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With a very heavy heart, and tears in my eyes, I wanted to let you know that I will be taking the week off from blogging due to the loss of a very special family member: Marianne Beacham.

Celebrating 90!

Celebrating 90!

Marianne was my husband’s mother, and she was my friend.

We just celebrated her 90th birthday this last holiday season. We will miss her greatly!

To Marianne: I loved you and you will always remain in my heart! Thank you for being my Mom too! This post is for you!

In memory...with love!

In memory…with love!

Until I return, I wish you well!
Barb

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I decided to take a short hike in the forest which is just at the end of my street. The birds were happily singing, the ground squirrels were sniffling around for acorns, and occasionally a deer would scamper off. I was following what appeared to be a trail. You can imagine my surprise when I came upon a lean to in an area that had been cleared. There were a couple of fruit trees and a huge vegetable patch! A creek bed flowed nearby.

Something rustled off to my right and caught my eye! It was a man, who had been hunkered down by a small cook fire. Startled, I said hello and excused myself for invading his privacy. He told me not to worry about it and offered me a cup of hot tea. He seemed harmless, so I accepted his offer of tea. He poured me a cup and offered me a seat on a tree stump that looked like it was carved out to create a chair.

Here is a snippet of our conversation:

Me: How did you end up living here and how long have you been here?

Hermit: I came to be living here because I wanted to get away from the things of man. How long have I been here? Not long enough and years…ever since 2007.

Me: Why is that?

Hermit: Because back then corporate greed was all the rage, and I lost my job. Didn’t have any place to go. Lost my home, and tried to find jobs, but the government was too busy bailing out corporate America a year later. They could not bail out the individual who was suffering more. I had no other alternative but to find someplace to go where I could be alone, and away from it all.

Me: Why did you choose this place?

Hermit: It is public land and open to all for use. It’s away from everything and is away from the daily grind of the media that reports on items like the Kardashian’s instead of what’s really important. You know, the true issues of what life is in this country. And, it gets me away from people.

Me: Why do you want to be away from people?

Hermit: I got tired of being surrounded by those who wanted to take credit for things that I did. I volunteered my time quite a bit. I liked helping others out. And one day one of the folks that worked for where I was volunteering wanted to take credit for all of what I had done for them. This reminded me of jobs I had had in the past where I created new processes and procedures and had supervisor’s take all the credit for the work I had done. So whether a paid job or as a volunteer, someone always wanted to take credit for what I had done. I got tired of it. I also got tired of other people knowing everything, and not being able to back up any of it with factual information. And, if I did not follow their viewpoint, then I was deemed as a bad person in their eyes. And they spread around rumors about me that had not one ounce of truth, and pretty soon others shunned me for believing the rumors. What was really sad was seeing how other people could be swayed by what I consider to be the bullies in life. These are folks that haven’t left their bullying days on the playground behind. They huff and puff, throw tantrums just to get their way, and I was tired of it.

So, now here I am surrounded by nature. Nature that does not judge me, tell me what to do, or how to behave. It lets me live in peace.

We continued our conversation for a while. I had finished my tea and needed to get back home. I told the hermit what a pleasure it was to have met him and wished him well. He wrapped up our conversation with the following sentiment.

“The difference of working for man or working with nature, is that nature gives back.”

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How about those catalogs that come in the mail by droves from now until Xmas with some great and not so great slogans and signs. Here a some that I found in just one catalog.

**”Public Notice: Due to recent budget cuts, the rising cost of electricity, gas, and oil, plus the current state of the economy, the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off. Have a nice day.” Mojo — ya gotta love this one!

**For Xmas: “This is as merry as we get”

**Life of mothers and daughters: “By the time a woman realizes her Mother was right, she has a daughter that thinks she is wrong”

**Wine: “Wine is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy”

**A notice for their realm: “I didn’t ask to be Queen but hey..if the crown fits!”

**The fairy came again: “Ahhh…I see the screw up fairy has visited us again.”

** Regarding S**T happens: “Accept that some days you are the pigeon and other days you are the statue.”

** Family: “Everyone has the same family, they just look different!”

** Life in General: “Enjoy the little things in life for one day you may look back and realize that they were the big things.”

** Ditto: “there is always always always something to be thankful for”

** Quote: “Whether you think you can or think you can’t…you’re right. ~ Henry Ford”

** Waking up on the wrong side of the bed: “Mirror mirror on the wall…what the @#%* happened?”

** On no regrets: “Four things you can’t recover:
–The stone after the throw.
–The word after it is said.
–The occasion after it is missed.
–The time after it is gone.”

** With the morning coffee: “I’m a crabby bitch before my coffee, after, I am just a bitch!” Or, “How about a nice big cup of shut the h**l up”

** On style and fashion: “I believe if you wear enough pretty lipstick, sparkly jewelry, and great shoes no one will even notice the size of your butt.”

** In the kitchen: “A good cook knows that it’s not what is on the table that matters, it’s what is in the chairs.” I really like this one!

** On men: “Five Tips for women:
1 – It is important that a man helps you around the house and has a job.
2 – It is important that a man makes you laugh.
3 – It is important to find a man you can count on and who does not lie to you.
4 – It is important that a man loves you and spoils you.
5 – It is important that these four men don’t know each other.”

** On dogs: “A house without a dog is like a garden without flowers”

** On marriage: “The first 50 years of marriage are always the hardest.”

** Emergencies: “Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part”

** Feeling good about you: “T.G.I.F. – Thank God I’m Fabulous”

** Another quote: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines! Sail away from the safe harbor Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover! ~ Mark Twain”

** On spanking: “Children are often spoiled because no one will spank Grandma.”

A disclaimer for the grammar or punctuation patrol: I copied these directly from one of the many catalogs that I receive.

Have one of your own? Or, which is your favorite from the list above? Please feel free to comment.

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I remember when. Do you? Here is a list of some of the things that I remember:

I remember when:

** You could go see a double feature on a Saturday for 50 cents.
** Brill Cream for men was the styling gel of choice for men, and Aqua Net was the hairspray women used.
** Telephone numbers went through an operator.
** The telephone numbers began with a name: You would say to the operator “I would like Baxter 34567.”
** Milk came in bottles and a milk man delivered them to your house.
** A first class stamp was 5 cents.
** Kids could play outside in the streets by their house until 9:00 at night without fear of being kidnapped.
** Kids were skinny.
** Television stations, and there were only three, signed off at 10:00 at night and did not come back on until 10:00 in the morning.
** There was candy for a penny.
** Laugh-In starring Dan Rowen, Dick Martin, Goldie Hawn, Judy Carnes, Ruth Buzzy and Arte Johnson.
** The Mama’s and the Papa’s. I loved Mama Cass singing “Dream a Little Dream for Me.”
** The Beetles movies.
** We would watch planes try to land at San Francisco International Airport and misjudge the runway, and have to circle to try it again.
** Bridge tolls for the Golden Gate Bridge were 50 cents.
** We had rotary telephones.
** There were three men who washed your windows, checked your oil and filled up your car for you at a gas station.
** Gas was 19 cents a gallon.
** I sold girl scout cookies for 50 cents a box.
** A and W had fast food restaurants and their employees came to your car to take your order on roller skates.
** There were blue chip and S and H green stamps that you could trade in for merchandise; like a set of 8 steak knives.
** A Volkswagen Beetle cost $1299.
** There was segregation and how much I used to upset the adults by not knowing it existed.
** If you hitch hiked how people gladly gave you a ride to where you were going.
** You could get a Flings burgers.
** McDonald’s hamburgers were 12 cents each.
** Wine was Gallo, Italian Swiss Colony, Charles Krug, Almaden, and Thunderbird.
** Kids were banned from buying bananas in the grocery store because it was believed that they smoked the peels to get high.
** The King Family was a variety show. So was The Carol Burnett Show.
** Totie Fields was a female comedy genius.
** The popular saying of the day was “To the moon Alice!”
** There was The Lucky Strike Hip Parade.
** You were rich when the tooth fairy left you a nickel.
** Television was black and white and there were no remote controls.
** Uncle Milty was the top TV show.
** People knew how to count back change.
** Soda came in glass bottles.
** The first transistor radio was AM only.
** Records were 33, 45 and 78.
** US Mail was delivered Monday through Fridays twice a day, and once on Saturday.
** You went out to dinner you had to dress up. You had to wear a suit or your Mary Janes and White Gloves. It was the same if you wanted to go into San Francisco on the train.
** If you misbehaved in a restaurant you would be sent to the car to wait for everyone else to finish their dinner before going home.
** You got spanked and did not become a serial killer.
** You bought a car and could get a two tone paint job.
** There was only one phone company and it was AT&T and you never had any trouble with your phone.
** Exxon was called Esso.
** Chevron was called Standard Oil Company, or the Standard Station.
** The first man stepped on the moon.
** The San Francisco 49er’s played in Kezar Stadium and you got splinters in your butt sitting on the benches.
** I used to watch the San Francisco Giants play ball with players Willie Mays, Roger Maris, Bobbie Richardson, Felipe, Matty and Jesus Alou, Willie McCovey, Gaylord Perry, Juan Marichal, Bobbie Bonds and Roberto Clemente.
** Joe Namath wore panty hose.
** Tiny Tim was popular, and Twiggie was the top model.
** Jets replaced propeller planes and railroad steam engines ceased being used.
** Hawaii and Alaska were just territories.
** Melmac was the popular dishware of the day because you could not break it.
** Dr.’s actually made house calls.
** The first outer space TV show was Captain Video.
** The first remote control TV was a Zenith.
** You became a woman when you were told you could wear high heel shoes and lipstick.
** You could buy a watermelon with seeds for 15 cents.
** Bread, fish and produce trucks drove by your house.
** Refrigerators had a freezer that would form a glacier.
** Soap Operas had a show called “Dark Shadows” featuring Vampire Barnabas Collins.

What do you remember? Send them in….

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