Saturday, May 30, 2015

My Favorite Summer Vacation Spot: Alligator Point



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My partying days look totally different now than they did in the past. I'm a geezer!

Hubzam and I love to vacation at the shore - the calm, family type shore. Far be it for me to take someone's spot on the nude beaches. No sunbathers would be happy with the amount of shade I cast, anyhow. Quiet days are more my style - after all, it's a vacation!

We've had many great beach vacations and I love them all. The Outer Banks and Charleston, S.C., are at the top of our list. Just about ANY island in the gulf could be on the list (except for poor old Grenada...sorry, folks). I genuinely love a whole lot of vacation spots.

A few years back, we discovered Alligator Point on the Florida panhandle.


Nothing about Alligator Point is fancy; I can't say that it has an abundance of restaurants or tourists traps. It's an easy drive to St. George Island or Wakula Springs, if you want a day trip. The beach house we rented was okay, but it wasn't new and showed some wear and tear (which is to be expected).

What's so great about it then? The wildlife at the shore was unbelievable. We love to hunt for shells, watch dolphins, and osprey. Every sand dollar we see in the tidal pools thrills us. I believe we found more than fifty within a week.


If you want to go to Alligator Point, get a beach house. In the long run, it's cheaper than a hotel. We preferred the inlet side, rather than the gulf side. 

As much as I like eating out at restaurants, it's nice to have the option to cook some of the meals yourself. 

Though I'm not sure why it's called Alligator Point.  If you really need to see an alligator, drive up to Wakula Springs and take the tour. You're guaranteed to see one. I think we saw about ten. 

I'm looking foreward to seeing the other "favorites!" There's never enough vacation time.


Friday, May 29, 2015

Celebrate the Small Things



It's Friday and time to Celebrate the Small Things. Welcome to our wonderful oasis of mini-celebrations. Hosted by Lexa Cain, and her wonderful co-hosts: 
L.G. Keltner @ Writing Off The Edge         Katie @ TheCyborgMom




Let's break it down, shall we?
  1. While visiting my Mom, I had the chance to take a walk around "the lily pond" in Mill Creek Park. I hadn't been there for many years and the flowers were beautiful. 
  2. A mama goose let me check out her babies. Sweet!
  3. My recent trip has made me appreciate my home, my family, my friends, and my town so much more. I've truly taken root here. It may not be the last place I live, but for now, it IS home. Better to realize that late - than never.
  4. Poor Coco has been limping for days but tonight it appears to be improving a little.
  5. I'm on a house cleaning jag that coincides with my church's Rummage Sale. It's like the planets have aligned and it's in my favor.
  6. Some of our favorite plants are in the garden and looking good. The weather delayed that process so much that I was beginning to this we might skip it this year (Hubzam took care of that task while I was away; love that guy).
  7. My blog gets some great comments - thank you for that. It makes blogging fun (and I can't even imagine how it would be fun without comments).

 Have a great weekend!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Healthy Mind Cookbook


You may know authors Rebecca Katz and Mat Edelson from The Cancer Fighting Cookbook. Well, they're back with another thoughtful and informative guide: The Healthy Mind Cookbook: Big-Flavor Recipes to Enhance Brain Function, Mood, Memory, and Mental Clarity. 

Check, check, check; I need help with all of those.

Multi-tasking will wear you down and we all are doing more and more of it. With this in mind, it's no wonder that science has been taking a thoughtful look at the effect of the food you eat on brain function. Depression, ADHD, memory loss - is there a link? Using the latest research on the connections between the nutrition and mental efficiency, the authors have identified foods that can improve "the brain's ability to control cognition, emotion, and physical function -- all which dictate memory and mood." 

The recipes are easy to follow with beautiful, full color photography for each dish.

It's a culinary pharmacy in your kitchen and it's delicious. Entrees, soups, tonics, elixirs - even sweets! If organics are important to you, they've got you covered, too. We tried the Double Red Pepper Hummus (p. 146) and I don't think I'll ever buy hummus again. Like a kid at Christmas, my family is targeting some of the recipes: Shrimp-Stuffed Avocados 2.0, Thai It Up Steak Salad, Ginger Scented Forbidden Rice, and Mexican Hot Chocolate are in my future. 

There's hope that the mental fog may lift in a yummy way. 

[I received this book free, from the Blogging for Books program, in exchange for my honest review. That happens to be the only kind of review I do - so, we're good. ]



Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The 20th Anniversary Song (a Hump Day Sing-a-Long)


Twenty years ago today, I married the love of my life.

For his love, loyalty, humor, calm demeanor, rational thought, adept check book skills and predictable fashion sense, I dedicate this Hump Day Sing-a-Long to my Hubzam.

The 20th Anniversary Song
[Sung to the tune of "Oh Say, Can You See?]

Oh say could you see 
Anyone else with me?
You put up with my junk, 
You're my domestic hunk

Today's anniversary
Will be kept so gift-free
We've bought cars, proms and trips -
Our "play" budget is zip.

But I'm fixing a meal
That will repair your zeal!
We can party all night
By the living room light.

Oh, say, are you wondering what all of this song might be for?
Just to say you're the best...and I'll take twenty more.

(Happy anniversary, Hubzam. I'm cooking all sorts of things that we should never eat, so don't dally.)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Guess Who's Back?


Wooo-wee. Last week was the most un-vacationy vacation ever. What started as an impromptu romp across three states to check in with family turned into a huge work day...then two...then three...then SIX. 

Friday, May 22, 2015

Traveling!

Everyone have a great weekend and I'll visit you all soon! Be careful and God bless.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

"Superstar" BOTB Tally! Carpenters vs. Vandross


I wish I could say that it was close! In the epic Carpenters/Vandross battle, it was a landslide (surprise) for The Carpenters. 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Traveling and a Blast From the Past


[This is a repeat of a post from March of 2014. Still on the road!]

No, no, no!  This is the kind of trend that really gets my attention - in a bad way. Did I just see rapper Nelly on a Honey Nut Cheerios commercial?  It hurts my eyes!  It burns, it burns!  It's all Nelly's fault that I'm on this particular rant.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Traveling!

Don't be blue

I'm making an impromptu trip this week, so here's a blast from the past. Remember to tune in on May 21st for the results of the Battle of the Bands: The Carpenters vs. Luther Vandross. See you next week!

Moon Over Akron

Before I tell this story, let me just say that my mom is a hoot. She's not trying to be a hoot - on any level. Her norm is a hoot. There's a need for an investigative CAT scan in her future - a picture of that place somewhere deep in her brain, where a normal (ahem) person would process information. Forward that glossy right to the neurosurgeon, please. Inquiring minds want to know what's up with Mom-brain.

My sisters and I can share a wealth of Momisms while contorting our faces into odd shapes that just scream, "Who does that?"

One such Momism occurred as we were returning from a trip to my grandmother's house. Grandma's house was about five hours away and we had left late in the afternoon. Something about the car always puts me to sleep.  If I'm not driving, I'm nodding off.  I've always been that way.  Laying back, with the car seat tilted all the way down, I had drifted off to sleep.

My mom doesn't do quiet well (genetic, I admit). She's not loud; it's not about volume. It's quantity. I have this vision in my mind of that evening. She is smiling to herself and watching me sleep - instead of watching the road.  It haunts me (smirk).

We were somewhere near Akron, Ohio, when suddenly, my Mom grabs my shoulder and begins shaking it vigorously, shouting, "Get up! Get up! Hurry!"

What in the world? Was this the start of Carmageddon? The jolt sent my brain from dream mode to alarm in a millisecond and sent a major dose of adrenaline my way. I sat straight up without even raising the seat to see what was wrong. She pointed furiously at something in front of the car. I spun around and looked forward only to be blessed with a view of a station wagon full of boys with their bare bottoms hanging out the back of the open window.  It was mid-January in northeast Ohio.  It was definitely a blue moon sort of sighting.

"Those boys are mooning you!" she declared. She displayed all manner of mock horror at the insult to my person. Thank you, for that.  And she had yelled "hurry!"  

What was that about? I know the geography of the  human bottom - it ain't that great, and it is not even a close second to a good nap.

So - really, Mom?  

"What made you think they were specifically mooning me, when they couldn't even see me laying back in the seat and sleeping?" I asked. 

She was quiet for a second. Looking at me incredulously, she remarked: "Why would someone moon me?"

Why indeed, Mom. On the other hand, my mug was just made for mooning - or so the logic goes. I'll keep that in mind.

[Postscript 2015: Shady Del Knight, Stephen T. McCarthy, Mike, Al Penwasser...don't get any ideas.]

Monday, May 18, 2015

Doggie Hack Stack!


This Hack Stack is devoted to pets! Save your bucks and still keep Fido happy. All these are tried and true with the same warranty I give with all my other posts. 

Friday, May 15, 2015

"Superstar" BOTB: Karen Carpenter vs. Luther Vandross

No one has ever taken poor little Cherdo by the hand and explained the colorful history of the Battle of the Bands blog hop, but I believe it was started by Far Away Eyes and Stephen T. McCarthy. Arlee Bird, I think you're in the mix, too! Rather than pretend, I'm just making this feeble attempt to give credit where credit is due.

Let's get with it!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Soundtrack of My Life Might Be a Laugh-track...


Robin, of Your Daily Dose (check it out, people!) had a great idea: "the soundtrack of my life" theme she does on her blog. I'll wait while you check her out (whistling, toe tapping, looking at watch with a nervous smile...the classic waiter).

Hump Day Sing-a-long: Hubzam, You Old Sew and Sew


All hail the King of the missing buttons, tiny mystery holes in the shirt, and tears at the corner of the pockets. You are your clothes' most loyal and faithful friend. But there comes a time when the two of you may have to part ways; I don't want you to rule that out. You have many more pairs of pants in your future and the sewing machine drives me crazy with it's uncontrollable tension knob. Ladies, you know what I'm talking about - right?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Tuesday Newsday - Give It a Swat!


Animal news stories that caught my eye this week. Not the human-animal kind, though I'm sure there was plenty of that sort of news. 

Monday, May 11, 2015

A Present Too Present


The best laid plans of mice and moms often go awry.

My mother is the best. At seventy-five, she's active and happy and (thank the Lord) healthy. She helps other people and loves animals. We get along great and she hemmed eight panels of currents for me when last she visited (and I hate to hem those thermal backed currents...I'd almost let them drag to get out of it...so she's golden).

Friday, May 8, 2015

Mock Squid Soup: Forgetting Sarah Marshall


MOCK! and The Armchair Squid are the proud hosts of Mock Squid Soup: A Film Society.  Each month, on the second Friday, they host a bloghop devoted to a particular movie. 

Last week, all the participants posted trivia and encouraged our readers to guess the movie we chose. My pal, Mike, from Billions of Versions of Normal guessed Forgetting Sarah Marshall.  Good job - it was a herculean feat! 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

I Go Crazy (The Soundtrack of My Life)


My blog buddy, Robin, of Your Daily Dose (check it out, people!) has been encouraging me to do "the soundtrack of my life" - a theme she does on her blog. I have to admit, I really like the idea. In fact, I've done one similar to it with The Armchair Squid, Cygnus and Suze when they hosted Songs of Summer last July. The specific song I wanted to address eluded me, possibly because I'd just spent a month totally devoted to song. Cherdo does love the tunes.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Ask an Aussie with Michael D'Agostino and Cherdo


One of my favorite blog buddies is Michael D'Agostino. As the creator of A Life Examined, he brings a maturity and introspection to his posts - but the boy knows how to have fun, too. His zest for adventure and tireless pursuit of new experiences is inspiring.


Some of  you know that I work with students who homeschool. Michael and I thought it would be fun to have a few of the kids here in the USA ask Michael about Australia. Crikey, I've gone international! 

I'm proud to announce this is his first guest post for Cherdo on the Flipside and in my humble opinion, he nailed it. Enjoy!



Thank you, my friend.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

May 5: The Bonehead Blog Hop


Welcome to the Bonehead Blog Hop, the place to unload! 

Your hosts are Author Diana Wilder of
and your old pal, Cherdo, of Cherdo on the Flipside.

Our motto: 
"Confession is good for the soul...it may not 
be your soul, but trust me - it's good for someone's soul."

Prologue
My confession of of a boneheaded deed requires you to tap into your knowledge of pop culture. Specifically, the Super Bowl XXXVIII and the notorious Justin Timberlake / Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction. In the midst of their performance, it appears Tennessee's own, Justin Timberlake, was supposed to pull off a portion of her costume at a prescribed time in the song. Always the over achiever, Justin took off a little too much of said costume, exposing Ms. Jackson's upper lady parts and a weird metallic sun piercing on the aforementioned upper lady part.

Hold that thought...

Justin T: "But I thought that was what I was supposed
to do and just pretend it was an accident.


The Bonehead Confession:
I have a favorite necklace; I've had it forever. It's an antique gold sun. It has gone through several chains and cords, but there's something about it that I still like, so I recycle it and bring it back to life with new cord. 



A few weeks ago, it was pretty sunny and I slipped into a light colored shirt and put on my sunshiny necklace. My apologies if I was just caught making up another word - sunshiny.

So, I've got a cup of coffee and I'm watching some kids do crafts. It was about mid-day. 

Two hours later, after I have been in contact with MANY other people, my friend starts singing, "I Miss You Much" (the Janet Jackson song) and laughing to himself. He's a big music nut, too, so I really didn't think much about it. Then he referred to me as "Ms. Jackson...if you're nasty."

Whaaaa? I had no idea what the joke was...that rarely happens to me. But I was getting the idea that I was at the center of it.

He pointed to my shirt. Apparently, while I was bending over the table, my necklace was in my coffee cup and came to land strategically on my upper right chest creating a lovely brown sunshine right smack dab in the middle of the "lady part." In fact, it looked a lot like the piercing of Ms. Jackson.

...And I walked around like that for hours before I knew. 'Cause I'm a bonehead. 

(P.S. The purse-sized stain remover stick won't touch it after it's been there over an hour.)

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Come on! Join us!



Monday, May 4, 2015

Boneheaded Reminder!


Your hosts are Author Diana Wilder of
and your old pal, Cherdo, of Cherdo on the Flipside.

It's not too late, peeps.

Don't forget! Tomorrow is our Bonehead Blog Hop - surely you've done some boneheaded thing in the last month (or ever!). Share your tale and face the fear! Big or small, out with it!

I've worked very hard to humiliate myself at least once this month. If not for this blog hop, I would have been reasonable respectable. You're welcome...

A-to-Z Reflections on My First A-to-Z


Reflections on the Blogging from A-to-Z Challenge really requires an "A-to-Z" list. It's the only way to wrap up this event.

A is for Ambitious
    If you only blogged sporadically, this was a stretch!
B is for  Bloggamous Maximus
    For me, this was the biggest blog hop I've participated in.
C is for  Community
   The community of bloggers - fantastic!
D is for  Didactic
   For every amusing post I found, there was another that was educational. MopDog taught me some of the worst ways to die in Medieval Hungary! 
E is for  Energy
   Some of the participants went all out - I love that.
F is for  Fun
   Visiting the new blogs and seeing the clever posts - total fun, Barbara in Caneyhead!
G is  for  Good times   
    Looking back on the month, reviewing other blogs and comments was the highlight of the day.
H is for  Habit forming
   Visiting other blogs produced some new favorites - I'll be stopping by again. (Holli's Hoots and Hollers!).
I is for  Interesting
J is for  Jocularity
    The comments on my blog are worth "the price of admission." 
K is for  Kinship
    Several blogs I follow posted themes that I would never have expected! Like Birgit's great list of movie stars of yesteryear.
L is for Laughter
    As in plenty of... Al Penwassers haikus cracked me up.
M is for Momentum
   Once I got in the hang of it, I really enjoyed trying to read as many blogs as I could
N is for New friends
   The best reason to participate in the A-to-Z.
O is for Outside the box
   There were more "outside the box" postings than I anticipated, which was great.
P is for People
   All different kinds of people from different places - with respect for others.
Q is for Quagmire
   I lost track of who I want to visit at one time...it was a blogging quagmire.   
R is for Reasons
   The blog hop gave me a reason to step outside my regular group of blog-pals (love 'em).
S is for Silliness
   There's more than enough, if  you're looking for it. I usually am.
T is for Transformation
   The change in the tone of many of the blogs I follow was amazing! You really stepped up, peeps! Loved all the themes.
U is for Understanding
   Some of the bloggers had other obligations that had to come first. No problem; everyone was encouraging.
V is for Very pleased!
   As the start date loomed on the horizon, I was holding out. I'm glad I joined.
W is for Wonderful
   Funny, educational, thoughtful or nostalgic...many truly wonderful posts.
X is for Xiphophyllous
   (Okay, it's the shape of the leaves on my background. I was desperate...)
Z is for Zonary
   For one month, we were all in the A-to-Z zone together and survived.

Hey, I didn't know there was an icon! Ha ha. Better late than never.