Wednesday, February 28, 2007


This is the latest basket I made. This one is the size of a loaf pan. Just perfect for giving someone a nice loaf of fresh baked banana nut bread or zuchinni bread, etc! I think this might be my favorite so far!

Today was my neighbor's birthday. She also takes care of her husband. He has Parkinson's Disease and is getting pretty bad. She can't leave him alone at all anymore. I know that he loves desserts so I got her an ice cream cake for her birthday and I figured that way they both could enjoy it. When I was paying for the cake the lady said, "Now you know that you need to keep this cake in the freezer don't you?" I said, "Yes I do." She said that the reason she mentioned it to people was because that someone had left one out and it melted and they had brought it back and complained. I thought about that comedian Bill Engvall and his "Here's Your Sign" for stupid people routine! That was a moment she should have had a sign to give to that person who left an ice cream cake out of the freezer thinking it would be fine!! DUH!!! It's ice cream for pete's sake!!! I thought that was pretty funny.

When I took it to my neighbor, she sit it on the table and said, "This doesn't have to go in the fridge does it?" I said, "No, it has to go in the freezer!!" Here's your sign!!!

Monday, February 26, 2007

Name Calling

Last night I was talking to someone and we were discussing funny names. I think I have blogged about funny names before, but not this particular name. The last names is Butte. They pronounce it "BUT", not like that city in Montana that is spelled the same way but pronounced differently. This gentleman said he was so thankful that his parents did not name him Harry!! He also said he always told his sons never to marry a woman named Rosie!!

Harry Butte and Rosie Butte!! Yeah, that would sure cause some problems!!

A very loud, unattractive, mean-acting woman walks into Wal-Mart with her two kids in tow, screaming obscenities at them all the way through the entrance.

The Wal-Mart Greeter says, "Good morning and welcome to Wal-Mart. Nice children you've got there - are they twins?"

The ugly woman stops screaming long enough to say, "Hell no they ain't, the oldest one, he's 9 and the younger one, she's 7. Why the hell would you think they're twins?........ Do you really think they look alike?"

"No," replies the greeter. "I just couldn't believe that someone would have slept with you twice."

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Sunday Two-Fer!

From my previous post someone asked if the lake will remain low. It will remain low until they get the dam repaired which is going to take them about 5-7 years it seems. I guess we'll be used to it by then! They first said the dam was in such a state that they were worried about a failure of the dam, which would be a horrible thing and would cause so much flooding downstream along the Cumberland River.

Quote from the newspaper: "A failure of the dam's 258-foot high concrete structure would unleash the lake's two trillion gallons of water, flooding cities and towns in the valleys along the Cumberland River all the way to Nashville, Tenn."

They are working with every city along the Cumberland River with warning sirens, weather radios, plans, etc. Better to be safe than sorry. Personally I would not want to live on the downside of any dam!! That would definitely be a major disaster. Safety is their first priority, as it should be. Since then, and with the lowering of the lake, they say the dam is safe and they do not fear it failing now.

Have a blessed Sunday everyone!!

Friday, February 23, 2007

Lake Cumberland Water Level

The water level has been lowered on Lake Cumberland due to the Wolf Creek Dam having a leak. They lowered the lake to take the pressure off the dam. Therefore the lake has changed quite a bit. Below us we still have water, but in the spot where the private boat club was is only a stream, and they had to move most all of the boats and the dock to deeper water. So many of the marina's have had to do this. The lake still has plenty of water but it's only half full now. They are going to extend 8 docks on the lake so boats can get in. I fear it will hurt the tourism this year. Hopefully not a lot but I know it will hurt some. Already one bass tournament that was planned for Lake Cumberland has been moved to Dale Hollow Lake. They are going to be in a rush to get the ramps extended so boaters can get their watercraft in the water. They already extended the one at Burnside Island State Park.

This is a recent aerial view of Lee's Ford Marina. If you go to this link you will see a picture of what it looks like when the water level is up. Yesterday I was out at Lee's Ford Marina. They can still put boats (small boats) in and out of the water there but it will be extended to accommodate larger boats. It's still beautiful out there but sure looks different!
This picture is another ramp that was very popular but you can see how much work it would take to extend it. I don't think it's on the list for extending. You can see where the concrete ends and it would take a lot of rock to fill all that in.

This last picture I took at the boat club near us, or where it used to be that is!! This area was covered with houseboats and ramps, and the office building, etc. Now all that has been moved to on down below us. Actually when the water is up and the boat club is where it should be then all we have below us are houseboats and they ended right below us. Now they start almost right below us. When it dries up in the summer I'll be able to go down and walk across the lake! Or...well where the lake used to be! In this picture you can see the houseboats far in the distance right before the curve. We live on the hill above there.

What you see here is all mud with just the small stream in the middle. If it wasn't so cold I think getting in all that mud and letting it squish between my toes might be fun!!! Yeah, I'm still a kid!!

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Valentine Love

I found this in our local newspaper when they had the Valentine listings. When I saw this I thought, "Well he doesn't have a wife or a girlfriend, otherwise he'd be dead now, or at least badly wounded." Then on the next page there was a message from the same guy (I edited out his last name). This one said, "Sarah, 4 years with you is like 4 minutes. 4 minutes without you is like 4 years. Love, Billy." I was relieved that he hadn't forgotten his HUMAN love for Valentine's Day!!

A man is stranded on a desert island, all alone for ten years. One day, he sees a speck in the horizon. He thinks to himself, "It's not a ship." The speck gets a little closer and he thinks, "It's not a boat." The speck gets even closer and he thinks, "It's not a raft."
Then, out of the surf comes this gorgeous blonde woman, wearing a wet suit and scuba gear. She comes up to the guy and she says, "How long has it been since you've had a cigarette?"
"Ten years!" he says.
She reaches over, unzips a waterproof pocket on her left sleeve and pulls out a pack of fresh cigarettes. He takes one, lights it, takes a long drag and says, "Man, oh man! Is that good!"
Then she asks, "How long has it been since you've had a drink of whiskey?"
He replies, "Ten years!"
She reaches over, unzips her waterproof pocket on the right, pulls out a flask and gives it to him. He takes a long swig and says, "Wow, that's fantastic!"
Then she starts unzipping this long zipper that runs down the front of her wet suit and she says to him, "And how long has it been since you've had some REAL fun?"
And the man replies, "My God! Don't tell me you've got a motorcycle in there!"

Monday, February 19, 2007

Declaring War!!

Today I have been at war. Fighting the dust and clutter in my bedroom. I have resolved to declutter and clean my house and I started with my bedroom. It'll take awhile for me to get through the whole house, but I have declared war!! I sorted books and magazines. Some got tossed and a stack is waiting to be taken to the hospital to be placed in waiting rooms. I went through the dresser drawers and found a whole bag of stuff for the Goodwill. Only one room and I wonder where does all the dust come from? I'm sure you have all heard of dust mites, those awful looking creatures that live in our mattresses and eat our sloughed off skin cells. They are certainly fierce looking little critters!

This is what I found while searching for info about the dust mite:"
"The dust mite is an arachnid that reaches no more than 0.3 mm (0.01 in) in size. This tiny arthropod lives in human homes, where it feeds on the dust produced by human and animal skin. Dust mites are not harmful in themselves, but their droppings, which contain left-over digestive enzymes, are a significant cause of asthma and other allergic diseases."

Strange to think that we are sharing our beds with something that looks like that isn't it?

They say you can vacuum your mattress and it's best to have it covered in plastic, to help get rid of them. Mine is not covered. So I suspect I have oodles of these chewing on my dead skin cells at night. They also can get into your sofa and cloth covered recliners. Not a good thought, but I guess if you are not allergic then they won't hurt you any. Heck, with all the dust I have I'm sure they really feel right at home here.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

Sunday Sign

I found out who sent me the roses!! It was a dear friend in England!! She had sent them because I had the worry about that lump and had it removed and she wanted me to know that she and her family were thinking of me. How sweet and kind is that??? Just a wonderful and very nice thing to do. Thank you so very much Cathy!!! You are a dear. They are still so beautiful and I'm hoping they last a longggggg time!

Friday, February 16, 2007


I got these lovely roses yesterday and I haven't figured out who sent them yet. There was no card or message. They were brought by UPS. There's 4 dozen delicate small roses! Just a very wonderful, thoughtful, and sweet surprise!! It just made my day!! I suppose eventually I'll find out who sent them, but if not then they did do a very nice and kind deed! They smell so nice too. If I had smellacomputer then you all could take a big whiff and suck in that fragrance!
An exasperated mother, whose son was always getting into mischief, finally asked him:"How do you expect to get into Heaven?"

The boy thought it over and said, "Well, I'll run in and out and in and out and keep slamming the door until St. Peter says, 'For Heaven's sake, Dylan, come in or stay out!'"

I had to share that joke when I read it. How many of us have heard that before?? I know I sure have when I was a kid, "For Heaven's sake Rachel, come in or stay out!" Oh, our poor parents!!

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Happy Valentine's Day

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY TO EVERYONE!!!! Hope your day is super wonderful!!!!

Hugs for everyone!!!


Yesterday I had to have my cat, JB, put to sleep. She was 17 years old which, according to the chart in the vet's office, is 100 years old in human years. I had her ever since she was a kitten.
I buried her beside of Sammy, another very sweet cat I had that had to be put to sleep about 5 years ago after a long bout with fluid on his lungs.
They were always best buddies. Now they are buried beside each other.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Sunday Sign

Sorry I'm late getting this up today. Better late than never though!! Hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday!! It's sunny here and in the 40's. Yee-haw!!!!

Thursday, February 08, 2007

6 Weird Things

Some time back I was tagged by Miki to do a meme of 6 weird things about me. Well, I have racked my brain trying to come up with 6 and it was hard!! I guess I'm pretty normal, but then some people that know me well might be able to pick out 6 weird things real quick!! Anyway, here they are.

1. I do not like my back uncovered. I don't even like wearing clothing that has a low back, even an inch or so. I feel like the wind is hitting my neck and I don't like that. I also have to have cover on me at night, even in the hottest weather, and even if it's just a sheet.

2. I am a shaker. That is.....shaking my legs. I guess it's a nervous habit but I just shake my leg, or legs, automatically without even thinking about it. I even do it in bed.

3. When I eat bananas I like to eat them from the side sometimes instead of in the "normal" way. Also, once you have taken a bite then if you take your tongue and stick right down in the middle of the banana it might split in 4 exact pieces. Try it sometime! Then you can be officially weird too!

4. I have some obsessive compulsive habits. This is not as bad as it used to be thankfully! I used to check the water to make sure it was off, and double check the stove to make sure it was off, and triple check the door to make sure it was locked before going to bed! Now I'll check the door a couple of times and that's it. I'm getting better!!

5. I like to eat mayo on hotdogs instead of mustard. I CAN eat them with mustard but mayo is by far better.

6. My fingers are double jointed. That's the only part of my body that is. Here are some photos of my hands. Also my finger as you can see in the picture is what I get when I stick it straight up ......or out. You can see it's definitely not straight!! Creepy, huh?

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

My Visit to the Surgeon

Greetings fellow bloggers!! I know you all are dying to hear this. If you are eating you might want to stop before going any farther.

I had the lump under my arm removed today. The doctor poked on it and said he felt like it was simply a lipoma (fatty tissue non-cancerous thing). He said if I wanted, for my peace of mind, to have it removed he could do so. I told him to get the knife out. I do not know why I didn't take a picture of it to show you all. I could just kick myself. I did find one by seaching online which is similar so I'll share that. Aren't you glad I did?? Mine he took out in 3 pieces and all together it was probably about the size of a cooked pinto bean. Mine was not this dark and it basically sort of looked like chicken fat. He said they are not caused by anything you do or anything you eat. They just happen. They will send it off for pathology but he's 100% certain that it's just a lipoma and nothing to worry about. After he got it out I looked it over and it didn't have any dark areas or any blood in it or anything. So I feel better. I wish I had took a picture. Geesh!! I just wasn't thinking at the time. The only part that hurt was the two numbing shots he gave me. Under the arm is not a great place for shots. Not that there is ANY great places for shots but you know what I mean! After that all I felt was him pulling and tugging. About 5 minutes was all it took. Just me and the doctor. The nurse left and didn't come back until he was finished and already gone. I was surprised since usually the doctor has to have the nurse hand him this and that, but not this doctor. I have 3 or 4 stitches which I go back to get out on Valentine's Day. After he left the room was when I inspected it, never thinking to get in my purse and grab the camera before the nurse came back in.
I appreciate everyone's concern, thoughts, and prayers about this. I couldn't help but worry since it was under my arm. Or maybe I'm just a worry wart. Anyway, I feel much better about it now.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Sunday Sign

It's very cold here today with a high going to be only in the 20's and the wind is blowing, so that makes the wind chill very low. We got a couple of inches of snow this morning but it was a very dry snow and is now melting in the sunny places. I have on 3 layers of clothing on top; long sleeve underwear top, pull over sweater, and a cardigan sweater on top of that! Yes, I am warm at last!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful Sunday and keeping warm.
One Sunday in a Midwest City, a young child was "acting up" during the morning worship hour. The parents did their best to maintain some sense of order in the pew but were losing the battle.

Finally, the father picked the little fellow up and walked sternly up the aisle on his way out.
Just before reaching the safety of the foyer, the little one called loudly to the congregation, "Pray for me! Pray for me!"
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