Saturday, January 29, 2011

Saturday Centus #39 ~ Never Give Up!

It's Saturday! Time for Jenny Matlock's Saturday Centus. This week I am dedicating my contribution to Jenny. The humor in her stories brings me such joy. The encouragement I receive from her comments give me hope that one day I will be published. So with that said, on to the fun.

This week’s prompt is in bold: "she lifted the stack of letters from the ancient chest" graciously provided by Judie from http://rogueartistsspeak.blogspot.com/ and we are back to using UP to 100 words to tell our story. The prompt does not count for your 100 words AND it must be left intact in the body of your story. No illustrations are permitted. The story can be fact or fiction.

If you haven't already done so, please stop by Jenny's blog (off on my tangent) and check out some pretty talented and creative writing by clicking here:

http://jennymatlock.blogspot.com/2011/01/saturday-centus-she-lifted.html


And now on to my contribution…..
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Meela was down in the dumps again. Today’s rejection letter sent her into the secret closet under the stairwell where she lifted the stack of letters from the ancient chest and revisited her inspiration. Great grandmother Jenny’s rejection letters from publishers she inherited along with a note that read "Never give up!"

"G" "G" Jenny, she lovingly called her, never gave up hope. "G" "G" Jenny ended up being one of the most famous authors in history. Famous for her "Meenie", "Miney" and "Mo" stories about her granddaughters. "Mo" was Meela’s mother.

"I can do this!" Meela said to herself."If  "G" "G" Jenny didn’t give up, neither will I!"

~Ames

Friday, January 28, 2011

Is Nothing Sacred Anymore?

A friend sent me an email today that has made me sit up an pay attention. It was about people having the capability to determine the locations of pictures that people post online.

Are your ears perked??

Apparently GPS in cameras and Smart phones create a privacy issue. To view this story click here:

http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/video?id=7621105

Let's say you post a picture of your new grandchild online using a GPS enhanced camera or Smart phone. By right clicking on the picture, the location of where the picture was taken can be revealed, say...your grandchild's home or yours.

Hummmm....this is disturbing to me!

Is there any privacy left in this technical world we live in?

Be careful out there.

~Ames



















Be careful out there.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Alphabe~Thursday "P" is for Po Po

It's Thursday and that can only mean one thing...it's Alphabe~Thursday. This week is about the letter "P". If you haven't already done so, please drop by Jenny Matlock's blog (off on my tangent) and check out some of the creative short stories that some very talented people come up with by clicking here:
http://jennymatlock.blogspot.com/2011/01/alphabe-thursdays-letter-p.html

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"P" is Po Po

Po Po as in Police.

I have actually called the police on several occasions.

One time was to have my husband arrested because I was in such excruciating pain while delivering HIS baby. "The Po Po is coming to get you buddy. Make Nooooo mistake about it!"

Another time was when a near-do-well walked right into my garage and stole my husband’s bicycle. I drove up and down every street in the "hood" until I found the bike.

I gave the thug fair warning  "Give me back my husband’s bike or I.. Will.. Call.. The.. Po Po!"

The thug said “My friend gave me that bike.”

"NOT!"

When the Po Po came I told the officer I had the serial numbers engraved in the under carriage of the bike. The officer looked at the bike... and then at my serial numbers... and "Whup there it is, Whup Whup there it is!"

I did the jiggy dance and told that thug "I told you I would call the Po Po. Don’t EVER mess with me again!"


Uh huh I’m bad. Yes that’s right "Bad to the Bone!" (Did I tell you both the thug and the officer were a good six feet tall? I on the other hand am only five feet tall, but, when I want to, I can stretch to six feet tall!)

The officer gave me back my husband’s bike.

We no longer live in that neighborhood. My husband said he worried for my safety. I said "No worries…I had back up!"

The Po Po.







~Ames

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Saturday Centus # 38 - The Power of Codiene

Hello to all my fellow centusians. This week is a real doozy. Wasn't sure I could drag myself out of my sick bed to participate, but then I had this weird Codeine induced dream and thought, this would fit right in with this week's prompt: "Beam me up Scottie" 

I wonder what everyone else came up with? You can check out some creative writing by going to Jenny Matlock's blog "off on my tangent" by clicking here:
http://jennymatlock.blogspot.com/2011/01/saturday-centus-be-afraid-be-very.html

and now my drug induced contribution.....

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Oh I can’t take this much longer. Arrrgh! What idiot came up with the idea that an elderly woman should sing Ave Maria in soprano at a funeral service? My head is spinning oh my God, "Beam me up Scottie!"


Wah zir verrrrip zir wah zing!

"What the heck? Where am I?"

As I looked around, two thirds of the people that were attending the service with me were also sitting with me in some kind of space ship room.

"Wow! I’ve heard of the power of prayer before but…..but….be careful for what you wish for!"

"Jeeze what the heck? Is that a Tribble?"

~Ames :)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Saturday Centus # 37~The Dream

Hi all! It's Saturday again and I have been wondering what she will come up with this time. I'm talking about my favorite writing guru, Jenny Matlock, over at her blog "off on my Tangent". This time, yet another shake up. We can only use 25 words to come up with a story that includes a prompt of her choosing.  This week's prompt is "The Lottery Ticket." Since I am hung over from last weeks contribution I think I'll lay off the wine! Please make an effort to stop by her blog and check out some creative writing by clicking here:

http://jennymatlock.blogspot.com/2011/01/saturday-centus-hey-wake-up-its-another.html

Every time my husband and I buy a lottery ticket we have the fantasy talk. You know, what you would do if you won? It is sooh worth throwing away one dollar.

Now on to my contribution.......
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The lottery ticket tucked in my pants

Purchased from coins saved we take a chance

That we will finally get to do the happy dance

~Ames

Friday, January 14, 2011

Junkin Finds Friday #11

Hi everyone! It's Friday and I am participating in Junkin Finds Friday with Linda over at her A La Carte blog. Please stop on over an check out some of the nifty, thrifty finds that friends have found and are sharing this week by clicking here:
http://ljm-alacarte.blogspot.com/2011/01/junkin-finds-friday-11.html

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This week I have a few goodies to share. First up are these two beautiful white pitchers that I picked up at different thrift stores. I paid $5.00  each for them.
 Next up an Early American Prescut (EAPC) 3-toed bowl for $1.00 and a small EAPC pitcher for $5.00. I have a collection of EAPC and this was a great find and a great price too!


Hello again! My daughter is purging to make room for her new baby and she had nowhere to store this needlework. I made this needlework 21 years ago. I haven't seen it in awhile and I think I have the perfect place for it in my home, right over my bed. 

You can click on this picture to enlarge it.
 My daughter was also getting rid of these cute canisters made by Onieda. They were store premiums from Winn Dixie several years ago. She has a lot more pieces and said I could have them too. Cost to me? Free. $0. Nada, Nothing! You can't beat that!

 Another piece she was getting rid of is this Fat Chef cookie jar. I don't think I'll be keeping him though. He doesn't quite fit in with my decor.
And since Valentine's day is around the corner, I thought I'd share this sweet little find. A Longaberger heart plate that I paid 50 cents for. What a sweet deal that was!

 


Well friends, that's my treasures for this week. Happy hunting!
~Ames



Thursday, January 13, 2011

Alphabe~Thursday "N" is for "N" Words

It's Thursday and that can only mean one thing...it's Alphabe~Thursday. This week is about the letter "N". If you haven't already done so, please drop by Jenny Matlock's blog and check out some of the creative short stories that some very talented people come up with by clicking here:


http://jennymatlock.blogspot.com/2011/01/alphabe-thursdays-letter-n.html

Well this has to be possibly one of the hardest challenges yet. I really had a hard time trying to write about something that started with an “N” and realized I was so frustrated that I was calling myself names like nincompoop.

Yep nincompoop. Oh it’s a real word alright. It means a foolish or stupid person. But just let me share an example of a real nincompoop.

You know those lazy people that push their own grocery cart out to their car and then are so lazy to walk it over to the cart coral or back into the store? Then they leave the cart right next to your car, jump in their car and drive away?? Then the wind blows said cart into your car and causes $1500.00 worth of damages??? Now that is a real nincompoop!! I can only hope that some other nincompoop does the same thing to that nincompoop and they get to feel the joy of paying $1500.00 to fix their own car, unless of course they drive a beater and could care less. Then I consider them a ne’er-do-well!

Yep, that’s a real word too! It means an idle worthless person. Not that people are worthless. We are all children of God. But there are those that are pure lazy! You know who I’m talking about. The one’s that drive car’s that have no bumper, a cracked windshield, stickers all over it, hasn’t been washed, EVER, and smokes when it drives away. A car that looks so bad you back out and park somewhere else? I do that all the time. I am not a snooty person, just a conscientious person. My hubby says people that don’t appreciate their cars won’t appreciate yours and they could care less if they open their big door and let it put a few dings in the side of your car. It makes me feel like committing a nefarious act.

Yep, that’s another real word too. It means extremely wicked. Yes, sometimes I want to commit a nefarious act and write a message in their car dust. Like “WASH ME!” or “CRUSH ME AND PUT ME OUT OF MY MISERY.” But I don’t, I won’t, I can’t. You want to know why? Because I am a namby-pamby!

Yep that’s a real word too! It means weakly affected. I’m a namby-pamby because I don’t want to be a nincompoop! All I wanted to do was go to the grocery store, buy $147.65 worth of food and go home in one piece, dent free. Is that too much to ask?
~Ames

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Saturday Centus # 36~ The Grapes of Wrath?

Yodelayheho! Hee hee! It's Saturday and time for more torture from everyone's favorite memememememe hostess with the (hic) mostess, (hee hee) Jenny Matlock. This time she didn't give us much to go on 'cept this stinkin lil picture of an orororange (hic) with snanasnow on it. Humm (hic) scuze memememe I really had to pull on my thinkin cap and dradradragg out the ole wine bottle for this one. (hic) She left me no choice in the mamamatter. She's done drove me to the drink! Torturous wowowowoman! That's ok, I dont need no stinkin prompt. I got my bottle (hic) o wawawine (hic) for i n s p i r a t i o n (birp) and I'll do jez fafafafine (hic) without it! Just in case, you might wanna go read some oooother good stories by clicking here:
http://jennymatlock.blogspot.com/2011/01/saturday-centus-shake-up-hey-dont.html

Now where wuz I? Oh yeah, life in the Citrus industry in Florida is not an eassssy life. You knaknaknow the sayin' "It takes a village to raise up the dead?" Or is it "It takes a child to dig up the dededead?" Whatever. Anyhoo, in Florida it takes a village to save an orange grove.

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Roz was out of breath, “We heard the train whistle blow and came as fast as we could. How’s it lookin’ Doc?”


“Not good. The temps will go below 32 degrees. The Coach is rounding up the basket ball team and the boys from the shop class to help fire up the pots. Hell must have frozen over. We’d be better off if it would just snow. This grove is all I’ve got left. If I lose it, I’ll be growing grapes. Maybe the Lord prefers wine. I’ll have the good Reverend put in a kind word with the maker.”

Tootleloo (hic)~Ames

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Please say prayers for the families of the Tucson Shooting tragedy.~Ames

Friday, January 7, 2011

Junkin Finds Friday #10

Hi everyone! Happy New Year to all! Today I am participating in Junkin Finds Friday with Linda over at her A La Carte blog.  Please stop on over an check out some of the nifty, thrifty finds that friends have found and are sharing this week by clicking here:

My husband and I went to an outdoor Flea market today. I only found two things to share with you from there. The first item is this big blue Ball jar for $5. I just noticed that it is a Bicentenial jar. Lucky me! I have a collection of the old ones in my laundry room. I love anything to do with canning. I am actually going to try and can up some seasonal fruits and veggies this year to put back for next winter. And the next items I found at the flea market are these two vintage noise makers. They were $5 each which I thought were a good deal. I have seen them priced much higher in the antique stores. I love old noise makers, I have been collecting them for sometime now.

After lunch out with my hubby we went through a local antique store and I found this old hand mixer for $4.95. I love collecting old kitchen stuff from the 50's and 60's.




 Here are a few of the noise makers I have collected over time.

I seem to have a basket full of them now.

Well that's it for this week. I hope you are having fun seeking out your treasures. Happy hunting!
~Ames 

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Alphabe~Thursday "M" is for Montana

It's Thursday and that can only mean one thing...it's Alphabe~Thursday. This week is about the letter "M". If you haven't already done so, please drop by Jenny Matlock's blog and check out some of the creative short stories that some very talented people come up with by clicking here:

http://jennymatlock.blogspot.com/2011/01/alphabe-thursdays-letter-m.html
and now on to my contribution.....
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Last summer my husband and I took a trip to Montana. We wanted to see the magnificent beauty of the west. After we rented a car and headed to the cabin we rented, we took day trips out and around the western portions of Montana. Just as the title of my blog indicates, I was born and raised in the south and I am awestruck with the beauty of  Montana. You must go there and explore this beautiful state by car. There is so much to see and  my post would be way too long to share it all. We saw the town's of Enis, Virginia City, Nevada City, Bannack State Park, The Montana Children's Home compound, Yellowstone, The Continental Divide, the town of Deer Lodge,The Grant~Khors Ranch, The First Territorial State Prison, the

This is my handsome honey. And the beautiful backdrop is Madison Valley Montana. You can click to enlarge any of my pictures.

towns of Butte, Granite, Livingston, Billings, and Bozeman. And we still need to see the rest of the State so we will certainly be going back.
America is so beautiful, we have decided to make it a mission to see and explore every state in our own back yard.

If you are interested in looking at some of these pictures you may click on the links of my earlier post here:


http://rivahchick.blogspot.com/2010/08/montana.html



http://rivahchick.blogspot.com/2010/08/montana-part-1.html


http://rivahchick.blogspot.com/2010/08/montana-part-2.html


http://rivahchick.blogspot.com/2010/08/montana-part-3.html


http://rivahchick.blogspot.com/2010/08/montana-part-4.html


http://rivahchick.blogspot.com/2010/08/montana-finis.html






Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Girls


When I think about rogue gators around our home I shiver at the thought of losing my girls. They are too sweet and such dear companions to lose.

 

A passel of pups.


Those Ears!

Baby

Tinkerbell





I just love her ears!


Such a happy face. I just love her little legs and paws.

Sisters

Always together.

An Unwanted Visitor


You can click on this picture to enlarge it.

Look what Fish and Wildlife removed from the pond behind our home today. A 9 foot alligator that was winterizing in the pond. The agent had to put him down because the gator already had a notch in his tail which indicates that he had already been relocated once before and was now considered a nusiance.

The gator will be sent to Christmas Florida to be processed for the meat and hide. The agent also told us that they roam in the woods and around homes at night in search for small rodents and animals. This really creeped me out because I let my girls outside to snoop and poop at night before going to bed. I guess we were very lucky he didn't get one of our babies.



~Ames


Saturday Centus #35~A New Beginning

Happy New Year! The first day of a New Year and it's Saturday! Time for Jenny Matlock's Saturday Centus. This is a themed writing meme. You can use UP to 100 words to tell your story. The prompt does not count for your 100 words AND it must be left intact in the body of your story. No illustrations are permitted. Your story can be fact or fiction. This weeks prompt is in bold: "her crumpled up list of resolutions"
If you haven't already done so, please stop by Jenny's blog and check out some pretty talented and creative writing by clicking here:
http://jennymatlock.blogspot.com/2011/01/saturday-centus-week-35.html

Now on to my contribution.....
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Married to a man who only saw her as his care giver, Addy never felt loved. She would dream of changes, and with every New Year came a sense of renewed hope. "Maybe this year?" she’d pray.

Startled by the sound of fireworks announcing the dawn of yet another year, Addy’s daughter, Patience, looks down at her mother and is mesmerized by a white ghost like mist floating from Addy up to the heavens.

Out of nowhere a wad of paper falls down onto the bed. Patience recognizes Addy’s handwriting, it was her crumpled up list of resolutions, and on it were the words “Start a new life.”

~Ames