Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Leap Year

Happy Leap Year Day.  If today is your birthday, then I'm hoping your day is so special as to last you for another 4 years.

It's a busy day at the Gliderport behind the farm. The skies will be filled will gliders all week.

Seniors National Soaring Championship

The Seniors contest opens the soaring season, being one of the biggest gliding competitions in the country. It is a speed and distance race that starts every day around noon. The pilots return to the airport about 4 hours later, after completing the daily task.

It is an amazing sight to watch 60 high-performance gliders take off in about an hour, a sky full of fiberglass birds soaring for hours.

Join us any day of the competition! Bring a picnic blanket and have lunch on the grass enjoying an amazing aviation event!

The event is FREE to attend. Please check in with our staff for picnic areas and other details.

Event Info
4024 Soaring Lane, Clermont, FL 34714
March 10th-17th 2012

If you put a buzzard in a pen that is 6 feet by 8 feet and is entirely open at the top, the bird, in spite of its ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner. The reason is That a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground of 10 to 12 feet. Without space to run, as is its habit, It will not even attempt to fly, but will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top. 

The ordinary bat that flies around at night, a remarkable nimble creature in the air, cannot take off from a level place. If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly and, no doubt, painfully, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air. Then, at once, it takes off like a flash. 

A bumblebee, if dropped into an open tumbler, will be there until it dies, unless it is taken out. It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out through the sides near the bottom.. It will seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys itself.. 


In many ways, we are like the buzzard, the bat, and the bumblebee. We struggle about with all our problems and frustrations, never realizing that all we have to do is look up! That's the answer, the escape route and the solution to any problem! Just look up. 

Sorrow looks back, Worry looks around, But faith looks up!

Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly and
trust in our Creator who loves us.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Angelina & DWTS & Chardon

My heart is breaking for the families and friends of the victims of the shooting at Chardon High School.

As most of you know, I am from the Cleveland area so the shooting in Chardon hit close to home for me.  Even though I am basically an West sider, a drive over to the East side was always fun so our family  visited there often.  When I think of Chardon, the first thing that comes to mind is maple syrup.  Their annual Maple Syrup Festival was always a fun activity to attend.  Wonderful smells and yummy food.

Angelina.  What were you thinking?  Low class stupid move, my dear.  Deal with the anorexia and love your children.

I'm listening to Good Morning America and they are announcing the new line-up for dancing with the stars.  I've got some of the names but my list is not complete by any means.  Here's some of the names I got: Jack Wagner, Melissa Gilbert (Little House), Sherri Shepherd (The View), Martina Navratilova (tennis fame), & Gladys Knight (& the Pips).  Should be interesting, huh?

Enough outta me for now.  Time to get busy around here.  Another cleaning day for me with the Bathroom as my target for today. Should be fun! NOT! Until next time . . . God bless!

Monday, February 27, 2012

My Simple Womans Daybook


Outside my window...
It's like the sun can't decide whether it wants to shine or not.  Kinda half-hearted sunshine.  The temps remain mild and we are hoping it stays that way although a little rain would be a welcome visitor.
I am thinking...
that I should be getting dressed instead of spending so much time on the puter
I am thankful...
that some of those on my prayer list are finally getting better
In the kitchen...
it's cluttered.  My cleaning supplies are all over the place but that's a necessary evil when I'm cleaning.
I am wearing...
jean bermuda's, yellow tee and tennies.
I am creating...
a lovely clean house with sparkling windows and freshly cleaned rooms that sparkle when the sun shines in the morning.
I am going...
to get some laundry done while I'm cleaning today.
I am wondering...
if I'll be able to get in to see Dr. Bhatt today.   The breathing isn't so good today.
I am reading...
I am hoping...
to finish up cleaning the Great Room today.  I've been cleaning in here since Saturday and I'm ready to move on already.
I am looking forward to...
Sebring Garden Club's Card Party on Thursday.  I'll be going with Vonnie, Marilyn & Doris.  Thanks to Judy for the tickets.
I am learning
to pace myself.  It seems that routine activities are taking me longer to complete these days.  The heart & lungs are not what they used to be!
Around the house...
Spring cleaning in progress!
I am pondering...
if I am enjoying the small stuff in my life
A favorite quote for today...
Found this at my absolutely positively favorite blog  and can't resist using it here.
One of my favorite things...
are oval braided rugs except when it comes to getting them cleaned.  Any suggestions?
A few plans for the rest of the week:
I'll be Spring Housecleaning this week with only a small interruption on Thursday for the card party.
A peek into my day...
Since I'm not ready to take pictures of my clean house just yet I'll use some of Sadie's   graphics to demonstrate what's going on in my life today.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Any time you call an 800 number (for a credit card, banking, charter communications, health and other insurance, computer help desk, etc.) and you find that you're talking to a foreign customer service representative (perhaps in India, Philippines, etc.), please consider doing the following:

After you connect and you realize that the customer service representative is not from the USA (you can always ask if you are not sure about the accent), please, very politely(this is not about trashing other cultures) say, "I'd like to speak to a customer service representative in the United States of America ."

The rep might suggest talking to his/her manager, but, again, politely say, "Thank you, but I'd like to speak to a customer service representative in the USA ."


It takes less than one minute to have your call re-directed to the USA ..

Tonight when I got redirected to a USA rep, I asked again to make sure - and yes, she was from Fort Lauderdale .

Imagine what would happen if every US citizen insisted on talking to only US phone reps from this day on.

Imagine how that would ultimately impact the number of US jobs that would need to be CREATED ASAP.

Remember - the goal here is to restore jobs back here at home - not to be abrupt or rude to a foreign phone rep. You may even get correct answers, good advice, and solutions to your problem - in real English.

Just thought you'd like to know!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

My Simple Womans Daybook

FOR TODAY:  A 'stay home' day today.

Outside my window...
The sun is shining & it looks warm but it isn't.  It was pretty chilly when I took Dahli out this morning.

I am thinking... 
that I really need a 'stay home' day and catch up on stuff around the house.

I am thankful...
for the lovely lunch we had at Ruby Tuesday on Sunday to celebrate Mickie's birthday &
for a fun time at the Shriner's Card Party yesterday afternoon.

In the kitchen...
It's an oatmeal kind of day.

I am wearing...
pajamas, pink sweat shirt and sox

I am creating...
a new Charles Wysocki puzzle called "Max in the Adorandak's.

I am going...
to get my income taxes filed today. Free. Online. It's easy, it's quick & it's accurate. Love it!

I am wondering...
how much I'll have to pay for income taxes this year.  Grrr! really makes me angry to pay when the big corporations like GE don't pay anything.

I am reading...

I am hoping...
to get a dust ruffle ordered from Dorothy's Ruffled Originals for my bed.

I am looking forward to...
The Sebring Garden Club card party on March 1st.

I am learning . . . 
how to understand and appreciate poetry.

Around the house...
Needs a good cleaning. Will start Spring Cleaning in March.

I am pondering...

why is it that all of us, me included, tend to focus on the big stuff of life, both the good and bad. When we look back at years past it is the special vacation, the leak that ruined the bathroom, the birth of a grandchild, or the day the car died on the freeway during rush hour that first come to mind. That is not likely to change.

What to do about it? Appreciate every small joy or smile today. You may not recall it next year, but the overall texture of my lifestyle will be better for what happened today.

A favorite quote for today...
"Let the opposing voices in your head speak. They are only finding their part in a larger yet-to-be-heard song." The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo

One of my favorite things...
is a card party.

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Lent starts tomorrow so that means Mass at 10:30 and no meat on Fridays for the rest of Lent. My goal is to go to Mass at least 2x/week.  Stations of the Cross are on Friday. Routine activities for the rest of the week except that Dahli goes to the groomer on Thursday and I'll shop a bit while she's there.

A peek into my day...
Max is the kitty in this hugely busy puzzle that's taking me forever to finish.  I love it anyway.

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Saturday, February 18, 2012


1.  Try everything twice.
     On one woman's tombstone she said she wanted this epitaph:
    "Tried everything twice. Loved it both times!"

2.  Keep only cheerful friends.
     The grouches pull you down.
    (Keep this in mind if you are one of those grouches!)

3.  Keep learning:
     Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever  ...
     Never let the brain get idle.  'An idle mind is the devil's workshop.'
     And the devil's name is Alzheimer's!

4.  Enjoy the simple things.

5.  Laugh often, long and loud.
     Laugh until you gasp for breath.
     And if you have a friend who makes you laugh,
     spend lots and lots of time with HIM/HER.

6.  The tears happen:
     Endure, grieve, and move on.
     The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves.
     LIVE while you are alive.

7.  Surround yourself with what you love:
     Whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever  ...
     Your home is your refuge.

8.  Cherish your health:
     If it is good, preserve it.
     If it is unstable, improve it.
     If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9.  Don't take guilt trips  ...
     Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county,
      to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.

10. Tell the people  that they are special to you, at every

11.  Forgive now those who made you cry. You might not get a second chance  ...

Remember! Lost time can never be found.

Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

Wine does not make you FAT  ...  it makes you LEAN  ...
(Against tables, chairs, floors, walls and ugly people.)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Tea Party, Survivor & Revenge

No doubt about it . . . . Wednesday is the best day of this week.  It was our Ladies' High Tea and Easter Hat Parade.  As soon as you walked into the Community Hall you saw that it had been transformed into a magical setting of pink with tea pots just about every where. It was a lovely setting and a wonderful afternoon.

This is the decoration on the buffet table set up to receive all the food that will be served with the tea.

This little favor sat at each place setting.  The little tea cup & saucer are cleverly made of styrofoam cups and plates and were a real conversation piece the minute we saw them.

One table was set up at the head of room with lovely china, crystal and silverware.  This table was for the ladies of Village who have stood the test of time and reached the 80 and 90 mark. They were honored not only for their longevity but their beauty. 

This is Doris who at 94 is as beautiful today as she was the day she was born. 

Hats, hats, hats . . . every color, size and shape you could possible imagine was there.  There's not enough time or room to show you all of them but here's a few that were outstanding. 

This is Susanne. She won best in Show. It's not the front of the hat that was so gorgeous.  It was the back of the hat that was the real treasure and of course, I don't have a picture of that so you have to be satisfied with the front and a pretty face.

My favorite hat was this one. Here's Marilyn's creation and I thought it was just the BEST.

So that was the Ladies Tea Party and Easter Hat Parade.  Oh yes, I forgot to mention that we did actually form a parade and march around the place.  

I topped off the day by rushing home from cardBingo so I wouldn't miss even a second of Survivor. It's guys vs. gals and if the gals don't get their act together like yesterday, they are in a lot of trouble. 

Played on Castleville, my newest favorite game, and then it was time for Reven8e.  That's the way they spell it. Not my idea.  Love this show too.

Went to bed and slept like a baby.  Have been on the puter all morning and now I'm going to get dressed but not before I say my 2 cents. 

Lots of chatter this morning about who visits who.  Darylynn, our good friend and forever blog friend, is joining us here at and we are delighted to have her join us.  She will learn to love it here just as we all have.  

For me, I visit everyone who has a recent post.  Blogger tells me whether you posted 4 minutes ago or 4 hours ago.  Some folks very seldom acknowledge my visit and they are the ones that complain the loudest about so few visitors. Go figure. 

For me, I blog because I want to not so that I get visitors even though I love them every bit as much as the next guy.  Will miss Toni. Enough outta me. Until next time . . . God bless.
Me & Gloria

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

Roses are red,  Violets are blue,
Sugar is sweet  & so are YOU!!

Hope your Valentines' Day is fabulous!

Monday, February 13, 2012

My Simple Womans Daybook


Outside my window... 
The sun is shining and it looks warm outside but it's NOT.  If you look closely, you see frost on the rooftops and on the cars.  We were under a frost warning last night!  Not good for Florida!

I am thinking...
how much I don't like cold weather. It's not good for 'old age' you know!

I am thankful...
that it will warm back up to the 80's by mid-week. If you listen you will hear me cheering!

In the kitchen...
A bowl of oatmeal on a cold winter morning.

I am wearing...
My typical cold morning attire: sweat pants, sweat shirt, ragg socks & slippers

I am creating...
An Easter bonnet to wear to the high tea we are having on Wednesday.  When's the last time you've worn a hat?  For me, it's been ages . . . like I can't remember when.

I am going...
to post a picture of my creation to share with friends.

I am wondering...
what to take to the tea on Wednesday. Tea sandwiches or petite fours perhaps?

I am reading...
The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo

I am hoping...
that it warms up by Wednesday for the high tea and Easter bonnet parade

I am looking forward to...
getting all my plants out of the shed and back into the yard so we can pretty things up again.

I am learning...
Around the house...
My little house is in need of a good spring cleaning which I'll start in March. I think.

I am pondering...
Simplicity.  What is it to be simple? Why is it that we are led to believe that being simple is being stupid?

A favorite quote for today...
"What is not ex-pressed is de-pressed" by Mark Nepo

One of my favorite things...
Twinning Tea

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Lab work on Tuesday, high tea on Wednesday, Cardiologist on Thursday, playing cards and going to bingo.

A peek into my day...

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Be Nice


Be nice to others, because. . . Time WILL make a difference!

OMG! What big feet you have.

One day you will no longer be the big dog . . . just the old dog...

and it's nice to be surrounded by friends!  Posted by an old dog to dear friends.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Banister of Life

 Remember  This As You Slide Down the Banister of Life in 2012 -

1. Jim Baker and Jimmy Swaggert have written an impressive new book. It's called ....'Ministers Do More Than Lay People'

2. Transvestite: A guy who likes to eat, drink and be Mary ....

3. The difference between the Pope and your boss, the Pope only expects you to kiss his ring.

4. My mind works like lightning, One brilliant flash and it is gone.

5. The only time the world beats a path to your door is if you're in the bathroom.

6. I hate sex in the movies. Tried it once. The seat folded up, the drink spilled and that ice, well, it really chilled the mood.

7. It used to be only death and taxes.   Now, of course, there's shipping and handling, too.

8. A husband is someone who, after taking the trash out, gives the impression that he just cleaned the whole house..

9. My next house will have no kitchen - jusvending machines and a large trash can.

11. Definition of a teenager? God's punishment ... for enjoying sex.

12.. As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point the wrong way ....

Be who you are and say what you feel ...

because those that matter ... don't mind ...

and those that mind ... don't matter!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Vincent Van Gogh & His Family

Artist Vincent van Gogh
Year 1888
Type Oil on canvas
Dimensions 92.1 cm × 73 cm (36.2 in × 28.7 in)
Location National Gallery, London

Found this at My Mom's Blog & just have to share it here with you.


His dizzy aunt ------------------------------------ Verti Gogh
The brother who ate prunes----------------------- Gotta Gogh
The brother who worked at a convenience store -- Stop N Gogh
The grandfather from Yugoslavia ----------------- U Gogh
His magician uncle ------------------------------- Where-diddy Gogh
His Mexican cousin ------------------------------ A Mee Gogh
The Mexican cousin's American half-brother ----- Gring Gogh
The nephew who drove a stage coach ----------- Wells-far Gogh
The constipated uncle --------------------------- Can't Gogh
The ballroom dancing aunt ----------------------- Tang Gogh
The bird lover uncle ------------------------------ Flamin Gogh
The fruit-loving cousin --------------------------- Man Gogh
An aunt who taught positive thinking ------------- Way-to-Gogh
A sister who loved disco ------------------------ Go Gogh
And his niece who travels the country in an RV -- Winnie Bay Gogh

Hope you think it's as funny as I do!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Lake Placid Country Fair

Lake Placid FL is the sister-city to Lake Placid NY.  Bet you already guessed that, huh?  Lake Placid was founded by Melvil Dewey in 1876. He is the gentleman that invented the Dewey Decimal System that's used in libraries today. Pretty interesting, huh?

Anyway, every year Lake Placid has a Country Fair and exhibitioners come from all over the country.  This Fair is one of my faves so I almost never miss a chance to go.  So after finishing off the strawberry shortcake at The Garden Cafe, Ginny and I (Mary couldn't go) headed South to Lake Placid.

Here's some pictures of the fun stuff we saw!

I love these orchids but have no luck growing them.

I definitely need a piggy bank. These are soooooo cute.

Don't the top ones remind you of Vincent Van Gogh? These are made of glass.

Wrede's Sanctuary rescues injured wildlife and rehabilitates them.

This bird is called a Kestral.  It's a member of the falcon family.

These 2 are little screech owls.

The eagle is named "Thunder" He has a bullet in his head & back.

Now back to more fun stuff! Here's one gal that helps with painting faces.

These are like finials for the chain of your ceiling fan. 

Baskets galore & who can resist them? Gorgeous workmanship.

Take an very old chair and make it deliver a message.

Just before leaving the fair, I came across a booth called "The Clothesline".

Those of you have visit regularly know that my topic has been 'the clothesline' for a few days at least.  So I just had to stop and check it out.  Look see the stuff I got.

The pink one has hummingbirds. Love them! 

The yellow one has birds also but I don't know the name of the bird.  I'll have to ask Connie. :)

So there you have it.  My day at the Country Fair.  More fond memories to think about until next year. 

Tonight is the Ohio Dinner here in the Village so I'll be baking a pie to take with me tonight.  Good old Marie Callander's Razzleberry comes thru for me again.  Just love that girl. Happy day, friends. 

Monday, February 6, 2012

It's what I call a really FUN Saturday

Instead of My Simple Woman's Daybook, I'll be taking you on my Saturday fun trip with pictures.

We, meaning Ginny, Mary and myself, started out Saturday with an early lunch of Strawberry shortcake at The Garden Cafe, my latest best place to eat and buy plants.
The Garden Cafe is an inside/ outside cafe with tables surrounded by lush plants and lovely potted flowers. The sisters who put the place together are from El Salvador and are the kindest, hardest working ladies I know.  We are very supportive of the efforts to make the cafe a great success. They are as lovely as their flowers. I guess some introductions would be good at this point.

This is Lolly, the genius behind the entire nursery/cafe concept.
 This is Carmen, her sister who is the Hostess at the Cafe.
and last but not least, this is Carol who runs the Nursery. That's my friend, Ginny in the pink.
The pictures of the flowers speak for themselves.  

I guess you've got the idea about the cafe surrounded by lovely flowers.  Carmen took this picture of us at the outdoor table. Really neat! It's Mary, Me and Ginny.

Last but not least, it's the plants I purchased today. 

That's all folks! Tomorrow I'll share my pictures of the Lake Placid Country Fair.  Until then . . . God bless!