Frankie and Slim

Frankie and Slim
Happy New Year

Tuesday, January 30, 2024



Beginning February 1, 2024 I will disappear from my Blog and my Facebook until the end of March.

29 Faces will begin and it is my plan to select favorite British actors on Acorn TV, Brit Box on Amazon. I hope the first one will be VERA. I will try.

The Iditarod will be starting mid February with the Food Drops the 14th and 15th. There will be lots of announcements and action leading up to the beginning of the race March 2, 2024.  Millie Porsild will be my pick for the winner of the 2024 race and I will begin deciding who my pick will be for the Rookie of the year.  

It will be my hope to catch some of your posts.  At the end of February my 29 faces will be posted. 


Monday, January 29, 2024

Monday, January 22, 2024


 When you were a kid, what name did you give your favorite toy or stuffed animal?

Sunday, January 21, 2024

SUNDAY TALKING - 01-21-2024

 Today my baby girl turns 52. Her brother, his children, her children will all celebrate in Tulsa.  My celebration for her was early  She did not want me traveling in this freezing weather. I think she did not want me to see what happens to my family at parties:-)

My new BFF will come over this afternoon and bring the rest of the ingredients for Hobo Stew. I have the beef broth and the peas.  We will set everything to cooking and watch some movies. Then we will watch the Kansas City Chiefs VS the Buffalo Bills.

Our Oklahoma freeze should end today and then the daily downpour of rain will begin.  Of course I have appointments and will have to get out in the wet.

My sister's best friend of 50 years was on life flight KC  Med Center yesterday and we can only wait, pray and hope she will survive her heart ailments. It hurts my heart now only to feel for her friend but to feel for my sister who has shared every joy and sorrow with this friend.

Wednesday, January 17, 2024



This month Elephant's Child is providing the prompts













It was right there in front of me...the extraordinary glass palace of my dreams. I had pretended in my sleep of standing in the middle of a room, swinging a flail and smashing all my anxieties.  But this was only to be a brief journey to forage for morel mushrooms.  Our little group was silent under the stars. I was the only one concentrating on this beautiful structure. We tried to join, carefully concentrating on our journey.  Suddenly the quiet was broken by the sound of an exploding bullet hitting the door of the palace. I rushed to the beautiful building and kicked the shards away. I did not think of paying attention to the danger. I simply looked around for a spiked ball on a chain to cause my life long dream to conclude.  Yes, I had fired the bullet and now I wanted our group to equally share my dream of smashing everything in sight.



Tuesday, January 16, 2024



                                                             FUNNY TUESDAY



Sunday, January 14, 2024

SUNDAY TALKING...01-14-2024

 We shared a huge pizza and watched the Kansas City Chiefs defeat the Miami Dolphins. It was a long game and very exciting.  Football has never been understandable to me even though I  was in the high school band and never missed a game.  Learning the game was not the goal...watching the guys was the goal. Now I am able to watch and understand what is happening.  However watching the guys is still the goal.

Thursday, January 11, 2024



S tanding in the shadow of Scotland’s Edinburgh Castle is a statue of a man and a bear. The placard next to them reveals they are Polish soldiers and World War II heroes — yes, even the bear. Named “Wojtek,” the Syrian brown bear spent years in the Polish army before his journey ended in Edinburgh, where his statue’s nose now gleams gold from friendly pats. But that journey began thousands of miles away in Iran, in 1942.

Wojtek arrived at the 22nd Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps by happenstance, when a young Iranian shepard traded the orphaned bear for a Swiss army knife, some chocolate, and canned beef. The Polish soldiers received a tiny cub in a burlap sack, who was placed under the care of a soldier named Peter Prendys. To everyone’s delight, the animal quickly assimilated, and in 1944 he became Private Wojtek, meaning “joyful warrior” in Polish. He was fed double rations, often washing it down with a beer.

Wojtek’s antics provided much-needed entertainment, but he was more than just a pet. The bear proved his worth on the battlefield when his company was reassigned to Italy. Eyewitness reports from May 1944, during the Battle of Monte Cassino, purport that Wojtek bravely carried artillery shells and ammo crates across the battlefield. After the battle, the company changed its insignia to a bear holding an artillery shell, and Wojtek was promoted to corporal. When the war ended, Wojtek said goodbye to his compeers and retired to the Edinburgh Zoo, where he lived from 1947 until his death in 1963, and where a statue now honors his extraordinary life of adventure and achievement.

Wednesday, January 10, 2024














Karolyn gave us the clock. This friend collected clocks and we were blessed to be the recipient of one. We offered her our thanks often. The day of her death the treasured clock stopped running

We mourned our friend and visited her grave often. We planted clover to cover her resting place. Our regrets over losing her were many. One very important day I heard her voice clearly.  She told me we should stop our sad thoughts and instead rejoice in the life she lived.  This truth filled me and I apologized.  Returning home we realized the clock was ticking again.  We knew then it was enchanted. Our memories of her are forever kept alive by the ticking of this marvelous gift.

Tuesday, January 09, 2024

HAPPY FUNNY TUESDAY ... 01-09-2024


Starting next year, pennies will be minted with a joke on the front and a pun on the back.
They’ll be known as cents of humor.

A real smart TV would automatically increase the volume when you started eating chips.

What has 15 actors, four settings, two writers and one plot?
633 Hallmark movies.

Monday, January 08, 2024

Thursday, January 04, 2024



There are 923 words in the English language that break the “I before E” rule. Only 44 words actually follow that rule.

Wednesday, January 03, 2024


Elephant's Child has provided our story words this month.

  • Too many cooks spoil the broth
  • The apple of my eye
  • Pie in the sky
  • Not for all the tea in China
  • Spill the beans

Olive is always insistent that I scratch her belly when I walk  outside.  She does not understand that it is a chore for me to bend over and reach her.  I have to wait to pet her when she jumps up on the platform to eat her breakfast.  Then I can rub her behind the ears and rub her belly.  This day my daughter brought us our black-eye pea soup for good luck in the new year.  The soup was more than peas, it included three kinds of beans. As I walked out to greet her, Olive jumped in front of me and laid down on her back causing me to spill the beans my daughter had just handed me.

My daughter was very sad that all her good work had been lost.  I agreed to return to her home with her and help make the delicious soup again.  She thanked me but did not accept my help, stating that too many cooks spoil the broth.  My daughter left determined to bring a new batch of soup.  She was a precious girl and definitely the apple of my eye.  

My son arrived next carrying an apple pie.  It was time for my dog Frankie to get in the way.  She rushed out to greet my son.  This caused him to fall forward thus turning that dessert into a pie in the sky.

Not for all the tea  in China would I ask my son to bake another pie for us. Looking in my kitchen junk drawer I found an unexpired coupon for a discount at our local cafe.  I called my daughter to leave the kitchen and join us for a meal that was promising New Years Day, black-eyed pea and ham lucky meals.