Thursday, April 29, 2010

Ahhhh.....Life In A Small Town......

April 29, 2010


Life in a small town.......there's just nothing quite like it!  You know, it took me awhile to actually "like" living in a small, country town, but I can sincerely tell you, I LOVE IT!  Let me tell you why.....

I had been cooped up in my home office all morning today and was STARVING, so this afternoon I grabbed the hubby and headed down to Dairy Queen for a bite to eat.  We got our food, sat down and immediately noticed the lady at the table next to ours.  She had lots and lots of "change" and was separating it out in piles on her table.  She appeared to be talking on a bluetooth while separating out her change and was carrying on quite the animated conversation....... problem was, she wasn't talking on a bluetooth.  She was talking to an invisible person across the table from her.  I love it when things like this happen around us!!

She was quite the talker too!  She would ask a question and, before she barely got the words out of her mouth, she answered herself.  Then she would laugh.  A really BIG laugh.......she was literally cracking herself up!   And then I noticed she had this "thing" on her forehead......I was really hoping it was some kind of new bluetooth techno-type device for a cell phone, but I don't think it was.   Chuck thought it was a bolt......but I don't think it was.  Maybe a homing device......not sure....

We reluctantly left the Dairy Queen and headed on over to the Pharmacy.  As I was waiting in line to pick up my prescription, a middle aged lady that was much older than me, cut to the front of the line with her little "pull-along" to see if her Rx was ready yet.  The clerk kept telling her she needed to get to the end of the line and she just kept saying "Ya, I know.....I know....but I just want to see if its ready yet..."  The clerk finally just ignored her as the line behind me got longer and longer......Now, let me describe this "pull along" she had with her.  This sweet lady was probably one of the "first" people in Mt. Vernon to go GREEN.  She made her own shopping cart and bag.   It was a wheeled plastic crate with a plastic trash can inside the plastic crate with a plastic trash bag inside the plastic trash can on the plastic wheeled crate and they were all duct taped together.  It was very, very clever.  No need for plastic grocery bags for her, no sir-ee"....she was saving the environment!  Al Gore would have been SO proud!

But these sweet ladies got me thinking........ thinking about when I get old and decrepit and start carrying on conversations with myself and pulling my hot-glued cart attached to my wheelchair behind me everywhere I go.  I visualize myself at the nursing home in my wheelchair (my beautiful niece, Jacque, has always assured me that she will take me in when I get old, but even she has limits on how much of ME she can handle),  sitting by the front door of the nursing home waiting on someone to come that will listen to me talk.  And no one comes.....So I have no choice but to talk to myself.  And talk......and talk.......and talk.......  It's going to happen, folks......no doubt about it.  I'm also going to be hard-of-hearing......I just know it.... It's my punishment for being impatient with Chuck and his hearing issues.....

I only hope I don't remember who I am so all my stories are NEW stories.........
Me in a few years at the Nursing Home still Blogging

P.S.  I smudged out the face of the Dairy Queen lady in case she's your relative......

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

"Never Shut The Pantry Door While IN The Pantry......."

April 27, 2010



How many of you can say you've accidently locked yourself in the Pantry before??  Come on; admit it.......it's happened to you before too, hasn't it??

For some reason, my sister remembered an incident that happened to me several years ago and practically "PAID" me to tell you guys about it.  An incident that my neighbors and my Bunco Babes from Dallas will remember all too well and that my family will be "thrilled" to see I'm writing about.

It's really no big deal; I would imagine this has happened to most people at some point in their life.............

It was while we were still living in Dallas and used the lake house for weekends.  Chuck had decided to head to the lake on Friday for the weekend and I was staying behind to meet with the realtor on Sunday as we had the house on the market and people coming to look at it.

We had been seeing these pesty little gnats for weeks in the kitchen and couldn't figure out where they were coming from.  I had narrowed it down to the walk-in Pantry (very, very SMALL walk-in pantry, mind you!) and had removed everything that I "thought" might be causing them.  But they were still hanging around bugging us.......  So, Friday afternoon I got, what I thought was a good idea at the time... turns out it wasn't; but ANYWAY, I turned the Pantry light on, stepped inside, shut the door, all in hopes to narrow down where these annoying pesty gnats were coming from.  There was just enough room in the Pantry to turn around.....no walking around.....no squatting down......just able to turn around.....

When I went to open the door after researching the Pantry shelves, I couldn't reach the door knob.  It had this tiny tiny little interior knob which you couldn't reach cause the prior owners had put these shelves up on the door that were SCREWED into the door which blocked the ability to reach the knob.  At first, I thought I was strong enough to bend the shelf bracket, but turns out, I'm a weakling.  Then I had a thought: "What would Lara do??"  Lara Croft, Tomb Raider......I had been playing Tomb Raider like, ALL THE TIME, and was totally addicted to the Lara Croft Tomb Raider games (& yes, I'm aware I'm too old to be playing this....quit judging me!).  I figured I could use some of my "Lara Croft - Tomb Raider" moves that I had been learning......so I stepped back as far as I could, did the coolest Lara kick EVER, but that didn't work.  Tried again.....nope.....I was still a weakling (although I ROCKED at Lara Croft Tomb Raider Game....ROCKED folks!!!).......and I think it was about this time that I started hyperventilating.......The air started getting thinner, hotter and the gnats were driving me crazy. 

I started wondering how long it would be before anyone missed me.......hummmm.....Chuck was at the lake and would probably call, but not be terribly worried if he couldn't reach me.....after all, besides being the Lara Croft Tomb Raider Queen, I was also the Welcome Wagon Lady of our Woodbridge neighborhood and was pretty much a "busy body" around the block (before you judge me.....that's the "job" of a Welcome Wagon Lady........so there!); the realtor wasn't going to be there until Sunday and everyone else around the neighborhood thought I was at the lake!

Soooooo.......I concluded it was going to be a long, long time before I was missed.  I think I "might" have started crying about this time, not sure about that though,  and then after what seemed like 2 days but was actually only 3 hours, the gnats and I started working together on a solution.  I located a flat-head nail in the wall of the pantry that we used to hang stuff from; wiggled it out and used the flat head side to "unscrew" the shelf from the door.......WHALA.......the shelf came off and I opened the door!!

AIR!  It never felt so good...........and those pesty gnats??  They were now my friends....

And that, my friends, is the end of this story.  Sissy, you can send me CASH tomorrow for telling this embarrassing story.........

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Callie Can Hear Again!!

April 22, 2010



Our dear, sweet, blue-eyed 15 year old Pound-dog, Callie can finally hear again; after years of being deaf and unable to hear a thing, she is finally able to hear perfectly!  Also, that tumor growing on her side; gone!  What took years to grow, took only minutes to go away........

You see, Callie went to the Rainbow Bridge today......

We had been struggling with the decision to put her to sleep for some time now; she was totally deaf, getting harder and harder to wake up and had a tumor on her side and on her eye.  One day would be good; the next not so good........I've never had to make this decision before; my pet has always made it for me.   As we lifted all 25 pounds of her into the car today and headed to the vet, we couldn't help but remember that ride home from the pound 12 years ago with our new 3 year old dog, Callie.  Chuck and I spent weeks going from Pound to Pound looking for that "perfect" dog when we ran across Callie.   She was bigger than we had wanted and had a few insecurity issues, but when the Pound said she had been found tied to a tree in a park somewhere in Dallas; had been at the Pound the maximum amount of time  and was scheduled to be euthanized the next morning at 6:00, there was no question she was ours and we were hers.

Callie filled a void in our lives and was a very special dog with the most beautiful blue eyes you've ever seen.  She formed a strong bond with Chuck's aging Dad and spent many, many weekends providing company for him, and he to her, until his death several years ago.  She had a knack for irritating the little neighbor dog, Whitney, just by her presence, and Murphy never ever missed an 8:30 pm reminder to Callie to go outside by barking and hitting her face with his paw as she slept.  She didn't know she needed to go outside, but Murphy sure thought she did.

Callie will be missed.  She had a good life here at the lake and the freedom to roam the road with Kruger the 1-Claw Cat.....they were "Best" friends......and I know Murphy and Kruger are going to be lost without her; just as we will be......

My heart hurts, not just for us, but for the person who tied this sweet dog to a tree 12 years ago and missed those many years of love she gave.........

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Anniversary = Friends........

April 20, 2010


WHOO HOOO.......THANKS to our wonderful neighbors for helping us celebrate our Anniversary today!!  Troy and Becky took us out to dinner and while there, Kris and Steve, Ashley, Aaron and Dylan used their artistic abilities and "postered" our front door......FABULOUS!!

Spent most of the day on the motorcycle, enjoying this beautiful weather and seeing God's fingerprint all over the Spring countryside.......Doesn't get better than this........

My Junior Bridesmaid.........Sordof

April 19, 2010



Want to hear about a super special family member of mine??   Thought so.......

But before I do, you need to know that my family are all "shuttering" right now wondering if this Blog is about them......I just love freaking them out like that.......So, I'll end the suspense and let you know this Blog is about my very special nephew, Lance Calloway.


Are you ready to meet the most handsome guy in the Calloway family??  (No offense, James......)


Lance is my brother, James' only son; the only male in the entire family to carry on the Calloway name;  very tall, very muscular, very handsome and the best part of Lance is that he is so very "tender hearted".  He just recently graduated from Midwestern State University in December with a degree in Business and is preparing to join the Marines in the Fall.  I'll tell ya "why" I'm blogging about this dude in a minute, but first, let me share a little about my Lance......

Lance is an only child..........He and I secured our nephew/aunt bond when he was still real little.....actually, he was in my wedding prior to his being born......his Mom was a bridesmaid at my wedding and about 5 months pregnant with him at the time,  so I guess you could say he was a "Jr. Bridesmaid" at my wedding.....hummmm.......never thought of that before.  Lance was never one of those wimpy little munchkins growing up.....he's always had a football sized body and a STADIUM sized heart!  And he was a funny kid......especially loved it when his little private school would make him do stuff like square dance!  The whole family would show up to watch him drag that poor tiny little girl around in circles....to "do-si-do".....We still torture him with the video's......  And that little thing he used to do with his mouth when he knew we were watching him and he was self-conscience......I loved that!!  Oh, the stories I could tell.............

He excelled in school, football and family......pretty much everything he chose to do, he did well.  He's disciplined, works hard and for these reasons, he is being awarded tomorrow with the National Football Foundation Gridiron Club of Dallas award.  This is only awarded to 10 (ya, you heard me right; 10!!) scholar-athletes from the entire region at the collegiate level for their combined achievements as students, athletes and leaders in their communities.  This is BIG folks!  He will be honored at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington with that evil Mr. Jerry Jones in attendance.  Lucky for Mr. Jones, it's my anniversary tomorrow and I won't be available to torture him........



So as you can see, he's quite a special guy and I'm one very, VERY proud aunt!  To sum him up, I'd have to say this:  He's quiet like his Dad, smart like his Mom, sensitive like his Grandma, inquisitive like his Grandpa, bold and sweet like his Aunt Debbie, funny like his cousin Jacque and, of course, flat out adorable like his Aunt Liz........





Congrat's Lance, and know that We Love You Very Very Much and couldn't be more Proud Of You!!!

(Would you mind tripping Jerry Jones for me, please??  Pretty Please??  I'll give you $10........$20??)

Friday, April 2, 2010

And How Was Your April Fools Day.....??

Friday, April 2, 2010


Charlie and I are infamous for playing April Fools jokes......our families won't even take our calls on April 1.....we've played some doozies over the years and they've learned to avoid all correspondence from us......but it doesn't stop us from trying!

So, on the morning of April 1, I received a text from my neighbor, Kris, reminding me it was April 1st and not to forget to play the joke on her husband that we had planned on doing.  So, as I sent Charlie down the street to "fool" her husband Steve,  I contemplated on how to "fool" my own family on this special day; afterall, it's the only day all year where its "legal" to lie........

So, as I headed out to Bible Study (ya ya ya, no comments please), it came to me.....I texted my whole family telling them my brother had won the lottery.  I decided I better let him know so he could "play along" too when he talked with them, so I called him and told him what I'd done.  There was this brief silence on the other end of the phone and then........are you ready for this...........he notified me it was March 31.  I don't remember how long I argued with him that it couldn't be March 31, that it was April 1, but I was doing the old knuckle trick trying to determine if March had 30 or 31 days in it.......and sure enough, March landed on a knuckle and thus had 31 days.  UGHHHHHH.....It was about this time, I pulled into the parking lot of the church and the response texts started coming in......first from Sarah.....who has had the least amount of time around Charlie & me thus not realizing she was suppose to avoid us this time of year.....she bought it hook, line and sinker (sorry about that, Sarah.....love ya!); then the nephew responded with "LIAR"; and the texts just kept coming in........

Since it wasn't April 1 afterall, I did have to pray for forgiveness for lying, so it was a good thing I was headed to church at the time, huh?!

Anyway, when I first saw this attached video, I thought surely this dude was playing an April Fools joke, but unfortunately, it was just one of our  typical Democratic representatives......I'm sure most of you have seen this already, but if you haven't, YOU REALLY NEED TO SEE THIS......It's scary, unbelievable, and its NOT an April Fools joke.  The guy is either stoned or.............or ............stoned.

In all fairness, he later explained (after 800,000 hits on YouTube) that he was referring to the "eco system" and didn't "really" think that Guam was going to tip over.  Uhhhh, okay.......but like I told Charlie tonight, I wish he would hurry up and finish that HUGE book he's reading every night in bed, cause I'm truly afraid the bed is going to "tip over" and "capsize".......