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

Author Unknown

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Chapter 6, Page 30, Book 12


Our Fourth of July camping weekend is in progress here.  3 of my 7 children and their families are camping with me.  A total of only 5 of my seventeen grand babes are here. DD and DS#1 and their families have campers next to mine that are permanently parked here at the campground.  DS#5 and his family pulled their camper here and are parked in what they call meadow camping.  Really it is in the center of the campground, but usually they spend most of their time here with us and then return to their camper at night.  We also have 6 grand dogs camping too.  Most of my children have dogs and these 3 are no exception.

One time when we first started camping, the entire family gathered here for a reunion of sorts.  I doubt that will ever happen again.  But it was great to have them all together in one spot.  My family has grown so large that it is probably better that I see just a few of them at a time anyway. 

It's a rainy morning here but if and when the sun comes out again it's supposed to be another hot day.  With the exception of a storm that we had yesterday evening, the weather has been extremely hot for us here.  I'm not used to the heat and may have to resort to putting my bathing suit on and squirting myself with water to keep cool when I go outdoors.  I could go to the pool, but it is a holiday weekend and it is loaded.  I like it better when there is more than standing room only when I go to the pool for a swim.

I have a water sprinkler that just may get turned on here to cool us down today.  I remember how my children used to run through it on a hot summer day.  Although things still look green, the ground is parched and very dry.  The rain last night and this morning will be a big help.

I'm thankful for a little break from the heat, but am looking forward to the sunshine coming back.  

This is a super Saturday.  It'll be filled with super food, super family time and super fun.

Hope your Saturday is a SUPER one too!

'On Ya'-ma

Friday, June 29, 2012

Chapter 6, Page 29, Book 12


It's a FANTASTIC day, a beautiful day. That kind of day that makes me want to say: 

I'm glad that I'm alive. I'm happy to be me.

Today is a great day to appreciate how fantastic you are! When you reach a goal or do someone that you are proud of, acknowledge yourself for it and say thank you…to you!  Clap yourself on the shoulder and say Wow, I did it – I really made it happen.  

I've found that celebration is a vital ingredient in boosting your life from good to fantastic.  And every Friday is my day to celebrate. I time to dance and sing and shout it out!  
Happy Friday!
Treat yourself to your favorite ice cream or something else you enjoy. Nothing is too small to celebrate.
Give yourself a round of applause.  Bravo, Bravo!  We are celebrating the end of another week and we did it!  Yes, we did it!!!

The weekend is just ahead!

Hope your Friday is a FANTASTIC one!


'On Ya'-ma

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Chapter 6, Page 28, Book 12


Just sharing some pictures with you all today.  They'll show much of what I've been thankful for this week.

This is the place where my home away from home sits.  My camper is on the left, DS#1 and his family is  in the middle and DD and her family camp on the right.  

My youngest grandson - our little X factor, after his bath this past weekend

Here he is again taking his nap

DD is such a happy Mom

This is where I spent many happy childhood summers.  It is where my grandparents lived.  Our family reunion was this past weekend and although I didn't get to go I'm thankful for all the happy memories of my days spent on their farm

This is DS#5 attempting to eat a huge burger platter a few weeks ago.  This boy loves to eat and is always up to a challenge.  

Well  he suffered some some chest pains and numbness on one side this week and wound up in the hospital.  It turns out he has a very high cholesterol level and was ok, no heart problems, but is now on medication and I'm thankful for that.

I've been blessed to have been able to spend some extended time here at my camper in the woods and have had some very relaxing days.  

Today we are going to get very hot they say.  Very close to 100 degrees .  I'm thankful my camper has air conditioning (hopefully it will work)  and that we are surrounded by some big shade trees too.

I've lots to be thankful for this Thursday.  I hope your week was one you could be thankful for too.

'On Ya'-ma

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Chapter 6, Page 27, Book 12

Even a woodpecker owes his success to the fact that he uses his head.

WONDERFUL Wednesday/ wonderful hearts

When it comes to making decisions, do you use your heart, your head or your gut?

Most of the time I think we need to operate from our heads intellectually, from our hearts emotionally, and from our guts intuitively.  It takes all three to make wise choices.

Too many times we go at things using our hearts but not our heads,  Then there are other times the head knowledge is there but we don't really have it in our hearts to follow through.

We have all been advised to follow our hearts, to remember our heads, and to listen to our guts. But when our hearts are breaking, our heads are aching, and our stomachs are tied up in knots, how do we know which body parts to overlook and which ones to trust?

The heart represents the most capricious and passionate part of the human body.  It tells us to leap without the fear of falling and to love without the fear of losing. 

Using our heads can give us stability and balance, our heads keep us on the straight and narrow path

Good or bad, our guts tell us when we shouldn’t try something new.
Although all of our body parts have their downsides, together they usually can come to a good solid conclusion

In today's society we sometimes forget to balance our hearts and our heads; this is the reason we stop laughing.

Yakov Smirnoff

When we live in our heads we over think, we easily tire, we literally feel our minds buzzing with distractions.  We feel mentally, spiritually, and emotionally cluttered.  Living in our heads is heavy, burdensome, and tiring.

To live from our hearts, we feel connected to God, to ourselves, and to others.  We feel passion and love.  We enjoy the moment.  We’re serene and happy.

If we follow our hearts we won't need to follow anyone else's instructions.
I guess it boils down to the fact that we all need to follow our hearts but remember to take our brains along.  It's ok to follow our hearts as long as we know where our hearts are headed to.

Before we set our hearts too much on anything, let us examine how happy are those who already possess it.  

Fran├žois Duc de La Rochefoucauld

Have a WONDERFUL Wednesday everyone!

'On Ya' - ma

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Chapter 6, Page 26, Book 12

What is wrong with this sentence?

Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see

Martin Luther King, Jr

are the long lines all parallel ?


The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light; but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be in darkness.

Matthew 6:22-23

Today we are a people whose eyes are constantly bombarded with images from television, the Internet, billboards, and movies. Because we are subjected to so much visual clut­ter and temptation, we need to be doubly alert to the effect that these images have on our hearts.

A 2010 survey showed that on average, Americans spent 2.7 hours a day watching television, and a 2011 survey showed that Americans spent an average of thirty hours online a month. That’s a lot of time! 

What do you see?

Many times these outside factors push against us, but we can get beyond them if we are willing.  If we are willing we can bring our vision to new heights.  

The next time you read a newspaper, open Facebook, watch the news, click on a tweet or ask for advice, try paying attention to what gets your attention.
It is probably either something novel, pleasureable or to do with your survival.

Once Upon a Time
There was once a man who was being chased by a ferocious tiger across a field.
At the edge of the field there was a cliff.
In order to escape the jaws of the tiger, the man caught hold of a vine and swung himself over the edge of the cliff.
Dangling down, he saw, to his dismay, there were more tigers on the ground below him! And, furthermore, two little mice were gnawing on the vine to which he clung. He knew that at any moment he would fall to certain death.
That’s when he noticed a wild strawberry growing on the cliff wall. Clutching the vine with one hand, he plucked the strawberry with the other and put it in his mouth.
He never before realized how sweet a strawberry could taste.
We only will ever see a fraction of what is actually available to us.  Some see more and some see less.

That is my two for this Tuesday.  We may have our sight, but really seeing is another thing all together. 

Have a TERRIFIC Tuesday everyone.  

'On Ya' -ma

Monday, June 25, 2012

Chapter 6, Page 25, Book 12

The Grumble Family

There is a family nobody likes to meet,
They live, it is said, on Complaining street
In the city of Never-Are-Satisfied
The River of Discontent beside.

The growl at that, and they growl at this;
Whatever comes, there is something amiss;
And whether their station be high or humble
They are known by the name of Grumble.

The weather is always too hot or too cold,
Summer and winter alike they scold;
Nothing goes right with the folks you meet
Down on the gloomy Complaining Street.

And the worst thing is that is anyone stays
Among them too long, he will learn their ways,
And before he dreams of the terrible jumble
He's adopted into the family of Grumble.

So it is wisest to keep our feet
From wandering into Grumbling Street
And never to growl whatever we do
Lest we be mistaken for Grumblers too.


The older we get, the more we realize that the choice to be happy or unhappy is our own.  Even though we experience down days, remember that melancholy moments can bring great wisdom if we think them through.

But, the truth is that you always have a choice. To remain stuck in the bad moments or to rise above them and be happy for the sake of being happy.  We can choose to feel joyful even when things aren't the way we wish they were
We can be grateful for what life brings our way or we can grumble about it.  When we hold on to things, circumstances and problems, it stops us from enjoying what is here right now, right in front of us that might just be a happy moment if we take the time to see it.
I try to welcome every moment and accept what it offers. Even the bad moments have value, but I'm not going to hold on to it and make it more than it is.  It's only a moment and there are many more to come.

Kaleidoscopes are neat toys.  You put your eye to the scope and are able to turn the base to many different shapes and colors.  It's different for every person who looks.  Much like a kaleidoscope, we sometimes experience many different moments in one day.  I like to think that when this day ends, it will have been a happy one. 

Even in bad situations we can maintain a good attitude.  I heard someone call it an faith attitude.  Having faith that everything will work out for the good.

Have a MERRY Monday everyone!

'On Ya'-ma

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Chapter 6, Page 24, Book 12

Starting this Sunday off with a little story for you...

A man at an airport was worried about missing his plane. He had no wristwatch, and he couldn't locate a clock, so he hurried up to a stranger and said, Excuse me, could you tell me the time, please? The stranger smiled and said, Sure. He set down the two large suitcases he was carrying and looked at his wristwatch. It is 6:08, the temperature is 75. The barometric pressure is 30.19 and falling. Rain is predicted. In Madrid, the sky is clear. The temperature is 40 degrees Celsius. In Istanbul, the weather is sultry and the moon full. Your watch tells you all that? the man interrupted. Oh, yes...and much more, said the stranger. You see, I invented this watch, and there is no other timepiece like it in the world!

I want to buy that watch! said the man. I'll pay you $2,000 for it right now!  No, it's not for sale, said the stranger as he picked up his suitcases. Wait! $4,000. I'll pay you $4,000 cash, offered the man, reaching for his wallet.  No, I can't, said the stranger. You see, it has great sentimental value for me. 

O.K. listen, said the man. I'll give you $10,000. I've got the money right here. The stranger paused. $10,000? Well, O.K. It's yours for $10,000. The man was absolutely elated. He paid the stranger,took the watch, and snapped it on his wrist with glee, and said, Thanks, as he turned to leave. 
Wait, said the stranger. With a big smile, he handed the two heavy suitcases to the man and added, Don't forget the batteries.

This is the continual temptation that haunts us , is it not? That we will forget the batteries...that we will forget the source of our power. That we will leave behind what is an essential tool in life.  Little stories, illustrations and vignettes like this one, all tend to crack the door to just a little more understanding.

Each Sunday I try to remind you all to recharge your batteries!  Take some time off to just simply rest and relax.

With out fully charged batteries nothing we do is going to work very well at all.

Fully charged and ready for the new week ahead we'll be the best we can be.

Have a wonderful day filled with that great R and R!

'On Ya'-ma

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Chapter 6, Page 23, Book 12

The Mice in Council
A Fable by Aesop 

A cat was chasing all the mice and killing those she caught. The mice called a great meeting to try to think of some way of making themselves safe from the cat. The meeting lasted quite a while. Many ideas were put forward by the mice at the council but none of them seemed any good. Finally one bright young mouse stepped forward. I've got it! he said excitedly. The reason why the cat catches so many of us is that we don't hear her coming. What we need is something to warn us of the cat's approach. I know what to do. We must tie a bell around the cat's neck. That way, every time the cat comes near us, we will hear the bell tinkling and have time to hide.  What a good idea, squeaked the other mice. Well done! You have solved all our problems. All we have to do is find a bell and tie it round the cat's neck.

The other mice started to cheer and squeal excitedly, but then an old and very wise mouse who had taken no part in the meeting so far spoke up from a corner.  Just a minute, he said. It may be a good idea, but tell me this. Is anyone here willing to risk their life by going up to the cat and putting the bell around her neck?" No one answered. In a moment all the mice had left the meeting and the room was empty. No one was prepared to put the bell on the cat.

Moral to the story:  It's no point having bright ideas unless we are willing to put them into practice!


I've seen it happen time and time again...someone has a great idea that everyone agrees with but no one wants to do.  Sometimes we even start to put it into practice but very soon go back to doing things the same old way.  We don't need to be held prisoner like the mice were by the old way of doing things. Doing something in a new way always seems to brighten my day

I've been super busy here at my house for over a month now, and I'm finding it very hard to get motivated right now to do anything at all.  My company has gone home and the house needs some attention, but truly I don't want to do much of anything.  I guess I need some rest.  

I couldn't even get motivated to go to my camper until this weekend.  It's been hot and I figured if I had to live in the air conditioning I would be better off staying at home. We've been experiencing a heat wave here in northern Ohio.  After a nice rain it has turned cooler and  I'm hoping I have a little more energy and will make it there for an extended time and hope to enjoy a long 4th of July weekend with some of my family.

Moral to my story:  Staying at home and resting is sometimes a good thing.  We often need to remember that we should pay attention to the probable, but never loose sight of the possible.

I hope that what ever you are doing this Saturday, it will be a SUPER day for you.  

As for me, I'm sitting here sipping the good coffee and enjoying it!

'On Ya'-ma

Friday, June 22, 2012

Chapter 6, Page 22, Book 12

When somebody loves you 
It's no good unless he loves you
All the way 
Happy to be near you
When you need someone to cheer you,
All the way.

 Sammy Cahn

FANTASTIC Friday / Living all the way

Dost thou love life? Then waste not time; for time is the stuff that life is made of. 

Benjamin Franklin

Live Life All The Way And Treasure Every Moment. 

 Live life to the fullest with no regrets and don't take the little things for granted because those little things can often be the best things in our life.

I've found that one of the best ways to enjoy life is to be happy with what I have.

So much time is wasted on worry and anger.  Those things just don't have a place in my life anymore.

They say time is money, but that is not true.  Time is life .  If you want the fullest life, you need to life life all the way.

When you live fully in the are living life at its fullest!

I won't waste a moment of my life.  It's Fantastic Friday!

Hope your Friday is a fantastic one too!

'On Ya'-ma

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Chapter 6, Page 21, Book 12

Count your blessings.
Once you realize how valuable you are
and how much you have going for you,
the smiles will return, 
the sun will break out,the music will play, 
and you will finally be able to move forward
with the life that God intended for you with 
grace, strength, courage, and confidence.

Og Mandino

THANKFUL  Thursday 

Do you take stock each day of the who, what, and how of your fabulous life? Many of us can agree that we've found our lives to actually not be so fabulous at times; but in looking at the bigger picture, there's probably plenty that we can be grateful for.  

Unfortunately, I think we live in a world where some people just expect certain things and never take the time to be appreciative when they get them; or worse, they never take the time to be appreciative in general. The importance of appreciation is often overlooked. Some people don’t ever feel appreciated themselves; and therefore, they have a hard time helping others feel appreciated.

Gratitude for a healthy body and mind is something we are often reminded of when we are exposed to another person who is not as fortunate. Remember that whatever physical aliments you might be dealing with, someone, somewhere is probably fighting a similar or worse battle than you. When we are feeling bad, mentally, physically, or emotionally, it is a great time to get in the habit of making a mental list of all we have to be grateful for. 

Taking the time to appreciate one another or ourselves daily has the power to transform our relationships.  When we feel appreciated and accepted we feel more motivated, secure, lighter and inspired.  Love gives us the power to do better and stand taller.

We all experience and influence each other.  It is my hope that we can take the time to appreciate one another, hold each other up and help each other out.  Gratitude is good for all, especially you!

Like a waterfall, God's blessings and grace flow over us.  Over time, these gifts change our hearts.  Instead of walking gingerly through each day hoping nothing bad happens, we find ourselves walking in confidence and even joy.

I'm taking the time today to appreciate and show gratitude for all the people in my life today.  I love you all and wish you only the very best. 
I am thankful for all of you !

'On Ya'-ma