Thursday, May 31, 2007

a long, long morning

Welp I cannot see good apparently. I woke up this morning and was nauseated, which is not uncommon for me. I looked over at the clock and saw it was 8:12 and I got up, much to my rather nots. I had not gotten in bed til 12:30 so I felt fairly ruff. I go to the kitchen and notice the coffee is on and hot cause I always make coffee at night for the hubby in the mornings. So I sit and read the newspaper a bit and glance up at the clock and it says 6:30. I shook my head and looked at the microwave and it had 6:30 so there I sat two hours fore I needed to be beginning another wonderful day in the life of Moobear.

I had some extra time so I usually like to check my email first thing so I come in here and I see something that tickles me pink. As I mentioned I have been searching and searching for some info on my dad that was killed before I was born. Mama and Dad had just found out that this wonderful "me" was on the way and bam- he gets killed.

All my life the two families have been kinda like the Cowboys and the Indians as not so much as to how he was killed, as he was hit by a car, very simple, but differed on why he got hit by the car. My mother having being there; I figured knew the correct version better than the Indians did. The Indians kept telling me he was a working on his car, had the hood up and turned to walk to the back of the car to get a tool out of the truck and bam he got hit. Well my mama told me he was breaking up a fight and got shoved out in front of the car. Close, but not exactly right. Sparing me maybe....

So I finally made some contact with a live chat person at a Colorado site and they referred me to the Pikes Peak newspaper who might could help me- so off goes an enquiry to them about the death of my dad on September 4, 1943. Thinking it was so long ago I knew it was a long shot. I gave them the needed info and went on my merry way.

Well bless Pat this morning I see an email from them, opened it and they told me that they had the details on my dad's death. I bout croaked. It was in PDF form which I detest to the nth degree, cause I do not know how to wiggle around that place. Anyhow I opened the PDF file and there it was... on the front page even! Well I hafta be honest I got the cold chills and as nervous as I possibly coulda been, yet excited even at 6:45 in the morning. Yay me! I proceeded to read about my Dad. I am also waiting on his military records. I requested them online and they will come by snail mail. The other item is a whole nother story.. :) I had folks wanting to see both, so I killed two birds with one stone.

The bottom line is this, if he had been home that Saturday night at 9:30 with his pregnant wife and his two year old son, he might not have gotten hit by no car. Now that is just my opinion.

Mamamouse and Connie you are both right in your comments and thank you for them. Thank you for straightening me out! And I do generally make somebody laugh if I happen to get out and be around folks. It just happens, cause I am truly witty in more ways than one.. thank you both so much for reading and commenting. Mamamouse I am so glad you back and Connie what would I do without you? You are precious and I love you both!

I gotta run, gotta get my hair done today and even with getting up early I am still running behind.
Have a good one folks!

A PS... Mamamouse I am sorry that you are not in good health and I hafta understand also that I am not on disability for the fun of it. I had far rather be well as I am sure you do, so if this is about all we can do, then I am just going to be blessed that I can do this much and Thank the good Lord for giving me the strength that I do have. I fail in being more thankful, more in my mind than in my heart. Also Jana, thank you hon as your comment just came in. You are loved as well! Have a blessed day all of you. Hang in there Mamamouse and Connie please remember me and Mamamouse in your prayers. Good day.

God Bless!

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

this is why I am worthless...

FOLKS this and this is why I am totally worthless. I spend entirely too much time either at watching tv or at my computer. If you will notice, yes I have Court TV on my television, because yes I am addicted to trials, but only live trials. I stay on this compuer what time I am not at the shown tv. I do have a tv in the computer room so I can never miss anything.

The point I am trying to make is that I need to be doing more things around the house and also getting outside and walking more than I do. But what must one do when they so much enjoy exactly what they are doing?? This is not to say that I do not do the bare necessities around here. We do still enjoy eating and I always try to have Jerrell a hot meal when he gets home from work. He had three days off for Memorial Day and I spent most of those three days right here. Now something must give. I realize I have been doing alot of research on my dad and the 10th Mountain Division that he was with at the time of his death, but the rest of the time, I am running my mouth in the Court TV chat channel and I have concluded that spending that much time in chat is worthless even with as much laughing as I do and fun that I do have. I must set my priorities, so starting today I am curbing my chat time and my research time and spend more time doing something constructive with my life.

Right now my phone is not working. The landline is, but I think the surge protector has bit the dust for the cordless and I am just not up to rounding another one up. Hoping with all hope that Jerrell will take care of that when he gets home, but that could turn out to be another round like getting the toliet fixed was, so I might as well get it done myself. I just know too that I will have to reset the answering machine and it took me two days to figure it out when I first set it and of course I have no memory recall at all.

I do have some good news though. We put Roxy on a serious diet a week ago this past Monday. I mean a "feel so sorry for her" kinda diet and she is really losing some weight. It takes a lot of will power to not feed her table food, but the longer we go, the more she will adjust to it. She gets her haircut next week, so then we can tell better just how much she has lost, cause she has such thick hair.
A tid bit...I think the Blog of the Day folks have folded, so I will remove the code when I get around to it. Don't think folks pay too much to what is on a sidebar noways or at least I don't. I got some dusting done and now I need to move on to something else in the house. Wanted to toss a post on here. Have a good day folks! Wish me luck. :P

God Bless!

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

monday or tuesday?...

Here is Stephanie and Caroline. Her little cheeks are red, I think she must have been out in the pool earlier. Her bangs are getting too long so she likes to wear bows in her hair. She does not want that hair in her eyes. Yes, she is just my kinda girl. Moobear is the same way.

There is just something with children that they like to wear their mommie's shoes; so Caroline is no exception. It is like, "Look at me, I am a big girl'.

I got these new pictures of Caroline this morning and I wanted to share with you folks. I am glad her hair is getting long enough for a "ponytail". She is also getting a tan as you can see!
I also want to mention that some of my wonderful readers think that Stephanie is my daughter, as has been mentioned in my comments. I love Stephanie like a daughter, but she is my former daughter in law. She and my youngest son were married for six years and after their marriage ended, Stephanie met and married a wonderful man in 2001 and they have this little bundle of love, Caroline. The Lord works in all ways and these families are proof of that.
I have many more pictures, but wanted to post a few. I am sure she was outside a lot over the long holiday weekend. As for us, we did not do anything special. We mostly just rested and Jerrell enjoyed his time off from work. For me, as I tell Jeff, I took off Monday too and since I had to go to the dentist this morning, I also took today off . :)
The first thing they told me when I got there was that no longer do heart patients have to be premedicated for dental procedures. I told Melanie, the dental hygeniest that cleaned my teeth today, that I was still going to take the meds, because I had rather be safe than sorry and they certainly will not hurt me. I had a good report of having no cavities and proceeded on over to Mark to get my impression made for my permanent crown. I will go back next Wednesday to get that put on. We also discussed a partial -which I will get the impression made for after the next visit. I am doing what needs to be done and get that all behind me.
I dunno about all you folks, but here, we are in a drought and in desperate need of some rain. If we do not get some soon, the gardens are not going to be doing well at all and the folks that gives us okra, corn, green beans and crowder peas every year will not have an abundance and of course will not be able to give away as much. I pray soon that we will be getting some rain.
I am still not sleeping much at night so I do feel pretty draggy during the days and today especially since I had Jerrell get me up at 6 a.m. so I would be conscious enough to drive and get to the dentist at 10:00. I made it there and back safely and on time! I did well. But I will stop for today and hope you all have a wonderful day. It is suppose to hit 89 ° here today so the air conditioning feels mighty good. Good day folks.
God Bless!

(Blogger is not letting me do paragraphs, do any of you folks have that problem sometimes? )

Friday, May 25, 2007

a time to remember...


Thursday, May 24, 2007

always thankful...& my three girls...

Although some days are not so good, I am so thankful to be here. God is good.
( Notice this picture is not centered, but I have an excuse, I am just learning :P~ )

Yesterday was a great day as I mentioned that Steph and Caroline came for a visit and that always makes for a good day. She called while on the road and here I sat in my jammies so I hurried and dressed and it wasn't long before they were here. In just a couple weeks time I can see Caroline growing and saying more words and always so happy. Roxy loves Caroline's visits and we were sitting outside, so of course Roxy just had to be out there with us.

Roxy has to be on a lead because if she should see a kitty, squirrel or dog, she will shoot like a bullet to it never knowing not to cross the road. Yesterday was the first day that Caroline really wanted to hold the lead and walk Roxy around. Of course she doesn't have to walk far as Roxy cannot let Caroline out of her sight and sticks pretty much with her buddy.
They are so cute together. They exchanged kisses a few times, but they are getting over kissing constantly, thank goodness. :)

In her talk, Caroline can say Grandma Claudia, it just does not sound like it yet, but as time goes on, she will say it well. There are so many words I can understand. She is saying a lot of words for 16 months!

Stephanie thinks like my oldest son that I need to see another doctor. Steph offered to drive me to Charlotte if I wanted to go to one there. I could not ask for a better or sweeter former daughter- in- law than Steph. We have a special bond that I feel we will have the rest of my life. Love conquers all and there is lots of love to be given for those with loving hearts. Thanks Steph for being all you are to me.

Also, many of my pictures did finally get removed, I have replaced many if not all of the missing ones. They may or may not be the ones that were there initially, but these will suffice.

Hope all you good folks have a good day and I want to welcome back my friend from when I first started blogging. Mickey has a new blog now and I am so glad to see her back to blogging. Also, I am so glad to meet a new reader of mine from London, GB. It is nice to have Barbara visiting and you folks should check out both of their blogs as they are outstanding. Barbara shared a recipe that sounds so good that I want to try it. I appreciate both Mickey and Barbara for visiting and commenting.

I got a late start today, have been trying to get some things cooked early for our supper because I have to go get my hair done today. So I will make this one short.

God Bless!

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

a follow up...

LUNAR ECLIPSE OF SATURN: Last night, the Moon passed directly in front of Saturn, producing a rare lunar eclipse of the ringed planet visible from Europe, parts of Africa and the Middle East: map. "Such a unique event must be photographed!" says Hanno Falk who sends this picture from his backyard in Flensburg, Germany.

I had a wonderful time this morning! Stephanie and Caroline came by and stayed a few hours with me. I will post on their visit and maybe have a picture later. I am running a bit late today, but wanted to get this up for you folks.

Have a safe and blessed day!

God Bless!

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

most likely...

I have messed up ALL of my pictures on my blog, but if I can get them back I will and if I can't, then I won't. :) I think maybe that good night's sleep last night caused me to come up with one of my bright ideas.
I did get the pictures back on the post below and I did find that it is much easier to do them that way than trying to do one, write a bit and do another, although the post is scrambled and makes no sense, but I am not up to taking that on this morning.

I have a feeling soon all the pictures will disappear as I accidently deleted all my pictures. I can either go and put them all back in or I could give up and just quit blogging, but I am choosing to not let it bother me. Actually I am more afraid it is annoying to you folks than to me. As in all my life, I have usually had to learn by my mistakes, which is good because it sticks a bit better or it does for me.

Happy Days are here again! We finally got our toliet fixed cause I threatened Jerrell within an inch of his life. NOT. The plumber had gone to school with my sons and was such a likeable fellow. He had this neat little camera that he uses to see where it is blocked and you can look and even see what it is that is blocking.

Of course I keep lotions, creams, hairspray and colgone bottles on the toilet top. Guess you folks do that?? I dunno... Welp of course Jerrell was just sure that I musta knocked one of my little bottles of something into the toilet. When I looked at the screen on that neat plumbing camera, I saw something very familiar, could even see the gold edging I well remembered and I was elated at what it was. He was having a really hard time getting it out though and decided to go one more time through the top. I heard it clunk and we knew it had come unwedged. Had he not gotten it out, a new toliet would have had to be purchased.

Several months back, as a matter of fact as I think about it, around the same time the toilet started acting up, Jerrell had accidently knocked off our porcelain toothbrush holder and broke it in a million pieces. It was special to me, not only because it was so pretty, but was given to us when we got married so was very old too.

Mean me just couldn't hardly wait for Jerrell to get home from work. When he got here, we stood in the kitchen and talked about Ray and what all he had to do and all the fetches I did for him that wore me out.
He then asked what was it. I told him it was sitting in the bathroom on the sick. Awwww he was so casual and calm and just happy we had it fixed. I wonder if it would have gone down that way had it been that little bottle of cologne that my daughter in law gave to me. :)

The main thing is- it is fixed. We are happy and I am glad the toliet did not need replacing.

What an interesting thing to blog on, a broken toliet. See, I told you nutin much goes on around here. I am going right now to give Roxy a bath and then fix us some lunch.

Should all my pictures disappear, just pretend they were never there, but should that happen, I will try to replace them a few at a time. Have a wonderful day my blogging friends!

God Bless!

Monday, May 21, 2007

company came to town...

This is me and the the two men folks in my life yesterday. And YES I made these pictures posted 'cept for this one. I said I would never have my picture made again and I told my brother that and he got a bit huffy with me, so I sucked up; after all he did drive for 2 hrs. just to see his wonderful sis. :) We just do too much to please our men folks.

This is my sister in law, Michelle, and this picture should have been under the others, but seems like now I remember someone saying they would appear in reverse order than the way you load them. I'm sorry, I just cannot think backwards. :)

(This was suppose to have been the first picture. I think I will get better, but you folks don't hold your breathe!)

My brother and his wife came yesterday and I actually took some decent pictures, or at least I think so. I am going to see if I can get some of them on here. Good luck me! The one above is my brother. He brought his tripod so he could use the timer and get a picture of all of us, but never got the timer set, so no group pic today. He is two years older than me. Can ya tell?

We had a very good visit with them. We went out to eat and Ron called and invited a friend of ours and his wife. His wife had to go out of town to babysit some of the 11 grandkids, but Jim said he would meet us there. We had a nice meal and we did a lot of talking and laughing and remembering our younger years. The three guys had all graduated high school together and Jim and Ron had both attended and graduated from NC State in Raleigh together, so we did not have any loss for words.

I was all keyed up and did not go to bed until 12:30 and about 2:30 I heard the loudest noise and I jumped out of the bed thinking someone was banging on the house as that is exactly what it sounded like. But noooooo, it was Jerrell in the bathroom working on the now broken for 2 months toilet and he had knocked a mirror off. I immedately took a terrible, terrible headache and just could not go back to sleep- so me and Roxy got up and stayed up, so I am running on two hours of sleep and I will admit, I do not feel worth a toot. And a plumber was called and I am waiting for her to call me back to tell me what time her husband will be here. You have heard the old saying, "why put off two months, what you can do today?" That's what I'm talking about!

Roxy was hopping last night for some reason, but today she has slept until just about 15 minutes ago and I took her outside and her leg or foot or whatever was bothering her last night is fine today. She is just a bit draggy like Moo is today. Jerrell will have leftovers tonight, that is my punishment for him delaying getting the toliet fixed. :P~

Welp I am gonna go and I hope these pics will be in the right place after I publish. As we know with Blogger you often get little surprises! I hope you all have a good day. Spose to be in the 80's here today, so warm weather is back and I am glad. Just hope the nights stay cool for a while longer. Our tomato plants are really growing now too! Outta here...

God Bless!

PS -I have these in paragraphs but Blogger surprised me and took them away.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

amazing, is it not?...

VENUS AND THE MOON: When the two brightest objects in the night sky get together, not even clouds can hold them back. Cran Lucas took this picture last night in Shreveport, Louisiana.

It shows Venus and the crescent Moon barely 10 ° apart, combining in brilliance for an unforgettable display. In Wallsend, Australia, David Hough saw the pair in broad daylight while photographer P-M Heden found that they rivaled the streetlights of Vallentuna, Sweden. "It was marvelous," he says.

Now the Moon is moving away from Venus en route to another close encounter--with Saturn on May 22nd. Stay tuned!

I found this to be just fascinating so I wanted to share it with you folks. I am already looking forward to seeing Venus and Saturn on the 22nd. OK, so I am excited just a bit. :P~

God Bless!

Saturday, May 19, 2007

a blogging bit...

I do not like Picasa, if you remove a picture, it removes it from your blog. I do not like that. I thought I had it saved somewhere else but didn't , so therefore something else. :)

Since my one year of blogging is rapidly approaching; yesterday I read about why folks blog and things folks post about. One of the first things that I read was to never post about blogging. Duh! Welp there was an instant idea for something for me to blog about. I found too that it is not always wise to click next post too many times. You will without a doubt run across a blog that should not have been written and certainly not to my kinda liking as far as its content is concerned. Also the content flag is always missing.

I also read that you should never blog about your kids or your cats. This was at an 'advice on blogging site'. Well -what if all you have is one little kitty cat and 14 children? Should you post about maybe wishing you had just gotten a dog instead? Oh it whirls my mind to see the different sorts of writings and the people behind them. Some blogs are blog worthy of course, but I was shocked to read that right now there are 81 million blogs and thousands being added by the day. Also reflected that many of them are of course rated quite abit out of my comfort zone. Also there are many policitical and rant blogs of which does not interest me in the least.

One of the most intersting thing I did was to follow some of the blogging memes created by Uisce ; they are called Worthless Wednesdays and Thougthless Thursdays, etc. I read enough of these type blogs to see why it is so popular. It is a simple way of not having to think of something to post on that day. No thinking involved totally impressed me, but it still did not lure me into that way of blogging. It is fine for those for which it tricks their triggers, but there is absolutely no substance in them. Therefore, I am glad I do not have my regulars that choose to do these whatever they ares! I guess I could be called a selective blog reader as I am drawn to the down home, Christian, family type blogs as mine falls sorta into those catagories.

I gotta call from an old high school friend yesterday just insisting that I go to our 45th class reunion. Now that is something I have never done or really cared to do. There is not one person that would give a flip flop over seeing me after they figured out who I was. I understand tho that they do have name cards for those that have changed so much they are not easily recognized. On the other hand, I would love to see them. I see most all of the ones I was friends with and have kept up with through the years. I just might take it on out of sheer curosity as to what a class reunion is really like.

Oh , I also read that folks tend to not read long post on a blog, so I will make this one short. :) Have a safe and blessed weekend...

God Bless!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

20 Things to Remember...

"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

(author unknown)

1. Faith is the ability to not panic.

2. If you worry, you didn't pray. If you prayed, don't worry.

3. As a child of God, prayer is kind of like calling home every day.

4. Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.

5. When we get tangled up in our problems, be still. God wants us to be still so He can untangle the knot.

6. Do the math. Count your blessings.

7. God wants spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.

8. Dear God: I have a problem. It's me.

9. Silence is often misinterpreted, but never misquoted.

10. Laugh every day, it's like inner jogging.

11.The most important things in your home are the people.

12. Growing old is inevitable, growing up is optional.

13. There is no key to happiness. The door is always open. Come on in .

14. A grudge is a heavy thing to carry.

15. He who dies with the most toys is still dead.

16. We do not remember days, but moments. Life moves too fast, so enjoy your precious moments.

17. Nothing is real to you until you experience it, otherwise it's just hearsay.

18. Its all right to sit on your pity pot every now and again. Just be sure to flush when you are done.

19. Surviving and living your life successfully requires courage.The goals and dreams you're seeking require courage and risk-taking. Learn from the turtle, it only makes progress when it sticks out its neck.

20. Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. No matter the storm, when you are with God, there's always a rainbow waiting. Leave gentle fingerprints on the soul of another for the angels to read.

I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it, I want to have lived the width of it as well.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007


I got some new pictures! Caroline loves books and one of her favorites is this one, Dick and Jane. She can say both Dick and Jane, but she prefers to just say Dick. She is learning so fast and loves to just sit and look at books. Of course her mom and dad read to her a lots too, so you can point to a book and she will say what it is about. :)

Stephanie is introducing her to gardening as
Steph had rather be in dirt than eat when she is hungry.
She loves to do yard work; set out flowers, put out bags and
bags of pine needles and has the yard looking picture perfect!

Caroline went with her mom and dad on Mother's Day to play golf and had a ball! The only problem was getting the golf club out of Caroline's hand when Steph needed to use it. She is going to be a well rounded little girl. She does not have to be entertained, she will find something to do and be totally absorbed in it.

I did such a dumb dumb today. I had a dental appointment at 10:45 so I had Jerrell to get me up at 6:00 so I could get my wits and be sure to be dressed and conscious enough to drive to Norwood. A friend of mine, Bob Harris, who is the Voice of the Duke Blue Devils and you folks have heard me mention him before, called me and we had talked about an hour when I had to tell him that I needed to get on the road to Norwood. So we ended our conversation. It was so good to talk with him, he is such a nice man. I get to the dentist on time and Melanie ask if I had taken my pre med and NO I had not. I flat out forgot it, so she said she could not clean my teeth since I had not taken it due to my heart. I was so disappointed and left to come back home. I will now get my teeth cleaned prior to Mark doing the impression for my permanent crown later this month.

I had never had a post put in and then the tooth attached to the post before although I had heard of it. It was not bad at all, but I was a bit apprehensive since I had not had this exact procedure done before. The other crowns were not done on post. Silly me tried to make a picture of me and let you see if you could tell which tooth was not mine, but it ain't easy or it ain't for me to take a picture of yourself. I am having a hard enough time taking a picture at a distance and I actually thought I could take one of my ownself. Some of the things that I think of!

I gotta mess of fresh green beans cooked and stopped at the grocery store and picked up some cube steak to go along with it for our supper. The rain beat down our tomato plants so Jerrell staked them all up yesterday and we will be glad when we can have some good ole tomato sandwiches. Not nothing much better than that.

I want to thank all you good folks that commented on my post from yesterday. I posted on what was truly on my mind and in my heart and your comments made me feel so good. I love you all and thank you for being my blogging friends.

I have a phone call I feel like I need to make. Just something that has been bothering me. I don't know if I am just getting sentimental or I am fixing to croak, but don't want to leave no loose ends because we just never know.

Have a wonderful evening. Bless you all!

God Bless!

Monday, May 14, 2007

my mother is on my mind...

Some of you folks have seen this picture, but since I have some new readers, I am inserting it. :)

I hope all of you had a good weekend and all you mothers had a wonderful Mother's Day. I was pleased to have my youngest son with us and to talk with our oldest son in Ohio. I am truly blessed with two fine sons that love the Lord and give so much pleasure to me by seeing them happy and productive in their fields they chose in life.

I also thought about my own mother yesterday. August of this year, my mother will have been gone for 49 years. I was only 14 when she died, but I clearly remember many things as if it were yesterday. I remember her being diagnosed in 1953 and saw her suffer for the next five years. She had her surgery done at Duke University Hospital in Durham and spent many days in the hospital for the next five years, either at Ft. Bragg or Walter Reed Army Hospital. The times she was home was the best of times. I was the type of person that got homesick very easy, although I had to spend many nights away from mother. For those that have been homesick know it is truly a terrible feeling of helplessness.

We have come so far in treatment for cancer. Had we had then what we have now, I feel sure my mother would not have died from the cancer. The ironic fact that my oldest son is a scientist in cancer research just makes me proud in the right sorta way. From the time my dad was killed when she was pregnant with me, me and my brother was her life. We had little in material things, but we had much in love and enjoying our time together. I remember when my mother got down and was in such pain that she would pray to die. Even as a child, it hurt my heart to see her suffer and I could not do anything for her. My brother was two years older and he could drive at the time she was the worst and did so much more for our mother than I did or could. He called him "her little man" and he really was!

Mother was a tough lady to the very end. She did not want to die at home so she had told the doctor there in our little town to be sure and tell her when to go to the hospital. My brother knew lots more than I did, but mother sent me to church camp for a week, so I would not be there when she left for her final trip to Walter Reed.

My brother took her to the train station at Hamlet and they said their goodbyes. It takes a brave mother to see me leave for church camp knowing that would be the last time she would see me, yet she did not shed a tear or let on in the least and she did it all for me! That is a mother! I will always love my mother for being such a brave and strong woman far beyond one could imagine just because of us children.

Years later I learned that mother's cancer had spread so much that she waited so long to leave that something happened to her on the train and it left her addled, but even without full thinking capacity, she managed to catch a cab and get to Walter Reed. The odds of knowing someone at the hospital were slim to none, but in the Lord's plan, mother had a second cousin named Ruth who was a nurse at that time at Walter Reed. Mother wrote us letters except the last one which Ruth wrote for her. That letter was written the night before she died. Mother had been to Walter Reed a number of times but on her final journey, she died on the 13th day of her stay. Ruth was with her and was actually pulling her up in the bed when she died. I have peace in knowing she died in Ruth's arms.

Many years later I saw Ruth and we talked at length about mother and she told us all that mother was worried about was us children and what would happen to us. I do not think we let her down, I think we have lived lives that would make her happy and maybe a little more proud of my brother as he was the successful one. I was and still am the black sheep of the family. :)

This was on my heart and on my mind and has been since yesterday. I just want you folks to know that I had a mother that lived only 46 years and a dad that lived only 28 years, but I had the best mother and daddy in the world in my eyes! I miss my mother so much to this day. Never having seen my dad, it is like a void on that part of my life. Do we ever get too old to not need our mothers? I think not. For those that still have your moms and dads, please cherish every minute that you have with them and tell them how much you love them.

I wrote what I felt today. I am very thankful for this beautiful sunny day and I am thankful for life and all the good things I have and most of all I am thankful for the memories etched forever in my heart and memory.

God Bless!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Happy Mother's Day...


Every mom has a favorite quote and a special tone to scold or teach a lesson to their rambuncous kids. We might dislike this momism as a kid but we all so much miss them when we grow up. These harsh sounding and yet so sweet advices from mothers is what makes our childhood so special. These motherly sayings go a long way in building us strong and making us a better person. Though we loathed our moms for being so harsh in their statements, ironically we all use the same momism that we received from our mothers on our kids. Oh, how much we appreciate our mothers for coming up with such perfect one liners.Here is list of most common and popular momisms. These motherly advice transcends the borders of time, space, language and culture. For kids are kids everywhere and Moms are always Moms...caring, concern, all knowing and full of love.
Money does not grow on trees.

Don't make that face or it'll freeze in that position.

If I talked to my mother like you talk to me....

Always change your underwear; you never know when you'll have an accident.

Be careful or you'll put your eye out.

What if everyone jumped off a cliff? Would you do it, too?

You have enough dirt behind those ears to grow potatoes!

Close that door! Were you born in a barn?

If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.

Don't put that in your mouth; you don't know where it's been!

Be careful what you wish for, it might come true.

Don't eat those, they will stunt your growth.

If you don't eat those, you will stunt your growth.

What's meant to be, is meant to be. (Mom only used this when something bad happened or when you experienced a disappointment.)

It doesn't matter what you accomplish, I'll always be proud of you.

I hope that when you grow up, you have kids "Just Like you"! (Also known as the "Mother's Curse")

Because I'm your mother that's why.

This is why we can't have nice things.

If I've told you once, I've told you a thousand times.

Eat your vegetables, those children in China (Africa, Vietnam) would be happy to have some broccoli to eat!

If you fall out of that tree and break you leg , don't come running to me.

"Cheer up, the worst is yet to come." Usually said in advance of grounding.

Someday your face is going to stick like that.
Don't look a gift horse in the mouth.
Yes, I *AM* the boss of you.

Because I said so.
Just wait till your father gets home.
No dessert till you clean off your plate.

I brought you into this world and I can take you OUT !!
(Mostly said after one of us 5 had done something really bad.

I've got eyes in the back of my head, that's how

Get that thing out of your mouth! (or nose)

Just you wait until you have kids of your own - then you'll understand

You tell that bully to cut it out or you'll tell the teacher...

I slave for hours over a hot stove and this is the thanks I get?!

Honestly... You'd lose your head if it wasn't screwed on!

Honestly, that cardigan looks great on you - the girls had better watch out with you around!

Bored! How can you be bored? I was never bored at your age.

Who'll end up walking, bathing and feeding it...?
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(Blogger will not let me space some of these.. :) )
I sure do remember many of these being said by my mother and me saying some to my two sons. Do you all remember any of these?
I hope for all you folks a wonderful, blessed and joyful Mother's Day. Thanks for being a part of my simple life.

God Bless!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

it wasn't too funny yesterday...

As I finished my post yesterday, I had told you that I was going to go fix me and Roxy some lunch and that is exactly what I did.

I was sitting in my recliner eating and watching the trial on Court TV as I usually do and I had fixed Roxy a little bowl of stew beef that we had left over from supper the night before. I had it all warmed up for her and we was just getting starting good. All was well until about half way through my lunch.

I had not eaten much when I felt something in my mouth and I have to admit I immediately thought of 'Wendy's', then it hit me. Uh oh, I got it out and bless Pat it was a tooth and it was my tooth. I coulda cried right then and there as I was pretty much panicked sitting there holding my tooth in my hand.

Of course I immediately quit eating and actually did not have an appetite for the rest of the day. I jumped up and called the dentist office and it being right at lunch time, I only got the answering machine and told them desperately what had happened and asked that they call me back.

So around 1:20, the phone rang and it was the dentist office and she asked me how long it would take me to get there, I told her as quickly as I could safely get there, I would be there. I went ahead and premedicated as usual and of all times, I had to stop for gas and got on my way on down to Norwood. During the 20 minute or so ride, I had calmed down quite a bit and was wondering if the tooth could be glued back on, as I still had tooth in the gum.
When Mark took a look at it, he said there was no way the tooth could be put back on. So here I sit right now with no tooth and no smile apt to happen today! It just hadda be a front tooth of all places. My eye tooth. And to top it off, Jerrell wanted to take my picture last night to 'put on my blog' cause he thinks all that happens round here ends up on my blog. :)

What choices did I have? Mark said I know you want a tooth there as soon as possible and I said OH YEAH! I ain't really a vain person, but I am not one to hanker a chance of folks making fun of me or laughing at me behind my back.
So, fortunately Mark had a cancellation tomorrow at 2:00 and since it will be a lengthy process, he said he could do it tomorrow, so I only have today to deal with. I am going to get my hair cut today, but them nice folks ain't getting no smiles today.

Another fortunate thing is that the tooth had been root caneled as I was wondering why no heat or cold stuff hurt it. I have had so many I cannot remember which have been root canaled and which ain't. Anyhow tomorrow he will put a post into the bone and put on a temporary crown which will suffice til the permanent crown is ready to be put on. I am still hunting all our piggy banks.

I still think the worst part is I have a new nickname around the house now. Jerrell keeps calling me "Snaggy", like I thought that was funny. Welp to be honest I did! I laughed til I was silly on and off last night, but that won't the case earlier in the day.

So now, all you folks help yourself to a good laugh, cause laughter is good medicine and this happening to me just might make you feel better. I almost hate to say this, but I gotta run and start getting me and Roxy something for lunch. Not likely I will post tomorrow cause I will be in another one of my tithers.
Thanks for coming and putting up with me.

God Bless!

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

when is venting ok?...

First of all I must say that I removed the prior post as most of you folks that even know who Nancy Grace is, know that she is gone from Court TV and I could hardly bear to look at the picture. It does amaze me how much better a person can look when on tv where they are pet and pampered with makeup and hair folks to make you look good when in fact, you are not too much to look at all. Then you put a picture of someone who is having to do their own hair and makeup on their own, it is just not a pretty sight, therefore I removed the picture and the article.

I had to take Roxy to the vet yesterday for her shots and since I was there I wanted the doctor to check the cyst on her head. He took a needle type thingy and tried to aspirate it, but it did not totally get rid of the cyst. He told me it was nothing to be worried about and best to just leave it alone unless it began to increase in size, then he would would local anethesia and remove it. In the meantime we would just keep an eye on it. Roxy as usual was a good girl and did not whimper with the three shots or the needle jabbing he did. I am sure it is quite sore today.

I have no idea how many of you folks order from LLBean. I do know that one of my readers does and she and I a couple years back would email and complain about the fact that they used Fed Ex SmartPost. For any of you that are familiar with that way of shipments know exactly what I am complaining about. For the last few years LLBean has been using Fed Ex Home Delivery which is a delight as they are fast and you can expect the shipment to be at your door the day the tracker says it will. What I did not know is that if you order something that happens to be on backorder, which is no fault of ours, when the order is filled, it is then sent to the customer via SmartPost. LLBean notifies you by email when an order has shipped. I had placed an order for some shoes on April 28 and out of the color that I wanted. The color apparently was the most popular as it happened to be on backorder but was due to ship on the 4th of May. Yesterday, the 8th I got an email saying it had shipped and had shipped by SmartPost and with an ETA of May 16. I was irritated so I called customer service and voiced my complaint and I told them that it was not my fault the item was on backorder and why further punish me by sending it via SmartPost. On prior orders they have sit in a post office for as many as 5 days with no movement. In my opinion, this is ridiculous. Fed Ex transports it to the nearest USPS facility and it is snail mail the rest of the way. However, my complaint was noted and I was told that in the event of another backordered item, I should request that it not be shipped by SmartPost. At least I learned that I have an alternative next time. I normally do not get upset over too much, but the horrors of previous purchases and lengthy delivery time just upset me. I was very nice to the lady and she actually agreed with me and told me that I was not the first person to complain over this situation.

Does not sound like much to get in a dither over, but I did and could I have avoided it; probably not or I would have. Takes a lot to get my dander up, but the fact that they admittedly said they did it because it was cheaper for them was exactly what I was thinking. :)

Today I am calmed down and got other things to worry about. I do not fret long, nor do I hold grudges and hold ill will towards a person for too long. However, I may like a person, but do not like their ways. My husband brought up something last night that really concerned me. He is still carrying a grudge and has bitterness over something that happened almost 20 years ago, but will not talk to me about it. It does not involve me. I worried about that alot last night and couldn't go to sleep. I prayed for the situation and would appreciate your prayers that he will let it go as it has affected his life far more than it should. It is water under the bridge and nothing will change it. I am thankful when I cannot carry something or should not, I turn it over to the Lord and let it go. Please keep Jerrell in your prayers over this.

It is time for me to go and fix some lunch. We do not have no sunshine today, but I am thankful to have this day as dreary as it is, cause it is a day of my life for which I am thankful to have.
Hope you all have a good day and enjoy it too!

God Bless!

Monday, May 07, 2007

just too complicated for me...

I have been working all morning trying to figure out how to undo a mess that I made with my camera. I got this one picture made and then it goes to a menu of which I know nothing about or do I know how to get out of it. It has many more features on it apparently than a simple minded person like me should have. I luck up once in a while and get it back to where I can take a picture. I took it with me on our walk this morning, but saw nothing picture worthy.

I had bought some rechargeable batteries and I cannot see that they are any better than the others. They are charging as I speak. I used regular batteries to get this picture of Roxy. So I can see that I will be taking few pictures or be doing a lot of reading in that camera book. It wouldn't be quite as bad, if it didn't make me shaky nervous just messing with it. I am not sure I am up to the task, so when you folks get a picture on here that I took, consider me lucky and --well ya'll lucky or not. :) If I squeeze out one just once in a while, I will be so happy.

Had a good weekend, the sun finally came out yesterday, but it is still a bit cool here compared to last week with the hot days that we had. I had ordered me some walking shorts from LLBean and they came on Saturday, but it is not shorts weather right now, but should be about Thursday. I like them cause they have a 9" inseam and come to just above my knees. I do not like my shorts short. I also ordered two pair of shoes, one pair ate my socks and I didn't like that so I returned them. The other pair is on back order and should ship this week. I still prefer shopping online rather than going out to a store. Although since I had gotten a coupon in the mail from JCPenny for $10, I went over to the store and they had their t-shirts made out of really soft cotton on sale 2 for $12, so I got two shirts for $2.13. They were normally $14.99 a shirt and I do like a bargain! I figured that was worth the ride over there, but would not have gone had it not been for the coupon.

Speaking of coupons, I had bought enough that I had received in the mail a $10 coupon from LLBean and used it on the shoes that I returned. So now I hafta wait til the return is processed and backed off my card and then another coupon will be mailed to me. I would hafta use the coupon on the only purchase I have ever returned to LLBean. Just call me Lucky...

I talked to our oldest son as usual last night and they have been house hunting and hope to move before Silvia starts her new job August 1. They have both found one they really like and if they should buy it, I will share the link with you. They have looked at some pretty ones and I like this one and another as it has such a beautiful sun room, that I would love to just sit in and enjoy when we go to visit them. My son has also written his first book and it is in publication right now. It will be out January '08. I am really proud of him, but since it is a medical book, would do me no good to think about reading it, but makes me proud all the same.

Welp folks, I am tuckered out from fiddling with that camera and gonna take a break before I start supper for Jerrell. I hope you all have a good evening and are having good weather. Until, take care and stay safe...

God Bless!

Friday, May 04, 2007

a day made brighter...

Does Caroline look a bit bewildered at what Grandma Claudia is telling her? I like her little dumbfounded look as she is looking at me. That is sorta the way my entire week has been.

The best day I had this week was yesterday when I had a visit with Stephanie and Caroline. Steph had needed a little wood work help from Jerrell. So Jerrell was delighted to be able to help and had her needed piece of work for her bonus room ready, so she and Caroline stopped by to pick it up and visit with me for a while. Words cannot convey the wonderful feeling I have with each visit I have with them. I love them both dearly as all you folks know.

Fortunately, yesterday was the first and only day so far this week that I have not had an angina attack as soon as I get out of the bed. I absolutely do not understand why the timing unless it is the just the sheer exertion of coming from a total relaxed state to the exertion of getting out of the bed, going to the bathroom and heading for the kitchen. I no longer panic when they begin, I just immediately reach for my nitro pills and pray as it is dissolving.

Caroline was asleep when they arrived so Steph and I sat outside and I looked at some picture albums that Steph had brought to show me. She has always been a picture taker and I am so glad she is taking so many of Caroline. I had fiddled with my camera until I had it where I could not take a picture so Steph had to fix it back for me and went ahead and took a picture of Caroline for me. I honestly don't think I will ever get the hang of picture taking. I pick it up so rarely, that when I do, I have already forgotten what button does what and that is what got me in all that mess. LOL, Steph said I needed a disposable one.

Along with the visit Steph had brought me some lasagna and some pineapple cake she had made for dinner the night before as she had a family of 5 over for dinner and had made plenty of lasagna and cake. I finished it off today. She is still a good cook and I have always enjoyed her pineapple cake.

It went from hot to cold overnight here and frankly I am glad. For two nights in a row, I had to stay up with Roxy until it cooled off enough to go to bed, sometime after midnight, cause cold natured hubby just didn't think the heat to me and Roxy justified cutting on the air conditioner quite yet. Suffer unto us!!

I do not normally post at night, but it has been so long I thought I'd sit down here and take the time to say hello to you folks and try my best to try to do better and muster up something to share with you and start using that camera before I completely forget how to use it.
Wanna see our tomato plants? :) Jerrell got them set out this week.

Ok, getting time for some R & R, hope you all have a good night.

God Bless!