Wednesday, February 18, 2015

I Can't Believe It's Thursday!

Two Things I am Grateful For:

1) Last night we made those croissant sloppy Joe's.  It was Kyle's idea.  We have had them before, but I completely forgot all about them.  It was such an easy meal and Kevin even ate it.  His appetite hasn't been much lately.  But I am glad Kyle suggested it and I'm glad his dad ate something more than Chicken Noodle Soup.  Yeah!

2)  A youngest daughter that LOVES to bake cookies!  She has been making those cake mix cookies and they are so good!  Thanks Lexi!  (Kevin ate one of those too!  YES!)
Today's Goals:

1) Call my doctor to get the date and time of my next appointment.  Since I already forgot.  Arg!

2) Find a good study reference for the Book of Mormon

3) De-clutter one thing, drawer, or area today after work and dinner. (I'm trying to simplify things...trying is the operative word)

From the Camera:

This one always makes me laugh when I see it.  Just looking at their eyes is funny.  

From the Heart:

In keeping with our theme, acts of kindness, here is another idea....

There are many benefits to being around pets. In fact, researchers have found that people who have pets are likely to live longer than those who don’t. One reason for this might be because being around a pet can reduce stress in your life, and even help people combat depression.
Animals can also benefit from the human-animal relationship. Homeless or abandoned animals that live in shelters often have trouble coping because they are lonely. Even if you don’t have the means to adopt a pet, you can still comfort an animal at a shelter, while relaxing and reviving yourself from the stress in your own life.


Like all nonprofit organizations, animal shelters greatly depend on help from volunteers to be able to operate. Without volunteers, animal shelters wouldn’t be able to do all the work they do, which might mean more animals would have to be euthanized. Even just an hour a month will make a difference.

Step It Up

Add visiting your local animal shelter to your weekly to-do list. Volunteer to walk or play with dogs, help cleaning cages and feeding the animals, or provide fundraising or administrative support.

Keep It Simple

Take a day to visit an animal shelter in your community. Make some new friends –four-legged and two-legged– by bringing treats for the animals and the staff.
From the Kitchen:

Stuffed Peppers

1 c white rice
1 lb. ground beef
4-6 Large bell peppers
1-8 oz can of rotel tomatoes
1 half large white onion
1 small can tomato sauce
1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
2 tbs. cooking oil

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Cook rice normally according to directions. Chop onions into about 2" long pieces. Add 2 tbsp cooking oil to large skillet along with chopped onions and ground beef. Once the beef is browned add 3/4 c rice, can of tomato sauce, and Rotel tomatoes to the skillet.

Cut the tops off of the bell peppers just enough to be able to clean out the seeds and white parts. Put one spoonful of the ground beef mixture and sprinkle a little cheese on top. Continue layering a spoonful of mixture with a sprinkle of cheese until full. Place in small rectangular baking dish with 1/4 c water in the dish. Cook for 25-30 minutes.

From the Spirit:

Words for Sheri Dew's talk, "You were born to lead, you were born for glory."

You were recommended to help run the last leg of the relay that began with Adam and Eve because your premortal spiritual valor indicated you would have the courage and the determination to face the world at its worst, to do combat with the evil one during his heyday, and, in spite of it all, to be fearless in building the kingdom of God.

You simply must understand this, because you were born to lead by virtue of who you are, the covenants you have made, and the fact that you are here now in the 11th hour.
You were born to lead as mothers and fathers, because nowhere is righteous leadership more crucial than in the family. You were born to lead as priesthood and auxiliary leaders; as heads of communities, companies, and even nations. You were born to lead as men and women willing “to stand as witnesses of God at all timesand in all things, and in all places,” because that’s what a true leader does (Mosiah 18:9; emphasis added).

You were born to lead, and, in the words of Isaiah, you were born for glory (see Isaiah 62:2–3).
Now the glorious but sobering truth is that, in spite of your aeons of premortal preparation, the days ahead will at times “wrench your very heart strings,” as the Prophet Joseph told the Twelve (in John Taylor, JD 24:197). If you’ve hoped to passively, comfortably live out your lives, let me burst that little bubble once and for all. Now, please, do not misunderstand me: This is a magnificent time to live! It is a time, said President Spencer W. Kimball, when our influence “can be tenfold what it might be in more tranquil times” (“Privileges and Responsibilities of Sisters,” Ensign, November 1978, 103). The strongest runner wants to run the last leg of the relay.

But the last days are not for the faint of heart or the spiritually out of shape. There will be days when you feel defeated, exhausted, and plain old beat-up by life’s whiplash. People you love will disappoint you—and you will disappoint them. You’ll probably struggle with some kind of mortal appetite. Some days it will feel as though the veil between heaven and earth is made of reinforced concrete. And you may even face a crisis of faith. In fact, you can count on trials that test your testimony and your faith.

Aren’t you glad I came bearing such optimistic news? Actually, I am nothing if not optimistic about you, for everything about your lives is an indicator of our Father’s remarkable respect for you. He recommended you for now, when the stakes are so high. Now is the day when His kingdom is being established once and for all, never again to be taken from the earth. This is the last leg of the relay. This is when He needs His strongest runners.

The simple fact is that our Father did not recommend Eve or Moses or Nephi or countless other magnificent exemplars for this dispensation—He recommended you and me. Do you think God would have left the last days to chance by sending men and women He couldn’t count on? A common theme of patriarchal blessings given to men and women your age is that you were sent now because our Father’s most trustworthy children would be needed in the final, decisive battle for righteousness. That is who you are, and it is who you have always been,

So how will you live up to our Father’s recommendation? Happily, though we must each walk through life on our own, we don’t have to do it alone. Four principles explain why:

First, God wants a powerful people.

Second, He gives His power to those who are faithful.

Third, we have a sacred obligation to seek after the power of God and then to use that power as He directs.

Fourth, when we have the power of God with us, nothing is impossible.

I repeat, God wants a powerful people

From the Schmidt's:

Let's answer some random questions.  Here goes.....

1) When did you last have to interact, either by phone or in person, with someone in a government run agency?  On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate the experience?  (10 being fabulous and 1 being pass the Tylenol)

MY ANSWER:  Government agencies,.....IRS, DMV, Social Security.  Just last night I called Social Security.  In fact, I called twice.  Each time waiting about 40 minutes to get through to a live person.  Each time the person on the phone failed to answer ALL of my questions or concerns.  BUT, they were nice.  I wanted them to help me update my online account access since it was suspended.  We still need to do that, but everything else they helped with. So, no Tylenol yet.  I would rate them a 5.  5 because they did not answer all of my questions and the wait time.  Can you tell I spend my day on the phone talking to people?  

2) The current governor of Wisconsin is considering a run for President next time around.  Apparently he attended Marquette University BUT never graduated.  In terms of any candidate running for the office of President (not asking here if you agree or disagree with any of the political issues) would the lack of a college degree influence your vote or no?  Would that be a factor in you support of any candidate running for public office, even a role less weighty than President?

MY ANSWER:  I think whoever runs for President of the United States should have a college degree.  I think a college education for a future President should be a basic requirement.  

At the same time, I don't know too many post 40-year old adults in any field that want to be judged til the end of time primarily on their college education or lack there of.  That being said, I'm not knocking the value of higher education.  I think the way we view higher education is changing, and there will be more and more candidates out there who either didn't complete college or didn't attend at all.  

When it comes to voting I want to know where a candidate stands on the important issues.  I want to know they are a person of integrity, that won't wait to see how the winds of political correctness blows before determining their own sense of right and wrong.  I want a candidate with experience in the working world, someone who has managed a business or a classroom or a household.  Dealt effectively with employees, bosses, co-workers, or cranky toddlers, and accomplished something other than running for office.

I want my elected leaders to LOVE this land, have a desire to defend at all costs The Constitution, and protect the freedoms we enjoy in this country, and to hold in high regard the men and women who fight to defend our freedoms day in and day out, here on American soil and abroad.

3) When did you last visit a place or site named for George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, and what was that place or site?

Ooh!  Good question!  Honestly, I don't even remember.  Honestly, I don't ever remember.  Not much to see or visit here in Arizona. There is a Washington Street in Phoenix.  

4) February 16th was President's Day in the United States, but did you know it was also National Almond Day?  I didn't think so.  Do you like almonds?  If so, what's a food/dish/recipe you enjoy that contains almonds?

MY ANSWER:  I like almonds!  For a snack, I like a handful of them, but the best snack is a Snickers with almonds!  YUM!

5) The television program Saturday Night Life celebrated it's 40th Anniversary this past weekend.  Were/are you a fan of the show?  If so, what has been your favorite (or one of your favorite) skits, sayings, or characters to come out of the program?

I remember watching SNL as a kid with my parents once in a while.  (when they would let me, that is.) I haven't watched the show in recent years, but as a teenager and young adult I was definitely a fan!  Some seasons were much better than others of course, and its hard to pick a favorite because thinking back I liked them all, but a few would be......
Dan Ackroyd as The French Chef, Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi as The Blues Brothers, Steve Martin as Theodoric of Yorick - The Medieval Barber, and John Belushi in The Samurai Delicatessen.  I also loved Jan Hooks and Nora Dunn as the Sweeney Sisters and Gilda Radner as Rosanne Rosanna Danna.  That was great!  Eddie Murphy was funny too in the 80's!

6) Anything purple within ten feet of you?  What is it?

Oh how funny is this!  I just happen to be wearing a purple shirt right now.  BUT, I don't have much in the way of home decor of furnishings in the color purple, even though I like to wear the color.  Talk about a random question.  ~smile~smile~

7) How often do you make your bed, and how do you like to make it--pull the covers all the way up over the pillows, tuck the covers in around the pillows, or place all the pillows on top of the covers?

I would say it depends on the bedding I am using.  If I am using a comforter in the colder months, I make sure the sheets are tucked in, throw the comforter on top, and the pillows on top of that.  If it's the summer months, I usually just have a sheet or a very light blanket on me,, I wound tuck the sleets in all the way up and fold the light blanket at the foot of the bed...the pillows would just be placed on top of the sheets then, no sheets over the pillows for us I guess.  

8) Insert your own random thought here...

Well, I made it to work today.  That's a good thing.  The boys switched their schedules so they could get Kevin to another doctor's appointment today.    Thank you.  Thank you.  I wish I could go with Kevin because there are many things that we need to discuss and I'm sure most will be missed.  Frustrating.  But, at least he will get some of the help he needs. 

We got word from our attorney yesterday that we are coming to the end of things and a settlement has been reached.  Thank goodness Kevin will not be expected in court anytime soon.  Frankly, he couldn't handle that right now.  More on that later as we get information.  All in all, it's a done deal and we are just waiting to sign papers. Finally!

Well, I've got lots to do today.  You take care and we will talk soon.  Have a good day.

Quote of the Day:

So true! 
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