I’m blond

I was afraid to go to work today…..

I’m almost 52 years old – I’ve been thin/medium/fat gray/red/black/brown haired, I have birthed two children – one in the time of labor in one room, delivery in the other – legs up in the air in a public hallway from one room to the other…I’ve had a stress test ekg with my breasts hanging out while I walk in front of one of my daughter’s friends’ father and the doc.  I’ve fallen flat out in a parking lot several times – passed gas in front of my daughter and her boyfriend in a big box store when I fell off of a lawn chair I was trying out…..uh huh…and I was TOTALLY FREAKED OUT that I had to go to work with blond hair today.  The color is gorgeous…Nicole did an excellent job but the change is pretty drastic…I’ll make it…the loveable girls I work with were very complimentary and made blond bombshell jokes all day….I won’t post a picture to prove it but I’m far from a blond bombshell… 🙂  “he” liked it…in fact, the relief on his face was priceless when I removed my hood last night when I got home…he said OH I like it, it is not what I was expecting 🙂  So, my advice…go for it…what fun…at least during this time of year, the total fear of humiliation is at least a feeling…instead of being numb and frozen all the time!!! 

Goin’ blond

I have been bitching about the weather for almost 9 hours…and quite frankly, I’m just not feeling any better.  Then I noticed it is 17:22 or 5:22 and it is still light out…I can see the sheriff’s office parking lot.  That is a very nice thing…very positive…

All of the bosses have gone home…..can’t beat that….

I’m getting a haircut after work …always love that

Decided I’m going to go blond.  This is BIG.  I’m sick and tired of coloring my hair…I’ve been doing it since I was 16 years old ..then it was because I could…when he and I met, my hair was pretty much coal black…he didn’t know any different…his mother didn’t do the beauty salon or nice and easy so I was an anomoly… I am now probably about 75% gray.  It started in the front where I’m very, very white and my nape is salt and pepper…I have tried several times to just not color it but 1) he doesn’t like it; and 2) guys  at work said it made me look old.  So, I decided to go blond with low lights  at the recommendation of my eldest daughter….we’ll see….

Old and Restless

Yes, Jeff.  I’ve changed again.  I can’t seem to find the Xanga theme I want.  The lighthouse picture which I tried twice…the first time for about 10 minutes – was way, way too depressing..I tried to lighten it up..but although I loved the picture, it was bringing me down.  I’m very happy with tulips at this moment…Hope it lasts.  We are suppose to have a thaw this weekend.  It might even get up to 40…. There has to be a change in the weather soon… I’m irritable…trying to be positive…okay….I’m positive I’m irritable!!!

I’m completely innocent. Signed, Frannie

The best purchase I’ve made so far for Billy’s enjoyment is the catnip blanket from Target for $9 something – Kate and Luke have one for their cats but I have never seen them use it.  Billy immediately latched onto it last night and had one whee of a time rolling around the computer room floor.

This morning while I’ve been on the computer, he and Frannie have been in the room with me; Billie, once again, has been non-stop playing.  Frannie asked me to please mention that she is laying in the same position and in no way is influencing the cat’s behavior…and in fact, she thinks the cat is totally NUTS…..

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Uh, huh…I think there is some mental thing going on …..



No offense intended, male readers, but the reason men will never totally be secure is because they don’t have girlfriends – not sex girlfriends – but girlfriends. 

Girlfriends share their lives…details and emotions and we love each other because we can totally understand each other.  That is not to say we always agree but, for the most part, we have a way of sharing that makes it okay to differ.  I had lunch today with Karen and Deb at Applebees…this was not really lunch…this was an event – almost 4 hours…what can 3 women talk about in 4 hours….there isn’t much that 3 women don’t talk about in 4 hours…..

I did a little shopping in the afternoon…Younkers had a sale on fiesta ware dishes so I bought a tangerine platter and small bowl along with salt and pepper shaker…I’m pretty satisfied with my tangerine collection..today anyway.  He was giddy with excitement when I called to tell him about my bargains.

When I got back to town, I had supper with another group of girlfriends…we met at 6:30 and I got home at about 9:30.  Conversation was not quite as intimate but very entertaining…I think I realized for the first time tonight that we are all gray hidden under salon highlights or nice and easy 🙂

I have one more day off – plan on filling it with copious amounts of nothingness…

Make a little time to visit with a girlfriend – you’ll feel better…..

What was I thinking……..


Okay…so I have this really fun country kitchen…everything sitting on the top of my cupboards is something I really like…when I repainted last year, I hauled out a nice size box of things that really didn’t mean anything to me and re-arranged things that were important to me – like my cow collections and my baskets and my grandmother’s canning jars which still have white medical tape on them with her writing of what was in them… We used to have a nice size flourescent light there in the middle of the ceiling but it was having issues…perhaps just the bulbs needed to be changed….

Allow me to digress.  Jeff’s mom has this awesome track lighting above the kitchen breakfast bar – just looks wonderful – it has little cobalt blue lights that hang down and I fell in love.  Jeff’s mother’s kitchen also supports the style of this track lighting.  So..while at work Monday, I had a chance to peruse the Menards ad in the Sunday paper and what did my wondering eyes did appears was track lighting on sale.  Mind you, this wasn’t exactly like Laurie’s track lighting but I HAD TO HAVE IT.  He was in the dentist’ chair but one of my best friends works for the dentist …so I called and asked her to give him the message that I wanted the lights and why didn’t he go to Menards when he was sprung from the chair…he’s a saint – or so everyone that knows me and knows him says….

The good thing – after he got them installed, he kept looking and said he thought there was too much clutter with everything on the cabinets.  I agree…and they are too modern for my fun country kitchen….. so now what?

Mike and Kim came for supper tonight – and Kim (who missed her calling as a designer) agreed as I knew she would…we decided the lights could be removed and put over the kitchen table – still a little too modern but at least not as cluttered…who has the nerve to ask “him”?

On a different thought – I made taco soup tonight for supper…it was “oh, so easy”, tasted great and the kitchen wasn’t a mess with dirty dishes.  Here’s the recipe…tastes great for this time of year:

2 lb hamburger

1pt sour cream

1 small onion

1 lb velveeta cut into cubes

2=15 oz cans pinto beans

2 cups water

1 – 14 1/2 oz can stewed tomatoes

1 – 10 1/2 oz can Ro-tell tomatoes – diced style

1 15 oz can chili (no beans)

1/2 tsp garlic salt

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Brown and drain hamburger and onions.  Pour all other ingrediets, juice and all, into a large crock pot.  Cook for 2 hours in crock pot or until cheese is melted and warmed through.  DO NOT boil.  Serve with broken tortilla chips.

We used the large fiesta ware bowls…4 of us each had 2 servings.. He took some to work tonight and there is enough for a meal left.


Until next time….