Showing posts from August, 2009

To Newer Friends that Have Come Into My Life

Yesterday I posted about long standing friends
and today I wanted to post
about newer friends. These are friends I have
made in the last few years, some
with the last year. These are the people that
will just drift into my life and be
gone in no time at all, I do believe these will
be friends that will be around for

There is Theresa. She has been in a couple of my
blogs along the way. I met
her almost three years ago when she came to
Photo Services to work (where
I worked before coming to the TBI). Theresa
was a throw back from the older
Photo Services days, this meaning, she was a
photographer that worked there
once before.

She came into that office working with a big staff
of three (3)! It seemed as if
Phil, her and I hit it off really well. We would all
do lunches together and sometimes
there would be a drink or two after work. Theresa
and I have continued to stay in
contact since I left. She lives near me, we have a
lot in common, two of which are
eating and photography! We do dinner maybe
once a we…

Friends-The Ones Who Touch Your Life

You know, people come and go through
your life daily, some to stay, and some
just to touch you in one way or another
then to move on. Others just pass by and
you may or may not even notice them.

In my 49 years I have met more people
then I could even begin to remember.
Some of those might have left a memory
in my mind that will pop up from time to
time and others might have stayed a last
memory. Others might have remained in
my life to become long times friends.

I have some friends that are just that, long
time friends. Ones that have been in my
heart and in my life for what seems like
forever. Some that I might not see but once
a year (Julie) and others that I see once a
week (Debbie), the ones that live in the
neighbor behind me and I see from time
to time (Barb)….but with each one of these
long time friends, I know in my heart, if I
needed them, they would be there.

Barb and I go back a long time. I was around
12 when her and I started to hang out together.
She lived down the street and around the

More Memories - My Granddaddy

I did a blog for my Granny yesterday so I wanted to
be sure and do one for my Granddaddy also.

That man was bigger then life to me and

I loved him so much. Granddaddy left us
when I was in either the 7th or 8th grade
(that would be about 36 years ago or so).
He had lung cancer. That was my first dealings
with that wicked disease, later in life I lost
several close family members to it in some form
or another. To hear that my Granddaddy had this
was scary; to know that we would probably
lose him was hard to take. If I remember
correctly, six months after hearing that
news, he was gone.

Like my Granny, I have memories of him.

He worked at the local drive in (that was
when there were still a lot around). He
ran the projector at night and cleaned t
he parking lot during the day. When we
visited we always went a long to help out.
To us, my brothers and my cousins and I,
it was not a job because we always seemed
to have so much fun doing it.

We would each have a burlap sack that was

as big as e…

Memories - My Granny

This is my Granny. Wasn't she a pretty lady?

My Grandmother has been gone now for
twenty two years, this past February. I
was twenty seven years old when I lost
her and to this day I still miss her. Even
at that age I was young and to dumb even
though I was expecting my second child to
realize how important she was and how much
history she carried with her. I wished I had sit
with her and recorded events in her life, her
childhood, her life as a married woman and her
life as she raised seven children. I wished I had
the wisdom to have done that.

Granny, me and my daughter, Amber

My Granny was not a hugging sort of person, but
you knew she loved you, you knew it with every
little thing she did for you. I lived out of town and
do not have the daily memories my cousin’s have
but I have some really special ones that I will carry
with me always.

One memory, if we happen to be making a trip to
Georgia around my birthday she would want to know
what kind of…

Trash to Treasure/Second Time Around Tuesday

This iron yard art that sets under my tree in
my front yard was a trash find. My brother found
this one years ago while walking through is
neighborhood the evening before trash pick up day.
Mark is a recycling person and he just could not
leave this to go to the landfill. He collects metal
a lot of times and then takes it down to the locate
recycling place when he has a truck load. I am sure
he thought this piece would also make it to the back
of the truck but for some reason it ended up at my
Mother's yard sale. I took a liking to it for its strange
shape and cause it was just different, so I ended up with it.
One mans trash, became a yard art treasure for me.

This plant holder was one of my Goodwill finds.
I gave $1.00 for it. I was not sure at the time if I would
keep it or do something else with it but as soon as I
got out of the car with it, it was set on my porch steps and
there is where it has remained. Just adds a little extra to
my steps with a plant sitting in it during the summer months.


This post is for my friend Pam D and fellow blogger

Pam and I go back to elementary school, 2nd
grade actually, and that would be right around 42
years. Now we were not best friends, go each
other's house friends and then there was the years
after high school till just recently that we had no
contact.....but I consider her my friend. Our
high school, which no longer exist as a senior high,
has its own website. It has to be one of the best high
school websites I have ran across. Pam and reconnected
through this site a couple of years ago and then she got
me into this blogging thing...thanks Pam, I do enjoy it.

Anyway, from the past to the future. Pam and I share
the school website, the blogging, facebook and emails.
She is well aware of my battle this past winter with
squirrels in my attic. To go along with the RODENTS that
moved into my attic, they partied at night, right above my
head while I tried to sleep. Now, that is bad enough, but I
suffer from sleep apnea …

Another Joke on the Neighbor

My neighbor is a firm believer that Miracle
Grow works wonders. I for one have to
agree, but I don’t mix it up and use it on
a regular basis like she did. I could look
outside and she would be carrying milk
jugs all over the backyard with this mixture
watering all the various plants here and
there, spreading the liquid love.

I worked with friend that had a lot of little
trees, maple and red buds that were about
2 to 3 feet high. She dug them up and brought
them to me to plant in my backyard since there
are not a lot of trees except on the outer edge. I
shared with my neighbor.

We planted a maple one about mid way between
the decks in the center of the backyard. Not sure
if it’s on her side, my side or in the middle. But
she took to mixing the liquid love and applying it
to this tree at least once a week.

Once again, I had a brain storm and I included my
side kick, my son. There was also a maple tree that
was growing on the side bank of the creek on the
side of my yard next to my drive. I knew that it was

The Rubber Snake Joke

If you have read any of my back issues of my blog,
like the one’s titled “Can this be the reason I
am not married anymore”, then you probably
have learned one important thing~~ I am a
jokester! I love a good laugh, especially if I
have managed to pull one over on someone
else. But there again, I am good at telling
things on myself that also bring in a laugh
or two, I believe in sharing the laughter!

There have been a couple of ‘jokes” that
involved a neighbor I had. I live in a zero
lot line home, which basically is a townhouse
duplex. I own my half, the neighbor owned
hers. She lived alone, I lived with my two kids.

My neighbor and I spent time either on her
deck or mine on Saturday or Sunday enjoying
a cup or two of coffee, we did the garden/flower
shopping thing together, dinners and things like
that. With that said, she became the subject to a
few of my “jokes”.

Normally in the evenings you could find us both
out at the same time watering our plants and
flowers, so with this knowledge I worked up my

Virus Protection...Beware

No, I am not talking from the Swine Flu Virus,
I am talking for your computer. You see, I
had protection on my computer but I still got
hit. So beware out there.

This past weekend my grandson was playing
games on my computer, which today I found
out that is an easy way to bring a virus into
your computer. While he was playing he put
the game on pause so that he could eat breakfast.
I looked over at the computer to see a virus
warning had popped up. Not reading it and
thinking that it was from my protection, I did
not close it out, I clicked for it to scan. MISTAKE.
By doing this I allowed a company by the name of
Personal Antivirus to attack and attach itself to
my computer, apparently bringing with it a host
of viruses. It did it’s little scan to come back and
tell me that I had 950 something treats and
viruses. YIKES.

What was I to do? So I started by trying to go
onto the computer and finding a free virus
removal tool to remove all this crap, only to
find out that every time I tried to key into a
site I …

Julia and Julie Movie

I would say for a woman this would be a
must see movie but then again if you
don’t see it, it’s not like you missed the
masterpiece of the century. Honestly,
I liked it a lot. It was a funny and entertaining
movie. So glad I took the time to go see it.

Meryl Streep who I think is a fantastic and
talented actress did a wonderful job playing
Julia Child in movie. Meryl Streep is very
talented in her ability to perform a variety
of different characters. I have enjoyed watching
her over the years and this performance was no
different. Well done.

Amy Adam’s played Julie Powell and she did a
really good job also. I don’t feel that she is the
actress that Meryl is but then again, she has not
been at it as long as Meryl has either. She played
her part in this movie well and added her humor to it.

The only thing I could say that I see wrong with
this movie is that if Julie Powell had actually cooked
(or if I had) all that rich, French style food and ate
it for 365 days…she would not have retained that
small tiny wa…

True Story Tuesday -My Red Car

In 1987 right after my son was born I bought
a new car. First new car I have ever owned.
It was a fire engine red Ford Tempo, 5 speed,
4 doors (gotta have when you have two kids).

I have some long time friends (Barb and I have
been friends for 37 or more years, her hubby, Phil, a
bit less). Let me add here that Phil is not the same
Phil that I hit when I totalled my car. Anyway,
as the story goes, Barb and Phil lived on a very
busy two lane road. They
made a turn around at the end of their drive
way which made things a lot better, no more
backing out onto the main road. When you
pulled into their drive it was set up in such a
way that they pulled over and parked side by
side in front of the garage door. If anyone came
to visit they could just pull straight in and park
at the end of the drive. This would allow Phil to
still get his Ford Bronco out if need be.

My ex and I had gone over to spend an evening
with the Ware’s, the kids were playing, all was
well. Phil and my ex decided that they needed to
run to …

New School Year- 3rd Grade

My grandson Caleb entered the 3rd grade last Friday.
They attended for a 1/2 day. Tomorrow he will be
going all day long. He likes his teacher. Says she is really

Caleb ended last year with A's and B's and reading at
a 4th grade level. He loves learning and always has.

He told me just a couple of weeks ago that he wished
school had started earlier, he was ready to learn
some new things. I love it!

He will also come out with things that I had no clue
he knew. When I ask him where he gets these things
he tells me that he learns them on Animal Planet,
Discovery Channel or in class. He has also let me
know that he has read things in books that he checks
out from the library.

I am hoping that this is a smooth and good year for
Caleb. It's always nice when a child loves to learns
and when they soak it in and retain it so easy and

Here's to wishing Caleb a fantastic year!

Can Dogs Tell Time?


Dakota looking out

Animals, esp. dogs are a lot smarter then people tend to think they are.

I can remember as a child our dog Sam rushing to the door when it was time for my Dad to get home from work. Dad drove an old Rambler that made some noise but we just figured that Sam heard time coming blocks away. Now...I wonder.
There are several things that make me wonder about this. My Mom now has a beagle for Sam is long gone from this world. As hard as training this hard headed beagle, Daisy, to just stay out of the bedroom trash can was, she seems to have found her calling.....or would that be howling? It seems to be that at 2:00 each day, which is feeding time, Daisy will let my Mom know that its time to be fed. This started a few months back, while Mom sat in the recliner in her room and Daisy came into the room made a small whine, or two, loo…

Work Around the House

Laundry room doors I hung

I learned back sometime ago when I was a newly married
woman and mom (yes, it was really a long time ago),
and money was always short that when things needed
doing you could not always hire them to be done.
I married at the young age of 20, had my first child
at 20 and I knew how to basically boil water, not much
more then that. Over the years of marriage, two kids
and a divorce I taught myself to cook, clean and tackle
a lot of other things, like home repairs. Now keep in
mind, there are some things I will not or can not take
on, but for the most part if my back will allow, I will try it.

When I left home I had never yielded a paint brush to
a wall before, I soon got over that and I could not tell
you the many walls and ceiling I have painted in the
years since. But as those years went on I tackled cabinets,
with the sander, primer and paint. I have laid floor, hung
wallpaper, stripped wallpaper, changed washers, hung
doors and even changed out a faucet. Although I do not

An Actress In the Family

My niece Holly....

I have written entries in this blog about Holly
and her acting before, this is just one more added addition.

Isn't she just so pretty!???
Holly is entering her freshman year of school. This “little” girl is growing up all so fast!

Holly has also entertained us at family events, around the house, and also in a local community play. But the biggies come from the school events. For two summers she has been a part of the schools summer drama camp. This is a week long camp that takes any student from the school that wishes to be a part, lets them try out for a place in the play and at the end of that week of hard practicing and work, they put of a play.

I was blown away with the first one I attended, Annie. Most of these kids had never been a part of anything like that before but each and every one of them did the most awesome and amazing job. They took what they signed up to do seriously and to heart, giving it their all. With the help of some really great parents the st…

San Cruz Garden Furniture

Looking for outdoor furniture that
will last for years to come? I think
I have the solution for you. Check out
Santa Cruz Exotic Garden Furniture at

This outdoor furniture is made of ipe wood.
Ipe is a deep, rich, dark brown color wood
with a fine to medium grain texture. It is
very durable. Ten times better then teak at
less the cost and harder then red oak or redwood.
This ipe wood has a natural resistant to decay,
termites and borers. That alone tells me that it
will stand up against most weather and most any
bug out there!

Not only is it durable to the weather and bugs it
is beautiful furniture and I can say from
experience…comfortable! I have been able to
sit and enjoy several hours of time in a few of
these pieces and I really enjoyed it.

If you have any questions you may contact the
owner via the website above. Prices and pictures
of the items are listed also on the website.
Please stop in and visit, and NO, I am not
getting a kick back on any items sold…

Santa Cruz Garden Furniture


Home Depot Kids Projects

I was not aware that Home Depot offered
projects once a month for kids until
last month. My daughter started working
for Home Depot and she told me about it
because she wanted Caleb to be able to
attend but she had to work that Saturday.
In my area these projects are held on the
first Saturday of every month.

The class for these projects start at 9
and go till noon. You can come at anytime
during those hours.

You go in and at a long table they have kits
sat out around the table. You pick a spot to
sit and just proceed. The kit has directions
on the project that you are working on. Each
child has the same project, and that project
changes each month.

When you enter and pick a place to sit, you
are given an official looking orange Home
Depot apron to put on and wear. You write
your name across the top. You take this
home with you. Caleb and I took this back
for his second project, he really don’t need
more then one!

In July Caleb made a caddy. The kit consisted
of the cut wooden pieces, n…