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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

30 DAY BLOG CHALLENGE - DAY 26

IF YOU HAD $1,000,000 TO SPEND, HOW WOULD YOU SPEND IT?


  1. I would take 10% and set it aside to pay tithes on it.  
  2. Take the next 10% and place it in savings.
  3. Pay off our house
  4. pay off any bills that we had
  5. Divide the rest between our four daughters        
It is so nice that we are able to dream.  I don't want any fancy home, new cars or expensive clothes.  I would like to bless those that I love. 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

30 DAY BLOG CHALLENGE - DAY 25

SOMEONE WHO FASCINATES YOU AND WHY


There is a young lady, Katherine, at the church that I go to and I absolutely love to watch her worship the Lord.  She has so much energy.  From the time her husband begins the worship, it just seems that she loses herself in the Lord.  I know that she is probably 30 - 35 years younger than I am, so she would for sure have more energy.  


i remember when I was younger, it was so much easier to let the excitement of the Lord flow through me and I loved worship time.  Now, because of having "Plantar Faciatis" in both of my feet, it is hard to really stand for a long time.
I have always gone to a Pentecostal church and the worship is anything but dry.  Why go to a ball game and get excited and then go to church only to show no emotion?  I love to worship with all my heart.


So now, I am just amazed as I watch Katherine worship and give her all.  Isn't that what living for God is all about, showing our devotion, love and praise?  For who better deserves it?



Can you just imagine how the worship will be when we enter those "Pearly Gates"?  Yet, at that time, our bodies will be able to worship for eternity.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

FILL IN THE BLANKS FRIDAY


1.   The best thing I did all week was  KEPT MY HOUSE CLEAN, SO THAT EVERY MORNING I WAS ABLE TO GET UP AND JUST MAKE THE BED, START LAUNDRY AND STRAIGHTEN UP.  IT WAS WONDERFUL
2.  KNOWING THAT MY CHILDREN ARE TAKEN CARE OF    makes me super happy.

3.  Pets are ONE THING THAT I ALWAYS GREW UP WITH AND WOULD NOT WANT TO BE WITHOUT IN MY HOME.

4.  BEING MARRIED TO THE SAME MAN FOR THE PAST 37 YEARS  is the best thing about my life.

5.  With the cooler weather I am looking forward to  SWEATS,  SPENDING TIME CURLED UP WITH A BOOK, THE LEAVES FALLING, HOT TEA, HOT CHOCOLATE AND CHILI.

6.  Something that's on my "wish list" right now is   NEW KITCHEN COUNTER.  THE ONE THAT I HAVE IS NOT LOOKING SO GOOD.  ESPECIALLY SINCE MY GIRLS HAVE LEFT HOT PANS AND NOW THERE ARE AREA THAT HAVE BURN SPOTS.  FORTUNATELY MY BAR IS ALREADY DONE IN GRANITE.  IT IS HALF WAY THERE.

7.  This weekend I am going to  STAY AT  HOME ON SATURDAY AND THEN SUNDAY GET UP AND ATTEND CHURCH, GO OUT TO EAT WITH MY HUBBY, THEN GO TO THE NURSING HOME TO VISIT WITH MY MOTHER-IN-LAW.

LAUREN AT "THE LITTLE THINGS WE  DO",  HAS A WEEKLY "FILL IN THE BLANK".  IT'S A GREAT WAY TO GET YOUR CREATIVE JUICES MOVING.  JUST SKIP ON OVER TO http://thelittlethingswedo.blogspot.com/2011/09/fill-in-blank-friday_22.html AND LET YOUR THOUGHTS TAKE OFF.

FOUR FILL IN FUN


This week’s statements:
1. When I was little, all I wanted was a ROOM OF MY OWN.  I SHARED WITH MY LITTLE SISTER AND I JUST WANTED TO HAVE A PLACE THAT I COULD CALL MY OWN.  HAVE MY FRIENDS OVER AND NOT WORRY ABOUT HAVING TO SHARE THE SPACE.  I KNOW, THAT IS REALLY SELFISH OF ME.  I SHOULD HAVE JUST BEEN HAPPY TO HAVE A ROOM, BED, CLOTHES, FOOD TO EAT,ETC...



2. I always want to love to EXERCISE  but no matter how hard I try, I don’t



3. The LONG AND SHORT of it all was that NO ONE TOLD ME THAT THE OLDER THAT I GET, THE MORE LITTLE ACHES AND PAINS MY BODY IS GOING TO GIVE ME.















4. The mist around the mountains makes me GO GET A HORSE, SADDLE UP, GRAB A COOL DRINK AND TAKE OFF FOR A LONG RELAXING RIDE.  WOULD LOVE TO BE IN SAN ANTONIO UP IN THE HILL COUNTRY AND RIDE.  PERHAPS, I COULD FIND MY HORSE, COCOA.



If you would like to be a part of the fill in the blanks, join us at http://feelingbeachie.com/2011/09/follow-friday-four-fill-in-fun-blog-hop-week-29.html/

30 DAY BLOG CHALLENGE - DAY 24

YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE AND WHAT IT IS ABOUT







In the 1960s, Frances "Baby" Houseman, a sweet daddy's girl, goes with her family to a resort in upstate New York's Catskill Mountains. Baby has grown up in privileged surroundings and all expect her to go on to college, join the Peace Corps and save the world before marrying a doctor, just like her father. Unexpectedly, Baby becomes infatuated with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny, a man whose background is vastly different from her own. Baby lies to her father to get money to pay for an illegal abortion for Johnny's dance partner (Johnny is not the father). She then fills in as Johnny's dance partner and it is as he is teaching her the dance routine that they fall in love. It all comes apart when Johnny's friend falls seriously ill after her abortion and Baby gets her father, who saves the girl's life. He then learns what Baby has been up to...


I REMEMBER THE DAY THAT THIS MOVIE CAME OUT.  I WAS LIVING IN SAN ANTONIO AND I WAS AT THE VIDEO STORE WHEN IT OPENED.  I LOVED THE DANCING THE BEST.  WOW, TO BE ABLE TO MOVE LIKE THAT WOULD BE AWESOME.

30 DAY BLOG CHALLENGE - DAY 23

POST 5 PICTURES OF FAMOUS PEOPLE YOU FIND ATTRACTIVE.



MELINA KANAKAREDES:



 I ALWAYS LOVED SEEING HER WHEN SHE PLAYED, STELLA, IN CSI-NY.  SHE HAS GOT THE MOST GORGEOUS HAIR.  SHE ALWAYS PLAYED A ROUGH CHARACTER, BUT HAD A SOFT SIDE.  I WISH THAT MY HAIR WOULD DO THAT.

SALLY FIELDS

I FIRST STARTED WATCHING HER WHEN SHE WAS "THE FLYING NUN", AS SISTER BEATRICE.  SHE HAS PLAYED IN A LOT OF MOVIES.  I THINK THAT SHE HAS ALWAYS MAINTAINED HER CUTENESS.  BUT THEN AS SHE HAS MATURED, SHE IS SO ELEGANT.  I HAVE ALWAYS READ THAT SHE IS A GREAT MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER.

STACEY LONDON

I LOVE WATCHING HER AND CLINTON ON "WHAT NOT TO WEAR".  I KNOW THAT THEY ARE JUST FRIENDS, BUT I THINK THEY ARE SO CUTE TOGETHER.  



 JANE SEYMOUR.  I FIRST SAW WHEN SHE HAD THE SHOW "DR. QUINN, THE MEDICINE WOMAN"  I DON'T THINK THAT I EVER SAW HER PLAY IN ANYTHING THAT SHE WASN'T GREAT IN.






MARISKA HARGITAY.  I DON'T THINK THAT LAW & ORDER: SUV, WOULD BE THE SAME WITHOUT "OLIVIA".  THERE IS JUST SOMETHING THAT IS SO CLASSY ABOUT HER.  EVEN WITH THE DIFFERENT HAIRSTYLES, SHE IS GORGEOUS.






Thursday, September 22, 2011

I AM FROM

I am from dust, tornado's, and rain , from days filled with heat so dry that you feel like you stepped into the oven and all you want to do in go inside and rest in the cool air and drink a tall glass of ice cold koolaid.

I am from the stucco, two story home filled with love, nestled in a quiet neighborhood, where the kids play out in the yards, hiding behind the giant evergreen trees and riding their bikes until you hear the parents calling to come home.  No cell phones then. Only the smell of the Gardenia bushes in full bloom and honeysuckle blooming on the fences.
I am from a strict family that believed in God and believed that a family always ate around the kitchen table together. There was no way that you could get away from not tasting everything on the table  from spinach, boiled squash and boiled okra and mother and daddy never took sass off anyone.  If you did sass, you knew that the belt would be taken off and your sweet little bottom would be stinging soon.  If you were lucky, you only got one spanking, that is if Daddy wasn't gone.  For when he returned home, you could count on another stinging on the bottom.
I am from the holidays spent traveling to six hours to grandparents homes to savour the sweets that you knew would always be there and hugs and kisses from your aunts and uncles.  If you were bad on the trip, as soon as you got out of the car, you would run into grandma's arms.  For there was protection there.
From a house that only has four children to a house filled to the walls, our cousins were just as excited to see us as we were them. Knowing that in a few more months we would be back and then perhaps the Zoo, Six Flags.   Or could it be miniature golf while our mother's went shopping?
I am from a Pentecostal home, where there were strict rules and if the church doors were open, you would find my family there.  So what if a Revival lasted for ten weeks, no complaining in our home.  Living for the Lord was at the top of the list and we were expected to act right.
I’m from Lubbock, Texas.  Born in the big city of Dallas to a family that sometimes could come up with the corniest jokes.  We still had family left in Switzerland and Germany. You never knew who would be hamming it up.  I had one uncle that had a great voice and then one that loved to turn his upper eye lids up and then scare  the kids.  There was never a shortage of fresh corn, tomatoes, peas and fruit when we went to our grandparents home.  They believed in healthy eating and  sodas were called, "Belly Washers".  Ice Cream was only Neapolitan, never just vanilla or chocolate. 
I am from a family that loved to play games at the big kitchen table, where my cousin and I would play like we were princesses and  play with our dolls.  The television set was not found in the living room, but in the back den.


I am from a family that loved each other and tried to be there when the going was good or bad.  Pictures were not taken very often as I grew up.  That is until the first grandchild came along and I got to be the first one that presented my parents with grandchildren.


I am from a family that had only one son and that was my Daddy, who was my knight in shining armour.  I knew that he would always be there for me, but now has gone to live with the Lord.  I know that one day I will see him and my grandparents.


I am from a family on my Mother's side that always made the holidays a joy.  My Mother was always one that looked after others.  She could never just stand by and let someone that she knew do without.  She taught me the gift of giving to others, just as my Daddy did.  She grew up in a large family that did not have alot of money, but what they lacked in money, they made up in family time.


I am from a family of two brothers and two sisters.  I have a relationship with my two sisters, but not so with my brothers,    But my youngest one is coming around and I think that the Lord is going to heal that relationship.  Family is very important to my life.  I have four lovely daughters and I never want to get to the place that they could do without me and their Dad.


I am from a family that has lost both parents, all the grandparents, some uncles and aunts, but will look forward to the day that I see them in Heaven.  Some of our family members may be gone, but will never be forgotten.  I feel honored to have been raised in this family of different temperaments, personalities and stages of life.  But one thing is for sure, we love each other.


This a second writing assisgnment from www.mamakatslosinit.com/2011/09/where-im-from-2/

A TIME YOU FELT WRONGED BY A TEACHER

It was in the year 1963.  I was now in the third grade.


On this particular day, the nurse was calling each child to the office for an eye exam.  I was so scared, I knew that I needed glasses, but I didn't want to be called "Four Eyes".  So when my name was called, I walked across the hall as slow as possible.


After the testing, the nurse handed me a slip of paper I was to give to my teacher, letting her know what the findings were.  I am sure that there was a paper to take to my parents, as well.  As I walked back to my classroom and handed the papers to my teacher, I went to my chair and set down.


My teacher, after reading the paper, called me up to her desk and had me stand beside her, in front of the class.  This is so planted in my mind, even to this day.  As I am standing there, she begins to tell the class:


"Class, Sherree is going to need glasses.  But I know that she just wanted glasses, so she failed to pass the eye exam."


I remember looking up at her, because the nurse had not said anything to me. Returning to my seat, I heard the kids laughing.  So the rest of my day, was made up, of my classmates making fun of me.


Upon returning home from school, I gave my mother the note.  She was surprised, because, I had not said anything to her about not seeing well.  That Saturday, I was taken to the Eye Doctor and after examining me, he found that I really needed to have glasses.  My first pair were blue cateye glasses, with little stars on the edge.  I thought that I was so pretty, that is until I got to school.


It has been many years since I was in the 3rd grade.  I never told my parents what my teacher said that day.  Why?  I think that I didn't want my parents to know that I was made fun of at school.  For besides, the glasses, I was never able to wear the style of clothes the other girls wore. Not because of finances or beliefs.  It was because I was so slender and very awkward.


Today, I still wear glasses and have at times worn contacts.  I really don't know why my teacher felt that she had to do what she did, but I have forgiven her long time ago.  She really was a great teacher and I do remember good times in her class.  That was also the year that I had Hepatitis and was out for 1 month.


Today, I am appalled at the things that teachers have said to my girls.  Does it do any good to go the school and say anything?  It hasn't in the past, all it does is make my girls a target for the teachers.  Teachers don't realize that sometimes, they are the only person the students have to look up to.

My post is part of Mama Kat's Weekly Writing.  If you are interested in joining in on the fun, just jump over to http://www.mamakatslosinit.com/2011/09/where-im-from-2/

30 DAY BLOG CHALENGE DAY 21



HAVE YOU CHANGED IN THE PAST 2 YEARS?


One, I am older.  There are more gray hairs on my head, not that you would be able to see them.  For I do keep my hair colored.  There have been times that I have thought why color?  Yet when I voice this to my girls, the answer is NO!  My hair style is longer than it was and I am still not sure if I want to cut it short again or not.


I do believe that I am stronger in my decision making.  I am more willing to say no, than  yes.  But, overall, I think that I am still the same.  I don't hold grudges, I am very melancholy.  The only thing that I wish hadn't changed over the last two years is my weight.  It is still more than I want, but then that is something that I will have to work at.


My love for the Lord is so much more and my desire in life is to be the person that He wants from me.  


How is your life today?  Do you feel that you have sold yourself short?  Are you pleased with who you are? If not, take the time out of your day to really look at yourself.  This is what I had to do to write this post.  There are things that I want to change in my life.  I want all that the Lord wants for me.



BOOKS I HAVE READ



SNIPPED IN THE BUD



PLANT OF ATTACK - Someone orders a black rose for Abby's old law school nemesis, Professor "Snapdragon" Puffer.  But her plans for a speedy delivery are foiled when he catches her putting the bloom on his desk and sends it straight into the trash.  Abby flees in terror, only to run smack into Carson Reed, the professor who recently had her arrested at an animal rights protest.  After a biting exchange, Abby storms out of the building.  But if there's anything she can't stand, it's injustice and bullies.  So, even though she knows bad luck comes in threes, she ignores the advice of her sometimes boyfriend, hunk-a-licious Marco Salvare, and heads back in to retrieve her dignity and her flower - only to find the rose now decorating a dead professor, and herself the prime suspect...



ACTS OF VIOLETS





SWEET OR SOUR? -Abby has been dating Marco - ex-cop, bartender, and all-around hunk - for several months when the Pickle Fest starts.  But he's still a mystery to her.  And after he disappears for a day, she's stunned to read in the paper:  EX-COP QUESTIONED IN MAN'S DEATH.  It seems the authorities have found Snuggles the Clown pushing up water-spurting daisies - Marco was the last person seen leaving Snuggle's house.  Abby knows in her bones that he's innocent.  But why, when his life is on the line, is Marco being so secretive with her?  And who is the attractive woman he escorted to the Pickle Fest?  To do the legwork, she'll have to delve into the eerie clown underworld, where the smiles are fake and everyone has a trick up his sleeve.



A ROSE FROM THE DEAD







Who knew death could be so much fun?
Abby is amused by the black humor of the usually somber "death professionals" who are attending the Midwestern Funeral Directors Association's regional convention.  Even organizer Sybil Blount - known for her cutthroat business practices and the signature rose she wears in her wig - isn't what Abby expects...especially when her corpse ils found in a casket.  When Abby's friend Delilah Dove becomes a suspect, Abby shifts into full investigation mode and learns that Sybil's enemies included the prankster sons of a big-time funeral director, an eco-friendly purveyor of "green burials," and a strange Goth girl who captures the "music" of departing souls on her tape recorder.  It's up to Abby and her boyfriend, Marco, to look beyond the trappings of death and find out who really loved Sybil - and who loved her not.





30 DAY BLOG CHALLENGE - DAY 21

ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE TV SHOWS


My Most favorite show would have to be the CLOSER.  I absolutely love the characters.  This is one that I don't mind watching over and over.


But do I have to only have one?  If, not, then I will continue on and list some of my other favorites!!


  1. CASTLE - how could you not like this one?  Rick Castle, the world-famous crime novelist and the gorgeous Detective Beckett will have you on the edge of your seat.
  2. HAWAII 5-0 - I was so glad that it came back on this season.
  3. NCIS - Love this show
  4. NIKITA - I loved this when it first came out years ago.  It took awhile to get comfortable watching someone else play the role of the characters.  But they do a great job.
  5. RISOLLI & ISLES - Now this is the perfect blend of different personalities and how a friendship works.
  6. HARRY"S LAW -  Here, you never know, just hold on to your seats.     

I will quit here, but I know that with this new season's shows that I will find others that I like.  Before I close, I will say that I love watching the DIY and COOKING CHANNELS.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

GOURDS

I was going through one of the blogs that I follow and found this lovely picture that Angela from Unexpected Elegance.  She had taken off for a trip over this past weekend to a Country Living Fair.


I absolutely love the picture she took of the gourds.  Can you just imagine how many there are?  I never knew that there could be so many shapes and colors.  This would be something that I would love to have out in my front yard (remember that I live on 15 acres).  But then, just thinking of the work that it would take to remove them before they began to rot.  UGH, I think that I will just enjoy the picture. 



Thanks so much for the great picture you took, Angela.  She also posted several others of the Fair, so skip on over and see the goodies.http://www.unexpectedelegance.com/

LIZARDS AND HINDU ROPE FLOWERS






Today, when I went out to water my succulents on the front porch, I was surprised to see a baby lizard sitting on my "Coral Cactus".



I almost missed him, because he blended in with the color so well.  So of course, I had to go and grab my camera and take pictures of him.  I guess that is is a him!







I also wanted to share some of the pictures that I had taken for "my Hindu Rope".  The first one I found, it seemed forever to make blossoms, but then I found another one.  Now this one was a little larger and it has grown so many blossoms that My Mandy, is sure that I give them steroids.  I really only place them out in the sun and let the grow.  I even bought food for them in San Antonio over the summer and have yet to open the jar.  I know, I am bad.




I suppose I need to do some research and find out if I need to place them in a larger pot or let them stay as they are.  I am thinking that if I place them in a larger hanging basket, I might just combine both of them in 
one.  We will see.








































PRAISE REPORT

I know that Our Mandy will for sure be posting about this, but my heart is so full of joy that I just need to share.


This year has really been a hard one for Mandy.  She was a Executive Secretary for the last 6 (I believe) years at a company in San Antonio, TX.  One day as she was leaving for her lunch hour, her boss asked her what she was doing for lunch.  She replied that she had a lunch date with some friends.  He was wanting her to go and get him some lunch. She told him that she would be glad to bring it after her lunch date.  To make a long story short, he got angry that she would not go and get his lunch first.  So less than a month later, he demoted her.  Cut her salary and has treated her like less than a piece of dirt every since.  She has held her held high and continued to do her Job.  Now her replacement was someone that had no idea what to do, but it was his desire to make a point!


Last Friday, she was through with her two week notice. She went on an interview on Monday.  They called her back this afternoon and her salary will be not quite as much as she was making before the demot but is comfortably close.  Our Mandy is very intelligent and has mind for learning new things.  I know that the Lord will bless her and that the new company will see what a jewel they have in her.




It is with great joy to know that our Lord loves his children so much.  That He will take our sorrows and turn them into joy.  The job that she got today is just walking distance from the one that she just left.  I know God has  great plans for our Mandy to lift her up above all the yuckyness.  When we let go and let the Lord have control of our lives, He is able to place us where we need to be.  Our God is an awesome God, He reigns for evermore.

30 Day Blog Challenge - Days 19 & 20

DAY 19 - YOUR BIGGEST REGRETS IN LIFE


My greatest regret in life is not taking better care of myself.


I have always been one that didn't wait for help.  If I wanted something moved, I would take care of it.  When I was 9 months pregnant, I decided that I needed the living room moved around.  Now this was my first pregnancy and I didn't think.  I just knew that I wanted the room changed.  So what if it took me an hour to move my piano.  You would think that I would have learnt something.  Nope, just that I was able to move things myself.


That was when I was 20 and now I am 56 almost 57 in Dec. and I still move things.  Like moving sofa's, chairs, bookcases, dressers, beds, books and I suppose just anything that needs moved.  Now this could mean moving upstairs or even downstairs.


So now at my age, my body is letting me know that I did not treat it kindly.  And now, my doctor has told me that because of doing aerobics for 2 hours a day in my 30's is alot of my problem.  Duh!!


So I wish that I could go back and been better to my body, knowing that it was the only one that I would have.  I just wish that when we are young, they would give us a manual to let us know what to expect as we get older.  But would we really read it, when we have our grandparents and parents to watch and learn from?  Probably, not!






Day 20 - HOW IMPORTANT IS EDUCATION?


My take is absolutely get all that you can. 


I will say that I don't believe that the children of today are getting the best where we live as opposed to other areas.  My daughter texted me today while in class and there was a girl yelling at her, and the teacher was at her desk, on her cell phone, checking her facebook. Is this really teaching?   This is just not coming from only my child, but from others.


If I had it all to do over again, I would have started homeschooling our two youngest girls in kindergarten and continued until they graduated.  I know that I could have given them by far a better education than they are getting here.  Now, if we still lived in Texas, I would not have homeschooled.  For I know that the schools in San Antonio, TX are awesome and I have proof, for my grandchildren live there.  


I am not saying that the teachers are not all good.  Their hands are being tied and they can only go as far as the school board will let them.  My hat is off to them for the work that they try to do.  It is not easy to be a teacher, when the parents won't even stand behind them.


In this day and age, our children need all the education that they are able to achieve. For without it, they will only get by, but with education, they can climb to higher heights.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 18

A BOOK THAT YOU COULD READ OVER AND OVER AGAIN AND NEVER GET SICK OF


Of course the first book that I think of would be the BIBLE.  No matter how many times I read it, I always find new treasures to be found.  Is it not amazing how you can read the same scripture today and then tomorrow and the Lord brings new insight.


Now if I were to choose a secular book, I would be stumped.  For the only books that I can remember that I loved reading over and over, were books for my girls.  I remember reading, "Donkey, Donkey" , "It Could Be Worse", and of course, "Miss Suzy", to the girls and never got tired of it. 



 I remember living in Turkey when the girls were small and we would take our little red wagon and it would be filled with books.  Every week, we would make the trip to the Library and fill it up, only to refill it with books that perhaps we had already read.  I don't think that I could every get tired of rereading children's books.  There is just fun in reading them.

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 17

I think that I have done very good on keeping up with this challenge, don't ya think?  So today I find myself on Day 17 and the topic for today is:


YOUR HIGHS AND LOWS OF THIS PAST YEAR


For this post, I think that I should have kept a journal.  I will try my best to recall.


HIGHS:



  1. Our Gabrielle made it through Junior High School (although she had to go to summer school for Science)
  2. Got to have my grandchildren for the summer
  3. Our Mandy and her Bob came in July for a week
  4. Our Bridgett and Anthony moved back to Alabama and got married
  5. We were able to get Mom in a nursing home just minutes from the house
  6. My Tommy bought me a convertible Mustang 
  7. Got new living room furniture that I have been wanting for a long time 


LOWS:

  1. Goldie, my Mandy's dog died
  2. Our Gabrielle decided to live with her birth mother and dad, who is our daughter Bridgett and Anthony ( This was the best for her, but has left an empty room in our home)  Gabrielle, if you are reading this, I love you and I really am happy for you.
  3. Although it was hard to move my mother-in-law to a Nursing Home, we know that it was the best thing for her.
  4. Did not make it to Dallas, TX to visit my Aunt Arvinia.  I always try to see her when I go to Texas to get the granddaughters.


This year has been really great, without too many lows.  And for that I thank the Lord for keeping my family healthy and for blessing them with good jobs.  How has your year been?

Friday, September 16, 2011

30 Day Blog Challenge

Your Views On Mainstream Music


I love music.  The type that I can understand what they are saying!  I am not much for the music of today.  I mostly listen to Oldies, Gospel and of course Country.  Right now my most favorite singer is Scotty McCleery.  He has got to have the most beautiful voice, especially for his age.


I don't care for the way that the singers of today are presenting their music with all the sexy moves that are involved.  I believe that alot of the music videos of today should be marked XXXXX rated!  Our children see so much on television without having to see things that they should not have to experience in the music.    When Adam Lambert performed on American Idol, I was embarrassed myself, by his actions.  Our morals of today are going down the drain and I so hate that music is following.


I love christian music, but once again, I wonder if we are allowing too much of the worlds music to enter the church.  Just because it is music, do we have to accept.  Sometimes, I have sat back and listened, and the music doesn't sound any different than if I were to go to a secular concert.  Now, I know that some will disagree with me and that is okay.  I know that I am old fashioned and if you like the rather up-up-beat christian music and can worship the Lord with it, then I am okay.  I still enjoy the music that I can sing with.



Aren't you glad that this is a free world and we can all have our opinion, without having to worry.  I will never condemn one for their style of worship.  Jesus will always be Lord of all, no matter what we think.

AMISH BOOK CHALLENGE

Reviews By Molly I was just over to the blog "Reviews By Molly. She has decided to be creative and she decided this a few months ago. After searching to see if anyone had a challenge about reading Amish books, she took the plunge. I love reading about the Amish. I find their life so interesting and relaxful. I wouldn't want to live my life as strictly as they do, but they do have the family thing down. I am so looking forward to this challenge. I know that the time is short, but I love to read, and I just got some new ones in the mail this week. 


 The Rules: 1. The goal is to read 15 or more books. Anyone can join. 2. Audio, Re-reads, eBooks, YA, Library books, Novellas, Young Reader, Nonfiction – as long as the book has an ISBN or equivalent or can be purchased as such, the book counts. 3. No need to list your books in advance. You may select books as you go. Even if you list them now, you can change the list if needed. 4. Crossovers from other reading challenges count. 5. Challenge begins January thru December, 2011. You can join at anytime. 6. GRAB the button and spread the word!



  1. Courting Ruth by Emma Miller
  2. Miriam's Heart by Emma Miller
  3. Anna's Gift by Emma Miller
  4. Katie's Redemption by Patricia Davids
  5. The Doctor's Blessing by Patricia Davids
  6. An Amish Christmas by Patricia Davids
  7. The Farmer Next Door by Patricia Davids
  8. Kelly's Chance by Wanda E. Brunstetter
  9. GOING home by Wanda E. Brunstetter
  10. On Her own by Wanda E. Brunstetter
  11. Allison's Journey by Wanda E. Brunstetter
  12. A Sisiter's Secret by Wanda E. Brunstetter
  13. A Sister's Test by Wanda E. Brunstetter
  14. A Sister's Hope by Wanda E. Brunstetter
  15. White Christmas Pie by Wanda E. Brunstetter
  16. The Journey by Wanda E. Brunstetter

NEW CLOCK

If you have noticed that I have a new clock in my left top corner.  I found this over at http://www.clockwidgets.net/faq.  I have seen these on others blogs and just tonight found a spot to get them.  They have some of the cutest ones you could want.  So if you are looking for a clock widget then go on over.  It is really easy to place on our blog.  The best thing about them is that they are free.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Cheesy Pizza Macaroni

A couple of years ago, My Mandy sent me this recipe.  She had made it for her family and it became a favorite of her family.  Now, I put the recipe in with my other recipes, thinking that I would try it later.  Well, the later never came.  That is until my Lexie and Gabrielle wentwith me one summer to get the granddaughters.   One night she made this and wow, it was really great.  Even my girls loved it.


So when Mandy and her husband came to Al to get their girls, she made it one night.
That was in July and since then, I have made it twice.  The other night, when I was making it I decided that I really should share this.  It is so easy and it would go great with a salad or even just garlic bread.  It also, freezes well.


You will need 1 - 2 lbs of ground beef
2 packages of Kraft macaroni
2 cans of pizza sauce
2 cups of grated cheese of your choice - I use colby or mozzarella.  Mandy gets the pizza cheese and that works great.




Brown the beef and drain.  Fix the cheese macaroni according to the box.  Mix the beef and macaroni together.  Now I don't normally use all of the macaroni.  It is really up to you.  Do you want alot of meat or macaroni?  Then stir in the pizza sauce.  Pour into a 13 x 9 pan.  Add the cheese and place in the oven at 350 for about 30 minutes.  Then dig in and enjoy. 

* Once I added the miniature pepperoni (full bag) and the girls liked it this way also.  I think that I would like to add some bell pepper, olives, and onions to mine.  I will need to make mind separate from the girls, though.

30 Day Blog Challenge - Day 15

Write 15 Interesting Things About Yourself



  1. I am a Texan from my head to my toes (even if I live in Alabama)
  2. I have been married to the same man for the last 37 years
  3. I have 4 awesome daughters
  4. I have 2 lovely granddaughters and 1 handsome grandson
  5. Jesus is the Lord of my life
  6. I love books (but only clean ones, no sex)
  7. I have 3 cars a silver Avalon, yellow Exterra and a blue 1999 Mustang convertable
  8. My daughter, Mandy got me hooked on succulents
  9. I love "happy ice" from Sonic
  10. I enjoy drinking Diet Dr. Pepper 
  11. The "Alamo Cafe" in San Antonio is my most favorite restaurant
  12. I like to sleep with one foot out of the covers
  13. I get very ill when my house does not stay clean
  14. I love candles
  15. Beth Moore is my most favorite author for ladies Bible studies

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A Visit To Merrywood

Merrywood is the Nursing Home that we have placed my Mother-in-law in.  She has been there since the first of May.  My Tommy (her only son) and I normally will go together on Sunday's to see her.  I try to get by at least a couple of times during the week.


I got a call from one of the office ladies, telling me that Mom was needing a light jacket.  I get really hot while visiting, but I know that the older people need more warmth it seems.  So I went on Monday and found her some new shirts and then two light jackets.  I really wanted to get her a light weight windbreaker, but do you know how hard those are to find?  So I did the best that I could.


When I got there today, she was sitting at the table by herself.  Ms Hazel is normally with her, but she had gone to the open area to hear the gospel singing (one of the local churches come on Wed. and have a short service for them).  So I decided that this would be the best time to take her to her room and show her the new clothes.


She has been in a wheelchair, but today, she had a walker.  She was so cute as we were going down the hall.  She turned to me and said, "I fell and I didn't even get any ice cream".  I think that someone had spoken to her and when she turned to answer, she lost her balance.  Now they tell me that she has a UTI and will be on antibiotics for the next 10 days (so they will place her back in the wheelchair)and then will go back to the walker.  


So we got to her room and her roommate went out and sat in the hallway.  But not far enough that she wouldn't be able to see what I was doing.  I believe she was afraid, that I was going to get in her things.  I cleaned out the closet and then went to the drawers and found things everywhere.  I put things back in order and Mom is telling me all the while, "They aren't going to like it!"  I think that I have decided that I need to bring her clothes home and wash them.  Her jeans were so hard!!!  I would think that they could at least use some Downy!


We got through and I remade her bed, using her bedspread that her daughter, Sally had sent.  I even found items in her drawers that were not even hers.  Now tell me, how can they make this mistake, when I have placed her name on all of her things?  


Well, we moved all down to the main area where the ladies sit.  She is in the Alzheimers unit.  After a while, Ms Hazel came in and of course looked for Mom.  After sitting down, she reached over and patted Mom's hand and asked, "DId you miss me"?  At this, Mom smiled and answered , yes.  After a while of talking, the cutest thing happened.  Ms Hazel looked over to Mom and said, "she is my best friend".  That touched my heart so much.  Even at the age of 91, people still need to have a friend that they enjoy being with.  I am sure that they don't talk much, but to know that there is someone that searchs you out is awesome.  I would say, that the Lord knew what He was doing, when we felt it was time to place Mom in the home.  It just goes to show us that the Lord will never tire of seeing to our basic needs.

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