Wednesday, November 30, 2005
I say all of this to actually say once again, I am in awe of the friendship and bonds that I have made with all of these wonderful people out in this big old world. Makes it just a bit smaller each and every day.
And Mac says *ARF*
Friday, November 25, 2005
I am not here.....~laffin~ I am off shopping! Now, what was it that you asked Santa for??
This cow is called Remember The Alamoo. It is on the courthouse square and I think that it is one of the better designed cows. It is a tribute to the State and to the Battle of the Alamo.
Thursday, November 24, 2005
This Thanksgiving is a life time away from that Thanksgiving. Who I am now is not who I was then. However, I still grieve for that woman and her little family even now. I cannot tell her story all at once but in bits and odd pieces. Thank you for allowing me to start the story beginning with BeBo's birth and bear with my while I visit her here every once in awhile.
This Thanksgiving I am so very grateful for:
My children who I have drug along with me on this odd little journey and the knowledge that they love and trust me and would follow me to the ends of the earth.
My loving and faithful family who loves me regardless and is always in my corner.
The relish tray sitting in the fridge waiting to travel with me. (Hey frog, no pickled herring here....just pickled okra, sweet baby gerkins, olives and sweet cherry peppers)
Beautiful sunny weather that has allowed the farmers to bring in their wonder harvest despite the fact that it is too warm and sunny to feel like Thanksgiving to me.
My wonderful set of internet friends who I might never recognize if we were face to face in Target.....But whose hearts I would recognize anywhere.
A warm comfy bed.
Clean panties that I have already packed. Folded right side out for ease in putting on. ~laffin~
Money in the bank.
Gas in the car.
My Bible, Sunday School Class, Church Family and Christian friends who do not always believe like I do but accept me.
The net that has connected me with people who have changed my views, my days and have greatly enriched my life.
Waitresses who have to work this day but who will put a smile on their faces and will do their damndest to minister to the heart of loneliness.
Friends from other countries that do not have a Thanksgiving day today but I know will celebrate with us also
A job that I love and adore.
A God of 2nd, 64th and even 2,000th chances whose love overrides everything else.
The popcorn lady from my post *When I am Old Come to Life* that just made the entire season last year. I hope that she is well today and surrounded by loved ones and gets to go to the movies again today. I also hopes that someone will buy her the biggest thing of popcorn to be had and that she does not have to share it unless she chooses to do so.
I hope for each of you a wonderful meal with loved ones and a day filled with hope and renewal.
And today, what little things are you thankful for?
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Monday, November 21, 2005
By the time Thanksgiving came around that year, my husband had been gone for a few weeks. At the time, he told me that things had just closed in on him and that he needed a few weeks to sort things out. I did not know that sorting things out meant that he was having to decide while dresser drawer his underwear went in at his girlfriend's house. Here I was with a 10 year old daughter and a newborn son and a knowledge in my heart that he would get himself together and be home soon. My Mom came to be with us that Thanksgiving week. My Dad had to work or he would have been there too. My Mom traveled from Clarendon Texas to Krum just to be with us (Krum is outside of Denton) at the, what we thought of then, as the most miserable time in our life. We had no clue that it could actually get worse.
During that time, I went and talked to my Pastor at the Denton Church of the Nazarene. A wonderful Church and Church family who loved me and held me close throughout those awful months. I asked the Pastor what to do? His words *Set a date and tell your husband to get his act together or, on that date, you will go to an attorney and file for divorce.*. I left his office thinking that my poor Pastor had no faith. I knew in my heart that God was going to heal my marriage and would the Pastor not be so surprised??? Now I realize that he was a man of great wisdom and was trying to prepare me.
Thanksgiving dawned bitterly cold and windy. Mom decided that we were going to have a nice Thanksgiving come hell or high water. None of us were really eatting much at that point and did not want to cook. I remember that Baby Gator was so pleased that we had one of those sandwich makers...at least she could have hot sandwiches!! I look back now and realize that I was very screwed up during that time. We put on dresses to try to make the occasion festive and off we go to eat Thanksgiving lunch at Shoneys....With about 1,000 other strangers. I was amazed that many people eat out on Thanksgiving. There were also people who were eatting as families so that they could go home and not have the mess. Truckers sitting alone at tables because they were traveling cross county and miles away from their familes. College students states away from their homes. Then there was us. We picked at our food. The coldness outside was actually warmer than the cold fear that we all felt in our hearts. I realize now that we all feared different things.
The thing that stood out that day....our one ray of sunshine on that horrible day....the waitress. She was constantly going back and forth between tables with a smile on her face. She acted happy to be there on that holiday. Happy that she was the one chosen to spend the day on her feet serving us. I know she must have had her own family at home that she wanted to be with. But she was with us. At the time, I do not remember being grateful. Now, looking back I am so very grateful for that woman. That day, she is what kept us hanging on for one more day. I wish that I had gotten her name. I would write the company and tell them what a valuable employee that they had. I did not do that. So, where ever you are today Shoney Waitress from 1992....please know that you did make a difference. You did more than you will ever know. And sweetie, I learned the lesson and I play foward your action all the time.
Sunday, November 20, 2005
You scored 42% Cardinal, 46% Monk, 38% Lady, and 43% Knight!
|You are a mystery, a jack-of-all-trades. You have the king's ear, but also listen to murmurings of the common folk. You believe in the value of force and also literature. Truly you are the puzzlement of the age.|
Call it what you want....but it is still damn near a clown.
You all remember just how much I hate/fear/loathe clowns. If not..you can read all about it here under clownage issues.
I am also boycotting Burger King. Have they done anything socially wrong? No, not anything that I would protest. My problem is: I HATE that freakin big headed KING on their commercials. I have gotten to where I have to leave the room when he comes on. WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND SAID...LET'S ADVERTISE OUR BURGERS WITH A BIG HEADED KING THAT SCARES THE HOHA OUT OF EVERYONE. YEAH THAT WILL SELL BURGERS! ~shakes my head~ Until they pull those commercials...I will not even go through their drive up.
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Actually I guess the song should be sung as *She works hard for the magnets....* Okay, this is me working hard at getting you people paired up! I have sent out emails detailing your partners and the addresses. Rules are simple:
You have a bit over 2 weeks to mail out.
Mail out date is no later than: December 3rd
You must send one magnet.
The magnet can be made or bought.
You need to send a note telling a little about yourself. We have widened our circle (and I think that is GREAT) and have people playing that have not swapped with us before.
Let me know when you send out and when you receive.
You may send more then one magnet if you wish. Heck, you can send out anything that you want....just be sure to include the one magnet.
Please do not give out your partners address to anyone else. People do try to protect their privacy and we need to honor that.
If it is possible, I really would like to see the magnets that you received posted.
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Here is how the pairing went:
David <-----------------> Running 2K's
QG <-----------------------> AX
Rach <---------------------> Songbird
Judy <-------------> 2nd Grade Teacher
Baby Gator <-----------> Mary Beth
Lorna <-----------> Cheesehead
Allison <-----------------> St. Cass
Yankee Transplant <--------------> Friday Mom
Sorry that the arrows up there are not all perfect but I had a fun time making them ~grins~
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Wednesday, November 09, 2005
Anyway.....onto the magnets!
Rules are simple. You will have one partner. You will send at least one magnet to that partner. Since a magnet is small, you will have to send it out within 2 weeks of the deadline. The magnet can be made or bought. You can send anything else you want with your magnet if you wish...that is up to you. Just know that you are only responsible for sending one magnet to your partner.
Sign ups start now! If you want to be in this swap, you must email me your name, address, blog link and if you will or will not send out of the US. I realize that I already have several of your addresses but PLEASE SEND THEM AGAIN WHEN YOU EMAIL ME!! It is just way easier to keep up with that way. I will close sign ups in about a week. If you want more than one partner, then let me know that too!
Email your NAME, ADDRESS, BLOG LINK AND IF YOU WILL SEND INTERNATIONALLY TO:
If there are any questions, please post a comment or email me. I will answer asap. Also, this is not just for the regulars!! I have several of my friends from craftster.org that want in also and they will play. If you are a lurker on my blog or come from someone elses blog, YOU ARE WELCOME TO PLAY WITH US! I think the more the merrier. If you are new, please let me know a bit about you too. That way it is a bit easier to pair ya up!
Let the frenzy begin!
2nd Grade Teacher
Christmas Lights aka Babygator
Mary Beth (Whose idea to swap friend chicken is being seriously considered!!)
Monday, November 07, 2005
The call has gone out through the land...and echos from foreign lands for a new swap. There have been alot of different ideas floating around so I am putting it to a vote.
Shall it be a magnet or a recipe?
Friday, November 04, 2005
Friends please meet......
Cherry Lime. He lives at a Sonic in Amarillo Texas. Amarillo has horses while we have the cows. And He is in one of my favorite colors!
Now, I must go and get caffeine. Wish us luck on our adventure!
Thursday, November 03, 2005
You would think that constructing tin foil hats would be rather sinple. Tis not. In fact, I threatened at one point to call the Reynolds Wrap Foil Hotline and ask for their help. Finally they were constructed and worn by the 3 of us. Odd thing, no one else here constructed a tin foil hat.
Rach thinks that I should have saved this pic for my Friday cow blogging and entitled it *Great Cheese Comes From Happy Cows*. I just LOVE those cow commercials.
Please note: Baked potatoes nor anyone with mental health issues was harmed during the making of the hats.
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
One of the many things that I have loved about blogging is getting to know people through their blogs. It is interesting to see glimpses of peoples personal lives opened up like chapters of a book. I think that is why we miss some bloggers when they take a break. It is like waiting for the next Harry Potter book to come out. Blogging or reading blogs has come a part time obsession for me.
Another of my obsessions is www.craftster.org. OMG....I am so addicted to swaps and getting things in the mail! I have had really good luck with all of my swaps. The last swap I was involved in was a *Tiny Thing Swap*. We were each paired with a person and we had to make one tiny thing for that person and you would receive a tiny thing in return. You could ONLY send one tiny thing. My partner cheated. I received a tiny thing and also, a friendship. Her name on craftster is Fidget and she lives in Tennessee. I feel as though I have known her for ages....but would not recognize her on the street. She made for me a tiny frog pillow. I do mean TINY!! Here it is....
This beautiful little thing is just 2 1/2 inches tall and 2 1/2 inches wide. She described it better in one of the post: Fidget "This 2.5" square pillow was created for Princessandthebead for the Tiny Treasure swap. The center design is 1" square, stitched on ivory wool felt with DMC cotton and metallic floss using satin and outline stitches. The cording was created using DMC floss also. The idea for the frog came from a stain glass pattern at http://chantalstainedglass.50megs.com/2retf.html". A very tiny precious treasure. I was amazed with the skill that it took to make this little pillow. And then, I was told something else. Look at it closely and what do you see? I bet you missed it too! She now only made the pillow....she embroidered the entire little frog and the tiny little frame around him! Can you imagine?? Is it not just perfect?
I have a new tiny treasure created by someone that I would deem an artist....not just a crafter.
And I have a new kinship with someone that I would deem a friend...not just a swapper.