Slim and Franke

Slim and Franke

Friday, October 20, 2017


And on a personal note...nothing.  Cold or flu or something awful kept me home all week.  I did get to the grocery store yesterday and decided to stop at McDonalds to try their Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich.  It is very low calorie and healthy.  My one-word review for that sandwich is DON'T!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017


The  WORDS FOR WEDNESDAY again are provided by Cindi Summerlin of LETTING WORDS ESCAPE.   You can tell Halloween is coming by the words Cindi provides.  This time they are inspired by the story IT.  She even gave us a photo.    
1. Clown

2. Tunnels
3. Children
4. Nightmares
5. Water
6. Friends


1. Visions
2. Red
3. Courage
4. Asthma
5. Recurrence
6. Hide

FOOTPRINTS by Granny Annie

I was raised in a very small town. My friends and I would always clown around. We believed we were invincible . We were children after all and it was our duty to explore. Running free in the summer months led us through nearby woods. We even explored a few abandoned tunnels. That was when we were led to an old train car that had been left to rot on the old tracks.

This particular day, that I will never forget, led us to the adventure that nightmares are made of.

Eric was the one who had encouraged us to sneak inside the box car. He may have encouraged us, but he would not take the lead. He insisted I go first through the broken door. I remember the cobwebs that hung like curtains everywhere. We had to brush through them. It gave all of us the creeps. Somewhere water was dripping in slow, even drops.

Susie decided to move forward on her own to explore the drip, drip, drip sound. I told her not to leave the group but she wanted to show us her courage. The minute Susie was out of our sight I felt my asthma begin to flair. Panic set in as we all realized how quickly Susie had disappeared from our view. It was as if the floor of the old caboose had gobbled her up.

We huddled together and moved forward trying to find our friend in this dark and dirty place. Suddenly the cobweb curtains parted and visions of children covered in red droplets charged toward us. Susie was in the mob. Her teeth had turned to sharp canine teeth and were gnashing in horrible clicking sounds.

We ran like lightening searching for a place to hide. It was nightfall before we dared return to our homes. Susie never returned home and we could not bring ourselves to tell of the adventure. To this day if we look above that tunnel that hides the abandoned train car, we all see the recurrence of bloody footprints that rise up and turn into red balloons floating to the sky. It is best never to look.

Monday, October 16, 2017


Question Of The Week 10-16-17

Do you believe in destiny, fate or free will?

I believe through free will we create our own destiny. :)

Free will makes our destiny

Yes, I do believe.

God gave us free will and choice.

I believe it's a little bit of all three that drives our lives in one direction or another.

I smile every time I see your two pups on the couch.

I believe we make our own destiny.

I agree with Delores, I believe life is made up of all three in a sense.

A little of all of them.

I too believe in all three for each situation can be different.

I think God has a plan for our lives but gives us free will, but somehow along the way I tend to believe we end up more or less where we should be

I believe we have free will. Whether we all put it to good use is another metter entirely.

All three and I don't seem to have much say in it, they just take me along. I think perhaps my will isn't as free as I'd like, since fate needs me to be here where I am for the time being.

A combination of the three....perhaps....

All three.

Yes by free will we create our own destiny

A combination. I think we are given opportunities which we can seize, or we can blow it.

I believe it is our job to find the joy in this world despite the roadblocks put in the way. Good and bad things happen, not caused but allowed by God, and we are left here to remain grateful for the good.

I'm a free will person actually.

Friday, October 13, 2017


And on a personal note, here I am with my son who was my traveling companion last week.  He is the provider of most of my Friday Funnies so you can just guess how much he kept me laughing in Branson, Mo.  We were with my husband's shipmates for the USS Mahan Reunion.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


These WORDS FOR WEDNESDAY were provided by Cindi Summerlin of LETTING WORDS ESCAPE.   Give it your best shot.  I did. 

1. Electricity
2. Grief
3. Laboratory
4. Slaughterhouse
5. Kiss
6. Amuse


1. Melancholy
2. Murder
3. Ravine
4. Laugh
5. Sensations
6. Violent

And this great picture!

     HURRICANE FANTASY by Granny Annie

    It looked like the hurricane would leave us without electricity for a very long time. Ron tried to tell me that our loss was nothing like the grief being caused others. They were losing homes and there would be some loss of life. We huddled together in the dark.

    Our good friends and neighbors Richard and June had found their life's work in the laboratory had all been destroyed. The remains appeared to be a slaughterhouse.We knew they would probably exchange a kiss when they saw it and give thanks they were alive. Even in the darkest of the night Richard would try to amuse June with stories of their most pleasant memories.

    Richard and June told us later that while the wait for power did seem the least of their worries, they could not achieve melancholy. They knew that looters were already moving from one home to another robbing and perhaps even committing murder. They said they decided to wait out the remainder of the storm in a ravine behind what was left of their home. Perhaps they would be safer there. The did Laugh when they told us that, but we could not see any humor in their situation. I felt sensations of goosebumps as they talked about the
    violent night.

    Thankfully they were safe in the morning light as were we. Rescue teams were pouring in from everywhere. The four of us were happy to be alive.

Monday, October 09, 2017


Question Of The Week 10-9-17

Do you ever forward or reply to chain mails?

Not me, I've heard some of that contains trojans. If they don't I don't want to send my email address out to just anyone. I'm really not into spam.

Never and I try to avoid those people who do.

Never - even if they say I will die or something horrible would happen - you think that is nice to send to a friend?

I rarely get any, but if I do they get deleted straight away. 

Never. I hate those things.


Never in a million years, and I make it quite clear to the sender (without being mean) that I don't participate and please not include me in the future. I hate them.

Not on your life

And I have problems with blog awards for similar reasons. They often feel a bit like a chain letter...

Never. I don’t get them all that often anymore

Nope, I usually just delete them myself.

Never. The only one who persists is my brother-in-law. Hum wonder if that means anything:) 

I never respond by forwarding the email but sometimes I will send a private response to my friends telling them that I do not participate.

I do occasionally, but I do try to do so carefully.

Never done it. 90% of the forwarded ones are fake/manipulated. Its best to avoid them.

When I first had a computer I forwarded a couple, but don't anymore. I never sent on any that came through snail mail when I was young, they would often say forward to 10 or 20 people and that's a lot of money for stamps when you're just a kid.


Never. Used to have a secretary at our work that forwarded them all the time and it really dismayed me.

I just delete them quietly. Don't believe in responding to them

Never and my family hates me for it. Go figure

It depends....

Used to but stopped about 1996