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

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

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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

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