Saturday, December 18, 2010

Wake up running

Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must out run the fastest lion or it will be killed.
Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve.
It doesn't matter whether you're a lion or gazelle - when the sun comes up,
you'd better be running.

Monday, November 29, 2010

major crop harvest!

We always just had 1 combine, 1 truck and a pickup.

Times have changed. in 50 years.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

"The single greatest thing you can do to change your life today would be to start being grateful for what you have right now. And the more grateful you are, the more you get." – Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

My Husband

My husband has made me laugh. Wiped my tears. Hugged me tight. Watched me succeed. Seen me fail. Cheered me on. Kept me going strong. My husband is a promise from God that I will have a friend forever. Put this as your FB status if you love your husband.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Best 60th Birthday Book

When I Grow Up I Want to Be 60
by: Wendy Reid Crisp

Things to Do Now That You're 60 (Things to Do...)
by: Graeme Kent

What You Don't Know About Turning 60: A Funny Birthday Quiz
by: Phil Witte

Suddenly Sixty And Other Shocks Of Later Life
by: Judith Viorst

Sixty Things to Do When You Turn Sixty
by: Various

Now We Are Sixty
by: Christopher Matthew, David Eccles

Friday, November 12, 2010

10 party games for people over 60

1. Sag! You're It!
2. Pin the Toupee on the Bald Guy
3. 20 Questions Shouted in Your Good Ear
4. Kick the Bucket
5. Red Rover, Red Rover, the Nurse Says Bend Over
6. Doc, Doc, Goose
7. Simon Says Something Incoherent
8. Musical Recliners
9. Spin the Bottle of Mylanta
10. Hide and Go Pee!

I can’t be 60!

Q: What is the most common remark made by 60+ year olds when they enter antique stores?
A: 'Hey! I remember these!'

Q: What is the most effective form of birth control for people 60 and over?
A: Nudity.

Q: Where can men or women over the age of 60 find young, sexy members of the opposite sex who are interested in them?
A: Try a bookstore -- under fiction.

Q: As people age, do they sleep more soundly?
A: Yes, but usually only in the afternoon.

Q: Where do 60 year olds look for fashionable glasses?
A: Their foreheads.

Q: What is a 60 year old's most frequent thought when going from one room to another?
A: 'What did I come here for?'

How did this happen? I can’t be 60!

Q: Why should 60 year old people use valet parking?
A: Valets don't forget where they park your car.
Sixty is the venerable, senior generation – not the young, hip, break-the-rules crowd I grew up with. We were taught to show respect to Sixty, all the while rolling our eyes whenever one of these well-meaning, hopeless dolts demonstrated that she was clueless about the really important things in life—like good music, politics, relationships, and what to wear to a ballet.

How did I become one of THEM?

Sixty can’t name a single song on iTunes top download list. Sixty is the target audience for those pathetic TV ads for Viagra, adult diapers, and reverse mortgages. Sixty is more concerned about his own property tax rates than quality education for (other people’s) kids. Sixty can’t remember how a joke goes two minutes into the telling of it. Sixty is the loyal first wife that her graying husband leaves for the newer, shinier model. Sixty is the panicked middle manager who prays that the latest downsizing round will pass him by. Surely I can’t be 60!

OK, I exaggerate. A little. The Godzilla-sized boomer generation has redefined what it means to be 60. Indeed, our market power has allowed us to state convincingly that “sixty is the new forty.” We are healthier, more active and engaged in life than the generations preceding us. We have lots of role models who look FABULOUS and exude a vitality to match their great looks.

The Upside of Turning 60

by Diane Keaton:
Having just celebrated a "milestone birthday", here is my biggest takeaway after 60 years on the planet: There is great value in being fearless. For too much of my life, I was too afraid, too frightened by it all. That fear is one of my biggest regrets. I wish I had put myself out there a little bit more and experienced people more instead of protecting myself. I spent a lot of time protecting myself. I mean, I've met a lot of extraordinary people over the years -- and I just wish I had been able to open myself up to them more.

I remember when I was filming "Godfather III." My father was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and I flew home. He told me, "I only wish I'd done more. I wish I had worked less at something I didn't really enjoy." I've been blessed to work at something I love, but I wish his words had emboldened me more.

I've spent a lot of my life worrying -- especially when I was younger. I used to listen to Judy Garland all the time -- I love Judy Garland and her music. But I started to realize that if you keep singing like that, singing songs of being victimized by love over and over and over again, it can't help but have a profound effect on your life. At a certain point, you're programming yourself to become a victim of love. And I decided that that wasn't for me, so I forged ahead. And I feel like I've managed to avoid becoming a victim to that particular kind of love.

A sense of freedom is something that, happily, comes with age and life experience. In "The Second Sex", Simone de Beauvior says that as they approach 50, a lot of women are set free from the anxiety and the mortification and the humiliation of intimate relationships with men -- the opposite sex. For some reason, you are suddenly free from it. And thank god for that.

It's the upside of sticking around this long.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


I read on facebook that Ethan is walking. That is so exciting. Can't wait till I get home to see him walking.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

It's not WHAT you eat, it's how MUCH you eat!

Professor Mark Haub of Kansas State University ate a sugary and fatty snack every three hours for two months and actually lost 27 pounds.

He says its calorie counting that matters the most, not the nutritional value.

He ate 1,800 calories worth of Twinkies, brownies, Doritos, candy bars and much more every day, but he doesn't recommend any one else try this diet.

The Kansas State Nutrition Professor wanted to prove to his students that weight loss is merely "calories in versus calories out." (He reduced his caloric intake while eating junk food.)

At the same time, he says he feels great, has good cholesterol, and no problems with blood pressure.

So, is it okay to give up nutrition for a time - to lose weight & get "better" health?
Are sugary foods really the problem in our society - or is it how much we eat?\\

Friday, November 5, 2010

My Man

If you have a Wonderful Man,
Who helps balance your whole world...
Who isn't perfect, but is perfect to you...
Who works (VERY) hard & would do anything for you...
Who makes you laugh & drives you crazy...
Who is your best friend...
Who you want to grow old with...&......
who you are thankful for everyday...
Post on Facebook..

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Oh man my stomach hurts.

I ate a little too much of the kids candy. First a Snickers, then some Reeses cups, and I just couldn't stop "checking the kids" candy. All I kept hearing was "Grandma, that's our candy". Hey I dressed up too..........

Monday, October 11, 2010


Ah Monday, another opportunity to get it right!

Saturday, October 2, 2010


I have found this urge to clean.

Sweep, wash and shine the kitchen floor. It looks GREAT!

I should have the whole place in great shape.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


We create our own history. day by day, decision by decision, habit by habit.-Jeff O'Leary

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Worried ..........

Today is the tomorrow we worried about yesterday..........

Saturday, September 25, 2010


These are my beautiful daughters that have given me the 9 most terrific grandchildren! Thanks girls, job well done. You are fabulous women and the best mom's in the world.

8 Grandkids Swimming

Oh Saturday before Ethan's Birthday Party. 8 of my 9 grandkids had a Birthday swim. They had such a GREAT time. Jessica sure wish that you could have joined us. We know that you have grown up and would rather be with your friends.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Happy Faces

I think they are trying to decide who had the best Birthday Presents!



Dear Lord,

Please keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth... Amen.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Ethan's Day

Ethan's 1st Birthday!

Ethan and his Parents

Ethan's brother and sister

Ethan's Friends

Ehtan's 5 cousins and MY SIX GRANDSONS!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Fast Food Restaurants

..... "Can i have a coke?" "Is Pepsi alright?"
"Uh, is monopoly money alright?" :D

......If McDonald's sold hot dogs, could u order a McWeiner with a straight face & tell them u want it supersized? :o)

I think I'm Suffering from ADOS: Attention deficit... ooh squirrel!!!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Camden's Day

This is how Camden felt about his birthday!

Camden had a GREAT Birthday!

1st round of 1st Birthday Parties

Friday was Camden's 1st Birthday

Chad grilled steak k-bob's. They were really excellent. What a great dinner. Then Camden enjoyed all of his gifts.

Cake was enjoyed by all. Kimi baked the best cake...
and the icing was really good, just ask Camden.

Next week is round 2 of 1st birthdays.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Jay and Jodean's Great-Grandchildren

Mom and Dad went to Jaidan's 11th Birthday party

Jay and JoDean w/ the great-grandchildren Carter, Jaidan, Callie, Briley, Randa

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


A farmer who had a quarrelsome family called his sons and told them to lay a bunch of sticks before him. Then, after laying the sticks parallel to one another and binding them, he challenged his sons, one after one, to pick up the bundle and break it. They all tried, but in vain. Then, untying the bundle, he gave them the sticks to break one by one. This they did with the greatest ease. Then said the father, Thus, my sons, as long as you remain united, you are a match for anything, but differ and separate, and you are undone.

Feisel from Denmark

This is Feisel Butt from Denmark. One of the coolest guys I have ever met.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Beebe First Day of School - 2010

Jake, Jessica, Josh and Jennifer
How my grandchildren are growing!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Heart Broke...

I dated a musician who used to play his songs for me over the phone. Then I realized he was just putting me on hold....

Wednesday, August 4, 2010


4 days till we go to Taj Mahal

10 days before I am back in the USA

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


There just isn't enough time for everything on our "TO DO" list--and there never will be. Successful people don't try to do everything. They learn to focus on the most important tasks and make sure they get done.

There's an old saying that if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, your have the satisfaction of knowing that it's probably the worst thing you'll do all day. using "eat that frog" as a metaphor for tackling the most challenging task of your day-- the one you are most likely to procrastinate on, but also probably the one that can have the greatest positive impact on your life--Eat That Frog! shows you how to zero in on these critical tasks and organize your day. You'll not only get more done faster, but get the right things done.

In his trademark high-energy style, acclaimed speaker and best-selling author Brian Tracy cuts to the core of what is vital to effective personal time management: decision, discipline, and determination. He details twenty-one practical and doable steps that will help you stop procrastinating and get more of the important tasks done--today!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Here is a great rule for Success: Think on Paper

Rule 1: Decide exactly what you want
Rule 2: Write it down
Rule 3: Set a deadline on your goal
Rule 4: Make a list of everything that you can think of that you are going to have to do to achieve your goal.
Rule 5: Organize the list into a plan
Rule 6: Take action on your plan immediately
Rule 7: Resolve to do something every single day that moves you toward your major goal.

from the book: Eat That Frog

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Grumble.... grumble.....

I could grumble about most things today, be it the news, the weather, the plain fact that nothing seems to be right, but it wouldnt matter if I did grumble, it won't change.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Alana - Ahmedabad Expat

Alana - Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Hi expat friends. I have started a list of places around Ahmedabad to pass on to the next volunteer at Drishti. Its rough and needs your help. I am trying to capture the places that are not listed in guide books- where we frequent and love. Check it out and let me know what else I should add!

Curry Toes

The Worst Eyebrows EVER!!







Divorce Cake

7 Menopausal Dwarfs


1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

5 Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!

6.. Want to avoid a terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8.. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don't have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

9.. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don't have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber with react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don't have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a 'green' way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but is won't leave streaks and won't harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.

13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Delta AirLines

I had tried to get a ticket for a month long trip. But sold me a ticket 1 week, I had to call and change the ticket. Delta charged me an additional $300 to change the mistake that Delta had made. I had said 1 month and request Aug 15th and got the ticket for July 15th. Not quite a month in my books. The customer service on your end laughed when I explained and before she told me that she would charge me the additional $300 change. I had a really hard time explaining that to my boss.

We wanted 3 tickets together. When at the airport 2 of us were going thru Detroit and 1 was going thru Minneapolis. It cost us each $50 additional to all get on the same plane.


After paying $25 a bag and $90 for being over 50 pounds, DELTA AIR LINES lost our suitcase, sent it to Terminal 2 in NYC instead of Terminal 3 where all of the other bags arrived.

The customer service was just awful at the Baggage Service Office. 2 women at the counter to help 15 people in line. We had a connecting flight at Terminal 4 to go to India and had to wait in line for 2 hours. While waiting in line I called the 1-800 number and they said that the bag was in Baggage Service Office in BIN 3 but just didn't tell me Terminal 2 instead of Terminal 3 we arrived in. It wasn't until we got our turn at the counter that she told us it was Terminal 2 instead of Terminal 3 where we were.

I am VERY positive that I will NOT choose DELTA AIR LINES AGAIN! It just seems NOBODY cared. The lady that laughed when I called about the mistake. Gary at the counter at OKC. AND diffently not the 2 women in Terminal 2 Baggage Service Office.

Passenger 1: Kathryn Chesnut
Frequent flier #6700606467
Frequent flier #03118660608

Airline Record Locator (PNR): JXT704,CHO54H

Monday, June 14, 2010

FLOOD June 14, 2010

This is looking at intersection at 23rd and Billen which is 1 block from Villa

The water was up to the top step of the 8th steps up to our building, but nothing inside our building.

Thursday, June 10, 2010


* Do you have feelings of inadequacy?
* Do you suffer from shyness?
* Do you sometimes wish you were more assertive?
* Do you suffer exhaustion from the day to day grind?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, ask your doctor or
pharmacist about Margaritas.

Margaritas are the safe, natural way to feel better and more confident about yourself and your actions. Margaritas can help ease you out of your shyness and let you tell the world that you're ready and willing to do just about anything. You will notice the benefits of Margaritas almost immediately and with a regiment of regular doses you can overcome any obstacles that prevent you from living the life you want to live.

Shyness and awkwardness will be a thing of the past and you will discover many talents you never knew you had. Stop hiding and start living, with Margaritas.

Margaritas may not be right for everyone Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use Margaritas. However, women who wouldn't mind nursing or becoming pregnant are encouraged to try it.

Side effects may include:
- Dizziness
- Nausea
- Vomiting
- Incarceration
- Erotic lustfulness
- Loss of motor control
- Loss of clothing
- Loss of money
- Loss of virginity
- Table dancing
- Headache
- Dehydration
- Dry mouth
- And a desire to sing Karaoke

* The consumption of Margaritas may make you think you are whispering when you are not.
* The consumption of Margaritas may cause you to tell your friends over and over again that you love them.
* The consumption of Margaritas may cause you to think you can sing.
* The consumption of Margaritas may make you think you can logically converse with members of the opposite sex without spitting.

Please share this with other women who may need Margaritas

Saturday, June 5, 2010

To Florida and Back

It was a great, relaxing trip to Florida Key West and back. I so enjoyed the entire trip. Do you know where our RV takes us? "NOWHERE FAST!"

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Catherine Ingram tells a story...

in her book Passionate Presence

about a young friend of hers who said, "Pretend you are surrounded by a thousand hungry tigers. What would you do? Catherine said, "Wow, I don't know what I would do. What would you do?" Her young friend said, "I'd stop pretending!"

____Passionate Presence: Excerpt_______
She was walking on a path by the river when she heard a plop. Looking in the direction of the sound, which came from the vicinity of her feet, she saw a frog just a few inches from her, hopping in her direction. They went on together for a few steps like this when she deliberately slowed her pace. The frog slowed as well. She walked faster, and the frog hopped faster, too. She began to laugh so hard that she soon had to sit down. And the frog also sat.

As delightful as the frog was, she knew that her delight came from a deeper well, an innate delight that was not bound to a particular experience. It was as if it was always there, a current of joy flowing through her, waiting for an excuse to spring out. Feelings and memories from childhood flooded her awareness like a multitude of fireflies as she basked in the amusement with the frog, her current of joy particularly strong. She felt, once again, an inexplicable excitement about being alive, and simple things were enormously interesting, pleasurable, and funny.

She reflected on the sadness of existence as well, to see if the current of joy could withstand it. But there it was, a quiet inner happiness, despite everything. She was in love with life, with the very fact of it, the incomprehensible event of existence. She felt as if she were quietly celebrating the day, her delight being the natural response to the gift of life. She knew that nothing was needed for this celebration, not even the frog. Meanwhile, he had perhaps grown impatient with her musings. As she continued to sit, the frog hopped slowly toward the river.

Monday, May 10, 2010


Legends say that hummingbirds float free of time, carrying our hopes for love, joy and celebration. The hummingbird's delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning and that laughter is life's sweetest creation.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day Mom

These are my FAVORITE flower: Blue Orchids

Happy Mother's Day Mom! Your the best!

Your mother is always with you . . .

Your mother is always with you.
She's the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street.
She's the smell of bleach in your freshly laundered socks.
She's the cool hand on your brow when you're not well.
Your mother lives inside your laughter.
She's crystallized in every tear drop.
She's the place you came from, your first home....
She's the map you follow with every step that you take.
She's your first love and your first heart break....
And nothing on earth can separate you.
Not time, Not space...
Not even death...
Will ever separate you from your mother...
You carry her inside you...

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

LOVE . . .

like there is no tomorrow.


CHOCOLATE-coated truth tastes better.

Monday, April 26, 2010

A pessimist . .

is really an optimist with experience.

Silence mights be golden . .

but laughter is priceless.

Happiness . .

is an inside job.

Saturday, April 24, 2010



Try this . . . .

Instead of complaining --- try to find a solution.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Best Buy Delivery

On the 19th we went in hunt of a new TV. It was hard to find something that would be new and fun. So we decided on a TV from BEST BUY, store # 220. Anna was very helpful. She knew her products and helped us make a decision. She scheduled a delivery on Thursday 22nd, and they would call and tell us a time on Wednesday night.

Wednesday night I received the call and said that they would deliver the TV between 9 and 11, we would be their 2nd stop.

Thursday morning we waited. At 11:00 am I called.

MISTAKE 1: She didn't put me on hold when she tried to reach the delivery driver.
I heard her say, they have dropped off the TV. That our building looked commercial and they didn't think that was the right place, so they dropped it off at Cox payment center across the street.

Just a note: The number to our building in in 4 inch letters on the side of the building.

She came back on the phone and said that there had been some confusion. I asked to talk to the manager. I was a little overheated at this time. I then walked across the street to confirm that my TV was actually there. AND YES IT WAS!

The manager was trying to be nice and then I informed him that I had heard the entire conversation with the delivery driver and I knew that it had been delivered across the street. NOW if our business looked "Commercial" what does Cox payment center look like?

I told the manager I wanted the TV delivered within an hour or I would charge my credit card back.

The Best Buy delivery driver went across the street and picked up my TV and delivered it. The driver was very apologetic and admitted that he had made a mistake.

Anna from Best Buy #220 called and she said that she had heard what happened. She refunded our credit card $100. I guess that was worth something.

Very upsetting. I think that it just so sad that people just don't "think". If the address says one thing why would you even consider delivering to it another address?

Friday, April 16, 2010

New Pics of the new little men in my life...

Camden and Ethan at 7 months old.

A new Mother....

“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.” - Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The Hormone Hostage knows . . . . .

that there are days when
all a man has to do is open his mouth and he takes his
life in his own hands! This is a Handy Guide that
should be as common as a driver's license in the
wallet of every husband, boyfriend, or significant

Dangerous: What's for dinner?
Safer: Can I help you with dinner?
Safest: Where would you like to go for dinner?
Ultra Safe: Here, have some chocolate.

Dangerous: Are you wearing that?
Safer: Wow, you sure look good in brown!
Safest: WOW! Look at you!
Ultra Safe: Here, have some chocolate

Dangerous: What are you so worked up about?
Safer: Could we be overreacting?
Safest: Here's my paycheck.
Ultra Safe: Here, have some chocolate.

Dangerous: Should you be eating that?
Safer: You know, there are a lot of apples left.
Safest: Can I get you a glass of wine with that?
Ultra Safe: Here, have some chocolate.

Dangerous: What did you DO all day?
Safer: I hope you didn't over-do it today.
Safest: I've always loved you in that robe!
Ultra Safe: Here, have some more chocolate.

13 Things PMS Stands For:

1. Pass My Shotgun

2. Psychotic Mood Shift

3. Perpetual Munching Spree

4. Puffy Mid-section

5. People Make me Sick

6. Provide Me with Sweets

7. Pardon My Sobbing

8. Pimples May Surface

9. Pass My Sweat pants

10. Pissy Mood Syndrome

11. Plainly; Men Suck

12. Pack My Stuff

and my favorite one ...

13. Potential Murder Suspect

Pass this on to all of your hormonal friends and
those who might need a good laugh! Or men who need a
warning. And remember: Money talks, but Chocolate SINGS!!!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Abraham Lincoln . . .

'The better part of one's life consists of his friendships.'

Sunday, April 11, 2010

How to Accept Yourself For Who You Are

I thought life got easier when you get old.

It is not easy to accept yourself for who you are. Every single one of us has things that we dislike about ourselves. What we need to do to survive these things is focus on the positives and laugh off the negatives

1) Find a hobby that you're good at. I try to keep busy, which was keeping me happy.

2) Accept that you like the things that you like. As long as you're happy with your choices, that's what matters.

3) Identify the features that you like about yourself. There must be at least one thing about yourself that you like. It doesn't matter if it's something silly, like a freckle, but if you like it, be proud of it!

4) Set a goal for yourself that you can achieve. Achieving goals helps us to believe in ourselves. So, start with an easy goal.

5) Indulge a bit. Accepting yourself for who you are does not mean that you can't make some fun enhancements, within reason.

6) Speak to others that have similar insecurities to your own. You can work together to get through the tough times, and be open about your feelings, because the other person will understand what you're going through.

7) Accept the fact that you can't change some things about yourself. Yes, we have control over a lot of aspects about ourselves, but there are certain things that we can't do anything about. While we can't change those things, we can accept them. Take pride in those things, or laugh about it if someone brings those things up. If you can laugh it off when these things come up, they will have less power over you.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Gotta Love Maxine!!!!

I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly. As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend.. I don't chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn't need, but looks so avante garde on my patio. I am entitled to a treat, to be messy, to be extravagant.

I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.

Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM and sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60 &70's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love ... I will.
I will walk the beach in a swim suit that is stretched over a bulging body, and will dive into the waves with abandon if I choose to, despite the pitying glances from the jet set.

They, too, will get old.
I know I am sometimes forgetful. But th ere again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the important things.

Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car? But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect.

I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face.
So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.
As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore..
I've even earned the right to be wrong.

So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day(if I feel like it).


Thursday, April 8, 2010

Low in Potassium

Doctors reports are all excellent! The only thing in my blood report was low potassium and just in the low end of the range. So I went to the web to see what I could eat besides bananas all the time.

Actually baked potatoes have more potassium than bananas. Baked potatoe not french fries*** But remember potatoes have carbs, likewise so do bananas but different sugars.

Other food sources of potassium are:
Orange juice
Honeydew melon
Lima beans
Acorn Squash
Sweet potatoes

I actually eat a lot of stuff on this list. Don't understand.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


It's great to be home. It's going to be a busy week this week, seeing grandkids, hair appointments, doctor appointments, but things will calm down and I can really enjoy being home.

Saturday, March 27, 2010


We went to see Mr. and Mrs. Fitch at the 2econd State Theatre staring John Lithgow and Jennifer Ehle. It was great.

I'm sitting at the airport waiting for our flight back to Oklahoma City.



Going to miss you.

Monday, March 22, 2010


Spent the day at the Guggenheim Museum. It was a good day. Anish Kapoor memory was there. Memory is a 24-ton volume of Cor-Ten steel.

In addition to special exhibitions, the Guggenheim Museum presents permanent collection shows that focus on the museum's areas of interest and specialization. On view now from the collection are portions of the Thannhauser Collection—presenting masterpieces by such artists as Paul C├ęzanne, Paul Gauguin, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Camille Pissarro, Pierre Auguste Renoir, and Vincent van Gogh.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

March 20, 1977

Thought of you with love today, but that is nothing new. I thought about you yesterday, and days before that too. I think of you in silence, I often speak your name. All I have are memories and your picture in a frame. God has you in his keeping, I have you in my heart. Copy & paste if you are missing a loved one that have lost. - My son, you were not only our Rock but a Rock Star. You are missed EVERYDAY.
Before you were conceived I wanted you. Before you were born I loved you. Before you were an hour old I would have died for you. This is the miracle of life. . . . . . I never got to experience the miracle of life with you but I still love you more than life itself.


The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53 Street New York, NY 10019

Randy, from Chicago (an Expat who we meet in Ahmedabad India), joined us to the MoMA on Saturday.

Tim Burton: an expression of personal vision
Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present
William Kentridge: Five Themes
Projects 92: Yin Xiuzhen
Monet's Water Lilies
Ernesto Neto: Navedenga
Mirage by Joan Jonas
What was GOod Design? 1944-56
Shaping Modernity: Desing 1880-1980
Action! Design over Time
The Modern Myth: Drawing Mythologies in Modern Times
The New Typography
Paul Rosenberg and Company: from France to America

Friday, March 19, 2010


We have been enjoying the cool weather in NYC after the 106 degree weather in India. Laurel said that it was 107 degrees today.

We rode the subway to Chinatown to have Dim Sum. It was awesome food but we also enjoyed all of the stores and watching people.

I got a pedicure, manicure and eyebrows threaded. Feel like a new woman. I just need a new pair of jeans.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

9 Deadly Words Used By A Woman

1) Fine
This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up.

2) Five Minutes
If she is getting dressed, this means a half an hour. Five minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given five more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house.

3) Nothing
This is the calm before the storm. This means something, and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with nothing usually end in fine.

4) Go Ahead
This is a dare, not permission. Don’t Do It!

5) Loud Sigh
This is actually a word, but is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A loud sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you about nothing. (Refer back to # 3 for the meaning of nothing.)

6) That’s Okay
This is one of the most dangerous statements a women can make to a man. That’s okay means she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.

7) Thanks
A woman is thanking you, do not question, or faint. Just say you’re welcome. (I want to add in a clause here – This is true, unless she says ‘Thanks a lot’ – that is PURE sarcasm and she is not thanking you at all. DO NOT say ‘you’re welcome’ . that will bring on a ‘whatever’).

8 ) Whatever
Is a woman’s way of saying F– YOU!

9) Don’t worry about it, I got it
Another dangerous statement, meaning this is something that a woman has told a man to do several times, but is now doing it herself. This will later result in a man asking ‘What’s wrong?’ For the woman’s response refer to #3.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


I have been doing some macrame. I finished one and gave it to Dr. Param Shulka.

This is Dr. Param and I am presenting him my macrame.

He is one of the few people in my life that has changed it. FOR THE BETTER.


Do the best job you can do and leave the rest up to God!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Men at Ben's birthday Party

Snehal, Bob and Torfi.

Snehal and Bob playing with Ben's remote for the helcopter and Torfi checking out Ben's new car.

Laurel, Chris and their 3 boys, 2 of Ben's friends, Raul and YES BEN were also there, but as you see the women, Helga, Laurel, Reasa and I didn't get in any of the pictures. I only had my iPhone. I guess I am becoming a little too India. Maybe Reasa will upload her pictures and I can get a picture of the rest of the party.