Thursday, December 29, 2011

Damn Artists!

Will ya look at this painting of my grandmother?? This looks EXACTLY like her! My sister painted it and has put it UP FOR SALE (for God's sake!) on Etsy.
I don't like this. I don't want some stranger owning a portrait of my granny! It makes me purse my lips, just like my grandma did when she was mad about something.

Friday, December 23, 2011

And The Blessing of Friendship

**************************************The universe is giving me lots of assistance in getting through this day. I am a lucky woman.

Another Thank You

I found an expensive SD card in the parking lot at work yesterday. There was a word written on it, which the campus directory revealed to be the name of someone who works in my building.
Chris came bearing gifts when he retrieved his lost memories!


Check out the email I received today:

I really love doing this!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Gift

OMG, we were carolled last night! I had dinner at my mother's and sis's place. Just as we were finishing, we heard a little commotion on the porch, and there was a choir!
What a festive treat!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


I love the way men socialize. These two were standing outside the carryout where I got gas this morning; I’ve seen them there before, too.
Most women wouldn’t continue to meet under these circumstances. We would want a chair, a table for the coffee, and some kind of shelter, for crying out loud! Not men, though; they're just fine meeting in a garage and peeing in the weeds . . .
I couldn’t begin to count the number of guys I know who would do this everyday, regardless of the weather. It just cracks me up.

Monday, December 19, 2011

A Splash of Color

I had quite a colorful weekend! I finally started painting my living room, a task I've been putting off for years. I also, for the first time ever, colored my hair.
I'm not sure I can carry off being a redhead, but I'd better learn!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

My Husband

Today is my wedding anniversary. Most of you know that the wedding was far from the start of our lives as a couple; we had spent 21 years together before we got married and Butch died 6 days later.
Nonetheless, my wedding day holds good memories for me. We were married at home by a hospice minister. As you can imagine, hospice facilities don't arrange many weddings for their patients and the staff were clearly excited about this special event. Butch was all cleaned up, wearing fresh pajamas. Getting a license was tricky, since both parties were supposed to go to the courthouse, but some rules were ignored to accomodate our situation. I know it's silly, but it was important to me that I shaved my legs before the ceremony.
My sister and Butch's brother were our witnesses. Butch couldn't stand, so I sat next to him. The minister sat, just because we were sitting. " . . . 'til death do us part" was not uttered.
I celebrate this day with a couple of Butch's favorite pleasures - a bowl of chili and a John Wayne movie.

Friday, December 16, 2011


I work for a really great lady. Kelly has a lot of strong suits, but one is that she truly knows and understands the people who work for her.
I just opened my Christmas present from her. To begin was a Suze Orman Identity Theft kit; Kelly knows how much the ATM incident shook me up.
Then there was this beautiful Reunion Heart pendant, which is a heart with a hole in it.
Yep, she knows me . . .

Monday, December 12, 2011

Kids & Cookies

I spent yesterday afternoon making and decorating cookies. It's the first time I did it with a bunch of kids, and it sure beat all my other baking sessions.
Thanks, Becky, for sharing your kids with me!

Monday, December 5, 2011


I attended an estate sale over the weekend; I just may have started a new collection.
A quick search reveals lots of folk artists out there still making these fun little yard ornaments. Check out this short video:

Friday, December 2, 2011

Winter Water Sports?

Ok, so maybe it's NOT denial to keep my life jacket out all year? This picture was taken on the Shiawassee River, right here in Michigan!
I've heard of these winter paddlers, but never thought of joining their ranks. It's just a matter of figuing out how to get in the boat without getting your feet wet, I suppose.
I was kayaking just a few short weeks ago, and really enjoyed a cool-weather paddle. Hmmm, this is making me re-think this as a summer sport . . .