These Are Better Than I Thought!



Did you ever see the movie, The Jerk, with Steve Martin? One of the most remembered scenes I think for many people is when  Martin ran out of the house yelling and jumping heading down to the mailbox. On his way, he yelled this famous phrase…”the new phonebooks are here, the new phonebooks are here.” He was so excited as he flipped it open to see his name printed in those pages!

Yesterday was my “the new phonebooks are here” kinda day!

My custom order had arrived. The order even came a week earlier than expected, so when the UPS guy yelled into the kitchen window as he left my package on the porch, I couldn’t figure out what was delivered. My hubby went to the door to get the package and laughed as he said your Tickled Pink Converse are here! Oh yeah, I dropped what I was doing and came to look immediately!

As I eagerly opened the box, I was so pleasantly surprised. I thought where I had the shoes custom signed with my name would be stamped on the side of the right shoe. When I pulled the first shoe out of the box and realized it was actually embroidered – well, let’s just say Pharrell’s song, “Happy” came to mind! I was most certainly “HAPPY”!!!!!

I immediately put them on! And if you knew me, I never do anything like that. Seriously. I will buy a new item of clothing, shoes or even a new sewing machine. I won’t wear or use the item for a while. Actually, not until my husband asks why I’m not using the new thing! But this time, I put them on and began snapping pictures! I took the one above —

And then this one…


And then this one…


And then this one…IMG_1484

And lastly, this one…


My hubby just kept smiling watching me be so excited about my new shoes! What can I say – I was just…(here it comes) so “Tickled Pink” with my new Converse.

I usually don’t have such a positive experience when I order things. I for sure have not had something arrive that was better than what I thought it/they would be. It was truly a Tickled Pink kinda day!!!

Talk back to me…have you ever ordered something and it arrived even better than you thought? Share your experience with us below! I’d love to hear your story!

Tammy Sig

Driving a truck like a boss!

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This is the truck I recently drove with half our home’s belongings inside. No, not really. But that’s what it felt like to me!

We have made the decision to move south to join our daughter in the near future. We took our regularly scheduled visit to see her to take a bunch of things down that we aren’t using on a daily basis to get the house “sell ready.” My hubby decided that I was the better driver of the two of us and that I would drive the rented moving truck. I was not, however, excited about the prospect. Not in the least! But I decided to go along with it. Well, actually, I didn’t have much choice!


Ahem…cough, cough! If you call gripping the shaking wheel with white knuckles, hunched over and pulled clear up to the window and sweating like a dripping sponge a boss – then yeah, that was me!

I’m Tickled Pink to say, that God is good and is still in the prayer answering business. I had already asked a few prayer warriors to pray for my drive and my hubby and I had done the same before we left the driveway. In fact, we never leave the driveway on a trip without first praying for our travels. Since I was driving the truck alone as he drove our van behind me, I asked for extra prayers from many! As we left our driveway and wove out of the development my nerves started to ramp up. The truck was a 16 footer and was loaded down. It swayed and rocked and so did my stomach.

We finally made it to the highway and I positioned myself into a spot I was okay with. Or so I thought. I noticed my hands were starting to sweat. I realized I was sweating and the air conditioner was on. I began to not be able to breath calmly. Then I started getting upset with myself that I was out of control. And we were eight — 8 — minutes from home. The ten hour drive was going to be a very long one. I picked up the walkie talkie and called back to my hubby behind me. I informed him that I was getting off at the next exit and going back home. He told me it wasn’t an option, calm down, take a deep breath and that I would be fine.

As God would have it, He gave me a gift about and hour and a half into the trip. We had just come through two main city’s rush hours and I was about to call back to my hubby that I needed a break at the upcoming rest stop. I shouted to myself, “Good grief girl, pull yourself together.” At about that point, I noticed all the red lights in front of me and started to slow that heavy truck down. With the traffic all stopped, it was evident that there must be an accident as we had no construction signs. Eventually, most of us turned off our cars/trucks and waited. At this point, I texted my prayer warriors with an update of the accident and that I really felt like I was on the verge of a panic attack. They all texted back words of encouragement and promises of prayers.

After our twenty minutes of sitting, the cars began to slowly move. I realized my racing heart had slowed down and I was a little more at peace. Thank you, God!

Off we go. Until…

The West Virginia Turnpike!

Oh. My. Word! I’ve never been a fan of those S curves and drop–offs on each side of the highway, but with a loaded truck – this was terrible. My heart began to race again. My palms were dripping wet. And the air conditioner on high was doing me no good – I was so hot and sweaty.

Now, I have memorized a lot of scripture in my old age. And on any given day I can pull up the verse and recite it when needed. Except, of course, today when I needed it the most! I wanted to calm my nerves so the verse I wanted I knew was in Philippians. But I couldn’t think of the the chapter or the verse. I couldn’t even think of all the words! AND I’ve recited this verse a bazillion times! So – all I said was:

“Anxious for nothing, by prayer and supplication.”

I just kept saying it out loud over and over and over all through the entire West Virginia curvy Turnpike. I had most of it, and I knew I needed something to hang onto to rid myself of the fear of this truck. The actual verse is this:

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything in prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6 NIV

And again, God was good and I made it through unscathed! I’m so Tickled Pink for His answers to my prayer of safety over and over!

When I was further down Route 77, I began to laugh at the fact of how a verse I have known and used for the better part of my life was just gone. I had a few words, but for the life of me I could not get the whole verse. Then I was reminded of a talk I heard Kay Arthur (a well-known Bible teacher) say of a time she had a similar situation to my dilemma. She was in a stressful and fearful moment and knew she wanted to pull on the verse Psalm 91:4 – “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” (NIV) Her story made me laugh then and it brought me back to a chuckle at that point. She shared that she, too, had memorized a verse and used it over and over. At that moment of stress – she could only remember one word. She said, “Beloved, I could not come up with the verse I knew so well, but I remembered a word and started shouting it at the top of my lungs…FEATHERS, FEATHERS, FEATHERS. And you know what ladies, He knew what I meant.”

I knew He knew what I meant, too, because I was now two states away from that crazy turnpike and was doing fine! I was VERY Tickled Pink!

Though it took us an extra hour and half over our usual drive time, we arrived safely. And I must confess, this is the actual size moving truck I drove:

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It just felt like a semi truck!

What about you? Was there ever a time, when you tried to pull on a scripture that you knew for sure you had memorized and had also used many times before but for some reason it just would not come to you? Were you able to at least remember a word and lean on that? I’m thinking He will still get what you’re thinking!

…and that’s all I have to say about that!

Tammy Sig

Welcome to My New Home!

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Photo from Pinterest – not my house…but I wish it was!!!

Well, whaddya think? I have finally packed up all the boxes, moved the boxes out, swept the floor – then unpacked the boxes and am finally home. Here – to my new cyber home. I love it! Still working on some little features, but I just couldn’t hold back any longer–I’ve been dying to show off what we’ve done. And when I say we – in all actuality I mean the team over at! I have a new address, too! It’s now tammykarasek (dot) com. I hope you will subscribe over on the right side so you can stay in the loop. I’ve been gone a bit this spring as we play and move things around, but I’m back and so excited to be back AND for some new features I’ll be adding to my new cyberhome!

I have to take the time and give a huge shout out to my friends over at for helping me do the change over from Tickled Pink Tammy on Blogger. If you are needing some help in making a move from Blogger to WordPress or need some help getting all the Plug-ins and Widgets to work – they are your team. Nick can help you redecorate your cyperhome, too! Of all the places I checked out, this team was very budget friendly. Check them out:

Glad you’ve stopped in today, you’ve made my day!

Oh…and it’s my birthday!!! So your visit is doubly good!

Tammy Sig




You’re A Hero If You Don’t Steal It!

You read that correctly!

Last week on our local news, a story was shared that has made it across the country. I’m didn’t even pay attention to where it actually happened as I got so “Tickled Pink” by the newscaster’s response.

It was even on the Today show prior to being on our local news.

Maybe you heard about it. I’ll give a brief synopsis of the event:

A couple of young football players went to a store to buy something. Upon arriving, they pause at the door to apparently see if it has closed, but realize the door was still unlocked. They open the door and look in. Though they see nobody in the store, the door was unlocked and the lights were on so they entered. Then they proceeded to pick out the stuff they came for and approached the counter. In full view of the camera, they show what they picked out and laid the money on the counter. Making sure the camera records that they were being honest and paying for their items. 

As the local reporter here in Northeast Ohio was reporting the event, the other newscaster is totally dumbfounded by the whole chain of events. As the lady finishes the report, you see the camera pan across the whole desk and the male reporter sitting there with his mouth open. The lady looks at him oddly and begins to giggle. When he could hold it no longer, he replied…

“So now, if you go into a store that is left unlocked after closing, help yourself to what you want, leave the money on the counter to pay for what you’re taking – you’re a HERO? “

They proceed on with the rest of the news and sports for the show. At the end of the newscast, they have that last few moments where they sometimes laugh between each other about something that was shared during the show. You guessed it, he went back to it.

“Let me get this straight.  So now, you’re a HERO if you actually PAY for something which is what you’re supposed to do?”

This has made me “Tickled Pink” laughing at the newscaster clear into this week! Seriously though, he does have a point. These four football players were even interviewed to brag about their Hero-ness. I have to agree with the newsman as to why these kids are given Hero status for paying for something they should be paying for. Like now, if you don’t steal it and decide to pay for something that you take from a store, you’re a HERO!!! WooHoo!

Check it out:

So whaddya think? Should we start a new revolution? Should we all remind everyone we meet that we are Hero’s because we pay for our groceries, etc. when we go to the store?

…and that’s all I have to say about that!


Too funny! Comments – you know I love ’em, add them below!

On The Tenth Day Of Christmas!


I could tell by the package that it was going to be a stone. But, I had no idea what word would be on the stone! The word is perfect! Courageous. It will be a great reminder for me sitting on my desk as I work on my other blog and complete the book I am writing, that at times is getting rough for oh so many reasons!
Thanks for the encouragement, 25 days of Christmas friend! Love ya!
…and that’s all I have to say about that!

On The Ninth Day Of Christmas!


Oh, this is way cool! A battery operated light to help read with! I was looking at a clip on one at Barnes and Noble last Wednesday, but I didn’t think it would work since it was so tiny. But this bad boy looks great!  AND…’s the perfect color boys and girls!  It’s PINK!!!
Y’all have been pretty quiet lately out there, that must mean that you are busy doing fun Christmas stuff. So…share it with us here! What is something fun you have done or will be doing for this holiday? Hey, and if it’s a surprise for someone, your secret’s safe here, so share the details!
…and that’s all I have to say about that!

Five Minute Friday—LIVE!!!!!

Yes, tonight I am actually doing a Five Minute Friday with 70+ other Five Minute Friday Bloggers – LIVE!!! We are gathered with 400+ other Women Bloggers at Allume in Hershey, PA!!!

We are all awaiting the “word of the week”…So here we go!


So, here is our word and we were just told to GO!!  Voice!
Wow, when I think of voice, the first thing that comes to my mind is that I would go absolutely crazy if I lost my voice.  When I have lost it during a cold or flu, it seems to be the one thing about the sickness that most bothers me.
Because I love to talk.  Without a voice, it can be difficult for someone who is a chatty cathy!  I remember when I was younger my father would say – would you JUST. Take. A. Breather. Even a little one.  And unfortunately this happened often.  As an only child – there was never siblings to share that voice with, so it was shared with anyone who would hold still long enough!  If they moved, well, I would just move with them!
I have aged since that time.  Quite a bit, in fact.  But I still have that desire to use my Voice!  Those of you who know me personally can certainly attest to that!  
Voice – it’s a beautiful thing.  Unless of course you are my hubby, stuck in a car with me for a long ride to this conference.  There was a lot of Voice on my part being used on the drive, today!  
No, seriously…so much to say…so much Voice to be used…and so many miles to use it!
What about you?  Do you use your voice?  Use it now and share with me in the comments below!
…and that’s all I have to say about that!

Five Minute Friday!

Happy Friday everyone!  What are you up to this fall day?  Me – I’m up to a new challenge.  I’m going to try to write along with 100+ writers who gather every Friday and write for five minutes flat without stopping or editing.  We don’t receive our word until Friday, so we have no chance to think ahead.  We just start a timer and write!  
I have to tell you, this was my most favorite thing my Senior year of high school in Creative Writing.  When I would walk into class and see the map pulled down – I was stoked!  I knew Mrs. Wangler had a word or topic for us to write non-stop until she told us “time’s up” under that map!  My friend, Rita, sat beside me and would moan.  She once asked me if I would write a whole bunch – then switch papers and write hers!  Wouldn’t have worked – she’s a lefty writing backhand and I’m a righty with big flowy letters!
So folks – here’s my first attempt at this Five Minute Friday write along!  If you’d like to know more about it or better yet, you would like to give it a try, click over here for that!
Ready?  Here goes…

Today’s word for Five Minute Friday is Grasp.  The first thoughts that come to me when I think of this word made me laugh.  No, seriously—I thought, Grasp, I cannot grasp that I’m this old already!
Then I started thinking about the fact that there are so many things in life that I cannot grasp.  I cannot grasp that there are things I can no longer do.  Whether it’s the fact that I’m this old or physically I just can’t do them, there are things I just cannot do anymore! 
Yet what I can grasp is the fact that God takes us to different points in our lives and gives us new things we can do.  When I was twenty years younger and raising a daughter – I couldn’t grasp where she would be at this age.  I couldn’t grasp that I would be working for the love of my life in our own business. 
Yet, through the years, God has guided us to each and every endeavor and equipped us to do what He needs us to do.  Whether we could grasp today or even the future…He ultimately knew what He would need us to do and when.

Well, there you have it! Unedited, no re-writes – just five minutes flat on the word grasp!  And you know what, I could have gone for five more minutes at least !  Haha!
…and that’s all I have to say about that!

Are You Social Media’d Up?

Working on some writing today and going back and forth with the different options out there now with our social media and a thought came to me!  If you’re in or near my age range, could you just imagine having a conversation with your grandparents about all this social media “stuff”?
I know my sweet Grandma Meade that I talk about often would probably just smile a great big smile, let out a little “humpf” and say something like, “what’s all this nonsense yur talkin’ ’bout’.  Social stuff on a thingy that just looks like a tv with a typewriter in it.  Why, back in my day when I was a youngin’, ifin’ you wanted to talk to somebody, why you’d jes’ pick up the earpiece, crank the handle an’ wait fer yur friend to pick up. Course, usually two or three times throughout the conversation I’d haf ta say…get off Nelly, I’m not callin’ on you – I’m a talkin’ to Jane.”
Yet, I can still imagine telling her something like this just to see her reaction (yeah, I’m ornery!):
    Well, yes, Grandma, I am now Facebooked.  No, it didn’t hurt, I didn’t actually get a book in the face.  I’ve also been tweeted and have tweeted…NO it’s not watchur thinkin’-don’t go there! I’m all linked in, but for what I’m not totally sure yet, but I’m linked in nonetheless!  I also have Klout – whoohoo for me!  I’m also proud to tell you I have lots of pinterests, what?  No – it’s not the interests of pins.  Oh and I’m all about the hoot suite…no, it’s not the funny room at the hotel. Ahhhh! Wait, Grandma, there is more.  I’m short stacked, too.  I’m blogged down–but it’s a good thing.  I’ve also been  in a word press…no, no – not a wine press.  Oh…forget it.
I’m just too social media pooped out to explain it all.  Sigh…
I’m curious today, what are all of you “hooked in” for social media purposes?  What are the different things you couldn’t live without now that you bit the bullet and signed in/up?  What could you live without?  Please leave a comment below and share with us what your thoughts are on Social Media! Disclaimer:  I’m not actually all hooked into all of those I wrote about above…at least not yet!
…and that’s all I have to say about that!

I’m Back!

Well hello there, bloggity friends!  Do you remember me?  It’s been way too long that I have been here with ya’ll!  The couple months have been quite a whirlwind, to say the least.  When I realized how long it has been that I haven’t been here “chatting” with you, I was sad.  So, I’ve decided to kick it into gear and get back into the saddle so to speak.  (Literally, so to speak – because me and horses don’t do well!)

I do want to thank all of you who sent us prayers and well wishes through April and May when my hubby’s father took a turn downward in his health and then passed away on May 15th.  It was a sad time of course, but my hubby is at great peace knowing that his dad is out of pain and discomfort and resting with Jesus in Heaven.  I shared all of your kind words with him and he was touched.  From our family to you, thank you, thank you!

Though I have been gone from here a tad too long, as is usual for me I have been laughing myself through that absence!  You that have followed along with me for a while know that I can always find something to laugh about even when it seems there is nothing to laugh at.

For instance, here’s just one example of a laughingly good time had through a most sad time.  I decided to make a photo board to have at the graveside service since we did not do calling hours for my father-in-law.  I told my husband that he needed to come help me.  His comment was, “No, you’re the one into the scrapbook stuff, you do it.”

To which I replied, “Nope, it’s your dad and I want you to pick out the pictures.”  However, what I was up to is that I knew going through the pictures would be so good for him and I wanted him to have the choice in the photos that would be on the board.  Well, in no time we were sitting downstairs with photos all over the table and digging through more and more!  We were laughing and remembering some really funny times with his dad.  My hubby always says he doesn’t have a good memory, but those photos sure helped prove him a little wrong.  Quickly, he was able to recall some pretty hilarious stories about his dad or things  his dad has said.  We were laughing.  And laughing hard!

Are you a photo taker?  Do you find that having those photos help to bring back memories for you as well?  What do you do with your photos – hang them up, scrapbook them, put in boxes?

It’s good to be back here with you.  In case you thought that I’ve flew the coup, I haven’t.  I’ve been here, laughing my way through life and collecting some more stories to share with you to cause YOU to become “Tickled Pink” right along with me!

…and that’s all I have to say about that!

But wait…one more thing – what have all of you been up to lately, besides cooking in this heat?  Please share, you know I love hearing from you!