Slim and Franke

Slim and Franke
Happy New Year

Thursday, January 18, 2018


I bundled up and walked out to the shop to make sure the light was still working and it was directed toward the pump. It was and appeared the pump was still running.  I decided the pipes were frozen. Trudged back to the house.  I turned up the heat, opened all the cabinet doors under the sinks.  I turned every faucet to drip and waited. 

It was less than an hour when the dripping sped up and I checked. The water was back. This is the first time in 12 years that our pipes have frozen. So happy it wasn't critical. The dogs, cats and guinea fowl are  happy also. 

Why didn't I call for help? Because who can ask people to come out in this weather and try to get up the hills to my home. Plus everyone has the flu so what's a little cardiac problem. LOL Learned that UPS won't be making deliveries today in the area so my coffee order won't come. 

My problems are small compared to some and I hope other people are managing to stay warm. 

God bless us every one:-)

Granny Annie bundled for the cold:-)
Highway into our small town.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


This is a post on my Facebook 5 years ago.  I cannot resist sharing it here on my blog.

January 13, 2013
Is this a "senior moment" or a hearing problem? I had a delightful lunch with Chelle yesterday. She had met me in Tulsa to go to my CT Scan. I had misunderstood several things people were saying to me and my daughter kept murmuring under her breath, "miracle ear, miracle ear". As the waiter approached our table for the third time, he said something and I burst out laughing. My daughter immediately knew I had not heard clearly what he said. Quickly she handed him my menu and said thank you then to me: "Mother, the waiter said 'Do you want me to take your menu' What did you think he said?" and I replied "Do you want me to come home with you?"

Monday, January 15, 2018


Question Of The Week, 01-15-18

Would you be willing to eat a bowl of crickets for $50,000?
Cooked Crickets

Friday, January 12, 2018


Hospital for diagnosis.

They go through my wrist.

All done but will return for stent.

Home after stent inserted. This time they went through groin.  Frankie and Slim protect me.
Working on a few portraits of blog friends.  Can you guess? Will post more later.

Played games.
Lots of family around.
Second Christmas Dinner
More Christmas more family more games.

Still under some restrictions.  Hope to see everyone Monday with a Question Of The Week.  Plan to start Cardiac rehab again.  This was my 5th stent since 2003 MI, but no heart attack this time.  Caught early.  Hoping to pay better attention to my health this time around.

Saturday, December 02, 2017


Going to have to close up blog-shop for a few weeks.  Medical check ups, etc.  I closed comments for this post but I know you will be thinking of me and wishing me the best.  All shall be well for me and wish the same for you. See you soon!


Monday, November 27, 2017


Question Of The Week 11-27-17

Which Reality TV Show would you ever agree to appear on?

Not me!!!

None, I would never want to be on TV.

I think I’d forgo my 15 minutes of fame if it had to be reality

I don't watch them and I certainly wouldn't want to appear on one.

Any, I think it would be very interesting and a great new experience


Dance With The Stars - (I wouldn't make it though!)

Naked and Afraid. Ok that was a joke:)

They have to really improve these "reality" shows for me to consider them. They have so much artifice and are so tightly edited, I am sure I would be disappointed with my part in the show.

America's Next Top Model...ok just kidding

NONE of them. Not a single one.


I was shocked to google "TV Reality shows" and see how many there are. Cops and Pawn Stars were the only ones I watch. Oh and Antique Road Show. I would love to be on that one.

My daughter was on the pilot of a show called Swanked that Emily Dees and her friend were trying to produce. Basically they were doing make-overs. They said that they met Mollie in a farmer's market. They'd actually met her when she was doing some script editing for another production. That was only the beginning of the unreality going on there. They ended up cutting about 6 inches off my daughter's waist length ginger color hair and dying it a brassy auburn color. It was awful. There was very little reality and a whole lot of perfect body image promotion going on there. After the pilot the show was not aired by any station.

I love to watch Survivor and Dancing with the Stars, but I'd be the first one to go on both of those, so I guess my answer is none. :)

None these days...but years ago, in 1986/87 I appeared on one....interviewed for a kid's wild life/interest type show when I was managing the resort on Cape Richards.

Friday, November 24, 2017


And on a personal note, here is the collage of my two wonderful Thanksgivng celebrations. 


Wednesday, November 22, 2017


It is a busy time as many of us prepare for Thanksgiving.  If you have the opportunity, be sure and participate in WORDS FOR WEDNESDAY.  Elephant's Child has provided the prompts for November.  The words for today are:


Here is my contribution this week.

Waxing Moon

SARA'S WALK by Granny Annie

It had been a perfect day for a walk along the river bank. Lots of people were fishing. Quietly they cast out, slowly reeling the line back across the water.

A group of children appeared out of nowhere and were dashing around the serious sportsmen. The kids showed no interest in the activities. The fishermen strongly cautioned the kids to be quiet, insisting they were scaring the fish. One person added some free advice, “If you don't go you will be chopped up and fed to the fish”. The naïve children took note of the warning. All ran away. A few were angry and some were crying.

Sara's walk was coming to an end. She gave a shrug hating to end the freedom she always felt on these adventures. The light was fading. She knew they would soon have a waxing moon because it always followed a full moon which had been the night before. The smell of winter's approach was in the air.

Her bucket was almost full. Sara had been carefully gathering acorns on her walk. Acorns were known as the ultimate survivor food, packed with fats and nutrition. Every year Sara gathered them. She would boil out the bitter tannic acids and grind them into flour.

Sara was disillusioned in her hope to find rose hips. Not only do rose hips provide a pop of color in the winter landscape, they’re also full of sweet pulp that can be eaten raw or boiled down for syrup, jam or tea. She would have to wait a few weeks for those special treats.

Walking in cool silence Sara heard a rustling near the path. She halted in her tracks to see what furry critter might emerge from the brush. She peered with squinted eyes. Swiftly the group of children from earlier tore out of the bushes yelling and screaming. They wore superhero shirts, had painted faces and set on Sara with a vengeance. “We will chop you up and feed you to the fish.” they expressed with great emotion.

It wasn't me!” Sara shouted. “I did not threaten you. It was the fishermen.”

The nuts tumbled and scattered around the path floor. There would be no acorn flour this year.

Monday, November 20, 2017


Question Of The Week 11-20-17

What does it mean to be human?

Having compassion

Being imperfect.

That is a tough one for me. I guess being human is a gift. Makes us have choices. Feelings

A range of things, depending on which human(s) we are talking about.
I do believe that we are nothing like as special as many of us think. And certainly imperfect.
Choice is a part of it. And I hope that compassion and care come into play.

Caring for others outside of our families. Not limiting the reasons for our existence to just food, shelter and procreating as animals do. 

It is a multifaceted term. There is being humane, which is aligned with showing compassion. Then there is only human, which is to be flawed. It is what you make of it when you are living it.

That's something I've never thought about. I'd say being human puts us one step below other animals who aren't greedy about land ownership and don't go around starting wars and killing each other just for the heck of it, or because someone somewhere is making money from that great "war machine"

A man or a woman created in the image of God.

Thoughts to ponder over ! For each to decide his or her own definition of "being human". There are a million zillion ways of displaying humanity !
Being humane is a fast disappearing trait in humans. Sadly so :(
We can learn a lot from the cute canines in your cover.

That's not an easy answer. Hmmm. I'm trying not to read the other answers! I think it's what makes us human beings - compassion, personality, genetic make up. The answer is probably endless

excellent job dear Annie!

I think being human is pride to be an social animal ,who learns fast ,apply those learnings mostly on selfish bases ,less who look at life as panorama and include the whole humanity in the circle of there concern and care ,who do this are "REAL HUMANS"

Flawed. Compassionate. Forgiven

Excellent question.

Because we were born this way, but beyond that I haven't got a clue! Sorry.