Yankee Belle


Like Father, Like Son.

Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs...

lil B found a squirrel trapped inside our screened in deck. Once the rodent was freed, lil B felt the need to post a sign keeping any future trespassers away. She said her sign read "Squirrels are not allowed on mommy's deck." The squirrels should be thankful I did not write the sign. It would not have been as nice, maybe more on the vulgar side - like "STAY THE *BEEP* OUT!" ;)

Words Of Wisdom.

Words I try to live by...

"To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life
taught me. It is the most-requested column I've ever written." My
odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once

~Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain Dealer,
Cleveland , Ohio

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good..

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your
friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what
their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't
worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the
second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't
take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy
lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow..

23.. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five
years, will this matter?'

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone for everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change..

32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything
you did or didn't do.

35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood..

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere..

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone
else's,we'd grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come.

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

Blue Bead.

Today was our first trip to Children's Hospital. The story goes a little something like this...

While shopping at TJ Maxx on Friday with Aunt Katie, lil B found a small blue bead on the floor. I thought nothing of it, although the moment is still clear as day in my mind. We were waiting in a long check out line, and I will admit I was bored too. I watched lil B pick up the said bead. Somehow, she managed to hold on to it thru the check out line, thru the parking lot, and climbing up and into her car seat. Within moments of pulling out of our parking spot, I heard "It's in my nose! It's gone!"

We spent Friday night at Children's After Hours. They tried blowing it out with an air tube, pulling it out on a glue stick, and using some odd surgical appliance. The bead remained. We were sent home with a terrified 3 1/2 year old and a bead still in her nose.

Catch up to today - Monday, July 6th @ Children's Hospital. Two doctors used a camera to scope out the inside of her nose. All this while my baby was strapped to a gurney. Kicking, screaming, crying, begging... The bead was gone. Thankfully. I'm still not sure who was more traumatized tho...

As we left Children's, lil B said, and I quote "That wasn't so bad."

Wooo Wooo!!!

Someone asked me why I say 'Woo woo!' when I am excited. This is why...



I'm Gonna Party Like It's My Birthday...

It's my birthday month. I party A.L.L month long.

"Celebrate good times, come on!"