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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

31 Things

Be careful what you wish for, eh? Down time comes at a price, sometimes a fierce price, as evidenced by the spasms my back muscles are having. Trouble is, they didn't invite the rest of me to the party and when they come, they come fierce and with loathing and no concern for the rest of the body. There have been those odd times when I look like St. Vitus Dance but with no partner. But, time heals all wounds and as time passes, the spasms pass along with the pain and, slowly but surely, I'm being restored.

There's been a lot of time for knitting, listening to audio books and reflecting; perhaps that's as well since autumn is quickly approaching. This morning, about 6:30, it was 50 degrees F and we've had fog every morning save two this August which means we'll have twenty-nine snows this winter.

Is that old wives tale true? I don't know but I prepare like it's Gospel. I like to live ready so I can leave ready, if you know what I mean.

~ here's me, looking at you, looking at me ~
Can you see me reflected in HayJ's eye? He's a big 'un, weighing in at around two thousand pounds and standing about 18 hands. Gentle giant is what he is but he can be feisty when he wants what he wants. Just like a man, eh?

Perhaps you remember how much I enjoy Alistair Begg? He's the Scotsman now out of Cleveland, Ohio who has a radio ministry at 7:30 a.m. on XM radio. Stick with me as this gets rather convoluted -smile-. This morning I was visiting the Fiber Arts Mixed Media site and ran across the Blue Eyed Duck Studio blog, owned by Katey Duck. It's a visual feast and, as I perused it, found it to be a spiritual feast as well. She has a button, "Parkside Church", which made my ears go all pointy; Parkside Church is where Pastor Begg is senior pastor. So, after a l.o.n.g. site visitation, I decided to share the good news with you. Go, visit Katey and see if you're not blessed as well.

Somewhere else along the blog line, I found 31 things that made me laugh. Gladly, I'd give credit but can't remember where I found them nor who actually wrote them. I think I've received them as an e-mail as well but...can't remember. Hope they tickle your funny bone as well.

1. I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.
-okay, this made me laugh but there's nothing untoward in my computer history so Friend, don't trouble yourself. do get yourself to my stash and sneak away the telltale signs of a pack rat and thanks!
2. Nothing really stinks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
-good grief, has someone been looking over my shoulder!?
3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger. -napping is severely
4. There is great need for a sarcasm font. -boy's howdy, isn't there ever!?
5. How the heck are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet? -I can do this.
6. Was learning cursive really necessary?
7. Map Quest really needs to star their directions on number 5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my own neighborhood.
8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.
9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired. -yes I can. Friday night when I slept for 14 hours straight!
10. Bad decisions make good stories. -usually funny ones as well.
11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.
12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again. -what?! you mean there's something after VHS???
13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to. -such a sinking feeling...
14. "do not machine wash or tumble dry" means I will never wash this...ever.
15. I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring, Hello? Hello? but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voice mail. What did you do after I didn't answer? Drop the phone and run away?
16. I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste. -don't think so as I like looking good for myself -smile-.
17. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.
18. I think the freezer deserves a light as well. -amen!
19. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.
20. I wish Google Maps had an "Avoid Ghetto" routing option. -uh oh, the pc police are gonna get me.
21. Sometimes, I'll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and suddenly realize I had no idea what the heck was going on when I first saw it. -oh yeah, lots of times.
22. I would rather try to carry 10 over-loaded plastic bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in. -and this, dear one, is perxactly WHY my back has left me!
23. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.
24. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said? -oh my, I wonder how many times people have thought I was a krazy woman because I admitted to "something" I didn't hear but didn't want to admit it?
25. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters! -oh yeah, I love to do this.
26. Shirts get dirty, Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty and you can wear them forever.
27. Is it just me or do high school kids get dumber and dumber every year? -don't get me started...
28. There's no worse feeling than that millisecond you're sure you are going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far. -yep, this makes my blood run cold; been there, done that.
29. As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate drivers, but no matter what the mode of transportation, I always hate bicyclists.
30. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch three consecutive times and still not know what time it is.
31. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey...but I bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from three feet away in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time!

~ Sam P. Spade, Secret Agent, on watch ~
Hope you've chuckled a time or two reading the above; I caught myself nodding in agreement on most of them.

Blessings ~ laughter ~ blogs of good intent and purpose ~ a healthy back ~ full moon ~

Grace and Peace,


  1. Those are too funny. I think I agree with about 99% of it all! Thanks for sharing. :)

  2. LOL. So true. I also love the photos! Hope your back feels better soon.

  3. I think I agreed with every one of those! Take care of yourself. Back trouble (especially spasms) are NOT fun.

  4. Anonymous5:47 PM EDT

    I sure hope your back feels better soon ~ so sorry.

    I nodded in agreement with most of these too.

    Your photos are splendid - take care and have a restful night.

  5. I'm glad things are getting just a bit better with your back. Sure was good to hear from you today. And, yes, I think I agreed with all 31 of your statements. And they made me a little embarrassed as well as laugh because I know that I do many of them. Take care of yourself, Miss Sandra - from Me, in KY.

  6. I love your 31 idea Sandra, thanks for sharing them and I DO hope your back is feeling better and fast! What an awesome eye picture of you and that us a trophy winner in my book, are you on a ladder?

    Get some rest, Smiles, Cyndi

  7. so clever and funny! i hope your own
    laughter made you feel better, as
    laughter is good medicine.

    i'm terribly sorry about your back and
    pray it's much better soon.

  8. I love those 31 things! I am going to email this to several people who will get a kick out of it!

    Give me a shout and fill me in, Sandra! I am in the need to know!
    xo, misha

  9. Thank you for stopping by my blog. Your words were so kind. It's wonderful to share good news with the blog world.

    Love your candid shot of the horse's eye. So great.

    Stop by anytime, friend.

  10. Oh my....nodding in total agreement and hopingyou and your poor back are feeling better angel!

    Hugz, Nancy and the menagerie

  11. Lovely photos! Sam P.Spade is so funny as he standing there and wathcing carefully something...something important, I guess :o).
    Thanks for this post! I liked it :o)!

  12. So good to know Sam P. Spade is on duty while your back is not!

    #21 was the most memorable to me, and I would add that comment to music. Took me all of my teenage years and on into my 30's to finally realize what all the popular songs ( of late 60's and early 70's ) were really about. Then I remember myself singing loudly along to them and am suddenly blushingly ashamed...ooops!

    Very funny Sandra, thanks.

  13. How funny...#27 is what I have been thinking, maybe school is no longer teaching abc's but more on how to be politically correct. I just love a full moon. Hope your back stays healthy.

  14. So sorry about the prolonged back sabbatical! The 31 things are good but I also share the thing about movies (and KathyB's song lyrics) which I obviously did NOT understand when I originally heard or saw them.

  15. These are wonderful. Especially the sarcasm font. As soon as someone developes that one, I'll be first in line!

    Thanks for the laugh and I hope your back gets to feeling better soon. Back pain is just that: a PAIN.


  16. i love that photo of your horse...what a beauty

    great list...a fun read

    what kind of bread are you making..i have been on a bread baking kick around here too...i think there will be alot of bread baking this Fall....


  17. More than a few chuckles. Hope you're back at it soon, but enjoy the restful time while you can. I'll be interested to see if that old wive's tale come true.

  18. This list brought a much needed chuckle to me this glad you visited my blog so I would find yours!

  19. I just became your newest follower! I just love Alistair Begg!

  20. This is brilliant, Sandra. I'm going to print & frame it. xx's


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