Football, I can’t say I’m a fan. 

Years ago, when I was dating Al Mayo, who was a former football player and huge fan of the game, we went to Bearno’s for some pizza. Everyone knows I could not care less for sports ball of any kind but I tried to be polite and feign interest. I asked who was playing and…

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…

Review of Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Honeysuckle Body Wash

When I was growing up, there was a honeysuckle vine covering the back fence. My mom wanted to cut it down because the sweet scent attracted bees but I begged her every year not to do it. Each year, she acquiesced, which gave me and my best friend Rhonda another summer during which to walk…

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…

Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History by Tori Telfer

I received an uncorrected proof of a true-crime book about female serial killers by Tori Telfer called Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History to peruse and review on Goodreads and Amazon. The book won’t released until October 10, 2017, by Harper Perennial, and I am so thrilled to be one of the few who get…

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 bone news

I went to my orthopaedic surgeon’s physician assistant, Melissa today.  My knees have been hurting badly and I’ve been in a lot of pain.  I was hoping she would agree to give me a cortisone shot.  In fact, I was afraid she’d be reluctant to do so and that I’d have to cajole and beg…

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…