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!

Monday, September 28, 2009


Today, a sweet lady passed to the other side. I have known her for almost 12 years. She use to work in the lunch room at the school where my last child attended and graduated. She had the prettiest silver hair and a wonderful smile. We were walking buddies for a time.

Although some do not believe in Heaven, most do not want to believe there is the other place. If one believes or doesn't believe does not change that there are two places in the next life.

It has always astounded me that everyone thinks everyone is in Heaven, the good place. No one can stand the thought that one of their friends or relatives might be in the bad place. It would be too much to bear.

However, Hollywood sends everyone straight to Heaven. Most of them do not even believe in God, curse Him, certainly do not live for Him, and are among the lowest in morals crowd in society. Insane thinking.

But, there are people in life that you know are in the good place, Heaven. Miss Ida is one of them. She was a wonderfully sweet lady, believer in God and accepting of Jesus as Savior.

RIP Miss Ida. You are finally home.

Saturday, September 26, 2009



Friday, September 25, 2009

Home Again Home Again Jiggety Jig

You've guessed by now that we have been out of town. Yes, a much needed escape from reality. It was a short but nice time.

Our oldest son, our married into the family daughter, and the GRAND baby were able to work it out and join us at the beach. The baby did come down with his Mommy's cold on the last night. Bless his heart he was pretty miserable but still squeezed out a few smiles. Mommy was feeling poorly, too.

The weather was beautiful. It was cloudy in the mornings but cleared off each afternoon. The humidity was a bit overwhelming but hey, it's Florida. It is tropical so there is humidity. The pictures are on my laptop and will be posted at a later time. I was pretty pleased with several of them.

So, it's back to everyday living.

As you know, I have joined FHTM, which is an amazing at home business. It has been an open door for me and my 'why' (the reason you join the company).

This short vacation brings into focus the possibility of retirement by working with FHTM. It also left an unanswered question for me.

Why in the world would anyone want to keep working when the possibility of retiring is within reach?
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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Daylight Savings Time

Daylight savings time is suppose to be a boom to all of our lives. Is it to you? To me, it only messes with my head.

Right now, I am sitting at the keyboard of my trusty eMachine, barely able to keep my eyes open. The time is 8:39 PM. Can we have a great big yawn? YAWN.

We live very close to the farthest point of the Central Time Zone. Actually, only about an hour from the line where it switches from Central to Eastern time. Because the central zone reaches as far as El Paso, Texas, the sun starts going down and it gets dark here very early. I should do a study on how many miles the Central Time Zone actually covers. I will put that on my list of to do things.

Yesterday, I switched the summer decorations on the front porch to the fall decorations. I took down the straw hat with the pink flowers and pink tulle bow replacing it with the big grapevine wreathe decorated with different shades of orange artificial mums. There is also a variegated orange with green ribbon.

The pink pillows were swapped out for the rust brown with gold trim pillow. A dark green pillow and a green stripped pillow in the white rocker. The pink flag had to go. The flag with the fall colors is now hanging proudly. I also found a cute whirl doo dad for $2.40, clearance, on a recent mystery shop. It is on the side of the front porch, twirling in the wind. I should post some pictures just for fun.

My question for this post is, where in the world did winter, spring and summer go?

Friday, September 18, 2009

US Soldier and Sailor


Thursday, September 17, 2009

So Excited

These last few days have been so exciting. I think I'm over my depression. Good news does that to a mind, body and spirit. It gives hope where there was despair. I've taken the plunge and now am reaping the benefits. Hubbie's life and my life are about to get so much better.

The next question is:

How high will this rocket go?
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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Too Pooped

Too pooped to post.

Good night.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009


It seems I messed up this weekend. I went to bed last night at a decent time, woke up at 7:30, felt good, felt rested, went to church. Then about 2:30 I was so sleepy I could not keep my eyes opened. Hubbie was asleep in his chair so I headed to the couch to catch some zzzzz's.

He dressed, went to choir practice and I heard him only once. I did not hear the door open or close. I did not hear the car start or the garage door do it's up and down act. I woke up at 5:45. Uhoh.

A cricket is chirping away just outside the window. I am getting sleepy again. I hope I go to sleep pretty quick.

God knows best and gave us sleep for the body, mind, and emotions.

Isn't it nice to be able to sleep? What would we be like without it?

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Short and Funny

Time to clean out the desk files. It's very interesting that paperwork can multiple by itself. Here are a few short and funny jokes I found in one of the file folders. Enjoy.

I dialed a number and got the following recording: "I am not available right now, but thank you for caring enough to call. I am making some changes in my life. Please leave a message after the beep. If I do not return your call, you are one of the changes."

At pilots training, back in the Air Corps, they taught us, "Always try to keep the number of landings you make equal to the number of take offs you make."

Little Tommy had been to a birthday party at a friend's house. Knowing his sweet tooth, Tommy's mother looked straight into his eyes and said, "I hope you didn't ask for a second piece of cake." "No, but I asked Mrs. Smith for the recipe so you could make some like it, and she gave me two more pieces without asking."

My wife and I had words, but I didn't get to use mine.

Every morning is the dawn of a new error.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

It's Over

Another 9/11 has come and gone. I could not watch any of the news coverage, the documentaries, the reenactments or the interviews. It was a difficult day for me. I wonder how it was for all the people whose lives that day changed?

My concerns....
those fighting the wars, taking bullets and injuries for the rest of the world
those who are helping rebuild backward countries, risking their lives
those that will never get over this, mostly the families of the mascaraed dead
those in government that are using this situation like a pull down attic step, if it helps the agenda, use it, if not, ignore it

Peace, peace where there is no peace. The burdens of war are like a heavy chain around our necks.

Will our GRANDbaby be fighting these same wars? He is 8 months old. The future is scary.

Friday, September 11, 2009


The horrors on 9/11 will be remembered again today.

The burning buildings, the people crying out for help, others jumping to their deaths, the brave police, fire fighters and other rescue workers. The people running for their lives. Crashing buildings. The tears. The funerals. The field in PA. The lives lost in Washington.

May we never forget and never stop looking for the rest of those that were involved with this masacre.

Once again, I want to thank our brave men and women that are fighting this long war. You are in my prayers and forever grateful heart.
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Thursday, September 10, 2009

President Obama Speech

The time for bickering is over....

No, Mr President....

1 - it is NOT is honest hardworking Americans using their freedom of speech

2 - it is NOT time now or ever for those honest hardworking Americans to be forced to pay for other people's insurance

3 - it is NOT time to pass a forced government controlled health care bill...never

4 - it is NOT time for this government to continue to take over private industries, closing their business and firing their leaders

5 - it is NOT time to give up our freedoms that so many have fought and died for to sustain

No, Mr President, the 'bickering' has only just begun.

Will you call your Washington representatives and the White House tomorrow?

Wednesday, September 9, 2009


Mute the music at the bottom of this page.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Junk Food Night

This is quickly becoming my favorite night of the week.

As some of you know, I am attempting to loose a bunch of weight. After one surgery, I gained 60 pounds. After falling and becoming unable to work, I put on another 20 just because I became so inactive. Both of these led to depression and the fact that I can no longer work.

However, there is light at the end of the tunnel. I joined a group, not WW, but another, cheaper one. It is fun so I call it my happy meetings. I have lost 10 pounds. It is a long path but I am progressing.

One way I am handling it is to have Tuesday, after I weigh on Tuesday morning, as junk food night. We eat something junk food-ie. Tonight, the menu is Hebrew National Hot Dogs, on wheat buns, NOT the reduced fat, chips, baked beans and home made from scratch brownies. This one night is helping me to not feel trapped or a failure.

I eat junk food and start over the next morning, Wednesday. It is great fun and very freeing.

Give it a try. Eat this not all but some:

Then back on the path.

Isn't it time to get you back?

Monday, September 7, 2009

Labor Day Fun

Hubbie works many hours each week. He has only a few holidays off all year. Labor Day is one of the few. We headed to the GRAND baby's house. We had a great time.

For years, he labored on labor day. Now, we have Labor Day fun. Here are a few pics.

Saturday, September 5, 2009


Are you ready? Football season is here. It has arrived and some would think it was the answer to all of our woes. People are focused, wearing their team colors, the kids have on football jersey shirts, the little girls are in their tiny cheer leading outfits. Hysteria is everywhere.

I made a quick trip to the local Kroger store. I was amazed. The people that work in the store wear blue shirts and black slacks. They were not in the college colors. Neither was I. It seemed most everyone else in the store was in college colors.

The enthusiastic were buying up hot dogs, buns, chips, dips, soft drinks. No one was buying alcohol because we live in a 'dry' county. No booze sold anywhere except in a near by town because they wanted to draw industry. They drew it but they also drew a higher crime rate. This subject should be left for a future post.

Anyway, the excitement was very interesting. People were hustling and bustling even though kickoff was in the evening and this was in the afternoon. humm...maybe they still needed to make that trip across the river.

People are funny. When a certain thing is their passion, they are focused and determined. When it is not their passion or does not effect them, most do not care.

I wish people would get as excited about our Country as they do about football.

Who will cheer for the USA?


Why do I like these? They are a bit creepy. Maybe it's the black and white combo of colors. Oh well, it's 1:34 AM. I'm going to bed. Enjoy the picture.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Good and Bad Travel on Parallel Tracks

Good and bad travel on parallel tracks and usually arrive about the same time.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

From the 50s Believe It


I Hate Cancer

Today is another funeral for a person that has died of cancer. He was a good man and lived a great life. His health was good until they found the cancer.

A mom has found she has a brain cancer. Her last child, her son, was just married last month. She is having a full body scan to see if the cancer came from another part of her body. She looks so small and frail. I am concerned for her physical abilities to face what is coming.

A young dad is battling cancer. He has been through a nightmare, taking all the treatments they have available to help him live.

My own parents died from cancer. They were both only in the 50s. I had cancer in 1975
and have been cancer free since chemo treatments. The fear of it never leaves.

I have a friend that has survived breast cancer. I know of a few more that are survivors. We are few.

Cancer is such a horrible disease. It weakens the body and in some removes what a person was in a battle to survive. The thing that is horrifying about cancer is, you can have it and not know it until it is too late.

If you suspect something, go to the doctor today or tomorrow or as soon as possible. There are cancers that can be detected with blood tests or x-rays. It is worth the money to have the peace of mind.

Tears for all those that have cancer.

When will there be a cure?

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Super Cook Yeah Super Cook

Nope, not I.

It's a website:

Since I am trying the food through Angel Ministries, I needed a bunch of new recipes.

This is a great site. Type in the ingredients and literally hundreds of recipes show up on the screen.

The first time I used it, I had boneless pork chops, cabbage, potato. The recipe said layer shredded cabbage in bottom of 9 x 13 pan (spray with Pam), peel & slice four white potatoes, layer. Pour one can cream of chicken soup into saucepan, stir in one can of water, one diced onion. Cook till onion is tender. Pour this over the layers. Add boneless pork chops on top. Cook till chops are tender. 350, approx 1 hour (may be more depending on oven)

Smelled so good and delicious. No, do not cover with foil.

My mouth is watering. How about you?

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Dancing Birdie

Mute the music at the bottom of this blog. Enjoy.