2010 in review

January 2, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Posted in life's ups and downs | 1 Comment

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

Why You Didn’t Receive Our Christmas Card

December 29, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Posted in Christmas, Holiday, New Year | 1 Comment
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I just don’t get it.  Another Christmas has passed and a new year is upon us and I STILL have not sent out my Christmas cards.  I started way early, too.  I wanted a nice holiday card of Chad and me to send out so others could see how gracefully we are aging.  Chad is sporting a full beard and my hair is getting more and more white…grey… whatever….(I like to think it is a cool shade of blonde!)

First item of business: Plan A–find a nice picture of us together.  Not so easy to do.  If I’m smiling, he’s not.  If he’s smiling, I have some horrid expression on my face.  PlanB–find a good picture of Chad and a different good picture of me to cut and paste on a nice background.  Found a really good one of Chad with his beard.  The best I could do of me was to go back a couple of years.  Found a great background, cropped the pictures, set it up beautifully, printed, then…the printer printed everything individually with our faces on one half of the page and the background on the other half without the cropping I had done.  Man oh Man!  Plan C-Send out a commercial Christmas card with a nice greeting and no picture.  Oops!  the calendar says it is now Christmas Eve.  Oh well, a New Year’s card is always appreciated, and the Year can be new all the way up to spring!  So I’m not behind on that one.

I WILL wish you all a belated Merry Christmas complete with a picture of Chad (if it shows up on this post)…we won’t worry about MY picture right now since it’s not up to date anyway…and sometime before spring I should be able to send out a NewYear’s card with a great picture of a newly slenderized me and Chad with a clean shaven face.  Happy Holidays everyone, hope the new year brings peace and joy to you and yours!    

Chad at 2010 Christmas Dance

My White Tiger

January 18, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Posted in creature, Wildlife Humor | 3 Comments
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While reading recently about white tigers I made a discovery.  Probably everyone knew this but me….white tigers don’t occur naturally in the wild.  They are the product of inbreeding in captivity and have pale stripes; pink noses, ears and toes; and have beautiful crossed blue eyes.  I started comparing white tigers to my adopted feral cat and her kittens.  I suppose being feral there is a lot of inbreeding due to the small environments they have to live in.

White Bengal Tiger - Mission Zoo by eliselovesprada on Flickr

White Tiger by Timotheus1 on Flickr

My white tiger!

How Many Frogs…….?

January 18, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Posted in creature, Wildlife Humor | Leave a comment
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How many frogs does it take to clean a swimming pool? Well, let's see.....1...2....

 

...3....

 

....4....Hmmm...I guess it takes five...

 

..as long as one of them is a racoon. "OK, let's haul 'er up, boys."

Summer Shenanigans

July 4, 2009 at 8:21 am | Posted in creature, Cute, Florida, humor, silly spooky, summer, swamp, tropical | 2 Comments
Ever wonder what a frog is thinking about during all that log sittin'?

Ever wonder what a frog is thinking about during all those hours of log sittin'?

 

"...7 times 4 is 28, 7 times 5 is 35, 7 times 6 is 42..."

"...7 times 4 is 28...7 times 5 is 35...7 times 6 is 42..."

"...7 times 7 is 49..." "Hey, Ya wanna jump into the pool where it's nice and cool?" "Not now, can't you see I'm doing my times tables?...7 times 8 is 56..."

"...7 times 7 is 49..." "Hey, Ya wanna jump into the pool where it's nice and cool?" "Not now, can't you see I'm doing my times tables?...7 times 8 is 56..."

"Well, if you're gonna be that way about it..."

"Well, if you're gonna be that way about it..."

 

3 green and speckled frogs, sitting on a speckled log, eating some most delicious bugs, yum yum! One jumped into the pool, where it was nice and cool....

3 green and speckled frogs, sitting on a speckled log, eating some most delicious bugs, yum yum! 1 jumped into the pool, where it was nice and cool....

 

then there were 2 green speckled frogs.  2 green and speckled frogs, sitting on a speckled log, eating some most delicious bugs, yum, yum!  1 jumped into the pool, where it was nice and cool...

then there were 2 green speckled frogs. 2 green and speckled frogs, sitting on a speckled log, eating some most delicious bugs, yum, yum! 1 jumped into the pool, where it was nice and cool...

 

then there was 1 green speckled frog.  1 green and speckled frog, sitting on a speckled log, doing his times tables and sums...

then there was 1 green speckled frog. 1 green and speckled frog, sitting on a speckled log, doing his times tables and sums. He jumped into the pool, where it was nice and cool...

 

then there were no green speckled frogs!  Ribbit, ribbit.

then there were no green speckled frogs! Ribbit, ribbit.

"Hey! Where'd everybody go? I just got here. Did I miss the whole party? Isn't SOMEONE still around? I even brought my swimming trunks....Hey....anybody here?"

"Hey! Where'd everybody go? I just got here. Did I miss the whole party? Isn't SOMEONE still around? I even brought my swimming trunks....Hey....anybody here?"

 

 

Hot! Hot! Hot!

June 21, 2009 at 3:05 am | Posted in Cute, humor, tropical | Leave a comment
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"You know, it's NEVER this hot in the tropical rain forest."

"You know, it's NEVER this hot in the tropical rain forest."

Is the hot weather getting to you?  How are you handling it?  Seems everyone has something to say about the weather…….. 
"I just Suwanee!  110 degree heat index--what a scorcher!"

"I just Suwanee! 110 degree heat index--what a scorcher!""

"We're havin' a heat wave!---A tropical heat wave!"

"We're havin' a heat wave!---A tropical heat wave!"

"Squawk!  Polly want an airconditioner!"
“Squawk! Polly want an airconditioner!”
"Little pig, little pig, let me come in!!!!!!"

"Little pig, little pig, let me come in!!!"

"Sometimes you just have to use your imagination to keep your cool!"

"Sometimes you just have to use your imagination to keep your cool!"

Especially for you, Mama and Anna:

June 14, 2009 at 8:05 pm | Posted in challenges, family, I got you, life's ups and downs, love | Leave a comment
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Father’s Day is coming up and can be difficult not only for children who have lost their fathers, but also for the loving wives left behind. I’ll always be grateful to Brad Paisley and Andy Griffith for this beautiful music video. I’ve always thought of Andy Griffith as the TV version of my dad so this is especially touching. Brad Paisley has Brian’s country song spirit, sooooo…….Enjoy. (Maybe I’ll soon come up with something of my own to blog about!)

Brad and Andy:  Waitin' on a Woman

Brad and Andy: Waitin' on a Woman

Click on the link below to hear “Waitin’ on a Woman” (don’t forget to make the video full screen for best viewing.)

http://youtube.com/watch?v=pvKgnkIN8C8

Here are the words in case you wish to sing along:

Sittin’ on a bench at West Town Mall
He sat down in his overalls and asked me
You waitin’ on a woman
I nodded yeah and said how ’bout you
He said son since nineteen fifty-two I’ve been
Waitin’ on a woman

When I picked her up for our first date
I told her I’d be there at eight
And she came down the stairs at eight-thirty
She said I’m sorry that I took so long
Didn’t like a thing that I tried on
But let me tell you son she sure looked pretty
Yeah she’ll take her time but I don’t mind
Waitin’ on a woman

He said the wedding took a year to plan
You talk about an anxious man, I was nervous
Waitin’ on a woman
And then he nudged my arm like old men do
And said, I’ll say this about the honeymoon, it was worth it
Waitin’ on a woman

And I don’t guess we’ve been anywhere
She hasn’t made us late I swear
Sometimes she does it just ’cause she can do it
Boy it’s just a fact of life
It’ll be the same with your young wife
Might as well go on and get used to it
She’ll take her time ’cause you don’t mind
Waitin’ on a woman

I’ve read somewhere statistics show
The man’s always the first to go
And that makes sense ’cause I know she won’t be ready
So when it finally comes my time
And I get to the other side
I’ll find myself a bench, if they’ve got any
I hope she takes her time, ’cause I don’t mind
Waitin’ on a woman

Honey, take your time, cause I don’t mind
Waitin’ on a woman

My New Hero…

April 18, 2009 at 2:19 am | Posted in angels, blessings, life's ups and downs | 1 Comment

I have a new hero.  In fact many people have recently discovered the charming new sensation, Susan Boyle, and have come to love and admire her within a few short minutes of first seeing her.  In that brief period of time the world has seen a selfless and almost tragically overlooked daughter of God transfigured before our very eyes and the divine has expressed itself exquisitely. 

If you are just now discovering Susan through my blog–enjoy!  If you have already become acquainted with her extraordinary gift, enjoy again.  I plan to visit again and again, myself, because when I hear her sing I feel I am in the presence of angels and very, very close to God.

Susan Boyle, Pure Inspiration

Susan Boyle, Pure Inspiration

 

 

 

Click on the link below to hear Susan sing(don’t forget to make the video full screen for best viewing.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lp0IWv8QZY

The Other Side

March 22, 2009 at 12:42 am | Posted in blessings, challenges, family, Florida, life's ups and downs, love, meditation, open door, prayer | 3 Comments
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I’m going to depart a bit from my normal silly self tonight and share something very personal and dear to me.  Most of my friends know that over the past couple of years or so several members of my family have joined our dear ones on the other side of this life’s veil and my son has on two occasions come very close to joining them as well.  In the fall of 2006 my darling dad passed away.  Two weeks later Chad came way too close to death’s door with aspiration pneumonia and two weeks after ending our 3 week hospital stay with that Chad’s sweet brother, Curtis, died shortly after having gall bladder surgery.  In 2007 we came to realize the seriousness of my baby brother, Brian’s, illness from which he died in February of 2008.  Summer of 2008 began with Chad falling and having a spiral fracture of his upper left arm, which was very incapacitating for him and as he was just about to get over that he developed severe gall stones and had to have gall bladder surgery almost exactly 2 years from the day that Curtis had his surgery.  The surgery went well but he again developed aspiration pneumonia and our intensive care stay seemed endless. 

People often comment to me that I seem to take these things in stride and have a good outlook about everything.  Some wonder how I do it.  There are two very special things that help me to keep my perspective up and give me hope.  Please allow me to share them with you.

One of those is my sense of humor, which I hope comes through in my blogs.  There is always something humorous to be found in even the very worst of situations.  I like what someone once said about the opposite of this condition.  I believe it was either Dallin Oaks or Russell Ballard that said, “no situation in life can be so horrible that it can’t be made worse by complaining about it.”  I actually paraphrased that and I’m really not quite sure who originally said it, but you get my drift.

The second thing that keeps me looking up is my faith.  I cherish my membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I cherish the teachings of Jesus Christ which I learn there.  It is those teachings which give me hope and which continually strengthen my faith.  Our Temples are in many ways a symbol of our faith and I’d like to share the following video to help others understand something of the peace the Temple brings me and the great help it gives me through life’s difficulties.  Please enjoy this short video about our Temples.  Perhaps  you will begin to understand the strength of my faith and perhaps, too, it will take some of the mystery out of the “Mormon” fascination with Temples. 

Hmmmm…………I think I feel a Temple Trip coming on…..! 5286_orlandofl_st

Mama and Daddy outside the Orlando Temple

Mama and Daddy outside the Orlando Temple

                   

Those two old love birds!

Those two old love birds!

AN EARLY SPRING, ANYONE?

February 9, 2009 at 2:12 am | Posted in creature, Cute, flamingo, Florida, Holiday, humor, summer | 3 Comments
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So good ol’ Punxsutawny Phil saw his shadow and thus predicted 6 more weeks of winter.  The very same day General Beauregard Lee did not see his shadow in Georgia so they will enjoy an early spring.  Since Florida is closer to Georgia I hope that means an early spring for us–as long as we don’t end up with a looooong, hottttttt summer!  I like my temperatures to range between 70 and 80 degrees.

And so what ABOUT Florida anyway?  Do we have no famous (or even infamous groundhogs?)  And if we DID have one what would his/her name be?  Miami Miranda? 

Miami Miranda

Miami Miranda

 How ’bout Weeki Wachee Walt? 

Weeki Wachee Walt

Weeki Wachee Walt

 Or perhaps Pensacola Pork Chop?

Pensacola Pork Chop

Pensacola Pork Chop

flamingo-shadow-by-nightjar

"Flamingo" by Nightjar

And maybe we would really rather have a flamingo prognosticator.  It would certainly cast a much more interesting shadow. 

Speaking of shadows…  Since we had such contradictory responses from the more celebrated groundhogs, my class and I decided to have our own sighting.  We stood in front of the overhead projector and looked for our own shadows.  I believe everyone saw their shadows except for the 2 students who were afraid to look.  Soooo…. does that mean 6 more weeks of winter (well, 5 now that a week has already gone by) or an early spring because Georgia is getting one, or does it simply mean we look on the calendar and see that the first day of spring hasn’t changed one bit due to ground hog day? 

I’m so sorry to be getting this blog in a week late, but it takes time to ponder the intricacies of the sciences.  From now on I’ll just leave that up to the local meteorologists to figure out.  THEY are welcome to consult with Punxsutawney Phil or Beau or Porkchop as much as they want.  Just get us through this winter as quickly as possible.

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