Friday, December 31, 2010

My Wish For You In 2011!!

Happy New 2011! Wishing all of you Peace, Happiness, Good Health, Joy, Prosperity, Wealth, and Many Blessings! Give all of your furbabies plenty of hugs, kisses, snuggles and belly rubs from me and my babies!
After serious & cautious consideration... Your contract of friendship has been renewed for the New Year 2011!!
It was a very hard decision to make... So try not to screw it up!!!
My Wish for You in 2011:
May peace break into your home and may thieves come to steal your debts.
May the pockets of your jeans become a magnet for $100 bills.
May love stick to your face like Vaseline and may laughter assault your lips!
May happiness slap you across the face and may your tears be that of joy.
May the problems you had, forget your home address!
In simple words ..............May 2011 be the best year of your life!!!
Happy New Year!!
Copied from an email from a dear friend.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas 2010

Merry Christmas to all my bloggie friends!! Yes, I'm a little late I know. Sorry!
Hope everyone had a wonderful day filled with great food, even greater family and friends and lots of love and fun and presents!
I had a wonderful Christmas Eve get together at my cousin's. Lots of delicious food and the gift exchange game is always so much fun.
Today Meagan and I went to my sister's for our Christmas dinner. Deep fried turkey, ham, oven baked turkey and all the fixins. One tiny slice of pecan pie, yep, just one tiny piece!
Wishing all of you the best for the New Year 2011, full of joy, hope, prosperity, health and whatever your heart desires!
Give all your furbabies a hug, kiss and belly rub from me and my babies.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Mysterious Circles???

Most of us have heard of crop circles and the mysteries that surround them. How were they made? Who made them? When were they made?

The mystery may now be solved. I have 6 dogs of my own and take care of my daughter's lab mix because she is TOO LAZY to do it. Two of my dogs are pugs. Herein lies the answer.
The two pugs are the only dogs I have ever seen do this in the yard. They go out and sit down and twirl and twirl and twirl. They get dizzy and so do I. Round and round they go. They are either scratching their behinds or chasing their curly tails or a combo of both. Henceforth they flatten the grass in a circle pattern as they go round and round therefore making a small crop circle. So the giant crop circles must have been made by gigantic pugs from long ago. Of course the giant pugs arrived here from outer space via spaceships or possibly were beamed down here! Mystery solved!

No, I have not had any margaritas or Sangria while arriving at this conclusion! Nor have I been smoking wacky tobaccky. I'm serious! Do any of your pugs perform this strange ritual?

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I don't know about all of you but I'm stuffed like a turkey. We had a beautiful afternoon to have our feast. I got plenty of Vitamin D as it was quite sunny, a little warmer than I would have liked. I broke out in a sweat at one point. We ate outside at my cousin's place in Winter Haven. We sat at picnic tables under the huge oaks on her property.

There was deep fried turkey, baked ham, mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, squash casserole ( most excellent since I made it), mac n cheese, hash brown casserole, green bean casserole, corn souffle, sweet potato casserole, cranberry sauce with jalapenos ( that was some good stuff), waldorf salad, cauliflower/tomato salad (very good too), broccoli salad. For dessert there were brownies, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, carrot cake, pumpkin cobbler and sour cream pound cake. Did I leave out anything??? Probably!

I am thankful for my family and friends, that I live in the USA, have religious freedom, a roof over our heads, my furbabies that love me, my health, that my daughter has a job, that I have a job even though I'm going to be let go in the near future then will have to find another one. Good luck on doing that with this economy. I am thankful for our service men and women who protect us and our country.

I pray that all of you had a wonderful blessed day with your families and friends! I hope that you got plenty to eat cause if you didn't it's your own fault!!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Times have changed!

Post this over your washing machine!

“Warshing" Clothes Recipe...

Never thought of a "warsher" in this light before...what a blessing!"Warshing Clothes Recipe" -- imagine having a recipe for this!
Years ago an Alabama grandmother gave the new bride the following recipe: this is an exact copy as written and found in an old scrapbook -- with spelling errors and all.

WARSHING CLOTHES Build fire in backyard to heat kettle of rain water. Set tubs so smoke wont blow in eyes if wind is pert. Shave one hole cake of lie soap in boilin water.

Sort things, make 3 piles 1 pile white, 1 pile colored, 1 pile work britches and rags. To make starch, stir flour in cool water to smooth, then thin down with boiling water.

Take white things, rub dirty spots on board, scrub hard, and boil, then rub colored don't boil just wrench and starch. Take things out of kettle with broom stick handle, then wrench, and starch. Hang old rags on fence. Spread tea towels on grass. Pore wrench water in flower bed. Scrub porch with hot soapy water. Turn tubs upside down. Go put on clean dress, smooth hair with hair combs... Brew cup of tea, sit and rock a spell and count your blessings.
Paste this over your washer and dryer Next time when you think things are bleak, read it again, kiss that washing machine and dryer, and give thanks... First thing each morning you should run and hug your washer and dryer.

For you non-southerners - wrench means, rinse ;)


Wednesday, October 6, 2010

I'm A 9 Year Survivor

October 6. 2001... 9 years ago I found a lump in my right breast. I couldn't believe what I was feeling. I had a lumpectomy in November the week after Thanksgiving. The doc removed the fat pad in my armpit which had 22 lymph nodes that were all clear. Met with the Oncologist on January 2, 2002. Back to the surgeon on February 4th for my port-a-cath for the chemo and to have another lump removed in the same breast. Began chemo on Febuary 7th, 2002. 6 rounds of poison, a triple cocktail of drugs Adriamycin, aka the red devil, Cytoxan and Fluorouracil. Before you begin this, you have to have bone scans, then a MUGA scan, this makes sure your heart is strong enough for you to survive the chemo. You don't know what damage is done til later on in life, I pray no damage was done to my heart.

After the chem, I had 38 radiation treatments, the last 6 were super blasts. It was 5 days a week til the 38 were complete. I still have the little blue dots tattoed on me so they knew where to direct the radiation and hopefully not do damage to my heart and lungs.

In September 2002, I began taking Tamoxifen for 5 years. This was to block my body from making estrogen which caused my cancer to start with. 2 1/2 years in, the Oncologist switched me to Arimidex for a full 5 years. Fast forward to March 2010, I finished the Arimidex and he realease me. I asked if I could still come once a year for bloodwork to check my tumor markers and for him to give me the once over. He said yes. Mind you I saw my doctor every 3 months for the longest, then every 6 months til he was ready to cut me loose. That is a very scary feeling not to have your safety net beneath you. That is why I still want to have a yearly visit.

Throughout all of this journey I prayed for God to heal my body and the doctors helped. It has been a long road but I made it. I had a very positive attitude and know without a doubt this helped me too. Thank you God! Many thanks to my doctors and nurses at Watson Clinic.

My mother had breast cancer, so did her sister. My maternal grandmother had pancreatic cancer. To ease my mind I had the BRCA test done to see if I carry the breast cancer gene. I DO NOT!!! Again, thank you God! I can't pass this to my daughter, if she should ever get breast cancer it won't be because she inherited it. She nneds to mammograms a little earlier than most, exercise and watch her diet. I pray God watches over her and keeps her healthy. It has been a wild ride and don't care to ever do it again!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Charlie and Lucy

My friend sent me this in an e-mail. Made me laugh!

Charlie's wife, Lucy, had been after him for several weeks to paint the seat on their toilet. Finally, he got around to doing it while Lucy was out. After finishing, he left to take care of another matter before she returned. She came in and undressed to take a shower. Before getting in the shower, she sat on the toilet. As she tried to stand up, she realized that the not-quite-dry epoxy paint had glued her to the toilet seat. About that time, Charlie got home and realized her predicament.They both pushed and pulled without any success whatsoever. Finally, in desperation, Charlie undid the toilet seat bolts. Lucy wrapped a sheet around herself and Charlie drove her to the hospital emergency room. The ER Doctor got her into a position where he could study how to free her (Try to get a mental picture of this.). Lucy tried to lighten the embarrassment of it all by saying, "Well, Doctor, I'll bet you've never seen anything like this before." The Doctor replied, "Actually, I've seen lots of them. I just never saw one mounted and framed."

Have a great fall weekend!!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Turtle helps friend who's flipped over.

I'm so thankful for all my friends! You lift my spirits and give me words of encouragement when I seem to need it the most. You make me laugh! I hope that I do the same for you! Enjoy this little video, it explains it all.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Happy 20th, Meagan!!!! Love, Mama

It was 20 years ago on July 11th, 1990 at 1134am on a Tuesday that I gave birth by C-section to a beautiful baby girl. My Mama wanted to go with me into the delivery/surgery room so bad but they would only let my husband be in there with me. It just about broke my Mama's heart and mine too that she couldn't be with me. If I had known that in a couple of years that I would be divorced, I would have preferred her in there with me. The next thing I knew they gave me a great big baby to hold. If I had gone to my due date she would have been well over 10 POUNDS as it was she was only 9 lbs 8 ozs. Glad I didn't have to push her out! My OB/GYN said it wasn't even an option. My hips weren't wide enough for natural delivery. Could have fooled me!
It was love at first sight for both of us and always will be! She looked up at me and I could see her love for me even when she was fresh out of the womb. My Mama told me that also. Meagan was my miracle baby as I had 2 miscarriages years before.
Today we celebrated her 20th birthday at Chili's with a big table full of friends, hers and mine. We had a great time and LOTS of laughs!!!
Happy Birthday, Meagan Michelle!! Mama loves you very much!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Blitz and the Rainbow Bridge

Today Blitz, my gorgeous boxer, crossed over to the Rainbow Bridge. We held him in our arms, gave him many gentle kisses, so many hugs goodbye. His bark is now silent although I hear it in my head. There will be no more like you. Gallant, noble, protective, loyal, loving. True to your breed. My forever faithful four legged furbaby! I can't say enough wonderful things about him. He can chase possums and squirrels til his heart is content. Eat all the cookies he wants. Chas all the bubbles that I can blow for you! OH how he loved to d chase those bubbles and pop them in the aire! Be free! Run free, Blitz! Nothing to hold you back. I love you forever and will miss you always!!
Love, Mama
I want to thank Meagan for posting these pics of Blitz for me. And for being here for me and him when he and I needed you the most. I love you, Meagan!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Rats in the Barn!!!

Boudreaux and Thibodeaux

Boudreaux was out in da field talkin' wit his frien Thibodeaux. Thibodeaux said "Boudreaux , you see dat ole barn out dere? Well man, its completely infestered wit rats. I tried everything I know an can't get rid of dem."Boudreaux say, "Thibodeaux, I know xactly how to get rid of dem rats. You gotta get you one of dem bull constriptors." Thibodeaux say, Whats a bull constriptor?". Boudreaux explains, "man. dats one of dem big ole snakes and he loves to eat rats and swallers dem whole, all at once".
Well, da nex day Thibodeaux went down to Kliberts reptile farm and bought him da biggest bull constripter dat dey got. He brought dat snake to da barn an let him loose right in da middle and just sat dere and watched. Well, Thibodeaux was watchin' for a long time, I mean long, an dere wasn't nuttin ' happening. Dat big ole snake jus curled up hiself in da middle of dat barn and slept all day. He didn't even move and dem rats jus run all around.
So Thibodeaux got real frustrated and he called up Boudreaux on da phone, "Boudreaux, man dats some bad advice bout dat snake.
Dem rats is still runnin' al around and dat snake jus lays dere sleepin' all day long." Boudreaux says, "Man, Thibodeaux, I know just what to do. Give dat snake some Viagra." Thibodeaux say, "What! Viagra! What's dat gonna do?" Boudreaux say,"I was just listening to da radio and de man say dat Viagra is da best ting to use for a reptile dysfunction."

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Shaving while driving???

True story in today's new at


Texting or talking on a cell phone while driving is considered unsafe by many. Now, there's something else you can add to the list.
After crashing into the back of a truck, Megan Jones told Florida state troopers that she had been shaving her "bikini area."
And there's more. Her ex-husband was steering the car from the passenger seat, according to the FHP.
After she hit the truck, she continued on before being pulled over.
And there's even more. Barnes was also driving with a suspended license, just one day after she was convicted of driving under the influence.
Trooper Gary Dunick, who referred to the trimming procedure as "landscaping," provided an explanation. "She said she was meeting her boyfriend in Key West and wanted to be ready for the visit," he said.
Living on the razor's edge has Barnes charged with reckless driving, driving with a revoked license, leaving the scene of a crash with injuries and driving without insurance. No one was seriously hurt.
My reaction to this story is:
OK..reality check...her ex-husband was driving but she was going to meet her boyfriend...bizarre...and what about her hair..she should have made a stop at the hair salon!! Maybe for 3 things...a shave and a haircut and color!! LOL!!!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

This is a really cute! Have your speakers on to hear this. It's set to the William Tell Overture. Tells it like it is about being a Mom. Wishing you all an early Happy Mother's Day! Enjoy!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

The girls night out

I may have posted this before. Can't remember for sure. If I did, I'm sorry. This is funny every time I read it. Was sent to me in an email and was told to share with friends. So here goes!

Girls night out..

One night my girls invited me out.
I promised my husband I'd be home by midnight.
Hours passed & margaritas went down way too easy.
Around 3 AM (a bit loaded) I headed home.
Just as I got in, the cuckoo clock chimed 3 times.
Afraid my hubby would wake I quickly cuckooed 9 more times.
I was really proud of myself for coming up with such a quick witted solution.
The next morning he asked what time I got in.
I said "MIDNIGHT!"
He seemed fine so I thought I'd gotten away with it.
Then he said "We need a new cuckoo clock."
When I asked why he said "Well, last night our clock cuckooed 3 times, said 'oh shit', cuckooed 4 times, cleared its throat, cuckooed 3 times again, giggled, cuckooed twice more, then tripped over the coffee table & farted."

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Southern Women

Perhaps all y'all who are not from the South might get some understandin' from this little lesson!
Southern women know their summer weather report: Humidity...Humidity...Humidity
Southern women know their vacation spots: The beach...The rivuh...The crick
Southern women know everybody's first name:Honey...Darlin'...Shugah
Southern women know the movies that speak to their hearts:Fried Green Tomatoes...Driving Miss Daisy...Steel Magnolias...Gone With The Wind
Southern women know their cities dripping with Southern charm: Chawl'stn... S'vanah...N'awlins...Addlanna
Southern women know their elegant gentlemen: Men in uniform...Men in tuxedos...Rhett Butler
Southern girls know the 3 deadly sins: Having bad hair and nails...Having bad manners...Cooking bad food
Only a Southerner knows how many fish, collard greens, turnip greens, peas, beans, etc., make up "a mess."
Only a Southerner knows instinctively that the best gesture of solace for a neighbor who's got trouble is a plate of hot fried chicken and a big bowl of cold potato salad.
If the neighbor's trouble is a real crisis, they also know to add a large banana puddin!
A Southerner knows that "fixin" can be used as a noun, a verb, or an adverb.
Put 100 Southerners in a room and half of them will discover they're related, even if only by marriage.
In the South, y'all is singular, all y'all is plural.
Southern girls know men may come and go, but friends are fahevah !

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

An Irish Blessing For You

May you be blessed with good friends.
May you be a good friend to yourself.
May you be able to journey to that place in your soul where there is great love, warmth, feeling and forgiveness.
May this change you.
May it transfigure that which is negative, distant or cold in you.
May you be brought into the real passion, kinship and affinity of belonging.
May you treasure your friends.
May you be good to them and may you be there for them.
May they bring you all the blessings, challenges, truth and light that you need on your journey.
May you never be isolated.
May you always be in the gentle nest of belonging with your anam cara...(soul friend).
May you be blessed with good friends.
May you learn to be a good friend to yourself.
May there always be work for your hands to do.
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine on your window pane.
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Spring Obsession in Munn Park

I copied these photos from google images. They are from last year's Spring Obsession at Munn Park in downtown Lakeland.
These are rain barrels painted by local school children. They are big plastic feed barrels that a spigot has been added to it. They are for sale.
We saw beautiful plants and flowers today. All kinds of things for your lawns and gardens. All kinds of people were out enjoying the beautiful weather. The sun felt great but it was a little breezy with a slight chill to it.
They had a great jazz band playing, Made me want to dance like Frazier does on his show when he listens to music while waiting for his date to arrive. I loved that show, really made me laugh. I still enjoy the reruns! Frasier and Seinfeld, the best!
For lunch we ate at the Silver Ring. They only serve cuban food. This little sandwich shop began in Ybor City in the late 1940's. When I was a little girl in the late 50's we would take a trip to Tampa to go to the big Sears store and on the way home we stopped off in Ybor City to get cubans. Had to wait til we got home to enjoy eating them. Today Meagan and I had pressed cubans, spanish bean soup and Meagan had a deviled crab roll with hot sauce on the side. Years ago they opened the shop in Lakeland. It's a little hole in the wall kind of place.
Hope you have a great weekend and wonderful weather! More adventures next weekend in the historic district of our town. Stay tuned!!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Larry's Proverbs

I hope all of you know who Larry the Cable Guy is. A real redneck! He is so darn funny!

1. A day without sunshine is like night.
2. On the other hand, you have different fingers.
3. 42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.
4. 99 percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name.
5. Remember, half the people you know are below average.
6. He who laughs last, thinks slowest.
7. Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm
8. The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese in the trap.
9. Support bacteria. They're the only culture most people have.
10. A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
11. Change is inevitable, except from vending machines.
12. If you think nobody cares, try missing a couple of payments.
13. How many of you believe in psycho-kinesis? Raise my hand.
14. OK, so what's the speed of dark?
15. When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
16. Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.
17. How much deeper would the ocean be without sponges?
18. Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.
19. What happens if you get scared half to death, twice?
20. Why do psychics have to ask you your name?
21. Inside every older person is a younger person wondering, 'What the heck happened?
22. Just remember -- if the world didn't suck, we would all fall off.
23. Light travels faster than sound. That's why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
24. Life isn't like a box of chocolates. It's more like a jar of jalapenos. What you do today, might burn your butt tomorrow.

Gotta appreciate his sense of humor. Which one is your favorite?

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day

Just wanted to wish you a fun filled day of Love and all things wonderful! May you get lots of candy, flowers, jewelry and anything else your heart desires on this special day. For the pug lovers/owners out there, give your pugs an extra hug and kiss from us. I also will include all animals in this hug and kiss occasion!

Love to all of you,


Monday, February 8, 2010

Best Living Will Ever

This may be the best Living Will I've Seen

I,__________________, being of sound mind and body, do not wish to be kept alive indefinitely by artificial means. Under no circumstances should my fate be put in the hands of pinhead politicians who couldn't pass ninth grade biology if their lives depended on it, or lawyers/doctors interested in simply running up the bills.
If a reasonable amount of time passes and I fail to ask for at least one of the following:

Glass of wine
Chicken fried steak with cream gravy
Mexican food
French fries
Ice cream
Cup of tea
It should be presumed that I won't ever get better. When such a determination is reached, I hereby instruct my appointed person and attending physicians to pull the plug, reel in the tubes, let the 'fat lady sing,' and call it a day!

Have a Drink IT'S 5 O'CLOCK SOMEWHERE !!

Friday, February 5, 2010

Yummy looking fried oysters!!

Don't those Fried Oysters look yummy?

A big Texan stopped at a local restaurant following a day roaming around in Mexico City. While sipping his tequila, he noticed a sizzling, scrumptious looking platter of food being served at the next table. Not only did it look good, the smell was wonderful. "What is that you just served?" he asked the waiter.
"Ah Senor, you have excellent taste!" the waiter replied. "Those are called Cojones de Toro, bull's testicles from the bull fight this morning. A delicacy!
'"What the heck, bring me an order."
"I am so sorry Senor," the waiter replied. "There is only one serving per day because there is only one bull fight each morning. If you come early and place your order, we will be sure to save you this delicacy."
The next morning, the cowboy returned, placed his order, and that evening was served the one and only special delicacy of the day. After a few bites, inspecting his platter, he called to the waiter. "These are delicious, but they are much, much smaller than the ones I saw you serve yesterday.
"The waiter shrugged his shoulders. "Si, señor , sometimes the bull wins..."

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Random Thoughts for Wednesday

My dear friend, Marijean, sent me this email and I wanted to share.

Subject: Random Thoughts of the Day

Here are a few laughs to start your day off!!
1) Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
2) I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.
3) There is a great need for a sarcasm font.
4) How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?
5) I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.
6) Map Quest really needs to start their directions on #5. Pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.
7) Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.
8) I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.
9) Bad decisions make good stories
10) You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you've made up your mind that you just aren't doing anything productive for the rest of the day.
11) I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten page research paper that I swear I did not make any changes to.
12) I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? Damn it!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voicemail. What'd you do after I didn't answer? Drop the phone and run away?
13) I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste!
14) As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate drivers, but no matter what the mode of transportation, I always hate cyclists.
15) I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.
16) I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lites than Kay!