Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes. Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.
As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat. We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle. We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this. We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank Kool-aid made with sugar, but we weren't overweight because, WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K. We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem. We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, no cell phones, no personal computer! s, no Internet or chat rooms........WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!
We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever. We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes. We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them! Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!
The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law! These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever! The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!
The quote of the month is by Jay Leno:"With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?"
Thursday, January 24, 2008
2. Dress Up!! The best way to dress up is to put on a smile. A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks. "The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at outward appearance; but the Lord looks at the heart." I Samuel 16:7
3. Hush Up!! Say nice things and learn to listen. God gave us two ears and one mouth, so He must have meant for us to do twice as much listening as talking. "He who guards his lips guards his soul." Proverbs 13:3
4. Stand Up!! For what you believe in. Stand for something or you will fall for anything.. "Let us not be weary in doing good; for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good..." Galatians 6:9-10
5. Look Up!! To the Lord. "I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me." Phillippians 4:13
6. Reach Up!! For something higher. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, And He will direct your path." Proverbs 3:5-6
7. Lift Up!! Your Prayers. "Do not worry about anything; instead PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING." Philippians 4:6
GOD ANSWERS KNEE MAIL
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Monday, January 21, 2008
The second of my eye procedures is done! I am glad I only have 2 eyes. Hopefully, the procedures will correct the problem and I'll be as good as new. Except I didn't know anything was wrong to begin with. That is why it is an important thing to get your eyes checked regularly. I could have eventually developed glaucoma and / or lost my sight.
The little red dress you see in this ad is the logo for GO RED FOR WOMEN. In essence, red signifies POWER and energy. The dress is easily recognized as one of those "sweet" little number we wish we could all fit in and have in our closet. Last year the shirt I designed was a red t-shirt with a giant silver heart in the center. I added a "little rhinestone" bling to the center as a thank you to those who bought a shirt. I didn't put any writing on it thinking that they could be worn for other things like Valentines, etc. And they have been. I always seem to see someone wearing their GO RED shirt. But, this year I am doing them a lttle differently. They are going to be white with the red dress logo on them and the only writing will say, "BLESS YOUR HEART".......my bling bling will be on the dress. It won't have all that other writing on it that you see above. I just couldn't find a good picture of the dress. I already have gotton orders from school and church....tomorrow the city offices will order and the banks, the clinics, and the hospital and soon the entire 'ville will be supporting AHA! I can't wait. So, I'll be VERY BUSY once the TSHIRT shop tells me the shirts are ready to pick up. I have my glue and rhinestones ready.
TIP #3 .....CHOLESTEROL. Always have it checked as part of your routine health check up. KNOW YOUR NUMBERS. Your total cholesterol should be below 200. The bad cholesterol - LDL - that is included in that count, should be below 70 - 100, for people at risk of heart disease. The HDL should be around 50 or higher. Ask your doctor what is right for you, personally. Then keep record of it and compare it each year. There are lots of options to lower your cholesterol. It's best to take care of it before the doctor tells you to!
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
t-shirts last year. Over 200 of them!
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
SO. With that being said let me say this. They make it sound painless. They make it sound quick. They can say all these things because it is not THEIR EYE. Of all the the procedures I have had I dread this one the most. I really don't dread it for the pain, there is no pain. It is just the idea of someone poking around in my eye. It better be painless. I am having my left eye procedure on Monday and then will schedule my right eye the following week if all goes ok with the first. They won't do them both the same day for reasons that are scary. 'Nuff said. Take care of your eyes, I tell you. Get regular eye check ups too. I might never have known this. Hopefully, I'll be as good as ever. And that wasn't too good. And hopefully, my eyes will still be brown!
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
It is called the nesting syndrome. Not to be confused with anything you have ever read on "empty nest syndrome". This is not the same. This deals with a decorating "gene" that you are born with, I believe. People who suffer the nesting syndrome are called nesters. Nesters are a group of people, usually women, who find comfort and tranquility in creating spaces within their home, offices, outdoor areas, or wherever they spend alot of their time, that define who that person is. In other words, wherever they are their personal stamp is on that area. Or as in my case, ALL over my area.
Nesters frequently have the same characteristics as other nesters that have identified themselves with this same syndrome. Some of these include but are not limited to:
Excessive furniture rearranging to create new and more practical looks. Any time you visit the home of nester you are likely to find things in totally different locations as they were before. Artwork included. Especially knick knacks.
Knick knacks. Nesters love collections. They collect things that, to them, have very personal meanings. Nesters are always looking for new ideas, new themes, and other ways to display their treasures.
Magazines. Nesters crave magazines. They can entertain themselves for hours and hours with a decorating magazine or a catalog. It doesn't even have to be a new magazine or catalog. New editions, however, are reason for nesters to hyperventilate with excitement. Don't bother me when the new issue of Country Home comes out. Nesters also like to cut out of magazines.
Folders and files bring total excitement to a nester. They love to color code and they love to file things. This filing usually takes place in a basket.
Baskets, baskets, baskets. Everywhere. Things are filed in baskets, piled in baskets and sometimes lost in baskets. Everything from plants, to papers, to any arrangement used for decorating. Or as I like to think of it.....discreetly placed in baskets.
Pillows. Nesters love pillows and lots of them. Of course they must be arranged in a certain fashion for full decorating impact.
Candles. These are essential to a nester. They are everywhere and in all types of soothing fragrances to infilitrate the home with a pungent memory of a food, a season, or a place. Mostly cinamonny/pumpkiny/spicy smells. As in my case.
But, nesters are not necessarily clutterers. Things are neatly organized within the nest. Things are stored in jars, bins, or as mentioned above baskets.
If you have ever looked at the intricate way that a bird builds his/her nest you would understand this. I'm totally a nester. Totally. Do you think you are?
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER
1. The smell of freshly bathed babies. ( all ages )
2. Sitting with my family at church
3. Chatting about nothing and everything with my children.
4. A roast lunch at Mother's 16. Singing harmony
5. Good hair days 17. GOOD movies
6. Girl's TV night 18. Pumpkins, fall, and fireplaces
7. A massage 19. Floating in the pool for hours
8. Clean sheets 20. A new outfit
9. The beach ~ anytime. 21. Skin products
10. L'Oreal BLACK mascara 22. Purses and totes
11. Olive Garden salad 23. Manicures
12. Laughing so hard it hurts 24. Snuggling with my grandchildren
13. Being with my sisters 25. Forever friends
14. Blank notebooks 26. A clean house
15. Candles 27. Odd numbers
Monday, January 07, 2008
*** Heather runs in the Houston Marathon again this year. Her big race is Sunday morning. I am very proud of her dedication, determination and her constant discipline to practice! She is amazing. I think we need to rename her the streak! Even when she is not running she is. She is the ultimate volunteer. She is Sunday school teacher, room mother, car pool mother, babysitter, helper, "never say no to anyone" girl. She is constantly on her way to church, school, practice, dance, the field, or the gym. She is an extraordinary mother and wife. Her family knows it too. Luckily, Troy can help when he is not working crazy shifts. And he always does, without complaining. He just goes with the flow. They are a most admired couple. But, for the most part. They are always on the road. Rooster and Lulu are constantly in motion. Growing up too fast, if you ask me. R is into all sports...ALL of them. He is amazing and excels in everyone. L loves to dance and is soaking up Kindergarten faster than the teacher can teach. She is writing up a storm. Creative writing basically where she sounds things out and spells them like she thinks they should be. It's a great writing procedure and I love to decipher her notes. They are growing up for sure but will always be my babies. Even when Rooster is with the majors and over 6' tall. And Lulu is the best snuggler.
*** Ashley is launching a new business. Her website is up but not quite to her perfection yet. She is starting a photography business in the Houston area. I know she is going to do great. She has worked very hard, been practicing alot as an assistant "shooter" and done things on her own all trying to build up her portfolio. Ashley, just like we all have always known, was born to be a mother. She has blossomed in every area of her life with Possum's birth. She lives, breathes and makes this mother thing look so easy to newbies. BA is working hard at his new job and traveling alot. He seems to really like his job but like everything he does, it is full speed. He wishes he could be home more, I know. He is a very hard worker too. Just becoming parents this year they are adjusting to alot of new things. Possum is growing like a weed. 9 months already, can you believe it? She is absolutely beautiful. So smart. And nosy! She is in everyone's business all the time. She'll turn around at a restaurant like she is joining the next table and listening. She is beautiful and has been such an answer to SO many prayers. I have loved watching her and her parents fall in love with being parent/child and this family thing. Can you visualize BA talking baby talk? I have seen it with my own eyes. My "big ole" football player son in law can goo goo ga ga with the best of them. The bigger they are the harder they fall in love too. This family is always keeping me entertained.
***Mitch finally had a day off. But, not before the weekend before Christmas. The AHS WarEagles were one game short of the STATE playoffs. The defeat even came in overtime when each team only has one possession of the ball. It just wasn't enough time for another score. It was disappointing for them but they have nothing to be ashamed of! They had an awesome football season. I am so proud of Mitch. He had a great professional year and even the HeadCoach told me that Mitch was an amazing young man, husband, father and role model for the kids. I could have told him that myself. This year they became new parents too. They learned alot about balancing career and family. It's not easy. JD has so many mixed emotions about her career. She is such a dedicated employee yet had no idea how much she was going to love being the mother to Tiny Princess. She wishes she could just win the lottery and never have to work. I wish so too. She is an amazing mother. She tries hard to keep Mitch "in line" too. You know what a job that is! Just joking, Mitch. But, honestly, I could never have EVER hand picked such a wonderful precious daughter/friend. And Tiny Princess? Oh my. She is trying to crawl and I can't imagine what that little bit will look like walking. She babbles and bubbles and coos. What a beauty. Honestly, I am not kidding. And so happy and good. I hope that life always comes so good for her.
So over the holidays you can imagine how wonderful it was to have them all snuggled with me at home. We had so much fun and so many laughs. The babies entertained us all and their big cousins were the perfect babysitters. It's so hard to be so far away from them all. I wish they could all just be close enough to squeeze on a daily basis. Camp Neena is already registering. And I can't wait.