Wednesday, October 31, 2007
LULU with DARK HAIR as Snow White
Halloween was never my favorite holiday. I didn't like all the mean things and pranks. I didn't like putting masks on and getting scared. I just don't like it. Except for the candy. But, tonight my grandbabies all over Texas have been trick or treating. Some for the first time. I have loved seeing their pictures and all the fun they had. I wish I could have been with each of them. We did do trunk or treat at church tonight and the kids had fun from our congregation. But, check out my babes from a night of fun.
Princess Possum getting a skunk lesson from her daddy. He is telling her to get lots of candy. She makes a beautiful stinky skunk, don't you think?
Tiny Princess waiting to get her zebra shirt on. Then her daddy told her to go get him some candy.
Monday, October 29, 2007
Some days you are the dough sometimes you are the dough stuck to the pan. You, of all people, should know that. Lest you start wagging your finger at me and saying I did not properly prepare my pans let me defend myself and say I DID TOO. Sometimes, I just can't do it like you. I see it in on the page. I see it in my mind. But, something happens from here to there. From oven to cabinet. First, just let me say that I do love to eat raw cake dough. There that is out. But, there was still plenty left for the cute pumpkin cupcakes.
I bought all the necessary ingredients. I bought a new mini bundt cake pan. I know how important it is for you to have the essential cookware and products. Just like in the picture. I pre-prepared my pan. I had the visual in my mind. I bought fresh new food coloring because I hadn't bought any since the late '70's and didn't really know how long it kept. I must admit I was surprised to read that it was 50 drops of yellow to the red. I was willing and ready to count each drop for my orange frosting. I bought pretzel rods for the stems. Just like in the picture. My little library Bookworms were going to love these for our party on Wednesday!
So, hence the routine. Like a million cupcakes before. Prepare as directed! Don't you love that? This is what they were supposed to turn out to look like.
I basically just turned out with crumbs after I pried the bundts out of the pan. I'll try again tomorrow. Why do I always need a headstart on any project?
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Monday, October 22, 2007
For the largest percentage of people who read here we have all ironically come from similiar backgrounds, beliefs and passions. In fact, no one that I know of that stops here thinks differently about most subjects than I do. It still is so interesting to me that we somehow "found" each other and began friendships and comment on each other's posts like friends we will see later. We live in different areas of the country, worship in different assemblies, and have different fears and loves. But, basically we are all pretty much from the same mold. If you have ever read here long you know that I have a love of family and children. I ran across this tonight in an old school folder and it touched me just like it did the first time I read it. I don't know who wrote it....maybe you do and maybe you've seen it before. This vintage picture is an old print depicting street children. Which is a part of life that many of us choose to pretend doesn't exist today. But, it does and it still is not fair that all children are not born into happiness. All I have to offer for them now is my prayers. So, I share this prayer with you .
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
But, I've been basking in the fall of Texas. Which is basically a breeze out of the north that is sometimes cool and sometimes hot. The leaves don't turn beautiful colors they just fall from the trees in the swimming pool and all over the yard. I like the xeriscape look in the yard so they stay there until we mow again.
This is what I want to see. Just once in my life ( again ). I didn't appreciate the beauty until I was older. Like now. Don't get me wrong. I love Texas. I am a TEXAN by birth and deep rooted in all the ways, sayings, recipes, and wonders of Texas.
I really had been thinking about blogging. I have some topics stored in my mind but all of a sudden it started to feel like I was procrastinating on a homework assignment and I started to feel pressure. Blogging shouldn't be about pressure. I am still reading, web surfing and commenting but I just have not had alot to say that you would have been interested in. I've been busy and done alot but mostly I'm pretty boring............Here are the highlights of my last week.
All the baking and decorating went great for the shower on Sunday. The triple layered humming bird cakes were scrumptious if I do say so myself! Plus, they did NOT fall apart like they did in my dreams the night before. Heather pitched in and helped me bake them too! Her baking skills are all "Rachely Rey". And, we'll forgive Ashley for leaving the flour out of the recipe at first! That would have been so funny to have unrolled those pumpkin roll recipe. Becky's pumpkin rolls were beautiful and tasted even better. Our beautiful bride was truly showered. She received so many nice presents and it was a full house of friends and family. My daughters were all here to help. Even JD got to come even though she had some other obligations like a job! I loved having her here to complete my daughters! There were 22 hostesses in all! It's taken us a few days to recuperate! From the work and the excitement. I am still returning stuff today. Now, if we can just make it to the wedding next month.
Every Thursday nights I host girl TV night. It's a night of 3 back to back shows we love. We just basically veg on the couch watching TV and giggling. It's so casual that sometimes we are even in our jammie bottoms! Hubster is sweet enough to make himself scarce unless the treats are delicious! We always share with him whatever food we have. Bec made us our favorite snacks last week.
Then, today was my little library program. You know the one I volunteered for the week after I "retired"? It is going great and I am so glad that Teej agreed to do it with me. We are doing alot of work in preparation but we are pretty natural when it comes to this type of activity. It probably stems from all those years in education and being a Bible class teacher since I was 12. We always enjoy a lunch out after and enjoy the heck out of that! The number of children grows every week. Today, I had over 40 c0unting parents and all. I heard the murmer of someone say it was going to have to go to two sessions. I DON'T THINK SO. We actually built a scarecrow for the library flower bed after reading a book about SCARECROWS. He turned out so cute! Then all the children made a small one to take home.
As we say around here when someone feels bad......Mom had a little "spell" and I took her into the ER. All is well. She got the royal treatment, some meds and when we got home a couple of hours later, Daddy had made a WELCOME HOME sign for the door. He prefers to stay away from anything that might prove to be a little too exciting.
But, the best part of my week was this. All my chickies were in the nest. And I got lots of hugs and kisses. My big ones were here too but never stayed still long enough for a picture. I hate that all of them were here and not once did we line 'em up! But, this? It doesn't get any better than that. No matter what you say.
In your prayers tonight or whenever your prayer time is, please remember a friend of mine whose mother is not expected to live through the night. It's time for her to go. They are all at peace with that. But, tonight she told me wished that she could see her mother smile one more time. I could've sworn I heard the rush of angel's wings coming to take her mother "home". Don't you love that song? Also, another friend's beautiful teenaged daughter has been in a traumatic incident that is causing all kinds of problems. She came home today after many weeks in a hospital. They are distraught. I have a list of others as I'm sure you do too. I know some of you have pains, problems and worries. Things that seem to accumulate and pile up, sometimes making life seeming so hopeless. Sometimes it's hard to breathe, isn't it? But, I do appreciate my praying friends and I know prayer works.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Monday, October 08, 2007
Friday, October 05, 2007
Honestly. I think this one should be enforced.
I DO MY BEST
KIND OF ON THE RUDE SIDE, BUT YOU KNOW YOU'VE THOUGHT IT TOO!
Do you own a truck? Then you know of which I speak.
How come I didn't get paid for it?
Honestly, I'd let you.
This I do daily.
Awwwwwwwww. Me too.
I have literally had this experience.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Yet, every year when I go, I have to fill out the same paper work. NOTHING about me has changed. But, I politely fill it out anyway. Well, politely, after mumbling under my breath that nothing is new. They just want something else to ram into my already bulging file.
The waiting room is always packed 3 feet deep and there always seems to be a man for every woman. Every "babies daddy" is there. I don't even remember my husband ever going to the OB dr. with me except when I was too huge to pull myself off the waiting room chair when they called my name. I love the generation of men now that take responsibility for the fatherhood thing in all aspects. Not just the "raising" part. My sons all do that stuff too.
I think I gave all the blood I had in my body for tests. Having blood drawn does not even bother me. The girl that was going ahead of me was all clammy and sweaty and horrified. She was asking all the techs had long they had been "drawing" blood because she wanted the most experienced. Her husband kept patting her and the techs were rolling their eyes at her when she wasn't looking. I thought they would be gentle with me since I was so brave and all. After she left, one of the girls mentioned in a whisper that she was glad she wasn't going to be around when she had to give birth! A blood draw, at this point, is the least of her worries.
When it was finally my time to go in we spent our usual first 30 minutes chit chatting about life and what I am doing, how are the kids and how things are in the 'ville. And on and on....... I had not been there before my work status had changed to RETIRED so we had to talk about that. It actually felt cool to cross out the work numbers on the forms and write it in~ Then we had to talk some about how other health issues were going and somehow we ended up talking about my coffee intake. Don't ask how that happened. Dr.'s seem obsessed with caffeine. Especially when they realize they have a very hyperactive heart patient on their table in a vulnerable and captive position. I reassured her that I really have cut back since I am not working. I always had my cup full at work and drank way too much. Since I have been home I usually enjoy 2 full cups in the morning and then switch to tea.......AH, you mean tea has caffeine in it? Of course, I told her my coffee resembled a small mug when in all reality it looks something like this......Caffeine is NOT good for heart patients. Let that be a lesson to you!
Maybe I do need to cut back a little ..........Ok...so I'll cut back a little.
As I was leaving, after scoring a 10 on a possible score of 10, she took out her script pad. I begged for no more meds but she quickly assured me I would like this one. It was a "fake" prescription for a spa retreat. She said she wanted me to go pamper myself for a change. I always did like her.
The mammogram went ok........we won't talk about it. But, if you have a woman in your life you love, make sure that she faithfully gets a mammogram EVERY year. I don't think age 30 is too young to start. In fact, I think it should be mandatory and law enforced. I am totally encouraging my daughters to go have one ASAP. I have seen too many friends and family suffer from this type of the "c" word. My daughters have even lost some friends to it.
So, for another year, barring the return of bad labs or scans, I am squeaky healthy. Disgustingly healthy. Jealously healthy. I just need another cup of coffee.
Monday, October 01, 2007
It would be totally out of character if I actually finished a project. Like, totally finished it. But, as of around 1 AM last night I completed the 5th season of the GILMORE GIRLS. HOURS AND HOURS . Now, it is on to BLOCKBUSTER today to get Season 6 and the final Season 7. Lest you think I am a total slacker and just vegetate in a chair while watching TV you are WRONG. I am busy in my chair! Remember I told before you I am a multi - tasker?
Multi-tasking takes planning. You know how I like to plan. Multi-taskers continually are processing tasks or problems either mentally or by actually doing it as they are doing any other task. I have a basket by my chair that is full of projects that I can pull out and work on. While watching the GG, I have organized my calendar. I have planned dinners and doctor appointments. I have folded laundry. I polished the furniture. I have finalized household plans, projects and selected paint swatches ( for another project) while sitting in that chair. I have cleaned out kitchen drawers. I have organized photo albums. It does take talent. Don't think it doesn't! Multi-taskers love post it notes, colored pens, and paper. Always keep a trash bag handy.
Here are some very important things to know about multi-taskers. First of all we can be doing 50 other things while we are in a conversation with you. We can hear every word you say. Don't think we are rude.They have to learn to budget their time. List, list, list. List each day's activities and time alloted for each. Visualizing your day helps keeps you focused if you have focusing problems. Do what you want to do and then learn to delegate! I am still having trouble with this one.
- Take advantage of gadgets. I LOVE GADGETS! Research the latest communication devices, organization techniques, and keep a basket of scissors, glue, marker, notepad, and other quickly needed items by your chair, if you ever sit down to avoid wasting time.
- Use wait time. I keep a notebook in my purse with a daily calendar, phone number, stamps, addresses etc...... If I am at a light, in a dr. waiting room, or where ever I am trapped, I can still plan. I can write out bills, make phone calls that are needed, schedule appointments, or any other thing that makes me feel constructive. Or use the time to pray for help in coordinating your busy life to please God. Keep the big picture of the daily plan in mind to help you priortize your goals.
Successful multi-tasking can lead to balance, helping you juggle career, family needs and your own mental and physical health. Multi-taskers should not neglect themselves.....a healthy diet, exercise and sound sleep can recharge you and make you more productive. You either are or you are not one.
I just wish all my teachers throughout my school years had realized this special gift I had and not thought it was just me not paying attention. HMMMM. That could explain alot.