Friday Fill~Ins

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1. It’s time for __old habits to die___.

2. __The mind___; it’s not a bad place for __change to begin___.

3. I must be __focused and disciplined for this to work.___

4. __Jesus___ is the best thing I have ever known.

5. My __flesh___ is simply _weak____.

6. The last time I laughed really loudly was __today___.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to __being with family___, tomorrow my plans include __turning over the calendar___ and Sunday, I want to __be in church___!

Published in: on July 31, 2009 at 3:46 AM  Comments (4)  

Thursday 13 Habits ~ A Wish List

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For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. ~ Romans 7:15

I know these habits are all ones that would enrich my life but for whatever reason, I choose to ignore the following:

  1. Go to bed at the same decent hour every night.
  2. Get up at the same decent hour every morning.
  3. Create a daily routine and follow it.
  4. Make a to-do list and prioritize what needs to be done first and follow it!
  5. Do at least 30 minutes of aerobic activity daily.
  6. Create a weekly dinner menu.
  7. Eat right!  Just say no to refined sugar and junk food.  Avoid trans fats and limit red meat and dairy.
  8. Eat smaller portions more often instead of one (or more) giant meal/s.
  9. Slow down and eat slower!  Have meal times be relaxing and enjoyable.
  10. Limit computer time and other time-stealing activities.
  11. Remember: Clutter is being surrounded by things you don’t love or don’t need.  Therefore, keep what you love and need and PURGE the rest!
  12. A place for everything, everything in it’s place!
  13. Always ask: Will this simplify my life?

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Published in: on July 30, 2009 at 2:42 PM  Comments (4)  

Daybook July 27

FOR TODAY July 20, 2009…

Outside my window… hot, very hot.

I am thinking…I can’t believe July is almost over!

I am thankful for…hope
But our Hope endures the worst of conditions
It’s more than our optimism
Let the earth quake
Our Hope is unchanged
!

From the learning rooms…Tithing, Economics, Life :)  !

From the kitchen… Chili.

I am wearing… old clothes.

I am creating…next year’s curriculum. 

I am going… to be busy the next couple of weeks!

I am reading… Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing by Mignon Fogarty

I am wishing (praying/hoping)… for a great school year next year!

I am hearing… Josh Turner.

Around the house… “I got me work cut out for me”!

One of my favorite things… is a cool Midwest autumn!

A few plans for the rest of the week: swimming, working, and going to the library.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing… 

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My recent decorating attempt.  :)

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Published in: on July 27, 2009 at 9:33 PM  Comments (4)  

Medical Monday Musings

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I don’t like the fact that doctors are referred to as practicing. ~ Janet Schwartz

Medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.~Voltaire

Finish last in your league and they call you idiot. Finish last in medical school and they call you doctor. ~ Abe Lemons

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Friday Fill~Ins :)

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And…here we go!

1. __’Tis just the beginning of a Brave New World, it___ is not the end of the world.

2. Sitting here, listening to the sound of rain falling, I  __hold my tea cup between my fingers and drink in the breeze coming from the open window.  I thank the Good Lord that I have a roof over my head, a cozy place to sleep, a warm pot brewing on the stove, and chocolate hidden away…for such an occasion as this__.

3. __A hot cup of freshly brewed flavored coffee with loads of rich cream in the morning___ tastes so good!

4. Sometimes, putting others first is __only accomplished when we put ourselves first__.

5. __Life___ is breathtaking, really.

6. Well, maybe there is __a place where will never grow old, where the streets are pure gold, one day we shall all know, yet we shan’t all go unless we trust on the One Who made it so___.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to __movie night___, tomorrow my plans include __another sale___ and Sunday, I want to __be in church___!

Published in: on July 24, 2009 at 4:38 AM  Comments (3)  

Thursday 13 ~ Lessons Learned

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1. I should never, ever judge another person because I don’t fully understand his heritage, handicaps, or hardships.  Better to assume that he’s a tortured soul doing the best he can than to judge and have God enlighten me by sending me through a similar misfortune.

2.  Just because I live in an impatient society chock-full of fast foods, immediate communication, and instant information, doesn’t mean that the trial will be over in a day, an week, or a month.

3.  I have learned the value of reaching out to others in need with specific offers to help, and recuiting the services and help of others as well.

4.  Our vision is so limited we can hardly imagine a love that does not show itself in protection from suffering…. The love of God did not protect His own Son…. He will not necessarily protect us – not from anything it takes to make us like His Son. A lot of hammering and chiseling and purifying by fire will have to go into the process. ~ Elisabeth Elliot

5.  If the trial is great enough, some people (including friends and loved ones) will avoid me because they are afraid or unable to handle the situation, but it doesn’t mean that they love me any less. 

6.  Others will swoop  in like a one-man SWAT team advising, directing, comforting, and bringing in reinforcements.

7.  Computer experts will tell you to back up your files for when your computer crashes.  Not if, but when.  The same is true of trials.  The Bible doesn’t say if trials come but when they come to count them joy.
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;       Knowing [this], that the trying of your faith worketh patience. ~ James 1:2-3

8.  Sticking my head in the sand does nothing to help the situation.

9.  Allowing myself to share my burdens, produces both humility and relief.  Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. Gal 6:2

10.  Poor health habits combined with an unhealthy lifestyle only compounds the situation.

11.  Instead of complaining about the things I don’t have, I should give thanks for that which I do have.  What I have could be lost in a moment and then I would only be wishing I could have that very thing I criticized.

12.  Kids don’t have to be totally sheltered from the trial as it allows them to see the Hand of God working.

13.  Seek God’s face!  It’s so easy to get bitter or angry or choose any number of wrong attitudes.  Don’t!  Ask Him what lesson I need to learn.  Ask forgiveness.  Ask for His guidance.  Pray without ceasing.

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Published in: on July 24, 2009 at 1:16 AM  Comments (4)  

Daybook July 20

FOR TODAY July 20, 2009…

Outside my window… a slight promise of much needed rain.

I am thinking…that I would really like to continue organizing and purging and cleaning!

I am thankful for…new beginnings, forgiveness, and second chances!

From the learning rooms…Bible Study Guide for All Ages!

From the kitchen… Old Fashioned Oatmeal and toast.

I am wearing… my favorite outfit.

I am creating… goals, plans, dreams and schemes. 

I am going… to rejoice when the negotiations are finalized!

I am reading… Jewish Spirituality by Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

I am wishing (praying/hoping)… for financial, spiritual, and physical blessings!

I am hearing… computer game noises and the dryer.

Around the house… I’m almost caught up on the laundry but the dishes are another story!

One of my favorite things… is reaching a weight-loss goal!

A few plans for the rest of the week: shopping, reading, and going to the library.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing… 

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Friday Fill~Ins :)

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And…here we go!

1. __Taco Bell___ and __Quiznos___ make a quick and easy dinner.

2. __Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids about Money — That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not by Robert T. Kiyosaki___ is one of the books I’m reading right now.

3. July brings back memories of __amusement parks, fairs, picnics, BBQs, watermellon, Frosty’s, fireworks, heat, and Elvis.___
Open up the barn door, kick out the hay,
We’re the girls from the USA!
Turn on the radio, and what do ya hear?
Elvis Presley doin a cheer,
Fire cracker, Fire cracker, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!
Fire cracker, Fire cracker, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!
Boys got the muscles, teachers got the brains, 
Girls have the sexy legs and we win the game tonight YEA!

4. ___What was obvious was the fact that we didn’t all see what__ was obvious.

5. They say if you tell your dreams __”I’m not going to take it anymore!  These nocturnal visions are mine, all mine” that you will become a lucid dreamer ___.

6. _”Stop in the name of love
Before you break my heart!
Think it o-over.
Think it o-over.”
_’cuz sometimes ya just need___
to think it over.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to __being with family___, tomorrow my plans include __keeping cool___ and Sunday, I want to __shower the birthday kid with love___!

Published in: on July 17, 2009 at 4:21 AM  Comments (3)  

Monday Musings ~ Choices

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Here’s to making great choices in the weeks, months, years ahead!

There are two primary choices in life; to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them. ~ Denis Waitley

What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life. ~ Leo Buscaglia

You are the person who has to decide.
Whether you’ll do it or toss it aside;
you are the person who makes up your mind.
Whether you’ll lead or will linger behind.
Whether you’ll try for the goal that’s afar.
Or just be contented to stay where you are.
~ Edgar A. Guest

You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die. Or when. You can only decide how you’re going to live. Now. ~ Joan Baez

Since we cannot change reality, let us change the eyes which see reality.  ~ Nikos Kazantzakis

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Daybook July 13

FOR TODAY July 15, 2009…

Outside my window… we are STILL having triple digit heat as the heat wave continues.

I am thinking…  of all the things I need to do this week!

I am thankful for… my public library because they always have wonderful things for kids for free!

From the learning rooms…home ec!

From the kitchen… lemon blueberry muffins.

I am wearing… pjs.

I am creating… goals, plans, dreams and schemes. 

I am going… to trust the Lord anyway!

I am reading… (still, I’ve read several books in addition to this because this really drags in parts) Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids about Money — That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not by Robert T. Kiyosaki

I am wishing (praying/hoping)… for a friend who’s marriage is in trouble, for a relative with a troubled marriage, for friends and family with financial burdens, for loved ones with health issues, and for some good news on the homefront!

I am hearing… summer insects, birds, the washer, and Starfall.

Around the house… I need to organize the garage and junk drawers!

One of my favorite things… is being a mom!  Love hearing the laughter of children, seeing delight in their little eyes.  Love watching them grow and learn and just being kids! 

A few plans for the rest of the week: sewing lessons, swimming, my oldest’s birthday, and the library.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing… 

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Sunday Scribblings ~ Indulgence

To Indulge:  To take extravagant pleasure
Indulgence:  The act or an instance of indulging; gratification: indulgence of every whim.  (Source:  http://www.answers.com)

Indulgence

I once swallowed a pill called indulgence.  ‘Twas sweet and gratifying and once it passed my lips the sweetness danced upon my tongue and sent shivers down my spine.  I closed my eyes and gave a soft sigh; my mind dwelt upon it’s richness.  Desire for more burned within me.  I began to search for another with a ravenous hunger.  At first I only craved one, just for now, just a taste.  But soon I could no longer be satisfied with one.  I forgot that substance of life that once nourished my soul for which long I had loved.  Oh how quickly my desires had turned from something so pure to something so base.  Instead of being patient and letting her have her “perfect work” so that I might “be perfect and entire, wanting nothing” I allowed my emotions to rule and reign.    Now nothing could stop my persuit of instant gratification.  That which used to amuse and delight was now but a passing flicker of light that I chose to ignore as I sank deeper and deeper into the intoxicating darkness.  My mind was constantly on a quest for something grander with more allure.  My cravings matured and my life atrophied.  The longer I chose to ignore the light the stronger the pull into that dark mist.  The voice within that once was so loud and clear was barely audible now.  In fact, another step or two and it would be silenced.  Forever.  Forgotten.  The endless tug of war between desire and fulfillment demanded my full attention.  Nothing else mattered.  I had boarded a train that carried me deep into a place for which I no longer had the strength to obstain, so I sat and acquiesced in silence.

If indulgence were a pill, how many would you take? 

I believe there is a time and a place for pills.  However, we also need fruit, more specifically the fruit of the Spirit as described by Paul in Galatians 5:22: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

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Published in: on July 12, 2009 at 6:07 PM  Comments (4)  

Friday Fill~Ins ;)

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And…here we go!

1. The last thing I ate was _homemade pancakes____ and __maple syrup___.

2. __A cup of creme brulee coffee___ is something I recently bought.

3. When it rains, it (Morton’s Salt)__ pours, thanks to the calcium silicate that is added to the salt.__

4. __My darling husband___ was the first person I talked to today.

5. Hugs (from loved ones) are __therapuetic___.

6. __A home should be filled with items that are used, loved, and provide plenty of__ extra comfort.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to __being with my family ___, tomorrow my plans include __a possible museum visit___ and Sunday, I want to __be in the house of God___!  

Published in: on July 10, 2009 at 5:52 PM  Comments (3)  

13 Movie Quotes ~ Answers

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Since the 4th of July has become a popular weekend for movie openings, this week I’m going with some of my favorite movie quotes.  Let’s see if you can recognize any of these.  ;)

  1. “Well, what if there is no tomorrow?
    There wasn’t one today.”

  2. “As you wish” was all he ever said to her.”

  3. [pulls back shirt to reveal Marine tattoo over heart]
    “Semper Fi!”

  4. “Do you believe in love at first sight?
    Nah, I betcha don’t, you’re probably too sensible for that.
    Or have you ever, like, seen somebody?
    And you knew that, if only that person *really* knew you, they would, well, they would of course dump the perfect model that they were with, and realize that YOU were the one that they wanted to, just, grow old with.
    Have you ever fallen in love with someone you haven’t even talked to?
    Have you ever been so alone you spend the night confusing a man in a coma?”

  5. “In case you haven’t noticed, the white people are melting out here!”

  6. “You make me want to be a better man.”

  7. “I’m 26, and I’m single, and a school teacher, and that’s the bottom of the pit.
    And the only excitement I’ve known is here with me now.
    I’ll go with you, and I won’t whine, and I’ll sew your socks, and
    I’ll stitch you when you’re wounded, and I’ll do anything you ask
    of me except one thing. I won’t watch you die.
    I’ll miss that scene if you don’t mind.”

  8. “Every man dies, not every man really lives.”

  9. “I’ll find a way to be close to you, to take care of you.”
  10. “Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”
  11. “We thought you was a toad!”

  12. Escaping captivity, Roger Thornhill slips in through the window of a darkened hospital room. Immediately the light is snapped on. A woman patient sits up in the bed, reaching for her glasses]
    Hospital Patient: STOP!
    Roger Thornhill: [stops] Oh. Excuse me.
    [resumes moving towards the door]
    Roger Thornhill: [She has put on her glasses and gets a good look at him]
    Hospital Patient: [plaintively] Stop.
    [Thornhill pauses, turns briefly to warn her off with a raised finger, then rushes out the door]

  13. “Let’s go to bed. I’m tired of this day. I need a new one.”

And now for the answers :)

  1.  Groundhog Day (1993)
  2.  The Princess Bride (1987) Written by William Goldman
  3.  The Librarian: Quest for the Spear (2004 made-for-TV movie in which Bob Newhart had his first fight scene)
  4.  While You Were Sleeping (1995)
  5.  Fools Rush In (1997)
  6.  As Good as It Gets (1997)
  7.  Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) Written by William Goldman
  8.  Braveheart (1995)
  9.  The Lake House (2006)
10.  The Wizard of Oz (1939)
11.  O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
12.  North by Northwest (1959)
13.  The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005)

Thanks for playing!

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Published in: on July 9, 2009 at 4:24 PM  Comments (7)  

Friday Fill~Ins ;)

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And…here we go!

1. When I heard _my grandma was really my grandpa____ I __swallowed my plug of ‘baccer___.

2. __Right livin’ is the___ best medicine, but laughter is a close second.

3. It’s late, but __I don’t care, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere!___

4.” _’Cause I’m keeping you
forever and for always
We will be together all of our days
Wanna wake up every
morning to your sweet face–____
always.”

5. My eyes have seen. __The truth IS stranger than fiction__.

6. __Can one end a sentence with___ strongly.  Seems “wrongly.”

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to __being with family ___, tomorrow my plans include __celebrations for the 4th___ and Sunday, I want to __be in church___!

 
Published in: on July 4, 2009 at 2:35 AM  Leave a Comment  

Thursday 13 Movie Quotes

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Since the 4th of July has become a popular weekend for movie openings, this week I’m going with some of my favorite movie quotes.  Let’s see if you can recognize any of these.  ;)

  1. “Well, what if there is no tomorrow?
    There wasn’t one today.”

  2. “As you wish” was all he ever said to her.”

  3. [pulls back shirt to reveal Marine tattoo over heart]
    “Semper Fi!”

  4. “Do you believe in love at first sight?
    Nah, I betcha don’t, you’re probably too sensible for that.
    Or have you ever, like, seen somebody?
    And you knew that, if only that person *really* knew you, they would, well, they would of course dump the perfect model that they were with, and realize that YOU were the one that they wanted to, just, grow old with.
    Have you ever fallen in love with someone you haven’t even talked to?
    Have you ever been so alone you spend the night confusing a man in a coma?”

  5. “In case you haven’t noticed, the white people are melting out here!”

  6. “You make me want to be a better man.”

  7. “I’m 26, and I’m single, and a school teacher, and that’s the bottom of the pit.
    And the only excitement I’ve known is here with me now.
    I’ll go with you, and I won’t whine, and I’ll sew your socks, and
    I’ll stitch you when you’re wounded, and I’ll do anything you ask
    of me except one thing. I won’t watch you die.
    I’ll miss that scene if you don’t mind.”

  8. “Every man dies, not every man really lives.”

  9. “I’ll find a way to be close to you, to take care of you.”
  10. “Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”
  11. “We thought you was a toad!”

  12. Escaping captivity, Roger Thornhill slips in through the window of a darkened hospital room. Immediately the light is snapped on. A woman patient sits up in the bed, reaching for her glasses]
    Hospital Patient: STOP!
    Roger Thornhill: [stops] Oh. Excuse me.
    [resumes moving towards the door]
    Roger Thornhill: [She has put on her glasses and gets a good look at him]
    Hospital Patient: [plaintively] Stop.
    [Thornhill pauses, turns briefly to warn her off with a raised finger, then rushes out the door]

  13. “Let’s go to bed. I’m tired of this day. I need a new one.”

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Published in: on July 2, 2009 at 4:20 AM  Comments (10)