“You don’t need no baggage, You just get on board”

Welcome to GirlieOnTheEdge. Go ahead, start the vid. Adjust volume to low….My last post was a TToT. As are most of them going back several months. Well, it feels like several months. Last post had to do with getting back to basics. In the early days of GirlieOnTheEdge, all titles contained some form of the word “edge”. Believe you me, it soon became a challenge to use “edge” differently in each and every post lol.

I stopped for 2 reasons. No.1) See 1st paragraph. No. 2) Someone told me I needed to write more “catchy” titles. Titles that would “grab” peoples attention. Me, I thought using a form of my blog name in each and every post title would be unique and fun. Sure.

I’m back this week to participate a little more conventionally in what has become the only blog hop in which I participate. Lizzi’s brainchild. Without further ado:

1) Thanks be for a beautiful day today. But not thankful that I wasnt’t able to locate a self service car wash. Surely I’m not the only person in Northern VA who wants to find one of these? I want to wash my car my own damn self! Then I’ll know it will really be clean! Having said that, I am thankful for at least getting the heavy dirt off and! leaving the car wash with radio antenna intact.

2) I’m thankful for having been invited to share Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and day after Christmas with my niece, her husband and 2 little boys. A giant holiday sleepover! I’m further thankful that my niece’s niece who is my great niece wanted to Tango with her Aunt C Christmas afternoon.  I was sitting next to C on the couch when the call connected. I gave C a quick wave and Merry Christmas and let the 2 of them do the show and tell about Aunt C’s gift. Then I heard M say “Aunt C, would you put Aunt D on?” C passed me the i pad and there was my great niece smiling away with multi colored, blinking “teeth”. Courtesy of yours truly:) I was ever so happy she was wearing the rainbow, blinking teeth and was excited to show me:) Such cool shit for kids nowadays.

3) I am thankful to be able to use time off at the holidays without having to sacrifice too much leave to the Use it or Loose it gods. The challenge? To use the time wisely.

4) I’m thankful my sister was surrounded by family Christmas Day. She lost her husband suddenly in October. Not a happy holiday season this year.

5) I’m thankful to have persevered in looking for and finding a florist to deliver the exact arrangement (the receptacle part anyway) to my sister in law several states away. I saw a picture in a Telflora ad many weeks ago and knew that was the “one”. Around the 16th or 17th of December I used my lunch to drive to a local florist. “I can just wire it from there. How hard can this be?” An entire hour later, late back from lunch there were to be no flowers delivered to my sister in law on December 20. Long story short, the florist I went to couldn’t find a local florist near my sister in law’s town to deliver. More importantly, they didn’t carry the piece I had selected. It was suggested I consider a more popular arrangement. If I could find a florist to deliver that is! You can’t tell me there were no local florists in R.I. to make this delivery. Friday morning, the 19th I googled florists in the town bordering where my S-I-L lives. I found only one, wrote the name and number down, arrived at work early enough to call and…. Hurray! Not only did they know the piece I was talking about, they had it in stock. Chris was pleasant, professional and courteous. He assured me they could make a next day delivery, if someone was there to accept. It was important I send this arrangement and no other. I’ve learned not to give up.

6) I’m thankful to hear that folks I’ve come to know in the blogosphere enjoyed a pleasant Christmas and holiday season. Not everyone is fortunate to celebrate as they may wish or share in a way of their choosing.

7)  Always, I am thankful  for another day to try it again. Thankful for one more chance.

8) I’m thankful for the Wakefield Doctrine and the blogosphere for introducing me to other clarks. Seems I’m odd woman out (no! not because I’m a clark lol) but because the other clarks I’ve come to meet have/ have had clarks for friends. I’ve never had clarklike friends. Until now. Pretty cool.

9) I’m thankful not to be bound by convention when it comes to eating. I grew up where we sat at the table (either kitchen or dining room if a holiday) for the evening meal. With the exception of the occaisional “breakfast for dinner”, we had “dinner” type foods. Being an adult means being able to eat ice cream for “dinner” or cereal all day long if I feel like it. Nice.

10) A warm place to sleep, a job I do well, and a vehicle to get me to there.



27 thoughts on ““You don’t need no baggage, You just get on board”

  1. zoebyrd December 27, 2014 / 5:50 pm

    Call me predictable but I would have thought including your title in each post would take some creativity and be a grabber at the same time! BLINKING TEETH!???? How cool are those…. did I read that right? Glad you got to spend time with family! Happy New Year, Girlie!


    • GirlieOnTheEdge December 27, 2014 / 6:13 pm

      Yes! It’s a mouthpiece you wear “over’ your teeth with multi-colored flashing lights:) Tres cool lol
      It was nice:)
      Happy New Year to you too Zoe!


  2. zoebyrd December 27, 2014 / 5:51 pm

    OH HELL! I forgot… FRIST!!!!


  3. lrconsiderer December 27, 2014 / 8:10 pm

    And there was me thinking it would be some cool new thing that Google Hangouts had installed, which we could all play with at some point. Wowzer!

    Who’ve you been friends with so far then, Girlie?

    Glad your Christmas had some lovely moments, and well done you for persevering with that bouquet. WINNAH!


  4. pictimilitude December 27, 2014 / 8:40 pm

    I seriously love your writing! And I’m commenting now cuz…we’re gonna watch a movie. Was gonna call in, but just finished dinner…just worked out that way this evening.
    But…wanted to check FB before we started the movie and came across your post. Your thankful list makes my mind go like glitter: it’s sparkly, interesting and mesmerizing. I love it! I’m really glad your holidays were wonderful. I had some good times, too. HUGS and ya know…we should do a New Year’s call in. Just thought of it. 😀


    • GirlieOnTheEdge December 27, 2014 / 9:45 pm

      Thank you Cyndi! Makes me feel good to hear you write that:)
      I’m glad holiday was good as well. Always, the hug back 🙂 and…..we should! Do a New Year’s call in. Maybe you should host the show!


  5. pictimilitude December 27, 2014 / 8:41 pm

    PS – I have my TToT post written. Just gotta take some pics. Should be up in ze morning. 🙂


  6. Michelle Liew December 28, 2014 / 8:32 am

    Prayers for your sis, Denise. Let her know that the TTOT crew is behind her completely.


  7. Joy Christi December 28, 2014 / 10:25 am

    I’m sorry for your sister’s loss, that makes the holidays SO MUCH heavier. She’s lucky to have you and good family around to get through that difficult time. My dad passed away 2 years ago end of October and that was a hard Christmas. A lot of them are hard, for one reason or another. I feel your pain with the flowers, I learned the hard way that often the pictures online are NOT what the person ends up with. Too many examples to name them, but good for you for sticking to your guns!
    Ever since reading what you wrote about ‘edge’ in each of your blog posts, that DOES seem like it would be quite the challenge after awhile! I think I would just put ‘on the edge’ at the end of every title whether it made sense or not 🙂
    I hear you on the eating thing. There are SO MANY nights I just want to have chips and cucumbers on the couch, and that’s exactly how we lived for the first 5 years together w/my husband. Now that we have young children, he helps to remind me we SHOULD try to eat at the table, at least until they’re 10 or so ? but he doesn’t mind if we have eggs or just soup for dinner. Chips? Only at a party! hahaha That’s all my 2 yr old would eat last week Friday at a family party. She lived! Glad you had a Merry Christmas, hope for a wonderful New Year!


    • GirlieOnTheEdge December 28, 2014 / 12:38 pm

      Thank you Joy:) I’m sorry to hear about your Dad. A loved one dying makes the holidays way, way more stressful than they sometimes are without the pain of family loss.
      My sister in law sent me a pic of the arrangement. Made me smile:) In this case it was like the picture, maybe even better!
      Now why didn’t I think of that, Joy! lol Why should I care if it makes sense?!
      A kindred soul, but understandable that the kids need to get a little “convention” when it comes to meal time:) Flexibility on menu though, that’s where you can really get creative!
      Thank you and may you ring in 2015 with only joy (no, no pun intended!! although that might be your husband’s wish lol) and happiness:)


  8. Kristi December 28, 2014 / 12:42 pm

    I’m glad that you sister was surrounded by family this Christmas. A friend of mine just lost her dad a few days before Christmas (the funeral is tomorrow), and I know that family-focused holidays can be terribly hard when a family member is gone. I hope your sister felt the support and love. I’m sure she appreciated it.


    • GirlieOnTheEdge December 29, 2014 / 7:59 am

      Bearing the loss of someone we love is difficult no matter the time of year. Loss at or close to the holidays, as for your friend who just lost her dad, makes it mountains more difficult. I believe that she did Kristi:)


  9. Christine December 28, 2014 / 1:34 pm

    Throughout Thanksgiving and Christmas, I kept thinking of my aunt who passed away in October. I missed her, especially on the days after, which were the days i would normally go to her house and play scrabble. Having lots of other family around certainly helped my grandma get through.
    Teeth that light up?!? Here I thought I had seen (or owned) all kids’ toys available! A few of my kids would really enjoy those.
    Way to be persistent with the flowers. The internet is only helpful to a point. Sometimes, you just need to talk to someone personally. Glad you found that person.
    I actually like your idea of putting “edge” in all of your titles. I imagine it would be hard to come up with original ones for every post, though.


    • GirlieOnTheEdge December 29, 2014 / 8:24 am

      That is your special thing, your connection, with your Grandma…the scrabble. One day it will make you smile. Hopefully, there will come a day you won’t be sad. (*hug*)
      A scottian toy fo sure!!
      I know! The other thing to remember is sometimes you have to just do it your own self:)
      Thank you Christine! It was. If I may, the following are a few of the very early GirlieOnTheEdge posts. What a “child”! LOL
      (These are so old that most, if not all, of the vids don’t even play!)





      • christine January 2, 2015 / 2:26 pm

        When I go back and read my earliest posts, I want to go back and do them over again. I could write them so much better now! But I leave them. Partly because I don’t have time to write new posts, let alone fix old ones. Mostly because it reminds me that I’m still growing and learning and improving.
        Your early ones still have your voice. I can still see you in them. 🙂 I have never seen Desperado, but my friend from high school loved it more than any movie she’d ever watched.


        • GirlieOnTheEdge January 2, 2015 / 3:30 pm

          I hear you on that! You’re so right. Old posts are a reminder.
          I feel as if I’ve improved some and I sure as heck am still learning.
          Thanks Christine for reading my older stuff. Hopefully, my “voice” has matured:)
          I believe your friend! You should watch Desperado sometime. It’s a most excellent film and Antonio makes it more so!


  10. Lisa @ The Meaning of Me December 29, 2014 / 5:24 pm

    So difficult to bear the heft of the loss of a loved one any time – especially so close to the holidays. Glad to know your sister had loved ones around to hold her up.
    I’m bad at catchy titles, I think. I am also bad at following blog “rules.” I’m over it! I can see where getting “edge” into every blog post would get tough. You’d have to start doing spin-offs to keep that up!
    Sounds like you had a great holiday. Happy New Year to you as well!


    • GirlieOnTheEdge December 30, 2014 / 7:48 pm

      Since I live in another state it was good to know she was not alone:)
      Trust me Lisa, I was doing spin-offs for quite some time lol
      It was very nice, thank you. Here’s to a most wonderful, productive, exciting 2015!!


  11. dyannedillon December 30, 2014 / 9:59 am

    Cool Aunt Denise with the blinking teeth gift! You rock!
    Ordering flowers in this computer age should not be that difficult! Reminds me a little of the scene from “The American President” when the president was trying to order flowers for Annette Bening’s character.
    I love the Jeff Beck version of “People Get Ready.” I have a friend who recorded a version of it, too. Great song!
    I hope 2015 is kind to you, Denise! Stay on the edge!


    • GirlieOnTheEdge December 30, 2014 / 7:52 pm

      Gee, that’s what my niece said! Guess I still got it:)
      I loved that movie. Kind of sappy but…still liked it. I’m not huge on the online ordering yet. I prefer the human approach. Just glad there’s still some things you don’t have to do online!
      Isn’t it great? Love how he emotes on his guitar *sigh*.
      And same for you Dyanne:) I am standing and staring out and over….!


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