Monday, August 31, 2009

Life isn't Fair but it's Still Good

I was out shopping this morning at Wal Mart. A young mother was there with her 3 children and an older lady who I think was her mother. They were buying school supplies. The children wanted everything.....their mother obviously couldn't afford all the children wanted. I watched as she tried hard to make wise choices all the while trying to be fair to each child. I though her burdens were heavy and wanted so much to help lighten them.....but how? Many people are proud and do not want charity, even though in my heart it wasn't about charity it was about helping someone in need. When one of the children began to cry because she couldn't get something she wanted the older woman knelt down on the aisle and held her all the while explaining to her how lucky she was to have new sneakers and pencils....she tried to show the little girl that she had so much to be thankful for and to remember what she had and not what she didn't have. The little girl did stop crying but I'm not sure she was able to understand what her grandmother had just told her.

My heart ached for this small family and their needs but my heart was also filled with hope. This family were together, trying to help each other with their love and wisdom and providing for each other's needs as best they could.

As I was placing my packages in my car I watched this family climb into their vehicle and I saw that same little girl give her little brother a piece of her candy, she was sharing what she loved with someone she loved. I think she may have learned the important message from her grandmother already.

Driving home I wondered how many other families were going through this expensive back to school season and I silently said a prayer that all would find a way to have their needs met. I prayed they all would have caring mothers and loving grandmothers to encourage them and show them what is really important in life.....Family!

It was a beautiful day here in Alberta, sunny and very warm with a crispness in the air. As I was sweeping my deck I was thinking about what I had witnessed this morning and I realized, "life isn't fair but it's still good"

May you all see the goodness in your lives today, and appreciate all that you have and know the difference between wants and needs.

Good Night my Friends.......God Bless......and many, many hugs.......:-)

Saturday, August 29, 2009

A Great Visit

Hello my friends, I have had a wonderful couple of days with one of my best friends.
Terry and I have been friends for over 50 years. We began talking to each other in grade school and continue our conversation today all these years later.

Our friendship has endured so much, birthdays, graduations, weddings, births and even funerals. We have laughed and cried together, shared each others sorrows and encouraged and helped each other through illnesses and even horrific times. Through it all our friendship grew stronger and we are so blessed to share many of the same friends who went to Grade School and High School with us. Many of us have moved to far away places yet the special bond of friendship we have always keeps us together.

My wish for all of you is to know the love and loyalty of one if not more... of a true friendship.....a bond that nothing can nor ever will break.

A friend.... who loves your trees...

.....who shops with you for endless hours.....

.....who tells you "your hair looks great short" making you feel good about yourself.

We shopped at West Edmonton Mall, the biggest mall in the world, ate ice cream as we watched families and friends skate on the huge ice rink, watched children swim in the water at the beach as their parents sat on lawn chairs reading their books. The best ever was watching the dolphins swim, eat and do tricks in their very own pool.

We then went to dinner at Beijing Restaurant and ate Chinese Food before going to the movies. We were unable to see My Sister's Keeper instead we saw Julia and Julie, which was unexpectedly quite good.

After leaving early in the morning we returned home around 10 o'clock exhausted but happy. Happy to have shared special time together.

I love having company, all are welcome in my home.....oh but best friend's have their very own room....

Have a great weekend my friends.....God Bless and many....Hugs:-)

Friday, August 28, 2009

Happy Birthday Marcy

I am so excited, today is Marcy's birthday.....Marcy, I wish you much happiness, health and love my friend. I hope you have a wonderful day and may all your wishes come true.

Isn't she beautiful, we here in The Village think so and to make your day more special we are giving you the key to The Village so that you can "police" us anytime you want to.

Oh here is someone who wants to say something to you.......

Happy Birthday Marcy, you are one of the special people in our Village and you know what wonderful people gather here. I am so very proud to have met you in blog land, you are one of the reasons blogging is such a joy to me. You have brought so many smiles to all of us, your words of wisdom are so uplifting and supportive and your ongoing prayers for all of us are magical.

I have my friend visiting with me today until Saturday but I am happy to have sat aside time tonight just for you. This is your special day and so it should be as you have made all our days special with your well researched post, jokes and hilarious comments. There have been many times when I have laughed out loud as I read the banter between you and Eddie.....well worth the price of admission.

I am thinking about you today, lighting a candle, sending tons of love and as always you are in my prayers. I am proud to call you my friend.

Good Night Marcy, God Bless and many, many hugs........:-)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Good Bye Mr. Senator

I am a Canadian, I have no voice, no vote in America. I do have a word for a man I have never met and only know him through his words, actions and family. The world has lost a great man today, a beautiful human being who suffered great and devastating tragedies during his lifetime. He set an example for all us on how to live a happy and full life in spite of what sadness we may have to endure. He was not perfect and made mistakes, he was human. His greatest gift of service to others is a lesson we all could learn from.

Good Bye Mr. Senator, you will be missed.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Happy Memories

Hello my friends, I hope you all had a happy and blessed day.

It was my plan to sleep in this morning but the town workers had other plans. I thought it was thunder that woke me at 7 am but it was the the sound of trucks, backhoes and workers. They were repairing and paving the street. What a noise!

I had no choice so I got up had breakfast and made ready for the day. I had no plans really other than going to Curves but my quiet day turned into a busy and productive one. I read the paper, spent time on my computer and then met my friend at Curves. We did our 30 minute work out and then we met 2 other friends from Curves at Tim's for coffee. It was fun as we chatted and laughed over our coffee. I really enjoyed my time with the ladies.

When I got home and finished lunch I decided to clean my buffet and hutch. I can't believe it took me as long as it did. I emptied and sorted everything. I put many things such as candles, tablecloths, napkins and odds and ends in a box for charity then washed all my crystal, china and polished my silver. I also polished the wood and cleaned the glass doors. This evening I turned the light on in the hutch and it looked lovely, everything was sparkling and so clean, I don't know why I don't do it more often. As I was putting everything back and arranging them so many things reminded me of something or someone. The gravy dish that my mother in law received as a wedding gift, the set of crystal wine glasses that my mum started me collecting and the 25th Anniversary Cake Plate that was given to my mum and dad at their 25th Anniversary party. I also remembered my grandmother as I put her Blue Boy and Pink Girl plates in their plate stands. She loved those plates and I smiled as I remembered how she would gently wash them and put them away after a family get together. I remembered my trip to London as I placed my Harrod's coffee cups back in their special place and lovingly touched the crystal cruet my husband had bought for me when he was in Norway. Beautiful table cloths and napkins, gifts from my Aunts were folded and placed in drawers. I realized just how special this old piece of furniture was to me. I walk by it every day and barely notice it and it was today I truly appreciated it and all the loving memories it held inside. I am never going to take it for granted again. So much of my life and the lives of those I loved are within my Buffet and Hutch.

I started cleaning the Dining Room and everything in it around 1 o'clock and finally finished at 6:30 tonight. It smells good, looks great and I am so pleased. No, I hadn't planned on this project today and maybe that's why I took the time to enjoy it all, even polishing the chairs and the pedestal table. It was fun!

Our mornings have been so cold, I had the furnace on for a while when I got up but by afternoon it was 25 degrees. I had all the windows and doors opened, ceiling fans on and early this evening I turned the A/C on in my bedroom to cool off the room. It is now almost 11 o'clock and has really cooled down.....Fall is on it's way.

I want to thank you all for your prayers and please continue them, as there are still many things that need to be sorted.

Good Night my friends, God Bless and as always many, many Hugs.......:-)

Monday, August 24, 2009

Now I know What Marcy Felt Like

Hello my friends, my day was much like a day Marcy described last week. Everywhere I went to comment today I got bumped out or blogger would give me that unavailable message and I became frustrated with it all, and it didn't do me one bit of good. Seriously I didn't get bumped out of all sites but pretty close to it. It wasn't my computer as I had no trouble when doing my banking, e-mails or even ordering a book from Amazon. No it definitely was this site but I am happy to say all seems to be working well now.

Having said this I really hope you all had a great day. I was up early this morning as I had many chores that needed to be done. After breakfast I changed the linens on my bed, did 3 loads of laundry, cleaned both bathrooms before meeting my friend at Curves. We did our 30 minute work out and then went to Tim's for lunch (I should of bought shares in this franchise) then I had to take my car into St. Albert to have an oil change and be winterized.

I returned home at 2:30, put laundry away, emptied dishwasher, dusted living room, and vacuumed downstairs. A full day but I enjoyed it very much.

I had 2 great phone calls, my friend Terry is coming in Thursday night from Bonnyville. We are going shopping Friday then out for dinner before going to the movie My Sister's Keeper Friday night. She is leaving on Saturday to visit her daughter in BC. I always look forward to her visits.

The other call was from our best friend Annie from home. Her sister Denise lives in Calgary and she is flying to Calgary Oct 2....then her and Denise are driving here and will stay with me until we all leave on Oct 4th for Terry's birthday party in Bonnyville on the 5th and will return here on Tuesday, Oct 7th. Most of Terry's brothers and sisters are flying in from Moncton as well. There will be 14 of us from New Brunswick as well as many of Terry's friends from Bonnyville. Her house is big and will be absolutely filled. The girl's, one of Terry's sisters and myself are going to stay in their 5th wheel in the back yard. I am so excited, all of us being together again, just like High School. I think the party is being held at the Golf Course but I'm sure just all of us being together at the house will be a party itself. We were planning on staying at a hotel but Terry won't hear of it, she has all the sleeping arrangements planned out. I am so looking forward to seeing everyone again and I wouldn't miss Terry's birthday for anything. Now, what to get her as a gift.....have to start thinking on that soon.

Tonight after my favorite dinner of Smoked Salmon and salad, I did 30 minutes on my glider and 50 sit-ups. I then had the most wonderful lavender bubble bath, climbed into my freshly made bed to share some time with you. It was a good day!

Well I am off to catch up on the blogs that I couldn't post on earlier, have a great day tomorrow my friends.....Good Night and God Bless.....many hugs to all of you. :-)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Back To Curves......Oh Yeah

Back To Curves tomorrow, had to buy new sneakers as I left my other ones at home when on vacation......I didn't mind as I want to get back into a routine, it's time.

Hello my friends, I hope you all had a wonderful Sunday. My day was lazy and quiet. I went to Mass at 11 then to Tim's for lunch. So many people there today, but there usually is each Sunday after church. It seems we all have the same idea. I think Tim's has the best cream of broccoli soup ever!!!! Love it.

I stopped at Movietime on the way home and rented a couple of movies, one older and one newer one. It was cloudy and cool today, a perfect day for the sofa, movies and popcorn. I watched The Green Mile, which I had seen before. It was a great movie and I enjoyed it just as much today as I did several years ago. The other one I watched was called Management with Jennifer Anniston. It was okay. Anniston does amaze me though, there were no Jimmy Choo shoes or Prada bags lying around in this movie, she played an every day average woman and she played it well. Even her hair wasn't fantastic looking, which seemed a bit strange to me as she always has beautiful hair. I am glad I watched it but wouldn't rent it again, only a one time watch movie..... this is my way of rating movies.

I was going to go see My Sister's Keeper tonight but just didn't feel like driving into the city, I was so lazy today. I hope to see it with friends later this week.

I am off to Curves tomorrow, my friend called me and we are going together. I haven't been going on a regular basis since I was ill. It will be good to exercise and coffee with my exercise friends again.

Have a great Monday everyone.....Good Night and God Bless......:-) Hugs

Friday, August 21, 2009

The Art of Letter Writing

Hello my friends, I miss a night of posting and I miss all of you. I always enjoy reading your comments as I drink my morning coffee and when there is no post, obviously there are few or no comments. So it's great to be with you tonight and hopefully tomorrow morning.

It has been a very long while since I have written a letter. Today, with super rates on long distance calls, e-mails, faxes and cell phones......seldom do I write anyone or even consider snail mail. Last week I received a letter from a friend of my sister's in Scotland. It was so nice to see my name hand written and read news of a friend in their own hand writing. I had forgotten how good it felt to receive and read a letter. Today I sat down and replied, I didn't click on reply or click on send. I just put a stamp on the envelope and mailed it.....and you know I really enjoyed writing a letter again, and watched as it slipped into the familiar red mail box off to another country, it's been a long time. I hope to do it again soon.

Yesterday I spent several hours with my friend at the hospital. Now I took my laptop and Internet Stick with me but I didn't have time to go online. In a room full of patients I was kept busy getting drinks of water, fixing pillows or a warm blanket. I enjoyed talking and laughing with everyone. The time went by fast and I am happy my friend made out very well and is home today feeling good and comfortable.

Yesterday as today was hot and humid. Early evening it became very still and quiet, the sky turned dark and it was just eerie. The TV screen turned red with warnings of tornado's, hail, thunder/lightning and heavy rain approaching. I began to get ready, just in case. Brought out the flashlight, candles, set logs by the fireplace, and placed extra water in the fridge. I could hear thunder in the distance and the hail and rain came soon behind. We didn't have any tornado's touch down but what was left of my small garden was absolutely crushed. The sad part was even after the storm the air was heavy and warm, no cool off at all. I went to sleep to the sound of my air conditioner.

Have a great Sunday everyone and may I asked you all for a small prayer for me and my family....there is an issue right now I feel only the Good Lord and prayers can resolve.

Good Night and God Bless and many, many hugs.....:-)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Eeeeks....What Have I Done

Hello my friends, a beautiful hot summer day today and I loved every minute of it....well almost every minute.

This morning after breakfast I headed to here, my hairdresser's. As I sat in the chair I suddenly had this strong urge to do something different. I always wear my hair below my ears, I have never colored it but have been wearing streaks for several years now.

The shop is called Hair Revolutions and my hairdresser's name is Amanda. Since my chemo and radiation my hair has never grown back the way it was and Amanda who I have been going too since I moved to Morninville has been very supportive and encouraging. She understood that a woman is devastated when she looses her hair, she supplied wigs and head coverings for me when I was ill. I have always loved her for that, and she usually works miracles with what little hair I have but today.....

Are you done laughing now, okay I will continue....

There was to be no miracle. Now she said I may not be pleased but to remember hair always grows back. Thank heaven! She always finds something good to say to me, like for your age its amazing you have no grey hair....well first, she is very young and second, you need to have hair before it can turn grey. Anyway it is far too short and I don't like it but I know, as Amanda says, it will grow back.

I am posting this to show myself that I am confident and secure and will not stay in and hide for the next six weeks. It may be severe and much too short for my chubby face but it is what it is and I will keep up with my social commitments regardless of what my hair looks like, on the other hand....I still have one of those wigs I could slip on.... I want hair like Eileen's and Rebecca's but the truth is I didn't have their beautiful hair even before my illness.

Now this afternoon I played around on the computer trying to find a template for my blog that suits my personality. Again something I have been thinking of for a week now but since I am computer challenged I realized this is a lot easier said than done. Now I kind of like the new look, I love the angel header and to me it looks fresh and clean. I'm not sure if I am going to keep this look or keep playing around.....unlike my hair I can always go back to the old blog anytime.

So today was a day of trial and errors, but I am not looking back, only forward and I have six weeks to think how nice my hair will look for Christmas! I am so looking forward to Christmas this year.

Tomorrow I am going with a friend to hospital as she is having a colonoscopy. The hospital won't release her unless she has someone to drive her home and stay with her for a few hours. Originally her son was suppose to take her but something came up and he is unable too and I don't mind at all, except for my hair...yikes oh well my friend will have a good laugh before they put her out. (Still working on building the confidence) and I think she should go to sleep smiling anyway. I bought an Internet stick when I was shopping the other day so I am going to use it tomorrow for the first time, let's see if I can possibly mess that up.

Have a wonderful Friday my friends......Good Night and God Bless and as always I send you all.......many, many hugs.......:-)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

All Good

The day has come and gone my friend
I'm happy and glad to see it end
Finished all I had to do
Now it's time to visit with you.

Hello my friends, I had a much better day today, and the weather was absolutely gorgeous.

I didn't sleep well last night, kept waking up. This happens to me every time I have an early appointment, I don't know why as I had set my alarm but I am always this way. From now on I am only making afternoon appointments, mornings are too rough for me. Now the irony of it was when I was ready to go out the door I was putting my doctor's appointment sheet in my purse and saw that my appointment was for 10 am not 9 am. I was an hour how did I mess that up? I poured another cup of coffee and played on my computer until it was time for me to leave. It took me an hour this morning to arrive at the doctor's office as there is so much construction going on and there were several big trucks and equipment on the highway not to mention a detour. I still arrived in lots of time, and even had to wait for the doctor so I sat outside in the sunshine and read my book.

My specialist, Dr. Khan's office
quite a drive
from Morinville.

This is where I sat
while waiting
for my turn
to see the
ever busy doctor.

Dr. Kahn is not convinced that I have arthritis in my jaw, she think the shadows are more infection than anything else. I have to wait another two weeks to be sure the infection is gone then I am to have more blood work and more x-rays done. She said she will call me when she gets the results and if they turn out negative and it's not arthritis I don't have to see her again until November. I am so hoping she is right about this. Now that was the good news, the bad, well kind of bad was that the arthritis has moved further up my spine into my neck. Strange as I have no pain in my neck whatsoever. Just a fact of this horrible disease I guess but although there is no cure it can be controlled especially with exercise. I am going to try and work out 30 minutes at least every day, if I am able to do more than I will.

Have been searching for new wallpaper and header for my blog and when I find the one I like then I will try and do it. Stillness has helped with instructions so I should be okay, if not it won't be her fault should I mess up. She has been very kind and supportive. I just don't want to loose this blog but she told me to save it just in case. It's a project I want to work on over the weekend.

Am off to read my favorite blogs and comments, until tomorrow my friends, Good Night and God Bless........:-) Hugs

Not sure how I managed to type so poorly beside my pictures, it looks okay when I check preview, oh well I'll leave it tonight and figure out the next time what I have done wrong, sorry guys.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Strange Weather

Hello my friends, a strange day of weather today here in Alberta.

I was up early and while drinking my coffee on the deck I decided I was going to work outside today. I started by trimming and pruning plants and shrubs. I have to say my flowers and plants have not recovered from being neglected when I was away. They were coming along so beautifully and I still feel sad when I think of them going without water for so long. The sun was shining, it was beautiful outside and I was enjoying my chores even in my sadness for my garden. I pulled weeds, whipper snipped around the walk way, swept the deck and dusted the deck furniture. It was beginning to look quite nice when the sky suddenly darkened and the wind became quite fierce.

I hurried inside to close the windows and just in time as the sky opened up, it absolutely poured down, then as quickly as it came it left, the sun came out again and it became very hot and humid. I then went out and vacuumed my car and cleaned the car windows. It was absolutely gorgeous out. I loved being outside.

This afternoon I did some laundry and cleaned my bathrooms. Now about 3:30 the sky darkened again and I could see the lightning and hear the thunder. Again I closed the windows as I waited for the storm to pass. This time it was even shorter, the electricity flickered and went off for a few seconds, just long enough for me to have to set all the clocks. Unbelievably the sun came back out and was as hot as it had been all day. Then at 6:30 as I was reading the newspaper the wind came up, day turned to night and the thunder was absolutely deafening. It began to hail and I was even concerned that my windows would be broken or my car damaged. I have never seen it hail then rain so hard. The hail was so big that it looked for a while as it were snowing. The power went off again and this time stayed off for over an hour. It was only 6:30 but it was so dark I was unable to see the newspaper well enough to read it. It was a massive storm and I lit a couple of candles to at least have some light.

It finally stopped raining around 8:30 but the humidity was still high and I don't think the air cooled off much either. It is now a lovely evening with everything looking clean and smelling so fresh. A really strange weather day for sure, it just couldn't make up it's mind what kind of day it wanted to be.

Am off to bed early as I have to get up at 7 am. I have to see my rheumatoid arthritis specialist tomorrow morning at 9 and it is a 45 minute drive from here. I'm not sure why I am even going, except I only see her every 3 months and she wants to go over my x-rays of my jaw. So I will go and have it over with for another 3 months.....I so dislike having to get up early as I am stiff and slow moving the first part of the day. I like to ease myself into my day with a nice cup of coffee as I read my newspaper. Oh well, I should be thankful that I have a doctor who cares and stop my complaining.

I wish you all a wonderful Wednesday, until tomorrow....Good Night and God Bless and as always....many, many hugs.....:-)

Monday, August 17, 2009

Hot Humid Enjoyable Day....Love It

Hello my friends, a hot day here on the Prairies, a nice change really and it is going to continue to be hot right up to the weekend...Yay

First I want to thank everyone for your support in helping me through the "battle" of the tooth which turned into a "war" and eventually I won.....I am almost back to normal as the stitches came out today and I was even able to eat solid foods....Oh yeah, life is good.

After Mass yesterday, I rested/slept all day. I managed to do a bit of reading but that was it. Poor Tiger, he really needs me....LOL... The only two tournaments I didn't watch all year, The British Open and the PGA he really messed up. He must of known I wasn't watching.....just say'in.

I was busy this morning doing household chores, out for lunch then ran some errands. I had to take some jewelry in to be repaired and I needed a couple of batteries for my watches. I'm sure that store beckons me in my sleep. I ogled the trays forever but managed to leave with just doing and buying what was on my list. Ye who have little faith would of been shocked as I talked myself out of something turquoise and beautiful.

Tonight my friend came over. He lives in Sherwood Park and was able to rent Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont. It was a good movie but Di, I am positive I don't write like she talks.....she is far more of a lady than I ever could be. There were some similarities though, yes we have the same pearls, earrings, scarves and matching coats....I can't believe I'm saying this but I dress like an 80 year old lady......but I assure you our taste in shoes are far different. My friend and I chuckled whenever something similar came up. Now I have to say my friend said there were some expressions she used that sounded like me but I honestly couldn't see it. I really enjoyed it as it's hard to find a movie today without a lot of bad language and sex scenes so this movie was kind of refreshing. A bit sad but a good story.
It was great to enjoy cheese/crackers, a bottle of wine and a good movie with a great friend. My kind of evening. If you see another movie you think I might enjoy Di, let me know okay, it's nice to be able to choose one that's been recommended.

I have my a/c on in the bedroom tonight, I think it's only the third time this year I've had to use it, but it's nice to know summer hasn't left us just yet.

I do hope you all have had as pleasant a day as I have, until tomorrow my friends,

Good Night and God Bless.........:-) Many Hugs

Saturday, August 15, 2009


Hello my friends, well I had planned on a quiet in house day today but although I didn't stay in, I still had a beautiful day with a good friend.

The day started out sunny but cool. Autumn was absolutely felt in the crisp air this morning. I immediately thought of Terri as her son was to be married today and I hoped that the day would stay sunny if just for the wedding....I think it did. The sky turned dark around 4:30, the air stayed cool but it was a glorious day for a wedding.....I hope it was the same in the city.

I had a phone call from a good friend who had an errand to do and asked if I would like to go along for the drive.....He would be here in an hour, just enough time for me to have a shower and be ready.....I said, I would love to go along.

We had to drive to Lloydminster, SK, my friend agreed to take our time, as we had the full day ahead of us. I like days like this, not being rushed just able to enjoy.
We stopped at a Farmer's stand along the road and I bought some fresh fruits and vegetables. I bought some cherries, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. They look so lush and colorful they made my mouth water. I will have to put some in the freezer as I won't be able to eat them all before they start to turn. I also purchased cucumbers, tiny potatoes, green/yellow beans and squash. Most of these went into bins on the landing going to the basement. Oh, I love the fresh fruits and vegetables that come straight from a garden and these came from an organic garden, even better.

We stopped for lunch at a truck stop diner and I had homemade vegetable soup with rhubarb pie for desert. I'm still eating soft foods and believe me the pie crust was soft and flaky....would of love ice cream or whipped cream with it but knew I shouldn't so I enjoyed what I could have.

When we reached Lloydminster my friend dropped me at a Craft Sale and he went on to do the business which the trip was all about. We were near an Indian reservation so many of the crafts were made by the natives and some were very beautiful. I picked up many stocking stuffer's (hairbands, hair clips, games, lotions and homemade soaps) and two beautiful crochet scarves to give as Christmas gifts.

We stopped at a really nice restaurant in Bonnyville for supper and I was starving. I wanted so much to have some real food and I did. The mashed potatoes tasted like a bit of heaven, it has been several weeks since I had potatoes (or it feels like it anyway) I also had asparagus (my favorite vegetable) and salmon. It was so good and I gave thanks for the delicious food and good company.

We arrived home around 9 and after putting my shopping away, I headed for bed. I am exhausted but happy. Glad to be home and looking forward to my in house quiet day tomorrow......after I go to Mass. I have just heard the roar of thunder, the rain has already started, it sounds cozy as it beats on the patio below my bedroom window. I will sleep very well tonight.

Good Night my friends and God Bless...........Many Hugs :-)

Friday, August 14, 2009

What is Happy

Hello my friends, today one could feel the Fall in the air. In fact it was cool here today, even though the sun was shinning most of the day. I did little today, a few chores this morning, a nap this afternoon and a movie tonight. A quiet day but one I really enjoyed.

I went to rent a movie, I wanted to get Mrs. Palefry at the Farmont (Di, I wanted to hear what I talked like) but they didn't have it, I'm not sure the young girl working there had even heard of it or knew how to look it up on the computer. I didn't see anything that caught my interest so I came back home and took A Walk to Remember from my own collection and watched that. I love that movie and could watch it over again many times. I'm sure you all have seen it but if you haven't it's a real tear jerker with a beautiful theme. It suited my mood tonight.

During the past several days I have had the opportunity to do something I love doing, people watch. I love seeing how people interact with each other, or handle certain situations and while at the hospital I saw what made people smile or cry. I have been thinking a lot about this all week. What makes people happy? What is Happy? I know what makes me happy, a baby laughing, a smile from a stranger, watching someone being helped or cared fact almost everything good, gentle and kind makes me happy. Others aren't so easy to please, no matter what is done for them or given to them it is never enough. Sad really as it would take so little to make someones life just a little bit better, and even less for someone to show appreciation.

I don't think Happy can be described, it's like the wind, we can feel it but can't see it. We are all unique, special in our own way and what makes me happy may make someone else miserable and vice versa. If only we could learn to respect each other, as I think we have more in common, are more alike than different. For all my thinking I still don't know what happy is, I only know I am, perhaps that is enough.
I think peace, contentment and acceptance puts one on the road to I wish everyone peace, contentment and acceptance, as they journey on the road to their happiness.

Good Night my friends and God Bless.........:-) Hugs

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Good Friends

Hello my friends, well today wasn't as funny a day but it was full of surprises.
A day that was cool, windy and sunny and a day I was so blessed to have.

First I am going to bring you up to date on my tooth as I was at the dentist this afternoon. My tooth had been pulled, and my jaw flushed with antibiotics, I have stitches where they pulled my tooth but it is getting better. Now my jaw is still swollen, I have a big bruise on my cheek but these too will heal. I had more x-rays this afternoon and my dentist thinks I have arthritis in my jaw, I have never heard of this....but then when it comes to me anything goes. Suffice to say I am happy that everything is going the way it's suppose to and soon I'll be able to eat more than, yogurt, jello and pudding.

I had many errands to do today, groceries, post office, bank and bits of shopping. It was almost Fall like when I was out today, crisp and cool, but it felt good as the wind touched my burning cheek. I loved my time outside today.

I ran into old friends, I bought my condo from them 10 years ago and we have been good friends ever since. They bought a larger house only a few streets from where I live. We went for coffee at the Tea House. It was so good to see them and go over all the things that has happened since I took up residence in their first home. Their oldest daughter was already married but their youngest daughter married within this time and they have become grandparents of six, 4 girls and 2 boys.....they are madly in love with their obvious and I took delight in seeing all the pictures they showed me. They also have slowed down their working and have only one business now which gives them more time to travel and spend time with their daughters and their families. These two are a special couple, really make you feel good when you are around them. I love spending time with happy families. It was after our coffee that I went to the Dentist.

Now when I got home, I put groceries away, sorted my mail and returned a couple of phone messages and checked my e-mails and that's when I received these picture. My friend Caren sent them. She is not only beautiful and funny but a real inspiration to me. She shares her beautiful family with me and she knows I love her daughters and grandchildren. You have all heard me speak of Molli, I think I posted her pictures in one of my post.....oh I love Molli, she calls me Nanny and I love her as I do my granddaughter. In one of my post I described a friend's beautiful new home, well that was Caren's home. I count this family as one of my many blessings. (and not just because she reads my blog every day either)

This is a picture of me and Caren, told you she was beautiful.

I also told you I was old, but Caren.....Gone with the Wind....C'mon....When her sister and I asked her how she was able to do this, her answer....Too much time and no life. Told you she was funny. Thanks Caren, and I agree...aren't we cute? Love you

Well another blessed day, filled with good friends and on the road to recovery.

Good Night my friends and God Bless.........:-) Hugs

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Funny, Fun Day

Hello my friends, what is happening in blogland? I am having trouble accessing my favorite post and then when I do get through I type this long comment and it either won't process or disappears. I see it's been happening to others as well as I was reading through them today. Oh well, let's hope we all won't go through withdrawal before they get it fixed. I will say this, when in the village today, I kept thinking I was always on Marcy's blog, she was everywhere and boy did she make me laugh with her post, poems and comments. Thanks Marcy, your a sweetie and made my day.

Well I heard from friends here and blogland about my senior moment and they all made me laugh but the best one was from my own sister, now I'm won't tell you which one, she will kill me but you just have to hear this, she told me on Sunday she was getting ready to go to church with her friend and she couldn't find her bottom teeth, her and her husband were both running around looking for them when they realized she was wearing them, I laughed really hard at this one, It's okay Sis instead of being in a retirement home together, all of us will be at the same funny don't panic, I'm not telling anyone our maiden name.

I went to Tim Horton's with a friend for lunch, it was sunny and warm so we sat outside to eat.....what a hoot that was. All we could hear were people placing their orders as they went through the drive through and their comments were hilarious. My friend and I could hardly eat from laughing. Then just as we were settling down this couple...well we think they are a couple came out and got on their motorcycle to leave, he must of been in a hurry as he gunned it and she fell off. We started to run over to help her but she was so angry at him for going fast and he was angry at her for going slow, I know this is wrong but we couldn't even finish eating as we were laughing so hard. It was like something out of a movie.....okay I wasn't going to tell you this, I didn't want to be rude but you have to picture this, she had to weigh at least 230 pounds! Oh dear God forgive me but I am still laughing as I think about it, if you could of seen the look on her face, no wonder we backed away as she was one lady you wouldn't want mad at you. I wonder how the rest of their day went?

As you can see the most I did today was laugh, so it was a good day, well for me it was.

Back to the dentist tomorrow, he is just going to have a look at my jaw, then going for groceries.

Good Night my friends and God Bless.......:-) Hugs

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Senior Moment

Hello my friends, didn't post last night as I fell asleep pretty early. I enjoy reading comments when I have my morning coffee so I really missed that this morning, but I enjoyed reading all your post and commenting on them instead.

The Auto Body Shop called to tell me I could pick my car up at 3, then Chapter's called to tell me my 2 books were in so I thought I would just tidy up a bit before I showered and got ready to go out. I managed to have a good morning then went upstairs and showered. As I was getting ready a friend called and we chatted for over half an hour and being on the cordless phone I did my make up and dressed before we hung up. I went to put my watch on and couldn't find it. I looked everywhere for it. Now I have many watches but this was my favorite and the most expensive one I own so after looking for at least 15 minutes I started to panic a bit. Every watch I own was where it was suppose to be but that one. I had worn it yesterday and thought I had left it at the hospital. I called and they said no they didn't have it but would call if they found it or someone brought it in, then I called my friend Kathy, she couldn't remember if I had it on yesterday or not. Well by this time I was a bit sick. I tried to calm myself down telling myself it was insured but I really felt sick about it. By this time it was 2:30 and I had to go so as I sat on the bottom step tying my guessed it, I had it on! It was on my arm the whole time, it was covered by my long sleeve duster but you would of thought I would of felt it or at least checked my wrist but I didn't.....didn't feel too dumb..... I gotta get off these pain killers, I said to myself as the relief washed over me. I know I shouldn't be so attached to something as material as a watch but I'm shallow, what can I say? Anyway that was my senior moment of the day and I decided then and there, no more jewelry for me....I don't need it and right now I don't even want it, except what I already have.....LOL Yeah, I do love my jewelry but seriously from now on if it isn't fun stuff that doesn't cost very much I am totally off buying any more jewelry....I am going to write this down and say it as a mantra every day so I don't get weak when I see something sparkling anytime I am out shopping. I think I'm having withdrawal already.

I picked my car up, oh I am happy to have it back and it looks brand new.....but its really quite old. It just feels good to be driving it again. I loved the rental, it was much nicer and bigger but I love my little yellow bug.

Although warm today I could still feel a touch of Fall in the air. Too soon for me, I want more summer. Fall is my favorite season though and I find comfort when I think of the cool crisp days ahead and oh the leaves changing colors will be beautiful when I go to the mountains for a few days.

My jaw is still sore but it won't be long before its all better. I thank God I am no longer taking the antibiotics, they were really hard on my system so today was a much better day for me health wise.

It's great to be feeling better and having the car fixed not to mention having my watch.....well tonight I am feeling very happy and content. Yeah I'm shallow alright!

Have a wonderful Wednesday my friends....Good Night and God Bless....:-) Hugs

Monday, August 10, 2009


No More Awards Please

Hello everyone, now I just know you all had a great day after all Tiger won The Bridgestone PGA Major and it was a sunny day. What more could we want?

What can I say? From the beginning I was a bit leery of the Awards and I thought no, I am blogging and enjoying making friends.....I'm not going to alienate any of them by choosing so I will pass on the awards.....I didn't think it would bother me not to receive an award but as I watched others receive them, ego got in the way and I began wanting them too, not to mention how much I admired and respected the wonderful blogger friend's who gave them to me. The past few days I had decided I would quietly accept the awards offered, post them on my home page and leave it at that. Yesterday I was given one which I had received before so I e-mailed my kind friend and explained what I had decided to do and after e-mailing back and forth we came to the decision I would post it and leave it at that. Being a new blogger she was excited to be passing the award along and I knew she wasn't very happy with me. I honestly didn't want to hurt her or anyone but since...well I have noticed she has removed herself as a follower. I now realize that every time I let my ego make a decision instead of my heart...well it just doesn't work out. Anyway my village bloggers know and understand each other and we always allow each other the choice of accepting or not without taking a refusal personally. So glad for my you all. So now I want to thank each and everyone of you who have given me an award, they are special and precious to me but please don't hate me just accept my decision and don't give me anymore awards. I don't deserve them especially feeling the way I do about them. I tell you this as I don't trust myself, (oh I am weak aren't I) but my ego may get in the way and I will start over and put myself in the same position I was in yesterday. I don't know about you but I feel so much better telling you how I feel.

My neighbour called just before supper and asked me to baby-sit their 10 year old daughter as one of their parents had been taken to hospital. I said of course and did we ever have fun. Her name is Sarah and I BBQ a hamburger for her for supper and she said, that's the best hamburger I have ever had.....what a sweetie. Her long blond hair was braided and she has big blue eyes the size of saucers, not to mention all the cute freckles sprinkled across her cheeks and nose. Later we watched the movie, Nanny McPhee and she loved it when the children were bad and she was even a bit scared of Nanny McPhee at first but like the children in the movie grew to love her before it was over. Her dad picked her up around 7 and the house seemed quiet after she left. I really enjoyed her and hope they need a baby-sitter again soon, to see a movie through the eyes of a child is a wonderful experience, I enjoyed her giggles and questions more than the movie.

Have a great Monday my friends.......Good Night and God Bless....xo

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Outside the Village

Hello my friends, we had a beautiful sunny day here in Alberta, helped me to remember why I live here and how much I am looking forward to a trip to the mountains in the Fall. The Rockies in Jasper and Banff are breathtaking. Hope you all had a great day.

Today.... I passed the day on my deck, drinking iced coffee albeit through a straw while browsing through other blogs. Yes my friends I ventured outside the eyes have been opened, my heart made sad at times but perhaps this was what I was suppose to learn today.... all blogs are not alike. I had naively thought all bloggers were similar but we are not. Some of the post brought tears to my eyes as they were so sad, some were against everything I believe in, some were even hateful.....I was really impressed by a young man's honesty though his struggles were obviously self inflicted, I felt helpless realizing he was in desperate need of professional help. I almost wish I hadn't read this post as I was unable to leave a comment, I didn't feel I was qualified too. Also there were strong opinionated authors, now I love hearing others opinions but these authors had no respect for others or their opinions at all, again I left no comments. I viewed so much pain in blogland, much unhappiness and deep depressions. I found myself fascinated by the varieties of blogs I read. I wish I could say it was a good experience but I can't but I can say it was very different than I expected. In fact I wonder if my sleep will be interrupted tonight thinking about someone who is planning on taking their life, I reluctantly added them to my prayer list, and may God forgive me for using the word reluctant, but it's was how I honestly felt. Would I spend a day doing this again, no I don't think so. It wasn't all bad, I did get some real belly laughs from some sites and enjoyed some wonderful short stories on others.

One thing for sure is that I am very happy to be back home. I realize that like minded people find each other. I love our village and appreciate it all the more after my experience today. I feel safe sharing my thoughts, feelings and opinions here. I enjoy reading about your days, families, recipes, weather and viewing your photographs reading your poems even sharing our illnesses and sadness together.
No I won't wonder again, but what I will do when I want to spend a day reading blogs ..... I will read the blogs listed on my favorite bloggers readers list. I know that there I will find some common ground that could link us....we share a friend.

May you all enjoy Sunday with your family and friends.....and as usual my "special" friends, Good Night and God Bless.........:-) Hugs

Friday, August 7, 2009

Friday Favorites

Hello my friends, another quiet day today which I thoroughly enjoyed. We began the day with thick soupy like fog but when it burned off it turned out to be a lovely sunny day.

After tidying my home and doing laundry I went to lunch with a good friend, hey guys this time it was with a man....another post entirely.

Here are a few of my favorite things, each bring me joy in a special way. Unfortunately they are not in order as my very favorite are my Rosary and Prayer Hands.

My glider, which I use almost every day when I am unable to go to Curves. It is easy on the joints and helps me to keep my weight off, notice I keep my weight scales close by.

This is the Rosary my mom gave me for Christmas 1990 and the Prayer Hands given to me by my Aunt Marje, these are so special to me as both have since passed away.

Now this is a paper weight my sister, Sylvia brought me from Ireland. It is pretty isn't it?

Okay now this sand brings me warm and fuzzy memories from my vacation home where I went to the beach everyday. Just a bit of sand in a small jar but to me it reminds me of home, family and friends.

I am wishing you all a wonderful weekend, am off to enjoy my favorite blogs and comments.....Good Night and God Bless......:-) Hugs

Short Post Tonight My Friends

Hello my friends, hope you all had a great day and I hope some of you had summer weather, it was cool here in Alberta today and tonight. I am not ready to give up on summer yet, way too soon.

I managed to go to Curves early this morning and I really had to push myself, am really tired today.

I was invaded this morning by my house cleaner, she was training two girls and boy did they do a great job in a short time....the house was sparkling which put me in a great mood. I do love a clean house.....which it isn't always.

I had a quiet day after the girls left, watched t.v. and read not to mention I slept off and on all afternoon. Just one of those wonderful days.

My girlfriend stopped in after work and brought us Tim's coffee, it was great to see her as I haven't since I was on vacation. She is getting tired of working but realizes she has a good job which are pretty hard to come by right now so she knows it is the right thing to do by staying put until the administrator changes this Fall. Surprising how one person can make so many people unhappy.....I think she must be very unhappy herself as it would be very hard to be happy and contented to do so many things that upset so many people. I tried to explain this to my friend, but she wasn't having any of it, thinks this person not only enjoys but actually plans on making everyone miserable. I couldn't help it, I had to laugh then we both were laughing about the situation. I am hoping she has a better day tomorrow.

My post is short tonight as I am off to dreamland.....this is awful as I slept earlier this evening. I am fine, just tired and I think it could be all the antibiotics I am on. I was actually thinking of coming off them but was feeling better today so am going to try and get through the next few days. I don't tolerate medications very well, I never have and my poor doctor tries so hard to find meds to help me but we have yet to find anything that I can take for my RA. Somehow I always manage just fine without them.

Until tomorrow......Good Night and God Bless.....:-) Hugs

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

How Lucky Am I

Thank you Cathy,from A Bit of the Blarney and Marcy from Blessings each Day for this Queen of all Things Meme Award, I'm not sure I deserve it but I humbly accept it from two wonderful blogger friends.

To accept this award I must follow certain rules, which I always try to do but sometimes don't succeed. Anyway this award is a bit different as I have to share with you something awesome about myself without sounding boastful. Here are the rules:

1. List seven things that make you Awe-Summ
2. Pass the award along to seven bloggers you read religiously.
3. Tag these seven bloggers

I humbly give you my list of seven:

1. I do volunteer work on a regular basis
2. I donate books to the Library every year
3. I am a loyal friend
4. I am a good public speaker and enjoy it
5. I save my bottles and cans and donate them to the boy scouts
6. I play Secret Santa for a family each Christmas
7. I donate to 2 hospitals for sick children each month

I'm not sure that I succeeded in not sounding boastful....honestly I didn't mean too as I feel I am blessed to be able to do the things I do.

Now comes the part of an award which bothers me every time....passing it on to seven bloggers I read religiously.....I read so many every day and enjoy every one of them and am not very good at choosing one friend over another. Please know this and know if the rules allowed I would pass it on to all of you. Okay I pass this on with great love to the following:

Wanda - from Moments of Mine

Gail - from Know Your ITS

Marion - from Granny on the Web

Garnet - from Garnetsgarden

Silver - from Reflections

Jackie - from Teacher's Pet

Penny - from Napple Notes

For those of you who want to see beautiful photographs, a good belly laugh or a wonderful read then I encourage you to visit these blogs....they have brought me much happiness and I consider them good friends.

Now I am off to read these and my other favorite blogs and comments, and as always Good Night and God Bless........:-) Hugs

Welcome Home Laura Ling and Euna Lee

Oh my friends, our prayers have been answered. The tears streamed down my face as I watched these two young journalist reunite with their families. I am just so happy for everyone....way to go USA! I don't know how you managed it, in fact it doesn't matter to me at all but the results matter very much to me. I have been praying every day for several months for their release. Oh I am so thankful for this wonderful blessing.
I am bursting with happiness and just had to share it with all of you.....:-) Hugs

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

A Busy But Beautiful Day

Hello my friends, well did I have a full day today or what. I started early, was up at 7:30, went to Curves then came home showered, and of course the usual hair and make up. I had a healthy breakfast of oatmeal with blueberries and was on the computer for half an hour before I headed out.

My first appointment was with Dr. John, I was a bit anxious as he had called me when I was away and asked me to come in as soon as I could when I got home. I had lots of test just before vacation so was a bit concerned something may have turned up. I have been cancer free for 7 years but it always goes through my mind when something like this happens. It was all for naught as my test were the best ever...he said the "fix" is in and as he showed me my numbers on a graft it was so obvious how much I have improved everything especially during the past 6 months. He teased me about finding a way to manipulate the machines and their readings. When I told him I had ate and drank every day I was home, he said "good for you, you lived" he knows I will take control of my health now that I'm home, and I already have. Back to healthy eating and exercising. What he wanted to see me about was a new committee he asked me to sit on for the Northern Alberta Region on hospice care. They are stopping the course I have been involved in for the past couple of years and are starting a new system similar to it but I will be involved with more communities than just here and more on the administrative side but still dealing with leaders and patients. The committee will consist of 3 doctors, 2 RN's, 2 home care health workers and me, the only lay person. He said I was chosen not only because I'm a breast cancer survivor but I also am living with diabetes, RA and peripheral neuropathy. Also my previous experience and he likes my attitude and my way with patients and their families. (I think he felt he had to say this). Of course I said yes and was humbled and pleased that they thought I could help in my small way. We will meet monthly as a group and also weekly with whoever needs each other's services, advice etc. (doctors not included weekly but will be available for calls) Its a pilot project for now and we will make more definitive plans when we meet in September. He also wanted me to meet on Friday with a newly diagnosed Breast Cancer patient. This is volunteer work which I so love as it helps me to feel like I am giving something back to the community which has given me so much help and care over these past few years.

When I left Dr. John's office I headed to the Summitt Centre for several x-rays on my spine, neck, hands and feet. My RA doctor ordered them and had to be done before I see her on August 19th. Then I had lunch with my friend Kathy in St. Albert. On my way home I stopped at the bank, mailed a parcel to my niece in New York and stopped and had my forms faxed to BC then stopped at Wall Mart to pick up my Intuition Razor and blades I had left at home. Not real fussy about that store, the isles are filled with products and people, one can hardly move when pushing a cart. (Not to mention the way they treated my friend Terri) A couple of years ago I refused to shop there, my own personal boycott as I didn't approve of the way they were treating their staff, but I have to admit their prices on certain items suit my budget.

Then came the dreaded dentist appointment, which wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I am in the process of a root canal and it will take 4 more visits before its complete. He put me on another antibiotic so that makes 7 antibiotics a day for the next week. He couldn't do much today except x-ray as my jaw still has a lot of infection and he wasn't able to freeze it. (I had enough radiation today from x-rays to light up Morinville I'm sure.) I left there and went to the drugstore to fill my prescription, then went for my groceries. I needed almost everything as I had only picked up what I really needed the other day due to "the tooth". Today was seniors day with 10% off so I had a full cart. Came home put the groceries away, and did a load of laundry as I had changed my bed this morning. So by the time I finished everything it was almost 6 o'clock before I sat down to relax. Needless to say I wasn't very hungry and my mouth was tender so only ate some grapes and cheese at 8 pm. This is just the first day of my busy week although the rest are not nearly as full as today was and I don't need to keep driving into the city. All in all a real productive day and I do feel good knowing all that I have accomplished and just knowing I am healthy and doing the right things to stay that way is a great feeling.

This is a picture of my rental car, its such a joy to drive. It also has Sirius and XM radio and I enjoyed listening to my favorite talk shows as I was driving. Its a 2010 Ford Fusion and the trunk is so much larger than the one in my car. Believe me I had it totally filled up today.

Just another view of it....have to admit I am tempted to trade my car for one similar but it would not be a smart decision as mine is all paid for and only has 50,000 miles on it. It will due me until I move back home as I plan on getting a new car then.

It was much cooler today than it has been but the rain held off and the sun was out most of the day. They are calling for heavy rain tomorrow. I can handle that!

Marcy the name of my meditation CD is "Sounds of Nature...Meditation for healing of body, mind and spirit. I highly recommend it if you can find it, this one is a few years old as I bought it when going through chemo. Also I recommend Elizabeth Edwards book Resilience as I finished it today while waiting for x-rays and doctors. It shows no matter what kind of life we live or how much money we have we still have some curve balls thrown at us. Fantasy or perception cannot change anything, it is what it is and we are all responsible for our own actions. Forgiveness can be very healing and acceptance an even better healer. She now lives in reality, which is something we all should do. One doesn't have to be political to enjoy this book, but I do think one has to be a woman to understand it. I loved it and now her and her family are on my prayer list.

Wishing you all a wonderful day tomorrow and am off to do my meditation and have a really warm and wonderful bubble bath. Good night my friends and God Bless....xoxo

Monday, August 3, 2009

Just a Few More

Hello my friends, hope you all had as wonderful a day as I have. If I were any more relaxed I am sure someone would bury me. I have just finished a meditation CD, it was only for 20 minutes and it was glad I had my lavender bubble bath before or else I would of fell asleep in the tub.

Just a few more pictures of my family to share with you, are you bored yet?

My sister in law, Karen a perfect hostess and just as beautiful inside as outside.

My sister in law, Anne Marie (also one of my best friends, myself and my sister Sylvia who is so much like our mother, honestly she could make a dog laugh.

The Main Men in My Life, my brothers....Frank and Jack

My brothers with their them so much

Just your typical picture, my brother with a bottle of wine and my sister in law with her beautiful smile.......could of been taken anytime of year...LOL

Okay I have more but will give you all a break for awhile and will post them later. My only regret is that our sister Sheila, from Scotland wasn't with us, we always miss her and her family when we are together and she is so far away. We know she is happy in Scotland with her family and that makes it easier for us to miss her from afar.

Have a wonderful day tomorrow, am off to read my favorite blogs and always Good Night and God Bless....:-) Hugs

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Just to Prove I was Young Once

Hello my friends, another quiet, relaxing but stormy day today. We had much thunder and lightening with tons of rain. The air was balmy almost steam like but I loved it. Power went out again tonight and again I found myself setting more time and I am getting rid of few....LOL

I went to Mass this morning, then spent my day answering e-mails, blogging, reading and talking on the phone with friends. Did I mention I had an hours nap this afternoon....heavenly. Talked to my sister, Sylvia, tonight for over an hour, wish you all could meet her as she is one terrific lady who is so kind and oh so funny. We always laugh so much over the dumbest things. Happy to say I am fully rested up now and my tooth doesn't feel like I need to have anything done to it, still taking the antibiotics and will go to the dentist on Tuesday as planned but hoping he will decide to leave it alone.

This is a picture of me, must be over forty years old. My sister, Sheila, (another sister I wish you all could meet, she is much more creative than I am and has a heart as big as the world) e-mailed it to me as I had forgot all about it. My husband carried this same picture in his wallet when he first went into the military and it was still there when he passed. I can't remember ever being so young but I do remember the day it was taken. It was pouring down rain (can you believe I was worried about my hair going flat!) and my husband came with me as he wanted a picture of me while he was away. I never liked my pictures but it was important to him so it was important to me. I only wish I had him have his photo taken as well but we probably couldn't have afforded two pictures back then. When I first saw it after all these years, I realized how much I have aged and I remembered I was once young with the whole world ahead of me. Oh if I knew then what I know now....would I have done things differently? Perhaps some things but not many. I think I am exactly where I am suppose to be and I love where I am right now. Even the sad times, the illnesses and the tears all have formed and shaped the person I was to become. The more things change the more they stay the same. I still have the same likes, same enjoyments and same interest. I still love to learn and grow with each new experience, and I still have the same friends from those many years ago. This picture reminds me of what was, what is and what is left to "be" Life has been good to me, I have been very blessed, known great happiness as well as great sadness but it has been my life and I am so thankful for it.

Now I know I have given you all a good chuckle so I am off to visit my favorite blogs and post comments, have a wonderful day tomorrow and as always..Good Night and God Bless.....:-) Hugs

Saturday, August 1, 2009

WOW....What a Storm

Hello my friends, we had a hot, humid day today. I loved it and tonight the thunder rolled in and the skies opened up.....what a downpour. Our electricity went out for a short time but before long everything was flicking at me. It took me about 5 minutes to set all the clocks again and I had to smile as I thought just how many clocks should one person have?

I was suppose to go to a BBQ tonight but my friend postponed it due to the weather. She only has a small place and was planning on having everyone outside on her deck.
I was pleased that she put it off as I was in the middle of a good book and didn't want to drive into the city especially with the rain coming down so hard.

My day was quiet, and peaceful. My tooth is so much better that I hardly noticed it at all today. I changed my bedding and did a load of laundry, tidied up the house and went out for a few groceries. I love driving this car. It is a bit bigger than mine and drives so smooth....ah maybe I will trade, a girl can always dream can't she?

I am reading Resilience by Elizabeth Edwards....she is one smart lady and I have to admit I admire her courage in the face of not one to sit around and feel sorry for herself but a real doer, she does have the luxury of money but it only reinforces to me how money can't buy health or happiness. I also realize as I read about her life how much I appreciate my own life. Oh I have had my ups and downs as does everyone but I don't think I would change a thing. Life is good, love is better. This book also made me realize that one should not put all their eggs in one basket but should have many interest and relationships in life. I really feel its important that woman keep their friendships and interest as well as be wife and mothers. So many put everything into their families and homes, that is wonderful but I think marriage is much more interesting when a little independence is involved, even a hobby can add much to the conversation between family and friends. I'm not sure its healthy to always be at the beck and call of only one much can happen if that person lets one down, or leaves or gets sick even. No, I am more convinced than ever that one should have more than one reason to exist in life....but I do respect the right of others to feel as only they can.

I had a great day today my friends, managed to catch up on some rest, did a little housework, watched a football game, read a book.....gosh as I read what I did I can see why I am feeling so content tonight. Sometimes I think a hard days work would be the death of me.....only kidding as I love a relaxing day as well as a full one.

Take care my friends.......Good Nigh and God Bless