Friday, June 15, 2018

Thinking of You!

Nothing much to say, 

just wishing you a...

Thursday, June 7, 2018

How I Got My Mister to Call Me Sweetie

PaPa ~dellgirl~ answered my Good Morning call today (he’s working out of town) with, “Hey Baby, what’s up?” That brought an inner smile reminding me how that came about. 

My Photo - dellgirl

We’ve been married 48 years now. For many years, I sweetly called my husband “Tiger”. Sometimes I called him “Sugar-Bear”.  Why did I do that?

I did it because it did my heart a lot of good to hear my own daddy refer to my Mama as, “Baby Girl” or “Baby Doll” when we were growing up. I remembered that, and adopted the practice of calling my husband something sweet and endearing.

He always called me by my name, “Dell”. In the beginning I didn’t think much about it and continued calling him by my special “pet names”. He continued calling me by my name. This went on for years without my saying a word to him about it.

Sometime during 2013 I stopped. “Click”, I turned off the sweet name button, getting old and cranky I guess. I started calling him by his name instead of those silly pet names.

One particular telephone conversation went something like this.

Husband: “Hey Dell, how you doing? I just called to say hi and see if everything is going okay.”

Me: “Oh, hey Pete (made up name). I’m fine. How are you? Everything is okay here. No problems to report.”

More talk, a little chit-chat and stuff like that, then he interrupted me. He asked what I’d called him. I told him I called him Pete. He then asked why I did that.

I explained that since I am always Dell, he will now be Pete.  Long story short, it took several months but, he finally got it. Things have changed.

Now, he lovingly calls me “Baby” or “Honey” at least twice every other day or so. Sometimes he even says, “sweet-heart”. Go figure!

Boy, marriage is truly a WIP, isn’t it?

Friday, May 25, 2018

Delta Children Table & Chair Set… Sesame Street – A Product Review

We call ours “the Elmo table” because the minute we got it, we saw that big beautiful picture of Elmo and fell head-over-heels in love!

After feeding my grandson in his high chair for months, we graduated to a booster seat so he could eat at the table with us. It didn't take long for us to realize that we should get a kiddie table just for him. My daughter found the perfect table, ordered it, and the rest is history.

We got the table. My grown baby son, grandson’s Uncle Mike, assembled it, then what?! My grandson uses the table for eating or coloring in his coloring books. 

It's perfect for playing games, painting with water colors and markers, and on and on…and into infinity.

There’s an added bonus. My daughter and I enjoy this table as much as my grandson does. We find ourselves pulling it over in front of us on the couch to put our laptops on or to do some writing, some paper cutting, and many other projects. It is a multi-purpose table that can be used for many things. The possibilities are endless.

Putting the table together was quick and easy. In fact it was so easy, even I could do it. But, I didn’t. Uncle Mike did it.

The table is made of solid wood so it is nice and durable. And, it is very strong and sturdy. Grown-ups have even sat on our table to chat for a minute. No problems, it remained steady.

This is a great buy for parents and grandparents who are looking for a table small enough for their child that is well built and durable. If you're wondering whether this is a good buy for you and your child or not, stop wondering! You cannot wrong with this table and chair set.

Pros: I love --
How easy the table and chairs are to put together
How strong and sturdy the set is
The finish on the top of the table and also on the chairs
The endless possibility of uses for this table and chair set

- -No problems to report, I am 100% satisfied with this product.
- - You can find potential problems elsewhere, if that is what you are looking for.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

No Caption Necessary!

A picture is worth a thousand words...
they say.
Beautiful skies over Houston!

Photo is mine - taken by ME ~ dellgirl

Nature's Therapy!

Better than a "nerve pill".

Cheaper than a therapist.

More inspirational than anything money can buy.
(says~ dellgirl)

Happy Weekend, enjoy yourselves!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Finally Friday Night!

Seriously, it's Friday Night? Don't be joking with me. 

What to do first?

Eat? Sleep?


Monday, May 14, 2018

Marriage Her Way

Marriage Her Way

A typical macho man married a typical good-looking lady.

After the wedding, he laid down the following rules:

"I'll be home when I want, if I want and at what time

I want -- and I don't expect any hassle from you.

I expect a great dinner to be on the table unless

I tell you that I won't be home for dinner.

I'll go hunting, fishing, boozing, and card-playing

when I want with my old buddies, and don't you

give me a hard time about it.

Those are my rules, any comments?"

His new bride said:

"No, that's fine with me. Just understand

that there will be sex here,

at seven o'clock…

every night...

whether you're here or not."


Saturday, May 12, 2018

Happy Mother's Day!

Wishing You All the Best This Mother's Day!

I hope your day is filled with lots of love
all the happiness and joy your heart can stand!

These flowers called out to me. I stopped the car, got out, and took this photo.

Flowers Along the way!
SILs Pink Lily

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Destination vs Journey

Destination vs Journey

There is no path to happiness. Happiness IS the path..
Happiness is a journey not a destination

The Best Things in Life
are the people we love
the places we’ve been
and the memories
we’ve made
Along The Way!

The Journey IS the Destination.

Enjoy the Journey!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Thank God, it's FRIDAY!

Another week just flew by, had me busy as a little beaver with its never-ending “to-do” lists. Sorting and compiling receipts for income taxes wasn’t something I’d planned to do. But, I thought I’d give the “Mister” a hand and do it anyway. Then, there were the usual things that just HAD to be done.

To top it all off, a few incidentals popped-up along the way. I got it all done though. Thank goodness.

Now the week is gone already. Well, thank God, it's FRIDAY (night) and I’m looking forward to a relaxing weekend…sorta. Mama’s here, she came yesterday for her week with me.

I look forward to a whole lot of quiet time doing as much nothing as possible whenever I can. Feeding and medicating Mama is the only “must-do” thing to do, so far. I hope it stays that way all weekend.

Oh! Oh! Oh! I almost forgot the best part. The absolute BEST part of the week was Thursday evening. Grandson Jace has been taking piano lessons in an after school arts program. Their recital was yesterday. Needless to say, my heart skipped several beats as I watched him sitting at that piano, playing a tune, and singing along. What a JOY to behold, my little miracle boy playing the piano!

I’ll share photos as soon as I upload and sort through them.

Okay, enough random ranting already. Happy Friday Night Everyone!

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

Anybody heard any funny jokes lately? I need a good laugh!   

May tomorrow bring happiness beyond belief, joy beyond comparison, and peace to sooth your soul.

Wishing you a blessed and serene weekend!

Friday, April 20, 2018

This is a Banana!

This is a banana! I’ve spent my whole life believing this was an apple. My mama was the first one to tell me it was an apple, and I believed her. Why wouldn’t I?

I finally learned the truth. This is a banana!

What do you think this is? Who told you what it is? Do you have any comments about this banana?

Photo is mine - decorated at Fotojet 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Ant and The Dove

An ANT went to the bank of a river to quench its thirst, and was carried away by the rush of the stream, it was on the brink of drowning.
A Dove sitting on a tree overhanging the water plucked a leaf and let it fall into the stream close to her. The Ant climbed on to the leaf and floated in safety to the bank.

Shortly afterwards a bird-catcher came and stood under the tree, and laid his lime-twigs trap for the Dove, which sat in the branches.
The Ant, perceiving his design, stung him on the foot. In pain the bird-catcher threw down the twigs, and the noise made the Dove take wing and fly away.

One good turn deserves another!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

That Feeling You Get...

...when you realize...

OH NO, please tell me it's not Sunday night already!

Where in the world did the week go? How was your week? How was your weekend?

Image © 2010 ~dellgirl~

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Price

Those who truly appreciate things of value are willing to pay the price for them. 

Those who will not pay the price are doomed to experience a never-ending frustration. Everything of value has a price. If there is something you wish to have or to accomplish, you must pay the price.

When you accept that the price must be paid, then it really doesn’t seem so bad. Most of the pain of paying the price is in overcoming your own resistance. As you become more gratefully and cheerfully willing pay the price -- whether that price be in money, time, or effort -- you naturally summon the resources that enable you to indeed pay that price and achieve whatever you desire.

When you’re willing to pay the price, you’ll find a way to pay the price. And when you’re able to pay the price, whatever you desire is yours.

Quote — Ralph Marston

Monday, March 12, 2018

Happy Birthday Jace!

Happy Birthday Jace!

Grandson Jace turned 8 years old last week. We had a great Birthday Party for him at Urban Air Adventure Park, a fun filled amusement facility. Jace was all over the place, running, jumping, and literally having the time of his life. He was as happy as a little monkey in a banana factory!

A Happy Birthday - Allergen Free Cake

It was a wonderful day of kid-friendly activities. We didn't have to utter the dreaded "No" word not one time. He was free to explore and touch any and everything in the place. What a joyous sight! 

I watched happily as he zipped from one activity to another at his usual "fast-as-lightning" speed. I was as excited as a kid under the tree on Christmas morning!

His excitement brought to mind a lot of things. I was especially reminded of a few conversations he and I have had. Boy, the most baffling things comes out of his mouth! 

For example:  A Conversation with my 7 year old grandson

Jace: MiMi are you glad I was the one sperm out of all the millions and millions of sperms to survive and be born?

Me: (Glad he can't see the look on my face...) Why, yes Jace. I am glad.

Jace: How glad were you when I was born MiMi? 

Me: I was very glad Jace.

Jace: Just...very glad? That's all?

Me: Oh no, I was really really really really very awesomely glad Jace. 

Jace: Ok. MiMi I'm hungry. 

Me: SMH! Baffled!!!

Enough said! I didn't even want to get into a conversation about how and when did he learn this information. So, I left it alone and went about my business. I'll save the rest for another time. 

Have you ever had a conversation with a kid that left you baffled, Shaking Your Head?

Sunday, February 11, 2018

What’s UP With You?

The Road UP Ahead

What are you up to these days?  Are your days fun and exciting or routine and mundane? Tell us please, we’d love to hear about it. What have I been up to? Same-o, same-o. I’ll leave that up to your imagination. In the meantime, let’s catch up on UP.  

We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP! To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP look the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4th of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions.

If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used.

It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.

When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding up. When the sun comes out we say it is clearing up.

When it rains, it wets the earth and often messes things up. When it doesn't rain for awhile things dry up.
Rain in Houston

Brenda picked up her plate from the table and went outside to eat on the patio.

You'd better go wash up, it’s time to eat dinner.

I woke up earlier than usual this morning.

Now that I’m old(er), walking up stairs is not as easy as it used to be.
UP the Stairway to Heaven

Charlie’s mother was not happy about the note from school, Charlie was acting up in class today.

Many people often do not live up to their full potential.

Gina’s new heater stopped working, she had to read up on the correct usage instructions.

I grew up in the tall piney woods of East Texas, where did you grow up?

Spring time is coming up quickly, I can hardly wait!

Sue filled the glass up with cool refreshing ice tea.

The little boy had fun helping his grandfather cut up the wood for the fireplace.
Cut UP Wood

I could dream UP some more uses for UP, but I won’t.  I need to finish UP this post before I bore everybody to death. I could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP for now. My time is UP. It is way past time for me to shut UP

It's UP to you what you do with this post. If you can think of other ways to use UP, bring it UP in a comment. I’ll try to UP the ante on the next go ‘round.         

Thank you for stopping by and for reading UP on UP. Do you think this post is on the UP and UP?

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Hello & How Are You Dear Blog Friends?

Happy Sunday My Friends! 


Just popping in to let you know I'm thinking of you Blog Friends.  I figured it’s about time I stopped all this thinking about you and do something about it.

I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend so far, and I hope tomorrow is even better. How are you? How is the family? I hope everyone is well and that everything is going okay.

We are all well here, in good health.  That is always a blessing!  As usual, there is a lot going on here.  But I refuse to go into that, it is just too mind boggling. All in all, everything is going as well as can be expected.

Mama is with me. She’s been here a little over a month. My brother had surgery so she’ll be here until he’s back on his feet again. She is doing well health wise. That’s a huge blessing, Thank God for that!

Grandson Jace, is growing like a California wild fire as usual. He is almost up to my chin now, that’s not very far to reach though. I’m only a tad bit over 5 feet tall. He is on the Soccer team at school, 2nd - 5th graders. Yaaa, another BLESSING! That means he’s outgrown his allergy to grass and dirt. GOD IS SO GOOD!!!

Friday October 13th was my birthday. I made the BIG 71. It was a good day, nice and quiet. PaPa dellgirl made me a special birthday dinner. That was a nice treat, I enjoyed every delicious bite of it.  Jace and Mama sung the Happy Birthday song to me as Jace performed a happy dance along with the tune. He is such a little character, sort of dramatic like his MiMi. That was a big smile maker.

Well, let me stop babbling, I only wanted to say a quick hello and let you know I'm thinking of you. 

Happy Sunday everyone!

Wishing you well ...
Until next time,

Friday, September 15, 2017

1st Day of School 2017

Jace Goes to School 2017

Tuesday September 12, 2017 we celebrate another milestone in the life of Grandson Jace, his first day of school as a second grader. Another year, another BLESSING!

What a long way we’ve come. Many of his health issues and other problems are gone but not forgotten.  They’re logged away in my book of “Thank you GOD for bringing us through the struggles and challenges up to this present time!”

Grandson and his mommy no longer live with me, so I didn’t see him off to school this year. I woke up earlier than usual though, couldn’t stop thinking about Jace going to school.

Around 11:30 am, my daughter texted me to check my email, she’d sent me something. I did. Photos and a video of Jace making his way to class brought the biggest grin to my face!

I smiled, giggled, and laughed OUT LOUD as Jordyn followed Jace with her camera from the car to class. Made My Day!!!

These photos and video are just what I needed, exactly what I wanted. Each frame of the video tugs at my heart, thinking of how truly blessed we are to see and celebrate this day.  

He makes his way down the hall, ready to tackle whatever lies ahead. My heart melts again as he begins another journey, another blessed milestone in his life. His journey to 2nd grade is a blessing to behold, Thank you GOD!

Jace's Journey to 2nd Grade

I made it to the end of the video without tearing up, thankfully.

However, when I closed the video my computer returned to my home screen. The emotional dam almost broke wide open. I felt the tears welling up in my eyes, my heart skipped several beats, and my breath came in short quick gasps.

Looking back at me was my screensaver photo of Jace at 14 months old with that big beautiful, heart-melting smile of his. I was about to lose it and start boo-hooing tears of joy all over the place.  

ScreenSaver Photo: Jace 14 months old

I shook it off and reminded myself that I promised not to do that. This is GOOD! I’ve vowed to remember the blessing God has granted us. I promised myself to celebrate the milestones and achievements joyfully. 

And, that’s exactly what I did. I kept the emotions and tears at bay then said a prayer of Thanksgiving. 

Thank God for blessing us to celebrate Jace’s first Day of 2nd Grade, another amazing milestone.

Monday, September 11, 2017

He Tarzan, Me Jane

One Wednesday night in the back yard, a slight rustling in the near distance caught Tarzan and Jane's attention. Me, Jane, aimed my flashlight toward the sound but saw nothing.

Curiously we searched for the source of the noise and found two beady little eyes shining back at us from high in the branches of the tree.

[Me] Jane: “What in the world is it?

[Hubby] Tarzan: “Dun-no, think it's a 'possom.

"Quick, quick go get the cage. I'll keep him from getting away," Tarzan shouted excitedly.

I moved two rpm's faster than my regular slow-but-steady stride. I grabbed the cage and returned to find Tarzan gleefully speculating as to what kind of animal it was. Was it a 'coon, a 'possom, or maybe it was a plain old squirrel.  Either way, we had plans for that rascal.

"What kind of food can we put in there to tempt him to go in? Oh I know, you got any sardines?" asked Tarzan.

"Yea, I have sardines," I answered over my shoulder as I started inside to get them.

We placed the open can of sardines inside the cage, set the trap, locked the gate to the back yard and headed inside to settle down for the night. Quite a bit of conversation that little critter stirred among the group that night. Baby son (grown) was here to spend the night with us. Yaaaa! 

Thursday morning, at the sinfully early hour of 6:45 am, Tarzan and baby son checked the cage.  Tarzan was beside himself, grinning from ear to ear like the proverbial cat that swallowed the canary as he 'dared' to wake me from a sound sleep.

He asked, "Wanna come see what we caught?"

NO, I didn't want to get up, but I did. Uggghhh, it was the only way I might possibly be able to go back to sleep - if I humored him/them. I stumbled from the bedroom through the house like a dried-up mummy, grumpy face and all. On the front porch sat the cage holding, not a possum, not a coon, but a blackish colored kitty cat.

Pretty little thing he was! Huddled in a corner of the cage, he had one foot resting in the empty sardine can. Oooooh (I thought), he's so cute! As I stepped closer he hissed and growled twisting and thrusting like a wild crazy thing. I quickly backed away, that changed my mind about how cute he was.  

Tarzan took the kitty to the humane society. They inspected it and said it was wild and would have to be put to sleep. Oh, that's too bad, he was kind of cute. Tarzan brought the cage back and we re-set the trap with more sardines to see what we'd catch next.

The next morning I checked the cage, and lo-and-behold, what did I find? A possum! This little bugger wasn’t cute, not by long shot.  

Oh well, I wonder how many more critters we'll catch before we tire of the Tarzan & Jane routine and find something more productive to do with our time. I wonder too if we'll ever catch that elusive coon we’re always speculating about.

Right now, I'm waiting for the male people to come home and take this one to the humane society. The humane society staff said they take possoms and coons. Yaaa, now we don't have to hurt them!

Have you ever heard of such a thing happening right in your own back yard? Do you catch and release them? Or do you feed them and let them roam about and go their merry way?

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