Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Moving Ahead

Someone sent me this at work and I thought to share it with you. It can be applied to every thing in your life. If you are feeling as if you can’t do something that is important to you, this will pick you up and move your forward……


I am a slow walker, but I never walk backwards. - Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President

Slow and steady has not always been an inspiring concept. It's not as sexy as speed and sharp turns of direction. But it may be just the thing to keep you from running out of gas, while still moving you forward. Abe is telling us that the most important thing is to keep walking forward, no matter how slowly. Sometimes slowness can be frustrating. You might become impatient; you might get discouraged with a setback. But a setback doesn't have to set you back. Simply using it as a learning opportunity can leapfrog you ahead again. From now on, try paying attention more to your direction and less to your speed. Be patient, focus on a little bit at a time, and soon enough, you'll be further than you ever thought. Besides, it's a good bet that by always looking forward, Abe rarely looked back in regret.

Quote of the Day:
"There are only two ways to live your life - one is as though nothing is a miracle - the other is as if everything is a miracle. " 

Monday, June 29, 2009

living long enough to be a real concern


Actually this is happening ! A few weeks ago I went to a fast food place here in town and pulled around the corner to find one of these carts at the drive through window. I have to say it was a first for me. What  really scared me was to watch him pull out onto a 4 lane street and go across all 4 lanes. A very busy main street in town. I was holding my breath hoping no one would hit him. Understand everyone has a right to get where they are going. I was thinking they have bicycle lanes in some places. With the growing population of older people (which I am gonna be one soon), perhaps they need to start making cart lanes. Maybe they can add another light to the stoplights for carts.  I wonder what color that would be. I also think they need to lower the drive through windows for these carts. Hey. these are electric, might need to make sure there is a power source handy at your place of business. If not you might be driving someone home.Ya don’t need a licenses  to drive these babies!! This is the new Sr movement to get even for taking our car keys away. I guess this brings new meaning to  be “hell on wheels”…. 

ATT1398119If my kids are reading this , it could be me someday !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Keeping in mind how many times I worried about your driving.. Pay backs or a coming ..lol

Quote of the Day:
Too many people miss the silver lining because they’re expecting gold.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

In a few years.. this will happen..


My daughter is a hairstylist and has a daughter. I can see this happen …. Poor child.. nothing worse in life then looking like your grandma.


Quote of the Day:

"The second day of a diet is always easier than the first. By the second day you're off it."

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

7 reasons not to mess with children.


A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales.
The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it was a very large mammal its throat was very small.
The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale.
Irritated, the teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human; it was physically impossible.
The little girl said, 'When I get to heaven I will ask Jonah'.
The teacher asked, 'What if Jonah went to hell?'
The little girl replied, 'Then you ask him'.

A Kindergarten teacher was observing her classroom of children while they were drawing. She would occasionally walk around to see each child's work.
As she got to one little girl who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was.
The girl replied, 'I'm drawing God.'
The teacher paused and said, 'But no one knows what God looks like.'
Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing, the girl replied, 'They will in a minute.'

A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six year olds.
After explaining the commandment to 'honor' thy Father and thy Mother, she asked, 'Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?'
Without missing a beat one little boy (the oldest of a family) answered, 'Thou shall not kill.'

One day a little girl was sitting and watching her mother do the dishes at the kitchen sink. She suddenly noticed that her mother had several strands of white hair sticking out in contrast on her brunette head.
She looked at her mother and inquisitively asked, 'Why are some of your hairs white, Mom?'
Her mother replied, 'Well, every time that you do something wrong and make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turns white.'
The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and then said, 'Momma, how come ALL of grandma's hairs are white?'

The children had all been photographed, and the teacher was trying to persuade them each to buy a copy of the group picture.
'Just think how nice it will be to look at it when you are all grown up and say, 'There's Jennifer, she's a lawyer,' or 'That's Michael, He's a doctor.'
A small voice at the back of the room rang out, 'And there's the teacher, she's dead.'

A teacher was giving a lesson on the circulation of the blood. Trying to make the matter clearer, she said, 'Now, class, if I stood on my head, the blood, as you know, would run into it, and I would turn red in the face.'
'Yes,' the class said.
'Then why is it that while I am standing upright in the ordinary position the blood doesn't run into my feet?'
A little fellow shouted,
'Cause your feet ain't empty.'

The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. The nun made a note, and posted on the apple tray:
'Take only ONE . God is watching.'
Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies.
A child had written a note, 'Take all you want. God is watching the apples.'



'To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.'   When God takes something from your grasp, He's not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better.
Concentrate on this sentence... 'The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you.'

Who needs a Quote of the day after reading this !!!

Hope you are all having a GR8888888888 Week!


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A Special Father’s day Treat

Most days life is  repetition.  We work, eat, sleep, worry, clean, cook , do laundry, talk on the phone, play on the computer, pay bills , gas up the car, repair things and shop…. but now and then we get a break and do something fun, something special, something different…

jump for joy

This past Friday my SO flew in from Va. He does that about twice a mo, but it had been about a mo sense he had been here. He works for an airline so he can get down here often. The flights were full and there were no open seats for his flight here. We had decided we would  just wait a little longer.  As luck would have it there was a plane in San Antonio that needed fixed, and they asked him to fly down. NO PROBLEM ! This opened a seat up for him. He got in late Friday night. The parts he needed for the plane were sent to San Antonio, but they were the wrong parts. He had to go back to San Antonio Sat and repair the plane. This was ok because I had to work 12 hours that day.

SUNDAY MORNING…. Father’s Day.. he not my baby daddy, but he is a dad. I wanted to do something special, something differant.

SOooooo I treated him to  ……


Neither he or I had been to Sea world in 12 years or more. We had a wonderful day. We saw many shows and got soaked by Shamu. Actually it was better then I expected. It’s hot in Texas already, but the park had many shade tree’s and lots of water rides. We made it home and rehashed the day. We had often talked about going and never made it there. I made his evening gr8 as well , but I won’t share that !!! lol.

Monday, we made some repairs around the house and just hung out  together. That evening we went to a movie and actually , both of us enjoyed it. Today it was time to take him back to the airport, for his return to work in Va.

So in your everyday life, keep in mind that those special things you do with the people you love, would not be special if you got to do them every day. Tomorrow it’s back to work for me as well, and I will keep in mind that anything becomes Special when you share it with those you love…..


Quote of the Day:
To educate a person in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Ear’s what happen... down at the car wash


Ok, you say she is about to lay something funny on us. (that’s would be your take on it) Personally I wonder why these things happen to me and not someone else ! Yesterday I decided to give my car a really good cleaning. I waited  till later in the evening for it to cool down.  I got the shopvac out, (once again.. see last post). This time I didn’t use it to stand on, I used it to clean out the inside of my car. Then I got some cleaner and wiped down the inside and cleaned the windows.

Feeling very pleased with myself, I got my car keys, which were not locked in the house today. (once again see last post) and headed to town to get gas and go through the carwash.  I got gas with my gas card and it printed me a code for the carwash. I am in luck, no one is ahead of me. Why I think I might have any luck is beyond me.. Positive or wishful thinking I guess.

I pull up to the machine in front of the carwash. I put my code in. It says Invalid . Ok, I admit, I don’t have the cheater glasses on. I take another look, yep same #  I had already put in. I try again. Invalid # it reads once again. Keep in mind this machine talks to you. It welcomes you, ect ..ect. Today it was not talking. I should have known I was not welcomed. I try the # a third time and still nothing. Here’s where things went to hell. The only way out is… you guessed it, go into the carwash and out the other side. After 4 try’s I decide that the only thing left to do was go back around, go inside the store and let them know it wasn’t working and get a refund. I  slowly drove forward and BAM !!!!! I got my hair and ear  washed  as the carwash that wasn’t working decided it was working, and my car window was down !! Ohoooooooo stop laughing, no one got it on video !! If they had I might have gotten my 15 mins of fame !!

I went into the store after getting my hair, ear and car washed and told the girl inside what happen. She said,”We just got it fixed”.  Picture me standing there with wet hair and a cleaner then clean ear , looking ready to shoot her. She takes a good look at me and says. “well maybe not, would you like to leave a note for the manager?” I’m thinking they might want to start selling hair dryers ! “No, I don’t want to leave a note, but if someone drives into that carwash with a Lexus  you might have a real problem.”

I’m just thankful no one was in the other seat to see this happen or I really would have to hurt someone, cause I know they would still be laughing !!!!          

          SIMPLY _it could only happen to _ME

Quote of the Day:
"If any of you cry at my funeral, I'll never speak to you again!"

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Out and back in or is that break in ?

And the story starts out with a phone call. My daughter called and after talking for a few mins we decided to meet in town and go to lunch. I hurry up and dress and head for the door. Oops one min I need to spray something on so that I will smell pretty. Here is where my mistake lies. I lay down my car keys. Now that I smell all girly I head to the door. I check the back door to be sure that is it locked. I head out the front door after locking it. I get into the car and I’m ready to go. WRONG ! No car keys… and no house keys. Better then that no CELL-PHONE  to call anyone for help. I am the worse about a cell phone. I don’t use it often .( almost never as a matter of fact .),and the battery was dead .

Now I am stuck outside in a 100 degree weather !! Ok, I am walking around the house trying to get in and thinking my daughter will come looking for me if I don’t show up, but how long will she wait? I know she will call the house, but how many times before she really gets worried? I’m still looking for a way to get in.

I find a window that is unlocked… YES! I get the screen off and open the window, but there is a small problem. The window is higher then I am tall. How am I going to get in? I don’t have a ladder. I find a lawn chair and try that. Still not high enough. I then get the shopvac out of the storeroom and put it on the chair. I climb up thinking I am gonna fall and break my neck, and if that isn’t bad enough a cop is gonna see me and arrest me for breaking into my own house. I can look in the window now and see that once I get up in the window.. I have to get down on the other side. Well I just can’t picture me going to work with two broken legs, I climb down.

To make this long story shorter, I managed to get the guy next door and his girlfriend to help me get the door open, He had a ladder and she was YOUNG and SKINNY ! Why is it that when you do something stupid someone always finds out ? She gets in the house , walks around and opens the door and tells me my phones ringing… I hear the answering machine saying “Mom, where are you?” Honey, I just needed a few extra moments to break into my house , I’m on my way !

PS: I am getting a house key made today and hiding it outside somewhere. Am I worried about someone finding it? No, if they want to get in they will find a way.. I did !!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Quote of the Day:
"I see my path, but I don't know where it leads. Not knowing where I'm going is what inspires me to travel it."

Monday, June 15, 2009


I know.. posting twice in one day means I “don’t have a life or I am putting things off that I don’t want to do”. I have a life and it seems to be pretty busy right now. I just wanted to take a min and tell you that my sister over @ A Day In  Life has a year of sobriety as of yesterday and a birthday on Wednesday. Go over and show her some love and tell her what a good job she is doing ! I am very proud of her. I work in a rehab and know how hard it is to overcome addictions. Way To go SIS !  Love ya !

The Wolf Pack

For you Twilight fans : Meet the wolf Pack

'Twilight' movie photo captures heat of Native American 'wolf pack'


Twilight Saga: New Moon," the second movie in Stephenie Meyer's romantic vampire series.

Four buff Native Americans who play the wolf pack gaze out at the camera.
In the film, scheduled to be released Nov. 20, the wolf pack defends humans against vampires although they have a tribal history intricately entwined with "Twilight's" hero vampire Edward Cullen (Pattinson) and his family.
The promotional image introduces four wolf pack members, portrayed by Chaske Spencer, Alex Meraz, Kiowa Gordon and Bronson Pelletier.

"They had to have papers that proved their heritage," director Chris Weitz told USA Today. "And they had to be in good physical shape."
The Twilight sequel is filming now, and between takes, the actors usually are working out with barbells, doing push-ups or chowing down on steak, Weitz says.
Among wolf-pack job requirements: the ability to work half-naked no matter the weather. (Meyer wrote that the body temp for a wolf-pack member is a steady 108 degrees.)
"It's not pleasant for the actors," Weitz told USA Today. "But they have all been good-natured," Weitz said. "They show up on location in drenching, cold rain, and I say, 'OK, off with the robes.' "

I want to see how they will produce a movie out of book #4 !!!!

PS: I have run into a few wolves in my life.. married one are two even. In my younger days I was howling at to moon! Now I just find myself waiting for the moon to come up so I can go to sleep !                             Simply_me

Quote of the Day:

"If your desk isn't cluttered, you probably aren't doing your job."

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Let it rain…..


"Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass...it's about learning how to dance in the rain."


ATT5201316 I hope you are dancing in the rain today


Quote of the Day:
I like pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Quick and Easy…

I wanted to share this with you. I made it this weekend. I use to make it all the time when the kids were small. Only my  oldest daughter remembered it. I have to say it was a big hit with everyone once again. It’s easy and very good. With the sauce that goes on top, it really seems that you have worked really hard making a special treat.


1 ½ cup sugar

1 t soda

2 cups fruit cocktail (and juice)

2 cups flour

1/8 t salt

2 eggs

½ cup brown sugar

1 cup chopped pecans

Combine sugar, eggs, flour, soda, salt, fruit cocktail and juice. Mix well and pour into greased 9 x 13 inch pan.  The batter will be thick , so don’t worry. Sprinkle  brown sugar and nuts on top of batter. Bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees.


1 stick butter, melted
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. evaporated milk

Combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil. Boil 1 1/2 minutes. Spoon over warm cake.

I actually just spoon the sauce over each piece of cake as I serve it and not over the whole cake.

I wish I had a picture to show ya, but they ate it all ! Yummmmmy


Quote of the Day:
A new study shows that licking the sweat off a frog can cure depression. The down side is, the minute you stop licking, the frog gets depressed again.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

It’s hard work, but someone has to do it!

We do love our Ranches in Texas. My oldest daughter has been dating a rancher for a little over 5 yrs. They are planning on getting married next March. Yesterday I got to spend some time with her at “the ranch” This is a real working ranch. My soon to be son_in_law works on his families ranch. He has his own place on the ranch and works cattle as well as working for his father, who also owns an engineering co. I took some picture so you could get an idea how ruff it is being a rancher.

Let me tell you .. it is hard work laying out in the sun in the Texas heat !! ( but this helps.. lol)

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This is the outside kitchen.(by the pool)

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After those hard days of rounding up cattle how about sitting in this to relax all those sore muscles ?

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One of the many buildings that houses all the things you need to run a ranch. Including kennels to house hunting dogs.. that BARK all the time.

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I only took a few pictures as we spend the afternoon sweating by the pool .. hahahah The main house is on the other side of the pool.

I enjoyed my day.. it’s not often that I get to spend time alone with Charity. The best thing about her falling for a rancher is that he is a “good ole boy” who works hard and is really good to her and my grandsons.

Needless to say.. we are both dealing with sunburns today.. but hey, being on a ranch means we have to suck it up and deal with it !!

I had a simply wonderful time. It’s really nice to get away now and then. It couldn’t get much better than laying around out in the middle of nowhere doing nothing. Sometimes life really is good. Yesterday was one of those days.


Sunday, June 7, 2009

My kind of Bird.. no clean up

Parrot Flower

This is a flower from Thailand . 

It is also a protected species and is not allowed to be exported. 

This may be the only way we will be able to view this flower.





Quote of the Day:

There comes a point in your life when you realize:
Who matters,
Who never did,
Who won't anymore...
And who always will.

Thursday, June 4, 2009


Child's prayer - very touching!


What could I possibly add to this????

  Daddy is so busted !!!


Quote of the Day:

90 people get the Swine Flu and everybody wants to wear a mask. A million people have AIDS and no one wants to wear a condom.


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

And I went Wii Wii Wii all the way home

What a wonderful way to start the day. As some of you know I have been working really hard trying to get my yard back into shape. I woke up during the night to hear that God was blessing it with rain. I now know that with this rain my yard will soon be turning green with all the new grass I have  been planting lately. Can you just picture me “watching the grass grow?” Well you can bet I will be !!

Today I will be  working to get the inside of the house clean. There is also a desk that I have been redoing that came to a stand still. I need to set my mind to it and finish it off.



This past weekend I went to my brothers and got caught up playing on his Wii ! OMG… how much fun is that. I loved it. If you can picture a bunch of “oldies” jumping around like kids and laughing our butts off you know what I am talking about. I went Wiiiiiii all the way home. It was soooooooooooo much fun that I ordered one. I should have it by the weekend. So here is  another reason ya might not see me around as much . I will be whipping someone’s butt at baseball, tennis, bowling, or boxing. Well maybe not, but I will be giving it my best shot. I can only see one problem with this. Once the grandkids find out that MaMaw has a wii, they might move in !! LOL

Have a wonderful day… Simply _me

Quote of the Day:
"Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition." -

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Oh MaMaw.. not another picture…I’m not saying cheese


My Cubby little monkey

Man is he growing or what?

He always looks so serious when

it comes to taking his picture.

One of these day I am gonna catch him with a smile.

I’m just worried that it will be the middle of the night cause that’s when he wants to play.

Making a note..leave the camera with Mom & Dad.

Simply_me – his “MaMaw”

Quote of the Day:
Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants

Monday, June 1, 2009

OUCH #%*#%*

I have been so busy that I haven’t had time to blog. Here is a recap of what I have been up to besides working. We had two giant oak trees in the back yard that died. I hated it but it was time to cut them down before they fell and did some real damage. This weekend some guys cut them down and today I started the clean up. The back yard is really big and has lots of trees. It was time to Trim them, rake limbs and leaf’s and do some planting. There are bare spots that need to be replanted with grass. Lucky for us we have had some rain and the burn ban is off so the brush can be burnt and doesn’t have to be hauled off.


This is just a little of the brush that had to be burned. I think there were four or five truck loads of wood hauled away and still more in the yard.



Don’t throw out those tin tubs laying around. I have planted flowers,tomatoes and peppers in them. I love the way they look. I also invested in a leaf blower because I was tried of sweeping the driveway and carport. Why I didn’t do it sooner I don’t know. It’s wonderful and FAST !

What I forgot to mention was today while working in the back yard I dropped a cement block on my leg. How did I manage that… well I was racking leaf’s around a tree, picked up a cement block and there was a snake. Guess is startled me and I dropped the thing. I won’t tell you what I said but it went something like this ….

OHHHH  $*%&$# #*$&#^@#&^. You get the picture. I was bleeding all over the place and wasn’t sure how bad it was. I went in the house and got some ice and a rag. I stuck my leg in the bathtub and washed it off, but couldn’t stop the bleeding. I picked up the phone and called Dawn(my daughter). “Dawn, can you come over. (I very calmly say) I guess I can, why Mom? I have hurt myself and can’t stop the bleeding. I’m not sure but I might need a stitch. Dawn “OH CRAP” (she talks nicer then I do). I’m on my way. Dawn don’t hurry, I’m not dying!” Turns out that it wasn’t that bad. I torn the skin up good and will have a major burse and a very sore leg for a bit. That’s what happens when ya get old and see a snake…. Actually it all turned out well. I got to see the grandkids and treated them to lunch for coming to my aide.

As for the yard work… It’ll still be there tomorrow. Now I have an excuse to prop up my leg and watch a little TV….

                                                                                             Simply_ me

Quote of the Day:
If you can't beat your computer at scrabble, try kickboxing.

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