Sunday, February 28, 2010

For Lack of Anything Better...

here is just a "curiosity" post. I don't know very much about astrology, but just out of curiosity, it is fun to read sometimes. Under the regular astrology signs, I am a Virgo. Under the Chinese astrology signs I am a Monkey. When I read my yearly forecast for 2010 as a Virgo, it says some things like this-
"I should feel like an enormous burden is sliding off my shoulders- like I have been carrying around an over stuffed back pack for a couple of years. That would be Saturn moving out of my sign (whatever that means :) Congratulations, for making it through the past two years in more or less one piece. My ability to endure has served well for the past two years. New opportunities ahead for fun, recreation, and romance (look out Ron :) In my career, not so much good news but a release of tremendous pressure- having had no favors from Saturn or Pluto for the last two years (again, whatever that means :) Financial life should run far more smoothly than what I am used to. Perseverance rewarded in 2010." Doesn't sound too bad, maybe even a bit upbeat.
Okay... now my forecast for a Monkey, in the year of the Tiger-
"Every 12 years, the Tiger shows up to spoil my party. But still it is a "Metal" year, which means I'm in my element (and for the third time, whatever that means :) I should have 2 favorable months (man, I wish I knew which months those are!), 1 neutral month, and 9 unfavorable months. Income and expenses likely to be volatile and unpredictable."
Doesn't sound all that good.
I really need to do alittle more research to find out about Virgos, Monkeys, Tigers, Saturn, Pluto, and Metal. Plus I have heard that on the Chinese calendar there is a animal for each month, for each week, for each day etc. All of which affects your true forecast. haha
Here is how I think this boils down (especially for my career)- in the past two months I have had more income than for last year, for the same months (that's good), but my losses for the same months also far exceed last year. Go figure- must be a Virgo fortune messed up by a Monkey, under the influence of a Tiger. LOL And actually the Tiger year didn't kick in until February- January is always in the previous year, because the Chinese New Year falls in February. (not on Jan. 1) Every now and then I may bring you update on how this is working out for me. LOL

Friday, February 26, 2010

For Better or Worse

Okay, so I am "almost" well. I went back to work on Tuesday, which was not a pretty sight. (that is all I have to say about that :)
During some of my sleepless nights I had plenty of time to think about things. I also had several reminders, some subtle and some not so subtle, that there are people who have problems alot worse than mine. It is actually a good thing I didn't post anything right away- now you will get the condensed version rather than all of the ramblings. Do you remember when we all promised to love another person "for better or worse"- rich or poor- sick or healthy? Being sick definitely applies to the "worse" category. The amazing thing is that when we made that promise, none of us had any clue what we were promising! None of us knew what the journey ahead would hold. Illness is probably the most difficult trial of this mortal life. We all face it. There is no way to avoid it. Will it make us bitter or make us better? Two of my daughters were sick this past week also. So several of "the guys" had to put up with the bad hair, the sleepless nights, the grumpiness, the misery. Being sick definitely makes us appreciate being well. Ron and I are just hoping that we can both be loving and patient with each other as the course of life almost always ends in "old and sick". There has to be some divine purpose for that- it's just that what ever the reason is, it must be beyond our comprehension. I just read an article where a lady thought that if she endured well, that happiness would eventually come. As her trials progressed, she realized that she had to be "happy along the way"- instead of looking for happiness as an end result. Annie and I have a friend that is very good at that- I am hoping that I can be more like her!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Guess What?

I am contagious for the next 24 hours- now I have an eye infection. Just when I thought things couldn't get worse and in fact should be getting better! It amazes me to think that I am taking an antibiotic, mucinexD, and ibuprofen and still had a sleepless-with-severe-headache-night and now I have an eye infection. I told Ron the only good part of that was I now know that he doesn't have sleep apnea- he never stopped breathing during the night :) I am not posting anything else until I have "some thing nice to say".

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Worn Out

Mom has got to be worn out- this is her fourth day in a row of working MY schedule at the store. And I am worn out from staying home in bed for four days. On Thursday afternoon, after being in bed for two days I decided to get up about 4 pm- take a shower- put on my "life is good" tshirt- fix dinner- and act like I would be able to go to work on Friday. Never mind! Instead, on Friday morning I went to the minute clinic at CVS to get antibiotics. Which means I could be taking antibiotics for a viral infection, but at least is seems to have helped alittle. Basically, I have THE WORST sinus infection, I have ever had. Oh wait a minute... there was one time when we lived in Aurora, where I had one so bad that I had to have my sinus' drained. That was definitely THE WORST EXPERIENCE of my life. So I guess this is second to that. Hopefully a couple more days of antibiotics will calm things done. So other than being in bed for 4 days and having no strength what so ever- life is good? :) My goal for today is to take another shower, get dressed, and go get a few groceries. Hopefully by Tuesday, I will be back to my regular work schedule and mom can have a few days off. I knew that on Wednesday and Thursday she would have help at the store. Friday was going to be problem getting any one else to work that day. I did manage to get one of the high school girls there by 1:30. (that was only because Friday was an early release day and she got of school at noon.) Today wasn't a problem, I always have extra help scheduled on Saturdays. Mom will need her Sabbath day of rest tomorrow though.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The problem with being sick...

Is being sick!
If I was going to take a couple days off work, there are a bazillon things I could be doing besides sleeping. ( besides... do you know how many wierd dreams you can have when you sleep that long? :)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

You Know You are Sick When...

You know you are sick when...
Everything hurts and your throat is on fire.
Laying in bed makes your back hurt, but standing up makes your head hurt and the room spin.
You get up and a stream of yellow gooo just runs out of your nose and you have to catch it in your hand.
You can no longer use your nose for breathing.
You have already been sleeping for 19 hours, but that is still the only option.
You have on warm pajamas and piled blankets on top, and you are still shivering.
Every time you get up there is new rooster tail in your hair do. Talk about a bad hair day!
Drinking plain water seems really good.
Yep- I'm sick. I did get up long enough to put a pie in the oven and a pot roast in the crock pot, for Ron's birthday. The only bright side of this is that Wednesdays and Thursdays are the only days when there is even a remote chance of me not being at the store. Hopefully tomorrow will be better.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Speaking of Birthdays...

Ron has one tomorrow. And I am in big trouble! He got the good gift for Valentines day- for his birthday he gets clothes. :( Ron is not a shopper. He never has been and he never will be. The only time I can remember him going into a store to pick out clothes was right before we got married. (Do you know how long ago that was?) He needed some new things to wear on the honeymoon, instead of items he bought in high school :) So, I don't know if he looked at the credit card last night or not. Should I tell him how much I spent or how much I saved? LOL I think I will just tell him that I saved $358.00. :) He will claim that we can't afford to save that much money. Another way to look at it, is the clothes I bought will probably last him for the next ten years. That is only a monthly clothing budget of $3.34. So I have a big bag of stuff- two pair of jeans, two pair of dress pants, one casual shirt, three ties, one pair of sweat pants, and one pair of shoes-- and one suit coat and pants. I doubt if he can even remember when he last bought a suit. I may end up taking stuff back or exchanging. He has been playing his "bum" off at basketball- literally! I may have gotten a size too big on most things. Anyway... now he can shop at home and I'll do the leg work. I better go get a pot roast and a razzleberry pie for dinner tomorrow- that will make everything all right. :) :)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Happy Day!

It seems like I don't have very many pictures of just A2 any more- now it's always A2 and W.E. :) She lives in Wylie- she works at JCPenney- she is a role model for teenage girls- she is our right-in-the-middle child- she loves Sam, WAY past the moon - she wants to be a CIA when she grows up :) :)- she has a birthday today! Happy day!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

BBall Tickets

Ron loves sports. Most evenings he has some kind of game to watch. I realized lately, he has been watching the Denver Nuggets basketball games. I thought the perfect valentine gift for him would be tickets to one of their games. I didn't even realize that they play the Houston Rockets until I started looking at the schedule of games. Even more perfect! The game here in Houston is on March 15. I originally thought I would just buy two tickets and I would go with him. Then I realized that Annie and her boys will be here that week. So I bought four tickets, so Ron can take Annie, Nathan, and Jared. (GG and I will take care of Owen at home). I wasn't sure if I could actually keep it a surprise- it's pretty hard to spend money around here without Ron knowing it. ( Remember he has that DebGPS called Quick books.) I had to just hope that he didn't look at the Visa card in the past few days. And I did grab the email confirmation before he saw it. Anyway... I came up with an idea of rockets/nuggets game pictures, a small basketball, a valentine card, a picture of Annie and the boys, and a charge card receipt for four tickets to the game-- all in a cute clear paint can.

I'll have to admit, he wasn't as excited as I expected. I think the cute packaging caught him off guard! I should have just handed him the credit card receipt. :)
Happy Valentines Day.
(I know he'll love the game- that is if he can see it from the neighborhood section- way up in an upper section of the stadium. LOL)

Saturday, February 13, 2010

This Week...

I had to work but I also had several other projects to finish. On Monday, my goal was to finish 9 little scrapbooks to send to my family for Valentines day. I got those (and a small Bday gift for Audrey) in the mail on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, I sent out Valentines to all of my nursery kids. 2-year-olds love to get mail :)
On Thursday and Friday, I worked on Ron's Valentine gift. (More details on that tomorrow :)
Tonight Ron and I went to an adult Valentine dinner/dance. It was good. We don't dance very much, but dinner was good- I didn't have to cook. hehe
Then I came home and made cookies for tomorrow.
(Of course heart shaped ones)
The last picture is beautiful Valentine roses from Ron.
It's amazing how flowers can show up in a box and look this good.
Now that I have all of my Valentine projects done- I can think about Ron's Bday next Wednesday. One thing at a time around here :)

Friday, February 12, 2010


Getting in the spirit of Valentines Day.

Annie and I have a special friend, who posted a picture of a beautiful glass vase that she uses for holiday decorations. She just puts different items inside the vase for each holiday. The picture above is my multi holiday decoration. It's a black "bird bath" and I fill it with different decorations for each holiday.

PS- Ron bought flowers for Mom and me :) They arrived yesterday.
And I have a special surprise for him...but not until Sunday. Can't wait :)

Sunday, February 7, 2010

How Firm a Foundation

At our church today, a lady read a short section of an article talking about what our church is doing in Haiti. ( I have also been reading a few articles, because I was wondering about the church involvement there) Most of our church buildings there were undamaged and have become places of refuge for hundreds of people. The article that was read today said that members of the church could be heard singing a song called "How Firm a Foundation". This song talks about some of the trials that we all face, but through it all the Lord will be with us. What an amazing thing to think about the saints in Haiti singing a song about being built on a firm foundation of faith when all of their homes (which were built on a weak foundation) are gone. One of the comments this lady made about this article was, "Aren't we all a bit like Haiti". Speaking of our faith, are we built on a firm foundation or a weak foundation? When the trials of life come, will our foundation stand or will it crumble? For those of you who know somewhat about the organization of our church- you know what kind of response system of relief was in place to help these people. And while it may have met a most difficult tragedy, it still functioned properly and aid was (and is) there.

How firm a foundation, ye Saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in his excellent word!
What more can he say than to you he hath said,
Who unto the Savior, who unto the Savior,
Who unto the Savior for refuge have fled?
In every condition- in sickness, in health,
In poverty's vale or abounding in wealth,
At home or abroad, on the land or the sea-
As thy days may demand, as thy days may demand,
As thy days may demand, so thy succor shall be.
Fear not, I am with thee; oh, be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid.
I'll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by my righteous, upheld by my righteous,
Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.