Thursday, January 31, 2019

Door Prize

At our TOPS meeting this past Thursday, everyone attending was handed a ticket with a number on it. At the end of the meeting they drew numbers for door prizes. I won the above cup. Appropriate for this week because it is my 2 year anniversary of My Taking off pounds sensibly...
At first I thought, I will not use this, who drinks coffee out of glass? Aha! I rememberd Bob has a glass he uses for his MILK.... we only have one. Now I have a MILK CUP.  for the story of his glass Prior Post HERE  I AM OFF TO TOPS TODAY, SEE YOU LATER

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Maple Tree

Our Neighbors Maple has dropped most of its leaves. What a treet to see here in Florida. We hit the lottree living next door. Neither of us will be a voluntree to clean up all those leaves.

Tree puns may not be poplar, but I walnut stop......When dealing with tree puns, we must be sure we don't bark up the tree.

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Fifteen Seconds of Flame

If you can't stand the heat,  Just remember, you can't hold a candle to my love of FIRE....

Fire. Fire at will... Flame ON.... And On..and on....I was under a spell called "magic char"

 This post could make me flameous! Do you think I have gone a step to fire? I flamed HIGH and I flamed to please you.

Flame ON

Fire! Fire at Will!

Monday, January 28, 2019

Living Inside The Mind of MADsnapper

Saturday AM as soon as we get out of bed, we start to clean our floors, working together.
 Imagine me getting up. Imagine where I go first. 
When I am there, I reach behind me and with left hand, pick up the little green thingy the Toilet Brush lives in. In the DARK.
I place it on the lip to the shower, to keep it out of the way of brooms and mops.

Tuesday AM, I am brushing my teeth and I look down and spy a SPIDER, a round fat one, hanging in a web that has been spun from the tip of the TB handle over to the underside of the lid on the commode.
Right where I sit in the dark!
Are you with me on the IMAGINE part?
I race down the hall, screaming there was a spider on the toilet brush holder.
Did you kill it? 
Of course I did.
Then What do you want me to do?
NOTHING! just think about it.
What if I went in there in the dark in the middle of the night and he climbed up on the seat?
What if I sat there in the dark and REACHED back to put it on the shower stall?
What if I were blind and had no way to know it was there at all?
What if he decided to spin the web from the lid to the seat?
I go in there IN THE DARK every night, several times. Now I will have to turn a light on, that will wake me up and I will not be able to go back to sleep.
Now that I think about it, what if one decides to make a web from the window sill to the head of the bed? You know I hate having the window over the bed. That is why I don't reach behind my head in the dark and put the window up when I get hot. What if there is a lizard or spider trapped between the screen and the glass?
Are you picking up what I am putting down? 

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Beta PicMonkey

PicMonkey has changed, they have a new PM in Beta testing. A test to see what is what and how to

I combined these flowers above with the collage template below to make the first collage

Created from blank page and PM graphics. to see details you may need to click on it. New backgrounds, new graphics, new content, new edit each piece added.  I can't paint or draw so I play with PicMonkey.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Dear Myra, here is my whistle

Dear Myra, here is my whistle
I am hoping this'll
go well with your hockey helmet.

Myra had a near miss with a tornado and a friend that lost family members in a tornado told her they purchased helmets for family members because they had head injuries.
Now she has TWO. I read this on her blog post HERE
I Replied to her, I will add them to my list. After our near miss with Hurricane Irma and my stay in the closet terrified, I saw a woman on the news, that was buried in debris and they found her because she was blowing a whistle 
We have 7 trees that can fall on our house.
to bury me

 Next day I bought a Whistle, here it is.
Myra what kind of whistle did you buy???

We are Sisters of the What If Clan. My other Sista Is Ginny of Let Your Light Shine.

Ginny, let us know if you add these two items to your shopping list.
We might be sistas of the Henny Penny clan.

PS to all who must know.
The whistle hangs in the bedroom on the hook with the leash, that hangs by the window in the bedroom. The leash is just in case of fire or serial killer in the living room, we can go out the window with the dog.
Before I lost weight, I was afraid I would not FIT OUT THE window and wanted to put a sledge hammer under the bed to break the window.
OF course the dog weighs 65 pounds and we are old, so I may have to build a movable ramp since neither of us could lift Big out the window.
With the leash we could lead him up the ramp.😊 Bob says if the house is on fire or a serial killer is in the living room HE will pick up the dog with no problem. HA
I mean who would build a house with all 3 doors to the outside in the living area with no doors in the bedrooms..

Friday, January 25, 2019

Final Friday Ficiton - January

I am going against the grain and Joining Final Friday Fiction with Yam Aunty today. Click HERE for the rules if you want to join in.. On the last Friday of the month, Take any book, go to page 87, pick a word or phrase from lines 8.12 and 16. Name the book, show the phrases and go for it.

Write no more than 500 words, mine is only 225
I chose Dr. Atkins Diet, as my book
and words 
line 8 I 'Il explain
line 12 I have never been proved wrong yet
line 16 will have stabilized

Bready Or Not!
I told Yam, I did not want to join FFF, Final Friday Fiction. I said I don't write well on demand.  I do NOT do well with being told what to do or what to write about. I really thought all of you deserve butter from me.

Yet here I am. I'll Explain

Yam said, why don't you try writing using puns, you do well with that. I wanted to say, you butter back off, pal, but decided to prove that I have never been proved wrong yet.

 Hello, my name is MadSnapper and I am a bread addict.  Bready or not here we go! First I'll explain, there is no such thing as a crumby bread pun.  Some of you may think I am going against the grain, which could be true since I do NOT come from the upper crust of society.
My plans for writing a story always seem to go a-rye, I just can't seem to get on a roll. My brain tells me before I start, that I am toast!

Then it occurred to me trying is the yeast I can do.
It is  past my breadtime, I am hoping my brain has stabilized enough to make this story not to stale to entertain.
Tell me now, did I prove I have never been proved wrong yet? Lettuce know peas. If not I'll explain.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Throwback Thursday Headers

Rose Garden Ringling Museum

Roses are well read. 

Bird of Paradise, Selby Gardens
Paradise is relative.

Orchid tree at Bray Park, where Bob flies RC planes
I am proud to be Y'orchid!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Chair UP

I chairfully looked through my archives and found these photos from a trip to the beach back in 2010. I loved them then I love them now. I hope they chair you up today.

Did I hear you chair for me? or did I hear you say you couldn't chair less?

While working in a call center, someone on my phone asked to speak to someone higher up. I stood on my chair and said, how may I help you...

Chairy-O, friends, that's all I've got

Monday, January 21, 2019


More of the Christmas Day Selfies by waving at my cell phone. My son had no idea what he was doing when he told me why his selfies look better than mine.  My arms are not long enough, but I can wave at the phone.

Charlie Brown on Phobias.

Lucy Van Pelt: Are you afraid of responsibility? If you are, then you have hypengyophobia.
Charlie Brown: I don't think that's quite it.
Lucy Van Pelt: How about cats? If you're afraid of cats, you have ailurophasia.
Charlie Brown: Well, sort of, but I'm not sure.
Lucy Van Pelt: Are you afraid of staircases? If you are, then you have climacaphobia. Maybe you have thalassophobia. This is fear of the ocean, or gephyrobia, which is the fear of crossing bridges. Or maybe you have pantophobia. Do you think you have pantophobia?
Charlie Brown: What's pantophobia?
Lucy Van Pelt: The fear of everything.
Charlie Brown: THAT'S IT! Fear of everything.

I am not sure how or where I found the above conversation, but it has answered my FEARS about my FEARS....
I suffer from Pantophobia!!!!   I am the MadSnapper of Henny Penny-it is...If the sky can fall it will.

What is Pantophobia? Pantophobia is the fear of everything. The origin of the word pant is Greek (meaning every) and phobia is Greek (meaning fear)
This is my short list of 3 Fears that have been with me since as far back as I can remember.

Fear of DARK
Claustrophobia EXTREME. Includes being contained in any way. I can't read a book or watch a movie where someone is trapped.
Heights and WATER as in large bodies.

The longer list include anything my mind can come up with. Kids in trees will fall, Toddlers and dogs running free in front yards will run out in front of cars. Men climbing ladders will break their ribs when it turns over. (Bob did this)
you are getting my drift. Driving on interstates, riding with others on interstates, high speeds. I see the danger in everything. I don't want to and at least now I know what I have a fear of is only one word. Pantophobia.
At least I have no fear of cameras, but should I?

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Refrigeratior ART

can you find the fridge?

Just Chill! Please romaine calm. I spend every day, brusseling for puns for all of you.
You're all that and dim sum! Don't go bacon my heart, because to me you are all a big dill.....


Saturday, January 19, 2019


Remember when deliverymen would bring legendary Charles Chips® to your home or office?

I remembered the Charles Chips but argued they were not around when Bob was  10. Investigoogling shows they have been around Since 1942

Remember clamp on skates and vintage scooters? The photo is Bob at 20 in 1954, regress him back to 1944 at age 10 in your imagination.

 These are a few of  Bob's memories, some fond, some not, but shared and shared again to me.

He truly did walk miles to school in the snow, even when he was 6 years old, he walked or rode a bike through snow, 2 miles to school with his siblings.


Turned a scooter into a sit down scooter by nailing a Charles Chips can on it to sit on and race down the hill.

Nailed the front and back of skates onto a wide board they found, and rode down hill laying on their stomachs.

Sticks and Inner tubes were turned into sling shots that fired stones. At birds.
Created homemade rubber band shooters that could fire up to 30 feet.

 They created a maze out of head high weeds on an abandoned property, just because they could, then tormented high school students into chasing them through the maze.

They batted stones with big sticks, to see how far out in the water they could knock them, played baseball with bats and balls or used sticks and old balls.

While doing all of this, he worked from age 6 to 16 sweeping a factory with his family, his dad kept Bob's paycheck and gave bob 50 cents to spend. Everyone worked or no one ate. He put roofs on houses at age 10, took care of his dad's hunting Beagles, food and water and cleaning kennels. At 15 he worked 12 hour shifts at a gas station, and gave his check to his dad.....his part was 2.00.

Please leave me a few of your memories in comments

Friday, January 18, 2019

Nature Friday - Calliandra haematocephala

 Calliandra haematocephala. HA! lets call it Powder Puff Tree. During December through April it is covered in blooms. Native to South America but is every where here in Florida.

A Sappy Story by MADsnapper
Once upon a time, there was a power puff tree, that was pining away for new bark. It could not get to the root of the problem, because it was always to trunk to think of the answer. It spruced itself up with red flowers and went to elementree school, but alas was not very popular. It shrubbed its shoulders, and said I got off on the wrong root, I will have to start again in Septimber...

the bush is larger than my SUV about 8 or 9 feet tall

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Throwback Thursday 2

THIS IS A REPOST FROM 2011... a few of you were interested in the house I posted this past Thursday in Throwback Thursday.This is a Post Archive Dive.

 The Village of the Arts is a  community of artists living and working together in Bradenton, Florida. The Village is Florida’s largest art community and over 30 businesses call the Village home.

 Galleries, studios, cafes, healing arts, jewelry, fashion and books can all be found as you wander the streets of this charming area of restored 1920's and 30's cottages. Located just south of downtown

The Village ArtWalks are the first weekend of every month:  Fri. 6 - 9:30pm & Sat. 11am - 4pm

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Saving Money Accidently


Saving money Accidently... thank you Myra. Myra of Respice, Respite, told me of a book she read and I might like it, since we share the same taste in authors. She said she got it in the Free Kindle unlimited books. I said it's not free, it is a monthly fee, She said really? ha ha I signed up for the free trial and here I am  6 months later, HOOKED on saving money. I READ A LOT. Use the library to fill my Kindle Paperwhite.

At our online library, we can place a hold on books, sometimes I wait 6 months to get the new Jack Reacher book which I am reading right now.

I don't read book reviews or make them. Below are the ones I read the first in the series and then finished all of them.

Matt Royal Mysteries by H. Terrell Griffin
Reed and Billie series by Dustin Stevens
Hawk Tate Series by Dustin Stevens
I read all the Leslie Wolfe series. 

60 Books in 6 months at $9.99 a month for unlimited reading, means about 1.57 per book. Wow I am HOOKED ON KINDLE UNLIMITED..... it depends on the number of books you read per months. the subscription includes magazines also.. also Audio books

After reading all these books, I worried about the authors and if they get paid. yes, they do. the are paid by the pages we read.  

Monday, January 14, 2019

TOPS Take Off Pounds Sensibly

Jan 26, 2017, I decided I had to change my life, or die an early death, possibly from diabetes since it is rampant in our family.
The photos today show the 2 year progression, very slow loss of 60 pounds, the first year 55, and another 10 the second year.
For some reason I am stuck doing the up/down with 3 to 4 pounds. I should be down another 10 by now, but am struggling with the last 10 pounds I need to lose.
It is best to lose no more than 1 pound a week or less.

 The above are photos of my face changing at about 10 pound down each time I took a photo. I have no idea whey the last 10 is so hard.

It is not about the looks of it but the health of it. I am not even trying to get to the weight THE chart says I should be, doctor said 10 pounds above the chart is fine for my age... I have printed these collages to keep in my bag that goes to TOPS meetings, for my inspiration and motivation and hopefully for others.

 This post is for ME, a reminder I can do it. And also away of accountability to myself that I can and will... One of the hardest things I have ever done...
 My sweet angel Jake appears to be laughing at me.. I miss that dog.