Thursday, December 29, 2011

No More FUF and.......Do Ya See This Car?

For all the faithful followers of Fawk You Friday, Boobies and I would like to say thank you for the last year and a half. We have been able to share our misery with all of you and you shared yours with us. We have been most honored to have been your outlet when you needed it. Which brings me to the point.

Fawk You Friday has come to a close. We both are very busy with things in our lives that must come first which, unfortunately, means something has to give. I've absolutely enjoyed Fawk You Fridays but it is time to put it to rest. It doesn't mean we have to be strangers. We can still catch up with each other's blogs any day of the week. So we will see out there in Blog Land.

Now on to the reason I may miss this hop.

Do Ya See This Car?

I came out of the store to find this car parked so close to mine, I had to be VERY careful how I got into mine. Otherwise, I might have scratched the other car. And although I have a trusty, rusty, beast to drive I don’t want to put dings in it either.

So I left a note. It goes like this….

“Thanks to your awesome parking job, I almost couldn’t get into my car.”

I probably should have stayed long enough to see who came out but I didn’t have the time. I think from now on I will be leaving notes for rude parkers.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

I Spy and Happy New Year!

After Christmas

This just shows there are more people that have gifts from my house. One of them came the day after Christmas since they were out of town.

This was just a small portion of the mess.

Also a small portion of the mess. Yikes!

I found this tiny hair clip in the bathroom. I'm pretty sure a little girl left it.

I included this photo for one reason. There are gifts here for two little ones who probably will not get them. The only way we can see them is if a certain person has my son's phone number and we do EXACTLY as she says. The bottom line is this. She is refusing to let anyone else see the kids. This is HER doing, not ours.

Your Choice

I have never included my son-in-law in the blog, but I have to say this about him. He is a wonderful, awesome, and absolutely great dad to my granddaughter. This photo tells a whole lot.

We would really like to see what you have to share. Next week's categories are "Project(s)" and "Your Choice". Have some fun with us!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Tuesday Train


Did everyone have a great holiday? I did. All my kids were here, along with one of the grandkids. Then we had dinner. And, of course, we all ate too much. Then this evening we had a couple more over and opened more gifts. It's been a long weekend but it was fun. I missed having others over, but, alas, it was not allowed. I guess not everyone is in the holiday spirit.

Enough about that now. Pay attention! It's time for the best train ride of your life!

If you are in for a little more hopping fun, you should join me and my buddy, Dazee Dreamer, on the I Spy hop on Thursday. We love to share photos with each other and thought we would share with all of you. The rules are actually few. There is always one category we choose and one that is yours. You can take photos with your phone, pull them from your archives, or alter them in any way.

Just grab the button and have some fun. This week's categories are "After Christmas" and "Your Choice." The link goes live at 8pm Central time each Wednesday and runs through at least Monday. Come on! What do you see through your lens?


Join the train ride with me and my cohosts, The Survival Mama, and The House on the Corner. I'm looking forward to it, aren't you?

Sunday, December 25, 2011

My Project This Year

I always do a sentimental gift for my kids each Christmas. This year was no different. Sit back and enjoy the progress!

The first photo was before primer. The next two were post primer.

These are post paint. Trust me it was not fun. It was so humid I didn't think the paint would EVER dry!

And these are the finished products. Yes, I know they aren't perfect. I did repurpose the windows ya know! I think the kids liked them. The photos are of them when they were young.

Hope you all enjoyed my attempt at creating something. Most of the time it means a camera and lens not old windows. Oh well!

Friday, December 23, 2011

What Are You Planning For the Weekend?

I’m sure no one is reading too many blogs today, but I was just curious to find out what everyone is doing for the weekend. I’d like to hear your plans.

Mine are simple. Tonight I will be visiting a friend’s house. He has a little soirĂ©e every Christmas Eve for family and friends to stop by and say hi. It will be fun. I’ll get to see his parents. I don’t get to see them often enough. It’s a long story, but he and his parents are very important in the life of the Mad Mind you all read.

I probably won’t be out too late as Sunday will be very busy. By 1pm I will have all my kids here plus one grandchild. We won’t eat until later though. We’ve all decided to open gifts first and then we will eat. That’s always nice for me because I don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn.

And here's a little bit of advice for those of you who may have dysfunctional people associated with your family. The moral of the story is…….. Don’t accuse anyone of something horrible if you can’t respond to texts or phone calls.

So what are you doing the rest of the weekend?

Thursday, December 22, 2011

No FUF, Just Fluff

Once again we are having a bit of a FUF break. Too many things going on to keep up with this no matter how much we love it. So be prepared on January 6th because we will be back with a roar.

I thought I would share some of my photos once again. Just to bother you with my endless photos of landscapes. Yeah I know. Let's get it over with.

These first two were taken in the same park I usually take refuge in. The day these were taken the water was so still that the reflections are almost perfect. I love days like that.

The train that normally sits at this location is orange in color. In fact, I haven't seen any that was another color until a couple of days ago when I took this.

These two photos were taken in a park called Pettibone. It's a really neat spot, it is just a lot busier than Goose Island. The first is a gazebo that's really cool and the other is of a tree that intrigues me. It is smooth and you can see it is not a living tree anymore. But there is a cut toward the base of it that could not have been made just be using a pen knife. Interesting!

This one is just for laughs. Just as I snapped, she had to lick her chops. Isn't she funny?

So I hope you all enjoyed these today. If you want to have some fun and go on a hop with me and my buddy, Dazee, of Crazy Daze and Night Dreams, check out our I Spy photo hop. This coming week's categories are "After Christmas" and "Your Choice". Grab the button below and hop along. It will go live at 9pm on Wednesday, December 28th and every Wednesday after that, same time. We would love to see your interpretations.


Wednesday, December 21, 2011

I Spy


Is everyone ready? I know I am! I love doing this hop. Dazee and I are glad you are here. This week should be fun. I love lights and since I can't do anything normal, I won't have the "normal" lights.

Now you know there are no real rules with our little hop. You can take photos with your camera, phone, or pull them from the archives you have on 35mm. I know I have a "few" of those. Okay, I have a lot. So sue me! Anyways.......that's about it. We just want you to have fun and enjoy our photos while we enjoy yours.

Next week's categories are "After Christmas" and "Your Choice".

Are you ready for the photos? I can't wait to see yours! Here are mine!


The first two are self explanatory. Christmas lights taken in the dark.

This one is a little different. It's the head"light" most likely from the Model T era. Love it! And, yes, it's mine.

Traffic lights fit the category too.

And this is the local convenience store. They are a huge presence in the tri-state area.

I just like how the lights show up from my Dept. 56 and Lefton houses.

Your Choice

This is now my desktop background.

Now I'm anxious to see yours!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Tuesday Train and Happy Holidays!


Okay so last week I thought it was Christmas. Can you tell how school has been going? I'm so far off on time I don't know which way is up, down, or sideways. So let's try this again. I hope everyone has a great holiday weekend and you get to see your loved ones. I know sometimes we have to choose another time for getting together, but that's what happens when everyone gets older.

Have a great week and we'll see you after Christmas!

For a little more hopping fun, you should join me and my buddy, Dazee Dreamer, on the I Spy hop on Thursday. We love to share photos with each other and thought we would share with all of you. The rules are actually few. There is always one category we choose and one that is yours. You can take photos with your phone, pull them from your archives, or alter them in any way.

Just grab the button and have some fun. This week's categories are "Light(s)" and "Your Choice." The link goes live at 8pm Central time each Wednesday. Come on! What do you see through your lens?


Join the train ride with me and my cohosts, The Survival Mama, and The House on the Corner. I'm looking forward to it, aren't you?

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Not Scavenger Hunt Sunday

I just didn't feel the categories for the normal Scavenger Hunt Sunday this week. So I decided to post five random photos that I've taken within the last couple of weeks. I hope you enjoy!

As you all know, I LOVE trains.

I woke up to this on Saturday. It's beautiful!

This is one of my favorite places here. I took this from a platform that has an old-fashioned water pump.

This was actually taken about a month ago. The ducks have all flown south now and we don't see many birds now.

And this is the hand pump on the platform. Pretty cool, huh?

There is no Scavenger Hunt next Sunday as it is Christmas. Have a great one!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

FUF Update and The Great Candy Cane Caper

Many of you may be wondering why there is no Fawk You Friday for a few weeks. Well, Boobies has been having some issues that need to be taken care of and as we all know, family comes first above everything else. With this being an extremely busy time of year, I'm swamped just with school alone so we will return next year. Wow that sounds weird. Okay it’s only 3 weeks. January 6, 2012 to be exact. But it is technically next year.

So you get an off post from me. How fun, you say? I knew you would love it. Here it goes!

The Great Candy Cane Caper

It happened a long time ago, in a life far, far past. There was a little girl named Amanda. She loved Christmas so much her mama would put up the tree the day before Thanksgiving just so she could see the lights a little longer than most. It would be decorated with all the lights and ornaments her mom had to make it special. She even added something extra just for Amanda and her siblings. It was something they could take off the tree and enjoy. They were candy canes.

From the time those kids were little there were candy canes on the tree every Christmas. For many years, those candy canes would disappear from the bottom two feet of the tree. It was a mystery that endured for about two days. That was until Amanda’s mom walked around the corner.

You see, Amanda was unable to walk without assistance. The result was that she scooted on the floor a lot so she could move around the house on her own. She played hide and seek with her brothers and sister by hiding behind a chair. And she was able to do that all by herself. She was very proud of that. What she couldn’t do was reach very high because she couldn’t stand on her own and she was a tiny girl.

One day, Amanda’s mom was working in the kitchen and went to check on her. She had been playing with Georgie, the awesome Boxer girl, in the living room that held the tree. Although Amanda’s mom could see most of the living room from the kitchen, she could not see the tree because it was in the corner. After a couple of minutes, she poked her head around the corner and saw something rather interesting and very sweet.

Amanda was taking the candy canes from the tree as high as she could reach and she was stashing them under the chair that was closest to the tree. Her mom thought it was so cute, she didn’t interrupt her. Every year that Amanda was alive, her mom put candy canes on the tree just for her. Her last Christmas found her too weak to scoot over to the tree, so her brothers snitched them for her and gave her a bag she could “hide” them in. Her mom was so touched she has continued the tradition of candy canes on the tree to this day. Until this year, it was common knowledge that kids were taking them off the tree.

This year the candy canes started disappearing without explanation. Grandkids were not taking them without someone knowing they did. Amanda’s mom would find a candy cane on the floor next to the tree and be puzzled. She thought maybe Amanda’s brother was doing that and just not saying anything. Maybe he was trying to recreate the fun that Amanda provided. That was not the case, however. It was a mystery.

That was until a few days ago. Amanda’s mom was working in the kitchen and basement. It was the normal dishes and laundry chores. When she came around the corner, she saw a curious site. There was another little girl snitching candy canes from the bottom of the tree. And her name was……Maddy. She was nosing them off the tree and carrying them off. Amanda’s mom realized that the ones she had found on the floor was the result of a caper in progress. She had foiled the perpetrator. Here’s her mugshot….

So if you find some Twilight Zone moments in your life, embrace them. It might just be a loved one channeling a cherished moment through an unusual and unsuspecting accomplice. It might just be one of these two jokers who loved to have fun.