and hold on! This train has left the station!

Where is your track leading you?

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

U R 1 or the Other

If a conservative doesn't like guns, they don't buy one.
If a liberal doesn't like guns, then no one should have one.

If a conservative is a vegetarian, they don't eat meat.
If a liberal is, they want to ban all meat products for everyone.

If a conservative sees a foreign threat, he thinks about how to defeat his enemy. A liberal wonders how to surrender gracefully and still look good.

If a conservative is homosexual, they quietly enjoy their life.
If a liberal is homosexual, they loudly demand legislated respect.

If a black or Hispanic is conservative, they see themselves as independent, successful.
Their liberal counterparts see themselves as victims in need of government protection.

If a conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation.
A liberal wonders who is going to take care of him.

If a conservative doesn't like a talk show host, he switches channels.
Liberals demand that those they don't like be shut down.

If a conservative is a non-believer, he doesn't go to church.
A liberal wants all churches to be silenced.

If a conservative decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it.
A liberal demands that his neighbors pay for his.

--copied from a public email posting

Monday, October 12, 2009

Opportunity is Knocking

This is a post about my business. It's my story and I hope it will be part of your story, too.

My wonderful Hubbie was in ministry for 30 years, including Bible college. He worked very hard and helped many people carry their burdens. True, there are blessings in ministry and I do not want to ever diminish that part of our lives. However, we were never without money strains.

I did not work because we had three wonderful children. We did the best we were able to do for them and took second for ourselves. We would do that no matter how much or little money we had. They are our gifts from God. They made our lives full and complete.

We were finally able to buy a house because the wonderful people in our church at the time, took up the money for a down payment and the church gave Hubbie a raise to cover the additional cost of a mortgage payment over the rent payment. We were home owners, something most take for granted and is part of the American dream! Through a series of happenings, we are no longer in ministry. The main reason is me. I just could not take the insecurity of it any longer.

Hubbie has worked a regular job for eleven years now. The company he works for is a very good, stable, solid, FAIR, Christian owned company. It is even closed on Sunday. He is 62+ and is working a young man's job. The physical strain is difficult. He is my WHY for doing Fortune Hi Tech Marketing. I want him to be able to retire. I am working to retire The Vern.

The biz is going great. I am one away from becoming Regional Manager. A team from Charlotte is coming in November to boost this area for Fortune and I plan to be Regional before or at that time.

So, check out this website. See the people that have joined! It's an amazing opportunity. Watch the video of the gentleman in the cowboy hat. YOU can do this!

I leave you with this question and a promise of more postings to come....

IF you keep doing what you are doing now, with no change, where will you be in 3 years? In 5 years? Will you better off or worse?

My rep number is 9322024.

Get on board the train is moving!!

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Mornin' Everybody

Yesterday was Saturday all day long. Hubbie usually works on Saturdays and gets off at 5 PM. He arrives around 6 PM. So, when he was not home by almost 7 PM, I started getting very worried.

We have a history, we do.

Years ago, Hubbie drove our car UNDER an 18 wheeler. God gave him the sense to lay down into the passenger seat or he would have been decapitated. Instead of that, the bottom of the truck caught his left shoulder, popping it out of place, which required surgery to repair it. He survived. I will blog the whole story but not today.

I went to bed at 9:33 PM, woke up at 2:49 AM, tossed, turned till 4:11 AM, decided to get up. It was so quite with a slow rain. I took a nice warm shower, shampooed the head, dressed, drove through Hardee's. When I arrived home, Hubbie was up getting ready for work. I'm getting sleepy now so will blog about it another time with pictures to be included.

Oh, back to our history. Since that car wreck, when he is late, even just a few minutes, I worry. He is very good to call because he knows me. It's scary when Hubbie doesn't come home one night and you find him laying in a hospital bed.

Come to think of it, this has happened more than once. He had another wreck about a year ago.

Wrecks and worry happens.

Naps happen when you get up too early. zzzzzzz

Friday, October 9, 2009

Noble Peace Prize to Obama

I woke up this morning to shocking news.

President Obama was given the Noble Peace Prize.

My first response was:


I always knew the peace prize was a joke. It is always given to liberals. Now I know all those guys are crazy.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

It's over and some rattling

The destruction and repair of the master bedroom wall is over. Thankfully, the termite damage was only on the surface and the paper on some of the sheetrock. The entrance point has been poisioned and sealed. The room looks as good as new!

My toes are infected. Joy. There is another doctor appointment scheduled for tomorrow. No pictres....very ugh.

The weather here is absolutely beautiful.

I have good news about my home business. It is going very well. I will post information soon. Tonight is another webinar so I am 'attending' via internet connection.

Have a good evening.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

I Am Not Happy TODAY No Way

Nope, not a happy day.

We have termite damage in the master bedroom and the demolition has started today.

The walls are being cut out as I type this blog.

The crew was suppose to be here at 7 AM, another boo because I am NOT a morning person. They arrived at 7:15 and will work till 5 PM.

I am pouting. Yes pouting.

Pictures and more pouting to follow.

Up the wall and into the attic

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Saturday and I'm Bored

It's Saturday and I'm Bored. It's not as though I have nothing to do. On the contrary, I have lots to do.

Dejunk the computer desk.
Post stuff on Ebay.
Start an Esty store.
Finish training for my home based business with Fortune.
Clean the bathroom.
Finish the laundry.
Get ready for Sunday.

See, the list has several things that could be accomplished on a cool, quiet Saturday.

Originally, I thought I would be meeting the Son and DIL and the GRAND baby but plans change. I hear WM calling.

The question is...will any of it get done?

Friday, October 2, 2009



HAHAHAHH....borrowed this from my very smart first born Son.




Why would the world want to come to the worst country in the world??? The country that has never done anything right? The country that must be constantly apologized for/over???




Thursday, October 1, 2009

Just Thursday

It seems to be a pretty normal Thursday so far.

The Hubbie is off, his normal day off, and I slept too late. I stayed up too late, so I slept too late.

Now, to do the laundry, shower, put clean sheets on the Master Bedroom/guest room bed, and plan to go with Hubbie where he goes today.

Life is good. Life is simple.

We are empty nesters.

This photo is of Hubbie and the GRAND baby at the beach last week.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Yucky Toes

These are pictures of my toes.

The first one is in the water at the beach.

The second one is a picture after making a visit to the podiatrist to have two ingrown toenails repaired. He said he did not realize how bad they were until he 'got in there'. No wonder they were bothering you was his quote.

More pictures to come as they heal, which I am wondering about today. Both toes are a bit more sore. Time will tell. I go back for a follow up visit on Friday.

Now, haven't I made it an interesting day?

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

WOW! What beautiful weather we are having here today. It was beautiful yesterday, too. The sun is out. The clouds are extra white. The sky is extra blue. The air is cool. It's Fall at last.

Fall, I have determined, is my favorite time of the year. It has taken me 61 years to make that determination but it is made. For years, I loved Spring better but then Spring is so short. In the South we have easy winters but Spring seems to pop up and leave just as quick, giving way to Summer.

Two years ago, we had temps of 104 degrees for 10 days. They were scorcher days. The last two Summers have been mild with only a few days in the high 90s.

Another thing I have determined is that I am not going to have a themed blog. I have wrestled with what I should do on my little blog. Recipes? Weight loss? Before and afters in my life? It's just going to be what I intended it to be in the very beginning. It's a blog to divert my attention but also it has evolved into an online diary.

I blog about little tidbits in my life on a daily basis. There are days I actually would like to post more than one time a day but I am holding myself back.

Since today is my happy group day, I will report that I lost 1/2 lb even after vacation. It's a good thing vacation ended last Thursday and I had a few days to catch up.

Well, that's all for this blog. I'm off to the sleep disorder doctor. I have sleep apnea and have had several years of wrestling with my cpap machine, finally giving up on it and packing it away in the closet. I am going to a new doctor to see what he can tell me.

Enjoy the beautiful weather!