Thursday, April 30, 2009

Pop Quiz

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Ok this is a pop Quiz 

Can you guess what this picture is ?

Oh come on, give it a try

Open your mind to the possibilities



Just go for it , one guess ??









Not even going to take a, ya might be right  guess ?

Actually I don’t think you would even come close



And the answer is..





Me setting in the dark for 5 hours yesterday. No lights, no computer, no phone, no water, and no money to go shopping !

Some idiot took out a power pole on the main Hwy  and I had to sit in the dark for hours. All I can say is, if  the fish that were gasping for air in their tank  had died, I would have hunted him down and made him pay for my loss and despair over them !

But all is not lost. I have been in the dark most of my life, and this was nothing new for me. I had to play catch up and finish what I started 5 hours before. I now have an excuse for things left undone yesterday. It seems that I’m always playing catch up. Well ya know what they say about best laid plans….forget about em !


Quote of the Day:
It is better to aim at perfection and miss, than to aim at imperfection and hit it


Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The real facts..


I work in the health field.. I thought I would pass this on. This was  sent to us by the D.O.N.. Director of Nursing… there is a link  posted in this, that you can go to to find out more “truthful” information.

As most of you have heard, there have been several outbreaks of Swine Flu in the United States & Mexico. In the past, the Swine Flu was infrequently transmitted from pigs to people. In these most recent outbreaks it appears the virus spreads from person to person.

The symptoms of Swine Flu are similar to human flu, including fever >100, cough, sore throat, body aches, headaches, chills, and fatigue.

Here is what you can do to prevent the spread of (any) infection:

Wash your hands frequently.  Especially before eating or touching your face and after sneezing, coughing, blowing your nose, or touching others. If soap & water are not available, then alcohol based hand cleaners can also be used.

- Cough or sneeze into the fold of your elbow or into a tissue. Throw the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands.

- Stay at home if you have a fever of 100 or greater and are experiencing respiratory symptoms.

We will continue to monitor and alert you if additional recommendations occur.

Please, feel free to access the CDC website for further information.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Alerting all Mom’s

Beer Can Wraps
Hide A Can

BEER CAN WRAPS - Want to enjoy some suds in the park or in an area where they frown upon the consumption of beer? Don't want to pay the inflated prices for a cold beer at the beach? Well now you can enjoy your brews and nobody will be the wiser. Simply wrap these vinyl soda can simulated wraps around you can, and party on. These look like the real thing, and best of all they are reusable so you can use them over and over again.

Your get 4 different labels in each package.


While surfing the net this morning I came across a sight that really sells these labels. So mom’s here is something else you need to add to your “ to do list. Check out all soda’s you kids are drinking.. LMAO…. like ya need anything added to that list !

Just think of the options here.. you yourself could use these at work, church socials, or those long lines in traffic. Why didn’t I think of this??? 


Quote of the Day:

"You see much more of your children once they leave home."

Monday, April 27, 2009

Share the Love

This is a tag I did on my sister’s blog. She is new to blogging and it would be wonderful if you all would go over and show her some love. A Day In The Life

I am tagging this blog. No it is not my blog but my sister’s. I just want to say how proud I am, that she now has 10 mo’s of doing the right thing. This is the sister that I almost lost to  alcohol. She knows she has no control over drinking except by the grace of GOD and caring friends and family. We won’t give “up” on her. We won’t let her give up on herself. She has to do the “deal” or die.. Letting her kill herself by drinking is not an option in our minds. SIs, just remember on the “bad days”, you have seen much worse! We all have bad days and you now know there are better ways to handle them than in a bottle. Count your Blessings and not your problems. Problems are soon forgotten but blessing are always a reminder of how good life is..  Simply_me   your big sister

Friday, April 24, 2009

Need some cheese with that “whine” ?

After working 12 and 1/2 today I came home to a dirty kitchen and a house that needs a little cleaning. Ok you say, You often come home to the same. Keep in mind that I just spend my days off fixing things around the house and putting in a new floor in the kitchen. 

Here is where my problem lies. My son, his girlfriend  and their baby live with me. The plan was that they were going to move in and help me with the bills for a few mo’s till they could get their own place. I’m good with this. After about a mo we found out that Stephanie was going to have a baby. Ok, a little glitch… I can work with this.

What I can’t work with is coming home and finding dirty dishes in the kitchen that have been there for 2 days. (and not my dirty dishes)My new kitchen floor with crumbs on it, and a house that needs a little attentions. I seem to be the only one that cares. I  understand that a baby is a lot of work, and that new parents don’t get a lot of sleep, but my grandson is sleeping all night now.( he is 2 mo’s old )His mother sits in her bedroom all day with him and “that is her job” so it seems.  She takes care of him and does laundry.(often leaving wet clothes in the washer and clothes in the dryer that I have to take care of, because they have gone off somewhere. If I say anything, I am the bad guy. I was telling my daughter the other day that I needed some help and she told me “ Mom she’s good for him,” end of subject. I am feeling like the “WIFE.” A few mo’s has turned into 2 mo’s short of a year. My son has always paid his share of the bills, that’s not the problem. The problem is that anything extra out of his pay check is spent and nothing has been put away for a “place of their own.” I am not trying to get them to leave. I would just like the “little mamma” to pitch in and do a few things around here. If I say anything my son get’s pissy. I am just tired and bitchy I guess, but coming home and finding my kitchen a mess and having to clean it doesn’t improve my outlook right now, when I know she has been sitting at home all day. It wouldn’t have taken her 45 min’s to clean the kitchen, sweep  and vac the floors.

I am entitled to whine now and then.. this is a now time.. thanks for listening…..          Simply_Pam

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Is chocolate the answer ?

THE 5 MINUTE CHOCOLATE CAKE FOR ONE PERSON....... This means I don’t have to share right ?


  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
  • A small splash of vanilla extract
  • 1 large coffee mug (MicroSafe)

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well.  Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.
Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again.
Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts.
The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed!
Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.
EAT ! (this can serve 2 if you want to feel slightly more virtuous).
And why is this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world?
Because now we are all only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of the day or night!

I might be making this  cause my oven still is not fixed. Tonight when I got home the part was here waiting for me…. but it wasn’t the right one. So this might be an options as it looks like the only banking I will be doing for right now is in the microwave! I think a chocolate cake for one might just make me feel better.. that is if I wasn’t to tired to make it ! LOL     Simply_me

Quote of the Day:
I owe I owe it’s off to work I go…

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

It’s done!!

I promised  to post some pictures of the new floor. It took us about 4 and 1/2 hours to lay, but we got it done. Having never done this before I think it turned out really nice. I keep walking into the kitchen and looking at it. My honey is leaving today. I have to take him to the airport this morning. Right now I don’t think I could talk him into ever replacing another tile floor. DSCN0347 



With this done.. I will have to make a new “honey do” list!

Have a great day… Simply_me

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

I should write him a check.. but I will pay with love..

I don’t even know where to start. I will start by saying that on my days off I have worked harder then when I am actually getting paid to work.

I was at work Sat afternoon and got a phone call from my SO telling me that he was flying down. Normally he rents a car and drives up from San Antonio. I decided to go to San Antonio and pick him up this time around. That would be after getting up at 4:30 am and working 12 and 1/2 hours. By the time I picked him up I had been up  for 18 hours, needless to say I was beat. We stayed in a hotel in San Antonio that night so there wasn’t a long drive home

Sunday morning we got up and we were off and running. My sweetheart must have been one of those little boys that like to take things apart and put them back together. If I say anything  about fixing something, he is on it. As I posted in another blog, one day I was getting ready to do some baking and the oven wasn’t working. He decided to find the problem.. DSCN0344

He never does anything half way, it’s all or nothing. He pulled the oven out of the wall and as you can see took it apart. After doing a few test he found that it was the heating coil. I live in a small town so needless to say we had to order the part online. Now the real test comes. Can he put it back together. YES he can.

On to the next “toy” he wants to take apart. The same day the oven went out the garbage disposal crashed.

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As you can see, it’s seen better days. He took it out. I decided that I could live without it so he redid the plumbing under the sink.

Now is this man good or what. What is so funny about this is that he likes doing this stuff. Hey, I have been married several times, and sadly to say if I needed something done it was like pulling teeth. I am sure that all men are not like that and my SO is proof. On the other hand if I were to marry him that might change. Why fix what’s not broken ?

Next, and god bless this man, I decided I wanted a new kitchen floor. We spent all of Monday removing the old floor. Let me just give you a tip that we found while trying everything we could get our hands on to get the old flooring off. We bought all kinds of stuff to help with this, and nothing was getting the job done. He decided that heat would help with removing the sticky tile. I came up with the idea of using a hair dryer. It Worked!!!! Heating the tile made it easy to scrap it up and not in pieces, but the whole tile. After getting this done the real job is getting all the glue off the floor.


This is the floor after removing all the tile. This morning we get up and ready for tackle putting down the new flooring. I walk into the kitchen and find this man doing this…DSCN0346

Making BREAKFAST ! Did I not tell you that he is
“SIMPLY THE BEST”. Yesterday while we were busy doing all the above, He took my car down and had the windows tinted for my birthday which actually isn’t till next mo.  He is my “HERO.” I have never had a man treat me so well. Hey, I know it’s not all about me, and I must be doing something right or he wouldn’t want to do these things for me.Well back to work. We have a floor to lay today. I will post a picture when we get it finished. I know with his help I will be very pleased with the outcome……

Quote of the Day:
Creativity is the sudden cessation of stupidity.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Always carry duct tape.. it may just save you from this.


This is just to funny not to pass on… and if you have seen it, I’m sure it will make you laugh again…


A 3-year-old tells all from his mother's restroom stall.
By Shannon Popkin

My little guy, Cade, is quite a talker. He loves to communicate and does it
quite well. He talks to people constantly, whether we are in the library,
the grocery store or at a drive-thru window. People often comment on how
clearly he speaks for a just-turned-3-year-old. And you never have to ask
him to turn up the volume. It's always fully cranked. There have been
several embarrassing times that I've wished the meaning of his words would
have been masked by a not-so-audible voice, but never have I wished this
more than last week at Costco.
Halfway, through our shopping trip, nature called, so I took Cade with me
into the restroom. If you'd been one of the ladies in the restroom that
evening, this is what you would have heard coming from the second to the
last stall:
''Mommy, are you gonna go potty? Oh! Why are you putting toiwet paper
on the
potty, Mommy? Oh! You gonna sit down on da toiwet paper now?  Mommy, what
are you doing? Mommy, are you gonna go stinkies on the potty?''
At this point I started mentally counting how many women had been in the
bathroom when I walked in. Several stalls were full .. 4? 5? Maybe we could
wait until they all left before I had to make my debut out of this stall and
reveal my identity.
Cade continued: ''Mommy, you ARE going stinkies aren't you? Oh,
dats a good
girl, Mommy! Are you gonna get some candy for going stinkies on the potty?
Let me see doze stinkies, Mommy! Oh...Mommy! I'm trying to see In dere. Oh!
I see dem. Dat is a very good girl, Mommy. You are gonna get some
I heard a few faint chuckles coming from the stalls on either side of me.
Where is a screaming new born when you need her?  Good grief. This was
really getting embarrassing. I was definitely waiting a long time before
exiting. Trying to divert him, I said, ''Why don't you look in
Mommy's purse
and see if you can find some candy. We'll both have some!''
''No, I'm trying to see doze more stinkies...Oh! Mommy!''
He started to gag at this point.
''Uh - oh, Mommy. I fink I'm gonna frow up. Mommy, doze stinkies
are making
me frow up!! Dat is so gross!!''
As the gags became louder, so did the chuckles outside my stall.. I quickly
flushed the toilet in hopes of changing the subject.  I began to reason with
myself: OK. There are four other toilets.  If I count four flushes, I can be
reasonably assured that those who overheard this embarrassing monologue will
be long gone.
''Mommy! Would you get off the potty, now? I want you to be done going
stinkies! Get up! Get up!''
He grunted as he tried to pull me off. Now I could hear full-blown laughter.
I bent down to count the feet outside my door.  ''Oh, are you wooking
dere, Mommy? You wooking under da door? What were you wooking at? Mommy? You
wooking at the wady's feet?''
More laughter. I stood inside the locked door and tried to assess the
''Mommy, it's time to wash our hands, now. We have to go out now,
He started pounding on the door.  ''Mommy, don't you want to wash
hands? I want to go out!!''
I saw that my wait 'em out' plan was unraveling. I sheepishly opened
door, and found standing outside my stall, twenty to thirty ladies crowded
around the stall, all smiling and starting to applaud.
My first thought was complete embarrassment, then I thought, where's the
fine print on the 'motherhood contract' where I signed away every bit
of my
dignity and privacy? But as my little boy gave me a big, cheeky grin while
he rubbed bubbly soap between his chubby little hands, I thought, I'd sign
it all away again, just to be known as Mommy to this little fellow.

(Shannon Popkin is a freelance writer and mother of three. She lives with her family in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she no longer uses public restrooms)

Quote of the Day:
Encouragement is like a premium gasoline - it helps to take knocks out of living.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Just for fun..

This is sure to be something I will buy..

If I need a reason to get out of working for a few days. I think sales just fellon this item..


Who says white boys can’t dance ???


It’s the thought that counts.. right ?

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Coo Coo Ca Chew

I blinked and he was all of a sudden bigger !  My new grandson is growing as a fast rate, or maybe it’s just that I am slowing down. He is now starting to “Coo” I love watching his little mouth move as he is trying to decide how it works. When he does make a noise ( other the crying ), it comes as a surprise to him and he jumps! He will be 2 mo’s old in a few day….

a day in a life

He is finally sleeping all night and Mom and Dad are very thankful. He still doesn’t know any tricks but we are working on it. Babies a take a little longer then puppies to train… I will keep you posted !


Quote of the Day:
A rumor is one thing that gets thicker instead of thinner as it is spread.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I didn’t do it !

Ok for those of you that have a warped sense of humor.. How would you feel about getting even with a friend.. husband… brother , sister.. or just about anyone ???  This is so the way to do it….

I can just see it now.. someone trying to open up something from their desktop and nothing works.. how about rebooting… or running a virus scan… or  spyware.. .. it would drive me nuts… I would be freaking out !!! What the @*$& is wrong with my computer ??????

Ok.. I have to admit.. this is really wicked.. but now and then getting even calls for wicked measures…  

Actually I tried this but couldn’t seem to copy the desk top icons and put them in the folder as he said.

So this is how I did it. First I went to paint and made a copy of my desk top, as he instructed. I saved it in my pictures as background. Then I made a new folder on my desktop and moved the desktop icons into it and put the folder in my documents. I then right clicked on my desk top went  to properties….click on desktop…browse ,and found the picture..  hit apply and ok… it worked.This way I didn’t have to delete anything and all I had to do was reset the desktop background and open the folder I had put my icons in and put them back on the desktop. I think I may get my sons girlfriend to help me pull this off on his new computer.I am sooooooo Bad. I will get her to take some pictures, and post it later. If I am still alive afterwards!

                                     Simply “a little wicked “_me

The Quote of the day comes from me SO. He said this to me last night. When you read it you will know why after 8 years he holds my heart in his hands…..

Quote of the Day:

You make loving you fun.

How sweet is that !!!!!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Armed and Dangerous…..

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After talking to several people I decided to take action. I have thought for a long time that I was paying to much for car insurance. I should have done something a long time ago. I had been with my insurance  co for over 7 years and I hate making changes. If something works why fix it? It was no longer working for me. In these times we need to do all that we can to cut cost and live better. I have been  thinking lately about getting a new car. Two more payments and the one I have will be paid off, but do I really need a “new” one? The one I have runs fine and I have taken good care of it. When it is paid for that will mean extra money each mo. I was talking to someone the other day and he said “ this is not the time to owe anything.” I believe he is right. A new car is not something I have to have. So with this in mind I started thinking how can I cut more corners. When my sweetie came to see me a few weeks ago we got on line and did some price comparisons. I found that I was paying way to much on my car  insurance. I got some quotes, armed myself to do battle and headed to my insurance co.

I walked in and told them I needed to talk to someone about my insurance. I set down pulled out  a quote that I had gotten, and told them “ You need to either meet this, beat this, or I am going to have to change insurance co.” I wasn’t ugly. I just said that I wanted to stay with them, but I needed them to play fair. I was giving them a chance to fix it before I checked out and moved on. She took a look and said, “Yes I see why you feel that you are paying to much.” DUH!! After doing some checking and making a few adjustments she came up with a payment of $46 less a mo. (and this is with the same coverage people.) How long had I been paying to much because I didn’t question it, and just paid it each mo?

Listen up… they will not call you, write you, or e-mail you that you might be paying to much. They will just keep taking your money “GLADLY” each mo. Money in their pockets and out of yours. $46 a mo adds up to$552 a year savings. So if you think you are paying to much for a service, do some checking. Arm yourself with knowledge and stand up and be heard. Otherwise, you will find that you will just keep complaining and nothing will change.  With what I will be saving by paying off my car and the cut in my insurance, I can actually put away a nice chunk of money each mo.

Cutting corners suddenly has a great appeal  to me, and I know I will be looking at other ways .. Did I mentions that I also went to vonage and cut my phone bill in 1/2. I am not sure what will be next.. but I will keep looking…

Quote of the Day:
Penny’s soon add up to dimes when saved

Monday, April 13, 2009

Someday ya should just stay in bed or hide under it….

Sunday.. I just got home after working my first day shift. I have to say, I’m beat. After working nights for 9 years my body doesn’t know when to sleep, because of this switch to the day shift. I have been up sense 3 am and it now almost 9 pm. ………


Saturday.. If it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have any luck at all. Yesterday I had it all planned out. I was going to surprise the gang at work and take Easter cupcakes to work, kinda make their day feel more like a holiday. I had already gotten everything I would need to make  them. I got my supplies together and started. I turned on the oven and started to work on the cake mix. Here is where the problem started. “THE OVEN” decided it didn’t want to heat up to the temp I needed. I had all this cake batter ready to go in an oven that was acting up. Like that wasn’t enough to mess up my plans. I next found that when I ran water down the kitchen sink, water was running out of the cabinet below. The garbage disposal busted. By now I am really not feeling it… you know the “Paula Dean” I love my kitchen thing.  They say it comes in three’s .. I just had my heating system repaired. I did manage to get the cupcakes made. I had to go with mini cupcakes. They didn’t need as much heat and turned out cute actually.

Sigh….. it seems every time I am able to put some money away, something breaks. When I close my eyes for the last time, no one will be richer because of it. I don’t see my kids plotting to do me in anytime soon cause they won’t be finding any coffee cans full of money around here…

The only thing left to do tonight is climb into bed and hope that doesn’t break… cause I am pretty sure that would really “make my day!”                     Simply_me     

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter Sunday 2009 Christ lives…



I would rather live my life as if there is a God, and die to find out there isn’t , then live my life as if there isn’t, and die to find out there is.




Quote of the Day:
”He Lives”

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Does this make me a basket case ?




Don't put all of your eggs in one basket

Walk softly and carry a big carrot

Everyone needs a friend who is all ears

There's no such thing as too much candy

All work and no play can make you a basket case

A cute little tail attracts a lot of attention

Everyone is entitled to a bad hare day

Let happy thoughts multiply like rabbits

Some body parts should be floppy

Keep your paws off other people's jellybeans

Good things come in small sugarcoated packages

The grass is always greener in someone else's basket

An Easter bonnet can tame even the wildest hare

To show your true colors you have to come out of your shell

The best things in life are still sweet and gooey



Friday, April 10, 2009

Hippity Hoppity…


"Here comes Peter Cottontail hoppin' down the bunny trail Hippity hoppity Easters on its way!"

 Today I was remembering what Easter was like when I was a child. That would be many many years ago. We always knew that Easter would bring a new Easter dress, shoes, and a hat. We knew that this would mean standing still so dad could get just the right picture after we were dressed to impress. We knew that it would mean going to my grandmothers for Easter Dinner after attending Easter service at church. While all these things were exciting we knew the Easter Bunny was going to pay us a visit.

What magic it was to wake up and find mom had gotten us a special Easter basket. The Easter Bunny had been busy at work in the night while we slept. Easter eggs, candy and other surprises  awaited us. It was then a mad dash to beat my brother and sister to the goodies.

I think that Easter might just be my fav0rite  holiday. Easter is a celebration of life and a reminder that "He lives," and because he lives we may some day live with him.


My hope is that you get to spend this holiday with those that you love

That your day is filled with laughter and fun

and that you take time to remember the real reason for this day of celebration.


Happy Easter…. simply_me

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Code Blue

Funny is what I like to post but sometimes serious is  on my mind. You never know when someone will take their last breath. Wednesday was my last night shift. I mean my very last. I am going to the day shift after working nights for 9 years. Less then an hour to go  on my shift, I had to call a code “Blue”. I made one last check on my pt’s and found someone not breathing. All I could think was OMG not on my last night shift. Please god don’t take this person. With God’s help, a good staff  working to save this person and the quick response of the EMS  my prayers  were answered. If I had not done that last check this story would have had a very different outcome. Life is unpredictable we don’t get to pick when we die, but we  can decide how we live. Never take for granted that life will go according to plans. Please take time to forget your anger  at someone, because if they should take their last breath, you would live with regret. Take the time to let those you love know that they are loved. Take the time to do something you have always wanted to do, if you wait it may never happen. Live life so that when you do take your last breath you know that “You didn’t miss the Dance”…   Simply_me

Quote of the Day:
Nothing is permanent in this world - not even our troubles."~

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Sad but True


I don’t need more wrinkles!! Why is it the older you get the harder it is to get in and out of a bathtub ? Ohhh I so remember the days of taking a tall glass of soda and a book into the bathroom. Locking the door.. filling the tub with bubbles and climbing in. I will admit, I wasn’t the best Mom. I sometimes …ok.. most of the time yelled at them to go away when they came knocking on the door every 5 min’s. I Wasn’t ready to face them yet. Come to think of it, I wasn’t ready to face anything. I wanted to escape  from my reality.. Free time.. my time. Now if I take a bath.. I need a tow truck to get me out ,and I have to press my birthday suit after I dry it..  So between life and the hot  baths the wrinkles are adding up fast. Did I mention I have come up with a new game for old folks? It’s kinda sexy actually..  you can spend hours doing it.. it’s called…. CONNECT THE AGE SPOTS >>.. Sometimes life is just so not fair!     Simply_Me

Monday, April 6, 2009

Ladies do you Twitter


For those of you that have not yet found twitter this video may just loose ya. Twitter is like a world wide chat room and the hottest thing going right now. For those of you that are on twitter you will understand and I don’t care who ya are, this is Funny !

I think from now on she won’t be telling anyone when she is


Everyone .. I mean everyone is twittering these days.

From the common person, to the news desk, to movers & shakers of our country, and the stars of Hollywood. Who knows, our president got to keep his blackberry .. you might catch him twittering under the table. I can’t listen to the Tv anymore without hearing about Twitter! Soooooooo


Any idea’s of what comes after Twitter?


Coming soon ! LOL

Quote of the Day:

"A pessimist is a man who thinks all women are bad. An optimist is one who hopes they are."

Sunday, April 5, 2009

“Prints “ of love

26439de75691057eI’m just gonna lay this out for you. I was reading a book the other day and ran across what I thought was a wonderful idea . A new family traditions perhaps. I won’t get into what the book was about, but on holidays the family had a “special” table cloth. It  was white linen. but…… Let me tell you what made it so special. The table was set with plates and on each side of the plates were hand prints with the name of the person and the date. Each person that joined this family was “hand printed.” Every holiday this table cloth came out as a reminder of many wonderful occasions this family had spent together. I don’t know, but it just struck me as a wonderful idea. Something that could be handed down. Friends as well as family were included in this. Every time  the table cloth was brought out, the family would remember the set of prints that might now be missing it’s owner. I love this idea, and I think that I am going to start a table cloth of “remembrance”. Now if you are all about “fancy” this might not be the thing of you. It might seen a little childish, but I am at heart a mother that loves having all her kids around. Long ago they hand printed my heart so why not my table…  Simply_me


Quote of the Day: “The old believe everything; the middle aged suspect everything: the young know everything.”

Saturday, April 4, 2009

When I grow up I wanna be Maxine…..

I love Maxine… she always makes me laugh. If only I could get away with the things she gets away with…… Actually she reminds me of my grandmother that died at the age of 93 still sound of mind. Her little body gave out on her and she went to sleep one night and never woke up. I know she is now giving god  some of her Maxine attitude!!  LOL




Quote of the Day:
School is a drill for the battle of life. If you fail in the drill you will fail in the battle.

Friday, April 3, 2009


Ok.. I might need to clear something up here. In my last post there were comments that lead me to believe that some of you thought I just got a 1 year chip. The letter I posted was a letter sent to the rehab where I have worked for the last 9 years. I don’t think they give out chips to Rehab employees unless they are in recovery. Which reminds of my first year working in a detox unit. Pt’s would come up to me and ask “ Are you in recovery?” I have to admit I actually felt bad and out of place when I told them no. Would they now think I was a closet drinker or a weekend drugieeeeee..  Will they question and probe until they find out what I am hiding. Will they soon know that I spend hours alone in my addiction?


I do have an addiction that I can admit to. If you are reading this you may find that we have something in common… Are you ready to face your addiction ? I myself am not ready for rehab and will openly admit that I don’t won’t to find “the cure” . I enjoy being a “Blogaholic”



Life lived well….

This is one of the many reasons I do what I do. This is an e-mail we  received at work from a pt that  thought she was hopeless and found that life could be good again.

Good Morning,

Well, today is my 1 year anniversary of living a sober life.  It was birthday last night at my home group and they insisted I get my 1 year chip a day early.  WOW – what an awesome experience.  I wasn’t prepared to give a speech – but God spoke for me.

I look over this last year in amazement. . . .

My marriage and family relationships are much better and continue to grow stronger

I have peace in my heart

The self hatred and victim mentality is gone

I wake up in the morning feeling great and excited about the day

Received a promotion at work and a substantial raise

Became a hospice volunteer

Gave a presentation to the Space Station International Partners in Rome

Ran a half marathon

. . . and much more!!!!

I don’t sit on the couch feeling sorry for myself and drinking myself to death – I live life following God’s guidance.

One of my favorite sayings is: I am the builder, but God is the architect.

I thank God for putting LaHa and the aftercare group in my path to help me rebuild a relationship with him. 

With great respect and appreciation..


Due to privacy issues I have left off her name, but I’m sure you get my point here… Next mo we will have an annual reunion . It is a weekend to look back and visit with pts that have stayed on the right path and are living  with hope.

jump for joy 

Simply The Best..

La Hacienda Treatment Center

Thursday, April 2, 2009

It all started with Adam & Eve


To those of us who have children in our lives,
whether they are our own,

nieces, nephews, or students...
here is something to make you chuckle.

Whenever your children are out of control,

you can take comfort from the thought that
even God's omnipotence did not extend

to His own children.
After creating heaven and earth,
God created Adam and Eve. And the first thing he said was

' DON'T !'
'Don't what
? ' Adam replied.
'Don't eat the forbidden fruit.' God said.

'Forbidden fruit ?
We have forbidden fruit ?
Hey Eve..we have forbidden fruit !
' No Way
! '
'Yes way !
'Do NOT eat the fruit !
' said God.

'Why ? '

'Because I am your Father and I said so
! ' God replied,
wondering why He hadn't stopped creation after making the elephants
A few minutes later,
God saw His children having an apple break and He was ticked !
'Didn't I tell you not to eat the fruit
? '
God asked.

'Uh huh,' Adam replied.

'Then why did you ?
' said the Father.
'I don't know,' said Eve.
'She started it!
' Adam said.
'Did not
! ' 'Did too ! ' 'DID NOT ! '
Having had it with the two of them,
God's punishment was that Adam and Eve
should have children of their own.
Thus the pattern was set and it has never changed.

If you have persistently and lovingly tried to give children wisdom and they haven't taken it, don't be hard on yourself.
If God had trouble raising children, what makes you think it would be a piece of cake for you

Some animals eat their young, and now we know why….                            Simply_me

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

What do you have and What do you know ?


money within her control to move out
and rent a place of  her own,
even if she ever wants to or needs to...

perfect to wear if the employer,
or date of her dreams
wants to see her in an hour...



a youth she's content to leave behind....
a past juicy
enough that she's looking forward to
retelling it in her
old age....


a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra...
one friend who
always makes her laugh.. and one who lets her cry...
a good piece
of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her

matching plates, wine glasses with stems,
and a recipe for
a meal,
that will make her guests feel honored...

a feeling of
control over her destiny..
how to fall in love without losing herself..
how to quit
a job,
break up with a lover,
and confront a friend
ruining the friendship...
when to try harder... and WHEN TO WALK
that she can't change the length of her calves,
the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents...
that her
childhood may not have been perfect...but it's over...
what she
would and wouldn't do for love or more...


how to live
alone... even if she doesn't like it...

whom she can trust,
whom she can't,
and why she shouldn't take it personally...
where to go...
be it to her best friend's kitchen table..
or a
charming Inn  in the woods.....
when her soul needs
What she can and can't accomplish in a day...
a month...and a year...

Why is it that we have to grow old to learn most of these things ?  Simply_me

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