Monday, March 12, 2018

Happy Birthday Jace!

Happy Birthday Jace!

Grandson Jace turned 8 years old last week. We had a great Birthday Party for him at Urban Air Adventure Park, a fun filled amusement facility. Jace was all over the place, running, jumping, and literally having the time of his life. He was as happy as a little monkey in a banana factory!

A Happy Birthday - Allergen Free Cake

It was a wonderful day of kid-friendly activities. We didn't have to utter the dreaded "No" word not one time. He was free to explore and touch any and everything in the place. What a joyous sight! 

I watched happily as he zipped from one activity to another at his usual "fast-as-lightning" speed. I was as excited as a kid under the tree on Christmas morning!

His excitement brought to mind a lot of things. I was especially reminded of a few conversations he and I have had. Boy, the most baffling things comes out of his mouth! 

For example:  A Conversation with my 7 year old grandson

Jace: MiMi are you glad I was the one sperm out of all the millions and millions of sperms to survive and be born?

Me: (Glad he can't see the look on my face...) Why, yes Jace. I am glad.

Jace: How glad were you when I was born MiMi? 

Me: I was very glad Jace.

Jace: Just...very glad? That's all?

Me: Oh no, I was really really really really very awesomely glad Jace. 

Jace: Ok. MiMi I'm hungry. 

Me: SMH! Baffled!!!

Enough said! I didn't even want to get into a conversation about how and when did he learn this information. So, I left it alone and went about my business. I'll save the rest for another time. 

Have you ever had a conversation with a kid that left you baffled, Shaking Your Head?

Sunday, February 11, 2018

What’s UP With You?

The Road UP Ahead

What are you up to these days?  Are your days fun and exciting or routine and mundane? Tell us please, we’d love to hear about it. What have I been up to? Same-o, same-o. I’ll leave that up to your imagination. In the meantime, let’s catch up on UP.  

We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP! To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP look the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4th of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions.

If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used.

It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.

When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding up. When the sun comes out we say it is clearing up.

When it rains, it wets the earth and often messes things up. When it doesn't rain for awhile things dry up.
Rain in Houston

Brenda picked up her plate from the table and went outside to eat on the patio.

You'd better go wash up, it’s time to eat dinner.

I woke up earlier than usual this morning.

Now that I’m old(er), walking up stairs is not as easy as it used to be.
UP the Stairway to Heaven

Charlie’s mother was not happy about the note from school, Charlie was acting up in class today.

Many people often do not live up to their full potential.

Gina’s new heater stopped working, she had to read up on the correct usage instructions.

I grew up in the tall piney woods of East Texas, where did you grow up?

Spring time is coming up quickly, I can hardly wait!

Sue filled the glass up with cool refreshing ice tea.

The little boy had fun helping his grandfather cut up the wood for the fireplace.
Cut UP Wood

I could dream UP some more uses for UP, but I won’t.  I need to finish UP this post before I bore everybody to death. I could go on and on, but I'll wrap it UP for now. My time is UP. It is way past time for me to shut UP

It's UP to you what you do with this post. If you can think of other ways to use UP, bring it UP in a comment. I’ll try to UP the ante on the next go ‘round.         

Thank you for stopping by and for reading UP on UP. Do you think this post is on the UP and UP?

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Hello & How Are You Dear Blog Friends?

Happy Sunday My Friends! 


Just popping in to let you know I'm thinking of you Blog Friends.  I figured it’s about time I stopped all this thinking about you and do something about it.

I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend so far, and I hope tomorrow is even better. How are you? How is the family? I hope everyone is well and that everything is going okay.

We are all well here, in good health.  That is always a blessing!  As usual, there is a lot going on here.  But I refuse to go into that, it is just too mind boggling. All in all, everything is going as well as can be expected.

Mama is with me. She’s been here a little over a month. My brother had surgery so she’ll be here until he’s back on his feet again. She is doing well health wise. That’s a huge blessing, Thank God for that!

Grandson Jace, is growing like a California wild fire as usual. He is almost up to my chin now, that’s not very far to reach though. I’m only a tad bit over 5 feet tall. He is on the Soccer team at school, 2nd - 5th graders. Yaaa, another BLESSING! That means he’s outgrown his allergy to grass and dirt. GOD IS SO GOOD!!!

Friday October 13th was my birthday. I made the BIG 71. It was a good day, nice and quiet. PaPa dellgirl made me a special birthday dinner. That was a nice treat, I enjoyed every delicious bite of it.  Jace and Mama sung the Happy Birthday song to me as Jace performed a happy dance along with the tune. He is such a little character, sort of dramatic like his MiMi. That was a big smile maker.

Well, let me stop babbling, I only wanted to say a quick hello and let you know I'm thinking of you. 

Happy Sunday everyone!

Wishing you well ...
Until next time,

Friday, September 15, 2017

1st Day of School 2017

Jace Goes to School 2017

Tuesday September 12, 2017 we celebrate another milestone in the life of Grandson Jace, his first day of school as a second grader. Another year, another BLESSING!

What a long way we’ve come. Many of his health issues and other problems are gone but not forgotten.  They’re logged away in my book of “Thank you GOD for bringing us through the struggles and challenges up to this present time!”

Grandson and his mommy no longer live with me, so I didn’t see him off to school this year. I woke up earlier than usual though, couldn’t stop thinking about Jace going to school.

Around 11:30 am, my daughter texted me to check my email, she’d sent me something. I did. Photos and a video of Jace making his way to class brought the biggest grin to my face!

I smiled, giggled, and laughed OUT LOUD as Jordyn followed Jace with her camera from the car to class. Made My Day!!!

These photos and video are just what I needed, exactly what I wanted. Each frame of the video tugs at my heart, thinking of how truly blessed we are to see and celebrate this day.  

He makes his way down the hall, ready to tackle whatever lies ahead. My heart melts again as he begins another journey, another blessed milestone in his life. His journey to 2nd grade is a blessing to behold, Thank you GOD!

Jace's Journey to 2nd Grade

I made it to the end of the video without tearing up, thankfully.

However, when I closed the video my computer returned to my home screen. The emotional dam almost broke wide open. I felt the tears welling up in my eyes, my heart skipped several beats, and my breath came in short quick gasps.

Looking back at me was my screensaver photo of Jace at 14 months old with that big beautiful, heart-melting smile of his. I was about to lose it and start boo-hooing tears of joy all over the place.  

ScreenSaver Photo: Jace 14 months old

I shook it off and reminded myself that I promised not to do that. This is GOOD! I’ve vowed to remember the blessing God has granted us. I promised myself to celebrate the milestones and achievements joyfully. 

And, that’s exactly what I did. I kept the emotions and tears at bay then said a prayer of Thanksgiving. 

Thank God for blessing us to celebrate Jace’s first Day of 2nd Grade, another amazing milestone.

Monday, September 11, 2017

He Tarzan, Me Jane

One Wednesday night in the back yard, a slight rustling in the near distance caught Tarzan and Jane's attention. Me, Jane, aimed my flashlight toward the sound but saw nothing.

Curiously we searched for the source of the noise and found two beady little eyes shining back at us from high in the branches of the tree.

[Me] Jane: “What in the world is it?

[Hubby] Tarzan: “Dun-no, think it's a 'possom.

"Quick, quick go get the cage. I'll keep him from getting away," Tarzan shouted excitedly.

I moved two rpm's faster than my regular slow-but-steady stride. I grabbed the cage and returned to find Tarzan gleefully speculating as to what kind of animal it was. Was it a 'coon, a 'possom, or maybe it was a plain old squirrel.  Either way, we had plans for that rascal.

"What kind of food can we put in there to tempt him to go in? Oh I know, you got any sardines?" asked Tarzan.

"Yea, I have sardines," I answered over my shoulder as I started inside to get them.

We placed the open can of sardines inside the cage, set the trap, locked the gate to the back yard and headed inside to settle down for the night. Quite a bit of conversation that little critter stirred among the group that night. Baby son (grown) was here to spend the night with us. Yaaaa! 

Thursday morning, at the sinfully early hour of 6:45 am, Tarzan and baby son checked the cage.  Tarzan was beside himself, grinning from ear to ear like the proverbial cat that swallowed the canary as he 'dared' to wake me from a sound sleep.

He asked, "Wanna come see what we caught?"

NO, I didn't want to get up, but I did. Uggghhh, it was the only way I might possibly be able to go back to sleep - if I humored him/them. I stumbled from the bedroom through the house like a dried-up mummy, grumpy face and all. On the front porch sat the cage holding, not a possum, not a coon, but a blackish colored kitty cat.

Pretty little thing he was! Huddled in a corner of the cage, he had one foot resting in the empty sardine can. Oooooh (I thought), he's so cute! As I stepped closer he hissed and growled twisting and thrusting like a wild crazy thing. I quickly backed away, that changed my mind about how cute he was.  

Tarzan took the kitty to the humane society. They inspected it and said it was wild and would have to be put to sleep. Oh, that's too bad, he was kind of cute. Tarzan brought the cage back and we re-set the trap with more sardines to see what we'd catch next.

The next morning I checked the cage, and lo-and-behold, what did I find? A possum! This little bugger wasn’t cute, not by long shot.  

Oh well, I wonder how many more critters we'll catch before we tire of the Tarzan & Jane routine and find something more productive to do with our time. I wonder too if we'll ever catch that elusive coon we’re always speculating about.

Right now, I'm waiting for the male people to come home and take this one to the humane society. The humane society staff said they take possoms and coons. Yaaa, now we don't have to hurt them!

Have you ever heard of such a thing happening right in your own back yard? Do you catch and release them? Or do you feed them and let them roam about and go their merry way?

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Where In the World Are You?

Houston, Texas

Photo taken before Hurricane Harvey.

Really,where are you? Where in the world are you located? We, your friends, would like to know. Why am I being a nosey-rosey, getting all up in your business, asking you where you live?

After Hurricane Harvey a friend wished me well and sent prayers for me and the family. She also said she had no idea I lived in Houston. That started me thinking, I don’t know where many of my Blog Friends live either. I suppose I could check everyone’s profile page.  So, let’s do this instead.

Leave a comment and let us know where you are. We’d appreciate knowing where our Blog Friends are in the world.

Houston Skyline before Hurricane Harvey.

Me, Dellgirl? I live in Houston, Texas. Where do you live? 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Hurricane Harvey

Thank You for Your Prayers During Hurricane Harvey!

Please continue to pray for us as we deal with the aftermath of Harvey's damages. 

I watched apprehensively as rain poured from the sky, the street in front of my house was completely covered within minutes. I moved steadily around the house and storage room gathering my already prepared “Hurricane Supplies”. Every so often I’d look outside to see what the weather was doing.

Hurricane Harvey continued to drench everything in sight. Strong winds bent some trees almost in half and sent debris flying in all directions. I continued collecting hurricane supplies so they would be handy in case of a power outage. Harvey ravaged on outside while I prepared for the unknown inside.

Preparing for Hurricane Harvey:

Propane Generator at the ready!

Propane Tanks ready to fuel the generator.

Batteries, flashlights, candles, etc. are ready and handy in bedroom.

Clothes, shoes, purse, and personal care items are ready, waiting by the door.

The only thing left to do is to wait and PRAY

Monday, July 17, 2017

ICE: 'In Case of Emergency'

This information could literally save your life!
Apparently this is a standard procedure all paramedics follow at the scene of an accident when they come across your cell phone.

ICE - 'In Case of Emergency' We all carry our mobile phones with names and numbers stored in its memory but nobody, other than ourselves, knows which of these numbers belong to our closest family or friends.

If we were to be involved in an accident or were taken ill, the people attending us would have our mobile phone but wouldn't know who to call. Yes, there are hundreds of numbers stored but which one is the contact person in case of an emergency? Hence this 'ICE' -In Case of Emergency- Campaign.

The concept of 'ICE' is catching on quickly. It is a method of contact during emergency situations. As cell/mobile phones are carried by the majority of the population, all you need to do is store the number of a contact person or persons who should be contacted during emergency under the name 'ICE' - In Case Of Emergency.

The idea was thought up by a paramedic who found that when he went to the scenes of accidents, there were always mobile phones with patients, but they didn't know which number to call. He therefore thought that it would be a good idea if there was a nationally recognized name for this purpose.

In an emergency situation, Emergency Service personnel and hospital Staff would be able to quickly contact the right person by simply dialing the number you have stored as 'ICE.'

For more than one contact name simply enter ICE1, ICE2 and ICE3 etc. A great idea that will make a difference! Let's spread the concept of ICE by storing an ICE number in our Mobile phones today!

Please share this. It won't take too many 'Shares' before everybody will know about this. It really could save your life, or put a loved one's mind at rest.

ICE will speak for you when you are not able to.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Television Commercials – Love Them or Hate Them

I just finished watching the commercial where the singing group Boyz II Men, are singing about the terrible side-effects of a prescription medicine and about GEICO. I LOVE that commercial, the singing gets me every time. Those boys can sing up a storm!

That started me thinking about television commercials that I LOVE and also commercials that I absolutely HATE.  
Some commercials are truly hysterical, they really “crack-me-up”. I laugh, out loud, every time I see or hear them anyway. They are just that funny. Geico’s commercial about, “Words Really CAN Hurt You”, is one. That is a seriously hilarious commercial. 
There are other commercials that I find mildly amusing, they don’t do much of anything for me. Sometimes I sit through the entire commercial. Sometimes I move around doing something else while they are on, not really paying much attention to them.

On the other hand, some commercials absolutely annoy the heck out of me. It starts out as mildly annoying. After hearing the commercial three or more times, it becomes very annoying. I can hardly bear to listen to it anymore.

At some point, I can’t stand the annoyance another second, so I change the channel. Every other time after that, I hit the “Last” button on the remote control the minute the commercial appears on the screen. I hate annoying commercials.

There you have it, my rant about television commercials.

Are there commercials that annoy you? Name one. What do you do when they come on television? Are there commercials that you like or love? Name one. We’d love to hear about it.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Invasion of Privacy

 Oh Boy, not again! Here comes ~dellgirl~ with her little red camera. She’s ready to start following me around, taking pictures of my every move. She already got one photo of me sitting on the fence down the way. I hoped that would satisfy her and she would go bother somebody else.

But, NO! Here she comes again.

The squirrels don’t mind her taking their pictures, they’re too busy jumping and playing around to notice her or to even care. Larry the lizard lets her shoot him without running away sometimes. Why doesn’t she go find them and leave me alone!

I have moved further along on the fence trying to hide behind the tree. And, there she is, snapping away again. I even flew into the branches of this tree thinking I would hide from ~dellgirl~ and her camera. 

It’s not working, there she is again. Every time I move, she moves.

Okay, now this is better. I know she can’t see me off in here. I am pretty well hidden.

Can you see me? Do you think ~dellgirl~ can see me? What are your thoughts on this constant invasion of my privacy?

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Handbag How-To - - for Guys Also

A while back I received this email about women sitting their purses on floors in public toilets, in cars, on the ground, etc. It also presented statistics on the amount of germs and bacteria purses contain afterwards. It was disgusting! 

The email strongly warned against putting your purse on any surface when you are away from home.

That handbag story was so-o-o-o-o "eye-opening and upsetting"! I immediately grabbed my wire cutters, a white coat hanger (they're softer), and pliers and got busy. I even left my computer running while I did the following.

I will never be caught putting my purse down anywhere - EVER - again! SO!

This is how I solved the problem (below). Guys, you can do this for your lady. She’ll be happily surprised and thankful.

1. Cut a piece of wire from the coat hanger about 6 - 7 inches long with the wire cutters.

2. Bend the cut piece of wire into an "S" shape with the pliers. That’s it!

3. Ladies, keep this "s" hook in your purse. When you find yourself in a public toilet you can hang this up and hang your purse on it.


© 2008 by Leona G. Shankle - All Rights Reserved  ~dellgirl~

Monday, May 22, 2017

How the Fight Started

After retiring, I went to the Social Security office to apply for Social Security.
The woman behind the counter asked me for my driver's license to verify my age.

I looked in my pockets and realized I had left my wallet at home. I told the woman that I was very sorry, but I would have to go home and come back later.

The woman said, 'Unbutton your shirt'. So I opened my shirt revealing my curly silver hair.

She said, 'That silver hair on your chest is proof enough for me'. And she processed my Social Security application.

When I got home, I excitedly told my wife about my experience at the Social Security office!

She said, 'You should have dropped your pants. You might have gotten Disability, too'

And that’s how the fight started.....

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day Family and Friends!

I wish you a blessed Mother's Day.

I hope you have a wonderful fun-filled day with loved ones. 

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

A Special Thank You!

A Thank You from Grandson, Jace!

How do you thank someone who has happily surprised the dickens out of you? What can you say that doesn’t come off as trite or cliché? Sometimes you can’t. So with that in mind, I’ll try to get to the point, pronto. 

Grandson, Jace, made a video a while back and instructed me to spread the word and make it go viral. Like the good MiMi that I am, I posted the video. I included Jace’s request for Likes, comments, Subscribers to his Youtube channel, AND Shares. I’m Laughing Out LOUD…again… at that from a 7 year old.

I want to say a big THANK YOU to, AnthonyGodinho, RhapsodyPhoenix, Erica wagner, and MarianShankle for your support. Your surprise visits to Jace’s video were awesome!

Jace and I were grinning from ear-to-ear when we saw your Likes and Comments. We were like kids under the tree on Christmas morning. I don’t know which one of us was more excited. Thank you guys!  

I want you to know how grateful I am that you took the time to visit Jace’s video. We really appreciate your participation on it.  Your visit and your support made Jace a happy little camper! Jace says, "Thank You All!"

Thank you all for helping him with his “Let’s Go to Sky Zone” video. You Guys Rock!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Throw Yourself into Your Work

You must throw yourself into your work in order to be the best at what you do. If you are not fully passionate about what you are doing, your work will be drab and lackluster. If you want your work to stand out and be a cut above everyone else in your particular field, throw yourself into your work.

When you are fully engaged in your project, no matter what it is, your passion will shine through. Dive deep into your soul and find your inner child, let that inner child be the drive behind your desire. Throw yourself into your work and watch the difference in the work you produce.

You will be known all over the world as the pioneer of a new movement to throw yourself into yourself into your work.

My grandson, Jace, has paved the way for us. Trailblazer that he is, he shows us rather than try to tell us, exactly HOW to throw yourself into your work.

Here, he shares his technique for anyone who needs help learning how to throw yourself into your work.    

Do you know anyone who throws him/her self into their work? Have you ever thrown yourself into a project you were working on?

What do you think of Jace’s innovative idea of throwing himself into his ART work?

Saturday, April 8, 2017


Did you know that April starts on the same day of the week as July every year, and the same day of the week as January in leap years? Something else I didn’t know is that April ends on the same day of the week as December every year.

April is National Poetry Month, a celebration of poetry. It was first introduced in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. April 1st is also April Fool’s Day, and I’m not sure if the Academy of American Poets realized that when they introduced National Poetry Month back in 1996, but it’s the kind of irony that poets would appreciate.

April 1st brings thoughts of spring what with trees and flowers blooming all over and birds chirping and singing outside my bedroom window early every morning. The first day of spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. It seems like spring here already in my little corner of the world, Houston, Texas.

It’s not too hot, too cold, too rainy, too sunny, not too dry, or too wet it’s just perfect – for me anyway. So I call it springtime, whether it’s officially spring or not.
One thing’s for sure, I’d better enjoy these perfectly beautiful days while they last because it’ll be over before we know it. Actually here in Houston, tomorrow it just might be freezing cold and I'll need to turn the heaters on. That's how it goes around here.

Oh, just a few more April tidbits FYI.

April 16th is Easter Sunday.
April 18th is TAX Day. Now, why is that? Could it be because April 15th falls on a Saturday this year and Saturday is not a Business Day?
April 22nd is Earth Day.

There you have it, my rambling thoughts on April and Spring time.

What is the weather like in your part of the country? Where are you? Some people are still having snow. Is that you? Do you like it? Or are you getting a touch of spring?