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The Total ~

He smells of worn leather and grease.

Of the outdoors and mysterious things.

He walks  a little slower now , then he did years ago.

Joints snap and crackle when he bends them, these days.

There’s a little frosty patch in the dark of his hair.

Just an angel-kissed place to remind me of all I’ve put him through.

Those hands of his that I noticed so long ago,

have a few more scars.

Each one with a story that I know.

The world might look at him , and pass by,

without notice.

But the total of those parts , inside and out,

make the man I love……..

breathtaking.

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The Things That People Say~

Houston, TX Prince’s Drive-in car-hop 1945

Meeting strangers can be an odd experience. I love to talk to people of all colors, shapes, sizes and life experiences, so when I was 13 I got a job. I was a waitress in a small family style restaurant. Eye has not seen, nor ear heard the strange things that you encounter as a waitress. And despite what people say contrariwise, you CAN tell when it's a full moon, because we always got the most eccentric people in on those nights. Some people's stories I never did learn, as they were just passing through. But we had our regulars. I've always had a compassion for those with mental illnesses, and it really bothered me when some of the waitresses would not wait on those who were "different". We had one young man who came in who obviously had problems. He was never violent, just very much in his own mind , his own world. A bunch of the girls said to me , "You go wait on him. He smells funny, and he thinks your his girlfriend!" and they laughed and laughed. Things like that just make me burn! Of course , he was always polite, but he was just very different. And he talked about a lot of REALLY different things. I got to have a lot of experiences like that, and I think I'm better for them.

But I guess if had to name the MOST unexpected thing I ever heard from a stranger, it would be this. A very quiet man came through our drive through one night, and ordered. He spoke so softly I had to lean to hear him when he came around to pay. He was dressed very neatly and cleanly, and was driving a VERY nice car. A Jag. I had never seen him in the restaurant before, and wondered who he was. Before I could make polite conversation, he asked me , "Are you from here?", I replied yes. "What is your name?", he wanted to know. So I told him, Jeanette. He took his food bag from my hand and ever so softly says to me, "The most beautiful women in the world are named Jeanette." , and he drove away. I only saw him a few more times after that, and he never said anything else other than "Thank you." or what he needed to say to order his food. I did find out later what the man's name was, and where he lived.

Sometimes I miss waitressing, and seeing and meeting all those unique people. I don't mind the differences. Different to me is just a kind of beautiful. Maybe you have to dig a little deeper, or look through the glass just a certain way. But the ugliest people I've ever known were the ones who were ugly on the outside.

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So There!~

I went and had a hearing test done today. Let me tell ya’ , there’ s nothing quite like getting one of those to make you feel old, for sure. The audiologist was a very nice lady, and the whole test is painless , albeit frustrating when you’re doing it. You know , the whole “listen for the beep, and push the button” , but you just sit there like a dummy ’cause you don’t hear anything! I’m not sure the technician knew what to think about me , because I told her that my mother always said I’d end up in a padded room …….I thought I was being funny…..( you know they stick you in the soundproof booth to do the test!), but anyhow. My left ear was fine as far as hearing goes, although they think the bone in my left ear is “frozen” because it doesn’t “hammer” on the eardrum at all. The right ear however had nerve damage, and a large patch of scar tissue on the drum, and this is what has been causing my vertigo, and the oh so lovely buzzing in my ear. Plus , the hearing loss. So, just for kicks, let’s run down the list of fabulous things lupus will do to your body! I have cataracts, hearing loss, heart failure, I had to have a hysterectomy, an appendectomy, my gallbladder removed, 2 c-sections due to complications from the lupus, severe joint pain, everyday bone – chilling fatigue, vertigo, osteoporosis, gum disease, tooth loss, migraines, and did I mention my nerves are also somewhat shot? And I’m only 33 years old! But what are ya’ gonna’ do? It is what it is, and I am still six feet above ground despite all of it! So, even though before I’m 40 I’ll probably be sporting a hearing aid, a set of coke bottle glasses, and dentures……I’m still gonna’ be rockin’ what I’ve got! So……take that , lupus!!

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Only One Left~

So, I guess it’s soap-box- jumping time again. This tragedy in Colorado at the movie theater has gotten a lot of people shaken up, and for good reason. It’s a terrible , terrible thing. What possessed that man? And I do mean possessed?!? For he surely must have been taken over by something evil to do such a deed. I have the utmost sympathy for those families, and can not even imagine what that must be like for them.
Now, that being said. I do NOT think the world is coming to an end. I honestly don’t think Armageddon is around the corner. Yes, I agree the world is in a sorry state. There is wickedness and depravity everywhere. I also as a Christian believe that God frowns on all of the horrifying things we as a human race do to one another. But here is my thought. The world can be evil. There are truly evil people. But , this is the way the world has ALWAYS been. In the time of Noah it was so bad that the Bible says “the thoughts of men were ONLY evil continually.” (Emphasis mine.) That Noah was the ONLY righteous man on the planet!! Even his sons were not righteous and God just granted them grace for their father’s sake. Now, I don’t know about you, but I don’t think there is only ONE righteous man on the planet right now. I don’t think ALL men think evil continually at this point in time. Can you imagine a world where there was only ONE righteous person? I can’t. I know the world has its share of troubles. I know sometimes things look completely hopeless. But , when things seem so dark , and out of control, I just think about “in the days of Noah” , and then I realize maybe things aren’t so bad after all.

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That’s Not FAIR……..whine, whine….~

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What’s my take on this ? I think it’s really interesting. It kind of makes me angry though. I’m not sure why people feel compelled to make comments like this! The man is a DOUBLE amputee! I don’t care if he’s got prosthetics from the future that Martians designed! It DOES NOT replace his actual legs! I mean , really?!? I’m sure he thought about that when he was injured……”Oh, yay! Now I will have a BIG advantage over all the other competitors…..” <Insert sarcasm here <…..If you get started on this kind of thing, there will be no end to it. Things will start circulating such as, "Well, their Grandpa was a track star in the 30s so they should be disqualified." or, "They have a metal rod in their leg where they broke it, so they have an advantage." Cue the toddler-like behavior….But , MOOOOMMMMMYYYYY!! THAT'S not FAAAAIIIIRRRR!! Whine, whine…. Other than performance enhancing drugs , which obviously give an unfair advantage, they should just leave it alone! Or it will turn into the problem we have with t-ball and youth sports, people will just get medals for showing up.
Here's an article copied from Yahoo! News that talks a little about it.

Michael Johnson opens mouth again, calls out Oscar Pistorius
By Jason Owens |

Michael Johnson sure is chatty this year.

First it was commentary on how slave descendants have a genetic edge on the track. Now the 400-meter world-record holder and four-time U.S. Olympic gold medalist is calling out South African sprinter and double amputee Oscar Pistorius for potentially having an "unfair advantage."

"I consider Oscar a friend of mine, but he knows I am against him running," Johnson told the London Telegraph. "Because this is not about Oscar; it's not about him as an individual, it is about the rules you will make and put in place for the sport which will apply to anyone, and not just Oscar."

Pistorius, also known as "blade runner," has garnered a lot of attention since being approved to compete in London. The South African sprinter lost the lower part of his legs as a child and uses blade-like prosthetic limbs when he competes on the track.

Johnson isn't the first to broach the subject. The debate ensued at water coolers, among TV talking heads, and across the Internet as soon as the story broke in early July. Should a disabled runner whose limbs have been rebuilt with modern technology be allowed to compete with able-bodied athletes?

It's a reasonable debate and will make for must-see TV when Pistorius does take the track in London. It's also a compelling reason for Johnson to open his mouth.

A track diva if there ever was one, Johnson was one of the first runners to wear gold cleats in competition. Now, with the spotlight moved firmly to the likes of Pistorius and Usain Bolt, maybe Johnson misses all the attention he got while collecting gold medals in Atlanta. Maybe he's worried about a disabled athlete overtaking his world record down the line.

Either way, we can't wait to hear what he has to say next. Whenever the next track controversy pops up, we'll surely hear his opinion. If there isn't one, he'll probably make up his own.

And when it happens, we'll be listening. Thank you, Michael.

About Me~

The Creature from the CRAFT-room……….dum, dum, DUMMM…… :)

Our neighborhood is planning on having a garage sale on August the 4th. I’ve been trying to get my items gathered up, in preparation. Man. I knew I had a lot of stuff, but when you start to go through it , it dawns on you , just how much extraneous junk we gather into our homes and lives! Knick-knacks, clothing, toys, and of course in my case……books! Tons and tons of books. And magazines, and leaflets and all type of reading paraphernalia. Journals, and notebooks. And the craft material! Aaaarrrrgggghhhh! Where did I get all this stuff?!? Some of it I honestly don’t know WHERE it came from. And the more I dig, the more I find. It’s like it bred in there and became……the CREATURE from the craftroom……. Whew. If it doesn’t sell, I may put a big “FREE” sign on it. I need to minimize and organize. It may very well take until the 4th of August just to gather up everything. So, I guess I know what I’ll be doing these last few days of summer! Wish me luck!

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Hello~

Well, I’ve been away for awhile. Not away from home , just away from my blog. I’ve not really had a good reason I don’t guess, just didn’t have much to say. Plus, I haven’t felt just spectacular, kind of like my tail feathers were a’draggin’. That’s a southern expression, meaning you feel kind of under the weather. I had a doctor’s appointment today, but didn’t really find out anything new. Don’t ya’ hate that? When you go, and they just tell you the same ole thing? Ugh. Anyhow. We finally got enough rain around here to make it seem like the world wasn’t burning up, although it was too late for our garden. We’re hoping to get some compost and work in it so maybe next year it’ll do some better. It was a “pleasant” 99 degrees out today! 🙂 Heh. Meaning at least it wasn’t 105 or 106 like it has been! Well, I haven’t got a whole lot to say today, I hope this finds you all having a good one, and the sun shining just right , wherever you are!