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Day: September 3, 2018

Groundhog Day

Thoughts, oh my it’s like they never stop running through my mind,  like this one……………….

Groundhogs,  to me they are a cute fat creature that loves to come out from time to time, snag a bit of grass or such and the minute they think somebody is near, they literally waddle back to the brush, woods or their den for cover.

But I think they are so cute…  Yes, they have wreaked havoc to our yard in places, with all their tunnels.  We have lots of flowers, shrubs, and trees, so bless their hearts, and ours too…. 

Oh, but back to the groundhogs…..

We have two in our neighborhood, I call them both Chuck …. don’t ask me why that name…… It’s just what I thought of, the first time I saw one.

One lives down near our entrance into the subdivision in the tall grass and brush.  You can usually spot him in the evening.   I’ve actually turned in and saw him up in the distance and just sat there and watched him for a moment.  He’d just be eating away, but as you inch up a little way…. well….. that fat little thing will raise up tall, (well actually he’s anything but little) and he’ll take off waddling back to the brush.  

Then the other one lives out in the bushes near our backyard.  Sometimes, in the evening I can be in the kitchen and look out my window and there he will be;  just nibbling his little heart out. (Well, he ain’t exactly little either).  But he’s cute too. 

I mean look at that picture up there, how can you not think that is cute?  He’s sitting out in a field of clover, just where God meant for him to be.


But then….. there are the groundhogs we keep for Groundhog Day..

Have you ever stopped to think about how they must feel if they are the ones chosen to be the mascot if you will…..

I mean, God made them to live out in nature……. then somebody goes and gets this crazy idea to drag them out of a den every groundhog day to see if Spring is here…   Really??????

The face on that poor old groundhog being held up above looks anything but happy…. don’t you think?

Bless their hearts, they run at the sound of anything or anybody close in their own habitat. 

But after they see their shadow or not, us crazy folks, go and hold them up in the air for all the pictures……what with flashing cameras, lights, a crowd of people, noise and hoopla.

Those poor little, fat, cute, waddling groundhogs……

Bless their hearts…. 

Just saying.

The Baby Question?

Oh my, I can’t start to tell you the times I make silly blunders, huge mishaps and stick my foot in my mouth….. just know its way too often.

Heres a story about one of those times.

I’m one of those folks that tend to speak first, think last……. or worse yet…. just say out loud whatever happens to run through my mind.

Case in point….. the baby question! You see, I absolutely adore babies and children. I have two grown children and four grandchildren of my own. I just love babies and children, ain’t no other way to say it.

So when I see a mother to be, I find myself smiling…. thinking ….. “Oh Father, a new baby on the way…. how wonderful.”

Well, you know what I do next… “I smile and say oh sweetie, when’s your baby due?”

Usually, this mom to be will grin from ear to ear, touch her belly affectionately and say…… ” in so and so months or weeks, whatever the case may be.”

A simple moment in our daily lives where two moms share a smile…

Well, I wish I could tell you it always goes so wonderfully well………. but, it doesn’t!!

I mean, have you ever seen a woman and think oh, she’s expecting? Our society today tends to be a bit “fuller” than in years past, I know I’m one of them. But sometimes it’s just really hard to tell. Hence, I need to learn to just smile and go on without saying a word.

But do I?????????????? Oh, no…….not this crazy old woman…………

Well, I was shopping a few weeks ago at the Walmart ….. I saw this lady and thought she was with child, so to speak…. then it happened…

I say “Oh bless you, dear, when’s your baby due?”

Y’all know what happened next, or maybe you don’t…. I hope you don’t speak first and think last like I do.

If you can stay quiet at times like this, it will save you a lot of grief and embarrassing moments, I promise…

But anyway, I was told in no uncertain terms she was not pregnant and she went off pushing that buggy so much faster than before, and I’m sure really….. really… really mad at me…..

Oh my…… opened mouth and inserted that foot clear to the thigh that time.….. What was I thinking???

And I wish I could tell you that’s the only time, but well it ain’t?

My granddaughter and I were at the Sonic drive-thru one Saturday afternoon, stopped to get some sweet tea of course…. us southern girls, love our sweet tea!

But when I got to the window, this young lady looked pregnant. I said, “oh look she’s expecting.”

My poor granddaughter, bless her heart……. she says……“Nana don’t you do it, don’t do it!!”

Well, I didn’t but would have had she not told me not to. I just can’t help myself… I love to see expectant moms, knowing there’s a new baby on the way… it’s a true blessing to have children!!!.

But thinking about it now, one of these days…. I’m gonna end up with spit in my sweet tea, or some not so nice words spoken to me…… but, well nowadays you just can’t tell sometimes!!!!!!

The Hawk

the hawk

How many of you really love nature?  Oh, I do, so very much!!

For starters, I was raised out in the country, a little community where everybody knew each other.  It was always quiet and peaceful and safe.  You left your windows up at home, during the day, at night; even while you were gone.  Goodness, you could even leave your door unlocked, home or not. 

I grew up with lots of trees, fields, creeks and of course animals.  I remember as a child, I used to love to watch the squirrels run across the power line at the road where we lived.  They would scurry around with their acorns on that line.. I found it so peaceful to watch.

Then there were all the times we would go riding through the mountains, or down to the river to play or swim.   I love living in the state of  Tennessee!  That’s in America, look it up sometime, it’s really a very pretty place.  Mountains, valleys, rivers, lakes and a whole lot of countryside.

 So see, I love nature… and rightly so!  I’m in my fifties now and absolutely love watching the rabbits and their babies, that live in the woods near our yard.  They come out every evening to nibble on the clover in the yard, and I find them so very relaxing to watch.

Then there are the birds!!  We keep feeders out year round, and we have so many birds in our yard.  We have cardinals, blue jays, robins, songbirds, wrens, doves, and the list goes on and on.  Oh, how wonderful it is, to just sit and watch the birds and listen to them sing!!

Goodness, I love those birds!!  I hang four ferns on my porch every spring, in anticipation of the wrens coming to build their nests.  And do they?  Oh my goodness, yes, every year!!!  We usually have two or three different little families born each spring. 

I so light up when I see them flying around the ferns each spring.  They will bring a piece of a pine needle from here, or a small little twig from there, maybe a little bit of hair or grass or string.  They bring most anything they can find to make that little nest cozy for their upcoming babies.

And the sheer delight when you peak in and see those little eggs.   But the greatest joy is when those eggs hatch, and we have new little baby birds.  I’ve seen birds in all stages, from just a few hours old, to a couple of days, to full grown.

And the sheer delight of hearing them talk and sing as they get old enough to call for their momma.  And does she come to them when they call?  Oh, you bet she does… nurturing, feeding and taking care of them.  But that’s what we try our best to do as a momma, ain’t it?

You can tell, I really love nature and the birds… well, except for one in our area.  The hawk!!! 

I know the Lord up above, created them…. but for the life of me, I just don’t like them.  At least not the one in our neck of the woods, anyway.

You see, that stupid old hawk is always lurking nearby.  I guess he sees and hears all the birds we have here in our yard and the trees.   He probably thinks to himself …  “Oh yeah, free meal. and easy prey”

I see him often flying around above our yard, or landing up in the big maple tree.  He’s just waiting for a chance to snatch one of the little birds as they are flying around from spot to spot, or their home to the feeders.

I get so mad at that thing.  I was out watering the plants the other day, the birds were singing, it was a beautiful peaceful glorious morning.  The babies have matured enough to leave their nest but still stay on the porch a lot in the ferns or in the trees and shrubs nearby.

Well, one of those babies flew from the ferns, and here came that stupid hawk.   I yelled at the crazy thing like it was gonna listen………. what was  I thinking?

Then I proceeded to try to spray him with the water hose… again what was I thinking?

But one of these days I expect I may go beyond yelling at it, or spraying the water hose towards it…… to just digging out that red ryder bb gun and just giving him a polite little warning….. dog gone hawk!!!


How often do ya’ll have one of those nights, when you just can’t go to sleep???? For this old woman…. it’s now!!!

You see, I’m one of those early to bed; early to rise kinda girls. Goodness by 9 pm, I’m usually already down for the night…. sometimes it’s as early as 7:00.

Yeah, I can imagine what some of you may be thinking right now ….. ” goodness she must be a fat lazy cow.” No, not really…. I prefer to think of myself as fluffy, with lots to hug; sometimes serene…sometimes completely nuts, and I’m anything, (well maybe not anything) ….. but definitely, not a cow!!!

I just like turning in early. I mean goodness, what’s all the hype about prime tv? I don’t find anything on worth watching…. tv sure ain’t what it used to be… that’s for sure!!

When I was growing up, tv was worthwhile! It wasn’t cussing, half nude or naked people, violence, the blood and gore, and hyped up reality shows of today. So why on earth would I want to stay up for such nonsense?

It seems that today’s society seems to enjoy and thrive on such garbage. But for me…… “Nope!!!! No thank you!!!!!! “ I’d so much rather watch the shows from days gone by.

Programs like… Little House on the Prairie … The Andy Griffith Show…. Touched by an Angel…. I Love Lucy…. The Waltons. Those are my kind of tv shows.

So tv is definitely not worth staying up for to this old girl.

Where on earth was I going with this? Oh yeah…. don’t laugh πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ ……. but ….. I had to scroll back up to see what I wrote for the title πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Goodness gracious, I’m pretty sure I’ve been up way too long today. But well, sleep seems to have left me at the train station tonight. So what’s a body to do at times like this?

I actually have no idea…. this just doesn’t happen to me very often. Why, usually by this time of night I’m snoring like a freight train… well according to hubby, I am anyway. Can’t prove it by me though, I’ve never heard it. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

So, will I admit it? There ain’t no way…… not today, not ever! Ladies don’t snore…. well maybe we do, but it’s his word against mine. Since I’ve never heard it personally, I won’t ever, ever, ever admit it.

Oh my, rambling again…. I am really, really bad about that…. just ask anybody that knows me.

I seem to have a spaghetti plate for a brain… you know where all the noodles are just tangled up together. That’s me and my brain… a million thoughts all going at once, and often just getting all tangled up together.

Then…. well, I just change topics midstream, like a train changes tracks. But oh well, I’ve rambled till I’m sleepy at last.

This post probably won’t make a lick of sense tomorrow when I sit down to actually read it. But that’s okay… most the time this world don’t make a lick of sense either.

So as in the closing sentences of THE WALTONS…… Goodnight Grandpa, Good night Grandma, Goodnight Children, Goodnight John Boy, Goodnight Elizabeth, Goodnight Daddy, Goodnight Son, Goodnight Mama, Goodnight Mary Ellen, Goodnight Jim Bob.  Good night everybody, now pipe down and everybody get some sleep!!!!!

So, from this American girl in a little part of the country to all you folks in your part of this world…… Good night and sweet dreams!!!!

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