Monday, August 29, 2005

"The Eagles" Are Still Good!

We watched a 1-1/2 hour special last night "The Eagles Farewell #1 Tour". It was absolutely wonderful! Of course, I was waiting the whole time for "Hotel California" which I knew would be last. It was and it was well worth waiting for. It's amazing to me that the original group is still together - since the 70's - and still sound just like their records. I was obviously impressed. I wish Carole could've seen/heard it too.

Sunday, August 28, 2005

If You REALLY Want To Push MY Buttons!

..then do something like this! I swear, I could be capable of murder in these cases:

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

No "Bubbles" Wednesday $:-(

Well, today is Wednesday...usually on Wednesday evenings we get a visit from my sweet daughter, Carole, and her beautiful son, Tyler. Since they are both in Wisconsin enjoying a vacation with the other Grandparents, we will be missing them tonight. Fred brought it up last night...with a very sad face. "Ya know what tomorrow is?" I said Yes, it's Wednesday. He says "Ya know what we'll be missing?" I said Yes, Carole and Tyler. Then we both did the sad mouth/face thing. Oh well, her Dad and his wife deserve to spend time with them too. We're just so fortunate and spoiled that they live within minutes of us. Ahhhhhhhh, one more week.

Monday, August 15, 2005

I Guess I'm IT!

This from my lovely daughter! Tagged to display music that I love. Here's the deal:

List ten songs that you are currently digging. It doesn't matter what genre they are from, whether they have words, or even if they're no good but they must be songs you're really enjoying right now. Post these instructions, the artists, and the ten songs in your blog. Then tag five other random people to see what they're listening to.

In no particular order, other than the Cat!

1. Cat Stevens ~~ anything really
2. Paul McCartney ~~ "Yesterday"
3. Bo Bice ~~ "I Don't Want To Be"
4. Enya ~~ most anything is good
5. Metallica ~~ "Bitch!"
6. Journey ~~ anything! Steve Perry rocks!
7. Rick Springfield ~~ "Jessie's Girl" (reminds me of Berlin, W. Germany, 1980-81)
8. Train ~~ "Drops of Jupiter"
9. Entire soundtrack from "Dirty Dancing"
10. Entire soundtrack from original "Romeo & Juliet"

AC/DC & Rush ~~ 2 extra just because!

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Farewell to a Person I Wish I'd Met

This is about the Mother of a very sweet friend who passed over at an untimely 41 years of age.

The service went beautifully - if a funeral/memorial can be beautiful. They started off with "The Lord's Prayer", sung by someone we couldn't see. She had some high points and low points in the singing. Nevertheless, it was still good. Christina's Mother's half-brother delivered a lengthy eulogy on his and other family members remembrances of Kelly during all ages of her brief life. It was very well done and even humorous at points. Kelly's Mother was the second and final one to speak and she mostly got through the reading of a letter she had written to Kelly - after her death. I guess she was trying to relieve her guilt for the years of not getting along with her daughter....don't know. During all of this, Cory was in the back with his Dad and Step-Mother, just babbling out loud and answering back to whoever the speaker was at the time. Poor kid had gone to the front before the service began and came back up visibly shaken and in tears. I think it finally sunk in that his Mother was gone. The minister summed up everything and reiterated that everyone needs to forgive and push aside their grievances in the name of peace and family love. Then the same singer sang "Amazing Grace" and along with bringing down the house of tears, she sounded a lot like Joan Baez. It was amazing. We were all summoned, row by row, to leave and head out to the front of the chapel. I smiled at Christina's Dad's Mother and headed directly to hug Christina. I didn't see Chris and Carole was somewhere behind me. I told her that we loved her and then I left. I didn't say anything to anyone else..certainly not Kelly's Mother and I had already had the displeasure of meeting Christina's father. I know that she has made amends with both her Dad and his present wife, but I won't forgive either of them for how they treated Christina before. Anyway, I'm amazed at Christina's strength, I love her and Chris both, and I'm glad this is behind them.

That's my take on yesterday and I'm sticking to it.

Monday, August 08, 2005

Good-Bye Mr. Jennings

I was so sad to hear the news this morning that Peter Jennings had passed over. I will surely miss his unbiased and intelligent, not to mention oftentimes brilliant reports, specials, and commentaries. Who knew that handsome man was 67 years old?!?! I thought he was not beyond his early 50's. I will always remember the obvious restraint he had while dealing with a national tragedy..always the professional. He was a man of style, integrity, and class. Yes, I will miss him. May God bless him and keep him throughout eternity.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Yesterday's Piss Off!

The morning started off pretty much normal, trying to get to work. You know, as much as I love my job, it's still a pain each morning not to be able to get ready to go at MY leisure. I seem to do way better under pressure - time constraints specifically. In my mind, I have each step planned out. When other things happen - usually Fred - it just throws a monkey wrench into the situation. Then I have to cut some other step short to accommodate. This particular morning, things were progressing nicely. I had gotten up early, as usual, and had hours before I had to be at work. I had checked out all my computer stuff...blogs, games, and email. I had everything under control. Then, just as I was about to gather up all my stuff, Fred says "Can you stop at the bank to make this deposit?" ARGHHHHHHH!! One "more" thing to do! I already knew that I had to get gas. That alone was stressing me out, wondering where I could get it cheaper than $2.25 a gallon! I abhor the gas thing! So, as usual, I said "Yeah, I can throw that into the mix as well!" Now I'm into "High Gear"! I get to the bank and there's this business pick-up at the window. "Drop Dead Pest Control"! So, there I sit..motor running to keep the AC on, looking at my gas gauge (I wasn't about to buy gas in Garland!). This guy must've been the most UNprepared person on the planet! I counted four times that the little drawer went out and back in to retrieve stuff from him. On the last time, he was trying to sign SOMETHING ELSE on top of the drawer! I had visions of revving the engine and slamming it into drive and just smashing him outta the way! Honestly! When finally he had finished, he s l o w l y pulled just far enough to nearly clear the lane, BUT not quite far enough for ME to get to the window. That was it! I layed on the horn, BIG TIME! He budged just a bit more (like he had no clue he wasn't alone in the now-six-people-deep-line). The bank person opened the drawer for my stuff and I practically yelled "GOOD MORNING!" at her. Then, SHE retrieves the stuff and proceeds to walk off behind a wall! I couldn't believe it! She came back and began picking up this and looking at that until finally I said loudly "Excuse Me!?!?" At that point, another clerk shoved my deposit receipt into the drawer and said the droll phrase "Have a Nice Day!". I sped off, knowing full well that I *could've* already been at work, but here I was racing and still late and STILL had to get gas! Halfway up the freeway, the little gas pump picture lit up. Damn! I'm thinking how much gas did the manual say is left when that light comes on??? Maybe 3 gallons...23 MPG, I'll make it. I got gas and got to work...15 minutes later! All because some idiot guy didn't prepare for his bank visit! WTF?!?!?

Monday, August 01, 2005

Anyone for Dill? Pickles that is!! ;-o

I can only assume that today was the last of the Summer canning days for Paul's cucumbers. We ended up with 26 quarts. Paul and I did the pickles while Fred did the lawn. Paul surely HAS had a bumper crop this year! After deciding which kind of pickles to do, we ended up with dills...with just a touch of garlic/kosher. They look beautiful and hopefully, they will taste the same. We finished just in time to play awhile with Tyler before starting the Carne Asada. What a sweet boy he is! Momma was feeling pretty good today and I ended up painting her nails later in the evening. I still have a basket of laundry to fold, but at least everything is CLEAN! I hope y'alls Sunday was wonderful!