Monday, August 31, 2009

A Reading Journey.... Together

While on vacation, with a couple of hours to kill, the kids and I found a HUGE bookstore. It was fun to wander around and just browse. Oh, to have hours and hours to read and ingest knowledge and facts and just have fun. Among my wanderings, I found Little Pilgrim's Progress adapted from the John Bunyan classic, written by Helen L. Taylor. It is designed for ages 6-12. The book is 323 pages, but the chapters are only 2-3 pages long so it is ideal for short attention spans.If I let her, my daughter would have taken that thing and read it in a day, skipping meals if need be to get to the end. My son, on the other hand, would have looked through the pictures and been content with that. What I really wanted to do however, is read it nightly, out loud and together. The first few nights were rough for them, having to actually focus on my words and listen. It has been a struggle. Usually I read two chapters and call it a night feeling somewhat defeated, however tonight was the first time that both of them wanted me to keep going. Breakthrough! I am really enjoying this time together and they are using their imaginations to hear this story in a unique way. So, even at ages 7 and 9 and 38, it is so worth it to read together and have this special time that I will never forget.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Story of "the Mustang"

Slide in to hear the story of one man owning the same car twice....

Here it is, the 1966 Ford Mustang, my husband's beloved. Originally purchased in Memphis, Tennessee in 1989. The purchase price was $3,300. He drove this car for 5 years unencumbered and happy.

He tells the story of meeting me, falling instantly in love and knowing that his carefree Mustang days were coming to a close. The car was sold to pay for our honeymoon to Nassau when we were married in 1995.

Come to find out that the man he sold it to died a few years later. It was willed to a grand-daugther. Then it got sold twice more after that. My husband quotes "if you love something, set it free, if it comes back, it's yours....."

Here it is in 2007 at a car dealership less than 1/4 of a mile from our house! Sale price of $10,200. Wow, what a deal! But how could he be so sure that it was his.....? The original VIN# that my husband memorized.
Is that normal? I'm lucky if I know my licence plate number.

So fess up, which ones of you are the sentimental, love a happy ending types and which ones are the practical, thrifty, tight wads like me?

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Think About it Thursdays

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. Winston Churchill

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. Victor Hugo

The purpose of life is a life of purpose. Robert Byrne

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Haiku Fun

My daughter did a haiku in school that I thought was great:

Robin Eggs
Robins lay their eggs
The robins' eggs are hatching
Lots of baby birds.
My attempt with her encouragement:
Going out boating
Jumping in the waves so high
Landing with a splash.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Medicinal Laughter

We've all heard that laughter is the best medicine; too bad we can't bottle it up and prescribe it. I wish everyday, just like my multi-vitamin, I could take a laughter pill and just have a good laugh. I mean a good eye watering, ugly face making, gas passing, belly laugh. Wouldn't it be great!For me the two things that I absolutely know I will get a deep laugh from are:

1. Anything involving a bathroom. I don't know why. Yes, I realize I am imbalanced. When my husband (or anyone for that matter) is in the bathroom throwing up and I have to muffle my laughter in a pillow, I know there is a problem.

2. My husband imitating our Russian neighbor. Specifically, him recounting how I made blueberry jam and gave my neighbor a jar for Christmas and when he opened it in front of my husband and noticed mold on the top, (OK, this was NOT entirely my fault, because it was sealed correctly, but I left it in our room with our wood stove and it obviously got heated up and took a turn for the worse and need I say more....) then he proceeded to remove the mold and eat some of the jam right in front of my husband. For some reason this story also cracks me up as many times as my husband tells it with a dramatic Russian accent of course. Maybe it makes me laugh thinking that a bathroom story is on its way next.....???

Anyways, any sure fire areas where you just can't help yourself and you laugh yourself silly? Please do share, so maybe I can find a new area of humor!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

My Heart Swells

My son bought me a ring. We were at the gumball machines inside a restaurant and my son had 50 cents to spend. He did opt to spend quarter number one on a gumball for himself. What kid wouldn't? Quarter number two went into a ring machine and this is what came out. He bounded over and gave it to me. It fit perfectly, and is actually quite hardy and does not bend like the usual ones do. I have worn it out and enjoy it very much. He loves to see me wearing it and is proud to have given it to me. I love the fact that it is an "X" that reminds me of the X's and O's in kisses and hugs.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Think About it Thursdays

I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.

First you forget names, then you forget faces. Next you forget to pull your zipper up and finally, you forget to pull it down.

Comedian George Burns

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Am I the Only One Annoyed?

Went shopping today. A rarity. I just don't enjoy "the mall" anymore. Unless there is a specific item I need, my days of mall roaming are over. I don't need to pick up guys, or be part of the "fun, in crowd", or get the latest trendy brand names to flaunt.
I was actually looking for a bathing suit. Crazy thought, I know, but I figured end of season 75% off, something to give me a cheap thrill, kind of day. First "aah! look away moment" is any woman trying on a bathing suit, there, enough said. Second bothersome moment is that one rack away from the bathing suit rack I was looking at were winter coats. Then upon further examination after my initial shock, a whole wall display of winter coats with a big sign that said, "Pre-Season Sale". I have never professed to be Mensa material, but I think the season after Summer is Fall and the fact that I have to even somehow make the mental jump from 90 degrees outside to below freezing clothing is quite annoying to me. It is August people! I do not want to see Halloween, Thanksgiving and yes, Christmas decorations out. I just want to enjoy summer and the beach and shorts and the sunshine hitting my shoulders and not frost biting and nipping on my cheeks. OK, phew, my ranting and raving is over.... enough said.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Oh, What a Night....

I realize it's Monday and all, but does everybody wake up looking like this? Where are my hair and make up people while I'm sleeping to fix me up? I want to look like Angelina or Catherine or Nicole when I wake up. Not Larry, Curly or Moe. Wait a minute, Larry was bald, so definitely not him, so I'll say Harpo instead. Wasn't he a Marx though? OK, never mind but, "hello people" scariness over here and a whole lot of wing-a-ding hair goin' on!
Just a reminder, my next blog giveaway is September 1st so don't forget to check back!

Friday, August 14, 2009

the Midnight hour

I feel compelled to detour from the norm of light and airy to serious for this post. Many people are going through their very own "midnight hours" and I hope this will be an encouragement to them and you. Below are three examples of God showing up when rock bottom has been hit, and bringing forth victory during the night times in people's lives. Exodus 11
So Moses said, "This is what the LORD says: 'About midnight I will go throughout Egypt. Every firstborn son in Egypt will die...

It took drastic action! It did take a long time. This was the last plague in a long series, that finally brought deliverance to the captives and set them free!

Acts 16

Upon receiving such orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and every body's chains came loose.

And then suddenly..... Keep doing what is right. Don't give up! When God moves, no chains or impossible situations will stop him even in the toughest of times. He can remove those shackles from our lives.

Luke 2
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.

Perhaps the single greatest event that has ever taken place was at night and the message first went to the little guys like you and me. Our difficult times are important to him. God cares about mine and your circumstances and will provide a way out or through them.

(Shuttle launch in Florida 2008)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Think About it Thursdays

An excellent servant foresees the need of another and without request, takes care of it.

with Jud Wilhite

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

One Bag of Sugar

Usually I try to buy organic sugar, but for this experiment I needed the five pound bag. I remember hearing about someone likening five pounds on our body (aka FAT) to a five pound bag of sugar and just how heavy it can be. The person had left the bag out, highly visible on the counter as a constant reminder of what 5 pounds can look like. (I was even thinking of adding a face on mine to leer at me.) I know there are some skinny mini's out there, but for those of us that could stand to lose a bag or two I thought this was an interesting idea.
Any other ways that have been successful for you to lose the extra poundage? Please give me something other than the hard work of diet and exercise.

Monday, August 10, 2009

St. Michael's in Maryland

A recent vacation to visit family. Crab cakes and all things fishy.....YUM!

The pier.

My father-in-law's boat. Small but speedy!

Fishing. Harder than it looks to actually catch something other than twigs or seaweed.

The feeding of the ducks. Yearly necessity.

Boat gas station. Hadn't you always wondered how all that gas got into those boats too?

The windblown look....

The best part. Me, taking the wheel of a boat. One step closer to my dream of boat ownership. I think I am more of a pontoon kind of gal though.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Mad Libs

As a child, nothing was more entertaining on a long car ride then doing Mad Libs with my family. Thankfully, my children also enjoy the silly delight it brings.
Unfortunately, they also enjoy my weird bathroom humor and hence, the Mad Libs happiness was taken to a new level........ ah, the downward spiral!
Nouns like toilet, armpit, p**p, and fanny along with adjectives such as smelly, stinky, and brown were used abundantly. Their English class for the day..... Educational....that's my story anyways.
Nothing could bring more joy while trapped in a hotel, so exceptions were made....
Laughter that ensued.... Priceless!

Giveaway Winner #1

The bucket....
The suspense.....

and the winner is Mommanator.

Look for the next giveaway on September 1st!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Think About it Thursdays

From Zig Ziglar

The way you see people is the way you treat them.

People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

I'm Here For You Giveaway #1

First of all, you need to turn your speakers on..... The ambiance of it all!

I do love to get free things, but even more I think, I love to give things away. So, here is my very first "I'm Here For You Giveaway". I know there are a variety of people that view my blog so I have decided to give a choice of items. Door number one is a lovely vintage sewing apron hand stitched. I believe ladies would lay this on their lap with their sewing supplies inside for easy access. Door number two, being modeled by my lovely daughter, is a set of eight blank note cards and envelopes with different floral scenes on the front. I took the pictures at the Mohonk Resort. To win, all you have to do is leave a comment stating which item you would prefer. If you do not have a blog account, please leave your e-mail so I can contact you. Signing up as a follower is not necessary but would be greatly appreciated. Plus, you would be able to check back much easier for further giveaways ;o) My goal is to hold a giveaway on the first of each month. All comments must be dated by August 7th and the drawing will be held August 8th so don't delay!
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