Susan Spess Shay

Still playing make believe.




Today, Wednesday, July 13th, at 5:20 am, the sky is crying! The clouds are booming, and I’m loving it!

I’m dancing in this rain. Water is running down my face, drenching my clothes and squishing between my toes. AND. I. DON’T. CARE!!!

Because it’s raining and we need the rain.

Come out and dance with me. Come on, you can. I know you can. We’ll have lots of fun, celebrating this momentous occasion.

Maybe it’ll even cool off just a little. (Fingers crossed!)

Thank you, Jesus, for the rain!!!

♪♫ Showers of blessings. Showers of blessings we need. Mercy drops round us are falling, but for the showers we plead! ♪♫

Anyone know the verse?


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HDTV and Me Ü

''I Love Lucy

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It all started on the 4th of July. The kids were here, waiting for the chicken to get fried, watching TV with their dad. One of them spotted the HD recorder we bought a while back and decided to install it. “You’ll love the picture. It’s so much clearer.”

So they connected it, fiddled with it and called the TV guy and finally got it where we could watch one channel but couldn’t record. (We had been able to record two channels at once.) No HD.

Why is it when Pops and the kids get something going and someone has to stay home to get it fixed, staying somehow falls to Mama? LOL. I’m not sure how that works, but lucky me! I got to miss work to let the TV guy in so he could make things right.

In case you’re wondering, no. I didn’t tell anyone I wanted it hooked up. But yes, I will be watching it (a lot) so that evens things out. 😉

I was late to work to meet the first technician, only to find out that the man who came couldn’t do a thing. (Not his part of the job.) Then I missed over half of the next day so another technician could come.

But it all turned out great! Our technician was Irish. From Ireland! He had the most beautiful brogue and, I found out after a few moments, he was a nice guy.

We chatted a little, he told me not to answer his phone even if it rang, and he went outside and started working. On the south side of my house. In the heat. And the sunshine. And he could still smile when he came back in. (Could have been the air conditioning that rated the grin.)

Now we have really clear TV. I can see whiskers growing on a guy’s face if I bother to look. There’s such clarity, I could probably see the peach fuzz on Justin Bieber’s face if I had the chance.

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Right now though, I’m watching a movie that’s not available in HD, and I don’t care. I enjoyed TV when we only had two channels, neither one was in color and I Love Lucy was on both. (Okay, maybe it just seemed as if it was on both stations.)

Compared to that, this is fantastic.


Waiting . . .

Waiting is so much fun. :{

Today, I’m waiting on DTV. I did that yesterday, too. Yesterday, the guy couldn’t do what the guy today has to do. It’s a kids-started-this-on-the-4th-why-do-I-have-to-stay-home thing.

So, while I’m home, I’m searching, trying to decide what to do for the rehearsal dinner. Yeah, I’m a real plan ahead kind of gal. *rolls eyes*

So . . . what to do?

Lori Lucas had a great idea with a guy and a covered wagon last year when her son married. I was excited as I read her blog, but the mere possibility of rain made the man cancel at the last minute. (I was amazed she didn’t find him and damage his wagon. That was so not a good thing to do to an impending MOG!)

Soooo I’m looking for help, again. I need suggestions for what/how to do the rehearsal dinner. We can do it in our church’s fabulous new fellowship hall, if I know what to do.

One thing–Please, don’t suggest fried chicken. That ain’t gonna happen unless it’s from Homeland!


Ps: Steve, if you’re around you can absolutely tell me this time that no one will notice what we have for the rehearsal dinner. I’d love to hear that! 😉


Another Pinky Update

I visited the Pinky Doc yesterday.

Bad news.

I have to wear the splint for another 4 weeks. 😦 That means this gorgeous contraption will also be at my son’s wedding. (I wonder if it should have its own invitation?)

 I need your help. How am I going to camouflage this puppy? Get Deanna to make my corsage drape over my hand? Cover it in gold leaf . . . a la Martha Stewart and  her camel hair brush?

Or maybe I should just wire a stuffed hummingbird to it and keep my attack story. That always gets a grin.

How about it? Feathers? Lace? Disappearing ink?

Somebody help me with this!


New Super-Hero

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I found it!

I found the dress I’m wearing to the wedding. Thank goodness for sisters. 🙂 If it weren’t for my sweet sibling, Sister Debbie, I never would have found it.

Sister Deb lives disguised as a mild mannered woman, good sister, and great friend, but I’ve discovered she’s a superhero. Finding and purchasing is her super-skill. (But mostly cute clothes, shoes and fun stuff.) Her name is SUPER-SHOPPER! (Think Superman theme song.)

Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone. Her arch-enemy is always trying to thwart her, but she’ll never let him win! (I’m not sure who her arch-enemy is, but when I figure it out, I’ll let you know.)

She’s able to leap tall obsticles in a single bound. She keeps in mind what she’s looking for, the–ahem–size and style she wants and works her way through rack after rack. She can even look at a store from the street and tell if it might have what we need or not.

I’m telling you, she’s good! I think she missed her calling. She could be a personal shopper, spend other people’s money and probably become a billionaire.

I’ll be all alone today because Super-Shopper has to be Grandmommie and play with gd#2. I have to get my gilflirted pinky checked (sigh) and find out if I can have a regular manicure for the wedding or if I have to find a place that’ll attach some feathers to my pinky tape for camouflage.

Afterward, I’ll be on the hunt (by myself 😦 ) for a pair of very blingy shoes to brighten up my dress for the wedding. I’ve been to Dillard’s (found 3 pairs to buy, but not a thing for the wedding) and Macy’s, but I didn’t see what I want. I’m not really sure where to go next.


Signed–Shopping Dud

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A Holiday with a Bang

Did you have a great 4th?

I took this! I forget who set it off, but isn’t it pretty? 🙂

We did. And today I’m exhausted. But it’s good exhausted. I cooked and cleaned in the morning, and fried chicken all afternoon with Nikki–DIL2b. After dinner, which concluded with cake and homemade ice cream (yum!!!) we had fireworks. I didn’t even have to beg this year.

This is #1. Loves the firework thing.

I thought I’d share a few of my pics from last night with you. I’m not a great photographer, but it was so much fun I wanted to share.

Here you go–

 I think I can safely say, sparklers were the favorite firework of the night. Looks like a bonfire, but it’s just a lot of sparklers.

These things were huge and made a neon colored light.

Circles. Make circles!

Love it when the kids take directions.

Cool, huh?

This next one is one of my favorites.

Don’t you love the way Nicole (also a DIL2b) makes the sparks look like a shower?

As the darkness grew, we started seeing what #1 called flying saucers. Aliens. I started  believing him until BB said they were flying laterns and everyone had seen them in a movie called The Hangover. (I must have slept through that one.)

It’s a big paper bag with a net thing inside that you light.

This was so exciting because we live in a neighborhood on the lake. And the wind was blowing.

What I really enjoyed was watching them all work together. You don’t often see people working together without a hitch. But they did. It was beautiful as they let it go. I had the hose nearby, just in case the breeze caused it to dip onto the house next door.

The bag didn’t catch on fire. It didn’t fly into our neighbor’s house. Instead, it flew out across the lake. G-Man watched it with his binoculars for as long as it was in sight.

It lifted off and headed toward heaven. I wonder how high those things really can go?

So . . . did you have a great holiday? Fried chicken or hot dogs? Lake or stay at home? I just loving knowing how other people spend their holidays.

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Happy 4th of July!!!

Happy Independence Day!

Wow, it’s been a day or two since I’ve been here. I could do a whiney-hiney, but I won’t. LOL. Instead I’ll share another 4th of July picture I found online.

Need something to keep a little one occupied today? There are some great 4th of July coloring pages at Apples 4 the Teacher. Check it out. 🙂

Our kids are all coming today to share our celebration with us–Lord willing! What are we having? The same thing we have every 4th. FRIED CHICKEN!!!

Yes, I fry chickens every 4th of July. Today it’s FOUR FOR THE FOURTH! I love good fried chicken, but it makes such a mess, I try to only make it once a year.

I started doing chicken for the 4th years ago when the boys were little and we still lived in Pryor Creek. After all this time, they won’t let me stop even though the 4th is usually the hottest day of the year. Oy!

One year we packed up our chicken and went to OKC and visited the WWII museum, the zoo and the Omniplex, which I understand has been renamed Science Museum Oklahoma. We also visited a museum full of war memorabilia. Maybe the Infantry Museum? It’s been a long time and we haven’t been back. Mostly, I remember how much G-Man enjoyed that place and how much the kids didn’t. LOL.

If you haven’t been to Science Museum Oklahoma, you should go! I had a fantastic time, and my boys loved it. All my boys, including the big one.

After we moved home to C-Town, I kept frying. One year we had both my dad and G-Man’s on the 4th. They loved it. I loved it . . . once I was through frying. 🙂

I learned how at Mama’s (and Grandmother’s and Aunt Phyllis’s) knee. Here’s how we do it:

Soak the cut up chicken in salted water for a few hours before you start frying.

  • Into a brown paper bag put a few cups of flour, salt, plenty of pepper. (I add a teaspoon or two of garlic powder for another layer of flavor.)
  • Put a pan with an inch or so of vegetable oil on to heat.
  • Take the chicken out of the water, one piece at a time, shake off the water and drop into the sack of flour. When you have three or four pieces in the bag, shake it up and carefully place in the heated oil.
  • Cover with a lid and fry until almost done, then remove the lid and turn up the heat just a little to get the chicken crispy brown.
  • Turn the heat back down as you start your next pan of chicken.

Warning: Don’t get the oil too hot in the beginning. The chicken will get done on the outside and stay uncooked in the  middle. Nobody likes that!

I also make Ina Garten’s potato salad. It’s not Mama’s salad, but it’s sooo good. (This is from


  • 3 pounds small red potatoes
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 cup good mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk, milk, or white wine
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh dill
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion


Place the potatoes and 2 tablespoons of salt in a large pot of water. Bring the water to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, until the potatoes are barely tender when pierced with a knife. Drain the potatoes in a colander, then place the colander with the potatoes over the empty pot and cover with a clean, dry kitchen towel. Allow the potatoes to steam for 15 to 20 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, buttermilk, Dijon mustard, whole-grain mustard, dill, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Set aside. When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, cut them into quarters or halves, depending on their size. Place the cut potatoes in a large bowl. While the potatoes are still warm, pour enough dressing over them to moisten. (As the salad sits, you may need to add more dressing.) Add the celery and red onion, 2 teaspoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Toss well, cover, and refrigerate for a few hours to allow the flavors to blend. Serve cold or at room temperature.

BTW: In a slightly different version of this recipe, she calls for fresh tarragon as well as dill. If you raise your own herbs, it makes it even better! Or maybe you can’t tell tell the difference. LOL.

How are you celebrating? Going to the lake? Having a wienie roast? Gonna blow up your world with M-80’s?

Why not share your fun with us?