Life is Often Too Seriously Taken, so for that reason, I'm going to post a silly poem from time-to-time. These first several will each be taken from a small booklet entitled, Lighten Up! 100 Funny Little Poems, compiled and edited by Bruce Lansky.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Birthday present for newly-turned 6 years old Granddaughter!

Unfortunately, it'll be a little large for her (hopefully will fit better over Fall sweaters, etc.), and her 18" doll got one, too!  Fleece vests.  :-)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Louis Armstrong and Danny Kaye --- Oh! This is Good!!!

Do you remember these two entertainers?  Top Quality - I miss them!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

This is the way the bathroom goes...

(Bathroom Lovingly Under Renovation by Shady-and-her-friends!!)

Grandchild in the tub on November 23, 2009.  This is about one of the best photos I could find of the tub as it used to be:  Wallpaper and mirrors on the wall, a tiled ledge on either end of the tub, with the same bright tile all over!

But things had to change...

Wallpaper and mirrors --- gone.  Carpet covering the front wall of the tub --- gone.

Demolition begins with removal of the tile

Then, removal of the framework

With a little clean-up!

May 13, 2011
Getting ready to set the tub in place

The start of a (previously non-existent) closet wall

Have you ever tiled?

First time experience por moi!
 July 10, 2011

Starting the back wall!

Acquisition of Bullnosed tile

 Half the job grouted - July 17, 2011

A couple of cuts on bull-nosed tile...

Grout and tile are finished - 7/18/11!

 July 15, 2011
Closet and other work

Getting into "tight places!"


Plumbers came, finished the job:  affixing the hardware and turning on water!
Another Granddaughter in the tub!

There are still projects to finish - more about that later 
 (except to say - wall treatment, light fixtures, and painting!).

I haven't noticed anything "shady" about the project, at all!  :-)

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Monday, July 11, 2011

4th of July, 2011 - a little saga

During the Spring of 2010, I was asked to create a pair of soft sculpture "scare the birds" for my parents' neighbors.
Below, you will see the result of my efforts.

However, I visited my mom last week and the poor couple was standing outdoors, looking very sad and uncomfortable. It was time for a facelift! What do you think, now?

And Now...

The couple was standing
in the neighbor's yard,
I tried so not to stare -
But my, oh my! it was hard.

They stood arm-in-arm...
and I grinned (I confess),
at he, in red ballcap;
she with her green plaid dress.

They stood there so sweetly,
right there in the yard,
and I tried not to notice...
but my! Not staring was hard!

They were busy, it seemed,
as I passed to Mom's door.
So I turned round to peek,
for a glance - just once more.

What were they doing,
that couple so sweet?
Twirling their sparklers,
as they walked toward the street!
(This photo was taken at the onset of fireworks in Keosauqua, Iowa)

"Happy 4th of July -
Independence Day fun!
Our best wishes to you,
Please pass them to everyone!"

This post property of

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

When the Red Red Robin Comes Bop Bop Boppin Along!

Enjoy!! (I DID NOT TAKE THIS VIDEO) But, it's worth the watch!
Click on the Robin Photo above
to view the video!

Photo of fledgling robin taken by Terry Sohl
Found on

Friday, April 15, 2011

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A Prayer for a Cure

Dear God,
I pray for a cure for cancer.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Quick Draw McGraw and Cattle Battle Rattled!

Enjoy - Snuffles the Dog is one of my favorite memories!!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Fly

God in His wisdom made the fly
And then forgot to tell us why.

---Ogden Nash

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Morning Ritual

Morning Ritual

I get up each morning
And dust off my wits,
Then pick up the paper
And read the obits.
If my name isn't there,
Then I know I'm not dead.
I eat a good breakfast
And go back to bed.


ha! Not when you're a gardener! Or anyone with something to do! ;-)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

My Dog

My Dog

My dog is such a gentle soul,
Although he's big, it's true.
He brings the paper in his mouth.
He brings the postman, too!

---- Max Fatchen

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Fit as a Fiddle!

Steve Martin and Gregory Hines 1981

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Dog

The Dog

The truth I do not stretch or shove
When I state the dog is full of love.
I've also proved, by actual test,
A wet dog is the loving-est.

----- Ogden Nash

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Pulling together has never been better exemplified! It takes about 3 1/2 minutes. Enjoy! :-)

Friday, February 11, 2011

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Flower Power

My true love brought me flowers tonight,
and I'm all smiles and song.
I guess I'm doing something right ---
Or he's done something wrong!

----Maureen Cannon

Happy Valentine's Day!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Memory - a spoof

You might enjoy this little song...

I know it "spoke" to me! ;-)

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Postmaster: Handle with Care

Our mail person lately is cause for concern.

She's pregnant as any observer can learn

By merely a glance at her contour and size.

A short leave of absence would seem very wise.

When I see her coming I'm nudged by the fear

A Special Delivery may happen right here.

----Irene Warsaw

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Useful Dog Tricks

I think you'll enjoy this home-made video shown on YouTube.