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WORDLESS WEDNESDAY

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I love to laugh!! It's the best medicine when you're frustrated. This afternoon I'm frustrated. I've been working on a crochet project that is rather vague in directions and I fail to get this 'incorporating' the motifs into the circled back of a sweater I'm making. Well....to tell you the truth, I got so 'mad' at the project about a month ago, I put it away. Then, today, wanting something to do with my hands, I brought it out again. At last, the last finishing round of the circle was complete and laid flat as it should [before, just as I put it away, the last round was done incorrectly, I'm sure of it---since it pulled up and did not lay flat!!]. That accomplished, I was pleased. So, I figured, why quit when I'm ahead? Started on the motif design after I fastened off the circle! Well, again, the directions are written in a way I'm not familiar with ---the 'repeats' are not as normal as patterns I've worked with....us

MONDAY MOMENT

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---Today, book discussion, authors, links, meme tag, and oscars--- Most all the time, I have a book with me. I carry one around with me just like most ladies carry a purse. Near me, so if time calls for it...I can read. Usually, during the day, you can find my current read at my desk, so if and when there is something that is being installed on the computer or uploaded and it's taking its own sweet time....I read a page or two. Yesterday, while outdoors relaxing in the warm sunshine, I finished the book I'd been reading. "The Boleyn Inheritance". This by far was the best book I've read by the author. And I've read several. Here's a small selection of the writing: from page 456 of the hardcover edition-- ' "Y ou knew that was a lie." He shakes me like a terrier shakes a rat. "You knew, you liar. You never took the stand to save him. You took the stand to save your title and your fortune; you called it your inherita

SUNDAY SNIPPET

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[*and more*] What with working in the yard most of the week, since the weather was so nice, I didn't have much time to check out local paper to find anything of real interest to me. And yesterday, being too hot to actually 'work' in the heat...hubby and I decided to make a pasta salad for dinner--something cold and summery and light. (I'm going to share the recipe with y'all on Tuesday's 2 * 4 Tuesday's blog.) That way it'll give me a chance to get the picture of the salad serving off the digital and uploaded here, to go along with the how to's!! Anyway, we took the afternoon off and went downtown. Here, for the last 5 years, they've been reconstructing the city's sea wall for hurricane protection. The main roads along the old sea wall and walkway have been closed for some time. In sections. But this weekend, the project has been completed and the city opened the streets for through traffic. We decided to go to the outdoor restaurant
Saturday Photo Hunt below this .... Well, hubby and I went to see the movie AMAZING GRACE last night. Tho, for me, it was a very highly anticipated flick, and the last section, with the song being played by bagpipes---well, I cried. But the movie itself was a bit disappointing. For me, tho quite an historical piece [which I love this genre] --it bounced around, way way too much. From flashbacks to 'present time' ---too often. The film and writers did well, but if they'd done less going back and then going forward in time, it would have been much better for me. Well acted, great story...very historical and follows history books....but still a bit jumbled. Here is the you tube preview video from my Tuesday blog . As I love to have someone share their views on movies, one of my passions is movie going---I also love to write my own opinions. That way, when I feel like renting a movie or buying one I can go back and remember if the movie was worth it. <>~<>

SATURDAY PHOTO HUNT

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Info Page - Join This week's theme - SOFT Well, instead of posting another photo of our kitties...they're soft. But I just posted a photo of Winston this week. I received this in the snail mail the other day from a friend of mine,--Perfect for the Spring soon to come! Normally, she's sitting atop my computer's monitor, but I brought her down to the keyboard to showoff the "Saturday Photo Hunt" on the screenshot. The plastic by it's feet is a puzzle that came inside the package also. "I figured secretly you wanted to know" *giggles* [sorry for the flash glare, I tried to take it without the flash turned on and it was way too dark, and when I tried to brighten it, it was too icky! LOL] Happy weekend everyone.
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You see? I have these 'twirly thing-a-m'-bobs', and I think I'm outdoors three times a month reattaching new string, just so I can keep them up and decorative. Hubby thinks I should just toss them in the trash, he thinks I'm crazy continually rehanging them. I even purchased heavier fishing line, but the constant winds we get--they twist and turn almost 24 hours a day. And it weakens the string. I even thought of moving them where they're more protected. Once attempted that, and they then didn't even move, I guess I had them way back too close to the fence and under enough 'brush/growth' they didn't get anything. So, I'll probably restring them more times than you'll know and one day---just do what hubby advises me to do. There was once an empty field behind our subdivision....acres and acres of field. Now, this is what we have from 7 to 6 each day except Sunday!! Loud, LOUD construction. They're adding a new housing develop

FRIDAY'S FEAST

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Appetizer Where on your body do you have a scar, and what caused it? On my heel! A big scar...My brother was bicycling me around the neighborhood---I was on the back wheel's bumper/fender of the bike, and my feet were resting on the wheel's axle instead of dragging on the street. My foot slipped off and went into the spokes of the tire. Really got mangled up and a lot of loose flesh and blood. We were young....and idiots! Soup What is something that has happened to you that you would consider a miracle? Becoming a grandmother of a Down Syndrome grandson. He has taught our whole family the true meaning of LOVE---unconditional love!! Salad Name a television personality who really gets on your nerves. Well, I don't really watch that much television, so not many would get on my nerves [people, that is]. But the influx of some TV show genres get on my nerves. Maybe that's why I don't watch much. But I DO watch national and local news a lot...now again, not necessa

THURSDAY'S THOUGHT

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This afternoon, in my ever so busy mind, I'm wondering. After viewing a clip on the news about a week ago, on ABC News , the segment was from Germany. For some time I've always thought that a lot of European countries are so far ahead of the U S A, that it "bloggles" my mind. In this particular section of the news cast, it was showing a part of Germany that has grocery stores that 'cater' to the senior citizen....but still does not discriminate with the younger generations. But this in one in particular has stayed with me since I've seen the news that evening. Having grocery carts that are more like 'walkers' you see in America to assist the aged or disabled---the handles of the carts are curved for more support....without the complete 'bar'...thus, handles for the more feeble for support. Also, instead of having the carts open from the bottom as you see in America, there are wooden 'benches' bolted on that particular area....
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Wordless Wednesday follows--- In 1999, I published this poem dedicated to my parents. They've meant the world to me, when they were with me and now, while they're sleeping.... [this photo is of me -in yellow, with my family in the back line...hubby, son, me and daughter. And in front reverence, my parents, on their 55th wedding anniversary. Soon after, my mother had her first of many strokes which would eventually take her life- picture is old, some 20+ years ago. Our son is now working on getting his doctorate in History, and our daughter has given us two grandsons---one of which is 18 this year!!! Golly, I'm getting old. :o)] The poem I composed is entitled: LOVE BECKONS TRUE© More than half a century their love was. At a baseball game they met. Schoolmate and brother ushered acquaintance. Mother.... Flaxen hair she had. Blue eyes, glittering in the sun. Father asked his friend.... Do you know her? Sure! She's my sister, Mother's brother replied. I'll in

Wordless Wednesday

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I worked on a slideshow video this morning of photos from our day outdoors yesterday, working in the yard. Sorry, after uploading it to you tube the clarity is lost. It's a bit blurred! Dunno what happened in the interim, *shruggin'* [If you want to view it full monitor, go here , and click on the far right control button on the You Tube bar below the video] My 'job' was to clean out the rose box. I wanted to take out the bark and the old rotted plastic weed tarp underneath, then put the bark back in sparingly. Trim the rose bushes back severely to prevent over growth and thin, lanky stems from forming. Then, replace and redesign the figurines that I've had sitting in the box for a couple of years. Hubby's job yesterday was to tear out the almost rotted accent light wiring and replace the transformer and the lights with new stuff. It was an all day job that started around 7 a.m. and continued through 'til about 4:30 that afternoon. Naturally, I for
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I really think today will be changed from 'Monday moment' to Monday's Meme! I mean "goll-l-ll-ly, sarge! It's huge!!" ....this meme is really a moment and a half!! Melli did such a terrific job of this meme, I had to convince myself that 70 questions wasn't all that bad! I am opening my power bars right now so I can get through them all---unwrapping, unwrapping, unwrapping.... Okay, Ready, set go!!!! [and added since I've worked on the meme --I am not answering #s 62 and 70] 1. Are your parents married or divorced? Well, they're dead now...but they never divorced--married for over 50 years!! 2. Are you a vegetarian? No--not strictly vegetarian --but I DO love my veggies!! 3. Do you believe in Heaven? Dunno...never been there...ask me again in about 50 years!! 4. Have you ever come close to dying? Yes, when my heart gave out. I guess I was close to dying...no one's ever told me for sure...but the medical records indicated this. 5. What

SUNDAY SNIPPET

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As always something fun from newspaper snippets!! But today, there's a blue light special. Two for the price of one!! This first one [click to enlarge to read the article] we have something from New Mexico, USA! In hopes of keeping drunks off the road! Whatever works, baby---you got my vote! Seems that New Mexico has come up with one of those 'brilliant ideas'... They purchased an amazing 500 urinal deodorizer cakes. AND THEY TALK. They're gonna be placed in urinals across the state. In bars and restaurants. When a man steps up to " take a leak ", the cakes are motion sensitive, and the deodorizer will talk to the man in a woman's voice!! Flirty like! LOLOL "Hey Big Guy" "Having a few drinks?" "Call a cab or get a sober friend to drive." Well, ya-a! That'll work maybe, kinda sorta!! But I tellya, I wouldn't want to be the night janitor!!!! Can you imagine all the pee that will be sprayed all over the plac

SATURDAY PHOTO HUNT

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Info Page - Join This week's theme - ANTIQUE Well, since hubby refused to pose for a picture for this week's theme[I just know he's gotta be antique!! I keep threatening him I'm gonna take him to an antique dealer and have him appraised---I just bet he's priceless!!] I had to come up with these instead----- This one above, is my great grandmother's china doll. The material is quite 'rotted'...yet, I refuse to have it refurbished. circa:1880's And above, this is a photo of my special shelved plaque holding my mother's VERY WORN bible [if you enlarge the photo you can see the frayed edges]. Behind the bible, barely visible, is her high school 'autograph' book of her classmates!! Along with that is one of her hankies --her favorite color was pink. And guess what? When I was a child of perhaps 8 or 9, I bought this hankie for a birthday gift for her with my allowance. When she passed on, I found the hankie pressed in her bible!! Als
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I'm ready to wash my sticky hands, and dive into these. They're warm from the oven. And I might add, they just gotta be healthy cookies! I've been told that oatmeal lowers the bad cholesterol in blood. I need to do all I can to work on lowering the bad and putting in the good! Good, by this I mean----tasty!!! These are from my grandmother's recipe. Her recipe is plain oatmeal-raisin. Over the years, I've added a few things, taken out a few things [ingredients], and eventually come up with an 'original'. But, I've never written it down - my new version. I know the recipe from grandma's by heart. So I just bring out a large bowl, and a huge mixing spoon---do my thing and ta-da! Oatmeal, fresh Texas pecan, raisin 'crispies'. They're crispy on the outside and ohhhh, so gooey on the inside. Just like I like 'em!! My grandmother's recipe has brown sugar. I'm not much on the real sweet flavor that brown sugar adds to cooki

FRIDAY'S FEAST

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Appetizer What sound, other than the normal ringing, would you like your telephone to make? Dead silence. I've not liked phones since way before I retired. My last job, years ago, was a patient coordinator at a large cooperate pyschiatric center with over 16 doctors and biofeedback counselors, and hundreds of patients!!! The phones in the Drs. office were ringing off the cradle (there was even a phone in my private bathroom at the office!! Yes...there was. Just so I wouldn't miss a patient's important call!) ---even as I unlocked for the morning to open the offices...and even as I tried to lock up at night, the phones continued to ring. I grew to detest phones!! Still do. Soup Describe your usual disposition in meteorological terms (partly cloudy, sunny, stormy, etc.). Today over the South Texas area, we have a big High Pressure Area called Hootin' Anni---she'll bring lots of sunshine for your day with her disposition. How's that for a good front? rofl
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These two 'forest creatures' are our newest backyard additions: I have them sitting in our rose box, but eventually ---when it warms up some, I want to get out there in the box and remove the chipped bark and 'weed control plastic stuff' that lies under the bark. First off, the tarp for weed control doesn't work. I've never had good luck with it. For some reason, it doesn't control weeds sprouting ---in ALL states we've lived in. And secondly, I'm sure that the feeding I do in Spring and Autumn, the roses aren't really benefiting from that. I think a lot of it remains on top---in the bark. So, out that stuff will go. And we want to buy new accent lighting too. All these things, except for the new rose bushes and decor of fairies and such...the bark and the tarp and two roses and lights were here when we purchased the home...The lighting and wiring is old as the hills and quite frayed and brittle. New stuff it is!! Just an added note, the

THURSDAY'S THOUGHTS

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I was just reading an article in Yahoo News © this morning about U S A passing an "English Only" law. Tho, to be honest, I've not really paid much attention to this particular subject in the past. My feelings on this, and the Nevada town's city council repealing the law, is high kudos for the small community!!! My opinion is this: If America, founded on immigrants, is so 'dead set' on making this a one language citizenship, it's wrong. Have you traveled to other foreign countries? Are they not filled with many people, speaking many different languages? Do they harp about English speaking residents? I don't think so; besides, if you have traveled to 'foreign' countries, you always seek ones who can understand and speak English, so the more different languages spoken in any country has advantages!! Perhaps others think on these terms also...I am not a resident of any country other than America. But why single out a certain LANGUAGE whe
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WORDLESS WEDNESDAY BELOW MY VALENTINE BOX --CARE TO LEAVE ME A VALENTINE? --- Happy Valentine's Day everyone. Hope you find love and happiness.... My Valentine box is now closed! Thanks to all who left me a 'card' & note!! This may be enlarged by clicking on it. Hope you all had a romantic day of LOVE!!

WORDLESS WEDNESDAY

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For all the blogger friends who celebrate Valentine's Day and signed up for receiving Valentine's cards with the Valentine Wish Roll! I didn't sign up for the 'wish list' for the sole purpose of spam in my email and potential viruses coming through having my email on a list for just anyone to view, not to mention the ISP/tracking devices and software these days---who knows who's viewing such stuff? But, I still wanted to remember all who have the little 'sticky note' on their blogs and want to receive the cards, I feel this a more safer way of doing it. My Valentine e-card [copied and made into a graphic] to you---
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Here's a card for you Melli, my friend. Packed with best wishes an' love. I searched all over for that special love critter. Sorry, but this year I use the gray mouse... I couldn't find the beautiful dove! So, without further adieu... I am wishing you the best... and adding three more words... Happy Valentine's Day--- all, just for you!!!
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I stayed up all night last night--- cuttin' and pastin' 'til my scissors were dull and my hair full of glue. Just so you'd get this on time And not be so blue!! Happy Valentine's Day LibertyBelle!! From me--- TO YOU!!!
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We went the Packery Channel today to walk the beach....and walk the new pier along the channel! Guess what? Along about half way down the pier hubby, carrying his binoculars case over his shoulder, spotted dolphins!! Now, he's been lucky enough to see them around Corpus Christi, in the wild, before. A couple of times, when I've been walking the shoreline, and he's back on the beach, reading. I missed them all the time --not paying attention to the waters, and looking down at the shells so I can find the perfect ones. He also got to witness a waterspout once; again, I was shell hunting. The spout was late Spring, during the threats of tornadoes in the city, and littl' ol' me, always loves to go to the beach when it's warm and 'stormy'...love the bigger waves! Anyway, we both got to see dolphins today. We're estimating that there were about 6-8 of them. Feeding about 200 feet from the channel's inlet. The water was especially dark in the ar
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I'm gonna be out of the house most of the day today; an early doctor's appointment that was rescheduled from last week. My yearly physical. And since I didn't get a chance because of the wet weather on Thursday last week, perhaps I can go to the beach. I bought my yearly beach parking permit, and haven't used it only once so far---been way too wet and cold. I wanna have use for the window sticker! rofl Anyway, I have a couple new posts since the last one--where fat butt kitty is watching the birds photo. LOL A Humorous blog field trip and then another meme. Both have the "Monday Moment Button" at top. Hope y'all enjoy your day. See ya later alligator!
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The language here is for effect! Read as I wrote it, you'll have some fun deciphering words maybe. But the spellings and such ARE intended!!! Somewhere out in the boondocks of the country. Somewhere between COLBALT Springs and RED River. Other than Dave Barry's UN official Humor Blog ....I was tempted to catch the bus at the mountaintop and cruise around the hills back thar yonder and see what I cudda found in the back woods of bloggerville ---and t' my surprise, I came upon these boogers Bloggers! They're a SITE for sore eyes and a few guffaws....if yur inta that kinda thang! Ya see? Y' take Route 5 rightcheer, and go two miles down the road a piece 'til y' come up on this biggo rock juttin' outta the ruts, and then fer gawd's sake dun go t' yur a left....tern right thar by that boulder, or yer fixin' to jump t' the next county below us. Now ya shuld be bumpin' and grindin' down County Rd. 666. It's a