Julie 2020 Blogging

Julie 2020 Blogging

 

 

 

 

Hey Y’all! 

(Getting Back to my Roots.)

Welcome to Julie 2020 Blogging

I sincerely hope that this year will be a good year for all of us.

If you are a regular reader of my blogs then welcome back.  I will do away with any introduction as you know me already, and my opinions.  If you are new then welcome!  The game has started so just pull up a chair and join in.  🙂

Seeing as how I am right of the dealer then it’s my turn to roll the dice……counter clockwise but I have a feeling that will be 2020 in a nutshell.

So, here goes!

Me, with Sparky the Chug, and Spooky the Chihuahua

Let’s Get This Blogging Started!

Julie

p.s.  I really do like my new pajamas and I will be wearing them a lot from now on.  🙂

Sadly, they do require hand washing.  🙁  The price we pay for beauty and comfort……

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If you would like to read my history of my blogs, here is:

Blogging With Julie In 2019

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March 24, 2020

What’s up With Us?

I’m starting this on 3/24/2020 and I will continue this post until I finish it.  But, as of now, tonight at 9:17 p.m. Gordon will not be going into work tomorrow because he doesn’t feel well.  He has some chills, runny nose, and his voice sounds sick.  He also took a nap, something he NEVER does, when he got home from work today.  Every morning that I wake up and feel good I thank my lucky stars that I have one more day of good health until the virus hits me.

Now I’m wondering if this is my last day of feeling good for awhile?

Gordon rarely gets sick, same with me.

I told him that he gets the bedroom tonight but I am going to sleep out in the living room on the Lazy Boy chair.  Just as a precaution.

You know, I was the one that sounded the alarm in the family wanting all of us to take this seriously from the beginning.  And as usual I am called names such as, ‘paranoid, over protective, jumping to conclusions, blah, blah, blah…..)  The last time I left the house was on March 9, for my labs.  I have been cancelling my various doctor and dental appointments over the past few weeks until I can see where this virus may be heading.  I am even not taking the dogs to their vet appointments out of caution.

The only appointment that I feel very comfortable in cancelling is my dental.  I have excellent teeth!  I am told that I have the second best mouth out of all the patients.  I take very good care of my teeth.  And having to go every 6 months is almost not necessary where I am concerned.  But, I am worried about my dermatologist appointment and my 6 month check up.  Both Gordon and I are very healthy but when you get to our age regular maintenance is necessary.

According to Gordon his job is very important and supportive of it’s employees by his employer.  Apparently he gets paid whether he works or not.  He is supposed to start a one week on, one week off, one week on, kind of schedule.  This week is when he is supposed to be “ON.”  He did say that there were a few co-workers that had the flu.  Well, we’ll see, right?

March 25, 2020

Wednesday

Gordon woke up happy and in a good mood.  I asked him how he was feeling?  He says he feels o.k. but that he has a slight headache.

I woke up feeling good.  But again, I do wonder if today is my last day to feel good? 

While I was in the shower I had him to do a recipe write up for my latest birthday blog post.  I just need to tweak it and check it, I’ll get to that later.  But Gordon is tired today.  It could be because before he got sick his body was having to adjust to different work hours at his job.  As in he was having to get up at 2:00 a.m., leave the house by 3:00 in order to arrive at 4:00 to start work.  But then he got off at noon and home by 1:00.  That lasted about 2 days before they decided on the ‘one week on, one week off’ work schedule.  So, that could be contributing to his not feeling very well.

Gordon also suffers from migraines that are connected to allergy’s and back spasms.  There is this spot on his back that I put a lot of pressure on and it releases, then his head drains and then his migraine’s go away.  He never had migraines before until this woman slammed into him from behind in her jeep going about 25 MPH while he was stopped at a stop light in his car.

So, all of this that he is feeling right now may just be his “normal” and not anything serious.  But, out of caution he called his boss and told him he would be staying home today. 

Gordon’s Lunch

Easy and delicious!  Just a can of Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup, leftover chicken, leftover peas, and some leftover Italian Olive Oil Crackers, which are made out in St. Pete, Florida.  I happen to love the fennel ones the best.  But, this was a delicious thrown together soup that was quick and easy.

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Julie Barefoot

As for me, I have been giving myself a nice pedicure.  Beautiful pinkish/purplish toes.  And as always my good grooming never ceases.  When I had hurt my back a few years ago and I re-injured it while taking a shower, I was in so much pain that I was laying naked on the bottom of the shower floor writhing in pain, yelling at the top of my lungs for Gordon to come in and help me, yet I continued to finish shaving my legs.  If I am to be a corpse in some morgue from this Coronavirus, then I plan on leaving this world clean shaven and with nice feet.

p.s.  I’m pretty sure that when they tie that tag on my toe they will be impressed with my pedicure.  🙂 
And most likely commenting on my impressive Greek Feet.

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Cooking and Baking

Gordon and I have been cooking and baking today.  Some to eat, some to freeze…..

We have really been focusing on baking and freezing breakfast foods for some reason.  I guess knowing that we don’t have to worry about breakfast does free us up to focus on dinner’s.  Lunch’s also aren’t really a problem as they tend to be very light and easy.

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Well, it looks like Mackenzie will be spending her quarantine here with us.  It was about 3 weeks ago that I told Brodie that he and Mackenzie had better start to make their plans because when we do go into quarantine that the only people to leave this house will be for necessary purposes.  I don’t want all this coming and going on trivial errands.  Mackenzie is on her spring break from school that will last about 5-6 weeks.  So, she doesn’t have school to worry about.  And because her twin sister is recovering from cancer she needs to be isolated away from her.  I just want to say that we adore Mackenzie!  But I told her that the only way she can stay with us through this period is if she watches every Star Wars movie there is with ME.  And she agreed!!!  HA!!  Yes!!!

(And that includes the Family Guy episodes that I didn’t tell her about.)  Well, she’ll know soon enough!  🙂

Can you believe that she has NEVER seen ONE Star Wars movie?  Are you shaking your heads?  We so need to educate this girl!  I mean, come ON!

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I guess this is it for now.  I’ll write more tomorrow.  Mackenzie will be moving in with us tomorrow for the foreseeable lockdown future.  🙂  May the force be with you!

Oh, she did watch Episode 9 with us on Gordon’s birthday.  But, that is the only Star Wars movie she has ever seen.

Julie

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March 26, 2020

Thursday

Well, it looks like Gordon will be going into work tomorrow.  Turns out it was just his usual sinus trouble and not anything serious.  But, in this age of Coronavirus paranoia it is easy to get carried away when someone you know gets sick.

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Saturday, March 28, 2020

I didn’t get to finish updating last Thursday so I thought I would get to it this morning.  A lot has happened since then.  First of all, we are all healthy, so far.  Gordon is now working from home and won’t be going into work for the foreseeable future.  He still has to put in his 8 hours a day Monday-Friday.  I don’t know how I will like that.  I am used to having my days all to myself.  I have always enjoyed my privacy and the quiet and calm that would come with it.  But now I have Gordon home all day and Mackenzie has moved in so we now have 3 full time people in lockdown here all day long.  Brodie is the only one that still leaves the house to work.  He is considered essential so his job seems to be secure for him.  He claims that he only comes in contact with about 3 people where he is so I guess that’s better than being in a large group.  But the one thing I keep thinking is that it only takes 1 person to have it and give it to the others.

Veronica’s job has closed for lockdown.  I guess she has a job when they re-open but not until then.  Also, no paycheck until they re-open.  But, luckily Brian’s job is essential so as long as he is healthy and working they should be o.k..

Veronica’s friend Sarah has had to cancel her wedding in Tennessee that was supposed to take place in April because of this virus.  Sarah was Veronica’s Maid-of-Honor in her wedding and Veronica was supposed to be Sarah’s Matron-of-Honor in hers. 

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We have been doing a lot of cooking and baking.  The other night Gordon and I made a re-take on our re-take of our Reuben Sandwiches.  We call them our Reuben Claddagh Rings.  🙂  They are delicious!  Especially right out of the oven.

Reuben Claddagh Rings

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We’ve also been working on the website updates.  Mainly me, but Gordon is doing some write ups that are past due of some recipes.  I think that as long as we are healthy then probably our only problems will be occasionally getting on each other’s nerves.  In the meantime, Mackenzie and I take turns on my treadmill.  She also helps us with the dogs as they absolutely adore her!  I told her that our Star Wars date starts on Tuesday with a double feature of Episode’s 4 and 5.  I will be contributing the wine and the Jiffy Pop Popcorn.  🙂  I decided that she needs to watch them in the order that they were released.

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We are also planning on starting work in our backyard this weekend and into next week.  I want to clean up my herb garden and get it started again.  I’ve got the herbs, bought them weeks ago.  Gordon needs to deal with all these leaves we have in our backyard.  We will then do the pressure washing and bleaching to freshen everything up.  I want to spend more time out there but I want it nice and pretty and clean.  I also want it pretty by Easter.  As long as we are healthy there will be a family style Easter on our lanai.  I am basing it on a childhood restaurant that I loved where they sit you with strangers and you all pass food around to each other.  They don’t take your orders, they just set home cooking down on the table and you eat what you want.  So, at that time when I was growing up they would just cook what they wanted and you ate what you wanted.  If you were a family of 4?  They would set you next to this other family of 4.  You shared a table and you got to know each other because that was what southern hospitality was about.  You would talk to people and get to know them and laugh with them.  A thing of the past, I know, but a nice memory in a nice time and I got to experience it.

Have a good weekend!

Julie

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March 19, 2020

Over the Past Decade

I just got off the treadmill a little while ago.  Trying to keep my weight down and stay healthy.  I have put on about 5 pounds lately.  I’m guessing it’s about 5 pounds.  I won’t get on a scale as I will probably hate seeing that number.  I can still wear my clothes comfortably but I prefer them to be a bit looser.  I don’t like tight clothing.  I started eating more in January and I didn’t understand why?  I couldn’t understand why my appetite had increased and why I was stuffing my face so much?  I’ve also noticed that Brodie’s girlfriend Mackenzie has put on some extra weight too.  Empath’s who are just picking up too much from other people tend to put on weight because that extra fat around our stomach’s help to act as a buffer. So, in very stressful times Empath’s tend to get a bit chubby.  But the downside to that is that I am a borderline diabetic and that fat is preventing my body from creating insulin to keep me healthy.  Therefore it is a catch 22 where I am concerned.  Also, Mackenzie’s twin sister has breast cancer.  It does run in their family and therefore she needs to keep her weight down as fat acts as an incubator for cancer.  So, treadmill it is!

Gordon called to say he is on his way home from his job on the base.  He told me that the base shopping is lunacy!  The lines to get into the commissary are ridiculously long.  Luckily for us that we pretty much keep a stocked house as it is, but I did have Gordon to shop till he dropped a few weeks ago, (which he complained about repeatedly!), but now he is glad that he did.  As I constantly have to remind him…”When are you ever going to believe me when I tell you something?  How many times have I been right about things?  Huh?  But NO!  You always have to fight me on these things!  How many times has this Empath been right?”

FINALLY, when it is glaringly obvious he comes around. 

You know, when will I ever earn some credibility?  I have a pretty good track record on predictions.  Yeah, sometimes I am wrong, but most of the time I am right.  Marriage!  (Big eye roll.)

Anyway, I have been connected to so many, and so much lately that my mind and body needs a break.  Being an Empath can sometimes zap me of all my energy and that isn’t good. 

But one thing that I predicted about a decade ago looks like it’s coming. 

Over the past decade…..

I told Gordon that we need to button our house and property up.  Let’s fence in our property and place the hardware locks to the gates on the inside of our backyard, and not on the outside of our fence doors. 

That way no one can cut any locks with wire cutters to get into our backyard.  I suppose they could jump the fence if they so desired, but I intend to make it hard on any criminal.  I also read what kinds of things that deters criminals from breaking into houses and according to people in prison they tend to avoid homes with fences because they view it as one more obstacle to have to deal with.

  I also wanted us to create beauty and add retaining walls, fountains, fruit trees.  Let’s have a nice big herb garden and even grow some of our own vegetables.

FYI:  Most criminals tend to break in homes during the night hours of 2:00 a.m. – 4:00 a.m. so that’s when we run our sprinkler system.  Who wants to get all wet?

We also have many other things to help keep us safe which I am not going to mention.

  Never tell all your secrets.  Sh….

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I also wanted my own treadmill so that I could get my exercise here at home and not be dependent on some exclusive gym, or to be at risk of being attacked by taking a walk down the streets.  I wanted us to create our own piece of heaven here on earth in our house, and outside in our backyard.

I knew a decade ago that life here in America would become dangerous and that we may need to isolate ourselves against it.  What I didn’t know was that it would arrive as soon as it will.  We are probably just a few months away from riots.  Perhaps even sooner.  And with riots come rape gangs, break in’s, home invasions.  When the people have nothing to lose and they are hungry and angry then they will rightly so, come into neighborhoods where people do have things.  Food, water, wine, luxuries, A/C….

None of us are going to be safe if our government fails us, which it has, and it will further fail us.  Look who is in charge!  Stock up, button your home, make it safe, be vigilant.  And as I have said repeatedly since Trump became President, “We are on our own.”

Julie

Oh, and P.S.  I remembered something more from my dream that I talk about in my post below.  The skulls that were tattooed onto my arm were Mexico’s Day of the Dead skulls.  The Day of the Dead is November 1st.  So, either something happens on that day, or the Day of the Dead skulls are all the deaths from the detained Mexican’s in cages on our borders where the virus will be unleashed on purpose.  Just like the blankets that were infected with small pox and given to our Native American’s on the Trail of Tears that started in Rome, Georgia and went out west.  I am very ashamed to say that my ancestor, Wylie Keith was an active participant in herding our Indians out west.

I still can’t remember what the writing said that was tattooed on my arm.  It was some beautiful cursive writing.  I don’t know what language that it was in either?  All that I know was that it was beautiful and it was as if my arm was on fire.  It hurt that badly.

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March 16, 2020

Julie, you predicted this.

….Mackenzie

I’ve also been working on my:

On Being An Empath

First of all, I did not predict a global wide pandemic.  But what I did predict was something huge that would happen this year that would change our political system, affect our elections, and the American people forever. 

I’ve been telling people over the past few years to just enjoy life while you can because it will be different and now is the time to enjoy all that you have.  I also told people to spend their money.  The rules that applied to our parents/grandparents/great-grandparets may not apply to us.  We may all be saving up for a future that just won’t exist.  Or rather the future is there, it will just be different from how things are now.

When I found out that my niece Kate was living in France and this virus was sweeping across China I begged my brother to get her out.  He told me that I doubt she’ll leave and besides, Cathy (her mother), and Lola (her sister), are planning on going over there in a few weeks.  This was in February.

I can tell you right now that this isn’t the bad part.  The bad part is coming.  How our country is reshaped when all of this is over with probably won’t benefit us any. 

Last night I had the weirdest dream.  As am Empath I dream differently than the average person.  I have talked about that before in my Empath blog posts but I was swimming in the ocean and I just knew that something big was about to bite me.  I looked to the shoreline wondering if I could swim there before I was bitten by what I assumed would be a shark.  I didn’t want to turn my back and swim the breast stroke because I figured that I needed to be able to see and be in a position to kick and punch and defend myself so I started using my legs and swimming very aggressively on my back.  In some cases a huge wave would sweep over me giving me some momentum to get to shore quicker.  But I wanted my hands underwater so that I could fend off an attack.  It was then that I felt it.  It rode a huge wave and then I could feel it trying to bite my right hand and wrist.  I still kept swimming backwards with my legs while I was using my left hand to try and remove something with very sharp teeth from my right hand and wrist. 

I was in a lot of pain.  I also couldn’t remove the teeth from my hand but I was able to prevent it from biting down through.  It hurt terribly.  I cannot even remember a time when I was in pain in a dream.  Actual physical pain!  I was in so much pain that I know what it’s like to be attacked by an animal with sharp teeth now.  As a matter of fact, I was in so much pain that I awoke from my dream still holding on to my hand and wrist that even though I was awake, I was in tremendous pain!  I looked at it expecting to see some animal attached to it.  My wrist was burning.  It was then that I looked at it and I could see skulls tattooed around my wrist and some writing that I don’t remember what it said.  So, as I am staring at these skulls that were tattooed all over my wrist they started to disappear.  The color orange was what was tattooed all over my wrist with the skulls inside the orange.

After a few minutes the pain went away and I realized that I don’t have any skulls tattooed to me.  I have never had a dream where I experienced so much physical pain before.  The only interpretation of it that I can come up with now is that there is a wave sweeping over our country that carried a virus that can hurt me, (the ocean and the shark).  My trying to out swim it and head to shore is probably my trying to escape it.  Realistically, I know I will get it eventually but, better to get it later than right now, which is me trying to escape it.  My orange hand and wrist?  Now, who do we know that is orange?  And the skulls?  Probably the dead that will come from it all.  As Prince Harry said about Trump, ‘He has blood on his hands.’

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I tried to cancel my doctor appointment this morning but I could not get through.  They must have been handling a massive amount of calls.  It was just a wellness visit and I am healthy, as far as I know, so I just don’t think it’s wise to walk into a doctor’s office at this time unless we absolutely have to.  So, even though this is at a time when I need referrals for my yearly mammogram, and my dermatologist visits, and even a prescription refilled, I am not going to do anything about it.  I had my labs done last Monday and I would like those results but right now I am just going to see if I can talk to Lisa, my nurse practitioner that I love so much, and see if she can refill my prescription without my going in.  I hoard medication so I’ve got about a month’s supply before I have to start to worry.  What do you expect from a hoarder?  Of course I have my reserve supply!

Anyway, we are all fine for now.  We would actually love it if we were in some lockdown for about a month.  As we see it, it would be a very productive time and we would get so many projects completed and out of the way.  Not to mention all the posts that I could update.  Provided that we are healthy through the isolation.  Like I said, we are “Active Homebodies.”  I could even lay out in the backyard and get a tan.  Maybe even lose a few pounds on the treadmill every day.  🙂

Take Care to All of YOU,

Julie

P.S.  I have more to say but I will wait and do that another day.  But, start to button your house up and make sure it is going to be a safe environment for you from now on.

 

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March 10, 2020

Joe Biden verses Sloe Biden

TWITTER

Those of you that know me understand that I have opinions and that I do voice my opinions.  But, whenever you speak out you do run the risk of having someone else voice their opinions back at you and in some cases their opinions are different from yours, sometimes radically.  I don’t have a problem with having a conversation with someone with differing opinions but when you are dealing with someone whose thinking resembles more of a Trump supporter suicide cultist, then I draw the line and block them from my Twitter.  Which is what I just did today. 

But that is not why I am writing this post.

Sometimes I like to just comment on something and get my opinion out there without having anyone respond.  In other words, I like to put my 2 cents out there to be read by whomever would like to read it.  And, if someone disagrees then just move along.  Kind of like how we have this big wide world internet with lots of websites to look at and if we don’t like one we come across then we can just move on to others that we would prefer to read.  No biggie!  But, I have noticed that when I write an opinion on Joe Biden that is not in a favorable light that I tend to get responses from other “people.”  BUT, if I give my opinion on Sloe Biden then NO ONE responds.  Because if they respond then their followers may read it and then the catch phrase “Sloe Biden” might stick so therefore they will ignore my comments and not respond to them.  Which is what I like and then I don’t have to deal with them.  Which is why I use the term “Sloe Biden.”

The fact that no one responds to my “Sloe Biden” comments tells me that the “people” may not be your average “people” and work for some network in favor of Joe Biden and the establishment democrats.  Otherwise, why don’t they respond?  They don’t have a problem chewing me out about anything I say about Joe Biden?  Interesting.

As an Empath I can tell you this, they are doing their best to steal this election away from Bernie Sanders and seeing as how I am not in favor of stealing, therefore I am opposed to Joe Biden.

I can also tell you that that little stunt where a man rushed the stage where Joe Biden was speaking and his wife Jill leapt into action to block the man from “attacking” her husband, was staged!  No one was ever in danger.  It was a political stunt.  You see, this is what being an Empath is about.  We read feelings, we are human lie detectors but only on people that have feelings.  Psychopaths and Sociopath’s are a different story which I do talk about in my Empath blogs.

You know, sometimes I can be a real bitch on Twitter and sometimes I do deserve some chewing out so I suppose I shouldn’t be complaining too much.  But we no longer seem to have conversations.  We just hurl insults back and forth.  But, I guess what should I expect from a forum of “Tweets” where we are only allowed a certain amount of characters in which to voice our opinions?

Have a nice day!

Julie

 

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March 9, 2020

Catching Up

Brodie and his New Sexy Car

(Look at that sexy engine.)  🙂

The funny thing is that Brodie still wants to keep his current car as well as this new one.  So, looks like our driveway will be packed once again.  How Gordon and I look forward to some day there only being TWO cars in our driveway. 

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Well, I just got back from my doctor’s office today just for lab work.  No food or drink after midnight the night before, except water.  And no food or drink before my doctor visit unless it’s water or black coffee.  But while I was waiting for my name to be called to get my blood taken and give my urine sample, I saw these magazine’s in the office on the coffee tables and magazine racks.

Guns and Ammo

Guns and Ammo??  WTF???

I couldn’t help but notice the irony that a gun is designed for killing people and animals, and here these weapons magazines are on the tables throughout my doctor’s office.  Which incidentally, is supposed to be a place where we go to get healthy.  The irony and the mixed messages being sent was not lost to me.  I even pointed it out to a few women sitting around me and they agreed with me.  As it is we live in a hot headed society with uneducated people.  I just expected some higher I.Q’s at the doctor’s office.

Needless to say, I posted this on Twitter and immediately received a message from the Davita Medical Group Media Team wanting me to email them to give them the location of the office and they also wanted my phone number.  I complied and have not heard from them as yet.  I’ll bet you money those Guns and Ammo magazines are those of the doctor Horcrux (not his real name) that I was so disgusted with last year. 

More and more I feel as if I live in some Twilight Zone world, but not a “fun” Twilight Zone world.  This one is dangerous and full of evil people. 

I did consider cancelling my appointment this morning due to my fear of getting that Coronavirus but it won’t matter if I isolate myself one bit if Gordon and Brodie are coming and going from work all the time.  If I don’t catch it from some stranger then Gordon or Brodie will get it from a coworker, etc. and then bring it home to me.  So, in the meantime life does go on and so do our medical appointments.

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And with the Coronavirus on my mind I’ve been watching a lot of Modern Family lately on our Bluray.

Every episode makes me laugh so I figure that we come into this world crying, therefore I intend to exit it laughing.

If I were to have a tombstone I’m sure it would read something like this, ‘Here lies Julie the atheist.  All dressed up and no place to go.’  🙁

O.k., o.k., enough death talk.  For now.

And BTW:  My children are always getting on to me about owning so many DVD’s/Bluray’s.  They make fun of me for it.  My response?  At least I own them.  I do not have to rely on some Netflix to pay them to allow me to watch them.  I also own a portable DVD player where all I need is an electrical outlet to watch whatever I want over and over again without paying some extra service.

I also still own a BETA Video player and a few VHS Video players where all I need is an outlet and electricity plays them without signing up for some service where I pay extra. 

So, who exactly is the dumb one?

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If you are a regular reader of my blogs then I’m sure you’ve been waiting anxiously to find out if our new A/C unit passed it’s inspection.  Well, it has!  You can now go back to your own lives and carry on with whatever you have going on.  🙂

Also, we were able to buy at cost, new gutters to put around our house.  They are now laying in the backyard until Gordon and Brodie get around to putting them up.

New Gutters

And let’s not forget all these leaves that we need to rake up soon.  Yuck!

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We were planning our Haunted Honeycation to St. Augustine, Florida but now with this Coronavirus I don’t plan on going anywhere for awhile.  I don’t want to be on vacation only to have our hotel suddenly be put under quarantine and we can’t get home.  I want to see how all of this plays out before we go anywhere other than the places that we have to go to, and even then we are really curtailing errands and things.  If we do need to do any shopping then we go at slow times when not many people are out.

We were originally planning our Haunted Honeycation to St. Augustine in February but we first wanted to take our kids and their partner’s kayaking.  Well, after trying to coordinate 6 people’s schedules we finally settled on March 1, and then Gordon and I were going to go to St. Augustine at the end of March.  We thought a nice spring trip would work nicely for us.  St. Augustine is one of the most haunted cities in the world with the St. Augustine Lighthouse being THE most haunted place in the world.  So I’ve read.  Gordon even wanted to buy an EMF detector.  I then reminded him that I AM AN EMF DETECTOR!  (Empath/Psychic)  I’ve been doing some reading up on the history and it is a tortured history of St. Augustine.  The lighthouse has orbs that fly all around.  Even on the outside.  I am so excited for what I hope will be some very nice experiences.

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AND to close,

Sadly I Burst So Many Bubbles

I really don’t mean to.  It just happens.

For example:

In this age of Ancestry.com so many people are just amazed at how much they look like their relatives as if the good Lord himself is molding them just for that purpose.  They will share photos of their great-grandmother and how she poses just like they do.  And how her smile is identical to theirs.  And how much their daughter looks like your great-aunt.  They will then show me the photos expecting me to have some wide-eyed expression of delight on my face only to hear me say……

“It’s just DNA.”

(You should see their happy faces drop when I say that.)

Which is also probably where the belief of reincarnation comes from.

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Then there are the stories of how someone’s relative died but was brought back to life but before he was brought back to life he saw a LIGHT!

Me:  Was he brought back to life in the emergency room of the hospital?

Them:  YES!  It was a miracle!

Me:  Was there a light shining down on him while he was in the ER once he died and was brought back to life?

Them:  Maybe, I guess.  I don’t know?

Me:  Yeah.  I’m sure there is no connection what-so-ever…..  (Giant Eye Roll.  Usually behind their backs.)

And I wonder why I’m not the life of the party?  🙂

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I guess it’s time for me to sign off from this blog post but I want to sign off with something positive and seeing as how I can’t think of anything positive I thought I would end by telling my favorite joke.

So, here goes:

You’ve smelled moth balls before haven’t you?

You:  Yes.

Me:  How did you get their tiny legs apart? 

Julie

(I’m sure your laughing hysterically.)  🙂

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March 5, 2020

I just wanted to add this to what I write in the post below.

I realize this 2020 Presidential Election in November is important.  I also realize that we need to get behind the Democratic nominee selected by the PEOPLE.  However, that may not be the case.  If the Corporate side of the Democratic Party is to choose the nominee and NOT the people, then I will not be voting as that is a rigged election and I will not take part.

You may be thinking that anyone is better than Trump.  Julie, you have to vote!  It’s important!

Understand something.  It is true that anyone is better than Trump BUT, placing Joe Biden in The White House right now is not going to stop this virus that has been unleashed.  He is not going to give all citizen’s healthcare.  Healthcare is what every person needs right now.   We are just going to be passing that virus around and around and around as it evolves.  You may get the virus and survive it, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be getting it again.  How many times have you had the flu in your life?  Some strains are worse than others.

A mistake that a lot of people make is that when a new strain of flu comes out they all run out and get a flu shot.  Well, that new strain of flu is NOT in that shot!  There will be about 250 other flu strains in that shot, but not the new one.  A vaccine will need to be made in mass quantities and then distributed all over the country.  So, you won’t get a vaccine for that new strain of flu until a year later.  Knowing that, how can we expect to get a vaccine for this Coronavirus any time soon?

Joe Biden is no leader.  He just acts like one.  He does as he’s told by the strong arm of the Democratic Party and they like him because he can be controlled.  And his loyalty will be to who puts him there, not the American people.

We need a candidate that can dish out to Trump just as much as Trump dishes out to them.  That is not Joe.  That is Bernie, or Elizabeth Warren.  They are fighters.  Joe isn’t.  And we need fighters right now to fight for us.  And if the time comes when none of our leaders fight for us, which is where we are now, then the people will start to fight for themselves.  But it won’t be the people that start the revolution, it’ll be the establishment by ignoring the people.

Julie

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March 3-4, 2020

(It’ll probably take me two days to write this post.) 

The Julie Traditional Photo

Kayaking Weeki Wachee Springs

Collage of our Kayaking at Weeki Wachee Springs

And New Blog Post Slider

Back to our Devices…

But hey, we all went 3 1/2 hours without them while kayaking. 

I think an award is in order.  🙂

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Over the weekend we went Kayaking at Weeki Wachee Springs and had a wonderful time.  Brodie and Mackenzie came with us.  Veronica and Brian were supposed to come but sadly Brian’s grandfather had died the previous Wednesday.  They did consider coming hoping that it would be a nice distraction but they were just too sad to come.  The circumstances of his death are what is so disturbing and very sad.  I will always remember him as the very friendly and charming man from Veronica and Brian’s wedding.  He was very sweet.

Our Son-In-Law Brian with his Grandparents 2019

One of the highlights of Veronica and Brian’s wedding to me were Brian’s Grandparents.  I love their story.  He came over from Ireland and was living in New York in the 1950’s when he met the beautiful Maria who came over from Puerto Rico. 

They are West Side Story!

That is what I will always love about them.  And Brian was so proud to be their Grandson.  He adored everything about his Irish Heritage.  And also very sadly, Brian’s aunt, their daughter, had died from cancer about a month ago.  I don’t think this family can take anymore sadness right now.  But as I told Veronica, ‘We don’t expect laughter if you all come kayaking with us.  We expect some tears.  But things are always better when you are out in nature.  And families aren’t always about happiness and laughter.  They are also about sadness and tears.’

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Gordon is out of town for a few days in a very important place that I cannot mention here because of his job.  I woke up on the 3rd. feeling terrible believing that I was coming down with the Coronavirus.  I had gotten no sleep the night before.  I had a headache and aches and pains in my body.  Mild aches and pains, but still.  I was having breakfast at 4:30 a.m., then I was ravenously hungry at 8:30 a.m.  so I had my leftover Spam and Cheese.  See below.  I realized at that moment that I am now officially a Senior Citizen.  Breakfast at 4:30, Lunch at 8:30, then Dinner ended up being at 3:30 p.m.  Yep!  Might as well just start wandering around the house until I go to bed at 7:00.  🙁

But then I woke up today, the 4th., with no headache, no aches and pains, and my appetite is back to normal.  I guess that’s what lack of sleep does to us.  Whew!  No virus yet!  But, then again, Gordon is flying home soon so I’m sure we’ll all have it by the weekend.  🙁

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Julie’s Comfort Food, and Favorite Dinner Ever!

Fried SPAM and Kraft Macaroni and Cheese

A.K.A. SPAM and CHEESE  🙂

I absolutely love this congealed blob, fried of course! 

Although in Hawaii they just take the can to the beach and spread the congealed blob onto their homemade tortilla’s. I tried it once and it was delicious!  Probably because I was starving.  It happens.  🙂

THE Ultimate Comfort Food to ME!

(I would never post this on Twitter!)

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“The” Virus

I tend to take these things very seriously because I do keep up with news from around the world and I also know that I am not going to be protected by magic fairy’s when bad things happen. 

When the AIDS endemic first came out and arrived in our country Ronald Regan and George Bush Sr. did NOTHING to stop it.  After all, it was killing people that they didn’t like.  Gays, Drug Addicts, Prostitutes……

But the thing is that when something terrible comes out and you do nothing about it, it will eventually end up killing you. 

So, guess what?  Gays are nice people.  And they would donate their blood to help others not knowing that they were infected with AIDS.  Hospitals wanting to save money weren’t testing the blood that was being donated to make sure it was safe to then pass on to others that needed it.  Oh, and you know those prostitutes that you don’t like?  Well, your husbands are the ones that pay them for sex without your knowing it.  They then get AIDS and bring it home and give it to you.  Then you get pregnant and you give birth to an AIDS baby. 

When you ignore something that kills people you don’t like, it will eventually kill you.

Republicans have NEVER learned that lesson and they NEVER will!

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I knew that the virus was coming so all last week I had Gordon to shop till he dropped.  After all, that is what you do.  When a hurricane is coming our way we know to stock up on food and supplies so that we can make it through.  This is no different. 

Gordon works on the base where shopping is very cheap so he swung by all of our retail stores and stocked up and brought it all home.  I myself have been washing laundry like crazy and cleaning the house.  After all, when we are sick the last thing we want to do is to clean, so I’ve been cleaning.  If I am to be sick and in bed then I want clean sheets and bedding.  I am preparing all that I know how to prepare.  BUT, I am no doctor.  I need to know that they are prepared to help us survive this and I know that they aren’t.

On Monday I am to go in early to my doctor’s office to give my blood samples so that they can be tested for the usual.  Cholesterol, Sugar, Triglycerides…..  BUT, what if I get something from being there?  Then I bring it home?  And I most likely will.  Or, Gordon will bring it home to us this week from his plane ride and then I infect people at the doctor’s office without even knowing it?  This is what we are faced with right now.  Our country is so unprepared to handle this.  This is what happens when you elect stupid people that are unprepared to lead.  Unprepared to govern.

I keep remembering back to the George W. Bush days when electing a President was all about who you would rather drink a beer with?  And of course, W. was who most people chose.  And why not?  Because he would rather be partying and drinking beer than leading a country.  So, he won the Presidency.  Based on that!  Well guess what?  I want a President that has far more important things to do than party with me!  I don’t care how good looking he/she may be.  I don’t care how charismatic he/she may be.  I don’t care how much fun he/she may be.  I want a responsible, good, intelligent President that will do the job to keep us safe, healthy, employed, cared for.  I Have A Dream!

And sadly, I believe my “Dream” is turning into a “Nightmare.”

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It was about 6 or 7 years ago that I told my children, Veronica and Brodie, that as much as I would love to be a grandmother, I hoped that they wouldn’t have children.  I also told them it was ultimately up to them to decide that, but as their mother I wanted to add my 2 cents.  I told them that their children would have life so much harder than they will.  And that they would have life harder than Gordon and I will.  I also told them that in a way, I love my grandchildren so much that I don’t want them to ever be born.  I still mean that.  I also told Brodie, although I never told Veronica, but I see a future of their children being nothing but worker drones or sex slaves. 

That’s what I see.  I may not like what I see but to deny what I see is doing an injustice. 

To me, an Empath with some psychic ability, I see the end result.  I just don’t know how we get there?  To give you an example it’s like knowing the answer is 10.  But how did I get there?  Is it 9 + 1?  Or 8 + 2?  Or 7+ 3?  That is what I don’t know.  I just know the answer is 10.

I find it very interesting that this virus doesn’t seem to affect children. 

Which to me sounds engineered.

So, let’s just imagine a bit of Sci-Fy:  A virus that affects adults but doesn’t seem to affect children?  Hmmm….

What if adults starts dying from this virus?  But children don’t.  What happens to the children?  No more adults?  Our country is then wide open for whatever invading force to just waltz right in.  Now, you have a population of children with no adults.  Wonder what may happen?  Worker drones and sex slaves?

It may seem a bit far fetched to you, but not to me.  I pray that I am so wrong!  But I just don’t know?  That is a future that I see.  I just don’t know the details of how we get there?  Is it in the next 10 years or 30 years?  That, I don’t know?

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I Will NOT Be Voting in the 2020 Election

(If Joe Biden is the Democratic Nominee)

I was all set to vote for the nominee of whoever the democratic VOTERS chose to represent us.  Oh, and btw:  I am not a registered Democrat because I live in the state of Florida that is known for preventing black and brown people from voting.  Seeing as how we have the last name of Whann I figured they may discriminate against us.  So, Gordon and I are registered Independents.  The Republican’s tend to leave Independents alone because they believe all Independents vote republican. 

But, after seeing the results from Super Tuesday, with Joe Biden winning all of it, I know damn well it was stolen!  Nobody has cared about Joe Biden all along.  He was a boring candidate from the beginning.  But the day before Super Tuesday candidates Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigeig drop out only to endorse Joe?  WHY?  Why not wait and see how things turn out?  But they didn’t.  They did as they were told.  Bernie was set to win most of it and the Corporate wing of the Democratic Party just couldn’t stand it so they told their foot soldiers what to do, and they did it.

To me it is a very sad thing to try and get the youth to turn out and vote, and when they finally do they vote for Bernie, only to have their votes stolen because they didn’t vote for the candidate that the establishment wanted them to.

Bernie would have radically changed America for the better.  No more student debt.  Healthcare for all.  You know, things corporate America doesn’t want.  So, the corporate wing of the democrats took over and cheated.  I will not be voting for anyone in this Presidential election because the democrats are no different than the republicans. 

I was willing to respect who the democratic voters chose, and to follow in their footsteps.  But if their wishes are to be wiped away and corporate America makes the decision then why should any of us vote?  If my vote is only to be erased?

I will NOT be Voting in 2020 and it is the Democratic Establishment’s Fault!

Julie

P.S.  You lost me!  And you will not get me back until you change!

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February 25, 2020

“Call Me When You Get to the Shampoo Aisle.”

Tuesday 6:00 a.m. :  Gordon:  Bye Hun.  I’m leaving for work now.  Go back to sleep.  I took the dogs out and Spooky did her #1, and Sparky did a #1 and a #2.  Spooky also messed overnight on the urine pads in the hallway but I cleaned it up.  I’ll do the shopping after work.

Me, half asleep:  Don’t forget the list.  It’s on the kitchen counter.  And call me when you get to the commissary.  I have some more things to add to the list.

Gordon:  O.k.  I’ll call you.  Go back to sleep…..  Love you…. Bye….

8:00 a.m. and it’s time for me to get up……

Shower, Coffee, Start Computer and get on Internet to make sure Paul hasn’t hacked anything overnight, or done any of his Face Away hacks.  Check first Email account:  Oh, look.  Paul has taken it over and left an email for me to click on from December 1969 with no sender address right there in my inbox.  Typical Paul.  I’ll never click on it Paul.  I know you control that email account of mine.  Just like you used to control my Hotmail account.  Now time to check my second email account.  Looks like there are problems on my website that I need to alert my guys in India about. GREAT!  Just what I need to do today.

O.K., now, Breakfast, Dogs, Dog’s Breakfast, Unload Dishwasher, Load Dishwasher, Start Dishwasher, Put Dishes away from Hand Washing the day before, Hand Wash new batch of Dishes.

Laundry:  Wash Our Laundry, Bedding, Dog’s Laundry, Towels, Hand Wash those pajamas you love so much Julie. 

Time to think about Dinner for tonight.  I know, I’ll just tell Gordon to buy a rotisserie chicken from the Commissary and we can have that with some vegetables.  That’ll be great!

O.K., Lunch over with, (Usually something with peanut butter spread over it.)  Treadmill over with, taking dogs for an outing over with, it’s now 3:00 p.m. Gordon should be calling soon…..

Julie:  I’m ready for some down time so I will pour a glass of wine and work on my website and wait for Gordon to call about the additional items I have for him to purchase at the Commissary.  Oh, what’s this in my folder?  A photo of Mel Gibson and Danny Glover in my Pictures Folder entitled Sabina and Julie?  That’s really funny Paul.  And yes Paul, I know you are in my computer.  You don’t need to leave little clues like that.  The sad part is that it doesn’t do me any good to take my computer to Best Buy because you know more about computers than they do.  Yeah, congratulations you are a badass.  Why don’t you do something about my step-brother and his brood who try and access my website everyday between 3-9 times?  They don’t even like me.  Get a life Texas!!

Moving on…..

Ring…….  Hello?  Oh, hey Gordon!  How was your day?  Great!  I do have some additional items for the list.  Just call me when you get to the shampoo aisle. 

Gordon:  WHAT?  NO!  You know I hate the shampoo aisle!  Don’t you have plenty of shampoo????

Me:  You know we go over this every week, now don’t we Gordon?  You know I need several Shampoo’s and Conditioner’s that way I don’t ever have a bad hair day.  We have discussed this!  If you want me to look beautiful then you need to cooperate.  O.K., NOW, I need for you to look for me a dark purple/burgundy bottle of shampoo and conditioner that are volumizing.  O.K.? Volumizing!

Gordon:  What about conditioning?

Me:  NO!  Conditioning means greasy hair!  No!  Just look for this purple/Lavender looking bottle of volumizing shampoo with an additional conditioner.  Can you see it?  I can’t remember the name of it.

And no, I don’t want a combination Shampoo and Conditioner.

Gordon:  I’m looking.  What about Pantene? 

Me:  NO!  All those Pantene products have wax in them.  So, NO!  What about something with coconut or shae butter?  You know I don’t like those smelly shampoo’s.  I want something herbal or coconut.

Gordon:  What about Herbal Essence?

Me:  O.K., but make sure it’s volumizing.

Gordon:  What about Body and Bounce?

Me:  No.  Body and Bounce?  Have you ever seen my hair bounce once in the almost 38 years we’ve known each other?

Gordon:  (mumbling underneath his breath…. We’ll perhaps if you’d use body and bounce your hair would bounce.)

Me:  I heard that!

Gordon:  What about the Suave shampoo’s?

Me:  Let me guess, there’s a coupon?

Gordon:  Yeah, for $2.00 off!

Me:  Your mother uses that brand, probably because it comes with a coupon.  What is it with you Whann’s and coupons?  Do you really want me to smell like Sarajane?  Why don’t you just call me Juliejane?

Gordon:  O.K. then, (thinking out loud) volumizing, volumizing, volumizing……..

Me:  Quit looking at the bottom rows of shampoo’s and look to the center and top of the shelf.  They stick the cheap ones at the bottom.  You know, where you shop to wash that handful of hair you have left on your head.  I swear that bottle of yours has been in the bathroom for 3 years.

Gordon:  Now simmer down, simmer down.  (It’s a line from Rear Window that Jimmy Stewart says to Grace Kelly when she’s upset.  Gordon will say to me when I get upset and then we both start laughing.)

Me:  Alrighty, sorry.  Do you see a yellow bottle with orange writing?  I like that brand.  Just get me one of those and a conditioner that goes with it?  So, do you see it?

Gordon:  I’m looking.  Oh, wait!  I see it!  Yes, yes, yes!

Me:  Great!  I’ll just settle for that. 

Gordon:  Oh, and what is this you’ve got written on the list that looks like it says, Blob Soup?

Me:  Blob Soup?

Gordon:  You know I can’t read your writing Julie.

Me:  Where is it written on the list? 

Gordon:  Between the Body Lotion and the Q-Tips.

Me:  I’m thinking…..  Um, blob soup, blob soup, blob soup…..  OH!  It’s BOB’S SOAP!  You know, that soap we love so much that smells like coconut.

Gordon:  O.K., I’m looking.  Here is a Tom’s Soap. 

Me:  That’s it!  I know it was one of those names.

Oh, and if you could pick up some wine we are getting low.  We are down to our last 30 bottles.  What if that Coronavirus comes here and they close the stores and we run out of wine?  Do you really want to be in isolation with me when we run out of wine?

Gordon:  O.K. but I’ll pick up the wine after work tomorrow.  I also need to run into the Exchange for some new socks.  I’ll do that tomorrow as well.

Me:  Oh, great.  Because I need you to stop by the cosmetics counter.  I need a new a night cream from Lancome, an eye cream from Clinique and a day moisturizer from Estee Lauder.

Gordon:  NOOOOOOOO!!!  NOT THE COSMETICS COUNTER!!!!  You know I hate the cosmetics counter!!  ah jeez.

Me:  Ah Jeez?  That’s what your dad says.  You know I hate it when you talk like your dad.  Do you want me to talk like my mother with her thick southern accent that you can’t understand anything she says?

Gordon:  O.k., o.k., o.k.

Me:  Great!  I’ll see you when you get home.  Drive safely.  I love you.

Gordon:  I love you too.  I’ll see you when I get home.

(An Explanation:  The reason that Gordon does most of the shopping is because he works on the base where prices are very CHEAP!  I could drive the hour to get to the base and do the shopping myself, and sometimes I do, but sometimes it’s easier since he has a good working day schedule and can leave work to do these errands and get home at a decent time and miss all that traffic leaving Tampa.  I’m not driving an hour to buy a few items from the commissary.  Luckily, I am married to a great man that doesn’t mind doing the shopping.  Except when it comes to the dreaded “Shampoo Isle.”)  🙂

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February 16, 2020

My Favorite Amethyst Girls

And,

A Belated Happy Valentine’s Day!

Just a few little trinket’s from my childhood given to me either on my birthday or for Valentine’s Day.  The taller girl holding the hearts is a music box.  All of my little knick-knack’s above are probably considered to be very tacky to most but to me they are sweet and represent my childhood.  And I love to bring them out every February.

My Chocolates From Gordon

I inserted my Amethyst stone in the center.  Those of us born in February, our birthstone is Amethyst.  The beautiful purple stone.  I even have a few pieces of Amethyst jewelry that I love to wear throughout the month of February.

I was trying to remember where I found that stone.  My family used to go spelunking a lot when I was young.  We lived in Dahlonega, Georgia for a few year’s where panning for gold is still done.  As a matter of fact, when you drive through Atlanta you will see the Georgia State Capital building and it’s gold dome with gold from Dahlonega.

Georgia State Capital Dome

Atlanta, Georgia

It was during the Gold Rush in our American history that many people moved to California in search of gold.  It was the Mayor of Dahlonega that told all his people not to run off to California because, “There’s gold in them thar hills!”  Most people have heard that quote before but hardly anyone knows who said it.

I’m not going to get into the history of gold mining in Georgia, I was actually saving that for a future post.  But yes, we went gold mining and panning for gold quite often.  I never found a nugget just lots of gold flakes that were put into a vial of water and worn as a necklace.  But we have certainly prowled our way through many caves in our spelunking adventures.  My mother has all those photos.

I can also remember us driving up through the mountains and pulling over to the side of the road where I was handed a paper cup by my mother telling me to pick up those Garnet Nuggets because they were everywhere.  So, we climbed steep embankments and started looking through the dirt finding them.  I don’t remember how they knew they were all over that embankment but we got quite a haul that day.  And I believe for my following birthday I was given a rock cleaning and polishing kit.  It was a machine and was very loud but the rocks came out all smooth and shiny.  I even have a few of those stones that we had placed into jewelry.  They are somewhere in my house.

But, getting back to my Amethyst nugget…….

I remembered where I found it.  When my parents bought their house where my mother lives now.  It was in the 90’s.  There was this old shack on their property.  Actually it was a pretty big shack and I would go in it sometimes.  I was never afraid of things like that.  I would even go into deserted houses in our neighborhoods at times when I was a little girl of 8 and upwards.  My friends were to scared to go inside with me, so I went myself. 

But, back to this shack…….

Even though I’m sure there were many snakes in that shack, there was some of the personal possessions of the previous owner and I would look through them.  Seeing all of that stuff and touching them gave me an insight in the person that used to live there.  There was also this shelf of rocks and that is where I saw my Amethyst stone and I took it.  I’ve had it ever since.  Whoever lived in that shack must have found it himself and kept it there until he died.  My parents eventually tore down the shack and had the area cleared.

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As usual, I am writing about everything BUT “My Favorite Amethyst Girls” so here goes.

Me, February 13th.

It occurred to me that most (not all) of the women that I admire were all born in February.  Perhaps being an Amethyst Girl has helped to shape our personalities and just perhaps I also recognize in them common traits that we all have.  Perhaps being born in February and enjoying such fun holiday’s as Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras, as well as celebrating our own birthday’s, and even the President’s Day weekend holiday, just might have an influence on us that we aren’t even aware of.  Perhaps all of that does help to shape us and that is why I am drawn to these women.

So, for now I’d like to acknowledge the Amethyst Girls that I admire so very much.  Starting in order of their birthday’s.

Christie Brinkley, 02-02-2020

The first palindrome in 909 years.  I would have really celebrated my birthday if I had been her.  🙂

Christie just turned 66 and as she said when she was 65, ‘she feels as if she’s been turning 50 for the past 15 years.’  I agree.  🙂

I have looked at her pretty smile on her pretty face since I was a teenager.  I love that she tries her best to live every single day to the fullest.  Her focus always seems to be on the positive side of life.

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Sugar Whann 02-07-2003- 2017

Sugar was our sweet dog who died a few years ago.  We adopted her.  Whoever named her Sugar got it right as she was the sweetest dog Gordon and I had ever known in our lives.  There is a saying in the south, “She’s so sweet sugar just drips off her chin.”  Yep!  It sure did!

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Kim Novak 02-13-2020

Kim Novak share’s my birthday as a fellow 13er.

Seeing as how I am a huge Alfred Hitchcock fan, of course I adored her in Vertigo with Jimmy Stewart.  Oh, and Picnic, a favorite movie from my mother’s generation.  But, I would have to say my most favorite movie of hers was when she played a witch in Bell, Book, and Candle.  I remember her having that beautiful black cat.

I can’t really pinpoint exactly what it is about her that I like so much but I was thrilled to find out we had the same birthday.

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Jane Seymour 02-15-2020

I love Jane!  Jane just turned 69 and she looks wonderful!  That’s the thing I love about Jane and Christie Brinkley is that they don’t lie about their age.  I never saw the need to do anything like that either.  Jane is the epitome of aging gracefully.  Oh sure, she’s had her nips and tucks but she has no desire to erase the wrinkles off her pretty face.  She just smiles bigger, which is a natural facelift.  She also has a very big heart.  I mean come on, only someone that loves as much as she is, is going to start an Open Heart Foundation.

I’ve always loved Jane’s movie’s.  For awhile there she was probably on every movie of the week in the 80’s.  However, I love her as Solitare in Live and Let Die with Roger Moore.

Jane enjoys life.  She loves her children and grandchildren.  And from what I understand she even gets on well with ex-husband’s and their past wives and even current wives.  Jane just seems to make an effort with people.  I find that very big of her as I don’t think for one minute that I could do that.  To me a divorce is a divorce, goodbye and good luck!  🙂

I do see common threads in Jane and Christie.  It’s as if they know that they can’t be happy and enjoy life if they carry around a vial of poison inside of them, so therefore the don’t.  They just seem to be able to let go of all the bad stuff and focus on the good things in life.  I know that I strive very hard to put the past behind me but it is a work in progress especially when so many of these people don’t seem to want to let me go.  Trust me, I have no earthly idea why?

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Trish Wolfenden 02-27-1941-2017

Also, Elizabeth Taylor’s birthday.

I miss Trish so very much.  I’ll even say it out loud when I am alone around the house.  Just hoping that she might hear me.  Trish and I had a lot in common because of our mother’s.  Trish’s mother didn’t want her and when she found out she was pregnant with Trish she tried to miscarry her by jumping over fences and falling down on the ground.  When Trish was 3 her mother took her to the orphanage and gave her away.  When Trish’s grandfather found out about it he went down there and got Trish out of that place then took her back to his daughter and demanded that she raise her.  That is another thing that Trish and I have in common.  We both adored our grandfathers for loving us so much.  Her husband Bob had Trish cremated and was going to place her urn in the ground beside her grandfather’s grave because she loved him so much.  There are also no photos of Trish as a child because her mother didn’t want to take any.

Trish loved life.  She always had such a good and happy attitude and the two of us would talk on Skype while solving the world’s problems.  🙂  She also had this great laugh.  Gordon and I even took on some of her hand gestures and the exclamations she would make just because it reminds us of her.  We always miss the good one’s, but she was a GREAT ONE!

(Just for the record:  I told Gordon that I don’t want a funeral.  I doubt anyone would come anyway.  I just think they are ridiculously expensive and if they want to spend that much money on me then do it while I am alive to enjoy it.  I told them to just spread my ashes on the beach but withhold a handful to throw in the bushes at The Tower of Terror Ride at Disney Hollywood Studio so that I can divide my time between the beach and there.  Yeah, we’ll see, right?)  🙂

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I do have a few more Amethyst Girls that I would like to mention and not necessarily write about……..

Emily Blunt, Majel Barret, Kelly Hu, Tyne Daly, Sophie Turner, Anna Pavlova, and Stockard Channing.

I think I’m in very good company.  🙂 

Happy Birthday to ALL!

Julie

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More Photos From My Birthday

Birthday Dinner

Gordon brought home take out from Tibby’s.  After all the cooking we had been doing all week we just wanted things easier and we didn’t want to eat out this year so we had our casual dinner at home.

All of our fattening New Orleans favorites.  🙂

Brodie, Me, Veronica and Spooky Lou

Veronica got me this Vanilla Cake with my creamy rich frosting with a filling of Chocolate Eclairs. 

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My Biegnet Donuts

One can never have too many cakes.  🙂

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February 13, 2020

Happy 59th. Birthday to ME!

The Bathroom Selfie

(Aquanet Hairspray in Background.  🙂

Where most of us love to take pictures of ourselves for some reason?)

And before I get started let me just say that the aerosol Aquanet Hairspray purchase was of a nostalgic nature.  It was the can of hairspray of choice in the south for our BIG HAIR.  It was just the glue we needed.  Of course, we would panic if a bee got to close to us.

I quit using Aquanet when a 14 year old Heather Cothran who was standing behind me (I was 23) while we were in line for our Fellowship Supper at The First Christian Church in Rome, Georgia tapped me on the shoulder and asked if I wear Aquanet Hairspray?  I told her that I did.  She then remarked that she could tell because she could smell it from across the room.

(I never did like that Heather Cothran.)  🙁

I’m kidding!  I always did like her.

But seriously, we do have a saying in the south that we girls are born with a teasing comb in one hand and a can of hairspray in the other.  Of course maybe things have changed now and big hair is not as important as it used to be.  How sad.

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So, tell me, is it narcissistic of me to wish myself a Happy Birthday?  Well, regardless, I will whether it is an excepted protocol or not.  I love birthdays and I am happy to be getting older in this age of cancer and deadly virus’s.

Just a few past birthday’s with cake and ice cream.

Some of my birthday’s from when I was a young girl.

So, how many of you still have your baby clothes and first blanket from 59 years ago?  HUH? 

I’m guessing only me and the Royal Family of Great Britain.  I come from a long line of hoarders and I’m guessing the Queen and the Fam must be too.

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I have always loved my birthday’s.  Cake probably has something to do with it.  When it comes to a birthday cake I want the one with the sugar and Crisco frosting.  The most unhealthy, fattening, and sugar, sugar, sugar, and more sugar frosting.  I remember when I was a little girl and would eat that frosting it was like a drug and my eyes would roll to the back of my head with the best sugar rush.  Although, I didn’t understand that at the time.  I just knew that I loved Birthday CAKE!

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When I woke up this morning to go into the kitchen for coffee after everyone had left for work, I saw this.  🙂  It’s nice to find those little surprises that I wasn’t expecting. 

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Oh, we aren’t planning on doing much today.  It will just be the 4 of us.  Me, Gordon, Veronica and Brodie.  Gordon is running by Tibby’s on his way home from work to grab us all our New Orleans favorites for dinner.

Veronica and Brodie were asking me what I wanted for my birthday but the only things I am interested in are things that I can eat, drink, or smell.  (Flowers)

Which reminds me of a saying that we had when we were living in Hawaii and just too poor to afford very much, “If we can’t eat it, wash our clothes with it, or wipe our butt’s with it, then we don’t need it.”

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But all kidding aside, did you know that most elderly die around their birthday’s?  It is fact.  I think the reason that they do is because that number, whatever number it may be is a reminder of how “old” they are and that something mental just takes over and they feel it’s their time to go.  My grandmother was an active senior until she turned 80.  Then it was if she just stopped doing things because in her head she was just too “old” now that she was 80.  Imagine had she not felt like that?  Perhaps we could have had her around longer than her 87 years before she died?

So, the fact that I LOVE my birthday’s is hopefully an indication that I won’t have that problem. 

Happy Birthday To ME!

Julie

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February 10, 2020

Happy February and What’s New?

My Eternal Selfie

Just me messing around with the phone selfie’s while Gordon and Brodie and Mackenzie cook my early birthday dinner.   This year my birthday lands on a Thursday, February 13th.  I wanted Gordon to cook me a meal of my southern favorites with my favorite New Orleans critters.  I wanted my birthday dinner before my birthday and not the weekend after, so therefore it had to be the weekend before.

I told Gordon that I wanted a birthday cake of Crab Stuffed Beignet’s and that is what I got!  I also told him that I wanted to eat “critters” for my birthday.  So, we set to planning the meal.  Having grown up throughout the south we southerner’s are very familiar with “critters.”  We keep critters as pets, we also eat critters.  But, we don’t eat our pets.  Just to be clear on that one.  🙂

Gordon, Brodie and Mackenzie Cooked me the BEST early Birthday Dinner!

I can’t wait to do the write up on this dinner.  Of course that won’t be any time soon. 

If you know me.  🙂

Of course we do have more fun food plans for this week.  One low country meal is never enough for me!  I plan to eat several more meals from my southern table before this week is over.

I will be turning 59 in 3 days and I am actually excited about it.  I LOVE my birthdays!  I don’t mind getting older I just don’t like looking or feeling older.  However, I do have to admit that as of last year I have started to look OLD!  I still feel good.  Gordon and I don’t have any serious health issues.  Not that we are aware of anyway.  Of course you never know…… 

But I like to refer to us as “Active Homebodies.”

We are very active around our home.  Gordon and I love our home, inside and out.  We love to cook.  We love our projects, usually home improvement ones.  We have a nice large backyard with a large existing lanai 40 x 10 feet, and our new lanai extension 36 x 18.  We garden, create, do yard work, clean, bleach, rake, sweep, you name it!  We like to take care of our home and our property.

We still have many plans that we haven’t implemented yet to our property that we hope to get to very soon.  For example we were going to hire the man who built our lanai extension to put gutters around the side of our house, and to do a cement pour on the side of our house for us to build a fence around and store our trash cans and recycling containers behind a gate, and to also hide our new A/C unit.  However, he says he is too busy to do it, but, that he will sell us the gutter materials at cost and Gordon and Brodie will be installing them.  Gordon can also do the cement pour himself so that shouldn’t be any problem as well.  It’s just work that we wouldn’t have minded outsourcing so that we didn’t have to do it.  But, it will make a nice new home improvement post, so…. why not?

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On a more serious note…….

I believe we are in very serious times in a very dangerous way and I don’t know how things will turn out.  I can’t see it.  Not at this time.  And it bothers me that I can’t see where things are going.  As someone that usually can foresee directions, I feel very helpless.  (In other words what I see is bad, I just don’t know how bad.) 

Oh, I can tell you what I see about Meghan and Harry, they are easy to read.  I also knew that Oscar’s viewing was down.  I know that I myself didn’t care to watch them either.  I just don’t think that people are as interested in watching the wealthy dress up in their gowns and jewels and then give each other awards for being able to pretend to be someone other than the person they are.  Isn’t that what acting is anyway?  I can also tell you what I know about the ‘good ‘ol boy network’, that is the GOP.  I can tell you how they do ban together to bring down someone among them that they cannot control that is abusing them, but the ‘good ‘ol boy network’ that I know would never have allowed things to come to this point without taking action.  I’m assuming you know what I am talking about.

The “Good ‘Ol Boy” network of the south is no different from ‘The Gentleman’s Club’, of New York or London.  They protect each other.  Lie for each other.  Defend each other.  Kill for each other. They are all in the same cult.

Until…….  that person deceives them.  Then it is a whole new ballgame. 

Only then do the “Good ‘Ol Boys” ban together to bring down one of their own.  Oh, they won’t usually jail that person but they will bring that person down so that person cannot continue to do to them whatever it is that they did to them to begin with.

I don’t think it’s not a matter of “If” the GOP bring down their leader, but “when.”  That is, when they start loosing elections that they can no longer steal.   But until that happens the evil can do such terrible damage.  That is what concerns me.  Karma always catches up to those that do things they shouldn’t.  But until that time they can do terrible things to people that cause ever lasting damage.

I do believe that we need to work on our own mental, and psychical health.  Perhaps keeping such close tabs on the news isn’t something that we need to do every day.  When we live in a country where the system is rigged against us then what can we do about it?  I don’t know how much longer I have on this earth and the thought of spending years fighting and getting upset isn’t something I care to do.  I’m not young, I’m old.  Let the young people fight for the country they are to inherit.  I will always be supportive, I will always speak out, I will always vote, but my protesting day’s are over.

Good luck to us all!

Julie

P.S.  If you are going to protest or attend demonstrations then I suggest writing the name of a lawyer on your arm in permanent marker just in case you are arrested.  Good luck!

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January 11, 2020

Happy 55th. Birthday Gordon!

(His Birthday was January 8th.)

Gordon and Julie, Hyde Park, Tampa

Cinebistro.com

Gordon and I enjoying our drinks before our dinner and movie.  I am drinking a Pink Flower and Gordon is drinking The Don.  (Maybe as in Don Juan “Whann”)  In his dreams!  🙂

This is a dinner and a movie kind of place.  Luckily for us there were not many people. 

That is good!  As I hate crowds!

Brodie and Mackenzie Joined Us

I adore being some of the only people in a movie theater!

Goat Cheese Dip with Bread, PERFECT!

At this Cinebistro you arrive about 30 minutes prior to the movie and order your cocktails and food.  I purchased our seats ahead of time and got great ones!

Gordon and I both ordered the Mahi Sandwich w/ Tater Tots

We ordered 3 apps, this magnificent Goat Cheese Dip with Crudities and Pita Chips, A Hummus Dip, and Wings.

Brodie ordered some giant chicken sandwich and Mackenzie ordered a salad.

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Star Wars, The Rise of Skywalker

My Take……….

If you are familiar with us then you know we are HUGE Star Wars fans!

We even quote Star Wars ALL THE TIME!

( I cannot tell you how many times when our children were growing up and arguing that I was say, “If you two don’t stop fighting I am going to come back there and use the force on you!”)

With this movie being the last in the installment (9), I can’t help but think back to the first time I watched the original Star Wars movie.  It wasn’t at the theater either.  I believe the first movie (4th.) came out in 1977 but I didn’t watch it until 1980 I believe, and I saw it on T.V.  I was living in Charlotte, North Carolina with my modeling agent, Libby Stone and her family.  They had a T.V. in the back of their house and I was sleeping on the couch.  It came on in the middle of the night and I stayed up all night watching it.  I couldn’t believe how good that it was?  I only watched it because I just couldn’t sleep and there was nothing else to watch on T.V. that night.

THE Original Star Wars

So, when the second (5th.) movie came out, The Empire Strikes Back, I happily took my little brother’s to see it at a movie theater at the shopping center in Rockingham, North Carolina. 

THE Empire Strikes Back

(Episode 5, The Empire Strikes Back is my absolute favorite!)

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When the 3rd. (6th.) movie came out, Return of the Jedi, in 1983 I was living in my Grandmother’s basement in Rome, Georgia and working at Miller’s Department Store at the mall.  Gordon was also living in Rome in the garage apartment of my Great-Aunt Margie and Great Uncle Ray, and working at the Coca-Cola Plant. 

Return of the Jedi

One Sunday night after I got off work Gordon and I went to see it.  I loved it so much that I told Gordon I wanted to go back and see it again the following Sunday.  🙂

I have episode’s 4, 5, and 6 on VHS.  I may even have episodes 1 and perhaps 2 on VHS as well.  But once they did away with VHS and everything went over to DVD I certainly purchased all of them that way as well.  And of course then when they came out on Bluray.

(Oh and a big P.S.  I have the very first Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost Ark on BETA.)  Which btw:  Still works!!!  I still have it as well.  🙂

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Star Wars Episodes 1, 2 and 3

I am probably the only person that loved Episode 1 with Natalie Portman as Queen Amadala.

It was interesting to me that this 14 year old girl was a Ruling Elected Queen.  And when she met Anakin Skywalker, he was a 9 year old boy that was a slave on Tatooine.

We were living in Maryland when it came out on VHS/DVD and I purchased it.  I do admit that it is a bit boring but I happen to like boring.  I like the beginning’s of things.  Queen Amadala’s elaborate wardrobe represents excess and when things are at their height.  It represents peace, but it also represents frivolity and excess.  Also, lots of gossip because there are no hard times for people to fret over so they attack each other.

I loved that her body guards were young women around her age and height, and weight that resembled her.  Camouflaged as hand maidens.  They could take you out in no time if they had to.

But every story has a beginning and not all beginning’s are exciting.  They are usually a bit boring in order to set the stage and tell the story.  Things tend to heat up mid story.

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Rogue One

This is Gordon’s favorite Star Wars movie.  It is also NOT part of the 9 part story.  It is an addendum.  An Insert.  But a very important part of the story.  This episode takes place between Episode 3 and 4.

It fills in a gap.

My favorite character in this story is the blind Asian guy that is untrained but he has the makings of  a Jedi Knight.  He does have the force but because there are no more Jedi there is no training for those that are one with the force.  He is literally a powerful blind man but finding his way as a blind man that is force strong. 

I am the Force, and the Force is With Me.

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Episodes 2, and 3

Star Wars Attack of the Clones

When this movie came out on DVD we were also living in Maryland at the time and we loved it!  Veronica did see it at the mall with her friend Caitlyn.  Anakin had grown up and was a Jedi.  Padme had grown up and was a woman, and a senator for her country of Naboo.  I loved everything about this movie.  I would even say that this is my second favorite Star Wars movie.  Anakin was a bit of a whiner though.  But if you go back to see the early episode’s of Luke, he was something of a whiner as well.

Episode 3, Revenge of the Sith

I don’t like this episode and I don’t watch it.  This is where they slaughter all the Jedi.  That makes me very sad as the Jedi were the guardians.  The keepers of the peace.  Once they were gone then evil took over.

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Keylo Ren and Rey

They ended up being really good characters although I didn’t think so at the time when I saw their first movie, Star Wars Episode 7, The Force Awakens.

But Episode 8, and then Episode 9, they do get more interesting as the saga continues.  They are a “love story,” but a very dysfunctional one.

Ben/Keylo Ren is Han Solo and Princess Leia’s son.  Luke trains him along with several others but during that time he turns evil and slaughters those Jedi that do not follow him.  Luke feels like a failure and isolates himself on the isolated island that houses the Jedi Temple.  Leia keeps insisting that there is good in him and sends Han to retrieve their son, (in Episode 7.)  Ben/Keylo Ren then kills Han Solo, his own father.  When Leia talks about how he still has good in him then all I can think of to say is, “So What?” 

Everyone has some good in them.  Even the most evil and vile.  But that doesn’t mean we should take them back because they have “some” good in them.  In the end Keylo Ren turned back into Ben Solo and he died helping Rey to defeat Palpatine.  He did redeem himself.  But he needed to die as he has just done too many evil things in his life.  He had done way too much damage to be forgiven by anyone.  He was a mass murderer.  It’s nice that he did the right thing in the end but he also needed to die, and he did.

I’m not one of these people rooting for some ‘Space Ghost Relationship’ between Rey and Ben.  She has been through enough in her life and deserves some happiness with a very boring and stable human being that loves and adores her and appreciates her for herself.  I guess we will never know what the writer’s intended but we can use our imagination and have her live out her life how we want her to.  Personally, I always wanted her to get together with Poe.  He is good, and he is cute!  🙂

May the Force be With You,

Julie

P.S.  AND SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!

I decided to write about this instead of not.  At the end of the movie you see Rey on Tatooine at Luke’s home where he was raised and where his aunt and uncle were murdered.  She had taken Luke’s and Leia’s Light Sabers there to bury them in the sand.  After all, she had defeated Palpatine (her grandfather), and all the Sith Lords.  While Poe and Finn and the Rebel Alliance were able to defeat the Empire.

It was while Rey was there burying the Light Sabers that a woman wandered by and asked her who she was?  She told her that her name was Rey.  The woman asked, “Rey, who?”  After pausing and looking out into the distance and seeing the ghosts of Luke and Leia she answered, “Rey Skywalker.”

I have a big problem with that.

First of all, Luke was never particularly nice to her.  And it was revealed that Leia did know her family history which she withheld from Rey and didn’t tell her.  Leia may have been kind to Rey but she kept important information secret that I believe Rey needed to know about.

Next, Ben Solo/Keylo Ren as Leia and Han Solo’s son is also a Skywalker.

Ben/Keylo has been nothing but cruel to her from the moment he encountered her.  He made her life harder than it needed to have been.  He could actually be quite cruel to her.  The last name I would ever take would be HIS! 

I wish that she would have created her own last name and went with that.  Started something new.  Do we really need any more Skywalker’s?  I think the name should have died out with Luke, Leia and Ben Solo.  There is no Rise of Skywalker, they are all dead.  We will miss them forever, but they are gone.  Now it’s time for a new generation of Force Strong individual’s that don’t come from some famous family name to reign supreme!