Friday, June 24, 2016

Beautiful Saturday Afternoon

"Happy as a HOG in Slop" ...



Mama went back to my brother’s last Friday, the 17th. Grandson went on vacation for a week. For the first time since forever, I had nobody to take care of but ME. That felt nice.

Friday night was quiet and uneventful, felt so good it took a minute to adjust to the reality. Jordyn and I had made plans to visit a dear loved-one the next day, so I had pleasant thoughts throughout the quiet peaceful night.

I did not feel like getting up Saturday morning, wanted to sleep the day away. BUT, thoughts of our upcoming visit coaxed me out of bed. Our visit was everything I expected. We spent the time chatting, catching up on what we all were doing and, LAUGHING our heads off.

Whenever the three of us are together, it is a total “laugh-fest”. These two always have me in stitches, laughing until my jaws ache and tears stream down my face. I might as well put my eyeglasses on a nearby table because I have to constantly take them off to wipe the “tears-of-joy” from my eyes.

We make mountains out of molehills, literally. The tiniest of things will set us off on a tangent, building a humongous fantastically funny finale. It is hillaaarrrius!

Since I can’t explain it like it happens, just know, we had a wonderful visit. What a beautiful way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
  
What was your weekend like? Did you do anything fun? Or was it “business-as-usual”? And, what do you have planned for this weekend? Give us a hint or something. We’d love to hear all about it.  


Friday, June 17, 2016

Grafitti: Beautiful Destruction



Grafitti is vandalism, it is the playful defacing or trashing public property or of someone’s personal property.

Graffiti, spelled differently here, is described by some sources as wall writings.

Grafitti occurs when playful but misguided youngsters spray-paint drawings, slogans or other such markings on the sides of buildings, fences, sidewalks, in public restrooms, etc.

Make no mistake, graffiti is against the law. I know that, I understand it, and I agree that is the way it should be.

Okay, okay, enough of that.

I snapped this photo (above) as we rode by a passing train. Note the graffiti painted on the side. My first thought was to capture the moment. I did that. I whipped out my camera and snapped this shot.

My second thought was…WOW, that’s an amazing piece of artwork. It’s beautiful! There is so much detail, I marvel at the beauty.

Finally I thought, how sad. Someone has broken the law by defacing public property. It is also sad because this is a really amazing piece of art work.

Grafitti might be illegal, but it is awesome art at the same time. I only wish that all those with such talents could and/or would use those talents in a more productive way.

If only there were an outlet for that creativity and wasted talent, society would be better served.  


What are your thoughts on graffiti? Do you see any beauty in the pieces? What are your suggestions for utilizing those artistic talents?

Friday, June 10, 2016

Thank God It's FRIDAY!


It’s hard to believe that another whole school year has come and gone already. It seems like it was only yesterday that we were preparing to start the school year. Grandson’s last day of school was Wednesday May 25th.

He had another GREAT school year! Not as many absences for sickness as his Pre-K year. Every day when I picked him up I would ask what kind of day he had. His answer was always “AWESOME”! A few times he answered that his day was GREAT, FANTASTIC, or TERRIFIC!

Thank God for that! That was way more than I prayed for for my little trooper.   

Wait, there’s more. Summer Camp started at church on Monday. Grandson was so excited to go to summer camp again. He talked about it on and off throughout the school year.

Well, they have their first field trip today. He was doubly excited about that since he’s going on this one ALONE. He’s never gone on a field trip before without his mommy or daddy going along as a chaperone because of his allergies. Yaaaa, Thank God for that!

I can hardly wait to hear all about his first field trip alone! With that said, thank God, it's FRIDAY.

Tomorrow marks the beginning of what I hope is a quiet and relaxing weekend. I am especially looking forward to catching up on some much needed rest and enjoying the weekend.

What about you? What do you have planned for the weekend, anything fun? Whatever you do, I hope you enjoy your weekend!

Do you have a good laugh to share? We’d love to hear all about it.

Happy weekend friends!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Duplicate Content: What’s The Deal?

I wrote it, it is mine. Why can’t I post it in more than one place if I want to? Who cares about “Duplicate Content”? I don’t really care much about the duplicate content thing. I think. . .

If I were making big money, I might care. Or if I were losing money right and left, I would definitely care. But, I am just a tiny gold fish in the giant ocean of big fishes, (yea, fishes), I make about $3.50 a year here on the web. So I don’t put much stock in the “duplicate Content” thing.

So what’s the deal here? The deal here is this, I have some content published in other places and I want to re-publish it yet again, somewhere else.

I know Google cares about duplicate content. They have their reasons.  Membership sites that profit from our content care about “Duplicate Content”.  I understand their positions also. And, many other kinds of sites discourage “Duplicate Content”. What is the deal here?

What are your thoughts on duplicate content? Do you know how duplicate content works? Do you care about the “Duplicate Contend” thing? Does it affect how you work on the web? 

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Bought Wit Is Better Than Told



As a kid growing up, I heard "Bought wit is better than told…" often. I had no idea what it meant. I only know that it was used whenever someone did something they had been warned against doing. 

I can still hear it to this day, "bought wit is better than told." It rings loud and clear whenever my gut says not to do something.


That reminds me of a story I read a while back about a man who was bitten and seriously injured when he tried to kiss a turtle goodbye. Ouch, that hurt! The first thing that came to mind was how stupid that was. Then, I had to remind myself that people kiss their pets all the time.

Just because I’m not a pet kisser doesn’t mean I get to go around judging people who do kiss animals as stupid. So, he wanted to kiss his turtle goodbye…to each his own.

I do know one thing though. He bought himself a fine lesson and, he paid a dear price for the lesson in the process. This is a prime example of that old saying I often heard growing up… “Bought Wit Is Better Than Told.”

When someone is warned against doing something, they rarely get the whole picture. Warnings don’t always work.

On the other hand, if I do something I should not be doing and something bad happens to me. I learn a valuable lesson, the hard way. Thus, the old saying…
       
“Bought Wit Is Better Than Told”!

Have you ever bought and paid for a valuable life lesson, the HARD way? What was the lesson, if you don’t mind sharing?


Monday, April 25, 2016

Dreams


I remember waking up several times during the night, sweating, even though the floor fan whirred quietly, blowing gentle breezes across the uncomfortably hot bed sheets.  The first couple of times, I didn’t mind getting out of bed. 

But, this last time, I uttered a moan of regret at having to leave the bed and the warm and beautiful dream I was having. This was not the first time I had had a similar dream, but this particular dream was so real, so peaceful, and sweet that I didn’t want to wake up.

I closed my eyes tightly, trying to force myself back to sleep without answering the call of nature that had jolted me awake.  No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get back to sleep.  I lay there for what seemed like an eternity trying to figure out how I could recapture the delicious dream, nothing worked. 

Finally, giving up in despair, I reasoned that if I hurried to the bathroom and back to bed I might be able to salvage that wonderful feeling I had just before waking up.

It wasn’t long before I was in that semi-conscious state between hearing the radio and not being able to distinguish what the talk show host was talking about. 

In a matter of minutes the peacefulness of the dream returned, washing me with a feeling of pure ecstasy.  I sleepily wished to return to the same spot in the dream where I left off before. I’m ready …      

Let the dream begin! 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Just Do It


 When you start a task that should be easy to do,

Then things go south straight out of the blue,

And the task gets so difficult, it frustrates you. 

You want to yell, and you want to quit, 

When the crap is pressing you down a bit, 

Grumble, if you must, but you’ve got to stick to it.



Chores get complicated very soon,         

You want to leave town, not just the room,

And the task you’re doing is making you mad.

But, go ahead and finish it, and you’ll be glad.

Don’t you dare quit because your stuff is a mess,

Just go through the process and give it your best.



 © 2014 by dellgirl  - DO NOT COPY 

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Bench by the Back Door


A Tribute to Friendship

By the back door on a bench I wait after work for my ride.
I sit with my books my bags and stuff on the bench right by my side.

People rush by on their way out and smile as I sit alone.
Nobody knows nobody cares I’m here long after they’re gone.

There’s one who doesn’t pass without asking if I’m fine.
She joins me on the bench and puts her things down next to mine.

We chit and chat and talk we laugh and sigh a bit.
I’m glad to have her company while on the bench we sit.

Gathering her books and things she stands prepared to leave,
but not before she asks again “Can I help you, please?”

Holding the door open a tiny crack she asks if I need a ride
“I’ll gladly take you home,” she said, juggling her books on her side.

Her sincerity is from deep within As she wonders what to say,
“You sure you don’t need a ride home?” Thanks, but maybe some other day.”

The next few days and the next few weeks as I sat on the bench by the back door,
She never passed without taking time to sit and talk some more.

Then one day I swallowed my pride. I accepted her offer, I took the ride.
Never again did I have to ask, I never had to say,
“If it is no bother can you give me a ride today?”

My friend will never ever know just what she did for me.
There’s no way to repay her, so I want the world to see.

A friend like my friend Dorothy is a rare and precious jewel.
I’ll be forever thankful how we met that day at school.

I say thanks to my pal Dorothy for being my best friend.
I will cherish what you gave me from now until time ends.
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©  2008 by ~dellgirl~



Monday, March 14, 2016

How to Raise Your Kids and Still Have Time for Yourself - A BookReview


How to Raise Your Kids and Still Have Time for Yourself is Old advice that still works today…

The author provides many helpful tips for finding time for yourself while raising your child/children. She has categorized the tips according to the age group your child falls into. She begins with tips for things to do to find time for yourself if your child is a newborn up to two years old.

The very first tip is as old as I am, probably older. She advises doing things while your child sleeps. This is one piece of advice my mother, grandmother, and everyone else gave me when my grown (really old now) kids were babies.

IT WORKS though. 

PROS:
-This book of tips is full of helpful tips for first time mothers. It provides tried and proven ways to find some much needed time to devote to themselves.  New mothers will find their lives less stressful by utilizing these tried and true tips and advice.

-This book is also good for first time, older grandmothers (like me) who have not had to care for babies or kids for a long, long time. That is why I requested the book, my youngest kid is OLD. And, I do mean OLD.

-The main benefit of this book is that new mothers will learn early how to find time for herself before she becomes overwhelmed with her role as a new mother. She will learn that making herself a priority and taking time for herself will drastically improve her life.

-The book is a quick easy read and, it is well written.

CONS:  There are no CONS because I know from personal experience that these tips and advice work. One has only to try them and apply them to realize their value.

Conclusion:
I used many of these tips when my kids were growing up and, they worked. This book is worth the price for new mothers, single moms and dads, and grandmothers because these tips work.

I recommend this book of tips. I requested this book as a new, first time grandmother, and it works for me today. I recommend it.


I received this e-Book FREE in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion.  


Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Freddie and Sebbie Kick Mats- Luxury Car Seat Back Protectors: A Product Review

Photo is mine
It has been all of thirty-five years, give or take a few years, since I had a small child in my care. So, I had no idea I needed Car Seat Back Covers until I started picking up my first and only grandson from school last year. When I pick him up from school every day, the first thing he does is to prop his feet up on the back of the seat in front of him.

For that reason, these seat back covers keep me from having to ask grandson to take his feet down off the seat.  These seat protectors are a sanity saver.  They are the perfect solution to protect my car seats from grandson’s wet, grimy, muddy, dirty and/or dusty shoes.

The seat covers take all of that dirty stuff. They take the wear and tear of the constant contact of his shoes. The cover keeps the back of the seat clean and scuff-free.

This car seat cover is a good fit for my car. It was really easy to install and it is equally as easy to remove it. My daughter, grandson’s mommy, installed it in a matter of minutes all by herself.

The greatest benefit of this seat cover is that it keeps me from having to clean the actual back of my car seat. This cover takes the beating while the back of the car seat remains in mint condition, like new.
Photo is mine
 Another good thing about the seat cover is that it is easy to clean. You can quickly wipe it clean with a damp towel or sponge in a matter of seconds.

This seat back cover is worth the money. I recommend it.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Multitasking


Multitasking Is Not All That It’s Pumped Up To Be. In my opinion, multitasking is like a tangled extension cord. 

Long before the term multitasking became a household word I knew a lot of people who tried doing more than one thing at a time. I never understood the practice because they usually ended up half doing something or not properly completing all that they had undertaken.

I even married a master at multitasking. Yes, you got that right! Mister-Papa-dellgirl has been a multitasking pro during our entire 40+ years of marriage.

During the early years of our marriage, he would drop the transmission in a car so he could replace it. Halfway through unscrewing the screws and bolts, he’d jack-up another car to start work on replacing the brake shoes.

With both wheels off the brake shoes car, and the transmission almost un-bolted from the other car, he’d hurry into the house and start seasoning meat to put on the bar-b-que pit. It made me crazy just watching him scurry around from one project to another.

I called it “being a busy body”. Now they have a politically correct term for the phenomenon …they call it multitasking. I still say it is being a busy body. 
                                                                                        
A few years ago I read in the Renew Magazine by United Health Care that multitasking is not a good practice. According to the article, multitasking fatigues the brain and reduces productivity and accuracy.


Didn’t I say that at the beginning of this rant? Do you do multitasking? How successful are you at it? Do you know someone else who does it? How successful are they at it?

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Behind the Mask


Does anybody ever really know someone else? Do you know the REAL person you call your spouse? Do your friends and loved ones truly know the REAL you?  Do you wear a mask to keep the REAL you from anyone?

As human beings we tend to show one face to the world and an entirely different face to those we are closest to. We put on our mask and we go out to greet the world. And finally, there is a YOU that NOBODY really knows - - sometimes.

Who gets to see the REAL you, the person you are when you are alone and nobody is looking?

I wore a mask for a very long time and I didn’t even know it. It went something like this. I would feel down and out, frustrated, and totally out of sorts. But, when I stepped outside my house into the world, I had a smile on my face. When asked how I was doing, I always replied positively that everything was just fine and I was doing okay. 

Behind the smile, my mask, I hid the truth.

Have you ever worn a mask? Do you wear one now? What is Behind Your Mask? Do you know anyone else who wears a mask?


What are your thoughts on “hiding behind a mask”? 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Meet Erica & Cody Wagner - Twin Teenage Writers

Meet Erica and Cody Wagner, they are published writers.  And, guess what? They are teenagers! Erica and Cody are homeschooled, 13 year old twins. The twins have been writing books since they were 10 years old. Cody loves cars, he is a car guy.  Erica, on the other hand, is all about science. 

Separately, Erica has written two books, and Cody has written two books. The twins also co-authored a book, Minecraft for Parents by Cody and Erica Wagner, together.

I am happily excited to introduce the twins for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, they are successfully doing what many of us have only dreamed of doing - - they are writing. Their work is published and available for us to read and enjoy.
Erica and Cody’s books are available on Amazon, which is another reason I am thrilled to introduce them to you. Many of us also wish we were featured on Amazon.

Erica and Cody’s Kindle Book titles are:

The Stick, A Turtle and a Fish by Cody Wagner
My Quest to Catch a Fish by Erica Wagner
Erica's Guide to taking care of a Grasshopper by Erica Wagner
Legend of the Viper according to Cody Wagner

Erica and Cody have also created Udemy Courses and they are premium instructors on Udemy. They were interviewed on their local Fox News for their Udemy courses. How awesome is that for 13 year olds!

Erica and Cody’s  Udemy courses are:

How to Play Minecraft for Parents by Erica and Cody Wagner
Pic Monkey for Beginners - Erica Wagner
Automotive Tips for Women - Don't Get Scammed by Mechanics - Cody Wagner

Do you have or know a young person with potential for writing? Do you wonder how you can help them get started? Visit Erica and Cody’s Amazon Author Pages for inspiration and motivation:



There you have it, my introduction of Erica and Cody Wagner, two amazingly awesome teenage writers! 

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year

Happy New Year from ~ dellgirl ~


Wishing you all the best in2016!
I hope this is your best year ever.

May you have all the love you can handle,
more peace than you ever imagined,
and joy beyond your wildest dreams.

My prayer for you is for good health, better finances, and the best life ever!


Happy 2016 to you!


Sunday, December 27, 2015

A Chuckle for the Day


The Fire Truck

A fireman is at the station house working outside on the fire truck when he notices a little girl next door. The little girl is in a little red wagon with little ladders hung off the side.

She is wearing a fireman's hat and has the wagon tied to a dog. The fireman says "Hey little girl. What are you doing?"

The little girl says "I'm pretending to be a fireman and this is my fire truck!"

The fireman walks over to take a closer look. "Little girl that sure is a nice fire truck!" the fireman says.

"Thanks mister", says the little girl. The fireman looks a little closer and notices the little girl has tied the dog to the wagon by it's private-parts.

"Little girl", says the fireman, "I don't want to tell you how to run your fire truck, but if you were to tie that rope around the dog's neck I think you could go faster."

The little girl says, "You're probably right mister, but then I wouldn't have a siren!"


Question:  What's wrong with this picture?


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Awesome Autumn

Photo © by dellgirl 

Fall is easily my favorite season of the year, right up there with spring. It is amazing how fast the time has passed, and even more incredible that this, my favorite season, is quickly coming to an end.

Today is the perfect example of why I love the fall season. Brightly colored leaves float through the air and fall to the ground like rain as tree branches sway gently back and forth.

I smile as I stand mesmerized at the sight. The trees are a blaze of color; orange tinged with shades of gray, gold filled with specks of bronze, green holding its own among the wildly changing colors. Exquisite examples of the absolute and the infinite they are.

God’s finest garments adorn every inch of nature, from the single blades of grass beneath our feet to every leaf-filled branch reaching toward the heavens.

It would be easy to look at the colors of fall and declare that things are dying. Things are NOT dying they are becoming new again with each cool crisp breeze, with each fire-red leaf. They are gracefully preparing the way for new opportunities. Each flurry of bright vivid leaves gently floating to the ground makes ready for new growth below.

I love so many things about this, my favorite season I can hardly believe my eyes and my good fortune. This is without a doubt the most gloriously magnificent burst of fall I have ever witnessed.


What are your thoughts about fall and its awesome tapestry of colors? What do you like best about the fall season? What is YOUR favorite season of the year? 


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

3 Great Voice Recognition Systems



I recently found three very good Voice Recognition Systems. The first one is on my iPhone 5C cell phone. The second one is on my Kindle Fire tablet. And, the third one is available on my laptop, it’s called Speechlogger.

My iPhone 5C cell phone Voice Recognition System has become my other self. It recognizes MY voice and it inputs my words, phrases, and sentences with maximum precision. It even recognizes and delivers my peculiar speech patterns with a minimum of errors. This awesome feature allows me to now send text messages longer than the two or three words texts I used to type…ever so “s-l-o-w-l-y”.  

I am currently using the voice system on my Kindle Fire tablet as I dictate this article. I have not used this feature on my tablet much but, I am very pleased with the results. Every sentence that I dictate appears on the page almost exactly as I said it. There are very few errors.

The Speechlogger Voice Recognition System on my laptop is one that I found during a Google search for voice recognition systems. It is FREE to use with no registration required. I have only used it two or three times while practicing with it. Speechlogger performed very well, I found it easy to understand and to use. Speechlogger runs in the Chrome browser. Why not test it for yourself?


There you have it, my introduction three great voice recognition systems used on three different devices. I will provide a more review of each system after I have used them for a while and have more details on them.  

You can purchase your own Dragon Naturally Speaking Software, your Speech Recognition Computer Headset, and Kindle Fire Tablet here. 

You don't have to move a muscle to go anywhere. Happiness is just a click away!

 xxx xxx


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Trying To Make Life Easier



I’ve been away caregiving and such again. So I have not been able to get on the computer to do anything for a really long time. There is always something...Grandson is home from school today sick.

I got a text from his mommy at 2:00 am this morning saying he had a fever of 103 degrees along with the shivers. And, he would not be going to school come morning. They got here about 7:15 am. It is almost 4:00 pm now. He’s eating again, so I’m stealing time to post a quick note to you.

While I was away I spent a lot of time wondering how in the world I could Blog more often. Ideas are constantly running through my head as I work. But, I never seem to have the time to put my thoughts into writing. That started me thinking about how I could remedy the situation. I need a way to make blogging easier.

I thought about my “Dragon”.

Remember?  I bought the Dragon Naturally Speaking Voice Recognition System a few years ago. I did not use it often though. When I did use it, I found it relatively easy to use. It was a lot of fun watching my spoken words pop onto the page like popcorn popping in a microwave oven.

Then, I got busy with life. I put my Dragon aside while I maneuvered through the potholes and obstacles of daily life. In the process, I did not use the Dragon to my advantage.  

Now I find myself STILL overwhelmed with a multitude of everyday routines and other caregiving things to do. So I started searching for voice recognition systems in order to make my life a little easier. Blogging was at the top of my list of reasons for wanting a voice to text system.

As soon as I started my search, I realized I already had a system so I clicked on my Dragon icon on my laptop. It didn't work. I kept getting error messages. I tried everything my "non- tekky”  self could think of, but nothing worked.

My Dragon was dead!


Oh well, what else is new? That’s the way it goes around here. I just wanted to say hi to you and to let you know what’s happening with me. I hope you are having a nice week so far. 

Sunday, October 4, 2015

A Perfectly Imperfect Day


Photo © by dellgirl

From the minute I woke up this morning until this very moment everything has been perfectly imperfect. I didn’t feel super-dooper great - - imperfect. But, I was alive, breathing, able to walk and talk, and I had the use of all my bodily functions, - - perfect.

Imperfect Perfection!

I made my coffee, took it outside to drink it in the backyard, and gave thanks to God for all the blessings he has bestowed on imperfect me. Perfect to the infinite power!

Oh, did I take my morning meds? Ummmm, I forgot. Imperfect! Did I comb my hair? Oooooh, I think I did. I don’t know. What do I need to …

I forgot. It doesn’t matter. Imperfect.


Today was a perfectly imperfect day!

Monday, September 28, 2015

It Could Be Worse – A Chuckle to End the Day


Frank always looked on the bright side. He would constantly irritate his friends with his eternal optimism. No matter how horrible the circumstance, he would always reply, "It could have been worse."

To cure him of his annoying habit, his friends decided to invent a situation so completely bad, so terrible, that even Frank could find no hope in it.

On the golf course one day, one of them said, "Frank, did you hear about Tom? He came home last night, found his wife
in bed with another man, shot them both and then turned the gun on himself!" 

"That`s awful," said Frank, "But it could have been worse."

His bewildered friend asked, "How in the world could it have been worse?"  


"Well," replied Frank, "If it happened the night before, I`d be dead now!”