Love that tomato man

ronnie and taters

My friend Marie and I are two lucky girls.  We have been the grateful recipients of more home grown tomatoes that any girl deserve.

All were gifted by our friend and high school chum, Ronnie Tiffin (AKA Tomato Man Tiffin).  He and his wife Valerie live on a small farm west of Starkville where he has gone from the cable TV business to become an expert gardener. Continue reading

Funning for a good cause

corks

Perhaps the “funnest” (sorry Miss Elizabeth) time this year was today in Mississippi when a bunch of women got together for a painting party to benefit the Kitty Bryan Dill Cancer Endowment Center.  We painted some pottery, a few canvases, our clothes and at least one of us came home with paint on her face.

From left see artists Mary Jo Hill, Norma Atkins, Marie Portera, that Jones girl, Judy Staggers and Stacy Weems. Continue reading

Normal is just a setting on your dryer

bad girls

My friends don’t go crazy, we go normal from time to time,  but today was not one of those days.

Not since I was five have I had a more memorable birthday celebration than the wingding Marie Portera threw today for Judy Murphy Staggers and me upon our 60 something birthdays. Most of us are about to run out of years in this decade and the biggy is next year so we’re going to kick up our heels as long as we breathe. Continue reading

Let the magic happen

miss tat

Oh gee- evidence that old age is setting in and my modus operandus needs tweaking was indicated when two bits of information came to my attention this week.

The first came from my new friend Richard Grant (author of Dispatches from Pluto which is a must read).  This guy is hilarious but one statement he made over lunch got my attention – Big Time! Continue reading

Defining moments

frog

We’ve all had many defining moments.  I just never sat down and thought about them until today.  I even made a list.  Some were negative but most were powerfully positive, due most likely to selective memory (my forte.)

Here are the few I don’t mind sharing: Continue reading