Saturday, July 12, 2008


Did you al know about 1-800-GOOG-411– Hooterville says it’s been around for a long time, but I didn’t know about it.

If you aren’t familiar with it either, it’s a home and/or mobile phone service - this UTube video will tell you all about it.

I put it in my phone contacts, it’s a good thing…



I also put a recipe for Watermelonade on Jan Can Cook. I adore watermelon, so this looks great to me. Here’s the Click

It’s turning into a jungle on my patio…


TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 1930's, 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's!!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking. As infants and children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a pick-up on a warm day was always a special treat. We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle. We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank Kool-aid made with sugar, but we weren't overweight because,WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING! We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K. We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes.After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or chat rooms.......WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them! We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever. We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them!Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!If YOU are one of them, CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good. While you are at it, forward this blogsite to your kids so they will know how brave (and lucky) their parents were. Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?

Friday, July 11, 2008

The Scribbler, you have to try this….

My buddy V is gonna love this. It’s called Scribbler, no download, all you do is click on the link I’m going to give you, and then you put your mouse in the white space and draw something simple. Then you click DONE DRAWING – another screen pops up on the left side, and click START SCRIBBLER and then you can further edit it add colors, change line thickness, etc.

You will be amazed at what it does.

Here's my simple drawing in red, and here's whatScribbler did with it in black.

Don't laugh, I can't draw!!!!! I'm just trying to show you how it works.

But I bet some of you can draw, and if you want to see some fantastic things that people did with it, click HERE and check out the Gallery. There are several pictures to look at, Donald Duck is amazing!!!!

I know, you're saying "why would I want to do this?" Because it's fun, it's doodling, but a word of caution, it's positively ADDICTING.

Cmon, give it a try – it’s EASY – here’s the click to start making your own drawing.

Check this out, heat therapy for your dogs

We have to take care of our fur kids, this article is for latch-key or older dogs and how they would benefit from heated beds. Dilly's mom has had Rocky, her doxxie on a heating pad for years...

Read the article HERE.

Thanks for sending this, Jean. Great information…

I found the beds for sale on good ole' eBay. I guess you all know what the M&M's will be getting this fall....

Here's the link to the beds...

You glo, girl!!!


Wednesday, July 9, 2008

One of the most disgusting things I've ever eaten....

Hubby wasn't working today, he took me to Panera Bread for lunch. I'm always up for that, it's one of my favorite haunts.

However, I tried their summertime corn chowder, since I'm a huge fan of the corn, and let me tell you girlfriends, do not, I repeat do not ever order this. Blecht. It tasted so vile I couldn't eat it.

Talked to Ry later in the day, he said "Mom, I told you it wasn't any good." Oh yeah, now I remember him saying that.


I should have tried their Turkey Chickpea Chili - which I just happen to have a recipe for. Yeah, I know, I should put this on Jan Can Cook, I'm lazy, just pasting it here...

Turkey Chickpea Chili

4 cups water
3 cups or so of leftover turkey meat (light and/or dark)
¼ cup turkey or chicken broth (turkey jelly from pan)

1 can chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
1 can diced tomatoes w/green chilies
1 can kidney beans (rinsed)
1 small can tomato paste

2 tbs olive oil
1 cup diced onions
1 cup diced carrots
½ cup diced celery

3 tbs chili powder
1 tbs cumin
1 tbs modified corn starch (mixed in ¼ cup water)
1 small lime (cut into quarters squeeze into pot and then throw in)
1 tbs lime juice concentrate
2 tbs brown sugar
½ tsp onion powder
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp Salt and pepper each or to taste
¼ tsp MSG (optional for meatier taste)

Finger break turkey into small ½ inch pieces and shreads. In a large pot saute onions, carrots, celery in olive oil until onion is transparent. Add water to pot. Combine all ingredients and simmer on low covered 2-4 hours, stir every hour. Makes about 8 bowls.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008


When I was growing up in the 50's, we lived in a rural community fifty miles from Heavensville, so it was a huge deal to spend Saturday in the "city" shopping downtown. And yep, this is a picture of downtown Heavensville in the 50's. Check out the size of this Woolworth's.

Our trip was usually topped off by a visit to the Farmer's Daughter for their burger basket.

Oh, those double burgers, special sauce (no, nothing like Mickey D's special sauce) french fries and coleslaw, topped off by drinking a real Coke, with sugar, thru a paper straw. And the strawberry pie, OMG, it was amazing. Now those were the days!!!

Of course the Farmer's Daughter is long gone now, replaced by fast food chain restaurants. But I still remember how good it was.... I'm sure some of you townies that read this blog loved it, too...

Parlez Vous Woo (1956)

My shirtless neighbor...

I'm really bored today, can you tell by all these multiple posts? Anyhoo, I've been meaning to talk about my 65+, often shirtless neighbor for some time now. And no, it isn't my buddy, Nat King Cole (private joke) he has more class than that, it's a guy that lives a several condos down, and for some reason he likes to prance around with his shirt off out in his driveway, often with black socks and sandals on, which is a whole other blog about how icky that is. Now this is not a fine speciman of the male species by any means, this old geezer is carrying around an extra fifty pounds and his gut dun lopped over his belt bigtime. Thank goodness for the belt, or we would undoubtedly be witnessing butt crack as well. Perish the thought...

What possesses some men, especially old men to go shirtless? Exhibitionist tendencies, perhaps???? Don't they realize we don't give a rats ass. Old women don't go around in just a bra, why should we be subjected to looking at the bellies of nasty, cellulite ridden old men with lots of smarmy back hair. Dude, you don't look cool, you look crude. For God's sake, put on your shirt!!!

I need to get myself a megaphone, and while I'm riding around on Milly I could blast him with, Ewwwwww, groooossssss......

Do you think he would get the hint??? Do ya??? Do ya double dawg dare me????

I just Googled synonyms for gross, and I do believe they all apply to him, yessiree they surely do...

beastly, big, brutal, brutish, bulk, burly, callous, carnal, cloddish, coarse, crass, crude, dense, egregious, entire, filthy, flagrant, foul, glaring, greasy, great, heavy, impure, indecent, large, lewd, mass, massive, obese, obscene, obvious, offensive, outrageous, plain, rank, repulsive, rough, rude, scurrilous, sleazy, sum, swinish, thick, total, ugly, uncouth, unrefined, vulgar

Mamma Mia

FINALLY, a movie worth watching, hopefully. Mamma Mia is coming mid July.

It's the story of 18 year old Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) and she has a problem. It's almost her wedding day and she doesn't know who her father is. It could be any of 3 of her mother's (Meryl Streep) *past* suitors. The only way to find out is to invite all three to her wedding and see what happens.

Lots of music from the 70's, with not only Ms. Streep, but Christine Baranski AND Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth tossed in for eye candy, sounds like something worth watching... It's about time, too. I'm so sick of movies geared to 20 something males, we 50++++ people like to go to the flicks, too...

You can view the trailer, HERE...

This is simply amazing....

If you are a horse person, and I know many of you are, this is one of the most phenomenal things you will ever see. Oh, this horse is amazing, and remember, this girl is controlling this horse with her knees, she's not using any tack, no reins, no bits, little hand action except for love pats - such control, you won't believe... It takes a minute to load and get started, be patient.

Oh, and one more thing, several of you have said that your computers are too slow to watch these videos and that they are choppy. If you are having that problem, let it play thru once, then it will be downloaded to your harddrive and when you play it again, it will play smoothly.

~ jan

Thanks to Carlene for sending this to me....

A little Tuesday morning humor....

You are riding on a beautiful white horse.
On your left side is a drop off.
On your right side are several ostriches being chased by a lion.
In front of you are four large gazelles that won't get out of your way
and you can't seem to overtake them.
Behind you is a stampede of horses.
What must you do to get out of this highly dangerous situation?

Get your drunk ass off the merry-go-round.... Ha Ha

A little Dolly for you this morning....

I was watching a Target commercial this morning, it had a great tune as background song, I recognized Dolly's voice, found it on UTube - Crank those speakers and enjoy, ladies....

Monday, July 7, 2008



me, with my oldest son, John, and of course, the m&m's

Me and you and you and me
No matter how they toss the dice, it has to be
The only one for me is you, and you for me
So happy together

Ba-ba-ba-ba ba-ba-ba-ba ba-ba-ba ba-ba-ba-ba
Ba-ba-ba-ba ba-ba-ba-ba ba-ba-ba ba-ba-ba-ba

Happy Together, sung by The Turtles: circa 1967

Miss Daisy's Tea Room and more...

This has become an annual summer event for me, for the last three summers when peaches are at their peak, I show you this peeler in the Daily Dish and tell all of you what an amazing little gadget this is. We all know how difficult it is to peel peaches, if you use a knife you peel a lot of the peach flesh away, a regular peeler won't work, but this little beauty does the job fabulously, it's great for peeling tomatoes, also.

So many of you have written to tell me that you've bought this, and how much you enjoy it, and since we have a whole new family of readers this summer, I thought it was worth still another repeat.

Here's the CLICK to buy it on Amazon, it's cheap, too, only $5.99. It's worth every penny!!!

And since we're talking about peaches, I posted our family favorite Peach Cobbler in Jan Can Cook. Lindsay made it yesterday, the guys absolutely drooled. I've been making this recipe since the 80's. It's from Miss Daisy's Tea Room, which was a Franklin, Tennesee hotspot in it's day. Miss Daisy had wonderful food, and great cookbooks. I have several of them, and her in her Tennessee Homecoming Cookbook she published an award winning recipe for Peach Cobbler. The difference in this cobbler is that you make the dough, roll it out, cut it into strips, take half the strips, cut into small pieces and push it down into the peach juice for dumplings, and then you make a lattice top, dust it with sugar and bake it. The result is an amazing cobbler, girlfriends, all of us, especially John, has loved this for years.

You can check it out by clicking HERE, or going to Jan Can Cook from the sidebar. Enjoy... ~ jan

Sunday, July 6, 2008

You HAVE to watch this....

Okay, we all skim thru these blogs, often just not taking the time to watch videos. Trust me, you have to watch this, preferably with your speakers on. I'm sitting here with tears streaming down my face, this one is too good to miss, girlfriends. OMG, will this ever tug at your heartstrings...

Please, take the time to read the text and watch the video, it will make your day, I promise.

~ jan

In 1969, two friends, John Rendall and Ace Berg, purchased a lion. At the time, Christian the lion was a 35-pound cub. He had been born in a zoo. The friends raised Christian in their London home. All three hung out in a friend’s furniture shop on the weekends.

Within a year, Christian had grown to 185 lbs. Rendall and Berg realized they couldn’t keep him much longer. But they didn’t know what to do with him. A chance encounter changed that. Two actors from the film Born Free walked into the furniture store.

The actors recommended a conservationist, George Adamson, living in Kenya. Christian was soon in Africa. There he was rehabilitated and released into the wild.

In 1974, Rendall and Berg decided to visit Christian one last time. He was now a wild animal. Adamson told them it was doubtful that Christian could be found. No one had seen him in nine months.

The two flew to Kenya, anyway. On the day they landed, Christian appeared outside Adamson’s camp. Somehow, he knew. He waited outside the camp until Rendall and Berg arrived.

This video was taken during their reunion with Christian. What a story! What a video!

Oh, to be young again, and beautiful....

Lindsay and I went to Starbucks this afternoon, she for a skinny iced vanilla latte, me for an iced mocha latte. She was all decked out, pretty dress, stilettoes, had her "eyes" on, her long hair cascading down her back.

We got our drinks, sat down, and it wasn't anytime until the little guy from behind the counter came trotting over with little complimentary cups of french pressed Sumatra coffee and little toffee almond bars for us to try.

Boy, that never happens when I go there with my "older" friends. Hmmmm, I'm thinking I may have to take Dilly there again!!!! Free coffee and sweet treats, works for me!!!

If those bars sound good to you, here's a copycat recipe for you...

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