Remembering When…

I woke up this morning with lots of thoughts swirling in my head, but today I’ve decided to let my age show a bit.  I’m going to let my mind wander a bit, back into the past, and remember when…

I remember going to the store with a dime, as a child, and buying a small bag of “penny” candy or cookies–or sometimes even a toy!  A dime would buy a lot back in those days.  I also remember taking empty soda bottles back to the gas station to collect the deposit for spending money!

I remember when bread cost twenty-five cents a loaf.  In fact, I remember buying everything I needed to completely stock our empty pantry and refrigerator for only twenty-five dollars!  That was way back in 1972 when Ed and I got married.  These days twenty five dollars might buy you a gallon of milk, a loaf of bread, a dozen eggs, four pounds of sugar, and about three pounds of ground beef!

I remember when Ed’s job paid $3.31 per hour and that was considered “good money”.  (I worked part-time  through my last year of high school making $1.00 per hour, and had plenty of money to spend!)  These days it’s difficult to make ends meet, even when people are making ten times that amount!

Speaking of working–I worked in a department store back then.  We totaled up the merchandise being purchased on an adding machine. The store cash register was black, very large, and it wasn’t electronic.  I remember that it “dinged” loudly whenever it was opened.  It also didn’t tell you how much change to give back–we had to figure that out in our heads.  These days, some cashiers have trouble counting money, even when the cash register tells them the correct amount of change to give.

Speaking of figuring out something in your head–I remember when pocket calculators were first introduced!  I think our first one ran on AAA batteries!  My how far calculators have advanced since the seventies–and how dependent we’ve become on them!

I remember when gas only cost a few cents per gallon!  You could pay for your gas with pocket change if you wanted to. Imagine that!  I also remember when you pulled up to the pump, an attendant pumped your gas, cleaned the wind shield of your car, checked under the hood, and even checked the air pressure in your tires.  Now those were the days!  Oh how I hate to pump my own gas!  Fortunately, our little community still has a gas station that will pump the gas for you, unfortunately, their gas costs lot more than a few cents per gallon.

I remember back when there were no convenience stores in our little town.  A gas station was our closest thing to a convenience store–and they only carried candy, soft drinks, and some headache medicine!  I also remember when the streets of our little town seemed to “roll up” at 6 o’clock in the evening when all of its stores closed.  The stores also closed at noon on Thursdays, too, to make up for being open on Saturdays.

I remember back when telephones had rotary dials on them, and the dial was very difficult to turn!  I also remember party lines–and nosy neighbors who liked to listen in on the conversations of others!  I remember being asked to give up the line on a few occasions, too!  Later, party lines disappeared,  and then came the coveted “push button” phone!  Speaking of phones, remember phone booths and pay phones?  Do they even still exist?  I’m sure my grandchildren will only get to see them in pictures, thanks to the invention of the cell phone.

I remember when cars didn’t have air conditioning.  We rode with the windows rolled down to stay cool.  We called it our 4/60 air conditioner–four windows rolled down going 60 mph!  This didn’t really bother us much since some homes still weren’t air conditioned, and neither were the schools.  In fact, I remember sleeping with a box fan in my opened bedroom window at night–and getting “chilly” before morning!

Believe it or not, I even remember growing up without a clothes dryer or a dish washer.  I was married and nearly twenty-one years old before getting my first clothes dryer.  Many times I hung clothes on the line in the dark, after a long day at work!  My mother never owned a dryer!  I didn’t have a dish washer until about sixteen or seventeen years ago, when we finally took the plunge and bought one. My mother never owned one of those either.

I remember growing up and never locking the doors of our house.  Sometimes we slept with only a screen door protecting us from outside predators–and we weren’t afraid!  Of course, back then, our nearby state prisons routinely performed executions–and the prisons weren’t over crowded!  I’m just sayin’…crime didn’t pay back in those days!  These days, we worry–even with the doors locked!

I could sit here and reminisce all day, but that wouldn’t be very productive, would it?    It’s amazing to look back, and realize all of the changes that have taken place in just my lifetime–and somehow it makes me feel very old.  I remember listening to my parents talking about their past, and it always seemed surreal to me.   Now here I am talking about mine–and my own children probably will feel the same way!  I guess it just goes to show how the more some things change, the more others stay the same!
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Published in: on January 31, 2012 at 11:04 am  Comments (8)  

Cutting Trees, Burning Fields, And A Smoking Hound…

As usual, the weekend went by way too fast, but it was fun while it lasted!  The weather here was sunny and cool–which meant it was perfect for outside activities, and my family had plenty of those going on.

When my husband announced, on Friday, that he planned to cut down a few more trees around the farm, I took that as my cue to leave town and go shopping on Saturday!  I can never relax whenever Ed is in “tree cutting mode”!  You may remember a couple of weeks ago when two trees fell across our neighbor’s fence and smashed it…and then there was once the incident concerning the pine tree falling across my rabbit hutch…Anyway, my daughter, granddaughter, and I went shopping, on Saturday morning,  while our men folks stayed home to work around the farm!

It turned out that the other two females who live on the family farm also went shopping on Saturday.  Perhaps they knew Ed was going to be working, too!  For a few hours, there wasn’t a female on the entire place!  Heaven help us!  The men had the place all to themselves!

Thankfully, the tree cutting proceeded without incident, and hopefully, that task is about finished for a while!  The second task on Ed’s agenda was burning off the field in front of our house, and I wasn’t too thrilled about that thought either!   You may remember my story, from a few years back, about that same field accidentally catching fire and nearly burning us out of house and home!  Our neighbor farmer was harvesting his rye out of our field, when the field accidentally caught on fire while he was in the middle of it!  The fire department came,,  as well as scores of friends and neighbors, to help fight the fire and get it under control before it reached our house and the woods around us.  It was a very close call.

Anyway, Ed’s been wanting to burn off his section of the field for a while now, but the conditions were never suitable on the weekends.  Finally, Saturday seemed like the perfect time to light the match!  Imagine everyone’s surprise when the fire was lit, and the field refused to stay burning!  (Especially knowing how fast it has ignited in the past)  Despite repeated tries, the fire would only burn in “spots” and not straight across the field as it should have.  I guess there’s a big difference in burning dried rye and burning dried weeds!  I don’t think we are in any danger from those weeds igniting.

Speaking of burning, while everyone was trying to get that stupid field to burn, late Saturday afternoon,  our two dogs were trampling around in the dried, smoking brush along with us.  At one point, Ethan, our old hound dog, came out of the field panting smoke.  At first, we thought his breath was fogging due to the cool evening air, but then I realized the smoke he was panting was blue!   Apparently, he swallowed something while it was still smoking!   I quickly called him aside and gave him some water in a bowl.  He drank half of a large bowl of water before he paused.  Afterward, he stopped smoking, and seemed fine.  Crazy hound dog…

One thing for sure around here–there is rarely a dull moment.  Falling trees, burning/ non-burning fields, smoking dogs…it just keeps me wondering what in the world will happen next.

Published in: on January 30, 2012 at 1:20 am  Comments (6)  
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Special Person, Special Day…

I’ve known this special person since I was just a child–probably five or six years old.

She came into my life as “the babysitter”.

I loved her because she showered me with attention.  She colored,  and played games with me.

It turns out I wasn’t the only one who loved her.

My older brother fell for her, as well.

They did make a lovely couple together back then, didn’t they?

They still make a  lovely couple today!

The two of them married when I was just nine years old–and that was a long, long time ago.

My former babysitter became my sister-in-law, and  my friend during the years that followed.

We raised our daughters at the same time, they’re less than two years apart in age.

Now we’re both grandmothers of three–two boys and a girl.

We share so many happy  memories between us from over the years. (including her husband’s/my brother’s ordination to become a pastor.)

Today is her birthday.

And though we are miles apart today, I’m thinking about her and wishing her a very happy birthday that’s filled with many (more) happy memories.

Happy birthday to the best babysitter/sister-in-law/ girlfriend a person could ever have!

Published in: on January 27, 2012 at 11:18 am  Comments (6)  
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Thursday’s Thoughts…Somebody’s Watching!

You’re never too old to learn, and yesterday I learned a few things that I didn’t know.  I found some of these things shocking, and disturbing, to say the least!  I was watching a show and one of the guests was a “life continuity expert”.  I’m not exactly sure what that title means, (and he wasn’t very specific in explaining),  but I do know that the man has a background in “intelligence”.  During the course of the show, I learned several shocking things that I either didn’t know or hadn’t really given much thought to.

I learned that “privacy” is dead because data bases never forget–and everything is stored in data bases these days.  There is a stored copy of every transaction, call, or whatever–in a data base somewhere!  We can be tracked and investigated through our electric bills, water bills, banking records, medical records, phone records, emails, social media accounts, etc.   “Someone” can look at these documents and determine pretty much anything  they want to know about us.

Think about how often we use “Google”.  Yesterday there was breaking news concerning Google’s Privacy Act.  The government and Google, now working together–now there’s a force to be reckoned with.  Our government is slowly, but surely, intent on gaining control over the internet.

We all know our computers are vulnerable if we’re connected to the internet, but did you know that technology is available which can read the hard drive of your computer when it isn’t even connected to the internet?  It can be done through AC current.  Mind boggling isn’t it?

These days there is a “digital trail” of us where ever we go.  Think of how many places where cameras are in use.  They’re virtually everywhere these days.  Houses, schools, buses, banks, stores, street corners…the list goes on and on.  For the most part, this is a good thing, but it’s also a scary thought…Somebody’s always watching!

Do you have any of those “store rewards” cards?  I sure do–several of them!  I learned that our buying habits are being tracked and stored through the use of these cards!  I’d never thought about this.  In the future, with so many changes in healthcare on the horizon, our buying habits could actually be used against us!  For instance, if we buy “junk food”, cigarettes, or alcohol…the evidence is all stored in a database!  The life continuity expert recommends getting store rewards cards only in a fake name if you choose to use them!

I learned that cell phones are a great way of spying on us–even when it’s not turned on!  I also learned that to have a cell phone in a truly “safe mode”, you have to remove the battery.   However,  Apple’s popular iPhones have non-removable batteries!  Did you know that?

I learned a lot more things, but that’s a post for another time.  I’m still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that my private life isn’t really private, and hasn’t been private for many years.  Of course, I knew this up to a point, since I choose to blog.  However,  it’s one thing to willingly share information with others, but it’s another to have your information taken and shared without your knowledge!

Published in: on January 26, 2012 at 10:10 am  Comments (7)  

Wednesday Hodgepodge # 63…January 25

This week is officially half over, and the month is nearly gone already!  It’ll be spring before we know it.  In the meantime, let’s enjoy  Joyce’s weekly meme, “Wednesday Hodgepodge”.  Don’t forget to click on Joyce’s button at the top of my post,  to see the list of others participating, then pay some of them a visit, too.

1. The NFL playoffs were held this past weekend and this year’s Superbowl lineup will feature The New York Giants versus The New England Patriots. How do you define ‘patriot’?

I define a patriot as someone who loves, honors, and defends their country.

2. What’s something in your life right now that feels like a ‘giant’?

Trying to make wise financial decisions concerning our future.  Times are tough for everyone, but especially for us older folks with limited time left in the work force.  Our Social Security isn’t looking very “secure”, our retirement accounts aren’t  earning much money these days, and prices–well, they just keep on rising.

3. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think back to being 18?

Being a newlywed!  On my eighteenth birthday I’d been married to Ed for only about 10 weeks.  We were “living on love, and buying on time”. (lyrics of an old Alan Jackson song which Ed says is “our song”)

4. Coconut-mashed potatoes-vanilla ice cream-mayonnaise…which white food would be the hardest to give up?

I’m not really a fan of coconut, I can take or leave mashed potatoes, and I prefer Miracle Whip over mayonnaise…so my answer would have to be good ole’ vanilla ice cream!  Wouldn’t you know?

5. Describe an incident or a day you remember as the coldest you’ve ever experienced?

I remember a time, many years ago, when the temperature here dropped down to 10 degrees.  That’s extremely cold for southeastern Georgia!  My goldfish pond froze over and didn’t thaw out for three days.  All of the fish survived–and we did, too, but it sure was COLD outside!

6. You’re hosting a brunch…what’s your favorite dish to prepare and serve?

I’d probably make a breakfast casserole, although I don’t often cook them.  I can’t find the recipe that I usually use, but this one is similar, and belonged to a friend who passed away.

Cheese Strata~Breakfast Casserole 

5 thick slices of white bread, cubed

10 oz. grated sharp cheddar cheese

4 eggs

2 cups milk

1 tsp. dry mustard

1 tsp. salt

Grease  1 and 1/2 quart casserole dish, and place bread cubes in it.  Combine other ingredients in a bowl and mix well.  Pour over bread cubes, then refrigerate casserole overnight–a must!  Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour, then serve while hot.  Note:  I like bacon, so I’d probably add 4 to 6 strips of crispy, crumbled bacon to my casserole.

7. How do you combat negative thinking?

I’m usually a “the glass is half full” type of person, but as time goes on I’m beginning to see the glass as “half empty” more and more often.  Perhaps getting older has something to do with this.  Whenever I begin having negative thoughts, I make myself look for the “positives” in the situation, then remind myself that “it could always be worse”.

Random:  In yesterday’s post, I mentioned making a chicken pot pie.  The recipe is so quick and easy, I decided to share it.  It’s one of Ed’s favorites.

Quick and Easy Chicken Pot Pie

3  chicken breasts (I use frozen, boneless breasts) boiled until tender

1  15oz. can of mixed vegetables, drained

1 can cream of celery soup

2 tablespoons dried onion flakes

1 and 1/2 cups of chicken broth (left over from boiling the chicken breasts)

Ingredients for crust:

1 stick melted margarine

1 cup milk

1 cup self rising flour (sifted)

Cut or shred chicken breasts into small pieces.  Put into a 9×13 or similar baking dish.  Add the chicken broth, drained vegetables, cream of celery soup, and onion flakes.  Stir to mix well.  In a separate bowl mix the ingredients for the crust, then pour over the chicken mixture.  Bake at 400 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown.  I have also made individual pot pies by dividing the mix/crust into five small round baking dishes before baking.

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A Simple Woman’s Daybook…January 24

FOR TODAY

Outside my window...it’s looking cloudy and dreary.  I hope the sun decides to shine later today!

I am thinking…this kind of weather is best for sleeping or reading a good book!

I am thankful…for where we live.  I love the quiet, peaceful atmosphere in which we live.  I can hear birds singing outside as I type this.  This farm has belonged to my husband’s parents for over 60 years.

In the kitchen…I made a chicken pot pie for supper last night, and it was delicious.  I used my usual recipe, but this one turned out better than most.  We also had warm gingerbread for dessert–something I never got around to baking at Christmas time.

I am wearing…my night shirt and a pair of  lounging socks.  I really need to get dressed!

I am creating…some new Valentine’s Day ornaments for my “year-round” tree.

I am going…to town to pick up my granddaughter from pre-school in a little while.  I help my daughter out by doing this on Tuesdays.

I am wondering…how bad the economy will get before it gets better.  How much more water can they add to a bottle of catsup?  How much smaller can they make a Tootsie Roll midget?

I am reading…nothing at the moment, but I’ve started three different books–and haven’t finished any of them.

I am hoping…I continue to feel well in the coming weeks.

I am looking forward to…springtime!  I love watching everything come to life after being dormant all winter.

I am learning…to listen more, and speak less.  A lesson I’ve sometimes learned the hard way.

Around the house…things are still pretty tidy.  I cleaned up for company several days ago, and the house hasn’t gotten messy again– yet.

I am pondering…what the future holds for Ed and me as we grow older.  Ed’s now 62, and could retire–if our economy wasn’t in such a mess…but it is, so he will continue to work for a while longer.

A favorite quote for today…“It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.”    Sarah Hughes (Olympic gold medalist, figure skating, 2002)

One of my favorite things...spending time relaxing on a warm, sandy beach.  Along with a gentle ocean breeze blowing, and oldies music playing in the background.

A few plans for the rest of the week:  not sure yet, but hoping to spend some time with the grandchildren, and perhaps visit an old friend.

A peek into my day…not much exciting happening around here, other than my trip to town.  Perhaps I’ll make a few ornaments for the “year-round” tree.

Many thanks to Peggy at http://thesimplewomansdaybook.blogspot.com/ for hosting the Simple Woman’s Daybook.

Published in: on January 24, 2012 at 11:34 am  Comments (9)  

Never Too Old To Enjoy The Circus…

Ringling Bros. Circus 2012

On Friday, I joined my daughter and granddaughter on a school field trip to the circus!  The little pre-school my granddaughter attends doesn’t have access to a bus, so parents were responsible for transporting their own children to the circus.  Parents and children had to meet at 9:30 to pick up their tickets from the box office, which meant we had to leave home early in the morning!  It’s a 55 mile drive to the Savannah Civic Center.  Nothing like an early start to a fun day!

Love those elephants!

My daughter, Brandy, and I have been to the civic center on several occasions, but never without our husbands.  The men have always been the ones doing the driving on past trips.  On Friday morning, she and I left armed with traveling directions, and set out on our own to find downtown Savannah.   Fortunately, “Google Maps” gives great directions, and we drove straight there without any problems.  In fact, we had 20 minutes to spare!

Our seats at the circus turned out to be good ones.  We were seated front and center, so we had a great view of everything going on during the show.  I took my camera along, just in case we had a decent view.  I took photographs throughout the show–meanwhile,  a small child sitting directly behind me, on their parent’s lap,  kept his shoe in the middle of my shoulders for almost the entire show.  I was certain I would have a permanent shoe print on my back for the rest of the day!

Hanging by her heels!

I actually think Brandy and I enjoyed the show more than granddaughter, Madison, did.  The show kept us on the edge of our seats most of the time–from the ladies performing on hoops, to three motorcycles flying around the inside of a steel cage!  A fantastic comedy team kept us entertained in between the circus acts, so there was never a dull moment.   Although there were no lions or tigers this year, the other animal acts were very good–including two performing camels!

Believe it or not, Madison’s most memorable part of the entire circus was when one of the elephants “pooped” during the performance!  It probably wouldn’t have been so memorable, had it not been for that foul smell!  It was a bit unbelievable how the smell seemed to fill the entire civic center!  Oh my goodness!

One of my favorite acts.

Following the circus, we left the civic center armed with more directions to get us over to the “south side” of Savannah, where we planned to eat lunch.  The Google directions were great, but unfortunately I misread them and got us a bit lost!  We ended up in Garden City, and had to call Brandy’s husband for directions to get us back on track!

Within minutes, we were safely headed in the right direction once again.  That was our only mishap of the entire day–with the exception of me entering the men’s restroom at the civic center!  Oops!  I didn’t realize I could move so fast–until I spotted that man standing in front of a urinal!    In my defense, it was an honest mistake.  There was a sign on the wall, just outside the men’s restroom, that said “Ladies”.  However, barely noticeable was a tiny arrow below it pointing down the hall to the actual Ladies room!  (The door to the men’s room was actually propped open, so I didn’t notice the paper sign on the door either.)

Despite a couple of exciting mishaps, all’s well that ends well, right?  We all had a very nice time, it was a memorable day, and I discovered–you’re never too old to enjoy the circus, but I just may need a little help finding the ladies room next time!

Published in: on January 22, 2012 at 10:43 pm  Comments (8)  
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(Thursday’s Thoughts) Here’s What’s Happening In Our Neck Of The Woods…

It’s turned out to be a busier than normal week around here, but sometimes busy is nice and it certainly makes the time pass quickly.  The problem with being busy is–it makes me tired and cuts into my blogging time!  I went to bed early last night–without writing a post for today.

I went to the doctor for my three months checkup on Tuesday afternoon.  Guess what?!  I had to have blood drawn again!  I don’t usually mind all that much, but I’d just had it done last week.  Unfortunately, they didn’t test my thyroid levels, so…I had to have that done.  Did I mention how much the nurse hurt me last week, as she gouged my vein?  Ugh!  Fortunately, I didn’t get the same nurse on Tuesday!

After weeks of feeling sort of lousy, I finally began feeling better last week.  Perhaps it was the visit from my brother and his wife!  Getting the hustle-bustle of the holidays behind didn’t hurt either.  Whatever the reason, it’s nice to be feeling better again.  I just hope and pray the feeling lasts for a while.

Since I’m feeling better, I volunteered to babysit two of our grandchildren for a while yesterday.  I hadn’t had much snuggle time with baby Chase, and I felt sure that my daughter-in-law must be in need of a break by now.  My suspicions were confirmed, and she brought the boys to me on Wednesday morning.

Wednesday turned out to be a bit of a “child fest” because my daughter, Brandy, also walked over and brought little Alex for his first visit to my house.  Little Alex is still trying to figure me out.  Brandy and I look a lot alike, and I think he gets a bit confused occasionally.  Alex cries every time Brandy leaves the room, and yesterday he cried whenever I left the room, too!  Anyway, granddaughter, Madison, came over for a bit, too, after she got home from pre-K.  I enjoyed all of my visitors.  Baby Chase slept through most of his visit, but the others sure had a great time.  After everyone went home, after lunch, this tired Mimi took herself a nap!

Alex, Madison, and Cade playing together

Today I plan to straighten up the house a bit, and pick up Madison from pre-K at noon because her mom has a doctor’s appointment at eleven.  Tomorrow I get to join Madison and her mom for a fun field trip–to the circus!  That should prove to be fun–and tiresome, but I’m looking forward to it.  Who doesn’t love the circus, no matter how old you are?!

That’s about all that’s going on in my neck of the woods, what have you been up to?

Published in: on January 19, 2012 at 10:46 am  Comments (7)  

Wednesday Hodgepodge…January 18

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for the weekly “Wednesday Hodgepodge”.  (Thanks, Joyce!)  Here are Joyce’s questions, along with my answers:

1. A new Miss America was crowned on Saturday night-did you watch? If you were a contestant what would your talent be?

No, I didn’t watch it.  I stopped watching pageants years ago.  I hope I don’t offend anyone, but pageants are just about more than I can stand!  Everything looks so “fake”.  I would never be a contestant willingly, but if I was ever forced to be one, I’d be in trouble.  I can’t sing, dance, or play a musical instrument!

2. Do you have houseplants? Real or fake?

Neither!  No plants of any kind in this house, but I do like them!  I just can’t keep real ones alive, and I hate to dust the fake ones.  Of course, I do have a “year round” tree, if that counts as a fake houseplant!

3. When you were in school did you speak up or were you more of the hide your face, avoid eye contact, and pray the teacher didn’t call on you type of student?

I was the “hide your face, avoid eye contact, pray the teacher didn’t call on me” kind of girl!  It’s funny how I grew up and ended up being a “teacher” of sorts, aka “a paraprofessional”.  I don’t have a problem talking in front of children–just adults.

4. Next Monday marks the Chinese New Year…what do you order when someone suggests Chinese food?  A fortune cookie!  It’s about the only Chinese food that I like.

5. How would you define a miracle? What would it take for you to consider something a miracle?

Well, first of all I had no idea how to define a miracle, so I googled the word.  (How did we ever function before google?)  Google says a miracle is an event attributed to “divine intervention” or an “act of God”.  I don’t think I can beat that definition.   As for what it takes to make me consider something a miracle…I consider the rising of the morning sun, each day, a miracle. Rain falling out of the sky is a miracle to me.   How about the way a newborn baby can go from living inside of its mother’s womb to living outside in the world with the cutting of its umbilical cord and one gulp of air?  Now there’s a miracle!

6. What’s your favorite Disney song? If you’re stuck you’ll find a list here.

It’s a Small World has always been a long-time favorite of mine.

7. I should have put my baby swing together yesterday.

Random:  You may be wondering why I said” I should have put the baby swing together yesterday”.

It’s because these two are coming to visit for a little while today.  I’m babysitting to give their mom a little break.  Oh happy day!  Grandchildren are my rewards for growing old…

Published in: on January 18, 2012 at 9:21 am  Comments (9)  

So Much To Say, So Little Time…

Now that I’ve finally gotten my blogging mojo back, I’m running short of time to write.  Isn’t that always the way it goes?

Today I’ve got a hair appointment and a doctor’s appointment.  What was I thinking,  making two appointments in one day?  I’ll tell you what I was thinking!  I was thinking that I would get my hair done, then not have to worry about getting ready to go to the doctor’s office later in the day!  I was not thinking about having to run errands and pick up my granddaughter from pre-K in between appointments.

I’ve been away from my computer for almost four days, so I spent the greater part of  yesterday visiting other people’s blogs, and sorting through emails.   I noticed a twenty dollar off coupon to Shutterfly.com in my email–and it expires tomorrow!  I try never to let a good  great coupon expire!

So, pardon me while I head to my appointments, do errands, and try to find some time, in between and after,  to finish my Christmas photo book before my great coupon expires!  I’ll be back tomorrow to join in the Wednesday Hodgepodge and visit blogs.

In the meantime, here’s a photo from my Christmas collection!  I’m using  this one (and many more equally funny ones)  in my photobook.  Ponder on it, then leave me a suggestion for a good caption. ( Hopefully my daughter will be a good sport and not kill me for posting this…)

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Published in: on January 17, 2012 at 8:30 am  Comments (6)