Thursday, December 18, 2014

Soapbox and lights...

I got a comment sent to me from an old post a couple of months ago.. I think it was listed under telephone books?.
They said they liked my blog and words .. (the usual of spam
lead in) it  was from a I NEED A JOB  Utube site) they asked
a question...but it was a valid question.  Even though I suspect it was more of a spam than real... I decided to answer it anyway.

They asked how did I center myself before I started typing up
my blog.  I answered the best I could with how sometimes I have
an idea and start typing and the rest is history..  Sometimes
I have an word and start typing and it fleshes out... and that I
type out on Microsoft Word and then transfer it over to blogspot.
Because I have typed it up on blogspot and hit publish and
POOF... it was gone.. really gone.. into never never land. And I had to think of what I wrote and do it again. Which doesn't always turn out well.  Also by doing it this way, I can play with it.. correct spelling, add words, take away words.. Then copy past the finish product to blogspot.. and if it fails.. I still have it to paste again.  Works for me. But also some days, I have nothing.. and don't know why I am still here.

Also I was asked why did I start a blog.. And my answer was
someone told me I could do it.. and I was up late at night and
bored... the words "you can do your own blog as easy as 1.2.3. and there I was...  But I said I tried it because, sometimes I have a lot to say.. and I try to keep it humorous as much as possible.
But it also it was my way of a soapbox... my soapbox, and no
one could knock me off of it.. They could make fun of me. They could tell how horrible I was.. but they couldn't knock me off it.








It was MY soapbox

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

One week away....

Only one week away.. Christmas..
7 shopping days left..
Glad mine is all done..  and to
be honest, I will be glad to get it
over with..

I guess I am a real bah, humbug, type
of Christmas person.. Like I say, Christmas
without kids around is kind of boring to me.

Most of my decorating is outside.. and today
was no exception.. We took down the lights
on the house this past summer, when we
painted the house. So today, I replaced them.


My daughter was over Monday and said it
looks kind of dark out.. even with the fence
lights and the hunting snowman.  Then it
dawn on me.. I forgot to put up the house
eave lights.  Worse was, I was beating myself
up, as I do all that in August.  Why you ask?
Because August is warmer than December.

So I was putting up the new lights. I figured
if I could use the broom to put the lights on the
old hooks that are up there, it should go pretty
good and I wouldn't have to go up and down the
ladder. 

That plan worked fairly well... Took about 45
minutes to get them all up.. And then I went
to plug it in.. OH, NO..  I have the female end
of the plug.. So back around, unhooking the
lights from the hooks.. about 20 minutes worth.
Reverse the line, and back to putting them up
again. This times it took about 30 minutes as
I was getting good at this with the broom.
Only to go plug in the lights.. and it is a female
plug..  you could hear me over the whole
neighborhood.  NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
How could this be? I knew I had reversed the
line. Then I walked to the end to make sure the
other end had a female end.. and sure enough


it did.  (wish I had done that in the first place, sure
would have been easier on the nerves)... What
the HELL..  how can they have them hook in the
middle and end up with two females on the end.
So went to Home Depot.. No they don't have a
double end male plug.. suggested the electric
supply near my house.  The most patience young
man, who listen to my tale of woe.. and said ...they
don't make them, but I can make one up for you.
So after getting the ends.. and a short piece of wire..
he made one for me..

Back home. the King is home from work, and I explain.
He thought it was funny that I had removed it and redid
it.. until I reminded him.. of his saying.. INSIDE WORK
WOMEN'S WORK... OUTSIDE WORK MEN'S WORK.
And I just got done doing HIS work.. So I plugged it
all in.. and wa..la... I have lights.. and it looks good.

Now I am done.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

God is Good...

This year has been a rough year for some of my
friends, with health issues.

But of late, so much good news... My friend's
husband is doing well after surgery.. Something that
could have been so much worse, yet, was so lucky
that it has turn out the surgery caught everything.

Another friend fought cancer early in the year. And
I saw her at Walmart yesterday.. She looks great.
Last time I had seen her, she was so thin.. and she
was one who really didn't have a lot to lose.. But
she looks so wonderful.

Another friend, who recently has been suffering
from heart problems, is doing better.. She actually
has had 3 heart attacks over the past 2 and half
years..  This last one was scary yet.  She works
for the school district where she has to climb
stairs to get to the class room.  They didn't have
a room on the ground floor that she could use.
The stairs were and are a hardship for her. But
she recently got work that she qualifies for
disability.. She has been trying for quite some time

but was told she had to be off work for 6 months

before they would say she was disable enough
for disability. She had to work, it was her only
income.. And welfare didn't bring in enough
for her bills.  But finally common sense has
won out and her last day at work is Friday.
A huge load off her shoulders.  She is far
from out the woods, health wise..but at least
she has a step forward.  And her son got
a part time job. Her young son has been
trying to get a job for a year.  So things
are starting to look up for her..

So God is good.

"I felt sorry for myself because I had no shoes,
until I met a man who had no feet"  Mod Squad
1968 

Monday, December 15, 2014

CANDY .... I AM SO SICK OF YOU..............

Here it is.. just 10 days away from Christmas Eve.
AND I AM SICK OF CANDY...

All my friends, who gave us bags, plates, boxes..
of candy... cookies, and all the other goodies..
I am sorry, but I am finally candied out...

Oh, the taste of peanut butter, peanut brittle,
and such things peanut butter... I never thought
I would say this.. but I am pretty sure I am
SICK OF PEANUT BUTTER...

They tasted so good.. the first one.. the second one.
even the third one.. but by the 4th days.. and the
6th bag.. I think if I see anymore, I will run as fast
as I can. Maybe that would be waddle..

 All of which just might work out well.. because like
everyone else, I am swearing off every thing sweet
after Christmas... I am not even waiting for New
Years Day or day after.. So this just might work

out well for my coming diet... 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Where are we going to put this stuff....

As we approach  Christmas, I try my best not to be negative.
But with the news in the paper and on television, it sure
makes this hard...  So hitting on a lighter note...

Here we are.. most of us have the Christmas tree up.
Mine is a flat on the wall type.. just don't have room
for a full tree..

And under the tree is filling up with boxes.. Boxes of
joy, and surprises... Some trees have more than others.
Some have huge amount of boxes.. 7 feet around the tree.
piled high and out in to the room about 4 feet. 

I always wonder when I see that... are they all for the same
household, or is most of them going out the door by Christmas.

And as they fill up that area... I got to ask.. where are they
going to put all that stuff.. after all the day after Christmas,
all of them are removed to be places somewhere. Closets,
counter tops and etc...

So what do they do? With the old stuff, that is in the way
of what is new. Yard sale boxes for the garage for spring?
Goodwill, or thrown away?  After all  the average home has
so much clutter, you got to wonder where does all that stuff

go? 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Odds and Ends

Was reading in Time magazine about calorie counting..
They quoted the calories in several items..
carrot muffin.. 540
green tea frappuccino 440
pecan chicken salad 1,080
vegetarian lettuce wrap 610
perfect margarita  340

all pretty good sounding foods...
But you know what this tells me?
It is better to be drunk than fat, if you are
counting calories.

What kind of stupidity does Hollywood
have. Sorry, I forgot it.. it is Hollywood.
But really, to make a movie about the
assassination of a world leader.. one who
does not like us in the first place and is
better known as a loose cannon... what
kind of idiots do that?  Oh, yea.. it is
Hollywood.  And I guess there is no
law against that.. just a moral one.    
And we know there is no morals in Hollywood

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

What is in a name?

In the months that you are expecting your child, you
play around with names for that child.  Some are
named after the father, or a family member.. Some
are doozy's  and in the 1960's and 70's there were
some real doozy's.  Some were numbers. Some
were just a letter.. and some where named after
the weather and some you just shook your head
over.

Mine were a combo of many ... first one was name
I liked and the middle name just sounded nice with
it.. and the spelling was after a girl I went to school
with.. but not after the girl herself.  Next one was
after my sister in law and my aunt.. two people
who were very important to me.  Next was a son,
so he got his father's name.. but not a jr. but II..
after his name.  Next up came a name I just like.
It was a comfortable name. And she got her
middle name from her grandmother's name on
my husband's side. Next up.. was a boy who inherited
both grandfather's middle names. But then I was
expecting twins.. Except when I came up with
a name. I didn't know they were going to be twins..
So when I found out the week before... I just split
the names between the two boys. Added a name
that went with the first name for the first one..
and then gave the second one the name of my
doctor.. Joking with him, that he only showed
up for the second birth.. (the dr. was at a
movie show with his family, when the first one
came).  Then the last child.. which I jokingly
said after 7.. I was going to call the child.. THE
END... but being I knew it was going to be the
last one.. I threw in 3 names.. First one chosen by
my husband, second name, I liked.. and the 3rd
one came from her grandmother on my side.

Two of those children, now... are not called what I
call them when they were born.. One chose to change
her name, due to being teased as a child. (the comfortable
name) And chose a Native American name... the other
one.. a son, did not chose to change his.. but was called
by his first name in school and it stuck. I called him
by the name I wanted in the first place.. (remember half
of the name he was going to get if he had been a single birth) .. 

So I have found out that if you want your child to be
called by the name you want... you make that name
is the first one name. With the daughter it was by her
choice.. and after many years of training.. I have it
kind of down pat.. with an occasional slip..  But with
the son.. I try to remember to call him by the short
version of his first name.. as family members do call
him that. Also in the professional line, he is called that
as well.. But in my heart,  and I refer to him a lot of times,
by his middle name... but I try my best not to slip up in
front of as everyone knows him by his first name.  
Although his brothers will refer to the name I like from
time to time.

So what is in a name... I guess and it should be... when
you become an adult, and not fond of the name your
parents called you.. you should have the choice to
be called what you want. What makes you comfortable.
But remember when you name your child.. better keep
the name you want first.. 

Monday, December 08, 2014

Christmas, Christmas, Christmas and I AM OUT...

Seems like each year the stores bring in Christmas earlier.
This year all the Halloween stuff wasn't out and Walmart
already had the Christmas stuff in the garden area.

Heading in to November was a real push on the Christmas
season.. Catalogs in the mail... emails coming in with the
newest Christmas stuff... say nothing of all the Black
Friday ads.

Rounding the corner coming into December.. I got my
Christmas cards done and ready to mail.. then mailed.
I was in full mode of cooking things for the baskets
we give out.  Stopping only to do the prep work for
Thanksgiving.. 

And now here we are in December.. we are only 2 weeks
away.. I have my baskets ready.. I have already gave 3 of
them to the owners... with 5 left.  3 of them are going out
on the 15th... and 2 on the 20th. It is only the 8th of
the month. And for all sense and purposes, I have it all
done.. But I have 15 more days to go...with nothing left to
do. Even have the King's Christmas gifts sitting in the
living room.. 

When you have children and grandchildren who live
near by... Christmas goes on until the day... the day
is the big final.... show time..  But without them.. it
is over.. I am done..... I am ready to move on to what
ever goes past that day..  As they say on Sharks..
I AM DONE.  Next... 

Don't get me wrong.. it is a great day.. great day with
family and some with friends as well.. Food, gifts..
feel good.. one of the rare days in the world ...where
people, well, most of them.. feel good about each other.
Have tolerance they don't have the rest of the year. Too
bad we can't bottle it and serve it all year.. minus gifts. 

Thursday, December 04, 2014

OOPS... FORGOT

I got up early, got started with wash, and then
a few other things ...in the house duties...

Then it was time to put a few baskets together to
ship out to friends...

Then the mail, back and take care of the wash..
Then it dawn on me.. as it got dark...

OOPS.. I forgot to do my blog for today..
Guess mulit-tasking wasn't my thing today..
Sorry, gang.. next week will do better.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

2014 where are you going?

I was at the council meeting, last night and as we
were all done and I was leaving.. I thought I would
be funny and so I yelled out... SEE YOU ALL NEXT YEAR.

But as I walked back to my car, I thought, you know that
isn't so funny...  It was true in just a mere 4 weeks.. it will
be 2015... I was just getting use to 2014.

In fact, it seems like it should be June 2014 and not December.
Where the heck did the year go?  I was just lining up my
ideas of what I wanted in the yard for this year.. and bang..
the year is as good as over.

Christmas is coming on so fast.  I got a lot of my cooking done for the baskets. I have made all those Chocolate Zucchini breads
from all those zucchini's that I shredded up in August during the hot weather.  Knowing that come December it would be a good smell and keep the house warm.  I have got the Christmas fruit cake cookies all made and packaged up in bags. I have the baskets lined up.  And the aggravation cookies are done.  Only have one more recipe to make and I am done. Just gathering it all up in the baskets and give away by the 15th.. and then I am done.

2014 was a none adventuring year.  Although I did have fun

going out on the boat fishing.. and out fishing the King the first time out.  He called it beginners luck... what ever.. it was fun.
Got to do more of it in 2015.. Also would love to get some
fly fishing in.  But other than that.. we just did the usual stuff.
But the summer flashed by our eyes.. not enough time to get
all those bar-b-que's done.  Of course the King's eyes surgery took a chunk out of it. But still.. One day we were doing the 4th of July, and then it seem like we were doing Labor Day.

To borrow a few words from Pete Seeger..
Where have all the days gone..Where have all the days gone,
long time passing? where have all the days gone, long time ago