Thursday, August 27, 2015

Friday Letters, August 28 edition

Hello friends!
Can you believe we're approaching the best part of the year?  From my perspective, Fall's still a fuzzy something or another on the horizon. But I'm counting on it getting here!

Speaking of horizons, I'd like a few moments with Mother Nature.

Nice try, 'Mom.'

You certainly were shaking things up during this evening's rush hour.   
(Yes, I'm writing this Thursday eve.) 

Still, it wasn't your finest hour.  
No, that award goes to Haboob 2011

Thankfully, I'd already left the office before it swallowed my workplace.
Perhaps you saw this on the National news?  
DH had family/friends from Chicago and Florida calling to see if we were OK!

Dear Mr. Sweet,
Yes, I knew better than to patronize those 
strip-center haircutters.
Thank you for not voicing what I'm pretty sure you were thinking.

When you asked, "May I be blunt?" I winced ...
but had to nod at your observations.

Then, you asked if I had any plans for the rest of the afternoon.  
You wanted permission to 'play' with some color - 
no charge!  If I didn't like the result, you'd change it.

I've never come close to winning the lottery before, but in that instant I felt awfully fortunate ... 
almost optimistic.
Best of all, I love my new 'copper' curls! 

Dear feet,
Once upon a time I suppose you were normal.
Before I crammed you into too-small footwear or pointy high heels.

Unfortunately, I couldn't resist buying a pair of practically-new flats at my favorite consignment shop without first trying them on.  Never mind they're larger than what I normally wear.  
A little toilet paper wadded up at the toe 
and we should be good to go!

You didn't like that one bit.

Well, I didn't like having spent good money to watch them gather dust at the back of my closet for the last 3 years.

What's that saying about a blind squirrel finding a nut every now and then?  
I'm pretty sure a podiatrist would give this get-up 
two thumbs down, but I wore them all day yesterday with no slippage and no pain!

Who needs a pair of pricey insoles when you've 
olden peds at the ready? 

Dear co-worker,
Sometimes the generation gap cracks me up!
I've never seen a single episode of "The Sopranos" -
but when you happened to remark how much you enjoyed it,
I invited you to sit down and tell me what was all that controversy about its finale.

"Hmmm", I surmised. "Almost a 'Lady or the Tiger' situation." which you replied, 
"I don't think I've seen that one.  Who was in it?"

Dear Mr. God,
It's been 4 weeks now, one of Blogville's own has gone missing.
I know you've got this covered, 
... but I'm worried.
Thank you for letting her know that she and her family are in my thoughts and prayers.


Have a happy Friday and a wonderful weekend, everyone!


Saturday, August 15, 2015


Y'all doing OK this week?  

Me?  My dear friend, Miz Paula at Smidgens Snippets and Bits has nominated me for the always fun, sometimes prestigious (*smile*) Liebster.  
... of course I'm happy to oblige!  

Pesky fine print
Those nominated must also follow a few simple rules.   Being a lazy sort, I'll pretend to print them, and you can pretend to have read them?  OK?!

Let's see.  First, I'm to answer 11 questions Paula posed:

1.  What inspired you to start a blog?
I never heard that term until an acquaintance mentioned how she enjoyed blogging.  Once I learned that wasn't a disgusting bodily function, I was hooked!

2.  How did you come up with the name for your blog?   

Respice Prospice came from an inscription on an old locket given me some years ago.  
I was really taken with the translation:  Look to the future, learn from the past.

3.  What is your biggest challenge when it comes to your blog?
Brevity, brevity, brevity!

4.  What is the best and worst meal you have ever made?
LOL.  Except for the occasional 'kitchen sink omelet' I don't cook!

Maybe 3-4 times a year, DH will ask me to make Ernie Stautner's cheesy meatloaf (from the Dallas Cowboys Wives Cookbook.)  It's ugly to look at, but yummy all the same!

The worst?  A few years ago, DH was craving date-nut bread.  It sounded disgusting, but I found a recipe online and thought to surprise him.   The surprise came when the blender began to smoke, grunted once and died.  (No-where did the recipe say NOT to drain the dates!)

5.  Where do you find the inspiration for your posts?
This is a tough one!  I'm always tempted - but it's probably not a good idea to share the believe-it-or-don't moments which occur at my workplace.

In the end, I'm reminded of the movie, Forrest Gump where the iconic feather floats this way n' that.  I write wherever my imagination takes me.

6.  What do you do when you try a new recipe and it doesn't work out?
See #4

7.  What regional food do you enjoy cooking the most?
See #4

8.  What 3 words describe you best?
The three words that I suppose best describe me (now) are:  observant, sincere, (overly) sensitive.

9.  When you dine at a restaurant do you order something you would like to make or an old favorite?
See #4 - lol!  

We don't eat out a lot, but on my birthday Tom took me to my favorite restaurant, Cheesecake Factory.  My boss raves about their fire-roasted artichoke, so I put aside my misgivings and went with that.   Not awful, but not what I hoped for.
From here on out I'll stick with steak or salmon.

10.  When you have a bad day, what normally makes you feel better?
Red, red wine!  (*smile*)
Plus, it always helps to immerse myself in others' blogs and be reminded, it's not always about ME.

11.  Other than blogging, what is your favorite hobby?
I'm still struggling to regain my life-long passion for reading.  

* * *

Now, I'm supposed to nominate 5 fellow bloggers for the Liebster. 

How about, instead of nominating anyone, I tell you a little about some of my favorite bloggers (at least those who've not yet been nominated).  
If they - or you - would like to grab the baton and run with it, yay!

Jack at Ship's Log
... Comfortable as a favorite flannel shirt, Jack and his pretty wife Sherry have loved and laughed together more than 58 years!   Jack writes, "We live and love full time in our motor home. Our plans are to travel as long as our health allows."

Jon at Lone Wolf Concerto
...  In his own words, Jon is "Passionate, Poetic and Politically Incorrect."   I'm compelled to add a warning, "totally addictive"! :)

Rick at Life 101
... Southern comfort in a demitasse!  Rick has a way of saying more in a few paragraphs than I might ever hope to emulate.

Carol at Buttercup Counts her Blessings
... The friendliest neighborhood in New York City!   Carol is truly one of the sweetest, most encouraging citizens of Blogland.

Ma at On The Bright Side
... I agree with Rick's calling Ma's place a "beacon of light."  Many mornings I'm feeling discouraged I instinctively turn to her light.

Mary at Pile of Smiles
... I think this title says it all!   Mary, too, is a great encourager who has such a way with words, weaving His truth throughout every nook and cranny of the every-day.

Anne at Phamily Blog
... I privately think of Anne as "the Storyteller."   A proud, fierce supporter of all things 'phamily', she recently concluded a month-long tribute to her Bojon heritage.

* * *

Here are my 11 questions for y'all!   (Thanks, in part, to the publishers of "The Conversation Piece" series.)

1.  If you could have chosen your own first name, what would it be?

2.  Everyone's heard of "The Apprentice."  If you could apprentice under anyone in the world for one year, who would that be?

3.  What is one vacation destination that many people think is just fab, but which you have no desire to visit (or re-visit)?

4.  Considering all the big-screen movies you've ever seen, which one do you believe has had the greatest emotional impact on you?

5.  If you were to rank the four seasons - as you know them - in order of your favorite to your least favorite, how would the seasons be ranked?

6.  What song has the power to bring you to tears faster than any other?

7.  If you could have any view in the world visible from your bed, what would it be?

8.  If you had to name a smell that always makes you nostalgic, what would it be?

9.  If you had to pick the TV personality you were most in love with as a kid, who would it be?

10.  If were were to have 3 new baby daughters, what would you name them?

11.  In terms of the actual time (e.g., 5:00PM) what is generally your favorite time of the day?

* * *

Whew, that's all!   Admittedly, I quickly chose those questions to which I had immediate answers.   If anyone is interested, just PM me ... but this is YOUR turn!   Yes, I'm interested!

Hugs from Phoenix,

Friday, August 7, 2015

Friday Letters, August 7 edition

Friday, Friday ... what sweet syllables!
Without further ado, let me try and expunge any lingering effects of my last post.  (LOL)

Dear Blog buddies,
To those who participated in my Blogaversary party ... thank you!  I had so much fun!
If anyone has not received his/her 'grab bag' in the next 5-7 days, won't you please PM me so I can trace it.  (TY!)

Dear Macie and Grace,
.. and here, just the other day I was bragging how mature the two of you've become.  

Macie, I have to say, the peculiar orange tint around your mouth was disconcerting - especially since you'd just come back from the groomer.  
It was all I could do not to burst out laughing when we discovered Grace nestled in the recliner, enjoying my oversize blush brush like a big old stogie.    
(True, cute will get you everywhere.

Dear Son,
I sure don't recall our roles getting reversed!  
The 'forever house' - sealed with a handshake

Nevertheless, I was touched (and a bit amused) when you declined our offer to come out and help you move saying, "I'd be too worried how our killer humidity would affect y'all.

I'm pretty sure Grandpa's up there bustin' his buttons that at least someone in the family took his advice about working hard and saving for a rainy day!

Dear DIL,
You cracked me up when you wrote, "It came with chickens!" It's a good thing you were raised in the country.  
'Not sure Troy would have a clue!

Dear Mr. God,
Thank you for your hand in the results of DH's latest scan.  It doesn't seem possible that two years have passed since we heard those awful words, "Stage III" and "inoperable."  
For a while there, I really let myself believe you were getting even with me for all the awful things I'd done in the past.   
This forgiveness business is pretty humbling!

* * * 

Stay well ... and stay safe, won't you?

Hugs from Phoenix,

Monday, August 3, 2015

Think Tanks and Crystal

So, last week I was asked to participate in a training exercise called, Emergenetics.
... or, as Wikipedia says, "Psychometric research and behaviorial studies to assess human capital."

At first, I was eager to have my human capital scrutinized.   
(Actually, my excitement had more to do with leaving my desk for the better part of the day.)

In reality?  I struggled to stay awake, especially the first hour devoted to the"scientificness of brain function."
(Yes, he really said that.  9 times.)

I needn't have been so eager.  Based on their test results I am:
20% analytical,
23% conceptual,
 65% social, and
95% structural.  
(Compared to the general population.)  
It actually read, "predictable."  
I wanted to cry.

Then - as if the Universe wanted to underscore its point...
I was making small talk with an associate who was taking a couple days off to go to California.
Me:  "So, are you and D leaving tonight after work, or heading out tomorrow morning?"
G:  "Well, now I'm thinking we might go to Hawaii instead."

No-one just decides to go to Hawaii the night before.  
Do they?

They did, and had a great time.   
No, there's nothing wrong with that, but I'd have 'brained' Tom if he were to suggest such a thing. 
Heck, it's all I can do not to begin making packing lists for my granddaughter's wedding 2 years from now!


I didn't mean to!
Last week I went looking for something in a box which had been sealed since October 2001. 
One box.

Then things sort of snow-balled.

On the bright side, our guest room closet now has room to hang clothes, and we've enough bubble wrap to last the rest of our natural lives.

THEIR memories:
I've no idea what I'm going to do with my parents and grandparents' crystal and glassware.   
... but I was happy to spot these sherbet cups - a fixture at my folks' table most every Sunday.

Old friends I'd quite forgotten.

None of us were especially fond of sherbet, 
so they held vanilla ice-milk (real ice cream was too dear)  
with Bols Creme d' Menthe drizzled across the top!
So pretty, and of course, I felt oh-so grown up!

These days, my supper usually consists of dry-roasted nuts and cheese, so I'm thinking one or two may have a new-found purpose.
Can y'all help me think of other ideas?
(I'm so 'structured', after all!)

Thanks for listening, and have yourselves a great week!

Hugs from Phoenix,