Saturday, January 26, 2008

Saturday 6

Saturday 6
1. You go to a restaurant and order alcohol: based on past experience, how likely are you to be carded? (Are you of legal drinking age?)
LOL, Well, since I'm only 53, I expect to be carded every single time.

2. You’re selecting a new physician and you learn that the doctor you are visiting is in his twenties: would you feel any less confident about his ability?
No, not less confident. Age should have nothing to do with it.

3. One must be 35 years old or older to run for president. Based on arguments about experience, should the age be increased to 45? Why or why not?
What difference would ten years make at that stage of life? I say leave it as is. We could use some change, maybe younger would be better.

4. Take the quiz: What age do you act? 30

5. When you were in high school, what age, in your opinion, qualified someone as being “old?”
40.... 50 was almost dead, 60 had to be dead.

6. Do you find yourself better relating to people older than you or younger than you? (Sorry, your same age group isn’t an option in this one!)
Younger, definitely. Most of the older people I know are sitting on the porch waiting for God to come and pick them up. I'll be ready when he comes after me, but he may have to chase me down. I won't be in te rocking chair.

Photo Scavenger Hunt / Old Fashioned

I am Old Fashioned! My grandma always baked cupcakes for us on Saturday morning, and I did the same. So here I am .. an old fashioned grandma with a tray of not so old fashioned (out of the box) cupcakes.
Photo Scavenger Hunt

Friday, January 25, 2008

Friday's Feast #177


How many times per day do you usually laugh?
not nearly as many as I should.


What do your sunglasses look like?
My sunglasses are prescription, and they have a tortoise shell look, kind of big. Hubby calls them my 'Brittney Spears' glasses.


You win a free trip to anywhere on your continent, but you have to travel by train. Where do you go?
cross country to Los Angeles

Main Course
Name one thing you consider a great quality about living in your town/city.
LOL, not a good question to ask me as of late. The only good thing about living here is my granddaughters.


If the sky could be another color, what color do you think would look best?
pale yellow with a touch of red

Friday Memes

Friday 5

1. What was the last important thing you were late for?
I'm never late... I'm one of those people that gets there too early.

2. What was the last important thing you were late with?
forgot to pay my cable bill last month til they sent me a nice little reminder notice

3. What (or who!) is the most frequent cause of your lateness? Again, never late.

4. Which of your close friends or relatives can you expect almost always to be inconveniently late? My DIL Regina

5. What’s most likely to cause you to stay up too late before bed?
Hubby works graveyards and a swing shift at that, so I never get used to it. I hate being alone at night, so I stay up late many nights alone watching tv. Otherwise, I'd lay there for hours.
Friday Fun

1. If you were to get a unexpected windfall, what is your first thought on what to do with the money? Were you practical or not?!
I would buy my own mobile home on an acre of land at the lake. Practical, yes!

2. You have $1000 to spend on yourself. What do you buy? With $5000?
$1000 - new clothes and shoes, a spa day, and a hair salon appointment.
$5000 - Lots of new clothes and shoes, a trip to CA to visit my sister.

3. You have $1000 to spend on something for your home. What do you buy? With $5000?
$1000- new patio furniture, new lamps
$5000 - Living Room furniture

4. You have your windfall and you realize your car is older than you. So what do you buy?
an F150 pickup truck, yeppers.... I'm a truck girl

5. You decide to buy some books with your windfall at Amazon. What 5 books would you get?
Change Your Thoughts -Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao by Wayne W. Dyer
The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
If I Only Knew Then..Learning from Our Mistakes by Charles Grodin
Lakeshore Chronicles, Books 1- 4 by Susan Wiggs
Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
Friday Fiver

I'll show you what I'm made of

1. What are you missing?
I am missing my friends and family on the west coast.

2. How do you feel?
Honestly, I feel like I'm losing my mind sometimes and very depressed.

3. What have you let go?
I've let go of a lot, but I still carry such baggage with me that it scares me sometimes.

4. Who have you hurt?
Oh wow, I have hurt so many people. When I was living with the devil, I hurt so many people who cared about me.

5. What do you deserve?
So much more than what I have, but it's my fault that I don't have it.
Friday Fill-In

1. __My granddaughter Lily___ makes me happy.
2. I would like __to be your friend___, please.
3. __Robert's homemade chili___ tastes SO good!
4. __Monday___ is my favorite day of the week because _it's like a new beginning every week____.
5. __My hair___ is my best feature.
6. We could learn so much from _each other____.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to __getting some rest___, tomorrow my plans include __cleaning house___ and Sunday, I want to _see my granddaughters____!
Four Foods on Friday

#1. Bacon. Chewy, crispy or burnt? Crispy

#2. Mayonnaise or miracle whip? Mayo... I loathe the taste of Miracle Whip.

#3. What green vegetable is used in Italian Wedding soup? escarole or spinach

#4. Share a recipe that you use Italian sausage in.


1 lb. Italian sausage
2 (15 oz.) cans blackeyed peas, undrained
1/2 c. onion, chopped
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. pepper
4 tbsp. cornstarch
1/4 c. water

Cook sausage, drain. Add onion, garlic powder, and pepper. Cook until onions are transparent. Add peas, bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 25 minutes. Mix cornstarch and water. Add and stir until thick. Serve over rice.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Thurday Thirteen- 129st edition

Thursday 13
13 newly dicovered Blogs I am now hooked on:
12. (very funny, and real)

Thursday Challenge / Nature

Lake Allatoona on a cold cloudy day

Thursday Memes

Tell me Thursday
Telling the story behind the photo you posted yesterday for Wordless Wednesday.

My WW yesterday was a night shot taken last week from our balcony. It was snowing like crazy, and I had not seen snow in over ten years (doesn't snow in Los Angeles or Phoenix). I was so excited, and hubby was more of a kid about than I was. The weather channel kept saying we would get up to three inches. What you see is what we got. It left as quickly as it came. All the towns around us got a lot, but not us. It was beautiful while it lasted.

3X Thursday Friends

1. Do you have very many friends? Do you hang out with them a lot? If not, why not?
I used to have so many friends that I couldn't count them all. After my divorce about twelve years ago, I only had three friends left from that time in my life. Out of those three, haven't kept up with any of them. Now I have two 'real' friends, my hubby and our best friend Jerry. I don't trust easily, and it's hard for me to let people in.

2. When/if you have issues with your friends, do you bring it up to them? How? If not, why not?
Real friends can discuss anything, so if I have a real problem, we discuss it. I don't sweat the small stuff. Life is too short for that.

3. Do you still have friends from long ago? Do you still talk to them? If not, why not? If so, are you still close with them? Why/why not?
This goes back to #1. When you get a divorce friendships are lost. Some friends side for one reason or another. Then when I spent five years with the devil, I lost almost everything- my family and friends. He saw to that. So, no I really don't keep up with them, even though I should have. Geeez, I have issues!
The Thursday Threesome
::Harlem Globetrotters Basketball::

Onesome: Harlem-- Nights? The Apollo Theater? If we came to visit your area, where would you recommend we sightsee?
Underground Atlanta, the Atlanta aquariam

Twosome: (The) Globetrotters-- can be quite a show! Have you ever seen them? Are there any "show" teams you like to watch perform? Bands?
Yes. I've seen them twice. The 1st time was when the kids were young. They loved it, and I was impressed with their skills. They interact well with the audience. I saw them again with my five year demon, and no it wasn't fun.

Threesome: Basketball-- is in full swing, and March Madness isn't all that far away? Any opinions on either NBA or NCAA teams? ...or is it all downhill after the Packers lost?
I always hated basketball, even in high school. Sorry.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Been sick all day, Just checking in.


Happy Tuesday!

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10 on Tuesday 10 Things that Were Better Way Back When

1. Everything was so much cheaper. I remember when gas went up to 33¢ a gallon and we thought that was awful. We could feed a family of 4 on $30. a week. A hundred dollars would buy me about 4 or 5 outfits.

2. Things like cars and houses, etc... were built better way back when. They were not thrown together on an assembly line.

3. You knew your neighbors and everyone helped everyone else. People are just not as friendly as they were then. Families have grown apart now, back then family, even extended family, was everything.

4. People remembered your name. Like doctors, pharmacists, tellers at the bank; that has all changed.

5. Kids played outside more. They did not live in front of the tv, video game, or computer. They made their own fun.

6. You could spank your child without going to jail. You could hug your neighbors child without being considered a pervert. You could keep your doors unlocked. There were no drugs. The 'bad' boys were the guys who smoked behind the lunchroom in high school.

7. The music was better. You could understand the words.

8. Divorce was almost a dirty word. Marriage meant forever, not "oh well, if it doesn't work, I'll just get a divorce".

9. Moms stayed home and raised their children. It didn't take both Mom and Dad working just to make ends meet.

10. There was no fast food. No drive thrus. When you went to a restaurant, it was good food. People didn't have to worry about what chemicals, colorants and preservatives were in there.


1. What was your favorite book as a kid?
I was a Nancy Drew fanatic!

2. If you were stranded on that proverbial desert island (again!), what book or books (up to 5) would you want to have with you?
SAS Survival Handbook
a Bible
Cabin Fever: Sheds and Shelters, Huts and Hideaways
Everything you want to know about sea foods

3. What was the first "naughty" book you read and in what way was it naughty?
I found some XXX rated paperbacks in my mom and dad's closet when I was about twelve. They had lots of very naughty words describing sex and body parts I'd never heard before. I was fascinated.

4. If you were to publish your autobiography today, what would be the title?
Livin' Life Sandystyl- the only way I knew how

5. Would you rather look at nude pictures/pornography or read erotic fiction and why?
Read erotic fiction. I actually have written erotic fiction, and I enjoyed writing it. There is a BIG difference in nude pictures and pornography.

Bonus (as in optional):Do you know the whereabouts today of the first person with whom you had sex?
No but is name was Mike

Heads or Tales / Quirky Tuesday

Lily absolutely loves the taste of bagels and cream cheese. She can hear me pushing the toaster down at any time, and start begging for for her baggle as she calls it. As soon as she smells it, she picks it up and one touch of that bagel, turns into two, and three- you get the picture. It winds up all over her and the table, and sometimes the floor. After breakfast, it's bathtime, and I love the way she smells right after her bath. That's probaby my favorite scent in the world.

She has started saying things I can understand now, and hearing her little voice say words is just an awesome experience for an old grandma like me. But the very best thing is the way she runs to me every morning when she sees me at the door. ( Heads or Tales )
Quirky Tuesday

My top 3 Quirky Cars-

I always wanted a Cadillac convertable!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Monday Memes

Don't forget! Today is Mana'o Monday writing challenge. Check it out!

Curious as a Cat

1) If you could teach one person a lesson in humility, who would you choose? my sister Tracie

2) Do you prefer silver or gold jewelry? GOLD

3) Which relative would you gladly never see again? my Aunt Mildred in NC

4) What experience has made you wisest? Divorce, I do not trust anyone as easily as I used to.

5) Show and Tell. What comes to mind first when you see this picture? Or, tell a story if it reminds you of one.
This pic so reminds me of the CA freeways. If you know me or read my blog, you know I love and miss CA so much, but I do not miss sitting on the freeway for an hour or more at a time traveling at a snail's pace.
Monday's a Bitch Random Joy, Celebrity Series

1. What was the last vacation you went on?
Last year in April, hubby, me, our friends Jerry and Janette all went up to Laughlin, NV for a 3 day weekend. It was such fun!

2. Have you ever been to Chicago? no, never have.

3. What's the best example from your life of the phrase "Truth is stranger than fiction"?
The truth that I allowed a man to abuse me physically and mentally for 5 long years is so strange to anyone who knows me.

4. How often do you take Taxis? Are they useful to you, or a waste of money?
When we lived on the west coast (CA and AZ), we took taxies often. They were very convenient. I don't even think our small town in GA has a taxi service.

5. Do you prefer brown sugar or white sugar? white sugar

Bonus: What's your favorite Queen Latifah movie? Bringing Down the House with Steve Martin, but I can hardly wait to see her new one (the Secret Life of Bees) as I loved the book. She plays August Boatwright.
Manic Monday

If you had to be named after one of the 50 states, which would it be?
My name would be California (Callie for short). Then I would be warm all year round, inside and out; and my temperament would always be like a ray of sunshine.

Where do you go for advice?
I actually don't go anywhere for advice. Most of the time, it's everyone asking me for advice. If I have a major problem, I talk about it with my hubby, but generally I take my own adviceand follow my instinct.

What is the sickest you've ever been?
Last May, I was rushed to the ER with hallucinations and a very high fever. I don't remember anything for three days. Had emergency surgery, the doc said my blood had become septic due to the infection inside my body and that I was very luck to have lived. Was in the hospital almost two weeks and came out using a walker. Scared me to death and really changed how I look at life.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

What is the meaning of this story to you?

A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection, from Picasso to Raphael. They would often sit together and admire the great works of art.

When the Vietnam conflict broke out, the son went to war. He was very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier. The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son.
About a month later, just before Christmas, there was a knock at the door. A young man stood at the door with a large package in his hands.

He said, "Sir, you don't know me, but I am the soldier for whom your son gave his life. He saved many lives that day, and he was carrying me to safety when a bullet struck him in the heart and he died instantly. He often talked about you, and your love for art." The young man held out this package. "I know this isn't much. I'm not really a great artist, but I think your son would have wanted you to have this."

The father opened the package. It was a portrait of his son, painted by the young man. He stared in awe at the way the soldier had captured the personality of his son in the painting. The father was so drawn to the
eyes that his own eyes welled up with tears. He thanked the young man and offered to pay him for the picture. "Oh, no sir, I could never repaywhat your son did for me. It's a gift."

The father hung the portrait over his mantle. Every time visitors came to his home he took them to see the portrait of his son before he showed them any of the other great works he had collected.

The man died a few months later. There was to be a great auction of his paintings. Many influential people gathered, excited over seeing the great paintings and having an opportunity to purchase one for their

On the platform sat the painting of the son. The auctioneer pounded his gavel. "We will start the bidding with this picture of the son. Who will bid for this picture?"

There was silence.

Then a voice in the back of the room shouted, "We want to see the famous paintings. Skip this one."
But the auctioneer persisted. "Will somebody bid for this painting. Who will start the bidding? $100, $200?"
Another voice angrily. "We didn't come to see this painting. We came to see the Van Goghs, the Rembrandts. Get on with the real bids!"

But still the auctioneer continued. "The son! The son! Who'll take the son?"

Finally, a voice came from the very back of the room. It was the longtime gardener of the man and his son. "I'll give $10 for the painting." Being a poor man, it was all he could afford.

"We have $10, who will bid $20?"

"Give it to him for $10. Let's see the masters."

"$10 is the bid, won't someone bid $20?"

The crowd was becoming angry. They didn't want the picture of the son. They wanted the more worthy investments for their collections.

The auctioneer pounded the gavel. "Going once, twice, SOLD for $10!"

A man sitting on the second row shouted, "Now let's get on with the collection!"
The auctioneer laid down his gavel. "I'm sorry, the auction is over."
"What about the paintings?"
I am sorry. When I was called to conduct this auction, I was told of a secret stipulation in the will. I was not allowed to reveal that stipulation until this time. Only the painting of the son would be auctioned. Whoever bought that painting would inherit the entire
estate, including the paintings.
The man who took the son gets everything!"

What do you think is the meaning of the story?

Find of the Day!!

My SIL sent me this soap and it is the best stuff I ever smelled!Absolutely yummy! It has a naughty name as it is called Lick me All Over soap, but it is from a reputable website that we order bath and body products from. You can check it out here.


Did you know you can order custom made boxes of Kleenex for any occasion from . These would be awesome and unique ideas for weddings, birthdays, new babies, all kinds of reasons. Why didn't I know about this?

Sunday Memes

randomness...feed your mind and your blog

Week of Jan 20.08: This or that?

1. soda or water? soda
2. mustard or ketchup? ketchup
3. lake or beach? beach
4. rent a dvd or go to the theater? rent a dvd
5. log onto the internet or go for a jog? log onto the net
6. read a book or watch a movie? Can't I do both?
7. italian food or chinese food? italian food
8. summer or winter? summer

Situation Sunday (my 1st one)

Situation # 1
You are doing some of your annual spring cleanning. Time to flip the mattress. As it fall onto it's new side....a swarm of flying the thousands come out and immediatly start attacking you. You are the only one home in the house at the time....what do you do?

Run into the shower and turn it on and stay there til either the insects leave or someone hears my screams !

Situation # 2
After a lenthy realationship that ended on the sour note. You have dated a bunch of losers and some winners but they just were not what you were looking for. You have found what you believe is Mr/Mrs. right. Your job finds you in many different office's, at various locations in between 2 counties, none of which you live in by the way. You deal with the community as you are working....You now have found the Right person in your life! All is just going great, and you are contemplating moving in or marriage when....You are working and you see your honey coming in the door. You are surprised that they are there. They act like they don't know you and after a very lengthy conversation you find out they were adopted when they were a baby. When you show them a picture of the one you are in love with it is like they are looking in a mirror. You tell your love this and they are also suprized, and thrilled they have a sibling. As time goes by you realize you could love them both....either way your a winner- What do you do?

WOW! This one is heartbreaking. To find out your true love is actually your sibling would require lifelong weekly visits to the therapist! I have no idea what I would do.

Situation # 3
This is the road of life. You have reached the half way point or a little beyond. You are OK. Your mate says's he loves you, and your life is comfortable it just has no Zing. When you think of what you have in common it really is zilch at this point. You have been there 30 years, so you know. On the other side of this road is the unknown...but it might be the missing link you need in your life. You know that person on the other side likes so many things you do.....from TV shows to music. Do you risk all you have to find out...or do you remain with no Zing. With no Zing you have no worries that they will always be there, on the other side you have the unknown......What do you do?

OK, this IS my life. After being married to my first husband for 25 years, I left. We had married at 17 and our life was very complacent. We had grown apart in every way, had absolutely nothing in common, and our children had left the nest. So no Zing found new young Zing, and off to CA I went. The other side (the unknown) was terrifying, yet exciting at the same time. In time I found out I should have left no Zing many years ago, and my life would have been much happier. I married unknown on the other side and life with him is wonderful!
Unconscious Mutterings

  1. President :: Bill Clinton

  2. Stare :: into my eyes

  3. Embrace :: Life

  4. Movie :: 27 Dresses

  5. Everything :: is falling apart

  6. Profile :: needs changing

  7. Satire :: funny, witty
  8. Erratic :: strange

  9. Costume :: clown

  10. Secretary :: Frances