Wednesday, January 19, 2011
No job news. I tell you I am a little tired of the bad weather. They are talking about a storm now Thursday night into Friday. Then another one next Tuesday. Funny the meteorologist said in November "Oh we will hardly see any snow this season" Yeah right! Only job where you can be wrong all the time and still have a job. Well that or my nurse. Ha! (sorry couldn't resist)
My furbaby Flurry was throwing up again yesterday and had me worried. She is fine today. Between her and my DH driving in this crappy weather I have been biting my cuticals. Have to come up with something else cause they were bleeding. They are really sore. I hate hand lotion on my hands because of the smell. Thinking maybe using gloves and vasiline when I sleep to moisten them. Hey could be worse I could bite my nails I guess. He he.
As for the book I am writing, which is about my life. I am sort of becoming my own obstacle. I start to write stuff then I forget if I wrote it before. Then I can't seem to get it into any sort of order. Do all writers have this trouble or is it just me? I am setting my goals to continue with it this week. Going to try at least one attempt a day. Perhaps one subject a day.
Want to give a shout out to Rottlady today is the last time for her to check into this site for a few weeks due to surgery. It is why I did a late night post last night with the pets. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.
Have some funnies of sorts for you today. Sixth graders are what 11-12 years old? I found it amusing. Enjoy!
~* History Through Eyes of 6th Graders *~
(actual answers to a 6th grade history test)
Ancient Egypt was inhabited by mummies and they all wrote in hydraulics. They lived in the Sarah Dessert. The climate of the Sarah is such that the inhabitants have to live elsewhere.
Moses led the Hebrew slaves to the Red Sea, where they made unleavened bread, which is bread made without any ingredients. Moses went up on Mount Cyanide to get the ten commandments. He died before he ever reached Canada.
Solomom had three hundred wives and seven hundred porcupines.
The Greeks were a highly sculptured people, and without them we wouldn't have history. The Greeks also had myths. A myth is a female moth.
Socrates was a famous Greek teacher who went around giving people advice. They killed him. Socrates died from an overdose of wedlock. After his death, his career suffered a dramatic decline. This may be true!
In the Olympic games, Greeks ran races, jumped, hurled biscuits, and threw the java.
Julius Caesar extinguished himself on the battlefields of Gaul. The Ides of March murdered him because they thought he was going to be made king. Dying, he gasped out: "Tee hee, Brutus."
Joan of Arch was burnt to a steak and was cannonized by Bernard Shaw.
Queen Elizabeth was the "Virgin Queen." As a queen she was a success. When she exposed herself before her troops they all shouted "hurrah."
It was an age of great inventions and discoveries. Gutenberg invented removable type and the Bible. Another important invention was the circulation of blood. Sir Walter Raleigh is a historical figure because he invented cigarettes and started smoking. Sir Fransis Drake circumsized the world with a 100-foot clipper.
The greatest writer of the Renaissance was William Shakespeare. He was born in the year 1564, supposedly on his birthday. He never made much money and is famous only because of his plays. He wrote tragedies, comedies, and hysterectomies, all in Islamic pentameter. Romeo and Juliet are an example of a heroic couple. Romeo's last wish was to be laid by (beside) Juliet.
Writing at the same time as Shakespeare was Miguel Cervantes. He wrote Donkey Hote. The next great author was John Milton. Milton wrote Paradise Lost. Then his wife died and he wrote Paradise Regained. This also has a logical ring of truth.
Delegates from the original 13 states formed the Contented Congress. Thomas Jefferson, a Virgin, and Benjamin Franklin were two singers of the Declaration of Independence. Franklin discovered electricity by rubbing two cats backwards and declared, "A horse divided against itself cannot stand." Franklin died in 1790 and is still dead.
Abraham Lincoln became America's greatest Precedent. Lincoln's mother died in infancy, and he was born in a log cabin which he built with his own hands. Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves by signing the Emasculation Proclamation. On the night of April 14, 1865, Lincoln went to the theater and got shot in his seat by one of the actors in a moving picture show. They believe the assinator was John Wilkes Booth, a supposingly insane actor. This ruined Booth's career.
Johann Bach wrote a great many musical compositions and had a large number of children. In between he practiced on an old spinster which he kept up in his attic. Bach died from 1750 to the present. Bach was the most famous composer in the world and so was Handel. Handel was half German half Italian and half English. He was very large.
Beethoven wrote music even though he was deaf. He was so deaf he wrote loud music. He took long walks in the forest even when everyone was calling for him. Beethoven expired in 1827 and later died for this.
The nineteenth century was a time of a great many thoughts and inventions. People stopped reproducing by hand and started reproducing by machine. The invention of the steamboat caused a network of rivers to spring up. Cyrus McCormick invented the McCormick raper, which did the work of a hundred men. Louis Pasteur discovered a cure for rabbis. Charles Darwin was a naturalist who wrote the Organ of the Species. Madman Curie discovered radio. And Karl Marx became one of the Marx Brothers.
-Their teacher prefers to remain anonymous!!
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Ice, Ice, Baby. Lots of ice here today. They say the main roads aren't bad but our side street we keep hearing people getting stuck. I am nervous over my DH going to work. I hope the temp goes up by then. Linda (my nurse) isn't coming. I think she would probably get stuck or worse if she does.
DH hasn't heard from the job he is applying for yet. Last weeks snow and this weeks ice has delayed the paperwork and all. We just have to be patient. Hard to be patient when it is costing so much for his to go to the further job.
DH didn't get much from the pantry. It is a relief in paying the Electric Bill this month. We still owe $1200. Which is why we are paying the $425 each month to catch us up. I will be glad when it is caught up for good. Mortgage and our Trustee is going to be behind and I am keeping the Faith that things will get better. I pray for God to help us to have patience and to guide us in making the right decisions and choices.
Have a good story for you today. I liked it because it shows examples of how to think or choices in dealing with difficult people and to accept others for what and who they are. Enjoy!
~* Love others to be loved by them *~
A candle loses nothing if it is used to light another one.
A long time ago in China, a girl named Li-Li got married & went to live with her husband and mother-in-law. In a very short time, Li-Li found that she couldn"t get along with mother-in-law at all. Their personalities were very different, and Li-Li was angered by many of her mother-in-law's habits. In addition, she criticized Li-Li constantly.
Days passed, and weeks passed. Li-Li and her mother-in-law never stopped arguing and fighting. But what made the situation even worse was that, according to ancient Chinese tradition, Li-Li had to bow to her mother-in-law and obey her every wish. All the anger and unhappiness in the house was causing Li-Li's poor husband great distress.
Finally, Li-Li could not stand her mother-in-law's bad temper and dictatorship any longer, and she decided to do something about it! Li-Li went to see her father"s good friend, Mr. Huang, who sold herbs. She told him the situation and asked if he would give her some poison so that she could solve the problem once and for all..
Mr. Huang thought for a while, and finally said, "Li-Li, I will help you solve your problem, but you must listen to me and obey what I tell you."
Li-Li said, "Yes, Mr. Huang, I will do whatever you tell me to do."
Mr. Huang went into the back room, and returned in a few minutes with a package of herbs. He told Li-Li, "You can"t use a quick-acting poison to get rid of your mother-in-law, because that would cause people to become suspicious. Therefore, I have given you a number of herbs that will slowly build up poison in her body. Every other day prepare some delicious meal and put a little of these herbs in her serving. Now, in order to make sure that nobody suspect you, when she dies, you must be very careful to be actively friendly towards her. "Don"t argue with her, obey her every wish, and treat her like a queen." Li-Li was so happy. She thanked Mr. Huang and hurried home to start her plot of murdering her mother-in-law.
Weeks went by, and months went by, and every other day, Li-Li served the specially treated food to her mother-in-law. She remembered what Mr. Huang had said about avoiding suspicion, so she controlled her temper, obeyed her mother-in-law, and treated her like her own mother.
After six months had passed, the whole household had changed. Li-Li had practiced controlling her temper so much that she found that she almost never got mad or upset. She hadn"t had an argument with her mother-in-law in six months because she now seemed much kinder and easier to get along with.
The mother-in-law's attitude toward Li-Li changed, and she began to love Li-Li like her own daughter. She kept telling friends and relatives that Li-Li was the best daughter-in-law one could ever find. Li-Li and her mother-in-law were now treating each other like a real mother and daughter. Li-Li's husband was very happy to see what was happening.
One day, Li-Li came to see Mr. Huang and asked for his help again She said, "Dear Mr. Huang, please help me to keep the poison from killing my mother-in-law. She's changed into such a nice woman, and I love her like my own mother. I do not want her to die because of the poison I gave her."
Mr. Huang smiled and nodded his head.. "Li-Li, there"s nothing to worry about. I never gave you any poison. The herbs I gave you were vitamins to improve her health. The only poison was in your mind and your attitude toward her, but that has been all washed away by the love which you gave to her."
There is a wise Chinese saying: "The person who loves others will also be loved in return." God might be trying to work in another person"s life through you.
"A candle loses nothing if it is used to light another one."
And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary - Paul The Apostle
LIVE well .... LAUGH often ... LOVE much.
Monday, January 17, 2011
Cold here today. Went down to 8 degrees last night. BBBRRRR even though I am use to being cold I had to break down and put the heat on 70 so it can keep up. Normally I keep it around 60-65. Then everytime I came to my spark page the snow scenes just made me colder. So I had to change it. Ha!
DH is off to the pantry to see if they have some staples to help us squeeze through. Sometimes it isn't the greatest quality. We got some Kielbasa a few weeks ago and my DH boiled it to get the grease out and even after that it was SO greasy. Definitely a Heart Attack on a plate. I am sorry to say our dogs enjoyed it.
I paid the Electric Bill now it is just a matter of getting the mortgage payment up. I can't tell you what it means to me to be able to write this down and get it off my mind. Most times I breathe a "sigh" of relief when I get it off my chest. Thank you for that. I consider each of my spark family as a BIG blessing in my life.
Found this wonderful story to share with you. Enjoy!
~*~ Pappy ~*~
Pappy was a pleasant-looking old fellow. He had the whitest hair which he kept neatly cut and combed. His eyes were blue, though faded with age, and they seemed to emit a warmth from within. His face was quite drawn, but when he smiled, even his wrinkles seemed to soften and smile with him. He had a talent for whistling and did so happily each day as he dusted and swept his pawnshop; even so, he had a secret sadness, but everyone who knew him respected and adored him.
Most of Pappy's customers returned for their goods, and he did not do much business, but he did not mind. To him, the shop was not a livelihood as much as a welcome pastime.
There was a room in the back of his shop where he spent time tinkering with a menagerie of his own precious items. He referred to this back room as "memory hall." In it were pocket watches, clocks, and electric trains. There were miniature steam engines and antique toys made of wood, tin, or cast iron, and there were various other obsolete trinkets as well.
Spending time in memory hall delighted him as he recalled many treasured moments from his past. He handled each item with care, and sometimes he would close his eyes and pause to relive a sweet, simple childhood memory.
One day, Pappy was working to his heart's content reassembling an old railroad lantern. As he worked, he whistled the melody of a railroad tune and reminisced about his own past as a switchman. It was a typical day at the shop. Outside, the sun illuminated the clear sky, and a slight wind passed through the door. Whenever the weather was this nice, Pappy kept the inner door open. He enjoyed the fresh air -- almost as much as the distinctive smell of antiques and old engine oil.
As he was polishing his newly restored lantern, he heard the tinkling of his bell on the shop door. The bell, which produced a uniquely charming resound, had been in Pappy's family for over a hundred years. He cherished it dearly and enjoyed sharing its song with all who came to his shop. Although the bell hung on the inside of the main door, Pappy had strung a wire to the screen door so that it would ring whether the inner door was open or not. Prompted by the bell, he left memory hall to greet his customer.
At first, he did not see her. Her shiny, soft curls barely topped the counter.
"And how can I help you, little lady?" Pappy's voice was jovial.
"Hello, sir." The little girl spoke almost in a whisper. She was dainty. Bashful. Innocent. She looked at Pappy with her big brown eyes, then slowly scanned the room in search of something special. Shyly she told him, "I'd like to buy a present, sir."
"Well, let's see," Pappy said, "who is this present for?"
"My grandpa. It's for my grandpa. But I don't know what to get."
Pappy began to make suggestions. "How about a pocket watch? It's in good condition. I fixed it myself," he said proudly.
The little girl didn't answer. She had walked to the doorway and put her small hand on the door. She wiggled the door gently to ring the bell. Pappy's face seemed to glow as he saw her smiling with excitement.
"This is just right," the little girl bubbled. "Momma says grandpa loves music."
Just then, Pappy's expression changed. Fearful of breaking the little girl's heart, he told her, "I'm sorry, missy. That's not for sale. Maybe your grandpa would like this little radio."
The little girl looked at the radio, lowered her head, and sadly sighed, "No, I don't think so."
In an effort to help her understand, Pappy told her the story of how the bell had been in his family for so many years, and that was why he didn't want to sell it.
The little girl looked up at him, and with a giant tear in her eye, sweetly said, "I guess I understand. Thank you, anyway."
Suddenly, Pappy thought of how the rest of the family was all gone now, except for his estranged daughter whom he had not seen in nearly a decade.
Why not, he thought. Why not pass it on to someone who will share it with a loved one? God only knows where it will end up anyway.
"Wait... little lady." Pappy spoke just as the little girl was going out the door -- just as he was hearing his bell ring for the last time. "I've decided to sell the bell. Here's a hanky. Blow your nose."
The little girl began to clap her hands. "Oh, thank you, sir. Grandpa will be so happy."
"Okay, little lady. Okay." Pappy felt good about helping the child; he knew, however, he would miss the bell. "You must promise to take good care of the bell for your grandpa -- and for me, too, okay?" He carefully placed the bell in a brown paper bag.
"Oh, I promise," said the little girl. Then, she suddenly became very still and quiet. There was something she had forgotten to ask. She looked up at Pappy with great concern, and again almost in a whisper, asked, "How much will it cost?"
"Well, let's see. How much have you got to spend?" Pappy asked with a grin.
The child pulled a small coin purse from her pocket then reached up and emptied two dollars and forty-seven cents onto the counter.
After briefly questioning his own sanity, Pappy said, "Little lady, this is your lucky day. That bell costs exactly two dollars and forty-seven cents."
Later that evening as Pappy prepared to close up shop, he found himself thinking about his bell. Already he had decided not to put up another one. He thought about the child and wondered if her grandpa liked his gift. Surely he would cherish anything from such a precious grandchild.
At that moment, just as he was going to turn off the light in memory hall, Pappy thought he heard his bell. Again, he questioned his sanity; he turned toward the door, and there stood the little girl. She was ringing the bell and smiling sweetly.
Pappy was puzzled as he strolled toward the small child. "What's this, little lady? Have you changed your mind?"
"No," she grinned. "Momma says it's for you."
Before Pappy had time to say another word, the child's mother stepped into the doorway, and choking back a tear, she gently said, "Hello, Dad."
The little girl tugged on her grandpa's shirttail. "Here, Grandpa. Here's your hanky. Blow your nose."
Sunday, January 16, 2011
My DH and I had a rather uneventful day yesterday. Yeah! for once. DH is off to do laundry. We have a washer and normally hang outside but the temp isn't getting much above freezing. We were getting by with hanging close around the house but it has gotten to big for that. hehe.
I am finding myself addicted to oranges and tomatoes. I take the canned diced tomatoes and add scallion, garlic, basil, oregano, parsley and pepper. It is so good. Like fresh bruchetta. The oranges we were able to get some and they are so good. I have one each day a lunch. I gotta tell you I get all excited over anything other than tuna on rye. Which I eat 5 days a week for my dinner when I am alone because I can't cook for myself. Tuna is getting SO old. I started putting dill pickles on it sometimes to make it less boring. Ha!
Well since I am really just rattling on cause I don't have much to say I guess I will bring this to an end. I have a Joke, story and a special prayer. Enjoy!
**** JOKE ****
God greeted two newcomers to heaven. One was a preacher, the other was a lawyer. He ushered the preacher to a small shack and settled him in to his austere quarters; then led the lawyer to a huge, luxuriously appointed mansion.
"I don't understand," the lawyer puzzled. "That man was a preacher, and you gave him a shack. And yet, you've said I am to live in this luxurious, huge mansion. Why?"
"Sir," said God, "We've had lots and lots of preachers, here. But you, sir, are our very first LAWYER."
~* Something Special For My Granny *~
For some time I've had a church member provide me with a rose boutonniere to pin on the lapel of my suit every Sunday. Because I always got a flower on Sunday morning, I really did not think much of it. It was a nice gesture that became routine. One Sunday, however, what I considered ordinary became very special.
As I was leaving the Sunday service a young man approached and said, "Sir, what are you going to do with your flower?" At first I did not know what he was talking about, but then I understood. I said, "Do you mean this?" as I pointed to the rose pinned to my coat.
He said, "Yes sir. I would like it if you are just going to throw it away." The little boy said, "Sir, I'm going to give it to my granny. My mother and father got divorced last year. I was living with my mother, but I could not stay, so she sent me to live with my grandmother. She has been so good to me that I want to give that pretty flower to her for loving me."
When the little boy finished I could hardly speak. My eyes filled with tears and I knew I had been touched in the depths of my soul. I reached up and unpinned my flower. With the flower in my hand, I looked at the boy and said, "Son, that is the nicest thing I have ever heard, but you can't have this flower because it's not enough. If you'll look in front of the pulpit, you'll see a big bouquet of flowers. Different families buy them for the church each week. Please take those flowers to your granny because she deserves the very best."
If I hadn't been touched enough already, he made one last statement and I will always cherish it. He said, "What a wonderful day! I asked for one flower but got a beautiful bouquet."
** Declare Blessing **
Say to them:
May the Lord bless you and protect you.
May the Lord smile up on you and be gracious to you.
May the Lord show you His favor and give you His peace.
~* Prayer for today *~
Prcious Father, thank you for speaking blessing sover my life and Your Word.
Thank you for equipping me with everything I need to be sucessful.
Teach me to consistently believe in and declare Your blessings over my life and those around me.
Have a Wonderful Blessed Day!
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