Thursday, May 29, 2008
This weeks fill-ins are provided courtesy of Mindful Mimi.
1. For me routine & mundane is the opposite of creativity.
2. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult was the last excellent book I read.
3. I like fill-ins because ...they make me think and give me something to post regularly.
4. In nature I like looking at the clouds.
5. The most honest person (is there such a thing in politics?!) should win the US elections.
6. The last time I laughed with all my belly was ...I don't remember.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to sleeping in my own bed, tomorrow my plans include working a DAYSHIFT that I picked up and Sunday, I want to go to the church picnic with my husband and kids after the church service!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
This week's questions are brought to you courtesy of Michelle.
1. On my laziest day I like to sleep in and when I do get up avoid housework by surfin' the net and chatting with my friends online!
2. Making lists and crossing them off as I go makes me feel like I'm being productive.
3. I love little calories and big ice-creams.
4. This summer I want to visit New Zealand and New Brunswick...and I AM GOING TO!!
5. Gentle encouragement from a friend made me start my blog.
6. Red is many people's favorite color but not mine and orange is my son's favorite color.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to, not exactly looking forward to but "will be" working night shift, tomorrow my plans include getting some sleep in the morning, accomplishing something outside once I get up and before I have to go back to work for another night shift and Sunday, I want to go to the Oasis church in the morning and take the kids to the Teddy Bear's Picnic in the afternoon.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Monday, May 19, 2008
This is a pic of my front yard from the road. The tree you see is an ornamental apple and in a couple weeks will be adorned in beautiful white flowers. I have a taller wood edging, that I painted the same color green as the trim on the house, that I'm going to be puting around the cedar mulch at the base of the tree.
This is the other side of the driveway. The plants at the side of the house are Black-eyed Susan vines. In the garden infront of the fence with the trellises are clematis vines. In the center of the tulips is a large lily but it still hasn't come up.
Another (closer) view of the clematis garden. I am planning on putting the black scalloped edging around it like I have around the other kidney shaped gardens.
By the front door. The pink lily is a plant I got from Cliff & the kids for Mother's Day. In the frog planter is a passionfruit vine. I didn't plan on getting this plant but once I saw the flower (see next pic), I just HAD to get it.
Passionfruit flower (see above).
[WEST]Now we are in the backyard. This is under the pine tree that is infront of the deck.
[WEST]This garden is immediatly to the left of the deck and adjacent to the flowers pots in the previous picture. I made this garden last year as this was an area that the grass wasn't growing well and is kind of in a corner of the yard that we weren't sure what to do here. So I moved some perennials from the the other garden that were needing dividing and voila! Not much is growing here yet, guess they are later bloomers.
[EAST] I took this picture of my perrenial bed (original one that was here when we got the place - I've made all the others) standing infront of the above picture/bed. Much of this bed is lilies so still too early for them to be up. Infront of the shed is a shade garden - hostas, ferns, and a few other things. Again, it's too early for them yet.
[NORTH]My rock garden at the back of the yard. On this chainlink fence is a vine (Virginia Creeper) that the neighbor behind us planted. It is very nice in the summer when it is full and green, completely covers the chainlink.
[SOUTH]This is the deck and back of the house. Oneday in the future, I'd love to build a pergola over the deck. If not the entire length, than atleast halfway (from the steps to the edge of the back door).
[NORTH EAST Corner]Last but not least, my vegetable garden. Currently, it is mostly strawberries (3 rows) and weeds as I have yet to cultivate it. Once I've cultivated it I'll plant tomatoes, carrots, peas, and beans. There is a rhubarb plant in the far back corner and some perrenial green onions at the back adjacent to my perennial flower bed.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Friday, May 16, 2008
1. There is absolutely NO way you can get me to pick up a snake!
2. My neighbor putting the roof/cover on his gazebo reminds me that summer is almost here!
3. I cannot live without my friends.
4. Bungee jumping and ballroom dancing are two things I'd like to try.
5. When life hands you lemons , make lemonade.
6. Walking through a trail in the woods by our house picking flowers and walking barefoot trough the tunnel from our pond to the river is my favorite childhood memory. (I really had to think about this one!, as I don't remember alot from my early childhood. :( )
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to finishing up the garden/yardwork that I don't complete today (since we have nowhere to take the kids tonight), tomorrow my plans include shopping for shoes; in specific a nice pair of copper strappy shoes to go with my new dress and Sunday, I want to go flower shopping at the greenhouses with my mother after church (an annual tradition on the May long-weekend)!
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
- Nurses are the largest group of health-care providers in Canada, representing more than one-third of the health-care workforce.
- There are more than 270,00 registered nurses (RNs) in Canada.
- The average age of RNs employed in nursing in Canada is 45.
- For every RN in Canada who is 35 years of age or younger, there are 1.9 RNs who are 50 or older.
- One out of every five (20.8 %) RNs in Canada is 55 or older - eligible to retire.
- In 2005, approximately 87% of RNs were employed in the jurisdictions in which they graduated. Prince Edward Island, British Columbia, and Alberta attracted the greatest proportion of out-of-province graduates.
- Only 56.3 % of Canada's RNs are employed full-time.
- In Canada, 12.7 % of RNs report having more than one nursing employer.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
So Where's the Proverbs 31 Woman??
- A Hurting Word...
AND if you're a mom, you may be there today--or tomorrow--for after all the wonderful Mother's Day celebrations are done, you're just beginning--another week, another laundry load, another meal, another taxi trip, another homework help--and whatever else is going on in your home--it's one wild, wacky world that we moms live in. How we survive is a miracle--and only by the grace of God do we make it! But sometimes that grace "seems" like it's not enough. Now we KNOW it IS, but somedays we sure don't feel like it! Ever been there? Those are the days we need to run to the Psalms and read all the troubles and trials of David--how God listened, loved, and brought him through (and he wasn't even a MOM)!
This devotional is for all moms hiding under the bed today! Stop laying a guilt trip on yourself for what you don't do, for what you need to do, for what you should do, for what "everybody else" does! God doesn't look at what you DO but who you ARE! And so if you're hiding under the bed (every mom does that SOME time!), and you haven't fallen asleep, get up and come to the Well--for Jesus, who loves MOMS, is waiting to love us all!
- A Helping Word...or Two!
Sure, she's imperfect, sometimes impractical, somedays even impossible--give her a break, she's human! But KNOW that beyond it all, she's a daughter of the King. She's Blood-bought, soul-cleansed, beauty-clad in the garment of righteousness, and in God's eyes, she's a Proverbs 31 woman of great honor, dignity and worth! She's been given a great task, but by God's grace, she's going to lean on her Lord, love her family, and do the very best she can. That's all God asks! His words for Mom? "...I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day (2 Timothy 1:12 KJV)."
She Knows Whom She Serves!
Sure, she gets PMS, has crying spells, tired time-outs and frantic fits--give her a break, she's human! But KNOW that beyond it all, she serves her Lord first, then her family...and it MAY be fast food--but they know they are loved. Her love and devotion are strong and on those days when her strength is all gone (and that could be every day!), she runs to the Lord, the greatest Servant of all. He knows, understands and doesn't scold for every deed left undone. He doesn't even notice! His words to Mom? "Well, done, thou good and faithful servant (Matthew 25:21KJV).!" Quiet your tired heart for just a minute--and you'll hear it!
She Knows Where She's Going!
Sure, some days she has no idea where she's going or even who she is--give her a break, she's human! But KNOW that beyond it all, she's not going down the path that leads to destruction. Her eyes are on her Lord--and she may not know the whole trip plan but like Sarah (who tagged along with Abraham), she too is going out, not knowing where, but just following the Lord with her whole heart. Her eyes see beyond earthly possessions and fortunes--her eyes are on her Lord and wherever He leads, you'll find her following. Does she ever stumble? You'd better believe it--but she doesn't stay down long--for she's a Proverbs 31 woman who believes God's words, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths (Proverbs 3:5,6 KJV)."
So where's the Proverbs 31 woman? In GOD'S loving care! He loves and understands; He's there--wherever we are--"He careth for YOU (1 Peter 5:7 KJV)."! If you know who you are, whom you serve and where you're going, you're a Proverbs 31 woman in God's eyes--so get out from under that bed, Mom! Know deep in your heart that the Lord loves you and wants you to "lie down" not under the bed, but "in green pastures,"--HIS pastures of love, peace and joy. May the Lord help us Moms all over the world to be still enough to hear His voice of love, feel His touch of grace, and know that we're going to make it! Happy Mother's Day--all year long--and if you're not a Mom, but you know someone who is, go find her and give her the hug of her life--she deserves it today and every day!
- His Healing Words
Bible Gateway.com - Psalm+139:1-24">A Psalm for Moms Hiding Under the Bed!
Bible Gateway.com - Proverbs+31:1-31">Now Get Up and Get Going--You are a Proverbs 31 Woman!
"Lord, sometimes I DO feel like hiding under a bed--guilt, self-accusations, doubts and distresses overwhelm me. On those days, help me to know that YOU love, understand and are there to see me through. I am a woman of worth and dignity--because I love You, I serve You, and I follow You. Thank You, Lord, for understanding and loving me--just the way I am; thank You for helping me become the woman You want me to be. In Jesus' Name, Amen.
Friday, May 9, 2008
1. The cookies had an extra secret ingredient; it was ...a secret that the kids added!
2. It looks warmer through my window (than it feels outside).
3. Right now, I need a vacation.
4. My son's soccer game is where I went Thursday night; it was unseasonable cold.
5. Why does a paper cut hurt so much?
6. All I can think of is the friend in need I have so far away.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to going to bed early, tomorrow my plans include going to work (BLAH!) and Sunday, I want to relax at my mother's place after a long day's work as we have been invited to eat supper there!
"Many children learn to count on their fingers, but a nurse once taught a child to pray on his fingers. This was her method:
Your thumb is the digit nearest to your heart, so pray first for those who are closest to you. Your own needs, of course, should be included, as well as those of your beloved family and friends.
The second finger is the one you use for pointing. Pray for those who point you toward the truth, whether at church or school. Pray for your teachers, mentors, pastors, and those who inspire your faith.
The third finger is the tallest. Let it stand for the leaders in every sphere of life. Pray for those in authority - both within the body of Christ and those who hold office in various areas of government.
The fourth finger is the weakest, as every pianist knows. Let it stand for those who are in trouble and pain - the sick, injured, abused, wounded or hurt.
The little finger is the smallest. Let it stand for those who often go unnoticed, including those who suffer abuse and deprivation.
What a great tool to use in teaching children how to pray for themselves and others! What a simple and wonderful reminder to use as we pray ourselves!"
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
WHOSE CHILD IS THIS?
"Whose child is this?" I asked one day
Seeing a little one out at play
"Mine", said the parent with a tender smile
"Mine to keep a little while
To bathe his hands and comb his hair
To tell him what he is to wear
To prepare him that he may always be good
And each day do the things he should"
"Whose child is this?" I asked again
As the door opened and someone came in
"Mine", said the teacher with the same tender smile
"Mine, to keep just for a little while
To teach him how to be gentle and kind
To train and direct his dear little mind
To help him live by every rule
And get the best he can from school"
"Whose child is this?" I ask once more
Just as the little one entered the door
"Ours" said the parent and the teacher as they smiled
And each took the hand of the little child
"Ours to love and train together
Ours this blessed task forever."
THE CREATION OF THE TEACHER
The Good Lord was creating teachers. It was His sixth day of 'overtime' and He knew that this was a tremendous responsibility for teachers would touch the lives of so many impressionable young children.
An angel appeared to Him and said, "You are taking a long time to figure this one out."
"Yes," said the Lord, " but have you read the specs on this order?"
…must stand above all students, yet be on their level
... must be able to do 180 things not connected with the subject being taught
... must run on coffee and leftovers,
... must communicate vital knowledge to all students daily and be right most of the time
... must have more time for others than for herself/himself
... must have a smile that can endure through pay cuts, problematic children, and worried parents
... must go on teaching when parents question every move and others are not supportive
... must have 6 pair of hands.
"Six pair of hands, " said the angel, "that's impossible"
"Well, " said the Lord, " it is not the hands that are the problem. It is the three pairs of eyes that are presenting the most difficulty!"
The angel looked incredulous, " Three pairs of eyes...on a standard model?"
The Lord nodded His head, " One pair can see a student for what he is and not what others have labeled him as. Another pair of eyes is in the back of the teacher's head to see what should not be seen, but what must be known. The eyes in the front are only to look at the child as he/she 'acts out' in order to reflect, " I understand and I still believe in you", without so much as saying a word to the child."
"Lord, " said the angel, " this is a very large project and I think you should work on it tomorrow".
"I can't," said the Lord, " for I have come very close to creating something much like Myself. I have one that comes to work when he/she is sick.....teaches a class of children that do not want to learn....has a special place in his/her heart for children who are not his/her own.....understands the struggles of those who have difficulty....never takes the students for granted..."
The angel looked closely at the model the Lord was creating. "It is too soft-hearted, " said the angel.
"Yes," said the Lord, " but also tough, You can not imagine what this teacher can endure or do, if necessary".
"Can this teacher think?" asked the angel.
"Not only think," said the Lord,. "but reason and compromise."
The angel came closer to have a better look at the model and ran his finger over the teacher's cheek.
"Well, Lord, " said the angel, your job looks fine but there is a leak. I told you that you were putting too much into this model. You can not imagine the stress that will be placed upon the teacher."
The Lord moved in closer and lifted the drop of moisture from the teacher's cheek. It shone and glistened in the light.
"It is not a leak," He said, "It is a tear."
"A tear? What is that?" asked the angel, "What is a tear for?"
The Lord replied with great thought, " It is for the joy and pride of seeing a child accomplish even the smallest task. It is for the loneliness of children who have a hard time to fit in and it is for compassion for the feelings of their parents. It comes from the pain of not being able to reach some children and the disappointment those children feel in themselves. It comes often when a teacher has been with a class for a year and must say good-bye to those students and get ready to welcome a new class."
"My, " said the angel, " The tear thing is a great idea...You are a genius!!"
The Lord looked somber, "I didn't put it there."
A great site to go to if you need or want ideas on how to show that special teacher of yours how much you really appreciate them is : http://www.teacher-appreciation.info/
A teacher is so often there to give you a pat on the back or that encouragement you need to do something, now is our turn to give them "a pat on the back" and say how much we appreciate them.
I have thought of doing this before but because I'm such a procrastinator about certain things...housework being one of them. I never got around to doing a Tackle It Tuesday post until now. Actually my motivation came while I was reading blogs. Someone had done a meme and one of the questions was when was the last time you cleaned under your fridge. Well, personally, I got to thinking and I couldn't even remember but this person said, that's easy....she does it once a week...every Monday. I thought that was a great idea especially cause them any leftovers still there you know can be tossed rather than the usual scenario of hubby asking me, "Dear, how old is this? or, when did you cook this?". Wll I cleaned my fridge top to bottom yesterday and here is the results. You can't really see by the pictures how dirty and sticky my fridge was inside under the shelves and drawers but trust me, it needed a good cleaning!
P.S. Sorry the pics are sideways but I don't have time right now to edit & rotate them as I need to go get showered myself and then get my kids up for school. But I also don't want to leave this undone so this is it for now...I hope you don't get a sore neck from looking sideways.....
Monday, May 5, 2008
5 Things Found In My Purse-
~only five?!...ok here it goes
- my wallet
- pictures of my hubby & kids
- pills (mine & DH's)
5 Favorite Things In My Room-
- my stuffed frogs
- a big box of old letters and cards from friends
- my animal print (leopard print) bedding set
- pictures of my best friend
5 Things I've Always Wanted To Do-
- travel through Europe
- have a beautiful backyard paradise complete with a rock waterfall, pond, pergola and stepping stone walkway.
- own my own Victorian style home
- ride on a cruise ship
- go bungee jumping...ok, I like the thought of that but for real could I do it...????...besides it is more interesting/not as boring as the next thing I was thinking - have my teeth professionally cleaned.
5 Things I Am Currently Into-
- my hubby & kids
- my gardens
- trying to lose weight
- saving money
5 People I Want To Tag-
- Whoever wants to respond....J?...BJ?.....?
Saturday, May 3, 2008
- Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready, on time for his return. This is a way of letting him know that you've been thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home and the prospect of a good meal ( especially his favorite dish) is part of the welcome needed.
- Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you'll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh looking. He has been with a lot of work-weary people.
- Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it.
- Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives.
- Gather up schoolbooks,toys,paper etc and then run a dustcloth over the tables.
- Over the cooler months of the year you should prepare and light a fire for him to unwind by. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift too. After all catering for his comfort will provide you with the immense personal satisfaction.
- Prepare the children. Take a few minutes to wash the children's hands and faces(if they are small),comb their hair and, if necessary, change their clothes. They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part. Minimize all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all the noise of the washer, dryer or vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet.
- Be happy to see him.
- Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him.
- Listen to him. You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first- remember his topics of conversation are more important than yours.
- Make the evening his. Never complain if he comes home late or goes out to dinner, or other places of entertainment without you. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure and his very real need to be at home and relax.
- Your goal: Try to make sure your home is a place of peace, order and tranquillity, where your husband can renew himself in body and spirit.
- Don't greet him with complaints and problems.
- Don't complain if he's late home for dinner or even if he stays out all night. count this as minor compared to what he might have gone through that day.
- Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or have him lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him.
- Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice.
- Don't ask him questions about his actions or question his judgement or integrity. Remember he is the master of the house and as such will always exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question him.
A good wife always knows her place.
This is a real article from Good Houskeeping magazine in 1955. The above was from a 1950's home economics textbook intended for high school girls, teaching them how to prepare for married life.
I must admit I'm a little old-fashioned, but not quite to THIS extent! Heck, my husband goes grocery-shopping and even cooks sometimes too. Just this summer, I'm going on two trips by myself. Yup, you guessed it, hubby will be staying at home with the kids. He's even using his work "vacation" so he can stay home with the kids. :)
Friday, May 2, 2008
1. Two of my favorite ingredients in a drink are Malibu & Sprite/7-Up!
2. My kids often amaze me.
3. You can keep doing that forever, the dog is not going to stop barking.
4. A pinch of courage, a handful of strength, a cupful of love, and a sprinkle of endurance, mix it all together and voila! You have a mother!
5. If I had a yard with a garden, I would love to grow flowering vines (unsure what kind - honeysuckle, grapes, ivy) on a pergola.
6. Making whoopee is best au naturel.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to going to bed after hubby gets home, tomorrow my plans include watching my four year old daughter at her gymnastics show and Sunday, I want to get out in the flower gardens and put in the new edging!
You can go here to read other peoples's Friday Fill-in responses and maybe even play along too if you like. Have Fun! (I must admit that this being my first, I did use a couple responses that I read elsewhere because I couldn't have put it better myself even if I tried.)