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13 March 11

“Guy Movies”

Filed under: Memes — by turtlemom3 @ 12:40 pm
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From Patrick’s Place comes a meme that I really think I can get into:

name seven of your favorite action/adventure, comedy or dramas that might qualify for the category of “guy movies.”


  1. I could fill up the whole list with John Wayne movies! He is just the epitome of “guy,” to me, and his movies have been (and continue to be) enjoyed by all the guys I know. So, instead of listing all his movies and missing out on others, I’ll just list him at the top of the list: JOHN WAYNE
  2. Another actor who could fill up the list by himself is Bruce Willis, so I’ll just list him: BRUCE WILLIS
  3. Every Bond Movie except Never Say Never Again
  4. The Great Escape (1963) – but even better was The Great Escape II: The Untold Story that we had the foresight to tape off TV back in the late 80’s. It’s never been replayed that we know of, and it’s not out on DVD – or we’d buy it! The guys in my life love it.
  5. The Magnificent Seven (1960)
  6. Platoon (1986)
  7. Most of Mel Gibson’s films, especially Lethal Weapon I-IV

OK, that’s my “official” list, approved by Himself. I’d like to add a few more, though:


  1. Hudson Hawk – it’s Bruce Willis at his zaniest, and it’s great!
  2. Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2 (2003, 2004)
  3. The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001, 2002, 2003)
  4. Star Wars 1-6
  5. Star Trek – all the movies, no matter how dorky – they are wonderful – according to my guys
  6. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
  7. Westworld (1973)
  8. Dune (1984) also Dune (TV mini-series 2000)
  9. Indiana Jones movies

Well, that’s the list! But it will always be incomplete – we will discover other movies to be added in the future, and new movies are being made all the time.


23 January 11

Post-a-Week: What is My Favorite Sound?

Filed under: Russian Orthodox Chant — by turtlemom3 @ 3:45 pm

What is your favorite sound?

My favorite sound is Russian Orthodox Chant – like THIS. Or THIS.

Bonus topic: What is a sound you’ve never heard, that you hope to hear someday?

The sound of Christ saying, “Thy sins are forgiven. Come, stand at My right hand.”

6 January 11

My Ancestors' Stories – That I Don't Know

Filed under: Uncategorized — by turtlemom3 @ 10:39 pm

On my Momma's side, I know our family goes back to the Revolutionary War through my Grandmomma's side. We all belonged to the DAR – and actually attended meetings from time to time. I know less about my Granddaddy's family, except it also went back to a Revolutionary War soldier.

My father's side of the family is pretty much unknown to me. So is my maternal grandfather's side. I may have to join Ancestry.Com one of these years, and get serious about tracing the family back farther. No rich people that I know of, just common shopkeepers and tradesmen. But I wish I knew more about the actual people.

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One Hour in a Time Machine To Meet Marie Curie

Filed under: Uncategorized — by turtlemom3 @ 9:56 pm

Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize – and not just one, but two! Yet she was, in addition to being a highly intelligent and dedicated scientist, she was a loving wife and mother. Back at the turn of the 20th century, this was a woman who "had it all." Now just HOW did she balance all that back then? I really want to meet her and her husband, Pierre, and daughters, Irene and Eva.

I would be visiting Marie Curie.

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27 December 10

Daybook 12/27/11

Filed under: Daybook — by turtlemom3 @ 11:15 am
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Simple Womans Daybook

Simple Woman's Daybook


Turtlemom in the great SE of the USA

The clock says:

tick – tick – tick – tick

The weather outside is:

dreary – snow is melting

I am remembering:

my little Momma, how much I loved her; and how much I miss her. She loved weather like this

I am going:

Nowhere today.

I am reading:

case records – difficult to decipher handwriting

I am hoping:

for the healing of my dear Ol’ Curmudgeon’s heart

On my mind:

Remembrance of death – and the nature of repentance

Noticing that:

Magnus (our beautiful black cat) is losing ground daily – don’t believe he will be with us by the end of the year

Pondering these words:

” …A man whose very life is a lie is one who is licentious and pretends to be temperate…” from Dorotheos of Gaza Discourses

From the kitchen:

Lucious French bread made by the Ol’ Curmudgeon

Around the house:

cleaning time – how to do it and still get cases done?

One of my favorite things:

Watching Emmy sleep at my feet on her new bed

From my picture journal:

St. Euphrosynos, the Cook

St. Euphrosynos, the Cook

St. Euphrosynos, the Cook, hangs over the door of the kitchen where we can ask his intercessions while we are making meals.

I am remembering:

nothing much – trying to live in the present rather than the past

Little scraps from my desk:

an old receipt from the grocery showing we purchased the makings for Gazpacho – YUM!

Blessings list:

the Ol’ Curmudgeon continues to be gainfully employed despite all the recession/depression – for which we praise God and give Glory to Him for All Things

I am wearing:

My usual: night-gown and long, warm, fuzzy, dark-green robe and Crocs. Need to get some socks on, though

What’s in the reading basket:

Michael Newton, “Serial Slaughter: What’s Behind America’s Murder Epidemic?” The guy doesn’t quite understand prenatal development and nutrition, yet tries to appear as an authority. This puts his entire thesis in question.

Worthy to watch:

The O’Reilly Factor on FoxNews at 8:00pm Eastern time

Music to my ears:

Christmas music compiled from numerous sources. I’ve decided that no one can write Christmas carols as well as the British – intrigued with John Rutter’s compositions.

Steps towards simplicity:

clearing off the dining room table; have cleaned out my “nest” corner.

My idea corner:

A blackberry with a larger keyboard and easy-to-synchronize-to-PC database. Yeah. That’s what I want.

Kitchen journal:

Time to get pics together and post Himself’s Gazpacho recipe on his blog

A home comfort:

Electric lap blanket. Mine is about 10 years old, now, and I probably should toss it out and get a new one, but I just love it in cold weather.

Nature notes:

Hope the little bushes planted in the fall survive the cold!

Prayer tablet:

Especially for James (stage 4 lymphoma)

Taking out an ad:

RA Warrior – is fighting a good fight for all of us with rheumatoid arthritis!

Parting words to the Society:

Back to work!

11 November 10

Today is Veteran’s Day. Honor a vet.

Filed under: Patriotism — by mtriggs @ 2:38 pm
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There are some wonderful blog posts today. Veteran’s Day by WarmSocks is especially touching.

The Flanders Field Poppy

The Flanders Field Poppy

It brought to mind my grandfather, who fought in WWI in France under General John J. “Blackjack” Pershing. I never heard any stories – he never told any, to my knowledge – not unusual among those in WWI. They saw things that shook them to their cores. Many of them were affected by PTSD for the rest of their lives. They fought valiantly, both at war, and afterward.

My father was in the Army Air Corps in WWII, but was stationed stateside the entire war. However, he was available to go overseas at a moment’s notice.

My husband’s father was in the Navy in WWII. He was a bosun’s mate and drove an LST in the South Pacific – my husband thinks it was at Tarawa.

My husband was in the Marines, briefly. He was mustered out (AFTER passing basic at Parris Island with promotion to private) because he had an old injury to his right shoulder and arm. The MD decided he wouldn’t be able to handle a pistol with his right hand. He cried all the way back home. But he has taken pride in the fact he was in the Marines, for however short a period.

Oldest son served in the Army in the 82nd Airborne for 12 years. Daughter served in the Army in the Tank Corps for 4 years. Youngest son served in the Navy Medical Corps, stationed with the Marines, for 6 years.

This is a great country, but as Thomas Jefferson said, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure.” In order to remain a free nation, we must be willing and prepared to shed our blood to protect it. I’m proud of the military history of our family. And I hope our tradition passes down to our grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I hope we can instill the kind of patriotism their forefathers had into our grandchildren. I fear they will see major conflicts in their lifetimes. I hope they face these honorably and patriotically.

God Bless America!

8 July 10

Books I Can Read Over and Over and Over!

Filed under: Books — by turtlemom3 @ 8:10 pm

You may not be a “re-reader,” but I am! I can’t get enough of some authors, and I can’t get enough of some books. Herein is a list of of those books I have read at least 10 times:

  • The Bible
  • Time Enough for Love and the other “future history” books (Robert Heinlein)
  • All the Lord Peter Wimsey books (Dorothy Sayers)
  • All of the Telzey Amberdon books (James Schmitz)
  • The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (J.R.R. Tolkien)
  • Jean Auel’s Stone Age series
  • Sweet Silver Blues (and the first 9 of the 11 sequels) by Glen Cook
  • Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta series
  • Raymond Feist’s Magician series
  • Raymond Feist and Janny Wurts’ Daughter of Empire series
  • Ian Fleming’s James Bond series
  • Gandalara Cycle (Randall Garrett & Vicki Ann Heydron)
  • James Herriot’s first 4 books
  • Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series
  • Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar series
  • C.S. Lewis’ space trilogy and Narnia series

Now, this doesn’t mean there are not other books I re-read. I only listed the ones I have read 10 or more times! Certain authors are favorites, of course. But you probably noticed that.

We have so many books, I have obtained a program for organizing and cataloging them! However, THAT project will begin only AFTER the kitchen has been remodeled!

22 June 10


Filed under: 1 — by turtlemom3 @ 7:34 pm

America Truly is the Greatest Country in the World. Don’t Let Freedom Slip Away

“After America , There is No Place to Go”

Please forward this message to other voters who may not have it.

28 April 10

[Archive April 25, 2006]

Filed under: Archive,High School — by turtlemom3 @ 8:39 pm

Henry “Ar”

I just had word that my old and dear friend Henry “Ar” died 2 days ago. God bless him. We had known each other for about 45 years off and on. We met when I was visiting family up in Kingsport TN back in ’61 or ’62, and went out a few times while I was there. He was courtly and sweet. We became friends and remained in touch off and on over the years (mostly off until the last 3 years when he finally came, kicking and screaming, into the electronic age and we could correspond via e-mail and talk via cell-phones).

His oldest son called me today – he was going through all the numbers programmed into Henry’s cellphone to notify people. What a hard thing to do.

Henry lived in a small town in a deep Southern state. He was married and divorced with children and grandchildren. He adored his grandchildren. When he called he would talk about them and I would talk about ours. We kept saying we should get together, but his work and my disability kept that from happening. He developed heart and lung problems over the years – some probably genetic, some related to weight and lack of exercise. I don’t recall him smoking, but he may have.

On Sunday he died. I keep remembering the young man he was back in ’61/’62: The fun we had that summer, the times he came to Atlanta and I would see him again (with husband in tow), the phone calls and silly e-mails. He never learned to cut off all the “tags” when he forwarded e-mails.

May God bless him and keep him.

Memory Eternal.
Posted by Elizabeth at 4/25/2006 11:27:00 AM

Mimi said…

May his Memory Be Eternal. I’m sorry, Elizabeth.
4/25/2006 1:40 PM

ADDENDUM 4/28/10
Since this was posted, I have lost a number of other people. Robert S – a sweet man slightly older than I who was in our woodworking and woodturning groups. My Uncle O – not really my bio-uncle, he “belonged” to my ex-husband’s family, but he graciously considered me his niece long after that old marriage had ended. In his penultimate year, he used to collect Splenda packages for me from the restaurants he went to – and he ate out a lot! I still have a box of them, neatly held together with rubber bands. I tear-up every time I use some of them. And Jim G – who found our house for us. He also found our daughter’s house and our youngest son’s first house in the Cumming area. He died a painful death from bone cancer. Doug H died in January. He was my first “real” boyfriend. I was not surprised, but I was shocked. He had lung cancer.

My 50th high school anniversary is next week. Nearly 1/2 of the class has died! A number of them were people I really hoped to see again. But we had lost touch with each other, and it is my great loss.

May their Memories be Eternal!

30 March 10

54 Ways to Respond to “You Look Good”

Filed under: Chronic Illness,Chronic Pain,Invisible Illness Week,Pain — by turtlemom3 @ 8:03 am

* This list can be reprinted. Please see the attribution instructions at the end:

1. I am hangin’ in there…

2. I am so blessed. God is so good.

3. Drugs are a wonderful thing.

4. I have my good days and I have my bad days.

5. I clean up well.

6. I have my ‘good’ days….but this isn’t one of them!

7. Thanks, I wish I felt better.

8. That’s a perfect example of how you can never judge a book by it’s cover.

9. Thanks, but there are many aspects of MS (or RA, or fibromyalgia, or …) which you don’t see … would you like to know more about it?

10. That’s what most people think since pain can’t be seen most of the time. Have you heard about Invisible Illness Week? It’s really helpful to let people know that most illness is invisible.

11. I’m trying to appreciate that fact. I know the day may come when I have to use a wheelchair or a cane, and my illness will be more visible.

12. You should be on the inside.

13. Thanks. I have more to be grateful for than I have to complain about – which means I have a LOT to be grateful for!

14. Well I guess I did good job on my makeup, because I am having a hard time to tell the truth.

15. …And that’s all that really matters, isn’t it?

16. Powder and paint, make you what you ain’t!

17. It took a lot of work to look like this.

18. It’s God shinning through me.

19. It’s nice of you to think so, but you’re missing the pain and agony that I really am in.

20. And you look so wise. Looks can be deceiving though, huh?

21. I’m having a “good face” day.

22. Yeah. My kid thinks it’s cool I’m an ill person working under-cover!

23. I do a great job hiding how I really feel.My life is still very challenging and probably will always be, but I am hanging in there, keeping a positive faith, and gratitude as THE attitude. Thanks for their concern.

24. I’m trying my best to do well OVER my circumstances instead of being under them!

25. It’s up and down.

26. I’m still struggling, but it IS nice to have a day when I am able to pull myself together and make it out of the house!

27. I’m not complaining about my looks.

28. I’m very good at pretending.

29. Good, because if I looked like I feel it would scare you to death.

30. Actually, I still am really hurting…

31. I am 36 years old outside but 85 inside.

32. Thank you. I’m on my way to the Oscars.

33. Thanks, I’m grateful for this good day.

34. Things aren’t always what they seem.

35. Praise God, I’m glad that he enables me to look so much better than I feel.

36. Thanks, that’s God’s joy shining through!

37. Have you ever heard of the spoon theory?

38. I am upright which is better the alternative.

39. Thanks, want to swap bodies for a few days?

40. Thanks, I guess I am fortunate that I have an illness that can’t be seen.

41. Thanks. I like good days.

42. Want to step inside my skin?

43. It’s amazing what a shower can do. I guess I am all cried out for now.

44. Thanks…I wish I felt it!

45. I’m not complaining about my looks.

46. I’m very good at pretending.

47. Looks can be deceiving (and smile)

48. Thank God for makeup!

49. Thank you for caring. I try to act like I feel better than I really do.

50. Thanks, I am trying to even though it will never go away. i just try to remember things could be worse.

51. I’d be great if it wasn’t for the pain.

52. I’d complain but who wants to listen.

53. If I can’t feel good, at least I am determined to look good!

54. I’m in good shape for the shape I am in!

What do you say? Or what would you say if you could say anything (keep it clean!)

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