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I Had a Little Contest - - -
. To name my "Grand Old Dame." But you, my bloggy partners Gave her much more than a name, You gave her a poignantstory And one sweet hour of fame.
And Woody Says - - -
Woody Paige puts fun and witty sayings on his chalk board on the ESPN show, "Around the Horn"
Here are my faves from Paige:
* "Don't tell me the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the moon!"
* "Those who throw dirt only lose ground."
* "I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger."
* "The road to success is always under construction."
* "I fish, therefore I lie."
* "Dear Algebra, stop asking us to find your X, she's not coming back and I know Y."
* "Teamwork means never having to take all the blame."
* "I barely survived yesterday and now it's already today!"
* "Do you call Santa's helpers subordinate clauses?"
* "So, how many days DID it take to build Rome?"
* "Cancel my subscription, I'm tired of your issues."
* "Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday."
* "Don't sweat petty things . . . or pet sweaty things"
* "Two wrongs are only the beginning"
* "Worrying works. 90% of the things I worry about never happen."
* "I finally got my head together, and now my body is falling apart."
* "When I'm finally holding all the cards, why does everyone decide to play chess?"
* "Legend: A lie that has the dignity of age."
* "A diamond is forever: The payments are longer."
* "When in doubt, mumble: When in trouble, delegate: When in charge, ponder."
* "I don't have an attitude; I have a personality you can't handle."
* "When I want your opinion, I'll give it to you!"
* "It is better to understand a little than to misunderstand a lot."
* "An eye for an eye leaves the world blind."
* "Sports do not build character, they reveal it!"
* "Dust is a protective coating for fine furniture"
* "I'm in shape - round IS a shape."
* "Money talks, but all mine says is "good-bye."
* "If a pig loses its voice, is it disgruntled?"
* "Love is blind but marriage is a real eye-opener!"
* "A dog has an owner. A cat has a staff"
* "I'd like to have more self-esteem, but I don't deserve it!"
* "Red meat is not bad for you. Fuzzy green meat is."
* "Nothing is fool proof to a talented fool."
* "Bacteria - the back door of a cafeteria."
* "Nostalgia isn't what it used to be."
* "Stressed spelled backwards is desserts."
* "As I said before, I never repeat myself."
* "Corduroy pillows: they're making headlines!"
* "Young at heart, slightly older in other places."
* "(I'm) proof that evolution can go in reverse"
* "My reality check bounced"
* "If you choke a Smurf, what color does it turn?"
* "I hate people who steal my ideas before I think of them."
* "I was uncool before uncool was cool."
* "Middle age: When your age starts to show around your middle"
* "Do not disturb, I'm already disturbed."
* "If an open door is ajar, is an open jar adoor?"
* "March Madness takes its toll. Please have exact change."
* "Telepath Wanted: You know where to apply!"
* "The information went data way"
* "I'm bilingual - I speak English and SMACK!"
* "Mental floss prevents moral decay."
* "Why use a big word when a diminutive one will do?"
* "Why is abbreviation such a long word?"
* "I can see clearly now, the brain is gone."
* "Every morning is the dawn of a new error"
Quotes of Note
You're born a male but you have to CHOOSE to be a man" - Herm Edwards
"I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that" - Unknown
"They err who think Santa Clause comes down through the chimney; he really enters through the heart." - Mrs. Paul M. Ell
"Thankfully, our true roots are in heritage and not things. I just need to keep reminding myself that things are only reminders of heritage." - Keetha Broyles, June 21, 2010
"Tears lubricate the soul." - from "Finding Buck McHenry"
"Somehow you must come to understand that God is love, that love is the proof of God, and forgiveness is the proof of love." - The Priest in "Levi's Will" by W. Dale Cramer
"The truth about a man is in what he does, not what he says." - W. Dale Cramer in "Levi's Will"
"Fairy Tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten." - G. K. Chesterton
From Debbie at "There's an Angel on my Porch"
Created by Shannon
From Debby at "Just Breathe"
From Carol at "Old Glory Cottage"
From Lori E at "Family Trees May Contain Nuts"
From Molly, Vivienne, and Mub
From Kyooty and Lori R at "Altered Glass"
From Vivienne at "The V Spot"
From Grace at "Growing Old With Grace, Lynn at "It's a July Thing", and Joycee at "Granny Mountain"
From "Raise Them Up", and Michelle at "Big Black Dog"
You will know I'm getting ready to talk football. So, if you are like my eldest, Keri, and you HATE football, that will be your CLUE to SKIP reading.
Having said that, let's get into the FOOTBALL part of this post.
I watched the end of the NFL draft on Sunday. (I WOULD have watched more than the end - - - but had conflicts.) I was SHOCKED at some of the really really really GOOD NCAA players who did NOT get drafted. Here's what I mean:
Graham Harrell - QB of the Texas Tech Red Raiders. WHAT????? He is highly skilled, led his team to the upper ranks of the BCS poll in the later part of the season, and was the "fourth" man in line for the Heisman. Other QB's with far lesser resumes WERE drafted - - - Curtis Painter (Purdue QB) went to the Colts for example. CP is OK, but he didn't even get his team CLOSE to the top ten in the BCS poll.
Chase Daniel - Mizzou QB and ditto everything I said above about Graham, except he was in the running for the Heisman a year ago. True, Chase is a bit short for an NFL QB, but STILL - - - he's very good.
Brian Hoyer - QB of the Michigan State Spartans. WHAT!?! The Spartans BEAT Purdue but the Purdue QB gets drafted and Brian doesn't??????? HELLO!!!
Graham Gano - FSU Seminole kicker. He was all the "rage" during the season, yet other kickers, whom no one ever heard of (except their mama and their fans) were drafted and he was not.
Can you see the problem? Do you see how DEAD it looks?
Yah - - - well - - - - Here's why:
Funny thing, the heat/central air doesn't work too well under these conditions.
I believe it's called "burn out."
Something inside me must look kinda like this.
I think I must have "burn out."
This isn't just the normal "end-of-the-school-year" variety. I'm not really feeling that one much. I've enjoyed my students a lot this year, and I guarded the time I put into the "extra stuff" so I have more energy for teaching than I usually do at this time of the year.
No - - - this is "burn out" of the "our-school-is-hurting" variety. We are all hurting. Students. Parents. Teachers. Administration. All of us. I'm not sure where to go from here. Not sure where to turn.
Something must change. I hate change, but something must change or my soul is going to look WORSE than a black, burned out thermostat. Unlike a thermostat, the me inside of me isn't that easily replaced.
Several of you have commented about my football flip flops. I believe I even heard a little bit of envy going on!!!
Well, I got them in a little shop at Tin City in Naples, Florida. Probably MOST of you don't want to go that far just to get a pair. Good thing, 'cause the shop is going out of business, and when I was there a couple of weeks ago they didn't have any more football flips.
HOWEVER, if you look here, I believe you will be able to order a pair for yourself!!! Oh, and if you don't enjoy football flip flops, don't let THAT deter you - - - they have a plethora of fun styles that have absolutely NOTHING to do with football.
We hadn't gotten to see our granddaughter, Kaeleigh, for weeks and weeks due to "technical difficulties." Then, just in time for her fifth birthday, those technicalities cleared up at least long enough for us to have a party.
Isn't she the cutest thing in her little pink outfit? Wonder if I could find one in MY size???
Miss Piper Renae was sporting a new pink sundress. She and big sissy were more than happy to pose together - - - just like models - - - for my camera.
Piper needs just the tiniest bit of support to stand by herself - - - it won't be long and she'll be running all over the place.
Happy to be sitting in daddy's lap.
Kaeleigh loves to show me her "treasures" in her room. I wish I had a tent just like this!!!
Kaeleigh and Mackinley had a hard time WAITING for cake time. Mackinley kept sneaking into the kitchen to climb up on a stool just to "look" at the cake.
Finally it was present time. First present - - - a jump rope!!!
A new PINK outfit - - - Kaeleigh is all about pink!!!
But when the party's over, Someone has to "pay the piper" - - -
In this case, it was Piper who had to pay - - - - - WITH MY CHECK BOOK!!!!
Chari over at "Happy to Design" is hosting Sunday Favorites where we can link to each other's favorite post reruns. I am LOVING this idea. I spent more time trying to decide which post to rerun than I would have spent making a new post!!!! Oh but such fun.
This, my first rerun, originally ran on June 2, 2007 in my former blog, "Greg 'n Keetha Stuff"
Macky's Day Out
Today Macky decided to travel out into the world to see what he could find.
He got his little car, put on his best smile, and headed out to Papoo and Kamma's house to see Uncle Kyle and help him celebrate his graduation.
At Kamma's house he found MORE than just a party!!! There was a cute young chick named Maddie. He paused long enough to CHECK HER OUT!!!!
Pretty soon Uncle Kelly arrived and he was MORE than happy to stuff Macky with yummy bites of graduation cake. Macky was especially fond of the bright red icing which he not only ate but also wore.
Uncle Kelly, being very inexperienced at feeding toddlers, was kinda messy and dropped cake crumbs all over the floor!!! Macky cleaned them up by rubbing them into the tiles with his little hands.
Next Macky went out onto the deck where he played peek-a-boo through the bars with his mommy. It was great fun while it lasted, but soon he began to feel a little restricted by those bars, so he decided he'd head - - -
out into the great wide world where he felt completely free!!! The green grass tickled his little toes.
There was greater excitement in store for little Macky in the FRONT yard.
Andrew brought a motorcycle - - - a GREAT BIG MOTORCYCLE!!! Little Macky could hardly believe his luck!!!
With a little help he explored every inch of that bad boy!!!
He liked the feeling of the wind in his hair and began to consider trading in his little car for a bike of his own.
All good things must come to an end. Macky knew he was tired and it was time to go home.
When he got home - - -
He sat on the couch, had a lovely little snack, and told his daddy all about his adventure in the great outdoors!!!
This post is for Shannon. All the rest of you may peek in - - - But it is for my friend, Shannon.
Shannon and I taught together For the better part of one school year. Then she went away to become a new mommy. She would return sometimes to bring me lunch (Great friend that Shannon!!!) And we had a couple of "girls nights." Then she moved away. Far away. And she is getting ready (maybe) To move even farther. I MISS YOU SHANNON!!! Today is your birthday. I just want to do my little bit To make it more special. So, since blogging is my spiritual gift, I'm making this post just for you. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY DEAR FRIEND.
For your birthday I wish for you Courage and strength On this part of the journey.
It's Thrifty Thursday once again. Leigh isn't home, but she promised we'd still celebrate the day, thanks to Chandy. Again my "thrifty" post will be a mix of thrift and "not so much." BUT - - - it will have a theme. I'm all about a theme, because a theme indicates a pattern, and we of OCD tendencies love patterns. Love them.
I'm sure if I've mentioned it once, I've mentioned it a gazillion times - I am from Wisconsin. My origins are the northwoods. Those are woods in the north for those of you who may be wondering.
Since I haven't lived in my beloved state since I was 18 (and that was back when the dinosaurs were roaming in the northwoods) I have tried to bring little "touches" of northern Wisconsin into my midwest habitat.
Which, though I DID pay full price for it, was to me a thrifty buy because it brought the feel of Wisconsin into my home without me having to move. Moving would have cost A LOT more - - - so thrifty it was.
Now, I REALIZE this border is supposed to depict vineyard country, probably in northern California or Europe or somewhere. But that didn't matter IN THE LEAST to me because it has the FEEL of Wisconsin farmland. I can almost hear the cows moooooooo-ing and smell their manure. Ooooops, that's not their manure, that's the dirty dishes in the sink!!! But I digress - - -
And I ALSO REALIZE that wallpapers and borders aren't in vogue anymore. Know what I say to that???? Vogue Schmogue. I LIKE my border on the soffit, so there.
And, to further enhance the Wisconsin feel, I brought these cute little guys home with me and placed them lovingly on the kitchenette table:
Now they WERE a thrifty deal, and from a DIMESTORE in Hayward, Wisconsin. Yes, I DID say DIMESTORE. Did you forget what about those???? Well, they still have the same DIMESTORE (I think it's a Ben Franklin) in Hayward where I shopped as a child. Besides the regular five and dime items, they have little tourist knick knacks. Bingo - - - I'm now a tourist, so I LOVE the knick knacks.
And in my downstairs bathroom I have this border. (Repeat disclaimer about borders from above.) And oh mes amies - - - I was a baby in a home that only had an out house, so how could I resist these:
True, I was too young to actually have to brave the -40 degree winter weather (Yes I did say NEGATIVE 40 degrees) to USE it, but my mama and papa did!!" I was still using my widdie biddie diaper at the time.
To continue the theme - - - and in the same room where one must "bare" it - - - I have this little mama bear reading to her cubs. I love this because I was that mama bear and I read to four cubs over a span of about sixteen years.
And this little guy is BEARing hand soap. Yep, you guessed it, all these bears came from the same Ben Franklin in little ole Hayward.
But not this one:
He too came from Hayward, but not from the Ben Franklin, and he was not thrifty at all, even though the shop owner DID knock $$$$ off his price. But:
From the moment I saw him,
I knew he was mine
Because how better to wipe
Your bare behind????
And that is my Grin and BARE It (or BEAR - - - you decide) Thrifty Thursday post.