Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Together Forever...

On Saturday, November 25th, my grandmother passed away. She was 93. It wasn't totally unexpected... yet still very sad for all of us. She lived a good life. For 73 of those years, she was married to an amazing man... my grandfather. He died 3 years ago. I can't imagine how it must have been for my grandmother to be without her husband, lover, friend, and constant companion for the past 3 years... but she lived out those years with such grace.

The thought that comforts me most while I deal with the grief of losing my grandmother is knowing that my grandparents are together again... just as it had been for 73 years... and as it always should be. The two of them... side by side, arm in arm.

This thought makes me smile.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Friday Flashback...

Here's something that will take you back!

Yes... this is my all-time favorite song from the 80's!!

I remember cruising around the lake in my 1975 Chevrolet Caprice Classic (the Tank) with my girlfriends all piled in (the Tank could fit 10-12 people, not-so-comfortably... trust me, we tried it!)... windows open and the stereo blaring "Melt with You"... cranked up as high as it would go!!

Good times... a great car, great friends, great music... GREAT MEMORIES!!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving... and have an equally wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

No Excuses...

I don't get it... why do people think that they can blurt out any hurtful comment and then minutes later "deeply" apologize!?!?!?

Mel Gibson... Michael Richards... what's done is done. Whether you apologize or not, it's too late. Your disgusting racial comments cannot be pushed aside with a simple public statement saying "I'm sorry, I didn't mean those hateful words."

I am just tired of it.

People... with the world as it is today, we need more tolerance, more compassion for our fellow human beings. But with people out there like the aboved mentioned... it just reinforces the fact of how divided we still truly are.

And this, my friends... makes me very sad.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Friday Flashback...


Do you remember this fabulous candy? It was one of my all-time favorites! I’d gather up all my nickels, dimes and pennies… then I’d either walk or ride my bike down to the Rocking Chair Gift Shop! That’s where I would spend every last cent I had on Zots!! The apple and cherry flavors were my favorite… but I would take whatever was available.

I’d pop one into my mouth and try to crunch through to the center immediately… I needed my “fizz” fix!! And I know that anyone who saw me going home from the gift shop… well, they saw one happy, little girl with a huge smile on her face!

Good memories!!

Have a great weekend…

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Learning to Float...

I just wanted to let you know that the rest of this week will involve a little less blogging and a lot more float making. No, not a root beer float... more like an actual 20' float to be seen in the Silver Bells in the City parade this Friday.

Yes, people... I'm polishing off my high school float-making skills for the company and will be working diligently over the next few days to make this thing light up, sparkle and twirl like no other float in the parade!

On Monday, I will have many stories to share... and hopefully they won't involve mishaps with the staple gun or superglue! I may try to check in every once in a while... but if my blog seems eerily quite, or I'm not making any wacky comments on your blog... you'll know why I am MIA!

So, I hope you all have a good week... and an enjoyable weekend. Talk to you on Monday!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Only The Shadow Knows...

Okay… so I don’t live in the best neighborhood. Yes, that’s right… I live on the wrong side of the tracks! I love my house, and the fact that I can be to work in three minutes… but there are moments when my safety is questioned.

Let’s take the other night, for example. I was jostled out of peaceful slumber by a pounding noise off in the distance. I looked at the clock… it’s 1:45 am. Because of the neighborhood I live in… I think nothing of it and try to go back to sleep. But over the next hour… I hear intermittent pounding and the neighbor’s dog starting to bark like crazy. Then at approximately 2:50am… the pounding is hitting a little too close to home. It’s right outside my bedroom window!

So being the not-so-brave sole that I am… I peek ever-so-slightly through the blinds. That’s when I see the shadow! There is a person that has either a broom handle or stick and is whacking at the electrical box on the vacant house next door. Well... I get on the phone and dial 911… within minutes it is like an episode of COPS (bad boys, bad boys) outside my window… lots of yelling and tackling going on. They catch this creep who says that he is renovating the house… at 3 AM???... and breaking out the windows on the back door??? Renovating… good answer, a-hole!

So by the time the police take care of him… come over and have a chit-chat with me… well, it’s about 4 am. I try to get a little more shut eye before I have to start the day… but to tell you the truth, I don’t sleep another wink after all the excitement.

I am seriously thinking about the whole “getting a dog” situation… or perhaps a good alarm system.

Oh, the joys of living in the "hood"!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Good Deeds....

Here is a story that does the heart good!

Tree Climber Rescues Cat After Five Days

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - For five days and four nights, Whiskers the cat was stranded 40 feet up in a tree surrounded by jagged rocks and overlooking a steep embankment. Pamela and Kenneth Fisher in Martinsburg first tried using food to lure Whiskers down late last week, but without success. Then firefighters tried to reach the cat with a ladder, but couldn't. They tried using water to coax the cat down, but that just sent Whiskers higher.

Frustrated and concerned by the panicked feline's desperate cries, Pamela Fisher called the local humane society, animal control officers and several veterinarians' offices, but nobody was either willing or able to help.

Then along came Jim Cosner, a 41-year-old Hedgesville man and a third-generation tree climber.

With a rope, harness and spiked boots, Cosner was up and down the tree with the cat in hand in less than five minutes Monday night.

"The cat was really calm," Cosner said Tuesday. "It was ready to come down, I think."

Cosner, whose grandfather was a timber cutter and his father a tree climber, is an employee of Guardian Fiberglass who works part time trimming trees. Rescuing stranded cats is just something he does on occasion.

Pamela Fisher said Whiskers spent much of Monday night and Tuesday catching up on eating and sleeping, but appeared no worse for the wear.

"He's an angel," Pamela Fisher said of Cosner. "A very big angel."


My hope is that there are many "Jim Cosner's" out there in this big, old world. It's the little, extra efforts that can make a huge difference in someone's life.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Do You Hear What I Hear...

Shhh... Do you hear that???

Yes, it's the sound of silence!

No more being bombarded by political ads on the television and radio... or annoying phone calls saying "oh, vote for me!"... or random debates that cause me to miss my favorite t.v. shows!

So all I have to say is "Hallelujah!!!"... well, at least until the NEXT election!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

This Is So Not Fair....

Jet-Lagged Mice Die Young, Study Finds
Mixed-up schedules of light and darkness can damage health

WASHINGTON - Jet-lagged mice die younger, researchers said on Monday in a study that suggests that working unusual shifts and flying back and forth across time zones takes a permanent toll on health.


Well that's just great, people. Not only will my passion for travel shorten my life... but now I know that there are mice out there that have more frequent flyer miles than I do!!

Monday, November 06, 2006


Armstrong Meets Goal in Marathon Debut

NEW YORK (AP) - About an hour after the men's and women's champions had crossed the finish line, the crowd really started to buzz at the New York City Marathon.
Lance Armstrong was coming.

The seven-time Tour de France champion made an impressive marathon debut Sunday, accomplishing his goal of finishing in less than 3 hours and thrilling fans who seemed much more enthused at seeing Armstrong than watching a Brazilian man and a Latvian woman win titles earlier on a crisp autumn afternoon.

Armstrong's time was 2 hours, 59 minutes and 36 seconds.


This man truly amazes me.... LIVESTRONG!

Friday, November 03, 2006

Friday Flashback...

Three words...

One of my all-time favorite shows!!

I wanted to be the Bionic Woman.

I ran around the playground as fast as I could making the "bionic sounds"... jumping off the top of the monkey bars...

Man, I WAS the Bionic Woman!!


Have a "bionic" weekend, everyone!!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

One More Reason...

Dogs Save Local Couple

Two Livingston County pooches will be getting extra doggie treats after they saved the lives of their owners. Wally Shook and his wife were sound asleep, but woke up when they heard their dogs crying. At it turns out, the furnace was leaking poisonous carbon monoxide and the dogs were alerting their owners that something was wrong. Wally Shook says he and his wife would have died if the dogs hadn't woken them up.

Wally Shook, dogs saved his life: "I'm just elated. These dogs are wonderful. If it wasn't for that, we owe them our lives."

The Shook family did not have a carbon monoxide detector installed in their home at the time, but the next day, they went out and bought one.


Lately, I have been wanting to get a puppy... this is just another good reason why I should get one! It's more for safety reasons... really!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006


MSU has called a news conference to announce Head Football Coach John L. Smith has been fired effective at the end of the season. He will continue to coach the remaining games.

Spartans are four-and-five this season with three games left to go in this season.


I'm not sure how all of you feel about MSU Football... but you are probably more excited about it than John L. Smith is about coaching the last three games!!