Saturday, April 29, 2006

just 1 more


The political description that
fits you best is...




CENTRISTS espouse a "middle ground" regarding government

control of the economy and personal behavior. Depending on

the issue, they sometimes favor government intervention

and sometimes support individual freedom of choice.

Centrists pride themselves on keeping an open mind,

tend to oppose "political extremes," and emphasize what

they describe as "practical" solutions to problems.

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Gee whiz

You Are 60% Weird

You're so weird, you think you're *totally* normal. Right?
But you wig out even the biggest of circus freaks!

Thursday, April 27, 2006

so upset.

I am so upset. I baked a cherry pie and left it on a cake stand to cool and eat later. Well I had to go pick up cookie dough at Brook's school and when I cam e back the pie was a mess. It seems that a cat had snuck in and proceeded to eat and walk all over the pie. The pie is destroyed. I can't eat something that a cat has been walking on. You can't wash it off. I was so upset I wanted to kill that cat. It did not do it because it was hungry. These are well fed cats. It did it just because. I ma so upset. I had found a recipe for a sugar free pie. Do you know how much cherries cost? I was really looking forward to it now I can't have any. Suggestions on how to fix it won't do. I threw it out for the dog to eat. I can't let Pat know. Cherry is one of his favorite pies. No responce necessary. I just needed to let some steam off so I don't hurt the cat. I am so upset. I know it is just a pie.

stepping on toes

I might step on a few toes with this one. I was reading the news (non AOL link)this morning and the first thing I see is a group is wanting Washington to spend 5 million dollars for some land for a memorial to Flight 93. 5 million dollars? Are they crazy? Further reading reveals that the entire project is due to cost 58 million dollars of which 30 million is to come from private donations. So that means 28 million is supposed to come from taxpayers pockets. I object! First of all, 58 million for the project? Everybody knows that once something gets started that it will cost millions more than that. I feel that there must be a better use of the money. Let's see, 58 million dollars would build a lot of homes for people. Or pay some of the debt down that we have. Or fix something that is broke or build something that the people need.
In contrast, the World War 2 Memorial took 197 million dollars to build of which almost 180 million was funded by sources other than our tax dollars.


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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

will he?

I wonder if Pat is gonna love me tonight? I made chili for supper.


I was just wondering why beans have so many different fragrances.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Just a quiz

You Are Sunrise


You enjoy living a slow, fulfilling life. You enjoy living every moment, no matter how ordinary.
You are a person of reflection and meditation. You start and end every day by looking inward.
Caring and giving, you enjoy making people happy. You're often cooking for friends or buying them gifts.
All in all, you know how to love life for what it is - not for how it should be.

I found this at Celeste's journal.

working hard

Been working hard this morning trying to beat the rain that is on its way back here. I still need to finish my tilling in my garden and getting everything in the ground. The 3 inches of rain we had in the past week may or may not have washed out the corn seeds. What the rain did for a fact was make the garden very wet. Not all of it can be tilled today, some of it is still too wet to do anything with. They are calling for rain today and tomorrow.

I bet I looked pretty silly out there. I had on a dress and tennis shoes while tilling! LOL In summertime and spring I tend to run around the house in a dress. It is cooler to me than shorts and definitely cooler than jeans! Today's dress was not what you have pictured in your mind of a farm girl wearing a dress while working. It is turquoise blue and rust colored spandex! It is not tight but it is a bit clingy! LOL.

While I am inside taking a break I think I better get a load of laundry done. See everyone later!

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Monday, April 24, 2006

10 good things 4/17/2006-4/23/2006

10 Good things

1. It rained on my newly planted corn seed.

2. It stopped raining.

3. Pat and I went for a bike ride under the stars.

4. We wnt for another ride yesterday and on the way home I spotted the top of his saddlebag that he had lost over 2 weeks ago! And everything was in it! He had some pictures of Brook in it.

5. I am at 173 pounds.

6. I discovered a fat free, sugar free cheesecake made by Jello and it is good!

7. We saved money on gas by riding the motorcycle.

8. Brook has been developing a better attitude.

9. Pat and I are talking more.

10. Pat was told that he is on first shift again this week!


I am angry. I don't know what is going to happen with Fred. The chemo drug he has been put on will cost him $3200 a day! That is almost $100,000 a month! Here is a man that has worked his entire life making sure that his family is provided for. He worked so that his wife would not have to suffer a great financial lose when he dies and now they are telling him that because he is not rich and he is not poor that he can't  get the drug he needs without losing everything he has. The famous federal drug plan has let yet another senior citizen down.



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Saturday, April 22, 2006

pleasant evening

Pat and I had a pleasant evening. He came in from work and we dressed out and hopped on the bike and headed out to eat. We ended up at the Golden Corral. There were about 10 other bikes there when we got there. Afterwards we rode around a bit and headed home. Felt good sitting on the bike feeling the wind, smelling all the smells, looking at the stars overhead, hearing some old time rock and roll on the radio. I feel good.

Update on Fred

I have received the news that my friend's father Fred, has stage 4 kidney cancer that has spread to his lungs. Surgery is not an option for him because of the spreading of it. He has been placed on chemo treatment, which he will take for the rest of his life however long it may be.

Fred is a wonderful man. He has been married to the same woman for over 50 years. It is not unusual to see him pat her on her bottom when she walks by him. They have such a wonderful love for each other. His eyes always twinkle with life. He always has a ready smile, a wink or a hug what ever you need. He will help you the best he can. He will give you straight talk when you need it. He loves playing golf, going to church, dancing. He loves life. He is kind. I really like him. No , I really love him.

rain, garden and other stuff

It is still raining here. It started Wednesday and has not let up. I want to get the rest of my garden in but no dice. At this rate it will take a week of sunshine to dry it out enough to till and seed! According to the forecast I am not going to get that time. They are saying the rain will be back Tuesday after it ends today. I want to plant!!!!

I plan on bringing up the rest of the horse poop pile and putting it in one pile in the big garden. Watermelons will go in that spot! Has anybody ever heard of stacking old tires and filling them with dirt and planting potatoes in it? I remember reading something about that some time ago but I can't remember where. If anybody knows anything about it could they please let me know.

Brook is at her Mama's right now. It sure is quiet around here. I am missing not making my Saturday morning pancakes! Nobody but me to cook for this morning.

Gas here is $2.79 a gallon. That is really hurting us. Pat has been driving his motorcycle to work. This week he had to dive the truck. He is working today on his off day just to pay for the gas he had to use! A man should not have to work 6 days a week just to pay for his gas to get to work! He drives about 300 miles a week round trip.

Heard on the news this morning that because of Iraq being unstable, the price of gas is going higher. There are predictions of $5 a gallon or higher in places like California and $4 a gallon elsewhere. I know there are millions of people that really don't care what the price of gas is but they better start caring. All the city dwellers that do not own cars and rely on public transportation, beware  you are paying for it also. Food prices are rising and the price of other goods are on the increase because guess what, it takes fuel to get your stuff to you. It takes fuel to plant it and harvest it. 

I just might be looking for a buggy for my horse. Grass is cheap.

Today is Earth Day. What are you doing to help Planet Earth?

Thursday, April 20, 2006


I just got off the phone with Donna of My Counrty Life. Her husband just came out of surgery and everything went well. He did have a quad bypass and the dictors were pleased with the results!!!


It is that time of the year again. I have been working steady in my garden trying to get it ready for planting. The tiller I have is a front tine tiller. Anybody who has ever tilled a garden knows how those will just beat you to death! My small garden is 6 feet by 20 feet. I have it is tilled now after hauling several heavy wheelbarrels full of composted horse poop and have already planted in it. I have tomato plants, lettuce, and brussel sprouts already in it. I am looking for some pepper plants to get in it too. I am not sure of what else I  will put in it. LOL I just follow my whims there.
The big garden is about 50 feet by 100 feet. I am not really sure. I have never measured it. It takes a lot of tilling to get it done. Long hours of work involved in getting this garden ready. I have my corn planted now. I got it in Tuesday evening. I planted Silver Queen, a white sweet corn. I have pole beans, Kentucky Wonder, and Silver eye crowder peas to plant. I also have watermelon, squash and okra to put I can't wait to eat some fresh produce! LOL To make Pat happy I will plant some pumpkins. They never do good for me though.
It rained yesterday. A much needed rain but I sure do wish it had waited until my beans were in. I am glad the corn was in. Rain is much better for the garden than tap water! 

 That is it for now. Don't forget to pray for Donna's husband Cliff. He is in surgery right now.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

My friend

I have a friend that is a serious horse lover. She has her own blog Listen To Horses.

Prayers please.

Please send prayers for Mosie1944 of My Country Life husband Cliff. Yesterday he went in to have a stress test done and the doctor's put him in the hospital. He is having quadrupedal bypass surgery this morning.

Her journal is My Country Life. Her daughter's journal is Life N Stuff and her son's is Wood's Family Southern Command Post

Monday, April 17, 2006

10 good things 4/10/2006-4/16/2006

Ten Good things

1. Pat helped me make up the bed, TWICE!

2. Got a lot of tilling done in garden.

3. Small garden has tomato plants, lettuce, and brussel sprouts planted in it now.

4. The weather has been beautiful.

5. Had the family and 4 unexpected guests for Easter dinner and had plenty to eat,

6. We saved money on gas this week. Pat rode his motorcycle 4 of 5 days to work.

7. My family went to church with me.

8. Pat complimented me on the house getting cleaner.

9. Belle stayed home this week.

10. Brook's attitude has been better.




In Remembrance of Pam
The Angels in heaven have our Pam now. Her courage will always be remembered. Each day, no matter what she would try to give us some of herself.Each day we cheered her on, went with her to tests and procedures. We shared her heartache as her daughter left for her father's home. We watched her accidental garden grow. Little did she know she was helping us to grow. Her strength and courage, the willingness to fight until the very end gave some of us the courage to fight battles of our own. She provided the push we needed to look at our own lives and change those things which was killing us.
She gave us her heart.
Go be with the Angels now, dear Pam.


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Sunday, April 16, 2006

eat and eat and eat......

I cannot believe I ate as much as I did!!! I feel like the Philsbury doughboy.

I weighed this morning and weighed in at 173. I will not weigh fore a couple of days so this food can digest!

I hope everyone had a good day today!!

Saturday, April 15, 2006



Please click on the link below and enter your birthday for me. I am creating a birthday calendar for myself. Don't worry it is quick, and you don't have to enter your year of birth:-).

 Birthday Alarm 


Second year

I have been writing in my journal for 2 years today. When I started this journal, I never dreamed that I would continue doing this. I was never one much for writing. I enjoyed reading, but writing? NO. I did not realize how much my journal would help me cope with the things going on in my life. I did not know that I would actually make real friends here.  I was not looking to make friends or even have a place to go to. I liked surfing around on the net, playing some games ( actually a lot of games) and looking up information. I would get my coupons and free stuff, pay bills and play games. Sure I would talk to people in the game rooms but a friendship? Not really. I met a few that I have become friends with beyond the game rooms but for the most part they were just players. But not here. Within the boundaries of my journal and yours I have come to know you and I have come to know more about myself. I have come to know some of you beyond the boundaries of our journals and for that I am eternally grateful. My life is richer and fuller and it is a direct result of journals. I do not know how long I will keep up my journal but I can tell you this, I see no end to it. If I should ever leave AOL I will still journal, either thru AIM or my Blogspot journal or both. I thank each and everyone of you.

Today is not only the 2 year anniversary of my journal it is also Buddy's second birthday.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

my friend

My friend's father, and yes he is my friend also, does have cancer. They have said it is not lung cancer even though it is in his lungs. It is cancer metastasized from somewhere else. He is getting a full body scan today to determine where else it is. They seem to believe it is in the kidneys.


Before you criticize someone walk a mile in their shoes, so that when you criticize them you will be a mile away and you'll have their shoes.

Round Robin

Looking around I could see so many things that symbolize new life, the subject of the Round Robin this time round. Check out Round Robin for more pictures on this subject.

Here on the farm, kittens are always being born in the Spring. This bunch was born one week ago. Colorful little buggers! There are 3 calicos (first time we have had this color here), a gray and a black. Their little eyes are just starting to open so they can see the new world.

This next picture is something most people have in their refrigerator. Here, it is life to be. My little hen is taking a break from setting on her nest to get something to eat.

Monday, April 10, 2006

10 Good Things 4/3/2006-4/10/2006

10 Good Things 4/3/2006-4/10/2006

1. My garden was disked by a neighbor this week.
2. Our family is safe from the storm.
3. Pat got my yard and garden equipment going for me.
4. Went motorcycle riding last Sunday.
5. Tilling has been started in my gardens. Yes I said gardens. I have 2 of them.
6. No weight gain this week!
7. Pat was told he would be on first shift for awhile longer.
8. Brook was on Spring break from school.
9. I feel good.
10. We had a revival at church this past week.

Sunday, April 9, 2006

a thought

Don't allow your past losses to take away your future blessings.

Saturday, April 8, 2006

We are safe. No major damage except to barn roof. We will need to do some replacing of roofing there.

Friday, April 7, 2006

Major storms in the area

Major storms in the area. Severe thunderstorms with softball size hail and tornados have been spotted. It may be several hours away from me or it could be here shortly.

Lesson learned

Lesson for the day: Do not attempt to cut vine from plugged in , turned on electric fence. Results: numb jaw, tingling hand, numb foot and different clothes for the rest of the day.




Thursday, April 6, 2006

where I'm from


I am from cotton dresses , from Little Debbie Moon Pies and milk bottles on the porch.

I am from the white house with the big plate window that rang loudly when a baseball hit it from a backyard ballgame.

I am from the trees in the woods and the blooming crabapple trees,  mimosa trees, hollyhocks and roses.

I am from Sunday dinners and Monday leftovers and hardheadedness from Louise and Harold and Walter.

I am from the wanderlust and horse lovers.

From don't talk at the table and go outside and play.

I am from the Southern Baptist faith with the no drinking and dancing and yes, there is a hell.

I'm from Georgia with Cherokee, Dane and English thrown in,pot roast and fruitcakes.

From the grandmother who feared her grandchild was dead when she was knocked out from a fall from a crib (that was me), the ball fields where Wally would play Little League.
I am from the time when pictures were taken of the grandchildren not the youngest child that grew up in the middle.
I am from parents raised in the depression, veterans of war. work till you die generation. I am from a warm father and a hard mother. I am from a time of war and a time of free love. I am from an age of change, the Age of Aquarius.

Wednesday, April 5, 2006

neighborly act

I just received a pleasant gift of a neighborly act. My neighbor up the street just disked my garden for me. He knew that our tractor was out of commission and would not be ready to get the garden in early. Good neighbors are a blessing to have.

Tuesday, April 4, 2006

10 good things

10 good things... I know it is not Monday but here it is anyway.

1. The sun shined.

2. The motorcycle was fixed for a fairly cheap price.

3. Road trip on Sunday, covered 3 states.

4. No potty incidents in the house by Scampi.

5. Family survived house burning down after it was stuck by lightening.

6. Baby kittens born.

7. Belle is home.

8. Grass is growing again in the fields.

9. Insurance company is giving us our deductible back from truck wreck.

10. Talked to my friend in IL until my phone went dead.

Sunday, April 2, 2006

our ride

Pat and I set out to Fall Creek Falls this morning and ended up turning around before going 20 miles. Rain decided to ruin our trip up there. Not wanting to go home, we headed south with no particular place to go. We hopped on Highway 41 in Ringgold and ended up in Rome. Did not see anything that really hit my fancy on our way there. Lots of carpet mills and other stinky places. On our way home we decided to take Highway 27 which runs all the way to our town. Finally we started seeing some interesting sights. At least interesting to someone that likes paper mills vs carpet mills. Ha! I don't like either one! At one place there was a concrete tower that was so tall that it resembled a skyscraper. They even had to have the flashing lights on top so aircraft can see it. Ugly. After getting past that we hit pretty country. Horse farms, cattle and 1 sheep farm were on this route. At one point we realized we were not on Highway 27 anymore but Highway 20. This did not concern me to much as I figured he knew where he was going. He tends to take off to places I don't know but he does. When we passed the Alabama state line I was getting a little bit worried. Then I smelled water. I smelled a lake. I thought, yep he knows where we are going. He is taking me to a lake that he knows about. LOL NOT! We pull over and he asks me if I know where we are. I tell him no that I have never been there that I know of. He looks at me and says, I'm lost. I think I forgot to turn off. I laughed. How often can you get a man to admit WITHOUT prompting that he is lost? Rarely!  We rode across the lake a bit and pulled into a place where boats are unloaded and saw these 2 boys net fishing. They had this big fish in their net. I said to Pat Hey look at the size of that fish! This boy was so proud! He started to get the fish out of the net to hold it up and dropped it. He dove in the water after it but missed it. I felt bad about that. So anyway we turned back there and headed back the way we came and turned on a road that went north, knowing that going north we would eventually end up somewhere where we knew where we were! On that road I saw a chimney standing tall in the middle of a field. Green grass growing around it with daffodils blooming in the fireplace area. I wonder what the story is there? Was there a fire that destroyed the house? Did a tornado destroy it? Was it torn down and built elsewhere?

LOL 186  miles of riding today. My feet hurt. Why does my feet hurt? I was sitting! Pat is tired. He plans on getting the horses out to ride later on. BUT I doubt it! LOL He is snoring on the couch now. I think I will put my feet up a bit now. See yall later.

Saturday, April 1, 2006

Belle and stuff

I finally got Belle home. When I left to get her the other day and tried to cross the field walking I found out that it was impassable on foot. It was a swamp back there. Summertime it is one big skeeter patch. Soooo...... today my daughter and I drove over to the place she was at and we walked her home. We were going to ride her but it turned out she was covered with cockle burrs. No way was I going to put a saddle on her and risked having missed picking one of those off! It was a 2 and half mile walk mostly uphill! I was pretty proud of her. She crossed a bridge, which causes some horses to become skirmish or flat out refuse to cross. She trusts us completely. Ran into one problem with a dog that came up to us and was growling. I hollared at the people whose yard it came out of that they needed to get their dog. The woman just shruggled her shoulders. I told her once again get your dog or I will take care of it. A man then came across the field and goyt the dog. I guess they did not want me to take care of it. Belle is not afraid of gunshots.

So she is home and happy.

Both hens are laying daily now. Eggs coming out my ears!

The motorcycle is fixed. No more water leak. We are going on a ride tomorrow.

Brook is staying at her mama's tonight. She is on spring break next week.

Last night we went to see the black belt tests at her school. There are 10 new black belts and 2 new second degree black belts. It was great!!!

That's all for now. See yall later.





Yesterday I recieved news I was not expecting. My best friend's father may have lung cancer. Several places were found on his lungs and and now he is going to undergoing a biospy.

I have known this man all my life. He used to be a deacon in the church I grew up in. He would come over to our house and fix any electrical problems that we had. After my daddy died, he provided so much support for my mama. He was always good for a hug. He knew how to make you feel good.

He has said that he will not have his lung removed if it is cancer. I don't know if that also means he will not fight the cancer or not. He is at peace with himself. He has a great love for the Lord and trusts him.

I am not ready to lose him too.