Sunday, March 5, 2017

Sunday Wonderings

Does your mind ever just wonder, wander, and ponder things?  Mine certainly does all the time, and I thought it was time I share a few of my most recent wonderings.

There's so much hype these days over "This Is Us" so I watched it on Hulu and I got through a few episodes and I still don't understand the hype.  Well, at least, not yet.  I keep wondering when it's going to move me, maybe it will and maybe it won't.  I guess time will tell as I continue to watch.

I wonder if all the bantering back and forth between the coaches on The Voice is scripted?  I'm pretty sure it is, but don't tell my husband I said that.  He loves that show and watches it all the time.
I wonder if President Trump has moments when he wonders why he ever thought about being President of the United States.  I feel for the guy sometimes.  In some ways I believe he is the first President to do exactly what he said he was going to do, and he has made huge progress in only 40 days time.  I also think he has been very honest with us on his intentions and has kept his word.  Sure, he has come up with some opposition, but who doesn't in politics?  I also wonder if he will ever get the credit I personally think he deserves.  At least he is trying to address our concerns.  Sure, it's hard to watch families being pulled apart when their family members are being deported, but I would expect to be deported if I broke the law in another country.  I do not know of any other country that would not do the same thing if the shoe was on the other foot.

I wonder why there isn't a way for remaining family members to cash in on the dental work done on their loved ones.  No joke!  Some children would get quite an inheritance if they could.  Mine, on the other hand, wouldn't get much.  (Remember, I'm going to be 50 soon and I still haven't had a cavity)  ~chuckle~chuckle~

I sometimes wonder why there is a passing lane or a turning lane as most people apparently do not know how to use either of them.  Do they know they could cause an accident by doing some of the things they do?  

I wonder how we would ever survive without computers and cell phones.  It seems as though most of us have forgotten what life was like before we had them.  I personally do not care to actually find out, but I do find it interesting that no one actually makes a phone call anymore.  I think that's sad.  Sure, I love the convenience of sending a text, but to do away with actually speaking to people all together is wrong.  I think the key to
all of it is finding a balance in our use of them.

I wonder if the Sharks on Shark tank have a preview of what's coming up on the show before the actual contestants are brought in to do their presentations.

I wonder if our country will ever be unified again.
Now for some of my more serious wanderings.....

I sometimes wonder how my life will end.  Will I suffer an illness, die in an accident, or will I just die of natural causes?  Of course, my desire is that I would live a very long life and then just go to sleep and wake up with my Heavenly Father.  But, that's what we all would desire, but that's not always the way it happens.  

Then,  going hand in hand with my wonder above, I wonder how my husband and my life will be after one of us dies.  Chances are we will not die at the same time, so one of us is going to be left to adjust to life without the other.  
I also wonder how will our children feel once both of us are gone from this earth?   Will they remain close to one another?  Will they be there for one another if ever they need help?  I just remember how lost and lonely my husband felt and still feels from time to time after his Father's untimely death.

Added note:  I do not dwell on any of this, but sometimes my mind just wonders.  I'm sure yours does as well from time to time. 

I have decided that if and when I do die, which we all know will someday surely happen, I've decided that if I have to have a funeral, which I guess we do have a choice in the matter, I want mine to be happy, positive, and filled with joy and laughter, stories that will have everyone laughing, remembering my spirit and hopefully admiring our family for our strength and faith.  I want it to be beautiful and touching and if possible I would love for each of my children to speak and share memories about the kind of woman I am.  I of course have visions of a perfect funeral, but that doesn't really matter.  The
 one thing that I love most about the LDS faith is our belief in eternal families and that life continues on after death, which brings so much peace and comfort at the time of death that a funeral truly is a celebration of the life of the deceased person, not so much a time of sadness and mourning.  I'm sure no matter what kind of funeral my family decided to have after I'm gone, I will be pleased and proud of my family.  

I know this is such a strange thing to talk about, but if there is anything our family knows better than most people is that life can change quickly.  Last night as I was turning off lights and making sure doors were locked I peaked outside and saw the night sky.  It was amazing to see the stars in the sky.  It was the exclamation point on my day.  For that one moment,  I was able to glance at my own life...I hope that it will be said that I made the moments count.  If so, I will have succeeded in this test called life.  Enough said.

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Saturday Fun Day!

It's been a while since I posted anything.  I've missed you all.  I went back to work after being out again with Kevin.  Kevin had another episode and I thought for sure we were in for another inpatient hospital stay.  Instead he messed up his foot pretty bad and I was home to help him get around.

Work was busy, yet totally amazing at the same time.  We had  couple people out with things like Hawaii vacations, jury duty, and out on a medical leave, so we were down a few.  Even so, work was also amazing as I mentioned before.  I had a few meetings with my manager and our director.  Nothing out of the ordinary.  I received my annual review and was pleasantly surprised.  I received a raise and a bonus.  I honestly didn't expect anything with the kind of year I had last year.  I have to say it was a wonderful blessing!  I can't wait to see how that affects my paychecks going forward.  Yay!  

I will say this, Heavenly Father hears and answers my prayers.   In fact, I am always amazed at how he answers each and every prayer in such profound and personal ways that always reminds me just how much He loves me and is aware of me and the things we need on a daily basis.  What a blessing it is to know my Heavenly Father is always there for me and will never let me down.  I don't know what I'd do without Him in my life.  
Lexi and I got up and got ready so we could run some errands together.  The first stop was to my bank to get a few things taken care of.  One thing I needed to do was to get a brand new debit card for myself.  I got a new card in the mail a few months back but it's splitting down the center.  The bank added that new little chip to the card and the split runs right next to one side of the chip.  I think that chip is more trouble than it's worth.  I know some day I'm going to leave my card in the card machine at some store one day.  I no likey the chips!  
After we were done at the bank we went to Discount Tire.  I needed new tires, but I had no idea they were as bad as they were.   The guy helping me checked all of the tires and got me all set up to get four brand new tires.  I even got a factory rebate which was great!  We also always get their lifetime guarantee on each tire so they will replace them if something happens to them.  That is always a nice thing to have because usually when a tire issue happens we are always tight for money.  So, having their replacement guarantee really comes in handy for me.

While we were waiting for the tires to be put on the car Lexi and I walked over to Tuesday Morning and walked around.  We found a couple of things I thought would be nice to have.  I really like those ceramic knives for the kitchen and they seem to have them in all sizes and shapes so we picked up a set of two.  I think it's a good thing I don't get into that stop very often because it could become very dangerous for me.  I have a decorating addiction and the less time I spend in stores like Tuesday Morning the better.

When Lexi and I walked back to Discount Tire they were parking our car in the parking lot and we were handed the keys and the paperwork for my rebate and we were on our way.  On our way home we stopped by Walgreen's to pick up two of the many prescriptions Kevin has.  These were not the super expensive ones.  We went home and got the prescriptions to Kevin because I knew he needed them and then Lexi and I were off again.

This time we went to the grocery store.  I think everything we at the grocery store had to go in the refrigerator.  It's always a trick to try and make room for things in our fridge.  It's a side by side and I'm not a fan of those types of refrigerators but I'm not complaining.  We picked up a lot of fruit and veggies.  Lexi and I plan to make some smoothies tomorrow.  It should be fun to try out a couple recipes we have.

Once everything was put away we took a little break and had some lunch.  After lunch we pulled out the lawn mower and I mowed the lawn and Lexi helped me sweep the sidewalks.  The lawn was getting pretty long so it was time.  We still need to weed eat to trim up a few things but it looks a lot better.  I think having me do the lawn is the hardest thing for Kevin since his injury.  He was always the one that did the lawn and had to have our lawn just so.  He would spend hours in the yard every week.  I know he misses that.  I wish there was a way for him to still be able to do his lawn but there really isn't.  I feel bad.

Once the lawn was done I came inside and  picked up around the living room and family room.  I still need to finish that and vacuum, but I will get that done in a bit.  When Lexi and I ran to the grocery story we forget a few things on my list.  I had to try to remember the things on my list from memory since my cell phone has been acting up this past week.  It's pretty much a brick, so I'm going to have to get a new phone.  Kevin gave Kyle his old one and the same thing happen to it last week.  Kyle ended up borrowing an old phone from Danielle and he transferred everything to that.  Kyle plans to buy a new phone when he gets his tax return and I will either take the phone Kyle borrowed from Danielle or Kevin will give me his new phone and he will get another one.  I want to stay with an iPhone of some kind so all of my stuff will transfer nicely, but if I have to I will take Kevin's new fancy phone.  I also don't want Kevin to be without a phone.  He was without one for quite a while there last year.  We just couldn't afford to put service on more than one phone during that time, so he lost his old number and we used mine.  So, if I go with his phone I may have to get a new number as well.  I don't know if I want to do that.  It all depends on the SIM cards and if they will work on Kevin's new phone.  Kyle and I will check it out tonight when he gets home.  Then when Curtis gets home we will get him set- up with a new phone too.  Nothing fancy just something he will be able to use until he is ready to buy his own .  In the meantime I am still mourning the loss of my phone.  I've only had it for about two years (maybe a little longer) and it's dying on me.  Sadness!

Last night before Kyle went to hang out with his Uncle and cousin to play games he and I ran out to look a suits.  He needed a new suit he could wear for work.  It also happens to come at the perfect time for Curtis to come home, so at least Kyle will look beautiful!  Speaking of Curtis, we received a letter from his mission president last week.  The letter mentioned a few of the things his mission president admired about our son and how much he trusted him.  (That was my favorite part.)  The letter thanked us for raising such a fine young man, mentioned how much their appreciated our son's cheerfulness and he mentioned that Curtis was always smiling and happy every single time he came in contact with him.  Then the mission president said he loved our son as if he was their own and said he would love to meet us, the parents, some day.  The second test was a very nice letter.  The letter also included a copy of our sons travel plans for the day he comes home and another letter asking us to have our son checked for tuberculosis as soon as he returns home.  It did not say anything about Curtis being exposed to it at all.  I think it's just a precaution.  From what I understand from other missionary parents there has been an upswing of tuberculosis cases all over the world.  So, I scheduled his appointment with our doctor for the day after he returns home.  Better safe than sorry.  I was also encouraged to get him tested twice if he happens to come back with a positive test.  One mother said her daughter's first test came back positive and then they started her on all kinds of medications until they tested her again.  The second test came back negative.  So, their daughter ended up taking medications she didn't need to take.  If someone comes back with positive Tb it means 6 to 9 months of medications.  Not fun!

I was telling my boss about the letter we received from the mission president and as I was telling her I realized how serious positive Tb could be.  Frankly, we just can't deal with anymore medical stuff.  We are at our max.  So, we are praying for negative results and I am confident my Heavenly Father knows what we can handle and what we cannot.  I'm leaving it all in his hands.  That's all I can do.

I rescheduled my Orthodontist appointment for next week.  I can't wait to see what the Orthodontist has to say.  I talked with someone I know at work had braces a few years back and she was in her 50's.  She said she always wanted them and she was very glad she did it.  That made me feel better.  I'm just a little nervous about how braces will effect speaking.  My SIL tells a story about saying her name to customers when she worked in a bank.  Let's face it I don't have the easiest of last names to say.  Schmidt comes out bad sometimes.  I don't know if I'm ready for all of that.  LOL!  It will be good.

Tonight we are just doing laundry and watching a little TV.  I still haven't made any dinner.  Kevin was asleep when I thought about dinner and Lexi and I were not hungry so I didn't cook.  I did pick up a lot of sandwich stuff so we will see if he is hungry and get him something to eat if he is.  He still isn't eating much.  He averages about one meal a day.  Trust me, I've been keeping a close eye on him and pushing food every chance I get.  When I ask him questions about food I seem to hear my Grandmother.  No one every left her home hungry.  She was an amazing cook and could get anyone to eat.  I could use her around here right now.  I think I need to pick up some Ensure or some kind of protein shakes for him.  At least them I would know he was getting some kind of nutrition.  The man makes me worry and he knows it, but he can't help it.  I love him.  ~smile~smile~

Well, I should get going.  We need to get our clothes ready for church tomorrow.  Take care and we will talk again soon.  

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Man's best friend

Check this out.  The dogs are at each others throat behind the safety of the fence.  As soon as the fence moves they all turn around and go their separate ways.  One dog at the end has to get the last word just before he turns away from the fence.  This reminds me of some people I know.  Anyway, I thought it a funny when someone at work shared it with me today and had to share it with you.  Enjoy!  

I'll post more soon.  Take care.                            
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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Life - Full of Surprises!

I'm thinking this may well be the longest list I've ever answered!  Here's a little Meme that I came across and thought it was a good one for this time of year when we are thinking about goals and what we want to do with our lives this new year.  I'll highlight the items on the list that I have done in my lifetime and add a short comment after each.  Some may even surprise those closest to me.  Others are just a given.  
  • 1 - Bought everyone in the bar a drink
  • 2 - Swan with wild dolphins
  • 3 - Climbed a mountain.  Lots of times, especially as a youth.
  • 4 - Taken a Ferrari for a test drive - (No, but I've taken other sports cars for test drives before)
  • 5 - Been inside the Great Pyramid
  • 6 - Held a tarantula - (Oh heavens no!  Why on earth would I want to do that?  Yikes!)
  • 7 - Taken a candlelit bath with someone - no comment, enough said!
  • 8 - Said, "I love you" and meant it - I do this every single day to my husband and other family members.  It's just a part of our everyday life.  We say "I love you" a lot around here!
  • 9 - Hugged a tree - Literally and figuratively.  
  • 10 - Bungee jumped - (Are you kidding!  I'd probably jump out of an airplane before I ever bungee jumped.)
  • 11 - Visited Paris 
  • 12 - Watched a lightening storm at sea - From our cruise ship on the very first cruise Kevin and I took.  AND, does watching them from the coastline count?  I spent all of my Junior High and High School years on the coast of California and saw many lightening storms from the coast.  
  • 13 - Stayed up all night long and saw the sun rise - I remember doing this as a very young girl, and now it seems to happen a lot, especially when my body clock is all out of sorts.  
  • 14 - Seen the Northern Lights - Yes, of course!
  • 15 - Gone to a huge sports game - I remember going to see the Dodger's triple A team called the Albuquerque Dukes one time with my husband and two children at the time.  I was wearing this light pink blouse and white jeans with white tennis shoes and my hair was long and blond.  Well, the players from the field kept shouting to me telling me to "leave the bum".  I couldn't believe it!  I was a little flattered and a little disturbed by their remarks.  After all, who did these players think they were?  Then when a foul ball landed next to us and Kevin took the kids up to get the ball signed by one of the players I was afraid of what my husband might say to them.  Thankfully nothing happened.
  • 16 - Walked the stairs to the top of the leaning Tower of Pisa
  • 17 - Grown and eaten your own vegetables - It's been a while but YES, we've done this.
  • 18 - Touched and iceberg
  • 19 - Slept under the stars - More times than I can count.
  • 20 Changed a baby's diaper - More times than I want to remember
  • 21 - Taken a trip in a hot air balloon 
  • 22 - Watched a meteor shower - We live in Arizona where the view of the sky is amazing especially during the summer months.
  • 23 - Gotten drunk on champagne
  • 24 - Given more than you can afford to charity - Of course, and we've been blessed for it constantly!
  • 25 - Looked up at the night sky through a telescope - Absolutely!  
  • 26 - Had an uncontrollable giggling fit at the worst possible moment - More times that I care to count.  I remember times growing up when my Mom and I would get to giggling over something or someone we would see during the middle of Sacrament Meeting and we just couldn't stop.  Of course, our giggling had to be very quiet during those times.  We couldn't look at each other to avoid from giggling uncontrollably.  Oh the memories!
  • 27 - Had a food fight - Yes, we have done that as a family even.  Not fun to clean up, but fun while it was happening.
  • 28 - Bet on a winning horse
  • 29 - Asked out a stranger - of course, especially during my high school days.
  • 30 - Had a snowball fight - Sure.  Even though it doesn't snow much here in Arizona.
  • 31 - Screamed as loudly as you possibly can - I remember doing this just for fun as a kid with the neighbor kids.  As an adult, yes I have but let's leave it at that.
  • 32 - Held a lamb
  • 33 - Seen a total eclipse - I remember making these cool little tools so we could actually see it without blinding our eyes.  
  • 34 - Ridden a roller coaster - Every chance I get!
  • 35 - Hit a home run.  I played softball when I was in Junior High but I wasn't that good.  I could catch the ball and throw the ball, but I wasn't very good at hitting it.  Later in life, we would play softball in P.E. or with mutual and I was finally able to hit a home run.  Yay!
  • 36 - Danced like a fool and not cared who was looking - So many times!  I grew up in the 80's, dancing was a part of my everyday life and I loved it!
  • 37 - Adopted an accent for an entire day - I remember doing this when I was a kid all the time.  
  • 38 - Actually felt happy about your life, even for just a moment - Every day!  My life may not be perfect and may be full of a lot of stress...but what's not to be happy about.  I still have so much to be grateful for and I feel very blessed.
  • 39 - Had two hard drives for your computer - Sure!
  • 40 - Visited all 50 states - I would LOVE to do this.  
  • 41 - Taken care of someone who was drunk - I'd rather not remember that, but yes I have.
  • 42 - Had amazing friends - Of course, and some are reading this right now!
  • 43 - Danced with a stranger in a foreign country 
  • 44 - Watched wild whales - We had several opportunities to see wild whales on the west coast.  Especially when they would beach themselves on the shores.  That was a sad thing to see.
  • 45 - Stolen a sign
  • 46 - Backpacked in Europe
  • 47 - Taken a road trip - Of course, every chance we get.
  • 48 - Gone rock climbing 
  • 49 - Midnight walk on the beach - Yes! More times than I can count.  A must for everyone in their lifetime for sure!
  • 50 - Gone sky diving - not yet.
  • 51 - Visited Ireland
  • 52 - Been heartbroken longer than you were actually in love - Oh the teenage years.  Enough said.
  • 53 - In a restaurant, sat at a stranger's table and had a meal with them.  
  • 54 - Visited Japan
  • 55 - Milked a cow - yes I have!
  • 56 - Alphabetized your CD's - Yes I have, there's nothing wrong with that.
  • 57 - Pretended to be a superhero - I had children that loved the Power Rangers and they always wanted me to play with them.  We would all pretend to be a different ranger.  We also played Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles too.  Now, I pretend to be a super Mom.  LOL!
  • 58 - Sung karaoke - You really don't need to hear about that.
  • 59 - Lounged around in bed all day - More times than I should confess to.
  • 60 - Posed nude in front of strangers - Hey, I didn't write this survey!
  • 61 - Gone scuba diving 
  • 62 - Kissed in the rain - absolutely!  Tell me why this is so romantic?  Another MUST for everyone!
  • 63 - Played in the mud - as a little girl all the time!
  • 64 - Played in the rain - Of course I have!
  • 65 - Gone to a drive-in theater - I remember doing this as a little girl.  Then when I was in high school that was one of the "hang out" places in town.  Then when Kevin and I got married we would go alone or we would take our kids with us.  It felt very nostalgic.  I don't think there is a drive-in theater around here anymore.
  • 66 - Visited the Great Wall of China
  • 67 - Started a business - One but it wasn't successful
  • 68 - Fallen in love and not had your heart broken - I'm married to him!
  • 69 - Toured ancient sites - sure I have
  • 70 - Taken a martial arts class
  • 71 - Played a game for more than 6 hours straight - A board game several times.
  • 72 - Gotten married - Um, yes!  Still am.  Need I say more?
  • 73 - Been in a movie 
  • 74 - Crashed a party - seriously?  Who hasn't?
  • 75 - Gotten divorced 
  • 76 - Gone without food for 5 days - A couple of days, but never 5.
  • 77 - Made cookies from scratch - is there any other way?
  • 78 - Won first prize in a costume contest - My Mom could make some pretty amazing Halloween costumes.  
  • 79 - Ridden a gondola in Venice
  • 80 - Gotten a tattoo
  • 81 - Rafted on the Snake River
  • 82 - Been on television news programs as an "expert"
  • 83 - Got flowers for no reason - from my husband
  • 84 - Performed on stage - many times.
  • 85 - Been to Las Vegas
  • 86 - Recorded music - does recording it as a youth count?
  • 87 - Eaten shark
  • 88 - Had a one-night stand
  • 89 - Gone to Thailand
  • 90 - Bought a house - once.
  • 91 - Been in a combat zone - only once when we went camping with Kevin's entire family and his brother and his wife got into a huge physical fight.  That was ugly!
  • 92 - Buried one/both parents - only my father-in-law.  We miss him so much!
  • 93 - Been on a cruise ship - Yes!  Loved it!  Can't wait to do it again.
  • 94 - Spoken more than one language fluently - 
  • 95 - Performed in Rocky Horror - No, never, but we use to go to a midnight movie theater in Tempe that would show it.  No one ever really acted out the parts, although there were people dressed up like the characters in the movie there.  
  • 96 - Raised children - or still raising them.  
  • 97 - Followed your favorite band/singer on tour
  • 98 - Taken an exotic bicycle tour in a foreign country
  • 99 - Picked up and moved to another city to start over - picked up and moved with my parents since my dad was in the military but not start over.  Then once after I was married and it was almost starting over.  
  • 100 - Walked the Golden Gate Bridge (I've been there, but I haven't walked it)
  • 101 - Sang loudly in the car, and didn't stop when you knew someone was looking - all the time...LOL!
  • 102 - Had plastic surgery
  • 103 - Survived an accident that you shouldn't have survived
  • 104 - Wrote articles for a large publication 
  • 105 - Lost over 100 pounds (cumulatively, if you count pregnancy! LOL!) Do I really have to answer this one?
  • 106 - Held someone while they were having a flashback - no, not that I am aware of.
  • 107 - Piloted an airplane
  • 108 - Petted a stingray
  • 109 - Broken someone's heart - unfortunately yes.
  • 110 - Helped an animal give birth
  • 111 - Won money on a TV game show
  • 112 - Broken a bone - YES!  Four bones at the same time...both wrists at the same time while I was in Junior High.  Talk about embarrassing!
  • 113 - Gone on an African photo safari
  • 114 - Had a body part of yours below the neck pierced
  • 115 - Fired a rifle, shotgun, or pistol - I've fired all of these!  Love it!  Not super good at it, but loved it none the less.
  • 116 - Eaten mushrooms that were gathered in the wild
  • 117 - Ridden a horse - A few times
  • 118 - Had major surgery - appendectomy, gall bladder, c-section, tubal ligation
  • 119 - Had a snake as a pet 
  • 120 - Hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. - went rim to rim actually!  It was awesome!
  • 121 - Slept for more than 30 hours over the course of 48 hours - maybe when I was really sick or after a car accident.
  • 122 - Visited more foreign countries than U.S. states
  • 123 - Visited all 7 continents
  • 124 - Taken a canoe trip that lasted more than 2 days
  • 125 - Eaten kangaroo meat
  • 126 - Eaten sushi
  • 127 - Had your picture in the newspaper - many times in school
  • 128 - Changed someone's mind about something you care deeply about - I would say absolutely.  If you include doing missionary work, and while being a parent there have been things that have come up that we had to talk through and hopefully while doing so, that has helped our children make good choices. 
  • 129 - Gone back to school - NO, but I would LOVE to
  • 130 - Para sailed
  • 131 - Petted a cockroach - Yuck!
  • 132 - Eaten fried green tomatoes
  • 133 - Read The Iliad and the Odyssey 
  • 134 - Selected one "important" author who you missed in school, and read.  Several.  And I should have just read them back then.
  • 135 - Killed and prepared an animal for eating.
  • 136 - Skipped all your school reunions - I'd love to go back, but it doesn't have to be at a reunion.
  • 137 - Communicated with someone without sharing a common spoken language - several times when a foreigner needed help or directions
  • 138 - Been elected to public office
  • 139 - Written your own computer language
  • 140 - Thought to yourself that you're living your dream - Of course I have.  Every single time we take a trip alone together.  Every time I hear my children say, "I love you Mom" and every time Kevin gives me the "look" that says we're soul mates.
  • 141 - Had to put someone you love into hospice care - not personally, but watched my mother place my grandmother in their care and my MIL do the same thing with my FIL.  It's not something I wish for anyone, but I am so grateful there are people like hospice around when and if you need them.  They have a tough job.  
  • 142 - Built your own PC from parts
  • 143 - Sold your own artwork to someone who didn't know you - I remember I use to make and sell my own crafts when my kids were little.  I loved doing that!  Now, I really don't have a desire to do that much anymore. 
  • 144 - Had a booth at a street fair - Well, my oldest daughter had one and I helped her out.  I never actually had a booth of my own.  
  • 145 - Dyed your hair - Of course I have, in fact, I've done it for years now.
  • 146 - Been a DJ - unofficially of course.
  • 147 - Shaved your head
  • 148 - Caused a car accident - I wasn't driving and this happened when I was still in high school.  I was over at a friends house and my friends brother was driving.  He made a left hand turned at a light when it wasn't his turn to go and nearly caused an accident in the intersection.  Well, one of the drivers that missed us was not happy and decided to follow us.  We made a turn down a side street and when the car following us made the turn he hit a parked car pretty hard head on.  The friends brother was scared to death and we drove all the way to another friends house and parked his car in their drive way behind other cars.  
  • 149 -  Saved someone's life
  • 150 - Sang a solo in front of an audience - yes, several times 
  • 151 - Rode on an elephant - yes, a baby elephant when I was a little girl.  My parents were good friends with the zoo keepers at the Phoenix Zoo and one of the elephants had a baby and we were there after hours late one night and the zoo keeper let me ride on the back of that baby elephant for quite a while.  I never realized baby elephants were quite hairy until I actually saw it and felt it for the first time that day.  

Whew!  That was a long one.  It's been a pretty quiet day today.  Kevin is still struggling with his appetite today.  I made the steaks, baked potato, and green beans tonight for dinner and he ate some of it.  Still not what he normally would eat.  Lexi surprised me and actually wanted seconds.  Normally she doesn't want steak.  I guess it must of turned out pretty darn good if she was wanting more.  It really was a treat for us.  We haven't had steak in quite a while and we all loved it.  

Tonight I received a Priesthood blessing.  I am so very grateful to have the Priesthood in our home.  What a blessing it is indeed!!  Each time I receive one of these blessings I am reminded just how special they truly are and that I need to cherish every single one I receive.  If the events of our lives have taught us anything it is to not take anything for granted.  While I cannot go into the details of the blessing but to say I am at peace and that means everything.  I say this all the time, I wonder how people who are not of my faith survive the trials and tests of this world without the knowledge we have as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  People have asked me why I can smile when we have been through so much.  To that I can only say it is because of the blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life.  I could never do it without those things in my life.  Priesthood blessings are one part of all of that gospel I speak of.   Being a member of the church has taught me the value and power of being a women and a daughter of God.  It wasn't something I've always realized, but I have come to know this as I learn and grow as a member of this church and my testimony is strengthened with each test and trial we experience individually and as a family.  I know I would never wish these things to happen to us, but I can honestly say I am so grateful for the things these trials have taught me.  I have felt and continue to feel my Savior's love for me as I know he is always there more than ever throughout every single trial experienced.  I know this without a doubt because He has been by my side every step of the way leading me and guiding me through it all.  That is an incredible feeling to experience and I love it.  It is a privilege and an honor to know my Savior and feel of His love every single day of my life.  It is truly incredible!

Enough said.

Take care my friends and we will talk again soon.
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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Ten, Nine, Eight.....

Ten things I'm thankful for today:
  1. It's Saturday.  
  2. The Internet and the ability to see certain things with just a few key strokes.  
  3. My husband and the Priesthood that he holds.
  4. Priesthood blessings.
  5. Cooking Light popcorn!  Love it!
  6. my husband's appetite is coming back. Yay!  It's still not what it was but it's improving.
  7. A vacuum that works really well.
  8. A roof over our head.
  9. Food on our table.
  10. The gospel of Jesus Christ.
Nine things I accomplished today:
  1. made it to the grocery store and only got the things on my list, even after the list disappeared from my phone.
  2. three loads of laundry.
  3. cleaned the family room or should I say, picked up my own mess.
  4. cleaned the bathroom
  5. Only spent $26 at the grocery store.  Big accomplishment if I do say so myself.
  6. hung a banner that I had tucked away for St. Patrick's Day.  (Kyle gave me a hard time today for celebrating a Saints day since we aren't Catholic and St. Patrick's Day is just an excuse for everyone to get drunk.  I told him, St. Patrick's Day doesn't mean that for us.  It's just a day to have a little family fun.  He didn't have anything to say to that.)
  7. fed the dogs
  8. Managed to wake Kevin up right after he had just fallen asleep.  The poor man hasn't been sleeping well for the past week and here I go and wake him up right after he finally drifts off to sleep.  I felt so bad.  Poor man.  
  9. Does a nap count for me?  I did manage to fall back asleep after I woke up around 5AM this morning.  I slept until 7AM.  I call that a nap.  It counts, right?
Eight things I will do tomorrow:
  1. Go to church.  I'm loving the earlier schedule.  
  2. Get ready for work the next day.  My clothes have been laid out for a while now all ready to go.
  3. Make a nice dinner.  I'm hoping Kevin's appetite picks up again.  We are going to try out our Omaha Steaks we received as a gift from Kevin's Aunts.  Thanks again Yvonne and Patsy.
  4. Feed the dogs
  5. Bandage up Kevin's toe again.
  6. Empty out some of the things in my purse.  
  7. Send an email to our missionary.
  8. Get a blessing.
Seven things I need from the store:
  1. paint to paint a few picture frames.  I haven't decided on a color yet, so I've got some time yet.  It's for the redo of my gallery wall.  I'm hoping to get it done before Curtis comes home, but if I don't that's okay too.
  2. a few plastic totes
  3. Lexi needs new tennis shoes - the dog chewed hers up.
  4. this pair of shoes I've had my eye on for the past couple of months. (Okay I don't really need them.)
  5. a stand alone freezer.  Ours is too small.  
  6. salad fixins.  I totally walked right past them today at the grocery store.  Oh well, dinner tomorrow will not have a salad I guess.  No biggie.  
  7. Dog food.  Let's hope there is enough food in the bag to get through until Monday, otherwise the dogs will end up getting some table scraps and that's not good for them.
Six people I talked to today that I normal do not talk with everyday:
  1. An old friend I use to work at AT&T with.  I ran into her at the grocery store.  I'm still not sure why she was at the grocery store near my house since she lives in Apache Junction.  Oh well, it was nice to see her and catch up a bit.
  2. My oldest son right after he got to work today.  Normally I don't get to talk to him at all on the days he works because we don't see each other.  If he isn't working he is sleeping.  He works some crazy hours and they are about to get even crazier.
  3. a telemarketer from Washington DC.  They have been calling and calling for several weeks now and I normally do not answer their calls.  Well, today I did. 
  4. A friend on Facebook that I haven't talked to in several years.  Isn't technology amazing!
  5. My friend Heather
  6. My friend Bev
Five things I did today that I always do:
  1. made dinner
  2. fed the dogs
  3. did laundry
  4. Cleaned the bathroom
  5. Cleaned the Family Room
Four things I said far too often today:
  1. asked Kevin how he was doing and if he needed anything.  I seem to be asking those questions of him about every few minutes.  I think we both are tired of hearing me say the words.  LOL!  
  2. "Leroy, stop it!"  That darn dog keeps jumping on me first thing in the morning.  He's that excited to go outside with our other dog.  Silly dog.
  3. "Lexi, can you let the dogs in?"  I think she got asked that about three of four times today.
  4. "Kyle isn't here.  He left for work."  Kevin seems to always ask for Kyle when he isn't here.    
Three things I ate today:
  1. a donut from Hurts Donut Company.  Yum!  They are very rich and I could barely eat the one.  They pack a LOT of sugar in every donut apparently.  No joke.  I've never had a donut quite as sickening sweet in all my life.  Even our oldest son only ate one and I would say he is the one person in our family that always goes for the sweets.  Not with these donuts.  To be frank, I couldn't handle it.  So, if that's why they call themselves Hurts Donuts then they are true to their name.  The sugar shock alone will hurt!  Wowsers!
  2. Popcorn.  I love the Cooking Light Popcorn you can find down the chip isle at the grocery store.  It only has 35 calories per cup and it tastes really good! 
  3. Lots of water!  
Two things that made me laugh today:
  1. Kyle called me after arriving at work today to tell me he couldn't get into their locker room to get into his uniform because someone had got their key stuck in the door and it broke off.  So, Kyle was waiting for a locksmith to arrive to fix the lock.  He had to have dispatch swipe him in.  
  2. Kevin wanting to tease Curtis.  He said that I should tell him that the Bishop gave us the topic he wants Curtis to speak about in Sacrament Meeting.  Kevin wanted me to tell Curtis the topic was gay marriage.  Of course, I refused.  That man!  Of course Curtis would know it was a complete joke and of course he'd realize who's idea it was eventually.  And we wonder where Curtis gets his teasing attitude from.
One thing I want to remember about this day:
  1.  A conversation I had regarding the accidental death of a friend of a friend this past weekend that was enlightening to me and reminded me that life is short, life is precious, and that my faith and beliefs are the greatest blessing.
In other news......

These past several days have been a little rough.  Kevin hasn't been eating much and he hasn't been able to sleep at all either.  It's the pain is what he tells me.  He has all of his medications yet the pain just gets so intense that sometimes his stomach gets upset and he cannot sleep.  I believe the weather changes have something to do with his pain levels.  Kevin doesn't want to believe that but I do.  I remember when my grandparents would talk about the weather changes affecting their aches and pains.  My parents feel it too from time to time.  

It wasn't until yesterday that Kevin actually ate more than a bite of something.  I had everything but enough cheese to make enchiladas so that's what we had for dinner.  When I told Kevin my plan he perked right up.  I thought for sure he would turn them down since they are on the spicy side.  Kevin ended up eating about half the amount he would normally eat.  BUT, this morning he had some for breakfast too.  Lexi was up super early this morning and Kevin had Lexi heat up a plate of them first things.  By 9AM this morning all the enchiladas in my large roasting pan were gone which makes me happy.  Especially in a situation like this where Kevin has refused to eat anything for so long.  All I can say is thank goodness for the original green Gatorade!  There for a while that was the only thing, other than water, he was taking in.  The not eating scares me. 

Kyle is working hard to get ready for the next testing dates with a few local police departments.  He is determined.  I sure hope it all works out for him.  He is ready and we are all ready for him to just get it done.  Honestly, I think he has held off until Curtis gets home because he didn't want to leave me here without any help for Kevin.  I have to say, I have some of the most amazing children.  Kyle is a very quiet kind of guy but he really does care probably more than anyone would ever know.  I have to say, if we were the reason he put his dreams aside I feel bad, but at the same time I am totally amazed as well.  I love that young man!  He's ornery and gives me a hard time all of the time about anything and everything, but there isn't anything I wouldn't do for him and I know he would do anything for me or his father as well.  

Lexi has some big tests coming up soon with school in the next couple of months.  She has been studying and studying her little heart out and I hope all goes well for her.  She'll take a series of tests over the next little bit.  We know she will do well. 

For me, not much has been happening.  I've just been busy helping my husband and have been staying here at the house while Kevin has been on the mend and trying to build up his strength.  Thankfully this morning the Kevin we all know and love was back.  You know the one that likes to joke and banter back and forth with all of us.   That's the Kevin I miss whenever he isn't feeling well.  Tonight he is actually singing with the television and seems to be doing a bit better.  More to come on that tomorrow.  We have to take it day to day around our home.  It can be frustrating at times, but it's all good.  

And for today's quote.......

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Well, I should get going.  Take care my friends and we will talk again soon.
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Monday, February 20, 2017

President's Day!

It's been an interesting day.  I woke up around 7AM this morning and Lexi asked me if I wanted to go for a walk.  I wasn't ready for a walk that early in the morning because it was actually cold outside so I told her we would go later.  Well later never came.    Kevin actually woke up hungry and so we let him decide what he wanted and he was in the mood for pancakes, eggs, sausage, and a soda, so that's exactly what he got.  He at the eggs and one of the pancakes and that was about it.  Lexi and I ended up running a few errands this morning and we were home by about 11:30AM and in time for Kyle to take off to work.  When we got back from our errands I had a voicemail message from our friends back east. They were returning my call and they had good news for us. That was awesome to hear.  I cannot thank then enough for all they have done already.  They have been amazing!  

We received a letter from our missionary today.  It was super short so I won't even bother sharing it. We ended up talking off and on for about an hour since today was his P-day and I was home.  I absolutely love being able to get all my emails on my phone.  It makes talking to him so much easier.  He was telling me he only had 4 weeks left of his mission.  He also said he and his companion are getting along really well and having a lot of fun together as they work hard to help activate a lot of less active families in their area.  I think that's awesome!  Before he comes home on of the area seventies will visit his mission so that will be awesome.  Curtis also wanted me to set up a Facebook event for his homecoming talk in church, so we did that as well.  He has some friends he wants to invite to that and we of course invited several people as well.  It doesn't seem possible that he has actually been gone for two years already.  I'm a little sad to see his mission end, but at the same time, happy to see him too.  Church travel sent us his flight information back around Christmas time so we have known for a while when he will be home and we have all arranged to have a few days off with him when he gets here. The poor kid isn't going to know what to do with himself with all of us crowding.  It will be good. We are excited!

This afternoon I took a quick little nap and then started doing a few things around the house.  I've decided to redo the gallery wall in our family room with a few new things I've been collecting for the past several months.  Just a few little touches to change things up. It's been fun searching and deciding what I can re-use, re-do, and make over for our wall.  I think I'm going to add a few photos of the family so we have then to look at from time to time.  You know, those blast from the past type photos I've got stored away that need to come out. I think that has been the best part of this whole thing, deciding which photos get to go on the wall and where. Love that.  I also think I am going to change out the white frames and go with a different color this time and you know what that means for me.  That means I'll be outside painting again for a while trying out some new techniques to change what I have to go with the new look.  I can't wait to get it all done and show you.  I have so many little projects I want to get done before Curtis comes home. I just hope I can get to all of them.  Projects. Projects. Projects. Here's a sneak peak at what I've found so far...

There's more, but this is just a few of the things I have planned for the wall so far.  I'm hoping to have it done by the time our son comes home from his mission.  That means I have about one month. More to come.  

Take care my friends and we will talk again soon.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Herding Cats

I'm making up for lost time I guess.  Two posts in one day.  What can I say?  
It's been one week since Kevin was in the Emergency Room.  Since then we have been keeping a close eye on him.  These past couple of days have been unusually rough as Kevin hasn't eaten a thing.  The pain is to intense.  He has all of his pain meds, I think the change in weather plays a part in the pain intensity.  The last time he ate something was Friday night.  The day before I ran to the grocery store and specifically asked Kevin if there was anything that sounded good to him.  He asked for bagels, cream cheese, and Gatorade.  So, I got him everything he asked for.  His appetite has been up and down for the past two weeks so he gets whatever he wants.  I picked up a bunch of fresh fruit including red plums that Kevin loves.  He didn't touch them.  He did eat a couple bagels so I was happy with that.  By Friday night he was up for actually eating an entire meal so I let him pick whatever he wanted.  He wanted a hot dog from Sonic so that is exactly what he got. 
While I was texting with Danielle on Friday about her illness, her allergic reaction, and her recent visit to Urgent Care for a shot, steroids, and new antibiotics and cough medicine, Kevin asked me to ask Danielle if she had thought about getting a blessing.  She said she had thought about it but she needed to talk to Chance (her husband) about it.  Later that night Danielle text me telling me she did want a blessing, but we needed to do it after Chance came home from work on Saturday.  I talked to Kevin about it Friday evening and he said he would be there.  By Saturday morning things had changed.  Kevin was having stomach trouble and wasn't going to be able to leave the house.  Kyle was off to work early so he couldn't go give his sister a blessing either.  I felt awful about that because I know we kind of pointed Danielle in the direction of a blessing in the first place.  Needless to say, Kevin has not eaten anything all weekend.  I did buy a lot of Gatorade so he has been drinking a lot of that just to keep his electrolytes up.  I still think the weather plays a big part in his pain and when the weather changes like this it always causes Kevin to sit things out for a bit.  
Today during Sunday School Danielle text me again to tell me her husband now has what she has.  She said her husband was freaking out because he didn't want to miss work next week but he refused to go to Urgent Care to get the medication he will need to fight this.  I told Danielle this is the kind of thing I always heard the temple sealer's words whispered in my ear reminding me that I agreed to be a helpmate to my husband.  I then told Danielle, just like her mother, she now gets to be a helpmate to her husband to help him understand that sometimes even big strong, tough, men need a little help too.  I also told her sometimes taking care of a husband is a lot like trying to herd a wild cat.  They scratch, bite, and hiss at you every step of the way until they realize what you are trying to do really will help them, then they calm down and purr like a little kitten.  (I hope she got a laugh out of that comment) Men can be so stubborn and usually never like to admit they actually need a little help.  I had to hold back my laughter with my silly little answer about herding cats since I was sitting in the middle of Sunday School.  LOL!  I think the part that bothers Danielle most is that Chance refuses to go to Urgent Care.  I told her, he will have to learn the hard way even if it means missing work a couple of days.  Next time he will be more pro-active and get in to Urgent Care early to avoid getting as sick as she got and possibly missing work.  Time will tell.  Frankly, I think they both need blessings because whatever this is, it's ugly!  
Tonight Kevin is still not feeling well.  He still hasn't eaten anything.  He is drinking but no food.  That two days now.  Tomorrow if he still isn't eating we may end up calling his doctor to see if there is anything Kevin can take to help.  That is, if Kevin will actually take it.  He can be a little stubborn in his old age as well.  Although it isn't like trying to herd a wild cat for me anymore.  It's more like a puppy.  You try and try to tell them something and they just look at you like they hear every word you are saying but still go and do whatever they want.  At least that's what it's like when Kevin is acting loopy and slurring his speech.  
I joke about my husband and son-in-law not to put them down, but to help us all get through some tough times.  Laughter sometimes is the best remedy.  I was merely trying to put a smile on my daughter's face during a tough time for her and I need that sometimes to myself.  I love my son-in-law and appreciate all he does to help my daughter when she is sick.  My daughter just wants to do the same thing for him.  For my husband, I love him too and I have to laugh sometimes just to avoid crying or causing him to cry.  After all, we are trying to move away from Kevin feeling like he is useless and unable to do anything and move on to finding new ways to do the things he wants and needs to do.  We struggle with this every single day and I have to remind him that he isn't dead yet and maybe his role is to educate people and help others realize that just because he is in a wheelchair he is still able to do many things.  I tell him often that it is up to him to not put limits on his abilities because others will always try to, and only he can set the bar on the things he can do because there are no limits.  I told him it's time to start listening to the voice inside of him telling him he can, not the one telling him he can't.  
Tomorrow is a holiday for us.  I think Lexi and I will be busy running a few errands and Kyle has to work.  We don't have many plans and what we do most of the day will depend on how Kevin is feeling.  More to come on that.
I should get going.  Take care my friends and we will talk again soon.
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