O'z Ark

Reach For the Sky and Do it NOW

Why You Have Come Here

If you have arrived here seeking sanctity or blessing, then you will have to provide your own cloak and dagger. I only confess to the daily struggle to treat the world with the respect it has earned in my estimation. We all look to the sky and wonder. I feel the whisper of the ages calling and know not what flutter or ripple calls true. My approach is to touch your life in only the manner in which you prefer. As we all must suffer at some time, then I feel we all deserve, also, the right to laugh. My smile is my weapon, and at times my words also I use to defend.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Short and sweet cause this is posted from my phone: explaining Blackjack to a young friend the other day, she was perturbed by "busted"-you don't say balloons bust, they burst was her thought-I tried to explain but the terminology was skewing my casino lesson....so, I let it be. If you are beside a sweet lady at the tables this weekend, and she laments her bursting...well, it isn't a danger to you and if she says it too often, remind her that Jeanie said to know when to walk away and know when to run!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


"Daffodils" (1804) I WANDER'D lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils; Beside the lake, beneath the trees, Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. Continuous as the stars that shine And twinkle on the Milky Way, They stretch'd in never-ending line Along the margin of a bay: Ten thousand saw I at a glance, Tossing their heads in sprightly dance. The waves beside them danced; but they Out-did the sparkling waves in glee: A poet could not but be gay, In such a jocund company: I gazed -- and gazed -- but little thought What wealth the show to me had brought: For oft, when on my couch I lie In vacant or in pensive mood, They flash upon that inward eye Which is the bliss of solitude; And then my heart with pleasure fills, And dances with the daffodils. By William Wordsworth (1770-1850).

Mellow Yellow

Click for Beauty

REMEMBER-click on the pic if you want to really smell the roses....well, forsythia!

Forsythia NEVER Let Me Down

I think that this year I will add forsythia to my list of fall plantings. I have such love for these spring bloomers. They take whatever the Ozarks hand out in weather and keep adding beauty to each airy day.

Give It A Whirl, Girl!

I've been picking up clothes here and there for Reesa's dress-up trunk. My NeeNee Scott had one for all of us, and it was the grandest! Here Reesa has on a petti-skirt that I found at a Facebook resale shop. She calls it a "whirl skirt".

Sunday, March 27, 2011

I have morning sickness....well, I am sick in the morning. A volcano of last night's carrot soup and other dire needs in the bathroom! TMI...oh, get over it and show some love or I will breathe on you!
Accidently called Susie with my iPhone in my pocket as I got home -kenn and kids gone to other grandparents for spring break so she is painting her bathroom, chocolate brown!

Sach passed auctioneering school in Dallas! 10 days-8 to 8 every day....he now has the title of Colonel!

An attorney and an auctioneer, what next? An astronomer??

Jake plays basketball today-his team won last Sunday by 18...
He's also added another league and they won Thursday night

Friday, March 25, 2011

Bunco Babes

One of the best things that I learned about from my wonderful daughter-in-law was the game of Bunco. My resolutions for the new year included getting a Bunco group started and I DID it. We have now met for the last 3 months and I must say that we are getting the hang of it all.
You roll the dice, eat a lot of food, drink a little wine, and soon everybody is laughing and competitive! This month we figured out the high and low Bunco scoring, and worked our way through 3 sets. I once again was the low scorer. We have discovered that I am a Jim Dandy Blackjack player, but rolling dice is not in my cards! The great thing is there is a prize for the lowest scorer, or fewest wins!! Left to Right(standing)April, Judy, Connie, Donna, Rachel, Crystal, Me, Noelle
(seated)Karen, Julia, Christy, Amanda

Absent this month were Barbara(Mom), Tara, and Jennifer

As you work through these these pics, you'll find that the homemade muscadine wine had us in all kinds of different poses for the camera!

Saturday Night Bunco

Oh, Spring, Please don't mess with us!

OH, we were in flip flops at the first of the week and today my truck was covered in sleet. So tomorrow, we'll need to wear our parkas with our flip flops!

I'll post pictures that I took of the bloom of spring to give us hope that all is not lost.

iPhone posting

Well, I just read my own blog, and it is apparent that I have some fine tuning to work on with the posting from the iPhone. I barely recognize my last post!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

r, an American poet and soldier whose life was cut short during WWI
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;

A tree that may in sum
at next? An astronomer??

Jake plays basketball today-his team won

he now has the title of Colonel!

An attorney and an auctioneer, wh

passed auctioneering school in Dallas! 10 days-8 to 8 every day....
n he worships)!!!!

Accidently called Susie with my iPhone in my po

ice and Milan. ( The bossman even came, I think he likes to eat whe
this makes mom more relaxed-she looked beautiful today...Dad was we
st-dad is his old self with his new teeth-talking and laughing and
Just got home from church-had 3rd Sunday meal-dad and mom had a bla

Saturday, March 19, 2011

I have never written a letter to the editor of our local paper; however, I'm seriously considering it. The issue is the new bill introduced by our new Congresswoman-it concerns allowing people to sell home-cooked baked goods and such for profit. I really feel, besides the issues of health endangerment, that letting individuals set up on the street across from our bakery isn't in the best interests of our small town-our bakery had to invest in all kinds of safe commercial kitchen items to meet the law, she pays taxes, rent, and such to make a living. I feel like this is the same as telling me I can teach in my home with no degree, no education, charge students what I want, pay no taxes on that income, etc.
Oh, wait, we've already done this in America, and it's sincerely damaging our school systems as they loose students and money to home schooling.
I wrote my governor and my congresspeople recently about both of these issues.
Still pondering the letter to the editor, though......

Friday, March 18, 2011

Just a note

I wish that I had mentioned in the previous posts....if you click on each pic, you can see them larger, closer, and more personal!!

The pic of Sambo and Tiger playing King of the Tree was shot from across the yard, and on the run.

Black and White Perspective

I have been spending considerable time working with my camera in manual mode. It seems that I can get a shots that are closer to my old 35mm camera. I found a great guide to my Nikon D40 on the web. A gentleman, Ken Rockwell, has a site and now an ap on my iPhone that takes one through each setting on my camera. Every explanation is succinct and has exact pics of my camera so that I can work and practice in each mode.
These shots are from February when it seemed that we had snow every other day. Tiger can beat Sambo to the top of the willow, especially since Eddy cut them back in preparation for the spring. I wish that I could get a pic sometime of Sambo along side Maggie, our small black dog.....Sambo is approx. the same size!
Baby, in the snow, could only be found by locating her grey patches.

Rebel, Moppy, and Maggie

Black and White Perspective

Okay...ordinary day
Biking class
Visit friends around town
Flowers at church
Grocery store
Home to rest with the nursing home crowd!
And now it's time for some basketball games....speaking of basketball-Jake has just added another city league to his schedule. He plays in Chicago later this month.
MY List
Well, I had this marvelously laid out "Honey Do" List for this weekend....just shot down-dead in the water!
Well, I had this marvelously laid out "Honey Do" List for this weekend....just shot down-dead in the water! Obviously, Eddy recognized the gleam in my eye as I handed him coffee this morning. He started in with, " I won't have a spare moment to call my own this weekend" cattle, cattle, cattle, cattle, etc,
Grrrrrrrr-oh, well, resorting to Operation Start the Machinery-He Won't Think I'm Doing It Right!
Stay tuned to see who out thinks the other!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Experimentation is good for the soul-perhaps I have this figured out and I can post from my phone to my blog.....
"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings."


I have worked and worked to set up my Google account so that I could update my blog from my iPhone. I am sure that I am just one step away and then......NO.......it won't work.
oh, well! I will just haul out this unwieldy laptop and do some blogging from it.

Spring is about to open her welcoming arms and this weekend, with no grandgirl, and great temps, I am dragging the bossman out to help me spiff up all my flower beds.

I have added riding a bike on a prescribed training at the gym. This is really cool as it's computer takes me up and down hills for 30 minutes. Riding a bike is something that I can do for real around here as soon as we find just the right one as they sell ones specially designed for gravel roads. My doctors at Mayo clinic really pushed for the walking and bike riding.

I'll be out tomorrow to get pics from my yard to post on my blog.

My goal was to start today on a blitz to blog. I have given up Facebook for Lent, and need to get back in touch with my journaling on this venue.

The news is on this moment and as a watch more devastation and nuclear worry in Japan, I hope the fact that I care somehow, somewhere, touches someone.

well, I must go as I want to make sure Eddy finds his way out of the house to his poker game and I get the tv!!

more later

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Men Are Just Happier!

I was reading Waka this morning and the post was about the lack of women contributors to Wikipedia.
Well, you know, my brain just isn't wired correctly, or maybe being raised with my father who I think was anticipating an eldest son, or as my sister posted this morning, our father would look at us when we whined(bitched) and say, "well, sis, if that's not bitching, it'll do 'till bitching comes along!", or having a mother who, God forbid, in the South, went to nursing school, in 1964 with 3 girls and left daddy ALONE to cook for himself......whatever the reasons, the four Scott girls have managed to do just fine without feeling set upon by the male world.
As a matter of fact, we sit around and lament the fact that if everyone would just quit talking about the whole gender issue, we women would soon take over the world!
You know the whole, " I can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan, and never, ever let you forget you're a man" sexy siren song commercial from way back when kind of empowerment that bottles of wine can give 4 sisters!!

As I was at the gym this morning, my friend posted this on his facebook, and I stole it. I stole it because it makes me laugh, and I've been thinking of reasons for men to be happier all day!

Men Are Just Happier!

Men Are Just Happier People.

Your last name stays put.

The garage is all yours.

Wedding plans take care of themselves.

Chocolate is just another snack.

You can never be pregnant.

Car mechanics tell you the truth.

The world is your urinal.

You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky.

You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt.

Same work, more pay.

Wrinkles add character.

People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them.

New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet.

One mood all the time.

Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.

You know stuff about tanks and engines.

A ten-day vacation requires only one suitcase.

You can open all your own jars.

You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness.

Your underwear is $4.95 for a three-pack. Three pairs of shoes are more than enough. You never have strap problems in public.

You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes.

Everything on your face stays its original color...

The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades.

You only have to shave your face and neck.

You can play with toys all your life.

One wallet and one pair of shoes -- one color for all seasons.

You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look.

You can 'do' your nails with a pocket knife.

You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.

You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25 minutes.

No wonder men are happier.


Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Princess and her Daddy

Sach has been working so hard. The legal parade marches on to its own drummer. The fact that another princess is due in June has him in even more of a "driven" mode. I hear his father telling him to slow down, and yet, he is exactly like his father.
In fact, both boys get that driven, "I must be a success by 30 from their father".
I, on the other hand, made sure they knew their Shakespeare, traveled, studied philosophy, could both ride horses hell-bent for glory, could quote great poets, and never missed a free throw!
As a matter of fact, for 2 people that the whole county just shook their heads and said, they won't last, have nothing in common, we did pretty well!

Jake's Video

You may find it hard to find the link as my blog color is a little crazy --just search around for it

Jake in Stylelikeu


No one wears clothes [for modesty]. I hate the philosophy [of people who don't care about fashion]. We all get dressed every day, and if you don’t care about it and want to belittle it, then go be naked." Jake Oliver

Occupation: sales associate at Barney's

A Swirl of Silence Interupted

I am looking at the snow as it breathes upon the Ozark morning. It should be a poster for tranquility. It's not.

I just had a most unsettling conversation with a friend via the phone. She is disturbed that she is my friend on Facebook and that I had posted a link to Jake's interview with a style magazine in NYC. This particular set of interviews is about ordinary people whose closets are nominated for their style. In the clip, Jake talks about being gay.

Well, you know, there are maybe 5 people in the surrounding 10,000 people who don't know this. When he came out, it was a smash to all notions of the south in America as he was an All-state basketball player who led his team to a state championship. He was a team-roper, and calf-roper of such calibre that he won trucks, saddles, thousands of dollars. He traveled all over Europe on his winnings.
So it wasn't a mild, slight twitch of the closet door. It hit the wall with a bang. We try not to make other people uncomfortable, but the time is past that I won't post some of his outstanding things happening in New York in his life now.

I went with a deep breath and just a simple, "you know what, just unfriend me"- No, she wants it taken down as people shouldn't be exposed to this aberration.

I lost all perspective. It brought back every feeling of fear from the past when I thought someone would try to kill him, the fears that we would all fall apart as a family, still half the family won't say his name, and I told her to fuck off. To never acknowledge us again, to never say my name or my child's name again, to never let me see her again in person. It felt good.

Anger is sometimes good.

I'll look at the snow later.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Couldn't take it-

Couldn't take it-the blonde is back......I had a lot more fun as a blonde and so did Eddy!!

I think he has started ignoring the checks to the hair salon, or maybe my allowance will be cut later.
www.mtv.com/news/articles/1539330/panic-give-young-fashion-designers-lucky-break.jhtml I think this link will take you to Jake's interview with MTV-the video is on the left
This was in 2006 and he has lost about 150 pounds since this -he would want this fact pointed out in mom's blog!!

photo challenges

Week 3 of the 52 week project and another challenge met, albeit almost to to my demise!!! I was focusing on the legs this week and, of course, the clothing that I'm wearing has a story. Before I get to the story, I was on the stairs with the camera on tripod, shooting into the the mirror on the landing. I had sprinkled water on the mi...rror in preparation, and off we go. Just as I get the first pops of the remote, my backdoor opens upexpectedly to admit the UPS man, staring up the stairs at a Mimi in miniskirt taking pictures of herself. I can only say, "Thank God, he didn't come in while I was shooting the ones laying down with my legs on the wall! LOL!

Now the skirt....several years ago in July, Jake was home for the summer, when he go word that MTV wanted to do an interview of the his team about the work they had done in preparing costumes for the music group, Panic At The Disco. He was going to fly out of Memphis, and Eddy and I were going to drive through McDonald's and come home. I had a purse, some make-up, a pair of black stiletto pumps,(left under the seat from a church function) a pair of flip-flops, and was wearing shorts and a t-shirt.

At Ash Flat, I remarked that I wished I could have gone with Jake to see his college and New York again. Eddy swings into the parking lot of Wal-Mart, says call the airline, we did, I could get a seat on Jake's flight; we left Eddy to find someone, anyone to bring him back to Salem, and I fly to NYC......with only the above items for 4 days. All the cash we had, was to be used for my ticket, cabs, cars to the airport, at least SOME food, and somehow we would get me some underwear, a dress, and this great purple skirt for $5.00 from H & M.

Never be afraid to just go, live the adventure! If you are interested, you can click on the link here http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1539330/panic-give-young-fashion-designers-lucky-break.jhtml and see Jake's interview with MTV as they keep all of these things archived.

When you see me in a purple summer wool skirt, grab me and start a conversation, or say, hey, "I need someone to fly to somewhere with me, are you game?"

All my love,


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Oh, Razorbacks!

"Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."

Maybe there is an unrightness to thrusting the Great One's words upon our young quarterback, but Ryan Mallet almost did what others thought was impossible. He rallied the Hogs from a 28-10 half-time smashing to the ball and down 31-26 with a few seconds to go. He threw an interception. This does not interfere with his greatness. There is not a doubt in our minds that he will move on to a professional career.

The most important aspect of having greatness thrust upon you, is can you handle the future knowing people expect you to be great. We think he can. I might be prejudice. His father was a coach at our tiny little high school early in his career. They attended church with us. The family support is phenomenal.
I suppose all greatness, however, is a hurry up and wait kinda game, though.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Is it Possible that Blogger Likes Me Again?

We all started a new year, and I started a new photo challenge. I will be doing a self portrait once a week. Sooooo, I decided to try again on my blog. We went through a spell at the end of the summer when she or he wouldn't let me post.

Slowly, ever so slowly, Facebook replaced my blog in my affections. The problem with Facebook is the lack of expression and no way to really take a look back at your life. Maybe this is good and maybe this is bad. Who knows!

But, I was reading Duff and Waka over the holidays, and felt and overwhelming need to get back on here and EXPRESS sometimes.

So I'm off on a walk as soon as Eddy gets home(this is his first day back to work after 2 months off with shoulder surgery) and maybe I'll have more to say later.....

If nothing else, my opinions on football will have to be clear as my beloved Razorbacks take to the field tomorrow night in the Sugar Bowl to beat up on Ohio State. Whoooo Pig Sooooeeeee!
Oh, 2 things- I photoshopped out the black circles under my eyes from being so sick and I have in the free pair of cat-eyed green contacts that I couldn't see out of, but they make me look creepy! It just wouldn't be kosher to have an ordinary self-portrait. My theme all year will be colors in my clothing and I'll tell a story about each. The fine woolen hat that I have on in the pic came to me as a gift from mom and dad. That year, they had been to Ireland, and I set my head toward making it overseas with them the next time they went on one of their treks. And, voila, this year, I crossed the ocean for the first time for 10 days in Italy and Switzerland. This year,2011, we are spending 10 days in Scotland tracking down the Scotts and McClellans! And any other Mac we can find in a kilt.....