Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Team questions and my answers..
plus a bunch of emotions that I should delete.
Actually I should not post this blog at all.
But maybe someone needs to know that everyone is not surrounded by family and friends close at hand or far away. Some of us have family and friends within a 15 minute drive and are still, alone. Will not be included in any get-to-gathers... because, that is just the way it is.
I remember when my children were youngster, tiny tots... and on New Year's Eve I would think for just a few minutes, that I was the only one in the world not out celebrating with a loved one &/or friends.... then I would say that is silly... Someone is baby sitting the children of those who are out partying. You are not the only one at home alone with children while the rest of the world parties. And, besides you are not really a party girl anyway.
How about you? Is your shopping done? Haven't started!!!! eek!
I have done my shopping, no rush to wrap. the recipients will probably not be around to collect them in my lifetime. And I am tired of tracking them down to give them another gift. I will save them and someday they may want my gifts.
Any Christmas traditions? What's the one that means the most to you?
when my children were young we would open one package Christmas Eve (the new Christmas PJ's). Christmas morning we would open the stockings then off we would go to Grandma's house for most of the day, then come home to open the gifts under our tree. It has been a great many years since my children were young. Middle years ago, the children were grown and it was the time of the one who loved me best.. I would put up the tree on Thanksgiving Day evening after the company had left and the leftovers put away and the dish done... and start to assemble my Dept 56 village pieces around the tree and house each year the village grew. No tree this year, Haven't had the village pieces out of their storage boxes for 15+ years.
The most important material gift for me was/is my Christmas Stocking. It just isn't the same if you have to fill it yourself.
Favorite Christmas special?
The season used to start with watching "Miracle on 34th Street" the b/w Maureen O'Hara version on Thanksgiving Day. Sometime along would catch "The Bishop's Wife" b/w Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven. and some other movies. For several years I looked forward to "The Christmas List" it was an ABC Family network tv movie. I couldn't find it this year. too bad it was a good all is lost story with a happy ending. Wish I had been able to record a copy of that show.
What do you hope to find under the tree with your name on it this year?
No tree. Nothing under it if it were there unless I bought it and wrapped it and put it there myself. What's the point.. There isn't anything I really need that can be purchased.
Thinking about New Years' resolutions yet? What 'cha got in mind?
Keep putting one foot in front of the other. Stay as healthy as I can. Lose more of my excess weight by eating healthier and exercising healthier too.
Sorry, this sounds quite pathetic. But it is how I feel at this moment in time.
I am where my choices in life have left me.
that bears repeating... I am where my choices in life have left me.
Maybe by making better choices in 2014 I will like where my choices have left me heading into 2015.
(note: I have one of my adult children in my life currently. but he will probably be moving on again as soon as he has recovered from his divorce. Meanwhile I get to enjoy the benefits of his company when he is not at work or with his friends, or sleeping, and, I get to pal around with his cat. Life is not all bad. AND, I do have some great memories. AND, I did have someone who loved me best in my life for awhile before God took him home. I surely do miss 'the love of my life'. I was and am very lucky.)
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Today’s weather report: Overnight about 10-inches of snow fell. My son ran the snow blower for about 1-1/2 hours cleared the driveway plus a little more, then used the roof rake to clear the eaves of snow. It seems funny NOT to have to do all that myself. I did slip on a coat, boots, & gloves and wield the broom to clear the steps. I had to do something to feel useful. (note: I also fed the birds) Don’t get me wrong, I love that he is in my life and so very helpful, but I hate that I am getting old and am nearing the point where I couldn’t do the work no matter what. There is still snow falling, but it is so fine that if it was rain we would call it “mist” ! So, does that mean I should say, “It is Snow Misting” ? Just a thought.
I found these quotes that I had saved a month or more ago.. Thinking I would put them in a blog... so I decided to slip them in here.
stop focusing on how stressed you are and focus on how blessed you are - Fleu Joy
Friendship isn't about who you've known the longest, it's about who walked into your life, and said, “I'm here for you" and proved it! - lessons learned in life.
It might be easier to keep my heart safe, but I don’t want to go through life with nothing to show for it. Loving someone and being loved is the only real living. Anything else is just existing, just passing time and I don’t want to have to explain to God at the end of my life why I wasted all the opportunities He gave me to be loving.” She dipped the spoon into the bowl, pausing thoughtfully. “If God is love, then I believe that is what we are all called to do.”
Hart, Jillian (2011-07-01). Calico Bride (Love Inspired Historical) (p. 78). Harlequin Enterprises. Kindle Edition.
“No, they weren’t merely happy. They were joyous. That’s what I want. I want a man who can be the other half to my soul, who knows my heart better than I know it myself and who is the champion of my dreams.”
Hart, Jillian (2011-07-01). Calico Bride (Love Inspired Historical) (p. 94). Harlequin Enterprises. Kindle Edition.
So just in case our paths don't cross again in the near future....
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
May all the "Special Days" and "Holidays" you celebrate be occasions of Joyous celebration this year and ALWAYS!!
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
A Beautiful Quote:
I am supposed to pick 12 women (who have touched my life) and whom I think might participate. I think that if this group of women were ever to be in a room together, there is nothing that would be impossible. I hope I chose the right twelve. May my hugs, love, gestures, and communications remind you how special you are. Please send this back to me. Remember to make a wish before you read the quotation. That's all you have to do. There is nothing attached. Just send this to twelve women and let me know what happens on the fourth day. Try not to break this, please. Did you make a wish yet? If you don't make a wish, it won't come true... This is your last chance to make a wish!
"May today there be peace within.
May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been give to you.
May you be content with yourself just the way you are.
Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us."¯
Now, send this to 12 women (or more) (you can copy & paste) within the next 5 minutes. In addition, remember to send this back to me. I count as one. You'll see why.
NOTE: I left the send back to me phrases... just in case you wanted to copy and paste this copied-input into an email to someone (or more)...
Please love yourself... YOU are WORTHY. KNOW that please.
Love and Hugs, Audra
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Our Yearly Dementia Test
It's that time of year for us to take our annual senior citizen test.
Exercise of the brain is as important as exercise of the muscles. As we grow older, it's important to keep mentally alert. If you don't use it, you lose it!
Below is a very private way to gauge how your memory compares to the last test. Some may think it is too easy but the ones with memory problems may have difficulty. Take this test to determine if you're losing it or not.
The spaces below are so you don't see the answers until after you've answered them.
OK, relax, clear your mind and begin.
1. What do you put in a toaster?
Answer: 'bread.' If you said 'toast' give up now and do something else.
Try not to hurt yourself.
If you said, bread, go to Question 2.
2. Say 'silk' five times. Now spell 'silk.' What do cows drink?
Answer: Cows drink water. If you said 'milk' don't attempt the next question. Your brain is over-stressed and may even overheat. Content yourself with reading a more appropriate literature such as Auto World.
However, if you said 'water', proceed to question 3.
3. If a red house is made from red bricks and a blue house is made from blue bricks and a pink house is made from pink bricks and a black house is made from black bricks, what is a green house made from?
Answer: Greenhouses are made from glass. If you said 'green bricks,' why are you still reading these???
If you said 'glass,' go on to Question 4.
4. Without using a calculator - You are driving a bus from London to
Milford Haven in Wales . In London , 17 people get on the bus.
In Reading , 6 people get off the bus and 9 people get on.
In Swindon , 2 people get off and 4 get on.
In Cardiff , 11 people get off and 16 people get on.
In Swansea , 3 people get off and 5 people get on.
In Carmathen, 6 people get off and 3 get on.
You then arrive at Milford Haven.
Without scrolling back to review, how old is the bus driver?
Answer: Oh, for crying out loud!
Don't you remember your own age?
It was YOU driving the bus!!
If you pass this along to your friends, pray they do better than you.
PS: 95% of people fail most of the questions!!
Saturday, December 07, 2013
As with any habit, making the choice to change is the hardest step. The irony is that the more you take time to intentionally set your expectations, the less you will have to be intentional about it.
from "Tips for Liking the Bible" by Keith Ferrin
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