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I'm a displaced South/Central Texan living in Louisville Kentucky
I am a princess because I am a child of the Risen King! My background is Baptist, but believe I have a relationship not a religion. I married my childhood sweetheart and together we have raised two wonderful children and got them married off. I love everything about being a wife and mother. Now guess what? I am going to be a GRANDMA!! We are so excited for this next step in our lives.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Riding in Elevators with Strangers

I've been riding the elevator so much here at the hospital that I haven't been able to help but giggle again about elevator behavior. Elevator behavior fascinates me.

Well, not the behavior of elevators themselves. That I don't find fascinating at all, as I'm about as mechanically inclined as a hedgehog.

Animals which are not the least bit mechanically inclined. Or so I've been told. Or at least I doubt they are. I can't really say for sure. But I bet they're totally not.


What I actually find fascinating is the behavior of people riding in elevators together with strangers. And, since I seem to have vampires wanting my blood constantly, I have had plenty of time to study the elevator behavior of others and of myself.

Just watch for it the next time you ride one. It's true back home in Texas as it is here in Kentucky or other places I have traveled.

There are unspoken rules that must be followed when riding in an elevator with a stranger, it seems. However, in my observation, those rules are not in effect until inside the elevator. Outside the elevator, the rules don't apply. Life carries on as normal, someone pushes the up or the down button, people make small talk, sip their coffee, smile at each other and exchange pleasantries while waiting for the elevator to open.

But once the elevator doors slide open, the rules for proper elevator behavior go instantly into effect. It's an unexplained social phenomenon, but it happens every time. In fact, you can almost feel the weight of the unspoken rules as you step over the threshold, being careful not to look down that little slit between the floor and the elevator for fear of triggering your acrophobia.

Or maybe that last part is just me.

Anyway, once inside the elevator, these unspoken social rules begin to apply. All strangers riding in elevators together abide by these rules each and every time they ride or so it has seemed in my observation. I am not sure who came up these rules in the first place, or how it is that everyone knows them and abides by them so well. But someone did, and people do. I tell you, it's an unexplained social phenomenon. I'm not here to explain it, only to impart my observations about it.

In my estimation, the rules for elevator behavior when riding with a stranger are as follows:

1. Upon entering the elevator, stand as far away from the stranger as possible. If they are front left, press your body into the back right. Or vice versa. This gets complicated when there are multiple strangers in the elevator, but you'll figure it out.

2. Don't breathe while in the elevator. If you must breathe, do so very quietly so the other person can't tell you are actually breathing.

3. Keep the space in the elevator as quiet as possible. Try not to make noises with your feet or your mouth. Under no circumstances should you speak to the stranger in the elevator.

The only exception is if floor direction is needed. A two-word allotment is given in those cases. For example, "What floor?" and "Eight, please." are allowed, but avoid eye contact.

Note that even if you had just been conversing with a stranger before you stepped onto the elevator, cease and desist immediately once entering the lift and confirming your desired floor.

4. As if your life depended upon it, do not make any eye contact with the stranger on the elevator. Appropriate places for your eyes to land are: on your cell phone, on the floor, and either at or above the doors of the elevator.

5. Take some time to stare at the floor numbers as they light up in sequence. Silently will your floor's number to come as quickly as humanly possible.

6. Exit the elevator. Go about your merry way, feeling free to speak with others once you are out of the elevator.

Rain Rain Go Away

we have had so much rain... not rain Thunderstorms! Now I love the thunder. But I'm cold. 83' isn't cold, but the rain seems to make me feel like it is. I those in Texas would love to see a day or two or twenty in the 80's or even 90's. I too would like some 90's as far as that goes. We have just had a lot of rain and I'm ready to see some sun so I can go back out to my favorite ready place at the "Falls of the Ohio" (see post below for reminder of this place) So........

Dear Rain:

Please be advised that your services are no longer required. It is hereby requested that you vacate this region immediately. Should you be needed in the coming weeks, you will be contacted. Until such time, please take your business elsewhere. Surely there are plenty of places where your presence would be most welcome.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.

Very truly yours,


Thursday, July 30, 2009

Lazy Lazy Me

Well it's Thursday. That means almost Friday! and I have yet to go to the grocery this week. I will need to get out there though not much in the house.

We have had thunderstorms yesterday and today. I love to hear thunder. Last night while Trent and I were watching TV, I stood by the back doors and said "Ah... it's like a good Texas storm I haven't seen or heard this since we have been here."

I have always heard you revert back to child like as you grow old. Geepers I never thought it could be like this. I get up at night once maybe twice. Then when I get up in the morning I am awake for two to three hours before I am really in need of a nap. I sleep a couple of hours get up and after a few more hours I just have to have an afternoon nap. What am I 3!!

Well now I am off to watch TV America's got Tallent on the DVR.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Kevin and Lauren came over today after church. We had a great time playing on the Wii. I don’t think I could tell you who is more competitive. I only hope there are enough couches because at one point or another everyone was told that’s where they were sleeping tonight. It was good to have someone else here to play Trent for a change and give him a little challenge on his level.

We made Peanut Butter Malts for dinner what a great family tradition that is! Lauren got their laundry done while they were here. What a great idea that was. We didn’t have to cut our time short because they had to leave to go home to get it done.

After they left the house all quite again and Trent and I watch a movie. “P2” yikes I was on the edge of my seat. It was pretty good. Had a very gruesome scene that was so realistic, I have never seen one so real before. Then we moved on the “The Next Food Network Star” (Go Melissa!) Ah, yes! One of the shows we look forward to in our week.

So we had a great day and I think there will be some rematches soon on the Wii.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Crossing my Tea's

I don’t know what you are addicted to…but I have become addicted to tea. Any kind of tea will do for me – be it Green Tea, White Tea, Black Tea, Herbal Tea or my favorite Japanese Tea. It is funny how a Scottish German, raised in Texas now living in Kentucky is writing about something that the Chinese discovered and the Japanese added flavor. It is believed that the Chinese discovered tea when some tea leaves accidentally fell into a pot of boiling water. I got hooked on it when I was on Chemo. Ginger is very helpful with eliminating nausea. I usually have my tea morning tea with my Bible and God. What a soothing time that is, Highly recommend!! Now my question is – who threw in the milk and sugar? Americans came up with the concept of “Iced Tea.” It was Thomas Sullivan of New York developed the tea in a bag (teabag). Right now I have a Pitcher of Earl Grey steeping and will enjoy cold glasses of that the rest of the day. Right now I am sipping on a cup of warm Vanilla Chai Tea. Now here’s a funny thing about me and my tea. I love tea, and love lemons and fruit. But please don’t mix them in my tea! Not the citrus especially.
Here is a nice little recipe for you I like in the evening Enjoy!
Chai Latte
4 cups cold water
5 Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea Bags
1 cup low fat milk, chilled
4 tablespoons brown sugar

Boil water; place Bigelow Vanilla Chai tea bags into teapot and pour boiling water over tea.
Let stand 3-5 minutes.
Froth milk by using a wisk
Add 1 tablespoon brown sugar to 4 teacups, pour in tea and top with frothed milk.
Yield: Serves 4. Prep Time: 5 minutes

Friday, July 24, 2009

A Little This & That

My fellow professional surfer Kristin, tipped me off to the awesome idea of kitty wigs. I had no idea such a thing existed, but now that I see them I have to agree that they're the best thing ever. Any cat I know would be thrilled to wear a wig. Thrilled, I tell you. So I’m buying Blue Bell (aka; Bellie) a couple of these tad a looking dreads so that she can change up her look when she's feeling bored with being a red head. Of course I’m kidding. But can you just get over what is out there and what people will really spend there money on!?!

I just found out that the Sears Tower is now called the Willis Tower? What?? What happened?? Does Bruce(willis get it)have that kind of pull there? I just have a hard time with change sometimes. I believe I channel Lucille Ball but am a bit of a June Cleaver wanna be . I love the tradition of eras gone by, but I do love the conveniences of today’s modern life.

I have been thinking of making cards like the ones many of you get at various holiday’s and looking into selling them at craft shows or something like this. I love making them. The simple act of bringing an idea to life with my hands is a joy to me and if I could make a little extra doing then why not!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

All I wanted was a TRIM

I went for a hair cut and the lady misunderstood what I wanted. Why is it you never know this for sure until that first whack is made. Well I'm just going to let this one be a short story is... Yes, because I can't sit here and keep thinking about it so I can write about it Well ok I didn't cry but I had grown it out some and just wanted to trim it up so it had better bounce. And now I have a boy haircut!! Short is ok I'm no stanger to short hair. But the top is so short too. Trent and I have the same haircut, no he's not in bad need of a haircut either. Oh well it will grow, but in the mean time I will be grumpy when I see it and have to try and do something to before I leave the house. LEAVE the house? Oh no.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

I took a bad fall Saturday night as I was heading to bed. My right arm aches but the elbow hurts and a pain down and into the pinky. I think maybe I got the funny bone stuck on hurt mode. Somehow I have two places on my left knee that are raw like rug burn, but I was on the kitchen floor. My middle toe on the left foot is broken and is about six different colors. I have seen broken toes before yes they bruise and maybe get a bit swollen. But I have not seen one actually bent over to the side like this. Um yeah like it’s broken. As each day passes my foot hurts more and more bruising grows up the foot. Good news for my arm it does feel better. At least my pinky does anyway.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Lunch with Women of Faith

I had a great time today with friends at a luncheon held at the beautiful Hurstbourne Country Club. The Women of Faith group meet once a month have lunch and a speaker. It was nice to be in a room filled with women who were excited to be on their lunch break from work and able to pray and praise our Lord! I had chicken with a mango salsa (that was real yummy) rice and green beans with almond slices. For dessert Banana Pudding well as we Metcalf’s know as what the rest of the world thinks is Banana pudding. I came home and took a 3 hr, nap woke up just as Trent was cutting the Digiorno Pizza.

Trent seemed to have a very quite and uneventful day.

Kevin was over yesterday and we discussed who had the best $1.00 menu’s at the fast food places. But, then it ended with Kevin’s choice being he loves the BIG burger at Hardee’s. Silly me I hear Hardee’s I think chicken. We all agreed White Castle is pretty much what it’s like when you throw up in your mouth and don’t know what to do. Yuck!! Really. I took a bite and didn’t know what to do with it it was awful I couldn’t swallow.

Haven’t seen Missa in a few days but she called me last night for my Avon order so she’s still kickin it out there.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

I have been feeling a little better and holding down some food. Other wise not much else new there my leg are so bad again. But I don’t want to complain.

Our weather has been so pretty, pretty much staying in the mid 80’s Although Sat will be 77 and Sun about 79. This is still almost cold to this lil `ol Texas gal!

Things are moving along with Kevin and his investors. He will be going to Miami and then to Spain to make his contacts and sells. If all this works out things will be looking really good for him.

Melissa has started a third job! She now sells AVON! Very dangerous for me. Am I the only one who didn’t know they don’t just sell make up any more? Clothes, dishes……. Wow!

For very simple dinner menu’s I went to click on BUDGET WISE then 1 BAG 5 DINNERS it gives the grocery list and dinners for a week that are very simple to make and seem to be healthy enough. I printed out several and made a “cook book”.

Well that’s about it for now. I am going to go read from our Sunday School book for my quite time of prayer and Bible study.

Love to all
Sometimes I think Maxine should run for president. She was right on with this one!

Everyone concentrates on the problems we're having in this country lately: illegal immigration, hurricane recovery, alligators attacking people in Florida ..

Not me. I concentrate on solutions for the problems. It's a win-win situation.
T H E 1 0 C O M M A N D M E N T S

The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments posted in a courthouse is this:
You cannot post
'Thou Shalt Not Steal,'
'Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery,' and
'Thou Shall Not Lie'

in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians...
It creates a hostile work environment.


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