Sunday, March 31, 2019

Bad New -Good News

In 2018, we replaced the pool filter to the tune of 500.00 and This week almost a year later, we replaced the pool pump at $709.00.
Not Good news. Butt the good news is, both times We Had The Money, because it broke just before my minimum distribution check comes from my 401k. Last year the check also covered Fridge/Washer/Dryer.

Bad news is I was PLANNING on what I would spend in a couple of week, but the pump must run. Good news, really good news.

On Friday Am I called Pinch A Penny Pool Repair, aptly named because after they visit we are pinching pennies. Any Hoo. They said they would come on Monday, could not give me a time. at 11;30 my phone rang and PAP says, can we come now? our guy is in your area and finished early. YAY! come on down.
He arrived at 11:50 and the pump was in and he was gone at 12:07. It took him 17 minutes to install the pump.
I said hang on, I will get my credit card. His answer was.... "they will bill you, or you can call the office and handle it over the phone, we don't get involved with the payments"   WOW!

GOOD NEWS was Early, In and Out and no fuss... I HATE WAITING. ITS DONE and I still have the money for a few days. ha ha

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Do you name your Cars/Trucks?

1980 Chevy Stepside from internet, not my photos

Trucks above from internet, picture a combo. My truck was identical to the black truck but 2 toned Silver with a Chrome Roll bar, like the blue truck.
Mine was named The Silver Bullet. Aptly named because of the 454 engine, the loud pipes out each side, chrome of course, and 4 in the floor which I KNEW how to use. Out of every stop I made, LOUD AND FAST.

I started selling Real Estate in 1990 and  had to trade it for a FOUR DOOR old person car, that I named UGS. Four door Metallic Brown Pontiac Bonneville. UGLY UGLY named Ugs

Are you picking up the fact my hubby is a General Motors Man?

Bob drove Our  4x4 GMC named JAMES Sr. because the tire were 36 inches and it was the Biggest Car we ever owned. I had to LEAP up to get in it, but at the time I was 40 not an old lady. It would take 3 strong firemen to get me in it now.

I drove James Jr, called Jimmy because it was a normal sized SUV. and of course was a GMC Jimmy. I loved that one also.
Right after the towers went down in 9/11, I was hit my a woman that ran a stop sign, and this is the result. Poor Jimmy rolled 3 times and was towed to the graveyard. I have no photo of Jimmy but these.
Do you name your cars?

Friday, March 29, 2019

Sea Oats on Nature Friday

Dunes at Fort DeSoto Beach

See all these beautiful plants? If you are wandering on the beach and see any of these, and decide they would be pretty on your table or in your yard, know this!

It is a $1000.00 fine and up to a year in jail to remove any vegetation from the beaches or state parks. Florida Statue at end of post.

Beach flowers Longboat Key Florida

Sea-grape New leaves

Sea Oats Beer Can Island

Florida Statue

161.242 Harvesting of sea oats and sea grapes prohibited; possession prima facie evidence of violation.—
(1) The purpose of this section is to protect the beaches and shores of the state from erosion by preserving natural vegetative cover to bind the sand.
(2) It is unlawful for any purpose to cut, harvest, remove, or eradicate any of the grass commonly known as sea oats or Uniola p
1000 fine up to 1 year in jail

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

What Do You Do?

Tell me what you do when you wake up at 2:30 AM or any to early time, wide awake, like someone propped your eyes open with toothpicks?

If I can't sleep when I first go to bed, I grab my kindle e-reader, put it on low light and read awhile. Sometimes I wake up at 2:30 am and there is no going back to sleep. I ease out of bed, go down the hall and pick up my Galaxy tablet, read emails, read FaceBook, Read blogs. What do you do?
UPDATE AT 8:09 AM..... I just got up from reading blogs, went to the kitchen for another cup of coffee and left the cup sitting on the computer desk...

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

You MAY be A Senior...

You may be a senior.... if you injured yourself opening the cover on the TV remote, to change the battery. (skin torn by plastic, causing bleeding and a bandaid)

You may be a senior.....if you wake up on Tuesday morning and think is this Saturday or Sunday. While trying to decide, you remember you went to the YMCA yesterday, because you spy the book, your friend brought to the Y for you, which means today has to be Tuesday because you went to the Y yesterday. I was about to pick up my phone and check the day, time and date..

You may be a senior....if you wake up and your thumb is throbbing because you struggled to open a jar of peanut butter the day before....

It's Tuesday NOW and all three of these happened TODAY..... it is TUESDAY, Right?

Monday, March 25, 2019

Down The Rabbit Hole

Every Single Day for the past FIVE years, I have read in this kindle paperwhite e-reader. I fell down the Rabbit Hole of accepting a new commitment and Have NOT Read A Single Word for TWO DAYS.
This may not sound like a problem, because you would think no one would know OR care but me.
THEY are watching me. The first of the month, while reading, a message showed at bottom of page that says Congratulations! you have read all 28 days of February, as you did the month before.

When I told Bob this, he said how do THEY KNOW???? I said, well the books are on their website. Trust me they KNOW. they send me an email and say, did you know your library book will expire in 3 days?   Another one says, if you enjoyed Jack Reacher, you will love this new author. See they KNOW I have read every Jack Reacher that has been written and am on the waiting list for the next one....
If they can track that I have been LOOKING at rings, they can tell what I am reading. Also the books in Kindle unlimited, they count the pages I read, and that is how the author is paid.. File this under JUST BECAUSE I COULD....or  JUST SO YOU KNOW

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Who's On First?

Above creation to help follow this story, Names not given to protect the elderly innocent 

I am the new leader of our TOPS chapter. Our beloved leader resigned to do a lot of traveling.

This past meeting, Ex-Leader handed over the forms and paperwork with a heads up on my new job.

My name is in the minutes, I have the form to send in to Coordinator to add me in National Website.
She will email me all the spreadsheets.

EX leader calls,  her computer will not work or send the spreadsheets. She drives the flash drive to my house. (keep in mind she has driven past the bank twice to bring me the flash drive)

She leaves, Treasurer calls. "Can you meet me at the bank now?" I have checks to deposit, we can add you to the account at the same time."

The 2 of us walk in the bank. We sit at the desk of the Financial Relationship Consultant, and yes that is the real title.

Treasurer states we want to add our new leader on our account and remove the old leader.

Consultant looks at account and states we need the other 2 to sign off. Are they coming?

The answer is No. We need FOUR people and we are only TWO!

REALLY? Who Knew? brahaha…Just wait, it gets better, or worse depending on how we look at it.
loud embarrassed laughter from both of us

 No Problem. The other 2 live close by and we are shocked when both answer their cells and state they are on the way.

I have been watching the Consultant and so far she has not rolled her eyes, or sighed loudly.

Consultant says "we will set it up and have it ready to sign when they get here. I just need the minutes stating your were elected  and your ID. "
Oh NO! 
We forgot to get a copy of the minutes! I say but I have a copy of the form that I emailed to our coordinator this morning stating I am the new leader.

She replies "I can work with that  as long as I have the minutes emailed to me by Monday."

I open my folder and OH NO. IT IS HOME ON THE PRINTER. .
We are now 2 people not 4, no minutes and no form.  Insert embarrassed laughter.

I call my new Coordinator and ask her to email me a copy and she says you sent it to me, it will be in your sent. ( I just know she is thinking, THIS IS the new leader?)

I say, "I used my work email, and I only have Gmail on my phone." She forwards my email to me, I forward it to the Consultant and she prints it. Consider this.. my work email is my name, my gmail is nevermindsandra... Embarrassed laughter again.

Now there are 3 of us. Consultant prints form, says sign above your name.

I am last of the 3 to sign, I notice my last name is misspelled. She gives embarrassed laugh, states my bad  and changes it in the system.

She does not mention, the loud laughter and mad talking we were doing, while she typed from my Drivers License.  NOTE: I did bring my drivers license. 😜

Consultant states, I will print a new form, but if you like, we can use that one and attach the form that says I changed it in the system. Treasurer, who is the same Type A I am, reaches out and rips the form in half, before her mind registers we can use it.
All four of are laughing so hard, I have tears on my face.

The Laughter is LOUD, even the consultant is howling. She state she can tape it together and make a copy of it (by now she will do anything to get us out of there) Ex-leader says we don't mind signing again.
Consultant prints new form, we all sign and #4 signer, Co-leader walks in. She has heard none of above.
Consultant says Sign above the line and she signs it below the line, on something else. (more loud laughter and tears from ALL 5 of us)

I ask for two logins one for Leader one for Treasurer. NOPE! can't happen on a business account.

Consultant states both of you can use the old one, and change your password, I will test the old one before you leave.....

IT DOESN"T WORK, she tries it twice and it LOCKS the account. The one written down doesn't work. The reason being there is no capital or character and that is required.

Consultant contacts IT to unlock account and we are # TWENTY in the wait queue.

INSERT HELPLESS LAUGHTER...we laugh and giggle, IT finally answers, she changes our password.
I say to her as we stand up. I am going to sneak back in the bank and record what you say to the tellers after we leave.... MORE LOUD LAUGHTER.

We exit and Little does she know I have to go home, call the daughter of the secretary, get her to take a cell photo of the minutes and text to me, so I can email to the bank consultant.  I am afraid to tell her this because they might cancel our account.

While saying my 3rd Good bye to the EX Leader, I say, you know the flash drive your drove over to me this morning? I left it in the computer up on the screen, I say if the computer crashes...… OH Well!

 I am evidently NOT the best bird in the forest. I will keep reminding myself of this quote. At least seniors of a feather flock together... and we have TONS of FUN...

Use all the talents God gave you - for the forest would be very silent if only the best bird sang.
 Henry Van Dyke

Saturday, March 23, 2019


What happens at meetings, How it works, Weight loss tips, What can I eat. If you click on this link to
TOPS  you will find a lot of free info. If you don't like meetings, you can attend online meetings and get access to the web site, by joining. It is 32 a year to be a member.

Most of you know I have lost 64 pounds in the 2 years I have been a member at TOPS and going to weekly meetings. It is the perfect support group.

I have been missing because I accepted the position as leader of our chapter. Our Leader retired to travel. Lots of work involved in the change over. My kitchen table is buried under paperwork and I have no where to store it.
This means Clean out the cabinet and closet in the dining room  that has been on my TO DO list for a year now.  You all know what that involves. Throw out stuff to store more stuff.. to be continued...

Friday, March 22, 2019

Day Off Comments Off

I am taking a day off from blogging, I have something to do and will tell you all about it hopefully on Saturday. Comments off, I am OFF.. see you all later

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Things You Might Not Know

I decided to share a little more of my 'knowlege' learned over the 74 years of my life.

*    If you suffer from vertigo or dizzy spells, Dramamine will take care of it for 4 hours at a time. Above is the Wal-Mart brand and it works as well as Dramamine. WAY back when I was in my late 20's, I suffered dizzy spells for a while and the doctor gave me little aqua and white football shaped pills. they helped a lot. When time to refill he said just use Dramamine.
This week I bent over to hug Big Boy and had to catch myself from a tumble head over heels on his back and yell for Bob to come hold my hand. One hour later I was walking fine.  Allergy related

*   Vertigo comes once in a while and for that I am thankful. Mine appears to be allergy related from inner ear problems. We are buried in Pollen right now.

*   It takes me 7 minutes to put the sheets back on the bed after I wash them. I consider this EXCERCISE...

*   Tampa Bay area gets an average of 12 Robo calls per SECOND.... I belive this, we got 11 Robo calls in 5 hours on one day... they are driving me nuts over the past couple of weeks.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Wordy Wed Hump Day... Archive Dive

What would this camel's name be if he had not humps?????   Humphrey

If someone threw a rock and knocked you off your donkey, would you be considered stoned off your ass?

I kissed these donkeys right between the eyes. Would YOU??? 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019


I played with my flower pic in photoshop to see if I remembered how to do this.

In Prior post, I told you the test I took said my personality makes me ESTJ type.

Random Facts About ESTJ Personality Type

ESTJs think in black and white terms. I DO I DO think in wrong/right

They may accidentally hurt others’ feelings and be clueless about it. I do it all the time

They tend to believe they are always right. I AM ALWAYS RIGHT

ESTJs are very risk-averse.  I once hung up on a financial advisor at the bank because he said what I chose was ALL WRONG.. to safe...yada yada, take risk   NOT ME

ESTJ Famous People
Following famous people and celebrities are likely to belong to the ESTJ personality type: NOTE there are only 3 women in the list
Harry S. Truman
Joan Rivers
Margaret Thatcher
Henry Ford
Martha Stewart  WHAT????John D. Rockefeller
Frank Sinatra
Vince Lombardi
George Washington

ESTJ Characters
Following fictional characters display ESTJ traits:
Archie Bunker from “All in the Family”  Bob calls me Archie all the time, and he is Archie to the bone... YOU DO NOT WANT TO HEAR WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE WHEN TWO ESTJ'S ARE MARRIED FOR 34 YEARS.
Lucy Van Pelt from “Peanuts”  I yam WHAT I yam

Monday, March 18, 2019

Listicle and Beta PM

I found a new word, listicle.  It was in an article that I can't find to show you.

In journalism and blogging, a listicle is a short-form of writing that uses a list as its thematic structure, but is fleshed out with sufficient copy to be published as an article. ... The word is a portmanteau derived from list and article.

 I love learning new things in the computer.  In English Use a list with points, combine with an article.

I combined learning new features in Beta PicMonkey with my new listicle knowledge. PICMONKEY has gone high tech. Everything can be customized. To see examples of what I did you must Visit BigBoy on his blog... what better subject to practice on than our sweet Big Boy. Click Here

Listicle EXAMPLES are HERE  and HERE is a site that uses listicles

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Tis the day for the wearin o the green

Tis the day for GREEN, Irish you a happy Saint Patrick's Day...

Green and Lucky I am, 
Share your pot of gold, I can!
I am over the rainbow for you,
What is Irish and stays out all night?
Paddy O Furniture.
Are you Dublin over with laughter?

Saturday, March 16, 2019

THIS is ME, As I AM.

My test results
My apologies for this long post... I am putting this here as a letter to myself, to read when I feel so different.

Have you ever been reading a fictional story and read parts that gave you instant insight into something you had pondered in the past? I do that a lot.

This past week I found ME described in one paragraph.. I have always been 'different' and never could explain how or why. By different I mean, not the average female. More like a male than a female.

"Jo had never been good with kids and make believe games, even when she was a young girl.
Jo's parents, both scientists, often said her double dose of analytical genes had made her that way.
they used to joke about how she'd come out of the womb, with an intent frown on her face, as if she were formulating hypotheses about where she was and who all the people in the delivery room were."
         Quote from the book,  Where the forest meets the stars by Glendy Vanderah

When I read this quote, I began to THINK about ME.... the reason I see the world through different eyes. I am Analytic, Logical and rational to the nth degree... Like the woman in the book, I came out of the womb asking who are you and why are you here...

I asked the who, why, what, when, I see the If I do this, This will happen or not happen. I reason my way through every decision and thought. I am also a person who must be in control. Also am disposed to take action and analyze, analyze to see what action must be taken.

most of my fears are because they are Out Of My Control....

I can't stand to be told what to do, or not to do. because my logic tells me what it is I should do and that is what I am going to do....

I think with my personality and being born to a father much like me, the fact he raised me by trying to control me my whole life, it enhanced what I was born with.

The UPSHOT of this is I went investigoogling and found this SITE  I read and read and clicked and clicked, found there are Four Temperaments: Sanguine, Phlegmatic, Choleric, and Melancholic .
I took a test, and found I am Choleric by 60 percent and Melancholic 40 percent.

This has answered so many questions for me... I was either born this way or nurtured this way, but whichever it is, I am what I am.... I AM fits me like a glove. These snips are from and the links are here to their sight. I don't trust everything I read, but this is ME and now I know who I am .

I have often said I am more like a male than a female. This site said only 12 % of people have this personality type and the vast majority are male.  

Friday, March 15, 2019

Fake Fotos of Fake Flowers on Fake Nature Friday

I used PIP camera in my Tablet to take Fake Fotos of Fake Flowers. See even the word Fotos is fake.

Something to ponder.... I looked up Fake and it means not genuine, counterfeit.
These flowers are genuine. Genuine means authentic or real. 
These are real. Right? 
This is not a real ice cube, but it is a real photo.....

Which brings me to Fake Jokes... Welcome to Fake Nature Friday

What do you call a fake noodle?  an impasta
What does a nosy pepper do?  get jalapeno business
What do you call a fake stone in Ireland? a Shamrock

NOW have a fake cup of tea and get out in real nature and fake some nature loving

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Can you find me?

Tops Chapter minus 3 others... can you find me? back row, second from left... I am at TOPS this morning, see you all later.

Can you find my sons'  Cat In The Urn????

Wednesday, March 13, 2019


This came to our door yesterday and Bob said What is THAT?  As I demonstrated, I could see in his eyes he was thinking, you have had that tablet for 3 years and NOW you need a stand?
Get Ready! Get Set!  Go to Amazon and you can have this handy dandy Adjustable Tablet Stand. A tiny Prop for my Tablet. $7.99 only

It came in this adorable 7 and 3/4 inch box... Yes! I kept it. The Stand AND the Box.
 Easy instructions were included.. for the stand, not the box. heh heh heh

I play Words with friends, read emails, page through FB. My tablet lies flat on the breakfast bar. Or It DID! now it stands up and all I have to do is TAP IT!

I wish I had invented this tiny proper upper of tablets. 

Did you know Moses was the first person to download data from the clouds? 
Giggle with me NOW!
if you want a few more giggles click HERE..  These Passover Puns had me ROFL

Bye Now, I am going to be busy trying to come up with something to do with the little box.
P.S. I wanted to use just the photos today and have a true Wordless Wed post, and let the photos tell the story.. OH WELL! Welcome to Not Wordless Wed

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Fake Flowers

The flowers on my kitchen table were almost 20 years old. Were being the clue word. Saturday morning, while wandering Wal-Mart I found a display of flowers in the middle of the hardware section. WM is in remodeling mode and it is a true challenge to find the things on my list.

As a rule I don't care for fake flowers, and NEVER plastic ones.  My mother loved plastic flowers, and once in December, I looked out her kitchen window and the azaleas were in full bloom. She had wired plastic azaleas all over each bush...

Not bad for $3.00 and now I am set for another 20 years, which will put me at 94 years old. YOWSA

Monday, March 11, 2019

The Trip of a Lifetime??

The year was 1952, I was 8, my brother was 4, my grandfathers and his much hated new wife Hazel and their adopted daughter was 9 when Granddaddy asked and my mother decided it was a good idea to take a trip by car, with 3 adults and 3 children.

Said trip started in Savannah, Ga and took us all the way north to Niagara falls, with many stops on the way.  As you can see on the map above, today it is over 1200 miles. back then there were no interstates. Also we went by way of Rock City, on Lookout Mountain in Georgia. Really? 6 people, 2 weeks in a car like one of these?  forget the MILES, think TWO Weeks.

I hate riding in cars, don't like sleeping away from home, and also have FEARS of all things. Since Birth until now. MY MOTHER KNEW THIS...  here are my memories...….most of which involved me crying or screaming or getting paddled for crying or screaming.

Fat Man Squeeze, Rock City GA   Grand daddy was 6'5" and REALLY BIG... I just knew he would be stuck in the rocks and not be able to get out. FEAR of tight places. Screams!

In that same place, we went in the caverns, the guides were carrying blazing torches. Deep in the belly of the caves, he said do you want to see what BLACK dark is? SCREAMS and Crying when they put out the torches. They lit them quickly.

Washington DC.... spanking in front of Lincoln Memorial for sitting down and refusing to climb the steps... spanking at the Washington Memorial for crying and whining about wanting to go home.

NEW YORK City..... 20 floors up, hot summer, no AC, open windows, with no screens . LOUD Crying when Fear of Heights kicked in.

Niagara Falls...… NOOOOOO I screamed when they wanted me to ride on the gondola over the falls, Mother stayed behind with me and I screamed louder when Granddaddy rode over the falls.

The only two memories I have that are not related to my fears.... Martha and George Washington in the Smithsonian and giant planes hanging in the ceiling.
Mother learned her lesson well. When we moved a 12 hour drive away from Savannah to Pineville, KY, and they had to listen to me whine and cry for 12 hours driving there, she let me stay with friends each time they went back to visit family in Savannah over the next 5 years. The only time I went back to Savannah, was the year I was 15 and we moved back. Yes, I cried so much at leaving my friends Daddy threatened me with his belt if I cried another tear...

I have to say, one reason I hated riding is the dreaded motion sickness that keeps me off planes and boats, also keeps me out of the back seat of cars. If I laid flat on the seat and read books or comic books, I did not get sick.
I am 74, I still do not like road trips, do not like tight places, will go no where near heights. What were they thinking???? Everyone then and now, knows I don't do DARK.... Just reading this makes me want to CRY.... 😁😁

Fat Mans Squeeze at Rocky City HERE   rock city caverns, look out mountain. Rock City Gallery

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Good Morning, It's later than you think

If you live in USA, did you spring forward one hour  on your clock? 

Or Do you need spring forward NOW as you read this?

Are you lucky enough to be in AZ or Hawaii and don't have to change time? 

Our weather is whacked out. We used AC in FEBRUARY, and on this day of the photo, we turned the heat on. Notice the fog on the doors? it was 48 outside with wind chill feels like 40... IN MARCH....
                    NOT Florida weather.
Now we are back in the 80's each day.
This is my kitchen at 8:55 AM on Wed. 3/6/2019... I sat in my rocker and enjoyed the bright sun and thought OH NO, Sunday morning this will be 9:55 am....

each time the time changes I WHINE.

Do you mind if you lost an hour?
I drive Bob crazy each time it changes, we woke up at 4 today and the first thing out of my mouth was..
It is REALLY only 3 AM....Big is looking at us like why are you up so early?

Saturday, March 9, 2019

This Knot's for YOU..

 Today's photos are knot hot off the press. My mojo is knot working properly.

Blogging is knot rocket science, and you already know I am knot playing with a full deck here. Knot for all the tea in China would I stop blogging.... thus the archive dive.

Do you think these would qualify for  America's knot talent, or maybe the road knot taken. I leave you with

If knot now, When?

Beer Can Island, Longboat Key, sand not snow.