Saturday, June 30, 2007

Friday, June 29, 2007

Don't Rush Things

LESSON TO BE LEARNED: Get All the Facts!!

I got the following story in my email today and after laughing so hard that I had tears in my eyes, it made me think. So many times we go off half cocked about something when we don't have all the facts. We get partial information and jump to some conclusion which has nothing to do with the actual truth of the matter. For instance, I recently wrote a blog about feeling sorrowful. Anonymous sent a comment accusing me of whining. Now at the risk of jumping to a conclusion without all the facts that made anonymous jump to his/her conclusion, I am assuming anonymous based her critisism of me on the fact that part of my family was moving to Alaska and I felt sad about it. The fact of the matter was that I had 3 or 4 things going on at that time which I did not want to share with all of blogdom. One of them was a good friend who was very ill and subsequently died the same weekend that my family moved. Anonymous had no way of knowing that it was not only one thing which had saddened me. So even though I do not have the same sorrows as anonymous has, I had things which legitimately caused me sorrow. Anyway, what I want to do with the story below is to try and learn a lesson! Hope you enjoy this read:

DINNER FOR EIGHT

A group of friends wanted to get together on a regular basis and socialize and play games. As a result, about 4 couples formed a dinner club and agreed to meet for dinner at a different couple's house each month. Of course, the lady of the house was to prepare the meal.

When it came time, Al and Janet wanted to have the dinner at their house. Janet wanted to outdo all the others and prepare a meal that was the best that any of them had ever lapped a lip over. A few days before the big event, Janet got out her cookbook and decided to have mushroom smothered steak.

When she went to the store to buy some mushrooms, she found the price for a small can was more than she wanted to pay. She then told her husband, "We aren't going to have mushrooms because they are too expensive."He said, "Why don't you go down in the pasture and pick some of those mushrooms? There are plenty of them right in the creek bed."She said, "No, I don't want to do that, because I have heard that wild mushrooms are poison." He then said, "I don't think so. I see the varmints eating them all the time and it never has affected them."

After thinking about this, Janet decided to give this a try and got in the pickup and went down in the pasture and picked some. She brought the wild mushrooms back home and washed them, sliced and diced them to get them ready to go over her smothered steak. Then she went out on the back porch and got Ol' Spot's (the yard dog) bowl and gave him a double handful. She even put some bacon grease on them to make them tasty. Ol' Spot didn't slow down until he had eaten every bite.

All morning long, Janet watched him and the wild mushrooms didn't seem to affect him, so she decided to use them. The meal was a great success, and Janet even hired a lady from town to come out and help her serve. She had on a white apron and a little cap on her head. It was first class. After everyone had finished, they all began to kick back and relax and socialize and play 42 and Mexican dominoes. The men were visiting and the women started to gossip a bit.

About this time, the lady from town, who had been hired to help came in from the kitchen and whispered in Janet's ear. She said, "Mrs. Williams, Spot just died." With this news, Janet went into hysterics. After she finally calmed down, she called the doctor and told him what had happened. The doctor said, "It's bad, but I think we can take care of it. I will call for an ambulance and I will be there as quick as I can get there. We'll give everyone enemas and we will pump out everyone's stomach. Everything will be fine. Just keep them all there and keep them calm."

It wasn't long until they could hear the wail of the siren as the ambulance was coming down the road. When they got there, the EMTs got out with their suitcases, syringes, and a stomach pump. The doctor arrived shortly thereafter. One by one, they took each person into the master bathroom, gave them an enema and pumped out their stomach. After the last one was finished, the doctor came out and said, "I think everything will be fine now, and he left."

They were all looking pretty peaked sitting around the living room, and about this time, the town lady came in and said, "You know, that fellow that ran over Ol' Spot never even stopped"

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Learning to Crawl


Isn't she too cute for words? Riley loves to be at Mamaw's house crawling around on the pallet and playing with the toys. No way to count the times I put her back on the pallet!

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Thursday, June 07, 2007

ABC's of Me


I've seen this on several blogs and variations in emails. Thought it would be fun to try here.



A

What annoys you? Arrogance

Are you available? Unattached - yes. Available - depends.

B

Birthday? September 28. And you thought I would tell the year!

Best Friend? Sharon

C

Favorite candy? Symphony with Almonds

Last time you cried? Everyday right now. Alaska calling kids.

D

Do you own a dog? Jack Russell Terrier named Rascal. Name fits!

Drink of choice? Coke

E

Essential Item? My car. I can leave whenever I want.

How do you like your eggs? scrambled with bacon, grits, and a big biscuit.

F

Have you ever flown in a plane? Once to Idaho, soon to Alaska.

Do you use fly swatters? I live in the South, don't I?

G

Grilled steak or smothered in gravy? Grilled with a baked potato.

Gummi bears or worms? Worms

H

Hair color? Black. Gray. Black. Gray. Okay, mostly gray.

How are you? Bored or I wouldn't be doing this!

I

Favorite ice cream? Pralines and Cream

Ever ice skated? No, but used to roller skate.

J

Favorite jelly bean? Buttered popcorn Jelly Belly

January or July? January. July is way too hot.

K

Kids? Kristy (Mike) and Andy (Emily). Four grands!

Who do you want to kill? Let me get my list!

L

Are you laid back? I think I am but don't ask my friends.

Do you lie? I am a terrible liar.

M

Melons or mangos? Melons

Favorite movie? Can't pick just one.

N

Number of siblings? One sister and two brothers.

Night or day? Night owl all my life.

O

How do you like your onions? Grilled, fried blossoms, cooked in vegetables, in country fried potatoes but never raw.

Do you wish this was over? I'm having fun, how about you?

P

Phobias? Water and heights

Paranoid? Who wants to know and why do you want to know?

Q

Favorite quote? "If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went." Will Rogers, 1897-1935

Are you quick to judge people? You bet. I form a first impression rather quickly but have been known to change my mind when I get to know them

R

Reason to smile? My four grandchildren, always bring a smile to my face.

Do you think you're always right? But of course!

S

Favorite season? Fall. So refreshing after the heat of summer, beautiful fall colors, nip in the air, gentle breeze.

Steak eater? Yum, yum. One of my favorites, just a little pink, no blood mind you, baked potato, salad, Texas toast or homemade roll. Heavenly.

T

Last time you slept in a tent? If a popup camper counts, it was about 2 -3 years ago with Kristy, Mike and Abby at Greer's Ferry. Was so much fun and so relaxing.

Tag three people: Kristy, Jenny, Stephanie

U

Unknown fact about me: inside me lives a skinny woman crying to get out but I can usually shut her up with a cookie.

Wearing underwear? blue cotton panties, wouldn't be caught dead without my underwear.

V

Least favorite veggie? English peas. Gag.

Last vacation? To Memphis and Hot Springs with my best friend.

W

Where do you live? Monticello, Arkansas

Worst habit? biting fingernails

X

Ever had an x-ray? Too many to count.

Own a xylophone? Until last weeks rummage sale.

Y

What's one thing you yearn for? Companionship, lost love.

Yuckiest thing? Vomit

Z

Favorite zoo animal? Monkey

Zodiac sign? Libra

Monday, June 04, 2007

New Blog of Extreme Interest

While checking my blogs of interest tonight, I went to the Living Proof Ministries site and found that Beth Moore now has a blog which she shares with her daughter, Amanda. What a timely find after my last depressing post. Beth is so in love with God that she makes me long to spend more time with Him. She is truly an inspiration. Click on the link and read for a real blessing.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Standing in the Wind







My life right now feels kind of like the tree above. The winds of sorrow are blowing. Hard. In several areas of my life. I'm shaken but my roots are deep, hanging on for dear life. Trying to catch a breath in the gusts that are pounding my limbs - bending my trunk. Under attack, trying to find shelter and peace but feeling only the battering of the winds.

I've been through the winds before. And found that I can survive and sometimes even thrive. For I am planted; deep within the Master's soil. Waiting for His tender touch upon my weathered boughs.