Tuesday, March 10, 2009

HaPpY BiRThDaY, StEpHeN!

Ok, so I mentioned it to a couple people that March 9th was Stephen's 49th birthday. What's the harm in that? I was to find out later......First he did get his traditional hysterical card from a dear friend in Texas. How he always remembers our birthdays is beyond me and he's a guy to boot! Puts us ladies to shame.

Of course our daughter remembered, giving Stephen a genuine smile when he opened the shirt she sent...The real tickler was what she made with the girls for him. A banner that we can hang on the wall (and will, let there be no doubt!) of the girls holding each of the letters to spell out Happy Birthday...It is so delightful and will make us smile everytime we walk past it!

I also tried to have something nice for dinner...the day before when he was off work I made him prime rib (couldn't risk him being late coming from work for that meal!) but last night I tried a new recipe. Not hard at all but it looked impressive and tasted great!

Then later in the evening he gets an e-card from a friend. There was dancing mice and a catchy tune played by a mariachi band. Stephen really enjoyed that one...a little too much I think...He let that thing replay at LEAST 20 minutes if not longer...I know it was in retaliation!! LOL He told the friend later he wanted me to enjoy the fruits of telling anyone it was his birthday. Hmmmm, I seem to remember him & Hallie putting my picture in the town newspaper in MO when I turned 40...you know that inspiring poem, Lordy Lordy look who's 40? Ah-huh, he better watch out...he turns 50 next year!! Ü

Friday, March 6, 2009

Unexpected gift....

You just never know when your going to brighten someones day. Even when it may be something 'simple' in your own mind it could mean a great deal to someone else. Case in point, my sister-in-law has added purse making to her repertoire (she's a gifted sewer) and my mother-in-law tells me one of the first things she said after making her first one was that she wanted to make one for me. Ahhh shucks....

Well today I got my creation. I am so excited!

It has ladybugs, little mice, tulips, all things that many of you know I love plus other beautiful squares. It is eclectic just like me. It makes me happy just looking at it! I couldn't very well hide my giddiness & they probably thought I was a bit crazy (nah, they're family and they know I'm alittle different anyway.That's the beauty of it cause they love me anyway!)...I did however explain that I had a low threshold for excitement...hey, that suits me just fine. I'm a happy camper.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


Yesterday I started off full of invigoration and hope for the day. It was sunny and beautiful out and I felt energized....Then I had to get out of bed. LOL
I found that our new chest freezer (that we'd gotten for backup in case our 30 yr old hand-me-down decided to konk out) wasn't freezing anything. Fortunately it seems that we're only going to lose a basketful of food that was closest to the top. It hadn't lost power so was still pretty cold but it had lost the ability to freeze properly. Do you think I could find the receipt from Sept? NO! Panic briefly set in but then I remembered the local appliance store kept a log of that kind of thing because they also do repair on what they sell..So it will be covered by the warranty. We also found out it was a freon leak causing the problem...but I digress.
Ok so I think to myself, maybe just getting out of the house, I'll be able to clear my head and move on positively with my day....That was until the -15 degree windchill hit me. So much for the 'warm' sunny day! It was going to be so fun running errands today, I could tell. But I continued to say my mantra of the past couple years, "I will not let it steal my joy".
I tried to put these inconveniences out of my mind while I ran into town to take care of my parent's monthly business...When I got to the end of the driveway though I saw that our mailbox had been pretty thoroughly obliterated by hooligans. At this point I was thinking that perhaps I should've just stayed in bed while the day was still 'nice' in my mind...
Later in the day I got my daily online inspiration that helped me to reaffirm that I was on the right path in the approach I was trying to have. (although it certainly was being tested) It stated..... Today I will make a difference. I will begin by controlling my thoughts. A person is the product of his thoughts. I want to be happy and hopeful. Therefore, I will have thoughts that are happy and hopeful. I refuse to be victimized by my circumstances. I will not let petty inconveniences such as stoplights, long lines, and traffic jams be my masters. I will avoid negativism and gossip. Optimism will be my companion, and victory will be my hallmark. Today I will make a difference.
I will be grateful for the twenty-four hours that are before me. Time is a precious commodity. I refuse to allow what little time I have to be contaminated by self-pity, anxiety, or boredom. I will face this day with the joy of a child and the courage of a giant. I will drink each minute as though it is my last. When tomorrow comes, today will be gone forever. While it is here, I will use it for loving and giving. Today I will make a difference.
I will not let past failures haunt me. Even though my life is scarred with mistakes, I refuse to rummage through my trash heap of failures. I will admit them. I will correct them. I will press on. Victoriously. No failure is fatal. It's OK to stumble...I will get up. It's OK to fail...I will rise again. Today I will make a difference.
I will spend time with those I love. My spouse, my children, my family. A man can own the world but be poor for the lack of love. A man can own nothing and yet be wealthy in relationships. Today I will spend at least five minutes with the significant people in my world. Five quality minutes of talking or hugging or thanking or listening. Five undiluted minutes with my mate, children, and friends.
Today I will make a difference.
Max LucadoFrom
On The Anvil

You go Max....and that's all I have to say about that. Ü