It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Monday, August 31, 2009

Chapter 8, Page 31, Book 09

I used to spend at least 8 hours every weekend making sure things were just perfect -in case someone came over. Then I realized one day that no one came over; they were all out living life and having fun!

Author Unknown


So many people run around looking for miracles when they don't realize that they are the miracle. Waking up each day is that start of that miracle

We live moment to moment, living, breathing, hearts beating, each moment a gift from God

Each day is a UNIQUE one, each day brings a miracle of its own

I may be an optimist, but I've had my share of downtimes. Looking for the miracles in each day can lift me out of the darkest of moods.

It's a miracle we're all here. It's a miracle that we can learn something new every day and know we'll never run out of new things to learn.

I thank God for making this coming day the best day of my life ...

And I do hope your Monday is one too!


Each of my days are miracles. I won't waste my day;
I won't throw away a miracle

Kelley Vicstrom

‘On Ya’ -ma

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Chapter 8, Page 30, Book 09

Hello everyone,
I'm just doing an entry with some pictures for you this evening. It's been pretty busy around here since last Thursday when I went to our county fair with DD and DSIL after work. I worked all day Friday and then left for the campsite and we celebrated DS#1's Birthday. When we got there the sun was still shinning and we managed to get though with dinner and cake and then the rain moved in. It rained all night but cleared up on Saturday. We went out to do some shopping and ate dinner out that evening. It got much cooler and after church on Sunday I changed into jeans and a sweat shirt with my long johns on under them.
I couldn't believe how chilly it got. They say we reached about 65 degrees here this afternoon.
It is certainly not like August usually is. I do hope this isn't a sign of more cold weather to come. I'd like a few more weeks of summer.





The guys that worked next to his booth sold cheese sticks and they loved his sketches...
Eat Cheese not Beef was their motto!






I guess we always eat well

Just look at all that smoke from his candles!

It was a pretty Happy Birthday!

'On Ya'-ma

Friday, August 28, 2009

Chapter 8, Page 28, Book 09

A fable for Friday

An elderly carpenter was ready to retire.
He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house-building business and live a more leisurely life with his wife enjoying his extended family.
He would miss the paycheck, but he needed to retire. They could get by.
The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favor.
The carpenter said yes, but in time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work.
He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end a dedicated career.
When the carpenter finished his work the employer came to inspect the house.
He handed the front-door key to the carpenter. "This is your house, he said, 'my gift to you."
The carpenter was shocked!!
What a shame!! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so much differently.
So it is with us. We build our lives, a day at a time, often putting less than our best into the building.
Then with a shock we realize we have to live in the house we have built.
If we could do it over, we'd do bit much differently. But we cannot go back. You are the carpenter.
Each day you hammer a nail, place a board or erect a wall.
"Life is a do-it-yourself project" someone has said.
Your attitudes and the choices you make today, build the "house" you live in tomorrow.
Build it wisely!!
It’s always good to think you are doing things the best you can. Even when our hearts are not into it. I do that most every week day when I go to work. I’ve always been a hard worker and this job is probably one of the easiest I’ve ever had, but still I do it 100% with no slogging. I have some busy days but for the most part can work at an easy pace.
I was taught at a young age to always do my best and my parents were hard task masters too. I rarely remember doing much right in their eyes, but I tried my darnedest. My children are all responsible, hard workers too, so I guess that trait of mine followed through to them. I hope I never left them feeling inadequate the way my parents did to me.
I’ve always tried to praise them for what they do. They all are kids to be proud of. I don’t take l the credit though as they had a great dad and the good Lord did His bit too. I know I didn’t do it all by my self for sure.
We should really never do or say anything we’d regret as we just don’t know who might be affected by our actions. That includes our selves. What goes around does really come around too.
I’m off for the weekend and we’ll be having a birthday celebration on Saturday as DS#1 turns 38. It’s so very hard to believe he’s that old already. You know I still treat him like a kid, which he is to me. You never get over being a mom no matter how old they get.
You will all be in my thoughts and prayers as always!

When you have a lot of things to do, get your nap out of the way first.
‘On Ya’-ma

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Chapter 8, Page 27, Book 09

Begin at the beginning, the King said gravely,
and go till you come to the end; then stop.

Lewis Carroll (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland)






I was thinking that to be ORGANIZED would certainly help me get my jobs done. So I started my internet search and found everyone pretty much saying the same things. You have to get rid of clutter and throw stuff out.

That was not what I was looking for. I was looking for something to help get a job done. Like when you bake a cake…you get out your bowl, your cake pan and all the ingredients you will need first. I guess anything in life needs some organization…if you have a baby you need all the baby stuff—a crib, diapers, clothing, blankets, child seat, high chair…the list goes one.

So in searching I guess I found what I already knew. In order to get a job done you have to have the right tools handy to get that job done.

Cleaning tools, painting tools, sewing tools etc.

As I look back over the past week, I can count on one hand the number of activities that were done in a planned and organized way. In the sea of busyness and to-do lists that fill each week. I realized, I did do some things this week that were more than just reacting to the environment around me.

I like having what I need to complete a task and sometimes, what I need is lots and lots of prayer. When nothing else works, it seems that does it.

If I lack part of my gear then the job just isn’t going to be done right. I guess that is where list making comes in. I’ve always got to have a list. My mind just doesn’t keep it all neat and tidy anymore.

Don’t let good ideas slip into oblivion; write them down for eventual revisiting


Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it's not all mixed up
A.A. Milne

‘On Ya’-ma

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Chapter 8, Page 26, Book 09

re·sil·ience Pronunciation: ri-ˈzil-yən(t)s noun
1 : the capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive stress
2 : an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change

Resilience means being able to adapt to life's misfortunes and setbacks

Resilience is the ability to roll with the punches. It means that although you encounter stress, adversity, trauma or tragedy, you keep functioning, both psychologically and physically

Resilience helps protect you against mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety.


Get connected. Build strong, positive relationships with family and friends

Find meaning. Develop a sense of purpose for your life. Having something meaningful to focus on can help you

Start laughing. Finding humor in stressful situations doesn't mean you're in denial. Humor is a helpful coping mechanism

Accept and anticipate change. Expecting changes to occur makes it easier to adapt to them, tolerate them and even welcome them

Work toward a goal. Do something every day that gives you a sense of accomplishment


I've notice a common connection that most have used in qualities to pursue when striving to persevere and that is LAUGHING. Who would have that it would be so popular, yet it is something we all do not do enough of.

Being resilient is the ability to bounce back from the things that are difficult in our life. After we've persevered and seen a task though. When we've given our strength and abilities to something that is difficult. I've seen it done time and again. People never cease to amaze me. I sometimes even amaze myself. We think we'll never be able to do something and then sure enough it is done and we survived it all!

I read an article about how resilient a blade of grass is. It is cut off in it's prime and what does it do, it just keeps on growing. Magically it converts carbon dioxide from the air into food to make more leaves and more seeds. It is so resilient it can even be found growing in the cracks of concrete walks.

We can be just like that blade of grass. We often get cut down, yet we dust ourselves off and start all over again. We can and WILL keep on growing.


It takes a lot of work from the face to let out a smile, but just think what good smiling can bring to the most important muscle of the body... the heart

Author Unknown

'On Ya'-ma

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Chapter 8, Page 25, Book 09

I know God will not give me anything I can't handle.
I just wish that He didn't trust me so much.
Mother Teresa

Adversity is the grindstone of life. Intended to polish you up, adversity also has the ability to grind you down. The impact and ultimate result depend on what you do with the difficulties that come your way. Consider the phenomenal achievements of people experiencing adversity.
Beethoven composed his greatest works after becoming deaf. Sir Walter Raleigh wrote the 'History of the World' during a thirteen year imprisonment. If Columbus had turned back, no one could have blamed him, considering the constant adversity he endured. Of course no one would have remembered him either. Abraham Lincoln achieved greatness by his display of wisdom and character during the devastation of the Civil War. Luther translated the Bible while enduring confinement in the Castle of Wartburg. Under sentence of death and during twenty years exile, Dante wrote the "Divine Comedy." John Bunyan wrote "Pilgrim's Progress" in a Bedford jail.
Good Morning !
It’ seems I’m always on the grindstone lately. I’m not sure if it’s my age or what but I sure wish it would slow down a bit. I’m going a lot slower these days and I’m not liking it.
One thing about adversity is that we all have it at times, Things not going the way we expect them to or health problems, or maybe even a simple thing like breaking your favorite coffee mug. Little things can build up into bigger things and all the sudden it seems like nothing is right with the world.
I’m sure those great men mentioned above had no idea just how famous they would become at the time. They were going though some rough times and needed to do what they could about them.
That’s all any of us can do. When the work gets too hard we just keep plugging away at it hoping we’ll eventually see some kind of end to it. I always try to remember that THIS TOO SHALL PASS. I’ve got one of those little coins with those words written on it to remind me.
When life gives you lemons, please,
just don't squirt them in other people's eyes.
J. Andrew Helt
‘On Ya’-ma

Monday, August 24, 2009

Chapter 8, Page 24, Book 09

Sand Castle courtesy of our Princess and her friend
A strong woman works out every day to keep her body in shape…but a woman of strength kneels in prayer to keep her soul in shape…
A strong woman isn’t afraid of anything…but a woman of strength shows courage in the midst of her fear…
A strong woman won’t let anyone get the best of her…but a woman of strength gives the best of herself to everyone…
A strong woman walks sure-footedly…but a woman of strength knows God will catch her when she falls…
A strong woman makes mistakes and avoids the same in the future...but a woman of strength realizes life's mistakes can also be unexpected blessings and capitalizes on them.
A strong woman wears the look of confidence on her face…but a woman of strength wears grace…
A strong woman has faith that she is strong enough for the journey…but a woman of strength has faith that it is in the journey that she will become strong…
Here's to all of us and OUR journey...

In an interesting experiment a band of steel was secured around a young squash. As the squash grew, it exerted pressure on the steel band. Researchers wanted to know just how strong a squash could be, sothey measured the force it brought to bear on its constraints. They initiallyestimated that it might be able to exert as much as 500 pounds of pressure.
In one month, the squash was pressing 500 pounds. In two months it was applying1,500 pounds and, when it reached 2,000 pounds, researchers had to strengthenthe steel band. The squash eventually brought 5,000 pounds of pressure to bear on the band — when the rind split open.
They opened it up and found it to be inedible, as it was filled with tough,course fibers that had grown to push against its constraints. The plant requiredgreat amounts of nutrients to gain the strength needed to break its bonds, andits roots extended great distances in all directions. This amazing squash hadsingle-handedly taken over the garden space.
We have no idea just how strong we really can be! If a squash can exert thatmuch physical pressure, how much more strength can human beings apply to asituation?

Good Morning !

If I had a dime for every time someone told me I was a strong woman, I’d probably rich. One time after my DDH died I was told by some one that I’d be fine because I was such a strong person…well I’m not at all but I am a woman of strength for sure.

I do try to keep my soul in shape. Heaven only knows I’m on my knees enough. Prayer is a part of every day for me. I don’t do a lot of long ones, but I do do a lot of short ones. The favorite being --Thank you God!

Hopefully my journey will make me strong. Strong in my faith and love of the Lord.
Pressure is something we all dread. Pressure does crazy things to me and I hate to see it coming. But we all know that it is pressure that turns coal into diamonds. Can you just see me shinning now? I’m really a diamond in the rough without any sparkle at all but someday maybe I’ll shine.

I’m under pressure this morning…It’s Monday and there will be a desk full of work waiting for me and payroll to do so

I owe, I owe,
It’s off to work I go…


A woman is like a tea bag; you never know how strong she is until
she gets into hot water
Eleanor Roosevelt

‘On Ya’-ma

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Campfire and Cast Iron Cooking

It was a chilly weekend at the campsite and perfect for cooking on the fire...when it's hot we don't do much of that. So I'm making a special entry just for the food.
Above is a picture of some delicious italian sausage and potatoes cooking. The potatoes were a mixture of red, white and sweet potatoes cubed with a mixture of olive oil, italian seasoning, onion, fresh garlic all mixed together and then put in foil pouches to cook over the fire. They were sooo good.

DSIL and his cousin's hubby were making sure things were cooking right and turning them over now and then to make sure both sides got done

This is a pizza pie iron

These are cast iron pie irons...well buttered

These are the ingredients, except that we did use real butter and not the cooking spray this time. I like it better

When everything is put together, you close up the pie irons and trim off the edges of the bread
Then you put them in the hot coals to bake

This is the finished product...the kids loved them and so did I.

This DS#1's famous cherry upside down cake cooking in the cast iron dutch oven with hot coals around it and on top of it. He lines his cast iron in foil on the inside to make for easier clean up. The he puts a can of cherry pie filling in the pan with a yellow cake mix - all prepared on top of it. Then it's into the coals to bake. I'm not quite sure but it was 30 - 45 minutes till it was done.

Here he is checking to see if it was done

Here it is - just perfect!

It was a fun weekend and good eating for sure!

'On Ya'-ma

Friday, August 21, 2009


Hello everyone I am at my campsite at the picnic table here. My son has a new laptop and is able to connect to the internet so I thought I'd say hello. I don't get a chance to do that as my laptop is old and doesn't work here. Hope you are having a good Friday!

'On Ya'-ma

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Chapter 8, Page 20, Book 09

Success is speaking
Words of praise
In cheering other people's ways,
In doing just the best you can
With every task and every plan.
It's silence when your
Speech would hurt,
Politeness when your
Neighbour's curt.
It's deafness when the
Scandal flows,
And sympathy with
Others' woes.
It's loyalty when duty calls.
It's courage when disaster falls.
It's found in laughter
And in song
It's in the silent time of prayer
In happiness and in despair.
In all of life and nothing less
We find the thing
We call success

Author Unknown

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other thing
Abraham Lincoln


I’ve about had it with this week…it’s been a long hard one for me. High temps and tropical like humidity tend to make me more tired than I really am. I know that I’m ready for the weekend and that starts after work today. We are supposed to get some rain, but that’s ok I’m off to the campsite right after work today.

This is my retreat and I need it badly. The weather is supposed to clear out and have some nice weather for us so that is a good thing.

Success is always a matter of accomplishing what you want and for me that little poem above says a lot. I do like to cheer people, it makes me happy to see others happy. It could mean a lot of other things to other folks.

Working for the little things in life that help to cheer us on our way is not a bad thing at all either but we always need to consider others in our lives too. What I do always seems to depend on others where ever I am. At work or play. The only place where I really have it on my own with no one else is at home.

You’ll all be in my thoughts and prayers as always and I’ll be back on Monday with another entry. After having a few quiet weekends by myself at the camper I think some of my family will be camping too so hopefully I’ll also have some new pictures for you all.


God gave us two ends. One to sit on and one to think with. Success depends on which one you use; head you win--tails, you lose


‘On Ya’-ma

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Chapter 8, Page 19, Book 09

When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going
Joseph P. Kennedy

The tough hang in there; they persevere

In the Greek language, the word perseverance is literally made up of two words. One means “to remain.” The other word means “under.” That tells us that perseverance is the ability to remain under the pressure of difficulty with a good spirit


In the header today I put a picture of some new glasses and matching carafe that I reacently purchased at the dollar store. They were all on sale . I love the end of season clearance sales. I got a set of 8 glasses at 50 cents each and the carafe was 50 cents. They were not an expensive item at all but I’m going to enjoy them for many years. That is if I don’t break them. So often I break things that always seem to be the things that matter most.

They have an embossed pattern on them with lemon slices and wedges and the words LEMONADE. I do enjoy fresh lemonade. It is very refreshing on hot summer days and reminds me too that when life hands you lemons…just make some lemonade.

This all goes together with my theme for today – when the going gets tough, the tough get going. With a large family like mine times were always tough it seemed. When the children were young, my DDH worked 2 jobs so we’d be able to afford everything they needed.

When the youngest was 4 I went back to work just so he could stop working 2 jobs and see his family more. The boys were growing up…the oldest at that time was 12 and they needed more time with their Dad. We always made ends meet and never wanted to anything that was important. We might have wanted a few more things, but we had what was necessary.

I’ve worked since and am thankful I’d gone back to work when I did. Little did I know that a short 8 years later I would be the sole support of our family.

I do thank the good Lord for seeing us through those tough times and that we were tough enough to persevere through it all. We really never thought of ourselves as having a tough time, but looking back we surely did work hard to make it all come out right.

The glasses were not needed at my house and thankfully I can now splurge now and then and buy trivial things on a whim.


Tough times never last, but tough people do.
Believing in yourself is essential

‘On Ya’-ma

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Chapter 8, Page 18, Book 09

A Few Traits of Self-Confident People

Believe in themselves and what they do
Accept responsibility for their actions

Are balanced in their attitude and outlookHave flexibility towards people and situations they encounter
Have positive self-talk that is supporting, and caringAren't governed by 'shoulds, musts, and ought tos'
See life as a series of challenges

Accept change as a normal part of life

When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you have fun, you can do amazing things

Joe Namath


Confidence is a powerful force that will give you the ability to conquer life's obstacles.

We all have doubts and fears about what capabilities we might have. We tend to think there are things that are impossible for us to achieve. Yet if we try we are often surprised at we can actually do.

There is an old saying that says 'Fake it til you Make it'. When ever a difficult task looms ahead just remember this saying and then go ahead and tackle those hard jobs. Eventually your confidence will over ride your doubts and before you know it - tri UPMH will be yours


If you think you're too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito

Betty Reese

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Chapter 8, Page 17, Book 09

One of those huge graders goes to work on a highway repair job. When the machine is operating on a busy road, traffic is halted and the cars lined up in opposite directions are allowed to proceed alternately.

A veteran operator of one of those big machines decided one day to try to relieve the tension that inevitably results from such a traffic backup. Consequently on both the front and rear of his grader a sign now appears, declaring,
The Road to Happiness is Almost Always Under Construction

When stressed at work and faced with lots of challenges and obstacles, it often helps to look at the funny side of dire situations, and have a laugh about it. This aids in shifting your perspective to give you a wider understanding of the problem, as often people get "tunnel vision" when crowded by problems.

If you can't find any jokes, go to the mirror and try to look as serious as you can. The look on your own face is usually enough to get one laughing

So try and have a good laugh! Let it bubble up and wobble your whole inside around

It's good for you!


Instead of being gloomy and frustrated because there is no perceived solution, laughing lifts you up out of your pool of problems and places you on solid ground.

I am not suggesting that humor will solve the problem. All of us need to cultivate a sense of humor about the many strange things that can happen in life. We have choices to get angry, depressed or sullen about these things when it’s so much healthier to just laugh. Laughter is one of the best things we can choose to help us in our circumstances.

One of the many benefits to smiling and especially laughing medically, is that doctors know that blood flow to the brain is critical for efficient and comprehensive brain functioning. So when we laugh more, it stands to reason we should have a better functioning brain.

We must train ourselves to keep looking at the possibilities in any situation rather than the problems. A sense of humor will help us on those challenging days.
Mondays are always challenging for me, so I'll be smiling as much as I can today.


Humor helps us to think out of the box. The average child laughs about 400 times per day, the average adult laughs only 15 times per day. What happened to the other 385 laughs?
'On Ya'-ma

Friday, August 14, 2009

Chapter 8, Page 14, Book 09

Avoid Wasting Time
Think about the task before starting it.
Try not to handle too many things at once.
Do not begin a new project before completing the first one.
Finish a project; don’t leave it hanging.
Try not to double up on needless paperwork; keep it simple.
Do not try to do everything yourself; delegate.
Try to focus on the task at hand; avoid interruptions.
When someone is speaking to you; listen fully without thinking of other matters. In this way nothing will have to be repeated.
When running errands, call ahead to ensure your items are ready, if applicable.
Schedule appointments either in the early morning or after lunch to avoid waiting.
Ensure your home is clutter free; spending time looking for something is wasteful.
Put your clothes out at night for the next morning.

Ensure your car has plenty of gas at all times.

…remember that every moment, every situation, provides a new choice. And in doing so, it gives you a perfect opportunity to do things differently

Stephen Covey


What constitutes a "waste of time" is highly subjective. What is a waste for me might not be for you but we all need a certain amount of TIME MANAGEMENT or our days slip away before we know it. TIME SAVERS are something we all look for. My DAY PLANNER is always in my purse which goes with me everywhere.
If you enjoy what you are doing it is NEVER a waste of time.
There are some things that happen that waste our time and there is not much we can do about it but grin and bear it. These things are beyond our ability to change so we try to make the most of a bad situation.
If we know the difference between what is useful and what is distracting then we can learn from the wasteful moments and move on.
I hope you enjoy the pictures I put in my blog today. The header is my ‘babes’ and from the looks of them I’d say this picture was taken about 1981 or 82 as DS#6 the youngest looks to be almost 2.
On the side bar is my family at Christmas the year or so before my hubby passed away. It is one of the few I have of us all together. As all of them have gotten older it gets harder and harder. If you scroll way down on the side bar you’ll see them and their families at our family reunion last year.
I’m going to the camper as usual this weekend and I’m going to waste some time by doing a whole lot of nothing. I need the nothing moments to re-coop from the work week and so hopefully I’ll be a better person.
I’ll have my planner with me and will probably write in the things that I need to do in the week ahead. This is what I call TIME MANAGEMENT at its utmost.
As ever, you all will be in my thoughts and prayers!

Life offers two great gifts--time, and the ability to choose how we spend it. Planning is a process of choosing among those many options. If we do not choose to plan, then we choose to have others plan for us
Richard I. Winword

‘On Ya’-ma

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Chapter 8, Page 13, Book 09

Climb till your dream comes true
often your tasks will be many,
and more than you think you can do. . .
Often the road will be rugged
and the hills insurmountable, too. . .
But always remember, the hills ahead
Are never as steep as they seem
And with FAITH in your heart start upward
And climb 'till you reach your dream,
For nothing in life that is worthy
Is ever too hard to achieve
If you have the courage to try it
And you have the FAITH to believe…
For FAITH is a force that is greater
Than knowledge or power or skill
And many defeats turn to triumph
If you trust in GOD’S wisdom and will
For Faith is a mover of mountains,
There's nothing that God cannot do,
So start out today with Faith in your heart
Helen Steiner Rice


Faith is a mover and a shaker. If you believe and have faith just about anything is possible. It has helped me over some really rough times and brought me through trials I never dreamed I’d have to face. If I could pass on anything in the world to my dear family and my sweet friends it would be just that. Keep the faith!

I’m not afraid to acknowledge that I know where my help and strength for the day, and my energy comes from. Things do not always go my way and my journey in life is not without potholes, but I know that with the good Lord’s help I’ll get through what ever life sends my way.

I’ve been talking about perseverance and stamina so far this month. I’ve tried to post poems and quotes to help us find ways to accomplish our tasks…to find extra strength to finish things we’ve started. More than anything else my faith is what does it for me so I had to include it in my list of things that can give us that extra UMPH! When nothing else can.

Everybody has faith. We had faith this morning when we ate our cereal – faith that someone didn’t put poison in our oats! We had faith when we sat down in our computer chairs. We had the faith that it wouldn’t collapse

Most of us don’t need to move mountains. We simply need enough faith to trust that God will take care of everything. If a mountain needs moving, God will move it. When our hearts break, we can trust that God will mend it. When a million things we can’t seem to do anything about happen, we can trust that God will take care of them. That is the faith we need.


Faith can move mountains, but don't be surprised if God hands you a shovel

Author Unknown

‘On Ya’-ma

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Chapter 8, Page 12, Book 09

The word effective is defined as:
To be productive, efficient, to have the
desired effect or to be successful

The best way to achieve a goal is to have one in the first place.

Good Morning!

I think my goal in life is to inspire people to be more, try more, and live a truly exhilarating life. We are all blessed with the ability to program ourselves to believe and act in positive ways. For example when I catch myself thinking things that don't feel good, I choose to drop that thought and change my thoughts to positive and helpful ways of thinking.

Attention to life's fragility can help us to focus on what's important. There is only so much time to climb that beautiful mountain, or swim in that pristine ocean, or appreciate the sound of that bird calling to its mate. More significantly, our time with those whom we love is limited. I have lost loved ones so I know all about how suddenly they are gone.Why waste the time with the nonessentials: family feuds that last for years, grudges that are held, opportunities at loving never taken?

We only go around once.
This is not a dress rehearsal
Carpe diem.
Smell the roses
Go for all the gusto.
You will not pass this way again

These are all reasons to celebrate each day, each moment of your life !


Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
Wisdom is NEVER putting it in a fruit salad.

‘On Ya’-ma

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Chapter 8, Page 11, Book 09

Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, or even joyous. That has more of an effect on economic well-being than any other single factor.
Paul Hawken


Giving yourself a reward no matter how small it may be makes any work you do much easier. My reward has been camping for a couple of years now. Some may go shopping (I love to do that too) some take vacations, some take a nap and some may just have a nice sweet piece of chocolate. I don’t think it makes any difference how we reward ourselves as long as it is something we truly like.

All work and no play makes the work much harder and it often gets to the point that we just don’t do it as well either. I have rarely heard a word of praise for all the work I do. Praise is a pick me upper but when there isn’t anyone doing that then I think it is up to us to make what we do worth while.

I do try to pamper myself so that I’ll have reasons to go off to work each day. I no longer need to support a family and that leaves me free to spoil myself a little more.

What ever you’re doing today make sure you take some time out just for you!!!


It is not how busy you are, but why you are busy - the bee is praised,
the mosquito is swatted.
Author Unknown

‘On Ya’-ma

Monday, August 10, 2009

Chapter 8, Page 10, Book 09

I learned there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some from behind

Dr. Seuss


No, I really am not experiencing any troubles today. But it is Monday and it is always a hectic day for me. I feel like the weather hot one minute and cold the next…I spent a relaxing weekend and today will be filled with lots of hard work. It’s sometimes difficult for me to make the transition.

A few cups of good coffee will help and the work on my desk this morning will bring me back to reality. The reality of life where I work for a living and am not a lady of leisure.

We finally had a true August Day on Sunday with hot and humid weather and today will be about the same. Of course I work in air conditioning so that will not be an issue. I remember the days when all we had was a fan to blow the air around, so I will count my blessings for sure.

I hope you all had a good weekend filled with lots of that wonderful R & R. and are ready for a new day and a new week.


About the time we can make the ends meet, somebody moves the ends.

Herbert Hoover

‘On Ya’-ma