Sunday, October 26, 2014

Weekend Rewind....

Weekend Rewind....

Which began with some spooky stories on Thursday night.  
The elementary school has a spooky story night the week before Halloween.  I am sure much work is done to prepare for this.  I was called three weeks ago and asked if I could come and read to the children-ghost stories.  Immediately I volunteered hub.  Upon arrival at the school, we knew exactly where to go and what was required of us.  The children were dressed up in their Halloween costumes and all eyes were on hub as he read.  Not only did hub read, but so did a fellow colleague of mine.  Oh!  just to see the children's eyes and how they were listening (well, most were)
Hub was reading to begin his reading.
The children were all listening....
even the monster in the back (right corner) appears to be listening.
A couple of cute costumes...

The reading Fright Night was a success.

A gorgeous, clear, blue day on Saturday.  

I attended two parties on Saturday.  One was a birthday party, which began at 11.

The second was a baby shower for daughter's pharmacy tech.  I loved the 'Bee' Theme-so cute.

If you left hungry, then it was your own fault.

The mother-to-be requested books instead of cards.  Another great idea.  Cards get thrown away, but books will last a life time.

The cake was scrumptious!

The baby is due December 1, 2014.  I am positive she will be a wonderful mother.

Her and daughter get along well with each other at work.  According to hub, sometimes act more like sisters.  She is definitely an asset to our pharmacy and we wish her the best of luck.

Later that evening, the weather was still cooperating-nice and warm, hub grilled out dinner.  It is still nice to be able to grill out this time of year.

Sunday was another gorgeous day!  The weather is expected to hit the upper 70's for the next to days!

Have a great week and Enjoy Life.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. Elizabeth Lawrence is quoted as saying, 'Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn." So have you done just that? And what did you leave undone in order to do so?

Nope--this is the biggest criticism I get from my family.  My family usually tells me that I need to stop and smell the roses.

2. Since we're talking turning...what's one thing you feel you're doing 'every time you turn around'?

Paperwork, laundry, cleaning, putting 'little' items away for future bride-(haven't started anything major yet), Oh My!  I named more than one and I could go on and on and on....

3. How hard is it for you to 'turn the other cheek?'

That depends on the situation.  Mostly, I am okay with turning the other cheek but it is really difficulty for me to turn the other cheek when the behavior is repetitive.  This was our discussion Sunday evening during Bible Study.  How can you deal with a situation when the person is continually doing the same repetitive behavior towards you?  My thoughts-try to really show your Christianity by continually forgiving-or turning the other cheek-look how many times Christ has forgiven me or I just remove myself from this person (which is hard sometimes because of family circumstances).

4. When did you last turn a drawer, your car, a room, or your entire house upside down looking for something? Did you find it?

Last week, I had misplaced my cell phone.  I am not one to continually rely on my cell phone and I should since hub took out our land line-ugh!!  I was looking EVERYWHERE!  Then, ding, I remembered, I had left it at school-where I always put it-in my desk drawer.

5. 'One good turn deserves another'...were you most recently on the giving or receiving end of that sentiment?

Giving end....

6. Red, yellow, and orange are the colors of fall. Also the colors of fruit. If you were permitted only one color of fruit in your diet, which would you choose? This question isn't as easy as it sounds, at least not for me.

Yellow-I like: yellow apples, grapefruit, pineapple of course if you throw in orange-how about cantaloupe, lemons, and tangerines.  Most definitely a question that made me think.  My first thought would have been red-but then I realized I don't much fruit that is red-except for an apple, but then I eat green apples.

7. The Hunt for Red OctoberOctober SkyHalloween...which 'October' film is your favorite?

Gasp!  Haven't seen any films with the title 'October'.

8. Insert your own random thought here.

My class has been reading the book, Wonder to go along with bullying.  I really like Mr. Browne's idea using precepts.  My two  favorite ones are: "Kind words do not cost much.  Yet they accomplish much." Blaise Pascaand "What is beautiful is good, and who is good will soon be beautiful."  Sappho  Some writing thoughts for you..

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Weekend Rewind....

Weekend Rewind....

Another misty, cloudy, cool weekend.  This year, October has been very wet.  Usually, October is a dry month, but so far we have record rainfall.

Saturday, was the day to just curl up on the couch and read a good book.  Which I didn't do-because I just couldn't make myself do it.  Mainly because I know for the next two weeks I will not be home a single night so instead of curling up on the couch and reading I tried to do some cleaning and laundry.  This was okay since the weather was not the type of weather one would like to be out in.

Sunday-the sun was shining.  After church we brought a couple cutie pies home with us-both grandkids.

I think he was a little tired....

We did capture some pics in the sunshine...

'Little Man' was riding his truck..when-oh no-the truck would not go into reverse.  Hub and him began working on it.  Of course, 'Little Man' wanted to make an appointment and have his truck fixed.  Hub convinced him to let him give it a shot first...

Luckily, the truck was fixed and off he went...
He really enjoys driving the truck forward, then reverse, and then parking the truck-backing in of course.

Ready or not the week is waiting for me-a full week filled with many things to do....
Have a great week and Enjoy Life!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. What's your favorite time of day? Why?

I enjoy the early morning.  While the rest of the world is asleep, I enjoy the quietness as I have my coffee and read my devotions.  A big change from my younger years when I didn't think the world was awake until 9 or 10.  I use to be a night person, and in some respect I still am, but by 12:00 or 1:00am I am ready for bed.  

2. Waffle iron, toaster, coffee maker, mixer, blender...which small appliance would you say most needs replacing in your house? 

The only one I have-coffee maker.

3. It's National Grouch Day (October 15)...what's something that makes you feel grouchy?

Not having enough time to complete all the things I want to.

4. Ever been to Canada? Is that a country you'd like to visit? According to Trip Advisor, the top ten best destinations in Canada are-Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Victoria, Calgary, Niagara on the Lake, Niagara Falls, Whistler, and Halifax. Which city would you most like to see?

Definitely-Niagara Falls

5. What was your favorite food (or one of your favorites) when you were a child? Is that still a favorite?

The only food coming to my mind is--a slice of bread with mayonnaise and pinto beans poured on top.  I haven't had this in ages--maybe it is because it would gross hub and family out.

6. Do you cry easily?
Oh YES!!! The older I get, the easier I cry-even over the smallest 'little thing.'  I am blaming this on my hormones!!

7. Have you started your (gasp!) Christmas shopping? If so when, and how much? If not, when will you even begin thinking about it?
Nope...I like to take one holiday at a time.  I usually begin Christmas shopping after Thanksgiving.  Which reminds me, I went to Wal-Mart the other day and Christmas decorations are already out.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

My view early Tuesday morning. The day was warm and eerie.  As of late last night, no storms-very thankful because our ground is saturated.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Weekend Rewind...

Weekend Rewind....

Birthday Celebration andFall Festival...

Little Man spent three nights with us while his dad is out of town.  A busy one can imagine.

I must admit, I am out of the routine of getting a little one up and ready for school-when I need to get ready myself.  I set my alarm clock extra early so I could get  us both headed out the door at the right time.  Little Man was a sleepy head on Friday morning-hard for him to go to sleep on  Thursday night because he was so excited about his first field trip to the pumpkin patch on Friday. Having an alarm go off and turning on the lights to his room did the trick!  We both made it out the door right on schedule.  He was excited about his school field trip and had a skip in his step as he got out of the vehicle.

I made it to school-and had a few minutes before my students came-whew!! how on earth I use to do this when my  girls were little is beyond me. Later that morning, the rain came-no monsoon is more like it.  It was terrible!!  My first thought, Oh No-what about little man's field trip.  The note the teacher had sent the night before said. just to pack a disposable lunch and leave book bag at home.  So, being a teacher, I knew there was a Plan B.  The monsoon stopped to only rain, but it lasted all day.

Finally, the school day was coming to an end and here comes little man prancing in my room.  A friend behind him was carrying a bag.  Little man then proceeded to tell me all about his field trip.  The class went on the field trip as planned!  What???  But then he went on talking and talking and talking....I was still stunned so I asked-"Nate did you get wet?"  His facial expression was like-duh what is Mammaw saying now.  "Mammaw it only rained a little where we were at."  Smiles from me.
Then I had to ask him about his trip, since I was completely zoned out before.

The pumpkin he picked from the pumpkin patch.

That evening, we celebrated his birthday.  Nate turned 6 on Tuesday.

He just had to have a lick of the icing.

As the night wore on-he became tired and goofy as most do at this age.

Saturday woke up to the rain still falling.  Little Man's school was having their annual duck race and fall festival.  With the rain coming down, the duck race was cancelled.  When daughters were little, I liked the Fall Festival.  Hub and I decided to go in one vehicle-we knew parking was going to be a concern-so we all loaded up and headed to the Fall Festival.  The school was packed-which is a good thing!  An easy money maker for the school.  Personally, I headed to the library where the auction was taking place and was the highest bidder on a  table arrangement-daughter loved it and was surprised when I gave it to her.  Next, I headed to the cafeteria where BINGO was being played.  I bought one ticket and was criticized by hub saying I had no chance in winning with so many people.  I fooled him (also fooled myself-cause I never win) by winning.  Of course, the prize was tools, buckets, car wash supplies, but that was okay because I was still grinning that I had won.  It was a fun-filled evening and I am so thrilled that the community still supports Fall Festival.

The rain continued on Sunday-such a gloomy day, but one that I know I should rejoice in.

It was hard for me to go to sleep last night.  The house was very, very quiet and lonely :(

Wishing all a great week.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge

1. Do you manage your own money or do you have a financial planner who helps in some way? Do those kinds of conversations stress you out? A lot or a little?

We have a great friend, who is our financial planner-.  Having conversations with him, stresses me out to the MAX!!

2. The second week of October is Pet Peeve Week. Off the top of your head, share TWO of your current pet peeves.
Pet Peeve #1--People pretending to be something they are not.  I know a person who does not have custody of her two children-but claims to love another man's child and proceeds to tell this other man's child that she does not have any children-only had her picture made with them.  I don't understand why someone would do emotional damage to a young child.
Pet Peeve #2--People who are always negative!  It is very hard at work to be positive when sometimes you are surrounded with negativity.

3. What is one thing you'd like to learn right now, this very week if you could?

How to tackle more handy-man-jobs-around the house.

4. How concerned are you about the recent health related news concerning Ebola? How about Enterovirus D68?

I am very concerned about Ebola--and I can't understand how we can let our guard down on something like this. I feel the same about Enterovirus-.  We need to educate ourselves about Ebola and Enterovirus and not take this so lightly.

5. Garfield, Nemo, or Tigger-your favorite orange cartoon character?


6. I'm going to see Gone Girl with my neighborhood book club this week. So often books made into film are disappointing. What's a book turned film you thought was well done, in that the casting was 'like you pictured' when you read the book, and the film plot remained mostly true to the book plot?

The first one that comes to my mind is The Help.  I pictured the characters the way they were all portrayed.
Gone Girl is my book club's book for the month of November.

7. What is one story your family always tells about you?
Food stories--I am not known as a cook but I can clean a kitchen spotless!!  First food story-I cooked spoiled meat-I knew the meat was spoiled but I thought if I cooked it-then it would be okay--Second food story-Using my Fry Daddy for french fries-forgot to take off the lid-french fries came out with black specks-I had no earthly idea why until I began looking for the Fry Daddy lid!

8. Insert your own random thought here.

Stormy weather for the past couple of days.  The thunderstorms have woken me up lately.
After my day today, I checked e-mail and someone had sent me this: 
"A day well lived does not have to include anything more than celebrating this Divine world through simple breathing."

Wednesday Hodgepodge

  1. What impresses you? I am impressed by personality traits:  kindness, honesty, empathy, etc. 2.  Where are you in your family birth orde...