Thursday, March 24, 2011

Spring Swap Reveal!

Blog Swap Button 
 I recently did a Spring has Sprung swap
hosted by Molly and Aly.
I was partnered up with Holly
who did a great job with her selections.
I LOVE blue and white and she hit it right on!

Here's what I got...

Blue polka dot socks

Dolphin filled with body wash. 
(Which I can use after I finish all the body wash for my grandchildren to play with in the tub)

Jasmine Sea-salt candle from Target ( LOVE the smell)

Fresh Waters body spray

Blue fingernail polish and nail file! 

Thank you so much Holly!
Great job!

Friday, March 18, 2011


LOL, I've been waiting to use that one!
Let me just say that it involves a controversy over a name.
No I was not crazy about the name chosen, but that was
because I had gotten used to the previous name that I was told, (Mainly).
I stated my case then got over myself.  
I did not assume how other people felt about the name.
I did not "rally" the troops, based on assumptions and cause them to write a scathing email.
I was not called and asked what was said and why.
I was just deleted from their friend list on facebook and written off.
The deleting from facebook actually is funny, because it is not the first time that has
happened by these particular people, due to another family drama.
BUT, it will be the last.
What bothers me are the assumptions.
I did not automatically delete one of those people off my friends list, when they (in no uncertain terms) told my daughter (their granddaughter) that she was not welcome to come by during the holidays to visit.
And, since she did not live in town, and was about to move to MA, you'd have thought they'd want to see her and their great grandchildren. 
So thank you for presuming to assume how I feel and what I think.
We all know what assume means....
To paraphrase from one of my fav songs by CeeLo Green:
 FAWK YOU (to the adult that started it all,) and FAWK HER TOO to the one that ran with it.
I expect it out of the first one, but thought the other one was above such pettiness, but I should have known better.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day

 Hope everyone remembered to wear their green today!

I'd like to introduce my newest grandson and 8th grandchild,

7# 13oz
20  1/2"

Here with his proud parents, Chris and Mayumi

Mayumi's Mom, Nobuko

Isn't he just the best St. Patrick's Day present ever????? 

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Earthquake in Japan

Most of you know that my son is stationed in Okinawa with the USMC.  He is married to a very sweet Japanese lady, Mayumi, whom we are proud to claim as our daughter in law.  Mayumi is from Chiba, NE of Tokyo.  Her family lives there.  Mayumi's Mother, Nobuko Shirasawa is with them in Okinawa, awaiting the birth of their second child.  Their home is okay structurally, but everything inside that was breakable has been lost due to the earthquake.  Her Father, Masashi Shirasawa was at work when the earthquake struck and as of last night had not gone home yet.  Mayumi's older sister, Fumie lost everything as well, but hopefully, will be able to move back into her house.  Fumie Shirasawa has two children.  Here is the email that Chris sent to me:

 This is Chris, Mayumi and Masa.

"Mom I am trying to raise $2500.00 thats 202,500.00 yen to give Half to her mom and half to her sister. Her mom name is Nobuko Shirasawa and her Father name is Masashi Shirasawa. Her older sister's name is Fumie Shirasawa and her kids name are Ayaka and Daiki. Her parents home on the outside is ok but however, on the inside it is destroyed, all the kitchen dishes, TV, Furnishing, etc are broken and gone. Her older sister has been put out of her home, plus her stuff and the kids stuff was destroyed during the earthquake. I believe her older sister can move back in soon but I don't know when. So please help if you can I have cut into my savings to help out I am trying to put down 50,000 yen.  Any help that you can give will be much appreciated."

So I am forwarding his appeal for help to all my bloggers out there.
I know some of you are considering donating to the Red Cross, I would ask that instead you donate to the Shirasawa family.  Or split your donation between the two.  

Contact me at if you would be interested in donating.

Thanks in advance.

Monday, March 7, 2011


So recently, my husband and I went on our first cruise!
On this ship....

We set sail from Mobile, AL

to Cozumel and Playa del Carmen, Mexico!
We went with 3 other couples, all family:

Hubby and I

Karen and Glynn, also first timers
John and Sharon

Lynn and Van
Those pictures were taken on Elegant night, the second night of the
cruise, after a day at sea.  Let me tell ya, if you are thinking about going on a cruise, do not stress out about this night.  Although, fancy dress is recommended, there was a lady sitting near us with jeans, a plaid shirt and cowboy boots on!  But how much more fun to dress up a little?  I mean, really, how often do you have the opportunity?
The cruise line has photographers taking pictures all the time, the problem is, most of them are upwards of $20.00 per photo!  We bought a few, but not many!  Here are two of those:

 The boarding pass tells you that boarding starts at 12:30, but if you want to park in the cruise line terminal, I suggest you get there earlier.  We were boarded by 11:30 and that included checking in, and not being the first group to board.  The cabins are not quite ready until around 1:30pm, so they send you up to the Lido Deck for the first of the many food opportunities.  We ate lunch, then went up one deck to lounge around until we could go to our cabins and unload what we carried on board.  Here are few pics that show our first couple of days at sea:

 This is the Romeo and Juliet Lounge, aka 'break dance' lounge, which is a whole other story...
The gorgeous is this?
Forget me, this is a pretty good view of our cabin
 The first day at sea, lounging on the Verandah deck

We were able to use our cell phones until we hit international waters, late on the first night we sailed.
After the day at sea, we woke up close to Cozumel, Mexico!  We had decided to do an excursion here, one that Lynn and Van had done in the past.  The excursion we went on was the Deluxe, Sail, Snorkel & Beach Party.  It was a 3 1/2 hour excursion.  Let me tell you that if we had waited even two months before going on a cruise I would have burnt to a crisp, even with sunscreen!
We disembarked at Cozumel, and boarded this catamaran:
Our captain on board:
We went snorkeling in clear waters that looked like this:
Then went on to a secluded beach with lounge chairs, tables with thatch umbrellas, and inflatable water toys!
See that big inflatable slide off to the left?  I climbed that and it is not as easy as it looks!  Took a lot of upper body strength and apparently showing parts of my anatomy whenever my swimsuit bottoms shifted!  Yeah those parts!  My husband could have kept that to himself.  At least there weren't that many people behind me. After getting back, we went back on board the ship and ate lunch, changed, and went back ashore to do a little shopping.  The only thing is that I would have loved to see a little more Cozumel and a little less touristy Cozumel.  The problem with that these days is the unrest in Mexico and we were fairly safe where we were.  Here is Cozumel as we were leaving:
By the time we returned from our excursion there were 4 cruise ships docked!  Busy place!
We set sail for Playa del Carmen, or technically, Calica which is an industrial suburb of Playa del Carmen, if you will.  That is how it was described to me by Van.  We decided to forgo an excursion here, and instead opted to take a taxi into Playa and shop and go to the beach on our own.  This was perfectly fine I think because two couples of our group had been here before, and knew the 'lay of the land'.  If we had been on our own, and being our first time, I think we would have opted for an excursion.  The area of Playa del Carmen that you go to has a multitude of shops, even a Starbucks! There were designer shops mixed in with souvenir shops, local restuarants mixed in with chains.  For the most part it was a pedestrian zone, so you did not have to contend with traffic.  The only vehicular traffic we saw were an armored car service (like Brink's) and a police vehicle.  We did some shopping, then went to a gorgeous beach, played in the surf for a couple of hours, then ate at a local restaurant (promising free margarita's with the purchase of food) and took a taxi back to Calica and the ship.  All in all, it was an excellent day!  Here are pictures from Playa del Carmen!

Carlos and Charlie's restaurant (we heard about this prior to leaving on the cruise, but did not have a chance to eat there this trip.  There was one at each of the ports of call.)

Looking down the pedestrian road we walked with shops

Kenneth deciding which sombrero to purchase

A gorgeous chapel

The aforementioned Policia

The beach, the surf was a little rough, but great exercise jumping waves

All of us at the local eatery

It was a great cruise.  Plenty to do on board on your days and nights at sea.  We went to two musical revue shows, a comedy show, a couple of lounges, the casino, and just lazed around on deck in lounge chairs in the sun! Food was always plentiful!  Our favorite thing was getting a soft serve ice cream before bed every night!  This was usually after midnight, but before 1 or 2 a.m.  We had an oceanview cabin with a nice picture window, fairly spacious, better than we had imagined.  The only down side to the window was being up at the crack of dawn, but that is ok, we got our late afternoon naps in!  After a day or two, you pretty much got the lay of the ship, and did not stay as lost as on the first day.  Now we are planning our next cruise, just trying to decide if we want to go to the same places or try something new!

Last pictures, sunrise and sunset on the ocean are beautiful!

Marvelous Monday

Spring has Sprung!
Even though it is not officially spring
until March 20th, my trees and plants 
do not know the difference here in the South!
Until that last freeze hits them, that is.....
Bradford Pear

Bridal Wreath about to be in full bloom
Red Bud Tree that is finally blooming

Wisteria, that I've always associated with April, but has
bloomed out the last two years in March!

Plum tree, that if blooms are any indication,
should have a banner crop of plums for jelly
this year.  Now just to get out there and actually get plums
and make them into jelly.....

 Kujo enjoying the spring weather, looking to see what
he might can get into!

What a gorgeous Monday it is here in the South, lunchtime, 55 degrees F, and absolutely sunny!  If it were a little warmer I'd be 
sitting in the sun reading my Kindle!