Thursday, May 4, 2017

HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS


After I moved back to Texas, people would ask where I moved from. When I told them I moved here from Key West, with a puzzled looked they would always ask, "WHY?" As of late, I have wondered the same thing. Why did I leave my friends and family? Why did I leave that clear blue water? Why did I leave that laid-back atmosphere? WHY? I tried to explain my reasons for leaving Key West, but I think I was trying to convince myself more than everyone else that it was a good decision.

I left Paradise ( Key West ) more because of an emotional need than financial. Sometimes you have to distance yourself from a situation, or location, to learn about yourself. Texas has done that for me. The Israelites spent 40 years wandering in the wilderness before they reached the Promised Land. Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness. I have spent more than 40 weeks in what has felt like the wilderness. Feeling lost, but hopefully wandering toward peace in my soul. I guess you could say that I "found myself" or "got my head together". I learned life lessons.

A few years ago, when I was at my daughter's home, on the chalk board was a list of Pros and Cons to living in Key West vs Texas. That stuck in my brain, and so I did the same. Needless to say, there was only one item on the Cons of Key West... expensive rent.

Last December, I flew back to Key West for a visit. It felt like I was home. With a lot of thought and soul searching, I have decided to go HOME. It will be a financial challenge, but I have had that here too. I have worked as many as three jobs trying to make ends meet... and most months they didn't.

"IF YOU DON'T LIKE WHERE YOU ARE, MOVE. YOU ARE NOT A TREE."


Easier said than done. In the past year, I have accumulated THINGS. It takes money to move these THINGS. The alternative is to get rid of said THINGS. But, I don't want to. I like my bed, I like my table, I like my couch. My last move, I was able to load everything I owned in my Ford and boat. I can't do that anymore. A rental truck has been reserved, and I have started to accumulate boxes. I will get there, and have my things with me.



Monday, April 24, 2017

THINGS I'VE LEARNED....

from watching Game of Thrones.





I just finished watching season six. I feel I've learned many life lessons through my journey with the Starks, Lannisters and all the other families in the Seven Kingdoms. Jimmy Kimmel said it best with this list:


  •  Don't ever follow a creepy child into the basement.
  • Holding the door for someone can get you killed.
  •  If a guy is shooting arrows at you, you should zig zag a little.
  •  It's important to feed your dogs on a regular schedule.
  •  Don't take off your necklace until you're definitely ready for bed.
  •  Women will eventually run everything.


I think my favorite character is Tyrion Lannister. 
Who is your favorite?




Sunday, April 9, 2017

THINGS I HATE....

... about being a cashier in a retail chain.

Seems that every retail store has a credit card. And they want all their customers to have their card. I'm sure it's a money maker. This means that the cashiers have to try to get "credits". In other words, the cashier is suppose to talk every customer into applying for the credit card. Once, my manager told me, "It's like not taking "no" from that girl that won't go out with you. You just keep on until they say yes."

Here are a few of the responses I have gotten when I ask if they would like to apply for a credit card:

  1. My husband would KILL me!
  2. Oh, that would be dangerous.
  3. I only use THIS card to get my miles.
  4. I only use THIS card because I get cash back.
  5. Not for 20% interest!
  6. I do not want anymore credit cards.
  7. I only pay cash.
  8. I want to "own" it when I walk out the store.
Some of my customer are a lot of fun, and then their are the others. For the most part, our customers are patient with us. But, you will get those people that are in a bad mood before they ever darken our doors. Last week, I did have an elderly lady get so mad at me that her lips started to quiver. It was hard not to laugh. 


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

DINNER IS READY!!!!

This is what I do when my pantry is bare: make a meal from whatever I can find. I love one pan meals... easy clean up! And delicious!

Tonight I cooked russet potatoes, carrots, onions in coconut oil and butter, seasoned with a secret combination that a friend mixed for me. I found a sausage patties in the freezer, then cooked two eggs. Half a tomato on the side and I have another tasty meal!

Friday, December 16, 2016

IGUANAS... LOVE THEM OR HATE THEM?


In 2010, I took a trip to Belize. One of our tourist adventures, was a visit to the Iguana hatchery. We were told that Iguana is a regular dish, and the population was dwindling. There was a hatchery to help repopulate the area. At that time, we thought the iguana was a very interesting animal.

After I moved to Key West, I discovered the iguana could be a big nuisance. They eat your flowers, your vegetables, and poop on your porch and boat. They are a very interesting looking animal, but I don't care for them living in my yard.

While I was lounging under the coconut palm trees today, two came wandering up. I usually just run them off, not watch them. But today, I observed their behavior. It seemed that the one pictured above is a mature male, and the slender, bright green one below is a female. It must be mating season for the male, he was making amorous advances to the female, but she wasn't in the mood. Seem it's no different in the animal world.  lol



Thursday, December 15, 2016

KEY WEST VISIT

It has been many months since I was in Key West. I came to visit my daughter and her family. This is my ride for the week. It is fun to drive, but I like my Explorer better.

When my daughter was very young, I made her a mini-stocking Christmas ornament. Aiden came along and I had him a mini-stocking his first Christmas. I quit needlepointing for many years, so my two other grandkids and son-in-law did not have one. I felt like they needed one this year. Like always, I procrastinated the whole year, and made them last minute.... but I did get them made!

They are hanging on their Christmas tree.





Amy and I went to a Paint & Sip the other night. We had a good time. I felt like the picture she chose was maybe a little too difficult, because most did not vaguely resemble the instructors painting. The goal was to have a good time, and I believe everyone did.




The weather has been great. A friend of mine, Sheri, takes her paddle board out every chance she gets. I had never been on a board, she took me out today. It was really fun, I had a blast. I did stand up, just to see what it felt like, but decided it was better if I just knelt or sat on the board.


It has been awesome being in Key West again. I have spent time with my daughter and her family, and seen friends.

Friday, November 18, 2016

I HAVE CRABS!!!

Blue crab... that is! I had never been crabbing, and it looked liked fun. So, that's what I did. I now have 5 in my freezer. I haven't cooked them yet.

The Texas coast is very much different than The Keys. I am enjoying the beaches, and discovering all their treasures. Driftwood, shells, flying kites... or just walking the beach feeling the wind on my face, it's very peaceful. The beach is my escape from the real world.