Monday, September 21, 2009

Numbers are in!

My friend blogged about numbers, so here is my story. Had my cholesterol checked- Since June I have lowered it 42 points!!!!! Triglicerides went from 143 to 38. Been bad about exercising, haven't taken the fish oil I was supposed to. Only thing I can figure is I have eliminated dairy from my diet, drinking almond milk and limiting eggs somewhat. Wow. Maybe I should write a how to lower your cholesterol book without meds...I am also off thyroid medication. Maybe that has something to do with it also. I am thankful whatever the case. What are your numbers?

Storybook Wedding

That was the phrase that was repeated numerous times this past weekend at my niece's wedding. It was amazing! My sister is wedding planner of the century. Although she said she is done. Was awesome, but now that it's over, it's done. When I have time, I will chronicle our experience from arriving at the hotel to leaving Sunday morning and everything that happened in between. I am still digesting it all. What an incredible wedding. The best part was the absolute, tender love that the bride and groom exuded for each other. I told my girls on the way home that they had to wait to find a man that looks at them the way Josh looked at Carly all weekend, the mountaintop being his expression and tears in his eyes, taking deep Lamaze breaths as she walked down the aisle. The priest even make them stop and take deep breaths prior to starting the service! It's a cliche, but you could definitely feel the love radiating! I will continue to pray that kind of love for each of my children. And start saving my pennies, make that quarters.....

Monday, September 14, 2009

Happy Birthday, Kristy!!

Who is that old lady? I had a long day........

With my youngest turning 21 today, our three children all all of legal age. Makes me feel old. Wasn't I just bringing her home from the hospital? Putting her on the school bus for Kindergarten? Sewing her costume for Halloween? Having a Splash theme birthday party for her 8th year? Throwing a surprise party for her Sweet 16? Homecoming and Prom dress shopping for the perfect dress and shoes to match? Putting her on a plane for a mission trip to Guatemala? Leaving her freshman year in another state, five hours away, sobbing all the way home? Ah, sweet, precious memories . Am I making enough now? I pray I am never too busy to cherish the moments with each of my children. Even in the daily grind.

I love the poems based on "If I had to live my life over again", what you would do more of and what you would do less of? Really makes you think about what is and is not important. I have never regretted the times I have stayed up too late talking to one of my kids, or being awakened at any hour of the night for some need. I am ever so thankful that I have been the one to have been called. Very thankful and blessed.

I could go on about what an amazing young woman my now 21 year old daughter is, but those of you who know her, already know that. She is truly an amazing, special gift from God. Happy Birthday, sweet Princess. You are loved.

Thursday, September 10, 2009


Good news and bad news. Good news is I didn't have the root canal that I thought I was going to when I went to the oral surgeon yesterday. Bad news is that another tooth needs an apioectomy. That is where you already had a root canal and for some reason or other, it didn't work, so now you have to have surgery where your gum is cut and they go into the root from the gum. Ugly picture. Because otherwise, they would have to drill through the crown ( have had that also) and risk cracking the crown which would cost you another $800. On top of the $846 for the root canal. Haven't heard how much the apio is (have had two of those previously also). So the dentist tells me that people usually have this done on a Thursday afternoon, take off Friday, and have the weekend to recover. Not my idea of fun , and I have a wedding to attend out of town on Saturday, so I declined. ARRGGGHHH. I had braces for five years ( it keeps getting longer..) , brush my teeth , have never missed a 6 month check up and I still have major tooth issues. I don't get it. I could buy my daughter a car for the amount of money I've put into my mouth. And they thought of actually choosing to have my mouth cut and stitched is not particularly appealing to me, especially to give up a whole weekend recuperating. I guess I shouldn't complain, as a dear friend of mine just had major surgery and she can't even drive for a few weeks. So I'll make my appointment, grab my ice bags, Tylenol, and a good book, and head off to the dentist on my next free weekend.

What fun things do you have to look forward to?

Monday, September 7, 2009


It's Labor Day and I am laboring. I've walked the dog (OK that's exercising, but for me laborsome and usually my daughter does it, but she is at the lake this weekend), cleaned out the lazy susan, vacuumed, wiped down cupboards, cleaned up dishes, and I have to go start a load of laundry. Why is it on the days off, I feel like I have to work to catch up to my daily life? At some point would like my house to always be presentable, and not have to spend my free time cleaning up. I guess that would be when the house would be on the market to sell, so I really don't want to have it look nice all the time that badly. I like my house, love my neighbors and location, and am very happy here in Bloomington America, as my husband says. I'm off to catch the manager's specials at Krogers, not nearly as plentiful since the college students have returned and invaded the city. What are you doing today? I hope you take some time to enjoy the respite from your daily routine. I hope to work on some crafts or sew a little this afternoon. And catch up on some phone calls. Blessings!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

To Market, to Market

As I was peeling the last of the shriveled, dried up strawberries, ( I can't eat seeds or I wouldn't be spending time making them naked), my thoughts ran to the Farmer's Market. I am going later this morning , but I will not find strawberries as they are a June product. Every week the paper lists what new produce will be at the market dependent on the growing season. I love it! The peaches have been the best lately, and my daughter's favorite are the amazing array of gladiola colors. They last a week, well worth the $.90 apiece you pay! Then the fall brings apples, pumpkins, squash. And football. Nothing like the crisp, cool, sunny 70 degree days of fall. My favorite.
So I am off to the Market with my youngest, and my husband who surprise, surprise doesn't have to work today. What a blessing.
Enjoy the day.


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Mover extraordinaire (is that a word?), happily married to a football coach for 31 years. Mother of three amazing children,(one still on the payroll) and one daughter-in-law. Teacher (special education),speaker, presenter, writer. One of my passions is sharing with others to encourage them. Another is chocolate, especially M&Ms.