Thursday, April 17, 2014

OCD is an OMG

Today I am confessing that I have OCD to a point. For a long time I couldn't put something into the microwave without lining it up with the grids on the metal shelf thingie.

Today I realized that it has GROWN into another thing that has to line up ---

But NOT like this. This is my ninja mixer. And on the bottom of the plastic thing that holds all the goodies there is a paper sticker. Today I looked into the container and what did I see??

A strip of paper ---- and it was CROOKED!!!




NEVER will it be like that!!

Not again!!

So I turned it around so that it was straight.


I think that proves my theory about dyslexia and OCD.  We all have both to some degree. Does it matter? NO it does not. That's just the way we were made.

More later, Linda

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Sleeping is GOOD

Night before last I didn't sleep hardly at all. My legs were cramping and my shoulder hurt and various other things kept me from sleeping.

So last night I SLEPT really well. I don't remember waking but once and that was to turn over.

I have been in a better mood today. None of that snippy, snarky thoughts when someone said something that I didn't agree with.

None of that. Just overlooked lots of things and fixed breakfast and lunch, which Jerry didn't want and now I am wondering if he will want to have what I am thinking about fixing for supper.

He was put on the Mediterranean diet about a month ago. That's OK-----if you didn't grow up on a farm with limited access to different veggies and kinds of bread.

I just can't imagine what it was like to always have the same things to eat. Meat--potato--corn or mac and cheese. That's about it.

Our Lynn and Our Dave and their kids LOVE to cook. In fact when they all show up here they take over the kitchen and prepare they food. They don't just fix a meal----they PREPARE them.

AWESOME things to eat.

But I digress.

Back to the sleeping.

I didn't just sleep I slept until 7 a.m. and that is so much better that 5a.m.

I am just thankful that it happened. Because with the dreary, cloudy day and Jerry not wanting to eat, I think I would be snarly again if I hadn't slept well.

More later, Linda

Friday, April 4, 2014

I am soooo tired!

Have you ever gone to sleep and just had a REALLY good sleep. Got up to see what time it was and you had been in the bed for ONE HOUR!!

I have been doing that for the last week. YUCK!



I have to have some uninterrupted sleep. You know what I am talking about. That sleep where you don't even move. You are in REM for hours instead of minutes. The kind of sleep that is WONDERFUL!!!

More later, Linda

Monday, March 24, 2014

The ROBINS have come back

A couple of weeks ago  saw some robins. That means Spring to me. Then no more until today.

I looked out in the yard and there they were. On the bird bath, in the bird bath and flying around the bird bath.

Great big Robins strutting in the yard with one keeping an eye open for the bad guys.

I always think of soldiers when I see robins. They march around the yard with their necks stretched out and their backs straight.

Always letting us know that they are important too. They are leaders--because they are the first to make a big showing in the world around our house. They are what they other birds follow.

So I have decided to copycat the robins. I am going to be confident, in charge and the one that all the other birds want to follow.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Hair and Oklahoma

I may be old and cranky
And have to carry a hanky
          because of the pollen
That comes in the skanky
Spring!! Makes my hair lanky

And it won't stay put at all
Not like in the fall
        when the wind doesn't blow
Well, we do live in OK after all
So it doesn't bother at all?? AT ALL!!

I put on the hair spray and the mousse
I back comb and tease- hair is too loose
        This time of year there is only one certain
And that is that hair is  GONNA look worse

Than at any other part of the year.
Summer is HOT and sticky--oh DEAR!!!
        hair just is hot and grungy!!
Winter is bad I have to cheer
Because hair stays put. CHEER-CHEER-CHEER!!!

Sunday, March 16, 2014


When I was in college at Farmington I took a poetry class one summer as I needed a literature class to graduate.

This is one of the poems I wrote. We found the folder when we were going through things to clear out the back room to make into my MK room.  I still like this one. And yes I got chills a while ago when I read it again.

I like the feeling I get
When wet paint
            Slides together to form
A new combination of colors

One color adjoining another
In harmony -- or not
To achieve that chill
             That starts at the hair
And crawls down the back

Writing is a challenge
To find the right word
The right way to put a phrase
            Commas, semicolons; and
And the rest
Fascinate me

Words on the page
Lovingly screaming at the writer
And reader -- stop! -- go!
            Continue on your way
Leading to the conclusion

Pictures in words
Words in paintings
Achieve the ultimate scene
            A release -- a tension --
An excitement -- that's the goal

written by 
Linda Gowan
July 8, 2003

let me know what you think.

More later, Linda


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Snow in LA? Yes

Back in whatever year it was, there was snow in Los Angeles. I was there. We had a SNOW day in LA!

Of course the North Eastern parts of the US are having a LOT of snow days this year and I suppose that's what has me thinking about being out of school for a whole day and it wasn't EVEN summer vacation!!

Brother Phil and I got up and made a snowman. We put rocks for eyes and a carrot nose. Phil got his sailor hat and put on him and we put twigs for his arms.

And he melted by the time we had dinner.


That was in the 40's -- had to have been because we went to Dallas in 1951.

YEARS later -- like in 1973 -- Jerry took time to go through training to work in the field operations of Halliburton Services. His first assignment was England. We found ourselves in Great Yarmouth. On the East coast. Home of David Copperfield. The writer of Black Beauty. and the starting off place for some of the Pilgrims.

And other Americans who were waiting for their assignments to other countries. I remember lots of  people. But there was one man who remembered the snow in LA too.

Harold Porter and his family were in Yarmouth with us. And one night, after it snowed, they came to our house for supper and a sit around the fire.

He begins to tell us about when he was in the Navy.  A young seaman who was gonna get to spend some time in LA.  But -- it SNOWED in LA and he didn't get to go for as many days as he thought.

"I remember that I said" rather proud of myself because we had something in common.

Well,, he looked at me like I was crazy.

"We didn't have to go to school that day." I said. " Think I was in third grade."

Needles to say, Harold was very unhappy. It made him feel old, because he had small children and some that were about to make him grandpa.

All I could do was apologize to him.

I really DIDN'T want to hurt his feelings.


More later, Linda