Thursday, February 28, 2008



IN OTHER NEWS...... I have the sweetest friend who lives on the edge of a beautiful place called SINGING WOODS. It is peaceful, tranquil, full of love, animals roam, and snow falls quietly. But, right now it's anything but tranquil in her heart. She is fighting cancer in the fight of her life. Yet, sometimes she is so courageous in her posts you forget that she is fighting. I think she is brave but she doesn't. She says she is scared. She says that she tries not to feel sorry for herself. She says she worries about her family and their place in all this madness called cancer. But, I say to her........."Hey ! It's alright to feel all those things. Hey ! It's alright to be scared and mad and have pity parties. It's ok. " I think that those things, those emotions, are what makes a true warrior and fighter. Because she has the strongest emotion of all on her side. LOVE. She shared this award with me today along with some of her other friends. Love you DEENA. Please pray for her everyday!


One of my sweet daughters left today with 5 of her dear friends for a girls weekend to Savannah GA ! They were so excited. They have all kinds of plans including having lunch at Paula Deen's restaurant ! They know they will be in line for hours. They are a special group of girls. Pray for all the daddies left caring for the kids! I know my grandbabies and their Daddy have lots of plans ! SWEET DADS!


Some of you have asked about my mom. She is doing much better everyday. Still a few little problems with getting back some energy but hey.....I have that too! Thanks for all your prayers.


Oh, and little Av is feeling much better too. She is back to her happy little self. Mean old teeth. Little J thrilled her mom by saying "Mama" today.'s the simple things all along, isn't it?


My joys today:
Waking up and not having to go anywhere!
My family......
A sunny day
Hot coffee
Plans to clean and energy to do it
Supper already ready to pop in the oven
HEALTH inside and out
Going to the gym later
Getting an award from Deena

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

I started out to the library this morning as is my usual Wednesday morning routine. When I got closer to the turn I noticed a lot of "activity" in the area. I mean come on. This is a one light town and if more than 2 cars are on the same street we call it a crowd. Well maybe not quite that dramatic but anyway. I knew right off what it was. I was disgusted!

You see, they are filiming another movie in MY town. A major one too. There are 2 very well known stars in it and one is a hunka hunka hunka. But, no names for now. Anyway. I thought to myself ...."Who does he think he is that we just bow to him! I can't even believe it." Aren't they just normal people after all?

Our police force was even out in full gear! We get excited over the little things here. Road blocks were up and all. Full uniform. Serious faces. I was not amused.

Evidently filming had started. "WHO CARES???" , I thought. For the last several weekends there had been all kinds of movie agents/casting people in town. Lines surrounded the city hall. My daddy and uncle even went and stood in line for an audition. And, my uncle got a call back! Children and pets were last weekend. Someone's dog got picked to be in the movie. Plus, numerous children in town got selected for extra parts. So the excitement was already brewing.

Camera crews were everywhere. People strolling along looking important.

Before long the word was out. All of a sudden this was similiar to the scene I saw. Not really but ..........

Then before I could park in front of the library my cell phone rang. It was Becky and she was hysterical. She was on her way to lunch, going the normal way, down a normal street, to have a normal lunch. She stopped at the road block and was disgusted at first like I was to be inconvenienced by stardom. When all of sudden she looked up and directly in "spitting" distance from her window he stood. HE WAS JUST STANDING THERE. He was a real human. He smiled. All dressed in full Navy dress blues holding an officer's cap. And her mouth fell open. He was between takes walking to the next scene sight with the movie directors.

I admit it. As friends we tend to get caught up in excitement together. Becky's excitement is contagious too. SHE SAW HIM! And I didn't. She even got a picture! OK. Since I have gotton home I have loaded my car with my camera and binoculars. I never could stand up to peer pressure.

I am sure by this time next week we will all be sitting in the middle of the block in neighboring yards looking similar to this.

Monday, February 25, 2008


Twenty six years ago tonight I know right where I was and what I was doing. I was still in disbelief that I had a newborn son. I was propped up in the hospital bed gazing into the eyes of my newest little angel. A beautiful, bright eyed little boy who had already filled my heart to the brim with love. Who would be coming home to complete me as a mother and join his 2 sisters, in making my life a most enchanted one. After all these years have flown by he holds his own little child, and maybe now he has a glimmer of how much I love him. He has given me so many happy memories, so many years in the bleachers, so many laughs, so many jokes, so many bright spots in a dark world, so many proud moments as a young leader and child of God. He taught me much more than I think I ever taught him. It's not easy being a parent. But, that night 26 years ago all I could do was sit and stare at him. All in blue and all snuggled in my arms. If I could have a basket of wishes, one would be to recreate that night and make time slow down just a little. Happy Birthday Mitchell! I love you.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Somebody feels bad tonight. Even a bath with all Neena's kitchen utensils couldn't brighten up these eyes. Four teeth are coming in at one time! A runny nose and fever made her feel so bad along with that. It's look like a snuggle night. I can't wait.
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Monday, February 18, 2008

I heard some rustling around on the deck this morning and looked through the door to see a little wren with a string and some mossy stuff in her mouth. I'm not sure but I think it is the same little "family" that finds my decorative bird houses a great place to live. I didn't go out for fear I'd frighten her off but I plan to investigate later. I love the thought that my little outdoor houses make a safe place to raise some babies! It looked like she actually chose the Texas boot house this year. GOOD CHOICE.

Friday, February 15, 2008


I admit it. I was feeling a little down one day. It seems like everyone had been sick. All the transitioning at church.....people moving.......searching for a new preacher.......Late winter blues......taxes........Life seemed hectic. Rushed. CRAZY. Which is really a normal day for me. I made myself drive into town to the post office to get my mail. Which usually means, I collected the last few days compilation of bills, mail order catalogs from places I can't afford, and junk. But, wait. I had a card that said, "DEAR BOX HOLDER....YOU HAVE A PACKAGE." OH... I said to myself. And promptly got in the line of our 1 window post office to collect. I got GOOD MAIL! My very first GOOD MAIL. Do you think I could wait until I got the 4 miles back home to peek?

It was so official to see the precious note from Holly. I was so excited. She is one of my D's BFF'S. And she is P.R.E.C.I.O.U.S.
Well, when I got all the way home, I worked for hours to set this up. Seriously, I did....but I am mental like that. Everything kept toppling over when I would get it just right. But, it was way too cute not to share. This girl is super talented. She MADE these cards that I will hate to send off. Everyone was "Oh this is my favorite." They were all my favorite! You know?
And then there was chocolate. Not just any chocolate either. Dark chocolate is HEART HEALTHY. Did you know that? Not, thigh healthy. Just heart healthy.
And then she reminded me of the real reason to live. In these cute little fortune cookies. What a day. Thanks Holly. I love you!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Home Is Where the List Is

I started to make a list of the things I need to accomplish this week. But, the list got long and I got discouraged. Again. It seems like the days are filled with too many "have to's" and not enough "want to's". We'll see how many I am able to cross off the list by noon. Being the world's biggest procrastinator doesn't help the situation. How do you get things done when you don't even know where to start?

1. I believe that if anything is worth doing, it would have been done already.

2. I shall never move quickly, except to avoid more work or find excuses.

3. I will never rush into a job without a lifetime of consideration.

4. I shall meet all of my deadlines directly in proportion to the amount of bodily injury I could expect to receive from missing them.

5. I firmly believe that tomorrow holds the possibility for new technologies, astounding discoveries, and a reprieve from my obligations.

6. I truly believe that all deadlines are unreasonable regardless of the amount of time given.

7. I shall never forget that the probability of a miracle, though infinitely small, is not exactly zero.

8. If at first I don't succeed, there is always next year.

9. I shall always decide not to decide, unless of course I decide to change my mind.

10. I shall always begin, start, initiate, take the first step, and/or write the first word, when I get around to it.

11. I obey the law of inverse excuses which demands that the greater the task to be done, the more insignificant the work that must be done prior to beginning the greater task.

12. I know that the work cycle is not plan/start/finish, but is wait/plan/plan.

13. I will never put off until tomorrow, what I can forget about forever.
this list borrowed from someone but very fitting

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Anybody Else In?

I am ready for a day of pampering .
Anybody else?

Monday, February 04, 2008

This was the nursing staff I had after I got home on Friday. Don't I have it so good? I was never out of their sight.
It doesn't get any better, I tell you.

Friday, February 01, 2008

JUST a note from all my "wearing RED" "good cause supporting" "PRAYING warrior, friends from around everywhere. Four thirty AM came early but it's now seven PM and I am HOME. Initial reports were very good. I didn't even get to wear my sweet new comfy jammies. GREAT I'll enjoy them tonight.

My "procedure" is over and I am even home. There was not an additional stent added. Which right now is great. It was a long day but I understand I slept through most of it while my grown children, grandchildren, parents and dear friends entertained each other watching movies, laughing, visiting the hospital snack bars, and back and forth to my room! Poppi got in a few good naps all snuggled on the couch. Hubby kept a bedside wait with me and I am so grateful for him. The kids all got here last night so we were up late. Mitch came ALONE with baby Jaxon ( 6months old) after he got off work. We laughed because they unloaded with a "dirty diaper" and an ice chest FULL of frozen breast milk. I know JD ( her mommy ) is totally missing her today and it was a great sacrifice to let them come. They'll see her tomorrow though.
The doctor's final words to hubby and me was, "your heart looks great considering what it's been through." He said that he did see about 40% blockage in on of the arteries but it was not sufficient at this time to go through a more major surgery. He is still concerned about the breathlessness feeling I have been having and we will follow up on in the next weeks. I came home wearing a holter monitor which I have done before. It is a continous computurized EKG for 24 hours straight. Anytime I feel something weird I am supposed to push a button and hit a key describing time/place/activity/sensation. Pretty cool. He says we will get to the bottom of some of this and I think he meant it! For that I am glad.

SO, thanks for all your prayers especially. For thinking of me today. For my gal friends who supported me today wearing RED. My precious JD and the entire ACU LADY WILCAT softball team has been praying for me all week and wore red ribbon armbands at their tournament this weekend. I even got a picture of a blonde beauty princess who even supported a tag with my name on it! I am totally honored for a huge crowd of her employees there wearing red. For privacy I won't share the pictures but they made me SMILE. I have gotton emails and cyber hugs ever since I got home tonight. I am so thankful.