And climb the stairs to the beach...

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Morning Folks April 28, 2008

This morning it's just me and our littlest grandchild Indigo Grace. Up at 7:30 for eggs, toast and Mickey's Clubhouse on TV. That went pretty well. A planned trip to the playground was unfortunately postponed due to the weather and Grandma had to find something to occupy a 2 1/2 year old. That isn't always easy. She quickly tires of the Lego and puzzles we bought. But, Grandma found a fairly captivating game for her this morning. I think I would have been a great pre-school teacher. Sorting colored paperclips.

Miniature baskets become intriguing in little hands. The favorite pink paperclips, however all go into an Altoids box and can never be comingled again, according to Indigo.
Chain making in the advanced paper clip class. Next on the field trip to Grandma's house was the visit to the arboretum, that is the cactus on the file cabinet. The limited collection of botanicals didn't hold her attention too long, however. And then, of course. there was the traditional doing baby's hair. But Indigo isn't your traditional type and when the brush got tangled in the doll's hair and as it hung in mid-air Indigo said" Look Grandma, a pinata!" She is really a comedian and comes up with some very funny lines.

Grandpa's Patriot's Popcorn tin became the next object of attention and that seemed to be unlimited.

" Look, Grandma...I'm an alien!"

On stage. She sang MaresyDoats, among other things.

The photo shoot by the fan was next.

What a beauty.

She told me she was "blowing her fingernails away". I think she might have confused it with drying her fingernails off. 2 and a half is such a literal world.

Well, the sun might be coming out now so we may try that trip to the park. If not, between the two of us I don't think we will have any trouble coming up with something else to do today.

I hope you all have a great day, too! Love, Suz

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Morning Folks 04 20 08

Allow me to brag, just a little. I think I told you that I had joined this online community through AARP. There are a couple of groups that I joined, both poetry groups. Anyway, when you set up your profile, you can add journals and put anything you want in there. So, I posted a couple of my poems. I received lots of comments, but recently found out that one of my poems is on the front page of the AARP website. Better go there quickly, though because I think they change it all the time. Here is the link: If you get on the website, scroll down about half way and you will see a painting of a woman
and a reference to Journal: My Front Door is Pink.

That's mine! Most of you have read that poem already, but still, I was very flattered that they chose to put it on their homepage this past week. And I got lots of really great feedback on it from the online community. If you get to the website and it has already been changed and is no longer there, you might have to actually join the online community to get in to the site. Let me know if you can get into it or not.

Thanks for letting me brag!

Have a great day!



Thursday, April 10, 2008

Morning Folks 04 10 08

I received some great responses from the poem I posted yesterday so I decided to post another one. Perhaps I should have waited to post this until Mother's Day, despite the title. You'll understand why I say that when you read it. My parents weren't at all like the ones Edgar writes about, but I do know some folks whose parents were exactly that way. And, could there be some folks out there who feel they might fit into these roles? I found it very amusing and my guess is there is some of both of these characters in us all. But, analysis aside, I just liked the poem when I read it, so here it is:

by Edgar Guest

My father knows the proper way
The nation should be run;
He tells us children every day
Just what should now be done.
He knows the way to fix the trusts,
He has a simple plan;
But if the furnace needs repairs,
We have to hire a man.

My father, in a day or two
Could land big thieves in jail;
There's nothing that he cannot do,
He knows no word like "fail."
"Our confidence" he would restore,
Of that there is no doubt;
But if there is a chair to mend,
We have to send it out.

All public questions that arise,
He settles on the spot;
He waits not till the tumult dies,
But grabs it while it's hot.
In matters of finance he can
Tell Congress what to do;
But, O, he finds it hard to meet
His bills as they fall due.

It almost makes him sick to read
The things law-makers say;
Why, father's just the man they need,
He never goes astray.
All wars he'd very quickly end,
As fast as I can write it;
But when a neighbor starts a fuss,
'Tis mother has to fight it.

In conversation father can
Do many wondrous things;
He's built upon a wiser plan
Than presidents or kings.
He knows the ins and outs of each
And every deep transaction;
We look to him for theories,
But look to ma for action.

I hope you enjoyed this one. If you like Edgar Guest as I do, just Google him and you can find many of his works online.

Have a fantastic day!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Morning Folks 04 09 08

I recently joined an on-line community of poetry readers and writers and am having great fun with it. There are a lot of good pieces posted, some not so good. Lots of free verse and Haiku, and all that. But, today someone posted this poem and commented on how it was something they had learned as a child. I had heard it before too, so many of you will recognize it. But, I think it's great and it rhymes, so it's my kind of poem!

Edgar Guest and friend

It Couldn't be Done
Edgar Guest

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,
But, he with a chuckle replied
That "maybe it couldn’t," but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

Somebody scoffed: "Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one has done it";
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle it in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
That "couldn’t be done," and you’ll do it.

Have a great day. I know you can do that!



Sunday, April 06, 2008

Morning Folks 04-06-08


6 Months
2 years old
3 years old
29 Years Old...Boy how time flies!

Love, Mom

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Morning Folks April 5, 2008






Some of you may have already taken this little Mensa test and maybe you tore your hair out trying to get the answers or maybe it was easy for you. Ed just handed it to me this morning and I hadn't ever seen it before. I did pretty well, getting 25 definites, 7 questionables and 1 I haven't got a clue!

See how you do. Leave me a comment to let me know.

0 Example: 24 H in a D = 24 Hours in a Day

1. 26 L of the A

2. 7 D of the W

3. 7 W of the W

4. 12 S of the Z

5. 66 B of the B

6. 52 C in a P (WJs)

7. 13 S in the USF8 1

8. H on a G C

9. 39 B of the O T

10. 5 T on a F

11. 90 D in a R A

12. 3 B M (S H T R)

13. 32 is the T in D F at which W F

14. 15 P in a R T

15. 3 W on a T

16. 100 C in a R

17. 11 P in a F (S) T

18. 12 M in a Y

19. 13=UFS

20. 8 T on a O

21. 29 D in F in a L Y

22. 27 B in the N T

23. 365 D in a Y

24. 13 L in a B D

25. 52 W in a Y

26. 9 L of a C

27. 60 M in a H

28. 23 P of C in the H B

29. 64 S on a C B

30. 9 P in S A

31. 6 B to an O in C

32. 1000 Y in a M

33. 15 M on a D M C

1 to 5 is Average, 6 - 11 Somewhat Intelligent, 12 to 18 Intelligent, 19 + Genius

I didn't know the correct answer to 8, 10, 16, 19, 30, 31 and 33. 2 of which were particularly easy one of which was the "I haven't a clue" question, 3 of which I was close and one for which I was so far off it was very funny. I hope that will make me feel better if you miss any of the ones I missed. And, the scoring is somewhat suspect since I know I am no genius.

To take the test on line go to this site doesnt give you the answers if you are wrong but will let you know if you are correct. (although they gave me a false error on #32). After you have agonized, and I mean really agonized, then you might want to go to a place to get the answers. That's shown at the end of my blog.

Have fun all you geniuses and let me know which ones stumped you, too!


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