Monday, December 5, 2011

Pinterest

I don't post because I'm a Pinterest addict.  There's no sense in lying.  I'm addicted to Pinterest!  There!  I've said it.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

I'm Drinking from the Saucer


I've not been enjoying life to the fullest lately due to health issues, but I realized, after hearing this poem read aloud at a training conference I attended recently, that it's been my choice NOT to enjoy my life as fully as I can. Forgive me as I go back in history just a bit.

Several years ago, I was diagnosed with a bone disease that is painful and potentially crippling. For one who always took for granted the ability to do whatever I wanted with my limbs, this was scary to say the least.

Being strong in my beliefs and faith, I sought the comfort of a blessing by one who holds the priesthood authority in my faith. My husband. For those of you that don't belong to my faith, this may sound odd. It may bring me ridicule from some, but that's ok. I know what I know. Anyhow, I digress. My husband worried he would not be able to attune himself to the whisperings of the Holy Ghost and bless me with the words of our Father due to his own desire to see me well. Even tho he knew there is no cure for ON (osteonecrosis). We sought the help of a dear friend who also holds the Priesthood authority to offer me a blessing.

I didn't seek for healing. Or a cure. I only hoped for comfort. I did not speak aloud my desire for I knew my Heavenly Father already knew my desire. I was blessed that if I would remain firm in my beliefs and do those things I know to be good and right that I would always be able to endure what came. With minimal and bearable pain. That I would find comfort and support from the angels who surround me found within my family and friends.

And I have.

My pain from my disease and all the procedures has been bearable. Doctors are amazed. My surgeon does not understand why the disease is progressing so slowly. But I do. Heavenly Father promised me this. I've drawn much comfort from His Blessing that He put upon my head thru the mouth of another. I am blessed. I am drinking from the saucer. I pray you are too.


Drinking From The Saucer
by John Paul Moore
 
I've never made a fortune,
And I'll never make one now
But it really doesn't matter
'Cause I'm happy anyhow

As I go along my journey
I'm reaping better than I've sowed
I'm drinking from the saucer
'Cause my cup has overflowed

I don't have a lot of riches,
And sometimes the going's tough
But with kin and friends to love me
I think I'm rich enough

I thank God for the blessings
That His mercy has bestowed
I'm drinking from the saucer
'Cause my cup has overflowed

He gives me strength and courage
When the way grows steep and rough
I'll not ask for other blessings for
I'm already blessed enough

May we never be too busy
To help bear another's load
Then we'll all be drinking from the saucer
When our cups have overflowed
 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

My MoodBoard

I would just love to have this! Gonna work on achieving it!!

 Dream Master Bedroom Plan

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Celebrate Family 2011

As a family, our favorite FALL activities are:
  • Getting outside -- After hiding from the heat all summer, we love to get outside!
    • Playing in the leaves
    • Camping
    • Family Time around the Fire Pit!
  • Hunting -- Okay, well not all of us, but I'm the only one who doesn't.  Hubby, Son, and the Daughter LOVE it!  All aspects of it.  The tracking, the waiting, the adrenaline rush when they see something ... all the way to the harvest, believe it or not.  I'm just the cook - can't take the other "stuff".  I am a City Girl transplanted into the Boonies...
  • Preparing the house for Thanksgiving
  • EATING a Thanksgiving Feast as a connected family!
  • When the kiddos were younger, it was also:
    • Fall Baseball League - Son
    • Soccer - Daughter
What is it that you do as a family during the Fall?

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

I'm a WINNER!!

I cannot believe this!  I'm a WINNER!!


I am so excited!  One of my VERY FAVORITE blogs hosted a give-away.  AND I WON!  I think this is just awesome!  I love reading the posts @ Under the Table and Dreaming! You must get to know Stephanie Lynn - a.maze.ing ... woman!

Wanna know what I won?  An awesome book that I am going to complete and present to my wonderful Hubby!  I  really love this idea and will be making more for the other loves in my life.

I hope you visit Stephanie Lynn @ Under the Table and Dreaming and of course, come back and visit me too!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Migraine Home Remedy

Ok. I have to share this.  I suffer from migraines.  Really bad.  Several per week.  Like, almost daily.

A co-worker told me about a home migraine remedy that he heard about.

BRAIN FREEZE.  Self inflicted...

You know what a brain freeze is, right?  That painful quick headache you get with ice cream or a milkshake?  Well, I tried it.  I didn't have access to ice cream or a milkshake, but I tried it with an Icee.  I couldn't give myself a brain freeze, but I have to say within 20-30 minutes of starting it, I realized that the migraine was a dull headache.  One hour from my first sip of the Icee, the migraine was gone.  Yep! GONE. 

The next night, I was getting another migraine, but again, didn't have access to ice cream - or an Icee - so I improvised.  I took crushed ice, poured just enough kool-aid in it to make it Icee-ish.  I could not give myself a braine freeze, again.  But -- Migraine gone.  Gone.  Again.

The following morning, I woke up with a migraine.  Whenever I wake up with a migraine -- Bad News.  I tried my home made Icee again.  Nope.  Didn't work this time.  Had to take my toxic meds.

Fast forward to later in the day, early evening.  Here comes another one.  Since I was on my way home and coming up on Wendy's, I swing in and get a yummy oreo Frosty - boy was it yummy! - anyhow, I eat it as fast as possible, trying to get that brain freeze fix.  Nope, not gonna happen.  BUT!!  The migraine...  GONE!!  It took about 45 minutes, but gone.

That's 3 out of 4 migraines treated with ice cold items.  The one that didn't go away...  Well, not much helps the ones I wake up with.  It usually takes my toxic meds - sometimes 2, and sleeping it off.

Will I continue to try to give myself a brain freeze when a migraine comes on?  Yes, I will.  I think the reason I cannot give myself one is because my body temp drops when I have a migraine...  Making it closer to the cold drinks temp.  I guess....  But, I will try it again. 

Do you get migraines?  What do you do to find relief?




Thursday, July 7, 2011

There's sooo much!

I really have neglected my blog. I am just so busy, there just doesn't seem to be any time to blog. I take care of my baby [my pom pup] before going to work - go to work for 11 hours - come home - take care of my baby again - do some housework [trying so hard to be a good FlyBaby!] - work out in the garden few times a week - take care of the harvest I've brought in - work out with Wii Fit and/or Wii Sports - throw a load of laundry in - a couple of times a week I actually make the Hubby something to eat [he's so good about taking care of himself - I don't eat in the evenings...] -- and this is just on week nights... 

But we are progressing with our food storage as I posted we were doing.  We've managed to put together the bulk of our 72-Hour Kit -- still want to add a few "extras" since we've each got room in our buckets.  I've ordered almost 200#s of fresh produce that we'll can in a couple of weeks when it comes in.  Planning a trip to Jacksonville to purchase some dried foods to put up as well.  And each payday [every other week] we add paper products and/or canned goods to add to our shelves as well.

I want to convert my married Baby Girl's old bedroom into a bedroom for my grandma so she feels like she has a place of her own.  That means moving the Brat [aka - Baby Girl] completely out.  So I've been working on that, too.  I have a super-single waterbed [bigger than a twin, smaller than a full, but longer than both] sitting in the middle of the room that I have yet to take down and get rid of.  Anyone want it?  Let me know!

What else....?  I think that's the bulk of it.  That's what I've been up to lately.  How 'bout you?  Whatcha been doin'?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Ooey Gooey Mud Pie

This is just too irresistible not to make! Especially with this heat! I just love it when I see "How Does She" email in my inbox!! That's were this link will take you - to their post for this heavenly yummy!

ooey-gooey-mud-pie

Friday, June 17, 2011

I just love... PINTEREST!!

Hubby and I are planning a move further into the country. We want our future home to be representative of the location. So we're planning on building our dream "country cottage". As I scour mags I cut out inspiration photos. Well many have been tossed as the "clutter" became too much. I suppose I could have created a binder for them... But, alas, a binder never seemed to hit the grocery list.

But I've been saved! Thanks to Pinterest I just "pin" my inspirations to my "board". Lovin' it!! Of course this is all electronic, over the Internet, but it must be the most awesome piece of work ever!! Ever, yep!!

If you haven't received an invite to join this wonderful world of pinning - let me know. I'd be happy to share the love with you. Did I mention it's FREE? I know I sound like an advertisement. Sorry. But when something really is a treasure, I just want to share it.

Did I mention I love PINTEREST?? :~}

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Battle with my Evil Side.

I am battling my evil side today. I was in a meeting this morning regarding a takeover and in all the blah, blah I could hear greed for power and money coming out of it. I have had to fight before for the retention of positions. Why is it that management's only worry is how much they can save by eliminating positions? Having to wear a couple of hats due to this Way of thinking, it's not fair to anyone! Why not eliminate the special perks management receives instead??!!!

My evil side wants to see the fall of greedy people, I know this is wrong. So very wrong. I need to overcome these evil thoughts. Vengeance is the Lord's we are taught.

Pray for me, please. I need it today.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

If I could change 5 things about my body...

  1. I would change my vision - I cannot see without glasses, I'm trying contacts and they can't seem to get the Rx right.  I would just love to be able to see EVERYTHING clearly! I've been wearing bifocals since I was 37 -- too young.  Doncha think so?
  2. I would change my taste buds - I do not eat very many veggies; especially green ones.  I look at salads and they are so colorful and so pretty - but I cannot tolerate them in my mouth.  I can taste the tiniest shred of lettuce in a taco with the first bite.  It's horrible! So instead, I'd rather have ice cream, cake, cookies,...  Everything that likes to stick around with me - on my hips, tummy, rear-end. And even my upper arms these days!  YUCK!
  3. I would change my sinuses - I have acute year-round allergies.  I'm always fighting the drips. I live on allergy meds, since my teens.  Some of the steriod nasal sprays I've used over the decades have caused a crippling bone disease - that I've been blessed that the progression has been oddly slow. {A blessing has promised me that it will always be so, if I live the gospel.}
  4. I would change my metabolism - Remember change #2?  Well, I also have the world's sleepiest metabolic system, I think.  Add prescriptions and that makes it even more sleepier, and well, those cookies just love my hips even more... Again, I refer to change #2, how it would help with this, change #4...
  5. I would change the subtraction of missing body parts - I've had to have my apendics and gall bladder removed. My tonsils have left on their own over the many years of strep throat. And I am missing an ovary from years of scarring {female problems, ya know.}  If I could have lived all my life without them from the start, why suffer the pain and illness that has lead to the ugly, life-long scars, the illnesses that made parts leave on their own...  I'm just saying...

Saturday, May 21, 2011

RESTRUCTURING OUR LIVES

For the bulk of the past 25 years, we've been a family of 4.  In the past few months we've been down-sized by half.  It's just Hubby and I now. Both of the kiddos have flown the nest and started their own nests.  Yep, we're empty-nesters.

It seems that since our nest became empty,  Hubby and I have fallen lax in those areas that were such priority when we had kiddos at home.  One of those areas is our food storage & emergency preparedness.  We never managed to get up to one year of storage, but we usually had 3 months.  We just never seemed to have the space to handle more. 

Now we have the space, but not the food storage...  We are now committed to restructuring our lives and priorities to right that wrong!  We know that at any second we are both a step away from an accident that could prevent one of us from working, we're one storm away from a lengthy power outage, and we're one tornado/hurricane away from being without a home.

My first step in our restructuring the way I think - and rebuilding our food storage -- receiving 6 FREE MEALS, just for watching some helpful videos that took no time!!!  Ya, that's right! AWESOME - I know!  Want to add to your food storage, too, for free?  Check this link out that I learned about this awesome vendor! http://averyfive.blogspot.com/2011/05/efoods-global-food-freedom-tour.html

Join my Hubby and I as we begin our journey to restructuring our lives and rebuild our food storage and become emergency prepared as well.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

10 Reasons My Mom is the BEST

This is not in any order, just 10 reasons I've come up with that makes my mama the best there is!

1.  She makes "Girls Day" rock!!  I cannot think of a more fun person to hang with on "Girls Day"! It's always filled with laughter - lots of it! Sometimes I wonder if I should wear a diaper before meeting up with her, because I know she and I are going to laugh until we cry!

2.  She gives me hope that one day when I'm "maturer" I'll be as beautiful as she is.  My mom doesn't have any wrinkles - I do!

3.  She is the definition of a "protective hen over her chicks".  Don't mess with my mama's chicks or grand-chicks -- you may not live to regret it...  She's a sharp-shooter in her profession.

4.  My mom is brave, courageous and has heart.  In her late-50's she made the biggest career change I think any woman has ever made.  She was a postal clerk - then went to school and for the past 5 years has been a Correctional Guard at an area state prison.  I can honestly say that my mom packs heat and wears combat boots.  While facing an eye disease that requires monthly shots in the eye - yes, you read correctly - she's brave and courageous, doing this so she can see us kids and the beautiful world around her!

5.  She makes the best darn fried chicken in the world -- KFC could take lessons from her!  And her biscuits too!!

6.  My kids love her as much as any child has ever loved their grandmother.  And vice versa.  She rarely missed a game when my kids were in sports.  She's one of their biggest fans, besides me and Hubby.

7.  She doesn't worry - her faith is so strong in God that He has it all under control; that whatever happens is for a good reason, whether we understand it or not.  Her faith is where it should be, worrying is an insult to God is her belief.  I've got so much to learn from her still - I'm a worry-wart...

8.  My mom inspires laughter.  She's given me some really great memories.  I'll always cherish the trip we made together to return home for my grandfather's funeral.  The time the cop told her to back up the van on his loud speaker because she was pulled up too far at a light.  Oh how we laughed until it hurt!  The time the brakes went out in her van when leaving the parking spot and she ran into the store front.  [You had to be there is all I can say on that!]

9.  She taught me to love my hubby before my kids -- a lesson that was hard to learn, but once I did, it saved my marriage and made it the wonderful relationship it is today.

10.  She's my mama and my pal.  What more could a girl hope for in a mother!?!

The list can go on.  My mom has so many wonderful things about her - these are just the ones that pop to the front of my mind as I type.  I'm fortunate and blessed and proud to say, I am her daughter!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

SQL HELP PLS

Anyone out there know SQL? I'm struggling with a join problem. Sure could use someone's expertise...

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Reaping what you sow

1st Harvest of the Growing Season - Hubby LOVES his radishes!!
We love playing in the dirt, my Hubby and I.  Guess we just haven't grown up yet! =)

We have a little "square foot garden" that does very well with its harvest.  Growing in it this year is various peppers and radishes.  Elsewhere is corn, tomatoes, squash, and sweet potatoes.

This is our first time growing radishes - Hubby was pleasantly surprised to find that from sowing to reaping is about 4 weeks!  He loves to go out to the garden and reap some radishes, clean them with the water hose, and have a little "garden snack" while he waters the remainder of the garden.

Radishes - a big one that's poking out, begging Hubby to eat it!

Even our Baby Girl is gardening - from containers, because she rents -- this is her squash in the container Hubby built from reclaimed oak.  She says they are much more grown now...
It's a baby, but it's Baby Girl's 1st Harvest - Sweet Peas [she calls them buckshot peas], some call them English Peas or Early Peas...  She said it was YUMMY!!

HAPPY GARDENING Y'ALL!!



Wednesday, April 20, 2011

You don't know who you're messing with Bubba!

Our sweet little angelic daughter goes to the parts store needing something for her truck or her hubby's and apparently did not get the royal treatment our little princess is accustomed to. Her (wanna-be) response to such "common" treatment...

You don't know who you're talking to. I'm (Hubby's) daughter! I'll tell him about this and you'll lose all the City's parts business. 

Take that, Bubba!!

Don't people know who she is??!!!!  =)

(**Names not used to protect privacy and prevent problems.)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Update on "Catching Up"

Those are all posts from our Family Newsletter.  I've been very neglectful of blogging lately between posting on the Family Newsletter and Facebook - of which you already know how I'm feeling about.

Something that I'd like to clear up a bit about my Family Newsletter posts.  I mention a few times about being tired and needing some R & R or sleeping for 4 hours...  When I wrote these posts I had no idea what was going on with me, just that I was really tired.

Just a couple of weeks ago, my dear hubby came to me very concerned because when I'm not at work, I'm sleeping.  I'm off on Fridays.  That meant I was sleeping as much as I could on Fridays through Sundays.  And thinking about sleep when I was at work...

Come to find out one of the migraine medicines  I have been on for a couple of years has created a cumulative adverse side affect that can lead to coma and fatality.  Thankfully, my hubby was concerned enough about me to wake me up one day and say, "You sleep too much. Something is really wrong."  My Neurologist didn't want to talk to me about coming off the drug - he is in denial still, but my family doctor immediately ordered blood work and is working with me to wean me off this poison.

I've been reduced to 50% of the med for the past 12 days, and I feel 100% human again.  For the first Saturday in I couldn't remember how many months - I haven't required a nap!!!  You can't imagine how miraculous this is for me.  I am so thankful to my hubby for listening to the small whisperings from Heaven that most likely have saved my life.  At the very least, has saved the value of my life!  I feel alive again!  God works in wonderful ways!!  I am so thankful to Him!!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Catching up...

04/09/2011


Update on yesterday. I finally was able to leave around 6:00. I sure was mad at myself for forgetting that I had that paper to do until the last minute. Here's the real kicker - my boss was supposed to do this paperwork for those analysis and recommendations on our 4 divisions - but he "felt" I could handle it. (Translation: he didn't want to do it. )

So today's Saturday and my budget prep and entry is behind me. YEAH!!

Monday I start working on the presentation of the budget. YUCK!!

It's beautiful today.  And today I'm enjoying TODAY!!  =)

  
04/08/2011


Geez! Almost home free! It's just after one o'clock and I'm tidying up, putting everything away. Putting 2012 Budget Prep & Entry behind me so Monday I can start on the Presentation...

And then I see it...

That one sheet of paper that represents the straw that's breaking MY BACK!!!

It's only 3 sentences. Not even 1/20th of a sheet of the paper is covered in ink - but might as well be a book.

Or asking for one.

Analysis of current situation. Analysis of options. Recommendation.

This is not going to be quick. I have to "analyze" and "recommend" for 4 divisions...

UGH!!!

I'm not going home anytime soon after all!

04/07/2011

Just getting home from work. (around 10:30pm) Yuck! What a long day. It's official - I really don't enjoy preparing and entering our budget at work. Especially when the procedure changes every single year. I've been doing this for five (5) years now, and for five years I've had to do it a different way. I can't seem to get a procedure down because of this. UGH!!

Maybe this is why I don't like talking about budgets at home... Hmm...





04/06/2011

So I'm either turning into this really cranky person as I get older or I'm getting old enough to realize that I just frankly don't want to know what idiots think and when I know what they think, it makes me cranky.

For this reason alone I think it's time give up Facebook. Which perturbs me because there are some really great friends out there and that's the only way I know how they're doing.  But then there are those so called friends who only drop in with their preaching - when I know better!!

And then again, I've read some post that make me want to set people straight. I voiced my opinion to someone who I really love like family, and that's the only reason she got my opinion. But then regretted sticking my nose in it. She posted her thoughts and did not ASK for any ones suggestions.

So, I think it's time to say good-bye and close my account. What do you think? It's ok to answer-I just asked you to!  =)


To Sun or Not To Sun 
03/21/2011

I used to worship the sun when I was a teenager. Every summer I tried to get as dark as I could before going back to school. I loved feeling the sun sizzling on my skin. I would put baby oil on and lay out for several hours - if my chores were done, that is. Once, I got sun poisoning so bad, my mom probably should have taken me to the doctor. I started in the morning under the sprinkler, so I wouldn't feel the heat. Also the water is reflecting the sun, baking me even more. I stayed out there all day. ALL DAY. By that night, when I tried to eat, I was vomiting everything up. Did that for a couple of days. My insides were cooked.  Needless to say, I never did that again.

Now days, I can't sit in the sun for more than 10-15 minutes before I start breaking out in a nasty rash. I'm on meds that don't like the sun. I haven't laid in the sun in - I couldn't remember when. In fact I don't get enough sun anymore. So much so, that my vitamin-D count can't stay up to a healthy level. I get it up and it drops. So the question is: Do you take the chance with skin cancer on the rise so you raise and maintain your levels of vitamin-D? Or do you say no to the sun and artificially try to raise your vitamin-D level and fight to keep it up? By the way, it's really hard to maintain it artificially - or it has been for me. I unfortunately live inside a dreary ugly office all week.

Ahhh, the days of our youth when we didn't think about things like skin cancer and vitamin-D levels...

So, though I never see the sun anymore; I am paying the price now for those foolish days of sun worship. I had to have a "freckle" or "mole", whatever you want to call it, removed and biopsied today. Right dab in the middle of my back. Ouch! The numbing shot has long gone worn off. Shucks. Should make sleeping fun tonight. =)

In summary - the sun is healthy for you in small doses and with a really good SPF. That's my medical advice for the century.



Joy and Happiness  
03/20/2011

 Tiffany spoke in church yesterday on "joy". I wondered if someone of her young age could know the difference between "joy" and "happiness". She pleasantly proved to me that she did.

Happiness is but a momentary emotion that doesn't stay with us. But joy is an emotion that stays with us forever. It's an emotion that we can have with us even when we seem to be at rock bottom.

When my Aunt Kath was taken to return home to be with God again, I found joy in knowing that's where she went even though my heart ached for the loss of her presence with me. We're complex individuals that can mourn and yet feel joy at the same time. I know she is safe, no longer sick, and very loved where she is and this comforts me and gives me joy. And I know she is still with me on occasion. I feel her with me sometimes. I thank my God for this blessing.

Back to Tiffany. I was so impressed with her talk. She did a remarkable job. What's even more amazing is that she completely forgot she was supposed to be talking today. Thank goodness it was mentioned to Bud this a.m. in his meeting. I finally was able to wake her up and get her to call me so I could remind her around 8:30 this morning. She was expected at church at 9:00. We managed without her in Primary (like Children's Sunday School.) She arrived at church with about 10 minutes to spare before it was her turn to go up and give her talk. One would never have known she had just put it together. She did such a great job. She's such a wonderful person. We are blessed to have her in our family.

She very well knows what joy is!  =)



SATURDAY CHORES 
03/19/2011
I love Saturdays. Except for the chores. Guess I must be lazy. I dream of Saturdays laying in a hammock, listening to the birds and the breeze; feeling the warmth of the sun warming me all the way to my achy bones & joints, just soothing all the stresses of the week away...

Excuse me, I just woke from the most pleasant dream. You see, I was laying in a hammock, listening to....

You get the idea. Back to reality. The laundry basket is overflowing with dirty clothes. The sink has dirty dishes. The bed has dirty sheets. The bathrooms are dirty. It seems like everything is DIRTY. How can 2 people be so "dirty"?  And when you clean everything, just as soon as you touch it, it is no longer "clean". Why is that?

On another note. Bud has been working on his old truck today. As well as his his bird house. He's finished up his bird house and has it put up, ready for it's first tenets. We've refilled my bird feeder that I got a few years back from Bud Jr and hope that between the house and feeder our backyard will be filled with feathered friends soon. I've included a photo of Bud's bird house. I really like it.  Don't you?



TUESDAY IS BETTER, BUT IT'S STILL A ROUGH WEEK
03/15/2011

It's BUDGET SEASON for me...  What can I say...  It's always brutal.  Working on KPI's.  [Key Performance Indicators]  Must have all that data before I can even think about crunching numbers.  Gotta know how we're doing before we can ask for money - that's business...


MONDAY & OFF TO A ROTTEN START
03/14/2011

Starting my week with a nauseating migraine.  Today starts BUDGET SEASON...  I have one word for my thoughts on this...

    YUCK!!

What's a girl to do...?  I'm glad I have a paycheck -- just haven't figured out what others have...  How to get it coming to me without working for it...



R & R TIME
03/13/2011

I took a 4 hour nap today -- and hubby had to wake me up.  What's up with that?  Someone put him in time out!!


THE DRIGGERS-WELLS WEDDING
03/12/2011

Today was Bud's mother's wedding.  It went very well.  Very stressful.  We had to stop and buy more food on the way there.  We were afraid there wasn't going to be enough lasagna - turned out we were wrong.  Thank goodness! Nothing more embarrassing than not having enough food.  I received soooo many compliments on the decorations.  Not enough to talk me out of my wedding RETIREMENT though I can tell ya that!!  I "Facebook'ed" today that I officially retire after today from the wedding business!!!  =)  No more for me!!  My feet and my back are killing me -- I can't wait for bed tonight!  I am very thankful for those women who took care of the food. Glad I didn't have that to worry with.  I didn't mean to be rude to my MIL, I'm sure she just wasnt' thinking when she said she was sending people to help me with the food, but I had to tell her that I was not doing food, I had too much other things to do.  I never mean to be rude, but I just couldn't handle another thing at that moment without cracking and going bonkers.  =)  Hopefully she understood.  I don't know.  Who knows what people think.  But it was a beautiful day. She was beautiful.  I hope she was happy.

Before I close my long winded report of today -- I have to say that my sweet Daughter (in law) was the photographer and she had to put up with so much not knowing who she was working with (strangers!).  She was a gem!!  She did wonderful!!  It is really a hard thing to mingle with strangers and she did it - with a smile and patience!!  She did a super job.  I am so proud of her!!  She met people she had no clue who they were - probably won't ever see them again, and she just did a wonderful job.  I was really just super pleased with her!!

I just couldn't ask for better kids than the ones I have!!  I always wanted 4 kids!  I finally got 'em!!!  =)


DECORATING FOR MY MIL'S WEDDING
03/11/2011

My hubby went with me and was my helper today as I decorated the chapel and hall for my MIL's 3rd wedding today.  I have so much on my "To Do List" that had nothing at all to do with weddings.  I have seedlings that are dying daily that need to be planted.  House work.  Laundry.  Not to mention the demo in my house that is still not finished 2+ years later...  And, I just want to have some R&R...  So, even though he has a broke down truck and we only have one way of transportation -- he went with me.  He did what ever I asked of him and more.  He's such a trooper!  I just love him.  Guess that's why we've been together for 30 years now...  Oh!! And everything turned out lovely!  I forgot to take pictures though!!  (Guess I was just too exhausted!)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Do you have another kid I don't know about...?

I recently asked my very most favorite cake baker/decorator in the entire whole wide world if she would make another wedding cake for me and she replied with, "Do you have another kid I don't know about...?"  I thought I was going to die laughing - but I held it together and managed with a little giggle, that I hoped she didn't hear and replied, "No, this one is for my mother-in-law."

That was just too hilarious to me!!!  

Angela had just made my daughter's cake a few months ago.  She's made my daughter's wedding cake, as well as my son's wedding cake, his Groom's cake, and my daughter's graduation cake! And I hope to use her for any other special occasions as well!
 My daughter's wedding cake.

My son's Groom's cake.

 My son's Wedding cake.
  
My daughter's Graduation cake.  
[I cracked it - the blame is on me - not Angelic Cakes.]

Saturday, February 5, 2011

25 Years of Love

I want to share a very short and quick love story with you about a girl named Tonya. Yes, me.


It’s 1980, at the neighbor’s Halloween party. Tonya is the new girl in the neighborhood; the odd one, that talks differently, wears different clothes - she's just different. She’s from another part of the country and a city girl to this country way of life. She somewhat knows some of the kids attending. A few are step-cousins she’s recently become acquainted with. A couple are classmates she’s recently met at class in the past couple of months. One is a new boyfriend. Another attending the Halloween party is a classmate’s brother who Tonya has not met. Yet.


Tonya’s introduction to the classmates brother is when he and her boyfriend are doing their best to turn each other’s face into hamburger that Halloween night. Not a very good first impression, wouldn‘t you say?


During the next year, Tonya had several interactions with this brother though the interactions were ever of a positive note and always seemed to involve him and the “boyfriend” making “hamburger”. He seemed to like her though. He certainly showed interest in her. She had several thoughts regarding this brother. The 2 most significant opinions she had was (1) he was extremely confident in himself and (2) she was attracted to him [and didn't know why].

Me & Hubby back in the dating years ... 12/1983

During this year, Tonya’s mom was adamant that she rid herself of the boyfriend. Which she obediently did. By Christmas of 1981 Tonya couldn’t resist that good looking cocky classmate's brother anymore. They became girlfriend and boyfriend. This relationship lasted until February of 1986 when they became husband and wife! Tonya married her high school sweetheart of over 4 years.
Me & Hubby on our wedding day ... 02/01/1986

They were young kids when they married. He was 20 and she was 19. They’ve spent the past 25 years growing up together. They’ve got 2 kids, both married now. They’ve lived in 6 homes during that time. The most recent one, they’ve been in for over 12 years.

Tonya and her Hubby have lived Happily Ever After...!


My Hubby and I have had many, many wonderful days and years together. And have many wonderful memories to go with this time. It’s come with it’s bumps in the road along the way, but without those bumps we would never have had the opportunity to grow with one another during the past 25 years ago. I am so blessed to have been moved as a young teen and moved to another section of the country and placed so I could meet my one and only.


Now that I’ve grown up with this wonderful guy of mine, I look forward to growing old with him. I pray that I have at least 25 more years with him!

Watching our Baby Girl and her new hubby walk down the aisle... 11/2010

Wednesday, January 5, 2011