.....and other random stuff......

Friday, October 31, 2014


Last year, as I was handing out candy, some smart ass twelve year old kid asked me what MY costume for Halloween was. It was obvious I wasn't IN costume and he was trying to call me out!  This year I'm ready for him! 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Throwback Thursday

The last known picture of my Great Grandfather (with my mother) before he abandoned his family, never to be seen again.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Reason I Flunked Spanish Wasn’t Really My Fault

For some reason, in my junior year of high school, the assistant principal elected himself my emotional/ethical guardian.
That is to say, he made it his business to dissuade me from dating my boyfriend.
He deemed the match unacceptable and took it upon himself to talk me out of it.
The tack he decided to take was to ‘reason’ me out of it.
To that end, every day during second period (and I assumed he waited until second period so that he could have his morning coffee and steel himself to face me) the phone in my Spanish class would ring and he would call me to his office.
It got to be such a regular event; the teacher moved my seat next to the phone and told me to answer it when it rang.
And so it went.
Every day.
His concern was that I was making a HUGE mistake and ruining my life!
After I got over being angry that he was sticking his nose into something that was none of his business I kind of enjoyed these daily diatribes.
I’m always up for a good argument, and I came back at him with some very sound and defendable lines of reasoning.
Plus it got me out of Spanish class.
And let’s face it, that was a good thing! 

Until I got my report card……….

Monday, October 27, 2014

Punny Monday

Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it too.

Friday, October 24, 2014


When I was little I had two best friends.
Janet and Rita.
We played well together.
Most of the time.
But…..when things didn’t go her way, Janet would throw a tantrum. 
It was always the same….…. “If you don’t do what I want I’m going to sit in the road and get hit by a car! THEN you’ll be sorry!” 
And she would sit cross-legged, in the middle of our street (it was a lane really, with very few cars) put her face in her hands and cry.

I remember thinking……would it really be that bad if she did get hit by a car? ……..at least then we wouldn’t have to go through this nonsense all the time (I was famous for my empathy…….)

One day the pavement in the road in front of Rita’s house developed a hole about the size of a Frisbee.
Not very big but when you looked down into the hole you could see that the dirt had washed away and it was developing into a sinkhole.
To us it looked like it went to the center of the earth!

Of course this was just the thing Janet needed for her next big performance.
And that show came very soon after the discovery of said hole.

We were playing at Rita’s house, Janet didn’t get her way……she went into her usual tirade but this time she said, “I’m going to sit on the hole and get swallowed up by the earth! THEN you’ll be sorry!”
And off she went.

I noticed though, as she took up her position, she didn’t sit directly on top of the hole but off to the side. 
Rita and I stood there watching and waiting.
I’m not sure if we were watching in gleeful anticipation of Janet getting swallowed alive or if we were just tired of the routine.
After a few minutes we grew bored and went inside to play.

When Janet realized no one was watching she got up and went home.

I know, it seemed anticlimactic to me too……..

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Going even further back.......my mother....1920

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Whenever I Do Battle With A Palmetto Bug I Think Of My Mother

And about her time in Florida when my father was stationed here during the war.
She told two stories about that time.
The first was about how the bugs were so big you could throw a saddle on them and ride them around the base!
The other was about working for one of the generals.
She and another secretary would buy bottles of coke from the vending machine just outside the office door, pour out half the coke and refill the bottles with rum.
And that’s how they spent their days.
Typing the general’s letters half crocked, sweating (this was in the days before air conditioning!) and killing giant bugs with their shoes.

She did NOT like Florida!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Another Late Night Encounter with Nature…. the Battle Continues

It’s late at night.
I’m sitting at my desk working diligently (aka cruising Facebook…) and out of the corner of my eye I spy a movement on the desk.
I watch in horror as he walks along the edge of the desk.
Only inches away from me.
As if he doesn’t have a care in the world.
No, he didn’t just walk, he sauntered!
He swaggered! As if to say, “Ha! I terrify you! And I’m too big to kill! So there!”

My first reaction is a combination of fear and disgust.
I’m so close to him I can see the hair on his legs!
I think of waking Husband but that seems too sissy.
I consider letting him continue on his way, but then I’d know he was OUT THERE…..SOMEWHERE and that idea is just too disturbing.
So I gather up my courage, reach for a napkin and lunge!

I run to the bathroom and shake him out of the napkin into the toilet…..because I have this compulsive need to see that he’s actually THERE. I need to watch him circle the porcelain sea and disappear into the abyss.
I flush three times….just to be sure he doesn’t don his SCUBA gear and work his way back up the pipes.

As I settle back down in my chair triumphant in the knowledge that, once again, the balance of nature is intact....................

I observe a trail of little spots across the desk….…..he was so big he left footprints in the desk blotter!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Punny Monday

A woman has twins and gives them up for adoption. One of them goes to a family in Egypt and is named "Ahmal." The other goes to a family in Spain; they name him "Juan." Years later, Juan sends a picture of himself to his birth mother. Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband that she wishes she also had a picture of Ahmal. Her husband responds, "They're twins! If you've seen Juan, you've seen Ahmal."
                           ♪♫♪♫♪ Ba Dum Tish ♪♫♪♫

Friday, October 17, 2014

All About That Bass……

I might be the only person on the planet who would spend an entire afternoon printing and cutting out faces, gluing them to Popsicle sticks and then propping them on a cardboard box to photograph just to make a pun about a popular song……..

But here it is………

This is my new favorite song of ALL time!!!
Meghan Trainor  (you have to sit through a commercial, but trust me it is soooo worth it!)

Now.......having seen the reference.......

♪♫♪♫ Because you know ♪♫♪♫
♪♫♪♫ I'm all about that face ♪♫♪♫
♪♫♪♫ 'Bout that face, no body ♪♫♪♫
♪♫♪♫ I'm all about that face ♪♫♪♫
♪♫♪♫ 'Bout that face, no body ♪♫♪♫
♪♫♪♫ I'm all about that face ♪♫♪♫
♪♫♪♫ 'Bout that face, no body ♪♫♪♫
♪♫♪♫ I'm all about that face ♪♫♪♫
♪♫♪♫ 'Bout that face…………………

Every inch of them is perfect from the bottom to the top!!!!!!

Apparently it doesn't take much to amuse me ........... :-/   

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Throwback Thursday

Post honeymoon/BC (before children)
That's why they're still smiling! LOL

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


So many things in a state of unfinished-ness.......
I don't seem to be able to focus and get anything accomplished..... :(

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I Dreamed…………..

Last night I dreamed my mother called me from ‘heaven’ or wherever it is you go when you die.
She said, “Get up! You’re going to be late!”
I realized the call was something special and I started crying.  
I said, “Is it really you? Can we do this again” I miss you! Did you get to see Uncle Bill?”
(My uncle just died a few weeks ago.)
She said yes she saw her brother and no we can’t do this again.
Then I woke up.
And there were real tears running down my cheeks.
I wondered what it was I was going to be late for and looked at the clock…......it read 8:11…..........
my mother’s birthday.

*Sometimes I wonder if I should share these things. I imagine you think I’m weird enough without these little insights into my psyche……  LOL

Monday, October 13, 2014

Punny Monday

  Two fish swim into a concrete wall. The one turns to the other and says, “Dam!"

Friday, October 10, 2014

Just a Neighborly Visit

Husband opened the front door and they scared each other! LOL

They both recovered.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Throwback Thursday

And the final clipping.......['Strike It Rich' was a radio game show....for those of us too young to remember....... ;)]

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Cloud Gazing

They never cease to awe me....

They go on for miles and miles. Pictures don't do them justice.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Undo Button Is the Best……..

But what I also like about working digitally is the ability to save incrementally as you go.
To save at different times through the process allows you to go back later and take it in a whole different direction.
Or to just have a ‘time lapse’ of the characters development.

Either way…….

Some changes are bigger than others...... ;)

Monday, October 6, 2014

Punny Monday

  Two cows are standing next to each other in a field. Daisy says to Dolly, "I was artificially inseminated this morning." "I don't believe you," says Dolly. "It's true, no bull!" exclaims Daisy.

Friday, October 3, 2014


Thank you for all the well wishes and good vibes you sent my way! 
They worked!!! 
The stress test was normal!!!!
My doctor wants to 'talk about the results' whatever THAT means.....but I'm DONE! Let them poke at somebody else!!! I say my heart rate was elevated because she scares the hell out of me!!!!!
(and I promise from now on to eat right and exercise regularly! Cross my heart! [pun intended])

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Throwback Thursday

First came graduation….then the wedding……
Their honeymoon was a road trip (with another couple) around the historical sites of New England.
I guess the destination isn’t the important part of a honeymoon……but the decision to take another couple along…………….. still confuses me……….:-/

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Avoid Stress………………

And while you’re doing that, we’ve scheduled these medical tests for you……………
As you read this I’m undergoing a Nuclear Stress Test and I’m terrified of what they'll find.

Wish me luck; I can use all I can get!!