Oldies But Goodies for 13 Days!

December 31, 2008


We are leaving this morning for a two-week vacation.  First with my sister and her family in Atlanta, then with Gunny and his family in Tulsa.  ( I envy people who have their siblings and children all in the area!)

I doubt that I’ll be able to post during that time, so I’m leaving you on your own.  But here’s the plan.  I’m going to leave an old post that I like on each of the days that I’m gone and you can read that.  But, only read the one for that day, okay?  That way you will have something to read here everrrrry day.  How hard can it be to come up with thirteen posts I like and would like for you to read from the “old days,” right?

Okay, I’ll be back to posting, hopefully, on the fourteenth.  So, here are 13 “oldies but goodies.”

Update:  I decided you need an “oldie” for today too, so go here for a post I wrote at the beginning of my fiction writing class a year ago.

Be safe  tonight, and may your new year be blessed in ways that you havn’t even thought of!  Happy 2009!

Thursday, January 1:   A lesson I learned when I was applying for a job I reallllly wanted is in here.

Friday, January 2:  The story of my arrival into a family who I’m pretty sure weren’t expecting me is here.

Saturday, January 3:   Can you be too nice?  Here’s my argument that you can!

Sunday, January 4:  When I finally found one, here’s the story of my first job.

Monday, January 5:  Would you put that label there, if you knew it was going to be permanent?  Read here.

Tuesday, January 6:  Dieting.  The best way to do it is with a sense of humor.  Read here about the differences between how I do it and how Hubby does it!

Wednesday, January 7:  A fable with a great lesson we can all profit from is here.

Thursday, January 8:  Hubby’s birthday!  Do you know who he shares it with?  Read here

Friday, January 9:  My mama was an interesting person.  Here are some of my memories of her on ironing day when I was little.

Saturday, January 10:  When we were at DD’s house last year, she and I wrote a story together.  She would write a paragraph, and then me, and then her, etc.  It was fun, and the result came out surprisingly well!  You can read it here.

Sunday, January 11:   I was having a bad morning, and it was raining too, then I had an unexpected encounter that made the whole day better!  Read it here.

Monday, January 12:  It was just a business trip to visit some truck dealers, but I had more of an adventure than I had bargained for!  Read it here.

Tuesday, January 13:  And finally, read here for my memories of sharing a hospital room with a “blonde bombshell” when I had DD.

If you paced yourself, you should be arriving here on the 13th.  If you did, here is a bonus for you.  It’s one of my favorites.  I hope it makes you laugh.

I’ll be back!  Hope you enjoy these old favorites of mine.  May God keep you safe until we meet again.


Linda’s Cut Glass Bowl

December 30, 2008


This lovely cut glass dish lives at our house and is my favorite . . .

000_0023df   for a layered salad,

100_3859   or a fruit compote,

or, honestly, just about anything that I want to look pretty.  Because, well, because it’s just a pretty bowl!

But, it doesn’t belong to me.  It’s just “on loan” from my friend, Linda. 

 About a year ago,  Linda, who has been married to UD for 20 years, told me about a lovely cut glass bowl they had received as a wedding gift that they just never use.  So, because she knew I would use it, she asked me if I would like to have it!

Well, YES!  That’s a no brainer!  But, I certainly couldn’t just take it, so we agreed that it would just live at my house.  Kind of like when we had Akela — we joked that she was really their dog (because she loved them so much, and they loved her too) — she just lived at our house!

Today is Linda’s birthday, and that has made me think of all the ways she has blessed my life in the many years we have known each other.  Yes, we’ve shared things, like cut glass bowls and dogs, but the most important things we have shared are mutual love and respect, and our faith!

If you’d like to read some stories about our friendship,  involving our experiences while lunching together for many years, go to “Diary of a Lunching Professional” here.  I warn you, it’s a very long post that I wrote right after I started blogging.  Today, it would probably be four or five posts.  But, even though I may be a little prejudiced, I think you might  enjoy the three stories at the end. 

Happy Birthday, Linda!  May you have many more happy, healthy years, friend.

The Problem with Artificial Greenery . . .

December 29, 2008


. . . is that it gets dusty!

When we were decorating for Christmas, Hubby pointed out  a cobweb extending from the artificial greenery on  top of one of the kitchen cabinets to the top hat light above it!  I didn’t think it was very noticable even after he pointed it out, but it was definitely a signal that it was time to clean that green stuff.

Hmmm, but how to do it?  When I had washed artifical greenery in the past  it had always been in warm weather.  I would take them out on the deck, hose them down, and then let them dry in the sun. 

But I really needed to wash them now — who knew how many more cobwebs were in the making?  I was thinking maybe in the shower.  But Hubby made a better suggestion.  He thought it might work well to wash them in the bath tub, letting the jets agitate them in the soapy water a little.  Brilliant!

So, we gathered the greenery from on top of the cabinets and some from other parts of the house too, and put them all in the tub with some squirts of dishwashing soap and lots of warm water.

100_3976e11   I can just imagine all that green stuff saying, “Ahhhh, finally!”  By the way, FYI, the brown isn’t dirt (they weren’t that dirty!).  I guess designers of green stuff  do that for people like me.  No one would ever believe I would have plants in my house without some dead leaves on them.  The brown makes them much more believable!

100_3977e11    After the tub was full, I turned on the jets for about 30 seconds.  I was afraid to do it any longer than that, and I watched the jets very closely to make sure none of the vines got into them.  I think that could be bad for the jets and the vines too! 

100_3981e1   After their bath, I layed towels on the bathroom floor and spread them out to dry.

100_3990e1  When they were no longer drippy, I moved them to the edge of the tub to complete their drying time (and to get them out of the way).  I kind of liked this look, but I suppose if I left them there, it would be a little tricky to use the tub.  A leap over greenery into a bath tub isn’t a good idea even for children, much less grandmas!

100_4684   A few hours later when they were dry, we returned them to their “homes” on top of the cabinets.  I really can’t tell much difference in the way they look, but there is some satisfaction in just knowing that they are clean.  (And, while I was giving the greens their “bath,” Hubby vacuumed the tops of the cabinets and the lights.  After 43 years, we work well together.)

Mission accomplished, but also a lesson learned.  From now on, I’m really going to try to remember to wash these babies in the fall, before it gets cold, so that I can do it outside.  There was one big negative to doing it this way — a realllllly dirty bath tub that I didn’t enjoy cleaning at all!

But, if the green stuff could talk, I’m pretty sure they would say thank you.  Don’t we all feel better after a nice soak in the bathtub?


p.s.  My friend, Hilary, left the following comment that I think is just too funny not to share.  It will be especially funny for those of you who remember Laurel and Hardy and Hardy’s trademark line, “Well, here’s another fine mess you’ve gotten us into.”

Hilary’s comment:  “So, when you were done washing the plants and noticed the tub, did you put on your very best Oliver Hardy voice, turn to your husband and say.. “Well, here’s another vine mess you’ve gotten me into!” 

Thanks, Hilary.  For a great closing line for this post!

May Today There be Peace Within You

December 28, 2008



A sick man spoke as his doctor was preparing to leave the examination room, “Doctor, I am afraid to die. Tell me what lies on the other side.”

 Very quietly, the doctor said, “I don’t know.”

 “You don’t know? You, a Christian man, do not know what is on the other side?”

 The doctor was holding the handle of the door; on the other side came a sound of scratching and whining, and as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room and leaped on him with an eager show of gladness.

 Turning to the patient, the doctor said, “Did you notice my dog? He’s never been in this room before. He didn’t know what was inside. He knew nothing except that his master was here, and when the door opened, he sprang in without fear. I know little of what is on the other side of death, but I do know one thing… I know my Master is there and that is enough.”

 May today there be peace within you.

Author Unknown

Thank You, Friends . . .

December 26, 2008


 . . . for helping, encouraging and supporting  me to my 300th post!


My husband says he never doubted for a minute that I had enough to say to fill 300 posts, but he’s just prejudiced.  Ha.Ha.


Thanks to Jen for pushing me to start this, to those of you (mostly Jen’s friends and mine) who have been reading from the first, thanks to all of you who have started visiting here along the way, and to all the commenters, a special thanks for reassuring me that someone was “listening.”


This is so much fun — and I couldn’t have done it without all of you!   Thank You!

(Am I the only one who finds the sight of butterflies in a little snow shower fascinating?)

A Fond Christmas Memory

December 24, 2008


mama-at-christmas2  Mama reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas”

Mama loved to read to me when I was little, as she had to my siblings before me.  And because of that, we all grew up with a love of the written word.

So the Christmas Mama was eighty-four, and living with my sister Jean, my sister made a video of Mama sitting by the fireplace reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and sent a copy to each of us.  A wonderful, treasured Christmas gift.

May you have a blessed Christmas Eve that includes fond  memories from long ago, while making new memories for the future.

And, most importantly, may we all celebrate the “reason for the season,”  the birth of Jesus Christ!

I Went to This Blog, and Then To This Blog, and On and On . . .

December 24, 2008


. . . and that’s how I learned about blogs I had never heard of before!

One of the most recent I’ve found is 2nd Cup of Coffee.  The author had left an interesting comment on the Macromoments blog that is on my blog roll.  So, I then visited 2nd Cup of Coffee and found out that it was not only an interesting blog, but that she is an Indiana blogger.  I don’t “meet” many of those!  And, by the way, while I was there, I loved this post of a video of a (beautiful calico) cat “using” a printer.  It’s very  funny. 

I have read some really interesting blogs by “surfing” from blog roll to blog roll.  Sometime, if you have a little extra time, you might want to try it. 

You can start by just picking a blog from my blog roll to visit.  Then, after looking around there, pick a blog from that person’s blog roll.   And you can go on like that for as long as you have time.  It really is a little addictive. 

Two things amaze me about doing this.  First, how quickly I might end up on a blog from England, or Australia, or Finland, or India!  It’s not hard to find ones that are very unique and intriguing.

Secondly, I occasionally find my blog on the blog roll of a blog I’m not familiar with!  I know that’s not anything that would recommend a certain blog to you, but it is reallllly a nice surprise for me!  

The world of blogging and bloggers is such an interesting one.