Sunday, November 30, 2008


Tea Party at House Terborg
I'm sitting here sipping a cup of hot Lipton Pyramid White Tea with Island Mango and Peach. Have any of y'all tried it yet? I'm normally a coffee drinker; I drink it morning, noon, and night, but sometimes I crave a cup or two of hot tea and I especially like some of the flavored teas.

I was already a coffee drinker when I moved to England in the late 60's for 3 years but while I was there I was soon one of the blokes having my hot "cuppa" tea around 4 every afternoon. My favorite tea is made with Earl Grey tea leaves, steeped in a teapot until it's strong and dark, then poured through a strainer into a cup with a dash of milk and a half spoon of sugar. We usually had sandwiches and/or scones and jams with our tea but I also always loved having high tea on special occasions when we would have tiny little watercress or cucumber sandwiches, fancy little cakes, biscuits (cookies), and wonderful cheese spreads.

When I was in Holland 4 years ago we went out to an estate (House Terborg) for a tea party (photo above) one afternoon. It sure did bring back some lovely memories.

House Terborg

Saturday, November 29, 2008


I'm so tired
I'm so sore
I ain't 'a gonna do it
for a dime no more!

This is how much Zach and I got finished today; the tree is up and most of the ornaments are on. Jerri will come and put the ribbon on later so that it'll look more like it did last year (the second picture).

See? She had it all dolled up in the picture below. I'm not very handy with ribbon,,,nope, not a'tall.

Anyway, I was already aching all over from the catastrophe that happened in my closet on Wednesday night, so crawling all over the floor again today to put the tree up has just about done me in. I only have one place in the house where I can fit a tree and I do believe it gets smaller every year!

Oh, about that closet thing. We were all going about our normal routine Wednesday evening and suddenly there was a loud bang and crashing noise. It almost scared Zach to death and all he could do was stand in the middle of the living room saying, "It wasn't me! I didn't do anything." I thought that maybe the neighbor's St. Bernard had gotten scared again and had decided to break through the lattice beneath the deck in order to get under the house. (She's done that before). So James went outside with his flashlight and looked around; nothing seemed to have fallen or be broken out there. I couldn't imagine what it could have been until I walked into my closet. Some of the brackets for the rails/shelves had broken and over half of the clothes in there were on the floor and the stuff that had been on the shelf scattered all over.

We decided to just leave it until Friday because Zach and I would be gone all day Thursday. When Friday arrived I almost wanted to cry just thinking about starting to move all of the clothes out so James could do the repairs. It took most of the day to move the stuff in and out and vacuum. But it's done now, thank goodness.

I have a few more Christmas things to put out and I reckon it would be a good idea if I started wrapping some presents.

We had a good time at Bubbie and Jerri's on Thursday. There was lots of good food and we had a good time playing Mad Gab for awhile after dinner. The kids were doing a lot of pouting (because we made them play outside; it was a beautiful day!) and were scattered here and there, so I only got a couple of quick snaps of them. Trish is supposed to come by tomorrow before she goes back home so I hope to be able to take a few pictures of Jordan and Jaylen before they leave.

Photo Challenge: " From an Ant's View"

Thank you Miz Jeanne for being our hostess for this challenge! "From an Ant's View" was the hardest challenge for me yet; I just couldn't get my creative juices flowing,,,or maybe they were hibernating cause it's gotten quite a bit cooler in my spot in the delta. Anyway, these are what I came up with,

Could this be how my fake daffodil bulbs would look to an ant? I believe an ant would know right off that they weren't real.

An ant would be able to tell me that there were 3 holes stopped up on my salt shaker. I'm glad I took this macro, cause now I know I need to clear out the stopped up holes. :-)

This might be what an ant would see if he were to look up at the salt and pepper shakers. I wonder if he'd notice the smudges and fingerprints?

Well those are mine folks, now I'm off to see what everyone else has been shooting at for the past couple of weeks.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Don't forget the Photo Challenge Tomorrow!

Jeanne's our hostess for this challenge and She chose the topic to be "From an Ant's View". Don't forget to go over to our Photo Challenge Blog (courtesy of Miz Donna) and click on the comments to see everyone's photos. I have so much fun with these challenges because I truly love seeing what everyone comes up with for them.


I screwed something up when I was doing some work on my template last night and I've lost my links to my blog buddies. Please have patience with me while I try to get everything reentered. It might take me awhile cause I've had a disaster in my walk-in closet; it looks like the slaughter of a clothes horse in there right now.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tomorrow Zach and I are going to my son's house for Thanksgiving. James may go hunting, may go to his Mom's,,, whatever,,, I'll be with my kids and all but one of the grandbabies.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

I'm Really Trying

I'm trying here folks, I really am, but I'm in this rut where I feel like for every step forward I'm being knocked back 6, and I'm getting very frustrated over it.

I hope everyone has a super-duper Thanksgiving planned!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

How Those Country Kids Play

They dig in the dirt. There's a big hole out in this field now after an afternoon of hard digging by the kiddie crew.

Because of one incident yesterday when the toilet mysteriously overflowed after being sluggish for a time, we were all (3 little girls and Nanaw) in a circle around the toilet today, after Beans had lingered on the seat for what seemed like a full half hour and afterwards needing quite a bit of wiping, to make sure there wouldn't be another flood. A functioning toilet is a major deal around this house. And besides, we're easily entertained.

This evening Jerri and Bubbie went to a cookout at one (there only being 2) of the neighbors but the girls got cold and came back, so I got all the little girls into a warm bath, lined them up in there to wash 3 dirty little heads (after all that digging ya know), then dressed them all in Zach's t-shirts. After bowls of popcorn and hot chocolate, they settled down on the couch to wait for Jerri and Bubbie; except for Beans, she crashed as soon as she climbed into my lap for a few minutes of snuggling.

They just picked them up so Nanaw is now relaxing with a cup of coffee.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Some More Fall Colors

Chinese Willow
Cypress leaves up close
Cypress glory

When we first moved onto our little acre back in December 1991 there was not a single tree on it. So we planted a baby cedar, cypress, a hybrid oak, a mimosa, and some chinese willows. We lost one of the willows to farm chemicals, and our mimosa died last year after lightening struck it, but we've thoroughly enjoyed sitting in the shade of the others. We've planted one tiny mimosa to replace the lost one and another has come up from a seed in one of my concrete planters so we'll be transplanting it some time next month.

Last evening I went out to capture the colors of the cypress and willow in all their fall finery. I just love trees.

I added tags to the pictures for bloggers who use IE, just like Miz Donna taught me how to. :-)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Another Blogging Tip

Miz Donna shared her knowledge with us about how to add tags to the photos on our blog and she asked about how to add an image to her blog background so I thought I'd share what I know about that.

To make make an image repeat across the whole page (like wallpaper)

Find a background tile you like, there are loads and loads to find if you just google for background tiles. I use photobucket to host whatever background images I use cause it's so easy to use their html image code for whichever images you've uploaded to their site.

Go to Template>edit html and look for the styling properties for the body of your blog, which should look something like the example below:

body {
background: $bgcolor;
font:x-small Arial sans-serif;
font-size/* */:/**/small;
font-size: /**/small;
text-align: center;

You'll be editing the line that I've made pink, above.

To add a repeating image to the background, you add the following (highlighted in red) to the body properties (using your images code):

body {
font:x-small Arial sans-serif;
font-size/* */:/**/small;
font-size: /**/small;
text-align: center;
This will make the background image repeat across the whole page

To Make a background image repeat vertically down a page

You have to add the code in red below.

body {
background:url( repeat-y;
font:x-small Arial sans-serif;
font-size/* */:/**/small;
font-size: /**/small;
text-align: center;

To make a background image repeat horizontally across the page

body {
background:url( repeat-x;
font:x-small Arial sans-serif;
font-size/* */:/**/small;
font-size: /**/small;
text-align: center;

To create a fixed image background

You'll normally use a large image for this in order to cover the whole background screen. I dislike trying to make this work because it will appear different on different sized screens I think.

body {
background:url( no-repeat;
font:x-small Arial sans-serif;
font-size/* */:/**/small;
font-size: /**/small;
text-align: center;
background-attachment: fixed }

I hope this helps, thank you for sharing your knowledge with us Miz Donna.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Nanaw Goes to School and Stuff

First I went to Language Arts and Reading class where I learned what Expository Writing was. I need to read up a little more on that so I can be the chief editor for Zach when he has to begin writing a Expository type paper.

I had to duck out of this class for a few minutes to make a trip to the bathroom whereupon I immediately got lost and ended up in the boys restroom. I realized my mistake when I first went in and came upon the urinals, but I can't be held responsible for this error due to the fact that they must think an awful lot of rowdiness goes on in those restrooms because the doors were propped open; I couldn't see the sign on the door. I finally found the girls restroom, went in, sat, and then realized there was no toilet paper in the stall. So, I drip-dried for a few, then pulled my pants up and moved over a different stall to try to dry, my then damp, drawers.

Next it was time to go to Math where I watched them draw different kinds of charts and graphs using information such as July - Dec. temperatures in Orlando, FL over a 3 year span. What I learned in that class was that 2004 was the best Fall, temperature-wise, in Orlando (but that's just my opinion).

Then it was time for lunch. Zach would not allow me to sit with him in the cafeteria, I had to sit across and down the table from him near two lads and a young lady who were glad to keep me entertained while I tried to tackle a salad with a plastic fork. They stayed their allotted time, then left me there struggling to stab my carrots and cucumbers while they went to run wild and free on the playground for a short time.

After lunch was Social Studies where I didn't learn an awful lot because they did some work in their workbooks and then had to leave for 45 minutes to go to P.E. I was able to talk to the teacher during that time though, so it wasn't a total waste of brain cells. After the class returned from P.E., they prepared to take a test on their progression in that class. I decided that I didn't remember enough from the last few weeks of helping with homework to take the test so I chose that time to quietly slip out and go home.

I figured I had embarrassed the child enough for one day, and,,,

I really, really, needed a cup of coffee and a nap.

Shortly after I arrived home Jerri called to tell me that Beans had her first preschool assessment today. I'm not quite sure what all an assessment of a 3 yr old involves, but they told her she scored exceptionally high on it. The preschool teacher told Jerri that the first question was, "What is your name." Beans told her, "My name is Jillian M. but my momma calls me Beans, so you better write that down." The teacher then told Jerri she had to cover her face to keep from laughing out loud.

Notice I used transitional words to begin most of my paragraphs. :-)

Monday, November 17, 2008

I needed to get out of the house for a little while on Saturday so Jerri and I took a drive. We left my house and made a short loop around some of the country roads. The photos above were taken on lost road where I've taken photos before. It was cloudy but the leaves still made for some pretty pictures. I love taking pictures of that old house. I don't know who owns it or who lived in it back when, but I love imagining how it was when a family might have lived in it. If you click to enlarge the picture you can see a curtain still at the one window that's not hidden by trees and other growth.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

A Lotta Ups and downs Last Week

The word is that his job won't be over until the end of January so that gives us a little over 2 months to try to scrape up all the funds we can gather to pay off as much as we can and just start all over. My plans were to have everything paid off by the time James was old enough to draw social security because Farm managing doesn't offer retirement, you just grow old and die on the job, but best laid plans apparently don't include an employer who's lost his ass playing the market (this is the most frequently heard rumor, and there are many. The man himself has not told them anything). I've been praying about it and so far I can only hear God whispering, "What are they gonna do girl, take away your birthday? They can't take what you don't have."

The visitors have been flocking in around here like vultures to hear all the details; like we know anything other than unemployment is looming in the near future. I wouldn't even get out of the bed for a long time yesterday because the coffee crowd in my living room sounded like a bunch at a funeral gathering. At least he goes in tomorrow to start getting all the farm equipment ready to sell, and will be out of this house and out of my hair for a few hours.

My plans for tomorrow include going to school to sit in on Zach's classes. He got in trouble again last week for not doing some of his homework. He's in even more trouble for lying; he told his teacher that I had taken his homework out of his folder and threw it away. So,,,maybe if I sit in the classroom with him for a few days, his embarrassment will provide him with enough incentive to DO HIS DANGED HOMEWORK and NOT LIE in the future.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Brenda Photo Challenge: Water

A little waterfall at the Memphis Zoo.

Zach loves to fish! This is the only activity I know of where he'll sit patiently for hours.

Alexis and,,

Zach and MeriKate, cooling off under the irrigation pivot that sprays water across the edge of our yard.

Thank you Miz Maria for being our hostess for this photo challenge, and thank you for choosing our
topic. Y'all can go over to the Photo Challenge Blog and click the comments to see all the other pictures for this challenge. Everyone is invited to join in, the more the merrier!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Ginkgo Glory

I had to drive over to "old" Helena this morning to take Zach for his monthly doctor's appointment and this time of the year the drive doesn't bother me a bit because of the color show that the trees put on.

Of all the colorful fall foliage, the Ginkgo trees are my favorite. That's a Ginkgo tree in my header and the pictures above are trees in front of, and near, the doctor's office. I really wish I had thought to plant one of them in my yard back years ago because they're really magnificent trees.

Ginkgo Facts

The Ginkgo is the sole living link between the lower and higher plants, between ferns and conifers. It is is regarded as a living fossil.

There are male and female Ginkgo trees. The male tree usually has a slim column form and is slightly longer, the female tree has a wider crown and a more spread out form.

The extract of the dried leaves is popular for their use as a diet supplement and/or herbal medicine (prescribed in Europe) for the brain, legs, eyes, heart and ears. Scientific studies show that good extracts may improve bloodcirculation and memory, prevent bloodclotting, damage by free radicals and give an improved sense of well-being and can be used for many other disorders. The leaves are also used as tea for a variety of ailments.

The Ginkgo can have a long life span, 1,000 or older. In China the oldest Ginkgo is about 3,500 years old!

I want to remind everyone about the Photo Challenge for tomorrow. Miz Maria is our lovely hostess this time and she chose "Water" as our challenge topic. Y'all be sure to go over and sign up in the comments if you haven't already. We really love to see everyone's pictures!

I'm a little slow this week with visiting my favorite bloggers, but don't give up on me, I'll get there, I promise!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

I'm Tired

I'm angry.

I'm scared.

I'm afraid if I start crying I'll never stop.

Then I get a phone call, it's Jerri telling me a Beans story.

Beans: Momma you got hiccup medicine?

Momma: No Beans, they don't make hiccup medicine. Hold your breath.

Beans blows into her hand and quickly closes her hand over it.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

It Seemed to Happen Overnight

The turning of the leaves in the Mississippi delta in Arkansas.

Monday, November 10, 2008

When It Rains It Pours

My husband has had only 2 jobs since 1972 when after he decided farming for himself wasn't going to feed us, he went to work as a tractor driver. He worked himself up into a farm management position there and changed jobs after 22 years. For the last 15 years he's been working for a farming corporation as one of their farm managers, doing the same work.

That's all he knows. He knows how to make a cotton crop, or a soybean crop, or a rice, corn, or milo crop. He can keep the equipment running; keep the farm hands busy doing their jobs; keep the day to day operations of a farm going. He's never been late, never missed a day of working from "can to can't" that he was supposed to work unless he was too ill or too injured to walk. And he's never asked a man working under him to do a job that he wasn't right there doing it with him.

Today the farm owner decided he is done. He's shutting down the numerous farms and selling everything. He's selling most of his other businesses too. This decision is putting a big hunk of the work force population of this county out of work and it's really, really bad news because the economy was crappy in this county even before it was crappy everywhere else in America. This man probably paid the only fair wages to be found around here.

My husband is almost 57 and he's now trying to figure out where he's going to find a job come January or February that will pay him enough to pay our bills.

My health problems are such that I'm doubting my ability to pass a physical, but I've printed out my resume so I can go tomorrow to begin a job search.

We've been down before but not with the debt that we have now from the loss of our home to a fire 6 years ago. We're going to make it, but I sure am feeling sick to my stomach right now.

Hell, I just thought last week was bad.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

I'd Really, Really, Rather Be on a Hot Tropical Island Somewhere

Instead I'm sitting here, landlocked, in Arkansas with an 11 yr old boy who's in some deep dodo with his Nanaw and his Math and Spelling teacher.

He was selected by his homeroom teacher to be Student of the Month for October. Great news, isn't it? I was elated for him; ready to do backflips except for the possibility of having to have a crane service come pick me up afterwards. ,,, Then I checked his grades. Since October 30th, he's managed to lose the the two A's he had (one all the way down to a D), and drop down to D's in a couple of his previous B classes. So he was already in hot water around here.

On Friday I got a call from the elementary councilor. It seems that Mr. Zach didn't do his homework on Wednesday night or Thursday night. It also seems that this same young man, talked one of his friends into allowing him to copy his Wednesday night homework so that he wouldn't get into trouble for not doing it. Someone told on them and they both got in trouble. Zach had a note to bring home for me to sign, and was to miss lunch recess for 3 days.

Do you think he learned the lesson he should have from this? You'd think, huh?

Not this child. He decided that getting in trouble at school was punishment enough, so he signed the note with my initials then took it back. He also decided not to do his homework for Thursday night for the two classes taught by the teacher he was in trouble with. (I'm still trying to figure out if he thought this was going to punish her in some way. What's the deal??)

So, on Friday I get the call, and in addition to the punishment for his first educational crime, he got a paddling from the principal for forging my initials. Which I think is far easier to deal with than my punishment; I've made him redo all of the Math homework for last week, and tomorrow he's to do 3 pages of review problems that cover the chapter that he's having a test on Tuesday. He also has to complete all of next weeks assignments in Spelling instead of waiting until next week to do them.

I love him more than life, but I sure don't like him very much right now.

So, I'm just beginning to calm myself down a bit today; I was just busy trying to keep Zach seated long enough to do all of that work, when in walks my Uncle Tommy. About 2 minutes after we hug and ask how everyone's doing he mentions that he needs to take a trip down to Fort Walton Beach, FL around Thanksgiving to check on another uncle who's been ill for years, and who he has not been able to reach through his family. About a minute after this announcement he mentions how hard those long drives are on him. (he's in his early 80's so heck yeah they're hard on him, they're hard on me!).

After we'd talked a little more about what was going on with my Florida uncle, I told him if he could wait until the day after Thanksgiving and come back that Sunday or Monday, I'd go with him to help with the drive down and back.

So now, it's wait and see time cause he'll have to check with all the sick uncles here to see if someone will be around to help out with them if he leaves during that time. I'm not looking forward to the trip because I have a strong suspicion that we'll have to get confrontational with Florida Uncle's family down there about their not answering their phones when his Arkansas family calls.

Ok, that's it from me today. I hope everyone's having a much happier weekend than it's been so far around here.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Busy Beans

The Scene: Jerri and James (Bubbie) are sitting in the yard at the picnic table watching the girls play. Jillian comes bouncing over with one of her daddy's golf clubs,,,

Jillian (aka Beans) : Daddy, be weel still, it won't hurt much.

Daddy James: Jillian, don't hit me with that golf club,,,


Daddy James: moans.

Jillian: Daddy, it will be ok, it only hurts a little bit.

The man can't fuss, this child is so much like he was when he was small. Payback's the devil, isn't it?

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

I Wish

The Presidential election of 2008 opens up a new era in the history of our country. I want so badly for it to be the beginning of so many good things for all of it's citizens, not just a few.

My first wish for our country in this new era is that we can put the equal back in equal rights by making the Human race the only race card of importance. While looking at the red and blue map of the United States last night, I was saddened at first by a pattern that said to me that prejudice, by all races, is still alive and well in our great country; I truly had expected to see a mixed pattern of reds in blues across the map. However, once I looked at the actual figures in those pockets of red, and pockets of blue, I saw that the numbers showed a clearer picture of the voters feelings and a much more mixed pattern did begin to emerge.

Maybe there's hope for us yet.

I wish to see the decline of Money as being the only powerful influence of importance in our government; allow the decisions about our welfare as American citizens to be put back into our hands instead of the hands of the wealthiest, who seem to only have themselves and their cronies in mind when they vote on laws and policies.

Another wish of mine is to see our citizens take pride in their work ethics; stop wanting something for nothing; stop trying to figure out a way to beat the system for services or monetary gains they're not entitled to. I'm not only aiming this as a wish for the lower wage earners, who seem to be mostly blamed for this, but also those business owners and/or corporate bigwigs who fudge about this expense or that one on their tax returns. Oh, I could tell you stories, yes indeed I could, of such blatant expense reporting irregularities; ones that when added up, would probably repair a big hunk of the deficient in our economy.

My final wish is to see a health care system that's not run by the profit-hungry insurance and pharmaceutical companies. If something is not done about the system as it's being allowed to run today, the baby boomers, who are quickly becoming our seniors, will soon find themselves gravely ill from mediocre care (when the companies actually allow the care), and broke from trying to pay for it. Somehow the American citizens have been scared out of their wits about the possibility of a national healthcare system but I've got to tell you, I lived in a foreign country, and was provided better care by a village doctor than was provided by the doctors on the military base nearby. And because my stepmother was English, I was provided this wonderful care for no charge, and without having to fill out a mound of paperwork beforehand.

We can whine about loss or cheer about a victory but each and every one of us had better get with the program and get our great country back on the right path. The President elect deserves our help to get 'er done.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Monday, November 03, 2008

Tis the Season to Hunt Again

In September there was dove hunting season. I know the exact moment that this season comes in because it is accompanied by the banging and booming of the shotguns going off at daylight in my back yard.

In October squirrel hunting season came in. The man who can't carry the trash out because it's raining, will wander and wade all day in the woods, in the mud, shooting at squirrels. Guess who has a pile of dripping clothes to wash after he gets home?

Now quail season is open. The man is a serious quail hunter. He has 3 dogs, all pointers, he has the training collar, the ATV, the vest with many pockets, he even has a gps thingy so he won't get lost. However, he's forgotten how to use it since the last time he used it which was last Fall.

Daniel Boone, he's not.

You'd think because the Man loves to hunt that he'd always be able to put his hands on everything he needs to hunt, wouldn't you?

It ain't happening.

It takes him at least a couple of hours of searching before he's finally ready to leave, by which time, I'm ready to take up hunting myself, and not for some sweet little furry or feathered creature. He puts things "up" and then forgets where he puts them. It makes perfect sense to me for him to put all of the things he needs for hunting in one place, but apparently this is not how he does things. He has this idea that someone is moving his stuff from where he KNOWs he's put it, just so they'll have to listen to him bitching and griping about not being able to find it.

In my defense, I'd never do that. Why would I delay the feelings of perfect peace that I have when he's finally out the door and on his way to the woods? In their defense, the kids would never do that either. They wouldn't want to see their Nanaw biting bullets because their PopPop was still climbing atop the chairs to look atop every cabinet and into every nook and cranny, leaving a trail of stuff in his wake.

We need a room, in another building, far away from the house, to put his hunting gear. Maybe with a cot, a TV, and a remote.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

I'm Not Cranky All the Time

I was pretty cranky Friday morning because I knew I was going to have to make a trip into town to do the monthly banking and go to the dreaded Wal Mart. It makes me cranky most any day that I have to get dressed so there were those two strikes against the day to start off.

I walked what felt like 500 miles up one aisle and down another while trying to find the things on my short list. I was very pleased with myself for actually remembering the list, but it didn't seem to save a whole lot of time since they keep MOVING everydamnedthing in that place.

Who would have imagined that the marshmallows would be over on the aisle with the juices, on a shelf at floor level, below the jello?

Not me.

I finally found all of the things for the kiddy party that I had forgotten the first time I went, and was wandering around between the THREE lanes that were open. I finally just pushed my cart in behind a lady who seemed to have been shopping for a whole month, and waited.

While waiting, retired football Coach and Mrs. Coach pushed their buggy in behind mine, so I at least had someone to pass the time with. We chatted about what they'd been doing, how the kids were, and about Mrs. Coach's experiences with back surgery. She'd had a bad experience with a quacky doc who'd cut twice without fixing anything, finally changed doctors and was on the mend from the 3 surgery (which finally fixed her up). After a few minutes of chatting, Coach decided he'd forgotten to get some hair gel, so off he went to find that item.

The lady in front of me had finally finished loading up the conveyor thingy and her stuff had moved enough for me to place my things behind the divider. When the checker started on my stuff, I noticed that Coach hadn't returned (you know that men have a harder time finding things than we do), so I unloaded Mrs. Coach's items so she wouldn't have to (she was still in a back brace). I had to laugh as I left, cause Coach was still somewhere looking for the hair gel. I bet Mrs. Coach was a little perturbed by then.

I made it to my truck, threw my stuff into the back seat, and as I was pushing the buggy into the slot thingy, I noticed a lady was almost in tears standing beside a big suburban next to where I'd parked. I asked her if she was ok; if there was anything I could do to help, and she told me she'd locked her keys in the car and the door pad wasn't taking her unlock code. I noticed the passenger window was down a couple of inches so I asked her if she had purchased anything with a long handle that I could put down inside the window to push the door lock thing.

That was a negative.

Then, a light bulb went off in my mostly empty head, and I went to my truck, reached in, and came out with Zach's tae kwon do practice sword.

A few people were giving me some strange looks but nobody ran or anything, so I slid it out of the scaboard and slid the blade down inside the window and pushed the lock button.

There. All done.

I went back to my truck, climbed in, and as I drove away I got to thinkin'.

I sure hope that suburban belonged to that lady, cause I had just helped her break into it.

With a sword.

I was watching out for blue lights and listening for sirens when I left the parking lot.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Photo Challenge: Emotions

Feeling Determined

Ice cream Satisfaction!

He Scores! Playful and Proud!

Feeling Wishful

Definitely feeling Threatened :-)

We're Thoughtful. What are we going to do next?

I had to go to my photo archives for most of these but I hope they're all emotionally appealing. It was a fun challenge!

Miz Cindra is our hostess with the mostest for this challenge. She chose "Emotions" for the challenge topic. I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with for this one. Don't forget to go to our Photo Challenge site and click on each commenter to see their interpretation.

We love to add challengers to our list so please get your cameras out, start snapping, and JOIN US!