Please Stop Blogging and Play

Look who decided to hop up in my chair and hang out while I did a little blogging today. Hmmm …what is this look?   I think he is trying to tell me that he is bored and would like to play.  For those of you who don’t know, this is our little Chihuahua Nike’.  We brought him home from the SPCA in April, going on 6 years now.  He was in poor health when we adopted him.  He was heartworm positive, in need of heartworm treatments, and had damage to his heart already.

Fast forward to today …Nike’ is a very spunky little dog with a big heart and playful spirit.  Oh and he thinks that he is a big dog …sshh, let’s not tell him. 😉

What do you think he is thinking here?


I don’t think he wants his picture taken right now.  🙂


Just another day in the life of one little dog.


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Favorite Scary Tales Of Brazoria County

In honor of Halloween, here is a post for all you fright seekers, ghost and goblins, witches and warlocks.  Warning!  If you scare easily take heed. 😨

Growing up in the south, in Texas, there were always plenty of spooky stories surrounding the swamp land of Brazoria County.  Tales of days gone by, and the people who lived and died here, some not so good.  As a kid, I remember hearing these ghostly stories, always popular at slumber parties and around campfires.  Huddled together in our sleeping bags, on a chill autumn night, roasting marshmallows on the open flame, our eyes wide with terror as we watched the fire dance and listened ever so closely and quietly …BOO!

Here are a few of my favorite scary legends, true or not …Maybe you will decide for yourself.

The Chupacabra 


One Saturday night, in the 8th grade, I had a group of my friends spend the night.  Around dusk, we were out side playing and something dark swooped down out of the sky.  It came just close enough to give us a scare and send us all running to the house.  Later, as we were discussing what we saw, some of us said it looked like a large bat, one girl however, said it was “the chupacabra” sometimes called “goat sucker.” The chupa what???  Everyone wanted to know.  She then explained to us that it was a well-known legend in Latin American countries.  A wolf/devil/bat looking creature with spikes, claws, and scaly skin would fly down out of the sky at night and eat small animals and maybe even people.  Ranchers would tell stories of this creature and how it ate their livestock.  I never saw the chupacabra again, but I never forgot the story or that night.

The Ghost Of Bailey’s Prairie, Or Bailey’s Light


As the legend goes, the ghost of old man Bailey is seen at night, carrying a lantern and roaming his land, know as Bailey’s Prairie in Brazoria County, Texas – forever searching for a jug of whiskey that was supposed to be buried with him.  Apparently, legend states, the jug was stolen by slaves who were digging his grave and he searches for it to this day.  This is a popular story amongst the locals here, numerous folks have gone searching for the light and some who tell it, testify that they have indeed seen the lantern of  Mr. Bailey.  The mysterious light is known to even chase unwanted visitors clear of the land.  I’m thinking maybe he doesn’t want to share his whiskey! 😉

Haunted Abner Jackson Plantation


Abner Jackson was a sugar plantation owner in Lake Jackson, Texas.  His business was prosperous for a while until the Civil War eventually took its toll and Abner went deep into debt, became ill and died. Upon his death, Abner’s oldest son, John, took over the family business. He tried to hold the family business together and achieved a small fraction of success. However, his brother George, who was said to be a drinker and a gambler, did not have his brother’s eye for the business.  When he tried to claim his rightful part, his brother John denied him, and further humiliated him publicly.  George retaliated by shooting John six times and then took a machete and cut off his head.  The story goes that George tossed his brother’s head into the lake and that John was buried without it, the head never to be found.   As if this were not enough, George was never prosecuted and took over control of the plantation.  Old George did not stay long enough to give much credit to this, running off after only a few nights, screaming in terror of something macabre trying to kill him in his sleep.  John is said to still be walking the grounds of the old plantation and surrounding land, forever haunting, and forever searching for his lost head.

I hope you enjoyed tales of a haunting nature …until next time …

Happy Halloween!  🎃



Have You Ever Noticed How The Golden Girls Aren’t So Golden Anymore?

gg1Years ago, when I was much younger, my Mother used to watch The Golden Girls and on occasion I would watch along.  The show was always appealing, quite funny and I always like Betty White, and the combination of the four ladies together worked perfectly to produce a decent, entertaining show.  However, they were Golden Girls after all, certainly suited for someone my Mother’s age, but not for a person of my age …

My routine after work, for the most part, consists of: I come home, I cook dinner and I watch a few of my favorite silly sitcoms.  At times, I watch them until prime time television begins, and on other occasions I watch them until I get ready for bed, if nothing else is on, that is.  So in doing this, I stumbled upon re-runs of The Golden Girls.  There they were still as humorous, still entertaining, and …OMGosh!  Wait!  NOT so golden anymore!  How I never noticed this, why they shouldn’t call them Golden Girls at all …except for the Mother, Sophia, and even she is still quite spry.  Could it be …is it possible …yes, I believe it has finally happened, I have caught up with the Golden Girls!   I now look at Dorothy, Blanche and Rose and realize, why they don’t look golden, not at all, they look comparable to me and I’m not ready to be called golden!

One thing I realized in watching The Golden Girls, as of recent, is no matter what age you are, you can learn life lessons from watching these ladies:  Dorothy, Blanche, Rose and Sophia.  From listening to Rose talk about life on the farm in St. Olaf, to Sophia’s colorful stories of her Sicilian culture, their experiences and close relationship remind you of what friendship, love and life is all about.  Maybe I am ready to become a Golden Girl after all.  Suddenly I have a strong desire for a slice of cheesecake. 😉



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Raising Your Child To Be A Well Rounded Adult

The greatest gift of all is our children, they are our future.  These small humans learn and grow through influences and teachings, nurturing and support of adults.  Our responsibility as parents is to ensure they receive the proper support system to build the confidence needed to follow their passions and dreams and become a productive, successful, functioning part of society.

But how do we prepare our children and raise them to become all they should?  Early Child Development classes teach that a crucial time in a child’s development is the first five years.   Your child’s brain, in the first five years of life, absorbs higher and develops quicker,  than any other time, meaning that learning, health and behavior are crucial at this time.

Later, as they begin school, other factors play a role in their development.  A child’s environment, at school, home and in his community, can have a large influence on how they learn and grow.  Conditions such as social skills, language and culture all come together.  Children, at home and in school, need structure and rules, they need to have a set of behavioral boundaries and feel secure in their environment.  How you help your child deal with these experiences is important to their wellbeing.

As parents, we have numerous roles; mother, father, friend and teacher, it can be difficult to carry out these roles, especially with both parents working.  However, your relationship with your child is extremely important.  How you interact with your child has an enormous impact on their social growth, how they will act in relationship with others.  Spending quality time with your children is an important part of their development.  Studies suggest that children who get more attention and love at home are less likely to act out at school and in social situations.

The road to parenthood is not always an easy one, it is ever-changing and as your child grows, so do his needs.  Parenting mistakes are inevitable, but learning and growing along with your child is part of the process.  With patience, love and understanding you are on the path to raising a well rounded adult.

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Random Things I’ve Learned From My Teenager

Definition of teenage

  • : between 13 and 19 years old

  • : relating to people who are between 13 and 19 years old

  • :  of, being, or relating to people in their teens

Source: Merriam-Websters Learner’s Dictionary

As this definition is true, it says nothing of the teenager themselves.  It certainly does not prepare you for the teenager or explain their actions, their moods, their texting codes; m@*$,  translation …meet me at Starbucks.  Who knew?  Certainly not me.


Teenagers are a whole different type of human, they are almost alien in some ways.  That child you raised from birth now becomes someone different.  An adolescent in the process of developing from child to adult.  It can be a difficult time for teens and parents alike.  It takes patience and love and a little humor to bring us through the teenage years.   Here are a few things I’ve learned along the way.  🙂

1.  No Public Nonsense – It is NOT acceptable to wave and call your teenager’s name in a public place, such as WalMart, drawing attention to them.  This causes a reaction of embarrassment and shock, a look of pure disbelief and horror on their part and don’t be surprised if you are ignored.  This, in turn, defeating the purpose of why you waved and called out to them in the first place.
2.  Their Knowledge Exceeds YoursToast without butter or jelly or any delicious spread is simply plain toast, not dry toast. This from my son who seems to have become an expert in culinary arts. Hmm …dry toast, plain toast, naked toast, still the same piece of toast. I am the one eating it, and I shall call it what I want.
3.  The No Hug Zone You have now entered what I sometimes refer to as “The No Hug Zone” There will officially be no more hugs outside of the house, what so ever! Hugs are only permitted, on occasion, inside the household, as teen sees fit. I knew the day was coming, but are we ever ready?
4.  Beware Of The iCloud! – In case you didn’t know, the iCloud stores photos, videos,  music, apps, etc. – for all your devices. This can also mean your families devices as well. This is NOT always a good thing. So just be sure you have your settings adjusted or you just might end up sending and saving something you didn’t intend, to other family member’s phone or Apple device. Oops!
5.  The No Adult Zone – Teenagers do not want to talk to adults and will avoid this at all cost! I once saw my son walk all the way around the other side of the food court, at the mall, to avoid running the risk of talking to one of his teachers. This also applies to a friend’s parents, the pastor, neighbors  or any person who is old, which is basically anyone over 35.
6.  Healthy Is Not Good. It doesn’t matter if Michelle Obama says so or not, healthy is not good. My son will skip lunch rather than eat healthy. Heaven forbid anything healthy would actually taste good! They may eat healthy food, at your request, but if you are not around than back to junk food. His diet would consist of pizza, candy bars and packages of peanut butter crackers.  
7.  Not Wearing Clothes Is A Thing – Okay, only around the house …but still! Getting dressed on the weekend consists of a pair of boxer shorts. He walks by me to get a drink out of the fridge and I feel like I’m in an episode of “The Middle”. I tell him to put on some clothes and he says his friends do it too. Teenagers!
8.  It Is Not Cool To High Five Anymore – This one I have no problem with, as I was never a big fan, but still I know adults who use the high-five at any given moment for various accomplishments, celebrations or other at-a-boy occasions that come around. Mom alert! Your teen will let you know that this is no longer cool.
9.  Life Will End If They Have To Do Chores – When my children were younger they loved to help me around the house. They wanted to sweep, or mow or water the plants for me. Now, when I ask my teenager to do any of these things, I am confronted with a groan or moan and a million reasons why this is not a good idea for him.  Gone are those days of Mother’s little helper!
10.  If You Want To Get Their Attention…Bring Up Christmas – Nothing gets the attention of my teenager quicker than to talk about Christmas gifts. Of course, I may have no intention of Christmas shopping at that time, they don’t have to know this now. I know, It’s bad…but clever. Just roll into what would you want for Christmas, followed by well that may not happen if you don’t mow the lawn. Next thing you know your lawn mower is purring away guided by a reluctant teen who really wants an iPhone. 😉
With a recipe of patience, love, laughter and wine …we will get though these years just fine. 


My son (in the middle) and his friends being silly, being teenagers.


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