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

Author Unknown

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Chapter 6, Page 30, Book 13

Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. 


Specially blended to beat the heat...

As most of us are sweltering in the summer heat I thought I'd share a few thoughts about snow today.  I don't like snow as I'm the one who has to shovel it in the winter time but snowflakes are beautiful.  Individual snowflakes are fragile, and they quickly melt if they land on your hand. Yet, when put together they create a force to be reckoned with. They can shut down major cities while creating beautiful landscapes of snow laden trees whose pictures decorate calendars and become the subject of artwork. They provide pleasure on the ski slopes and joy for children as they make snowmen and ammunition for snowball fights. All because they stick together.

By sticking together we can all get more done.  I know that without the help and support of my family and friends, I would be able to do half what I do.  Just like snowflakes, the people in our lives are fragile too and must be handled with care.  They might not melt like a snowflake, but they can disappear before we know it.  

Showing our appreciation for those that mean a lot to us is something that needs to be done often.  We should never miss a chance to tell those we love just how much they mean to us.  Giving a little encouragement to one who's having a tough time is always appreciated too.  

Although thinking about snow does make me feel cooler, it also makes remember just how much I really do appreciate summer.  Even though it's hot out, the highways are clear and free of ice and I don't have to wear those layers and layers of clothing in order to keep warm. 

Just like snowflakes , we can all stick together.  Togetherness is one thing I appreciate no matter what the weather.

It's sunny here but I'm keeping cool.  Hope you all are too!

We can accomplish more together than we can alone.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Chapter 5, Page 29, Book 13

Specially blended for a Summer kind of wonderful…

We've probably all heard the saying:  Will wonders never cease…I don't think they do.  Every day is a wonder to me, especially in the summertime.

I do enjoy summer and have been thinking of all the wonderful things that I am thankful for.  

The sunshine - It gives us Vitamin D which we need for our bodies and it helps our moods too and has such healing benefits

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables - Watermelon and corn on the cob never tastes as good any other time of the year.

Trees and flowers - Summer is a beautiful time of the year.  The colors of everything from the tallest tree to smallest flower are absolutely brilliant.

The Beach - While I don't get to the beach often at all, I do love it and the shores of Lake Erie are not so far away.  In the summertime, they provide a lot of fun in the sun.  I do so enjoy watching the waves roll in and out.

These are all things we don't have here any time of year.  I'm thankful for Summertime and the wonderful things it brings with it.  Remember the scent of freshly cut hayfields. take time to listen to the sound of crickets chirping beneath the steps, songbirds singing before they migrate to other regions. Hear the wind rustling the trees. Cherish the sight of a butterfly flitting through the garden, alighting on flowers. Savor the taste of cool, tart lemonade, sweet hand picked berries and farm market produce.

Sumer is wonderful, but it has an expiration date. So embrace Summer. Love it, Cherish it. Store up memories of her sweetness until she returns again. Take time to savor the wonder of summertime, quickly, today . . . before summer's lease expires.  My advice: Stop what you are doing today for a few brief moments. Just stop. Yes, today. Just take time to savor the wonders of the season before it is over. Have wonder filled wonderful Summer!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Chapter 6, Page 28, Book 13

If you have a lemon, make lemonade. 

Howard Gossage

Specially blended with lemons…

I did say that I enjoy some lemonade now and then, so today we'll be sipping lemonade here at my house instead of tea.  There are of course lemon teas that are quite delicious and I do drink them but more about that later…

It's been unusually hot here and I'm all about keeping cool here this week.  Lemons are very refreshing and thirst quenching but they have loads of other uses too.  I found this list of uses on line and cannot verify the accuracy of any of them, but they were interesting to read.

 Uses For Lemons That Will Blow Your Socks Off . . . 

Most people are familiar with the traditional uses for lemons to add some citrus flavor to our foods. However the diversity of applications for lemons far exceeds general knowledge and once you read the following list, you’ll likely want to stock at least a few lemons in your kitchen 24-7.

Freshen the Fridge
Remove refrigerator odors with ease. Dab lemon juice on a cotton ball or sponge and leave it in the fridge for several hours. Make sure to toss out any malodorous items that might be causing the bad smell. 

High Blood Pressure
Lemon contains potassium which controls high blood pressure and reduces the effect of nausea and dizziness. 

Prevent Cauliflower From Turning Brown
Cauliflower tend to turn brown with even the slightest cooking. You can make sure the white vegetables stay white by squeezing a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice on them before heating. 

Mental Health
Lemon water can also prep up your mood and relieve you from depression and stress. Long distance walkers and world travelers as well as explorers look upon the lemon as a Godsend. When fatigue begins, a lemon is sucked through a hole in the top. Quick acting medicine it is, giving almost unbelievable refreshments. 

Refresh Cutting Boards
No wonder your kitchen cutting board smells! After all, you use it to chop onions, crush garlic, and prepare fish. To get rid of the smell and help sanitize the cutting board, rub it all over with the cut side of half a lemon or wash it in undiluted juice straight from the bottle. 

Respiratory Problems
Lemon water can reduce phlegm; and can also help you breathe properly and aids a person suffering with asthma. 

Treating Arthritis and Rheumatism
Lemon is a diuretic – assists in the production of urine which helps you to reduce inflammation by flushing out toxins and bacteria while also giving you relief from arthritis and rheumatism. 

Prevents Kidney Stones
Regular consumption of the refreshing drink — or even lemon juice mixed with water — may increase the production of urinary citrate, a chemical in the urine that prevents the formation of crystals that may build up into kidney stones. 

Keep Insects Out of the Kitchen
You don’t need insecticides or ant traps to ant-proof your kitchen. Just give it the lemon treatment. First squirt some lemon juice on door thresholds and windowsills. Then squeeze lemon juice into any holes or cracks where the ants are getting in. Finally, scatter small slices of lemon peel around the outdoor entrance. The ants will get the message that they aren’t welcome. Lemons are also effective against roaches and fleas: Simply mix the juice of 4 lemons (along with the rinds) with 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water and wash your floors with it; then watch the fleas and roaches flee. They hate the smell. 

Lemon water reduces the production of free radicals which are responsible for aging skin and skin damage. Lemon water is calorie free and an antioxidant. 

 Fruit and Vegetable Wash
You never know what kind of pesticides or dirt may be lurking on the skin of your favorite fruits and vegetables. Slice your lemon and squeeze out one tablespoon of lemon juice into your spray bottle. The lemon juice is a natural disinfectant and will leave your fruits and vegetables smelling nice too. 

Deodorize Your Garbage
If your garbage is beginning to smell yucky, here’s an easy way to deodorize it: Save leftover lemon and orange peels and toss them at the base under the bag. To keep it smelling fresh, repeat once every couple of weeks. 

Keep Guacamole Green
You’ve been making guacamole all day long for the big party, and you don’t want it to turn brown on top before the guests arrive. The solution: Sprinkle a liberal amount of fresh lemon juice over it and it will stay fresh and green. The flavor of the lemon juice is a natural complement to the avocados in the guacamole. Make the fruit salad hours in advance too. Just squeeze some lemon juice onto the apple slices, and they’ll stay snowy white. 

 Purges The Blood
We consume a lot of junk food or food with a lot of preservatives and artificial flavours. This builds up a lot of toxins in the blood and body but daily consumption of lemon water helps to purify the blood. 

Make Soggy Lettuce Crisp
Don’t toss that soggy lettuce into the garbage. With the help of a little lemon juice you can toss it in a salad instead. Add the juice of half a lemon to a bowl of cold water. Then put the soggy lettuce in it and refrigerate for 1 hour. Make sure to dry the leaves completely before putting them into salads or sandwiches. 

Oral Health
Lemon juice also stops bleeding gums and reduces toothaches 

Lighten Age Spots
Why buy expensive creams when you’ve got lemon juice? To lighten liver spots or freckles, try applying lemon juice directly to the area. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then rinse your skin clean. It’s a safe and effective skin-lightening agent. 

Create Blonde Highlights
For salon-worthy highlights, add 1/4 cup lemon juice to 3/4 cup water and rinse your hair with the mixture. Then, sit in the sun until your hair dries. To maximize the effect, repeat once daily for up to a week. 

 Make a Room Scent/Humidifier
Freshen and moisturize the air in your home on dry winter days. Make your own room scent that also doubles as a humidifier. If you have a wood-burning stove, place an enameled cast-iron pot or bowl on top, fill with water, and add lemon (and/or orange) peels, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and apple skins. No wood-burning stove? Use your stovetop instead and just simmer the water periodically. 

Clean and Whiten Nails
Pamper your hands without a manicurist. Add the juice of 1/2 lemon to 1 cup warm water and soak your fingertips in the mixture for 5 minutes. After pushing back the cuticles, rub some lemon peel back and forth against the nail. 

Cleanse Your Face
Zap zits naturally by dabbing lemon juice on blackheads to draw them out during the day. You can also wash your face with lemon juice for a natural cleanse and exfoliation. Your skin should improve after several days of treatment. Lemon water is also a cooling agent, best way to beat the heat. 

Freshen Your Breath
Make an impromptu mouthwash by rinsing with lemon juice straight from the bottle. Swallow for longer-lasting fresh breath. The citric acid in the juice alters the pH level in your mouth, killing bacteria that causes bad breath. Rinse after a few minutes because long-term exposure to the acid in lemons can harm tooth enamel. 

Treat Flaky Dandruff
If itchy, scaly dandruff has you scratching your head, relief may be no farther away than your refrigerator. Just massage two tablespoons lemon juice into your scalp and rinse with water. Then stir one teaspoon lemon juice into one cup water and rinse your hair with it. Repeat daily until your dandruff disappears. 

Get Rid of Tough Stains on Marble
You probably think of marble as stone, but it is really petrified calcium (also known as old seashells). That explains why it is so porous and easily stained and damaged. Those stains can be hard to remove. If washing won’t remove a stubborn stain, try this: Cut a lemon in half, dip the exposed flesh into some table salt, and rub it vigorously on the stain. But do this only as a last resort; acid can damage marble. Rinse well. Use These Lemons To Clean – Easy and Effective 

Remove Berry Stains
It sure was fun to pick your own berries, but now your fingers are stained with berry juice that won’t come off no matter how much you scrub with soap and water. Try washing your hands with undiluted lemon juice, then wait a few minutes and wash with warm, soapy water. Repeat until your hands are stain-free. 

Soften Dry, Scaly Elbows
Itchy elbows are bad enough, but they look terrible too. For better looking (and feeling) elbows, mix baking soda and lemon juice to make an abrasive paste, then rub it into your elbows for a soothing, smoothing, and exfoliating treatment. Rinse your extremities in a mixture of equal parts lemon juice and water, then massage with olive oil and dab dry with a soft cloth. 

Lemon juice with a few teaspoons of hot tea added is the treatment of a sophisticated New York bartender, for those who suffer with hangover headaches–and from headaches due to many other causes. He converts his customers to this regime, and weans them away from drug remedies completely. 

Forget The Moth Balls
A charming French custom to keep closets free from moths is to take ripe lemons and stick them with cloves all over the skin. The heavily studded lemons slowly dry with their cloves, leaving a marvelous odor throughout the closets and rooms. 

Stomach Health
Digestive problems are the most common ailments but warm water and lime juice is the solution to most digestive problems. Lemon juice helps to purify the blood, reduces your chances of indigestion, constipation, eliminates toxins from the body, adds digestion and reduces phlegm. 

Disinfect Cuts and Scrapes
Stop bleeding and disinfect minor cuts and scraps by pouring a few drops of lemon juice directly on the cut. You can also apply the juice with a cotton ball and hold firmly in place for one minute. 

Soothe Poison Ivy Rash
You won’t need an ocean of calamine lotion the next time poison ivy comes a-creeping. Just apply lemon juice directly to the affected area to soothe itching and alleviate the rash. 

Remove Warts
You’ve tried countless remedies to banish warts and nothing seems to work. Next time, apply a dab of lemon juice directly to the wart using a cotton swab. Repeat for several days until the acids in the lemon juice dissolve the wart completely. 

37. Bleach Delicate Fabrics
Avoid additional bleach stains by swapping ordinary household chlorine bleach with lemon juice, which is milder but no less effective. Soak your delicates in a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda for at least half an hour before washing. 

Clean Tarnished Brass and Polish Chrome
Say good-bye to tarnish on brass, copper, or stainless steel. Make a paste of lemon juice and salt (or substitute baking soda or cream of tartar for the salt) and coat the affected area. Let it stay on for 5 minutes. Then wash in warm water, rinse, and polish dry. Use the same mixture to clean metal kitchen sinks too. Apply the paste, scrub gently, and rinse. Get rid of mineral deposits and polish chrome faucets and other tarnished chrome. Simply rub lemon rind over the chrome and watch it shine! Rinse well and dry with a soft cloth. 

 Replace Your Dry Cleaner
Ditch the expensive dry-cleaning bills (and harsh chemicals) with this homegrown trick. Simply scrub the stained area on shirts and blouses with equal parts lemon juice and water. Your pits will be good as new, and smell nice too. 

Boost Laundry Detergent
For more powerful cleaning action, pour 1 cup lemon juice into the washer during the wash cycle. The natural bleaching action of the juice will zap stains and remove rust and mineral discolorations from cotton T-shirts and briefs and will leave your clothes smelling fresh. Your clothes will turn out brighter and also come out smelling lemon-fresh. 

Rid Clothes of Mildew
Have you ever unpacked clothes you stored all winter and discovered some are stained with mildew? To get rid of it, make a paste of lemon juice and salt and rub it on the affected area, then dry the clothes in sunlight. Repeat the process until the stain is gone. 

Eliminate Fireplace Odor
There’s nothing cozier on a cold winter night than a warm fire burning in the fireplace unless the fire happens to smell horrible. Next time you have a fire that sends a stench into the room, try throwing a few lemon peels into the flames. Or simply burn some lemon peels along with your firewood as a preventive measure. 

Neutralize Cat-Box Odor
You don’t have to use an aerosol spray to neutralize foul-smelling cat-box odors or freshen the air in your bathroom. Just cut a couple of lemons in half. Then place them, cut side up, in a dish in the room, and the air will soon smell lemon-fresh. 

Deodorize a Humidifier
When your humidifier starts to smell funky, deodorize it with ease: Just pour 3 or 4 teaspoons lemon juice into the water. It will not only remove the off odor but will replace it with a lemon-fresh fragrance. Repeat every couple of weeks to keep the odor from returning. 

The accuracy of the above information is unknown and is being
provided for personal enjoyment only. 

 Author Unknown 

One thing I have tried that contains lemon is my lemon furniture polish.  Not that I'm not doing much of any cleaning around here this week, but it does do a wonderful job and smells good too.  

Now I'm back to relaxing and sipping my lemonade.

When life hands you a lemon, say, Oh yeah, I like lemons. What else ya got?

Henry Rollins

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Chapter 6, Page 27, Book 13

A little humor to start the day off …

No Nursing Home for Me.

With the average cost for a nursing home reaching $188.00 per day, there is a better way to spend our savings, when we get old and feeble. 

I have already checked on reservations at the Holiday Inn for a combined long term stay discount and a senior discount. It comes to only $49.23 per night. That leaves $138.77 a day for:

Breakfast, lunch and dinner in any restaurant I want, or room service. 

Laundry, gratuities and special TV movies. Plus, they provide a swimming pool, a workout room, a lounge, washer, dryer, etc. Most have free toothpaste and razors, and all have free shampoo and soap. 

They treat you like a customer, not a patient. $5 worth of tips a day will have the entire staff scrambling to help you. 

There is city Bus stop out front, and seniors ride free. The Handicap bus will also pick you up (if you fake a decent limp). 

To meet other nice people, call a Church bus on Sundays. For a change of scenery, take the Airport shuttle Bus and eat at one of the nice restaurants there. While you're at the airport, fly somewhere. Otherwise the cash keeps building up. 

It takes months to get into decent nursing homes. Holiday Inn will take your reservation today. And - you are not stuck in one place forever, you can move from Inn to Inn, or even from city to city. Want to see Hawaii? They have a Holiday Inn there too. 

TV broken? Light bulbs need changing? Need a mattress replaced? No problem. They fix everything, and apologize for the inconvenience. 

The Inn has a night security person and daily room service. The maid checks to see if you are OK. If not, they will call the undertaker or an ambulance. If you fall and break a hip, Medicare will pay for the hip, and Holiday Inn will upgrade you to a suite for the rest of your life. 

 And no worries about visits from family. They will always be glad to find you, and will probably check in for a few days mini-vacation. The grand-kids can use the pool.
What more can you ask for?   So . . . 

When I reach the Golden age,
I'll face it with a grin --
Just forward all my email to:

Author Unknown

Specially blended for home use only….

Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.  

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

  I did a online search and the cost daily for a nursing home has now risen to about 248.00 a day. 

All joking aside, I am thankful to have my own home.I can still live in my own home without any assistance.  It's not fancy or new.  It's an old home in an old neighborhood.  Just about everything in it, including me, is old too.

Did you know that Robins sing a special song that lets other robins know that this is their new home? If we could understand their song, it might sound to us like, This is my home, stay away! 

Most of us have  special place at home that is all our own.  It maybe you have your own room or work space. Maybe there is a place in your garage or storage building. Everyone has some place that is special and private.

When you live alone like I do every room in the house is your own.  I've tried to make my house a place that reflects who I am.  I chose different themes when decorating the rooms here.  My front room and dining room are done in peaceful colors. There are pictures of my family everywhere.  I have a collection of crosses hanging on the walls.  They reflect my great faith in God.   The kitchen is bright and has lots of roosters sitting around.  The bathroom is a beach room.  The guest bedroom is an island room and my own bedroom is filled with roses.

I also have the front porch with an Americana theme and the back patio that is filled with flowers. I'm always looking on the bright side of life.  If you know me, you can pretty well tell that I live here. When you come to my home, you see me.  My home is a reflection of me.   This is my home and guests are always welcome!

I like to think that when every room is reflection of your personality, your home will become a happy place that you will enjoy day after day!  Just in the same way you influence your surroundings, your surroundings influence you.  There is no place like home!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Chapter 6, Page 26, Book 13

Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.

 Sam Keen

Specially blended for easy living...

Now that summer has officially arrived, it's time to talk about how we can justify being lazy.  I'm definitely lazy when it comes to cooking in the summer.  I rarely turn the stove on.  Salads and sandwiches, fresh fruits and veggies make up my menu for the most part.

What I look for in the summertime is anything easy.  I may grill some chicken or a hot dog but my cooking is very limited.   Summer time and the living is easy so the song goes…

Years ago, summer was the start of putting food up for the long winter months ahead. As produce was ready in the garden or berries were ripe in the wild patches, our grandparents continued to harvest. The smokehouse would be working overtime to cure meat for winter storage and the large crockery pot would have the sauerkraut curing. 

It was also a time for socializing. People would travel miles to help raise a barn, attend a dance or a community potluck social and help out in an emergency. Everyone brought news and new recipes to share.

Though I don't put food up for winter or even have a garden here,  I do have an easy summer recipe to share with you all today.

Romaine Salad with Chicken and Pasta

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
8 ounces dried bow-tie (farfalle) pasta
1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 small head romaine lettuce, trimmed or outer leaves, cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat the grill or broiler.

Lightly salt and pepper the chicken, then drizzle with 1 to 2 teaspoons of the olive oil. Grill or broil the chicken, browning on both sides, until cooked through, about 10 minutes. (The cooking time will depend on the size and thickness of the chicken breasts.) Transfer to a cutting board and cut into bite-size strips or chunks. Set aside.

Meanwhile, prepare the pasta. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the pasta until it is al dente -- done but still a little firm to the bite. Drain the pasta in a colander, rinse with cold water until the pasta is completely cool and drain again until it is free of excess water. Set aside.

In a small bowl, combine the mustard, vinegar, sugar and salt and pepper to taste. Add the remaining oil in a steady stream, whisking to combine.

In a large bowl, combine the cooked chicken, pasta, lettuce, the dressing and all but 2 tablespoons of the Parmesan cheese. Transfer the salad to a shallow serving dish or pan and sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons of Parmesan on top. Serve immediately, or cover tightly and refrigerate up to 1 day.

A salad with thick slice of crusty bread and some butter...  Now that is what I call easy living...

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Chapter 6, Page 25, Book 13

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.  
Winston Churchill

Specially blended for a healthier you...

Making healthy choices isn't all about the food you eat or the exercise you get.
Optimistic people do have it good; they’re less susceptible to ill health and better able to fight off ailments if they strike.
Given that stress and unhappiness can have a negative impact on your health, it stands to reason that happiness resulting from an optimistic attitude stands you in good stead.
I read somewhere that people can only hold one thought at a time. If that’s true, then we all  have a choice:

Focus on a thought that makes you feel bad or to focus on a thought that makes you feel good.  Our thoughts have great power to influence the way we are. Make sure you get that power working for you, not against you.

I cannot be the resourceful, joyful person I was created to be if I am burdened with self-condemnation or if I see myself as a victim of the actions of others. By making a choice to free my heart and mind of ill feelings and resentment, I'm choosing to lead a healthier life.

The final verse in the 32nd Psalm says, Be glad in the Lord and rejoice!  Look for the JOY all around you and focus on those positive thoughts.  Positive thoughts not only benefit us but those around us too.

We can all chose to be healthier, if we want to.  

The only disability in life is a bad attitude.  

Scott Hamilton

Monday, June 24, 2013

Chapter 6, Page 24, Book 13

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.  

Eleonora Duse

Specially blended for rejoicing!

If we are rejoicing, are we not feeling joy again ?   If we repeat ourselves, we are saying the same thing over again so I think rejoicing is to feel JOY again.  Joy comes my way each new morning.  What a JOY it is to start another new day.  

It wasn't always like this for me, but after a lot of days of drudgery and sorrow, I made up my mind I didn't want to live that way.  I started rejoicing in every moment of every day and what a difference it has made in my life.

Now I rejoice in the sunrises and the sunsets.  There is joy everywhere in nature, in the people we know, and in the countless little little things that make up our days.

You have to look for it some times,  it doesn't always make itself known.  But there are lots and lots of causes to rejoice.

Hope you all can join me in a good cup of coffee today or maybe a glass of iced tea and give a toast to today!  It's going to be filled with some good and maybe some bad, but I'll be looking for those reasons to rejoice!  

 It's just as cheap and easy to rejoice; When God sorts out the weather and sends rain - Why, rain's my choice. 

James Whitcomb Riley

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Chapter 6, Page 23, Book 13

People do not quit playing
because they grow old;
they grow old because
they quit playing.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Specially blended for youth….

I think we need to keep some of our child like behaviors as we grow older.  Children  love to play and never ever have a thought about feeling guilty because that is what they do.  

Have you ever seen a toddler playing with blocks shaped like triangles, squares, or circles and corresponding holes for the blocks to pass through. It is a very simple idea, and yet until the child has practiced and developed coordination, it can be difficult for him to align the shapes correctly to fit through the holes.

Just like a child developing his skills, we find ourselves better able to fit the right block into the right hole and grow into who we are meant to be when we practice. If we don't get it right the first time, then try again. 

Whether it's writer's block or a roadblock, there are many blocks in life.  When a child falls and gets hurt and the tears come along with cries of fear and pain,  a child will get into their parents comforting arms, and the tears usually disappear. Their injury might still painful, but the knowledge of being loved and held close makes the pain easier to tolerate.

I like to think that when I'm upset and hurting there will be some comforting arms to hold me.  Our suffering is often much worse than just a scraped knee. Sometimes it brings us to our knees, breathless and begging for release. It’s in these times that we need to remember to yield, to lean back into our Heavenly Father’s arms and let him comfort us. 

This isn’t always easy. For some reason, hardship tends to make us collapse in on ourselves rather than reach out for help. If we can keep our childlike faith and trust loving arms to care for us, we'll be able to be who we are meant to be…   I want to play in the sunshine and laugh in the rain.

Remember that prayer is the ultimate source of our strength for without God, we can do nothing; but with God, all things are possible.

Sorting out the blocks of life can be good thing when we remember to keep those childlike qualities of faith and trust.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Chapter 6, Page 22, Book 13

Keep Going

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When cares are pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don't you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns.
And many a fellow turns about,
When he might have won, had he stuck it out.
Don't give up, though the pace seems slow,
You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor's cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out,
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt.
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit,
It's when things seem worst that you mustn't quit.

Author Unknown

Specially blended for motivation...

I don't fly often, so I am not familiar with the modern people-mover contraptions at the airport. You step onto the large human-conveyor belt and it carries you across the airport. Without warning, the machine can stop. People will stand there waiting to start moving again until they finally realize what has happened and finally then they start walking.   We get so used to being carried along that idea doesn't occur to us to move forward. 

Sadly there are many times we do not move forward in life.  We get stuck.  We don't move forward.  Just like when we worry, it's easy to feel sorry for ourselves but it doesn't really get us anywhere.  

Sometimes we need something to jolt us back into action.  I've had a few of the jolts in my life.  Certain people and things that will stir my soul and make me realize that I've been at a stand still and need to get on with life.  

With the sunny days of summer on hand we are reminded to do something good and worthwhile in our lives and the best time to start moving forward is not next month or next week or tomorrow, but today.

It is easy to sit up and take notice, What is difficult is getting up and taking action

Al Batt

Friday, June 21, 2013

Chapter 6, Page 21, Book 13

The days of wine and roses laugh and run away like a child at play…

Henri Mancini

Specially blended like fine wine...

Today is the first day of Summer and hopefully long days mean long days of sunshine! Just like the long days of summer I've been around a long time. Getting older is something we're not too comfortable with. Yet it's something we all have to face. I've been through life's many experiences and have seen much and am well aware of how precious life is.

I am so thankful for the gift of each new day. There is truly no better gift than the ones we'll get today. Today is not going to ever come again.  It's unique and one of a kind.  Just like all of us!

I don't know many people that are older than I am anymore.  I have a few aunts and uncles that are older, but for the most part I'm the oldest in my immediate family.  I've lost a few loved ones and know how suddenly life changes.

Fine wines, they say, are better when aged.  I'm hoping that I too only get better.  Aging can help us mellow and develop our tastes for appreciating life.

Times does have a way of smoothing out all the rough spots.

Enjoy summer and the beauty of the season all around us.  

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Chapter 6, Page 20, Book 13

No I don't live anywhere near the desert, but this lovely cactus is blooming in my backyard.

Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance.

Brian Tracy

Specially blended for balance…

Learn to pause ... or nothing worthwhile will catch up to you.

Doug King

If I am hurrying and worrying about completing everything on my to do list, the best thing I can do for myself is to SLOW DOWN

Working at a slower pace calms me and bring my focus back into the center of things.  To live in the moment. Every time I lose the balance in my life, things tend to get way out of hand.  Maybe I'm like the proverbial ship without a captain.

Yesterday, I had errands to run and a few things at home that needed attention too.  I had to get gas in the car, stamps at the post office and groceries among other things.  Thankfully everything but the grocery store, was not far from the other.  I got it all done and today I'll probably catch up on the laundry here at my house.  One thing is for sure, I do take breaks along the way but will get it done by the end of the day.  That's a good feeling.

Taking a pause from all that is calling for my attention and breathe more deeply, I refuel my energy and replenish my soul.  If I'm going to be able to fulfill my obligations with any sense of efficiency or enthusiasm, I've got to keep my balance.

There is really no need to rush through life.  I always think about how the car that zipped by me down the highway always seems to end up at the same stop light that I do.  Some people don't know how to slow down and live their whole lives rushing around.  

I think when we're always in a rush, we miss out on so much in life.  I like to be able to enjoy as much of it as I can and that is why I think SLOWING down is so important.  

The full use of today is the best preparation for tomorrow

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Chapter 6, Page 19, Book 13

Summer is the time when one sheds one's tensions with one's clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit.  A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief 
that all's right with the world.

Ada Louise Huxtable

Specially blended for lazy days of summer...

Summer's the time to relax and have fun.  The spring planting is done and the rainy days are past.  The daily pace is less hectic, and we are more likely to spend time with family and friends.   It’s a season that’s full of opportunities for enjoyment.

Life doesn’t completely stop in the summer, of course, but it does tend to slow down and give us more time to reflect on how happy we are with our lives.  

The beautiful summer weather gives a chance to be out and about more and when you have a family like mine that has to travel in order to get together for holidays, it means a lot to know that the roads are clear.  Summer is known for cookouts, pool parties, and front-porch sittin’.  It's a perfect time to spend time with those that are most important to us.  

I think the most important part of summer is to have fun and enjoy the outdoors, but we don't want to keep so busy that we don't take the time just to rest awhile and refresh ourselves.  

Finding balance in the crazy, lazy, hazy days of summer is important for all of us.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Chapter 6, Page 18, Book 13

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.  

John Lubbock

Specially blended for time just to be me...

Me time allows us to de-stress, unwind and rejuvenate.  Taking time for yourself allows you to renew, heal, and create reserves of energy and peace.

After a very busy weekend, I'm just taking time out to be me today.  I lead a pretty quiet life most of the time and when some of my family comes in for a long weekend, I find myself busy doing things I haven't done for years.  I got up early and went to bed very late for 3 days in a row.  Not my style at all.  I do love my kids more than I can possibly describe, but when you are not used to the busyness of having to do all the extras that come with having company in the house, it gets a little overwhelming.  

The old saying that if you don't use it, you loose it, is so very true.

So today I'm taking time to just be.  I have no plans, I'm not doing much of anything.  It feels good just to be me today and I'm not going to even try to do much else.  It may sound a bit selfish, but for me it'll be worth it to rest a little now so I can do what I need to do tomorrow.

Sometimes in the scheme of things, even when you are retired, it's good to have a day off.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Chapter 6, Page 17, Book 13

Specially blended for time just to be happy

How many times do we say to ourselves,  I’ll be happy once summer comes, or I’ll be happy once I finish this big project. We have a thousand reasons for why we are unhappy, and many of them are simply that we're waiting for some source of pain to leave us.

The time to be happy is always right now, whatever we are doing or wherever we might be going.  We don't have to wait to be happy. I know it took me a long time to learn this lesson, but finally, I think I've got it right.  Today and everyday we can be happy.  It is our choice.  Happiness comes in many forms.  It's a feeling that makes us glow and makes us thankful too!

I often relate happiness to feeling content.  Contentment in what I have and in what I am.  It's a choice all of us can make.  We need to remember what is most important to us and let go of the impossible and scary things in life and let God handle those things trying to steal our happiness away.

Let go and let God is one of my favorite sayings.  He can do a much better job of handling things than I can.

I hope you'll join me and take some time each day just to be happy!  Everyday may not be good, but there is something good in every day!

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Chapter 6, Page 16, Book 13

My family at my youngest grandson's 1st birthday in May 2013. 4 of my sons and my SIL and their families are in the picture.  2 were missing, but they are all dads. 

A Good Father Recipe

unconditional love
amazing work ethic
fun seeking
handyman (can fix anything!)
God fearing
Mix all ingredients together, stir gently, and enjoy!

Specially blended for honoring all fathers…

Today is Fathers Day here in the USA.  It's a day to honor all Fathers old and young!

Fathers Are Wonderful People

Fathers are wonderful people
Too little understood,
And we do not sing their praises
As often as we should...

For, somehow, Father seems to be
The man who pays the bills,
While Mother binds up little hurts
And nurses all our ills...

And Father struggles daily
To live up to his image
As protector and provider
And hero of the scrimmage...

And perhaps that is the reason
We sometimes get the notion,
That Fathers are not subject
To the thing we call emotion,

But if you look inside Dad's heart,
Where no one else can see
You'll find he's sentimental
And as soft as he can be...

But he's so busy every day
In the grueling race of life,
He leaves the sentimental stuff
To his partner and his wife...

But Fathers are just wonderful
In a million different ways,
And they merit loving compliments
And accolades of praise,

For the only reason Dad aspires
To fortune and success
Is to make the family proud of him
And to bring them happiness...

And like Our Heavenly Father,
He's a guardian and a guide,
Someone that we can count on
To be always on our side.

 Helen Steiner Rice 

Thank heaven for father's who share laughter and love and make family times the most blessed of times…

Blessed be all fathers, they give so much of themselves for the benefit of their children and family

Happy Fathers Day!

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Chapter 6, Page 15, Book 13

So much of what we
Know of love we 
Learn at home


Specially blended for spending time in the slow lane…

I recently spent an afternoon talking with my daughter and one of my daughter-in-laws.  They were talking about their babies and how we spend a year waiting for them to walk and talk and then spend the rest of our lives telling them to be quiet and sit down.

That first year of life so many new things happen for those babies that when we look back at it time surly does fly.The best advice I ever heard was that the best thing a parent can do is to spend time with there children.  Your presence is worth all the presents in the world.  

Now I find myself sitting here on the porch swing trying to figure out just how it is possible that my children are now raising their own children.  From my view point here on the porch I can see God in action everywhere.  He's in every sunrise, in the face of a child, in my life’s daily tasks.  

Whether you are a young person or a grand'ma' like me, I hope you'll spend some time in the slow lane enjoying all the wonderful things this day brings.