Scotties Toy Box

September 27, 2019

Wonderful /grand ! This man gets it, and shows business can be successful while paying employees a lot more. Hugs

Filed under: Economics, Ideas, News, People I like, Thanks, Things I like — Scottie @ 08:00

April 13, 2019

Thank you Randy for a wonderful cat story. The human is not half bad either

Filed under: Animals, Family, Love, Magic, Thanks, Things I like — Scottie @ 16:00

January 10, 2019

Thank you

Filed under: Health, My Life and Rants, News, Thanks — Scottie @ 18:36

I want to thank everyone who came to my Toy Box and left comments, even having conversations while I was not able to be with you.  I spent 3 and 1/2 hours in the dental chair and I am $1798.00 poorer.  So when I finally got home late this afternoon I had to rest.  I am not up and ready at 6:30 PM ( 1830 for those on a 24 hour clock ) I am going to start at the oldest comments and work forward.  If I miss something you want me to address please comment again letting me know.   Thanks.   Hugs

October 14, 2018

Major changes

Filed under: Family, Love, My Life and Rants, People I like, Thanks, Things I like — Scottie @ 16:09

Sorry if I am not on much or responding in the next few days.  Ron wants me to have a bigger TV as my eyesight has decreased.   I no longer play my xboxes as I can not clearly see the screen on the 32 inch TV in my office.  I had not complained as I have enough other things to do.    This morning Ron decided he wanted to move the bedroom 46 inch ( which has always been my fav TV as it has everything any tech person could want ) into my office.  I asked him to wait until my sunday news programs are over as the move would require emptying four different adjustable shelves, then moving stuff and shelves to a different position, plus all the stuff I had on the floor on the shelves in front of my desk would have to be moved as the top shelf would have to go down there as the 46 inch TV is much larger than the one I have here.  Ron did not understand how big a project it is , but did after I showed him.  

Long story short, Ron is letting me move things at my pace , as slow as it is, while he worked on the new paneling in the front room, and now he is napping.    I am very glad to be getting the TV I love, and in truth we simply do not use it there since I got my office.  But it takes a lot of effort for me to move all this stuff, Ron brought in the step ladder as he wouldn’t let me use the step stool,  but I have to take each thing down, decided to keep it or not, if keeping it clean it and decided where to put it.  It is a much bigger job than I intended this weekend.   But I do want the bigger TV.  

Thanks for understanding.  I am off to try to move more stuff.  ( side note how did I get so much stuff? )  Hugs


January 12, 2018

A big thank you

Filed under: Family, History, My Life and Rants, News, People I like, Thanks — Scottie @ 19:25

I just want to give everyone who comes to my Toy Box a huge thank you.   I started my blog 8 years ago.  I don’t think I had a plan for it then.    But it grew and matured and so did I.  Today I looked at my 2017 stats.

1,737,810 Views       1,376,232  Visitors    754 Followers    5,738 Likes   3,894 Comments

Very warm loving hugs, Scottie


March 12, 2017

The way we treat others matters

Filed under: Ideas, Reason, Stories, Thanks, Things I like — Tags: , — Scottie @ 20:54

I had someone who I really care about send me the following story.   When I read it I had tears in my eyes.   I know for a fact that the way you are treated during the day can change your mood and how you react and deal with others.  This has happened to me some years ago while dealing with the public.  I would start in a good mood, and then encounter someone who was angry or disagreeable.   Then my own mood would sour.  Often if I was in a sour mood I would encounter someone happy and upbeat and I would catch the mood and adopt it also.   Now I try to be the upbeat happy person.  I want to be the one who helps other people have a good day.   I never want to be a stumbling block that prevents anyone having a good day.  I never want to cause anyone to have a bad mood.   I never want to hurt anyone.   I have codes I live my life by, we all do.  I have no desire to ruin someone’s day, so I try to never take my pain or problems out on someone else, I try to always be positive with others, I try to help any I meet that needs assistance if I can.  I treat others with respect.   Please keep this in mind when you read the following story.   Think of the people in your life when you read it.  Be well.  Hugs 

The Story of Kyle

One day, when I was a freshman in high school, I saw a kid from my class walking home from school. His name was Kyle. It looked like he was carrying all of his books. I thought to myself, “Why would anyone bring home all his books on a Friday? He must really be a nerd.”

I had quite a weekend planned (parties and a football game with my friends tomorrow afternoon), so I shrugged my shoulders and went on. As I was walking, I saw a bunch of kids running toward him. They ran at him, knocking all his books out of his arms and tripping him so he landed in the dirt. His glasses went flying, and I saw them land in the grass about ten feet from him. He looked up, and I saw this terrible sadness in his eyes.

My heart went out to him. So I jogged over to him, and as he crawled around looking for his glasses, I saw a tear in his eye. As I handed him his glasses, I said, “Those guys are jerks. They really should get lives.” He looked at me and said, “Hey thanks!” There was a big smile on his face. It was one of those smiles that showed real gratitude.

I helped him pick up his books and asked him where he lived. As it turned out, he lived near me, so I asked him why I had never seen him before. He said he had gone to private school before now. I would have never hung out with a private school kid before, but we talked all the way home, and I carried his books.

He turned out to be a pretty cool kid. I asked him if he wanted to play football on Saturday with me and my friends. He said yes.

We hung out all weekend, and the more I got to know Kyle, the more I liked him. And my friends thought the same of him. Monday morning came, and there was Kyle with the huge stack of books again. I stopped him and said, “Boy, you are gonna really build some serious muscles with this pile of books everyday!” He just laughed and handed me half the books.

Over the next four years, Kyle and I became best friends. When we were seniors, we began to think about college. Kyle decided on Georgetown, and I was going to Duke. I knew that we would always be friends, that the miles would never be a problem. He was going to be a doctor, and I was going for business on a football scholarship.

Kyle was valedictorian of our class. I teased him all the time about being a nerd. He had to prepare a speech for graduation. I was so glad it wasn’t me having to get up there and speak.

On graduation day, I saw Kyle. He looked great. He was one of those guys that really found himself during high school. He filled out and actually looked good in glasses. He had more dates than me and all the girls loved him! Boy, sometimes I was jealous. Today was one of those days. I could see that he was nervous about his speech, so I smacked him on the back and said, “Hey, big guy, you’ll be great!” He looked at me with one of those looks (the really grateful one) and smiled. “Thanks,” he said.

As he started his speech, he cleared his throat, and began. “Graduation is a time to thank those who helped you make it through those tough years. Your parents, your teachers, your siblings, maybe a coach — but mostly your friends. I am here to tell all of you that being a friend to someone is the best gift you can give them. I am going to tell you a story.” I just looked at my friend with disbelief as he told the story of the first day we met. He had planned to kill himself over the weekend. He talked of how he had cleaned out his locker so his mom wouldn’t have to do it later and was carrying his stuff home. He looked hard at me and gave me a little smile. “Thankfully, I was saved. My friend saved me from doing the unspeakable.”

I heard the gasp go through the crowd as this handsome, popular boy told us all about his weakest moment. I saw his mom and dad looking at me and smiling that same grateful smile. Not until that moment did I realize its depth.

Never underestimate the power of your actions. With one small gesture, you can change a person’s life.

February 14, 2017

Happy Valentines day

Filed under: Love, My Life and Rants, Thanks, Things I like — Scottie @ 10:43

My wonderful loving husband worked last night.   This morning he stopped to get a few things for me.  I have to say he is so grand.  He treats me so well.   I am so happy.  I find I am happy and content in ways that grow deeper every day.  Ron and I are closer every day.  It stuns me that after 26 + years we are still so deeply in love.     Best wishes to all. Hugs


January 12, 2017

Dragon box and ornaments

Filed under: Ideas, Love, My Life and Rants, Pictures, Talent, Thanks, Things I like — Scottie @ 12:00

We have a grand friend who is supremely talented and creative.   He has a wonderful way of making things.   He made me a cane and toy box for me, and he carved a plaque for Ron and I on our Marriage.   Today is the anniversary of our legal marriage and he sent us these awesome handmade gifts.   I don’t know how he does these intricate pieces.   He must have the world’s steadiest hands and the deepest level of patients.    Please note the dragon box that we can put an LED light in.  Those dragons are carved out of the piece of wood that surrounds them.  They are not cut out and glued in, he did them from one piece.   The same for the ornaments.   I am stunned at such a great gift.  I would have ruined so much wood trying to even get part of them correct.   Our friend has skill.   Hugs

December 24, 2016

A comment I posted on Arks Blog

Filed under: Family, Love, My Life and Rants, Thanks — Scottie @ 19:25

Ron and I bought a home in 1998.  The owner was selling all the furniture in the yard.   There was a kitchen table there that Ron really wanted.  We did not have much money, but I went out to talk to the former owner.    I got him down to 100 dollars, without any chairs.    Ron was so thrilled when we brought the table back inside and found out it opened up to almost triple its length.   Then my adoptive parents came to our home, they had bought a place on the other side of the state.   He was a master carpenter and owned his own woodworking shop, complete with everything and ability to do any job, cabinets and home remodeling.    He offered to give Ron and I a new table , one they had just bought made of glass.   Well it turned out he recognised the table we had, it was a special table worth over $800 dollars way back then.  He got it.  No problem it was not the first time he had gotten something of mine he wanted and desired, just this time he did not take it by force.   But time and life has a way of making things even.  My adoptive parents insisted that the home they bought here in the park we moved to in an effort to take care of them when they were failing,  be put in our name.  We did not want that.   However they disregarded what we wanted and did it anyway.  So we found out we owned a park model mobile home we never wanted.  However after they both died as we owned the home, the table worth over $800 over 2 decades ago, That Ron so loved, was ours as we owned the home.   We took it back to our home.  It will be with us as long as I have the power to make it so.   It is funny how life works.  They got it over us at the beginning, yet in the end we got the table back and they moved on into the past.   I never knew the woodworking dollar worth of the table, I did know the love worth of the table.  See I will remember as long as my mind stays clear the memory of Ron looking out the window at the table and saying softly… ” I wish I could afford to have that”.. So for me that little narrow table has the most worth.  Ron wanted it.  I managed to get it for him.   It is something I treasure.  here is the pictures of the table.    Hugs

Here is the table.

December 12, 2016

Guardian Kitty Needs Guidance by Melanie M. Cartner Bynum – GoFundMe

Filed under: Animals, Family, Health, Love, News, Thanks — Scottie @ 19:11

I just want to mention again the fund to help a sick cat.   While it may sound selfish to care so much about a cat, humans have other resources and programs to draw on.  Our pets have only us.   They can’t reach out and help each other.   The fund is growing.  Not as fast as I would like, not as much as will be needed, but it is growing.   There is an update on the page.   Please keep checking it out, and please also pass  the news on.  That helps a lot.   Hugs  

Source: Guardian Kitty Needs Guidance by Melanie M. Cartner Bynum – GoFundMe

December 10, 2016

Guardian Kitty Needs Guidance by Melanie M. Cartner Bynum – GoFundMe

Filed under: Animals, Health, Love, Thanks — Scottie @ 13:01

I am sharing this again as I was surprised how easy it is to give to the fund.  I was worried last night I would mess it up and wanted to wait until morning when Ron was home.  I was simply having anxiety.   It really is easy, and I was able to donate in just a few minutes.   You simply put in your information and the amount you wish to give.  The donation was credited almost instantly.   I have an update on the Guardian Kitty.   Thank you to everyone.  Hugs

Kitty will be going to an emergency vet today about 2 hours away. I would like to be hopeful, but this is looking serious.:/

Source: Guardian Kitty Needs Guidance by Melanie M. Cartner Bynum – GoFundMe

December 7, 2016


Filed under: Food, Love, My Life and Rants, Thanks — Scottie @ 22:18

Today Ron took me out to a local Chinese buffet this afternoon.  Ron had worked the last two nights his normal 12 hour shifts at the hospital.  It is hard work and when he got home he had intended to stay up to be with me, but instead suggest he would get a quick nap of two hours and get up.  I let him sleep until about three in the afternoon, when he woke up on his own.  We talked about what to do for something to eat or other activities, and Ron mentioned he was still tired but would like to have Chinese.  I agreed and as it is only about ten minutes down the road off we went.   

It was sparsely filled with people eating, being between the lunch rush and the early bird season now upon us.  Great timing.  The food was plentiful , fresh and hot.  Ron often gets me stuff if my legs wont hold me, but several times I went up to the buffet lines myself.  I was watching the few people who came in after we were seated.  There was an older couple two tables in front of us.  I should mention if we don’t get a booth I require a table against a wall as I have a cane and they get all in the way if there is no place to rest them against something. To the right against the other wall was an older man , older than Ron and I , with an even older man who was almost bent double.  I originally thought the two men might be lovers and told Ron there was us in another twenty or so years.   Sorry it is just something I tend to do if I see two guys together out to eat or such I tend to think in terms of my own life.   Ron snorted.   I went up to get a few small things when I was next to the younger of the two older men, I greeted him as I tend to be rather outgoing and friendly.  At first he was hesitant to talk to me and then suddenly decided to fill me in on his whole day.  Seems he was taking his father out to the restaurant.  He did not like the place but his dad loved it and so he brought him there when he could.  I told him he was doing his father a great thing, making him happy and when his dad passed on he would be glad he did so.  He relaxed and then I saw him think on this, his dad passing and he smiled, ( the first one I had seen on him ) he thanked me and said he had not thought of that.   He took an extra large plate back to his table for his dad.  I have to say the older man could eat.  He put both Ron and I to shame, he ate more food then I could have in an entire few days, and still was going strong when we left.   Great for him.    

However I did watch the couple two tables up from us.  the older woman seemed to be a non smiling prim and proper type.  She sat stiffly and ate only sparingly.  Her husband ( the man with her ) ate with relish yet as with most of us after a few plates of different things and some soup he had had his fill.  She sat there unsmiling and not even talking, he ate in silence also.   Contrast that with Ron and I who were jabbering away and enjoying this treat out with gusto, helping each other with different dishes and sampling off each others plates.  

The reason I mention the older couple is that when they left, the lady seeming to not have enjoyed herself, and the man seeming have eaten his fill, I saw something that disturbed me greatly.   See in that restaurant the wait staff is there to take your used plates, bowl, and other things, bring you more drinks, and basically help if you need something or have a question.  It is a buffet so they don’t bring your food.  They are very attentive and right on the spot.   To say they don’t work hard at what they do would be wrong.  After you are done eating they bring your bill to you on a tray, and leave it.  You take your bill to the register at the door, pay and leave.   After the young woman brought the older couple their bill on the tray she left them as is normal.  The couple got up , took their bill and left.  The woman came back to clean up the table.  I saw her pick up the tray and realize the couple had left her nothing.  Not even a few dollars and I seen her face fall for just a moment.    She quickly schooled her expression, but I had seen her disappointment.  I felt she was right to be disappointed.  She had done her job by them, worked hard to keep them in drinks and their place cleaned up.  They gave her no regard.   I reached into my pocket and brought out my wallet to giver her something for them, but by then she had moved away and to do anything would cause a disturbance.  However when Ron came back to our table I told him about it ( he had been up getting me a small dish of hot mushrooms, one of my favorites. ) When our time came to leave I was proud of him.  I had pulled out my wallet to offer the tip, but he said he had it covered and I put my wallet away.  I was stunned at the bill he pulled out as a tip.  That was more than I had planned. It was a tip we would leave at a much fancier full service eatery with a far bigger nominal price.  He looked at my wide eyes and he said ” you were the one upset the others did not give her anything, this will make up for it”.  I was so happy my chest hurt.  We are not wealthy , a couple trying to make it in this world on a one family income.   The bill he was giving as a tip was almost the cost of a one person buffet meal.   I discreetly waved the serving woman over to us, and then gave her the bill Ron had given me.  Her eyes glowed, she broke into the greatest smile.  For a minute she was transformed.  She was so happy.  Then she thanked us, kept lowering her head.  We told her how we enjoyed the meal and thanked her for her  attentiveness and that she had been kind to us and also the food was great.  

We left.  I do not know the rest of her day.  I do not know her story, what she faces every day.  I just know the difference on her face, in her body from the older couple who couldn’t even give her a few dollars for her effort, and the total joy that she showed when I gave her the bill Ron had chosen for her.  I tried to be nice after we left saying to Ron maybe the couple did not understand how much even two dollars would have meant to the woman.  He was not so understanding and told me they simply did not care.  They got what they wanted and if not required felt they did not have to give more than that.  Ron is more realistic in the world than I.  We do not eat out often, and when we do it is not fancey.  I am disabled and can not work.  Ron works and maintains our whole home and lifestyle on his one income.    However when we go out we enjoy it and we treat others with respect and courtesy.  Today I was proud of Ron, and I was so glad to see the joy on the woman’s face.  It was the best desert I could have had.  Hugs

October 11, 2016

A suggestion from Randy . Hugs

Filed under: Health, Ideas, Reason, Thanks — Scottie @ 18:41

What's the biggest good action you ever done ?

September 23, 2016


Filed under: Family, History, Ideas, Love, My Life and Rants, People I like, Thanks — Scottie @ 19:35

My wonderful and most grand husband never asks for anything for himself.  He always gives to others.  He about 6 months ago insisted I have wireless headphones so I did not hurt my self.  Yet he worked nights and used the Ipad to play the music he needed to sleep, and he fought the wired headphones.  Every attempt I made to get him wireless ones were met with the same thing.   “we can’t afford it, I am OK, I am doing fine, don’t need it” .

So tonight he has had only three hours sleep, because he came home from his night shift, went back out and grocery shopped for us.    After making lunch he finally laid down.   So a few minutes ago he asked me how to get music on his Ipad, an old one I want him to replace, and I did.  Then when I got his music for him he got out these old wired ear buds.  I told him he would kill himself trying to get around the kitchen with them.   Well he did not want to bother anyone with his music.  I gave him the wireless headphones he got for me.  I set it up and I am happy as all get out.  He is dancing around the kitchen, he is happy as a young person, just enthralled with the sound and having fun.   The things he gives to me he denies for himself.  This may impress on him he needs to do for himself a bit.  If not I will give him mine until he admits he loves them.   The grand thing is watching this 61 year old man dance around the kitchen, putting things away, and just enjoying life.  That is wonderful and grand!   Hugs


June 29, 2016

OK, who let their boyfriend out after feeding time ???


Great Caesar – Don’t Ask Me Why (Official Video) – YouTube

Filed under: Family, Health, Ideas, Love, Music and Videos, Questions, Song, Songs and Music, Thanks — Scottie @ 17:37

When I needed uplifting most someone who cares sent me something to help balance my emotions and remind me if we life we can make it better.    Love and hugs 

June 22, 2016


Filed under: Animals, Family, Love, My Life and Rants, Thanks, Things I like — Scottie @ 19:42

I am listening to Dragonsong ( a pern book ) on YouTube.  The firelizards, cat sized miniature dragons,  when sensing that the person they “look to” is sad or upset rub their heads on the parts of their friends they can reach.   Well cats are the same.  Earlier I got sad and cried a bit, and then Odis was here at my hand on the desk, rubbing his head against my hands, making soft sounds to me.   I get smothered  when I cry in bed, they snuggle and cuddle and bat at me until I stop my sobs and pay attention to them.  I think maybe I beleive in some unknowns as I don’t why they love me so much or how the have decided they are my helpers, guardians and protectors.  They watch me sometimes like I am the most important thing in their lives, one or the other or both always stays near me.  I am watched showering ( how can I stand that water falling on me and I do it deliberately ..ugg) I am watched while I eat ( hey we could taste test that for you.. we should you know.. taste it .. really ) and sadly they even have to be with me when I use the toilet ( hey you might fall in if we did not sit in your clothes at the base of that swirly water thing.. we don’t trust it ) Odis even slaps at it if he thinks that water might rise up out of it and get me.  Yup, cats are little dragons in fur, and I don’t think I know half of what goes on in their minds or what they really can do.   I love them.   They love me.   I Love them!   Hugs

June 19, 2016

Shower to the People: St. Louis group provides homeless more than warm water, they deliver dignity

Filed under: Health, Ideas, Love, News, People I like, Questions, Reason, Science, Thanks, Things I like — Scottie @ 23:43

Source: Shower to the People: St. Louis group provides homeless more than warm water, they deliver dignity

June 16, 2016

Video shows dramatic takedown of Seattle university gunman

Filed under: News, Reason, Thanks — Scottie @ 21:22

SEATTLE (AP) — A student at Seattle Pacific University is shown pepper-spraying a gunman then taking him to the ground during an on-campus attack in video released by authorities. The King County Prosecutor’s Office released…

Source: Video shows dramatic takedown of Seattle university gunman

June 15, 2016

R Jones 6 15 2016 – YouTube

Filed under: History, My Life and Rants, People I like, Religion, Thanks — Scottie @ 12:43

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