Monday, December 2, 2019


In the Bob Bahlmann family, Thanksgiving means the guys are in the kitchen cooking.
When the bounteous food is ready, they eat however they can - big guys, little chairs, whatever works!
Then it's time to settle the meal to make room for dessert, which means WRESTLING!
You know life will never be the same when a son can lift his dad!
More of his kids complete a take-down!
Even the little ones get in on the wrestling game.
The two-year-old is determined to take you down with her somersaults!
Some of the wrestling moves look more like hugs.
After dessert (no pictures here! Imagine your favorite one...then you'll want to go eat it! Heh-heh) the girls clean up the dishes and put the food away while the guys fold up tables and chairs.
If anyone happens to think there's something wrong with the women cleaning up after the guys fixed the food (but Jamie DID stir the gravy!) then think of the story of the woman who removed the doing-dishes-resentment by feeling intense gratitude for having food and the dishes to eat it on while she washed those very dishes.
Life can appear drastically different with a shift in perspective!
Have you ever had a shift in perspective? 
What happened?

Monday, November 25, 2019

Thanksgiving Decoration!

I've been looking for a few Thanksgiving decorations. Once upon a time, we had a five foot tall air-filled turkey on our lawn, but that flew the coop. 
Not only that, I wanted something a bit more specific to the "Thankful" part of the holiday, so when I spotted a piece of turkey-and-pumpkin fabric on sale, I took it home. (After I bought it, I mean.)
 With my magical marker, fabric paint, glue, and sparkles, I wrote the biggest letters I could make fit on the fabric to spell out a reminder to be grateful. When I take time to think of it, there are SO MANY THINGS to be thankful for every day! Just a very few things are air, water, food, shelter, clothes, people to love, transportation, a body that works, and thoughts to think.
What are you grateful for?

Monday, November 18, 2019

Wild Tame Turkeys

There's a flock of wild turkeys near our house.
I don't know much about wild turkeys, or any turkeys, really. Are they eating bugs, worms, grass, or some other turkey food when they have their heads down in the greenery?
Do you think they look rather majestic, especially with that mountain in the background
This reminds me that Benjamin Franklin suggested the wild turkey as the national bird, rather than the bald eagle, which may not be as weird as it sounds, considering that bald eagles are scavengers and wild turkeys are highly intelligent. 
I've heard of a cat on a hot tin roof, but here's a bird on a wire
How long do you think that wire can hold a big, fat turkey?
He turned his looks like he heard something.
There he goes! He made the great escape!
Do you like turkeys, as food, friends, or our alternate national bird?

Monday, November 11, 2019

Flintstones? Or Rubbles?

Recently we went on a ride to visit the "Flintstone House." Our first attempt to reach it was blocked by a rock wall so steep, we chose not to try climbing it.
The "back door" approach took us up a sand dune hill that stopped our tires, so we let gravity help us back up to turn around, but stopping only made us get so stuck that our tires spun sand up into the air... 
...until they were half buried!
Bob was prepared with a winch, and pulled it toward some handy bushes to tie it around to help pull ourselves out.
But before we got the winch cable anchored on anything, a bunch of people stopped to help pull and push us out of the sand. 
I thought they'd saved our lives, but Bob said that even if they hadn't come along, the winch would have probably pulled the bush out of the ground, and then we could have dug sand out from beside the tires and put the bush there for traction and gotten ourselves out.
(Sounds so hot and sweaty, I'm extra glad the people stopped to help us!)
One of them even took Bob to an overlook to see where the Flintstone House was.
"Just over there."
(Ack! The sand tried to eat our ride, and now it's eating Bob!)
It didn't take much thought for us to decide that we appreciated where we were, with medium solid ground beneath our tires on the edge of the sand dunes.
The rock formations where we ended up still looked like a house...kind of.
So if we couldn't get to the Flintstone House safely, then we'd just explore their neighbors, the Rubble's, house!
We decided this must be their kitchen, with all the little shelves and cupboards in the wall.
Carolyn's ready to stay awhile!
So I'm curious to know...if you got stuck in the sand on a journey to a particular destination, would you stop where you were to enjoy what was around you?
Or would you take getting stuck as in lesson in how not to get stuck, and persevere in your travels until you reached your original goal?

Monday, November 4, 2019

How Many Halloween Costumes Are Enough?

Some people go to a Halloween party...but someone I know goes to Halloween partieS!
(I think her real name is Party Girl.)
She was a witch at one party. (The pointy hat kept falling off, but she kept her witchy purple hair, with one magical streak of blonde.)
Then, at ANOTHER party, she was Cinderella! (Oh, yeah, she's got the princess attitude, bearing, AND sparkly dress. No question that she's royalty!)
And then when we went to the haunted Desert Gardens, she was fearless Malificent! Nothing scared her. (She just scared it right back!)
If that's not enough, she was Pumpkin Girl at home. (It even looks like she has little pumpkins on her head!)
So if you're a party person, you'd do well to hang out with Carolyn.
Do you like to go to parties?
Or would you rather stay home?

Monday, October 28, 2019

Ghost in the Garbage

What a surprise it was to find a little white ghostie staring up at me as I walked past a doorway.
Who's haunting me?
Look how funny! Someone took their makeup off and made a ghost without even trying to! Or could it be the ghost of a lady who used to wear makeup?
Do you believe in ghosts?

Monday, October 21, 2019

Killer Jack O Lantern!

When Carolyn and I went to the mall, we found a giant Jack O Lantern with SHARP TEETH and a BIG MOUTH! Carolyn barely escaped with her life!
 Then I fended off the sharp teeth bearing down on me, since I was not willing to become Shirley Pie with whipped cream on top without putting up a fight!
Brave Carolyn even managed to say "Boo" to the ghost, instead of having the ghost scare her with a spooky "Boooo!"
What's your scare factor? Do you get scared, or are you the one doing the scaring?

Monday, October 14, 2019

What A Mess!

I saw this, um, decoration? (Is that what it is?) in a high end model home.
I have one question.
For one thing, who'd want to portray wasting perfectly good ice cream?
For another thing, wouldn't this foster neglect in cleaning up spills? "It's just for decoration anyway...leave the vomit where it is."
Do YOU like this home decoration?
Am I the clueless one about avant garde decor here?

Monday, October 7, 2019

HiGH WaTer!

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 aaAaHh! THe roAD Is bLocKEd bY SHeEts of sLippERy WAteR!
WoULd YOu daRE CrOSs THIs roAD?

Monday, September 30, 2019

Carolyn Gets Back To Where She Started From!

Carolyn was thrilled to return to New Jersey, where she was born. The look on her face when she caught sight of the Atlantic Ocean by Sea Isle City, New Jersey, was priceless!
She could hardly wait to get in the water.
She said she wanted to buy a house and live there.
She simply loved the ocean, which was pleasantly warm.
We were so in tune with the ocean scene that we even matched the beach umbrellas!
Carolyn found some beautiful pebbles and shells to keep, and was in awe when she spied a seagull.
We three sisters (Rebecca McGarry, Shirley Bahlmann, and Carolyn Anderson) all loved getting our feet wet, but there was nothing to eat there...well, nothing that we wanted to eat.
So we went to Mike's Fish Market.
Hey, we were there on free mussel could we say no to THAT?
Carolyn looks like she wasn't thrilled about the free mussels...she only ate one. (Maybe that's why.)
Carolyn enjoyed her chicken. (Yes, it counts as sea food. You must have heard of "chicken of the sea!")
We had the BEST table in the whole place, with water on two sides of our table. We were practically floating!
Even the bathrooms were amusing...if you didn't pay attention to the hurricane warning.
Carolyn also enjoyed a big, soft pretzel.
She was also certain that because she was born in New Jersey, everyone there knew who she was, no introduction necessary!
(She made lots of new friends.)
Have you been to New Jersey?
Have you been to the ocean?
(Do you WANT to go to either place?)


In the Bob Bahlmann family, Thanksgiving means the guys are in the kitchen cooking. When the bounteous food is ready, they eat however ...