Tuesday, July 8, 2014


There are times when "wow, just wow" and "omigod" will not suffice.

This is one of those times.

Unbelievably great day.  Long time coming, and I'm so glad it's here.


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Chalet Suzanne

Chalet Suzanne is a restaurant in Lake Wales, Florida.  It was a popular place to go on our high school Prom Night because Sebring wasn't all haughty and contemporary like it is now, and there weren't any fancy restaurants to speak of, so we had to drive out of town to find one.  It took about 40 minutes or so to get to the Chalet.  I only went once and I didn't like the food much.  Historical places really interest me (always have).  I feel a teensy bit sad I haven't been back.

Maybe I'll get the chance to visit there one more time, now that I'm sure I'd appreciate it more than I did when I was in 10th grade.  We'll see.

If you like historical stories, too, you'll love the article.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Breaking up IS hard to do

Dearest Nook, HP Laptop, and Nikon D40,

Yes, I got a smart phone, but I'm not completely breaking up with you.  All of you are verrryy special to me. Never forget our love.  I still need all of you and will continue to utilize you.

But it'll be a booty call kinda thing.  


P.S.  Maybe it would hurt less if we called it conscious technology uncoupling?  You'll let me know.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Time to pimp the blog

Just b/c it's the last day of June and I've hardly posted anything this year, I mean, month, doesn't mean I'm typing an unbearably lame entry just to increase post count.


Saturday, June 28, 2014

In front of the lens

Everybody knows someone who won't get in the photo.  Or someone who stands behind all the other people in the photo, like a floating head with no noticeable imperfections.

If you are reluctant to be photographed, pleasepleaseplease read this article.  Get your a-double-s in the photo.  Your family loves you.  Your friends love you. They know you love them back.....but they need to see your love for them--you being present in the moment--and there's hardly anything better than having an image of people just loving each other.


The last couple of summers, I've even put on a bathing suit with no shorts or a coverup. Yes, I've been in better shape physically.  I've been thinner and fatter, whiter and more tan, had good hair and bad hair, and everything in between.  Yes, I'm still very self-conscious and it's tough to pretend like I'm okay with lettin' it all hang out (sorta).  The thing is, nobody cares about my cellulite except for me.  They might notice it, but so what?  It's part of me and they love every single atom of me no matter how it's packaged.


Saturday, June 14, 2014

iPhone 5s

You can call me Mrs. Darth Vader.  

Gone to the dark side, I have.

People tried to tell me what a time sucker it was to have an iPhone with so many apps connected to so many websites because the tendency to overpost is kinda fun.  And addictive.

Right now it's not so much overposting as it is trying to get everything linked or unlinked, downloaded, activated, registered, and set up.  I keep doing everything a few times because the first 2 or 3 times (or 11), I find out what I tried didn't work.

My eyes might be a little dry from today's setup endeavors, and I might or might not be more drained than the battery in the new phone.  

I still love it, though. :)

Friday, June 6, 2014

Fran on Duty

The lists underneath the picture tell what happens on any given day with me.  It's implied, of course, that it all happens in between loving & parenting my #KidsWhoKeepGrowingUp!!! 

Date of pic June 4, 2014 

Real Life Shit
Plan dinners – Sat., Sun., Mon., & Tues.
Send out (more!) resumes
Yard Work

Enjoyable Shit
Drink Coffee
Hang out with Zing, a/k/a His Majesty, a/k/a as HRH (His Royal Highness)
Take pix of anything
Print pix for scrapbooking & cardmaking
Gardening – NOT the same as yard work :)
Talk and text and social media
Do-it-myself Mani/Pedi
Lemon candles
Mini Mentos

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The new duct tape

I've nicknamed myself MacGyver Girl.  Let me share my latest fix-it secret.

Black and silver binder clips.  Like this:


Now do you believe me when I say it pays big time to be an office supplies dork?

Just last weekend, I used two different ones to fix two chronic plumbing annoyances. We'll  keep that non-specific. I keep one on the handle of my lawn mower so I don't have to hold the bar to keep the mower running. I'm lazy that way. I use them for electrical cord management. (Poor cord management says something about a person. I don't have time for that.) Also, they make excellent chip clips. Why buy those cute colored ones when black and silver never go out of style?

Tonight, I saw a woman whose rear view mirror was held on her car door by a humongous rusty one--easily the biggest binder clip in the world. Wonder where she got it?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Blood Moon - Monday, April 14, 2014

Yesterday was a full moon and total lunar eclipse which gave us a "Blood Moon."  These first few photos are the full moon pre-eclipse, which I took because of the unique-shaped clouds and trees.  The others are during the eclipse. They're shaky because I was too much of a slacker to drag the tripod out between 1:55 and 2:40 a.m.  The tiny white squigglies in most of the photos are stars.  I also had two photos with orbs, but decided not to post them.  ha!

The next lunar eclipse is supposed to be in 2019.  We'll check back.

Full moon through clouds (around 9 pm)

Tree looks orange from street lamp light


Almost lined up

Photo, meh--but the top right star
looks like an angel, kinda

Not bad, even w/o tripod

The star looks like a musical note

#BloodMoon #FullMoon #NighttimePhotos 
#EarlyA.M.Photog #TotalLunarEclipse 

Monday, April 14, 2014


Junk mail can be hilarious. Some random phrases from the stuff in my maibox:

Life's too short to clean your own home.
It's better when you bundle.
You need more than an oil change.
Big help comes in small envelopes.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Poem by Maya Stein

Here's a poem I got in the GoodReads newsletter. Go here https://www.goodreads.com You can subscribe to their newsletter and read a new poem every month. I like every single one I've read. If you're into poetry, you'll want to check them out.  

Even the stars have anemia
and the sun, come winter, waves feebly from a dim noon sky. Even a mountain
sags under the weight of its long haul through history, and a trail 
through the woods blanches from foot traffic. Lizzie put on a brave face, 
despite the cough that kept her up at night, coffee barely
denting her exhaustion. My friend the musician works so hard
her vocal cords strain against her throat when she whispers. I see them, taut
but tender, young soldiers forced into an early war. I don't know what keeps us
burning through our own reserves, insisting on performance long after
the curtain crumples to the stage. Even the stars have anemia, fading when
we look too close. Even rain evaporates. Even the moon turns its back.

Poem written by Maya Stein
Winner of the Goodreads Poetry Contest, April 2014