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 clerk at a trucking company.

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 are tabs above related to my weight loss story.  Those used to be on a separate blog but I merged them for convenience sake. 

LOVE Halloween & am always on the lookout for ideas that may be used in my house and yard display, the Maple Grove Cemetery.

I have a wide variety of interests, so my posts may be a bit scattered.  I write about whatever floats my boat at the moment.

I tied the knot with my sweetie, Randy, on July 8, 2006 and were together several years before that happy day.  Our 23 year old daughter, Angela presented us with grandson Adam on January 2, 2020.  We have 3 sassy cats named Rusty, Maddie & Daisy.  Our house may be really small but it's home.

Thanks for stopping by!


Here's an additional 123 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.

2. I love being a Mom.

3. Sometimes I regret not having more kids.

4. Sometimes I’m happy I only have 1 kid!!!

5. My family can drive me nuts.

6. I was a dance mom beginning when Spawn was 5 until she was 21.  The last few years felt like I was working just to put her thru dance!

7. I was in the US Navy for 8 years. My title was PC2(AW) or Postal Clerk, Petty Officer Second Class, Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist.

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 an officer at my VFW and a chair person for several committees.  It feels weird going to meetings, being considerably younger than most and being one of only two active female members. And I feel that my time in the Navy was cake compared to what these Korea / Vietnam vets went thru.

10.  I am a Christian. I was baptized July 4, 2010 - what better day than that??

11. I am the youngest of 5.  Or next to last of 6, depending on how anal 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.

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, Linda Bea & Lisa Marie.  Dad named us and supposedly it was a coincidence.

13. I was born on my oldest sister's 13th birthday.  Happy day to her!!

14. I love all my furry critters !!!  I consider myself to be bi-petual since I love dogs & cats equally.  Well....maybe cats a wee bit more.

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

16. I am a member of the Lapeer County Mounted - Search & Rescue Team with my sister.   I use one of her horses for it.

17. I log onto the HalloweenForum pretty regularly, year-round.  You can't have a big display like mine without planning!

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.  And the National Anthem and Taps never fail to choke me up.

20. I am a morning person.

21. I enjoy watching "visitors" to our bird feeder - except for the furry black & white ones.

22. I've learned the hard way that character is more important than looks.

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

24. I'd really like to visit the Buckstaff Bathhouse in Hot Springs more than I currently get to!!

25. I hate stupid drivers. My definition of stupid is very fluid depending on the traffic I'm in.

26. ME LIKE HOCKEY !!! Especially the Detroit Red Wings.

27. I think football and basketball is boring and baseball players are overpaid sissies.

28. I miss the friendships I made while in the Navy.  I truly treasure them.

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

30. I love horses & horseback riding.

31. I'm thrilled to watch my kid both on stage and around a horse.

32. I want to visit all 50 states.

33. I am proud to be Randy's wife.

34. I am proud to be Angel's mom.  And now Adam's gramma!

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

36. 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.

37. I want to get 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....

38. I like to decorate for all holidays. But I go BIG at Halloween, and the rest of the holidays get minimal decor.

39. I like to decorate my desk at work for all holidays. I take my most obnoxious stuff there - to annoy people - LOL!

40. Old buildings / houses fascinate me.

41. I like to do stuff with my hands.

42. I am creative and have a good imagination.

43. I feel a sense of accomplishment when I complete a project. Then I like to "survey" what I've done!

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

45. I like to try new things; food, experiences, etc.

46. I am still somewhat miffed that we missed going to Australia while in the Navy (USS Abraham Lincoln CVN72 / WestPac '95). I really wanted to try real authentic Vegemite handed to me by a real Aussie.

47. Sometimes I wish I had a maid to clean the house for me.

48. Sometimes I wish I only worked part time so then #47 wouldn't apply!

49. 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.

50. Cemeteries fascinate me - the older the better! The art, history and peace are incredible.

51. I re-read books multiple times and I do know the difference between smutty romance novels & real life.

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

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

54. I will shriek like a little girl if a spider gets on me.

55. I think some bugs are cute - ladybugs, roly polys, dragonflies, butterflies, praying mantises, katydids.  That's IT.

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

57. I had a hysterectomy July 2016.  I never knew major surgery could be so wonderful!  But they left my ovaries in, so PMS is still a thing.  Meh.

58. I own a gun. 12 gauge single shot shotgun.

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

60. I am a omnivore. God made animals taste good for a reason!

61. I believe my cats can tell time, especially dinner time.

62. I think feet are ugly. Only baby feet are cute.

63. I was married twice before I met Randy. 3rd time really is a charm !!

64. 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.

65. One of my tattoos says "Love" on it - so Randy is stuck with me forever!

66. I appreciate him so much since he accepted me with a ready-made family - kid & cat.  And sometimes I swear Angel is his biological kid - they're both equally stubborn butt-heads!

67. I have a large collection of Hot Wheels monster trucks.

68. 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!!

69. I have a loud laugh.

70. Fall is my favorite season, followed closely by spring.  Or maybe spring, followed closely by fall?

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

72. Kermit the Frog rocks!

73. "HairNation", XM channel 39 is preset in my car. Love my 80's Hair Metal!

74. I love thunderstorms.

75. I am a NWS certified SkyWarn Weather Spotter.

76. I color my hair. My natural hair color is mud. Dull, ugly poo ashy brown. I prefer auburn.

77. 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!

78. I'm lazy.

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

80. I almost always make my bed (unless Randy is still in it).

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

82. I like breakfast for dinner.

83. My camera is never very far away from me.  Digital (and phone) cameras are the greatest invention, ever!

84.  Glitter is my favorite color!

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

86. OMG! Don't freakin' stand behind me while I'm at a computer! HATE THAT!!!!

87. I can drive a manual transmission.

88. I don't watch much TV in general.  The only thing I go out of my way to watch is RuPaul's Drag Race. Love me some Ru!

89. 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!

90. I hate the mall.

91. 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.

92. Geocaching is fun.

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

94. In bootcamp, a girl told me she had a hard time understanding my accent. I thought she was nuts until I saw an article about "the Michigan Accent". Wow! I had no idea this was a thing!!

95. I don't like my voice. I think it's too deep and I have a lisp and I'm self-conscious about how some words come out.

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

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

98. I like to cross-stitch. I’ve been working on a haunted house one for way too long.

99. Before I got pregnant with Angel, I was almost alcoholic. I drank a LOT.  I can't do those mornings-after anymore. Childbirth was less painful!

100. I've never smoked. Tried Copenhagen once. I've never done any drugs, either. Never wanted to.

101. 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 & a hoof print on the back of my calf.

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

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

104. I enjoy watching Monster trucks.

105. I don't like really deep water where I can't see the bottom. Funny since I was in the Navy!  But if I had ever gotten the chance to participate in Swim Call (jumping off the ship into the ocean) I would have done it in a heartbeat!

106. I love to look at the sky. Daytime clouds, nighttime stars, whenever.

107. I think I believe in ghosts. Never actually saw one but have had a couple experiences that can’t be explained any other way. .

108. Growing up, I spent most weekends & summers "Up North" at "the Farm" with the family.

109. I was 2 when I was put on a horse the first time. My oldest sister was given Nibbs when she was 15 so I grew up with him.

110. Is anyone actually reading this?

111. I totally relate to the meme that says "My mind is like an internet browser. 17 tabs are open, 4 are frozen and I don't know where the music is coming from!"  That's so me.

112. I hate folding clothes. And I no longer sort socks - they get tossed into a basket.

113. But I do love my High Efficiency washer & dryer!

114. Whoever invented the dishwasher is my hero.

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

116. OMG, carbs.  Totally addicted (hence the need for WeightWatchers!)

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

118. I have a trick knee, thanks to #117. I never know when or how bad it will act up.

119. The reason I blog is because it's a place for me to speak my mind without anyone talking over me.  I have that talent where the middle of my sentences interrupt the beginning of other people's!  I don't get how some people can ramble and everyone is riveted to them.  But I try to say something important or meaningful and people are like yeah, yeah, yeah *changes topic*.    

120. I don't make small talk or friends easily, which is why I value the few friends that I do have.

121. 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 big wide glorious world out there, people!

122. 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 know what went thru my mind, but Bam, sign me up!

123. 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 - Randy will eventually get old!