Friday, August 27, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
2. When you were a kid, did you get started on your homework right away after school, or did you procrastinate? Well, I never remember having the kind of homework that kids today have, but I always did it shortly after getting home. I just wanted it "over with." I'm appalled at the amount of homework some teachers give today. Just seems a bit "over the top" to me.
3. What is your favorite store for home furnishings? Uh, I have a lot of favorites, but we have the greatest place here called Mer Rouge Wholesale (it's open to the public) and I can always seem to find such great treasures there for very affordable prices. They have everything from furniture, rugs, silk flowers, ribbon, containers, wall decor, you name it and they have it.
4. When you were young, did you like school lunches? Oh yes, and I distinctly remember the hot rolls and I would pour honey on mine. Talk about good! I do not remember ever taking my lunch to school.
5. Is religion a crutch? I gave this a whole lot of thought before answering.......a crutch is a much needed item if one has been injured and cannot walk. So, yes religion could be looked upon as a crutch in that context. I am not nearly as bound to my religion as I am to the God I serve, the one and only Christ Jesus. He gives me a reason to live each day, He sees me through the darkest valleys of my life and gives my life purpose. Without Him I would be nothing and with Him I can face any challenge that comes my way. He has proven to be a crutch that I cannot live without.
6. In your region, what is the "big" (most popular in the community or state) high school sport? Oh, my goodness, FOOTBALL is the "be all, do all" here. I truly do not "get it" but nonetheless, that's the way it is.
7. Do you consider yourself rich? In houses and land, no. In family and friends, yes!
8. Which of these would you have the best chance for success in administering:
B) Heimlich Maneuver
C) Changing a flat tireI've been trained to do all 3 but would feel the most comfortable in changing a flat tire since it most probably would not be a "life or death" situation.~smile~
9. Which dance would you prefer to learn & why:
B) Hip Hop
Oh, the Waltz! I think it is so beautiful to watch, especially when both parties are "into" it and move with one fluid motion. Doubt I could ever carry it off but I can dream.
10. What's the worst news you've ever delivered to someone? On Nov. 29, 2008 I had to call my youngest brother and tell him that our Mom had had a massive stroke and probably would not live over it. It still hurts my heart to recall that moment.Our Mom passed away 2 days later.
11. Name something you learned in college that had nothing to do with classes or academics.
That being away from home and parents was not nearly as much fun as I had anticipated it to be, the adjustment was hard, but it was a part of the"growing up" process.
12. New variation on an old question: If there's a song in your head that just won't get out, what is your favorite (or most repeated) line in that song?
I do not have a clue ~smile~
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Monday, August 23, 2010
1. i'm so excited that i am going to the yellow daisy festival in stone mountain, georgia. it is september 9th thru the 12th and my sister in law and i are going to be there when the gates open on the very first day! i cannot wait! i've never been and have heard such "raves" about it. talk about blog fodder! ~big smile~
2. this action
resulted in this action
yes, the time has come for safety locks to be put on cici and poppa's cabinets and clancy was poppa's little helper. ~chuckle~
3. our kids and their dogs..... our son and his wife have 3 dogs, two outside and one inside and our daughter and her husband have 2 outside dogs. our daughter and her husband woke up to this yesterday!!
7 corgies (only 4 had been born at the time this picture was taken), just what every young couple needs!! do you note my sarcasm? ~giggle~ but they are cute!
4. we went out to watch our son in law work with his horses yesterday and took clancy with us. clancy gets so excited about seeing the horses and took a little jaunt around the arena with his dad.
then poppa held him up on another horse
and then he had fun swinging on the gate. yes, i think he's quickly becoming a full fledged little boy. they really do grow up quickly.
6. speaking of hubby, he and i went to see "eat love pray" this past friday evening. we really like julia roberts and felt sure, in spite of it's terrible reviews and ratings, that it would be a good movie. not!!!
it was long, boring, full of new age and a totally "empty" movie as far as we were concerned. it was such a disappointment because we never go to the movie, so when we do, we like to really enjoy ourselves. oh, well, there's always next time...........
A wonderful week to you!
Friday, August 20, 2010
I so enjoy memes and thought I would participate in both "Flashback Friday" and "Company Girl Coffee" today. I seemed to need a little direction for my entry today and thought the questions from "Flashback Friday" would get my "creative juices" flowing. I'm looking forward to meeting some new "blogging buddies" over at Mocha with Linda, the hostess for "Flashback Friday" and of course, always enjoy visiting with my friends at Company Girl Coffee. Thanks to Rachel Anne and Linda for being such great hosts.
|My first day of 1st grade|
|My Senior Picture - 1970|
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
2. Are you holding onto something you need to let go of? Yes, at this moment, a bowl of ice cream for my bedtime snack :o)
3. What is your favorite gift to receive? Anything that I know the giver has put a lot of thought into.
4. When was the last time you tried something new?
It would have been in July when I tried my ability at riding a Segway while in Branson.
5. What is your favorite and least favorite book genre? Memoir, Mystery, Political Intrigue, Romance, Humor, Historical Fiction, Historical nonfiction, Chick Lit, Self-Help, Other I like a good romance, love books by Karen Kingsbury and Francine Rivers and care nothing for Historical Fiction or Nonfiction.
6.Silver or Gold? In recent years I've converted to silver
7. What makes you sigh? Usually aggravation :o)
8. If you didn't know how old you are, how old would you claim you are? About 45, I have to pinch myself to realize that I "really" am 58.
9. Would you break a law to save a loved one? To protect a loved one? Definitely to save a loved one and depends upon what I would be protecting them from but probably so.
10. If you had to teach something, what would it be?
Oh, this is easy, "How to have structure and organization in your life."
11. You're having lunch with 3 people whom you respect and admire. They begin to criticize a close friend of yours, not knowing she is your friend. What do you do? I would clue them in that she is a friend of mine and encourage them to get to know her better and leave it at that.
12. Which of the 5 Love Languages is your prominent means of experiencing love?
Acts of Service
Words of Affirmation
Oh, wow, I've heard about this for years but I've never read the book or taken the test but I think Words of Affirmation would be the prominent one with all of the others being included.
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Monday, August 16, 2010
1.i know that it does no good to complain about the weather, but i just can't help myself. it is so hot in n.e.louisiana and the humidity is at least 100%. need i say that i am more than ready for fall and all that it brings? it seems to help my feelings if i just think about fall. ~smile~ i have "glistened and sparkled" way more than i care to this summer. i'm a "girly girl" and i don't like sweat! okay, now that i've gotten that off of my mind, i'll move on.~wink~
2. i am saddened by all the support that the jet blue flight attendant has gotten on his behavior. i don't know that the public will ever know the "whole" story, but regardless, his behavior (and language), in my estimation, was unacceptable. now, i have no problem with those working for, and in, the public defending themselves.It's all in how it is done. i have seen employees treated so unfairly by the public and i know without a doubt that they would most often,love to respond in the same way. it takes a big person to "rise above" such treatment but what a fine example it sets for those in observance. and, of course, it is the only choice for christians! what is all the media coverage and support for steven slater saying to our children? yes, it saddens my heart.
3. hubby and i went out to dinner with several friends Saturday evening and we always ride separately, the women in one vehicle and the men in another. it just makes for more interesting conversation that way. ~giggle~ we, the ladies, found ourselves talking about miralax (in case you don't know, it's a laxative). during the conversation one of the ladies said, "laxatives and weather are what folks talk about when they get old." that comment abruptly ended that conversation ~giggle~ and, i suppose that the guys and gals riding in seperate vehicles might also be a sign of another "old folks habit."~big chuckle~
4. i'm imagining these scenes below and looking forward to september 23!(the first day of fall)
thanks to carissa for hosting "miscellany monday" each week. she is definitely a "hostess with the mostess." blessings for a wonderful week!
Friday, August 13, 2010
On Tuesday I had the privilege of keeping my precious little 10 month old Granddaughter for most of the day. She is the happiest little girl and squeals with delight. She is beginning to say Da-Da, Ma-Ma and I'm working hard with her on CiCi. ~chuckle~ And, I couldn't help but snap the picture below and afterwards I explained to her that this was the only time in her life that chubby thighs would be considered cute. ~giggle~ But, aren't they precious? I just love pinching them!
I have been wanting to replace the flat braided rugs in our kitchen (under the table and in front of the sink area) but wanted more of a decorator rug this time. I've always had flat braided rugs and while I do like them, it is just time for a change. I began looking a couple of weeks ago and of course, an 8X10 rug and a 9' runner can be costly. I had been to one furniture store and checked the internet but nothing just "sent me" or was just way to costly. Yesterday I happened to remember this great discount place that we have here. I had completely forgotten that they carry lots and lots of rugs. I decided to go and check them out. I had not been there 15 minutes when I saw what I thought was perfect! And,what
|This replaced the one below. Now, don't you agree it has a bit more pizazz!!!|
made it even better, they had the matching 9' runner. The price couldn't be beat. They are made in India of 100% wool. Now, I don't know how much you know about rugs, but let me tell you, they can be expensive. I paid a small fraction of what they would have cost anywhere else. I've known the owner of this place for years and I asked him how in the world he could sell these so inexpensively. He explained that he buys them by the tractor trailer load and gets them for "rock bottom" prices. Well, I'm so thrilled with the new look in our kitchen and Hubby was equally thrilled. Amazing what a rug can do. ~smile!~
Yesterday I woke up with a "bee in my bonnet." I have always enjoyed doing what I call "bulk cooking" and then stashing it away in the freezer. Well, I noticed the other day that my freezer was pretty much empty of any stashes. When I woke up this morning I decided to do something about that today. I have to be in the right mood to do bulk cooking and it seemed that today was the day. I quickly made a grocery list of needed items to make Lasagna and a Mexican Casserole. When I returned home I began the process.
I love to "kill two birds with one stone" whenever possible. There were 3-4 of my older (remember I don't like the word elderly) lady friends that I needed to check on, so I put on my headset phone. I would call and talk to
them while cooking. Let me just say this before I go any further--if you do not own a headset phone, you are missing out on one of life's greatest
blessings! ~big laugh~ You can talk on the phone and absolutely never "miss a beat." Okay, now back to the cooking. In about 2 1/2 hours I had
6 containers of Lasagna and 4 containers of Mexican Casserole. I believe that calculates to about 10 meals and I did not spend quite $40 for all the ingredients. I think that's impressive! ~smile!~ I will share with my daughter and daughter in law. They both head back to work (they teach) next Tuesday. A stash in their freezer might be handy for them to have for "one of those days." I was so glad to find that these neat little aluminum containers at the local Dollar Store. Just love some of the "finds" in there! I think I have another "bee in my bonnet" this morning and am going to do some more bulk cooking. Today it will be Chicken Enchilada's and a Breakfast Casserole. That should get my freezer looking "happy" once again.
While visiting, via my headset, with a couple of my little "lady friends" my heart was so touched. One was the Director of Nursing at the nursing home where my Grandparents were several years ago. She was always there for me, knowing just what to say when the days were tough. We developed a very special relationship during those years and she will always hold a very dear and precious place in my heart. She is now having health issues and takes care of her disabled husband who has a string of health issues too. She remains so positive and is such a beacon to the Lord and His great mercies.
My next call was to a precious lady that is 91 years old and has outlived two husbands and never had children. She was an educator here in our community for almost 40 years and served as teacher, principal and superintendent during that time. She has literally touched the lives of hundreds here in our small town. In the past couple of years she has faced declining health and can no longer walk unassisted. She said in our conversation today, "I just want to be the me I use to be." (she was speaking of her physical body) I felt a big lump come up in my throat and didn't know if I was going to be able to speak. All I could think was that if I am fortunate to live long enough, I will one day likely long to "be the me I use to be." WOW! may I age with the same grace and dignity that these ladies have and bless lives as they have for as long as HE sees fit to give me life.
May you be awesomely blessed this week-end!
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Aren't we thrilled to have Linda back with her Random Dozen!! I know she deserved a break, but it sure wasn't the same on Wednesday while she was away. I bet she missed us too!
1. When was the last time you laughed until you cried?
Just a little over a week ago at a play at our local theater. It was the Dixie Swim Club and it was just hysterical and I highly recommend it. The director of the theater makes sure I am in attendance at all of the plays because of my very loud and contagious laugh. He "claims" it's good for the audience and they will join in. Oh, well, guess I could be known for something a whole lot worse.~smile~
2. If you found $10 today, what would you do with it?
3. Do you volunteer anywhere?
Not per say, but I do try to be aware of the needs of my older (I don't like the word elderly) friends and help with those whenever I can. I'm quite sure I could do a whole lot more.
4. What is your favorite summertime veggie or fruit, and how do you eat it?
I love fresh purple hull peas, cooked with a little bacon, okra, mealed and fried and cantaloupe with salt and pepper. Oh, and new potatoes with butter, salt and pepper are just the BEST!
5. Is your social sphere (circle of friends) small, medium or large? I would say that my circle of friends is large. I have friends from all walks of life, varying personalities and interests and they all offer something different in their friendship. Of course there are friends and there are "bosom buddies." Now that "circle" would be much smaller because I do not feel that a person can possibly have anything but a small circle of BEST friends. I can't imagine life without my friends, they "double my joy and divide my grief."
6. When was the last time you attended a family or school reunion? How did that go?
|The Class of 70 - I'm on the 2nd row, 2nd from the right|
7. When you're feeling blue, what is the best way someone can cheer you up? Well, it depends upon what I'm blue about. I'm not usually blue/sad alot but when I am, it's usually something major. Prayers, reassurance from the scriptures and a warm touch or hug from a loved one or friend is super "salve for the wound."
8. Have you taken a vacation this summer? Hubby and I went to Point Clear, Alabama and then we also met family in Branson, Missouri, not big trips, but great fun!
9. What is the most unnecessary item you carry with you all the time? Well, I carry so many items in my purse/suitcase that my friends call me a boy scout because I'm pretty much always prepared for anything. I carry band-aids, wet ones, asprin, sissors, flashlight and a "bazillion" other things, and I don't think any of it is unnecessary. ~chuckle~
10. What is the best summer flick you have seen so far? This is sad to admit, but the only movie I've been to this summer is Toy Story 3 with my daughter and Grandson. I've gotta do better. ~smile~
11. Describe a perfect summer day. Beautiful weather, some "hubby and me" time, time with family and not having anything that just HAS to be done. Of course, I'm guilty of often thinking things HAVE to be done when they really don't. It's that weird part of my personality. ~wink~ I'm very blessed to have a lot of these kind of days.
12. Please a share a favorite photo from the summer so far!
|Me enjoying some special time with my niece and nephew in Branson|
Monday, August 9, 2010
2. we enjoyed going with friends to a habachi grill Saturday evening. this was only my 3rd time to go and i love the food. we had a very fun waiter/chef last night. it is so amazing to me how they rattle those utensils, flip the food, squirt the seasonings and never miss a beat. i wonder how long it takes them to learn to do this? i think it would be much like learning to juggle and am quite certain that it is a task beyond my ability. ~wink~
3. i think that most habachi grills are also sushi bars (it obvious that i don't know a lot about either one) one of the folks with us last night ordered sushi and while i cannot imagine putting something by that name in my mouth, it had a most attractive look. i think he thought i was pretty " out there" when i told him i wanted to take a picture of it before he "dug in." it was absolutely perfect and uniform and the plate presentation actually made it look yummy.
4. hubby's thoughts are beginning to turn to hunting. he is quite the golfer but it has gotten so unbearably hot that he says he may not do much more until next spring. it's too hot to golf but not to hot to go and ready the woods for deer hunting. (go figure) hubby has been an avid hunter for over 50 years. there isn't a trick that he doesn't know and his deer stands look like the "Hilton on a stand."
they are equipped with carpet, heaters, nice swivel chairs and windows that open. he spends some of his happiest times in his deer stands and says he does some of his best thinking while there. he is able to get "up close and personal" with mother nature. he's one of the reasons that louisiana is called " a sportsman's paradise."
5. i'm in love with my keurig coffee maker. i've had it almost a year and i like it more everyday. it is just the coolest one machine.
i love the little pods and all the many flavors of coffee available in them. it's so much neater and quicker than a regular coffee pot and your coffee is always freshly brewed. i love me some coffee first thing in the morning!
6. our sunday school lesson yesterday was on how god desires to be involved in any and all of our decisions. he's not just about the big things in our lives, but even what we might think of as mundane. i know that and have known it for many years, but i sure did need to be reminded. it's so easy to forget to consult him on any and everything that concerns us. may i be rededicated to this in the days ahead.
as always, miscellany monday is so much fun! i don't know how carissa finds the time to host us each week, but i sure am glad she does. she is a sweetheart! perhaps she is like many of the rest of us, blogging is her therapy. ~smile~
Friday, August 6, 2010
about 20 degrees and it feels like a "cold wave" has swept through. Oh, it feels so good and makes me think of fall, pumpkins and cooler weather. But, I'm quite certain that we are still a couple of months away from any "real feel" of fall. But, it's fun to think about anyway.
It's been a fairly uneventful week, just busy enough but not too busy. We did manage to get the new light fixtures hung in the bathrooms and a new commode was installed in our Master Bathroom. Now, does it get much more exciting that that? ~giggle~
Yesterday was a most fun day! I took a 13 year old girl out to lunch and shopping. She is the daughter of the gal that has been doing my nails for the past 10 years. (See my last post for more about them and pictures.)
Our first stop after lunch was a shoe store that carries all the latest and greatest in shoes for the young teen through the older women. We walked in just as the owner was opening a huge box of rubber cowboy rain boots. An was beside herself with excitement and wasn't long about finding just the perfect pair for herself. And, she loved the fact that she bought the first pair the store sold. I must say, they are just the cutest, but, wow! what a difference in the rubber boots I wore as a 14 year old. I did have to try on a pair myself but just could not see me in rubber cowboy boots. ~smile~
From the shoe store we went to Dillard's. An wanted to check out the sale in the Jr. Dept. Mind you, she is a size 1!!! There's not much out there that doesn't look "picture perfect" on her. She found the cutest ruffled skirt for 50% off, tried it on and it was a "gotta have it." We decided that the ruffled skirt and the cowboy boots made a definite "fashion statement."
It was a delightful time and it was so refreshing to see a young girl that is so conscious of cost and modesty. She even said to me that she knew how hard her parents worked and she wanted to be responsible in the way she spent their money. WOW! such depth for a 13 year old. This 58 year old woman was blessed by her day with a teenage girl and I pray that she was blessed by her time with me. And, I might add, her Mom approved of all her purchases and appreciated my taking An shopping as she just simply has very little time to enjoy such luxuries with her daughter. It was also some great "on the job" training for later when my little 10 month old Granddaughter is old enough to go shopping.
If you want more good "reads" then by all means check out Rachel's Home Sanctuary. Rachel is the "bomb!"
Monday, August 2, 2010
<1> my dear mom has been deceased 20 months. there's never a day that goes by that i do not miss her. thank goodness it's not a miss that necessarily makes me sad anymore, but there's so much i miss about her. one major thing is her prayers for me. i knew all of my life that there was not a day that my mom did not pray for me. as i grew older her prayers began to mean more and more to me. i knew that i could call and share the concerns of my heart and she would be in earnest prayer with me. there's just no one like a momma and there's no prayers like those of a momma.
<2> last week i mentioned my precious Vietnamese friends that own the salon where i get my nails done. Their 14 year old daughter is such a talented young lady. She
fellowship of christian athletes at her high school. she is excited that their family will be adding another member in feb. what a wonderful big sister an will be.
I've been wife to the best Hubby for 44 years....Mom to a son and daughter....CiCi to 4 precious Grans....lover of family and friends....enjoy laughter and a good time....shopper....picture taking maniac....maker of delicious fudge....organizational enthusiast....memory maker....Southern Belle...and most importantly.....a Child of the King! Welcome to my little corner!
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