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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

firecracker #8

I had a couple of “firecrackers” I was considering. Then TLC, Little Leighton (aka LL aka Biscuit), Baby Elle (aka Belle) and I made a trip to Wichita Falls last Wednesday—staying two nights—to see my sister, Mary V., her daughter and her four granddaughters. Our youngest sister, Lucy, also made the trip—taking off work and making it a true “Girls’ Only Mini-Vacay!”

TLC, LL, Belle and I stayed at the Homewood Suites we’d stayed in last summer. (Lucy camped out with Mary V at her casa.) We need a kitchen with a big fridge and a microwave for the gluten-free food we take. 

On Wednesday afternoon and evening, the WFalls’ Gang had a belated birthday party for LL. My two oldest great-nieces had done lots of decorating—with a Rapunzel theme. (LL’s gift from them was the Disney Rapunzel dress—sooo pretty/fancy/Princess-y. She also received a long blonde Rapunzel wig and shoes! So decorations were coordinated with this theme.) We had gluten-free hotdogs, chips and GF cupcakes and cookies Grammy had provided. Then we had a Dance Party! Led by my great-niece, Marie. She and my niece, her Momma, and TLC, taught us all the Macarena! (Actually, I knew it. I don't know how many times I did it at Texas Ranger's baseball games when that song came out. I did have to have a "refresh" to get it back in my head.) Among other dances. Something called the Whip and Nay-Nay? It was all tremendously fabulous and memorable. We left for the hotel completely exhausted.

Thursday morning, we went to see my niece’s new home and swim in her sparkling pool.  Once we were sufficiently pooped from all of that activity, TLC, The Little Princesses and I headed back to our hotel room for lunch and a nap.

My niece has written a book called “My Guru Calls Me Momma.” (A great read for any Momma or Grandmomma—or parent, actually. Especially for single parents.) She had a book signing on Thursday evening at a beautiful venue. We got back to our hotel room that night once again happily worn-out.

Friday morn, the four of us got up fairly early—packed our too many bags—and headed back to TLC’s casa (about two hours East). I got home to my country casa by 3:30 p.m. Got on my couch in my jammies. Moved to our bed at 9:30. Slept like a baby.

A fantastic time was had by ALL!

It was in the hotel room on Thursday afternoon—after Belle woke up from her nap—that I realized she had presented me with this last Firecracker!

She was singing something. (She’s 2 years and 4 months old. Like her Mom and her sister, she talked early and she talks amazingly well. Her vocabulary can literally blow your mind. Because she uses big words appropriately. Sorry. Grammy must brag some, right?) Belle loves to sing and dance (TWIRL!). She was singing “When We’re Together.” Sung by Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Josh Gad and Jonathan Grott. From Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure was a 30-minute special presented on The Disney Channel this past December. If y’all didn’t see it—and you have children between the ages of 2 and 10? Children that loved the movie “Frozen?” You need to find this precious show. It is the SWEETEST. It’s about Elsa and Anna needing to discover their family Christmas traditions. They don’t think they have any—of course they finally realize they do. Hint: Their traditions involve Olaf. Duh.

At the end of the show, they all sing this song: “When We’re Together.” Y’all. I cry every single time I hear it. EVERY. TIME. It’s on TLC’s phone. It’s on my phone. I could listen to it twice a day—every day of my life—and still, I promise you, I’d cry.

I don’t care if you have no children or grandchildren and I don’t care how old you are. You SHOULD at least listen to this song. If you don’t understand all of the words? Google them. It is that awesome.

So this is our last Firecracker for the month of July. Yippee!

TLC and I hope you’ve enjoyed at least one of the suggestions we’ve had for y’all.

For the month of August? We’ve got something great planned! (Or we feel like you might enjoy our plan.) Each of us is going to give y’all some websites and Instagrams we treasure! TLC is the Instagram expert. Yes. I realize I may be a technology dinosaur. That is true. Yet I’ve got some I follow I think are blog worthy.

In September, My Sweet Hubby and I will be celebrating our 40th wedding anniversary! I’ll be taking over the blog for the entire month. Sharing 40 things I love about him (that would be approximately 8 posts of 5 things each so don't panic that it could take 40 years to read all of them), us, our marriage, our children, our grandchildren—our life together. Maybe some wisdom I’ve got regarding marriage/relationships. I’ll do what I can to make it interesting, okay?

Happy End-of-July Dearest Friends!

(Where is this year going? Sigh.)



Saturday, July 28, 2018

firecrackers #7

Happy Saturday!

It's finally cooled off some here in our part of Texas. In fact, the low on Tuesday is supposed to be 70 degrees! I'm just beside myself. Time to break out the pumpkin spice and UGGs!

Today's FIRECRACKERS have a theme: DATE NIGHT!

With two sweet girls, we don't get a lot of date nights, though ELC certainly tries to help us get out as much as possible. Right now, we actually have a double-date tentatively scheduled for next Friday, and I'm planning my outfit now.

I don't always wear perfume. I'm super picky about scents, as most tend to give me a headache. For my 33rd birthday, I bought (with a sweet gift card from Lauren) Jo Malone "Wood Sage and Sea Salt Cologne."  I have the small bottle. It's lasted a year and a half and will probably last me another six-months. While somewhat pricey, I think, stretched out over two years, that it's actually quite a bargain! I love this so much. It's clean and fresh and simply YUMMY. They sell a candle in this scent, too, and I think I might treat myself to one soon!

I think everyone is well-aware Nordstrom is currently having their annual Anniversary Sale. Duh, right? It's truly amazing. I've purchased several things for the girls (shoes, shirts, coats), a few Christmas gifts, a pair of jeans and these boots:

These are the Lucky Brand "Yabba" in Blush Suede. Initially, I was drawn to the black. But, the more I looked at the pink, I couldn't resist. While a lot of sizes are sold out, I'm hoping they'll restock soon. Even if it's after the sale. These are so comfy, y'all! While the color is a bit springy/summery, I think the suede lends them to be more all-year. I can't wait to wear these next Friday.

I always feel extra fancy with a heel or wedge and a spritz of perfume. Now to find the perfect top.

Hope y'all have a wonderful weekend and can sneak in a date night, even if it's just on your couch with Netflix and wine!

Monday, July 23, 2018

firecracker #6

A few weeks ago, my middle sis, Mary V., our baby sis, Lucy, and my sweet friend, Mackie, all were sending me texts with the CUTEST little pictures that looked like them, accompanied by the FUNNIEST messages. I was intrigued. I asked Mary V. where she’d gotten the pictures/messages. She said it was called Bitmoji. I looked the App up and thought I’d found the right one. I hadn’t. Duh and SIGH. So then Mary V. sent me a picture of the correct Bitmoji App I needed to download.

Here’s what the App looks like:

And here is my Bitmoji:

I tried and tried to get some Big Texas Hair. This was really the best I could do. (I actually think it’s adorable. Attempting to make myself go this short and flat? Yeah—not going to happen anytime soon. I do love how close the rest of it is to moi. But with a lot less wrinkles. Dadgummit.) Little Leighton (aka LL) would tell you my “signature” shirt/top/blouse is white. Always. 3/4 sleeves. I have other colors. Some animal print. Some pretty pinks. A couple of blues. Some denim—which I wear from September until April. (Unless I’m in a coldish State like Colorado or Wyoming or New Mexico, etc., or  someone's home who keeps their thermostat on 74 or lower. Being a Senior Citizen with thin skin I often get chilly when the rest of the world is sweating—so in that situation I might wear denim in May, June, July or August. Just depends…) When I wear anything but white? This is how LL reacts: “Grammy!!! You don’t have a white shirt on! Wow!”

Once I started texting TLC with my Bitmoji? She had to have one, too. (Again—DUH.)

The interesting thing about hers is this: Little Leighton—who at 6 years old can use a iPhone and iPad better than her Grammy—looks so much like TLC she often texts me with her Mom’s Bitmoji. She wanted her own but we finally convinced her she had to have her own phone. That’s apparently not happening for several years. Right. We'll see, Mom. We'll see. Anyway, LL will tell me it’s her. (Bless her sweet, precious heart—I usually know pretty fast who’s texting. She finds the pictures with unicorns, rainbows and the poop emoji…I’m fairly confident it’s not TLC. TLC’s often have wine in the picture. Teeheehee.)

Here is TLC’s (and LL’s! Winky Wink.):

If Y’all have not joined the rest of us cool kids and gotten your own Bitmoji? You need to get with it. ASAP. Seriously.

[I’m attempting to get My Sweet Hubby—aka MSH—to let me design one of him on his phone. Our youngest son (of 4), who’s an ER doctor, and his wife, who’s a physical therapist, have FABULOUS Bitmojis. They crack me up every time we all text. Knowing JJ and Leda are totally committed to this latest fad, sadly, has not convinced MSH to join the party. Party Pooper. That's exactly what he is. LL needs to send him lots of poop emojis.]

Hope each of Y’all has a HAPPY week—wherever in this World Y’all are!



Wednesday, July 18, 2018

firecracker #5

If you’ve never tried “powdered” peanut butter,” and you’d truly love to have peanut butter but you can’t afford the calories and/or fat and/or sugar and/or anything else in it that you do not need—you should get thee as fast as possible to your nearest grocery store and pick up a jar of PB2!

I learned about this at a Weight Watchers’ (aka WWs) meeting many months ago. I bought myself the regular kind—i.e. not the chocolate flavor. Then I let it sit in my cabinet. Until it expired.

Last Thursday—at my morning WWs meeting—a dear, DEAR friend of mine (We’ve known each other for over 35 years and I can tell you I'm not exactly sure where the weight is that she wants to lose.) was joining and ended up talking about PB2—this chocolate flavor specifically.

I bought a small jar the other day at Walmart. (In our Texas store it’s actually located in two places: With all the other peanut butters and back in the “baking” aisle. Cake mixes, flour, etc. etc. etc.)

Two nights ago I needed something that wasn’t a lot of points. But something sweet. And a bit salty. I put two tablespoons of this PB2 in a bowl and mixed it with one tablespoon of water. (Something told me I might like one little package of Truvia, too. I have such a sweet tooth.) Stirred and stirred and then dipped 9 Rold Gold tiny pretzel twists into it!

It. Was. DIVINE. I am serious. D.I.V.I.N.E.

(If you try it and I’m wrong? I can’t imagine I’ll be wrong. But let me know. Because this is going to be my new snack obsession and it could get totally out of control! YIKES.)

This “snack” was 2 points for me. That’s a good number for a WWs “snack.” If I’d had a few more points left for my day? I’d have mixed 4 tablespoons of PB2 with 2 tablespoons of water—one packet of Truvia (I’d have tried just one—might have needed two and, trust me,  I have no shame--if it needed two—two would be put in without a blink of my eyes.)—and I’d have had 18 pretzels! Yes. Yes, I would have. Alas, I didn’t have 4 points left. Sigh.

We are hot in Texas. HOT. I do not mean sexy hot. I mean temperature-wise. We’ll never get used to it. We’ll never like it. It is what it is.




Saturday, July 14, 2018

firecracker #4

I love Pioneer Woman. I love her blog. I love watching her cooking show with Little Leighton. (Even though her recipes aren't necessarily gluten-free, most can be easily adapted so our family can happily, and safely, enjoy them!). Most of all, I ADORE her "Home" line at Walmart. My favourite pattern to-date has been "Willow." I think it was first available last holiday season. It has varying shades of blue. It is YUMMY.

Somewhere along the way, I started collecting pitchers. Most are tiny. White or off-white. I have them sporadically placed around my house. Bathroom. Kitchen. Bedrooms. I love them on their own or as a vase!

Then, one day last spring, ELC randomly gifted me this beauty:

Y'all. Is this not adorable? It is a full-sized pitcher. It's from the "Willow Collection!" Look at that cute, little, glass knob on the top. I don't believe it's more than $20. Wouldn't this make the most precious gift? Housewarming, perhaps? Hostess gift at Thanksgiving? Some of the flowers on the pitcher look like pansies. Pansies are one of ELC's favourite flowers because they were her Nana's favourite. This is so special to me. I cherish it. I look at it everyday in my kitchen and simply SMILE.

I'm always on the hunt for sweet and unique gifts. I think this fits the bill!

(Leave it to ELC to technically find all of my "FIRECRACKERS," thus far. Thank you kindly, ELC! Teeheehee.)

Happy Saturday, Friends!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

firecrackers #3

So I have 64-year-old eyes. (Actually, closer to 65, when you think about it. A dear friend pointed out to me recently that on our first birthday, we’ve already lived a year! So when we celebrate any birthday, we’re technically a year older. I mean, that truly does make sense, Mackie…)

I grew up in a time of the world when plucking your eyebrows was fashionable. Like, I am talkin’ MAJOR PLUCKING. To the point where you almost had no eyebrows left. (Have you ever trimmed one of your trees or bushes? It was like that. You start. You have to even it out. In doing that, you go too far. Then you have trouble stopping and getting control of yourself! And you go even farther. It's a vicious cycle.)

Please let me advise You Younguns about over-plucking: Your eyebrows will probably NOT come back. It’s going to be hugely important that you not overdo. Your actions could be sadly permanent. You will regret it.

(Note: I have been using Lash Boost—by Rodan & Fields—for almost three years. However, NOT on my lashes—on my brows! To save what I have left. I honestly think it’s helped. At least it might have slowed down the loss.)

Anyway, I’ve been searching for products to make my brows look thicker. Better. All while looking as natural as possible. TLC bought this product for both of us recently:

(By the way: I was ruthless with TLC when she became a teen and wanted to pluck her brows. She always had more than I ever did. I ADORED every last little hair on her pretty face. Sorry. I realize this is weird. Trying to be honest. I’d beg, plead, and, possibly, threaten her (with taking something away or not getting her something) if she overplucked. She didn’t. Fortunately. However, she’s discovered in the past year or so that she likes to fill in her brows. It really is so the rage.)

This is one of three different methods I actually alternate. The first one I tried and still use is an Estee Lauder brow pencil and a Maybelline brow powder—together. The second method I’ve tried and use—and I got TLC one, too—is that Wunder Brow. I can honestly say I like all three methods!

I’m really working to get this Tattoo Studio on my brows as best as I can. The wand is like a mascara wand. And it comes with a little brush to use once you’ve put the “gel” on. I was trying to think of the word to type to describe how it feels once I’m finished. (Or as finished as I’m going to be.) And that word might be “crunchy.” Which, I admit, doesn’t sound fabulous. Honestly? I don’t mind it! Color/gel is supposed to last for a few days. I’ve found that once I wash my face at night (which I do with Dove soap) and then again in the morning, before I apply my makeup for the day, the “tattoo” gel is pretty much gone. Which is fine with me!

I believe I’m getting better at this method. My BIGGEST Critic—TLC—has said I’m doing pretty good with all three of my “please-give-me-some-brows” efforts. My Second Biggest Critic—Little Leighton—would, I promise you, promptly advise me if anything I did looked weird, funny or clownish. She’d not hesitate to be fast and blunt with her opinion. She does this. All. The. Time. Sigh.

If you’re oldish like moi—and you overplucked—and you can’t find any little eyebrow “wigs” on Amazon—OR you’re young and you still want lusher/plusher brows—this is certainly worth a try! Just go slow. Plan to practice a day or two at home before you head out into the world. Because…it’s at least permanent for the first day. When I kind of mess up? I’ve learned I have to be pretty fast with my q-tip to straighten it all out!

(Lash Paradise? I actually did this post forgetting that was in the picture. My Picture-Poster TLC texted me last night and asked me if I realized I hadn't mentioned the mascara. Oops. This is the third mascara we've bought between us in the past four months. It seems to be all over tv and magazines. TLC and I like it! Not sure at this point in our blog history that telling y'all that little news is tres earthshattering. We're pretty easy to please when it comes to mascara. Give us a pretty applicator and we're good to go. This can be a teensy bit clumpy. However, clumpy works for us. Seems to add to our volume, don'tchaknow.)

As you navigate your week—Wherever in this World you are—DO NOT OVERPLUCK. Trust me on this, ‘kay?


p.s.: Mackie has done microblading! She had to tell me what it was and then I sort of thought I’d heard or read about it. A few days after she shared her experience, I saw a beauty salon in our little hometown that has a woman doing it! I MIGHT try it. Maybe. I don’t know. I’m waiting to see if Mackie is going to convince me it’s worth the pain, time and money…stand by…
p.p.s.: Brooke Shields always had the BEST brows. (I seriously and honestly loved hers. Yet I still kept screwing mine up. WHY?)

Saturday, July 7, 2018

firecrackers #2

Hi, all!  Happy Saturday!

Let me just say, this holiday-in-the-middle-of-the-week thing has completely thrown me off. I have no clue what day it is. Little Leighton missed her swimming lesson this morning because I thought it was Friday. I am a hot mess.

However, I do have fun things to share with y'all today for my first FIRECRACKER!

We have made a couple of short trips this summer, and I've tried to pack light. In doing so, I've had to drastically pair down my face/makeup paraphernalia. (Also, I (and ELC) buy tiny bottles that are too cute and free up some space.) I wanted to share my essentials with y'all:

First up: this ADORABLE bag! I have to give credit where credit is due. ELC actually discovered this bag. I could have sworn she purchased it at a local boutique. Uh, no. It's from WALMART. Yes, Walmart. I was shocked. It actually has two zippered compartments. Each is lined and each has a tiny pocket inside. Y'all. It's amazing. It holds everything I've pictured and then some. It keeps everything nice and organized. I LIVE for organized. (The other side/compartment is actually a black polka dot/dalmation print. I die.) It's called "Primrose Hill." It would make you believe it's made in London. So you'd think it's super FANCY and chic. It's not. It's made in China. ELC checked. Perhaps it was designed in London? Let's go with that. If Made In China is good enough for The Pioneer Woman, it's good enough for us.

Cetaphil and Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisturizer. (I prefer the one with Broad Spectrum Sunscreen in it after my two rounds of skin cancer.) I've used these two products for YEARS. I swear by them. My dermatologist right out of college recommended them to me. They are mild on my sensitive skin, keep oil and breakouts at bay, and are CHEAP. That's a win times three for moi!

We've mentioned our love for Thayer's Witch Hazel before. And it's worth mentioning again. Y'all. This is so refreshing and might win my "Most Coveted Product Award." I seriously could not live without it. ELC is the one who found it in this precious travel-size bottle. LOVE. (It can be found at Target or Sprouts.)

I narrowed down my favorite makeup items. Currently, it's this No. 7 Radiant Glow Concealer (Again, THANK YOU, ELC. You win my "Discovers the BEST Things Award."), Great Lash Mascara (a classic!), eyelash curler, COVERGIRL Eyebrow Powder, and a Sonia Kashuk Eyebrow Brush. Confession: I've only recently started filling in my brows. Why did I wait so long? Now, I cannot leave my house without it.

In addition to these products, I really can't live without the Neutrogena Makeup Wipes and Aquaphor. (I use it like chapstick. But it's also great on cuts, burns, etc.) Oh, and Working Hands. Sorry. I could only fit so many in my pic. LOL.

Ummm...I just realized something. Apparently the theme of my finds are actually things ELC has FOUND and graciously given/recommended to me. I guess the moral of this post is:

Your Mother is ALWAYS right.  (At least my Mama is!)

I know she'll be bummed I didn't include a lipstick. Sorry, again. I'm working on that. I cannot find one I love. If you have any recommendations, please share! Nothing too bright. Or sticky. Or too matte. Does that exist?

I hope y'all have a wonderful weekend and, unlike me, know what day it is!

Ta-Ta for now!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

july's firecrackers #1

It’s The Fourth of July! In North Central Texas. At our country casa. It’s hot. (Our air conditioner went out last night about 8:30. Wasn’t too horrid. Our service peeps got here by 9:15 this morning and fixed it. Uber grateful to them!) TLC, The Little Princesses and Her Hubby are partying at his family’s lakehouse. My Sweet Hubby (aka MSH) and I will be here. All day. Fireworks have been BANNED by our County Judge. (Most of Texas is under a Burn Ban—due to the drought we’re currently suffering with/through…usually MSH and I would see Neighbor Country Folks’ setting of their fireworks this evening. Hopefully we don’t see any tonight. Which is kind of sad. For many reasons. We just do not need fires started. Period.)

It’s time to do our July Yummies and Yeehaws!!! (If you’re not familiar with said Yummies and Yeehaws, you can find them in our posts from 2011, 2012—maybe 2013? We stopped them at some point. Did a few more—off and on—over the next couple of years.) EXCEPT, I have permission from TLC to call them our “Fireworks!” Things we love. Enjoy. Have recently discovered. Things that make a bang with us!

Y’all know I no-can-do pictures. Yep. Quite pathetic. And TLC can’t post pictures for me today.

NO WORRIES! This Fireworks #1 doesn’t need a picture/pictures!

I’m a TV watcher. Duh. I’m 64. Yes. I should be reading. And I do! However, I enjoy getting cozy at/in my spot on our couch and watching GOOD STUFF for a few hours each evening/night. (I rarely turn on the television during daytime hours. Haven’t for years and years. But when it’s super hot or super cold? And MSH and I have all chores done or we’re pooped and need to rest? Or it’s a holiday? Or a Saturday or Sunday afternoon? I might start sittin’ on the couch around 3:00. Ish. Then I hope and pray I have something recorded we can enjoy together.

With our thousands of channels and the ridiculous amount of money we pay for our TV service, I’ve been struggling to find entertainment for the past several weeks.  Fortunately, I have America’s Got Talent! I adore that show. I cry every week. Every week. I wish it was on every night. Sigh. I have to be satisfied with what they give us.

Some of my current summer favourites are on HGTV. I watch a “beach home” show because (1) I think they’re interesting and (2) I get ideas for future “beach” vacations for our family!

Beachfront Bargain Hunt. HGTV. I can’t really share exactly when this show comes on. For the majority of my HGTV shows I record? I find a marathon of them and hit the orange button. Then, when I watch them, I zoom by the commercials! I see beaches from Texas to Alabama to Florida to South and North Carolina to Virginia to California to Oregon to many MANY on the East Coast. Love LOVE LOVE this show.

Lakefront Bargain Hunt. HGTV. Also can’t tell you exactly when these are on. Again, I find some and hit record! MSH and I have always enjoyed lakes. Not just beaches. In fact, if we could, we think we’d like to live on a lake! Probably won’t ever. Who knows?

Then there is…My Lottery Dream Home. HGTV. Y’all. This one is SO MUCH FUN. It’s hosted by David Bromstad. Y’all might remember he won the HGTV Design Star in 2006. He has a show called Color Splash and this one. I’ve only seen a couple of the Color Splash shows. I think he is ADORABLE. This Lottery show? IT IS FABULOUS. To me. He finds people that have won a significant lottery somewhere—like most have won at least a million dollars—find a new home! Or a home for a family member. It’s interesting to see him go around the country to meet and help these people. I’ve played The Texas Lottery since it began. Like maybe close to thirty years ago? I’ve played the same 6 numbers—twice a week—for all this time. MY ADVICE: Do not EVER think about playing the same numbers. Buy Quick Picks. You’d be like me and have to slap yourself silly if you forgot to play your numbers and you found out they came up! HORRORS. I win every now and then! Anywhere from $3 to $24. Once I won $80! Do I break even? Nope. I spend $4 a week. I figure I could spend that much on candy. Or cigarettes. Or wine. I don’t. This is one of my few vices. Teeheehee. Please don’t judge me. I’m certain I’m gonna hit a big one soon and I’ll be needing David to come help me find my new digs. (Picture me crossing my fingers…)

I was channel surfing a few nights ago—when I saw the movie Overboard was going to be shown! OVERBOARD. The original with Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. I hadn’t seen it in YEARS. (We used to have the VHS tape of it!) Oh. My. Stars. It was AMAZING. I zoomed by the commercials and laughed out loud for almost two hours. The best thing about this TV version? They blurred out Goldie’s bohiney—at the beginning—where Kurt sees a birthmark he can use later to identify her as his wife. Then once one of the boys used the word “S_it.” Bleeped it out. Goldie’s useless husband used it later and they bleeped him. THEREFORE…I’m saving this TV version for Little Leighton and Baby Elle to watch the next time they come here! Baby Elle might not be too interested. I think Little Leighton will definitely think it is GREATNESS.

Last, there’s always The Hallmark Channel. (For some reason I don’t get the Hallmark Mystery Channel and I never can remember to call Directv to find out why. I need to do that today.)

I’ve been recording movies lately I don’t think I’ve seen. The BEST one of five I’ve watched lately? For Better or For Worse. Starring Lisa Whelchel. (She was Blair on Facts of Life for years! I like her.) It's CLEVER. Different. She’s owns a wedding planning business (Tootie from Facts of Life works for her—I think she is ADORABLE even now!). Lisa’s character has one grown son. Well, he’s like 22. A divorce attorney moves in right next door to her! Y’all. He is YUMMY. I don’t know who he is and I didn’t look him up yet—trust me. He is HANDSOME and a good actor. IMHO. He alone is worth the watch.

There you go! Our First Fireworks! (We’ll be doing these throughout the month of July, don't forget. Just these. No other kind o' posts.)

TLC—you is up next, Girlfriend! Get Firecracker/Firecrackers #2 ready soon.

Happy Birthday America!

Y’all have a wonderful rest-of-the-week—wherever in this country or world Y’all are!