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Observations and views from a different set of eyes

I Just Had To Do It!


I’ve done some stupid things in my life, but nothing tops what I did on Facebook a while back.  Curious about the games, I looked into a few and it didn’t take me long to find out that life is just too short to spend planting seeds, building an amusement park or fighting Vampires!  Somehow, Facebook notified all their game players that I was willing to join in the fun…WRONG!

Now, I know many people enjoy these mindless amusements (my daughter is one of them) and if it makes them happy, I say game on!  BUT, get me off your list of people who want to play the game with you!  I don’t want to play!  Ever… way!

Each day I get messages asking for farm instruments or announcements that game players are looking for my help to achieve their next lofty level.  I DON’T CARE! Leave me out of your merriment; I have more important things to living my life!

I know this sounds harsh, and I may be just a bit Cranky, but I hate having to scroll down all those notifications to finally find one that means something to me.

Please don’t get me wrong, my FB friends and family, I love reading your POSTS and your PICTURES warm my heart!  I find many inspiring signs that have resulted in some great posts for me.  These are the reasons I keep a Facebook page and will probably remain to do so.

Just do me a favor.  Scratch me off your games list…I’m begging you!  Don’t make me send the tractor!


A Great Moment In My Life!

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Awarding the people who live in the moment

The noble who write and capture the best in life

The bold who reminded us what really mattered

Savoring the experience of quality time

Hey, check it out.  I’ve been nominated for the Best Moment Award by one of my favorite bloggers, Erica whose site “Encaustic Art Your House” captured and has held my attention and respect for quite a while.  This young lady lives in the Netherlands and what beautiful pieces she creates using an iron and beeswax.  “What?”  Yup, this gifted artist has finally found a fun way to use an iron!  Seriously, her art is amazing; her blogs are entertaining, and you really need to check out her site.

Of course, I must comply with the rules of acceptance to truly be able to be worthy of this honor.  The rules are quite simple:

  1. Create an acceptance speech either by video or a written speech post
  2. Pass the award on to 15 other bloggers

Now, a little known fact about Cranky.  She don’t do video..she rarely lets you include her in a picture!  So, a written speech it is!

To my buddy blogger, Erica and to all those in the audience today.  When I was told that I had received the “Best Moment” Award, I thought “SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!”  What an honor to be recognized and included with other illustrious winners of this award.  I’m grateful to Erica for nominating me and I’m grateful to you, my readers, who have shown me what “blog love” is all about.

When I first came to WordPress, I had little hopes for accomplishing anything more that having a place to leave my rants and ramblings.  Three months later, here I sit with another prestigious award, readers that amaze me with their support and encouragement, and fellow bloggers that delight me with their posts.  I have received motivation, inspiration and the “go get em” cheers necessary to drive me to write my first novel.  Finishing that all important first draft was honestly the “Best Moment” of my life!

There is no way I can ever thank all of you for reading my posts, commenting often and pushing that ever important “Like Button.”  That is where the real awards lie.

What’s that you say.  Oh, sorry folks, they tell me my time’s up.  So, let me close by saying thank you Erica.  I’m honored, I’m delighted to pass this award on and I’m seriously CHUFFED! (God, I love that word!)

So, moving on to nominate other bloggers for the great sites.  Before I begin, I want to know that it is always a tough job to choose nominees; you are all noble, you are all bold and you have all written posts worthy of this award.  But, since I’m limited to only fifteen, please know that if you’re not on the list, it’s not because I don’t love ya…it’s because there is no way to include all of you.

To my nominees, I will tell you that I give you this award with the standard “No Strings Attached.”  If you want to, pass it on..if you don’t want to, just take the award and know that I think you deserve the recognition for your great posts!

Here’s my list:

Author McCloskey Speaks – This lady knows of what she speaks of..she’s got a couple of books under her arm and a lovely way with words.

Experienced Tutors – This site is one of the most informative and delightful sites focused on education that I’ve ever come across.

How Not To Kill Your Parents – This girl makes me laugh with her witty posts about being married and living with her family!

Fingerprintwriting – Some lovely pictures and lovely words reside on this site!

Making Meaning – A “Over The Pond” mom with three kids who charms with with her stories and her pictures.I

Raising 5 Kids With Disabilities – This was one of the first sites I found and I count myself lucky to have found it!  If you need a motivational speaker…check out this site!

Mama Bear Musings – I have long loved this woman’s wit and insight into family life!

DaVida Nature Photography – Mary might think I’ve added her name because I’ve run out of choices ( I nominated her for the Sunshine Award).  Nothing could be less true.  This woman’s photos have given me some of the most peaceful moments of my life!

Miniscule Moments of Inspiration – And, this young lady truly inspires me with her lovely words and wonderful insights.

I Want To Be A Billionaire – He makes me laugh, cry and feel inspired!  And, I hope if Frank every hits that Billion, he’ll remember this old lady. 🙂 Kidding, big guy!

Thoughts On A Page – No nominee list that involves the Best Moments would be complete without my Irish buddy, Tric.  She delights me with each post she writes!

Shamanictracking – Want to meet a real Shaman?  Here’s your chance.  This site is beautiful and intriguing.

Neversaidbefore – This site has honest, open and touching posts from a young lady who puts her thoughts out there boldly!

Me, Myself and Kids – Larry is one funny dad.  Get to his site, grab a piece of cake and sit back and enjoy!

21st Century Mom – This young mother gives us a fresh perspective from her site.  I’ve just discovered her and am so glad I did!

All of my nominees are wonderful bloggers and I believe that your visits to their sites are well worth your time!

So, I’m going to go now and shine my award badge; take a breath and move on to my next post.  But, before I leave, let me again thank all of you for giving me the Best Moments of my life!


What’s In Your Title?


As writers, we know that the title of our novel, short story or commentary has to capture the reader’s eye.  It’s vital that we give great thought to the title; it can make or break the success of the book.

But, here are some writers who just got it all wrong.


Now, I love the Pooh Bear just as much as anyone else, but I think I’ll pass on these receipes!


Nope, not gonna touch this one!


I think it’s the guy with the red hat on his head and smiling to beat the band!


If my Poo ever speaks to me, I’m definitely getting the doctor to change my meds.


Why didn’t I see this on the Best Seller List?

The following writers had great titles, just the wrong names!

1. The Yellow River by I.P. Daily

2. The Numbers Game by Cal Q. Later

3. Under the Bleachers by Seymour Butts

4. Rusty Bed Springs by I.P. Freeley

5. Twenty Yards to the Outhouse by Willie Makit, illustrated by Betty Wont and published by Andy Dint

6. Spots on the Wall by Hugh Flung Poo

7. Falling Off a Cliff by Eileen Dover

8. The Complete Proctologist’s Handbook by Ben Dover

9. The Joys of Drinking by Al Coholic

10. My Life with Igor by Frank N. Stein

(Now, I was going write about the importance of having a good title.  Then, while researching, I found these…end of story!)

Hope you got a chuckle!




Weird And Proud Of It!


I’ve been called weird before.  I’ve rarely been called normal!  And, that’s cool with me.

What is the definition of weird?  Well, according to my good friends Merriam and Webster, weird has a couple of meanings.

1. of, relating to, or caused by witchcraft or the supernatural.  Magical.

2. of strange or extraordinary character, odd, fantastic.

Oh, baby, I’m loving those definitions.  Because, sometimes, when my fingers are flying across the keys and my thoughts are shooting out like stars across the universe, it is pure magic. It is fantastic.

Now, let’s look at some words that are the opposite of weird.

Common, ordinary, plain and usual as just a few.  Well, who the hell wants to be common or ordinary.  Not me!

To me, being weird is a gift.  One that you treasure; you don’t stuff it away, hoping no-one will discover it.  For it is our weirdness that makes us interesting, entertaining and talented.

Being weird does let us look at the world around us with a different set of eyes.  It lets our imaginations grow and fly in the wind against normal conventions and beliefs.

We are unique; we are the thinkers, the dreamers, the inventors and the world would be a sad and dreary place without us.

So, the next time someone looks at you, scratches their head and says “You’re weird,” do what I do.  Smile and say, “Thanks, don’t you wish you were?”


Be Weird and Be Proud!




Just One Of Those Days


I woke up this morning and jumped out of bed, ready to greet the day!  Oh, hell, I’ll tell you the truth.  I dragged my sorry butt out of bed and grumbled all the way to the kitchen.  I was in a lousy mood and I have no idea why.

Ever have that happen?  For no good reason, you wake up and just feel like crap.  Nothing you can put your finger on…just an overall, swimming through mud feeling that hangs on with a death grip throughout the day.  The black aura that surrounds you scares the hell out of anyone you encounter.

The dog takes one look at you and decides to spend the day in the yard; your family remembers chores that take them way out of your vicinity, preferably the next state, and phone callers are quick to end conversations with your bad, surly self.

So, what’s a crank to do?  I could sit down and hold a pity party for myself but I doubt that’s gonna bring a smile to my face.  Or, I could jump back in bed and dare anyone to cross the threshold until the black fog disappears.

Or, I could put on my Big Girl Britches and shake it off,  just refuse to succumb to the feeling of being sucked into a black hole.

I decided to take a “Me” day!  I announced to Danny and our son (who is visiting and used to being waited on hand and foot) that they are on their own.  They are to pretend there is a great big “DO NOT DISTURB” sign hanging from my neck and to risk asking for anything would not be healthy for them!  I decided to throw all housework (except making my bed..gotta do that!) to the wind and do things I enjoy…by myself!

So, today has been spent taking a long walk followed by a longer drive by the beach.  I sat and people watched, I took pictures of the birds and I basically took some time to enjoy my surroundings.

Slowly, my dark mood disappeared and a smile even broke through as I watched little one’s cavorting in the water.  By the time I returned home, I felt rejuvenated, renewed and a lot more like myself.

And, it’s still early in the afternoon; I have more “Me” time coming!  So, I’m gonna kick back and get some reading done; take a long hot soak in the tub and then spend time catching up with my blogging buddies.

I think everyone needs a little “Me” time once in a while.  Time to enjoy being one with one’s world is so necessary for our mental health.  I know it did me a lot of good.

So, the day has not been wasted wallowing in self-pity and gloom and I got a lot of inspiration from my excursions.  All in all, what could have been a really crappy day has turned into one that I enjoyed to the fullest.

Do you get “Me” time?  Just asking!


Enough Already!


Back in my drinking days, I learned a very valuable lesson.  You don’t talk about religion or politics in a bar, period.  It’s never gonna have a happy ending.  Well, I treat my blog site in the same way..I don’t put my religious or political views out there for debate.  My views on both are mine..I hold them close and personal.  So, there!

That said, I am going to break that rule today..and for today only.  Because, I have heard and seen enough about Gun Control that I want to gag!  Hundreds of posters on Facebook, pamphlets left on my door, and phone calls from advocates of one proposed Gun Law or another have all driven me to distraction. So, here goes!

I have to address both sides of this issue, it’s the way I roll.  So lets start out with my talking to those of you who are so scared that the government is going to take away your weapons.  I guess you’re missing the word Control in the phrase Gun Control Laws.

And, yes, control of the sale of guns has become necessary.  Too bad if you have to give up those semiautomatic you use to pulverize a deer with; sorry about your luck if you have to pass a more intensive examination prior to being given a weapon that has the capacity to kill a fellow human.

Guns are currently available to people that should never have a weapon in their hands; the mentally ill, drug dealers and those unable to handle the responsibilities that go with owning a gun.  So, if stricter control of the sale of guns will keep even one future killer from creating mayhem..then suck it up!

Now, for those of you sitting back smiling, thinking Cranky has just walked over to the side of those who want to abolish the right to own a gun..think again.  We are Americans; our right to bear arms is guaranteed in the Constitution of The United States.  Your attempts to take away those rights are just wrong.’re trying to limit one of our most fundamental rights that our forefather’s fought so hard for.

In your world, only military and law enforcement should be able to carry a weapon.  Huh!  Try using your pillow during a home invasion and see if that works from keeping those guys from harming you or your family.  Tell me that if your children are being threatened with bodily harm you wouldn’t use a gun to protect them.

You are trying to take away our right to defend our homes and families and that’s just not gonna happen!  We need to get illegal weapons off the streets; we need to have the right to have legal protection in our homes.

So, there you are!  Cranky thinks that both sides are right..and both sides need to start making some concessions regarding Gun Control Laws.  There is no easy answer to these issues.  All we, as Americans, can do is educate ourselves and sanely vote for bills that promote a safer world and ensure our rights are not trampled on.

Now, I’m not done!  I want to speak to each side separately.

To those idiots who have posted their children’s pictures on Facebook while holding semi-automatic weapons..all I can say is Really?  Way to go, Mom and Dad.  That sure is gonna swing my vote your way.  Do you really think pictures like that promote your cause?

And to the other side of the group, I am ashamed of you.  Using tragedies such as Newton and Colorado to bring people over to your side of the fence is so wrong on so many levels.  These tragedies were committed by mentally unbalanced individuals who happened to have used semi-automatic weapons.

I would love to see the money spent on Gun Control advertising, pro or con, used for mental health facilities and resources.  Let’s admit we need to address the lack of mental health facilities and resources for those battling mental illness.  Let’s get them off the streets and give them some help understanding and help dealing with their demons.

Let’s throw some of that money towards our beleaguered law enforcement people so they can get the criminals and drugs off our streets along with the illegal weapons. Let’s use intelligence and not hysteria to make these things happen.  Because truthfully, I’ve had enough!

Now, I’m done and as usual, I’m just saying!


Checking My Forehead!



I opened an e-mail this morning and after reading it; I rushed to the bathroom to see if the word “Stupid” had been stamped on my forehead while I slept.  Here, I’ll let you read it and see what you think!

Good day, Please we need your current home address and telephone number

to able us start sending your US$1.500,million to you as we were instructed
western union to be sending you $5000.00 each day till the whole amount
but you can send only $65 for transfer charge to starting pick up day
is located to you,

We need your full name………….Home Address…………
Telephone number…………….
Forward your information here( call Mr
john mike
on telephone +229-9844-3783 ask them were to send the $65,00
Mrs Susan Uda

Now, I’ve done some dumb things in my life. I’m honest about the mistakes I’ve made (getting married three times to three losers comes to mind) but at least I’m smart enough to see a scam when it gets thrown in front of my face.  But, I still have all my faculties (I think) and I trust me senses when I smell a rat.  And, of course, anybody can see that this letter was written by vermin that want to prey on the elderly.

Elderly people may not notice that the person who wrote this e-mail couldn’t construct a whole sentence together..disjointed words and stupid typing mistakes abound throughout this missive.

These scammers aren’t even imaginative enough to come up with believable names!  Yeah, I’ll be sure to call Mr. john mike and ask them where I should send a portion of my social security check.  And, I’m sure he’ll tell me politely that the only accept personal checks or debit account numbers.  Oh, and by the way, Mr. john mike needs to verify that you say who you claim to be.  So, please give him your social security number and he’ll be happy to send you that first $5,000.00.

Unfortunately, some poor old man or woman, thinking they’ve hit it big, will probably respond to this e-mail and ultimately they will have to wave good-bye to their $65.00.     If they’re lucky, that’s the only amount they’ll be out.  If they volunteer social security or bank account information, they risk losing their life’s savings.

Too many stories of our older generation being bilked for thousands of dollars are in the news way too often.  And the scammers get away with it because most likely they don’t generate these letters in the U.S. where our laws would put them behind bars.  So how can we protect our parents, our in-laws and our neighbors from these rip-off artists?

Talk to them without talking down to them.  Let them know about the rash of overseas e-mails being sent daily to our elderly citizens and get them to agree to check with someone before sending money to strangers.  And let them know that scams show up on their doorstep too.  “Contractors” troll neighborhoods looking for elderly residents than proceed to offer them discount prices to repair a roof or a driveway.  Of course, these contractors need a large deposit to schedule the work; and then they’re never seen again.

Although I haven’t reached the point where I feel I need help in recognizing a scam yet, I can’t say I will always be able to point a finger and yell “Rat!”  But, I hope if that day does come when my good sense dips down into the danger zone; someone will help me out with good sound advice.

Just saying!


Call Me A Dreamer

Recent events have left a lot of us shell-shocked.  It seems like one bad dream after another became reality.  We have lost innocent lives in war and on our home shores.  We’ve had a hell of a lot to deal with and it seems that just when the healing begins from the effects of one horrific act; another attack occurs.

We shake our heads with disbelief; we pray for an end to the madness and we mourn for those lost to us forever.

But, I still dream.  I dream of a world where we look upon our fellow man and hold out a hand in friendship.  I dream of our children growing up in a world filled with kindness, not suspicion and hate.  I dream that we finally achieve world peace and find peace within ourselves.

Now, I’m not naive.  I know that this is a dream that will take many future generations to achieve.  But, I believe it’s a dream that can come true if we really want it to.  If each person takes a few minutes out of each day to perform a random act of kindness then we get a little bit closer to that dream.

I found a video that shows the effects of one single act of kindness.  You might have seen it before; I think you might want to watch it again; it’s a video that makes me hope that someday my dream will become a reality.

One of my favorite John Lennon songs “Imagine” says it best:

You, you may say

I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.

I hope some day you’ll join us

And the world will be as one.

Let’s work together to make that dream come true.

This post is dedicated to Bloggers For Peace and to one of my fellow peaceniks, Sun at “Simply Charming.”  Check out her really makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside!


Just In The Nick Of Time


Oh people, you just don’t know.  The past couple of months have driven me to using my finger to flap my lips in an “Bubububu” sound of frustration.

Danny has been IN A MOOD!  Everything, and I do mean everything, has been cause for him to complain, and complain quite loudly!  The neighbor mows his lawn just to make Danny mad (according to him).  Someone having their roof pressure cleaned was cause for a straight eight hours of whining about the noise.  The weather could have been glorious and this man would have found fault with it (too breezy, too cold, too hot, just too perfect!)  Meals I have served for over twelve years now came under attack.

Now, I understand the man’s frustration.  His recovery from near death last year has slowed down.  He has yet to reconcile the fact that he now has physical limitations; he will never regain his former strength or endurance.  And, my heart breaks for him and I try my best to encourage him to enjoy each day and treat it like the blessing it is.

But, every caretaker has their limits, and I was fast approaching the point where my moods were being dragged down by all the negativity.  I was starting to wonder if I could survive the next ten to twenty years of my life listening to his moans and groans.  I was heavily leaning towards spending a week with my daughter just to hear someone laugh, or chuckle or even watch them crack a smile!  All in all, life sucked!

Then on this past Sunday, I received a call from Danny’s sister.  She wanted to make sure we were home because she had “something for Danny and I.”  While Danny was griping about unexpected company; I was hoping to beg a Valium off Sis.  About an hour later, here walked in Danny’s sister, her husband and her granddaughter.  Thinking she was bringing one of her family famous pies; I hurried to the door and was shocked to see a small furry bundle in the arms of Danny’s niece.

Danny’s sister brought me salvation in the form of a three month old Golden Retriever.  For once Danny held the dog; a huge, bright smile appeared on his face (and a tear in his eye).  It was love at first sight.

So, let me introduce you to the new addition to our family!  Here is “King Buddy” ruler of the roost!  We commoners just call him Buddy!


Within an hour after arriving, Danny was transformed from a chronic complainer into a totally happy man.  He smiles, he chuckles and he glows when he sees his new puppy!

You might think that having to care for and train a puppy would fall all on my shoulders.  But, you would be wrong!  Danny delights in taking his new friend walking and playing with him (although I do handle the early morning hours.)  However, I am amazed to find that Buddy loves to do his “business” out doors.  There hasn’t been an “Oops!” in the house since his second day here!

So, my sanity has returned and Danny’s outlook on life has brightened..all because of a little furry creature.  I now believe that there is somewhere up there who heard my prayers and sent me a “therapy” angel to save me from being forced into institutional care.

Yeah, Buddy!


Cranky’s Back In Town


Oh yeah.  Strike up the band and break open that champagne!  Cranky is home and look..look..she’s got a novel under her arm!

I can’t believe it!  I not only completed my Camp NaNoWriMo goal, I actually finished 6 days early.  And, thank goodness for that!  I have missed all of you so much.  Come here, give me a hug!

Huh, what was Camp like?  Wow, I can honestly say that I have never had to work so hard and enjoy it so much.  There were times, I admit, when I asked myself if I really wanted to try and write a novel in thirty days.  As my followers know, I had my doubts.

But, I forced myself to sit at my laptop each morning and place my fingers on the keyboard.  Somehow, after the first few paragraphs, my fingers started to pick up speed.  Before I knew it, I had completed a couple of chapters and had plans for the next few.  The effort paid off and this morning I was able to type those all important, so satisfying, absolutely delicious words, THE END!

Somehow, I have managed to write a story from beginning to end.  I have never accomplished that before (and this was my first shot at fiction.)  So, yeah, I’m bad!

Say that again?  What’s next?  Oh, that’s easy.  I’m going to take this novel and let it sit awhile, because right now, it’s a hot mess.  Although the plot is there, and the characters are in place, there is so much left to do before I even think of submitting it or allowing anyone to read it at this point.

Back stories have to be expanded or even developed.  Dialogue has to be polished and details need to be included so the story-line makes sense.  It’s a just a first draft; I had no dreams of writing a  novel that I could submit to anyone when I headed for camp.

But, I am delighted with the work I’ve completed.  It’s got real potential for a full blown novel!  And, I have made a commitment to myself to forge on with more drafts and build it into a sellable work.

So, I left camp this morning with a great feeling of accomplishment and am so thankful I had the opportunity to join other writers in a such a challenging feat!  And, I packed a whole lot of “You CAN do it” attitude in my backpack for my trip home.

Would I do it again?  Oh yeah..but not for awhile.  I want to catch up with all of you…not being able to write my posts excruciating!  I’m looking forward to reading your posts and interacting with all of you.

And, while we’re on the subject, let me thank all of you for your encouragement; your great comments and for actually checking in on me from time to time.  It kept me going and kept me motivated to make you all proud!

Would I recommend Camp NaNoWriMo?  You betcha.  It’s a great way to learn that to be a writer, you have to write..everyday!  Even if it’s just a paragraph or two, each time you sit down and put words together, you are improving your writing skills.

The camp offered motivational posts periodically and they had great forums you could jump into at any time.  Just be prepared to dedicate the time required to complete the goals you set.  It’s not always easy, but I’m here to tell you, it’s damn rewarding!

Plus, you get goodies if you reach your goal!  What are they?  I have no idea…can’t get them until May 1.  But, I’ve already gotten the ultimate first novel tucked under my arm.

Life is Good!




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