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  • blueribbonfair 8:05 pm on April 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: car, car parking, , grandam, humor, , , , red car, sporty car, teenagers   

    Red Metal 

    Over at Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is the Challenge of Autumn-Metal. She is combining the seasons with their elements. Check it out and join in. I do know many of my followers already do that and It is great to see their entries.

    For my entry I have an interesting story: 

    I keep finding an exact make and model and color car parked beside me. I sometimes see it on the city streets, but never see the driver. Anyway, they keep parking right next to me in the places I go when there is a space beside me. Kind of fun and makes my day somewhat.

    So I finally snapped a photo to show my kids because I needed proof since they look at me funny when I have told them this:


    metal red my car blog

    Not a super good picture and I did crop it and played around with some tools.  My camera had slipped onto really long and tall photo taking which I did not know had happened.


    • kathyscottage 8:16 pm on April 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      One day I walked out of a store and strolled over to my car and discovered a woman trying to unlock my car door with her key!!! I asked, can I help you? She looked at me puzzled, then looked at my car, then looked at me. Her car was the next car over, in the next parking spot. Our vehicles were exactly alike and she thought she was unlocking the door to her car. She was a little embarrassed but we laughed about it and didn’t make a big deal about it. I thought of this true story when I saw the photo of the two red vehicles!

    • Cee Neuner 4:28 pm on April 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Now this is some hot metal. 😀

  • blueribbonfair 12:01 am on September 14, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cattle, , eyes, humor, longhorns, , , , ranching, texas   

    All “Eyes” 





    Join in by using the above link.


  • blueribbonfair 8:16 pm on June 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , humor, , locked, locked in, regrets, spilled milk, ,   

    Locked in…..Regrets 



    “Of all the words of mice and men, the saddest are, “It might have been.”-Kurt Vonnegut  via Good Reads


    Lately, I am regretting so much of my life.

    ” I never ever thought this could happen to me.”

    That being the awesome and full of potential individual I am that I would reach a certain age and look back on what appears to be a ” wasted life.”

    This is a long story and even with the ” air” running, my trailer is hot and so stifling I doubt if I can tell it all in one sitting.

    But with the way I have been feeling the last couple weeks, I figured the Word Press Daily prompt here :  Word Press Daily Writing Prompt, fit so aptly with all the regrets that are haunting me so I cannot breathe- even though I try to be positive-I thought like journaling, putting them out here on my blog as the notebook page would be a way to vent and gain control of the melancholia which has me in its grasp.


    As I said, it is quite a long story. I want to get it going because of the prompt for today. But the heat will have me fleeing to the coolest room in the house soon.

    Anyway, though I would love to do a very long post and cover all of my disappointments right now, I think I am going to make this a series. I really would like to have these posts on a schedule, but my shifting sand life with all the extraneous circumstances make it extremely hard to have any schedule at all. That coupled with my anxiety, depression and extreme  sensitivity which makes me even hide from people, and even as crazy as it seems  also interactions on the internet.

    I really like blogging photography and short posts because I always have so much going on. I am amazed by bloggers I follow and individual blog posts I discover, how some people either type so well, unlike me or have the time to post long written out articles like this one all the time. (* I have been on Word  Press today visiting blogs I follow, following up on my visitors, like and comments as well as finding prior unknown blogs that have encouraged me, awed me with beauty and expanded my horizons making me thankful.

    I actually prepared a couple photos today for photo challenges I follow, which are my favorite blogs to do. They are fun and happy to do. I love photography and have learned a lot, becoming better at it-In spite of just using a cell phone- as well as playing around on photo editing spots. (Cell phone camera fits in with my “regrets”….More on that in another post.( Let’s start from birth with this sad journey.) I warn you, though, the worst of the saga comes much further on.

    It is said, ” Do not cry over spilled milk.” Which is great but what if it is not only a glass or gallon but a trough -full that drowns those in its path? And the years have passed and blurred so fast, you were never able to clean  any of it up and it has soaked in and ruined the ground you are standing on.

    I was told I always have a choice in everything. At the time, I agreed with this counselor. But then, I thought, “Do most of  those victims in the right place at the wrong time choose to be tortured, held against their will and raped chose that to happen in their lives?” Not all of life is in our control.

    I said the latter to draw the conclusion that many things I umbrella under the “regret” theme I had nothing to do with, nothing I could have prevented. The main regret, though, that led to much fallout was even though, I was young and ignorant/ naive of so much in life. One major bad decision………

    So let us start at the beginning. Circumstances beyond my control, no choice in the matter…. I was adopted ( My parents were wonderful and that is not the issue.) I was adopted because my mother was only 17, I do not even know if my biological dad knows I exist. And there are things that effect you in the womb I did not know then and actually back then no one knew much either.  It is being discovered how  pre-birth connections have a major effect on the baby.  To be continued……………….


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    • lisadorenfest 9:48 pm on June 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      You write beautifully. I am very saddened to hear that you are struggling with regret, depression, and anxiety.

    • Shauna 4:04 am on June 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply


      I hope writing this down will help a bit with your depression and anxiety! *hugs*

      • blueribbonfair 10:48 pm on June 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I thought I had replied to you, but I do not know where it went. So if I replied elsewhere just note, my mind is gone. Just in case, either way, thank you.

    • Jean Reinhardt 10:22 pm on June 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I also find it difficult to write a long post, so I really appreciate the effort you put into this one. It’s very well written and I love that meme at the end. Hugs xx

    • Miriam 10:52 pm on June 20, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I tend to write in short spurts too. I hope that writing helps you … and I’m really sorry to hear how you’re feeling. Know that you’re not alone.

    • DebtGirl 6:28 pm on July 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Regrets suck, I have them too, the what ifs! I am sorry they are weighing heavy on you. It will and can only get better! Xoxo

    • blueribbonfair 7:09 pm on July 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the encouragement and your comment.

    • calmkate 10:56 pm on July 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Well written and the meme at the end clearly demonstrates that you have a strong SOH! I guess there are very few of us that have not experienced some kind of depravation at the hands of another … we can’t control or change that, it does shape us but doesn’t define us … how we use that ‘lesson’ to grow is up to us?

    • ANM7 6:42 pm on August 22, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      It’s just me of course, but I generally have a practice relative to regret: I rebuke it and send it back to the pit it came from.
      Self-importance is what my psyche seeks with indulging in regret. Yes, I could’ve dis and dat, humph. Yeah right, given the circumstances, time, my mental state, period and etc., I would have just done a different variable of “Waste” is all. Be careful with regret, it wants to freeze you in time. Stop, enjoy the present moment and give thanks for that. It’s just another version of “The grass is greener…” You will be fine.

  • blueribbonfair 9:13 pm on June 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: daily lists, distractions, distractions from work, do you like to make lists, Francine funny, Francine on list making, grocery lists, humor, knowledge lists, list making, list of, , lists verse, love of lists, never ending list, sites that make lists, to do lists   

    Love for Lists. Tuesday Thinking of….. 

    I love lists. It is so hard for me to keep from reading one of almost any subject if I see one on the internet and “working” Oh the perils of managing your own time and accountability only to yourself!

    I also write lists every day. I have actually tried to force myself to not write that “to do” list once and awhile and just relax and “go with the flow” on some days, but it never works. I just want to sleep and am pulling my hair out. I find myself making a list and my left hand just can’t stop my right from doing it. My daily lists usually have anywhere from 15 to 100 things I want to do daily. there is my list of things I try to do daily at the top such as exercise, a load of laundry, work emails, (Yes, even when it is supposed to be my day off; Such is the life of selling stuff on line!) I sweep through the house and pickup all over room by room as fast as I can do it. It is not a perfect sweep by any means and I do try to do it at night before bed also. On work days and some other nights this does not pan out well. I am too tired or just do not want to stop working on building my businesses.

    Anyway, here are few sites that fulfill my list cravings:

    http://www.listof.org/ Many helpful lists when you need something. Not just fun lists to read.

    http://listverse.com/ This is my favorite site for lists.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_lists_of_lists thgis is the never ending list spot. They go on and on. Start with a list, then find another one on the page you went to and spend days there> Reminds me of the guy that died playing video games because he went without stop for about a week. (Yes I did read this fact on a list site. lol)

    Put lists on your search engine and see what you find.

    So do you make to do lists, grocery lists, fun lists, vacation lists or such and are like me lost without one. Do you like lists or hate them like some people I know? Perhaps you read lists, but do not like to write them. What is your take on lists of any kind-you find?

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    My internet is acting up and somehow I got an extra photo on there for DIY I did with coasters. At one time they were on a list of craft ‘to do’s’, so am leaving them here.

  • blueribbonfair 4:07 pm on May 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , humor, , ,   

    Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge 2 Fit with My Monday Mood-ANIMALS-Chickens 

    Our pretty “Little Black Hen.” had her 3rd large hatch of chicks last week. We were also given 2 chicks old enough to leave their mom which stick together like glue and give me lots of laughs. So this week for the challenge; I am sharing my little chicken  farm.

    Mama hen with a couple of her ten peepiing from underneath. It Very hard to get close to them and get a picture since she gathers them up so quickly.

    Mama hen with a couple of her ten peeping from underneath. It Very hard to get close to them and get a picture since she gathers them up so quickly.








    The older and larger chicks that were given us. I call them Tic and Toc. Very flighty and hard to get them to cooperate with the camera

    Last batch of babies. Big Red is in the foreground.

    Last batch of babies. Big Red is in the foreground.

    Our Duck. She started out on a farm with this chicken so I think he gets annoyed with her banter, but he endures. His name is Chocolate Her name Sack.

    Our Duck. She started out on a farm with this chicken so I think he gets annoyed with her banter, but he endures. His name is Chocolate Her name Sack.



    Huckleberry would come into the porch laundry room and eat vegetables out of utensils.

    Huckleberry would come into the porch laundry room and eat vegetables out of utensils.

    2 Mama hens flashing me. I could not get them to stand still and face me long enough to snap the shot.

    2 Mama hens flashing me. I could not get them to stand still and face me long enough to snap the shot.

    Cluck -more like Attila the Hun.

    Cluck -More like Attila the Hun.


    Mama hen with a couple of her ten peepiing from underneath. It Very hard to get close to them and get a picture since she gathers them up so quickly.

    Mama hen with a couple of her ten peeping from underneath. It Very hard to get close to them and get a picture since she gathers them up so quickly.



    Now this is our little red hen who left us an egg. lol

    Now this is our little red hen who left us an egg. lol













    My Huckleberry Rooster Drawing I did after he was gone.

    My Huckleberry Rooster Drawing I did after he was gone.


    The last 2 pictures are little attachments I love having to do with chickens.

    For my followers and visitors

    For my followers and visitors

  • blueribbonfair 7:56 pm on May 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: blue green, , , , , humor, kitsy lane, teal, teal clothing, teal jewelry, webstore   

    My Favorite Color Teal -For Mother’s Day “on the run” ideas 

    We are here standing on Tuesday again and I am interested in color today.  So , since teal is one of my 2 favorite colors, I thought I would share some Teal colored Ideas if you are doing Mother’s day and have not gotten finished with preparing yet for it.  (Yes and if you are like me.)


    The things below are just ideas in my favorite color. Some are from places I have shops at and it is slightly late to order.  Just pretty ideas to get you excited and creative ideas.  flow.


    Now  Go wrap it up with a big teal bow!











    Pill Box from :http://www.etsy.com/

    Pill Box from :http://www.etsy.com/






    teal 4630974-original

    Teal by : Oscar de la Renta

    Teal by : Oscar de la Renta














    Add to her collection(s)

    Add to her collection(s)











  • blueribbonfair 8:52 pm on June 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , hippos, humor, Karl Pilkington, , , wandering hippos   

    Wandering Wednesday 


    This Wednesday takes us to Hippos doing the Wandering.

    Oh how this gave me a belly laugh today when I read it. I hope it will do that for you also.

  • blueribbonfair 11:03 pm on May 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , dread, excuses, humor, , , , pneumonia,   

    If the picture fits. 

    So call it bad luck, Murphy’s Law, When it rains; it pours, If anything else can go wrong it will and the one I have chosen to come up with in my own humble brain:  “The fox tail in the fur is going to dig in deeper. and there is nothing you can do to stop it.”  Another one I like is: “If you think you were missed, quit thinking.”


    Balloons do not help.

    Just in case anyone did notice I have not been on my blog and posting for a week or so,-which I am in doubt of. lol. Hence,  I have come up with: “Hang onto the doubts, they are usually a certainty.”

    Anyway I have been extremely sick with pneumonia., so I do have an excuse.( I will not say the “excuse adage” for those waiting with baited breath for that one.)

    So if the pictures fits show them. These 3 fit me better than peanut butter and jelly.





    Just another day-dread.


    I resemble misery and feel like it too.



  • blueribbonfair 6:53 pm on April 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , humor, on the go, southern accent,   

    Hey , thanks to all my new followers. This week is a go, go , go week and my head is spinning. I hope to get back on here more later in the week or early next week. I dislike missing out on all to see on here. Better than FB in many ways. Catch you all soon. “You all” southern accent? I will take it.

  • blueribbonfair 11:31 pm on April 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , humor, , snakes, treasure hunting, trepidation   

    So there I am looking for treasure, scavenging along in the field to the left of our house, when I remembered the snake I had spotted in our other pasture. As the piles of leaves underfoot crunched beneath my extremely low top sneakers and thin ankle socks All of a sudden I was jarred into reality. Mind you, prior to this I had been moving along surveying the ground all over-that is until I thought of that. I would call it cautiously creeping as quickly as I could back to the safety of my driveway, when I thought of snakes.

    Thankfully I had found the small vintage glass bottle before the dread of the
    bite hit..

    My kind of snake.

    My kind of snake.

    Blue bottle and others I drug back with me.

    Blue bottle and others I drug back with me.

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