Tuesday, January 31, 2023

They're getting longer!!!


 My nails, of course..and I love them.  From last spring:

And now:


Not sure how much longer Wifey will let me grow them, but the nail tech has an eventual goal for my fingers - she wants to eventually work them up to  at least 1 inch  beyond the ends of my fingers (or more), and keeep both fingers and toes in red (or other) matching colors.   We'll see how that goes!

More later!

Hugs,  Mandy




Saturday, January 28, 2023

Playing in the snow...

 Sorry about the delay in posting..."life sometimesw gfeets in the way!!

Wifey and  I recently spent a few days in the mountains of western North Carolina.  The weather "wasn't so hot." (Pun inteended!)  Good thing I brought a pair of closed shoes....would have been too cold for sandals!

So  I got to make my "first snowball of the year..."  And before you ask. we didn't do a typical; "snowball fight!" 



Wednesday, January 18, 2023


About 9 months ago, we moved south to TN, to be closer to our son and grandkids.  So the sandals and capris work almost to Christmas!  And everyone’s fine with it, as they are with me in comfortable house-dresses and bare feet around the house and yard.


I now wear only shorts (hot weather), capris, and stirrup or traditional leggings.  No more regular pants. And am lovin’ it!   (No wonder Wifey and I are almost always addressed as two women.)  But still - no skirts or dresses allowed in public.


Since the pandemic set in about the same time as all the above, there haven’t been any solo trips (though I’m planning a couple in the future.)  And we’ve had only a couple recent trip together, and with my leggings and ballet flats, pink nails, long hair, purse and so on.


We had no trouble being addressed as a woman most of the time.  Wifey’s become somewhat tolerant of it…







Thursday, January 5, 2023

Good to be back!


As I mentioned in my previous post, I haven’t been very active on Blogger for well over a year.  What got in the way?  

Well, life – yes, I’m still retired.  But a lot has occurred since the end of 2019/beginning of 2020…and to be honest, I had a brief experiment with another blogging program (which shall remain nameless), and it did not go well.  


So, here I am…back again!  (In one of my favorite dresses!)  To avoid a lot of writing, the next few posts will be a short refresher of what’s been happening.

Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Happy New Year!!!

 It's been too long since my last post...but "I'm back!"  Just in time to wish you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year, a bit belatedly!  More to follow...



Wednesday, November 24, 2021

To Each Of My Readers:

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving tomorrow, wherever you may be.  And if you don't celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow, no worries.  Have a safe and happy day anyway!  Hugs,  Mandy

Saturday, July 10, 2021


During our most recent trip south to visit our son and his family, we made a “slight left turn” and dropped in on the Tennessee town of Greeneville, which we found has an important place in USA history.  That’s because President Andrew Johnson (17th president, 1865 - 1869) lived here…

Who was Andrew Johnson, you might ask?   Long story...with the majority of what follows found on Wikipedia.  He assumed the presidency as he was vice president at the time of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865.  Johnson was a Democrat who ran with Lincoln on the National Union ticket, coming to office as the Civil War concluded. He favored quick restoration of the seceded states to the Union without protection for the former slaves. This led to conflict with the Republican-dominated Congress, culminating in his impeachment by the House of Representatives in 1868. He was acquitted in the Senate by one vote.

Johnson was born into poverty in Raleigh, North Carolina, and he never attended school. He was apprenticed as a tailor and worked in several frontier towns before settling in Greeneville, Tennessee. He served as alderman and mayor there before being elected to the Tennessee House of Representatives in 1835. After brief service in the Tennessee Senate, Johnson was elected to the House of Representatives in 1843, where he served five two-year terms. He became governor of Tennessee for four years, and was elected by the legislature to the Senate in 1857. In his congressional service, he sought passage of the Homestead Bill, which was enacted soon after he left his Senate seat in 1862. Southern slave states seceded to form the Confederate States of America, including Tennessee, but Johnson remained firmly with the Union. He was the only sitting senator from a Confederate state who did not resign his seat upon learning of his state's secession. In 1862, Lincoln appointed him as Military Governor of Tennessee after most of it had been retaken. In 1864, Johnson was a logical choice as running mate for Lincoln, who wished to send a message of national unity in his re-election campaign; and became vice president after a victorious election in 1864.

After Lincoln’s assassination in 1865, then-President Johnson implemented his own form of Presidential Reconstruction, a series of proclamations directing the seceded states to hold conventions and elections to reform their civil governments. Southern states returned many of their old leaders and passed Black Codes to deprive the freedmen of many civil liberties, but Congressional Republicans refused to seat legislators from those states and advanced legislation to overrule the Southern actions. Johnson vetoed their bills, and Congressional Republicans overrode him, setting a pattern for the remainder of his presidency.  Johnson opposed the Fourteenth Amendment which gave citizenship to former slaves. This did not endear him to many folks.  In 1866, he went on an unprecedented national tour promoting his executive policies, seeking to break Republican opposition. As conflict grew between the branches of government, Congress passed the Tenure of Office Act restricting Johnson's ability to fire Cabinet officials. He persisted in trying to dismiss Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, but ended up being impeached by the House of Representatives and narrowly avoided conviction in the Senate. He didn’t win the 1868 Democratic presidential nomination and left office the following year.

Johnson returned to Tennessee after his presidency, and gained some vindication when he was elected to the Senate in 1875, making him the only former president to serve in the Senate. He died five months into his term. Johnson's strong opposition to federally-guaranteed rights for black Americans is widely criticized; he is regarded by many historians as one of the worst presidents in American history.  (Wonder where he fits in, compared to some of our more recent ones?)

As for Greeneville itself, it’s a lovely town.  We found the pretty little train station (naturally), still in use but not as a railroad station.  As for his residence “The Homestead”,  Johnson owned it for 24 years, and lived here both before and after his presidency. During the Civil War, soldiers occupied the property and left it in disrepair. The Johnsons renovated it when they returned from Washington, filling it with Victorian furnishings and political gifts. Three generations of the family then occupied the home, before placing it in the stewardship of the National Park Service. 


And a very pretty property it is – that back porch is simply spectacular!  It would be fun to go back for a tour when we have more time!