I trotted Maggie out in this little wifebeater that says FAVORITE CHILD last weekend when family was home for Mother's Day. And why would I do that, when they came home, took me out to eat all weekend, and brought me great presents???? BECAUSE, when you have two sons that are 200lbs.+ and you have a little scrap of a 3.5 lb. dog, you get teased relentlessly.

Because Mags is so little they are always talking about her and how she's not a real dog, yadayadayada, so I found this shirt, and thought, perfect!!!!

It was, too. John got out of the car, took one look at her and started laughing out loud. Linds just rolled her eyes, Ryan didn't think it was especially funny, but hey, turnabout's fair play. Right???

My friend Trish babysat her little granddaughter today. What a cutey patootie she is...


I'm so impressed with people who are organized. When Hooterville visits, she is so methodical, so precise, never gets in a hurry, does everything with precision. The perfect example of an organized mind.

But Ditzy Dora here just goes thru life, shoving, sloshing and hurrying, with no thought to organization. Is it too late? Can I change even a little bit? No, of course not, we are what we are, however this morning I did load my dishwasher starting at the back, slowly, methodically instead of just jamming in all the dishes and pushing on it with my hip. Next I'm tackling that lingerie drawer that I was going to do yesterday. Hey, I did everything else, just not the undies...

I'm so hopeless, but I'm still hopeful... Shrug Shoulders 2
Yesterday I talked to my friend, Ramona. She's 78 years old now, a lady I met a few years ago at Weight Watchers, and a great cook. She's the one that gave us the Butterfly Salad recipe. Anyhoo, she had a new recipe for Garden Veggie Salad, she gave it to me, I made it last night. It was great, as usual, easy to put together, too. Really colorful salad, keeps for days in the fridge, you're getting the idea. Check it out on my Eating Right Board. Here's the CLICK!

~ jan
Last night I was watching Deal or No Deal on NBC. I never watch that stuff, but anyhoo, there was this little cutey patootie contestant, rather annoying little be-otch, too. Anyway she was a Becky Homecky type, idolized Martha Stewart and she was absolutely gushing about her very favorite thing in the world, Martha's Expresso Biscuits.

So I Googled it right away this morning, looks good to me, too. The recipe calls for ground expresso beans, I'm sure my Starbucks Komodo Dragon beans would work just fine. And drats, I even have the Droste cocoa to make them, compliments of Linds...

But I'm being good, so I'm not going to bake a batch, but I can post them, maybe some of you would like to try them.

If anybody does, let us know how they turned out, okay?

~ jan

They're on my Jan CAN Cook Board. Here's the CLICK!
Just for today, I'm grateful for...

* Jeans that I put on and zipped, and I can still breathe - that's a biggie!

* The one piece of whole wheat toast sans butter that I had for breakfast

* Maggie dog kisses - another biggie!

* The soothing sounds of NPR

* A haircut appointment, my hair is getting round, it does that after a month, don't like round hair...

* A fresh bag of Starbucks Komodo Dragon Coffee Beans in the canister to sniff before I brew...

Just for today, I'm sad that...

* It's raining again

* I didn't clean out my lingerie drawer, but stuffed everything and closed it quick *sigh*

* I'm being 'good' and can't make the expresso biscuits I posted on Jan Can Cook

* The family just visited so I won't see them again for awhile

* That gas is $3.89 a gallon in Heavensville

* It's 57 degrees, brrrrrrr

* The hamper of dirty clothes, and the load of towels in the dryer to fold. Folding laundry is right up there at the head of things I don't like to do. It's right under unloading the dishwasher and cleaning the fridge...

Okay enough of that, looks like I need to get off of here, get busy, do the laundry, fold the clothes, clean out the drawer, then I'll be in a much better mood. Now if I could just do something about this rain! Tomorrow, 70 degrees forecasted and partly sunny, that should help...

Later 'gators...
Little Miss Merry Sunshine here is in a funk. Totally weather related funk. It's wet, it's cool, it's cloudy, samo tomorrow, samo Friday. It's workin' on my last nerve, ladies....

The most exciting news I've heard today is that Angelina Jolie is preggers with twins. And like I really give a rats a*s about that!

Maggie isn't even doing anything cute, just snoozing. I'm boring, sorry guys, I'll be zippy tomorrow, er, Friday, no not til' Saturday when the sun shines..

Guess I've got to leave it to Maxine to give you a chuckle today...

Many of us 'Old Folks' (those over 50, WAY over 50, or hovering near 50) are quite confused about how we should present ourselves. We are unsure about the kind of image we are projecting and whether or not we are correct as we try to conform to current fashions. Despite what you may have seen on the streets, the following combinations DO NOT go together and should be avoided:


1. A nose ring and bifocals
2. Spiked hair and bald spots
3. A pierced tongue and dentures
4. Miniskirts and support hose
5. Ankle bracelets and corn pads
6. Speedo's and cellulite
7. A belly button ring and a gall bladder surgery scar
8. Unbuttoned disco shirts and a heart monitor
9. Midriff shirts and a midriff bulge
10. Bikinis and liver spots
11. Short shorts and varicose veins
12. Inline skates and a walker

And last, but not least

13. Thongs and Depends
If you're wondering when your stimulus check is going to arrive from the IRS, this information will tell you. If you aren't sure how much you are getting, calculate it here. The list will enlarge, just click to bring it up to a bigger size.

I was a huge fan in the day and still have my original Pearl album - yep, it's in the attic. Melissa Etheridge will just blow you out of the water. This is good stuff, ladies, guaranteed goosebumps..



The Sex and the City movie is the cinematic fashion event of the summer — a rumored 81 costume changes just for Sarah Jessia Parker alone! And from the looks of the world premiere in London today, the fashions are going to be just as over-the-top on the red carpet as on the big screen. Parker arrived in a full-skirted Alexander McQueen confection and Fred Leighton diamonds with an amazing Phillip Treacy hat, complete with green roses and yellow butterflies. Only SJP — and her celluloid alter-ego Carrie Bradshaw — could even contemplate pulling off a look that involves winged insects and feather trim.


I never know what's going to show up in my garage after hubby goes to the tag sales. I used to call them rummage sales, but ever since Marfa Stewart coined the phrase "tag sales," I've adopted the name. The word tag sounds so much more refined than rummage, doesn't it? Giggle 2

Anyhoo, I think he paid a dime for this funky little vase. I love the way you fill it with water all the way to the tip, then just drop a fleur into it, and the glass petals cradle it.

It's a good thing... don'tcha think?

I had such a nice day yesterday, despite the 65 mile an hour winds in Heavensville. Family was home, I didn't cook all weekend, we laughed and reminisced, and it was over much too soon and they were on their way back to their own lives.

They talked about their Grandma a lot. She's been gone for two years now, and I've gotten to the point that memories of her only tug at my heartstrings at odd moments. It was fun reliving the old stories, laughing about her sassy attitude and her funny quirks. John was remembering how she used to make them homemade pie. John liked butterscotch, Ryan liked chocolate, so she would make the pie crust, built a dam in the middle of the pie with aluminum foil, fill one side with butterscotch and the other with chocolate, then meringue on top. John says that he wants another pie like that soon, we can do that. It made us all smile to think of her...

This morning it's simply gawjus. The storm blew thru, the skies are clear, the air brisk, but..... when I went on the patio one of my tree's was blown to a 45 degree angle, my big flamingo had toppled, tumbling the begonia it was holding onto one of my big hostas, breaking it - broke one of the raised heads in lc's sprinkler system. *sigh* darn it anyway, but hey, I'm grateful that's all it was, no toronado, just wind.

Hubby set everything right again. The tree is straight, the flamingo is once again holding the begonia with it's broken side to the back. The hosta, well, I'm afraid it isn't going to look so good this summer, but Scarlett will figure out something.

I hope you all had a great day yesterday. We're all so lucky to have our families, I don't know about the rest of you, but I feel so blessed...