Friday, January 15, 2010

Saying Goodbye to Matt

Today I say goodbye to Matt who came into my life almost 17 years ago. There are so many memories of our times together. I had such fun dressing Matt with the latest and greatest fashions. And yet Matt never cared. . . . just took it all because that was the way it was. Good times, bad times, restless nights, Matt was always there.

But today I say goodbye. No regrets, no sadness. Matt is going to live with my son and his wife. So at least I can go to visit.

You see Matt has been replaced -- Matt is our old mattress. Tonight I will start a new relationship with our Sleep Number bed. So goodbye Matt and enjoy your new home.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

A Contest I Always Win

This is a contest I can't lose--the annual Christmas decorating contest in our subdivision. Our homeowner's association started the contest to encourage people to decorate their homes for Christmas. There are 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes, with a couple of honorable mentions, as well as best religious theme.

So we have in years past gone all Griswold trying to win this contest. Then we discovered you have to be a member of the homeowner's association to qualify. Okay, so pay the dues and next year I know we'll win.

We realized the only people winning were the homeowners who were actively involved in the association and they were taking turns winning year after year. Keep in mind -- it's not about the $25 first prize gift certificate. It's not about being recognized in the homeowner's newsletter.


Year after year we have spent countless hours making our outside display classy and fun. Blowing fuses, untangling lights, replacing bulbs, even playing outside Christmas music. STILL NO SIGN!

Finally, I decided if it was all about the sign that I would just get my own. I had a local sign company make our sign GRAND MARSHALL'S BEST OF SHOW as you can see. After the other winners received their signs, I put my BEST OF SHOW sign in the yard. It was a great play on words because our last name is Marshall and this was the best we had to show.

So I got a call from the Homeowner's Association President who said by the way we had received an Honorable Mention. This was after I had already put up my own sign. So I proudly accepted by Honorable Mention sign, took down my best of show, and enjoyed the cookie basket as our prize. That was about three years ago.

Well, bad news -- we didn't win again this year. The homeowner's association doesn't even bother considering us to win anymore even though I do pay my annual dues. I'm going to win no matter what happens. Yes, this is my best of show. And really it's all about the sign anyway.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Promise of a New Blog

I'm promising to post a new blog in the next couple of days. I've had one in mind and can't wait to put it together. Hopefully it will bring some humor to a cold and dreary January.

My blog Mama Teresa told me it's time so after I help her take down another tree this afternoon and shop for more discounted Christmas decorations I'll be back to blogland.
Meanwhile, they are forcasting snow for Shreveport. This is a photo of our house the last time we had a big snow. Isn't it beautiful? I would love to be snowed in at my house for a few days so I could catch up with all of you my blogging friends.