Tuesday, August 30, 2011


...Don't worry, I will be back.  But this week is not looking good for blogging.  Just didn't want my readers (all two of you) to worry.  Hopefully I will be back at the end of the week, or this weekend.  Definately back to business next week.


Friday, August 26, 2011


Remeber the Shazam!/Isis Hour on CBS in the 70's?  I loved, loved, loved the show!  Captain Marvel (Billy the teenager) spoke directly to the elders that empowered him via a communication device (who appear as animated characters: Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury.) Instead of being based in any one particular city, Billy and his guardian "Mentor" (Les Tremayne) traveled through 1970's California in an RV. In an era before cell phones, Mentor would make phone calls from the RV on a type of mobile phone, asking a "mobile operator" to dial the number.

But I especially loved Isis!  You know I have always been interested in anything Egyptian.  (I can't believe how much Catherine Zeta Jones looks like the actress!)   Isis was Andrea Thomas a high school science teacher who found an ancient mystical amulet on an archeological dig in Egypt. The amulet belonged to Hatshepsut, an ancient Egyptian Queen and it gave the wearer the powers of Isis. Whenever Isis was needed, Andrea would reveal the amulet and recite an incantation ("O Mighty Isis!") and she would be transformed into the goddess Isis.

(Info from Wikipedia)

Here they are in action together...
...Ahhhh...the good old days.

Have a good weekend - SHAZAM!

Thursday, August 25, 2011


Today's guest blog comes from Btut!  Thanks!  BB tonight, double elim!!!!!

Some of these are repeats, but I found worth mentioning again:

Things you learn living in the South (obviously, this is for people who didn't grow up here, bless them!)

~  You don't carry things, you tote them
~  It's not a shopping cart, it's a buggy
~  People actually grow, eat and like okra
~  Iced tea is appropriate for all meals & you start drinking it around age two.  It is considered the house wine of the South.
~  You know what a hissy fits is and the you don't throw one, you pitch one
~  Fall weddings are planned around the SEC football schedules
~  Some of the women aren't that smart sometimes, but at least they're pretty, bless their heart!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


~  Bayer Pharmaceutical marketed a cough remedy under the brand name Heroin in 1898.  The name grew out of the "heroic" feeling reported by the employees who tested it.  The company stopped producing it in 1913.  A year later it was outlawed in the U.S.

~  Dick Barrymore (ski-film producer) was named "Male Chauvinist of the Year" in 1971 for inventing the wet t-shirt contest.  He organized the first contest in the Boiler Room Bar in Sun Valley, Idaho.

~  The board game Monopoly was used by the British Secret Service during World War II to hide maps, files, compasses, and money.  The maps, with escape routes and safe houses were slipped into openings cut in the cardboard boxes.  The files and compasses were disguised as playing pieces.  German, French and Italian paper currency was hidden in packs of play money.

~  The first country to feature a dog on a postage stamp was Newfoundland in 1887.  And, of course, the dog was a Newfoundland.

~  "Pan-Pan" is the distress call issued from a ship or airplane faced with an emergency that is not considered life-threatening.  "Mayday" is used only when imminent danger threatens life or property and immediate assistance is needed.

Monday, August 22, 2011


Had a great time Saturday celebrating Triple T's birthday early.  To have a little fun, I have put together a little one word montage of pictures...use your imagination!











Thursday, August 18, 2011


I have been swamped again at work and home this week.  So, I reached out for some help for a guest blog.  Lisa Tutb responded with a wonderful idea and information.  With football season fast approaching (2 weeks from Saturday!!!!!!), she found some wonderful quotes from Southern football coaches.

Thanks Lisa Tutb.  Love.

Bobby Bowden / Florida State - "Son, you've got a good engine, but your hands aren't on the steering wheel."

Bobby Bowden / Florida State - "After you retire, there's only one big event left....and I ain't ready for that."

Bear Bryant / Alabama - "It's kind of hard to rally around a math class."

Bear Bryant /Alabama - "I make my practices real hard because if a player is a quitter, I want him to quit in practice, not in a game."

Wally Butts / Georgia - "In Alabama, an atheist is someone who doesn't believe in Bear Bryant."

Paul Dietzel / LSU - "You can learn more character on the two-yard line than anywhere else in life."

John Heisman / Auburn - “Don't cuss. Don't argue with the officials. And don't lose the game.”

John Heisman / Auburn - "Gentlemen, it is better to have died a small boy than to fumble this football"

Lou Holtz / Arkansas - "The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be the one who dropped it."

Lou Holtz /Arkansas - (When asked if Fayetteville was the end of the world) - "No, but you can see it from here."

Shug Jordan / Auburn - "Always remember..... Goliath was a 40 point favorite over David."

Joe Namath / Alabama - "When you win, nothing hurts."

Erk Russell / Georgia Southern - "At Georgia Southern, we don't cheat. That costs money and we don't have any."

Bowden Wyatt / Tennessee - "My advice to defensive players: Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in a bad humor."

Bear Bryant / Alabama – “Football changes and so do people. The successful coach is the one who sets the trend, not the one who follows it.”

Shug Jordan / Auburn – “Don't wait to be a great man. Be a great boy.”

Bobby Bowden / Florida State – “I'm not too proud to change. I like to win too much.”

And finally - Bear Bryant's 3 rules for coaching –

1. Surround yourself with people who can't live without football.
2. Have a wife who is willing to put up with a lot of neglect.
3. Have a plan for everything.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


~  In the popular Margaret Mitchell novel "Gone With the Wind" Scarlett O'Hara had 3 children each with a different husband.  The first was a son, Wade; the second a daughter, Ella, the third, a daughter Bonnie.  The first two children were eliminated from the 1939 movie.

~  The two symbols combined to create the antiwar peace symbol were the naval symbols for "N" and "D" - shorthand for nuclear disarmament.

~  In the "Star Wars" films Han Solo's home planet was Corellia.

~  A vespiary is a next or colony of wasps or hornets.

~  The favorite song of Ross Geller's pet Capuchin monkey, Marcel, on the TV sitcom "Friends" was "The Lion Sleeps Tonight."

Friday, August 12, 2011

Happy Days are Here Again!

My Boo came home last night.  TCW and I were there to greet her.  We had so much fun talking and laughing.  Bye-bye and Salad were happy to see her She is having lunch with G-ma today.  I am so proud of my daughter.  I look forward to a great weekend of celebrating Rachel!  Hope you all have a good one too. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


One, Two
My roof got a boo boo. 

Three, Four
My car cost me more. 

Five, Six
Both cost lots to fix.

Seven, Eight
Mom's move in ran late.

Nine, Ten
Broken clavicle on the mend.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

USELESS INFO TUESDAY (Actually on the correct day!)

~  A dragonfly can fly about 36 miles per hour.

~  A grape is about 80% water; a raisin, about 15%.

~  Actress-director-producer Sofia Coppola, daughter of director Francis Ford Coppola, made her first screen appearance as the baby boy being christened in the famous baptism scene in "The Godfather."  She was 3 weeks old when the scene was shot.

~  Oklahoma is the state with the most man-made lakes.  It has more than 200 - created by building dams across streams.  Its only natural lakes are shallow playas and oxbows.  (Next week:  What are playas and oxbows?)

I really know I shouldn't but I couldn't help it...

~  An ultracrepidarian is a person who voices opinions beyond his or her scope of knowledge.

Monday, August 8, 2011


A lady at work had been bringing in fresh squash...lots of fresh squash, for the past 2 weeks.  Miss Polly had already put up some 20 pints of pickles.  We both had several 2 pound bags in our freezer for making squash casseroles.  My arm was feeling better.  So, I decided I should bite the bullet and make pickles with the Friday squash. 

It is a labor of love!

Start with squash, peppers, onion...

...slice them up and cover with salt.  Let stand for 1 hour. (This dehydrates them so they will soak up the sweet pickling juice)

Heat vinegar, sugar, mustard seed and celery seed in dutch oven (you can also see my jars getting sterilized in the pot on the left back burner).  Add squash and bring to a boil.

Last step, seal in hot, sterilized jars (hardest part)!  So, here is my bounty after 3 and 1/2 hours, two batches of cooking....and I have 8 pints!

Yeah, you might say, "Wow, a whole 8 pints...not really worth it, LL."  But these pickles, you can't buy, and if you have ever tasted them, you know how absolutely delicious they are!  It is like I have my own little treasure!

Happy Monday!

P.S.  Update on the Boo.....she will be home THURSDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, August 5, 2011


I have not laid eyes on my baby since the latter part of May!  I miss her so.  The good news is, she is coming home next week!  The GREAT news is, she received the e-mail below last night around 9:00 pm....


I am pleased to inform you that as our 2nd alternate I am able to offer you an open slot into the incoming Fall 2011 NMT Class. I have attached a modified acceptance letter and will need for you to send back to me the last page indicating your intent to enter the program. Congratulations!!

I will also be sending you an e-mail concerning our orientation sessions on Monday, August15th, 2011.


Norman E. Bolus, MPH, CNMT
Director, Assistant Professor
Nuclear Medicine Technology Program
Clinical & Diagnostic Sciences Department
UAB School of Health Professions, Room 446
1705 University Boulevard, B'ham. AL 35294-1212
(205) 934-3427
(205) 975-7302 (fax)

I am so proud of you, Boo!  And I can't wait to see you, and hold you, and pet you, and call you George!
Have a great weekend, All!  I know I will!

Thursday, August 4, 2011


I promise, things are going to change!  I am going to get back on my regular blogging schedule.  Believe it or not, I feel guilty when I ignore my blog like I have been.  Now, understand, it is not by choice.  My life has been crazy these past couple of weeks.

But, it is time for me to get my priorities right.  Time to give the people what they want...and they want ME TO BLOG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Back tomorrow with renewed vigor, a little swing in my step, and hopefully a good idea for a post!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


Huge shout out to Lisa TutB guest blogger today!  And what better info to give us than medical.

I have just been swamped with personal and work stuff.  Sorry for the sparse blogging.  Will try to do better...

~  The average human bladder can hold 13 ounces of liquid - Unless you are drinking beer and that number decreases per beer!  (We should know!)

~  Men have more blood than women.  Men have 1.5 gallons and women have .875 gallons.

~  The human brain stops growing at the age of 18.

~  The attachment of skin to muscles is what causes dimples.

~  Of the 206 bones in the average adult body, 106 are in the hands and feet.  (Notice the clavicle bone - Mine is broken!)

~  Your thumb is the same length as your nose.