Sunday, February 28, 2010

~ A Reason, a Season, or A Lifetime ~

Losing 2 friends in 2 days has been rough. I'm trying hard to remember this:

A Reason, a Season, or a Lifetime

People come into your life for a reason, a season, or
a lifetime. When you figure out which one it is, you
will know what to do for each person.

When someone is in your life for a REASON . . . It is
usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have
come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you
with guidance and support, to aid you physically,
emotionally, or spiritually. They may seem like a
godsend, and they are! They are there for the reason
you need them to be.

Then, without any wrong doing on your part, or at an
inconvenient time, this person will say or do something
to bring the relationship to an end.
Sometimes they die.
Sometimes they walk away.
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.
What we must realize is that our need has been met, our
desire fulfilled, their work is done. The prayer you
sent up has been answered. And now it is time to move on.

When people come into your life for a SEASON . . .
Because your turn has come to share, grow, or learn.
They bring you an experience of peace, or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amountof joy.
Believe it! It is real! But, only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons; things
you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional
foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the
person, and put what you have learned to use in allother
 relationships and areas of your life. It is saidthat love is
 blind but friendship is clairvoyant.
~ Author Unknown

Saturday, February 27, 2010

~ And another friend is gone ~

I cannot believe that Virginia is gone too.  What a week! 

Hug your loved ones and spread the love ~


Friday, February 26, 2010

~ Loss ~

Amy, a beautiful and vibrant young lady, went to walk with the angels yesterday. She was full of smiles, laughter, integrity, joy and a deep love for her family and friends. A nurse in NICU that sang to the babies and was mischievious with the other nurses. An incredible photographer and a lover of sea glass, she swam with manatees and created fun where ever she was. I cannot grasp this yet, can't wrap my mind around the fact that she's actually gone at the age of 34. I can't imagine the pain her mom and family must be feeling. I pray that God will bring them comfort and a sense of peace.  I'm sure that Heaven is full of laughter today and she will be dancing on the stars!

We're here for such a short a gentle whisper. Does everyone in your life know that you love them?

Amy, I love you dear heart ~

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

~ Wednesday Gratitude ~

It's Wednesday and time for Wednesday Gratitude with Heidi at Heart & Home

Today, I'm especially grateful for my friends!  Dear friends from school, eons ago! :-), fellow employees when I was working, great neighbors as well as new friends I'm making in the blogging world. 

A dear friend of mine will be here this afternoon for a short visit.  She and her husband moved to New Mexico 3-1/2 years ago. Unfortunately, he became ill shortly after their move and passed away within the year from cancer. She is now in the Lubbock area, near her sisters. Haven't convinced her to move back to this area yet but I'm trying!  ;-)  She will be attending a seminar in Dallas and I won't see her much but you know, a short visit is a treasure. We visit via phone and email all the time but there's just nothing like a warm hug and face-to-face conversation and laughter! 

Friends come into our lives in many ways and each one brings their own unique personality. I fully believe that God places people in our lives for a reason, a season or a lifetime.  Each of you in blog land are very special to me and I so appreciate your sharing and your visits & comments! 


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

~ Delicious Chocolate Cake....tossed! ~

A few days ago, I had lunch with friends and the restaurant we went to sells huge slices of the most delicious chocolate cake. It's like the cake we know as Texas Sheet Cake ~ rich, moist, fudgy icing with pecans, hmmmmm.  I was weak, Lord forgive me!, and I brought a piece home. I ate a few bites of it and put it away.  After I went to bed I was feeling guilty and wondering "why" I did that. Why, when I have been trying to eat healthy? I got up, took the rest of the cake and tossed it in the sink and quickly ran water over it before I could snatch it back!  Cleaned it all up and then went back to bed, feeling much better about myself.  Have you ever thrown away perfectly good, absolutely delicious, fudgy chocolate cake?  Do you think I need professional help??  ;-)


Monday, February 22, 2010

~ A Mermaid or A Whale? ~

I love Pirates!

Where's the beach????

I know it's 5 O'clock somewhere!

Recently, in a large city in Australia, a poster featuring a young, thin and tan woman appeared in the window of a gym.
It said, "This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?"

A middle-aged woman, whose physical characteristics did not match those of the woman on the poster,
responded publicly to the question posed by the gym.

To Whom It May Concern:

Whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, sea lions, curious humans.)

They have an active sex life, get pregnant and have adorable baby whales.

They have a wonderful time with dolphins stuffing themselves with shrimp.

They play and swim in the seas, seeing wonderful places like Patagonia, the Bering Sea
and the coral reefs of Polynesia .

Whales are wonderful singers and have even recorded CDs.

They are incredible creatures and virtually have no predators other than humans.

They are loved, protected and admired by almost everyone in the world.

Mermaids don't exist.

If they did exist, they would be lining up outside the offices of Argentinean psychoanalysts
due to identity crisis. Fish or human?

They don't have a sex life because they kill men who get close to them, not to mention how could they have sex?

Just look at them ... where is IT?

Therefore, they don't have kids either.

Not to mention, who wants to get close to a girl who smells like a fish store?

The choice is perfectly clear to me:

I want to be a whale.

P.S. We are in an age when media puts into our heads the idea that only skinny people are beautiful, but I prefer to enjoy an ice cream with my kids, a good dinner with a man who makes me shiver, and a piece of chocolate with my friends.

With time, we gain weight because we accumulate so much information and wisdom in our heads
that when there is no more room, it distributes out to the rest of our bodies.

So we aren't heavy, we are enormously cultured, educated and happy.

Beginning today, when I look at my butt in the mirror I will think, ¨Good grief, look how smart I am!¨


Saturday, February 20, 2010

~ Dogs - true Heroes ~

As most of you know, I volunteer with Soldier's Angels. You just have to read about  Rufus , a true hero!  All of God's creatures are my humble opinion, dogs are HUGE blessings indeed.


Friday, February 19, 2010

~ Daily Survival Kit ~

An Everyday Survival Kit

Rubber band
Band aid
Chewing gum
Candy Kiss
Tea Bag

Here's why:

Toothpick - to remind you to pick out the good qualities in others ...Matt. 7:1

Rubber band - to remind you to be flexible, things might not always go the way you want, but it will work out ...Romans 8:28

Band Aid - to remind you to heal hurt feelings, yours or someone else's ...Col. 3:12-14

Pencil - To remind you to list your blessings everyday ...Eph. 1:3

Eraser - to remind you that everyone makes mistakes, and it's okay ...Gen. 50:15-21

Chewing gum - to remind you to stick with it and you can accomplish anything ...Phil. 4:13

Mint - to remind you that you are worth a mint to your heavenly father ...John 3:16-17

Candy Kiss - to remind you that everyone needs a kiss or a hug everyday ...1 John 4:7

Tea Bag - to remind you to relax daily and go over that list of God's blessings ...1 Thess. 5:18

This is my gift to you. May God richly bless you!

To the world, you may be just one person...but to some person, you may be the world.


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

~ How to make your recipes printable from your blog ~

You must check this out!  Tidymom has done an outstanding tutorial and the pics are easily understood.  I think it's a grand more copying, pasting, etc.  Isn't it wonderful when we all help each other?


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

~ Question ~

In the "Settings" area, what is the best choice to turn off Anonymous comments?  I don't want to prevent folks from being able to read, however, the anonymous comments are now so vile and disrespectful and I don't want to bother with those anymore.  I hate to eliminate those without a blog but not sure what else to do.

Any suggestions are welcome!


Sunday, February 14, 2010

~ Happy Valentine's Day! ~

I hope that you have the happiest Valentine's Day ever!  Spread the love ~

Saturday, February 13, 2010

~ Choose Your Words Carefully ~

This article really speaks to me. I'm not sure what really went on in my mother's life as she rarely discussed anything of a personal nature. 98% of the words I heard were negative, many very demeaning. This resulted in my having absolutely no self-esteem which led to co-dependency and some really sad decisions about my life choices. It took a lot of therapy and hard work to change those tapes in my head. Sometimes they try to play again but I'm so much better about canceling them. :-)  It is so important to speak positives to children especially. Other members of our families and our friends deserve the same respect. My hope is that you might find this gentle reminder helpful.

Our Evolving Language
Healing Past Hurt

Choose to be more conscious of the words and phrases you use in everyday life as words have power.

There are many troubling phrases in our language that we use without considering their full meaning simply because they have been accepted into common knowledge. Even as our ideals progress, our language maintains some phrases from our past that no longer serve us, for example: Boys don’t cry; good child; boys will be boys; problem child; illegitimate child; and many more. While these phrases may be used without harmful intent, they are inherently negative. Children can be especially sensitive to such phrases, which may stay with them their whole lives, adversely affecting their self-image and wounding their self-esteem. We can create positive change by choosing not to use these words and phrases as we come across them in our vocabulary.

It is challenging to examine our habits in terms of the words we use to express ourselves, but it is also exciting. Language is an area where we can exercise our free will, creating positive change in the world around us by simply choosing carefully the words we use. It may seem like a small thing, but our words have a rippling effect, like a stone thrown in a pond. People naturally pick up on the way other people speak, consciously or unconsciously changing the way they speak in response. We don’t need to actively try to influence people; it happens without our even thinking about it. All we have to do is choose to be more conscious ourselves, putting to rest words and phrases that are outmoded, insensitive, or harmful. We can also exercise our creativity by creating new phrases that carry positive and loving energy to replace the old ones.

You may already have some ideas about phrases you’d like to transition out of your language, and now that you’re thinking about it you may come across many more. As you consciously decide not to use these phrases, you may feel lighter and more joyful, knowing that you have chosen to drop baggage that was handed down to you from a less conscious time. As you do so, you elevate the language for future generations who would no doubt thank you if they could.


Thursday, February 11, 2010

~ Reboot Your Body, Mind and Spirit ~

~I Just LOVE this!!!!!

Here are 5 simple ways to make changes in your life, to renew and reboot your body, mind and spirit.
By Sky Handke

1. Being present
Sometimes we go through our day, rushing from task to project, determined to get through our to-do list for the day. By the end of rushing through the day, we can find ourselves feeling ungrounded, incomplete and sometimes even lost, because we didn't take the time to let our spirit catch up with us. I've been practicing meditation and being present for quite some time now. And it continues to be a practice... some days I am better at it, some days it feels like it's more of a challenge.

What I have come to realize, though, is that there are so many opportunities for me throughout the day to become fully present through focus (which is one way of meditation). So even after my morning ritual I now do my best going through the day using every opportunity I get to become fully present, focused and grateful in the moment. Today start noticing all the opportunities to become fully present in your doing and being throughout the day. It starts with getting up and getting into the shower. Really indulge and feel the drops of water on your skin, on your scalp. Let the water clear your being and wash off any energy that is not in harmony with your well-being. As you feel the water washing down your body and draining down the tub, imagine roots growing out of the soles of your feet, grounding you deeply into earth. Being enveloped in the warm water, feel the gratitude in your soul to be able to start your day and wake yourself up in this beautiful way. What are other tasks throughout the day in which you want to become more present?

2. Being in nature
With human living becoming more and more urban and hectic, we sometimes forget about the comfort and renewal nature can give us. When we go out in nature and connect with Mother Earth, we connect with our soul. Take the time to go out for a walk often, even if just 10 minutes through the dog park. Be aware of your surroundings, the trees, grass, bushes, flowers. Maybe there are leaves on the ground? Really "feel" your surroundings. What does it smell like? How does the breeze feel on your skin? What are the sounds you hear? Journal about it and note how you felt before you went for a walk and how you feel after. I can almost guarantee that your spirit will be lifted after a nice walk, connecting with our nature friends.

3. Experiencing Gratitude
Even when things go wrong and in our deepest pain, there is still much we can be grateful for. Gratitude is one of our biggest allies in the process of healing ourselves. Take a break from reading right now, close your eyes and envision everything you are grateful for in this moment. Start a gratitude journal and in it write three things you are grateful for every day. Notice how you develop a more positive attitude towards your day.

4. Scheduling a "Me"-Day
Schedule a day in your calendar on which you do all the things that make you smile, bring you pleasure and nurture you. Take a sauna at your local health club and curl up on your couch to read a book. Be creative and create your vision board - a collage of your visions, dreams and desires. Attend a meditation class, a dance class (or dance at home... like nobody's watching), yoga class and get into your body. Go for a hike or just cuddle up and spend the day watching your favorite movies. What brings YOU joy?

5. Breaking out of the regular routine
Try one thing once a week or once a month you have never done before, challenge yourself. Instead of taking your car, ride the bus and see who you run into, meet or connect with. Take a dance class you never thought you would. Sign up for that 40-day yoga challenge at your local yoga studio. Take a different route to or home from work. Try a food item you've never had before. Go skydiving, mountain climbing or take a trapeze class. Go rollerblading or ice skating. Switch grocery stores for a week. Sign up for that Spanish or sewing class you've been wanting to take.

Let the energy guide you as you awaken your body, mind and spirit to what IS.


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

~ Wednesday Gratitude ~

I'm joining Heidi at Heart and Home for the 2nd Wednesday Gratitude event. Today I'm grateful for my body and every part that works perfectly, without me even thinking about it. For the ability to see, hear, smell, taste, touch, walk, drive, you name it!  Take a look at this amazing little boy and his triumph over adversity.

Is this not the best?  He has different prosthetics for each need. His parents must be truly incredible to do this for him and provide such a tremendous amount of encouragement and support!   Aren't we truly blessed?  All of have days that we don't feel strong or easily mobile but wow, we have SO much to be grateful for!


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

~ I Love You! ~

This is something I've done for Valentine gifts. I want to do one in red ink, however, haven't found the cherry red ink I want, the one I found at HL is too orangey for me.  I'll have to look at Michael's tomorrow. Thought I'd share this in case you'd like to try it too!

I bought the frames at Michael's sometime ago ~ $1 each.  My kinda price ~

I made a few at Christmas, thus the different shades of green paint you see here.  I think I will try painting another frame red and see how it turns out.

This is one for Valentine's Day ~ I tried to add a "painted heart" at the lower right corner. Not really pleased with it and sorry you can't see the complete bottom of the frame.  I'm a novice at photos to share here.  ;-)

I just put a picture of another heart in the opening ~ will put something special for the person it goes to.  This is a real close up!   Anyone want to teach me photography???   :-)
Anyway, this is just a sample. I hope to have more professional photos in the future.  You could decorate the frames in a myriad of ways ~ I just wanted to use the 'love' stamp.

Monday, February 8, 2010

~ Raindrops Are Fallin' On My Head ~

Well, that's what I thought this morning when I went to the kitchen to turn the coffee on. There was water on the floor, I'm half awake and water on my head??  It was raining outside but in my kitchen??  Well, the maintenance guys came over, could not determine where or why. One of them went upstairs to check that apt for an overflow or leaks from their kitchen....nada.  They started tearing apart the ceiling in my kitchen ~ joy, joy!   :-(   I had cleaned well last night but turned out to have water, paint chips, plaster board, insulation, you name it....all over the kitchen!  They finally found the pipe that was leaking...went back upstairs and had to tear out an area in that kitchen to repair the pipe. Repair person that will fix my ceiling and paint it cannot come until Wed morning. I told the mntc guys that was ok, however, the area in my ceiling HAD to be covered.  They agreed and patched it all up.  Now, we shall see if anything further develops.
Cross everything that it doesn't!!

Just another manic Monday ~  ;-)


Saturday, February 6, 2010

~ Layered Dessert ~

I made this for a dinner party I attended. I didn't even think to take pics during the creating process but I did once it was finished. I planned to take my camera so you could see the layers but I forgot it!  Anyway, it's pretty and it's another chance to have chocolate!  ;-)

1st layer
1 c. flour
1 stick butter (8 T.)
1 c. chopped pecans
Mix well and then place in a 9 x 13" baking dish. Bake at 350 for 10-15 min...does not get brown. Cool completely.

2nd layer
1 8 oz. pkg cream cheese
1 c. powdered sugar
Mix with electric mixer until smooth...then add:
1 c. Cool Whip (thawed) and blend well.
Pour over crust mixture and chill in the refrigerator until set.

3rd layer
1 large pkg. Chocolate or Chocolate Fudge Instant Pudding & Pie Mix
2-1/2 c. milk
Mix well; this sets up pretty quickly.  Then pour over the cream cheese layer and chill until set.

4th or Top layer
Use the rest of the Cool Whip to cover the chocolate mixture. Grate or make chocolate curls on top with 1 plain Hershey bar. Use milk or dark chocolate ~ your choice!  Chill thoroughly prior to serving.

Enjoy!!  Oh, and yes, the calories/fat have been zapped from this recipe.  ;-)


Friday, February 5, 2010

~ I'm so excited! ~

I won a giveaway!  A gorgeous heart shaped pan from Tidymom's blog.  She has a great blog ~ if you haven't visited, please do so.  She created this collage featuring the cake pan and goodies from Lucky Leaf.

Isn't this just the best?


Thursday, February 4, 2010

~ Intuit Your Home's Decor ~

Just thought I'd share this interesting article from the Daily Om.

Working with Space
Treat your home décor in a mindful way, honoring each room as they all come together like a symphony orchestra.

When we decide the time has come to change the look or feel of our personal spaces, it is the spaces themselves that can provide us with the most useful guidance. Working with a single room, an apartment, or an entire house allows us to unearth the innate potential of these spaces and also better understand how we want to relate to them. To be conscious of the possibilities of a space, we need to listen to, look at, and bond with that space in a deep and personal way. Just as no two people are alike, no two rooms, however similar, are identical. The more we know about the spaces we wish to change, the better equipped we are to make them both beautiful and functional.

Before you contemplate colors and layouts, spend some time in the rooms you plan to modify. Observe the way light moves through each space at different times of day. In the course of a week or so, note those times when you feel drawn to a particular space. You may naturally gravitate toward one room when you want to relax and toward another when you want to socialize. Also, remember that not all rooms have to be used as originally planed, for example a dining room may make a wonderful sitting area. As you make these observations, think about whether the spaces under consideration remind you of anything or bring certain thoughts to mind. Writing your thoughts down can make the process of examination simpler. The discoveries you make regarding the rooms in your home can help guide you as you choose color schemes, furniture layouts, and decorative styles, so that you bring out the natural qualities of each using your creativity and eye for detail. Using the cues you pick up, yo! u can design a beautiful room that is bright and exciting, or one that calms the soul and invites meditation.

By treating the layout and décor of your personal spaces in this mindful way, you can honor their natural rhythms while creating a cohesive and comfortable home through which energy can flow unencumbered. The design elements you subsequently choose will work together like the diverse instruments that come together to form a symphony orchestra. Each will resonate harmoniously with the next, ensuring that your home resounds with a lasting message of beauty, serenity, reassurance, and comfort.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

~ An amazing 5 year old's call to 911 ~

Savannah is quite the young lady!  She was calm throughout the call and continually checked on her Dad.  You'll receive a chuckle when she talks about needing to change clothes.  ;-)

~ Gratitude ~

I'm participating in Heidi's Wednesday Gratitude.  I am also a member of a women's internet site and we maintain a monthly Gratitude post ~ everyone contributes as they feel led to.  I started keeping a gratitude journal eons ago.  Did you ever see Sarah ban Breathnach on Oprah's show? She made regular appearances and she suggested just listing a minimum of 5 things each day that you feel grateful for.  Her book, "Simple Abundance", elaborates on this.  I promise you ~ if you do this it will change your life!  As you continue the process, your list will become longer.  :-)

Today, I'm grateful for ~
. my health
. my family
. being safe and warm
. laughter
. dear friends
. being able to pay my bills
. creativity
. great coffee
. healthy food
. fresh water
. my computer
. $1 sale at Michael's   :-)
. choices

What are you grateful for?

~ Dancing Valentines ~

For those with young children, you might like this activity ~ Dancing ValentinesIt's a cute idea and so many variations could be made.  Anyone could use the suggestions and make some awesome gifts or decorate one's home.  Check out the rest of Phee's website!

What are you creating for your special Valentines?


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

~ I'm baaaccccckkkkkkkk! ~

It is so wonderful to have my computer up and running!  In addition to the virus problem, the almost new monitor I had went out.  Thank God, my son had another I can use...and it's even better.  :-)

How is everyone?  We had a beautiful, sunshiny day here today ~ the first in so long I can't remember.  Rain returns tomorrow.  I'm really over this winter, bleak, cold stuff!