Summing it Up...

Now, that I'm way on the wrong side of sixty, I feel that being true to self is important. "I yam, what I yam." Kindness and smiles are to be given away. Women are strong. Men are more vulnerable than we believe. Husbands may come and go...but one thing I know for sure is that I will NEVAH live without a corgi or coffee in my life if I can prevent it. Come piles of dog fur or hot water!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Tullahoma, Tennessee...and flying machines

One place that Jim had to see on our journey South, was the Beechcraft Heritage Museum. The grounds were so pretty, out in the country, and used by townfolk for walking, cycling, and jogging. Even the corgi kids got into the act, and enjoyed the wide open spaces.
Yep, they have electric hookups for RV's, and the Chairman of the Board asked Jim to come back, camp there, and help bring planes in during their annual "fly in." Jim has always loved planes, and in his twenties, flew them. He misses those days, and like the Red Baron, would love to get back in the saddle and view the world from above.

Visit Beechcraft's Website for the museum, and see what it's all about. Your hubby would love this place. I stayed out in the RV, or played catch with the corgis while Jim perused his passion. Also, Lynchburg, is 10 miles away. It has a nice little historic downtown, full of craft/antique/fudge/coffee shops that women love.
The Staggerwing, is one of Beechcraft's pride and joy. It's famous.

Update: We're parked at a WalMart in Valdosta, Georgia for the night. Jim went in to get a hot, fresh rotiessorie chicken and slaw for supper. We'll put up the antenna and catch the evening news. Ahhhh, these digs are pretty good tonight!

Meeting Chatty Chrone....

I had a very unique, and happy experience this morning while passing through Georgia. Meeting a fellow blogger is NOT something many of us ever get to experience, eventho we say we'd love to, or dream of it.

(Chatty on left.)
Chatty and I began commenting on each other's blogs, and found that our point of view was very similar. Later, that led to emails between us, and more sharing of our lives. This is one neat chick, and I'm so happy, and proud to have met her! That little munchkin' came bearing gifts this morning, as we met at the Cracker Barrel for breakfast just north of Atlanta. She even treated me to breakfast! Sandie...thanks so much for everything. What fun it was to chatter away over coffee today!
The roadside wildflowers decorate the interstate as we head South. Honeysuckle is in full bloom on the fences at rest stops, and Red rambler roses,clematis, azaleas, all abloom, won't be seen until June in Indiana!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Big News about some GiVeAwAyS!!

Go visit Molly and sign up for her giveaway. She has a nice stash, and several wonderful blogs. You'll be pleasantly surprised, to read her country theme stories of days gone by, and her family, and her art work, and painting in fantastic.

You'll also need to go visit April's blog, Changing Compass, where she's having a terrific giveaway. She's an avid card maker, and my mentor, and my baby girl, and the mama of Lil' Emmy. I'm really hoping to win this one...but will be nice, and share her site, so you can have your own chance to win!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Getting ready for a RoAdTrIp !

Well gang, we're packing it up, filling up the tanks, and filling the 'fridge...getting ready to leave Monday morning for a couple of weeks on the road to see our southern kids and all the grand kids! We're thrilled, excited, and ready to hit the road; this being most likely, our one big trip for the year. First, we're stopping north of Chattanooga so that Jim can explore the Beechcraft Vintage Museum. He loves planes, used to fly, and is nuts about the old stagger wings and other vintage planes. Then, we're meeting up with Chatty Chrone near Marietta, Georgia at a Cracker Barrel. That should be really fun, to meet a fellow blogger, and converse over coffee instead of pecking away on the keyboard, communicating!
Jim's son and family live in Largo, Florida, and we have four nights at an RV park close to where they live. I hope to use the pool and come home with a tan, dang it!
Jim hasn't seen his son or the grand boy's for over a year, so that should be fun.
We're stopping in Hendersonville, N.C., to visit family. My daughter's family, (Lil' Emmy) live in Chapel Hill, and we have a woodsy spot in a favorite RV campground there. We'll make sure the corgi kids have their Frontline on, and anti-flea pill.
Ticks are absolutely horrendous in North Carolina...such a lovely, tree filled state...tick infested!
Anyway...those are the plans coming up. Hope to get some pics, of the corgi kids en route, and Chatty, and family into the blog as we travel. Our lap top is in the shop, and Best Buy is giving us a loaner for the trip because they "messed up" when we took ours in nearly two weeks ago...and it's still not been worked on.
Jim is very effective in getting things taken care of on the phone. He speaks softly and carries a big stick you might say.
Bon Voyage, Hasta La Vista, we're hitting the road, and getting the ol' Doghouse on Wheels out of mothballs!

Love Earrings, that go ScHwInG?

Dear Penniwig has an etsy shop now showcasing her wonderful colonial bobs for your ears. Her earrings are top knotch, and she's given some to most all of us, (to get us hooked, I'm thinkin', and she's a great old dame.)

Please visit her etsy shop, you'll be so glad that you did, and peruse her wares.
They're lovely to be sure, the price is right, and shipping costs are nominal.
Visit Penniwig's site as a gateway to her etsy shop....Penniwig's

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I'll start off with an apology to the victims...

Wowsers...that little stinker, Christiane, from Infared Goggles, tagged me with the "8" things tag that's going around bloggieland.
Here goes...

8 things I am looking forward to~
1. Spring, and warmer weather. It's not here yet!
2. Planting flowers and veggies.
3. Our upcoming trip to see the Florida kids, and grandsons; then on to North
Carolina to see those kids, and lil' Emmy! We haven't taken a road trip since
coming home early in November.
4. Getting some painting and updated decor work done inside our home.
5. Having a yard sale later this Spring, and getting rid of "stuff" that's
just taking up space.
6. Sitting out on the screened porch during a rainstorm. Hearing the rain go pitter
pat on the leaves.
7. Seeing the future unfold in the grandkids lives.
8. To seeing the economy get a little better.

8 things I did yesterday~
1. Got up early to hit Wal-Mart, and totally filled the cart, emptying the
2. Worked on packing the motorhome, getting it ready for our weekend outing with
the Winnebago group for the season opener.
3. Took Josh to his annual Doctor appointment at the local clinic.
4. Hit CVS for prescriptions, mine and for Josh.
5. Cooked BBQ in the crock pot for supper.
6. Laundry.
7. Listened to Kristin Hannah's new book on audio. True Colors...pretty good!
8. Ate some ice cream....naughty, I know!

8 things I wish I could do~

1. Have an acre or two, with a little woods, and a crooked creek on it.
2. Live in a small log cabin.
3. Have two sheep to eat the grass, and to entertain the corgis.
4. Have a handful of chickens to gather an egg or two a day, countrified bliss.
5. Walk all over town the way I used to before both knees got bone on bone.
6. Be the woman I was at age forty-five...physically and mentally.
7. Write a children's book, dedicated to lil' Emmy, and it would be about corgis.
8. Communicate better with those that I care about.

8 shows I like~
1. Barefoot Contessa on Food Channel
2. Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on Food Channel
4. Jon, Kate, Plus 8
5. NBS Nightly News
6. Glenn Beck on CNN
7. America's Got Talent, on in the summer
8. Design on a Dime on TLC

8 people I tag~
1. Chatty Crone
2. Daughter April
3. Miss Janice
4. Deb at Tea and Photos
5. Lady Jane
6. Judypatooote
7. Sherrie
8. Sunday Baker

Monday, April 13, 2009

Dog tools...

We went to the big city, Ft. Wayne today to take our laptop in to be serviced. Luckily it's still under warranty, as the hard drive is shot.
We stopped at a large Pet Store chain, after an early supper at LoneStar, and stocked up on squeaky dog balls, nylabones, and found the Furminator.

This is a deshedding tool, that is an incredible find for our two hairy, double-coated corgi kids! Its patented design helps stop shedding by 90%, by working in the undercoat. We quickly filled up a small trash can, and soon had silky, shiny coated corgis, much to our delight!
The dang thing is fifty bucks....dang pricey, but for two never ending shedding corgis...who live inside, on our furniture, in our bed, NECESSARY!

This is what the piles looked like under our two furkids! Isn't it amazing how much fluff comes out of these pets?
With better planning we could have bought this cheaper somewhere else, like ebay, amazon, or QVC...I'd check there if you're thinking of purchasing one!

Friday, April 10, 2009

This message is not for everyone...

These quotes are very important for women. These are words to live by. Being a woman, especially a woman who has any sort of baggage attached, these words are vital for survival.

It's so easy to put ourselves last. It's easier to let others take charge, make the decisions, and lead us. It's easier because it keeps peace in the house. It's easier because upheaval and change are undesirable, and not worth the pain to go through. Sometimes.
We need to stop and think and evaluate our lives. If there is a sadness, that goes everywhere we go; that never goes away; if we never soar, and feel no joy....our gut is talking to us.

Listen ladies....and remember these quotes. Listen when your gut is talking...when your head aches, when your body aches, when your stomach is in knots, and you can't deep breathe freely. Somebody, inside you, is trying to tell you something. A dear friend, who cares, a great deal for you. Listen to her!

Monday, April 06, 2009

Easter week makes me think of Spring, green grass, coloring eggs, going to Church as a kid dooded up in a new straw hat and pastel dress. I'm so glad that lil' Emmy is experiencing the same traditions that we grew up with.

Her mama is very big on tradition, and so much more sensible and capable than I ever was. Thank God!

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Midlife Musings...

How do you measure happiness?

It takes so little some days to make me happy.

Today, for instance...
Something that warmed my heart:

~ Was seeing a young colt lying on the soft blanket of green pasture, sleeping in the sun under the watchful eye of his mama, Mrs. Horse.

~ The white-faced sheep chewing away in the hilly field outside the log cabin barn. Their fleece is so dirty this time of year, and hangs from their face in fuzzy strips. Bits of grass and straw stick straight out of their fuzzy rumps. Such a sight. They look huge in their sheepskin coats, about 8 inches thick!

~ A curvy, tree-lined, field stone sided creek caught my eye as the corgi kids and I did our daily country therapeutic drive. Made we wish we had that particular acre to call our own.

~Penniwig's blog entry for April Fool's was such a hoot today! Made me laugh so that I set the corgis off into barking.

However, you should know....that I am taking cold medication that's making me druggy and loopy. It's pretty cool....but could have side effects that aren't the norm!

Y'all come back now...

Y'all come back now...

Everyone is special, and counts!