Thursday, March 19, 2009

Ooooh! Another giveaway!

The girls over at Internet Cafe Devotions are having a fantastic giveaway! Go & check it out! To enter, you just post on your blog how you plan to rejuvenate your spiritual life this spring & then leave a comment on ICD that you've done it! Yay!
I've already started on mine~by spending more time in the Word~immersing myself in worship~& being more of a servant to others~I had really missed that! I really think I was put on this earth to serve others & it is pure joy to do just that! LOL! Such an exciting adventure! In return, I receive so much! A continuous learning experience! Praise God!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Perfectly said!

I came across this little piece of such great wisdom & I'd like to share it with you all because I was so stunned when I read it! I FELT AS IF SOMEBODY HAD GONE INTO MY MIND & TOOK MY THOUGHTS! LOL I've always felt his way & more so now that I'm approaching MY 55th birthday! YAY! I have anticipated this day for the past few years (LOL!) because now I can have my 20% discount at my favorite stores! hehehe! I am so excited, you can't imagine!! LOL! Anyway, I have ALWAYS said that you're only as old as you feel & I don't know what 55 feels like anyhow, so I must be having fun! LOL! Does that make any sense at all? I'm constantly surrounded by grandchildren & they sure do keep me young! They range in age from 4yrs old up to 19yrs old, so I have great fun playing "mental volleyball" when they're around, you know, never ending switching gears! LOL! So please take the time to read this:

*The other day a young person asked me how I felt about being old. I was taken aback, for I do not think of myself as old. Upon seeing my reaction, she was immediately embarrassed, but I explained that it was an interesting question, and I would ponder it, and let her know.
Old Age, I decided, is a gift. I am now, probably for the first time in my life, the person I have always wanted to be. Oh, not my body! I sometime despair over my body, the wrinkles, the baggy eyes, and the sagging butt. And sometimes I am taken aback by that person that lives in my mirror but I don't agonize over those things for long. I would never trade my amazing friends, my wonderful life, my loving family for less gray hair or a flatter belly.
As I've aged, I've become kinder to myself, and less critical of myself. I've become my own friend. I don't chide myself for eating that extra cookie, or for not making my bed, or for buying that silly cement gecko that I didn't need, but looks so avante garde on my patio. I am entitled to a treat, to be messy, to be extravagant. I have seen too many dear friends leave this world too soon; before they understood the great freedom that comes with aging.
Whose business is it if I choose to read or play on the computer until 4 AM and sleep until noon? I will dance with myself to those wonderful tunes of the 60 & 70's, and if I, at the same time, wish to weep over a lost love ... I will. They, too, will get old. I know I am sometimes forgetful. But there again, some of life is just as well forgotten. And I eventually remember the import ant things. Sure, over the years my heart has been broken. How can your heart not break when you lose a loved one, or when a child suffers, or even when somebody's beloved pet gets hit by a car?
But broken hearts are what give us strength and understanding and compassion. A heart never broken is pristine and sterile and will never know the joy of being imperfect. I am so blessed to have lived long enough to have my hair turning gray, and to have my youthful laughs be forever etched into deep grooves on my face. So many have never laughed, and so many have died before their hair could turn silver.
As you get older, it is easier to be positive. You care less about what other people think. I don't question myself anymore. I've even earned the right to be wrong. So, to answer your question, I like being old. It has set me free. I like the person I have become. I am not going to live forever, but while I am still here, I will not waste time lamenting what could have been, or worrying about what will be. And I shall eat dessert every single day (if I feel like it).
And tonight, I will eat dessert!


OMG! After taking a blog~break this week (I'm painting & decorating my grandaughter's room) I checked my email this a.m. for the 1st time all week & lookie what I found! I had entered Tina's beautiful giveaway over at seaside-stitches for her beautiful pins & I WON!!! For the 1st time in my life, I WON something!!! LOL! I am so thrilled! Thank you Tina! Go check out her blog! Oooooohh!
Have a great week!

Saturday, March 7, 2009


Craft Lane with Mandie

While browsing online, looking for more "projects" to keep myself out of ~LOL!~trouble, I came across this neat blog with all kinds of free graphics! Go check out Mandie's blog for some of her goodies!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Life as a "chicken rancher"

Did I ever mention that I raise chickens too? LOL Well, I have 18 hens of various layer breeds (they better be!) & 1 very frustrated rooster! His name is Mr.P, but I call him "the Evil One" or the rooster from hell~LOL! He got out of his very large pen today, without my knowing, & yup! as I walked into that part of my backyard, he came at me, out of NOWHERE! OMG! All I saw was him jump up at me & caught me with those darn spurs of his right on my leg! LOL It wasn't funny at the time, but after I got him back in his pen I just sat there & laughed because I must've really been a sight, trying to get away from him! Thank God no one else was around at the time, to see such a hilarious sight! LOL My son & husband want so badly to turn him into roast chicken or some other dish...but I feel there's hope for him, inspite of his "evil" nature & constant crowing all day long! LOL He really is a big, beautiful rooster & the only Buff Orpington I have left after last summer's mongoose massacre of all 10 of my Barred Rocks & Buff Orpingtons. Actually, he WAS the only survivor of that attack & at the time we thought he was a hen so we named him "Precious". Then, about 2 months later, early one morning my youngest grandaughter & I awoke to the sounds of what we thought, at the time, was one of our goats choking. LOL! So, we ran out back to check & there the sound was again! It was his first crows OR trying to, at least! LOL! Hey! I never had chickens before, so HOW WAS I SUPPOSED TO KNOW?! LOL! My chickens have been another great source of "excitement" in my life, let me tell you! Now, if only I could get the hens to start doing their jobs & start laying! LOL

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Whew! I'm back!

Oh boy! I am finally getting over this flu bug that's been "bugging" me for the past week! It just about wiped me out! I have never slept so much in all my life & my body is now in pain from being in bed so much! LOL Now, I rarely ever get sick but back about a month ago, 2 of my grandaughters came down with it & "lucky" me caught it! It sure feels great to be back with the living!LOL
I spent this evening catching up on my blog reading (of course!) & sure looks like everybody's having a lot of fun, as usual! And poor Lani sounds like she's wiped out by the same nasty bug! I sure missed you all! Blessings to all! And make sure you all get lots of vitamin C & some Airborne (that really works, I just was stupid enough to think I would have been spared from the flu~since I almost always have been in the past! I guess my resistance was lowered by all the late nights I had been spending in Blogland! LOL) Take care!