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October 1, 2013 at 3:07 pm Leave a comment

enough is enough

Okay, this is it. Enough is enough! I have had all I can stand and I can’t stand n’more. I have GOT to lose this weight. Getting dressed in the morning is just torturous. When it comes to getting dressed, I am in full on camouflage mode. It’s no longer, “What top can I wear with this color pants?” Nooooo. Now it’s, “What can I wear that will cover my tail-end?” And my tail-end definitely needs to be covered. I’ve got to quit talking about it and doing nothing about it. (Or, talking about it, then dieting for ten days and stopping when I haven’t lost it fast enough to suit me.) I’m not very patient with me. And I’m very tough on myself about these things. Plus, dieting just makes me. Well. It just makes me MAD as a hornet. I DESPISE dieting. I despise dieting, and I LOVE Lays potato chips. THIS is a bad combination.

But it’s October. And I like cooler weather soOoOoo much better! Surely that will help me be more willing to get outside and walk. And, I like that it’s two months ‘til Thanksgiving. And three months til Christmas. And it’s just, what? Nine weeks til the start of a brand new year. I’d like to ring 2014 in as a DRAMATICALLY smaller woman. So let it be written; so let it be done!

October 1, 2013 at 3:00 pm Leave a comment

office memo:

Last seen near the postage meter, the tape gun has been reported missing in action.

Any details regarding the sudden disappearance of the tape gun can be reported to corporate crime stoppers at 777-2XXX.
Or, you may simply respond to this email. =)

There is no need to assemble a neighborhood vigilante team at this time. However, you may want to locate your torches, and pitchforks in case of an actual emergency.

Stay tuned for details if such actions are deemed necessary.

Thanks everyone!
Tracey

August 6, 2013 at 3:03 pm Leave a comment

a net

Last year my now fourth grader listened intently as one of her classmates’ mother was reading to the class. Apparently she was reading from a joke book, right? So, the volunteer-reader-mom lady says to the class, “What do you call a girl who is really good at fishing?”

Maggie, who is ever-eager to have the right answer FIRST belts out: ” A HOOKER!”

Peals of laughter errupted, interspersed with an occasional, “Woooo! Maaaagieeeeeee!” from her peers. Maggie’s friend said, “Maggie! You said a bad word!”

To which Maggie replied, “I DID NOT say a bad WORD! It’s a bad thing. But that’s NOT a bad word!”

That afternoon after school, Maggie recounted the entire experience to me with many giggles over her accidentally innappropriate outburst. Then she said, “The ACTUAL answer to the joke was “Annette”. (a- NET). Get it? I think my answer was much funnier!”

…Admittedly, I do, too!

September 26, 2012 at 12:16 pm Leave a comment

feather boa garland!

Check out my groovy Christmas tree! I got the bright idea to use white feather boas in lieu of garland this year! I LUV it!

December 12, 2011 at 8:13 pm Leave a comment

daddy’s high school class ring: found!

My first cousin, Paula, contacted me yesterday. First thing she said in her email was, “Call me. Everything’s okay. Nobody died. Just call me.” (I guess that pretty much tells you how often Paula and I talk!)  So, I contacted Paula and she asked me what year my Daddy graduated high school.

“I dunno,” I said, grabbing a calculator. “1960?”

“Could it have been 1959?” Paula asked.

“Sure,” I said. “I really have no idea. All I know is when he started school he ran away from school so many times that finally his teacher walked him home herself and told Granny Sims, ‘Why don’t we just try this again next year?’. The next year he arrived, already reading, and by the end of that year he had rejoined his rightful classmates.”

So did my cousin have the ring? No. This is where the story gets almost unbelievable.  A former Calhoun County Superintendent of Education, Beth Hardin, moved somewhere into DeSoto county. As I understand it, she recently moved again, to Southaven. Some of her new neighbors, Joe and Jean Taylor, came over to welcome them to the community and to introduce themselves.  When neighbors, Joe and Jean discovered that Beth was from Calhoun County, they told about a class ring that they had in their possession.  As I understand it, Joe and Jean’s son’s wife is the grandchild of  a Horn Lake dry cleaning business proprietor. And, amongst some things from her grandparents business, perhaps, there was a box of unclaimed jewelry and such. And, in said box was a high school class ring from Bruce High School, class of 1959. Inside the ring, the initials J R S are inscribed.  Joe and Jean asked Beth, since she had been in education for Calhoun county, where Bruce High School is located, if she would know how to find the person who’s class ring this might be.

So, Beth called someone she knew at Bruce High School, I believe it was.  And, inquired about what man in the graduating class of ’59 had the initials JRS.  Turns out there were two with those initials. Meanwhile, someone in the office at the high school recognized daddy’s name, and knew that he was my cousin Paula’s uncle. (Paula also works in education in Calhoun County.) So, that person called my cousin, Paula. Paula knew former superintendent, Beth,  gave her a call…and then Paula contacted me.

So, once I was up to speed on this “mystery”,  I called Beth myself. Told her I didn’t have any idea if Daddy ever had a high school class ring. But, that I did know that Daddy had taught at Horn Lake High School. So, it was possible that his ring could have been left in a coat pocket and ended up at the dry cleaners in Horn Lake, Mississippi.  Beth asked me after we’d talked a minute or two if my last name was Snelling or maybe she said Snellings? I said, “No ma’am, my maiden name is Sims.”  She explained that Snelling was the other last name that was possible. So, I said I’d call Mama and find out if she knew anything about a high school ring of Daddy’s. Mama and Daddy started dating in 1963. And I knew I had never seen a high school ring of his.

Called Mama. She had never seen a high school ring of Daddy’s.  But she had been introduced to John Snelling once because Daddy and he had seen each other in traffic one day. This was not uncommon because Daddy found people he knew everywhere he went. Mama said John used to run a UPS route. When he and Daddy recognized each other, they each pulled over and talked, as high school friends who hadn’t seen each other in years.  Daddy introduced Mama to his classmate. So, she remembered the name of the classmate. But could not confirm that Daddy had a ring. At that point she said, “You know who will KNOW for sure? Billy McCord.”  (Daddy’s best friend from school…)

Sooooooooo I called Billy! (Or Uncle Billy as I called him when I was little.)  And he verified that Daddy definitely did have a class ring. Said they got their rings the same day. I told him that there was another classmate with the initials JRS named John Snelling, and that Mama said he also used to live in DeSoto county. Billy said that was true, but that John had moved back to Bruce since then.  He said, “I’ll tell ya what…I’ll call John and find out. And then I’ll call ya back!”  A few hours later Billy called to tell me that he had spoken with Mr. Snelling, and that he had NOT lost his high school class ring. It was NOT John Snelling’s ring.  That left only one other possible JRS from Bruce High School class of 1959:  James Robert Sims.

So, I called Beth back. She was tickled for us to have solved this mystery. And she called her neighbor to tell that they’d found the daughter of the rightful owner (me), but that he had passed away in 2008. She then gave me the phone number for her neighbors. I called and spoke to Joe’s wife, Jean. And later I went by and met them, and they presented me with Daddy’s ring…a ring we didn’t know existed until yesterday. Joe said he had so hoped that the owner would still be around to get the ring back.

*gulp*…Yes, I wish that too.

And wouldn’ t you just know it? Both Beth Hardin and her neighbors Joe and Jean Taylor live IN MY SUBDIVISION, about two minutes from me. 

Amazing.

May 27, 2011 at 9:00 am 2 comments

I don’t EVEN wanna hear that. Speak to the hand.

Love covers a multitude of sins.

“Have you heard about what so-and-so did? Well, you are never gonna believe THIS!”

Why do people take it upon themselves to tale-bear? Have they themselves never done anything wrong? It amazes me that in this world brimming full of flawed people (correct me if I’m wrong…but is there any other kind of person?) –there are so many people who like to spend their time running down the names and reputations of their neighbors!

Folks! Do some reading on the law of attraction. You are bringing that same treatment down upon yourself. Think you are above reproach? Better stay humble. Pride comes before the fall!  Small town, small-mindedness! Ugh!!! Why people? Why? Love your neighbor! Do unto others as you know you HOPE they’ll do unto you!

I used to do a lot better about stopping gossip in its tracks. It can be hard to tell someone to STOP before they unload their juicy gossip for you to hear. But that’s EXACTLY what we all need to do. Don’t tell anything bad on anyone, and refuse to LISTEN to anything bad on anyone.

Some people have convinced themselves that they are only trying to “protect” their friends by warning them about what evils of which somebody else is capable. But that’s bunk, too! We are ALL completely CAPABLE of the same deeds. If you think you are ABOVE some sin, you have got a bigger issue to overcome: PRIDE.

And yeah, people may look at you funny when you tell them, “Please don’t take offense…but I don’t want you to tell me any juicy news on anybody.”  Yeah, they may think you’re a goodie-goodie. But ya know what? This world needs more goodie-goodies.

So, NO. I don’t even wanna hear that! (And you shouldn’t either!)

March 28, 2011 at 3:16 pm Leave a comment

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