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    25 October 2006

    Another Year Gone Bye-Bye

    Wow, here I sit with my second glass of white wine. Thinking about the past year. Cringing just a little, smiling a lot, and finding myself in sort of a fog. And no, it's not the wine! I'm thinking about my birthday tomorrow. Number 46. And wondering where the time has gone.

    I've never been one to worry about growing older. At least not in the sense of counting wrinkles or begrudging gravity for doing its job. But in terms of how much more I want to do, want to accomplish, want to see, want to be a part of. Sometimes I feel time slipping away more quickly than I would like. Knowing it's perfectly natural but wanting more. But then again, that is the human condition isn't it?

    My DS turned 16 this month. Pretty cool actually, having our birthdays in the same month. His is on the 13th. Just 13 days before mine. Did I ever mention that my lucky number is 13? Well, it is. The number of events and instances of 13 in my life have been phenomenal. Amazing to some, and down right freaky to others. I'm not a superstitious person. I believe in karma. I'm also a numerology geek.

    I'm actually looking forward to tomorrow. I'm going to have a 'me' day. I fully intend to do things for myself that I normally don't do. Not like bungy jumping or anything like that. Heavens, no.

    I plan to sleep in later than 6:30 AM. Which is my normal out of bed time. I plan to have a totally unhealthy breakfast combo at Jack-in-the-box, and maybe even a donut! I plan to catch up on my magazine reading while in my Jacuzzi tub. The one that I usually only wipe the dust out of. I plan to put my PJ's back on and lounge in my favorite chair and read. I have a bay window sitting area with a wonderful Queen Ann style reclining chair in my bedroom. Although I don't know how much reading I'll get done with my fur babies wrestling over 'lap rights.' And who knows, I might even take a nap. I never nap. I feel lazy if I even consider it, so I don't.

    Since Thursday is still a work and school day, we'll wait until Friday night to go out to dinner. I'm pretty sure it will be sushi. It's my favorite next to Mexican food. Oh, but I love Chinese too. And of course, Greek. Tomorrow I'll probably be ordering a pizza though. I can't be expected to cook on my birthday! LOL.

    Well, as it nears time for bed, and my glass is nearly empty, I will leave you with this "Food For Thought" on aging. I found it entertaining. But then again, I might have an odd sense of humor. LOL. I'm glad that you were able to stop by.

    I chose to start out my little “Aging Party” with some thoughts from Maxine. I just love her humor. I got these cartoons from a web site named Jizoint. It’s set up for Web TV and won’t allow PC users to navigate it for the most part. But just click here for the Maxine cartoons. There are two full pages of them!






    I got the following three jokes from My Little Sister’s Jokes web site. It’s a joke and story ‘bank.’ If you’re looking for a joke, story, etc., for any reason or occasion, you will probably find it there.


    A Quick Test to Determine Your True Age!

    Count how many of the following you remember
    1. Blackjack chewing gum
    2. Wax Coke-shaped bottles with colored sugar water
    3. Candy cigarettes
    4. Soda pop machines that dispensed bottles
    5. Coffee shops with table side jukeboxes
    6. Home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers
    7. Party lines
    8. Newsreels before the movie
    9. P.F. Flyers
    10. Butch wax
    11. Telephone numbers with a word prefix (Olive -6933)
    12. Pea shooters
    13. Howdy Doody
    14. 45 RPM records
    15. S&H Green Stamps
    16. Hi-fi's
    17. Metal ice trays with lever
    18. Mimeograph paper
    19. Blue flashbulbs
    20. Beanie and Cecil
    21. Roller skate keys
    22. Cork popguns
    23. Drive-ins
    24. Studebakers
    25. Wash tub wringers

    If you remembered 0-5 = You're still young
    If you remembered 6-10 = You are getting older
    If you remembered 11-15 = Don't tell your age
    If you remembered 16-25 = You're older than dirt!


    Games for When We Are Older

    1. Sag, You're it!
    2. Pin the Toupee on the bald guy.
    3. 20 questions shouted into your good ear.
    4. Kick the bucket
    5. Red Rover, Red Rover, the nurse says Bend Over.
    6. Doc Goose
    7. Simon says something incoherent.
    8. Hide and go pee.
    9. Spin the Bottle of Mylanta
    10. Musical recliners


    You Know You Are Getting Older When . . .

    * You and your teeth don't sleep together.
    * Your try to straighten out the wrinkles in your socks and discover you aren't wearing any.
    * At the breakfast table you hear snap, crackle, pop and you're not eating cereal.
    * Your back goes out, but you stay home.
    * When you wake up looking like your driver's license picture.
    * It takes two tries to get up from the couch.
    * When your idea of a night out is sitting on the patio.
    * When happy hour is a nap.
    * When you're on vacation, and your ENERGY runs out before your money does.
    * When you say something to your kids that your mother said to you, and you always hated it.
    * When all you want for your birthday is to not be reminded of your age.
    * When you step off a curb and look down one more time to make sure the street is still there.
    * Your idea of weight lifting is standing up.
    * It takes longer to rest than it did to get tired.
    * Your memory is shorter and your complaining lasts longer.
    * Your address book has mostly names that start with Dr.
    * You sit in a rocking chair and can't get it going.
    * The pharmacist has become your new best friend.
    * Getting "lucky" means you found your car in the parking lot.
    * The twinkle in your eye is merely a reflection from the sun on your bifocals.
    * It takes twice as long - to look half as good.
    * Everything hurts, and what doesn't hurt - doesn't work.
    * You look for your glasses for half an hour, and they were on your head the whole time.
    * You sink your teeth into a steak - and they stay there.
    * You give up all your bad habits and still don't feel good.
    * You have more patience, but it is actually that you just don't care anymore.
    * You finally get your head together and your body starts falling apart.
    * You wonder how you could be over the hill when you don't even remember being on top of it.


    And finally, this little ditty here. I received in an email awhile back. Who know where it came from but it’s obvious as to where it originated.


    George Carlin's Views on Aging

    Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions. "How old are you?" "I'm four and a half!" You're never thirty-six and a half. You're four and a half, going on five! That's the key. You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead. "How old are you?" "I'm gonna be 16!" You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16!

    And then the greatest day of your life . . . you become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony . . . YOU BECOME 21. . . YEAS!!!

    But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk. He TURNED, we had to throw him out. There's no fun now, you're just a sour-dumpling. What's wrong? What's changed?

    You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40.

    Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50 . . . and your dreams are gone.

    But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would!

    So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60.

    You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday! You get into your 80s and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime.

    And it doesn't end there. Into the 90s, you start going backwards; "I was JUST 92." Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again. "I'm 100 and a
    half!"

    May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!

    HOW TO STAY YOUNG

    Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctor worry about them. That is why you pay him/her.

    Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle. " An idle mind is the devil's workshop." And the devil's name is Alzheimer's.

    Enjoy the simple things.
    Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath.

    The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life, is ourselves.

    Be ALIVE while you are alive. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family, friends, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

    Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, to the next county, to a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is.

    Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity.

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    8 Comments:

    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Happy birthday, Gerry! and remember - We are not getting older, we are getting better! Kind of like a fine wine!

    October 26, 2006 at 11:55 AM  
    Blogger Susan said...

    Happy birthday! I hope it was just as wonderful as you anticipated. It sounds like a fabulous day of retirement - something to which you look forward. =) You have humor about this aging business. Just know that while some things get worse - like aches and pains - some things get better, too, and there's still so much to do!

    October 26, 2006 at 11:10 PM  
    Blogger abeautifulcraft said...

    Happy Birthday Gerry!!! Like a good wine comes with age, so do people! LOL Well it sounded good, and your only old when you hit 100! Do hope your birthday was a beautiful one, with many more to come.

    October 26, 2006 at 11:39 PM  
    Blogger wilma said...

    Happy Birthday, hope you have a great day with all the things you wished for!

    October 27, 2006 at 1:33 AM  
    Blogger wilma said...

    Happy birthday! May your day be filled with all the things you wished for!

    October 27, 2006 at 1:34 AM  
    Blogger NormaH said...

    Gerry, love your blog....... and what a sense of humor ta! da!

    October 28, 2006 at 6:05 PM  
    Blogger Charlene said...

    Your blog is lovely, as you are! I hope your peaceful, lazy day was just what you hoped! May this be your best year yet, and just the beginning of fulfilling all your dreams!

    October 28, 2006 at 11:42 PM  
    Blogger Gerry said...

    Thank you, everyone. It was a wonderful day. I even ended up doing less than I had planned. BONUS! LOL.

    October 29, 2006 at 10:04 AM  

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