Saturday, February 28, 2009
How to stay encouraged.....
1) Seek the Holy Spirit to help guide you
2) do what you can do on your own (personalize your plan)
3)Set personal priorities
4)Just do your very best
*What 'clamours' for your attention that isn't getting your Eternal Life?
Thursday, February 26, 2009
*I straighten up the house in the morning
*wroted letters to Missionaries
*Met some friends for lunch ...Applebees! Had some Cheese burger sliders and a salad. The
salad was WAY better than the sliders. I'll go with another choice next time.
*I went to a Dentist appointment. Man that Hygienist is wicked with the scrapper!
* W picked up G after school and met me at the dentist office.
*They went in for they'll cleaning and I walked to the county Treasure's office (across the square) Why didn't someone stop me and say ..."hey it's the last week of the month, you realize that you won't be alone?" The lines a fairly short considering. Once I got to the clerk, it took 2 minutes. I walked back and the boys were finished.
*I had 3 cavities (GASP!) and they had none! But I (and only I) get the joy of going back next week and sitting for 80 minutes. reminder to load Ipod with new stuff!
*Then G and went to Piano lessons. They've recently renovated the local community center and it just opened a couple of weeks ago. G's piano lesson switched to there, and the piano is in the beautiful auditorium. Also G likes to play all of his songs fast, I suppose he thinks that it means he knows them!?! His instructor was having to slow him down all night!
*Then rush off to G's make up basketball game. Which started at the same time as the lesson was finished, but we were already in town to it was just a drive across town.'
*going to the dentist always makes me have a headache (from all the scrubbing and scrapping) so when Hubby showed up in the 3rd quarter I left for home and the bottle of tylenol!
*what a lovely day... I stayed home as much as I could ... I cleaned, I did laundry, I cleaned bathrooms, ....ah it was good! To be home and the sun shining! My favorite.
*Wait I couldn't stay home all day, I had books overdue at the library and money to deposit in the bank! I ran to the town with the library and swung by the bank on my way to get G from school.
*went to the Grocery store, had to pick up some items for a family in the area that were just arriving home from a funeral.
*made it home.. fixed supper, tosadoes! Loved them!
*Drop G off at school,
*go get my hair cut and colored. It's cute and the color is just about the same. I thought we were going a little blonder? oh well....
*decorating for the Blue and Gold Round #1 (fix tables), Butcher paper and little flag center pieces. But they need something more....
*come home call about getting some balloons ($1 for each if I get High Flyers! or 50 cents for regular ones.... went with 15 regular balloons)
*eat lunch (can't remember what it was!)
*update computer check book
*go to G's spelling bee ~ once again he didn't study and makes the spelling bee, but gets out in the first round on the word .... autograph.
*take G with me to the pick up the balloons
*realize that it's our family's week to clean the church and boy does it need it!
*decorate for Blue and Gold round #2 add the balloons, looks good enough.
*G and I run the vacuum in the chapel and take out the bathroom trash before coming home. We'll get the rest later.
*go home and relax for a an hour or two
*pick up some clutter
*go back to the church early so I can get the blank map copies made for the busy work for Blue and Gold (round #3)
*Blue and Gold dinner and ceremony (we have a new cub master and he's not really organized... it showed) the night lasted WAY too late, should have been over 45 minutes earlier! Who knew the balloons would cause such a riot at the end of the night?!?
*got home just in time to read with G
*cleaned up the kitchen
*fall asleep (before hitting the pillow I think)
*had a meeting at church at 8:15 am until 1pm (at least it didn't last until time to pick up G after school!) finished up that project ... or at least until someone wants things changed!
*I'm here doing Catch up with you!
Monday, February 23, 2009
1 loaf French bread (13 to 16 ounces)
8 large eggs
2 cups half-and-half
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Slice French bread into 20 slices, 1-inch each. (Use any extra bread for garlic toast or bread crumbs). Arrange slices in a generously buttered 9 by 13-inch flat baking dish in 2 rows, overlapping the slices. In a large bowl, combine the eggs, half-and-half, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and beat with a rotary beater or whisk until blended but not too bubbly. Pour mixture over the bread slices, making sure all are covered evenly with the milk-egg mixture. Spoon some of the mixture in between the slices. Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.
The next day, preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Spread Praline Topping evenly over the bread and bake for 40 minutes, until puffed and lightly golden. Serve with maple syrup.
1/2 pound (2 sticks) butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and blend well.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
and tonight he won another Oscar!
Me, Jean (lady at church), Little Eddie (as we call him here on the prairie), Oscar
that makes 4 .... you know me so that gives you 5
AND I'll have to tell you my Steven Spielberg connection someother time!
the importance of Hope ~
*"Hope is one leg of a three legged stool (with faith and charity)"
*Hope is a gift of the Spirit
*we have Hope that we'll be resurrected (through the atonement)
*We have the responsibility to make it an active part of our lives to have Hope/ not lose Hope
*Hope is not knowledge but is a trust in the Lord
Hope leads to Good works ~
*The things we'll Hope for lead us to faith
*The things we have Hope in lead us to charity
*All three (Hope, faith and charity) lead us to good works
*Never surrender Hope
*Never allow despair to overcome your spirit
The lesson comes from this"TALK"
Friday, February 20, 2009
I'm beginning to think I'm a child in those books this week. Fortunately for me, none of the events this week have been tragic, but they have been ..... let's just say annoying!
Sunday W and I jumped in the Yukon and started out of the drive, down the gravel road and then set off on the Highway only to find that they transmission was gone.... well... going. We turned around and headed back home.
Monday I spent all day telling W that he needed to drive the 'kon in to the Mechanic and ride home with hubby. W fussed all day that he didn't think he could drive it just 30 mph! I replied to this "I don't think that'll be a problem, since 30 mph was all it was going to go!" When he and his buddy LT left home, the rest of the gears continued to go, including reverse. They quickly (attempted) to turn around (finally using a large portion of prairie) and headed back home in Neutral! yea, we still don't understand that! Just How Can This Be?
The Yukon is home sitting safely in the driveway! We're still scratching our heads at this one! Do you think I could plant flowers around it?!
Then this morning the kitties appear for their morning affirmation (lovin') at the back window. Only Sophie's left eye was shut.... this goes on for hours. I let her in to watch her, she's just lost (she is usually the prowler and she just sits still), can't get her eye open, won't wash it (she will once, but then quickly stops) ~ it hurts! I finally call the vet (you know I was convinced that our money loving animal days were over). Take her in....by the time we're ready to leave, it's open alittle bit and she's more active (will now purr a little) but not much more. By the time I'm sitting in the Vet's reception area (is that what you call it?) her eye is completely open but looks bad, BUT she's peed in her box (she does this when she gets nervous)!
I'm sitting there trying of comfort her (talking to her through the box) when she decides to clean off her paws so she flicks her paw and sprays me with pee! Shirt, arm, glasses, face......(Heavy sigh) NASTY. Now usually I don't care (about the over whelming animal presence of the the vet's office) because I don't EVER shower before going to the vet, well....today I was freshly showered but now covered with cat pee! JUST HOW CAN THIS BE? OK I'll stop but will add that she purred when she got out of the box on the vet's table! Rotten cat! to shorten this story.... she scratched her cornea (I don't think she'd had popcorn) and maybe deeper.
You know I could have named this post .... watching $ flow out the door!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I'm so not creative ... so they will be simple! We were really hoping to get something figured out so the boys could put them together for us,
Monday, February 16, 2009
I have laughed with them, I've stressed over them, I've worried for them, I've cried about them, I've cried with them..... Goodness this books is Good!
I highly suggest you get it! RUN don't walk........
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
They still lost BUT G made a great assist on the only 2 points they scored!
W travel a couple of hour south for an indoor track meet. Hubby and I both thought it was not worth him going but let him make the decision. He as been working out all winter and even though he hasn't been jumping or even working out his 'steps' he wanted to see what he could jump! He jumped a 39'9 and missed making the finals by an half an inch!
Hubby's team (without W) won their game.
Friday, February 13, 2009
OH, sorry mom, I guess having your oldest baby turn 50!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
I had heard such good things about this book, "These is My Words" by Nancy E Turner. If you'd like to read more about this book & the other books in the series, go here.
I'll let you know what my final thoughts are!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
#2 in the introduction (propaganda) video they said, (paraphrasing) even though we are a major (huge) university we work hard to have a small college feel. You'll not walk across our campus without running into someone you know.
#3 This university is built on a hills and in valleys! (making #1 even more amazing)
#4 they close the campus to cars (except professors and employees and buses) during the day.
#6 this university only (but did) used a few seconds (maybe 60 seconds) using they're sports accomplishments in their introduction (propaganda) video. This made this mom roll her eyes!
#7 the bus drivers were very helpful
#8 W met with a specialist in his area of interest. She was extremely helpful and gave us more information than I could have ever expected. We now know W is in for a 7 year educational experience!
#9 While starting out tour with our ambassador (See #1) we hear someone yelling W's name! We finally found the girl behind the yell, and it was someone that had played soccer with W a couple of years ago! this amazed this mom (see #2) and amazed at what great eye sight this girl must have!
#10 We learned to ride the buses (see #3, #4 and #7)
#11 The college scholarship dead line has passed!?!
#12 W came home even more set on going to this university
#13 Glad we went today (it was 70 degrees in February).
#14 W has a variety of friends. His friend LT went with us, but we met his MB there. I spent an afternoon with all 3 of them. They are all so different and so funny together.
#15 He's going to be fine, get an good education, and he's going to have fun!
Bonus ~ when we got home we were chatting about his area of interest. He was more certain that that IS what he wants to do. The 7 years didn't scare him, but he did make the comment, "you know Mom it's going to be like, like all College classes." HUH?
Just how can this be? ......
" it's like, like all college classes?" what did he think this was going to be?
After a couple of moments of just plain staring at him..... I busted out laughing and he quickly joined in! We had a conversation about how not every college class so intense, there will be some fluff mixed in there!
Monday, February 9, 2009
Wait, what about a picture? you say!
I say.... OH, that's funny they're already gone!
Here is the recipe anyway.....
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg white
1 tablespoon cold water
1 pound pecan halves
Mix sugar, cinnamon and salt until well blended.
Beat egg white and water with fork until frothy.
Pour over pecans and stir well until all pecans are covered.
Pour sugar mixture over pecans and stir until all the sugar
has coated the pecans.
Spread on a cookie sheet and bake at 225 for one hour, stirring occasionally.
Makes one pound.
Wait is that PEE-can or pee-KON? I once heard a cooking instructor say.... a PEE-can is something you pee in so we should always say pee-KON! Well, if that didn't teach you something it certainly gave you a visual when you hear someone say PEE-can!
Sunday, February 8, 2009
I have 3 positions within the organizations,
#1 I work with the cub scouts
#2 I am the secretary for the women's organization
#3 I am asked to go into the homes of 5 women every month to make sure their needs are being met (or just to make sure they have a friend)
these are in no particular order!
Our Sunday talks are given by members of our congregation. They are generally given a subject and about a week to prepare. It's a growing experience for all involved.
Notes from today's talks.....
daily scripture reading.. "is the Lord trying to speak to us OR is he trying to change us"
going to Heavenly Father for help ... "Pride vs humility"
teaching our children ... "we are teaching even when we don't realize that we're teaching"
"we should not do anything we wouldn't want to see our children do"
In one of our classes the lesson was from the parable of the Wheat and Tares
(found in the book of Matthew)
the instructor explained to us what a Tare was. I'd never known what an actual tare was, but I do now. It's a toxic plant that looks just like wheat until it reaches maturity then they show themselves in different ways. The wheat's bloom is heavier and will bow whereas the Tare's bloom has purple berries and is light and will stand straight up.
some of my thoughts from this lesson....
*are we strong enough to bow (to be the wheat)
*The plants aren't weeded until they mature (or when the Savior comes). So we have time to make ourselves Wheat. Given the chance to become what Heavenly Father expects of us.
Seating update... hubby is out of town so we got to adventure up into the pews! Hubby sits up higher than everyone else so he MUST sit in the back, when he's not there it's a heyday on where we will sit! Oh, the opportunities were endless...... we bubbled over with excitement!
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
G ~ "Mom, what games did you play with when you were little."
Me ~"we didn't have video games, or computers. I watched TV." "But our TV was only 3 channels"...."and not cartoon channels."
G ~ looking quite serious didn't reply right away but finally said, "I'm so sorry, Mom."
Me ~ not sure that we were still on the same subject "what are you sorry for."
G ~ "that you had such a bad time when you were little."
We then had a little conversation about how I didn't know any better, because I'd ever had anything else. I could tell by the look on his face he still felt so sorry for me!
Tonight after we left the HS we drove through town. We commented on how there were so many cars at the local Applebees.
G~"well, alot of people go out to eat on Friday nights, because that's the day everyone gets paid."
Mom ~ "Everyone gets paid on Friday?"
G~ "yea, everyone gets paid on Friday and then they go spend it."
Mom ~ "Dad doesn't get paid on Friday and I don't get paid on Friday."
G~ "Really when do you get paid?
Mom ~ "Dad gets paid once a month and I get paid once a month."
G ~ "really? Well, that would mean that Dad gets paid alot of money, since it's just once a month. Dad would have to get paid at least $100 if it's only once a month. Because $100 is alot more than $50"
Mom ~ ??????
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Just how can this be... A winter without snow?
I tried to build winter up by saying that February can very snowy! He really wasn't buying it, but it did give him alittle hope.
Now that February is here...... I'm wondering if "This Winter is a Waste"
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
It's always a fun time at cub scouts!
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
This situation which rendered my van a non van! Frustration hit several times, like the day I went to Home Depot to get these long mental thingys (for hubby) and NO, the van door doesn't open, NO, they don't want to go in the side door, NO, NO, NO...... a non van that's what it was!
This is only one event of life with the non van....... Last week I'd had enough! I took it in to be fixed..... $90 later, it opened! They had to take the back panel off, found it full of dust. They cleaned it out, lubed it up and sent me on my way.
I now know what it's like to drive around inside a can of WD-40. The smell was awful BUT the VAN is back!
Monday, February 2, 2009
Last week our local PBS station ran a series of shows called Make 'em Laugh. It was so funny, it showed the laughter throughout the years, from Buster Keeton all the way to our current day Jon Stewart.
A couple of weeks ago W and I were discussing Steven Cobert's comments of Kanye West and his attempt to have his album out sell Kanye's on Itunes. Very funny stuff!
W and I tried to pick our favorite funny people, we both agreed on Steven Colbert, Steve Carell (did you see the hour long "The Office" last night after the super bowl?), and Tina Fey, but then we were stuck for our 4th person (where we got the idea we needed 4 people I don't know). I like Seth Meyers from SNL weekend report, but is he really the best guy for our foursome?
Sunday, February 1, 2009
I'm not sure that's what everyone else heard but that was the message for me today.
When I hear this message it reminds me of going to church with my Grandparents. I would stand between them and sing the hymn "Count your many Blessing, name them one by one, Count you many Blessing see what God hath done."
For those of you that have tuned in to hear if I got 'our' seats ..... No, I didn't.
I even plotted and planned, only slightly thinking that hubby and little G would be under the weather just enough that they'd stay home..... No, luck there. Knowing that W was tired I only went to wake him once, and then thought I'd just let him sleep today. Well, that one didn't work either. Just as I was walking out of the bedroom dress and ready, I heard him brushing his teeth, Heavy sigh, he was up and getting ready! Hubby and G left while I waited for W. Heavy sigh, I was going to be late again!
Geez! do you see why I got the message to count my blessings today? My entire family was in church! What a blessing! and yes, an even greater blessing than me sitting in "my seat"!
The morning started early with W and I headed to the city for his indoor soccer game. I had gotten up, showered and was about half way there when I realized that I was probably not well enough to survive this trip! Too late now! As we stepped out of the truck W mentioned that he had the same thoughts! WOW and this kid was going to play a sport, it was all I could do to just sit there with out falling over!
W and I made it back home and into bed a few minutes before hubby and little G made it back home from his game. Getting a game report from G is an experience, you get action replays of what everyone else did.
When I finished my 2 hour nap we had some lunch and then we were off to W's game. He looked much better this afternoon.
Oh, yeah the score board ~
indoor soccer ~ lost
G basketball ~ lost
W basketball ~ won