Saturday, October 21, 2017

Thirty Days of Me - Day 23

Day 23 has this prompt:  Something you crave a lot

I crave dark chocolate salted caramels (the kind you can buy at Trader Joe's or its generic brother store Aldi.  I find no significant difference in quality and a large difference in price.)

My first thought was COFFEE but I literally don't crave coffee.  I require it.  ;)

Beyond food, I crave purpose in life, good music and sunshine.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Day 22 - Thirty Days of Me

Day 22 - What Makes You Different From Everyone Else....other than the obvious (my DNA, my relatives, my past, my journey in this life, my fashion style, my driving skills) the thing that makes me different from everyone is that my future is going to be exclusively mine - based on my faith, my perspective and my obligations.  I am not a conformist.  I am not a follower.  So, I know my future will belong to me and no one else.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Day 21 - Thirty Days of Me

Day 21 - Post a picture of something that makes you happy
I acquired this horse when he was about five years old.  He's never done a wrong thing, the kids have bonded with him; and even though arthritis has plagued him in recent years, he's still a good boy and he loves to swim in the pond.  It makes me happy when he blows water bubbles out his nose. :)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Day 20 - Thirty Days of Me

Day 20 - Someone you see yourself being with in the future

I hope and pray I will be with people I love in my spouse, my family, a few friends and always a dog as long as I am able to care for one.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Day 19 - Thirty Days Of Me

Nicknames you have & why do you have them?

1.  Marie - only my Daddy calls me this, usually when I first see him.  It's a special greeting!
2.  Gram - I was so fortunate that my husband has three children and when the grandkids arrived, I became Gram.  One of my fondest memories is when my  oldest granddaughter said to me "You're the best Gram ever!"
3.  Sister - both my amazing brothers call me Sister.  I'm their favorite one (only one, but anyway...) and I call them both Brother.
4.  Old forgotten nickname is discussed on Day Two of this journal challenge (name of your blog).  Check it out if you are just joining in to read my online journal project.

30 Days of Me - Day 18


My plans, goals and dreams have often been sidelined by my unwillingness to sacrifice my values to accomplish something I thought I wanted.  For example, I have often spent money (on the credit card) that I didn't have, to buy something I thought would impress someone I really didn't want to be around anyway!
Why did I do that?  Peer pressure, temporary insanity...who knows.
Having somewhat of a 'grounded' attitude now after several health issues, my plans are to enjoy every day as much as possible. 
My goals include trying to be a better person tomorrow than I was today and the day before that.  First, by making a positive difference where I can and where I can't to just leave things alone.  And secondly, to be a good family member and friend.
My dreams...well, my dreams are often interrupted by reality.  I don't do that consciously anymore.  Big, crazy dreams might look something like a beach home on the east coast, a Corvette and enough money to take care of every stray dog I see.  A record company, a publishing company and an endless supply of butter pecan ice cream.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Seventeen - Thirty days of Me

The prompt for Day 17 says to name someone I would want to switch places with for a day and why.

This is a tough one.  There's nobody I'd rather be besides myself.  Not that I am better than anyone else; just that I have learned to live in my skin (with all the hidden hurts inside).

So, at the risk of alienating someone, I guess I'd be Donald Trump for a day.  And here's a list of reasons why:
1.  I would undo all the executive orders Trump's written simply because he was so hypocritical when President Obama did a few.  I don't even care what they say - undo them.  It's not the way to do business.  It circumvents the process.
2.  I'd  donate a million dollars to every person I'd sexually harassed during that lifetime, with a legitimate and sincere apology.
3.  My sons and daughters all need a good lesson on service to country - I'd ship them to do volunteer work in Puerto Rico for six months.
4.  Melania wouldn't have to frown all day.  We could shop, although Putin would be curious why I didn't check in.
5.  I'd apologize for calling NFL players sons of bitches on national TV.  And, I'd honor John McCain as a hero of our country even if I didn't want to agree with all his political views.
6.  There might still be time to get our servicemen out of Afghanistan and everyplace else that isn't home before Christmas.
7. Finally, I'd have my mouth sewn shut and my fingers sewn together so as to avoid future tweets and blowhard statements that are not good for my country.  And, I'd get the tailor to size me up for my impending straight=jacket.

Now, the reason that wouldn't work even for a day - no way in Hell I'm leaving my dogs alone with Trump unsupervised for any amount of time.  You can imagine how I feel about him being in charge of America.  Alec Baldwin is much better.  Maybe I'd rather trade that day with him.  #SNLpotus #4aday

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Day 15 - Post Random Songs from your iPod on shuffle

It's Eclectic!!!!

Kris Kristofferson - Sunday Morning Coming Down
GnR-Live and Let Die
Lori McKenna - Sometimes He Does
Bob Marley.Lauryn Hill - Turn Your Lights Down Low
Zac Brown.Chris Cornell - Heavy is the Head
Robert Cray - Phone Booth
Maroon V - Moves Like Jagger
Tom Petty - Break Down
Chris Stapleton - What are you Listening to?
Van Morrison - Gloria
Eric Church - Drink in my Hand
Sting/Police - Fields of Gold
Etta James - Sunday Kind of Love
Bob Segar - Main Street
Al Green - Let's Stay Together
Guy Clark - My Favorite Picture of You
The Band - Get Up Jake
Grace Potter - Joey
Johnny Cash - Mean Eyed Cat
Everclear - Wonderful
Gary Allen - Every Storm
Elvis - That's All Right
And, on and on....

Friday, October 13, 2017

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Day 13 - Thirty Days of Me

Day 13 - A Letter to someone who has hurt you recently

Dear Fibromyalgia,

You hurt me everyday but you will never win.  I am too fortunate to know love, too surrounded by people who care and too blessed in a gillion other ways.  I have learned to let myself rest and understand I can still be a useful person.  My doctors know who I am.  They help me manage you as does my loving family and friends.  When you bring all you have, I will be ready. 

Resistantly yours,

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Day 12-30 days of Me

Day 12 - How you found out about Blogs and why you made one...

I found out about blogging from my friend Kim (See yesterday's post for visual effect).  She was excitedly talking about it one day during work break.  It was fun for a bit and then life happened and I lost the connection.  I think three or four of us girls at the office started blogging about the same time, maybe in 2009 or maybe even before.

Since 'journaling' is now a big thing, as is paper day planners (the cycle never ends) and I didn't want to spend any limited cash on an actual journal books or supplies, I decided to revive my blog and do a bit of digital journaling.  So, twelve days in, I can say that I feel like this is part of my evening routine - to think for a minute or so.  To reflect on who I am and why, to study what makes me happy or not.

Stay tuned.  Day 13 should be real cool.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

30 days of me - Day 11

Day 11 instructs to post a picture of 'you and your friends'....I don't have a large number of  actual friends.  I have many acquaintances but's a summer photo which will put me in compliance for the day.  This is my friend Kim.  She is a constant source of friendship, in every form and fashion.  And speaking of fashion, we went to lunch today and she was wearing the cutest fall fashions, including a pair of harvest gold skinny jeans that were meant for a tall thin lady like her.  I didn't even bother to dress up because I knew she'd look better than me no matter how much time I primped and tried.  She's just beautiful like that - inside and out.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Day Ten - Songs

Day 10 - Songs you listen to when you're happy, sad, bored, hyped & mad

Happy: I generally listen to 70's music (Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, Van Morrison, The Band etc.) , select few top 40 like John Mayer, Maroon V, Rob Thomas and Pink.  Sometimes Elvis OR Church
Sad: If I am sad, I do turn to music a lot.  I like songwriters and acoustic stuff like John Denver, Lori McKenna and Guy Clark.  I might listen to blues (Hendrix, Eric Gales, SRV) or lately I have enjoyed Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit sounds and Chris Stapleton.  Kris Kristopherson, Johnny Cash, Miranda Lambert OR Church
Bored: Should I be bored, I will not be bored for long if  I start music.  I quickly become absorbed in sounds and lyrics; my thoughts are provoked and I intriguingly work my way out of 'bored'.  Might search and find a new artist or dig into old work of a current standby.  OR listen to Church
Hyped: Gotta be the 80's tunes and Daft PUnk, Pharrell, Bruno Mars, Pink Floyd, Prince, OR Church
Mad:  Heavy rock music, Jazz instrumental, Jim Reeves OR Church

Perhaps in a future challenge, I will do a song of the day.  I could go years with that concept because I appreciate so many different artists and songs. 
Anyone remember Gerry Rafferty?  Baker Street, Right Down the Line?  Maybe Music Trivia in my blogger future.....
Any day is good for Eric Church ....  RIP Tom Petty!

Sunday, October 08, 2017

30 Days of Me - Day 9

Day 9 - Something I am proud of in the past few days....

I am quite proud of the fact that it's Day 9 and I haven't skipped a day yet!  I am also quite proud of the fact that my skincare routine is making me look younger.  Rock on Rodan + Fields.  And, I am proud of the fact that our laundry is caught up at the moment and only the dog needs a bath.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Day 8 - Thirty Days of Me

For Day 8 of thirty, I am supposed to list short term goals for this month.

I have one goal for this month and that is to survive this month with some sense of purpose.  It's the same every month, every week, every day.  When you live with a chronic illness, that's the standard.  And, so far, I'm crushin' it!

Friday, October 06, 2017

Day 7-Thirty Days of Me

Post a picture of someone/something that has made the biggest impact on you!  

Here's my nephew Malcolm and me at a Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 40th Anniversary tour concert in April.  Epic stuff with a guy I luv.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

30 Days of Me - Day Six

Day Six prompt - Who is your favorite super hero and why? Image result

It's Aquaman!
I always thought Aquaman didn't get the attention he deserved because Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman had no other life outside just fighting bad guys.
Aquaman had Mera.  This made him more than a super hero.   Arthur Curry had a relationship. Clark Kent never could do that in a phone booth.  Spiderman, oh please...he was always bouncing between buildings.  Robin ruined it for Batman....but now Aquaman - he was no martyr.  He was King of the 7 Seas, member of the Justice League and Mera's love.  Quite the well rounded fellow.

I read a blurb about a movie due in 2018 featuring the underwater heir to Atlantis played by Jason Momoa.  Nicole Kidman will be the Queen but I don't know who will play Mera.  I just hope my superhero movie has a happy ending of love and peace.  That's what superheros really are always fighting for.

John Mayer wrote that belief is a beautiful armor that comes with the heaviest sword.....those lyrics are so pointed and true; in today's times, a superhero is someone willing to stand up for what they believe is right.  Someone willing to buck all the powers that be, willing to go the extra mile for the benefit of good. 

Dear Aquaman - please come up out of the sea and help us out awhile here on land.  Could you bring me a pet starfish and a flock of brown pelicans, a few clown fish for my baby niece and a couple lobsters for Fred to cook up on the grill.  Amen

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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Thirty Days of Me - Day 5

Today's prompt is to post a photo of a place I've been.  One of my favorite destinations - between home and Durango, Colorado - is the Great Sand Dunes Park.  I visited last fall with my brother and his friend Michael.  It was really beautiful & fascinating.  The day provided wonderful weather for exploring and I was prepared with my hat, sunglasses, walking stick and Rodan + Fields sunscreen.  I have a couple of rocks I picked up there for keepsakes.  This trip was pre-surgery so there's ten extra pounds in those boots now....

 Sand and more sand....
 Ken and Michael are those little black dots, way way up there.  They really hiked a long way!
See you again someday Great Sand Dunes :)

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Day 4 - A Habit You Wish You Didn't Have

This thirty-day challenge is putting me to the test on Day 4.
Admitting a habit I wish I didn't have would involve admitting I'm not perfect...and I'm kidding.

The real challenge is trying to just narrow down to one habit I wish I didn't have.  Lucky for me, I grew up poor and I never could afford the expensive habits like cigarettes or cocaine.....

So, I digress.  And I think I will break this down into two areas of habit.  One being a fun thing and the second being more practical.

One habit I wish I didn't have was to listen to really really loud music since I know it annoys my spouse who in turn gives me dirty looks and says 'What are you listening to now!"  It exasperates him because my eclectic music tastes are no match for his 70's and pop tunes only ears.

The second habit I wish I didn't have was to naturally expect the news to be good.  I watch it almost daily.  And I do my own research too.  Six wealthy interests can be linked to our radio, TV, national papers, etc.....there is major control over what we hear and don't hear.  News is driving me crazy.  It seems like it is designed to agitate and anger people, to cause fear, to create division and pit us against each other.  America is in serious turmoil and I don't anticipate anything earth-shattering to happen to turn the big ship around between 24 hour news cycles; but yet I watch and read with hope.  Having said that, my patriotism is solid.  I just don't like our leadership and our moral value standards as much as I once did.  But here's the deal - the glass is neither half empty or half full.  The proverbial glass is refillable and we can make a difference by helping one person, one animal, one cause.  Peace out America!

Monday, October 02, 2017

Day III = Post a Photo of Your Animals

Seriously,  if I posted photos of all my animals, it would look like a zoo on this blog page!!!!
So instead, as a substitute, here's a picture of Penny and me with the bunny rabbit Snapchat filter.
There's always been at least one dog in my life; I can't imagine any other way to live.
Oh, and here's John, our farm boy.  He is super cool unless someone's trying to put bug spray on his face or his pasture mate is MIA.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

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ME; Day Two

Day Two:  What is the meaning of your blogger name?

That's an easy one for me.  Back in the day, for me that's the 80's, one of our friends went through a phase of assigning everyone nicknames.  Most of the nicknames were some sort of morphed version of each of our given names or local pet names.

Mine was Karla Marla.  I used it when I started blogging because I recall fun and vitality when I think of that nickname.  I recall youth, hope for the future and a spirit of friendship stronger than anything we had ever faced before.  Karla Marla reminds me of bold and unchecked laughter, card games and bonfires, cookouts and music.  It makes me grateful I grew up an American kid.

I loved my group of  high school friends, individually and together.  With our experiences, we learned a lot about adulthood as we walked together, through the archway from being teenagers to accepting challenges of growing up.  We took different paths, not necessarily all good or bad ones.  Some of us turned around and went back to start, attempting to reset our options before it was too late.  Some of us just disappeared into the world.  Yet, there are still those few who are there in my life because they shaped who I am.  Honestly, I don't have a chance to see them much anymore but the fond memories are still here with me.  But they are here with me, because I choose for them to be.....thanks friends!

Day One of ME - Thirty Days of Journaling

Been so long since I've even visited my blog, I am certain I have been abandoned by the few followers who'd waited, and waited....
Today I found a list on Pinterest which really challenged me to do a blog post for thirty days.  I thought since it's actually October 1, I should take initiative and so here we go....
Day One:  A recent picture and fifteen interesting facts about yourself
1.  I am an impulse shopper...check my credit card bill this month.
2.  Part of impulse shopping is exciting, until the credit card bill arrives.
3.  I like doing dog rescue and puppy foster homing.
4.  When I'm happy, I hum or sing out loud.
5.  I have become a coffee snob in my fifties.
6.  One of my favorite snacks is honeycrisp apples.
7.  I fondly remember waiting for the school bus when I was a little girl and saying 'bye' to our dog who would usually be waiting when I came home at the end of the day.  His name was Skipper.
8.  I hate to go to Wal-Mart, repeat HATE.
9.  Recently, I had a transverse sinus vein stenting surgery.  I now have titanium inside my skull to keep the vein open so the blood can flow properly through my brain, etc.
10. I never smoked cigarettes.  Rather buy shoes or purses or both.
11. Orange is my favorite color.
12. My first car was mostly rusty and a little bit blue.
13. I only buy thick-sliced bacon.
14.  In the heat of the day, I like to mow the yard in the summertime.
15.  My house has too many windows to clean.
Nashville for Eric Church concert this summer....

Friday, December 12, 2014

Grief is a Cloud...

With 2014 coming to an end, I am reflecting, maybe a little too much, about the highs and lows of this year......
My health has so drastically declined in 2014 but the only event that makes me cry is the loss of my sweet dog Cloud.  It's been almost a year since he had to go and even now as I type, I am sobbing.  
Here's why:
Cloud was just one of those dogs that came directly from heaven to take care of me.
During his puppy months, he was my companion while I struggled through a divorce and learned to live again.   Even as a puppy, he was an old soul.  I swear he could look right through to my heart and feel my pain.  He learned good manners just by observation and was simply & naturally amazing on a game bird hunt.
Cloud moved with Fred and I to our farm in 2000 and he was the Alpha male here for 14 years.  But, he was soft as a fluffy cloud when appropriate.   Even as he grew old, other dogs respected his space. I still look for him on my porch step, stretched out in his favorite sunny part of the yard, or walking to & from the pond to take a quick swim.  I cannot come to terms with living here without him watching over me.

Cloud was devoted to the point that he began to struggle to raise his aged body and walk to meet me without fail.  It became routine that I would meet him halfway because he couldn't move so well.  He liked to come inside and rest by the fireplace but he always wanted to sleep out in his house. He slept a lot and ate less and less.  Then finally, he couldn't go where he wanted to go at all.  And, I couldn't stand to see him not have his dignity.  I miss his smile, his way of 'knowing' , those deep piercing eyes and his love for our little grandchildren.
Grief is strange for me.  While I rarely feel it, it comes with force, cuts deep into my heart and unpacks extreme pain and sadness when it arrives.  The shape of grief in my heart from 2014 resembles a CLOUD, a four-legged brittany spaniel with freckles, a pink nose and a heart of gold.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Dimetapp is Grape! is one of my fun and informative projects.  This month, they sent me a full size bottle of Children's Dimetapp Cold and Cough to try and review.  The results were amazing - starting with my husband's initial reaction to seeing the box of Dimetapp on the table.  He said "That's the best children's medicine ever".  And, when while trying to be a good Gram, I actually had to open the box and give some to a coughing little girl, she willingly took the spoon of grapey goodness and within 20 minutes the coughing had eased and she was able to sleep several hours comfortably.  And, so was I.  As I  mentioned at the beginning of this post, I received the sample free to try and evaluate.....but if you know me, you know I would not be giving a positive review if the proof wasn't there!  Peace Out People and get a free coupon for Dimetapp (grape flavor) by trying this link: 

Sunday, June 22, 2014


Tripped out to Boston last weekend....more about that to follow.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Almost Always An Agenda

My sweet daughter-in-law took this picture last winter and I love the way it illustrates the preciousness of a relationship between a little girl and her dog.  It's pure and sweet and honest.

One of the many things I love about my pets is the absolute fact that they almost always do not have a hidden agenda.  They are up front about their intentions.  For example, when they are thirsty, they drink water from their bowl.  No hidden agenda.  When they are tired, they just stretch out wherever they want and go to sleep. Nothing secretive there either.  When they go to the door, they really want to go outside - they aren't just pretending to see if they can get some reaction. ( If your dog wants to be near you, it might lay at your feet, jump up in the chair beside you or even sit in your lap.)  Dogs generally offer a simple display of affection.  They may have a little agenda when they beg for food but it's at least an obvious and justifiable one and they don't seem to be embarrassed about it later when somebody brings it up....If you find that people you associate with almost always have their own selfish and hidden agenda, I recommend trying the unconditional love of a dog.  Get a happy smile on your face too -  (See reference below-Annie Grace & Frankie, 2011)

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Blue Berry Blues!!!

My good friend Sidney gave me a gallon of fresh picked blueberries this week.  After eating several like candy (just pop them in by the handfuls), I decided to search for a blueberry cheese cake recipe.  

After a little time, I found the perfect recipe.  Three blocks of cream cheese, sugar, lemon zest, butter, etc.  This recipe looks divine and I can't wait to try it out this afternoon after my Kroger shopping.

The only downside is the nutritional information:  643 calories per slice!  Let's just keep that a secret between us....

Sunday, May 20, 2012

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I received this sample in the mail and used the toothpaste for two weeks.  It really cleaned up my teeth and helped with my sensitivity to sweets and cold foods.  It doesn't have the chalky bitter taste of the other type I tried some time ago.  The Arm & Hammer is minty and fresh!

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Easter Blessings....

My Easter Day was filled with bright blessings....we had about fifty people from the Coy & Odie Rush family for lunch after church. The little children were so precious in their Easter Dress and despite some recent health concerns, two of Fred's sisters were able to be here for lunch.
The weather in itself was a blessing...I love this time of year with the green grass and the flowers and the trees are no longer bare. The kids played in the yard, chased chickens (until a flogging occurred), lavished the mules with attention and hunted eggs.

Thanks for a heavenly day!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Long Time, No Blog!

It's been over a year since I visited or wrote anything in my blog. I don't know if people even blog anymore....but I am using this as an outlet to be able to PIN my Christmas tree photo onto Pinterest, where I spend a lot of free time these days. Hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas!

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