Frankie and Slim

Frankie and Slim
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Thursday, May 25, 2023



Colombia’s brightest rainbow is in its river

Photo credit: @micolombiaoficial via Instagram

Normally you’d find rainbows in the sky, but the Caño Cristales, also known as the “River of Five Colours”, beams brighter than any rainbow in the sky.

Located in Colombia’s Serranía de la Macarena National Natural Park, this stunning river owes its multi-coloured beauty to the Macarenia Clavigera, a plant that lives in the riverbed. It’s best to visit between May to November when the river weeds blossom in yellow, blue, green and red. They get brighter hues during this time as the waters are shallower, allowing more sunlight to reach the plants.


Monday, May 22, 2023


 If you were the ruler of your own country, what would be the first law you’d put into place?


Friday, May 19, 2023



Race organizers attempt to stop Kathrine Switzer from competing in the Boston Marathon. She became the first woman to finish the race, 1967

Thursday, May 18, 2023



Crowds at one Louisiana State University football game once cheered so loudly that it registered as an earthquake on a local seismograph.

 The game, which took place between LSU and Auburn University, took place in front of a crowd of 79,431 fans at LSU's Tiger Stadium. The crowd's reaction to the game's final pass registered as an earthquake by a seismograph located around 1,000 feet from the stadium. A seismologist noticed the reading the next day and the game went down in LSU history as the "Earthquake Game."

Tuesday, May 16, 2023



Join in every Tuesday.  This is hosted by Sandee of Comedy Plus

When someone asks if you're seeing anyone,
assume they’re talking about a psychiatrist.




Sunday, May 14, 2023


 My mother was an avid fan of western movies.  It started with TV shows Gunsmoke and then Cheyenne.  (The bartender in Cheyenne turned out to be her dancing partner at OCU, Orville Sherman.)  Once mother moved into a retirement home after Dad was gone she became hooked on Western movies.  You could never enter her apartment without being greeted by John Wayne.  We all laughed and even gave her a life size stand up cardboard of The Duke.

Guess what has happened to me?  I am hooked on the TV station called GRIT.  It is Western movies all week long. I watched THE ALAMO with John Wayne and then I went to Prime and saw THE ALAMO with Billy Bob Thornton.  I watched every MAGNIFICENT SEVEN  (four remakes) ending with the latest starring Denzil Washington and Chris Pratt.  After I had seen every remake I found Japan's SEVEN SAMARI which was the basis for all the SEVEN movies.  The producer of the SEVEN SAMARI was a fan of John Ford's work and decided to make his own western.  After he produced his Seven the American produces began to copy the story.  I finally found SEVEN SAMARI on TCM this past week.

So what is the deal with Western movies?  I have discovered it's not so much the stories as it is the scenery.  It is almost hypnotic to view all the mountains, skies, rocky gorges.  Now I understand my mother's addiction and am proud to emulate it.  Also John Wayne, Clint Walker, James Arness, etc, make nice scenery.


(I love watching TV with you.)

Thursday, May 11, 2023



Did you know the filling in Kit Kats is made from damaged Kit Kats?

The folks at the Kit Kat factory sure know how to recycle! Whenever a Kit Kat bar is somehow made imperfect during production like air bubbles or some other issue, the chocolate bar isn’t thrown out. Instead, they ground up into a fine paste and turned into a filling that's then incorporated back into the production process to create new Kit Kat bars!

Tuesday, May 09, 2023



Join in every Tuesday.  This is hosted by Sandee of Comedy Plus.

"Next time you say "women belong in the kitchen" keep in mind that's where all the knives are ; )" 
"By the time a woman realizes her mother was right, she has a daughter who thinks she is wrong." 
"If it has Tires or Testicles it's gonna give you trouble." 
"I know I am in my own little world, but it's OK. They know me here."


Monday, May 08, 2023


What’s something you know you do differently than most people?


 I eat my cereal with ice cold water on it instead of milk.

Sunday, May 07, 2023


Yesterday was the 77th Birthday remembrance of my best friend Pat. She was gone far too soon at age 44. As I think about her and remember her this one line from a song comes to my mind, "but I really do miss your smile". Then I think of her children  (my godchildren)  Jessi and Travis and love the fact that I see their mother's smile in both of their faces. I even see her great influence on my children reflected in their clever wit. They spent half their growing up in Pat's home as Jessi and Travis did in mine. Everyone who knew Pat loved her dearly and learned from her the ways of sharing and caring and random acts of kindness. She will always be missed.

Friday, May 05, 2023



This picture, taken by Robert Cornelius in 1839, is generally accepted as the first "selfie"

Basically, he probably took the first self-portrait ever. Bob had to sit for 15 minutes to get this picture.

Thursday, May 04, 2023



McDonald's once created bubblegum-flavored broccoli.

McDonald's is always introducing new items for their loyal customers. And obviously, some are more successful than others. But their bubblegum-flavored broccoli, which the fast-food chain developed in 2014 as a tastier version of the leafy green for children, was a complete failure. McDonald's CEO Don Thompson admitted that kids were confused by the taste.

Monday, May 01, 2023


 To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?


Sunday, April 30, 2023


 NOL-NOC Estates is coming alive.  My daughter and her husband are taking advantage of the sunshine and spending clear days doing farm stuff.  Soon this little 10 acre farm that sits above the lake will be theirs.  They live 30 miles from me on the other side of the lake.

Yesterday my daughter not only planted, she also built a fence around the big garden all by herself.  The fence is to keep the deer out.  She also started preparing the old chicken house.  Soon little girls will dance all around with egg contributions. Meanwhile my son-in-law worked on the tractor and after he had it in tip-top shape he began to mow the field.

They brought their cowboy-corgi named Molly with them to spend the day with my BMC Frankie. Those two doggies ran and jumped from dawn to dusk. The work died down and Molly went home with her family.  I had to keep checking to see if Frankie was alive because she was exhausted and fell soundly asleep.

What did I contribute to the day?  I carried bottled water out to the kids and I fed them their lunch.  There was a moment I helped hold up the fence roll for my daughter but she sent me on my way very quickly.

They planted these little raised beds.  The RV is their farm office. They originally fenced this area for their dogs to visit Granny Annie.

Not sure why they brought in this gravel but it's ready for something.

Little fenced garden to keep the deer out.

Thursday, April 27, 2023



Pigs can’t look upwards.

Their necks physically cannot bend to look up. This is because the body of the pig is designed mainly to prioritize finding food.