Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Still Here..Sorta

Hope everyone had a good Christmas and I hope for a good New Year  for all of us.

We are still not back to so-called "normal operations" here but maybe by this time next month we will be or at least closer than we are now.

Went to Wally World to get a new DVD/Blue Ray player as my old 15 years old DVD/VHS player finally died.  So, that's hooked up now.  But while there of ALL things on December 26th, there was an Easter Candy display!  Can you believe it?  Easter... and  the day after Christmas they get started.  May as well start 4th of July paraphernalia with it in January, ya think?

My car died again.  Check Engine light came on.  Waited a couple of days before I could get it to the garage as it was the 24th and the 25th of December and they were closed. it there and had to have it towed as it refused to start for whatever reason.  $$'s.  Turned out to be the oxygen sensor.  $288.00 later I have the car back.  If I "got took" please don't tell me.

Just checking in.  Miss you all and see you off and on as I get things done here.  <3

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Blog 'Cation

Dear Friends,

I will be on a hiatus for awhile.  There is some family business needing my complete attention.

Don't forget me please.  I will return.  I will also remember each of you and when I have the proper time I will be back.  I am alright.

Love all of you bunches.


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Good Morning

Here it is Wednesday.  Going to have the Redneck Room open (that is only a title a blogger friend called it once and I loved it) That of course is a meeting with colleagues and I always look forward to it.  We laugh, talk too loud and tease.

Tomorrow will have a busy afternoon and probably morning as well so I wanted to say hello and also say I hoped everyone's Christmas plans are coming along well.  Here, I am not too sure as yet what will happen, when or how.  Sometimes you can't make a plan and you wait and have it made for you.  :-)

Joe, if you see this, I hope all is well there and that the weather is at least seasonable and no horrible deep snows or interminable gray days.

I had a topic yesterday but I am tired so I no longer feel up to filling it in.  ;-)  So this is mercifully short.


A Spring memory for you. Taken in the arborutum.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Oh no. There she goes again...

Picture it.  A drugstore, November 27th, 2012 at 1300 hrs.  A line at each of two windows at the pharmacy.  Everyone waiting their turn.  Along comes a clatter. We turned to see what was the matter-- and what to our wondering eyes should appear but a 55+ or something something year old woman clumping (read "stomping") up loudly in her tights skirt... and cowboy boots.  She sailed loudly with heels clacking alarmingly in front of an elderly lady who would have been next in line which had formed up next to my own line.  And I simply had to turn my head and look at the lady who had been patiently waiting even as I drew up to wait in the next tine and was trumped by the line cutter.  We grimaced  smiled at one another and raised our brows slightly, me, I was sending my "sorry for that woman's rudeness" look to the "victim".  Usually folks just stand this sort of behavior especially if they are older it seems.  I guess they have learned there is more to be concerned in life with than this type of behavior.  Me..not so much but occasionally I have patience when I didn't know I had any.  :-)

So, we all of us waited.  The usurper who cut in line with her clatter of boot heels started SINGING rather loudly to the Muzak.  Oh, my awful.  She started whistling  loudly right after that and folks, let me tell you right here..I detest whistling in public or work places.  If you want to whistle in your it.  In your yard or car, help yourself, but please..don't assault my ears with your obnoxious noise.

Her outfit made for a list of what I determined I would never do in my own life.  The tights accenting a less than toned set o' legs, a fur jacket, cowboy boots..jet black with no shine hair, fake tan and a distinctly made-up face.  However, she sure was a happy person with all the whistling and singing and line cutting.  Or something.

OK.  That was a rant.  Sorry.  :-)

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thanksgiving Over and More to Come

Gosh, Thanksgiving is over.  The entire family was here but we chose to eat at a great hotel restaurant instead of me cooking.  I LOVE that idea.  No clean slaving in the kitchen all day, just great food and a far better variety than I could ever have provided.

The cat is back to her normal routine. She loves company but her 22 hrs a day/night nap schedule and where she does them was disrupted.  The nerve of us all!!  But the boys are all back in their homes now.  The last one left for his trip to NC about 1130 this morning.   As soon as they were all gone and as I sat to listen to the football game, Katie climbed up and totally sacked out on my lap within an blink of an eye--- and stayed asleep almost the whole game.  I had half an hour nap along with her I admit to you, as my sleep was sparse (don't ask me  why but it MAY have been because of a small 10 pound purrson who takes up the entire bed and does it so charmingly you hate to disturb her.  When I went to bed last night, I had made up my mind that it was her or me, and I was going to make it her, but this time she decided to cut me a break and so she slept in the middle of the bed alright but farther down so I could thrash around all I wanted to.

The boys are all gone now and it's quiet.  Got the hall utility closet cleaned out and re-organized and things are so much easier to find.   I even have a new larger (much needed) tool box.  Now I can put some of my things in the utility room/closet again so as to store them until I need them and now, I can actually FIND them  :-)

Nellie- if you read this, we had the best time at Aubrey's last night.  You'll like it.  Lunch or supper sometime when you head into town again?

See you over at your blogs here in a few.

Friday, November 16, 2012


I love meeting new friends and seeing old friends too.  That happened last night and what a nice evening it was.

My oldest will be here this evening and for awhile tomorrow.  Katie will be SO glad.  He is her favorite most brother.  She sees him more in all fairness to the other two.  I made him some chewy goodness are they GOOD.  I just cut a small one for me.  Quality Control don't you know?

Another beautiful cold day.  I love those sunny cold days when jacket IS required.  It will warm to the 50's which is seasonable for us.  I am glad that this years  Fall and Winter seasons seem to be starting off with COLD in it instead of the strange almost weird warmth of all of last year.  I don't want to see my tulips and daffodils and hyacinths blooming in January ever again.

I spent most of the night on the very edge of the bed while someone whose name shall not be mentioned, spread out all over the entire rest of the bed.  How can ten pounds become so mighty?  And a tail spread out like an oar or something never mind those 4 legs filling every square inch on the rest of the bed.  Here is a small sample.  She is in HER recliner.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Car and Things

Took the car in for its oil change and for the mechanic to hop into the car with me for a short ride.  It was a softer hum but the hum was there.  He couldn't hear it. Go figure.  They had it up on the rack for a minute for an inspection and I still have oil leaking onto a spark plug so $$$ to fix that before it gets any worse.  It needs an alignment though.  That doesn't surprise me as I could tell it wanted to pull slightly to the right.

Not many in the family are happy campers right now but that's the way life is.  My youngest is however as he and his fiance are looking forward to a late Spring early Summer wedding.  That's a good and happy thing.  I will be the best mother- in- law she could ever have.

Tomorrow will be a busy day as I have to get the car in for its work and they'll bring me back home as 3 hrs. are more than I want to hang out there.

I hate working out in the afternoon but I guess I may as well get used to the idea as that's when I will have time to do so.

See you over at your place.

Get ready.  This is 2010's coming again .  (across the street from me.)

Friday, November 9, 2012

My Goodness..

Well my goodness, it's a lot of little stuff.  Well, I hope one of them turns out to be little, that being the car.

First 2 weeks ago the vacuum cleaner died.  It quit taking up anything.  So when I got on the phone with the repairman that doesn't have a shop any more..he agreed to come out to look at it.  We thought it needed a belt so I ordered 2 new belts.  Turned out it started working correctly again and did not need a belt.  It started working again...go figure.  Rather like the dental appointment you keep and the toothache stops on that day.  So, I paid him not that much money and he fixed the non retracting cord.  So, in celebration, I vacuumed.  The cat does not mind this vacuum.  She hates the upright I have as a spare.  I do's not a good one at all and it's too loud.

Then, the car is making a noise that reminds me of years ago when the power steering fluids got low.  I am taking it in for an oil change tomorrow so hopefully it will be found out (the problem) while there.  And I hope it won't be scary.

Then, someone with a big mouth who never quits spouted off and said something the other day that I took exception to and let him know I did.  I have never been shy about standing up for myself.  He will never see it as something he caused, so I guess that friendship is done.  *I* sure have no reason to apologize.

Tomorrow as early as I can get myself going I need to take the car in for its oil change and as for me, I have a D.A.R meeting at 1300.  I have struggled about going to the meeting at 1300 as I believe our constantly losing football team will be televised somewhere in the middle of the D.A.R meeting.   Even though our collegiate football team has hit rock bottom..still..I like to be there for the games.

IT got to 62 f. today.  Rising from freezing temps this morning.  That won't last, and rain for Monday (what else is new?)

See you over at your place...

 A Park about 5 miles away.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Oh no, here it comes again...rant # who knows?

I suppose I am the only one in the entire Country who thought that segment on GMA stunk!  They showed videos of  two tiny boys, maybe 5 years old or under, prepped by their parents obviously in all ways including their shirts---one colored red, one colored blue, fighting and coming to blows over the Presidential candidates.  The little boy in red was struck by the little boy in blue with something hard that made the boy in the red shirt cry.  And their parents videoed this and thought that was soooo funny. (at their childs' expense!)

Then they showed a little girl, maybe 8 or thereabouts, her face mottled with red splotches caused by hard crying, tears falling, also anguishing over the Presidential candidates.  I guess her parents also thought this was oh, so funny.  Well it's not.

Those little ones don't have a clue whatsoever about candidates, issues or anything else.  Why stress them like that and make children suffer over things they have no understanding or control over and as a parent  show that to whoever watches for profit or just for laughs at the child's expense?  I personally think that is unkind and not good parenting.  I want to use the word disgusting but I won't. (yeah, right)

This is one of the many reasons I do not like that show.  It was on for noise as I forgot to turn it off when the local news and weather were over.  Well, I won't forget again.

Lake where the fishing is good.  I took this a few weeks ago.

Monday, November 5, 2012

We Three Friends

We three friends stand strong, stead, and free.  Look at us  standing here united.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Friday Pretty Day

Good Afternoon.  And for those curious I don't run now.  I half killed myself a year ago June and gravely injured my legs.  So fast walking is still here but no running or jogging.  :-)

This is a maple tree at a local playground.  Hope you enjoy.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Just for Fun

I was going through some albums so as to show my future daughter-in-law her intended when he was an infant.  Unfair to him I know but we women know why and we love seeing their baby pictures.

I also saw one of one of the times I ran the 10k Crescent City Classic in New Orleans.  Hot hot HOT.  But here I am, number 21551 crossing the finish line.  Boy, was I glad.  I have a bandanna wrapped around my forehead for sweat purposes and a ball cap for obvious reasons.  My hair is red as it has always been (till now where it is more strawberry blonde thanks to too many highlights).  I have a few more but showing this one is bad enough.  :-)

Fabulous (and beautiful) day so far.  One of the best. WooHoo.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

Greetings and Happy Halloween to those who care about the occasion.  Me, I don't..never have except as a child in the single digit age range.  :-)  Call me Scroogette.

My son was sent to the hospital Friday morning and was discharged Monday night.  So that's over thank Goodness.  We are deeply grateful things went reasonably well.

Here is a photo off my deck a few minutes ago.  Not the best but it's a view.  As you see some of the leaves are still green which surprises me.  Usually we have to wait till mid to late November before we can rake as the oak trees hold on to their leaves the longest.

Friday, October 26, 2012

For a Bit

Hello friends.  I won't be blogging for a day or so.  I just didn't want anyone to worry even though I see mto be on a weekly schedule anyway.  I am alright and so is Katie but there are matters to attend to.

See you very soon I feel sure.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

What a Beautiful Day (and I am grateful for it)

I may get my act together and go out with the camera before much longer.  It's already late at 0922.  The sun gets stronger and more harsh in light with each passing minute.  I used to go out years ago 1130 or thereabouts and I finally caught on to the fact that high noon (and the few hours before and after that) are the harshest light you can find.  I don't have enough hands on my body to hold a diffuser and I'm not always lucky enough to find shade nor is it always a cloudy day so I try to choose times better than I did back in the day.  I know what the golden hour (so-called) is but I am not willing to get up that early to travel to a place to wait..nor do I like particularly staying in the evening until it strikes.  But it is easier to be there in the evening, and I have done that.

I noticed while sweeping tons of oak leaves off of my deck (they're back again) that raccoons have been up there again.  They have a distance to climb to get onto it so they are determined.  There is no hummingbird feeder to upset off its hanger and break and drink from now nor are there tomato plants out there; so maybe after tossing around the pots and other things of that nature they will give it a pass.  Otherwise I will have to pay the bucks to get the trapper back to re-locate them all over again.

They turned over the bird bath on the front yard too I might add.  Probably thought it was a feeder.  Today it's still standing.

The oldest son is coming over tonight as he has an appointment early in the morning here in this town so Katie gets extra scratches and petting this evening and tomorrow before he heads back to his home.

Another son will likely be getting married this late Spring.  I really love his choice of wife-to-be.

Here is a culprit from a few months ago that got Katie Isabella's feathery looking pantaloons in a wad in the middle of the night when he was on the deck with his rowdy companions ripping up plants and having a party.

Oh and yesterday I bought a half a gallon of chocolate milk.  YEARS since I have had any and I am steadily making my way down to the bottom of the jug.  Delicious treat.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Waiting for Maintainence Tuesday

Oh how I hate those words "Sometime before Noon" --or-- "Sometime AFTER Noon".  So I am waiting on the heat and air people who installed the new heat and air unit to come and wave a magic wand over it to make sure it is functioning for the winter.  This time it's worth it to me as I wonder if the heat is as hot as it could be.  I have natural gas furnace so it warms up quickly but while I have the day time thermostat setting at 69 it feels cooler.  Katie crams herself up against a vent the minute she hears the click outside that warm air will soon be forthcoming.  When I had the 14 year old unit that this replaced, I kept the thermostat set at 67 and it was warmer than this.  It is likely the difference in units and I will have to adjust up accordingly. I had it on 74 for the summer and it was just a tad too warm then as well.  Had to knock it down a degree to 73.  Odd.  I had a cold little Tuxie cat glued to me again last night trying to keep warm.  She has been there since it turned cold.

I can't go work out until the guys get here either.  :-(

I don't know what is going to happen with our University football team but for 6 years!!! our high standing in the SEC has been gone with nightmarish regularity and finality.  Oh it is painful to even read the paper after a game never mind watch it.  How we have fallen.  We haven't won an SEC game in those years hardly.  Not the last several for sure.

Here is another non flower picture.  It was taken last Monday.  I am a flower fan and love to do those almost exclusively.  I try to get out of that mindset sometimes.

Monday, October 22, 2012

One Last Gasp Here... :-)

Then I'm done about clothes.

Like my sweet friend Red Willow who commented on my blog of yesterday, I wear a lot of jeans and the tops in cooler weather are sweater- type many times or solid color knit tops with 3/4 length sleeves and scoop necklines.  Many times I like turtleneck styled tops or feminine blouses/shirts. Leather boots usually with a normal heel height unless they are dressier boots.  Athletic shoes of course for work outs. and all are feminine including the underpinnings.  Like Lisa (Red Willow) good perfume is a part of my everyday wear.  I was struck by that statement in her comment as I think not that many use fragrance each day.  I already know about allergies and so I try not to douse myself and I do pay attention to places that are posted with  don't wear fragrance signs.  You have to come kissin' close to smell it many times. For dressy occasions I don't wear dresses but 2 piece outfits instead.

I enjoyed and smiled at all of the comments these past two days.  Thank you for them and I hope you enjoyed the give and take.  xox

I am having lunch with a man friend.  I'll be headed out here in a few minutes.  Hope your day is a good one.  I took this picture at a popular Park a few miles away.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Moving On... :-)

Well, I think I possibly may caused a few raised eyebrows...maybe...possibly with my blog regarding clothing choices.  But whether we humans say anything or NOT, we are generally thinking every moment we are conscious and so I shared what I was thinking for a few moments yesterday.  LOVED Caro's twinset, paisley skirt, pearls and sensible shoes.  Now THAT'S the way to dress.  :-)   Or your favorite jeans and whatever serves as a top...hopefully underclothes will also be in place..just sayin'.  Um, Karen, Bermuda shorts and black socks (up to your knees?)  with sandals..not in this world.  Nik and naughty Rocky would laugh you out of house and home.  That was fun for me to write and I like to stretch out occasionally and say something different.

I am going to get my hair styled and trimmed tomorrow and I may be able to come up with something to wear under that beautiful ethereal capelet I showed you a few blogs ago.  If so, I will have my iMac take a picture and feature it.  If nothing else I will send it to the dear friend who made it for me.

Miss Katie is up in her tree behind me at the window. (I see her reflection in the screen of the computer.  She is on patrol and defending us from intruders and other unsavory entities such as vishus deer.  I shall have to reward her.  Now where did I put the treats?

Friday, October 19, 2012

Word to the Wise

Um, there is just no way to put this kindly other than not to say it at all.  Who, me?  I'll say it.  I always do.

I was issuing forth from the grocery store this morning and I saw a woman of "a certain age" walking toward me on her way in.  Looking at her as she approached and passed me I said to myself that women of that "certain age" should never wear painted on tights as their pants attire.  Tights and a tunic...shudder.   Not a go-together when you are 60+ regardless that you are not over weight.

Your skin is not firm any longer and the painted on tights simply announce that sad fact to everyone within sight of you.  It is simply a fact of life.

I for one always like to dress in a manner that is not consistent with 90 year olds.  (Not being 90 helps me a lot.   :-)  I detest those heavy knits, screen printed anythings or color blocking or large flower prints "they" seem to buy and stock in department stores for their older clientel.  I told my sons that when I myself go to the Rainbow Bridge, just have me "laid out" and  dressed in my skinny jeans and a black turtleneck top with my chunky silver hoop earrings and a sterling pendent.  High heeled boots too, in case I want to do some dancing over there on said Bridge.  But you will never find me in completely inappropriate attire as painted on tights and a tunic, tube tops, spaghetti strapped tops, high hems, buckles and zippers, ruffles, flounces and tiered dresses.  I have seen them all on old ladies within the past 8 months.

Regardless of what I am saying here about my thought of attire, I have to say that older women need not dress like a teen nor like a crone.  That is distasteful and sometimes scary.  :-) Nor am I advocating the Old lady- Old Man mode of dress...the stuff of cartoons.  Just look carefully in the mirror before you leave home , both sexes, and do so with eyes that are open and not averse to seeing oneself as one really appears.

 My name'll be mud probbaly for expressing the thoughts aabove.  xoxox

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wednesday Stuff

Well, Katie Isabella's human brother is coming home this evening as he has business to attend to in the morning.  We, she and I, have made him grilled chicken and he'll have yellow rice with garden veggies in it as a side.  She is delighted as she hasn't had him for company in several months.  She is ready for her extra petting and scratches and I will be abandoned tonight by her so she can go in there to his room and supervise him!

I went out for hours yesterday scouting landscapes and leaf colors.  I found some beauties but I also found some lovely peaceful river scenes.  I don't have much time today as I wanted to get that chicken done and plan the rest of the meal plus get some work done.

Hoping your week is good, my friends.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Silken Capelet

I got a gift of gifts a few days ago.

A dear friend knitted me a silken (really) capelet for my birthday.  I am even more grateful because her mom had a severe illness happen about the same time as my birthday, so my friends time is very limited with caring for her mom and getting through her own life as well.  Yet she created this beautiful capelet.

I saw one in her photostream on Flickr a few months back and had left a comment that the beautiful creation was "the stuff that dreams are made from".  Little had I known then that I would hold a dream in my hands a month later.  I am looking for just the right top to wear it over.  A black scoop necked one would be best I think.  No necklace as the collar enhances the capelet beautifully.  My regret is I was unable to capture the glint of the very tiny jewel green beads throughout.

Thank you Karen and much love and gratitude.  XXOO

Thursday, October 11, 2012

A Different Picture for Certain!

Here is a strange picture for you.  I sat on a seat (ahem) in the small warm room after I noticed that my cleaning of the tub and tub surround, sink, potty etc.  yesterday afternoon was even better than I thought it was!  You can see me there holding the camera.  What made me sit there (fully clothed I might hasten to add lest you think I am more odd than I really am)  I could see the reflection of one of my bedroom windows in it as clearly as though it had been engraved on the white surface.  I even saw the pier glass mirror in front of the window.  You can see the stained glass ornament hanging in the upper part of the window as well.  And the forest out back.  And SUN!  After 5 days without sun, that was remarkable in itself.  Near the bottom of the image is a small sun patch on the carpet in the bedroom. The extreme right of the picture is the shelf addition to the tub surround. Where I keep the soap, etc.

So here is that reflection!  As I said..a strange picture but for once I used my imagination.  Well, that's my excuse.  Biggafy for a good view.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Whatta Bargain!

I went to Penney's looking for a new top.  This is an entire month I have given them a chance and returned despite leaving with nothing all the other times due to horrific LOUD loud prints and sleazy looking fabric.  (cheapie looking knits that have a slight shine to them).  Unflattering sleeves abound besides the horrible LOUD LOUD multi-color prints.  What happened to tops one can wear in a business setting or an affair in which a bit better dress is required.  A solid color or a subtle pattern?  They had them in store 5 months ago!  I got a Worthington white with tiny navy polka dots, form skimming with puffed sleeve back then. I must have gotten the only decent top left because they sure STILL don't have anything since that I would buy.  I would go there for retail therapy at times.  No more.

SO:  I slipped over to Belks and they had a clearance going on.  I bought a beautiful petite length white pure linen lined skirt.  It has pretty detailing near the hem.  Subtle and pretty and feminine.  I also got a pair of stone colored linen pants!  No lining so when I tried them on I could see the leopard print of my undies shining thru.  The fit was superb and finding neutral colored undies is absolutely worth it to have them.  My legs are slender as are my hips and this pair of pants had narrow fit to the knees where it went to a slight but cut.  Perfect fit.  best fit I will ever find and there was just the one pair.  The both items cost me $9.96 believe it or not!!!  I will be headed back to Belks the way I used to go to JCPenney.

Anyway, those two linen items for under ten dollars to me was worth writing about  Ooo la laaa.  And again, the close yet skimming over the legs fit on those pants...I would love to find more like that. I'd be happy to pay full price.   Here's a closer up look at the hem area.  Click to biggafy.

Just checking in.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

First Cool Fall Weekend

Yesterday is was so warm the air conditioning finally came on early evening.  I was about to nudge it to do so.

Today, it never got over 58 degrees F as a high and it has been drizzling rain all day.  Cloudy, overcast but as I said on Face's a day and I am grateful to have it.

Mother's cactus, a Stapelia, is blooming.  Those of you who have been with me for years know how each year in September and October long about the time I have to bring the plants in, it blooms large extraordinary malodorous blooms.  The stench is gut wrenching and as I have said, they are always covered with green and black flies.  It smells like rotted meat.   It is all I have of my mother from when she died a million years ago.  So I can't get rid of it.  But the stench when it blooms is incredibly bad.  I will post a picture.  This time (I took it this morning) it mercifully only made 2 blooms where usually it makes 8.

Next to it on the left is a Christmas cactus.  Everyone goes outside in the Spring and come in before it gets really cold.  I am worried as it will be in the low 40's and they aren't used to being out in that much chill.  But bringing it in will mean the entire house filling with that wrenching stench those flowers make.   I tried cutting off the blooms only and it almost killed the entire plant. This was several years ago.  Since it truly is all I have of Mother's..I preserve it despite the horrible odor.

I got some extra sweet paw hugs from Katie this morning.  She climbed up onto my lap, faced me and raised her front legs up and placed her paws on either side of my mouth and kept them there.  Her face was just an inch or so from mine.  We stayed that way for minutes.  Very sweet.

Look at the lower left  of this next picture to see a piece of the roof line of the house next door to me and look at my trees.  Tall, aren't they?  That is my back yard as far down as you can see to the City line.  I am fronted by a city street but behind all of us on this street is what is called a privately owned (by all of we home owners), Green Belt.  It's a forest of oaks, hickory, maples, poplar and so on. HUGE trees and since we get tornadoes all of the time you can see why it worries me when the winds blow.

xox Have a great weekend.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Weekend

Oh what beautiful weather.  I hope that is the same for you.  Next month, October, is famous for its blue skies and cool temperatures and changing leaves.  Just a great time to be alive.  Enjoy these blessings.  They only look like this once a year.  Other times of the year the blessings are still there; they just look different.

I am going to have to start doing something I really wish I didn't have to do.  That will be nudging Miss Kathryn Isabella in the night.  She has almost an entire bed for herself but she must encroach on my small space.  I just want to lay in peace on the right side of the bed as though I were still married.  (I never graduated to the other side or the middle) I turn over (I am a side sleeper) several times in the night and when it's warm, I flip my pillow as well.  Can I do this on a routine basis?  Nope.  Nein.  Nyet.  No. Huh-uh. R U Kiddin'. Forget about it. In other words Miss Priss takes up residence at the side of my feet OR at the bottom of them.  Now if you want to draw your knees up that's fine but eventually you want to stretch your legs back out.  But noooooo...someone has oozed into your feet's resting place.  That someone is warm, totally furry and sound asleep.  I don't have the nerve to kick her off.

Round Two:  She has taken up sentinel and is soft, warm and furred--- asleep at either by my belly or my back.  All warm I stress to you...stretched out at least 5 yards long along my back or front and sleeping like a baby.  As I wish *I* were sleeping.  Can I turn?  No.   My legs are cramping, my hip hurts, whatever..and I can't move because a trusting warm loving sweet little warm girl is there.  Eventually micrometer by micrometer I do change position.

I always swear and be-durned that I will kick that little 10 pound baggage off.  I have yet to have the heart to do it.

I was at my son's home over the mountains and I slept fantastically well with no helpers bunked in there with me.  Those without a pet would say "Close the door so they can't get in".  Sure.  Ever heard the sound of carpet being shredded as they try to claw the door open?  Ever hear the knocking on the door by a little arm as they  try to "batter" the door open?  Meows getting more and more desperate?  They want to be with their humans.  Sigh.  Yawn.

You can biggafy the picture. Just click.

Monday, September 24, 2012

It's Monday Alright

Trying to help my oldest out and all ready to do so but he has not let me know a time to arrive so as to start helping.  I had some things I had to do for myself and was waiting till I could help him. I did all I could.  Maybe another time.

Got back from my trip yesterday evening.  Enjoyed it thoroughly.  So glad I got to go.  That son has camellias in his yard so I took a few pictures.  I didn't take any more than that.  We were too busy to take a walking tour as we sometimes do for picture opportunities. The weather there was matchless.  Totally blue and dry with few clouds.  Lots of breeze (my poor hair) and it never rose about 80 I don't think.

My birthday isn't until tomorrow, but while I was in Charlotte we celebrated it early.  One thing was my birthday supper.  That was a pizza as it turns out.  We decided to share a medium one.  It had five toppings. Yummy.

I also got one of those spinner type of lawn ornaments.  It's supposed to fan out and catch the wind making what seems to be an animated scene as it does so.  In this case, it's a hummingbird.  Speaking of while I have a girl or two hummingbirds still here where the majority have gone on their flight home.  I sometimes keep a female until October around the second week.

I got beautiful cards from friends.  I have them fanned out on the counter.  What a pleasure to have and to see.

Just checking in.  I've been exceeding busy it seems since I set foot in the door,

How YOU?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

What an HONOR!

Guys, I took a picture of a magnolia grandiflora several years ago.  Matter of fact, I have it on my FB page as my profile picture for awhile.

Today I found a box was outside my door and on opening the box I saw that my dearest friend Mary had mailed me an actual painting done by her husband of that very picture taken by me.

It is a faithful and beautiful rendering and I am HAPPY.  I will wait till I come back and then I will go find a proper picture holder and hang it in a place of honor in the living room.

I took a picture but even though I did not use a flash of course, still I need to go out with it and try again in natural light.  I did not do the frame justice.  It is a distressed wood and dark but in my poor picture it looks lighter.   I'll fix it tomorrow.

I just wanted to tell you how happy I am to have this treasure.  Thank you Don the artist and Don and Mary his wife for gifting me with this lovely painting.  Click to biggafy.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Over the Mountains and thru Da Woods

I am headed over the mountains Friday and leaving the boss in the care of a sitter.

My birthday is the same day as Beth Marie's so it's Tuesday (I think) next week.  The son I am celebrating my birthday with is a teacher, and his time is very limited during the school year's evenings so I will have an early birthday with him.

Believe me, as a rotating shift worker, there have been plenty of birthdays of theirs and mine including major holidays that had to be put off sometimes for as many as four days.  It's part of the working life.

I am putting a picture you all don't want to see but a kitty friend of Katie's requested seeing my Winnie the Pooh tote bag.  The kitties on her own blog, Katie's, prefer pics of her, not tote bags so I moved the picture over here.  But Katie knows just as Admiral did that when the red leather back pack comes out (you can see it behind the tote bag) and the tote bag comes out, she knows I will be gone.

It is still raining.  I think we are supposed to have 4 inches or so these two days.  Hopefully it will be clear for my trip.

Here's the tote bag.  :-))) and it's wallet.

Sunday, September 16, 2012


To my dear friend Joe.  I can't thank you enough for the last words of  your blog several days ago.  "Let not your heart be troubled...."  Just exactly what I needed and just at the right time.

And in my photo,  here is my representation of me open to receive His word.

Grace and Peace be unto you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Philippians 1:2

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Why Me? But Then Again, Why NOT Me?

I had a great workout this morning.  Coming on back to the main drag in town to go to the post office I got behind what I now see had to have been an impaired driver.  I don't know what her problem was but she sure had one.  Of course, NO signals whatsoever to indicate the erratic turns and lane changes she was making at a blazing 20 mph on the 4 lane divided main road thru town.  She was not very young nor at the other end of the spectrum.  She was just acting strangely.

The finale occurred when she started drifting into the turn lane at her top speed of 20 mph and finally made a decision to get into it.  Stopped at the green light..finally moved to turn and then what did she do?  She started pulling into the parking slots outside of a drugstore on the side street we both had turned onto and then, as I started to go around her she suddenly changed her mind and pulled directly out into the traffic lane ( the front of my car) again, and apparently she decided to make a U turn across 3 lanes of opposing traffic.  What the heck????

I did indicate to her that I found this irrational and vaguely upsetting.

Then I got into the P.O. where the one only clerk was helping a couple with their package. It was 15 minutes, my friends, fifteen minutes  she  used as she passed the time o' day with them...did the usual "need any stamps, envelopes, stickers, greeting cards" (no, really...she did) and then taped up their package for them very thoroughly while the rest of us languished in varying stages of Salavadore Dali reinactments of drooping time pieces.  Then she disappeared into the back reaches of the building and re-emerging, she  FINALLY indicated that we who were waiting in stages of despair  were allowed to advance to the coveted place at the counter whereupon I presented my little envelope to get the proper postage affixed.  Bam!  Done.  Next?

And how was your day?  You know what they say though; if this is the worst thing that happens to ya, you've got it made.  :-)

Friday, September 7, 2012

If I'm Not Careful

If I'm not careful, this picture the computer took of me yesterday afternoon shows that my hair is getting long again and I will be back where I was in March when I got so much of it cut off.  It's not long but I am able to make a creditable pony tail of it..and before I could barely get a tiny wisk broom going.

I am waiting on the first of the guttering people to come by and give me an estimate of repair and or replacement of the guttering.  A large 15 or so foot piece came out and started falling.  I need someone here quickly let it fall all the way and hurt someone as the postman for example.

This weekend is supposed to have night time temps in the middle to high 50's.  I will sleep 100% better with that, especially if the cat moves over  a little instead of expanding to take up the entire bed, and lets me sleep.  I get the little narrow strip on the outside edge of the bed.  She gets all of the rest and don't think she doesn't expand to fit all of it.  Or at least it sure seems that way.

The guy ought to be here any minute.  Another will be here 1300 Monday and another Tuesday. My work outs are sure messed up.  I rather like going at a certain time but I guess it's good to change things.  Sure it is.  :-(

Thursday, September 6, 2012


Went to work out this morning.  Have to go again tomorrow if I want three ties a week this week.  Going to the lunch yesterday with my colleagues kept me from going yesterday.  I didn't have sufficient time to cool down really after working out before we met.  We do so early.  And where I work out is too warm.  It's 75 degrees in there and somewhat humid as the a/c what there is of it, doesn't run sufficiently long or well enough to evaporate the humidity fully.  I am not the only one uncomfortable.  I detest my scalp getting sweaty.  It stops you from going anywhere afterward really.  You have to come home and get re-done as it were.  (no showers at that place and who's got time anyway to take one and get all fixed up for other things.  I'd rather come home.

  But there is no excuse for it to be so warm in there for people who are working out.  Cheapness.  The owner doesn't want to pay more in the power bill so they sacrifice our comfort instead.  Their hours are bad too.  Closed 3 hrs. of a 12 hr. day, 5 days a week.  Why not just close?  They aren't open on weekends either.

Why do I keep going?  Insurance pays for it.  But I may just pay myself somewhere else if this doesn't improve.

OK.  This turned into a mini rant and sorry about that.

It is a beautiful day so far after rivers of rain for parts of each day.  So far, sunny and not too humid.  Supposed to get into the mid to high 50's for the weekend at NIGHT.  That will be nice!  70-80 in the daytime.

Just chased an ambulance for the first time.  Well, sort of.  They chugged up my hill with sirens screaming; that would be the ambulance, the firetruck and the fire marshall.  By the time I botherd to head up the street too (looking for late flowers..not really ambulance chasing..I was kidding) they were all done and headed back.

I saw another recipe for home made vanilla pudding and it uses vanilla beans so I need to pay the million dollars and get me some.  YUMMY!

I took this guys picture at Norris Dam.

Bye for now.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Hm...going into Fall

I can tell by the slant of the sun's rays...even in the morning (I think we all can) and especially in the evening just before twilight that summer is winding down and even if it is again one of the hottest winters on record as was the last winter, we still have a winter look from the sun.

Frankly I am looking forward to some COLD if we can get it.  No more blooming flowers in January please please please.  That was too bizarre.

This regions power provider TVA--- aka Tennessee Valley Authority  whines every year that when it's cold, we use too much power heating our homes.  When it's hot, we use too much power cooling our homes.  They even threatened us by saying (I am sure they will, too) they will charge more for power all day up until late afternoon or something to that effect.  ANYWAY, it was so warm all winter long that now they whine that we didn't use enough power and they lost money!  Oh please.  Give your corporate bonuses of tens of millions per executive and whine about losing money.  I feel for ya!

Anyway, no telling what will happen this year.  Some got acres of snow dumped on them where they never had..others like us got a light dusting a couple of times, tops.  Temps here dropped to freezing a few times..mostly stayed above.  We are supposed to have teens as does everyone else in zones with winter weather as a norm.  But soon, the days will grow noticeably shorter with each day.  It's already starting of course.

My WP bloggie has my treatise on our University football game last night.  Yep.  Friday night and no TV exposure because we were so horribly inept these past three years that if football had a cellar, we ARE in it.  But, we won last night.  We need wins against fellow SEC teams. Hopefully maybe this year we can limp to something not so depressing and horrible as the past three years.

Peace.  p.s. This is my son's home in the background..not mine and that's his Smokey, U.T's mascot.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Jumped the Gun

I suppose I jumped the gun with my last sentence yesterday regarding the horrible filthy website I thought was attached to my site here.  I spoke with one of my sons who is a Software Engineer  and he has explained what it was that I saw (filthy but not "attached" as it were to my site)  He said most blogs unfortunately are visited by these trolls and filth makers.  There is nothing I can do about it unless I just quit.  No need to do that, delete the blog,  because of them as they aren't doing what my panicky thoughts said they were.  So, never mind.

Well, it's football time this Saturday.  College football that is and that is the only football I watch.  One of the boys will be over and he expects me to get some pizza  to munch while the game is on so that will happen.  I'll get it tomorrow. I only hope that our still new Coach can get something out of the team.  We have had the worst losing season in all our history these past two years, particularly last year.  It was until three years ago a proud and excellent SEC University football team.  The new Coach has been desperately trying to rebuild from nothing.  This may be his last year if we don't win some games.  It's up to the individual players as these things always are.  One thing though, our kicker could be replaced by Katie Isabella and we'd do better.  I may need to email the coach.  I just don't see how anyone could miss-kick so many balls, miss so many field goals and have so many of his kicks blocked.  We ought to bring in (kidding) a good HS football kicker/punter.  100 times better than the one we have.

Just wanted to say that I am back on even keel regarding the filth I saw yesterday in the stats  No comments from them..just they were here.  Sent me off the deep end.  They were on the cats' blogs stats too.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Fix-'em-Up Tuesday

Well, I had a general handy man over.  I rented a husband in a way.  He pulled the dryer out from the wall (there is no other placement in the house for this dryer) and lined it up properly with the venting hole in the wall.  It needed tweaking which the installer didn't do.  Sigh.  So now everything fits; and he plugged up a hole where the dryer plugged into the outlet  and that itself may be where the mice were coming in last fall and winter and also where that cold breeze was coming from that I could feel on my feet when it was winter time.  I hope to goodness this will stop the mice and Katie capturing them and bringing them to the bed!  That's a jolt, trust me.

Now I have discovered it's damp under the house...sigh...and I contacted someone to come and see about a moisture barrier and to see what to do with the vents if that is needed. $$$.  Glad I closed an account at the credit union a few weeks ago.  It may help cover these unexpected expenses.

Meanwhile still hot..still humid but then, this is still August.

I found a place that can sell me the out of print book I want and there is a sequel to it.  I will buy that too.  There was a movie made from that book as well and that was 1924.  If anyone else wants to look one up, I used

I have just finished my lunch  (and logged it) of a sandwich of tuna salad with TWO stalks of celery in it because I love celery so much.  I measured the lite  mayo for the first time ever. I put pickle relish in mine.  Nummy.

Off to read the paper.  With the handy man here and then going to the grocery store I haven't looked at the papers yet and I know someone small will want to be on my lap for snuggle time.  She was mashed up into my back and later my tummy last night.  Keeps you on the edge of the mattress but oh well.  Here she is, all flattened out and her eyes almost closed.

PS I think I may have to delete this account.  A porn site has been here.

Monday, August 27, 2012

When Will it Moderate?

Hot hot hot.  Humid too.  I sure hope we get some sort of winter and fall this year as last winter as I already have mentioned was the warmest in the 48 contiguous States ever.  EVER.

I haven't been out quite as much---well, half as much to tell the truth, as I always was to take photos as it is just so grindingly beastly hot and humid.  Now it's too late for many of the things I was looking forward to. It will have to be landscapes pretty much from now on I suppose.

I have started logging food again.  It always does a pretty good job in assisting me to know what and how much I am eating.  That's just another way to say that logging causes me to be accountable and so it keeps me from mindlessly eating.  Darn good thing I work out every other day.

Looking for an old old book I had since I was a kid and it was old old THEN for pity sakes.  I remember the title (I think it was written in the 20's) but not the author.  I want to see if I can buy it in some out of print books in-line place.  It was fascinating and like a glance through a time tunnel as to what life was like for a beautiful young girl during those times. What families and men in general were like, attitudes and social mores.  I have it somewhere but it's ragged and missing some pages.  So, looking for another.

Hope everyone is alright.  I went through some of the dashboard to see who had blogged.  Many times it's Katie Isabella who comes to your blogs and sometimes I go to HER furriends.  It's a question of not logging out.  Drat having so many accounts and passwords.

I'm having a problem with FB ever since it upgraded me.  Comments I make don't show up until won't take till later maybe.  Anyone else with that problem?

Friday, August 24, 2012

September is Coming, Oh Noes!

Here is my Stapelia in full bloom last year.  The star shaped flowers are the open ones.  The ball shaped ones are those yet to open.  I dread that happening each year.  Why?  Because it always blooms toward the end of September and the stench of the blossoms is legion!  OH how it stinks.  It smells like carrion and attracts flies so as to be pollinated.  I have seen the blossoms covered with flies the second they appear and they stay that way till the fall off.  Now this is when they are outside.  You may be wondering what my problem is.

I can't leave the plant outside past the end of September because the nights are too cold and it may die.  So I bring it along with the other few plants who Summer outside into the house for the Fall and Winter.  That means that horrible stench comes in with the plant.  The stink is into all of the rooms within a day.

One year I thought to outsmart the plant.  I broke off only the blossoms right where they attached and brought in the plant which promptly started to die.  I was horrified as this is all I have of my mother from when she died a long time ago. (She was relatively young..barely out of her 40's). So I call this "mother's cactus".  I was able to get ahold of an expert on-line and asked what to do.  He told me all I could do was root the "arms" properly and hope for the best.  So, I got a pot, some succulent mixture and laid the arms of the plant sideways in the soil, watered, and hoped.  Now I have a back-up plant..still small.  Apparently this thing grows slowly when it starts.  My "mother" plant survived after losing most of its arms and legs hanging down.  It started anew from a few inches left sticking up and now it's healthy.

BUT: I am going to have to see and smell it bloom again this year.  The smell is horrible.  I'm not kidding.  But it's mother's and all I have of her.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Happy Birthday to my Youngest Boy Today

Happy Birthday dearest son.  One of three dearest sons to be sure but today is your birthday and as always I must say to anyone who will listen and read how happy and blessed I am to have you as my son.

As I have said hundreds of times before, there is no greater gift from God than a child of your own.  As far as I am  and was concerned, that topped ANYTHING else ever that I could be gifted with here on the earth.

Your unique qualities make you just exactly that, unique...never mundane,  a Neil Original.  There is none other like you and I hit the jackpot when I had you and your brothers.  Each of you have your own gifts and each of you know what it's like to be cherished, wanted and loved.  Even if Ma had to let loose, that doesn't mean I can't love you.

Happy Birthday.  Be joyous.

Love Always,


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Times a while....Adventures of Robin Tortie

Here is the youngest son with Robin, an extraordinary lady cat who helped me rear all three sons.  She lasted just a couple months shy of sixteen years so she was the biggest part of their training and rearing.  They all grew up to be excellent cat servants.

You can see the sheets and cloths spread around on the furniture absorbing our beautiful tiny 6 pound Mighty Tortie Girl's beautiful furs.  That was my son's first laptop I think...and everything you see is long gone including that hideous carpet.

Robin was one of our most beloved of cats ever.  Oh, since she flew away I have deeply loved two more girls..Admiral aka Miss Catt aka Hester, and Kathryn Isabella who is presently with me here at home.  But the boys loved Robin like no other.  She deserved it with all the hard work she put in with them as well as nursing each one as he became sick with childhood illnesses.  She even got sick once with one of their illnesses while tending to them.  That was when she nursed the middle son back to health.  Poor girl fell ill for awhile.

She brought LOTS..and I mean LOTS of dead and still alive prey in for us both night and day as she was an indoor outdoor (in at night) girl.  Mice of course, snakes,  moles, lizards, frogs, rabbits, chipmunks, squirrels, birds, insects and assorted other prey.  And yes, we praised her despite her letting loose of still lively mice in the house --where we never were able to get them out except they died in a closet.  Oh, the reek!

She used to go to the cabinet where she knew her paper plates were and paw it open and knock down her plates when she wanted to eat.  Then,  and I invite lightening to strike me right now if it isn't true..she went to the cabinet where her Fancy Feast was and pawed down a can with an awful clatter on the counter. Can't ignore THAT.

When she was first diagnosed with kidney disease at 14 years of age, the Vet gave us sample bags of KD food.  She hated it with a passion.  Here is how we knew aside from her refusing to eat it..she took a sample bag, carried it to her litter box and buried it.  No kidding.  I came home from work and went to feed her from the bag I'd left on the was gone.  I had to feed her something else.  When I cleaned her box, there was the pouch of KD food.  I called the Vet from work the next morning and he and the Staff just roared.  Robin was a smart girl.  A cat among cats.  I have many more stories but I know you're way past bored with this one.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Someone Must Have Been reading Orwell's "1984"

Am I the only one who is deeply concerned about this?  Snopes,  from whom this URL came, said "mixture" but read it all.  Every word.  It is happening.  They're just in the process of refining it, is what *I* gather.  I want very much to be wrong.

It's getting mighty scary these days.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Good? I reckon!

Oh--- that chicken dinner was sooooo good.  Now, you'll have to like onion and bell pepper for this to succeed for you.

My son is taking home the leftovers.  He purposefully just had one serving as did I- so there is plenty left for him to take home this morning.  I put his in a  plastic storage container box and I saved one portion for my supper tonight. Um um GOOD!

2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon minced garlic..I used dried.
1 teaspoon thyme leaves
1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
1/2 (or to taste) teaspoon crushed red pepper

1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into 6 serving size pieces.
2 Tablespoons olive oil.
1 large green or red bell pepper cut into strips.
1 large onion, cut into 1/2" thick wedges.
1 14 1/2 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained.
1/2 cup chicken broth.


Mix flour, salt and all of the spices except the red pepper flakes in a small bowl.  Sprinkle chicken with 2 tablespoons of this flour/spice mixture.

Cook chicken in hot oil in a large skillet high heat, 3 min. per side and remove chicken from skillet.

Add bell pepper and onion to skillet and cook 5 or so minutes till tender.

Then stir in tomatoes, broth and remaining seasoned flour and bring to a boil.  Stir in red crushed hot pepper flakes now.  Adjust to taste or you may just leave it out altogether.

Return chicken to the skillet, reduce heat to low and simmer till chicken is cooked through.  I check mine with a meat thermometer.

It is not near the work it looks like here.  Try it.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Chicken tonight!!

I am almost finished cooking the so-called Spanish chicken for tonight's supper when the oldest is here.
The addition of the crushed red pepper...Oooo so GOOD! It's simmering and I should go check the meat thermometer and see if it's done.  Scuse right back.  Not quite ready yet although I think I may take one of the breasts out and cut it to see if there is any pink left.

This is a new recipe for me so I hope that it's enjoyable to my boy as well as to me.  It has made the house smell heavenly.

You know, the value of cooking for oneself is more noticeable these days.  I got about 7 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless on sale for $1.98 a pound.  I took them home, wrapped them up separately for my own use since one is more than enough for me.   I grew the bell pepper, the onions didn't cost too much, the spices were on hand and the diced tomatoes could have been my own but I chose to buy a can of them.  Not much money there.  The chicken broth was cheap.  I bought the house brand.  The flour cost is negligible at 1/4 a cup for this recipe and it was on hand.  By the time all is said and done, I would have had to pay a minimum of $10.99 maybe for this meal if I ordered it in a restaurant.  Since my oldest is here, that would be times two.  So, $22.00 + tip and tax...I saved a bundle by making some effort.

Here it is after the chicken was browned for a few minutes and removed so as to cook the peppers and onion, broth and seasoned flour, diced tomatoes and the hot pepper. Then you add the chicken back in, simmer till tender and cooked thru.  Much longer than the recipe said.  Fifteen minutes is unrealistic for uncooked chicken for pete sake.

That's the shadow of my head there on the stove.  :-)  To myself and son I say this gonna be good stuff.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

I think Fall is approaching..

Looks like Fall is not too far away as the Dogwood leaves are starting to edge with crimson and the sun is slanting from a different angle.  I think I recall that the talking heads have stated on several occasion that this was the warmest winter ever in the 48 contiguous States.  Ever. I already have mentioned that my daffodils were up and BLOOMING by January 27th.  That's just not  right.  The TVA, aka Tennessee Valley Authority complained they lost money because the heating season was so short and sparse heating days evenwhen it did chill down some.  They complain when the usage is high..they complain when it's low.  Must be those executives complaining who are getting a few less millions in bonuses at our expense-- meaning rate changes.

Thanks for the comments on the last post.  I like messing with the pictures.  You can't see how ancient I am when I do those layering things.  Smart woman.

I am going to try a new recipe tomorrow when the oldest comes to see me.  It's called Spanish Chicken and it's one of the McCormick spices recipes.  I hope it's good. I'll let you know and tell you so you can try it too.  It wants 1 1/2 lbs chicken breasts, spices, diced tomatoes, onion, julienned red bell pepper among other things.  Oh-- and chicken broth.  I bought the red pepper and broth after working out yesterday so I'm ready.  One browns the chicken first, removes it from the pan and then sautes the onion and red bell pepper, adds the spices, a little flour, the tomatoes, whatever and simmer for a while. There's a bit more to it..I'm just relying on memory too early in the morning.  :-)

Nellie, I have more or less maintained that new-to-me length of hair.  It's shoulder length in front but a bit longer in the back.  I can make a creditable low pony tail.  :-)

I need to get ready, grab the camera and head out.  I wish I could find swans like Dianne does where she lives.  She has the most beautiful pictures of the swan families..babies and parents that I have ever seen.

This is a Magnolia Grandiflora.  HUGE tree and plate sized blossoms many times when they open fully.  I took this up the street.

Time to get cracking and get ready for the day.  I have been in here at the computer helping Katie read her bloggie and making comments.  I need to wash my face and assume my disguise.  XXOO

Monday, August 6, 2012

Over the River and Through the Mountains...

To my middle son's house I go.  That will be Thursday morning.  For the first time since before last October I may get to go to all my "places" I love to go.  Someone needs to be in charge of spending.  That place is wonderful for shopping.  At the highest end to the lowest, it's all there.  LOVE it.  I have come home with the trunk bursting with "stuff" almost every time.

Soon as I do this I have to go buy another tote bag.  I never thought I would see the day but mine are all in use holding books.  SO..I need another to carry a change of clothes and jammies in.

If it would only stop being so humid out there.  It rains buckets every day after about 5 weeks of NO rain at all...enough to mess up crops, and now..rain every day and humidity over the top.  You get in the car and despite the a/c you still get perspiry (no such word, I know) walking to and from the vehicle  and me, my hair is thick especially in the back so I wind up with a quite damp back o' th' head when all is said and done.  I hate that.  If that's the worst thing ever to happen to me (and it hasn't been SO far) I have it made).

You know what I wish I had?  Some fried potatoes and onions.  I won't make them though because I would founder eating them.  Color me exploded!

I have had to pay to have a certified by the State wildlife trapper come out and set traps.  So far, two raccoons and an opossum.  They were on the deck tearing it up and gouging it as well.  Tore up and broke my expensive hummingbird feeder too.  Threw the patio set around and terrorised the cat even though she is always inside.  She sees the hulking things and tries to fight them through the window glass at o'dark early.  Screams and growls from her have me up trying to sooth the situation.  It was worth the money to have someone come out and take care of at least a few.  I see I will always have to bring in the nectar at night until they leave to go back to their homes, the hummers that is.  I hate to bring it in at night because they are fattening up for their trip now...and I have seen them out there drinking in the dark.

That's my story..what's yours?

Friday, July 27, 2012

Friday and Saturday

I think I shall go to the Farmers Market tomorrow and I think I shall not get any more of the Cherokee Purple tomatoes to grow.  This is the only bad year I have had ever.  I probably got 8 total tomatoes off of it and only 4 were fit to eat.  NO peppers but two small 3 or 4 inch ones.  I have NO idea what happened there either.

Olympics opening ceremonies are on.  I enjoyed the London Symphony Orchestra with the focus on someone playing only a single note on the instrument..using his smart phone and dreaming of running by the ocean with his mates.  It was funny.  Chariots of Fire was the background music for that imaginary run on the beach.  Funny.

Here is a Rose of Sharon.  And no rant today.  Peace.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Excuse me?

Ok!  Who died and  allowed/made Mayor Bloomberg in NYC, or for that matter ANY State or City official, or the government  responsible for what YOU want to drink (or eat). I am referencing Mayor Bloomberg in NYC with his Bill wanting to make it impossible to buy a sugar soft drink larger than 16 oz. if I read it correctly.

I for one do not ever drink sugar soft drinks nor have I since I was 11 years old.  However, that is neither here nor there.  When will this intrusion by government and State cease?  How dare they claim to  control or even attempt to control what an individual drinks or eats? I don't give a rodents pigtail who is or is not overweight or who is or is not obese.  That is  individual choice and that same individuals decision as to the quantity he/she eats or drinks. That is NOT a matter for the government in any form to control.  Will they tell you next that you can't eat meat?  How about candy?  Should salt that be metered out to you as individuals too?  Has the liberalism of the government gone too far? Where or even will it, end?  What freedom of choice will be taken next?  We are not all 4 years old and needing close supervision. Why not take away liquor?  Now THAT kills.

How about the drones that business, law enforcement, oil companies, farmers, real estate companies and many others will have right here in the US to for their private or commercial use?  With cameras.  And some will be armed.  It's all true.  Google it.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Monday all Day

I've been for a workout and I've returned revitalized.  I'm waiting on the pest control guy who after all of these years..maybe 10 has become a friend of sorts, to show up this morning.  By that I mean he goes around and does the spraying etc inside and out but I follow as he goes and we are 100% talking about college sports.  I LOVE college football and sort of pay attention to some other sports and  I can talk about sports with the enthusiasm I feel.  Our team, the U.T. Vols has done abysmally these past three years due to a new coach a year. No, I mis-spoke...prior to that three years it was a coach a year.  Now we have Coach Dooley who has been coach for this is the third complete year and this is also a year he had better produce or I'd say he's history.

That's a shame because the Coach can only work with the men he can recruit and the rest is  up to THEM to follow thru with what they have been trained to do.  THAT seems to be the missing link.  The team has been PITIFUL these past three years.  We now rank at the bottom of the SEC East and that has never happened until these past three years, especially last year.

However, my point was I can talk to the pest control guy about football and he never tires of it as he is just as much a fan and very knowledgeable about football in general.  I admit that I only watched maybe three games last season the Vols stunk so badly.  I will start out watching again this year and I have slight hopes.

Lastly I'll say if I glom onto someone (and there are PLENTY of fans around east Tennessee) who loves the Vols or college football they sure have a friend in me.

This is my wanted poster.


Sunday, July 22, 2012

Things I'm Suddenly Tired Of

That title is a phrase that was coined by the former owner and editor of our local newspaper.  It was the title of an editorial he made probably four times a year.  It was a collection of tired phrases or words that were over used terribly and he was sick of hearing them.  I feel the same way about some of them and I'm afraid I am about to do a rant about them.

Fortunately for my unwary friends, I can only think of a few just now but please..allow me to mention them.

The first thing that makes me want to stuff a sock in the mouth of any announcer, TV personality, the usual parade of so-called celebrities who stink up the airwaves each day...even strangers standing in line next to you talking on their phones etc. is hearing that SO over used phrase "at the end of the day." S-T-O-P!  Q-U-I-T!!  CEASE!

Then there is the incessant over use of the phrase "Good Morning to you!" on ABC's morning, evening and in between shows.  Here we are perhaps with some awful happening somewhere in the world and even that "coverage" starts with a perky sprightly " Good MORNING to you------" (whomever you are) and of course, the requisite wait while the reporter out in the field or sitting across from them replies with an equally sprightly and smarmy " Good MORNING!"  STOP!  Don't keep saying that!  Get over it.  Get on with the so-called news. Quit with the puerile fake greetings. (I don't watch ABC news any longer.  Not balanced at all in reporting.)

Then there is the word "fail" Find another word, will you TV folks?  "Epic Fail" is even more tiresome after hearing  or reading it in dozens of ways each day.  Find another way to describe something not done.  Look for synonyms.  Get a thesaurus!  Find another word for "fail". Please.

Lastly there is the wanna-be word "physicality" on the sports channels or sports portions of your newscast.  Um...physicality?  How did that become a word in the dictionary  as it actually is, or perhaps in an etymology book? one died and made me Queen after all.   Instead, can you say someone is in good shape..excellent shape perhaps and able to perform physical game maneuvers well instead, O sportscasters? Please stop over-using that word.

Just griping.  My blog, my gripe.  :-)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Girly type post (I know, they all are..)

I was telling a friend about consignment stores and what great things they have in them almost all of the time.  I have gotten a few treasures myself but I haven't room in this small home for much so I am particular and always choose small things as a rule.  that oak library card catalogue cabinet was the exception.

Here is a cup and bowl that charmed me because their inside is also covered with flowers.  Because there is no way of telling with these pictures that offer no prospective, I will provide a couple of measurements for reference.

The bowl is 4 1/4 inches tall and 19 inches in circumference.  The cup is 4 1/2 inches tall and 12 1/2 inches in circumference.  I love these two pieces.  That is all that was there so I have no idea if there were ever any more but I knew I had to have these.  I wanted Nellie to see these.  And I wanted Mary to see the card catalogue.

That's it.  Purely girly stuffs.  :-)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Wordy Wdnesday

My goodness, for over a week we have had crashing towering BIG thunderstorms each day long about noon to an hour later.  Strong sustained winds and powerful gusts..sideways rain that looks like a huge gusher. Lightening and ear splitting cracks of thunder.  The winds were so strong they bowled over my tomato plant each day.  I don't know how much longer it can take it.  (Carrie, that cello tape worked!  Saved the branch)  But then, my "crop" isn't as good as I had hoped for.  I will try another type next year.  I only got 2 very small peppers out of the pepper plant too.  NO idea what happened with either.  They are fed and cared for the same as I always have done with success...until this year.

I am still working out.  Enjoying it and getting the benefits.  There is one person there however..a hired trainer that I wish would simply not even notice or speak when I come in.  We just don't gee and haw well.

The oldest will be here this weekend and that will please Miss Katie Isabella.  Extra lovins and kissies.  I'm thinking BBQ chicken and yellow rice..with perhaps green peas for supper.  Yum.  He'll have his usual Saturday morning breakfast of bacon and eggs.  Not sure if there will be biscuits yet though. If so, grape jam on them.

I quit feeding the birds for awhile hoping that if that stranger cat was coming by for a quick feathered meal he would see his gravy train done went offen th' tracks.

Hoping to go over the mountains in a couple of weeks assuming all is well both here and there.  It's been almost a YEAR since I went with no other agenda as with this year, each time I went, we got in the car and drove 4 more hours toward east Carolina so as to visit the grandson in military school.  NOW I can actually relax a bit!  Go to uptown Charlotte  and to Matthews, Pineville  and visit all my favorite stores that I haven't been able to get to in about a year due to the other agenda.

The cherries weren't good this year that were offered in any of the stores here.  Slightly softish and not very sweet.  Saved me bundles tho I was disappointed as I would have bought pounds and pounds and foundered on them for a few weeks.  This time, one bag..that was it.

I took this picture at the arboretum.

Coming to see ya.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Good Grief!

What drama.  I was in here at the computer this morning when a stray cat came to the all glass storm door where Katie was and challenged her.  There was a full fledged screaming and hurling themselves at the glass going on.  I had to spray Katie to get her away and then I closed the door.

That did not end the confrontation.  Katie continued growling in the entryway at the closed  door and she was at full puff including the ridge down her back and her tail was like a feather duster.  I waited and then luckily I found the Feliway spray that never worked for the Admiral and tried that.  It seems to have helped a lot.

I was able to approach Katie after a bit.  She scurried from window to window scouting for further outrage.  I kept spraying Feliway Calming spray which again, helped.

Meanwhile, I called all the pet stores to see who had a certain brand..Lambert Kay Boundary indoor/outdoor spray to apply outside.  It has to be applied daily but small price to pay.  I got some locally.  I also got some other super potent stuff 30 day stuff that can't be sprayed on many surfaces so I put plastic over the door mats and sprayed those.  I also took advice and bought mothballs.  Those are around the door steps.  I myself just need to be careful about NOT walking thru that stuff even tho I take my shoes off on entering the house, I don't want any traces brought in.  If I know tradespeople are coming I will have to temporarily remove the mats so as to provide entry without carrying in the "stuff".

So much for the Farmer's Market today.  I can't leave while she's in full outrage because she may hurt herself or get beside herself even more without me here to try to diffuse the situation.

I DID go out, yes, to get the sprays and mothballs and hurried right back.  But for awhile, I will stay here.

Good grief.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

It's a Whole New World Out There.

New world and as many others do, I have thoughts and--- GASP--- opinions.

The other night I saw an interview on National TV that was supposed to be news but as always it was junk and titillating things--little (highly slanted)  news.  So, here's the intrepid reporter, a female interviewing a woman with a 12 year old girl who was just going into a waxing salon to have a bikini wax.

The intrepid reporter interviewed several woman on the street (wonder why no men?  OK I won't go there) and asked what they thought of the increasing trend of waxing salons advertising to get pre-teens in for intimate waxing.  They all said "Ew" more or less.  But then, same intrepid reporter asked the mother about her daughter and she said " Well, she was adamant about it."

OK.  WHO is the parent?  Who is supposed to teach a child about things, guide the child uprightly, prepare the child for the child with homework but most of all: BE A PARENT?  This thing of letting the kid, male or female, run the family (and they do), make decisions about any and all things with no experience and completely under the influence of advertising has me completely aghast.  So, the daughter was adamant and you, the parent are so afraid of angering your child or worse still imposing rules and making learning situations for reference in the're SO afraid of your child's disapproval, you allow her to go in for a mostly un-necessary bikini wax at the behest of the salons who solicit them?  When did THAT become a good idea?  Are you so bent on being the kid's companion/friend/buddy/co-conspirator that you throw all common sense away and let them make all the decisions?

There was a letter in a magazine asking a columnist how to handle a 15 yr old boy and girl who displayed embarrassing PDA in the living room with the family right there having to see it all.  You're asking how to handle it?  I say get a bucket of cold water and throw it on them and tell the half that doesn't live there to go home. But then, I would never allow such behavior to begin with.  It's disrespectful and it's wrong.

Just sayin'.