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Black and White Sunday

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My youngest Granddaughter playing dress-up when she was about 4 years old…

Missed my water aerobics k18071807 … Didn’t mean to!…

but, I awoke at 4-4:30am this morning and couldn’t sleep…

I got up… made myself some hot chocolate k11278346 … and sat down at my computer…

It usually will wear me out in about an hour… then, I can sleep…

Well, after playing a game… reading blogs… making coffee… I went and laid back down… just as husband was getting up…

Well…..

He let me sleep!…

and at 10:30am I learned I had at least 4 phone calls  k10272717 … and it was way too late to make it to the YMCA…

It could be I was still tired from our busy day Saturday…

Whatever… I CAN do that sometime… and not feel guilty…

Since then… I have cooked… straightened… (you notice I didn’t say cleaned!)… painted a bench that my husband made… shopped for several items…

Battery for hubby’s Diabetic Meter…

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Buns for the BBQ I fixed…

Beer for my Beer Bread Mix I love…

and my new purchases of a phone and a hand mixer…

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Can you find it on my wall?… ha,ha!

 

Mixer smoking and smelling as I’m mixing a heavy cake…

Phone not charging anymore and letting me only make a couple of calls before cutting off…

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My new mixer… has a container for the beaters and cord…

 

So I will now spray the bench with a clear coat… and it will be ready to sell…

My husband made me a bench and since then has made several to sell…

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Some are just finished naturally and some I paint on color to add some pizzaz!…

I bet I sleep well tonight!

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I bet I sleep well tonight!

 

The Green Thing!

I received this on Facebook…

Such a true statement coming from the older generation…

Oh, no!… that’s me!…

lived this!
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Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.<br /><br />
The woman apologized and explained, "We didn’t have this green thing back in my earlier days." The young clerk responded, "That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations."<br /><br />
She was right — our generation didn’t have the green thing in its day.<br /><br />
Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were truly recycled. But we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.<br /><br />
Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags, that we reused for numerous things, most memorable besides household garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our schoolbooks.<br /><br />
This was to ensure that public property, (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribbling’s. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. But too bad we didn’t do the green thing back then.<br /><br />
We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was<br /><br />
right. We didn’t have the green thing in our day.<br /><br />
Back then, we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throwaway kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts — wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right; we didn’t have the<br /><br />
green thing back in our day.<br /><br />
Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana.<br /><br />
In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us.<br /><br />
When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.<br /><br />
Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that<br /><br />
operate on electricity. But she’s right; we didn’t have the green thing back then.<br /><br />
We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of<br /><br />
buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn’t have the green thing back then.<br /><br />
Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a<br /><br />
computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.<br /><br />
But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the green thing back then?<br /><br />
Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart-ass young person.” width=”444″ height=”444″ /></p>
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Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.
The woman apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this green thing back in my earlier days.” The young clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.”
She was right — our generation didn’t have the green thing in its day.
Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were truly recycled. But we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.
Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags, that we reused for numerous things, most memorable besides household garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our schoolbooks.
This was to ensure that public property, (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribbling’s. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. But too bad we didn’t do the green thing back then.
We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks. But she was
right. We didn’t have the green thing in our day.
Back then, we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throwaway kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts — wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that young lady is right; we didn’t have the
green thing back in our day.
Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana.
In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us.
When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.
Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that
operate on electricity. But she’s right; we didn’t have the green thing back then.
We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of
buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn’t have the green thing back then.
Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a
computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.
But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the green thing back then?
Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart-ass young person.

 

pr80388      1. I can change the world by… taking one day at a time and listening with my heart to what God’s plan is for me!… I listen to HIS guidance… Sometimes questioning in my mind… but, moving in that direction with the Faith HE has given me…

I choose to make small differences… in changing this world… but, in turn benefits many!… People to me is what this world is all about!

k12143009    2. The best career advice I ever received was… from a Teacher I worked with who I greatly admired… I was young…s tarting a family… and getting back into the work force…

She said “change” is good…meeting new adventures…meeting new people…learning about yourself all the while…

k4432579   3. I first fell in love… when I was just a young thing… Yes, that first boy… makes quite an impression …

but, of course “young love”… seems to dwindle when reality seeps in…

Then you meet someone who you know you can live with forever and be happy…”True Love!”…

As time passes… if you have children/grandchildren… your heart beats with a Love that is beyond your imagination…

But, when you find the LOVE that God bestows on you… it widens your world… seeps in… and directs you in ways you never knew existed…

 

 

A little tired this morning… after sleeping so hard…

Does that make sense???

I was so tired when we arrived home yesterday evening… that I couldn’t really relax…

It was a “good” tired…    k9020511

 

We had left Friday afternoon to go to my cousin’s house in TN…

We had been planning on going to the Bell Buckle Fall Festival for months…

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We took our time going down… after I got off from work at 12:00pm…

stopping for lunch on the way…

The fall colors were showing k10830336 … making for a pleasant drive… until we reached the Nashville area…

OH-MY-GOSH!

Traffic backed up for over two hours for about 30 miles…  k12278820

We have gone through Atlanta’s traffic… which I thought was bad!… but, this “took the cake”!…

Between road-work… people getting off from work and travelers… It was a mess!…

We finally arrived at our destination to be greeted by Vera and Jack’s kids…

It was such a treat to see their little family… all grown up…

Cornelia’s kids in college… and Scott’s little boy… same age as my grandson… so cute!… His expressions will have you mesmerized!

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Vera had prepared a variety of food that would please anyone…

My favorite being the Spinach Dip/Crusty Italian Bread… k11540217

 

There was Pizza for the boys… Chicken Strips  for all… Meatballs in sauce… Cheese/CrackersMini Corn DogsFresh Fruit and Sugar Cookies

Snack-food she called it!… k8260588

It was a “feast”!

We enjoyed talking and listening to all!… old and new stories abounded!…

As Vera cleaned up…”I talked”…

then we went to bed…

We were getting up early for our day at “The Bell Buckle Fall Festival” … in Bell Buckle , TN…

It’s about a 30 minute drive…

Bobby and Jack were having a “male day” of talking… eating… watching football…k5748525

and us “girls” were going to walk our legs off!… shop… eat… look and look… and talk…

We stayed for about 5-6 hours and enjoyed every minute… and “no way!” saw everything…

This is a HUGE festival covering the whole town… Every “nook and cranny” has something to sell!…

We were picky with our shopping… getting things we really wanted…

First off… I found an old twin bed…

 

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headboard and footboard for my husband to make our daughter-in-law a bench out of…(progress of that later… in another blog)… and an “excellent” price!

We bought craft items… jewelery… clothes… food… gifts…

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I never wear a hat… but, this one said ME all over it!…

Sitting on bales of haylistening to music dougla0192s … eating roasted corn on the cob k10256270 … drinking fresh lemonade… watching people… and a beautiful day on top of that!

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Just couldn’t be better!

Crowded with people who mentioned they had been backed up in traffic for miles… getting into this little town… k8991711k9848366

Vera was smart in getting us there early… Found a parking place in a perfect spot… right when we arrived!…

BBCLogo                      Couldn’t get inside this favorite place to eat… 2-hour backup…

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                      lined up here too… which was probably a good thing…ha, ha!

 

Meeting her friend from work was a treat… younger than us… but, we were a good fit!…

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Chatting like we had known each other for a long time…

We left with arms full… but, not overloaded… and were going to eat at a “Miller’s Grocery Cafe”… in Christiana, TN on the way back to Vera’s… but, when we arrived… they were closing…

The owner compensated for that with two FREE pieces of Fresh Coconut Cream Pie to take to our husbands… k6289882

We promised to be back at a later date… and on time!…

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http://youtu.be/_5Va7ODGjyI  ( video of “Millers Cafe”)

We ended up eating at Demos’… a favorite of my cousin and her husband…

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and it was REALLY good…

Spaghetti with a Mexican Topping Sauce on half… and a Browned Buttery Garlic Sauce on the other half was my choice… Fresh Garlic Bread that melted in your mouth and a chopped salad with Homemade Thousand Island Dressingmab0024

YUMMY!

Have you found when you are having fun with friends/family… that food is a pretty important ingredient?…

Our day came to a close… Met back up with the guys at home… Julie left… and after a cup of coffee and the guys enjoying their pie… we hit the road!…

Not long… we arrived home… tired but, thinking about our little trip… k10693293

Although short… it was full…

Now for our next little “jaunt”!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m Funny and Cute!

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“This looks interesting!”

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“Look what I found!”

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“Shiny… round…rolls…string…my kind of thing!”

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“Let’s see what it tastes like!”

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“Is she photographing me?”

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“Is someone else here?”… “You can’t have it!”

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“It’s just Jill… she thinks I’m funny!”

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…”and cute!”

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I had found these cute Halloween Favors on the internet…

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I knew the Seniors I work with at the YMCA would get a kick out of them… and so did everyone else!

Jennifer let Tiffany go shopping for the supplies we needed…

Snack Baggies

Cinnamon Crunch Cereal

Chocolate Chip Morsels

Candy Corn

Miniature Marshmallows

I had made the tags at home…

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Sounds good doesn’t it?… like a trail mix or something… but, no… the

Cinnamon Crunch Cereal = Monster Scabs 200px-Cinnamon-Toast-Crunch-Box-Small

Chocolate Chips = Witches Warts 11071_LRGimg

Candy Corn = Jack-O-Lantern Teeth ProductDetail-CandyCorn250px-Candy-Corn

Marshmallows= Ghost Poop 5113rEo4XyL__SP160,160,0,T_

Our Seniors lose some of their skills as they age… So I had them count out a certain of number of each item to put in their individual snack bags…

They had four bags of Ghoulish Treats k6448313 to take home…

Lots of fun was had by all!

 

 

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