Thursday, August 31, 2006


  Bank Account

A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud man, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o'clock, with his hair fashionably coifed and shaved perfectly, even though he is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today. His wife of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready. 

As he maneuvered his walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of his tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on his window. 

"I love it," he stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy. 

"Mr. Jones, you haven't seen the room; just wait." 

"That doesn't have anything to do with it," he replied. 

"Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn't depend on how the furniture is arranged ... it's how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. "It's a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do. 

Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open, I'll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I've stored away. Just for this time in my life. 

Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you've put in. 

So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories! Thank you for your part in filling my Memory bank.

I am still depositing." Remember the five simple rules to be happy: 

1. Free your heart from hatred.

2. Free your mind from worries.

3 Live simply.

4. Give more.

5. Expect less. 

Wednesday, August 30, 2006


Just up the road from my home is a field, with two horses in it. From a distance, each looks like every other horse. But if you stop your car, or are walking by, you will notice something quite amazing.

Looking into the eyes of one horse will disclose that he is blind. His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a good home for him. This alone is amazing.
If nearby and listening, you will hear the sound of a bell. Looking around for the source of the sound, you will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field. Attached to her halter is a small bell. It lets her blind friend know where she is, so he can follow her.
As you stand and watch these two friends, you'll see how she is always checking on him. He will listen for her bell and then slowly walk toward her and trusts that she will not lead him astray. When she returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, she stops occasionally and looks back, making sure her friend isn't too far behind to hear the bell.
Like the owners of these two horses, God does not throw us away just because we are not perfect or because we have problems or challenges. He watches over us and even brings others into our lives to help us when we are in need.

Sometimes we are the blind horse being guided by the little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives. Other times we are the guidehorse, helping others see.
Good friends are like this. You don't always see them, but you know they are there. Please listen for my bell and I'll listen for yours.
"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle." 

Monday, August 28, 2006


1st baby:
You begin wearing maternity clothes as soon as your OB/GYN confirms your pregnancy. 2nd baby: You wear your regular clothes for as long as possible.
3rd baby:
Your maternity clothes ARE your regular clothes.
Preparing for the Birth:
1st baby:
You practice your breathing religiously.
2nd baby:
You don't bother because you remember that last time, breathing didn't' t do a thing.
3rd baby
: You ask for an epidural in your eighth month.
The Layette
1st baby:
You pre-wash newborn's clothes, color-coordinate them, and fold them neatly in the baby's little bureau.
2nd baby:
You check to make sure that the clothes are clean and discard only the ones with the darkest stains.
3rd baby:
Boys can wear pink, can't they?
1st baby:
At the first sign of distress--a whimper, a frown--you pick up the baby.
2nd baby:
You pick the baby up when her wails threaten to wake your firstborn.
3rd baby:
You teach your three-year-old how to rewind the mechanical swing.
1st baby:
If the pacifier falls on the floor, you put it away until you can go home and wash and boil it.
2nd baby:
When the pacifier falls on the floor, you squirt it off with some juice from the baby's bottle.
3rd baby:
You wipe it off on your shirt and pop it back in.
1st baby:
You change your baby's diapers every hour, whether they need it or not.
2nd baby:
You change their diaper every two to three hours, if needed.

3rd baby:
You try to change their diaper before others start to complain about the smell or you see it  sagging to their knees.

1st baby:
You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics, Baby Swing, and Baby Story Hour.
2nd baby:
You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics.
3rd baby:
You take your infant to the supermarket and the dry cleaner.
Going Out:
1st baby:
The first time you leave your baby with a sitter, you call home five times.
2nd baby:
Just before you walk out the door, you remember to leave a number where you can be reached.
3rd baby:
You leave instructions for the sitter to call only if she sees blood.
At Home:

1st baby: You spend a good bit of every day just gazing at the baby.
2nd baby:
You spend a bit of everyday watching to be sure your older child isn't squeezing, poking, or hitting the baby.

3rd baby:
You spend a little bit of every day hiding from the children.
Swallowing Coins (a favorite):
1st child:
When first child swallows a coin, you rush the child to the hospital and demand x-rays.
2nd child:
When second child swallows a coin, you carefully watch for the coin to pass.
3rd child:
When third child swallows a coin you deduct it from his allowance!

Pass this on to everyone you know who has children . . . or everyone who KNOWS someone who has had children . . (The older the mother, the funnier this is!)


God's reward for allowing your children to live!


Saturday, August 26, 2006


I got a big shock last week.

The Ear specialist that I went to for the tinnitus ( ringing in the ears) ordered a MRI with the second part including a dye injection.

The nerves  that he was thinking might be damaged, were not.

What they did find was that I have had a stroke somewhere along the line.

It did no damage that I am aware of and is a early warning that many people do not get.

So, as scary as it is...

I am looking at it as a positive to change my lifestyle.

It is something that I must live with and hope that "the big one" stays away.


Saturday, August 19, 2006


This morning, I walked slowly down the hallway. I glanced into the room where my dire enemy lives.

I tip toed pass the entrance to the room. I wasn't going to go in there. The light was off but I could still see "IT" resting quietly on the floor.

It was making no noise but I could tell that IT wanted me to come in and see it.

I avoided the invitation and made my way to the kitchen, hoping it wouldn't call me back to the little room where IT lives.

While fixing my breakfast...All I could think of was...IT!

Maybe sometime today, I will have the courage to go into the little room.

Just to watch it but not step on it.

If I step on it will come to life.

It will come to life and tell me what I don't want to know.

I think it is going to live in there forever and so there is no way to avoid seeing IT.

But my thought is this...

If I don't step on it...It will just sit there quietly.

I will stay very quiet when I go down the hallway today.

Maybe, I will step on it sometime today but that will take all my energy and I need my energy to eat my lunch.


Wednesday, August 9, 2006


I am discouraged.

Three weeks into this lifestyle change and only a pound to show for it.

I know that a pound is a pound but...come on!!!!

I think that my metabolism has slowed down.

It is hard to keep on trying with no results to keep me trying.

I have slipped a few times, I'll admit.

I want to be fit and healthy again but I need results!

Why am I not losing weight?

I am doing all the right things.

I even bought some bands to exercise and a Ti Chi tape. I was told last night that to buy them is NOT enough.......

 You actually have to USE them!



Saturday, August 5, 2006


I am doing good on my lifestyle changes except for the piece of Pecan pie that I had at lunch!

I guess that it is one step forward and one step back!!!!

I am walking every day so I pat myself on the back.

So far...Not a pound has disappeared from my butt!

I am trying to lose weight to feel better and look better.

We are going on cruise in October and I want to look hot on formal night.

If I keep on eating pecan pie..I can forget it.

Why do we do the things that we know are not good for us?

I'm not giving up.

Onward and upward.