NY YANKEES

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……..

Renovations

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!

Nicknames:

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!!!!

Beaches


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