Sunday, December 30, 2012

~ Happy, Happy New Year! ~



Just wanted to take a moment and ensure that I wish each and everyone of you wonderful souls a very blessed, prosperous, fun and healthy new year!

Are you one that makes resolutions?  I don't...I break them by Jan 3rd at the latest. :)  I do like to have goals and I make a vision board. This morning I watched a show on OWN with Oprah and Wayne Dyer, my boyfriend. ;-) He spoke about his leukemia and the experience he had re: healing. It was extremely interesting. I have his new book, "Wishes Fulfilled" and the CD/DVD. I can't wait to sit down and take the time to enjoy them. He's such a positive force I think, although he speaks in such a gentle manner. A lot to think about as far as our thoughts and verbiage to ourselves. Sometimes I think we can be our own worst enemies in the negative self-talk. I heard Marianne Williamson speak about this eons ago and it rang true for me. If you were spoken to in a negative manner as a child and teen then you usually pick up the negative tapes and run them yourself...except you will be harsher than the adult that spoke them to you in the first place. *raises hand*   

We would never allow a friend or relative to speak to us like that would we? And...we wouldn't want to speak to another in that fashion so it's so important to treat ourselves as we wish to be treated.

In view of the Newtown, CT, tragedy and other happenings in the world, perhaps the kindest thing we can do is to always come from a place of LOVE. I'm going to really make an effort to do this...wanna join me?

Happy New Year!!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

~ Santa's coming soon! ~


It's that time of year....such a wonderful, busy time too.  I have missed you and have tried to visit a few blogs.  I promise I'll do better in the future!   The Newtown tragedy took the wind out of my sails and left me with a shattered heart and nothing much to say.  I'm sending cards to each of the families ~ I feel like that's the least I can do for them at this time.

I've been crazy busy just like you with preparations for the big day.  I really had my shopping done early but the wrapping had to be done.  I've been baking and cooking ~ trying to get all the family "requests" completed.  It's really hard for me to remember the camera when I'm in the throes of all this.  You probably wouldn't want to see a lot of it anyway.  :)

Thank God, my eyes are better!  My allergy Dr gave me a cortisone shot last Monday along with a few recommendations.  I'm still taking 2 antihistamines daily & Benadryl too.  Drinking tons of water and that's a good thing.  It's so very dry here and no rain and the wind has been blowing a LOT.  Perhaps a few snow flakes Christmas night ~ we shall see!  I realize some of you have more snow than you'd like.

I really hope everyone has a wonderfully, blessed, extremely Merry Christmas!


Monday, December 17, 2012

~ For Cards and Condolences ~



If you'd like to send your cards and letters of condolence to the families in Newtown, CT, here is an address:


 Condolences, P. O. Box 3700, Newtown, Connecticut 06470



Friday, December 14, 2012

~ Precious, Innocent Children and Teachers ~


Precious, innocent children...I'm sure most of them were happy to go to school this morning, excited to think Santa comes in 10 days, planning a week-end of fun and family time, friends and slumber parties, movies and ice cream...maybe a trip into the city to see Rockefeller Center, the Christmas tree and ice skating, hot dogs and sodas on the street.  These precious young, innocent children and their teachers in what we might call a "normal" setting, on a "normal" day but hey, it was anything but "normal" wasn't it?

I have had a splitting headache all day, my stomach is rolling and my heart is shattered. I cannot even begin to comprehend what these families are experiencing or feeling.  Why doesn't the world stop when these things happen?  I wondered that on 9/11 too. I've wondered the same thing each time a horrendous tragedy hits.  How can people just continue like everything is normal?  I am thousands of miles away and this senseless act of violence has ripped my heart wide open. I can't even think of decorating, entertaining, shopping, anything!  I'm no different than anyone else but I'm totally different tonight.

There's a lot being said on TV (which I had to turn off) and on FB and other social media about gun control.  Had I been there today, I would have definitely used a weapon on this nut case.  That's not the Christian way...it's a knee-jerk reaction to a crazy, selfish, out of control person that chose to ignore any conscience that he might have had or any respect for life.  My thoughts are not Christian like, I know that.  God knows it and He knows my "real" heart.  I know I've not felt like a Christian today...lots of evil thoughts and horrid words.  I do think it's up to each of us to be pro-active about changing our world.  I'd really like to have all children and teens ~ like my grands ~ wrapped in protective bubbles where no evil can get through to them, by word or deed.  I know intellectually this is not possible. I know that it's far fetched. I also know that all children deserve more. The teachers deserve more. What can we do to provide "more"????  What happened to the kinder, gentler times that I grew up in?  I think the world is on its axis and evil and violence are rampant now.


I think God would have us come from a place of love...not fear and anger. We are to show love to everyone I think.  We must share smiles, kind words and deeds. We must be aware and not in avoidance. No hiding either!  We cannot hide from the world, although I'd like to right now. Hiding and living in fear means "they" win. Yes, the crazies, the mentally disturbed, the individuals without conscience, those without respect for anyone or for life, the terrorists. If we give in, if we hide, if we live in fear ~ yes, "they" win! IF you've been able to hang in and read my rambling thoughts, thank you!  I hope that you will hug your kids extra tight, tell them how much you love them and how important they are to you. For that matter, we should be telling all of our friends and family members the same. Each of us takes "time" for granted...like we'll have weeks and months and years. Maybe we will and maybe we won't so live like you were dying! 



Tuesday, December 4, 2012

~ Just Keepin' It Real ~

 Want to feel soooo much better about your house?  These pictures should do it ~ that's for sure!

I really like when bloggers show the "real stuff" so I decided to do it now.  Decorating for Christmas is fun, it's messy and it's time consuming.  I drug everything out of the storage closet last Thursday and this is what it looked like.  If you are easily scared, I suggest you use this as a warning NOT to go further!   ;-)


Friday, I had a horrendous migraine so didn't get back to the "stuff" until later that evening when I felt a bit better. I really got a lot done but with other things going on too, I was delayed in finishing it.  


Oh yes, it's "real" alright!  A friend of mine bumped the Scentsy plug-in and wax splattered all over the wall!  I do have to get that cleaned up ASAP.




Can you believe I'm really showing this?


A little truth or dare?  :)




And....at last, the tree trimming begins.  Remember, this is the beginning.  Will show the final when I finish these 2 rooms.


A couple of other mentions from last week, with the full moon. My son had to travel to Taiwan again on business, however, this was the trip from hell.  Going over, a man in First Class had a heart attack. 5 medical people were on board,  however, he passed away. They moved the passenger next to him, covered him in blankets and continued the flight. Can you imagine? My son got extremely ill while there and we were so worried!  He is one that can be almost dying and won't consider going to a Dr. or even say that he's miserable.  A Dr. from the hotel saw him about 2:15 a.m. and gave him meds, thank God.  He finally was able to travel, however, the flight out of Taipei was delayed 3 hrs, thus making them late for his connecting flight from LAX-DFW.  Oh yes, and the lady sitting next to him used the barf bag several times due to heavy turbulence.  This was really difficult for him.  He got to the gate for his flight, they had closed the door.  They said if his bag was a carry-on they would open the door and board him. Nope, the bag had to be checked so he spent 3 more hours waiting for the next flight, arriving in DFW at almost 4:00 a.m. Sunday morning.

Saturday was my birthday and I had a severe allergic reaction to something...my eye lids were swollen, red and hurt like I don't know what. I thought Benadryl would kick it, but no. Sunday morning I could hardly see as the swelling was so much worse.  I called my Dr. and was advised to go to the ER.  I spent 3 hrs there, however, the nurses and Dr. were wonderful. Gave me Prednisone, 2 antihistamines, antibiotic eye drops and yes, Benadryl.  I've been hoping I don't turn into Freddie Krueger with the steroids!  So far, I just can't sleep and I have more energy ~ the latter being a nice side effect.  The swelling has gone down but my eyes still hurt and the eyelids look horrid. I can't be on the computer very long nor read much nor watch TV much.  I have been cleaning!  :)

Had to clean all my appliances yesterday as they are installing new black appliances today.  I can't wait!

That's the latest from my jumbled abode.  What's going on with you?  Do tell....


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

~ Please pray for little Lia and her Mom & Dad ~


Sweet Lia with Santa

I'm not sure how many of you know  Diann  of The Thrifty Groove Blog.  She's an incredible lady with the thrifty gene for sure!  She and her husband, Troy, have cared for Lia since she was 7 weeks old...she's almost 5 now.  Recently, the birth mother decided she wanted Lia back ~ no one really knows why.  The birth father is going along with it too. Both are known child abusers and, among other illegal activities, should NEVER have been given Lia.  The judge in this case removed Lia from Diann and Troy without notifying them or Lia first. Can you imagine the heartbreak of the parents and the bewilderment and fear of poor Lia?  Absolutely unfathomable!  

I urge you to read Diann's latest posts and please join in prayer for their family, for Lia to be protected and cared for and returned ASAP.  If you are so inclined, a donation would be tremendously appreciated!

My mind cannot grasp this...and I pray that God will hold them in His hands and protect Lia from these people that call themselves her "mom and dad".  IMHO, a "real" parent would NEVER do this to an innocent child.  A real parent would want the child to be safe, loved, protected and in the best care possible.  Diann and Troy are all she's ever known and now she's 1700 miles from them, with strangers and abusers. Absolutely heartbreaking ~

We all have so much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. If you are so inclined, please remember this precious family in prayer, good thoughts, lighting a candle...whatever your preference is.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

~ Thank you, Veterans! ~






‎"A Veteran - whether active-duty, retired, The National Guard or U.S. Army Reserve - is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank check made payable to the 'United States of America', for an amount of up to and including their life."




Tuesday, November 6, 2012

~ I pledge allegiance...



I hope that you've cast your vote...or will sometime today. I know there's a lot of strife re: the candidates but I don't want to get into that. Just a gentle reminder to stand up, speak up!


Friday, November 2, 2012

~ Storm Photos ~


The after effects of Sandy ~ just horrific!  Can you imagine losing it all?  The death toll seems to rise,  unfortunately.

Count your blessings!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

~ The Best Things In Life ~



I feel a bit guilty posting about "things" when so many have lost everything. The devastation from Sandy just seems to continue to get worse. Who would ever think that in the midst of horrific flooding, fires would burn away complete neighborhoods?

If  you feel so inclined, it's very easy to donate to the Red Cross via texting from your phone. A $10 charge will be reflected on your upcoming wireless bill ~ a small pittance compared to having "nothing".

Just text Red Cross to 90999 ~ easy, peasy.  I'd like to also ask that you continue to pray, send good thoughts, light candles, speak positives...whatever your choice might be for all the people in Sandy's wake.

xo
Pat

Monday, October 29, 2012

~ Halloween Mesh Wreath ~



This is my first attempt at a mesh wreath ~ please don't judge! :)



The "Wicked" is a bit heavy and it's difficult to have it stay centered.  Oh well, everything's a little "off" this time of year, right?


I hope you're going to be wickedly scary this Halloween!

Joining ~   



Friday, October 19, 2012

~ Your Bank Account ~



Just thought I'd share that my bank account was compromised this week.  It's been more than a headache and a hassle to try to get everything straightened out.  I've felt every emotion...anger, puzzled, vulnerable and oh yes, tears and vulnerability!  These hackers are incredibly brilliant and it's extremely sad that their talents are not used in a positive way.  

Another thing...the day I discovered this, I received phone calls back to back...constantly, from every area code imaginable as well as Anonymous, Private, etc.  I normally never answer the phone if I don't recognize the number but I did that day.  There would be no response on the line and then a  click that would disconnect.  A few were off-shore....determined by the number of 1's in front of the phone number plus an accent IF anyone responded.

I'm saying all of this just as a reminder to please check your accounts daily!  It had been a couple of days for me and I won't do that again.  I had to open a new account and you know what that entails....more paperwork, new debit card, checks, etc.

I also changed my home phone # due to the annoying calls.  Doing that with AT&T almost caused me to turn into Freddie Krueger!  ;-) They did offer a word of advice...to be sure and check my phone bill carefully for the next couple of months.  Some of those "illegal" numbers can rack up high costs on your phone bill.  IF that should happen, they will delete the charges.

My daughter's boss and his wife just went through this twice.  One thing the bank advised them to do was to have a separate debit card for entertainment, dining out or anytime you use it in public.  It can be loaded with $200-$300 dollars, transferred from your "real" account.  IF the card disappears from your sight while out, then you know the max that could be stolen.  I think this is a great idea!  The extra card is NOT linked in any way to your "real" account as far as the public knows.  Hope I've explained this clearly....

I so hope that no one else has this dreadful experience!

Monday, October 15, 2012

~ Eek! ~


Just a little Halloween decor!  I found the charger at Michael's for $1. Love the green but this was the only one left.  It would be fun to have a set for a tablescape. I had the ribbon and the spider so just added some glitter letters. 
Easy and quick!



Joining ~
  

Sunday, October 14, 2012

~ Fiesta Rice Salad ~


This is so easy and so tasty!  I made it often during the summer as a meal for myself.  It's great this time of year as well and can be a side dish for Mexican style meals.



  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (4 limes)
  • 3 T. roasted tomato salsa or your choice
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups cold cooked brown rice
  • 1 cup cooked fresh or thawed frozen corn kernels 
  • 15-oz. cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • red bell pepper, seeded and diced 
  • 1 cup small cherry tomatoes, halved 
  • scallions, thinly sliced 
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 T or more  chopped fresh cilantro, optional 

  •  In a small bowl, stir together lime juice,  salsa, cumin and salt. In a large bowl, stir together rice and corn, breaking up any rice clumps. 
  • Pour lime-juice mixture over rice mixture and stir well to coat. Add beans, bell pepper, tomatoes and scallions, and toss gently to combine.
  • Just before serving, pit, peel and dice avocado, and stir gently into salad. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve.
  • I found the recipe online somewhere...cannot remember where.  The original called for about 1-3 T. oil which I did not use.  Between the lime juice and the salsa, there's enough liquid. I also used the frozen brown rice....in the microwave for 90 seconds and it's done!   I hope you enjoy!


Joining ~   Yvonne for On The Menu Monday


Thursday, October 11, 2012

~ Winner! ~


I'm sorry to be late posting the winner.  I had a Dr. appt this morning. Although I really didn't have to wait but about 5 min., the traffic was horrendous and I had a couple of errands to do while I was out.

Ok....the winner is ~ drum roll please! ~  Dee from "A Lapin Life".  I can never get the Random.org deal to post. :/

Congrats sweet lady!  Please send me your mailing address and I will get this fun package in the mail to you.

Thanks a million to each of you for stopping by and joining in! I always wish I had extras for everyone.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

~ Last Call! ~



I've been sidelined by a 2 day migraine...not fun!  I feel better today but not 100%. Anyway, wanted to share a reminder about the Halloween Giveaway.  Today's the last day to sign up here !


Sunday, October 7, 2012

~ Wanna laugh? ~



I know you're dying laughing right now...all these incredible fall & Halloween decorations out in blog land and here I am with just one.  :)  Well, I will add more but thought I'd give you a laugh for the moment!

Don't forget to sign up for the Halloween Giveaway here !

Saturday, October 6, 2012

~ Goose Creek Candle ~


I was recently the lucky winner of a Goose Creek Candle giveaway over at Korrie's at Red Hen Home.  The candle arrived today and oh my, it is awesome!!  I chose an incredible fragrance...Whipped Pumpkin Latte.  It smells divine!  Honestly, it had just been burning about 5-10 minutes and the rooms already smelled like a pumpkin pie baking. 

I love the jar container...very pretty and no ugly labels to try and hide. The top is very tailored and the candle looks so pretty, lit or closed.


Can you smell it?  Isn't it divine?



I'm a true candleholic and I'm very particular about the candles that I purchase. Even though this is a wonderful gift, I will certainly buy from this company in the future!  Excellent quality and speedy shipping.

Korrie, thanks for the opportunity to win ~ I'm so grateful!

------->  Be sure to sign up for the Halloween Giveaway here