Friday, February 24, 2012

Handbook 2012

Sent to me by my sister, author unknown...but these are real steps to follow!



1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants..
4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy
5. Make time to pray.
6. Play more games
7. Read more books than you did in 2011.
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day
9. Sleep for 7 hours.
10. Take a 10-30 minutes’ walk daily. And while you walk, smile.


11. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
12. Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
13. Don't overdo. Keep your limits.
14. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
15. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.
16. Dream more while you are awake
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need..
18. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.
20. Make PEACE with your past so it won't spoil the present.
21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class, but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree...


25. Call your family often.
26. Each day give something good to others.
27. Forgive everyone for everything.
28. Spend time w/ people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30. What other people think of you is none of your business.
31. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.


32. Do the right thing!
33. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
34. GOD heals everything.
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change..
36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
37. The best is yet to come..
38. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it.
39. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.

Today it is 72 right now and supposed to be 27 tonight. We are in for it I think!

Thursday, February 23, 2012


Wow! I cannot believe it is February 23! This month has flown by!The month started with a bang! My birthday! My sweet son sent me flowers to celebrate (first flowers I've received from my kids, they are growing up). Nick was the first one to wish me happy birthday! In past years, I have had to call him myself (grin).

We spent the evening at the Girl Scout Father/Daughter dance. They had a blast and I had a blast watching them have a blast!


1. How long have you and your significant other been together?

Just over 10 years. We met in September 2001, just before 9/11

2. How did you meet? {What's your "love" story?}

It’s Nick and Phil’s fault! After spending the spring and summer caring for then losing my beloved grandfather, “Shorty”

I had been hiding out in the house, not leaving except for work. Nick’s best friend Phil’s mom, Donna wanted me to go out dancing with them. I didn’t really want to go, I felt unready to face the world. Nick and Phil begged me to go (they wanted to stay by themselves). I went and Donna introduced me to her very good friend, Richard. We danced that night. He pursued me, although I was not ready for a relationship at all. He was kind and patient and persevered until finally, he won me over and the rest is history!

3. If married, how long have you been married? If not, is this the guy you hope to marry? {Do tell}

We will have our 10th anniversary this year. We had planned to renew our vows, but a big trip to a special wedding is pushing that forward. We will celebrate our anniversary in Hawaii this year at our son’s wedding! We will be renewing our vows on New Year's Eve!

4. If you are married, where did you get married at? Big or small wedding? If not, where would you like to get married? And will it be big or small?

We had small wedding at the Range House in Johnson City, TN. We plan to renew our vows on New Year’s Eve this year!

5. Do you have any nick-names that you call one another? Do share!

Well…I call him honey or Rich and he calls me Baby!

6. Name 3 things you love most about your honey.

He loves me, unconditionally, and I am positive about that.

He would do anything, and I mean ANYTHING for family, because family is family

He loves kids of all ages

7. Tell us how he proposed? Or your ideal proposal?

He got down on his knee early one autumn morning and totally surprised me with a gorgeous ring!

8. Is he a flowers and teddy bear kind of guy for v-day, or strawberries, champagne, and rose petals?

He is a flowers kind of guy. Each year he surprises me with gorgeous ones! This year he really surprised me with a Kindle Fire!

9. Are you a sunset dinner on the beach kind of girl, or pop a movie in and relax on the couch?

I am a sunset kind of girl, any sunset, anywhere!

10. Tell us one thing you'd like to do with your significant one day. If you could do anything? Go anywhere?

Definitely a beach, somewhere, anywhere, we all love the beach!

11. Tell us what you plan on doing on this Valentine's Day.

We went as a family to the auction! It was fun! And I got some great bargains!

12. Are you asking for anything this Valentine's Day?

Nope…I know he will do well!

13. Give us one piece of advice of keeping a relationship strong and full of love.

Don’t go to bed angry and don’t sweat the small stuff(toothpaste tubes, toilet seat) it’s small stuff!

14. Show us a picture of what love means to you.

Perfect Love...the love of a father for his child.

What's your Valentine Story?

Friday, February 3, 2012

Proverbs 31:14,15

"14 She is like the merchants ships, she bringeth her food from afar. 15 She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth food to her household, and a portion to her maidens."

"She bringeth her food from afar"
In today's climate of eco-friendly solutions, I feel drawn to say that many foods can be grown very close by! In your own kitchen-garden! Since the time of year for planning a garden is well on its way, lets begin there.

What veggies does your family prefer? My family eats almost all veggies. This year we are doing tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, squash, zucchini, sweet potatoes, potatoes, carrots, green beans, corn and peas.

What is the light situation in your garden spot? Plant accordingly. Make sure tall plants like tomatoes and corn don't block all the sun. Don't plant the carrots next to the squash, which will surely overtake them!

Make sure peas and beans, cucumbers and squash have plenty of room! Peas and beans need to have somewhere to climb!

It's nearly time to start some seeds indoors. This year, I am using recycled tin cans and water/soft drink bottles for seed pots. I also use the plastic bottles for "collars" around my young plants to discourage slugs and snails. It works well, and you can water the roots directly by pouring the water into the collar!

This year I plan on planting potatoes in old tires. As the potatoes grow, you add to the stack. The longer roots encourage more potatoes, and take up less space! Sweet potatoes will be given plenty of room for climbing and crawling(their flowers are gorgeous)!

Wow! Just writing this post is making me want to go outside and dig!

She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth food to her household, and a portion to her maidens."
As far as groceries, I feel that every home should have a good 30 days food supply for each member of your home. Stock up! You can be frugal while doing this. Take your time and plan carefully. When I began my stock, I started purchasing 6 extra cans or boxes of food per trip to the grocery store. I now have a very good supply which I rotate and use constantly.

When my daughter's pay was late getting here due to weather, I walked to the pantry and pulled 6 meals for her without affecting my own meals. My next goal is to get SERIOUS about menu planning and stock the freezer! You can read here about ways to save money shopping WITHOUT using coupons. And for those interested in the coupon frenzy, check this one out!

Do you prepare breakfast for your family? I recently began getting up earlier. I now have time for me, time to fix breakfast, and the kids get extra time in the morning which translates to happier days! I fix many different breakfasts ranging from blueberry pancakes to yogurt parfaits with fruit and granola.

I have been doing an after school snack every day, but next week will begin the health push and snacks will switch to fruit, yogurt, cheese, peanut butter, veggies, cream cheese, and so on to make sure that the starving little ones who arrive in the afternoon are fed! DD has lunch at 10:00am and gets home at 3:45pm....

On Mondays and Wednesdays I serve supper at 4:30 because of activities. Then everyone has a quick snack when we arrive back home.

This February is our month to revamp our eating habits. We plan to get serious about our health and the BIG start date is February 6th! I will be posting the play by play!

We do have several celebrations coming up such as the Superbowl, Daytona Race, and the mid-season return of the Walking Dead, which will be a zombie party at my sister's house! And she's making ZOMBIE CUPCAKES!