Sunday, August 31, 2014

Growing Old . . .

 Growing Old . . . Gracefully & Gratefully


"Life" is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one. LIVE IT WELL! ENJOY TODAY! DO SOMETHING FUN! BE HAPPY ! HAVE A GREAT DAY Remember "It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver. 

~Your kids are becoming you......but your grandchildren are perfect!
~Going out is good.. Coming home is better!
~You forget names.... But it's OK because some people forgot they even knew you!!!
~You realize you're never going to be really good at anything like golf.
~The things you used to care to do, you aren't as interested in anymore, but you really do care that you aren't as interested.
~You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV 'ON' than in bed. It's called "pre-sleep".
~You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" switch..
~You tend to use more 4 letter words ... "what?"..."when?"... ???
~You notice everything they sell in stores is "sleeveless"?!!!
~What used to be freckles are now liver spots.
~Everybody whispers.
~You have 3 sizes of clothes in your closet.... 2 of which you will never wear. 

~~~But Old is good in some things: Old Songs, Old movies, and best of all, OLD FRIENDS!! 

 It's Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived. 


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tuesday Two's

 Here's my 2 cents on Tuesday.  

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for the ALS Association is sweeping the nation, and going viral in social media. However, do you know what you are supporting if you contribute funds to the ALS Association?

Guess what?  It appears that over 50% of what the ALS Association receives appears to support salaries of people who work there.  Check out these #'s.

The author of this article pulled up their 2013 tax returns to take a closer look at how their funds are spent. Here are the salaries for the leadership of the group:
Jane H. Gilbert – President and CEO – $339,475.00
Daniel M. Reznikov – Chief Financial Officer – $201,260.00
Steve Gibson – Chief Public Policy Officer – $182,862.00
Kimberly Maginnis - Chief of Care Services Officer – $160,646.00
Lance Slaughter - Chief Chapter Relations and Development Officer – $152,692.00
Michelle Keegan – Chief Development Officer – $178,744.00
John Applegate – Association Finance Officer – $118.726.00
David Moses – Director of Planned Giving – $112,509.00
Carrie Munk – Chief Communications and Marketing Officer – $142,875.00
Patrick Wildman – Director of Public Policy – $112,358.00
Kathi Kromer – Director of State Advocacy – $110,661.00

Total administration costs, as seen in the pie chart above, were just under $2 million. “Other salaries and wages” (Part IX line 7) were $3.6 million, with another half million dollars in “pension plans” and “employee benefits.” Expenses for non-employee labor were about $4 million, and “travel expenses” exceeded $1.3 million.

So total costs for labor to run the association was around $12.5 million, from revenues received totaling $24 million.

Once again, the American public is taken advantage of.  You are contributing to ALS so that a cure can be found thru research.  Well they only spend 27% of every dollar you contribute on RESEARCH.  

My 2 cents:  Shame on you, ALS.

Source & complete article is :  HERE

Monday, August 25, 2014

Maxine on Mondays . . .

Do you love her as much as I do? Hope so cuz she's my feature on Mondays.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

CC #30 . . . our Chatterbugs Challenge is Over!

Chat on the Farmhouse Porch 153



What are you most looking forward in the remaining months of 2014? A Fall vacation in the Georgia Mountains.  Also looking forward to the return of all the Snowbirds that left in the Spring.

Tell us about the last movie you saw, or book you read.  The book I'm reading right now is called: "Never turn your back on an Angus Cow" by Dr. Jan Pol.  An autobiography that's just as funny as the title.  A big fan of his TV show too!

Do you ever make smoothies or juice? Nope

Who do you wish you could talk to right now?  I would love to talk to my Mom and my sister, Carol, just one more time. 

Please finish this sentence. "If I could spend a week in a lovely cabin in the mountains I am going to accept my son's invitation to go to a cabin in Eliijay Georgia in September."

Mountain Memories Cabins

Thanks to Farmhouse-Porch for another fun chat.

Friday, August 22, 2014

CC #29 . . . 1 to go . . .

This week's meme is all getting away from it all.

1. You have a choice of 3 vacation spots.  Choose one, tell us why, please?
I have linked each one so you can choose.  

     a.  Santa Barbara, California
     b.  Nantucket , Massachusetts 
     c.  Montana's national parks
My choice will be Santa Barbara , California because my daughter and granddaughters and great grandson live in California.  Some in Moreno Valley and some in San Diego. 

2. Will you stay in a hotel or a bed and breakfast?
Neither of those choices, I'm afraid.  I'd probably sponge in on the family and hope they would put me up for a few days.

3.  Local fare for meals--places the locals recommend--  
Home cooked meals or maybe Jack in the Box or maybe one of the Disneyland restaurants

4.  Do you bring along paperbacks to read or will you be too busy?
I will bring along a few paperbacks, my Kindle and my Ipad.

5. Do you bring home souvenirs?  
Always. Especially for Joyce if she's babysitting Dahli while I'm gone.

 6. Will you fly? Take the train?  Drive?
I will drive up to the farm in Orlando then Andy will take me to the airport.

7. Do you take in the night life or turn in early?

8. Up and at em early or are you sleeping in?
Not too early. It is a vacation after all.

9. Big breakfast?
Not unless someone wants to cook for their house guest.

Thanks to ANNIE at Cottage by the Sea for another fun meme.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

CC #28 . . . 2 to go


This is Dahli last year when she still had long flowing body fur, long ears and a fu man chu beard.  

That's all gone now but she's just as cute now with short hair. 

Please click on the pix to see the bigger version.  It's so funny! Thanks.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

CC # 27 . . . 3 to go . . .

Taking the idea from Toni and sharing my Favorite Poem today.  It's called: 


After a while, you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand & chaining a soul,
And you learn that love doesn't mean leaning and company doesn't mean security,

And you begin to learn
That kisses aren't contracts
And presents aren't promises,

And you begin to accept your defeats
With your head up and your eyes open,
With the grace of a woman,
Not the grief of a child.

And you learn to build all your roads on today because tomorrow's ground
Is too uncertain for plans, and futures have a way of falling down in midflight.

After a while you learn that even sunshine
Burns if you get too much.

So you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting
For someone to bring you flowers.

And you learn that you really can endure . . . that you really are strong and you really do have worth.

And you learn and you learn . . .
With every goodbye . . . You learn.

Copyright: 1971 Veronica A. Schoffstal

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

CC #26 . . . 4 to go . . .

Tuesday, August 20, 2014

#12 Arts & Entertainment

1. Favorite Quote or Saying?
"A stitch in time, saves nine"

2. Favorite Poem or Ode?
"After a While" by Veronica A. Schoffstal 
Full poem HERE

3. Favorite Line from a Play, Book or Movie?
"You've Got Mail"

4. Favorite TV Show of All Time?

Thanks to Toni for another fun one.

on a sad note . . . a young man named Dean lives across the road from the farm.  He was found dead in his bed this morning. He leaves a wife and 3 children.  She is a nurse at our local hospital.  Please keep this young family in your thoughts & prayers. Thanks.

Monday, August 18, 2014

CC #25 . . . 5 to go . . .


Thanks to Toni I found a new meme called Farm House Chat.

1. If you could bring someone to Patrice's porch to join in on our chat, who would you bring?   I thought that Toni extended such a friendly invitation to join that I couldn't resist. Hope some others feel that way after reading mine.

2. What's your favorite thing to make when fall rolls around?  Since my talents and level of creativity is severly limited, my favorite thing to would be to MAKE CHILI

3. How many times a month do you go to a library or bookstore?   TWICE A MONTH.  I usually hang out at the Library while Dahli is at the groomer's.  She's only there for an hour so that doesn't leave much time so the library fits the bill just fine.  My 2nd visit will be to return the book I borrowed.

4. What things make blogs the best?   I love pictures so I'm always attracted to those that have lots of photos and/or graphics.  The BEST BLOG in my opinion is :  SUSAN BRANCH

5. If someone would pay for you to take a class (any class- college-private-online-at a craft store-the sky's
the limit here, my friends), what class would you take?  Any graduate level nursing course that I could get my hands on.  I dropped out of grad school when my mom took sick and my dream is to return & finish.

Friday, August 15, 2014

CC #22 of 30 . . . 8 to go . . .

Can't wait till this one arrives! I'm a Dr. Pol fan and watch his TV show so I'm really excited to get the book. Here's a few details . . . 

Dr. Jan Pol is not your typical veterinarian. Born and raised the in Netherlands on a dairy farm, he is the star of Nat Geo Wild’s hit show The Incredible Dr. Pol and has been treating animals in rural Michigan since the 1970s. Dr. Pol’s more than 20,000 patients have ranged from white mice to 2600-pound horses and everything in between.

From the time he was twelve years old and helped deliver a litter of piglets on his family’s farm to the incredible moments captured on his hit TV show, Dr. Pol has amassed a wealth of stories of what it’s like caring for this menagerie of animals. He shares his own story of growing up surrounded by animals, training to be a vet in the Netherlands, and moving to Michigan to open his first practice in a pre fab house. He has established himself as an empathetic yet no-nonsense vet who isn’t afraid to make the difficult decisions in order to do what’s best for his patients—and their hard-working owners. A sick pet can bring heartache, but a sick cow or horse could threaten the very livelihood of a farmer whose modest profits are dependent on healthy livestock.

Reminiscent of the classic books of James Herriot, Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow is a charming, fascinating, and funny memoir that will delight animal lovers everywhere. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

CC #21 0f 30 . . . 9 to go . . .

Thursday Throughback


On this day in 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act, which was originally designed to provide economic security during the Great Depression. Funded through a 2% payroll tax, the 1935 Social Security Act offered aid for the unemployed, the elderly, children and various state health and welfare programs.

Thank you Mr. President. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

CC #20 of 30 . . . 10 to go . . .


How is the papaya modified? 
Did they make it taste better?
Did they prolong the shelf life?
What gene did they engineer?
Don't you wonder? I do!

How is the corn modified? 
Did they make it taste better?
Did they prolong the shelf life?
What gene did they engineer?
Don't you wonder? I do!

How is the soy modified? 
Did they make it taste better?
Did they prolong the shelf life?
What gene did they engineer?
Don't you wonder? I do!

How is the squash modified? 
Did they make it taste better?
Did they prolong the shelf life?
What gene did they engineer?
Don't you wonder? I do!

Well there you have it!
That's what they did to the salmon.
Bottom line in all of this: money
Someone, somewhere makes money.

 Find out what's in your food.  If you don't do it - who will?


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

CC #19 of 30

Thanks to TONI  for another fun meme.

August 12, 2014

#11 Personal Preferences

1. Quiet evening at home or Out on the town?  Quiet evening at home

2. Watch a movie or Reading a good book?  Some of both

3. Order a meal or cooking one yourself?  Order a meal

4. Going for a walk or taking a ride in the car?  Going for a walk

Monday, August 11, 2014

CC #18 of 30

It's a soap box kinda day for me so if you don't wanna listen then you best leave right now!  But if you wanna be EDUCATED and ENTERTAINED then stay tuned.  The topic for today is: BEEF.   The "it's what's for dinner" stuff - you know, BEEF

ABC News got my attention the other day when the announcer said: "The Lone Star Tick Bite Can Make You Allergic to Red Meat".  What?  

The Doctor on the show went on to explain that the allergy from the Lone Star Tick is to a SUGAR molecule in the meat. Did you know that you were eating SUGAR in your burger? in that steak? in the roast in the oven. 
Yep, you are! And here's WHY.

Most of the BEEF we eat comes from cows raised in feed lots.  If you wanna know what a feed lot is then go to Ontario California.  Even if you don't see it - you can smell it.

A feed-lot does exactly what it's designed to do.  It feeds the cows.  It feeds the cows CORN.  Specifically, GMO (genetically modifed) corn.  When they genetically modify corn they replace the protein molecules in the corn with SUGAR molecules.  The cows eat the sugar corn, they gain weight faster and go to market faster and the purveyors of BEEF make money faster.  There's no shortage of beef and prices stay affordable.  Everybody's happy.

Problem is:  you're eating sugar instead of protein.  Gee, I wonder why so many Americans are overweight?

So the next time you go to Mickey D's you'll get a sugar fix.  Sugar in the bun, sugar in the burger, sugar in the fries and sugar in the soda you drink. Yummy!!

I CONFESS:  I'm prejudiced.  My family has been in the cattle business since 1996 at South Fork Ranch in Clermont FL.  Our Brangus cows free-range and eat grass not sugar corn and never get antibiotics.  

So now that I've identified the problem, I should identify a SOLUTION.  Well, guess what, folks.  It's gonna take someone lots smarter than me to come up with a solution but maybe one of you out there in blog land will do exactly that.  That's all folks!! I'm officially OFF the soap box.  

Here's a place to start: Non GMO Project

Sunday, August 10, 2014

CC #17 of 30

A recipe to share with you today.  Those of you who know me, know that I am not a cooker and I am not a baker and the Lord knows I don't collect recipes but . . . this one looked so good I had to copy it and share it with you. It's called: Cinnamon Cream Cheese Roll-Ups

Do you have a loaf of white bread, some cream cheese and sugar?  Well, then you have a dessert!   So, if you just want something quick and easy to show up at someone else’s party with, these rollups are the answer.

1 loaf (16 ounces) thinly sliced white bread, crusts removed

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

3/4 cup confectioners sugar

1 cup sugar

1-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3/4 cup butter, melted


Flatten bread with a rolling-pin. In a bowl, combine cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar. In another bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon; set aside. Spread about 1 tablespoon of cheese mixture on each slice of bread. Roll up, jelly roll style. Dip in melted butter, then in cinnamon-sugar. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Yield: 16 roll-ups.

One of the best things about these little roll ups is that they are delicious warm, room temp or even cold.

Found this @

If you happen to make these before I do . . . please let me know what you think. Thanks.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

CC #16 of 30

Gadgets You Can't Do Without

So many gadgets fill our lives today. Standard things of the past are gone or going and our youngest generation cannot really relate to a lot of it.

So, what new fangled gadgets fill your life now and have become staples you would rather not do without? ( I have expanded the meaning of gadget to include larger appliances and technologies)

1. What kitchen gadget do you rely on the most?  (this would include fancy coffee makers, mixers, microwaves, etc.) The microwave & Mr. Coffee

2. Could you handle going back to the pre-microwave days? How about the days of making coffee on a stove top percolator? NO NO NO 

3. Would you miss your cell phone (If you have one. Some are still hold outs, God bless 'em) NO NO NO I have one. Seldom answer it but it's nice in case of an emergency.
4.  Could you turn off your computer and never bother with it again?  NO NO NO 

5.  What about television?  Could you give it up for just radio? NO NO NO 

6. Would you trade modern music venues for old 33  1/3 snap, crackle and pop recordings? NO NO NO 

What part of NO NO NO don't you understand, huh?

Thanks to ANNIE for another fun meme.

Friday, August 8, 2014

CC #15 of 30

Surprise!! Surprise!! You didn't get rid of me after all! Thanks to Comcast's pretty good directions and a wee bit of patience, all the connections got connected and my new & improved wi-fi is working just fine.

Surpised that we are half-way thru the 30 day challenge. It's gone pretty good so far. Hope you are enjoying this as much as I am.  

Thursday, August 7, 2014

CC Day14 of 30

More about "The Clock" today. 

It's a franchise type business and there's one in Clermont also so when I visited Avon Park for the first time . . . & saw "The Clock" Restaurant on Route 27, I remember thinking . . . Ok this is good!

Every Sunday morning when I meet Elizabeth at The Clock, I look at this little section of the menu and order the Senior Touchdown with eggs over medium, 2 sausage links and a pancake with syrup. My bill will come to $5.23 and a tip of $1.00 for Anne. 

I eat every bite and am not hungry again until it's time for the evening meal. Perfect!

Wanna see the rest of the menu? then click HERE

I'll be heading for the pool shortly and when I return I will deal with installing a new, faster modem that came from Comcast yesterday.  They obviously do not know who they are dealing with here because I'm not good with wires or following directions. 

So if you never hear from me again, you will know that I couldn't figure out how to install this new thing and that I refuse to pay the $70.00 for a tech to come from Comcast & do it.  Wish me luck, dear friends. PLEASE.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

CC Day 13 of 30

Good morning! The perfect time to do TONI'S :

#10 Time Tells All (Fill In The Blanks)

1. It's 9:00 AM Sunday and I'm usually just getting out of Mass and driving over to The Clock to have breakfast with Elizabeth.

2. It's Noon On Monday and I'm usually in the Sandy Beach pool with Ginny floating around on my noodle.

3. It's 8:00 PM Wednesday and I'm usually just getting home from cardBingo and taking Dahli up to the dog walk.

4. It's 5:30 PM Friday and I'm usually having a bite to eat before heading over to dauber Bingo at the West Clubhouse.

Thanks to Toni for another fun one!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

CC Day #12 of 30

Ginny's TEE procedure went very well.  It took a grand total of 20 minutes from start to finish.  The Doctor explained what some of the pictures represented and how all the information he obtained would be used to determine if she was a suitable candidate for a future procedure which is NEW & complicated.

The day was stressful but ended well and to those of you who were kind enough to keep Ginny in your thoughts & prayers, she says: 

Monday, August 4, 2014

CC #11 of 30

Dahli is at Joyce's and I'm here in Bradenton at the Marriott Courtyard 

Here's the inside of the room

Tomorrow morning we go to Manatee Hospital for my friends procedure.

Please keep her in your thoughts & prayers. Thanks.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

CC #10 of 30

I'm going to get a little medical on you today.  My friend, Ginny, needs someone to drive her to Maumee Hospital in Bradenton FL so she can undergo a procedure called TEE.

She is scheduled for the test at 7 a.m. on Tuesday morning so we'll make the 2 hr. drive over to the Coast tomorrow afternoon, stay overnight at the Marriott and then go over to the hospital in the morning. 

By now, unless you already know, you may be wondering what a TEE is.  I'll use the explanation I found a the Cleveland Clinic website.

TEE stands for Transesophageal Echocardiogram (TEE)

An echocardiogram (echo) uses high-frequency sound waves to produce a graphic outline of the heart's movement.

A transesophageal echo (TEE) test is a type of echo test in which the ultrasound transducer, positioned on an endoscope, is guided down the patient's throat into the esophagus (the "food pipe" leading from the mouth into the stomach). An endoscope is a long, thin, flexible instrument that is about ½ inch in diameter.

The TEE test provides a close look at the heart's valves and chambers, without interference from the ribs or lungs. TEE is often used when the results from standard echo tests are not sufficient, or when your doctor wants a closer look at your heart.

TEE may be combined with Doppler ultrasound and color Doppler to evaluate blood flow across the heart's valves.

Now look at the picture and that my help you understand what the above sentences are trying to explain.
Now that's your Anatomy & Physiology Lesson for today.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

CC # 9 of 30

I'm sharing a entry that my granddaughter, Jackie, posted the other day.  

"is it wrong? I stared down and shook my head at a mother who was being overly aggressive with her words and actions towards her adorable, well behaved 3 year old daughter? 

the little one was doing nothing but standing next to her mama, holding some bananas, not even making a peep. 

I wanted to say something SO BAD but somehow resisted. she totally knew what I was saying when I stared at her, stone faced, not breaking eye contact... both inside AND out in the parking lot. poor little girl"

 Comments she received.
1)  your sympathy gets to you...and i have been there many times...makes you wonder if she gets worse when they are alone... a little girl opened her bag of chips in the store after her mom paid and she started picking them all up and putting them back into the bag. her mom said....what r u going to do? wat them off the floor? she made her throw them away and the little girl had NOTHING! how about buy her another bag? i tried to catch them with another bag i got her but they had left...i can still see her little frantically{spell check?} trying to get them all b4 her mom saw.....OOOOOOOHHH JACKIE! IT BROKE MY HEART!!!

2)  i hear you...i witnessed this same thing at the playground last week and it was very sad and hard for me to bite my tongue...the best you can do is hope and pray they are taught kindness by other family and friends!

3) not wrong! very right! I love you Missy and am so proud of you! (from me)
Thanks to JUDY for my siggie!

Friday, August 1, 2014

CC #8 of 30

12 Favorite Things

1. What is your favorite day of the week? Sunday     
    Why? a day of rest is a precious thing
2. What is your favorite ice cream flavor?  Chocolate
3. What food could you not do without?   Eggs 
4. Which drink would you find it hardest to give up?  Coffee
5. All time favorite flower? Geranium

6. Favorite tree?  Live Oak

7. Favorite color?  Pink
8. Favorite book?  The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
9. Favorite movie? You've Got Mail!

10. Favorite cake ?  Coconut with Lemon pudding between the layers.

11. Favorite Perfume? Joy by Patou

12. Favorite TV Theme song? St. Elsewhere 
      Listen HERE

My answers are in italics. Now it is your turn to tell us 

Thanks to Annie  for another fun meme.