Birds

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Dead Snake or Deaf Snake?

   So little happening these days so there is so little to post about. 

                                 Think I will tell you a story. 



After my husband's retirement from the Navy, we moved to the countryside in Alabama on a 40 acre farm. Quite a different setting than what we were used to but I set about being a 'country' girl.

I wanted a flower bed so Elbert dug up a spot and edged it with cross-ties. ICYDK (That means In Case You Don't Know) cross-ties are the large wooden supports that the rails are attached to in making a railroad. 

I'd planted some flowers and one day went out to check on the first blooms when a snake came slithering by and wiggled down into a hole in between two of those cross-ties.

Now, you gotta understand... I HATE snakes. I scared of them, have always been, don't like them around. 

I was home alone, no one to ask to come take care of this snake for me so I went into the house and got my husband's revolver. I was nearly as skittish about guns as I was snakes so I walked toward that flower bed holding it out in front of me with both hands, like I thought the thing was going to bite me. 

I got back to where I last saw the snake, didn't see him, figured he was still down in that hole so I aimed that revolver straight at that hole. I emptied that gun, bam, bam, bam, etc. the bullets flying right into that hole. 

I headed back to put the gun away feeling pretty proud of myself. I either had a DEAD snake in that hole or...

I had a very DEAF one. 



Friday, February 26, 2021

Moonshine Baked Apples

I am not opposed to trying new things. In fact, I love it when I can 'steal' an idea from someone else.

I was watching Mary McCartney''s cooking show on Discovery+ and she and Kate Hudson were making maple vodka peaches. 

A lightbulb moment.

On a bus tour with Royal Tours (before the Pandemic) one of our stops was at Palmetto Moonshine in S. C. Just for the heck of it, I bought a pint of Moonshine (apple pie flavored moonshine). It's been in my fridge ever since.


So, I bought some apples. Halved them, scooped out the cores and poured a tsp., of moonshine in each apple half. Topped that off with some brown sugar and baked them.



Not sure if the apple taste I was getting was from the apple itself or the moonshine. But, no matter where it was coming from, they sure were good!!

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

'Cotton-pickin Day'

 It's going on 5...

I haven't accomplished a cotton-pickin' thing all day. Oh, I made a list before I went to bed last night. 

Had great intentions....

and then this morning it all fell apart. 

Good thing about it... I don't have to do anything I don't want to. And, today was the DAY! 


How was your Day?


Monday, February 22, 2021

Do You Have A Favorite Book?

 I love to read!

Been doing it ever since I learned how! 

But, I am not a book-keeper. There are few books in my apartment. For one thing, no storage space and the other is, after a time, books start smelling musty, full of dust mites and my allergies act up. So, I am thankful that I can order books to read on my Kindle... it never smells musty ... but it might start if I don't clean off that smear of hot cocoa I got on it. 

I can't say I have a favorite book. I can't say I have a favorite genre. Whatever catches my interest at the moment is what I am 'into'. 

But, I do have some very old books that I hang onto for sentimental sake.

There's the booklet my Mother had when she went to school. It's 'Enoch Arden' by Tennyson. 


And, the speller my granddad had when he was in school in the late 1870s. 


During WPA days in the Roosevelt years, my Mom worked at the library repairing books. When they couldn't be repaired for public use, she could bring some home to me. 
This one I enjoy to this day!


Then there was 


        a book I got as a Christmas present back around 1939 or 40. 

You might say these are my favorites! Because they hold a lifetime of memories, of me learning to read them, enjoying them as I grew up, of reading them to my children and then my grandchildren. I must drag them out and read them to my great-grands. 

Do you have favorite books from your childhood? Or from now? I'd love to hear about them. 



Saturday, February 20, 2021

I Did It! Vaccine #2 is Done!

                I went for my 2nd (follow-up) vaccine today. 

The first one was a breeze. I hardly felt the injection, didn't get sick or even sore or nothing! I got this!

And, then I started hearing stories about the reactions some people got with the second one. Gee, that really revved me up for the next appointment. (sarcasm intended here)

Even my grandson-in-law (he's a doctor) Just telling you that so you will know that doctors aren't immune  to pain. But, his arm was so sore he could hardly move it for several days. 

So, I get up this morning, piddle around here, ignoring the clock until I couldn't ignore it any longer. My dr. office is just two blocks away so I didn't have a long drive ahead of me. I got there, parked at an end spot in the parking lot (you know, the curb is in front of you but there is also one along one side of your car). I will explain why that is important later.

I got checked in. An aide came and got me and I walked into the SHOT room. 



And, here comes the nurse. I didn't look. Those needles always look like they are for giving an elephant a shot! 

She says 'Big stick'. and I wait.  A little twinge and then she walks off with the needle in her hand. I'll be 'John Brown', she's finished. That's cool.

I wait 30 minutes like they tell me to. I took my crossword puzzle book with me but listening to the other people waiting was more fun. One lady was 94 and she was spry as a spring chicken. And, some old gentleman (I couldn't see him) talked non-stop to the nurse. By the time he left, she knew his life history. And, so did the rest of us. 

Well, it's been 9 hours since I got stuck! Nothing yet. No fever, no chills, no aches... I am going to quit listening to every Tom, Dick and Harry that talks about these shots.

You just watch... I am bragging and I bet you anything I get sick during the night. Just for spite! 

Oh, I meant to tell you about parking my car. I had to cut the wheel pretty sharp to get in the spot. I am walking back to my car and died laughing. One back wheel was perched up on the curb and my car is sitting catty-wampus.  

How did I not notice that when I got out? Maybe worrying about that needle, reckon?

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Just a Nutty Old Lady

 I am just a 'spring chicken' when it comes to posting YouTube videos.

Can you believe that?

At 87 I am a 'spring chicken'.

But, I have discovered 2 (and, believe me, there are a ton more oldsters on there) who have had YouTube channels and they are older than me! Both have already passed but the videos I saw, one sweet lady was 92. Her channel was 'Depression Cooking'. and the other one was 107 and she's in the kitchen cooking with her granddaughters. I love it.

YouTube is not for the young... we oldsters are taking over!

Just type in Latane Barton to find me, if you are interested.

If you just think I am a nutty old woman... that's ok too. 'Cause when you are old you can do whatever you darn well please.



Saturday, February 13, 2021

Hot Dogs Coming Out My Ears!

I am becoming very enchanted with the idea of shopping online. Oh, I've ordered things for quite some time like household items, clothes, books, etc. 

What I am talking about is groceries. I am loving going online (I use Instacart) choose what I want or need in my kitchen and within two hours it is at my front door... up all 3 flights of stairs, 😀

The problem I am having is, I was used to feeling, touching, reading labels back in the day of going to the grocery store. 

            I can't touch or feel anything on my computer screen. 

       I bet you are saying, 'I wonder where she is going with this.'

Well, I am so totally accustomed to hot dog weiners coming in a package of 10... or is that 8? Anyhow... the number of the weiners and the buns don't ever match. I wonder if they do that for a reason? 

So, I was hankering for a hotdog the day I ordered my groceries. So, I got weiners, got buns. 

When I pulled that package of wieners out of the grocery bag, I dang near fell over. There were 24 wieners in that package. 

     I wonder how long it is going to take me to eat 24 hotdogs? 

Not to worry... I am freezing a chunk of them. 

I bet I look more carefully next time I order groceries on the computer before I click 'order'. 

Friday, February 12, 2021

My 'Rocking Chair' Time Has Come

When I had a very busy life I would wonder when my time would come that I could be like an 'old grandma' and sit in my rocking chair with not a care in the world. Even into my eighties I still had so much going on that the question was never far from my mind. 


The Pandemic hit and I couldn't do any outside activities but I was busy getting ready for the publisher a revision of a book I had already published 30 years ago. So, I still wondered about that rocking chair.


Yesterday morning I got up and looked around. There was nothing to do! Well, not anything that HAD to be done. 

                                         So, what did I do all day?

I watched tv, finished a book I was reading, fixed myself stuff to eat and at the end of the day I went to bed.


That was the strangest feeling! I made it.... I finally have my time to not worry about scheduling, finishing projects, doing a darn thing.  Oh, and by the way, while I was watching tv, I was sitting in my recliner and guess what... it's rocks. 


       So, there I was that little old grandma sitting in my rocking chair.                            I wonder how long the euphoria will last! 

Monday, February 8, 2021

Best Super Bowl Commercial

 I'm a college football fan.  (Roll Tide)

                                Not 'into' professional games. 

But, I did have the super bowl on tv last night. Not sure why. Maybe because everyone else said they'd be watching.  

Even though I was playing solitary on my tablet while the game was going on, I would pause and see what the commercials were all about. Some of them so mundane, some downright stupid. 

But, the one 'Re-United States of America' really got me. We so need this preached to us at this difficult time of our history. So, Jeep Trucks. You had the best commercial for the Super Bowl night. 

Congrats to Jeep!


However, Jeep did not get good reviews for their efforts. Some said it was too 'over the top'. 

Was I not paying attention? 

Perhaps one part of my brain was on the commercial, one on my game of solitaire. 


        Oh, and by the way, Congrats to Tampa Bay for the big win. 

Sunday, January 31, 2021

We Wrinkle as We Age

 I was scrolling through something the other day on the internet and ran across some pictures of actresses of shall we say 'an older age'. 

            I said to myself... "Man, they are really wearing their age well".

                                 Isn't that want we women want to do?  Age well.

                                                       But not everyone, I have discovered. 

There are those who spend tons of money on all sorts of creams, lotions and potions that promise to get rid of their wrinkles. And, there are those who go the botox route or resort to face lifts. 

It's sad when people can't accept who they really are. As we age, we get wrinkles. We sag (in more than one place). Our bones creaks, our bladder leaks. That is simply LIFE. Get over the 'Youth' thing. We are not young anymore. With age comes wisdom, inner beauty and peace.

I have lived a long, long time. My life has been filled with joy, love, children's laughter, and their tears and my own, as well. I've lost those I loved dearly. I've gained an awareness of ME. And, yes, I have wrinkles! 

You know what! Those wrinkles represent my life, my struggles, my accomplishments. They say who I am and I will not begrudge one single one of them. 

                                                              Are you with me, Ladies?

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Noisy Goose!

 I had another post in mind for today but best laid plans of mice and men, so they say. 

I awoke to the loud honking of a goose. I didn't sleep well last night and I wasn't too happy about all that racket. But, it was nearly 8 so I dragged myself outta bed and went to the balcony to see what in the heck was wrong with that goose!

        The world had turned white while I slept, what little I did sleep. 

                       Here are some photos of my surroundings. 




Oh, the goose... I never did discover what the noise was all about but there were about 7 or 8 geese on the pond. Maybe one was being selfish and wanted the pond all to itself. Who knows. 

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Snack, Anyone?

 It's an old dreary day today. They (they being the weathermen) say that we may have some snow tomorrow night or Thursday morning. 

I got my hair done today so I am good. No need to go outside in bad weather. 

Had some groceries delivered. Man, did I treat myself! Don't know what I was thinking! 

I got some garlic/herb spreadable cheese that I just love on my crackers. And, I got a small tub of guacamole... with a bag of chips to dip it with. 

My kids worry about me eating right but they shouldn't. Every woman is entitled to a bit of a snack ever now and then, don't you think?  

Oh, and speaking of food! I saw this cake on Instagram today and I swear, my mouth started watering and hasn't stopped. I could SO eat that whole thing! 

                                      
                       What's your favorite cake? 

Sunday, January 24, 2021

I Am Ready For Change

 I don't know what that vaccine did to me yesterday! Maybe it filled me with hope and plans for a future that doesn't include the virus

I got up this morning in a wonderful mood and filled with ideas of change. After living in this apartment for nearly 7 years I have decided to change some of the decor around here. Liven the place up. That's a challenge since I can't go out shopping, but there is always the internet. 

I am happy with my big pieces of furniture. Besides, I would not go through moving all that heavy stuff again for anything. But, there is a lot I can do. It will be slow. I want to be sure about what I like and what I don't. Are you like that? Do you know immediately what you like or do you waffle like me? 

I will keep you posted on any changes I make. They will be small so don't expect a WOW moment with it all over and done with. That would take the fun out of it, the chase out of it. 

I am so ready for change. This will definately put a spark in my dreary life. 

And, on another note:

My amaryllis is blooming. It has 5 buds, this is the first to open.





Saturday, January 23, 2021

I Got My Vaccine Shot!

 Well, I up and did it! 


I got my first Covid vaccine shot this morning. 


Now, I move to further protect myself and hopefully do my part in putting an end to this awful thing! 

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Good Ole Chicken and Dumplings!

 Went to Cracker Barrel yesterday. 

            Ordered me some chicken and dumplings.

                             Asked that there be more dumplings than chicken. 

                                                 I like the dumplings more than the chicken. 


Which is your favorite? The chicken or the dumplings? 

                                                                Asking for a friend! ha ha. 


Friday, January 15, 2021

Aching Knees!

               My durn knee is giving me trouble. How did that happen? 

              I was told my artificial knee's life was about 15-18 years. 

 I got to counting up when my surgeries were and it's been 17 years since one of my surgeries, 16 for the other.                                                                             So, I rubbed it with Voltaren and it is better. 


Out practicing my walking with my physical therapist. 2005

 I do believe in that Voltaren! Happy that I have more than one tube in my medicine cabinet! 

It used to be a prescription but now you can get the same strength Voltaren over the counter. That was a big help to all us 'oldies' out here who have those aches and pains that come with age. 

BTW, has anyone tried the CBD salve/cream/rub? I hear it's good but it's more expensive than other stuff. Guess I will just stick with what I know. 

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Trying Out MeWe


I have been displeased with facebook. Seems like every 3 or 4 posts I get, it's an ad. 

Yes, I know it's free, not costing me a thing but sometimes even free things are a pain in the you-know-what. So, I broke down and joined MeWe. 

MeWe Cost me $4.99 a month but heck it's worth it to not be always so annoyed at those ads. 

The MeWe page that I set up is so clean looking. No clutter, no ads, no as they say BS... I think I am going to love it. Still have my Facebook page up .... 

But, if you are on MeWe, click on link below. 

I'd love to have you as a contact.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Happy Birthday to Me!

                                                  I had a birthday Wednesday! 

Yep, getting older by the minute. But, I can't tell today that I am any older than I was last week so there.....

                                                         It was #87 for me. 

My Lordy, where in the world has the time gone? Can anybody answer that $64,000 question! 

As I fixed my cereal I sang Happy Birthday to myself and later on I asked Alexa to sing it for me and she did.... I had other renditions from others as well. 

I got lots of facebook birthday wishes, cards, calls, flowers, gifts and other ways people helped me celebrate. I am so thankful for all of that. 

Shirley came down, picked me up and we headed to Franklin to try out a new restaurant/taproom called Serve. We took some new roads getting there and coming back so I got to see some new countryside. That was nice, considering we all have been staring at the four walls for months now. 

            Our lunch was great. We both ordered the brisket sandwich.

When told that it was my birthday, the waiter asked if I'd like a drink with my lunch. I said no. It was noon, even too early for a drinker which I am not. But, here he comes with a small glass with this concoction in it and Oh, My, it was heavenly

I'd never heard of peanut butter whiskey before but that was what it was - with Godiva Chocolate Liqueur mixed it in and topped with whipped cream! I gotta find an excuse to go back there .... and not too far in the future either. Let's see.... Valentine's day is coming up.... 



Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Making 2021 the Best Ever!


Here is a YouTube video I made about the New Year! Hope you will visit my channel and subscribe to it. that would just make my day! Thank you.