Monday, March 31, 2014

April Showers Of A To Z Blogging

Tomorrow is the beginning of another blog hop/writing challenge. Every day in April, except for Sundays, I will be posting for the A to Z challenge.

Here's how it works: starting tomorrow, I'll be posting 26 blog posts, each of which is a word that somehow relates to me. On Sundays, when we get the day off, I'll be reading some other bloggers who are joining in the hop, and trying to also post a random post--most likely my Ten Things Of Thankful for the preceding week.

Hope to see you back here tomorrow, when I start with "affectionate" as my word of the day.


30 Days Of Truth: WHAT YOU LOVE ABOUT YOURSELF

I published a post about this just over a month ago, so I'm simply copying and pasting that list for THIS post.

THINGS I LOVE ABOUT ME:

1. I am beautiful (Personally, I think every woman should start her list with this one!)
2. I am sexy.
3. I am a good mother.
4. I am a loyal friend.
5. I am a good listener.
6. I am very empathetic.
7. I am caring.
8. I am loving.
9. I am sentimental.
10. I am a HUGE romantic.
11. I am emotional and sensitive, although sometimes to extremes...but at least I can express my feelings!
12. I am a giver (sometimes to the point of having nothing left for ME--but I'm working on that part!)
13. I am a talented writer and poet.
14. I am amazing at remembering trivia.
15. I am intelligent.
16. I am good with children.
17. I have a warped sense of humor.
18. I am passionate, about a variety of things.
19. I am a hard worker when it's something I care about.
20. I am persistent.
21. I am forgiving (sometimes too much)
22. I am trusting (again, sometimes too much)
23. I am dependable.
24. I am a good cook.
25. I am an even better baker.
26. I have strong opinions.
27. I am willing to admit when I'm wrong.
28. I will fight for what I want.
29. I am willing to make sacrifices for the good of my children.
30. I am willing to fight for the good of my children.
31. I am stronger than most people think I am, including myself.
32. I am willing to take the occasional step outside my comfort zone.
33. I have an open mind.
34. I am willing to accept new ideas.
35. I refuse to accept failure as an answer.
36. I look for the best in everyone and everything.
37. I wear my heart on my sleeve.
38. I am a planner and list maker.


39. I can still be spontaneous and adventurous.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

30 Days Of Truth:SOMETHING YOU HOPE TO CHANGE ABOUT YOURSELF AND WHY

I'm pretty happy with myself the way I am right now. The only thing I'm really hoping to change sometime this year is physical and a little shallow, but it will help me hold on to the positive attitude I talked about earlier this month.

The change I'm talking about is my breast reconstruction, which should take place sometime this summer, as well as a lift for the remaining breast.  The way I look at present isn't that big a deal to me, but having this surgery will make me feel more like "me" again, which is what really matters.

As far as my personality goes, I would like to be less of a procrastinator. I could get more things accomplished on a daily basis, and not feel like such a slacker some days.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Saturday 9: Too Close




Saturday 9: Too Close (2011)

Unfamiliar with this week's song? Hear it here.


1) This song is about a friendship that turned romantic ... and it doesn't end happily. Have you ever crossed that line with a friend? If so, how did it work out? 
Yes...it was a one time thing, and we are still friends.
2) When he was a kid, this week's singer, Alex Clare, listened to his dad's Stevie Wonder records. When you were in 7th/8th grades, what music were you into?
Pop (top 40 stuff) and country.
3) "Too Close" has been featured on the TV show, The Vampire Diaries. Do you enjoy shows/books/movies about the supernatural?
Yes, mostly vampire related ones.
4) Some of Alex Clare's tour dates were sponsored by Bud Light. Do you like beer?
Only dark beers, preferably German.
5) Mr. Clare trained to be a chef, just in case the music thing didn't work out. Are you a good cook? 
I cook well enough that no one will ever starve....but I'll never be a chef.
6) Crazy Sam is forever running out of mayo because she slathers it on her sandwiches. What is currently on your grocery list?
sugar, creamer, cheese whiz, napkins, dishwashing liquid
7) Where are you most likely to find spare change -- between the sofa cushions, in your jeans as you toss them into the washer, or under the floor mat of your car?
In my jeans pockets.
8) How did you spend your Friday night -- working late, hanging out with friends, or just enjoying a quiet night at home?
Watching a couple of movies, and reading Divergent.
9) Do you use Pinterest?
I have an account, but I don't look at it all that often.  

30 Days Of Truth: IF YOU WERE PREGNANT, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

If I found out that I were pregnant right now, it would be nothing short of a miracle. It's been ten months since my last period, and I take a daily hormone blocker which has helped me further along on my journey to menopause than when I started chemotherapy. In two more months, I will be considered to have passed through menopause, and be able to claim the title of post-menopausal woman.

So, if I were to find out I were pregnant at this point, I would be an emotional mess. I'm nearly 53 years old, my youngest child is 21 years old, and I have a grandson who is 4 years old. I don't have the energy to raise another child at my age, and there's a good chance I wouldn't be around for his/her 21st birthday.

Unless God has a plan for me that involves a miracle of Biblical proportions, I can't see this ever being something I need to face.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Ten Things Of Thankful 3/28/14

Ten Things of Thankful


1) I am thankful that, although we had snow again this week, it barely amounted to anything, and melted almost as soon as it hit the ground.

2) I am thankful that Amy bought me a Shamrock Shake on Tuesday.


3) I am thankful for friends I can count on to be there when I need support and encouragement.

4) I am thankful that I got to Hot Topic this week in time to buy the very last Doctor Who t-shirt with Matt Smith's picture on it.


5) I am thankful that Amy is an excellent seamstress and can hem skirts and slacks that are too long for short little ol' me.

6) I am thankful that while at the mall on Friday morning, we caught part of an event taking place called Wings Of Wonder....and got to see penguins.


7) I'm also thankful that we stopped in the pet store so I could get my puppy fix.  The white Siberian husky was my favorite.



8) I am thankful that my nap taking days are getting fewer and farther between....but I definitely enjoyed the one I took Thursday afternoon.

9) I am thankful for getting to hear my grandson sing "Itsy Bitsy Spider" to me over the phone....and look forward to seeing him do the motions to it when we're together again.

10) I am thankful that we've had nice weather more often than not this week.

30 Days Of Truth: WHAT IS THE BEST THING GOING FOR YOU NOW?

The best thing I have going for me at this point in my life is my positive attitude. I haven't always had it, that's for sure. There were times in my life when I couldn't find anything to be positive about, and felt more like a victim than anything else.

As strange as it may sound, I found my positive attitude when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. From the time I got that diagnosis, I was determined that I was going to survive, and that I was going to put the best possible face on my circumstances.

No matter where I was--doctor appointments, chemo or radiation therapy appointments, hospital stays, home, or church--the two things people commented on consistently were my positive attitude and my sense of humor.  Discovering that those things made me feel better, as well as making an impact on the people around me, has made me determined to keep those two things at the forefront of my personality from now on.  Here's hoping I can stick to that, come what may!!!

Concert Memories (#FTSF)

Finish the Sentence Friday

I went to a concert.....

Actually I've been to a LOT of concerts.  When I was in elementary and high school, I spent six nights in August at our county fair, where I was privileged to hear a LOT of country artists over the years--Sonny James, Tom T. Hall, Waylon Jennings (when he had short hair and wore a suit and tie on stage), George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Mickey Gilley, Bill Anderson, Jim Ed Brown, Barbara Mandrell, The Oak Ridge Boys, The Statler Brothers, Johnny Rodriguez, Reba McIntire, Sawyer Brown....and those are just the ones I remember off the top of my head.  

I was a senior in high school, in late 1978, when I went to my first real concert event, other than those at the fair.  Several couples went to see Steve Martin for an evening of comedy and music. It was great fun, but it was also one of the last dates I went on with that particular date.

Two years later,in early 1981, I went to my first Barry Manilow concert, with my college boyfriend. At that point, I didn't think concert going could get any better. Even though we had cheap "nosebleed" seats, we had a great view, and the show was amazing.

While I was married to my second husband, I went to a lot of concerts. He was the keyboardist/lead singer for a band called Stillwater, and I went to hear them perform as often as possible.

I went to two major concerts while married to him as well. I won a pair of tickets to a Boston concert from the local radio station, and he surprised me with tickets to my second Barry Manilow concert---and rented a limo for the evening as well. I felt a little touch of celebrity that entire evening.

With my current husband, Barry, I've become a pretty regular concert-goer once again. We've seen Joan Baez, The Beach Boys, McGuffey Lane, Parrots of the Caribbean (a Jimmy Buffett tribute band), Gordon Lightfoot, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Martina McBride, and Neil Diamond....and in May of this year, we're seeing Celtic Woman.

So, that's the story of my concert going to this point....hopefully I'll get to add more in the future.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

30 Days Of Truth: HAVE YOU EVER THOUGHT ABOUT GIVING UP ON LIFE? IF SO, WHEN AND WHY?

Unfortunately, I have been in a place where I thought about giving up on life.  I was eighteen years old, and a student in a nursing program. I was not happy with where my life was at that point: I had never wanted to be a nurse, but felt pushed into it by both my mother and my paternal grandmother.  I had been in the candy-striper program at our local hospital while in high school, and that was when I realized it wasn't for me. I spent a LOT of my volunteer days signing in on the time log, finding an out of the way place to hide for two hours, and then signing out.

I tried to talk to my mother and explain that what I really wanted to do was to be a teacher, but she wasn't willing to listen to to what I had to say. So off to nursing school I went. Academically, I had a very good first quarter, but when it came to working in the hospital, I was miserable. We were assigned to a geriatric unit, and there were several times I would work with a patient, then come back two days later to discover they had passed away. For someone as sensitive and emotional as I am, that was a very difficult situation.

I started the second quarter feeling nothing but trapped and miserable. By the time we were two weeks in, I knew I could no longer deal with the situation. I tried talking to my mother again, but my f ull scholarship to the program, in her opinion, obligated me to stay where I was.

When I went back to school at the end of that weekend, I was at my wit's end. I told everyone I was going to bed early, wrote a note for my roommate, and proceeded to take an entire bottle of Tylenol. I then went to sleep, never expecting to wake up.

My roommate found me, alerted the housemother, and the ambulance came to take me to the hospital, where I had the "joy" of having my stomach pumped.  Luckily I suffered no lasting damage--and I was FINALLY able to get my mother to accept that I wasn't cut out to be a nurse.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wednesday Hodgepodge (Volume 168)


I used to link up to this blog hop every week, but haven't done it in a while....found it again this week, so here it goes.

1. March is known as the windy month. Which of the following phrases best fits your March so far...'throw caution to the wind', 'three sheets to the wind', 'run like the wind', or 'see which way the wind blows'?
"See which way the wind blows."  I tend to be a go with the flow kind of girl.

2. Your favorite green food? Your favorite dish made with your favorite green food?
I love lots of green foods....green beans, lettuce, cabbage,  spinach, asparagus, broccoli, brussel sprouts, mint chocolate chip ice cream, kiwis, green M&Ms, etc.  With all of those, it's impossible to pick a favorite dish made with one of them.

3. Ever been locked out of your home-car-office-anywhere? Do tell!
I have locked myself out of the house several times. Fortunately, the house we lived in at the time had a living room window on the front porch that I could open and climb in---I kept having visions of the police catching me and accusing me of breaking and entering!  LOL

4. Yoda, Kermit, Shrek, The Wicked Witch of the West, Oscar the Grouch, The Grinch, or Mike Wasowski (Monsters Inc.)...of the green characters listed, which one's your favorite and why?
Gosh, I'm having a hard time with the "Favorites" questions this week.   I love Yoda for all the wisdom he shares....Kermit because I think he's adorable....and The Wicked Witch of the West because she's so misunderstood.

5. "The first task of a leader is to keep hope alive."~Joe Batten Do you agree? Why or why not? 
Agree....if a group of people don't have hope, they are not likely to be easy to lead in a new direction, as they won't see the point.

6. Share a favorite song with an emotion in it's title.
I Can't Hate You Anymore, Nick Lachey

7. What's a road trip you'd like to take?
Pennsylvania Amish country

8. Insert your own random thought here.
Still waiting for the REAL beginning of spring here in Ohio.

30 Days Of Truth: THE REASON YOU BELIEVE YOU'RE STILL ALIVE TODAY

Honestly, I have no idea....but I know there's something I still have to do. I've been given more time, as a cancer survivor, to stick around, to be with my family and friends, for some purpose. I'm trying to figure out what it is, and once I do, I'll be sure to share it---and the journey to achieve it, as well.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Year I Was Born: What Was Going On?

The Golden Spoons
Research the year you were born.  What were the top ten headlines,movies or songs from that year?

Since I've always been an overachiever, I decided to list all three.  :)  

Headlines from 1961
1) United States breaks diplomatic relations with Cuba.

2) 1,200 US-sponsored anti-Castro exiles invade Cuba at the Bay of Pigs; the attackers are all killed or captured by Cuban forces.

3) East Germany erects the Berlin Wall between East and West Berlin to halt flood of refugees.

4) USSR detonates 50 megaton hydrogen bomb in the largest man-made explosion in history.

5) There are 2000 US military advisers in South Vietnam.

6) Moscow announces putting first man in orbit around the Earth, Maj. Yuri A. Gagarin

7) First US astronaut, Navy Commander Alan B. Shepard, Jr., rockets 116.5 miles up 

8) President Kennedy creates the Peace Corps to improve education, agriculture, and living standards in Latin America, Asia and Africa.

9) FCC Chairman Newton Minow claims television is a "vast wasteland."

10) Ray Kroc buys out the McDonald brothers and takes control of the hamburger chain; opens 200 McDonalds restaurants in California.


Top Ten Songs from 1961

1) Tossin' and Turnin', Bobby Lewis (which was also the #1 song on the day I was born)


2) I Fall To Pieces, Patsy Cline

3) Michael, Highwaymen

4) Cryin', Roy Orbison

5) Runaway, Del Shannon

6) My True Story, Jive Five

7) Pony Time, Chubby Checker

8) Wheels, String-a-longs

9) Raindrops, Dee Clark

10) Wooden Heart, Joe Dowell

Top Ten Movies from 1961
1) West Side Story


2) The Hustler


3) Breakfast At Tiffany's


4) Judgement At Nuremberg


5) Splendor In The Grass


6) One-Eyed Jacks


7) A Raisin In The Sun


8) The Guns Of Navarone


9) The Misfits


10) 101 Dalmations



Monday, March 24, 2014

30 Days Of Truth:MAKE A PLAY LIST FOR SOMEONE AND EXPLAIN WHY YOU CHOSE EACH SONG

This playlist is for my husband, for all the things we've been through in our nearly fifteen years together.

1) Because You Love Me, JoDee Messina--this has always been "our" song.

2) There Is No Arizona, Jamie O'Neal--because I used to tease him with this one when he still lived in Arizona and I was here in Ohio
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3) Bless The Broken Road, Rascal Flatts--this song always makes me think of all the years it took us to finally find each other, and all the things we went through to get to where we are.

4) The Power Of Two, Neil Diamond--another one that always makes me think of us when I hear it.

5) I'm Gonna Love You Through It, Martina McBride--I fell in love with this song when it first came out, and I bought a t-shirt with the lyrics on it when we saw her in concert. Little did I know that it would become MY life last year, and mean so much more to me.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

30 Days Of Truth: SOMETHING YOU WISH YOU HAD DONE IN YOUR LIFE

I wish that, while I was living in Germany, I had made the time to take a weekend trip to Paris. It was only a four hour drive from where we were living, so it would have been a fairly easy thing to do. Paris is the one place I've always wanted to see, since I was in junior high. I'm not sure exactly what sparked my interest, but I know that it's stayed with me for decades. It might have been difficult to crowd everything into a weekend, but at least I would have been able to say I'd been there, and seen at least some of the sights I'm dying to explore.

Sunday Stealing: The Seventeen Meme

1. Do you know triplets? 
No

2. Do you prefer Titanic or The Notebook
The Notebook is a much better love story.

3. Have you ever eaten Indian food? 
No, but it's on the list of ethnic foods I want to try.

4. What’s the name of your favorite restaurant? 
Carvers

5. Who’s your favorite person in the world? 
My husband   :)

6. Would you rather live in a rural area or in the suburbs? 
Suburbs...I look at it as the best of both worlds (city and country)

7. Can you whistle? 
Yes, but apparently I do it backwards...I suck air IN instead of blowing it OUT.  

8. Do you sleep with a nightlight? 
No

9. Do you eat breakfast every morning? 
It's very rare when I actually eat breakfast.

10. Do you take any pills or medication daily?   
Yes, four pills every morning.

11. How many times have you been to the hospital as a patient? 
11 or 12, I'm not sure which.

12. Have you ever seen Finding Nemo
Several times

13. Where do you buy your jeans? 
Thrift stores

14. What’s the last compliment you got? 
Not sure exactly, but I'm sure it was from my husband.

15. Do you usually remember your dreams in the morning? 
Nope

16. What flavor tea do you enjoy?   
Mango

17. What social media sites do you use? 
Twitter and Facebook

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Saturday 9: Copacabana



Anyone who knows me very well at all knows that I have been the biggest, geekiest fan girl of Barry Manilow since he first hit the airwaves in the 70s.....so how could I pass up today's Saturday 9?   :)


Unfamiliar with this week's song? Hear it here.   
And SHAME on you if you haven't ever heard it!  LOL

1) This song refers to the merengue and the cha-cha. Are you a good dancer?
As long as I'm not dancing in public, I can pretend to be a GREAT dancer.

2) Dances like the merengue and cha-cha are featured on Dancing with the Stars. Are you a loyal DWTS viewer? 
Nope....watched a few seasons and got bored with it.

3) The Copa girl in the song, Lola, wears yellow feathers in her hair and a dress cut down to there. If we were going to the clubs tonight, what would you wear? 
Black slacks and my multicolored sparkly short sleeve top.

4) The real Copacabana nightclub was on East 60th Street in New York. It was used as a setting for the movie Goodfellas. Do you have a favorite mobster movie?  
Bonnie and Clyde

5) Our featured artist, Barry Manilow, has unfortunately spent a great deal of this young century in the hospital -- broken nose, face lift, chest pains and two hip surgeries. Tell us about your most recent trip to the doctor, ER, or dentist.
My most recent trip to the doctor was a follow up with my radiation oncologist to make sure I was healing from the treatments....everything is going well, thankfully.

6) Manilow told US Magazine that he enjoys nude sunbathing. Have you ever skinny dipped or sunbathed au naturel?
Topless at the pool in Germany is as close as I've ever gotten, or will ever get.

7) Before he became famous as a performer, Manilow was a very successful jingle writer. "Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there …" and "You deserve a break today at McDonald's …" were his. Tell us about a TV commercial you saw recently.
I'm a fan of Geico commercials with either the Gecko or Max, and M&M commercials.  The recent commercial that combines the two (the Gecko and Miss Brown) is a HUGE favorite.

8) The Manilow faithful are known as Fanilows and proudly wear Barry hoodies, wristwatches and even dog tags. Do you have any clothes that feature a recording artist?
I have a bunch of t-shirts: Manilow, 2 Neil Diamond, Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Martina McBride, Beach Boys, 2 Jimmy Buffett.  Used to have a Koala Barry, but he got lost somewhere along the way.   :(

9) In 2005, Manilow refused to respond when Larry King inquired about his sexuality. Do you think it's rude for interviewers to ask personal questions? Or is it something a performer should expect because it goes with the job?
I've often wondered about Mr. M myself, but I do think it's rude....it has nothing to do with his career, and a person's private life should stay private as much as possible.

30 Days Of Truth: SOMETHING YOU WISH YOU HADN'T DONE IN YOUR LIFE

This will be a very short post. I have no regrets about anything I've done in my life. Yes, doing things differently might have resulted in a different outcome. However, everything that I have done/experienced has worked together to make me the woman I am today, and I happen to be very fond of her.

Friday, March 21, 2014

A to Z Challenge: Theme Reveal Is Here!!!

A to Challenge Theme reveal blogfest

Once again I am going to be participating in the April A to Z blog challenge...26 days of blogging [with Sundays off for good behavior :)], using the letters of the alphabet to inspire the posts. This year, I've decided to tie them all together with a theme, rather than just coming up with random ideas for each one.

As part of the process, today has been selected as the day those of us who are using a theme make the big reveal.  So, here it is, ladies and gentlemen. For this year's A to Z challenge, the theme will be..................


ME!!!  

Each letter is going to be a word that describes me, and each post will be a couple of paragraphs to describe why I chose that particular word. Hopefully that means that by the end of April, you'll all know a little bit more about me than you do now....and that you'll decide to stick around to see what comes next.

30 Days Of Truth: A HYPOTHETICAL SITUATION

Day 21: Your best friend is in a car accident. The two of you got into a fight an hour before. What do you do?

I would go to the hospital ASAP, sit with family and friends and pray for a full recovery. If given the chance to see him (yes, my best friend is male), I would apologize for whatever we had fought about and ask him to forgive me.

Things like this are why I always try to make sure the last thing I say to friends and family members is "I love you." You just never know whether you'll have another chance or not.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

30 Days Of Truth: YOUR VIEWS ON DRUGS AND ALCOHOL

My views on drugs and alcohol are fairly simple. I have never and will never use any sort of recreational/illegal drugs, and I do drink alcohol in moderation.

While I have never used illegal drugs, and don't ever plan to, I am also a supporter of legalizing marijuana. I don't believe it is a dangerous gateway drug, and I believe it is actually less harmful than the cigarettes being sold legally. If it were legalized, and taxed like tobacco, it would also bring more money to the government coffers, and less to drug dealers and criminals.

When it comes to alcohol, I have a controversial view there as well. I believe that the drinking age should be returned to 18. If 18 year olds are considered mature and responsible enough to be categorized as adults in most other situations, then they should be considered the same when it comes to alcohol consumption. All three of my children were given that right in our home,with no negative results. We taught drinking in moderation, and they had three rules....they couldn't have any friends over while they were drinking, they couldn't leave the house once they had their first sip, and they weren't allowed more than one drink.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

March Old School Blogging--Random Questions


This month, Old School Blogging is all about random questions.  If you'd like to join the blog hop, click on the button above and add your post, answering these same questions.

What is the last thing you watched on TV?  I'm currently watching Dr. Phil.
When did you last step outside? What were you doing? Yesterday afternoon when I went to the car to look for my purse, which I thought I had lost (found it in the bedroom underneath the suitcase we took to Gallipolis last week).
What is on the walls of the room you are in? Here in the living room, there is a picture of a vase of flowers to my left, a clock in front of me, and a picture called Reflections to my right (it's a Vietnam Wall picture).
If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy? A house by the ocean.
Tell me something about you that most people don’t know. I could become a full-fledged hermit with very little trouble at all.
Who made the last incoming call on your phone? My oldest daughter.
If you could change something about your home, without worry about expense or mess, what would you do? Remodel the bathroom and add a bathtub to it.
What was the last thing you bought? An extra large Mountain Dew Baja at Taco Bell last Thursday morning.
Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving?  I wouldn't do either one....the idea scares me WAY too much.
If you could eat lunch with one famous person, who would it be? I'd have to say Gwyneth Paltrow and her mother, Blythe Danner....not because they are famous people, but because we are distant cousins and I would honestly like to get to know them.
Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? I'd probably split it between Barnes and Noble and Macys.
Is the glass half empty or half full? Half full....I always try to stay optimistic.
What’s the farthest-away place you’ve been? Germany
What’s under your bed?  A box of travel brochures/booklets that Barry has been sending away for over the last few months.
What is your favorite time of the day? Early morning, when I'm the only person awake. I love my quiet alone time!
What Inspires You? Nature, my children, my husband, my grandson.


30 Days Of Truth: WHAT DO YOU THINK OF RELIGION?

Faith has always played a large part in my life. Organized religion, on the other hand, has given me issues since I was a teenager. I never understood the sort of people who made a show of being in church every Sunday, yet were blatantly committing illegal acts the other six days of the week.

I also have a difficult time sitting in Sunday school class or in a church service and listening to people talk about God being taken out of schools, Christ out of Christmas,etc.---and those things being the reasons for any number of tragedies/disasters in our country. As I said in a post written earlier this year, I don't believe that an omnipresent God can be taken out of anywhere or anything. All we have to do is call on Him, and He will always be with us.

Another problem I have with organized religion is that, while they all have their differences, each one believes that only they are right, and that those who don't believe as they do are doomed. My faith is in a God of grace, mercy and love for everyone, not one who chooses to exclude those who are outside the mainstream.

I'll leave it at that for now, before I get up on my soapbox and start to rant about other issues I have with religion.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

30 Days Of Truth: YOUR VIEWS ON GAY MARRIAGE

My views on gay marriage are very simple. As long as both parties are consenting adults, and love each other enough to want to spend the rest of their lives together, they should have the right to stand before their friends and family to make a public, legal commitment to that relationship. I don't care if it's a man and a woman, two men, or two women. We are all human beings, and we should all have the same rights.

I understand that there are religious objections to gay marriages, and I respect the rights of those who feel that way. A wedding does not have to be a religious ceremony....it's a legal, civil contract. Religious objectors don't have to support something they are against,and clergy members who don't support it should not be compelled to perform a ceremony. By the same token, religious beliefs should not be allowed to become laws that apply to all people, including those who don't hold that belief.

I also want to address the idea that allowing same sex couples to marry will in some way damage the sanctity of marriage.  How would loving couples spending years together in love damage the sanctity of marriage? It seems to me that plenty of damage has already been done by opposite sex couples---myself included. People marry and divorce in a matter of hours, marry and divorce multiple times, divorce for petty reasons instead of taking the time to work out their problems together, etc. Don't blame same sex couples for ruining something that's already horribly broken!!!

What's In My Purse

The Liebers

Turn your purse upside down and tell us ten things that fall out.

I don't carry a lot of things in my purse these days (not like when I used to carry a HUGE one that had everything but the kitchen sink in it!), but there are some things that are pretty much staples.

1) Wallet--with a small amount of cash, debit card, credit cards, pictures, ID

2) Notebook--because I never know when the muse will hit, or when I need to write down a book title.

3) Keys--actually a BUNCH of keychains with a single house key on it.

4) Phone--on those occasions when I actually remember to pick it up before I walk out of the house.

5) Tissues--because they're more sanitary than the handkerchief my grandmother used to tell me a lady should always carry with her.

6) Eyeglass cleaner--you never know when you're going to need it, and I can't stand when my glasses get really dirty.

7) Hair brush--my one vanity item. As long as the hair looks good, then I feel good.

8) Candy--usually peppermints, and sometimes M&Ms.

9) Business cards--those of other people,which I always pick up at festivals and other places, as well as some of my own to hand out when needed.

10) Camera--Not always with me, but it's in there right now, as I took it to my hometown the end of last week....although I never once used it during those two days.

So.....what's in YOUR purse? Write a post and link up to the blog hop (click on the pic above), or just share in the comments.


Monday, March 17, 2014

30 Days Of Truth: A BOOK THAT CHANGED YOUR VIEWS ON SOMETHING

A book I read which change my views on something would be The Shack, by William Paul Young. I was going through a time of questioning my faith, and a time of controversy in the church we were attending at the time, when I began hearing about a rather controversial book about meeting God/The Trinity. More out of curiosity than anything else, I borrowed it from the library and read it. I have since obtained my own copy (by requesting it as a Christmas present from my youngest child), and read it three or four more times, as well as buying a copy as a gift for a friend. It is one of the most compelling novels I have ever read, and it does a fantastic job of depicting the three parts of the Trinity as individual yet intertwined, and explaining how God can appear to each of us in a form that makes us most comfortable. I cried, I laughed, I prayed, and I found my answers--and a stronger faith than before--thanks to the perspective of this book.  I would HIGHLY recommend it to everyone.   (And FYI, while searching Bing this morning, I learned that Summit Entertainment has bought the movie rights!)




Mackenzie Allen Phillips's youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation, and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later, in this midst of his great sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change his life forever.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

30 Days Of Truth: SOMEONE OR SOMETHING YOU COULD DEFINITELY LIVE WITHOUT

Something I could definitely live without is lies and drama. For some reason, I seem to attract it like a magnet, as do many of the other members of my family. Right now, I'm in the middle of a situation that has me worried about a very close family member---lies are being told to this person, and I have solid proof of it in hand. I hate to be the one to break it to this person, but I'd hate even worse to NOT tell them and have their whole life ruined because of it.

And,at 52, this is just the latest in a long string of dramatic situations I've seen or dealt with in my family. I am more than ready for it to be done, and to just be able to live a quiet, "normal" life for the rest of my years. Do I think it will ever happen?  Realistically, no....but a girl can dream, can't she?   :)

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Six Word Saturday



Resting as an emotional week ends.

30 Days Of Truth: SOMEONE/SOMETHING YOU COULDN'T LIVE WITHOUT(BECAUSE YOU'VE TRIED LIVING WITHOUT THEM/IT

My first thought was to write about a person, but the more I thought about that, the harder it became. While there are definitely people I don't like to think about having to live without, I know that if it ever came right down to it, I would go on without them, no matter how difficult it might be.  Once I decided that, I started thinking about something I couldn't live without, and I couldn't think of single material possession that I'm so attached to/dependent on that I couldn't get by without it if I really had to do so.

Just when I thought this whole subject was going to be a bust, the answer came to me. While it isn't a material possession, it is a "something," and I definitely couldn't/wouldn't live without it. What would that be, you ask? My FAITH.

If it were not for my faith, there are a lot of rough spots throughout my life that I would never have gotten past.  If it were not for my faith, and the faith of others, I don't believe that my entire cancer experience would have gone as relatively well as it did. Without my faith, which I've temporarily "lost" on a few occasions due to doubts and questions, my life would have an emptiness that nothing else could fill.

Unicorns



"The Unicorn" was selected because Monday is St. Patrick's Day. Unfamiliar with this week's song? Hear it here.

1) This song was recorded by The Irish Rovers. While it's said that on St. Patrick's Day everyone is Irish, can you honestly claim Irish heritage?
A very small percentage, yes.....mostly German and English, though.
2) According to the 2000 Census, Massachusetts is the state with the largest percentage of residents of Irish descent. Have you ever been to The Bay State?
Not so far.
3) Other than St. Patrick, what is Ireland famous for?
The Blarney stone, potato famine, unrest, William Yeats, James Joyce
4) St. Patrick's Day is celebrated the world over. They even watch marching bands and wave Irish flags on St. Patrick's Day in Moscow. Does your town have a St. Patrick's Day parade? 
Nope

5) "The wearing o' the green" is one way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Will you wear something green in honor of the day?
Probably--I usually do.

6) Have you ever had green beer?
Nope

7) Have you ever ordered a Shamrock Shake at McDonald's?
Every year I have at least one.

8) A four-leaf clover is considered good luck. Do you have a lucky charm? 
Nope

9) Speaking of Lucky Charms, they are magically delicious.  What brand of cereal is in your kitchen right now?
Lucky Charms, Trix, Chocolate Lucky Charms, Raisin Bran

Friday, March 14, 2014

Why I Loved The 70's

Finish the Sentence Friday

My favorite decade was...

Of all the decades in which I have lived (60's through 10's), my favorite so far has been the 70's. There are SO many reasons why, that I'm going to break it down into categories.

Books
Some great books that I read in the seventies include: 
Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach (I also had a board game based on this book!)
Sounder, William H. Armstrong
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, Robert C. O'Brien
Bridge To Terabithia, Katherine Paterson

Fads
Mood rings

Rubik's cube

Pet rocks 

Smiley face stickers

And let's not forget streaking!  (no picture included....LOL)

Fashion
Some of the fashion trends I wore in the seventies:
Bellbottom jeans

Hot pants (and I also had the white go-go boots!)

Platform shoes

Earth shoes

Clogs

Peasant blouses

Maxi dresses


Music
Aerosmith
The BeeGees

David Bowie
Eagles

Electric Light Orchestra
Fleetwood Mac
Billy Joel
Elton John
Bob Seeger
Bruce Springsteen
Rod Stewart
Three Dog Night
The Carpenters

And then there were the country artists:
George Jones
Tammy Wynette
Charlie Rich 
Bobby Bare
Tom T. Hall
Johnny Cash
Lynn Anderson
Willy Nelson
Kris Kristofferson
Waylon Jennings
Ronnie Milsap
Charley Pride

So,there you go.....a crash course in why I loved the 70's!
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