I took a little spill last evening and ended up with some boo boos….. ;-(

I got home from work and let the girls out. The routine is they go out, do their preliminary duties, and come back in to get their supper before they go back out and play for a while……but, when they come in after the first trip outside, I make them calm down a little before I give them their supper so that they don’t gobble too fast and spill everything all over the place! Well, yesterday, they came in and I started to sit in the little odd chair in the living room – I stepped behind the ottoman and before I could sit, Megan jumped on the ottoman and shoved it toward me causing the square wooden leg go up over two of my toes (now, it needs to be said that this is a somewhat heavy storage ottoman – not a little light weight thing…add a 40 or so pound dog jumping on it at warp speed and OUCH)! As soon as it scraped up over my toes, I yelled out and the pain took my breathe away and things got a little blurry – I fell forward, putting my hands on the ottoman to try to steady myself — but, much to my surprise, the ottoman slide away from me, causing me to fall flat onto my new, very hard, wood floor surface!!!! I laid there dazed for a moment pushing three very concerned dogs away so that I could catch my breathe! When I looked at my toes, they were already swollen, red, and bruising, along with the scraped up skin that was starting to bleed some…….I was sure I broke at least one of them!!! As the night progressed, though, I would wiggle them and the swelling went down and they didn’t bruise as badly as I thought they were going to……so, I guess I’m OK!!!! ha-ha

Today, they are still a little red, scraped up, slightly discolored, and only just a little tender. I’m relieved — I have had a lot of trouble with my feet this year — two minor surgeries on toes on my left foot all in the first 3-4 months of the year!!! I didn’t need any more reason to hobble around and have sore feet!!! ha-ha


Yes, I’m a Yankee fan — I’m not really into sports (boy, did I move to the wrong town….), but do love a good baseball game and eagerly cheer on the Yankees! They are 2 games down right now, but I know they can get there!

There is nothing like going to see a game in Yankee Stadium – walking past the memorials to all the greats – the history – the spirits that are alive and among you as you watch the game – it’s absolutely incredible! Sadly, I’ve only had this experience once, but it was a thrill I’ll never forget. My heart pounded and I was dizzy for most of the game! They played Toronto and WON!!! The excitement in the stadium and on the boat ride back down the river to the Marriott World Trade Center was amazing – I didn’t sleep a wink all night! (made for a long day in the seminar I was in the city to attended the next day…..oh well)

Here’s a toast to the boys from the Bronx making it to the 2007 World Series!!! Let’s Go, Yankees, Let’s Go!

By the way – another great stadium: Camden Yards!!! Beautiful, but too new to have the rich history and tradition of Yankee Stadium!

The new Super WalMart

OK – I gotta get in on the comments about the new Super WalMart — Sanford now has a HUGE (largest in NC, I am told) Super WalMart – it opened this past Wednesday! I have to say – if it stays even HALF as packed as it has been ever since it opened, it will prove to be a significant boost to the economy of Lee County! AND – they have already done a lot to give back to the community. During the grand opening ceremony, they gave a ton of money to local organizations (including a sizable donation to the non-profit that I am involved in…..). So, they have the potential to be a very positive presence in our fair city.

It’s nice to be able to do all your shopping in one location — you can drop your photos off at the 1 hour printer while you get a haircut or a pedicure in their hair and nail salons, pop in for lunch at the SubWay, and then shop for your groceries, clothing, and other “what-nots” without ever leaving to go to a different store. Now, that’s convenience for you!!!

The downfalls are — it’s further out than the old WalMart. For those of us who live on the north side of Sanford, it makes for quite a drive!!!! I had the same thought as a lady who wrote a letter to the editor this past week – no more fabrics and large crafts department!!! What’s with that??? Now, I don’t believe there is anywhere in Sanford to purchase these types of items, leaving people who frequently need them to go out of town – not good! Finally – it is a nice big store with wide aisles and neat shelves – I hope it stays that way! Most WalMarts have a reputation for being dirty and disorganized – I’d hate to see that happen here!

My only other comment is — Shop Lee County First – which now includes the new Super WalMart and their contribution to the local economy, but please don’t forget the locally owned shops and restaurants downtown in Sanford, Jonesboro, Kendale, and Tramway areas. These businesses don’t have the big corporate backing and need your support to stay in business! I’ve always found that there is very little that I need to look elsewhere for – I hope everyone in Sanford finds it in their hearts to feel the same. If you can find it in a locally owned store within your budget, please get it there! The local business owners love this community and are incredibly generous when community organizations reach out to them for help — please support them so that they can continue to stay in business, provide us with their unique products, and support the community they do business in.

Enough said……..

September 24th…..

SEPTEMBER 24th IS HERE!!!! Tomorrow is the day I’ve been waiting for!!!! As the Pointer Sisters put it so well: “I’m so excited, I just can’t hide it, I’m about to lose control and I think I like it…”

Two things are going to happen tomorrow that I can barely contain myself over:

1. The new Waffle House opens for business!!!! Woo Hoo!!!! Now I can go out for breakfast whenever I feel like it and I don’t have to look at the clock and rush to get somewhere before they stop serving eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, and toast!!!!

2. The most important and thrilling thing to happen on the 24th is the season opener for Dancing With The Stars!!!! Monday starts a 3 night event to open the season and introduce us to the participants. Watch for posts that will express my opinions on the performances and who gets booted and who stays…….I’ll be looking for your opinions, as well……..


I am so thrilled with the new floors and furniture that I recently had added to my home!!! Wall-To-Wall Flooring did an outstanding job of installing the Armstrong Grand Illusions laminate flooring. It looks beautiful…….I still have some work to do to put things back where they belong. Because of all that has been going on, I haven’t had time to devote to putting the stuff back on shelves and pictures up on the walls (furniture was repositioned, so the location of stuff on walls needed to be rearranged). Also, I wanted to wait until I had time to clean everything good before I put it back – the floor installation included sawing and sanding that flew dust all over everything. Now that things have calmed down, I can focus on this now and be done with it!!!

Here are a couple pics:

I am so very pleased!!! It turned out so much better than I could have imagined!!!!

Catching up….

I know, I’ve been bad and haven’t posted here since the 7th of Sept!!! I’ve been busy!!! BUT – it’s all winding or wound down and I can get back into the habit of jotting down my thoughts about what is going on in my life!

I’ll post more later (right now, it’s 1:00 AM and I’m really, really ready to hit the sack!), but to summarize:

  • The most current renovations to my home are done and were better than my wildest dreams of how it might have turned out!!!
  • The fundraiser I was helping to organize is done (that’s why I’m up so late – I just got home!) and was absolutely fabulous and a huge success!!!!

So – watch for an update about what has been going on as soon as I get some much needed sleep and then I’ll get better about posting again………

Rescues make wonderful pets….

I was talking with a co-worker today about some strays she has taken in and is trying to find a home for and we talked about my girls – all rescues! It made me want to post their stories here…..

Puddles – We took Puddles in on a trial basis – she was pretty much just on her own with little or no human interaction. She was in really bad shape and near death. A beautiful, sweet princess emerged after some medical attention and grooming. She quickly wormed her way into our hearts and became a pampered, cherished companion for almost 17 years!!! She was put to rest early this year – God rest her precious little sole!!!

Nickname: Her Royal Highness, The Princess Puddles

Katie was found on the side of the road in a horrible storm. She was taken in by a friend and they tried to find her owners – without success. I fell in love with her and brought her home! She needed major medical attention and it was several months before she was strong and healthy. After that, she filled out nicely and turned into an absolutely gorgeous red head!!! ha-ha She has been with me for about 3 1/2 years now and is so very special…..

Nickname: Glamour Girl or Katie, The Beauty
Katie Then:

Katie Now: Megan and Amy wandered up to a friend’s house out in the country at about 8-10 weeks old. They were scared and lost. Attempts to find out where they came from were unsuccessful, so I took them in — BUT — only until I could find them a home! That was a little over a year ago – they are still here! ha-ha They didn’t have the health problems the others had, but it was a challenge training 2 puppies! They are smart, though, and very loving!


Amy Belle (because she is so gentle and sweet – like a perfect southern lady)

Megan-stein (speaks for itself – she also answers to “the monster” – ha-ha)

Megan Then:

Amy Then: Both Girls Then: Megan Now: Amy Now:

So – there they are!!!! The most devoted, loving, adoring girls in all the world!!!!


I just watched the last 1/2 hour of Beaches (Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey) on Oxygen — I can not believe it didn’t come to mind when I was coming up with the movies that I could watch a zillion times and that make me cry every time I watch them!!!! Beaches is the classic tear jerker — BIG TIME!!!! And I never get tired of watching it!!! I only watched about 1/2 hour of it and I cried so hard my eyes are all swollen and my nose is all stuffed up (now there’s a picture for you!!!)…….an incredible movie and an amazing story!!!

So – I have rectified leaving this great favorite off my other blog and gave it the proper recognition…..

Oh oh — an encore presentation is starting — guess I’ll get to see the whole movie (again) and cry some more tonight!!!! ha-ha


My house is all tore up and it’s driving me nuts!!!! ha-ha I’m in process of doing some major renovations and I can’t wait until it’s all done!!!

When I bought this place three and a half years ago, I knew there were things I would want to change, but didn’t really know what I wanted to do. So – I moved in “as is” and decided to wait and see how things evolved……I also couldn’t afford to do what I wanted to do right after purchasing the house – I have to save up for projects and chunk it out to do it in phases. I won’t do any of the work on credit, so I get enough saved for a specific project and then wait until I get enough saved for the next project. So, it’s taking me time to get it all done. But, my goal is to have everything the way I want it within 5 years or less of when I purchased it. That means I have a year and a half left to finish – not sure if I’ll meet that goal or not, but I’m gonna give it a good shot!

Some things were given priority status out of necessity – fencing, gutters, and replacement of the linoleum on the kitchen floor with DuraCeramic tiles were all done the first year. I also did some landscaping and outside stuff the first year and some the second year – including a great new patio!

So – with the outside stuff done and a couple years of looking at the interior, I decided this was the year to tackle the inside renovations!!! In the mean time, Puddles started having geriatric doggie health problems and Megan and Amy were being puppies – so the carpet and furniture were in need of help (to put it nicely)! Knowing that I was going to focus on making changes anyway helped me get through all that! ha-ha Now that Puddles has passed (God rest my precious Princess’ sole) and the puppies are a year old, I think it’s safe to do what I want to do!!!!

Current decor — The carpet is the same beige throughout – it’s a really nice carpet, but not something I would have picked and kinda dull. The walls are white throughout every room! I always thought I loved white walls – so clean and bright – until I lived in a house that had white walls in every room in the house!!! The kitchen and bathrooms have white Formica counter tops and the bathroom floors have white linoleum. The kitchen appliances are all white. And I have mostly beige or wood furniture! So — boring, boring, boring — don’t get me wrong — very nice, clean, bright, and flexible – I have added my color with accents and accessories until I could decide what I wanted to do!

Situation as of this weekend — all the old living room furniture is gone and all my nick-knacks, TV, and other stuff is all over the kitchen table and counter tops!!! It looks like a plane hit the place!!! ha-ha

The plan — I thought I wanted to replace the carpeting with more carpeting, but my heart just wasn’t in it and the more I thought about it, the more I wanted wood flooring!!! So — I’m having Armstrong Grand Illusions Laminate flooring installed in the living room, foyer, and hallway – this is a new product that has a piano finish and some really beautiful wood graining – scratch and stain resistant and less maintenance than real wood flooring! I’m also replacing the linoleum in the guest bathroom with DuraCeramic tiles. They are going to do that sometime next week (we’re still working out the details). Then, the new furniture is being delivered the weekend after the flooring is done! For now, I’m going to leave the carpet “as is” in the bedrooms.

What’s next? — After the flooring and furniture are here and I see how it all looks, I will decide on paint colors for the walls throughout the house – I have a friend at work who’s husband has a painting business that comes highly recommended, so I’ll see what they can do and when. I want to warm up the rooms and know what basic colors I want. But I need to be careful of the shades so that I avoid making it dark, so I want to see what the flooring will do before I pick out final colors. Of course, window treatments will be part of that, as well.

Other future projects — I will probably leave the carpet “as is” in the guest bedroom and den, but I want to replace the carpet in the master bedroom. I also want to put DuraCeramic in the master bathroom. Another plan is to upgrade to stainless steel appliances in the kitchen and replace the counter tops in the kitchen and both bathrooms – probably Corian material in granite style.

So — I’ve come a long way and am making progress, but have a lot more to do!!!! I just want to get past this period of being all tore up — it’s driving me nuts!!!! ha-ha-ha!!!!

Megan’s First Shopping Trip to PetSmart!

Megan went shopping with Mommie to PetSmart today!!! Katie has been to PetSmart several times and Puddles used to go with me a lot before she passed away. But neither Megan nor Amy have been yet – until now! I decided to start with Megan to see how she reacts to it. She had a BLAST!!!

She’s really good in the car, so the ride to Southern Pines went well — she just sat there and enjoyed the ride. She was a little suspicious about going in the store and didn’t get excited at all – in fact, she was really quite reserved (definitely out of character for her…)! But it didn’t take long for her to start sniffing around and become curious – soon, she was really getting into the whole shopping experience. We went up and down every aisle and she looked all the inventory over. We got the food we went for and picked out a few new toys that met her approval and a supply of chews. She watched a cage full of birds with great interest, but did it very calmly! She was really very good and seemed to enjoy herself!!!

We got in the car and she rode back to Sanford quietly. When we got home, she rushed into the house to tell Katie and Amy all about her adventure — they jumped around and discussed it all — then, we showed them the new toys and chews that Megan picked out for them! They all went outside and romped and played!!!

It was quite an adventurous day for Megan — she is taking a much needed nap to rest up from all the excitement! She had fun and behaved – so there will be more shopping trips to PetSmart in her future!!!