Saturday, February 28, 2009


Why, Why, Why?

(from Paul Galvin)

Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are almost dead?

Why do banks charge a fee on 'insufficient funds' when they already know there is not enough money?

Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars; but have to check when you say the paint is still wet?

Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?

Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?

Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

Whose idea was it to put an 'S' in the word 'lisp'?

If people evolved from apes,
why are there still apes?

Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?

Is there ever a day that mattresses
are not on sale?

Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?

Why do people keep running over a string a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance?

How do those dead bugs get into those enclosed light fixtures?


Monday, February 23, 2009


I am posting the pictures first because it is too hard to try to get them under each paragraph. Does anyone know an easy way to do it?

Me with my daughter and grandsons.

What a great meal!

Helping to build the giant Lego pirate.

Beautiful snow!
Snow isn't always beautiful!

I got home yesterday from Massachusetts. It was a nice visit - a little short - but better than nothing. The grandsons seem to be taller every time I see them (which is every few months). There was still lots of snow there and we had a fresh dusting one of the nights.

I am not a mall shopper, but we were at two different malls on two different days. Each day to get presents for the boys. Ian's birthday is next Sunday. Cooper's isn't until July. So they both got early birthday presents! There was a Lego Master at one of the malls which we had to visit. He was building an 8 ft. tall pirate and there were hundreds of kids there to help.

Beth made THE best dinner on Saturday night - shredded chicken tacos, fresh guacamole, black beans and rice......yum. We visited the local thrift shop in the afternoon and I found two blue willow plates - one a divided diner (as in diner, not dinner) plate for my display and another larger platter. If I haven't mentioned it before, I have been using Blue Willow dishes since I was 21. A very long time. I have some other dishes, too, but the main ones I have always used are Blue Willow. I always get a kick out of the old movies I always watch when I see families sitting down to dinner and what kind of dishes do they use? Blue Willow!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


On Sunday I attended one of my favorite local auctions. It was crowded and had lots of good STUFF. I ate my usual hot dog and watched the action. I came away with this oriental rug (that's Chloe testing it out). The prices for stuff at this auction is unbelievable. They even sell some cars which go for great prices. This rug was $225 which is a very good price for an oriental rug. You would pay that for a rug at Home Depot! After I got it home I noticed that it is a little crooked on the ends, but I can live with it. I saw a beautiful armoire that was probably about 75 years old and I would say if it were in a showroom it would be priced at $1,500 or more. It went for $335!!

Tomorrow I leave for Massachusetts to visit my daughter. She and my grandsons are off from school this week so I will go up and spend a few days with them. My son-in-law has to work, unfortunately. Beth and Dale are both teachers, but at different schools so their holidays don't always coincide.

I usually get stressed whenever I have to travel anywhere. The older I get, the worse it gets. It is just the preparation - what should I pack, clean up the house, get to the airport in time, etc., etc. Are you like that, too?

I will take some pictures up there and share them with you when I return on Sunday.
All the best to all of you,

Saturday, February 14, 2009



(Thank you to Graphics Fairy for the vintage Valentine)

Friday, February 13, 2009


For a week now the birds have been going crazy - swooping and flying and chirping and working real hard. I had to move things around in my garage so I could get my car in. I usually keep it in the driveway and there was bird poop all over it in one day. I was embarrassed to drive it to the car wash.

We have two huge holly trees in our yard and there are berries everywhere. We also have a little frog pond (man-made). As I am writing this I am looking out my window at the pond and there are about thirty birds enjoying the water. I guess it is a veritable feast at my house for the birds. I put suet and seed out in the winter and the seed was eaten, but the suet wasn't touched. I moved it to another location and the birds have eaten it all in a week.

Here is a photo of some tulips emerging. I thought it was early, but then I realized that the picture I posted on Monday (which was taken in a previous March) are the same tulips.

I just realized that today is Friday the 13th. I don't even like to think about it. Stay safe everyone!

Monday, February 09, 2009

I haven't done a meme for quite awhile so I was pleased to have Cindy from Sagescript Institute tag me for this one.

The instructions are:

1.Go to your Picture Folder on your computer or wherever you store your pictures
2.Go to the 6th Folder, then pick the 6th picture in that folder
3.Post that picture on your blog and tell the story that goes along with the picture.
4.Tag 6 other people that you know or don’t know to do the same thing and leave a comment on their blog or an e-mail letting them know you chose them.

This is a photo of some daffodils by my front step right after a late and infrequent snowfall. I took this picture a few years ago - the date said March 2006, but it may have been a year later. I see that it was before Easter because the wreath I made is on the front door.

I tag:

3. Willow at Willow's Cottage

4. Flower at Flower Power

5. Barbara at The Clark Homestead
6. Linda at Somewhere in Time

Have fun!!

Friday, February 06, 2009


Today is Lynne's birthday at Lynne's Little Corner of the World. Lynne and I have been friends since 6th grade and we are now, well, let's just say we are women of a certain age. Lynne taught me the latest dance steps in high school, we shared the joys and sorrows of teenage romances, we drank cherry cokes at the soda fountain in Willow Grove, we graduated together, went to the same secretarial school after high school and even attended our 40th high school class reunion together. She is the one who introduced me to the blogging world. She's the best! Stop by and wish her a happy one!

Monday, February 02, 2009


The hoopla is over and it was a great game. I am not a football fan -- at all. But this game was exciting and congratulations to the Steelers.

We had a party at our house which was a lot of fun. We seldom entertain and it was fun to have our friends and neighbors over. People brought food and we ate non-stop. Thank you to all! I may not be a sports fan, but Super Bowl Sunday is about the food as far as I am concerned. We had my homemade chili, cornbread, salad, wings, steamed shrimp, cheeses and dips, cookies and eclairs, beer and wine and soda.

Several people wanted my recipe for chili so this is it:

This will serve about 12-15 people.

3 lbs. ground beef
2 packages of Chili-O or some brand of chili seasoning (optional, but I had it in the cupboard and it is a fast way of making chili)
Approx. 1 Tbs of chili powder
Approx. 1 Tbs of ground cumin
1 large can of kidney beans (or also black beans or pinto beans) to taste
3 15 oz. cans of petite diced tomatoes
1/2 bag frozen chopped green pepper (or more)
3/4 bag frozen chopped onion (or more)
2-3 cloves chopped garlic
1 -2 cups frozen corn (optional)

I sautee the garlic, green pepper and onion in some olive oil until they are soft. Then I add the beef and brown it well.
Add the seasonings and then the tomatoes. Simmer a few minutes and add the beans and corn.
Simmer it all for approx. an hour and a half. I transferred it to a crock pot to keep it warm for self-serve.

I don't usually make this large a quantity of chili, so I was tasting as I was going to make sure the seasoning was right. I don't like it real hot and this was just a little spicy. Obviously, you may want to chop your own peppers and onions, but this was so much easier.
Everyone has their own chili recipe, but everyone raved about this. It is simple, basic chili.