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Jan 20 2008

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Goodbye Andy

The Internet never ceases to amaze me. Truly. You start typing in your own little corner of the world and before you know it, a few clicks later you are flung all around the world. Amazing.

sam-and-frodo.jpgSam:

If I take one more step, it’ll be the farthest away from home I’ve ever been.

Frodo:

Come on Sam. Remember what Bilbo used to say: ‘It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.’

 

This morning my journey brought me to somewhere and someone quite remarkable. I started off reading a blog on the Bipolar Net Ring, which took me to Boston, Maine, Colorado, and Iraq. I followed Maj. Andrew Olmsted.

Andy was the first US soldier killed in 2008. The first post I read was Andy’s last. He asked a friend to post it in the event of his death. It’s quite long and totally worth your time.

I wish I had known Andy. I ache for the grief his wife Amanda is suffering now. It makes me cry for all the family and friends of every soldier who has served or has ever fallen.

It makes the rhetoric the polititians throw about seem all the more pale and callous.

Hello, Andy. Thank you for serving your country.

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Jan 20 2008

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Stormy Weather

Filed under Thought for the Day

I don’t know how many of you actually remember Black & White TV and great old movies like this, but I saw this on A Gentleman’s Domain and it is four minutes and 41 seconds of pure brilliance!

Cab Calloway’s skat intros the The Nicholas Brothers‘ amazing tap performance in a phenomenal scene from the movie Stormy Weather. Fred Astaire once called this performance “the greatest dance number ever filmed.”

It’s not widely known, but when I was much, much younger I took 8 years of dance. I could totally still do this, but I’d require a stage with twin staircases, an orchestra, a great partner, and various other props.

Hi-De-Ho!

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Jan 19 2008

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WillThink4Wine.com

Filed under Wine

I finally did it. I moved my blog to it’s own domain!

I’ve authored my own commercial website for about 10 years now, so I wasn’t expecting as many stumbling blocks as I encountered. It took quite some time to find a Theme I was happy with (hopefully, I won’t hate this in a day or two). I also struggled with blogging software, installation issues and finding what I hope is the right Host.

The two things that have amazed me the most though is the difference between WordPress.com blogs and WordPress.org blogging, and how much my brain freezes when I switch back and forth between the Blogger blogs and the WordPress blogs.

Thank Goodness my cats are here with me, helping to keep me straight!

So. Welcome to WillThink4Wine.com!

Sit. Stay. Good Blogger. 

Cheers.

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Jan 19 2008

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SisterDear3’s Bucket List

Filed under Lists, Sisters

My bucket floweth over. So you have inspired me!

  1. Clean out this house so there is room to live!
  2. Go back to work. Twenty years is a long time!
  3. Write “The Mother Book”, that everyone’s mother on the planet has always said they could write
  4. Remember to use the enter button!
  5. Stop each day to enjoy my children
  6. Lose the extra twenty-five pounds I’ve gained
  7. Try and stop being so over-protective with my kids
  8. Visit my favorite childhood spot
  9. Go on a romantic vacation with Jim
  10. Become more avid at using the computer
  11. Become more confrontational (In a good way)!
  12. Read more books, than newspapers
  13. Take the twins to Disney
  14. Take up sewing again
  15. Save money
  16. Cook healthier meals
  17. Find the time to cook healthier meals
  18. Find a little “me time” each day
  19. Conquer my fear of flying
  20. Take a cruise with my husband and sisters!
  21. Visit a tropical resort with white sand and a cabana on the beach and have a hunk bring my drinks
  22. Own a “Brand New” car (something sporty but functional). Tan!
  23. Find a crystal ball so I can see Thomas’ future
  24. See my daughter graduate from college and be happy with her life
  25. Dance with my son Jack to Chuck Mangione’s “Bellavia” on his wedding day. It was playing on the night he was born.

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Jan 18 2008

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I miss George

Filed under Simple Pleasures, Wine

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 17 2008

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Thursday Thirteen #1 – 13 Things I hope to accomplish in 2008

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Thirteen Things about WillThink4Wine

    1st Edition

  1. Grow my new business to the point where I can once again have disposable income. Oooh. That would be lovely :-)

  2. Discover a better wine store

  3. Get a puppy (I probably won’t, so don’t tell anyone, especially my mother or my cats)

  4. Change the lock on my front door, because MotherDear has trouble with it

  5. Start eating healthier again

  6. Paint my Yellow house a color that is not Yellow

  7. Fly up to see Mike & Danielle’s 1st home and attend the 1st Official Mike & Danielle 4th of July BBQ

  8. Paint my kitchen

  9. Attend a Symphony

  10. Remember to have my septic tank pumped

  11. Figure out how to stop my Investment Portfolio from hemorrhaging cash

  12. Spend a Sister Weekend with my 3 sisters

  13. Gather my entire family together for new Family Portraits

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others’ comments. It’s easy, and fun! Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

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Jan 16 2008

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wut fish?

Filed under Autism

Guest Contributor: SisterDear3

On another note, Fisherman Thomas, yes, that is the career of the week, decided that he wanted to put his goldfish ”Dorothy”, in her very own bowl. He also decided that all of Kevin’s fish should live together as a “Family”.

So, somewhere around 3 am, he found another bowl, reached in and fished out poor Dorothy, who safely made it into her very own home. He then took the other two fish from his bowl and attempted to create a fish family for Kevin. I woke up at this point and put him back to bed.

In the morning, Kevin’s large white goldfish “Fred”, was not in the bowl. I asked Thomas where he was, he said, “Is he in the toilet?”

Poor Fred.

Later that day, while I was lying on the couch, Keven bent over and said, “What’s this?” Yes, it was indeed poor Fred. We then gave him a proper goldfish sendoff to fish heaven.

Oh well, I wonder what next weeks career will be?
funny pictures
moar funny pictures

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WillThink4Wine » Goodbye Andy

Jan 20 2008

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Goodbye Andy

Posted at 6:34 am under Support Our Troops, Thought for the Day

The Internet never ceases to amaze me. Truly. You start typing in your own little corner of the world and before you know it, a few clicks later you are flung all around the world. Amazing.

sam-and-frodo.jpgSam:

If I take one more step, it’ll be the farthest away from home I’ve ever been.

Frodo:

Come on Sam. Remember what Bilbo used to say: ‘It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.’

 

This morning my journey brought me to somewhere and someone quite remarkable. I started off reading a blog on the Bipolar Net Ring, which took me to Boston, Maine, Colorado, and Iraq. I followed Maj. Andrew Olmsted.

Andy was the first US soldier killed in 2008. The first post I read was Andy’s last. He asked a friend to post it in the event of his death. It’s quite long and totally worth your time.

I wish I had known Andy. I ache for the grief his wife Amanda is suffering now. It makes me cry for all the family and friends of every soldier who has served or has ever fallen.

It makes the rhetoric the polititians throw about seem all the more pale and callous.

Hello, Andy. Thank you for serving your country.

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Jan 20 2008

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Stormy Weather

Posted at 5:34 am under Thought for the Day

I don’t know how many of you actually remember Black & White TV and great old movies like this, but I saw this on A Gentleman’s Domain and it is four minutes and 41 seconds of pure brilliance!

Cab Calloway’s skat intros the The Nicholas Brothers‘ amazing tap performance in a phenomenal scene from the movie Stormy Weather. Fred Astaire once called this performance “the greatest dance number ever filmed.”

It’s not widely known, but when I was much, much younger I took 8 years of dance. I could totally still do this, but I’d require a stage with twin staircases, an orchestra, a great partner, and various other props.

Hi-De-Ho!

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WillThink4Wine » Social Stagnation

Jan 22 2008

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Social Stagnation

Posted at 5:01 am under Thought for the Day

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 19 2008

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Posted at 7:00 am under WillThink4Wine, Wine

I’ve taken the plunge and moved to the new website.

Come. Sit. Stay a while.

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  1. gmcountrymamaon 20 Jan 2008 at 7:12 pm 1

    I visited your new site but I couldn’t figure out how to comment. It told me I had to log in but it didn’t show me how to sign up in the first place. I will probably figure it out eventually.
    Nice tribute post, so sad.

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Jan 19 2008

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Posted at 7:00 am under Wine

I finally did it. I moved my blog to it’s own domain!

I’ve authored my own commercial website for about 10 years now, so I wasn’t expecting as many stumbling blocks as I encountered. It took quite some time to find a Theme I was happy with (hopefully, I won’t hate this in a day or two). I also struggled with blogging software, installation issues and finding what I hope is the right Host.

The two things that have amazed me the most though is the difference between WordPress.com blogs and WordPress.org blogging, and how much my brain freezes when I switch back and forth between the Blogger blogs and the WordPress blogs.

Thank Goodness my cats are here with me, helping to keep me straight!

So. Welcome to WillThink4Wine.com!

Sit. Stay. Good Blogger. 

Cheers.

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WillThink4Wine » I miss George

Jan 18 2008

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I miss George

Posted at 12:19 am under Simple Pleasures, Wine

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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WillThink4Wine » SisterDear3’s Bucket List

Jan 19 2008

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SisterDear3’s Bucket List

Posted at 6:21 am under Lists, Sisters

My bucket floweth over. So you have inspired me!

  1. Clean out this house so there is room to live!
  2. Go back to work. Twenty years is a long time!
  3. Write “The Mother Book”, that everyone’s mother on the planet has always said they could write
  4. Remember to use the enter button!
  5. Stop each day to enjoy my children
  6. Lose the extra twenty-five pounds I’ve gained
  7. Try and stop being so over-protective with my kids
  8. Visit my favorite childhood spot
  9. Go on a romantic vacation with Jim
  10. Become more avid at using the computer
  11. Become more confrontational (In a good way)!
  12. Read more books, than newspapers
  13. Take the twins to Disney
  14. Take up sewing again
  15. Save money
  16. Cook healthier meals
  17. Find the time to cook healthier meals
  18. Find a little “me time” each day
  19. Conquer my fear of flying
  20. Take a cruise with my husband and sisters!
  21. Visit a tropical resort with white sand and a cabana on the beach and have a hunk bring my drinks
  22. Own a “Brand New” car (something sporty but functional). Tan!
  23. Find a crystal ball so I can see Thomas’ future
  24. See my daughter graduate from college and be happy with her life
  25. Dance with my son Jack to Chuck Mangione’s “Bellavia” on his wedding day. It was playing on the night he was born.

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WillThink4Wine » wut fish?

Jan 16 2008

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wut fish?

Posted at 7:46 pm under Autism

Guest Contributor: SisterDear3

On another note, Fisherman Thomas, yes, that is the career of the week, decided that he wanted to put his goldfish ”Dorothy”, in her very own bowl. He also decided that all of Kevin’s fish should live together as a “Family”.

So, somewhere around 3 am, he found another bowl, reached in and fished out poor Dorothy, who safely made it into her very own home. He then took the other two fish from his bowl and attempted to create a fish family for Kevin. I woke up at this point and put him back to bed.

In the morning, Kevin’s large white goldfish “Fred”, was not in the bowl. I asked Thomas where he was, he said, “Is he in the toilet?”

Poor Fred.

Later that day, while I was lying on the couch, Keven bent over and said, “What’s this?” Yes, it was indeed poor Fred. We then gave him a proper goldfish sendoff to fish heaven.

Oh well, I wonder what next weeks career will be?
funny pictures
moar funny pictures

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WillThink4Wine » Thursday Thirteen #1 – 13 Things I hope to accomplish in 2008

Jan 17 2008

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Thursday Thirteen #1 – 13 Things I hope to accomplish in 2008

Posted at 7:22 am under Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Things about WillThink4Wine

    1st Edition

  1. Grow my new business to the point where I can once again have disposable income. Oooh. That would be lovely :-)
  2. Discover a better wine store
  3. Get a puppy (I probably won’t, so don’t tell anyone, especially my mother or my cats)
  4. Change the lock on my front door, because MotherDear has trouble with it
  5. Start eating healthier again
  6. Paint my Yellow house a color that is not Yellow
  7. Fly up to see Mike & Danielle’s 1st home and attend the 1st Official Mike & Danielle 4th of July BBQ
  8. Paint my kitchen
  9. Attend a Symphony
  10. Remember to have my septic tank pumped
  11. Figure out how to stop my Investment Portfolio from hemorrhaging cash
  12. Spend a Sister Weekend with my 3 sisters
  13. Gather my entire family together for new Family Portraits

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others’ comments. It’s easy, and fun! Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

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  1. suchsimplepleasureson 17 Jan 2008 at 8:22 am 1

    good luck accomplishing those things!
    have a terrific tt!

  2. fullbodytransplanton 17 Jan 2008 at 9:17 am 2

    I love painting, you have some big fun ahead. Good luck!

  3. Lori’s Light Extemporaneaon 17 Jan 2008 at 2:21 pm 3

    Congrats on doing your first TT! I hope you do everything on your list and even more in 2008!

  4. Penelope Anneon 17 Jan 2008 at 2:25 pm 4

    Welcome to Thursday Thirteen, good luck with accomplishing all, but especially number 1.
    Hope you will make the rounds and get to know the rest of us silly T13ers.
    Peace, love, and Mama Bear hugs,

  5. Tiffanyon 17 Jan 2008 at 4:44 pm 5

    Thank you for your comment on my Thursday 13 Post. I am sorry for your lost as well.

  6. emeraldcityguyon 17 Jan 2008 at 5:22 pm 6

    Great list! We just did a family portrait at xmas – it was a complicated zoo to do it, but great to have it! Thanks for stopping by my TT.

  7. SisterDear3on 17 Jan 2008 at 8:00 pm 7

    Yeah sisters weekend!

    This is a can do! Will do! Love you! #3

  8. Nicholason 18 Jan 2008 at 2:22 am 8

    I hope you manage to do them all, especially #10!

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WillThink4Wine » Thursday Thirteen #1 – 13 Things I hope to accomplish in 2008

Jan 17 2008

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Thursday Thirteen #1 – 13 Things I hope to accomplish in 2008

Posted at 7:22 am under Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Things about WillThink4Wine

    1st Edition

  1. Grow my new business to the point where I can once again have disposable income. Oooh. That would be lovely :-)

  2. Discover a better wine store

  3. Get a puppy (I probably won’t, so don’t tell anyone, especially my mother or my cats)

  4. Change the lock on my front door, because MotherDear has trouble with it

  5. Start eating healthier again

  6. Paint my Yellow house a color that is not Yellow

  7. Fly up to see Mike & Danielle’s 1st home and attend the 1st Official Mike & Danielle 4th of July BBQ

  8. Paint my kitchen

  9. Attend a Symphony

  10. Remember to have my septic tank pumped

  11. Figure out how to stop my Investment Portfolio from hemorrhaging cash

  12. Spend a Sister Weekend with my 3 sisters

  13. Gather my entire family together for new Family Portraits

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others’ comments. It’s easy, and fun! Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

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8 Witty Remarks to “Thursday Thirteen #1 – 13 Things I hope to accomplish in 2008”

  1. suchsimplepleasureson 17 Jan 2008 at 8:22 am 1

    good luck accomplishing those things!
    have a terrific tt!

  2. fullbodytransplanton 17 Jan 2008 at 9:17 am 2

    I love painting, you have some big fun ahead. Good luck!

  3. Lori’s Light Extemporaneaon 17 Jan 2008 at 2:21 pm 3

    Congrats on doing your first TT! I hope you do everything on your list and even more in 2008!

  4. Penelope Anneon 17 Jan 2008 at 2:25 pm 4

    Welcome to Thursday Thirteen, good luck with accomplishing all, but especially number 1.
    Hope you will make the rounds and get to know the rest of us silly T13ers.
    Peace, love, and Mama Bear hugs,

  5. Tiffanyon 17 Jan 2008 at 4:44 pm 5

    Thank you for your comment on my Thursday 13 Post. I am sorry for your lost as well.

  6. emeraldcityguyon 17 Jan 2008 at 5:22 pm 6

    Great list! We just did a family portrait at xmas – it was a complicated zoo to do it, but great to have it! Thanks for stopping by my TT.

  7. SisterDear3on 17 Jan 2008 at 8:00 pm 7

    Yeah sisters weekend!

    This is a can do! Will do! Love you! #3

  8. Nicholason 18 Jan 2008 at 2:22 am 8

    I hope you manage to do them all, especially #10!

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WillThink4Wine » If I want my dreams to come true, I musn’t oversleep

Jan 16 2008

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

Posted at 6:05 am under Cats, Thought for the Day

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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  1. Sydon 16 Jan 2008 at 4:57 pm 1

    What beautiful babies! :)

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WillThink4Wine » Introducing: SisterDear3

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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  1. SisterDear3on 16 Jan 2008 at 4:36 pm 1

    Enter Key? is for? #3

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WillThink4Wine » My Bucket List

Jan 14 2008

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My Bucket List

Posted at 7:17 am under My Bucket List

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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  1. mrs drudgeon 14 Jan 2008 at 10:12 am 1

    Well, I have always vowed that I will never see a Lloyd Weber musical – but know a few good pubs! So when you are fulfilling that part of your dream let me know and we’ll meet up for a pint if you’ll share one with a committed pagan. Hope to see you in London.

  2. Sydon 15 Jan 2008 at 10:38 am 2

    Awesome list!

    Now that I’ve inspired you to write yours, I guess I should go and write mine! LOL Yes, we must be kindred spirits because I want to add a variation of #1, 3, 4, 9 and 10 to my list.

    Are you planning to see the movie? I love both Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. It looks like it’s going to be a blast.

    Syd (Bipolarity)

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Jan 14 2008

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My Bucket List

Posted at 7:17 am under Lists

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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  1. mrs drudgeon 14 Jan 2008 at 10:12 am 1

    Well, I have always vowed that I will never see a Lloyd Weber musical – but know a few good pubs! So when you are fulfilling that part of your dream let me know and we’ll meet up for a pint if you’ll share one with a committed pagan. Hope to see you in London.

  2. Sydon 15 Jan 2008 at 10:38 am 2

    Awesome list!

    Now that I’ve inspired you to write yours, I guess I should go and write mine! LOL Yes, we must be kindred spirits because I want to add a variation of #1, 3, 4, 9 and 10 to my list.

    Are you planning to see the movie? I love both Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. It looks like it’s going to be a blast.

    Syd (Bipolarity)

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Jan 15 2008

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Some Days

Posted at 6:40 am under Some Days, Thought for the Day

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 08 2008

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Bits of Bacon

Posted at 5:07 pm under Quotations

You know bacon’s bad when a healthier choice is a donut.

– Jim Gaffigan tosses some Bacon Bits.

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WillThink4Wine » Manville School

Jan 10 2008

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Manville School

Posted at 3:58 pm under Autism, Sisters

SisterDear3 just got a marvelous phone call! Manville School in Boston, MA would be “delighted” to accept her son Thomas into their program. Manville School is affiliated with Harvard Medical School, Children’s Hospital and other local colleges and universities. They offer a 1 on 1 program and it is a year-round program, which is really crucial for Thomas.

Thomas is an 8 year old boy who is Autistic (PDD-NOS). He also suffers from severe allergies as well as some other issues. It has been particularly difficult to find a permanent placement that was a good fit for Thomas. In fact, his current school placement has reluctantly kept him only because the SPED director had a ‘Stay-Put’ order put in place.

This is such great news! Yeah, Thomas!

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WillThink4Wine » Choice and Consequence

Jan 13 2008

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Choice and Consequence

Posted at 9:25 am under Thought for the Day

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 08 2008

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Any Port in a storm

Posted at 7:28 am under Simple Pleasures, Wine

As luck would have it, nothing is cheap anymore. Salute.

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As luck would have it, nothing is cheap anymore. Salute.

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WillThink4Wine » God doesn’t live under the bed

Jan 07 2008

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God doesn’t live under the bed

I got an email forward that got me thinking about my brother. He is one of the kindest, sweetest people I know. Watch our home movies and you will always see one kid with the brightest, widest smile you’ll ever hope to see. That kid will be my sweet brother! He always has the most innocent, serene expression. That is exactly the image my mind always conjures up when I think of him.

He was diagnosed with a chemical imbalance when he was about 20 years old. I have never been clear on his actual diagnosis, so for now I’ll leave it at that. However, without his meds, his behavior has had at least one schizophrenic symptom: he has in the past occasionally heard voices that will encourage him to do things, such as move a picture from the wall into the attic.

He is incapable of telling a lie. Seriously, he’s incapable. To prove my assertion I once asked him to say his name was John. He smiled and said “But my name is ..”. I know dear, but just for fun, say it’s John, just this once. “But it’s not, it’s ..”.

This one observation, recognizing this one ‘flaw in his character’, I believe is key to understanding him as a person. He is so honest because it is inconceivable to him that there is ever a reason to lie, or that anybody might ever lie to him. It is also why he so often gets deeply hurt and let down by all the many ‘normal’ people that cross his path during any given day. He is naive. He is gullible. He will believe anything and everything you tell him. Why shouldn’t he? People wouldn’t lie.

My brother is a Christian, a husband and a father. He is happy, loving, courteous, thoughtful, helpful, frugal, responsible, dependable and hardworking. He is our Dad’s best friend. He lives to be the best Dad in the universe for his daughter.

God doesn’t live under the bed. He lives in my dear brother’s heart.

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  1. MyBellaviaon 07 Jan 2008 at 8:01 am 1

    So very true, and so is he! SisterDear#3

  2. Sydon 09 Jan 2008 at 9:12 pm 2

    Oh my gosh, what a beautiful tribute to your brother. My younger brother (there were only 2 of us) died when he was 22. That was nearly 20 years ago and I still miss him. What a blessing that you have yours!

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WillThink4Wine » 100 Things about me

Jan 06 2008

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100 Things about me

  1. I am 5′11″
  2. I was born in 1954
  3. I am owned by 2 cats, both are gray males
  4. I live in yellow house; I don’t especially care for yellow houses, but that’s what color it was when I bought it
  5. I have been self-employed since 1987
  6. I graduated from High School in 1972
  7. I got married in 1973
  8. I have been divorced since 1994
  9. I love big Red Wines
  10. I love Chicken
  11. I love Chocolate
  12. I have 3 sisters and 4 brothers
  13. My parents are still happily married to each other
  14. I can’t whistle very well
  15. I want to go to Italy someday and spend a great deal of time sipping wine through Tuscany, hopefully with my sisters
  16. I used to have Pekingese dogs
  17. I almost had 2 Labradors, but a week after I brought them home my cats made me take them back
  18. I still drive a big car
  19. I love Oldies, especially Falsetto and Harmony
  20. I love Tenors
  21. Mr X took me to a Luciano Pavarotti concert 2 nights before our divorce was final. It was just marvelous, he could still hit the high C’s back then. Pavarotti could, not Mr X
  22. I was 11 when I attended my first Concert. It was The Monkees and I had a huge crush on Mike Nesmith… Huge.
  23. I am a procrastinator
  24. I am an optimist
  25. I am a Republican. I’ll never forget the moment when my dad realized that I was not a Democrat. I was raised in Camelot, the magical fairytale land of the Kennedy’s. My Dad still isn’t over it. (Although I will never again vote for any candidate who cannot properly pronounce the word Nuclear.)
  26. My hair is still mostly not gray
  27. My current favorite TV show is House
  28. I dearly loved my mother-in-law and my father-in-law
  29. I spent about 15 years in fertility treatment; it was expensive, heartbreaking and unsuccessful.
  30. My favorite TV channel is The Science Channel
  31. I really dislike watching the news on TV, especially local news
  32. I cannot stand commercials
  33. I believe that everybody who can vote, should
  34. My very favorite smell is a baby, right after a bath
  35. I love carnations
  36. My favorite colors are Red and Green
  37. I married my high school sweetheart
  38. My 3 sisters are my best friends
  39. I loved the Dick Van Dyke show, the Andy Griffith Show, The Waltons and pretty much all those hokey, family, feel good shows
  40. I send coffee back in a restaurant if it is not good
  41. I check my french fries at the drive through before I leave and send those back as well, usually with a remark similar to, “no, I want the ones I see on your TV ads and menu pictures”
  42. The last time I went to a movie theater was so long ago I don’t remember what I saw
  43. I have hundreds and hundreds of books, CD’s, videos and DVD’s
  44. I have a green hammock
  45. I’ve never attended a high school reunion
  46. I made my own Prom dress
  47. My favorite car that I’ve ever owned was a Blue 1965 convertible Mustang
  48. I wish I’d gone to college instead of getting married
  49. I own 3 computers.
  50. I miss the Johnny Carson Show; remember back when late night was witty?
  51. I go to bed very early, usually by 8:00
  52. I love country crafts
  53. My biggest single regret is that I did not adopt
  54. I believe in love at first sight
  55. I believe in God
  56. My favorite holiday is Christmas
  57. I miss my friends in Florida
  58. I regret selling my business in Florida
  59. My eyes are blue
  60. I have hundreds of Longaberger baskets and lots of pottery
  61. I love mornings
  62. I never learned to play the piano, at least not yet
  63. When I first got married I was so Obsessive-Compulsive that I would actually fluff the pillows on the couch while my guests were sitting on it. I gave that up, it was exhausting. Oddly, I have no problem with dust.
  64. I still can’t leave my house if a bed isn’t made
  65. I still can’t stand a dirty dish in the sink
  66. I refold my laundry after someone who has helped me fold it leaves
  67. I can’t fall asleep if the TV isn’t on
  68. I believe that we should have a universal heath plan for all US citizens, not just Medicare for retired people
  69. I believe that medicine can go too far
  70. I believe that science can go too far
  71. I am somewhat claustrophobic. I need to know that I can open a window.
  72. I have always hated high bridges
  73. I have Panic Disorder. The first time I saw someone hyperventilating, I remember thinking “how can someone forget how to breathe”
  74. I am a non-smoker stuck in the body of a person who smokes
  75. I have a love/hate relationship with flying; I hate it, but I love that it can transport me so quickly to someone that I wish to spend time with
  76. I have been to Colorado twice, despite my fear of bridges and ledges
  77. I have been to Key West and watched the sunset at Mallory Square, despite the 44 bridges I had to cross to get there
  78. I value my privacy and solitude
  79. I love large gatherings
  80. I have never had a proper massage
  81. I have been on a cruise to the Caribbean
  82. I adore old family pictures
  83. I miss my grandmothers
  84. I still remember how the town I grew up in smelled the first day we moved in
  85. I love black licorice & Fire Balls
  86. I can’t cook without garlic
  87. I have had the pleasure of personally introducing several people to the joy of reading
  88. My favorite vacation spot is on the lake in Maine
  89. I love the wail of a Loon
  90. I really don’t like to wear shoes
  91. I wear slippers while I’m at work
  92. I have been on a sleigh ride, a hay ride and a horse-drawn carriage
  93. I have been kicked by a horse
  94. I shook the hands of many pilots, commercial and military and have actually played bingo with a licenced commercial pilot
  95. I start praying for my pilot about 2 weeks before my flight
  96. I believe that attorneys have changed everything, not necessarily for the better
  97. I have a friend who is an attorney
  98. I believe that a person is only as good as their word
  99. I believe that love is a verb
  100. I believe that every day really is a new beginning

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  1. storytelleron 30 Apr 2008 at 1:54 pm 1

    Reading your ‘Bucket List’ list of 100 Things I found many commonalities … and I hope you’re able to follow through on everything.

    I married my high school sweet heart (though we both graduated from college first) and we were divorced after 21 years too when he left me. My parents died a long time ago and I miss them (and my brother) even now. I have just one surviving sister, but we’re close even though she’s traveling with her husband in an RV.

    I’m a procrastinator and an optimist too … but my hair is mostly gray at least in the front where I see it frame my face … and I almost NEVER wear shoes now that I’m retired.

    Seems to me that praying for your pilot is an excellent idea … the sooner the better. I concur fully with the last three items on your list … have blue eyes … value my privacy and solitude and live with fur-friends (a feral cat and a 3 year old lab). There’s more … but you can find a link to my list in the About Me section of either blog ;–)

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WillThink4Wine » 100 Things about me

Jan 06 2008

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100 Things about me

Posted at 9:05 am under Family, Gatherings, Lists, OCD, OCPD, Panic Attacks, Simple Pleasures

  1. I am 5′11″
  2. I was born in 1954
  3. I am owned by 2 cats, both are gray males
  4. I live in yellow house; I don’t especially care for yellow houses, but that’s what color it was when I bought it
  5. I have been self-employed since 1987
  6. I graduated from High School in 1972
  7. I got married in 1973
  8. I have been divorced since 1994
  9. I love big Red Wines
  10. I love Chicken
  11. I love Chocolate
  12. I have 3 sisters and 4 brothers
  13. My parents are still happily married to each other
  14. I can’t whistle very well
  15. I want to go to Italy someday and spend a great deal of time sipping wine through Tuscany, hopefully with my sisters
  16. I used to have Pekingese dogs
  17. I almost had 2 Labradors, but a week after I brought them home my cats made me take them back
  18. I still drive a big car
  19. I love Oldies, especially Falsetto and Harmony
  20. I love Tenors
  21. Mr X took me to a Luciano Pavarotti concert 2 nights before our divorce was final. It was just marvelous, he could still hit the high C’s back then. Pavarotti could, not Mr X
  22. I was 11 when I attended my first Concert. It was The Monkees and I had a huge crush on Mike Nesmith… Huge.
  23. I am a procrastinator
  24. I am an optimist
  25. I am a Republican. I’ll never forget the moment when my dad realized that I was not a Democrat. I was raised in Camelot, the magical fairytale land of the Kennedy’s. My Dad still isn’t over it. (Although I will never again vote for any candidate who cannot properly pronounce the word Nuclear.)
  26. My hair is still mostly not gray
  27. My current favorite TV show is House
  28. I dearly loved my mother-in-law and my father-in-law
  29. I spent about 15 years in fertility treatment; it was expensive, heartbreaking and unsuccessful.
  30. My favorite TV channel is The Science Channel
  31. I really dislike watching the news on TV, especially local news
  32. I cannot stand commercials
  33. I believe that everybody who can vote, should
  34. My very favorite smell is a baby, right after a bath
  35. I love carnations
  36. My favorite colors are Red and Green
  37. I married my high school sweetheart
  38. My 3 sisters are my best friends
  39. I loved the Dick Van Dyke show, the Andy Griffith Show, The Waltons and pretty much all those hokey, family, feel good shows
  40. I send coffee back in a restaurant if it is not good
  41. I check my french fries at the drive through before I leave and send those back as well, usually with a remark similar to, “no, I want the ones I see on your TV ads and menu pictures”
  42. The last time I went to a movie theater was so long ago I don’t remember what I saw
  43. I have hundreds and hundreds of books, CD’s, videos and DVD’s
  44. I have a green hammock
  45. I’ve never attended a high school reunion
  46. I made my own Prom dress
  47. My favorite car that I’ve ever owned was a Blue 1965 convertible Mustang
  48. I wish I’d gone to college instead of getting married
  49. I own 3 computers.
  50. I miss the Johnny Carson Show; remember back when late night was witty?
  51. I go to bed very early, usually by 8:00
  52. I love country crafts
  53. My biggest single regret is that I did not adopt
  54. I believe in love at first sight
  55. I believe in God
  56. My favorite holiday is Christmas
  57. I miss my friends in Florida
  58. I regret selling my business in Florida
  59. My eyes are blue
  60. I have hundreds of Longaberger baskets and lots of pottery
  61. I love mornings
  62. I never learned to play the piano, at least not yet
  63. When I first got married I was so Obsessive-Compulsive that I would actually fluff the pillows on the couch while my guests were sitting on it. I gave that up, it was exhausting. Oddly, I have no problem with dust.
  64. I still can’t leave my house if a bed isn’t made
  65. I still can’t stand a dirty dish in the sink
  66. I refold my laundry after someone who has helped me fold it leaves
  67. I can’t fall asleep if the TV isn’t on
  68. I believe that we should have a universal heath plan for all US citizens, not just Medicare for retired people
  69. I believe that medicine can go too far
  70. I believe that science can go too far
  71. I am somewhat claustrophobic. I need to know that I can open a window.
  72. I have always hated high bridges
  73. I have Panic Disorder. The first time I saw someone hyperventilating, I remember thinking “how can someone forget how to breathe”
  74. I am a non-smoker stuck in the body of a person who smokes
  75. I have a love/hate relationship with flying; I hate it, but I love that it can transport me so quickly to someone that I wish to spend time with
  76. I have been to Colorado twice, despite my fear of bridges and ledges
  77. I have been to Key West and watched the sunset at Mallory Square, despite the 44 bridges I had to cross to get there
  78. I value my privacy and solitude
  79. I love large gatherings
  80. I have never had a proper massage
  81. I have been on a cruise to the Caribbean
  82. I adore old family pictures
  83. I miss my grandmothers
  84. I still remember how the town I grew up in smelled the first day we moved in
  85. I love black licorice & Fire Balls
  86. I can’t cook without garlic
  87. I have had the pleasure of personally introducing several people to the joy of reading
  88. My favorite vacation spot is on the lake in Maine
  89. I love the wail of a Loon
  90. I really don’t like to wear shoes
  91. I wear slippers while I’m at work
  92. I have been on a sleigh ride, a hay ride and a horse-drawn carriage
  93. I have been kicked by a horse
  94. I shook the hands of many pilots, commercial and military and have actually played bingo with a licenced commercial pilot
  95. I start praying for my pilot about 2 weeks before my flight
  96. I believe that attorneys have changed everything, not necessarily for the better
  97. I have a friend who is an attorney
  98. I believe that a person is only as good as their word
  99. I believe that love is a verb
  100. I believe that every day really is a new beginning

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WillThink4Wine » God doesn’t live under the bed

Jan 07 2008

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God doesn’t live under the bed

Posted at 5:29 am under Chemical Imbalance, Thought for the Day

I got an email forward that got me thinking about my brother. He is one of the kindest, sweetest people I know. Watch our home movies and you will always see one kid with the brightest, widest smile you’ll ever hope to see. That kid will be my sweet brother! He always has the most innocent, serene expression. That is exactly the image my mind always conjures up when I think of him.

He was diagnosed with a chemical imbalance when he was about 20 years old. I have never been clear on his actual diagnosis, so for now I’ll leave it at that. However, without his meds, his behavior has had at least one schizophrenic symptom: he has in the past occasionally heard voices that will encourage him to do things, such as move a picture from the wall into the attic.

He is incapable of telling a lie. Seriously, he’s incapable. To prove my assertion I once asked him to say his name was John. He smiled and said “But my name is ..”. I know dear, but just for fun, say it’s John, just this once. “But it’s not, it’s ..”.

This one observation, recognizing this one ‘flaw in his character’, I believe is key to understanding him as a person. He is so honest because it is inconceivable to him that there is ever a reason to lie, or that anybody might ever lie to him. It is also why he so often gets deeply hurt and let down by all the many ‘normal’ people that cross his path during any given day. He is naive. He is gullible. He will believe anything and everything you tell him. Why shouldn’t he? People wouldn’t lie.

My brother is a Christian, a husband and a father. He is happy, loving, courteous, thoughtful, helpful, frugal, responsible, dependable and hardworking. He is our Dad’s best friend. He lives to be the best Dad in the universe for his daughter.

God doesn’t live under the bed. He lives in my dear brother’s heart.

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  1. Sisterdear3on 07 Jan 2008 at 8:01 am 1

    So very true, and so is he! #3

  2. Sydon 09 Jan 2008 at 9:12 pm 2

    Oh my gosh, what a beautiful tribute to your brother. My younger brother (there were only 2 of us) died when he was 22. That was nearly 20 years ago and I still miss him. What a blessing that you have yours!

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