Saturday, August 27, 2011

Saturday Centus #69~ There was an old woman.....

Hi all, it’s Saturday again. Gosh the older I get the faster they roll around. The heat must really be getting to Jenny because she has thrown us a doozy (is that a real word??) this time with this prompt: “Surprise I’m Pregnant.” I shudder at the thought, once was enough for me!

My husband came from a family of twelve children and he had to do without a lot of things growing up that I always took for granted. He jokingly said that his mother would tie a string around a pork chop and each child had just a few seconds to gnaw on it before it got yanked away. Maybe that’s why he is such a big meat eater?

Can you imagine if there were no birth control? I just can’t imagine what it would be like to have so many children, all that noise and pooping going on. And then there’s the laundry, the cooking and cleaning. Oh Lord, that would drive me insane! That’s how I think the old lady in the shoe must have felt.

And now onto my contribution….



“Geez, how do you tone down those three little words?”

“How do you tell a man you’re pregnant again after you’ve already had eleven of his children?”

“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the stupidest of them all?”

“Uh that would be you, fertile Myrtle.”

“Maybe he won’t notice.”

“Well you are kinda fat.”

“Hey, don’t be so mean!”
“Maybe he won’t notice one more; you know what they say, cheaper by the dozen.”
“We’re gonna need a bigger shoe!”
“A high top would be nice.”
“Better make another appointment with Dr. Scholl’s.”
“I’ve got to quit talking to myself.”


Don't forget to stop by Jenny Matlock's blog (off on my tangent) and see what's going on with this week's Centus. You can get there by clicking on this link:

Thanks for stopping by!~Ames

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Alphabe~Thursday "S" is for SPAM

Hi all! This week for Alphabe~Thursday everyone is talking about the letter “S” and since the Eastern seaboard of the United States has a Hurricane bearing down on it, I thought I’d share a few useless facts about SPAM, the other meat.
Considered a staple, among us Southern folk, in Hurricane supplies that is, SPAM ranks right up there between matches, extra toilet paper, batteries, water and powdered milk.

Yes, it flies off the shelves during pre-hurricane preparedness in Florida. It keeps for a long time and has its own attached handy dandy can opener.

Fact: When you are hungry you will eat just about anything.

SPAM: A gelatinous pork brick.

Food of the Gods

Breakfast of Champions

It ranks right up there with pickled pigs feet and head cheese. You just haven’t lived until you’ve eaten a fried SPAM sandwich with yellow mustard. Once you’ve had one you won’t want another one until next year’s Hurricane season. But as soon as Hurricane season rolls back around your mouth begins to salivate. Ooouuuweeeboy!

And it comes in several varieties now: SPAM Classic, SPAM Hot & Spicy, SPAM Less Sodium, SPAM Lite, SPAM Oven Roasted Turkey, and Hickory Smoked, SPAM with real Hormel Bacon, SPAM with Cheese, SPAM Black Pepper, SPAM Garlic, and SPAM Spread. ¹ Consider the possibilities!

Did I mention it is considered a comfort food in Hawaii?? A prison guard that transports prisoners stateside once told me this. Not that I’ve ever been in prison, I just have a friend in the system. Yes, I have friends in low places.

They even serve it at Burger King in Honolulu. It’s called SPAM in the A.M. and McDonald’s even has their version of a SPAM, eggs, and rice plate.

Hey, did you know there’s a SPAM Museum in Austin, Minnesota?¹

And Austin, Texas used to hold a “SPAMARAMA” festival every year around April fool’s Day.¹ You gotta love those Texans! They are a hardy bunch of people with cast iron stomachs. Don’t mess with Texas or their SPAM!

Asians love SPAM too! It is often served with rice and is considered polite and acceptable to give as a gift to the hostess when invited into a person’s home.¹

Even Israel has a kosher version of SPAM called Loof.

There’s even a “Book of Spam” waahhhhhh (that’s me doing the heavenly choir) you can click on this link to check out the book: 

Don’t discount SPAM on your next grocery shopping excursion.

Try it! You’ll like it!


Well now, don’t forget to stop by Jenny Matlock’s blog (off on my tangent) you can get there by clicking on this link:  Just don’t tell her I’m Spamming everyone; she’s liable to block me!

Thanks for stopping by! ~Ames

1. According to Wikipedia.
Photo credits: Wikipedia

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Hurricane Irene

What’s up with Mother Nature this year?

Wreaking havoc on lives and creating fear?

Earthquakes, Tornadoes, Floods, Hurricanes,

Impending disasters are driving me insane.

Zip to the store; buy TP, food, water, and more,

Why can’t we eat MRE’s like soldiers ate through wars?

Dash to the bank to have cash on hand,

Drive to gas station to fill up the cans.

Scrub the bathtub, fill it with water,

Help grouchy hubby hang up the shutters.

This old body is saying no more can I take,

Now who’s that calling for heaven’s sake?

“Hello dear daughter, how are things with you?”

“Help me mom, I don’t know what to do!”

Back to the store; buy TP, food, water and more,

Get splinters lifting plywood at the big box store.

Back to the bank for more cash on hand,

How come children don’t know how to plan?

Scrub daughters tub, fill it with water,

Help grouchy son-in-law hang up the shutters.

This old body is saying, no more planning can I take,

And now that bitch Irene isn’t coming here for heaven’s sake!


* Please know that this is only humor out of exhaustion and that I take natural disaster preparedness very serious.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Saturday Centus~ #68 Brussels Sprouts

Welcome to another Saturday Centus. This week Jenny has bumped the word count to 150 plus this prompt: "If I die young"

Now on to my contribution.....
Dear God,
I think I am going to die. Dad says I have to eat everything on my plate or I can’t go to Mary Francis Pitney’s birthday party on Saturday. She’s going to have a water slide, and you know how much I like water slides.


If I die young, will you make me eat Brussels sprouts up there in Heaven? They smell bad, like Grandpa Frank after he makes Jeffrey pull his finger.


Why do grownups have to eat gross things?

Like those smelly (gag) slimey things dad calls elephant boogers? I think they are really called Ory’s Turds. Uncle Robby says there is chicken poop inside Orys Turds. (aackk) Why do you want people to eat things that have chicken poop inside?

“Maggieeee EAT!”


I hate Brussels sprouts, I can feel my throat closing up, it won’t be long now. Do you at least have waterslides in Heaven?


Okaay...I'm gagging just thinking about eating Brussels sprouts. So why don't you head on over to Jenny Matlock's blog (off on my tangent) and check out more things that might happen if you die young. You can get to her blog by clicking on this link:

Thanks for stopping by!~Ames

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Alphabe~Thursday~ "R" is for Rain

Welcome to another Alphabe~Thursday. This week it's all about the Rrrr's.




This "R" is brought to you by Jenny Matlock's Alphabe~Thursday.  Please stop by her blog (off on my tangent) and check out this week's posts on the letter "R". You can get there by clicking on this link :

Thanks for stopping by!~Ames

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Serene Sunday

My hometown view.

Please click on picture and enjoy the view.

Peace and Blessings to you.~Ames

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Saturday Centus #67~Potty Humor

Hello All! Welcome to Saturday Centus #67. Our dear teacher Jenny has dropped the word count down this week to 50 words plus this prompt: "Laugh out Loud."

This wasn't as easy as some may think. When I think about laughing out loud, I conjure up images of things that gave me belly laughs or as my bloggy friend Judie would say "made me shoot wine out my nose!" Unfortunately most of the time it's due to an awkward or embarrasing situation.

Ummm does that make me a sicko??

Well any way onto my contribution.....

Potty Humor

From manners and motions we can define graces,

Like an accidental wind creates expressions on faces.

Parading toilet paper stuck on a shoe,

A dress hiked up after leaving the loo.

Anonymity cannot always be sought in a crowd;

And someone most often will laugh out loud.

Stop on by Jenny Matlock's blog (off on tangent) if you want to laugh out loud some more. You can get there by clicking on this link:
Thanks for stopping by!~Ames

Friday, August 12, 2011

A Must See Movie....

Photo credit: Wikipedia
Today I went to see the movie "The Help." I highly recommend that everyone go see it. It was a really good movie. 

**Warning** Bring a lot of tissues, you will shed a few tears. 

The movie is based on the book "The Help" written by Kathryn Stockett. The story takes place in Jackson, Mississippi and is about life as African -American house maids working in white homes and caring for white children in the 1960's. 

I cried, and I laughed. It is truly a movie worth seeing. Even the homes and costumes were true to the era.

Go see it!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Alphabe~Thursday "Q" is for QWERTY

 QWERTY - The first six characters on the top row of letters on a keyboard or typewriter. QWERTY.


This second "Q" post was brought to you by Jenny Matlock's Alphabe~Thursday, and because I had nothing else better to do with my time!*

Please stop by Jenny Matlock's  blog (off on my tangent) and check out the other "Q" post for this week's Alphabe~Thursday. You can get there by clicking on this link :
Thanks for stopping by!~Ames

*There were No extra credits given for this second Alphabe~Thursday "Q" post, and I am not kissing up to the teacher. :(

Alphabe~Thursday "Q" is for Quiz

Look very closely at the hand.

There will be a QUIZ!

QUIZ: How many fingers are on this hand?


What? You don't like my quiz???

Talk to the hand!*


˙qɯnɥʇ ǝuo puɐ sɹǝƃuıɟ ɹnoɟ :ɹǝʍsuɐ

*Uh, you might want to stop by Jenny Matlock's blog (off on my tangent). There's a whole lot of Quirky stuff going on over there. Click here to get there:

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Best Ever Southern Fried Shrimp

Lunch at Corky Bells Seafood Restaurant.

Lawdy Lawdy....It's to die for!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Rooster Party

Hi all! My bloggy friend Linda,  from her  A La Carte  blog  (  ) has persuaded me to link up to a Rooster Party over at Shelia's Note Songs ( ) to show off my Roosters.

First off let me say that I have no idea how I ended up with a collection of Roosters.

They seem to get moved around a lot in my house so they are not displayed quite as nice as Shelia's.

Do you collect Roosters or Hens and Chicks?

Show us yours....I've shown you mine :o

P.S. I just realized that I also have Rooster plates and glasses, and a dish soap dispenser.


Thanks for stopping by!~Ames

Monday, August 8, 2011

A Howdy From Cowtown Inspired Lunch

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Hey  all! It's been darn hot down here in the Sunshine State of Florida. Sometimes  I just don't feel like making a big heavy meal or heating up the kitchen. Sometimes I don't even feel like eating unless it's something cool. 

Today I thought I'd try something different. My bloggy friend Deb, over at Howdy From Cowtown, has created a wonderful dish called Spanish Rice Bowl, you can check it out here:  

Deb is a very talented cook and she creates a lot of Tex Mex inspired dishes that are oh so yummy.  Unfortunately for me, I can't do spicy, but the hubby loves spicy. So we compromise with a bottle of hot sauce and a bottle of Tiger sauce on the table.

Today, my lunch was inspired by Deb's Spanish Rice Bowl, only my version was made from leftovers. I cooked turkey kielbasa with onions, red peppers and seasoned yellow rice two nights ago for supper. Today I reheated it in the microwave...No Hot Kitchen... heh heh heh...and then I topped it with fresh chopped heart of Romaine lettuce and juicy ripe red tomatoes. Sprinkled a little black pepper and kosher salt on it and Wahlah!

It was sooh goooood!

Don't be afraid to mix it up with leftovers!

P.S. My hubby doesn't like leftovers but he ate two plates of  this. :)

Stay cool and Thanks for stopping by!~Ames

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Saturday Centus #66~ A Rose Called Sharon

Hello friends! It’s time for another Saturday Centus. Jenny is digging down deep into her bag of tricks and turning up surprises with this week’s Centus. We can only use 50 words and this prompt: “You Are My Sunshine.

My story this week is about Jack and his award winning roses. Each year Jack enters a new variety into the contest. He has walked away with "First Place" every year.

All of the other gardeners know a hardy rose needs several things to flourish; Six hours of good sunlight, soil with proper drainage, water, dead heading of old blooms, and a really, REALLY good organic fertilizer. But what does Jack do differently?

Now on to my contribution…..

~ ~ ~
Jack started humming “You Are My Sunshine” as he patted the dirt around the rose bush.

He got up from his knees and said “There, that’s that.” As he looked around at his beautiful rose garden he spotted the lone tennis shoe.

“Oops, now how did I miss you?”


I know you are dying to read this week's Saturday Centus offerings. Why don't you drop by Jenny Matlock's blog (off on my tangent) and check them out. You can go there by clicking on this link:

You are my sunshine, my only sunshine ~ ~ ~
You make me happy, when skies are gray ~ ~ ~
You'll never know dear, how much I love you ~ ~ ~
Please don't sunshine...away.

Thanks for stopping by. ~ ~Ames

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Alphabe~Thursday "P" is for Perms


Don't be frightened, it's oohkaaay to stop by Jenny Matlock's blog (off on my tangent) and check other post about the letter "P", she's not scary, honest. (heh heh heh) You can get there by clicking here:

Have  a safe trip!~Ames