Saturday, December 31, 2011

Chocolate Cowboy

When our children were babies Mr. would
sing them "The Chocolate Cowboy" song. 
I learned the song from listening to
him sing it again, and again, and again...
He said his Dad had taught him the song
when he was a child. I'm thinking it is
obviously a children's song and I'm
curious as to it's origin.
"Such a sweet song!"
(couldn't resist the pun!)

The Chocolate Cowboy

Oh they call me the Chocolate Cowboy.
My horse is a chocolate star
and I shoot with a chocolate pistole'
and my hideout's a chocolate bar.

Oh, I'm rough and tough
and that's no bluff
I'll show you what I'm worth
take a look at the Chocolate Cowboy
the toughest guy on earth!

Ever heard it?
Google shows an old, old movie by this name
but the song doesn't seem to be related
to the movie.  Just curious.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Hot Buttons?

*Post below*
For some reason today's post
did not show up in
the Dashboard.
You can find it here  too.


Yes, it's a hypothetical question,
as we ALL have certain

I was reading a magazine (Family Circle)
and the article was entitled,
"Be Happy Now";
then it listed
"5 Simple Mood-boosting Strategies".
Number 3 on the list was
"Know your hot-button issues".
I also think it should have said,
"and know your spouses
hot-button issues". Just sayin'. . .

One would assume most people would
know this. 
Have we not all been taught
it's not good to discuss
Sex, Politics, and Religion
in a group of people?

Did anyone's Mother never say:
"You don't talk negatively about
other peoples family, EVEN IF
they are talking negatively about them".
"You don't ask about weight.  Ever."
And you certainly "NEVER
ask a woman her age"
"when her baby is due!!"
(she might not actually be pregnant. Oy!)
And in some circles you don't
discuss Sports Teams. (?)

My Hot Buttons?
Hunting for Sport (Tuesday's post)
The Duggar's
Federal Waste/Spending
Gridlock in Washington
My Nose.
  (I'm Greek.  OK?!)

I'm sure there are others,
but those come to mind quickly.
"Gee, I feel happier already!"

What are your

in your Comment
and instantly feel happier.
(I think)

Thursday, December 29, 2011

You say it best, when you say nothing at all!

I styled my hair differently today.
I parted it a bit deeper and left a bit of my forehead peeking through my "swept" bangs.  Oops!  My daughter says they're no longer called "bangs"; they're "fringe". 
I digress.

Mister:  (squinting at my face)  What's wrong?
Princess:  (squinting at my face)  What's wrong where?
Mister:   There. (pointing to my forehead)  Is that a scar?
Princess:  DAD!  (scolding)  It's a wrinkle, not a scar!
Me:  Excuse me?  I can hear you!!

"Yes. I heard you loud and clear!"


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Jumping in!

Here I go - jumpin' in with both feet!
"Ready or not, here I come!!"
Yesterday an acquaintance posted this on her FB page:

"(dad) just brought the big boys (ages 5 & 7, I think) to the shooting range for the first time so that they can learn to shoot their new guns. I am glad that they get to make fun memories together but it makes this Mama a little nervous."

To which I replied:  "????? ewwww!"

This was quickly followed by a post from another
acquaintance:  "My boys have been shooting guns since they were very young. I am VERY thankful their dad invested many hours into their lives teaching them safety with guns, how to shoot and handle a gun properly. It would make me more nervous if he had not. Not only did they learn about guns & how to shoot, they learned life lessons with their dad and spent many hours bonding as father & son. I am excited for your guys, and for you as mom. These times are priceless! I promise it's more than shooting guns. When your boys are grown they will tell you "all" they learned during those times with their dad. When the time is right & you can, you should join them ;)"

There were other posts to follow which ALL "sided' with this train of thought".

I felt a bit attacked and posted:
 "I'm thinking there are lots of ways for fathers and sons to bond. We have 2 grown sons and when they were kids they spent lots of "father and son" time on the soccer field, at the ball park, in scouting, working around the house, bicycling, playing tennis, school projects, etc. None of this included guns, except for shooting cans with a BB gun. Just some other things to consider. I have a very personal story of heartbreak involving guns so admittedly I could be biased. But, just saying "there are options" that provide rich opportunities for children and their parents to make lasting memories and learn "life lessons". Certainly there is nothing wrong with going to a shooting range with a parent - no criticism intended. But if it makes you uncomfortable . . ."

*Now I'll leave it be.*

I live in Louisiana and this is a very common sport here.
I understand the 2nd ammendment and the right to bear arms.
I understand hunting for things you will eat.
I understand shooting at gun ranges.
I understand teaching/learning the proper
way to handle a gun.

But what I don't understand is shooting
simply to kill.  Why kill a living, breathing, being
just because you can?
I understand war and the atrocities
that go along with protecting
and keeping us free.
My Dad served in WWII
and when he came home from the war
he never wanted a gun in our house.
While there is certainly the right to bear arms
there is also the right to NOT bear arms.

post photos on FB which show their 8 yr old
child proudly holding up a dead animal
they have shot.
Nope.  I don't get that
and never will.
(random photo I found)
Geez.  I'm spent.
This really gets to me.
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I have a right to my opinion.
You have a right to your opinion.
What do you think?
I promise we can differ in our thoughts
and still be great bloggy friends.

Monday, December 26, 2011

It shall be called, "Lunch".

I'm tired of holiday food.
This is lunch today.

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Birthday Cutie!

It's not easy to have your birthday on Dec. 25.
But one of my favorite friends does just that.
I think that makes her extra special from
the get-go. 

We three Divas
met for lunch yesterday to celebrate!
(Yikes! I look sleepy!)

Happy Birthday to the Birthday Girl!!
Besides being a cutie pie, she also has
the sweetest Mississippi accent, makes THE
best sweet tea, and is the best hostess I know.
She is truly a Southern lady with a beautiful smile
and a heart as big as the South.
Happy Birthday Phyllis!!

Lunch with two of my favorite friends.
I feel like it's MY birthday!

Friday, December 23, 2011

"It's a Wonderful Wife"

Mister's favorite movie is, "It's a Wonderful Wife Life".  If you knew Mister you would say it's the "perfect fit" for him. We watch it every year on Christmas Eve. We've seen it so many times that we can recite many of the lines as we watch.

This hangs in our dining room to remind us,
"no man is a failure who has friends".

This is over our Entry Way
and was a gift from friends.

"You want the moon? Just say the word and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down."

"Every time a bell rings an angel
gets his wings".

This is my all-time favorite.
I love the simple children,
simple music,
and the simple, important, message.
The fact that it's only 25 min. long
makes it for people of all ages.

"Of all the Charlie Browns,
you're the Charlie Browniest"!

"It's really not such a bad little tree. . .
all it needs is a little love".

And who can forget Linus as he recites the true meaning of Christmas?!
Be still my heart.*Do you know what Linus'
last name is?*
(no fair googling)
A little trivia to think about.

What's your favorite Christmas movie?

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Here's the Scoop!

Prepare for "cuteness" photo -
I received this from a friend
for Christmas and it was sooooo
cute I had to share it with you.
If you're looking for a last minute
gift idea this is a great one!

Pretty container filled with
homemade Hot Cocoa Mix.
Just add water.
(you can find recipes online)

Look at this Scoop!
It says, "Scoop of Love".
And the scoop is heart shaped!
Sometimes the details make all the difference.

I told you it was CUTE!Now that's the scoop!
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Dear Santa,
I have been a little whiney and impatient
this year.  I sure hope you grade on the
curve!  I plan to do better next year.
With that thought in mind,
 please bring me a new
camera for Christmas, so my bloggy
friends won't have to put up with my
lousy photos any more.

        ~Sweet Tea

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

It's a very "Boudxy-ful" Christmas!

Poor Boudxy Boy.
Not everyone enjoys wearing
their Christmas Antlers.
Just sayin. . .

But he sure does enjoy the
Christmas Treats that his Grandmother
sent him from Tulsa!

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Spoiler:  this is a bit gross!
Many of you asked questions about my THUMB.
When I snipped off the end of my thumb
it would not stop bleeding so I made a
trip to the ER.  The cut was not straight
across my thumb, but rather it scooped inward
in the middle of the thumb, cup-like.
The Doctor cleaned it then put something
on it to help stop the bleeding.
THEN filled the whole scooped out section
with Neosporin.  He told me I was to do this
each day and showed me how to wrap it.

He also told me
He showed me his thumb,
telling me he had done the exact same thing
during the summer with shrub clippers.

Not only did my thumb grow back,
it didn't even scar.

Be sure to have Santa leave some Neosporin
in your stocking.
I use it for every type of Boo-Boo.
And if you use it faithfully
you will seldom have a scar.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Show and Tell

We went to Tulsa over the weekend
to celebrate Christmas with our extended
family and friends.  Here's a
"Show & Tell".
Oldest daughter and son-in-law Santa
"Host & Hostess"

13 yr old Granddoll

11 yr old Granddoll "at work"
with presents.

9 yr old Granddoll

Christmas Baubles.

Oldest son, Grey
and Moi'.


Newly engaged;
wedding in August!
Congrat's Heather and Chase!!

Mister enjoying the moment.

Princess wearing her Christmas smile!

Barbie Pez, anyone?

Bro-in-law always buys multiple
lotto tickets for our group to play.
One $2 winner and one $20 winner
among our ranks!!

Women in the kitchen...
nothun' unusual about this.

Magic Show a la Gracie.

One of my favorites.

We play this game almost everytime the family gathers.

My Mom lookin' Christmas-y
in her Christmas Sweater.

I am thankful for all the people
in my life.
I love them ALL!
"Thank you, God, the Giver
of all good things!"

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Present/Christmas Past

"Bless this mess, oh Lord, I pray.
Today is present 'wrapping' day."

I actually love to wrap presents;
It's one of my favorite Christmas rituals.
There's just something about bright wrapping paper,
sticky tape, and curly ribbon that brings out
my "Christmas-y" spirit.

"Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh."    —Matthew 2:11

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I had intended to end today's post here, then I remembered a previous "wrapping day" several years ago.  I was totally into the process.  I remember it clearly. . .I was wrapping gifts for our neighbors.  I tied the gold ribbon into a big bow and with a flourish reached to snip the ends of the ribbon and

True story.
Never found the "tip".  LOL|
Made a trip to the ER and left with a hugedressing on my thumb.
The family called me "Nub"
the entire Christmas season!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

10 Most Fascinating People

Barbara Walters & ABC list their picks for
"10 Most Fascinating People of 2011".

  1. Steve Jobs
  2. Herman Cain
  3. Simon Cowell
  4. Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson
  5. Katy Perry
  6. The Kardashians
  7. Donald Trump
  8. Derek Jeter
  9. Amanda Knox
  10. Pippa Middleton

Soooooo, how'd they do?
With the exception of Steve Jobs,
I beg to differ.
I'd like to know your thoughts.

Friday, December 16, 2011


I was sitting at a traffic-light yesterday
and noticed this sign.

At Christmas, everyone is a comedian!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Baby. Oh baby.


Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
The Little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.
The stars in the sky look down where he lay.
The little Lord Jesus, asleep in the hay.
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