Monday, December 22, 2014

Just Another Night Out......

So, yeah, about a week ago I vowed (publicly, no less) that I would never step foot in Walmart again. But thanks to my husband getting a corneal abrasion yesterday, I had to pick up his script at the pharmacy today because I haven't switched pharmacies yet.

But let me start at the beginning, as this doesn't entirely involve Walmart.

Tonight I had to finish Christmas shopping for my husband. My mother offered to drive to Utica with me but I declined saying I could get it done faster by myself. Yeah. Took just as long.

First store I went in was the worst. While looking for something specific, I stumbled upon an item that I had ordered online because the website said that particular store did not have any left in stock. No biggie except I ordered last minute and it will arrive after Christmas. I angrily put the item back on the shelf and in the process, slit my thumb on the corner of the metal rack. My thumb was bleeding so I dug into my purse because I knew I had a band-aid. While searching for a band-aid, I noticed a clerk walking by the aisle, staring at me. While applying the band-aid, she walked by again in a different direction. While stuffing the wrapper back into my purse, she walked down the aisle and asked if I needed anything. YES, $1,000.00 for distress thank-you-very-much GO AWAY!! I do believe she thought I was stealing.

Next, I stood in a particular aisle for about 10 minutes staring at an item on my husband's list, completely dumbfounded. Finally I smartened up and called my stepson who directed me to the correct item. Next year....GIFT CARDS!

As I went to go to the checkout counters, I became confused and somehow ended up in a dead end. I stood there...again, completely dumbfounded.....and finally turned around to walk the other way and noticed a woman nearby smirking at me. Forget YOU lady, how was I supposed to know it was a dead end?? Stupid store. I cashed out and left that store in a hurry.

After spending 10 minutes trying to get out of the New Hartford plaza, I finally made my way back to Herkimer. To Walmart.

While closing the door to my Jeep in the Walmart parking lot, the corner of the door slashed into my leg. It hurt. A lot. As I'm walking towards the store, I felt something warm on my leg and I knew it was bleeding. Whatever. Get the script and get OUT.

But of course I couldn't do that. I just HAD to pick up a few extra items. That went well until I needed help with something and the girl promised to send someone over to that aisle. I waited 5 minutes. A very, very slow employee (“slow” as in “slow moving, la-dee-da”) happened to be walking by so I snagged her. After showing her what item I wanted that was on display but not in a box, she promised to be right back. I waited (I kid you not) exactly 15 minutes in that aisle and I do believe I peed my pants a little, for you see, I had to go since Utica. And don't forget I was bleeding underneath my jeans. Incidentally, 10 minutes after waiting I heard on the loudspeaker someone calling for help in the section I was in. Thanks a lot.

The “slow” woman FINALLY sauntered over telling me “sorry” but they don't have any in stock.

BYE BYE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

One more stop. I was carrying a large item through the store and an employee walked in front of me, pretty much cutting me off, so while I was walking behind him I was thinking {evil thoughts} that I would love to shove my item in his backside. OOPS.............he stopped quick to make a turn and yes, my item went into his backside.

I am home now. Safe in my pink, fluffy pajamas, sipping on wine and eating a cookie.

So you see, I really should not be allowed in public alone. But at least I didn't pass gas this time!

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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.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Where's My Chicken???


Do not post anything on Facebook about your missing chicken unless you are absolutely sure your chicken is missing!


On Friday, I bought a package of boneless breasts and put it in my fridge until I was ready to bag and freeze them. On Sunday, I bought one more package because they were on sale. On Monday, I looked in the fridge and saw one package of chicken, and had no clue where the second package was.

Did I leave it in the store? Was it in the Jeep? Did it run away???????

My husband confirmed that it was not left in the Jeep. And it certainly didn't run away.


Oh. Yes. Heh, um, apparently I did separate it on Sunday evening and put it in the freezer, leaving the other package out so we could bake it and slice for sandwiches. I remembered this and told my husband. What does my husband do? He comments on FB about my little confession.


So yeahhhhhhhhhh, I'm crazy and my chicken is safe and sound in the freezer.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Sisters, Sisters!

My sister recently visited “home” again and we had a lot of fun, as usual. Leah is 14 months older than I am and though growing up we weren't terribly close (typical sister fights) we have been close as adults. I hate that she lives several states away BUT I think we get along better when we don't see each other all of the time.

We did a lot in the short time she was visiting. She stayed at our house but mom got to have a lot of time with her, just the two of them (shopping, coffee, etc).

On a Saturday, my husband and I had Leah all to ourselves. We did a lot in one day. First, her and Joe (my husband) took the dogs for a long walk on a nearby trail. Later, the three of us went on a hike at this awesome place that has caves and waterfalls. The hike was interesting. I've been on this particular trail in the past and have had no problems, yet this time I fell. Twice. Oh, nothing was hurt - except my quad on one leg where I caught myself, and a little bit of pride - but otherwise I was fine. Also, Leah made a little friend on this hike. A little boy (maybe 5 or 6?) was hiking with his family and took an immediate liking to my sister and followed her around...until we managed to ditch them and move on, bahahahaaa. And other than Leah finding a dead mouse in the water by the falls, it was a good day.


Later, we went out to dinner at one of my favorite places, Ninety-Nine, then came home, got in our “cozies” and drank wine while watching “Pee Wee's Big Adventure”. It was a pretty awesome day.

Another night, my husband made his awesome homemade pizzas and we had my mom, gram and cousin over. For dessert, we had homemade apple pie (made by 'yours truly'). At one point, since so many of us wanted to talk at once, my sister made us pass around a candle lighter which she called “the talking stick”. You could only speak when holding the stick. Of course we had a lot of laughs and got silly with that because everyone wanted “the stick”.

Speaking of a lot of laughs, here's a good one. One morning, I woke up and reached for my box of tissues but they were not next to my bed where I put them before falling asleep. I later found the box of tissues in Leah's room! She stole my tissues while I was sleeping. WHO DOES THAT???? Sisters. Sisters do that.

On Leah's last day here in NYS, her and our mother and I went out to breakfast and then to the local nature trail for a nice hike. Later, we went to gram's to have coffee before Leah had to pack and head to the airport.

Now Leah is back to her own home and we are missing her but we had fun and a lot of laughs.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Fridays Five Faves (a day late)

Posting a day late but better late than never!!

The last two weeks have been rough. I don't get a lot of sleep due to my hip/back/neck issues as well as restless leg syndrome (um, and my crazy fat cat) so I've been running on empty. Then a friend of mine passed away from long-suffering with cancer; another friend's father passed away; and my piano student's 3-week-old baby brother passed away. And on top of that, I've been praying fervently for the Christians who are being beheaded in Iraq. But I've found blessings in these days; Bible verses that my friends posted, church service, and comfort in friends and family. I know that God is bigger than anything we'll ever face on earth and as long as we keep our eyes fixed on Him, we can get through even the worst of times.

My most faves in the last week are as follows:

Blog Posts
I did some blog reading the other day and found two posts that really touched me; posts I needed to read, like God sent me to them for an encouraging Word. Step over to Gold in the Clouds, "Still Praise" and Outnumbered Mom "Too Much to Carry" to be blessed!

New Piano Student
Daycare kids come and go, as well as piano students. Last month I “let go” a piano student who had been a no-show two weeks in a row without letting me know she wouldn't be there; and she didn't like to practice because she wanted to play outside instead. So I was down a student. This week I got another, now I am full!! I am discovering that if I am patient and wait on God, He brings just what I need in just the right timing.

Getting in Touch
And speaking of piano, I found my former piano teacher on Facebook and we became Facebook friends and are now in touch again. She taught me when I was around 11and I took lessons for 4-5 years. She is an awesome teacher and woman and I think she will be a great mentor for me as I teach my own students!

Cooler Weather
Yes, I love the cooler weather. Fall is my favorite season and I don't mind Winter either. Cozy cool days to curl up with a fire in the wood stove, under a blanket with a good book and cup of coffee; evenings with wine and a good movie. See ya later, summer. Bring on the cold weather!!

Three Day Weekend
I so need this. I plan on sleeping later this weekend to try to catch up. I also plan on getting stuff done around the house, working on cross-stitch and sewing projects, and hanging with my husband.  Last night my grandmother and I ate burgers and fries at the Ilion Marina; we sat by the water and enjoyed a fun evening together.  Today my husband and I went to Cooperstown for the afternoon!!

I hope all my friends have a great weekend! Link up to Susan's site and tell us your own faves!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Our Getaway

My husband and I recently took a much-needed mini-vacation in Lake George.

We stayed at a cute motel called Lake Haven, which sat at the edge of the village in walking distance to all the shops and restaurants. The king sized bed was glorious (I love motel/hotel beds!!) and the best part cats to wake me up in the middle of the night or early morning!!!!

After breakfast on Saturday morning, we walked the block down the road between the restaurant and our motel and there was a small beach. It was beautiful.

Joe and I did a lot of walking on this short trip, but we also did a lot of eating. We paid $8.00 per alcoholic drink and $2.75 for a small ice cream cone but it was all worth it.

On Saturday we met up with friends (my BFF and her husband) and their 2 daughters for lunch. After lunch, my BFF and I took the “haunted tour” at Dr. Morbid's Haunted House. We should have chosen the Frankenstein Wax Museum instead. Dr. Morbid's was only scary when the lights were out and things screamed at you. Otherwise it was pretty silly. I did scream a few times and my husband heard my screams from outside of the building, but I think we laughed more than we screamed.

After our “scary” tour, we took a ride on an outdoor carasoul with my BFF's daughters. My sandal slipped off during the ride (not sure how that happened) and we tried taking a selfie which is stupidly difficult when your horse is going up and down. The best part was all the laughs.

The rest of our weekend consisted of Strawberry Daquiris and Pina Coladas on a restaurant deck overlooking the lake, great food and lots of shops.

And.......I noticed that out of the entire weekend, my husband and I never got a photo together by the lake!!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Friday's Favorite Fives

Happy Friday!!  This week was hectic as I had a lot of errands to run and house cleaning/organizing to do BUT I'm relieved that Friday finally arrived.  I hope everyone had a great week.  Tell me your faves for the week and link up at Susan's site 

Special Delivery
Once in awhile, it's nice to get something different in the mail, besides junk mail and bills. This week I received a package from my best friend in California. Inside were several special goodies (edible and non-edible) including Girl Scout Cookies! A sweet gesture from your best friend really makes for a great week!

I tried Nutella for the first time ever this week (yes, the first time ever). My husband tried it as well. It was sooooooooooooooooooo awesome. I'm not sure what to put it on but so far I've scooped with a spoon and have eaten it out of the jar.

Daycare Blessings
My daycare numbers are increasing and I am one full time child away from being full. I'm very happy with the kids that I have and their parents are great. I feel very blessed.

I had a dream this week. I was standing in a crowded room and I was staring at the back of a man who looked familiar though I couldn't see his face. In slow motion, he turned to face me and stared at me with striking eyes. In recognition, I held out my arms and he walked over to me and we hugged for a very long time, and then I woke up.

The man in my dream was my uncle who passed away in a very tragic event several months ago. We had been very close at one point and then, because of a misunderstanding, he stopped talking to me for a very long time. And then he died.

I believe this dream was from God; perhaps telling me that my uncle is in better Hands, or maybe telling me that my uncle had forgiven me for whatever I did to cause him to stop talking to me. Whatever the reason, I am thankful. Seeing him gave me peace.

Time Away
My husband and I had our 9 year anniversary on July 30th and we're celebrating a little late due to business of the summer. We'll be heading to one of our favorite vacation spots, Lake George! I don't even care if the weather is cooler this weekend, I look forward to getting away (and hopefully a good night sleep without my CATS!!).