Slim and Franke

Slim and Franke

Monday, July 24, 2017


Question Of The Week, 7-24-17

Do you smoke?

I started smoking at age 15 and had my last cigarette at age 57, just 15 minutes before my first heart attack.

No, I tried for a week when I was at uni, but never inhaled and hated it, and haven't since.

I started smoking when I was 13 and quit when I was 50. At that time I was smoking 2 packs a day and would wake up just to smoke. Quitting was super hard for me and it took several months before I felt some relief but it is so worth it now. 

I smoked for a year or so in my mid twenties, stopped when I became pregnant and never picked it up again. The hubs stopped at the same time.

Never! Neither has The Golfer šŸ˜Š Odd ones out.

Haven't had one in years, miss them every day

I was a three pack a day smoker but quit in 1976 when I spent 3 weeks in a hospital on happy drugs recovering from botched surgery. Seemed like a good time to quit. Everyone in my cancer support group is a former smoker. 

Just a little in college when I was so insecure. Thankfully I grew up!

Ditto what Tabor said.

No, never. I just didn't get the point. I was lookout for a few girls who tried it behind the sports shed at school and saw them get red faced, coughing and vomiting and just didn't see why anyone would voluntarily do this to themselves. I had smoking parents and many adults throughout my childhood were smokers too, so I knew it was something one would get used to, but I still never wished or felt the need to try. and have you seen the cost of smokes these days? Here in Australia?

I have to wonder how anyone can afford to smoke these days.

Thursday, July 20, 2017


Not sure if I will get to the Words For Wednesday this week.  I am helping out my sister. Meanwhile, you may go to MUMBLINGS blog for the prompts if you want to give it a try.  I hope you will.

Get this..."Yesterday I was walking across the downtown street. Obviously, I was moving too slowly for the oncoming car and the teenagers yelled at me as they speeded past, "Move old woman". I am devastated"

Monday, July 17, 2017


Question Of The Week, 7-17-17

What makes you feel afraid?

Late night or very early morning calls most definitely. And when someone I love is unwell.

Yes certainly late night phone calls, and unexpected visits. Have a nice week!

That\s the one...those calls that wake you and it simply can't be anything good.

I really don't know...

Bad storms...

Those phone calls, all i can think of

So far we all seem to be most afraid of something going wrong with loved ones. I thought someone would be afraid of things that go bump in the night. Lions,tigers and bears...oh my. LOL

Something going wrong with loved ones, yes. And sharks. Fuck them. They are evil!

That my pets will out live me and not be properly cared for. 

When my loved ones are ill.

I know my homes noises, so bumps in the night don't bother me, but unexplained loud crashing noises such as what terrorised my Angel (and me) are scary and since then I worry that it will happen again. It's a very uncomfortable feeling for me; I was never afraid of anything.

I'm scared of monsters ;)

only dying before I get to do more of my planned stuff !

People. :O

Sunday, July 16, 2017


Have you ever heard of Stitch Fix?  I joined three months ago.  My personal shopper selected 5 items each of the first two months.  The first month I kept one item of jewelry and sent the rest back.  The second month I kept two tops and sent the rest back.  I requested a new shopper and this month I kept all 5 items.  Becca is my new personal shopper and I hope she will stay on track with my likes and dislikes.  For someone like me who hates going to stores to look for clothes, this is perfect.  

My daughter has been a member longer but she doesn't need plus size clothes and they didn't offer my sizes at first.  Now they have added plus sizes and I am so happy! My selections are for casual clothes, but you can seek dressy or business or whatever style you desire.  You can also have them pick something for a special occasion and you can select your price range.

new top and shorts

new top, shorts and shoes

new top, shorts and shoes

Image of cute shorts.
cute comfortable shoes.

Friday, July 14, 2017


And here is a delightful reality photo sent from my sister this morning.  She took this from her hotel room in Paris. Hope she doesn't meet up with an Ostrich while she is there.  LOL

Wednesday, July 12, 2017


It is that wonderful time again for WFW.  Get over to Delores of Mumblings for the prompts this week and to read other stories or poems.  Write and post your own.  It is a fun exercise. I have used all twelve and you can tell that I rushed in my labor.

The hornet got caught in my hairnet. It would hover in my proximity as I was hanging the wash on the clothesline. I guess it had been lured by the scent of the soap.

It was my decision to greet this flying nuisance the next day with a chilling response. I would drench it in bug spray and then I would dance with joy as it writhed on the ground. This was one hornet that would not make it home for dinner that night. He was fatally damaged by a horrifying chemical and finished off by my shoe.


Monday, July 10, 2017


Question Of The Week 7-10-17

What is the most memorable class 
you have ever taken?

Yes, I actually took a college course titled PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT. It was such an innovative class and a group of us was selected to appear on television in 1965. I was in that group. It was a hoot:-)

At work we all had to take sensitivity made me aware of how sensitive people are and to think twice before I spoke. Actually, it made me afraid to open my mouth.

biology in college --I learned to love snakes and spiders

Thermodynamics. It changed the way I looked at life. 

A personal development course about the homeless, and what we can do to support them.

Real Estate Law. The instructor had the most amazing Scottish accent. Not sure what he said but I loved the way he said it. 

Non-violent crisis intervention.

It was a writing class actually and I've been turned on to it ever since.

High School Math the year we had a teacher who loved his subject and knew how to teach. Suddenly geometry made sense and I enjoyed Math for the rest of the year.
Then there was my Creative Writing Course which taught me that if the teacher is a fan of literature, she isn't going to like anything you write.

I think the first time I walked into a life drawing class at 17 and sitting down to draw my first naked man. 

Introduction to Motion Pictures - 14 years ago at Georgia State University, when I went back to college to finally finish my degree. I had a wonderful professor named Eddy Von Mueller. I saw him in a restaurant last month and never did go up to him - I got uncharacteristically shy. If I had, I would have told him that was my most favorite class of all time - he made it fascinating.

Saturday, July 08, 2017


This is my Zippy Truck.  Ron bought it for me at an auction in 2012.  I have loved this little truck and my memories of Ron working hard to outbid a very determined woman.  She finally stopped and we got the truck for a very reasonable price. It was a 2008 and only had 39,000 miles on it.

Zippy had the first electrical problems last week.  They say that is a sign of more bad things to come so rather than pay for the expensive repairs I traded my Colorado in for a brand new truck.  Here is my 2017 GMC Colony.

As much as I love this new truck with all the bells and whistles, I cannot describe the pain felt in leaving my zippy truck behind.  Yes there were tears:-(  You can help me name this new beauty.  I will love your suggestions.