Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Or Not

I was reading someone's blog regarding a recent Hermit Crab purchase for their kid. She was lamenting the fact that upon reading the booklet that came with the crab they discovered they can live 20 years!...
Yeah, unless your kid takes beloved "Sandy Claws" to 3rd grade show and tell and when everyone else is at recess someone sneaks into the room and tries to pull him from the safety of his shell, thereby PULLING OFF a couple of his legs leading to a slow and probably painful death in which all his limbs fell off, thereby leaving said sad little owner in a vortex of venom filled suspicion of her classmates until later that year when her family thankfully moved to beautiful San Diego and away from those murderous 8 year olds....

Or not.

I'm just saying.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Ten On Tuesday, Vv

Ten things I am Thankful for all starting with V.

1. Violins, violas
2. Vincent VanGogh
3. Vegetables, especially straight out of a garden, if the gopher doesn't eat them all first (grrrrr)
4. Vent...both for air to flow, and to let off steam.
5. Vacuums dragging the carpet outside and beating it with a broom.
6. Vitamins
7. Vocal, the ability to be....
8. Velocity...I have a thing for it.
9. Value. Quality for a decent price, is that too much to ask?
10. Vanilla beans.

Thankfulness helped me focus on what is good and right with my life. It brought me back into alignment with God, which in turned delivered me from depression.

What are you thankful for??

Friday, June 25, 2010


I am not an early riser.
I do not wake up sunshiney and full of cuddles, rainbows and glee.
I am not necessarily a grumpy ogre either, but I am not a jump out of bed and greet the rising sun kinda gal. I do however wake up relatively okay looking strangely enough.

Our church has 6am prayer, on one day for the men in 2 different locations to better serve our community...and another day for the ladies, same two houses.

I have made it once. And it was due to a really important person staying overnight with me, and it was our only chance to pray together with these wonderful women because we were leaving that morning on a trip...and well, her needs are really important to me, and the trip itself was bitter sweet, and we needed prayer and a covering, so there ya go....ONE TIME.

Yesterday I saw the female leader who lives in the home that hosts this early morning prayer stuff and casually asked her. "So who comes to your house"
And she laughingly responded, "Well, let's see, NOT CRAYL..."

I tried to explain that I am not a sunshiney morning person, that I actually have trouble seeing in the wee hours (yes, 6am is wee to me, so what, we are all created differently).I am a master of the one eye at a time vision in the AM.
She even offered to pick me up, I declined.

Fast forward...weird tales plague my dreams, at the end of which I wake up to hear the rain and comment out loud, "I hope all the car windows are rolled up"

My husband jumps out of bed in a panic and flies outside to move our landlord's riding mower, that died in the middle of the yard, into the garage.
I watch for a moment, realizing he needs help and put on my shoes.

I wondered back inside afterward, look at the clock...5:50am....and grab my keys and go to morning prayer..

God made it rain, so I would go pray. Pray for those in need, for those we know that are suffering, or in need of miracles and direction, of healing. He also provided just the right people to help me decipher the dreams, very foretelling.

It was beautiful.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Excuse Me, Can I Drive That For You?

I stopped in the grocery store on my way home from work the other day. I noticed a woman entering the store about the same time, an elderly woman. And when I write elderly, I mean it. I don't mean some woman that's 50.Good grief, the older I get the more I realize how old we aren't inside....but I digress, and that's a whole other post.

Anyway,old lady. She was having trouble getting around easily, she was obviously having trouble seeing, holding things at weird angles, super close sometimes. When I went to check out she was in front of me. The cashier scanned her few items and thethe lady handed he a credit card and asked the cashier to run it through the machine for her. I wasn't sure if she couldn't see it, or if the technology was beyond her. When it came time to sign her name the lady had to point it out and she leaned way down and after writing asked "Did I get it?". This transaction made my heart ache a little. I wished she could have a helper like some of my friends are to those in this community.

But I digress again.

This isn't a post about pity, but sheer terror.

I paid for my groceries and left, and walked by the old woman who struggled to see the line to sign her name,


I wasn't sure what to do...
Call for help, hurry to my car and get out of there first?
Offer to drive her home...
but then I'd look like a creepy lunatic murderer that preys on old people...
"Excuse me Madame, may I drive you home?"

I was a total chicken and left. I could hardly process what might have been a better option. It's like seeing someone dealing with their kids in a way that's probably going to need therapy to fix later in life...sometimes our hands are tied, or our tongues.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010



Well, those days are long gone.
But happy 405th to me! Wooooo!


Sometimes I am just happy to breathe clean(ish) air.

Celebrate something today!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Ten On Tuesday, Uu

Ten things I am thankful for, all starting with the letter U.

1. Understanding.To be understood, to understand others.
2. Undeniable , hard core truths.
3. Umbrellas, especially little ones in tropical drinks.
4. Uniqueness. Be yourself. You are unique, and wonderful.
5. Underdog. I have not seen the live action movie, just the old school cartoon.
6. Underwear. Think of the old...Even just in the 1950's...then think of what's in your drawers now, YAY modern underthings!
7. Up. The movie, and the bonus features. Great documentary of where they did the research.
8. Unicorns. Because imagination is fun!
9. Union. Like marriage, or a good business deal, or even when people can simple get together and make a difference.
10.Uggs. I used this on the original list a few years ago, but every fall and winter, and this year, spring, I am so very thankful for them!!!!

What are you thankful for?

Monday, June 21, 2010

Beautiful Desire

I've been reading some very amazing blogs lately.
These women write with pose and grace, of beauty and splendor. Sometimes they write of tough times, but with a style of poetry, beautiful story telling.
Here is one example, here is another.

I can't help but wonder what these women are really like. Do they ever lose their temper, do they have ugly days, or dark days, do they ever use a grammatically incorrect word?

I don't know.

I want to live in the peaceful.
I want to experience the calm.

So I have added them to my list in my reader.
Perhaps they can rub off on me from afar.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

After You Grab The Candy You Earn A Star!

My son has a friend over to play.
We like this kid, a lot.
He comes from a great family, he is positive, fun, polite, in a real way, not like Eddie Haskel, and he isn't mean, which we really appreciate.
He is also over 5' 10" and just turned 12, but whatever.

I don't know if it's because of his family dynamics or the constant flow of kids in and out of their home, or that his family room is 3 times the size of my living room, but the kid is LOUD...and animated. He was teaching Spencer,my girls and one of their friends, a new(to us) video game...but he was reading all of the instructions from the screen...
he was very excited to be doing this. He was loud, animated, and hilarious. He could totally be on a little kids TV program.

He could be an MC for events, a Carnie, Infomercial host, crazy kids, or Japanese, game show host. Seriously, the possibilities are endless....and I don't mean when he grows up, I mean right now. The kid could pay his way through college.

I eventually threw them outside into the beauty that is today...and reclaimed my ears. I asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up, he said "No idea". I am tempted to give him some suggestions.

Friday, June 18, 2010


I don't like my reflection in the mirror today.
Not because I am unhappy with my girth,

or age tromping across my face

or the skin on my arms (what's up with that?)

today I was reminded of my human nature and
how much I think I am in control,
and sadly, how much I am really not in control.

Because no one is.

Control is an illusion,
usually brought on by fear.

I hate fear.
I hate hate as well.

Tomorrow will be better, and maybe that person in the mirror will be better too.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Hoop Fail

No this isn't about basketball.

This is a simple story about a falling earring.
Sunday morning, while on the platform singing and praising my earring fell off.
I felt it disengage from my ear and tried to catch it, I failed.
But I did manage to knock it down my shirt. Yep....that was fun.
I whispered to my friend next to me , who then had to bite her tongue to not giggle during the welcome.

During the next 3 songs, as I breathed correctly to sing, my earring slipped farther and farther down my shirt. I would daintily and discretely check it's progress occasionally. When we finished the set list I walked outside and flicked it out from the bottom of my shirt.

So ridiculous. I hope no one noticed.
If ever someone seems a little distracted in a meeting or on stage...just remember..they could have an earring down their shirt.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Ten On Tuesday, Terrific T's

Ten things I am totally Thankful for...

no particular order:

1. My son's middle name.
2. Thankfulness!
3. Thanksgiving, not only should it be a day of more thankfulness, but also family, fun and yummy food.
4. Thunder Mountain at Disneyland, super fun coaster with a lot of attention to details.
5. Tassels, I have none in my house per say, but I do like them, I like running my hands through the big silky ones ( oh yay, that should get the spammers all here)
6. Tempura. But only if it's made right, super light and crispy. Yum.
7. Tacos. Home made, Brother in law Morris' rock.
8. Tenacity. Sometimes, to get something done, you just need some...
9. Toast.
10. Tender heartedness. I find it sexy in my man, lovable in my son, and sad when someone is lacking it.

What are you thankful for today?

Thursday, June 10, 2010


Our trees were covered, our trees are big....the birds were getting fat, but we were super limited to what we could reach on our ladder... and then, our friend David mentions..."I have the gear, I used to climb trees for a living."


This was after I already made 2 pies...and he is still in the trees as I write this with another whole bucket full. He went home with a pie and some homemade Jalepeno jelly.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Ten On Tuesday, S

Ten things I am thankful for starting with the letter S. No particular order.

1. Soap. Thank you whoever figured out how to make soap and thereby made the world a better smelling place.
2. Sense of Smell.....cinnamon, baked goods, fresh peaches, clean babies...
3. Scooters, you keep my son busy for hours. :)
4. Stationary, stationary stores...I think I have mentioned my love of paper and pens.
5. Salmon, yummy.
6. Silliness. I enjoy the silliness.
7. Selective hearing...when I use it, not when my kids do.
8. Sandals
9. Salami...Oh so bad for you, but OH SO GOOD.
10.Salvation. A free gift.

I am also thankful for all the armed forces that keep America's freedoms alive.

What are you thankful for?

Friday, June 4, 2010

THE wedding.

This is my niece Piper...she performed an original dance for the couple during the reception, it was beautiful.

This is my niece Kelsey....Orchid master (see below)...

This is my brother in law Morris with my niece, the Bride, Nikki

Take note of those bouquets...

This is my dad, my sister Sue, the mother of the bride, and Nikki...
Sue designed and made those bouquets...

This is my other sister Ruth, Jenelle, me and Alyssa. Behind us is Aaron and members of the best band ever and my brother walking through the door as well...
take note at the tables, the giant bouquets, the lanterns, small flower vases candles etc....all designed by my sister Sue and carried out by her "design team" (family and friends that did not succumb to the stomach flu my family so generously introduced that week, yay us....)

My brother, David, dancing with Nikki.

The cake: Vanilla bean, creme brulee filling made by Nikki and family, and the decorating, including those orchids, which are all hand my niece Kelsey.

We realized after the event we are an amazing wedding family, decor, cake, music, including original or altered songs to fit the family, Alyssa is developing mad camera skills, Jenelle is learning fashion design, so the dresses will be forth coming as well.....pretty cool.