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Welcome to Breakfast with Brodie and Mackenzie
We have a few menu items you might enjoy.
Bagel and Lox
One Bagel (I use the Everything or Egg style bagels.)
(I use Fresh Market’s Nova Bits which are like trimmings that’s half the price as the regular and still delicious)
Red Onion, sliced
The Juice of 1 Lemon
1 Tbsp Capers
Plain Cream Cheese
Salt & Pepper
First toast your bagel then allow it to cool down. This will help make spreading the cream cheese over the bagel easier. Spread the cream cheese in an even layer. Then take your capers and embed them into the cream cheese layer. (I use a fork to sprinkle the capers and press them into the cream cheese.) Then add a layer of red onion slices or rings. At this point I may add a slice of tomato. Now lay down a generous layer of smoked salmon. Add as much dill on top as you like (it’s hard to overdo the dill so I add a lot). Add salt and pepper and lemon juice. Indulge. This dish is one of our all time favorites.
Brodie and Mackenzie
Steak and Eggs with Mushroom Gravy and Hash Brown Patties
Brodie and Mackenzie, Recreating One of Their Favorite Breakfast’s from IHOP
Gordon and I, Julie, are doing the write up for them. They love cooking, they love the photography, they love the eating, just not the write-up’s. 🙂 So, that is where we come in.
Brodie and Mackenzie, Cooking
Mackenzie Does the Note Taking
While in lockdown due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, Brodie and Mackenzie were missing some of their favorite restaurant foods so they decided to create this one.
Here are the ingredients for the steak marinade.
Marinade the steaks overnight for best results.
4 Drops Vanilla Extract
2 Tbsp. Heinz 57 Sauce
4 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
4 Tbsp. A1 Sauce
1/2 Tbsp. Maple Syrup
1 Shake of Powdered Cinnamon
1 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 Tbsp. Molasses
1/4 Cup Sliced Onion
2 Garlic Cloves chopped
For the Gravy:
2 Portobello Mushroom Caps Chopped into chunks
1 Onion Chopped into chunks
3 – 4 Tbsp. Butter
Pictured are the ingredients they used.
Gordon, Brodie and Mackenzie is Taking Notes
Mix all the ingredients in a large seal-able container large enough to hold your steaks.
Here I am helping out and Brodie is taste testing the mix.
Add any of the above marinade ingredients to suit your taste.
Add your chopped onions and garlic cloves to the marinade.
Mix all the ingredients well with a whisk.
Add your steaks to the marinade and coat them well with it.
Place in the refrigerator overnight.
The next morning, remove your steaks and shake off any excess marinade back to the container as it will be used later. Blot the steaks dry using a paper towel.
See how the marinade penetrated the steak giving it a beautiful brown color? Brodie did a great job in making the steak dry. This is key as a dry steak will cook better than a wet one. Wet steaks cooked in a pan tend to boil and steam in its own juices where as a dry steak will sear and brown in the pan.
Here they used a strainer to separate the onion and garlic from the other liquid ingredients of the marinade.
Here are the large Portobello mushroom caps they used for the gravy. Clean the mushroom by either using a paper towel to remove the dirt or quickly run them under running water.
Hash Brown Ingredients:
3 Potatoes shredded
3-4 Tbsp. Vegetable Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
Mackenzie Shredding Potatoes
Shred your potatoes into a container.
Here are the eggs, one of the mushroom caps, which when cleaned, took off the outer layer of the mushroom… it happens!
The glorious Onion!
Strain your shredded potatoes using a cheesecloth to get out most of the moisture. You will be surprised how much moisture is in a potato.
Sparky, Spooky and Barefoot Brodie
Add your oil to a large cast iron pan and heat to medium high heat.
When the pan is at temperature, form about 1/3 Cup of your shredded potatoes into patties. Carefully place the patty into the heated oil.
Here they were able to place four patties into the pan.
Using a spatula, flip the patties over when browned to your liking.
Mackenzie Flipping the Hash Browned Patties
Nice color on those hash browns! When they have finished cooking, place the hash browns onto a paper towel lined plate to catch the excess oil. Salt and pepper them to taste.
Chop your onions and mushroom caps into chunks and saute them in 3 to 4 Tbsp. butter in a large pan.
Saute the onions until they become translucent.
Using a cast iron grill pan turned onto medium high heat, pan sear your steaks.
Cook the steaks to your liking. Medium cooked steak will take about 7 min. cooking on both sides. This also depends upon how thick your steaks are.
Cooking Tip: To test your steaks, using your finger and pushing down on the steak, if it has a little give, it is likely at Medium Well. The more give the steak has, the less it is cooked.
Using a strainer, strain out the onions and garlic used in the marinade and place the marinade liquid into a small sauce pan.
Heat the sauce to medium heat to slightly reduce the liquid.
Place the onions and garlic used in the marinade into the saute pan of mushrooms and onions and cook them until tender.
When all your onions, mushrooms, and garlic are tender, add your reduced marinade liquid to the pan and cook until all the ingredients are to a gravy consistency.
Sparky and Spooky are Hungry
Here, Brodie is turning the steaks as the gravy is cooking. See the sear marks the steaks have because they were dry when they went into the pan!
Add some oil to a small saute pan and heat it to medium heat. When the pan’s oil has come up to temperature, add your egg to the pan and cook until the egg white is done, leaving the yolk slightly runny. This will take only a few minutes to cook.
Serve your hash browns, steak and gravy, and eggs on a plate and enjoy!
Have a Nice Day!
Brodie and Mackenzie
(And Gordon and Julie) 🙂
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Me, Taking a Kayak Photo
Making Plans for our Mermazing Kayaking Trip to Weeki Wachee Springs
Me, Taking a Kayak Selfie
Rise and Shine Kayaker’s Breakfast
Today we will be spending our day kayaking Weeki Wachee Springs in Central Florida. It is a 6 mile trip by kayak. We need to start our day with a good breakfast.
Let’s start by slicing green, red, and yellow bell peppers into thick rings.
Add some olive oil to a sauce pan on a medium-high heat and then place a few of the rings to soften.
Once they have softened a little bit, crack an egg into each ring.
Place a lid onto the pan for just a few minutes so that the steam cooks the eggs and they don’t run when you try and flip them.
Gordon Flipping Our Bell Pepper Eggs
Just Top With Some Salt and Pepper 🙂
Grab and Go!
Oh, and we did end up running by McDonald’s for our favorite sausage biscuits and hash browns, and Egg McMuffins while on our way out to Weeki Wachee Springs. Hey, we aren’t perfect here! 🙂
We always take food with us everywhere we go. It is very nice to eat out occasionally, and we do, but a lot of times we take food with us. It is more affordable and this way we do control our intake of food. When you create your own menu then you control the calories, and the health of what you are eating.
Here we did bring with us some Key Limeade (made with an artificial sweetener), and some Key Lime Cookies for a little sweet treat.
(A nice little snack in the kayak.)
And Always Take Plenty of Water With You!
I also made a Fruit Salad to take with us.
AND, Some Lime Zest Bread…..
Here, Surrounded By My Fruit Salad,
and, Ke Ke Key Lime Liquor to Drizzle over top.
I had intended this as our dessert after dinner at the restaurant.
(Recipes Down Below)
Highlights of our Trip
March 1, 2020
Kayaking Weeki Wachee Springs, Spring Hill, Florida
Gordon and I wanted to take our children and their partner’s kayaking Weeki Wachee, but we had to literally coordinate 6 people’s schedules. We had wanted to do this in January of this year but kept putting it off until we all finally agreed on March 1st. But sadly, there was a death in our son-in-law’s family, his grandfather, so he and Veronica bowed out of our trip and it ended up just being myself, Gordon, our son Brodie, and his girlfriend Mackenzie.
Julie and Mackenzie
I do wish that Veronica and Brian had joined us this day in spite of their sadness. Although they would have been sad, getting out into nature just makes you feel better.
Also, families are not just for laughter and happiness. We are also for tears and sadness. We would have understood and accepted their tears and pain with hugs and warmth. We just wanted all of us to be together.
So, it ended up being just the 4 of us.
Gordon and Julie
Mackenzie, Gordon, and Brodie
Brodie did have a hard time at first maneuvering the kayak as his center of gravity is higher than most because he is so tall. Gordon initially had the same problem his first time out because he is very tall as well. But it does take some practice.
Mackenzie was a Pro!
Manatee’s! The very highlight of our adventure!
I Believe That They Loved Mackenzie!
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I love the Betta Fish. They have such nice personalities. And yes, fish do have personalities. You can see my sweet Miranda in her cute little clam shell where she is resting.
I do love all the bright colors that I created for my sweet Miranda.
Weeki Wachee Springs is also famous for it’s mermaid show.
This is probably my most favorite Girly Christmas EVER!
This kayak rental is located on the same property as the Weeki Wachee Mermaid Park. It is very convenient parking with bathrooms and changing rooms where you check in. It really is ideal!
Here is their address:
6131 Commercial Way
Spring Hill, Florida 34606
At The End Of The Day…..
The Upper Deck
(Our view of The Upper Deck from our Kayaks. After paddling 6 miles.)
The Upper Deck
(Our view of The Upper Deck from their parking lot.)
All of us extremely hungry from paddling 6 miles!
We Do Love The View
Mackenzie and Brodie
Clams, Shrimp Pizza, Grouper Cheeks…..
We were so hungry I believe we inhaled all the food. 🙂
Gordon and Brodie both ordered Shrimp Taco’s while Mackenzie and I ordered Fried Grouper with Slaw and Fries.
It Truly was a Perfect Ending to a Perfect Day!
But, now for the START of our Day!
The Four of Us in the Car on our Way to Weeki Wachee
I did bring along a Snake Bite Kit, just in case.
Great! We are HERE!
Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
This is where we park to go kayaking. It is on the same property as the mermaid show. You just drive down this road to get to the area where you can go kayaking.
There is plenty of parking.
In the building you see here, there are bathrooms and changing rooms.
You also check in here for your kayaking adventure.
Here, Gordon and Brodie and Mackenzie have checked in and are selecting their paddle for the kayak’s.
Here they are walking to the launch area.
As the family photographer, I tend to trail behind everyone taking photos of the signs of wildlife to look out for.
(I think we saw everything but a deer.)
Gordon, Brodie and Mackenzie choosing their kayak’s.
NOTE: When choosing a kayak it is important to choose one with a higher back seat. That way you will have a more pleasant trip than one with a lower seat.
Mackenzie has Launched!
Brodie is Launching!
The morning started off a bit cool.
Which is why Mackenzie is so covered up.
Right when I launched I saw this beautiful duck.
The Day Was Beautiful!
A Nice Sunny Warm Day
Mackenzie and Brodie
A Cormorant Swimming By
I do love the relationship of Brodie and Mackenzie.
They are very cute together.
That would be ME, taking photos of Gordon.
That would be Gordon, taking photos of ME!
Brodie with the Manatee Sign.
The Cute Couple
This would be me, flowing backwards down the spring.
Everything is just so peaceful.
Brodie getting tangled into a tree. 🙂
Coming Across a Manatee!
This was so exciting! Right underneath us!
One of the Beautiful Birds! An Egret!
Looking Out For Manatee’s
Julie and Mackenzie Kayaking Ahead
Me, in my very peaceful kayak.
This Embankment is Truly Beautiful!
There were times when we were so isolated and tranquil, but then we would suddenly come across many houses along the embankment. I did so love their docks. Sometimes they had rope swings where you know they would use to swing out into the springs and then jump in for a nice swim.
I do envy all these homeowner’s along the springs embankment.
How I would love that life along the waterside.
Brodie Looks Peaceful Here
Mackenzie Right Behind Him
I always love trailing behind. Going at my own pace.
We Came Across a Turtle…
So Very Sweet
DANGER! WATER MOCCASIN BREEDING AREA!
What a lot of people don’t realize is that Water Moccasin’s are very aggressive snakes. They do tend to skim across the water in search of their prey. The old adage that if you stay away from them they will stay away from you is not true. The Water Moccasin is a very aggressive snake and you need to steer well clear of. Also, snakes have been known to fall into boats as they sail past. That rule also applies to kayaks and row boats as well. Remember that as you kayak down the springs under branches.
Smooth Sailing Ahead
Taking a Break
Another Lovely Duck
Mackenzie Going Underneath the Log
Approaching More Homes….
This Particular House is a Favorite of Mine!
It Just Looks Like Some Barbie Dream Swamp House. 🙂
I love the mural paintings and the steps leading up to the house from the spring.
The Mermaids and the Manatee’s are Perfect!
I also love the Swimming Pool Ladder Here.
It looks like I am behind now. Everyone is ahead of me. 🙂
I do tend to lag behind when I am enjoying something special.
Approaching Hospital Hole
This area goes down 142 feet deep. It’s called Hospital Hole due to the sulfur that helps fish and manatee’s to rid themselves of parasites. This spot is frequented by divers and kayaker’s alike due to the frequent sightings of manatee’s.
It was so remarkable to see manatee’s here.
They are such friendly animals that will come right up to you.
We came across two manatee’s that had a long gash along their backs. Probably from a motorboat. So sad, they are such gentle creatures.
Look at that sweet face!
I believe these manatees adore Mackenzie.
Gordon is Taking These Photos
Just Look at the Gashes From Motor Boats on their Backs
They Truly are Sweet
Now we are approaching the end of our journey.
Here you can see our restaurant where we have reservation’s, in the distance.
Once We Did Make It To Shore…..
There was a bus to pick us up and take us back here……
….where we started from.
So, while we change clothing and get settled….
Brodie and Mackenzie doing their thing.
The Upper Deck
5386 Darlene Street
Weeki Wachee, Florida 34607
You can even pull right up to the restaurant in your kayak.
There is also a kayak rental right next door as well.
Mermaids and Manatees
Can’t Wait to go Back!
Lime Zest Cupcakes
Lime Zest Bread
(I had some extra batter so I made some cupcakes.)
3 Cups All Purpose Flour
2/3 Cup Butter/Margarine
1 3/4 Cups Sugar
3/4 t. Salt
2 1/2 t. Baking Powder
1/2 t. Vanilla
1 Cup Milk
3 Limes, Zest and Juice
Here I am allowing my eggs and butter/margarine to come to room temperature.
You will need an electric mixer for this.
So, in a large bowl cream the butter/margarine and the sugar together.
Then you add all 4 of your eggs to the sugar and butter mixture.
Also add your vanilla.
Now you want to zest your limes/key limes into the bowl. I love lots of zest so add as much or as little as you like. I did 3 limes here.
Stir and Blend Together
In a separate bowl combine your all purpose flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk together.
Now it’s time to add the dry ingredients to the wet. But, you want to alternate between the dry and the 1 cup of milk. So, add a little bit of the dry, then a little bit of milk, mixing the whole time with your mixer on a low setting and scraping the bowl with your spatula all at the same time. 🙂
Look at that beautiful batter!
And it tastes delicious just as it is!
Now it’s time to preheat the oven on 350F and time to grease your loaf pans with Crisco.
Just Pour Into Loaf Pan and Bake for 45-55 minutes.
Be sure to test with a toothpick to make sure it comes out clean.
Then you know it is ready.
Let thoroughly cool before removing from loaf pan.
I ended up doubling the recipe and made a few to give away as gifts.
This was one of those breads that I kept for us to eat here at home with some leftover fruit salad.
Drizzled with some Key Lime Liquor was perfect! I just wish that I had some zest leftover, that would have been the icing on the bread. 🙂
Melon and Papaya Fruit Salad
1 Honey Dew Melon
5 Kiwi Fruit
1 Bunch of Grapes
3 Limes, Zest and Juice
1 Sugar Free Orange Marmalade with Zest
Some Lime Margarita Mix to Taste
The first thing that I did was to slice the melon’s in half and remove the seeds. I then used a melon baller to scoop out the melon’s into round balls and placed into a bowl.
I also added a bunch of green grapes.
Next comes the Kiwi Fruit
I peeled it and then sliced it into small pieces.
I then sliced a Papaya in half and scooped out those seeds and used my melon baller to scoop out the fruit.
Sugar Free Orange Marmalade
I added some to a mixing bowl along with some lime zest, lime juice, and some lime margarita mix.
Just a few teaspoons.
Now it’s time to add your fruit.
I let this sit overnight as kind of a marinade.
Then the next morning I drained some of the liquid out of it so that it wasn’t so swamped.
I placed some into containers to take with us on our kayaking adventure.
And I set aside one to keep here at home for us to enjoy.
Puts a Peach and Green smile on my face!
Everything is always better on the water.
(Especially while wearing my new water shoes.) 🙂
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(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!
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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With the Coronavirus ravaging our country and the entire world, everyday that I wake up feeling good I thank my lucky stars that I have one more day of good health. I remember hearing as a child that ‘if you have your health then you have everything.’ I used to scoff at that as being ridiculous but now I get it. Everyday that I am healthy is a good day. I am just going to enjoy my life and appreciate every day until my days run out. We come into this world crying and I hope to leave it laughing. (That’s the plan anyway.) 🙂
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June 30, 2020
The 4th. of July
Every year we usually do something very nice for our Independence Day. A nice big spread of BBQ/Brunswick Stew/ Corn on the Cob/ etc. And this year will be no different. Only because we do themes. 🙂
I am however, very curious as to see how our average American tends to “celebrate” the 4th.
Will there even be a celebration? I know that we have not been feeling very patriotic for decades. Oh, we love our country, just not the politicians that run it and ruin it. The idea of America is what we celebrate. We celebrate the patriotism of our past. When we were proud to be American’s. Although those days are past, we do live in the past, therefore this July 4th. will be special to us.
Here are a few clues as to the theme of our July 4th.
Do you understand now? Great!
Then we are on the same page. See you on the 4th.!
Star Spangled Kisses!
p.s. What’s with the additional coffee pot on the counter underneath the paper towels? I don’t get that?
June 28, 2020
My Thoughts on Gone With The Wind
I want to first state that I am pro Black Lives Matter. I did grow up in the south, Georgia, to be exact. I was born in 1961. I can remember the commercials on T.V. where someone by the name of J.B. Stoner was running for some office and would talk about how he would get rid of the N*****’s. Even though I was just a girl I disliked that man on T.V. I grew up in a kind household. At least where my mother’s family was concerned. My biological father’s family were very racist. My bloodline does put me in The Daughter’s of the American Revolution, DAR, by my biological father. I have that bloodline yet I do not honor that heritage. I have the DNA to be in that exclusive club but I do not join it.
I suppose that my fried chicken above and the cotton would seem a racist statement. I don’t mean it to. I adore fried chicken and I love the cotton. I also can’t live without Watermelon!
I am so happy that most people are starting to realize all that our black American’s go through and are helping to end their suffering. I’m sure that if I were to take a DNA test that my heritage would be African/Scotch-Irish/ and Greek. And I would be just as proud to be all of them! I have black characteristics/Scotch-Irish characteristics, and Greek. 🙂
But, Gone With The Wind is one of my most favorite movies of all time. Not because it depicts slavery. But because of Scarlett O’Hara.
When I first saw Gone With The Wind I hated Scarlett. I thought she was so mean! But I came to realize that although she was mean, she made sure that her family and friends survived. She sacrificed her happiness and married men that she didn’t love so that her family had a roof over themselves, and so that she could control the money and keep Tara alive and well, and her family members. She was also caring for Ashley and Melanie when they needed help. Melanie and Beau are only alive because of Scarlett.
In the old south some families did own slaves. Some of my family members owned slaves. I cannot do anything about the past. That wasn’t my past. But, I can do something right now. I can support Black Lives Matter and I do!
Gone With The Wind is just a movie, It is not a documentary on slavery. I can very easily imagine the horrors of slavery just as I can image the horrors the Jews endured in the concentration camps. I just happen to love the movie GWTW because it takes place not far from where I was born. And it depicts an era of grandeur and then hardship, and war. It depicts change and a new future. To me Mammie is the smartest person in the entire movie. I also love that Rhett wants the respect of Mammie more than anyone else.
I say put all those Confederate statues in a museum where they belong. That is our history, for good or for bad. We shouldn’t erase our history. But it also shouldn’t be flaunted. I grew up in Rome, GA. where the Rome Re-enactor’s re-enact the Civil War. My parent’s said decades ago that there will be another Civil War. It’s as if they keep re-enacting it in the hopes they will eventually win.
I can’t do anything about my country’s past, I can’t also do anything about my families past, but I can do something right now. I support Black Lives Matter because they do! I am with you. But, I also like to occasionally watch Gone With The Wind. Not because I love slavery, I don’t! But, I do love Scarlett. I always will.
June 26, 2020
Memories and Musings
Our Home on MacDill AFB Before we Purchased our House
Those are our cars. We had an ocean view. The raw ocean was only a block away.
When we left Maryland in 2003 and moved to Florida I was very excited to be coming back to Florida. My mother’s beach condo was just 23 miles away. I was excited that I would be managing it. I had been booking it through Ebay while we were living in Maryland for a few years, acting as a travel agent. But now I would be doing it all down here. I loved our new home on base! (Photo above.) I loved that the base was on a peninsula. I loved that we had an ocean view with the ocean just being a block away. I also loved that we didn’t have to worry about doing yard work. The base hired people to do that for you. I loved that everywhere we went I was driving on a road right beside the ocean. Sometimes you could see dolphins jumping out of the water. Sometimes you could see sharks fins above the water as they swam right up to the shoreline. Sometimes you could see what looked like the water boiling but it was actually something large eating a bunch of something smalls as in a feeding frenzy going on. We saw lots of sunrises from our kitchen and balcony area. And if we were out at the condo then we saw lots of sunsets there. The waters around the base were loaded with muscles and clams. Usually it would be me picking up the many seashells to then bring them home and do crafts with them. I made many shell wreaths, most of which I gave away as gifts. I very much enjoyed our life there, we all did. Yet to be around other military families all I seemed to ever hear were the complaints.
I thought back to when we were living in Hawaii and a family that we were very close to were living on Hickum AFB, and living in officer’s housing with the ocean just across the road, and their child’s school just a block away within walking distance where all the lovely ladies would walk their small children to school each morning while strolling the little ones in their strollers down the sidewalks, they had it made, yet so many complaints.
We also knew another family who lived on our base with us out in Ewa Beach. Their house was right on the ocean, they swam in the ocean most every day. They even had their own Tiki Hut on the beach where they could entertain. They had a garden that was so beautiful. Yet, all they ever did was to complain. With July 4th. coming up I remember my last Independence Day in Hawaii, it was in 1999. Gordon was out to sea as usual so this family that I describe above invited us to spend the day with them. I brought over a large container of fried rice that I had made myself. I can’t even remember the rest of the food, only what I had brought. As night came and we are sitting on their private beach with Diamond Head in the distance, and fireworks on big display in Waikiki, I knew then that it will never be as good as it is right now. So, I soaked it up. I was sad that we were moving from Hawaii in just a few short weeks. So, I took it all in and I can still see it in my mind now. But, the family that I tell you about in this story did nothing but complain about everything. If living on a home in Hawaii right on the ocean doesn’t make you happy then nothing ever will. So…..
(NOTE: When we were living out in Ewa Beach we were across the street from the ocean but sadly a large Marine Barracks was blocking our view.)
When we moved to Florida and we got our ‘near the waterfront’ home, I enjoyed every bit of it and I look back on our 3 years there and I miss it. It was a very nice life. I suppose I’m being a bit nostalgic. I think a lot of people are now. Sort of reminiscing about the past and what life was like before this pandemic. I do wonder if those families that I mention above ever found any sort of happiness? I seriously doubt it.
Recently this millionaire Steven Bing jumped 27 floors to his death because he was lonely, and I did later read a headline that he was also feeling guilty over his young girlfriends death. I then went on to read how the son he fathered with Elizabeth Hurley was grieving his death. The father that for many years denied he was his father, and had nothing to do with him, was grieving for him. WHAT? Exactly what loss is there to grieve? As I see it, you can’t miss what you never had. You can’t mourn what you never lost. I hate to tell you this Damien Hurley, but your sperm donor died. Period!
A millionaire in what is probably a penthouse on the 27th. floor killed himself because he was sad. To someone like me we scratch our heads over that because we would be having a ball in that penthouse and looking out at what is probably a wonderful view sipping champagne, eating lobster and shrimp, and toasting to the life of luxury.
But now, not to stray too far off topic but I look around at the many women in our society that are having those butt implants so that they can have a big butt. And I remember back to when all these other women had to have all the breast implants so they could have big boobs. Prior to that I think big lips were the in thing where everyone looked like a fish and yet somehow they thought that was attractive. When I look at these women all I see is so much mental illness. If you feel the need to put that much effort into your outsides, then your insides must be pretty messed up.
I wish our society would put more emphasis on someone’s insides as being important. I wouldn’t take one of those big giant butt’s or humongous boobs for any amount of money in the world. My butt is not very shapely, but my boobs are holding up pretty well for age 59, so I will just keep what I have because those things just don’t matter to me. I do want to loose a few pounds for the sake of my health and for my vanity when I wear something nice I would like to look good in it.
My hope when this pandemic is over is that our society will play a huge role in counseling all the mental illness that not only exists now, but that will come to fruition years from now, as in an explosion. My hope is that there will be a bottom that our society hits where it finally realizes that there is no perfect breast size, or butt size, or dress size. My hope is that more attention will go toward victims of bullying, domestic abuse and violence. A fairer society is a nicer society.
I learned through my lifetime to appreciate everything that I have and to look on my past as a learning experience, including the traumas. There are people that see me as someone that just cannot get over things. That’s not true. I very happily forgive. But first I need an apology and an acknowledgement. Once I get that I can forgive anyone. But I never seem to get that. So, I end up doing the only thing that I can do. I say goodbye and wish them well. But, I never want to see them again, and I never want to know them again. If their relationship with me is not worth an apology then I must not mean very much to them.
I hope that when all is said and done that we are a better people and a better nation when we come out of this pandemic. Sometimes we have to hit bottom before that happens. As a country, that’s what I’m afraid of. I didn’t bring children into this world so they can suffer a life of hardship in the future.
June 19, 2020
Celebrating the Last of our Christmas Shooting……
Starting tomorrow down goes our Star Wars Christmas in our dining room. Oh, we took all the rest of our Christmas down throughout our house months ago, but we kept this area up because we wanted to do a bit more with it and what with being in lockdown for months now every month just sort of blurs together. I am someone that makes efforts to keep up with the date, and the day of each week. We have also been really knocking out projects left and right. Gordon is still working from home. He puts in his 8 hours a day on his computer, M – F, but because he is working from home he can take a 2 hour break for lunch and work on a project outside and then make the time up later on in the evening.
We realize that we are very lucky compared to so many that have not had it as easy as we have. But we have been where you are. There was actually a time when Gordon and I were homeless and sleeping on a friends couch and floor. And there was a time when all we had was $15.00 a month for food. I realize that is hard to believe to some, but not to those that have been there. And I am only writing this for them and not some casual reader.
So, if we are to be looked down upon for being fortunate at this time by some people, rest assured, we have paid our dues. Over, and over again. Plus, fortune never seems to last forever so we will see how things unfold. I don’t believe any of our futures are guaranteed. I was thinking about what kind of Christmas I would like this year and then I realized that there may not be any Christmas. Our country’s future is very uncertain. Joe Biden may very well win the election in November but that doesn’t mean he will be President. Al Gore won in 2000 and we see how that coup turned out. Hillary won in 2016 and we see how that turned out.
The polls say that 80% of our country all agree that things are out of control but that really means nothing. Democrats and Independents may not like all that Trump is doing and sees the country as being out of control, but the same thing can be said about republicans seeing the BLM protests as our country being out of control. So, polls really tell us nothing right now. Instead of pollsters and politicians plotting a strategy for an Electoral College win in November, I think they should focus more on what to do if the incumbent doesn’t leave OUR HOUSE when he looses.
Am I hopeful? NO!
Because I know the mindset of the right winger.
Right now it looks as if America as a whole wants change. It looks as if those moderates that have turned a blind eye to our country’s problems forever are now waking up and ready to commit to helping to change things for the better. That’s all good! (And it would have been great had they gotten involved before the shit hit the fan, but…..)
But, what is coming is the response from the deplorables. And they will respond! Right now they are just upset that the country they thought they were taking back from the “evil liberals” is slipping out of their fingers. They see the tides changing rapidly in front of their eyes. They see black people fighting back in great numbers. And not just blacks but brown, white, and Asian’s are marching in large numbers alongside our African-American people. The Supreme Court keeps dealing them blows by ruling in favor of the LGBTQ community where discrimination is concerned, and how they are not going to deport over 700,000 DACA people back to the country their parents fled when they were just children.
The haters are loosing right now and they don’t like it. They will fight back because they do not respect laws. They live by their ideology. They will not respect the election results unless it goes in their favor this November and that will just embolden them to go farther. Right now they are licking their wounds and planning and plotting for a resurgence. And they will make a comeback and become even more dangerous than they are right now.
THAT is what I fear!
There are solutions but no one seems to be implementing them. So, if I want to leave Christmas decorations up almost 7 months after Christmas, then I will!
June 11, 2020
I had it in my head what I was going to write about but then it left me. So, I thought that I would just start typing and then we’ll see what tumbles out. I’ve known we would get to this point in our history a few decades ago. Oh, I didn’t exactly know the details, I just knew the feeling and the destination. But what has surprised me is the goodwill of so many that have been complicit and stagnant for so very long in the past, are now waking up and are becoming more active. I promise you, I did not see that coming.
I’ve been made fun of for so long, by so many, because of my keeping up with politics and speaking out against the injustice that I’m not used to people actually understanding why now? I think that most people saw me as insane during the George W. Bush years because of my political activism. But, we wouldn’t be where we are now if it weren’t for G. W. Bush. There would not be a Trump if there weren’t a Palin, if there weren’t a Bush…..
I am into prevention!
As am Empath I have spent my life preventing bad things from happening. That is what Empaths do. We want to prevent bad things from happening in the future. That is how I spend my life. I will also never receive the credit that I deserve for preventing something bad from happening. How many times have I prevented a burglary? We will never know because I prevented it. I lock doors. I set alarms. I have always watched my children like a hawk. I keep up with my handbag, my luggage, my carry on. I am not distracted by the things that others are because my focus is on my children or my possessions.
How many times have I prevented something bad from happening?
We will never know because I PREVENTED BAD THINGS FROM HAPPENING!
Gordon is the true “hero” of the family because he rides to the rescue when something bad DOES happen.
If anyone has a car wreck, or any kind of accident they know to call Gordon, not me. Why? Because Gordon will rise to the occasion and swoop in to save whomever needs saving. And as for me? Well, I’m too busy questioning how could this have possibly happened? Did you not lock your doors? Why were you distracted on the road? Did you not have your hands on the steering wheel at 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock? And why not? Whatever were you thinking?
I am useless in an emergency!
But, I am the best person in the world to help you prevent something bad from happening.
I think of things that the average person doesn’t think about.
The point that I am trying to make here is that there are so many of us that do such good work but we will never be recognized for it. I suppose timing is everything. And if we aren’t being recognized at the exact moment in time that we need to be, then we are lost in history.
But, we are not lost! Our work is being recognized at the moment, and by the most important people that need to recognize it.
We are important! If you are like me then you know perfectly well how important that you are. We may not get our credit at the time, but we will eventually. Besides, it is in us to help people whether or not those people appreciate us at the time, or not.
That is the path of an Empath.
May 27, 2020
Operation Lockdown Ugly and Happy About It (Sort of.)
Julie Bedroom Selfies
At age 59 there will never be any sexy bedroom selfies, but there will be selfies.
Above is my pre-pandemic look, my current pandemic look, and my post-pandemic look. This is what I look like when I am at home. I am not going to waste make-up or styling products if I am only going to be looking at myself all day. I do however, generously use moisturizer in every crevice whether I leave the house or not. I also will continue to do my personal grooming and manicure/pedicure whether anyone will ever see my hands or feet ever again. I will also continue to floss my teeth as if there is no tomorrow. In other words, I take care of my self, my body, my skin, my hair, my teeth, etc. because I am worth it. I may not pretty up on the outside but I still take care of myself on the inside as well as the outside. And I hope everyone else is able to as well.
I have been in self-isolation for the past 2 1/2 months with my family here at home.
I also plan on not going anywhere anytime soon until about July or August if I can help it.
That may be hard for some people but not for me. I learned a very long time ago how to entertain myself. I am not going to go into that again as I have talked about it before, but I do think it a bit irresponsible for others to try and tell people what to do in lockdown/self-isolation. Martha Stewart may have given good advice when she told people to ‘grow a garden’ while in quarantine, but she also has no clue what most people may be going through. When faced with an eviction in one month, hearing from Martha that they need to grow a garden is a bit unrealistic. Martha is a nice person. I am not dissing her. It really is up to us to discover that which we need, inside of us, to get us through this. Hey, as long as Gordon has a job and is bringing in a paycheck then we are o.k. But, the second that ceases, we are screwed!
Nothing in this climate is a guarantee. We may be fine now but that doesn’t mean we will be fine next week, next month, or next year.
I believe that realistically, that is how most people are right now. Unless you are a millionaire with lots of money stashed away then your future is just as iffy as anyone’s.
One thing that I have enjoyed is that there are celebrities that have posted worrisome tweets/photos/ etc. of themselves with real fears and worries. I believe that makes their followers feel better about their own situations. Looking at the people that they admire posting photos of their non-flawless skin, cellulite thighs, tummy bulges, gray roots, anxieties, extra pounds….. just means they are just as human as the rest of us.
I have also noticed something different happening in our country. Justice! Over the past few decades there have been so many injustices done. Police murders of black men and boys on the rise, racial discrimination of black and brown people. But, over the past few days people are getting fired for their racism. THAT is very new! And what is happening in our climate at the moment? A pandemic. Could people be finally waking up to the horrible Trump climate in our country and actually be worried about it, AND, trying to correct it? Are the moderates finally waking up and not liking what they see? When you do nothing about a situation then you are complicit in it.
I do know that if you keep going you will eventually win.
I started this website in 2011. I have had a cyber-stalker to do his best to ruin it, sabotage it, re-write it, destroy it, but guess what? I persisted! I never stopped working on it. I never stopped creating. I never stopped writing. I never stopped posting. I never stopped blogging. And here we are 9 years later and this website is far larger and better than it ever was before. Oh, I do have quite a few pages to still correct that he has ruined. And all the damage he has done to us we will never forgive him for but, If you keep going you will eventually win. Never stop believing in yourself. I know that sounds a bit like some 80’s Journey song but it’s true.
Although I will not post that video of that “Central Park Karen” woman that everyone is talking about. That woman was finally exposed for the real person she is and people decided that they didn’t like her and no longer wanted to tolerate her and people like her. Trying to get an African-American man arrested by lying to police about him simply because he pointed out a leash law to her is evil. She is evil. And now she is getting what she deserves. People eventually expose their true selves and that is what is happening in our current climate. Thank goodness that there are some decent people out there that are no longer willing to tolerate them.
May 23, 2020
I Am So Overwhelmed
This may take me a few days to write as I am so overwhelmed by so much right now, but I thought I would go ahead and start while I have a few moments to myself. (p.s. I did get it all written in one day.) 🙂
My house is a mess, I need to give myself a pedicure, I’m washing our bedding right now, in just a little bit I will be cleaning our bedroom, I have all the dogs bedding to wash, they also need baths, our laundry hamper is full and I need to get to that but because we use so many mattress covers and sheets and bedspreads, just doing our bedding takes from morning until night. I like to sleep on a “cloud.” So, therefore we have lots of feather beds on top of 3 mattresses. And yes, you have guessed correctly. I AM The Princess and The Pea.
I am a tall person but even I have to climb up into bed at night. Heaven help us if we ever fall out, we’d probably break our necks.
I need to clean our bathroom but because the new faucet that Gordon installed in my sink, it needs a clamp as it leaks and water drips down into my cabinet, where incidentally, everything that was underneath my sink in my cabinet is sitting in our bathtub. I can’t get organized and clean as I need to until my sink faucet is repaired. We are just awaiting the part to arrive in the mail then Gordon has to repair it.
I need to water our plants in our front entrance to our house so that they don’t die. Luckily it did rain yesterday so that watered our plants on our back lanai so they get to live another day. (This is Florida. If you don’t water every 2-3 days they die. Trust me!)
I need to put away our Christmas decorations. Yes, I just said that. I realize it’s almost June, but after Christmas I just never got around to putting them away. Apparently I am the only one that is capable of it that lives in this house, so If I don’t do it then no one does. I am glad that I never got around to it because we created a great post for our website for Christmas that we never would have done had the decorations not been out.
It was a lot of fun to create and everyone had a good time.
But, getting back to my drama……
We have to finish pickling and get that project over with. We’ve got jars in the dishwasher right now so that we can finish that project either today or tomorrow. We’re doing some carrots and perhaps a few other root vegetables that escapes me right now. I had the utterly brilliant idea of having Gordon to carve each little veggie into a flower to pickle. (If looks could kill I would be a dead woman!) It is a great idea though.
Intermission: My Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone RANT
There is a Harry Potter marathon on t.v. right now and the part that I hate the most was just on. It’s at the end of the movie where Slytherin is about to win the whatever award for best house or something like that. Then Dumbledore awards Gryffindor all those extra points so that they can win instead. Here is my beef. Apparently Slytherin must have been doing something right all year to be ahead only to have the award stolen from them at the very last minute by Dumbledore. They even had all their banners of Slytherin up and ready for the celebration. What Dumbledore did was to rob them of that victory. Perhaps that’s why the Slytherin kids became such bully’s? Sure, they were a bit spoiled at the start, like most privileged kids are, but being robbed of something that special that was rightly due them can only make them resentful towards the authority at Hogwart’s, and the teacher’s pets as well, Harry, Ron, and Hermoine.
Now back to my other rant……
I’m still doing laundry. It’s almost 4:30 p.m. now and my thick extra large comforter is still drying. Then I’ve just got one more load for the night, until tomorrow when it’s time to wash clothes. I’ve spent quite a lot of time in our bedroom today cleaning it. I’ve only gotten half way through. I’ll try and get the other half tomorrow. I came across quite a bit of jewelry I hadn’t seen in years that desperately needs cleaning. Oh, and btw: It’s very easy to clean jewelry effectively. Just use Polydent tablets in water and they will clean your jewelry quite quickly and easily. But only real gold or silver. It will ruin costume jewelry. Also, really watch closely when you clean pearls that way. You don’t want the Polydent to corrode them. Just be watchful and only leave them in for a few minutes.
Gordon is in the backyard with the dogs now. He did clean their water bowl/water fountain today. And he is working on hanging a project of ours in the next few days. It is a project that does require some work. It was my idea to do this project. I think it will end up looking nice. I’ll bring that to you soon.
I am very behind on my letter writing to my relatives that don’t email. God, I wish they would! It would be so much easier for me. I don’t write out letters in long hand, I get tired just signing a check. But, I do type everything out, print out photos, and then send a nice long letter with pictures. I guess I shouldn’t complain about them not wanting to do email. I myself refuse to text, which irritates my children.
Gordon and Brodie still have the gutter project to finish. I myself need to prepare my large above ground planter with the new tomato plants I’ve purchased. I’ve got a great eggplant in there that is growing nicely. So proud! 🙂 Gordon and I have been buying herbs and plants online and having them delivered. I need to get out there and get to those as well. We are having lots of bell peppers growing, which is so nice as we eat a lot of them. And we also ordered some asparagus to plant. It will take a year before we see any results but it will be worth it to have our own asparagus. We have also been trying to buy okra online but everyone seems to be out of it so we are going to use seeds. Okra is very easy to grow and we have always been very successful growing it. Can’t wait to start that project.
On the barefoot front I managed to start my pedicure. It’s pink this week. It has been blue the past few weeks. I can just hear your sigh’s of relief. 🙂
Well, I suppose that you get the drift of how much there is to do around here. And I pretty much just mentioned the tip of the iceberg. I am a bit overwhelmed. In the past when I would look around my house and get overwhelmed I would just shut down. As in just lay on the couch not doing anything at all but watching t.v. or a movie. But for the past few years when I get overwhelmed I just sit down right here in my computer chair and type away working on blog posts, etc.
Sometimes I have to make myself get up and do something productive. In order for me to avoid becoming overwhelmed I’ve learned to take things slow and do things one at a time. Take one room at a time and do what I need to do in there before I move on to the next room. That is what I am doing now. I did half of our bedroom today. I will do the other half tomorrow. Then, I will have a victory. With that victory underneath my belt it will help me to move on to the bathroom and do what all I need to do in there. Then once that is done I will move on to the dining room and put away all the Christmas. I guess you get the picture.
With this being Memorial Day Weekend we will be grilling out but not doing anything as elaborate as we have in the past. We are all kinda tuckered out. Not to mention we all have an extra few pounds on us being in lockdown and enjoying all these feasts we’ve been having. Mackenzie left a few days ago to spend some time with her family in Tampa until she leaves for Gainsville, Florida to do her internship. We miss her. Our ray of sunshine has left the building. But, we know we will see her again. The dogs adore her! If she just takes something to her car they cry for her until she comes back inside. That is why I asked her if she would talk to the dogs alone before she left and just explain to them where she was going and that she would be back. Although the dogs may not understand every word she said, they did hear her tone in her voice, they did view her facial expressions and her body language, and they could feel her feelings. And, guess what? The dogs have been fine and there was no crying when she left. That is much better than just walking out the door never looking back at them. Dogs are so much smarter than people realize.
So, it looks like our Memorial Day grillin’ will consist of “elaborate” grilled veggie sandwiches on Cuban bread.
Nothing fancy, but everything delicious and healthy!
So, with that I will leave you. I need to learn to balance all I have going on in order for all of it to work. I also need to just take one day at a time, one room at a time, one section of a room at a time, in order for me to become more organized and more productive. I will get there eventually. 🙂 We all will. If we try. 🙂
May 18, 2020
The Baseball Analogy For The Coronavirus
I love baseball! I have since I was a young girl and playing sports during school recess. Oh, there were no girl’s or women’s sports while I was growing up but we were allowed to play sports during our school recesses. Usually soccer and kick ball. I was the star player and I played barefoot most of the time. I would kick my shoes off when I would go outside to the playground to play. The only time the popular kids were nice to me was when I was playing sports.
It wasn’t until Junior High School where Gym Class was a class that we were required to take that I started playing baseball. I was good at it too. But, unfortunately whenever my bat would make contact with the baseball, and as that ball sailed high in the sky toward the outfield, that sadly my bat was also soaring high in the air toward the 3rd. baseman. I threw the bat!
I couldn’t help it. I would hit the ball with such force that I couldn’t keep hold of the bat and it would fly out of my hand usually headed toward someone that would have to leap out of the way to prevent from being seriously injured. The coach was always mad at me. She knew that I was a good player I just couldn’t not throw that bat no matter how hard I tried. So, I was always benched.
Whenever I would play soccer or kick ball there was this sweet spot on my feet that when the ball came in contact with that spot, (my very long toes), I could have that ball sailing through the air and way out into the outfield. Well, I found that same sweet spot when I would swing that bat and send that baseball soaring into the outfield while the other team would scramble to try and retrieve the ball. But sadly, that sweet spot was why I couldn’t control the bat.
I suppose I’m rambling as usual but stay with me for a little bit longer. 🙂
The Olympic Games, Atlanta, Georgia 1996
I was in Rome, Georgia that summer visiting with family and friends when my parents, my brother’s, and I decided to go into Atlanta and see if we could get tickets for an event. You see, the way the ticket purchasing was set up for residents in Georgia was very strange. It was a lottery. You could not just buy tickets for whatever event you were interested in, you had to just blindly send in money and they would choose what events and how many tickets they would let you have. My parents knew this doctor that sent in $2,000.00 and he received back just 2 tickets for boxing. What a rip off! So, we decided to just go into Atlanta and see if we could buy tickets on the spot. So we did.
We drove to Kennesaw, Georgia, a pick up spot outside Atlanta where you could park your car and take a bus into the city. If you had tickets in your hand for an Olympic event for that day you could ride free, and if you didn’t then you had to pay a small fee. So, we left our car in Kennesaw and took the bus into Atlanta. This was after the bombing. I’ve never seen so many cops in one place in my life! There was a police officer spaced every 20 feet apart as you would walk all over the area designated for the Olympic Village. We checked prices at some of the events and the prices were very high. That is when we started looking around at people buying tickets from scalpers so we inquired. Turns out the scalpers had the best tickets and the best prices. I believe it was my step-father and my brother Johnny, who was living in London at the time and over for a visit with us, who bought us our tickets for a baseball game, America verses Cuba.
America was doing very well in baseball so we were excited to come back and see the game a few days later. Cuba always rules in baseball as that is their only sport. I also believe that 2 of their players defected at that time. We did get tickets for an event later on that day. It was for Track and Field. We started to get the hang of this scalper thing. All you had to do was to stand there and hold up 2 fingers, or 4 fingers, or 6 fingers, for the amount of ticket’s you were interested in purchasing, and they would approach you.
After the bombing the news coverage of Atlanta was all about how scared people were, ATLANTA IN FEAR!!!!! But, everywhere we went everyone was happy and having a good time. The bus drivers were always telling us to remember to remove our suspicious packages as we exited. 🙂
I learned to hate the Olympic Committee that summer. They are big bullies! Not only did they screw the people of Georgia out of being able to purchase tickets for events, but they also put about 3 small business’s out of business simply because they had the word Olympic in their name. A family owned dry cleaners that had been in business since 1927 was immediately put out of business by The Olympic Committee. They actually have the power to just come in and shut you down. That is just bizarre to me.
We enjoyed walking about Olympic Village. Doing some shopping, enjoying the food, buying up those collectible pins. Oh, I saw Jamie Leigh Curtis duck into a tent with her daughter Annie looking at pins. We also saw actor/politician Fred Thompson strutting around with his country music star girlfriend and his entourage. (Not impressed.)
At the end of the day you go to the designated bus stops to take you back to your car. Atlanta had flown in bus drivers from all over America to work. We know this because our bus driver got lost and it was us Georgia residents, that had to tell him how to get us back to Kennesaw where we were all parked. And then as we are getting off the bus we’re having to give him directions to get back into Atlanta.
A few days later we went back into Atlanta to watch our baseball game. USA verses Cuba. We had pretty good seats. Where we were sitting was actually underneath a ledge so we weren’t sitting directly in the sun. And as usual one of us is always armed with high powered binoculars. In looking at our USA team they were all a bunch of college students recruited from around the country to play because our men’s league’s won’t give up their million dollar salary’s in order to participate. Our team looked liked such little boys. I could see their acne on their faces through the binoculars. They were just a bunch of 19 and 20 year olds compared to those Cuban men, they were just children.
Cuba came out strong until the 3rd. inning. That’s when our boys started to catch up. Not only did they tie with Cuba but actually started to get ahead. By the 6th. inning you could see and hear the excitement from the people in the stadium. USA! USA!! USA!! Our boys were ahead and it was becoming such an exciting game! It was the beginning of the 9th. inning and our boys were ahead with a lead of about 4 I think? Every person in that stadium was on their feet. America had never won a gold in baseball ever. Cuba always wins. Here was our chance to win gold in baseball and we were there to witness it. Our college boys were gonna do it! It was exciting!!!
Ya know, I could never figure out why those Cuban men were so calm those last few innings of that game? I was after all watching them through binoculars. I could see their faces and their facial expressions. I could observe their body language. They weren’t worried about a thing. I just couldn’t figure it out? Why weren’t they worried? They were about to be beaten by a bunch of college aged boys. They were about to lose their title as always winning the gold. And they weren’t worried? Huh. And that’s when it happened……
Cuba very calmly and quickly started gaining. With about 1 minute to go and USA is ahead by 1 point Cuba swooped in and erased our lead only to score another run and WIN!!!!
That’s when it all made sense to me. They let America get ahead. They LET America get ahead just so they could swoop in and take that victory back for themselves. They were so good that they weren’t the least bit worried in reclaiming their victory. They were just toying with all of us. The USA team, the players, the fans……
Needless to say, the mood of every American that left that stadium was very gloomy.
The baseball analogy is the perfect example of the Coronavirus. We are in the first inning of a 9 inning game and people are taking victory laps. This virus is smarter than we are. More skilled than we are. And far more evil than we are. There are no victory laps until there is a victory. Heaven help all of us until this is over.
When that summer of ’96 ended my brother Johnny flew back to Heathrow Airport in London. He wanted to take his old bicycle with him so when we took him to the airport they placed his bike in this huge cardboard container that allowed the wheels to be open at the bottom so that it could be wheeled easily. Plastered all over that cardboard container was Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games. Johnny told us that when he arrived in London and was wheeling his bicycle around Heathrow that he got lots of looks from passers by. Some of them were very admiring. So, Johnny told us he straightened his posture and proudly wheeled that bike out of that airport as if he were an Olympic Cyclist. 🙂
And for me, even though I wasn’t allowed to play baseball anymore I did go on to be the bat girl for the baseball team when I was in High School in Rockingham, North Carolina. There was no girls team. I was bat girl for the boys team. That way I was able to participate in the sport without actually playing. I do still love baseball but to me it’s more fun to actually be there instead of just watching on television. But, I do love the baseball episode on Deep Space 9 where they play against the Vulcans.
Oh, and America did end up winning the Bronze Medal in Baseball in the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
Not bad for a bunch of kids with pimples all over their faces. 🙂
May 12, 2020
Me with Spooky and Sparky
I had the best Mother’s Day ever!
Gordon and Julie Outside our Lanai French Doors
Brodie and Mackenzie
LOCKDOWN COMING TO AN END SOON
At this writing I have been in lockdown since March 10, and Gordon joined me about a week later. Mackenzie moved in mid-late March, and then Brodie joined us last in lockdown the end of March. We have been happy, healthy, and have been enjoying each other and our activities. Movies, projects, cooking, home improvements, etc. have been our life for the past few months. Gordon has been working from home doing his usual 8 hours a day online, but what has been nice is that because he has been working from home the one hour commute to work, and the one hour commute from work to home, has been eliminated. That means that I have 2 extra hours per weekday with Gordon that isn’t spent driving to and from work.
We are natural homebodies and have enjoyed our time here at home together. Oh, Gordon and I do squabble from time to time but for the most part it has been very pleasant for all of us. Gordon and I go from squabbling to laughing in one minute every time. 🙂 Mackenzie is a ray of sunshine and she shines her light on Brodie which then puts him in a great mood. I do believe that had she not quarantined with us that he would have had a hard time here in lockdown with us and he would have probably given us a hard time in wanting to see her. Luckily, we all 4 have had it nice.
Mackenzie will be leaving us in a week but we do have one last major blog post to work on before she leaves. It’ll be fun! You will just have to wait and see. She will spend some time with her family before she moves to Gainesville, Florida for her internship. We will miss her so much! I’ve been a bit blue today just thinking about her leaving. I know the dogs will grieve terribly! They adore her!
One of the conditions that was imposed upon Mackenzie before she moved in with us was that she had to watch every Star Wars movie, all 9 of them, and Rogue One. She did. And she loved them all! She is now officially one of us. 🙂 Oh, and all the Family Guy Star Wars episodes too. (Now they seem to watch Family Guy every day in their room. Something they never did before. Wondering if we had anything to do with that?) 🙂
Oh, and we also have them hooked on Killing Eve! I think we are all up to date on all the seasons and episode’s.
But now we are imposing The Lord of the Rings movies on her before she leaves us. We have all the movies, EXTENDED VERSIONS! Brodie and Veronica were HUGE LOTR fans! Between the two of them they have so much fan merchandise collectibles. Trish in New Zealand also sent us so much LOTR things, and the movies were filmed all over New Zealand.
Gordon and Brodie have started putting up the new gutters around our house in preparation for rainy season. They did manage to rake up most of the leaves in the backyard. Gordon also installed new faucets in our bathroom sinks. Such an upgrade! That is a big project as everything underneath those cabinets was placed in the bathtub for me to plow through and then place back underneath the sinks in some kind of order. Yuck! 🙁
I would say that we have spent our time in lockdown wisely. We have taken advantage of the fact that we have all been together. We have pulled our talents together to create some really nice things. I am proud of all of us.
Gordon and I are so proud of our children and their partners. They chose the best partner’s they could have chosen. Gordon and I are so very lucky to be the Matriarch and Patriarch of such great people. We know that.
The advice that we are giving Brodie and Mackenzie as they venture out into the world……
Look at the world as if it has 100 people in it. 1-10 are below average people. 90-100 are above average people. And then you’ve got those 80 people in the middle, they are average. Average is neither smart nor dumb, they are average and yet these average people control all the decision making in the world. View them as the average people that they are and never see them as leaders. Leader’s are in the top 10 percent.
I do believe in helping the 1-10 people as they cannot help that they were born into that category.
If these average people quit wearing a mask, you need to continue to wear a mask. If these average people bully you and make fun of you for continuing to be careful then remind yourselves that you are being bullied by people that have a lesser intelligence than you and therefore should not be taken seriously. So do you really care what average people think of you? I know that I don’t.
I will wear a mask as long as I feel it is necessary for my health and safety, and that of my family and the public at large. I don’t follow some sheep, or politicians, I will listen to the scientist’s out there and follow my own intellect and instinct’s. So should you!
May 9, 2020
Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response
A.K.A. The Brain Orgasm
I have been experiencing these since I was a girl. There is this tingling in my scalp as if someone is massaging it. The other day it lasted for 2 days in a row. I was actually becoming upset with it as it was interfering with my daily routine and I could not do what I needed to do.
I never understood that it was something that other people experienced. I just arrogantly assumed that it was just something that I was experiencing alone. I am happy to know that I am not the only one that experiences these things.
I have discovered that I can bring them on myself simply by wishing it.
If there were to be a cold, rainy day I could actually bring it on by putting in a favorite movie on t.v., a DVD/Bluray, and then create a cozy environment for me on the couch with lots of pillows and blankets, and some Ginger Ale and some pretzel snacks. OMG! I would be in my own version of heaven that I created myself.
I very happily “suffer” from ASMR!
Julie (See you in Heaven)!
May 8, 2020
The Flat Nosed People
I have been trying to write about this for awhile now but I keep erasing it/deleting it. The flat nosed people/ethnic people are to inherit the earth. They will be the majority in the future. The near future. I myself am a flat-nosed person. I think that I get it from my biological father’s side of the family. They were big racists that were slave owner’s. I believe that I am descended from them in their characteristic’s of most likely procreating with their slaves.
To me the future is ethnic.
Although The Jett’s are not from the south, they do represent the future of the flat nosed people and I do love their music from the 90’s. Very popular when we were living in Hawaii. Therefore, here are The Jett’s.
Angelica Hale, HERO
April 28, 2020
Doing Just Fine, Are We Supposed to Feel Guilty About That?
I heard from one of my guys in India the other day who works on the administrative issues side, and protection of our website, and he was asking how we are doing since he knows restrictions have been lifted here in Florida where going to the beaches are concerned, and in some cases, going back to work have been put into place. We have been self-isolating since early/mid March. Just the 4 of us. Me, Gordon, Brodie and Mackenzie. And Spooky and Sparky. 🙂
The people of India have been in a mandatory lockdown for the past 40 days and I could tell by some of his messages that he wasn’t happy about it at all. I told him that we are doing fine and are actually enjoying our time together here at home. I also told him that we have created a sanctuary here in our home and property over the past decade so self-isolating in our sanctuary is not some ‘prison sentence.’
I also told him that we are lucky that Gordon has been able to work from home and that Brodie has been furloughed with unemployment and how Mackenzie’s internship has been pushed back to June.
Granted, I don’t know his living situation but he can work from home. That is something positive right there. But, there was no cheering him up so I just wished him well and told him that I hope he gets through it.
It is very sad to hear on the news, and to read on the internet, all the people that are struggling, suffering, and even dying because of this Coronavirus. However, we aren’t being brought down by a virus, it has just exposed everything that is wrong with our country and what is wrong with our country is what is bringing us down.
From what I understand New Zealand has all but defeated the virus in their country. Apparently, they must have done something right.
It’s not hard to see that one political party in our country is trying to defeat the other political party in our country by following the rule of law only to be constantly defeated by the other political party who continues to defy the rule of law to push through their disastrous agenda. It just seems to me that in order to defeat someone who is constantly cheating and changing the rules of the game that we too should perhaps change our strategy but yet, I don’t see anyone doing that. It’s as if the marching orders are given by someone so high up in the food chain with absolute power that even the most powerful politicians don’t dare step on their toes.
So, exactly who owns our country now because someone DOES own it and it isn’t the American people.
I’ve said it before and I will say it again,
WE ARE ON OUR OWN!
No one is going to help us. I don’t see it anyway. I see many more deaths, more sickness, more suffering, more poverty, more crime, more human abuse, more animal abuse…..
All this social distancing will be designed to create generations of people who just won’t care about each other anymore. If we see suffering we will stay away because it’s safer for us and our children and our parents, grandparents, etc. There will be those of us that live in The Capital, while others live in the Districts. (Hunger Games) And if you think about it, there are parts of our country that already are segregated like that. Flint, Michigan and their lead filled water comes to mind.
So, as dark of a picture that I paint above shouldn’t I be upset, sad, worried, afraid? Sure. So why aren’t I?
Because there is nothing that I can do about any of it. I have no power, no control, I cannot change the future I can only see it.
The one thing that I had to stop all of this is my vote and thanks to our politicians and their redistricting, stealing elections, robbing us of our vote, I don’t even have that anymore. None of us do. So, I created a sanctuary for when things get bad. That is what I have right now. But, how long will we have it? That I do not know.
None of us ever really know how much time we have left so we can either constantly worry about it, or make the best of it. I choose to make the best of it. Gordon and I have paid our dues more times than I can count to society and we plan on enjoying what we have built together and not feel guilty that we are doing o.k. so far. I am not going to feel guilty for being able to eat good food because we know what it’s like to be hungry and not have enough to eat. We have been poor in our marriage in the early years where we had a budget of $15.00 a month for food and the only thing that money will buy you is Top Ramen soup. Imagine eating noodle soup everyday for a few months? One time we splurged and bought hot dogs and buns but we couldn’t afford the ketchup or the mustard so we walked into a McDonald’s and pocketed their ketchup’s, mustard’s, salt, pepper, and napkins. We became very creative in our survival thinking. Poor people are very creative and never underestimate someone simply because they have less money than you do.
So, are we supposed to feel guilty because we are doing fine (so far) during this pandemic?
I am 59, Gordon is 55. We are senior citizens here in Florida with no control over what may, or may not happen to us and our children. And because we have no control I am not going to spend my time worrying about it. At least, not until the time comes when I have to worry about it. I sincerely hope that all of us will be o.k. but I know we won’t. I hope there are no more deaths but yet there will be. I hope no one else looses their jobs, but they will. And barring something drastic happening to save us all, we are on a downward trajectory. How far each of us falls will depend on the circumstances that will surround us. But you can be sure that the 1% will be o.k. After all, they’ve been robbing our treasury over the past few decades thanks to the politician’s they have placed in office who will continue to serve them as long as we allow it. Now that is the key isn’t it? As long as WE allow it.
Oh, speaking of Civil War’s…….
Is this racist? Our Fried Chicken and my Cotton Together?
Mackenzie has never seen Gone With The Wind so last night we all sat down to watch it together. We ordered food from 2 different grocery stores to be delivered and proceeded to cook this excellent meal. Oh, we didn’t cook the chicken ourselves, the grocery store did and it was wonderful!!!! But, it was my idea to eat something southern while we watched the movie. Sweet Potatoes, regular and purple, were also on our menu as well as some Glazed Carrots. Yum, yum, yummy!
Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With The Wind
GWTW is a favorite movie of mine and Scarlett O’Hara is probably the greatest film heroine of all time. I just thought the chicken and the cotton belonged together here. I suppose it can be construed as racist but I don’t mean it in that way. My step-grandfather out in Texas, Papa Carlton was a cotton farmer. He had lots of land. A few years ago my mother sent me some copies of photos she had taken of us out in Texas and with me as a young girl in his field picking cotton from his crops. Actually, I wasn’t really ‘picking cotton’ as I was picking it up off the ground and putting it into a paper bag as my souvenir to take back to Georgia.
I would post the photo here except that I threw it away. I threw all those Texas photos my mother sent me away. And they were copies of her photos and not originals. I do wish that I had saved that one photo though. Of me, Miss Julie, “picking cotton.”
The south is extremely slow to change and as I told Mackenzie, I was referred to as Miss Julie growing up and there are people still alive that would call me that right now if I were to see them. My mother’s friend Elissha, for one.
We’ll see y’all later now, ya hear?
April 9, 2020
Throwback Thursday, Easter 1975?
Always barefoot, even when playing the piano.
Roanoke, Virginia, Me with my little brothers Johnny and Frank.
I took piano lessons for about 5 years but yet I never learned how to read music. Oh, I know the EGBDF, (Every Good Boy Does Fine), and ACEG, (All Cows Eat Grass), but when I would play a song on the piano after one or two times I would have it memorized and never look at the sheet music again. Therefore, I never actually learned how to read music. I could also hear a song and then find it on the piano and play it without knowing the sheet music. I look back now and realize that I was talented but I wasn’t doing it the way the average person does it so therefore my talent wasn’t recognized and I was criticized and condemned for doing things different from everyone else. I guess I was just born in a bad time. Just not my time. People always seemed to make me feel bad for being me.
In the past I would have never posted these “unattractive” photos of myself. But the only reason I saw them as “unattractive” is because there were people that made me feel as if they were. I was always told by my mother how fat that I was, and she was always there to tell me how weird that I was. But I no longer see me as such an unattractive person here. Granted, I am no great beauty, but I was a good person. A decent human being and a talented one. It’s just that my talent was not recognized or appreciated and therefore ignored. Well, I am not going to ignore the person that I was, and AM still!
April 8/9, 2020
My Honeysuckle Vines
Last year I bought a few different varieties of Honeysuckle because I wanted to make a Honeysuckle Tea Cake but never got around to it. This year I hope to. I am just waiting for the blooms to emerge. Having grown up in the south most every property had Honeysuckle growing, whether it was crawling all over fences, gates, trellis’s, it was everywhere most of the time growing wild. It was also overlooked as being some weed and not really appreciated. Same with grape vines that grew everywhere. My friends and I would always pick the blossoms off the Honeysuckle Vines and place the sweet stem from the bottom of the blossoms in our mouth and suck out to taste the sweet nectar. I still do whenever I see the vines growing.
With Easter approaching we have been getting our backyard prepped. Pressure washing, bleaching, doing a little bit of planting but mainly just cleaning up what we already have outside.
Getting our Lanai Cage ready for Easter
The herb garden is good it was just a bit overgrown and needed some cleaning out, which I did. I also have some new herbs to plant but I haven’t gotten around to it yet.
Some of my herbs are looking worse for wear and desperately need planting.
We are also getting ready for Easter. Looks like it will just be Gordon and myself along with Brodie and Mackenzie. We would love to invite Veronica and Brian over but it’s just not a good idea especially this month seeing as how this is supposed to be a really bad time to leave the house due to the Coronavirus. But we will take food over to them on Easter so they can enjoy it with us in spirit.
Veronica is back at work. She was furloughed for 2 weeks, meaning that her place of employment closed down for those 2 weeks so she didn’t get a paycheck but she still had a job for when they re-opened. Seeing as how they are considered ‘manufacturing’ they were allowed to re-open this past Monday so she is back at work. They don’t serve the public in any way and they work very far apart from one another so it is supposed to be a safe environment. (Although I don’t know if there is such a thing as a safe environment now.) Veronica’s boss is not the nicest person, although he does like Veronica as she always seems to make the cut when he lays people off from work.
Her boss can be quite cruel. Last year he held a meeting with all his employees and presented them all with options for insurance plans for them to choose from. He had them all fill out the paperwork and sign up for this and that and then when the meeting was over he asked for about 3 of them to remain while he dismissed the rest from the meeting. That was when he fired them. Fired them! He had those 3 employees sit there for about 45 minutes at that meeting and having them fill out forms knowing full well he was going to fire them. I could not do that to my worst enemy. Talk about heartless.
Brodie has been furloughed for the month of April. He is supposed to get unemployment during that time. His boss is worried about his employees and doesn’t want them getting sick or dying because he would make them work, so he furloughed them. He has the better boss! 🙂 I think he is enjoying being here with us and Mackenzie. Once we get Easter over with then there will be some projects for he and Gordon to work on which I will document.
Mackenzie is using her time wisely by getting on my treadmill every day and laying out in the sun soaking up that vitamin D for about 45 minutes daily. We are lucky that we can be outside because we are home owner’s so I feel very sorry for those stuck in apartments or condo’s at this time.
Brodie and Mackenzie have also been doing lots of cooking while in quarantine with us.
Gordon is working from home for now but this is only temporary. It’s not sustainable. So, at some point he will have to go back into work and that worries me. He is also growing this gross beard! 🙁 His argument is that he has never had one so he wants to grow one now. I also told him that I have never had one either and I’m o.k. with not having one. 🙂 I’m also o.k. with continuing to shave my legs and arm pits. I have no desire to see what I look like if I don’t. I do hate that my hair is straight now. The only perm I have left is a little bit on the ends. I was due for one back in December but for some reason I just didn’t want to go get one. Then I thought I would do it in January but something kept telling me not to. So I didn’t. Then that voice inside me kept telling me to find someone new and not go back to the base anymore. And seeing as how I hate seeing anyone new, I have been procrastinating, and now there is no way I am going to any beauty shop even when they do reopen. I do color my own hair and I can trim it myself. But I desperately need someone experienced to give me a perm. Looks like that will be my coronavirus sacrifice, straight hair! 🙁 I suppose I shouldn’t complain. But yet I will!
Oh, and I also haven’t worn make-up since March 9th. but I will be slapping it on for Easter day. If I can remember how?
Brodie, Movie and Hors D’ovueres, The Da Vinci Code
We have been enjoying lots of movies and some great eating during this coronavirus lockdown. We have gone through all the Star Wars except the last 3. Episode’s 7, 8, and 9. We thought we would take a break from Star Wars and watch some other movies. Poor wealthy Mackenzie grew up in such privilege in New York and Martha’s Vineyard yet NO MOVIES!! NO MOVIES! We so have to help this poor rich girl and bring her into our culture of quoting Star Wars all the time so she won’t stand there with a blank look on her face whenever we do.
Our French Hors…(don’t make me spell it again.) For eating while watching our French Da Vinci Code movie
As always, recipes will be written up, eventually. 🙂
Ya know, every morning that we all wake up healthy I thank my lucky stars that we all have another day of good health. It’s a shame that it takes a pandemic to bring that out of me. I suppose that should be how I view life all the time. The older I get the more I appreciate life and the time I have left.
Right now I’m just living for Easter and as Scarlett O’Hara would say, “I’ll worry about that tomorrow.” (Whatever “That” may be.) Which is perhaps how we all should think? Just enjoy the now and worry about what comes later on. Otherwise there would be no joy in our day to day living.
I’ve said over the past decade that I just want to enjoy what time I have left and that is what I intend to do. April 12th. will be Easter and it is also my deceased Grandmother’s birthday. She loved it when Easter fell on her birthday. Of course our Easter will be something of an old fashioned homage to her and all my deceased family while also bringing it into our updated 2020 culture.
Talk to y’all soon!
April 1, 2020
I’ve Trained for this my Entire Life!
I read somewhere about why hoarders have lots of toilet paper as opposed to most everyone else. And how hoarders will continue to. I disagreed with the analogy of the writer in her definition of hoarding VERSES stocking up. I believe there is a difference. I am a hoarder, but what I hoard is what I already own. I am not purchasing anything new where hoarding is concerned. I hoard household and personal items that I have owned for years, and even decades. Also things that I have inherited. Stocking up is not hoarding. It is stocking up.
To me, someone who stocks up is someone who thinks ahead. I always think ahead. I always have thought ahead. I have been criticized for it, made fun of for it, laughed at for it, but when push comes to shove I am prepared and the people that have mocked me never are.
I have always been someone who stocks up. Even when we were poor and living paycheck to paycheck, whenever our tax refund money would reach us I would always use some of it to stock up our house of food and toiletries. I never liked living in some bare environment where I was constantly having to go out and replenish our supply of whatever that may be? I enjoyed having my stash of goodies set aside for a rainy day.
I am enjoying the hell out of this lock down. It’s because my life has always been in something of a lock down. I am going to admit to some things here in this blog post. As an Empath I have always been something of a loner and I am one that would choose solitary confinement over interaction with people any day of the week! I am happy as hell when I am alone, and lonely as hell when I am with lots of people.
I am so in my element right now! Being alone for months at at time feels wonderful to me!
I think because of all the moving around we did when I was growing up, I had to rely on myself to entertain myself, it has helped me through this time period. I am used to being alone and I do not view it as a disadvantage. I view it as a blessing!
Mackenzie and Julie
Star Wars Episode 4, A New Hope
R2D2 and C3PO Popcorn and Snacks
Star Wars Episode 5, The Empire Strikes Back
I am introducing to Mackenzie, our son Brodie’s girlfriend, the Star Wars franchise. She has never seen the movie’s and I am shocked! So, seeing as how we are in lock down I told her that she needs to watch them with me.
So far we have watched Episode’s 4, 5, and 6, and The Family Guy Star Wars Episode’s of 4, and 5.
Tomorrow we start with the Star Wars Episode 1 that no on likes but ME!
It’ll be fun! I’m looking forward to it and am enjoying our Star Wars time together.
May the Force Be With You!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
March 26, 2020
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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….
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.”
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.
March 16, 2020
Julie, you predicted this.
I’ve also been working on my:
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.’
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,
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.
March 10, 2020
Joe Biden verses Sloe Biden
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!
March 9, 2020
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.
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.
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?
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.
And let’s not forget all these leaves that we need to rake up soon. Yuck!
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.
AND to close,
Sadly I Burst So Many Bubbles
I really don’t mean to. It just happens.
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.
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? 🙂
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?
Me: How did you get their tiny legs apart?
(I’m sure your laughing hysterically.) 🙂
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.
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. 🙂
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.’
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. 🙁
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!)
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!
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.”
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?
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!
P.S. You lost me! And you will not get me back until you change!
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!!
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.”) 🙂
February 16, 2020
My Favorite Amethyst Girls
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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?) 🙂
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!
More Photos From My Birthday
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.
My Biegnet Donuts
One can never have too many cakes. 🙂
February 13, 2020
Happy 59th. Birthday to ME!