Friday, April 17, 2009

Susan Boyle

OK. I think she is awesome! How refreshing to see a real person get a little recognition for a change. Her voice is stunningly beautiful. Her manner, refreshingly transparent. Her perfomance, bold and passionate. There is nothing fake about this delightful lady. I hope success doesn't change her sweetness.

If you haven't seen her, check her out on youtube. You will be amazed!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Living Frugally

Well, it has been awhile since I posted here. Things have been very busy. With warm weather approaching, I have been into spring cleaning and fix-up. My hope is to get things ship-shape inside and then concentrate my free time and energy on some yard work and a small backyard garden.(yum!)

With the economy in it's current state, it seems prudent to me to start cutting back in areas where I can. Being a hands on, project oriented person, this has become my new past-time.

I started with cutting costs in the laundry room. Rather than use the clothes dryer, I began hanging clothes out to dry whenever it is not raining. I guesstimate that this will save us around $30 a month on our electricity bill. I still use the dryer briefly for fluffing a few things and for our permanent press items. (I'm not particularly fond of ironing.) I also purchased a folding wooden drying rack for drying smaller items indoors on rainy or very cold days. And a couple of lines put up in my back utility room help with larger items if I can't hang them outdoors.

Next I searched the web for a recipe for making my own laundry detergent. With just a few basic ingredients and a few minutes of time I had approximately 2 gallons of liquid laundry detergent for an average cost of 5 cents a load. After using this for about 3 weeks, I have found it to be as effective as the Tide I formerly used.

Fabric softener was my next goal. Hanging clothes out does leave some of them feeling rough and stiff. Too bad we're such pampered folks. Our ancestors never gave such things a second thought. But I do like my laundry to be soft and cozy. My daughter gave me the solution to the fabric softener, though. She read somewhere that white vinegar in the rinse cycle would do the trick. I was afraid that this would make my laundry smell like vinegar, but had to give it a try. I am still experimenting with how much to use, but at this point I am filling my Downy ball with it and it is making my clothes much softer. And it leaves my laundry with no odor at all! What a great thing for those with allergies to fragrances.

So my quest begins. I will keep you all updated from time to time as I come across more ways to live frugally. Now in case you are thinking that I must be building up a fantastic savings account, the answer is 'no'. My main agenda is to have money for the things I want by cutting back in other areas that don't matter to me that much. I consider it a challenge, and I believe we all need a challenge routinely.

I am searching the web and blogs for more thrifty ideas. If you have any, I welcome your comments and your help.




Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Shoes, How many are Enough?

I just counted that I have 16 pairs of shoes!!! 2 pair of them have never been worn, but I still think I may wear them someday, so I keep them around. 1 pair is fun 'dustmop' shoes from my grandkids, so I have to keep them. I'm sure they'll come in handy one of these days. I have 4 pair of sandals. 3 of those I wear on a regular basis in warm weather, and the other pair is sort of dressy in case I ever have a dressy summer event to attend. (One can only hope.) 3 pair of croc wannabes. I wear them often, so they are keepers. 2 pair of causal winter shoes that are great with bluejeans or dress slacks. Gotta have those. 2 pair are work shoes. (Nuff said about that.) And 1 pair of worn out sketchers that I still love. So I can justify having them all. But still, it seems kind of excessive to me.
Comments???

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Stem Cell Research





There's something inherently wrong with embrionic stem cell research.

When I look at our little Sammy, and think of stem cell research, I just get cold chills! You see, he was an embryo not that long ago.

What if little Sam had been sacrificed in the early stages of his development for stem cell research? Without even realizing it, we would have been robbed of one of the most excellent blessings God gives.

What if the recipient of little Sam's stem cells happened to be an uncaring, hateful person who had spent their life doing terrible things? Perhaps a tyrant or a murderer or a child predator who should have been locked away, but instead gets a chance to be cured from some dreadful disease so that they can go out and destroy the lives of more innocent people?


I know there are some wonderful people that may benefit from stem cell research, but there have been great strides in adult stem cell research that should be investigated before we sacrifice our precious children.

I shudder at the thought of creating a life only to destroy it for the sake of science. In my mind, this is just as bad, if not worse than abortion or infanticide.

Just saying....



Thursday, February 19, 2009

A Well Sharpened Sword

This is reprinted here with permission from my wonderful hubby. I was so touched by it that I wanted to share it with all of you.



We went by for our usual hugs,

If you don't know who I'm talking about click here.
http://www.godtube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=f3f81e94fefac1757ff8


and she had to move this book out of our way on the couch,
as usual. In fact I cannot remember when that book has not
had to be moved out of the way to make room to sit down
on the couch with her and visit.


I have had to move this book many times before but a little voice said
take a couple of quick pics of this.


This worn book is the most important part of her daily life.
She is ever, always reading this worn book. It's like she
is almost attached to it. When I realized the power,
the hope , the faith that has transferred from the pages
of this book to her and then to many, many of us who love
her, I thought, " Wow! This is worthy of some special attention."


When I thought about how much reading was done to put the wear and tear on this book and then thought about how much of a treasure of faith and love is stored by this book being used to this point , I realized that what I have in these little quick pics is more priceless than a world famous painting.



See, my friends, this is a true living battery charger for life today, and
every day. This is a power pack, a mountain moving, faith giving,
living link to our personal LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.
So as this wonderful lady always says,
"BE SWEET AND SAY YOUR PRAYERS."

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Little Fife


I am soooo excited! Our newest grandson is due any day. So far we have only seen him as an ultrasound image or a hidden form in his mamma's belly. But soon we will see him face to face.

He's going to be a big boy, over nine pounds. I believe that will be a good size to hold and feel comfortable with.

He will be the first for our daughter and son-in-law, and first babies are always special. But he will be our eighth grandchild. And everyone of them are special! (I know. Every grandparent feels that way.)

His first name will be Samuel. I don't think the middle name is decided on yet. At first we just affectionately called him 'Little'. But now he is Samuel or Sammy or sometimes just Sam.

I picture him as robust, alert and active. I believe he will be one that will want to touch, taste and experience everything he sees, a bouncing baby boy in every way. I see him as smart, quick and inquisitive. I think he will learn fast and retain much. I hope he will have his daddy's musical talent and curly hair, and his mommy's wit and creativity. I know he will have deep roots with the Lord because that is his heritage from past generations.

I know his parents are going to be the best mommy and daddy. They have so much love to give, and such a wise perspective on parenting. It is going to be so rewarding to watch as they raise little Sam in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

So,yes, we are eager for this child to arrive. He is going to be such fun!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

My Two Cents.....

I have a lot of opinions, and when it comes to politics there are just a couple of things that I would like to see happen.

First of all, I think that all politicians should be held to a high standard of honesty and integrity. Maybe a '3 lies and you're out' rule would be good.

Secondly, I firmly believe that no politician should be paid more than the average middle class American, and that the benefits they receive should be comparable as well.

The problem, in my opinion, is that politicians feel that they are somehow not subject to the same standard of living or the same moral standard as the rest of us. Therefore, since they are so out of touch with our reality, how can they govern effectively?

Sadly, I see a 'Lord and Serf' culture hidden in our present day society. Braveheart anyone?

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Fun Blog

This is the funnest blog I have ever run across.

http://colormekatie.blogspot.com/2009/02/happy-button.html

If you want to smile, this is the place to visit. I am amazed at the multitude of ways Katie finds to add interest to otherwise mundane things or times. I visit this blog often just to remind myself that we don't have to take life so seriously. Some moments of our lives should be fun and carefree!

My advice: Bookmark this one and visit often. You'll be glad you did.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Octuplets....


Since I am sleepless again tonight, I thought I'd just check out the news on the net. And, yes, there are yet more stories vilifying the mother of the octuplets. I find it sad that this woman's own mother is being reported as putting her down in almost every interview. Whatever Nadya Suleman's motives for being implanted with so many embryos, the fact is that this is a beautiful miracle! Surely God's favor was on this woman for all these babies to have survived and to be doing so well!

OK, so some want to address the medical expense of all these preemies, and the possible 'drain' they could be on our health care system. I work in a hospital and I could write a book about irresponsible, non-compliant patients and how they are a drain on our system. Want to discuss alcoholics, drug addicts, smokers, not to mention those who are constantly in the ER with vague symptoms just so they can get a legal buzz? Would it surprise you to know that most of the above mentioned patients health care is paid for by the government? And why is that? Because they have chosen a destructive lifestyle that has left them disabled. Besides free medical care, many of these also get assistance with rent, utilities, and food. Now that is a drain!

Now, please don't misunderstand. I am not against these people. Frankly, they help keep me in a job. I'm just saying that maligning the mother of the octuplets for this reason is totally ridiculous.

Well, what about her ability to care for all these kids? Just this week I spoke with an elderly woman who was the mother of 16 children. She was amazing! And she was surrounded by love. Compared to some elderly people I know who are alone, either because they have no children or their children cannot or will not visit, the lady with 16 kids is so blessed. No one will deny that caring for 14 children, 8 of them newborns, is going to be a tough job. But God put us all here to be family to one another. And if the Christians in Nadya Suleman's life pitch in to help like those in the lives of other parents of multiples have, then she will manage. In just a few short years those babies will be able to do much for themselves. And as they grow up together, they will never feel the loneliness that plagues some children that have no siblings.

My parents had 7 children. We didn't have a lot of material things. We wore hand me downs and ate simply. I never had a room of my own and seldom had a bed of my own. Sharing was a way of life. So was looking out for one another. And working along side my siblings and parents was considered normal. We were 'family' in every sense of the word. I think it will be somewhat the same for Nadya Suleman and her children. They will make it, and the difficulties will make them strong. And it will all be worth it.

Who knows what kinds of wonderful contributions these children may make to this troubled world. What if from this 'batch of embryos' there will be one who is destined to discover the cure, once and for all, of cancer. Or perhaps one of them will develop that car that runs on water instead of gas. Who knows? But time will tell. In the meantime, I hope Nadya gets all the help she needs. It's not our place to judge. I prefer to marvel at what the Lord has done. And I look at it this way. It replaces 8 aborted children. PTL!!!

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Poetry

I've been writing poetry since I was in grade school. Just a little hobby of mine that only a few close friends and family knew about. Here are a couple of poems I wrote in recent years for my children. I have four fabulous sons and one beautiful daughter.

My Son
My son, what will your life be like,
What will your future be?
What untold joys and sorrows wait,
What wonders will you see?

Have I prepared you well enough
To deal with what's ahead?
Have I imparted courage
That will chase away all dread?

Will you be strong in troubled times,
Yet tender in your heart?
When others look to you for help,
Son, will you do your part?

When temptations beckon you
Will honor be your creed?
Will you give up your own desires
To fill another's need?

Will you look at your children
As a blessing from above?
And be to them what they need most,
A father full of love?

I pray your life be kissed by God,
No matter what may come,
And that He'll be your strength and shield
When all is said and done.

I know that seeds of greatness
Have been planted deep in you,
And what the Lord has promised
Is the thing that He will do.

So listen closely for His voice,
And do not fail to hear.
A whispered prayer will move His hand,
For He is always near.

__________________________________________________________________________________________________

My Daughter
I remember well the day you arrived,
A tiny, pink bundle of love.
No doubt in my mind as I looked in your face
That you were a gift from above.

You fit in my arms so perfectly then.
You still fit there perfectly now.
I'll cherish and treasure each loving embrace
As long as our Lord will allow.

In watching you grow, and watching you bloom,
I know just what I am to do.
By God's grace and love, for the brief time you're mine,
I'll plant seeds of Jesus in you.

I know that one day you'll be leaving this nest
And the shelter of this 'mother hen'.
God, give me the grace to allow you to fly
As I offer you back to Him.

(Thank you, Jesus, for my wonderful children!)




Thursday, January 29, 2009

Cabin Fever

You know I'm getting bored when I write a whole post about mops! LOL!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Today's best friend.....


This little tool has been my best house-keeping friend today. It's my swiffer mop with a microfiber cloth attached. Those micro fiber cloths are magic when it comes to mopping up those drips and spills that are tracked in from the snow. I think I like microfiber.

Yay! The Sun!!!



I love how the same pictures look so much happier in the sunshine!

It's Winter....



This is what it looks like around our little house today.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Dog Revenge





Sugar used to always sleep on our old sofa. I hated all the dog hair and doggie smell she left behind, but the sofa was about worn out and tagged for replacement soon anyway, so I didn't fuss at her about it.
The new sofa has been here since early December, and Sugar is forbidden to get up on it. Often she will walk over to the sofa and longingly look at it, then look at me, knowing it is off limits.
Well, Sugar has found a new place to relax. We have two recliners in our living room. Of course, she has taken over mine.

Monday, January 26, 2009

I Love My House When It's Tidy

It's my favorite place to be. It's so warm and cozy here. Today I cleaned, did laundry and scrubbed floors. It is a labor of love.
I got a great little mop for my floors. It's a Clorox Ready Mop. But I really don't like the cleaning solution that comes with it. It leaves a streaky film on my floors that makes them look dull and dirty. I have been experimenting with different ways to use this great little tool, and I think I have finally settled on a satisfactory method. I tried diluting the solution with half water, but that didn't make much difference. So I emptied the whole container down the drain, rinsed out the bottle and refilled it with plain water and about 1/4 cup of white vinegar. I replaced the commercial mopping pad with an old terry washcloth that gives more scrubbing action. Voila! Clean, sparkling floors.
And I save money because I don't have to buy their solution or disposable pads. Yes, I do have to launder the washcloths, but that is no big deal. I do laundry at least every week anyway.
That said, I must confess that I am very attached to my swiffer duster. Hope things don't get so bad that I have to go back to the old 'dust cloth' days.

Friday, January 23, 2009

I'm A Dreamer.....

Yes, really. I dream all the time. Sometimes my dreams are so entertaining, I don't want to wake up. In my dreams I go places and do things that I would never do in real life.

Some of my dreams are amusing. Some are confusing. Some are happy and some are sad. Some of them are frightening. But they are never boring.

I believe that some dreams have meaning and that God will reveal the meaning to us when we ponder and pray about it. Those dreams usually stay in my mind for days or weeks and the details remain vivid to me. Those are the ones I journal. How interesting to go back through my journals and realize that some of those dreams did, indeed, point to significant events that came about later in my life.

And then there are the 'pizza dreams'. Those dreams that keep me entertained while I sleep, but fade from my memory within the first few minutes of being awake. I seldom bother with trying to remember or journal a dream that doesn't stay with me for at least an hour or so.

All in all, I enjoy dreaming. For someone who doesn't watch much TV, I love watching my dreams most of the time.

Do you love your dreams?

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Thanks LeeLou

As I am often want to do, I have rearranged things again. How do you like my blogs new outfit??? Leelou makes it so easy to get a new, fresh look.
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She has a wonderful collection of free templates and also does custom work if you want something really special. Go pay her blog a visit. You won't be sorry.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Monday, January 19, 2009

This is Me



I finally decided to post a pic of myself. This is what I look like. For those of you who thought I looked like a lovely Hibiscus blossom, sorry. I didn't mean to deceive you. I was just being timid.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Oh My Gosh! I'm 60!

Yikes!  Another birthday.  I can't believe I'm 60.  I don't feel sixty.  I certainly don't want to act 'my age'.  However, the years are catching up with me in some ways.   One of the sweetest things about growing older is that I have learned so much! 

 Finally I realize that there are more important things in life than ('gasp')  me.  I now know that if I don't get my way in all things, my world will not fall apart.  

I have come to understand that relationships are more important than material possessions. 

 My need for frenetic activity has been replaced with beautiful moments of quiet meditation and reflection. 

 I have discovered that God is closer than I ever imagined, and that my relationship with Him is the most important thing in my life.  

All in all, I'm feeling pretty good about being sixty.  Life is simple and good.  

'My whole being shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness.' Psalm 63:5