Monday, November 30, 2009

This and That Weekend

Little Buddy didn't know what to think when his favorite spot by the window was filled in with what looks like a tree. Santa will leave you something Buddy.

Just a few photos of my Christmas tree and a few of my favorite ornaments. Most of my photos were blurred so I only have a few that turned out good enough to share.










I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe holiday. Countdown to Christmas is on. I began my shopping 2 weeks ago and did not go to any of the Black-Friday sales. Instead I put up my tree. I enjoyed the long 4 day weekend just relaxing at home accomplishing some chores - oh and watching Christmas movies. If you haven't seen Reese Witherspoon in the Four Christmas's it is a must see. It came on Starz on demand this week. I watched the movie 3 times in the 2 day rental.
I have gotten over my fears of last week. I am planning on purchasing me a handgun and yes ladies I can shoot a gun and have real good aim too. I am not afraid of pulling the trigger. Could it have prevented this bad guy from attacking me - maybe not. I didn't know how to shoot one then either. I am just being very cautious as we all should be. Always be aware of your surroundings and the people that are around you when out in a public place epecially after dark. Be extremely cautious this time of year always looking. Someone could be lurking in the shadows just waiting for someone not paying attention. Those cell phones can distract you too but also be a lifeline in case you encounter a less than pleasant situation. It would be helpful to be talking to someone who knows you are walking to your car at night. Keep you car keys in your hand not in your purse when walking outside. Don't go out the door without keys in hand and holding one key like it is a weapon. I also have a switchblade I carry everywhere.
Anyone else have any safety tips?








Wednesday, November 25, 2009

I'm a Survivor.

Have you ever been uneasy/frightened in your own home. I am experiencing that right now. My neighbor across the road was broke into yesterday. There are only 4 houses on my little street - 2 on each side. My house is at the end with woods on the back and side of my house. The neighbor called me last night to tell me this. Wouldn't ya know that Little Buddy would be barking as though something was there both last night and this morning.

You see this is the first 'house' I have lived in alone since I was attacked on Dec 8, 2003. And the dog I had at that time also carried on barking. It was then that I also lived at the end of a road.

I have never been one to live my life in fear. After the attack I was very uncomfortable going out or anywhere for that matter. I felt like someone was watching me. Well I had gotten over those feelings and was feeling very comfortable and and unafraid until this happened yesterday. It brings home just how vulnerable I/we are.

On that day Dec 8, 2003 everything was normal till I walked my dog that evening. It was dark when I arrived home and took 'Trip' outside for his duties. Someone had eased to the stop sign and paused enough to make me uncomfortable. I turned and went straight into my house and never gave it another thought. That night Trip was barking and carrying on and I did hear some noises but it was windy that night. At 1:30am I heard a terrible noise at my bedroom window and turned to look at this black silouette in my window - I screamed and he put a hand over my mouth with a knife to my throat. He raped and robbed me that night. This nearly destroyed me but I am not a victim - I'm a survivor. I Am A Survivor. What I later learned is that this person killed his next victim. I was able to ID this 22 year old kid and after nearly 3 years of waiting on trial to take place he pleaded guilty at the last minute. He is serving life for his crime against me and also life without parole for the murder.

Can you see how uneasy I am feeling now. I don't really believe that someone is going to attack me again but I wasn't fearful then either. I do however intend to purchase me a small handgun. That would make me feel a little bit better.

Sorry guys to post something like this the day before Thanksgiving - but this is happening at Thanksgiving. I am going to keep a positive attitude and will not let this spoil my holiday. I refuse to live in fear.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Save Room

Save Room
As meals go, Thanksgiving dinner
Is always a feast--a five star winner.
Her comes the salad, dressed just right
The golden brown turkey--a savory delight;
The stuffing now, and then the gravy,
The jello mold, all wiggly and wavy.
Take some cranberry sauce and candied yams;
Is there room for fresh made rolls and jams?
More dishes tempt me; ah, but I
Must save some room for pumpkin pie!
by Joanna Fuchs
I do love me some pumpkin pie with a dash of cool whip. MMmmm. I want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Pecans

This girl thought that she wasn't going have any pecans to amount to anything - Walah - This past weekend I thought I might have a few nuts to pick up. I picked up pecans all day Sat. I wore my house shoes so as not to break the babies and easily feel them under my feet. I thought my back was going to break. I had to get them up though. Couldn't let that kind of brown gold go the waste. I wanted to share them with some blogger friends. Last month I posted about my pecans and a couple of bloggers asked for them. They have received their nuts and now I want to give away some more pecans. Anybody interested?

I am not charging anything for the nuts and here in Mobile they are running at 3.20-3.50 per pound. The pecans I am giving to you will be approx 8-10#'s (I don't have a scale). The only cost to you would be the shipping. The cost to ship in US Postal Flat Rate box is $10.35. What I have left I will send to 2 bloggers who want to pay the postage. If you are interested please email me at the address on my sidebar. Pecans will go the first 2 people to email me with "pecans" in the subject line.

Buddy was in a very playful mood last night and was putting a show for my camera. I hate that every photo of Buddy he has the red eye. Here he is sitting up and begging.

Have a nice day everyone.

Monday, November 16, 2009

In The Holiday Spirit

I love the Olive Garden so we had to stop for a glass of wine. I rarely ever drink but is was nice to have some wine as we talked about stuff. I colored my hair after the photo since I was sporting too much grey. We all seemed to enjoy each others visit even more than in times past. I hated to see her go home, but the time I spend with the sister that lives here brought us closer together too.

I found this bowl at Ross stores for only 3 dollars. I love it. But I am ready to put it away and make room for more festive decorations.
So this weekend I took out one of my boxes of holiday decorations and began to pull stuff out. I just wanted something more cheery.
Here are a few of my favorite things for this time of year.


The little figurines in the next 2 photos were bought when my kids were young. I can't believe the Home Interior pieces are more than 20 years old. My kids loved these pieces.



One of my favorites is the Santa hanging over the fireplace. There is so much detail on the fireplace and the Santa. The piece is a Christopher Radko. The bears are cherished teddies.

I am starting my shopping this week and this puts me in more of a holiday spirit for shopping. Hope you enjoyed a few of my favorite pieces.
Hope you all have a great day.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tropical Storm Ida

The tropical system came and went. The radar showed T.S.Ida coming right up Mobile Bay shoving lots of water onto the roads and then the wind shifted and is blowing the water out of the bay causing it to look like marshlands. Seems that most of the weather associated with this system ran to the north of it. Everyone expected much worse conditions since the storm still was packing winds of 70 last night when I went to bed.

Ida won't even be memorable other than to say that the timing was a lot off the mark.

We are expecting some gorgeous weather as the system moves away from us. The forecast calls for sun and temps in the low 70's and lows in the 50's. MMMmmm that sounds good to me. The gardens need some attention this weekend.

Hope you all have a great day.

Monday, November 9, 2009

This and That Weekend

I had a great weekend visiting with my family. Teri is visiting from Salem Oregon. We went to the Greek Festival here in Mobile and it was a great time - really just being together.



My siblings minus my brother, Wesley in Atlanta. From L to R Teri, Royce (the baby), Bonnie and me, I am the oldest.




The inside of the Greek Orthodox Church. I think the church is beautiful. I just love art. I don't know why the photo is dark. I used a flash.



The church has a few historical pictures on display obtained from the University of South Alabama archives.


This is the Malbis Bakery. Interesting are the number of vehicles.




Korbets Restaurant which is no longer in business. Korbets is a very famous restaurant in Mobile where they had wonderful southern seafood.







This is my favorite building in all of Mobile. The GM&O building built for GM&O railroad. Everytime I look at this building I am in awe of the architecture. This building has been refurbished is now a complex of business and serves as the hub for the city bus/transit system. The white building in the foreground is the Tommies Terminal Restaurant. Back in 1973 I was coming over the viaduct behind this building and my car brakes failed. My car was speeding out of control, I had only had my license a couple of months, I was scared and didn't know what to do - didn't want to slam the cars ahead of me so I plowed my car right into the backside of this restaurant. Luckily I only broke teeth and scratched up pretty bad.




Royal Street. I don't know anything about Regal Beer. Actually this is the first time I've seen this photo.



This is the corner of Government St and Water St in downtown Mobile. 'Rooms for 50 cents'.



The famous Roxy Theater. Notice 'Gone With The Wind' is playing. Also a few of our Azalea Trail Maids for the premier.



Hope you enjoyed the brief tour of some old photos.


A hurricane on Nov 9. This is rather unusual since this is the 4th storm to form and approach land this late in the season since they began keeping records. Also unusual was the fact that we had no storms in the Gulf this hurricane season. I think it is only going to be a rain event - a mild one at best. The waters in the Gulf have already cooled some and with the cool temps leaves little fuel for the storm to intensify.
Hope you have a great Monday.



Thursday, November 5, 2009

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I did this in Picasa. I have to play around with it but it was easy.
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This and That

I have to vent.

Have you ever done something nice to help someone out maybe a relative and it comes back to bite you in the butt. Don't it just p!$$ you off. Back in the early spring I offered to help my cousin out by letting her stay with me while she tried to get back on her feet. I am single and live alone and Brenda is single and I thought we could actually help each other out. Things started going south in July/August and in September I asked her to move out. Then her sister passed away - if you remember I mentioned this in a blog. So me being the nice person I am have allowed her plenty of time to grieve and come get the stuff out of my house. She hasn't stayed at my house since the funeral sometime in Sept. Still as of today she still has not bothered to come up and get anything from my house. Clothes - brand new stuff with tags still on - and shoes - never worn and tons of other stuff including some furniture pieces. Her phone was disconnected for non payment so she can't be reached - don't know where she is staying and she hasn't seen her mother since the funeral. This girl has no morals either.

I have packed her stuff in big brown bags and am taking it to the front porch along with some furniture. I changed the locks too. I am putting out several bags a day till the porch is running over. Next week I am gonna call Goodwill to pick it up. Brenda has taken advantage of me and the situation. Why did I get myself into this situation. I hate confrontations. I don't do well in confrontations. All I wanted to do was to help her out of a bad situation.

Thank you for letting me vent. I just had to get this off my chest - then off my porch.

We are having some awesome weather here in the south. This is why I like living in Mobile Alabama. Temps in the 70's and lows in the 50's. Sunshine all day with pretty blue skies. I hope to get into the gardens this weekend between visiting.

My sister is here visiting from Salem Oregon. She is the baby girl - I have 2 sisters and 2 brothers with me being the oldest. There are festivals this time of year - maybe we'll check out the Greek Fest of maybe go the movies. Whatever it will be nice for me and the sisters to get together. Maybe little brother will want to tag along - we'll let him.

Mom and Pop are doing good for now. She is so happy - there were 2 eggs yesterday. Yeah the chickens may lay some eggs afterall. She has collected probably 25 egg cartons waiting for the big day to arrive when they all lay.

I had the pleasure of meeting a blog friend over the weekend. It was so nice to put a face with the blog. Kim just has the sweetest family.

Well I'm done now. Ya'll have a good day.