Monday, January 31, 2011

Friend Makin Monday

I know, I know, another meme! I can't help it, they're too much fun! Anyway, it's just a peek into my life and my mind. Enter at your own risk ;-).

1) What is your favorite household chore? And what is your least favorite?
My favorite household chore is probably cleaning floors, because I love clean floors. I hate cleaning bathrooms, though I like them clean too. I just prefer someone else clean them ;-)
2)What is your favorite city?
I love Orlando. So much to do, the weather is great, and people are friendly for the most part.
3) Have you found real love yet?
Yes. :D
4) What's one thing you eat almost everyday?
Vanilla yogurt covered raisins. They are such a delicious snack! Come to think of it, I need to pick some up today.
5) What was your last thought before falling asleep last night?
Thank You Lord for this day.
6) What's the worst injury you had as a child?
Um, I can't think of any really bad ones. No broken bones ever. I was run over by a bike when I was about 3 or 4 years old, but just got my knees scraped. That was probably the worst.
7) Will you/have you worked out today?
My workouts consist of alot of walking, and housework. So yes, I've worked out some and will continue to do so throughout the day.
8) Do you tweet?
No. I don't have time for it, nor do I think my life is so exciting that everyone needs to know what I'm doing every moment of the day.
9) List three things you wouldn't want to live without:
My relationship with Jesus, my Bible, my family
10) Hold old were you when you had your first kiss?
I think I was 16. Or thereabouts. As you can tell, it was nothing to write home about.
Okay, now it's your turn! Join the fun at All The Weigh. God bless.

Meet Me on Monday

Here's a fun meme to help you get to know me better. Join in the fun!
1. What do you put on your hot dog?
Anything I can find - ketchup, mustard, pickle relish, saurkraut, chili, whatever is on hand. I'm not a big fan of hot dogs. They give me heartburn and a nasty aftertaste. I've tried several brands but only Nathan's seems to agree with me, and not more than one of them.

2. Do you play Sudoku?
Never tried it. My mom loves it though.

3. What is your favorite vegetable?
Oooh, tough one. I'm a big veggie lover. I'd have to say broccoli, because I like it raw in a salad, or cooked with just a pinch of salt, by itself or with cauliflower and carrots. Even as a child I always loved broccoli. Yeah, I know, I'm weird.

4. Do you color your hair?
Absolutely! My natural hair color used to be black, but once it started turning black and white (emphasis on the white) I decided it was time for change. Now it's reddish brown.

5. What is your favorite brand of clothing?
I like shopping at New York and Company. Their clothing line fits me best and is age appropriate for me.
Now it's your turn!

Move It Mondays

Happy Monday! It's a nice day today, with blue skies and fluffy white clouds. Those energize me, something I need since my daugher went back to school today. I'm missing her already, but hopefully I'll be up to see her later on this month.

As for today, here's my trusty list. I've already cleaned and swept bedrooms, and lunch/dinner is in the crockpot, so all I have left to do is:

* Fold laundry
* Clean kitchen
* Answer some emails

It's a nice slow day. I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I do.

Move it Mondays is hosted by Kristilea at In The Lord's Path. Have a blessed week.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Observing My Senses

For Today, January 29, 2011...

I am seeing...the sun pouring in through the windows. It's gonna be a bright sunshiny day.

I am feeling...thankful that my daughter is home and we had game night last night. Kid's Cranium is so much fun!

I am hearing...the dishwasher. I thought I turned it on last night, but it was open this morning. Or maybe someone opened it and forgot to close it again. Not sure, so I started it up this morning.

I am tasting...turkey and swiss on a vienna roll. For breakfast. I was in the mood.

I am son's breakfast sausages. He loves those.

It just takes a moment to observe your surroundings. Won't you join me?

Friday, January 28, 2011

Five Question Friday

Welcome to Five Question Friday! I love these questions more than any other meme I've done, and I do quite a few! These are kinda sorta off the wall, like me.

1. If you had $1,000 to donate to a charity, which would you choose?
I would love to send $1,000 to the Lockwood Family. They are missionaries in Mexico and have 12 beautiful children. I know they'd put those funds to good use.

2. Snow days: Do you welcome them happily or are they a pain in your butt?
What is this "snow day" you speak of? We've had "hurricane days", where school gets cancelled because a hurricane has hit and powerlines are dangerously lying over the roads. But snow? What is that?!

3. What talent did you wish you had and why?
I'd love to play a musical instrument. Like piano or violin. Really well. With or without sheet music. That would be soooo cool.

4. Are you a news, politics or celebrity gossip junkie?
If I had to choose from the three, I'd pick news. Not that I'm a "junkie", but I'm just not into politics much and celebrity gossip gives me a headache.

5. What is your favorite "cocktail"? (Are you a beer person, a kiddie cocktail junkie, or perhaps you're more the "Cosmo" kind?! Anything flies...doesn't hafta be alcoholic!)
Good, because I don't drink alcoholic drinks. Whenever we go out I order a Sprite. It's our favorite non-caffeine drink. Otherwise, I have water. Lots and lots of water.

Please join Mama M at My Little Life and tell us some trivia about yourself. Have a blessed weekend.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Another Thursday Thought

Thursday Thought

"My Lord, I have received much from thee, blessed be thy name for it; but there is yet a promise more which I have not enjoyed; therefore I will go forward till I attain its fulfillment! The future is an unknown country, but I enter it with thy promise, and expect to find in it the same goodness and mercy which have followed me hitherto; yea, I look for greater things than these."
- Charles H. Spurgeon, According to Promise

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

What A Storm!

I was surprised this mornng to find things weren't as bad as I expected. Boy was it rough last night! There were tornado warnings across the state, and a funnel cloud was spotted south of us. Lots of rain, wind and thunder, but thankfully we were all at home and safe.

"He stilled the storm to a whisper;
the waves of the sea were hushed.
They were glad when it grew calm,
and he guided them to their desired haven."
- Psalm 107:29-30

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Friend Making Monday

Hehe...I forgot about this yesterday. I hope I'm forgiven.

This week all questions are to be answered in one word. Ha! Like I can keep myself that limited! Okay, I'll give it a try.

1. Where is your cell phone? lap

2. Your most significant other? J

3. Your hair? Reddish-brown

4. Your mother? strong

5. Your father? gone

6. Your favorite? chocolate

7. Your dream last night? home

8. Your favorite drink? water

9. Your dream/goal? heaven

10. What room you are in? bedroom

11. Your hobby? scrapbooking

12. Your fear? rats

13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? earth

14. Where were you last night? home

15. Something that you aren't? hypocritical

16. Muffins? pumpkin

17. Wish list item? time

18. Where you grew up? North

19. Last thing you did? blog

20. What are you wearing? jeans

21. Your TV? off

22. Your pets? none

23. Friends? awesome

24. Your life? graceful

25. Your mood? contemplative

26. Missing someone? always

27. One place that I go to over and over? library

28. Something you want: friendship

29. Your favorite store? Kohl's

30. Your favorite color? green

I did it! But it was hard!!! So many things I wanted to elaborate on. I guess that's the idea, though. If there's anything you aren't sure of, just ask! Or better yet, join me at All The Weigh. Have a blessed week.

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today, January 25, 2011...

Outside my window...the wind has knocked down some of my plants. More than once. It's not cold (71 degrees), just windy. Another cold front is on the way, and temps should get down into the low 50's. Yes, that's a cold front in my neck of the woods.
I am thinking...of all the things I need to get done today.
I am thankful...the refinance of our home will be completed today. We close this afternoon, praise the Lord.
I am pick up some fallen palm fronds from the backyard. We've gotten so little rain the last few months that everything is drying up and the wind brings everything down.
I am wearing...a navy blue paisley shirt, jeans and white flip-flops.
I am hearing...birds outside. The weather is pleasant so the windows are open.
I am, when we leave things in God's hands, everything just falls into place.
I am currently...sucking on a Halls. It helps with the post nasal drip.
I am reading...Proverbs, and getting a lot out of it. I've read through Proverbs many times, yet each time I'm convicted in a new way. God's Word is alive!
I am pondering these words..."If I can enjoy a joke at the expense of another; if I can in any way slight another in conversation, or even in thought, then I know nothing of Calvary's love." - Amy Carmichael.
From the learning rooms...adding fractions. Don't you just love that? :P
Around the house...I need to clean the family room and kitchen, and get a couple loads of laundry done.
One of my favorite things...answered prayers.
A few plans for the rest of the daughter is coming home Thursday afternoon! Yay! Just for the weekend, but any bit of time is precious.
Here is a picture thought I'm sharing...the BarlowGirl concert from last September. It was such a spiritual time, I can't and won't ever forget it.

Wanna join in the fun? Visit Peggy at the Simple Woman's Daybook. God bless.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Meet Me On Monday

Yes, I just posted that I have a busy day ahead. But these questions are so fun and easy, I just couldn't pass them up! Join me for Meet me on Monday, and let's get to know each other!

1. What is your favorite kind of fudge?
I like white chocolate fudge. So rich and creamy! But just a little: it's packed with fat!

2. Is there snow outside your window?
In South Florida?! LOL! There isn't snow anywhere in Florida! We are the only state that hasn't gotten snow - even Hawaii got some!

3. What is your favorite meal of the day?
I like both breakfast and lunch, but if I had to choose I'd say lunch unless it's a big brunch type of breakfast. Those are great!

4. Do you text on your cell phone?
All the time! How else does anyone communicate with their kids these days?

5. Waffles or pancakes?
Definitely waffles. I love the syrup getting into the squares! They are so light and fluffy too. Unfortunately the rest of my family prefers pancakes, so that's what I make most of the time.
Alright everyone, let's see your answers!

Move it Mondays

Good Monday morning to all! I'm very thankful today because I'm feeling better, though this post nasal drip seems to want to stay with me forever. Medicines help but it just keeps coming back. Well, I'll have to deal with it. I was feeling so lousy last week that much fell behind at home and I have a lot of catching up to do! The only thing I managed to keep up with was laundry, but I have another load to fold and put away. So here is my schedule for today:

*Fix bed, sweep and mop bedroom
*Sweep and mop two other bedrooms
*Sweep and mop the rest of the floor
*Clean kitchen
*Bake a lot of meatballs for spaghetti and meatballs
*Trip to Costco to buy cereal

It'll be a busy day, but hopefully also productive. God bless!

Move it Mondays is hosted by Kristilea at In The Lord's Path. Have a blessed day.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Observing My Senses

For Today, January 22, 2011...

I am seeing...rain, rain, and more rain. Since yesterday. What a lot of rain!

I am feeling...tired, thanks to this cold. And shaky thanks to the albuterol.

I am son turning the pages of the book he's reading.

I am tasting...pancakes and syrup.

I am smelling...not a whole lot right now. I hope to get better soon.

It just takes a moment to observe your surroundings. Won't you join me?

Friday, January 21, 2011

Five Question Friday

It's time for Five Question Friday, the easiest, most fun blog hop around! (Or at least that's their claim to fame, LOL!). Another peek into my otherwise boring life ;-).

1. Where did you meet your spouse and did you instantly know it was love?
We met at a party for a Nicaraguan softball team. I watched him dance and thought he was very cute and a great dancer. So much so that I was convinced if he asked me to dance I would say no because I didn't want to make a fool of myself. So he walks over, asks me to dance, and I immediately said yes. Duh! What was I thinking?! Apparently though, he liked my dancing quite a bit because he forgot about the girl he'd taken to the party and stuck by me the rest of the night. Did I know it was love? No. But I was convinced there was a strong like.

2. What is your favorite room in your house?
I like every room in my house! Okay, my favorite is the family room. It's decorated in fall colors: olive green, gold, some deep sienna on one wall and maple colors on the wood furniture. The reclining chairs and sofa are extremely comfy. It's my favorite hang-out.

3. Can you wiggle your ears?
No, but I had a boyfriend that could. I'd laugh, though I thought it was pretty weird.

4. What is your evening ritual?
After showers, my son and I have Bible time together, then prayers, tuck him in, then I go to bed. That time with him is very special.

5. How many hours of sleep do you need to function?
At least 7, but preferably 8.

Have a great weekend everyone! If you want to join in the fun, visit Mama M at My Little Life.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Friend Making Monday

Yeah, I know, this is supposed to be a Monday survey. I just found it today, though, and thought it might be interesting.

1. Why do you blog? It was a release for my emotions when I realized I was going to lose my job after 11 1/2 years. Many things were going on at the time and I needed to get my thoughts down somewhere.
2. What is your favorite TV show? House Hunters on HGTV.
3. What's the first thing you drank this morning? coffee
4. Are you married, single or in a relationship? Married
5. List three of your hobbies. I'm an avid reader, I love scrapbookking and interior design.
6. What do you like most about yourself? The fact that I'm a daughter of The King.
7. List a couple of your favorite sites: Hmm, mostly I just visit blogs I enjoy.
8. What's the last book you read? In His Steps by Charles Sheldon. I'm currently reading According to Promise by Spurgeon.
9. Can you whistle? Yep.
10. List your favorite pro sports teams. I'm not a big sports fan. I guess I'll say the Miami Heat.
11. What's the last thing that made you smile? My youngest son, when I checked him and he had no fever.
12. Do you prefer mayo or mustard? Mayo
13. Do you have a crush on someone? Nope. I love my husband. That's not a crush.
14. Do you get up early or sleep in? I'm definitely a morning person.
15. Do you attend church? Oh yes, twice a week.
16. Would you rather see a movie at home or in the theater? At home, where I feel most comfortable.
17. Was there a teacher or authority figure that ever truly stood out to you? The authority figure that made the biggest impact in my life has been my mom.
18. What is your favorite game? We are a board game lovin' family, and right now our favorite is Apples to Apples.
19. Cupcake or potato chips? Both - just depends on the mood.
20. Tell us something random that we wouldn't know to ask. I never learned to ride a bike.
Okay, now it's your turn. Visit All the Weigh and join in the fun.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today, January 18, 2011...

Outside my window...the fog has dissipated and the sun is starting to shine. The trees and plants are happy! After a day of non-stop rain they're getting plenty of sunshine. It's gonna be a beautiful day!

I am thinking...of too many things to write any one thought down.

I am thankful...for yesterday's rain. We really needed it!

I am going...nowhere today, other than pick up my son from school. Hubby took the car again. He says it's leaking oil, still. I just saw a small drop, but he's the one who's really on top of that stuff.

I am wearing...a navy blue t-shirt with the flag on it, jean capris and flip flops. Not your standard winter attire, but hey, I'm in South Florida, remember?

I am hearing...the clock ticking.

I am tall my youngest son has gotten. It seems like he grows overnight! What has happened to my baby?

I am currently...getting ready to paint baseboards and doors. It's all I have left to do.

I am daily chapter of Proverbs, and According to Promise by Charles Sturgeon. It's remarkable to me how something written so long ago still rings true today.

I am waiting...on the Lord.

From the learning rooms...only 3 days of school this week. Yesterday was Martin Luther King Jr's birthday, and Friday is a teacher planning day. My son loves those!

Around the house...I got most of the laundry done, so I can focus on painting.

One of my favorite things...hearing good news from loved ones.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Awana tomorrow and Cub Scouts on Thursday. That's about it.

Wanna join in the fun? Visit Peggy at the Simple Woman's Daybook. God bless.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Meet Me on Monday

Here's a fun little meme I found over at A Gracious Home. I love stuff like this! Hope you enjoy it too.

1. Do you like your ice cream in a dish, waffle cone, pretzel cone, sugar cone or cake cone?
I typically have ice cream in a dish. The ice cream has enough calories; do I need to add more with a cone? I don't think so.

2. Do you read the newspaper daily?
I usually watch the news or read it on the internet. I only read our town's local paper which comes out twice a month.

3. Marinara or meat sauce?
Both, though I usually make marinara.

4. Last time you cried?
When I saw the news about the little girl who was killed in the Arizona shooting. That just broke my heart. I can't imagine the pain her parents must be in right now.

5. What word/phrase do you find really annoying?
"You know what I'm saying?" repeated after every single sentence in a conversation. I feel like screaming, "YES!! I know what you're saying!! If I don't know what you're saying I'll let you know!!"

Have a great week everyone!

Move It Mondays

Good Monday morning to all! It's an indoor day today; the clouds are rolling in and there's a threat of thunderstorms lurking about. My youngest son is at grandma's house today, so it looks like I'll get alot done around the house, though everything's pretty much done. Here's my to-do list for today:

*Get a few loads of laundry done
*Clean kitchen floor
*Dye my hair (those roots are way too gray!)

Hope everyone has a blessed week!

Move It Mondays is hosted by Kristilea at In The Lord's Path.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Observing My Senses

For Today, January 15, 2011...

I am seeing...another sun-filled day in South Florida. It's chilly out, the mornings start in the 50's now and move up into the low 70's. This is what I live in Florida for!

I am feeling...a whole lot better from my sinus infection, thank the Lord! I still have some post nasal drip but certainly not as bad as it was a week ago. Praise God!

I am hearing...the clock ticking behind me, and cartoons in the distance.

I am tasting...Smart Start cereal with almond milk. So crunchy and delicious!

I am morning coffee, which I'm drinking out of a mug my daughter gave me for my birthday. It reminds me of her.

It just takes a moment to observe your surroundings. Won't you join me?

Friday, January 14, 2011

Five Question Friday

Here we are, Friday morning again, and I have nowhere to go this weekend (other than church)! I love weekends where I get to stay home!

These are my Friday 5 for this week, courtesy of Mama M at My Little Life. Enjoy this peek into my crazy head:

1. What movie could you watch over and over again and not get tired of?
National Lampoon's Christmas vacation. It's a classic that makes me laugh everytime.

2. What's your biggest pet peeve right now?
Complainers. Ugh! Life is too short to be complaining about everything all the time. Look around you people - there's always someone worse off than you. Be thankful!

3. If you had to describe your best friend in five words or less, what would you say?
That's a tough one, because I don't have just one best friend. I guess my friends are trustworthy, dependable, funny, intellectual and Christ-lovers.

4. If you did not have to worry about money or go to school what would you do for a living?
I think we've done this question before, and the answer is the same: interior design. Of course I love my life as a stay at home mom right now, but the question is what to do for a living, and while being a wife, mom, and homemaker has great rewards, a paycheck isn't one of them. Then again, money isn't everything...

5. What is your one "splurge" item, that you will always buy, no matter the cost?
Vanilla yogurt covered raisins. They are so delicious! I buy them no matter the price. Yeah, I know, it doesn't take much to make me happy. What can I say, I'm easy to please.

Have a blessed weekend everyone!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today, January 13, 2011...

Outside my's deceivingly beautiful. We are the only state that hasn't had snow (Hawaii included), but it's 44 degrees and windy out. So yes, it's winter here too.

I am thinking...of my sister, who is making incredible strides in her quest for good health. Praying for her everyday.

I am thankful...for modern day medicine.

I am stay home and do some laundry today. I don't want to be out in the cold. (Stop hating me Northerners).

I am wearing...a white sweater under a lavender button down shirt, jeans and brown flats with socks.

I am cough has gotten much better, praise God.

I am currently...taking antibiotics to get rid of this sinus infection. I finally had to go to the doctor because I wasn't getting better.

I am reading...a chapter of Proverbs everyday, and Sturgeon on my Nook. I finished In His Steps - excellent read.

I am waiting...for a report to come in the end of this week. I'll post about it next week.

On my mind...lots of things.

From the learning room...FCAT exams are in April, so lots of reading to be done.

Around the house...the master bedroom needs a thorough cleaning. It's getting one today.

One of my favorite things...a warm and comfy home, especially when it's cold outside.

A few plans for the rest of the week...not much really. Just the usual stuff.

Here's a picture thought I'm sharing...this was taken in the parking lot of a local South Florida mall a week ago. Who says the leaves don't turn color here? It just happens in January instead of September!

Wanna join in the fun? Visit Peggy at the Simple Woman's Daybook. Have a blessed day.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Everywhere But Here

Wanna know the biggest reason I love living in Florida? Read about it here. After you're done shoveling, of course.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today, January 4, 2011...

Outside my window...the sun shines, the sky is blue, and it's about 70 degrees. Many Northerners are wishing they were in Florida right now.

I am thinking...about this coming weekend when I'll be taking my daughter back up to school.

I am thankful...for a refrigerator full of food.

I am the mall today. I have a gift card to spend :-).

I am wearing...a brown and pink top, jeans and flip-flops.

I am high gas prices are again :P

I am currently...taking Mucinex for the cold I tried hard not to catch but couldn't avoid.

I am reading...In His Steps - whenever I get a chance.

I am waiting...for this medicine to take effect. My throat is so sore :P

On my youngest son. He's a sensitive child. I love him so much.

From the learning rooms...back to school this week. Back to the normal routine.

I am pondering these words..."The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom.
Though it cost all you have, get understanding." - Proverbs 4:7.

Around the house...the Christmas decor is just about all put away, so the house looks like it's supposed to.

One of my favorite in my crockpot.

A few plans for the rest of the week...we leave for Central Florida on Friday. Pray we have a safe trip.

Wanna join in the fun? Visit Peggy at the Simple Woman's Daybook. Have a blessed week.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Move It Mondays

Good first Monday of the year everyone! Hope everyone had a great New Year. I'm looking forward to what God has prepared for us for 2011. Whatever it is, I know it's for my benefit.

My daughter and I took down just about all the Christmas decorations and put everything back in its place. I'm thankful for her help, especially since she'll be going back to school this weekend and I didn't want to have to do all this work by myself. The house is back to normal (almost), so this is what I have planned for today:

More laundry
Finish putting Christmas decor away

Did I mention I've got some laundry to do? Yeah, that'll keep me busy today. Hope everyone has a fruitful and productive week.

Move it Mondays is hosted by Kristilea at In the Lord's Path. God bless.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Observing My Senses

For Today, January 1, 2011...

I am skies, and trees going crazy in the wind. It's in the low 70's right now, and the winds are blowing at 16 mph, making it a cool, comfortable day. When I think of all the people living up north, piling on layers of clothes and shoveling snow, I say Thank You Lord for sending me to Florida!!!

I am feeling...excited about the future, though I can't shout about it. The air has been so dry it's irritated my bronquial passages which made me cough alot yesterday, which in turn has caused me to lose my voice. I'm sure there are some members of my household that aren't sad to hear about it :P.

I am hearing...the wind outside, the cartoons on tv, the youngest son giggling, the oldest son snoring. The only thing I can't hear is my own voice (I promise, I wasn't screaming or anything yesterday).

I am cheddar cheese with a yummy croissant. Ooh lala, what a French type of breakfast LOL.

I am smelling...sausages and ham. I baked a ham for dinner yesterday and there's lots of leftovers. Good thing my hubby loves ham and eggs.

It just takes a moment to observe your surroundings. Won't you join me?