Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Time to get a little Weird.

"The person of the house gave a weird little laugh"
~Charles Dickens

"There is a weird power in a spoken word"
~Joseph Conrad

"The probability of meeting someone you know increases greatly when you are out with someone you do not want to be seen with." ~weird facts


Weird Laws!

1-]- In England-
Those wishing to use a television must apply for a license. ~ This would not be a problem for me.. I don't think I would bother to apply.. it is weird though.. the idea that they want you to fill out an application.. what kind of weird questions are on there.. I personally think this is some weird way for the government to make some extra money.. I mean it is really a weird concept.. I wonder if they have a TV usage inspector? Wouldn't it be weird to be charged for watching TV without a license...can't you just here big Willy the cell mate laugh when you tell him to leave you alone you were watching Television without a license

2-]- In Florida- If an elephant is left tied to a parking meter, the parking fee has to be paid just as it would for a vehicle. ~ How weird is this law? The last time I was in Florida it was filled with wrinkled old retired people.. Are they driving their elephants to the shopping mall where they do their mall walking exercises.. Another law designed to make money.. I say if some old geezer has brass enough to ride his elephant uptown.. let him tie it where ever he wants too... next thing you know they will want you to carry poop scoops and baggies for your elephant too.. On the other hand I might be weird enough to go to Florida some day and I would be ticked off if I couldn't find a parking space for elephants tied to all the parking meters.. would it be too weird if I squeezed in there between the elephant and the curb.. then they could pay for my parking..

3-]-In Louisiana-It is illegal to rob a bank and then shoot at the bank teller with a water pistol.
~ OK how many times has this weird thing occurred? Did some weirdo have to prove he was the man by shooting the teller with the weird water pistol he just robbed her with.. I promise you that that weird thing would only happen to me once.. I would jump on that weirdo and kick his butt into the middle of next week.. he wouldn't want to rob any more banks with a water gun.. I am getting mad just thinking bout it.. where is that weirdo?.. I'll kick his but right now! Then I'll take him over to Miami and tie him right behind my elephant...

Weird Questions!

1~] ~ Do you remember your first phone number? Have you called it recently?- This is weird and even weirder that I remember our old phone number from when I was a child.. it was 259-5677.. I called it tonight.. after I read the questions.. I got some weird old guy that kept saying I was Sheena.. and that I should quit playing.. I almost got weird right back and play along with him.. But then he started talking about weird stuff and I hung up on him.. I am glad I have a private number.. wouldn't it be weird for some old guy to start calling me all the time?

2~] ~We go to an ice cream shop for a dish of ice cream . You are buying and I say "surprise me"... what kind of ice cream am I going to get? ~This is weird because this very thing happened to me in New Mexico.. They called it gelato but it seemed like ice cream to me.. I told Anthony to surprise me.. and he brought me a small dish of something that looked like Strawberry Ice cream.. I tasted it and it was wonderful.. sweet and full of strawberries.. then the heat hit my tongue and I took a gulp of my hot coffee to cool it down.. my weird son had bought me strawberry habanero gelato.. I loved it.. every time we went there I ordered it again.. the first bite was weird because I wasn't expecting the heat.. But I actually love hot food and weird as it may sound hot ice cream is good! On the other hand.. I would never be weird and get that for you.. I'd get you vanilla if you didn't say what you wanted..

3~] ~
With Halloween on the way a bunch of us are going to spend the night at a reportedly haunted location, are you going with us?~ Who told you this place was haunted?..someone I know or just some weirdo?... is it a bridge or a rail road track with a weird story about flashing your lights and seeing a headless person? Those weird stories aren't real.. Is it a house with weird sounds and sparkling spirits that move around in the darkness? Sure I'll go.. I'm not afraid of boogers.. In fact for some weird reason ghosts like me.. they open and close doors at my house all the time.. they ring wind chimes that have no breeze anywhere around them.. Maybe with a weirdo like me around the boogers really will come out so that all you people can get a look at them too.. But don't blame me when you get the bejesus scared out of you.. You're gonna feel weird riding home with shyster in your pants.. ( My daddy rarely cursed.. shyster was his word..
I don't think you have to be very weird to know what it means..)

4~]~ Has anyone ever wrote your name in a phone booth to call for a good time? Was it you? ~ No One ever called me for a good time.. well, there was this one guy.. but that was so long ago I almost forget his name.. he was a weirdo anyway.. It is weird though that someone once wrote my oldest sisters name in a phone booth up town and guys started calling her saying weird stuff.. she being the Church choir director didn't even understand what they were saying at first.. then she got all upset and wrote mama a note telling her what the man had said.. mama was weird too and said that Sis should tell them to call her mama.. I bet that would have been a weird phone call for the poor guy.. My Mom would have told him off.. I did write my own name on a bathroom wall at the beach one time when I was about fourteen.. If I got any weird calls Mama or Daddy answered the phone and since I didn't get a whipping I'm gonna say no weirdo's called.. It was only later that I realized that in order to be called I should have written it in the men's room... Maybe I can still be weird and have Dave write it for me next time we go to the beach.. Maybe I'll be really weird and give them YOUR number?!

5-]~Have you ever gotten a wrong number.. sexual call and ended up talking to the person for longer than 5 minutes before you confessed that they had the wrong number? ~What is this.. weird phone calling night? I guess you could say that tonight when I got weird and called my old number was a wrong number.. and he sure was getting frisky thinking I was Sheena.. He kept saying I should quit playing like I didn't know what he liked.. That was weird.. he wanted to know who was my Daddy.. and a few other weird things.. then he said when Sheena got home Daddy was gonna spank her for being naughty and pretending she wasn't her.. that was about ten minutes into the conversation.. so yea I reckon I have talked more than five minutes to a weirdo with a wrong number.. What really makes it weird.. is that I told him that was my phone number when I was a kid... I just wondered if someone had it today..
He immediately got all weird and wild and said.. "Sheena Daddy ain't gonna play no weird games now baby.. you know what I like... go on and say it to me baby.." Yea It was weird.. I won't ever be calling that number again.. it makes me feel weird and nasty just thinking about it..

That's all of the weird questions for tonight.. I feel kinda weird that there wasn't a real sexual question in this lot.. But they were all weird as always.. Have a great weird Wednesday!

Q&A : The Photographic Interview

"When you crop the photo, you tell a lie." ~ Doug Coupland

"A photo is a creation. " ~ Eva Herzigova

"Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter."
~Ansel Adams Has been running some new and different Photo challenges.. The brains and the brawn behind the sight is Tracey a 28 year old wife and Mother of two from Sydney Australia.. she says that the projects is her labor of love.. her own special way of bringing photography to people, and people to photography... Thanks Tracey for all the hard work you put forth for the ones of us who visit your Sight!!

1. What is the first thing you see in the morning? ~ Did Y'all really want to see a picture of the back of Dave's head? I thought not! I am pretty much blind till I have had a cup of coffee anyway....
The first thing I really see every morning is my chickens... I always have coffee in the chicken garden.. I know you think it smells bad but I have herbs and blooming plants planted in containers in all of the paths between the different pens.. It's a great place to watch the sunrise with coffee and sometimes a friend...

2. The biggest thing to happen to you recently/soon? ~ Someone .. gave me a pig... I have only rarely had the gift of a living breathing thing!.. I love animals.. I am tickled me to death with my new gift.. I love her.. Pork Chop.. she is still a little skittish around people.. but yesterday she took some pea hulls from my hand and today she let me scratch her hiney.. I happen to know that pigs love to be scratched..I'll win her over by scratching her back..

3. Your best mirror shot.. Let me tell you .. there are no good mirror shots when it comes to me.. I rarely look at myself in the mirror and My daughter almost fell over when she realized I had actually made a photo in the mirror for this blog thing..

4. The person that you see the most in a week ~ That poor over -burdened soul would be Dave.. I sometimes think we see too much of each other..Maybe tomorrow every time I walk passed him I'll close my eyes..I will have him close his too...

5. Your favorite shoes.. I really hate shoes..
I do wear flip flops when I have to.. or when I can get away with it.. I have them in all colors...

6. Your favorite meal.. I love Grits and eggs.. I prefer the eggs fresh from the hen too.. I also love a sliced tomato along with my meal of grits and eggs.. I will take bacon or ham or even sausage if it's there and cooked but I can make a meal off of grits and eggs..

7. The color of your eyes.. People always comment on my eyes.. to me they are just eyes and lately they are old eyes at best.. They are Blue.. Blue.. Blue..
My eyes are blue...

8. Your favorite place to be on a Friday night.. My favorite place to be every night is at my own home.. I love to sit outside under the car port/patio/gathering space in my hanging swing chair and swing as I listen to the sounds of nature..
I guess I am odd to some people.. I like home better than anywhere else!

I have managed to get a photo for the answer of each question..
Please visit to check out their newest project ideas. I can think of a few people right now who love taking pictures and who would enjoy the projects.. I won't name you since I know... you know who you are!! Now I'm going to swing in the cool night air!
I hope you enjoy some small glimpses into my world!
Have a great Night..

Noisy is not a friend of Mine!

"Well, I'm about as tall as a shotgun, and just as noisy. " ~ Truman Capote

"If you're quiet, you're not living. You've got to be noisy and colorful and lively.
~ Mel Brooks

"Nothing makes you more tolerant of a neighbor's noisy party than being there."
~ Franklin P. Jones

The Lens Day Challenge for this week is Noisy.

Kids are noisy!
Hi Kirstin! Are you being Noisy?

Bowling Alleys are always noisy.. the balls slamming into the pins.. The Yahoo's!! and Strike!!
and all the other loud yells of the bowlers.. I guess I am an Old fuddy duddy... I don't like "noisy"! I like peace and quiet.. When my kids were small I am sure they were noisy.. I used to plan parties with wild and wacky games that were sure to make the atmosphere "NOISY"!
I have video tape of Dave and I and the drove of kids we had combined.. NOISY!! We were a loud bunch.. Someone always laughing.. squealing or screaming .. running and jumping around.. We once had a Halloween party with over a hundred Guests all of them kids.. Can you imagine all those little dragons and werewolves doing the monster mash.. Let me tell you .. it was Noisy!
Now I do my best to avoid noisy places like the mall and children's parties and the school.. noises snake down my spine and give me the willies... noises get on my very last nerve and make me mean and ugly... I could never be a teacher in a place filled with hundreds of kids Noisy would become a way of life... I am Old.. I am cranky.. I do not "DO" Noisy! Have a great day!

Friday, September 25, 2009

What a Week!

“The phoenix hope, can wing her way through the desert skies, and still defying fortune's spite; revive from ashes and rise.”~ Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

"That which you create in beauty and goodness and truth lives on for all time to come. Don't spend your life accumulating material objects that will only turn to dust and ashes. "
~ Denis Waitley

"Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and adventures are the shadow truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes and forgotten." ~ Neil Gaima


Weekend Wordsmith
offers the word ashes as the word of this week.. That word was offered by someone else to me as a prompt for a short poem not too long after we fulfilled a promise to my beloved nephew Shane.. The following is my poem from that

Ashes to Ashes

cremations mourners sing
red tailed hawk follows
daisies downstream

Written By: Patricia Sawyer


Friday Frustrations offers us a chance to vent.. I could blow my top and might still have some left over frustrations....I am so grateful that today is Friday and thus ends a long and frustrating week.. I haven't had a week so long and frustrating in a long time.. But even the worst of times move on..and this week really needs to move on!! My Grandma Morris once said "If wishes were horses; everyone who ride!" to which my Daddy replied.. "And if a frog had a glass ass he would only hop one time..." This week I have felt like the frog with the glass ass... I have been lost without my own computer and I feel so bad hat I have lost pictures and stuff again.. I'm a moron.. I downloaded from the camera and kept planning to make a disk.. I had unfinished writing projects on there.. I had unprinted scrapbook pages on there too.. I have kicked myself a million times already.. Someone left me a comment that they would cry if their computer died.. believe me I have cried and cried some more.. I am thankful to My baby girl Em that she recognizes the state of desperation I would be in without a computer at all.. I hate using anything that belongs to someone else.. But still I am thankful she has loaned me her laptop for a few days.. yesterday I made a comment on facebook that if everyone on there gave me a dollar I could get me a brand new jam up and jelly tight Computer. I was shocked when not a living soul offered me a buck.. Oh well.. something will turn up.. I actually had a spare computer but it hasn't been updated in a long long time.. it has no Ethernet port.. it is obsolete.. again I am a moron.. I should have updated the spare as I updated the one I used.. I was a betting person I'd run out right now and spend a dollar for a lottery ticket.. on the other hand with the way my luck has been this week.... when I scratched it off it would say I owed them money! Dave is right now trying to get something.. anything to work.. he has four or five computers with their guts hanging out in the floor of the room we are supposed to be painting... he is trying his very best to build me a Franken-puter!! WHAAAAA!!!! I want mine back with my chicken pictures and all my children dancing around on the screen saver... Tana' and Jenny hopping with a beach ball between their knees!! Dave chased my chickens and posed for three hours and now my stuff is gone! gone! gone!!!! Mama said I was being mean and should be ashamed.. I am... well I'm trying to be.. OK I'm not!! I'm FRUSTRATED!!! I hope you have had a better week than me! I'm trying not to be mean.. but I am not really succeeding very well... Hopefully you will Have a great Night!!

Oh yea and this week's advice for the kids.. Have a back-up.. a back-up plan and a back up computer!! And don't be a moron... put your important stuff on a disk!! Other than that I am too mean tonight to offer any good advice.. except well I love all Y'all bad kids..

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ we go!

1. One week ago _I had my computer and though it was slow it was working__.

2. _I started practicing to be mean __ when I was young.

3. Mama told me _to quit being so mean and to be ashamed_.

4. __Lets cry together_ you and me.

5. Take your time _ building the franken-puter...I'm thinking that won't work_.

6. __This too_ will pass!

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to _eating supper and going to bed and pouting some more_, tomorrow my plans include _Painting a room.. the new pantry_ and Sunday, I want to be over the pouting and quit being mean..(I'd really like to be on a new computer by then but we know that ain't happening!).. I'll try.. but well.. I'll try_!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

It can't get much Weirder!!

"Action is at bottom a swinging and flailing of the arms to regain one's balance and keep afloat. " ~Eric Hoffer

"Every man should view himself as equally balanced: half good and half evil. Likewise, he should see the entire world as half good and half evil.... With a single good deed he will tip the scales for himself, and for the entire world, to the side of good. " ~Moshe ben Maimon

"Strength of character does not consist solely in having powerful feelings, but in maintaining one's balance in spite of them." ~ Carl von Clausewitz


In the city .. sometimes walls don't even look like walls.. This weird wall belongs to a Chapel in Dallas Texas ..

This is a wall of Trams... also in Dallas Texas..


words for today are~ Eclipse ... Languish ... Velocity

Behind the Wall

Willfully erected..obstructing..
emotional velocity halted..
Armor.. imprisoning..
safe and secure.. spiritless..
Layers of pain.. eclipse
and enclose..restricting ..
Languish not behind the wall..
surrender to the magnitude of emotion..
Escape the enchantment of safety..
passions unleashed.. fireworks erupting
Delight in the wonder of Love..
thrill to the sensations of life!
~ rejoice as the bricks tumble..
~ shout as the wall falls....

Written By: Patricia Sawyer


Weird Laws

1:}~ In Mesquite, Texas it is illegal for kids to have unusual haircuts.
~ I kinda understand this law... I think it should also include weird colors like pink and green and even allow parents to make them wear a weird homemade watermelon costume if they color their hair pink and green striped... or a weird alien costume if they decide on blue and silver..All my kids had beautiful hair.. before they discovered the so called art of coloring it weird colors...

2:}~ In Oklahoma, people who make "ugly faces" at dogs may be fined and jailed.
~ Dave is a wonderful man.. until he sees a dog that he wants to "stare down" and acts all weird.. I don't understand what makes him decide to try this every once in a while.. I have seen dogs whimper and whine and crawl away from him.. I have also seen them try to eat him and bark and growl.. with their ears laid back as if they have spotted a weird monster..I hope he remembers this weird law in case we ever find ourselves in Oklahoma.. How weird would it be to go to jail for making "ugly faces" at dogs? I can just see Dave telling that weird fact to the other inmates....

3:}~In Cleveland, Ohio, women are forbidden from wearing patent leather shoes, lest men see reflections of their underwear... OK this law is really weird and stupid.. Don't men in Ohio have better things to do than to stare into women's shoes hoping for a reflection from their drawers? What if they don't wear underwear? Can they then wear patent leather shoes since they wouldn't have an underwear reflection? How weird does a man have to be to try and look at an underwear reflection anyway? They can go into any shopping mall and look at and touch underwear.. Why get a kink in their neck trying to get a reflection from some out of style patent leather shoe?? Next time I go to Ohio I better not catch any weird man trying to see a reflection of my drawers!


Weird Questions!!

1:-} ~You are standing in line (grocery store, bank, etc.), and someone gets in line behind you that stinks. The smell is so bad that people in line in front of you turn around and look at you as if you are the one they smell. Do you cover your nose, hold your breath, breathe through your mouth or just get out of line altogether? ~ It would be weird for me not to look at them and say.. "damn BO .. you stink!" If someone stinks as bad as this weird question says.. then their nose must be broke.. I would have no problem telling the lookers to quit looking at me either.. I am weird in that I don't care what the public thinks of me too much.. I am not holding my breath to stand in some line.. is there another line I can move too? Is this place weird and has only one line? How long is this line? Why would I be weird and breath through my mouth ? Man you can taste smells.. It would be weird to be willing to taste a stink that was too bad too smell..
Maybe I can come back later..

2:-} ~If we were to call your 6Th grade teacher, what would they say about you? ~ That might be a weird phone call since I know a couple of my 6Th grade teachers are dead.. One recently applauded me as I read a poem about Rosa Parks at the Local Black History celebration... and the rest for some weird reason moved away after they taught me.. If you could find them and they are still alive.. they would tell you what a wonderful and smart girl I was.. and they would be weird and say I talked too much in their class.. when report cards came out Daddy always looked at the back of mine first.. That's where they always tattled on me for talking.. I don't know why they were so weird.. I was only trying to help the kids who didn't understand what was going on.. without me they would have fell behind.. then the teacher got all weird and tattled on me..

3:-} ~ What does your sibling do for a living? ~ I wish one of them had some weird and glorious job.. that would serve you right for always being weird and asking nosy questions.. why do you care what my family does for a living? Are you some weird tax person or something? #1-Electrician... #2-Housewife/daycare provider.. #3- electrician.. #4- HP- something to do with power plants and outages.. (call me weird I don't know what he really does..)... #5-Good cop/bad cop- depends on what your weird behind did.. #6-I go here.. I'm a weirdo/ housewife/chicken keeper/quail-raiser and a writer.. #7-special agent to the weird and crazy people watchers/spy/something weird that we can't talk about..( he might be watching you!)..
#8- payroll/book keeper/secretary/employee advocate...are we weird enough for you?

4:-} ~Do you know the names of every member of the family who lives next door to you? ~How weird.. Do you know Janet and Rene' and their sons Jason and Josh?? How weird!! I know the names of the couple who has lived there ever since I moved here.. I know their kids names and the names of their oldest sons wife and their children.. I never met the other son's wife though I know he has one and a child.. I have lived here for 17 years and have been inside their house once.. they have never been inside mine although we often speak if we are all outside at the same time... We are all weird.. in fact the entire neighborhood is weird like that.. I know the names of all of the family members that have been here all along.. I know some of the in-laws ..we live next door to each other .. we are not friends really.. It might sound weird to you.. It works for us.. I think all five of the neighborhood families might be weird just like me.. We once had a family who moved in and lived here for 4 years and I am the only person who ever spoke to them... I gave them veggies from my garden.. They said we were all weirdos when they left.. that lot has stayed vacant .. one of the neighbors bought it so that it would stay vacant.. YES!! I SAID!! WE ARE WEIRD!

5:-} ~If someone said they would pay you ten million dollars to have sex in a mud puddle behind the local funeral parlor.. what would be the first thing you would buy? Why am I surprised that you would ask me something weird like this? Why do they call them funeral Parlors? I think that is a weird name for the place myself.. Has it been raining or are they making a special mud puddle just for the weird event? You ask this weird question as if it is a given that I am accepting this weird offer.. Who am I having sex with? Do I get to choose or is the weird person who will join me already chosen? How will they know if I had sex in the mud puddle? Is some weirdo watching? Am I going to be paid in cash? I will tell you straight up that I am buying a new computer first.. then a new car.. no wait.. Maybe I'll be weird and get a truck instead.. but unless I'm being paid in cash and can bring my own partner.. never mind.. It would be too weird to have sex in a mud puddle with a stranger..

Now that I am done with the weird questions for today.. I have got to tell you that This week has been so weird.. ever since last week really.. Dave's sister was here and we had a great time.. kids in and out.. Mason here for the week-end.. every time I left my computer and came back it was blank.. I was about to decide that for some weird reason someone or even a weird computer booger was deleting all my work.. That would have been weird but I was almost ready think it even so.. Then Monday my computer worked like a charm.. I was proud of it.. I wrote a blog and did some other writing.. I did all my entrecard stuff and played some games...
I went to bed thinking maybe it liked me again.. Then yesterday morning I woke up and came in here to a black screen that when I moved my mouse changed to say only NTSDR(or some letter combo at least) Compressed.. Press ctrl alt del to attempt restart.. What does that weird mess mean??? It means my computer died.. I had a spare but it doesn't run the DSL/ATT software.. wont' and can't because it is older than dirt.. Yes! I am computer-less.. Can you even begin to understand how weird that feels?? Dave has finally got the chance to take mine to the hero's at the saw mill who he thinks can fix and revive even a dead computer.. right now I am praying he is right and fearing that he will be wrong.. I have my eye on one that a friend has to sell.. It won't be brand new but new is out of the question right now.. I am writing this blog on Emily's laptop.. My daughter loves me.. she knows I'll be nuts without my writing.. she has loaned me her own personal computer for a few days..

I have always thought I wanted one of these tiny weird computers .. Now I am not so sure...They are WEIRD!!! They are tiny and everything is glued together.. I can't turn the keyboard to suit my weird taste..or tilt the monitor at some weird angle... The keyboard only has numbers on the top...Yesterday I was scared of it .. I know that is weird but It looks and acts different...I wasn't about to try that little touching box thing.. They hooked me up with a tiny teeny mouse.. That too is weird..but I have almost figured it out.. today I have managed to read my mail and write this blog.. I was scared because all of my widgets and buttons for the different blogs are on my computer and may never be recovered from it.. Even all of my carefully scanned pictures are most likely gone.. How was I going to do a Lensday Post with no Photo's?? Emily had mentioned that she had a lot of pictures on her laptop...hmmmm.. Thanks Em.. I borrowed a few pictures...and made me a folder that I filled with some widgets and buttons and stuff... I guess this tiny little thing isn't so weird after all..

Have a great day!!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Monday! Monday! Monday!

"The main difference between men and women is that men are lunatics and women are idiots."
~ Rebecca West

"A man loses his sense of direction after four drinks; a woman loses hers after four kisses."
~ Henry Louis Mencken

1. When one is unable to find his or her way
Because she was so far behind the pack, she got lost in the forest.

The Moody Monday theme for today is Lost~ get lost ~lost and found
~ lost cause ~lost for words~ lost generation
~ lost sheep ~ Lost Tribes ~ lost wages~ Lost cause
~lost with all hands~ one who hesitates is lost
~ all is not lost!~

~Baby do you have the Map?~

Ummm... Baby.. I think we made
a wrong turn! This doesn't look like home!
I do believe we are Lost!!



Little by little befuddled
Overwhelmed; off track or muddled
Scatterbrained; astray and puzzled
Tapped out; tore up or bumfuzzled

Written By: Patricia sawyer


Ah! It is Monday.. Mondays are usually long and boring days.. We had a good week-end visiting with Dave's sister Donna.. Mason came for the week-end and Emily and Luke were in and out a few times with Kirsten.. Busy! Busy! Busy! We started a remodeling project today and I scanned some pictures.. Like I said.. long and boring.. Just another Monday! I searched everywhere for a picture to represent lost before I remembered these two from my first trip to New Mexico.. I had a few that showed people in the woods.. I knew they weren't lost though... They were way to happy to be lost.. I Loved watching the Prairie Dogs shown in the above Photo's.. I am sure that the creatures were loved and well cared for by the folks who own and the visitors at the store where they live in a special habitat.. I am also sure they knew it wasn't their home sweet home in the grasslands... Of course all is not lost.. they seemed to be doing quiet well in their new home.. They were fat and sassy.. Mason, Maya and I all begged to buy cabbage to feed them.. When we walked away they each had their own huge leaf ... munching away.. I could have gotten lost in the store.. It was huge and had great fountains and planters and everything one could imagine.. from craft items to toys and everything in between I really think they had it all.. We strolled around looking at all the great items and watching artisans from glass blowers to gourd carvers at work..If you ever get the chance you should definitely visit the Jackalope store.. I have spent most of this moody Monday thinking about the great time I had there..
Lost in thought I guess... today passed quicker than a normal Monday for me.. I hope you have a great Moody Monday!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Three things for Thursday!

“If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down.” ~ Mary Pickford

“Waste not fresh tears over old griefs” ~ Euripides

“Love and eggs are best when they are fresh” ~ Russian Proverb

# 1~} Thursday Challenge~ today's word FRESH!

(Today's Fresh eggs with Garden Fresh veggies!)

# 2~} Thankful Thursday! ~ I find that I have so many things to be thankful for.. I feel that I am guilty of overlooking things that should be considered blessings... Today I am thankful for good friends...a big family.... and fresh ideas... ( not to mention the aforementioned...fresh eggs!)

# 3 ~} a poem
~ a little on the dark side~
from a word list ~ spattering; pallid
; masquerades; quench;
veiled; bound; warily; shadow; wolf; mask; betrayed; emotion;
strobe; perfumed; somber~ There was no name attached to this list
and the person stated that they would like to remain anonymous....
Thank you for the list and I hope you like what I did with your words...

Homeward Bound

powdered and perfumed
she awaited darkness warily
resting on the lonely bench
not a single emotion betrayed
her lost future reflected
only by the shadow of time
the careful spattering
of ruby on pallid cheeks
sunset settled silently
into the nights chilly air
searching for the next fix
to quench his raging thirst
a wolf in banker's mask
drives a Mercedes to her fate
perfect teeth flash a wicked smile
in a single strobe of light
songbirds sing a somber song
as she masquerades innocence
she was found in sweet September
abandoned unmercifully by the smile
broken dreams and promises
veiled by millions of sticky scarlet leaves
released at last from addictions grasp
the runaway heads home.....

written by: Patricia Sawyer

Thanks to everyone who stopped by my blog today.. I have shared three things with you that I hope you have enjoyed.. Take a fresh look around your world today.. breath some fresh air.. do you need a fresh start? Would you like to share some fresh Ideas? any comments welcomed.. Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

A Picture or two to Share ! ~ Some words for you to Ponder!

" A Photograph is a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art. It is a little better than the work of an Apache, but not quite so good as that of a Cheyenne." ~ Ambrose Bierce

"Photography helps people to see." ~ Abbott Berenice

"I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train." ~ Oscar Wilde

winter sniffles
snow falls in thick drifts
whitening our green landscape
I need a hanky

written by: Patricia sawyer

crocodile tears

hanky to dry eye
I join the thick drift
mourning my foe's death

Written By: Patricia Sawyer


The Children..
front row.. Mary.. Me and Trudy on the right..
Back row.. Jimmy.. Frank.. and David holding Reuben..
I'm the cutey in the middle with the lace on my dress..They all seem to be in winter clothes except for me.. what's up with that? This seems to be a pattern in every family photo forever.. I never match! .. I love the old Photo's.. Wow no Martha.. can I fix that..??

Ah there she is and an older Reuben too..

I have so many photo's I love going through them and choosing what I want to share... I do have photo's of places and sometimes I might even share a few of them.. I really love people pictures though.. even tonight 35 years later I can see Martha hold out her hands and Say.."Me don't know!" I love my family.. Have a wonderful Night!

Welcome to a Busy Wednesday!

"As I said, men value their independence in a weird way, above practically everything."
~ George Weinberg

"As soon as someone like me or David Lynch pops up everyone says hallelujah, how weird."
~ Robyn Hitchcock

"Guilt is a weird thing to me. I don't have a lot of it. " ~ Andy Dick

Weird Laws~ 1:) in Florida~ Single, divorced, or widowed women may not parachute on Sunday afternoons! I am going to guess that a married woman can so I ask what's up with that? 2:) also in Florida~ sexual relations with a porcupine is illegal.. so I ask ..who is breaking this weird law.. Those women who can't parachute? 3:) in Kansas ~In Natoma, it is illegal to throw a knife at anyone wearing a striped shirt. Are we to assume that if I wear a plain shirt... solid in color that I may have knives thrown at me? Who would throw knives at another person unless they are in some weird circus act?

~Maybe I'll just stay out of Kansas and go to Florida instead.. I never like porcupines and I don't plan to parachute on any day..let alone on Sunday afternoon.


Weird Questions!

1:}~ Have you ever been on a rooftop of a building? - I do find this to be a weird question.. why do you care if I climbed up on top of a building? Is there some weird law that says I can't..Once I hear a ruckus coming fro m my neighbors yard and because he had a tall board fence I couldn't sneak around and see what was going on.. I tried to get up high enough and stand on a stack of stuff.. Finally my son said.. "you can see over there from the top of the car port.. Me and Dave climbed up there and kept watch as we called the police.. The man was drunk and trying to fight his own self.. He even pulled a gun and kept yelling I'll shoot I'll shoot at himself.. He was that weird kind of drunk when you think you are whole room full of people.. and you're the boss.. where somebody is gonna get an butt kicking and you're the only person there.. I personally have never been that drunk.. It is way too weird.. But I have seen others that drunk.. so I'm not sure if the carport counts.. but if it does then I have been on top of a building..

2:}~ Would you rather be stung by a scorpion or bit by a snake? (Don't say one wants to be in pain, that's the point. Pick one.) I have already been snake bit.. twice.. Once way back when I lived in Allendale me and Trudy was going to dig us up a rose bush from a vacant house.. Don't be weird.. I know what you are thinking.. WE did NOT steal them I called the owner and she said we could get them.. I thought an ant bit me.. the next morning I was sicker than a dog.. went to the doctor and he saw my swollen hand.. he said it was a baby rattler that got me with one fang.. I had to take shots back then I think they have pills now though.. Oh Lord I was one sick woman for a few days.. But I made it through.. then Two or three years ago I was digging in the yard and dug one up with my hand... He got me on the back of my hand.. I knew he was a water snake but I wasn't sure rather it was poisonous or not.. I put him in a fish tank and fed him small guppy type fish every day.. he had a great aquarium pen with a screen top.. a heated rock and his own private pond ...stocked with fresh minnows every morning.. It was weird the way he ate so much but he kept getting thinner and thinner.. finally he just dried up and died.. I guess I have a weird body chemistry or something.. I killed the snake.. How mean does one have to be to poison a snake??

3:}~ When was the last time you....
- had sex?- You know better than this weird question.. I haven't today yet.. I hate these questions.. you should get some excitement in your life then you want be so worried about when I had sex.. Quit being weird!
- swam in a lake?- That has been a few years but I did swim in the ocean this summer till that turd floated right by me and that marine was there laughing him and his girlfriend.. yuck.. I was ticked off... some weird and crazy person pooped in the beach.. Nasty! I may never swim in Public water again..
- went barefoot outside?-I do that all the time.. I have weird feet .. they hate shoes..I did that today and then again tonight with my friends here... we had a pop up night before wedding party at my house.. It was weird a little bit.. Me and some friends and the bride to be hung out for a while.. we laughed and Talked .. Yea we were weird.. we tried to give the bride some wedding night advice but she said us old ladies were weird in ways she didn't want to know.. They ate pound cake and swore I am the best pound cake cooker..
- ate peas? I ate some peas a few weeks ago.. I have a bunch of peas in my garden almost ready to pick.. Then I will eat way too many fresh peas.. I love them and am waiting for them to be ready to pick.. I am weird I reckon but veggies are my favorite food.. I even heard a recipe for making fake sausage patties from field peas..I know it sounds weird.. when I try it I'll let you know if it was good or not.. you know I am weird and will be bound to try the recipe..
What kind of weird multi question is this? I want some of whatever the writer of this was drinking..

Tonight has been weird but good I had a couple of friends stop by and we had a night before the wedding bachelorette party.. we mostly just laughed and talked.. My house is weird but fun.. they marveled at my chickens I have a few weird breeds like the top hats with Afros and all the weird plants and stuff in my yard.. angels and wooden men.. giant saw blade tables.. and weird stuff.. It's my house and my yard did you expect anything less than weird?

I hope you have had a laugh tonight with my weird Wednesday post... I am running a little late.. weird how time flies when you are having a party.. Have a wonderfully weird and wild night!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Tuesday and What is this? Two things? Cool!

"Good advice is always certain to be ignored, but that's no reason not to give it."

"The happy people are failures because they are on such good terms with themselves that they don't give a damn."

"It is completely unimportant. That is why it is so interesting!"
All from Agatha Christie, ( born on this day- September 15Th) ~ 1890 - 1976

Today's Ten on Tuesday theme is things you think are cool.. I haven't tried this Meem before but I liked a lot of the past themes and thought to give it a try as something new and surprising for my faithful readers and I guess I am stubborn as well and will continue to put more than one thing a day on my blog..

Ten things I think are cool!

1-) antique school books...they are called primers.... I have a few from a one room school house.. some of the math problems deal with buckets of coal and cords of wood.. I love them..

2-) dolls.. I will always think they are cool..

3-) shot glasses... if I had drank a shot for all the glasses I have... I'd still be drunk.. I love them though..Dave and I share a collection of them.. someday I'd like to have them from all over the world.. wanna send me one?

4-) chickens.. I love my chickens and your chickens and metal chickens and glass chickens..and any chickens..

5-) coloring... I have loved to color for so long.. I always bought myself a coloring book when I bought one for my kids.. I don't like the fancy Barbie or other toy generated ones though.. I like the old timey big thick ones.. I even use the pictures for other projects like wood crafting or quilting..

6-) the ocean.. there isn't much that I find cooler than the sea.. I can sit in the sun for hours on a deserted beach and just watch and listen to the waves roll in.. a peanut-butter sandwich and a bottle of water.. and the peaceful sound of the ocean..

7-) blogging.. I wasn't sure I could do it.. I hoped and prayed I could.. I have been here a while now.. I am proud of my blog.. sometimes I don't do it like some people think I should.. I love other peoples blogs as much as I love mine... blogging is really way up there on my cool list right now!!

8-) writing.. I was a writer once.. a published writer in fact.. I have magazines and newspapers locked away safely to prove it.. then I quit.. I had other stuff going on... way too much other stuff..important stuff.. and writing slipped away.. I thought about it everyday and wrote poems and stories in my mind sometimes... I told stories to my kids and my siblings kids and the neighbors kids.. and my friends.. then one day I was sitting and a poem just rolled out of my mind.. I write everyday now.. something.. a poem.. a story..I am a writer.. writing is cool.. does that make me cool?

9-) Facebook.. I love being able to search for and to find people that I haven't seen in a while.. I have recently found a couple of folks from a long long time ago... also I connect with my kids and my grand-daughter there.. I can look at their pictures and be a nosy Mom.. and talk to high school friends and plant a garden and live on an island and play games and own a monkey.. How cool is that?

10-) Life.... life has not always been cool for me.. sometimes .. many times in fact it has been down right tough.. I am at a place with in my own self that I know my life has a purpose.. a plan.. God didn't make any junk!.. I will never be rich.. or skinny.. or drive a fancy car.. but I love my family and my friends .. and life is still the coolest thing I know!


What is it???

I know Y'all would be disappointed if I didn't have a something or other for you to guess on here today.. I think I have people who come just to guess once a week.. I get comments here.. (Not as many as I'd like!) ... and comments on face book and emails and even sometimes a phone call about the what is it posts.. I have gotten calls from people who say just tell them.. and text messages saying it isn't fair that they think they know so if I'll just tell them and they were right.... I even once had a person who accidentally figured out a way to cheat.. of course she then told me and I fixed that right away.. Thanks PJ!.. so now.. take a look at this thing I found.. What in the world is it?

What on earth do you use it for? Dave and I found it

waiting for me at the recycling center.. Yes I do know that it was thrown away.. I also now know that it is an expensive item to buy.. I didn't have one.. now I do.. mine was free.. Standing there looking at it we wondered what is was.. I thought it was a tiki torch thingy.. Dave thought is was the springs out of something and that I was making him bring home junk you know what it really is? We sat it one the table and looked it over while we ate lunch together.. we discussed it while we fed the chickens and dogs.. Our son David and his new girlfriend~ Tonya~ came by.. we showed it them but they were clueless.. then like a lightening bolt I had an idea and Dave being a good sport helped me try some things out.. they worked.. But to be fair I couldn't just say it was something because I thought it.. Do you have an idea of what this strange looking thing is? I do.. I searched and searched.. I am a smart person.. it is exactly what I thought.. Do you have an idea? Please leave me a comment if you know what it is.. make a guess.. you might be right! Check back tomorrow and I'll have an update to let you know what this item is... Someone out there knows and maybe today that someone is YOU!! Have a wonderful Day!

Update~ This strange looking group of springs really is a 6 Bottle Wine tree.. I tried to get Dave to go buy me six expensive bottles of wine but he said not today.... so I had to show you with just some antique bottles I have been saving... Two people guessed right this week.. Lin from over at Duck and Wheel with String and my youngest sister Martha! Thanks to everyone who played my guessing game this week...

Monday, September 14, 2009

Moody Monday!

"Spending is quick; earning is slow" ~ Russian Proverb

“Be slow of tongue and quick of eye” ~ Miquel de Cervantes Saavedra

"Be slow to fall i
nto friendship, but when thou art in continue firm and constant." ~ Socrates

Today's Moody Monday theme is SLOW!

1. Taking a long time to move or go a short distance, or to perform an action; not quick in motion; proceeding at a low speed.
2. Not happening in a short time; spread over a comparatively long time.
These changes in the heavens, though slow, produced Like change on sea and land, sidereal blast. — Milton
3. Of reduced intellectual capacity; not quick to comprehend.
John is very slow; he is ten seconds behind everybody else when it comes to math.
4. Not hasty; not precipitate; lacking in promptness; acting with deliberation.
He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding. — Prov. xiv. 29.
5. Behind in time; indicating a time earlier than the true time.
That clock is slow.
6. Lacking spirit; deficient in liveliness or briskness.

I could post so many things for slow.. I have so many pictures for slow..
I can't decide so Y'all know I'm going to have a blog full of photo's don't
y'all.. Take it slow.. take a few quiet minutes and enjoy visiting some scenes
of slowness from my life..I have always loved the slow times.. the moments
that we share so peacefully with others..

Slow ride! .. mama said :" watch out for Reuben"..
I would say slow down slow down don't you fall!

Slow Walk.. Emily was sick for so so long...

she was slow as Christmas.. But Cooper walked

along beside her and let her hold his hand..

(most of the time at least!)

Slow down.. Reuben, you are supposed to light

the candles before you bite the cake.. My Mom

and my Brother Reuben.. March 1970

Play it real slow... My oldest son, Anthony, and his oldest, Mason,

slowly playing music on the strange handmade instruments

at the Children's Museum in New Mexico.. July 2006

Why am I way back here and they are way up there??
Do you think I might be slow??? Maybe it was because
they don't have iced tea there.. Or grits... I was a smoker
then and was perished for country cooking and good iced tea...
and they are all young and fast.. I was looking at all the stuff..
I didn't want to rush and spill my lavender lemonade...
The shade was calling me!!
OK !OK! I'm old and I guess I am slow!!!
Have a great day!

~ SLOW ~

Sluggish and settled
or softened with age
Low speed and laid back
a lagging old sage
Overdue and overwhelmed
out of order and old
Wound down and weary
but her heart is pure gold

Written By: Patricia Sawyer,

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Early Saturday Morning!

Write without pay until somebody offers to pay” ~ Mark Twain

“Writing is thinking on paper.” ~ William Zinsser

"All of us learn to write in the second grade. Most of us go on to greater things." ~ Bobby Knight

Good Morning friends.. I won't hold you here long.. just a quick hello and a post for Weekend Wordsmith.. I had a hard time thinking of a way to write about Pallid.. I know what it means.. pale and washed out.. wan.. like the face of a very sick person.. or maybe a frightened child.. sometimes it isn't enough to know what a word means.. sometimes you have to know what it feels like too.. I know someone out there is scratching his or her head and saying.. "well there she goes with that crazy talk again.." But I have felt shaken and weak.. pale many times after a fright or after a nightmare.. Let me know what you think of my offering for the weekend wordsmith word Pallid.. ( it is acrostic as well.. Pallid spelled down the left side!)
Have a great day!

A Nightmare

pale moon rises in vermilion skies
ashes and screams erupt from the pyre
lusterless eyes beseech me to join their throng
lifeless hands stretch forth from the fire
imploring me to cast off my innocence
daylight rips me from the delusion ~ pallid and afraid

written By: Patricia Sawyer

Friday, September 11, 2009

Finally on Friday!

Friday fill in #141 we go!

1. That's a _super exciting place _ to be.

2. Hey baby!_; I'm over here! In the meat department!

3. The possibilities include: _chicken; steak; pork-chops; all with salad and bread..._.

4. Home-made vegetable soup_ is one of my favorite cool day recipes.

5. How will you know __when you have stood all you can stand?_.

6. A warm fire ~ a good book~_ and a stormy sky.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to _writing a blog_, tomorrow my plans include working on Dave's shed_ and maybe go to the flea market_ and Sunday, I want to _rest and get prepared for next week.._!

How did it become Friday Already?

"Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they're going to catch you in next." ~Franklin P. Jones

"Children make you want to start life over." ~Muhammad Ali

"Boy, n.: a noise with dirt on it." ~Not Your Average Dictionary

Friday Greetings! ~I can barely believe that it is Friday already.. This week was gone in a blink.. Monday Dave had to work a
nd was glad of the hours.. those will help..When he came home we rode to Martha's and ate over salted~ chocolate chip~ cookies.. .. I loved them and plan to change my recipe.. Tuesday we installed new vent pipes and doctored~ if not fixed~our septic tank troubles.. Thanks for the tip Reuben.. Wednesday we put Dave's huge box back together thus building a shed or storage building.. I mostly watched except for the advice I offered on how to raise the roof.. It looks great and will make Dave a good and sturdy storage shed when he finishes with it.. I offered him an old bed for out there in case he gets in the dog house but he just laughed at me...Thursday he added a door and decided that he will also add windows before covering the whole thing with some aluminum siding.. Today he fetched a broken Lawn mower home to work on.. then we paid bills and bought a truckload of groceries.. Our monthly big buying trip to the store.. Oh never fear I'll go back but not for a load like we had today.. not this month at least.. Plus as always.. we had animals to feed and eggs to gather.. gardening to tend and the regular everyday things that every one has to do.. Wow it sounds like we were busy.. No wonder I am tired..

I am Frustrated! ~ Let me apologize for having to much stuff on my blog.. I received an e-mail that said I am putting too much on each posting.. I was advised to have a few blogs instead of just one.. It said that way I could put all the uninteresting stuff somewhere else.... I thought this blog was mine? I was under the impression that I could put what I wanted to on each post.. well with-in reason of course.. If you find that I have to much stuff please feel free to skip over what you aren't interested in... I am interested in many different things and will most likely continue to "litter" ( their word not mine!) this blog.. MY BLOG!.. with many different things! I know I could have a few different ones but I am simply trying new things..some of them I will do again.. some of them I won't.. Maybe I'll begin a rotation of sorts so that I don't have several things on any given day.. If you find my blog to busy I apologize..I will figure out how to rotate the different things that I have been trying.. Maybe I will decide to have another blog as well but It won't be for the un-interesting things.. In fact I don't recall ever putting an uninteresting thing on here.. also to the person who sent that e-mail.. I tried to send you one back.. it came back.. apparently you no longer exist... please don't change your name after you send me a nasty e-mail.. I had something to say in spoke then hid so I couldn't respond.. Now I am frustrated!

and now on to my regular Friday for the Kids post!

1~) Don't try to change others... I know that it is in our nature to try to change others into what we want them to become.. we often think we know what will make them better people.. we fuss and nag and they might even change a little bit on the surface.. Learn to accept people for who they are.. learn to love them for who they are.. or learn to live without them.. a person has to feel that they need to make changes and act on those feelings for themselves before real change can begin... They can dye their hair purple and wear colored contacts and even pad their pants to have a better shaped butt.. But when all that comes off they are still the no butted ..gray haired.. blue eyed person you started out with.. and that's just surface changes.. you don't even want to get me started on inner change!! What gives us the right to decide what others should be? nothing gives me or you that right.. we only have the right to change ourselves.. Be the best that we can be.. maybe if others see a change in us they too will want to become all that they can be??

This is not all there is. And that even when the world tries to convince you that you have to have it all to be anything--God says each of us were worth His life when we were nothing and had nothing... The Bible is not just a book. ..It is a letter written to mankind by God... I want my" Children" to know that it will change them and that just when they think they know what it means it will turn around and blow their minds with some new deeper meaning... But it does have to be read for this to happen.. I want you to know that there is nothing you can do or not do to make God love you more... or less.. He can not love you any more than He does at your very worst... God does not make ugly.... well except for me.. I accidentally saw myself in the mirror once.. I think he maybe made me beautiful on the inside though.. Maybe I am wrong side outwards??.. But Trust me that God does not make mistakes..

3~) You can not like everyone.. everyone can not like you.. if we loved everyone what would we complain about?? well there is of course the price of food and the price of gas and... just take my word for it.. people will dislike you for no reason.. you will dislike some of them for no reason.. I trust my gut.. If my gut doesn't like you.. you're most likely a looser.. I'll figure out why later..then I'll have something new to complain about!

4~)The grass isn't always greener on the other side of the fence...but if it is, chances are your neighbor is using padooky for fertilizer.. and I bet you a coke that he has more weeds in his yard.Weeds and sand spurs love Padooky! What do you mean you don't know what Padooky is?....Oh I forgot I'm a hick.. Padooky is what is dug out from under the outhouse when it gets full.. Now do you see why their grass is greener? You might want to hop back over here where you started.. on the good side of the fence!

5~) Please don't leave the toilet seat up..Close the toilet lid before flushing...otherwise, when you flush, the germs are tossed up and around the bathroom by the force of the water. And while you're thinking of how nasty and gross that thought is.. you may want to make sure your toothbrush is covered... Just in case me or Dave needs to flush.. or someone from the other side of the fence where the grass is so green..

6~) You are a beautiful and unique person. Even when it seems as though no one else cares, God does. Remember that I love you everyday.. where ever you are..(I bet you are over the fence again.. go ahead step in padooky but don't yell for me when you do!)

I hope all of my "kids" have had a tolerable week.. they can't all be bad.. even if it sometimes feels like they are..they can't all be good..even though we all wish they could and think they should.. Sometimes even tolerable is asking for a lot.. this was a pretty good week for me overall.. there have certainly been moments when I wanted to scream and even slap someone silly.. not someone in particular... anyone would do.. can I call YOU next time I feel that way??? But tonight is Friday and another week passes on it's way.. Have a wonderful weekend! Have a wonderful Night!