From my friend, Judy

I got this form my long-time friend, Judy and thought it was pretty funny.

Have a great weekend!

A Real Man

A real man is a woman’s best friend. He will
never stand her up and never let her down.
He will reassure her when she feels insecure
and comfort her after a bad day.He will inspire her to do things she never
thought she could do; to live without fear
and forget regret. He will enable her to
express her deepest emotions and give in to
her most intimate desires. He will make sure
she always feels as though she’s the most
beautiful woman in the room and will enable
her to be the most confident, sexy,
seductive, and invincible.

No wait… sorry… I’m thinking of wine.
Never mind.

In Memoriam — Edith Shain

You may not be familiar with her name, but I can bet you have seen her picture. This morning Edith Shain died at the age of 91. She was the nurse whose celeatory VJ Day kiss with an exuberant sailor in Times Square.

V–J day in Times Square is a famous photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt that portrays an American sailor kissing a young woman in a white dress on V-J Day in Times Square on August 14, 1945. The photograph was originally published a week later in Life magazine among many photographs of celebrations around the country that were presented in a twelve-page section called Victory.

Edith Shain wrote to Eisenstaedt in the late 1970s claiming to be the woman in the picture. In August 1945, Shain was working at Doctor’s Hospital in New York City as a nurse when she and a friend heard on the radio that World War II had ended. They went to Times Square where all the celebrating was and as soon as she arrived on the street from the subway, the sailor grabbed her in an embrace and kissed her. She related that at the time she thought she might as well let him kiss her since he fought for her in the war.

I have blogged about this picture before. It is one of my favorite pictures.

What is on my iPod

Here are some of the songs that are on my iPod.

Pledging My Love” (1977) by Elvis Presley

I haven’t heard this song in a long time. When I heard it again, I played it over and over again on my way to work one morning (over 30 minutes)! I just love this love and I would have loved to see Elvis sing it in person!

Forever my darling, my love will be true,
Always and forever, I’ll love only you,

Superwoman” (1991) by Karyn White

What a song. I like Karyn White version, but you need to check out the version by Gladys KnightPatti LaBelle and Dionne Warwick too… WOW!

Bye, Bye, Baby” (1975) by Bay City Rollers

I loved the Bay City Rollers when I was growing up. I remember begging my mom to buy me the Tiger Beat magazines when they were on them! I loved singer Les McKeown.

A couple of years ago, I Googled Bay City Rollers, to see where they were now. Well, I wish I didn’t. I know we all grow old and change. But I think I would rather remember them how they looked when I was young.

“Special” by Garbage

I forgot about this song until I heard the last 1/4 of it on the radio. I couldn’t remember who sang it or what the title of the song was. Then, while I was scrolling through songs on my iPod, I found it!

Perfidia” by  Glenn Miller Orchestra

I love listening to Glenn Miller. I would have loved to been around during the time when his music was coming out.

You also have to check out the version of this song done by Luis Miguel. (Video)

Brownies in a Hurry

I have finally had a chance to catch up with my e-mails and I saw this recipe and it looked really good. Now, I just have to get the ingredients to make them and I will be very happy!

Brownies in a Hurry

Looking for a delicious bake sale bar that requires just a few ingredients?

Try these Graham Cracker Brownies, which take about 30 minutes to make.


  • 1 1/3 cups of graham cracker crumbs (1 package)
  • 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • 1 (14-ounce) can of sweetened condensed milk


Butter a 9-inch square baking pan and line it with parchment paper. Butter the parchment paper too. Heat the oven to 350º.

Blend 4 1/2 tablespoons of melted unsalted butter with a 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk.

Stir in 1 1/3 cups of graham cracker crumbs (1 package) and 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips. Scrape the dough into the pan and spread it evenly with a fork.

Bake the mixture on the center rack until the brownies are golden and slightly puffy, about 25 minutes. Let them cool thoroughly, then slice and wrap them. Makes 16 bars.

For more recipes, visit Disney Family Fun.

In Memoriam — Gene A. Keesler

Today, I got a message from my sister, Cynthia telling me to call her when I get a chance. I had a funny feeling after I heard that message.

It all started when I saw a post that my nephew, Brad, put on Facebook:

… say a prayer for my Grandpa Gene – heart valve replacement surgery today.

Then, I got a text message from my brother, Joe:

We need to a cake. (If watch “Scrubs” you will get the “cake” reference).

So I knew something was up. So I called my sister and she told me that Gene died “due to a complication in surgery“.

I was shocked when she told me. It has been several years since the last time I show Gene. But I got little updates from Brad, because he had a chance to spend some time with him and his Grandma Bev while he was working on the cruise ship. He would tell me how he they would pick him up and feed him and take him to Wal-Mart. I’m glad that he was able to have that time with him.

So, my prayers are with my brother-in-law, Dan (Gene was his father) and his family during this time.

List — Fictional Characters Whose Names You Don’t Know

I got this list from my brother, Joe. I thought it was pretty interesting and wanted to pass it along.

Thanks, Joe!

22 Fictional Characters Whose Names You Don’t Know
by Jason English – June 8, 2010

You know the characters, but you might not know their full names. Store these away for future trivia nights.

1. Did you know the Comic Book Guy on The Simpsons has a name? It’s Jeff Albertson. But that wasn’t the decision of creator Matt Groening. “I was out of the room when [the writers] named him,” he told MTV in 2007. “In my mind, ‘Louis Lane’ was his name, and he was obsessed and tormented by Lois Lane.”

2. Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts. (Ken’s last name is Carson.)

3. Cap’n Crunch’s full name is Captain Horatio Magellan Crunch

4. Snuffleupagus has a first name—Aloysius.

5. In the Peanuts comic strip, Peppermint Patty’s real name is Patricia Reichardt.

6. The Wizard of Oz rolls off the tongue a lot easier than his full name, Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs. From Frank Baum’s Dorothy And the Wizard in Oz:

“It was a dreadfully long name to weigh down a poor innocent child, and one of the hardest lessons I ever learned was to remember my own name. When I grew up I just called myself O.Z., because the other initials were P-I-N-H-E-A-D; and that spelled ‘pinhead,’ which was a reflection on my intelligence.”

7. Mr. Clean has a seldom-used first name—”Veritably.” The name came from a “Give Mr. Clean a First Name” promotion in 1962.

8. In a deleted scene in the 2006 Curious George movie, The Man With the Yellow Hat’s name was revealed as Ted Shackleford. (Since the scene was deleted, perhaps this doesn’t count.)

9. The real name of Monopoly mascot Rich Uncle Pennybags is Milburn Pennybags.

10. The policeman in Monopoly has a name, too. You can thank Officer Edgar Mallory the next time he sends you to jail.

11. On Night Court, Nostradamus Shannon was better known as Bull.

12. On Entourage, Turtle’s real name is Salvatore Assante.

13. Sesame Street’s resident game show host Guy Smiley was using a pseudonym all these years. He was born Bernie Liederkrantz.

14. The Michelin Man’s name is Bibendum.

15. On Gilligan’s Island, Jonas Grumby was simply called The Skipper.

16. Staying on Gilligan’s Island, The Professor was Roy Hinkley.

17. The unkempt Shaggy of Scooby-Doo fame has a rather proper real name—Norville Rogers.

18. The Pillsbury Doughboy’s name is Poppin’ Fresh. He has a wife, Poppie Fresh, and two kids, Popper and Bun Bun.

19. The patient in the classic game Operation is Cavity Sam.

20. The true identity of The Lone Ranger was John Reid.

21 & 22. OK, these last two aren’t fictional, but just in case it comes up, Bono was born Paul David Hewson, and The Edge’s name is David Howell Evans.

I think the ones that I was mist surprised by were Gilligan’s Island, The Professor was Roy Hinkley and the true identity of The Lone Ranger was John Reid.

Who knew??


Hello, it’s been a couple of days since I last got a chance to write a posting. Here are some of the things that I have been doing since my last post.

My cell phone died and I was without a cell phone for 18 hours!!  The longest 18 hours of my life!! When I finally made it to the store, I was inches away from getting another HTC cell phone… inches. And then at the last minute, I got a 16 GB iPhone! I don’t want to tell you how many times I said that I wasn’t interested in getting an iPhone. Before anyone asks, no it is not the new iPhone that just came out. I wasn’t going to be without phone, texting and games for two weeks until the new phone came out. Beside that, I wanted this long to get a cell phone, by the time I am ready for a new one, a newer version will be out.

Still trying to get use to the phone. I still a little hazy when it comes to checking my voice mail and answering the phone. But I did mange to get over 160 iPhone apps on my cell phone. I once short of filling up the iPhone with apps. Now my next goal is to check all the apps that I downloaded… it’s my little case of being a hoarder!

I had lunch over my Aunt Pat’s house on Sunday. She is my dad’s youngest sister and last one out of 10. I has been a blessing being able to talk to her since I have moved to Texas. She has let me talk and get things off my chest. I call her at least once a week just to see what she’s been up to. I love her and glad that we get to spend time together.

I have been going through my clothes and realized that I have shirts and pants that are over 6 years old! I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a sad thing?

Trying to get into the World Cup. I was watching a game over the weekend and the crowd was blowing these native horns that made a sound like bug bugs in a tree. It put me to sleep!

I love pineapples! These past couple of weeks, my dad has been getting a couple of pineapples from the local flea market.  I getting better at cutting them up. When I first started to cut a pineapple, I wouldn’t have very much left over. Now, I can cut up a pineapple without wasting 1/2 of it.

Think I am going to use my movie gift card to go see “Toy Story 3”. I love that movie and hopefully the newest one will be as good as the first two movies.

I have been working on my class reunion, as much as I can being 1400 miles away. I am so lucky that I have been able to keep in touch with old friends from school on Facebook. There are some people that I have known since Kindergarten that I talk to a could of times a month. I think that is pretty cool!

And finally, I have a big deceion to make and I am 50/50 on it. Not sure what I should do. How do you make a decesion that you been stewing about for a couple of months.

Side note:

Did you read that Jimmy Dean, 81, died Sunday?  Now, I’m just waiting for the other two celebrities who will be next!?

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