Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Let me start by saying that this picture does not do justice to the week I've had. I have missed you all but have been pinning down the finer points of being truly hip and stingy which involves hanging up the phone after talking to the insurance people and saying very ugly curse words. It involves going to the bank with a very dogged look on my face and figuring out one more way to stretch $4 thirty ways. Then contacting a realtor to put our house in Florida on the market. Then putting together financial statements to send to all those blessed souls who hold mortgages on the various pieces of this sad real estate cartel which is being held together by one very grousey man who needs a knee replacement and one very snarly woman who needs a higher strength Zoloft.

Aren't you glad you stopped by?

On the good side, let's see..........

  • My mom loved her flowers for Mother's Day which were overflowing the baskets. I have learned that any regular old gift that can be amped up is a winner for moms. For instance, my mother will buy the saddest hanging baskets at the wal-mart and try to nurse and prune them into something that is passable for display. She would never spend $19.95 each for big, voluptuous baskets. Buying them for her is money well-spent. I have a friend who bought his mother Cheetos and cottage cheese, two things she never springs for for herself. She was thrilled.

  • Travis McGee is now on Medicare. Whoooohoooo gov'ment! I am kinda sad that he is old enough to qualify now since he is twenty times healthier than I am and will be pushing me around in a wheelchair when he's 90 and I'm 68. But you fall in love with who you fall in love with and since he doesn't seem to mind putting up with me I consider myself lucky.

  • Still have a job. Not much more can be said about that.

  • Still have a mom. So very grateful. Travis McGee's mom passed on a few years ago after a full life that stretched from Belgium to Louisville, KY and involved 65 years of marriage to the same man and 47 years of playing bridge with the same group of women. Miss her and her lemon meringue pie very much.

  • Have written several thousand words on my novel.

So, back in the groove and hopefully back to my usual posting. Missed you all! Thanks for all the checking in on me. Love my online people!


Tatersmama said...

Wow... you HAVE been busy... and missed as well.

Doncha just love giving a gift that is truly wanted - no matter how inexpensive?
I had my kids convinced that I just loved weeds... and they would spend hours out in the fields, trying to find perfect ones - and those "weeds" honestly meant more to me than any store-bought flower arrangment. ;-)

love ya too, you know!

Kim said...

Yikes! Hope the good outweighs the bad! :)

Treehouse Chef said...

So glad your back. I missed you!!!!!!
You are an amazing woman!! I don't know anyone who works as hard as you do!

Robynn's Ravings said...

DOOZY of a time but it also sounds VERY well spent. Philanthropy? Generosity? Down-sizing? Book writing? If I could be so productive I'd take a LOT more time off!

Anonymous said...

You're putting your house in Florida on the market? How dreadful!! I've been thinking about you. Can't wait to see you at Beth's next week!
Susie Q

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