Wednesday, June 30, 2010


...a 100% certified redneck, decked out, Crown Vic! I just had to take a picture. Check out those wheels! And, my favorite part is the Alabama A Roll Tide on the back window. Thank goodness it didn't say War Eagle!
You can tell how high it is because it is parked next to a black pick up truck!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010


~ A sharrow is an arrowlike marking - generally of a bike topped by a pair of chevrons - that is stenciled on roadways that are to be share with bicyclists. The term sharrow stands for shared lane arrow or shared use arrow.
~ When Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company went into business in 1898 they made bicycle and carriage tires, and also rubber horseshoe pads and poker chips.

~ The the world of sports sabermetrics is the statistical analysis of baseball data. The word is an acronym of sorts for the Society for American Baseball Research, the organization behind the number crunching.

~ The "21 Tee" salute at the 2000 U.S. Open in Pebble Beach was in memory of defending champion Payne Stewart, who had died months before in an airplane accident. Twenty-one golfers lined up and simultaneously hit balls from the 18th fairway into the Pacific Ocean.

~ The upscale Washington D.C. neighborhood, Georgetown, was named for King George II of England, not George Washington. It was formally established in 1751 as a Maryland tobacco port, and was officially incorporated into the District of Columbia in 1871.

Monday, June 28, 2010


IT'S A BIRD.....

...IT'S A PLANE....

We (TCW and I) had a great time at Triple T's and Big D's house on Friday. D'Rugg, T'Rugg and Drug were there. So so was sweet Lizbeth. It is so nice to spend time (mind you - quality time) with old friends. We made some new friends too!

I thought their garage door was really cool. Just had to have a picture! (Really, I was trying to turn my camera off and took a picture - but it could be art with all that cool smoke!)

Thursday, June 24, 2010


Btut here! Guest blogger for your Southern Fried Thursday! I can’t take the full credit for this one. I had some (lots of) help from someone we blog followers all know, my sister, Lisa Tutb! While this has been quite an effort on our part (kudos to LL for maintaining & entertaining us every week), we think it’s pretty good. We hope you enjoy…..and remember! Let us know if you have any others and we’ll be happy to post another guest blog!

Random Southern-ness

The South is..... Lightening Bugs caught by folks of any age and placed in a jar to use as a nite lite

The South is.... Friday nite high school football - Saturday SEC football - Sunday Nascar race

The South is ..... Girls tanning with baby oil and iodine, laying on aluminum foil and spraying lemon juice in their hair for "natural" highlights

The South is.... Buttercups blooming in February

The South is…homemade chicken & dumplins, macaroni & cheese, fried corn & made from scratch biscuits

The South is...... coming home when the street lights come on -

The South is..... Cherry Kool-aid - ham sandwich and a homemade pickle -

The South is ..... Tree houses and playing hide and go seek

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

I Wish I Were Here....

Can you name these places? I personally took all these pictures.

I wish I were here....
...or here...

...or here...

...or here..

...or here...(ok, I will give you this one - it was our hotel)

...or here...
I feel Europe calling me. Please donate funds.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


~ Cream of tartar is derived from the crystalline acid sediment known as argol that is found inside wine casks (barrels). After the sediment is scrapped off, it is purified and ground to create cream of tartar.

~ Mudi, Sloughi, Xoloitzcuintli, and Leonberger are dog breeds - all officially recognized by the American Kennel Club.

~ The Cannonball Express was the name of the train that ill-fated railroad engineer Casey Jones was operating when it crashed.
~ Armstrong's Line is a high-altitude flight term. It is the point - about 63,000 feet above earth - at which atmospheric pressure is so low that a person's blood would begin to boil if he or she were not wearing a pressurized flight suit. It is named for Harry Armstrong, the Air Force doctor who discovered it.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Wrong email...

Can't really expect many responses to "The Great Bathroom Debate of 2010" with the wrong e-mail address listed. Thanks Beth! I have corrected it on the post and here it is too.

Thursday, June 17, 2010


Who could ever forget this scene. I have watched this movie more times than I can remember, and I still cry when Rhett leaves...
Scarlett: What are you doing?
Rhett Butler: I'm leaving you, my dear. All you need now is a divorce and your dreams of Ashley can come true.
Scarlett: Oh, no! No, you're wrong, terribly wrong! I don't want a divorce. Oh Rhett, but I knew tonight, when I... when I knew I loved you, I ran home to tell you, oh darling, darling!
Rhett Butler: Please don't go on with this, Leave us some dignity to remember out of our marriage. Spare us this last.
Scarlett: This last? Oh Rhett, do listen to me, I must have loved you for years, only I was such a stupid fool, I didn't know it. Please believe me, you must care! Melly said you did.
Rhett Butler: I believe you. What about Ashley Wilkes?
Scarlett: I... I never really loved Ashley.
Rhett Butler: You certainly gave a good imitation of it, up till this morning. No Scarlett, I tried everything. If you'd only met me half way, even when I came back from London.
Scarlett: I was so glad to see you. I was, Rhett, but you were so nasty.
Rhett Butler: And then when you were sick, it was all my fault... I hoped against hope that you'd call for me, but you didn't.
Scarlett: I wanted you. I wanted you desperately but I didn't think you wanted me.
Rhett Butler: It seems we've been at cross purposes, doesn't it? But it's no use now. As long as there was Bonnie, there was a chance that we might be happy. I liked to think that Bonnie was you, a little girl again, before the war, and poverty had done things to you. She was so like you, and I could pet her, and spoil her, as I wanted to spoil you. But when she went, she took everything.
Scarlett: Oh, Rhett, Rhett please don't say that. I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry for everything.
Rhett Butler: My darling, you're such a child. You think that by saying, "I'm sorry," all the past can be corrected. Here, take my handkerchief. Never, at any crisis of your life, have I known you to have a handkerchief.
Scarlett: Rhett! Rhett, where are you going?
Rhett Butler: I'm going back to Charleston, back where I belong.
Scarlett: Please, please take me with you!
Rhett Butler: No, I'm through with everything here. I want peace. I want to see if somewhere there isn't something left in life of charm and grace. Do you know what I'm talking about? Scarlett: No! I only know that I love you.
Rhett Butler: That's your misfortune. [Rhett turns to walk down the stairs]
Scarlett: Oh, Rhett! [Scarlett watches Rhett walk to the door]
Scarlett: Rhett! [runs down the stairs after Rhett]
Scarlett: Rhett, Rhett! [catches him as he's walking out the front door]
Scarlett: Rhett... if you go, where shall I go, what shall I do?
Rhett Butler: Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn. [Rhett walks off into the fog]


If you are a dedicated reader of this blog you will remember the "Great Bathroom Debate of 2009" in which I debated toilet paper. (Trust me, it was a thrilling read) In that debate we discussed the different ways to hang your toilet paper. Many people are an "over the top in front hanger" while I myself like the end of the paper to hang off the back behind.

Today's debate has to do with entering the shower. I prefer to turn the water on, let it warm up, step into the shower from the front (closest to the water), close the curtain, and then pull the little shower thingy to start the water coming out of the shower. I exit the shower from the same way I entered it. Of course, I believe this is the most correct way of taking a shower.
I have noticed that Rachel does things quite differently. She turns on the water, lets it warm up, starts the shower, and then get this....she enters the shower from the back, not in the front! What is up with that. She exits the shower from the front like I do, but I noticed her friend who sometimes showers at our house exits from the back.

So, lets open this up for debate. How do you take a shower? Do you always follow the same steps? Why do you feel your way is best? What makes your way the "right" way. I will post some of the responses I get. Please feel free to e-mail them to me, or the next time I see you I will ask your opinion.


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Useless Info

~ It takes 120 pounds of pressure to break an ostrich egg.

~ The Utah state flag was originally designed for a battleship bearing the state's name in 1912. It was adopted as the state flag in 1913.

~ William Clark, the famous explorer of Lewis and Clark, headed the first organized dig that found fossilized remains of mastodons and woolly mammoths in the United States. He was commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson in 1807 to organize a paleontological dig in a salt marsh in what is now Big Bone Lick State Park in Kentucky.
~ The average American eats 28 pounds of bananas a year.
~ The original name of the Dow Jones & Company publication that became The Wall Street Journal was The Customer's Afternoon Letter published in 1883. It was renamed TWSJ in 1889.

Friday, June 11, 2010


Here is last week's birthday girl after just receiving the "Happy Dance" at Kyoto!
Have a good weekend!

Thursday, June 10, 2010


Hopefully soon I will have a guest blogger (hint hint) that will submit a Southern Fried Thursday post - You know who you are....

"Truth be told my Father had cured me of hunting and fishing by the time I had reached my teens...the man was serious, I'm telling you, serious about his hunting and fishing. And I just broke under the strain." - Michael Swindle in "Mulletheads"

"There would always come a night when Momma put our clothes in paper sacks and buttoned our coats, begging us not to cry, to shush, baby, we're goin' to see Grandma...we would wait for the headlights of an uncle or aunt's car to appear, and then we knew we were safe." - Rick Bragg in "All Over but the Shoutn'"

"The South is what we started out with in the bizarre, slightly troubling, basically wonderful country - fun, danger, friendliness, energy, enthusiasm, and brave, crazy, tough people. - P.J. O'Rourke

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Best commercial of 2009....

...yep, you guessed it! My favorite commercial Old Spices' I am on a horse commercial! Love, love love it! You can catch it on youtube.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


~ Thailand's famous sacred Emerald Buddha is carved from a single block of jade. It is call the Emerald Buddha because of its color.

~ Scotland's Firth of Forth is an estuary or firth (a narrow arm of the sea) a the lower end of the River Forth, which flows into the North Sea.

~ British funny man Peter Sellers dubbed some of Humphrey Bogart's lines in the offbeat 1953 comedy "Beat the Devil." The lines had to be rerecorded because Bogie had been in an auto accident during filming and lost some teeth,, which affected his speaking ability.

~ Rock band Smash Mouth took its name from a football term coined by former Chicago Bears head coach Mike Ditka. Ditka coined the phrase to describe hard-hitting, in-your-face football.

~ The Columbia University football team helped the U.S.'s top secret atom bomb building Manhattan Project during World War II by helping to move tons of uranium stored in Manhattan warehouses.

Friday, June 4, 2010


Twenty years ago today was the most important day of my life. That is the day that Dr. Ray and Dr. Ellis introduced me to my baby girl. We have had a wild ride over the last twenty years, and I wouldn't change it a bit.
I am so proud of Rachel.

She is smart.
She is kind.
She is funny.
She is caring.
She is pretty.
She is responsible.
She is on a horse!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


I have to be very select in the information I give my mom. If you tell her something, she is going to beat you down with questions, so I try to keep our conversations light and uncongested. In this case I could not. TCW's cousin was in the hospital and I told her. Here is how it went, of course after the whole "Hey - Hey - This is your mother - Hey" spill:

Carl is TCW's dad -

P: How was brunch?
LL: Fun.
P: Did you have any grits left?
LL: No, I left what was there because people were still coming in.
P: What did Beth bring?
LL: Orange rolls and deviled eggs.
P: Yum, I love orange rolls.
P: What did TCW bring?
LL: Sausage balls, but he had to leave and go to Birmingham. (here is where I messed up)
P: What, why?
LL: His cousin is not doing well and had to have emergency surgery
P: His mom's or dad's side.
LL: Dad's
P: Well, where is Carl?
LL: Out of town.
P: Where?
LL: I don't know (I did, but that would have drawn this our even further)
P: I wonder if Carl asked him to go, or did he just go on his own?
LL: I don't know, what difference does it make?
P: Well, it is just sure nice of him to go down there and be with them.
LL: Yeah, well he is nice like that.
P: That is not the cousin that taught you swimming lessons is it?
LL: I don't know. What was her name?

Here she tells me the name of cousin that taught me swimming lessons and we realized it was not the one having surgery.

P: Where did his cousin live?
LL: I don't know - Cullman I think.
P: Does she have a family?
LL: Yes a husband and two grown boys, I think.
P: When will TCW be back?
LL: I don't know.
P: Is he spending the night?
LL: Mom, I DON'T KNOW. Do you want me to tell him to call you when he gets home. Then he can fill you in?
P: No, no. I will let you go.
LL: OK, bye.

I am exhausted! Gotta love her!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


~ The Netherlands was the first country to legalize same-sex marriages, in 2001.

~ The password of the Allied forces on D-Day in 1944 was "Mickey Mouse."

~ A is the first note on a standard piano keypad. C is the last note. The standard keyboard has 88 keys.

~ Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher was nicknamed The Iron Lady. Former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos was known as The Steel Butterfly.

~ In the 1987 action film "Lethal Weapon" the suburban home of TV's "The Partridge Family" was firebombed. The house, located on the Warner Brothers back lot in Burbank, CA, also served as the home of Abner and Gladys Kravitz on TV's "Bewitched."