Monday, January 21, 2019

Metal Guru...

Recently Tyrannosaurus  Rex was spotted snow blowing his driveway.  Yep, in Fraser there is a dude who dons a full on dinosaur costumes to do the snow job.  Why, he was asked?  His answer was, "just because it makes people smile."  How simple and sweet.  I love this.

Taking the responsibility of making people smile or laugh, in my opinion, would add just a little sunshine as we plow through these frigid temp.  And why shouldn't we be making that effort?  Foisting our moods on others should be a crime.  Nobody cares and we all have our own shit.  In these days of publicly airing our laundry, advising people, and blabbing about politics (bravely, behind our keyboards!) just seems boring and classless to me.  Again, if you are not asked-nobody probably cares.  Better to throw out some positive energy and maybe make someone smile.

Marilyn Monroe said, "It's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring."  I couldn't agree more, Girl!   I love being totally ridiculous and I don't care how it looks or if anyone laughs.   I simply don't take myself that seriously.  It's mostly who I am....

Rest in Peace, to a friend who recently passed.  Erik Donald France was very encouraging and supportive of me years ago when I started this blog.  He commented regularly with witty, and clever remarks that never failed to make me smile.  Such a handsome, bright , and charming friend that I was blessed to have known.  The world dimmed a little as we lost his bright smile.  XOXOXOXOX

Stay warm this week Dollfriends and smile-it'll keep your face from freezing!

Monday, January 14, 2019


Recently I remarked to a friend, 'tomorrow is going to be hellish.  I'm just so busy all day.  First I have to work out, then I have a doctors appointment including a flu shot, then I have a dentist appointment,  I have to squeeze in a Kroger/Target run and THEN we have a dinner date!'

 Yeah,  that's rough, girlfriend....Sucks to be you...

I often wonder if it's easier to schedule these commitments on alternating days, or just take a day and plow through them all.  Wait.  What?  I realized that I was being, well, a little spoiled and ALOT ungrateful.

Yes, being too 'busy' is something I hate and my perfect day includes one errand and then working from home.  Or napping from home....

The luxury of a gym membership and the flexibility to use it at will is certainly something to be grateful for.  Having insurance to cover my health appointments is a BIG (and costly!)  luxury and not one to be taken for granted.  At times, I did not have insurance, and for this I should be entirely grateful.  Being able to stroll thru Target and Kroger and get 'necessities' can be a pain, but really?  A dinner with friends is something I love and never is a problem, but on top of a busy day, well, it just seems like something else to 'do.'  Oh, poor little old me.

So it dawns on my that I have everything-even daily routines, to be grateful for.   The bigger things that I am happy about would not even happen with some of the behind the scenes efforts.

I promise to check myself before ever ranting on about my hardship and it's pressing schedule.  And if all else fails, I'll just wear a fuzzy purple hat!

Stay grateful and warm my friends.   XO

Monday, January 7, 2019

Get Enough...

I've heard it said that 'Reading is FUNdamental!'  For me, reading is life.  Either way, you can bet that dollfriend and fellow bookworm, Shannon and I have plenty to discuss in the book department.  Both of us are perfectly content to sit poolside with our noses buried in a book with only the occasional glance up to look at the ocean.  Fellow 'relaxers' circle us like impatient land sharks, wondering what we want to do next and cannot conceive that we are actually already 'doing it!'  So easily amused, and such low maintenance chickies are we...

Friends often ask me to recommend a read for them, so I took a minute to single out some 2018 favorite reads.  It was very painful to choose just five and I feel like I have ditched some other book/friends.  Can't help it-I get very attached to characters and their stories.

Among my top picks-if you are interested-as follows:

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner
North of Normal by Cea Sunrise Person
Greetings from Utopia Park by Claire Hoffman

I'm not sure why, but I usually read women authors involving women who struggle and triumph.  Power in the female spirit-Oh yeah!

Have you read any of my picks?  Did you like the story?  What are you reading?  Let me know!

Monday, December 31, 2018


Happy New Years my darlings!  It's my wish that 2019 brings you peace, health and happiness.  May you experience pure joy, laughter and comfort in your days and restful, sweet slumber at night. I hope you get a chance to put into the world good and special things, and that those same things are visited back, upon you.

I plan to enjoy my family and friends and indulge in good food and wine.  I will revel in the joy of a long beach walk and the heady scent of warm sea breezes.  I will marvel at nature in all it's glorious forms.  I will, as a nod to my Scandinavian heritage, practice hygge while reading at least 50 books.  Goals of self care-both physically and mentally are also on the list.

Not really too ambitious if you want to call these 'resolutions' but that's my plan.  I will practice grace and compassion as I try to be an aware person, mindful of the feelings of others.   And be grateful for each new day and all the opportunities afforded me.

All that begins tomorrow. So, to loosely quote prophetic words of the 'Purple Master,' tonight I'm gonna party like it's 1999!  Happy New Year.   XO

Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas, Darling...

Merry Christmas, Darlings.  I hope this night finds you reveling in comfort and surrounded with love.  May thoughts of those who are not with you warm your heart with fond memories.  Let the birth of Jesus signify a rebirth of your personal faith and a fresh new beginning to practice tolerance, respect and love for each other.   After all-it's the reason for the season.

God Bless and keep you.  Merry Christmas and Peace to you all,  Love, Jodi XO

Monday, December 17, 2018

Lost Control...

Recently, I saw an ad for the medication Vraylar which is being used to treat bi polar and manic episodes.  Hmmm, I thought, that's a new one for me.  I watched with amazement as the possible side effects scrolled up the screen.  Dizziness, drooling, weight gain, fainting, seizures, severe confusion, and uncontrollable movement of mouth and tongue.  ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
This drug sounds like it would induce a psychotic episode or two..

Back in the day, Dane would gleefully shriek with giggles when it was explained that the weight loss drug Alli, was known to cause gas with excessive oily discharge.  It was advised that you carry a spare change of clothes and perhaps an adult diaper.  Don't want to experience an 'Alli Oops' in public!

When I decided to investigate side effects a little deeper, I learned that the drug Xeloda causes your fingerprints to disappear.  Not real painful and possibly very useful in a criminal case.

Ambien may help you sleep but it's likely you will be privy to night terrors, hallucinations, and severe sleepwalking events. Something called 'sexsomnia' was also prevalent.  Who can rest with all that going on?

Once-just once, I would like to hear of-or be prescribed some drug that erases wrinkles, causes quick and permanent weight loss, with noticeable improvement of vision and hearing.  Athleticism would be ratcheted up a few notches.  A sense of happiness and well being would overcome you and life would appear through rose colored glasses.  Good fortune would surely come your way.  What a cool thing that would be.

Maybe someday.  Till then I guess I'll just stick to my tried and true panacea.  Good 'ol M&M's!  Eating them, I am quite overcome with joy even though I do drool a little.

Have a great week and enjoy some M&M's-the red and green ones!  XO

Monday, December 10, 2018

Easy to Forget...

Baby it's cold outside. Yep, and more than a little cray cray, too!

You would have to be living under a snowbank to have missed the hoopla regarding the classic Christmas hit, 'Baby it's Cold Outside."  People that must be the biggest hypocrites alive are questioning the lyrics.  As if...,

I rarely listen to top 40 music, but I have memories of 'racy' lyrics going back as long as I can remember.  My Dad would cringe as we sang along to 'She's havin' my Baby.'  Dad would ask us if the two in the song were even married!  A baby before marriage?  Whoops-not supposed to advertise that!  How scandalous.

We all know old Mick and the boys were not making an apple pie as they praised the sweet taste of 'Brown Sugar!'  Or wanted to 'Spend the Night Together.'  And when Rod Stewart verbally seduced his girlfriend in 'Tonight's the Night,'  no one even blinked an eye.

When I saw Dave Matthews in concert, I sang along blithely while he crooned 'Crash into Me' where he unembarrassedly admits to being a peeping Tom. (I still love that song, tho!)

Rap lyrics are even more heinous than my kind of innocent examples of possible offense.  The songs are played openly and have labeled and degraded women since 2 Live Crew back in the day.  It's gross, negative and completely without creativity that those words were ever recorded and played publicly.

So, are we offended by Dean Martin and others who have remade the song?  There is a list going around that can find racist, misogynist, homophobe implications on every Christmas song ever made.  So now what do we do?

I don't know about you, but I choose to sing along.  Christmas songs, that is!   Stay warm and have a great week.    XOXO