Murdo Girl…Tough luck buttercup

Now I’ve done it! I somehow hit something that made everything on my laptop huge. The letters look a foot tall and I have to keep scrolling up and down and up and down to see the entire page. Kip can read my email to me from his chair clear across the room. Maybe my eyes are getting better. No…I took my reading glasses off and I still can’t read what’s on the screen,

I did what anyone who spends too much time looking at a computer would do. I started to investigate to see how I could fix it.

The older I get, the more I hate to read and follow instructions. I found an outline which was supposed to help me locate the problem. It’s called troubleshooting. I like to push troubleshoot and have the internal workings search for the problem, although I have yet to find a fix through troubleshooting. It usually tells me to make sure my wires are hooked up tightly. (That even made me laugh.)

Back to the outline. Something stuck out to me. I run out of space a lot and I don’t want to pay for any more and I know I’ve got things I don’t need in documents and photos. I use memory cards and have three devices I store things on. I don’t go back and delete them for two reasons. I’m afraid I will need it someday and secondly, I get overwhelmed just paging through it all. So I looked at that outline and stuck with the instructions long enough to figure out what I needed to do to delete duplicate files.

It was suggested that I download an app (free) on google play. I have a hard time with free apps because I usually accidentally download one of the programs the free app is advertising, and then I have to deal with getting rid of that. At first, I was really impressed with the rid yourself of duplicate files app.. It organized each file and picture that had a duplicate. There were many that had duplicates and some had as many as ten that were just like them. When you work from a laptop, a tablet, and a smart phone, you duplicate things. and like I said, I’m afraid to delete.

This time I wasn’t. I didn’t see one good reason to keep all of those duplicates, so I confidently hit, delete all. A message came up and said all of my deletions would bypass the recycle bin and could never be retrieved…did I still want to delete all. Yup.

I sat there and watched as all of those duplicates went off to never never land…and they took my original files and pictures with them.

I didn’t jump off the nearest cliff because I still have a lot of duplicates on my SD cards, cell phone, and tablet. There are some older pictures and files I’m really going to miss, though. I’ll just have to deal with it.

I gave up trying to reduce everything on my screen for now. I saw the instructions to sync my cell with my laptop so I can even read my messages both places. That is so cool!

Sorry…I don’t have any pictures for this one. I’ll get one somewhere.

You mean I passed??

Murdo Girl…Barns and Buildings Revisited

I decided to post the ebook of Barns and Buildings Revisited. If you decide you want the hard copy, let me know. I can get it $2 cheaper. (They allow me to give my email link to anyone I would like to.) You don’t have to have kindle. You can look at it with cell, tablet, laptop, or PC.

Go to the link below, tap the book cover, tap preview book, and use the arrows at the bottom. Use the single arrows to navigate. The double arrows take you all the way to the front and back.

I hope you all enjoy it…especially those who contributed your beautiful pictures. The contest results are on the last page.

Murdo Girl…Going someplace?

If I had a million dollars, I would give it all to you.

And then before I walked away, I would turn and say, adieu.

Without ever turning around, I would whisper, au revoir.

Or I might take a thousand and walk slowly toward the door.

Why should you have all the meat while I’m stuck with marinara?

Give me $100,000 and I’ll say, sayonara.

I couldn’t forgive myself if it affected you adversely.

So I’ll give you 400K and say, arrivederci.

Now I have a headache and I need acetaminophen.

I’ll take 300k and water before I say, auf wiedersehen

I guess I should stay a while in case I need another dose.

After which you’ll hear me shout, baby, adios!

I think maybe you should leave and I’ll say, cherrio.

Be sure and shut the door behind you when you go.

I’ll never have a million dollars. Its just pie in the sky.

I’m going to take a nap now… don’t forget to say goodbye.

If I had a million dollars I’d deliver this bombshell.

“I’m leaving you to travel.” I bid you a fond farewell.

Murdo Girl…Little people are funny

I have almost completed the barn book. It has old barns, churches, houses…everything abandoned. It’s called, Barns and Buildings Revisited. There are stories about some of them in the book as well. I was thinking it wouldn’t take very much time to put together but as usual, I was wrong. I worked long laborious hours arranging and rearranging, adding and cutting. It was sad to see all of these old structures that had outlived their usefulness. Their families had moved on and left them behind. Some of them look like they would fall over if you touched them. I need to change the subject. I’m about to make myself cry.

Today, I’m going to tell true, funny kid stories. The idea came from a conversation Billy and I had on the phone last night. This will be like a newer version of “Kids say the darndest things.” You have to be at least my age to remember the Art Linkletter show. There were little kids sitting in little chairs and he would go to each one and ask them questions. Their answers made us all howl with laughter.

My great-granddaughter, Ryan, spent Saturday night with Meme who is our daughter, Heidi. In the middle of the night she sat straight up in bed and started shaking her head. “Can you hear it, Meme?” She demanded. “Can you hear it?”

“Hear what, honey?” Heidi thought Ryan must be talking in her sleep.

“The screw moving around in my head. Mommy said I have a loose screw in my head. Can you hear it?”

great-grammy (me), Skyler, Heidi, and Ryan Constance

A little boy, who lived in Murdo, had older brothers who liked to tease him about ghosts. Little Mitch adjusted his nightly prayer to emphasize his resolve not to fear them. “May we be blessed by the Father, the Son, and there ain’t no ghosts,” he prayed.

When my niece, Erin, was a little girl, my sister-in-law had to go to Seattle on a business trip. As she was leaving, Erin asked, “After you see Attle, then what are you going to do?”

Erin a couple of years ago when Kip and I were visiting California in the RV

Ryan’s older sister, Skyler, had a cold and she wanted my daughter to know how bad it was. “Meme,” she whimpered. “My nose is slobbering.”

Recent photo of Meme Heidi with Skyler and Ryan

I have enough grandkids and great-grandkids that I could write a book about the funny things they say, but right now, I don’t have the time. Maybe I’ll start another contest and you can share some of your “Kids say the darndest things,” stories with all of us.

Have a great day!

Murdo Girl…No complaints

A week ago Kip, the two dogs and the cat were waking up in the car. It was so cold outside, we couldn’t put on enough layers.

Still, we couldn’t exactly call ourselves pioneers. Kip and the pets slept like babies unlike me who couldn’t get comfortable.

Thankfully, I still had internet and I had thought to bring my tablet and chargers so I could stream a Prime video. I watched a couple of good movies. I also had plenty of snacks, so I kept my energy up. I was cozy with the kitty on my lap…until my legs went to sleep and I had to go to the bathroom. That is when I began to feel the real inconvenience of near zero temperatures, lots of snow, and no electricity or water. You know the rest.

The road to Csnton
The United Methodist Church I first went to in Murdo. I remember it had s storm cellar. It was torn down years ago.

Back to now. We currently have enough bottled water for the animals, but we have to boil any tap water we consume. We are asked to not use our dishwasher or wash clothes as they are still trying to get water to some of the communities who don’t have any, yet. The water company needs us to conserve. The stores are out of food and there are several houses with broken water pipes.

At least it’s warm and some of the fast food places have a limited menu through the drive-up window.

We’re praying that we don’t have a 2021 as harrowing as 2020 was…it’s only February. I guess I should keep a list of movies I’ve been wanting to watch and books I’ve been intending to read…and I will be sure to keep all of my devices charged up.

Have I told you yet how grateful I am? I am blessed beyond belief and I know it.

Murdo Girl…The ordeal is over

We got home from Canton today. It turns out we didn’t miss anything. The electricity came back on late yesterday afternoon, but we were still without water when we first got home. A lot of houses over here didn’t have water yet.

One of the smartest guys in the neighborhood told Kip that these streets are the last to be fixed or thawed out. I had confirmed with several of the neighbors more than once that we weren’t the only ones without water, but that didn’t stop Kip from trying to fix ours.

“When was the last time we called the water department?” He asked.

“Why would we call the water department?” I answered. “We know, (I will use a slang phrase that I hate), it is what it is.

“I’m going to try something,” he said. “I think I know what the problem might be.”

I hate it when he looks really thoughtful and then he says, “I’m going to try something.” That usually means he’s going to Lowes and spend a lot of money, or he’ll get his monkey wrench, tear off some piece of the house that shouldn’t be torn off, and eventually fix it. He can fix almost anything.

I knew it wouldn’t be that way this time, because it wasn’t something he could fix. I let him do it anyway without further comment. Why fight the inevitable.

He had a vent torn off and was twisting something with his wrench, when I saw a drip of water come from the kitchen faucet. Was I dreaming? Wishful thinking?

I ran outside to tell him the good news.

“I knew if I turned the bulb a little bit that way and uncovered this pipe so the sun would warm it up, it would work, he said. “Aren’t you happy I was able to fix it?”

“I sure am,” I said. “And it appears that whatever you did fixed everybody else’s plumbing, too! I’m getting texts from all the neighbors telling me their water just came on.

“Well, I think I’ll put these tools away and cover that pipe a little later. Is it time to eat?” He asked.

I am thrilled to have water and electricity. Pioneering is not my thing. We did stay in a motel for four days of the ordeal, but it wasn’t exactly like being on vacation.

P.S. This is tongue and cheek. We are very grateful. This neighborhood really came together and helped each other out. One couple brought propane, heaters, soups, water and kept an eye on everyone’s needs. Especially the most vulnerable.

We continue to say prayers for those who are still dealing with no water electricity, and no food in the stores. At least it has warmed up. Like everything else, Texas did this storm in a big way.

Murdo Girl…Robbers?

My name is Lilie Dale and I’m the last one of the three…to write a rhyming story about why we had to flee.

Dollie said some bad guys are trying to hunt us down. I think they might be trying to steal MG’s tinfoil crown.

It must be worth a lot because tinfoil isn’t cheap. It not only makes great crowns, it works to wrap your meat.

I’m a hunter not a fighter. Fighting’s not my thing. I can hunt those bad guys down, but I can’t make them sing.

We’re going home tomorrow and we don’t know what we’ll find. If the bad guys robbed us, I hope they left the crown behind.

Murdo Girl…I don’t bite

My name is Pattie Ruth, and I have a story to tell. We had to leave our cold, dark, house and find a new place to dwell.

The cat stayed in the car too.

I thought I had it made here. My humans have been pretty nice, but now I know the truth. This is a fool’s paradise.

This is just ridiculous

We have no water or power. We slept in the car one night. I don’t understand why it’s dark in the house and outside it’s all white.

My humans said we can’t sleep here with two dogs and a cat in the car. The closest room was in Canton so we slid there and that’s where we are.

I hate walking through the snow. It really slows me down. My humans say the problem is that I’m built too close to the ground.

I pray all my animal friends can stay warm when it’s cold day and night. If it keeps on snowing we’ll all be snow dogs. Do teeth made of coal bite?

I’m not getting enough rest…

Murdo Girl…Poor kitty

My name is Dollie Lee and I’m not a happy cat. We’re all living in a bedroom…What’s up with that?!

I guess we couldn’t pay to keep the water on and the heater and the lights have been… long gone.

I think my humans must have run out of dough, because we left town in a hurry and had to drive through all the snow.

I think they owe some bad guys and the money must be due. My humans didn’t know how fast the interest would accrue.

For three days all they ate was…PB & J…I tried to think of something that might…save the day.

Do you know what I find to be a little bit ironic? They just blew all their cash on burgers at the Sonic.

I made sure I told the dogs that we were really poor. I said we couldn’t buy those fancy bones… anymore.

I’d better take my little catnap in the sun… before I go to the bank and set up my… “Help Dollie Fund.”

Murdo Girl…What? It’s Valentine’s Day


Happy Valentine’s Day! I forgot!

Slow motion or Old people are funny. Part 2

Old people are funny. I’m glad I’m not there

Oh, I guess there are a few things I’m starting to forget.

Why should I remember things I don’t need to recall?

Like what day it is or if it’s spring or fall.

I repeat myself occasionally, or that’s what I’ve been told

I occasionally repeat myself. It doesn’t mean I’m old.

My elbows crack, my knees snap, it seems that I can’t win.

I tried hard to lose some weight, but just my hair got thin.

When I look into the mirror, it’s my mother that I see.

I swear I saw her wink and say, “You look just like me.”


She said she often asked herself what she’d give up first.

A sharp mind or healthy body? Or should it be reversed?

It finally dawned on me that the choice was never mine.

What shall be will be. You’ll find out in time.

She said, “Old people are funny. Be glad you’re not there yet.

The two biggest wastes of time are worry and regret.”