Is it still Wednesday? Yes, it is! Good, that means I can get my Wednesday Hodgepodge post up on time! Thanks to Joyce, From This Side of the Pond for hosting.
1. In the USA this coming Sunday millions will be watching as the Baltimore Ravens take on the San Francisco 49's in the Superbowl. What was the last event you attended that could be described as super?
Hmm, let's see. The one super event that comes to mind was a few years ago. We attended Night of Joy in Orlando, I'm thinking it was 2006. Saw some amazing performances, sang praise songs at the top of our lungs and enjoyed a magnificent worship night at Disney's Magic Kingdom. Unforgettable.
2. Share something you're a fan of these days?
Netflix. I love that I can watch what I want, when I want, with no stupid commercials, for a fraction of what cable/satellite costs.
3. How do you feel about wings? In case anyone is confused, I'm talking the edible appetizer kind. What's your preferred seasoning on a wing-hot, mild, teryiaki, sweet and sour, other? Do you make your own or is there a favorite place you like to go for wings?
I absolutely, totally LOVE wings! I like honey barbecue wings, hot wings, sweet and sour wings. I like them fried, baked or on the grill. I can have them with or without sauce. They are so yummy!
4. As long as we're talking sports today...have you followed the Lance Armstrong story? Did you watch his interview with Oprah and if so what was your reaction to his confession and subsequent remarks?
I admit I haven't followed the story much. I heard it being mentioned and googled it to see what it was all about and I was very disappointed that he'd been lying for so long. I'm glad he's come clean; I just hope he's truly sorry for what he's done.
5. What's a question you hate to be asked?
"Is that your real hair color?" :P
6. The coaches in this Sunday's big game happen to be real life brothers. Jim Harbaugh coaches the 49er's and his older brother John Harbaugh coaches the Baltimore Ravens. Were you and your sibling(s) competitive? In what way? Are you still? If you're an only child how did you handle competition growing up?
I'm the oldest of four siblings. We weren't competitive, at least I don't remember being so. We'd play board games or card games and we'd play honestly, not trying to cheat or anything like that.
7. What's your favorite game involving a ball and when did you last play?
I'm not athletic. At. All. The only ball game I play these days is tossing a ball to our dog Molly so she can run after it. I'm not a sports fan either so I don't have any favorite games.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
So my daughter's CT scan results came in, and it's not looking good. Her wisdom tooth is more than just close to the nerve; the nerve is running through the roots. It's in a precarious place, and what's worse, the tooth has begun to move, causing cutting in the gum. It can easily become infected if food particles fall into the area. We talked about it, I prayed, and she thinks she's going to have them all removed at the end of February. She's performing at our church's carnival next month and at a concert, so we both agree it would be best to get the surgery after these two events. We'll be praying for a good outcome and asking everyone to pray as well. All prayers are welcome.
Good morning! It's a lovely day in South Florida, and I'm visiting with Patrice and Wendell on their front porch. Please join us at Everyday Ruralty.
1. Have you ever been on a boat? (Motor boat, sail boat, cruise ship, ark, or Good Ship Lollipop)
Yes. About 10 years ago I went with my husband to the Bahamas on a one day cruise. It was extremely relaxing and fun.
2. Do you need an alarm to wake up in the morning, or do you wake up naturally? If you have an alarm, tell us what type.
I do have an alarm clock, one with a CD and radio plus a buzzer, but most times I'm awake before the alarm goes off. I have it as a safeguard, just in case I doze off.
3. Have you ever had a yard sale?
Nope. I wanted to have one but the hubs was totally against it. We live in a cul-de-sac that is out of the way so it would be hard to get much traffic here anyway.
4. Do you like kitchen gadgets? What are some of your favorite?
Why of course I do - my favorite is my crock pot (or crock pots, since I have 3). I also like my mini food processor, though I don't use it as often as I could.
5. Do you read labels at the grocery store?
If I'm purchasing something I haven't purchased before, yes. I like to know what I'm getting myself into, or rather what is getting into me ;).
It is Monday, right? Good! Welcome to Monday Quiz About Me - hosted by Acting Balanced and Touristic.
Here are FOUR QUESTIONS that everyone can answer and then I add a fifth question of my own for those who are visiting my blog to answer in the comment section, along with commenting on the four standard questions I answered! Here we go:
1. On a long road trip do you prefer to be the driver or a passenger? Or do you prefer to travel a different way all together?
That's easy. Long or short, I'd rather be the passenger on a road trip and not the driver. I enjoy traveling by car, I just prefer not to drive.
2. Do you use a slow cooker? Favorite thing to make?
Oh yeah! Best appliance in the kitchen! My favorite thing to make is jambalaya. I add chicken, smoked sausage (kielbasa) and shrimp. Delicious!
3. Which type of festival would you rather go to... Wine and Food, Music or Sports?
Music, especially if my daughter is playing :)
4. What is your favorite fallacy?
"Favorite" fallacy? I don't know if I have a favorite. Fallacies are falsehoods, and I don't like falsehoods.
And my question:
5. Who are you rooting for in the Super Bowl?
Okay, I'm gonna be honest here. I only know the Super Bowl is this Sunday because it was mentioned at church yesterday. I don't even know who's playing in the Super Bowl. I'm hoping the answers here will shed some light. :)
Happy last Monday in January! Wow, I'm amazed at how this month has zipped by! It's late in the afternoon but I wanted to give a little rundown of how my day has gone thus far.
After my pumpkin spice Eggo waffle with bacon this morning (I can't believe they're still in the stores!) and dropping my son off at school, I was determined to get some work done around the house. Last week I was running in and out everyday with errands and I missed being home getting things done. I mopped the family room, kitchen, living room and hallway floors. I vacuumed the furniture (it gets filled with dog hair, ugh) and polished the wood tables. I put some crushed tomatoes in the crock pot early in the morning, and to that I added homemade meatballs which we had with spaghetti, garlic bread and salad. Yum!
Then I started working on our taxes. Do you feel the gloom entering the room? I remember a time when I would spend and hour, maybe an hour and a half with interruptions, doing our taxes and be done with them in no time. Today I spent about 2 hours on them so far and I'm still not done! Yes, I use H & R Block software and it helps make it easier. It's just that there is so much information and so many credits/deductions/taxes, and it feels like they change things every year! Believe it or not, after 2 hours I've had to stop because I need my daughter's college forms before I can finish entering everything. I also want to see my daughter's return and if it isn't more advantageous for her to put the college deductions on her return instead of ours. She hasn't even gotten her W-2's yet, so I'm at a standstill. That's okay, though. At least I got a good portion of it done. I'm ahead of the game.
We had an awesome service at church yesterday. Our pastor was back at his old church doing some work that needed to get finished, but he left a short video introducing a couple of men from our church who gave amazing testimonies of how God uses even our pain to bring blessings. One of our pastors has MS and he talked about the struggles he faced but also the help from the church and his family. He now travels throughout the United States talking to folks about what he's been through and how Jesus Christ has given him joy in his pain. He even speaks in public schools! The other gentleman is a security guard at the school. At 7 months of age he had to have an operation to drain the fluid he had in his brain. As he describes it, his head was the size of a watermelon and his body was like a carrot. The doctors told his parents that if he survived he'd be a vegetable. Today he is 40 years old, married and a father of 2. Sadly, his body is riddled with terminal cancer, but he continues to trust in the Lord and teaches Sunday school to the middle schoolers. It was heartwarming to listen to these men. Rather than being angry or bitter because of their circumstances, they encourage others to follow Jesus because in the end, our lives here are temporary. This earth is not our eternal home. We choose heaven or hell when we accept or reject Jesus. The beauty of it, is that once Jesus is Lord of our lives, even in the trials we have peace. That's something only the Holy Spirit can bestow.
I pray everyone has a productive and joy-filled Monday. God bless!
Brave Mama M put up her answers on video along with her daughter. You can view them here. As for my answers, well, you'll have to go about these the old fashioned way: reading them.
1. Do you embrace or dread snow/cold weather days?
I used to dread them, back when I lived up north, in my youth. Now that I live in South Florida, we get very few cold days and no snow days. I'm very happy here.
2. Which game show or reality show could you totally win?
I don't think I'd do well at any of them. I'm not competitive, nor am I athletic. I like playing games but I don't care if I win or lose, I just like having fun and laughing at silly answers.
3. What is your preferred climate?
Our spring and fall climate in Florida is incredible. Days are warm but not hot, and the humidity stays low. There's plenty of rain in the spring months, less in the fall, but even those rainy days are pleasant. Our winters are nice too, drier and slightly cooler. Summers are brutal; the temps are high and the humidity is higher. I like days that are sunny, breezy and warm.
4. What do you buy every time you walk into the grocery store, no matter what?
Bagged salads. I like the convenience of having the lettuce and veggies all chopped up for me so I can serve them up quick.
5. If you see a spider/bug in the house, are you brave enough to kill it, or do you call for your hubby?
Most bugs I can kill myself so long as I have my can of Raid nearby. I can squish a spider, no prob, but those big cockroaches (known here as Palmetto bugs) must be sprayed. They're nasty to squish.
I can't get through the week without visiting my dear friends Patrice and Wendell on their porch at Everyday Ruralty. Though I must say, my porch is nicer this time of year, Patrice - it's 74 degrees out, sunny with a nice breeze. Come on down for a visit, we can have some yummy Southern sweet tea if you like!
1. Do you eat eggs? What is your favorite way to serve them?
I do like eggs, very much. I like mine over-easy or scrambled. Or in an omelet, with ham, peppers, onion and tomato. Yum!
2. Do you have a favorite item that you really like having around? (a pillow, a chair, a sweater, a teddy bear, etc.)
The recliners in my family room. They are about 10 years old but they must be the most comfortable chairs in the universe.
3. Is most of the furniture in your home dark wood, light wood, painted, lacquered, or distressed?
I have a variety. The furniture in my dining room and family room is light wood. The TV stand in the living room is dark wood but it works alongside the lighter wood items in there. The bar stools are also dark wood. I don't care for the distressed look.
4. Please fill in the rest of this sentence. "I could write a book about____________."
I could write a book about being thrifty. I love looking for bargains.
5. If money and calendar/family obligations weren't an issue, would you prefer to spend next weekend at a Bed and Breakfast, a posh hotel, a cabin in the woods, or on a sailboat on a calm body of water? I guess the last thing, the sailboat, would have to be someplace warm. :) (It's 30+ degrees here.)
Well now, let's see...I don't think a sailboat would be my dream mini vacation; I would most likely get seasick. I'm not the cabin in the woods type, unless the cabin has all the amenities. That leaves the posh hotel and the bed and breakfast. I think I'd go with the B&B. It sounds more homey and casual, and I'm a homey/casual type of gal :).
It doesn't feel like Wednesday; it feels more like Tuesday because Monday was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday and it felt more like a Sunday. Let's hope my Wednesday Hodgepodge post gets me back on schedule. If you're confused too, try a Wednesday Hodgepodge post by visiting Joyce, From This Side of the Pond.
1. The popular saying, 'All is fair in love and war' is originally credited to English writer John Lyly. Is he right?
I don't believe so. I think that phrase sounds like chaos.
2. Are you a cereal eater? What's your favorite kind?
I get into cereal kicks every so often. My favorite cereal right now is Smart Start, when I'm in the mood for it.
3. A five year old in Pennsylvania was recently given a ten day school suspension for talking with a friend about shooting one another with a Hello Kitty Bubble gun (the gun blows bubbles). She did not have the gun with her at school.
A psychological evaluation was also ordered and the incident was recorded on her permanent record. The suspension was later reduced to two days and her parents are suing to have the incident removed from her file. Your thoughts? (If you missed the story click here for details).
It sounds like we've taken stupid to a whole new level. Can you imagine what would happen if kids started playing cowboys and indians in the schoolyard like we did when we were little? You know, back when gun control wasn't an issue?
Whatever happened to predictability? The milkman, the paper boy, evening TV? (From the theme song for the show Full House)
5. January 23rd is National Handwriting Day, billed as a day to reacquaint yourself with a pen and pencil. Do you like your handwriting? Do you prefer to print or write in cursive? This date was chosen because its the birth date of John Hancock. What's the last thing you signed your name to?
I do like my handwriting because it's legible and neat. I don't know if I prefer to print or write in cursive; it's more about what I'm writing, I think. If I'm filling in an application of some kind I print. If I'm taking notes at church I'll write in cursive. The last thing I signed was paperwork at the doctor's office.
6. Speaking of John Hancock...ever been to Philadelphia? Do you have any desire to visit the city of Brotherly Love?
Yes, many many years ago. I would love to go again and visit all the historical sites.
7. Share something funny you've heard a child say.
We have a restaurant in our area called Smash Burger. Our pastor's son, who is 3 years old, heard the name and exclaimed, "Hulk smash burger!" I thought that was so cute!
8. Insert your own random thought here.
I was watching a British show on Netflix called Keeping Up Appearances. It's a hilarious show if you care to see it. The show was taped in 1990. I was amazed at how much things have changed in the last 20 some odd years. The woman, Hyacinth, was showing off her mobile phone, a novelty at the time. Most people used payphones. Now even kindergarteners have their own cell phones with Internet access and everything. Just 20 years, and it's like we live in a whole different world. And you know what? I miss the days when information wasn't so accessible and life was more private. What do you say?
My Mondays have been crazy this new year, and I haven't had a chance to do my Monday quiz post. Today is a new day, and even though I'm getting ready to take my daughter in for her CT scan, I have just enough time to join Heather and Wayne for 4 questions plus one of my own for you to answer in the comment section. Join us at Acting Balanced.
Here are the Questions:
1. What was your favorite lunch this past week?
I made kielbasa sausage fried up with onions and tomato sauce, rice with mixed veggies and tater tots. I love the way the kielbasa tastes with the rice.
2. Do you shop online?
Yes, but typically only on Amazon. I can find pretty much everything there at the best price.
3. Do you get the "Winter Blues"?
Weather in South Florida is the same most of the year. We are currently in the upper 70's and lower 80's most days. So for us winter blues would be wishing for some winter weather, but not too harsh. Floridians don't do well in temps below 50 degrees.
4. Slippers, Socks, Shoes or Bare Feet?
What category do flip-flops fall under? Because I wear those 24/7.
And now for my question:
5. When did you have your wisdom teeth removed, or do you still have them?
I had my first wisdom tooth removed when I was 19. It was impacted and infected so the dentist focused on that tooth alone. I finally had the last ones removed when I was in my mid 30's. That's how unpleasant the experience was.
I am seeing...rain come down, well, drizzle actually. We haven't had much rain the past couple of months, so it's a welcome sight.
I am feeling...pains in muscles I didn't know I had. My son got Just Dance 3 for Christmas and his dad bought him Just Dance 4. We've been playing and getting lots of exercise doing it. It's like aerobics but more fun :). Of course once we're done I feel like someone put lead in my arms, but hey, I'm getting fit.
I am hearing...the coffee pot make brewing noises.
I am tasting...my morning concoction of eggs scrambled with tomato, onion and ham, on white wheat toast. And coffee of course.
I am smelling...the wonderful smells of home.
It just takes a moment to observe your surroundings. Won't you join me?
Welcome to Friday's fill-in post, courtesy of Hilary over at Feeling Beachie. This is my favorite blog hop, because it makes my brain work. Trust me, these aren't easy. Try it and you'll see.
This week’s statements:
1. I am a ____
I am a quiet introvert. Till you get to know me. Then I can be a Chatty Cathy.
2. Sometimes I don’t know when to ____
Sometimes I don't know when to speak up and when to shut up.
3. My two favorite words lately are ___________ and ____________
My two favorite words lately are transfats and boogers. Let me explain. My favorite comedian, Tim Hawkins, was talking about our obsession with healthy eating. He said wouldn't it be funny if we got to heaven and the angels said we've got it all wrong and what we needed to be eating was transfats and boogers? Now that's a running joke in my house. Every time someone asks what's for dinner I say, "Transfats and boogers," and we get a big laugh.
4. I would like ____________ if ____________ didn’t happen
I would like dentists more if drilling didn't happen.
It's quiet on the home front this morning. There's no school because it's a teacher's planning day, so everyone else is asleep. That's great, because now I can post my Five Question Friday in peace. You can too, if you just hop on over to Mama M's, My Little Life.
1. If you were going to be stuck on a deserted island, which 5 books, movies, people and foods would you take along?
My Bible would HAVE to be with me. I'd need God's word to guide me. Thankfully my sister gave me a Nook so I can have loads of books on one gadget, which is great since I love to read. I'm not much into movies, and anyway there wouldn't be any electricity on a deserted island so that would be a waste. People, hmm...I'd want my kids with me, but would I sacrifice their happiness by having them stuck with me on a deserted island? I don't think so. As for foods, I need plenty of water, and raisins. I munch on raisins all the time.
2. What is your thought on year round school?
I wouldn't have a problem with it, but if my son sees this he will have a fit. No child wants year-round school. I see the advantage of finishing earlier, of not having an interruption in their learning, of keeping them off the streets and out of trouble. I'm just afraid of parents wanting year round school so they can have free child care during the summer.
3. What is your most embarrassing potty story? (Can't be one of your kids' potty stories either!) Hee Hee! This cracks me up and stems from a HILARIOUS twitter conversation...
I don't have any embarrassing potty stories that don't involve my kids. And I'm happy for that.
4. What's the temperature where you are?
It's chilly this morning! We woke up to 56 degrees and cloudy - a big change from the upper 60's and lower 70's we've been having all month long, every morning. My son says he heard on the news that we beat the record for most days in the 80's in January. I did mention we're in South Florida, didn't I?
5. Are you a winter/spring/fall/summer person?
I love the fall. Here in South Florida, summers are brutal. Temps are high and humidity is higher. When October rolls in, the humidity starts to drop and the temps get more moderate. The change is quickly felt and appreciated.
Time to join our friends Patrice and Wendell on their porch for some chatting! Pull up a chair and join us at Everyday Ruralty.
1 What was your favorite game as a child?
We played a lot of jacks when I was a kid. I wasn't great at it, but I loved playing it.
2. Have you ever had your own business? (home business, a shop, Etsy, lemon-aid stand, etc)
I sold Christmas decorations and home decor through House of Lloyd and later through Kingdom Treasures. They were party sales companies, like Tupperware.
3. How's your spelling?
I am a member of the grammar police. Seeing a word misspelled makes me break out in a rash. Yes, that bad.
4. How are you about going to the dentist?
I don't enjoy it, but I'm not terrified of it. My daughter, on the other hand, is getting ready to have her wisdom teeth removed. She is not liking the dentist a whole lot right now.
5. Do you enjoy board games?
Oh my yes!!! We love playing board games! Our favorite is Apples to Apples, but I also love playing Trivial Pursuit.
Welcome to Wednesday and my Hodgepodge post courtesy of Joyce, From This Side of the Pond. Plenty to think about, so come give it a try.
1. Lake Superior University has once again published a list of words/phrases they think should be banished from the Queen's English...here's the list for 2013-
fiscal cliff, kick the can down the road, double down, job creators/creation, passion/passionate, yolo (an acronym for you only live once), spoiler alert, bucket list, trending, superfood, boneless wings, and guru
Which of these words/phrases would you most like to see banished from everyday speech and why. Go here to read more about how the words were chosen.
If I never hear the words "fiscal cliff" again it won't be too soon. They leave a bitter taste in the mouth.
2. When was the last time you rode a train? Where did you go?
Oh wow, it's been several years. I took the train to go downtown for jury duty, it was probably 3-4 years ago. The train system in South Florida is terrible. I have to drive about a half hour just to get to the closest train station.
3. Bagels-yay or nay? Favorite 'flavor'? Favorite topping?
I love bagels! Onion bagels toasted with butter are my favorite.
4. 'Tis the season of awards shows...if you could star in a movie already made which one would you choose?
I don't think I've ever thought of starring in a movie. I think I'll go with Pride and Prejudice. It would be interesting to play the part of Elizabeth Bennett.
5. The move towards single gender classrooms has been making the news in recent months....what say you? Do you think kids perform better if separated by gender and are taught differently or is that discrimination? If you're a parent, is this something you'd support in regard to your own children?
Separating by gender doesn't mean that students need different curriculum, at least I don't think it's necessary. Do boys and girls learn differently? I think they do. Girls mature faster than boys.
6. What's your favorite thing about staying in a hotel?
Um, leaving? I'm not a fan of staying at hotels. I don't hate it, but it's not something I look forward to.
7. Do you have a 'word' for 2013? What's the story behind your choice?
It's a bit soon to start labeling the new year. So far everything I've heard has been disappointing. I'm hoping things will start to look up soon.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
I took my daughter to the oral surgeon today, and it turns out one of those wisdom teeth is more problematic than we thought. The horizontally impacted tooth is bad enough, but the one on the other side is very close to the nerve. So close, that the dentist is having her get a CT scan to determine exactly where the nerve is in connection to the tooth before removing it. Damage to that nerve would mean having numbness in her jaw and lip for an undetermined amount of time, and it could even be permanent. My poor sweet daughter looked terrified at the thought, but we'll be praying the nerve is not as close as the x-rays portray.
Outside my window...there's a slight breeze, just enough to keep the windows open to let the fresh air in. The sun is hiding but it peeks out of the clouds every so often.
I am thinking...how easy it is to get discouraged when I take my eyes off of Jesus.
I am thankful...this sinus/migraine headache is finally subsiding. I was miserable yesterday. The headache isn't gone but at least I can function.
I am going...to have lunch soon.
I am wearing...a yellow top, khaki green skirt, and grey flats. It's 80 degrees out but thankfully the humidity is down and the breeze is keeping things cool.
I am noticing...how neat this iPhone is. It certainly has lots more features than my Blackberry did.
In the kitchen...my family's all-time favorite: ground beef with rice, mixed veggies, tater tots and salad.
I am creating...nothing right now. I'd like to create some scrapbook pages this week.
I am reading...The Widow of Larkspur Inn. I started it, but I haven't been able to do any reading (or posting for that matter) thanks to the headache. Maybe I can get some reading in today. By the way, last week I finished reading Paradise Valley, but I mistakenly listed the author as Beverly Lewis. Don't know what I was thinking, but the author is really Dale Cramer. Oops.
I am hoping...for some cooler weather soon. The mosquito population won't go down if we don't get some lower temps.
I am looking forward to...having this headache completely gone so I can play chess with my son.
I am hearing...a video game in the living room. It's my oldest son's way of winding down after a long night of sleeping ;)
Around the house...I need to get so much done, but with my sciatica acting up all weekend and this stupid headache yesterday I haven't been able to catch up. I've got a couple of loads of laundry to fold and the master bathroom to get cleaned up.
A favorite quote of the day..."Some people would grumble at the accommodations in Heaven if they ever got there." - Author unknown.
One of my favorite things...cool breezes.
A few plans for the rest of the week...I'm taking my daughter to the oral surgeon tomorrow to see about getting her wisdom teeth taken out - she's not looking forward to it. Just the regular stuff after that.
I've had one of those days, but I'm glad to be here to add my Five Question Friday post, questions courtesy of Mama M and friends at My Little Life.
1. Flu mist? Flu shot? Or take your chances?
I take my chances. I've heard the flu shot can give adverse reactions, such as flu-like symptoms. I don't get the flu often so I prefer to pray and leave it in God's hands.
2. Do your kids have iPads? What are some good educational apps? Price?
None of my kids have iPads. My daughter has a Mac Book, and my two older kids have Nooks, so neither has seen the need to spend money on an iPad. My youngest son just got a new laptop and he's happy enough with that.
3. What are your favorite boy/girl baby names?
If I had more children (which will only happen if I adopt) I would name my son Isaac and my daughter Rebecca. I think that's a nice combo. I also like Benjamin and Nathalie.
4. If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, which apple do you choose to eat? (red/green, gala, red delicious...)
I love royal gala apples. They are not overly sweet but very juicy.
5. What is your favorite place to escape to for peace & quiet, to think? Why?
The bathroom, because I can lock the door and ignore the people on the other side. Don't judge me. If you're a mom you've done it at least once.
1. What is ONE thing or area in your home or life you hope to report is completely organized when 2013 draws to a close? Do you have a plan to make it happen?
I would love for the garage to be completely organized by the end of this year, or long before it. I've already got a head start on it, getting containers to pack things in and putting them neatly against the wall. There are things I'd like to get rid of, but I don't see that happening anytime soon.
2. What's the worst uniform you've ever had to wear for a job?
I've never worn a uniform for any job.
3. What was your last kitchen 'mishap'? This question comes to you courtesy of Betty who blogs over at A Glimpse Into Midlife...everyone go say hi to Betty!
It wasn't really my mishap, but I was here when it happened and had to help with the cleanup. My daughter reached for the carton of chocolate almond milk and she dropped it. The side of the carton split open, and there was chocolate almond milk inside, under, and all around the refrigerator. It took a while, and lots of paper towels, to clean it up.
4. How do you protect yourself from other people's negativity?
I think the best way to protect yourself from negativity is to pray for the negative person/people. It's hard to get mad at people when you're praying for them.
5. Who in your family do you most resemble (physically)? If you have children, who do people say they favor? Do you agree?
I've been told I resemble my late grandmother on my mom's side. My daughter and I look incredibly alike.
6. January 8th is National Bubble Bath Day...will you be celebrating?
Ew, no. Sorry people, but I have an aversion to swimming around in my own sweat and filth. :P
7. Some of the 'world's best winter festivals' are - Mardi Gras (New Orleans), Quebec Winter Festival (Canada), Sundance Film Festival (Park City, Utah), Rio Carnivale (Brazil), Sapporo Snow Festival (Japan), Venice Carnival (Italy) and the Harbin Ice Festival (Northern China). Of those listed (and if cost were not a factor) which would you most like to attend and why?
I think for me it would be the Quebec Winter Festival. Though I'm not a fan of cold weather, the architecture of Montreal and the natural beauty of Niagara Falls would interest me greatly.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
I have a sneaky feeling this winter will be like last year's winter - non-existent. We're approaching the middle of January and our temps are still in the low 80's. I'd like to see some cooler weather so the mosquito population can be reduced.
How about a cozy chat with Patrice and Wendell? They welcome us every week at their porch. You can visit too, at Everyday Ruralty.
1. What's your favorite thing to have in hot cocoa/ hot chocolate?
Lactose free milk. If I have regular milk I'll get a nasty stomachache. I hate being lactose intolerant.
2. Did you have a white Christmas? Have you had snow since then?
No, and no. I live in South Florida. We only get snow...never.
3. Have you been looking over seed catalogs? If this doesn't apply, what kind of catalogs do you like to leaf through?
I rarely pick up a catalog of any kind anymore. I guess it's much simpler to find things on the internet.
4. Gas stove or electric?
I have electric. I prefer gas. I learned to cook on a gas stove and I miss it.
5. What's new or interesting?
My daughter went to the dentist yesterday and found out one of her wisdom teeth is impacted. It's lying down on its side. She's gonna have to see an oral surgeon next week, and she's not looking forward to it. We're gonna be praying the procedure can be done quickly and painlessly.
Outside my window...the breeze is blowing cool but the humidity makes it feel stifling.
I am thinking...about family.
I am thankful...that God opened my eyes to His truths and made me understand His Word.
I am going...to Awana tonight after a two week break.
I am wearing...a colorful top, jean skirt and white flip-flops. It's 80 degrees and windy out.
I am noticing...a little coolness in the air. I would love for it to cool off so the mosquitoes would disappear.
In the kitchen...I kept it simple today: burgers and fries.
I am creating...a new look for the living room. Actually, it's pretty much done. I've just got to download the pictures.
I am reading...Paradise Valley, by Beverly Lewis. It's an Amish story.
I am hoping...my daughter gets her wisdom teeth taken out soon. One of them is impacted, so she needs to see an oral surgeon. She has an appointment for next Wednesday.
I am looking forward to...seeing our Awana kids. I've missed the girls!
I am hearing...my son play a video game before he leaves for work.
Around the house...I did a good cleaning in the kitchen, family room and dining room. I also did a couple of loads of laundry. Tomorrow I'll tackle the living room and bathrooms.
A favorite quote of the day..."To a friend's house, the road is never long." - Author unknown.
One of my favorite things...spending a nice quiet evening at home with a good book :)
A few plans for the rest of the week...Family Fun night at our church this Saturday! It's an outdoor event, with lawn chairs so we can watch a movie, plenty of food and fellowship. We've enjoyed these so much in the past.
Here are FOUR QUESTIONS that everyone can answer and then you have the option to add a fifth question of your own for those who are visiting your blog to answer in the comment section, along with commenting on the four standard questions you answered! Here are my four answers:
1. What do you think the biggest downside to being rich and famous would be?
Not knowing who your true friends are.
2. What is the most interesting news article you read or heard about last week?
I loved the story of the baby that reached out and grabbed the doctor's finger just before being pulled out in a cesarean section. The photo was priceless.
3. Who kissed you for the first time?
That would have been my first boyfriend at age 16.
4. How much do you typically tip at a decent sit down restaurant?
I usually tip the standard 15% unless the waiter/waitress was exceptionally good, in which case I'll tip 20%.
And now for my question:
5. Are all the Christmas decorations put away yet?
All the indoor ones are, but the outdoor lights need to come down. That should happen this week.
It's the first Monday of the new year, and while I've been doing some moving, I admit I've done so a bit lazily ;). The weekend was uneventful except for one very important event: our new pastor is here! Pastor Matt and his family moved down from Las Vegas and preached a great message this weekend. The church was electrified with the presence of the Holy Spirit as we were challenged to step out of our comfort zones to reach our world with the Gospel. I'm so excited to see what God has in store for us!
I did some grocery shopping today, and went over my budget by $20 :P. It's hard to stay in the budget with food prices going up all the time. After putting away the groceries I made some rice to go with the pot roast that cooked overnight in the crock pot (my favorite invention). I sat with my lunch and my Nook. Last night I decided I needed to start reading again, since I've spent waaay too much time in front of the TV watching cheesy Christmas flicks. I found a book I'd downloaded months ago called Paradise Valley. It's an Amish story. I'm on chapter 7 already, and I'm enjoying this time reading again; I missed my books :).
I'm gonna clean up the kitchen now, then help my son study for a couple of exams he has coming up. He just got back to school today and already he has a science test tomorrow, possibly a language arts test as well, and a civics test on Wednesday. Thankfully he got all his winter break homework done :P. These teachers don't give a break!
I've gotta take some pictures of what I've done in the living room since putting away the Christmas decorations. Let's just say Kirkland's and I have an even closer relationship now :D. I'll try to get that later today or tomorrow. In the meantime, Happy Monday!
It's time for my challenge post - fill-ins courtesy of Hilary at Feeling Beachie. You up for a challenge? C'mon, I dare you!
This week’s statements:
1. Every time I see a ____ I oh an ah…
Every time I see a furniture catalog I oh and ah...and dream of redoing my entire house. It's not that I hate my furnishings, I just love to decorate.
2. I don’t have a ___ bone in my body
I don't have an ambitious bone in my body. I love the life God has given me.
3. I like ___ on my burgers
I like sauteed onions on my burgers. And bacon, of course.
4. If I had one more hour in the day I would _________
If I had one more hour in the day I would probably waste it on something silly, like sleep ;).
Good Friday morning to ya! Winter break has gone by fast, and lives are starting to get back to normal. My son has quite a bit of homework still that needs to get caught up, but since he's still asleep I think I'll get down to my five questions courtesy of Mama M at My Little Life.
1. Have you set any goals/resolutions for 2013?
I don't make resolutions but I do think we should always have goals in our lives, not just during the new year. My goal is to be a more compassionate person, listening to people and trying to understand their hardships instead of immediately thinking they need to get over it (bad habit of mine). I also am continuing my goal of eliminating credit card use. I always pay my credit card at the end of the month so I don't have credit card debt per se, but I was spending way too much on my card only to have to cut corners at the end of the month or, worse, pull money from savings to pay the bills. I've already cut my credit card spending in half and I'm working at reducing it even more. God has been consistent in guiding and rewarding me as I go.
2. Have you made any travel/vacation plans for 2013?
Nope. It's not in the budget at this time.
3. What room is never cleaned in your house?
There is no room in my house that is never cleaned. Even the garage gets cleaned at least every other month. I would have a conniption if there was a room in my house that never got cleaned. It's just not in my nature.
4. What food must be in your house at all times?
Bacon. Need I say more?
5. Are you a hugger or more of a hands off person?
I am not a touchy feely person at all. I don't mind giving a kiss or even a hug as a greeting, but after that everyone needs to keep their hands to themselves. Cooties and all that, you know ;).
Patrice has called us inside for our chat this week because her weather is so cold. Well Miss Patrice, if you want to escape the cold weather you're more than welcome to come to sunny South Florida where it's currently 67 degrees. It's a bit humid out today but still pleasant.
1. Do you make New Years resolutions?
I don't make resolutions. I find that most people don't even take resolutions seriously, but even those that do don't hold to them past January. They're quickly forgotten. I try to set goals that are attainable with the help of the Lord. These are more about improving my character. My goal this year is to show more compassion and to be more encouraging. My daughter has the gift of empathy. I do not. Maybe I can learn from her.
2. What do you hope to accomplish this year?
That's a tough question for me, because I don't live my life year to year. I live day by day. Each day I hope to live a little more for Christ. To be a little more like Him. If I can improve just a fraction of my life in this way, this year will be a victorious one.
3. Tell me about your favorite place to think, create, or just relax.
My home is my sanctuary; I can relax here and feel most comfortable. An exact spot where I like to think or create? Hmm. I'm usually at the kitchen counter when I'm creating blog posts. Scrapbook pages are created on the dining room table. I read and think best in one of our comfy recliners. I guess anywhere in my home is a good place to be creative.
4. Are you a fan of old movies? (Like the ones that were originally black and white.)
Oh yes, very much so! I think the old movies are romantic without being sexual, scary but not gorey, funny without the need of vulgarity, and so well written they get remade by today's Hollywood all the time. I would love it if filmmakers took their cues from films of the past. The story lines were so good they didn't need the shock factors of today to sell tickets.
5. Tell me something that made you happy since our last porch visit. If you're new to the chats, tell me something good that has happened to you lately.
Due to safety issues and concerns of conscience, my daughter had to leave her job at the orphanage, which was a tough decision. She is still interning at the church, but that's unpaid, and she needs to pay her bills. Thankfully, God has provided (as He always does) and she got a job at Old Navy. Working retail is not a dream job, but it will allow her the flexibility to continue her internship at the church and also allow her to take some counseling courses so she can become a certified counselor. I'm so thankful to God for His provision and guidance.
Well, it's the first Wednesday of 2013. What better way to spend it than with some hodgepodge? Thanks to Joyce, From This Side of the Pond, for hosting.
1. How did you ring in the new year?
We went to a friend's house, folks from my church. Their daughter was my daughter's college roommate. We had a really nice time.
2. What is one thing you are looking forward to in 2013?
I look forward to living each day for Christ. I look forward to seeing my kids grow and mature. Mostly though, I look forward to life day by day and not year by year. Our days are not guaranteed. We can be here today and gone tomorrow. Live each day as though it's the last one here on earth.
3. Steven Spielberg is quoted as saying, "All of us every single year, we're a different person. I don't think we're the same person all our lives." What say you?
I believe we live our lives in seasons. There's the season of youth, the season of parenthood, the season of career, etc. We do change as we learn and as life's experiences mold us and shape us. Hopefully as we change we become better and not bitter.
4. The Pantone color of the year for 2013 is emerald green. Like or dislike? Do you already own something this color? Will you add something in this shade to your home or wardrobe in 2013?
Love! I love most shades of green, but the jewel tones are my favorites. I have fair skin, brown eyes and artificially auburn hair. Jewel tones like emerald green are perfect for me. I was able to get an emerald green sweater from Kohl's with one of the gift cards my kids gave me for Christmas, but I definitely want more pieces in this beautiful color.
5. Speaking of emerald...what's your favorite gemstone?
Emeralds are my favorites because I love green, but rubies are a close second.
6. Share a favorite book or movie from 2012.
Brave was probably my favorite movie in 2012. My daughter and I start talking with a Scottish accent whenever we watch it :)
7. What is something you want to tell yourself at the start of this brand new year?
God has been gracious in allowing me 49 years on this earth. 2013 will be the year I turn 50, but it's way at the end of the year, so I want to tell myself to enjoy the last of my 40's while they're still around.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
This "winter" hasn't been much of a winter at all. We had one day in the upper 40's so far, a few days in the 50's, but mostly our temps have been in the 70's and low 80's. I don't mind that, but when the humidity is up and down every other day my allergies suffer for it. So, I'm hoping that the temps will drop a bit more, the humidity will stay low, and we can enjoy winter 2013.
Outside my window...the skies are overcast, and there's very little breeze. Our wacky weather continues as we hope to get rain today.
I am thinking...of all the good things the Lord has blessed me with. He is truly good, all of the time.
I am thankful...the whole Mayan end of the world thing is over. Jesus said no one knows the day or time except the Father. People find this impossible to believe, but they'll believe the Mayans. ???
I am going...to continue putting away Christmas decorations. I started yesterday and got quite a bit accomplished, but there's tons more to do. This is the saddest part of the Christmas season for me. I love having my decorations out, and I hate having to put them away.
I am wearing...a black top, black and white skirt, and flip-flops. It's 74 degrees out (can you believe it?) and is expected to get up to 77.
I am noticing...the sun, now trying to break through the clouds. Go for it, sun!
In the kitchen...I'm making bourbon chicken, without the bourbon. But with plenty of chicken.
I am creating...nothing right now. I haven't had much time to create.
I am reading...my devotions, and Unglued when I have the chance.
I am hoping...my daughter enjoys her new job. She starts working at Old Navy this month. Due to safety and conscience issues she had to stop working at the orphanage, but God quickly provided and we're very thankful for that.
I am looking forward to...switching out the 2012 calendar and putting up the 2013 one.
I am hearing...my oldest son as he gets up, the coffee pot brewing, a few birds outside my window.
Around the house...lots of packing up of decorations to be done. I'm just thankful it isn't all of my Christmas decor. It used to take me a full 3 days to set up and break down all that stuff, even with my daughter helping me. It should go faster now.
A favorite quote of the day..."Keep us little and unknown, prized and loved by God alone." - Charles Wesley.
One of my favorite things...redecorating. I have a few changes in mind for our home :)
A few plans for the rest of the week...I need to make a doctor's appointment to get some stuff checked out, and a dentist appointment for my daughter who needs to have those wisdom teeth checked out and possibly removed. She's looking forward to it - not!
Goodbye 2012, hello 2013! Happy New Year to all, may the Lord bless you this year and show you His great love.
I don't do the "resolutions" thing; rather, I try to set goals for myself that are continuous. One of my goals is in John 13:34-35.
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
I want to make it my goal to be more loving towards others, more compassionate to their needs, more caring about those around me. I want to ask myself, "What Would Jesus Do?" and really mean it. I admit I'm not the most compassionate person; I'm more of a "suck it up and deal with it" type, but I realize that's not the loving approach. Obviously there are people who abuse our trust and compassion, but most folks just want someone to understand, listen, and encourage. I want to be that person.
I'm off to see what 2013 has in store for me! God bless.
I'm first and foremost a Bible believing Christian. I'm a mother of 3, learning to deal with the changes God is doing in my life, learning to lean on Him and trust Him even when I don't understand, and learning to accept the changes He sees fit to accomplish His purpose in my life.
"I can't imagine anything more terrible than getting to the end of my life only to discover that God had so much more in mind for me - more freedom, more joy, more peace, more true effectiveness. And I had missed it all, simply because I refused to change." - Joanna Weaver, Having a Mary Spirit.
"In every change He faithful will remain." - Katharina von Schlegel
"Nothing paralyzes our lives like the attitude that things can never change. We need to remind ourselves that God can change things. Outlook determines outcome. If we see only the problems, we will be defeated; but if we see the possibilities in the problems, we can have victory." - Warren Wiersbe
Bible Verse of the Day
In the Kitchen This Week
Monday - black bean and beef chili, white rice, cornbread
Tuesday - crock pot jambalaya, white rice
Wednesday - Christmas Eve: turkey with all the fixin's
Thursday - Christmas Day: leftovers
Friday - tilapia, plantains, rice with veggies, salad