Friday, February 29, 2008

My Day Off

I decided to take today off. Why not? It is not like February the 29th comes around that often! :)

My day started at the normal time of 6:30 AM. My husband had to get up for work and turned on the radio in the bathroom so staying asleep at that moment was not an option. I got up and turned on the TV. Did you know there really isn't that much on that early? I didn't! I made some coffee, checked my email, and surfed the web.

At around 10 AM I had that fancy thing that happens between breakfast and lunch....what is it called....brunch? :) After that, my cat, Pan, and I had a rousing game of fetch with the ring off the milk jug. It was very entertaining for both of us. Actually right at this moment I looked over and he is sitting staring at me with that ring at his feet. This means he has brought it to me and wants me to throw it.

About 11 AM I went to the post office to mail some books all over the world. Literally! I mailed stuff to San Antonio, Texas, Colorado, North Carolina, Switzerland, and Italy.

After that I went to town. I stopped at two thrift stores, where I found the mother load of zippers for a quarter each. A QUARTER EACH!! I controlled myself and only bought $3 dollars worth. Normally zippers are anywhere from $1 to $2.50 each so this was an amazing deal!! I can craft my heart out now. I took my time to look around the rest of the store, what a luxury! I can go to thrift stores during the week, but I can't take my time and look around.

My next and last stop was to WAL-MART!! Yaaahooo!! Okay, not really that excited about it, BUT I got to go in the middle of the day when it is not that crowded. Also, I noticed that people smiled more and were friendlier! I was shocked at the difference. I usually have to go after work or on Saturday when everyone else goes and we are all tired. It was wonderful! :)

I got home around 3 PM, made myself a smoothie, and sat down to watch TV. TV in the afternoon is a little better than in the morning. I got to blog WHILE watching TV, which by the way is distracting. :) I have plans to make something nice for supper since I have the time and I plan on cleaning up some at the house.

So give me a day off and I will still be boring, but I will get to boring in anyway I want! HA!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Toilet Humor

Someone was finally able to capture in a photograph the pot at the end of the rainbow.


 


What a disapointment and yet another dream shattered!



 


In other news:


A new supermarket opened near my house.


It has an automatic water mister to keep the produce fresh.


Just before it goes on, you hear the sound of distant thunder and the smell of fresh rain.


When you pass the milk cases, you hear cows mooing and you experience the scent of fresh mown hay. 


In the meat department there is the aroma of charcoal grilled steaks with onions. 


When you approach the egg case, you hear hens cluck and cackle, and the air is filled with the pleasing aroma of bacon and eggs frying. 


The bread department features the tantalizing smell of fresh baked bread & cookies. 


It is just a delight to go!


I don't buy toilet paper there any more, however.


 

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Kindness Is An Eight Letter Word

Frederick William Faber (1814-1863) a British hymn writer and theologian said:

"Kindness has converted more sinners than zeal, eloquence or learning."

I want to be a kind person and not just to the people I already know and love. I want to be kind to that person who no one else will talk to, to the one who others avoid, to the stranger. I know that if I want to be seen as a kind person then there are steps I have to take.

To grow my kindness level I first must appreciate it when I receive it. I have received so much kindness from God. Even if I don't feel that I get it from anyone else, I can reflect on this kindness from God. However, there are many others who do show me kindness. When I receive it I should think on how blessed and happy it makes me feel. I can store up all the goodness and keep a mental record of the good instead only the bad that happens. When I am feeling down I can use my resources of stored kindness to help bring me back up.

When I appreciate the kindness that others give me, I have taken the steps to grow my own kindness. Another thing I can do is to practice acts of kindness. I have to deliberately make a conscientious effort to be kind to others on a regular basis. I should plan to do a good dead to someone everyday. I need to watch my words when I am angry so that I don't say things that will hurt others. The affects of practicing kindness will be so nice that I will want to do it all the time. It will become second nature. This is one of those habits that I don't want to break!

I hope I am not alone in my quest to grow my kindness. Please feel free to share your thoughts on this, but remember to be kind! :)

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

A New Low (More Likely "High") For Ronald

In a past blog, I talked about thoughts that came to mind when I saw this image of Ronald McDonald:




Now even more questions have been raised by this video I came across. It is quite disturbing and I am not sure what Ronald McDonald has been doing with his time in Japan...but it couldn't have been good. Feel free to stop the video at anytime if you feel uncomfortable.



Sunday, February 17, 2008

Pasta Para Duros

I have found a new food, that really is just fun to make. They are called pasta para duros, a Mexican snack made from wheat flour. I had seen them before packaged by a company called Melissa's, but this time they were loose in a bin in the vegetable and fruit section. For some reason this propelled me to buy some, that and the fact that they were only $1.18 per pound. I had no idea how to eat them, what to do with them, or really if they were even edible. I had to ask the cashier what they were even called, then I came home and looked up more information online.

Here is what they look like when you buy them:



They are about the size of quarters and are a red-orange color. They are very hard which the word duro means hard in Spanish. Really they look like sickly tomatoes that have been sliced.

To cook them you can either fry them in oil or microwave them. Neither method takes very long. I have not tried frying, but online it said about 2 or 3 minutes. Microwaving takes roughly 30 seconds. They are done when they have puffed.

Here is what they look like puffed from the microwave:

They are now about the size of a potato chip. It is really fun to watch them grow. If you overcook them in the microwave they will burn. I found that out the hard way. :) They taste a lot like pork rinds and have the same texture. So if you like pork rinds you will like these. They are very dry so having some salsa or Tabasco sauce to dip them in is great. Also suggested online is lime and chili, which is what I will be trying next.

If you see some at your local store pick some up for a great treat!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Taking A Walk Down Memory Lane

I don't know what bee got in my bonnet yesterday, but I started to think about the things I could remember from childhood. It really came down to remembering things from when I was in a certain grade level.

In Kindergarten I remember the first day of school getting a big golden colored button that said, "Look, __________, is in Kindergarten today!" In the blank they had written in my name. You know what...I still have that button!

In 1st grade I remember getting tested for TB. A letter had gone out a few days before to parents explaining that this procedure was going to occur. My mom had explained to me what was going to happen. I got so upset and sick over it that when the day came, I ended up throwing up in front of the whole class. Which started a chain reaction, I might add. Ewww...

In 2nd grade I remember sitting in my sister's room neatly copying my spelling sentences that we would be tested over the next day. The next day came and I put that nicely written paper in my lap. Every time the teacher told us the sentence; I would lean back in my chair and look at my lap. Someone tattled on me (as they well should have) and I got in trouble. I had to write over and over, "I will not cheat again." I think the teacher was so shocked that it had happened that I was not given a spanking, although I should have been. I remember my mom saying several times, "I don't understand." She was shocked too, by her precious angel's behavior. :(

In 3rd grade I remember our teacher being out because she had a child. I can't recall anything else, so 3rd grade must have been rather boring.

In 4th grade I remember the teacher taking me out in the hall and telling me that I could do better in math than I was doing. It must have really sent a message to me, because by the end of the six week period I was awarded the most improved in math. The funny thing is that I never started to really like math until I got into high school algebra and had one of the best math teachers EVER! All my math teachers in high school were great and it was them that lead me to majoring in math in college.

In 5th grade and beyond it gets hard to separate what happened when because that is when we started to change teachers for each subject. So I will leave you now with my elementary memories. I hope you will share some of yours with me!

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Even Guns N' Roses Sang About It

Interruptions

Irritations

Inconveniences

Inexplicabilities

UGH!!!

All these try our patience and our nation is already an impatient lot! It doesn't help that we have high-speed Internet, on-demand TV, or cell phones so that we can call as soon as we feel the need. Instant gratification surrounds us. We don't like to wait for ANYTHING!! All this impatience we feel on a daily basis causes other negative feelings to emerge. You may find yourself full of anger, bitterness, and hatred. Who wants to live that way??

Developing patience is not easy, and you've got to be motivated to become more patient. You can do it, however, and you should. Patience can reduce your stress levels and improve your health and longevity, and patience can actually make you happier. Whenever you find yourself growing impatient, think about the positive effects of patience, and remember that impatience only makes things worse. Also keep in mind that being patient with others is a form of respect for them. Nobody is perfect, and if you want to be a good parent, boss, spouse, or friend, it's important to recognize this and to be patient with people. Ephesians 4:2 tells us to always be humble and gentle. Be patient and accept each other with love.

One of the best methods for building patience is having the realization that God has been, is, and will be very patient with us. In 2nd Peter 3:9-15 it starts out: "The Lord isn't slow about keeping his promises, as some people think he is. In fact, God is patient, because he wants everyone to turn from sin and no one to be lost." It then goes on to tell us that the Lord will return to earth. We will not know when, but when he does the earth and everything in it will be destroyed. While we are waiting, we should live our lives pure, spotless, and at peace. The selection end with this: "Don't forget that the Lord is patient because he wants people to be saved."

If you knew that someone was trying very hard to be patient with you, doesn't that make you want to do the same in return and then to spread it outward to others? We do have at least one person doing that for us. We should try to do the same and to spread it into other areas of our life. God sees the wicked in the world, yet he still waits for them in hopes that they will turn to him. That is a very powerful statement to me.

Overall, when you find yourself feeling impatient think, "Does this really matter? Is it worth it to get upset?" If the answer is no, then just let it go and move on with your life. Remember that God has a thousand more reason to be impatient with us, but he choices not to be, because there are bigger things to focus on and we should take that same attitude. There are bigger things that need our attention.

So go out there in our hustle bustle world and practice your patience!

And in the words of Guns N' Roses

...little patience,
need a little patience,
just a little patience,
some more patience,
need some patience,
could use some patience,
gotta have some patience,
all it takes is patience,
just a little patience is all you need ...

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Tagalicious Time!

TAG, I'm it!!!!!!!!!!

I have to write 10 random, interesting, crazy, things about myself, and then pick 10 people to do the same. (It can't be the person who tagged me and I have to list on the bottom who and why you chose those 10 people to tag) Remember to send those 10 people a message to read your blog.

I have done this once, but I must have deleted it. So, lucky, lucky you! You get 10 more random, interesting, crazy, things about me.

1. You have heard that we all march to the beat of a drum, right? Well, I am well aware that my drummer is just a tad off the normal beat and I am ok with that (Sometimes I am convinced he plays a different instrument.).

2. In high school I was in involved in 4-H cooking, sewing, and rifle. I liked rifle the best and did fairly well at it. I still wish I could go to target practice with a .22 rifle.

3. I love furry/feathery animals...I wanna pet/take home every single one I see!

4. Lion, Lying, and Line all sound the same when I say them. (Silly little Texan accent!)

5. I don't think this is weird, but just about everyone else does. I love algebra. I simply can't get enough of it! I do problems for fun!

6. I never want to hide my age from others. I can't stop the passing of time, so I might as well embrace it! (Now my weight, that is a different story!)

7. I think if I had been raised by parents who were more laid back in discipline that I would have been a wild child. The streak is there...it is not a vibrate red, but a more subtle shade of pink. It seems to be fading now though.

8. All four of my animals have first, middle, and last names, and their last names are not Hinds.

9. My favorite number is nine, and I like any number that is a multiple of three. I don't really like even numbers, except 10 because it is so useful and easy to work with.

10. If I could change one thing about my appearance, I would choice to be 5 inches taller. That would put me at 5 feet and 6 inches! WOW!! I would be able to see the top of the refrigerator, realize how dirty, I am sure, it is, and then have to clean it. Wait...let me think more about this one!

I am going to force my husband to do this and it is going to take 10 times the amount of effort so he is the only one I am putting down.

Frankie, please please please do this blog for me. I want to see what you will come up with!

Monday, February 11, 2008

San Antonio Rodeo & Lynyrd Skynyrd

Saturday was the long awaited San Antonio Rodeo and Stock show day that Frankie had bought us tickets for! YEEEHAAWWW!!


So despite the traffic, despite the crowds, despite the heat (yes, that is right the heat in February!) we manage to have a good time. The Spurs were on their rodeo road trip so the AT&T center had dirt thrown down and chutes put up. We got there a few hours early so that we could walk around and look at the exhibits, animals, and shows. I want to share some of what we saw.


While we were waiting for the shuttle to take us to the AT&T center I saw this:



I don't know this person and while it is a very nice gesture to remember someone...did it have to be on the side of a trash barrel?? Some how that just negates the whole in memory part...makes you wonder what exactly he was being remembered for!


So we finally got over to where we needed to be and we walked around looking at this and that. We went over to see some of the animals. I highly doubt this sheep was being shown. I am sorry, but that poor thing was UGLY with his reverse buck tooth self! Plus, he just kept staring...it got to be a little freaky after a few minutes.



We followed this up with more animals at the petting zoo. This is always an interesting experience with the animals knowing exactly what the humans are in there to do....feed them! It causes some pretty ingenious ideas on the part of the animals. Take for instance this little fellow (Note: There is no sound on any of the videos except the last one.)



One more thing before heading into the rodeo:


The proximity of the Spamobile to the horse barn, certainly raised some questions. Chew...errr...think on that for a second while we head on over to the rodeo!






Thanks for coming out to the rodeo, now for the concert you have all been waiting for!!!


LYNYRD SKYNYRD!!!!!

Thank you, Dad, for teaching me good music! I must say here though, there are only two of the original band members of Lynyrd Skynyrd in the band now a days. So it is not quite the same, but still it was great!

It was funny, twice during the show the lead singer held up the Texas flag and he had it backwards (at least it wasn't upside down). I bet he wondered why people were not hollering quite as loud as he thought they should! :) Here is a clip from the show. It is Freebird, but it is not very clear. I realize that. I think the acoustics were askew due to where we were sitting and there was just a lot of noise around us. Shoot! I, myself, screamed my fool head off a few times! :)

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

My Husband, My Hero

My husband, Frankie, and I were watching TV tonight and this commercial came on. A couple were in bed and they woke up to a sound in the house. The husband goes to the top of the stairs and sees someone breaking into their house. When the burglar see the husband he takes off running and the security company they have calls them to make sure everything is okay because the alarm went off.


It was a rather intense commercial, but it reminded me of a time when we lived in Van Horn, TX. We were asleep like the couple in the commercial and woke up to a loud noise. Frankie got up to go to the back door where we heard the noise from. It was in the kitchen so he picked up the first thing he could find for a weapon. He slowly opened the back door. And to his great relief it had been the wind knocking open the screen door.


He flipped the light on to make sure that is all it was. He then looked at his hand to see what he had picked up for a weapon. My dear hero of a husband had picked up not a knife, not even a fork. Oh no, he grabbed the dreaded spatula! I guess he could flip them to death!


But to his credit he did get up and didn't expect me to go check!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Future Job

I heard a sermon at church a few months ago about what heaven might be like. In the lesson it was mentioned that we very well could have a job or a purpose if you will. I came across a quiz that I just had to take with these thoughts in mind. The results were so darling and warm-fuzzy precious that I had to post them. Remember to say "Awwh!" after you read it. I did, more than once.


What would be your job in heaven?

What would be your job in heaven
Your job in heaven would be :

Making the tree's blossom in Spring!

Find out what your job in heaven would be at QuizTank.com

Sunday, February 3, 2008

May You Have Peace

Don't let their cute faces fool you!

Today when we got home from church we were greeted by our dog, Katie (the one the right) at the front door. The only problem with this is that Katie is not suppose to be in the house when we are not there. Apparently when Frankie let the dogs out this morning he didn't get the back door shut tight and the dogs took a way big advantage of this.

Now it wouldn't be so bad that they were in the house except for the fact that they ate a full bar of chocolate including the wrapper, half a bag of cough drops, the plastic end to my husband's inhaler, and all the food in the cat bowls.

I was so mad at them! But I took heart at the lesson I heard today and decided to let the peace in and the anger out. I want to share the lesson I learned in hopes that maybe one person can be helped to have peace in their lives.

To have peace you must first have peace with God. Without peace with God you can not have peace within your self. Without peace within your self you cannot have peace with others.

This peace that you need from God comes when you trust in him. Sure you have screwed up, we all have. But God, God forgave you and still loves you despite it all. He has the ability to not just forgive, but he also possesses the ability to forget. What an amazing thing! We have to be careful though that we don't let our pride get in the way of this gift God gives us. This gift isn't something that you have to earn. It is a free gift. Some people let pride tell them they can't accept charity. Well charity is another word for love. Accept his love that he is trying to give and let the peace that comes with that be yours.

So, you have this peace from God, the next step is to have peace with yourself. Again we all screw up, in God's eyes a sin is a sin. The Bible says that lying is one of the worst things you can do, but the world would say that it isn't so bad, but you had better not kill or steal. To God they are all the same. If you have asked for forgiveness then have faith that he has forgiven you and that he loves you. He sent his Son to this Earth knowing he would be killed, if that isn't love then I can't even begin to tell you what is. Trust that you are worthy enough for this and knowing and believing this will give you peace within yourself.

Peace with God and peace with yourself what a wonderful road you are walking! Now add to this peace with others. The Bible tells us in many places to have peace with others. (Romans 12:18, Romans 14:19, Ephesians 4:3, Hebrews 12:14, etc.) Peace with others is very precious and worth fighting for. It doesn't mean that you allow others to walk all over you or abuse you. But in most cases if you are kind to others they will be kind back. If you speak without harsh tones to others they in most cases will speak to you the same. Most of the time we are the cause of our lack of peace! So in essence, the golden rule applies. Do unto others how you would have them do unto you. Conflict doesn't have to rule our hearts and lives. Choose how you are going to handle the situation, with anger or with peace and see if you notice a difference.

I hope you have peace today and everyday!