Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Be thankful when you don't know something, for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times. During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations, because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary, because it means you've made a difference.
It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles, and they can become your blessings
I have a good friend that tells me all the time to learn from the so called bad things that happen in my life...and honestly if you do look at those times as a learning experience it does help!!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
You asked for snow.....Im giving you snow!!!!! The one pic is on my patio furniture I just wrote in it for you....and the bottom one is out back in my flower garden , doesnt look so good this time of the year!!! hehehe
My oldest son joined the National Guard this last year and even though I wasn't very excited about it. I have stood by his side, and I couldn't be more proud of him and the man he has become. He had guard duty this past week-end and during that time they have to remain in uniform where ever they go. He said he and a buddy was at the gas station and was picking up something to drink and a couple was in there and insisted on paying for their drinks. My son said he couldn't understand why , the man of the couple said we just want a way to show you we appreciate what you do for us. My son told him we are just in the National Guard and this man replied saying its not JUST the National Guard its a commitment that you made to help us as a country and for that we are very thankful. While my son was telling me this it brought tears to my eyes. He may just be National Guard and maybe he will never get called over to fight in a war but he is a part of standing up for our nation, and that couple was right we should find ways no matter how small they might be to let each and every soldier that crosses our path know that we are thankful for the commitment they have made for us as a nation.
There are some people in your life that need to be loved from a DISTANCE.
It's amazing what you can accomplish when you let go of, or at least
minimize your time with, draining, negative, incompatible,
Observe the relationships around you. Pay attention.
Which ones lift and which ones lean?
Which ones encourage and which ones discourage?
Which ones are on a path of growth uphill and which ones are going downhill?
When you leave certain people do you feel better or feel worse?
Which ones always have drama or don't really understand, know or appreciate you?
The more you seek quality, respect, growth, peace of mind, love and truth around you...the easier it will become for you to decide who gets to sit in the front row and who should be moved to the balcony of Your Life.
"If you cannot change the people around you, CHANGE the people you are around."
Remember that the people we hang with will have an impact on both our lives and our income. And so we must be careful to choose the people we hang out with, as well as the information with which we feed our minds.
We should not share our dreams with negative people, Nor feed our dreams with negative thoughts.
It's your choice and your life..... It's up to you who and what you let in it......
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Race season is about to begin and woohoo Tony Stewart has his own race team this year!!! Im sooo excited I can hardly stand it. Ive been a Tony fan for awhile ask anyone that knows me I make them crazy!!! heheh Ive turned my youngest into a Tony fan and My boyfriend who wasn't even much into Nascar before he met me is now a big Tony fan too!!!! Im so looking forward to seeing how this race year goes. And watching Tony kick some butt!!! Oh and what makes it super awesome is that my second favorite racer is Ryan Newman...who now just so happens to be Tonys team mate...OMG This is going to be a great year!!!!!
There are those who pass like ships in the night.
Who meet for a moment , then sail out of sight
with never a backward glance of regret.
Folks we know breifly then quickly forget
Then there are friends who sail together,
through quiet waters and stormy weather
Helping each other through joy and through strife,
and they are the kind who give meaning to life
Monday, January 26, 2009
get him to come in the house and he's looking at me like oh mom!
This week-end had me thinking about AGE, mostly because it was a week-end I was feeling soooo old, you've been there before too, right????
Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about aging that you think in fractions.
'How old are you?' I'm five and a half!' you're never thirty-six and a half, you're five and a half, going on six! That's the key.
You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next number, or even a few ahead.
'How old are you?' I'm gonna be 16!' You could be 13, but hey, you're gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life . . You become 21. Even the words sound like a ceremony . . YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!
But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There's no fun now, you're Just a sour-dumpling. What's wrong? What's changed.
You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50.
But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would.
So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60.
You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it's a day-by-day thing; you HIT Wednesday.
You get into your 80's and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn't end there. Into the 90's, you start going backwards; 'I Was JUST 92.'
Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little kid again.' I'm 100 and a half!'
Anyway I hope all of us make it to a healthy 100 and a half!
AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
Friday, January 23, 2009
1. Throw out nonessential numbers. This includes age, weight and height. Let the doctors worry about them. That is why you pay 'them!'
2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down
3. Keep learning. Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever. Never let the brain idle.' An idle mind is the devil's workshop.' And the devil's name is Alzheimer's
4. Enjoy the simple things
5. Laugh often, long and loud. Laugh until you gasp for breath
6. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, and move on. The only person, who is with us our entire life, is ourselves. Be ALIVE while you are alive
7. Surround yourself with what you love, whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever. Your home is your refuge
8. Cherish your health: If it is good, preserve it. If it is unstable, improve it. If it is beyond what you can improve, get help
9 Don't take guilt trips. Take a trip to the mall, even to the next county, to a foreign country but NOT to where the guilt is
10. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity
*Share your thoughts for the day or even which of these you like the most*
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Also...how many of you think the clerk really put it in the safe and didn't just pocket it herself???
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Many things to get you through the day.
When someone asks you to do something, ask if they want that super-sized.
Run one lap around the office at top speed.
Groan out loud in the toilet cubicle (at least one other 'non-player' must be in the toilet at the time).
Ignore the first five people who say 'good morning' to you.
Phone someone in the office you barely know, leave your name and say, "Just called to say I can't talk right now. Bye."
To signal the end of a conversation, clamp your hands over your ears and grimace.
When someone hands you a piece of paper, finger it, and whisper huskily, "Mmmmmmm, that feels soooooo good!".
Leave your zipper open for one hour. If anyone points it out, say "Sorry, I really prefer it this way".
Walk sideways to the photocopier.
While riding an elevator, gasp dramatically every time the doors open.
Say to your boss, "I like your style" and shoot him with double-barreled fingers.
Babble incoherently at a fellow employee then ask, "Did you get all that, I don't want to have to repeat it".
Kneel in front of the water cooler and drink directly from the nozzle (there must be a 'non-player' within sight).
Shout random numbers while someone is counting.
At the end of a meeting, suggest that, for once, it would be nice to conclude with the singing of the national anthem (extra points if you actually launch into it yourself).
Walk into a very busy person's office and while they watch you with growing irritation, turn the light switch on and off 10 times.
For an hour, refer to everyone you speak to as "Bob".
Announce to everyone in a meeting that you "really have to go do a number two".
After every sentence, say 'mon' in a really bad Jamaican accent. As in "the report's on your desk, mon". Keep this up for one hour.
While a co-worker is out, move their chair into the elevator.
In a meeting or crowded situation, slap your forehead repeatedly and mutter, "Shut up, PLEASE! All of you just shut up!".
At lunchtime, get down on your knees and announce, "As God is my witness, I'll never go hungry again".
In a co-worker's diary, write in 10am: "See how I look in tights".
Carry your keyboard over to your colleague and ask "You wanna trade?".
Repeat the following conversation 10 times to the same person: "Do you hear that?" "What?" "Never mind, it's gone now".
Come to work in army fatigues and when asked why, say, "I can't talk about it".
Posing as a maitre d', call a colleague and tell him he's won a lunch for four at a local restaurant. Let him go.
Speak with an accent (French, German, Porky Pig, etc) during a very important conference call.
Find the vacuum and start vacuuming around your desk.
Hang a two-foot long piece of toilet paper from the back of your pants and act genuinely surprised when someone points it out.
Present meeting attendees with a cup of coffee and donut, smash each donut with your fist.
During the course of a meeting, slowly edge your chair towards the door.
Arrange toy figures on the table to represent each meeting attendee, move them according to the movements of their real-life counterparts.
Tell your children over dinner, "Due to the economy, we are going to have to let one of you go."
Play a tape of jungle sounds at work all day.
Send this website to everyone in your address book, even if they have sent it to you or have asked you not to send them stuff like this.
At lunch time, sit in your parked car and point a hair dryer at passing cars to see if they slow down.
Page yourself over the intercom (don't disguise your voice).
Every time someone asks you to do something, ask if they want fries with that.
Encourage your colleagues to join you in a little synchronized chair dancing.
Put your garbage can on your desk and label it "IN".
Develop an unnatural fear of staplers.
Put decaf in the coffee maker for 3 weeks. Once everyone has gotten over their caffeine addictions, switch to espresso.
In the memo field of all your checks, write 'for sexual favors'.
Reply to everything someone says with, "That's what you think".
Finish all your sentences with "in accordance with the prophecy".
Adjust the tint on your monitor so that the brightness level lights up the entire work area. Insist to others that you like it that way.
Don't use any punctuation.
As often as possible, skip rather than walk.
Ask people what sex they are.
Specify that your drive-through order is "to go".
Sing along at the opera.
Go to a poetry recital and ask why the poems don't rhyme.
Find out where your boss shops and buy exactly the same outfits. Wear them one day after your boss does. (This is especially effective if your boss is the opposite sex).
Send e-mail to the rest of the company to tell them what you're doing. For example: If anyone needs me, I'll be in the bathroom.
Put mosquito netting around your cubicle.
Five days in advance, tell your friends you can't attend their party because you're not in the mood.
Call the psychic hotline and just say, "Guess".
Have your co-workers address you by your wrestling name, 'Rock Hard'.
When the money comes out of the ATM, scream "I Won!", "I Won!" "3rd time this week !!!"
When leaving the zoo, start running towards the parking lot, yelling "Run for your lives, they're loose!"
Tell your boss, "It's not the voices in my head that bother me, it's the voices in your head that do."
Heres to you dad:
Or that I hadn't heard,
Life lessons that you taught to me,
But I got every word.
And that we'd grow apart,
But Dad, I picked up everything,
It's written on my heart.
The woman I am today;
You built a strong foundation
No one can take away.
And I'm very glad I did;
So here's to you, dear father,
From your forever grateful kid.
Monday, January 19, 2009
The "ideal" woman--portrayed by models, Miss America, Barbie dolls, and screen actresses, is 5'7", weighs 100 lbs, and wears a size 8.
One-third of all American women wear a size 16 or larger.
75% of American women are dissatisfied with their appearance.
50% of American women are on a diet at any one time.
Between 90% and 99% of reducing diets fail to produce permanent weight loss.
Two-thirds of dieters regain the weight within one year. Virtually all regain it within five years.
Young girls are more afraid of becoming fat than they are of nuclear war, cancer, or losing their parents.
50% of 9-year-old girls and 80% of 10-year-old girls have already dieted.
90% of high school junior and senior girls diet regularly, even though only between 10% and 15% are over the weight recommended by the standard height-weight charts.
Anorexia has the highest mortality rate (up to 20%) of any psychiatric diagnosis.
These statistics just make me crazy, What I find amazing is if they say that the average woman is a size 14 then why is it that when I go shopping for clothes that what I find plastered everywhere is size 2, 4,and 8's , I have to actually go searching for the "average" woman size and its hidden back behind the racks with all the teeny tiny sizes. By the time I find them I'm worn out and don't feel like shopping anymore. If we are the average size then why don't you put our size out in front, why don't we have more models our size? why don't we see more actresses on TV our size. oh wait we do they are the one's that are now doing commercials for Jenny Craig, and nutri system, I guess so they don't have to be average anymore. I wish that we could just live in a world where it didn't matter our size. That you could just be you and not have to worry about if you are a size 2 or a size 22. And that if you happen to be a size 22 they still make clothes that are stylish for you too, and they aren't always hidden back behind the racks of size 2's. It would be really nice to know that a man walking down the street still looks at you and finds you attractive too. I mean there is a show on TV now that is talking about true beauty and if you watch it you get to see that those tiny little size 2 women who think they are all that actually suck!!! See what starving yourself does to you?? heheh ok that was just me being funny. But honestly it's time that we start realizing that if the average size of a woman is 14 and up then there should be alot of happy women out there and we shouldn't all be thinking we need to go on a diet, because hell we have set the mark, we are the AVERAGE size so we shouldn't have a thing to worry about!!! According to the statistics the average woman is only 5'4" and well I'm over that one and I sure in the hell am not going to try to find a way to shrink myself....so I'm learning and hope so many others learn that sometimes we shoot for unrealistic goals or sizes for ourselves, or we get influenced by what we see on TV or in magazines. Don’t get down on yourself because you’re not a size 2! Love who you are and be the best you, you can be, no matter what your size is! And as far as those men go..if hes the "ABOVE AVERAGE MAN", he'll think you are sexy no matter what size you are!!!!
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Ten years ago today I lost a very important person in my life...my mom. Today I went and put flowers out on her grave, its over a hundred miles from where I live and I try to take new flowers there as often as I can. I was so sad today when I got there and seen that there was no flowers there at all. Usually my old ones are still there waiting for me to replace them but today even those were gone. I picked out some pretty white with pink on the edge roses. I know its not the season for roses but it was a flower that mom would grow and always be so proud of. She had some that where GIANT and oh so pretty. Josh had actually asked me this morning if I wanted to go and put flowers out for my mom and that meant so much to me that he suggested it before I even said anything. So Josh and Devin went with me when we got there I talked about how when Devin was a little younger we had gone there and made a tiny little snowman with stick arms that were different sizes it was too cute, talked about how Devin and I have gone and just sat down right there and talked about grandma, Devin was only 8 months old when mom died so he never got the chance to get to know her like the older boys did. But I have talked about her and tried hard to keep the memory of her around us always. I will admit though that its hard sometimes. I mean we have pictures to look at to remind us of how she looked , and letters she wrote to remind us of her handwriting, the things she made us to remind us of her crafty side, I even still have some perfume of hers that reminds me of how she smelled. But what I dont have is her voice. I hate that, I can't remember what she sounds like. I mean sure if she was to talk to me today I would know it was her. But its the fact that I dont get to hear it anymore that makes me sad. And I dont get to feel her touch, man have there been so many times in the last 10 years that Ive needed that. But I know that she is with me each and every day. I feel it, she listens to me when I talk to her, and I await for the day she talks back to me. I love her and I miss her so very much.
You are with me always mom.
For you mom:
A thousand times we needed you
A thousand times we cried
If love alone could have saved you
you never would have died
A heart of gold stopped beating
two twinkling eyes closed to rest
God broke our hearts to prove he only took the best
Never a day goes by that you're not in my heart and my soul
Friday, January 16, 2009
OK this one is going to be a bit more on a personal level. I have three awesome boys. They truly are the loves of my life. I was lucky enough to be able to be home with my kids as they were growing up. The older boys dad and I divorced when they were 6 and 7. He was a very controlling man and after 8 years of trying to make it work I just couldn't take it anymore so I left. I ended up meeting my youngest sons father and thought he was the complete opposite of the first one. I ended up being wrong. He too was controlling and had anger problems that resulted in abuse and the end of our marriage. I was left a single stay at home mom of three boys and I suffer from major anxiety, trying to figure out what I was going to do now. The man that I thought was always going to be there for me and with me for the rest of life was not the man I wanted in my life at all. I felt very scared and alone, not to mention I now felt I had lost so much trust in people. Mental , emotional , and physical abuse does that to a person. But I looked at my boys and I knew that no matter what I had to make this work, and I had to give them the life they deserved to have. Those three boys gave me the strength I didn't even know I had. They gave me the courage to go out and get a job for the first time, and show myself that I could do this. To this day I still have the same house, we have cable, phone, gas, lights, and food to put on the table. And I did it without getting help from the government. My two older boys are in college and when they are both home I think it's one of my most favorite times ever. Sometimes I sit back and wonder wow where did the time go??? How did my kids grow up so fast!!! I'm so proud of them, they made it thru high school never got in trouble with the law, never got in trouble in school, both got good grades although it came easier for Kody and Dakota had to really work at getting good grades, but he did it. Both held part time jobs, participated in sports. And never forgot the importance of our family. They are both in college doing what they want to do,and still holding down part time jobs, plus Kody is in the National Guard, and as mom I couldn't be any more proud of them. I still have Devin at home he's 10 and he is the perfect combination of his two older brothers. I now am working at home which works out great for me so when Devin has breaks from school I don't have to figure out what I'm going to do with him. He's such a good kid and so much help to mom. This morning he even went out and scooped the snow before I took him to school. He did this while I was getting ready. Now honestly how many kids are going to do that, and without even being asked to do it???? I just feel that even though life has given us our fair share of hard times and we still are going thru them. That thru it all I was given three of the most wonderful gifts ever and that's Kody, Dakota, and Devin. I truly believe it is time that parents start taking more time and appreciating the awesome gifts we have in our kids. Everyone wants to point fingers at why they think our youth is the way they are. I think its time parents sit and take a good look at themselves and see if the real reason that their kids might be the way they are is because of the parent. Seems that now a days everyone is too busy, everyone is too self absorbed, everyone wants to blame it on other factors, but I think everyone has forgotten that our first responsibility is to our children. How can we expect them to know whats important in life if we aren't doing that ourselves. I hope that thru all the things that have come our way and all the obsticles I've had to try to overcome that my boys have learned from them, and have realized that they can get thru anything. And that always no matter what I will ALWAYS be there for them and I will ALWAYS be proud of the men they are and the men they are becoming. And I thank them for teaching me so much, and giving me the strength to keep going. I love my boys and they truly are my heart and soul!!!!