A Poem for Daddy

    I am my father’s daughter And proud of it. Dad,  You taught me to be humble for most things, To be proud of a few things And to be grateful for all things. You gave me life. You gave me strength. You gave me roots. You gave me wings so I could fly…

If I could go back in time..

If I could travel back in time, I would vacation with my parents and my niece Amy but to know what I know now and to love them as I do now. What great fun we would have! The Smokies would never be the same.  Back then, I was a surly teenager who was embarrassed…

On The Good Ship Lollipop 

When I was a little girl, I had curly light blond hair. My family nicknamed me Shirley, after the late great Shirley Temple. I cannot remember how many times I sang The Good Ship Lollipop. I was such a little moppet back then and completely spoiled since I was the baby of the family. Here’s…

John Legend’s Macaroni and cheese recipe (OMG, so goooooood!)

I made my favorite mac & cheese recipe tonight. The milks and eggs form a savory custard that holds the pasta together and is so delicious. I add extra paprika, black pepper, garlic salt, and parsley to the macaroni while it cooks to flavor the pasta itself. Instead of Monterey Jack, I use a blend…

Lazy Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Lazy Day Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars (When you  really gotta have some chocolate!) Ingredients: 1 stick of butter 2 eggs 1 yellow cake mix 1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips  Directions: 1. Melt butter in bowl 2. Whisk together with eggs 3. Stir in cake mix 4. Mix in chocolate chips 5. Press into greased…

Who Wore it Best? – Prom Edition

  I let my sister borrow several of my high school prom dresses for a party she was having a few years. I was in no hurry to get them back and she was happy to store them. They were such lovely dresses that I planned on keeping them so I could look back on…

Laura Jenkinson’s Cartoon Lip Art

Laura Jenkinson’s Cartoon Lip Art This lady is super talented and creative and puts a great spin on family-friendly makeup artistry. For the past year, the London-based makeup artist has been creating awesome-looking lip art that transforms her face into popular cartoon characters and adorable animals.   Check out her art at the links below….

The news today

I’ve had some ongoing issues with vertigo and headaches so I had an MRI last month. It showed that I have small blood vessel disease in my brain, which is usually seen in people with a cocaine habit (never touched the stuff) or uncontrolled, long-term high blood pressure, which I don’t have. There are also…

Good health news

Okay, so I had the surgery at the end of July and had a month of physical therapy but my knee still hurt. I waited it out another month since my doc did not want to give me injections if he didn’t need to. I would have gladly kicked him in the knee to let…

Been a long time

I’ve been getting on my Blackberry more often than my computer and haven’t had the chance to update my blog since the summer. I had knee surgery and physical therapy from July to September and have had numerous run-ins with inflammation in my body requiring doctor visits and bed rest. I have done a lot…

Prayer Request for Evelyn and Charles Robbins

  My mom is going in for surgery tomorrow to repair damage done by diverticulitis and diverticulosis.  She’s been in terrible pain with it for many years and it’s gotten so bad that she’s had to slow her life down and has no choice but to have an operation.  She’s always been the caretaker of…