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Saturday, 19 April 2008
Ok, I did it!
Mood:  celebratory
Topic: Genealogy

Ok, I set up a genealogy blog this morning.  You can find it here:

Enjoy if you want to read!

Posted by wendylittrell at 3:59 PM CDT
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Possibly Expanding into another Blog
Mood:  quizzical
Topic: Genealogy

So I've been flirting with the idea of doing a blog solely on genealogy stuff.  If nothing else, then I wouldn't have to bore you with details of family history searching, etc. and you can have the option of also reading that blog instead of wading through stuff you might not want to read to get to the other (good) stuff! 

This week has been quieter than last - in relation to having to be places 3-4 evenings a week and such.  Sad note, the family that I pet-sit for (a dog and a cat) - and are great friends with - called me on Thursday to alert me that the dog has cancer.  I won't get to pet-sit for him now as he'll need basically round the clock care.  So they'll get someone to actually "live-in" when they have to be out of town.  I will go visit from time to time as I'm quite fond of the guy (he's a Brittany Spaniel) and will really miss him when he's gone. 

The local video store is going out of business so they are selling all of their DVD's and games.  I tihnk they sent all the "new releases" from the last few weeks to the parent company to be dispersed among stores that aren't closing as none of them were there.  Picked up a boat load of videos and got 2 new PS2 games for under $20 each.  Sure, they're previously played games but that's a lot better than the normal $40-$60 price tag for new.  First grader doesn't know the difference between "previously viewed" and "brand new" anyway.  As long as he can play it - it doesn't matter.  Alas, the one movie that I REALLY wanted to buy if they still had it was gone.  Could someone please get me "Casablanca"?  It has been my favorite movie for eons and no matter how many times I watch it on PBS (no interruptions and they do play a lot of old, Bogie movies - and hinted about "sure would be nice to have it" - no one has ever given me one.  Hey kids - Mother's day is coming up! (how's that for a not so subtle hint!)  There's also a 4 DVD set of Bogie & Bacall movies - I saw them once at Virgin Records & Movies in the GM mall.  Now I'll probably end up with 4 of the same DVD's! ha ha! (which translates into - none at all because they'll all think - I thought you'd get it for her so I didn't.)

My irises have bloomed - I need to take pictures to post here.  They are very pretty.  I still have one poor little lonely rose on my rose bush out back. 

What are you doing this weekend?

Posted by wendylittrell at 8:13 AM CDT
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Thursday, 17 April 2008
Things About Me (that you were just dying to know!)
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Blogging

Got emails from both my sister & niece this a.m. (probably last night!) on the subject of "things about me".  I've probably posted this info here before but instead of forwarding to people who (like me) have no time for that sort of thing & delete it, I'm posting here so if you are interested - you can read & if not - you can go to another web site!

A ) Four places I go all the time: Church, Starbucks, Tom Thumb, 7-11

B) Four people who e-mail me (regularly); My sister, Mary, Patty, any of my children

C) Four of my favorite places to eat: Alfredos, Local Diner, Cracker Barrel, Taco Bueno (yes, I'm a "Bueno Head")

D) Four places I would rather be right now: with my mom

E) Four people I think will respond: probably no one!

F) Four TV shows I watch over and over: Lost, American Idol, New Amsterdam, CSI (any)

Four jobs I have had in my life:

1.       Catering Employee

2.    Waitress

3.   Graphic Artist/Tech. Illustrator/Clerk/Pub Specialist

4.    After market sales representative   Four movies I would watch over and over:

1.        Casablanca

2.     Highlander (Original & End Game)

3.     Lord of the Rings (all 3)

4.     Why do I only get 4? 

Four places I have lived :

1.       Beavercreek, Ohio 

2.       Grapevine, Texas

3.        Denton, Texas

4.         Lewisville, Texas        

 Four TV Shows that I watch:

1.        American Idol

2.      New Amsterdam 

3.      Lost   

4.      CSI (all)

 Four places I have been:

1.     Grand Canyon

2.     Disneyland

3.     Philadelphia

4.     Niagra Falls (Canadian Side) - is that all I can list?

 Four of my favorite foods:

1.   Alfredo's pizza

2.    My mom's spaghetti

3.    My mom's chicken & noodles

4.    My swiss steak in the crock pot Four places I would rather be right now

1.       1.   With my mom in Ohio

      2.   Somewhere with my husband without kids!

            3.    Somewhere I haven't been & I don't have to cook, clean, entertain, or get up at a decent time in the morning or go to bed at a decent hour at night!

            4.   In Missouri at the farm

2.     Four friends I think will respond:

1.        I'm not sure who I'll send this to, so I can't speculate....  (repeating my sister's thoughts!)


 Four things I look forward to in 2008

1.       1. Visiting family  

      2.   Jasmine's graduation    

      3.   Jasmine's start to college    

      4.   Getting a 3rd vehicle


Send me the link to your answers! (or I'll tag you!)

Posted by wendylittrell at 7:28 AM CDT
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Friday, 4 April 2008
34 Years Ago Yesterday
Mood:  not sure
Topic: Weather

Should have posted this yesterday but I was too busy grocery shopping & cleaning up grandson's room.  So for the sake of argument - let's say today is April 3rd (it's not - it's Apr. 4th). 

April 3, 1974

Season of Lent, a Wednesday, start of Tornado Season in the Midwest. 

Scene: Gym of a Junior High School, mid-week sock-hop in full swing. Outside the weather is muggy, humid, the sky is green, rumors are flying about bad weather and tornadoes.

I was in 7th grade and 90% of the students at my Jr. High had stayed after school for the mid-week sock-hop.  The back door to the gym was open so some of us kept standing there looking out at the sky as others would approach & tell us they "heard" there were tornado warnings/touch-downs/etc. in towns close to us.

Then the Principal came on the PA System.  A tornado had hit Xenia, Ohio (town right next to mine).  Our parents were outside waiting to pick us up.  Go quickly but safely.  Most of us had left our books, etc. in our lockers so we quickly spread out over the school to retrieve our stuff & then leave.

When I got in the car, Mom said she'd stood at the back door of our house & watched the wall cloud/ funnel cloud / tornado head toward Xenia.  We wondered about Lenten services at church that night.  We wondered how bad Xenia was hit.  An F5 had hit the town - though we didn't know it immediately.

We did go to our church services that evening - we met in the basement as the clouds still looked pretty ominous. It wasn't until later & the next day that we really knew the damage.  Thirty-three people were killed, over a thousand injured.  To this day the residents of Xenia are panicked at the sound of a tornado siren.

For more information on this tornado visit:

and go to Youtube, search for Xenia Tornado to see the real thing and how horrible it was.

Posted by wendylittrell at 6:42 AM CDT
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Mood:  incredulous
Topic: home

I swear I'm going to add a new topic for weather as most of my posts lately seem to revolve around this crazy Texas Spring Weather!

If you were anywhere in Tarrant, Denton or Collin Counties around 3-4 a.m. - then you know exactly what I'm talking about.  Geez, I'm so tired I can't type!

About 3:20 there was a BOOM so loud it shook the house followed by a big flash of lightning & what sounded like a ton of rocks pummeling the house.  Needless to say, husband & I shot straight out of bed like we'd been poked with a red hot branding iron!  Grandson was sitting straight up in bed asking what that was.  In my still half asleep, adrenaline surged awakeness (that really does NOT make sense!) I staggered (more like looked like a drunk trying to walk a straight line!) out to the living room to turn on the weather report & peek outside.  Quarter size hail was ALL over the yard - I have a picture - will post later.  Rain was coming down in sheets.  Our wonderful weather guy on the local CBS affiliate - Pete - was explaining that the lightning strikes were right over my town - no DUH!  Ya think!  Winds were up to 70 mph+  Husband went back to bed, grandson went back to bed & I watched for another 10 minutes until the storm had subsided & was moving north east of us. 

So I'm so tired I can't keep my eyes open but the adrenaline that shot me out of bed is making it hard for me to actually get back to sleep.  What a predicament.  So finally I get all comfy again & go back to sleep. Next thing I know husband is telling me it's time to get up.  I didn't shoot straight out of bed again, but it sure seemed like it. 

There's only one problem when I get woke up like that. Somehow it makes me feel really ucky.  Nauseous type yucky.  Hopefully this will pass & be better before too long. 

So did you sleep through the storm?  Any damage to your home, cars, plants, dogs, cats, etc?

Posted by wendylittrell at 6:40 AM CDT
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Wednesday, 2 April 2008
New Furniture - Possibly!
Mood:  happy
Topic: home

So if you've been reading here for awhile, you know we got new furniture last fall.  Wonderful reclining sofa & loveseat (I guess the new term is "motion" sofa).  Anyhow - the day it was delivered & even before the delivery men left, I sat on the end of the sofa & raised the leg rest.  Oops - something was wrong.  It didn't come up easily & I had to stand up, move the side a little & it worked.  Putting it down was the same in reverse.  So under our warranty, I called the store & told them about the problem.  A week later the furniture technician (I didn't know there was such a thing!) came out to investigate.  He messed around with it for about an hour.  Mentioned that it might not be level.  Hello . . . !!!! Nothing in my home is level!  But still - to me it seemed like it was "sprung".  So he said he'd tell the home office & that was that.  Never heard another word.  Hubby said he would see what he could do to fix it.  Anyway about a week ago I got a call from the store.  They told me the part was on back-order to fix it & wasn't sure if it was ever going to come in.  So we had a choice - live with it or replace the entire sofa.  We decided to replace it.  Then the nice person on the other end said that our sofa & loveseat had been discontinued so we could pick out another set.  I went on line this past weekend to see if there was anything else comparable to what we have now - the color, style, the "motion".  Sure enough there is so all I need to do is go to the store, tell them what I want & wait for it to be delivered!  I guess waiting umpteen years for new furniture does have its rewards!

Posted by wendylittrell at 6:25 AM CDT
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Tuesday, 1 April 2008
April Fools!
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: family

Do you play April Fools jokes on anyone? 

As a kid in school, it was fun (annoying for the adults) to "April Fools!" a teacher or parent.  Most of the time they took it good naturedly - after all - most of the jokes were pretty lame.

As an adult, my dear husband and I reaffirmed our wedding vows on April Fools Day!  No, it wasn't meant to be funny!  We had been married almost a year (went to JP) and were going to have our "church wedding" so when asked to pick a date, I said first Saturday in April.  Little did I realize until I looked at a calendar that it was going to be April Fools! 

Then many years ago we did an April Fools on my husband - wasn't funny to him tho!  He'd been traveling a lot & it seemed that every time he came back from a business trip, something in the house had broken, flooded, etc.  He'd been home a week or so and had fixed something - probably had to do with water as we've always had water issues of some sort!  The April Fool had something to do with it either breaking again or not working or something (see, I can't even remember - that's how memorable it was!).  He got this panicked look on his face and I waited a couple beats before shouting April Fools!  I know he didn't think it was too funny. Which is probably why I don't play those type of jokes!  I'm not really that good at it!

But if you look at my picture from yesterday - that definitely was not an April Fools joke!  Yes, we are alright - nothing touched down close to us.  Nothing even got blown away or over or down the street or anything.  No hail for us either - although a town toward the lake got ping-pong size hail.  And I heard that we'll probably be getting more bad weather this week. 

When I was a teenager in Junior High - an F5 tornado hit the town next us.  For footage of that actual event - check out this youtube video.

Stay safe, keep dry, have a good April Fools Day!


Posted by wendylittrell at 6:41 AM CDT
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Monday, 31 March 2008
Mood:  incredulous
Topic: home


Luckily - it kept going. Unfortunately it headed toward another town north east of us.  And as I reported earlier this month about March coming in like a lion - well it's not going out like a lamb - more like a dragon!  Hope everyone else in the North Texas area fared ok!


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Friday, 28 March 2008
They want How much for a mandatory Orientation?
Mood:  irritated
Topic: family

So Senior Daughter has been accepted at the school of her choice - luckily it is a state university and it's only 20 minutes away - so we won't be going through the whole going "away" to college thing here at the "Hello" house.  She & I attended a "tour" already - which consisted of a very quick walk through the campus where much loud construction was happening making it very hard to hear the little girl they had giving us information.  Not to worry - Photographer Daughter attended a program at the same campus when she was a Freshman in High School and I saw more then than I did ths time.  Then Senior Daughter & I went to a "Preview" - which was a little more involved and including sitting in classrooms listening to professors talk about that major or college.  Out of that, Sr. Daughter sort of has decided what major she wants.  She's all fired up with school spirit.  Now we get to go to a "mandatory" orientation.  This will be a 2.5 days type of thing - complete with "meeting other freshman" socials and "parent" dinners and socials.  She is also obligated to spend 2 nights in a dorm.  Which - she will not be living in when she goes to school there - I mean we are only 20 minutes away & why spend that much money on a bed somewhere else when her bed here is basically free?  Plus - allergy wise - she doesn't do well in strange beds or in strange rooms and irritability wise - she doesn't do well with people she doesn't know - especially to spend the night in the same room with them.  She jokes that they'll be calling me saying my daughter made her room mate sleep in the hall!  And I'm not sure that's much of a joke! 

On the Upside to all of this - she gets a very compacted "what life will be like" as a Freshman experience.  On the Downside - the cost.  Are you KIDDING me?  And you want most of tuition paid at the same time?  And why do I want to spend my evening in a room full of other college parents?  I have no issue with being involved - but face it - this isn't elementary school PTA or that sort of involvement.  Talking with a friend's daughter who is just finishing up her first year at this same school, she admitted that the orientation is too long, some of the things just aren't needed, and they could have compacted it to 1.5-2 days. 

Now just so you know - I've already done this with Photographer daughter - however it was for another unversity - about 3 blocks away from where Senior Daughter will go.  Their orientation was one day & a half.  I think there was some cost involved but probably for the meals more than anything else. 

I once claimed that I'm not 18 anymore so I stay off of roller coasters - but I think this one is just now getting started & it's going to be bigger & badder than anything Six Flags can throw at me.

I'm taking donations . . . .just saying!

Posted by wendylittrell at 6:40 AM CDT
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Thursday, 27 March 2008
Out Like a Lamb? Yeah Right!
Mood:  mischievious
Topic: home

The old saying about March - In like a lion, out like a lamb?  All I can say right now is - are you kidding me?

The wind has been whipping all night long - wonder if my trash cans are still standing?  I know our outdoor patio chairs have been toppled & sent flying into the yard. 

I kept telling the dog that I was glad she wasn't a little bitty thing or she would have blown away.  Envisioning a teeny little dog getting picked up by the wind & sent flying somehow makes me giggle!  And please don't email me about hating dogs & that thought makes me a bad person.  I wouldn't really want to see that happen.  I love dogs & couldn't fathom how I would feel if it was my dog who got blown into the next town.  But in a cartoon, movie-ish kind of way (insert caveat: No Animals Were Hurt In The Making of This Stupid Thought) - it is sort of funny.

The wind whipping & all the horrible things it does to my hair reminds me of when we went on vacation several years ago.  We were on our way from my in-laws to my mom's (a 11 hour drive).  Had no air conditioning so we had the windows down.  By the time we got to my mother's house, my hair was a bird's nest of tangles.  And what does she say as soon as we walk in?  Something about how my hair was a mess & did I ever comb it?  Note to all who actually see me day in & day out - especially on windy days:  If I am going to be in & out a lot - then I'm probably not going to bother too much with my hair.  It doesn't take much to frizz it or tangle it.  Be nice - say nothing to me!  It will eventually get combed.  But unless you are in my home when you see me - the likelihood is you are seeing me OUT and about which means I will have been OUT in the wind (rain, snow, hurricane like weather - well you get the picture). 

And as Forrest Gump once said, "And that's all I'm going to say about that."

Have a nice day - don't blow away!

Posted by wendylittrell at 6:34 AM CDT
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