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Free e-Book offer & Colonoscopy fun NOT

In case you missed my Saturday announcement, my friend and fellow author, Betsy Ashton, is having a FREE e-book download party on Amazon of her book, Mad Max Unintended Consequences.

Get your copy today!
Offer good: August 24 – 31.

Tell your friends the good news. Go ahead, hit the share (Facebook, Twitter, Google+) button to announce this big event! You know you wanna and you will be happy that you did. 😉

It’s Tuesday, so you know this means it’s time to get down with randomizing. Boy, is this ever off topic….

Chances are good, if you are reading this in the early a.m. hours then I’m under going, no doubt, one of the most unpopular procedures ever, a colonoscopy. This is my 3rd time in 13 years. From my past experiences, there was no discomfort or pain associated, other than getting prickled for the anesthesia drip. I hate needles! The positive side of having an endoscopy put you-know-where is, I will be asleep.

Speaking of needles, 2-weeks ago I went in for my 2-month follow-up with my GI. He ordered blood work. The gal did a fabulous job. I kid you not when I say I felt nothing! There wasn’t the slightest stick present and yet, there is still a bruise in the bend of my arm. Why is that and how is it that I bruised without pain?

Yesterday wasn’t much fun. I couldn’t eat anything, and not allowed to have anything with purple and red dye since these colors camouflage what the doctor needs to see in the images. My diet consisted of chicken broth, jello, Popsicle, and other liquids. Things did not improve.

Beginning at 3pm, I started my colon prep. This is not the way I prefer to spend my night. On top of that, my tummy rumbled the whole evening, and nightmares about my liquid diet plagued my sleep. Why? That was my entire menu option when I was in the hospital last. I barely ate the food given to me because it wasn’t appealing. It’s a good thing the surgery left me with no appetite. The concerned doctors requested a Nutritionist to see me, but I knew I would be okay as soon once I could have “real food” and leave the liquid diet far behind me. No pun intended.

Dr. L will snip a few samples of tissue for a biopsy. He will look for Crohn’s Disease. Several years ago this was the diagnoses I received, and I was skeptical of it. My symptoms or lack of prompted my doubt that this was the wrong medical call. Interestingly, my June surgery biopsy showed no Crohn’s, which may or may not be conclusive of the non-presence of the disease. However, the colonoscopy biopsy should tell us one way or the other in a few weeks.

Let me leave you with a simple request if you’re 50 or older, then give yourself the gift of a colonoscopy. Although, this article The Importance of a Screening Colonoscopy is a few years old from The Doctor Oz Show it is still good advice. You only have one life, one body. Take charge. Be proactive. It’s your health!

**I used Grammarly to grammar check this post, because I care enough to give you the best!**

Hey guys, I forgot to mention, why not consider following, Betsy @ Mad Maxism. I know she’d love having you amongst her friendly circle of blogging buds! Now, grab a cup coffee and join me as I visit my lovelies at….

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Just a wee reminder, Stacy Uncorked is taking a break from blogging till her move to the Pacific Northwest is complete. She plans to return to Blogosphere next month. We will be looking forward to seeing her back!

Have a terrific Tuesday!Save


Wednesday Chat/Hodgepodge Questions

Everyone begins to feel a little more relaxed when they learn it’s Wednesday…hump day! The rest of the work week is downhill until the weekend rolls in. Yeah, I remember that feeling when I worked outside the home, but even SAHM get that giddy sorta feeling knowing a there’s possibility of fun and excitement added to her routine with the family. Yep, that’s me!

With a few more days to go before said “fun” is a possibility, then we can all have fun chit-chatting on Patrice’s farmhouse porch at Everyday Ruralty.

This week, we’re discussing these questions….

  1. What was your biggest fear as a child? I think the biggest fear I had a child was of drowning. When I was very little, I don’t even recall how old I was, but I think I had to be somewhere between 6-9 years of age my best friend’s family had gotten an above ground pool. I would think it could not have been any deeper than 3 feet, but for a small child the water level came up to my chest. Anyhow, one day I was standing around the pool with some of the other kids and we began talking about swimming. For some reason, I announced I knew how to swim and I didn’t. What possessed me to say this is beyond my comprehension even today. An argument erupted between an older boy and myself about whether I could swim when suddenly he tossed me into the pool head first. To this day, I don’t know how he did it cause it happened so fast. I remember being in the way. I was actually stunned. I couldn’t tell which was up or down. For what seemed like an eternity I floated in the way. I could see the blue sky above me, but I didn’t know what to do and I thought I was going to die. Somehow in all the chaos, I got to the side of the pool and out of the water. From that moment on I was very scared of deep. By the time I was in upper elementary school, I did actually learn (self-taught) how to swim with the help of my best friend. I even got so brave to jump off the diving board. My swimming skills at best have much room for improvement, but I think if I need to save myself from falling into a pool of water then I can do it. Deep within I have an underlying fear of water, but it doesn’t paralyze me or anything. I just try to avoid being around it when possible. I think this is one reason I want to take swimming lessons.
  2. Who taught you to cook? I helped my mom in the kitchen, but not enough to suit a young girl’s curiosity. Mom worked outside the home, so preparing meals was a push to get done leaving little time for me. The things I learned from her, I learned mostly by watching. My best girlfriend did a lot of cooking. Her mother didn’t work and was able to nurture her properly in this department.  7th grade requirements included Home Economics for all girls. We did some cooking. I learned how to make chocolate chip cookies in Home Ec. That was such fun and every time I make a batch of chocolate chip cookies I subconsciously think about my early cooking experiences in junior high.
  3. Do you have a lot of books in your home? We have a lot of books, mostly children’s literature to early adult titles. In fact, I’m trying clear our bookcase of the juvenile and early adult titles now that the kiddos have moved past these. If you’re interested in picking up some used books in excellent condition, then check out Books! More Books for Sale!
  4. Wendell wants to know, “Do you like carrot cake? If so, what kind of frosting do you like best? I do like carrot cake, Wendell. You may find this surprising, but I can only think of two times I’ve had it and I’ve NEVER made one. That I need to correct. The only way I’ve had carrot cake is with cream cheese frosting, which was quite yummy. Is there any other type of frosting used?
  5. What’s did the last funny t-shirt you read say? (It doesn’t have to reflect your personal feeling about the topic, just be funny and family friendly.) “You can’t scare me. I have two daughters!This one really is true. lol

Over at Joyce’s From This Side Of The Pond, she’s got these questions for us to answer….

1. I included this quote (attributed to William H. Danforth) in Joyce’s Monday post… “The best cure for a sluggish mind is to disturb it’s routine.” When was the last time you ‘disturbed your routine’ and how’d you do it? The last time I disturbed my routine wasn’t really by choice, but out of necessity.  Our computer hard drive crashed a week ago this past Saturday, which forced me to investigate why our system couldn’t find the hard drive. Our 2-year old computer should NOT have done this and yet it did, but I’m hanging on to hope the data can be retrieved. More on this another time….

2. What’s your favorite fried food indulgence? Oh! This one is easy – french fries is my favorite! I do not dine out often and eating fast food is definitely not a regular thing. This is something we reserve doing one or twice a year. Partly because we did so much of this when we were first married (burn out), partly because it’s expensive, and partly….really the biggest part is it’s so inconvenient. But, when we do go out to eat on those rare occasions I’ll splurge on an order of french fries. These really are horrible for your health, but they are so darn tasty!

3. Did you have an allowance as a kid? What did you do with it? Do you give your own kids an allowance? What’s an allowance? Does this answer your question? lol My folks didn’t have much to give us and what little they did give us covered our school lunches. On a few rare occasions they may have given me a little pocket-money for birthday or Christmas, but I couldn’t tell you what I used it on. We never gave our kiddos allowance, instead we rewarded them with things they wanted every so often. I have mixed feelings about giving a child an allowance.

4. What’s something you wish you knew more about? I think I would have to say the human body. It fascinates me how one person’s body is different from another. Why is one person can metabolize calories better than another? What causes allergies to screw up a person’s digestive tract? Why doesn’t my body channel water properly? If I knew some of these answers then I know I would be a happier person. Everything I do know comes from trial & error experience, but at least I’m learning.

5. Is there anything you feel too old to do anymore? If so, what? Not that I can’t do these things, but let’s just say self-injury would come into play but a cart-wheel, a split, a handstand, …you get the picture I’m sure. When our daughters were young, I showed them how to do a cart-wheel. I would have been in my mid-30s by this point and I remember how I felt the strain on my wrists. It’s strange, my weight was the same as when I was a teenager so why would this hurt so much? And yet, it did!

6. What’s a song you think has a great first line? Close to You.Why do birds suddenly appear every time you are near?

7. Who are you writing to/for when you create a blog post? In other words…as you write, who is the audience in your head?You, you, and you – my friends in Blogville. My family as far as I know doesn’t read my blog contents, so when I create post it’s usually with you in mind.

8. Insert your own random thought here.  

A few months ago, I began watching the old TV series Dark Shadows on Netflix while I ride my bicycle. I thought it had at least 360-something episodes, but the other day at after watching episode 162 I discovered that was it! I’m only a few episodes in where Victoria Winters goes back in time to the 1890s. What a disappointment! I loved this TV series as a kid, but couldn’t remember a lot about the program. I’m ready to see more and now I can’t. What does this all mean?Will Netflix get more episodes to stream? According to Wikipedia there are 1,225 episodes. This means I have a lot more to see. Oh, pooh!

Good news, I’m beginning to see things turn around in my diet/exercise program. In the last four weeks, I’ve lost 4-pounds. This doesn’t seem like a lot, but given the fact I’ve struggled with the yo-you effect then this is a positive change. What am I doing different, you ask. The bottom line is this, I’ve been eating strictly Smart Ones by Weight Watchers (you buy this at your grocery store) prepared meals and am keeping my caloric in-take between 1000-1200 daily. There is no guessing on my part. I know precisely how much I’m eating, which is perfect for me right now. I’m continuing to ride my bike 2-hours at least 4-5 times per/week. The only other thing I’ve changed in the past 3-weeks is I’ve used Testosterone gel (very low dose) my GYN prescribed. The later may or may not have any bearing on my progress, but I’ve read with menopausal women the lack of Testosterone increases belly fat and trust me this is one issue I’ve struggled with for years EVEN when I weighted 102. I can’t say with any certainty yet how this (the prescription) is going to work out for me, but you can bank on more future updates/progress.

Thanks for stopping by today, but before I go let me tell you right now I’m hosting a costume giveaway for US & Canada residents. If you want to enter, then please check out the details HERE (removed link something happened to the post). However, you can read my Anytime Costume: Greek/Roman Costume Review.  Also, before you skip off, let me invite you to join the weekly meme I co-host called, Wayback Wednesdays. Participation is really low and I’d love to see this sky-rocket.






Chat & Hodgepodge Blog Hop

Who can believe, it’s the first day of Summer already? Not me! This year is evaporating entirely too fast and that’s simply not acceptable, but what am I to do? Nothing. Absolutely nothing, except to make the most of my days and enjoy each moment in the company of family and friends.

Speaking of which, I’m headed over to Patrice’s @Everyday Ruralty. Would you care to join me? Today’s Chats On a Farmhouse porch, include:

  1. Do you ever go on picnics? When was the last one? Do you go somewhere with benches and tables, or do you take your own blanket? Every time or 99% of the time, we take a day trip to the mountains, I pack of sandwiches, potato chips, and other snacks. There’s something magical about eating an ordinary sandwich on a picnic. It just tastes better. Have you discovered this to be true? I’m OCD a bit when it comes to germs. That being said, you aren’t going to find me having lunch at a public lawn or picnic table. We found it far easier and more enjoyable to find a quiet secluded spot with a beautiful overlook to eat from the trunk of our car or while sitting inside enjoying the ambiance that surrounds us. It’s really nice!
  2. What’s your favorite tropical fruit? I don’t really think of myself as a tropical fruit person. It’s not that I don’t like it, it’s just usually when I buy fruit it’s about the usual domestic types – apples, grapes, oranges, etc. I think my favorite tropical fruit has to be bananas. I like pineapple, but it’s rare I eat it. I find it difficult to eat just a little of it at one time because of the acid, I suppose. I loved pineapple-orange juice as a kid, though.
  3. Wendell would like me to ask you if you’ve ever ridden a horse? Any pony rides as a child? Wendell, I’ve always loved your kind. Your species are beautiful and regal. The only time I’ve ever come close to riding a horse (never been on a pony) was when I was a wee thing, maybe 3 or 4 and someone sat me on the back of one your distant cousins. It felt like someone has placed me on top of the Empire State Building. It may as well have been to someone as young as I was. I was nervous the entire time and I really hated swatting at the flies – not a pleasant experience to say the least. I pretty much decided I wouldn’t grow up to be an equestrienne.
  4. Describe the purse you are currently carrying. If you don’t use a purse, what color is your wallet? By most women’s thinking, my purse would be considered small. It’s not tiny but can not pass for carry-on luggage. The purse I’ve carried for the better part for the last 10 plus years has been a red leather bag my DH got me at JcPenney’s. No, it’s not the same one but an identical one. I (DH, too) liked this purse so much that he got me two or three spares. We’ve learned over the years the things we like have a way of disappearing and disappeared this purse did. I’m in need of buying another one, as have only one left in reserve and I can’t find one I like equally well as this one. The main problem with my purse is the strap, really. You know right where it connects (the stitched seam) with the purse is tearing away. It’s only on one side, too. I don’t know how to keep this from happening. It’s done it on all of them, too. Does anyone have any clue on how to get this repaired?
  5. Please tell me the last funny thing that you just recently remembered. This can be something funny that happened to you in the past, or just something funny that you remember. My DH was telling us a story that happened to his co-worker’s wife while on vacation a few years back while visiting the Grand Canyon. Long story short, she didn’t want to use the port-a-potty facilities. She passionately HATES this type of public restroom and to make matters worse of the 15 units the only one available had a busted lock. She instructed her husband vehemently, “Don’t let this door come open!” It so happened it was a horribly, terrific windy day when what do you think happened. The port-a-potty door swung opened startling the woman and making her scream at the top of her lungs. “(His name – first, middle, & last), I told you to watch the door!! BLAH, BLAH, BLAH”. He began laughing hysterically. You see, no one was paying a lick of attention to what was going on until she started screaming bloody murder which called great attention to her and her situation. Next time, I think I would find a tree to go behind if I were her. lol

Let’s keep the hop going, as I visit Joyce @@From This Side of the Pond

1. Summer officially rolls in with the Hodgepodge this week, for those of us in the Northern hemisphere anyway. What song says summer 2012 to you?


2. What’s your favorite quintessential summer food? Is this a trick question? You’ve gotta be kiddin’, right? There is absolutely only one quintessential summer food.

“I scream,  you scream. We all scream for ice cream!”

Do you wanna watch something funny? If you can get past his mouth, then check out Eddie Murphy’s ice cream skit

3. I’ve spent a lot of time traipsing up and down the NJ Turnpike in recent weeks. Did you know the rest areas on the turnpike are named after people who lived or worked in NJ? Clara Barton, Walt Whitman, James Fenimore Cooper, Molly Pitcher, Joyce Kilmer, Thomas Edison, and Grover Cleveland just to name a few. Of these I listed, who would you most like to have known and why? Clara Barton… I think was a nurse. Molly Pitcher carried water to the soldiers during the American Revolution War. Joyce Kilmer wrote the poem called, Trees. Joyce Kilmer forest is in western North Carolina and we’ve visited there a few times. Thomas Edison…duh, he’s kind like the father of inventors. He brought illumination to our world. 🙂

4. At what age did you move out of your parent’s house and what prompted the move?

I can’t vouch for the movie in this picture, but I can relate to the title. I was 6-months short of being 18 the summer of 1979.  I was definitely too young to get married, but I did and moved to Tennessee.  In my self-defense, this wasn’t an uncommon thing for girls in rural West Virginia. The summer of 1979, three of my classmates got married around the same time as I did. We were all fortunate to finish high school, but many don’t. DH always encouraged me to pursue my dreams. I didn’t want to be a teenage statistic. Also, I wanted to be an example for my younger siblings and do something my parents didn’t ~ finish school.

5. What’s more satisfying to you – saving time or saving money?

It’s hard to say one over the other because, but I think for the most part I prefer to save time and in some cases saying time is saving money.

6. Name something you think brings out the good in people.

A natural disaster or tragedy generates a person’s charitable tendencies quicker than just about anything. Unfortunately, many scam artists know this and are always on the look for an easy target. This has made us cynical of strangers who ask for money. 9 out of 10 times, we’ll turn someone we do not know down. I’m trusting God to always direct my heart otherwise and never to lean on my understanding of the situation. I think He will clue me in on those who really are in need.

7. This last question comes to you courtesy of Kathy over at Reflections...will you be taking a vacation or a staycation this summer? If so where will you go? If a staycation is on the calendar have you made any special plans to fill the time?

Vacation is out of the question even though we would love to do this. It’s just so darn expensive! Chances are we’ll try to work in a staycation as early as next month, but this isn’t definite. However, if we can swing it then we’ll just do the usual sorts of things – knock around town, dine out a lot, light shopping, etc. It’s always a lot of fun for us to simply unwind and relax.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

My DH bought this for me….

(stock photos borrowed from somewhere on the internet)
A Nikon D7000!

Nikon has some of their digital SRLs on sale right now. We got mine at Best Buy. They have this one in a sweet bundle with two lenses: 18-105mm & 55-300mm, a 16GB SanDisk SDHC class 10 memory card, and a LowePro camera bag. I told my DH this could be a very early birthday and Christmas present for me. He smiled, saying “It may just have to be.”

I haven’t used my new toy yet. I need to get a filter for each of my lenses and then I’m good to go. I hope to test it out this weekend, though. I’m so excited!

You may want to join the mid-week meme I co-host, if so, check out, Summertime Memory – Wayback Wednesdays. Enjoy your afternoon!

Everyday Ruralty



Chit Chat & Hodgepodge

Photo borrowed from marthastewart.com

Years ago, Ruby Tuesday had a Triple Chocolate Cheesecake on their menu which we absolutely LOVED. Like all restaurants, they got the bright idea to change-up their menu doing away with this dessert. Crazy, isn’t it?

This isn’t the first time a restaurant has gone stupid on us and certainly won’t be the last.Thinking about that Triple Chocolate Cheesecake got my cravings stirring. Why did I have even go there? I guess thinking about upcoming anniversary is the major prompter. I wanted to make a classic New York style cheesecake, but my DH knew I wanted a chocolate one and encouraged me to make one.Giddy with excitement to find a recipe, this is the one I found…

Triple Chocolate Cheesecake

  • 1 package (9 ounces) chocolate wafer cookies
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 bars (8 ounces each) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 8 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted
  • Chocolate Ganache, for topping


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Assemble a 9-inch spring-form pan with the raised side of the bottom facing down.
  2. In a food processor, pulse cookies until finely ground. Add butter, and pulse to moisten. Transfer to prepared pan, and press crumbs firmly and evenly into the bottom. Place pan on a rimmed baking sheet; bake 10 minutes, and set aside.
  3. Wipe out bowl and blade of food processor. Add cream cheese, sugar, and salt; blend until smooth. With motor running, add eggs, sour cream, and finally chocolate; blend filling until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
  4. Pour filling into crust, and bake just until set, 1 hour. Turn oven off, and let cheesecake sit 1 hour in oven, without opening (this helps prevent cracking).
  5. Run a thin knife around the edge of the pan (this helps prevent cracking, too); leave in pan, and cool completely on wire rack. Cover loosely and refrigerate, at least 6 hours or up to overnight.
  6. Prepare Chocolate Ganache. Unmold cheesecake. Spread ganache in center of cheesecake; let set before serving.

The verdict…this recipe turned out to be a bit of a disappointment. *sigh* It’s simply not chocolaty enough to suit our my taste buds. Have you made a cheesecake like this before? If so, is yours really chocolaty? Share  your secret!

1. How many students were in your high school graduating class? Did you know most, if not all of them?  In between  my junior and senior year of high school, I got married and moved to Tennessee. I graduated here. That being said, the only kids I knew in my senior class were those in my Home room – not many! However, in my old class…the ones I grew up with…in rural West Virginia I knew a lot of those kids. Today, if most of them walked up to me I’m sure I wouldn’t know them at first sight. My graduating class was 1980. 32-years has a way of making you forgetful.  As for how many were in my graduating class….deer staring into the headlights look…I dunno!

2. What was the last thing you photographed?  Books. Last Thursday, I wrote Books! More Books for Sale (Alphabe-Thursday) and I needed images of the books for my post.

3. Pickles-love ’em or loathe ’em? If its love what’s something you eat that needs a pickle?

I love pickles!

Dill is my favorite, but I like Bread & Butter pickles, too. Some of the best pickles I ever had were home-made. My SIL’s grandmother made some excellent bread & butter pickles. Yum!

4. What’s a stereotype you seem to perpetuate without meaning to?


A couple of weeks ago, we watched Revenge of the Nerds on Netflix. My first thought is, “Okay, this is going to be really stupid.” It turned out to be a funny movie, but definitely not a family friendly flick to watch with small kids.


5. Ever been horse back riding? If so is it something you enjoy? If not, do you have any interest? Did you watch the Kentucky Derby? Will you be watching the last leg of the Triple Crown this weekend?   I sat on a horse once and that’s all it took. I think horses are beautiful creatures, especially from afar where the flies and stench can’t reach you. I don’t know if the smell is common of all horses or not, but I’d say the flies are.  If that’s not bad enough the horse frightened med. Of course, I was just wee girl when someone put on that beast’s back. I felt like I had mounted on a Trojan horse. I didn’t know what a Trojan horse was all those years ago, but what I’m getting at is how enormous that animal seemed to me. I wouldn’t be afraid today of horses, but I wouldn’t like being around them because of the flies and stench. As for the Kentucky Derby, I don’t have plans to watch it.

6. What’s your favorite ‘wedding’ movie?  This one stumped me at first. Wedding movies is not our kind of movies to watch, but then I recall we re-watched Father of the Bride after DD#2 got married. We rented this movie shortly after her birth and it tore us up too bad to enjoy. You know the whole growing up, moving away thing ripped our hearts out. It didn’t help I was still reeling from post-pregnancy hormones, but what about my DH? Well, he was just being a darling sweet daddy who didn’t even want to begin thinking about his little girls getting married.

7. What is one ‘tourist attraction’ in the USA that you’d like to see in person?

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It would have to be the Grand Canyon. My BFF as a child went to Arizona, and I remember thinking how cool that would have been to see. That summer, I believe she & her family traveled several places out west and all I could think of was, “WOW!” Maybe, someday I’ll have my chance to see some of nature’s spectacular out west, too.


8. Insert your own random thought here.

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Let’s walk over to Patrice’s for ….Everyday Ruralty

  1. If you wear a hat, what kind is it mostly likely to be? The only time I wear a hat is when I’m in the sun a lot and it usually is a ball cap.
  2. Do you wear perfume or cologne (ever)? Perfume or parfume
  3. What’s your favorite snack while watching movies or television? Seasoned popcorn, usually white cheddar.
  4. What’s the last gift you purchased or made? Yesterday, I ordered some flowers for my grandma’s birthday.
  5. Please finish this sentence. Before summer is over I hope I’ve lost these haunting 10 pounds!


It’s All Downhill!

What new things are you learning? For the past couple of weeks, I’ve taught myself a little html on a need-to-know basis. There are so many resources available online. All you have to do is Google “html code” and BAM! You’ll get hits galore. You can narrow your search with specifics like, html code for underlining text or font color or alignment. It’s just way cool what you can find with a few clicks of the mouse.

I changed my blog header last week, maybe you noticed. Don’t worry, if you didn’t or if you’re a first time visitor don’t think anything of it. I used the free download version of Xheader to create it. This is a really neat user-friendly graphic tool. I tried using my photo editing programs, but bombed. Using PhotoShop or PaintShop is going to take a little more time to figure out. Time is something I just don’t have a lot of lately. If you’re looking to make your own header or buttons, then you may want to give this little program a try, just click here!

It’s time to rock, click, and roll. Let’s hop over to Joyce’s for a little HodgePodge Wednesdays fun!

1. What’s something you miss about the 1980’s? If you’re too young to miss the 80’s how about the 90’s?

The 1982 World’s Fair is the first thing which pops in my mind. That was such an awesome affair right here in small town USA. Knoxville was host to the world from May – October bringing in 11M+ visitors. It was such an exciting time!

2. Do you have a library card? If so, how often do you visit?

Aaaah, yeah somewhere. Sadly, I’ve lost my way in the literary world with, except for my magazine subscriptions, but even this is slowly being replaced. Most of my reading time is on the net – research, blogs, online news, or email. On the rare occasion I want to read a novel, then I find it more convenient to buy or download free books in e-format to my computer or iPhone. I’m just morphing with the times.

3. What’s the secret to success?

Ultimately seeking God for direction and then following His call for one’s life is the best kept secret. We’re such a “Me-Me” society. What do I want? How do I do this? Many times, we lose sight of who we need to first consult on matters.

4. This is National Backyard Games week…what’s your favorite backyard game?

My favorite lawn activity has to be croquet. Our yard isn’t big enough for this, but over the years we’ve enjoyed playing croquet with DH’s parents. They have a wonderful place for this and we’ve spent many hours having great fun! DH’s dad remains champ of the sport beating all of us kids without fail every time!

5. If I dropped by today what would I find on your coffee table?

I’d rather you not “drop by” without warning that is. lol My coffee table is the last thing I’m worried about.

6. Do you own a bicycle? When was the last time you rode a bicycle? Is that something you enjoy?

Yes, I have a Schwinn  road bike. Our favorite spot for bike rides is in the Smoky Mountains along the 11-mile loop road of  Cades Cove. It’s an old rural backwoods community with abandoned cabins, churches, graveyards, lush open fields, and wild animals (if we’re lucky enough to spot any). We haven’t been bicycling in a long time, though. The biggest problem is loading them on our roof top rank. This is real murder! It should be easier now with two of our three children moved out. Perhaps we’ll get into the groove again soon.

7. What’s your favorite cheese?

The kind you eat. =D I’m teasing. Cheddar cheeses…sharp cheddar cheese in my favorite pick. It’s also the most versatile cheese. It’s great with crackers, bread or thrown in omelets. Mmmm, I want cheese.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

  • Season of Celebrity Apprentice ended Sunday
  • Celebrity crop this season…not the best all around. Lisa Lampanelii and Aubrey O’Day are two of the most unsophisticated woman ever on CA, in my opinion
  • Clay Aikens and Arsenio Hall the two CA finalist
  • Clay’s final project presentation was the best and won the most for his charity.
  • Arsenio Hall wins Celebrity Apprentice
  • Arsenio was our favorite pick
  • DWTS finale aired last night.
  • This season has had the most talented and well-liked stars ever
  • We rooted for Katherine Jenkins (Opera Star) & Mark Ballas
  • We liked ALL three finalists a lot
  • Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd take the Mirror Ball trophy in Season 14 of DWTS
  • Happy for Donald Driver’s victory
  • Tonight AI crowns a new winner. We voted for sweet, little powerhouse – Jessica Sanchez
  • Tomorrow, we’ll be sad our favorite TV programs are done for this season 🙁

For more random musings, I invite you to check out,  Randomnation: Contest Chest – Celebrity Deaths -Follow Me – The Grey – 4M Gala Giveaway. It’s time for me to go brew some coffee….

Let’s grab a cup and head over to Patrice for a little Chit Chat on the Farmhouse Porch.

  1.  What are you doing for Memorial Weekend? This weekend is our DS’s home school high school ceremony. Friday and Saturday evening will be dedicated to this, then Sunday afternoon he’ll be attending a graduation party. I reckon Monday’s plans are to recoup. I think, we’re going to be wiped out come Sunday night and we will sleep very late Monday morning. lol
  2. What’s the last old movie you saw? The Front Page with Jack Lemmon & Walter Matthau – very good movie!
  3. What color are the walls in your living room? Beige.
  4. What’s your favorite food to cook on the grill? Hamburgers.
  5. What’s your favorite animal? A HORSE! Is Wendell around? Okay, good! I love cats! But, I’m not sure why. They are so such finicky creatures. I think over all, I’d have to say dogs – man’s best friend, right? One day, I hope to have both dogs & cats. I want a couple of large dogs as our companions and protectors, and a several kitties to keep unwanted guest from entering our house. Of course, none of this will happen until we can find a place with some land where these critters can roam freely.

Wait, don’t go just yet. Before you escape to your world of mundane chores linger just a little longer with me. Angela, from Mommy Time Out and I would like to invite you to participate in  Wayback Wednesdays.  To participate in this blog hop you don’t have to follow a bunch of rules. It’s simple! Just link up your blog, twitter, or Facebook below (only one please). It’s easy-peasy!
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Leave a comment letting us know You are now our newest follower and we’ll pop over to return the favor. I’m looking forward to sharing memories with you!

 I’m going wayback, wayback to 1975, remembering a once bright star – Robin Gibb. May you RIP!


What is your favorite song by the Bee Gees? Did you live the 70s & 80s or is this period before your time and its your oldies, but goodies era?

The rest of the week should be all downhill, right?! Have a wacky fun Wednesday!

Wednesday Blog Hops

It’s reported in 2010 there were 200,000,000 blogs. We are a unique breed. Today, like many of you I am participating in virtual Q&A. This is an excellent way to get-to-know-me/you. Join me now, as I begin my morning hop.

Thanks, Patrice!

1.What did you have for breakfast this morning? I can’t answer this yet because I haven’t had breakfast. However, I’m giving serious thought to having a pumpkin flaxseed muffin, which I can literary make in minutes in the microwave. I discovered this recipe when I was doing the Adkins diet a few years ago. I now pick and choice parts of the program to blend into my life.

2.What’s your favorite kind of juice? This would be orange juice, but I like apple, grape, and grapefruit juice really well. I don’t drink juice too often, though. There is just too many calories in a glass of OJ and I’d rather eat an orange where I can get the best of both worlds – juice & fiber.

3. Have you tried Pinterest yet? I believe I signed up for it months ago and if I did I am not sure what my username & password are. I know a lot of people seem to be loving this site, and I’ve been thinking about revisiting it to see if I can benefit from it overall.

4. I can’t wait for the Grainger County tomatoes from our local Wal-Mart and grocery store. The best place to get them is at the Grainger County Tomato festival, but that’s not until the end of July.

5.The worst job I ever had was at a company where the owners watched the employees like a hawk. It must have been their mission to see only the bad in people. The employees were almost treated like criminals. The moral of that company was horrible. I wound of getting fired because I just couldn’t measure up in their eyes to the last AR clerk and I was actually happy to get the boot.

Thanks Joyce

1. The Hodgepodge falls on the last day of February this year, a leap year. How will you spend that extra day? Today will be like any other: blogging, researching, cleaning, exercising,… Am I supposed to do something special? It seems when I was in school I learned that on a leap year the girl can pick the guy. Since I have the guy I want, I guess I could tell him I want him to be my guy. I’m sure he would like hearing this again. I know it makes my heart flutter when he tells me sweet things like this.


2. What has recently required a leap of faith on your part? Every day I’m blessed to wake up I take a leap of faith that all will be well for each person I love. Worrying about our grown children isn’t what God wants me to do. This is where I have to turn everything over to Him and know that He’s in charge.

3. We’re one week into the season of Lent…are you marking these 40 days in some way? Giving something up or adding something extra to normal life? How’s it going so far? Isn’t this a Catholic practice? I guess that answers this question for you, huh? Being Southern Baptist, we don’t participate in the Lent season. This is a beautiful gesture, though. To place the Lord above one’s own self as He did for us.  As a Christian, I would like to say I heed Jesus’ command closely, “Take up thy cross and follow me.” Unfortunately, I am not self-sacrificing enough. The Bible teaches us for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). I know personally, I must seek Christ daily begging His forgiveness. None of us are perfect, no not one (Romans 3:10). This question has evoked personal conviction. How might I give more freely of myself in service to Jesus? I will need to ponder on this and see where my heart leads me.

4. When was the last time you sat beside a fire? Wow, honestly I can’t recall. It used to be every time we went back home to visit with my husband’s parents we would make a point to build a campfire during the warmer months. We would have a wiener roast for dinner and toast marshmallows, then linger by the crackling warm glow for hours. This is one thing I’m looking forward to doing with our next home if we are fortunate to find a place with several acres. Having an open fire in your yard isn’t a good thing for city dwellers.

5. Surf and Turf is on the menu. Do you order as is or do you ask for just the surf (lobster), just the turf (steak), or a menu so you can select another option? I like both, but I’m more likely to buy grilled chicken or crab cakes. Now, if we were vacationing along the Maine coast, then I would definitely choose lobster.

6. If you could have any television program back, not in reruns but in new episodes, what program would you choose?  This is an easy one for me. I would say 24. That is one of the best TV series we’ve seen since the 80s. It’s full of suspense, action, and very well written. There is talk they will do a major film for 24, but I have reservations about how good this will be if they do go to production. I would see it for sure.
7. They say an elephant never forgets. These days would you say your memory is more like an elephant or a gnat? Every since I entered the realm of motherhood my memory has dwindled. There are periods in my life I can’t remember at all. My DH will tell me about something, and I kid you not I can’t remember it at all. In my self-defense, most of these events occurred in the early part of each of our children’s lives. That was my zombie days. There are also periods during our early years of marriage that’s blocked from my memory. It feels like I’m staring at a blank page. It’s very frustrating. Now, if I forget something it’s because I’m so busy. I have good days and bad when it comes to recalling things that happened 5 seconds in my past. What’s in-between an elephant and a gnat? Whatever that is, then that’s what I am.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

This morning I am terribly sleepy. I haven’t felt like this in weeks! I’m working on my second cup of coffee to give me a little energy boost. Most people have experienced some crazy weather. It feels more like spring than it does winter here. One day last week we got some STRONG winds. So strong in fact that the winds topped over a very tall pine tree in our backyard. It isn’t real big in diameter, maybe two feet, but it’s really tall. I would say it’s 20-30 feet tall. This is going to be one big job for my boys to tackle!

Last Friday, DH had his implant surgery. I bet my last buck that he would be sacked out in his easy chair whimpering like a puppy as he recouped, but I was WRONG. He had very little swelling and pain in his jaw. Not only was I shocked, but so was he. I recall what a horrible ordeal it was for both of us to have our impacted wisdom teeth cut out almost 30 years ago. We both were in pitiful shape. I had expected a repeat of this, but it never happened. The only real complaint was his body tired easier, but gee with that kind of trauma I can see why any exertion would strain a person physically.

Any interesting thing I discovered is, I’m growing less dependent on Facebook. More importantly, not being absorbed by the games. I haven’t interacted with Farmville in almost a week or at least not much. My goal is to completely walk away. As for continuing on Facebook, I plan to dabble just enough to keep on top of news about old friends and family.

If you’re interested in more of my musings, then feel free to read: Stink Bugs, Premature Spring, Address Book, Oh My! or to learn just a little more about me in general check out,  New Meet Me On Monday.

Check out another post by me: Have Your Cake and Eat It, Too! 5 Ways To Burn 500 Calories.

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Netflix: Lilyhammer, Wednesday Hodgepodge, & Chit-Chat

Netflix released a new original series called, Lilyhammer. We have watched the first three episodes and so far, we like it! Here’s the scenario: An Italian mobster, Frank, from New York gives testimony for the DA to put away a mob head in exchanged for witness protection in Lilyhammer, Norway. Just because Frank is starting his life over as Giovanni doesn’t mean he has abandoned his old ways of doing things. Check out the clip…


I’m linking up with Joyce at From This Side of the Pond once again. If you decide you would like to join in on the mid-week fun, then be sure to click below… 

This week’s questions are:

1. George Washington-Abraham Lincoln-Thomas Jefferson…who would you most like to meet and why?

The father of our nation would be impressive to meet. I cannot image how President Washington must have felt to have the weight of a new country on his shoulders. From my readings on the man, he’s a humble servant of God and others. Would it not be grand to see such a man in Washington, DC today?

“It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible” President George Washington, September 17th, 1796

2. What’s your favorite chain restaurant?

We don’t eat out very often. This is something we reserve for rare occasions, like when we have our together time as a couple.  Of course, when we were first married we did eat out all the time. It’s just one of those things that has grown out of favor with us for the most part because it’s more expensive and less convenient for us to do. However, I did say we do indulge sometimes and when we do I’m usually torn between going to Carrabba’s (Italian), Abuelo’s (Mexican), or PF Chang’s (Chinese). Three entirely different cuisines and all are excellent. Do you see why it’s so hard for me? 

3. I spied this question on the Bears at Home blog last week and she gave me permission to steal borrow it — When you look back on your life, do you imagine you’ll think about the goals you failed to meet with regret? Or will you look at what you accomplished and say: it was good?

I think there will always be something from my past, I’ll have regrets about. I guess many of us will, but for the most part I hope I will look  back and say, “It was good!”

 4. Grapefruit-take ’em or leave ’em? Given the choice between an orange and a grapefruit which would you choose? Would you prefer it served as is or squeezed into juice? 

I love fruit! I think if I had to pick between a grapefruit or an orange, then I would take a fresh grapefruit. I eat both regularly. I love fruit juice, but the calories are higher and I’m not getting the full benefit from the fruit. I’m very satisfied with eating a juicy grapefruit. Yum! I think I’ll have one for breakfast.

5. When was the last time you cleaned out a closet? Is there a closet in your home that currently needs cleaning? What are you waiting for?

Every closet in my house could use a cleaning. I mean, this is where everything gets crammed and out-of-the-way. Our closets are very small just like our house. We are in desperate need of more space. What I’m waiting on is a bigger place to put everything. My goal is a year from now to have a new place picked out. A place with lots of nice roomy closets and a full basement. A place with some land for a lovely storage building. It’ll be so wonderful!

6. You get to have lunch with three famous people…who would you like to see round your table?

You know for the life of me, I can’t say there are three famous people I would want to make time to have lunch with. Oh sure there are some interesting stars/starlets I’d like to meet, if by chance of meeting. I don’t think I’d go out of my way, though.

Most of the famous people I want to see have departed this life. However, it may be fun to sit around the table with Donald Trump, Dolly Pardon,and Clint Eastwood. Now that’s three contrasting personalities, wouldn’t you say? I mean, with Donald’s stiff poise, Dolly’s friendly country aire, and Dirty Harry’s “make my day, punk” attitude would prove to be very interesting.

7. On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate your ability to parallel park?

At one point, I would say 10. I don’t do much driving anymore and if I had to parallel park, then I’d be awfully nervous attempting it. In fact, I’d probably skip and drive around until I found a safer parking alternative.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day, this is what my DH gave…

He’s been buying a single, long–stem red rose for Valentine’s Day every year for me for years. It’s not only romantic, but sweet. This year’s rose was particular beautiful. The rose is a bright red, instead of a crimson red. Both shades are pretty, but this really caught my eye. Maybe because it’s different, I don’t know. I just love it! I will hang this it upside to dry to keep for all time. This is one of my traditions. In a few weeks, I’ll place my newly dried rose in a vase among some others.

My DH brought this rose to me and told me it had a story behind it, but I’m afraid I won’t do the story justice.I’ll have to have him tell me it again and then share it with you next week. Now, that will leave you hanging, won’t it. *mischievous grin*

Looky, what else my Sweetheart brought me…

four Godiva truffles and a berry basket presented in a lovely gold foil box. I stored them in air tight container to keep them fresh for a few days. Godiva chocolates usually go within a week’s time. The berry basket has a shelf life of only 24 hours. I ate this first and Mm was it good, too! My DH was just too sweet to me.
Let’s stroll over to Patrice’s front porch for a little chit-chat on her front porch…


  1. Did you do anything special for Valentine’s Day? I made my DH one of his favorite desserts – red velvet cake. I posted a picture yesterday, check it out here. We exchanged hand-made Valentine’s Day cards, and you can read my random post from above to see what he got me. =D
  2. What was the last craft item that you made? I don’t do much crafting these days other than hand-stamped cards. That being said, then it would be my DH & DS’s VD cards.
  3. Are you planning a garden? Are you swamped with seed catalogs? We don’t have space for a garden. In the past, I’ve attempted to grow tomatoes in containers on our porch. Part of me is toying with trying again this spring, but I have a lot on my plate with DS’s home school graduation in May. I probably will wait until next spring.
  4. What cosmetics do you have in your purse? I don’t carry make-up in my purse like I use to. Whenever we are out all day and I know we’re going to go to dinner, then I’ll just throw my cosmetic bag in the car to touch up my face.
  5. When there is a room to be painted in your home, who does the painting? Usually, DH does the painting. I help, but he does most of the job.

Have a wonderful day! Join me tomorrow, as I participate in Miss Jenny’s Alphabe-Thursday meme. The classroom’s assignment is the letter ‘M’.

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