January 31, 2008
I also want to thank everyone for all the helpful suggestions about places to stay and things to do on our trip next month to Charleston and Savannah. I'm checking it all out and I am looking into making reservations at some of the B&B's suggested. I can't wait to go!
January 29, 2008
My mom and I went to Savannah about 8 years ago - one of the most beautiful cities I've ever seen. I've never been to Charleston or St. Simon's - places I've always wanted to visit.
I am asking for any suggestions for places to stay, places to eat, special things to do in those cities, etc. I know we will eat at Paula Deen's in Savannah. We would like to stay at a B&B in either Savannah or Charleston - any suggestions?
I know that a lot of ya'll have been to these wonderful areas of the south and I would love to hear any ideas you can give me for our trip.
January 28, 2008
Sandi at Fabulous Fluff Stuff showed the gorgeous ring her husband gave her after 30+ years of marriage. While I can't claim that (yet), I wanted to show you some of the wonderful gifts he gave me in our few years of marriage. The first gift I got was to pick out any car I wanted....I got a brand new Toyota Sequoia with personalized Auburn tag (4 Judy).
Our first Christmas I got these:
I'm supposed to tag some other folks to tell how they met their husbands. I'm going to tag:
Posted by Judy at 3:11 PM
January 27, 2008
1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do: The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do!
2. If a robber asks for your purse or wallet, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you....chances are that he is more interested in your wallet/purse than you, and he will go for the wallet/purse. RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!
3. If you are ever thrown in the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy. The driver won't see you, but everyone else will. This has saved lives.
4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc. doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc., DON'T DO THIS! The predator will be watching you and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR, LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE. If someone is in the car with a gun to your head, DO NOT DRIVE OFF repeat: DO NOT DRIVE OFF! Instead gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your air bag will save you. If the person is in the back seat, they will get the worst of it. As soon as the car crashes, bail out and run. It is better than having them find your body in a remote location.
5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot or parking garage: (a) be aware; look around you, look in your car at the passenger side floor and in the back seat; (b) if you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door. Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars; (c) look at the car parked on the driver's side of your vehicle and the passender side, if a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work and get a security guard/policeman to walk you back out. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY (and better paranoid than dead).
6. Always take the elevator instead of the stairs. Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot (this is especially true at night).
7. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times; and even then, it most likely will not be to a vital organ, RUN, preferably in a zig-zag pattern.
8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP! It may get you raped or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking well educated man who always played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane or a limp and often asked for "help" into his vehicle which is when he abducted his next victim.
Please share this message with all your mothers, sisters, daughters, etc. and all loved ones. This is just a reminder that the world we live in has a lot of crazies in it and it's better to be safe than sorry!
Posted by Judy at 6:53 PM
January 26, 2008
1. I cannot stand the thought of being confined. I think I'm this was because when I was a little girl, I got a cut on my head from a swing and had to go to the ER. Apparently, I would not be still and they wrapped me, mummy like, to put stitches in my head. Just writing about this gives me the creeps!
2. I am extremely claustraphobic - I can't even ride in the backseat of a car. One time when I was with a group of women we were riding in a van to transport us back to our hotel. I got in first so I was pushed to the far back of the van. I had a panic attack and literally crawled over several people to get out - I felt like I couldn't breath! Another time I was supposed to have a cat scan and even being medicated I could not go through with it. Any time my husband and I get on an elevator and people get on and push me toward the back, my husband tells them I have to be up front because I can't stand being behind anyone like that!
3. I love to be out on a boat, be it a pontoon boat or a cruise ship, but I have a fear of what's lying beneath the water! I would never go snorkling because I feel the ocean or body of water I'm in is so vast that it will swallow me up. I don't know how divers go in the water looking for stuff cause I get a feeling that something will "grab" me!
4. I saw on another blog where a girl posted the order in which she bathes and/or showers so I guess I'll do the same. Whenever I take a bath or shower, I do it in the following order (1) I first wash and rinse my hair (2) I lather up all over and shave my legs and under my arms (3) then I lather up again and bathe all over. I NEVER deviate from the order of the bathing!
5. I am never late for anything. If I have to arrive somewhere I'll be as much as 30 minutes early and just sit in my car, that doesn't bother me. I don't know where I get this little quirk but I've always been like this. My first husband was ALWAYS running late and it aggravated me so much. My now husband is like me....he can tell you to the minute when he'll get home. If he thinks he'll be delayed for any reason, he calls and tells me exactly where he is and when he'll get home or to wherever he's going. If he is traveling without me, we usually are talking on the phone and he'll tell me where he is and we can "travel together" cause I know the landmarks he is talking about.
6. I love to shop! Okay, this may not be random or weird but I have to go shopping, even if I don't buy anything. I love to look at clothes, accessories, decorator shops, antique shops, flea markets, etc. I do consider myself a good shopper because I shop so much that I know where to find the best "deals"! I don't always pay a lot for stuff....I'm really lucky that eventually I get what I want at a good price and seem to luck up on good deals if I'm persistant.
7. I don't really like to talk on the phone. I know some people are "phone-a-holics" but not me. I don't call someone to just have a good ol' chat (except with my best friend Judy). I check on my mom every day (she's 87), talk to my daughter every day, talk on the phone with hubby during the day and talk to son and his wife 2-3 times a week. Other than than, I HATE being on the phone.
Don't know how random or weird the above are. I'll probably come up with some really weird things after this post.
Thursday night I spent the night at my daughter's house cause her husband was out of town on business. We met after work, she had a hair appointment and we went and ate supper and shopped afterwards. Pop picked up the twins and stayed with them at Shannon's house until we got home. After we got the twins to bed (they were excited MiMi was there and they didn't want to go to sleep) I was wandering around in her kitchen and took a few nighttime photos. Her kitchen is to die for! The pictures don't do it justice. It's huge and gorgeous. They've only been in the house about a year and don't have window treatments but she's not sure what she wants. Her kitchen was so cozy I couldn't resist taking a few pictures.
I took this Friday morning - Jackson and Taylor ready for "school" Taylor's bangs are growing out and it's hard to keep them out of her eyes!
This oil painting is just outside her kitchen and on "loan" from me!
Posted by Judy at 2:53 PM
January 21, 2008
1. Only a Southerner knows the difference between a hissie fit and a conniption fit and that you don't "HAVE" them you "PITCH" them.
2. Only a Southerner knows how many fish, collard greens, turnip greens, peas, beans, etc. make up a "mess".
3. Only a Southerner can show or point out to you the general direction of "yonder."
4. Only a Southerner knows exactly how long "directly" is - as in "Going to town, be back directly."
5. Even Southern babies know that "gimme some sugar" is not a request for the white, granular sweet substance that sits in a pretty little bowl on the middle of the table.
6. Only a Southerner knows instinctively that the best gesture of solace for a neighbor who's got trouble is a plate of hot fried chicken and a big ol' bowl of cold potato salad. If the neighbor's trouble is a real crisis, they also know to add a large 'nana puddin'!
7. Only a Southerner both knows and understands the difference between a redneck, a good ol' boy and po' white trash.
8. A Southerner knows that "fixin" can be used as a noun, a verb or an adverb.
9. Only Southerners make friends while standing in lines. We don't do "queues" we do "lines" and when we're "in line" we talk to everybody!
10. Southerners never refer to one person as "ya'll".
11. Only true Southerners say "sweet tea" and "sweet milk". Sweet tea indicates the need for sugar and lots of it---we don't like our tea unsweetened. "Sweet milk" means you don't want buttermilk.
12. And a true Southerner knows you don't scream obscenities at little ol' ladies who drive 30 MPH on the freeway. You just say "Bless her heart" and go your own way (besides, it might be your mama)!
SOUTHERNESS - Someone once noted that a Southerner can get away with the most awful kind of insult just as long as it's prefaced with the words "Bless her heart" or "Bless his heart."
You know you are in the presence of a true southerner if they say something like:
I've got to "carry" my mama to the doctor;" OR
"Cut off the light"; OR
"I'm fixin" to do something; OR
Bless their hearts, they don't know where "yonder" is or what "I reckon" means.
To those of you who are still having a hard time understanding all this Southern stuff, bless your hearts, I hear they are fixin' to have classes on Southernness as a second language!
Thanks to http://www.rockinghamremembered.com/ for this cute reminder of all things southern!
Posted by Judy at 6:45 PM
January 18, 2008
What a hunk!
Posted by Judy at 8:25 PM
January 17, 2008
4 jobs I've had:
I've only worked in one field and that is as a legal secretary/legal assistant - this is what I've done all my working life.
4 movies watched over and over:
1. Message in a Bottle
2. Gone with the Wind.
3. Hope Floats (makes me cry).
4. Miss Congeniality.
4 places I've lived:
1. Columbus, Ohio (dad was military)
2. Shreveport, Louisiana.
3. Wichita Falls, Texas (1st hubby military).
4. Montgomery, Alabama (most of my life).
4 shows I watch:
1. Cane (with Jimmy Smits - not on now due to writer's strike).
2. HGTV - especially Devine Design.
4. John Edward - Crossing Over.
4 places I've been:
3. Savannah (most beautiful place on earth).
4. LA (lower Alabama) - joke!
4 people who e-mail me regularly:
1. My mom.
2. My two sisters.
3. A wonderful new blog friend Sandi at Fabulous Fluff Stuff.
4 favorite things to eat:
3. Southern cooking.
4 places I'd rather be:
1. San Francisco.
3. Cabo San Lucas.
4. The beach.
4 things I look forward to this year:
1. More time with my mom.
2. More time with my husband.
3. More time with my children/grandchildren.
4. Getting closer to God.
4 people to tag:
1. Kelly at http://scottandkellyhog.blogspot.com/
2. Cindy at http://romantichome.blogspot.com/
3. Diane at http://petticoatjunction.typepad.com/
4. Nonna at http://nonnasnews.blogspot.com/
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January 15, 2008
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Aubie welcomes all!
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