Friday, July 31


Busy, busy, busy....!! We are packed up and ready to's amazing how many things you think of that you use every single day without really thinking about it. I just hope these houseboat guys have some kind of "move in system" 'cause we are really taking a lot of stuff!

We are all excited and expecting to have a wonderful time, but there have been a couple of fleeting moments that kind of make you step back and think....mmmm...on a boat, no way out, everyone together all that time. This just happened this morning...

We went to pick up the big van we rented to haul all of the above mentioned stuff and decided it would be easier to get the ice on the way home than stop and get it later....

The Hub: You should stop & get the ice once you leave me at the rental place.

Me: Okay. How much?

The Hub: Hmmmm..Let's see....hmmmmm....maybe,um......

Me: How many coolers??

The Hub: Two. The bigger one and a small one for drinks on the road

Me: Two??

The Hub: Yep. how about 3 bags of ice...20 lbs.each.

Me: Right. 60 lbs??

The Hub: 3 x 20 equals 60. I am going to stop and top off the gas tank on the way home.

Me: If you are going to the gas station anyway, why don't you get the ice and let me just go home?

The Hub: They don't have 20 lb. bags of ice at the gas station....only 10 lb bags.

**What did he just say???? Won't 6 bags of ice at 10 lbs each still equal 60 lbs?? I mean, I am certainly no math head, but last time I thought about it, 6 x 10 = 60.**

Me: Oh...okay. Sure. I'll get the ice.'s gonna be a long week. :)

Thursday, July 30

Back The Truck Up....

Is this not the cutest puppy, like, EVER???

Just had to share.....

Sunday, July 26

Summertime & The Livin' Is Easy....

We are getting ready for our summer 2009 vacation and it starts at the end of this week!!


What's that?? Oh...where are we going and what are we going to do??

We will be "Houseboating"! Never done this before and have no real idea of how the whole thing will work out.....

This is the houseboat on Lake Cumberland in Kentucky. Our trip actually begins on Friday as we leave Central FLA, with 2 stop-overs, and begin our Houseboat Adventure on Sunday. A four day trip and we have to be back at the dock on Thursday morning.

It looks pretty cool...this was The Hub's Christmas gift to the kids and grandkids. The boat itself is...are you ready...87 feet long!! Has 8 bedrooms and is 3 levels tall with a huge slide off of the top level. Oh...the kids should love that! There are 5 and they are between the ages of 8 and 12.

This is how you tie up at night...just pick a spot and hook yourself to the ground. It should be verrrry interesting. The dock guys say they can teach us how to drive this ...I would prefer not to have that responsibility!!

Still a few days until we leave...we have so many lists, I need a list of the lists!!

Mama Se, Mama Sa, Mama Coo Sa

Had the chance to see something special a few days back...and it was special! It's been a month since the news of Michael Jackson's death stunned us all and I still cannot really believe it.

There has been lots of controversy (shocker!), even among my group of friends, and I really think I have kept myself under control and tried to keep my yap shut. Someone tried to pull me into a discussion/debate a couple of days ago and I finally just asked that person not to talk about this with me. I am adopting the "do not talk about politics or religion with friends" approach...however, my new mantra will be "do not talk about politics, religion OR Michael Jackson with friends".

My opinion....and only my opinion, not that of any of my immediate family or that his death is a tremendous loss to the entertainment world. He changed the face of music, video, dance...I don't think there was more than a handful of spots in the world that would not recognize his picture. His personal life was none of my business and what in the wide, wide world of sports does that have to do with his entertainment skills?? How he spent his money or raised his children or applied his eyeliner doesn't take away from the fact that I love his music. I have never walked in his shoes and have no idea what having to deal with that level of fame is like. To even begin to criticize or analyze his life is ignorant. I was never a part of his life and whatever you hear from anyone but him is just hearsay....since he is no longer here, there is no way to know what is or isn't, what was or wasn't, true.

Excuse me while I step down off of this soap box....

So...with that out of the way...I would like to share some pictures with you from a really fun event that I enjoyed with The Daughter & some of her friends....

Reportedly, the country's best "Michael Jackson Tribute Band" was here in Orlando and the show was amazing! Sold out with about 1500 people in the crowd and what a great time we had....

This is a tribute band that has played all over the world and is on a whirlwind tour across the South now...they do play here at House of Blues about 3 times a year. 6 musicians and a lead singer, they sound great and they have an essence of Michael. Not an impersonator, so the lead singer doesn't really look like Michael, but he had just about everything else.

Great show, about 90 minutes long and lots of dancing and audience participation. Took you all the way back to The Jackson 5, through Billie Jean and Thriller, through Beat It and Man in the Mirror and brought you all the way to Dirty Diana and Dangerous. I loved it.

Oh yeah...ignore the "No Camera" instructions on the ticket...I did. :)

Guess who???


Friday, July 24

Find The Man

Somewhere in this picture of coffee beans is a man.

See if you can find him.

This is bizarre - after you find the guy - it's so obvious. Once you find him, it's kind of embarassing and you think, "Why didn't I see him immediately?".

Doctors have concluded that if you find the man in 3 seconds, the right half of your brain is better developed than most people.

If you find the man between 3 seconds and 1 minute, the right half of your brain is developed normally.

If you find the man between 1 minute and 3 minutes, the right half of your brain is functioning slowly and you need to eat more protein.

If you have not found the man after looking for 3 minutes, the right half of your brain is broken.

Let me know how it turns out for you...

Have a great weekend!!

**PS** I don't know anything about the Dr.'s that came to all the above conclusions. They might just be full of crap. :)

Wednesday, July 22

Can You See The Difference? Mom has a home in a very nice 55+ community. Beautiful Clubhouse, lake, boat dock and lots of golf carts. Here's the entrance monument....also nice, but simple. Always looks the same...just like this.

Imagine my surprise when I drove in a few days ago and saw this.....

Now...unless you were a frequent visitor you might not really notice the angel, pink flamingo, garden gnome, manatee, goose-in-purple dress landscaping. But, I'm here often enough to recognize that these all come someone's front yard!!!




Must have been some visiting grandkids with some extra time and sleeping grandparents. It took about a week for each piece to find it's way home and it did cause some fuss throughout the neighborhood. It also made me laugh...a lot. Luckily, Mom didn't lose anything to the Front Entrance Fiasco...but I'm pretty sure I saw a chain around the waist of St. Francis last time I was at her house.

Saturday, July 4


Independence isn't Free...there is a price to pay and we thank all of the brave men & women and their families that stand tall for all of us.

Wishing you & yours a very Happy & Safe 4th...remember to hug those that are close to you!!