Friday, July 30, 2010


Yes, we really had this conversation on Wednesday night...

Mom: Andy did real good having his picture taken.
LL: Good, I was sure he would.
Mom: Yeah, and I looked at some of her portraits and I am going to have her paint one of Andy.
LL: Your having his portrait painted? I thought she was just taking photographs.
Mom: Well, she has to take the photos and then paint the picture from them.
LL: Where will you hang it? (Her walls are covered in art - more on that Monday)
Mom: I was thinking of taking down Purple Cat.
LL: Purple Cat? You aren't having his portrait painted that big are you?
Mom: I can if I want to.
LL: Whatever. If you take down Purple Cat I want it.

OK - Now here is a picture of Purple Cat in her den.
Do you see how big it is! Compare it to the lamp on the table, or hell compare it to the couch!

Here is her beautiful(?) dog Andrew Lloyd Webber, aka Andy. Lovely subject for a four foot painting, don't you think?

I present to you the three of them...Polly, Purple Cat and Andrew Lloyd Webber! Never a dull moment around here at "Crazy Times On Pennylane!"

Thursday, July 29, 2010


Thanks again to Btut for guest blogging. I promise you a dangerously funny blog tomorrow!

Btut here again as your Southern Fried Guest! LL is quite busy (I do believe working on a doozy of a blog), so she asked me to fill in. I cannot take any credit for what you are about to read but I thought it good enough to share! I have seen many of these before, but I think they are so true and so worth passing along! Here are some of my favs!

Southern women know their vacation spots:
The beach
The rivuh
The crick

Southern women know their religions:

Southern women know their cities dripping with Southern charm:
Foat Wuth

Believe it or not, I really know people that talk that way! Just a few more, before I go…..

· Only a Southerner knows the difference between a hissie fit and a conniption fit, and that you don't "HAVE" them, you "PITCH" them.

· A Southerner knows that "fixin" can be used as a noun, a verb, or an adverb.

· In the South, y'all is singular, all y'all is plural.

Happy SFT! Hope all y’all are havin’ a good week!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


~ On the popular TV sitcom Seinfeld, Jerry Seinfeld's ATM Pin code was "Jor-El" the name of superman's father. He was a big Superman fan.

~ What fashion designer posed nude in ads for his men's cologne? Yves Saint Laurent, in 1971. He wore only his trademark black framed glasses in ads for YSL Pour Homme fragrance.

~ The caribou (nomadic land mammal) travels 3000 more miles a year then any other mammal. It goes on extensive spring and fall migrations, and can reach speeds of close to 50 miles an hour.

~ Pistachio nuts are classified as a dangerous cargo by international maritime officials because they are considered flammable solids. They tend to heat spontaneously when stored in large amounts, and can burst into flames under pressure.

Thursday, July 22, 2010


I was curious where "Dixie" came from describing the Southern states....

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the origins of this nickname remain obscure. According to A Dictionary of Americanisms on Historical Principles (1951), by Mitford M. Mathews, three theories most commonly attempt to explain the term:

1. The word "'Dixie'" refers to privately issued currency from banks in Louisiana.[4] These banks issued ten-dollar notes,[5] labeled "Dix", French for "ten", on the reverse side. These notes are now highly sought-after for their numismatic value. The notes were known as "Dixies" by English-speaking southerners, and the area around New Orleans and the French-speaking parts of Louisiana came to be known as "Dixieland". Eventually, usage of the term broadened to refer to most of the Southern States.

2. The word preserves the name of a "Mr. Dixy", a kind slave owner on Manhattan Island[citation needed], where slavery was legal until 1827. His rule was so kindly that "Dixy's Land" became famed far and wide as an elysium abounding in material comforts.[6]

3. "Dixie" derives from Jeremiah Dixon of the Mason-Dixon line which defined the border between Maryland and Pennsylvania, and, for the most part, free and slave states (a small portion of Delaware, a Union border state, and slave state up to the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment, lay north of the boundary.)

The states of Dixie include West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Kentucky.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


~ Richard Dreyfuss spoke his first movie lines - "Shall I call the cops? I'll call the cops." - when he played a boardinghouse resident in the hit movie "The Graduate" in 1967.

~ The official magazine of the U.S. Navy is titled "All Hands."

~ American planes dropped bombs on Hawaii in December 1935 and April 1942 in order to divert the flow of lava from the erupting Mauna Loa volcano away from nearby roads and the city of Hilo.

~ In April of 1964, the Beatles had 5 of the top 5 pop singles on Billboard's list. They were: Can't Buy Me Love, Twist and Shout, She Loves You, I Want to Hold Your Hand, and Please Please Me.

~ The tongue is the only muscle in the human body that is connected at just one end.

Monday, July 19, 2010


WE walked into the Broadway Diner in Atlanta and this was waiting right inside the door!
How long has it been since you've seen one of these? And yes, it was full of cigarettes.

Friday, July 16, 2010


You know what they say, the third time's the charm...

Going to Hotlanta tomorrow for a wonderful day with Pmet and Lisam! Seeing "The Phantom of the Opera" (for the 3rd time) at the beautiful Fox Theater!
The theater is designed to make you feel like you are outside in an Arabian night! Love it.

Hope you all have a good weekend!

Thursday, July 15, 2010


TCW gave me a set of books for Christmas. This is the first one....
"After the solemnity of the church service and finality of the grave, the people of the Mississippi Delta are just dying to get to the hours of the bereaved for the reception. Sometimes we talk bad about the deceased between the grave and the tomato aspic, but we straighten up and are on best behaviour the minute we get to the house. We're people with a strong sense of community, and being dead is no impediment to belonging to it. We won't forget you just because you've up and died. We may even like you better and visit you more often."

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


...back at it's regularly scheduled time...

~ Americans call the symbol used in e-mails (@) the "at sign." The symbol is known in France as the little snail, in Greece the little duck, and in Germany the monkey's tail.

~ The phrase "Mr. Nice Guy" appeared in the Oxford Dictionary in 1957. Perry Como, the popular singer, was cited as the first example. That was his nickname.

~ Americans were held captive at the U.S. embassy in Tehran for 444 during the Iran hostage crisis - from November 4, 1979 to January 20, 1981.

~ The most commonly fractured bone in the human body is the clavicle or collar bone. It connects the breastbone to the shoulder blade.

Monday, July 12, 2010


There she is....

Rachel's friend Graham told me Saturday morning that he had taken the best picture of Rachel ever. He went out to his jeep to get his camera to show me. This was the picture.

Thursday, July 8, 2010


I have a wonderful group of friends - good, old friends - some I have known as long as I can remember. These quotes made me thankful for all my friends, and thankful for being Southern

"There's the Southern sense of belonging to a group - the feeling, often, that it's 'we' telling the story rather than 'I'. - Anne Tyler

"That's the spirit in which I was raised. Open y'doors, open y'hearts, open y'fridge." - The Lady Chablis

"I cry, not from reaching any conclusion by reasoning, but because, lowly as I am, I am still part of the whole." - Ernest J. Gaines in "A Lesson Before Dying"

"The vibe in that musty, beer-strewn dressing room felt as familiar as a family reunion, and I noticed that my own drawl had sneaked right out of me without my having realized." - Mark Kemp, VP for MTV

"...somehow we'll all instinctively wind up in the same spot. That's when we smile." - Michael Houser, Widespread Panic

Wednesday, July 7, 2010


Due to an unforeseen Tunica Post, your "Useless Info Tuesday" was not broadcast at it's regular time. It will air in full below and return to it's regularly schedule time next week....

~ Of the 55 delegates at the Constitutional Convention, 34 were lawyers.

~ The ice cream cone was invented in the summer of 1904 by Charles Menches. It made its debut one year later at the St. Louis World Fair.

~ When it comes to medical shorthand Dx, Hx, Sx and Tx represent diagnosis, history, symptoms, and treatment, respectively.

~ The Chanel Company claims that a bottle of Chanel No 5 is sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds.

~ Alexander Hamilton's portrait appeared on the first $5 note issued in the early 1860. Hamilton is now on the $10 bill.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


TCW, Btut and I took a mini vaca to Tunica, MS this past weekend. Joined by Triple T and BigD on Sunday - and boy did we have a BLAST! We were laughing so hard at our blackjack table I thought my cheeks were going to crack. Everyone was watching us because we were having such a great time! Here are a few little bits to help us remember our wonderful time.....

"Laura Leigh you are saying it is Tewnica not Toonica" - Btut

"I am goin' to the room. I lost $75 in an hour." - Btut
"More like 17.2 minutes." - Lsquare

"I like you...let me get my lips ready." - Calvin to anybody who got 21

"I don't like anything soft." - Btut

"Gotbleechtaba...ooh" - TCW

"Well, we all know diarrhea is smart..." - TripleT (none of us had a clue...)

"My Tunica name is Anastasia Beaverhousen...your's can be Wild Cherry." - Lsquare

"One and one we were having some fun, in the bedroom, all day and all of the night.
Two and two I took off my shoes....." Btut, Triple T, Joe (player) and Tonnie (dealer) singing the 2 Live Crew song


"Hell, hand me the beer...I'll take one for the team." - Btut

"It's the Johnster" - Joe
"The Johnmeister" - Btut
"The Johnanator" - TripleT
(Saying hello to our relief dealer who put us in funeral mode)

"Laura, let me tell you what Tim has been saying about you..." - Tonnie

"Amy, do you have to pee? Sweetheart you need to go try." - Btut, to Amy who waited 2 hours to get a spot at our table

"...and that's Amy. It's her birthday, and she has a bladder the size of a peanut." - TCW to a new girl who sat down next to him

"How much do I got?" - everyone at some point to the dealer (its gets hard to count)

And last but not least.....

"Ooooh, can I have your cherry?"
"Honey, that was gone a long time ago." - Anonymous

Friday, July 2, 2010


"Our country...may she always be right; but our country, right or wrong." - Stephen Decatur
Hope ou all have a safe and happy 4th of July.




Thursday, July 1, 2010


A much used, wonderful, weathered friend.