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Finish This: Week #14

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1. On Saturday morning, I usually…

do nothing productive until almost NOON!… It’s my day to chill… read my blogging friends work… write my own blog… enjoy my coffee and then breakfast with my Bobby in front of the TV… and then finally get out of my pajamas… k15146871

2. I feel beautiful when…

my hair does just right… and when my Bobby gives me that extra special hug for nothing…u17194001
3. I wake up every morning…

at 6:00am… like I was an alarm clock

I go to bathroom… wash my face… brush my teeth… run a comb through my hair… head for the coffee pot to make that special first cup… say hi to both of my girls (cats)… and then just chill in front of my computer… before anyone else wakes up… I love alone time in the morning!… vga0001
4. A happy home…

is a home with lots of LOVE!… fun times… and special people! k14767098

 

5. When I have down time, I…

I love to be home“piddling”… is what I call it… No certain time to do anything… Just do whatever comes up! u18065882

 

 

 

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I express myself better in my writings… and art…

Our family has been hit with a great tragedy

The loss of a Great-Niece to me…

A lovely… sweet… smart young lady…

Loved by so many!

Please comfort this sweet family with YOUR loving arms surrounding them and the Peace that only YOU can bring Dear Lord

AMEN

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Maddie    by: Marilyn Griffin

My heart is so heavy…

The tears are right there…

It seems blurry…

So hard to bear…

 

Their loss so great…

What will they do…

Is this fate?

They had no clue…

 

She smiled to the world…

But, hurt so inside…

Thoughts always whirled…

At night she cried…

 

All loved her…

She knew that…

But, thoughts would blur…

Feelings in conflict…

 

So pretty was she…

Blond hair flowing…

You felt her plea…

That she was aching…

 

Smart as a whip…

Friends surrounded…

But her grip…

Had depleted…

 

She tried to laugh…

Her family close…

On their behalf…

She fought her foes…

 

A young, sweet girl…

Loved so very much…

Her thoughts awhirl…

Longed for God‘s touch…

 

She wanted peace…

Could not find…

Thoughts would not cease…

As much she tried…

 

She left a message…

Of her deep concerns…

A beautiful image…

Her words… discerns…

 

Gone forever…

How could this be…

Always adored…

She’s  been set free!

 

 

 

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I had painted an Adirondack Chair for my son and his wife about two years ago… They had bought a heavy plastic blue one on clearance…

It turned out quite cute… with a Margaritaville Theme…

It was used on their pool deck and now is on their deck at their new house…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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A friend of theirs handmade a wooden Adirondack Chair… and wanted me to paint it… with a Beach Scene… to have on their pool deck…

I had to wait until the weather warmed up…and it finally did this weekend…

I was given free rein on what to paint on it…

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Jill had claimed the chair… Poor baby has to find a new place to sleep!

 

I chose an Aqua Blue color to paint it with…

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Had searched clip art pictures for several ideas… and finally got it drawn on and painted today…

I started on my deck painting… and it progressively got hotter and hotter…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I probably have blistered feet bottoms… but, being that I go barefoot all of the time… I’ll be fine…

I could also tell my face… arms and neck were getting a little pink…

I only need to spray the chair with some clear acrylic coating and it can be delivered or picked up…

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Kenny Chesney sings No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems!”

 

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I’ve sent several texts to keep my son updated on the progress…

I think he and Melanie are more excited than his friends…

Let’s hope they like it!

 

 

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Warmer weather has finally settled into Louisville…

The start of all of the Kentucky Derby Festivities began yesterday… kdf-logo

It started with Thunder Over Louisville“… the largest Fireworks Display in North America… ThunderOverLouisville2014

Downtown… on the Ohio River

Approximately 700,000 people made their way to all of the excitement!…

The weather was just perfect80 degrees with a breeze…

There is the Great Lawn… the Belvedere… to sit on… but, basically… every inch of the water front is covered with people, concessions, vendors, air show with the Blue Angels and such… 1397365561001-4-12-14-CopsThunder-03mg8832_600

We have been many times… but, the walking is not so fun any more… for my husband… and I too would probably be worn out afterwards… so our TV became our show… after the sun set on our city…

You can’t imagine that it could get better every year!… but, it does!… A most awesome display!… 

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Yesterday I met with a couple of friends from my previous job at school…

One friend has moved… and we met and went to her apartment…

It was just lovely!… an older place with huge rooms… and a quaint patio/yard area

Actually… my kind of place… I could definitely be happy in those surroundings…

My friend/husband says, “It is just temporary… we are looking for a smaller house”… but, with a one year lease… they will have time to find the right place…

I would just stay where they are… I love it that much!…

We had a snack of cheese/crackers and then decided on the Cheesecake Factory horizontal_logo for lunch… mpe0008

I’m trying to taste new items…

I had one of Cheryl’s appetizers of lettuce leaf wrap of oriental chicken… light and yummy!… menu_AsianLettuceWrapTacos

We all had a drink… I decided on Fruity Sangria made with the House Red Wine… and so did Cheryl… Linda opted for just the plain House Red Wine…

Veggie Burger with salad for C. burger_veg and Lettuce Wrapped Chicken/Mushroom mixture with a salad for L. lettuce_wraps … I had Shrimp Spring Rolls with two different sauces… Shrimp-Spring-Rolls-59662 and salad…

The homemade Thousand Island Dressing was wonderful!…

I could have just eaten it with a spoon!…

Of course we talked and talked… catching up as we do…

Just love these girls!…

As the name of the Restaurant indicates… “Cheesecake Factory”…

C. and I were not leaving without ordering some…

She had a Lemon Cake Cheesecake with Strawberries… and I am hooked on Peanut Butter Reese’s and Butterfinger Flavor… Reeses-Peanut-Butter-Cheeecake-recipe-Taste-and-Tell-3

YES!… it was good!… but, so full…

We parted ways at Linda’s… promising to get together soon… and we will!…

 

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You find yourself in the lower level of an old ship. A calendar on the wall says 1682. There is a small window, and the view is nothing but open sea and a setting sun. There is a staircase and you can see daylight at the top…

 

Buccaneers Are We!   by: Marilyn Griffin

It was 1682…

The ship swayed to and fro…

The sea deep and blue…

Sun through hole aglow!

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Buccaneer I was called…

Named Pirate by others…

Men drunkenly brawled…

Word  just angers…

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Taught to plunder

At an early age…

Raiders called after…

Spoils be their wage…

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Boat rocks back and forth…

Loving the sea life…

Heading straight North…

Weapon choice… knife…

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We plunder…

We steal…

Setting anchor…

And wheel…

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Days unending…

Pillaging wares…

Lines are angling…

As sea men swear!

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Robbers at sea…

Of silver and gold…

Never seem free…

As stories are told…

 

 

 

 

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Finish This : Week #13

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Prompts for WEEK #13

I don’t get enough… good quality sleep… I suffer from sleep apnea… or in other words I snore and hold my breath… causing my husband to wake me and tell me to turn over!
My favorite indulgence… is an Ice Cream Blizzard from Dairy Queen… preferably Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup or Strawberry Cheesecake flavors…  Dairy Queen logo.svg
I made a major change in my life when… I accepted a job in the Public School System… from the Principal of the Elementary School where my sons attended… I volunteered my time doing art work… I retired 30 years later… after changing schools twice… 

You should read…The Kite Runner” and “The Soloist“… or “just read”… one of the best habits to get into!

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____ is my secret ingredient in…  My secret ingredient is a little white sugar   in all of my vegetables… green beans… corn on the cob… green peas… Makes all… taste fresh… like right from the garden!

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I had to catch up on some of my blog reading… k5552954

Fixed me a cup of hot tea… and began… OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I have had 3 days off, but seem to have been too busy for the computer…

Came home really tired Thursday… rested for a while… then went to grocery…

It was raining really hard all day and actually I just wanted to nap!… k6638933

That afternoon… ran a friend to the grocery and when I returned and finished baking some rolls in the oven and fixed spaghetti and meatballsmab0024

The rolls were melt in your mouth… Frozen… but, have to let rise for 2 hours the quick way… in a warm oven… then bake… YUMMY! k12098172

TV and then to bed…

I was off Friday… but, with my schedule changed this month… it seemed like Saturday all day…  k13000271  NOT GOOD!… So confused all day… I actually can’t remember what I did… Oh, yes!… Water aerobics… thrift store… and cooking a little…

Saturday… I was to have Grandkidsbut, ended up with just my Grandson… because Granddaughter went to her friends…

That’s fine!… Carson and I are pretty good buddies… and find plenty to do…

It seems we all were quite “crafty” this weekend…

My husband has been making me a bench I saw in a magazine… Made of Pine… it turned out so pretty…

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He then made our daughter-in-law one… and I painted it black with a pattern to match her country-styleOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It turned out great!…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 140405_005

Carson and I went shopping… played outside… soccer ball k9436949 … made chicken nuggets…watched TV…

He loves for me to play school… Makes me pages to do of mathwriting stories… and other things…

I usually get pretty good grades and sometimes a Smiley Face! 75px-Smiley_Face …

He tricked me on the math!…

Told me to read the directions and then do the math problems…

I worked all of them… and then he says, “If you had read the directions… you would only have had to do 2 problems!”… He got me!…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I had to write a story about going in the woods behind his house…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

He would make a great teacher… but, he says already… that he wants to be an engineer… designing buildings, bridges    k3605619 , etc. … He’s “9″…

We then made a few “Crafty Rabbits from the things I collected from the thrift store…

( http://babyjill7.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/thrift-store-finds-on-a-rainy-day/ )

His imagination is amazing!…

I cut out 3 bunnies… and he decorated two and me one…

His was a “Rock-Star/Gangsta Bunny”  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA …

and the other was his sister as a Louisville Cardinal Fan Bunny… complete with her basketball, CARDINAL pennant / basketball and high top tennis shoes

He then added her new braces she has to wear for two years

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VERY CREATIVE!…

My bunny just carried a basket of eggs and wore a bow tie

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Go figure!…

We always have great fun!…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA and my tea is getting cold…

 

 

 

 

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