NO Excuses. I've just flat neglected my little blogspot. How ELSE are you supposed to know what's going on in my head? SOOO much has happened since my last post. Our grandbaby, affectionately named Who Dat, because we don't know what WHO DAT will be, is due next MONTH!! Has THAT time ever gone by fast. Can't wait to meet him/her! I won't care what it is, it will be our little baby! Paintin' Sisters is a GREAT success! Jennifer and I just love what we're doing and so many people refer to it as "painting therapy" We have a busy, busy July planned so we can make sure we have time off for these new grandbabies, her daughter is having Karter Layne in August too, if not before! I'll try to check by here more often. Shucks, I'm on facebook all the time, I could scoot right over here and check in, couldn't I? Catch ya later!
Whoa Nellie, The New Orleans Saints won today and are going to the Super Bowl! We Southerners had a dilemma, pull for our Mississippi son, Brett or our beloved Saints. I think it was 10-1 for the Who Dat boys! Brett already has a Super Bowl ring, so we don't feel AS bad for him, but it was hard to see him lose, he's such a competitor. One question, where was the Reggie Bush we saw last weekend? Man, he was on fire...maybe THAT will be the Regg that will show up in Miami, we can only hope. Well, have a good week and hug your loved ones!
My how the time has flown!!! In my defense, I tried to blog one day, and this crazy laptop cursor jumps all around while I type. I had a ton of stuff written and ba-ling, I hit a key and it ALL erased! I'll tell you the truth, I said some "wirty dords"! Uh huh, I sure did! ooooh I had all these thoughts down and was just a perkin' and shazaaammmmm, they wuz gone!
Let's see, a thought for today, nothing is as good OR bad as it seems beforehand. I'll let you ponder that for a while. The Paintin Sisters are cranking up art party classes at my grandmother's house. We're calling them parties, because there is some instruction, but mostly we're going to have fun. Jennifer and I went to Easely Amused in Jackson for one of their soirees, but found that they go really really fast and there were 48 in our class! Our classes will be around 10-12 and we'll be embellishing our canvases and you'll actually learn some stuff so you can do it at home. We'll have a few supplies and some finished products if you're interested. Sign up so you can be a Paintin Sister Too!!!!
My life has been on warp speed this week. Do you have this problem? You plan something a month ahead, nothing is going on in your life for weeks. The day comes, forty things will have to be done that day! Jennifer and I have had a "girl" day planned since Christmas. My sweet daughter-in-law and my son gave me a gift certificate to Michael's. It has been burning my pocket, but we decided it would be better to wait until today. Fifty things have popped up in the last 24 hours to interfere, but we "got er done". We had such a great day, went to Apple Annie's, ate at Chik Fila, went to Michael's and then Hobby Lobby. I'm tired now, but what a great tired! My senses are on overload. I had sooooo much fun working on that gift certificate and I STILL have some left on it. I got things I had been wanting and just shopped like a mad woman. Ok, time to wind down! Catch y'all later! OH, and I lost another pound yesterday at Weight Watchers! Wooooooo hooooo!
Whoa, NELLIE! Where did Monday go? So much for blogging every day. In my defense, I did clean a little yesterday and tried to stay off the computer. You can blow hours on this thing and it seems like minutes, then you wonder why your back is killing you, your eyes burn....Tomorrow is already weigh in day at Weight Watchers. I've tracked everyday, haven't gone over my points, done my walking all but one day. If I haven't lost weight, I've developed some good habits and that's what is all about anyway. Dr. Oz says it takes about two weeks to develop a habit. And you do that by just doing it. It seems insignificant at first, you can't imagine on that first day of walking that it's doing ANY good..then that third day, it's easier to lift those big ol legs, day four you have a little more pep in your step, the good food you're putting in your mouth doesn't give you indigestion, you're sleeping better, more energy during the day, you feel the poison going out of your system. Why oh why do we relapse in to OLD, hurtful habits? Your body rewards you when you do well and punishes you when you don't, simple as that. It DOES boil down to habits; Oz and Phil both say to not "white knuckle" it and just try to NOT do something, replace a bad habit with a good one. Keep doing it until it clicks in your head. LORD, PA LEEZE keep me focused on this concept. FOCUS FOCUS FOCUS, consistent FOCUS, let me keep my eye on the prize. I don't recognize pictures of me now, that's not who I am inside. I love before and after pictures, there are plenty of those for me, I'm looking forward to an afterward picture. I'm on the road right now, please don't let me take a detour! How many more chances do I have before my health takes a hit? Ok, so you pray for me on this one and I'll pray for you on your 2010 projects! Now go out there and make a difference today!
I almost let Sunday get by without a post. Not the end of the world, but I MUST listen to the voices in my head and let them out..... What a great Sunday it was. Brother Rich compared sin to a parasite, which needs a host to thrive. My, what a good host I've been in my lifetime! See without a host, the parasite dies. It needs the host to even exist......I'm going to try to be a less cordial host, see if those sin parasites will start dropping off. Of course, the "debil" will put somebody or something in my path, craft dude that he is. But I will look at it in a different way now. Things are slow in the arts and crafts world right now, but I sure needed to back up, rest, and punt. I have many ideas brewing, so I'll be busy again soon. I appreciate all the things you guys are saying about the blog. I love me some writing. Martin asked me the other night when he read it, "Where does all that come from?" I just sit down and start writing. Don't ask me to duplicate it, can't do that. It's a one shot deal. I know this because when I write my column and hit the wrong key and lose it, I CANNOT remember everything I wrote. That's why I love the blog, I can look back, and I can share it with YOU! Paige Johnson Smith, one of my pseudo daughters, has joined us, everybody tell Paige, "HI!" Lisa Pounds Breazeale was encouraged by the blog about losing weight, so see, Diane, alot of people are depending on us!!! Whatever you're working on for the new year, best of luck. If you get discouraged, turn on that favorite song that makes you happy, put it on fool blast and scream at the top of your lungs!!!! I'll be praying for you, even if I don't know who you are, God does! 2010 is the time, we're all gonna DO it, I just feel it. Have a good week! See ya tomorrow!
After all this cold, it's been kinda fun to hunker down in the house, catching up on my reading, watching a little tv, spending time on the computer. Now, I'm beginning to notice the same things I did when I was recuperating from knee surgery. I see spiderwebs, not cobwebs, that sounds quaint, and cute, these are not cute! My spiders have built condos, subdivisions, they have governors, a congress, and foreign ambassadors. And then dust! Yikes! I'm not even going there, if I don't wear my glasses, I can't see that. I had a friend over the other day. Her grandson was crawling on my floor and before you could say Martha Stewart, he had a foreign object in his mouth! I forgot that you have to sweep EVERYDAY when babies are involved. (That's a joke, or not) We have our poodle, George. He's our vaccum cleaner. Normally, there's nothing on the floor except a torn up paper towel, what he does if can't find food in it............ Our youngest grandchild is almost 13, so I've forgotten about clean, clean. That and I'm not tidy belle anyway. My mother's house was surgically clean, maybe I rebelled. However, later in life, thanks to dementia, she quit cleaning at ALL! Maybe I'll go the other way, maybe I'll clean like a mad woman when I'm older, or not.......;-o
I added a playlist to the blog; if you don't want to listen just hit the stop button. But my first selection is Feels Like Home. I just love HOME. To me, that's my safe haven, where I KNOW I'm loved. The world can be so cruel. My mother always made sure that our home was safe and peaceful. I would get homesick just spending one night with my friends. I went to ocamp one year and I think I cried every day. My home is like that now. I am enjoying being at home and working from home. I have to sacrifice a little, but it is so worth it to not be in the middle of the chaos known as work. And not just the job I left, but any job. It's downright depressing, if you think about it. You have to eat when the job says eat, use the bathroom when the job says to, and on and on. And if you feel bad, you have to call and tell someone why you can't work and possibly make it sound worse to justify staying at home. Or if you just want a DAY, to piddle around the house or clean closets or catch up on housework, you feel compelled to SAY that you're sick so you can have a day off. You are sooooo valuable that they can't make it a day without you, but you know the truth, you're just another drop in the bucket. Well, I'm home and I AM the bucket and I can go to the bathroom whenever I want to and stay in there as long as I want to. I am somebody at home and I count. My prayer for today, Please Lord, help me make it in my little home business so I never HAVE to go work for someone else again. AMEN
A few years ago, (probably 15 by now) the local Junior Miss pageant people invited we "has beens" to get on stage and do dances and such. Luckily, they gave us some time to prepare and I was already on a walking program of three miles a day. I upped that to another 3 miles in the afternoon. I enjoyed it sooo much. Probably one of the fittest times in my life. I did well in the program, we had so much fun. I kept on walking and walking even when the weather got a little cold. But it came the time that it would rain so much or icy or whatever and I couldn 't. I would actually ride over to the park in my car and just look and cry, it meant THAT much to me. Warmer and better weather came, but I never got back in the groove like then. I've bought, machines and the recumbent bike is one of the best. I look forward to riding it, SOMETIMES. I've been going back to Weight Watchers. A number of my friends have had the surgery, but that's just not for me. I just believe there's a skinny girl in here trying to get out and we don't want to cut on HER!! One of the greatest parts of the WW meetings are the tips and ideas from the other ladies.So one girl has almost made her goal and she got serious a few months back. Until you get serious and quit playing with ANY plan, you won't be successful. My friend uses the Leslie Sansone walking DVD. The weight is melting off! Comined with her excellent knowledge of the WW plan, and FOLLOWING it, and her own special things that she invents using that knowledge, it is soooo working! There is a one mile walk up to a five mile walk dvd. Leslie uses light weights, round balls, but you dont't have to use them. I have some old barbell type weights, so I started the walk....Lost over FIVE lbs this week!!!!! I love it , and quess what? I LOOK FORWARD TO IT! YEAH, I'M BACK! So thanks Diane Stokes of Liberty, MS, you are inspiring us! THere's no excuse not to walk, now. Any time, no special equipment, clothes, nobody's watching ! Wish me luck, I want to inspire others like Diane has inspired me!
Shiver me timbers! I'll let you Google what that means in pirate talk, it just seems to fit right now since the temp is going to be about 12 degrees tonight. All I can say good about that is, bye-bye mosquitoes, ticks, most fleas, and maybe some love bugs! Once again "back in the day" I don't remember mosquitoes being quite as numerous or aggressive.. There are some pretty determined ones, now. This cold and ice will be JUST enough to get down deep and convince these little buggers to either not show their faces or be nice when the visit. My honey bun and I are going to settle in, watch tv, drink hot chocolate and generally veg, until the temps get a little higher. I may get some painting done, too. Gosh I went to my grandson's soccer game last night, yes LAST NIGHT!!In addition to my regular clothes, I had on a hoodie, a wool coat,ear muffs, a throw, an insulated cover, a butane heater, so I made it fine though I felt sooo sorry for the players. They won, so it was all good. I want to give a shout out to Marjorie Smith, Lisa Pounds Breazeale, Jennifer Smith, Kevin Laird, and Amanda Sherman, who all follow this blog! I appreciate you all and spread the word! As Maury Povich says, "until next time" See, ya!
EEEEE doggies! Sho is cold heah in the South this mornin'. What's that the Yankees are sayin' about global warmin'? Why, it wuz 49 in Miami! B'lieve I'll just shimmy back under grannie's quilt and get warm. Dad-gum yankees! This feels like the winters of my youth. Late September, it started feeling like fall, nights were a little cooler and the oppressive heat of summer was waning. By my birthday, November 1, it was "fanny freezin" cold. And Christmas, forget about outside toys, you couldn't play with them until at least April without freezing to death! I stayed cold ALL the time. Since I was the youngest, I had to ride in the back seat and it was always so cold. It took car heaters forever to heat up. From the time you left for school until you got there, it never got warm. Did anybody ever notice that I was cold? When I was in junior high, Mother got a Chevy Monza that had a motor in the rear. There were two outlets of some sort in the back under the seat and hot air would blow from them. That's the FIRST time I remember being warm in a car. I guess that's why when I brought my Trailblazer, I insisted on heated seats. I don't get as cold as I used too, but those heated seats are fine. Kim Carr and I ride in the summer time with the air conditioner wide open and the heated seats on! Funny what menopause will do for you, ya never know what temperature it really is! But that's for another day. Today it's about cold, bone chillin, no fat women thrown out of the bed, teeth chattering, three dog night COLD! Of course this IS the South, next week it could be 75, ya just nevah know!
Good Morning! Ever wonder how those two words got put together? But we've done it for so long, let's just keep it up. What are we gonna change it to--Bad Morning? See, that just doesn't do.
Today's subject is my life with keyboards, Iphones and typos. I really can spell, but you'd never know it by my messages. The Iphone has a mind of it's own and it THINKS it knows what you are about to type. Yes, Iphones, THINK!!!! If you don't proofread your messages, then it goes off into text world and your friends think you "live" them rather than "love" them. Now who has time to proofread when you're texting? Ahhh, I rest my case!!!!!!! Now enter this laptop. My son-in-law was sweet enough to let me use this wonderful laptop. I love it, it's fast, portable, ABSOLUTELY THE BOMB! But it has tourettes! The cursor just jumps around, willy nilly, wherever it wants to. I've had to retype about a dozen times just to get it to stay on the same line with me. I thought I was touching the touchpad (aren't you supposed to TOUCH a touchpad? I took typing in high school so I wouldn't have to hunt and peck, but that's what I'm reduced to. If I just type, half my words will be on one line and half on another. I Googled to see if anyone else had trouble with this and apparently I'm not the only one. It seems it may have something to do with Vista, one man said that it was Satan's curse to man! OOOUCH! I'm beginning to believe it. Soooo, if on my blog one day, you read something and it TOTALLY doesn't make sense, it may not be the "Old Timers" taking over, it could be the "debil" in my computer! Sayonara till later!
The first Sunday in January 2010. I went to "Sunny School" as my son used to call it. Then heard one of the best sermons. Kinda based on one of my favorite scriptures: Phil 3:13. Most people use Phil 4:13, which is great too. "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Part of 3:13 goes like this: "But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead" Oh how I wish more people did that! Forget about yesterday, there's not a blinking thing you can do about it, it's gone, finite, nada, flushed, ain't coming back. There's only one direction, straight ahead. What's that saying, "Lead, follow or get out of the way!" Not only should we forget what we've done, forget about what others have done. IF by chance a teenager is reading this, or a pre-teen, when someone makes fun of you or says they hate you, or your clothes, your house, what ya daddy drives, just forget it, years from now they'll be sitting on a stage or telling a shrink they wish they had never said that and that they're trying to track you down to tell you they're sorry. The crap we say when we're young should be put in a folder and the big 'ol finger of fate hit the DELETE button. I didn't see people as rich or poor or whatever when I was young. I just loved people and wanted to have fun. I could usually make someone laugh who was sad or hurt. Looking back, I should have tried to be a stand-up comedian, but in the 50's, I never heard of one. Anyhoo, there's one thing I wish I could take back from my childhood. We had some friends of our family who mother used to give my hand-me-downs to. The mother of the family would give fresh vegetables to our family so I thought we were pretty slick and even. I saw the little girl in the rest room at school in one of my dresses, so I complimented her and then proceeded to tell her it used to be mine. She informed me pretty quickly that it was HERS. I'm sure I had a puzzled look on my face, and walked away. That afternoon I told my mother about it and she told me I had hurt the girl's feelings. But I didn't MEAN to! !!!!!!! I learned that lesson the hard way. I had loved the dress and I thought it was neat that the little girl was wearing it. I can still see her face and the hurt, I never want to see that EVER again. Now kids set OUT to text ugly words and put them on Facebook, and other public forums. How do you line yourself up with that concept? Until now, I had never written my mistake, and only told a few people. I was ASHAMED of it and I didn't want anybody to know, an innocent, childlike mistake, not intentional. I guess things are different, but people aren't, words hurt, you can apologize, but those hurtful things can still be replayed in our minds. I've asked God to forgive me for that faux pas, maybe I should forgive myself........
As I thought over my day and my new blog, I remembered that I had forgotten (I' m not sure that's grammatically correct, or even readable) to include my fantastic daughter-in-law and son-in-law. Parents of younger children, go ahead and ask God for good mates for your children, and don't forget to pray about the parents of these mates. We have THE best in laws for our children!!!! That means so much. We are not only in laws, we are all good FRIENDS! I like to think that we've been good in laws to our children's spouses. So thank you, Kelly and Mike for loving Tate and Mikki ! We love y'all! I woke up this morning thinking about turning over a BUNCH of new leaves. Let's just say there are lots of things to work on. NOT resolutions, mind you, Lord knows I can't keep those. No, little things that need tweaking, but when you add them all up, it's pretty big. The honey bun and I have been eating like hostages who just got released, GERD and I are getting to be too good of friends, and I've relaxed from the painting hurricane that took over the house for about 3 months, so there's no excuse for letting the mess stay. How can two adults create garbage that a family of ten couldn't produce? We fill up a huge garbage can EVERY DAY! (we may be getting back to that hostage thing again) I've got this great recumbent bike that I really, really do like to get on, but it's been idle too. I promise when I walk by, I hear it whimper. So did I just say in all those words that we're gonna eat less, move more and clean up? Sounds like resolutions when you say it like that
Look over there to your left. Those were the days, blonde and trim, but I wouldn't go back for any amount of money. Being a teenager is not fun. You don't have the tools to fight the demons in your head. You actually CARE what people think, you THINK you're in love, what a joke! I told my "honey-bun" Martin, the other day that I thought kids shouldn't start the first grade until they're about 8. Stay in kindergarten, learn to read and write, but first grade would start much later. Then you couldn't get your driver's license until you were about 20, couldn't date until you were about 25, when your brain is closer to being mature. Think of all the boo-boos in your life that would not have happened if you had been on this time-table. But then think of all the great things, like kids, that wouldn't have happened. I'm where I am today because of all the hits to my heart, I love today, and I'll love tomorrow! I've got two great children, grandchildren, a good 'ol husband,a good vehicle and four dogs. My house is warm in the winter and cool in the summer, I have THE greatest friends in the world. They've been there when family couldn't, they've been my sisters, and so much more. They sure lifted my butt outta the sand when I couldn't walk another step. They've fed me and clothed me and dried my tears and laughed till we peed in our pants.' Stay tuned and you'll hear all about them.
HAPPY NEW YEAR! How befitting, my first blog of my very own and the first day of the year! Hope you all have a great 2010! I'll be letting you in on my thoughts on a number of subjects and and just stuff!