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In Anticipation

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Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

I have to be brutally honest here, but I'm looking anxiously forward to this snowfall. We've had such a mild Winter thus far that I kinda of miss the snow. I love the way everything looks after a snowstorm. The trees and bushes covered in frost, a beautiful scene until we step outside and ruin it. 

Of course, all of this happens while I'm on the inside. I definitely don't like driving in a blizzard. There is something so comforting to me to watch a snowstorm, especially through my bedroom window where I'm inspired to write.  

As it turned out, the snowstorm ended up being a little more like rain/sleet barely leaving a mark. That's okay, I had to work and would not be able to admire the beauty of it. 

All of this brought on an AHA moment. I've realized that I require a balance of things in my life. It doesn't matter if it pertains to food, friendships, weather or an…

Bring On The Sun

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Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

What an absolutely beautiful day! The sun is shining and suddenly everything seems bright in one's life. We need the sun to uplift our mood and to provide the energy our minds and bodies desperately seek.

It's been such a very productive week so far.  I've been up early (before 8 am) everyday. I think it's all because of our trip to Springfield and all the early rising we did there. I feel refreshed and ready to take on the world. The sunny day helped as well. 

As we headed out this morning to take care a couple of small errands, I suddenly pulled into a car wash. Now, that may seem like nothing to you, but I detest washing the car. One of the things I miss the most about Joey no longer living here, he would wash and vacuum my car for me. If I needed milk or anything else from the store, all I had to do is call him and he would make the stop on his way home. 

The things we miss th…

February Leap

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Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

Happy Leap Year everyone! One extra day this year and I bet it has caused havoc to most people. So far, February has been bittersweet to say the least. Even though it is only about two days shorter than the other months, it seems to fly by. Thank goodness for that, because it caused a bit of a stir for us. 

I have expressed numerous times my goal for the year of trusting and following God's path for us. I would not fight nor argue with God, but accept His will. Whenever we say that to God, He will definitely put us to a test. This month we had many of such small, yet irritating mishaps, but we have survived them all. 

The best part of February? Well, our trip to Springfield to spend  with the little ones who aren't so little anymore. Maybe because we live so far apart from each other, but each trip involves bonding. Would we be the same if we lived so close by? Maybe, maybe not. 

The mos…

The Family Circle

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You know, as bad as the getting there was, the actual family time was wonderful. The entire day was packed-full of activity. We began with Hannah's volleyball game. This is one of those things that I miss about being a grandma. I want to be there for the Open House at school, that game, that ballet performance or Talent Show. So when I can participate, it's a huge deal. So we cheered, roared and called out her name, basically embarrassing her and she loved every minute of it. 

What really touched my heart was the effort that Joey  put in toward meals. Since Emily and I live a vegetarian lifestyle, people usually forget or don't think about such things and we end up eating salad. This was the first time that someone considered us by conforming their meals to us and not the other way around. That's love.

The birthday party was at granny and papa's place (Aubs. parents). They h…

In Reflection

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Everyday is a brand new
                                                           day, everyday is a journey.

We tell Thee of our care,
Of the sore burden, pressing day by day,
And in the light and pity of Thy face,
The burden melts away.
We breathe our secret wish,
The importunate longing which no man may see;
We ask it humbly, or, more restful still,
We leave it all to Thee.
SUSAN COOLIDGE.

Our journey back couldn't have been better. The train wasn't full, so we sat in comfort. I spent my time listening to my podcasts, glancing out the window, absorbing the view. It was peaceful and reflective. The sun shining brightly highlighting the early Sunday morning glory.

I thought about the craziness of the week. All the mishaps that happened, enough to discourage anyone. On Monday, we lost some candles we bought at the store. Where are they? We don't know. Wednesday I had the flat tire where I totally panicked. Friday …

The Silent Type

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God keep us through the common days,The level stretches white with dust,When thought is tired, and hands upraiseTheir burdens feebly since they must;In days of slowly fretting careThen most we need the strength of prayer.
--Margaret E. Sangster. Three Coach Buses lined the street at Joliet Amtrak Station. One was an Express to St. Louis; the second going only to Dwight, Lincoln and Normal; and the third made all the stops. Of course, we had to go on Bus 3.  Heads hung low, shoulders drooped, stomachs grumbling and with a heavy step we boarded, tired and pretty fed up with everything. It was very quiet on that bus as everyone was able to finally recharge their phones, laptops and Ipads. We settled in thinking it was almost over.  An hour later, the bus pulls over to the side and the driver walks around the back end. We thought we had a flat tire. He circles around one more time, gets back on and w…

Here Comes The Train

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It didn't hit me right away what actually had happened. All of a sudden, there was a lot of commotion with Conductors running, people talking all at once, but my concern was the veggie subway that lay on the floor. I just wanted to clean it up as fast as I could. I felt embarrassed, because I couldn't understand in that second how it ended up there. I felt as if everyone was watching me seeing my shame. Isn't that funny how we believe such crummy things about ourselves in a moment of stress? Of all the things to think about at that moment, a sandwich?

The Engineer came over the PA system: "Three trucks went around the railroad guards. Two made it, but not the third."

We had hit a truck (a little smaller than a semi) hauling John Deere tractors. Don't ask me how he maneuvered that load in between those guards. Maybe he went around the whole thing completely? People that …

Laying The Foundation

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Well, we certainly had plenty of excitement this past week! I only have myself to blame. I mean, at the beginning of the New Year, I made a vow to follow God's will. I would not complain, whine or worry, but accept the path I was to be on by trusting Him. I've forgotten a very important thing. I should have added that He show me mercy as well. Of course, He's going to put me to the test.

The trip to Springfield was nothing new. Some things just become a tradition without actually planning on it. Every February we make the trip for Hannah's birthday and in August they drive down here  for Tim's. Nothing new there nor out of the ordinary. 

In all fairness, we did do some things differently this time around. For one, I took the day before off from work so I wouldn't have to run around like a chicken with her head cut off. We cleaned the apartment, took out the garbage  and…

Through The Ages

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It's funny how I can spot an incident waiting to happen before it happens. Why couldn't I do that when I was young? Did I need to learn a little? Love a little? Go through a little?

 It's especially difficult when it pertains to a young man or woman. You can see that pitfall, that trap ready to ensnare them and still they don't listen. They plunge head on into disaster.  

I was exactly the same way. My mom would give me advice and I never listened to her. Why not? Why didn't I listen? Because I viewed advice from older people as outdated, out of style and things were different than in their time. They just wouldn't understand these new and modern era. 

Unfortunately, there wasn't anything new or modern. It was the same old disaster just dressed up in modern clothes. If you read the Bible, you can see the same mistakes being done now that happened in Adam and Eve's …

Highlight Of The Week #7

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Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

It has been a very active week for us here on the avenue. Since we have just gotten past Valentine's Day, we have been certainly blessed with flowers, cake, chocolate covered strawberries, 2 heart shaped boxes of chocolates and a beanie baby inside a cup. We have been chowing down on chocolate and then more chocolate. There goes the diet!

Majority of our time this week has been spent preparing for our trip to Springfield to celebrate my granddaughter's 10th birthday. Really looking forward to it and more on that later. 

I did have a meltdown at the gas station by the air pump. One of my tires regularly needs air. For some reason (maybe the coldness) I could not unscrew the cap. I have done this a  million times in my driving career. I just could not unscrew that darn cap! The air was on as I struggled to release that cap. Of course, not a single soul was around for me to scream HELP! Th…

A Doctor's Visit

Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.



It is in vain that you rise up early
            and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious toil;
            for he gives to his beloved sleep. Psalm 127:2

Atmy last oncologist visit everything went quite well. Or at least until the dialogue turned towards my primary doctor. You see, I haven't been to one in three years. I know, I know, but sometimes my life seems like a perpetual flow of medical appointments. It becomes tiring with nothing but tests. 

With a heavy heart, I headed home, debating if I should go to the same one I went to before or not. I didn't care for her at all. I thought she was very rude as she examined every single pore of my body. Sadly, she wasn't impressed with any of it, especially my weight. 

My weight. Do you think that I'm happy with it? How many blog posts have I written in regards to weight? It seems that the last nine years have been devoted to it.…

New Blogs

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Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

It's been awhile since I've shared other blogs that I follow. I've added a whole slew of new ones to the mix. As you can see from the list below, they all seem to be about tiny living or living with less. I'm really, really interested in this lifestyle.


1. Old World Garden Farms
This is a family with teenage/college age children who have decided to move out into the country and live a healthier lifestyle by growing their own organic vegetables, raise chickens and build their own home. Right now, they are still in the process of achieving this dream. This couple are a power couple of talent. He builds many things himself (he has serious carpentry skills) and she has a wealth of knowledge in gardening. Their blog consists of gardening, remodeling and healthy recipes. 

2. Homestead Honey
This one is one of my favorites! This is another family with small children who live in Missouri …

Highlight Of The Week #6

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Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

I began the week with a weigh in and great intentions to sticking with a work out routine. I said I began, but sadly only lasted one whole day. In my defense, I can honestly say that for at least two days I was very busy in the morning with appointments. Once we stop, it's difficult to get back on track. Talk about feeling disgusted with myself and my lack of endurance. My week continued with the same tempo as above as fatigue overtook me and I did less and less each day. It really wasn't a great week for me at all. 

My Saturday was spent with Ministry work and my ladies. Sunday was Church  and a few errands afterwards. Now I'm sitting here wondering where my three day weekend has gone?   One more day left and I already knew it would be over before I blinked. A friend was coming over for coffee in the morning, laundry had to be done and ministry items to be packed up for delivery. I…

Throwback Thursday

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Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.
My feelings toward clutter haven't changed, which is funny, because my bedroom needs constant de-cluttering. My poor room has a multi-purpose serving as an office, gym, yarn storage and finally as a bedroom. I keep wondering how in the world I will be able to live in a Tiny House with this horrible habit of mine.
As I re-read the post below from 2013, I realized that every time I am down in the dumps, I clean. I want to re-arrange or organize my messy spaces. Not just any kind of cleaning, but deep in the corners and into the crevices type. That says a lot about who I am. 
I'm never quite content in sweeping everything under the rug. One can only do that for awhile. Pretty soon, you have to clean under that rug and if you wait too long it can turn into a mountain of a problem. 
That seems to be a problem even at work. Many businesses just want to fix things with a band-aid solution instead of having major surgery. I think that&#…

I Have a Dream

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So I have been dreaming lately of yarn. Yes, you heard me. Yarn! Glorious yarn! All for my Ministry. 

Dream:
I'm driving to work and ahead of me is this semi truck. Suddenly, the truck's back doors swing open and out pops out an entire skid of colorful yarn right in front of my car. As I begin to pick up the yarn to stow in my car, I notice yarn on people's front lawns and steps. All this yarn meant for me. 

Dream:
I'm holding in my hand envelopes with cards inside. I can see the cursive hand writing of my name and address on the front label. I open it up and inside is a gift card. I open another one and another. 

Dream:
I go downstairs to the laundry room and as I walk in, I see yarn of every color strewn over the floor. Piles and piles of yarn. 

The funny thing is that in my dream I'm in complete heaven being surrounded by all this yarn. Is this a sign for what is to come? I'…

Becoming More

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                                          Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

As I prepared for the next online Bible study, I found myself excited to see what it would be all about. This one also provided joining a discussion group online. It must be pretty popular since I'm on a waiting list for that group. Somehow, it seemed there would be more work in this one than the last. 

I am concerned about the discussion part since I will be at work when it will be going on. By the time I can participate, everyone should be sleeping. Still, that will not deter me from joining. 

As the first week unfolded, I wasn't disappointed. I love a good study with homework and this one has just that. Of course, the first couple of days, everyone participated in the discussion. By the end of the week, it was just a few of us. This is very typical in all groups. 

I've been in many women groups and they all end like this. In the beginning, a crowd happens, but as the weeks advance …

A Story Or Two

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Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

This blessed Sunday finds me surrounded by paperwork as I prepare my taxes. There is always trepidation that I may do something wrong. I've been preparing my own taxes now for a few years, since my closest friend (a CPA) showed me. 

I've also been experiencing some minor problems with my posts, not really sure what is going on. It doesn't matter, I still plan on having a great day. Sunday has always been about family and church. I hope you have experienced both today. 

Below are some stories I've collected that I thought were inspirational or brought a smile to my face. I hope you will enjoy, maybe even share with your loved ones as you sit down to Sunday Supper or coffee.

I heard a true story once about a pastor who officiated a funeral. Afterwards, he got in his car to lead the processional to the cemetery. Well, he started driving, turned on the radio, and got lost in thou…

Hello Everyone

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Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a  journey.

No star is ever lost we once have seen,
We always may be what we might have been.
Since Good, though only thought, has life and breath,
God's life--can always be redeemed from death;
And evil, in its nature, is decay,
And any hour can blot it all away;
The hopes that lost in some far distance seem,
May be the truer life, and this the dream.
A. A. PROCTER.

Hello everyone! I hope all of you are enjoying your weekend. I know I am. Today, I have a special fictional story that I've written for my niece's Thought Collection Notebook. If you click on the link, it should take you directly there. I hope you will enjoy. 

Have a Blessed day everyone. 
Link: http://www.thoughtnotebook.org/anm/artbase/?a=442&z=36&utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=email_this&utm_source=email

Highlight Of The Week #5

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Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey.

I think there is only one word suitable to describe this week . . . . sleep! My body must be exhausted, because I have been sleeping between 8 to 10 hours a night. I wake up smiling. I don't think I've ever slept so much in my life.

One would think that all this sleeping would affect my daily output. I mean, if I'm sleeping then I can't be getting things done, right? Actually, it hasn't affected any part of that. The apartment is clean, laundry is done, pantry is filled and bills are paid. The Ministry is fine with everyone having their necessary supplies. I'm posting on my blog everyday. Could it be that I'm more productive when I'm truly rested?

This reminded me of a Bible Study group I once attended. As always, the first few weeks of a Study brings out a crowd. We went around the room speaking of why we are here. One lady, a mother of six, said that she struggl…

Throwback Thursday

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Everyday is a brand new day, everyday is a journey. Fatigue and chemo go hand in hand.  I don't know of any treatment that doesn't exhaust us physically draining all energy. I have to constantly push myself  to get out of bed or to go out to social gatherings. All I want to do is rest. That's all good and dandy, but I cannot spend my life in bed. I get my full 6-8 hours of sleep every night and if I have to take a nap here and there, I do. I just don't stay there. Schedules come and go. I've become a professional in that department. I'm constantly on the look out for that perfect and organized chart that will fill my every need. Even now, I'm on a new schedule.  This week, we are awaiting the decision from work on who will be moving to first shift. When I re-read the following post, I smiled because  didn't we do this two years ago? Here we are again. Life's Changes
I've been feeling tired lately, none of it making m…

Getting Lost On The Path

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Today I thought about all the people that I've walked with on my Christian path. Some of them are still here with me and others have disappeared or fallen. What brought all of this thinking on?

Well, social media has united people together by the click of a button. We can see what our long distance friends are up to without having to travel to visit them. We can see their comments on religion, their daily lives, their politics and their belief systems. 

Not too long ago, I came across someone that began the Christian faith with me. We went to the same Bible studies, the same Church and we were there for each others Baptisms. Somewhere in the middle of that walk, we lost touch. 

You could just imagine how confused I must have been when this person posted some comments that were against Christian beliefs. The first couple of times, I wrote it off as a fluke naming one excuse or another. Then, …

Disappointments

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I love to think that God appoints
My portion day by day;
Events of life are in His hand,
And I would only say,
Appoint them in Thine own good time,
And in Thine own best way.
A. L. WARING.

Disappointments are like tiny scars that ache with pain. That scar can become a scab, but we constantly are picking at it causing it to bleed and reopen all over again. It's hard to let go of disappointment, especially when that disappointment comes from loved ones. We all have experienced these disappointments. 

I know how I am, how I deal with these setbacks. Talk about negativity city! Suddenly, in my own mind, I cannot do anything well. I am the worst mother. The uncaring daughter. The failing and unsuccessful worker.  I'm way too fat and way too unattractive. No one wants to read my gibberish. I'm not good at anything. 

These are the lies that we tell ourselves when disappointments occur. The …

Mellowing Out

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Shall I hold on with both hands to every paltry possession? All I have teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson.

As January enters the end of the month, I find myself embracing the new schedule that I've created unbeknownst to myself. There is something very different about this schedule from all the others. This one involves my well-being and not about productivity. I still get my work done, just on a more leisurely based tempo.

For instance, I take the time to relax and rest. Yesterday was one of those type of days. I felt sluggish and had no energy, so I sat around on the couch watching old movies and crocheting. That was the entire highlight of my day. The old me would feel guilt for the lack of productivity, but no more. 

Remember my lingering statement? Well, all of this goes hand in hand with it. All this rushing around does no one any good. It wo…