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Is your man a DAD?

Tuesday, August 31, 2010


My WayCool son became a dad 11 yrs ago. This YouTube video could have been written for him. In fact, it could have been written BY him, lol.

He swore he'd never drive a mini-van; have a car full of dolls and snuggies, wear a grill apron, etc. etc. Watch the video for all the things he swore he'd never do, never become.

He has two daughters, three dogs and a cat, all living inside, lol. Inside the mini-van too, quite often. (My wonderful DIL is included, of course.) Their vacations make a Chevy Chase road trip seem mundane, lol.

He does all those things now AND reads bedtime stories, takes the dog out and picks up poop, has frilly girly things in his bathroom, wears the dockers and the bermudas, etc. etc.

I know for a fact that now he wouldn't trade it for the world.

I'm pretty sure lots of you will see YOUR man in The Dad Life.


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    Hilarious. Yep. It is my hubby as well who will be driving the loser cruiser, mini van, back home soon. LOL.

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HAPPYONE331 9/1/2010 10:58AM

    I have two grown sons, one has 3 girls and the other 1 boy. It has been so much fun watching them turning into DADS from big bad Marines and law enforcement officers! Just precious!

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FISHINGLADY66 8/31/2010 9:11PM

    Loved the video. Brings back memories too. My how they change when those precious little ones come into the picture. The big boys finally grow up!. lol. and become MEN. This is so cute. Thank you for sharing Karen. I wish I could write like you. Your the Best.

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VINGRAM 8/31/2010 8:41PM

    Enjoyed the video.......thanks for sharing! vista emoticon

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PJSTIME 8/31/2010 8:10PM

    Great video, How a family can change things. I kind of bet you remind him once in awhile of what he said. Admit it you rub it in once in awhile. But it sounds like he had a great role model in his mom and dad.

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KAYYVAUGHN 8/31/2010 6:57PM

    Your son is a true father, and I bet he learned from the best.

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YICHE12 8/31/2010 6:50PM

    Nice tribute to your son! He deserves it. emoticon

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A Tool For Healthy Restaurant Dining

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Here's a great link to help you enjoy eating out without blowing your diet.

You can search by restaurant OR enter you zip code.

You are given a healthy menu item for each place, and usually more than one healthy option is available.


We need all the help we can get, yes?


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JEANNE229 8/12/2010 6:26AM

    Now I just need my computer with me when I eat out (LOL). Actually, great tool. Thanks, Karen.

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VINGRAM 8/11/2010 8:56PM

    COOL!!!!!!!! emoticon vista

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KAYYVAUGHN 8/11/2010 2:47PM

    That is a neat site. I have already bookmarked it for reference.

You always keep us on our toes.


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--KREN 8/11/2010 1:13PM

    People do tell me I'm full of (somethingorother) quite often, lol. Karen

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FISHINGLADY66 8/11/2010 1:09PM

    This is Great. You are just full of good information. emoticon

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 8/11/2010 12:51PM

    How great is this? And I don't see Dove chocolates on any of the menu choices. emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/11/2010 12:44PM

    How cool!! thanks for the url!!

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AMYMATTA 8/11/2010 12:03PM

    What a great site! Thank you so much for this link!!

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A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Buy A Birdbath. . .

Monday, August 02, 2010

I came home with a new chair instead.

Lowes was out of birdbaths! So, sweet Joe catered to my whim to stop by a furniture store. I'd been look for a new comfy but firm chair for my living room for quite a while. Suddenly, there was one sitting on display that looked like it was designed for my living room.

We were in Joe's truck so we just loaded it up and in ten minutes it was in my house.

Now over the past years, I've bought several kitty beds for Rosie. You know the soft, cushy, plush things they make for cats. Those beds belong to various friends and relatives now and their cats love them.

Rosie, on the other hand, couldn't seem to even SEE them. They just weren't on her radar. She walked right by them, over them, around them. Never even put one delicate little paw in them.

The instant this chair was in the room, however, she was creeping up on it. (This is how we approach new items, just to be sure they aren't some monster in disguise.) The next thing I knew, she was IN it. And IN it she stayed. I didn't get to sit in it at all the first day.

She never gets on my recliner or my sofa. She's just not a cat that likes furniture. But I guess she's been wanting a high-end bed, lol, and this chair fit the bill.

Yep! This will do.

Purrfect place for a mid-day nap!

This wing chair is actually a high leg recliner. When you lean back a leg rest pops up.

The one time I was in the chair, with my feet propped up, Rosie came and took over the footrest. She's bigger than it is, and I dearly wish I'd had the camera in hand when she got up there. Let's just say there was quite a bit of Rosie hanging over the edges, but she didn't seem to mind at all.


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JUSTJO66 8/22/2010 4:33PM

    Love the chair....obviously Rosie has really good taste :o) and so do you. It is perfect for your room.

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NANA662 8/20/2010 10:48AM

    That's my chair!!!! We have such good taste :-) I have it in my studio and it is my thinking chair. My Siamese loves to join me when I have my feet up for reading or thinking what to do to a painting. It has become our favorite spot. Enjoy! Nancy

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DGAIL51 8/3/2010 9:43AM

    Love the chair, but LOVE the cat! LOL. Donna

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FISHINGLADY66 8/2/2010 10:53PM

    Karen I really like Rosie's new bed. It goes so well with your couch. lol. Oh how cute Rosie is in her new bed.

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JENNY888 8/2/2010 1:27PM

    Sounds like Rosie has picked her spot. It's nice she shares it with you when you want to use it.

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SHASTA11 8/2/2010 1:09PM

    I'm glad Rosie "finally" has a bed of her own. emoticon

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KOOCH4 8/2/2010 12:13PM

    I got the best laugh out of this.
Rosie is a happy cat, and knows what she likes.
I hope she will share her new chair with you.lol emoticon meow!

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BELTONWALKER67 8/2/2010 11:47AM

    ahh...my own bed at last! Rosie looks very content!

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    LOL. She has great taste. You have a new cat chair!!

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KAYYVAUGHN 8/2/2010 9:18AM

I think in the back of your mind that you were really looking for a chair for Rosie. She had been unhappy with the kitty beds. She wanted something different than other cats. I understand. She has a mind of her. You will just have to understand this is her kitty bed to her.

Maybe she will share with you since you feed her.


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JEANNE229 8/2/2010 8:47AM

    The chair is beautiful...and so is Rosie. At least someone gets to sleep!!!

I loved the title of your blog. It really sucked me in. I HAD to find out the rest of the story.


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PJSTIME 8/2/2010 8:34AM

    Rosie has good tastes too. I love your new chair. You two will just have to learn to share.

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MAJA0123 8/2/2010 8:29AM

    you have a TORTIE!!!! i have one too!! they are the BEST kind of cats in my opionion.. Fickel, but sweet... Looks like rosie has HER chair now.. LOL..

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CHUBBYPEA 8/2/2010 7:40AM

    I went chair shopping with my friend, it took days and hours out of each day. Multiple stores and I was at my wits end when she finally found the chair that (as she says it) 'makes my butt sing' and it turned out that it makes all the kids, pets etc's butt sing too. You can't beat the perfect chair.

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Sunday, August 01, 2010

This morning, before I even had my coffee, I opened the drapes in the front bedroom window. Rosie sits there in the early mornings and late evenings and does her Neighborhood Watch duties, lol, keeping an eye on what goes on in her part of the world.

Before I even opened the curtains, I could hear Mama bird using that same tone of voice she was using all day yesterday. Sure enough, she was sitting in the shrubs right outside the window and Baby bird was on the window sill!

Once I opened the curtains, Mama bird saw me and Rosie. She went into high volume, trying to get Baby bird out of there. Hes still pretty calm, because hes still pretty dumb, lol, and not wise to all the dangers in his world. He wasnt worried about me or Rosie one bit. Im sure Mama bird will change his attitude pretty soon!

I grabbed my camera and got some pretty good shots, considering. But then I saw Mama bird with a bug in her mouth, back on the shrubs, trying to feed Baby bird. So I closed the blinds and shut the curtains. As much as I wanted a photo of that, I empathized with another Mother trying to take care of her offspring, out in the cold, cruel world, fraught with dangers everywhere, and thought Id better remove myself and Rosie from her worries.

Baby Bird is right behind Rosie, out there on the window sill.

He answers Mama bird's shrieks with soft little chirps.

Through the window and screen with a little glare from the sunlight, but isn't he adorable?


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SHASTA11 8/1/2010 2:34PM

    Haven't been up long and you put a smile on my face. Thank you for the update on Flying lesssons and the neat pixs.

Have a great day. emoticon

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PJSTIME 8/1/2010 1:27PM

    Great pics and how privileged we are to witness things like this.

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JENNY888 8/1/2010 12:09PM

    Love the photos. . . and the story that goes with them. Nature gives us such wonderful sights.

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    Very cute baby mockingbird!!

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BELTONWALKER67 8/1/2010 11:20AM

    What a sweet little bird! Loved your story...personally think you should become an author...your words make me feel like I am there watching the action. Thank you for bringing sunshine to this world.

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NANCY- 8/1/2010 11:10AM

    How sweet and yet many lessons for us all. First the shell, then flying, then ......

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MEGA_MILES 8/1/2010 9:14AM

    I believe that little bird was coming over to see his "auntie"

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LINDA25427 8/1/2010 9:08AM

    Good kitty cute pictures .Hope you have a great week . God bless. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KAYYVAUGHN 8/1/2010 9:03AM

    Thanks for the photos. Maybe baby bird will get used to your window sill and return to visit.

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KAKIPOPUP 8/1/2010 8:48AM

    Awwwww! :)

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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Now and then I am privileged to witness a young bird on his first flight. It has happened several times in my life. Perhaps because Im outdoors a lot, always feeding birds in my yard, and just have an eye and an ear for such things in nature.

This morning I went out to read my electric meter on the side of my house. As soon as I got there I heard a Mocking Bird raising hell! She was SO loud. I know there is always a nest in the burr oak tree there, and she polices the area well, always letting me know when Im intruding and getting too close.

I happened to look down and see my garden hose coiled on the ground near an evergreen shrub planted in front of the window. Standing there, his little feet perched on the hose, was a young Mocking Bird with huge, round, frightened eyes!

He still had lots of baby fuzz among his feathers. His head, especially, was fuzzy, lol, but the head is the last part to fully feather out on most birds. He was still as a stone statue. Of course he was, Mama was screaming Dont Move! Dont Move! and hoping I would go away, lol.

He was so precious, I dearly wished I had my camera with me. I went back into the house right away and straight to the window by my computer that looks out on that spot. He was already gone!

Good. That means he CAN fly. Hes just so new at it hes scared and Mama has to keep urging him on. I went about my business and returned to the window about 5 minutes later.

Now I hear Mama again. Saying the same thing over and over. I look in the bush and see Baby sitting on a tiny twig. Mama is above him in the big tree, yelling words of encouragement. His head, his entire body really, is bobbing up and down as he tries to get the feel of it all, the perfect post to launch into flight.

He loses his balance a lot, flaps his little wings and then settles down again and starts over. Now he just squats down where he is and rests a while. This flying stuff is hard work. And scary! Landing is even harder and often quite funny to watch.

Now Mama is right above him in the shrub. He opens his wide baby bird mouth and she puts a bug in there. Courage is hard to come by on an empty stomach, lol, so shes helping him keep up his strength. Shell do this all day. Constantly chirping encouragement and motivation. Eventually shell take him to the back yard and show him the birdbath.

We all know how hard motherhood can be. No rest for busy moms. Kids come first.

Shes letting him rest, but we know shell be back at it shortly, because none of us can live in the world without taking that leap. Its a leap of Faith. Hope. Trust. Life. Love. Well repeat it constantly as long as we live. Real leaps always take courage. And often need some encouragement from others, even a shove like the one Mama bird no doubt gave Baby bird this morning.


Ok, its 4 hours later. Joe and I just came in with a new wing chair I bought. (Couldnt find a birdbath which is what I went to buy.) As I propped the door open so we could carry in the chair, Mama bird was sitting in the crepe myrtle right by the door. I didnt see her but I could HEAR her, lol. Still prodding Baby bird to fly one more time. I hear her loud shriek and his smaller answering chirp. Over and over.

See, she takes him from tree to tree and bush to bush. He flies. He lands. She feeds him. (Or rewards him?) He rests a while. And then off they go again. Its so cute!

Have you taken a LEAP lately? Or do you have a fear of flying?


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LAVENDERLILY 8/1/2010 7:23PM

    Thanks for sharing Karen,
Isn't nature wonderful?

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    I love mockingbirds and am blessed to see birds first flights too. I saw my 4 wren babies one day and phoebes and woodpeckers. Ours often do the same - take them to the bird bath and bird feeder. It is fun to watch the big woodpecker feed it's baby as the baby is huge.

I had to go out of town and drive 70 miles to find a birdbath I liked.

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FISHINGLADY66 7/31/2010 8:10PM

    OH I forgot...While at our lake this morning, I saw a very small Blue Bird. I think they are so beautiful. We have lot's of Cardinals, Blue Jays, sparrows, Robbins, and Yellow Finch's all this time. We also have one small very light gray bird that I haven't identified yet. I'm thinking it might be a Chickadee. Got any ideas?

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FISHINGLADY66 7/31/2010 8:05PM

    Karen you still amaze me with the way you write with such emotion and color. I love reading your blogs. I have baby robins in my back yard all the time. Unfortunately, my dog loves to get them. I have to put on rubber gloves, get some newspaper, and pick them up to put into the trash. I wish I could just watch them like you do and get Sir Drake to leave them alone. emoticon for sharing your wonderful experience.

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--KREN 7/31/2010 5:15PM

    I know, PJ. I have been looking for a chair; couldn't find one I liked. Went out to buy a birdbath. Happened upon the perfect wing chair in burgundy for my room, lol. Snapped it up. Fortunately, we were in Joe's truck. Brought it home. A good day. Karen

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PJSTIME 7/31/2010 5:11PM

    We get that privilege now and then watching young birds it is so fun to watch. One year we even had the pleasure of a family of baby foxes that was really entertaining in our driveway.

You couldn't find the birdbath so a chair instead that is quite a substitution. Only joking. I know how that goes.

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SHASTA11 7/31/2010 3:41PM

    Thank you so much for sharing that. I've raised parakeets and seen them leave the nest, but in the small breeding cages they couldn't do much flying. I've never seen a bird fledge in the great outdoors.

Yes, we mothers have a rough time, but then so do our children.

Have a great week-end.

Hugs, Joan

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