Monday, September 18, 2017

Images from my visit to Michigan - Part 1

Pleasant Lake

Michigan. That's where I am, healing from my breakup with my boyfriend. I needed time away, to regroup and find myself again.

It's beautiful here and the purpose of this post and others that will follow, is to share with you some of the beauty Michigan has to offer.

Sunset 2nd night here

Sunset 3rd night here

A family on a boat ride

Great Blue Heron

Edge of the lake

This lake has an abundance of life, from swans to geese, herons to ducks, muskrats to what might be left to discover. 

Water lily leaves
Most of the boats on the lake are pontoon boats

Other water crafts are used too.

A single duck

Another sunset
 Within the yard here are some flowers I thought were pretty:


Hosta I think
 But my eyes fell in love with the swans!

Single swan

geese and swans

More of the water fowl

swan couple

up close

These 2 squirrels were having a blast chasing each other around the tree!

squirrel having fun with a second squirrel

Second squirrel
 A few days later, I managed one shot of this speedy little fella, a chipmunk.


Mom, dad and the youngster
This heron came calling one day a few days ago. I "finally" was able to get some decent shots of it!

Great Blue Heron
 And a little duck had come along and was feeding at the edge of the water.

I hope you enjoyed this little piece of Heaven!  More to come!

Have a wonderful day! 


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Four Years and 8 Months

Four years and 8 months ago, I moved from my brother's home into my own apartment with my then boyfriend. It was great! We had no kids, we could come and go as we pleased, and do as we pleased. Life was good.

Until I learned different things about this man who I had gone to school with back in junior high and senior high. Red flags popped up here and there, but I thought we were still in the getting-to-know-you faze. 

Time passed.

I learned that this man had a temper, a rotten attitude and a foul mouth that as time passed only got worse. And worse. And every time we argued, it was MY fault. Something I did...or did not do...made him mad. VERY mad. 

I would cry. A lot. He would taunt me, calling me a "baby". Name calling would bring the tears and he'd say "they are only words". But I have to tell you that in all my years on this planet, I never cried as much as I did with him. Words hurt. They aren't the minute things we were taught in school: 'sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me'. Words do hurt.

This isn't the only time that I suffered through mental and emotional abuse, but this time was the absolute worst that I've ever dealt with. My ex-husbands were a cakewalk compared to this man.

Don't get me wrong, we had a lot of great times together, and he took me to places I'd never been before and showed me places I'd never seen before. When he was good to me, he was the man that I fell in love with. But then, the darker side of him would emerge and it wasn't pretty.

During the time we were together, I was constantly reminded that if I didn't do this or stop that, he would pack up and leave. It always had to be ME that changed...not him. I was the to blame for our arguments.

I think I did at one point start believing him that it was me that was causing our issues. But then, I would think back to when I was in therapy...and I knew better. Within the last two months, the arguments escalated and they were bad...verbally between us. I was determined he was NOT going to continue to degrade me and bully me. 

In very last argument he said we were done I made sure that despite trying to talk things out we WERE done. I had had enough. Although the apartment we lived in was in my name first, I opted to leave. I am glad that I did and with no regrets.

Last night while I was on Facebook, I came across an article that could have been written about me. It's called: "4 Signs You're Being Gas-Lighted". I had never heard of this term before. (Ladies, it's a good article to read if you suspect you are in a bad place with the man in your life.) But it fit my situation to a 'T'. 

I am okay now, staying with some friends for a bit to relax and purge the recent past out of system. I know I did the right thing for me

Be safe and stay strong.


Saturday, August 12, 2017

Things Not to Say to a Cop (Humor)

1. I can't reach my license unless you hold my beer.

2. Sorry, officer, I didn't realize my radar detector wasn't plugged in.

3. Aren't you the guy from the Village People?

4. Hey, you must've been going about 125 mph to keep up with me. Good job!

5. Are you Andy or Barney?

6. I thought you had to be in relatively good physical condition to be a police officer.

7. You're not going to check the trunk, are you?

8. I pay your salary!

9. Gee, officer! That's terrific. The last officer only gave me a warning, too!

10. Do you know why you pulled me over? Okay, just so one of us does.

11. I was trying to keep up with traffic. Yes, I know there are no other cars around. That's how far ahead of me they are.

12. When the officer says "Gee son....Your eyes look red, have you been drinking?" You probably shouldn't respond with, "Gee officer your eyes look glazed, have you been eating donuts?"

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day! 

Appropriate Signage (Humor)

In a Podiatrist's office:
"Time wounds all heels."
At an Optometrist's Office:
"If you don't see what you're looking for,
you've come to the right place."
On a Plumber's truck:
"We repair what your husband fixed."
On another Plumber's truck:
"Don't sleep with a drip.
Call your plumber."
At a Tire Shop in Milwaukee :
"Invite us to your next blowout."
On an Electrician's truck:
"Let us remove your shorts."
In a Non-smoking Area:
"If we see smoke, we will assume you
are on fire and take appropriate action."

Gynecologist's Office:
"Dr. Jones, at your cervix."

On a Maternity Room door:
"Push.. Push. Push."

At a Car Dealership:
"The best way to get back on your feet
- miss a car payment."
Outside a Muffler Shop:
"No appointment necessary.
We hear you coming."
In a Veterinarian's
waiting room:
"Be back in 5 minutes.
Sit! Stay!"
At the Electric Company
"We would be delighted if you
send in your payment.
However, if you don't, you will be."
In a Restaurant window:
"Don't stand there and be hungry;
come on in and get fed up."
In the front yard of a Funeral Home:
"Drive carefully. We'll wait."
At a Propane Filling Station:
"Thank heaven for little grills."
And don't forget the sign at a
"Best place in town to take a leak."
On a Septic Tank Truck:
Yesterday's Meals on Wheels

And the best one for last............
Sign on the back of another
Septic Tank Truck:
"Caution - This Truck is full
of Political Promises"

Thanks for stopping by! :) 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Disorder in Our Courtrooms (Humor)


These are from a book called "Disorder in the American Courts" and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and published by court reporters that had the torment of staying calm while the exchanges were taking place.
ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning?
WITNESS: He said, 'Where am I, Cathy?'
ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you?
WITNESS: My name is Susan!
ATTORNEY: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?
WITNESS: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.
ATTORNEY: Are you sexually active?
WITNESS: No, I just lie there.
ATTORNEY: What is your date of birth?
WITNESS: July 18th.
ATTORNEY: What year?
WITNESS: Every year.
ATTORNEY: How old is your son, the one living with you?
WITNESS: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can't remember which.
ATTORNEY: How long has he lived with you?
WITNESS: Forty-five years.
ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all?
ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory?
WITNESS: I forget..
ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot?
ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn't know about it until the next morning?
WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam?
ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he?
WITNESS: He's 20, much like your IQ.
ATTORNEY: Were you present when your picture was taken?
WITNESS: Are you shitting me?
ATTORNEY: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th?
ATTORNEY: And what were you doing at that time?
WITNESS: Getting laid
ATTORNEY: She had three children , right?
ATTORNEY: How many were boys?
ATTORNEY: Were there any girls?
WITNESS: Your Honor, I think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney?
ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated?
WITNESS: By death..
ATTORNEY: And by whose death was it terminated?
WITNESS: Take a guess.
ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual?
WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard
ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female?
WITNESS: Unless the Circus was in town I'm going with male.
ATTORNEY: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?
WITNESS: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.
ATTORNEY: Doctor , how many of your autopsies have you performed on dead people?
WITNESS: All of them. The live ones put up too much of a fight.
ATTORNEY: ALL your responses MUST be oral, OK? What school did you go to?
WITNESS: Oral...
ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
WITNESS: The autopsy started around 8:30 PM
ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?
WITNESS: If not, he was by the time I finished.
ATTORNEY: Are you qualified to give a urine sample?
WITNESS: Are you qualified to ask that question?
And last:
ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure?
ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing?
ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
ATTORNEY: I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.

Have a great day! :)
[Found on Facebook, not my writing.]

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Halloween Coloring Pages

Hey there!  It's that time of year...for those that celebrate Halloween, I thought I would throw up some coloring pages to download, print and color. 


Thanks for stopping by!