Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today, February 28, 2012...

Outside my window...the sun has gone down, and the stars are shining brightly.  It's a beautiful night.

I am thinking...of my children.  Two are already adults, but in my heart they are still my babies.

I am thankful...that my daughter's professor cancelled her Thursday class so she can come home tomorrow.

I am going...to watch the Duggars in a little while.

I am wearing...my jammies.  I cleaned the patio, then showered and got comfy.

In the kitchen...the leftover homemade pizza has been put away (it was delicious!) and everything's been cleaned up.

I am creating...a spotless clean home for my little girl to come home to.

I am wondering...what does Molly dream of when she sleeps?  And let me just say, she's a deep sleeper.  She's snoring right now, LOL!

I am reading...my devotional, my Bible, and that's it.  I want to start reading again but I know once my daughter gets here I won't have a moment to sit down to read, so I'll wait.

I am hoping...the church carnival is a success.  We want many people in the community to come in and be witnessed to.

I am looking forward to...12 days with my daughter at home.

I am learning...as much as I can about homeschooling.  It's an option I've been thinking of for some time for my youngest son.  With his dyslexia it may be in his best interests.

Around the house...I spent 3 hours cleaning and the house looks and smells incredible!  It should be on the cover of Good Housekeeping magazine!  All I need to do is give Molly her bath, clean her bedding, and clean up my daughter's room.

I am pondering these words..."Many who plan to seek God at the eleventh hour die at 10:30." - Anonymous.

A few plans for the rest of the week...my daughter comes home tomorrow, we have Awana tomorrow night, then this weekend is our church's Carnival.  Lots of good things this week!

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

Monday, February 27, 2012

What Our Government Needs Today

 "Gentlemen, I have lived a long time and am convinced that God governs in the affairs of men. If a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? I move that prayer imploring the assistance of Heaven be held every morning before we proceed to business." - Benjamin Franklin [turning point of success for the 1787 Constitutional Convention]

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Observing My Senses

For Today, February 25, 2012...

I am seeing...another bright and hazy sunshiny day, that's gonna be warmer than February should be.

I am feeling...excited about going to the Creation Discovery Museum this morning!  I heard about it on the radio this week, and found out they're having Unleashing the Dinosaurs today.  We are really looking forward to it!

I am hearing...cartoons, and the washing machine.

I am tasting...breakfast:  scrambled egg, low sodium bacon, toast, and coffee.

I am smelling...breakfast smells.

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

Friday, February 24, 2012

Follow Friday Four Fill-In

My other fun obsession, is this Friday Fill-In.  It gets my creative juices flowing, I guess.  At least it assures me my brain cells aren't completely dormant ;).  If you would like to give it a try, visit Hilary at Feeling Beachie.

1.       I never ___ on a ____
I never shop on a weekend.  At least I avoid it as much as possible.  I don't like crowded places.

2.       ___ is my favorite holiday
Christmas is my favorite holiday, definitely!  I love love love decorating for Christmas!

3.       I think my ___ is/are ___.
I think my children are the cutest in the world.  What?  No, that is a totally unbiased opinion.

4.       When there is a ___ I ___.
When there is a sale I am the first in line - except on Black Friday.  Ugh, I hate the crowds on Black Friday!

Five Question Friday

It's Friday!  *Does tap dance* I love Fridays, but then, doesn't everyone?  I'm hoping the Lord will bless some plans we're making for this weekend.  In the meantime, here are my Five Questions for this Friday.  If you want to try your hand at it, visit Mama M at My Little Life.

1. What's your favorite way to spend down time (alone or with a significant other)?
I like being at home, by myself, with a good book.  Some tea to go with it would be lovely too, thank you very much.

2. Are you the kind of person that wants things more as soon as you know you can't have it?
Um, yeah *blushes*.  I'm working on that not-so-desirable character trait, and learning to be content with what God has for me.

3. If you were given $1000 to spend on yourself, what would you buy?
Oh my.  That's a lot of money to spend just on myself.  My immediate thought would be to buy something for the home, because I live here, therefore it would be for me, but we would all enjoy it as well.  Like say, a new couch.  Or maybe I can invest in a new washing machine!  That would be for me, right?  Seeing as I'm the one washing the clothes.  We could use it towards a couple days at Disney World or Universal Studios, and I would REALLY love that!  I just don't think I could spend $1000 on myself and feel good about it.  I like to share.

4. Do you ever go out to eat by yourself?
Not usually.  The last time I did eat by myself was when I had my pupils dilated and I had to wait till I could see well enough to drive.  I got hungry, so I went to the only place to eat at our Walmart, McDonalds :P.  Not only did I have to sit there alone, I couldn't even read my Nook because I couldn't focus long enough with my pupils dilated.  It was not fun.

5. What company would you want to do a blog review for?
Oh wow, I've never thought of that.  Let's see, it would have to be one that I'd enjoy going through their website and seeing stuff, and where they might offer me some freebies...Kirkland's!  I love their home decor, and if they gave me some stuff I know I'd be very happy!  LOL!!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Thursday Thoughts

I did something today that I'd never done before.  I cut the grass.  It had been a month since our lawn had last gotten mowed, and it was starting to look like a jungle behind the house.  I'd never operated the lawn mower, so I had to ask my oldest son R how to operate it.  He emailed me detailed instructions on how to put gas in the tank, how to get it started, and how to work it.  His instructions gave me the confidence to give it a try, and before I knew it I was working that machine like it was an old friend.  In doing so, I came once again to the conclusion that men make a big deal about nothing.  Using the lawn mower was no different that using a vacuum cleaner; less work, in the sense that I cut the grass and once I was done, I was done.  When I vacuum our wood floors, I then have to mop them clean, which is double the work.  Seems to me doing floors is a bigger chore and women complain about it less :P.

Of course I'm pretty tired now.  The yard is over 8500 square feet, plus I also mowed the areas in front of the house.  With that much grass to cut, it took me 2 full hours to get it all done.  It's very warm out today too; while the humidity is low (thank the Lord!) it's still in the 80s, and even the breeze was warming up by the time I finished.  Still, I feel great satisfaction knowing I was able to do this by myself, and did a good job of it.

Now, if I could only beat this allergy attack...

Kids Say Such Funny Things

Have you ever repeated something and thought, that just doesn't sound right?  But you said it anyway, because that's what you understood, whether it made sense or not?

For Christmas my 12 year old son E got a card game called Monopoly Deal.  It's similar to Monopoly, except it's a card game that takes way less than the 12 hours it takes to play original Monopoly.  We often play it before bedtime.

Last night we were playing our second game of Monopoly Deal, after I'd one the first game.  Being a bit competitive, E was trying his best strategy to win.  As he picked up 2 cards, a smile came over his face with the knowledge he had the win.  Eyes sparkling, he said, "Ha!  Freedom and weak!"  Puzzled, I said, "What did you say?" and he repeated to me, "Freedom and weak."  That's when it dawned on me.  I let out a chuckle and said, "No, it's Read 'em and weep!"  LOL!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today, February 21, 2012...

Outside my window...the sun is going down on a simply gorgeous day.

I am thinking...about the significance of this day.  It's my wedding anniversary.

I am thankful for...my loving Father, who gives me joy and peace even in the worst circumstances.

I am going...to take a shower after this post.  I gave Molly a bath today and I now I need one.

I am wearing...two tank tops, pink shorts and white flip-flops.  It's in the 70s today, and I gave Molly her bath outside.  This attire was the most appropriate.

In the kitchen...I made the most amazing beef empanadas!  (If I do say so myself).

I am creating...um, nothing.  I need to get creative.

I am wondering...why it's so much harder to lose weight when we get older.

I am reading...a few blogs that I've wanted to get caught up on.

I am hoping...my friend gets better from her latest fibromyalgia attack.

I am looking forward to...our church's carnival next month.  My daughter will be in town for it :)

I am learning...to play foosball with my son.  He's a much better player than I am.

Around the house...I got so much done today I can scarcely believe it.  The only thing left to do is clean the bathrooms (I always leave them for last).

I am pondering these words..."The children will follow the example, instead of following the advice." - Lord Palmerston.

A few plans for the rest of the week...back to Awana tomorrow, and that's all I have planned.  Maybe I'll make cupcakes for my son's Sunday school class.

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

Saturday, February 18, 2012

My Before and After Shots

After much waiting, I finally have my new glasses!  I'm so happy to finally have this new look.  Let me share with you my before and after.

Here's me with my old glasses:

These are half-rimmed glasses, meaning they only have a rim on the top half.  Previous to these I had rimless glasses.  So I've been adding on some little by little.

Here's me now with my new glasses:

Yep, I've gone full frame this time!  I haven't worn full frame glasses for years, so now I'll have to get used to them again.  But really, it shouldn't be a problem.  Everything looks so crystal clear!  I'm lovin' it!

Observing My Senses

For Today, February 18, 2012...

I am seeing...no better than last week :P.  I finally got the call that my glasses had arrived, but it was 5:00pm and neither of us wanted to trek over to Walmart at that hour.  I guess I'll have to find time to go this afternoon, when it's packed to the gills.

I am feeling...a little sinus-y this morning.  I guess because I opened the windows to let some fresh air in.  I must have let the pollen in as well.

I am hearing...birds chirping outside, and cartoons in the family room.  I like the sounds of the birds better.

I am tasting...the delicious breakfast my 12 year old son prepared for me :).  He made scrambled eggs, bacon for me and sausages for himself, and warmed up biscuits.  He's been asking me to teach him how to make scrambled eggs because he wanted to make me breakfast.  He's such a little sweetheart!  He did a very good job, too.

I am smelling...the fresh air coming in through the windows, but not for long.  It's already 70 degrees out, and it's supposed to get up into the low 80s.  With the sun blaring and not a cloud in the sky, we'll be feeling the heat.  Time to turn on the a/c!

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

Friday, February 17, 2012

Follow Friday Four Fill In

This is my other Friday fun, the fill-in.  If you want to join this fun little activity too, visit Hilary at Feeling Beachie.

1. Sometimes I ____
Sometimes I pretend I'm an incredible gospel singer.  So long as I don't listen to myself sing I can convince myself!  LOL!!

2. I ___ high school
I often reminisce about high school.  Finding so many of my school buddies on Facebook has helped in that respect.

3. Deciding what to ___________________________ before I ___________________ is such a pain sometimes
Deciding what to cook before I head into the kitchen is such a pain sometimes.  That's why I like having a menu plan set up.  It makes it easy for me.

4. _________________is my favorite_________________
19 Kids and Counting is my favorite TV show.  I love me some Duggars!

Five Question Friday

Guess what?  It's time for Five Question Friday!  I love this Friday in particular, because there's no school on Monday, so it's a Friday before a 3 day weekend!  You gotta love that!  If you want to join in, visit Mama M at My Little Life.

1. What do you do when you are really upset to calm yourself down?
I pace and talk out loud, to God, to myself, till I'm so tired I have to sit down.  Being upset sorta gives me extra energy that I need to burn off fast.

2. Do you go all out for V-day or is it just another day?
It's a sweet day, but I don't go all out.  I wish my loved ones a happy Valentine's day, and if my kiddos are around I might give them some chocolate (like E who got Hershey's XOXO's), but otherwise I don't make a big fuss about it.

3. Are you more or less productive when Hubs is away?
Way more productive!  I'm more productive when I'm alone.  If I have the house all to myself, I can get everything crossed off the to-do list, and then some.

4. What is your favorite time of day and why?
Mornings.  I'm a morning person.  After a good night's sleep I have energy and I'm ready to go.

5. What is your go to karaoke song?
Karaoke?  Really?  I've never, ever, done karaoke.  I wouldn't have any idea what songs are available.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Heaven's Newest Tenant

It was with a heavy heart that I read of the passing of baseball legend Gary Carter.  It was he who led my beloved NY Mets to World Series victory in 1986.  Then I read something about him on his website.  Mr. Gary Carter gave his life to Jesus in 1973.  He's left us, but he is now with the Lord, praising Him for a life well lived.  He will be missed, but I look forward to some baseball lessons when we meet in heaven.

Goodbye for now, Mr. Gary Carter.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

What's Going On Wednesday

I thought I'd give a mid-week recap of what's been going on around here.  First off, I'm starting to feel like I go to sleep in one place and wake up in another!  Last week we got rain almost everyday, and the days that weren't rainy were dark and dreary and muggy.  Then the clouds disappeared, and strong winds took over.  Our temperatures went from lower 70s each morning to upper 40s, and with the wind it felt even colder!  Gone was the humidity once the dry cold air set in.  That was the weather till yesterday, when it warmed up just a little.  Now today - it's HOT outside!  It was cool this morning, 59 degrees when we left the house, but now it's 78 degrees and it feels like the humidity is on the rise again.  This is the sort of weather we typically get at the end of March/beginning of April, not in February!  Will someone please tell me where I am?!

I had my pupils dilated yesterday, and the doctor said everything looked good, except for the fact that my optic nerve is tilted.  This didn't catch me by surprise.  Years ago another optometrist noticed the same thing, and sent me for testing with an ophthalmologist. His fear was that the tilting was a result of a tumor behind the nerve.   The tests took most of the afternoon, and were brutal.  They even did a sonogram of my eye, shining bright lights into my eyes while the pupils were dilated.  I thought I'd go blind!  In the end, I was told that yes, my optic nerve was tilted, but it appeared this was how it had formed and there was nothing causing it to tilt.  The ophthalmologist explained that this tilting is what causes my astigmatism.  In other words, my eyes are odd, just like the rest of me. ;)

Tonight's Awana is a special one.  It's Grand Prix night for T & T boys and girls!  For those who don't know, Awana is a ministry program aimed at helping children learn Scripture and bible lessons so they can develop spiritually and grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ.   This program is worldwide, and over 12,000 churches in the US participate in the program, including our church.  Each Wednesday night we meet for counsel time (a Bible teaching done by one of the leaders), book time (where the children memorize bible verses and do activities in their Awana books), and game time.  There's also other activities during the year, including tonight's Grand Prix.  The children purchase a small wooden car which they paint and decorate any way they like.  These are then raced to see which is the fastest.  Winners are chosen for speed and design, and these go on to compete on a state level.  My son E decorated his car in black and yellow, with monster truck stickers and crosses.  It looks really cool!  Whether they win or not, the children have a really good time, and that's what's important.

Weigh-in:  A couple of weeks ago I noticed I'd put on some extra weight.  Ten pounds to be exact.  :P  So I started tracking my calories and exercise on My Fitness Pal, and I'm happy to report a loss of 4.2 pounds so far!  It's not hard for me to lose weight once I get my eating back on track.  It's also not hard for me to lose control of my eating due to excess snacking, so it's important for me to be vigilant.

I'm hoping my glasses will be ready tomorrow for pick up.  They were ordered last week, and usually Walmart is on time with them.  It'll be a nice change from taking off my glasses whenever I want to read something or try to see something on the computer.

That's what's going on so far.  Hope everyone is having a great week!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today, February 14, 2012...

Outside my window...it's cool and breezy, colder than it's been most of this winter, but warmer than the last couple of days.

I am thinking...about contentment.

I am thankful...this headache is finally going away.  I woke up with a sinus headache at 5:30am and it took awhile before the meds kicked in.

I am going...back to the eye doctor to get my pupils dilated.

I am wearing...a dark red blouse, jeans and red flats.  It's Valentine's day, a crisp 60 degrees out.

In the kitchen...since I'll be out half the morning and half the afternoon, I'm thinking take-out.  KFC perhaps, or I can pick up something a pizza.

I am creating...nothing presently.  Time to break out the scrapbooking supplies!

I am wondering...how long my eyes are gonna see everything all fuzzy-like.

I am reading...nothing more than my Bible and devotions till I get my new glasses.  Then I'll be able to read again!

I am hoping...Walmart won't be too packed today.  I get my eyes examined at the Walmart Vision Center, and I'll have to hang out there till my pupils go back to normal.

I am looking forward to...getting my new glasses this week.

I am learning...to be content in all circumstances. (Philippians 4:11-13)

Around the house...I got a lot done yesterday, but Molly still needs her bath and the master bathroom still needs cleaning.

I am pondering these words..."Whom should we love, if not Him who loved us, and gave Himself for us?" - Augustus Toplady.

A few plans for the rest of the week...eye exam today, glasses should be ready by Thursday, Awana Grand Prix on Wednesday.

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

Monday, February 13, 2012

Move It Monday

It's Monday, and boy have I been moving it!  It's been a busy day, which I enjoy because it means I've been productive.  Here's a list of what went on this morning:

I stopped at Winn-Dixie for some almond milk which I'm running out of.  Once I tasted almond milk there was no going back!  Since I'm lactose intolerant I wanted to try some milk alternatives.  Lactaid is, in my opinion, yucky.  It leaves me with an aftertaste that I'm not at all fond of.  I tried soy milk; it's okay, but I've read it isn't the most recommended for women - it can mess with the hormones, something I don't need when I'm standing at menopause's door.  Someone told me to try nut milk.  I was hesitant at first, but I figured I'd give it a try.  It's delicious!  Vanilla almond milk oatmeal is one of my favorite breakfasts now!

When I got home I tackled the floors.  Molly is still going through her cycle, and from the looks of it she was up and about quite a bit last night.  Molly likes to get up in the middle of the night to make her rounds; check to make sure the house is safe for her family.  She usually doesn't get up more than once, but it looked like she had at least gotten up twice.  There was plenty to clean up, and dog hair too.  She doesn't shed as much since I began bathing her with Ultra Gain dishwashing liquid, but with the weather being all rain or all cold I haven't been able to give her a bath.  She doesn't smell bad, and I did wash her bedding, but I think that's why she's started shedding again.  It took a good while to get the floors cleaned up, then on to the hall bathroom.  That's the one my son uses, and let's face it, boys aren't the neatest little creatures on earth.  I also washed our bedding, did some dusting in the family room, swept the front porch, then made lunch/dinner (I typically make one large meal and that's what we eat for the day).  I made white rice, black beans, ground beef, mixed veggies, fried plantains and a salad.  Trust me, I was hungry!  It's probably the favorite meal in our family, and one my son greatly appreciates seeing when he gets home!

I thought about giving Molly a bath this afternoon, but it's just too breezy out, and the breeze is pretty cool.  I don't want her shivering from the cold, poor thing, so it'll have to be tomorrow.  I'm planning on doing my hair this afternoon, probably after dinner, then relaxing and playing Monopoly Deals with E (it's like Monopoly only in a card game).  Hope everyone has a pleasant evening.

Love This!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Another Great Deal

When we first bought our home in 2000, our kitchen was a basic builder's kitchen.  Our cabinets were laminated in a white wash finish, with laminate countertops in black, white and cream color made to resemble granite.  To go along with them, I bought a couple of bar stools from the unfinished wood furniture store, and stained them in the same white wash finish.  Add a couple of cushions, and they were good to go.

After we'd lived in the house for 6 years, we decided to redo our kitchen.  The colors changed to a natural colored maple with dark green granite countertops and bronze iron accessories.  The bar stools no longer matched the decor, so I tried to sand one of the chairs and restain.  That didn't work out so well.

The chair on the left is the one I tried to stain darker.  The picture doesn't show all the imperfections :P.  I don't know if it was the sander, the stain, or me, but the color came out so sloppy and uneven I almost threw them both out.  The other problem these chairs have is how uncomfortable they are.  I never could find cushions that fit properly, and even with the cushions they aren't very comfy.  I wanted new bar stools, but boy are they expensive!  I found a few I liked but they run from $200 on up each, and that was not what I was wanting to spend.  So I waited.  And now, I have these.

Not bad, huh?!  Okay, let me tell the story of why I was finally able to get these incredibly beautiful bar stools.  Each year I get a rebate from Costco both from the warehouse and their credit card.  I've been able to find some great buys at Costco, like the laminate wood flooring we put in a couple of years ago.  We had 2 different appraisers look at our house, and both thought the floors were genuine hardwood.  I also got the chandelier for our dining room from there recently, and last year I used my rebate to get a Dyson vacuum cleaner.  I'd seen some bar stools at Costco in the past, but they were all wrought iron and in a style that didn't match our decor.  When I saw these I fell in love with the design, the color, and the comfort.  The price wasn't too bad either:  $99.99 each was a lot less than the prices I'd been seeing.  So when my Costco rebate came, I decided this was where I would use it.  Even with my rebate check, I still had to pay a balance, but I'm happy to say I paid only $18.99 out of pocket for these gorgeous chairs!  They're so much more comfortable, and they look elegant.  I'm so thrilled with my new chairs!

Something To Think About

"If we were what we profess to be, and what we should be, we should be pictures of Christ; yea, such striking likenesses of Him, that the world would not have to hold us up by the hour together, and say, "Well, it seems somewhat of a likeness;" but they would, when they once beheld us, exclaim, "He has been with Jesus; he has been taught of Him; he is like Him; he has caught the very idea of the holy Man of Nazareth, and he works it out in his life and everyday actions."

 - Charles Spurgeon

Observing My Senses

For Today, February 11, 2012...

I am seeing...wet ground after more rain last night, a cloudy breezy morning with the possibility of more rain.

I am feeling...a new chair seat underneath me!  I got new bar stools yesterday.  Maybe I'll do a post on them.

I am hearing...a commercial for the new movie, The Lorax on DVD.

I am tasting...a bacon and egg biscuit made by yours truly.

I am smelling...said biscuits.  Pillsbury Grands butter tastin'.  I love baking biscuits because the kitchen smells so yummy afterwards.

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

Friday, February 10, 2012

Follow Friday Four Fill-In Fun

I'm back for another Friday fill-in.  These really get me thinking, and I like that!  If you like to think as much as I do, head on over to Hilary's at Feeling Beachie.

1. I don’t understand ___ and probably never will
Video games.  My children have tried to teach me all sorts of different games, but I guess I'm just technologically challenged.

2. I prefer ___ to ____
I prefer shopping at Winn-Dixie to Walmart.  Come to think of it, I prefer any store to Walmart.  The crowds give me panic attacks.

3. My favorite smell is ______________because ___________________
My favorite smell is newborn babies because they have a natural sweet smell to their skin that's unlike anything else in the world.

4. I suspect my neighbors of _________________
Needing to get a life.  Not all of them, most of my neighbors are super terrific.  There is one woman, though, who calls the police over any little sound, even if it's two blocks away and no one else can hear it.  She can't stand music, or children playing, or folks laughing while they barbecue.  She really should move to the country.

Five Question Friday

Hi folks!  It's Friday, and am I ever thankful we got home when we did - it's pouring rain outside!  It's been a rainy week, which we desperately needed, and the fun's not over yet!  I like the rain, I just don't like driving in it.  If I'm at home during a rainstorm, I'm a happy camper.

Here are my five questions for this week.  If you want to participate, visit Mama M at My Little Life.

1. How often do you shave your legs in the winter?
Here's another one of those "it's different in South Florida" questions.  I shave my legs at least every other day in the winter, because winter here is like spring everywhere else.  I still run around in skirts and flip-flops, so shaving my legs is absolutely necessary.

2. Valentine's Day cards for your spouse: funny or romantic?
I always liked giving the funny ones, he's always liked the mushy stuff.  Romantic is okay, but I think the funny ones are better.

3. What are you most looking forward to about spring?
Planting flowers.  Everyone plants during the spring here because we get plenty of rain, and it's just so colorful and pretty!

4. What's your favorite way to pamper yourself?
I love going to the beauty salon and having my hair done.  The washing, massage (they do it at the salon I went to this last time - heavenly!), cut and dry while I sit back and relax...makes me feel like a queen ;).

5. Does your tax return go into savings or do you spend it instantly?
Most of the money went into savings this year, with some necessary expenses taken care of.  That's typically the case, though the year before last the money went into putting in laminate wood floors.  It's sort of like putting money into savings, since it raised the value of our home.  I like using the money for home improvements or savings unless there's something that needs purchasing, like my glasses this year.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

My "Windows" Into The World

In Ecclesiastes 12, King Solomon urges us to remember our Creator in the days of our youth, before "those that look through the windows grow dim." (verse 3)  He was referring to the eyes, and I got a sneak preview today of what that means.

I've worn glasses since I was 15 years old, and needed them even before that.  My mom thought I was faking the need for glasses, that I only wanted glasses because my cousins wore them.  It was 3 years before she took me to the eye doctor and realized I wasn't making it up.  By that time my prescription for myopia (nearsightedness) was 100/125 (20/20 is considered very good eyesight; the higher the number the worse the eyesight is).  As the years went on my eyesight got progressively worse, though not too rapidly, so that 2 years ago my prescription was 325/375.  In addition to the myopia I also developed astigmatism, and once I hit 40 I also became farsighted and needed reading glasses.  It meant I would need trifocals - a separate prescription for seeing far, seeing the computer, and reading.  Or a new set of eyes.  I chose the former.

I'd been putting off getting a new pair of glasses, but I realized I was taking my glasses off to read because they just didn't work anymore, which then gave me a headache because I was straining my eyes.  Reading is one of my favorite pastimes, and I don't want to stop enjoying it because of stubbornness, so today I went to get my eyes examined.

After checking my eyes every which way, my eye doctor told me she saw the progression which was expected for "someone my age" (way to make me feel old doctor.  Thanks :P).  The myopia has actually improved; I am now 300/350, slight improvement but I'll take any good news.  Unfortunately my astigmatism has gotten a little worse, as has my reading prescription.  I guess my eyes wanted to even out :P.  Actually, the doctor explained that this is typical; as one aspect of the eyes gets worse the other improves.  So, I picked out new frames, and  my new "windows" should be ready next week.  Hopefully these new glasses will help me look younger since my eyes are making me "see" older.  Stay tuned - pics will follow!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Time to Organize

Ever have one of those days when you just can't get motivated?  Yeah, I'm having one of those today.  It's cloudy, humid, and dreary looking outside, and on these kinds of days I feel like I have to drag myself to get things done.  Plus my sciatica continues to be an issue; it was bothering me last night and I really don't want to get to where I can't walk, so I need to take it easy.

So, what to do?  I've decided to get my bills better organized.  I have everything in an accordion folder, and while it's okay, it's not organized enough.  I want to put my paid bills in date order, separated by hanging folders inside a file holder E used to use to keep his video games in order.  I'll have to run to Walmart to get the supplies, but I think it'll work better for me and be neater.  I also started my home budget again, so I can keep track of spending.  It's amazing how that can get out of hand so easily.

Then I made an appointment to get my eyes examined.  I'll be at the eye doctor tomorrow morning, checking out new glasses.  I know for sure I need a new pair; while I think my myopia is the same, when it comes to reading or seeing the computer, I can't.  I end up taking my glasses off to read, which only gives me a headache, so I haven't been reading as much as I like.  I can't wait to get my new glasses so I can get back to one of my favorite hobbies!

Lastly, I'm trying to get an appointment to get Molly "fixed".  She's been with us for 9 months and she's already going through her 2nd menstrual cycle.  We know she already had puppies.  We took her to the vet a few days after she showed up at our door, and the vet informed us of this.  So even though she's only a couple of years old I believe it's time.  I'm waiting on the humane society to get back to me.  They're the cheapest I could find at $110.  It's expensive because of the fact that she weighs about 65 - 70 lbs.  She's a big girl, all right.

That's my organization strategy for today.  How do you get organized?

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The Simple Woman's Daybook

For Today, February 7, 2012...

Outside my window...it's dark, and I can see lightning flashing in the distance.  We went from dry sunny days to  humid rainy days in one fell swoop.  It's amazing how quickly the weather can change!

I am thinking...about my older kids, and what they're gonna do once my daughter graduates college.

I am thankful for...so many things!  I went to my daughter's church this Sunday, and the pastor gave everyone a 3X5 index card to write down all the things we can be thankful for.  I can fill a whole box of index cards and still have much to be thankful for!

I am going...to bed in a little while.  Well, in a few hours.

I am wearing...my jammies.  I took a shower so I could do my hair, and since it's late I figured I might as well get ready for bed.

In the kitchen...we had burgers and fries on the indoor grill.  I love that grill pan!  It lets us have barbecue on rainy days.  What's not to love?!

I am creating...a new look just by changing things around the house.  There was a show on HGTV years ago called Decorating Cents, where they would show how to achieve a new look in your home without spending any money, just by moving furniture and accessories around.  That's what I'm trying to do now.

I am wondering...when I'm ever going to finish this post.  My son has interrupted me several times already.

I am reading...my Bible, my daily devotions, and that's it.

I am hoping...I don't overwork myself, because my sciatica is acting up.  The drive down caused some swelling and I was in lots of pain on Sunday.  I'm better today but I have to be sure not to overdo.

I am looking forward to...getting my Costco rebate this month.  Trying to figure out what I'm going to use it for.

I am learning...that things don't always go the way I plan them.  And that's okay.

Around the house...I was able to do some dusting and lots of vacuuming and mopping today.  Yesterday I did laundry so I could rest.  Hopefully I'll be able to do bathrooms tomorrow.

I am pondering these words... "It was Lord who put into my mind (I could feel His hand upon me) that fact that it would be possible to sail from here to the Indies. All who heard of my project rejected it with laughter, ridiculing me. There is no question that the inspiration was from the Holy Spirit, because He comforted me with rays of marvelous inspiration from the Holy Scriptures." - from the journals of Christopher Columbus.

A few plans for the rest of the week...we have Awana tomorrow, and E will be taking his race car in to be weighed for next week's Grand Prix.  He's really excited about that.  Just the regular stuff the rest of the week.

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

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Words of Wisdom - Charles Spurgeon

Observing My Senses

For Today, February 4, 2012...

I am seeing...the living area of my kids apartment flooded with sunlight.  It's gonna be a lovely day!

I am feeling...joy at being with my children, and sadness for my dear friend who can't be with her son when he needs her.  That's the kind of sacrifices military families make.  We should be forever grateful.

I am hearing...the whir of the refrigerator motor.  That's it.  Everyone else is asleep.

I am tasting...my morning coffee while I wait for breakfast to be ready.

I am smelling...Pillsbury biscuits baking in the oven.

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

Friday, February 3, 2012

Follow Friday

I'm on a roll today!  I'm gonna get my fill-ins done this Friday too!  It must be the relaxed feeling of being with my kids.  The chicken soup we just had didn't hurt either ;).

Okay, so here are my fill-ins, and if you wanna do them too visit Hilary at Feeling Beachie.

1. I never eat ______
Okra.  Eww, I think it's the nastiest food on the planet!  Sorry to all you okra lovers, but that gooey stuff on the inside reminds me of snot.  And I don't eat snot, either.

2. I am not a ___
Hoarder.  I believe less is more.  Anything not being used gets tossed, donated, sold, whatever it takes to get it out of my house.

3. I think ______ are really weird
Tattoos.  I know, lots of folks see them as "art".  I don't.  I just don't like them.  To each his own, of course, but I'd never get one.

4. Sometimes when I __________ I always wonder if people are ___________
Sometimes when I sing at church, I wonder if people are listening to me.  I can be in full worship mode, and suddenly I'll become self-conscious that I'm singing too loudly.  I don't know why that happens.  Guess I just don't want to be a distraction.

Five Question Friday

Hi, I'm back!  And ready to answer my Five Questions this Friday.  If you want to join in, visit Mama M at My Little Life and follow the simple instructions.  Have fun, and have a great weekend!

1. What have you done recently that you are proud of?
I have to say, I was very pleased with myself when I took down the light fixture in the dining room.  I was always afraid of working with anything electrical, but I decided if I wanted this new light fixture I'd have to overcome this fear.  J helped me put up the new one, but I took down the old one by myself and could have put up the new one as well.  Yay me!

2. What is your favorite way to work out? Or if you don't workout, what are you wanting to try?
I used to go to the gym regularly and did all kinds of weight training, but when I became pregnant with my youngest child I had placenta previa and was told by my doctor not to do any kinds of exercise other than walk.  After that I never got into it again.  Now my exercising consists of walking - walking E to school, walking our dog Molly, that sort of thing - and keeping my home in order.

3. If you knew your best friend was cheating on their spouse would you tell?
I would speak to my best friend, but I don't think I would talk to their spouse.  I would want to help the marriage, not hinder it, and I don't know that getting that involved would be the proper thing to do.  I would definitely let my best friend know that what she's doing is wrong and the serious repercussions from it, and I would suggest speaking to a pastor or counselor about it in hopes of getting my friend to the point of repentance.

4. If you could afford a live-in maid or nanny, would you have one?
No, I really don't think so.  First off, I'm very picky about how things get done around my house.  I'd be checking everything and redoing a lot of stuff, and that would be a waste.  Secondly, I feel like keeping my house clean and orderly and raising my children is a very strong responsibility, one I wouldn't be comfortable giving to anyone else.  Third, if I had the extra money, I would much rather use it to help someone in need. I don't need a maid or a nanny, but there are people who need food, clothing and shelter, or medical help, or an education.  It would be more beneficial to put that extra money to good use.

5. Do you stress out about birthdays (specifically the age) or do you enjoy them?
I used to stress out, especially when I hit 30, then 40.  (Those decade markers can be harsh!).  Now, however, I'm at peace with my age.  Instead of focusing on it being another year older, I look at each individual day as a blessing, one where I get to do things I couldn't do when I was younger or less mature.  Our society has put too much emphasis on age and outward beauty.  There's a greater beauty in a woman who acknowledges her age and uses her life experiences to help others.  Hopefully that's what I'm doing.

Friday Update

Just wanted to let everyone know my son E and I are in Central Florida for the weekend.  We arrived safely yesterday afternoon (Praise the Lord!) and are relaxing now as we look forward to some time together.  My oldest son R is working and has school this afternoon, but hopefully we'll be able to spend more time together tomorrow.  My daughter made us a delicious homemade pizza last night, and we went to bed late talking about her upcoming graduation.  How I miss being with my precious kids!

I'll try to post my Friday questions later today.  The internet connection here isn't the best :P.  And besides, I'll be enjoying being Mom!  Have a great day everyone!