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

Author Unknown

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Chapter 8, Page 30, Book 10

It's TERRIFIC Tuesday!

Have you noticed that personal privacy has gone the way of the 10-cent cup of coffee. Drive to the grocery store, walk into the bank, stroll the mall and you’ve been on countless video cameras. Try to slide through on a yellow traffic light where there’s a traffic camera and a ticket with a hefty fine will be in your mail in short order.

I happened to be waiting to check out some items in a store the other day when the lady in front of me asked me if I was Pam... I didn't recognize her, but said yes, that is who I am. She said you were the person who trained me for the job at the switchboard years ago.

BC (before children) I did work at a switchboard. That is now almost 40 years ago, but this lady recognized me. Not only did she know who I was, but also knew what I'd been doing since then and knew where I used to live at.

I was amazed. To think that someone I didn't even recognize, much less think about in all those years, knew so much about me was almost unnerving. It turns out that she has a neighbor who also knows me and I guess that is where she'd gotten her information.

I guess that is proof that I live a life that is like an open book with no secrets to be had. She also knew somethings about my children and they are good kids so I'm glad of that too.

It's true, that we just never know who is watching us to see what happens in our lives.

Today finds me still waiting for the birth of my newest grandchild. DDIL#5 has been admitted and will be giving birth some time this morning. I'm waiting for the phone to ring.

This Tuesday will be a VERY TERRIFIC one!

'On Ya'-ma

Monday, August 30, 2010

Chapter 8, Page 30, Book 10

Happiness is a small house, with a big kitchen.

Alfred Hitchcock

Most of the time when I'm at home, I'm in my kitchen. It really isn't large but it's one of my favorite rooms in my house.

I was blessed with some sons that took the time to redo it for me a few years ago. Their wives even organized the cupboards and drawers in it for me. I've managed to keep things where they belong so it's still very organized.

It's really the only place in my house where I can find what I'm looking for all the time. I used to have a dishwasher but when it died I never replaced it. What I gained was extra cupboard space and also counter top space. So that is where I set up my laptop.

I also have a little TV that hangs from under the cupboard, so I can watch the news when I want to. It also lets me play CDs, watch movies if I want and has a place to plug in my Ipod. I can set the Ipod to display the pictures I've downloaded into it so they flash on the TV screen too.

Last year I purchased a new fridge. It has an ice maker in it and any time I want I get cubes or cold water. All I have to do is press a button. Of course the kitchen is where my coffee pot is too. I have one of those nice ones with a timer. So if I set it before going to bed, I have coffee ready when I wake up in the morning.

The kitchen is just large enough that I have a table and 4 chairs in the middle of it. That's nice for having breakfast, or even doing some of my craft projects. My kitchen has the best lighting in the whole house so when I'm painting something that is very important.
I do have a craft room (my studio) where everything is stored, but the lighting just isn't as good there.

It's no wonder I love my kitchen.

Did you ever notice when you have people visiting, that the kitchen is usually a favorite place to gather too. Kitchens are a warm and welcoming space. What would we do without them?

Whoever is happy will make others happy, too

Mark Twain

I'm enjoying my space this morning with my good cup of coffee. It's 'MERRY' Monday so what better way to celebrate it than to be in my favorite room of the house.

I hope your Monday is a MERRY one too!
'On Ya'-ma

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Chapter 8, Page 29, Book 10

Work with what you’ve got.

As this past week was a little busier than what I've been used to this summer, I'm ready for my day of R & R this Sunday.

I really noticed how laid back and easy my life has become when I visited my son's house for two days. He had asked that I care for their son when he had to go in for a hernia repair. Babies are full of energy and only when they are sleeping do they stop doing.

I love the chances I have to help out, but I do feel the effects of it too. I could only stay a few days but even at that, my energy level was zapped. I'm just thankful that I could do what I could.

I'm not old compared to some but I am older than I used to be and won't be getting any younger for sure.

The drive there and back took more energy than I wanted to give. Traveling on high speed roads with lots of traffic is not my cup of tea at all. If they lived any further away than they do, I'd likely not be able to do it at all.

It's too bad that for the most part, my children live far away.

So here I am resting on this Sunday and am appreciating it too. I can only do what I can do and with what I have....

Part of my Sunday rest is always a precious hour spent in church. It renews me more than I can say. As always you all will be in my thoughts and in my prayers today. Praying is one thing I can still do and that I'll always have the energy for.

I hope your Sunday includes some of that wonderful R and R too.

'On Ya'-ma

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Chapter 8, Page 28, Book 10

You gave me words of kindness
tied with a ribbon of gold,
hearing them was important
to heal my heart and soul.

Your gift of words made a difference
when I was down and blue,
questioning why I bother,
doing what I do.

Life can be a challenge
sometimes it seems unfair,
but when I was tired and struggling
it helped that you were there.

What can I give you in return
your friendship is so dear,
please know if you ever need me
I will always be here.

Kind words and time are needed
by people everywhere,
when wrapped with a smile or a hug
they're a gift that says I CARE!

Author Unknown

For almost 7 years now I've been journaling/blogging. I started this blog in July of 2005 and was journaling on AOL for a good while before that. I always kept a handwritten journal before, but I don't bother to do that any more.

Sometimes, I write about family events and other times I just write about a topic that seems meaningful to my life. Whatever I put down each day is something that pertains to What is New at My House... I had hoped to be better at keeping connected with my family when I started. With so many of them far from home it was easier writing things down each day than to try and remember what had happened since the last time I talked to them.

None of the people that comment on my blog are family members. Some seem like it though. I've met a wonderful world of new friends and I sure do appreciate them. So today I'm just doing a little 'THANK YOU' note to all who take the time to comment. Your kind words are appreciated.

I do hope all you do have a SUPER Saturday.

'On Ya'-ma

Friday, August 27, 2010

Chapter 8, Page 27, Book 10

A Fable for this Friday
An Ant nimbly running about in the sunshine in search of food
came across a Chrysalis that was very near its time of change.
The Chrysalis moved its tail, and thus attracted the attention
of the Ant, who then saw for the first time that it was alive.
"Poor, pitiable animal!" cried the Ant disdainfully.
"What a sad fate is yours! While I can run hither and thither,
at my pleasure, and, if I wish, ascend the tallest
tree, you lie imprisoned here in your shell, with power
only to move a joint or two of your scaly tail."
The Chrysalis heard all this, but did not try to make any reply.
A few days after, when the Ant passed that way again, nothing
but the shell remained. Wondering what had
become of its contents, he felt himself suddenly
shaded and fanned by the gorgeous wings of a
beautiful Butterfly. "Behold in me," said
the Butterfly, "your much-pitied friend!
Boast now of your powers to run and climb as long
as you can get me to listen." So saying, the
Butterfly rose in the air, and, borne along
and aloft on the summer breeze, was soon
lost to the sight of the Ant forever.

Appearances are deceptive.

When the eyes say one thing and the tongue another, the practiced person relies on the language of the first

Ralph Waldo Emerson

As wonderful as feel that life is, sometimes appearances are misleading as we look at others, and appearances are misleading as we look at ourselves

The shimmering surface of a lake, glowing in the evening sun, may inspire us with its beauty. Yet, hidden beneath its surface may be an ugly blanket of toxic sludge. On the other hand, the ocean surface that is marred by unsightly patches of oil spilled by a tanker, may conceal within its depths animal life of great beauty.

No, things are not always what they appear to be. Although we must avoid misjudging others, we must be equally vigilant in avoiding being misled by others

We look at the outside and jump to a conclusion about what’s inside. I hate to admit this, but more than once, I have used the external appearance of another person as my compass, pointing me in a completely erroneous direction as I made a snap judgment about a certain individual

We all have our yardsticks, the measures we use to judge others. When you hear stories, be wise. Be careful, lest you jump to a confusion.
There are times, people are more interested in correcting their image than they are in correcting themselves. Just because someone or something looks good doesn't mean that it is.

I have always thought that I won't judge others, because I don't want them to judge me. What goes around also comes around. There is a quote I read that says when we judge people we don't have time to love them

We really just have to be careful and watchful in order to discern what is good and what isn't. We can stand up for what we know is right and righteous. That is far better than downgrading what is wrong in my opinion

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.
Dr. Seuss

Thanks to all of you for prayers and best wishes for my son too. His surgery did go just fine yesterday and he should be returning home today.
Praise the Lord.

Have a WONDERFUL Friday everyone!

'On Ya'-ma

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Chapter 8, Page 26, Book 10

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for


Too often we get in the habit of wanting more and more. I try to just be thankful for what I have. When we think about what we have to be thankful for it makes us forget about wanting more things.

This week I've got a long list of things to be THANKFUL for as usual. The dear Lord sure does send many blessings my way and for that I'm truly THANKFUL.

For family, friends, my home, my car and safe travels

For my health and that of my family

For the cooler temps we have enjoyed for a few days this week

For my patio and my rocker, where I spend many restful moments

For the blessing of summer days and the memories of them that will linger and carry me through the cold days of winter

For the good wishes and prayers of family and friends that help in times of need

For the internet and the blessings of pictures sent that brighten my day like rays of sunshine

For good teachers and schools

For good doctors and medical facilities

I am so very thankful

I hope your Thursday is one you can be THANKFUL for too!

'On Ya'-ma

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Chapter 8, Page 25, Book 10

Try, try again!

Perseverance overcomes almost everything. When you fall, perseverance tells you to get up. When you’re defeated, perseverance tells you to try again. When you feel like quitting, perseverance doesn’t let you.

It's WONDERFUL Wednesday and here I am trying again to make this day one that can be the best I know how.

This week instead of camping, I'm going to spend a few days at DS#6's. I'm baby sitting while he has what we hope is minor surgery. His wife wants to be at the hospital with him so I get the pleasure of staying with our little LUCKY guy.

You know I don't like driving much but I do love to be with my children and grandchildren so off I'll be going. If there is one of them that needs my help, there is just no way that this grand'ma' would ever say no.

Of course my nice little lap top goes with me so as always I'll make my entries no matter where I am. Home or there or camping it really makes no difference. Most of the time I sure do wish they all lived closer for sure.

Here at home we are all on pins and needles waiting for grand'babe' # 14 to come. DS#5 says the doctor will probably be making a decision on that Monday. could be that babe will be born Monday too. Depends on what the doctor decides to do.

It sure gets exciting around my house at times. I prefer the ordinary quiet days with little of nothing going on but when you have had 7 children, that is just not possible.

Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment

Oprah Winfrey

I hope you all have a WONDERFUL Wednesday!

'On Ya' - ma

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Chapter 8, Page 24, Book 10


The only preparation for tomorrow is the right use of today

When we live in future and do not enjoy each day, we find we've wasted a day in which we could have found many joys. I still make plans for the future. It's important to do that, but I don't put off something I can enjoy today because of it either.

There is just no time like the present moment. It took some really hard lessons in my life to learn that, but I did.
We need to make a choice in how we are going to live, how we are going to respond to pressure and how we are going to protect ourselves from things that could rob us from the real joy in living.
One of the beautiful parts of aging has been my ability to let go. I look back and realize how much time I have spent over the years working so hard to be someone I am not. I imagine that most people do that when they are younger. It no longer matters to me if what I'm wearing is in style. I go strictly for comfort these days.
I like to surround myself with people places and things that I love. A good book is always my choice when it comes to whether or not I watch TV. I read anything inspirational that I can get my hands on and have shelves of books and then I have stacks of books that don't have a shelf.
I choose to be with my children and grandchildren as often as I can because they are just about the best company I can find.
I love crafts of all kinds and find it fulfilling to make something and also very rewarding to give away what I make. There were years that I might have thought that what I made wasn't good enough to give as a gift, but then I realized that some people pay good money for something not half as nice.
Remember, each day is a gift

All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today
Dr. Robert H. Schuller.
Of course there are a lot of days that the only company I have is my own too. Today is one of them and it will be a TERRIFIC one anyway. I'll probably be doing laundry, but that too is something I like to do. The smell of fresh clean clothing and good feeling when it's done and put away is a TERRIFIC one. When you find that you can enjoy yourself doing the things you love, it's always a TERRIFIC day.
I hope your Tuesday is a TERRIFIC one too!
'On Ya'-ma

Monday, August 23, 2010

Chapter 8, Page 23, Book 10

Everyone needs their own special place

I know you all are wondering just what that picture is of. It is our picnic table umbrella with beach towels hanging from it.

After watching the grandbabes and their friends at play this past weekend I thought about how true it is. We all need a space to call our own. Someplace away from everyone that is just ours.

And this picture shows a couple of lawn chairs with another beach towel stretched over top of them

I remember well the days when my own children were small they'd put a sheet over the table then crawl underneath it calling their special place a fort.

And sometimes that place is like my Sweetheart on the blanket in the grass. She loves music so took her ipod with her and laid down there enjoying her special place.
Of course by now you all know that my special place is where I camp and I call it My Little Pace in the Woods.

It's Merry Monday here at my house. I'm enjoying my special place and am a Merry person indeed.

I hope your Monday is a Merry one too!

'On Ya' -ma

Sunday, August 22, 2010

CHAPTEr 8, Page 22, Book 10

It's R & R DAY once more.

I really enjoyed our craft yesterday with DS#1 and family and also some other camping friends so I thought I'd tell you and show you today what we did.

I'm not sure if any of you are familiar with RainSticks but that is what we made.

A rainstick is a long, hollow tube which is filled with small pebbles or beans and has small pins or thorns arranged on its inside surface. When the stick is upended, the pebbles fall to the other end of the tube, making a sound reminiscent of a rainstorm as they bounce off the pins. Rain sticks have
become very popular in the last 200 years, and are often sold to tourists.

The rainstick is believed to have been invented
in Chile or Peru, and was played in the belief that it could bring about rainstorms. It is also said that the rainstick was introduced in Mexican music in the 1960s. Rainsticks are usually made from any of several species of cactus. The cacti, which are hollow, are dried by the sun. The spines are removed, and driven back into the cactus, like nails. Pebbles or other small objects are placed inside the rainstick, and the ends are sealed off. A sound like falling water is made when the rainstick has its direction changed to a vertical position.

Since the gentle sound of rain produces a very calming effect many love to have them around when they need a way to RELAX. So this craft fits in very nicely on our day of R & R.

We also enjoyed a rather long gentle rain Saturday afternoon and evening...

First of all we took long cardboard tubes. There are not cacti to be found around here for sure. I found these inside my wrapping paper at home. So now all my wrapping paper is rolled up at home without a tube inside it.

Then we filled the insides of the tube with stripes of paper that had been folded back and forth like a fan. This takes the place of small pins or thorns.

After placing a disk of paper on one end and taping it shut we filled the tubes with 1/2 cup rice and 1/3 cup unpopped pop corn.

Then we taped disk of paper over the other end to seal it shut.

After that we decorated them using markers, paints, ribbons and pipe cleaners

When you move them up and down sideways or back and forth it really does sound like rain. Crafting is a wonderful relaxing and rewarding thing to do with children and adults too.
This morning I'm hoping to make it to church, unless the rain washed ruts in the road off the hill, in that case I'll be staying here until they can grade the road.

I'm sure that due to all the rain sticks we made, we were blessed with quite a ground soaking rain Saturday evening.

As always you all are in my Thoughts and Prayers today.

I hope your Sunday is filled with lots and lots of that good old R & R.

Rest and Relax today!

'On Ya'-ma