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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
"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"
I believe I may have mentioned a time or two before that Fisherhubby has richly earned that title. One of the ways he's earned it is by watching fishing shows 24/7.
In fact, there's a story about that - - - when we moved here we decided to try a different TV provider and FH's only criteria was that the new provider carry WFN, World Fishing Network, for those of us who don't care.
It shows ONLY fishing shows day and night.
I kid you not! Yes, such a network DOES exist. Trust me. It is on nearly nonstop when FH is home.
Well, we moved here mid-fall, and wanting to be SURE I didn't have to miss a single moment of my College Football (yes, that deserves caps) I called way ahead of time to order the installation of TV service. I KNEW FH would not be a happy fisherman without WFN, so I ASKED multiple times to be sure the new provider carried it.
I asked TWICE. I was assured both times they had it.
On Wednesday of our first week here, the new TV service was installed. Within moments of the installer departing FH, with remote in hand, frantically scanned the proffered channels searching for his beloved mistress.
KEETHA - - - THERE'S NO WFN ON HERE!!!!
What??? Are you sure? They told me, TWICE, that they had it.
WELL IT ISN'T ON HERE. I'M CANCELLING.
Can you wait until after the weekend so I can see my football???
Well, then you'd better have our old service installed by Saturday morning at 11 am when football starts, or I'm checking into a hotel. (Oh no mes amies, that was NO idle threat.)
After plenty of phone calling and finger pointing as to BLAME for the failure of the new service to provide WFN, it was uninstalled and the good old standby installed by just a few minutes after 11 am on Saturday.
All was again right with our little world.
But I digressed - - - WAY FAR ASTREAM!!
Back to the POINT of this post - - - if indeed a point there is.
Every once in a blue moon I do find something note-worthy, and by that I mean makes me LOL, while FH is watching those same-ole, same-ole fishing shows.
Today there were two blue moons.
I hope they make you giggle as they did moi.
Did you know such a thing as a floating bathroom exists on some large lakes?
I think they may be necessary for the guerrilla warfare fishermen like FH who once they get out there stay for days and days on end. (OK, so he usually does come in by midnight - - - but he HAS been known to sleep on the floor of his boat overnight - more than once I might add. I kid you not again)
And this one you must watch all the way to the bitter end for the humor.
It's OK - - - only 30 seconds or so.
And let me just tell ya, if you don't understand the humor in THAT, you "ain't" married to a true fisherman.
Enjoy your weekend.
And remember - - - keep your bait in the water, I'm pullin' for ya, we're all in this thing together!!! (I so stole that from Red Green with a little editing of my own.)
If you are a new reader here, there is something I just really need to tell you.
I AM A COLLEGE FOOTBALL FANATIC.
No, I don't just follow one team, although "my" team is Wisconsin. On Wisconsin!
On any given Saturday in the fall I will be found in my football cave watching up to 6 college games at the same time. I doubt any of the sports pundits watch any more college games than do I.
You'd be amazed how much of each game you can catch switching channels at commercials and time outs.
Three falls ago, long before the sports pundits noticed him, a young quarterback at NC State caught my eye. His name? Russell Wilson
He could do it all. He could pass long and accurately, he could run, he could even catch and make yards after the play. He was smart.
I thought, "Man, I wish we could get a QB JUST LIKE HIM at Wisconsin.
After I had watched him play for two years at NC State, he graduated with a year of football eligibility still left and announced he was going to transfer to enroll in a master's program and play football for another school.
He narrowed his choices down to Auburn or Wisconsin.
I could hardly believe my ears!!! But I thought, "he'll pick Auburn. They just won the national title so he'll want to go there."
Just imagine my joy and glee when he choose Wisconsin instead!!!!
To Wisconsin he came. He learned the Wisconsin offense in two weeks and was elected one of the captains of the football team before he ever set foot on the field to play one game.
He gave us a season full of brilliant quarterback play culminating in helping us win the first ever Big Ten Championship game - - - and I watched every single down, every single throw, every single TD pass and run.
I have seen only great things from Russell Wilson.
Then came the NFL draft.
The "experts" said he was too short. (He's less than an inch shorter than Drew Brees and we all know how Drew Brees has turned out, right?) I heard Mel Kiper and Jon Gruden engage in a verbal battle over Russell's height issue. I'll just say I agreed with every word Jon Gruden said and I wanted to punch the other guy in the nose. How dare he criticize "my boy!?!"
Well, Pete Carroll must also have been watching Russell because much to the dismay of Mel Kiper, the Seattle Seahawks drafted Russell mid third round.
Jon Gruden and I cheered our hearts out.
They don't show many Seahawks games in Central Wisconsin but I have the NFL network and they have been replaying all the preseason games.
I've been taping the Seahawks' games and I've watched Russell's every play - - - every pass and every run.
I gotta tell you - - - he's been out playing Matt Flynn, brought in by the Seahawks from the Packers to, presumably, be the starting QB this fall.
And I've been cheering on his every move.
Yesterday the Seahawks announced that Russell will start in their third preseason game Friday night against the Kansas City Chiefs. Normally the QB who starts in the third preseason game will be the starting QB for the season.
In this case, the Seahawk management is waiting to see how Russell plays Friday night before naming their starting QB for the season.
I can already tell them how he'll play. He'll play with the same heart and skill that he ALWAYS plays with.
Russell, I'll be watching and I'm in your camp. I couldn't be prouder of you if you really were "my boy." Go show 'em what you've got.
Photo Credits: NC State photo from newspaper.li, UW photo from an unclear source on google, Seahawks photo from AP
This Sunday I want to show you a terrace and some balconies in my city that have caught my eye.
Something about this little vine dangling terrace caught my eye and my heart. I wish it had an awning, table, chairs, and potted plants.
This balcony is so small, and so impractical as to be nearly unusable. Still, something about the clear clean white lines caught my eye.
How about this tiny balcony? I think the wrought iron gives it a Spanish flair.
If you LOVE it, I have good news for you - - - there's a "for sale" sign out front, the back side has a view of the Mighty Wisconsin, and I'd LOVE to have me some bloggy buddy neighbors.
I saw this big old Victorian and I thought, "What, no balcony Victoria???"
She NEEDS a balcony, doesn't she?
I looked around the corner to the side of the house, and low and behold - - - THERE was the tiny balcony.
Kind of an alcove balcony - - - perfect for a rendezvous!!!
Then there's this small white balcony with the chandelier nearly twice it's size!!! Quite stately.
Who knew we had "Gone With the Wind" in our little Central Wisconsin city???
I have long loved this house from the front. Just the other day I was a little surprised to discover it had a full balcony across the back.
I imagine the faux owl on the railing is scaring away pigeons and starlings.
"God Bless America, land that I love!!"
I love how this one feels like a porch above a porch. I think I'd have some furniture up there to enjoy a cool evening breeze.
Another beauty which you could own if you want to relocate here!
I've admired this house ever since I began working at the library and passing it's for sale sign every day.
I didn't notice this balcony across the back until today.
And how about all those "gingerbread" details? I think I'm in love.
And yes, I did walk right up to their garage door to snap this shot - - - I go to great lengths for you, my bloggy friends!
No no, don't strain your eyes looking for a balcony in this one - - - it isn't here.
This is the vista which can be viewed from the final two balconies of this post. It is our beautiful and busy Wisconsin River.
As a BONUS, on the 4th of July these folks can observe the fireworks without ever leaving their own balconies!!
Some might call this one a deck - - - but notice how HIGH it is. That is a full size car down there in the garage on the left.
I must tell you, I've been tempted to try to befriend these folks just so I could sit with them on their balcony and have a front row seat at the fireworks.
Yes, I really did admit that.
And finally, this modest balcony. Again, my fingers are itching to put some furniture up there - - - I think I could make it quite festive with some canvas lawn chairs and a matching table umbrella. I'm thinking red.
The pop of color wouldn't hurt either!!!
I hope you've enjoyed this balcony tour of my city. Now please hurry over to Unknown Mami's place to see what others are sharing from their cities this week.