WillThink4Wine » WW: Defenders of Our Skies, and Everything Below

Mar 19 2008

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WW: Defenders of Our Skies, and Everything Below

Posted at 6:31 am under Moody AFB

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One of our finest, flying over my house last night. This photo could’ve been clearer, if I could’ve gotten him to slow down and if I had a much more expensive camera!

Moody AFB, A-10C Thunderbolt II

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  1. napaboaniyaon 19 Mar 2008 at 6:45 am 1

    You caught a bird! opps I mean plane :P
    My WW @ Its Not a Weekend;Its a Lifestyle & Napaboaniya APAD

  2. Amyon 19 Mar 2008 at 6:58 am 2

    I live near a master jet base for the US Navy, and I hear F-18s on most days. Having lived here for so long, I’m somewhat immune to the sounds, but I always look at those jets and their pilots as examples of freedom.

    Great photo!

  3. Shannonon 19 Mar 2008 at 7:18 am 3

    Inspiring, Happy WW!

  4. Meeyaon 19 Mar 2008 at 9:07 am 4

    on our end, we live near the airport so it’s commercial jets for us :) my daughter loves seeing planes fly by.

    anyway, without the expensive camera, i still love the pic. :)

  5. Nancy Liedelon 19 Mar 2008 at 9:18 am 5

    I have a weakness for REALLY cool planes. I always have. The smell of jet fuel makes me all happy and excited, so this photo rocks!!

  6. Munchkin Mommyon 19 Mar 2008 at 10:26 am 6

    it’s a wonder you were still able to capture that jet! :) see, you’re still quick! :)

    happy everyday!

    Mapped Memories
    Cafe Munchkin

  7. Jae @ Chaos Ensueson 19 Mar 2008 at 11:28 am 7

    Great shot!!! We live near Andrews AFB and we get LOTS of air traffic around here. I’ve never tried to capture one tho! Good job!

    Happy WW!

  8. heatheron 19 Mar 2008 at 11:55 am 8

    That is too cool. We have a helicopter that flies over daily (kind of creepy–it is awfully tempting to get all “they are spying on us” but it has something to do with the juvenile incarceration place not far from here–which is also creepy.)

  9. jennifer in ORon 19 Mar 2008 at 12:40 pm 9

    I’m impressed you caught the plane at all! I’m grateful for the many sacrifices of our military. God bless them.

  10. Kat’s Krackerboxon 19 Mar 2008 at 12:45 pm 10

    I used to live behind the air base in Jacksonville, Arkansas and the sound of the C130s engines would put me to sleep. That’s a really great shot you got! Thanks for stopping by!

  11. moon 19 Mar 2008 at 12:50 pm 11

    Considering how fast those jets fly (we used to live near Wright-Patt AF base in Dayton) that’s a good pic!
    My WW has to do with flying today, too!

  12. MAmaArcheron 19 Mar 2008 at 2:12 pm 12

    good shot! I love it when the jets fly overhead (except when I am on the phone *grin*)

  13. dkayeon 19 Mar 2008 at 7:15 pm 13

    big, expensive big boy toys!

    happy ww. :)

  14. Rickon 19 Mar 2008 at 8:41 pm 14

    Wow!…Didnt know you and I lived within the area of their operations. I am about 35 miles northwest from the base and they love to fly low level right over my home. Problem is that they are gone when you hear them. My friend is a sergeant at the base and gives me a heads up when they will be doing air to air missions. They seem to dogfight right over my area. Love this shot.!!

  15. Kelly Caton 20 Mar 2008 at 8:24 am 15

    Good job of ID’ing the plane, as well as for getting the pic you did get, under the circumstances (and under the tree, for that matter).

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WillThink4Wine » Photo Hunt: Metal

Mar 22 2008

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Photo Hunt: Metal

Posted at 6:17 am under Photo Hunt

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This week’s Photo Hunt is Metal.

We just picked up this 1966 Ford Mustang Coupe!

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It’s got lots of metal, doesn’t it? Actually, it has more metal than most cars built nowadays.

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Years ago, way back in 1971, I had a 1965 Ford Mustang. A Convertible. Baby Blue. 4 on the floor. Leaf Springs and a very heavy clutch. Oh, man, it was the best!

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I helped Mr. X refurbish it in his Grandmother’s heated garage over the winter up in Massachusetts. Brrr. We were still in high school. It was a lot of work, but very enjoyable and gratifying! We drove it to my Prom. We drove it on our Honeymoon. It was just the most awesome car!! It was stolen in the late 70’s.

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When this Beauty came up for sale, I thought I might enjoy refurbishing another one, and so one day, the flat bed arrived!

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And we took a closer look. Considering that it’s 42 years old, and considering that it needed very little coaxing to start up and run, it’s not in bad shape at all!

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But considering that I am not in high school anymore, we’ve decided to re-sell it to someone who not only appreciates the beauty of the Mustang, but also has the energy and stamina that it will require to return this baby back to its’ formery glory and beauty!

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  1. FRANCINEon 22 Mar 2008 at 7:00 am 1

    metallic as in metallic! perfect shots!

  2. Carveron 22 Mar 2008 at 7:55 am 2

    Those are great shots. I had a friend in high school that had a 1970 mustang and I was so jealous.

  3. Lynnon 22 Mar 2008 at 8:59 am 3

    Mustang, I have a Mustang too in my entry. :)

  4. sarge charlieon 22 Mar 2008 at 9:37 am 4

    I love old mustangs, why did ford change that car……..

  5. kissedalotatoadson 22 Mar 2008 at 9:41 am 5

    Sorry to hear your first one was stolen,…. and that the second one is completed? Great post and have a Happy Easter.

  6. mama mejion 22 Mar 2008 at 9:42 am 6

    Mustang! That’s a perfect metal subject. Thanks for telling us the story of your love for Mustangs.

  7. Criz Laion 22 Mar 2008 at 9:51 am 7

    Yea.. cars of yesteryears are stronger than those of today. I still remembered my Dad’s old Fiat 1100AD. One car banged onto its rear and was badly damaged. The Fiat was free from any dents :P

  8. Mybellaviaon 22 Mar 2008 at 10:06 am 8

    I so remember your blue baby! It was the coolest of cars!

  9. Lizaon 22 Mar 2008 at 10:07 am 9

    Nice ride! wonderful shot! Have a Wonderful Easter!Take a peak on mine here and here if you have time..;) Happy weekend!

  10. Gattinaon 22 Mar 2008 at 10:11 am 10

    Over here it would belong to the “Old Timers” people are collecting them and once a year there is a ralley. It just happened 3 weeks ago here in Brussels. The oldest car I saw was from 1938 !

  11. Cindyon 22 Mar 2008 at 10:23 am 11

    I love mustangs. My sister just sold her 66 powder blue one not too long ago.
    My metal is here.

  12. Mickeyon 22 Mar 2008 at 11:36 am 12

    Ah,the old Mustang. Brings back memories. Too bad our bodies don’t stay as fresh as the memories do!! ;)
    Great METAL post!!

  13. Cats~Goats~Quoteson 22 Mar 2008 at 12:03 pm 13

    Aww, I sure am sorry your Mustang was stolen. I know how it feels, my ‘55 Chevy had the same ending for me.

    Great Metal photos!!

  14. libertybelleon 22 Mar 2008 at 12:38 pm 14

    An old MUSTANG!!!!!!!!!!
    Wow!!!!
    I’d sure love to put the pedal to the metal on that one!!!
    Happy weekend
    L

  15. Dragonstaron 22 Mar 2008 at 12:48 pm 15

    It looks in wonderful condition considering its age, even the upholstery looks good. My son fell in love the moment he saw th first photo – it’s a car that looks like a car!

  16. ByrningBunnyon 22 Mar 2008 at 1:12 pm 16

    What a perfect choice! Because it’s a perfect car! I used to have a ‘66 and i loved it!

  17. ellen bon 22 Mar 2008 at 2:17 pm 17

    Oh man, I’m going to have to show the hubby this post! He loves to tinker with cars. I think this is my favorite body for a mustang. Enjoy!!

  18. PowersTwinBon 22 Mar 2008 at 2:35 pm 18

    What a great post for this Photo Hunt! I had a boyfriend I dated back in the early 70’s…he had a “66″…and I got goos bumps thinking how we made out in that car! lol..Thanks for visiting my hunt today. I so appreciate your visit

  19. jams o donnellon 22 Mar 2008 at 3:38 pm 19

    Ooh Nice one. The 60s was a high point for car styling. I would love an AC Cobra of an Aston Martin DB5…. I can dream! Have a great weekend

  20. maryt/theteachon 22 Mar 2008 at 4:06 pm 20

    Just an absolute beauty! Good luck refurbishing it! I hope you’ll show us when you’re finished! :D

  21. Heidion 22 Mar 2008 at 5:25 pm 21

    That is a lot of metal!
    Sorry to read that your brother passed at such a young age. Event though you weren’t close, it still must be hard.

  22. Sabineon 22 Mar 2008 at 5:35 pm 22

    Great post for metal!
    When I saw the interior, I could SMELL it, would you believe it? Memories, memories LOL!
    Thanks for visiting me. Wish you a happy Easter!

  23. Penelope Anne – The Mama Bearon 22 Mar 2008 at 6:03 pm 23

    My 15yo son would love that car it is his dream vehicle.
    Great hunting, mine is also up.

  24. Natalieon 22 Mar 2008 at 6:05 pm 24

    Wow! That mustang is a classic!

  25. arleneon 22 Mar 2008 at 6:24 pm 25

    They no longer make those kinds anymore now! Even with other cars, the metal is not that strong as the mustang’s.

    Happy Easter!

  26. diXymisson 22 Mar 2008 at 6:43 pm 26

    My college roomate drove this same model ’stang. It was considered a “classic” at the time. Such fun adventures we had in that cool car! ThanX for the visit ~ and for the trip down memory lane.

  27. Michaelon 22 Mar 2008 at 7:19 pm 27

    Beautiful car! Congratulations. My wife would love to have one of those, especially if it was a convertible.

  28. katneyon 22 Mar 2008 at 7:34 pm 28

    My brother had one–in 1966!

  29. emmyroseon 22 Mar 2008 at 8:35 pm 29

    Wow, beautiful photos.

    Happy Easter!

  30. YTSLon 22 Mar 2008 at 8:47 pm 30

    The car looks big and heavy. I shudder at the thought of its mileage per gallon (or have Americans switched to liter yet?) ;(

  31. Denz Techtronicson 22 Mar 2008 at 9:13 pm 31

    Wow! what a lovely picture for this week theme, just keep it up and enjoy what you are doing!

    Check mine also in HERE!!!

    Happy Easter!

  32. pearlon 22 Mar 2008 at 10:40 pm 32

    Yep, sure a whole lot of metal here…Classic metal is sure a beauty. Once its all dolléd up, it’ll shine ;)

    Pearl

  33. sammawowon 22 Mar 2008 at 11:59 pm 33

    I love that you showed the Mustang today! My dad bought his first Mustang in 1966, which he ended up calling “the old girl” (stick shift) and bought a matching one years later who was called “the old boy” (automatic). My sister and I both learned to drive in “the old girl”.

  34. bingskeeon 23 Mar 2008 at 12:39 am 34

    actually, i was thinking of doing the metal theme with our car’s metal tag.

  35. Jenon 23 Mar 2008 at 2:57 am 35

    What a great car! Great take on this week’s theme! Thanks for stopping by

  36. paton 23 Mar 2008 at 5:07 am 36

    Oh great car!!!

    Happy Weekend.

  37. archiearchiveon 23 Mar 2008 at 7:13 am 37

    Oh wow – I always wanted one of them!

  38. Leslieon 23 Mar 2008 at 7:35 pm 38

    Mustangs are up in the top of my favorite car list!
    My son has my old sports car – a 1980 Fiat X1/9 – he has it in 482 pieces now, and is rebuilding it.
    Um… there was NOTHING wrong with it before he got hold of it and went over a roundabout instead of around it, then blew up the engine. :(

    http://lesliesmyers.blogspot.com/2008/02/i-remember-when.html

  39. ipanemaon 24 Mar 2008 at 12:52 am 39

    great idea! thanks for the visit and sorry for late response. just arrived. :)

  40. Rach (Heart of Rachel)on 24 Mar 2008 at 5:25 am 40

    That’s a wonderful classic car. Hope you enjoy restoring it and bringing out its original beauty.

  41. Zooomaboomaon 24 Mar 2008 at 11:22 am 41

    I posted up a classic of another kind, sort of, in my metal photo there’s some German metal in the inside of my ‘67 VW bus. Do they even make metal bodied cars anymore?!?! Wow, certainly not like your Stangs and my VWs!

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WillThink4Wine » Photo Hunt: Party

Mar 01 2008

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Photo Hunt: Party

Posted at 12:01 am under Family, Photo Hunt, Simple Pleasures

photohunter7iq.pngThis week’s Photo Hunt Theme is Party.

So the first thing I thought of was… Cake!

This Royal Straight Flush was the cake from the Rehearsal Dinner for Mike & Danielle, my very awesome nephew Mike and my lovely new niece, Danielle.

Danielle had this cake made just for Mike because Mike loves Texas Hold ‘em (and who wouldn’t?). Mike’s “All In”.img_0072_web.JPG

They got married last July. Danielle felt just a little bit bad for Mike because the rest of the Wedding was “all about Danielle”. Naturally, and why shouldn’t it be?
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They just bought and moved into their very first home a few weeks ago.

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Congratulations you guys! You are the coolest… except for you Bri.

If you missed yesterday’s post, I encourage you to have a look. There’s an 11 minute video that may change how you live your life.

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  1. Jersey (1 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 5:26 am 1

    Thanks for sharing these beautiful family pics – I love them all!
    I agree… party is about CAKE – and that one looks delicious!

    Happy Hunting!

  2. Lynn (6 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 5:34 am 2

    Well congratulations to your niece and nephew. They are a lovely couple. And the cake’s fun!

  3. jams o donnell (5 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 5:36 am 3

    Great shots. A Royal flush would have been a cause for a party in its own right!! Have a great weekend

  4. Gellianne (3 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 6:14 am 4

    Hi! Was that a cake? Nice one! Pretty friend!

  5. Gellianne (3 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 6:15 am 5

    Hi! Was that a cake? Nice one! Very unique!
    I would definitely would like to have some!

  6. Mica (1 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 6:16 am 6

    Very pretty friend!
    I am sure you had a great time!

  7. Secret Agent Mama (2 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 7:08 am 7

    They are an adorable couple!!

  8. napaboaniya (9 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 7:09 am 8

    That royal flush cake looks real cute!! Housewarming party coming soon I guess? :)

  9. liza (4 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 7:22 am 9

    beautiful couple. happy weekend.

  10. a simple lifeon 01 Mar 2008 at 7:23 am 10

    Great shots! The cake looks yummy.

  11. Criz Lai (1 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 7:56 am 11

    Now I see cards cake. It’s so big! Congrats Mike and Danielle for moving in a new place :)

  12. Daisy (4 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 8:10 am 12

    What a great looking couple! I think my Daddie would love a cake like that. He is a big poker player.

  13. FRANCINE (1 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 8:33 am 13

    nice shots! happy weekend

  14. eastcoastlife (4 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 8:42 am 14

    Congrats to the lovely couple! What a lovely cake from sweet Danielle!

  15. Gattina (3 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 8:58 am 15

    Nice pictures ! but when I hear the word “Party” I don’t think of a cake I think of dancing, lol !

  16. Cindy (2 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 9:06 am 16

    That’s quite a cake!

  17. SmalltownRN (1 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 9:06 am 17

    Oh that cake is great what an awesome and thoughtful idea….and the picture of the happy couple…very nice

  18. mama meji (1 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 9:23 am 18

    That’s a very unique cake!

  19. sarge charlie (4 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 9:28 am 19

    excellent party post……

  20. heather (5 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 9:28 am 20

    That is very sweet. :)

  21. Nicole (1 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 9:30 am 21

    Those pics are great and I absolutely adore that cute cake! Wow!! I want that!

  22. Carver (8 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 9:53 am 22

    Those are wonderful shots of the happy couple and the cake is very unique. Have a great weekend.

  23. deb (1 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 10:16 am 23

    Weddings….the perfect excuse for a party !
    They’re a cute couple :)

  24. Haydee (2 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 10:25 am 24

    I will comment for a party cake (pls. invite me nxt time!)

  25. Olivia (1 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 10:40 am 25

    Those are all great pictures and that cake is awesome!

  26. pearl (3 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 10:41 am 26

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! on the wedding. And such beautiful couple too ;)

    Have a good weekend.

    Pearl

  27. Alice Audrey (2 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 10:58 am 27

    Not that’s is something worth celebrating. Party on!

  28. Rach (Heart of Rachel) (7 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 11:00 am 28

    That’s a great personalized cake. They make such a lovely couple.

  29. Alice Audrey (2 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 11:09 am 29

    Now, not “Not” Ugh. Wish I could edit the comment.

  30. A. (4 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 11:29 am 30

    A great cake, and a great idea for the cake! A lovely couple :)

  31. bisdak’s footprints (1 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 11:31 am 31

    i like the photo of a bride with a wine.very pretty. party party must be fun! HAPPY HUNTING!

    check out mine here;
    Crazy Filipinas Party

  32. maryt/theteach (10 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 11:40 am 32

    Wow! A great cake! And a very happy looking couple! All the best to them! Thanks for visiting me!

  33. Cheysuli (2 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 11:52 am 33

    Nice cake! And a great wedding party. Mine is my birthday party!

  34. katney (1 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 11:57 am 34

    Now it is time for a housewarming party!

  35. ann (1 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 12:29 pm 35

    Loved the cake for the rehearsal party. Weddings have such wonderful parties associated with them.

  36. Dragonstar (5 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 12:35 pm 36

    That’s a lovely cake! Shame I’ve promised to be good for 12 weeks!

  37. Jen (4 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 12:41 pm 37

    What a fun cake!!

  38. Linda (4 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 12:43 pm 38

    Wonderful pictures! Mine is up at http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/prodoceo/490627

  39. lotis (1 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 12:45 pm 39

    the cake was great shot! some real nice party indeed!

  40. Wendy (1 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 1:19 pm 40

    Beautiful Bride:)

  41. Pumpkin (1 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 1:31 pm 41

    I love the photo of the bride holding up the wine glass.

    Beautiful and happy. :)

  42. jmb (1 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 2:44 pm 42

    What a wonderful cake and wonderful photos for this theme. Have a great weekend.

  43. Nicole (1 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 3:34 pm 43

    As said by my 4YO about the cake “I like it, that’s totally awesome, it’s made out of cards.” Great photos.

  44. Angela at mommy bytes (1 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 7:44 pm 44

    Awesome cake! I like the poker chips on it as well. Thanks for visiting!

  45. SandyCarlson (9 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 9:56 pm 45

    As I’ve been blog surfing, I have been bumping into a lot of cakes on Photo Hunters participants’ blogs. This is great because we have to do one up next week. This is gorgeous. If we get 1/10 that result, it will be a darn good cake.

    Your silhouette image is stunning.

  46. denz (1 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 10:09 pm 46

    wow! you have a very nice picture and I love the way you put consistency of the picture,it is very flexible…indeed you have a great post! keep it up!!!

    here’s mine:
    Photohunt-1…
    Photohunt-2…
    Happy Weekend!

  47. Kimo & Sabi (4 comments.)on 01 Mar 2008 at 10:50 pm 47

    Those are furry good examples of par-tay!

  48. Jennifer in OR (8 comments.)on 02 Mar 2008 at 12:49 am 48

    What a cake! Someone is fun & creative!

  49. Fiona (1 comments.)on 02 Mar 2008 at 3:26 am 49

    Oh wow, my hubby and his poker friends would love a cake like that!
    I really like your party photo’s :)

  50. Karen Jo (1 comments.)on 02 Mar 2008 at 4:39 am 50

    That cake is awesome! What a great idea. Thank you for all your kind words on my blog. I am very happy that I make other people happy with my little limericks.

  51. kissedalotatoads (1 comments.)on 02 Mar 2008 at 5:33 am 51

    WTG Mike and Danielle,….. great post! Have a good week.

  52. libertybelle (1 comments.)on 02 Mar 2008 at 6:05 am 52

    Lovely photos and a great website you have here.
    Happy Weekend
    L

  53. Mybellavia (1 comments.)on 02 Mar 2008 at 7:54 am 53

    I think a happy life is in the cards for them! #3

  54. Mar (1 comments.)on 02 Mar 2008 at 11:54 am 54

    Lovely shots of the happy couple!! I love every wedding party, cheers!!

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WillThink4Wine » Finally Friday: Tag

Mar 07 2008

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Finally Friday: Tag

Posted at 12:01 am under Cats, Daily G’s, Finally Friday, Gandalf, Grayson

It’s funny how dogs and cats know the inside of folks better than other folks do, isn’t it?

Eleanor H. Porter, Pollyanna, 1912

I’ve had pets all of my adult life and I believe that quotation to be completely accurate. It’s absolutely amazing how intuitive a dog is, and a cat. It’s really is as though they can smell fear and sense mistrust.

picture-148_web.jpgFor the last 4 years I been owned by 2 amazing cats. Prior to then I have always had sweet, lovable dogs; 2 sets of Pekingese and 2 lovable Shepherd mixes. I have never had one you could remotely call a guard dog. If someone had ever broken in my home they may well have been licked to death.

I did, however, have a neighbor at my office in Florida who had the most gorgeous Yellow Lab named Tag. Tag’s Dad started bringing him to work with him when Tag was just a small bouncing puppy. Tag always sat in the front passenger seat. He was so funny. He was playful, lovable and energetic. And Tag was incredibly smart. I don’t mean just tricks and obedience smart, which he was, but people smart.

Tag was also the most intelligent dog I have ever had the pleasure to meet. He could sense whether or not he liked a person before they got within 20 feet of him. Since I spent so much time with Tag (5 or 6 days a week) until he died, Tag treated me as part of his pack and he was very protective of me. I had truck deliveries once or twice a week. More often than not, the truck drivers came and went without incident, quite unremarkable. Every now and then one would come and suddenly Tag would show an instant protective posture. He would come stand next to me, or partially in front of me with the hair on his back up and would let out a low growl with his mouth open just enough to show teeth. Tag knew something I did not. If the driver made a move towards me, Tag increased his warning ever so slightly.

picture-080_web.jpgI learned to trust Tag’s instincts and started paying more attention to which drivers he had this reaction to. There was usually good reason. Loving Tag has made me want to get a Lab. After I moved to Georgia I got 2 beautiful Black Lab puppies. There was just one problem; my cats wouldn’t let me keep them.

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  1. Gandalf & Graysonon 07 Mar 2008 at 7:35 am 1

    That’s right, the bed’s too crowded as it is, no room for Woofies!

  2. Mybellaviaon 07 Mar 2008 at 7:57 am 2

    Well, there ya go! I think we all know who rules the big yellow house! Do the boys have a throne room? Your bed maybe? They are so lucky to have such royal subjects!

  3. Melissa Donovanon 07 Mar 2008 at 9:15 pm 3

    Tag sounds like an amazing dog! Humans need to learn how to listen to animals more, and this post definitely makes that point! Now I want to hear the stories of how you found out that Tag was right on about those delivery men!

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WillThink4Wine » Photo Hunt: Different

Mar 08 2008

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Photo Hunt: Different

Posted at 7:42 am under Photo Hunt, The Swamp

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This downed tree is different from the one the Turtles usually use for their morning sunning.

We had an extreme drought here in South Georgia last year, with wildfires. This year we’re getting so much rain we’re flooding. The Swamp has had several trees fall already. The Turtles seemed pleased about this one for their daily sunning.

They usually line up according to size, largest in the front, which is different from this messy and unorganized formation.

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  1. Hootin’ Anni (7 comments.)on 08 Mar 2008 at 8:35 am 1

    Hmmmmm, someone else on the photo hunt has a line of turtles…they’re just too cute, aren’t they?

    My ‘different’ is shared, if you haven’t stopped by yet, I hope you will. I love comments from my visitors.

  2. Kacey (2 comments.)on 08 Mar 2008 at 9:22 am 2

    Out hopping the photohunt pics. A line of turtles. Who knew they usually lined up by size…

    Hey, I just had a wine fest with my sis last night too!

  3. Alasandra (6 comments.)on 08 Mar 2008 at 9:44 am 3

    How cute.

    Glad you guys got some rain. We didn’t have a drought like you did in GA, but we are getting a lot of rain here in MS.

  4. pbjinabowl/chelsea (2 comments.)on 08 Mar 2008 at 10:11 am 4

    That’s a really good picture- I love turtles! Here, in TN, we’re covered in snow.

  5. sarge charlie (5 comments.)on 08 Mar 2008 at 10:33 am 5

    I hope the drought is over, you have had some rain.

  6. Write From Karen (2 comments.)on 08 Mar 2008 at 10:38 am 6

    They’re all looking at something – look at their little heads all craned and everything, lol.

    Waiting for food? For a command? I could go on forever, lol.

  7. heather (6 comments.)on 08 Mar 2008 at 11:11 am 7

    That is too cute–makes me think of Yertle the Turtle.

  8. Beau Beau & Angie (1 comments.)on 08 Mar 2008 at 12:00 pm 8

    The turtles are so pretty! They remind us of spring – nice and sunny.

  9. yoshi (1 comments.)on 08 Mar 2008 at 1:09 pm 9

    That is a great picture! The baby turtle at the end makes it so cute. :D

  10. Rebecca (3 comments.)on 08 Mar 2008 at 1:59 pm 10

    I love turtles! :)

  11. MyBellavia (4 comments.)on 08 Mar 2008 at 2:09 pm 11

    So cute and in your own back yard! I want one!

  12. jams o donnell (6 comments.)on 08 Mar 2008 at 5:33 pm 12

    Great minds think alike eh! Have a great weekend!

  13. Cheysuli (3 comments.)on 08 Mar 2008 at 5:42 pm 13

    Wow, amazing turtles. That is some major drought that was going on though.

  14. Marilyn MonREOW (1 comments.)on 08 Mar 2008 at 6:55 pm 14

    Those turtles certainly look like they are enjoying the sunshine! *smile*

    Purrs and snuggles from Marilyn.

  15. Claudia (2 comments.)on 08 Mar 2008 at 10:18 pm 15

    Great shot…should be the winner this week!
    We have turtles like those on wooden boards put out for them. Put they are too far away to get a good shot.

  16. SandyCarlson (11 comments.)on 09 Mar 2008 at 6:48 am 16

    This is a wonderful photo. I often wonder how the wildlife stand these erratic changes in our weather. Swamps are marvelous ecosystems full of life, and they are so important. These turtles look beautiful. Must be some place down there!

  17. SnoopyTheGoon (2 comments.)on 09 Mar 2008 at 7:40 am 17

    What is this that causes turtles to gather in one place? They seem to have a need for getting together…

    Have a great week.

  18. poor man’s nicole richie (3 comments.)on 09 Mar 2008 at 9:56 am 18

    i guess the order for things has been changed since the wildfire.
    i did not know that turtles have a “protocol” in sun bathing.
    great version of the theme.

    Morning Sniffles

  19. inlandempiregirl (2 comments.)on 09 Mar 2008 at 11:26 am 19

    If we have turtles in northeastern Washington I have never seen them. Very different! I loved visiting your blog!

  20. katney (2 comments.)on 09 Mar 2008 at 10:44 pm 20

    inland empire girl hasn’t seen them in n e Washington. I haven’t seen any in south central Washington either. Except the one a first grade student brought to school for her science project demonstration. The question: Why are turtles so slow? We gathered round in a circle. She set the turtle in the middle, and it took off like a bat out of he**!

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Feb 28 2008

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Weary, we are

The Bipolar Express just ran through town again. You know how it feels when you’re standing on the train platform and an express train whooshes past the platform?

j0403633.jpgMy bipolar niece is like that. She sucks the air right out of the room. She sent an email during the night denouncing the Aunts as relatives, accusing us once more of being biased and uninformed self-proclaimed experts who know nothing about anything. She is angry and offended. Again.

She still refuses to consider going back on her meds, ever defiant.

Her mother, me and the other SisterDears are weary of the fight. So we catch our breath and gather strength from one another while we wait, for the next time.

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  1. MyBellaviaon 28 Feb 2008 at 9:39 am 1

    The home station will always be here for her. I have to do what mothers do. That doesn’t mean that I will be standing on the platform waiting. She knows the way home. The train isn’t out of control. Her outlook on the whole social empathy part of belonging to a family is. Like you said, “sunrise, sunset”.

    “Turn around and she’s two, turn around and she’s four; turn around and she’s a young girl going out through my door”.

    “Come back when you grow up girl, your just living in a make-believe world. Living ain’t easy, comeback baby, when you grow old.”

    I’ll leave the light on.

  2. Heidion 28 Feb 2008 at 2:12 pm 2

    It sounds like she really does care about you guys, her aunts, or she wouldn’t bother sending an email. Mental illness is soo hard as you know, no one wants to take meds for the rest of their lives, but some need to. I hope she realizes that before she crashes. Thinking of you and your family.

  3. Danielle Blogging for Balanceon 28 Feb 2008 at 4:17 pm 3

    I so understand to be on both platforms of this bipolar express!! Just try and fly under the radar till it goes by…..there is nothing you can do to help. Trust me.

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Feb 29 2008

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The Last Lecture

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Wow

Caution: There’s an elephant in the room. This may cause you to live your life differently.

I’m posting this because it is the most awe-inspiring thing I have personally seen in quite some time. It’s a must-see. If you have not yet watched this video, read the transcript or heard of Randy Pausch – here’s the unabridged version of the video. If you’d rather not watch the entire 76 minute video, there are links at You Tube to abridged 5-10 minute versions as well. Yahoo has the video of Randy’s Reprisal of the Last Lecture on Oprah.

Prepare to laugh. Prepare to cry, as Randy teaches us how to live, not how to die. Tissues highly recommended.

You can order the DVD (and more) by visiting Carnegie MellonRandy’s own web site is here.

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch, who is dying from pancreatic cancer, gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Auditorium. In his moving talk, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals.

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Unabridged Version (76:26)

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Feb 28 2008

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Weary, we are

The Bipolar Express just ran through town again. You know how it feels when you’re standing on the train platform and an express train whooshes past the platform?

j0403633.jpgMy bipolar niece is like that. She sucks the air right out of the room. She sent an email during the night denouncing the Aunts as relatives, accusing us once more of being biased and uninformed self-proclaimed experts who know nothing about anything. She is angry and offended. Again.

She still refuses to consider going back on her meds, ever defiant.

Her mother, me and the other SisterDears are weary of the fight. So we catch our breath and gather strength from one another while we wait, for the next time.

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Feb 26 2008

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Happy OY EH Day

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I love Gatherings. I love to gather together all the people I love into one place, at the same time. Any excuse that I can get everyone to rally behind will do!

So often we often hear the phrase “Small World”. Well I certainly don’t think so, at least not in the ways that really matter. Just try and plan a Gathering! We’re scattered up and down the east coast. Schedules make it nearly impossible to gather: work, social, school, sports, dance… Busy, Busy, Busy we are!

The SisterDears and I are trying to plan our first annual “Once a Year, Everyone’s Here” Day for next July when my parents and I travel back to New England. The logistics are quite challenging! We want everyone from all 4 generations to gather. I’d also like as many cousins to show up as would like with their families. We want a new Family Photograph. Perhaps a Burgers & Hot Dogs family picnic. It will be magnificent if we can pull it off!

Happy OY, EH Day! I hope the holiday that I insisted upon will become every family’s favorite! So go ahead, start planning yours! Best Wishes for 100% turnout. Please let me know when you post about it! I’ll certainly be posting about ours! ;-)

Thank Goodness, my boys’ schedule always permits plenty of time for me!

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Are you still here? Leave me some Comment Love & get outa here. Go start Planning your first OY EH Day!

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Feb 25 2008

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Weekend Snapshot: The Swamp Runneth Over

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We had 7 inches of rain this weekend which caused a large amount of flooding county wide. My beautiful and beloved Swamp runneth over. img_0225_web.JPG<

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Feb 24 2008

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175 Words Challenge: It Was October 17, 1967

175 WORDS CHALLENGE

hootinannis_meme.gifI met him when we moved into our new house. My cousin told me he lived next door to her. He and his older brother were “volunteered” by my uncle to do some of the heavy lifting.

It was the first time I ever noticed a boy!

He was tall and dark, not at all handsome, unless you think dorky and be-speckled is handsome. He was the second oldest in his family of six. I found myself doing stupid things in front of him, tripping, stumbling, dropping, tongue tied and talking too much. I was in crush.

As tired as I was that day, I was sad to see it end because that meant he had to leave my house. I wondered if I’d ever see him again, maybe at my cousin’s house. I wondered if he felt any of the same feelings.

We slept that night on mattresses on the floor. Morning came and my MotherDear came in to wake us for breakfast. She lifted my blanket and said to me “That boy is downstairs asking for you.”

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Firstly, click on the link provided below. While there at the site, type your life’s event in the box provided. Total your words. Your entry MUST meet the challenge of 175 words!! NO LESS!!!! Must be 175 words at least!! If it’s not, it doesn’t qualify. Then, copy and paste your life’s event to your blog and place your total of words – the exact count into your blog entry also. That’s it!

If you want to try the challenge go to Hootin Anni’s HERE.

I’d like to know you’ve done the meme challenge for fun. If you do, please come back and tell me in the comments section!! I’ll come by for a visit.

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Feb 23 2008

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PhotoHunt: Wooden

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photohunter7iq.pngThis week’s Photo Hunter Theme is Wooden.

I decided to use my Tiki Torch for this weeks’ Wooden Theme because it’s may be the only time I’ll ever get to use it!

I’m usually in bed by 8:00, long before dark in the summer!

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I usually light it only on the rare evening that isn’t so humid that it drives us back inside to the air conditioning!

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The Tiki Torch is never left unattended, and is always extinguished before retiring for the evening.

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Feb 22 2008

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I has a sad

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Here in the Deep South tonight it is cold, dreary and raining. It’s been raining all day. It will rain all day tomorrow. I watched our Canadian Geese standing at the edge of The Swamp today, just waiting it out.

As I was driving home tonight I couldn’t help but wonder where all the homeless people were sheltering, where all the wildlife go to and where so many feral pets were hiding from the cold and damp tonight.

Then I turn on the news and hear that Barack Obama is currently getting 1 million dollars a day donated to his campaign fund. A million dollars a day.

And it makes me terribly sad.

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WillThink4Wine » Pennies from Heaven

Feb 13 2008

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Pennies from Heaven

Posted at 12:57 pm under Faith, Thought for the Day

penny.jpgMany people believe that if you see a penny on the ground and it is facing “heads up”, then you should pick it up for good luck. I’ve actually watched people throw them back to the ground if they were “tails up”. MotherDear is one of those people; she says they’re unlucky. Even from a strictly practical standpoint, it is real currency. It is free money.

The inscription on every coin reads “In God We Trust”. I pick it up as an affirmation to God that my trust is in Him. This applies to any coin; pennies, nickels, dimes or quarters, whether “heads up” or “heads down”.

I believe that whenever I find an old, tarnished and dirty penny, that is God sending me a message. He’s reminding me that He is always watching over me and He is always in control.

If God desires to have a conversation with me, who am I to walk on by?

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  1. Jennifer in ORon 13 Feb 2008 at 1:31 pm 1

    What a great thought!! (Let’s just hope the ACLU and the atheists don’t mess with God’s message.)

  2. heatheron 13 Feb 2008 at 1:44 pm 2

    I feel the same way–more than once he has provided enough pennies that I could buy what was needed (tomato paste used to be 19 cents. :)) God is good.

  3. Heidion 13 Feb 2008 at 7:15 pm 3

    That is an interesting perspective. I don’t like to throw money away either. We save our change around here and save up for something fun like extras on vacation.

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WillThink4Wine » Thomas gets his first Award

Feb 18 2008

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Thomas gets his first Award

Posted at 8:12 am under Autism, PDD/NOS

img_0003_web.JPGSome of you may recall that my nephew Thomas, twin to Kevin and son to SisterDear3, was accepted into Manville School school in January. Thomas’ diagnosis is PDD/NOS. It had been quite difficult to find a program that was not only a good fit for Thomas but one that also had an opening. His previous placement only reluctantly kept him in due to a “Stay Put” order by the SPED Director.

We were all very excited and relieved when Thomas started at Manville.

Well, when SisterDear3 emptied his backpack last week she found that Thomas had received his very first Award from Manville! What was amazing though was that Thomas did not tear it to bits before arriving home, despite the fact that weather and traffic made his ride home about 2 hours longer than it should be on a normal day and Thomas loves to tear paper almost better than I enjoy a nice glass of wine!

I would be delighted to put the Award up for you all to admire, but unfortunately SisterDear3 is Scanner-Challenged. ;-)

Way to go Thomas!!

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  1. Hootin’ Annion 18 Feb 2008 at 9:45 am 1

    Hi again…
    I just added your blog to the list of members for Bloggers Over 50

    Happy you joined us!!!

    [you may have to refresh the page where the blogroll members are listed…but you’re added!!!]

  2. heatheron 18 Feb 2008 at 9:50 am 2

    Congratulations. That is a hard place to be and when I was teaching I worked with many students in that place (I worked special ed and with the severe disabilities that others didn’t like to do.)

    And middle child is a ripper. She rips everything she gets her hands on (except books because she loves reading them) but when stressed she will rip whatever is on hand into the tiniest scraps and not even notice it. Sigh.

  3. Sisterdear3on 18 Feb 2008 at 10:14 am 3

    Ah yes, challenged I am! I believe Thomas will surprise all of us! One week at the new school and he is showing an interest in reading! Maybe he will figure the scanner thing out and show me! lol.

    His award reads:

    Though new and here only a few days,
    He has impressed us and begun to teach us new ways.

    His smile is bright, like the sun
    And you can tell he likes to have lots of fun.

    He is generous and kind to his friends
    And we are so glad this is just the beginning not the end!

    For these reasons we are proud to present the Welcome To Manville award to Tommy.

    Imagine that, this is the little boy nobody wanted to take. I know what that did to me as a mother. Thank God, it didn’t do the same to him. My precious boy! Sail on!!!

  4. Dabrahon 18 Feb 2008 at 5:19 pm 4

    Well done Thomas. That award is really good news.

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WillThink4Wine » PhotoHunt: Wooden

Feb 23 2008

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PhotoHunt: Wooden

Posted at 12:01 am under Photo Hunt

photohunter7iq.pngThis week’s Photo Hunter Theme is Wooden.

I decided to use my Tiki Torch for this weeks’ Wooden Theme because it’s may be the only time I’ll ever get to use it!

I’m usually in bed by 8:00, long before dark in the summer!

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I usually light it only on the rare evening that isn’t so humid that it drives us back inside to the air conditioning!

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The Tiki Torch is never left unattended, and is always extinguished before retiring for the evening.

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  1. napaboaniyaon 23 Feb 2008 at 3:03 am 1

    The bottom part of that torch is wooden right? Not often we see these torches around homes :)

  2. SnoopyTheGoonon 23 Feb 2008 at 3:40 am 2

    Beautiful rendition, nice solution for the week’s subject. Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend!

  3. jams o donnellon 23 Feb 2008 at 4:27 am 3

    Nice shots and a really inventive take on this week’s theme. Happy weekend!

  4. eastcoastlifeon 23 Feb 2008 at 4:50 am 4

    I have a pair of Tiki torches bought 5 years ago and never been used. hehe….

  5. Lynnon 23 Feb 2008 at 4:52 am 5

    Take care the fire it might cause. And you sleep kind of early huh. :)

  6. Cindyon 23 Feb 2008 at 8:05 am 6

    Don’t you worry about them burning so close to the house? I don’t think I’d be able to sleep. I remember after our barn burned in 93, I’d get up and prowl through the house at all hours of the night, scared to death something was burning.

  7. Pearlon 23 Feb 2008 at 8:26 am 7

    Hey this is really cool!! This reminds me of that Survivor series..hehe

    have a good weekend!

    Pearl

  8. heatheron 23 Feb 2008 at 8:39 am 8

    My dad has a few of those which he occasionally uses, though we owned them for 10 years before anyone thought of using them. :)

  9. Alasandra & The Catson 23 Feb 2008 at 9:11 am 9

    We probably need one of those. ~Scylla, Charybdis & Socks

  10. ipanemaon 23 Feb 2008 at 9:21 am 10

    it’s lovely to use that when weather permits, enjoying outdoors or having a relax evening. not too relax though, as you’ve mentioned one has to attend to it. this is great for garden affairs.

    happy weekend! :)

  11. Missnaruon 23 Feb 2008 at 9:51 am 11

    wow this is something i havent seen before :) great post! do check out my wooden too hehehe have a great weekend :)

  12. Carolineon 23 Feb 2008 at 10:07 am 12

    I really like when I have an excuse to use mine – but mine are metal.

  13. Write From Karenon 23 Feb 2008 at 11:03 am 13

    It does look like the torch is awfully close to the house, but it’s probably just the angle.

    My sister-in-law has two daughters and they love to throw outside parties lined with Tiki torches.

  14. Rach (Heart of Rachel)on 23 Feb 2008 at 11:29 am 14

    How nice. It must make an evening quite romantic.

  15. Pastormac’s Annon 23 Feb 2008 at 12:23 pm 15

    We have torches like this and we never get around to lighting them either.

    Great choice for The Hunt.

  16. Heatheron 23 Feb 2008 at 1:01 pm 16

    Nice! It look so nice and warm there. I can hardly wait for summer, to bring out the tiki torches! lol (Love the name of your blog, by the way.) Thanks for stopping by for my first Show and Tell Friday! Come on back for the Photo Hunt if you get a chance. ;o)

  17. Jennifer in ORon 23 Feb 2008 at 2:11 pm 17

    I love tiki-torches! I don’t know why, they just make me think of pretty beaches, warm nights, and love!

  18. peppyladyon 23 Feb 2008 at 2:19 pm 18

    I don’t know if I can leave a witty comment but I’ll leave an honest one.
    I don’t why Tiki Torch always fascinate me. I always thought of having a nice rock porch and having a few Tiki Torches around.

    Mine is up.

  19. Utah Mommyon 23 Feb 2008 at 2:27 pm 19

    That’s nice saving some electricity for having that wooden torch out there to light up the way during the night, great shot! Happy weekend!
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  20. maryt/theteachon 23 Feb 2008 at 2:55 pm 20

    I don’t know if it’s the angle of the photo or what but the Tiki torch looks a little too close to the house… is it? Happy PH! :)

  21. ivyon 23 Feb 2008 at 3:40 pm 21

    wow thats lovely, I remember when I was in my homeland we use to make our own torch to light our way at night when we were going to my grandparents.

    Wooden Staircase
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  22. ellen bon 23 Feb 2008 at 7:51 pm 22

    Oh I so know what you mean. In Seattle there is a long period of summer where it stays light till 10:00 so I can’t use my outdoor lighting in my patio, etc. cuz it just doesn’t get dark enough before I want to be in bed…
    I’m glad you could use your tiki torch for the hunt! have a great weekend…

  23. Kimo & Sabion 23 Feb 2008 at 8:40 pm 23

    Yer house is wooden too! It’s da same color as ours!

  24. ByrningBunnyon 23 Feb 2008 at 8:45 pm 24

    More reminders of summer, but we still have so long to wait. Great idea for wooden.

  25. lizaon 23 Feb 2008 at 9:17 pm 25

    wonderful shot here..like the 2nd one by the way.wonderful entry for this week theme.Have a great weekend..;)

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  26. carveron 23 Feb 2008 at 9:25 pm 26

    Those are beautiful photographs. The tiki torch would be great when you’re outside on pleasant evenings. I have trouble with the humidity in the summer where I live. Have a great rest of your weekend.

  27. ladynredon 23 Feb 2008 at 9:52 pm 27

    Those are great torches. We do have torches too but not wooden.

  28. mommy’s little corneron 23 Feb 2008 at 10:48 pm 28

    Great choice for the theme. Sorry for the late comment, I lost my internet connection earlier when I was about to hit the submit comment button. Happy Sunday.

  29. a simple lifeon 23 Feb 2008 at 10:49 pm 29

    Good choice for wooden. We have those here (Philippines). Happy hunting.

  30. Dragonstaron 24 Feb 2008 at 5:07 pm 30

    That’s lovely. Good to have a chance to use it, too. Nice photos.

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Feb 26 2008

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Happy OY EH Day

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I love Gatherings. I love to gather together all the people I love into one place, at the same time. Any excuse that I can get everyone to rally behind will do!

So often we often hear the phrase “Small World”. Well I certainly don’t think so, at least not in the ways that really matter. Just try and plan a Gathering! We’re scattered up and down the east coast. Schedules make it nearly impossible to gather: work, social, school, sports, dance… Busy, Busy, Busy we are!

The SisterDears and I are trying to plan our first annual “Once a Year, Everyone’s Here” Day for next July when my parents and I travel back to New England. The logistics are quite challenging! We want everyone from all 4 generations to gather. I’d also like as many cousins to show up as would like with their families. We want a new Family Photograph. Perhaps a Burgers & Hot Dogs family picnic. It will be magnificent if we can pull it off!

Happy OY, EH Day! I hope the holiday that I insisted upon will become every family’s favorite! So go ahead, start planning yours! Best Wishes for 100% turnout. Please let me know when you post about it! I’ll certainly be posting about ours! ;-)

Thank Goodness, my boys’ schedule always permits plenty of time for me!

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P.S. – I so want the necklace in the banner that the ImageChef made for me!

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Are you still here? Leave me some Comment Love & get outa here. Go start Planning your first OY EH Day!

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  1. johncaron 26 Feb 2008 at 11:28 am 1

    Happy OY EH day :D

  2. neeraon 26 Feb 2008 at 12:21 pm 2

    hihi..nice..Happy OY EH DAY!

  3. Joshon 26 Feb 2008 at 12:50 pm 3

    Happy OY EH DAY

  4. Lindsayon 27 Feb 2008 at 3:57 pm 4

    Great idea. I’m glad your family members make it a priority to spend time together.

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WillThink4Wine » Pump Princess

Feb 12 2008

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Pump Princess

Posted at 12:01 am under Aging Gracefully, Family, Simple Pleasures

So I walked in from the Office tonight and MotherDear says she had to stop for gas on the way home from the Post Office for fear of running out.

j0434890.pngNow to the average person, a mere subject of the land, this wouldn’t raise an eyebrow. But MotherDear is the Pump Princess. She does not pump her own gas. Heavens, No!! That is the duty of HRH Dad.

So I’m running the scenarios through my head, wondering how she managed to keep her HRH Pump Princess Tiara on straight:

  1. There hasn’t been a Full Service Gas Station in the magical land of MotherDear in a squillion years
  2. Dad happened to be at The Swamp (my Office) this afternoon snooping checking on the fill dirt and grading progress
  3. I was at The Swamp, working
  4. Al was at The Swamp working on his Mustang he’s so darn proud of

I barely began running through the remaining options when she giggles (as only MotherDear can) and she says to me “I just said “You Hoo, young man!” to the nice young guy on the other side of the pump. And I told him “I never pump my own gas. Could you possibly help me, please?” and he came right over and pumped my gas for me.”

It must be wonderful to be a Princess.

You Hoo, Young Man? My brain is exploding. I wonder, who will inherit her crown?

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  1. Sisterdear3on 12 Feb 2008 at 7:42 am 1

    lol! News flash . . . Sandy finally taught me how to pump my own gas TWO weeks ago!. I spilled gas on myself 20 years ago and have been paranoid about it since. Silly me! Although, I have never used the phrase “You Hoo”. I have always been more crafty, with ” this doesn’t seem to be working, am I doing this right?” I got many MILES out of that one!! File this one under,
    “You Hoo, Me Too!” #3

  2. heatheron 12 Feb 2008 at 8:57 am 2

    Wow. Neither of my grandmother’s pumped their own gas–around here you can still get a full service pump at BP.However, more recently (2 years ago) my grandfather passed away and my grandmother would insist that one of us grandchildren go with her and pump gas (I live 40 miles a way and a lot times it was me–the other two girls are in high school and college though they live down the road from her and my brothers live too far away.) Eentually my cousin taught her how, several times (at the new pumps where you get a discount with your grocery card). It took her over a year to “get it” and she would often try to finagle me into doing it–I took each opportunity to remind her how. She is now so proud of how she can pump gas for herself that she tells us every time she does it. :)

  3. Lynnon 12 Feb 2008 at 10:26 am 3

    Pumping your own gas is not a practice from where I am. There are always gas station attendants to do that. Anyway, I am here to let you know I’ve a tag for you here. If you’re not into tags, that’ll be alright. I just thought of tagging interesting recent visitors in my blogs. Thanks! :)

  4. Lauraon 12 Feb 2008 at 11:23 am 4

    My mother in law used to try that routine. I told my husband she needed to learn to pump her own gas cause he wasn’t available to do it for her all the time. He was glad to use me as an excuse to force her to lose her crown. She would still call for him to come over and fill up her car but most of the time he would tell her to do it herself and often stick to it. Now we are divorced. I haven’t thought about that in awhile. I bet he is back to babysitting his mother again.

  5. maryt/theteachon 12 Feb 2008 at 2:24 pm 5

    Very good story! I never pump my own gas, will you believe it? Just never had to… :)

  6. maryt/theteachon 12 Feb 2008 at 2:25 pm 6

    You’re tagged for the Book Meme! It’s an easy one! You don’t have to do it if you don’t want to… :)

  7. Stephanieon 12 Feb 2008 at 2:44 pm 7

    That funny, my grandma is the same way. Whenever she visits we always have to go to the gas station with her and fill her tank for her.

    I have a tag for you at my blog: http://innocentjoy.blogspot.com. Hope you can do it but if you’re not into tags then that’s alright. I just thought of tagging recent visitors to my blog. :)

  8. maryt/theteachon 12 Feb 2008 at 2:47 pm 8

    That Book meme that I tagged you for is at this blog of mine.

  9. maryt/theteachon 12 Feb 2008 at 4:16 pm 9

    Thanks for doing the meme in my comments! :) That sounds like a real interesting book!

  10. Jennifer in ORon 12 Feb 2008 at 10:04 pm 10

    MotherDear should move out here to Oregon, where it’s illegal to pump your own gas.

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WillThink4Wine » The Bipolar Express seems to be on schedule

Feb 08 2008

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The Bipolar Express seems to be on schedule

Posted at 12:01 am under Bipolar

The Bipolar Express seems to be on schedule.

Bipolar Niece (BPN) just returned to college for the next semester. I was talking with her mother, SisterDear3 last night. She mentioned that her daughter has already started calling her about 5-7 times a day. BPN seems to be stuck on playing the ‘Mother Bashing’ game, even if only by telephone.

So I’m doing the math in my head and I’m wondering…  BPN’s last manic episode was over Christmas. She mentioned to her mother that her period was later than normal this month. So was the manic phase. It may just be anecdotal, but BPN’s mood swings definitely seem to coincide with her menstrual cycles. Either that, or BPN has the tremendous misfortune of suffering a manic phase at the same time as having the worst case of PMS in the universe.

So I have a question to any of you who are Bipolar and female; have any of you noticed any correlation with your mood swings and menstrual cycles? I sincerely would like your input.

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  1. heatheron 08 Feb 2008 at 12:03 pm 1

    Absolutely! Hormones play a big part in Bipolar and other neurological disorders. (I am not bipolar though I have struggled with depression however my husband, daughter, and mother-in-law are and my side of the family all struggle with depression.) My oldest, who is definitely bipolar is 10 and has not yet had her period–she does however cycle at the same time I do and already has PMS and is “developing”. She absolutely cycles with the Bipolar at the same time, as does my mil and the females in my family all get worse with the depression during that time.

    I believe I recently ran into a study that showed the same– I thought it was on Naturalnews.com but now I can’t find it. I know that when I was studying up on Bipolar and children there was mention of hormones definitely affecting Bipolar (think about it–postpartum depression is a huge thing which is linked to hormones and POMS is linked to hormones, why wouldn’t other forms be linked to those buggers. :))

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WillThink4Wine » Heartbreak Bowl: Wednesday Morning Quarterback

Feb 06 2008

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Heartbreak Bowl: Wednesday Morning Quarterback

Posted at 12:01 am under Random Thoughts

Good Morning SisterDears! It’s very quiet here. I’ve been up since five thirty. I, like everyone else on the planet, am numb. Tom Brady is surely feeling his blues. All I can think is “Wow”. I hope he is not blaming himself for the Heartbreak Bowl.

bz0203belichick1.jpgWe all know the outcome was the direct result of a poor wardrobe choice. Specifically, the red sweatshirt Coach B was wearing. That’s the first thing I noticed when I sat down to watch the game. It’s not rocket science, if you’ve worn the gray one the whole season and it’s well known as the lucky one, why mess with a good thing? Just my opinion. 

My own Thomas was feeling very blue this morning. He didn’t want to go to school. He does this every so often after he has been sick. He was out Friday with a cold, and he was home the whole weekend with me. He has a hard time getting back into the swing of things.

Anyways,  it was still dark outside when they were buckling him into his seat. He was crying and I was looking across at him.  His little lip was quivering. He said “I want to stay with you Mama”.  I was standing there waving, saying I love you, but at the same time feeling so sad for him. I let this bother me for a short time and quickly came to my senses. I did call his teacher to let her know he seemed scared. She assured me he was no longer upset and was in a good mood.  

So, if an eight year old can put a sad experience behind him in such a short period of time, lets hope the coach, the man, the team, and the fan nation will do the same.   

red_hoodie.jpgOh yeah, someone should throw that sweatshirt in the trash! 

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  1. Heidion 06 Feb 2008 at 7:56 pm 1

    Honestly, during the Superbowl, I only looked up from my book to watch the commercials.
    So sweet that he wanted to stay home with you. It also breaks my heart when T does that to me, but I also come to my senses quickly!
    Thanks for the mention in your previous post. Memory loss is scary. I work with many Alzheimers patients and we(nurses) all joke about it, but only as a defense mechanism. It would make us too sad to really think seriously about it all the time.

  2. Ev Nuccion 06 Feb 2008 at 9:03 pm 2

    That is hilarious…

    He wore the wrong sweatshirt…I love it

    It’s fault…he should have know better not to change anything out of the ordinary…but then again, I didn’t want them to win.

  3. Ev Nuccion 06 Feb 2008 at 9:03 pm 3

    Oh, by the way, I put you on my blogroll dear…you are hilarious.

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WillThink4Wine » Thursday Thirteen #3 – 13 Attitudes of Gratitude

Feb 06 2008

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Thursday Thirteen #3 – 13 Attitudes of Gratitude

Posted at 10:06 am under Sisters, Thought for the Day, Thursday Thirteen

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Thursday Thirteen – 3rd Edition

Thirteen Things for which I am Grateful

  1. SisterDear2  – She is so amazing! SD2 did day care for 18 years or so while she raised her 2 boys. She was so great at it that her waiting list was a couple of years out. SD2 just graduated from Nursing School. She is now an RN! She just turned 51 before she graduated from college!  You go girl!

  2. SisterDear3 – She is so inspiring! SD3 is wife to a cop and mother to 4 children. She has a daughter in college who happens to have Bipolar Disorder, a teenage son and twin 8 year old sons, one of whom is Autistic (PDD/NOS). She faces each day with faith, love, humor and grace. She finally got her son placed in what we hope will be a good fit for him. She is anxiously looking forward to re-joining the work force soon! She so needs to reacquaint herself with grown-up conversations again!

  3. SisterDear4 – She is so incredible! SD4 has literally reinvented herself in the last 5 years since her divorce. She has a teenage son and a preteen daughter. She remodeled her entire home in the past couple of years. She can do it all! Bringing home the bacon, gardening, repairs, painting… She doesn’t always want to do it all, but she can and does.

  4. My Cats – I can’t imagine my life anymore without my cats. I’ve always had dogs (Pekingese). I had just lost one little lovey and was in the final month of my other sweet puppy’s life when my cats found me. They totally rescued me.

  5. My Business – Had someone told me 25 years ago that I would be self-employed I’d have told them they were nuts! I opened my first business (with a partner) in 1987. Since that day there hasn’t been a day that I did not look forward to going in to the Office. I look forward to Mondays – Go figure!

  6. My Parents– I never expected to have my parents living with me. However, when I sold my first business and was looking for a house to buy in Georgia I asked them if they would also like to move with me. I was their only child (of eight!) living in Florida and I felt horrible about leaving them there, childless! They accepted and moved in with me and the Boys just about 2 years ago. I’m amazed at some of the stories my Dad tells me that I might never ever have heard unless they moved in with me. My Dad has a phenomenal memory that goes back to grade school. My Dad is 79! MotherDear is Queen of the Kitchen! She is my all-time favorite cook! Dinner is ready and on the table every night when I get home from work (even if I don’t feel like sitting down to dinner when I get home). This is just the coolest thing! I could go on and on about my parents. It’s been awesome having them here!

  7. Health – I have not had any major health issues in the 14 years since my divorce. Coincidence? No, I don’t think so.

  8. My Home – I joke quite a bit about hating the Yellow House. It had been painted just before the sellers put it on the market. Let me just say that Yellow is not my favorite color! I bought it in spite of the Yellow. But I am loving this house! I actually gave the Realtor a wish list with “Deal-Breakers” and stuck to it. I got everything on my list! How cool is that?

  9. Family– There’s a couple of doosies in the basket, but mostly I have the most wonderful family anyone could ever wish for and we have such a great time together.

  10. Friends – I have been blessed with some of the most amazing friends. Most I call family because they feel like family.

  11. Wine – I am grateful to have discovered my affection for wine! Wine is an adventure for me while at the same time an old familiar friend.

  12. My Walk-in Closet – My previous house was an adorable Cottage. I loved it. I absolutely hated to leave it. Cried my eyes out. I miss it. But I had NO closet!

  13. God – I was brought up in the Catholic Church but somehow missed God completely. I found God and was saved when I was about 38 years old!

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  1. Candyon 06 Feb 2008 at 10:59 pm 1

    I’m so with you on this. We often focus on the much “bigger” things in life that we forget that it’s the little things that can bring much happiness. :o)

  2. pussrebootson 07 Feb 2008 at 12:42 am 2

    What a nice TT. :)

  3. Rickon 07 Feb 2008 at 8:31 pm 3

    Very nice read…puts everything into perspective. ;-)

  4. Deeon 07 Feb 2008 at 9:43 pm 4

    What an inspiration you, and your family are!!

  5. Lorion 08 Feb 2008 at 10:08 pm 5

    I am full of such hope that my own personal daughters will, in the end, love each other, despite the way they treat each other today.

    Thank you for your comment…I really enjoyed reading this!

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WillThink4Wine » Another Wonderful Boy

Feb 04 2008

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Another Wonderful Boy

Posted at 9:48 am under Autism, PDD/NOS, Simple Pleasures

j0202010.jpgI met the most wonderful boy yesterday. His name is Trey.

I said, ”Hi Trey”. He looked up at me and smiled. His mom said “Say hi Trey”. Trey looked back at his plate of chicken nuggets he was eating and with his head down, said “Hi”.

I continued to watch him as I stood talking to his mother. I had met her earlier in the week at Stop and Shop. She was leaving with her other son Thomas as I was entering with Kevin. Kevin immediately told me who they were and proceeded to ask the mom if he could come over to their house for a play-date.

So there we were two days later standing in this women’s kitchen. Soon after the boys went off to play, she asked me how Thomas was doing. I didn’t know that she knew Kevin had a twin. She wanted to know how the new school placement was working. She said she was very happy that he finally is where he should be. I was blown away. I hardly knew this woman, and she knew so much about me.

It was then I noticed little Trey again. He was on a stool, kicking the kitchen bar with his small feet, as many three year olds will. He was listening to our conversation but was not paying us any attention. It was then the mom said “Trey is Autistic”. She told me he was diagnosed six months ago.

I went over to Trey, knelt down to get his eye contact and asked him to give me “five” which he immediately did. This little boy has the brightest eyes and the warmest smile. He shared them with me, for a moment. That’s all it took. I felt as if I had known him since birth. His mom and I continued to talk for another half hour. I told her that Trey reminded me of Kevin at three. She couldn’t believe that Kevin also carries the diagnosis of PDD/NOS. I told her he has come far over the last five years. I read a distant hope in her eyes and I wished it for her.

It was a really nice day: Kevin had his play-date. Two moms who share similar lives became supportive friends, and a really wonderful boy named Trey smiled.

Maybe it’s silly, but everyday I try to accomplish one thing, whether it’s a household chore or adding something positive to my life. It’s my way of dealing with the world according to Janice.

This little boy made me smile today. He could have been my own, and for that one moment, he was.

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  1. Melanie at Beanpasteon 04 Feb 2008 at 1:30 pm 1

    Well, this story was my positive thing for the day, and it made me smile. Lovely.

    (I had to stop by, since I noticed that I “owe my success to you”! I must say, though: please work harder. Mama wants some new camera lenses.)

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WillThink4Wine » C is for Celery

Feb 05 2008

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C is for Celery

Posted at 12:01 am under Aging Gracefully

j0423014.jpgI was reading a post over at Green Mountain Country Mama which hit a bit too close to home. She was writing about forgetfulness.

More and more the SisterDears and I have been making light of this new phenomenon in our lives. We joke about how we’re getting more forgetful and that somehow we’re now more subject to gravity because everything keeps dropping.

But you know, this getting older stuff really isn’t for sissies!

To my knowledge there’s no Alzheimer’s in my family, but here’s what happens to me all the time now: I’ll be mid-sentence and a common word which I use all the time simply leaps from my tongue and finds a Hidey Hole in the deep recesses of my brain. It may not come out for hours. Even reciting my ABC’s doesn’t always help. I just have to wait it out.

It was a few years ago when I first noticed it. I was making out my grocery list. I started to write the word ‘celery’ and all I could get out was the ‘c’. At first I laughed. I tried to write it again. Nothing. I could visualize it, smell it and taste it. I just couldn’t pull the word from it’s Hidey Hole.

While driving to the store I tried to summon it again. No luck. Walking to the produce department I felt sure it would come to me. Nada. C’mon, this is not funny anymore! It wasn’t until I passed the fruit section that I was finally able to summon it.

I was lucky that time. It usually waits until the 3:30 AM potty-run to leave it’s Hidey Hole.

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  1. Sisterdear3on 06 Feb 2008 at 2:24 pm 1

    Fruit section? Well there’s the clue. lol! Seriously my hidey hole is never empty! I sometimes worry wether or not it’s the stress, or indicative of alzheimers. Dad’s sister Barbara had it.

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Jan 27 2008

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Creature Comforts

Creature Comforts – cats have this one nailed down, don’t they?
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Well, yesterday the humans in the Yellow House gave the cats a run for their catnip.

MotherDear made a fabulous Roast Chicken dinner, with all the fixings. We had some friends over for supper who brought a 3-layer German Chocolate Cake for dessert. We sat by a magnificent crackling fire, built by Dad. As if more ambiance were needed, we also enjoyed a nice glass of wine with a sax CD softly playing in the background.

It was a day full of Creature Comforts! A perfect way to spend a cold, rainy day.

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Jan 26 2008

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PhotoHunt: Old-Fashioned

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photohunter7iq.pngI really love old photographs so I thought I’d try this Meme.

My Dad was in the Air Force during the Korean War. This is Dad in front of one of many planes he adores. I adore my Dad!

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And this is Dad’s 8 Track player. It also plays records and cassettes. Oh yeah, Dad still plays his 8 Tracks.

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Jan 25 2008

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Finally Friday

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Well, it’s Finally Friday!

And it’s pizza night. MotherDear is playing Bingo with the Biddies.  Dad and I are going over to A&B’s for Pizza! I believe the plans are to also have a nice cozy fire and a glass of wine. I will be quite content.

I’ve been fairly busy with the business this month. Yahoo! Perhaps it is getting off the ground at last. I certainly hope it continues. I am very grateful! Thank you, God! And Thank You to those of you who have me on your prayer list.

att13379411.jpgI got this lovely picture in an email so I don’t know where it came from. Isn’t it a great way to start a weekend?

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Jan 24 2008

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Thursday Thirteen #2 – 13 Things My Cats Nap On

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2nd Edition

13 Things My Cats Nap On

  1. The throw at the end of my bed. If there’s a blanket, throw, quilt, etc. at the end of the bed, that’s where they will be. There’s sometimes not room enough for me on the bed. It’s not widely known, but cats get bigified while sleeping.
  2. Spare Bedroom bed, same thing as above except that there’s an entire extra king size quilt at the end of the bed. It’s intended for guests should they need an extra blanket. The cats are most appreciative.
  3. My desk, while I’m using it. They also block my monitor at every available opportunity.
  4. The couch. On the remote. And not at the end of the couch. No, no, no. It must be in the middle so nobody will think of disturbing them.
  5. The piano. The bench if someone takes out sheet music.
  6. The patio chairs, in the shade. Oh, as long as you’re going inside, would you mind bringing them back a nice cool glass of water?
  7. Window sills are a favorite spot. They will lay on them for hours watching the world go by. If you happen to forget to open the blinds, they will remind you.
  8. The coffee table. It’s especially enticing to them if I happen to want to light my candles.
  9. In the bushes out front. I’m not sure they’re actually sleeping there. It may be that they’re just hiding on their intended prey.
  10. On top of my freezer in the garage, which also serves as a handy bridge to the garage door tracks.
  11. Any open drawer. Just turn your back for a second to grab some clean clothes out of the laundry basket. Even if they were outside when you turned to grab the clothes, they’ll be in the drawer once your hands are full of clothes.
  12. The laundry basket. It lives in my closet and whenever they see the closet door open, they jump into the laundry basket.
  13. In my lap. This is one of my excuses the main reasons some of my chores remain undone. I am the Lap Lady, and I am on duty 24/7 at the pleasure of my cats.

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Jan 23 2008

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Wordless Wednesday – Good Grooming

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Jan 22 2008

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Social Stagnation

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Yesterday was Martin Luther King, Jr Day. It has been nearly 40 years since he was assassinated.

If he were allowed to come back and speak to us today, what would he say? How has Society done as far as turning his Dream into a reality? How wisely has Society used these 40 years?

I would surely like to hear that speech.

Honestly, I don’t think he’d be pleased. In his Letter from Birmingham Jail, he referred to Time as being neutral. He said that Time could be used destructively or constructively, and that without effort and hard work, Time becomes an ally of “Social Stagnation”.

Oops.

Society may have left segregation in the past, but prejudice, discrimination, bias and bigotry still rear their ugly heads every day in every corner of the world. The major difference is that it’s no longer burning crosses and the Ku Klux Klan; now it’s Smart Bombs, IED’s and the Taliban. And guess what? It just doesn’t matter to them what the color of our skin is, or what our religion may be. They want to kill all Americans and our allies.

History is replete with examples of predjudice, bias, and bigotry; a people assuming that their race or religion was superior to another. It is Timeless. Yet we still haven’t learned the lesson.

Dr. King also said that Time is always ripe to do right. I hope we still have Time.

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Jan 21 2008

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Journey of Revenge

Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.

–Confucius
 

53453532_greeneyes.jpgRevenge and Jealousy. They’re kinda family, like evil step-sisters, aren’t they? Equally self-destructive while at the same time equally destructive to the intended object?

I’m a lover, not a fighter, so I’ve never been able to get my mind around the whole ‘let me punch someone in the face’ thing, or ‘gee, I think he likes her better than me’ thing. In my opinion Revenge & Jealousy speak more about the person displaying these emotions (fear, low self-esteem, insecurity etc.) and don’t necessarily say anything about the object of the Revenge or Jealousy.

When I was in junior high I received a phone call from a girl I barely knew who “called me out” . She wanted to meet me at a certain location at a specified time to fight for the affections of my boyfriend. I laughed at her, mostly because I thought she was kidding. I told her if she wanted him that bad, she could have him. She got mad! So I told her that the way I saw it, if he didn’t want to be with me, what possible purpose would the fighting serve? She also wasn’t pleased with that.

When I hung up the phone, my mother asked nine million questions and was very upset that I might actually show up for the fight. But that’s a whole other story.

The girl? She was mad at me for weeks. We went on to become good friends and remained friends through high school until we both got married and life happened.

The Boyfriend? I married him. And divorced him.

Rats. I should’ve insisted that she take him.

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Feb 01 2008

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Finally Friday

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Was it really Sunday since I last posted? My, my. Well, I have been kept rather busy by my business (yeah!) and was distracted by all the political activities. I haven’t had a normal night’s sleep all week.

  • The State of the Union Address sounded… boring.
  • Florida Primaries… boring. They imposed a silly slap on the wrist which in the end means nothing; the delegate votes will be awarded. It’s like a Time-Out.
  • Republican debate… fell asleep before it started, and I really was looking forward to that debate.
  • Last night’s Democratic debate… boring. Sounded like a mutual admiration society, more like the Democratic Ticket/Running Mates than a debate. Did anyone hear something that actually distinguished one candidate from the other? I must’ve missed that part.

And yet, I lost sleep over them. Something as important as choosing our next President should be more empowering and uplifting, don’t you think?

My nephew & his sweet wife were supposed to close yesterday on their first home, but didn’t. A minor glitch caused the closing to be rescheduled for Monday. They are very upset about it, but it is their first house and they had such high expectations. Ah, youth!

img_0120_web.JPGThis week we had 8 loads of dirt brought in to The Swamp. My office is located on a lovely 2 acre lot overlooking The Swamp, replete with all sorts of fowl, snakes, beavers and raccoons. We have had some puddle issues and it needed to be graded so that the water ran off into the Swamp. The neighbor’s cat Feather, my official Office Mascot everyday, was not amused. She growled at the men and their machines. She clearly did not appreciate them invading her turf. It was quite loud at times, but interesting to watch when I could take a break.

But, It’s Finally Friday! And Super Bowl Sunday is just 2 days away!

Go Pats!

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  1. tommieon 01 Feb 2008 at 10:49 pm 1

    How sad that the only reason I watch the Super Bowl is for the commercials!

  2. amydeanneon 02 Feb 2008 at 8:52 am 2

    what a neat blog you have! and hehe wine thirty is quite ingenious! lol Thanks for posting on my blog!
    super bowl.. i’m afraid I haven’t watched it in years… watched enough football when I was in school to be well filled until my boys play lol..

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Jan 16 2008

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Introducing: SisterDear3

I have convinced my lovely SisterDear3 to be a Guest Contributor to the WillThink4Wine blog.

Just let me tell you just a little bit about her. Basically, she is every psychiatrist’s dream! Her immediate family (1 hubby, 1 mother-in-law and 4 children) collectively have practically every mental health diagnosis on the planet, and few that perhaps don’t yet have a label. It is never dull at her house.

She sails through each day, replete with turbulent mood swings and various psychoses, with more love, patience, faith and grace than any one person should be blessed with. Mostly, I believe it’s her sense of humor that usually carries her through.

I hope you will enjoy her occasional posts. She cracks me up. Pardon the pun.

She also likes wine and is much too busy to be bothered with hitting the Enter key.

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Jan 16 2008

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The Guest Is In The House!

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Guest Contributor: SisterDear3

Hello and thanks for the invite! I am still waiting for my marvelous number one child to bless me with her presence. I really get so perturbed when people are late! I just got a call from Kevin’s school nurse. He showed up in her office and told her he was wheezing. Imagine that, he decided he was not going to stay in school today! He actually will panic if there is anything wrong with him. She checked him out and decided he was only panicking and sent him merrily, merrily, merrily, gently back to class. We are also supposed to visit Nancy after the hair appointment so she can see her before going back to school. It’s not looking good time-wise! I have to be back for Kevins’ bus at 2. Nancy by the way has rebounded well. Jim says her middle name should be Phoenix! Well now, If daughterdear would only get here, we could be merrily on our way! #3

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Jan 16 2008

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If I want my dreams to come true, I musn’t oversleep

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I apologise for the fuzziness of this “flashback” photo. It was taken in May 2004 with a particularly nasty camera which thankfully, I no longer have.

This photo shows my cat Gandalf (back row) and his 2 litter mates, Boo Boo (left) and Sarah (right). They loved this one shelf of that condo! They were only about 3-4 weeks old in this photo. It was not long after this that the three of them no longer all fit on one shelf.

The kittens did three things exceptionally well; they ate like piranhas, played hard and power napped!

They were a breath of sunshine. At the time I had had my Pekes for 14-15 years. I had just lost my baby boy Ching (right) and was about to lose my little girl Sha Na (left).


I thought I was rescuing them, but Gandalf and Grayson came into my life to help me say goodbye to Sha Na & Ching. As it turned out, it was the cats that rescued me!

The kittens have grown up. The cats don’t eat as ravenously and they aren’t playful as kittens, but they still power nap!

We could all take a lesson from the wise cats.

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Jan 15 2008

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Some Days

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Some days, you’re flying high!

And some days, you’re the Statue.

“Far Out”, just one of the incredible Sculptures by Artist J. Seward Johnson

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Jan 14 2008

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My Bucket List

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I have been inspired once more by Sydney. And so I begin My Bucket List. These are no particular order, simply as they spring to mind. I will keep this list in my anchored pages so that I can update it. I haven’t seen this movie yet, and am very much looking forward to it :-)

Before I “Kick The Bucket” I want to:

  1. Marry the love of my life and live happily ever after. I imagine feeling completely content and utterly safe with him, listening to music, sampling wines, reading, watching sappy old movies all while snuggling up in front of a cozy fire.
  2. Dance to All I Ask of You at my wedding.
  3. Spend a month in Tuscany in a lovely Villa with a fireplace and a pool. I want it to be overlooking a vineyard on one side, and Cypress trees, Poppy fields and Olive trees on the other. I want to spend my days exploring ancient Rome and local marketplaces while sipping wine and sampling all the fabulous food only the local Italians can offer.
  4. Pay off my mortgage and finally and forever be completely debt-free. While I have never imagined myself being wealthy, and have no non-secured debt, this is my idea of true wealth.
  5. Learn to relax, as thoroughly and luxuriously as my cats do every day of their nine lives.
  6. Learn to play the piano.
  7. Own a second home in New England so as often as I wished I could spend as much time with my sisters as I would like.
  8. See the Pyramids.
  9. See the triumphant return of Jesus. I can’t explain it, but since I was a little girl, I have always felt that I would be alive when that happens. I felt this way long before I knew what being saved was. I am an avid reader of biblical prophesy. Unfortunately, my brain is too small to hold the enormity of it and my memory is such that I retain very little of it. Of course, I know I am in good company! I read the Left Behind series in great anticipation of reading another person’s concept of what that magnificent event will be like.
  10. Know that everybody I love is saved and will spend all eternity free of pain and tears.
  11. Spend a Christmas at a ski lodge in Vermont, not unlike the firepit scene with Bob Wallace & Betty Haynes from White Christmas. I am originally from New England and have never been to Vermont! I have always imagined it to be at it’s most splendid during Christmas.
  12. Attend a Placido Domingo concert while he is still in glorious voice.
  13. Attend a Andrea Bocelli concert, in Italy.
  14. Reach my ideal body weight and be in excellent health.
  15. Watch the sunset on an uncrowded beach in St. Maarten with my only love.
  16. See The Phantom of the Opera in London, enjoy a pint at the pub, visit Stonehenge and walk across the crosswalk on Abbey Road.
  17. Spend at least a week in Greece.
  18. Encourage my parents to check off as many items from their Bucket List while they both enjoy strong body, mind and spirit.

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Jan 13 2008

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Choice and Consequence

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Sometimes, revelations come to me when I am trying to help someone else understand something. I’ve discovered that mostly, I ask questions and let people discover the answers for themselves, rather than give answers they wouldn’t accept anyway. I have observed that the words taste sweeter when they’ve come from their own mouths.

Jen is the daughter I never had. I have been in her life from the day she was born. I treasure every second I get to spend with her. My life is richer because of what I have hoped for her. I have always tried to teach her good life lessons, through word and deed. I encourage her to think things through so that she can make wise choices. Ask her how many times she’s heard me say Well, he/she didn’t choose wisely, did he/she? and she will laugh and roll her eyes.

When Jen was about 11 years old, she came to me very upset about something that happened to her brother. She told me that he had been unfairly kicked off his baseball team just before they went to the state finals. The officials had discovered he had used an address other than his own to be placed on a team he preferred rather than the team in his district. She was going on and on about how unfair the officials were being to her brother and the team, that the team needed their star catcher and that she would never, ever go to another game. So I asked her some simple questions. Did her father and brother understand the rules? Yes. And understanding those rules, did they choose to disregard them and purposefully enter a false address on the application so that Dan could play on the team he wanted to play on? Yes. So, who is responsible for the consequence of sending his team to the finals without their star catcher and letting down the entire team? Well, I guess Dan and Dad.

I have a 20 year old niece who is extremely intelligent and active in sports. She is also Bipolar.

About 2 weeks into her first semester at U-Mass, she called me to tell me that she was dropping out. She was in a hypomanic state. Generally, whenever she calls me in this state, I just listen. Considering that she is speed-talking, this course of action is also the easiest! When she took a breath and asked if I was still there I answered, Yes, I am playing the part of the listener to your speaker, the part of the conversation equation that you are all too unfamiliar with. She laughs, and asks me what I think. I asked her Have you thought through this decision to it’s logical conclusion? What consequences will come as a result of this choice? Would this choice help you to achieve the goals you have set for yourself? Can you be at peace with those consequences? She asserts that this is her life and therefore her choice. I replied Absolutely. But do you understand that when you are the one making the choice, you also own the consequence? That’s the double-edged sword of being an adult and making grown up choices. It’s like The Oklahoma Warranty – If it breaks into 2 parts, you own them both. She told me that she thought that I made some good points, but there are always extenuating circumstances. I know her well enough to know that in her mind she has already begun concocting a plan to lay the blame elsewhere: her parents, other students, the instructors, the courses, the text books… She has never been one to accept blame for anything – it is always Someone Else’s fault. I headed her off at the pass. I told her If you choose to quit college, I respect your choice. She thanked me for my support. She thanked me for respecting her. Then I told her I also expect that you will accept full responsibility if it turns out that you’ll be flipping burgers at Wendy’s rather than writing the next great novel or screenplay. She starts her next semester at the end of the month. However, I fully expect to repeat this conversation next semester. She’s stubborn, this one. :-)

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Jan 11 2008

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Just for laughs

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Because sometimes I really need one of these. I hope his head doesn’t explode.

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Jan 18 2008

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Cuteness Revisited

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Jan 18 2008

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Daily Chuck-a-like

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OK, so let me see if I understand the premise…
Heather hold treats & props over CoCo & Chuck’s heads until they turn their heads a certain way, and then she snaps the photo? OK, got it. What? Oh please, if a dog can do it…

There. What? The other way? Fine.

There. Happy? Now give me that camera so I can go take my night nap.

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Jan 18 2008

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I miss George

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I used to live in beautiful Lakeland, FL.

Lakeland is a wonderful city. It’s just about right… not so small that you don’t have all the amenities of a big city, but not so big that you have all the horrors of a really big city (crime, traffic, etc.). Although, when I left nearly 2 years ago, it had crossed the imaginary line in my head for “too big for me”. When I first moved to Lakeland it had under 50,000 residents. It is now over 90,000. I actually had to put on my turn signal to turn into my own driveway or risk being rear-ended.

Lakeland is located nearly in the center of the state and midway between Tampa & Orlando. It is the lightning capital of the US. As its’ name implies, it has many beautiful lakes. Two of my favorites, where I spent many evenings under the stars, are Lake Mirror and Lake Morton. Lakeland has also lots to offer in the way of Arts & Entertainment, including a marvelous Symphony Orchestra, Museums and great dining.

During my 15 years living in Lakeland, the city hired professionals to totally revitalize the downtown area. It is a marvelous place to eat, shop, enjoy the parks or just stroll the sidewalks and many outdoor Bistros.

But what I really miss about Lakeland is George. George was my “go-to guy” for wine.

There is a tiny wine store tucked away in an old plaza on the southside. It is there that you will find Vintage Wine Cellars, and it is there that you will find George.

I am a member of the Wine Taster’s Guild, or I was. Since moving to Georgia I have not found a wine store who offers Wine Pairings or even Wine Tastings, never mind Taster’s Guild membership. To my utter amazement, when I received my first membership card in the mail I discovered that Bronson Mela, the then esteemed owner of Vintage Wine Cellars, had the dubious distinction of being Chapter #001 of the Taster’s Guild. (Don’t I have fancy pants now, eh?) And as brilliant as Bronson was when it came to really knowing wine, George knew my preferences. Bronson mentored George well over the years; George is no wine slouch, either.

The most wonderful thing I love about George? All I had to do was call George and ask him to mix me a case. Presto! An hour later I’m watching George load the wine into my car – Thoughtfully hand picked just for me, packed in a case and my credit card billed; all by George. Seriously, how cool is that? Never once was I disappointed in George’s choices for me. He really understood the types of wines I especially enjoy.

I may have to take a drive to Lakeland again soon. I feel the need to reconnect with some dear friends. But, George, I miss you most of all! And George, my Spiegelau Vino Grande no longer runneth over. It is empty. Salute.

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Jan 27 2008

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Creature Comforts

Creature Comforts – cats have this one nailed down, don’t they?
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Well, yesterday the humans in the Yellow House gave the cats a run for their catnip.

MotherDear made a fabulous Roast Chicken dinner, with all the fixings. We had some friends over for supper who brought a 3-layer German Chocolate Cake for dessert. We sat by a magnificent crackling fire, built by Dad. As if more ambiance were needed, we also enjoyed a nice glass of wine with a sax CD softly playing in the background.

It was a day full of Creature Comforts! A perfect way to spend a cold, rainy day.

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Jan 26 2008

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PhotoHunt: Old-Fashioned

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photohunter7iq.pngI really love old photographs so I thought I’d try this Meme.

My Dad was in the Air Force during the Korean War. This is Dad in front of one of many planes he adores. I adore my Dad!

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And this is Dad’s 8 Track player. It also plays records and cassettes. Oh yeah, Dad still plays his 8 Tracks.

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Jan 25 2008

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Finally Friday

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Well, it’s Finally Friday!

And it’s pizza night. MotherDear is playing Bingo with the Biddies.  Dad and I are going over to A&B’s for Pizza! I believe the plans are to also have a nice cozy fire and a glass of wine. I will be quite content.

I’ve been fairly busy with the business this month. Yahoo! Perhaps it is getting off the ground at last. I certainly hope it continues. I am very grateful! Thank you, God! And Thank You to those of you who have me on your prayer list.

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Jan 24 2008

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Thursday Thirteen #2 – 13 Things My Cats Nap On

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2nd Edition

13 Things My Cats Nap On

  1. The throw at the end of my bed. If there’s a blanket, throw, quilt, etc. at the end of the bed, that’s where they will be. There’s sometimes not room enough for me on the bed. It’s not widely known, but cats get bigified while sleeping.
  2. Spare Bedroom bed, same thing as above except that there’s an entire extra king size quilt at the end of the bed. It’s intended for guests should they need an extra blanket. The cats are most appreciative.
  3. My desk, while I’m using it. They also block my monitor at every available opportunity.
  4. The couch. On the remote. And not at the end of the couch. No, no, no. It must be in the middle so nobody will think of disturbing them.
  5. The piano. The bench if someone takes out sheet music.
  6. The patio chairs, in the shade. Oh, as long as you’re going inside, would you mind bringing them back a nice cool glass of water?
  7. Window sills are a favorite spot. They will lay on them for hours watching the world go by. If you happen to forget to open the blinds, they will remind you.
  8. The coffee table. It’s especially enticing to them if I happen to want to light my candles.
  9. In the bushes out front. I’m not sure they’re actually sleeping there. It may be that they’re just hiding on their intended prey.
  10. On top of my freezer in the garage, which also serves as a handy bridge to the garage door tracks.
  11. Any open drawer. Just turn your back for a second to grab some clean clothes out of the laundry basket. Even if they were outside when you turned to grab the clothes, they’ll be in the drawer once your hands are full of clothes.
  12. The laundry basket. It lives in my closet and whenever they see the closet door open, they jump into the laundry basket.
  13. In my lap. This is one of my excuses the main reasons some of my chores remain undone. I am the Lap Lady, and I am on duty 24/7 at the pleasure of my cats.

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Jan 23 2008

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Wordless Wednesday – Good Grooming

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Jan 22 2008

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Social Stagnation

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Yesterday was Martin Luther King, Jr Day. It has been nearly 40 years since he was assassinated.

If he were allowed to come back and speak to us today, what would he say? How has Society done as far as turning his Dream into a reality? How wisely has Society used these 40 years?

I would surely like to hear that speech.

Honestly, I don’t think he’d be pleased. In his Letter from Birmingham Jail, he referred to Time as being neutral. He said that Time could be used destructively or constructively, and that without effort and hard work, Time becomes an ally of “Social Stagnation”.

Oops.

Society may have left segregation in the past, but prejudice, discrimination, bias and bigotry still rear their ugly heads every day in every corner of the world. The major difference is that it’s no longer burning crosses and the Ku Klux Klan; now it’s Smart Bombs, IED’s and the Taliban. And guess what? It just doesn’t matter to them what the color of our skin is, or what our religion may be. They want to kill all Americans and our allies.

History is replete with examples of predjudice, bias, and bigotry; a people assuming that their race or religion was superior to another. It is Timeless. Yet we still haven’t learned the lesson.

Dr. King also said that Time is always ripe to do right. I hope we still have Time.

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Jan 21 2008

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Journey of Revenge

Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.

–Confucius
 

53453532_greeneyes.jpgRevenge and Jealousy. They’re kinda family, like evil step-sisters, aren’t they? Equally self-destructive while at the same time equally destructive to the intended object?

I’m a lover, not a fighter, so I’ve never been able to get my mind around the whole ‘let me punch someone in the face’ thing, or ‘gee, I think he likes her better than me’ thing. In my opinion Revenge & Jealousy speak more about the person displaying these emotions (fear, low self-esteem, insecurity etc.) and don’t necessarily say anything about the object of the Revenge or Jealousy.

When I was in junior high I received a phone call from a girl I barely knew who “called me out” . She wanted to meet me at a certain location at a specified time to fight for the affections of my boyfriend. I laughed at her, mostly because I thought she was kidding. I told her if she wanted him that bad, she could have him. She got mad! So I told her that the way I saw it, if he didn’t want to be with me, what possible purpose would the fighting serve? She also wasn’t pleased with that.

When I hung up the phone, my mother asked nine million questions and was very upset that I might actually show up for the fight. But that’s a whole other story.

The girl? She was mad at me for weeks. We went on to become good friends and remained friends through high school until we both got married and life happened.

The Boyfriend? I married him. And divorced him.

Rats. I should’ve insisted that she take him.

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Jan 23 2008

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Wordless Wednesday – Good Grooming

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  1. Heidion 23 Jan 2008 at 4:44 pm 1

    OH, look at the lovers!! So sweet, I just want to jump into the photo and pet their beautiful fur.

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Jan 25 2008

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Finally Friday

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Well, it’s Finally Friday!

And it’s pizza night. MotherDear is playing Bingo with the Biddies.  Dad and I are going over to A&B’s for Pizza! I believe the plans are to also have a nice cozy fire and a glass of wine. I will be quite content.

I’ve been fairly busy with the business this month. Yahoo! Perhaps it is getting off the ground at last. I certainly hope it continues. I am very grateful! Thank you, God! And Thank You to those of you who have me on your prayer list.

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