Monthly Archives: January 2013

Happy Birthday Dad

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This post is all about my dad, he would have been ninety years old today.

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My dad was a farmer his whole life, and helped my mom raise five kids, the rest is history as they say. I think some of his happiest times, were when he was out in the field working the land, he loved that so much.

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As kids, I remember my mom saying he could have been a weather man, because he could look at the sky and tell what was going to happen.

When he was much younger he played the violin, I remember how wonderful the music sounded. He only stopped later in life when his hands became so arthritic, it became difficult to carry on.

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He even played in a band, they did weddings as well as other engagements.

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He married the most wonderful woman in the world, my mom.

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He looked so happy and proud, as did my mom. They had their whole life ahead of them.

My dad has been gone six and a half years now, he suffered from Alzheimer’s.

The night before he passed away, mom called me and said it wouldn’t be long before he went, he had stopped eating, and was sleeping all the time. The next morning I went to work, and was sitting in the parking lot having my coffee. I was very upset, and wondering if this would be the day.

As I sat, looking through the windshield, a small bird came to rest on the windshield wiper and looked at me. It sat for a moment, then flew away.

For many years my dad built bird houses, and had then all over the yard. He loved watching them live in one of his condos, as he used to call them.

Later that morning, about 10:30,I got a call from my sister, telling me that dad had  passed away earlier in the morning. I believe he came to say good by to me.

He was a quiet man, who didn’t hug as often as he wanted to, but always found a way to tell me I was loved.

I cherish the memories he left us with, and I think of him often.

Daily Prompt: Burnt- One More Time

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Remember yesterday, when your home was on fire and you got to save five items? That means you left a lot of stuff behind. What are the things you wish you could have taken, but had to leave behind?

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Here we go again. I was a step ahead of WP yesterday, so I’m going to take a hard left turn and make a list of things I wouldn’t take, even though I might be thinking about them as my hair is smoking.

  1. I wouldn’t take my camera, ( can’t believe I just said that ), I could buy another one with the insurance money.
  2. The giant bag of cookie cutters would have to fry, I have been collecting them for years, I think there is about 100.
  3. The messy book-case, with books, it would block my escape route down the stairwell.
  4. All of my clothes would stay. I’m pretty sure a fashionista would try to grab some choice pieces, but I don’t have to worry about that…. what a relief.

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5. I wouldn’t have time to take my DVD collection, that will suck having to leave behind “The Great Pumpkin” and “Forrest Gump”.

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6. My Granny’s old mixer would have to stay, I would hate having to leave it behind. Maybe I could find a way to stuff it into my go bag.  By this time I’m pretty sure it can no longer be considered a go bag, at this point it is more like a stop go, stop go bag, since it so heavy I am dragging it down the stairs.

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And just for the record? I wouldn’t be wearing a dress.

Have a great day everyone, as you flee the day!

Daily Prompt: Burning Down the House

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Your home is on fire. Grab five items (assume all people and animals are safe). What did you grab?

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What a scary thought, makes me cringe thinking about it.

Only five items? Bummer, I guess that’s all a person can grab anyway, panic does weird things to most of us.

  1. The first thing would be a suitcase I keep in the bedroom, it is filled with photos of my kids when they were young. They are not on digital, so once they are gone that’s it.
  2. My “go bag” I keep in the closet. It has my passport and other essentials.
  3. My external hard drive, hopefully I won’t screw it up too bad when I yank the cords out.
  4. My purse, which has my phone and wallet. ID is such a pain in the butt to replace.
  5. The small rock that says “Home Sweet Home”, my husband gave it to me the first day we met.

My mind would be racing with thoughts of all the other things I wouldn’t have time to take. All my art work that I have done over the years, one of a kind pieces that are irreplaceable. Not being able to take any of that would break my heart.

I am very sentimental, leaving behind things like this would be gut wrenching. They would be gone forever, all this would be running through my mind as I’m grabbing those five items.

What I find interesting about this exercise is that it has forced me to look around and prioritize what I would, or should be taking. Also what is fascinating, is that I keep four of these items within arms reach of where I sit at my computer.

It’s almost like I am subconsciously prepping for disaster.

In reality, I would take these five items, but also throw in whatever else would fit into my go bag, because once it’s gone , it’s gone.

Daily Prompt: Through the Window

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Go to the nearest window. Look out for a full minute. Write about what you saw.

What I see is so boring and static I will have to stretch this a little, so people don’t yawn while reading my post. The nearest window is the patio doors, we are on the second floor. My view is the side of the building next to us, BORING…..but….

On the patio Beanie is out for his morning stretch, he is running back and forth like a crazy person. Very entertaining really, especially at 5:30 am, when the woman below us is probably still sleeping. :0)

He races at cat speed of light, bouncing off anything in his path, stopping on the old couch long enough to dig his claws in, then off again….”I’m free, I’m free! His ears go back, a wild look in his eye, all this in a split second, then running again.

I love watching him like this, freedom in the cat world.

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Now it’s time for a nap.

Valentine Treadmill – Do or Die

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With Valentine’s Day approaching I thought I would give some insight into what women DON’T want, rather than the many lists on the web for what we do want. That is so boring, so ordinary, and that will not do coming from my corner of the cell.

Top 10  Gifts Women Don’t Want For Valentine’s Day

  1. A plunger does not count as a gift, even if it’s needed at the time. DON’T DO IT!
  2. No woman wants an appliance for the special day. Just because your clothes wash together, doesn’t mean she wants a new washer.
  3. Giving her a bead kit so she can make her own necklace is a bad idea, when you know she’s capable of making a tiny noose for the small head.
  4. Pots and pans are not a good idea either, especially when you know she hates to cook, try to remember the last time you felt like you had been poisoned.
  5. A card with a photo of a new iPad is just asking for trouble, when you sign the  card. p.s.- “just kidding, I love You”
  6. We don’t want a new set of tires for YOUR TRUCK. Just because the rims are shiny enough we can use them as mirrors, doesn’t mean we’ll use them.
  7. No woman wants to tell her girlfriends  she got a vacuum for the big day, even though she keeps saying the old one is a piece of crap, don’t get conned into thinking it would make a good gift.
  8. She does not want lingerie that is three sizes too small, if you are this stupid, and don’t know what size her boobs are maybe you should pay more attention next time you see her naked…. providing there is a next time.
  9. A gift basket from the local adult shop is lame, especially when the gift includes, Play Boy, a DVD called “Ride Girl Ride”, and anal beads. If you really want them, don’t be such a dick, and buy them YOURSELF!
  10. And, the most important hint of them all, don’t have your secretary sign the card for you, another woman’s hand writing is grounds for being hit over the head with that plunger.

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Food for thought.

Daily Prompt: Ode to a Playground

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A place from your past or childhood, one that you’re fond of, is destroyed. Write it a memorial.

I guess the first thing that comes to mind is the school I went to when I was a kid. It’s in the small town my mom still lives in. Back in the sixties, the school was fully functional, with a large gymnasium in the basement, and five or six classrooms.

This school was a big part of my life for many years, I find it very sad that is no longer a part of the community. I think about it quite often, and how important it used to be to the surrounding area.

Rehearsing for Christmas concerts, being excited about Halloween, or just having fun on the playground at recess.

The last year the school was open was 1998, it must have been very sad for the town to shut it down.

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The school district made the decision to close the school, their reason being, there were not enough kids in the small town to make it worth while.  This must have been a very sad day for everyone.

When I go back to visit my mom I drive by the school, and wonder why people didn’t make the effort to take care of the building. The person who purchased it, used it for storage, and has let it become so run down it can no longer be repaired. Windows are broken, there is water in the classrooms, the roof is caving in.

I have no photos of the destruction, sometimes I wish I did, but I think I have done this on purpose because it makes me too sad, and it would be a reminder it has been destroyed.

One other photo I do have is a graduating class from a happier time, they had years ahead of them, and so did the school.

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Have a great day everyone, and don’t forget to take care of the past.

Molly Monday: West Highland Terrier Gazette

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Just chilling out this morning, wanting the rain to stop for a while. It’s so wet here I’m almost wishing my mom would buy me rubber boots to wear, then again I’m not sure I’d want to look silly like these guys.

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I get bored on rainy days, so sometimes I play dress-up. This wig is pretty awesome, but I think I’d look better in pink.

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Beanie was laughing at me from his room in the cupboard, I wanted to lock him in, but mom said he would go nuts.

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Have a great day, I will see you next week.

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