July 2007

guardian of the clothesline, originally uploaded by hockamama.

the warm, wet morning grass under my bare feet
the cool, damp clothes on my shoulder as they await their turn for the pins
the washin’ powder-fresh smell
starshine sniffing my legs, gently nibbling my ankles
she watches me from her place in the sun
the occasional slight breeze
the birds calling

this is why I love to hang clothes on the line. it’s therapeutic, and calming


I received this email the other day, and I wondered how many people fall for this scam.  who wouldn’t like to believe that this could happen to them?

 Dear Friend,

My name is Deaconess Rosilyn Dyer, a Briton by origin, but married to a Welsh, Mr. James Dyer who lost his life while on a boat cruise last year. My husband was a shipping magnate. We were married for eleven years with a son who was on the same boat mishap with my late Husband.

When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of Eight Million pounds sterling in a finance house here in England.Presently this money is still with the Financial Institution.

I have been undergoing severe trauma since the demise of my husband and son. Life no longer has any meaning to me.

I have decided to donate this fund to an individual,or group that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein.I want an individual,or group that will establish ‘JAMES DYER FOUNDATION’ to assist widows and help accident victims worldwide.

I took this decision because my husband’s relatives are Trouble Makers and I don’t want my husband’s efforts to be used for trivialties.I do not want a situation where my husband’s sweat will be used in material pursuits. This is why I am taking this decision.

I cannot give this fund to anybody here in England because my Husband relatives have people in high places and will frustrate all attempts within this country. Moreso they do not know about this Eight Million pounds sterling deposit that my husband made. Presently, this deposit is known by I, our family lawyer and now you.

Contact our family lawyer with this specified email address:

Barrister Timothy Martins Esq.
Email: timothymartinsandassociates@yahoo.de

Let him know that I am entrusting the 8,000,000 pounds sterling to you by quoting my personal reference number Law/chamber/solicitors/rs/dy/WILL/9577568367 and I have also notified him that I am WILLING that amount to you for a specific and good work.

Please i need assurance from you that you will act accordingly as I have stated herein.

Hoping to receive your reply.

Remain blessed.

Your Sister,
Deaconess Rosilyn Dyer


gee, should I reply?  guess not.


I finished it wednesday morning.  three days longer than it would have taken me had I not had to share it, but it’s finished.  now I’m melancholy.  I enjoyed it immensely, couldn’t wait to get to the end, yet I hated for it to end.

I won’t say anything about it, so as not to spoil it, but if you’re considering reading it, definitely do!  it ties up a lot of loose ends, some characters are lost, unfortunately, but I was very happy with the ending; hopefully you will be, too.

all morning I’ve been checking the front porch and the garage steps, hoping the ups man has come to bestow upon me the most anticipated book of this millennium-harry potter and the deathly hallows! and while I was looking the other way, the mailman brought it. rich was mowing when the mailman pulled up, so he took it upon himself to relieve said mailman of his burden. then, the sneak proceeded to stand in the garage and read the first chapter!!

in the past, I read harry while rich is at work, and then he reads when he gets home. since I read rather quickly, it isn’t much of a problem. however, this time, rich happens to be on vacation, so I have entertained the idea of purchasing a second copy, but so far I’ve held back. hmm, maybe I’ll just run into town here in a minute…

last night we finally made it to see harry potter and the order of the phoenix! we have a long standing tradition of going to see the harry movies with tammie and linda, and they were in the mountains all week, so we had to wait till they came home yesterday. it was a real struggle, waiting for days. we thought about sneaking and watching it early, then going with them when they came home, but we thought tony might snitch on us, so we just sucked it up and waited.

I was so excited to see the movie, that I made us some shirts. leastwise for tony and I, because rich wouldn’t wear one in public, so I didn’t make him one. tony’s has a phoenix on it, with the words dumbledore’s army. I screenprinted it. mine has a picture of snape, and says misunderstood.  I made mine with an iron on.

we got lots of comments of them. and, even though quite alot of the book was left out, it was a great movie. I understand that they have to leave alot of things out of the movies in order to make a reasonable length, but I would gladly sit through a 5 hour movie, with an intermission. I think we’re going to go see it again next week, and take maddie with us. I can’t wait!

my bruddas, originally uploaded by hockamama.

ben and stuart. neither of them like to have their picture made, so I had to trick them, which they like even less. the shot was worth it, though. ben and his wife and twin girls were down for their annual visit over the 4th of july. that’s the only time we see them.

it’s so hard to wrap my mind around my little brothers having kids of their own. it doesn’t seem that long ago they were kids themselves. stuart was 15 and ben was 10 was jessica was born, so she grew up with them. well, more with stuart, since ben didn’t live with us. that’s why she doesn’t treat them as uncles, more like the pesky older brothers that she wishes she had.

it’s been quite awhile since I’ve posted; things have been a little hectic around here.

my brother ben, his wife anne, and their girls kimmie and anna came down for a visit last week.  they came in on the 4th and stayed till sunday the 8th.

they brought madison home with them; she had been in indiana for 6 weeks.  the original plan was for her to stay 2 weeks with mandi’s mama, then mandi and her mama would meet in charleston to get her back home.  but judy (mandi’s mama) had some health problems, and each time they tried to work out a trade time, she just didn’t feel up to driving so far.  so, 6 weeks later, she came home with ben.upstairs-resized.jpg

tony and maddie wait all year for the twins to come down, and they play until they drop.  we have huge family meals while they’re here; altogether there are 15 of us.

it’s nice to take one day while they’re here and have a girls’ day out.  anne, mandi and I go yard sale-ing or shopping, whatever we can fit in.  once a year I have both my sisters-in-law in one place.  I think if we had more time together, we could probably get into some trouble.

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