Happy 2014!!!

I don’t make resolutions for New Year anymore. Resolutions are usually a plan lacking real motivation; they last maybe a few weeks at most.
NO! I make commitments.

This year I commit to (in no particular order):

  1. Being more active–exercise more, no excuses!
  2. Eating more healthily–not in a place to totally eat clean but cut out more of the processed junk.
  3. Get closer to God–read the Bible and pray more.
  4. Improve myself–being a better wife and mother.

It is my prayer that you would be blessed with good health, strength, & prosperity in 2014.

We don’t have any plans tonight, just staying home and watching tv.
For those of you that are going out to celebrate the NEW YEAR enjoy yourselves; But be smart & be safe…

And for the record, DON’T TEXT & DRIVE either.

Daily Prompt: Random Act of Kindness

Tell us about the time when you performed a secret random act of kindness — where the recipient of your kindness never found out about your good deed.

I have done a few RAKs as I call them for short, but I don’t remember exactly what I did. I’m really glad I don’t remember because the Bible says in Matthew chapter 6 verses 1 through 4 (NKJV):

“Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.”

Finally Fed Up [Daily Prompt: Mad as a Hatter]

Tell us about a time when you flew into a rage. What is it that made you so incredibly angry?

I do not want to go into much detail, because I would rather forget what happened that day, as I scared myself being so angry.

I will say, though, that I had finally stood up for myself and confronted my abuser and basically told him I wasn’t putting up with his garbage anymore.
No, I did not give him his just deserts. I believe what goes around comes around and he’ll eventually get what’s coming to him, if he hasn’t already.

The Grinchies [Daily Prompt: You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch]

What is your least favorite personal quality in others? Extra points for sharing your least favorite personal quality in yourself.

I cannot honestly name only one thing because a few things are in the same category in my mind.

Dishonesty….  Manipulation… Backstabbing…  I guess it all boils down to this:


Over the past several years respect has gone out the window.
[Most] Teenagers in this generation have no respect for their parents or for anyone in authority. Some adults have no respect for authority either.
People don’t respect their elders, neighbors, sometimes family and/or friends. It’s no surprise why this world is going to hell in a hand-basket.

Yes there are differences and we may not all believe the same things, but you can still be respectful. Have you heard the saying, “Agree to disagree”?  Just because people don’t think or believe the same things we do doesn’t give us the right to mistreat them or vice versa.

My least favorite personal quality about me…. well…
I’m not as patient as I’d like to be. I get irritated and upset over simple things at times. And then I get upset with myself over it.

Daily Prompt: Memories of Holidays Past

Several holidays are special to me. While I was growing up we always had Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas at my grandmother’s house.
The house was full of life, laughter, smiles and of course the wonderful smells that accompanying whatever was baking in the oven.

What has stuck with me the most have been the times, when as a teenager, I stayed over at my grandmother’s house Thanksgiving night. The next day she & I would get up early and go shopping for her Christmas tree, wreaths, and some greenery garland. A couple of times she bought two trees; one for the upstairs living room and the other for the basement where we sometimes held family Christmas festivities.

We would come home, unload the trunk of her car and get busy decorating.
We wrapped the greenery around the banister of the front porch and hung more greenery above the garage, attaching large, bright red bows between each of the scallops. The wreaths were hung on the front door & the side door  with red bows and gold cording.

Once the outside was finished, we would go inside and have a mug of hot chocolate before decorating inside.
By now her gentleman friend was here to help get the tree in the stand. She would help me put the lights and garland on. But then she’d go find other decorations and let me finish the tree however I wanted. I think she enjoyed seeing my creativity.

When the tree was decorated and the tree skirt put on, she would bring out a tattered old box and set up the old train she had. I don’t know how old it was, but I was amazed to see that it still chugged along the tracks and still blew steam from it’s stack year after year.

Then it was on to putting out the other decorations: a little wooden NOEL train, a ceramic Nativity scene, some scented candles…
mmmm peppermint!

I spent a lot of time with my grandmother, as a teenager, during holidays or taking mini vacations. We always had fun together. Now that I live so far away from home I cherish those memories.

Daily Prompt: Out of Your Reach

Was there a toy or thing you always wanted as a child, during the holidays or on your birthday, but never received? Tell us about it.

My family didn’t have much money when I was growing up even though it seemed my dad worked all the time. That’s because military doesn’t get paid even half of what they’re worth.

It’s hard for children to comprehend not having much. After all they see when groceries, clothing or other things come into the house. So it’s natural for them to think their parents can afford anything.

I’m sitting here trying to think of something and all I can come up with is a doll house, but I don’t recall actually asking for it or putting it on a wish list. I guess maybe somehow deep inside I knew that it was something that I would never have.

Now that I’m grown up I’d like to get one, for my daughter. Maybe some day…

Daily Prompt: Learning Style

When learning something new, especially when it comes to creativity, I prefer one-on-one or small group; visually and hands-on. I find that I retain things better when I see it in action.

Take crocheting for instance. My mom knitted and crocheted fairly often when I was growing up. Although I didn’t want to learn until my adult years, I would watch her create. A few years after my great grandmothers death in 1992, I decided that I wanted to learn (to carry on our family craft). My great grandmother crocheted some very beautiful and unique things, but I never had the chance to see her at work. My mother has made some lovely crocheted things as well.
When I decided to learn, it was just my mom and I. I would watch her work a few stitches and then I would try. My first lesson was the granny square. Once I was confident in making those I tried a few things on my own and did fairly well. My first projects were hot pad sets made completely without a pattern.

Another craft I enjoy is tole painting. I was working in a craft store several years ago and one of the girls I worked with taught a tole painting class every few months. I was blessed to be able to participate in her final class before she left.
There was a group of 8 or 9 of us. We were told to prep our wood pieces before the night of our class at home. Then bring it, along with the required supplies, to the class.
She brought her supplies, an already completed piece and another piece for her to work on so she could show us how to paint and detail ours.
She would give a bit of instruction, demonstrate how something was done, and then we would incorporate what we were shown on our pieces.
I was told I did very well by several of the women in the class. One of them even suggested that when the instructor moved that I take her place and teach the tole painting classes. I couldn’t, of course, not after taking only one class.
I really enjoyed that class and ended up buying more supplies to try a couple of my own ideas.

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