Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Late nights......

I've been keeping some pretty late hours recently. Some of it is due to worrying about my kids and grand kids.....don't know why I do it though. I guess because once a mom always a mom as the saying goes.

Some of it is because no matter what position I was attempting to get in, I just wasn't comfortable. At least not comfortable enough to be able to fall asleep. And I felt....I don't know, just an all over restlessness. Hubby asked me if it was because of muscle spasms in my upper back. I told him 'no', but the more I thought about it and the more we talked about my restlessness he reminded me that this is exactly the way I acted before it was really bad requiring a trip to the E.R. just to get some relief. He started the pressure point pushing on my back and found some pretty painful spots and that brought the pain threshold down a bit, but not enough to be able to sleep. Then we remembered the left over pain medication from my last visit and dug them out of the bottom of the case and they hadn't reached their expiration date so I took a couple. Within an hour I was much more comfortable and was able to sit still.

I wonder if the reason I don't recognize it for what it is is because the pain never totally goes away and I just get used to it and am able to tolerate it until it gets to the point where I have to acknowledge it. what ever the reason, I just wish the spasms would end for good!

Monday, January 22, 2007

Good Friends

I received this story in a recent e-mail and thought it worth sharing. I'm sorry there was no listed author to give credit too:

Two Horses

Just up the road from my home is a field, in which are two horses.

From a distance, each looks like every other horse. But if you stop your car, or are walking by, you will notice something quite amazing. Looking into the eyes of one horse will disclose that he is blind. His owner has chosen not to have him put down, but has made a good home for him. This is amazing.

If nearby and listening, you will hear the sound of a bell. Looking around for the source of the sound, you will see that it comes from the smaller horse in the field. Attached to her halter is a small bell.

It lets her blind friend know where she is, so he can follow her. As you stand and watch these two friends, you'll see how she is always checking on him, and that he will listen for her bell and then slowly walk to where she is, trusting that she will not lead him astray. When she returns to the shelter of the barn each evening, she stops occasionally and looks back, making sure her friend isn't too far behind to hear the bell.

Like the owner of these two horses, God does not throw us away just because we are not perfect or because we have problems or challenges. He watches over us and even brings others into our lives to help us when we are in need.

Sometimes we are the blind horse being guided by the little ringing bell of those who God places in our lives. Other times we are the guide horse, helping others to see.

Good friends are like this. You don't always see them, but you know they are always there.

Please listen for my bell and I'll listen for yours.


Thursday, January 18, 2007

Right Up My Alley!

I'm a happy camper today. I have Drew here for a visit. Well, I guess I'm babysitting, but I like to think of it as he and I fitting a special visit in with each other and we don't have to share with anyone! How cool is that?

So far we have watched the movie "Over The Hedge" and "Cars" is now playing. I see he brought "Nemo" with him today too. I love kid movies. Good thing since those are the only ones I've watched in the last year or so! We also have all the toys that he likes out.....all over the family room floor. We'll clean it up when we're done playing......later rather than sooner!

Enough of this typing, I have to get on with more important matters like......DREW!

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Playing along!

Okay, I was tagged by Janet C at life in westcliffe for this one:

The Thinking Meme

(tagged by life in westcliffe)

1. If you had to choose one vice in exclusion of all others what would it be?

2. If you could change one specific thing about the world what would it be?
To stop the destruction of our wilderness.

3. Name the cartoon character you identify with the most.
Winnie the Pooh cause I love my hunny(hubby-honey)!

4. If you could live one day in your life over again which one would it be?
Just one day? I gave birth 3 times, it would be impossible to choose!!!

5. If you could go back in history and spend a day with one person who would it be? Eleanor Roosevelt

6. What is the one thing you lost, sold or threw away that you wish you could have back? The engagement ring given me by my late-first husband.

7. What is your one most important contribution to this world? I'm still waiting to make it!!!

8. What is your one hidden talent that nearly no one knows about? The ability to touch my elbows together behind my back!!

9. What is your most cherished possession? The Christmas ornaments made by my children and grandchildren....I hang them lovingly on the tree every year.

10. What one person influenced your life the most when growing up?
My Aunt Annette

11. What one word describes you better than any other? Determined

I'm not going to tag anyone, but if you want to play, go for it but please let me know so I can read your answers!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Wow, it is January 10th already. Before you know it, January will be over and we'll be into February. My the time flies the older I get!

Today is the 17th anniversary of the day I rolled the Jeep over and was temporarily trapped inside. A very scary feeling. What was even stranger was the fact that I realized the Jeep was going to roll over just seconds before it did. It was like it happened in slow motion and I remember feeling fairly calm and matter of fact about the whole thing. But only until I discovered I was hanging upside down, trapped by my own seatbelt and unable to release the button to get out.

The tow truck arrived and luckily for me, one of the men in the tow truck was a first responder and dug his way through the snow and ice and mud to get to me and release the seatbelt freeing me. He then helped me out of the vehicle and into the back of the police car. The ambulance was there, but I chose not to use their services and sent them on their way.

The police brought me home so I could call into work and call my hubby and let him know what had happened. But not before he gave me a ticket for driving too fast for conditions. I was going 20 mph in a 45 mph zone. When I told him that I was not speeding and driving too fast for the icy conditions, he told me that any one out driving that morning was driving too fast for conditions. I mentioned to him that he was out driving and his reply was.....I am working! I then said, "Where did you think I was going at this time of the morning, to a matinee?" He gave me the ticket anyway.

I went to court and fought the ticket and won. In fact, I was even invited to speak at a road commission meeting on the benefits of wearing a seatbelt where I received an award and some other small trinkets for having survived a roll over accident because of wearing my seatbelt!

See, sometimes you can fight 'city hall' and win!!!

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

For the New Year....

I read this someplace and it just seemed appropriate to usher in a New Year. May 2007 hold peace, comfort, prosperity, happiness and love for all of you!

Accept others for who they are and for the choices they've made even if you have difficulty understanding their
beliefs, motives, or actions.

B--Break Away
Break away from everything that stands in the way of what you hope to accomplish with your life.

Create a family of friends whom you can share your hopes, dreams, sorrows, and happiness with.

Decide that you'll be successful and happy come what may, and good things will find you. The roadblocks are only minor obstacles along the way.

Explore and experiment. The world has much to offer, and you have much to give. And every time you try something new, you'll learn more about yourself.

Forgive and forget. Grudges only weigh you down and inspire unhappiness and grief. Soar above it, and remember that everyone makes mistakes.

Leave the childhood monsters behind. They can no longer hurt you or stand in your way.

Hope for the best and never forget that anything is possible as long as you remain dedicated to the task.

Ignore the negative voice inside your head. Focus instead on your goals and remember your accomplishments. Your past success is only a small inkling of what the future holds.

Journey to new worlds, new possibilities, by remaining open-minded. Try to learn something new every day, and you'll grow.

Know that no matter how bad things seem, they'll always get better. The warmth of spring always follows the harshest winter.

Let love fill your heart instead of hate. When hate is in your heart, there's room for nothing else, but when love is in your heart, there's room for endless happiness.

Manage your time and your expenses wisely, and you'll suffer less stress and worry. Then you'll be able to focus on the important things in life.

Never ignore the poor, infirm, helpless, weak, or suffering. Offer your assistance when possible, and always your kindness and understanding.

Open your eyes and take in all the beauty around you. Even during the worst of times, there's still much to be thankful for.

Never forget to have fun along the way. Success means nothing without happiness.

Ask many questions, because you're here to learn.

Refuse to let worry and stress rule your life, and remember that things always have a way of working out in the end.

Share your talent, skills, knowledge, and time with others. Everything that you invest in others will return to you many times over.

Even when your dreams seem impossible to reach, try anyway. You'll be amazed by what you can accomplish.

Use your gifts to your best ability. Talent that's wasted has no value. Talent that's used will bring unexpected rewards.

Value the friends and family members who've supported and encouraged you, and be there for them as well.

Work hard every day to be the best person you can b e, but never feel guilty if you fall short of your goals. Every sunrise offers a second chance.

Look deep inside the hearts of those around you and you'll see the goodness and beauty within.

Yield to commitment. If you stay on track and remain dedicated, you'll find success at the end of the road.

Zoom to a happy place when bad memories or sorrow rears its ugly head. Let nothing interfere with your goals. Instead, focus on your abilities, your dreams, and a brighter tomorrow.