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.

Sunday, November 20, 2016


Are You Superstitious? Many people are, some more than others. There are a good many people who are not superstitious at all. Which category do you fall into? Are you or are you not superstitious?

Growing up in the tall piney woods of deep east Texas, I heard various superstitions from the time I was a little girl all the way through young adulthood. The most common ones were probably the same ones everybody knows.

At the top of every list, is the one about the black cat. The superstition is that if a black cat crosses your path, it means you’re going to have bad luck. I saw and heard of many people going out of their way to get ahead of a black cat. Some even turned around and went back where they came from rather than to keep going forward.

Are you superstitious or not? Do you know anyone who is superstitious? Do you have a superstition to share? We would love to hear about it. 

Sunday, November 13, 2016

The Best Way to Get Rid of Spam

Photo © by Me - dellgirl

The first thing most of us think about when we hear the word spam,  is all that junk and stuff that we get in our email inbox. Isn’t that what you thought when you saw my title? This is all about Spam, but it’s not what you think. This is about spam for real, the first real Spam, the kind that you eat. Tee-hee-hee, gotcha didn’t I?

This is how I get rid of Spam. First I get two slices of Spam lunch meat, two slices of bread, and some mustard and mayonnaise. 

Next, I spread the mustard and mayonnaise on the bread. I put one slice of Spam on each piece of bread and fold it over making a single sammich. 

Then I grab a couple of hands full of sea salt and vinegar chips and a nice ice cold bottle of lemonade to go along with my two Spam sammiches. Now I am good to go!

Finally, I prop up in my bed on my brown pillow and take a nice big bite of my first Spam sammich. I follow that with a couple of chips and chew it up really good. Now, a big Swig of this delicious ice cold lemonade and all is right in my world.

There you have it, my ideas on The Best Way to Get Rid of Spam!

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Laughter Is the Best Medicine

My Photo © by dellgirl

Morris, an 82 year-old man, went to the doctor to get a physical. A few days later, the doctor saw Morris walking down the street with a gorgeous young woman on his arm.

A couple of days later, the doctor spoke to Morris and said, "You're really doing great, aren't you?"

Morris replied, "Just doing what you said, Doc: 'Get a hot mamma and be cheerful.'"

The doctor said, "I didn't say that. I said, 'You've got a heart murmur; be careful."

Sunday, October 23, 2016

ABCs for Better Blogging: A Challenge

This is personal. It is a concept I developed lately to become a better blogger. I call it “My 5 ABCs for Better Blogging Challenge”, since I made this for myself. Why would I do such a thing, you ask? 

I do it because I re-visited some of my old blog posts from a few years ago and realized I had missed many opportunities to interact more meaningfully with visitors to my blog. There were many things I could have done differently that would have made me more engaging as a blogger.

Thinking about the missed many opportunities made me realize I could do a whole lot better as a blogger. So I decided to change the way I do things as I blog, blog, blog here on Blogger.

Following is my list of things to do and ways to interact to become a better blogger.   

Things to do to become a better blogger:
A – Always reply to comments on posts. Remember that people took their valuable time to visit your blog and to read your post, and even more of their time to leave a comment.

B – Be kind, Be courteous, Be supportive. If you (I) don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything. .. just click away.

C – Carefully craft your comments to the topic of a post. Don’t just throw out some meaningless gibberish, it’s insulting.

D – Do unto other Bloggers what you want done unto you. This is self explanatory, needs no further messing with.

E – Each time you visit a post, read it before commenting. It can make or break your credibility if your comment is unrelated to the topic.

That’s it, my personal challenge to myself to improve the quality of my Blogging experience and also the experience of those that I interact with. Do you have any ideas for better blogging? Add them in the comments section. This is a way we can help each other.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Happy Birthday to Me!

Photo by dellgirl 
My birthday gift from Grandson & his mommy.

My birthday was Thursday, October 13. Late Wednesday evening after grandson had gone home, I formulated a plan for the night and for the day of my birthday. This is what I thought… I'll make myself a nice plate of something good to eat, get a nice cold drink of lemonade, and prop up on my bed and chill. Then, I planned to rest and relax as much as possible on Thursday.

That did not happen! Papa ~dellgirl~ came in about 7 PM. Around 8 o’clock he started to cook. Everything was ready for us to devour about 9:45 PM. He had made his famous fried catfish, his "to-die-for" mega green salad, guacamole and chips, and hot buttered rice. What a prelude to my birthday! 

Thursday morning was routine. Grandson’s mommy, my daughter Jordyn, answered my good morning text with the sweetest happy birthday wish. It brought a big grin to my face. Next, my baby son answered my good morning text with his usual, "hey ma". He didn’t mention my birthday.  So, I figured he was up to something.

Oh well, life goes on.  I picked up grandson after school. We stopped by Sonic for his favorite small green apple slush. Then we headed home. When I turned the corner to pull into the driveway baby son’s truck was parked in the driveway. Needless to say, I started grinning from ear to ear, like a kid on Christmas morning. I knew he was up to something, this is a surprise visit. Happy, happy, happy!
Photo by dellgirl
Birthday gift from baby son.

He greeted me, laughing like he’d won the lottery. He held an individual size chocolate cake that he had decorated himself. Party time!!! He lit the candles and we sang happy birthday to me. Grandson stole the show with his antics, as usual. He had a birthday present for me and proceeded to have a conniption fit unless we stopped everything and let him present it to me. 

Papa ~dellgirl~ came in just as grandson was explaining every component of his present to me. We all had a good laugh as he demonstrated how I should eat the edible part of his present. He showed me how I should open his birthday card and how to read it. What a fun time!
Photo by dellgirl

This turned out to be the best birthday I ever remember. Happy Birthday to me! 

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Hurricane Matthew Brings Memories of The Likes Of IKE

It's been hard to watch the coverage of Hurricane Matthew. Yesterday's coverage was especially tough because my two youngest brothers and their families live on the east coast. I purposely did not watch or listen constantly so that I wouldn't start concentrating on the possibilities. I did not want to cancel out the prayers I had prayed by starting to worry. I gave it to God and let it go!

I called my brothers early last night to check on them. They were both fine and reported that they were in a relatively safe area. My prayers were answered, Thank You God!

News reports of Hurricane Matthew immediately reminded me of our own Hurricane Ike in 2008.

I remember sitting in semi-darkness with only a dim lamp glowing softly, the steady drone of the generator reminded me of the devastation just outside the front door and around our property. With no electricity there was very little to do but read or write.

I put pen to paper for the first time in a long while. Computers had become my primary writing tool.Contemplating all that had happened during the storm/hurricane, I began writing...
~ ~ ~
© 2008 by Leona G. Shankle - All Rights Reserved 

Houston Remembers The Likes Of IKE

It was September 12, 2008 that Ike blew through Texas delivering his fate,
like a thief he assaulted that night very late, no longer did anyone have to wait

Ike came ashore on a Friday night about 1:45 or so,
with pounding rain and blasting wind through Galveston he tore.

He pounded gourged and ravaged at the mighty west seawall,
chunk by chunk, stone by stone, he tried to take it all.

Through the tiny little island Ike swirled and churned like mad,
taking trees and homes with equal zeal took everything they had.

From homes on stilts to UTMB not a thing was safe that night
left a mark of mass destruction to remember the likes of Ike.

Ike looked up from pillaging, he saw Houston up ahead,
he started north up 45, “
Ah, Houston looks like sweet bread.”

He raked and ravaged “H-Town” covered every inch of land,
north and south east and west like a hungry angry man.

From large to small and big and tall he treated all alike
left his mark of mass destruction, we’ll remember the likes of Ike.

Before he left he looked around to see if anything still stood,
he spied the Chase Bank building and thought, “Oh
, but this is good.”

He thought over his decision and let the structure stand,
with a flourish and a curtsie he aimed his outer bands.

Barely a whisper later came the sound of breaking glass,
windows pop like bubble wrap and Ike was done at last.

From the south side to downtown Ike ravaged with all his might
left his mark of mass destruction so we’d remember the likes of Ike.

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

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Night Hunger

Do you ever get hungry during the wee hours of the night or the early morning hours while you’re asleep? Have you had hunger pangs so bad they wake you up from a sound sleep? I have. What do you do about it when it happens to you? Me? I get something to EAT!

I read an article several years ago stating that people like me who get hungry during the night and get up to eat, have a problem. These professionals/experts say there is something missing in our lives. According to these experts, it’s a deep-seated emotional need that has not been fulfilled.

Needless to say, I threw that diagnosis out real fast, never to think about it again. Truth be told, the only thing missing in my life when those monster hunger pains hit is "FOOD".
 Photo © by dellgirl

Experts, professionals, or whoever has the time or inclination, can analyze me till they are blue in the face. I'm fine the way I am – I say take it or leave it to them. I get hungry, I go eat!

I think they're just jealous they can’t do night eating without getting really really fat, or developing heartburn, or something along those lines. They might be prone to acid-reflux attacks if they eat late at night. I don’t. I eat and fall right back to sleep, with a satisfied tummy.  

Ooops, it looks like I'm getting ready to jump up on my "high horse" and get all “high and mighty”. I’d better quit now.

Again I ask you: Do you get hungry while you’re asleep? Have you had hunger pangs that wake you up? I know I do. What do you do about it when it happens to you? 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Happiness is a Journey

Happiness is a Journey

We convince ourselves that life
will be better after we get married,
have a baby, then another.
Then we're frustrated that the kids
aren't old enough and we'll be more
content when they are.

After that, we're frustrated that we
have teenagers to deal with.
We'll certainly be happy when they're
out of that stage.

We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when
our spouse gets his or her act together,
when we get a nicer car, are able
to go on a nice vacation,when we retire.

 The truth is, there's no better time to
be happy than right now. If not now, when?
Your life will always be filled with challenges.
It's best to admit this to yourself
and decide to be happy anyway.

One of my favorite quotes comes from
Alfred D. Souza.  He said, "For a long time it had
seemed to me that life was about to begin
- real life.   But there was always some
obstacle in the way, something to be gotten
through first, some unfinished business,
time still to be served, or a debt to
be paid. Then life would begin. At last it
dawned on me that these obstacles were my life."

This perspective has helped me to see
that there is no way to happiness.
Happiness is the way.
So, treasure every moment that you have
and treasure it more because you shared
it with someone special,
 ...and remember that time waits for no one.

So, stop waiting until you finish school,
until you go back to school,
until you lose ten pounds,
until you gain ten pounds,
until you have kids,
until your kids leave the house,
until you start work,
until you retire,
until you get married,
until you get a new car or home,
until your car or home is paid off,
to decide that there is no better time
than right now to be happy.

Happiness is a journey,
not a Destination.

Author unknown

Saturday, September 3, 2016

It was the 3rd of September

Photo © by dellgirl

It was the 3rd of September. That day I'll always remember because that was the day that my daddy died, so well said by the "Temptations". Daddy died 28 years ago on this day, September 3, 1988. I felt as if my heart had been ripped from my body when I received the gut-wrenching news.

The pain and overwhelming sadness of that day are a distant memory now. It's strange, but Daddy is so ingrained in my heart and my soul today that I don't miss him. He is such a part of me that I don't often get that lonely feeling of missing him and wishing he were here. He is always with me, ALWAYS! Precious memories of Daddy are forever etched in my existence.

My brother sent me a text early this morning to remind me that today is the anniversary of Daddy's passing. I messaged him back, yes I remember. I will never forget that day. We message each other back-and-forth 2 or 3 times. Then, I just had to pick up the phone and call him.

We talked about Daddy for almost 20 minutes. That's the longest we've had a chance to talk to each other in a good while. We had a fun time on the phone reminiscing about our memories of Daddy. The list of precious memories is so long, we didn’t even put a dent in the list. Finally, we called a halt to our conversation and said our goodbyes.

Our final words to each other were that we were going to find and play some favorite music of ours and Daddy’s that conjures up loving memories of Daddy.

And, now to wrap up this post of random thoughts on this, the anniversary of my daddy’s passing.

I love you Daddy. I hope you notice that I strive daily to continue the Legacy you left me with.

RIP Mr. H. M. Wilkins: July 25, 1918 – September 3, 1988.

Daddy’s Legacy

Your legacy is simply;
It is awesome
with its power,
to live and love
to sing and dance
and to
embrace the hour.

© 2016 by dellgirl

Saturday, August 27, 2016

1st Day of School 2016

Photo © by dellgirl

This is Grandson’s 1st day of school, Tuesday, August 23, 2016. Doesn’t it just melt your heart to see him walking down that hallway? I choke back tears as I try to put this into words, remembering how Blessed we are to celebrate this milestone in his life.

Remember? He wasn’t supposed to be here. Doctors said his chances for survival from pregnancy to birth were 1-in-3,000. He made it here "against the odds". 

How wrong they were! They don’t know MY GOD! HE said that I, dellgirl, could have a grandson.

Here he is, and there he goes to begin another journey.

Okay, back to what I started to say. School actually started on Monday. Grandson missed the first day because his doctor’s paperwork (concerning his allergies and medications) was not in yet.

His mommy called the school to discuss the paperwork issue. She learned that Grandson needed to be present on Tuesday or he would lose his spot in class, paperwork or not.

Tuesday morning, Grandson goes to school, his mommy goes to work, and I spend the morning caregiving for my mama. First there’s breakfast and medications, next comes lunch, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera, and on and on and on.

Around 2:10 pm, I leave home to pick up Grandson from school. At 2:45 pm I get him and we head to the car. Traffic is pretty heavy, but we finally maneuver our way through the maze to the main street.

Grandson’s busy munching on the snack I brought along for him while clicking and swiping on his Kindle. He has only request, “MiMi, can we get a Slush today?”

We stop at Sonic for his favorite afterschool treat, a small green apple slush. I open the straw, pop it into the slush cup, and hand it to Grandson in the back seat. We’re on the road again, home by 3:15 pm. 

Another milestone, a great first day at school, Thank God for the Blessing!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Four Brothers Movie (2005)

Four brothers is a thriller action packed film about four brothers out to avenge their foster mother's murder in Detroit. Mark Wahlberg sizzles as Bobby Mercer leading the charge to find the killers. He’s on FIRE, driven by anger and frustration as he navigates brothers Angel, Jeremiah, and Jack through the maze of lies and deception to find the truth of their mother’s murder.

Four Brothers is directed by John Singleton. It is written by David Elliot and Paul Lovett.

Mark Wahlberg – Bobby Mercer
Tyrese Gibson - Angel Mercer
Andre Benjamin – Jeremiah Mercer
Garrett Hedlund – Jack Mercer
Taraji P. Henson – Camille Mercer
Fionnula Flanagan – Evelyn Mercer
Terrence Howard – Lt. Green
Josh Charles – Detective Fowler

The movie begins with the mother, Evelyn Mercer, scolding a little neighborhood boy for shop lifting in a convenience store. She is there to purchase food for Thanksgiving dinner. The little boy rushes out of the store, leaving Evelyn as the only customer. She goes to look at the turkeys.

Two hooded gunman burst into the store and proceed to rob the clerk. Evelyn ducks down, and hides behind a shelf when she sees the gunman.

The cashier gives the criminals the money drawer willingly, but they shoot him anyway before they leave. Evelyn lets out a gasp upon hearing the gunshot and, the robbers find her hiding. They shoot her, point-blank!

After Evelyn’s funeral, the action-filled hunt begins.

Mark Wahlberg as Bobby Mercer is relentless as he galvanizes his brothers to action. He leaves no stone un-turned in his search for their mother’s killers. Nothing and no one is above suspicion.

I rate the movie 5 Stars. I don’t necessarily like a lot of blood and gore in my movies, but I DO LOVE it when bad guys get what they deserve. Four Brothers is jam packed with violence, profanity, and more blood and gore than I would normally choose to watch.

However, the Soundtrack by David Arnold, was the “HOOK” for me. The soundtrack is a captivating compilation of favorite and best loved Oldies but Goodies music from the 60s and 70s that I thoroughly enjoy. From the beginning song, I was captivated, anxiously waiting for the next one.

There now, that’s enough. I won’t give away any more of the plot and spoil it for you. If you like action, drama, and/or crime movies, try this one. Skip this movie if this is not your cup-of-tea.  


Sunday, August 7, 2016

Energizing Foods

A Healthy Well-Rounded Lunch w/ Whole Wheat Roll

Are you feeling sluggish? Or do you just feel downright tired, overstressed, overwhelmed, plain old exhausted? If you do feel that way, you already know where I'm going with this. 

In case you are wondering why I ask these questions, the answer is simple. A few weeks ago I began feeling extremely tired and exhausted. It was over and above my usual “dead-tired” feeling. I was exhausted to the point I felt as if I would pass out sometimes.

It did not take long to realize what was wrong. I had “been-there-done-that” before, back in 2011. I was doing too much, not truly relaxing as I should. I was not sleeping well, and I definitely was not eating the way I should. Truth be told, I was not taking good care of myself.

I did not want to end up sick the way I was in 2011. Therefore, I quickly got myself together and set goals for doing better at taking care of ME. First, I eliminated everything from my to-do list that was not imminently important. I also made a point of relaxing to refresh throughout my day, then dropping everything and going to bed at a decent hour.

I made a concentrated effort to eat healthier. That started with not skipping meals. It also meant eating well rounded meals instead of my usual intermittent nibbling throughout the day. I built-in healthy energizing snacks instead of chips and junk food for in-between meals.
A healthy energizing snack w/ orange juice

My first task was to research Foods That Give You Energy. Then I compiled a short list of those energizing foods. So let me get right to the list for those who need to scan quickly and move on.

Here is my List of Foods & Beverages That Energize, in no particular order.

-Orange Juice
-Greek Yogurt, low-fat cottage cheese
-Dark Chocolate
-Nuts: cashews, almonds, walnuts
-Coconut: coconut water, fresh or dried coconut
-Whole Grains: oatmeal, brown rice, whole wheat bread
-Fresh Fruits:
apples, pears, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, bananas
-Citrus Fruits: oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits
-Lean Meat:  chicken, turkey, pork, beef
-Canned Tuna (white or light) 
-Fatty Fish: smoked salmon, albacore tuna, mackerel
-Chicken Noodle Soup 
-Leafy Green Vegetables: kale, spinach, romaine lettuce
–Beans and Peas
-Sweet Potatoes
– Avocados

There are many more foods and beverages that give us energy. This partial list contains only those items I have tried first hand and know that they work.

Let’s wrap it all up. If you are feeling overly tired, sluggish, overstressed, overwhelmed, and totally exhausted, start with these tips. Change your lifestyle, your diet and your eating habits. Use this list of energizing foods to change your life. You will feel a lot better within a few days.

This process worked wonders for me and I am extremely I am happy to have some energy again. Give it a try, you might like it. You’ve got nothing to lose and a lot to gain.

Happy Re-Energizing to you! 

Recover Your Health with Clean Eating

Friday, July 22, 2016

A Friday Funny for You

To Be 6 AGain...

A man was sitting on the edge of the bed, watching his wife, who was looking at herself in the mirror. Since her birthday was not far off he asked what she'd like to have for her birthday.

“I'd like to be six again”, she replied, still looking in the mirror.

On the morning of her Birthday, he arose early, made her a nice big bowl of Lucky Charms, and then took her to a theme park.  What a day!  He put her on every ride in the park; the Death Slide, The WipeOut, the Wall of Fear, the Screaming Roller Coaster, everything there was.

Five hours later they staggered out of the theme park.  Her head was reeling and her stomach felt upside down.  He then took her to a McDonald's where he ordered her a Happy Meal with extra fries and a chocolate shake.

Then it was off to a movie, popcorn, a soda pop, and her favorite candy, M&M's.  What a fabulous adventure! 
Finally she wobbled home with her husband and collapsed into bed exhausted. 

He leaned over his wife with a big smile and lovingly asked, 'Well Dear, what was it like being six again?'

Her eyes slowly opened and her expression suddenly changed. 

'I meant my dress size, you retard!!!!'

The moral of the story: Even when a man is listening, he’s gonna get it wrong.


Happy Weekend to you, my friends.

Friday, July 15, 2016


“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.”~Theodore Roosevelt 

Humor is mankind's greatest blessing. - Mark Twain

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It's jolted by every pebble on the road. - Henry Ward Beecher

A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life. - William Arthur Ward

Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it. - Bill Cosby

You grow up the day you have your first real laugh - at yourself. - Ethel Barrymore


Are you holding back long-suppressed emotions? Let your feelings flow, right now.

While some of us wear our emotions on our sleeve, others keep feelings bottled up for decades. Strike a balance.

If you are suffering with unexpressed frustration or grief, let the tears flow. Then find a friend to laugh with.

Laughter, however artificial it feels, lightens the saddest moments and bonds us to family and friends.

Happy Weekend to one and all! I hope yours is filled with love, peace, and laughter


Friday, July 8, 2016

HOT in Texas

The past several days have been absolute scorchers, hot as all “git-out” here in my little corner of Texas. Air conditioners have been going full blast all this time, even at night. It’s so HOT even my sweat gets sweaty. And, this is only the first full week of July. We still have August to contend with.

I noticed a few times that certain areas in the playroom were not cool at all, never mind that the A/C AND the High Velocity Blower fan were going full blast.

Grandson didn’t seem to mind, he was busy doing his usual, running around shirtless wearing nothing but his undershorts. I suggested that he put on short pants in case anyone other than family came by.

He respectfully declined since he likes running around wearing nothing but his undershorts, always has. A few minutes later, I coaxed him into a pair of short pants.  

Okay, it got so warm in the room I dropped the A/C temperature a couple of degrees. I could hardly believe that we are only into the early weeks of July. Guess we’d better be prepared for what’s coming next, weather-wise.

All this steaming HOT weather has me thinking of a nice beach vacation. Maybe a trip to an exotic tropical island would cool me off. Oh well, enough wishful thinking.

Speaking of HOT weather, what’s your weather like? Is it hot? Warm? Cold? What? Are you running your air conditioner or your heater? I’m in Texas. Where are you located?

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