Slim and Franke

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Monday, February 19, 2018


Question Of The Week 02-19-18

Are you religious and, if so, does your religion require you to attend a Church, Cathedral, Synagogue, Temple, Mosque on a regular basis?  Do you follow your religion 
now as you did as a child?


Saturday, February 10, 2018


Okay friends, now that I have unlimited WiFi and can watch Netflix all day if I want, I need your recommendations.  I've got a lot of catching up to do.  

I also can watch Amazon Prime shows and Youtube videos on my new Smart TV so your recommendations there will be
appreciated also:-)

Friday, February 09, 2018


Can't resist posting this single Friday Funny.  It really cracked me up.  And yes, my son sent it. 


Wednesday, February 07, 2018


River of Drifting Through Life is providing our WORDS FOR WEDNESDAY this month.  Her first week in February includes the following prompts.  Hope you will join us with a story.

1. exterior
2. madwoman
3. mountain lake
4. twitched
5. flicker
6. desk


1. prediction
2. approach
3. bacteria
4. vaults
5. plane
6. white lilac


Esmeralda peered through her curtains like a madwoman. She viewed the exterior of the property. Gazing beyond her fence-line she saw someone crossing the mountain lake and she twitched with fear. He would arrive at her gate in a short time.

Esmeralda did not seem to have a flicker of hope as she returned to her desk. It was best that she write an account of what was happening. It would be necessary to write down the proper treatment should the bio hazard be released and the long dreaded prediction come true. The vaults had been raided and the harmful bacteria stolen.

The distant figure landed his small boat safely. Esmeralda saw him tie it securely before he began his approach. She barely heard the small plane that soared above her. The sound of machine-gun fire erupted and she saw the intruder fall into the white lilac bush. Her beloved Victor had arrived in the nick of time to rescue her.

Esmeralda rushed to Victor's side as he departed from his small aircraft. Together they examined the body of the intruder. They were able to retrieve the sealed vial of bacteria. Victor would return it to the military bio-hazard laboratory and hopefully it could never be stolen again and never used in biological warfare.

Tuesday, February 06, 2018


My grandson Ryan deploys tomorrow for 6 months. Here is a picture of his sleeping quarters and a picture of the type sleeping quarters his grandpa might have had in the 60's and 70's. Ryan's might a little better but still pretty tiny. Ryan's are called coffin racks and are three stacks high. They have place for storage and also have small stand up lockers to store their uniforms.  The older ones were 4 stacks. Not sure where they stored anything. God bless all our military on air, land and sea.

Monday, February 05, 2018


Question Of The Week 02-05-18

What was the most challenging thing about your childhood?

Thursday, February 01, 2018


I am re-running this post from 2009 for my Heart Sisters Barb and Patti.

Go Red For Women, Macy's and CVS Health join together throughout February to raise funds and awareness to end heart disease and stroke for all women

Volunteers and supporters are encouraged to wear red on National Wear Red Day (Friday, Feb. 2)


 Heart Disease is the no. 1 cause of death among women according to the latest statistics.

My primary care physician in 2003 was treating me for a long list of complaints. I was taking 400 mg Celebrex for arthritis, I was being referred to a Neurologist for my unexplained blackouts and strange, sudden pain in my left arm, my blood pressure didn't really concern my doctor though it was 162 over 99 quite often and he laughed at my concern over my cholesterol being 252. He had been physician for my mother and my grandmother and neither of them had heart disease so I didn't need to worry. My annual physical yielded nothing to concern him and the very next day, not even 24 hours later, I was being treated for a near fatal MI (Myocardial Infarction aka Heart Attack).

If your physician ignores your symptoms, don't be afraid to insist you be examined for possible heart disease. Because most women are misdiagnosed and left to suffer heart attacks with little chance of getting the necessary help within the first six minutes, we die and no one is left to fight the fight against the number one killer of women.

This Friday, Go Red with your wardrobe! Whether it's a red dress, a red T-shirt, a red dress pin or red lipstick, show the world you support Go Red For Women, the American Heart Association's movement to help save women's lives.

Every minute, some one's mother, daughter, wife or sister dies from heart disease and stroke in the United States. Reducing these diseases in women must become a national priority. Ask your lawmaker to support the HEART for Women Act. Women's lives depend on it.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018


Here is my Words For Wednesday story for today.  Thanks Cindi of LETTING THE WORDS ESCAPE, for supplying all the prompts for January.  This will be my first participation in several weeks and it feels good to give it a try again.  I am only using half the words this week and the wonderful photo prompt.

  1. bloody
  2. confidence
  3. ranger
  4. Apollo
  5. submarine
  6. Byron

SIX WORD SUCCESS by Granny Annie

BYRON and I named our pretend SUBMARINE APOLLO, after the vehicles of interstellar discoveries. We had every CONFIDENCE it would lead us to universal discoveries under the sea.

It would be important for us to hide this huge cardboard ocean vehicle from the RANGER.
He would insist it be removed as a blight on the majestic sights of the park.

We managed to figure out a way to move our ship through the forest. We would stick our feet out the bottom, slowly maneuvering through the brush. Our journey allowed us to view many ocean spectaculars. The sharks were our favorites.

How could we explain to our parents why the undersea travel left our bare feet BLOODY?

Tuesday, January 30, 2018


Here are the WORDS FOR WEDNESDAY posted early by Cindi.  She has done a fantastic job this month with the prompts and I am hoping to join in again tomorrow.  Hope some of you will give this a try also.

Monday, January 29, 2018


Question Of The Week 01-29-18

Which if any of these phobias do you have?

  1. Arachnophobia – The fear of spiders affects women four times more (48% women and 12% men).
  2. Ophidiophobia – The fear of snakes. Phobics avoid certain cities because they have more snakes.
  3. Acrophobia – The fear of heights. Five percent of the general population suffer from this phobia.
  4. Agoraphobia – The fear of open or crowded spaces. People with this fear often wont leave home.
  5. Cynophobia – The fear of dogs. This includes everything from small Poodles to large Great Danes.
  6. Astraphobia – The fear of thunder/lightning AKA Brontophobia, Tonitrophobia, Ceraunophobia.
  7. Claustrophobia – The fear of small spaces like elevators, small rooms and other enclosed spaces.
  8. Mysophobia – The fear of germs. It is also rightly termed as Germophobia or Bacterophobia.Trypophobia
  9. Aerophobia – The fear of flying. 25 million Americans share a fear of flying.
  10. Trypophobia – The fear of holes is an unusual but pretty common phobia.
  11. Carcinophobia – The fear of cancer. People with this develop extreme diets.
  12. Thanatophobia – The fear of death. Even talking about death can be hard.
  13. Glossophobia – The fear of public speaking. Not being able to do speeches.
  14. Monophobia – The fear of being alone. Even while eating and/or sleeping.
  15. Atychiphobia – The fear of failure. It is the single greatest barrier to success.
  16. Ornithophobia – The fear of birds. Individuals suffering from this may only fear certain species.
  17. Alektorophobia – The fear of chickens. You may have this phobia if chickens make you panic.
  18. Enochlophobia – The fear of crowds is closely related to Ochlophobia and Demophobia.Trypanophobia
  19. Aphenphosmphobia – The fear of intimacy. Fear of being touched and love.
  20. Trypanophobia – The fear of needles. I used to fear needles (that and death).
  21. Anthropophobia – The fear of people. Being afraid of people in all situations.
  22. Aquaphobia – The fear of water. Being afraid of water or being near water.
  23. Autophobia – The fear of abandonment and being abandoned by someone.
  24. Hemophobia – The fear of blood. Even the sight of blood can cause fainting.
  25. Gamophobia – The fear of commitment or sticking with someone to the end.
  26. Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia – The fear of long words. Believe it or not, it’s real.
  27. Xenophobia – The fear of the unknown. Fearing anything or anyone that is strange or foreign.Achievemephobia
  28. Vehophobia – The fear of driving. This phobia affects personal and work life.
  29. Basiphobia – The fear of falling. Some may even refuse to walk or stand up.
  30. Achievemephobia – The fear of success. The opposite to the fear of failure.
  31. Theophobia – The fear of God causes an irrational fear of God or religion.
  32. Ailurophobia – The fear of cats. This phobia is also known as Gatophobia.
  33. Metathesiophobia – The fear of change. Sometimes change is a good thing.
  34. Globophobia – The fear of balloons. They should be fun, but not for phobics.
  35. Nyctophobia – The fear of darkness. Being afraid of the dark or the night is common for kids.
  36. Androphobia – The fear of men. Usually seen in younger females, but it can also affect adults.
  37. Phobophobia – The fear of fear. The thought of being afraid of objects/situations.
  38. Philophobia – The fear of love. Being scared of falling in love or emotions.
  39. Triskaidekaphobia – The fear of the number 13 or the bad luck that follows.
  40. Emetophobia – The fear of vomiting and the fear of loss of your self control.
  41. Gephyrophobia – The fear of bridges and crossing even the smallest bridge.
  42. Entomophobia – The fear of bugs and insects, also related to Acarophobia.
  43. Lepidopterophobia – The fear of butterflies and often most winged insects.
  44. Panophobia – The fear of everything or fear that terrible things will happen.
  45. Podophobia – The fear of feet. Some people fear touching or looking at feet, even their own.
  46. Paraskevidekatriaphobia – The fear of Friday the 13th. About 8% of Americans have this phobia.
  47. Somniphobia – The fear of sleep. Being terrified of what might happen right after you fall asleep.
  48. Gynophobia – The fear of women. May occur if you have unresolved mother issues.Koumpounophobia
  49. Apiphobia – The fear of bees. Many people fear being stung by angry bees.
  50. Koumpounophobia – The fear of buttons. Clothes with buttons are avoided.
  51. Anatidaephobia – The fear of ducks. Somewhere, a duck is watching you.
  52. Pyrophobia – The fear of fire. A natural/primal fear that can be debilitating.
  53. Ranidaphobia – The fear of frogs. Often caused by episodes from childhood.
  54. Galeophobia – The fear of sharks in the ocean or even in swimming pools.
  55. Athazagoraphobia – The fear of being forgotten or not remembering things.
  56. Katsaridaphobia – The fear of cockroaches. This can easily lead to an excessive cleaning disorder.
  57. Iatrophobia – The fear of doctors. Do you delay doctor visits? You may have this.
  58. Pediophobia – The fear of dolls. This phobia could well be Chucky-induced.
  59. Ichthyophobia – The fear of fish. Includes small, large, dead and living fish.
  60. Achondroplasiaphobia – The fear of midgets. Because they look differently.
  61. Mottephobia – The fear of moths. These insects are only beautiful to some.
  62. Zoophobia – The fear of animals. Applies to both vile and harmless animals.
  63. Bananaphobia – The fear of bananas. If you have this phobia, they are scary.
  64. Sidonglobophobia – The fear of cotton balls or plastic foams. Oh that sound.
  65. Scelerophobia – The fear of crime involves being afraid of burglars, attackers or crime in general.
  66. Cibophobia – The fear of food. The phobia may come from a bad episode while eating, like choking.
  67. Phasmophobia – The fear of ghosts. AKA Spectrophobia. Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!
  68. Equinophobia – The fear of horses. Animal phobias are pretty common, especially for women.
  69. Musophobia – The fear of mice. Some people find mice cute, but phobics don’t.Catoptrophobia
  70. Catoptrophobia – The fear of mirrors. Being afraid of what you might see.
  71. Agliophobia – The fear of pain. Being afraid something painful will happen.
  72. Tokophobia – The fear of pregnancy involves giving birth or having children.
  73. Telephonophobia – The fear of talking on the phone. Phobics prefer texting.
  74. Pogonophobia – The fear of beards or being scared of/around bearded men.
  75. Omphalophobia – The fear of belly buttons. Touching and looking at navels.
  76. Pseudodysphagia – The fear of choking often after a bad eating experience.
  77. Bathophobia – The fear of depths can be anything associated with depth (lakes, tunnels, caves).
  78. Cacomorphobia – The fear of fat people. Induced by the media. Affects some anorexics/bulimics.
  79. Gerascophobia – The fear of getting old. Aging is the most natural thing, yet many of us fear it.
  80. Chaetophobia – The fear of hair. Phobics tend to be afraid of other peoples hair.
  81. Nosocomephobia – The fear of hospitals. Let’s face it, no one likes hospitals.
  82. Ligyrophobia – The fear of loud noises. More than the instinctive noise fear.
  83. Didaskaleinophobia – The fear of school. This phobia affects kids mostly.
  84. Technophobia – The fear of technology is often induced by culture/religion.
  85. Chronophobia – The fear of the future. A persistent fear of what is to come.
  86. Spheksophobia – The fear of wasps. You panic and fear getting stung by it.
  87. Ergophobia – The fear of work. Often due to social or performance anxiety.
  88. Coulrophobia – The fear of clowns. Some people find clowns funny, coulrophobics certainly don’t.
  89. Allodoxaphobia – The fear of opinions. Being afraid of hearing what others are thinking of you.
  90. Samhainophobia – The fear of Halloween affects children/superstitious people.Samhainophobia
  91. Photophobia – The fear of light caused by something medical or traumatic.
  92. Disposophobia – The fear of getting rid of stuff triggers extreme hoarding.
  93. Numerophobia – The fear of numbers and the mere thought of calculations.
  94. Ombrophobia – The fear of rain. Many fear the rain due to stormy weather.
  95. Coasterphobia – The fear of roller coasters. Ever seen Final Destination 3?
  96. Thalassophobia – The fear of the ocean. Water, waves and unknown spaces.
  97. Scoleciphobia – The fear of worms. Often because of unhygienic conditions.
  98. Kinemortophobia – The fear of zombies. Being afraid that zombies attack and turn you into them.
  99. Myrmecophobia – The fear of ants. Not as common as Arachnophobia, but may feel just as intense.
  100. Taphophobia – The fear of being buried alive by mistake and waking up in a coffin underground.

Thursday, January 25, 2018


BOLT is my fiber optics company.  Finally they have installed it in my home after a 3 year wait.  No more living my life around rationing my broadband usage with satellite provider.  Previously satellite was the only option for rural users.  Now my Rural Electric Company has made BOLT available to us and I am a happy camper.  I can use my computer all day every day, plus I can now get Netflix on my television as well as Amazon, YouTube, etc.  

Today I leave my house for a weekend siblings gathering and they may have to come here and drag me out because I don't want to leave my computer and my TV.  (They actually threatened to do just that if I don't show up.  LOL) 

Monday, January 22, 2018


Question Of The Week 01-22-18

What’s your favorite smell in the whole world?
Hot oatmeal cookies after school

Thursday, January 18, 2018


I bundled up and walked out to the shop to make sure the light was still working and it was directed toward the pump. It was and appeared the pump was still running.  I decided the pipes were frozen. Trudged back to the house.  I turned up the heat, opened all the cabinet doors under the sinks.  I turned every faucet to drip and waited. 

It was less than an hour when the dripping sped up and I checked. The water was back. This is the first time in 12 years that our pipes have frozen. So happy it wasn't critical. The dogs, cats and guinea fowl are  happy also. 

Why didn't I call for help? Because who can ask people to come out in this weather and try to get up the hills to my home. Plus everyone has the flu so what's a little cardiac problem. LOL Learned that UPS won't be making deliveries today in the area so my coffee order won't come. 

My problems are small compared to some and I hope other people are managing to stay warm. 

God bless us every one:-)

Granny Annie bundled for the cold:-)
Highway into our small town.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018


This is a post on my Facebook 5 years ago.  I cannot resist sharing it here on my blog.

January 13, 2013
Is this a "senior moment" or a hearing problem? I had a delightful lunch with Chelle yesterday. She had met me in Tulsa to go to my CT Scan. I had misunderstood several things people were saying to me and my daughter kept murmuring under her breath, "miracle ear, miracle ear". As the waiter approached our table for the third time, he said something and I burst out laughing. My daughter immediately knew I had not heard clearly what he said. Quickly she handed him my menu and said thank you then to me: "Mother, the waiter said 'Do you want me to take your menu' What did you think he said?" and I replied "Do you want me to come home with you?"

Monday, January 15, 2018


Question Of The Week, 01-15-18

Would you be willing to eat a bowl of crickets for $50,000?
Cooked Crickets

Friday, January 12, 2018


Hospital for diagnosis.

They go through my wrist.

All done but will return for stent.

Home after stent inserted. This time they went through groin.  Frankie and Slim protect me.
Working on a few portraits of blog friends.  Can you guess? Will post more later.

Played games.
Lots of family around.
Second Christmas Dinner
More Christmas more family more games.

Still under some restrictions.  Hope to see everyone Monday with a Question Of The Week.  Plan to start Cardiac rehab again.  This was my 5th stent since 2003 MI, but no heart attack this time.  Caught early.  Hoping to pay better attention to my health this time around.

Saturday, December 02, 2017


Going to have to close up blog-shop for a few weeks.  Medical check ups, etc.  I closed comments for this post but I know you will be thinking of me and wishing me the best.  All shall be well for me and wish the same for you. See you soon!


Monday, November 27, 2017


Question Of The Week 11-27-17

Which Reality TV Show would you ever agree to appear on?

Not me!!!

None, I would never want to be on TV.

I think I’d forgo my 15 minutes of fame if it had to be reality

I don't watch them and I certainly wouldn't want to appear on one.

Any, I think it would be very interesting and a great new experience


Dance With The Stars - (I wouldn't make it though!)

Naked and Afraid. Ok that was a joke:)

They have to really improve these "reality" shows for me to consider them. They have so much artifice and are so tightly edited, I am sure I would be disappointed with my part in the show.

America's Next Top Model...ok just kidding

NONE of them. Not a single one.


I was shocked to google "TV Reality shows" and see how many there are. Cops and Pawn Stars were the only ones I watch. Oh and Antique Road Show. I would love to be on that one.

My daughter was on the pilot of a show called Swanked that Emily Dees and her friend were trying to produce. Basically they were doing make-overs. They said that they met Mollie in a farmer's market. They'd actually met her when she was doing some script editing for another production. That was only the beginning of the unreality going on there. They ended up cutting about 6 inches off my daughter's waist length ginger color hair and dying it a brassy auburn color. It was awful. There was very little reality and a whole lot of perfect body image promotion going on there. After the pilot the show was not aired by any station.

I love to watch Survivor and Dancing with the Stars, but I'd be the first one to go on both of those, so I guess my answer is none. :)

None these days...but years ago, in 1986/87 I appeared on one....interviewed for a kid's wild life/interest type show when I was managing the resort on Cape Richards.