Saturday, April 30, 2011
Here is Hope, our youngest grandchild, ready for 89ers Day at school. Her mama made her dress and bonnet. Thank goodness my mother taught my daughter to sew, because I sure didn't.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
How well does your pet know you?
(For instance, if I just slip on my jeans and a t-shirt, Slim heads for the barn. If I put on my bra first, she heads for the van, knowing I'm on my way to town.)
This post is dedicated to the wonderful memories of kenju's cat Storm.
Friday, April 22, 2011
SYMBOLS OF OUR FAITH
GOOD MORNING RUSTY
ROOSTER WARS (Again)
I treasure and love the comments from each and every one of my blog buddies. Thank you for stopping by FOOLS RUSH IN on your cyberspace blog travels.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
What do you expect from such simple creatures?
Your last name stays put.
The garage is all yours.
Wedding plans take care of themselves.
Chocolate is just another snack.
You can be President.
You can never be pregnant.
You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park.
You can wear NO shirt to a water park.
Car mechanics tell you the truth.
The world is your urinal.
You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky.
You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt.
Same work, more pay.
Wrinkles add character.
Wedding dress $5000. Tux rental-$100.
People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them.
New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet.
One mood all the time.
Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.
You know stuff about tanks.
A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase.
You can open all your own jars.
You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness.
If someone forgets to invite you,
He or she can still be your friend.
Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack.
Three pairs of shoes are more than enough..
You almost never have strap problems in public.
You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes..
Everything on your face stays its original color..
The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades.
You only have to shave your face and neck.
You can play with toys all your life.
One wallet and one pair of shoes -- one color for all seasons.
You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look..
You can 'do' your nails with a pocket knife.
You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.
You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives
On December 24 in 25 minutes.
No wonder men are happier.
(Thanks Rhonda for forwarding this to me in an email!)
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
But it is Holy Week and I started this week out by accidentally driving a nail through my foot. A perfect reminder that our faith carries us through all suffering.
Today I will wear my cross.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
1.) It appears that Dixie is pregnant. She is our white Spanish/Pygmy mix goat. She is acting strangely and does not want to go inside the pen with the others at night but I dare not leave her out. I hope she does not have her kid while we are gone.
2.) I saw buzzards landing at the back of our field and reluctantly drove the van back there to see what chicken or animal of the family had fallen. They were feasting on an unrecognizable cat. This morning all my felines reported for breakfast and I was so relieved but still sorry for the victim. I'm hoping it wasn't a cat belonging to one of the children nearby.
3.) Jack Bauer is not in charge of the hen-house yet, but he has moved back inside and Chicklet is not happy about it. It may just be a matter of time before we have another rooster ruling the roost.
4.) Slim is doing a good job being in charge while we are gone but she sure sticks close to me from the minute we get home. I have a feeling the cookies aren't going to keep her happy the entire five weeks.
5.) This morning while feeding sweet feed to the goats, I stepped on a board with a rusty nail. It went through my thick soled shoe and into my foot. Thankfully our doctor had insisted we update our tetanus shots last spring. Also, thankfully I was wearing a thick soled shoe! I've got a lot of Arkansan in my ancestral veins and tend to run around barefoot much of the time.
I have tried my best to catch up on reading blogs while we've had this break. One that really hit home with me yesterday was this one by sixtyfivewhatnow If you are retired, you will really enjoy this one. She had a huge response and the comments are as interesting as the post.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
ABOVE IS MY NEW PURSE (?) THAT I CARRY DURING THE WEEK FOR RON'S APPOINTMENTS. IT CONTAINS HIS RECORDS AND INFORMATION AND MY PROJECTS FOR KILLING TIME ON OUR 3 HOUR DAILY DRIVE AND IN THE VARIOUS WAITING ROOMS.
HERE ARE THREE OF MY "BUSY WORK" PROJECTS. I CROCHET NYLON NET SCRUBBIES, OR DOODLE OR LISTEN TO AUDIO BOOK TAPES. SEE WHY MY PURSE HAS TO BE SO LARGE? I ALSO CARRY A COOLER WITH SNACKS AND LOTS OF DRINKS FOR OUR THREE HOUR TRIP EACH DAY. (NO, I DONT CROCHET OR DRAW WHEN I'M DRIVING!)
Here is a link to a delightful post. My daughter's best friend wrote this and I just love her writing. She is like one of my own kids and it is obvious how much she loves her kids. Here is the link to Little Miss "Not-So-Perfect".
Friday, April 15, 2011
1.) Alli Orlistat is not for persons wanting to lose only a few pounds.
2.) Directions for using Alli are spelled out completely.
3.) Warnings for persons who should not take Alli are very clear.
4.) Many OTC medications have far greater proven harmful effects than Alli.
5.) Persons must be careful ordering Alli online because there is a problem with fake products being offered. (Learn how to identify authentic product)
6.) Join the free online Alli website and join discussion groups before you start using Alli.
7.) Use the Alli daily food journal and the online journal and weekly check-in to be encouraged to continue your progress or to keep from being discouraged if you do not progress as you would like.
(8.) As with any weight loss program, it takes a lot of commitment and a strong desire to work hard at being successful. What Alli does is increase by 1/2 the weight you would lose normally with following the meal plans and the exercise regime. It is not a magic bullet.9.) I have lost 30 pounds of my targeted 84 pounds in 14 weeks on Alli and following their plan, with no side effects, no treatment effects and I have never felt better in my life. Nor have I ever been as successful with any other weight loss program.
10.) And, of course, check with your doctor before you begin using Alli. (
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
This is our grandson Ryan with our "computerized" great-grandson Zack. This weekend they both visited and we got to watch this interesting class project unfold. Zack cries loudly when he needs anything and Ryan has to quickly respond. First Ryan identifies himself to the infant by swiping an ID bracelet across the chest (called chiming in). This is to prevent someone else from taking over care of the baby. Next Ryan goes about determining why the baby is crying. It will either need feeding, burping, rocking, or changing. If the baby is tampered with or shaken, etc. Ryan will fail the test. I can tell you that the temptation to throw the fake baby across the room was great, not only for Ryan, but for this pretend great-grandmother:) My son had this same type test when he was in high school only his fake baby was an egg. It was his responsibility to take the egg with him everywhere and keep from breaking it. I'm pretty sure he put the egg away in a safe place and returned it the following Monday, safe and sound. These days of computerized infants will not allow "putting baby in the corner"
Ryan's grade for the project was 98. He forgot the "chime in" the very first time and that was all he missed. Way to go Ryan!
f.y.i. 30 lbs! Thirty pounds! thirty lbs! 3-0 pounds. I have now lost 30 pounds on the Alli Plan. WhooHoo!
Monday, April 11, 2011
Saturday, April 09, 2011
Daryl is gone. It appears that he was murdered by his son, Chicklet. Now Chicklet is spending every minute squaring off with Jack Bauer and it is only a matter of time. It broke my heart to pick up the lifeless body of Daryl yesterday and carry him to the burn pile. He arrived here several years ago with his Other Brother Daryl. OB Daryl died early of the disease known as "stray-dog-itis". This left Daryl in charge and he ruled until Jack Bauer arrived a little over a year ago.
You may remember that Jack Bauer challenged Daryl in a bloody but non-lethal fight and won. (That is actually how he got his name.) He became the leader of the pack at that time.
However a short while back Daryl and his son Chicklet (also son of Elenore Hen and brother to Mr. Gibson who is also a hen) planned a secret coo and toppled Jack Bauer's reign. Jack Bauer was banned from the chicken house and has been living with the goats since that time.
I had been watching Daryl and his son Chicklet battling around the yard for several days but I never dreamed their sport would end in Daryl's demise. Now the final challenge is soon to be underway. I fear that Jack Bauer might meet his end because Chicklet appears to fight dirty and Chicklet also appears to be the stronger of the two. However Jack Bauer comes to the fight better equipped as you can see from the posted picture. (Adam of Jack Sack designed this costume for our rooster Jack Bauer.)
There are some things in nature we can control and others we cannot. Survival of the fittest continues to be the rule. I am truly hoping for a mutual understanding to come out in a win-win situation because I do not want to carry another rooster to the burn pile.
Step up and place your bets folks...
Friday, April 08, 2011
Yesterday it dawned on me that we will usually spend four hours for the trip with the exception of one day that will probably be an eight hour day. For 32 years I worked outside the home and easily put in 8 hour days. Ron certainly is not immune from having worked long hours. All we have to do is think of this as a new job and how nice it will be to only go for 4 hours most days instead of eight every day. Plus we will truly appreciate our weekends a lot more.
The code for telling Slim how long we will be away is by the number of dog biscuits (cookies) we give her. Two cookies is a trip to town and back. Three cookies is an all day trip. Four cookies is an overnight stay. When we give her those cookies, she knows she is in charge and takes her job very seriously. Meaning she gets up from her nap and runs around chasing imaginary predators when she sees us returning:)
Monday, April 04, 2011
Sunday, April 03, 2011
I saw our eye doctor on Friday. I am doing a lot more driving these days and a slight vision problem was causing concern. It seems I needed a minor prescription change and did not want to spring for new frames at this time. The vision center said I did not have to leave my glasses but they hoped I would leave them since it would be easier to fit the new lenses with the frames there . I knew reading glasses would serve until I got my glasses back, so I left them. My next stop was Walmart and I needed to be able to read some prices, etc. but did not want to purchase reading glasses since we have tons of pairs at home. Digging through the glove box of the van I found this old pair of prescription sunglasses. They are at least 15 years old. They actually worked for my main concerns and off I went to complete my shopping with these antique glasses. I only needed a white cane or a dog to complete my ensemble.
My other eye problem was caused from Tonto. (Remember my bi-pap machine -- I am the masked stranger and the machine is my faithful companion?) Anyway it is drying my eyes out and so the doctor suggested I start using Refresh PM lubricant at night. Now as I prepare for bed I have to gargle with Biotene to prevent dry mouth, and put Ayr in my nose and Refresh PM in my eyes before I don the mask. But does this make me want to give up my sleep machine? No way! It has changed, as well as saved, my life.
Friday, April 01, 2011
Yesterday we were returning from doctor's appointments in Tulsa. We noticed a vehicle stranded on the side of the road and over my objections my good Samaritan spouse insisted that we stop and lend a hand. It seems the family had simply run out of gas and wanted a ride to the nearest gas station on the turnpike. We obliged and loaded the family of four into our accommodating van. They were very nice people. All were presentable and clean. We enjoyed a visit on the brief journey to the nearest service location and let them out while we filled our own tank.
The dad came out of the station with the sad news that he could get the gas and a gas can but they did not have a way to return the family to their vehicle so he was going to walk back and then return for his family. Ron could not allow that, so we drove them back. We have a pike pass to entering and exiting was easy for us. (Oklahoma has many toll roads for those who are not familiar with a pike pass that allows us to buy tolls in advance without having to stop and pay at each booth.) We deposited the family once again at their vehicle and after much thanks we were on our way, no worse the wear.
I was proud that Ron was willing to help and so happy the event was fairly simple with little or no trauma. It was great when we got home and we had a very restful night after our long day of appointments and helping strangers.
The surprise was this morning when, in the middle of a huge storm, we heard a knock at the door. The family from the day before all stood on our porch in the pouring rain. I opened the door and they crowded in without awaiting an invitation. Ron was still asleep and I didn't know what to do. They were so appreciative of our help from the day before and they were wondering if we would put them up for a few days since they were getting low on funds to complete their journey and could not spare their cash.
I was astounded over this request and I was even more astounded on how the heck they found our home. We had not disclosed any personal information on our journey with them the previous day, so they must have managed to follow us somehow. With Ron still sleeping, I said we would let them stay, knowing Ron probably would too. Instead when he woke up and found them here he had a hissy fit and got out his shotgun and chased them back out into the storm. What would you have done?????
I'll bet you would have said APRIL FOOLS:) lol