Think Back Thursday… Memorable Teachers

I’ve been  thinking about the past again–you know, like way back in high school.   I’ve decided to write about some of my former high school teachers.  I had quite a few teachers, but only a few of them still come to mind, I guess those made the most lasting impression–either good or bad!

high school bulldog country

In my entire four years of high school, I was only intimidated by one teacher, Mr.”A”.  He taught math, and I ended up having him for geometry–for about 3 days!  I don’t remember what he said or did during those first three days, but whatever it was, it convinced me that I needed to get out of there fast!  I transferred out and took library science!  To this day, I still believe I’d have had a nervous breakdown if I’d stayed in Mr. “A”s class–because geometry was all Greek to me!  Years later, Mr. “A”‘s wife, who was also a teacher, taught both of my son’s in school. Our oldest son actually became good friends with their son, who was the same age.  Our younger son later worked at the bank with their older daughter.  Strange, huh?

The school librarian, who taught me how to work in the library, had once been my mother’s basketball coach, way back in the day!  My mother didn’t ever have much good to say about the lady.  I never had any problems with her until the day she called me into her office to say ” I was too young to be engaged, and I was wasting my life!”  I didn’t agree, and after that conversation I sort of shared my mother’s sentiments.  Years later, after Ed and I were married with 3 children, we ended up being members of the same church as the librarian.  I often wondered if she remembered our conversation from that day at school! 

I fondly remember my Spanish teacher.  She was a sweet lady, who always wore her hair in a “french twist”, and  enjoyed talking!  It didn’t take the class long to figure out if we could get her started talking about a particular subject, other than Spanish, we could get out of doing a lot of work!  I took Spanish I and Spanish II, and we kept her talking for both years.  We did manage to learn some Spanish though, and I still remember a few words, even after 42 years!

I had the same teacher for Music and Biology, Mrs. “P”.  She was a gruff-talking, tough-acting lady, and I was a bit intimidated by her, too.  Of course, Biology was a required subject, so I was stuck.   I had to take it.  I thought I’d pass out when we had to dissect the frog in Biology–and making the insect collection was absolutely disgusting!  I hated killing those poor bugs, then sticking straight pins through them.  I’ll bet some of the boys didn’t even kill the bugs first!  As for Music class, I never could get the hang of reading the music or singing on key.  I spent the entire year trying to get lost in the crowd, and praying not to be called on…

My two most boring teachers were both men.  One taught US Government, while the other taught World History.  I don’t know…maybe it wasn’t the men who were boring, but just the subjects.  It was probably a little of both!  Many years later, I ended up working with my former US Government teacher ( when he taught elementary PE ), and I even had the pleasure of teaching two of his grandsons!  It just goes to show, how you never know what the future will bring! 

My most memorable, and favorite teacher of all times was my senior English teacher.  He previously taught English at college level, and had taught my hubby-to-be while at college!  My hubby-to-be  flunked the class…probably because he rarely went to class!  I, on the other hand, rarely missed class, and loved English!  The teacher was young and witty, and he made the class fun and interesting.  It was too bad he didn’t teach World History and US Government, too!

How about you, did you have any memorable teachers???

Published in: on March 31, 2011 at 10:02 am  Comments (7)  
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Wednesday Hodgepodge…March 30

1. April rolls in at the end of this week and in celebration of that infamous date (April 1st) answer this question-What is something foolish you’ve done?  One night when I was a teenager, a girlfriend and I took a bucket of  blue paint and a brush–and painted some graffiti on a paved country road.  (What in the world makes young people want to do such a thing???)  Not only did we paint the road, we went back the following day and took pictures of our handiwork.  We are still friends, and we still have those photographs!

2. With April comes Easter and that classic edible treat known as Peeps…so tell me…what’s your favorite way to fix/eat chicken? That wasn’t what you were expecting, was it? I ‘fooled’ you. teehee.  You got me good on this one, Joyce!!!  My favorite way to “fix” chicken is on the grill–because my husband takes care of  grilling it!  LOL  My favorite way to “eat” chicken is fried–after all, I’m from the south, ya’ know!!!

3. What’s the best museum you’ve ever visited? Or your favorite? Or the one you’d most like to visit?  I’d have to say it’s either the “Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum” in Nashville, or the Elvis Presley museums at his former home, “Graceland”.  I’d sort of like to visit the Smithsonian someday.

4. You know what they say about April showers…what’s your preference-a shower or a bath?  No question about it, I love, love, love my bathtub!  It’s very deep and has whirlpool jets.  I love to end the day with a deep, hot, relaxing bath.

5. “Absence makes the heart grow fonder”…fact or fiction? Why?  It’s definitely a fact!  I can tell you this from personal experience.  My hubby-to-be and I were separated for twenty-one months before we were able to be married!  No phone calls, no email, no skype…just plain old “snail mail” for nearly two years!!!  I’ve never been more thrilled to see anyone in my entire life!!! 

6. What’s your favorite product made/grown in your home state/province?  The sweet Georgia peach, even though our area is also famous for sweet Vidalia onions, too.

7. What is going on in the world today that affects you the most? Everything!  I’m just “heart-sick” at the state of affairs in the world today.  I hate to even  watch the news because there is so much going on, and most of it isn’t good!  However, since the “uprising” in Lybia, has caused oil prices to rise, which in turn causes the prices of gas, food, and everything else to rise for us, I’ll use that for my answer.

Random thought:  April 1st would’ve been my father-in-law’s 89th birthday.  He used to always joke that he was “an April Fool”–he was NOT!  He was the kindest, most helpful, most patient, most generous man I’ve ever known.  He passed away nearly nine years ago.

Last week, I mentioned in Wednesday’s Hodgepodge that I’d love to have my father-in-law come back and cook ” just one more Sunday dinner for the family”.  Then, on Thursday, my daughter says she was hanging up her daughter’s book bag when she suddenly “smelled grandpa’s smell” in her house (it was our house when grandpa was alive).   Then on Friday evening, without reason, the lights came on inside grandpa’s old truck, which stays parked under a shelter behind our daughter’s house.  The truck lights hadn’t worked in ages.  Our son-in-law noticed the lights burning, and came over to our house, with wide eyes, to tell us that the truck lights were burning.  My husband quickly said, “but they don’t work.”  Upon further inspection, the men discovered that not only were the lights burning, but the radio played, too!  As of Sunday afternoon, the truck lights and radio stopped working, just like before.  Strange, but true…

Published in: on March 30, 2011 at 10:01 am  Comments (12)  

Weather, Old Friends, and Grandchildren…


It’s time to board the Tuesday Train…It’s a fun ride, so be sure to click the button to learn how to hop on board!!!

I woke up on Monday morning to find that, apparently, spring has decided to take a little vacation, and meanwhile, winter has returned.  It rained and hailed on Sunday afternoon, and with that the temperatures plumeted…I listened to the sad sound of the heater clicking off and on all day Monday, and it’s still cold and gloomy today.  What’s up with all this???

On a happier note, I went to visit an old friend on Friday.  She and I have been friends since high school, and we have managed to keep in touch over the years.  Every few months my friend invites me to Savannah for a visit.  She and I have the kind of friendship that lets us pick up where we left off, even if it’s been six months since our last visit!  It’s always good to “get away” for a few hours, and it’s even better to “get away” with a friend.  We were wishfully looking at old photographs of us in our younger days, when her husband walked through and commented how we’d both put on a few pounds since those days…Gee, thanks!  I should’ve told him “Yeah, you used to have hair back then, too!”, but I didn’t.

After over three years of living in what used to be our house, but is now their house, our daughter and her husband have finally decided to paint the outside of the house.  They actually decided to paint it about a year ago, but could never decide on a color.  Thanks to modern technology letting them photograph their house, then experiment with colors on it via the computer, they finally decided on a color!  What will they think of next? 

Our little four-year-old granddaughter is going to be the flower girl in a wedding this coming Saturday.  Would you believe that as of yesterday afternoon, the two flower girl dresses hadn’t been sewn yet?  That’s cutting things a wee bit too close for me…Perhaps the tailor/seamstress works best under pressure???  All I can say is, “I hope the dress fits!”

Speaking of grandchildren, our daughter-in-law decided to enter our grandson, Caden, in the “Tiny Mr. Sweet Onion” pageant last Saturday.  I don’t mind telling you that my initial reaction was “Oh, no!”  I’m just not a pageant person.  I  dislike them very much, but of course I wasn’t going to miss out on an opportunity to support Caden in his endeavors.  My husband and I attended the pageant, and sat there in horror at the behavior of some of the folks in the audience!  What is wrong with people these days? 

People were laughing and talking during the entire thing…the emcee even had to scold the audience on a couple of occasions!  At one point, several parents/grandparents swarmed the area where the judges were sitting– to take photographs of their children!  Those of us sitting in the audience couldn’t even see who was being crowned because of the parents standing in front of the stage!  My other complaint was the way some of the parents were dressed.  If I were going to be up on a stage, in a spotlight with my child, I’d want to look my best, not like I’d been out in the field picking peas–in flip-flops!

Anyway, Caden did very good with his first (and maybe last) pageant experience.  He walked out, waved, and blew a kiss.  He came in second place to a little boy who sprawled out on the stage floor during the crowning…what can I say???  My husband and I managed to take a few blurry photos, and  I managed to record thirty-two seconds of Caden’s walk of fame which is at the end of the montage that I’m sharing today.  You can hear how noisy it is in the background.

Have a great day, everyone!  There’s still time to enter my giveaway of a dozen of my favorite things.  Just leave me a comment letting me know that you’d like to be entered.

Published in: on March 29, 2011 at 9:27 am  Comments (6)  

Meet Me On Monday…March 28

It’s time to join Java for “Meet Me On Monday”! Come join in the fun by clicking Java’s button at the top of this post! Here are today’s questions:

1. Crunchy or soft tacos? 

Crunchy tacos, please!!!  I’ve tried the soft ones, and I just can’t eat them because they remind me of soggy bread!
2. Do you scrapbook?  Yes, I do!  Recently, I began removing my old high school photos from those horrible old magnetic photo albums (and making a “70’s” scrapbook with them).  My scrapbooking table is still sitting in the living room.  See…
3. Do you take any daily medications?  Unfortunately, I take several daily medications due to my rheumatoid arthritis, hypothyroidism, hormone replacement therapy, and high cholesterol.  Let’s just say, our local pharmacist sees us often, because my husband has high blood pressure and high cholesterol, too. (sigh)  I feel like we take this many pills each day…(but it’s not quite that bad)

4. What is your favorite sound?  I absolutely love the sound of the ocean waves crashing at the shore!  I always sleep with the window cracked whenever we rent a condo on the beach, so I can fall asleep listening to the waves.

5. Where were you born? I’ve lived in Georgia for most of my life, but I was born in the “Sunshine State” of Florida–in a hospital 🙂  I think I’ll keep the city a secret for security purposes.

Thought for today…

March 28, 1994…the day is etched in my brain, for it’s the day my journey with rheumatoid arthritis began…My life was forever changed–seventeen years ago today.  Even so, I have been blessed.  Within a few months, my doctor found the right combination of medications for me.  I began to feel better.  Thanks to those medications, my disease has stayed under control.  I enjoy the good days, and tolerate the bad ones.  When life gives you lemons, you just have to make lemonade…

Published in: on March 27, 2011 at 11:15 pm  Comments (13)  

Flashback Friday…In The News

I want to begin today’s post by thanking everyone for sharing their “hope chest” stories and thoughts on yesterday’s post.  I really enjoyed reading those!  It’s fun to share and compare our life experiences. I also want to remind you to enter my giveaway, if you’d like to, and haven’t already done so.

Today we’re talking about all things that were ” in the news”, back in the days when we were growing up.  I’ll be honest and admit–I had to google the 60’s to actually jog my memory, but once I read the top news stories, I began to remember watching the stories unfold on the news.


I grew up watching the news team of Chet Huntley and David Brinkley on one channel, or Walter Cronkite on the other!  Those were the days!  We only had two channels to choose from for a long time, then ABC came on board. 

I don’t ever remember being sheltered from watching the news.  In those days the news media used more discresion and didn’t furnish so many graphics and details. 

I never remember my parents subscribing to a newspaper of any kind though.  If something special was going to be in the local paper, they went to town and bought that week’s paper.

While I was growing up, in the sixties, I never realized what turbulent times they were.  So much social activism–civil rights movements, women’s rights movements were at the forefront.  The Vietnam War dominated the entire span of the sixties… talk of war, participation in war, protest of war.  On one hand, we had the peaceful demonstrating, dope smokin’ hippies  sayin’ “make love, not war”… Then there were those scary radical groups like the Black Panthers and the Weather Underground who used violence in attempting to bring about their agenda of social change!  Wow!

  I remember the Vietnam War always being in the news.  I remember when the draft was first started, and I remember my brother getting called up to serve in the army.  I also remember watching the nightly news to find out what was happening in the war each night while my brother was in Vietnam.  I remember the nightly “body counts” being given on the news.  Those were some tense times for our family, and it was a relief when our loved-one came home safe and sound.

On the flip side of the Vietnam War, I remember seeing the war protestors on the news, as well as the draft dodgers who burned their draft cards and fled to Canada.  I couldn’t understand how those men could desert our country, while  two of the men I loved most in the world had gone to serve…  

I remember watching as John Glen became to first astronaut to totally orbit the earth.  I think I was in the first or second grade, and I was in awe…  I was just entering high school when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, again I was in awe.  Space travel has always amazed me!

The news event that most stands out foremost in my mind was the assassination of  President Kennedy in 1963!  To this day, I remember sitting in my fourth grade classroom when the announcement was made that President Kennedy had been shot.  That would never happen in school these days.  I remember when 9-11 happened, I was working at our local elementary school.  We were instructed not let the students know that anything had happened, even though all hell was breaking loose in New York.  My how times have changed! 

In googling the sixties, I discovered one bit of news which happened that I don’t remember hearing about.  Perhaps it was on the news and I didn’t understand what they were talking about, because I would’ve only been about age six.  Remembering how discreet the media was back then, I can’t help but wonder how they broke the news of “the introduction of the birth control pill”! 

In honor of this bit of “life-changing” news for women, and in the closing of this “in the news” post, I’ll leave you with a song by Loretta Lynn.  One thing about Loretta Lynn, she tells things exactly like she sees them!  Apparently, her song caused quite a stir in its day, with some radio stations refusing to play it.!  Have a great weekend y’all…

Published in: on March 25, 2011 at 8:26 am  Comments (5)  

Think Back Thursday…My Hope Chest

“Hope chest”…now there’s a phrase you don’t hear much anymore!  I wonder how many people even know what a “hope chest” is these days…I googled it, and it’s actually in the dictionary!

When I was a young girl, cedar chests were very popular.  Older people kept their special linens or clothing in cedar chests to protect them from moths.  In those days, young men would actually build cedar chests, or wardrobes(to hang clothes in) during one of their high school classes.  My husband built such a chest for his mother while he was in high school, and she still has special things stored in it after forty-five years!

In those days, young ladies would sometimes begin collecting household items in anticipation of marriage.  These same young ladies stored their special household items, such a linens or silver, in cedar chests to protect them.  Their cedar chests were called “hope chests”.

Many of you know that my husband and I became engaged just before my sixteenth birthday.  He was in the army, about to be deployed overseas for eighteen months, while I still had two years of high school left to finish.  It was a long engagement!

Not long after Ed left for Okinawa, I decided that I wanted start a “hope chest”.  I’ve always liked to “be prepared”, and it would give me something to do!  My family didn’t have one of those beautiful cedar chests, so I started out with a plain old cardboard box!  I kept it beside my bed, next to the wall. 

I remember the first item I bought was a set of stainless steel flatware–and I made payments on it!  After the stainless was paid for, I bought a set of melmac dishes!  Wow, there’s a blast from the past!  Who eats off melmac anymore?  Anyway, it was the early 70’s, and “flower power” was all the rage, along with melmac, and my set of dishes had this huge yellow daisy right in the middle of the plates!  I think they are hidious now, but back then I loved them!  I made payments on the dishes as well–to a mail order company known as Fingerhut–another blast from the past!

For Christmas, I asked for a set of “club aluminum” pots–in harvest gold, to match those yellow daisy plates!  I was so sure my kitchen was going to be harvest gold! ( It turned out to be white! )   As the months passed, my “hope chest” continued to grow!  It went from one cardboard box to several cardboard boxes!  By the time I got married, the “hope chest” had taken over one side of my bedroom!

I worked part-time during my last year of high school.  I used part of my salary to buy sheets, towels, and many other household items.  One Christmas, Ed sent me a set of Noritake china from Okinawa.  The following year, he sent a set of Noritake stainless to go with the china.  By the time Ed and I got married in 1972, we had pretty much everything that we needed to set up housekeeping!  I was proud of my “hope chest”, and I still have fond memories of it–apparently so does someone else!

The other day I saw a friend of mine from high school.  We spent many hours together while Ed was overseas.  She used to take photos of me, so I could send them to Ed. It was her wig that I was wearing in that old photo the other day.  Anyway, while we were talking, out of the blue, she mentioned my “hope chest”!  She said that she’d told her four daughters how I had collected everything that I needed by the time I got married.  I was surprised that she still remembered that after forty years!  I guess my “hope chest” made a lasting impression!

My blogiversary giveaway is still going on for a few more days.  It’s a giveaway of a dozen of my favorite things(socks, soap, candles,bath products, and more….)  Just leave me a comment if you’d like to be entered.  For more information about the giveaway, please click HERE.

Published in: on March 24, 2011 at 8:19 am  Comments (7)  

Wednesday Hodgepodge For March 23

It’s time to join Joyce for a little Wednesday Hodgepodge!  If you’d like to join in the mid-week fun, just click the button!

Here are this week’s questions:

1. Sunday was the first day of spring. So they say. Ahem.
What is your favorite outdoor springtime activity?  My most favorite of all springtime activities is just being outside!  Just give me a lawn chair and let me be…However, if I’m not sitting and relaxing, I like to be working around outside of the house, sprucing it up for the summer.  In other words, cleaning the yard, painting, and planting new flowers.
2. Who would you want to come into your kitchen to cook dinner for you?   I know this isn’t quite what Joyce had in mind, but I wish that my deceased father-in-law was able to come back and cook just one more Sunday dinner for us.  That man cooked the best fried chicken and mashed potatoes that I’ve ever eaten!  It would be great to have just one more family dinner, too. 
3. When did you last fly a kite?  I remember it well…It was around June 18th.  My husband and I were staying at the beach for our 38th wedding anniversary.  We rented a condo and invited our grandchidren and their mamas to come along.  I bought a kite with flying pig on it because I thought it was funny.  Then I flew my kite on the beach, and took some pictures of it.
4. What topic puts you to sleep faster than anything? Politics
5. Which flowers do you associate with specific people, places, or events?  I always think of my daughter’s wedding whenever I see Stargazer lilies.  She used them in her wedding bouquet and arrangements.
6. What significant historical events took place during your elementary school days? The most significant one that I remember is the day JFK got assasinated.  I was in the fourth grade when that happened.  I still remember the announcement being made over the speaker at school.
7. Do you swear? Do you pseudo-swear? (You know crap, shoot, friggin’?)  Yes, I have been guilty of saying the “s” word sometimes, but not too often.  I am guilty of saying “crap” or “shoot” a whole lot more.  I grew up hearing swear words, and decided at an early age that I didn’t like that kind of talk.  Every once in a while, my husband–who rarely loses his temper or talks ugly–will get upset and cuss like a sailor when he’s trying to “fix” something.   I’d like to knock him out  when he does that!

my flying pig kite

a happy day...

I’m short on random thoughts today, since I wrote a long random post yesterday.  Instead I’ve decided to share a couple of photographs with you–one of my flying pig kite, the other of my daughter with her wedding bouquet with the star gazer lilies in it.  It’s hard to believe it’s been almost ten years since that photo was taken.  Kendall, the flower girl, is a teenager these days!

My giveaway (of a dozen of my favorite things) is still going on.  If you would like to be entered, just let me know in a comment. 

Published in: on March 23, 2011 at 8:27 am  Comments (12)  

Random Tuesday/TuesdayTrain…



As always, on Tuesdays, I’m joining up with two of my favorite blog hops.  Just click the buttons at the top of this post to find out the rules for joining in, and to view the complete list of participants.  I really enjoy these blog hops!  Now on to the random business for today…

Today will find me headed to the hair dresser for some much-needed color and a haircut!  I always look  forward to  my visits with Wendy the hair dresser.  I especially love the times when I get hair color, a hair cut, and have my eyebrows done!  It’s like having a “make-over”.  Since I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather lately, perhaps a “make-over” is just what I need!

Today will also find me putting away St. Patrick’s Day decor, while I drag out Easter decorations.  Each time I’m in the process of dragging around those heavy plastic storage containers, I always ask myself: why do you do this???  Then, once I get everything decorated, I’m always happy!  Soon I’ll be surrounded by Easter bunnies, chicks, and decorated eggs…and of course, the year-round tree.  Then I’ll be fine until time to change the decor again.

The weather has been absolutely beautiful here, and last Friday we had our first family cookout of the year.  Is there anything more delicious than grilled food with all the trimmings?  I think not!  My husband’s barbecued chicken is fantastic 🙂  It’s also great being outside right now because those pesky mosquitoes haven’t come out to bite yet!

Last Saturday was set aside to go to Savannah so all the men in Brad and Jennifer’s wedding could get measured for their tuxedos.  Most of us left around 8:30 in the morning in order to be there for the 10:00 appointment.  About two hours later, everyone(all nine of them) had been measured, fitted, and each man left the store one hundred sixty-five dollars poorer!  What a ridiculous price to rent a tux!  It’s just not right when the men’s outfits cost more than the ladies’ bridesmaids dresses–and the men have to return theirs!  Where’s the logic in that?

Last night the new season of “Dancing With The Stars” premiered.  I didn’t think I’d care much for this year’s cast, but they were actually pretty good.  However, I’m sad because Derrick Hough isn’t on this season.  That man knows he can dance!  It just won’t be the same without him.  It turned out that I was most impressed with Ralph Machio (former Karate Kid), and I was also impressed with Kirstie Alley!  Who knew she could dance?  I believe I heard them say that she is sixty??!!  I didn’t think this cast was going to be very strong, but I was pleasantly surprised.

My friend, and blog reader, Cindy, left me a comment asking what my cat, Bobs, has been up to lately.  Bobs has been enjoying these wonderful spring days.  She’s been spending most of her days outside, coming in only at night so we both can rest!  She’s been having so much fun rolling in the dirt that now I have to give her a sponge bath at night! 

Fortunately for Bobs, I haven’t caught her “marking” lately.  She’s very sneaky and very moody though, so I have to keep a close eye on her.  Her spot of choice seems to in be my storage closet, so I  keep the double doors to it blocked with something because Bobs knows how to open them with her paw!   If I ever leave it unblocked, she heads straight through those doors. 

Unfortunately, Bobs has had a little upset stomach lately, and has thrown up twice in the house within the past week!  Ugh!  Fortunately, for both of us, once was on a throw rug, and the second time was on the tile in the hall.  Life is never dull with Bobs! 

I’ve tried very hard to keep Bobs outside only, but I’ve never seen a cat as determined (and crazy) as she is.  She sits outside and claws at the door for hours…just ask my son, Brad, who tried to sleep in my bedroom one night while she clawed at the outside door all night!  Many times I’ll let her in, just to get a break from the constant scratching.  She’s nothing if not persistent!  Don’t even ask what the weather stipping looks like on the back door!  So now you know what Bobs has been up to–no good 🙂  Notice that look of defiance on her face in the photo below…

That's my Bobs...

Published in: on March 22, 2011 at 8:15 am  Comments (13)  

Meet Me On Monday…March 21

It’s Monday again, and that means it’s time to join Java for “Meet Me On Monday”. I love participating, and getting to know my blogging friends a little better!

I was both surprised and thrilled when I clicked over to Java’s to get this week’s questions–and saw my button as the featured blog for this week! Thank you so much for the spotlight, Java!

Here are Java’s  five questions for this week:

1. What jewelry do you wear 24/7? In my younger years I wore my engagement ring, then later, my wedding rings, 24/7.  Speaking of wedding rings–those are our actual wedding rings on my blog button!  These days I rarely wear rings because sometimes my hands swell without warning due to arthritis. My ears are pierced, but all earrings make my ears swell and itch, too.  So much for wearing jewelry…I usually just don’t wear any!

2. Do you twirl your spaghetti or cut it? I cut my spaghetti with a fork.  I’ve never been very good at twirling anything! 

3. How many siblings do you have? I only have one brother, David, who is eight and a half years older me.  I’ve often wondered what my parents were thinking when spacing their children!

4. Were you named after anyone? Yes, my middle name–Carlene– came from my dad’s first name, Carl.  I used to hate my middle name while I was growing up, but these days…not so much.


5. Coke or Pepsi? I will drink either one, but I prefer Coke.  My favorite Pepsi product is Dr. Pepper!

My blogiversary giveaway is still in progress.  If you haven’t entered, I hope you will.  I’m giving away a dozen of my favorite things.  For more information about the giveaway, just click HERE.

A dozen of my favorite things!

Published in: on March 20, 2011 at 9:58 pm  Comments (12)  

Saying Good-bye To Another Furry Friend…

"Fat Sandy"

It’s been about two weeks since we buried “Junior”, the dog, and yet we’ve already lost another one of our “furry friends”– a cat we  lovingly referred to as “Fat Sandy”.

I first met “Sandy” almost seven years ago while I was volunteering at our local animal shelter.  Sandy was a shy, sandy-colored cat, that had no sign of a tail.  Her tail wasn’t bobbed, she just didn’t have one!  Sandy was an older cat who had been dropped off at the shelter, along with her one remaining kitten–the owner no longer willing to keep them.  The little female kitten looked exactly like her mother, except she had a half tail, which made her look like someone had chopped part of her tail off! 

Being the “cat-lover” I am, I felt sorry for– and fell in love with both cats!  I wanted to give both of them a home, but I had already adopted several cats.  I decided maybe I could stand to adopt just one of them, but  I was torn between which one to adopt.  I knew that mother cats have little chance of getting adopted, but I wasn’t sure if anyone would take a kitten with one-half of a tail either!

The shelter lady helped me make up my mind by agreeing to keep the mother cat at the shelter for a while to be “the official shelter cat”.  This title kept animals from being euthanized–at least for a while longer than most.  I decided to adopt the kitten, and I named her “Stubby” because of her tail.  The shelter lady allowed me to name the mother cat, so I gave her the name “Sandy” because of her sandy color.

The weeks went by, and Sandy continued living at the shelter.  Loretta, the shelter lady, allowed Sandy to roam free in the isolation room of the shelter instead of being confined in a small cage.  I donated a cat tree to the shelter, and Sandy’s favorite place to stay was in the top of that cat tree!  

It soon became apparent that Sandy wasn’t a very social cat, and  I was pretty sure nobody would ever adopt Sandy.  I wasn’t sure how long she would be allowed to live at the shelter–so of course I eventually ended up adopting her, too.

Sandy did fine once I brought her home.  She was much more relaxed at our home, although she always remained a bit skittish.  At first Sandy was a house cat, but she had a bad habit of climbing onto the kitchen table and counters– she loved high places!  She also had a bad habit of stealing!  She stole a whole loaf of bread off the counter once!  Sandy loved to eat, so she eventually ended up with the nickname “Fat Sandy”!  Sandy’s bad habits of climbing and stealing food eventually caused her to become an outside cat.

Sandy’s kitten, Stubby, disappeared about a year or two after I adopted her, but “Fat Sandy” lived a long and happy life outside.  Of course, we’ve all grown older, and we noticed the past few months that Sandy hasn’t looked as fat.  She began moving slower, and eating less.  Sandy still managed to hang around the door waiting for occasional “handouts” and she usually slept under the car port.  Then we noticed a big change in Sandy a few weeks ago, and knew that her time was running out.

Yesterday my husband buried our little “tailess friend”.  Although he used to fuss every time I brought home another shelter animal, he grieves along with me when one of them dies.  I’m glad I decided to give Sandy a home.  She was a good furry friend, and she was loved.  She’ll be sadly missed, too.

Published in: on March 20, 2011 at 11:34 am  Comments (8)