Monday, April 30, 2012

The Funny For The Day..............Oh No

Last night when I took Helmsley out for his nightly business, it was dark out but I did have the backyard light on.  I saw this little thing in the yard.  It was curled up and about 3 inches long.   I just stood there looking at it trying to figure out what it was then I saw a eye.  It was a tiny little baby bunny.  Helmsley was walking right past it when his nose told him oh what is this.....so he stuck his nose on it and the little bunny ran around and around the yard trying to find a way out with Helmsley hot on his bunny tail.  On one of the passes around the little bunny ran full speed right into the air conditioner head first.  He bounced off and rolled.  By now Helmsley is licking him and I am screaming leave the little bunny alone.  I figured for sure the little bunny was either dead or brain damaged but the little bunny recovered and ran this time right through the cyclone fence to freedom.  Helmsley thought he should go after him but that was not going to happen.  We will wait until tonight to see if the little bunny comes back. 

Update on previous story.....mrs cow and her baby are doing just fine.  Baby spent most of the day sleeping under a tree in the shade.
Before my neighbors left yesterday morning to go back home I went over to say good bye.  They were sad to leave also.  The husband was complaining that they are taking home more than they came with.  I said why don't you just leave it here as you will need to when you come back down. (It was just stupid stuff like a wood drying rack etc)  He just rolled his eyes at me.  I asked his wife why not just put it in your new house?  She said no she didn't trust her stuff left in the house while they were gone.  I am thinking what are you going to do take the furniture home with you also.  Then she was oh I have something for you, ok....here comes the gallon of icecream, lettuce, tomatos, bread, pie etc until I had my arms full of groceries.  Then she said do you like this?  it was a brand new large bottle of dove body wash.  Yes I said but I told her to take it with her.  She said no, there was way too much stuff in the car and her husband would not let her take one more thing.  With no place to put it since my arms were already full, I said here stick it under my arm pit.  Hey you do what you have to do.  Last night was really sad when I went to took Helmsley out for his nightly business and there was no one yelling at me from across the fence about what we did for the day or what was on our favorite tv shows.  I really miss the,  I baked a pie today let me get you some.   I never I thought I would miss talking over the fence so much.  Until next year. 

Sunday, April 29, 2012


There is a fancy farm behind our house,  I mean fountains, swimming pool etc.  It is owned by a Doctor.  He has over 5 acres and at the begining of the year there were 4 goats and 3 black angus steers.  The goats are gone and so have 2 of the steers.  We figure they are now on the dinner table.  But they did leave 1 lonely steer, miss heffer.  She would just roam all 5 acres by herself.  It is so sad.  Every day when Helmsley the dog and I go walking we would stop at the fence and talk to her.  This morning she was mooing at us like crazy and really telling us a story.  A friend of ours and his dog came to the park so we were talking to them and when I turned around because miss heffer was really talking we saw miss heffer now miss cow had a baby.  It was born between last night and this morning.  Since there was no baby yesterday.  At first they were right at the fence so we could get a real good look.  It is so tiny and its little legs wobble.  Again no camera with me so I went home and when I came back they had moved farther away so the picture is not a closeup.  Hopefully tonight they will be back at the fence so I can get a real good picture.  We do have a answer to our question, why did they take the other 2 steers away and not her.  She was lucky because she was going to have a baby. 

Saturday, April 28, 2012

The funny for the day...........will you take pity on me

It is that time of year.  Our neighbors are heading home.  It is kinda sad when all of the snow birds go home.  It is very quiet around here.  I will miss my new neighbor Ginny and her husband.  We have alot in common and we talk alot.  In the morning we go across the street and visit with our other neighbor and have coffee.  At night if we are out at the same time letting the dogs do their business we stand and talk over the fence.  Yes we do that.  People use to do those things but not so much anymore.  It won't be the same next year as they were only renting the house next door.  They did buy a house but it is several blocks over, so no talking over the fence anymore.  We told them everyone took a vote and you cannot leave us and go cheat on us with new neighbors. :)  Today they took everyones picture as it was the end of there time as snow birds together.  It was funny this afternoon Ginny came over and said do you think your husband will take pity on me?  I was like what? and then I realized she had a empty coffee cup and her K cup for the Keurig in her hand.  Her Keurig coffee maker was not working and she wanted a cup of coffee.  So husband got out his Keurig and made her a cup of coffee.  It was like the old routine you use to see on Lucy when Lucy would borrow a cup of sugar from Ethel.   Tonight Ginny brought over a carrot cake and a gallon of ice cream for us.  Until next year, have a safe trip home. 

Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Funny For The Day.................................Zumba Instructor In Training

I am one of those mothers who could brag upon their daughter all day long.  I am very proud of her.  Since she was 15 (now 29) where did the time go, she has always worked 2 if not 3 jobs. Right now she has a full time job and 2 part time jobs.  Why because she has ants in her pants and sitting still for 5 minutes and she is bored.  She has now found the world of Zumba and now certified to become an instructor.  Is still in training before she gets her own class.  The other night she was teaching a class and has to makeup her own routines.  During her high school days she was a break dancing fool.  She could spin on all her body parts and she really gave the boys a run for their money during competition.  She is a fantastic dancer.  So she decided to add some body rolling stuff into the Zumba routine.  Most of the class just stood there but the others that came from that background really got into it.  In her class is a very sweet nun who really got into it.  After class people were asking her how did you learn to do that, that was great etc.  She finally had to confess to them she was a break dancer.  The nun was telling her how much she enjoys watching her, because she is so easy to follow.  Her dance movements are crisp.  She finally had to confess up that she was also a cheerleader in high school and that is how they were taught for their routines.  Be crisp and follow through.  Oh mom she said after 10 years the cheerleader is coming back out.  

I will add another break dancing story, because of of those are really funny.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Find Of The Day............................you found what?

Yesterday my neighbor went to thrift shop and purchased some very old wall sconces. I do mean very old. They had the cloth wiring etc. I think somewhere along the line they were changed from oil or candle to electric. The patent number on them was no 18. That patent number was issued August 31, 1936. Now that is old.

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Monday, April 16, 2012

The Funny For The Day........................Guess what I saw

Today while walking in the park with my friend Phyllis and our dogs I stopped Phyllis and I said what is that?  I was afraid to walk any further as I had no idea what I was looking at.  It was huge and it had it back to us so all I could see was this shell.  She just laughed and said, oh that is just a Gopher Turtle.  I had one living under my Florida room but I never saw it.  He was as larger than a dinner plate.  We went up to it to get a better look and the dogs went crazy barking at it.  This little guy hisses like a cat and I am telling you they move really fast for a turtle.  He got inside the enclosed fence area and we felt bad for him trying to get out.  We were just standing there talking and I turned around and there he was.  It only took him a couple of minutes to dig under the fence and he was free at last.  He went walking across the park and into the wooded area.  Hopefully he will have enough smarts not to cross the road. 

Sunday, April 15, 2012

The not so funny for the day...................I hate this

This is the not so funny for the day.  I am really not happy about this at all.  I have receding gums.  It is something I inherited.  Lucky me.  About 23 years ago I had the surgery where the skin on the roof of your mouth is removed and then grafted to the gum area that is receding.  It is not fun.  It hurts like hell and you cannot eat etc.  Last week I had what I thought was a canker sore in my mouth so I was gargling with salt water.  The inside of my cheek hurts so last night I stuck my finger in my mouth and was feeling around for whatever it is and I found it.  My first reaction was oh no.  I went into the bathroom and looked into the mirror.  There poking out out of the skin from the bottom of my jaw is the tip of the bone of my tooth or root.  I don't know at this time.  That bone tip is whats rubbing against the inside of my cheek.  Needless to say I did not sleep very well last night.  I am scared.  I do not want to do the skin grafting thing all over again.  I don't know maybe they are going to have to pull the tooth.  Who knows.  The last thing it could be as we get older bones shrink and maybe a bone broke off and is floating around coming out of the skin.  In any case this is not good.  Tomorrow I get to call the dentist that did the original surgery and see what he says.  I am going to find out if I should see a dentist here first or just go home.  How much time do I have before that tooth falls out of my mouth or worse develops into having a root canal.  What this means is, instead of going home in 3 weeks are we going to have to leave asap.   I am not driving for 2 days in extreme pain.  Oh heaven help me.  This is not good and I hate it.

Grieving The Loss Of Your Mother

In doing what I do as a seller on Etsy I get a chance to talk with alot of people.  Lately as we get closer to Mothers Day it brings out alot of emotions especially if our mothers have passed.  I want to share with you about my experience in hopes of helping others to understand you are not alone.  It is hard to believe it will be 4 years since I lost my wonderful mother.   I am an only child and my dad died when I was 14 so basically my whole life has been just mom and I.  My mother was kind, sweet and never said a bad word about anybody.  She never even said a swear word.  Mom was 88 and when her last surviving sister died at age 102 in January 2008 and that is when she stated to go down hill.  She felt very alone all of her family was now gone.  Granted she had me but she was really missing everyone now especially my father.  Mom ended up in a nursing home due to many falls and she was getting weaker and weaker with each fall.  I visited mom several times a week and still continued to talk with her everyday on the phone.  Just about every day she would tell me she was tired and ready to go.  I could see it coming but I was not prepared.  The good thing is my mom's mind was still as sharp as ever and knew I was there and we could still hold our long conversations about whatever.  I saw mom on Wednesday and Friday she was fine.  Tired but fine.  I walked in on Saturday morning to be greeted by the head nurse and said I am so happy you are here.  Why,  I am always here on Saturday.  It seems mom slipped into a coma and the time was near.   WHAT.....what happened between last night and this morning.  I thought back over last few days and remembered, mom would look at me straight in the eye and say are you going to be ok?  I am dying you know.  I would tell her no mom you are not dying.  Again, are you going to be ok?  I finally said yes mom I will be ok.  It will be hard but I will be ok.  I bought her house which made her very very happy.  It was the home my dad and mom bought when they got married in 1949 and it was the house she lived in for 60 years.  My daughter and her future husband now lived in.  They were going to be married in the next couple of months so I had the wedding to look forward to.  Yes mom I would be ok.  She was happy and I gave her a hug and kiss as I always did and told her I loved her.  As I was leaving she just gave me that look as if she was studying my face for the last time and said goodbye and I love you.  I didn't see it, but as I look back she was saying goodbye to me for the last time.  The next couple of days were horrible just waiting and waiting for her to pass.  Now here comes the funny.....on Sunday night while I was sitting there and she was in a coma she said to me....Rice Krispies...I was like Rice Krispies now that was moms favorite cereal and I guess before she died she wanted her favorite cereal.  I guess you could say her last meal.  I said to her, you want to eat Rice Krispies and she said yes.  The kitchen was closed but I did manage to find someone to give me a bowl of Rice Krispies.  I fed them to her while she was still out of it.  She never did wake up.  So to this day everytime I see Rice Krispies I think of my mother and how those were her last words to me.  She did pass the next day.  The next couple of days are in a fog.  The funeral service was beautiful and at the end of the service when they took the casket away to be closed I realized I did not kiss mother goodbye.  My husband is like that's ok and I was like no, you don't understand I always give mom a kiss when I was leaving.  I ran to the back of the church where the casket was and gave her a hug, kiss and told her I loved her.  At the wake we served her favorite food.  For dessert we had her favorite hot fudge sundae's.   I will remember that day as if it were today.  It never leaves you.  The next couple of months until my daughters wedding were rough.  I really wanted my mom there to share in the excitement but she was not.  My daughter got married at Disney World she was a Disney princess bride.   On the day of the wedding it was about 7am and I left the hotel room to go outside and have my morning coffee.  I was sitting on the curb in the parking lot talking to the sky and crying and talking to my mom saying I wish you could be here.  As I was sitting there crying and talking this beautiful butterfly came and sat on the curb beside me.  You know what they say about butterflies.  It made me smile as I realized mom was with me to see our beautiful girl get married.  I felt better.  My daughter had an outdoor wedding under a without wedding preparations etc.  Now it starts to really sink in.  You are alone.  No call to mother every day at 7pm or no visits with her.  All of my life it was mom and I and now I am just I. I am now a orphan.  It is one of the worst feelings in your life.  You are now alone. Granted I have a wonderful husband, daughter and now son-in-law but something is missing.  My mom.  You cry and reminisce  and wish you could talk with your mom one last time but it never comes.  You hope this is all a bad dream and if you were to call her she would say I honey how was your day.  I know mom is happy now as she is with my dad and her family and it helps alittle but there still is a big hole in your heart.  I know one day we wil all be together again but until that day I just keep talking to the sky in hopes she hears.  When my mom was little she would get a orange for Christmas and it was something I did every year.  I gave her a orange at Christmas.   One of the hardest things about Christmas is as a child I would make her a gift and when I got older and had money I would buy her a gift.  Christmas is not the same as there is no present for mom under the tree.  I finally came up with a solution for that one.  I get a orange and cut it in half and take a bag of bird seed to the cemetery and open up the orange and sprinkle the seeds on it.  Mother loved her orange and she loved feeding the birds.  Once again I get to give my mother her Christmas present.

The point of this post is to let you know, if you are grieving the loss of your mother you are not alone. I have been there and I know how you feel.  If you would like to share a story about your mom or just talk put in a comment and I will share it with others so we can help ourselves heal and othere heal all at the same time.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Nancy's Recipe Box................................Apricot Banana Bread

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 to 3 medium)
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup 100% bran cereal (not flakes)
  • 3/4 cup chopped dried apricots (about 6 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs. Combine bananas and buttermilk. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with banana, beating well after each addition. Stir in bran, apricots and nuts.
  • Pour into a greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan. Bake at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Yield: 1 loaf(16 slices).

The Funny For The Day.....................Where is my car?

Today I went to Walmart and I wasn't really paying attention when I got out of my car.  I had other things on my mind.  So when I got finished grocery shopping and went out to the parking lot, I just stood there because I had no idea where I parked my car.  You know, the first rule of thumb when you park your car you make a mental note of where you parked.  Since I did not do that I just stood there like a fool.  I walked down one isle and up the next until I figured out why don't I just hit the alarm button on my key chain and follow the noise.  Stick your arm up in the air and bingo there goes the alarm.  I finally found my car.   Now the next day we went to Disneyworld and were walking back to the car and sure enough there is someone else looking around and around for their car.  They finally put their arm up in the air and hit the car alarm.  I guess I am not the only one that does that. 

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Scary frightening...................Look at the picture of a evil looking devil ghost face

I took this picture of a spider web and if you look to the right you will see a white spot.  Now look to the left of the white spot and what do you see...it is a evil looking devil ghost face.  That is just too frightening for me.  This picture was taken in the dark and I am pointing the camera up in the air.  There are no lights on it is complete darkness.   I have the picture before this and after this one and this image does not show up in either of those 2 pictures.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The funny for the day.......................He peed on the man's leg

Tonight while Helmsley and I were at the park the funniest thing happened. There is a man at the park (he is the pot head I told you about in a previous story). He has a dalmation dog named slim. Slim is never on a leash because the man thinks it is cruel because dogs like to be dogs and run free in the breeze. Well, the pot head man was talking with another man and here comes Slim....Slim comes up to the man (not the pot head) and lifts he leg and pee's on his leg. The good thing was the man was wearing jeans. I laughed so hard......It seems I was the only one laughing everyone else was appalled. Mr pot head never said a word to his dog or even to the man. He never even apologized. He just kept right on talking and acted like it was a every day thing. I think Mr pot head has been banned from the park. Let me say this again, he is a senior man that has fried his brains, because he is a pot head.

The Funny For The Day..............how discusting what was she thinking

A friend of my daughters took this picture at the mall.  It is just discusting and all I can say is what was this girl thinking.   Maybe she was looking for 5 minutes of fame :).