Monday, June 22, 2015

Hurray for Indiana’s slow poke law



Let me mention right off the bat that I don’t speed.  I can’t remember the last time I got a ticket for speeding.  Most of the time people say I drive as if I were a grandma.  I try to go at the speed limit or on some occasions maybe a couple of miles above it. 

When I first learned to drive I learned a very important thing, to be courteous to other drivers.  If someone is coming up behind me going faster than I, and I happen to be in the left lane then I pull over to the right lane to let him or her pass.  I have a rear view mirror as do other drivers and I can see what is happening behind me.  I am not a policeman and I do not have to monitor whether they are going at the proper speed or not.  It’s not for me to say.

Lately when I am driving I notice that too many drivers just hang out in the “passing lane”.  They are not turning.  They are not passing.  They are just Sunday driving usually alongside someone going the same speed in the right lane, thus setting up a pretty effective road block.  They are always oblivious to the line of cars that are accumulating behind them.  The line adds up to probably 20 or more cars with the road ahead wide open.

And then a irritated and dangerous driver decides to closely tailgate, flash their lights or to weave in and out with barely a few inches between cars trying to get in front this self absorbed slow poke.  Now that is an accident waiting to happen, when all this person had to do was get over into the right lane.


Actually the left lane is “the passing lane”, but drivers these days don’t view it that way.  Makes me wonder if they ever had any driver’s education.  So now in July Indiana will join one other state that tickets drivers who do not get over for faster moving traffic.  For those of you who feel that this law is not justified, I’m sure glad I’m not driving behind you.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Are you a sun worshipper?




Summer is pretty much in full swing and the sun worshippers are coming out of their winter doldrums.  They are greasing up with oils and lotions and lying out by the pool.  They will have their healthy bronze bodies throughout the next few months and me… I’ll be vampire white like always.

Every since I was a teenager I never liked the sizzling feeling of laying in the sun while my body crisps. While all the other girls my age mixed concoctions of baby oil and lay out for hours, I’d duck in the shade.

I know a tanned body supposedly looks attractive but I had my reasons I would avoid the sun.

1.     I didn’t care for the odor of suntan oils.  Reeking of chocolate and coconut, it seems more appropriate to be lying on a platter than a towel.

2.     I felt like I was on a Bar-B-Que grill, flipping sides as needed.

3.     Judging from some of the older folk residing in the sunshine state, I didn’t care to look like one of the California raisins’ at 30.

4.     It was boring and unproductive.  After about 10 minutes I’d think about all the things I could be doing instead of just lying there and sizzling.

5.     Super hot temperatures make me long for winter.

6.     Finally, I don’t tan, I burn, and although red is one of my favorite colors; it isn’t very attractive on human skin. And seriously, one should only view peeling skin in horror movies.



Now you may think I am full of beans and that a suntan is the ultimate beauty goal, but I’ll bet every single dermatologist agrees with me.  So as I exit my home for the next few weeks I will be slathered in unscented 100+ SPF lotion as I dash to my air-conditioned car. I will walk on a treadmill and practice yoga in a cool building.  I will wear long sleeves and sit under an umbrella during the rare times I am at the beach.  And, sorry about that, but I will look like Dracula’s daughter forever.

Not a sun worshipper?  Well to quote a popular TV show..."Winter is coming."

Friday, May 15, 2015

It's Iris time!

Iris time


It's Iris time here in Virginia and as you can see from last week's photo they are all blooming their little hearts out.  Too bad they only last for a little while because they are so beautiful.  Do you have Irises where you are?

By the way the hubby is back at work from his long recovery from his post Christmas fall off a ladder.  No more ladders for him.

Hopefully will be more normal around here without all the bandages, ice packs, therapy and Doctors!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Horse show hair bows for lead line and short stirrup




You can make Horse show hair bows for your favorite little girls quickly and easily using Bowdabra bow maker.  Styles change on the Horse show circuit just as they do with all fashion.  The current trend at the moment is for lead line and short stirrup competitors to wear their hair in braids accented with beautiful bows.  

These Horse show hair bows can cost over $30 but you can make them for pennies with the Bowdabra.  

Visit Bowdabra for the full tutorial today.  

Happy trails from Bowdabra and Make it easy crafts


Monday, April 6, 2015

Winter has turned to spring

This year has been the longest winter.  No, not the duration, but the issues I have experienced.  Vince fell off the roof in January taking down Christmas decorations and is still laid up with Occupational therapy and trying to alleviate some of his pain.  All I can say is he is a walking, talking cautionary tale.  Don't get on ladders, and if you do get on ladders make sure someone is right there spotting you.  He is lucky that his injuries were only a broken wrist, arm and opposite thumb and required surgery for repair. He will get better and  and has made much improvement.  He should be able to return to work in May.  A lot of people think that he had had an extended vacation, but this was no vacation.  And you know what?  I am so ready for a real vacation.  Hope you all had a very Happy Easter.  




Sunday, March 8, 2015

Save me from Daylight savings time!



Here we go again.  Just as soon as I have set my internal clock to wake at the right time, they go and change it again.  Why I ask must they change it back and forth.  Arizona doesn’t and the world did not stop.  Hawaii doesn’t change it and everything seems to be hunky dory. 

I just heard on the radio that there are more Heart attacks when the clocks change.  Not a good thing. 

Well lately it seems that we are changing the clock settings later in the fall and earlier in the spring so eventually (and this is my hope) we will just meet in the middle and just leave it alone!!!



Monday, January 26, 2015

Look Ma, no thumbs!



5 plus 5 equals 10, take away 6 and it equals 4. Why the elementary math lesson?  Well last week my husband was taking down the last of the Christmas decorations and the ladder slipped and he took quite a spill.  He ended up breaking his left arm and wrist and his right thumb.  He also had various bumps and bruises but those are minute compared to the use of his hands, especially the thumbs.

According to the orthopedic doctor thumbs contribute to 50% percent of all that your hands do.  Think about it.  Can you button a button without at least one thumb?  Can you shake hands?  Can you even write a letter, drive a car?

So this past week was quite a change in our routine. And next week appears to be the same. Tuesday he goes for surgery to try and repair a crushed wrist and arm enough for proper healing. 

So as you go about your day, imagine what it would be like to not have the use of your thumbs.  Yes, it’s hard and the hubs complains quite a bit, but I remind him every day that although he will not be shaking hands any time soon, he will still be here to shake hands 8 weeks from now
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