Monthly Archives: May 2019

Thursday, May 30, 2019 – Houston Museum of Fine Arts

Thursday, May 30, 2019 – Houston Museum of Fine Arts

Yesterday I spend a lovely day with friends at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts viewing the Vincent Van Gogh exhibit.

Photographs cannot do justice to the beautiful work and there were so many beautiful pieces, one could not capture them all.

Of course, had I been the model the paintings would have looked like this.

Monday, May27, 2019 – Never Forget Their Sacrifice

Monday, May 27, 2019 – Never Forget Their Sacrifice

Never forget the sacrifice made for our freedoms.



Thursday, May 16, 2019 – All Good Things Must Come to and End

Thursday, May 16, 2019 – All Good Things Must Come to an End

“…Math, science, history unraveling the mystery; it all started with a big bang.”

Tonight we bid a fond farewell to Dr. Cooper, Dr. Hofstader, Dr. Koothrapoli and MR. Wolowitz and all of the other fabulous cast members as The Big Bang Theory has its series finale. It is my favorite program. I hope it ends with a big bang. Thank goodness for syndication.

One of my many favorite episodes is The Shiny Trinket Maneuver. “Ohhh! It’s tiara! Put it on me! Put it on me!”

I am so Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler.

Do you have a favorite episode? If so, sing Soft Kitty.


Wednesday, May 15, 2019 – Cat Nip or Peach Tails

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 – Cat Nip of Peach Tails

Peach The Cat here to tell you about the horrible day I had yesterday. It was all Dr. Biped’s fault.

First she forgot I was in the garage and shut the door and I could not get back in the house. That was not too bad because I like to sit on top of the car. I am Cat on a Hot Sun Roof.

When she opened the door, I came inside only to find she was changing light bulbs in the ceiling. She had a big yellow stick and was poking it in the holes in the ceiling. I was checking out the box on the floor when suddenly the light bulb came crashing to the floor sending glass everywhere. It scared the kitty crap out of me. I was so scared I ran to my secret hiding place and did not show my fur face for almost an hour. Not even when the Biped was trying to find me with apologies.

When I did come out of hiding, Dr. Biped let me go sit on the screened in back porch. I know I am not supposed to go outside, but the screen had come loose and it was just too tempting. I had a great time eating grass and listening to the birds. But then I could not get back inside and had to scratch and scream until Dr. Biped heard me and let me back in. I ran back inside and hid in my other secret hiding place.

It had been such a trying day I slept the remainder of the evening in Dr. Biped’s lap. I am so loved.

Tuesday, May 14,2019 – Three – RIP

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 – Three – RIP



Monday, May 13,2019 – Doo Doo Doo Looking Out My Back Door

Monday, May13, 2019 – Doo Doo Doo Looking Out My Back Door

Just got home from Illinois, lock the front door, oh boy!
Got to sit down, take a rest on the porch
Imagination sets in, pretty soon I’m singin’
Doo, doo, doo, lookin’ out my back door

I had a visitor in my back yard yesterday. This is what I saw looking out my back door. Check out those talons. Yikes.

Sunday, May 12, 2019 – Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 12, 2019 – Mother’s Day

Thank you, Cordelia Robeline Laird Faust for having my mother, Exa Doy Faust

Thank you, Mary Rose Duckworth Duffey for having my father, Randall Edwin Duffey.

Thank you to my mother, Exa Doy Faust Duffey for having me and…

showing me that walking across unstable bridges of life can be done – even in those shoes. I am sure your purse was on your other arm. Miss you!



Friday, May 10, 2019 – Why in The Devil Did You …

Friday, May 10, 2019 – Why in The Devil Did You…

The great Marsha Ball sings a song based on a hand written question posed in the margin of an old church hymnal. Why in the devil did you tell Louella everything you know?

Someday, someone is going to wonder the same thing about this hymnal.

Broadman Hymnal – copyright, 1940, by The Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention

Why in the devil did your write your name in the Baptist song book?

I needed it to play hymns. There were few piano players in Magnolia, so even bad ones like me had to step in on occasion.

In the hymnal written in nice penmanship is Alethia Baptist Church, Magnolia, Texas. Below is a stamp that reads ALETHIA BAPTIST CHURCH, MAGNOLIA, TEXAS

Below the stamp, in a different, handwriting is the message – Please leave this book in the church. Granted, all of the penned messages are written in cursive so it is doubtful many in the future will be able to read them.

I wrote my name on the inside page and obviously the book taken from the church is in my possession. This means I stole something from the church or somebody did and now I have it. Still means I’m going to Hell, Level 1 for stealing from the church or owning stolen property.

On page 477 is Hallelujah Chorus by George Frederick Handel. There seems like there should be a “The” before Hallelujah, but here is the page.

There are six pages of Hallelujah Chorus. I cannot imagine any members of Alethia Baptist Church singing something as difficult as HC and I do not remember any members of the First Baptist Church in Magnolia doing such a concert. Who could play the piano? I feel confident that today the First Baptist Church of Magnolia could definitely do a fine rendition of this masterpiece. The old Methodist Cokesbury Worship Hymnal Book didn’t have anything as audacious as Hallelujah Chorus.

Well, it ain’t Hallelujah Chorus, but it does kinda make want you to say “Amen” or “Hallelujah when Miss Marsha Ball sits at the keyboard, crosses her legs and plays Louella. Happy Friday.





Wednesday, May 8, 2019 – In Honor of Standardized Testing or STARR This Post

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 – In Honor of Standardized Testing or STARR This Post

In honor of standardized tests, let’s do a math word problem.

How much does it cost to score one assessment in one content area in Texas?

Let’s pretend the content area is English Language/Arts, Grade Five.

You will need to know how many fifth graders across Texas took the test. Call somebody at TEA and find an answer you like or Google it and figure a reasonable sum. Or just use 80,000. That is the current number possibly held back this year due to performance. Now that deserves an F-bomb!

Proceeding onward with the number of scorers. Remember, you are only looking at costs for scoring one content area for one grade level. Ready?

At one assessment site, there are two shifts of scorers.

1st shift clocks in at 8:00 am and clocks out at 4:30 pm. This shift makes $11.50 per hour.

2nd shift clocks in at 5:00 pm and clocks out at 10:30 pm. This shift makes $12.50 per hour.

Both shifts receive a non-paid 30-minute lunch and two non-paid 15-minute breaks.

If you are unable to meet your scoring daily and/or weekly quota, you are dismissed. If you miss more than three days during the testing period, you are dismissed.

There are five rooms of scorers, plus a number of supervisors and other ancillary people. Each room has 150 Dell Computers.

A standard scoring period is about six weeks – Monday through Saturday. One is not required to work on Saturdays so factor about 75 scorers for Saturdays. Saturday scorers make $12.50 per hour.

The amount you come up with reflects the amount paid to score one grade level, one content area, for six weeks. You can either show your work or just give an F-bomb to the world of assessment.

For extra credit calculate the costs for other content areas and grade levels being scored.

Keep your voter registration card current!

Monday, May 6, 2019

Monday, May 06, 2019 –


Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Happy Cinco de Mayo. Vaminos la siesta!