Saturday, December 27, 2008

Thought for the Day

"Take rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop"

---Ovid (43BC-17AD)---

Veggies are Good for You!!

Veggies are good for you and that is what we are doing this Christmas time off! Eating our veggies by just vegging out...doing nothing but nothing. And I have to tell you it fells really good. And it is good for you. You should always eat your veggies!

Jim has surfed and played games on the computer all day and I have scrapped. What could be nicer? But I tell you...we are both tired. I think it is like your body has to work really hard at taking it this easy! LOL

We had an exceptionally nice Christmas. Talked with all the family and went to DD's to grab a nice dinner. It was peaceful and beautiful. Will be doing some layouts to share. Got some very nice pictures and I am also planning...planning!...on doing twelve days of Christmas layouts.

Hope I can carry it off. I am hoping since Terry could do one a day for the month of December I should be able to squeak out twelve!! However...she is a speed daemon and I am a lagger!! So we will hope at this point I can do it. (I am being told all the time to stop organizing and start scraping or I will never speed up! That's right and I have realized I will never have my scrapping things all organized because I keep getting more!!) I think the hard part of the twelve days layouts might be taking the pictures each day. What do I do for twelve days that is worth scrapping? You all may see a strange part of my life!!!

Here is what I have been working on today. It is of Jim's sister and brother-in-law. They loved this scooter...took it everywhere and loved when people would stop and talk to them about it. When people would "thumb" a ride at the amusement parks, Ron would have them jump on and give them a ride. He was always out for a good time!! LOL This was taken at their mobile home park when they were in the St. Patrick's Day parade! It was then the Leprechaun Trolley.

Everyone have a great night and a marvelous Sunday.

My thought for the day.


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Thought for the Day

"Best of all, Christmas means a spirit of love, a time when the love of God and the love of our fellow men should prevail over all hatred and bitterness, a time when our thoughts and deeds and the spirit of our lives manifest the presence of God."

---George F McDougall---

What A Letdown!!!

It seems the state of the economy has even affected our yearly Christmastime ritual.

We were sitting doing our usual after-work recoup when Jim said...let's go "malling" for a while. For us, "malling" means let's go to the mall and watch the people. Talk about a cheap date...that's one for you.

So off we trek to the mall. Seeing the parking lot we were sure we were in for a real treat of watching the crazy folk go for finish line of "got all the shopping done". There were even four police cars in the lot and had people stopped in cars asking them questions. Not the place for us. Isn't it odd that in your youth you would have stuck around to see what is going on. Old age...get out of there!!! So we rounded the corner to the other side of the mall.

Jim was about to park in no man's land where there are no lights when I wiped that idea from his mind. I am not about to go through the parking lot in a wheel chair to the car where there are no lights!!! Two old people going to a car with one in a wheel chair. Sounds like an ideal set up to be mugged! So we did find a spot brightly lit two spots from the door. Thank you handicap disabled sign!!! LOL

So the lot was full and we get in the mall and while there were a lot of one was rushing around! Not many even had a package in hand. If they did it was only one...many from Victoria's Secret!!! Wonder what that's all about!! LOL

Most were just walking around like us as if that is what they are supposed to be doing at this point in the Christmas rush....go to the mall!!!

Really a disappointment! No mall entertainment for us this year!! Oh well....

We did watch the ice skaters for a while. Always do enjoy this. It was fun to watch families pose on the ice as if they had fallen to have another person take the great pic!!! No doubt a mother that scraps!!! LOLThis mall is in Clearwater and is two story as you can see. The ice rink is always a big attraction to the tourists and amusement to the locals!!! BTW those are strings of lights hanging down from the ceiling. Very pretty in person!!!

While the night was disappointing as to people watching, we did have a nice dinner. We went to a Jewish deli and ate. LOL We go to Jewish deli and what do we eat? Lasagna!!! And it was the most delicious lasagna I have ever eaten other than mine, of course!!!

Well the reason I suggested we eat there was so Jim could get his matzo ball soup. He LOVES that! Me...I opted for good ole chicken noodle...the kind grandmas make!

It was almost like we were supposed to be there. We were at a table and a man our age came and sat at the booth diagonal from us. He struck up a conversation...service being terrible etc...and low and behold, he knew right where we lived. From the area. In fact he built one of the mobile home parks right by us. He chatted for a long time and we had a really good time discussing all sorts of things...but...mainly great restaurants in the area.

Yet what seemed important to me is that his wife was very sick in the hospital. He seemed so sad and he just needed someone to chat with for a while. It was almost like he didn't want us to leave. So I feel our trip "malling" this year was a little disappointing in the fact we didn't see many crazy people, but I feel God had something else for us to do this year. It was a good night.

We had a good time and even got home in time for me to get on Designer Digitals chat and for Jim to rack up the points on his games on the computer. Sure wish he would win that Mac Book!!! LOL

That is it for today. It is just about officially Christmas eve.

I will close, wishing you all a wonderful Christmas tomorrow.

My thought for today.


Monday, December 22, 2008

Thought for the Day

"Mankind is a great, an immense family...This is proved by what we feel in our hearts at Christmas."

---Pope John XXIII---

It's Coming!!!

Time is flying by and I know everyone is busy putting the finishing touches on the preparation for the big day. Family is due in for many, wrapping needs finished, food prepared. For needs to be done. Hurry and get it all done so you can sit back and enjoy this happy time celebrating the birth of our Saviour.

I finished a LO this weekend. It is of my boss' little girl. I think it is a precious picture. It makes me feel the wonder of Christmas. I think we all love to see the excitement of Christmas in the eyes of the children.

There are so many facets of Christmas that we all love so much. We know the reason for the season is the celebration of the birth of our Savior, but wrapped around that are so many other things.

I know that we all seem, from time to time, to complain about the different things that go on around the holiday...that we are forgetting what it is all about. But as I look at it, all of what we do is all part of what Christ really wants for us...done with the right heart!

I believe...He wants us to gather family around. He wants us to bake, cook and break bread together...and celebrate His birth. He wants us to give to each other...a part of those we love. God gave His gift to us and Christ gives His gifts to us. We need to give, also. When we give to others, we are giving to Him.

We just need to remember why we are doing what we are doing and celebrate with thanksgiving the greatest gift of all that has been given to all of mankind.

Celebrate the season. Have a wonderful time. Celebrate the old...and make new...traditions.

But let us do it, remembering the reason for the season.

Wishing every one of you the merriest Christmas ever.


My thought for the day.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Thought for the Day

"Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! How dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus."

---Francis Pharcellus Church---

Woo Wee! It Is Getting Close!

Woo Wee! It is getting close to that special time and I am getting excited!! Well as excited as can be with no little ones around. It is always more fun at Christmas when there are little ones around and you see their excitement.

I just have to show you what Buck brought to me yesterday.

This is the sweetest little giraffe! He and his wife won it and know I collect giraffes and he brought it in to me. It will be my bud here at work. At least I will have someone to talk to that I will see eye to eye with. Well not eye to know what I mean.

It has been a real quiet day here at work and I have finished all that needs to be accomplished so I thought I would update my blog.

I do have something to show you all. I have completed another LO! Yea! I do believe I am getting just a little quicker. But when I do these at work (take it easy, take it easy...I do have my lunch hour you know...and before...and after work while I wait on Jim to pick me up!! LOL) they take way way longer because I have to hunt for every little thing I want to use. I don't have my organizational software here.

Well here goes. This is of Santa and me last Christmas at the restaurant by my DD's where we all gathered.

Credits: Betsy Tuma, Plain Digital Wrapper, For Unto Us/cwills papers 5 & 18, ribbon & bow; LHanks frame, light stars. Delicious Scraps/Charming Christmas, poinsettia. Sentimental Style, Ice Crystals alpha

Planning on doing some Christmas running tonight. Not much to finish up, but a little. Not much time left to get it done. We like to keep the week before Christmas free of hustle bustle so we can enjoy it.

One of our fun things to do is to go sit at the mall a day or two before Christmas and watch all the crazy people running around frantically. Try it. I am sure you will have a hoot!

Have a great night.

My thought for today.


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Thought for the Day

"Perhaps the best Yuletide decoration is being wreathed in smiles."


I'm Feelin' The Sprit

Well, I am beginning to feel the spirit! I get this way each year. As Christmas day approaches I get more and more like a little kid. I start giggling and being silly. But Jim loves it and just looks at me and laughs. I think that is one of the things he likes about me is that I still have that little girl amazement about things even at what shall we say...the beginning of ...shhh...old age! LOL

Do you know what this is?

This is a Jingle Bell Rock. I think some of you are old enough to remember the song..."Jingle Bell Rock". Well, this is a jingle bell rock. When you touch two little silver spots on the top it plays AND sings a portion of the son "Jingle Bell Rock", all the time rocking back and forth to the music! So cute! I love it!! Jim got it for me years ago and I always bring it to work so I can play it for others. Really it is to amuse me but I hate to say that too loudly!

My son in New Jersey can not believe I let people know I have this thing as he calls it. Needless to say his sense of humor and mine are not on the same plane!!! LOL

Got some shopping done last night for DGS and will probably do more tonight for DGD. Other DGS's favorite color is green. I think everyone loves green. Green money that is! That is the easiest to do, too! Have to go to the airport post office tonight and mail a gift. Hope I am not too late...but...I will do the best I can!

Got the tree finished the other night. I think it looks pretty good for as old as it is. It must be every bit of 38 years old. Older than that I think but not sure. It was a really expensive tree when we got it. $80!!! LOL But that many years ago people just couldn't believe we paid that much for a tree. But we were always away through the holidays and didn't want to worry about a fire and we had animals that were there also. Even though it is looking a little bedraggled we hate to get rid of it. It has become so much a part of our Christmas.

BTW. Speaking of my New Jersey son...if by chance he ever shows up on your doorstep to help with your tree...gently decline! What a pain. I thought I was anal. I can't be. I gave it all to him. You see...if you hang on ornament on the left side of the must hang a corresponding ornament on the right...and so on and so on!! *sigh*

Well, I need to get on with the day but before I do I have to share one more precious thing with you all. This is a picture of part of the manager that my mother made for me. She did ceramics and was very good at it. I love this so much. I know what love and time went into it is a very special part of our Christmas.

So that is where I am so far. But the spirit is on a roll and the old body is gearing in! Hope you all can begin to let go and experience the joy of the holiday!

My thought for today.


Sunday, December 14, 2008

Thought for the Day

"I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles."

---Christopher Reeve---

My Hero

It has been a busy weekend! Getting things ready for Christmas while having a bit of time to play, too.

Ready to do the icicles on the tree but still have some running to finish today. We have run the entire day and accomplished only a little. I can explain more later...but's that "secrety" Christmas season!!! No hints here!!!!

I have finished another LO. I finished it last night but was waiting final approval before I posted it. I like it. For some reason I had a time with this just getting the right look I wanted. I am so picky...I know...but these are important to me and they have to be perfect in my eye!

This LO is of my friend Joanna's son, in honor of him finishing 3rd in the Special Olympics Bowling. And believe it or not...he did this without his glasses!!!!! He has worn them since he was about nine I think she told me and they forgot to make sure he had them with him that day! I think he would have had 1st place if they had done what they should have done. But either way...WAY TO GO BOB!!! We are so so proud of you!

My thought for the day.


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Thought for the Day

"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful."

---Norman Vincent Peale---

It's That Time!!

It's that time of the year when everyone feels busy. I don't feel busy. I refuse to get into that hustle bustle of the holiday.

We don't have little ones around anymore and that does make staying out of the hustle bustle easier I agree. But one thing I found out is ready or not Christmas will come around on December 25th!

Jim is doing lights on the tree now and refuses to let me help. That has always been his deal with the tree and I guess some things get set in have at it! I personally think that if we don't get done, if anyone comes I will just take them to the boxes and show them the tree part by part. "Here is our tree topper. I wish I could say it is very old but somehow you always seem to have to replace those buggers every year!" Then to the lights. "These are the heat cool...lights that are the big kind. I like them along with these little twinkly ones. Aren't they cute. You should see them when they are on. If you would like...I could plug them in! But as you know...they ALL won't light...never do...but you would get the picture." I guess maybe I am getting just a little too laid back!

I guess what it is, is that Christmas is Christmas every year. All those things that seem to bug us about Christmas is really what makes Christmas, Christmas. The tree topper that never seems to work two straight years in a row, the lights all tangled in a never-ending mess, the bulbs burned out after you get them untangled and have no replacement bulbs, the kids so wound up you are about to go off on them, not having a box of icicles to finish up when you are so tired and don't want to have it to do tomorrow!!

All the little frustrations of the season almost seem to make Christmas...Christmas.

Well looky here! The lights are up. The bubble lights need a little adjusting but that will be after a little nourishment!!

So stage two complete! Now to the decorations! We are on our way!!! Yea!!!

But rememeber...after the hustle and bustle... settle back with family and remember what Christmas is really all about and give thanks.

My thought for the day.


Monday, December 1, 2008

Thought for the Day

"The best index to a person's character is how he treats people who can't do him any good and how he treats people who can't fight back."

---Abigail Van Buren---

On A Roll!!

I am really on a roll now. After being chastised by Terry about organizing scrapbooking things in ACDSee and not scrapping at all, I was told that I should be doing at least three layouts a week! Oh my! Three a month has been about it for me lately. I said I am on...a...roll! I have completed TWO...yes less than a week. So watch out...I could start putting them out like a printing press if I am not careful.

Opps. Sorry. It just dawned on me I never posted credits for the last layout I did. I apologize. Just too new at this! I will have to look those up when I get home and give credit due.

Here is my latest addition. This is Robert, my friend Joanna's son, at the Special Olympics where he took third place!

Credits: Font-New Times Roman, Swenson. Bear Kit by Barbara/, journaling tag and brad.Scrap N'Ezine film strip frame. Boyerville Gratitude frame. MCO Spray of Red and Barbara Lee, Autumn Leaves paper.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Ours was different this year. Each of the children celebrated on their own. I missed them all but we all seemed to have a nice time.

We went to a fancy restaurant which we have not done in such a long, long time and it was so nice. Jim really loves the place we went and it was so nice to see him relaxing so and having such a great time. He gives of himself so much and asks nothing that when he does suggest we do something I know he really would love to do it. We did and he seem to have a great time!

Myself, I took a day of vacation so with the holiday time I had five days off. How sweet it was. Sure didn't want to come back today!! I had a good time cleaning and scrapping. But back to the grind stone today.

A busy night ahead. Hair cuts, dinner and running errands for my brother before...or after...we pick him up at the hospital from visiting his wife. Hoping she gets released tomorrow. It has been over seven weeks and it was just supposed to be a two day procedure! Complications!!

Have a great night!

My thought for today.


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thought for the Day

"Better late than never, but never late is better"


A Time To Pause

As the holidays approach I can feel the hustle and bustle start to fill the air. It makes me unhappy.

I remember only too well the holidays with the family when I was a good bit younger. They were a whirlwind. I see now that I was so wrapped up in the "doing" of the holiday I never really got to fully enjoy or experience the true holiday time.

We had a family of three children, were working two jobs, and going to college part time. To get everything done we were going all the time. To add to the business, the one job we both had at the time had their year end in December which meant that we had to take a physical inventory. Being a lumber company in Ohio it meant counting every nut screw and bolt not to mention the lumber outside in the snow where it was so cold your pens wouldn't write. Then we had to grab the calculators and extend all the prices and double check it. It also meant that your job depended on the results of that magical ending figure. Not the good makings for a happy holiday!
We never gave it a real thought. We were extremely busy but thought that was how life was. And it is that way with so many people today. I also know that it most times it can't be helped. That is what makes me unhappy.

So it is my wish for everyone, to be able somehow to slow their lives in this busy maze we find ourselves, take a deep breath and pause long enough to gather in the real spirit of the holidays. I know it is sometimes almost impossible, but we still need to maneuver things just a little so it happens. Life only comes round once to us. Don't let the most precious times slip away.

I have to show you something. I have been so busy trying to get my digi things organized that I have not scrapped in such a long time. Well, due to the nudging of Terry I got myself in gear and here is a layout I did for my new friend Joanna.

This is Joanna and her wonderful son, Robert. Robert has just won a ribbon in the Special Olympics and I am going to scrap the event for her. I am so thrilled to be able to do this for her. So I just started with this picture of Robert and her. Isn't it a great picture? Hope you like it.

I am hoping to have more time the next few days to scrap, scrap, scrap. It feels so good to be away from the organizing. What a pain. But I can't find anything if I don't get the stuff into ACDSee. Oh the woes I have!!! LOL

Hoping you all have a very beautiful Thanksgiving. Pause and take time to thank God for all your wonderful blessings.

My thought for today.


Friday, November 14, 2008

Thought for the Day

"When times get tough, at some point, people instinctively know they need to lighten up in order to get through it."

"You may not be able to change a situation, but with humor you can change your attitude about it"

---Allen Klein---

It's A LULU of a Day!!!

I found this out early in the day!!!

I subscribe to an inspirational thought for the day. Along with the inspirational thought every morning, they tell you what that day St. Patrick's Day, Love Your Mom Day...Smile At Someone You Don't Know Day or whatever. I figure in my position as Office Administrator I need to be kept informed of these things so I look at least somewhat informed.

So today is LULU. In case some of you are not kept abreast of these types of important facts...that is short for Loosen Up Lighten Up Day.

What a wonderful idea for a special day. So for at least this day we need to try to loosen up and lighten up.

How is this for a start???

I have had this thing for so many years. I use it on special occasions! Like when someone is in a really bad mood or they are bugging me and I would really rather growl at them! It breaks the mood and we all end up laughing!! I can not even remember where it came from but I love it and would love to find more to hand out!!! Isn't it a scream?? To see that when I turn around in my chair when you are not expecting it brings a belly laugh from everyone!!! Love it!!

Business has been picking up for us. While still not at a peak by a far cry, it is getting better...thus I have had less time to blog!! Ugh! I hope we get some relief soon with all of this. We just got word this week that Florida Power is getting a 25% rate increase a month. Tell me how people are going to deal with that one. They said it was because of the fuel increases. Well, what is happening with the fuel decreases??? Someone doesn't get the picture and I am not that sure it is the public.

It has been in the mid to upper 80's this week and now over the weekend it is to drop the bottom out. 80 Saturday and 66 Sunday with a low of 43. Dag gone cold for us!!! Well, on goes the heat and more money to the power company. Hummm. Never thought I would call it the power company. In Ohio it was always called the electric company!!! Guess you can teach old dogs new tricks!

Been dreaming this week. Besides wanting that Mac, now my boss has been tantalizing me with the ipod touch. Oh how I would love one of those. I don't need one. I just want one. Everyone should have a dream...and those two are mine right now. Well...maybe three long as I am dreaming...someone can throw in one of those Treo phones. Wow! I am just so hooked on techno things. Just love them. So if you want to donate any of those products, just leave a comment and I can make it possible for you to get them to me. I have been begging my boss...since he is constantly blatantly flaunting them before me...that he needs to get me at least one of those for Christmas, but he just smiles at me and chuckles. Nice guy.

Well, I guess since it is LULU Day I need to come clean with you all. Take a look at this. This is what the pic looked like before I ran it though editing! Thought we needed a laugh! Yikes!! I'm more wrinkled than I thought!!! But never forget...I earned every one of those wrinkles and gray hairs!!!

LOL LOL Pretty bad huh?

Anyway, I know I am posting this late in the let's change this from LULU Day to LULU Weekend. Have a Loosened Up and Lightened Up Weekend. Take the time to have some special fun in your weekend...even if things are pretty rotten right now. It is just a time to put at least a bit of joy and laughter in your life. Giggle. Be silly. Do something special for someone. Do something out of the ordinary. Have some fun. It will be good for all of us.

What's that?

Do I hear laughing?

Hope so!

My thought for the day.


Monday, November 10, 2008

Thought for the Day

"Weekends don't count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless."

---Bill Watterson---

Lazy Weekend In Florida

It was a nice weekend in Tampa Bay this weekend. Actually, it might have been just a tad warmer, but the way I look at can always put clothes on...but if it is too hot there is a limit to how many clothes you can take off and then you are STILL too hot! It was about 78 out and the sun was shining in a beautiful blue sky. A rather lazy couple days to be exact.

Saturday breakfast turned out to be a challenge. It was one of many people's least favorite days in the St. Pete/Clearwater/Largo area. It was the Iron Man contest or whatever they call it. It is terrible for the residents around here when that comes to the area. We know that it brings in a lot of money but it is pure hassle for the rest of us.

I am not positive about this because I am totally not interested in it, but I think there is swimming, running and biking in the contest. Supposed to be gruelling. Because of the running and biking they close so many streets in the area that as everyone can not get from point A to point B. It is a gigantic pain to get anywhere. So getting to breakfast was indeed a challenge...and not being able to get to where we had planned we pulled into the first available restaurant. It was OK but not what I had wanted.

Come to find out, the owner of the place we had intended to eat at was on TV that night complaining that he lost about $1000 for breakfast trade because of it! That might not seem like much, but to a Ma and Pa place, that is a big chunk of income! Oh well, enough said, but it definitely is a huge pain!! Glad it is over.

After getting errands done, we got back home and spent the remainder of the day having fun with laundry, surfing the Net and organizing in ACDSee. I am really putting time in on ACDSee. I was getting nowhere because I have been doing more downloading than organizing, so I decided to change my ways and really get some organizing done.

Sunday we took off to Busch Gardens. Spent most of the day there. It was such a pleasant day. Everyone our age was really taking it easy. Those with small children...well, forget it. You can imagine!!

Look at this guy. This is how nice it was. Even the roaring lion decided to sit in the sun and enjoy! Isn't it great when you can get this close to these animals!! Blow this up bigger and take a close look at him!
And the flamingos loved the sun as well and took some time to prune in the warmth of the afternoon sun.
So went our weekend. Nothing got done but we had a great time doing it! (Well, we do have clean clothes!) That is what weekends are for...R&R! We can work during the week. That is why they call it the work week!! Hope you all had a great one, too.

Till next time,

My thought for the day.


Monday, November 3, 2008

Thought for the Day

"The spiritual eyesight improves as the physical eyesight declines."



In the mornings while we are getting ready for work we watch the old old show "What's My Line" It is so old. We both used to watch it as children. Love love love it. They dressed so nicely and everyone was so polite to each other. Nothing suggestive in comments. So refreshing to us. I know. We are old prudes but we like being prudes and can't do anything about being old.

Today the "Mystery Guest" was Robert Wagner. Wow was he ever young! It took a while but they finally guessed who he was. Such a simple show yet everyone had such a good time. We continued to get ready for work.

As we pulled out of the driveway I happened to be thinking about Robert Wagner and realized I had seen him on a commercial right before I started getting ready. One of those mortgage ads, you know the ones. And my how he had aged. Thought to myself...I don't think I have aged that much but I sure didn't pull the mirror down and take a look!

So off I go down my pondering way. I was thinking about growing up and growing old. I have this theory. The way I see it...God in the beginning of puberty makes us attracted to each other because of looks. What else could he do??? We sure don't have much else going for us at that age!! So at that point we get together because we just like the way we "look" to each other. And that is great...the way I think it is meant to be.

But then...oh my...the pounds begin to creep on and the hair starts to get thin and/or gray. Soon you see wrinkles. But you don't see it on each other. Isn't that funny? That is how it is supposed to be. God got us together on "looks" but he hopes that after he gets us together we will develop to much more than just "liking" each other for looks. You see...we mature...and find out what love really is. Love is about who you are...not what you look like. That doesn't enter into the equation as much as it used to. That is why most often we don't notice it in each other. While we still enjoy each other's looks, we see it in a totally different mode.

I also got to thinking about some dear friends at our church in Ohio. The Herbert's. Charlie and Francis. Dear folks. They were the kind of strong Christians you don't find many of in churches least the churches we have found.

Charlie was bent over with arthritis. He had had many bones fused in his neck and back. Yet he always had a smile for us and wanted to talk. Francis was a sweet little lady. Tiny. Reminded me of a cute little sparrow. She had been a school teacher...I bet a good one, too. They loved each other so much.

One Sunday I was talking with Francis and I will always remember that day. She had put Charlie's walker in the trunk...all by herself...and of course with no complaining.

I went to talk with her. Charlie, she said, was having a hard time that day. I told her it was too bad that after people had worked all their lives and got to their older years that they felt so bad. And she looked at me and said, the best I can recall...Barbara, it's the way God meant it to be. You see, if we always felt young, and vigorous and well, we would never want to go back home. This is the way it is meant to be. It's OK.

Some lady, huh? She taught me so much in less than a minute. She was special and I will always remember that minute talk we had. It took less than a minute for her to explain getting old to me. It was great. She was a very wise lady indeed.

So those were my thoughts on the way to work today. I don't know why, but they were. Maybe someone needed to read this today...I don't know...but I felt right away that I had to blog this.
But it's just.............

My thought for today!


Thursday, October 30, 2008

Thought for the Day

"Satisfaction does not come with achievement, but with effort. Full effort is full victory."

---Mahatma Ghandi---

Well It's Over

Well, the World Series is over and the wonderful Rays were not the losers, but they didn't win. How can you be a loser if you made it all the way to the World Series after the year before and the year before...and for how long I don't know, been the worst of the worst? There is no way that could happen.

I am so so proud of this team...and I don't think I am the only one. Just like Manager Maddon said, what they learned this year they are taking back into spring training next year and they will grow even more! This is a very very young team. I swear, some of those guys looked like they were in junior high!! At least from my point of shall we say advantage???

Watch out world...we are on our way!!! Whoa!!!!

But I do have to mention the fact that I would not make a good Philly fan. I can't be that nasty. Now I know they pride themselves for that, which I think in itself is sad, but that just isn't good sportsmanship. Not a good thing to teach anyone...let alone children.

My husband read an article off the Internet to me of an interview with a Phillie's fan and he said the fans here are just TOO nice. He said...people even wished us good luck!!! He said he couldn't believe that! Made me proud to be a Tampa Bayer!!

I believe sometimes we have taken winning just one step too far. I know it is so much about money, but still, sportsmanship should still prevail above all.

Tampa Bay are the winners in our eyes!!! Great job!

Still cold in the mornings here but glad to say the afternoons are warming back up. It is 72 now at about 3 o'clock. Should be in the 80's this weekend. That is good news!!!

I hope all of you that stop by to read my blog would take time just to leave a short Hi that you were here. I have a counter that shows people are reading but I would love to know who you are and where you live...maybe even a little about yourself. So please, drop a note just to say hi. I would love to hear from you.

Pretty quiet day today, hope it stays that way.

Hope you all have a great night.

My thought for today.


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Thought for the Day

"If you came and found a strange man...teaching your kids to punch each other, or trying to sell them all kinds of products, you'd kick him right out the house, but here you are; you come in and the TV's on, and you don't think twice about it."

---Jerome Singer---

How Much I Would Want That!!

The local news was just in wanting me to be on TV. Just how much I would want that! Mirrors are bad enough I sure don't feel the need to see how I look in high definition!!! It seems they are doing a story on how badly the road construction, that has been two years in completion if I remember correctly, has affected our business. Well, it hasn't us a whole lot because we are contract sales, but it has just about destroyed the little printing place next to us!

So they did a story on them. But don't you know of our guys was just dying to get out there so he did...and told them there had been some effect but not too bad! Great. Made me look like I lied!! Duh. He said, "I'm gonna be on television!!" Well hip hip hooray!!! Glad it made his day. Now I hope he doesn't get edited out!!

It is a cold one here today. It is one in the afternoon and still only 59 big wonderful degrees! I even wore a jacket to work today. This is the first year when I have dug out a jacket. I said last year that I am getting old enough now that I don't see the humor in being cold. I would probably give in and start wearing a jacket!! I did give in last year and bought some tennies to wear instead of my flops. I just got toooo cold! So, I guess this year it is the jacket...well...hooded sweatshirt...don't know if I can really go all the way to a jacket yet!

Well, now I have a new dream. Ugh. I never thought I would say this...but..............I want a Mac!!! And it is truly a dream. There is no way I can ever afford one of those...but we all need a dream. I pushed my friend Terry of Terry's Tales over the edge. She had been doing the pros and cons of PC vs Mac and really wanted one...I've been told they just are better than PC' I gave her the shove she needed (along with my daughter's help) and she made the big plunge!!! OOO...can't wait till she gets it. I want to know all about it.

Well now, the Rays get to finish up that fifth World Series game tonight. Hope they win. I always feel badly in big games of any kind. I know there is always a winner and a loser and I wish they could both be winners. It is so sad for one of the teams. But geez...if someone has to lose let it be them!!!

This weekend the time changes. Don't forget to change your clocks! For those who like to sleep in you'll get your hour back that was stolen from you a few months ago. Personally, I hate the time change. I hate coming to and going home from work in the dark! And when I get home and it is dark, I feel like it is time to go to sleep! Terrible.

In closing, be sure to vote. I know that sometimes we feel like it doesn't mean much , but it is a real freedom that we should cherish. And remember....if you don't can't whine!!!

My thought for the day.


Friday, October 24, 2008

Thought for the Day

"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success."

---Henry Ford---

I'd Never Come Back!!!

This is a beautiful place. St. Petersburg, Florida, where the World Series is being played. It is a wonderful vacation place. It is right on the water, great beaches everywhere. Beautiful pier. Close to all the attractions of Florida...Busch Gardens, Universal, Disney World....but I have to tell you, if I was a visitor to this area right now...I doubt that I would come back.

Everywhere you go right now you see people with Mohawk hair cuts, even blue Mohawks! I am talking men, children and women. Then...everywhere you look you see 9=8!!! It is on shirts...on posters...painted on store windows...people are walking around saying, "9=8!" This is crazy!!!

Now just how many people are going to return to a place where everyone has these crazy blue haircuts and can't do first grade math??? They are going to say, "I'm not going back there...they're crazy!!!"

Ahhh but you all have to realize what is going on. It's all part of the game. What game?? THE GAME!! The World Series of course.

You see...the Mohawks are not really Mohawks but are now called Ray Hawks. It all started when one of the team members got one after a winning game, I believe, and then another and another...and then it started to spread. Now it is all team spirit in the area. Many who are reluctant to get the real thing or can't because of jobs sometimes substitute over the weekend with blue hair spray where the long hair would be!!! Some tape fake funny blue fur on their heads! Dogs get them! They gel the hair of babies!!!

I have to chuckle. The Mohawk was usually thought of as a hair cut of a rebel. I wonder what they are using now since it has become the norm??? LOL LOL

Well, that leaves us with the 9=8. What could that possibly be? Well, Manager Joe Madden , who supposedly likes to use 'ill-formed' equations which he often dreams up while riding his bike to clear his head, dreamed it up to stir his team. It really meant "nine players going hard for nine innings equals one of eight playoff spots".

All in fun! Win or lose...this has been great for this area. Not only for the team and the towns but for the kids...all of us, really.

We have seen that the worst of losers can come from behind and be real winners. You are never too down to come back.

The team has taught us you can lose...and you learn from it, but don't dwell on it. You put it aside and go on with what you learned.

You can win...but you learn from it...and believe it or not, you put that aside, too, and go on.

Because if you dwell on either it surely will destroy you. If you dwell on will convince yourself you are no good and a loser. You will continue to be a loser.

If you dwell on being a too will destroy you. You will become over-confidant and sure as the world you will fall, probably when you are least expecting it.

It has taught us what being a team really is and what teamwork can produce.This team has given this area more than just a winning baseball team. It has given us a great lesson of life. I hope they know that.

Thanks Rays.

My thought for today.


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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Thought for the Day

"We don't stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing."

---George Bernard Shaw---

Passing Thoughts

I don't get it. Just because I am getting...well, what should I say...mature...does that mean I can no longer have any fun? Since the Tampa Rays baseball team has been doing so well this year I have become a die hard Rays fan. The entire area is going bonkers over them. I mean...worst to first!

Yesterday being the first day of the World Series games everyone, including me, was pretty high with enthusiasm. You have to watch how you use that word high anymore! So I come into work really encouraging the Rays. I walked out into the warehouse where two of the guys were sitting and shout...GO RAYS! WOOO! I thought they would die laughing. Now if I had been in my 20's or 30's they would have just shouted the same thing back at me...or some other funky saying that is going on here now. But instead I have to pick them off the floor laughing at me!!!

All day long when they would walk by they would say, "Go ahead...give us the call." or some thing like that. Then the laughing would start all over. They had me tell everyone we saw. I felt like a freak.

Everyone else was doing it but because I am old in their eyes...I guess I am supposed to be subdued. Right. The same thing happens when I start to dance or keep rhythm with music that is playing. So I am big AND old. It doesn't mean I don't have any rhythm or like to shuffle around. They all need to get a life. I might be an old foggy in their eyes but I am still having the time of my life! Having fun, laughing and dancing is fun and keeps you young at heart. I intend to keep doing it. Perhaps they need to follow my example!!! LOL

As for those Rays...they lost last night. Put up a good show. It was 3 to 2. No one is discouraged. It is the best four ball!!!

Still busy trying to learn how to digi scrap. There is so much stuff to learn. And you just can't do something once and have least not for me. I have to do it several times. It is going to take a good long while before I know enough to really put out some good layouts. But what a hobby. There is always something to do and something to learn. I just need to keep snapping pictures so that I have something to scrap!!!

Oh Oh Oh. Need to tell you. For the other "old foggies" out there that used to drink hot chocolate made with the old fashioned Hershey's cocoa, Starbucks has a new hot chocolate...well several...but I have one in particular that is great and tastes like it was made the old fashioned way. A fellow we see there often said I had to try it, so I did and wowser!!! I doubt that if you are of the Nestles generation you would share my enthusiasm. is called Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate. Oh is it every dreamy! Gives you warm fuzzies as it brings back such great home memories. Give it a try and let me know what you think. Now I need to tell you...I don't think it is called cheap...but so worth it! What a treat!

So go the thoughts for this morning.

Take time to smell the roses...and the coffee! And above all...


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Thought for the Day

"What a wonderful life I've had! I only wish I'd realized it sooner."


The Ever-Changing World

I think I am in the wrong business. If I had any sense at all I would have gone into the orange barrel business. Just where do they store all these orange construction barrels? Silly girl...they don't store them...they keep them on the sides of the roads, in the middle of the roads and even in the middle of some of the lanes!!! There has to be literally millions of these things!!! I really missed the boat on this money maker!

This is some of the work going on as you go into Tampa. At night it is a beautiful picture with the buildings in downtown all lit. But...during the day I am afraid you see mainly the construction barriers!!

Tampa is a fairly large city and looks much bigger than St. Petersburg, but as I have heard lately, St. Petersburg is actually a little larger than Tampa.

We travel this way every time we go to Busch Gardens and it seems as if they will never be done with this. It is a big laugh around here that our great-great-grandchildren will be working on I-4!

Doesn't it seem strange that they make these multi-lane highways that hold so many cars and then all of a sudden you are in a traffic jam because it merges down into two small lanes...which is what you started with in the first place? So now instead of going slower for a long distance you are at a complete stand still for what seems like hours!!!

By the way, all this area is above the ground, built like bridges. You go completely through Tampa overhead of the houses and businesses. I never like to think about that while I am diving through there!! Just gives me a weird feeling!!! One thing I do love about this area is being around so many mobile home parks. We love watching them fancy up their places for the holidays. While we were riding around the other day, Jim took me to one he saw in a park where he had been working that day. This particular place changes the tree for every season. Here is their Halloween offering! Can you believe they leave the train out and running! The joys of being in a seniors park where you are able to do that!!

I love the simple life. It appeals to me and it is where I am comfortable. We each need to find our niche and I am so glad I found mine. I hope each of you are happy wherever you are. That is what life is all about.

My thought for the day.


Monday, October 20, 2008

Thought for the Day

"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being."

---Johann Wolfgang von Goethe---

Love Those Devil Rays!!!

Monday has indeed rolled around! What a beautiful day in the Tampa Bay area. Sunny and mild for here...82 degrees. Ummm, just right! Everyone is smiling today even though it is though sleepy eyes for most. The Tampa Rays baseball team won the league title last night at about midnight...then the celebrations that were going on!!!! and on.....and on......

We are so proud of that team. They have gone from the worst...I am meaning THE WORST team...bottom place last going to the world series this year! They are tremendous!

But what I am impressed with are the manager and team members themselves. They are truly a team. No one seems to be out for their own glory. They are out to give the team glory. And so they have!!!

And the manager, Joe Madden, is quite a guy. His idea of working with people if fantastic. He doesn't yell and stomp and scream during the games. He calmly and patiently watches the game. Not that he doesn't get upset, but only when his team is mistreated. He can have his moment!!!

Once this year, and I forget when, I heard that the opposing team seemed to be purposely aiming to hit his players when they pitched. He marched on the field and told the umpire it would stop or he was pulling his team off the field. What a change it made in the players' attitudes. He stuck up for them. They were important.

Quite often when a pitcher is having problems, you would see him go to the mound, not to pull him off, but to calm him down and encourage him, taking the edge off the pitcher. He doesn't seem to like to pull the pitcher but likes to let them work through it if possible.

The height of it all was before the last game. The biggest game the team has ever had to face. Reports had it that there was no team meeting ahead of the game. He was said to have told a reporter...they know how important the game is and they know what they have to do. I think he thought there is nothing to be said.

He was not about to get everyone worked up. He believed in them. He believed they knew their job. We had heard he always told the team, what happened yesterday doesn't matter; what happens tomorrow doesn't matter. The only thing that matters is right now. Do your job.

What a wonderful message for life. What matters most is right now. Do what you are supposed to do. Do your job.

The way he seems to treat his players reminds me of one of my favorite Bible verses. The way I remember it is "He bids us build each other up". I don't know what version it is. Really doesn't matter. I guess if you want a version, the New Living Translation says it this way: "So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing" 1Thessalonians 5:10-12

Wouldn't there be a change in this world, if we could just build each other up, instead of constantly knocking each other down?

Just think of it. Marriages, relationships, your children, employees.............What a change could be made on this earth.

Could we ever do it?

My thought for the day.


Sunday, October 19, 2008

Thought for the Day

"A life isn't significant except for its impact on other lives."

---Jackie Robinson---

Smiling Sunday

It's Sunday. Taking time to just hang around and get revitalized for the week ahead. I am just sitting here smiling. Talked to our daughter and she has put some warm fuzzies in her parents' hearts. It is always so nice when you can sit back and see your children doing all those things that you hoped some day you would get to see.

The past few days...since Thursday if I am right...daughter Nancy has been watching over...actually, taking care of, an 82 year old male neighbor. His wife had been called away for a funeral of a very dear friend and asked her if she would watch over him and make sure he is OK. He manages by himself, but she would just like for her to stop in and check on him. No problem for her...she would be happy to help.

Well, it didn't sound like a biggy. He would get his own breakfast and lunch and she had dinners she could heat for evening for him. Relatives were going to call and church would take him to Bible study and Sunday service. All should be fine.

Well as all plans did this one. As it has gone so far...she has cooked meals, shared lunch with him, lets the dog out, and taken in a hot meal or had him over each day for evening meals. She just felt he was lonely and also...he did not like what was left for him! LOL

The other day while she was there, his eye doctor called and needed to see him. Very bad infection. So off to the eye doctor (he needs a wheelchair to go a distance!). Couldn't get the prescription filled because of insurance etc. and what they gave her to use was not working. His eye was fire red and watering profusely (she had worked as an opthamology tech). Had to go get drops to flush eye often till wife could get prescription filled. Infection was also very contagious!!

Then she looks out and sees his garage door opening. She goes over and he is going to go for a walk. Not good. So she suggests he get in the wheelchair and they both will go for a walk! You need to know she lives at the top of a hill and you go nowhere without going up or down a hill!! I am in a wheelchair a lot because of my muscle disease and we get a call yesterday that she has a new-found respect for anyone that pushes a wheelchair!!! To add to all this, the church forgot to come get him for Bible study on Wednesday; she had to round them up!!

What a good sport! She is still smiling, yet exhausted. With all this, she works two full-time jobs from home, home schools two of her three children, runs the house and keeps the children and herself on an exercise program that would put my exercise crazy boss to shame!!! She says...oh...I just have a special place in my heart for him. He is so sweet!

Well, at last check...after dinner last night at her house she said to him..."You know...on Sunday we grill hamburgers and have homemade french fries...." and he stopped her there with..."I'm there!!!!" LOL How could you not love this guy??

This has not only been a very special time for her neighbor... he obviously is loving the time with her and her family, feeling the joy of feeling special and having people around, but it has given mom and dad joy, seeing what you hoped you instilled in your children come into fruition.

It has been a beautiful few days. I know she is exhausted...but it is the kind of exhaustion that is worth it.

The exhaustion will disappear in a few days...but the joy she has given to one human being will last for eternity.

Her friend is thrilled..her parents so pleased...she feels good doing what she is doing...God is smiling.

"Well done my good and faithful servant."

Friday, October 17, 2008

Thought for the Day

"A smile is a curve that sets everything straight."

---Phyllis Diller---

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I know...It's Been a Long Time!

Hi everyone. I haven't posted in such a long time and I hope to get into a better schedule. As I often tell has its way of getting in the way.

I have had a nice week. Things went smoothly at work, as it usually does. I hear it once in a while how I can sort of breeze through my job and others wish they had the same pleasure. While we are not as busy right now because of the economy like everyone else in the US...I do have a lot of work to do. I just have been blessed with the ability to organize, prioritize and multi-task. It really is my strong hold. This is my inbox on the top. It is empty every morning when I get to work. Very seldom do I leave work undone at the end of the day. I hate to come in behind the eight ball in the morning. Here is part of the work I had already done before noon. So goes a job you have done for eighteen years and you could pretty well do it blindfolded with one hand tied behind your back!!!While everyday is different...everyday is still the same. It is that way with most office jobs I believe.

We had a sales rep in that put up some new displays this week. Very nice. But the guys decided to do the cleaning that day also. I couldn't help snapping a few pics. Get a look at this! We had to start off with a crash course on Sweeper...excuse me...Vacuum 101...In Ohio we used the sweeper and swept the floors. I am told you use a vacuum and vacuum the floors!! Oh well, same thing gets accomplished!! This looks staged I know...but guess again! Poor guy knew there was a button...but where??? Then of course there was the dusting. These guys are so sweet! You notice the absence of me in these pictures. SOMEONE had to take the pictures!!! And somebody had to give the orders. I wanted them to feel at home! They all love me so much!! I won't go into their comments during my directions! makes me chuckle. If we but look around...there are so many things that can give a smile to our faces and make the day seem brighter. Hope you look around and see them!!

My thought for today.