Jo Dee Messina

I have my car radio set on a country station that plays some older stuff along with current stuff.  And one of the people they play is Jo Dee Messina.  I’m not a huge fan of female singers but  I always thought she had a beautiful voice and she did not sound like everyone else.

That being written,  I’ve never paid money for a concert with a female artist although I’ve seen Reba McEntire in concert but she was opening for George Strait.   I saw Barbara Mandrell years ago at the fair for free. And we went to the Grand Old Opry and they had female artists.   I even won tickets once for Carrie Underwood but sold them.   I like their music but I just would not pay to see them.

But I was wondering what happened to Jo Dee.  She’d had a lot of songs from late ’90’s through Mid ’00’s.  Google says she had songs later but I had not heard any of them.  It does not appear they got much airplay.  I had not even thought about her until I found this radio station.   So I Googled her.

What I found is eerily strange.  There were articles (or maybe just 1, reprinted over and over) written 3 days ago.  She had cancer.  Lost her money.  Her marriage failed.  She’s a struggling single mom now.  But she says that 5 years ago, Jesus came up on her porch:

“Jesus Christ walked onto my front porch and argued with me all day long. As real as I’m sitting in this seat, Jesus came to my front porch and He’s like, ‘She’s mine,'” ~~ “Explaining that Jesus was lovingly referring to her”.   (from Fox News)

She says she let go of the problems.  She embraced Jesus and turned things over to him.  And now her cancer is gone.  She’s beginning to tour again, with an attitude to glorify Him instead of for glory for herself.    It will be interesting to see what happens.  Country radio is not good giving people second chances so I don’t see her where she once was but I hope she can find where she needs to be.

Stories like hers really speak to me.  Sometimes I get down and wonder what the point is but my faith has already gotten me through the sad times.  And why, for some reason, do you wonder about a person that you’ve truly never thought about before? And then to find an interview that is 2 days old.  It’s eerie.  And it’s there for a reason.  I think I was lead to the article for some reason I may never understand.  It’s certainly something I’m going to have to think on.



Guest Room

I finally have one!!  Now I need some guests!!

I have not been in a position to have one in years.  I spent 3 years in a one bedroom apartment so anyone visiting had to sleep on the couch (more comfortable) or blow up bed (bigger)….now they’ll have a real bed.

And I bought myself a new bed & moved old one into guest room.

Pretty, huh?

New Bed!!
                       Guest room.  BYOP                                  (Bring your own pillows)



Three Days of the Condor

1975.  The year I graduated from high school.

Robert Redford
Faye Dunaway
Cliff Robertson
Max Von Sydow

Robert Redford plays Joe, a man who reads for the CIA.  The explanation is that the readers look for nefarious plans in the spy world.  Joe goes out from lunch and comes back to find all of his colleagues have been murdered.  After reporting it to his bosses, he quickly figures out he doesn’t know who he can trust & he’ll need to figure out what’s going on in his own way.

He basically kidnaps Kathy to give him some shelter and help.  Needless to say, she doesn’t stay hostage for long because it’s Robert Redford.  Duh.  Faye Dunaway is a beautiful actress and looks great in this movie.

Cliff Robertson is Joe’s section director and to the bitter end it’s hard to tell what side he’s on.  Not sure what the thing living on his head was. #ReallyBadHairDay & he probably thought his pornstache made him look younger.  It was the 70’s.

Max Von Sydow, an entirely fascinating actor, plays a hired assassin.  He has no skin in the game…he goes with the money.

There is nothing sexier than a smart man.  And if he looks like Robert Redford it’s even better.  I love how he figures out what’s going on.  One of the coolest things for me is that he was an old Bellhead (like me) and uses his knowledge of phone company to help his cause.  I remember that from the first time I saw the movie and look forward to it every time.  I love his time in the central office and talking to CNA (Customer Name & Address bureau) because I’ve been there.  It’s a little camaraderie..

Yep, I’m a nerd.

It’s dated, no doubt.  The cars, the suits, the hairdos.  But I love the story and I love the cast.  And I’m dated too.



I’m tomato sad

Uh-oh.  I have blossom-end rot.

The tops of my tomatoes look good but their bottoms are rotting.  I looked online to see what was wrong and apparently it’s pretty common.  We had a lot of rain since I planted on April 29 and I have apparently over watered.  And there is probably a calcium deficiency.  So this afternoon I’m going to prune off  dried leaves and tomatoes that are still growing that have the issue.  And I need to water 2x a week.  Fingers crossed!!

I’m bummed.




Poker is a big deal these days.  Heck, ESPN thinks it’s a sport.  They show tournaments all the time and I like to watch them.  What we have are millennial frat boys who have decided this is their career and older “thrill seekers” with too much money & all of them think they alone have figured everything else.   As a Vegas person, I’ve seen it many, many times.  The boys sit down at the table, drink themselves into oblivion and then wonder where they left their car after they’ve lost everything in an hour.   But now they get to do it on a world stage, on not quite live TV.

I just watched a match with 2 frats and a fogey.  The frats got lucky with the cards and the fogey got cocky.  Everytime he bluffed, he casually threw in his chips.  If he had something, he’d call too fast & push stacks in.  It took the frats too long to figure that out.  Even I noticed that.

The frat that one has lifetimes earnings of 17 million.  I think that’s probably gross.  I wonder what his net is.



Oh, and this came today…


When we went to NY last year my only souvenir was a key ring. I’m not a stuff person but I have a couple more charms on my key ring.  Sometime in the past few months the charm fell off and I was bummed.  So my cousin Tim was going to be in NY and he & his wife Susan looked for me another.  I’d sent him a picture of the last one I had and he got really close.  And I love it!!   I’d asked for something similar & something that did NOT say ‘I love NY’ because although I enjoyed, I did not love NY.

Thanks Tim & Susan.  It’s perfect.