Snow drifts can be whimsical.

Interesting, but not really whimsical.

Interesting, but not really whimsical.

For whimsy, you must look at from a new, dare I say “negative,” point of view.

That what we were looking for!

That what we were looking for!

Shadow on snow are also interesting.  I love the way they “flow” with the landscape.

Other worldly?

Other worldly?

I darkened the tree to add to the fun.  Here’s another.


This is my favorite. Not much flat land around here.

Most of the time, life is all about how you look at it.  Would you agree?

You Could Poke Your Eye Out with That!

Last week, Lin wrote on her blog about an encounter with an acupuncturist.  As usual, the account was seasoned by her sense of humor.  That lighthearted account put me in a mood, so I wrote this comment:

So Ted [the acupuncturist] can jab away at you but can’t take you poking a little fun back at him? And then you get stuck with the bill?

Lin responded:

Hahaha! Leave it to you, Chuck. Where do you get these jokes??

It comes from my sharp wit.   Or my twisted mind.  Take your pick.

All that talk about acupuncture got me to thinking about my sore, aching feet.  I searched the phone book.  I searched online for the nearest practicioner of the acient art.  Two and half hour drive to get there.

How hard can it be?  Really?  I spent the next day searching that deep well of infallible knowledge–the Internet and found the answer.  There it was a map of all the spots on the entire body with a cross reference to maladies that were controlled by the various points.  I decided to take a stab at it.

Hey!  It worked.  As they say on Myth Busters, “Don’t try this at home.”  “Ever!”

E-Mail Diary ~ Flying One-Liners

This comes from Sylvia’s cousin Rich.
Flying One-Liners

“Though I Fly Through the Valley of Death … I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at 80,000 Feet and Climbing.”
— At the entrance to the old SR-71 operating base Kadena, Japan

“The only time you have too much fuel is when you’re on fire.”

“Blue water Navy truism: There are more planes in the ocean than submarines in the sky.”
— From an old carrier sailor

“When one engine fails on a twin-engine airplane you always have enough power left to get you to the scene of the crash.”

“What is the similarity between air traffic controllers and pilots? If a pilot screws up, the pilot dies; If ATC screws up, the pilot dies.”

“Never trade luck for skill.”

“Weather forecasts are horoscopes with numbers.”

“Airspeed, altitude and brains. Two are always needed to successfully complete the flight.”

“Flashlights are tubular metal containers kept in a flight bag for the purpose of storing dead batteries.”

“When a flight is proceeding incredibly well, something was forgotten.”

“There is no reason to fly through a thunderstorm in peacetime.”
— Sign over squadron ops desk at Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ, 1970

“If something hasn’t broken on your helicopter, it’s about to.”

“You know that your landing gear is up and locked when it takes full power to taxi to the terminal.”

I Hate YouTube

It all started earlier this week.  Blogger bud, Jo, at Life’s Perfect Pictures posted how much she hated Monday.  Now you know very well that she has a lot of support on that point.  Right?  Right!

As I pondered Jo’s post, I remembered a song.  I had to find it on YouTube–if I could.  I did the search and found this:

I would have been satisfied with that.  No, really I would have been very happy.  But they list a number of other items.  And who can resist a good title?  Don’t you have to check it out?  I do.

A couple of hours later, I was in stitches as I watched this:

I had to play it again for Sylvia.  It was fun.  That is it was fun until I looked at time!  It was two hours past my bedtime.  And if you seen my photo you know how desperately I need my beauty rest.

So, that’s my story.  I know it’s not a pretty story, but it is my story.  And that’s why I hate YouTube.

What do you hate?

E-Mail Diary ~ Rules

Sylvia’s cousin in North Carolina keeps us entertained with e-mail messages on a variety of topics.  Here is one of the recent jewels from cousin Rich.

Ten Rules for Good Housekeeping (Especially for men!)

1. It is time to clean out the refrigerator when something closes the door from the inside.

2. Keep it clean enough for healthy, dirty enough for happy.

3. Never make fried chicken in the nude.

4. Do not engage in unarmed combat with a dust bunny big enough to choke the vacuum cleaner.

5. You make the beds, you do the dishes and six months later you have to start all over again.

6. If guys were suppose to hang clothes up, door knobs would be bigger.

7. My idea of housework is to sweep the room with a glance.

8. Thou shalt not weigh more than thy refrigerator.

9. Cobwebs artfully draped over lampshades reduce the glare from the bulb, thereby creating a romantic atmosphere.

10. When writing your name in the dust on the table, omit the date.

Say What?

Last Wednesday evening, the youth program celebrated a Rock Bash.  No, they didn’t bash rocks directly or against anything else.  The ROCK (Raised On Christ Kids) is the name of the Wednesday evening program for the younger set.  In addition to the children from our congregation, we have participation from two or three other congregations.  Caroline, a high-energy mom leads this program with infectious enthusiasm.  It’s a ton of fun, but it is also serious when it comes to the Bible stories and application of spiritual principles.

Did I mention that it is a ton of fun?  The leaders were all tricked out in wild clothes and with hair to match.  Steve, the lead guitarist had socks on his arms that looked like his arms were covered with tatoos.  He also wore a wig over his short hair.  The hair of the wig fell over his shoulders and down his back.

The kids were putting tint in their hair–bright pink, green or orange.  Wendi was taking pictures of the kids as they were ready.  Caroline put a shirt over Sylvia’s T-shirt and a wild scarf around her head.

After that Sylvia came near Wendi, and Wendi said something to her.  Here is Sylvia’s reaction:

Girls just want to have fun . . .

I’m not sure that Wendi took this shot maybe it was someone else.  All I know is that a couple of gals came rushing into the room where we were about to start prayer meeting.  They said, you’ve got to see this as they handed me a print.  Sylvia will only know about this when she sees this post today.

What do you think Wendi said to Sylvia?  What was Sylvia’s [verbal] response?  Will I be in trouble when Sylvia sees this?

Verification Words

You see them everyday.  They are those [supposedly] nonsense words you enter in the verification box when you file a comment on someone’s blog.  Did you ever notice how many of those random-letter strings form actual words?  Here are some more of the recent examples that I’ve come across in wanderings through the blogosphere.
Entscry – If you are a Lord of the Rings fan, you know this is the sound of the keepers of the woods.  They only speak when they are angry.
Laggogre – To follow after or come behind the monster.
Leratio – An old French word that means proportion.
Mathr – The mate of your fathr.
Mondes – The days that come before twosdes.
Replize – Answers back.

Sallyspc – What Sally uses to read your blog and write her own.

Flamici – I need help with this one.  What do you think it means?  Did I miss something on any of the other words?

Verification Words ~ January Edition

It’s time to look once more at the curious verification words that you might see when you file a comment on your blogger bud’s blog. Here are some that I saw last month and the meanings that I think they have — or should have:

Couricat – The first part of the e-mail address for a certain news anchor at CBS.

Diantut – This is the user name for Pharoh’s daughter named, Dianne.

Loanden – Whan you do when a friend wants to borrow the services of your brother, dennis, to help her move.

Madio – This is the medium with the angry talk-show hosts.

Packem – What you do to your bags when you are getting ready to leave on an extended trip.

Trobl – What I frequently get into when I engage my mouth before my brain.

Waystra – Must be a west Michigan politician, or possibly a used-car salesman.

Wisedly – This refers to how the owls act.

And now here’s one I saved for you. What do you think it means?

Pranite – ?

Tag ~ YOU’re it!

I received this “15 YOUs” tag from my friend, Star, of A Maiden’s Testimony on July 1, 2009.

She gave the following instructions:
1. Write something about 15 persons you know.
2. Don’t mention the names of these 15 persons.
3. If someone would asks who they are, don’t tell them.
4. Tag 15 persons but don’t include persons you refer to in your post.

— And away we go . . . —


You – sent me into the closet. I sat on the basketball.

You – encouraged my learning experience and gave me access to school facilities.

You – are the reason I met Sylvia. That’s one more reason why you are my friend.

You – explained things in a way that I could understand.

You – read good books to me before I was ready to read them for myself.

You – made me feel like my tiny hands were helping you.

You – died when we were youngsters and my world seemed to fall apart.

You – brought me comfort like no other when my child’s world fell apart.

You – tell the funniest stories.

You – saved me when I was about to drown.

You – were a nice person that I knew in High School. Today you are a special friend.

You – loaned me your car so that I could take Sylvia to the hospital for the birth of our first born.

You – were obsessed with flying saucers. Whatever happened to you?

You – have a sick sense of humor.

You – might try to walk on water, but you’d no doubt sink to the bottom like a rock.

Now I’m supposed to tag 15 people. I would like my writer friends like Colleen, Marlene and Rita to accept the tag, but put them under no obligation. I’d like to see what Clara and Mikki would say. And so many others.

It’s really not that hard to think of 15 people that have crossed your path and made an impression. So please, dear reader, accept this tag and let me know when you post it on your blog. I’m looking forward to reading about your 15.

Blogosphere’s Got Talent I ~ The Winner

You’ve been waiting to hear who would win Secondary Road’s contest, Blogosphere’s Got Talent I. Before the winner is announced let’s review the entrants in this fabulous contest:


Her talent is dancing. She sent a picture of her square dancing with Joe. Did you notice that they are out of step with each other. In the second picture she sent, she is doing a solo Lithuanian rain dance while decked out in waders and long rubber gloves.


My Sister is a quilter and her links show bed covers and other projects that she has completed using her fabulous quilting skills.


Entered her friend Harry the Goat. Harry jumps from hay bale to hay bale. These bales are much larger than little bitty Harry. And that’s why it takes talent to do what he does. He also has good looks and charm working for him — as do all the other contestants I hasten to add.


Crochet is her game and she shared an afghan that she did. A very talented gal this one. She must do this in the winter when we Michiganians like to spend some time inside. The summers are far too nice. Right?


She is an actor. Okay she didn’t end up in New York City or Hollywood, but she’s had her starring roles. Give her a curtain call and a dozen roses.


When he revealed his talent for optimizing programs written in machine language, he even received a vote from Clara. Yes, she understands what that means.

And the Winner is . . .

That’s right! In a very close, hotly contested contest, Lin the gal garnered one more vote from Secondary Roads readers than Pricilla’s friend Harry the Goat.

Take a bow Lin. If you can in that fancy dance costume.

As the winner, Lin is entitled to eternal fame (or at least until next week). She also receives 1000 EC credits and the highly coveted Tommy Toe Award.

The Tommy Toe gets its name from what my mother used to call this wonderful fruit that makes such wonderful sandwiches with bacon and lettuce. The BLT was one of my mother’s favorites. Every year when fresh tomatoes were available in the garden, she would get together with a friend and they would make BLTs for lunch. I remember those days well, and I still consider the BLT to be one of my favorite sandwiches.

Congratulations Lin, and thanks to all of our participants. You are all winners in my book. Very special thanks to you dear readers who took time to leave a comment. You are very much appreciated!.