Monday, February 28, 2005

Time for Bed

Shannon had a choir concert tonight at the Community Theatre. She had a solo and did a real nice job on it. After the concert she told me that she gets nervous singing in front of me. I don't know why because she sings for me all the time and I tell her I think she has a beautiful voice. Once she gets over singing in public she'll have it made. I watched three jazz bands, one in which the saxophone player needs to hang it up right now because he was awful. I know they're just beginning but my was horrible. The two guitar players were great as was the drummer. (All friends of Shannon's)

Ron just left to pick Derek up from hockey practice. It's been run run run since they got home from school. Earlier Ron was running Derek over to the driving range so he could practice his golfing techniques. He has informed us now that he wants to try out for the Golf Team at school. Now that hockey is almost over it's time for golf. I want to go golfing with him this summer. If he can be patient enough.
Sometimes it takes me 4 swings before I hit the ball...:(

How was school today Lindsay? You could leave me a comment once in awhile on my blog ok? Since you don't like to email...haha. I was thinking that you should dig up some of your old artwork and frame them so you can hang them in your apartment!! Good idea eh? Keep working on your art because you are talented. It would be nice to see a collection of all the work you have done on your walls. I would like to do watercolors. They had a featured artists work on the walls tonight at the theatre and they were really pretty.

Gotta go to bed now....I'm being a baby tonight and whining around about eating something fattening. I've done good today and don't want to mess it up now so I think I will go to sleep and forget about it. Ron and I are going to the gym first thing tomorrow morning. Nitey Nite.

Day # 6

I don't want to bore anyone with these details .....I just want to keep a record of what I'm doing at the gym on my blog because it will be easy for me to see my progress. if you want, but just know that there's going to be a little update everyday.

Treadmill - 40 minutes today. I was only able to jog a total of 10. Not consecutive.
Weight machines - Did all 12, only 15 reps each, plus the ab machine.
Water - Have drank 3 bottles of water so far today.
Weight - Down 5 pounds all together.
Diet - So far so good. Had a slim fast for lunch. Planning on fixing dinner, (roast beef with a lot of vegetables). Plus, I think I will fix a veggie tray to snack on in case I get hungry later on tonight.
Watch the FAT grams!
Will Power - Ok. Eat mostly veggies for dinner tonight! Be good!

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Day # 5--Fitness Update & Hockey

Fine...actually great today. I've done the diet, not so much water today, and we took the day off from exercise but we are going back tomorrow. I feel good and I know I'm getting more will power because I passed up Tim Horton donuts tonight. Chocolate cream filled donuts....yeah for me!!! You don't even know what a milestone that is for me. Will power is a weakness of mine, so not only do I have exercise, diet, and water to worry about I have to work on the will power thing. But as of now........ALL IS GOOD!
Spencer came for the weekend and he went with us to Derek's hockey game today which was a couple hours away from home. It was an awesome game. They played their rivals and the score was 6-4 with Derek's team winning and he got 2 goals! I was so excited! I think it had something to do with the 2 Red Bulls he drank before the game....that's an energy drink...not beer...haha...either that or the "NEW" way he is taping his stick. He swears that had something to do with it. In any event, it was a great game and he played like Wayne Gretzky. I told him that and of course he just rolled his eyes at me like it wasn't important hearing those kind of words from his mother.
Shannon has a choir concert tomorrow in which she is singing a solo. She doesn't want me to go...waaaaa.....she doesn't like singing in front of me. I don't know why. She has a beautiful voice. I guess she just hasn't gotten over singing in public yet. She went to the hockey game as well and it was nice to have a family day even know she went against her will. Once she was there she had a good time because there were lots of cute guys to look at.
Lindsay and Jordan were doing good today when I called and sounded like they were having fun. They were getting ready to go 4-wheelin.....Lindsay.....did you wear your helmet?? Haha. I will be sending you some things soon. Maybe I can get around to doing that this week sometime. I've been putting it off because I wanted to go shopping and pick up a few things for you before I send your box. Sooner or later you will get something from us ok?? I can't wait to see your apartment.
I need some sleep....have to get ready for a wonderful week of seriously, I am enjoying it!! YEA! I'm scaring attitude is changing. Good for me.

Saturday, February 26, 2005


Jen's Fitness Goals

1. I started my exercise and weight loss goals on February 23, 2005. So far I have done great with the exception of the 3 cookies I ate (Shannon made them). WHY did I do that ???? Water consumption, exercise, and diet have been great. I am proud of my efforts this week and look forward to getting stronger.

2. Next week I plan to continue going to the gym every day and doing the weight machines along with the treadmill. I think I will work on getting more jogging minutes in, because I can burn more calories that way. I need to start sweating. My muscles are limbered up so I think I can handle it. So…out of the 30 that I’m on the treadmill, I want to be able to jog for at least 15 minutes. Wonder if I can accomplish that by next Sunday, March 6, 2005. I’ll work on it! I would also like to lose at least 3 pounds by next Sunday.

3. By March 13, 2005 I would like to have at least 6 pounds off total. If I want to continue to lose 3 pounds weekly I have to be strong and dedicated. No cheating, because if I do I’m only cheating myself. And I want to be good to me! My workout goals will be continuing on with jogging until I can do 20 minutes non-stop jogging. I can walk the other 10 minutes for now.

4. By March 20. Another 3 pounds for a total of 9. By this week I should be getting stronger and should be doing more weights on the machines as well. If I haven’t added more weight machines to my workout … do it this week. Abs machine, and maybe start doing fifteen minutes on the elliptical machine.

5. March 27th- By this date I should have my weight down at least 12 pounds. Now it will start getting exciting because I will be seeing lots of results! Weight-wise and fitness-wise. So, the moral of the story here is to keep up the good work for at least 4 more weeks and by this date I will begin noticing big changes!

6. April 3rd – Down another 3 pounds for a total of 15! Just in time for my April 7th birthday! (45 but I’ll feel like 30!) That would be awesome. By this time I would like to be jogging for a total of 20 minutes still, but increase the incline and the speed. Stay at that level for a few weeks before increasing the total number of minutes. Extend the time on the ellips machine to 20 minutes.

Will do more goals when I get to April 3rd! Be STRONG!

Run against the wind, Swim against the tide, Build endurance in your life.

Day # 4 - Going good

Today wasn't bad. Ron and I went to the gym this afternoon and I did a couple miles on the treadmill. Since I'm just beginning I alternated jogging and walking with mostly walking, but the few minutes I did of jogging felt good. It will just take some time to work back up to where I want to be. My grades for today....water A+....exercise A+. I still need to change my attitude towards it all. The weight comes off too slow and I get discouraged. Bear with my whining fits.
Shannon had a friend spend the night last night and now she's at work until midnight. Derek had to ref a hockey game this morning and has a play-off game tomorrow. Should be an exciting game because the team they are playing are rivals. There's always fights in that game and Derek usually gets a few penalties.
We went to Karaoke last night and I sang "Pour Me" by Trick Pony. Everyone loves that song so I think I will sing that for the contest. People were dancing around AND the applause I got when I was finished was awesome....made me feel good that they liked it! I like classic rock better than country but that's one country song that makes you feel like gettin on your feet. Karaoke can be a good thing or a bad thing. Some places you go the singers are so bad, you just sit there praying for the song to be over. But our weekly hangout has the best singers in town and just about everyone there has a great voice. I need to pick another song for the contest and I've been thinking about doing a Norah Jones song.
Time to sign off for now. I have work to do around here since we're not going to be home much tomorrow. We're taking the day off from the gym but we'll be going back on Monday! Actually, I can't wait. It's hard to motivate myself to go but after I leave there I ALWAYS feel better. Amazing what exercise can do. Better than any pill I've ever taken.

Friday, February 25, 2005

Day # 3 - Everyone say "Poor Baby"

I am such a whiner. Day # 3 and I am sore and sick of not eating anything. (I am eating...just not much).

Why does this have to be so hard for me?

Why does it take so long to see results?

(It's only been 3 days goofball, what do you expect?)

I'm impatient. I want to see results now. I'm acting like a baby. STOP!!!! Good things come to those who'll eventually start seeing results and you will be happy with yourself. OK people...this sounds weird but I'm talking to myself here.

What does it take to motivate me?? Why am I feeling sorry for myself?? Oh stop all this nonsense and get to the gym and on with your day.

I'm going through withdrawl. Food withdrawl....hahaha....pretty funny when you actually think about it. How can you let a peanut butter sandwich control your life?????????? Or an Oreo.....right Susan??

I feel better now that I have written and got my feelings out. Sounds so juvenile. I will be strong again today .... I'll be mature about this.... and do what I have to do. I will be thanking my lucky stars this summer when I put on my bikini....yeah right. FrEaKiNg HILARIOUS.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Day # 2

So far, so good. If I don't write in my blog for a few days I need everyone to send me a message and find out what I'm doing (to keep me on track). Not writing in my blog means "I'm fallin off the wagon" with my weight loss and work out help me!! I need motivation. And "thanks" to Barb for commenting. I appreciate that. I cannot believe it has been 5 years since I've worked out. Today was great.
TL showed me all the machines and I couldn't believe it when I sat down to do my 15 repititions how hard it was for me. And I wasn't even using that much weight. I'm in worse shape than I thought! won't take long since I'm going to stick to it. So, my grades for #2...water consumption A+.....exercise A+....I'm gonna jinx myself if I keep doing all this bragging. But hey.....I'm happy!

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Day # 1 Crunch Time

We joined the gym! Finally. After not working out for 5 years I didn't do too bad. I took it easy today because I still want to be able to walk tomorrow. 30 minutes on the treadmill and 15 on the elips machine. Not too shabby....and I feel great. Just knowing that I am doing something good for myself has changed my outlook. It takes all my stress away. Tomorrow, I'm going in and the "trainer" is going to show me all the weight machines so hopefully she can set me up with some kind of program on those. Not looking forward to even standing beside her.
Barbie Doll body. Guess I can look like that too if I work at it. But wait....who wants to be Barbie and be 6'5 and weigh 95 pounds. No....I'm almost 45 so I just want to be toned and feel like I can go for a walk without dying. #1 and it feels good. I drank all my water today and was careful what I ate. Now if I can say that in 2 or 3 weeks I'll feel like I'm makin some progress. I gotta get in shape for spring and summer!


Last night proved to be an exciting night. Ron and I went out to eat at our favorite restaurant and I had Filet Mignon wrapped in bacon, with a blue cheese crust and cloves of garlic. Very dietary I might They serve it with horseradish if you wish ,and we always get that because it is awesome...if you like hot. Personally, I think the hotter the better! We overheard the waitress at the next table telling the customers that the horseradish is so strong and hot that it would knock her earrings off.....she didn't look like the kind of person that could handle it. I don't know if she tried it or not. I love that stuff though.
After dinner we were looking for something to do and thought about going to the movies although there was nothing playing that we really wanted to see. So Ron suggested that we go to the Casino. Being the non-gambler that I am, I hesitated, and then decided to go because I know he likes it. we went. Once there, I sat down at a slot machine and stuck my 20 bucks in....which kills me....remember, I'm not a gambler, and I always think to myself, "I could be spending this on something useful". Anyway, I played on that twenty bucks for a long time and didn't think it would ever end. Ron came over and asked how I was doing and all I could do was roll my eyes and say "BORING". Shortly after that, my machine started making noise, bells were going off, people were staring at me saying Congratulations, and the guy at the Casino came over and asked for my name. Ron told me that I had just hit the jackpot and I had won $1,125!!!!!
(That's One Thousand One Hundred and Twenty Five Dol-la!)
AWESOME. Now, I want that slot machine sitting on my kitchen counter. I love it! So, today we are going to buy our memberships to the gym!! YEA!! I feel better already. Have a good day.....Ta ta.....xoxoxoxoxo.....wooo hooo.

Monday, February 21, 2005

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Sunday, February 20, 2005

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Saturday, February 19, 2005

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Thursday, February 17, 2005

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I've been busy painting the past couple of days. It's been fun....let me know what you think.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Vintage Hues

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Jack The Brat as a baby

One more month until "Jack the Brat's" 1st birthday. He's over 100 pounds now but he still thinks he's a little tiny puppy. He has to be entertained every minute of the day.....reminds me of Shannon. Speaking of's time to take him out for a wiz.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Top Ten Signs You've Had Too Much Coffee
10. When you call radio talkshows, they ask you to turn yourself down.
9. You're passing everybody on the freeway when suddenly you realize -- you're not in a car.
8. You run around your company board room yelling, "I've got a great idea! A Disneyworld in France! We'll call it Eurodisney"
7. You can't stop saying "No."
6. Last time you got a good night's sleep, Madonna was a virgin.
5. You're shaking like a Mexican space shuttle.
4. You jam a fork into the waiter's hand when he tries to switch your regular coffee with Folger's crystals.
3. You go nuts over a little thing like a car alarm.
2. Like our stage manager Biff Henderson, it starts to spray out of your ears.
1. You're up to four heart attacks a day.

Monday, February 14, 2005

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A Valentine's Poem for Everyone

Love is a fruit in season
At all times and within reach of every hand!
Spread love everywhere you go
First of all in your own house
Give love to your children
To your husband or wife
To a next door neighbor
Let no one ever come to you
Without leaving happier
Be the living expression of God's
Kindness, kindness in your face
Kindness in your eyes
Kindness in your smile
Kindness in your warm greeting!

~Mother Teresa

Happy Valentine's Day!

To My Husband
I'm going to try to speak the words that my heart wants you to know.
I want you to see what you mean to me and why I love you so.
Nobody else can know my thoughts and touch my soul like you can.
No one can melt my heart like you do simply by holding my hand.
With a loving glance or a tender kiss you make my cares disappear.
Warm thoughts of you surround me and always keep you near.
I need nothing more from you than this-to know that you'll always be mine.
And the promise of your love in my life-until the end of time.

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Almost a Hat Trick!

Went to Derek's hockey game today. He scored TWO fantabulous goals and almost got another one for his hat trick! It was one of the best games I've ever seen him play. He was quite pleased with himself after the game!! :) I love to watch him play hockey because I know his heart is really in it. Lots of kids are just out there because their parents want them to be, but not Derek. He is a hockey fanatic. He knows every stat of every team in the NHL and is a faithful listener of Dan Russell's talk show. I dont even know if he's still on the air though with the hockey strike going on. Or, if he is, it's probably just a bunch of guys calling in whining about not having any hockey to watch this year.....poor babies.
The days are starting to get longer here Thank God. I looked in my flower bed this morning and all the tulips I planted last fall are starting to come up! Spring is on the way. I planted over 80 bulbs so it will look pretty when they start blooming. Flowers have a way of making me happy.
I want to put landscape rock around my flower bed this year. I need a truck. The dogs would like it because I could take them with me more often. I think I'll get a Harley Davidson truck...yeah right....I wish....those things are beautiful but really expensive. Besides that, I need one that I don't have to worry about banging up when I haul stuff in it.
Well I should go do some more laundry. The dumb dryer isn't working too good and it takes each load a couple hours to dry. It's finally starting to crap out after all these years of abuse. Instead of taking 5 hours to do laundry it takes 10....aren't you envious?? It's a never ending job at my house. I think about a neighbor I had when I was little .... she had 15 kids. How did she ever do it?? See???...It could always be worse.
Till tomorrow --

Saturday, February 12, 2005

The Man With The Dirty Beard

Homelessness bothers me. Yesterday, while we were driving through town I saw this man...I see him all the time wandering around with his shopping cart filled with cardboard, leftover food, clothing, and whatever else he can find filled to the top. He is probably about 50...just a guess, as his face is covered in a dirty long beard so I can't really tell. Maybe he is much younger. He looks like he hasn't had a bath in years, and his clothes are so filthy. The toll of life on the streets has gotten to him. I wonder, when I see these people how they ended up that way. Was their life screwed up from the very beginning, or did they start doing drugs and this is where they ended up? How could someone let themselves get to that point? I'm sure if I heard some of the stories it would horrify me, but at the same time I wish there was something I could do to help. I couldn't imagine what it would be like not to have a place to call home. While we come home at the end of the day and put our feet up to watch Tv, or something as simple as taking a shower, it amazes me that we get caught up in our own lives and take these things for granted. So when I start feeling sorry for myself I am reminded of the man with the dirty beard, not knowing where he'll sleep tonight or if he'll have something to eat. And I consider myself pretty darn lucky.

Friday, February 11, 2005

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Thursday, February 10, 2005

Bubbles Car Wash

Well I went to get my windshield fixed today. Since my car was dirty, I thought I would take it to the car wash before going to the dealership, so I pulled into "Bubbles". The sign said " the champagne of car washes"....whatever the hell that meant. It didn't take me long to find out. The girl came up to the car and I told her what I wanted. "I'll just get the outside done today" I said. " Do you want the underneath done too?" I told her yes. Then she told me it was going to be $24 dollars......(what???? for a car wash???)......I told her to forget about the underneath and she said "Ok, that will be $16 dollars then"......OOOOOOKKKKKKK. ( If you want the inside & outside done its $35....I would do it myself for that). I left my car and went inside to wait. After I got inside the place, I saw why it cost so much to have your car done there. Complete with hardwood floors, a coffee bar, leather couches, t.v., and a roaring fire in the stone fireplace it looked more like a Country Club than a car wash. I sat down and picked up a magazine and waited for my car. About 30 minutes later it was done. (I was thinking it's a good thing I'm not in a hurry). But my car looked great! After going to the insurance adjusters, I took the claim over to the dealership and they set up an appointment to get the windshield replaced. I take it in on Tuesday. Yeaaaa!


In the end,
each of us will be judged by our standard of life,
not by our standard of living;
by our measure of giving,
not by our measure of wealth;
by our simple goodness,
not by our seeming greatness.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Hello Friends

Ok...tomorrow, I am going to do something exciting. I have no idea what, but getting out of the house for starters will be good. Cabin Fever has been hanging on much too long now. Maybe I'll take my car in and get the windshield fixed. Now that sounds EXCITING....NOT! Anyway, we had a bad cold spell here a few weeks ago, and while I had the defroster on, my windshield cracked all the way across the bottom. Now everytime I drive it , it's staring me in the face, so I will make an appointment to get that repaired. A trip to the mall might bring me out of my winter doldrums too. I would go for a walk if it wasn't so cold out. If I had a membership to the gym I could go there to workout...maybe I will do that tomorrow as well. Exercise is a great stress reliever and we can all benefit from that. True? True.
My daughter Shannon is excited about her dance class. She enrolled in a hip-hop class and is having so much fun with it. They go to competition in April. Next year she wants to take 3 or 4 dance classes. One isn't good enough. I think I'll make her wait until she gets her drivers license before she does that. I'm on the road enough as it is.
Derek is going to hockey tonight. His team is so good this year. They've won every game except for two at the beginning of the season. I think he's scored 10 goals so far this year, which is really good considering that he couldn't even skate 4 years ago. Won't be long till his season is over though and he will be moving on to Golf.
Congratulations are in order for Lindsay and Jordan and their new apartment! Should be fun moving this weekend. I wish I was there to help. At least the weather should be somewhat cooperative. I remember my first apartment. I had a bed, a trunk, and a rocking chair. My first sofa was $80 bucks (which I kept for 10 years and then sold for $ and I got a loan for my TV. It was my own place though and I didn't care. It's good to have your own space.
Congratulations to my Mom too. She bought a new condo this past week and I'm sure she's getting excited about moving into that as well. I can't wait to see it. Maybe I'll be able to make it home in the next few months.
Well it's almost time for hockey practice, so I should be wrappin it up here. Hope everyone has a great day tomorrow!! Love & Kisses.......xoxoxoxoxo

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Tuesday, February 08, 2005

What Songs Should I Sing?

So Sunday night we went to the Super Bowl party at our local hangout to see if we won the trip to Las Vegas. It was last man standing out of 16 participants. Guess what? We didn't win...waaaaaaaa. I guess now it's up to me to win another trip that we qualify for...(to Las Vegas) in June. The radio station is sponsoring the contest and I will be in the semi-finals the first part of June with the final contest at the end of June. Trying to figure out what to sing for the contest is the hardest part for me. Last week when I entered I sang What's up? by 4 Non Blondes and I Try by Macy Gray. I could sing the same songs in June but that would be boring so I've been thinking about these .... I need to pick two. Somebody Bring Me Some Water - Melissa Etheridge, Smoke and Ashes - Tracey Chapman, Steve McQueen - Sheryl Crow, or the song I heard for the first time today....Redneck Woman (its about a woman who is happy with who she is) by Gretchen Wilson. Hmmm...I don't know......maybe Black Velvet? I sing that all the time. Sounds good till I get to the end and the high notes are just too high for me! Everybody loves that song though. Well, if you have any suggestions please let me know. It's time for me to finish some laundry :( so ttfn.

Monday, February 07, 2005

LaVinia...The Mom With No Life

Oh my Gawd...I need a life. LaVinia know from the Banger Sisters? The mother that doesn't have a life of her own anymore since the day her kids were born? My kids think the world revolves around them. I think I'll run away. They won't even miss me until they find there are no clean clothes, no dinner on the table, and no one to run them everywhere they need to go. I'm exhausted when I wake up in the morning for crissake. I tried to take a nap today but it didn't last long. After dinner I laid back down on the sofa and just the "noise" around my house was getting on my nerves. Let's see....I heard the TV, CD's playing, the dishwasher, the washing machine and dryer, the tapping of keys on the computer, video games, dogs barking, running up and down the stairs, and it was driving me nuts. I think I need to buy a room at the local hotel and when I get stressed I can escape to my own place. Thing is I'm afraid I might become a permanent resident. I need to get the countdown calendar posted for the number of days left till my two youngest ones graduate. Think its something like...well it's under 1000 days now...woo hoo. I can feel myself crawling to the finish line (graduation) as I'm typing this. Tongue hangin out, hair all over my head, battered and bruised. I'm going to throw the biggest party ever! In all honesty, I love my kids very much, but somedays its overwhelming being a mother. I just get tired........and I get tired of being tired! Oh well, I guess it's just a day in the life of LaVinia.

Friday, February 04, 2005

Jennifer Posted by Hello

May Your Journey Be Your Joy

My journey has been long. I do not regret it. At times, it has been a perilous course. At other times, joyous, dappled with sunlight. It has been hard more often than easy.
The road was fraught with dangers for me from the beginning, the forest thick, the mountains high, the darkness terrifying. And through it all, even in the mists, a small pinpoint of light, a tiny star to guide me.
I have been both wise and foolish. I have been loved, and betrayed and abandoned. And much to my despair, I have unwittingly wounded others and humbly beg their forgiveness. I have forgiven those who have hurt me, as I pray they will forgive me for allowing them to hurt me. I have loved much and given my whole heart and soul. And even when badly wounded, have continued on the path, with faith, and hope, and even blind belief towards love and freedom. The journey continues, easier than it has been before.
For those of you still lost in the darkness, may your travelling companions treat you well. May you find safe havens when you need them and clearings in the forest. May you find cool waters where you can safely drink, quench your thirst and bathe your wounds. And may you one day find healing.
When we meet, our hands will join, and we will know each other. The light is there waiting for us. We must each, in our own way, journey on until we find it. To reach it we will need determination, strength, and courage, gratitude, and patience. And after all that -- wisdom.
And at journey's end, we will find ourselves, we will find peace, and the love that, until now, we have only dreamed of. May God speed you on your journey, and protect you.
-- Danielle Steele

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Wonder to Me

Wonder, to me, is a good place to be.
It helps you think, it helps you to see.
Life's full of twists and turns will abound,
but wonder and insight will guide you around.
Explore what you may and fill up your mind,
and hold in your heart the mysteries you find.
Wonder is only saying you yearn,
To know and select the things that you learn,
And making a choice in which way you turn.
The best path you take will always be right,
Cause if it were wrong, you CAN make it right.
Each new step you take when you listen and hear,
Will give you more courage and freedom from fear.
So wonder my child, get rid of your doubt,
And you will rejoice with how you turn out.
And though you may fall and struggle, too,
Know that I've been there and will always love you.

Viva Las Vegas??

Last night Ron and I decided to go out and celebrate his birthday. We ended up at karaoke like usual and it just so happened that the radio station was sponsoring another contest with the grand prize being a trip for two to Las Vegas. I really didn't want to enter, but there was nothing else to do, so I gave my entry form to the judges and waited to sing my songs. After all the contestants were finished the girl from the radio station came up to the microphone and announced that I had won a spot in the semi-finals!! So today, I'm $50 dollars richer because of it! The contest runs from now until June and that is when I will compete for the finals. Hopefully, I will be on my way to Vegas soon! Ron has a chance at winning a trip to Las Vegas too. This Sunday they are having a Super Bowl Party and they're drawing someone's lucky ticket! Oh my gawd, that would be awesome to win two trips in just a matter of a few months. Surely we will end up with at least one....dontcha think? Keep your fingers crossed!

Wednesday, February 02, 2005


Today isn't just groundhog's my hubby's birthday! Happy Birthday Honey.

Waterfalls, Mossy Trees, & Sunsets

On a recent road trip I was looking out the window as I rode along in the van and was thinking how beautiful the great outdoors is. The older I get the more I notice these kind of things because I think when you're younger you don't take the time to observe all the great things about nature. We just take them for granted.
Ron and I were on a highway in the mountains and it's always interesting to me how the weather can change just within a few minutes. You can start out and the sun might be shining, then the next thing you know you're in a snowstorm, it changes to rain, and then the sun will be out again all in a matter of twenty minutes.
At the top of the mountain the evergreen trees are very tall and skinny with thick snow covering all of them. All you can see for miles is white. I don't like snow but it's pretty and looks like a painting.
Mountains are neat because they are so majestic and as you move along in the car they change shapes and colors. Sometimes when you look at the mountains you can see faces, animals or objects in them.
Waterfalls are beautiful the way they rush down the side of a mountain although some of them were frozen. I liked looking at the trees.......some of the birch trees were completely covered in moss. No leaves, just moss. It looked like green velvet covering the whole tree.
During the summertime we get beautiful rainbows here. Once in a great while you can see a double rainbow. I always wonder where the pot of gold is.
Ever notice how you can see pictures in the clouds ?
Sunrises and sunsets are awesome. When the sun comes up in the morning I wonder what kind of day it's going to be, and its always a calm, peaceful part of my day.
Flowers make me feel happy. I look at every petal and every leaf when I'm planting them. I like caring for them.
What about the Ocean? It's so calming to sit back and listen to the waves and to look out and see forever. Watching sunsets at the ocean is the best.
When the weather permits I like to go for a walk in the woods. I like being surrounded by trees, flowers, little creatures scurrying around, and listening to the birds sing.
Spending time outdoors and getting fresh air can do wonders! Bring on Spring!

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

To My Children

You are the poem I dreamed of writing.
the masterpiece I longed to paint,
You are my shining star.....
You are my children --

Now with all things I am blessed.