Monday, July 6, 2015

Love and Marriage…

Go together like a horse and carriage…and we two have been going together for 47 years today!  Some say I earn sainthood when we hit #50.  I’ll let y’all know!  Hopefully we will get to that big number.

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Happy Anniversary, honey.  I would marry you all over again, if I had to go back and choose.  Let the adventures continue, because life has never been dull with you by my side.

Maybe my memory is fading…jk!

I’m renewing our contract for at least another year.

Long live the long ride!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

MM and the mighty oak tree

While sitting and enjoying my morning coffee on the deck yesterday, I am greeted by more than birds chirping—a sudden CRACK, followed by a huge splash does not bode well.  I saw a big dead limb floating in the water, then noticed this oak leaning precariously way over the water, too near the diving board.  Not good.

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MM to the rescue to analyze the situation, determining that the tree had to be cut down.  Bugger.  It is a good thing he did, because the innards were rotten and it wouldn’t have lasted in place much longer.  Plus, he got rid of some smaller stuff:

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And got “ate up” by the blasphemy vines and had to wash off all the blood:

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Then hook up and drag off the tree (so the kids could use the diving board):

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Missy had to inspect before giving the “all clear” signal to begin use:

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And then the fun of the fourth began, with lots of good food and fun times for friends and family.  Everyone was happy (except for two kitties) when the neighbor’s fireworks began at dark, but all survived the noise and chaos.  Macey and I beat Joan and Ansley at three games of marbles.  Ready for a rematch, girls?

How was your celebration?  Hopefully it didn’t include a chain saw!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy Independence Day!


Many, many men and women have died to give us these rights, as well as our freedom.  MM and I do not take this lightly.  Our hearts are grateful to be blessed with family and friends who will gather here later to celebrate this special day with us.  Rain is expected, but it won’t dampen our spirits.

God bless America!  And may God bless our family and friends.  Amen.

Life is good, y’all.  Celebrate it!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

TBT - 1969

My sweet hubby climbed that coconut tree to retrieve a coconut for me.  Be still my heart!  I had never had fresh coconut until then. 


That was at the USCG station at Marathon Key, where we had honeymooned the previous summer.  Bob and Bonnie went down there with us on this particular spring trip.  We hauled along the boat, of course, so that we could ski and fish.  That was a mighty fine boat.  It and this truck (along with a Triumph Italia sports car) were most of MM’s dowry when we got married.  I had my own car, kitchen stuff, and a bedroom suite.  That was about all newlyweds needed way back then.  Times have sure changed.

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That boat was our major source of entertainment in those Coast Guard days.  We spent many hours skiing with friends, and just exploring the many waterways around Miami.

MM had camped all his life with his family, so he got it in his head to build us a camper topper so that he could introduce me to the world of camping.  He had more time than we had money, so he got busy and built this little gem:

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We christened it over at a campground in Ft. Myers…in the hawt summer…and within an hour or so of setting it up, we found us a store and purchased a small fan to cool off this new OVEN!  And to get more insect repellent.


There were many more trips using this camper, customizing it as we went along.  I sure don’t want to go back to that way of camping again, tyvm, especially cross country traveling in it.  Yes we did…and with a toddler, and I was pregnant!  Oh the stories…mostly good ones.

Many miles and many smiles with my guy…and our kiddos.  And we will be making more of both…soon…but now we are “glamping”  when we hit the road.  We’ve earned it!

Happy memories, minus the mosquitoes!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

New fridge!

Out with the old problem fridge that is a brand that has caused tooo many moho fires:

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Of course MM had to first remove the driver’s side window in order to get that big sucker outta there.  I reminded him that he was going to need testosterone assistance, but he managed it with the help of his trusty piece of machinery.

However, when it came time to get the replacement INSIDE, no guy help was around so I had to assist, with a large bruise on my thigh to prove it (no photo of that):

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It was at this point that I had to go inside and help guide the fridge in far enough to go beyond his driver’s seat (and over the steering wheel).  Sheesh!  At least it is finally in place…and working just fine and dandy, and popping out ice cubes.


Since this is a “house” fridge, MM had to add pivoting hooks to keep the doors locked in place while in transit.  They were white and green…um, no way did I want them to be installed, looking that ugly, so he used a special plastic spray paint…and now we are both happy.

Life is all about compromise.  And safety.  Yes, safety is more important, but I still don’t want ugly.  So there.

Brian stopped by Sunday and got to assist with the window re-installing, so now the moho is pretty much ready to hit the road whenever we want to take off.  Whew!

That MM has been one busy, retired guy…and he hasn’t even gotten to my honey-do list yet!  Poor thang. 

Hello, July…how’d you get here so quickly?!  Life sure is busy here in Mayberry, y’all!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Barnacles be gone!

Check out all these beautiful fossils that were by the lobby elevator at the medical building for the dermatologist. That beauty weighs a few pounds!

So she froze off several personal barnacles, and dug out spot specimens, one per stitch each. Yikes! There goes my leg modeling career. Oh well...

The good news was that I needed to prop up my legs for awhile in the afternoon, so Macey, Madison and Will came over and played marbles with me. Alex elected to watch a movie instead of playing with us, the stinker.

Let the games of summer begin. Next time, no movie, my boy! You play with all the kids.

Oh yes, that teeth cleaning revealed a tooth that needs a root canal. I'm beginning to feel like a patchwork quilt. Bugger. Welcome to old age!

Life is still good here in paradise, y'all!

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Chilly Monday

My two assistants are holding down the fort while I go to the dermatologist for barnacle inspection and a blood biopsy this morning. Something is aggravating my veins, so we are trying to figure out the culprit.

Next will be teeth cleaning. Can you feel the excitement? Me neither, but I'm trying to keep all the parts in good functioning order, for being as old as they are.

Life is all about attitude, and mine is good...and my smile will be brighter in a few hours!

Carry on...

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