Sunday, May 27, 2012

Saturday Centus #108- Be True to Yourself

Jenny gave us another picture to tell a story. How original Jenny.
Here goes….

Mom always encouraged Tula to be true to herself. She had the worst taste in clothes and shoes. The flashier they were the happier she was.  I was embarrassed, but mom always took up for her.  She’d say “Leave her alone, she is just figuring out who she is.”
She spent all her babysitting money on dance lessons and joined the Ballet when she was 13.  When she turned 18 she married her ex-dance instructor and went on to be a renowned dancer. I guess she showed everyone what it meant to be true to one’s self.
Are you a follower in society? Or have you been true to yourself? I often wonder how different life would have been for me if I had been true to myself.
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Friday, May 25, 2012

Alphabe~Thursday "A" is for Auburndale, Florida

Hi all! Jenny is starting a new round of Alphabe~Thursday and I thought I’d try to complete the alphabet through my state sort of like Jenny painting her way through the alphabet only I am going to show you some unique towns in Florida for each letter in the alphabet, only with a “stream of consciousness”  twist to it.  You might want to pay attention...there will be a quiz.

Well here goes~
“A” is for Auburndale, Florida

That’s it, sort of center of the state, right under the I-4 sign. It’s a spit and miss it town located on the ridge that runs down the center of Florida.

Sooooh...I Googled images of Auburndale......and

I found a bunch of pics of all the lakes created by sinkholes in Auburndale……..

See what I mean?

Lake Lena, (top)that's my grandmother's name... and Lake Ariana, (center) sounds like a name from a Walt Disney production,  and it has ... what looks like a little ...uh... ummm...a  winkie off to the right? And then you see the deep blue waters of Lake Arietta on the right below that.
If you don’t know what a sinkhole is you can Google it.
Anyway, back to Auburndale…
Like I said.... I Googled images and …… hey wait a minute…what’s this?
Does anyone out there remember these guys? Well they were High School graduates from Auburndale High.
(L->R: Tully Stokes, Ron Whitney, Chuck Brown and Allen Keefer)
The Starfires (1959-1962)?
Chuck dropped out and went to law school in Tampa Florida and is now  The Honorable Judge "Charlie" Brown
Ron & The Starfires (1963-1970)?
Ron & the Starfires played as opening acts for quite a number of sixties artists including: The Shangri-las, The Birdwatchers, Tommy Roe, The Nightcrawlers, John Fred & His Playboy Band and Rufus Thomas and often shared the stage when in Daytona (Florida) with The Allman Joys.

Funny names huh?

Maybe you remember this?

Or even this?
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012


I’m enjoying Cuban cuisine tonight.

A refreshing Mojito

A delicious plate of Palomilla.

Palomilla is a thin cut top sirloin steak cooked in the old Havana style, smothered with grilled onions and fresh chopped parsley, and served with a side of white rice, a cup of black beans, and sweet fried plantains.

Yeh baby!

But wait!

There’s more!

How about a  plate of warm sugar and cinnamon Sopapillas with honey drizzled on top?

Ooooh I am sooooh sated!


I think I am ready now for a little siesta!~Ames

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Saturday Centus #107~ One Man's Flick is Another Man's Fate.

Welcome to Saturday Centus # 107.  This week Jenny has provided a picture for us to tell a story. Looking at this deadly scene I think about all those people who flick cigarettes without ever giving thought to their actions. And wouldn't it be a horror to be caught up in this scenario?

now, on to my contribution.....

This is hell,

running for life down the face of a mountain.

I pray all the living can make it out of its way,

before they succumb to the deadly sizzle of its hot flanks.

A race for time.

A race for life.

The smoke,

so thick and hot.

Not one breath of fresh air to carry me further, to carry me forward.

The stream!

I’d rather drown than burn.

I slip,



God help me make the stream.




I feel bones break.

Gasping for air that isn’t there,

I land face down in the stream.

Smoking causes more than cancer!
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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Saturday Centus 106~ The Mother's Day Gift

Hi! It's me. Long time no see. I've missed a few Saturday's, but it was worth it to spend time with my little granddaughter.

This week Jenny has given us the prompt of "cream together butter and sugar."  With a passel of grandsons I thought problem with this prompt!

and now on to my contribution....


“Jimmy you need to get the sugar canister down from the top shelf. The recipe says to cream together butter and sugar.”
“Jimmy you idiot now look what you did!”
“I couldn’t help it Pete, the can was heavy!”
“Go get momma’s dust buster, will just suck it up and pour it in the bowl. Once we mix it up no one will ever know!
"Grab the oatmeal while you’re still up there.”
“What’s it look like?”
“There’s a guy on it.”
“And the raisins too.”
“All I see is a jar of Caper’s.What’s that?”
“Fancy raisins.”
“That’ll do.”

Nothing like a little lovin from the oven! Enjoy your Mother's Day!
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Friday, May 11, 2012

Alphabe~Thursday "Y"

Yoo Hoo...are you out there???

Once again we come full circle in the week and meet up with other AT friends to participate in Jenny Matlock's AlphabeThurday excercise.  We are slowly finishing up the alphabet. This week it's all about the letter "Y"

My "Y" stands for Yoo Hoo

You know...the drink Yoo Hoo?

Do you drink Yoo Hoo?

I don't. I don't like milk. I 've never liked it, but for some reason it was the "Y" word that popped into my head.

Yoo Hoo originated in New Jersey in the 1920's by Natale Olivieri. He discovered a process to produce a chocolate soft drink that would not spoil.

My husband loves Yoo Hoo. Every once in awhile he will ask me to pick up a six pack of bottled Yoo Hoo.

He usually reminisces about how he got pulled over by a local cop for drinking and driving. The police officer did not like my husband. He was the type of police officer that would write his own grandmother a ticket. I think he did at one time.

Well my hubby was no angel as a teenager.  Let's just say he was  humm...what I would call a rowdy grease monkey who liked fast cars.

Anyway, back to the story....

When the officer reached in the car to remove the "said bottle of beer" he was very upset to find out that my husband was drinking a Yoo Hoo. He gave my hubby a ticket anyway and when my husband went to court to fight it, the judge got mad at the officer when he found out it was just a bottle of Yoo Hoo. He threw out the ticket and scolded the officer in front of my husband. Probably the worst thing he could have done considering the rivalry between the cop and my husband.Then the  judge called my hubby by name..."I don't want to see you in here again either!"

Weeeeelll some guys just get all excited when they reminisce over stuff like that. Like that was something to be proud of.

Now the hubby is an old man. Drives like one too. But he still likes to reminisce about the old days over an ice cold Yoo Hoo.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Alphabe~Thursday "X"

“X” is for xenagogue

Xenagogue stands for a guide.

Guide means one who shows the way by leading, directing, or advising such as a guide dog leading the blind.

As a pamphlet, or book that offers basic information or instruction such as the Bible is a wonderful guide book for Life.

A device, such as a ruler, tab, or bar, that serves as an indicator or acts to regulate a motion or operation such as a guide on a saw table.

Some people think the English language is a lot less hard to understand than others. But when you think about how one word can be used for different things it can be confusing to those trying to learn English.

My ex-husband was a Vietnamese linguist in the service. I used to help him with flash cards and let me tell you the same word with different symbols could mean several different things especially when you consider the various dialects of different regions. Very confusing.

Language is complicated.

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She will be your guide through the Alphabet like you've never experienced it.

Thanks for stopping by!~Ames