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

Author Unknown

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Chapter 6, Page 30, Book 10

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay ... Wonderful feeling, wonderful day!

What a wonderful feeling...

We here in northern Ohio are feeling the effects of a cool front that came to us via Canada. It comes at a point when we all thought we were melting from high temps and extremely high humidity. Rarely do we have a day above 80 here and we were experiencing 90 degree weather. I know for some that is not too bad, but here we are not used to it at all.

Today we'll be in the lower 70's and I do feel good and it is a very refreshing feeling too. It will be back close to 90 on the weekend so I'm really going to take advantage of the cooler weather and get some baking done. I want to take a cake for dessert for the 4th. of July and I'm hoping it will stay fresh enough as that is still a few days away, but I don't have an oven at the camper so I want to have it done before I go.

We've had a lot of rain ever since Spring began and the next few days are to be dry. If the long range forecast holds true there will be no rain until next Tuesday. That will be a wonderful feeling too. It's been so damp that even when the temps rise we are still soggy.

1. Capable of eliciting wonder; astonishing
2. Admirable; excellent

It's a WONDERFUL Wednesday and I'm hoping yours is a WONDERFUL one too.

'On Ya'-ma

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Chapter 6, Page 29, Book 10

I will tell you that there have been no failures in my life.
I don't want to sound like some metaphysical queen,
but there have been no failures.
There have been some tremendous lessons.

Oprah Winfrey

It's TERRIFIC Tuesday!

I sure have learned my lessons. Some of them over and over till I got it right. And some I'm still working on. I must be the queen of you should have learned that by now. I wish I could pass on some of that wisdom to others, but most of the time no one would listen anyway. If I say slow down, it seems they go faster. If I say relax, they stress out more. If I say simple things are what counts, they buy more. People in general only hear what they want to hear.

Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently

Henry Ford

Learning how to accept failure is a hard thing. But looking at it from the perspective of a lesson learned puts a whole new light on things. I learn new things every day of my life and I think that is important. We should never get too old to learn.

None of is perfect, although I've met a few who thought they were. Human beings are just that, human.

I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.

Thomas Edison

I hope your Tuesday is a TERRIFIC one. I'll be picking myself up and starting all over again. That is what truly counts anyway,,,

'On Ya'-ma

Monday, June 28, 2010

Chapter 6, Page 28, Book 10

This is one of DD's dogs

Celebrating Merry Monday

We all have the tendency to quickly forget how amazing our lives really are.

There are so many little things that make life worth living that we often forget to stop and enjoy them.

And sometimes when life is getting tough, work is getting your down or your just in a funk, it really helps to stop, savor the moment and sprinkle some of your simple pleasures in your life.

When I think back to my childhood, to the last day of school before summer break, I can remember the thrill of having all those months to do anything I wanted. Now I have come to realize that in retirement I have the rest of my life to do the things I enjoy

When I woke up the first day of retirement and found I could stay in my pj's as long as I wanted, I felt like a kid on Christmas morning, just waiting to unwrap the rest of my life.

So I think we really need to make a list of our favorite simple pleasures, and sprinkle them throughout our days. Simple things like a fresh cup of coffee, a hot shower. a fresh, clean towel. or even a new haircut.. Knowing what your simple pleasures are, and putting a few of them in each day, can go a long way to making life more enjoyable,

So on this MERRY Monday I hope you too can fill your life with what you enjoy. Fill
your day with simple pleasures. This morning
I'm sipping my coffee and enjoying it too

'On Ya' -ma

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Chapter 6, Page 27, Book 10

Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence


Sundays are always pretty much a happy day for me. In the summer time I enjoy the outdoors and time with some of my family camping. Any day of the year it is R & R day when I set aside time to just rest relax and rejuvenate.

Most of us have off work but certainly not all of us. For those that do work today I'm sure another day off does just as well for you. No matter we all need a break and taking time to rest and renew is just what we need in order to do all the work the rest of the week.

Well, said Pooh, what I like best, and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called

A.A. Milne

I can remember when I worked that it was happy thoughts of the weekend that often got me through some pretty tedious days. Of course now those days are behind me, but I do still keep very busy and setting aside a day for restoration of my body and soul is still needed.

I'll be off to church this morning as usual and as always you all will be in my thoughts and prayers.

The best vitamin to be a happy person is B1

Author Unknown

Happy Sunday!

'On Ya'-ma

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Chapter 6, Page 26, Book 10

I'm just like the tortoise in the story of the tortoise and the hare. The tortoise moved slowly along his path, enjoying his journey and the animals he met along the way. In contrast, the hare sped along, paying little attention to his surroundings, eventually falling asleep, and completely missing out on the joy of the journey.

I've noticed that the young people that I know are under some pretty heavy stress. Some are thinking they have ulcers and others have headaches and most are unhappy in the work they do.

It seems to be a way of life. If you happen to work at a job you love you are blessed for sure. I think that the main thing that people have to remember is that a job is just that - a job.

Life is too short and making your self miserable being stressed out so much just isn't worth it. I look back at the years I spent raising a family and working and remember how much I loved camping and getting away from I have nothing but stress free days. But that wasn't always the way.

I'm moving slowly and enjoying each moment as it comes

I hope that this Saturday is a SUPER one for you all!

'On Ya'-ma

Friday, June 25, 2010

Chapter 6, Page 25, Book 10

Friends are those rare people who ask how you are and then wait for the answer
Author Unknown


Where would we be without them.

From our first breath, mind, body and soul were nourished by the family and friends that touched us. Not only did my mom and dad raise me but the influence of aunts uncles cousins and friends all helped to shape who I am. When you think about that involves a lot of people over the years.

I have family that are friends too and I have friends that seem like family. I cannot imagine have no one around to love and support me and for me to love too.

A true friend is one who thinks you are a good egg even if you are half-cracked

Author Unknown

I love family unconditionally. Meaning although they do things wrong I love them even if I don't approve of what they do sometimes. It's the same with my friends. Hey, I figure I'm far from perfect so if they can accept me and still love me, I can certainly love them back.

But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine

Thomas Jefferson

We have all had friends come and go but with family even though they go there still family and you love them anyway. I've a few friends like that. People that I've not seen for years, but if they came back into my life I'm sure we'd pick up right where we left off.

It's FANTASTIC Friday and I'm looking forward to a beautiful day. I hope yours is FANTASTIC too.

'On Ya'-ma

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Chapter 6, Page 24, Book 10

It's Thankful Thursday!

I have so many things to be thankful for. While we all may think about things we are thankful for, I think every now and again to say it out loud helps you to realize how blessed your life really is . If we don't say it out loud the next best thing is writing them down and that's what I do here every Thursday.

I am thankful to have the most beautiful and loving family in the universe. I couldn’t imagine my life without them

I'm thankful for the summer weather.

I'm thankful for my health and that of my family too.

I'm thankful for good friends

I'm thankful for the time to visit and shop with my sisters

I'm thankful for hugs

I'm thankful for the birds that flock to the feeders and provide such good entertainment day after day

And finally, I am thankful to all of YOU.

I love Thankful Thursdays. There are so many things we should be thankful for each and every day. The Bible instructs us that we are to take time to reflect and see the gifts that God has given us. Often blessings come in small ways and those are the ones most often overlooked.

May your day be filled with many blessings and the next time you are feeling discouraged take time to remember the blessings that have come your way.

'On Ya'-ma

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Chapter 6, Page 23, Book 10

The almost full moon last night

Patience, patience, patience is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach waiting for a gift from the sea.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Patience is the state of endurance under difficult circumstances, which can mean persevering in the face of delay or provocation without acting on annoyance/anger in a negative way. To be patient is to endure discomfort without complaint.

Patience is one of the most valuable virtues of life

The key to being patient is to just settle down and try to maintain a positive outlook

I've found that I have to have a lot of patience with myself lately. I do everything more slowly than I've ever done. I do a little and rest a lot. After a life time of being busy and getting everything done, I find that is no longer possible. It's true I am getting older and if I want to enjoy life it means slowing down.

Life in the slow lane really isn't terrible, most of the time it is great!. I seem to be able to take in more of the important things and forget about the others. I've learned to prioritize and do the most important things first. I consider things like camping more important than cleaning my house. I even consider sitting on the patio watching the birds more important than the ironing or washing windows.

All things pass. Patience attains all it strives for,

St. Teresa

As you think, so shall you be

So on this WONDERFUL Wednesday, join me in being patiently wonderful!

'On Ya'- ma

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Chapter 6, Page 22, Book 10

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

Growing Pains!

Now that I'm getting older and considered over the hill, I've found some new aches and pains that weren't there before. Mostly I get stiff when sitting too much and if I over do things being on my feet too much my knee aggravates me.

To alleviate much of my problems, I've found some simple exercise like walking and stretching sure does help out a lot. One thing I've learned is that if it hurts, don't do it. Work around pain, not through it.

It takes seventeen muscles to smile and forty-three to frown
Author Unknown

If you don't use it you loose it they say. We were given 650+ muscles for a reason – to use them!

Those muscles do include your smile muscles too, so don't forget to exercise them !

SMILES can cure a world of ills. Nothing can beat a SMILE whether your old or young.

Smiling is my favorite exercise
Author Unknown

It's TERRIFIC Tuesday! SMILE and have a terrific day everyone!

'On Ya'-ma

Monday, June 21, 2010

Chapter 6, Page 21, Book 10

Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.

Russel Baker

It is the first day of Summer today and I'm sure it is the favorite season of the year for me. I loved Spring because the cold days of Winter were over, but I love Summertime the best.

The 21st of June is the longest day of the year. It is called the Summer Solstice

Everybody, let's all sing together now! It's the most wonderful time of the year! It isn't December, but it is summertime

Here are some tips for enjoying summer to its fullest

Downshift your rhythm into a slower pace. Don't plan too much to do and enjoy being lazy now and then.

Set up a game table on your porch, deck, or under a shady tree. We often do this when camping and all ages enjoy it.

Select a day to visit your town as if for the first time. Our town has a square with a fountain in the middle of it and also a beautiful park.

When the weather heats up the importance of hydration cannot be overstressed. Drink plenty of water, and switch to sports drinks if you'll be working or exercising in the heat for a long stretch. I think there is nothing quite so refreshing as a glass of Lemon Mint tea.

1 c. boiling water
1 peppermint tea bag
1 (3") stick cinnamon
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. lemon juice
Fresh mint sprig

Pour boiling water over tea bag and cinnamon stick; cover and let steep 5 minutes. Remove and discard tea bag and cinnamon stick. Add sugar and lemon juice, stirring until sugar dissolves. Serve hot or over ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint. Yield: 1 cup

Then followed that beautiful season... Summer....
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Have a Merry Monday everyone!

'On Ya'-ma

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Chapter 6, Page 20, Book 10

Remember the two places you are always welcome - church and Grandma's house.

Today is the day I always rest. Not that I haven't been doing a lot of that anyway. I'll attend church and then spend some time enjoying the beautiful weather we are having. They say we'll be having a great day weather wise and we've had a rain free weekend for a change.

It's Father's Day here in the USA and it's going to be great weather for any outdoor celebrations. This special day for Dads is observed on the third Sunday in June and was first celebrated on June 19, 1910 in Spokane, Washington.

I read that we all are absolutely unique. We are the product of 23 chromosomes from our mothers and 23 chromosomes from our fathers, and geneticists say that the odds of our parents having another child like us are one in 10 to the two-billionth power. The combination of attributes that constitutes us will never be duplicated.

I have some great sons that are fathers. Each and every one is unique but they share one thing in common and that is they are great dads. I hope this day is a special one for each of them. I often think they are a tribute to their dad who showed them just how to be a good Dad. I think they learned the lesson well.
He didn't tell them about how to be a Dad but by being who he was they learned .

I hope your Sunday is full of that great R & R that renews and refreshes.

As always you all are in my thoughts and prayers

'On Ya' - ma