Happy Labor Day . . . Whatta ya gonna eat at your picnic?

September 1st, 2014 No comments


Americans eat 7 BILLION hot dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Laid end-to-end, the links would circle the earth about 21.5 times.

That’s a lot of mustard, onions, relish, and buns, too!

Pass the Pepcid, please.

Just Being Jana

September 1st, 2014 No comments


August 1, 14

I renewed my driver’s license yesterday. Haven’t changed a lot physically in 4 years. Poof’s a little smaller, eye sight’s a little worse but for the most part, still the same. The girl behind the counter took my information, plugged it in the computer and then had me read a statement about all the information being correct and perjury and do I swear I’m not making any false statements, etc. I hesitated for a moment and asked if this had my weight on it. She said “No”. Alrighty then…We are good to go!


Jana Caldwell can be found on FB; Sales Associate with Carter City and County Realty;  and janascaldwell@yahoo.com   If you enjoy Jana’s humor, check out her new book, “Thursday Night Confessions” available on Amazon.



Ham hams it up after his successful mission to space in 1961.

September 1st, 2014 No comments

On January 31, 1961, Ham, whose name was an acronym for H olloman A ero M ed, became the first chimpanzee in space, aboard the Mercury Redstone rocket on a sub-orbital flight very similar to Alan Shepard’s.

Ham was brought from the French Camaroons, West Africa, where he was born July 1957, to Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico in 1959. The original flight plan called for an altitude of 115 miles and speeds ranging up to 4400 mph. However, due to technical problems, the spacecraft carrying Ham reached an altitude of 157 miles and a speed of 5857 mph and landed 422 miles downrange rather than the anticipated 290 miles.

Ham performed well during his flight and splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean 60 miles from the recovery ship. He experienced a total of 6.6 minutes of weightlessness during a 16.5-minute flight. A post-flight medical examination found Ham to be slightly fatigued and dehydrated, but in good shape otherwise.

Ham’s mission paved the way for the successful launch of America’s first human astronaut, Alan B. Shepard, Jr., on May 5, 1961. Upon the completion of a thorough medical examination, Ham was placed on display at the Washington Zoo in 1963 where he lived alone until September 25, 1980. He then was moved to the North Carolina Zoological Park in Asheboro.

Upon his death on January 17, 1983, Ham’s skeleton would be retained for ongoing examination by the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. His other remains were respectfully laid to rest in front of the International Space Hall of Fame in Alamogordo, New Mexico.  http://history.nasa.gov/animals.htmlluxemodo-075-036

Safety First

September 1st, 2014 No comments

Laurens C. Sheriff

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone went by ‘the Book’?

August 31st, 2014 No comments


“But I wanted Plan A to Work,” she sobbed.

August 31st, 2014 No comments

  Many women  who set out with a plan for their lives run into detours, closed doors, a twist in the plot, etc.  Some decision made by them or for them sets their paths going ‘haywire’.  Widowed, divorced, jilted, betrayed or betraying, and a whole list of other things, including health problems,  suddenly change the projected future.  Now what?

Some  flounder, fight the inevitable, get angry at God, isolate  and smolder in pain. Some act without reason, just trying to numb themselves from reality. They only add to their problems, anxious and depressed.  After a pity party or two, maybe more, ‘getting on with it’ requires a quiet mind and acceptance of what we can’t change. 

The great thing is to recognize that there are other plans.  We do have choices.  We can adjust to almost anything,  and with God’s help come out emotionally stronger than ever before.  If plan B doesn’t do it, then go to C.  The most important thing is to seek God’s guidance for whatever plan is chosen.  If He isn’t the author of it, then don’t do it!  How do we know His plan?  By being totally committed to Him.  “Wait upon the Lord and He shall renew your strength.”  

Ideally plan A is working for you, but if not, there is still hope.  Trust in Him.

Scan 1

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Bob Pemberton

August 30th, 2014 No comments

Nancy's Bob

Robert Lee Pemberton, age 52, of Zimbabwe, Africa, and Grayson, Ky., went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Nov, 21, 2010, in Zimbabwe, Africa. His parents, John and Marjorie Pemberton established Hippo Valley Christian Mission in 1956 and the family has continued in the calling. Bob and his wife Nancy and their family were living there at the time of his passing.

I don’t know why I felt led to make a drawing of him, but as I drew it I kept saying to myself, “This was a happy man.”I must say I was blessed from meeting him in this way, as so many others were when they met him in person.

God constantly amazes me. I shared the drawing with Nancy. She told me that the picture I used was taken by Diane Frierson from my church (University Christian Church) when a group visited in Africa. Bob gave them the complete tour, did the cooking and all with Diane’s help, because Nancy had rushed to be at the birth of their twin grandsons.

It was the last tour he would give, as he went ‘Home’ two months later.   To learn more about Hippo Valley: http://www.hippovalley.org/

The Dark Hedges (Beech Trees) Armoy, Irealand

August 30th, 2014 No comments

The Dark Hedges, No. Ireland

The Dark Hedges is a unique stretch of the Bregagh Road near Armoy, in Ireland, that looks like something from a Tim Burton movie. Over the past 300 years or so, the Beech trees guarding either side of the lane have reached up and across to each other, becoming heavily intertwined to create a natural arched tunnel where shadow and light plays through entwined branches.

This beautiful avenue of beech trees was planted by the Stuart family in the eighteenth century. It was intended as a compelling landscape feature to impress visitors as they approached the entrance to their Georgian mansion, Gracehill House, which is now a golf club. Two centuries later, the trees remain a magnificent sight and have become one of the most photographed natural phenomena in Northern Ireland.

Legend tells that a supernatural ‘Grey Lady’ haunts the thin ribbon of road that winds beneath the ancient beech trees. She silently glides along the roadside and vanishes as she passes the last beech tree. Some say the specter is the ghost of a maid from the nearby house who died in mysterious circumstances centuries ago. Others believe that she is a lost spirit from an abandoned graveyard that is thought to lie hidden in the fields nearby. On Halloween night, the forgotten graves are said to open and the Grey Lady is joined on her walk by the tormented souls of those who were buried beside her.  Amusingplanet.com


More Trivia about Los Angeles

August 30th, 2014 No comments


43. The Bunny Museum in Pasadena has the Guinness World Record for “owning the most bunny items in the world.”

44. There are 135 different languages spoken in Los Angeles.

45. Truckers call L.A. “Shaky Town” because of the earthquakes that sometimes plague the city.

46. There are 3,473,930 foreign-born residents living in Los Angeles County as of 2013.

47. The Getty Museum hires goats to maintain the scrub around its manicured grounds.

48. In 1996, Charlie Sheen bought 2,615 outfield seats at Angels Stadium in nearby Anaheim—so he could catch a home run ball.

49. The Hollywood Walk of Fame has 2,518 stars.

50. The film industry ended up in L.A. to avoid Edison’s intellectual property claims because he owned many of the country’s film patents.

51. GQ considers Downtown L.A. the next great American city. buzzfeed.com


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