Thursday Thrill


A farmer stopped by the local mechanic shop to have his truck fixed. They
couldn’t do it while he waited, so he said he didn’t live far & would just
walk home.

On the way, he stopped at the hardware store & bought a bucket & a gallon
of paint. He then stopped by the feed store & picked up a couple of
chickens & a goose. However, struggling outside the store, he now had a
problem – how to carry his entire purchases home.

While he was scratching his head he was approached by a little old lady who
told him she was lost. She asked, "Can you tell me how to get to 1603
Mockingbird Lane ?"


The farmer said, "Well, as a matter of fact, my farm is very close to that
house. I would walk you there, but I can’t carry this lot."

The old lady suggested, "Why don’t you put the can of paint in the bucket.
Carry the bucket in one hand, put a chicken under each arm & carry the
goose in your other hand?"

"Why, thank you very much”, he said, and proceeded to walk the old girl home.


On the way he says, "Let’s take a short cut & go down this alley. We’ll be
there in no time."

The little old lady looked him over cautiously, then said, "I am a lonely
widow w/out a husband to defend me. How do I know that when we get in the
alley you won’t hold me up against the wall, pull up my skirt, & have your
way w/me?"

The farmer said, "Holy smokes, lady! I’m carrying a bucket, a gallon of
paint, 2 chickens & a goose. How in the world could I possibly hold you up
against the wall & do that?"

The old lady replied, "Set the goose down, cover him w/the bucket, put the
paint on top of the bucket, & I’ll hold the chickens …"


Never understimate little old ladies!

Tuesday Tickler

The Human Body
It takes your food seven seconds to get from your mouth to your stomach. 

One human hair can support 3 kg (6.6 lb). 

The average man’s private area is three times the length of his thumb. 

Human thighbones are stronger than concrete. 

A woman’s heart beats faster than a man’s.

There are about one trillion bacteria on each of your feet.

Women blink twice as often as men. 

The average person’s skin weighs twice as much as the brain.

Your body uses 300 muscles to balance itself when you are standing still. 

If saliva cannot dissolve something, you cannot taste it. 

Women reading this will be finished now. 

Men are still busy checking their thumbs.

The Past and the Present

Hello my friends!

I hope all of you had a joyous and blessed Holiday season.  Now a new year begins and my hope and prayer is that it will be a good one for all of us.  This past year was one of turbulence and sadness for me and this one will be filled with change and new beginnings.  Little Emma turned three on December 27th and I just can’t believe it.  Many of you here have watched her grow up through my blogs and photos.  She is the love of my life and brings me continued joy and challenges; she is quite the little princess.

Many of you know that I had been hoping that Earl and I could salvage our marriage after agreeing to drop the divorce proceedings in June.  Sadly, I have had to accept the fact that there is too much water under the bridge and  we just cannot make things right.  I ask that you all keep us in your prayers and my hope is that we can get through the process as civilly as possible and with the least amount of strain for Emma.  I don’t know how it will all turn out but I am praying for the best possible outcome so that Emma can benefit from having both of her parents consistently in her life.

I am still enjoying my job as the Administrative Assistant at New Day Children’s Center.  Emma is getting ready to move up from the Toddler class to the 3 year old classroom which is right next to my office.  I am so blessed to have a job where I can take my daughter with me and know she is safe and enjoying learning new things and making new friends.  We have 120 children enrolled and have a waiting list for people needing childcare.  The teachers and staff I work with are amazing and it is so satisfying to work with people who put their heart into making each day an awesome one for the kids they care for.  I am amazed also at the compassion and outpouring of support from staff, the parents of our children and the community in a time of tragedy.  One of our teachers was recently diagnosed with terminal cancer and last week another teacher lost everything in a house fire.  Everyone immediately rallied together to do all they could to help with stunning results. I was truly touched to see the genuine efforts to do whatever was necessary for someone in their time of need and ask that you keep them in your prayers as one tries to rebuild her life and one faces the uncertainty of what lies ahead.

The weather here has been brutal the past month with never ending snow and temperatures in the single digits by day and well below zero at night.  Along with the bitter cold and snow comes the beauty that Mother Nature reveals to us.  Yesterday was the first day in weeks that we had sun and blue skies so a road trip was on the agenda.  Henderson Harbor is a beautiful town about 1/2 hour South of here and the homes all back up to Lake Ontario which is now white with snow and frozen with ice.  I have been working hard on learning about and improving my photography skills as it is my joy to take photos of Emma and the beautiful scenery all around me.  I have been putting to use the tips from those of you who do it so well and finally feel like I’m beginning to see results that I am happy with. 

I will leave you with some photos from yesterday at Henderson Harbor and I will be adding my latest photos to some of my albums; hope you will stop by and take a look when you have a chance.  For now…cuddle up with a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy the scenery! 



I plan to be more diligent in coming by to visit you all as I am hoping I can better manage my time and my life in this new year!

Take care and God Bless!

Happy New Year


My wish for all of us…a brand new start in this brand new year!


Wishing you all the most amazing 2010!

All of you have touched my life in some way throughout the year(s) and I am forever grateful for the part you have played in making me thankful for good friends, hopes and dreams realized and  knowing I am never alone.

Happy  New Year my very dear friends! 

That was Then; This is Now

It was two months ago when I posted a blog about going home to Virginia Beach to visit family and friends.  I posted some beautiful photos of Emma at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront with blue skies above the golden sand and ocean surf.  You can find them in my photo album called "Home Sweet Home".
That was then and this is now; Hampton Roads has been pounded by a Nor’easter this past week thanks to Hurricane Ida.  Here are a few photos of the damage the storm has caused; many of these photos are at the same location where I took beautiful photos just a few months ago.
Lynnhaven Fishing Pier 
Sandbridge Beach
Virginia Beach Oceanfront
(water is almost up to the boardwalk)
Chics Beach
Stranded Barge
Laskin Road
(1 mile from where I lived)
Landmark Restaraunt…Alexander’s on the Bay
(has stood at the end of the Lesner Bridge for two decades)
I have seen many storms at the Oceanfront over the past forty years but I don’t think I have seen a Nor’easter that has left this much damage in a very long time.  For more photos of the storm damage, here is a slideshow link:
I am thankful that, even though thousands are still without power, my family and friends are safe and sound.
What a difference a few months make…good thing I went home in September instead of November as originally planned!

Farewell to Fall

Another season is coming to a close and soon Winter will arive with the beauty of snow and Christmas magic.  There is a part of the Black River that feeds into a lake that I pass each day and have always wanted to take a photo of but it presented a challenge because it is on Route 3 which is the main road through the Village and Town.  Last week when I was driving by on my way to work, the sun was shimmering on the water and the Canadian Geese were  enjoying the water as they always do this time of year.  I decided it was "now or never" so I pulled off the road and with camera in hand walked over the bridge to take the photos I’ve been wanting to take. 
Of course, by the time I got to where I needed to be, the sun had somewhat hidden behind some clouds so the shimmer on the water that you see just does not do it justice.  It is spectacular when you see it in full sunlight but it is still a peaceful scene no matter what the weather.  I hope you enjoy them. 
I will post the remaining shots in my "Amazing Autumn" album.  I hope all is well with you and yours!
The last two photos are of the Black River Damn and where the water flows under the bridge to the other side to the start of the Black River.  The sun was shining on the water so brightly that the light almost looks like foam, but I couldn’t resist stopping to take the photos.  Hope you enjoyed the scenery!

The Haunted Palace

Another spooktaclular October has come and gone…farewell until 2010 when it will faithfully arrive again!

The Haunted Palace
by: Edgar Allen Poe

In the greenest of our valleys
By good angels tenanted,
Once a fair and stately palace–
Radiant palace–raised its head.
In the monarch Thought’s dominion
It stood there!
Never seraph spread a pinion
Over fabric half so fair!

Banners yellow, glorious, golden,
On its roof did float and flow
(This–all this–was in the olden
Time long ago),
And every gentle air that dallied
In that sweet day,
Upon the ramparts plumed and pallid,
A winged odor went away.

Wanderers in that happy valley,
Through two luminous windows, saw
Spirits moving musically
To a lute’s well-timed law.
Round about a throne where, sitting,
In state his glory well befitting,
The ruler of the realm was seen.

And all with pearl and ruby glowing
Was the fair palace-door,
Through which came, flowing, flowing, flowing,
And sparkling everymore,
A troop of Echoes, whose sweet duty
Was but to sing
In voices of surpassing beauty
The wit and wisdom of their king.

But evil things, in robes of sorrow,
Assailed the monarch’s high estate.
(Ah, let us mourn–for never morrow
Shall dawn upon him desolate!)
And round about his house of glory
That blushed and bloomed
Is but a dim-remembered story
Of the old time entombed.

And travelers, now, within that valley
Through the red-litten windows see
Vast forms that move fantastically
To a discordant melody,
While, like a ghastly, rapid river,
Through the pale door
A hideous throng rush out forever
And laugh–but smile no more.


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