Sunday, December 28, 2008
His girlfriend will be moving into our home in a few months as there is no room at the Inn so to speak. I should mention that she will be 18 in April. More writers block...... She comes from a broken home, "twice", father not in the picture. She is a very lovely girl and we do like her. It could be worse I keep telling myself. We don't get to pick our children's mates and it is always a plus when you like their choice.
I had joked to my son the day before the big news that if he was ever going to get married I'd prefer it be her. HA, joke on me.....:) Anyway....as you might not imagine her Catholic mother was strongly pushing abortion which shocked me because I thought Catholics were strongly against that. I must say that in my younger years I was pro-abortion but over my years in growing as a Christian I have changed my views thanks to Dr. Dobson and Focus on the Family. As much as I feel this is the wrong time in their lives for a baby I am glad they have decided to keep it. I can probably say that because he is already an adult.... But, then again it is not my choice to make. The girlfriends mom loves her daughter and wants what is best for her, is having a hard time thinking that her daughters future is going down the drain. Mother wants us to be on her side but we had to tell her that we were powerless in her daughters choice to keep or not keep this baby and we would support both children in the choice they made. They have to live with the consequences of their choice either way. Both kids have graduated highschool already and are still going through with their life plans, he in law enforcement and she a Nurse, she actually starts college in January, they are very determined. So we shall see how they persevere.
So......giving up what we thought was going to be our empty-nester years soon and honestly I was really looking forward to it, we will be preparing to bring another life into our home until they can get a place of their own. I am still in shock mode and probably will be for some time as I am not mentally ready for this. Any advise and or prayers are welcome!!!!!!
Friday, December 26, 2008
The Vintage Rose gave me this super award! The Christmas Spirit Award. Thank you, thank you! If you have not stopped by her blog please do you will not be disappointed. She always has interesting things going on.
I like Christmas because it is a time when people really come together for the good of other people. I like Christmas because Jesus was born! I like Christmas because I enjoy singing Christmas songs and it's the only time I can blast Mariah Carey's Christmas CD in my car. lol
I like Christmas because of all the wonderful homemade goodies my sister makes that I enjoy eating. :) and last, I like Christmas because it just puts me in a happy mood. :)
I'd like to pass this award on to:
2. Meadowsweet Days
3. Sentimental Journey
4. Charm and Grace Cottage
5. Romantic Home
I hope ya'll had a spetacular Christmas with your family and friends. As Tiny Tim said, " God Bless Every One."
Friday, December 19, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
If I had a porch this long it WOULD be lined with all these beautifully decorated trees. Just looking at this makes me wonder what the electric bill would be, Yikes!
OK, I made a stop in the middle of my Christmas surfing when I saw THIS, can you believe it? What an absolutely F A B U L O U S idea, beautiful. Can you just picture the cake trimmed in christmasy colors too? Love it, love it, love it....
OK, back to my Christmas surfing.....I could really get used to this house in this beautiful setting. Don't the colors just capture you?
If I could be anywhere at Christmas I think I'd like to be in a log cabin in the snow. A big warm fire like the one in the first picture, snow falling outside the window......Somehow, sunny California just doesn't give that picture. hahahaha I mean just about every picture or even the little villages you can put together yourself, you know, the houses with lights etc. are all about snow. Some day I am just going to have to make it happen. Anybody out there have a log cabin for rent????? :)
Have a wonderful weekend everybody and for those on the east coast I wish you warmth and electricity! My daughter just came back from Boston just before the ice storm. I am very glad she came home safe and sound from her business trip.
Friday, December 12, 2008
"Blogs who receive this award are 'exceedingly charming' say its authors. This blog invests and believes in the PROXIMITY-nearness in space, time and relationships. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement.
Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers!
I am supposed to give this award to 8 bloggers but I am sick and feelling generous tonight. So all who stop by and read this, consider yourself the recepient of this gracious award. Please enjoy! :)
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Rudolpoh is the one movie that I would actually get mad about if I missed it on TV. Even after my kids had grown up and didn't watch it anymore. I don't know, it was just a movie that grabs your heart. A rooting for the underdog kind of movie. The message behind the movie stands true still today.
And last.........While you were sleeping is my favorite "modern" movie. I still watch it every year and I always enjoy it. It's such a ball up on the couch, grab your throw and a cup of tea or hot chocolate and some snacks and feel good movie. I am going to go look for it now and put it on before my husband wakes up and decides it football time..........OMGosh he's stiring I can hear him. Have to work fast!!!!!
Go grab your favorite movie and enjoy~!
Monday, December 1, 2008
When we first got married we had one day off a month together for the first 5 years because of our different work schedules. It was a pain yes, but I knew it would not be like that forever and I was right. Always looking into the future I was. Then came the kids, sports, homework and trying to fit time in for the two of you just seems to get put on the back burner. But we always tried to find some time alone and keep in tune with each other and it has paid off because when some marriages fail after the kids grow up, ours is entering the next stage. We enjoy spending our time together. I say we are making up for lost time. If you remember in an older post, I stated that we commute to work together and have lunch together each day. Then we'll come home for dinner and a movie usually, actually, only sometimes, since I took up blogging......hahaha. A few years ago we bought a Harley and are having a blast riding the country roads and taking trips with our friends. Well, here's to another 24 years!
Our wedding song was "Just You and I" by Eddie Rabbitt and Crystal Gayle. We wanted a song that would last through the ages and it has worked for us! (takes a minute to load up so be patient)
Saturday, November 22, 2008
1. I used to tell my sister she was adopted when in fact she and my older brother had blonde hair and I had brown. It was really mean of me. She was only about 5 or 6 and I was about 12 and knew better but I didn‘t like being different. God decided to pay me back for my wickedness as my children are Blonde, Redhead and Brunette. One time I went shopping with the blonde and the redhead kept reaching out to men and saying “ daddy”? I had to say, “yes, they have the same dad.”
2. I am 12 years younger than my husband. I met my husband in Dec of 83, was engaged by Feb 84 and married Dec 84. In a few weeks we will be married 24 years! We are entering the empty nester stage and totally enjoying it!
3. I absolutely hate most vegetables. Especially Brussels Sprouts. I saw Invasion of the Body Snatchers as a child and ever since I compare the pods to Brussels Sprouts!
4. My favorite all time movie is Night of the Living Dead. There is a scene in the movie that looks like the Evening News and I thought it was sooo real, I freaked out, I was only about 7 but ever since I have been a lover of Horror Movies. I used to turn down dates if a good movie was on Creature Feature!
5. My Step-Father is a descendant of one of Jessie James’s Gang members, who’s real last name was Shepherd but was changed to Willis when he “retired” the gang and became legit you’d say. Lol. My Father-in-Law’s Aunt was the cousin of Ma Barker and her famous boys. My Father is buried in the plot right next to Myrna Lee Opsahl, the victim of the Symbionese Liberation Army and Patty Hearst bank robbery.
6. I recently donated my long hair I had for many years to Locks of Love. Gosh, the money I am saving on hair dye and shampoo is amazing! With all the gray hair my kids gave me I should have bought stock in Clairol, I’d probably be rich right now.
7. My book collection consists of two kinds of books, romance novels or true crime. It’s either or nothing in between. Well, I do have a small pile of Tea Time books in the middle. :)
Well here you go, a few facts about me! Hope I didn't bore you too much. Like Michelle, I am leaving this Tag open for any and all who wish to list 7 interesting fact about themselves.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
The rules of this award are:
- Pick ten people to pass this on to.
- Contact them and let them know you have chosen them for this award.
- Also, link back to the person who gave you the award.
I bestow this award to the following:Nostalgia at the Stone House
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thanksgiving and I absolutely hate going to the store and seeing the holiday practically passed over by Christmas. Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas, but it seems that Thanksgiving gets little to no real attention.
Thanksgiving is the only holiday in my oh so humble opinion that has NOT been commercialized, meaning it is celebrated for what it is. Every year people get together with family and friends, serve the traditional turkey and potatoes and pumpkin pie to give thanks.
Little kids dress up as pilgrims in costumes they make at school. I think kids really like this holiday because ALL kids can participate if you get my meaning. Don't you remember your kids coming home from school in their pilgrim or Indian hat?
I am not blessed with the Betty Crocker skills like my two other sisters, don't get me wrong, I CAN cook I just not a turkey. So for years I bought my turkey dinner, just reheat and serve. It was quite good if I do say so myself. I mean for $40 where can you feed a family a 15lb turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, vegetable, cranberry jelly mold, stuffing, rolls, and a 9" pumpkin pie. Really, Seriously. I did this for years until my trusted friendly store decided to play a cruel joke on me and stop selling this prepared meal.
I practically hyperventilated right there in the store. Hey lady....are you okay?...they were saying to me as I walked in the shadow of death to the meat department to do battle with the turkeys. Those darn turkeys just taunted me. So there I was, thrust into the kitchen having to cook a complete turkey dinner! I am on the phone calling my mother and my sister for help. I mean, how do you make gravy from drippings??????!!! I had absolutely no idea. Thank GOD for packaged gravy, just add water. The lame cookers best friend. I was glad that people showed up early so I could say YES to their " do you need any help?"
Well, you will be proud to know that I have really come into my own in the kitchen as far as Turkey dinner. My turkeys could be seen in the top chef magazines, that is if someone was willing to send in a picture......which they aren't. Probably jealous if you ask me. AND, AND, I was in my trusted grocery store yesterday and saw they were once again offering Turkey dinner and all the trimmings and for what price you ask, well you didn't but I'll tell you anyway, $99.00 Yes, that's right, $99.00 I just smiled at the sign and thought to myself, I am soooo glad Janeen is cooking the turkey this year. I can cook a ham, no problem.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
My five recipients are:
1. Birdbath Chronicles
2. My thoughts Exactly
3. Take a Sentimental Journey
4. The Gingerbread Shed
5. The Voice of Melody
The rules to follow are :
1) Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person that has granted the award and his or her blog link.
2) Pass the award to other 15 blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgment. Remember to contact each of them to let them know they have been chosen for this award.
I get to choose five people to pass this lovely award too. Here are the rules:
1. Post the award on your blog.
2. Link me for giving it to you.
3. Link the originating post here (All Moved in and Decorating. Oh! I received an Award on Chocolate and Marmalade Tea)
4. Pass the award on to five more deserving people.
5. Post these rules for your recipients.
My five lucky recipients are:
Congrats and enjoy!! :)
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
1) You are advised to come to work dressed according to your salary.
2) If we see you wearing Prada shoes and carrying a Gucci bag, we will assume you are doing well financiallyand therefore do not need a raise.
3) If you dress poorly, you need to learn to manage your money better, so that you may buy nicer clothes, and therefore you do not need a raise.
4) If you dress just right, you are right where you need to be and therefore you do not need a raise.
We will no longer accept a doctor's statement as proof of sickness. If you are able to go to the doctor, you are able to come to work.
Each employee will receive 104 personal days a year. They are called Saturdays & Sundays.
This is no excuse for missing work. There is nothing you can do for dead friends, relatives or co-workers. Every effort should be made to have non-employees attend the funeral arrangements in your place. In rare cases where employee involvement is necessary, the funeral should be scheduled in the late afternoon. We will be glad toallow you to work through your lunch hour and subsequently leave one hour early.
Entirely too much time is being spent in the toilet. There is now a strict three-minute time limit in the stalls. At the end of three minutes, an alarm will sound, the toilet paper roll will retract, the stall door will open, and a picture will be taken. After your second offense, your picture will be posted on the company bulletin board under the 'Chronic Offenders' category. Anyone caught smiling in the picture will be sectioned under the company's mental health policy.
Lunch Break: (Love this one)
* Skinny people get 30 minutes for lunch, as they need to eat more, so that they can look healthy.
* Normal size people get 15 minutes for lunch to get a balanced meal to maintain their average figure.
* Chubby people get 5 minutes for lunch, because that's all the time needed to drink a Slim-Fast.
Thank you for your loyalty to our company. We are here to provide a positive employment experience. Therefore,all questions, comments, concerns, complaints, frustrations, irritations, aggravations, insinuations, allegations, accusations, contemplations, consternation and input should be directed elsewhere.
Pass this on to all who are employed!
Friday, October 31, 2008
With all the turmoil in the market today and the collapse of Lehman Bros and Acquisition of Merrill Lynch by Bank of America this might be some good advice. For all of you with any money left, be aware of the next expected mergers so that you can get in on the ground floor and make some BIG bucks. Watch for these consolidations in later this year:
1.) Hale Business Systems, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Fuller Brush, and W R. Grace Co. will merge and become:
Hale, Mary, Fuller, Grace.
2.) Polygram Records, Warner Bros., and Zesta Crackers join forces and become:
Poly, Warner Cracker.
3.) 3M will merge with Goodyear and become:
4.) Zippo Manufacturing, Audi Motors, Dofasco, and Dakota Mining will merge and become:
5.) FedEx is expected to join its competitor, UPS, and become:
6.) Fairchild Electronic s and Honeywell Computers will become:
7.) Grey Poupon and Docker Pants are expected to become:
8.) Knotts Berry Farm and the National Organization of Women will become:
9 Victoria 's Secret and Smith & Wesson will merge under the new name:
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales. The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it was a very large mammal its throat was very small. The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale. Irritated, the teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human; it was physically impossible. The little girl said, 'When I get to heaven I will ask Jonah'. The teacher asked, 'What if Jonah went to hell?' The little girl replied, 'Then you ask him'.
A Kindergarten teacher was observing her classroom of children while they were drawing. She would occasionally walk around to see each child's work. As she got to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was. The girl replied, 'I'm drawing God.' The teacher paused and said, 'But no one knows what God looks like.' Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing, the girl replied, 'They will in a minute..'
A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six year olds. After explaining the commandment to 'honor' thy Father and thy Mother, she asked, 'Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?' Without missing a beat one little boy (the oldest of a family) answered, 'Thou shall not kill.'
One day a little girl was sitting and watching her mother do the dishes at the kitchen sink. She suddenly noticed that her mother had several strands of white hair sticking out in contrast on her brunette head. She looked at her mother and inquisitively asked, 'Why are some of your hairs white, Mom?' Her mother replied, 'Well, every time that you do something wrong and make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turns white.' The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and then said, 'Momma, how come ALL of grandma's hairs are white?'
The children had all been photographed, and the teacher was trying to persuade them each to buy a copy of the group picture. 'Just think how nice it will be to look at it when you are all grown up and say, 'There's Jennifer, she's a lawyer,' or 'That's Michael, He's a doctor.' A small voice at the back of the room rang out, 'And there's the teacher, she's dead.'
A teacher was giving a lesson on the circulation of the blood. Trying to make the matter clearer, she said, 'Now, class, if I stood on my head, the blood, as you know, would run into it, and I would turn red in the face.' 'Yes,' the class said. 'Then why is it that while I am standing upright in the ordinary position the blood doesn't run into my feet?' A little fellow shouted, 'Cause your feet ain't empty.'
The children were lined up in the cafeteria of an elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. The teacher made a note, and posted on the apple tray: 'Take only ONE . God is watching.' Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies. A child had written a note, 'Take all you want. God is watching the apples.'
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Yesterday, I was blog hopping, stopping by and visiting new friends when I happened upon a blog post where a friend of a friend who was only 30, a junior pastors wife if I read correctly and had two children and was 35 weeks along with her third child, was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. It happend upon her in about two months time and is so agressive the prognosis is bad. Her baby was delivered by C-section. I was just devistated, my question, why do bad things happen to good people, mostly Godly people. One of my questions to God when I meet him. I prayed for this young lady immedately on the spot. To be so young and not see your babies grow up is just unimaginable. I must go back and read the book, "When God Doesn't Make Sense."
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
This is the last one she tried on that was in the running.
This is the front view of the Arden Hills Country Club where she will be married. It is a beautiful and very affordable place believe it or not.
This is the villa on the property were they will spend their wedding night
Stay tuned for wedding dress/wedding updates!! This is such an exciting time for us.