Thursday, July 30, 2009

Another Tag from Bekah

Two Tags

1. What time is it? 3:20pm

2. What's your favorite memory? anytime I'm together with my sweet family :O)

3. What are you afraid of? My one and only fear in this world is a granddaddy long legger, I despise them and freeze when I see one, if you don't know what they look like I'll show you an image:
Okay.....EEEEWWWWWWW!!!!!!
(fyi...this is not my arm, I found it at google)

4. What is the most recent movie that you have seen in a Theater? Toy Story, yeah it's been quite awhile, we're not really movie theater people!

5. Place of birth? Cincinnati, OH

6. Favorite food? Anything homemade, we have some good recipes that we make so there is no favorite.

7. What's your natural hair color? Brown years ago, now it's pretty well all gray!

8. Ever been to Alaska? No

9. Ever been toilet paper rolling? I refuse to answer on the grounds that I may incriminate myself. Just Kidding....I've never done that.

10. Love someone? My family, such love I feel for them!

11. Been in a car accident? Yes and sadly I caused both of them, but that was many, many years ago.

12. Occupation? Keeper of my Home

13. Favorite day of the week? Danny's off days!!!

14. Favorite restaurant? Cracker Barrel, not just the food but the atmosphere, just love country living!

15. Favorite Flower? Lantana

16. Favorite sport to watch? I truly have no interest in sports whatsoever but if I watch them it is with Christopher and Katie, watching European Football. The beauty of it is that they play constantly, they stop the game for nothing, it's fast and interesting to watch.

17. Favorite drink? Sweet Tea, Starbucks!!!

18. Favorite ice cream? Cherry Cordial, Butter Pecan...not just any brand though, it must be UDF homemade brand. My second job was working at a UDF (over 30 years ago!!) and I not only love their ice cream but I thought it was an excellent company to work for.

19. Disney or Warner Brothers? Neither

20. Ever been on a ship? No I don't think so, I have been on the Anderson Fairy which crosses the Ohio River with you and your automobile!

21. What color is your bedroom carpet? Tan

22. How many times did you fail your driver's test? Once, I did the turnaround backwards..pulled in backed out.

23.From whom did you get your last e-mail? My eldest brother, he sends me daily devotions

24. What do you do when you are bored? I do not believe I've ever been bored in my life, there's always something to do

25. Bedtime? 11pm

26. Who do you expect will comment on this? I don't get many comments so I'm not sure, but I'm just doing it for the fun of it anyway!

27. If you could do only 3 things, what would they be? Move to a huge farm, bring all of my extended family with me, live completely off the grid.

28. Who is the person that you are most curious to see their responses? ?

29. Favorite TV shows? Avonlea, Midsomer Murders

30. Last person you went to dinner with? Funny, I just went to dinner a few nights ago with my Mother-in-Love, Mary Ann (Hubby's sweet cousin), Hubby, Katie, and Tommy:) It was Cracker Barrel!!!

31. What are you doing right now besides being on the computer? Listening to Katie and Christopher

32. What are your favorite colors? Periwinkle, Apricot

33. How many tattoos do you have? Wow, so many tattoo parlors I can't even remember how many I have....too many to count!!!
Okay, I do not have any tattoos and never, ever will!

34. How many pets do you have? None, sadly I have severe allergies to cats and dogs

35. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? I don't know, I wasn't there

36. What do you want to do before you die? So many things, I never run out of things I want to try and do!

37. Have you ever been to Hawaii? Yes, sadly it's not a good memory.

38. Have you been to countries outside the U.S.? No

39. How many siblings do you have? 3

40. Time this survey ended? 3:42p

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1) What bill do you hate paying the most? Electric, water, gas...so many that I could rid us of if we could get off grid

2) Where was the last place you had a really unforgettable dinner? Probably right here at home, when our Tommy came for dinner

3) What do you really want to be doing right now? Spray painting my rocker, I need to sand it first though. It's a shame I have to sand because I hate to sand!!!...but love to paint!!!

4) How many colleges did you attend? None

5) Why did you choose the shirt that you have on right now? Because it matches the jumper I have on.

6) What are your thoughts on gas prices? Definitely buy a horse.

7) First thought when the alarm went off this morning? Don't use an alarm, first thought when I woke up was probably...I need coffee!!!

8) Last thought before going to sleep last night? How content I am, life is so good

9) Do you miss being a child? Ummm...when did I grow up?....I must say that I'm definitely a child at heart!

10) What errand/chore do you despise? Easy answer...clean the bathroom

11) Get up early or sleep in? Goal is getting up early

12) Have you found real love yet? I would hope so, I've been married to him for 26 years!!!

13) Favorite lunch meat? Hard Salami (on a bagel with cream cheese and a slice of red onion)

14) What do you get every time you go into Wal-Mart? We generally buy us a drink as we leave because we're tired and thirsty

15) Beach or lake? Lake!

16) Do you think marriage is an outdated ritual? I don't think so, it is Biblical and the Bible will never be outdated

17) Sopranos or Desperate Housewives? Have never seen either, no interest whatsoever

18) What famous person would you like to have dinner with? Elizabeth Prentiss...sadly she's been dead for many years

19) Have you ever crashed your vehicle? Yes, see above

20) Ever had to use a fire extinguisher for its intended purpose? Yes, but only in a training session

21) Ring tone? Brandon Heath...Give Me Your Eyes

22) Strangest place you have ever brushed your teeth? Probably out in the woods while camping

23) Somewhere in California you've never been and would like to go? Have no desire to go to California, but I would like to go to the New England states

24) Do you go to church? Have been going to church since I was a little girl

25) At this point in your life would you rather start a new career or a new relationship? That's an odd question

26) How old are you? 49

27) Do you have a go to person? Myself!

28) Are you where you want to be in life? Always striving, never stagnant so life is a journey...as long as I'm where the Lord wants me to be I'm fine.

29) Growing up, what were your favorite cartoons? Scooby Doo

30) What about you do you think has changed the most? My desire for less, I used to always want more.

31) Looking back at high school were they the best years of your life? No, they were not good years at all

32) Are there times you still feel like a kid? ummm...yeah

33) Do you have a pager? No, Does anyone have one these days?

34) Where was the hang out spot when you were a teenager? No need to think about that so I would rather not answer.

35) Were you the type of kid you would want your children to hang out with? No, but I think I would have been a much better kid if I would have had them to hang out with...they would really have been a great influence on me.

36) Who do you think impacted your life the most? My Mother

37) Was there a teacher or authority figure that stood out for you? Not a teacher, I truly can't remember one good teacher I had...but there was a gentleman from our church that was a custodian at my elementary school, he was the kindest person I've ever met in my life.

38) Do you tell stories that start with “when I was your age”? Yes!

39) Have you been called "sir" or "ma'am"? Yes, I've been called ma'am...I have never been called sir thank goodness.

40) Have you told a story that started with "I remember when..."? Probably

That's all.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

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For Monday July 27, 2009
Here in Kentucky...


Outside my window...beautiful sunshine, very hot and hazy. Just a few leaves blowing, trees are lush and green from all the rain this past week.

I am thinking...how grief is such an individual thing and the time for every person is different also. If I could stop time I believe I would have done it the day I found my father-in-love lying at the bottom of the steps, I would have given anything to not have had to tell my mother-in-love...or bring her in to see him lying there, some things are just so hard you hope to never have to see anyone go through them. But God is good and so loving to us all.

I am thankful for...the blessing of good health for our family, everything else pales in comparison to have our health.

From the Kitchen...hamburgers and french fries, simple and quick.

I am Reading...My ESV Bible..currently in Isaiah, For the Family's Sake

I am Hoping...to see my family soon, I miss seeing my sister and brothers and my little mama and daddy, we've all been way too busy, wrote this two weeks ago and it still holds, life has been way too busy, still haven't been able to see family, ugh.

I am wearing...floral purple dress, birks

I am creating...some gifts for a dear friend of Katie's...also some prim stitcheries, I love making them with little sayings I find, I need to sew a jumper for me, skirt for Katie, a cell phone pocket for the car and a purse for me...can't find one I like so I'm going to make one the way I want it to be.

I am Praying...for an extended family member going through chemo, yes having our health is everything

Around the House...dryer is going with towels that should be on the clothesline but it's just too hot and humid outside.

One of my favorite things...being at home

A Few Plans for the rest of the week...out to dinner tomorrow to Cracker Barrel with some family, finish up a package of gifts for a sweet dear young friend that just celebrated her sweet sixteen...we're a bit late but life has been way off schedule lately, so we do the best we can

Here is a picture thought I'm sharing with you...

This is not a quilt of mine but I just love the colors and style, so very pretty and country!


Monday, July 20, 2009

Simple Woman's Daybook

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For Monday July 20, 2009
Here in Kentucky...


Outside my window...beautiful sunshine with some beautiful puffy clouds, and nice cool temps.

I am thinking...how wonderful it is to have all of our deep cleaning finished and a nice tidy house, lots of tidying needed after the past month of grieving and health issues, God is so good.

I am thankful for...God's blessings that He showers us with daily, we are unbelievably blessed and I never for a moment want to forget to thank Him.

From the Kitchen...green beans, potatoes and smoked sausage, lemon meringue pie for desert

I am Reading...My ESV Bible..currently in Isaiah, For the Family's Sake

I am Hoping...to see my family soon, I miss seeing my sister and brothers and my little mama and daddy, we've all been way too busy, wrote this two weeks ago and it still holds, life has been way too busy

I am wearing...denim jumper, yellow and white striped ruffled top and birkenstocks

I am creating...some prim stitcheries, I love making them with little sayings I find, this weekend we finished painting our hutch, bookshelf and my new/old desk I got from my little mama, they all look so pretty and fresh!

I am Praying...for strength, endurance and joy to accomplish what I have planned for our family...I wrote this two weeks ago and it is amazing how much this prayer has been answered already, yes God is so good!

Around the House...I hear Katie's boots as she walks upstairs, we're getting ready to go to Sav-a-Lot, went to Kroger yesterday and am just sick with the price of groceries these days, I'm hoping to do a bit better at SAL

One of my favorite things...being busy with things at home

A Few Plans for the rest of the week...taking my sweet little mother-in-love to the Dr. tomorrow. Dan is off to the dentist on Wednesday, Thursday is hopefully a full day at home, I love summer...generally no plans, just play it by ear!

Here is a picture thought I'm sharing with you...no photos today, we had to reboot our computer so all photos are on backup disks.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Simple Read - The Mother at Home

I've read this book before but wanted a refresher on it. If you are a mother or hope to someday be a mother this is such an excellent book. It's all about raising your children in the fear of the Lord. There are so many books about child rearing and parenting that I personally find to be not only just some fluff but also completely against the scriptures and if it goes against God's word why even fill our mind with such garbage?
Our children are grown now, 24, 22 and 19 so our child rearing days are over, now we get to enjoy the fruit of our labors and let me tell you raising children is not easy work, it can be fun at times but it's a job that is 24/7. We don't just have to be there for our children all the time we have to be constantly available and quick to discipline, we must discipline in the moment and being consistent with it.
When our children were younger we found that we had to be clear and concise in our choice of discipline and Dan and I had to be in total agreement. Now, what this meant to us, since Dan worked lots of long hours at Delta, was that he would back up whatever my decision was. I was not a wife that called her husband about every little thing, I couldn't have if I wanted to because he was so busy, so disciplining was done quickly and the punishment was given right then. We were not big on punishing our children unless their actions harmed themselves or others, strict words can be very convincing to a child only if they know that we mean what we say and I always meant what I said.
Our sons were/are very respectful of their mother because they saw their father being respectful of their mother and vice-versa, in the 26 years we've been married we've probably had less than 5 real arguments and I'm sad to say those were mostly my fault...or lets say the fault of hormones...Dan has never been one to raise his voice or to argue, he has an even temper which he also learned from his father, so we know that our actions directly affect our children's actions now and in the future.
When our oldest was 2 I took him into a Christian store to look around, when we got back into the car he showed me some erasers he put in his pocket for his cousins. He was very young but we had a short chat about taking things without paying and went right back to the store where I explained to the clerk and had him apologize, the clerk thought I was being ridiculous because our son was so young but I knew that it had to be addressed right then and severely. Believe me, my son was very embarrassed and did not want to do that but we did it anyway because it has to be done in the moment for them to understand what they've done wrong. We did some talking about it later and he truly didn't know it was the wrong thing to do, it's all about we as parents teaching them right and wrong.
The scriptures mandate that we raise our children according to the Word and that they understand the need to do what Jesus says is right. My kids have known Jesus and loved Jesus from an early age so if I said, 'Would Jesus like that?', they knew the answer and stopped the bad behavior immediately.
Parenting to us just seemed to be a no brainer, it's all about raising them in the Word, today we have three incredible young adults to show for our diligence and I'm proud to say that they are our very best friends!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Simplifying

Isn't it amazing how you can be sailing along in life, accomplishing things in the moment with an intensity that seems to just be surging you ahead when suddenly everything comes to an abrubt halt? Life can be that way can't it? I find that I'm prone to diving in headlong to projects with such tenacity that I forget the things around me, I can actually zone myself out to the things around me and even forget that the world is still going on all around me with my one and only focus on the project at hand. In print that seems like a pretty good attribute, but in reality it is so very selfish that I'm ashamed of myself for getting so caught up in 'doing' that I forget to live and to enjoy the things around me.
I have self diagnosed ADD so it's incredible that I can focus on anything but the truth is that a project I want to do will be more of a priority than something someone wants me to do, in other words I can get so caught up in me that I forget others and their needs. I despise that about myself and daily struggle to make it no so but it is so very difficult.
For instance I will start on a sewing project that may take a few days and that's the only thing focus that I have, I will listen to my family talk, etc. but my focus is on my project and stays that way until I finish it. Dan might come to me asking me to sew on a button or do some small thing for him but my first inclination is to put it aside until my project is finished. I imagine that it might have something to do with ADD, I mean I can't accomplish anything if I have too many irons in the fire and life gets to be way too hectic so then I tend to simply shut down and get nothing accomplished.
If you've ever read Side-tracked Home Executives you'll get a true glimpse into my life, I can completely relate to everything in that book....and that is a sad, sad truth because the entire book is about getting sidetracked when you're needing to focus on one project. Now when I say all I think about is the project I'm working on the sad truth is I do more thinking about it than doing because the situation needs to be just right for me to want to get a project finished and having clutter and chaos keeps me from focusing at that moment.
I know so very well that getting my home, life and head clutter free will be so freeing for me because I won't have to do this, this and this to be able to do this, this and this...the area will be clutter free and I can just automatically focus on it so I won't have to worry about clearing off this space to do something, it will already be clear! I am so desperately wanting things just completely cleared out but life just gets in the way. So many situations come up that are out of my control but the way I deal with them is not out of my control, being ahead of the game is such a key element and I just don't seem to ever get there. For instance, for months I've needed to take my sons suit to the cleaners but I just kept putting it off, then suddenly we have two funerals in two weeks and he 'needs' his suit. Now, if I would have just thought ahead and had it cleaned I wouldn't have had to get it done in the midst of the grief and getting other things done quickly that needed to be done. These things are so frustrating for me but I can't seem to ever get to that point of being prepared for things.
I'm thinking that maybe I need to make me a full list of what needs to be done and then just do it step by step and the best thing is to bring Christopher and Katie in on it with me because they do not like clutter at all so they'll help me make those difficult decisions with the things I want to cling to so tightly, it's all about a goal and I know when it's written down I will do it because I love to mark things off as they're finished.
My goal is simplifying is so very real and coming closer each day, I just need to stick to the path and not let myself get 'sidetracked'!!!