Monday, August 29, 2011

My Simple Womans Daybook

FOR TODAY: Initial plans for our Labor Day Picnic
Outside my window . . . the sun was shining until a few minutes ago. Now it has clouded over and we will have our typical summer shower.

I am thinking . . . I should work on this entry later and get myself to Joyce's before the rain starts.

I am thankful . . . That Irene is now practically dead.

From the learning rooms . . . (if this applies)

In the kitchen . . . all clean. Scrubbed it down yesterday from stem to stern.

I am wearing . . . denim bermudas

I am creating . . .

I am going . . . to Gordon Foods in Brandon on Friday for the roast beef.

I am wondering . . . if shaving the beef would be best for the sandwiches.

I am reading . . .

I am hoping . . . that we have a good turnout on Labor Day.

Around the house . . . Bob Noyes power washed the patio today and it looks great. Now I need to get a sealer for it.

I am pondering . . .

One of my favorite things . . . Roast beef sandwiches from Arby's

A few plans for the rest of the week . . . Bon Voyage party for Joyce and Mickie. Both are leaving to visit their families up North.

Here is picture I am sharing . . .

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Friday, August 26, 2011

A Funny One

This one is so funny that I couldn't resist sharing it here. Hope you like it as much as I do.

As we Silver Surfers know, sometimes we have trouble with our computers.

I had a problem yesterday, so I called Eric, the 11 year old next door, whose bedroom looks like  Mission Control and asked him to come over.

Eric clicked a couple of buttons and solved the problem.
As he was walking away, I called after him, 'So, what was wrong ?
He replied, 'It was an ID ten T error.'

I didn't want to appear stupid, but nonetheless inquired,

'An, ID ten T error ? What's that? In case I need to fix it again.'

Eric grinned .... 'Haven't you ever heard of an ID ten T error before ?

'No,' I replied.

'Write it down,' he said, 'and I think you'll figure it out.'
So I wrote down:


I used to like Eric.

Hope you're LOL. I am. Until next time . . . God bless.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hurricane Irene

The outer bands of Hurricane Irene have arrived here where I live. That means we're having high winds and heavy rains.  I'm in central Florida and nowhere near the Coastline and we are feeling it's effects.  Can't imagine what it's like along the coast. Praying that all stay safe while it passes by.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Goat's Milk

My procedure is over and all went well.  The Doc removed 2 polyps and those will be biopsied.  I'll get the results in a couple of weeks. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers.

When my sweet Mom was a wee baby she couldn't tolerate breast milk or cow milk. She was at death's door when someone suggested they feed goat's milk to the baby. Her Mom went out and bought a goat and the goat's milk saved my Mom's life. Once my Mom grew up the little goat that saved her life also pulled a little wagon and took my Mom for rides up and down the street. How cool is that?

The reason I'm telling this story is because I discovered a wonderful site that sells items made of goat's milk and it reminded me of my Mom's story.  I couldn't resist checking it out and picking up a few items. I ordered both of these items in lavender.
Dead sea salts and epsom salts contain minerals that can help to enhance the skin. The magnesium in epsom salts can reduce inflammation, while sulfates flush out toxins. Dead sea salt, derived from evaporated seawater, is also full of minerals beneficial to the skin. When mixed with our combination of Sweet Almond Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Flaxseed Oil, and Rosehip Oil, our salt scrub can breathe new life into tired skin. Layers of dead skin cells can make the skin look dry and flaky; exfoliation with a salt scrub reveals the moist shiny skin hidden underneath.
Each of our lotions contains Aloe Vera, Pure Pasteurized Goat Milk from our farm, Glycerin, Jojoba Oil, Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Shea Butter, and Organic Coconut Oil. We know you will love the results of our secret formula! You will not find any chemical preservatives in our goat milk lotions; ours is a fresh product that uses a combination of natural preservatives and antioxidants to nourish your skin in a healthy way.

Here's the link in case you wanna check it out.  It's always nice to share fun stuff with others.

Our afternoon storms have arrived and Dahli is going into her storm mode which is to hide everywhere and anywhere she can until things calm down.  So until next time . . . God bless.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Update: Hurricane & Colonoscopy

Knowledge is learning something new every day.
Wisdom is letting go of something every day. 
A Zen proverb

Thanking the Dear Lord. Looks like Florida will dodge the bullet with Irene. It's with great pleasure that I sing "goodbye Irene, goodbye". Praying that all the folks along the East Coast stay safe and that damages are minimal.

I'm trying to stay busy and not think about food because today is the day I'm on clear liquids and drinking Miralax mixed with Gatorade. I'm on glass #2 and I swear I'm already drowning in this stuff. Can't imagine drinking the whole pitcher full. Anyway, wish me luck tomorrow please. Thanks.

An earthquake in Virginia and Washington DC? Yep it's true. The shock was felt in 22 different states. Chaos was everywhere but things have calmed down for now. Haven't heard much about aftershocks yet. Hope everyone is ok.

I hate junk mail. And I'm betting that you do too so I'm passing on this bit of information just in case you need it like I do. Go the the and and follow the directions you find there. I did and I'm glad.

Finished glass #3 and have 25 minutes before I have to start #4. Gulp! Gulp! That's all for now so until next time . . . God Bless.

Monday, August 22, 2011

My Simple Womans Daybook

FOR TODAY: An apology to all of you that may visit here and read this entry because my topics for today are not desirable or pleasant.

Outside my window . . . the sun is a little late poking it's head up this morning. Better late than never, I say.

I am thinking . . . that I need to make sure I'm prepared for the approaching hurricane.

I am thankful . . . that the hurricane season has been mild so far this summer

From the learning rooms . . . I am learning how to properly prepare for a hurricane.

In the kitchen . . . starting on a low residue diet today

I am wearing . . . pj's, a white hoodie and footies

I am creating . . . a hurricane plan. Dahli goes to the Vet and I go to the college in case it affects our area.

I am going . . . to Walmart for more bottles of water

I am wondering . . . if the hurricane will die down when it hits the mountains in Cuba

I am reading . . . mostly weather maps over the next few days.

I am hoping . . . that the hurricane weakens before it reaches land

Around the house . . .  still need to finish ironing

I am pondering . . . how my little house that has never been thru a hurricane will fare

One of my favorite things . . . is December to June when there are no hurricanes.

A few plans for the rest of the week . . . spending lots of time in the bathroom in preparation for my colonoscopy on Wednesday & the possibility of hurricane on Thursday.  Neither one much fun but one is necessary and the other is part of living in Florida.

Here is picture I am sharing . . .
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Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Help

"A Woman Is Like A Tea Bag 
You Never Know How Strong She Is Until She Gets Into Hot Water"
Eleanor Roosevelt

A group of 8 of us went to the movies yesterday to see "The Help".  No doubt about it - it's is definitely a 5 star. Apparently the entire theater audience thought so because as the movie ended and while the theater was still dark, a roar of clapping started. I've never witnessed clapping at the theater before. I'm thinking we'll be seeing this one at the Academy Awards. Be sure you see the movie or read the book.
The Help stars Emma Stone as Skeeter, Academy Award®–nominated Viola Davis as Aibileen and Octavia Spencer as Minny—three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi during the 1960s, who build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing. The film also starred Sissy Spacek, Cicely Tyson and Mary Steenburgen in minor roles. 
Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.
Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.
Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody's business, but she can't mind her tongue, so she's lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.
Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.
In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women--mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends--view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Bottle sleeves aka koozies

I was looking for one of those things that I call a 'sleeve' for my water bottle and happened across this site that sells what they call koozies. The koozies are so much cuter than any of the sleeves that I used to have but lost  so I just had to order a couple. Hopefully, they will be around long enough for me to enjoy before they too get lost.
 The funeral of my friend, Dolores, will be on Saturday, August 27th in Cape Girardeau MO. I'm collecting for flowers for her. I placed a coffee can and sympathy card on a small table out on the front patio and folks just stop by to donate. Dolores used to work as a flower designer and I will order the flowers from the same flower shop where she used to work. 
This afternoon it's the movies to see "The Help". It's getting rave reviews so it's a 'must see'.  I read the book which was a best seller last year. Wondering if the movie follows the book. A great read and hopefully a great movie.

Tonight I'll play hand & foot at the West Clubhouse. We've been playing just about every Friday and Saturday evening this past month. A great card game and a great way to spend a few hours in the evening. Until next time . . . God bless.
Dolores died of breast cancer.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Rainy Days & Wednesdays

The thunder was intense and Dahli was scared to pieces so we missed coffee at Joyce's today rather than confront the pouring rain. I'm doing laundry and ironing so there's not much to talk about so I'll share one of my latest emails from a friend about AGING. I like it. Hope you do too!
As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself.  I've become my own friend.

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world, too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it, if I choose to read, or play, on the computer, until 4 AM, or sleep until noon?  I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60 &70's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love, I will.

I will walk the beach, in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves, with abandon, if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set. They, too, will get old.
Sure, over the years, my heart has been broken.  How can your heart not break, when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car?  But, broken hearts are what give us strength, and understanding, and compassion.  A heart never broken, is pristine, and sterile, and will never know the joy of being imperfect.
The lesson of this message is: don't feel sorry for me because I'm old.  It's really quite nice!
I'm off to play cardBingo tonight. I've not won in a while so I'm a little short on quarters. Crossing my fingers and hoping for a win tonight. Until next time . . . God bless!

Monday, August 15, 2011

My Simple Womans Daybook

FOR TODAY: Dolores, my Birthday Buddy, passed yesterday morning. I will miss her!

Outside my window . . . a bright sunny day but we'll get some rain this afternoon

I am thinking . . . that it's not easy being OLD.

I am thankful . . . that Dolores's passing was peaceful and in her own home.

From the learning rooms . . . (if this applies)

In the kitchen . . . fresh coffee brewing

I am wearing . . . still in my pj's

I am creating . . . a new cookbook for Lake Bonnet Village

I am going . . . over to Ginny's this morning

I am wondering . . . if the gal that's supposed to clean Ginny's house will show up today

I am reading . . . cookbooks

I am hoping . . . that Ginny feels better soon

Around the house . . .  laundry done but lots of ironing to do.

I am pondering . . . what great and wonderful things this week holds for me.

One of my favorite things . . . the smell of coffee brewing

A few plans for the rest of the week . . . helping at Ginny's today & a Doctor's appointment on Tuesday. Nothing much planned for the rest of the week.

Here is picture I am sharing . . .
2003 and 1995 cookbooks

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Ice Cream Social, Dahli and Sadness.

Yikes! It's been way too long since my last entry. The week seemed to just fly by and I honestly have no idea where it went. Sometimes that's good and sometimes not so much.

Here's Rodney and Mike dishing up the ice cream on Monday.  Holly was making sure the topping dishes stayed full.
The ice cream social was loads of fun. All of the honorees were in their 80's and they each received a Poise pad and a pink carnation. I should have had all of them in a group picture. Wishing I would have thought of that! If you didn't have a good time it was your own fault.

Dahli went for her annual check-up on Wednesday and Dr. Saunders gave her an A+ in all areas. How good is that? On Thursday, she went to the groomer.  I've been trying to get her to let me take her picture but she's in one of those "I don't think so" modes. I hate when she does that! Anyway, I snuck (sp?) up on her when she was sleeping and got this before she jumped down.  The drat fringe that I'm try to get to grow out is still in her eyes but it's the best I can get at the moment.
A bit of sadness to share with you. In July, you may remember I celebrated my birthday with Dolores who is my Birthday buddy. Our birthdays are exactly the same in day, month and year. Anyway, Dolores was diagnosed with breast cancer 25 years ago. All was good until last fall when her cancer reappeared. She's been doing well until 3 days ago. She's now unresponsive.  The Hospice Nurse estimates Dolores will be gone soon.
Please say a prayer for my dear friend. I will truly miss her. Thanks.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Simple Womans Daybook

FOR TODAY: A combination of happy and sad.

 Today is Don Lane's funeral in Brandenburg KY.  He's been in & out of the hospital for the last 4 months and lost his battle on August 4th. We know he is in a better place but Don's loss has deeply wounded our community.

On the happy side: I'm hosting our Ice Cream Social today so I'll be busy getting things ready.
Outside my window . . . The sun is just beginning to peek over the horizon and is growing stronger by the second.

I am thinking . . . that having an Ice Cream Social today is a great idea.  Since the Ice Cream Social on the 8th day of the 8th month, we are honoring all our guests in their 80's.

I am thankful . . . for Lake Bonnet Village . . . this wonderful community that I am so blessed to live in.

In the kitchen . . . chopping peanuts for the ice cream social.

I am wearing . . . pj's & a grey hoodie.

I am creating . . . some gifties for our 80 year old honorees at the Ice Cream Social today.

I am going . . . to take all the stuff we need over to the West Clubhouse early as soon as I get done here.

I am wondering . . . if we'll have a good turnout for the Ice Cream Social

Around the house . . .  you will see piles of stuff for today's party.

One of my favorite things . . . ice cream, of course.

A few plans for the rest of the week . . the ice cream social this afternoon at the West Clubhouse, Dahli's annual check-up at the Vet on Wednesday and a trip to the groomer on Thursday. Sounds like a 'dog's week' to me.

Here is picture I am sharing . . . Don Lane.

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Friday, August 5, 2011

Realistic Fiction

I hadn't planned on doing an entry today but . . . after visiting  Toni's blog I decided I had to do this one.
You are an outgoing person and very interested in others. You have many relationships that are important to you. You are always willing to lend an ear to a friend with a problem. And you're even pretty good at giving advice!

Some may accuse you of loving drama, but you just seem to find yourself in the middle of it. You are a true people person. You find the lives of others to be fascinating. You're up for hearing anyone's life story.
Thanks Toni for always finding something for us to do.  I'm off to do something around this house. Until next time . . . God bless.

Thursday, August 4, 2011


I have this set of sliding glass doors between my great room and Florida room. I have no problem with the glass doors but it's the screen door that I occasionally close that gives me problems. Actually that's not quite right. I'm the one that gives the door problems.  Did this ever happen to you?
Not once but twice. Honestly, I truly hate when this happens. I mean not only does it hurt to practically break your neck but it takes forever to get the darn thing back on the tracks. Grrr!!

There's no way I want to spend the rest of my life walking into the screen door so I ordered some screen magnets for the door and they remind me and Dahli to open the screen instead of  trying to walk thur it.  I googled 'screen magnets' and found them and ordered some daisies from Window Film World.  They're pretty cute and so far are doing the job for me.
 My smoke alarm started beeping during the early morning hours and that means it needs a new battery. As luck would have it, I have every single battery except the one I need. That means a quick trip into town for a package of C batteries. I'll be around to visit as soon as I get home. Until next time . . . God bless.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Dumpster Diving

I've decided . . . Dumpster Diving is a good thing! I sorta turned up my nose at the very idea of picking thru other people's castoffs but . . . . my opinion has now changed and I'll be a wee bit more aware of what goodies might be waiting for me in the area just next to the dumpsters. Here's what I found yesterday.
It's a Robinson Ransbottom pitcher made in Roseville OH.  The pattern is called "Williamsburg". The minute I spotted it I thought 'flower arrangement' so I had to find out more about it.
I researched Robinson Ransbottom and here's what I found.
During the late 1890's, Frank Ransbottom was one of the area's best known and most successful jobbers of the stoneware and earthenware products made in Roseville, Crooksville and Saltillo. The young Mr. Ransbottom, was born in 1872, started selling at an early age and succeeded so quickly that he formed his own company to distribute products made by both the small and large potteries of the area. Frank established a thriving business and outstanding reputation.
In the early 1920's the product line was expanded to include gardenware, a category which now is a major contributor to sales. Included are bird baths, planters, pots, jardinieres, vases, urns and strawberry jars. In addition to gardenware, the company produces a broad range of housewares, giftware and tabletop products, as well as pet feeders.
The company ceased operations around 2007.  Source
You know my first temptation is to collect more pieces which are readily available and not too pricey. But . . .  then I know I would have to dust them and that very thought will keep things from going much further. Unless, of course, I should find another piece up at the dumpster that I just can't resist. :)

 Until next time . . . God bless!

Monday, August 1, 2011

My Simple Woman's Daybook


Outside my window... the sky is blue, the grass is green and the sun is shining!

I am thinking... it's gonna be another gorgeous day.

I am thankful... that today is payday $$$.

From the learning rooms...(if this applies)

In the kitchen...pancakes, bacon, juice and coffee for breakfast today.

I am wearing...p.j's, gray hoodie and footies

I am creating... starting a new puzzle today called: Pete's Gambling Hall

I am going... to the pool today

I am wondering...what great new adventures this month of August holds.

I am reading... still reading "Hummingbird Lake".

I am hoping... that my new puzzles come soon.

I am looking forward to... a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains

I am hearing...Good Morning America is on the TV.

Around the house... it's needing a general cleaning today.

I am pondering... what goodies to take to Joyce's today.

One of my favorite things... my new friendship angel.

A few plans for the rest of the week: writing  'thank you' notes for my birthday gifts, shopping for lights for the porch, shopping with Jean for next Monday's ice cream social.

Here is picture for thought I am birthday gift from Dolores. She's called the Angel of Friendship. She's the latest addition to my 'favorite things' collection.

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