Frankie and Slim

Frankie and Slim
Happy New Year

Wednesday, December 30, 2020



Thank you Elephant's Child for the way you keep this weekly practice going.  These were definitely interesting prompts to close out 2020 and the photo provided is lovely.  Next month we will look forward to the prompts provided by Charlotte (Mother Owl).









LUNCH BREAK by Granny Annie

Exhausted, the COVID nurse sat on the hillside watching the sun caresses the universe with prisms of light. Joyfully this created a diverse kind of architecture to turn her thoughts in a reverse direction. She could now rehearse her return to the hospital ward with less terse responses toward the demands of the ill patients. This beautiful scene was a reminder that the whole world was also praying for her.


Tuesday, December 29, 2020


These are stolen from OBSERVATIONS OF THE GRAND LAKE BUM, a monthy publication in our area.



RANDY KREHBIEL’S RANDOM FACTOID OF THE WEEK: The FBI described the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” as Communist propaganda.


FUN FACT OF THE WEEK: You don’t need a parachute to go skydiving. You need a parachute to go skydiving twice.


BEST FACEBOOK POST OF THE WEEK: Today I learned the average person consumes 9 alcoholic drinks per week. Today i also learned that I am above average.


BEST SIGN SEEN THIS WEEK: I had my patience tested. I’m negative.


TWEET OF THE WEEK: The world has turned upside down. Old folks are sneaking out of the house and their kids are yelling at them to stay indoors.


BEST PUN OF THE WEEK: What do you call a wreath made out of $100 bills? Aretha Franklins.  


OBSERVATION OF THE WEEK: At 12:01 a.m. January 1, 2021, for the first time ever, hindsight will actually be 2020.


FEEL-OLD MOMENTS OF THE WEEK: Are you old enough to have been a fan of the television series M*A*S*H? If so, would it make you feel any older to realize that Klinger (Jamie Farr) is now 86. Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan (Loretta Swit) is 83. If that’s not enough, actress, philanthropist and St. Jude’s spokesperson Marlo Thomas (yes, “That Girl”) is also 83. And yes, she’s still married to legendary talk show host Phil Donahue. He is 85. They have now been married for 40 years.


I picked the cartoon for today.



Monday, December 28, 2020

Sunday, December 27, 2020


 TCM (Turner Classic Movies) and TV Channel GRIT gave me lots of my Mother's favorite shows. I watched all of them that I could yesterday and they made me feel like I was sitting next to my Mom.  She could never get enough of John Wayne and neither can I. We loved the original TRUE GRIT and THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE.

We also enjoyed Mother's all time favorite, Humphrey Bogart and Kathrine Hepburn in THE AFRICAN QUEEN.

Plus she loved Clint Walker so we saw him yesterday in NIGHT OF THE GRIZZLY.

And the day went on of favorites as we made plans for what we would watch together today.  It is wonderful having her spirit next to me.

What are some of your favorite old movies...especially starring John Wayne?

Friday, December 25, 2020





I am so happy to be celebrating these days with all my blog friends.  Wishing each of you the happiest of holidays and the wonders of hope for the upcoming new year.

Thursday, December 24, 2020


 My daughter and son-in-law arrived yesterday with a delicious lunch, fabulous dessert and thrilling gifts. The lunch casserole was my mother's recipe for chicken casserole and the dessert was a recipe of mine for chocolate wafer covered wagon. And yes, I got a gift of my daughter's quilling which I had wished for.


What can be in this giant box?

So heavy Kit had to carry it in.

I named my new coffee maker Cupper.

This Gnome I named Tink Quill. Chelle made this!! 

Daughter and Mommy


Wednesday, December 23, 2020



Prompts provided by Elephant's Child this week.















In honor of Jo Wake the word Dragon


Ours was a quiet celebration on this day 21 years ago. I could not have even dreamed that this marriage would be the birth of a long awaited relationship. There were no bells at the County Court House but we could hear the Christmas sounds all over the city as if they were just for the majesty of this new adventure in our lives. It was a small group of just me, Ron, the Unitarian minister in his jogging suit and some office witnesses called at the last minute. The judge we requested had already left for his Christmas vacation. Yes it was certainly a day that will never be forgotten.

Ron and I had known each other for one year. We met on the internet researching our genealogy. We held each other at bay the best we could for almost the first half of the year. He was in California recovering from a heart attack, and I was in Oklahoma. His real home was in Kansas. Before long, our correspondence lead us to have hope this would be more than a search for our ancestries. We were not related but we were both Irish.

The first time we met in person, we had already fallen in love. There was no turning back. However our families did not fall in love as quickly. To them Ron was a dragon, rising out of ashes into our lives. Thankfully my sister gave her stamp of approval the first time she met Ron. My adult children and my parents grew fond of him, though they feared my decisions since I had made enough poor choices to fill a book. . It took our then small grandchildren only minutes to fall in love with this new grandfather. He had stories to tell and songs to sing and as they grew they respected the way he worked them like he had his Navy sailors, always looking out for their safety.

I wasn't really on the hunt, but thankfully God knew I needed this man in my life and sent Prince Charming to me through my computer. I only wish God would have let me keep him longer. Happy Heavenly Anniversary my dear.



Tuesday, December 22, 2020


 A few more Christmas cartoons.  Snowballs favorite.

Weekend Christmas with the family. Actually here and not on Zoom.  Grandson Dillon was the portrait photographer.  Such Joy!

Granddaughter-in-law Courtney

Granddaughter Beth

Son Tandy Bill


Grandson Dillon - photographer

Grandson Tandy Ryan (Home from Navy)

Me again.

Monday, December 21, 2020

Thursday, December 17, 2020


I was so happy to have my Grandson Michael visit this week.  We had a wonderful time.  I introduced Michael to ATCs (Art Trading Cards) and he made these two for me.  It is easy to tell that he is the artist in the family!

Granny Annie and Michael

Michael's ATC of Bates House in Psycho

Michael's ATC of a spider

Wednesday, December 16, 2020



Elephant's Child gave us these clever idioms to use today for our Words For Wednesday prompts.

    Has the cat got your tongue?

    Curiosity killed the cat.

    Let the cat out of the bag.

    Dog tired.

    Sick as a dog.

    Like a dog with two tails.

    The elephant in the room.

    A one-trick pony.

    Open a can of worms.

    Busy as a bee.


    WHERE IS OLGA NOW by Granny Annie

Okay!”' Elliott screamed, “Who opened this can of worms? Someone must speak up. Frasier, has the cat got your tongue?”

Frasier pretended to be busy as a bee, ignoring the elephant in the room. There was not a doubt that this young man had let the cat out of the bag. He had ruined the Christmas surprise for Olga.

Elliott had worked very hard and was dog tired planning this surprise and Frasier had spilled the beans. Elliott was sick as a dog about it.

It was not my fault!” Frasier insisted. “I told Olga to stop shaking the boxes and reminded her that curiosity killed the cat, but she kept poking around.”

Frasier, you are a one trick pony! I should have known never to let you guard the secret.” Elliott yelled.

I couldn't help myself” Frasier replied. “Olga was like a dog with two tails when the key fell out of the box.”

Well, where is Olga now?” Elliott demanded

She off driving her new red Lexus!” Frasier responded with a look of fear and trembling.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Monday, December 14, 2020

Sunday, December 13, 2020


 Yesterday I had a great Facebook face-time with my granddaughter Beth.  I caught this screenshot through her protests.

Then I had a genuine in person visit from my grandson Michael.  He is here for the weekend.  Joyful interludes with visits from the Grands for this lonely Granny Annie.  Luke Skywalker managed to sneak inside while the dogs were outside. He was happy to see Michael and visa-versa.

Wednesday, December 09, 2020


 Thanks Elephant's Child for this weeks WFW prompts.














I NEVER SAW HIM by Granny Annie

His name was Morris Furry and he lived across the street from our Kansas home. Ron would see Mr. Furry often when the old man was bent over the wood pile chopping a day's supply. We owned the Furry house as well as the one we were living in and we were remodeling both. Everyone in town thought of Morris Furry as an icon. While Ron and others saw him often, I had never seen the quiet man who was known to always wear a red shirt and overalls. I would spend at least half of each day working in the Furry house, cleaning out junk that had gathered there over the years. It was dusty and dirty and I had little hope of ever turning this into our home.

The Furry house was at least 100 years old. Morris and his sister had lived there after their parents died and Morris had taken care of his sister until she married and moved away. It was then people realized Morris was different than other folks. He wasn't a mean man, he was simply particular about things around this property. They never saw Morris again in town but would glimpse him once and a while passing the property. Every time Ron was working around the Furry house, he would often look up and see Morris watching and nodding at him then giving a little wink to signify that Ron was doing a good job.

The remodel was finished on the Furry house and Ron and I had planned to live there for life. With the radio on, we danced to our favorite song Waltz Across Texas. We would laugh and Ron would twirl me around. It was sad when our dream ended due to Ron's illness. We had to abandon our dream and move to Oklahoma. However Morris is still there because once in a while people hear the anthem of the place, Waltz Across Texas, flowing through the trees and we know Mr. Furry misses us.

Tuesday, December 08, 2020


 People, let me tell you bout my best friend.....Blue Ball!  "Don't touch this!"  Frankie-Doodle loves her blue ball and will show it to you but will not share it with you.  If you even reach for it, she is gone.  They even sleep together.

My Best Friend

Don't touch this

and...we're off


Monday, December 07, 2020


 Do you prefer practical or impractical gifts.  Permanent things or disposable items?

Sunday, December 06, 2020



Sunday Selections  brought to us by Elephant's Child, as an ongoing meme where participants can post  photos languishing in their files. Just a few giggles from me.