Friday, January 30, 2009

Rain rain go away

It's been gray and rainy for the last several days, that's something that I don't like. It reminds me too much of when I used to live in the Chicago area. Florida is known for its sunshine and when it's missing I feel so down.

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

Surgery Date

I went to the oncologist yesterday, and even though I haven't lost as much weight as she'd have liked, she set up a date for surgery for me...March 2nd.

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

Twenty-Five Things Your Husband Longs to Hear

I remember reading a romance novel many, many, many...well you get the idea...a long time ago...where the hero said to the heroine, "Ill go down into the dark loving you." Swoon!!! Where's the fainting couch???? I always wanted a man to love me that much, that his last word would be my name, his last thought on earth of me.

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

The Exchange of Power

I remember Martin Luther King standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, today his dream became reality as we watched the first African-American president be sworn into office.
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

Another Day Another Dollar

I love that old saying. During these tough economic times it certainly makes a lot of sense. There's days these days we don't even make a dollar a day. DH and I own our own business, it's a window cleaning and pressure washing business, and many companies find that a luxury in tough economic times. We keep trusting in the Lord to provide for us, and He's never failed us yet.

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's a job I truly dread each year.

Monday, January 5, 2009

First Post of the New Year

I can't believe it's already January 5th! Five days into the new year already.

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!