Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Handbag How-To - - for Guys Also

A while back I received this email about women sitting their purses on floors in public toilets, in cars, on the ground, etc. It also presented statistics on the amount of germs and bacteria purses contain afterwards. It was disgusting! 

The email strongly warned against putting your purse on any surface when you are away from home.

That handbag story was so-o-o-o-o "eye-opening and upsetting"! I immediately grabbed my wire cutters, a white coat hanger (they're softer), and pliers and got busy. I even left my computer running while I did the following.

I will never be caught putting my purse down anywhere - EVER - again! SO!

This is how I solved the problem (below). Guys, you can do this for your lady. She’ll be happily surprised and thankful.

1. Cut a piece of wire from the coat hanger about 6 - 7 inches long with the wire cutters.

2. Bend the cut piece of wire into an "S" shape with the pliers. That’s it!

3. Ladies, keep this "s" hook in your purse. When you find yourself in a public toilet you can hang this up and hang your purse on it.


© 2008 by Leona G. Shankle - All Rights Reserved  ~dellgirl~

Monday, May 22, 2017

How the Fight Started

After retiring, I went to the Social Security office to apply for Social Security.
The woman behind the counter asked me for my driver's license to verify my age.

I looked in my pockets and realized I had left my wallet at home. I told the woman that I was very sorry, but I would have to go home and come back later.

The woman said, 'Unbutton your shirt'. So I opened my shirt revealing my curly silver hair.

She said, 'That silver hair on your chest is proof enough for me'. And she processed my Social Security application.

When I got home, I excitedly told my wife about my experience at the Social Security office!

She said, 'You should have dropped your pants. You might have gotten Disability, too'

And that’s how the fight started.....

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day Family and Friends!

I wish you a blessed Mother's Day.

I hope you have a wonderful fun-filled day with loved ones. 

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

A Special Thank You!

A Thank You from Grandson, Jace!

How do you thank someone who has happily surprised the dickens out of you? What can you say that doesn’t come off as trite or cliché? Sometimes you can’t. So with that in mind, I’ll try to get to the point, pronto. 

Grandson, Jace, made a video a while back and instructed me to spread the word and make it go viral. Like the good MiMi that I am, I posted the video. I included Jace’s request for Likes, comments, Subscribers to his Youtube channel, AND Shares. I’m Laughing Out LOUD…again… at that from a 7 year old.

I want to say a big THANK YOU to, AnthonyGodinho, RhapsodyPhoenix, Erica wagner, and MarianShankle for your support. Your surprise visits to Jace’s video were awesome!

Jace and I were grinning from ear-to-ear when we saw your Likes and Comments. We were like kids under the tree on Christmas morning. I don’t know which one of us was more excited. Thank you guys!  

I want you to know how grateful I am that you took the time to visit Jace’s video. We really appreciate your participation on it.  Your visit and your support made Jace a happy little camper! Jace says, "Thank You All!"

Thank you all for helping him with his “Let’s Go to Sky Zone” video. You Guys Rock!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Throw Yourself into Your Work

You must throw yourself into your work in order to be the best at what you do. If you are not fully passionate about what you are doing, your work will be drab and lackluster. If you want your work to stand out and be a cut above everyone else in your particular field, throw yourself into your work.

When you are fully engaged in your project, no matter what it is, your passion will shine through. Dive deep into your soul and find your inner child, let that inner child be the drive behind your desire. Throw yourself into your work and watch the difference in the work you produce.

You will be known all over the world as the pioneer of a new movement to throw yourself into yourself into your work.

My grandson, Jace, has paved the way for us. Trailblazer that he is, he shows us rather than try to tell us, exactly HOW to throw yourself into your work.

Here, he shares his technique for anyone who needs help learning how to throw yourself into your work.    

Do you know anyone who throws him/her self into their work? Have you ever thrown yourself into a project you were working on?

What do you think of Jace’s innovative idea of throwing himself into his ART work?

Saturday, April 8, 2017


Did you know that April starts on the same day of the week as July every year, and the same day of the week as January in leap years? Something else I didn’t know is that April ends on the same day of the week as December every year.

April is National Poetry Month, a celebration of poetry. It was first introduced in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. April 1st is also April Fool’s Day, and I’m not sure if the Academy of American Poets realized that when they introduced National Poetry Month back in 1996, but it’s the kind of irony that poets would appreciate.

April 1st brings thoughts of spring what with trees and flowers blooming all over and birds chirping and singing outside my bedroom window early every morning. The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. It seems like spring here already in my little corner of the world, Houston, Texas.

It’s not too hot, too cold, too rainy, too sunny, not too dry, or too wet it’s just perfect – for me anyway. So I call it springtime, whether it’s officially spring or not.
One thing’s for sure, I’d better enjoy these perfectly beautiful days while they last because it’ll be over before we know it. Actually here in Houston, tomorrow it just might be freezing cold and I'll need to turn the heaters on. That's how it goes around here.

Oh, just a few more April tidbits FYI.

April 16th is Easter Sunday.
April 18th is TAX Day. Now, why is that? Could it be because April 15th falls on a Saturday this year and Saturday is not a Business Day?
April 22nd is Earth Day.

There you have it, my rambling thoughts on April and Spring time.

What is the weather like in your part of the country? Where are you? Some people are still having snow. Is that you? Do you like it? Or are you getting a touch of spring?

Sunday, April 2, 2017

5 Ways to Be Happy

Chinese Proverb: Be Happy

If you would be happy for one hour, take a nap. 

If you would be happy for a day, go fishing. 

If you would be happy for a month, get married. 

If you would be happy for a year, inherit a fortune. 

If you would be happy for life, love your work.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

REAL Political Spin

This is not your average political post, I'm not into politics. If you feel like reading further, you'll understand what I mean. 

Some things just depend on how you look at them...

Judy Wallman, a professional genealogy researcher in southern California , was doing some personal work on her own family tree.. She discovered that Senator Harry Reid's great-great uncle, Remus Reid, was hanged for horse stealing and train robbery in Montana in 1889. Both Judy and Harry Reid share this common ancestor.

The only known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the gallows  in Montana territory: 

On the back of the picture Judy obtained during her research is this inscription: 'Remus Reid, horse thief, sent to Montana Territorial Prison 1885, escaped 1887, robbed the Montana Flyer six times. Caught by Pinkerton detectives, convicted and hanged in 1889.' 

So Judy recently e-mailed Senator Harry Reid for information about their great-great uncle. 

Senator Harry Reid: 
Believe it or not, Harry Reid's staff sent back the following biographical sketch for her genealogy research: 

"Remus Reid was a famous cowboy in the Montana Territory . His business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Montana railroad. 

Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his life to government service, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the railroad. In 1887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency. 

In 1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honor when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed." 

NOW THAT's how it's done, Folks...


DISCLAIMER: This is an email I received from a friend several years ago with the ... pass this on to 800 people thing on it. Don't know if this is true or false. I just found it humorous in light of today's political climate and thought I'd pass it along for others to get a chuckle or two. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Save Money Using Facebook & Twitter

I read somewhere that you can save money using Facebook and Twitter. My first thought was, “yea, right” … like that’s going to happen. Then I read the entire article. It made a lot of sense, I learned a lot from it.

The first thing I learned was that my Facebook news feed sometimes contains great sales promoted by companies that I love and that I use frequently. The article stated that I should follow the company (itself) or follow the company's Facebook page to get updates, offers, and/or coupons. 

This was news to me! I had always purposely NOT followed companies or product pages since joining Facebook. The idea had me hooked, I had to read on. I would not have thought of this on my own.

The article also advised searching the company’s Twitter feed. Sometimes they offer coupons for additional discounts on purchases. What a great tip! Before I read this, I had not been able to see any benefits from using Facebook or Twitter. Now I do, this is really cool.

I have also read other articles explaining how to use Facebook to save money.

Do you use Facebook or Twitter? Do you use them to shop? Have you ever used them to save money? How do you use FaceBook and Twitter?

Sunday, March 5, 2017

What Is Your Writing Style?

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Writing style and writing voice are what separates good writing from great writing. Likewise, writing style and writing voice separate good blogs from great blogs. Although writing voice and writing style have a lot in common they are not the same thing. The difference between great writing and mediocre writing is - individual style.   

What is writing style? Writing style is not always easy to define. It is something that cannot be taught, you either have it or you don't. Writing Style is a product of our ability to learn by reading and listening to people talk. Our writing style is simply the way we construct a sentence and the way we put sentences together.  

Your writing style is not what you say but how you say it.

Many of us are already writing and have no idea what our writing style is. Some of us are not even aware that we have a writing style. No problem, because perhaps ironically, the best writing style is invisible. 

Developing your writing style is important to your becoming a good writer. If you try to write the way other people write, to duplicate their success, you may find that you are unable to imitate it. That is simply because you have a different style of writing than they do.  Don't copy a writing style from another writer. Write to make your style your own. 

Think of it this way, "A man's style in any art should be like his attire - it should attract as little attention as possible.” It is apparent that the writing style is simple and informal.

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The best writing style is the one that is apparent to the reader, although the meaning of the term writing style might somehow escape the writer. With that in mind, writers should simply write.

Your writing style will make itself known in the way you construct sentences and more so in the way you put sentences together. Say what you have to say – your way.

That is your unique writing style.

What is your writing style? Do you know what your writing style is? How would you find it? 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Healthy Snack for Kids with Multiple Allergies

My grandson was born prematurely with multiple health issues, so many I can’t name them all. He was born allergic to 13+ food items, including dairy, wheat, gluten, soy, and many more.
 At the top of the list of foods he was/is allergic to, is peanuts. YES, he had the DEADLY PEANUT ALLERGY. We could not even have nuts in the house. But, I digress here. Let me get back on track.

Needless to say, his diet was severely limited. Grandson was about two and a half or three years old at the time and there was not much he could eat. With that in mind, my daughter went into research mode looking for a healthy snack for Grandson. During her research, she found these Harvest Snaps Snapea Crisps. The Snapea Crisps did not contain anything that he was allergic to. She bought them, and the rest is history!

She introduced them to Grandson, and he fell in love with them immediately. From that point on, she could barely keep up with the demand because he ate them as fast as she could buy them. He calls them “Green Beans”. So, around our house they are officially known as “Green Beans”.

The #1 and best thing about these Snapea Crisps /Green Beans is that my grandson with his multitude of allergies could safely eat them.

The next thing I love about these green bean crisps is that they are baked instead of fried. They only have a tiny hint of salt. AND, they are delicious.

We give grandson a few at a time in a bowl and he is munching almost before we can let go of the bowl. *NOTE: He insists on having a wet wipe along with his green beans, for his hands.

Another great thing about these green beans is that they are a healthy alternative to regular potato chips. You get that same chewy crunch as potato chips with these green beans. They are crisp, like the name says and they are also very light.

On the downside, I find them to be a bit pricey. But, who am I to complain about the price? I have not had to buy a single bag…ever. His mommy buys them. Even with the price, these green beans are worth the price so that my highly allergic grandson can have a healthy snack.

For anyone interested in a healthy snack for kids with allergies, try these Snapea Crisps. You’ll be happily surprised.

DISCLAIMER: I am NOT a doctor, just a grandmother. Check with your doctor before feeding this product to your allergic child. Also, check the ingredients list for yourself for anything your child might be allergic to. 

Saturday, February 11, 2017

So Thankful Saturday

Tonight I sit staring at my blank page, too tired to string together enough words to make a post. Too mentally exhausted to look at a picture and write a story about the day I captured that perfect shot, I stare at the page.

My mind wanders back and forth through days, weeks, months, and years of struggles, challenges, and family illnesses that wreaked havoc on my waning strength. As I journey back through the trials and tribulations I have endured to reach a better day, I marvel at God’s goodness.

Through it all, He has sustained me. I had no doubt that He would. My only prayer through the many dark nights of loved ones suffering was, “Lord, give them the strength to hold on until Your blessings become a reality to them.”

I had no doubt that all would be resolved and their mental and physical health would be restored. My prayer was that the loved ones could sit quietly and be ready when God’s healing became a reality to them. Weeks later, I feel the power of God’s blessings making its way into my loved ones’ state of mind. I’m Giving Mighty, Mighty Thanks for God’s Goodness.

For these and other blessings, Dear God, I give thanks to you. Amen.

Monday, February 6, 2017

If I Could Go Back

I have often heard people say they wish they could go back in time, that they would and they would change some things. I was a pretty smug young lady and, I thought the idea was absurd.

I was always the one self-righteously proclaiming, “I don’t NEED to go back. I’m going to live my life so I won’t have any regrets. So, I definitely don’t need to go back”, I said loudly from my perch upon my mighty High-Horse.

Life came along and gave me a good slap in the face, taught me a few things the hard way. That set me stumbling on a different path than the holier-than-thou path I had envisioned for myself.

Okay, okay, okay. I cry “UNCLE”. I give!

Can I go back? Can I change my mind?

If I could change my mind, If I COULD go back, I would go in a heartbeat. I would change some things. As a matter of fact, I would change a whole LOT of things. For starters, I would…

-Break some rules, especially some of those rules my mama had. I got beatings all the time anyway. So breaking those rules would only mean a few more beatings. Hahahaaaaa!

-Speak up for myself more instead of always listening to other peoples’ points of view.

-Party like crazy! I’d sneak out of the house at night and party instead of staying home like a “miss-goody-two-shoes”. I’d have some of that fun my friends laughed and talked about when grownups were not around. I’d get more beatings, but so what. I got more than my share of them without cause. 

-Be more adventurous! Enough said about that.

-I would be as WILD AS A DAT-GUMMED DEER!!!

There now, I got that off my chest. 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Saturday Night Humor

          The Coffin 

A man is walking home alone late one foggy Halloween night, when behind him he hears: BUMP... BUMP... BUMP...

Walking faster, he looks back and through the fog he makes out the image of an upright casket banging its way down the middle of the street toward him. BUMP... BUMP... BUMP...

Terrified, the man begins to run toward his home, the casket bouncing quickly behind him. FASTER... FASTER... BUMP... BUMP... BUMP....

The man runs up to his door, fumbles with his keys, opens the door, rushes in, slams and locks the door behind him. However, the casket crashes through his door, with the lid of the casket clapping. clappity-BUMP...clappity-BUMP... clappity-BUMP... on his heels, as the terrified man runs.

Rushing upstairs to the bathroom, he locks himself in. His heart is pounding; his head is reeling; his breath is coming in sobbing gasps.

With a loud
CRASH the casket breaks down the door. Bumping and clapping toward him. The man screams and reaches for something, anything...

All he can find is a box of cough drops! Desperate, he throws the cough drops at the coffin ...

...and of course,

...the COFFIN stops!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

How to Publish a Great Blog Post

Lately I have been visiting new blogs to interact with new people. An hour ago I clicked over to a new blog from a friend’s blog. The background was light pink with a slightly darker pink font color. Oops, this is not good (for me anyway). I tried to read the blog anyway so I could make friends with someone new.

The blog post was very long. Paragraphs were each 6 to 8 inches of words, words, words. There were no intermittent paragraph breaks as far down as the eye could see.

I am an older, notice I didn’t say OLD, person with imperfect eyesight. I find it hard to read posts because they are not divided into paragraphs. Many times a compelling title makes me TRY to read them, but it is so very hard to do. I often have to click away from the blog post because of this.  

I am also a retired teacher who loves helping others. So the following information is offered as constructive assistance for anyone wanting to improve their writing.

Directions for creating a great post:

1.Type your first two or three sentences.

2.Hit the “enter/return” key two times. This will give you a space between your sentences, creating paragraphs.

*NOTE: You will repeat this process throughout the entire post. Type two or three sentences. Then click the return key two times to leave a space. (Repetitious on purpose)

When you compose and type your post leaving space between every two to three sentences, it will be easier to read and to understand. This will keep readers on your page longer.

3. Another good idea for an easier to read blog is to be careful with your background colors and font colors. Not all color mixtures make for easy reading. The wrong color mixture could cause some readers to leave your blog without reading it.

Try these tips and you will love what you see.

Is this information understandable? Did you find it helpful? Why? Why not? Do you have any tips to share with us? We’d love to hear them.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year!

Wishing You a Blessed 2017

I wish you Love, Joy, Peace, Hope,  

and Blessings you never imagined!

Have a Happy & Blessed New Year 2017!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Uses for Baking Soda

Baking soda can be used for a lot more than deodorizing the fridge or keeping the cat’s litter box from stinking up the place. All one has to do is Google “Uses for Baking Soda” and you’ll find so many, you’ll be busy reading for days.

Rather than making another list of things you can do with baking soda, I want to share my all time favorite uses for it. Below are three of my favorites and how I use the baking soda. I use these three a lot more than others so, I’ll start with my …

3 Favorite Uses for Baking Soda

1.Remove Burned-on Food From Pots & Pans
2.Keep Drains Fresh Smelling
3.Unclog Slow Draining Drains

Remove Burned-On Food from Pots & Pans

Here is an easy way to remove burned-on food from pots and pans. Put enough water in the pan to cover the bottom plus 1 more inch for boiling. Sprinkle in a thick layer of baking soda.

Bring this to a boil and boil it for 3 minutes.  Turn off heat. Let it sit, soaking it in the baking soda solution for 10 minutes before washing.

You can use the baking soda from the fridge for this then place a new box of soda in the fridge.

Deodorize Drains

Keep your sink and tub drains clean and fresh smelling by flushing them with baking soda every week. Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain then turn on very warm tap water to flush the soda through. Let the warm water run through the drain about 2 minutes.

Use the baking soda from the fridge for this then place a new box of soda in the fridge.

Unclog Slow Draining Drains

Pour 1 cup baking soda down any kitchen or bathroom drain that seems to drain too slowly. Next, pour in 1 cup hot vinegar.

Wait 30 minutes. Then pour 1 gallon boiling water down the drain to flush the soda vinegar mixture through the pipes.
Use the baking soda from the fridge for this then place a new box of soda in the fridge.

Do you use baking soda? What is your favorite way to use it?

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Words CAN Hurt You!

Jessie, the cowboy, gallops down the hill on his horse while his girlfriend, Dixie, runs after him begging him not to go. “Jessie, Jessie, don’t go!” she sobs almost hysterically.

Jessie stops just short of the exit gate, turns to Dixie and states firmly, “I’m a loner and a loner’s gotta be alone.”

Jessie turns his back on Dixie, smacks his horse on the rear, and heads through the gate into the open field headed toward the wild blue yonder.

Straight ahead, the closing credits . . .”THE END” . . . pop up on the screen . . . just as Jessie reaches that point.

Jessie rides smack-dab into the writing on the screen, he slams into the “E” and is knocked off his horse. Whaaack-Bammmmm!

See, I told you. Words really CAN hurt you!


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Dishtowel Angel

Here is a great way to spruce up an ordinary gift and make it extra special. Instead of simply wrapping dishtowels and pot holders make them into pretty kitchen decorations. The recipient can then use them as decorations or take them apart and use them for their original purpose, washing dishes.

What you'll need:

1 dishtowel
1 washcloth
1 Pot holder


1. Fold the dishtowel lengthwise into a fan, then fold the strip in half. Tie it off 2 or 3 inches from fold with ribbon, to make the head. Set this aside.

2. Fold the washcloth into a fan for the arms. Set this aside.

3. Now Fanfold the potholder with the loop on the top for the wings.

4. Place the washcloth on top of the potholder and tie in the center with a ribbon. Lay this (unit) on the table with the potholder down and the washcloth facing up.

5. Lay dishtowel on top of potholder and washcloth.

6. Bring the arms (washcloth) around front and tie together 1 inch from ends, for the hands.

For more: How-to Photos and directions can be found at Family Corner.com.