You Are a Cherry Flavored Popsicle
You are sweet and friendly. For you, summer is all about doing your favorite things.
You are a nostalgic person. You love old fashioned things like ice cream trucks.
You savor everything. Every taste of summer, the feeling of the sun, the smell of the beach...
Of all the types, you love summer the most.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Unless it's funny.
I took my Hero to work this morning. He drives a straight truck for Dohrn Transfer, a regional trucking firm. We were a little early so we were sitting in the parking lot talking for just a minute before we needed to part for the day. We were sitting in the parking lot of Dohrn Transfer. (I just wanted to make sure you got that part.)
As one of the cabs pass us on the street in front of the parking lot, I (remember menopause) blurted out, "Hey, look! There's a Dohrn truck!"
He just stared at me. Then he laughed.
Monday, July 28, 2008
This is a really uneventful week as far as I can tell. General chores and work in the afternoons.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
She thought she had a tummy flu. She laid down to take a nap and woke up to see Jesus — but not us.
I still go to grab the phone and call her and tell her something funny or ask a question and just as my hand reaches out, I remember.
And I'm mad. She's not here. She's with Jesus and I'm not. I miss her.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
3 c. Chocolate chips
1 can Sweetened condensed milk
Pinch of salt
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 c. Chopped nuts
And in no time, you have a chocolate fix!!!
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
and the thought keeps making me laugh.
I heard one of those, "When we were kids . . ." things and it said, "When we were kids, no one had to look for their keys … they were in the ignition!"
The really funny part is, it's true. When I was in middle school, there was an advertising campaign to get people to take the keys out of the car! How funny is that?
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
When we first came to Iowa, this is what the old church sign looked like:
This sign does not say, "We really want you here!"
So I got busy with an overhead projector, some plywood and paint and painted this one:
Monday, July 21, 2008
One of my kids is coming to visit for a day on Wednesday, other than that, just the usual.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
“I could wish that every time the clock struck it said: 'By grace are ye saved.'"
Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Thursday, July 17, 2008
38 years old on the first day of Y2K
36 years old when Princess Diana was killed in a car crash
34 years old at the time of Oklahoma City bombing
33 years old when O. J. Simpson was charged with murder
32 years old at the time of the 93 bombing of the World Trade Center
29 years old when Operation Desert Storm began
28 years old during the fall of the Berlin Wall
25 years old when the space shuttle Challenger exploded
23 years old when Apple introduced the Macintosh
22 years old during Sally Ride's travel in space
20 years old when Pres. Reagan was shot by John Hinckley, Jr.
18 years old at the time the Iran hostage crisis began
15 years old on the U.S.'s bicentennial Fourth of July
13 years old when President Nixon left office
11 years old when Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace was shot
8 years old at the time the first man stepped on the moon
7 years old when Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated
4 years old during the Watts riot
2 years old at the time President Kennedy was assassinated
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
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Tuesday, July 15, 2008
My Hero said, "I'll see what he needs" and went to check. He opened the door and asked the boy what he needed.
The boy answered (with much attitude) "I was not talking to you!"
Being the wonderful grandfather that he is, my Hero promptly made it very clear that the attitude was completely unacceptable.
When he was finished correcting the boy, I instructed the little guy to say, "I'm sorry Pops, may I please speak to Nana now?" Which he did in a very courteous voice.
The boy wanted to make sure I was putting his trains in the right place. (Bossy Britches!) And after I assured him that I had it under control, I said, "You really need to go apologize to Pops because you hurt his heart the way you talked to him."
He responded (rather astutely for a 4-year-old), "I don't know if I can, Nana, cuz my heart is mad to his."
I said, "Why don't you go try to see him and say sorry and hug him and see if it helps your heart."
So, he walked into the living room and climbed up in my Hero's lap and gave him a big hug and just sat with his head on Pop's shoulder for a minute. When he turned around to get down, I asked him, "Did it work? Did it help?"
And he smiled his beautiful smile and said, "I'm all better because our hearts were together!!"
How precious is that?
(My Hero looked at me after I took the boy back to Mommy's room and said, "I think that's why we hug one another . . . it puts our hearts together, literally.")
"…That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love…"
Monday, July 14, 2008
One-third of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives. Many people in the U.S. do not even graduate from high school.
58% of the US adult population never reads another book after high school.
42% of college graduates never read another book.
80% of US families did not buy or read a book last year.
70% of US adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.
Most readers do not get past page 18 in a book they have purchased.
Go here for a lot more!
I am working for a temp agency and I have a 4-6 week assignment working 3-7 at a medical clinic. I just started so I'm still getting my schedule together. I don't have many other plans this week.
Saturday, July 12, 2008
This was recorded not long after her husband, Howard Goodman, went home to be with the Lord and I can't watch it without smiling and crying at the same time.
Just a side note, the piano player is my third cousin. We never met, but he is included in the family book that another cousin is compiling.
Friday, July 11, 2008
I need to know how to preserve these things. I have no clue. I know there are archival quality things out there, but I need suggestions, please!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Then I turned 40. I don't know if something just snapped into place or what, but it seems that overnight, I lost that feeling of panic when talking to others. I'm not afraid to ask for things anymore. Not long ago, I was in a grocery store and spoke to a total stranger. As we walked away, my daughter Wendy asked me, "Who are you and what did you do with my mother?" In my 30's, I would never have taken a position as a temp. That would have been torture for me. Yet, now I did it and I loved it.
I like the new me more. I just wished that I had figured this out years ago.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Rub the roast with salt, pepper, garlic, & chili powder. (I didn't have any cumin or I'd have used that, too.)
Put it in a covered pan, and bake at 225°F for 4-5 hours. (It was fall apart tender.)
Shred it up with a fork, and eat it on a tortilla with your preferred toppings. We had black beans, sour cream, & shredded pepper jack cheese.
It was so good!
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Sometimes, when life seems to spin out of control, I just close my eyes and enjoy the ride. I know I am safe in the hands of my Saviour. Even when I fall down, I get up and do it again.
Monday, July 7, 2008
This will probably depend upon my interview today.
(Can you tell that one appointment is consuming my mind right now?)
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Teenagers, children, even toddlers and some so-called-adults use the word "Whatever" to shut down a conversation when they aren't getting their way. It is a word that has come to mean "begrudging compliance" used "to dismiss the previous statement and express indifference."
However, when said to God with a surrendered spirit, whatever is a good thing. Actually, it's the only thing we ought to say.
"Now be ye not stiffnecked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves unto the LORD, and enter into his sanctuary, which he hath sanctified for ever: and serve the LORD your God, that the fierceness of his wrath may turn away from you."
Thursday, July 3, 2008
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Like fireflies (or lightning bugs). I love watching the fireflies right at dusk, so last night I ran out with my camera hoping to capture the magic. Eighty-five clicks of the shutter later, all I have are these two little yellow spots.
I have to work on this.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
And I began learning the songs. Through almost all of the trials of my life, only second to Scripture, my solace has been found in the songs I began learning so very long ago.
My Lord knows the way through the wilderness,
All I have to do is follow.
My Lord knows the way through the wilderness,
All I have to do is follow.
Strength for today
Is mine all the way
And all that I need for tomorrow.
My Lord knows the way through the wilderness,
All I have to do is follow.
Through one of the darkest times of my life the words, "Strength for today is mine all the way" comforted me moment by moment.
Mine, mine, mine, mine
Jesus is mine!
Mine when I'm weary,
Mine when I'm cheery!
Mine, mine, mine, mine,
Jesus is mine!
Jesus is always mine!
Singing those words make me so excited I almost want to jump up and down! (Except that would not be pretty … trust me.)
And of course, the truth that is the basis of my faith:
Jesus love me,
This I know,
For the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong,
They are weak but He is strong.
Yes, Jesus loves me.
Yes, Jesus loves me.
Yes, Jesus loves me,
The Bible tells me so.
Sing to your little ones and you touch their lives for all their lives.