Thursday, January 31, 2008
I had hoped to have my post up earlier than this, but I have had issues with Blogger, as well as the computer. It resulted in me just giving up for a while and taking a nap. With that behind me and the technical items all in a row and working with me instead against me.......... here we go.
Have you ever given much thought to what has happened to all of these people that you hear about that just seems to disappear into thin air? One minute they are there living their lives as usual and the next minute *Poof* they are gone. There are some that you hear about on the news that have disappeared and weeks or months later their bodies are found. It sickens me to think of how crimes against the innocent seems to be growing at such an alarming rate.
Now think about those that are never heard about or from again. There are some that have the resources to keep the disappearance of their loved ones in the news media. Seldom though does it do any good. I am talking about those that are abducted and swiftly moved into the horror of Human Traffiking.
Again, as I was visiting Drunk On Barley today, I read David's post on this very subject. The statistics for this is mind boggling. In 14 short days it is hoped that a declaration will be presented to the United Nations with one million names on it. One million people declaring that
People Trafficking is wrong. One million people taking a stand and saying that they support STOP THE TRAFFIK in its call to: Prevent The Sale of People, Prosecute The Traffickers and
Protect The Victims.
You can help by going to the STOP THE TRAFFIK web site and adding your name to the declaration. Another way to help is to grab this graphic and add it to your blog. If one million names are to be collected, the word needs to spread. The best way I know to do that is through bloggers like us. Please point as many people as you can to this declaration. Let's All Stand Up And Be Counted. Let's All Be Heard And .............. STOP THE TRAFFIK!
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
MORAL FROM TODAY'S STORY:
When you do something wrong, and try to cover your ass, it always comes back to bite you.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
I don't know if any of you are aware of this or not, but this a second marriage for both J.D. and I. When we took our wedding vows on April 2nd, 2000 not only did we join our lives, but 4 and 3 children became 7..... 7 and 4 grandchildren became 11 and since then has grown to be 13...... We have also seen 4 great grandchildren come into this world. Recently we received word that those 'Rebel' grandchildren have been at it again and the end of May we will be welcoming another great grandchild into the world. We are so happy for Butch, Alaina and Audrey. I might mention that I am right on top of things. Since receiving the good news, I found a pattern for this pretty Heart Baby Blanket , got my supplies gathered up and already have it on needles and in progress.
Friday, January 25, 2008
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Just the other day I visited Lots Of Little Things and Willzmom had done a post of her Bucket List. This 'Bucket List' is a spin off of the recently released movie with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. I am sure that most people think about what they would like to accomplish or experience before they die or in this case 'Kick The Bucket'. I know I have and it seems as if the older I get, the more I think about it.
If you would like to do a bucket list of your own and would like to use the graphic of the buckets feel free to grab it. After you post your list come back and leave a comment on this post letting me know. I would love to read yours.
- A road trip through the west with JD to see the Virgin River Gorge in Utah. I saw it many years ago and thought it was the most beautiful scenery I had ever seen in my life. I would like to share that beauty with JD.
- Go to Branson, Missouri
- See performances by Ricky Skaggs, Alison Krauss and Martina McBride.
- Visit New England in the fall and Niagara Falls while we are in the neighborhood.
- Write an 'Ethical Will' for my loved ones.
- Finish our renovations on the house and throw a party to celebrate it.
It's not a really long list is it? For the most part I would have to say that thanks to my JD, the children and grandchildren, I have had a pretty full and satisfying life. Maybe I am just easily entertained, but I have never been one to have Big Dreams, like sky diving, etc. I guess you could say I dream thrifty or dream within my means. Dreams have always seemed more attainable to me that way.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
With today being National Pie Day it seems only appropriate that I offer a Pie recipe. But first things first.... Thank you to Tammy at The Pink Magnolia for coming up with the idea that we, as a blogging community all contribute a recipe. A big thank you goes out to Artsy for contributing the graphic we are all using for this event. Tammy's blog is by invitation only, but if you drop her an e-mail from her profile page she will most likely invite you in. She will have Mr Linky set up on her blog so drop by and check out some great recipes.
With all of that said, it is time to get down to business and let go of these wonderful recipes that I have in my possession. I am going to follow the healthy eating way of thinking with these recipes. Yes, I did say 'THESE'. I have two recipes that are healthy as far as healthy can go when it comes to pies. They are perfect for the diabetic in your life or even someone that wants to eat pie and still eat healthy. My family has no problem eating either one of these pies, and that would include the children. OK then...... turn on the printer, here comes those recipes.
1 Cup Splenda
1 tsp. Lemon or Lime Juice
8 oz. Cool Whip (Reduced Fat)
8 oz. Philly Cream Cheese (softened)
1 Graham Cracker Crust (Reduced Fat)
Mix Philly and Splenda well.
Add Cool Whip and Lemon or Lime Juice..... Mix well
Pour into Graham Cracker Crust and refrigerate until firm.
No Sugar Apple Pie
6 cups apples, sliced
1 cup apple juice, frozen concentrate
1 tablespoon corn starch
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon butter
Prepare your favorite pie crust recipe for a 10” double crust. Prepare apples: heat apple juice concentrate in saucepan (Use undiluted frozen apple juice concentrate.) and add apple slices. Cover and simmer until almost tender. Stir in cornstarch (made into a paste with a little water). Add cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Pour apple mixture into unbaked pie shell. Dot with butter or margarine. Cover with top crust and crimp edges. Bake 15 minutes at 450 degrees. Cover edges with foil and return to oven. Lower temperature to 350 degrees and bake an additional 30 minutes.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
I woke up this morning to howling winds outside. The wood stoves had burned down to just a few coals left in the bottom of each. This means that JD and I slept well last night which is unusual for me. I am usually up and down all night thanks to the fibromyalgia. Well after listening to that wind blowing, it didn't take long for me to get those wood stoves stocked and a fire burning in each of them.
While I was working on that, the coffee was brewing. Can't get the morning off to a really good start without a cup of coffee.
I have been sitting here at the computer trying to think of something interesting or perhaps inspiring to post on my blog for today. I keep coming up blank. I went looking for graphics that might spark my creativity...... All I managed to do with that was enjoy the graphics I was looking at. No sparks of creativity there. Hmmmm... Do you think I could have writer's block?
There is a window in front of the computer and as it started getting daylight outside I could see that it has been and still is snowing. My response to that is 'Let it snow...Let it snow...Let it snow'. The snow is an indication that it has warmed up a little bit from the single digit temperatures we have had the past few nights. I know that temperatures that low is needed to keep the insect population down when the warm weather gets here, but it doesn't take many days of those low temperatures and I am ready for wee bit of a warm up.
JD is working on a post for his blog JD's Soapbox, that shows the progress we have made with our 'Little Home on the Mountain'. He will probably have it posted in a few hours. Please stop by and visit our home. When he talks about all that has been done to this house and property he always give me equal credit. I will be the first to tell you that I have done some, but the majority of the work has come from JD. The man is amazing. Does it sound like I am bragging on him? Well, I am!
Now I am going to finish this post up for the day and give JD a turn at the computer. Have a Great Day everyone and stay warm.
Monday, January 21, 2008
We Are All Sisters
There comes a time in every woman's life when she has to take a close look at herself. Not at her circumstance, not at what she did, not how unfair life is, or at who made you do it. She has to just look at herself in all her glory and imperfection. Have you ever admired a woman who has been through changes in her life? Or have you made up in your mind that she is just messed up. Before you make this mistake, take a closer look. A woman who has endured the most unusual life is someone of wisdom, someone who has been chosen by God to go through things that have made her stronger.
Think of all the great women in the Bible: Mary Magdalene, Ruth and Naomi, the woman with an issue of blood, and Esther, to name a few. Mary was a prostitute, a very uneasy woman. But by the time Jesus was done with her, she was His closest follower. Esther was unfortunate in marrying an abusive man, but by the time God was done with her, she had married one of the wealthiest men in the land.
Women are so quick to beat the next one down instead of trying to hold her up. Before you wonder, 'What's up with her?' ask yourself, 'What's up with me?' That woman could be my mother, sister, aunt, mother-in-law, stepmother, niece, grandmother, great-grandmother, daughter, daughter-in-law, granddaughter, neighbor, friend, or co-worker, etc. That woman could be ME.
Women are the carriers of life, not the channels of death. Let's build and encourage each other, as did Ruth and Naomi.
Note from Jo: I am a firm believer that we are all here for a purpose of some sort. That what we go through will in some way benefit others. (I was going to say here 'If we allow it to', but rather we allow it or not, rather we share our experiences or not, they are out there and someone will benefit from what we go through.) With that said, I have always found courage to face the challenges in my life by recalling the words "If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it." Hopefully, as sisters in the Lord we will all encourage and love, forgive and forget. I hope that the women who read this will be touched in some way.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
I am on an oral medication for diabetes as well as insulin (Lantus) and Lizard Spit (Byetta). She decided that we need to increase the units of insulin that I take and make some adjustments to the oral meds and see what sort of results we get from that. Now don't get all grossed out over the Lizard Spit remark. The original protein that brought about Byetta was found in the saliva of the Gila Monster (one of only two poisonous lizards in North America). When I first found that bit of information out I thought it to be pretty interesting. It is always nice to know where things originate from that you are putting into your body.
I tend to off track from time to time ........... The Byetta is wonderful stuff, but is tricky to use I am finding out. I visited a web site (Diabetes Monitor)that spells this information out for you. For instance there is a window of one hour after you inject Byetta that you must eat. At what point you eat within that window, determines how well the Byetta is going to work and the effects it can have on you in the process. I found many such tid bits of information that I was not aware of before. My Drill Instructor, as good as she is, just didn't pass all of these extras on to me or was not aware of them. No problem though, now I know the rest of the story.
I told you about my Santa (Vicky) from AmMed Direct in December. Well I am still receiving wonderful little care packages from them with sample snack bars and lotion, diabetic recipes, coupons for diabetic supplies and sundry needs. If you are not hooked up with them, you really need to check out their web site and get in touch. I was paying big bucks for my testing supplies through my Prescription Insurance. Vicky took matters into her hands and found out that my Medical Insurance will cover my test supplies at a fraction of what it was costing me before.
Another really wonderful resource that I happened to stumble across a while back is dLife . I have found that I could spend hours at this web site just feasting on all of the information that is available there. dLife also features a TV program that airs on Sundays. I am not sure of the time or channel, but it is posted at the site. I have caught the program a few times and have found it very informative.
Living with diabetes can certainly be a challenge at times, but it doesn't have to consume your life. Any help that we, as diabetics can find helps makes the challenge a little less taxing. I hope that you find the links I have provided here helpful. If you are not diabetic, but know someone that is, why not pass this information on to them. Please do this especially if that person is newly diagnosed. I remember feeling so overwhelmed when I was first diagnosed. That was quite a while before computers became a big part of every home. I had no idea that so many other people were fighting the same battles I was with the disease and that they were probably feeling pretty much alone, as well. My resources at the time pretty much consisted of my family doctor and what pamphlets he had available.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
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Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
I thought that I will start doing what I will refer to as Meaningful Mondays. It will be the one day that I set aside especially for reflection and trying to fit together the pieces of the puzzle that we all call 'Life'.
From time to time I come across some profound statement while I am reading a book or magazine, sometimes in an e-mail, that really lights a spark for me. It may cause me to give serious thought to something that I had found puzzling before. Perhaps answering a question that I have had for a long time. Perhaps just putting a different spin on the way I looked at something before. Sometimes it happens suddenly, sometimes slowly with a certain amount of smoothness, the puzzle piece just slides right into place for me. It is a feeling like no other when it happens.
I confess that I am guilty of usually having so much clutter on my mind that I really don't take the time to meditate over fitting my puzzle pieces together like I should. Although my inner child still thinks she is 19 with lots of time to find answers to questions I have had all of my life, all it takes is a look in the mirror to know that indeed I am no longer 19. It is time to do some mental housekeeping. Dusting off the grey matter, sweeping out the cobwebs and keeping that mind in shape by giving it some serious exercising from time to time.
With all of that said I will now give you my first 'Meaningful Monday' installment. Hopefully someone finds it helpful in some way.
As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn't supposed to ever let us down probably will. You will have your heart broken probably more than once and it is harder every time. You'll break hearts too, so remember how it felt when yours was broken. You'll fight with your best friend. You'll blame a new love for things an old one did. You'll cry because time is passing too fast, and you will eventually lose someone you love. So take too many pictures, laugh too much, and love like you've never been hurt because every sixty seconds you spend upset is a minute of happiness you'll never get back.
Don't be afraid that your life will end,
be afraid that it will never begin.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
There needs to be a way to get off of the IRS mailing list other than just not paying your taxes. They tend to get their bloomers (I like that word. My Mother used to say it.) in a bunch when you do that. Something similar to the 'Do Not Call List' would work for me. Perhaps an 'Opt Out List' could be created.
All joking aside, along with each New Year comes the over bearing shadow of every one's beloved Uncle Sam with his hand out. Ohhhh now, don't sugar coat the picture of that dear old uncle looking to us for assistance of a great need he has for just a few of our hard earned dollars. No! No! No! That hand is out so he can quickly grab us by the ankles, turn us each upside down and shake until every cent has fallen from our pockets. He then quickly gathers it all up and uses it in ways that few of us would approve of.
I have been dragging my feet and putting off the task of purging our filing cabinet and getting the receipts and paper work ready for 'Our People'. Every time I open the filing cabinet it is more than obvious that I need to get busy on this task. It is getting to the point that I can barely get my hand between the hanging files. So far my response has been like the Quaker snack commercial on TV. The one where the girl is being followed by an ice cream truck. She is fighting the temptation by turning her head slightly and trying to hum louder than the ice cream truck's music. Then she reaches into her pocket and the day is saved by the Quaker snack pack. I open the filing cabinet drawer, quickly reach in and try to grab whatever file I am in need of and pull it out while slamming the drawer shut with that right on the second accuracy so as not to catch my hand with the drawer. As much as I dread it, I am going to have to get started on that this week.
It seems to me that when our forefathers saw fit to toss all of that tea into the Boston Harbor it was really a waste of good tea. Are we not again being taxed to death? Is it time for another uprising? I do have a suggestion for any Revolution against taxes that may come about. Instead of throwing tea into the harbor, this time why not make it the politicians.
Hope your day isn't too taxing.
Saturday, January 12, 2008
|What Jo An Means|
You are fair, honest, and logical. You are a natural leader, and people respect you.
You never give up, and you will succeed... even if it takes you a hundred tries.
You are rational enough to see every part of a problem. You are great at giving other people advice.
You are well rounded, with a complete perspective on life.
You are solid and dependable. You are loyal, and people can count on you.
At times, you can be a bit too serious. You tend to put too much pressure on yourself.
You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.
You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.
You have the classic "Type A" personality.
You are very intuitive and wise. You understand the world better than most people.
You also have a very active imagination. You often get carried away with your thoughts.
You are prone to a little paranoia and jealousy. You sometimes go overboard in interpreting signals.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Today's post will be a short one because it is Seth Day and we are going to have to be out the door and on our way in about an hour.
I just had to share this with you this morning, because I know that this cliff hanger has had you hanging there long enough waiting for the mystery to be solved.
The Borrowers did it!! It wasn't the Gremlins or even the Butler, as some suggested. The Borrowers are the ones that took my double pointed knitting needle. When we were wrapping up our water run to the spring yesterday, J.D. looked down at the accelerator and said, "Look here!" Sure enough the needle had surfaced. His next comment was, "How did it get way over here?" The answer to that is an easy one. Evidently, the Borrower that needed my knitting needle must have either been a man or a teenager......... We all know neither of them ever put anything back where it belongs.
Have a wonderful Friday!
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Just think...... it is National De-Lurking Week and I almost missed the whole thing. I was making my rounds visiting my favorite Blogs today and found reference to it at Pea's Corner. Stop by and check it out and pick up a graphic to add to your blog in support of "National De-Lurking Week". I am thinking I should mark it on the calendar too so I don't miss it next year. It really does mean a lot to bloggers when someone leaves a comment. It can get to be pretty disheartening to post day after day and be able to see that people are coming to your blog, but no one ever says anything. Most people make their blogs public to get some feed back on what they are thinking and writing. They also make their blogs public for the opportunity to meet people out there that share in their interests and their way of thinking. Thanks Pea for keeping us up to date!
J.D. will certainly be surprised when he reads the title for my posting today. Although it has been a while since he has asked me, one question that used to come on a regular basis was, "What's on the agenda for today?" I suppose that he now has figured me out. Although you will occasionally find a 'To Do List' composed by me, you will find it to be a rare list that is completely checked off. It never has bothered me when I didn't get my lists completed. It just made writing my next list easier because I always had a starting point (what I didn't complete on the previous list). I mostly get through my day by playing everything by ear and going with the flow of things.
The weatherman told us last night that the near 70 degree temperatures will be coming to an end today. As temperatures drop today we will be seeing some rain this afternoon. Considering that we are down to just a few gallons of spring water left and with the weather for the next few days not looking too good, J.D. mentioned last night that we need to make a water run this morning.
Although we have well water, we don't use it for drinking or cooking. It is a seepage well and I for one am more comfortable using it for bathing and washing dishes only. We located a place not too long ago where we can get spring water and started saving up bottles and jugs to fill, so we can bring it home for our drinking and cooking needs. It may not be the famous Arrowhead Spring Water, but oh it sure does taste good. It reminds me of Grandma Crace's water when I was a child. There is just a pure crisp taste to it that you don't find in tap water.
So there you have it, my agenda for today will include going for spring water. It is a nice enjoyable ride and who knows, we just may find something along the way that shouts at us, "Take My Picture!"
Hmmmmm...... not much of an agenda, but it is a start.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
Sunday, January 6, 2008
In all honesty, I think I can say that Grandson Riley is the hardest working child I have ever known. He is a very busy little guy. A couple of years ago we added two rooms on to the house. Every time that Riley came to visit during this build on, he came complete with his work tools. To him it wasn't just pretend, he got right in there and hammered and screwed in screws.... You name it, he was there to do it. His little face would light up when Grandpa asked him for some help. When we were putting up the T 111 siding and painting it, he was right there with his paint brush to do his part. He would gather up any stray screws, nails and wood that he found and take it home with him in case he needed to do any fixing at home.
On Grandpa's birthday this year he brought along a few of his tools and his firefighting and police gear. It wasn't long before he spotted the pear trees and decided they could use a little pruning.
His Grammy in Kentucky got him the complete construction worker's gear set for Christmas. I can tell you there are few things that would have been better suited for him. We need to find some construction work for him to do around here now.
So many children today are so wrapped up in TV and video games that they seldom venture away from the television set. They are missing out on so much because of it. Instead exercising their imaginations they are being force fed 'stuff '. Now I am not knocking the video games like v-tech that are learning tools. I will also be the first one to sing the praises of video games as a great way to build eye hand co-ordination. However I believe they need to be limited so other things can stimulate those young minds.
As a child other than the winter time when it was very cold out, I remember most of my time being spent out side. I spent my share of time outside when it was cold weather too though. When there was snow on the ground I remember Mom putting layers of socks on my feet and hands, covered with bread bags (to keep in the warmth and keep out the wet) and then into the snow boots and mittens. In the summer time I waited impatiently for rain so I could get into the flower beds and start serving up my mud pies. We had a big galvanized wash tub that my mother used to wash her vegetables from the garden in before taking them to the house. When she wasn't using it, I was. It would become a cauldron where I cooked up cures for anything that could ail a person. My remedies mostly contained dandelions and whatever other wildflowers were in bloom at the time.
I just hope that the desire to work and to help people stays with Riley. It is an admirable trait.
This Grandma thinks he is a pretty admirable little guy too though.
Saturday, January 5, 2008
Friday, January 4, 2008
Sure, it was a handsome building in its day. But then, there's been a lot of winters pass with their snow and ice and howling wind. The summer sun's beat down on that old barn ' til all the paint's gone, and the wood has turned silver gray. Now the old building leans a good deal, looking kind of tired. Yet, that fellow called it beautiful.
That set me to thinking. I walked out to the field and just stood there, gazing at that old barn. The stranger said he planned to use the lumber to line the walls of his den in a new country home he's building down the road. He said you couldn't get paint that beautiful. Only years of standing in the weather, bearing the storms and scorching sun, only that can produce beautiful barn wood.
It came to me then. We're a lot like that, you and I. Only it's on the inside that the beauty grows with us. Sure we turn silver, gray too ... and lean a bit more than we did when we were young and full of sap. But the Good Lord knows what He's doing. And as the years pas s He's busy using the hard weather of our lives, the dry spells and the stormy seasons to do a job of beautifying our souls that nothing else can produce. And to think how often folks holler because they want life easy!
And I suspect we'll be more beautiful then for the seasons we've been through here ...
and just maybe even add a bit of beauty to our Father's house.