Tuesday, November 25, 2014


Well I blatantly stole this photo from my granddaughter, Ayla with her handsome husband Matt.  Since I rarely see them it's about the only way I can get a photo these days.  I wish I could spend some time with her to learn how to do this curly hair a bit better, she knows all the secrets to her curls.  Right now they are both visiting D#1 for the week, lucky them!  I could have gone too but I'm staying here with the duck instead.

So today I get to go see Andre' and get beat up pretty good.  And then some laundry and if it's nice, the pool.  It was wonderful yesterday, the water and the air were both perfect and I had a good workout.

Stay warm y'all.  And have a happy week!  I will too... for sure!

Monday, November 24, 2014


This beautiful gal is Katerina and she is the smiling face that brought me breakfast every day on the last cruise.    Here she was choosing some earrings from the ones I made.  She was always happy, always smiling, and soooo sweet.  In fact every employee from the Captain to the dishwashers were smiling all the time.  The Carnival Ecstasy is a happy ship.  A very happy ship.  I cannot wait to go on it again!  It is immaculate and pristine and quite old really for a cruise ship in today's fleet, 1992.  It is so well cared for that it seems new to me.  I miss it!  It is much smaller than the newer ones but just quite lovely.  My favorite ship.


So the sun came back out in my world and all was right with the world again.  Today it is to be sunny and in the 80's so I shall be at the pool for sure.

I saw Marion Barry died, the three time mayor of Washington DC.  I don't know what he died from but maybe smoking crack?  Again?  

You know I have made SO many pies from scratch with the most delicious tender crust ever but I haven't made one in over three years and I am actually nervous about making one for Thanksgiving to take to the (self appointed) mayor (of the pool). I don't know why either because I have made probably fifty apple pies but this one makes me nervous.  His bride is a wonderful cook.  Oh well, I shall make it and take it and it will be what it will be, won't it?

Guess that's it from me today y'all.  Have a wonderful Monday and I sure will too! 

Sunday, November 23, 2014


I did really good at canasta yesterday, won a good bit!  Today will find me and the duck having a lovely lunch somewhere and then hitting Publix.  It will be crowded I think, very crowded but it's a must so we shall go and try to have some fun while we are there.

I know lots of y'all have had horrible weather but we have here as well.  It's been VERY windy, cool, rainy, just plain nasty.  Yesterday the sun came out for about five minutes and that was it.  It was so windy last night I couldn't rest, it is very unsettling to be this high in this much wind.  Loud and eerie actually.

I am hopeful that today will be better.  I hope your weather is better too!  Have a great Sunday.  You can be sure I will!

Saturday, November 22, 2014


First let me clarify that Wednesday I said I could do 80 sit ups, not 80 push ups!  Yikes, if I could do that I try out to be a Navy Seal!  I can do a few push ups but not even ten unless I am on an incline like the edge of a table, then I could do a good many that way.  And do, but not flat on the floor regular push up, no way!

Yesterday Andre' changed it up again, now he is working on toning, whatever that is.  All I know is it was hard as all heck but I did it all.  He is not going to get the best of me.  Ever! Ha ha.

Today I will be in the ladies card room again playing Canasta in the game I am now just a sub.  It's not too nice outside so I don't mind this time though.

Hope your day is fantastic!  Mine will be for sure!

Friday, November 21, 2014


I found this photo on the Internet while looking for something else and I would gladly give credit if I knew where it should go but this is the building Sarge and I lived in for five years as it was being imploded.  

It was a great building and a perfect location right on the Intracoastal Waterway.  I walked along the water each evening after dinner.  From our apartment we could see miles of ocean and all of Palm Beach and of course the Intracoastal.

It was marvelous..... until it wasn't.  They did not do proper maintenance on the building and when you are anywhere near salt air not doing maintenance is death to concrete.  Sarge knew this and tried with all his might to get them to do it.  Nope, they didn't want to spend the money and believe me it's expensive.  

But this was the result.  Luckily we sold about five years earlier.  That man knew what he was talking about.  In a hurricane a few years ago there were major problems and non repairable.  It is currently an empty lot waiting on development.

So today I have Andre' again and I saw him yesterday while I was at the club playing Canasta.  He told me two young girls were in the gym today and could not do sit ups at all.  Imagine that.  And I can do 80!  That made me really realize how far I have come.

Have a lovely day y'all.  I will too.  For sure!

Thursday, November 20, 2014


Well yesterday was a bust weather wise but I did get my terraces and windows cleaned anyway so now everything looks good again.  Oh, and there is no snow here so my world is sane.

Today I am having lunch with some gals and then we are playing canasta.  Not my first choice of what I'd like to do but it's too cold for the pool and so I'll go to the card room instead of staying home and getting into mischief there.

There are some amazing cruise deals going on right now too.  I am looking at some bookings but haven't pulled the trigger yet.  Soon I hope.  I guess I'll have to go by myself again though.  The duck is going with me in January but that's all he can take off right now.  I don't mind though, I do fine by myself now.  It's sort of fun actually because I talk to people and am never lonely on the ships.  Only at home.  At night.

Have a great day y'all, me too...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


I watched some Youtube videos on the WEN site for curly hair and I know what I was doing wrong.  I wasn't using enough product after I cleansed my hair, leave-in product.  In fact I wasn't using half enough.  It wasn't that I was being cheap with it but rather that I thought too much would make it heavy and gummy but no, it made it easier, much easier to control.  This is just cleansed, add leave in conditioner and styling cream and scrunch and let air dry.  That's it.  I am liking it better now.

I did really great with Andre' yesterday, in fact he had me doing HIS routine!  Wow, I was impressed with that!  It was my 81st session.  I know that because I pay every ten times and this was a day to pay.

And then poker didn't go too well but that's okay, it was fun anyway.  Today Steve and Jane come to sparkle up my condo.  It's cold and not nice out and I was hoping to have the windows done today but I'm not sure that will happen.

Have a great Wednesday y'all.  I will too.  For sure.  And stay warm!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Oh my GOSH!  Y'all rock totally!  You have given the Fern House enough funds to buy the toys already!  I love you guys!  There will be many happy children soon for sure.  Thank you so much!  There was an amazing donation by one of you too.  Amazing.  I am speechless.  For once! Ha!

The pool was so wonderful yesterday I could have stayed all day but now it's cold so no swimming today.  Yesterday's high was the mid 80's and today will barely hit 70 if we are lucky.  At least I'll get my exercise with Andre' though so it's all good here.  I also lost some more weight.  

The (self appointed) governor (of the pool) told me yesterday that I needed a facelift.  That's two of them now, him and Dr. Wacks.  Wrinkles on my a$$, wrinkles on my face.  Time marches on and it ain't pretty guys...

Have a fabulous Tuesday y'all.  I will too, for sure!

Monday, November 17, 2014


Sorry this didn't post on time.  I messed it up I'm afraid.  Anyway I'll try again, here goes...

These are still from my birthday roses on the 4th, can you believe there are still some left?  And still lovely?  Great flowers!

It's Monday again and I have a few things to do in the apartment and then I plan on heading to the pool.  It's sunny and nice here.

Oh, and by the way, I'm still smiling here y'all.  News soon one way or the other, a$$ wrinkles and all.

Sunday, November 16, 2014


Gosh it has been beautiful here and the pool is amazingly warm, clean, and wonderful.  I wish we had new pool furniture but we don't so that's what it is and I'll still be happy for sure.

Today will find me out and about with the duck having lunch, going to Publix, stuff like that.

The Fern House is having it's annual Christmas party where they give (nice) gifts to the children of those in that program so they are taking donations if anyone is interested.  It's tax deductible too.  I asked if I could donate cash so they could buy what they need when they see what is donated and Chuck said yes.  They can even take a credit card donation now.  $25.00 would be wonderful!  Here is what it says:




Part of our mission of helping chronic male drug addicts and alcoholics find and maintain sustained sobriety includes reuniting families that have been estranged from one another for long periods of time. In this holiday season families naturally come together in celebration. Please help us make that re-uniting even more special. We are attempting to raise 100 new unwrapped toys for children ages 2-10. Santa will be on-hand to hand these toys at out at our annual Christmas Party. We at Fern House know that you are asked by so many organizations for help this time of year.  If you can find a way to add one or two more toys to make the experience for the 20 children expected to be in attendance a little brighter, our undying gratitude will be owed to you. Toys can be dropped of at Fern House located at 1958 Church Street West Palm Beach FL OR feel free to call the office phone number at 561-471-0430 and speak with Chuck, Rich or Darlene and we will make arrangements to have toys picked up at your location. As always, THANK YOU for your support of our organization Chuck CordleExecutive Director
So here's hoping every one of you are smiling as wide as I am these days.  Have a great Sunday!  I will too.