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Friday, July 27, 2018 – Catty Friday

Friday, July 27, 2018 – Catty Friday

What day is it? Friday? It’s the last day of my birthday week. I must have slept through Thursday. What a wonderful birthday Jellicle Ball. I woke up in the lampshade.

Thank you to all the wonderful cats for coming to my party celebrating the first anniversary of my Forever Home. It is all coming back to me now. There was quite the clowder.

First we watched one of my favorite movies –Catsablanca. “Here’s meowing at you, Kid.”

Then we listened to music. The Pussy Cat Dolls prepared a special playlist just for the occasion. It had all of our favorites – Cat Stevens, Stray Cats, and Catskills.

The last song was the Catten Eyed Joe by the band Litter. It had been a long time since I danced the Catten Eyed Joe in a catnip induced chorus line.

Now what you say…(Cat -shit!)
Y’all say what…(Cat-shit!)
Still can’t hear you..(Cat-shit!)
…Catton-eyed Joe

I love my new reads too.

  • The Catterpurry Tails
  • Cat 22
  • The Great Catsby
  • The Odhissy

To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harpurr Lee is one of my all-time favorites. I love Catticas Finch.

A special gift was from the Six Toes Sisters in Key West. An autographed pawed copy of The Old man and the Cat.

I had a great time. I am so happy I have a Forever Home.

See you at the next Jellicle Ball. Now it is time for a bath.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 – Eye of the Tigers

Wednesday, July 25, 2018 – Eye of the Tigers

Peach again. I get to write every day of my birthday week.

Today is my actual birthday of my Forever Home. Dr. Biped said I was like Christmas in July.

I am so excited about the Jellicle Birthday Ball tonight. I should have no trouble sneaking out. Dr. Biped plans to watch the last of the Harry Pawtter movies. But just in case I shall exact a spell on her.

Here is a little something off of the playlist for tonight.  Don’t forget to stop by the photo booth. Hurry to the fish and liver buffet before it’s all gone. See you there!

Eye of the tiger.


Friday, July 20, 2018 – Snarky Football Friday – Almost

Friday, July 20, 2018 – Snarky Football Friday – Almost

It is so hot! How hot is it? It is so hot that my hot flashes seem to cool me off!

Every Natural Born Citizen of Texas knows that when God kicked the Devil out of Heaven, He gave him a choice of locations – Texas or Hell. The Devil took Hell because it is cooler than Texas in the summer.

I heard from a most reliable source that it was 108 degrees in Dallas yesterday with possibilities of 112 for the weekend. Be patient my dear Dallas friends. A couple more hurricanes, a few icebergs’ melts and you can cool off at the Beaches of Waco.

Almost every Friday is designated as Snarky Friday. This reminded me that it time to once again review a few of the thoughts behind Here’s What I’m Thinking.

Number ONE: If I know you now or have known you the past, I WILL write about you at some point. You must hope I give you a nickname and write delightful, wonderful memories about you. Otherwise, I might give out the coordinates of your residence and tell FB and social media you are serving free beer on Saturdays.

There are a few exceptions. I will never write anything negative about Ms. Navasota or SFA Roomie and a few selected sorority sisters. Mostly because there is nothing negative I know about these dear friends and also because I’m in the photographs too.

I like college football. I like to write about teams that I like and teams that play teams that I like. This includes the entire SEC (It just means more!); the entire Big 12 Conference, which is still only 10 schools. What about renaming it the Non12 Big School Conference?

I will NOT watch any team play on the blue football field of Boise State. I don’t care if you if you were the first and only for 20 years to have a non-green football field. It ain’t right. It just ain’t right. Besides, it makes me throw up. Eastern Washington has a red football field.That ain’t right either. No exceptions.

I do not like schools that have mascots that could eat Reveille – The First Lady of Aggieland. This includes any school located in Florida. Again, there are exceptions. GEAUX TIGERS! EXCEPT on Thanksgiving.

Of course I write about the Fighting Texas Aggies. Toward the end of her earth-life I told my sister, Dale, that I was not going to join her in Heaven until the Aggies won the National Football Championship. She replied “You cannot live forever!” I was also reminded I must ensure my windows are closed on Saturday afternoons so the neighbors’ grandchildren will not hear me scream multi-syllabic adjectives about one’s parents – especially one’s mother. Or as Dale said “will not hear me screaming cuss words.”

Snarky Friday will preview the football games of my interest. Prepare to hear what I’m thinking about the games, players, the coaches, the referees, the announcers, the uniforms, the signs on Game Day, tailgating and more.

Let us not forget the mascots of the colleges and universities. Do we all remember from last year – the meaning of the adjective regarding anthropomorphic as it relates to mascots?

The first games of the season will kick off on Saturday, August 25 with more games on Thursday, August 30 and continuing through Labor Day Weekend.

The shine to Saint Football. Since I do not like real candles, I light lights on Saturday and pretend it’s church.

The Aggies kickoff on Thursday August 30 in College Station against Northwestern. The smaller Northwestern in Louisiana. Not the big one in Illinois. Nevertheless, it is going to be hotter than the hinges of Hell in Kyle Field.

Happy Weekend.

Thursday, July 19, 2018 – Radio Lamps – This Little Light of Mine

Thursday, July 19, 2018  – Radio Lamps – This Little Light of Mine

First – it is a misnomer when I say “I make these lamps.” I just find an old piece of junk that can no longer be used for its original purpose. The great talent goes to Amber and Bruce and the others at D and W Lighting in Austin, Texas.

Second – for those of you that are fortunate to own one of the lamps these wonderful folks and I put together – This is one is NOT for sale. At least not at this time.

Here’s the story. On a wonderful trip to Stephenville last summer I found this old radio in an antique store for $20. It still had the old vacuum tubes. Internet research revealed it was an Atwater Kent Radio with Cabinet by Helmers Furniture Company. It is a table top model from about the 1930’s.

Here are the before pictures:

Original dust. Multiple holes where dials once were.

And here are the after. The exterior and interior was restored.

A three-way lighting fixture was placed on the exterior. A small light was added to the interior and the holes were plugged with various colorful materials.

Then it was placed on an exquisite hand tooled base and Atwater was moved to the front.


Then it was topped off (no pun intended) by a beautiful lamp shade and a round, wooden finial.

One can turn on just the interior light for a lovely night light glow or just the exterior light. And with a third turn of the light switch both interior and exterior are illuminated.

These people are amazing!

I keep waiting to hear FDR, Sister Aimee or Edward R. Murrow come through the radio air waves. I’ll let you know if I hear any of them.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 – Poems from The Wasteland by T. S. Eliot and Me

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 – Poems from The Wasteland by T. S. Eliot and Me

I don’t care if T. S. Eliot wrote that April is the cruelest month. He never lived in Texas in July. Here’s what I’m thinking. My version is more accurate. But you should judge for yourself.


From The Wasteland by T. S. Eliot

APRIL is the cruellest month, breeding.
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing.
Memory and desire, stirring.
Dull roots with spring rain.

From The Wastebasket by Me

JULY is the cruellest month, sweating.

Beads out of the dehydrated body, wanting

Memory and desire, stirring.

Cooler temps and football season.

Monday, July 16, 2017 – It Begins! SEC Media Day And Gig ‘Em!

Monday, July 16, 2017 – It Begins! SEC Media Day And Gig ‘Em!

In honor of the first of four days of SEC football coverage and what I consider the official start of college football, I have rewritten one song and selected two other songs to commemorate the kickoff.

Here is the first one. I know all my sorority sisters know the tune. This is an Aggie version.

Today while the maroon and white blossoms still cling to the vine

I’ll watch the SEC Media and drink real good wine.

A million tomorrows will all pass away…

Ere I forget what all Jimbo said today.

For I’m a Former Student and also a scholar

You know who I am by the clothes that I wear.

I’ll feast at a tailgate and record ESPN

Who cares about Corsier’s head gear.

We can’t be contented with yesterday’s glory

We can’t live on promises winter to spring

Today is our moment and now is our glory.

We’ll laugh and we’ll fight and we’ll sing.

And here is what we will sing! The second song is especially for the Bevo Bunch since it mentions THE University.


Thursday, July 12, 2018 – Texas A&M Cancels Entire Fall Semester

Thursday, July 12, 2018 – Texas A&M Cancels Entire Fall Semester – Good Bull

This is a headline today from the Department of fake news.

Texas A&M cancels entire fall semester to accommodate Thursday night football game in August.

Here’s what I’m thinking. This from Good Bull is every undergraduates’ dream come true. I think it is an excellent idea, Jimbo. I don’t think any SEC school actually has classes during football season, do they? Maybe Vanderbilt.

Saturday, July 07, 2018 – CFWS – Cornhole Royalty or Snarky Friday Delayed

Saturday, July 07, 2018 – CFWS – Cornhole Royalty or Snarky Friday Delayed

Me: So, Doctor. There is nothing that can be done for CFWS?

Doctor: I’m afraid not. I see many patients this time of year who suffer from College Football Withdrawal Symptom (CFWD.) One must wait it out until August when it goes away. In the meantime, I can only suggest you watch something from previous years on TV. That Longhorn Network has many contests from previous years since that is all THE University has. Or you find something else to tide you over.

Therefore I returned home and after an extensive search of every sports channel I subscribed to and I discovered a sport to hold me over until August. CORNHOLE!

Initially, I thought the sport was called Corn Row, but I later found out that corn row refers to an ethnic hair style.

In cornhole individual contestants or a team of two underhandedly toss four bags filled with corn kernels. No, the kernels are not cooked. Contestants, across a distance of 27 feet toss the bag in an attempt to drop the bag into a hole cut out of a board that is elevated about six inches from the floor to form an incline. Three points are awarded if the bag goes into the hole and one point if the bag lands on the inclined board. First player or team to reach 21 wins that round.

There were several attributes that drew me to this sport. One – I always enjoy a sport where one can hold their beer and cigarette in one hand and toss an object with the other. Similar to Frisbee golf. Except cornhole is even better than Frisbee golf because it can be played indoors.

Some of the rules of the game I liked were: Decide who tosses first – usually the ugliest or drunkest. I also liked: Clear debris from boards – especially dog poop and cornhole is no place for children as they tend to run onto the playing area. A nice corn bag to the head usually acts as a deterrent.

A second attribute that attracted me to cornhole was: People actually do this? My mama used to make us bean bags all the time when we were little. We threw bean bags into all kinds of holes and at each other and the dog and the cat. Too bad none of us thought to put college logos or paint beer advertising on the board and sell it to whoever is making money now.

But the third and biggest attribute that made me like cornhole was the Royalty. The National Cornhole Championships were held in West Virginia last year. Yes, West Virginia, there is a National Cornhole Championship. Remember, this is the state that burns old sofas when West Virginia U wins football games.

There is even a governing organization. It is the American Cornhole Organization, with a podcast called Talking American Cornhole Organization or TACO.

At the National Cornhole Championship both a King and Queen are crowned. Just think – BJ, JP, Dale – You could be the Queen of the Cornhole.

And if things could not get better – the 2018 Cornhole Championship will be held July 24 through July 28 in Montgomery, Alabama. There is still time to register! You could be Queen of Largest Cornhole Party Ever and even be on TACO.

Monday, July 2, 2018 – Is It Time for College Football Yet?

Monday, July 2, 2018 – Is It Time for College Football Yet?

Good Grief, Charlie Brown! It is already July 2. I think missed the final days of June.

What have we missed? Arkansas Hogs got roasted in the College World Series by Oregon State Beavers. What a way to lose it too! One out away from winning the CWS and you miss the foul ball. That memory is going to take a long time to go away.

Nevertheless, the end of the CWS just means one yard closer to college football season. I can’t wait.

Did you see where former LSU Coach Les Miles’ son is transferring from Nebraska to Texas A&M? He will be eligible next season. He is a fullback. A FULLBACK at Texas A&M?

I have not yet purchased the Texas bible of football – Dave Campbell’s Texas Football. I shall have it by tomorrow. I understand that Texas A&M Head Football Coach, Jimbo Fisher, is on the cover. Flashback: Last year THE University of Texas HC, Tom Herman, on the cover was no advantage.

The story in Texas Football supposedly says when Jimbo saw the previous head coach’s office at Texas A&M he said something like “Good God! It looks like a damn night club in here. I’m not moving in until remodeled.” I hope there are Before and After pictures.

I must stop and go to store to get ready for the Fourth of July. I’ll buy hot dogs, but no buns! The “no buns” story is one to be told with alcohol and hot dogs. And buns.

However, before I stop and go shop, I would like to make this public. On Friday June 20, 2018, I received $20, cash on the barrel head, from one Mr. J. Hawkins. I believe this is Alabama within the spread over Texas A&M. Is that correct?

I would like see Mr. Hawkins’ $20 and raise him a bottle of wine on Texas A&M within the spread and raise our Emergency Room Deductible.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 – My Books. My Reading List. My Summer Project.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 – My Books My Reading List My Summer Project

On June 21, I reached 50. My goal is 60 by August 31.

I want to see how many of the 100 Great Reads I can read.

This is quite doable. When the list was released in May I could check off 45 as having read. Thank you, but do not be impressed. Remember I have lots of sheepskins on the wall and all of them are liberal arts related. That is what liberal arts majors do – we read.

With my number of books rating (five books = excellent and 1 = Just OK) here are the five I read in June.

Bless Me, Ultima – Rudolfo Anaya – 4 Books. Good story and good insight into Chicano culture.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams – 5 Books – Loved it. An imagination stretched, but really funny.

The Outsiders – S. E. Hinton – 4 books. Should be read by every teenager and every adult who was once a teenager.

Thing Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe – 1 Book. Even though I did not care for this book, it does give insight into precolonial Africa.

Where the Red Fern Grows – Wilson Rawls – 5 books. A boy, two dogs, coon hunting and the South – what more can you ask for? I cried reading the book; cannot imagine the movie. If you ever loved your dog, you will cry too.

So what’s on the list for July?

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

Ready Player One – Ernest Cline

Even if you are not as ambitious as I, find a book on the list and go escape from the world for a while. You can escape to any time period, any culture or even any galaxy with tales of love, passion and justice. Have I read a favorite of yours, yet?