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Apr 28 2008

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Manic Monday: Rip

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Apr 27 2008

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One Single Impression: Flowering

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buds bursting upward
blue canopy beckons
dew drops in the south

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Apr 25 2008

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PhotoHunt: Unique/Funny Signs

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

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

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

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

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Apr 24 2008

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There’s No Consolation In Being Right

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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Apr 23 2008

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WW: Dogwood Trees to Celebrate Arbor Day

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

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Apr 21 2008

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Manic Monday: Quake

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

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

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

Savannah is dripping in Southern Charm & Hospitality!

Savannah is breathtaking in it’s beauty!

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

Live Oaks make my heart quake!

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

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

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

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Apr 17 2008

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POW & Blessed Silence

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

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

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

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

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

Lesson 22: Blessed Silence

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

Ah…. Blessed Silence!

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