Thursday, June 15, 2017

More Sickness, a MEME, and a CUTE Front Porch too!

Its time for a Meme....

1.  June 14th is Flag Day in the US of A. Do you fly your country's flag at home? Sometimes, often, or every single day? Have you ever visited the city of Brotherly Love (Philadelphia)? Did you make a point of seeing The Betsy Ross House?  Have you ever made a trip to Baltimore? If so, was Fort McHenry on your itinerary? (where Francis Scott Key was inspired to write The Star Spangled Banner)

Well, I struck out all the way around on this question.  We fly a flag on most of the patriotic holidays at this house, but that's about it.  Right now, I have a flag on our front door, does that count as flying the flag?  I have never been to Baltimore or Philidelphia.  I guess I should add those cities to my bucket list, shouldn't I??!!

2. Red flag or white flag? Which have you encountered most recently? Explain.

Well, I'm not quite sure how to answer this question.  It's not really a white flag of surrender, but you might call it a white flag of "go"!  I've had a lot of moments over he past several months that I thought I'd be putting out the flag of surrender only to be surprised and amazed that it's become more of a white flag for go instead.  -hope-hope-

3. Are you a stay in the car listen to the end of a song kind of person? What kind of person is that?

I would say, sometimes.  It all depends on the song.  This is especially true if it's a song I haven't heard in a long time.  Most times, when I get to where I'm going I'm out of the car as soon as the key turns off because the car becomes an oven without the air conditioning here in Arizona.  I'm not one to let the grass grow under my feet when it's errand time.  -belly laugh- I just want to get them finished and get out of the heat as soon as possible!

4. What are some of the traits or qualities you think a good dad possesses? In other words, what makes a good dad? What's an expression you associate with your father?

1 Unconditional love
2 Leading your family by example
3 Pride in his children
4 Being a good husband
5 And last, but not least, a testimony of Jesus Christ, and finding practical ways to share it daily with your family.

My Dad always reminded me, and still does that things always have a way of working themselves out with God's help.  He is in control and He always knows what best for us.

Another thing my Dad always let me do, make my own choices.  Sure, he let me know about potential consequences, but I was able to make choices on my own.

My husband and I do the same thing with our kids today.  I think this is why our kids have never gotten into major trouble because they were able to do the same thing.

5. What's one rule you always disagreed with while growing up? Is that rule somehow still part of your adult life? Is that a good or bad thing?

Oh, this answer will raise some eyebrows.....
I remember church leaders and seminary teachers telling us to hang out with LDS kids because you have a better chance of them having the same standards as you.  Well, that's not true.  There were only a handful of LDS kids at the first high school I went to in California.  There were probably only a couple of them that might have spent time with me outside of church that I believe had good standards.  The one was the bishops daughter and she picked a fight with me (I mean drug me down to the ground and tried to beat me up) the first time I ever saw her.  To this day I do not know why.  I didn't certainly didn't provoke it. The other kids didn't want anything to do with me because I didn't come from a family with money.  My dad was in the Air Force.  So, I tried to hang out with LDS kids, but most of the ones that would hang out with me were doing all kinds of things they shouldn't.  So I made friends with non-members and newly baptized friends.  I wasn't perfect. I made some wrong choices, but for the most part I wasn't as bad as some.  So, I'm sure I was looked down on.  

Then when we moved to Arizona I was introduced to those so called "good mormon kids" that attended all their meetings, went to seminary, and even said all the right things, and then would go out stealing stuff, drinking, smoking pot, and all kinds of other things.  Those kids I did not make friends with.  I did meet a group of kids from my ward that we're good decent kids, but weren't considered the goody-goody group.  We had a lot of fun together and I miss seeing them now.  We are still friends today, mostly on Facebook though.

Now that we have had our own kids, Kevin and I, we have let our kids make and pick their own friends and I think our kids have made good choices.  Even better choices than Kevin or I made.  I have to say, I'm blown away by all of the good choices our kids have made.  Just this past weekend Lexi and I were at the dollar store to pick up a hole punch and some bubble gum for Kevin.  As we were walking through the store Lexi decided to pick up some colored markers.  When we got to the car she said she was going to read and study The Book of Mormon and use the different colors to record her feelings and the things she learns in her journal.  She decided that all on her own, no prompting from us as her parents.  Then Curtis was spending a lot of time out with friends and made the decision to not stay out so late every night so he could get better sleep for work and things.  He said he prayed about a few things and this was one of the answers he received.  These are both very personal decisions for a couple of our kids that bring those proud Mom moments. We have awesome kids.  Not perfect, but perfect for us.  

6. Insert your own random thought here.

I'm doing my best to fight off what ever this is.  I started on Monday with a cough and I could not catch my breath.  I did my daily inhaler as soon as I got up, and within half an hour I was switching to the rescue inhaler.  More breathing issues.  I can't believe it.  I'm trying not to break down and cry right now about it.  I'm frustrated.
I did go in to see the doctor.  I got a breathing treatment, steroid shot, steroids to take at home, and another antibiotic.  I'll go back to my doctor again in a few days to follow up and to get set up for a breathing machine I can use at home.  Thinking positive here,....I'm thinking that will help a lot and allow me to not to get this bad in the future and hopefully keep me going on the rough days.  I'm so done with all of this.  Just saying.  Not complaining or whining, just stating facts. -germs or whatever this gone!!!-

On another (as I change subjects to something more upbeat) note.....

Curtis came home from work yesterday and mowed our lawn.  I was so happy!  I have to say, the lawn is looking really nice.  We still have a couple problem areas, but overall it's looking good.  I just love how nice the lawn looks after it's freshly cut.  It's lovely!

And while we are on the subject, I had Lexi snap a few photos of our front porch with all the patriotic things we have out so far.  The wreath was one I used last year and had the kids swap out with the brown one we use to have up.

Lexi couldn't resist taking a snap of our welcome sign up close.

This is our "no soliciting" sign a friend made for me.  I'm hoping it keeps all of those sales people from knocking in he future.  It never fails we always get them super early in he morning on Saturday when we are sleeping in or later in the evenings.  Inevitably they are usually some strange guy selling windshield replacements (why would I use "some guy" knocking on my door instead of someone in a company truck with a company shirt on and with credentials???), or they are selling upgrades to our internet, or they are from another religion and want me to tell them which of my neighbors speak Spanish.  The ones I like to have fun with from time to time are the Jehovas Witnesses.  Why?  Because they always want to give me their Watch Tower.  I was told by another one that they cannot touch The Book of Mormon.  So, I use to keep a copy of it by the door.  I would tell them I'd take their pamplets if they would all take a copy of The Book of Mormon.  They never have yet, so I gave up trying and the books have been moved from beside the door.  My oldest daughter had a friend in high school that was a member of that church and she told her they couldn't touch The Book of Mormon because there is power in that book and that's how us Mormons get you.  Just by touching not reading.  LOL!!!!  Eventually this same friend told my oldest daughter that she couldn't be friends with her because she was Mormon too.  I was shocked.  Our kids would get into trouble with us as their parents if they said something rude like that.  We taught her to be respectful of ALL religions.  (That's why I moved the books of Mormon from beside the door.  I didn't think I was setting a good example).  Anyway, this is our sign.  It says, "please don't try to sell us your Crazy.  We have enough of that here.  No Soliciting!". I love it!!!!

I"m not sure if I shared this with you before or not.  This is the ramp, for Kevin, a member of our Ward built for us.  Pretty awesome right!  It's wood and it's been in place now for about a year and a half now.  It could probably use a little paint...,see the black marks on the ramp.  We could make it look a little prettier now.  We might wait a bit to do it after the weather cools down again.  (I'm developing a long list of things to do once cooler weather comes back). We have some folks coming over in the next month or so to access Kevin's needs.  As it was explained to us, they will break it all right down to any equipment, modifications to the home, even creams and ointments he may need.  It's going to be hard on Kevin to go through all of this, but in the long run it will be a good thing.  More to come on that later.

The banner you saw above in this post is something I had been working on a few weeks ago.  It was a free download I found.  All I had to do was hit print and out came all these lovely pieces.  Then I used a piece of red ribbon I had tucked away and I laced the pieces on to the ribbon.  Super simple and super cute, don't you think??!!!

Eventually I want to add my fire crackers once I get them made.  That is, once I feel better.  I might try working on them this weekend.  A friend cut out all the pieces for me.  I'm looking forward to make them in the days to come.  

I'd also like to drag out my galvenized drink carrier (it's been in the box since I bought it a few years back) and put it between the two chairs on my front porch filled with red white and blue silk flowers I have stashed away, and maybe even a flag or two.

I like flowers like these....

Or maybe I'll just go with all flags of different sizes.  I happen to have a few lying around too.

Who knows.  I might pull out some bandana fabric I've got stashed away and make a couple pillows for the chairs on my porch too.  Something like these....

I like these too, but I don't have red striped material stashed.  Only red bandana fabric.  So I'll stick to what I have.

All in all, the front porch is coming together and I only spent $1.00 on the whole punch from the dollar store this year.  Pretty cheap, right???  Everything else was part of something I bought several years ago.  I'm a saver when it comes to decorations.  I declutter as I go, but I save what I love.  By the time I'm done I should only have to hang the flag on the 4th of July and that's it.  Yes!!!!

Well, I'm taking my first doses of oral steroids and antibiotics tonight.  My hope is to make it to work tomorrow.  Wish me luck.  Here's hoping for no cough and a high pulse/ox rate.  No more low numbers!!!  I don't want to end up back at the doctor again.  Please no!  I don't want to see them and they don't want to see me either.  Frankly, I wouldn't blame them.  I'd be sick of seeing me too.  -smile-smile-

Take care my friends and we will talk again soon.
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