Proud To Be An American — Always

Dad2David A., my late husband, who served in the
United States Navy and later in the Army Reserves.

We thank you for your service to our country.

~ love maxi

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Oh No, Not Again

Back to Back

On March 26th I had Ulna Nerve Transposition
surgery on my left arm.

July 8th it will be the right arm’s turn. This is a
video of the surgery. Don’t watch if you have
a weak stomach.

If you want to avoid chit-chat start at half-way point.

Arm 1These are not my arms but it
is how they look after surgery.

This is a very painful operation with a
long recovery, so gotta take a break
from my blog for a while.

Please forgive my absence
from your blogs lately.

Been hard at work on the
house to get some upgrades
done before the surgery.

Bless all of you for your understanding and loyalty!

~ love maxi

(will keep you updated)

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15 Tips To Make Your Life Easier

Ways of Life

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May Your Glass Always Be Half Full

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You, Me and Thurber’s Dogs

Thurber’s Dogs

Dogs 1

Dogs 2

Dogs 3Dogs 4

Dogs 5

Dogs 6

Dogs 7

May Your Glass Always Be Half Full

My buddies in the LBC have their own tales to tell:
Ramana,Shackman,The Old Fossil

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I’d Rather Be…

Making Memories

“Don’t you think it’s time we did something
about our problem, hon?”

M Pic 001I looked up,  followed David’s eyes
to the mantle. “I think a Thomas Kinkade
style painting would be perfect.”

Within minutes we are ready and head
for the mall. We slowly stroll along the
storefronts taking in the things we liked.

Then we reached “our store.” There is not
another like this place. No two articles are
alike, every piece is unique.

We were there for a long time. There were
two paintings … we loved them both. Finally,
I got to choose and we left.

David and I had not looked at the storefront as
we went in but did when leaving. And there
she was. In all her splendorous beauty.

A Victorian doll with long, golden locks,
flowing flowered dress and feathered hat.
I ooohed and aaahed then moved along.

A few months later on Christmas morn my
beloved husband came to me, hands behind
his back.

I gazed into his eyes, “You know we don’t…”
Slowly David brought his hands around,
“Just open it.”

M Pic 002“It’s Natalie!”

She is one of a kind. A real collectible.
She is numbered. Has a certificate.

I jumped up and threw my arms around my
David, “I love you … you are the best .”

May Your Glass Always Be Half Full

My buddies in the LBC have their own tales to tell:
Ramana,Shackman,The Old Fossil

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10 Glorious Sunsets To End Your Day

Look outside your window and imagine…

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May Your Glass Always Be Half Full

(photos from Corel Paintshop Pro)

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Puppy Love Ain’t Real

One of my favorite posts from the past:

When we’re young and that first special someone lights our heart afire no one can convince us love won’t last forever; until reality comes aknockin’…

 Pup 0Hey, I know you

Pup 1Don’t try to make up for bitin’ my tail

Pup 2Sorry, I won’t call you any more names

Pup 3I don’t care if you are a kitty kat

Ain’t love grand!

 May Your Glass Always Be Half Full


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10 Historic Tree Tunnels of The World

Every day I think to myself I have to put this post up again; it is the most popular of any post I have ever done. Viewers come every day to gaze at these beauties…

 10 Tunnel10. Cherry Blossom Tunnel, Germany
These Cherry Blossoms trees are a sight to behold on a
street in Bonn, Germany. The floral will create a brilliant
pink archway for 7 to 10 days, depending on the weather.

 9 Tunnel 9. Rua Gonçalo de Carvalho, Brazil
I could spend the day beneath the richness of these giant Rosewood.
There are more than one hundred Tipuana (Rosewood) trees along Rua Gonçalo de Carvalho in Porto Alegre, Brazil. In 2006, Mayor Joseph Fogaça decreed this street a part of Brazil’s historical,
ecological and environmental heritage.

8 Tunnel 8. Autumn Tree Tunnel, USA
These trees are ablaze with the fiery colors of autumn on a street
near Smuggler’s Notch, a Vermont State park. The spectacle
begins in the North and spreads South throughout the season.

7 Tunnel 7. Ginkgo Tree Tunnel, Japan
This is dedicated to you, Fossil. The Gingko Biloba tunnel is a
blazing beauty, one of the most revered trees in all of Japan. Some
of these trees survived the Hirsoshima bombing; they are known
as “the bearer of hope” or “the living fossil.”

 6 Tunnel6. Yew Tree Tunnel, UK
The Yew Tunnel in Whales, UK has been an inspiration to writers since 1470. It’s a popular tourist attraction of the medieval Aberglasney House. The tunnel was nearly destroyed due to neglect; it took nine years to restore the archway. People believe the Yew Tunnel was created by the Dyer family in the 18th century.

5 Tunnel 5. The Dark Hedges, Northern Ireland
This intriguing walkway has the feel of a book cover. James Stuart planted the Beech trees in the 18th century. The story is he wanted to impress guests as they drove toward his “Gracehill House.”
Another part of the tale is the “Grey Lady” who was a maid in a nearby mansion. She died under suspicious circumstances and now haunts the country road.

4 Tunnel4. Bamboo Path, Japan
This tunnel in Sagano Bamboo Forest in Arashiyama takes me away. It’s a nationally designated historic site and The Agency for Cultural Affairs has declared Arashiyama a “Place of Scenic Beauty.” The forest is close to famous temples and shrines. One of the most preserved sounds in Japan is the sound of the wind as it blows through the gigantic bamboo trees.

3 Tunnel 3. Tunnel of Love, Ukraine
There is a tale that couples ride through this tunnel of love to make
a wish. If their love is strong and pure, the wish comes true. It’s a private rail that serves a woodworking plant near Klevan, a city in western Ukraine. The train runs three times a day … I’m gettin’ my ticket.

 2 Tunnel2. Jacarandas Walk, South Africa
If you like purple this tunnel is designed for you. Johannesburg, Africa has a man-made forest with more than 10 million trees.  Tropical trees from Uruguay, Brazil, Peru and Argentina were imported with 49 species of Jacaranda. The land is littered with blue and purple in October when the flowers are in bloom.

 1 Tunnel1. Wisteria Tunnel, Japan
It would feel like royalty to stroll beneath this Wisteria draped tunnel. The blooms hang like tufts of grapes as soon as the Cherry blossoms retire. Each spring the Japanese celebrate the “Fuji Matsuri” or Wisteria Festival in Tokyo, Shizuoka and Okazaki. The Ashika Flower Park is the place that harbors
the most different varieties of Wisteria.

May Your Glass Always Be Half Full

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Do You Remember Life…

Before The Computer

Mem 1A memory … was something you lost with age

Mem 2An application … was for employment

Mem 3A program … was a TV show

Mem 4A cusor … used profanity

Mem 5A keyboard … was a piano

Mem 6A web … was a spider’s home

Mem 7A virus … was the flu

Mem 8A cd … was a bank account

Mem 9A hard drive … was a long trip on the road

Mem 10A mouse pad … was where a mouse lived

May Your Glass Always Be Half Full

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Have You Ever Dealt With Road Rage?

Whenever I see the words Road Hog, I can’t help but
  think of an incident I wrote about a few years ago.

Road Hog

It is early Sunday morning when I slip into the kitchen, “Are you ready, hon?”

“Just about,” David mumbles, as he reaches into the cooler.

It’s our Sunday morning ritual: break out the big coolers, pack lots o’ rolls, all the fixin’s for subs, lots of ice and drinks.

Son David is racing today and we never miss. Mom and Dad gotta be there to cheer him on and make those yummy subs for everyone.

It’s a fun day like always. That is, until the races are over. This is a day like no other, one we will never forget.

RH 2We leave the track and pull onto the exit road. For some reason, a driver in a van feels that David cut him off. And the war is on.

The rage caught us completely off guard. This maniac pulls in front of our truck and slams on his brakes.

Thank God my husband has good reflexes and swerves in time to avoid a rear-ender.

If David changes lanes the van does also—and continues the sudden stops.

The nightmare continues for blocks. I am terrified. David can only concentrate on the wheel. The horror finally gets the best of me…

“Honey, please,” my voice quivers, “can’t we just pull off the road?”

As the words leave my mouth, the van turns a corner.

We were silent the rest of the way home.

 May Your Glass Always Be Half Full

My buddies in the LBC have their own tales to tell:
Ramana,Shackman,The Old Fossil

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