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October 31, 2014 Posted by | Life | | Leave a comment

Can I Rent a Tornado?

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Here’s two wedding pictures that are unique in their own way—one photographer captured a tornado, the other, a herd of deer.

The last one is mine. Taken by a Mexican waiter one hour after the wedding. While my wedding pictures were not professional, they cost nothing.

Those were taken 22 years ago–My dress…was old, our rings were all together $100 dollars at Grandpa Pigeons, the preacher and the little church, $100, dinner for four at Casa Gallardo —(my two best friends and us)–$100. Flowers…$10.

All together our day cost $310, below the price of both those wedding dresses!

HA! (Okay, so I had BIG hair.) But, I AM frugal!

Still—- to have wedding pictures with tornadoes and deer in the background? I would have paid.



October 19, 2014 Posted by | love, Uncategorized | | 7 Comments

This Is What Happens When You Have TWO…

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For those of you who have more than one dog, this scene will be just like your own home movies.

My dogs do this every single day. In our house, my husband is the “alpha” and we have two female dogs, so to them, I’m just the other member of the female pack. It’s HIS attention that brings the brownie points.

And so, when he pets one dog, the other dog will try all KINDS of tricks to get that spoil rotten dog who is getting all the attention out the door.

She will bark like crazy, growl, dance, steal treats, and if that doesn’t work, she just lays her head down and looks depressed. It’s always funny.

What’s even funnier is the comments about this video on Youtube from people—one person said it was animal cruelty.

Obviously a feminist.

Anyway, Enjoy!

And also…enjoy this: Elephant and kitten

September 7, 2014 Posted by | Life, Uncategorized | | 1 Comment

Nobody Takes a Week Off….

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Dear —all you Nobody readers….

Congress took a break…..

The ‘President’ took a break…

So, I figured it was a good time for me to take a break…I’m long overdue for one. I’ve decided to take a week off….

I’ll be back here next Monday, August 18, with my usual Monday’s Nobody’s Opinion…hopefully, refreshed and ready to rumble!

Be sure to come back!




August 10, 2014 Posted by | Just life, Uncategorized | | 4 Comments

To All the Dads I Know..and the Ones I don’t…

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Happy Fathers Day!

June 15, 2014 Posted by | Just life | | 1 Comment

A Gift to My Brother on his Birthday

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Sorry, I was absent today. It was my brother’s birthday, and believe it or not, for the VERY first time, I got to see his son pitch a game.

I can’t tell you what a thrill it was, to see that, mainly, because on my father’s side, we did have a ball player who was on the cardinals team, my uncle Dean.  My grandmother even named him Dean, after Dizzy Dean.

And then my father had my brother pitching baseball, and now, my brother has made a hell of a great pitcher out of his son. He could go on to be in the major leagues, that’s how good he is, (and no, I’ve seen enough pitchers to know) but he’s a smart kid, and could do whatever he chooses.

But, let me tell you the main reason I’m posting this: I got this video off of an excellent blog by amfortas about the veterans, and he had this video in the piece, which I am putting here, so that I can send this to my brother.

My brother, was such a great trumpet player, he really was one of the best players in America. (In my opinion, the best.) While he never became nationally famous, For years he entertained the crowds in Chicago. He played rings around this girl, but I thought he would enjoy it, for the sheer beauty of tone.

BECAUSE…as far as I know, my brother has never read my blog. (Sneaky way to get him here, don’t you think? LOL!)

Anyway, GARY…you’re the best! I had a great day watching your son Cody pitch. DAD would be so proud!

Everybody else…excuse me for indulging my family memories, and do enjoy, the little Holland girls wonderful rendition of TAPS.

(Okay Gary, if you are reading this, it’s not MEANT to say you’re getting old, I mean, I know you’re only…what…29?)img034

June 1, 2014 Posted by | Life, Uncategorized | | 1 Comment

The Universe in a Mockingbird’s Song

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Did anybody get to see the meteor shower last night? I went out…looked up in the sky for about 15 minutes, and saw…nothing. Just the usual.

But the universe didn’t disappoint. One lone mockingbird was singing at the top of his lungs, in the silence at 2 in the morning. He was a block over and sang like he was singing to the universe and every star above his head in the sky.

I missed the meteorite show, but not even a song by the greatest voices on earth… could have sounded as sweet as that little bird.

Good Morning! And…Enjoy!


May 25, 2014 Posted by | Life | | Leave a comment

Going on a Plane Trip this Summer? You might want to watch this….

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Amazing how many ways someone can steal from you…here’s one we don’t think about much.

This was from Kim Komando…if you travel a lot, you might want to watch this.


May 17, 2014 Posted by | Life | | Leave a comment

Pictures of Mothers: All Good.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Hey! I am going to give myself a break today because it’s MOTHER’S DAY and I’m spending the day with my family. As should you!

Here’s some of my favorite “mom and kid” pictures–but before I run off, I must say…last winter I was worried about the birds. We had a good run of near zero degrees here for months, and that’s in Missouri. It was brutal. But the birds not only survived, they flourished! Nature is AMAZING.

And, now that you know I’m a bird lover, I have noticed that the birds are exceptionally happy and joyful this spring. They are having babies all over the place, including right outside my window where there is a gaggle of them in a nest and they chirp for momma all day long. Poor mom. She is having a hard time keeping up.

The baby bunnies are out, and what is it about spring and babies? How can you not love it?

So, enjoy…the love between a mother and child. Remember, even Al Gore had a mother. (Hard to believe)

Everybody, have a great day! And be sure to love mom, even though your pretty sure she loves your brother more. (That’s me as a kid in that last picture.)

Happy M D 1Happy MD 2Happy MD 3Happy MD 4happy MD 6Happy MD7


May 10, 2014 Posted by | Life, Uncategorized | | 1 Comment

The “Dumb Asses” WIN!

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Men and their sons have memories of playing catch, but in my family, mother and daughter…waited anxiously each year to watch the Kentucky Derby.

My mother loved horses, and she passed that on to me–(Lots of stories to tell about that)— and each year we would gather round the TV to watch the Kentucky Derby.Kentucky Derby winners

We never missed one.I have never been to the Kentucky Derby, but I have driven through Kentucky, on a summer’s morning when the dew on the rolling hills of grass look like diamonds in heaven.

I remember how my mother loved Seattle Slew. And we always loved to see the hats the ladies would wear.

Oh yes, you HAD to make fun of the hats. And the half-drunk ladies underneath them.

Since she died in 2000, I noticed that the winners recently were always very rich men. So this year, when the “poor” men won, of course, in honor of the Nobodies of the world, I simply must make a mention today—

I’m always for the Nobody’s!

From MSN News:

In a sport dominated by wealthy owners and regally bred horses from Kentucky’s bluegrass country, this was a victory for the little guys. Owners Perry Martin and Steve Coburn bred an $8,000 mare to a $2,500 stallion to produce the winner of the world’s most famous race with their one-horse stable.

California Chrome has the unlikeliest pedigree for a Derby champion. His mother, named Love the Chase, won just one race. She was purchased by Coburn and Martin, a move that prompted a trainer to call them “dumb asses” for getting involved in racing.

Feeling inspired, they named their operation DAP Racing, which stands for Dumb Ass Partners. Their silks include an image of a donkey.

Coburn lives near Reno, Nevada, rising at 4:30 a.m. for his job as a press operator at a 13-employee company that makes magnetic strips for credit cards and driver licenses.

Martin lives on the California side of the border near Reno, running a laboratory that tests high-reliability equipment, like car air bags and medical equipment.

So, here’s two working guys, and the oldest trainer in Kentucky Derby history, that put their ‘dumb asses’ to the test of positive thinking…against the millionaires of Kentucky…

AND WON! On one of the owner’s birthday even. California Chrome…will now be set down in history as the poor’s man’s victory.

Horse racing is a wonderful tradition, and in this world of depressing news…how great is it to see a horse race in spring time to remind us all…

We could use a lot more joy, and a lot less politics.California ChromeP.S….Did anybody else but me noticed that the winning horse was NOT in the winners circle with the giant bouquet of flowers around his neck?

Does anybody know why? Do the owners have to pay for that? Or did it look (I thought) that the horse was limping a bit off the track…Where WAS the horse after the race? Did they edit him out?

(Stop it Joyanna)



May 3, 2014 Posted by | Life, Uncategorized | | 3 Comments

Zippy: The Dog Who Did…Nothing.

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This morning I was reading about dogs…how they understand how to read human communications, even better than chimps. For instance, every day, when I go outside to work in the yard, all I have to do is go into the bathroom, and tie my hair back…and my two dogs go absolutely nuts. They jump up and down, bark, yelp,—- you would think it was the last inning of the world series and I had just hit the winning run in. They know they will get to go out too.DSCN0041

Just by me simply putting a rubber band around my hair.

And here’s what even more fantastic…I can go into the bathroom, and CLOSE THE DOOR, and they STILL know I’m putting my hair back.

When it comes to food, Zippy comes and scratches my leg. Or stares at me. And if I ignore her…she barks. I am like her private IPAD. I am at her command.

Zippy is an excellent communicator so that’s why I’m baffled about last night.

Why didn’t Zippy TELL us that the kitchen was on fire?

Let me set this up.

It was around 10.30 at night, and my husband had put on his CPAC machine, and rolled over to sleep…I still had the TV on, and I was getting ready to go into my office to write, and I heard a funny popping sound.

Now, Zippy was ON the floor, staring into the kitchen, literally watching a blanket that I had on my bird’s cage…go up in six-foot flames. She just sat there…

“Hey, your machine is making a funny noise” I told my husband.

And then for no particular reason, I decided to go into the kitchen for some water…that’s when I saw flames, reaching up to the ceiling…a lamp that was turned off, had touched the blanket on the bird-cage and instantly, that blanket had flared into flames. The metal bird-cage was on fire, and my three parakeets were of course, at the other end of the cage…fighting for their lives.

Zippy, just sat there…smiling…calming watching until I yelled.


My husband jumped out of bed, and took two blankets and somehow miraculously smothered the fire out, although it took him some time. If the curtains which were near the flame had caught on fire, we would have not have been able to stop the room from going up.

He got second degree burns, and big blisters on his fingers from the flames.

Smoke was everywhere, and since we had two blankets that had caught on fire, we had thrown one on the kitchen floor. It was no longer in flames. (or so we thought.)

We left it there. (Bad idea)

I went to caring for the birds. Flames had even fallen to the bottom of the cage. Half of the white bird-cage was black. The lamp plastic had melted on to the rug on the floor, and my kitchen chairs which were nearby, were damaged from the fire. Flames had fallen all over the floor.

Zippy thought it was pretty I guess. (Yep, she was sitting there calmly…just like that picture.) Kitchen fire

While I was trying to calm the birds (By the grace of god they only got soot on them) the blanket we had left on the floor was STILL on fire.

“Hey ! This blanket is still smoking!” I yelled, to my husband who of course, was in extreme pain with his hand in a pan of water.

When we lifted it up, a big hole had burnt through the kitchen rug. We threw it in the sink, which is what we should have done in the first place.

So, here’s the moral to the story: If I had NOT had gone into the kitchen when I did, the house could have very well burnt down, no thanks to the dog who did NOT save his masters from the fire.

I read these stories all the time….

Dog saved baby from fire.

Dog went back into the house to save kids.

Dog WARNED the people in the house that it was on fire.

You read them too.

Zippy did not move until I yelled FIRE!

Then she ran…and hide in the front room. So much for the “Zippy saved our lives” story in Readers Digest, which I CERTAINLY would have written.

Tonight my birds, won’t go over to their side of the cage. They REMEMBER what happened last night, and how they were almost fried.

Zippy the great communicator, acts like it just another day. She doesn’t remember a thing.

But I can’t blame this on Zippy.

It was my fault for thinking that JUST because a lamp is off, doesn’t mean it’s not still hot. The simple truth is, I was just tired and not thinking when I put the cover on the cage.

As for Zippy, she saves my life every day with her joyful happiness at the simple sight of me putting my hair back. Or going for a ride, or a walk, or just eating her bone.

I guess I’ll forgive her this time. But, we DO have to work on our communication.



May 2, 2014 Posted by | humor, Life, Uncategorized | , | 5 Comments

Do YOU Have a Messy Desk?

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I very much liked this picture. My desk is a mess. My house is clean, but my office, OMG. I take after my mother, who always had a messy desk. But..if you have tendency to be “messy” have good heart…it’s not necessarily a bad thing: (Thanks to Kris)

Albert Einstein

April 26, 2014 Posted by | Life | | Leave a comment

Nobody’s Email: How Wolves Change Rivers

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I got this last week, and found it extremely fascinating. And also scary, because it’s more proof that everything is connected.

And if this works in nature, think of what Monsanto is doing with food.

What the chem trails are doing to the earth.

What the government is doing with land and water.

Okay…don’t. It might ruin your weekend.

But…do enjoy the video!

(Thanks to JR)

April 26, 2014 Posted by | Life | | 4 Comments

Nobody’s Fool: Randy Pausch

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I don’t usually post long lectures like video’s, but I read this guys’ book last week, and I found him to be a most amazing human being. This was called his “last lecture” because when he made this video, he had about 3 months to live due to the fact that he had pancreatic cancer, therefore he wanted to stuff all he learned in life into a video for his kids.

What’s amazing about Randy, is his incredible optimism. In this video he takes you on the journey of his life, how he got to work at Disney on all the great rides, and how to face death.

He gives lots of good advice, and even it you can’t watch it, just listen to it, or take it in pieces like I did.

Randy Wins the Nobody’s Fool award for being probably the most pragmatic human to ever walk the planet. He was truly, a remarkable man, and more than that….so VERY American.


April 17, 2014 Posted by | Life | | Leave a comment


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