I’ve Met the Twitter Stream #Usguys!

We put childhood pictures up on Valentines #Usguys

“A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.” Groucho Marx — LOL

To get in touch with the innocence of childhood we put up childhood pictures of ourselves on Valentine’s Day. I loved it! Haven’t been satisfied with my Twitter “grown-up” Avatar since.

Being on Twitter is a lot of fun. Anyone who knows me or who has ever read this blog know I derive a terrific amount of enjoyment from it. A couple of weeks ago a nice looking guy with a long name by Twitter standards @StephenCaggiano asked me to join the #Usguys stream on Twitter. It was a, “Come on in the water’s fine”-kind of friendly invitation — which belied the intellectual sophistication of the group. I couldn’t resist, so I did. They’re a great bunch — very friendly and carrying on conversations rich in content on social media, techie stuff, customer service, you name it 24/7. I wasn’t always joining in because I’m new and I couldn’t see a good place to plunge into. Now often I do and will usually snag someone to have a great conversation with. That is what is so fun about Twitter. Pulling someone out of the stream for a little one on one, or two or three. #Usguys and they are very adept at it. It isn’t surprising to see 5 – 6 conversations going on at once under the #Usguys hashtag with 2-3 people mentioned in each, linking each other together by Twitter name to keep everyone informed of what each other is saying. This may sound a bit confusing! You really have to see it!

Why don’t you so a search for #Usguys and see what you turn up! Fascinating, illuminating and funny tweets 24/7 I’ll guarantee. They could almost advertise it. Well I guess I am!

Here’s a link for more information: http://stephenjcaggiano.com/2011/01/26/usguys-directory/


Best Friends Finally Meet!

Good friends meet at last!

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.”
— C.S. Lewis

Last week was one of the funnest ever in my life! And meaningful! And active! A non-stop crazy-girlfriends stupendous, exciting chat and shop — eat and drink pop, do toenails, have slumber parties extravaganza! My friend from twitter and Facebook, Heather @AliveinMe flew into Minneapolis from Philadelphia last Saturday and stayed the week! In that time she found a BIG place in me and my dear husband’s heart! We will never be the same again. So endearing she was to our family…we miss her and my 80-year-old mom misses her. Mom has dementia and doesn’t remember people well. But, she remembers Heather. We talk about her every day!

We had such a great time! Ordained by the Author of all great fun and great plans for us! The Lord was so good to us…kept us from sniffles though the weather was frightfully cold. We stayed up until the early morning hours making beaded necklaces! And talking. Always talking. Like we had known each other forever. And we have! Virtually!

We raced through the week like our tails were on fire. Trying to absorb all we could from each other. Making necklaces (our favorite ones to give to each other), many went to me since I was a newbie at beading. I was keeping my attempts and Heather was showering me with gifts, not for any other reason than two generous hearts meeting and reaching out to each other with the true love of Jesus! I kept her supplied with tea, water, pop, her every need, so she could rest and stay well and jam making jewelry for her mom’s shop. We chatted and laughed and talked and smiled and enjoyed immensely each others company! Oh yes, and took about 100 pictures! Which we kept posting on Facebook! 🙂 We did our own nails and toes but counted on department stores for new makeup and trying each others brands like long-lost sisters sharing their secrets! We hit the best beading shop the first day to stock up for the necklace making nights and we fared well! I now have 10 for myself and Heather has 30 to sell at her mom’s store! My math has never been great, but I’m not sure I contributed to the profit margin. 🙂 Oh well, I will, I am carrying on…it is such fun!

My dear friend’s gone home to her family. My husband Mike and I are missing her. I am quite lonesome, but there are remembrances all around the house, an artificial flower arrangement I love with butterflies in it. I bought her one at the same time and we didn’t know it until we got in the car! A beautiful glass pitcher threaded with blue and green transparent color from my favorite shop. She has left little parts of her love and joy everywhere. We hope she returns very soon, or we will get in my car and drive to Philly! Chilly Philly! Love you all! Facebook and Twitter friends! Take a chance and get to know each other better! Love you Heather so aptly named @AliveinMe. You are sure aLIVE, full of joy and love and definitely glowing in Jesus. As for me @libbytalks, it has now been confirmed that I can talk all day and all night too!

Best Friends Forever!

Our car escapes the junk heap again, this time with laughter!

We Love To Laugh!

We were driving home from a busy day on Friday. My husband Mike had the day off. We’d gotten our teeth cleaned and run errands and made a day of it. We were beat and eager to get home! We were driving on 394, the freeway that leads to our house in Minnetonka, a suburb of Minneapolis, Mn. Suddenly the car started making a terrible whooshing sound!

I panicked of course. I said what is that and Mike replied he had no idea, but that he’d recently put some money into diagnostics on the car and it really couldn’t be anything. I begged to differ. I said we just had $300+ put into this car and now it’s really falling apart! I say we drive right to Morrie’s and trade it in today! Before something else goes drastically wrong. And I panicked about three more things related to the car in quick succession! I thought Mike was going to listen to me and get real tense instead he stayed calm saying there is nothing wrong with the car. My mind fixated on that like a kind of mantra and suddenly I said, “Could it be the mood roof? I had that open today to show mom.” He looked at me reached up and shut the moon roof tightly. The whooshing stopped. He started to laugh. And then without warning, began to do a perfect imitation of me in a state of high anxiety! 🙂 He was sooo funny! I started laughing and couldn’t stop! He was perfect! He was saying in a high-pitched voice, we’ve got to call Morrie’s see what they’re offering for used cars! We’ve got to over there at once and see if they will work with us! We can’t let this car eat anymore of our money and so on and so on and so on!!!

We both laughed so very hard!! It’s good to laugh at yourself! And I wouldn’t have if Mike was in the habit of imitating me, but he wasn’t. He’d never done it before. Which is what made it so funny! We went into spasms of laughter, not at each other, but at life. And cars, And pinching pennies! Hope you laughed with us! And remember this wisdom:

“Everyone wants to ride with you in the limo but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.” — Oprah Winfrey — That’s my guy!

It’s Almost My Birthday!

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” — Albert Einstein

Birthdays are a time for Celebration!

Birthdays are a time for celebration and reflection! I love birthdays! This year as in every year for the past 27 — I am getting together with my 3 best girlfriends for lunch. None of them knew each other when we started out, but we’ve had lunches full of laughter and caring from the beginning. By now we’re having so much fun we can hardly contain ourselves. Buying each other funny/insulting old age cards. Laughing all through lunch. Exchanging pictures and catching up on anything we might have missed the past year gone by! We have priceless, irreplaceable friendships and have stood together during first love, weddings, first babies, painful divorce, loss of parents and even siblings. We are friends to the end and bring each other terrific support and such joy!

As far as reflection goes, on my birthday, I take the time to assess my life and thank God for every part of it. My life has been wonderful from the beginning to the middle. I love my family, my friends and the Lord. They are all so delightfully funny and nice and good. Including God? Sure, He has always had a great sense of humor I have found, and niceness and goodness supplied in abundance.

This all takes time. You cannot jam this type of celebrating and thinking and going out to lunches and dinners into one busy day. And Father’s Day too, because of the closeness to my birthday! And opening funny cards…so I always celebrate for 2, 3, sometime 4 weeks! 🙂

Have a Happy Day all and remember to savor your life and your birthdays!

“Be who you are and say what you feel…” — Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss really knows what he’s talking about on most subjects, but this #quote packs it all in: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” — Dr. Seuss When I was a kid I was heavily into being who I was. And I was proud to say was a tomboy. I was little and most would say cute and wore dresses to school because in the 60’s it was required, but I played kickball and dodge ball at school and hard ball at home with the boys, mostly bigger. They taught me to be loud and tough, swear and fight. I held back on the swearing but did everything else with enthusiasm! They taught me to fight by default by trying to beat up on me because they didn’t want to be seen playing with a girl. I was little but feisty and talked them into the idea. We developed a certain mutual respect and I had loads of fun hanging out and running around the playground with them. Fortunately I didn’t really need to fight anyone after about 4th grade and gladly gave it up. But I became a pretty good ball player and student too! But I was lucky, those that mattered, didn’t mind:  my parents.

Me during the teen years!

And then at about 13, amazingly I became a girl and so I started hanging with them and found them more fun. They talked more and planned more and mostly about guys, a familiar subject for me. I was more insecure in those years and found I let people who didn’t matter mind to me a bit too often, like some of my peers, ones I shouldn’t listen to. Things like that. The teenage years curse: conformity. I didn’t get caught in the quagmire very long and left that time with my important friends intact!

If you’re ever up against it and uncomfortable in your skin, just say these words to yourself and it will help you get your bearings:  “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” — Dr. Seuss

“Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.”

My Funny Friends B-Day Party

“Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact. ” William James Quote
I love this quote! It is so very true! I was having coffee with a friend other day and she was mentioning that she didn’t really want to live that long…I was astonished. I said why not. She said, life is hard I wouldn’t mind being in heaven with my mom right now. I said, “Oh no, I want to live as long as I can, I love life!” She replied that she knew that I felt that way and she couldn’t understand it, with all the hardships I have had. I said Oh, not really! She gasped! It’s true that I have had many challenges with my health, 3 surgeries in the past 4 years, etc. Financial challenges because I haven’t been able to work, stuff like that and that’s the recent situations, but goodness I LOVE LIFE. I always have. Life is the best thing around on this earth after all! I look forward to heaven someday and seeing  my little son David again, but I don’t want to be cheated out of one joy-filled moment on this earth. Never! I love life because it’s so fun! Laughs to be had! Precious time with family! My dear funny husband! The sunshine! Snow in the winter! I love everything about it…I don’t mind the challenges. Visiting my mom who has Alzheimer is hard but she is still loving and precious and for now still remembers me! She still has her sense of  humor.  Actually she’s getting funnier!

I know my friend is tired. She’s an only child and spends a great deal of time taking care of her dad who just transferred into assisted living– finally. She takes so much time with him and always has him to Sunday dinner. She’s very conscientious. I’m more of a goof off than she is. I always make time for relaxation and fun. I’m going to give her this great quote though for our birthdays, we and two other gals party together every year.

That’s another thing if you left this earth too early — think of all the parties you’d miss? I don’t like to think about that. Well that about sums it up be sure to believe your life is fun and definitely worth living for believing will make it so!

Wonderful Girlfriends We Go Waaay Back!

What a FAB day we had!

These are some fantastic girlfriends and we go back a ways! From left to right the cute shorter one is Sandy,  then Barb, me, Lynn, and Betsy. Two are friends from Grade School! Lynn from Junior High and we’ve been close ever since.  And Betsy from High School.   How did we all get together you might wonder? Well it was all due to Social Media. We met up again on Facebook and decided to go to lunch! We organized it via a group message and voila here we are — all together again! We had a super time and decided we all looked great and would do it again real soon, which I believe we will. It’s so great to take time out of  busy lives for the important things in life: FRIENDS! Why don’t you all try it and post your pictures on Facebook or wherever or however you got together, possibly TWITTER! Spread the word and encourage other old and new friends to reconnect and spend time together: what a wonderful world it is!

There’s Something So Funny About Twitter To Non-Tweeters!

Love my Friends!

People who aren’t on Twitter really think we’re strange don’t they? They might ask, “How many people are following you on Twitter?” And if you say 7,000 they look at you like you have two heads. How did you get that many people to follow you they might exclaim?!!! Meaning, how did you ever get that interesting? What on earth do you say to them? They just don’t get it at all, the depth of friendship, the fun of tweeting, the compelling draw that is Twitter! I can hardly wait to have 17,000 followers, that will throw them. Might render them speechless. Well, of course I can wait. No following formulas or software for me. I am letting my accounts grow organically, naturally, the way they should.  It was the same way with Facebook years ago, no one could figure that out at all, now everyone and their cousin is on Facebook. It’s fun, but not as exciting, challenging or close-knit as Twitter. No one calls you Sweetie or gives you HUGGS or MWAHS! like Twitter.

I like the atmosphere of  Twitter. I like my friends, many of whom I feel I know quite well. I like the verbal matching of wits and the truly funny people! Like I said about followers, the more the merrier, but I will meet people one by one so I can get to know them and their hopes and interests, have a chat and remember them always. One thing I’ve learned is the mind is so expansive…the more you learn and the more people you meet the more room there is for other thoughts and more friends! Gotta love a place that teaches you lessons like that!

Most of the Things You Worry About…

I was dropping of my husband in downtown Minneapolis the other a.m. for another day at work. We have recently “downsized” to one car. I love that expression downsize. It makes it sound like you are being thrifty, not too broke to handle what you had always handled before. LOL! That’s it we’re scaling back to save gas for future generations! I was dropping him off and we started to hear a terrible noise a metallic engine type noise and we thought, “Oh no, we’re going to ‘downsize’ again, this car is a goner!” This is how we imagined suddenly our poor car looked. We were in full panic mode as we began to check around for where the noise might be coming from. My husband popped the hood. For some reason, I looked in my purse! I couldn’t find anything, and hopped out of the car!

Meanwhile Mike had hopped out of the car and the noise was louder than ever. We searched the horizon for a possible source. Maybe we were wrong, perhaps the world was merely coming to an end!

All of a sudden I turned my head to stare at my husband, the noise was coming from him. Was it his pacemaker? Wait! He didn’t have a pacemaker! He got the same realization at the next moment and started patting his pockets. He seemed to remember faster than I, that he had no electronic gizmos implanted in his body. I was getting really scared! Then it stopped and my husband started laughing. He pulled his side burn trimmer out of his pants pocket and turned it on near my face. It was the NOISE. I started to laugh almost uncontrollably. We were so unbelievably worried. About nothing! As the old saying goes, most of the things you worry about NEVER happen! He ran off to work.  Now I am just left wondering…why did he have his little motorized side burn trimmer in his pants pocket? Oh, the mystery that is men!