Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Fireworks, Midnight, Idiots

Last night at midnight, through the work week,
the idiot two doors up decided to start celebrating
the 4th of July early.

I heard the fireworks about an hour and 15 minutes
after me falling off to sleep. Now, keep in mind, my
sleep is important because I have so many sleep
issues as it is. So here I am sleeping so well, when
the noise woke me. I rolled back over and tried to
go back off to sleep when I hear it again, and again
…..and yet again! Needless to say, I was not a happy

I laid there a bit then I decided to get up and go
stand on the porch. I guess the lights flipping on
in the house kind of made them stop and think,
because by the time I got the front door open,
they stopped…….but by this time, I was awake
and not at all happy. I was thinking that I wished
they had those fireworks put where to sun did not
shine and I had the match!

I stayed awake for about 15 minutes, but the
sleep had already been disturbed. After getting
back into bed, suiting back up with my mask
and turning the machine on (sleep apnea)
and aying there awhile, thinking, I fell
back off to sleep. That did not last long,
I guess when I ripped the equipment off
the first time I loosened the straps and I
kept being waken by the sound of air
escaping. I was to tired to wake enough
to do something about it so I fought with
that all the rest of the night. Five A.M
comes early enough anyway, but when
you toss and turn and fight the pillows,
the covers, the mask, the idiots next door,
it comes earlier, or seems like it does.

Okay, so there are a few more days till the
4th and I wonder if this will be a nightly thing
till then or even after. Well, as I laid awake
thinking after being woke, I came to a conclusion
on what I could do if this happens again. I think
I will have to have a pack (yes, a whole pack) of
fireworks on hand, and I should go and place
them under the master bedroom window, light
them and leave, at 5 A.M in the morning.
Sounds like a plan to me and if I am ticked
enough, I will do it.

I have no problems with fireworks going off
through the week at a decent hour. I have no
problem with them going off all night on Friday
or Sat. night, but when I have to get up and go to
work the next morning, I have a problem with it.

I so wish people would stop and think about
others around them, if not they need to move
to a farm with lots of land so they can be idiots
without disturbing the neighbors.

Thanks for stopping in,

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Happy Birthday Jessica...

Today is my niece’s birthday. She is turning 17.

Some friends of Lori and Ray’s that have
been living in the guest house at Ray’s
for the past 3 months have taken Jessie
home with them for two weeks, so she
is spending her birthday in the UK this
year. Tim and Allsion have been here
while Tim went to a flying school to learn
to fly a helicopter. Tim will be returning
to Nashville in two weeks and will be
bringing Jessie home then.

Jessie is a mild and meek girl, very quite.
Sometimes you do not realize she is in the
room. That is a difference from all the
others in my family. We are vocal, and
people know when we are around because
we like to talk.

I met Jessie when she was about 7 years
of age. Her Mom, Lori, married my brother,
Ray and I was blessed with a new sister in
law, a new niece and nephew.

Jessie is a tiny blonde that loves chicken
fingers and fries! I remember on our cruise
that is all she would eat. But even with that,
she doesn’t eat a lot. She and her Mom are
really close.

I have not spent a lot of one of one time with
Jessie other then a night here and there when
I was house sitting and she returned from her
Dad’s. I have tried to pick at her like I do all
the other niece’s and nephew’s but she just
looks at me and smiles. Not saying anything
back to get me going on a roll! One day Jessica,
I will get the better of you!

I really hope that Jessie has a great time in the
UK. Learning a different culture and meeting
new people will be so much fun for her. It will
be an experience to always have and remember.

Have fun girl, take lots of pictures.

Happy Birthday Jessie.

Thanks for stopping in,

PS....this is the last birthday wish for family members for the
month of June (course it is almost the end of June now)!! lol

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Happy Birthday, Ray

Happy Birthday, Ray

This is our birthday month….Mark, Holly,

now Ray and then Jessy. So bear with me in
my b-day wishes.

Ray is my oldest brother. There is about

2.5 years between him and I and then 2.5
years between Mark and I. Once again, I
will not tell my brothers age since he
probably would not like that!

Ray is a business man thru and thru. He

attended college at Vol State for a year
then he went to UT Martin for several more.
He majored in accounting.

I can remember when Ray kept books at

home as a teen. He had his own log book
where he put down everything that had to
do with money. He cut yards for money then
and that was added in the plus column of this
log, then when he spent some, even a quarter,
it was logged in the minus column. If he was
just a few cents off he would figure, and
refigure and try to come up with where he
went wrong. It did not surprise me that he
decided to become a CPA.

Ray graduated from college then he moved

to Chattanooga and worked there. Only to
move back to Nashville a few years later to
work for another accounting firm. From there
he bought into a company that dealt with
telecommunications. He was Mr. Vice President.

Down the road he sold this business and

became retired in his early 40’s. But Ray
can’t be without something to work his mind.
He then went into the racing business when
my nephew, his son, Chase started racing. Ray
learned the business end of all that with no
problems and he was off and going. He also
managed Deborah Renshaw’s racing team for
a year. From this adventure he went into being
a partner for custom floors and doors, the
importing of exotic hardwood flooring, decking
and custom designed doors.

Ray has three children, Chase, Paige and Cobi.

He is married to Lori, who brought two children
to the marriage, Sean and Jessy. They have a
wide range of dogs, a cat, two birds and horses.
But at one point they had ferrets, fish, and a rabbit.

Now with that said, let me say that like Mark,

Ray has been good to his sister (me). He don’t
like for you to make a big deal of the things he
does for you. A thank you and then let it go.
Without going into all the details, lets just say
that he has helped me out more then once, more
then twice…..Thank you Ray. I hope I have always
made it a point to say those words. I also want
you to know that I mean it. You are a good
brother and a good person.

I have not mentioned the things he has done

for me but I do want to say that he has given
me to trips on a cruise ship. Thanks to him I
have probably gone places I never would have
been able to go. The first one was to the
Bahamas’s and Key West then three years
later to Cozumel, Panama and Jamaica.
Each time I was able to take this cruise
with my sister in law, Lori. Thank you Lori
also for requesting my company on these
trips you have taken. I love you both so much.

Happy Birthday Ray…….and thanks for

everything. I love you.

Thanks for stopping in for a visit,

Monday, June 22, 2009


I have always liked dolphins, but my daughter Amber

loves them. They are such beautiful creatures that swim

with such grace through the water.

I have been lucky enough to say that I have swam with

them, petted them and even received a kiss from one.

With my fear of water and the fact I can’t swim, that

is saying a lot.

In October 2006, my lovely sister in law and I took

another cruise (our second). We flew to Miami Fla.

to board our ship and from there we traveled to

Cozumel, Mexico. Once there we got off the ship

and prepared for our swim. There were two dolphins

that we were to swim with. We had two coach’s

( to coach us) or trainers ( for the dolphins). There

were several people in our group including Lori’s

Mom, Eva, and her Dad, George. Let me just say right

now that I am George’s adopted daughter according to

him…and that is just fine with me.

We were introduced to the dolphins when they were

told with hand singles to swim in front of us standing

on a gated type platform attached to the dock. They

made several trips in front of us and we were instructed

to hold our hands out and pet them as they past. We

were then told, one at a time to swim out into the

ocean, in the pen of the dolphins and then they would

bring us back. That worked for most but since Eva

and I did not swim, we were pulled out there.

My first trip with the dolphins was to lay out on my

tummy and as they swam by me on each side I was

to reach out and take a fin. I was pulled by them back

to the dock are. It was so neat. Then my next swim

came only after the trainer begged me to go and do

it….it was the fear of water in my face that was

stopping me. Then I decided, what the heck, go

for it. And I did, which by the way is documented

on a CD for all who wish to see it.

I was taken back out and I had to float on my tummy

again, only with my feet and hands out a certain way.

Both dolphins came up and placed their nose at the

arch of both feet, going back to the dock and pushing

me up out of the water. I was flying on the nose of

two dolphins. I loved it, but then they started to

lower me as we got near the dock. That is where

I shouted “oh crap (not the word I used), for fear

of the water in my face. But it was not at all bad.

The kiss~~~ they come right up and place their nose

into your open hand and you lean in and kiss them……

mine was not leaving, I think he wanted to French.

He kept staying there with his nose in my hand

looking at me!

The dance~~~ you get out into the water, away from

the dock and turn around and around and they will

do the same in front of you.

The song ~~~ They both were told by hand singles

that we were giving to sing. Both sang by making a

different sound. It was so neat.

I never thought, except that once about the fear I have

of water. It was so worth it to get out there and do

that and I would do it again in a heart beat. So if you

ever happen to be at my home ask to see the CD!

It’s so funny..

Thanks for stopping by,


Friday, June 19, 2009

The Young Mind

My grandson Caleb has loved learning since
he was a little thing. Even the littlest thing,
he would listen and soak it all up. I started
teaching him when he was a few months
old with animal sounds. Teaching him the
sound and then telling him what animal it

We did colors, trees, bushes, birds and even
state capitals. Before he was 4 years old he
knew 32 state capitals. A lot of those we did
not stay on top of and he has forgotten most.

If I was working around the house with a
screw driver or hammer, cleaning….whatever,
my little shadow wanted to be a part of it all.
I taught him to use that screw driver and
hammer as well as the vacuum cleaner. By
the time he was two, he was excellent with
a toilet brush! Scared me at times because
I worried about child labor laws! I taught
him how to make his bed….and mine. Actually,
we made mine together making a game of it.
That was how I taught him a lot of things,
making a game of it. He learns so fast and
retains what he learns.

He use to help me cook, do dishes standing
in the chair, make a salad and even mop. But
it was the things that he picked up in an everyday
conversation or activity that amazed me. Like
when I let him help me strip off wall paper,
not knowing that it would stay with him. So
one night while spending the night in my bed
at the age of about 2, I turned my back on him
because he would not lay still and go to sleep,
when I hear, RIP! I had made the statement
sometime before that when I decided to strip
the paper off my one wall in my room, he could
help. He decided he would start it before I was
ready! Sometimes those things we teach or
show them to do….come back to get you!

He will now to this day at the age of 8.5, point
out those birds we learned or a certain flower
or tree. He has showed me things on my
computer, tv and cell phone that I had NO
clue about. Things I did not teach him or his
Mom, just things he picked up by getting on
there and messing around. Or like him having
a facebook account and plays on farmtown. I
will be on my farm and he on his at his house
and he will instant chat me. Asking me what
I am doing…then the times he calls me to tell
me I have things to harvest on my farm. He is
a smarty.

Daily fun and conversations become a learning
experience for me these days. He will come out
with things that I don’t think an 8 year old
would know. Or I will ask him a question and
he will answer, surprising me. There as been a
time or two that I have had to go to the internet
and look things up to see if he was right, he has

For instance, I got him a little pin light that shows
in blue and red light. He shines it upon the
ceiling and tells me the blue light looks like
diamonds. Then he flips to the red and says,
“Look Nana, red diamonds”. I tell him that I
don’t think there is a thing called red diamonds
and he tells me that a red one would be a ruby.
He learned that in a science book he checked
out of the school library.

The other day we were watching Armageddon
with Bruce Willis. I asked Caleb if he knew
what happen to dinosaurs. He looks at me
and rolls those eyes and tells me he does.
Then he begins to explain that an asteroid
hit the earth and killed them. He said that
what did not die that way died when the
asteroid cause the water to come up on the
banks and it drowned the rest of them.
I looked stunned I guess that he knew this
and he told me that he was right wasn’t he.

The child amazes me daily. I love the fact
that his brain soaks in the things that he
hears and learns. I love it that he can tell
me things that I have to look up to see if
he is right. I love it that he learned so much
in the five years he lived with me. I love the
fact that when 2nd grade ended this year, he
was reading at a 4th grade level. I love his
little sweet face and those blue eyes that light
up when he is excited, and I love those words
that he says to me, “I love you Nana, more
then infinity and beyond”. Yes, Nana is proud
of you.

Thanks for stopping in,

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Happy Birthday, Holly

Holly has grown up on us all to fast. I remember when she
was born, that was 14 years ago tomorrow.

Her parents are my brother, Mark and Kim. She is an only
child and she has her Dad's sense of humor. She is a cut up
and an entertainer all the way around. There is not much
this girl can't do.

Mark was racing before Holly came along at the old Nashville
speedway. The night that Kim was rushed to he hospital to
have Holly, Mark was due to start on the pole at the track.
He handed the car over to Steve Addington to run the race
in his place. Steve took home first place that night and when
he was interviewed he made the statement that he won that
race for Mark. Later Mark stopped racing since he did not
want to take any chances, he wanted to be able to be around
and raise his new daughter.

Holly was different then most babies. When trying to
get a baby to lay down and sleep, you usually keep everything
quite, not with Ms. Holly, most times to get her to sleep they
ran the vacuum cleaner or Mark turned on a tape of racing.
Usually she fell off to sleep. I guess that is a throw back from
listening to the races at the track while Dad raced before she
was born.

Like I said, Holly is an entertainer. She has been a part of the
drama camp for two years during the summer that takes
place at her school. She has also acted in a play held by the
local play house. Next year Holly will be in the 9th grade and
she can join the drama class full time at her school.

Every year for the last couple of years Holly and I have done
a girls night out and we take in the play that her school drama
class puts on. This past April was our last time to go together.
Next year I will be sitting out there with my family watching
Holly perform. I am so looking forward to it.
But that is not where the entertaining stops....she has been
known to put on little shows while just walking through a
room full of family. She is a mess but we all love her.

She is excellent in school, making A's and every so often a B.
Both Kim and Mark are very smart and I can see where she
has gotten it from. But I think she takes her photographic
memory from her Granny, my Mom.

She is also a part of the school's choir program. They take
a couple of trips a year to sing in other states. She has
been to Washington and St. Louis this past school year.
Holly has a good heart although she has been going
through that "teen attitude" lately. But we still love her.

Holly, I just wanted to wish you a very happy b-day. I
wish you only the best and I know that you will always
the best of everything. HaPpY BiRtHdAy Sweetie.

Thanks for stopping in,


Holly being Holly...or is it Cher.


Monday, June 15, 2009

Dragonfly or Damselfly

When I was younger I never thought about a
dragonfly with any interest. I just thought of
them as flying bugs that hung around the lake
when we went fishing with my Dad. At that age
I never looked at them as a form of beauty.
They were just pesky bugs flying around.
I remember hearing them referred to as
“Snake Doctors” from my Mom.

The last few years I have begun to look at
them so differently. They are so colorful
and so graceful in their flight around. I
took more notice to them about four
years ago when a friend’s daughter was
graduating from high school and I was to
fly to Florida to attend the event. She so
loves the dragonfly so I felt that would make
a great gift. No, I did not take her a dragonfly;
I painted her one on canvas. At the time
I was studying them in books to see just
how to paint one, I then noticed their beauty.

Then last year I bought myself my first “real”
camera; a professional like camera. Not long
after getting it I was in the backyard snapping
away when a beautiful dragonfly came up off the
creek to fly around my plants in the backyard.
I waited for him to light somewhere so that I
could also snap him. He was a green color with
black wings. I have since learned that he is a
damselfly. Both these breeds belong to the order
of Odonata. They come from the same family I
take it but there are differences in them.

A damselfly is long and slender where a dragonfly
is usually stocky. On a dragonfly the eyes touch
or nearly touch at the top of the head, and the
eyes of a damselfly are separated, appearing to
each side of the head. Whatever the difference
I will probably still look upon them as being
“dragonfly’s” and I will continue to enjoy their
flying around and lighting from time to time so
that I may capture them on the camera.

There are 450 species (according the internet)
of dragonflies and damselflies that live in North
America, with about 150 of those species living
in New Hampshire and Vermont .
They can hover, fly sideways and backwards (I
have not seen the backwards trick yet), and
turn 90 degrees on an aerial dime. They prey
upon other insects like mosquitoes (and on my
creek they have a lot of those to fest on). Plus,
they can dart over water at 35 miles per hour.

Dragonfly’s eggs are laid and hatch in the water.
They will live under the water for two to four
years while they molt roughly a dozen times
before them crawl up a stem or rock in the
night or early morning during a warm season
and then squeeze out of a split in the skin on
their backs. They inflate their adult body with
air and pump up the wings with blood. The
wings then spread out to dry.

I wanted to share that since all that was new
to me, I thought you would enjoy learning it
also. The next time you see a dragonfly or a
damselfly, step back and enjoy their beauty
as they fly around.

Thanks for stopping in,

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Boarding School or Jail - Finish or Jail Break


Hi all.

My nephew Cobi, age 15, has been attending a boarding school
the last two years (here in referred to as JAIL) in Colorado.
He came home this week for good, or did he perform a
daring jail break???

My brother, Ray, had a welcome home party for Cobi Friday
night. A SURPRISE party. We all arrived earlier then
Cobi. Mom was to bring him later, as if dropping
him off at home. Only to have him walk in on a house full
of friends and family...all wearing correctional institute "orange".
Ray had gotten everyone orange t-shirts with the name of
school on the back with the words "county jail" after it.

Cobi was totally surprised and I am sure touched. He was
going around saying hi to all and everyone was fixing
their plates with some really good food. When all of a sudden
a real live police officer (friend of the family and Cobi's) came
in with a Warrant for Cobi's arrest. He read off the warrant
to Cobi and asked why Cobi left his school in Colorado. Cobi
of course replied that he had finished his schooling there, or
his "TIME" there. The look on Cobi's face said he was
sure this was a joke until Officer Glenn asked him
was he sure. Then that look changed just a bit to appear to
have a look of concern, "did I finish everything or have
they really sent a warrant to have me picked up". Young
minds are so easy to mess with. The Officer then proceeded
to cuff Cobi.

After the cuffing, Det. Don (another friend of the family and
Officer Glenn's uncle) proceeded to read the name of the
signing judge on the warrant, Judge U Been Fooled. Such
relieve upon Cobi's face, and laughter all around.

The house was decorated with balloons. Orange small ones
blown up and put around the welcome home cake. Ray
had spent time recording all the jail, jail and jail break
songs he could find. Those songs played in the background
as the party went on.

Ray grilled burgers and hot dogs. There was potato salad,
baked beans, all the fixings for the burgers, watermelon,
pineapple, cake and the most tasty homemade banana
pudding. Yummy. It was all so good.

Swimming for the kids. Caleb, my grandson being the first
to jump in. But later others joined in.

Cobi has made his jail break, with no out standing warrants
to send him back. He is back here with his family
and friends and he is so happy to be home.

Thanks for a wonderful party and get together Ray and Lori.
Everyone who worked on the party did a great job.

Thanks for stopping in,

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Problems with AT&T

I have four items combined into one
bill, handled by one company, AT&T.
I did that to make paying bills easier,
now I have to rethink that.

I have my cell, my satellite service,

my home phone and my internet
with this company that I feel has
bitten off more then they can chew,
at least when it comes to customer
service. There customer service
pretty much sucks. You either
have to call or be transferred to
other people, or you get someone
who acts like they know what
they are doing, or you get one
that try’s to sell you something
else while you are calling to try
and get a problem fixed.

In April, I called about a download

that was done to my cell, that I did
not request and I was being charged
$10.00 for. But now only that,
because the download had
happened, I keep getting message’s
texted over my cell. The woman I
talked with said that either they
could block all text’s coming in,
which I did not want. I don’t text
but I get text’s. Or they could
discontinue the download and
that would stop the texts. I went
with that one. I was then told to
pay the $10.00 and I would be
credited that amount on the next
bill…… Okay, so I don’t have a
college degree, how will I ever
know if I was credited? And that
is what you need to have to be
able to read their bills.

But with that done, the woman

begins to tell me that the price
has been changed on the complete
choice pack I have, it dropped.
Now, I also have a problem with
this, if you have a package or
product with AT&T and the price
goes down, should there not be a
way that everyone that has the
package gets the same deal…..NO,
not with them, you have to call in
for some other reason and when
they notice, they mention. Otherwise
you never know. I have had this
happen once with the price of my
internet also. But anyway, I was
told that I could get the price
change, long distance added,
voice mail added and up my
internet speed and actually
be paying $16.00 less then I
do now. Sounds like a good
deal, so stupid me went with it.

My first bill after the changes was

$100.00 more then what my regular
bill was the month before. I was
being charged for things that I did
not ask for. I don’t know if I was
credited the $10.00 for the download,
I don’t know if it was discontinued
since I still get text messages…..
but I was being charged so much
more for the changes that was
suppose to be cheaper.

The next bill was once again, over

$100.00 more then it should be. I
called. I was not happy. I got this
woman on the phone, I explained
the problem. I pointed out that I
was being charged for some items
under my package that I should
not be charged for. I was told that
they were not included in my pack
and I did not ask for them. She said
she could credit that back and take
that off. I asked then what my bill
would run a month. It was only
going to be $4.00 less then I started
out with. I explained that the woman
before quoted me a price that said
a difference of $16.00. Her reply
was that she was not sure what
the other woman was quoting.
Then she went on to ask me was
I satisfied with my satellite service,
that they could change that with a
cable and my price for all would be
192.00. I told her know and she
asked was the price part of the
reason, I told her part of that was
it. So she comes back with a price
of 179.00. I then told her, trying to
be nice that I would have to think
about it. Then I went back to questions
on the bill I had called about. She
then asked why I had to think about
it…..Okay, I was being nice, but that
rocked the boat. I was pissed now.
I told her to listen, I was only saying
it once: I called to straighten out the
bill at hand, I was not interested in
talking about changing anything
since I had already explained to
her that every time I change something,
they screwed it up and I have to spend
an hour on the phone that I don’t
have to spend to begin with to fix it.
That she better not bring it up again
because I did not want anything else
screwed up. At which point I am
sure she was biting her tongue to
say that she was sorry for the
inconvenience this has caused….
and which at this point, I did not
bite my tongue, I don’t her she
was going to be sorry if I took
everything I had with AT&T and
moved to another company. She
finally quoted me a price for the
bill and it was still not right so I
have to make yet another call to
their fantastic customer service
department to get this all worked
out. When I make this call I will
see what kind of contract I am
under for the internet and the
satellite, my cell is not under
contract. I am going to be working
on getting this stuff fixed or I will
move to another provider even if I
have to split it all up and have all
those bills coming in instead of the one.

Like I said, this is not the first time I

have run into this stuff with them. I
changed my satellite service, quoted
a price, when the bill came I was
paying $10.00 more a month then
what I was told. According to the
provider that handles that for AT&T,
I was quoted the wrong price….
go figure. By the way, Mom did the
same change on her account as I did,
in January, it took her four months
to get her bill fixed correctly……
GREAT customer service for a company

that has gotten to big for its own pants.

Thanks for stopping in,

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Relay for Life

Cloud of Witness group

Last Friday night was Relay for Life at Summit
Hospital in Hermitage, Tennessee. I don’t have
a group but a friend of mine does.

Tammy lost her husband in 2006 to lung cancer.
He was a young man, actually right around my age.
Tammy and Bill have two beautiful, good and
sweet daughters. I know that the struggle through
Bill’s illness was hard on all of them. But Tammy
and the girls have their faith and have a great
standing in their church. I know that the church
and the members were a great support for Tammy
and the girls in their time of need.

A few months after losing Bill, Tammy got
involved in Relay for Life. This year was her
and the girls 4th year to have a group, Cloud
of Witness.

In the four years I have only missed one year
that I was unable to attend Relay and support
Tammy and her group. Last year I donated a
painting to the silent auction with the proceeds
going to Relay (Tammy’s group) and this year
I donated a necklace and earrings to the cause.
Also, last year I went to Relay dressed as my
famous clown, Rag-a-Muffin ( I have been
dressing as this for way over 20 years for one
reason or another).

I walked several laps last Friday night. The first
one was for survivors and caregivers. I walked that
lap with Tammy since I have had several members
of my family in my life that has suffered from
cancer. My nephew, Sean being one. He was
eight when we lost him after four years of
treatment, care, love and prayers. I walked
that one for you, Sean. Through the night
I walked more laps for other members and
people I know that lost their life to cancer.

Tammy and her girls have continued to grow
in their love of family, church and life together
since they lost Bill. They have been really
strong and a great supporting group for the
fight against cancer. I hope to be able to support
her in this event for years to come.

Thanks Tammy, Megan, and Macy for your
work with finding the cure for cancer!


Monday, June 8, 2009

My brother, Mark

I just want to do a shout of to my little
brother, Mark. Today is his birthday.
Not going to tell his age but lets just
say that he is a little younger then I am.

Mark was always my fix it man after
I divorced. When I needed something
fixed or looked at he was always there
to see what he could do. I try not to
ask anything of him the last few years
since he has his home to do work on
and keep up, plus doing the same for
Mom and her yard.

If I so much as mention something
that I need looked at, he will say that
he will do it. Knowing all along that he
will try but he already has so much on his
plate. He never knows how to say NO.

Mark is a jack of all traits. He can do some
of the most beautiful wood work. He made
a sewing center desk for my Mom. Made of
Oak and it is beautiful. It has a slotted drawer
for patterns and one for spools of thread. He
also built her a pine hutch in the kitchen as
well as taking down her kitchen cabinets and
replacing them with solid oak, handmade cabinets
by his own hand.

I have a couple of pieces in my home that he either
made for me or for my daughter. There is the blocked
cutting board he made for me one year and the solid wood
magazine rack. But when my daughter was young, the
first Grandchild, and Mark's first niece, he built her
a cute cradle and a highchair from wood. But the
master piece was a solid oak toy chest.

Mark can fix a car, work with wood, build things and
he also makes things from scrap metal. I have some
great pieces of that also. He is a very talented man
and very smart.

He is not much of a talker, but several years back
I spent sometime with him traveling and he was
telling me about different things and at that point
I realized that my brother was a walking book of

Mark is a great brother, a fantastic son, and one
of the best Dad's that I know. He only has one child,
that would be the Drama Queen, Holly.

I wish my brother, Mark the best of the day and the
best the year can bring him. Happy Birthday Mark.
I love you.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Always something to do

I commented on a friend’s blog this morning
that I have been so busy that I have not been
blogging daily like I was in the beginning.
Spring and summer brings so much to do
that you would not be doing in the winter time.

For me it is the re-new part of life…..re-new
the old, paint, clean, redo, work in the yard
and all that kind of stuff. I have been working
on trying to get some of those things done lately.

I don’t cut my yard anymore (NO….it is not
over grown), I hire my future son in law to
cut my yard. Course, it would not hurt me to
get out and do it, I could use that as exercise,
but with the allergies that have been kicking
in this spring, I am pretty much staying away
from cutting. Also with that, I have not been
working the yard, flower beds and things like
that either. Flowerbeds use to be my out, that
is when I did thinking and planning. I gave that
up years ago when I was watching my grandson,
Caleb in the evening while my daughter Amber
worked nights. I live on a creek and those blood
sucking bugs come out in the summertime really
bad. I could not take the little man out in the
evenings cause the bugs seemed to love the
NEW blood! So I dismantled most of my beds,
now I think I have to much of other stuff
going on and that is my excuse for not having
lot’s of flowers….that is my excuse and I am
sticking to it!

With that said, I did make me a patio on
the side of my house, within the shade of
the house…..but alas, it is also on the side
of the creek. I bought the stepping stones
for the patio last fall. I cleared away gravel
in the driveway for the stones, only to give
up because it was such hard work. I had
managed to get the worst of it done, then
I hired my future son in law again to come
and spread sand and level the stones only
to find out that I needed more to make it
wider. A few weeks ago, I purchased more
stones and I leveled these myself. Nice little
sitting area but I so hate bugs!

Since my work outdoors was done, I
moved indoors. I had company coming
in and I so wanted to update the bathroom
upstairs with at least new paint. I actually
started that the first of May only to develop
sinus/allergy problems that would not seem
to leave me. That put me behind for a couple
of weeks, in time for me to rush to get it
finished before my company came. I worked
so hard for 3 days, and I am still not finished.

I primed the walls, the baseboards and door
frames, I then painted the same items with
several coats. I pulled out old caulk and
reapplied that. I repaired the wall above the
shower, then I laid a floor. I still have new
doors to hang to replace the old. I have a new
faucet to install, need to get a new sink to install
at the same time, but I think this is work I will
hire done. I tried to do the faucet but I could not
seem to develop the strength needed to get a
knob off the old faucet! Then I want to frame
out the mirror and install a new light system.
Always something!

The other rooms upstairs are yelling at me
for new paint. That will be something I will
work on through the summer. Caleb’s
room at my house will be next. After I
finish his room, my room and the hall I
will need to tackle the craft/art room,
which I painted once upon a time in a
dark green (what was I thinking). Those
walls will require priming before painting.

Carpet will be coming up in Caleb’s room
and will be replaced. Carpet will also come
up in the craft/art room and I will put a
floor down. It’s not a pretty site to drop
oil paint on carpet. The carpet in there
now bares the scars of the paintings
I have done!!

Anyway, that is what has been keeping me
busy lately, and apparently will be keeping
me busy for a while to come. Pic’s are
from the bathroom repairs and new
floor. Also including one of my patio.


Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Visit, Nancy

On Thursday, May 28th, a friend flew in from Ohio
to visit. Nancy and I have been friends for a year
and a half now but we had never really met face to face.
We met over a website called Clubmom. Actually, Nancy
and my cousin, Kathy became friends before Nancy and
I did. We were all on the same site.
Clubmom was a site (it is no longer a working site since
December 08), where Mom’s went on to meet, discuss,
talk, and to share pictures. It was a really easy site to
get around in. When you signed up you were given a
calendar on your page that you were able to download
a picture to each day. Only one per day. The calendar
would change over to the next month at the end of each
month. But you could go back to any month and view
anyone’s photo’s or go back by the year. You could
post your family, pets, vacation spots, nature shots…
just whatever you wanted. With this site you met
Mom’s, and some Dad’s, you met their children
or grandchildren, sister’s and brothers and pets.
You were able to learn a lot about others and
view some amazing photo’s taken all over.

There was a profile page for each person, you
could put whatever you wanted to about yourself
or as little. I met a lot of people that I am still in
touch with via Facebook now.

Nancy, Kathy and I continued our friendship via
the phone and computer since the ending of Clubmom.
We send Christmas gifts, birthday gifts and just pick
me ups through the postal service but we had never met.

The three of us were trying to plan a girls weekend
away in Chattanooga . Nancy was to fly from Ohio
to Nashville and her and I were to drive there,
Kathy was to drive up from Georgia so that the
three of us could get to know each other face to
face and share the time out and about with our
camera’s. Kathy was unable to meet us in
Chattanooga so Nancy and I decided to stay in
Nashville and I drug her around my stomping
grounds to photograph this, that and whatever else.

I had a great time, she is quite, which I am not.
She is so sweet and giving. I hope that she had
a good time here and I did not wear her out
dragging her everywhere. I put her on the
plane home yesterday evening.

We made a trip around my area. Introducing
her to family and friends. We went to Watertown
because she had seen some shots I did there
and she wanted to try those same shots. We
went to 2nd Ave. downtown, to a lake at
Summit Hospital, to Centennial Park, The
Parthenon, to the Farmers Market, around
the Capitol and then to Gaylord Hotel in the
Conservatory. I think she went home with
over 500 shots to play with.

It was really nice to finally meet face to face.
To have our friendship grow to that next stage.
Maybe one day she will be able to take me
around her home to photograph any and
everything! Thanks for the visit Nancy ,
I so enjoyed it.