Saturday, March 31, 2012

Saturday Centus #100~Dialing for Dollars

Hi all, it's a special Saturday Centus this week. Jenny Matlock is celebrating her 100th centennial. She gave us a prompt from her very first Saturday Centus and here it is in green:   My untied shoelace changed my life. As I leaned down to re-tie it, I kicked away a few leaves. When I turned my head slightly to look where the leaves had been, I was astonished to see a rubber-banded wad of hundred dollar bills nestled in a little indention in the muddy ground.
In addition to this long prompt she has given us the usual 100 words and as many pictures as we like.

And now on to my contribution.....

Dialing for Dollars

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Granny! I yelled as I ran up the steps and let the screen door slam behind me.
Slow down girl and ketch yer breath. She said
“Granny! My untied shoelace changed my life. As I leaned down to re-tie it, I kicked away a few leaves. When I turned my head slightly to look where the leaves had been, I was astonished to see a rubber-banded wad of hundred dollar bills nestled in a little indention in the muddy ground. Can ya believe it! I said with excitement.
“Give it here child.”
I reluctantly handed it to her.
“You can’t keep it child.”
“But!”
“Girl, this kind of money was needed for something important. Someone worked long and hard to earn it. I bet they’re just sick over losing it! Do the right thing.”
She dialed the Sheriff, then handed me the phone.

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Something like this happened to me when I was a child. I found a man's wallet at the end of our street and I ran home and gave it to my father. He called the man who's name was on the driver's license and he met us at the end of the street.

That man was so grateful he tried to give me $20. My heart skipped a beat as I looked up at my father and he told the man "She won't take it." I felt so ashamed in my heart for even thinking I deserved that man's money. I felt my face turn red, which probably made me look like Bozo the Clown! The man thanked me and shook my father's hand and left in his car.

My father walked me home and all he said to me was "You did the right thing and I hope you will do the right thing next time too." 
I learned a good lesson that day. One I passed on to my daughter and I hope she passed on to her children!
Well now, I hope you'll do the right thing too and stop by and congratulate Jenny on her 100th centennial. You can get there by clicking here: off on my tangent
Thanks for stopping by!~Ames

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Alphabe~Thursday "S" is for St. Cloud, Florida


Today Mr. Ames and I struck out with “The Girls” for a drive through the Deseret Ranch.* A beautiful and peaceful drive through the back roads of rural Florida. Scenes of vast green pastures dotted with cattle and horses grazing beside stands of Cypress trees, Live Oaks and Pine trees. “The Girls” got to get out and stretch their legs so everyone enjoyed the ride.
Our destination was to a small town called St. Cloud, Florida.


Funny how small towns get their start. In 1909 investors from Washington purchased the former 36,000-acre Disston Sugar Manufacturing Company on the East shore of Lake Tohopekaliga. Lake Toho for short.

Ruins of the Disston Sugar Mfg. Co.

Source: Flicker

Source:Trip Advisor



The new town of St. Cloud was laid out up in Washington and advertised to Union Civil War veterans as opportunity. Lots were sold for a mere $50 and included a free five-acre tract and a tent.

The streets are laid out in a grid and have names taken from states like Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New York and Pennsylvania.

This quaint little town has some really neat antique shops and Thrift stores in its historical downtown district. Mr. Ames and I decided to come back another day without “The Girls” so we can check out the shopping and eat lunch at Crabby Bill’s right on the lake.
Source: Trip Advisor




Our little get away drive to St. Cloud, Florida was 98 miles round trip and it cost us about $25.00 in gas plus the price of two cups of coffee for the drive back home. It was worth it. Sometimes you just gotta go and see.



* (If you are interested in more information about the Deseret Ranches, I have a provided a link to their website here: http://www.deseretranchflorida.com/welcome.html )
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Please stop by Jenny Matlock's Blog off on my tangent and check out other Alphabe~Thursday posts about the letter "S".
Thanks for stopping by!~Ames

Sunday, March 25, 2012

My Take~"The Hunger Games"


Well I’ve heard a lot about The Hunger Games from two of my oldest grandsons. They have read the book or books. I hear this is a trilogy. I decided I would see if it really will be the next best series since Harry Potter.

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Mr. Ames and I went to the 1:00 pm showing today thinking the theatre wouldn’t be that full.

We had to move twice because I couldn’t see.

*Rant: There are a lot of people out there with big heads. Not to mention the really tall ones that don’t want to sit in the empty row next to you…Oh no they want to sit right down in front of you. I couldn’t see past this guy even if I leaned over on Mr. Ames’ shoulder. Geeez!!

Anyway…back to the movie.

First and foremost I think the person that wrote this story wants to interject a scenario of futuristic doom and gloom for the populous of Earth. A post-apocalyptic scenario where the elitist (the Capital) thrive and dominate power over what was the remains of North America, now called Panem. The 12 districts surrounding the Capital have to rely on those that are well off for food. The Capital has an annual lottery which selects one boy and one girl from each district to fight to the death. Only the survivor wins.

Hummm… sounds like a sick sadistic way to thin out humanity. Let’s see 74th game of 23 tributes killed….that’s umm…1702 lives exterminated.

I can conjure up images of a New World Order, Georgia Guide Stones, the new Denver airport, all those survival shows on TV that show you how to create impenetrable bunkers…… and it sort of reminds me of an old movie titled Soylent Green.


Does anyone else remember that movie?

It came out in 1973 and starred Charlton Heston, Edward G. Robinson, and Leigh Taylor-Young. It involved another scenario for an overpopulated futuristic Earth.

Back to “The Hunger Games.”

Just what do the creators of these types of storylines want to instill in us?

Fear, Fear, and Fear!

When there is fear a fight or flight mode overcomes us naturally.

This is how you get rogue militants, people living off the grid stock piling food and ammo.

I know I know…it was just a book, a movie, just another form of media to influence people.

I am not sure I will pay to see the second or third part of this trilogy.

I couldn’t get through the Twilight series and then after I saw the first movie I gave all the books to my daughter. She couldn’t put them down.

So this is just my take.

Have you read or gone to see The Hunger Games?

What do you think?



~Ames






Saturday, March 24, 2012

Saturday Centus~ My Nightmare


Hi all welcome to another Saturday Centus, week #99. I have a little story to tell. It all started with my being sleep deprived from getting our tax papers together for our Tax man.  I was up until 5:00 am doing Excel spread sheets. Then add to that Miss Lily’s first birthday party today and I ate too many carbs and loaded up on sugar and well my blood sugar went way out of whack.  I decided to lie down and snuggle with our girls for a little afternoon siesta sugar coma.

And now, my nightmare…..

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I took all my grandchildren to Red Lobster and tried to leave a $20 tip.

The waitress gave my $20 bill back and said “Not enough.”

I said “What?”

She said “More like two hundred would be about right.”

I said “The bill was only $100.00!”

She said “The bill is $1,000.00.”

I asked her for an itemized receipt and to see the manager.

She walked away thinking “this is so easy…I’m living the dream man!”

I decided to call the police.

After sorting things out, she was cuffed and taken away.

Then the doorbell rang and woke me up.

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*Actually two yapping Chihuahuas woke me up but I only had 100 words.

So, any dream interpreters out there?
Can anyone tell me why I would have such a stupid dream? 
Was it the two brats soaked in beer?
The killer pasta salad??  

Or the Strawberry pink cake topped with Princess Pink icing???
Or maybe it’s because those blood suckers from the IRS want my money!

I guess I’ll never know.

Don’t forget to head back over to Jenny Matlock’s blog off on my tangent

Thanks for stopping by. ~Ames

Friday, March 23, 2012

Alphabe~Thursday "R"

Welcome to another week of Alphabe~Thursday. This week is about the letter "R"


There’s been a lot of R’s in my life.

 I was born and Raised in the South. And Florida is as far south as you get for an American.

Actually my little town didn’t even have a hospital and my father drove my mother to Rockledge almost 40 miles away to the nearest hospital.

That takes grit and endurance and mom had both!

I was born with Red hair…still have it only it’s not Bozo The Clown Red anymore. (Thank God!)  Yup that’s Really me…and I Really think I’m carrying a load. (Story of my life.)


I like a good story. I Read a lot as a child…still do only now I can’t see without my Reading glasses. (Can’t hear without them either)

As I was walking my two spoiled Rotten Chihuahua’s today….
We saw a giant Rat Snake!
We let him have the Right of way. I don’t like snakes!! But I Respect their rights to be on this earth.

Speaking of earth…we went to see John Carter, the movie, not of this earth! Usually I have problems adjusting my eyes in the dark….Well this time I didn’t have any trouble Recognizing my husband and brother-in-law, Robert, in the dark movie theatre….. they looked like two Q-Tips on a field trip.


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This concludes my Ramblings about the letter “R” Please Report to Jenny Matlock’s  blog off on my tangent for more Alphabe~Thursday “R’s”.



Thanks for stopping by!~Ames

Monday, March 19, 2012

Spite and Malice

How we play Spite and Malice. Because Becky  asked. :)


Spite and Malice

This can be played with more than two people.

We use two pack of cards shuffled together.

Deal each player 10 cards to be used as their pay off cards. They may not look at these cards but  the first card is turned up and set cards off to the side. See diagram of  A & B pay off piles.

Then deal each person 5 cards. These cards you may look at.

The remaining cards are stacked off to the side of he center. See diagram of Stock card placement .

The person not dealing starts first.

 

Deal, layout and terminology

The layout of Spite and Malice is shown in the following diagram:
spite and malice layout

The Play

The object is to be the first get rid of all the cards in your pay-off pile by playing them to the center stacks. Only the top card of your pay-off pile is available for play at any time; when you have managed to get rid of the top card, you turn the next pay-off card face up and try to get rid of that.
The first card in each center stack must be an Ace, then 2, 3, and so on in sequence up to queen, each card played being one higher than the card it covers. If you draw and Ace you must lay it down in the center.

1. If you have an Ace in your hand you set it in the center and play off of that Ace with  a 2 and a 3 until you can't play any more cards from your hand. You would then fill the four empty side stacks, face up, in front of you from the remaining cards in your hand. You must also have a discard. If you can't discard then you may draw 5 more cards from the Stock pile. If you can keep piling more cards on the center stack by playing the card showing from your pay-off stack then keep going. You can even play the cards in your side stacks until you can't make any more moves. If all four of your side stacks have cards then you must always discard one card and wait until it's your turn again.

*Note: You may not use a King which is a wild card, as an Ace or a 7.  But a King may be used as any other card. Example: If there is an Ace in the center stack, and you have a 3 showing on your pay-off stack you may use a King as a 2 and then use the 3 off your pay-off stack. Remember the object is to get rid of your pay-off stack to win the game.

2. Your partner will be doing the same with his/her cards in hand. Example: Say you have already played the 3 that was showing on your pay-off pile and the next card you turned over on the pay-off pile is a Queen then you can't go any further getting rid of your pay-off pile. But if you had a 4, a 5, and a6 laying down (face up) in front of you in your side stacks, then  you may play those until you can't play any further. You must still lay down cards to fill any of the empty spaces where your side stacks are in front of you and you still must have a discard. If all four stacks have cards in them then all you need is a discard. This ends your turn. A player cannot have more than four separate side stacks at one time; if you have no empty side stacks then you must take one from your hand to have a discard, making the card you cover temporarily unavailable for play. I always try to lay my cards down so that I don't bury any cards I may use to get to the card showing in my pay-off stack. For example: I never bury a 7 in my stacks. I also try to keep cards in order in my stacks such as Queen, Jack 10 and I always try to keep cards of like in the same pile. Example: 3,3,3 or 9,9,9. If I have a 5 showing on my side card, I wouldn't want to bury an 3 because I might draw a 4.
You may play as many cards to the center stacks as you want, but as soon as you play a card to a side stack your turn ends, and  it is your opponent's turn.

*Note: You can never play a pay-off card to a side stack, or move a card from one side stack to another, or move a card from a center stack to anywhere. You can discard a king to a side stack without committing yourself as to what it represents (wild). When a king is placed on a center stack it represents the next higher value than the card it covers. If during your turn you manage to play all five cards from your hand, without playing to a side stack, you immediately draw five more cards from the stock and continue playing. If you complete a centre stack by playing a queen (or a king representing a queen) your opponent shuffles the completed stack into the stock, creating a space for a new center stack, and you can continue playing. We always set aside a completed stack until all the cards in the center stack are depleted. Then we reshuffle all the completed stacks to make a new center stack.

End of Game
The game ends when someone wins by playing the last card of their pay-off pile to the center.
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Well that's how we play Spite and Malice. If you have any questions or would rather play a different way you can Google the Card game Spite and Malice
Have Fun!~Ames

 

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Game Night Snack

I have a confession...

I am a Salty Sweet late night snacker.

Gotta have it.

Anything.

Chips,

Fruit,

Popcorn...oh yeh


I bought some Orville Redenbacher's Kettle Korn Pop Up Bowl popcorn on the advice of a friend. .

We used to call it Oral Rectumblocker's at work. Heh heh heh. Sorry couldn't resist.

Let me tell you this stuff is awesome!

The bowl however is a trickey booger.

I finally got out the kitchen shears and cut that steaming hot salty and sweet bowl open.

One of those adult-proof bags.

And it was good to the last frazzle...finger lickin' good!

~Ames

An Old Fashioned Game Night


Don’t you just hate it when you teach someone to play a card game and they whoop yer butt?

Lately I have been in a card playing mood.

The hubs and I enjoy each other’s company so…..

So I thought I would teach him a game I learned from my neighbor and her sister.

It’s called S & M.

Oh don’t you go there!!!

Tisk…Tisk

“S” stands for Spite….

And

“M” stands for Mallace.

“S” & “M” for short.

And let me tell you what…

I thought my husband was acting like he was confused but I have since found out (after losing 6 games the first night and 6 the next night) that my dear sweet confused husband was using sneaky strategy on me.

Here I was reminding him to play certain cards and he was winning every game.

Well here’s what I have to say about that….

The Gloves Are Off Buddy!!!!

You!

And

Me!

Tomorrow night…

At the round table in the kitchen.

Bring it!



Do you sit glued to the TV every night or do you shut it off and have a good old fashion game night?

~Ames

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Saturday Centus Week #98




This week Jenny Matlock gave us a total of 98 words, including the prompt,  and as many pictures as we want. The prompt is: “it was only ninety-eight cents.”  It will be in green…of course.

And now on to my contribution…..

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I have been influenced by some wonderful thrifty bloggers.

All are in the festive St. Patrick’s Day mode.

How could I not jump in and join them?

Well I tried.

Check it out.

I stopped in the SPCA the other day. I wanted to find something green and well everything was pretty much picked over. But then I saw this green vase…..the one on the left…it was only ninety-eight cents.

I couldn’t pass it up!

Now I think my hutch is finally blinged out for
St. Patrick’s Day!
So what do you think?
Did I pull it off?
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Well I did it! Ninety-eight words including the prompt! Please follow the rainbow over to Jenny Matlock's blog  off on my tangent. You'll never know what may be waiting for you there. Gotta go! I'm late for an important date!
Thanks for stopping by and  Éire go Brách ya'll!
~Ames

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Thrifty Things Friday ~ #50





Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I have really really been into collecting small things this year. I almost feel ashamed to say that we built a bigger house and my closets are overflowing already.

Now I have limited my collectables to things I can theme out my hutch with. I have been looking for items to theme out for St. Patrick's Day. Here's my beauties this week.


The Forest Green Vase on the right was made by Anchor Hocking Glass Company $3, the little vase in the middle is marked Hoosier Glass 4 4063-C  and was .50 cents. The vase on the left has no markings but I don't care. I paid $1 for it and I intend to take an elderly friend two green tipped white Carnations this Saturday for St. Patrick's Day.
This sweet little rabbit was .50 cents. I haven't quite figured out what to do with him yet but I will find the perfect spot for him...or her.

I'm linking up with Diann for Thrifty Things Friday #50. Yup Five  Ohhhhh! Please stop by her Blog The Thrifty Groove and check it out. Click here:





 
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
~Ames

Alphabe~Thursday "Q"


 “Q” stands for: 

Question: What is a short-handled riding whip called?

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ʇɹınb :ɹǝʍsuɐ

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To check out other great “Q” words over at Jenny Matlock's blog go here: off on my tangent

Thanks for stopping by and playing along.~Ames

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Saturday Centus~11x5


Welcome to Saturday Centus. A writing
meme hosted by my friend Jenny
Matlock. She has turned wicked on us with
this week’s challenge.

Ok let’s see if I can get this right….

She wants us to write five sentences with
 each sentence consisting of five words only
to convey a story. Jeeze Louise and with just
one margarita she has lost her mind.

Ok let’s see what kind of quirky story I can
make with her theme of 'Good things come in
 fives'! Yeh right….I'm being blessed 11 times
 with 5's and here's what I got with it.

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Old Age jumped on me

Bad back, hip and knee

Trifocals or I can’t see

Deafness in my right ear

Turning fifty-five this year
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I might add at least I'm still here! Well that’s it
 for my poetic prowess. Don’t forget to check
 out other contributions over at Margarita
Matlock's uh I mean Jenny’ Matlock's blog 

Thanks for stopping by!~Ames 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Alphabe~Thursday "P" stands for Panhandling


Hello everyone! This week on Alphabe~Thursday its all about the letter “P”. I have decided to write about something I have been dealing with for the past few weeks.

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Panhandling




It seems to be all the rage these days. Why a few weeks ago there was a young man standing on the street corner right outside of the community that I live in. He was panhandling for money.
Let me describe this young man to you.
He was wearing OP shorts, a Hurley top, a pair of Vans slip on sneakers with a smart phone attached to the pocket of his shorts while holding a “Will work for Money” sign made out of cardboard and smoking a Marlboro cigarette. He was wearing a black sports watch and had sandy blonde hair semi neatly styled, and a mole just above his right eye brow.
How did I know these details you might ask?
Well just so happens that there is a traffic light right there. One of the slowest in town I might add. I had plenty of time to stare him down and shake my head “NO!” while he was scratching his uh “private parts” and wiggling his sign at me.
Someone must have called the police because after three weeks of putting up with his panhandling and dancing around trying to intimidate other drivers, he was gone.
And the owner of the gas station on that corner removed the large bushes he was hiding in until the cars had to stop at the light when it turned red.
I know there are real people that are down on their luck, but I don’t think this particular young man really wanted to work. I think he was looking for a handout so he could buy more drugs.
I hate to be judgmental but I see indigents all the time. They are weathered from living outdoors in the elements. Their clothes are dingy and old. Most seek shade from the heat of day and come out at night. Those that do come out during the day are scouring the streets for cans or dumpster diving.
I have given food, money, blankets, jackets, and even put gas in someone’s car that was down on their luck but I just can’t tolerate alcoholics or druggies.
I don’t believe anyone should ever be hungry or cold or treated with disrespect because they are down and out. After all, everyone had a mother that loved them and they still need love and respect.
If this young man really wanted to work, he would be sitting in the unemployment office or the Day Labor office taking any job that was offered. I guess what I am trying to say is God helps those who help themselves and when they can’t then there are other solutions available.
There are so many people out of work and homeless now, entire families. But I also know there are programs out there to help people get back on their feet, get temporary housing, and jobs, day care, and hot meals. I know because I donate to these organizations to keep them up and running.
You never know who might be knocking at your door or your heart.
We had an old man, clothes in rags and weathered from the elements, come to my place of employment and told us he was hungry. He didn’t ask for money…just said he was hungry and asked if we had any food to give. He was sent on his way with a sandwich and a clean mayonnaise jar filled with hot coffee along with directions to a shelter where he could bathe and get clean clothes and a warm cot for the night.
It breaks my heart to see people this way. The truth of the matter is some choose to live that way and others are unfortunate to have it thrust upon them. And for those that choose to live that way…they are entitled to live their life the way they choose.
Just remember one thing…the world is different now. It is teaming with a population that is being pulled down to the point where it is ready to snap. If you choose to give money to a panhandler that is your business. And if you do, just be careful out there. You may be aiding a drug addict.

Well I hope I haven’t offended anyone. This commentary regarding panhandlers is my opinion and doesn’t necessarily represent that of anyone else.
Please stop by Jenny Matlock’s blog (off on my tangent)  and read up on other topics about the letter “P”.

Thanks for stopping by!~Ames