Saturday, December 26, 2009
Christmas was good to me this year. I was able to visit with my entire family, either in person or by telephone, which is always a blessing. The grandchildren and nieces and nephew were all thrilled with their gifts and Santa was even good to me!
I think my favorite gift this year is a toss-up between my Sony Reader (like a Kindle) and my Kitchen-Aid Food Processor. Both of those were gifts from my precious husband.
Now it's on to the New Year. It's time to start working on my list of goals for next year. Check back in a few days...I'll post them.
Also, congratulations to Cheryl who won my giveaway and has now received her box filled with AVON products. Thanks to all who entered....watch in a few weeks I plan on doing another one around Valentine's Day.
For those who have asked, Andy is growing like a weed. He's so cute, everyone wants to take him home and keep him. When we called the puppy sitter yesterday to pick him up the told us, "we have some bad news...." I laughed and told them the lady still had two puppies, they asked for her phone number.
I hope your Christmas was wonderful! Be blessed!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
On another front..I FINALLY made AVON unit leader! WOO HOO! Do you have any idea how hard it is to find FIVE people who will honestly commit to selling anything? But I did it....I can hear the Dora song in my head right now...I've GOT to stop listening while Katie watches her television shows
Also, thank you all for the lovely thoughts and comments on Andy. He is doing very well indeed! He has very few accidents in the house anymore and is even beginning to tell us when he needs to go out. Now we need to work on the pooping part, that seems to be a little more elusive.
If you have not yet entered my giveaway, there is still time. It's a $100 basket of AVON products. Spread the word, the more the merrier!
I guess I've procrastinated long enough...off to the gift pile. If you don't see me about dinner time, send out the rescue team, I'll be the one buried in wrapping paper and ribbon.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
There's a sign on the church down the road, I noticed this morning it asked the question, "Have you told God 'Thank you' today?"
Tomorrow we celebrate Thanksgiving and sometimes I think we forget, in the hustle and bustle of fixing a turkey and the trimmings, or having family and friends around, in the noise of the football games and the chatter of the children to stop for a moment and think about the things for which we are truly blessed.
As for me, this year I have been most especially blessed. My cancer surgery was successful and I was blessed with a stage 1 grade 1A cancer. God brought me successfully through the surgery and recovery. I am blessed with a wonderful family, dear friends, precious grandchildren, a husband who loves me beyond what I ever hoped or dreamed, parents who are still in good health, a home we love, and so many more things. But most of all I am blessed because I know my Redeemer liveth and on the Earth again shall stand. I know the life He giveth and grace and power are in His hand.
May your Thanksgiving be blessed.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
It's sometimes hard to think about it being time for Christmas and Thanksgiving when you're still wearing shorts and it's 80 degrees each day. Maybe I need to start playing some Christmas Carols to get in the mood...."It's beginning to look a lot like"....nope that's not doing it.
Friday, November 6, 2009
On the opposite end of the scale DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL is the tale of sixteen-year-old Maya Stark. Her mom will soon be released from prison, changing everything she's known. Filled with all of the problems of today's teens this well-written novel will be a blessing to teen girls. It teaches them to be strong, and to look in the right direction for answers to problems...up.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I'm also starting to feel a little bit closed in. Maybe "hemmed in" is a better term. I feel like my boundaries are getting tighter as the holiday season begins to draw closer and as my list of things to do gets only larger. I look at my calendar and there's hardly a truly free day anywhere in sight. I haven't even had time to truly blog lately, only post the reviews for the books I've been reading. I can't believe we've only been home from vacation a month, it feels like a year has gone by since we left. That tells me I've been doing too much.
I declare that today: Tuesday, October 27, is a mental health day. Everybody enjoy it!!
Monday, October 26, 2009
An ultra-secret global elite, functioning as a very real shadow government, controls technology, finance, international law, world trade, political power, and vast military capabilities. These unnamed, unrivaled leaders answer to no earthly authority, and they won’t stop until they control the world.
And it is about to cost him everything.
Groping for answers in the face of tragedy, Jason begins a search for the only family he has left: the granddaughter kept hidden from him. Soon he finds himself on an international adventure that will take him straight into the depths of his soul. He is determined not to fail again.
A fast-paced suspense novel rich in spiritual depth, Wisdom Hunter explores what it means to break free of Christian legalism—and discover why grace can mean the difference between life and death.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Some people think it's silly to clean house before you leave on a trip, but I feel better knowing I'll come home to a clean house and clean, crisp sheets on my bed. I can remember vacations as a child, my mother always worked frantically before we left on our summer vacations.
In the morning we head north to visit family and hopefully see some fall colors and feel some relief from the never-ending summer temperatures and humidity. I'm looking forward to getting away and seeing my grandchildren and children, my parents and even some old friends. I haven't been back to the Chicago area for almost 12 years. It's time.
Seeya when I get back!!!
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
As I think back over the years,
10 years ago I was busy enjoying life as a new Floridian.
20 years ago I was busy raising two active boys.
30 years ago I was anxiously awaiting the birth of my first child
40 years ago I was deep in the throes of my first real crush
50 years ago I was a wide-eyed toddler, exploring the world around me.
Over the past 54 years there's been a lot of changes to the world around us. 3 wars...VietNam, Desert Storm and the current war with Iraq and Al Quada. The price of milk has gone from 92 cents to $3.00. An average car cost $1600 back then, now you can't even find a clunker for that amount of money. My parents paid $11,000 for their first home in 1955. Now people's house payments for a year are that much...or more. Computers were something you saw in Buck Rogers then, now they're in every home and we carry them in our purses and briefcases. Man's been to the moon and back, walked in space...all the things that were pure science fiction in 1955 are reality now.
Do I feel old? Some days, yes...very old. Do I think the world has changed for the better? No, not always. I miss the easier going days, the days when children thought great fun was riding their bicycles or sitting under the apple tree in the backyard playing with Barbie dolls. I don't understand why kids today would trade fresh air and sunshine for a dark bedroom with their face plastered to a television set playing X-Box and I certainly don't understanding hauling yourself out of bed at 3AM to stand in line to be first to purchase the latest video game.
So would you call me an old fuddy-duddy? Probably, at times. But I'd like to think that somewhere there's a place where people still enjoy sitting around in the evening talking quietly while the kids chase fireflies and play Statue Maker or Freeze Tag in the waning light of the evening, where an evening of fun includes a bonfire, some whittled sticks and hot dogs or marshmallows. I miss the innocence of youth, when your first kiss was something you treasured and sex wasn't the main topic of conversation at every get-together. I miss family get-togethers where you got to eat Great-Grandma's famous cake or Great Aunt Martha's chicken and dumplings.
I'm done feeling maudlin, time to break out the streamers, party hats and noise makers. Happy Birthday to me!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
This year we're taking a trip north, and this year I'm hoping that the leaves are turning colors (I've been told they've already begun changing), that the sky is the unique blue only found in fall, and that the nights are "need a sweater" crisp.
As for me, I've put away all my summer decorations and have brought out the oranges, yellows, browns and blacks of fall. My home feels warm and cozy, as if we're beginning to wind down the seasons and prepare for winter.
Did you know it's only 109 days until Christmas? Have you started your shopping yet?
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
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Monday, August 17, 2009
Yesterday we had a beach day, watching the excitement and delight in Josie's eyes as she saw the ocean for the first time was worth the hours we spent driving and the million times we answered the "are we there yet" and "how much farther" questions. Our first stop was Daytona Beach where she got to play in the ocean and pick up a few seashells. Then back into the truck for the trek to Cocoa Beach and a mandatory shopping trip to Ron Jon's Surf Shop. We showed her the vehicle assembly building at Cape Canaveral and the cruise ships in port at Port Canaveral, but visits to those places will have to wait for another trip. She got a cute Ron Jon's hoodie for her souvenir. She'll be able to wear it all winter and remember her vacation fun.
This morning we're sitting in the Holiday Inn in Orlando, sadly waiting for the time when we have to take her to the airport. I'm not looking forward to the long lines, the waiting, the crowds, or the noise, but the thing I dread the most is my last look at her as she rounds that corner to get on the plane. It's a long way from Florida to Chicago and these once a year visits don't come often enough for grandma and grandpa. We've stored up a year's worth of memories, and are already planning for next year, what exciting and fun things we can do together.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
We took her to a local gun club one day. The owner there has quite a collection of animals he's killed. One we thought she'd really enjoy was a black bear. She thought they were all fascinating and had many questions. The first one was, "can you teach me to shoot a gun?" This is a picture of Josie with the black bear.
I can proudly say...she's her grandma's girl!!
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I suppose I really shouldn't complain. It's probably for my protection since identity theft is so prevalent and easy. Although why anyone would want to steal my identity is beyond me...it's not like I actually have anything worth stealing! All my valuables are living, breathing beings and not likely to sit still for being hijacked by an identity thief.
So I'm off to do my business today...joy, joy. I'll get to sit in line and wait for someone to begrudgingly help me....you'd think they'd be happy to do their job. But that's a topic for another day.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
We Americans are so fortunate to live in a country that is truly free. That freedom comes with a price. This 4th of July I pay tribute to those men and women who put their lives on the line every day, who wake up and put their boots on the ground to protect our rights. This July 4th I pay tribute to every man and woman who puts on the uniform of the United States Army, Air Force, Marines, Navy, and Coast Guard. All those in the reserves and National Guard. Thank You. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
A very special thank you to Spc Timothy Ridgeway. He's my son-in-law on his third tour in Iraq. I pray God keep you safe, Tim, you and all the men and women you serve with. Happy Independence Day.
So today, as you eat your hot dogs and hamburgers, as you watch the fireworks and parades think about the men and women who aren't getting to enjoy those things with their families. Think about the men and women whose fireworks are IED's exploding, who are suffering in 109 degree temperatures to keep us safe and free, and whisper a prayer for their safety and a thank you for their service to our nation.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
We forget who we're supposed to worship and adore...Jesus Christ the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. I know that's not always too popular. People don't like to hear other people shout it out so loudly. The shouters are accused of being Jesus freaks and Bible Thumpers. We'd prefer to go about in quiet Christianity, not making any waves. We think it's enough that we're "good people".
Rest in peace Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Ed McMahon, and now Billy "Oxy Clean" Mays. Now could someone re-program my television so I don't have to see any more of this?
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
I love that song, but it reminds me that summer is here and all my favorite television shows are on hiatus for the summer months. What's on? Some pretty idiotic reality shows. Here's some examples: Wipeout...grown adults humiliate themselves by bouncing off giant rubber balls, falling into the mud, and other stunts. Blah. Housewives of New Jersey (and other places) a group of rude, self-contered, out of control women parade their lives for all to see. I'm a Celebrity, Get me out of here!, a group of D list wannabes are stranded in the jungle...where are the celebrities? It's more interesting watching the birds at our bird feeder.
Do people really watch this stuff? I suppose they do, but I can't see wasting my time. How about digging out the reruns of Touched by an Angel or Promised Land?
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
I do have one pretty hat in my closet....maybe I'll wear it on Sunday.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
My sweet husband is mourning the passing of his mother, but he still took time to make my day a special one. He made me breakfast yesterday, pancakes and sausage, which was delicious, and even cleaned up the kitchen!
I also wanted to mention a truly special blessing I received from one of our fellow bloggers, Joleen at The Primitive Bucket. Joleen is a very talented and creative gal, and I love the things she sells on Ebay. (If you've never stopped by her blog or Ebay store...do so! Hmm maybe I shouldn't have shared that secret!! LOL) I'd purchased a couple of items from her and in the box she enclosed a very special gift....a lamp she made for me. Thank you so much, Joleen. It's beautiful and it really made my Mother's Day special.
I hope your Mother's Day was a truly special day and that you too were blessed beyond measure.
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Beyond her gentleness, kindness and loving heart she had a quality which enabled her to see a need before you realized you had it. She was ever faithful, praying for those she loved and those in need.
Heaven is surely rejoicing at the homecoming of my mother in law. One day we will meet again, she'll be waiting for us by the river where we will never again be parted. We sing a song in church quite often, "I'll Be Waiting At The River For You." The words will hold so much more meaning for us as we sing them.
My husband, her oldest son, said this morning in an email, as he shared some photos of her, "I can't remember ever feeling a greater lost, these are some of the pictures that bring joy to my heart. We are so blessed to have such a wonderful and loving mother. Only God could of created such a blessing, and now he has taken her home. I believe that she is now smiling down on us through the windows of heaven. I will always remember that smile. "
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Our world has progressed to where we can e-mail, Instant Message, text, twitter and whatever else we can think of. We can watch television and surf the internet on our cell phones, email on our Blackberry and stay busy 24 hours a day. My husband and I were driving to town the other day and a couple passed us in another car. They were both on their cell phones. I turned to my husband and asked him, "Do you suppose they're talking to one another?" I enjoy watching "Secret Life of the American Teen-ager" on ABC Family and the other night it showed two teenagers, sitting next to one another, computers in their laps, Instant Messaging....EACH OTHER! Their friend asked them why, and they said it was easier to talk in Instant Message than out loud. It made me stop and think about how we're losing the art of conversation in our world.
It's sad that these changes have also brought about a loss to our world. A loss of laughing children's voices as they yell, "Red Rover, Red Rover send Judy right over!" A loss of innocence as children play violent video games, a loss of being able to converse.....sometimes I think change isn't such a good thing.
Friday, April 3, 2009
A couple of weeks ago I was reading blogs and found where someone had received a gift from Red Stripe Vintage and so wandered over to her Etsy store and lo and behold, there was a beautiful white vintage enamel coffee pot. I quickly purchased it and this morning my sweet mail lady delivered a box. Inside was not what one normally receives when you purchase something from an online seller. Inside the box was a soft, linen bag tied with a red and white striped ribbon. Inside the bag was each piece of the coffee pot, carefully wrapped in tissue and tied with a red and white striped ribbon. Also inside the box was a little gift...5 beautiful handmade gift tags!!
I hope you all will hop over to her Etsy shop and take a close look. She has some truly awesome items, and she is a wonderful lady.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
As for me, I get a little stronger each day and feel better each day. I have to be careful not to overdo, however much I'm tempted. My DH reminds me that I'm held together with baling wire and duct tape right now...his attempt at a humorous look at the situation..but I know he's right and I must still be cautious. I'm thankful for our back porch, where I can sit and enjoy the sunshine, the birds singing, the warm breeze, and be thankful for all the blessings God has given me.
I hope Spring has come to your house and you're enjoying the sights, sounds, and smells of renewal.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
May God give you...
For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
4 cups peeled and diced apples (I like to use Granny Smith apples although any will do)
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup salad oil
1 cup chopped nuts (pecans is best)
2 eggs, well beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups flour (all purpose)
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
Friday, March 6, 2009
God has provided and blessed me over and over again throughout this entire journey with cancer. He has allowed me to see clearly, without any doubts or hesitations, that I am His child, that I belong to Him, and everything that happens to us is for His honor and glory. There's a song I've listened to a thousand times during these weeks and months from Casting Crowns. The chorus says, "But the voice of truth tells me a different story, the voice of truth says "do not be afraid!"and the voice of truth says "this is for my glory" Out of all the voices calling out to me I will choose to listen and believe the voice of truth." That has been what I have tried to do throughout this whole time, to listen to that still, small, quiet, voice of truth speaking to me and remembering that everything is for God's Honor and Glory.
I'm here to tell you that I believe my surgeon is an angel, sent to earth to serve God. She was amazing. I was so blessed by God giving me the CHIEF of Anesthesilogy for my anesthesiologist on Monday morning. That was such a blessing as I have a difficult time with anesthesilogy at times. My gynecologist stopped by to see me...even though he had no surgeries that morning at all. The nursing staff was all anyone could have asked for and were such a blessing. Even my roommate was a wonderful Christian woman who made my hospital stay more enjoyable.
My surgery went smoothly, and VERY successfully. The pathologist's report is back and it was a Grade 1, Stage 1 cancer, it had not spread into the muscles or grown past the initial point so no further treatments are necessary! No chemo, no radiation, no...anything at all! Isn't God GOOD!!!
I still have a six to eight week recovery window to get through...I have to give myself a shot every morning for two weeks...the doctor is giving me a blood thinner to keep me from developing blood clots and I have to regain my strength and heal, but I think the rest should be okay because I know God is on my side.
I thank you all for your prayers and caring. For those who have sent posted, sent cards and e-mails, you will never know how much they have been appreciated and read over and over. To those who have sent flowers and gifts, they have truly brightened my days, and for those who stopped by the hospital to see me, your visits cheered me and encouraged me. Through each of you God sent me love, and blessed me. There aren't enough ways to say thank you. Please know that every prayer, every thought, every caring act is so greatly appreciated and I thank you for it and know that God will bless you for it.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
1 can evaporated milk (whip until stiff like meringue) we always used Milnot. It should be ice cold before you start to whip it. I put mine in the freezer for a half hour prior.
This should now be a light yellow color and still very stiff peaks. Keep in refrigerator.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
But, 6 hours after I left home this morning, I'm back, the tests are done, and I'm set for surgery Monday morning at 8AM.
Keep me in your prayers, that I will have a speedy recovery, little or no pain, and that things will go easily for the surgeon. I'm also praying the cancer hasn't spead and no additional treatment will be needed.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thankfully we do not owe any taxes this year. Matter of fact our business lost money last year...first time in 11 years we've lost money. Just shows that the recession has hit us hard. Being self-employed has its downs, thankfully it's a mostly positive experience. When you're in a service industry, as we are, window cleaning is a luxury instead of a necessity. Most of our work is commercial, and that's a plus as residential window cleaning has dried up completely.
We keep hoping things will start looking up, but are thankful that I do not have to write the IRS a check this year!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
So here's my recipe for grilled yellow tomatoes with cheese (serves 2)
1 large yellow tomato, sliced in thick slices
2 large fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
salt and pepper to taste
Italian cheese blend (I use the grated 4-cheese blend from our local Publix)
Place the tomato slices on a foil-covered baking pan. Add salt and pepper to taste, then sprinkle each slice with some of the fresh, chopped basil. Top each tomato with the cheese blend (I use a lot, but you may choose less), bake at 450 degree oven until the cheese is melted and golden brown.
I served this with lemon honey glazed pork chops, fresh brussel sprouts, and wild rice. It was a healthy and delicious meal.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Ireland is one of the places I'd like to visit at some time in my life. Who knows what the future might bring....visiting Dublin, Ulster, maybe the homes of James Joyce, Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, who knows...might even catch a glimpse of that handsome Pierce Brosnan. I just hope he doesn't try to sing!
Saturday, February 14, 2009
May you and your sweetheart have a wonderful Valentine's Day!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Anyway, we went to the garden center and I bought several herbs; rosemary, thyme, basil, parsley, and chives and one tomato plant. I also bought yellow and purple pansies, a daffodil (we have to buy them here, we can't grow them...our ground never gets cold enough for the bulbs, same with tulips), a New Guinea Impatient, and at the Farmer's Market the other night my DH bought me a beautiful coral rose. I'm getting my Spring garden ready to plant.
Now to get the yard cleaned up, leaves raked, old wood cut back on the bourganvilla and mandavilla, plus I need to pull out all the dead coral vine and trim the confederate jasmine before it blooms. Last fall we cut back the trumpet vine and honeysuckle...I thought we'd killed them, but they're back!! I'll have to figure out something for them to climb on or the whole yard will be covered with honeysuckle.
Now I need to find some pretty pots for my herbs. Think I'll check in at Dollar General on Saturday, see what they have.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Lemon Chicken Recipe
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/3 cup lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 Tbsp fresh chopped thyme (or 2 teaspoons dried)
1 Tbsp fresh chopped rosemary (or 1 teaspoon dried)
1 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2-3 Tbsp melted butter
Lemon slices for garnish
1 Place lemon juice, lemon peel, garlic, thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper in a small bowl, whisk to combine. With the tip of a sharp knife, cut into each chicken piece one or two times by about 1/2 an inch. (This will help the marinade penetrate.) Place the chicken pieces and the marinade in a gallon-sized freezer bag. Rotate the bag so that all chicken pieces are coated with the marinade. Seal the bag and place in a bowl in the refrigerator (in case of leakage). Let marinate for 2 hours.
2 Preheat oven to 425°F. Remove chicken from marinade and place in a single layer in a large baking dish, skin side up. Reserve the marinade. Use a pastry brush to brush a little melted butter on to each piece of chicken.
3 Bake for a total of 15 minutes per side, when you turn the breasts brush on more butter on the new side. If it seems dry you can add more marinade at this time.
I served this with fried garlic potato wedges and fresh asparagus in cheese sauce. For dessert we had fresh strawberries and honey tangerines. It was a truly delicious meal!
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Go to your Picture Folder on your computer or wherever you store your pictures.
Go to the 6th Folder, then pick the 6th picture in that folder.
Post that picture on your blog and the story that goes along with the picture.
Tag 6 other peoples that you know or don’t know to do the same thing and leave a comment on their blog or an e-mail letting them know you chose them. (Rather than choose 6, I challenge you to get in on the fun and post on your blog your own 6th picture Meme)
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
In a large saucepan, combine the first nine ingre dients; bring to a boil.
Friday, January 30, 2009
Yesterday I baked Snickerdoodles, trying to cheer us up. I also made fried chicken breasts, broccoli with cheese and fried sweet potatoes for supper last night. We curled up and watched an old Agatha Christie movie, "Death on the Nile" but even that didn't work. Finally, I talked to our youngest son and listened to my 2 year old granddaughter counting, saying "Hi Grandma!", and chattering away..THAT cheered me up!! Sunshine...come back!!
Hope you are having a great day! It is Friday, that's one positive note!
Thursday, January 29, 2009
There's part of me that is hesitant and scared, but then cancer is a scary word to begin with. The other part of me wants to get it over and done with. I'm praying it is successful and that God is with me every step of the way.
Friday, January 23, 2009
We all want our husbands to be a mixture of world's greatest lover, romantic, great looking movie star, sweet singing musician...fill in the blank...hero from the latest romance novel. Sometimes we look at him and wonder, "what did I ever see in him?" But they're only what we make them. We build them into either Ralph Kramden or Brad Pitt. Here's 25 things to say to your husband that will build their ego, remind them of why you married them...and in the meantime remind ourselves as well.
* I've been thinking about you all day
* What can I do for you today?
* How can I pray for you today?
* The best part of my day is when you come home.
* You are one of God's most precious gifts to me
* Thank You
* I'm Sorry
* You are so wonderful!
* You look so handsome today.
* You make my day brighter.
* I don't feel complete without you
* You are my best friend
* I love spending time with you
* Thank you for taking such good care of me
* You are my knight in shining armor
* I will always love you
* I trust your decisions
* I can always count on you
* What would you like to do?
* I prize every moment we're together.
* I see God's fingerprints all over you.
* You are such an inspiration to me.
* You are a wonderful father.
* You could give classes on how to be a wonderful husband.
* I believe in you.
Oh, by the way....remember that man I talked about in the beginning. I married him and I'm thankful every day for a husband who cares for me like I'm the finest diamond in the world. He's everything to me.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Yet, once again, our nation has practiced it's most fundamental practice..the peaceful and orderly exchange of power. I pray for our new President and Vice President, that they will have wisdom and strength. I pray that he will be led by God, that he will be a Godly man, that he will have wisdom and the strength necessary to make the hard choices and decisions that will build our country into the Godly nation our founding fathers intended us to be. I pray he will strengthen our nation and that he will continue to be a beacon of hope for our nation and not be a stumbling block, that he will not fall prey to the Washington political machine, that he will hold fast to the ideals he expressed when running for office.
God Bless America.
Friday, January 9, 2009
TIPS FOR A GREAT NEW YEAR
Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.
Sit in silence at least 10 minutes each day. Buy a lock if you have to.
When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement,
'My purpose is to ____________________ today.'
Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured.
Drink green tea and plenty of water.
Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, and almonds.
Try to make at least three people smile each day.
Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out credit card.
Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
Contemplate every so-called disaster with these words: 'In five years, will this matter?'
Forgive everyone for everything.
What other people think of you is none of your concern.
However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends & family will. Stay in touch.
Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
Before you go to bed each night, complete the following statements: I am thankful for _______________. Today I accomplished ________________. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.
Live Simply, Love Generously, Care Deeply, Speak Kindly and Leave the Rest to God.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Looks like we're going to have stormy day here in Florida today. We can use the rain.
For those who have been following my blog for a while, little Miss Punkin is doing very well. She is warming up to us, but we've discovered she does not like small children. She loves to climb up on the bed with us and have her tummy rubbed...and rubbed...and rubbed...well, until my hand is tired! She can't get enough of it. We're still having a little trouble with the housebreaking, so we have to keep her in the crate unless we're home, and even then she'll sneak around and go in the house when we're not looking! I wonder, is she's too old to bell train?
I pray that your day is truly blessed. My day will be filled with starting to prepare paperwork to do our income taxes...it's a job I truly dread each year.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Today is my sweet husband's 60th birthday. On Saturday I gave him a surprise birthday party...and he WAS surprised, completely and totally. His face was priceless when we entered our church fellowship hall. There were all our friends and church family, but his own family had driven up from Orlando to celebrate with us also. For most of them this was the first visit here, and something he thought would never happen.
I'd told him we were going to a wedding so when we walked in and they all began singing "Happy Birthday" he was confused and totally surprised. There were about 35 who celebrated with us and I owe my best friend, her daughter and husband, a huge debt of gratitude, for I could never have pulled it off without their unfailing love, support and HELP! They honestly did most of the work and did a fabulous job of it.
We had a "John Deere" theme. My husband loves his John Deere tractors, and has an old one he's restored. Last year for his birthday the same best friend and husband and I took him to the Florida FlyWheeler's show. Anyway, back to the topic at hand, everything in the fellowship hall was John Deere yellow and green, including the cake. He loved it and so did all the kids. I have some photos, but the scanner doesn't seem to be working. If I can get it working later I'll scan them, then edit and add them to this post.
I'm hoping now all the festivities are over I will be able to get all my Christmas decorations down and put away, get our lives back to normal. School starts again today and it was back to work for both of us this morning.
Hope your day is wonderful!