Friday, February 27, 2009

More Updates in between Choas

WE decided my sister in law should also be here vacationing, so we flew her down for a week. She Loves, loves, loves it here. She had only been here once before. After arriving we took a ride out to Clearwater Beach. It was yummy out there! here is the trio. Sunny! huh. After that we went out to Shephard's a lovely restaurant. We took in the Calipso Bar part- live music, great eats, drinks & company!

Can you believe these shells on the beach! They were so pretty glistening in the sun. Summer days are coming you guys up north! I think I may have gotten a little sunburn yesterday.
Today is supposed to be a work day, but who knows? It is just too pretty to work!
Work will be there when we aren't. They are helping clean out hubby's tools. Ya just need a man sometimes to tell ya what all those tools are. That you just don't use. My brother can't believe just how many tools Jim had. He was the infinite collector!

From fortune cookie "Take the chance while you still have the choice"!

Friday, February 20, 2009

updates of sorts

1. the bear in the air was searching for a prisoner who escaped from a local jail! he was a rapist! I am glad they found him!
2. the plant was a Pencil Plant.
3. The day of fasting went great- it was a time of fasting for prayer, reflectiveness & spirituality. I really didn't get hungry until it was time to go to bed- I wanted a snack as I usually do before bed. But I maintained the fast!
4. The young student at my grandkids school has had 2 plasmphoresis and is doing really well after that. Please to continue to pray & praise for our blessings!
5. Work again tomorrow, last time till I return from Maryland! YEAH hopefully she can replace me before I return. I won't let her be in a lurch though. I am just not built that way, and I know that would be reciprocal!
6. My brother arrives safely from NJ- it took him longer than any time I have driven it-and he is a truck driver by trade? He took the long route through north & south Carolina- that's what happens when you stop to other family. He was a tired duck when he arrived here last night!
7 I rec'd a bouquet of flowers from a neighbor- how pretty they are, my fsavorite kind- Wild Flowers

Thursday, February 19, 2009


Please Pray

I am writing for a request of prayer. A young man, 10th grader, at my children's school has become very ill. Currently he is in the ICU at John's Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Apparently he is not doing well at all, and things are looking very grave. He became ill over this past weekend. I am asking for your prayers for God to intercede and lay his healing hand upon this young man. Also to pray for the family and for fellow students at the school. The school is fairly small, and everyone knows everyone. So please keep Zach, his family, and MACA in your prayers.
Posted by Shoebee at 2/19/2009 My daughters blog today!
short post today asking for prayer for this child!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Bear in the Air

This helicopter has been circling my place for at least an hour! During this time I went out to take the dog for a walk in the neighborhood. I asked a cyclist-what's up with the helicopter, she said I don't know.
A couple of guys were standing and chatting. I asked them. One replied "they are looking for a woman in white walking a small dog" laughter ensued of course! Then they said they were looking for a young guy with red hair and a beard!?
Most folk here say they are wasting allot of gas, why not get some folk on foot out here!?
Well, although it is driving me crazy and a bit unnerved I would rather them catch whomever it is, than they come wielding a knife/gun or the like at me or mine!
Maybe they are searching for a lost child I don't know, but let the police do their work! that's what they get paid for! I am sure we'll hear on the noon news!

Monday, February 16, 2009


I spent the day yesterday fasting. I can't really say I really felt hungry all day.I don't think I did a complete fast as I did have liquids to drink.
I told a few folk that I was fasting and they looked at me strangely-why would anyone do that? Are you having tests? are you a freak?
No I am doing it for religious reasons- it's not lent yet, why? why? why?

the other day I went to our community weekly open air market- they sell local crafts & food stuffs,vegetables/fruits, honey, nuts etc.
The picture shown here is on a wall on an artsy shop in town. I took several pics which I will post, very interesting. But this sun can't help you but smile!
While at the market, I went by a shop that had homemade sausage, so yummy smelling. So thought I would have one. I also thought I had a $20.00 bill in the handbag, I searched and searched-don't remember spending it. It was NOT there. I told the market owner I was sorry. They said you go ahead and take it. You can pay next time you come to the market! WOW in this day and age-when does that happen, but I am here to tell ya it did! I was so blessed! to see this charity to lil ole me. AND I will go back!

The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.
Calvin Trillin (1935 -

Friday, February 13, 2009


I saw the moon in the sky- it was awe inspiring. It was about noontime!
I couldn't figure out why it wasn't a warmer day with the sunshine & moonshine!
I kept trying to think up silly things about moonshine, ya know 'white lightning'
but it just wouldn't come. So blogger friends-who are definitely more 'bright' than me. Maybe you can say something.

I looked and read this quote and reread again and again! And all of a sudden said EEEK I get it. Believe it or not I am the one with divine peace & joy. (although my recent posts haven't reflected that)

Do not judge men by mere appearances; for the light laughter that bubbles on the lip often mantles over the depths of sadness, and the serious look may be the sober veil that covers a divine peace and joy.
Edward Chapin

A plant to guess

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

ok then

This is a beautiful pointsietta around the neighborhood, I'm not sure the photos does it justice??

Today is the birthday of a great friend of mine. After awhile we are going out for supper and toast one for her 60th. Then tomorrow eve a gang of us will be throwing a surprise Birthday party for her. I don't think she has a clue unless someone spilled the beans-I hope not. She is the friend that comes via plane to meet me somewhere when I travel back from up north. Ya don't get many friends that will do that! We have been friends for years, about 30 I think. We have been through allot together! She is one of the reasons I am presently living in Fla.

I think I have made a decision to either quit my job or go on per Diem- 'that is only work when they absolutely need me'. I really got so aggravated this past weekend. I really don't need it! I cried all weekend, not because of work but because of hubby. But work precipitated it! Daughter #2 says I should have taken off longer. Who knows.

I have to go up north in March. Dau#2 is having surgery on her ankle- so I am needed to help out with kiddos. Don't know how long we will be gone 2 weeks, 8 weeks or the whole summer. I do fly by a shoestring most of the time. At any rate if my friend, mentioned above finds someone who wants that job. I am needed by my grandkids!
I am gonna miss Spring Training though BOOHOO!

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Mindless Chatter

Just another windy shot from the other day

I worked today-eeek I don't want to work-so why am I?? I should be sitting in a rocking chair sipping a mint julep and crocheting or knitting or quilting. I should maybe be reading a book or keeping up with my present bible study.
I should walk on the beach-I LOVE the beach and only live about 2 1/2 miles max to it!
First strawberries for me here in Florida YUMMY
I made them just like my daddy did. He would clean them, then slice them, then put sugar on them to bring out the flavor! We would eat till we got full then later would have strawberry shortcake. My grands like them like he made them and say Grannyjax-make the strawberries like you do they are sooooo good! thereby, memories and traditions are made. Cause I know that's how my granny made them too.
Yet another windy day shot, can ya see the flag sneaking through? or is it standing at attention in the wind?
Had a weepy day today, but guess that's expected? and if it's not owell it was!

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Winter Wind

Blow, blow, thou winter wind
Thou art not so unkind,
As man's ingratitude.
William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

The wind is fiercely blowing out side
making one want to stay inside!
Even in Florida its cold outside
thinking you should go in to hide

oops that man lost his hat what a pity?
Blustery, even making you feel jittery
it seems like the palm trees might blow over
at least there is no snow to shovel!

O Winter! ruler of the inverted year, . . . I crown thee king of intimate delights, Fireside enjoyments, home-born happiness, And all the comforts that the lowly roof Of undisturb'd Retirement, and the hours Of long uninterrupted evening, know.
William Cowper (1731 - 1800), Task (bk. IV, l. 120)

What great words by Cowper. When I was a youth I liked the name Cowper?? crazy me, not in a million years did I think I would be using a post from him in my retirement!

Monday, February 02, 2009

Ya Gotta Have FRIENDS

A friend is a present you give to yourself! author unknown

Friends are a vital part of our lives!
I don't know what I would have done without mine of late!
They come in all shapes, sizes, religious affiliation, and no affiliation!
I even have some really great friends who are relatives.
Like my daughters, my brother& sister and 2 great sisters in law!
I have some great friends from Nursing school.
And how about web friends- I call em friends although I have never seen,
but have a wonderful relationship with.
As I remember friends I wish the best for all of them,
and wish everyone has friends like me.
Of course my friend Jesus is always with me!

This is close to where I live. Walking distance-a good reflecting place (no pun intended!)

A true friend unbosoms freely, advises justly,
assists readily, adventures boldly,
takes all patiently,defends courageously
and continues a friend unchangeably
William Penn