Tuesday, April 14, 2015

It's ONLY Tuesday!

Two Things I am Grateful For:
1)  Blessing Received.  

2)  Answers to Prayers.

Goals for the Day:

1) Get Lexi to her testing session this evening.  (Or better yet, Kyle will get her there.)
2) Get to my doctor's appointment this afternoon at the same time of Lexi's test.
3) Kevin - MRI for a new test and to pick up all of his films from the past year
4) visit the grocery store to pick up a few items.
5) Blog
6) Dinner for family
7) general pick up around the house
8) get things ready for work tomorrow

From the Camera:





Photos of Lexi being silly again.

From the Heart:

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

Often times an empty garbage container is light enough to be tossed around by the wind. Sometimes they end up in frustrating locations; they roll across the street, or down a driveway blocking the path of the cars trying to drive past or park. On "trash day" in your neighborhood, why not save your neighbor the trouble of jogging down the street to retrieve their empty garbage cans and simply pick it up and bring it in for them?
It will only take a couple of extra minutes if you pick it up just after you pick yous up. Just move it out of harms way, up their driveway. This is particularly helpful if your neighbors are gone for a couple of days.

Benefits:

Taking in your neighbors garbage cans will help keep your streets clean and obstacle-free, not only for your neighbors, but for you as well.

Step It Up:

The morning of garbage day, offer to take their garbage out to the side of the road as well. Then, without asking, just bring the garbage cans back up after the garbage has been picked up. This is a very kind act to do if your neighbors are elderly.

Keep It Simple:

Pick up any stray trash that may have escaped the garbage truck and is now littering the sidewalk.

From the Kitchen:



Lemon Pepper Grillin Chops

Ingredients:
5 - 6 thick boneless pork chops (about 1 inch thick)
1/2 - cup extra virgin olive oil
2 - garlic cloves, minced
1/2 - teaspoon salt
pepper, to taste
1 - teaspoon lemon pepper
1/2 - cup Worcestershire sauce

Directions:
Rinse the pork chops under running water and pat dry, set aside. In a large bowl or large zip lock bag combine the olive oil, garlic, salt, lemon pepper and Worcestershire sauce to create the marinade.

Pour the marinade over the chops making sure to coat the pork chops well. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour or up to 3 hours is best. Make sure to turn the pork chops over half way to marinade both sides. Remove the chops from the marinade and set the marinade aside.

Grill the pork chops over medium coals for 25 - 30 minutes, or until no pink remains, turning several times. Baste the pork chops with additional marinade the last 10 - 15 minutes of cooking.

Oven Cooking Method: These pork chops are also delicious cooked in the oven. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and cook for 45 minutes or until the pork is no longer pink. Turn the pork chops once and baste throughout the cooking time. (A cooking bag keeps these pork chops so tender)

From the Spirit:

“I’m convinced that we can write and live our own scripts more than most people will acknowledge. I also know the price that must be paid. It’s a real struggle to do it. It requires visualization and affirmation. It involves living a life of integrity, starting with making and keeping promises, until the whole human personality the senses, the thinking, the feeling, and the intuition are ultimately integrated and harmonized.” Stephen R. Covey

From the Schmidt's:

This has been a busy week all ready.  Each day and evening has been full of all kinds of things.  I went to work yesterday, after work we rushed Kyle to weight lifting, and then went to the bank.  We recently added Kevin so we had some things to finish up.  Then after I changed clothes at home I was back in the car to pick up Kyle and drop Lexi off for her State Standardized Test.  While Lexi was testing Kyle and I talked while we wandered around a store.  After that got boring we went back to wait for Lexi in the school parking lot.  She finally came out at 8 p.m.  When we finally got home we realized that no one had had dinner.  Lexi was starving an so was everyone else.  So, we took care of that.  I finally got to bet Monday night around 9:30 p.m. only to start it all again this morning.  

While I was at work, Kevin and Kyle went to an appointment Kevin had.  He needed another MRI for the surgeon he is seeing next week.  After the MRI, Kevin asked the Imaging Center for ALL of the images they had of any part of his spine for the last year.  He needed all of these to take to his new surgeon too.  When Kevin went back to the Imaging Center they presented him with over 10 disks for over 20 images they had on file of his back.  Can you believe that?  Over 20 visits in the last year.  WOW!  That is a lot!

When I got home today I did have a moment to breath and change clothes before I was back out running the roads again.  This time I had a doctor's appointment, but Lexi had another Standardized Test.  This time it was the Reading Part.  Kyle did the running since Lexi and I had to be at two different parts of the city at the same time.  Kyle dropped me off first and then dropped off Lexi.  Then after my appointment was over at 7 p.m. we got in the school parking lot and Lexi was texting us to come get her.  Thank goodness we didn't have to wait as long as we did last night.
We also took care of dinner after all of this evenings fun too.

Tomorrow Lexi has Mutual and Kyle has lifting.  BUT.......we get to hear from our Missionary too.  So, that should be nice.

Then Thursday we will be back to running the roads again.  Lexi has the Science portion of the Standardized Testing to do that night.  Then Kyle is going golfing.  AND Danielle is coming over.  PLUS.....my show is on that night too.  

You see, by the time Friday comes, I am going to be worn out!

Tomorrow is going to be a bitter-sweet day for me.
You see, a long-time co-worker and friend will be retiring tomorrow.  Lucky lady!  Then sometime in May she will be moving to Colorado to live in the cooler weather and spend a lot of time with her family.  This friend is the mother of 5 boys!  That's right.....FIVE!  She has been through some tough times throughout her life.  She lost her husband at a very young age and was left to raise her sons alone.  Then when her second oldest son was in 
High School he decided to go riding on a motorcycle against his mother's counsel and he got into a nasty accident that nearly killed him.  She spent months at his hospital bedside, and then months and months trying to rehabilitate her son.  AND as if that was not enough, her oldest son ended up addicted to drugs and she had to practice a little tough love and kick him out of her home to save her other 4 boys.  She said that was the hardest thing she has ever had to do.  BUT, after about a year of this son living on the streets and not knowing where he was, he eventually showed up on her front door asking for help to get to rehab.  This friend said she fed her son dinner and he spent the night, then the next day she took him and admitted him in a treatment center for 1 year.  It was a program that later became a blessing in disguise for this mother and son because the son is now the head of this facility and him and his wife run the entire program together.  He spends his time visiting other churches giving motivational speeches.  He hasn't touched a drug since.  This program literally saved his life.  Now he is the father of two girls and is doing just fine.  

The other sons all seem to be involved in crane operating.  They have been all over the country with their work.  Apparently they are quite good at what they do and have quite a reputation in that field of work.  So, this friend has three boys currently living in different areas of Arizona, a son in North Dakota, and another son in Colorado.  

The son in Colorado bought a big house and has asked his Mom, brother, his brother's wife, and their children to come live with him.  One thing this friend has been able to instill in her children has always been that family is the most important thing.  

For a long time I thought that this friend was the reason I found my way to my place of employment.  That for whatever reason I had something to share with this friend.  Now, I wonder if that really was the reason.  I'm not so sure anymore.  Maybe my reasons for being where I am have many purposes.  Not just the one.  Time will tell.

So, needless to say, tomorrow will be a hard day.  I know she is so ready to retire, but I'm not sure I am so ready to see her go.  She will be missed.  We had some good laughs over the years.   But, I hope she enjoys every minute of her retirement.  She certainly deserves this.  After all, she has a lifetime to show for her hard work and a family to spend time with and enjoy being a Grandmother.  What an awesome thought!  

It's interesting how someone comes into your life and at first you don't think this person will have a big impact on your life.  Then as time goes by and you get to know one another you realize that this person had more of an impact on your life than you thought.  

Several years ago, we carpooled to work together, so we got to know each other quite well, and over the course of several years we realized we had a lot in common.  She helped me realize that some of the trials Kevin and I were going through were not so bad after all.  She is such an example to me.  
I can honestly say my dear friend and colleague was an awesome co-worker and will remain a true friend forever.  

Enough said.  

From the Missionary:

Tomorrow we should hear something from Curtis

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