Sunday, January 31, 2010

Nancy Drew Readings for January 2010

I am going to try and read all 54 Nancy Drew books in 2010. The books that have the yellow hard covers. These are the books of my youth.
They were my best friends. After reading 4 of these favorite books in January I remember why I loved them so much. I have re-read these books many times but, I think it has been about 5 years since the last time.
I don't remember the endings. The story lines are unsophisticated, but then so were we when I was 13 and 14.
The books I read in January are

Book #1 The Secret of the Old Clock
Book #2 The Hidden Staircase
Book #3 The Bungalow Mystery
Book #18 The Mystery of the Moss Covered Mansion

I may not read the books in order. I know that I have them all in my possession, however, I am having difficulty finding them. Strange I say.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Friday Fill-Ins - January 29, 2010

Friday Fill-Ins
January 29, 2010

1. Wouldn't it be easy if there were no evil in the world.

2. Warm Spring air will feel better than ever!

3. I love the taste of a really good cup of fresh coffee (Caraboo).

4. The cats are in the living room.

5. The first thing we're going to do when Spring comes is to plant a garden of flowers. .

6. Yesterday I heard drip, drip, drip; and saw that the front window was leaking from the outside in. This is not a good thing.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to doing exactly what I am doing, tomorrow my plans include cleaning out a closet that has been bugging me and Sunday, I want to finish up a baby cap and booties set for the local hospital._

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Random Dozen _ January 27, 2010

Random Dozen
January 27, 2010

1. How good are you at delaying gratification?
Not very. If I want it, I want it now. Not later. Like Spring.

2. Maybe a marshmallow wouldn't be too difficult a temptation for you. What food (or anything else) would be most tempting?
Oh I would say that putting chocolate in front of me would be a test. Or ice cream.

3. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being saintly) how patient are you?
About a 3 - 5. Not so much.

4. Have you ever waited for something in life only to be disappointed upon realization of the goal/object/etc.?
I waited and waited what seemed forever to be 21 and then to be 30. I don't know what the big deal was for either age. Forty on the other hand .... and then there was 50...

5. Are you a person who takes shortcuts?
Shortcuts as in driving? Yes I do. Shortcuts for cooking? Of course. Shortcuts for life? There are none.

6. Which line is hardest to wait in?
As impatient as I am, I am really good at waiting in line. I just talk to people around me or make mental lists. But if I must state a line it would be in stopped traffic.

7. Did you wait to discover the gender of your unborn child until its birth?
He was not facing the correct way to tell, but I knew anyway. I just did.

8. Are you more patient with children or the elderly?
Neither really. If the truth be told I don't much care for kids. Except mine, and those who are close to me. But when kids are young I don't want to be around them. As for the elderly I am getting better at being patient with them. My aunt is so sweet and has helped me with that a lot and my husband is what you would call elderly and he is difficult but I have to try with him.

9. Did you ever sneak a peek at a present?
As a kid I one time looked at all the Christmas gifts. It really wrecked the Christmas. My mom found a new hiding place the following year.

10. What is the longest you've ever waited for anything?
Wait? You mean I am supposed to wait? Whyyyyy?

11. Who has more patience, you or your significant other?
Scary as it is I have more patience.

12. Which of the following songs about waiting is your pick for the best? (OK, you may substitute another, if you like.)

A) Anticipation by Carly Simon
B) The Waiting by Tom Petty
C) Right Here Waiting for You by Richard Marx
D) Wait for Me by Rebecca St. James

I only recognize the one by Carly Simon so I guess that one. But I don't know for sure.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

What's on Your Nightstand - January 2010

What's on Your Nightstand?
January 2010

I have onmy nightstand:

A stack of Nancy Drew mysteries
The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf
Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
On Mystic Lake by Kristin Hannah
A stack of cozy Mysteries.

I used to just pick up a book and read the back to see if it was a book I might like. Lately I have been reading reviews, then looking the book up on Amazon for more opinions, and then deciding. My must read list is growing faster than I can read.

Monday, January 25, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook - January 25, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook
January 25, 2010


Outside my has been snowing and blowing. We have had nasty weather since last Thursday. Rain that day. The ice built up so fast on my windshield I had to stop to scrape it off. I have been in the house since. It rained/iced until yesterday when the snow started. The wind is howling hard tonight.

I am thinking
...that if I can get a month's worth of menus planned I will save so much money next month when I do our shopping.

I am thankful for
... a good working furnace on this cold windy night.

I am wearing
...brown pants, lilac colored sweater, wool socks, and of course slippers.

I am remembering
...that I need to remember to make a chiropractor appointment tomorrow and to call the insurance company.

I am going finish up a set of preemie hat, mitts, and booties to mail off this week.

I am currently reading
...The Familiar Stranger. It is such a good book.I find it hard to stop reading.

I am hoping visit my aunt in February. I have to check the budget first.

On my mind
...the argument I had with my husband today.

Noticing that computer desk really needs a good cleaning. Maybe tomorrow.

Pondering these words
...To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul; in you I trust, O my God.Psalm 25:1-2

From the kitchen...tonight we had chicken burritos. Tomorrow a pork roast with potatoes and carrots.

Around the house
... is a huge mess. Both of us a sorting through and throwing things away. You always have to make a bigger mess in order to make sense of the senseless.

One of my favorite things... and...From my picture journal..

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Not in Use

I have never used my blog as a place to unload my feelings or current struggles. But today I am struggling and don't have an outlet for my feelings.

I am a mother of a 25 year old wonderful young man. He called me yesterday in tears. He was crying so hard I could not understand what he was telling me. I first had to calm him some so the words could come out of his mouth.

Between tears and large gulps of air I learned that his favorite teacher had died. This teacher touched so many young lives. (There is a memory page for him on Facebook if you are interested. His name was Brian Flagsted.)

I talked to my son about these memories. I told him it was OK to mourn. That it was OK to cry. I gave him comfort the only way I knew how. But I feel that I have somehow failed him.

I asked him if he was going to the funeral. He said he didn't think he could handle it. I told him it would be good for him to go and be with people he knew that were feeling the same loss that he was. He told me yesterday that he would think about it.
Today he told he was not going to go. I tried to talk to him about it and give him the reason again. I finally left it alone.

I am a mother whose heart is aching for her son. I want so much to help him. But at the same time I know that because he is an adult he has to make his own decisions. My heart still aches.

I am afraid he will regret not going. And regrets are something you can never get rid of, they are always with you.

I am rambling here. I am not even making very coherent sentences and I really hate that. I think my grammar might be off and oh forget about punctuation.

But I am really glad to have this as a place to pour my heart out. I have always found solace in writing. I am hoping to find it again.

I was planning on starting my short story yesterday. I could not. I couldn't again tonight. The story I am going to write is a happy story written from the perspective of a happy woman. Tonight I am not that woman.
My heart is aching for my son. Am I over reacting to his hurt? I don't know.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Weekend Writers Retreat
January 22, 2010

The Porch

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

2nd Cup of Coffee - January 20, 2010

2nd Cup of Coffee
January 20, 2010

1. If you physically lock in one age for yourself, which would you choose and why?
I would be 25. I was having the time of my life at 25. I was still being carded at 25, for tobacco and drinks. I looked good, I was happy.

2. What is the best dish that you cook or bake (your piece de resistance?)
I guess it would have to be my potato salad. I don't like potato salad but my family is always asking me to make it so it must be good. I make a really good meat loaf too.

3. When you feel blue, what is one strategy you use to help yourself back to normal?
I go catalog shopping. With a catalog you can order anything you care to without worrying about the cost. I usually fill out the order form and then throw the catalog out. I also look online for new catalogs. I fix my hair and put on a full face of make-up.

4. When was the last time you danced in public?
The last time I was in the city at my friends house. We were listening to music in Wal-Mart and we just started to dance in the aisle. It was so spontaneous and so much fun. Her daughter saw us, shook her head, and walked away. We laughed right out loud then.

5. Do you consider yourself a realist or dreamer?
Just a second while I clean my rose colored glasses and get the sand out of my eyes. I am a huge dreamer. I like my life happy and refuse to see the negativity in it.

6. As a parent, what is one thing that you have done well?
I taught my son how to be respectful of all people. Even those people that you don't happen to like very much.

7. Which is your favorite character on the Andy Griffith show?
That would be Opie. My son looked just like him when he (my son) was younger. Opie is so cute and makes me all squishy inside. I could just hug the stuffing out of him. I try to do that to my son too.

8. On a scale of 1-10, how much do you know about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?
Maybe between a 4 and a 6. But not 5 really just somewhere in there.

9. What is your #1 driving pet peeve?
Tailgaters. Not only are they irritating but dangerous. I hate it when I am in the right lane on the freeway and they creep up behind me. It's like where am I supposed to go? If they want to drive faster they should be in the fast lane. Oh don't get me started.

10. Which color best represents your mood today? Care to elaborate?
I am alert. I am lacking energy. I am in good spirits. I feel like I have had too much coffee but haven't. What color it that?

11. If your spouse were an animal, which would he/she be?
If it is the middle of the night I would say a hog because he hogs the bed.

12. What activity takes up the bulk of your time on an average day?
Reading or needlework.

Monday, January 18, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook - January 18, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook
January 18, 2010

For today:

Outside my window was a beautiful sunshiny day. Not a cloud to be seen. It was in the middle 30s. It was glorious.

I am thinking
... of the project I am starting tomorrow. I picked up a wall paper book at the thrift store last week. In it I am going to paste all of the recipes that I have collected. That way they will all be in one place. A huge project. After that comes a book for all of the craft patterns I have collected.

I am thankful for... the life that God has given me. Sometimes I forget to be grateful. Sometimes I am stingy in my prayers. I don't give thanks where thanks are due. But God has provided for me wonderfully and I need to acknowledge that.

I am wearing pants, gray turtleneck, greenish blue sweatshirt, socks and slippers.

I am remembering... MLK. I wonder what he thinks of having a day set aside especially for him. He probably feels unworthy of such a tribute. But not many other men deserve it as much as him.

I am going
... to the doctor later in the week. It is time for the annual physical. I know she is going to want to schedule the dreaded colonoscopy test. After that I am grocery shopping and going to the food coop. And I am going to schedule a hearing test for myself. Too many loud concerts I think. On the weekend a visit to the used book store. And I need to buy more baby yarn.

I am currently reading
..."A Woman's High Calling" by Elizabeth George, I am starting to read "Familiar Stranger" by Christina Berry.

I am hoping
...that the nice weather hold for the week. Or maybe the month, or the rest of the winter season. My husband thinks it is our Indian Summer.

On my mind
...I am trying to write the first part of a story in my head. I wonder if I can still do that. I used to right whole papers in my head before ever putting them to paper. I want to be able to post the first installment of the story by Friday.

Noticing that
...God works miracles even in the face of disaster. I just heard of a newborn baby being found alive in Haiti.

Pondering these words
..."Love makes the world go round" It becomes so apparent that we are all in this world together when tragedy strikes. People from all over hurry to help as best they can. That is love for one another.

From the kitche chicken recipe for dinner tonight. Was so very good. Plus potatoes and green beans.

Around the house
...still Christmas decorations. I am slowly getting them put away.

One of my favorite

From my picture journal...

He needs to have is own pillow on the couch. But he isn't spoiled.

Crocheted baby socks. I took an adult pattern and made it smaller.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Carry on Tuesday #35 - January 14, 2010

Carry on Tuesday
January 14, 2010

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."

They met on a bright summer afternoon.
At a wedding.
Love was all around.
They got caught in love's grasp.

They dated.
They played.
They teased.
They married.
They loved.

It was the best of times.

Life was hard.
They fought.
They made up.
They played.
They loved.

It was the best of times.

They grew older.
The fighting stopped.
The playing stopped.
The loving continued.

It was the best of times.

They needed glasses to see.
They needed aid to hear.
He needed help to eat.
She was the help.
The loving continued.

It was the best of times.

He forgot her name.
He forgot his name.
He forgot how to talk.
He forgot how to love.

It was the worst of times.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Random Dozen _ January 13, 2010

Random Dozen
January 13, 2010

1. When was the last time you craved a food--what was it, and did you crave?
I think it was last week and I craved Chinese food. Or maybe it was chocolate.Or maybe it was pizza. Those are the 3 things I crave almost constantly.

2. M & M's or Skittles?
Always M & M's. And not peanut ones. I have never even tasted a Skittles.

3. Have you ever read the Bible completely through?
I am ashamed to say no I have not. Every year I try to do just that but some where a long the line I get side tracked. I pick up again but to say cover to cover no I have not.

4. How long does it take you to really wake up in the morning?
Te older I get the longer it takes. I think I am fully awake in about 45 minutes. I use to jump out of bed and be ready to start my day. Sadly, that is no longer true.

5. Have you ever been on a cruise? If not, would you like to?
No, I have never been on a cruise. I would like to take a cruise to Alaska. It was my mom's dream to do that, but she died before realizing that dream. I would like to do it for her.

6. Who is your favorite actress?
Kathryn Hepburn without a doubt.

7. ______ is something that I will just never understand.
Algebra. I don't get it. I have taken it so many times and failed each time. Now my eyes go crossed just at the thought of it. I was so lucky that my son was a natural math whiz is school and didn't require mom's help.

8. How much of a technology junkie are you?
I'm not sure I even understand the question. As long as my computer works and I can receive and send calls on my cell phone I am happy.

9. Do you enjoy selecting greeting cards for people, or is it more of a cultural "have to" for you?
I love to shop for cards. I spend an inordinate amount of time picking just the right card. Then sometimes I have to give more than one because I can not narrow it down to just one. Sometimes I pick a card up ahead of time only to lose it in the mess that is my house so I get to go card shopping again.

10. When was the last time you got a new style/haircut?
I am in the process of a new do right now. I told my hairdresser to do whatever she wanted and now it is in the middle of a grow out to become what I don't know.

11. What do you enjoy shopping for most?
Bargains. Or shoes and purses. Or clothes. Or books. Lots of books.

12. What's the last thing you think of before you leave the house?
How good it feels to be getting away for a few hours.

Monday, January 11, 2010

The Simple Woman's Dayboook - January 11, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook
January 11, 2010

For Today:

Outside my window
... Beautiful sunshine. Blue skies. Cold wind but that's OK because the temperature is warming for our January thaw that we get in Minnesota.

I am thinking
... how nice yesterday was. We had Christmas with son and family. It was such a good day. Warmed my heart.

I am thankful for...nature. Specifically the woods I live in. See picture below.

I am sweater, black sweats, pink socks, and slippers.

I am remembering nicely the 2 children got along yesterday. Not at all like my brother and me when we were their ages.

I am going
...with a friend on Wednesday to hit the thrift stores along a 50 mile line, and stop for lunch. Grocery shopping on Thursday, after we make up menu meals for the coming month.

I am currently reading
...Nancy Drew Mystery of the Hidden Staircase. This is #2 in the series. I am going to re-read the entire series again this year.

I am hoping... I can get motivated to start an exercise program and to change my eating habits.

On my mind
...long distance friends that I owe letters to. I am terribly behind in my correspondence.

Noticing that is staying light outside later in the day. It is not totally dark at 5:00 PM, almost but not totally. This is a good thing.

Pondering these words
... I am drawing a blank. I guess none have made an impression on me today. This is NOT a good thing.

From the kitchen
... leftovers from yesterday. Ham, potato salad, rolls, Swedish rice, green salad. Later in the week bean soup from the ham bone.

Around the house
...a lot of work to do. Now that Christmas is officially over it is time to put away all thing Christmas. I love to put everything out but dread putting it away. Would anyone think I was strange if I left it all out til next year?

One of my favorite things
...doing embroidery on a pretty spring tablecloth on a winter afternoon.

From my picture journal...

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Ten on the Tenth - January 10, 2010

Ten on the 10TH
January 10, 2010

10 Life Lessons?

1. The 10TH of the month comes around very quickly, and when you are the least prepared.

2. It will snow when the weather conditions are correct, not necessarily when the weather man says.

3. Cats are not afraid of heights. As I have posted before one of ours climbs to the top of the bird feeder. Now he has taught 3 of the others to do the same. The bird feeder is about 7 feet above the ground.

4. On January 10Th at 7 in the morning it is still dark outside.

5. Apple pie, warmed, served with cinnamon ice cream is a very good dessert.

6. God will always have an answer to our prayers. It is just that sometimes the answer is NO.

7. It is hard to put mascara on when A.)you are sweaty, AND B.) your hand is shaking.

8. When a tree falls in the woods and no one around they really do make a noise.

9. Snowmobiles going the wrong way down the road at night, with their headlights on make drivers confused. This could be dangerous.

10. I am glad that this is ten on the tenth and not twelve on the tenth.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Six Word Saturday - January 9, 2010

Six Word Saturday
January 9, 2010

Second Christmas tomorrow. I am ready!

Friday, January 8, 2010

Friday's Fave Five - January 8, 2010

Friday's Fave Five
January 8, 2010

My week of 5 favorites.

1. A good chiropractor. I have the best chiropractor in the world. He puts me all back in order so I can stand up straight. He fixes my neck so I can hold it up. He gives me heck when it is obvious that I have been doing something that I have been warmed not to do. He is a good guy.

2. Screwball cats. One of the feral cats is just a joy to watch his antics. He loves to sit on top of the bird feeder and watch the birds on the ground. He reminds me of Snoopy pretending to be a vulture. He sat on the top yesterday in a blinding snow until his gray coat was totally white. Then and only then did he jump down. Even the birds had left by then.

3. Getting ready for Christmas this Sunday with my son and his family. I feel more relaxed this time than I did for the real Christmas. I don't know why that it is but I really am enjoying it. I don't feel panicked or overwhelmed. Maybe this means I will actually enjoy the day.

4. Starting a new embroidery project. I just got my new kits in the mail today. Right away I put aside the socks I was crocheting and started to embroider. I am making a spring tablecloth. It is sunny.

5. Good neighbors. I went to town yesterday and got all of my groceries for Sunday. All except the celery for the potato salad. You can't have potato salad without celery. I called my neighbor and she has celery for me. It saved me a trip to town (22 miles one way) just to buy celery.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

ABC Wednesday Rd 5 - January 6, 2010

ABC Wednesday
January 6, 2010


Spring is Yellow.

Yellow is Daffodils and Jonquils.

But because I am blog illiterate and can't make the upload thing work I can't show any pictures.

Random Dozen - January 6, 2010

Random Dozen
January 6, 2010

1. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being a cranky-baby-hissy-fitter, how much of a complainer are you?

I guess it would depend on what I am talking about and to whom. I don't complain about the things that I can not change. I mean why bother? But don't get me started about things that I think are totally wrong and that are within my power to change. I am a hissy fitter complainer then.

2. When someone else is talking, do you listen, or are you thinking about what you're going to say in response?

Again, it would depend. If the person has been droning on for a while I might be trying to balance my check book in my head. If it is a friend I am listening intently. If it is a friend who has been going on for a while I am wondering when it will be my turn to talk.

3. I just deleted 1062 messages from my email account. Do you have any plans for a clean sweep this month--of anything?

Next week I am going to go through the pantry shelves. It scares me that I can't remember the last time I did that. I think it has been a couple of years. After that I am tackling the linen closet. It has become a catch-all place. Then comes my computer area. My word for the year is organization.

4. Tell us about your perfume. Was it a gift? What does it remind you of? Do you have a signature scent?

I was using Cool Waters but have just found Dancing Water by Bath and Body Works. It smells just like the first but at a fraction of the price. I like it because it has a nice clean fresh scent. I had also tried Sensual Amber by BBW but my son asked me not to wear it because his girlfriend did. I didn't mind the change at all.

5. What is your best organizing tip for the new year?

Purge. This is not my original idea but it really does work. Use the three second rule. You either have to decide to keep it, throw it, or donate it in the first three seconds of touching an item. Take bags or boxes to the area where you are purging so they are handy. Be brutal. It is amazing how much stuff can actually be
thrown out if you don't give yourself any leeway.

6. What is your favorite comic strip?

I don't get to read a comic strip in a paper too often but when I do I head right for Peanuts and Family Circle.

7. Do you sleep with a fluffy or flat pillow?

A flat hard pillow, cold only.

8. What color is your kitchen? Why did you choose that color?
I didn't choose my colors, they chose me. I have not had a kitchen re-do since we bought the house in 1989. I still have an avacado green stove. It is an ugly kitchen.

9. What’s the most interesting bumper sticker you’ve seen?

There are two of them.
ET phone home. Your mom is looking for you.
AND one I made myself when my state was banning public cigarette smoking. I don't believe it is the governments place to dictate (yes I said it) what a private business owner may or may not allow in their establishment. It said:
Legalize Cigarette Smoking.

10. Do you prefer an expensive writing tool or whatever is lying around? (Are you a Montblanc or a Papermate?)

If I could afford a Montblanc I would probably need that kind. I am picky about what I use to write with. My hands cramp up so easily that I often use 2 pens just to write my name. So when I can find a pen that allows me to use it without a cramp I keep it forever or until it runs out of ink. I really like the kind that have a little cushion at the end.

11. What chore doesn’t feel like a chore – you just enjoy it (at least most of the time)?

I really like to vacuum and to dust. When I vacuum I can immediately see the results of my good job. And when I dust I can handle my treasured items and remember when and where I got them.

12. If your parents often repeated themselves, what is something one of them said more than once?

"If they jumped off a bridge would you too?" My mom said this every time I said someone else got to do something she had said no to. And when I said, "Well her mom said she could." My mom would reply, "I'm not her mom."
The first time I said those words to my son I had to look behind myself to see if my mom was there because I could not believe that they had come out of my mouth.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook January 4, 2010

Simple Woman's Daybook
January 4, 2010

Outside my window
today was cold. Or maybe very cold. The high today was -2. No warm up this week.

I am thinking of all that I have to do before Sunday. My son comes with his family to have Christmas.

I am thankful for my washer and dryer. I did laundry today and was reminded of a time when I had to go to the laundromat. I was certainly thankful not to have to go out in the cold today.

I am wearing
a green fleece sweater, a turtleneck shirt in different greens, and sweats, and of course slippers and socks.

I am remembering
seeing one of the feral cats today that I have not seen since fall. I am glad she is still with us. My husband said she was in the garage. Good for her!

I am currently reading
nothing. I am waiting to start a Nancy Drew mystery tomorrow night.

I am hoping we don't get any snow this week. I want good weather so that we can have Christmas on Sunday.

On my mind
nothing that is bothering me. I am in surprisingly good spirits considering that it is still winter and not spring.

Noticing that gas has gone up again. I knew I should have filled up last week before it jumped again. Ten cents up from last week at this time.

Pondering these words
I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone O Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8

From the kitchen
for tomorrow we are having chicken breasts wrapped with bacon in a cheesy sauce, broccoli and a salad.

Around the house
is nice clean laundry, Christmas decorations still up (love them), and a whistling husband (love him too).

One of my favorite things

From my picture journal....

The bookcase my cousin made me for Christmas.

Bookcase beginning to get filled.

Not Me Monday - January 4, 2010

Not Me Monday
January 4, 2010
First time.

It was not in my car that a mouse ran over my foot as I was driving. I am sure they must all know not to do that.

It was not my car that had a cat jump in the car to go after the aforementioned mouse. None of my cats would do that.

The leather seats in my car do not have little puncture marks from little cat claws.

I am not excited to have our second Christmas this coming Sunday. It is with our son and his family. They could not make last week.

I am not a huge fan of a certain farming game at Facebook. It takes up way too much of my time.

It is not too cold for me because I love to live with 7 different layers of clothing on. I look like the younger brother in "A Christmas Story". I guess I will put my arms back down in the Spring.

Friend Makin Mondays - Favorite Pictures 1-04-10

These are a few pictures from Christmas. I hope I can get them through.

My Aunt and cousin

Tubby...he has to be right in the thick of everything.

Part of the village.

Bookcase my cousin made for me for Christmas.

Those are the best pictures I have. I am trying to get used to a new camera with new software. I will get better soon (IHope).
I hope everyone had a good Christmas and a good New Year.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Six Word Saturday - 1-2-10

Six Word Saturday
January 2, 2010

Week until Christmas again at home.

Yep Next Sunday I will be having Christmas again. I am really looking forward to it. It will be a repeat menu of the real Christmas, but that's OK. It is the first time in a long time that there will be kids (10 & 15) present. We have stockings filled for them.
Should the stocking things be wrapped or not wrapped? what is your opinion.

Friday Fill Ins January 1, 2010

Friday Fill Ins
January 1, 2010

1. Last night
I had a perfectly normal, ordinary night at home and loved it.

2. My goal this year is to be better organized. I am going to de-clutter, and de-stress.

3. The funniest thing is that I can't think of a single funny thing.

4. WOW! 2010!!!....It will be 20 years in June that I got married. It has gone by so fast.

5. He said "I can feel my heart beat in my ear."; she said "Well, at least you have one!"

6. There is a light at the end of the tunnel and it's up to us to find it.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to reading the blogs and playing some games with online friends, tomorrow my plans include trying to find my kitchen, it is buried under leftover Christmas residue, and Sunday, I want to do some baking for our Christmas next weekend, and I AM going to start going through my dresser drawers and throwing stuff out.

Food 4 Thought Friday - January 1, 2010

Food 4 Thought
January 1, 2010

How did you ring in the NEW YEAR and NEW DECADE?
Did the computer thing, ate chicken wings, went to bed at about 2 after watching a movie of Ma and Pa Kettle.

What will you remember about 2009?
In 2009 I got dentures and can now smile without being self-conscious. I had two cataract surgeries. My son moved closer to home. He has a step family now that we are getting to know. I will remember the death of Patrick Swayze. He was my favorite actor. I will remember the death of Senator Edward Kennedy. He was a great American. I only he wish he had lived to see health care reform become law.


What are your expectations for 2010?
For me personally I would like to become more organized this year, more healthy, and to stay non smoking. For us as a country I would like to see the actual passage of health care reform and it enacted, I would like to see all of our service personnel come home from the war zones. Maybe a bit unrealistic but still...

Midnight Snack

If you could go back and change anything about 2009, what would it be and why?
I would have the Nobel committee not elect President Obama to receive the award because too much was made of it. Too much energy wasted.
I would be better organized so that I would not have so much to do this year. I would found a job (eek), I would have become more healthy so that I wouldn't have to work so hard at it this year. I would have kept in touch with old friends better.

Recipe of the Week

(instead of your recipe for life, what is it just for this week?)

This week I am having Christmas with my son and his family. I just want to have a lovely time. I am going to keep the house clean so I don't have to rush around at the last minute to do everything. I am going to sleep well every night (well I pray I do).