Wordless Wednesday

My granddaughters at a Mardi Gras party!


Mammogram Nightmare

A friend sent this to me and I can relate.  How many of us have visions of something like this happening?


I went for my mammogram appointment. I was met with, 'Hi! I'm Belinda!'

This perky, clipboard carrier smiled from ear to ear, tilted her head to one side and crooned, 'All I need you to do is step into this room right here, strip to the waist, then slip on this gown.  Everything clear?

I'm thinking, 'Belinda, try decaf. This ain't rocket science.'  Belinda skipped away to prepare the chamber of horrors.

With the right side finished, Belinda flipped me (literally) to the left and said, 'Hmmmm. Can you stand on your tippy toes and lean in a tad so we  can get everything?'

Fine, I answered. I was freezing, bruised, and out of air, so why not use the remaining circulation in my legs and neck and finish me off?

My body was in a holding pattern that defied gravity (with my other boob wedged between those two 4 inch pieces of square glass) when we heard, then felt a zap! Complete darkness and the power went off!

'Oh, maintenance is working. Bet they hit a snag.'  Belinda headed for the door.

'Excuse me! You're not leaving me in this vise alone are you?' I shouted.

Belinda kept going and said, 'Oh, you fussy puppy...the door's wide open so you'll have the emergency hall lights. I'll be right back.'  Before I could shout 'NOOOO!' she disappeared.

And that's exactly how Bubba and Earl, maintenance men extraordinaire, found me, half-naked and part of me dangling from the Jaws of Life, and the other part smashed between glass!

After exchanging polite 'Hi, how's it going' type greetings, Bubba (or possibly Earl) asked, to my utter disbelief, if I knew the power was off.  Trying to disguise my hysteria, I replied with as much calmness as possible, 'Uh, yes, yes I did thanks.'

'You bet, take care' Bubba replied and waved goodbye as though I'd been standing in the line at the grocery store.

Two hours later, Belinda breezes in wearing a sheepish grin.  Making no attempt to suppress her amusement, she said, 'Oh, I am sooo sorry!'  The power came back on and I totally forgot about you! And silly me, I went to lunch.  Are we upset?'

'And that, Your Honor, is exactly how her head ended up between the clamps.'  :-


Is your life hard?

I had to share this video!  I hope you are as inspired as I was!


Law of the Garbage Truck!

Found this in my internet travels and thought it was truly worth sharing.  Sure made me think!!!!

How often do you let other people's nonsense change your mood? Do you let a bad driver, rude waiter, curt boss, or an insensitive employee ruin your day? Unless you're the Terminator, for an instant you're probably set back on your heels. However, the mark of a successful person is how quickly she/he can get back her/his focus on what's important.

Five years ago I learned this lesson. I learned it in the back of a taxi cab in Indianapolis. Here's what happened.

I hopped in a taxi, and we took off for Indianapolis Airport. We were driving in the right lane when, all of a sudden, a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his breaks, skidded, and missed the other car's back end by just inches!

The driver of the other car, the guy who almost caused a big accident, whipped his head around and he started yelling bad words at us. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was friendly.

So, I said, "Why did you just do that? This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!" And this is when my taxi driver told me what I now call, "The Law of the Garbage Truck."

Many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment.As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it. And if you let them, they'll dump it on you. When someone wants to dump on you, don't take it personally. You just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. You'll be happy you did.

So this was it: The "Law of the Garbage Truck." I started thinking, how often do I let Garbage Trucks run right over me? And how often do I take their garbage and spread it to other people: at work, at home, on the streets? It was that day I said, "I'm not going to do it anymore."

I began to see garbage trucks. Like in the movie "The Sixth Sense," the little boy said, "I see Dead People." Well, now "I see Garbage Trucks." I see the load they're carrying. I see them coming to drop it off. And like my Taxi Driver, I don't make it a personal thing; I just smile, wave, wish them well, and I move on.

Good leaders know they have to be ready for their next meeting. Good parents know that they have to welcome their children home from school with hugs and kisses (I wish I was this parent). Leaders and parents know that they have to be fully present, and at their best for the people they care about.

The bottom line is that successful people do not let Garbage Trucks take over their day. What about you? What would happen in your life, starting today, if you let more garbage trucks pass you by?

You'll be happier. Life's too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so.. Love the people who treat you right. Pray for the ones who don't.

Believe that everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, TAKE IT! If it changes your life, LET IT! Nobody said it would be easy...They just promised it would be worth it!

Have a blessed, garbage-free day!


WIP Wednesday

Last Wednesday I had started a project called the "Tree of Life" afaghan.  Well...I haven't gotten too much farther but here is where I am right now.
So, I've started another project...this is the start of a "News Boy" hat.  I've made several of these and every time someone sees it they want one. Mostly children like them but there is a very sweet lady (could be my grandmother) in our choir.  She saw one that I had made for a little girl in our congregation and was talking about how cute it was and how she loved hats...(hint, hint).  Well...I'm gonna make her one!  I'm such a softie!!!!!!


Make Something Monday

There are a lot of ladies in our church that are pregnant so I decided I'd better get busy.  Here is the first of several crocheted baby blankets I need to make.  Last count I think I need a total of 5!  I love this blanket because of the "Angel" motif that appears in the middle.


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13 Ways to Reuse Coffee

Now I'm not a coffee drinker but I came across this article the other day and thought it was interesting.  Some of the uses I have heard of before but some of them are quite unique.  Hope you enjoy and learn something new.

13 Ways to Reuse Coffee


Pants On The Ground (My Version)

(Sung to the tune of "Pants On The Ground")
Snow on the ground
Snow on the ground
Lookin’ real pretty with the snow on the ground

With the slush on the porch
Bush turned sideways
Pants hit the ground
The hill is really slick
Lookin’ like a fool
When my pants hit the ground

Me on the ground
Me on the ground
Gettn’ real tired of the snow on the ground

I created this version when I realized that my butt was a perfect fit for the tire track of the tractor that was scraping the drive way and I didn't need a sled!  People...I am a professional...DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!!!!!

Wordless Wednesday

This is what the beginning of 12 inches of snow looked like this past week!  This was also the same view for my squirrel video.

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WIP/MSM - Tree Of Life Afghan

Here is my latest project. It's called the Tree Of Life Afghan. It has about 8 pages of instructions so this may take a while.
Here is my start. The trees are done in multiples of 48 stitches so my base is 145 stitches using a size H-8 crochet hook.  Somewhere along the pattern it changes to a J-10 hook so this should be interesting.  Wish me luck!


On Friday we, again, had a winter storm and received 12 inches of snow.  I saw this squirrel running back and forth over the snow and wondered what it was doing.  A few minutes later here is what I saw!
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