Friday, June 24, 2011


Sorry for the lack of blogging recently.  As many of you know, I have been having some issues with Mom.  But, things are looking up.  She is moving next week to Cedar Springs Retirement Living next week.  I have been very busy trying to get the move lined up, her packed, etc.

Mom is very excited about this new chapter in her life, which makes it much easier for me.  Hopefully things will settle down in the coming weeks.


Wednesday, June 22, 2011


~  The human brain uses 20% of the typical adult body's oxygen and caloric intake.

~  Mauve was the color of the first synthetic dye.  It was accidentally produced in 1856 by British chemistry student William Perkin while he was trying to synthesize quinine as a cure for malaria.

~  If you are at 0' latitude and 0' longitude you are at the spot where the equator intersects with the prime meridian-in the Atlantic (in the Gulf of Guinea), off the coast of Africa about 380 miles south of Ghana.

~  At the outset of World War II, the Treasury Building in Washington, D.C. had a subterranean bunker with desks, beds, and a fully stocked kitchen set up for the president.  The bombproof emergency shelter was kept in readiness 24/7 in the event of an air attack on the nation's capital.

Monday, June 20, 2011


...In the smoking lounge.  Since Rachel is away for the Summer, I have a temporary sidekick!

Her name is Sally May Jefferson Jackson Johnson Washington.  You can call her "Miss Washington."

Come home soon Rayray!  Your Gma is driving me crazy.

Thursday, June 16, 2011


If you know anything about me, you know that I love to read.  I am always reading a book.  I love all different authors and subjects, fiction and non-fiction.  Being from the South, I have read a lot of Southern authors' works.  I love the Wikipedia definition of Southern literature:

"Southern literature is defined as American literature about the Southern United States or by writers from this region.  Characteristics of Southern literature include a focus on a common Southern history, the significance of family, a sense of community and one's role within it, a sense of justice, the region's dominant religion (Christianity) and the burdens/rewards religion often brings, issues of racial tension, land the the promise it brings, a sense of social class and place...."

Some Southern authors I have enjoyed include:  Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, Harper Lee, Margaret Mitchell (of course), Alice Walker (The Color Purple), Kathryn Tucker Windam, John Berendt (Midnight In the Garden of Good and Evil), Pat Conroy, Fannie Flagg, John Grisham, Tom Wolfe, and Anne Rice, to name a few.

I also found this excerpt about Southern Writers on a website called "Guide to Southern Writers." (real original name huh?)

"One of the richest cultural traditions of the South is its history of literature and storytelling.  Common theses used by Southern writers are a sense of place, strong family relationships and a rich tapestry of language and character."

So, it's Summer, pick up a book, preferably by a Southern writer, and let yourself escape...

"In the South, perhaps more than any other region, we go back to our home in dreams and memories, hoping it remains what it was on a lazy, still summer's day twenty years ago."  - Willie Morris.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


~  One million dollars in one hundred dollar bills weighs about 22 pounds, according to the U.S. Treasury.

~  Armenia's coat of arms features a picture of Noah's Ark resting atop Mount Ararat.  Mount Ararat has long been considered the sacred symbol of Armenia and the spiritual home of its people.

~  There are four sports where players dribble the a ball - basketball, soccer, water polo and bandy.  Bandy is a winter sport played on ice with a ball and a stick.

~  In 1945, Betty Crocker, a fictitious character created in 1921 to answer consumer baking questions, came in second when Eleanor Roosevelt was voted the most famous woman in the U.S. in a Fortune magazine survey.

~  Koala's front paws are very unusual.  There are two thumbs on each front paw along with three fingers.

Monday, June 13, 2011


1.  Good Deed - Relay for life - check
2.  Being Inconvienced - Driving to Auburn to secure my brother's house - check
3.  Fearing for My Life - Driving home in a terrible thunderstorm - check
4.  Performing Work - Working 5 Hours At Home on My Incurred Cost Proposal On Sunday- check
5.  Being Entertained - Watched My Sunday Night Shows, Enjoyed Spending All Day Saturday with My Baby Jimmy - check
6.  Leaving Work - And Going To Happy Hour on Monday - priceless!

Friday, June 10, 2011


Well, this has been quite a week.  Let's list some things that have happened since I last blogged...

1.  Wienergate (Anthony Wiener admitting he sent lewd text messages of various body parts)
2.  Huge limb fell in my yard
3.  Mavericks leading the Heat in NBA Championship
4.  I have watched this weeks episode of "Game of Thrones" 3 more times
5.  Glen Beck announced he is starting his own network
6.  I predicted Hillary Clinton will run for President in 2012
7.  My Mom fell (she is ok just horrible bruising)
8.  Someone tried to steal the air conditioning unit at my brother's house in Auburn (hence Jimmy and I will be making a trip to the Loveliest Village on the Plains in the morning.
9.  My daughter got on to me for not blogging about her birthday! 

Happy, Happy, Happy 21st Birthday Rayray.  I miss you so much!  And Josh a little too! LOL

Christmas morning 2010.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


~  Alex Rodriguez was the first slugger whose home run was checked by instant replay in major league baseball history.  In a September 2008 game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field.  The home run call was upheld.

~  TheDandie Dinmont Terrier is the only breed of dog named after a fictional character.  It was named for a farmer who owned six of the hunting terriers in Sir Walter Scott's 1814 novel "Guy Mannering."

~  Queen Victoria made white wedding gowns fashionable.  In 1840, she married her cousin Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg wearing white.

~  The state capital of Montana, Helena, was originally known as Crabtown.  It was named for John Crab, one of four prospectors whose discovery of gold there in 1864 brought other fortune seekers to the area, turning it into a boom town.

Monday, June 6, 2011


...for singing!  or "I was Wrighted," "Read my Wrights" "the Wright Stuff"....I had so many titles to choose from...

Spent Friday night at the Right Wrights for a "singing."  Had a blast listening to R Right Wright sing and tell jokes.  I had heard it was a fun thing to witness, and now I know first hand!

Get down with your bad self, R Right Wright...

Blacey and AndyRandy were there...B Blacey sang some too!

Wait!  Who is that in the corner?  None other than Wino Bill and BTut!  Hey, nobody sits Baby in the corner (name that movie).  There is my bottle of wine on the corner of the table - Zen of Zin - very good!

R AndyRandy and TCW's goiter head!  LOL

Had a wonderful time!  Hope to do it again soon. 

P.S.  My camera's battery went dead before I could get a picture of K Right Wright and C, but....they're PRETTY!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Had a great time at the Big Dawes on Saturday for brunch....yes, I said brunch....and that is what we are going to call it even though we were there from 10:30 am to 8:30 pm.  We had fun eating and swimming and lazing around.  Much of the usual cast was there:  the Big Dawes (of course), Btut, Wino Bill, TCW, the Right Wrights...and many more.  Big thanks to the Big Dawes for hosting. 

Here is a flashback list of some of our more hilarious conversations....

~  Concentration Camp Kitties
~  "You know what that tastes/looks like?"
~  Bushhog
~  Stacy's towel
~  Mime - put my cigarette out
~  "Laura Leigh, I have a bathing suit for you."
~  "To hell with Charter."
~  TCW at one point in time had your lighter
~  Grilled jalapenos - you know...
~  "Hey - You didn't bring your diploma."
~  Clark's clinky linky dink dink
~  Vincent Van Heroin
~  East - Runnymeade - Wood - Land
~  Onion!
~  "LL you are doing so good."
~  "The balloon glow is gross."
~  "We're married...and we have papers to prove it."
~  Urban Dictionary
~  tkuses