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

Author Unknown

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Chapter 6, Page 30, Book 11

Rejoice and be Glad in the Day

Thankful Thursday!

It's important to be appreciative of the little things so that you can enjoy life to the fullest. If the bad news in life begins to weigh you down, you will always tip the scales in your favor when you begin to count your blessings.

This week ... I'm thankful for those I love, for the nurturing family I have

for yesterday's memories as they are there to enlighten me

for beautiful sunrises and sunsets, they mean I've enjoyed the gift of another day

for the good health I have and that of my family too

for the good advice I've received and will now follow

for the battles I've lost as they were precious lessons

for the wonderful SMILES I receive each day

for life rediscovered through the eyes of my children and grand children

for the renewed energy that summer brings

I am thankful for every single second I have, for this is all any of us really have.

For these and all my many blessings I am so truly thankful.

I hope your Thursday is one in which you can be THANKFUL too.

'On Ya'-ma

Thursday resolution: Be content with what God gives you. Be discontent with what you give God

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Chapter 6, Page 29, Book 11

Wonderful Wednesday. Wonderful advice

WONDERFUL ways to start your day

Greet each new day thinking how great it is to be alive

Start each day with a SMILE

I think if you start the day with good thoughts, then you are most likely SMILING anyway. I am not sick or dying at all right now, and I'm determined to remind myself how good life is! If you've ever been really sick or have to care for someone that is you'll know what I'm talking about.

You have no idea where you will be in a year. You may become ill or suffer some financial setback. Someone you love dearly may be gone. Accepting these potential realities can and ought to give you much more appreciation for everything you have right now.

There will always be death and taxes; however, death doesn't get worse every year

Wednesdays signify the middle of the week. The bulk of our work will be done as of today and then sliding into weekend will be much easier.

No matter if you're home or at work someplace else, there are always things to be done.

How we spend our days is, of course,
how we spend our lives.

A great way to improve each day is to say hello and smile to the first five people you see no matter when or who they are. You can be in your car, walking to work, at work, at home looking out your window or your family, it doesn’t matter. If you smile and say hello to those first people you see every single day, you definitely start the day off better feeling happier and more positive. Its physically impossible to smile without affecting your mindset

The world always looks brighter from behind a smile.

Author Unknown

And to finish your day out right its good to just take 1-2 minutes right before bed to make a point form list of 5 positive or good things you say, did, heard or experienced that day. Simple things that made you feel better or that you noticed others doing. Just jot them down and go to bed. Its a great technique to help you focus on the pleasant things you experience and helps you to realize everything to be appreciative for in life.

I've started my day off the best way I know how to do. It'll be a WONDERFUL Wednesday here at my house, I hope you find some wonderful things in your day to make your heart glad!

And to see my list of good things this week make sure you check in tomorrow for THANKFUL Thursday.

'On Ya'-ma

Wednesday resolution: I've got nothing to do today but SMILE.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Chapter 6, Page 28, Book 11

If Friends Were Flowers
I'd Pick You!


We have lots blooming in our flower garden here at my house. My all time favorite is my rose bush that blooms continually until the frosts of November finally freeze it out. It has grown in leaps and bounds and continues to delight me every day.

The day lilies are blooming and the sweet peas have climbed the trellis once more in the back of the house and are blooming! The little hummers just love them. And not to be forgotten are the delicate little coral bells are blooming too.

If you remember my giant mum plants from last fall you'll be interested to know they wintered over in my garage and have grown quite a bit. I keep pinching them off so they won't bloom until hopefully late September or early October. The Rose of Sharon bushes are full of buds too, so I imagine it won't be long until they are blooming.
We do have lots of perennials here and few annuals. That saves us a lot of time and money and gives lots of enjoyment throughout the growing season. That season is usually April through late October. Depends on the frosts.

Garden tip: When you plant flowers a good rule of thumb is to plant 3 or more of each variety in a clump. Perennials usually show up best when planted in clumps or groups of plants of the same variety.

June is going by in a mad flurry. I think for the most part it's been a good month so far for me. If the summer continues to fly by as fast as June has I should be approaching 80 before my next birthday.

Friends are like flowers each unique in their own way, put them all together what a wonderful bouquet.

Friends are like flowers they do brighten your day.

They grow, bloom, and die. Not all friends can be your friend forever, They always change in someway

Just like my flower garden, my garden of friends has grown larger in my lifetime. Some I've nurtured from seedings to form unbreakable roots, some are new and will need some tender nurturing in order for our friendship to last.

In the language of flowers, the vibrant zinnia symbolizes absent friends, lasting affection and daily remembrance. Some of our most exciting moments in life come when we take on opportunities to move to new homes, new neighborhoods, new cities and new states. Saying goodbye to trusted friends, however, can be difficult. Don't forget the ones who knew you when

Our fondest memories often involve people we knew as children and loved like siblings. Dressing up dolls, jumping rope, playing hopscotch were the joys best experienced with friends. Hyacinths represent games, frivolity and playful joy. Do you still have hyacinths in your garden? Let your oldest friends know that you remember and value that playful joy you shared.

In a stressful work environment is there anything more valuable than a good friend? Often, we spend more time with the people in our workplaces than with other friends in our social lives. Petunias say your presence soothes me. Show thanks to your work friends for being in your corner. Petunias may be small, but their soothing presence can mean the world

Wisteria flowers represent a willingness to welcome spontaneity into your life. It's always good to have some growing. It's not always easy to make new friends when we become adults, sometimes we have to seek them out. Look for opportunities to let new friends and acquaintances introduce you to new experiences.

It takes a long time to grow an old friend.

John Leonard

That is my 2 for this TERRIFIC Tuesday. Flowers and friendships. 2 beautiful things in my life!

Have a TERRIFIC Tuesday everyone!

'On Ya'-ma

Tuesday resolution: Take some photos so you know summer wasn't a figment of your imagination

Monday, June 27, 2011

Chapter 6, Page 27, Book 11

Looking forward to things is half the pleasure of them.

Lucy Maud Montgomery


Here we are with a new week ahead of us again. I always love new beginnings. Last week is over and done with and today I'm starting off fresh. Today with all it's possibilities is a clean slate and what I do determines whether it'll be a good one or not.

Mondays tend to be my planning day of the week. I like to take some time to think about what I need get done and then prioritize what I'll do first. I always keep in mind that what I plan rarely happens so I've learned to be very flexible too.

When I draw up my daily lists of tasks I refuse to see it as stuff I have to get done. When I did that in the past, I’d feel a sense of dissatisfaction at the end of the day when I didn’t have everything ticked off, despite the fact that I knew when I wrote it, it was highly unlikely I’d get to everything. Now I write a THINGS I COULD DO list.

My computer has a calendar on it and I list everything I hope to get done this week on it. Things like laundry, dusting, vacuuming, cleaning out the book shelves, getting items ready for the 4th of July camping, preparing some things ahead for the weekend and last but not least I'm finally going to be able to get a hair cut on Friday.

I have planned things I want to do for the weekend ahead but I really don't know at this point if I'm going to the camper or not. Meanwhile I'll make my plans and then see what happens. It's better to be prepared than not.

Last week I planned to get out for a morning walk each day and there was not one morning when it was not raining or threatening to rain so that didn't happen. What I found myself doing was not half as much fun so this week I'm planning some things that will be more productive. It's always important to dangle a carrot or two to make your work more fun.

I hope your Monday is a MERRY one there at your house. It'll be a happy one for me as I work towards the weekend.

'On Ya'-ma

Monday's resolution: No matter what the weather, bring your own sunshine.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Chapter 6, Page 26, Book 11

R and R Sunday

The value of rest and relaxation

According to a Greek legend, in ancient Athens a man noticed the great storyteller Aesop playing childish games with some little boys. He laughed and jeered at Aesop, asking him why he wasted his time in such frivolous activity.

Aesop responded by picking up a bow, loosening its string, and placing it on the ground. Then he said to the critical Athenian, Now, answer the riddle, if you can. Tell us what the unstrung bow implies.

The man looked at it for several moments but had no idea what point Aesop was trying to make. The moralist explained, If you keep a bow always bent, it will break eventually; but if you let it go slack, it will be more fit for use when you want it.

So it is with us. Our minds and bodies are like the bow. When constantly under pressures of everyday life, we can eventually break. We need to loosen up; we need time to take the pressure off and relax.
Make time for play and do the things you like to do. Whatever your age, your inner child needs re-creation.
Let go. Nothing is usually the hardest thing to do - but often it is the best.
Slow down; God is still in heaven. You are not responsible for doing it all yourself, right now.

I do hope your Sunday is one that is filled with that wonderful R and R that we all need so much! You all are in my thoughts and prayers as always!

'On Ya'-ma

Sunday resolution: To be your best, make sure you change your pace

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Chapter 6, Page 25, Book 11

Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn't stop to enjoy it.

William Feather


Frequently in our lives, perhaps everyday, we encounter red flags warning us of potential problems or accidents. We may not always recognize the signs. For most of us, our intuition runs on autopilot. We don't even think about it until it pops up a red flag

Red flags often come in the form of feelings urging us to pause for a moment, listen to our intuition, and reconsider. We may even experience a bad feeling in our bellies. This is a red flag letting us know that there may be a problem. Most of us walk around in a mental fog. We have so much on our minds on a daily basis, it's no wonder we miss intuitive impressions much of the time. But they can mean the difference between life and death, or security and danger, or smart decisions and foolish ones.

We may try to ignore the red flags waving our way, dismissing our unease as illogical. Yet it is always in our best interest to pay attention to them. Your intuition is your quiet inner voice. It helps you make decisions, gives you direction and acts as your guide.

As we accumulate knowledge, we begin to recognize patterns. Our brain unconsciously organizes these patterns into blocks of information then stores these clusters of knowledge in your long-term memory. When we see a tiny detail of a familiar design, we instantly recognize the larger composition, and that's what we regard as a flash of intuition.

Red flags are intended with our best interests at heart. No harm can ever come from stopping long enough to heed a red flag. Pay attention to any red flags that pop up. I like to think as my intuition as my guardian angel sending me an important message or thought.

I try to be positive and optimistic and often give myself the gift of some quiet time so that my intuition can do what it is supposed to do. To make better choices in what I do and say. I know that giving myself some space and time, the answers come to be without work.

Today is going to be another one of those quiet days here and it will be a SUPER one. I hope you all have a SUPER Saturday too.

'On Ya'-ma

Saturday resolution: pray for joy on the journey, wherever it leads

Friday, June 24, 2011

Chapter 6, Page 24, Book 11

Even worse than raining cats and dogs is hailing taxicabs


Many everyday events are unavoidable and beyond our power to control. Things like taxes you can complain about, but that doesn’t make them go away. Traffic jams happen, especially, it seems, when you’re running late. Bad haircuts are a part of life and happen to all of us.

Circumstances will present themselves as roadblocks, but if you want it badly enough, you will triumph. It seems that all winter I waited for spring and then I waited for summer and it is now here. The weather seems to bring us nothing but lots of rain. When we do get those rare and sunny days I'm very thankful but it's made a huge dent in my gratitude stash.

Speaking of dents we had some of the worst hail storms I've ever experienced too. They've even set up a special place for cars to go that have had hail damage. I'd never seen golf ball size hail till this spring. It wasn't as big as a taxi cab, but still it did a lot of damage to a lot of cars.

My road blocks to summer seem to be the fact that I don't have a car, and still don't know if I ever want one, and the weather. We can't do much about the weather and the truth is there's not much I can do about getting another car either. If I got one it won't be as nice as the one I had...but that is water under the bridge too.

I try not to let either of these circumstance get me down. I've found that when you stop stewing over uncontrollable situations, you keep the vital energy you need to maintain a healthier, happier and in-balance you.

I go when I can and I enjoy what I have. There is much to be said for being able to be contented in whatever circumstances we find ourselves in. Sooo I'm hoping to break though some of my barriers today and have a FANTASTIC FRIDAY!

I hope your day is a FANTASTIC one too!

'On Ya'-ma

Friday resolution: Beware of stretching the truth. It could snap back at you. Honesty will keep your day going right, all day long.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Chapter 6, Page 23, Book 11

Life brings you great and wonderful gifts each day. Be aware, be appreciative, and be willing to make the best use of every one.

Ralph Marston


Maybe you taught your children to say this simple mealtime prayer at the dinner table. Perhaps your parents taught it to you as your first prayer:

God is great; God is good.
Let us thank Him for our food.

That simple prayer reminds me this week about food and air, friends and work, sunshine and rain. All are blessings we did not create. It is good to recognize them as gifts and to be thankful

I think that if you believe that a God of love is with you at all times, you'll see that your life is full of good things. Today is a day when we celebrate God's generosity for giving us an abundance of blessings.
That is not to say that bad things don't happen at my house, they often do, but thankfully there is more good than bad and those are the things I think about and write about - especially on Thankful Thursday. Even the bad things are a blessing in disguise sometimes. We never know when what we thought was terrible will turn out to be a blessing.

June is more than half way over but I'd be remiss in being thankful for those that were born in my family this month. DD and DS#3 both celebrated their birthdays this past week and although I wasn't with either of them to celebrate but I sent both my good wishes. Having a large family is a blessing, but it also has it's down times when you don't see them often at all. It does make me more thankful for the times we can be together.

We remembered too, the birth of my little Pumpkin, who would have celebrated his 5th birthday this year. Such a sweet little boy who will always be remembered with love. We were blessed to have him in our lives even if it was for such a short time.

Porch swings, picnics, going to the swimming pool and walks around the hill where we camp are all amazing things that I'm thankful for. I've only been able to enjoy just a few weekends at the camper this year, but I am thankful for those.

Being literate is a gift that is too often gone unappreciated. Albeit the rates of literacy rates of the world have risen significant since the dawn of time, there are still many countries and areas where people don’t have the sufficient tools to become literate and thus are one of the underprivileged and unfortunately illiterate beings that we have on this planet. Make no mistake about it, being able to read and write is a gift and one that we can all be thankful for. I do love to read.

My health is without a doubt the one of the most important things I am thankful for. Nothing is guaranteed in life except for death and taxes and it’s surprising to me how many people take death as a negative connotation. Fearing death can actually be a good thing, for it will allow you to be thankful for your health and live each day as if it’s your last.

Siblings are so under-appreciated and we should strive to change that. In the time of need, the people that you can most count on won’t be your friends. It’ll be your siblings. They’re the ones that will stick by your side through the thick and thin. Love them and make sure you let them know that your thankful they’re in your lives.

Anything that you can survive without is luxury, so I'm grateful for the hot showers, the warm bed, the nice house, the iPod, the laptop, and all the other materialistic items that consume my life. Whether you realize it or not, we're a select few who have been blessed with these things that others don’t get to experience so be thankful for them as much as you can

For every day and in every way I am thankful for all my many blessings.

I hope your Thursday is one in which you can be THANKFUL too.

'On Ya'-ma

Thursday resolution: Reflect on the gifts and talents that God has given you. If you make others happy, you will be happier yourself.