Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Just Another Day at the Library

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I've had a pretty bad cough lately, no thanks to a cold. My cough has been pretty intense and, whether my age or something else, I don't seem to have much control “down below” (if you get my drift). And so begins my library story.

The library was so quiet and peaceful this evening. Librarians doing their jobs, people on the computers, some reading at the tables. It wasn't crowded, thankfully.

I was crouched down in the Fiction aisle of the library when I had a sudden coughing fit. At one point, I coughed so hard that I farted. Out loud.

Yes, I FARTED in the library!

Well of course I think flatulence is hilarious so I started laughing to myself....and you can guess where that led. You simply cannot fart in a quiet library without laughing and farting! I stayed in the aisle for a bit longer until I felt I had control over myself, before going to the front desk to check out my books.

Thank goodness I wasn't with my stepdaughter or one of my best friends. It would have been all over!  We would have been rolling on the floor for sure!

As I was standing at the desk, I heard the church bells from the nearby church. I love church bells but this song particularly got to me because it was “Holy, holy, holy” one of my favorites. What do I do? I started to choke up...yes, cry. The librarian looked at me like I was crazy. I quickly thanked her and hurried out of that place.

Oh the mortification.

I thought I was free. Free from my humiliation of farts and crying.


I walked quickly down the ramp and turned the corner so fast that I ran into a lady who was walking along side of the building. Yup, ran right into her. Gracious thing, she was. I apologized and hurried as fast as I could to the Jeep.

When I got into the Jeep I had myself a good laugh.

Moral of the story? I don't have one. If you have a bad cough and no control over your innards, don't go out in public; cry all you want at a song that cuts deep in the heart and darn it watch where you are walking!! That's the only advice I can give.
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Thursday, November 6, 2014

A Few of My Favorite Things......

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 ~My favorite season is Autumn. I love the smell of crisp leaves (and the crunch of them under my feet), apple goodies (caramel apples, apple pies, apple crisp, apple wine), going to Fly Creek Cider Mill, and cool evenings curled under a blanket with a movie or a good book!!

~One of the things I see while sitting on my back porch is a huge tree with beautiful leaves, summer or fall.  I love sitting on my back porch and looking at that tree (which is a couple streets away from mine), its leaves slightly blowing in the wind with the clouds rolling by overhead. One of my favorite sights is that tree.

~Nature trails!  I love walking on any nature trail, hiking in the woods. I love the leaves crunching under my feet and the sun shining through the tall trees.
 My sister and mother on a nature trail

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Kopycat Karen?

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At one point in my life I had read all of Karen Kingsbury's adult fiction novels and liked her writing well enough. The story lines were really good, the writing was just good. But the more she wrote, the more (in my opinion) mushy/unreal the story lines became and I wasn't impressed so I decided not to read her stuff anymore. Then awhile later, I decided to read one of her latest and it was really good. The one after that sucked. I can't figure it out.

Recently, I took her very latest out of the library. This one is called “Angels Walking”. I read the prologue and first chapter and was immediately taken. The story line was great and her writing was actually good! Then I got farther along and became very annoyed. See, part of her story line seemed very familiar and then it hit me......Richard Paul Evans. Who is that? He is a phenominal writer who wrote several fiction novels including “The Walk” series (which I highly recommend).

Anyway, in the newest Kingsbury novel, the main character loses his job, his apartment, and has no money. He ends up meeting a guy who leads him to a job at a nursing home and the kid becomes friends with an old woman who lives there – yada, yada, yada. Everything about that part of the story lines up with the book written by Richard Paul Evans “The Locket Trilogy”.

Karen's overall story line was different (ie, characters and the ending) but the part about the kid working in a nursing home is way too familiar to Richard Paul Evan's novel and it upset me because I think Evans is a much better writer than Kingsbury. In fact, I could probably write in a better scenario than she did, instead of the nursing home bit. It was almost exactly like “The Locket Trilogy”.

But.............other than that, it was a good book and not terribly unreal or mushy. Check it out and see what you think.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday's Favorite Fives

This week has been very busy; long work days and busy evenings.  I'm very thankful it's Friday and I have found blessings in this week despite the business.  Some of my favorites from the week are listed below.  If you want to share yours, link up to Susanne's site!!

New Study Group
I've been praying about, and searching for, some sort of womens' Bible study. I contacted a friend of mine the other day and she told me that she is going to hold a book discussion (“Bible study”) at her house! Starting November 7th, I will be part of a study going over the book “The Pilgrim's Progress”. I'm so excited to be a part of this!!

Answered Prayers
Last Saturday, my niece fell down the stairs and broke her ankle in three places and had to have surgery. Then, this week, my friend's dad (whom I have known since childhood) had a mild heart attack and a few other things and went to the hospital. I prayed over both of them, both times, and they're both doing well.
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Our cell phone carrier is AT&T and we have been very unhappy with them and their service. I was online chatting with them this week complaining about how we spend a lot of money on a plan and have crummy service and they gave us a $50.00 credit on our bill!! That doesn't change the fact that AT&T service stinks in this area, but it helps our bill this month.

My mom and dad both have a birthday this week! My dad lives in Arizona so I had to send his card and text his “happy birthday” but mom lives close by and tonight we're going to gram's for dinner (galumpki!!) and cake (made from scratch by ME) and ice cream!!

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Nothing Weekend
My husband and I have been busy every weekend since the beginning of summer. We long for a weekend where we have no plans, no obligations. Last Saturday was supposed to be a “nothing day” but it didn't happen that way. This weekend we are doing things around the house (ie, my husband working on his "workout room", me reading and sewing), making chili, taking dogs for walks, and pretty much taking it easy.

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Hope everyone has a great weekend!!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Two.......Better Than One

Why My Husband and I Need Separate Beds

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My husband and I sleep in a full bed. Not a queen or a king, but a full. We just haven't upgraded to queen yet (we don't ever want a king). But we both agree that maybe separate beds (twin or full, doesn't matter) would be best. Why? Because..........

~I thrash in my sleep

~I'm up and down all throughout the night to go to the bathroom or stretch my restless legs

~My husband stretches out his arms and sometimes I almost get an elbow in my face

~I sleep in the fetal position which usually means he will get knees in his back

~We both hate feet and cannot stand if ours touch each other

And the biggest problem of all........we are both blanket hogs!!!!!

Those are some reasons why we should have separate beds. I think we would both sleep better and hey, there's no law that says a married couple must sleep in the same bed.

But we have a solution for the blanket issue. On his side, he has a sheet, comforter and fleece blanket. On my side I have my own sheet, comforter and fleece blanket.

It works.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Friday's Fave Fives

Happy Friday, everyone! It's been awhile since I've done the Friday Favorites but I'm glad to be back. Here are my faves for the week.  Link up to Susanne's to enter your favorites!

On Monday, my grandmother and I went to see the movie “Left Behind” (which I highly recommend you see!!). On the way to the theater, we stopped at Burger King for supper (I rarely eat that stuff but when I do, I love it!) and then at the theater bought popcorn. It was an excellent movie and I had a nice time with my grandmother. **See previous blog post about this movie.

I love walking and my husband and I walk our dogs every day; however, since I was so busy on Monday and Tuesday, I didn't get to walk. On Wednesday, after my piano lessons, I was able to walk and I enjoyed every minute of it! It was a beautiful evening, not cold but not hot and the leaves were blowing in the soft wind.

This week, one of my daycare children (and also my 3rd cousin) turned 2 years old so of course we had our usual daycare birthday bash! I made a brownie/cookie treat thing, we played with balloons all day and the kids had a great time. Fridays are Pajama Day (in the fall/winter months) and we also played with balloons today (leftover from the party). I love watching the kids laugh and have fun. And I love wearing my pj's!!

On Sunday, I'm going with friends to their church in Syracuse and then out to lunch after. I'm looking forward to this as I love seeing other churches and theirs sounds pretty awesome. Oh and lunch is a plus!

The last two months have been tough on my husband and I. It seems like one thing after another; Jeep repairs, leaky kitchen faucet, vacuum cleaner breaking, laptop not working, etc. All of that and more, on top of physical ailments we were both dealing with. At one point, I told my pastor I felt like Job from the Bible and joked saying “but none of my animals are dead”. Yeah, that week I was told by our vet that our oldest dog, Luke, may have a heart condition. Oh joy {sarcasm}. BUT!! Through prayer and Bible reading, and the encouragement of family and friends, I feel the hope that is God. I know He hasn't left us and never will. I know there's a light at the end of the tunnel. I know that everyone goes through things in life and what we're going through could be worse. I also know that I'm determined to stand firm and beat the enemy at all of his attacks. God is faithful and just, He will see us through anything!

I hope everyone has a great weekend! What are some of your faves from this week?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Where Will YOU Be?

Starring Nicolas Cage
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I recently went to the theaters to see this movie.  My opinion? PHENOMENAL MOVIE!!! Not only did the movie have some great actors/actresses, there was a lot of action and suspense. So Christian or not, this movie was totally well made!

I am a believer in Christ. I believe that Christ was born to the virgin Mary on earth, lived and then died on a cross, and rose from the dead and now is seated by God in Heaven. I believe that I will go to Heaven when I leave this earth. I also believe in hell and satan and I would never, ever want to be there.

My thoughts are this.....if you're not a believer, I'm sad for you because I know what is coming after the Rapture (and yes, I believe in the Rapture because there is Scripture to back it up). I would not want to be “left behind” to deal with seven years of hell on earth (ie, the Tribulation). I am not only sad for you but scared, and not just because of this movie. I've read the Bible and I've read Revelation. Scary times are coming.

This movie, Left Behind, was basically about believers who were raptured (taken to Heaven by God so as not to endure the tribulation) and non-believers were left behind on earth for seven years; during that period you choose to become a believer or your heart will remained hardened. It's about survival...those who are left behind and end up “coming to Christ” (ie, become “saved”) still have to endure hell on earth.

I've heard a lot of negative things about this movie but I'm guessing they were said/written by non believers because I cannot imagine a believer saying negative things about it.  And if you're a believer who doesn't believe in the rapture, I have two things to say:
~ Dig into scripture and you'll be able to back it up
~ Why wouldn't you want to believe it's true??

I highly recommend that you go and see this movie.