Happy New Year!

January 1, 2012

May 2012 be a wonderful year for each of you!

I’m not really a person who makes resolutions, but I AM resolving to start posting here regularly again. ¬†Surrrrrly, I haven’t finally run out of things to say! ūüôā


A Fun Lunch in Tulsa

November 7, 2011

While we were in Tulsa recently, Carla from Carla-at-Home and her husband were there too, so the four of us met for lunch.

We had a great time. ¬†I had talked to Carla on the phone so I already knew that she had a soft but self-confident voice. ¬†And then I met her and she was a perfect match for her voice (I love it when things work out that way, don’t you?). ¬†I would describe her as quietly elegant but with a dry sense of humor. ¬†What a treat to finally get to meet and talk to her. ¬†She and Joe still have family in Tulsa so we are hoping that the timing might be right sometime in the future for another lunch. ¬†One lunch just didn’t give Carla and me enough time to ask and answer all the questions we had for each other.

Carla and me.

Joe and Hubby enjoyed talking to each other too and found out that they also have alot in common.

I’m so glad we got to meet you, Carla and Joe. ¬†You are a great couple. ¬†And now when I read posts on Carla-at-home I’ll be able to picture you!

How far is it around the block?

June 8, 2011

writer’s block: ¬†the condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing.

For the first time in my life, I think I have this malady, writer’s block. ¬†The day after I did Psycho Mom, I had decided to do a post about a picture that our oldest granddaughter had put on her Facebook page of her hugging her husband, who was leaving for his third tour of duty overseas, and crying. ¬†It really touched my heart, so I wanted to write about it. ¬†But I tried and tried to copy the picture so that I could post it, without success. ¬†So I decided to take a day or two to think about it and maybe I would come up with a way to copy it. ¬†That sounds trivial, doesn’t it? ¬†I can hear you saying, “Well, just move on and write about something else!” ¬†But for some reason, that “failure” stopped me in my tracks, and I just sort of gave up blogging and really the computer in general for a week.

So, to answer my own question, “How far is it around the block?” ¬†I’m not sure, but I think I can smell dinner cooking, so I hope “home” is just around that next corner.

As my friend, Suldog would say, “Soon with more better stuff.” ¬†Or something like that.

Sometimes you have so much to do you get into an overtime situation …

May 9, 2011

… but unfortunately when you’re retired, I’m not sure who I can expect to pay me overtime!

Last week was a realllllly busy one for me, so I didn’t read other’s blogs or write posts. ¬†Once again, I am given renewed appreciation for those of you who work and/or have children still at home who still find time to blog. ¬†Good for all of you!

I won’t bore you with the details of my week but it included; going to spend a day with my sister Martha who lives several hours away because it was her birthday; both nail and hair appointments which generally don’t fall in the same week; putting together two “hospital survival kits” for friends who are having knee surgery soon; book club Wednesday night; and the beginning of our golf league on Thursday, for which I needed to make some new forms. ¬†Added to that, I was helping my SIL with her garage sale on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, so I had to get things together to sell and take them over there on Wednesday.

See what I mean?  For a retiree, last week came uncomfortably close to keeping me as busy as a full-time job did!

So, the bad news is I was out of touch with you, my blogging friends for a week, but the good news is that I got some pictures I look forward to sharing with you and if I think real hard, I bet I can come up with at least one good story about the people who strolled through the garage sale!

Just to impress on you how busy I was last week, I didn’t have time for even one afternoon nap. ¬†Now THAT’S busy!

Stay tuned.

Have a plan, man!: One more really good suggestion

January 25, 2011

It has occurred to me that when I wrote about activities to look into at the time of retirement, I didn’t mention the most important one that I took up after retirement … blogging!

I so admire those of you who still work or are young mothers, and still have the time and energy to write your entertaining blogs that I so much enjoy reading. ¬†But I just don’t think I would have had the energy … or attention span … to write a blog while I was working. ¬†But, since my retirement … what a blast!

So I hope any of you who are readers but not bloggers will give blogging some serious thought when it comes time to retire.  It  has added immeasurably to my life.

I’ll be back — I just don’t know when!

November 2, 2010

Tomorrow at 7:30 am I’ll be having bilateral knee replacement, i.e., both of my knees replaced. ¬†I am pretty sure I’m ready and I know it’s time to get this over with.

I’ll be in the hospital 3 or 4 days, and then I’ll move to a rehab facility where I will stay at least a week or two.

I don’t plan to have my computer at the hospital with me, so I won’t be doing any posts for at least that long. ¬†Then I’ll see how it goes once I get to rehab.

I’m not really nervous, but the saying comes to mind, “Ignorance is bliss”. ¬†The only times I have previously stayed overnight in a hospital were when our children were born. ¬†So I have no idea what I’m getting into. ¬†But I do know that I’m glad I’m doing both knees at the same time so that I don’t go through this now, knowing that I’ll have to do it all over again sometime in the future for the other knee.

So, I’ll be taking notes, even when I don’t have my computer. ¬†And hopefully I’ll have some interesting stories to tell you when I return.

May God be with each of you and bless you until we meet again.

Running around the block

October 6, 2010

Have you noticed I have really slowed down on writing blog posts recently? ¬†I have, and the reason is because I’m busy running around several blocks. ¬†Not city blocks, but writer’s block and technology block!

I started to go into detail but it was depressing to type (and also sounded realllly whiney!) so just suffice it ti say that I have lots of questions/problems changing over to my first-ever laptop, which is also my first-ever Mac. ¬†I’ll be calling the Geek Squad today and hope they can fix the relationship I’m trying to build with this new (and sometimes aggravating) piece of equipment.

The saying that comes to mind right now is, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

In the meantime, I’ll just keep running around these “blocks” until I find a new place to settle in, where I will again be comfortable and able to think of things to write about — besides this blasted computer!

Learning the Mac is a new adventure …

September 21, 2010

… exciting but scary too!

Today is our first day back from a fun weekend with DD and her girls in Chicago.

So, I’ve now taken some time to learn a little more about my new laptop.

Today’s experiment is uploading a picture from the ones I have saved on this computer. ¬†Wish me luck!

Ta Daaaa!  I figured it out!!

My first photo to upload from and edit in the Mac’s iPhoto.

Phewwww, I’m exhausted. ¬†That’s enough for today.

The How-we-met Story That Got Away

September 11, 2010

Please don’t forget to go back a few posts and leave a comment about how you met. ¬†A winner will be announced October 1.

By the way, my dear friend, Linda has started writing a blog.  That is wonderful news, because Linda is a faith-filled, funny lady who was just born to blog.  So be sure to visit her new blog, To Behold The Beauty, and welcome her to this new adventure.

And Linda and Doug happen to have a great story of their own about how they met.  You can read it here.

Welcome to blogging, Linda. ¬†You’re perfect for it. ¬†I look forward to re-reading all the funny things you have said to me over the years, but that I have since forgotten. ¬†That’s the nice thing about having “old folks” for readers — everything looks new to us!

A tasty win!

July 28, 2010

Recently I won a prize at C. Beth Blog because she was celebrating her second “blog-iversary”. ¬†After I won, Beth and I discussed what my edible prize should be. ¬†She makes some fantastic seasoned nuts, so that is the prize I chose.

And last week my prize arrived — her wonderful Sweet and Spicy Roasted Nuts!

This is only a small portion of the nuts Beth actually sent because the package was here when I arrived home hot and hungry from a hot, humid round of golf,  so I immediately sat down and enjoyed some (alot!) of these with a glass of ice tea.  Delicious.  Thank you, Beth!

Here is Beth’s recipe for these nuts (which she adapted from someone else’s recipe so that they can be made in the crock pot). ¬† Beth also makes three other variations of seasoned nuts which you can view here.

Sweet and Spicy Roasted Nuts (in the crock pot)


4 cups raw nuts
1/4 cup honey
3/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
cooking spray

Spray CrockPot with cooking spray. Put nuts, honey, and cayenne pepper in CrockPot, and stir to coat nuts well. Turn CrockPot on high, and cover. Cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hours, stirring every 10 minutes. (Set a timer!) Nuts are done when they are
almost crunchy enough–but they will cook further after removing them from the CrockPot, so don’t overcook. Before removing from CrockPot, add sugar and kosher salt, and toss so that all the spices stick to the nuts. Immediately put nuts on wax paper to cool.

It’s so sweet to win! ¬†And sometimes just slightly fattening.