June 7, 2017
I went to the dentist last week and he had not seen me since I went blonde. I told him that I did it because I heard blonde’s have more fun. It brought back what I heard Dolly Parton once say when someone asked her if she minded being called a dumb blonde. In typical Dolly fashion she responded “no because I am not dumb and I am not blonde”. When this picture was made for some promotional reasons, my friend Bob Longmire a graphic artist and wonderful illustrator saw it and sent me an email. He said “I have worked on the color and softened it up some” hope you don’t mind. Not only did I not mind, I loved it and I can use all the help that I can get.
On to the tomato story. After last years drought, I said that I was not planting anything that had to be watered but what was I doing last weekend? You guessed it, I was planting tomatoes. A family friend, Chuck, grows the most tasty heirloom tomatoes. He plants hundreds of tomatoes just because he loves doing it. Some times my sister will open her door and there will be a big tub of tomatoes sitting on her door step. Chuck had given my brother-in-law quite a few tomato plants. When I was at my brother-in-laws house last weekend he said “don’t you want some of the heirloom tomato plants”? At first I said no and then I thought about bologna and home grown tomatoes out of the back yard and I relented. I planted 5 plants so I should have enough for family and friends. Hope to have bologna and tomato sandwiches in July.
February 21, 2017
One of my friends send me this information today and thought I would share it with you because it was something that I did not know
*HERE IS A BIT OF HISTORY I BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW…* *Hours after Pearl
Harbor was bombed on December 7, 1941, the Secret Service found themselves
in a bind. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was to give his Day of Infamy
speech to Congress on Tuesday, and although the trip from the White House
to Capitol Hill was short, agents weren’t sure how to transport him safe. *
*At the time, Federal Law prohibited buying any cars that cost more than
$750, so they would have to get clearance from Congress to do that, and
nobody had time for that. *
*One of the Secret Service members, however, discovered that the US
Treasury had seized the bulletproof car that mobster Al Capone owned when
he was sent to jail in 1931. They cleaned it, made sure it was running
perfectly and had it ready for the President the next day.*
*Al Capone’s 1928 Cadillac V-8 “Al Capone” Town Sedan*
*Became the President’s Limo December 1941*.
*Mechanics are said to have cleaned and checked each feature of the Caddy
well into the night of December 7th, to make sure that it would run
properly the next day for the Commander in Chief. And run properly it did.
It had been painted black and green to look identical to Chicago ‘s police
cars at the time. To top it off, the gangster’s 1928 Cadillac Town Sedan
had 3,000 pounds of armor and inch-thick bulletproof windows.*
*It also had a specially installed siren and flashing lights hidden behind
the grille, along with a police scanner radio.*
*Footnote: The car sold at auction in 2012 for $341,000.00.*
January 10, 2017
I hope that you noticed that I have not written a blog in several weeks. That is because I was blessed to be able to go to Spain with my family. We were in three cities Seville, Cordoba and Granada. The history of it all just continues to amaze me. I visited the palace of Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand and was actually standing in her bedroom and in their dining room. If you remember history, Isabel was the Queen who sent Christopher Columbus on the voyage that led him to discover America. In Seville, where we were staying we visited the largest Gothic church in the world. The U.S. is just a baby in comparison, but make no mistake I am oh so grateful to be living in the U.S. The folks here at work wanted to know what made the most impression on me and I would have to say it is the architect and the history of beautiful Spain. We were able to travel easily on the train system that Spain has and it made me wish that we had a train system readily available to most cities here in the U.S. However, we walked almost everywhere we went and some days logged 6-8 miles. You would have thought that I would have lost weight but the wonderful gelato made up for all the walking. Net gain zero and net loss zero so I guess that is good.
My trip is over, the holidays are over so I am back to work with my great staff, who kept things moving smoothly, while I was gone. Lets print and mail.
November 10, 2016
Anyone who knows me well, knows that I love to travel. It doesn’t matter where (as long as it is not dangerous) and I don’t usually pick the places that I visit because I go with my daughter and her family. They say “do you want” and I say yes before they can finish telling me where we are going. I love learning about the culture, the food and the people. I usually have a travel book on the place I am going to visit and try to find out as much as I can about the region. Usually our trips are adventurous as I have white water rafter in Costa Rica and cave tubed in Belize. I did draw a line at zip lining.
My granddaughter recently got married in Minneapolis and I had never been to MN. One of the things I did not know was that MN is known for growing wild rice. I discovered this when I had the wild rice and chicken soup that was served in every restaurant that we ate. Just to make sure that I liked it as much as I first thought, I had it four times. Yesterday I got on line and ordered some MN wild rice and got a recipe. I am going to make some at home and see if I do as well as they do in MN. Food is big on our agenda when traveling, because my daughter, Joy, is a foodie. She researches restaurants and we eat at places where she knows the food will be great. Our next big adventure will be to Seville Spain, which is famous for its flamenco dancers. That is one adventure that I probably won’t be participating in but who knows. I do love adventures.
November 1, 2016
I just got back to work today from my granddaughter Sarah’s wedding. Congratulations to Sarah and Dante DeSeranno. What a beautiful wedding.
I had never been to Minneapolis before and found it to be a very interesting place. I loved the little local shops such as Candyland, where you can buy all kinds of popcorn. My favorite is the carmel corn. One thing that I did not know is that MN grows a lot of wild rice. You can get wild rice and chicken soup in just about every restaurant, as it is a local favorite. I had it at least four times while I was there, it is that good. I like the fact that there were not a lot of chains restaurants where we were staying. There are restaurants that have been around for years such as the Hen House where you can get cinnamon rolls that are huge, fresh baked and smelling so good when you walk in the door. I loved that they have such a good transportation system such as the light rail and metro buses everywhere. However, we walked almost everywhere we went. We had to do a lot of walking just to get rid of the calories from the wild rice and chicken soup and the cinnamon rolls, not to mention the carmel corn.
October 25, 2016
Today has reminded me that there is a generation gap between me and my younger employees. Today in production meeting, I said “that someone was trying to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear” and they did not know what I was talking about. For you a lot younger than me, it means to be unable to turn something ugly or inferior into something attractive or of value, such; no matter how expensive his clothes, he still looks sloppy – you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. This expression was already a proverb in the mid-1500s. Not wait a minute, I am not that old!
Another one today was “salting money down”. Salting money down is an idiom that means to save something, especially money, for use at a later time. Salting away money for retirement is a good example.
When I was a child my mother would have an expression that I would not understand. I would ask her where does that come from and she would say it was an “old ettered saying”. When I became an adult and my mother had passed away I googled ettered sayings and it was her Irish or East Tennessee way of saying uttered saying. These are sayings that have been passed down from generation to generation. I am just doing my part and passing them to the younger generation.
September 13, 2016
Below is a link to an interesting article about political mail and the millennials.