Showing posts from April, 2009

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

It’s been a few days since I have blogged but
here I am! Spring has been a busy day for me.

First it was getting ready and preparing for my
Art Show at the gallery. Lots of work goes into
that. Making tags with the name of each painting
and the price for each. Making sure you have
enough paintings to hang. Painting some,
framing some, this on top of making sure you
have enough wine, cokes, and snacks to serve
at the opening. This was last Saturday but the
Thursday before I had to go down and hang
the paintings. That was not easy, I can decorate
around furniture but hanging one painting after
another was a chore. Wow…I was tired before it
got here. But it was great.

I will be posting a blog on that as soon as I have
photo’s to show also. But let me say that I thank
each and everyone of the people that drove to
Watertown to see my work. You guys are great!

Speaking of paintings, I have a fund raiser to
attend tomorrow (Thursday) evening. I have a
painting on sale there also. The proceeds will go
to Kid’s on …

Could That Be The Reason I Am Not Married Anymore? Part 3

See postings from February 10 and April 1,
2009 for part 1 and 2.

My ex worked nights just about the whole
13 years we were married. I guess I got use
to him not being there when I was. His days
off were usually Friday (while I worked) and
Saturday’s. So I was the one that took the kids
to day care, picked them up, cooked for them,
fed them, got homework, baths and got them
in bed. Not that I blamed him because he had
a good job, but it would have been nice to have
had him there in the evening.

He was good at getting up sometime after the
kids and I left and before going to work he
would usually pick up all the things we left out
on our mad rush for the door to leave on time.
On Friday’s, usually our day to eat out, sometimes
he would cook. He was a good cook.

But like I explained in an early post of “could
that be the reason I am not married anymore”,
I stated that I was usually the joke person in
our relationship. Keep that in mind!

Early on in our marriage, I did work several yrs.
part time after my daug…

Administrative Professional Day

Administrative Professional Day

I got called to the bosses office first thing this morning, as
I was going in there sat three of the agents that I do work for
and my supervisor. I got a bit nervous then, not really sure
what that bunch would pull. But as it was, they presented me
with the most beautiful silk arrangement with paint brushes,
tubes of paint and pallet knifes stuck down in it. All this in
a beautiful white pedestal vase with two birds on the side.
Seven agents and my supervisor went in to do this for me
and Angel arranged it. They could not have done anything
any better for me, it is so very thoughtful.

At lunch my supervisor and his boss took Cindy, Deborah and
I out to lunch. We went to Raffty's and had a really nice
lunch. Then later, the three of us were again presented with
a cake that was decorated with 14 carrots, to symbolize that
we are all three 14 karat gold! So neat.

All this to show they appreciate us and the work we do.
I know that my move to the TBI less then a year ago…

Where Are Your Manners?

When it comes to the kids of today and
their manners, I would say that I was
brought up in a different time. But
when you experience someone older
that shows lack of manners, I have to
wonder what is up with that?

I guess some people were not made to

be waiting or dealing with the public.
I stopped for lunch today after attending
the funeral today. And the woman that
waited on me was not friendly at all.
Now I can understand someone having
a bad day, we all do but when you work
with the public and it is your job to serve
those customers in a friendly manner,
you just have to put that bad day behind
you and do your job, if you can’t, you
need stay at home that day.

I have worked off and on with the public

since I was 16 years old. I understand the
meaning of being polite, helpful and
friendly. Today though you go in so
many places and they don’t even say
hello as you step up to the counter, they
mumble your total amount for payment
and don’t even say thank you. What is
wrong with people…

Wine, Dinner and a Play

In May I have been invited by a friend
to attend a wine tasting, dinner, play
party. Apparently she has purchased
a play where all of her guest invited
will have a part and play a certain
character. It is a murder mystery.
The wine tasting and the dinner will
link into the play.

I had been asked back in December
if I would like to come and be a part
of this….of course I said YES. I have
never done this before but I am the
type that would just jump right in
and have a great time with it.

To make this more interesting is that
all the names for the characters will
be named after drinks….the host idea.
I am not sure what names will be
going around, but I am going to be
Bud Wiszer! I will be an FBI agent
that investigates the murder. This
is somewhat fitting since I work for
the TBI in Tennessee. I am not an
agent but….it just seems to fit!

I will be stopping in at Goodwill and
locating a suit jacket to wear. I have
a plastic badge that I will be redoing
to read “FBI”. I think I will see if I
can locate cigars to car…

Texting While Driving

This past weekend, a friend on mine
that lives in Ohio went on a Spring
Break trip with her husband and son.
What was to be a fun and relaxing
vacation turned out to be a scary and
thoughtful trip. I received this email
from her this morning and then I said
said a prayer to God for bringing this
family home safely. Please read the
attached email and heed the word of
warning that goes with it. All could
be lost in a matter of seconds.

To all my friends...a request..

PLEASE...don't TEXT and drive.
Not only do u put every unsuspecting
soul at put yourself as well.

This week while on vacation during
Spring Break in Pennsylvania we
had a very close call...too close for
comfort and let me tell you nothing
puts a damper on a vacation like
seeing your life pass b4 yr eyes
wondering is this it? Has our
number been called...will my son
be spared in the back seat...who
will be there for our son..have we
covered all our basis with his care
in our absence?

I have NEVER seen my husband
look so shake…

Niece's and Nephew's - Horse's, Car's, College and Acting!

You have met my niece Holly,
my drama queen, let me introduce
you to my the rest of my niece’s and

There is Chase, the oldest at 25
years old. Chase recently married
in November and he is the son my
oldest brother, Ray. Chase and I
have always been close. He use to
spend a lot of time at my house,
playing with my daughter when he
was younger. He is a very handsome
young man, polite and sweet. Chase
took up racing Go Karts at the age of
13 years old. From there he went to
racing cars. He started out at a local
track and then he moved to ARCA
racing. He took home a first place in
ARCA in Daytona, holding the record
for the youngest driver to sit on the
pole in Daytona. From there he went
on to racing BUSCH and his first year
as a rookie he finished 10th in Daytona.
Chase then went on to race NASCAR
Craftsman Trucks on the team with
Bobby Hamilton. Chase is not racing
anymore but you can check out his old site at
and while you are at it check out his
new site for out furnit…

Colors of Our Life

I received an email card last week
from a friend of mine from Ohio.
It was just a “thinking about you"

card but she applied a poem to it that
she had read. She said the poem made
her think of me and it brought my
paintings to mind. It brought a smile
to my face and I so wanted to share it
with you.

The poem was called “Colors of Our Life”

by Lisa Winn.

Our lives are filled with color from the star,
and Redis the love that comes from our hearts.
is the sadness that drips from our eyes,
but Black is the evil that makes us tell lies.

Greenis the shade of jealousy and rage,
and Greyis the hair that comes with age.
Purpleis the mood most misunderstood,
but White is the color that Makes Us Feel Good.

Life is full of meaningful colors,
but especially White.
So hold on to it tight.

Thanks for stopping in,

Thank You Wave

I am usually a friendly driver. I admit
I ride bumpers a bit but as far as being
considerate I think I do really well.

When someone lets me merge over, or
out into traffice I always acknowledge
that with a wave. It's polite.

I still move to the side of the road when
a funeral procession is coming past.
I use my blinkers if there are people
close around, but not always if there
are no cars near me.

But I have to admit, I get a bit ticked
when I let someone merge out in traffic
in front of me and they do not so the
"Thank You Wave"...I feel like that is
just polite. What has happened to the
younger generation? Most times I don't
get the "Thank You Wave", is from someone

But I am not so sure that the younger
group needs to be labeled with the "not move
to the side of the road behavior". I feel
that is a form of respect for the person
who has passed on and their family.
I have noticed that even the older people
that you would think wittnessed this while
they were…

Houdini Dog Part II

If you read yesterday’s blog you
will understand this one, but if
you did not read yesterday’s blog….
go back and do it now. You have
to get the full effect by reading
Part One.

Rosco was a source of entertainment
in his own way. Let me also throw
in here that Rosco is still around,
only he has new owners now. He
lives in KY. with a gentleman that
from what I understand, has room
for him to run and have fun. This
man has had boxers before and I
also understand that he loves Rosco.

Now back to the story of the Doggie
Day Care and the report card that
Rosco did not get:

When I returned from Daytona
after the race I got on the
computer and I wind dinged
up a report from this Day Care
for Rosco. He was graded on
his personality, manners,
behavior and just him in general.
He rated an A for his loving,
winning personality. I can’t
remember exactly what grades
I gave him on other stuff but he
did not fail. There were notes
written that stated that he related
well with the horses when he was
walked down there, he got along

The Houdini Dog

My brother and sister in law were
adopted as parents by this reverse
brindle boxer several years ago.
I think the way it went was Lori
took him in as a foster dog.
My brother became attached
to Rosco and Rosco in turn
became attached to them.
We always joked that Rosco
picked his home!

Rosco had a great personality.
But little did Ray and Lori
know, boxers have issues
about being left alone. One
day after being gone Ray
came back to the house to
find the sunroom torn to
pieces. In this room the
windows open by being
pushed out, leaving the
screens inside. They were
torn out where Rosco tried
to get out. Also did some scratch
damage to an antique buffet table.

Next time they left the house,
Rosco was locked in a bathroom.
This bathroom use to be a
changing room for what use
to be a local pool. It was made
of brick o blocks but somewhere
along the way, it got plaster
board put up for real walls.
When my brother returned
he found two holes chewed
in the wall board. Rosco
stopped when he hit the brick
wall behind it. He had…

Carpenter Bee's

Carpenter bee’s, are a look
alike for a bumble bee.
Big difference is they will
drill up into any exposed
wood. The males do not
sting, the females will but
usually they have to be really
provoked. The female bee’s
will bore in the wood, nest or
breed while the males just
swarm around as look outs.

About 12 years ago or so I had
a really nice wooden shed put
up in the backyard. It was
made of course with treated
wood, but after a while that
treatment will wear off and if
the shed is not painted (like
on the bottom) it will draw
these bumble bee look alike
bees. I know this because about
7 years ago they appeared.

I know my neighbors have
enjoyed the scene over the years
of me fighting these things off
to get in my shed. I have tried
bug spray, but the males will
not lite long enough for you
to hit them. I have tried hair
spray, I was once told that it
would cause the wings to get
stiff and they will fall out of
the air…once again, hitting
them was a problem. But a
few years back I was told that
a tennis racket worked …

Winter Again, Or is Mother Nature Messing With Us?

What is up with Mother Nature?
That woman is really messing
around this time!

Yesterday it was 70 plus degrees
here in the great city of Nashville,
TN. Today, the high is 40 degrees.
Problem with that is it will be
dropping. Showers with chance
of snow showers later today. Freeze
warnings out for the next two nights.

With that said, I worked in my
flower beds this weekend! I out
smarted Mother Nature though,
I planted NOTHING! All I did
was clean them out from the fall
leaves that had covered them.
I usually leave that on over the
winter to help protect the roots
of the flowers. Plus, when it
decomposes it helps the dirt.
But I figure most things are up
and peeking out of the leaves
so I needed to clean all that up.

I will wait a few more weeks
before I start putting any plants
out. I think I am going to do a
lot of pot planting this year (as
I read over that I realized how
that sounded)…I am going to
plant a lot of my plants in pots
this year. I think that was worded
a bit better!

Tending to a yard is something
I us…


Going in for the count down now!
Three more weeks and I will be
at my very first opening for my

I have about 20 paintings to
hang for that night. I have
been working on my tags that
will hang next to each painting
with the name and the price on

This is my invite that I will be
mailing and handing out. Most
invites will be sent via email since
that is really the easiest way to
get hold of everyone.

Hoping for a good turn out with
friends and family. I will be
sharing this show with Trevor
Elliot and his photo's. Trevor
and I have had several emails
but I will be meeting his young
man the day of the show. But
I am so looking forward to it.

I so hope this goes well.
Thanks for stopping in.


Ruby Slippers


For anyone who knows me knows that I love the
movie the Wizard of Oz. My fav movie even at this

I have shared my love of this movie with my kids.
When my daughter was little, when we got our first
VCR, she thought that everytime we went to check
out movies...she had to get OZ. I had to just stop that
because, its a movie that I looked forward to watching
ONCE a year. Once a yr. it came on tv and that was
my tradition...once a year.

My son also liked the movie. He is the type that can watch
a movie once and knows it line for line. He was very good
and re-acting that movie.

After sharing my love of that movie with my kids...I started
on my niece, Holly, who is about 7 yrs. younger then my son.
She loves it also. Holly, is my drama queen, she can act.
And like my son, she is a born entertainer, also up and
acting silly and entertaining all around her. She has performed
in 3 plays herself and she is just in the 8th grade.

These days, I share that movie with my grandson, Caleb.
He also loves…

Washing Towels...OR Not!

Believe it or not there are advantages
to living alone. Cook if you want, don't
if you don't want to. Clean as you go and
never have to pick up after anyone else.
Do laundry when you want, or have to cause
you have nothing else to wear. Watch what
you want to in whatever room you want to....
There are disadvantages to living with a loved

My daughter and grandson moved in with me
just shy of my grandson, Caleb turning a year
old. This was the second time, he lived with me
for about 4 months when he was just a few months

It was suppose to be a temp thing. They moved out
of my home in Jan. 07, a few months after Caleb's
6th birthday. That was a long temp thing!

I love my daughter and my grandson but I never
felt like I was a grandmother. If I spoiled him, I
paid also.

Things got rough with the living arrangements after
awhile. The house was to little for all three of us. It
was not bad when it was Amber, my son, Cory and I,
but things started to close in on us.

Amber was required to keep …

Could That Be the Reason I Am Not Married Anymore

Part II - Feb. 10, 2009

I guess I was the joke playing person in my marriage. My ex was a very laid back person and it was so easy at times to get him.

We had been married maybe a couple of years and I was over having to pick up the dirty clothes that he left lying around. He would come in the door and start taking off items and where they fell is where they stayed. I guess I nagged enough (not me) about this so he picked a corner in our bedroom to toss his clothes. That was okay for a while, at least they were not in the floor all over the house.

After a while, that began to get to me. He would toss the dirty clothes there, then if he went to the store and put on a clean shirt, it got tossed there when he returned (he went shirtless a lot). At first I would go in there and remove the clean and fold it or hang it back up but then I got so tired of doing this too.

One day while we were getting ready to go somewhere my ex came to me and asked if I knew where a certain shirt was. Of course I…