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May 29 2008

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Helianthus Annuus

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Look what my Dad grew for me this year!
See that nasty looking bug?

They’re planted along the back corner fence. They’re about 6-7 feet tall now.

These are some seriously cool flowers!

This is the first bloom! Isn’t she a beauty?

Sunflowers Rock!! 

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May 25 2008

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One Single Impression: Reflection

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the faulty mirror

belies my true reflection
of eternal youth
~
I wear many years

wrinkles bid me surrender
to moments in time
~
ever growing up
yet never growing older
still I am that girl
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May 22 2008

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Sister’s Sonata

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One of my most favorite moments of the Sister Weekend.
OK, SisterDear3 (aka My Bellavia) was playing Heart and Soul, but still….

Then SisterDear4 stepped in to play the upper part….

What’s this? SisterDear 2 picks up the harmonica!
BIL joined in (perhaps better known to you as Enrico Suave, Cabana Boy).
Bonus!! Enrico Suave can actually play the piano! Think ‘Billy Joel’. Think ‘Piano Man’. Think ‘Bottle of Red, Bottle of White’.
Oh, Enrico!!! I’ll have red, please!

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May 21 2008

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Menopause, the Weekend

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I flew up to Massachusetts for a Sister Weekend with my 3 SisterDears! To say that we had a blast would be a monumental understatement! Here we are the first night, in our “Relaxing Clothes”!

My visit was a Big Secret, or so SisterDear2 and I had hoped! SisterDears 3 & 4 were just sure I was the BIG surprise when SisterDear2 asked them to reserve the weekend and plan to sleep over her house Friday & Saturday nights.

My very dear Brother-in-law was our Cabana Boy for the weekend! His self-chosen name for the entire weekend was Enrico Suave!! He was more than a good sport! He made home-made ravioli for me! He also cooked for us all weekend and fetched us wine whenever our glass was empty!

Actually, the BIG Surprise was that SisterDear2 had told her hubby that for her Mother’s Day gift she wanted tickets for all four of us for Menopause the Musical which was playing at the Stuart Street Playhouse in Boston. If it’s in your area, I wholeheartedly recommend seeing it!

We started the day with an early lunch at Rock Bottom Brewery, located in the heart of Boston’s Historic District and just down the street from the Theatre District. We ordered Improper Hopper Pale Ale, which we all agreed was quite yummy. Two of us ordered the Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Onion Rings and two of us ordered Steak Tips: the chicken was delicious and received 2 thumbs up, the steak tips were not enjoyed by either sister and unfortunately received 2 thumbs down. The Clam Chowder appetizers and Onion Rings were both absolutely marvelous!

Then we walked around Boston and I took tons of photographs!
I had forgotten how much I love Boston! We’re going back to “do” Boston in the fall!
My travelling day yesterday was simply exhausting. I actually missed my second flight because of air traffic in Boston, but all three of my flights were late. In trying to rush to my Gate to make my second flight, I arrived only to see my plane pulling away. Talk about adding insult to injury, I have a huge blister on the ball of my right foot to further add to my aggravation and frustration! The flights themselves were all quite enjoyable. I took many photos which I will share on some upcoming Sky Watch Fridays!

A now, in the spirit of Menopause, I leave you with a joke. I can relate only too well!

After starting a new diet I altered my drive to work to avoid passing my favorite bakery.


I accidentally drove by the bakery this morning, and as I approached, there in the window were a host of goodies. I felt this was no accident, so I prayed … ‘Lord, it’s up to you. If you want me to have any of those delicious goodies, create a parking place for me directly in front of the bakery.’ And sure enough, on the eighth time around the block, there it was!!!

God is so Good!

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May 15 2008

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Simple Truths

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Worry looks around, Sorry looks back, Faith looks up.

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May 12 2008

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Manic Monday: Doodle

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This week’s Manic Monday prompt is Doodle. Thanks, Mo!

It is my pleasure to give you my SnickerDoodle recipe from my Betty Crocker cookbook! A little Doodle of Cinnamon-Sugary goodness!

Prep Time:40 min
Start to Finish:50 min
Makes:4 dozen cookies

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs
2 3/4 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

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  1. Heat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Mix 1 1/2 cups sugar, the butter, shortening and eggs in large bowl. Stir in flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.
  3. Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Mix 1/4 cup sugar and the cinnamon. Roll balls in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.

I know… it’s not cake, but it’ll Doodle! It makes 4 dozen, that’s almost enough to share! Purhaps you should double the recipe, like I do!

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My friend Mo is having a very special Manic Monday today! Mo says: On May 12th: Doodle Week Fun Fund Raiser – for every blog that posts a doodle with a cat in it and leaves their link at It’s A Blog Eat Blog World, we will donate 50¢ to Cat Friends Helping Friends!All you have to do is Doodle & Link!

It doesn’t even have to be a good Doodle!

See? That Doodle right there will cost Mo $.50! Cha-Ching!

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May 12 2008

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WS: Tall Georgia Pines at The Swamp

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The Weather ‘experts’ were forecasting some particulary nasty weather for us Sunday. We were fortunate; they were wrong. This photograph was taken beofre the wind kicked up and the nasty clouds rolled in, but we never did get any rain.

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May 10 2008

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PhotoHunt: Moody AFB Air Show 2007

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This week’s theme from tnchick is ANY photo. I took this at an air show at Moody AFB on October 21, 2007. It was a glorious day to be a spectator, but the winds were really kicked up. They nearly had to call off the air show.

We ended up in the VIP section. You know, the section that’s all roped off? The one that’s smack dab in the middle right on the air strip. The one with all the free food and drinks? We just walked in with some other folks. I was trailing behind my friend, taking photos. When I walked up to join him the guards stopped me and told me I wasn’t allowed in. They had really big guns. I wasn’t going to argue. I called in to my friend, who was already seated in the bleachers, to come back out. One of the guards said “Oh, I’m sorry, ma’am, we didn’t realize you were with him”. Then he at-eased and let me in. I dunno.

We didn’t realize our dumb luck until I went up to get a bottle of water and got out my money and they said “Oh, no, no, no. It’s complimentary for the VIP’s”. Cool. We had the best seats on base, other than perhaps the cockpit. Did I mention the Free Food?

Would you like to know the name of this particular maneuver? So would I, so if you happen to know it please let me know because I forgot, probably right after they announced it. It was way cool, though!

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May 09 2008

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Finally Friday! Wait a Minute

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I’ve had a very long week at the office. My brain is fried!! I’m incredibly grateful for the new business! I’m also so very thankful that the weekend is finally here. And so I bring you a joke I heard this week, boiled instead of fried… It’s healthier!

She was standing in the kitchen preparing to boil eggs for breakfast, wearing only the ‘T’ shirt that she normally slept in.

As he walked in almost awake, she turned and said softly, ‘You’ve got to make love to me this very moment.’
His eyes lit up and he thought, ‘I am either still dreaming or this is going to be my lucky day.’ Not wanting to lose the moment, he embraced her and then gave it his all right there on the kitchen table.
Afterwards she said, ‘Thanks,’ and returned to the stove, her ‘T’ shirt still around her neck.

A little puzzled, he asked, ‘What was that all about?’

She explained,

‘The egg timer’s broken.’

I’m also doing Sky Watch Friday

 

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May 07 2008

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WW: First Fridays

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What is First Friday?


Downtown Valdosta has become a vibrant and lively spot every day of the month but, on the first Friday evening of each month, downtown comes alive with music, food, shopping, art and more. Since the First Friday event in Jun 2005, First Fridays have grown to attract an average of more than 1,250 people. Many activities start about 6 p.m., with most of the music starting about 7 p.m. First Fridays reflect the diversity of Downtown Valdosta as well as the diversity of the entire city.

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May 06 2008

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Conversation with an 8 Year Old

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I phoned one of my SisterDears Sunday afternoon. Kevin, one of her twin 8 year old sons, answered the phone. The conversation went exactly like this:

Me: Hi, Kevin, how are you?

Kevin: Who’s this?

Me: It’s Auntie Barb.

Kevin: Oh! Hi, Auntie Barbara! How are you doing?

Me: I’m doing very well, Kevin. Thanks so much for asking!

Kevin: :giggles: Oh, you’re welcome, Auntie.

Me: Kevin, is your Mom home?

Kevin: Well, yes she is, but you know what? She’s taking a nap right now and I hate to disturb her.

Alrighty then.

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May 05 2008

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Manic Monday: Fresh

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Our Manic Monday host Mo has given us the word Fresh this week.

I give you Fresh from my garden Sunday morning – some Honeysuckle Vines!

Honeysuckle is mentioned in many songs and books, but my favorite Honeysuckle lyric is Jimmy Buffet’s “Tin Cup Chalice”.

Live first verse & chorus version on YouTube:

A Fresh song from an always Fresh singer-songwriter about a fragrant & Fresh Honeysuckle Vine Fresh from the garden!
I’m betting that this was a Fresh take on this week’s theme. I’ll bet nobody else even thought of Honeysuckle Vines!

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May 04 2008

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One Single Impression: Desert

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wind-tossed sandy dunes
nocturnal fauna burrow
foraging at dusk
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May 01 2008

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Sister Weekends

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Do any of you have Sisters? If you do, do you have a very close relationship?

I can’t imagine my life without my 3 SisterDears. They know all the worst things about me and they love me anyway! I live about 1500 miles away from them, but through the miracle of technology, we remain very close! Cell phones, email and blogs, gotta love it! Truth be told, with life happening everyday, school, sports, work…. something always happens so they can’t get together all that often. That is until I make my ‘annual trek’ up for our Sister Weekend! We all truly treasure our Sister Weekends.

I’ve been trying to decide when to go up this year. I usually go in July, but every 3-5 years I go up for Christmas. I wouldn’t want to completely forget how much I dislike snow and the bitter cold now would I? I finally decided! I have decided that this year I will go up for the Fall Foliage!! The last time I saw New England Fall Foliage was October 1993, and it was past its peak. So, I have decided to go up at the end of September this year. Plans are being made. Excited? Who me? Only completely!

We’re going to “do” Boston this year! Plans, we must make plans!! Faneuil Hall, The Paul Revere House, The Freedon Trail and Boston Common, the Old North Church, Bunker Hill Monument, the Museums… a Red Sox game!!! We’ll also do some sitting around the fire in our Norman hats sipping wine, listening to the piano and singing along in our relaxing clothes. Bliss!

Stock up the wine! Which restaurants shall we eat at? Decisions, decisions!

Oh, what fun we shall have!

Today is a very special day!

It is SisterDear4’s Birthday and her daughter/my niece’s Leann’s Birthday!

Happy Birthday, SD4! ~ Happy Birthday, Leann!

It’s also my beautiful gray boys’ Birthday!

Happy Birthday, Gandalf & Grayson!

Gandalf is 4 and Grayson is 5! Stop by and wish them a Happy Birthday!

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May 29 2008

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Helianthus Annuus

Posted at 1:31 pm under Thought for the Day

Look what my Dad grew for me this year!
See that nasty looking bug?

They’re planted along the back corner fence. They’re about 6-7 feet tall now.

These are some seriously cool flowers!

This is the first bloom! Isn’t she a beauty?

Sunflowers Rock!! 

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  1. Lindsayon 29 May 2008 at 2:31 pm 1

    Beautiful flowers. The bug is huge! What is it?

  2. Danielle Says Helloon 29 May 2008 at 8:03 pm 2

    We have those bugs also….but not quite so big! I just bought some sunflower seeds to plant in my patio garden. I love them!!

  3. maryt/theteachon 30 May 2008 at 5:15 pm 3

    Barb, those sunflowers are beautiful! Come get an award at my blog: 5 Blogs That Make My Day award :D

  4. bingskeeon 01 Jun 2008 at 11:19 am 4

    i love sunflowers. it amazes how they turn to where the sunlight rays are. :-)

  5. Allthingsfoodieon 09 Jun 2008 at 7:42 pm 5

    Whoa. That’s some beautiful sunflower. I’m not so sure about the bug though. That’s something you wouldn’t want crawling on you at night.

  6. Heidion 11 Jun 2008 at 6:32 pm 6

    So very pretty. I love sunflowers. Not fond of the large bug however!

  7. Angus Mhoron 25 Jul 2008 at 8:35 pm 7

    That is a prime example stink-us bug-itus and it’s a ginormous one, too. Clearly a credit to it’s race and eminently squishable…go ahead. Just cru-unch it!

    The sunflowers are gorgeous! They have such happy faces, you can’t help but smile when looking at them. Your dad’s a good one to plant happy in your back yard.

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May 29 2008

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Helianthus Annuus

Posted at 1:31 pm under Thought for the Day

Look what my Dad grew for me this year!
See that nasty looking bug?

They’re planted along the back corner fence. They’re about 6-7 feet tall now.

These are some seriously cool flowers!

This is the first bloom! Isn’t she a beauty?

Sunflowers Rock!! 

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  1. Lindsayon 29 May 2008 at 2:31 pm 1

    Beautiful flowers. The bug is huge! What is it?

  2. Danielle Says Helloon 29 May 2008 at 8:03 pm 2

    We have those bugs also….but not quite so big! I just bought some sunflower seeds to plant in my patio garden. I love them!!

  3. maryt/theteachon 30 May 2008 at 5:15 pm 3

    Barb, those sunflowers are beautiful! Come get an award at my blog: 5 Blogs That Make My Day award :D

  4. bingskeeon 01 Jun 2008 at 11:19 am 4

    i love sunflowers. it amazes how they turn to where the sunlight rays are. :-)

  5. Allthingsfoodieon 09 Jun 2008 at 7:42 pm 5

    Whoa. That’s some beautiful sunflower. I’m not so sure about the bug though. That’s something you wouldn’t want crawling on you at night.

  6. Heidion 11 Jun 2008 at 6:32 pm 6

    So very pretty. I love sunflowers. Not fond of the large bug however!

  7. Angus Mhoron 25 Jul 2008 at 8:35 pm 7

    That is a prime example stink-us bug-itus and it’s a ginormous one, too. Clearly a credit to it’s race and eminently squishable…go ahead. Just cru-unch it!

    The sunflowers are gorgeous! They have such happy faces, you can’t help but smile when looking at them. Your dad’s a good one to plant happy in your back yard.

  8. Порноon 30 Oct 2008 at 11:51 pm 8

    Ухты, посмотрите, полевная штука.

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May 25 2008

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One Single Impression: Reflection

Posted at 11:01 am under Thought for the Day

the faulty mirror

belies my true reflection
of eternal youth
~
I wear many years

wrinkles bid me surrender
to moments in time
~
ever growing up
yet never growing older
still I am that girl
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May 25 2008

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One Single Impression: Reflection

Posted at 11:01 am under Thought for the Day

the faulty mirror

belies my true reflection
of eternal youth
~
I wear many years

wrinkles bid me surrender
to moments in time
~
ever growing up
yet never growing older
still I am that girl
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  1. СПАon 28 Oct 2008 at 2:48 pm 1

    незнаю, мне всё нравится! :)

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May 22 2008

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Sister’s Sonata

Posted at 1:01 am under Sister Weekend, Sisters

One of my most favorite moments of the Sister Weekend.
OK, SisterDear3 (aka My Bellavia) was playing Heart and Soul, but still….

Then SisterDear4 stepped in to play the upper part….

What’s this? SisterDear 2 picks up the harmonica!
BIL joined in (perhaps better known to you as Enrico Suave, Cabana Boy).
Bonus!! Enrico Suave can actually play the piano! Think ‘Billy Joel’. Think ‘Piano Man’. Think ‘Bottle of Red, Bottle of White’.
Oh, Enrico!!! I’ll have red, please!

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May 21 2008

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Menopause, the Weekend

Posted at 3:15 am under Thought for the Day

I flew up to Massachusetts for a Sister Weekend with my 3 SisterDears! To say that we had a blast would be a monumental understatement! Here we are the first night, in our “Relaxing Clothes”!

My visit was a Big Secret, or so SisterDear2 and I had hoped! SisterDears 3 & 4 were just sure I was the BIG surprise when SisterDear2 asked them to reserve the weekend and plan to sleep over her house Friday & Saturday nights.

My very dear Brother-in-law was our Cabana Boy for the weekend! His self-chosen name for the entire weekend was Enrico Suave!! He was more than a good sport! He made home-made ravioli for me! He also cooked for us all weekend and fetched us wine whenever our glass was empty!

Actually, the BIG Surprise was that SisterDear2 had told her hubby that for her Mother’s Day gift she wanted tickets for all four of us for Menopause the Musical which was playing at the Stuart Street Playhouse in Boston. If it’s in your area, I wholeheartedly recommend seeing it!

We started the day with an early lunch at Rock Bottom Brewery, located in the heart of Boston’s Historic District and just down the street from the Theatre District. We ordered Improper Hopper Pale Ale, which we all agreed was quite yummy. Two of us ordered the Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Onion Rings and two of us ordered Steak Tips: the chicken was delicious and received 2 thumbs up, the steak tips were not enjoyed by either sister and unfortunately received 2 thumbs down. The Clam Chowder appetizers and Onion Rings were both absolutely marvelous!

Then we walked around Boston and I took tons of photographs!
I had forgotten how much I love Boston! We’re going back to “do” Boston in the fall!
My travelling day yesterday was simply exhausting. I actually missed my second flight because of air traffic in Boston, but all three of my flights were late. In trying to rush to my Gate to make my second flight, I arrived only to see my plane pulling away. Talk about adding insult to injury, I have a huge blister on the ball of my right foot to further add to my aggravation and frustration! The flights themselves were all quite enjoyable. I took many photos which I will share on some upcoming Sky Watch Fridays!

A now, in the spirit of Menopause, I leave you with a joke. I can relate only too well!

After starting a new diet I altered my drive to work to avoid passing my favorite bakery.


I accidentally drove by the bakery this morning, and as I approached, there in the window were a host of goodies. I felt this was no accident, so I prayed … ‘Lord, it’s up to you. If you want me to have any of those delicious goodies, create a parking place for me directly in front of the bakery.’ And sure enough, on the eighth time around the block, there it was!!!

God is so Good!

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  1. Amyon 21 May 2008 at 7:56 am 1

    What a fun weekend! You all look so happy … it makes me wish I had sisters.

    Thanks for the Menopause: The Musical recommendation. I hope to see it soon.

  2. Danielle Says Helloon 21 May 2008 at 8:12 am 2

    How awesome for all of you!!! Boston is a wonderful city.

  3. Heather Youngon 21 May 2008 at 8:46 am 3

    Wonderful and fun. Boston is beautiful but I don’t miss it one bit–like my good old Western PA much better.

  4. Lindsayon 21 May 2008 at 10:12 pm 4

    Looks like you had a great time. Makes me want to spend more time with my friends. I don’t have sisters like you.

  5. qxucqueyon 28 Jun 2008 at 6:04 pm 5

    qxucquey…

    qxucquey…

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May 15 2008

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Simple Truths

Posted at 9:54 am under Thought for the Day

Worry looks around, Sorry looks back, Faith looks up.

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  1. Heather Youngon 15 May 2008 at 12:07 pm 1

    BEautiful.

  2. Lindsayon 15 May 2008 at 2:37 pm 2

    Very nice, makes me stop and think.

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May 12 2008

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WS: Tall Georgia Pines at The Swamp

Posted at 8:44 am under Thought for the Day

The Weather ‘experts’ were forecasting some particulary nasty weather for us Sunday. We were fortunate; they were wrong. This photograph was taken beofre the wind kicked up and the nasty clouds rolled in, but we never did get any rain.

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  1. eastcoastlifeon 19 May 2008 at 10:31 pm 1

    We have temperatures of 35 degree Celsius every day for 2 weeks now. :( We wish for rain.

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WillThink4Wine » Manic Monday: Doodle

May 12 2008

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Manic Monday: Doodle

Posted at 8:45 am under Thought for the Day

This week’s Manic Monday prompt is Doodle. Thanks, Mo!

It is my pleasure to give you my SnickerDoodle recipe from my Betty Crocker cookbook! A little Doodle of Cinnamon-Sugary goodness!

Prep Time:40 min
Start to Finish:50 min
Makes:4 dozen cookies

1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs
2 3/4 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

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  1. Heat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Mix 1 1/2 cups sugar, the butter, shortening and eggs in large bowl. Stir in flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.
  3. Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Mix 1/4 cup sugar and the cinnamon. Roll balls in cinnamon-sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
  4. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.

I know… it’s not cake, but it’ll Doodle! It makes 4 dozen, that’s almost enough to share! Purhaps you should double the recipe, like I do!

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My friend Mo is having a very special Manic Monday today! Mo says: On May 12th: Doodle Week Fun Fund Raiser – for every blog that posts a doodle with a cat in it and leaves their link at It’s A Blog Eat Blog World, we will donate 50¢ to Cat Friends Helping Friends!All you have to do is Doodle & Link!

It doesn’t even have to be a good Doodle!

See? That Doodle right there will cost Mo $.50! Cha-Ching!

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  1. Sarah (Real Life)on 13 May 2008 at 7:49 pm 1

    You, know I have never made Snickerdoodles. What kind of mom has never made Snickerdoodles with the kids!? Geesh! Yours look yummy.

  2. Danielle Says Helloon 14 May 2008 at 7:54 am 2

    Oh I just love snickerdoodles!!!

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WillThink4Wine » PhotoHunt: Moody AFB Air Show 2007

May 10 2008

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PhotoHunt: Moody AFB Air Show 2007

Posted at 7:31 am under Thought for the Day


This week’s theme from tnchick is ANY photo. I took this at an air show at Moody AFB on October 21, 2007. It was a glorious day to be a spectator, but the winds were really kicked up. They nearly had to call off the air show.

We ended up in the VIP section. You know, the section that’s all roped off? The one that’s smack dab in the middle right on the air strip. The one with all the free food and drinks? We just walked in with some other folks. I was trailing behind my friend, taking photos. When I walked up to join him the guards stopped me and told me I wasn’t allowed in. They had really big guns. I wasn’t going to argue. I called in to my friend, who was already seated in the bleachers, to come back out. One of the guards said “Oh, I’m sorry, ma’am, we didn’t realize you were with him”. Then he at-eased and let me in. I dunno.

We didn’t realize our dumb luck until I went up to get a bottle of water and got out my money and they said “Oh, no, no, no. It’s complimentary for the VIP’s”. Cool. We had the best seats on base, other than perhaps the cockpit. Did I mention the Free Food?

Would you like to know the name of this particular maneuver? So would I, so if you happen to know it please let me know because I forgot, probably right after they announced it. It was way cool, though!

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  1. Amyon 10 May 2008 at 9:37 am 1

    Great shot! I live near a master jet base for the Navy, and I love air shows! They’re so thrilling.

  2. Heather Youngon 10 May 2008 at 9:40 am 2

    That is so awesome! Wow!

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  4. Heather Youngon 11 May 2008 at 10:26 am 4

    Just stopping by to say have a blessed Mother’s Day.

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WillThink4Wine » Finally Friday! Wait a Minute

May 09 2008

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Finally Friday! Wait a Minute

Posted at 12:31 pm under Thought for the Day

I’ve had a very long week at the office. My brain is fried!! I’m incredibly grateful for the new business! I’m also so very thankful that the weekend is finally here. And so I bring you a joke I heard this week, boiled instead of fried… It’s healthier!

She was standing in the kitchen preparing to boil eggs for breakfast, wearing only the ‘T’ shirt that she normally slept in.

As he walked in almost awake, she turned and said softly, ‘You’ve got to make love to me this very moment.’
His eyes lit up and he thought, ‘I am either still dreaming or this is going to be my lucky day.’ Not wanting to lose the moment, he embraced her and then gave it his all right there on the kitchen table.
Afterwards she said, ‘Thanks,’ and returned to the stove, her ‘T’ shirt still around her neck.

A little puzzled, he asked, ‘What was that all about?’

She explained,

‘The egg timer’s broken.’

I’m also doing Sky Watch Friday

 

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  1. Danielle Says Helloon 09 May 2008 at 7:54 pm 1

    Thanks for the giggles!!!

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WillThink4Wine » WW: First Fridays

May 07 2008

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WW: First Fridays

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What is First Friday?


Downtown Valdosta has become a vibrant and lively spot every day of the month but, on the first Friday evening of each month, downtown comes alive with music, food, shopping, art and more. Since the First Friday event in Jun 2005, First Fridays have grown to attract an average of more than 1,250 people. Many activities start about 6 p.m., with most of the music starting about 7 p.m. First Fridays reflect the diversity of Downtown Valdosta as well as the diversity of the entire city.

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  1. Heather Youngon 07 May 2008 at 10:49 am 1

    VEry cool!

  2. Lindsayon 07 May 2008 at 3:28 pm 2

    Nice pictures. Seems like an interesting event. Of course, my favorite is the dog picture.

  3. julieon 07 May 2008 at 8:36 pm 3

    I love it when a community comes together and supports this little gathering. Kinda like old times….Thanks for sharing!

  4. Sandy Bon 08 May 2008 at 7:41 pm 4

    That sounds like a great event!!!

  5. Danielle Says Helloon 09 May 2008 at 8:39 am 5

    We do First Saturdays in Dunnellon…quite fun!

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WillThink4Wine » Conversation with an 8 Year Old

May 06 2008

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Conversation with an 8 Year Old

Posted at 12:01 am under Thought for the Day

I phoned one of my SisterDears Sunday afternoon. Kevin, one of her twin 8 year old sons, answered the phone. The conversation went exactly like this:

Me: Hi, Kevin, how are you?

Kevin: Who’s this?

Me: It’s Auntie Barb.

Kevin: Oh! Hi, Auntie Barbara! How are you doing?

Me: I’m doing very well, Kevin. Thanks so much for asking!

Kevin: :giggles: Oh, you’re welcome, Auntie.

Me: Kevin, is your Mom home?

Kevin: Well, yes she is, but you know what? She’s taking a nap right now and I hate to disturb her.

Alrighty then.

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  1. julieon 06 May 2008 at 12:40 am 1

    Very cute! Methinks little boy wanted to get into more trouble before Mom woke up?

  2. Heather Youngon 06 May 2008 at 9:52 am 2

    That is SO awesome!

  3. Lindsayon 07 May 2008 at 3:34 pm 3

    Haha. He just wanted to keep talking to his favorite aunt! :)

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WillThink4Wine » Manic Monday: Fresh

May 05 2008

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Manic Monday: Fresh

Posted at 8:34 am under Manic Monday

Our Manic Monday host Mo has given us the word Fresh this week.

I give you Fresh from my garden Sunday morning – some Honeysuckle Vines!

Honeysuckle is mentioned in many songs and books, but my favorite Honeysuckle lyric is Jimmy Buffet’s “Tin Cup Chalice”.

Live first verse & chorus version on YouTube:

A Fresh song from an always Fresh singer-songwriter about a fragrant & Fresh Honeysuckle Vine Fresh from the garden!
I’m betting that this was a Fresh take on this week’s theme. I’ll bet nobody else even thought of Honeysuckle Vines!

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  1. julieon 06 May 2008 at 12:42 am 1

    I wish I had some honeysuckle! i got a pot of the orange type….but no fragrance! I was so sad!

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WillThink4Wine » One Single Impression: Desert

May 04 2008

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One Single Impression: Desert

Posted at 9:57 am under Thought for the Day

wind-tossed sandy dunes
nocturnal fauna burrow
foraging at dusk
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  1. julieon 04 May 2008 at 3:22 pm 1

    Very serene photo coupled with a very descriptive read equals a very wonderful entry! Good job!

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May 04 2008

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One Single Impression: Desert

Posted at 6:34 am under Haiku, May 2008, OSI, One Single Impression

wind-tossed sandy dunes
nocturnal fauna burrow
foraging at dusk
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  1. Pamon 04 May 2008 at 7:55 am 1

    I love the ecology you wove into this haiku.

  2. STPon 04 May 2008 at 8:52 am 2

    One feels the relaxing of the heat’s oppression allowing life to seek itself.

  3. MyBellaviaon 04 May 2008 at 9:06 am 3

    “Nocturnal fauna”, is great! Reminds me of HubbyDear and his nocturnal time clock.

  4. the teachon 04 May 2008 at 9:58 am 4

    Barb, lovely haiku in response to our prompt this week! Thank you for sharing! :D

  5. Crazy Working Momon 04 May 2008 at 10:07 am 5

    It’s beautiful!

  6. gardenpathon 04 May 2008 at 10:54 am 6

    It is beautiful! And so interesting to read about. I remember seeing sidewinder tracks in the sand on trips across the desert when I was a kid.

  7. zoya gautamon 04 May 2008 at 11:22 am 7

    ..and who said the desert
    is for the faint hearted?..

  8. Ravenon 04 May 2008 at 12:53 pm 8

    Lovely photo and poem. Evocative and Beautifully done.

  9. Andréeon 04 May 2008 at 3:12 pm 9

    wow, that is so good, Barb! I love the way the words wrap around my tongue, and I Love the image of all those little “faunas” digging for safety and food.

  10. SandyCarlsonon 04 May 2008 at 3:48 pm 10

    This is wonderful. I have done my own “foraging at dark” and know the experience of waiting out the day. Well done. Thanks.
    Writing in Faith: Poems

  11. Mandyon 05 May 2008 at 7:45 am 11

    I think you have picked out the essentials of desert survival – burrowing in the heat and foraging at dusk.

  12. gautami tripathyon 05 May 2008 at 11:52 am 12

    Foraging at dusk…I like that!

    pinpricks

  13. Teri Con 05 May 2008 at 2:48 pm 13

    So lovely and to the point!

  14. OneMoreBelieveron 05 May 2008 at 6:56 pm 14

    i so love the dez… and your ku and photo are beautiful… btw, todays scripture, phil 4:6-7 one of my all time favs!!!.. thank you for posting…

  15. qualcosa di belloon 06 May 2008 at 11:05 am 15

    your words remind me of the starkness i felt in the desert…dusk is a beautiful time but you sense the creeping things stirring.

  16. storytelleron 14 May 2008 at 5:23 pm 16

    Sorry to be visiting so late. I’m glad I didn’t miss yours because it’s lovely and positive! Mine’s here: Deserted
    Hugs and blessings,

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WillThink4Wine » Sister Weekends

May 01 2008

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Sister Weekends

Posted at 5:29 am under Thought for the Day

Do any of you have Sisters? If you do, do you have a very close relationship?

I can’t imagine my life without my 3 SisterDears. They know all the worst things about me and they love me anyway! I live about 1500 miles away from them, but through the miracle of technology, we remain very close! Cell phones, email and blogs, gotta love it! Truth be told, with life happening everyday, school, sports, work…. something always happens so they can’t get together all that often. That is until I make my ‘annual trek’ up for our Sister Weekend! We all truly treasure our Sister Weekends.

I’ve been trying to decide when to go up this year. I usually go in July, but every 3-5 years I go up for Christmas. I wouldn’t want to completely forget how much I dislike snow and the bitter cold now would I? I finally decided! I have decided that this year I will go up for the Fall Foliage!! The last time I saw New England Fall Foliage was October 1993, and it was past its peak. So, I have decided to go up at the end of September this year. Plans are being made. Excited? Who me? Only completely!

We’re going to “do” Boston this year! Plans, we must make plans!! Faneuil Hall, The Paul Revere House, The Freedon Trail and Boston Common, the Old North Church, Bunker Hill Monument, the Museums… a Red Sox game!!! We’ll also do some sitting around the fire in our Norman hats sipping wine, listening to the piano and singing along in our relaxing clothes. Bliss!

Stock up the wine! Which restaurants shall we eat at? Decisions, decisions!

Oh, what fun we shall have!

Today is a very special day!

It is SisterDear4’s Birthday and her daughter/my niece’s Leann’s Birthday!

Happy Birthday, SD4! ~ Happy Birthday, Leann!

It’s also my beautiful gray boys’ Birthday!

Happy Birthday, Gandalf & Grayson!

Gandalf is 4 and Grayson is 5! Stop by and wish them a Happy Birthday!

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  1. Amyon 01 May 2008 at 8:13 am 1

    I wish I had sisters … or brothers. Being an only child can often be lonely, plus you have to deal with overprotective parents, and now the welfare of my dad has fallen on my shoulders, a tough thing being a single working mom who lives five hours away. You are very fortunate to have that wonderful sisterhood!

    You’re right about technology’s keeping us in touch. I haven’t seen my older son in nearly a year, so I’m grateful for unlimited long distance and web cams!

  2. Danielle Says Helloon 01 May 2008 at 9:08 am 2

    This is awesome. I have a friend who does this with her sisters. Every year one of them plans the trip and they all go. I envy this. I have three sisters and they have all cut off contact with me.

  3. Heather Youngon 01 May 2008 at 11:35 am 3

    Sigh. No sisters here–oldest with two brothers. I do have a sister-in-law who is the only girl of 4 so we have each other but iit is not nearly the same.

  4. Sueon 02 May 2008 at 7:33 pm 4

    I am the oldest, with one sister and one brother. My sister and I are very close, but not as close as when we were younger and less busy. You are so right about them knowing all your faults and loving you still! Patty and I sign notes to each other “Your Favorite Sister” since there’s just two of us girls. It’s helpful to have a friend in the family who understands all the family dynamics.

    But I also have several close friends that are like sisters to me. Even if you don’t have biological sisters, or aren’t close with them, you can still have very close girl friends who serve the role as sisters.

  5. Mickeyon 02 May 2008 at 10:27 pm 5

    I also have 3 sisters. Only one lives far away,but that does not stop all of us from being close!! Our whole family is close.I also have 2 brothers :) and Mom.(Dad passed a few years ago)
    I feel sorry for families that do not get along.I have no idea what that is like .

  6. Lindsayon 02 May 2008 at 10:36 pm 6

    I’m like Heather – two younger brothers. I hang out with them, but it’s a lot different than having sisters. I do enjoy time with my mom. She has two sisters, and they have all stayed pretty close. Enjoy your time together!

  7. julieon 03 May 2008 at 5:01 pm 7

    I have one brother and a couple friends closer then sisters! But I must tell you the long gray haired cat you have…WOW perfect image of our Spazz! When I played the little video our Spazz played like your cat too. I miss Mr. Spazz! The stories I could tell about him! And he about ME too! **wink-wink**

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May 01 2008

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Sister Weekends

Posted at 5:29 am under Thought for the Day

Do any of you have Sisters? If you do, do you have a very close relationship?

I can’t imagine my life without my 3 SisterDears. They know all the worst things about me and they love me anyway! I live about 1500 miles away from them, but through the miracle of technology, we remain very close! Cell phones, email and blogs, gotta love it! Truth be told, with life happening everyday, school, sports, work…. something always happens so they can’t get together all that often. That is until I make my ‘annual trek’ up for our Sister Weekend! We all truly treasure our Sister Weekends.

I’ve been trying to decide when to go up this year. I usually go in July, but every 3-5 years I go up for Christmas. I wouldn’t want to completely forget how much I dislike snow and the bitter cold now would I? I finally decided! I have decided that this year I will go up for the Fall Foliage!! The last time I saw New England Fall Foliage was October 1993, and it was past its peak. So, I have decided to go up at the end of September this year. Plans are being made. Excited? Who me? Only completely!

We’re going to “do” Boston this year! Plans, we must make plans!! Faneuil Hall, The Paul Revere House, The Freedon Trail and Boston Common, the Old North Church, Bunker Hill Monument, the Museums… a Red Sox game!!! We’ll also do some sitting around the fire in our Norman hats sipping wine, listening to the piano and singing along in our relaxing clothes. Bliss!

Stock up the wine! Which restaurants shall we eat at? Decisions, decisions!

Oh, what fun we shall have!

Today is a very special day!

It is SisterDear4’s Birthday and her daughter/my niece’s Leann’s Birthday!

Happy Birthday, SD4! ~ Happy Birthday, Leann!

It’s also my beautiful gray boys’ Birthday!

Happy Birthday, Gandalf & Grayson!

Gandalf is 4 and Grayson is 5! Stop by and wish them a Happy Birthday!

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  1. Amyon 01 May 2008 at 8:13 am 1

    I wish I had sisters … or brothers. Being an only child can often be lonely, plus you have to deal with overprotective parents, and now the welfare of my dad has fallen on my shoulders, a tough thing being a single working mom who lives five hours away. You are very fortunate to have that wonderful sisterhood!

    You’re right about technology’s keeping us in touch. I haven’t seen my older son in nearly a year, so I’m grateful for unlimited long distance and web cams!

  2. Danielle Says Helloon 01 May 2008 at 9:08 am 2

    This is awesome. I have a friend who does this with her sisters. Every year one of them plans the trip and they all go. I envy this. I have three sisters and they have all cut off contact with me.

  3. Heather Youngon 01 May 2008 at 11:35 am 3

    Sigh. No sisters here–oldest with two brothers. I do have a sister-in-law who is the only girl of 4 so we have each other but iit is not nearly the same.

  4. Sueon 02 May 2008 at 7:33 pm 4

    I am the oldest, with one sister and one brother. My sister and I are very close, but not as close as when we were younger and less busy. You are so right about them knowing all your faults and loving you still! Patty and I sign notes to each other “Your Favorite Sister” since there’s just two of us girls. It’s helpful to have a friend in the family who understands all the family dynamics.

    But I also have several close friends that are like sisters to me. Even if you don’t have biological sisters, or aren’t close with them, you can still have very close girl friends who serve the role as sisters.

  5. Mickeyon 02 May 2008 at 10:27 pm 5

    I also have 3 sisters. Only one lives far away,but that does not stop all of us from being close!! Our whole family is close.I also have 2 brothers :) and Mom.(Dad passed a few years ago)
    I feel sorry for families that do not get along.I have no idea what that is like .

  6. Lindsayon 02 May 2008 at 10:36 pm 6

    I’m like Heather – two younger brothers. I hang out with them, but it’s a lot different than having sisters. I do enjoy time with my mom. She has two sisters, and they have all stayed pretty close. Enjoy your time together!

  7. julieon 03 May 2008 at 5:01 pm 7

    I have one brother and a couple friends closer then sisters! But I must tell you the long gray haired cat you have…WOW perfect image of our Spazz! When I played the little video our Spazz played like your cat too. I miss Mr. Spazz! The stories I could tell about him! And he about ME too! **wink-wink**

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Apr 28 2008

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Manic Monday: Rip

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Our illustrious Manic Monday host Mo has served up Rip as this week’s prompt. I can’t wait to see what the other Manic Minions have done with it!

So many possibilities came to mind, but in the end I decided to go with the first Rip I thought of, which was Ripple Wine. I know, I know, you’re all surprised, right?

It was 1972 when I was first able to legally purchase and consume alcohol. In the aftermath of a night at the Drive-in drinking Seven & Sevens, I quickly discovered that I did not care for hard liquor – at all. It certainly was not my finest hour, but the lesson was very well learned. And that’s all I’m going to say about that!

Some of the drinks I tried and dismissed were Sloe Gin Fiz (doesn’t that just sound cute!) and Harvey Wallbangers (too sweet & too much acid). Someone eventually introduced me to Boones Farm and Ripple. They were both too sweet for me but I did like them enough to realize that red wine would be my drink of choice.


I will always remember my very first glass of a magnificent wine! Mmmmmm. A Wine lover was born! Château Lafite Rothschild – I just wish I could afford to drink it!

When I Googled Ripple Wine I was somewhat surprised to learn that Ripple, an inexpensive fortified wine produced by E & J Gallo Winery, is no longer made! I couldn’t even find a photo, other than this screen shot someone made from a Sanford & Son video clip.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed my little tRip down Memory Lane! I wish you all a wonderful Manic Monday!

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Apr 27 2008

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One Single Impression: Flowering

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buds bursting upward
blue canopy beckons
dew drops in the south

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Apr 25 2008

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PhotoHunt: Unique/Funny Signs

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When Allen first bought the house at The Swamp, we were commuting every other weekend or so from Florida until we could sell our business and move to Georgia permanently. On top of having the natural, unspoiled beauty of The Swamp and all its’ wildlife, we also have best neighbors! Mike, one of our new neighbors, had this little presentation waiting for us in the kitchen when we arrived for a long weekend in April 2006.

Coffee all ready to go, with a Welcome Back sign from Mike

When we first met Mike, we had no idea how much his friendship would enrich us. Mike is career Air Force, about 26 years now. Mike is the most patriotic person I have ever known. Mike is also a recipient of the Purple Heart. He was critically injured in Baghdad, Iraq about 4 years ago. His injuries were quite extensive, including Traumatic Brain Injury. He also suffers from Post- Traumatic Shock Disorder.

What defines Mike, however, is his love of God, Country, Family, Friends and Animals. He would literally give you the shirt off his back. Mike loves helping people, sometimes people he doesn’t even know well. I won’t share these things here, because Mike prefers to be an anonymous benefactor. He believes in giving people a hand up, and does so quite often. He’s an amazing human being. I am very grateful to call him my friend!
When I saw this Welcome Back from Mike, I cried. Then I took this photograph. Then I took the note and tucked it away with my treasures. It serves to remind me that a simple act of kindness can make a tremendous impact in someone else’s life.
Thank you, Mike. I love you, my friend.

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Apr 24 2008

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There’s No Consolation In Being Right

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I am the “go-to gal”. I always have been, since childhood. For those of you new to my world, I am the oldest of eight, count ‘em, eight children. I am the consummate organizer. I bring order to chaos. I can and I do.

I am sure many of you have been in situations where a family member, friend or co-worker has come to you for advice. Then almost immediately upon receiving these pearls of wisdom from you they leave, thanking you countless times for your insight and compassion.

Moments later, days later or weeks later, they have totally ignored every single word you have said, especially any words of caution you imparted specifically regarding what they should avoid at all costs.

Here it comes. The phone call. The crying call. The “what do I do now” call. The “please don’t say I told you so” call.

:sigh:

Do you honestly think I went to all that trouble just so I could say “I told you so”? Do you sincerely believe in your heart of hearts that I really wanted you to do the opposite of what I suggested you do? Do you actually buy in to the idea that I get satisfaction from watching you suffer continuously and needlessly as you repeat the same mistake over & over again?

Sometimes, just sometimes, people make me wish I were wrong.

Truly, there are times when there is no consolation in being right, especially when someone you love gets hurt. Again.

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Apr 23 2008

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WW: Dogwood Trees to Celebrate Arbor Day

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Color your world with Trees! Plant one for Arbor Day!
Better yet, plant two!Celebrate Arbor Day on April 25, 2008!
Forgive me, a few words were required!

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Apr 21 2008

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Manic Monday: Quake

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This week when Mo gave us Quake for Manic Monday I’ll admit it…. I was stumped.

I went to Savannah, GA for a short get away weekend with some friends. This city is steeped in History and southern ambiance. Its’ first recorded history was in 1733, the year General James Oglethorpe and the 120 passengers of the good ship “Anne” landed on a bluff high along the Savannah River.

Johnny Mercer wrote the Lyrics to Moon River, having been inspired by the Savannah River and his Huckleberry childhood in Savannah.

Savannah is dripping in Southern Charm & Hospitality!


Savannah is breathtaking in it’s beauty!

Savannah also has some of the most majestic Live Oak Trees.

Live Oaks make my heart quake!

Thank goodness for my digital camera and ginormous memory cards! In one day I took more than 500 photos of beautiful Savannah, GA. I know I’ll be back to visit Savannah again one day soon. There’s so much to see & do, and I never even explored the nightlife and dining.

Want to play Manic Monday? That’s easy, just stop by Mo’s for more info.

Thanks for stopping by today. I Linky Love You everyday, so if you’re leaving a comment, grab some Linky Love, too!

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Apr 17 2008

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POW & Blessed Silence

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Lookie here what Mo awarded me! Post of the Week for Manic Monday!

Thanks, Mo! This is way cool! I’m honored.

Hmmm… Who knows, maybe he’ll even add me to the BlogRoll now! ;-) Smoochies, Buddy!

Anyone remember the movie Remo Williams, The Adventure Begins? It’s from 1985, starring Fred Ward, Joel Grey & Kate Mulgrew. It was far from a hit, but I always enjoy watching it.

There’s one particular line from the movie that Chiun, the Korean martial arts master played by Joel Grey, speaks:

Lesson 22: Blessed Silence


I can’t tell you how many times I have used that line; sometimes spoken, sometimes thought. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I live in a world where my ears are constantly being assaulted. This line comes to me often. It’s like a prayer, that’s been answered.

Ah…. Blessed Silence!

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Apr 16 2008

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WW: Gandalf, King of the Woodpile

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Apr 15 2008

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Eating Red Ants

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I’ll miss the good ole days…. Winthrop…….Cottage Park Rd, eating red ants & always in trouble…you were like the older brother I never had…..surely you will be missed…..Cousin Robert

That was an excerpt from one of the entries in The Guestbook at my brother John’s Funeral. There were many heartfelt condolences, and many that made me cry. However, this one stood out for me. I was quite curious to know why 2 young boys would not only eat red ants, but also have fond memories of the experience. So, I called my cousin to ask him about this.

Must. Have. Input.

Robert told me that he, being all of a year younger than John, couldn’t stand up to the pressure John put on him. First John tried to make it sound cool! Ah! A classic approach! When that didn’t work he teased Robert, saying he was a baby, or chicken or words to that effect. In the end Robert totally caved and ate the red ants. Still, he remembers it fondly as part of his childhood memories. Boys are so strange.

So, 40 years later, I’m wondering… who I should feel more sorry for?

  • My brother John, the consummate bully
  • My cousin Robert, the picked on younger kid forced to eat red ants
  • The red ants, snack food

In the end, I think it would have to be the party who ultimately gave it their all… the red ants, of course!

Who would you pick?

Oh, and Robert and The Donald? They’re justlikethis.

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Apr 10 2008

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Mrs Hughes is very funny

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Have you seen Mrs. Hughes yet?

 

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Apr 02 2008

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Can I have some cheese with that whine?

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I’m giving up on WordPress. 3 Upgrades in 2-1/2 months is more trouble than I’m willing to chew. It totally ate my Cats Blog after 3 attempts at upgrading. This one is still here, but I can’t upload any images. Soooo…

Gandalf & Grayson are up and running on their old blog on blogger.

I’m over there too at my old blog.

Ya’ll come see us!

 

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Apr 28 2008

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Manic Monday: Rip

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Our illustrious Manic Monday host Mo has served up Rip as this week’s prompt. I can’t wait to see what the other Manic Minions have done with it!

So many possibilities came to mind, but in the end I decided to go with the first Rip I thought of, which was Ripple Wine. I know, I know, you’re all surprised, right?

It was 1972 when I was first able to legally purchase and consume alcohol. In the aftermath of a night at the Drive-in drinking Seven & Sevens, I quickly discovered that I did not care for hard liquor – at all. It certainly was not my finest hour, but the lesson was very well learned. And that’s all I’m going to say about that!

Some of the drinks I tried and dismissed were Sloe Gin Fiz (doesn’t that just sound cute!) and Harvey Wallbangers (too sweet & too much acid). Someone eventually introduced me to Boones Farm and Ripple. They were both too sweet for me but I did like them enough to realize that red wine would be my drink of choice.


I will always remember my very first glass of a magnificent wine! Mmmmmm. A Wine lover was born! Château Lafite Rothschild – I just wish I could afford to drink it!

When I Googled Ripple Wine I was somewhat surprised to learn that Ripple, an inexpensive fortified wine produced by E & J Gallo Winery, is no longer made! I couldn’t even find a photo, other than this screen shot someone made from a Sanford & Son video clip.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed my little tRip down Memory Lane! I wish you all a wonderful Manic Monday!

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Apr 25 2008

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PhotoHunt: Unique/Funny Signs

Posted at 7:54 pm under Thought for the Day

When Allen first bought the house at The Swamp, we were commuting every other weekend or so from Florida until we could sell our business and move to Georgia permanently. On top of having the natural, unspoiled beauty of The Swamp and all its’ wildlife, we also have best neighbors! Mike, one of our new neighbors, had this little presentation waiting for us in the kitchen when we arrived for a long weekend in April 2006.

Coffee all ready to go, with a Welcome Back sign from Mike

When we first met Mike, we had no idea how much his friendship would enrich us. Mike is career Air Force, about 26 years now. Mike is the most patriotic person I have ever known. Mike is also a recipient of the Purple Heart. He was critically injured in Baghdad, Iraq about 4 years ago. His injuries were quite extensive, including Traumatic Brain Injury. He also suffers from Post- Traumatic Shock Disorder.

What defines Mike, however, is his love of God, Country, Family, Friends and Animals. He would literally give you the shirt off his back. Mike loves helping people, sometimes people he doesn’t even know well. I won’t share these things here, because Mike prefers to be an anonymous benefactor. He believes in giving people a hand up, and does so quite often. He’s an amazing human being. I am very grateful to call him my friend!
When I saw this Welcome Back from Mike, I cried. Then I took this photograph. Then I took the note and tucked it away with my treasures. It serves to remind me that a simple act of kindness can make a tremendous impact in someone else’s life.
Thank you, Mike. I love you, my friend.

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  1. julieon 25 Apr 2008 at 10:05 pm 1

    Oh, this is so sweet!

  2. kaceyon 27 Apr 2008 at 8:32 pm 2

    That is just so cool! Isn’t it neat that something someone did that long ago still sticks so vividly in your mind?

  3. Lindsayon 30 Apr 2008 at 10:43 pm 3

    Nothing like being welcomed by a friend.

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WillThink4Wine » WW: Dogwood Trees to Celebrate Arbor Day

Apr 23 2008

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WW: Dogwood Trees to Celebrate Arbor Day

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Color your world with Trees! Plant one for Arbor Day!
Better yet, plant two!Celebrate Arbor Day on April 25, 2008!
Forgive me, a few words were required!

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  1. Heather Youngon 23 Apr 2008 at 10:35 am 1

    :) Nice trees. We have too many–hubby won’t let me plant more because he hates mowing around them.

  2. Lindsayon 24 Apr 2008 at 12:25 am 2

    Good thinking. I would plant a tree if I had a yard. I guess I could always keep a small one in a pot for a few years.

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