Sunday, December 29, 2013


I got an award!  YES!  From Annie of McGuffy's Reader!   Now that's great, as this blog never gets awards since I left MSN Live Spaces a hundred years ago!  Thank you my sweet friend.  It is the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award.

If I remember, aside from thanking and recognizing the dear friend who gifted me with this award, I am to answer ten things about myself.

1.  Your Favorite Color?  Black and also white.  Looks smashing with my hair.  (Auburn)

2.  Your Favorite Animal?  ALL of them but I am disposed to keep cats in my home.  I had dogs too.

3. Your Favorite Non-Alcoholic Drink?  I love water and carbonated drinks and flavored water.

4.  FaceBook or Twitter?  I do both with regularity and blog too, as do my cats.  Here & OTRB.

5. You Favorite Pattern?  I prefer non-patterned things. (to wear, that is).

6. Do You Prefer Getting or Giving?  I LOVE LOVE LOVE to give.  That is a JOY!

7. Your Favorite Number?  The number 3, (for my sons) and 163, also 82 and 119.

8.  Your Favorite Day of the Week.  Tuesday.  Go figure!

9.  Your Favorite Flower?  Natural wild violets out doors, and seeing their individual colors of blue, purple,  yellow and white.

10.  What is your Passion?  Using my Spiritual Gifts.

I nominate  NELLIE from Berries and More.

and Patty Skypants.

I hope you will have fun with the questions and please remember to display your award.  xox

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Oh, My.

Oh my, I am going to bust wide open.  WIDE OPEN!  We ate too much.

It was a wonderful Christmas with our new family member here as well.  All three sons, a daughter- in- law, Katie Isabella and me.  Everyone loved their presents and certainly so did I.  I got a pair of Iolite earrings from my oldest.  A wonderful DVD, some WWll things, I collect them.  I even have some ration coupons.  I got quite a few things and I am truly grateful.

But I wanted you to know what the oldest gifted me with.  He will still be here for several more weeks I would say.

I hope all of you had the best of days...I hope before things got hectic that you had a few quiet moments to yourselves just to reflect on the meaning of the day.

Oh, and we have NY Cheesecake and pumpkin pie for dessert.  And I was gifted with Lindor Truffles among other things.  O. MY. BELLY.

That bully flower is Bee Balm.  He sure is mean looking, ain't he?

 Here is a twisted tower of Krystal boxes WITH FLYING BUTTRESSES I might add!  My son from over the mountains constructed it at Krystal's yesterday.

Friday, December 20, 2013


I found this flower bully in a garden during the summer.

LOOK at that menacing face.  That frightening open mouth, fangs!!  and those jaws!  That hair!  Those piercing eyes!  I took a great risk approaching him and snapped the picture and ran for my life!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Week Keeps Going Faster...

Goodness, time flies when things are good or bad.  They are good here at our home.  My son has progressed wonderfully.  Christmas preparations are made insofar as presents are wrapped & etc.  Food is purchased and ready to make for Christmas dinner.  We eat lunch time really.  I may re-negotiate that with the boys and DIL.  Christmas evening will be easier for me considering all I have to do above the dinner preparations.  I will be pressed for time with a noon meal.

Katie's blog will tell you the kind of night *I* had after midnight..sigh.

Meanwhile, I am about to go in and get the bacon out to cook so that my son can have some with his oatmeal.  My mother used to do that.  Give us kids bacon with  oatmeal, butter and a bit of sugar too, and crumbled bacon in it as well.  The nectar of breakfasts!

See you over at your place..xo

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Cloud Fan

I will tell you what.  I about wanted to stop the car on some side street during rush hour to take a picture if only with my iPhone, of the cirrus clouds.  OH what a glorious sky it was as we hurtled back home from the Big City! I will put these from a stop light in.  Naturally they are full of wires and poles but you, excuse the pun, get the picture.

 OH how gorgeous.  I wish I could have pulled off the road but I would never have gotten back into the stream of traffic easily.

xox  PS Thanks for bearing with me these days.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tuesday With Sun. Wonder of Wonders!

Rain, snow, sleet, ice and rain.  SO far in this town it has been rain unceasingly.  But now there is a bit of sun to cheer one.  Busy to the nth degree but got time to do my hair.

We have appointments of one sort or another each day either here in the house or off to The Big City. Tomorrow it is both.  :-)

Son had the staples that were put in on the 19th November taken yesterday.  What a beautiful incision line done by a master surgeon.  He did wonderful work and we seem to be good to go here once he recovers.  I have much to be grateful for both last year and this one.  It is my privilege to serve.

I still need to get some Christmas presents.  Not sure how or when.  May be some IOU's handed out.  I have some but they are not wrapped.  Wish someone else would do it this time.  BUT:  If that is the worst of my problems, the proverbial response is right.  I have it made.

Thank you from my heart for well wishes and those of you who prayed for us.  I will never find the words to express my gladness and appreciation-- but one day you will know, when we are all telling our lives and deeds as we finish this gift of life we have.  You did a fine thing and I am deeply grateful to you each and all.

 This little guy' picture was taken at a happy time  a few months ago when I got to visit my son over the mountains.  He was on my son's house.  Hope you like him.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Goodness Me

Good title for me today really.  Goodness and mercy have found me every day.  The part I feel bad about is the knowledge that many (most) times I didn't and don't recognize that goodness and mercy, no-- not even when it hits me on the head in a manner of speaking.

We tend to try to direct what the good things will be and what they will be like And how they will affect us, and most of all what those good things will be!  That is human nature, more is the shame.  For me, it takes a lot of growth inwardly, spiritually.  For others it is their own choices.

We don't get to direct how things are to be done when they are beyond our control.  We think we do...we spin our wheels and bend and twist things until they approximate what we think goodness and mercy should be in our lives.  It's hard not to try to be in control.  Harder still to realize that you are not nor ever were.  :-)

Goodness me, I stopped that type of thinking some time ago.  Now, I open my eyes and mind and listen.  So, with that all being said and boring all of you I will close the topic.

I just wanted to say that my oldest son seems to be progressing well enough at this time.  I am to-the-core grateful.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Catching a Breath of Air...

Friends, thank you for being there for me and my son.  Katie Isabella is also ill now.  I won't know until tomorrow how she will be and what is wrong but we will, as we always do, get through this with love, care, uplifting prayer from family, friends both blogging and here nearby.

That is what I am the most grateful for.  Friendship, support, care, calls, cards, loving inquiries, loving calls and just plain love.  I know how to be grateful.  :-)  And I am.  Every day many times a day I express that gratitude.

Things are hard right now but they will get less so.  Trust and faith will bring you through every time.

Love and Hugs from us to you.  And gratitude too.

Katie Isabella

Sunday, November 17, 2013


Friends of Beth on Day by Day with Beth Marie..please read and please pray for Beth and others in her town of Pekin ILL.

Beth's area was badly stricken by a tornado including Beth's home.  She happened to have been in a restaurant with her son when the tornado came through.  It blew out a window in her kitchen throwing shards into the living room.  Beth would have been in the kitchen then making supper for her son and herself but The Lord is good.  There is no power of course and she said roofs were torn off other apartments there but hers remains.  A fallen tree destroyed the laundry room, and she and her son had to walk 10 blocks to get back and discover all of this as the police had already roped off the area.  There was debris everywhere making the walk difficult.

PLEASE pray for both Beth and the others in her area who were stricken by this tornado.

I got to talk to her on her dwindling battery power.  I pray I get to again.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

A Puzzlement

Why in the world (as I stated on Face Book) would anyone have their bass SO loud in their car that others can hear it three cars away. Worse, even at three cars away it hurts my eardrums.  I am serious. HURTS!  I am going to start carrying ear plugs.  I mean it.  I had my fingers up to close my ears a few weeks ago with one right behind me.  I had to take my fingers down away from my ears when I had to drive on. How can the driver stand that?  If it hurts MY ears, what is it doing to theirs?  Even if they wore earplugs themselves it would seep through and damage their ear drums.

I have a lot of damage due to blasts from a shotgun in particular so I have constant ringing in my ears.  That horrible sound from the cars just breaks my last ear nerve! Oh it throbs my eardrums.  Hate it.  I guess I made my point here.  Over and over.

Hey, I got a cute picture of Katie which I will post in her blog.  I woke her up and her tongue was out.
I had to take that picture!

See you later....

Thursday, November 14, 2013


Guys..I cleaned a horrible horrible tiny file in the kitchen on a tiny little desk that should hold a few pieces of mail and it was stuffed to the gills, as well as starting to reach up about a foot from its base.  Things 7 months old in there!  Takes determination, a waste basket, three separate piles for important receipts, things to file in the file cabinet and things to go back, and things for the shredder.  Got 'er done and it took 45 minutes!!  Why do I do that to myself every time?  Because I am too lazy/busy/in a hurry to correctly file it when it comes in.

No, there is no junk mail.  That goes to the recycle bin within a minute or less of it being brought into the house.  But there are insurance things, summaries that are 8 thick pages long, bank statements, you name it.  Then, not to be outdone I finally came into this room and cleaned out another tiny plastic file thingy that was bursting with paper.  AND a basket needed cleaning out.  Got 'er done!

Going to get my new lenses here in a short while.  Horrendous amount of money to pay for them.  I get anti-glare coating, edges rounded off so the lenses can fit in a smaller and thinner frame. I have bifocals that ya can't see. I forget their name.  I was surprised that the strength of the bifocal went up.  Well, not really I suppose as I can see (no pun intended) that I can't see the printed page as sharply as I could.

Here is before..Katie is the model.  I think she needs to be on Price is Right.  She's a natural.

BEFORE ( on the right side of the pic)

After (cloudy day so dark) (How do you like my leaves out there?)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Go Figure

Here I put the heat up by 1 degree to 70 instead of 69 this morning as it was just chilly seeming in here.  Time passed and early afternoon despite my thick socks, long sleeved heavy knit Disney shirt, warm pants...I was cold.   My face felt chilled, my hands were cold and I felt chill through that thick shirt.

I paced around back and forth to all of the thermometers scattered around the house (one in each room) and looked at the programmable thermostat to see if it died or something.  IT said 70 in the back of the hallway.  Everywhere else it said 67 to 69.  NO way.  I did all I could not to,  and succeeded in not turning up the heat.  Good thing.  Suddenly later in the afternoon the heat came on and I swear that thing has not hardly had a rest since. (It is a 1 yr old system)  I am warm..have been warm and about to push my sleeves up!  I wonder if the furnace part of the heat and air system was taking a vacation?  Was it dreaming of Hawaii?  I really mean it, it has hardly ceased since mid afternoon!  The poor cat was huddled in front of any given vent in the house.  Now she is relaxing in her recliner.  (yes, hers).

I was about to fight her for that big sun puddle that appeared on the spare room bed.  But she got there first and fairly.

Washington's Crossing Park on the Delaware River two years ago

Monday, November 11, 2013

That White Stuff From the Sky

Ladies &  Germs, I do believe we will have a smattering of snow tomorrow evening perhaps. The temperature will plummet to the 20's and no higher than 43 I think it was for the day time high.  However, by the weekend the high will be 60.

So no one can figure out why so many folks except the ones over, say, 50 years old  are out there in shorts and flip-flops and tank tops in freezing weather.  I guess it will still be a mystery till I die!

Took my oldest home today.  He showed up after work yesterday.  We went out to eat last night as a treat with a gift card that my Twin gave me for my birthday.  :-)  We may have never met but she is just as much family to me as any member of the family right here with me is.  Love her dearly.  My son and I chowed down-- and I had the chicken fingers platter (had to bring some home) with mashed garlic potatoes and coleslaw.  HE had a pasta dish with some form of chicken.  It looked great!  He was a happy camper!  :-)

In that topic, I have several bloggers I consider family.  Twin, as I just mentioned, Michiko, my Japanese Sis living Australia right now. My Michigander Sis Caroldee whose addy I cannot find.  My brother by another mom in Montana,  Joe.

After all of these years, we feel close.  To others as well, of course but we four have talked on the phone.

Anyway, just checking in.

My middle and my youngest sons. One is a Master teacher and the other a Software Engineer. 

Oldest son with Hopping John, our kitten. He is a computer programmer.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Just Curious...Only Wondering...

What is this thing of the past two years or so..perhaps longer whereupon it is THE thing to wear shorts, flip-flops and a muscle shirt (or shell if you are female) and that's it out there in below 40 degree temperature.  I see it when it's in the 30's or 20's as well.  What is UP with that?  I just want to understand why a person would want to dress for 100 degree heat in the dead of winter out there walking in the streets, going to stores and etc.  You KNOW they are cold.

  I think really I have noticed it for longer than that.  I recall one woman way back a good fifteen years ago now I think of it..just the one person, who, on a snowy day was wearing short shorts, flip flops and a coat!  At least she had a jacket on but the rest of her...oh my goodness.  You know that was cold.

Last night on Twitter I had some auto corrects that were down right hilarious.  I didn't even know it until those I happened to be speaking to (you know what I mean..writing to) pointed them out with a LOT of poking fun at me.  My belly hurt from laughing at those mistakes and I had tears in my eyes I laughed so hard.  It was fun.

If I am going to work out, I need to assemble my face.  See you when I get back.  xo

My dear Sis from Australia, Michiko, sent me this and I got it yesterday.  I have something beautiful to drink my cherry tea from now.  Thank you dear Sis.  XXOOXX <3

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Busy busy

Got my Bible study done, then I had to clean the house.  Been two weeks since I really cleaned because of having been gone and because of other things in the way.  Got the furniture dusting and waxing done, vacuuming done, linen changing in the bedroom done, wooden kitchen floors buffed.  Took out all of the trashes in the rooms.  Brushed the cat. Cleaned the bathroom, changed the bathroom linens too, did the wash, drying and folding and putting away---and got a large amount of summer things out of the drawers and small cabinet I use for T-shirts gone, with three tops faded enough to throw away. And I got winter weight tops and slacks and got out my winter weight workout things again.  Oh, and I washed and styled my hair too.  And I went to the grocery where I spent an additional $52.00 and change over and above the other things I have paid for as well as a visit to the gas pumps.

Here are a few things I wish would just go away.  The phrases I hear  (too) many times i,e.  "Going forward".  News - entertainment and/or  journalists saying "We caught up with______"  "We sat down with______"  And from sales people on TV, the so overused word "phenomenal" to describe whatever it is I wrote and begged then to STOP it.  And those same folks are compelled to call everything "technology".  The new "technology" of ink flowing into the barrel of a pen... a flameless candle, you name it...  that word will usually be used.  So phenomenal and technology are the most overused words in the world by the television selling y channels.

I have to mention that I have no interest, not even 1/1,000,000,000th of a percentage in the so-called "stars" and "celebrities" marriages, babies, weight, affairs, after child weight,  pregnancies, drug usage, pseudo religions,  who rears their poor children or the un-ending supply of monies they have for over-the-top houses and possessions.  I don't want to read nor see the magazines (so I don't) listen to their shows (so I don't) or turn a page in a magazine such as LHJ or such like and get hit by an article about one of them.  So, I have let a lot of my magazine subscriptions go. I keep Consumer Reports, Good Housekeeping, FC and WD and I have to admit I LOVE Allure and I have read it since they first came into being.

Well, that came out of no where, didn't it?  Here I was speaking of housecleaning and wham..a mini rant.  :-)

Some of you know I have other things to be concerned with and have had so the flotsam and jetsam fall by the wayside.  :-))) I found that it was just easier without those things.

Here is a picture for you.  I took it of course.


Friday, November 1, 2013

Comment Moderation

Sure am glad I have comment moderation.  I have it set up to catch the spammers as the day is 24 hrs old.  I don't have many, but one is more than I want.  I got one from some so-called dental place that was waiting for approval when I logged on.  SURE I will approve you, you pieces of flotsam.

About to go work out.  I'd better get as much as possible in while I still can.  Going to get very busy in a week or so.

Both cats blogs also have comment moderation.  Theirs is also as short a span as mine.  They love, the spammers that is, to go back into older posts.  IF you let them.  It's always an eye opener too to see what countries are coming to your site and the names of the sites coming to make a hit.  Scary.  There are some pretty scary people out there. Check  your stats.

See you later...workout beckons.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

It's Really Getting Colorful Here.

Happy Halloween.  No kids in my neighborhood so we are not at the door at all in the evening.  More time for me to read and be on this computer.

I stood in my yard and out on my deck to take photos of my immediate surroundings for us here.  It is all my property you that see here.  Just not usable except by the eyes to enjoy the beauty of the woods in all seasons.  :-)

The last two nights when I have gotten into bed, Katie gets up usually just to be a roosting ornament for maybe ten minutes.  The past two nights as I said a sentence ago, she has immediately laid her sweet head onto my cheek and closed her eyes and drifted off. So we are cheek to cheek and trust me, it is TICKLY! Long whiskers, while folded back against her little soft cheek are still there like nylon threads to tickle my skin.  Do I ask her to move?  Of course not.  When I am anxious after 15 or so minutes to turn out the light and turn over and sleep I have to just stand being still.  I have Katie up there, snoozing along, face to face.  I reached over last night to turn off the light and she slept on.  That is a first!  Lights out usually  mean "So long, I'm outta here!" but not this time.  I finally wriggled enough to rouse her and she left. WHEW!

Here's my view at my home.  As for the deck (you will see the privacy fence on the deck) that is attached to the house and is mine as is the house you will see in one of the pics.

Red Oak starting to turn

Poplar, Oak and Hickory Trees on my property.

On the deck here at my house which is a 1 floor home but all homes are built on the hills surrounding us all. So it looks like a 2 story house sorta.

One corner of the fenced in yard. We fenced for the kids. Property keeps on going on down the hills. 

My deck is on the left. Our fencing is there for the kids when they were little.

Sunday, October 27, 2013


OH MY WORD!  We went over the border on NC into SC to get gasoline about 35 cents less expensive than in Charlotte.  Only takes a few minutes we are that close.  While there (SC) after getting gas, we went Young's Plantation shop and I bought, among other things a terribly expensive jar (about a pint size) of cherry butter.  The consistency is a bit thicker than apple butter but smooth just like apple better and has texture too as does apple butter---  and the contents are just cherries, pectin, vanilla, spices and cane sugar.  OH MY WORD!  I thought I had had good food before but that cherry butter takes the cake.  Best stuff ever!  Had I known how delicious it is, I would have bought three jars and broke the bank happily.  OH!  DEE-LISH-US!

I just had two pieces of toast spread with real butter and cherry butter.  Be still my heart.

I had a wonderful time.  I got something for my eldest son for Christmas while there.  Also in the news so to speak, I sent to the U.K. to a craftswoman who does knitted crafts and she knitted a Katie Mini-Me.  It got here while I was gone of course.   Here it is.

There is even a modicum of a half mustache as Katie indeed has and a bit of white under the chin too plus her luxurious bib.

Look at the sign in a restaurant we were at last evening!!  LOVED it.

 We went out to have supper last night as you can see from the picture above and as my son had a coupon we had at first decided on a place he had not yet been to. On arrival to that restaurant,  we stepped inside.   The coupon was for 5 chicken strips..size unknown.  I asked the person at the counter what sides came with it.  Would you believe this?  Raw celery (well, yes, of course raw.) and raw carrots.  That was it. Not cooked.  Raw.  We both asked was there anything else--- and there wasn't.  She said if you don't want them, we can leave them off...(in all seriousness she said that) I said well, that wouldn't leave much would it?  And I'd be paying for them too as that food..the 5 unknown size chicken strips and the couple of raw vegetables were eight dollars.  We left.  We went to the really great BBQ restaurant whose sign I have posted here.

Look at the lady and gentleman here I saw in my favorite consignment shop in Charlotte...I am crazy about these critters but I didn't buy any.  Wanted to, but no place to put them.

See you soon.  Boy am I sleepy, and the cat is clinging like a piece of fluff to  a static charged piece of cloth.


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Over the Mountains and Through the Woods (to my son's house, I go)

I am headed off to see my son over the mountains.  It's a good time before I get very busy again here in a few weeks.  I'm looking forward to it.  Just got some gas (almost forgot for the first time ever!)  I know there are gas stations everywhere along the route but I don't like stopping except at the border of TN and NC so as to use the little girl's room.  Then, it's non stop the rest of the way.

Someone here who is small, will miss me terribly.  So it's good to be gone though she would not agree with that.  Being here every night for a long time doesn't prepare her for being alone at night as well as in the say.  But she will have an excellent pet sitter.  Who LIKES her.  (and Katie like her as well).

I have most things packed.  Just an overnight change of clothes really as I will be home mid afternoon Sunday.  Plus all my vitamins and minerals that I take.  I take my own vitamins and mineral mixture meaning no one a day for me.   There's a reason.

Now.  If I know what's good for me I will go into the living room in her recliner and park it.  That way she can sleep on me.  I owe it to her as I had one of my infrequent nightmares and I was hollering' up a storm during the night.."Get Away"! and "HELP" were the words of shouting choice and I heard 11 pounds of sweetness hit the floor!  She came back later. (some woman of all things was trying to get me.  She got thru my locked door and was leaning over me when I started shouting. I hate bad dreams.

OK.  Off to do my recliner duty.

See you when I get back from my son's place.  Oh, and that is a cone flower with a bee of course in the header  I took it last summer.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Here is What my Youngest Said About my Perceived Problem w/ Google.

Please read it here.  I am busy eating Humble Pie.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Google Problems Here With my Handheld Devices...

Guys,  not sure what I am going to do.   Lately, when I read your blogs on either the iPhone or the iPad, and I go to comment, a window comes up and tries to force me into signing up and into "everything Google". I do NOT want Google+.  I do not want Google Chrome.  I do NOT want ANY of the games, pictures etc etc and other services Google has with the sole exception of Blogger.  It says "sign in to everything Google and then you can go to Blogger".

I do NOT like being strong-armed into something I-DO-NOT-WANT.  I have a Mac.  An iMac for the big computer.  I have everything else Mac as and tablet.  I LOVE Safari for my browser and I have no desire for their Chrome.

I want to be wrong.  Tell me I am wrong and I will be tickled to the ends of the earth.  My human brovver is here and he selected "sign in with another account" and as soon as Mom did, there went that window again, not permitting her to go on without signing up for all the services.

If Google forces me while on my regular computer than Katie, Admiral and I will all have to go away and that makes us very sad.  Why will we go away?  Because Google is, right now at this time the single most invasive user of your private information in the cyber world.  NORMAL cyber world, not the N*S*A.   Face Book ain't no bowl o' kibble either but Google and their strong armed maneuvers..takes the cake.  Again, if I have misunderstood or if I am wrong, I apologize for the rant and I will jump for joy to be wrong.  I'll eat a whole truckload of humble pie.

Monday, October 14, 2013

October Blue Skies

I had the pleasure of meeting a blogger from Katie Isabella's blog.  Her blog is called Random Felines and she is an angel who rescues cats and kittens, traps them if needed, has them neutered or spayed and then tames them so they can be adopted.  Takes in the bottle babies and feeds them every four hours.  Just whatever is needed.  She is a good steward to animals and that includes dogs as well.  After she stopped here for a few hours she went on to Nashville (I always want to spell it Gnashville) to pick up a Spaniel and deliver him somewhere.  An angel.

Today is a holiday so I didn't get a few things done.  One is a flu shot.  They were short handed so I will go in the morning before 11.  I usually swell up at the injections site and it itches but that is a lot better than the flu.

Hope all is well with each and all of you.  That will never change.  You are all like family even though it is a cyber family.

Terry..a RedNeck Room meeting would be the most fun in the world.  I would LOVE that!!! Can you imagine?  All my Wisconsin girls (you and family) (Mariodacat too)  and a few others who are as crazy as we all are..just heaven on earth and noisy too!  Can't beat that with a stick!  Just think!  We'd be thrown out! What fun!!  Let's mix the Party affiliations too. about lively! <3


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Sunny Sunday

Another beautiful October day.  I just deleted two paragraphs as they were a recitation of why September and October, although beautiful are not "good" months for me.  Who needs to read that, I finally asked myself.

I have lost the urge to go out and take pictures I might say here.  Too much else on my mind really to give any thought to the pleasure of roaming with the camera.  I hope that comes back to me.  Maybe when pressures and other matters ease, I can.  It really doesn't matter as no one knows whether I do or don't.  :-)  as it's not like a job after all.

I have the pleasure of meeting a blogger tomorrow who will be coming here to meet me and Katie Isabella as she heads back to her own home in Ohio.  Her parents are living in the big city just a few miles from me.  Makes it an easy hop over to say hello. I am looking forward to it.

Almost met another dear blogger when she was on her way back home to MD. from FL.  However, my son got married about the time she would have been here. was Christi's shower I had to go to.  That's what it was.  Close..almost got to meet her and her two kitties who travel with her.


This was taken a few miles away.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Wednesday Notes on Tuesday

It has been a busy stressful week and will only build more from here with necessary things to do.  But it's better to be here to do these things than not be able to.  That's called looking for the bright side.

I had several calls last night.  Both calls were unexpected but very nice.  One was from a local friend here and one from New Zealand, from a man I consider one with my sons as they are all in the exact same age group..  I thoroughly enjoyed them both.  Today, I headed off to that  local friends home and had lunch there and some good conversation.  She came over here later and helped me with a vexing window lock problem.  I have those new windows that open inward so that you can clean them but most are very hard to get locked again.  That isn't good for obvious reasons including letting in cold or heat and noise.

Hey, remind me to not get those delicious buttery flavored Club crackers ever again.  I LOVE those things which explains why I only get them once in a decade usually.  They are so good if my belly could hold them, I'd eat them all at once.

Today was one of those days October is famous for.  Blue blue, just deep blue sky, with a smattering of white puffy clouds.  Temps rose from 47 this morning to a balmy 80 this mid afternoon.  Gorgeous day.  I was grateful for it.

We almost won that football game in OT.  I am proud of how far the Vols have come.  Just missed it.  Just as lost, yes, but that was a well fought battle on our side this time.  The guys are starting to change the culture from where it was to what it needs to be.

Katie is asleep in her thick plushy bed and snoring.  Loudly.


Saturday, October 5, 2013

Football and Home Made Soup Day!

Oh the house smells so good.  I am making home made vegetable beef soup.  It may need another hour...maybe.  The potatoes are still a bit firm and so are the carrots.

Today, my Vols will likely get a booty kickin' by the Bulldogs.  We will be outclassed by the 4 major SEC schools again.  BUT: next year and each following we will be better.  We have an excellent coach and although I like the boys personally, both QB's are no better than one of anyone's sons out there tossing a football.  It;s a shame but that's what we have and it's causing a great deal of trouble for us.  Plus we have many true freshman playing who don't have experience in collegiate football.  Especially not a high powered SEC set of games.  We are in the SEC after all, and we have a very tough schedule.

Recruiting went very well by Coach Jones so we have hope for a bit better next year until we are full power again as we were a few years back.

Just checking in.  I wish I could serve you some soup because if I say so will be delicious!

Katie's favorite brother will be here tomorrow after church.  That will please her so much.  (it will ME, too.)

So here is Katie again in her cheerleader outfit.  She wishes..she hopes..she cheers.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

HOO boy!

Well, all seems all right for me regarding my malady, but I managed to pull muscles in my lower back a few hours ago.  Oh well, it will pass.

I managed to clean house today.  Something I haven't really done in close on to three weeks.  Oh, I got the very necessary things done, yes, but not what the house deserved.  I feel much better looking around now.  Good I hurt my back after it was all over and not before.

We won this football game of ours yesterday but we will surely lose the next four Conference games.  We are too "young" in players, barely any experienced ones, BUT we do have a great set of recruits coming next year.  Those players who were battered this season for us will have experience for certain and training.  The new  folks will add more talent which we certainly need.

I must say, no one here in the Vol Nation are lamenting Lane Kiffin having been fired.  Not after what he did to us..sneaking out of his contract/stay/coaching job here in the middle of the night, literally.  Tried his best to get away without anyone knowing but he was seen and made to have a media conference which lasted all of a couple of minutes.  WE have had four coaches in 6 years I believe it is.  THIS one will stay and he is good.  BUT he needs time.  We are at the bottom and you can't get SEC Conference important wins out of a bottom placed team in a few months.  The lunatics already calling for Coach Jones head should just go sit and read a good book.  Maybe on "How to Think".

Who, if anyone watches besides me, likes DWTS new format?  I don't.

Just stopping by.  See you soon. xo

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Awesome Breakfast

Guys, (ladies) I had the breakfast of champions and that is a sure sign I am better.  My breakfast was: three left-over chicken fingers from Ruby Tuesday at my celebratory birthday supper yesterday with and by my available family, i.e two sons and my daughter-in-law.  Oh, how delicious.  I had the chicken fingers and a square of tender home made chocolate cake with thick butter cream frosting.   Now that is the breakfast of dreams!  DEElicious.

I started coming up out of this unhappy siege two days ago.  My doctor said on Wednesday "you are experiencing the perfect storm" of problems brought about by medications and the illness.  I would hate to write and won't bore you with a recitation as it were, of the worst of times this week.  Frightening--- but it's over now.

They gave me a beautiful wedding photo book they had made for themselves and for me.  AND a years subscription to my favorite hometown newspaper both at home delivery and digital.  The paper went up so high for a subscription I threw in the towel and quit after as many years as I have lived here.  I missed it so much.

Thank you so much for the birthday wishes.  That sincerely meant the world to me.  Those of you who came from Beth's page, bless you.

Someone who is four legged and furred is summoning me into her parlor to play.  After all, it's 8 in the morning!  What's the holdup?

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Happy Birfday to me...

I had the VERY good pleasure of having Happy Birthday sung to me by my middle son's middle school class.  I had just dropped the oldest off (I am not infectious now so I was able to e around him) and was on my way back to get gas, lunch and come home.  That was my fast food birthday lunch gonna-be at Wendy's.  I no sooner made the turn onto the main road out of my sons' neighborhood when my cell phone rang and it was my son announcing to me that the class was ready to sing Happy Birthday to me.  It was so much fun and such a lovely gift!  He has done this for my birthday all but a few years when it was impossible for administrative reasons at the school.  So..what a joy.

I still have a lingering cough but surely that will end one day.  :-)

I just wanted to check in for a minute and say howdy and thank you for coming.  This is about the most tired/sick I have been for two weeks in a while now.  But things are looking up.

This was taken along I-40.

Friday, September 20, 2013

At Last! (Isn't that a song title?)

Well, at last I feel like a less sick person.  Last Saturday was the beginning of a swift downward trend.  I developed (and didn't know it) a fever and a whalloping case of bronchitis.  The tightness of my chest and difficulty breathing AND the 7/24 coughing took me to the Dr. and luckily I was granted an appt. on that very day, a Monday.  I went in person with laryngitis and lots of notes to explain why I was there.  I got a Z-Pac and a certain cough suppressor.  Don't want to say its name here what with the troll engines and all.  The cough suppressant did NO discernible good AT all.  Or so I thought until I did without it one night and the coughing was the worst ever.

I have three thermometers and none told me I had a fever.  I kept taking my temp and it was always below normal.  I was sweating, like a cold sweat sorta, and fanning myself even tho the house temp was 72. Still, the 3 thermometers tricked me into thinking I was sweating for no good reason, until I begged again in person at the Dr.s office for another Dr. appt. as I was getting worse, not better.  Granted.  At 1330 I got my own Dr. this time. And I had my temp taken where it was not taken on Monday.  100 degrees. Still it showed me I had 2 new and one older lying thermometers!

He said indeed I had bronchitis, listened to my chest and could tell the intense tightness and prescribed the steroid pack wherein you take 6 the first day and then one less each day until the end of the dose. I took my six at 1600..and I will tell you my bronchial passages opened enough to allow some really loud and impressive productive (not tight any more) coughing and even a bit less.  I sat up to sleep bolt upright in bed with four thick pillows and had a decent night for the first time in a week just about.

I am still sweating but at least I know why.  The Z- Pac runs out after today's dose.  No idea how long the low grade fever will remain.  OR if I will be infectious until it is done.  I forgot to ask.

Left the keys in the door all night.  *smacks forehead*.  Felt horrible when I got home and just didn't think.

Sorry for the litany.  At least I feel decent enough to write the litany.  :-)

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Saturday and you know what THAT mean!

Saturday football is what that means!  In three more hours Katie and I will see our team beat like a drum.  BUT I have a great feeling about this coach and his recruiting for our future games next year and onward.  This is a very much freshman player out of HS team...starting again from scratch and the changes in defense from the past four years are marked!  I have great hopes but it WILL take a year or two.  Oregon is too much for us right now but I am hoping that the goys can show what they are made of.  If they play the entire 60 minutes then that alone makes the experience, even to we fans here in the VOL Nation, glad.

I need to go play with said Katie before the game starts so she will have some reason to nap in between my sighs and groans as we get trounced.  So, off I go to find something she'll play with put of her practically 100 toys!

Friday, September 13, 2013

My goodness

I remember a flurry of activity by me earlier in my life; cleaning the house including taking glass light shades down from all the fixtures and washing them and remounting them.  Mopping, sweeping, windows washed, waxing, dusting, rearranging things and all just a few days before I had another child.  I think they call it the nesting syndrome.

Well, today I got up and readied myself for the day..and of course I am neither married now nor pregnant, and went to work out.  After that I had brunch with a friend, came home and washed the car.  Then, I came in the house and washed the windows! Then, I cleaned and polished all of the wooden cabinets in the kitchen..the upper ones on both sides of the room and the lower ones all the way around.  Then,  I cleaned the stove and hopped up and did the microwave too.  If I had not answered a phone call I would have emptied the fridge and cleaned it inside and out as well as the linen closet.  But I did wash down the washing machine and the dryer.

I am telling you this because I feel 20 years younger today.  I feel free and I have no concerns.  Not for me nor anyone else.  It's the most free I have felt in a year.  The day is beautiful and so am I, inside.  

I have enjoyed every minute of every hour in this day since daybreak.  I will take this sparkling effervescent and finest of gifts any woman could wish for, happiness,  and be deeply grateful through and through.

I refuse to worry for tomorrow, to be concerned, to anticipate or decide what will happen. I think I will just wait and see.  It's good to let go of the control you never had in the first place.

Whatever the new day brings, it will happen without my concern, worry, anticipation or machination.  Without a river of words to those who don't want to hear them.  I think I will keep relinquishing that pretense of control that I have realized I never had..and keep doing that if I am able.


Thursday, September 12, 2013

You Just Can't

Sometimes you have to realize that you just cannot solve all the problems in the world. Not even in your immediate world. It's a hard lesson- and for me needs to be re-learned over and over.

All the good intentions in the world will not make a wrong, right.  All the reasoning you put forth can't make others listen and too, maybe your rationale is flawed and you're the last to know.  That's just the way it is.

A person with an overabundance...even an abundance of care and love can only do so much at any given time despite wishes to the contrary.

It's a good thing to quit trying to change the unchangeable, immutable.  That does NOT mean give up nor does it mean to stop looking for ways to help others.  It just means here in this blog anyway, to do ones best and let go, figuratively speaking, of the steering wheel and let our Maker make the decisions, which he does anyway without our help, thankyewverymuch.  :-)

Friday, September 6, 2013

Friday Sunny and Furry

I have a furry here to enrich the day and it's sunny.  Can't do better than that.

I loved my meeting of colleagues Wednesday both working and not.  As always we were bulging out the walls with noise.  I called a dear friend so she could hear that cacophony--- but she wasn't there.  Her husband answered and I shouted that I just wanted Mary to hear the noise.  :-)  He told her later that it was pretty impressive or words to that effect.  :-)  had the best time!  Always do.

Meanwhile, as it is sunny (OH..imagine!  SUN here!) I will have outside things to do.  But to do that, I must get up from the keyboard and get dressed.  I must do my little housework and get ready for the day and I must play with the Mistress of the house.  She is in there by her tunnel waiting.

Reading again today the mind bursting dragnet the N*S*A has out for us (yes gov guys, I am talking about you.  I know you're reading this) it is enough to make you throw out your phones, both kinds.  Disconnect the computer and do the following:  Tin can and string network to communicate with friends.  ( long distance).  Use a typewriter, and hire your own pony express to deliver.  Oh and throw out all the little tags (if you can see them) that manufacturers put on clothes and other durable goods that track where said goods are.

Meanwhile, time to get up and be about doing the business of shopping and camera toting.  I will smile at all the cameras watching me as I walk along.

This is a view of my deck with a privacy fence on the street side.  Ready for Fall? This picture was taken last Fall.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Saturday..College Football

I am looking forward to the first game of the season.  Why they always make it PPV I don't know.  It is a small college and a cream puff to beat, I think.  We are due for some luck as we have failed abysmally  the past 4 years.

 And we have had about as many coaching changes in that time too as failing years of playing.  They were incompetent and desperation choices by the then sitting A.D. Mike Hamilton I think,  Now we have an A.D. NOT on his way out and who seems to care.  He only had a matter of weeks to find this Coach after the other one was fired for 4 of the most embarrassing losing streaks in football.  The team is being rebuilt yet again and I hope to heaven this will be the beginning f something good.  WE are about due.  BUT our secondary is very thin, the "firstdary" is young and inexperienced so we may have to wait three years or so to see some progress ---hopefully every year so we can finally have some hope.  Gracious..for a used-to-be very proud and rightfully so football team we are as low as you can go.  And the SEC is a dynamite Conference so that makes it all the more embarrassing.

Katie says RAH RAH sis boom BAH!  Go VOLS!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Here's a Toast!

Some icy cold cranberry juice for you in the header picture.  I could have done better with focus but...that was then,  and now I have a lens that helps.

Hotter'n who dunnit out there.  Going to be in the 90's the rest of the week.  My short hair is in a whiskbroom sized pony tail.

Had a chicken salad sammich at Chick-Fil-A this noon with one of my sons.  He had the Tenders.  I was hard pressed not to swipe one but he only had 4.  Good sized ones too and waffle fries as big as, well,  a waffle just about!

I'm just home so I suppose I had better start some household duties.  No matter how I wish it, these jobs won't do themselves.  Maybe if I offered a salary?

I am enjoying the heck out of Photo of the Day that John Booth invited me to.  Since they changed Flickr so dramatically I no longer have much interest in it.  POD has taken its place more or less.

So, what's for supper, folks?  Friday I am making salmon patties and mashed potatoes.  Green beans too probably.

I was singing the praises of Bl*e Bel*e Ice cream as I happened on a gallon (still a gallon as they advertise) of a vanilla that only had one "gum" in it...otherwise it was pretty pure.  ALL of the rest of their ice creams have those nasty fillers in them, gums, cellulose  or something or other as do all the others on the market that I can tell.  That's why I don't buy ice cream.  Thought I had a winner'  Only ONE flavor does't have all those added things and of course, I can no longer find that flavor at the stores.  ONE flavor for pity sakes without the fillers and adulterants.   :-(  That brand as many flavors with all the fillers and additives but only one without.  Can't be found easily.

See you soon...I'll be around. Work to do first.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Moving On...

My friends. I am making more of an effort to get here to see blogs and comment.  I admit to being busied with a sick family member, and that is a privilege to me, honestly.  I love every moment of serving and I am grateful to be able to do it.

So please overlook and forgive me when I don't get there as often as I should.  I read your blogs but many times I can't reply.  Then, I will reply to three or four at a time.  XXOO

Thank you for reading my two last blogs which were really my anguish that I had to express after seeing sad hard things and hearing them.  As you may know I don't usually get that strong about things unless it's my love for my family.  Goodness knows you have had to bear up under that for years!  :-)

I have been gone all day for the above stated reason and Katie was so glad to see me when I got back.  I fed her the supper she wanted, fed myself, played with her, had a shower and already my eyes are burning like coals from a very fitful sleep last night.

Miss Katie will likely be glued to my back tonight.  How dare I leave, she asked me?

Everyone rest well tonight.  I hope to as well.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

So...As I Was Sayin'

Now, I had several ladies take me to task when I made this statement in my old blog of MSN Live Spaces.  Before I wade into the topic again, I will clarify that which I did not do the first time I brought it up.

I had said that parents are not meant to be their children's friends.  I was roundly chastised and told by the respondents that they certainly did see their children as friends.  And so THERE, Carole!!!

Now, what I MEANT and failed to explain then was:  Parents are not supposed to be their children's friend instead of their caretaker and teacher as they grow from infancy toward adulthood.  After they reach late teens etc. THEN you can become friends as it were.  A parent (s) are supposed to be a guide, a leader, a teacher, an instiller (is there such a word?) of morals, discipline and what's the right thing to do.  Not to mention teaching them kindness, friendship toward others, developing the ability to wait, learning how to cope with and appreciate ultimately  delayed gratification. They should be taught how to anticipate.

 You are supposed to give your children a feeling of caring about their fellows by your own example.   Children in my opinion should NOT be reared from the beginning of their 2's and 3's and then onward with equal say in the household finances, decisions, and consulted as to what will be bought, and how money is spent.

Nor should they be given everything simply because someone else has it.  Learn the value of work, saving, anticipating, caring for your possessions.  Learn that the sense of entitlement that your parents bestow on you won't work in every situation.  Someone somewhere MAY clean your clock for you.  It's not all about you.

Whining screaming and kicking and cursing by toddlers.  Slapping their parents.  These are things I see almost every day.  It's appalling.

Expecting the schools to rear your child is horrible.  You will never see what should be your family values taught.  Just the poor demonized beleaguered teachers getting it all forced on them to do.  Disrespect and spitting, kicking, cursing and hitting teachers seem to be allowed in public schools.  Just sayin'.

NOW I'm done.  Sorry and just ignore if it's offensive.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

JUST lovely! Not.

I almost greeted you saying "KITTIES"!  However I guess I am not helping Katie right now so I will resist!

I went to Wally World a few hours ago and got some groceries as my oldest will be here tomorrow for supper.  Meanwhile, I went thru Walmart's front doors and it so happened that I was just behind a family of both parents, a girl of perhaps 8 and two boys, possibly 10 and 11 or so.  First thing I saw as we all of us walked through the doorway was the girl do a high kick to kick her father's back end.  She missed.  Not to be discouraged she did it again, and in full view of her mother.  She connected that time and he turned and looked down to her.  He did not say a word but he didn't look pleased.

Then, I glanced at the girl specifically as I made my way to the grocery carts.  The two boys hurtled themselves to just behind where I was at the front of the carts (they were three carts back) and as I was getting my cart untangled from the one it was jammed into, those boys started bashing my cart hard to get it and me out of their way.  I said immediately in my well practiced mother's voice "YOU JUST WAIT A MINUTE!" Then their mother seemed to have overcome her paralysis and said something slightly sharply to them as I made me way on through the airlock doors into the store.  I never did see them through out the foray into the aisles.  If I had...while I  really would not have, I would have been tempted to crash my cart into theirs and say, "Oopsie!" Just pique on my part.  I would not have done such a thing.

It's just another indication how many families are ruled utterly by their kids.  I hear their opinions being asked about the choices all up and down aisles in any given grocery store.  And I see their declarations being obeyed.  They are treated as small adults to be obeyed.  Role reversal.

OK.  Done.  Thanks.  I needed that.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Oh my...

Oh my oh MY!  I got home from the birthday celebration late last evening and started to take a Tylenol.  Well, I hiccuped at the same time I had the water in my mouth and I inhaled the water into my wind pipe.  I thought I would just about drown in that little sip of water.  Really a rotten feeling coughing horribly yet barely able to get a little air in to cough with.  I have had that happen two times in my life.  Once on the road driving about 8 years ago and again last night.  I would hoe to never go through that again.

Anyway, obviously I survived (although I wondered if I would there for a few minutes) and we all had the best time.

We went out to a restaurant for supper, son and his wife and my oldest boy and me.  Great restaurant too but the food was delicious and so I finished what was on my plate and I should not have.  OH.  My. Stomach.  WHEW.  Had to have some Tums for the tummy immediately we got to my son's home again.

Anyway, gifts were opened.  Wait'll you see his cake! I got him a subscription to Sky and Telescope and a hard cover book by Shel Silverstein.  I hope no one ever gets too old for Shel Silverstein's books. I know he enjoyed the first one a few years back.

His wife came up with the great idea to have friends both at work and social as well as his family and anyone  else we knew who knows him, submit a reason why they like him; even something like "You always smell good" is one she gave as an example to get the respondents going.  So she had a jar full of strips of paper, one for each year he has been on this earth for him to open and read.  They were in a mason jar that was beautifully ribboned at the lid.  He loved that cake.  What a great idea.

We had cake and ice-cream and talked awhile and then, oldest son and I took off like big birds and made it to our separate homes.

Anyone who knows my boy knows he is a fabulous photographer although that is not his profession.  We are Nikon fans as you will be able to tell here shortly.  Look at the rendering of the camera strap as well as the camera.  I LOVE it!  Son had the lens served to him.  I got part of the back where the various dials and view screen are..and so on.  Hope you enjoy.


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Tomorrow is the Day

On Auguest 22, my newly married son will be another year older and aeons happier than he has ever been as he has met his one and only really true love and married her.  Easy to see that complete love they have for one another.

I am starting this blog some few hours earlier than this actual birthday this time.  I usually don't do that but this time I will.  I don't think any of my sons ever read these so it won't make any difference to them.  This is just for my mother's heart...simply to wish my youngest son the best birthday ever in the world and the happiest.

He and his wife have honored me and my oldest son (middle son is teaching and is in NC) by requesting that we join them for a birthday dinner and so I am looking forward to that as is his brother I am sure.

Friends, thank you for bearing with me when I do this with each one's birthday and on Mother's Day.  Perhaps I will let all that I have already said from my heart be allowed to stand on into the future. and give it a rest.  I have commemorated each son this year again.  My absolute pleasure.  I love them so.

Happy Birthday Neil.  Many more my sweet boy.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013


That is a photo of Charlotte NC that I took from a beautiful peaceful and surprisingly quiet park near downtown.  I think it was called the 4th ward Park.  LOVE it and Charlotte.

Another gray day.  If it isn't actively raining it's cloudy.  :-(

Mary, of  Out My Front Door published a great blog Monday regarding random things of meaning to her.  In it, she mentioned smells etc and I in my comment almost had a blog there.  I was talking about the "time machine" that fragrances are to me.  I mentioned this phenomena several times in the old MSN blog.

Smells, fragrances if you will are very evocative at least to me.  I told Mary that the smell of hot tar, asphalt then, takes me back to a sliver of time when I was five years old.  I was deposited with my cousin Richard outside a grocery store while my aunt, Richard's mother was inside.  We were out there perhaps half an hour..maybe..not sure but it was as HOT a summer's day as you can get in Roanoke any given summer.  We were outside the city at the time I am speaking day.. however, a more rural area and I recall a two lane road.  But of course in the ancient days, all roads were two lanes except for the occasional three laner.  *smile*

As I said.  Hot.  And the smell of hot asphalt rose and took charge of our nostrils!  Me and Richard were miserably hot..dying of thirst and eventually we were able to get a coin apiece to get a coke out of the machine that was too warm and was like drinking Tabasco sauce might be if you did such a thing.

To this very day as I drive somewhere and catch the smell of tar or asphalt I am mentally transported to another time and another place in a life that has gone with amazing speed to this point where I sit and tap this put.

Smelling the oils (Naptha oil??)  that used to be put (maybe they still are in public places, dunno) on wooden floors takes me straight to my grandmother's beautiful home in Roanoke.  Her floors  gleamed like glass always.  I can smell coal in the air as I think back- as coal was the most used method of heating and Roanoke had quite the rail yards for transporting coal in and out.  There was a railroad called N&W that we saw and heard if we were in the right part of the City.. Norfolk and Western, long defunct now I think.  When we were at our cabin in Summers at Glenvar, we heard it all of the time and me and my brothers walked on the trestle over the Roanoke River.  The brothers, 8 and 10 years older than I would lay their ears along the track listening for a train.  Then we would make our way along the track to the other side.  Gives me the jimjams to think about now.  I was really little.

Grapevine ropes to swing on out over the Roanoke River and dropping like a rock down into the water, my brother cracking his head open on a rock as he dropped off the vine into the river and 20 stitches in it...those were the days indeed.


Sunday, August 18, 2013


That picture above in the header is my back yard, aka my forest, standing and looking off my deck one morning.  I love living where I do.  Town in the front and nothing but huge old trees all the way down to the City/County line.  We all of us on this street own our part of the woods privately.  I have my section and each home coming and going along the Greenbelt owns theirs.  This is not City owned.  It's just us chickens up and down the road.

It has rained about 22 of the 24 hours we have today.  But then, it wouldn't be natural if it had not.  We have well over our yearly quota of rain, since June.

The house is clean, the linens changed, a bit of cooking done, phone calls made and received, and reading about to be done.  The Sunday paper for one. :-)  Wish I were out on the deck in the evening sun doing so but that hasn't happened since Spring what with the extreme hotness or the rain.

Know what?  I want to make some vegetable beef soup.  I LOVE my soup.  I love it just chock full of veggies as I am very much a veggie person anyway.

I think I will hold my heart and check beef prices for stew beef for the soup.  Last time I looked the price was horrible.  But then, what isn't?  I have sticker shock if you will, each time I go to the store.  More conversations between strangers happen as we stand gasping in the aisles, jaws unhinged, looking at the prices even of a can of corn.  98 cents?  Peanut butter...and jams...Jiminy whillikers! Bread?  Hold me up...I feel faint. Meat...even CANNED meat...outta sight. I would hate to tell you what the bank sent me as a notification as to what my new interest rate is on an IRA.  Soon, they will ask ME to pay THEM.  I want to take those out and just put 'em in a mason jar somewhere--- it is so bad.

OK..I'm griping.  See ya.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

More rain...old TV and more

My goodness.  You see a bit of watery sunshine in the early part of the morning and you foolishly think, ah, a nice day to-be.  But no. And too, I wonder what there is about me going out getting groceries and as soon as I head home I find it's raining within a mile of where I live as well as where I live.  It's like it's watching for me or something.  Look!  There's Carole..let's rain on her! However, vain as I am about my hair and it's propensity to turn to brillo pads the minute humidity of a high order :-) hits it, I have learned to carry a plastic thingy to put on my head/hair when I have to really be out in it and I carry a very small umbrella in my purse. Nay Mother Nature, ye'll nere catch ME unprepared.

What is the deal with: if ANY grocery bag is going to slip from your nerveless fingers it WILL be the one with the eggs.  This time 2 eggs broken and I buy the expensive ones called Eggland's best.

While I was brushing the cat, I heard a very familiar sound on TV.  It is the origional Hawaii 5-0!  I absolutely LOVED that program.  It was always interesting, it always had me on the edge of my seat.  They really knew how to horrify with some of those story lines and they got a days worth of action into one hour.  Now those were the days of truly good TV.  Yes, I know.  Sounds like an old lady.  I appreciate the effort of the new Hawaii 5-0 but it can't even come close. And then, back in the day, ol' Jack Lord and Danno were lookers!

Just got out the canvas-like cloth that is about the size of a so-called area rug and spread it out from its folded position to brush the little girlcat! She knows she'll get brushed as soon as I go to the bathroom closet and carry out the folded square.  I get out a lot of fur and she gets a good "scratching" if you will with the Zoom Groom. Stimulating to their skin and really does a good job of cutting down on hairballs and shedding plus more gentle than  Furminator.

Our Beth is home.  Isn't that superb news?  She said today that she's been having a "rough" time.  No surprise what with all the injury her poor mouth had to endure.  I pray that she will  be more comfortable quickly.  I can't stand to think of her in pain.  Sending love and hugs dear Twin.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Update on Beth August 10, 2013

Beth's sister said she was going home this afternoon!  She is happy and sounds good!

YES YES YES!  Happy Dance!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

UPDATE on BETH August 8, 2013 at 7:20 PM

Dear Friends,

Beth's sister said that Beth was in a lot of pain and just very uncomfortable and she requests all of our prayers please.

They have all that "hardware" pins etc in her poor mouth again to facilitate the radiation treatment.  Friday they will remove all that from her mouth and Saturday she will get to go home again.  I believe Beth told me that this was the last radiation treatment, praise The Lord.

I have just gotten back from Knoxville myself a few minutes ago and I wanted to get this in immediately.


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

At Least it Isn't Raining...Yet

Another mostly cloudy to all cloudy day BUT it isn't raining at the moment although the sky looks as though it will.

I have a busy rest of the week coming up.  Today I was out looking for something to photograph.  That coneflower in the header is a June of last year photo I took.  This year has been singular in not having/providing wildflowers where I always found them before.  I could but won't take photos of roses, daisy's etc.  Yes, they are beautiful and yes, I like them a lot but I always look for the slightly less seen flowers, i.e. wildflowers.  I used to find them all the time.  Until this year.  They are in very VERY short supply where I have always found them in the past.  I also have looked for attractive landscapes but I have already been there and done those within 50 miles and right now, I am not able nor am I in the mood to really do travel afar to find some and not by myself.  SO...maybe next year I will be more fortunate.  I can't even find INSECTS as usual. No spiders, not anything but bees.  Nothing else much in unusual places.  :-(

Tomorrow is the luncheon and Cathy or whomever commented on it..."the redneck room" is a joke.  It's just meaning loud talking and boisterous behavior.  :-)  We are all great friends and it's just the way we roll for these occasions (only).

Thursday I will be gone all day so when I see you again, I hope you will be well and happy.  xox

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Sunday and a New Week Coming To Us

I am grateful for each day and the blessing of having that day.  Today was especially welcomed by me as it was and is mostly sunny.  As I have written many times before, rain is the name of the game around here.

I wrote a Word Press blog awhile ago for some reason.  And I was surprised that Shimona From the Palace saw it as did Maggie and one mind just shut down all memory for a few moments on who that was but she was as welcome as the sun was here this morning.

Tomorrow I get a hair trim and *whispers* some work on my roots.  This week will be fairly full with things that are fun and one that is serious.  I will be accompanying someone for a needed procedure Thursday and I will stay until it is finished.  Wednesday, get The Redneck Room open...we're bustin' in me and my colleagues.  Can't wait! J in Georgia, I wish you were still blogging and reading them. I miss you.  You are the one who said back in MSN Live Spaces days, after I described the free-for-all that is me and my colleagues "I'll get the redneck room ready".  I never forgot it, as anyone here can attest and I still love it just as much as I always did.

What a lovely and largely quiet day today.  Oh, I have been out and when home I have been on the phone but the gold of the day and the warmth is so lovely and so good for the soul.

Hope it has been a good day for you all as well and that the week ahead is kind to ALL of us.  xox

Friday, August 2, 2013

Sometimes it's Better to be Polite

There I was, leaving Wally World after having gotten several loaves of bread and some Gas X in the event I ever eat late in the evening again!!

I walked to the car, put my things in the back seat  and returned my cart to the corral across from me.  There was an employee gathering said carts up into a long long line so as to return them to the store.  I saw the guy five car breadths down from me at another cart corral and I got into my gar.  Looked both ways (you know where this is going probably) and saw no vehicles approaching from left or right.  The car was running so I put it into gear after another cursory glance seconds after the longer look both ways and engaged the gear into reverse and slammed into something.

Mr. Cart Mover  parked his line of carts, a "snake" of perhaps 50, right behind me within the few seconds that it took me to slip into my car and start it.  And me all unknowing!

They were not visible from the rear window so I unknowingly backed straight into them.

It made me mad-- but all I said to the guy when I got back out of the car to assess damage was that I just backed into the line of carts he left behind my idling car.  "Oh, I'll move out of the way then".  After gathering a few MORE carts, he moved them.

I asked Siri the phone number of this particular store and she found it and dialed it for me.  After 10 entire minutes on hold someone answered and I told her when I was there 1222 hrs., and what happened.  I made sure to emphasize that I had no reasonable expectation to check again when the way was free and clear not 20 seconds prior to my backing up.   I said I felt the store should have the men take care when there is an occupied vehicle in the line of their carts and move them to a safer location. She said they would and that if there was damage (there was, slight) to call the store again.

Not my favorite trip to Wally World but I was polite and non-dramatic.

My middle son left early at 8 this morning.  He is likely to be at one destination in Ohio as I write.  After that lunch meeting he will head to friends home and stay there the weekend.

I'll see you later.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Thursday with Family

Ah, it is one of the better times for me when at least two out of three sons are/were here.  AND my daughter-in-law whom I adore.  The third son would have been here but right now he is battling an infection so it was better to stay put.

We went to supper, two sons, DIL and myself last evening and that's a restaurant I am not eager to go to again.  It took the better part of an hour to be served supper and they got my order wrong.  I didn't say anything as that would only have made the wait even more long.  Plus my DIL suggested the place and I didn't want to embarrass her by complaining and whining.  She had been there previously a few times and all was well then it seems.

My middle boy (who just returned from New Zealand and Australia)  will be leaving here early in the morning, Friday,  for Ohio to visit a friend there and then, he heads back to NC to his home.  He's making hay while the sun shines as he is a teacher and soon, the grind will start anew.

The supper I had last night was indigestible largely and so I had to stay up much later than normal trying to get my stomach to process the meal more fully.  I detest eating late like that.  Quarter to eight may not seem that late to some but it lays on my stomach eating that late.  I prefer six at night as the latest.  Nonetheless, I had to sit up with two pillows to not suffer as much as I would have done had I lain down. Somewhere in the night I slipped down into normal posture for sleeping.

It has been wonderful learning new friends who have graciously come to see me after Beth came home.  Thank you so much for that and for visiting my little 4 footed daughter, Katie Isabella on her bloggie.  xoxox

Here she, Katie Isabella, is enjoying visiting her brother night before last. 

Sunday, July 28, 2013

It's the Best of Days

My cyber Twin- Beth is home and that makes this the best of days! I am so happy.  Relieved for certain and happy as though it were a family member which she is.

I have my oldest here with me till tomorrow morning and then the middle (teacher) boy will be here Tuesday afternoon.  I will so enjoy seeing his as well.

I am making (have made) friend seasoned chicken for my boy and he will have some yellow rice as it could have been made in the Bayou.  I can't wait to sample it.  Takes quite a while to cook but the entire house smells so good!  No begging from the four footed Queen of the House.  She has neverasked for nor shown any interest whatsoever in human food.

I like my hair this short (well, it is to me, anyway) that from now on, it won't be allowed to get any longer.  The middle of the back thing is so hot and inconvenient even though it can look pretty.  Nonetheless, I would have to have someone see my hair and (me consequently) from behind and think it's a younger woman than I am.  That happened once in church.  Embarrassing.  :-)

Oh, you all need to come on in.  I swear, I outdid myself it all smells so good.  We're having good ice cream for dessert too.  The kind without all the additives and fillers in it.  Costs more, but worth it.  Hope I can control myself and have some left for the middle son when he gets here.  It's an entire half of a gallon so really, I need to remember that when I decide again how good it tastes.

Rice is done.  Better hurry because I have a feeling this will go fast.  xxoo

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Saturday...Not Sure

Hi..not sure whether or not we will get word today but if so, I will post again quickly as I hear.

Meanwhile it has been torrential rain.  Again.  I mentioned already that we have the entire years rainfall as of June.  I went out with camera and the intent to shop for some food as well.  It was an overcast day but not otherwise bad.  Within 10 minutes or less I heard thunder and then, torrential rain.  No pictures were taken and it was raining too hard to comfortably get inti the store and out what with all the walking to do and balancing food bags.

But here is one from yesterday if you would like to see it.  It is a magnolia blossom.

Seems so strange not to be posting about Beth that I have no idea what to write of other than my middle son will be here Tuesday for several days.  He is the one just back from New Zealand and Australia.  My oldest will be here tomorrow evening leaving Monday morning.  Having both boys even if it is separately is always a pleasure to my mother's soul.

See you later perhaps if I hear from Beth's sister.  xo  I compose a blog from information given over the phone from Beth's sister.  I usually run for the keyboard right after I hang up.  :-)

Friday, July 26, 2013

Up Date on Beth 26 July 2013 @7:23 PM

Beth's sister called to say Beth had a really bad day and morning especially.  She had a lot of pain.  Our prayers will and are upholding her.  I had an urgent call to pray for her just about the time she was having her worst times this morning and I did so immediately.  Let us pray that Beth will feel the Presence of Our Lord with her because He is, as the Holy Spirit, within her as she is a believer. He promised He will never leave us.

That was my prayer, largely for her comfort.  Her sister told me that Beth did go to surgery to get the pins out and that she is still in recovery.

More if I learn more.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Very Short Update on Beth 25 July 2013 @ 6:52

Friends, I got a call from Beth's sister a few minutes ago with not too much news.

Beth doesn't feel well at all this time and we are guessing that it may be because of the radiation she received as well as the discomfort of the pins in such a delicate area.

She will be in isolation for several days is the information that her sister got.  Every day things change and move forward so news may differ this time tomorrow.

Her sister requests as does her daughter that we keep Beth lifted up in prayer.