About me...

Welcome to my little corner of the Interwebz....

My name is Lisa Love.  I am a wife, a mom, a grandma, a Christian, a Domestic(ish) Goddess, a US Navy veteran, a NASAR certified search & rescue technician, and a full-time billing coordinator at a trucking company.

I tied the knot with the Spouse on July 8, 2006, and were together several years before that special day.  My 26-year-old daughter, the Spawn, presented us with a grandson (LittleMan) on January 2, 2020, and a granddaughter (BabyGirl) on October 18, 2021.  They live with us, but we hold onto hope that they move out before the kids graduate high school!  We have 3 cats named Rusty, Maddie & Daisy.  Our house may be really small, really cluttered and really crowded but it's home.

I am a general class amateur radio operator (the url of this blog is my callsign) and volunteer examiner.  I am also a half-assed FlyBaby and a long-time member of Weight Watchers - which is why there is a tab above related to my weight loss story.  That used to be on a separate blog, but I merged them for convenience's sake. 

LOVE Halloween & am always on the lookout for ideas that may be used in my yard display, the Maple Grove Cemetery.  Oh, and you can often find me carrying around a 3-foot-tall skeleton named Chuck, who has googly eyes and wears a tuxedo onesie, taking pics for his IG account (@chuck.d.bones) He also rides around in my car a lot, either buckled into the front seat or sitting in the grandson's carseat.

Since I have such a wide variety of interests, my posts tend to be a bit scattered.  I write about whatever floats my boat at the moment and I will always struggle with post titles!

Thanks for stopping by!


Here's an additional 100 random things about me.
(aka more than you probably care to know!)

These are no way in order, just as I thought of them.

1. I love being married.  The Spouse is my best friend and we "together" well.  We don't even need to be talking - just be doing stuff near each other.  We'll be those old folks who grab each other's butts, because we can.  We have a (marriage) license for that!

2. I don't feel like a grandma.  Aren't they old ladies?

3. I was in the US Navy. My title was PC2(AW) or Postal Clerk, Petty Officer Second Class, Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist.  8 years in a nutshell - I went to bootcamp in Orlando, dropped out of cryptologic school and went to the submarine tender USS Canopus AS34 for 2 1/2 years, decommissioned it and went to the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln CVN72 for another 2 1/2 years, has a kid and spent the last 2 1/2 years on shore duty in Everett, WA. 

4.  It was super cool to be included in the first bunch of women stationed on aircraft carriers.  That was an amazing experience.   There will always be a piece of my heart shaped like a 72.

5. The reason I blog is because it's a place for me to speak my mind without anyone talking over me.  I have this talent where the middle of my sentences interrupt the beginning of other people's!  It doesn't matter where I am or who I'm around.  I don't get how some people can ramble about nothing and they'll have an audience riveted to every syllable.  But I try to say something important or what I think is interesting and people are like yeah, yeah, yeah *change topic*.    

6. I was a dance mom beginning when the Spawn was 5 until she was 21.  The last few years felt like I was working just to put her thru dance!  Thankfully her very last competitive dance ended in a 6-foot trophy and a "National Champion" banner!  Then I got to dance with her in her last recital with the definitely NOT competitive adult tap class. 

7. Can I be a crazy cat lady?  I wuv my kitties.  But when and if the 2 legged puppies move out, we will be adopting a Beagle!  We had one when the Spawn was little, and would like to have another. 

8. I sometimes regret getting out of the Navy. I loved all aspects of it. On the other hand - my life would be different now & I won't trade that for anything.

9.  I am a (very) minor officer at my VFW and a chairperson for several committees.  It sometimes feels weird going to meetings, being younger than most and being one of only three active female members. And I feel that my time in the Navy was cake compared to what these Korean / Vietnam War vets went thru.

10.  I am a Christian. I was baptized July 4, 2010 in a lake, during an outdoor church service, at a local park.  

11. I am the youngest of 5.  Or next to last of 6, depending on how picky you want to be.  My parents adopted my brother's daughter when she was 7, so she's my niece / sister.  And she's named after me.  I found out about that when I was out in the Gulf and may have shed a tear in front of a working party I was leading.

12. I have 2 older sisters & 2 older brothers.  My sisters' and I's names all begin with L, end with A and our middle names rhyme.  Laura Lee (aka Sis1), Linda Bea (aka Sis2) & Lisa Marie (me).  Dad named us after relatives and supposedly the rhyming was a coincidence.

13. I was born on Sis1's 13th birthday.  Happy day to her!!

14. I hope I'm as spry & active as my mom is at 89!

15. My amateur radio call sign is a vanity call. N8LisaTheGreat.

16. I’m a "professional volunteer" on the Lapeer County Search & Rescue Team, along with Sis1.  I'm qualified as a SARTECH I, aka Field Team Leader, as well as holding a multitude of other qualifications like we have to do.  

17. I log onto the HalloweenForum and HauntForum pretty regularly, year-round.  I'm pretty happy with where my display is at, but sometimes new ideas leap out at me.  And it's fun to see what other people are talking about.   I also keep a notebook of thoughts & ideas that I refer back to each year. 

18. I am silently judging your spelling & grammar.

19. I am a sympathy crier.  If I see someone crying, it's likely that I'll tear up, too.  The National Anthem and Taps never fail to choke me up.  Frustration / anger / strong emotions get me, too.

20. I am a morning person.  It makes for some fun family gatherings – morning peeps vs non-morning peeps!  We have a “happy good morning” song and dance and it’s hilarious (at least to those of us doing it, anyway!)

21. As stressful and crazy as it is to have so many people in my little house, I swear I will never be a grandparent like what I had.  I don't remember ever having an actual conversation, let alone a relationship, with any of my grandparents.  I'm not even sure they knew my name, which meant I truly didn't care when they all eventually passed on.  My grandkids will never doubt the love Grandma & Papa have for them!  

22. I'd eventually like to maybe live in Arkansas (the Spouse is from there), altho summer heat & humidity would do me in.

23. I'd really like to visit the Buckstaff Bathhouse in Hot Springs more than I currently get to.  If you ever get the chance to "take the waters" - do it!!  

24. Eeew, People!  I'm an introvert, especially as I’ve gotten older.  I dread going places with large crowds, even tho it usually ends up not as bad as I feared.

25. I'm not a sports fan.  But if I *had* to watch a sport, it would be hockey.    

26. I miss the friendships I made while in the Navy.  I truly treasure them.  Thanks to Facebook, I found my 2 bestfriends / partners-in-crime from my first ship and altho we are in Michigan, Ohio & Texas, we regularly get together and it's like we've never been apart. 

27. I get impatient. When I know something is going to happen (trips, blogging challenges, etc) I want to plan and do NOW.

28. I love horses & horseback riding.  We call that 'Equine Therapy".  Sis1 has always had at least one horse since I was a toddler, so I've grown up with them.   She currently has 3. 

29.  I'm the mounted division team lead on my SAR team, and I don't even own my own horse - yet!   I was borrowing one of Sis1's until she was retired to be a Pasture Ornament.  Plans are in the works. 

30.  I appear to be allergic to white (gray) horses.  I thought it was a fluke while Sis1 had a gray gelding a few years ago and he'd cause me to sneeze and my eyes to itch and water.  But now she's got another gray horse, and the same thing happens!  But not with any of the other horses.  Weird!

31.  There are random skeletons all over my house and my office at work.  Fake ones, of course! 

32.  The Spouse & I joke about buying an RV and running away so we can finally be empty-nesters!  We love the Spawn & Grands but we just want peace & quiet (see #1)!  

33. Def Leppard has been my favorite band since high school.

34. I used to have 5 tattoos, but now I have 4.  Magical - LOL!  The artist added to an existing piece & covered another that hadn't aged well in the process.

35. I want to get at least one more. I just don't know where or what yet. Something with "DAD" on it maybe. Or a paw print for Skeeter, the first cat I had as an adult....or a skeleton! 

36. I like to decorate some for all holidays. But I go BIG at Halloween, and the rest of the holidays get minimal decor.  I don't do blood & gore. 

37. I like to decorate my desk and office at work for all holidays. 

38. Old buildings / houses fascinate me.  Oh, and if I come over your house?  I'll probably want a tour.  Be sure to point out random odd little things since I will be interested. 

39. I like to think that I’m creative and have a good imagination.

40. I feel a sense of accomplishment when I complete a project. Then I like to "survey" what I've done!  It can be something as simple as raking the yard.  Or blogging!  I will re-read what I've typed 100 times before letting it go live. 

41. I like things that are unique / unusual / odd / different / funky.

42. I like to try new things; food, experiences, etc.  The Spouse and I have been on 2 Carnival cruises and every night at dinner we made a point of eating food we’ve never tried before.

43. I am still somewhat miffed that we missed going to Australia while on the Lincoln during WestPac '95. I really wanted to try real authentic Vegemite handed to me by a real Aussie.  We were supposed to go but world events decided otherwise. 

44. My idea of style is "comfort".  And it literally takes about 10 seconds to do my hair.   

45. I have a colorful vocabulary. 8 years in the Navy and 20+ around truck drivers...yes.  Cuss words add flavor!  However, I don't use the F-bomb....often.

46. I am a “taphophile” – one who has a strong interest in cemeteries, gravestones, and the art and history that goes along with them.   I find cemeteries peaceful, too.

47. I am wordy and pay a lot of attention (maybe too much) to detail. And use exclamation points a lot.

48. I fully believe that nature is the art of God.  

49. I am generally a happy person.  I choose to be.

50. I had a hysterectomy July 2016.  I never knew major surgery could be so wonderful!   It got rid of a lot of nasty female issues. 

51. I enjoy my plants. They're all over my house and office at work.  And I talk to them.

52. I was married twice before I met the Spouse. 3rd time really is a charm !!

53. I believe this marriage will be for life because we were married in a church in front of God & family, instead of making an appointment at a courthouse like the first 2.

54. One of my tattoos says "Love" on it - so the Spouse is stuck with me forever!

55. I appreciate him so much since he accepted me with a ready-made family - kid & cat.  And sometimes I swear the Spawn is his biological kid - they both can be stubborn butt-heads!

56. By 10 years old, Dad had taught me to make his favorite vodka martini, extra dry on the rocks with 14 olives.  My siblings and I made these in honor of him when he passed away in 2009 and I think we all gagged. EW!!

57. I have a loud, kind of obnoxious, laugh.

58. Fall is my favorite season, followed closely by spring.  Or maybe spring, followed closely by fall?  Either way, October is my favorite color.

59. I read a wide variety of blogs & would like to be as witty and interesting as some of those people!

60. I love the Muppets.   Mahna Mahna  (you’re welcome!)

61. I love my 80's hair bands.  Hairnation is the #1 preset on my XM radio. 

62. I love thunderstorms.  That being said, I am an NWS certified SkyWarn Weather Spotter.

63. We are Christian and still celebrate Christmas with Santa and Easter with the Bunny. We know what the real reason of the holiday is, but we choose to have fun, too!

64. I get more stuff done around the house when no one else is home. No idea why that is.

65. I hardly ever paint my fingernails, but in the summer my toenails are always done.

66. Phone cameras are the greatest invention, ever!

67. I don't understand how anyone can abuse / neglect kids or animals.

68. OMG! Don't freakin' stand behind me while I'm at a computer! HATE THAT!!!!  I forget how to type. 

69. I can drive a manual transmission.  When I was in the Navy, I spent a few weeks working in Bahrain and I was the designated shuttle driver since no one else could drive a column shift.  I like to think I disappointed the guys at the garage for ruining their fun when they gave us that vehicle.

70. I don't watch much TV in general.  The only thing I usually go out of my way to watch is RuPaul's Drag Race. Love me some Ru!  I tend to watch videos on YouTube more.  Maybe if my living room wasn't currently a playroom and I could watch our big TV.....   

71. I'd love to live in one of those big old Victorian houses, or those barn houses. Something unusual and/or unique. But it needs a big yard or preferably acreage!

72. I hate the mall.  Actually, shopping in general.  Don't get me started on grocery shopping ~rage~

73. I was an average nobody in high school. I wasn’t in any cliques or groups.  Graduated pretty much right smack in the middle of my class.

74. Geocaching is fun.

75. I have a hard time sitting still and watching a movie or TV unless it really captures my attention.

76. In bootcamp, a girl told me she had a hard time understanding my accent. I thought she was nuts until I saw an article and took a quiz about "the Michigan Accent". Wow! I had no idea this was a thing!!  So yeah - I guess I do have one.  However I do NOT say "melk"! 

77. I don't like my voice. I think it's too deep, I have a lisp and sometimes if I try to speak too fast, my words tumble out in the wrong order.  

78. I like to sing but can only imagine how bad I sound.

79. My iTunes playlists are full of songs that make me want to sing along.

80. I like to cross-stitch but I’ve been working on a haunted house piece for way too long.

81. Before I got pregnant with the Spawn, I was almost alcoholic. I drank like a typical drunken sailor.  I can't do those mornings-after anymore.  And as I've aged, I really don't like not being in control of myself.

82. I've never smoked. Tried Copenhagen once. I've never done any drugs, either. Never wanted to.  See the last sentence in #81.

83. I rode a bull once - just to say I did. Epic Fail! I lasted about 4 seconds, landed face down in the dirt (thankfully ONLY dirt!!), got the wind knocked out of me & got a hoof print on the back of my calf.

84. I have over 100 nutcrackers - for all holidays that I've been able to find.  Maybe I need intervention?

85. I love to listen to the rain at night. It makes me sleep really well!

86. I enjoy watching Monster trucks.  I got the Spawn hooked and now the Grands!

87. I don't like really deep water where I can't see the bottom. Funny since I was in the Navy!  However, if I had ever gotten the chance to participate in Swim Call (jumping off the ship in the middle of the ocean) I would have done it in a heartbeat.  Probably would have needed to be pushed and I would have peed myself on the way down, but I would have done it.  And then done it again!

88. I think I believe in ghosts. Never actually saw one (that I know of!!) but have had a couple experiences that can’t be explained any other way. 

89. Growing up, I spent most weekends & summers "Up North" at "the Farm" - which is what we called the 120 acres that my parents used to own - with the family.  It's a Michigan thing, IYKYK. 

90.  The Spouse & I have annual pedicure dates.  As a joke on our 10th anniversary, I asked him if he wanted to go with me and he said yes!  Now we go every year.  I think he secretly enjoys it. 

91. Is anyone actually reading this?

92. I totally relate to the meme up in the right corner that says "My mind is like an internet browser. 19 tabs are open, 4 are frozen and I don't know where the music is coming from!"  That's so me.

93. I think my eyes are amazing. I have Dad's eyes, Spawn has them, and now LittleMan, too.  They change color based on mood & what we're wearing.  They vary from haze gray to bright blue.

94. I got bucked off and drug behind a galloping horse before. Funny part is - he had no saddle on! I never let go of the rope I was using for reins.  Got stepped on then, too.

95. I have a trick knee, aka a mild tear in my meniscus, probably due to #94 and oh maybe all the miles on a ship hauling huge bags of mail up & down those nice steep shipboard ladders.  I never know when or how bad it will act up.

96. I want to visit all 50 states.  Not just drive thru – actually sight-see & visit.

97. I don't make small talk or friends easily, which is why I value the few friends that I do have.  A lot of times it's just easier to sit back & listen. 

98. I was bullied a lot in school, which was probably a deciding factor in my joining the Navy - to get the hell away! I genuinely feel sorry for those poor saps I went to school with who married a classmate, still live in in that podunk town and now their kids are stuck there. There's a whole great big glorious world out there, people!

99. Growing up, I wanted to be a horse trainer. I was even accepted at a college in Ohio for equestrian studies and everything. Then one day I saw a Navy recruiter at school. I don't remember what went thru my mind, but it was made up quickly.

100. Growing up, I always said I was going to marry a 90 year old millionaire and never have kids. Well, there's still hope for one part of that - the Spouse will eventually get old!