Saturday, January 31
"Choose Easy?" I'm not finding it easy to do my own taxes this year. In fact, I'm getting lost in the process! I've entered my information, gone back to revisit again and again. I keep getting different refund amounts so I'm still working on it. At least I'll be getting a refund!?
Thursday, January 29
I recently decided to put my two fat cats on a diet. They are both huge and it's not just fluff!
These two eat constantly and beg for more!
They are spoiled too. Toby, the yellow cat, gets a saucer of cream in the morning when I have my coffee. Henry wants his bowl FULL all of the time. Now I'm filling it up with "low fat" food. They both think I have lost my mind!
When I put the food in their bowl they run to it hopefully but then only nibble a few bites. Then the complaining starts! Meowing for something else, anything else!
Wednesday, January 28
I found an add for a carriage house for rent! It's a one bedroom,detached house with a fireplace! Now I'm really dreaming!
I can imagine myself coming home to a quiet little cottage style home, sipping tea by the fire,and living comfortably within my income. I moved a huge truckload of STUFF here from Florida and now I'm realizing that I don't really need most of it! It might be fun to pare down to the necessities this time. Just looking around my current house now I can see that there are ROOMS I don't use and TONS of stuff I don't need!
I guess moving on and getting rid of is a process. I owned my own home for years, now I'm renting and letting someone else worry about the upkeep. It's really not so bad. I'm learning that home IS where the heart is and that I can't take stuff with me when I go! I don't want to leave my kids with the ugly task of getting rid of Mom's things either! I think I'll pursue my "estate sale" now and enjoy the best things life has to offer without the baggage!
Sunday, January 25
I watched Stacy and Clinton go through clothes and toss things that I recognize in my own closet! I wear a lot of t-shirts and jeans. I wear comfy sweats and flannel jammies too. Most days I really don't care what I look like because no one sees me in anything but my nursing scrubs anyway. I shop at thrift stores, WalMart and KMart. I've never been to NY and wouldn't know what to do with $5,000 to spend on clothes!? I need a haircut and should stop coloring my own hair too!
"Down the Via Dolorosa called the way of suffering
Saturday, January 24
I found this site called [url=http://www.drawAhouse.com]drawAhouse.com[/url] and by drawing a house you will get a glimpse into your personality.
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When you have drawn your house it will be added to my street
which is a collection of all the houses people on this forum have drawn.
Looks like Nugget was up on the dining room table again?
I shudder to think what might be growing behind the toilet?!
Not enough laundry to worry about yet...
I might just go back to bed!
Friday, January 23
Isn't life much like the changing colors of the kaleidoscope? Some days are so bright and colorful that you can hardly contain your joy. There are rainbows after the rain, flowers where there were none. Sunshine behind the clouds.
There is time for every season, a purpose for everything under heaven.
I hope you find some color in your day today.
A reason for hope. A prayer of thanksgiving!
This is the day that the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it!
Thursday, January 22
of my worries upon me. I started out the day
with a cup of coffee and some time, too much time, spent in my little corner of the world. I'm still here actually. Sitting at my computer, surfing around instead of dealing with the problems I face.
I wonder just how many people do like I do?
Just try to ignore it and hope it will go away?
It's NOT going away. It's just mounting before me.
With no definite plan in sight it's much easier to
just waste time doing something else.
I really need to figure out what to do about my
finances. I need a plan. I need to take action.
I need to so something!
I'm reminded also to "be anxious for nothing,
but in everything by prayer and supplication
with thanksgiving let your requests be known
to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses
all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and
minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4: 6-7
This will be my thought for today.
Wednesday, January 21
Monday, January 19
It warms my heart this evening to see my four furry friends all getting along so well. The dogs are even giving Henry a kiss goodnight. I think he even likes it.
I hope you had a good day today. I hope you were able to pause for a few moments today and be thankful. If dogs and cats can get overlook their differences and be at peace with one another surely we can. It is a good thing to forgive. It is a better thing to be forgiven.
I hope you rest well. Remember the One who created you, loves you. He will watch over you and keep you from harm. Good night.
Sunday, January 18
I wanted to share some of the amazing photos that my dear friend John has taken recently in Seattle. I think he has a great eye for photography, don't you?
I love the composition of this photo. The curve of the girl's legs with the architecture of the building.
A study in black against the bluest skies you've ever seen, in Seattle of course!
Love this one! It has an eerie feel, doesn't it?
I've been trying to get John to post his wonderful photos. Perhaps you could encourage him too?
Saturday, January 17
Matthew 6: 26-27, 33-34
This little dog is flat out fun! He doesn't think he's a daschund or a dog even. I'm not sure what he thinks he is?! He can fly, he can jump, he can leap tall things with a single bound! He can always find something to do that makes me laugh. How can you be mad at that face on the dining room table at Christmas? Nugget seems to prefer the height of a piece of furniture to the floor where dogs are supposed to be. Maybe that makes him feel much larger that he is?
Here's the recipe:
1 can garbanzo beans, 2 can whole kernel corn, 2 cans black beans, 1 pkg. taco seasoning, onion, green pepper, 2 lb. cooked hamburger, 2 cans diced tomatoes, 2 pkgs Hidden Valley Ranch mix, 1-1 1/2 cups water. Combine all ingredients and cook slowly for 4 hours. Serve with cornbread or tortilla chips. Top with sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese.
Now that's a hearty meal for a cold winter day! Enjoy!
Friday, January 16
Wednesday, January 14
When I moved here from Florida with my short reddish haircut I started noticing the girl here with their big blond hair. They're everywhere and I started feeling a little odd. I didn't talk like them, didn't look like them and had no idea how I could fit in?
In Florida we say "ya'll," but we don't say "darlin'" or "sweety" or "precious" very often. I hear those words all day long now. It's really kinda cute but definitely something I'm having to learn to get used to.
I live near the place of the original fried green tomatoes and yes, I've eaten plenty of those recently. The green beans here are cooked to mush in bacon fat with lots of onions. Now the cornbread is something I have really learned to love. No one makes cornbread like a southern gal! They don't like fish here but they do love their fried chicken. There is a chicken place on every corner. If you ask for iced tea, you'll get SWEET tea unless you say otherwise and then they look at you as if you were from another planet. Thankfully, I love sweet tea.
Now back to the hair. Along with the hair comes a heavy dose of make up and fake tans.
The girls here are not like the fresh, beach babes in Florida. They are put together in a perfect package that must take hours to achieve!
The sweetness you see on the outside, however, is often hiding a little bit of distaste for anything other than the south. It's really hard to "fit in" here but I'm trying. Maybe I'll bleach my hair blonde and try more of that makeup? Couldn't hurt, right?
I decided that I would try to get my driver's license first at another location only to be told I was too blind to drive! A trip to the optometrist and back with a letter in hand finally got me my Alabama license. Still no tag though...
Second trip to the DMV was fruitless too. Was told I needed to get my lien holder to fax them a copy of my title. Okay. I called the bank and they agreed to fax the title. Back to the tag office.
But. The lady at the counter did find my title but said she couldn't read it. I could read it, but she couldn't. I had to call the title company again and have them mail a copy of the title to the DMV.
Third trip to the tag office. After several tense moments the lady agreed to send in my application. No, I couldn't get my title today, you'll have to come back...
Fourth trip to the tag office. That will be today. I got a letter from them saying my application was denied for having no signature. I hope today, when I get there, they will have my application and I can sign it and be done with this!
Sweet Home Alabama? I'm not so sure...
Tuesday, January 13
This is my dear Aunt Adelaide. Photos from her 100th birthday party! She is my hero. Still sharp and healthy and as sweet as can be. She spends her days watching the golf channel, sitting out on the porch, and reading. She just finished the entire Harry Potter book series too! What is it like to live 100 years? The world has changed so much in her lifetime and she has taken it all in stride. She has so much wisdom and such a happy outlook on life in spite of all of the difficulties she has faced. We can all learn from our elders. I know I have learned so much from her.
Monday, January 12
As promised, a tale of two weiners. Only one story this evening...
Dylan Vaughan Hendrix is a standard (big) daschund. Got him a flea market where the lady had a sign "mini-weiners for sale." He WAS mini then but has grown up to be the man of the house. His first adventure was to defend the homestead from the huge german shepherd dog across the street. He bolted over there barking his little head off.
I guess he was thinking the dog was a threat to me, I don't know. What happened next was
not pretty. The shepherd had the same idea, defend the family! They not only had words about it but Dylan got a big bite in the butt! It took three of us to untangle the mess.
Dylan had to have stitches and wear one of those funny cone things on his head until he healed. You would think that would have taught him to pick on someone his own size but he continues to be the fearless one.had the same idea, "defend the family," and the two not only
I have another daschund too, and two cats that keep me company and give me miles of smiles. It's so much fun to come home to a house full of friendly faces and wagging tails!
Fuzzy frost all over everything this morning. Beautiful in the sunshine but COLD! Too cold to get my camera out and try to snap a photo. Kept the gloves on the waited for the defroster in the car to do its thing. Was a busy busy day at work. Kept trying to remember to "do everything in love." Made my day go better.
You never know what's going on with the people you meet each day. A smile and eye contact seems to help. A kind word doesn't hurt either... We all need the touch of another in our lives. Even if it's only for a moment. Let your light shine!
Speaking of xrays, I found this artist who takes xray photos of flowers. His name is StevenN. Meyers and his work is amazing! I have no idea how he does, it but love the way he captures the perfection of each leaf or flower or shell.
God does everything well.