Thursday, December 31, 2009

Goodbye 2009



"Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot
and days of auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne."
- Robert Burns

2009 Events:

Feb:  Purchased 2004 Crossfire w/17,700 miles.
Mar:  Nina got new desk-top computer.
June:  Keziah got a trip to Disneyland w/her Dad. 
         Sabrina got a new job as a receptionist.
         Back deck is finally done!  
          My father passed away on the 24th.
July:  Dale got a small raise in spite of the recession. 
         Grandbaby was born on the 12th - Luke.
Aug:  Took a week trip to Las Vegas.
Sept:  My brother passed away on the 19th. 
Oct:  Dale got a new laptop computer.
Nov:  Jordache got a new job as a marketer.
         Sabrina hit her weight loss goal - 30 lbs.
Dec:  Vacationed in Ocean Shores for a week. 

What a year.  Looking toward 2010 with anticipation!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas Day



"I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man
the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!"
- Charles Dickens

Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Night Before Christmas

To the rest of the world, today is Christmas Eve.  But to my husband & I, it's our 31st wedding anniversary!  Yes, I can hardly believe it.  My, how time passes!  It's been great to live my life with my most favorite person in the world and my best friend.  Few people get that chance.  I've been one of the fortunate ones.  Looking forward to another 31 years or more together!

Monday, December 21, 2009

It's My Birthday!


HAPPY BIRTHDAY > ~Adorable~T "Birthday Dec 21"Ten Ways to Know if You Are a SWAG

(Southern Woman Aging Gracefully)


1. You feel the urge to bake a pound cake after reading the obituaries.

2. You have had professional photographs made of your children barefoot and dressed in their Sunday clothes.

3. You believe that cocktail dresses do not double as church clothes.

4. You’d rather have a fight with your husband than with your best friend.

5. You have stolen magnolia leaves, or you know someone who has.

6. You have monogrammed the middle of your shower curtain.

7. You could live without Yankees who equate your accent with a low IQ.

8. You know better than to eat the potato salad at a family reunion.

9. You are socially conditioned to believe that tanned fat looks better than white fat.

10. Your children hide their Easter baskets and Valentine’s Day candy from you just in case you have a dieting lapse.

There's always a lot to be thankful for if you take time to look for it. For example I am sitting here thinking how nice it is that wrinkles don't hurt.

The older you get, the tougher it is to lose weight, because by then your body and your fat has gotten to be really good friends.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

If You Look for Me at Christmas


If you look for Me at Christmas... you won't need a special star,

I'm no longer still in Bethlehem, I'm right there where you are.

You may not be aware of Me amid the celebrations,

You'll have to look beyond the stores and all the decorations.

But if you take a moment from your list of things to do,

And listen to your heart, you'll find I'm waiting there for you.

You're the one I want to be with, you're the reason that I came,

And you'll find me in the stillness as I'm whispering your name.

Love, Jesus

--Author unknown

Saturday, December 12, 2009

First Corinthians 13 Christmas


Home for the HolidaysIf I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls,
but do not show love to my family, I'm just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family. I'm just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home, and give all that I have to charity,
but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir's cantata, but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child.

Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.

Love is kind, through harried and tired.

Love doesn't envy another's home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

Love doesn't yell at the kids to get out of the way.

Love doesn't give only to those who are able to give in return, but rejoices in giving to those who can't.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails. Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost,
golf clubs will rust...but giving the gift of love will endure.

~Author Unknown~

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Twas the Night Before Jesus Came

Twas the night before Jesus came & all thru the house  Not a creature was praying not one in the house.  Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without care In hopes that Jesus would not come there.

The children were dressing to crawl into bed,
Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head.
And mom in her rocker with baby on her lap
Was watching the Late Show while I took a nap.

When out of the East there arose such a clatter,
I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter.
Away to the window, I flew like a flash
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash!

When what to my wondering eyes should appear
But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here.
With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray
I knew in a moment this must be THE DAY!

The light of His face made me cover my head.
It was Jesus! Returning just like He had said.
And through I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth,
I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself.

In the Book of Life which He held in His hand,
Was written the name of every saved man.
He spoke not a word as He searched for my name;
When He said "It’s not here" my head hung in shame.

The people whose names had been written with love
He gathered to take to His Father above.
With those who were ready He arose without a sound
While all the rest were left standing around.

I fell to my knees, but it was too late;
I had waited too long and thus sealed my fate.
I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight;
Oh, if only I had been ready tonight.

In the words of this poem the meaning is clear.
The coming of Jesus is drawing near.
There’s only one life and when comes the last call
We’ll find that the Bible was true after all!

---Author Unknown

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Jesus is Better Than Santa

Santa lives at the North Pole.
JESUS is everywhere.

Santa rides in a sleigh.    
JESUS rides on the wind and walks on the water.

Santa comes but once a year.    
JESUS is an ever present help.

Santa fills your stockings with goodies.    
JESUS supplies all your needs.

Santa comes down your chimney uninvited.    
JESUS stands at your door and knocks...then enters your heart.

You have to stand in line to see Santa.    
JESUS is as close as the mention of His name.

Santa lets you sit on his lap.
JESUS lets you rest in His arms.

Santa doesn't know your name, all he can say is "Hi little boy or girl, What's your name?"    
JESUS knew our name before we did.

Not only does He know our name, He knows our address too.  He knows our history and future and He
even knows how many hairs are on our heads.

Santa has a belly like a bowl full of jelly.    
JESUS has a heart full of love.

All Santa can offer is HO HO HO.    
JESUS offers health, help and hope.

Santa says "You better not cry."    
JESUS says "Cast all your cares on me for I care for you.

Santa's little helpers make toys. 
JESUS makes new life, mends wounded hearts, repairs broken homes and builds mansions.

Santa may make you chuckle but    
JESUS gives you joy that is your strength.

While Santa puts gifts under your tree    
JESUS became our gift and died on the tree.

It's obvious there is really no comparison.
We need to remember WHO Christmas is all about.
We need to put Christ back in Christmas.

Jesus is still the reason for the season.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

'Tis the Season

To Be Jolly!  You can almost hear the sleighbells in the distance as our neighbors and friends roll out the tinsel in preparation for the season. 

Christmas is anticipated by almost everyone.  Luckily, routine days become brightened by long-awaited holidays. There are many things to be joyful about at Christmas: family gatherings, church programs, festive food, shopping, Christmas cards, gift wrapping, holiday music, parties, gift exchanges, decorated tree, ...

With the recession, I realize that for some, things seem dismal.  Try your best to focus on the good in life, while trusting God to see you through.

Follow me in merry measure, Fa la la la la la la la la... 

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Merry Christmas!


One of my most favorite holiday movies is the 1994 make of Little Women starring Winona Ryder and Susan Sarandan.  It's a delightful screen adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic 1869 novel. 

Story: With her husband off in the U. S. Civil War serving as chaplain for the Union, Marmee is left alone in New England to raise their four daughters, her little women. There is the spirited & imaginative Jo; conservative & sophisticated Meg; fragile & compassionate Beth; and romantic Amy. The girls share a bond that can't be penetrated by outsiders.  As the years pass, the sisters share some of the most cherished and painful memories of coming of age, as Marmee and Aunt March guide them through issues of independence, romance and virtue. 

The story has lived in my heart for many years.  Love how family connection remains strong in the face of tragedies. 

Saturday, November 28, 2009

The Turkey Shot Out of the Oven

Grateful Spirit
The turkey shot out of the oven and rocketed into the air,

It knocked every plate off the table and partly demolished a chair.

It ricocheted into a corner and burst with a deafening boom,

Then splattered all over the kitchen, completely obscuring the room.

It stuck to the walls and the windows, it totally coated the floor,

There was turkey attached to the ceiling, where there'd never been turkey before.

It blanketed every appliance, It smeared every saucer and bowl,

There wasn't a way I could stop it, that turkey was out of control.

I scraped and I scrubbed with displeasure, and thought with chagrin as I mopped,

That I'd never again stuff a turkey, with popcorn that hadn't been popped.

by Jack Prelutsky

Friday, November 27, 2009

Stuffed!


Offer GratitudeI Ate Too Much Turkey by Jack Prelutsky
I ate too much turkey,
I ate too much corn,
I ate too much pudding and pie,
I'm stuffed up with muffins
and much too much stuffin',
I'm probably going to die.

I piled up my plate
and I ate and I ate,
but I wish I had known when to stop,
for I'm so crammed with yams,
sauces, gravies, and jams
that my buttons are starting to pop.

I'm full of tomatoes
and french fried potatoes,
my stomach is swollen and sore,
but there's still some dessert,
so I guess it won't hurt
if I eat just a little bit more.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Over the River!



Over the river, and through the wood,
To Grandfather's house we go;
The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh
through the white and drifted snow.

Over the river, and through the wood -
Oh, how the wind does blow!
It stings the toes and bites the nose
As over the ground we go.

Over the river, and through the wood,
To have a first-rate play.
Hear the bells ring, "Ting-a-ling-ding,"
Hurrah for Thanksgiving Day!

Over the river, and through the wood,
Trot fast, and dapple-gray!
Spring over the ground like a hunting-hound,
For this is Thanksgiving Day.

Over the river, and through the wood -
And straight through the barnyard gate,
We seem to go extremely slow,
It is so hard to wait!

Over the river, and through the wood -
Now Grandmother's cap I spy!
Hurrah for the fun! Is the pudding done?
Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!

By: Lydia Marie Child

When I was growing up, we always went to my maternal grandmother's house every Thanksgiving.  We lived near Birmingham in Garywood (Hueytown) and my grandmother lived in the outskirts of West Blocton on Smith Hill.  Without fail, our family would sing this song in the car on our way.  It seemed fitting since we were traveling through more rural country.  Thinking about this always brings back good memories for me. 

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

We Gather Together


We gather together to ask the Lord's blessing;
he chastens and hastens his will to make known;
the wicked oppressing now cease from distressing:
sing praise to his Name, he forgets not his own.

Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
ordaining, maintaining his kingdom divine;
so from the beginning the fight we were winning:
thou, Lord, wast at our side: all glory be thine!

We all do extol thee, thou leader triumphant,
and pray that thou still our defender wilt be.
Let thy congregation escape tribulation:
thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!

We Gather Together is a Christian hymn of Netherlands origin written in 1597 by Adrianus Lalerius to celebrate Dutch victory over Spanish forces in the Battle of Turnhout. In the United States, it is popularly associated with Thanksgiving Day and is often sung at family meals and at religious services on that day.

At the time the hymn was written, the Dutch were engaged in a war of national liberation against the Catholic King Philip II of Spain. "Wilt heden nu treden," "We gather together" resonated because under the Spanish King, Dutch Protestants were forbidden to gather for worship. The hymn first appeared in print in a 1626 collection of Dutch patriotic songs, "Nederlandtsch Gedencklanck."

According to the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, We Gather Together first appeared in an American hymnal in 1903. The hymn gained popularity, especially in services of Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Gratitude

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.

If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don't know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you're tired and weary,
because it means you've made a difference.

It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.

Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Count Your Blessings



Count your blessings instead of your crosses;



Count your gains instead of your losses.


Count your joys instead of your woes;


Count your friends instead of your foes.


Count your smiles instead of your tears;


Count your courage instead of your fears.


Count your full years instead of your lean;


Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.


Count your health instead of your wealth;


Count on God instead of yourself.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Color

Ever wonder how to create an eye-pleasing look in your decor? Have you ever heard of the "60-30-10" rule? Take a look at a magazine page. Notice that:

60% of the color hue unifies the space.

30% provides visual interest.

10% adds that little spark of bling.

So, when decorating a room remember this rule:

60% - dominant color

30 % - secondary color

10% - accent color

It's not much different than assembling an apparel outfit. For example, take a man's suit:

60% - slacks & jacket

30% - dress shirt

10% - neck tie

Now, just translate the same idea to a room setting:

60% - wall/flooring color

30% - upholstery seating color

10% - accents/floral arrangement/pillow

Hopefully, you found this to be enlightening and useful!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Honoring Our Heroes

"Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices." - President Harry S. Truman.

Veterans Day is when we honor our service men for protecting our freedom and our future.  They deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.     

Our nation observes the holiday with no mail, no banking, no school, and no library service. 

Currently, my nephew JohnRay is in Iraq serving in the U.S. Army.  He will get to be home for Christmas.  It will be his baby daughter's very 1st Christmas, he's excited to spend it with her.  He needs our support and prayers.  May God give him health, protection, and wisdom.  And may God bless him for his sacrifice!       

God bless our soldiers!  God bless our great nation!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Sabrina's 24th Birthday!

Today is my daughter-in-law's birthday. She is an attractive, self-assured, and creative young woman. Sabrina is lovely both inside and out. She is a bright spot in our family. We adore her warm and friendly nature as well as her abundance of feminine charm. My daughter-in-law is articulate and has concern for others. Sabrina is a nurturing and supportive wife to my son Jordache and grand-daughter Jazlyn. She is practical and resourceful in running her household. She is ambitious and talented, desiring to leave her imprint on the world. What more could I ask for? So glad you are a member of this family! Happy 24th Birthday Sabrina!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Voting Day!


'Twas the night of elections

And all through the town

Tempers were flaring

Emotions all up and down!

I, in my bathrobe

With a cat in my lap

Had cut off the TV

Tired of political crap.

When all of a sudden

There arose such a noise

I peered out my window

Saw Obama and his boys

They had come for my wallet

They wanted my pay

To give to the others

Who had not worked a day!

He snatched up my money

And quick as a wink

Jumped back on his bandwagon

As I started to sink

He then rallied his henchmen

Who were pulling his cart

I could tell they were out

To tear my country apart!'

On Fannie, on Freddie,

On Biden and Ayers!

On Acorn, On Pelosi'

He screamed at the pairs!

They took off for his cause and as he flew out of sight

I heard him laugh at the nation

Who wouldn't stand up and fight!

So I leave you to think

On this one final note

-IF YOU DON'T WANT SOCIALISM...GET OUT AND VOTE!!!!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Hallowe'en


Hope everyone has a fun & safe Halloween this year  . . . especially those of you trading treats for tricks!

FYI:
Juliette Gordon Low, founder of Girl Scouts of America, was born on October 31, 1860 in Savannah Georgia.  "Daisy," as she was affectionately called by family and friends, was the second of six children. 

She brought girls of all backgrounds into the out-of-doors, helping them develop self reliance and resourcefulness.  She encouraged girls to prepare not only for homemaking, but also for roles in the arts, sciences, and business.  Girl Scouts welcomed girls with disabilities at a time when they were excluded from other activities and organizations. 

From the original 18 girls, Girl Scouts has grown to 3.7 million members.  Although married, Juliette never bore any children.  She died of breast cancer in 1927. 

When I vacationed with my sister and friend in Savannah, we got to tour her lovely 1818 Italianate architecture home.  The carriage house in back was the first headquarters of Girl Scouts.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Pink Ribbon Day

Pink for a Purpose!

October is national breast cancer awareness month, please do your part to support the cause.  Since the program began in 1985, mammography rates have more than doubled for women over 50.  Breast cancer deaths have declined.  That progress is encouraging, however, early detection is key.  This includes yearly mammogram screenings and clinical breast exams, not to mention monthly self-examinations.  It just might save your life!  Put away all excuses: unpleasant, embarrassing, happens to others, ...  Come on, be proactive and assertive, don't live in ignorance or denial.    

My mother-in-law, my sister-in-law, my husband's aunt & cousin are all breast cancer survivors.  Would love for there to be a cure before my sweet granddaughters become women.  Pleased that Octobber proceeds from our Bunko group went to help combat breast cancer.  Every little bit helps!   

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Thursday Thirteen


13 Reasons Why I Love October!

1. Chrysanthemums. Enamored with filling my front porch with 'mums!

2. Autumn decor. Cherish putting out all my fall items for the season!

3. Pumpkins. Admire the bright orange pumpkins filling up my steps!

4. Starbucks drinks. Crazy about pumpkin spice latte, caramel apple cider, hot chocolate...

5. Fall bazaars. Shopping the craft shows/booths get me into the holiday mood!

6. Caramel apples. One of my favorite treats (good thing I only eat them in the fall).

7. Leaves. Fond of falling/turning leaves: red/burgundy, orange, yellow/gold, brown, ...

8. Butternut squash. Baked with real butter and seasoned with salt, mmmm....

9. Fall t.v. line-up. Wild about watching the new season of my favorite shows.

10. Candles. Nothing like setting a fall mood than lighting candles in the evening!

11. Comfort foods: Love soup, pot roast, mashed potatoes, hot apple pie, mac&cheese, ...

12. Reading. When the weather changes, it's perfect for reading a good book.

13. Halloween. Smitten with giving out candy to little kids in cute costumes!

What are your reasons for liking October?

Sunday, October 18, 2009

God's Promises for Tough Times

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." Psalm 46:1

"I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears." Psalm 34:4

"The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him." Nahum 1:7

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy paths acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:5,6

"But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19

"The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want." Psalm 23:1

"Humble yourselves therefore unto the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you." 1 Peter 5:6,7

"Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the Lord, to the mighty One of Israel." Isaiah 30:29

"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:31

"Thou will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee." IS 26:3

"Fear thou not; for I am with thee; be not dismayed, for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee, yea I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness." Isaiah 41:10

"When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee," Isaiah 43:2

"Be careful for nothing; but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made know to God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6,7

"In God I have put my trust: I will not be afraid what men can do unto me." Psalm 56:11

"Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord." Psalm 27:14

Friday, October 16, 2009

Friday Fill-ins


1. _______ is my favorite month.
2. _______ scare me.
3. Leaves are falling all around, it's _______.
4. My favorite horror movie is _______ because _______.
5. _______ = good memories.
6. It was a dark and stormy night _______.
7. As for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to _______, tomorrow my plans include _______, and Sunday I want to _______.

1. May is my favorite month (I'm actually a "spring" kind of gal).

2. Mice scare me (to death!).

3. Leaves are falling all around, it's time to break out the hot apple cidar!

4. My favorite horror movie is The Ghost of Mr. Chicken because it's funny vs creepy.

5. Disney World trips = good memories (enjoyed 3 different trips with the boys).

6. It was a dark and stormy night as I hunkered down with a good book to read.

7. As for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to a date with Dale, tomorrow my plans include shopping/pumpkin-carving/poker night, and Sunday I want to "eat out"after morning church service.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Like a Pumpkin

Being a Christian is like a pumpkin.

First, God picks you from the pumpkin patch
and brings you in from the field.


He then washes all the "dirt" off the outside
that we received from being around all the other pumpkins.


He carefully removes all those
seeds of doubt, hate, greed, and fear.


Then He carves you a new smiling face
and puts His light inside you
to shine for all the world to see.



The Bible says He selects us out of the world. We are in the world, but no longer of the world.
All the outside influences of our former life must be cleaned up. Old things are passed away and all things are become new. After Jesus is invited inside, you begin to experience the changing
power of God's love in your life. This pumpkin now reflects the light from inside out.
So too, when Jesus, who is called the Son of Light, lives inside of us, He shines through our life for all to see. We can let His light reflect through us to reveal His presence. "Let your light so shine before men that they may be able to see your good works and glorify your Father, who is in heaven."

So you see, we Christians are really like this pumpkin! We will never be the same with Jesus inside of us. We can say like this jack-o-lantern, "Thy presence, my light!"

Monday, October 12, 2009

Columbus Day


In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue
He sailed & sailed & sailed & sailed
To find this land for me and you!

Do you remember this old grade school song?

Today we celebrate the anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in America. The voyage took place in October 1492. Italian-Americans observe today as a celebration of their heritage.

Columbus was a navigator, colonizer, and explorer. His aspirations led to his awareness of the American continents. His exploring was funded by Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Portugal after being rejected by Spain. They were willing to equip three ships to search for a western route to the Orient. They agreed to make Columbus "Great Admiral of the Ocean," appoint him governor of land discovered, and give him 1/10th of all revenues from the lands.

Although he wasn't the first to reach the Americas, he did initiate widespread contact between Europeans and the natives. He severely underestimated the circumference of the Earth. When he landed, he assumed he stepped on East-Asian soil. He referred to the natives as Indios.

Christopher Columbus was born in Genoa, Italy to a middle-class family. My husband's grandfather was born in 1892 and raised in San Fior, Treviso, Italy near Venice. His name: Ettore' Giovanni, means Hector John. He immigrated to Canada first before entering the U.S. He was married at age 23 in a Catholic church in Fernie, B.C. He founded a town in British Columbia: Natal, which means birth in Italian. He traveled to Great Falls, Montana by caboose. Eventually, he made his way to Puyallup, WA in 1925. He loved to sing opera in his "Caruso" voice. He raised grapes and was an excellent pruner and grafter of fruit trees, a skill he learned from the "Old Country." He built a home on a 5-acre farm in Edgewood that was custom fitted to their stature.

With the surname "Perozzo," our family is proud of its Italian inheritance!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Think Before Speaking

THINK

T is for TRUE

H is for HELPFUL

I is for INSPIRATIONAL

N is for NECESSARY

K is for KIND

T- is it true? Before you say anything ask yourself if it's really true. Proverbs 16:13 "Kings take pleasure in honest lips;they value a man who speaks the truth." Is this absolute truth? Anything beyond this is evil. Don't exaggerate. Don't embellish. That is going beyond the truth.

H- is it helpful? If you've established that what you're about to say is true, now ask yourself if it's helpful. Consider Ephesians 4:29 "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." Before you say anything ask if what you're wanting to say going to help this person. Be careful not to stop at truth. People say things that damage and hurt others and then throw out the silly statement, "well, it's true" as if that makes it okay. The Bible does not give us permission to say anything just because it's true. It's not good enough just to make true statements. It must be helpful and build others up.

I- is it inspirational? Does it bring people to God? Does it bring glory to God? 1 Corinthians 10:31 "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God."

N- is it necessary? Why are you talking? Proverbs 10:19 "When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise." The more you talk, the more chance you have to sin. So, ask yourself these questions. Do I have to say this? Is this really necessary? Why am I about to say what I'm about to say?

K- is it kind? Colossians 4:6 "Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone." Proverbs 12:25 "An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up." Everything that comes out of our mouth should be kind, giving and full of grace.

Let's THINK before we speak about anyone, including our family members and celebrities. The Bible doesn't make exceptions and neither should we. Let's go out and love!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

My Oldest Brother's Passing

Sadly, my oldest brother (Lee Earl) was buried today in Alabama Naional Cemetery in Montevallo, it's considered the "Arlington of the South." As an honorable decorated Vietnam veteran, an Army buglar sounded "Taps" and a U.S. flag was presented by the Honor Guard to the family as well as a Presidential Memorial Certificate. Dignitaries gently placed his cremated remains in the burial plot. It was a lovely tribute to his sacrifices made for our country.

As a lifetime member of 101st Airborne Division, Lee (Earl) earned numerous medal of honors as an Army Sergeant including: Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Air Medal, Army Commendation medal, Vietnam Service medal (with one Silver Service star and 3 Bronze Service stars), Combat Infantry badge, National Defense Service medal, Vietnam Campaign ribbon, Vietnam Conflict Gallantry cross with Palm Unit Citation badge, Vietnam Civil Actions Honor medal, First Class unit citation, and Parachute badge. He for survived a helicopter crash in which he endured a head injury and ear surgery. He pulled out/rescued many soldiers before the fire consumed the vessel. He marched through dangerous rice fields and managed to avoid land mines (thanks to my mother who didn't let a day go by without praying for him). During his military service, he brought many to safety.

For those who did not know him, you should know how creative and talented he was. He could conceptualize an idea and bring it to fruitition. He loved inventing and he built two of his own homes and designed the blue-prints. He designed and layed out all his own landscaping complete with gazebo and rock wall overlooking a waterfall and creek. He was a master wood craftsman and a jewelry designer. He was a collector of old coins, civil war paraphernalia, old jewelry, and silver pieces. He was also an avid University of Alabama football fan. In his health, he was highly energetic, productive, and ambitious.

He served as a long-time employee of the U.S. Corps of Engineers (15 years as a civilian), in charge of million $ projects such as building bridges and roads and helping with major hurricane disasters along the Gulf Coast. Divorced in 1997, he fathered three beautiful daughters: Michelle, Raquelle, & Rachel.

He was a no-nonsense kind of guy with a lot of practical know-how. He approached life with gusto and verve. I miss him immensely, his memory will sustain me. May he rest in peace.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Oktoberfest



Germany:
Located in the midst of Europe, Germany is surrounded by the North Sea, Denmark, Baltic Sea, Poland, Czech, Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxemburg, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

From the high Alps, Bavarian plains, flowing hills, and coasts of the Baltic Seas: it all looks like a miniature train landscape packed with the nicest of old towns, medieval houses, gothic churches and small villages.

Germany is the land of poets and thinkers.

A popular German saying has the meaning: "Breakfast like an emperor, lunch like a king, and dine like a beggar."

My husband's maternal side of the family is named Blumenthal. They were originally from Germany. Dale & I would love to visit the country sometime.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Mother's Birthday



Today is the "9-11" anniversary, grandparents day, and my mother's 87th birthday! Since most of you have never met her, allow me to tell you about "Mama." She's free-spirited, amusing, sharp witted with a quick mind, and highly intuitive. She was a partner with my father for 62.5 years of marriage. She was a devoted mother of six children whom she raised and disciplined. During those years she managed a household: cooking, cleaning, laundry, shopping, decorating, . . . She always had a good eye and taste for fashion.


She's friendly, outgoing, and socialable, very fond of people in general. She knows how to make people feel welcomed and comfortable. She loves and nurtures children. She has a heart for the downtrodden, you could say she's a defender of the underdog. She strongly believes in fairness and resents false displays of caring and emotion. She hates arrogance and believes humans should never be demoralized. She has always desired our family to be warm, loving, and stable.


She loves the Lord and lives an honest, moral life. She has and continues to live a life of integrity. I truly love you mother, Happy 87th Birthday!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Back to School




"School days, school days, dear old golden rule days. Reading & writing & 'rithmetic..." It's interesting how one simple jingle can immediately summon countless memories of childhood. With the onset of fall, comes the exciting rush of a new school year.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Labor Day Weekend

Celebrated the last hurrah of summer with family and friends! Dale's childhood friend spent the weekend with us. He and his wife (Barry & Kathy) live in Nashville, they drove out here in their motorhome. Dale barbecued brisket and we had family & friends over. We had a great time. We also took our visitors site-seeing to Point Defiance Park and to Seattle to see the Space Needle and Pike Place Market. We got to see them in March 2008 when we flew to Nashville.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

ABCs of ME


A - Attached or Single - happily married
B - Best Friend - Sharon
C - Cake or Pie - Toss up
D - Day of the Week - Friday (date nite)
E - Essential Item - Diet Coke can
F - Favorite Color - Blue
G - Gummi Bears or Gummi Worms - neither
H - Hometown - Garywood Alabama
I - Indulgence - Naps
J - January or July - duh, July
K - Kids - Two fabulous grown sons
L - Life is Incomplete Without - family, I love them all
M - Marriage Date - December 24, 1978
N - Number of Siblings - Five: 3 sisters, 2 brothers
O - Oranges or Apples - oranges (in season)
P - Phobias or Fears - mice!
Q - Quote - "Eat, sleep, and be merry"
R - Reason to Smile - great husband!
S - Season - Spring, the grey begins to dissappear
T - Text or Talk - definitely talk, preferably in person!
U - Unknown Fact - I was a girl scout
V - Vacation Destination - anywhere warm with sand and palm trees, especially in January
W - Worst Habit - scratching my head
X - X-Rays or Ultrasound - ultrasound, take advantage of newer technology
Y - Your Favorite Food - Pizza or Pasta - pasta with sauce
Z - Zodiac Sign - Sagitarrius (Dec 21)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Jordache's Birthday



Today, my younger son is 23 years old! Hard to believe. He's turned into a nice young man, learning to be a good husband and father. He's sensitive, good-looking, intelligent, compassionate, laid-back, and fun to be around (a great catch, Sabrina). He has a drive to reach his goals in life. Recently, he's managed to turn adversity into opportunity. He's social, persuasive, and has strong communication skills which should serve him well in his career. His optimistic attitude and vitality gives him a deep appreciation of all that life has to offer. Jordache, I hope you realize all your dreams, Happy 23rd Birthday!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Boy, Do I Know My Guy!


1. What's he doing right now? Riding his bicycle to town to run some errands.

2. You're out to eat; what kind of dressing does he get on his salad? Vinegar and oil or Italian dressing.

3. What's one food he doesn't like? ONIONS! and peanut butter.

4. When you go out to eat, what drink does he order? He drinks a variety of liquids, he doesn't like to get in a rut.

5. Where did he go to high school? Curtis High School, University Place, Tacoma WA

6. What size shoe does he wear? Usually a Size 10, occasionally a 1/2 size up or down depending on the make/brand.

7. If he was to collect anything, what would it be? Well, he has a collection of hot wheels. If money was no object, he'd collect old cars.

8. What is his favorite type of sandwich? #1 Italian sub, occasionally he'll order a club, Rueben, or Monte Cristo.

9. What would this person eat every day if he could? Wood- fired thin-crust pepperoni pizza with fresh tomatoes, artichokes, and jalapenos.

10. What is his favorite cereal? Kellogg's Raisin Bran or Walmart's brand of raisin bran.

11. What would he never wear? The color pink and Speedos

12. What is his favorite sports team? NBA: Portland Trailblazers; MLB: Seattle Mariners; NFL: Seahawks; College: UnivAla or UW

13. Who will he vote for? Conservative Republican or any other fiscally conservative.

14. Who is his best friend? That would be me of course. Who else?

15. What is something you do that he wishes you wouldn't do? Stay up late. He likes to wake up at 6:00am or even earlier.

16. How many states has he lived in? Two: Only one year in AL, the rest in Washington St.

17. What is his heritage? He's a mutt: 1/4 Italian, 1/4 Czech, 1/8 German, and some English.

18. You bake him a cake for his birthday; what kind of cake? He likes white/yellow cake with cherry frosting.

19. Did he play sports in high school? Yes, he was on the cross-country team, member of the 10,000 mile club, & ran 5 marathons!.

20. What could he spend hours doing? This question is really asking what he loves to do.
1. Sitting on our new deck, enjoying the scenery, listening to music
2. Scanning the internet for interesting sites/deals: ebay, Craigslist,...
3. Watching TV on his big-screen in the media room: sports, concerts,...

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

I KNOW WHO I AM


I am God's child (John 1:12)
I am Christ's friend (John 15:15 )
I am united with the Lord (1 Cor. 6:17)
I am bought with a price (1 Cor 6:19-20)
I am a saint (set apart for God). (Eph. 1:1)
I am a personal witness of Christ. (Acts 1:8)
I am the salt & light of the earth (Matt 5:13-14)
I am a body of Christ member (1 Cor 12:27)
I am free from condemnation Rom. 8: 1-2
I am a significant citizen of Heaven. (Phil 3:20)
I am free from any charge against me Rom 8:31
I am a minister of reconciliation for God2Cor :17
I have access to God through the Spirit Eph :18
I am seated with Christ in the heavenly Eph 2:6
I cannot be separated from God's love Rom 8:35
I am established & anointed by God 2Cor:21-22
I am assured things work for good Rom 8:28
I am chosen/appointed to bear fruit Jn 15:16
I may approach God with confidence Eph 3: 12
I can do all things through Christ Phil 4:13
I am the branch of the true vine, a channel of His life (John 15: 1-5)
I am God's temple (1 Cor. 3: 16). I am complete in Christ (Col. 2: 10)
I am hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3)
I have been justified (Romans 5:1)
I am God's co-worker (1 Cor. 3:9; 2 Cor 6:1)
I am God's workmanship (Eph.. 2:10)
I am confident that the good works God has begun in me will be perfected. (Phil. 1: 5)
I have been redeemed and forgiven ( Col 1:14)
I have been adopted as God's child (Eph 1:5)
I belong to God!

Do you know who you are?

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Southern Rules


“Sir” and “Ma’am” are not just for occasional usage.

Men hold doors for women/ seniors.

If someone else needs a seat, you give them your seat, and you don’t complain.

“Being a good Samaritan” is not just a saying, its an understood way of life.

"Darling”, “Sweetheart”, “Honey”, and “Dear” are used, for the most part, as endearing expressions.

You can dislike someone as much as you want, but when you see them you act cordially.

When you bump into someone you say “pardon” or “excuse me.”

Waving at people you don’t know or asking how they’re doing is not to be looked down upon.

You can take time to slow down. Slower paced lives are happier lives.

Say “God bless you” when someone sneezes.

When in doubt, be as polite as possible. Only confront others when confronted.

People hug one another, its OK.

If you disagree with something, be polite. “Oh….I see,” or “Oh…thats nice, Darlin” will suffice.

Saying grace at the table, even to yourself, should not be looked upon with disdain.

The only place where cars still stop (even on the highway) for funerals.

ALL people have the ability to behave like Southerners, though not necessarily recreate the accent.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

You Know You're From Alabama When . . .


1. You can properly pronounce Arab, Boaz, Opelika, Oneonta, Tuscaloos, and Eufaula.

2. You think people who complain about the heat in their states are sissies.

3. A tornado warning siren is your signal to go out in the yard and look for a funnel.

4. You know that the true value of a parking space is not determined bythe distance to the door, but by the availability of shade.

5. Stores don't have bags or shopping carts, they have sacks and buggies.

6. You think everyone from a bigger city has an accent.

7. You measure distance in minutes, not miles.

8. You listen to the weather forecast before picking out an outfit.

9. Someone you know has used a football schedule to plan their wedding date.

10. You aren't surprised to find movie rental, ammunition, beer, and bait all in the same store.

11. You think that Krispy Kreme donuts are the only ones that exist.

12. You actually get these jokes and are "fixin' " to send them to your friends.

13. You've had to switch from heat to A/C in the same day.

14. You use "fixin" as a verb. Ex. I'm fixin' to go to the store.

15. You carry jumper cables in your car . . . for your OWN car!

16. You go to Gulf Shores every summer.

17. When getting aquainted with someone, the 1st thing you ask: Alabama or Auburn fan?

18. You install locks and security lights on your house and leave both off.

19. You think the 1st day of deer season is a national holiday.

20. You call a garden hose a "hose pipe."

21. You don't carry/take something, you "tote" it.

22. Asian food is always "chinese," even though it may be Thai, Korean, Japanese, etc,...

23. Mamanem means the whole family. "Are mamanem comin'?"

24. You know all four seasons: almost summer, summer, still summer, and Christmas.

25. You say "sir" and "ma'am" even if you think the person may be a day older.

And finally, you are 100% Alabamian if you ever had this conversation:
"You wanna coke?" "Yeah." "What kind?" "Dr. Pepper."

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Thank You, God, For Everything



Thank you, God, for everything
The big things and the small,
For every good gift comes from God
The giver of them all.

And all too often we accept
Without any thanks or praise
the gift of God send as blessings
Each day in many ways.

And so at this time
We offer up a prayer
To thank you God for giving us
A lot more than our share....

First, thank You for the little things
That often come our way,
The things we take for granted
But don't mention when we pray,

Then, thank you for the miracles
We are much too blind to see,
And give us new awareness
Of our many gifts from Thee,

And help us to remember
That the key to life and living
Is to make each prayer a prayer of thanks
And every day Thanksgiving.

Helen Steiner Rice

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Southern Women

Appreciate their natural assets:
Peachy skin (thanks to humidity); Born knowing how to flirt; Southern drawl

Know their manners:
"Yes, ma'am"; "Yes, sir"; "Why, don’t you dare darlin`!"Have priceless expressions:"Y'all come back!"; "Well, bless your heart.";"Drop by when you can.";"That’s so nice."

Know everybody's first name:
Honey; Darlin'; Shugah; You Handsome Devil

Know the movies that speak to their hearts:
Fried Green Tomatoes; Driving Miss Daisy; Steel Magnolias; Gone With The Wind

Know their religions:
Baptist; Methodist; Football

Know their country breakfasts:
Grits; Country ham and red-eye gravy; Mouth-watering homemade biscuits & jam

Know their cities:
Chawl'stn; S'vanah; Foat Wuth; N'awlins; Addlanna

Know their elegant gentlemen:
Men in uniform; Men in tuxedos; Rhett Butler
Know their prime real estate:
The Mall; The Country Club;The Beauty Salon

Know the three deadly sins:
Having bad hair and nails; Having bad manners; Cooking bad food

Monday, August 3, 2009

I've Been Tagged


I am . . . the hostess with the mostest!

I miss . . . my father. No longer can I pick up the phone to speak with him or travel back to visit him.

I think . . . my husband is the best in all the world!

I love . . . shopping in unique shops/boutiques, not malls (everything seems to be the same).

I know . . . I'm supposed to drive 70mph on the freeway!

I want . . . to leave behind a lasting impression on my family and friends.

I search . . . Google.com for knowledge, answers to questions, curious topics . . .

I wish . . . upon fallen eyelashes I find!

I hate . . . onions and good-byes.

I am scared of . . . rodents of any kind, any critter with a long thin tail.

I fear . . . I could have another mini-stroke or even worse a full blown stroke.

I am always . . . browsing catalogs/magazines/newspapers.

I hear . . . trains running on the track in the distance.

I don't always . . . answer phone calls, return e-mails, answer the door, etc . . .

I wonder . . . what the future holds, guess I'll have to wait to find out.

I care . . . too much about strangers. If I see an ambulance or a stranded vehicle, I pray for 'em.

I regret . . . don't even get me started, there is always something I could have done better: raising my sons, being a daughter, ... Or something I should have done: made a call, wrote a note, visited, ...

I believe . . . the bible is the inspired word of God.

I danced . . . the night away at my son Jordache & Sabrina's wedding!

I write . . . whatever pops into my head, dangerous, huh?

I win . . . something occasionally when playing Bunko!

I lose . . . everthing - battles, my mind, eyeglasses, keys, remote controls, self-control, . . .

I never . . . refuse dessert when it's offered, thus my size!

I listen . . . to my playlist selections (they're on my blog). It's quite a mix of music styles.

I can be found . . . sitting at the computer making graphic designs, posting a blog, checking e-mail, and reading facebook entries.